Van Hemert, Moreland Each Win 6 Events At State Swim Tourney

January 30, 1991|By Marc LeGoff | Marc LeGoff,Staff writer

Dan Van Hemert and Elysia Moreland claimed six first-place finishes apiece at the State Swimming Championships at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County over the weekend.

The two swimmers, who are members of the Retriever Aquatic Club, joined three of their teammates -- Patrick McGonigal, Laurie Felker and Cheryl White -- in earning high-point honors in their respective age groups.

The Retriever Aquatic Club, which practices at UMBC, finished first out of a 32-team field with 1,130.5 points.

Van Hemert, 16, established two meet records, five Junior National qualifying times and three National Top 16 consideration times at the meet. His meet records came in the senior men's 500-yard freestyle (4 minutes, 36.95 seconds) and 100 butterfly (51.63).

FOR THE RECORD - In "Van Hemert, Moreland each win 6 events at state swim tourney," which appeared Jan. 30 in The Howard County Sun, a swimmer's age was incorrect. Patrick McGonigal won the high point competition in the 11-12 boys age group.
The Howard County Sun regrets the error.

The Glenelg High junior also clocked times of 15:56.06 in the 1,650 free, 4:07.74 in 400 individual medley and 1:54.21 in 200 butterfly. Van Hemert finished second in his three other races.

Winning six of seven events she entered, Moreland made a Junior Nationals cut in the 13-14 girls 500 free at 5:03.67 and a Top 16 consideration in 400 individual medley, 4:36.05.

The Howard High sophomore also recorded impressive swims in the 200 free (1:55.83), 100 butterfly (59.41), 200 butterfly (2:09.24) and 200 individual medley (2:11.57).

In the senior women's age group, White, 16, captured five gold medals. White's meet record in the 200 backstroke, 2:03.71, was a Senior Nationals cut, as well as a Top 16 consideration time.

The Mount Hebron High junior also set a meet record in the 200 free(1:51.46) and 100 back (59.01).

Felker and Rachel Handshu, both 10-year-old fifth-graders at Northfield Elementary, dominated the 9-10girls age bracket.

Felker triumphed in five events and made four Top 16 qualifying times in 100 breast stroke (1:18.77), 50 back (32.85), 50 breast (35.67) and 100 individual medley (1:09.24).

Handshuplaced third in the 9-10 girls high-point competition with four second-place showings, three of which were Top 16 cuts. She posted times of 1:10.57 in 100 back, 32.72 in 50 back and 36.18 in 50 breast.

McGonigal, who is in the seventh grade at Patuxent Valley Middle, won three of his races: the 11-12 boys 500 free (5:17.23), 200 free (2:01.36) and 100 free (54.81).

Atholton High freshman Kate McCracken was runner-up in the 13-14 girls high-point competition, winning both the 100 breast stroke (1:10.66) and 200 breast stroke (2:31.14).

The Retrievers had 72 swimmers in the state meet.

Old Dominion Aquatic Club was runner-up with 749.5, and Rockville Montgomery Swim Clubwas third, 513.

The Howard County YMCA Gators swim team had 10 swimmers competing and placed 14th overall.

Mark Zonarich led the YMCA swimmers with three second-place showings in the 9-10 boys age group. Zonarich went 1:13.87 in 100 butterfly, 31.93 in 50 butterfly and34.02 in 50 back.

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