Gabriele leaves swim league way he arrived--in record-setting fashion

July 26, 1991|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Evening Sun Staff

Mark Gabriele left his mark on the Central Maryland Swim League, from top to bottom.

Gabriele first set a league record as an 8-and-under in 1982 when he won the 25-meter freestyle in 15.8 seconds. The mark still stands.

This summer, his last in the league, the former Calvert Hall star and Evening Sun High School Athlete of the Week went out with a bang. He established CMSL records in the 15-18 age group in the 100-meter individual medley (59.31), 100 freestyle (53.20), 50 backstroke (28.45) and 50 butterfly (26.03).

Gabriele, competing for Springlake, won the IM and 100 freestyle in the league's championships yesterday at Padonia. The championships were renamed the Straehle Invitational Championship Meet this year in honor of Betty and the late Bill Straehle, longtime CMSL workers and supporters.

Gabriele had to skip the backstroke for another commitment. It was won by Matt Brickley of Worthington Valley in 29.47, a full second slower than Gabriele's record set in an earlier dual meet.

Amanda White of Springdale broke Polly Winde's 10-year old record in the 15-18 50 breaststroke and Laura Bodine of Shipley's Choice picked up the only other league record yesterday,wiping out the 9-10 100 IM mark set 11 years ago by Jill Johnson


Padonia captured its second straight Division I title and eighth in 11 years. The standings:

Division I -- Padonia 5-0, Shipley's Choice 3-2, Crofton Aquatics 3-2, Severn River 2-3, Roland Run 2-3, Forest Hill 0-5; Division II -- Five Oaks 5-0, West Howard 4-1, Springdale 3-2, South Carroll 2-3, St. Andrew's 1-4, Waugh Chapel 0-5; Division III -- Glen Burnie Park 5-0, Worthington Valley 4-1, Hammond Park 3-2, Freedom 1 1/2 -3 1/2 , North St. John's 1-4, Atholton 1/2 -4 1/2 .

Division IV -- Springlake 5-0, Meadowbrook 4-1, Westminster Riding Club 3-2, Woodbridge Valley 2-3, Dulaney 1-4, Lochearn Of the league's 41 teams, embracing more than 4,100 swimmers (most ever in the 19-year-old CMSL), all but two (newcomers Watermont and Taneytown) qualified at least one competitor for the Straehle Invitational. More than 630 qualified, according to league president Dave Rave. Yesterday's winners:


Individual medley -- 9-10, Laura Bodine, Shipley's Choice, and Patrick Brannan, Roland Run; 11-12, Whitney Phelps, Meadowbrook, and Brian Crawford, Hammond Park; 13-14, Lindsay Bohlman, Freedom, and Rick Webb, Five Oaks; 15-18, Amanda White, Springdale, and Gabriele.

Freestyle -- 8-and-under, Amy Hancock, Freedom, and Joey Piekarski, West Howard; 9-10, Bodine and Brannan; 11-12, Phelps and Crawford; 13-14, Missy Haynie, Olde Mill, and Webb; 15-18, Amanda Hopp, St. Andrew's, and Gabriele.

Backstroke -- 8-and-under, Jennifer Lahner, Wynnewood, and David Naftalin, St. Andrew's; 9-10, Beth Botsford, Dulaney, Mark Zonarich, Forest Hill; 11-12, Colynn Laberge, Padonia, and Michael Jansen, Padonia; 13-14, Jaime Jansen, Padonia, and Matt Fouse, Glen Burnie Park; 15-18, White and Brickley.

Butterfly -- 8-and-under, Hancock and Piekarski; 9-10, Kristin Nelson, Crofton Aquatics, and Brannan; 11-12, Phelps and Crawford; 13-14, Danielle Devito, Chartridge, and Geoff Walford, Roland Run; 15-18, Sara Noble, Severn River, and Michael Gibeau, Hammond Park.

Breaststroke -- 8-and-under, Hancock and Piekarski; 9-10, Bodine and Adam Young, Shipley's Choice; 11-12, Brooke Dohoho, Dulaney, and Paul Tignor, Severn River; 13-14, Caitlin O'Brien, Navy Juniors, and Fouse; 15-18, White and Matt Raschka, Glen Burnie Park.

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