Mid Atlantic Conference Southwest Section Women's Outlooks

Western Maryland Swimming

November 17, 1991

Head coach: Kim Easterday, 16th year

Assistant coach: Steve Easterday

Last year's records: MEN -- 7-7, placed seventh in Middle Atlantic Conference championships. WOMEN -- 3-12, placed 13th in Middle Atlantic Conference championships

Top returnees: MEN -- Seniors Matt Cook, Trevor Wysong, Keith St. Amand; juniors Rob Newman, Matt Byrne, Matt Gebhard. WOMEN -- Seniors J. J. Boggs, Valerie Shearer; sophomore, Anna Jakubiec

Top newcomers: MEN -- Freshmen Bill Andre, K. C. Fisher, Lee Stratton. WOMEN -- Freshmen Kelly Benvin, Buffy Burke, Alison Denlinger, Martha Ivey, Amanda Lynch, Heather Roy; sophomore, Heather Hyland

Coach's comments: MEN -- "We are really excited aboutit. The men have improved and . . . the extra year of competition will help them go above the .500 mark." WOMEN -- "This is a whole new team. The past few years we've had weaker teams. I think this year we will make big strides. All of the swimmers have talent and will make an impact."

The Carroll County Sun's outlook: MEN -- The numbers game has always hurt the Green Terrors. With only 12 swimmers on the team, the biggest problem for them will be lack of depth. It will be agood season if the team finishes above the .500 mark in dual meets, and with NCAA Division III championship qualifier Newman returning, the team has a chance. Nine returning swimmers with college experienceis another plus. But with such low numbers, dual-meet performances will not be the team's forte. Newman and Cook could help the team to abetter finish in the Middle Atlantic Conference meet, and one or both could more on to the NCAA Division III championships. WOMEN -- Withseven new swimmers out of 11, experience is not a strong point of the Terrors. Despite the lack of experienced freshmen, Burke and Denlinger will add solid talent to the WMC pool. Look for an improved conference record and some new school records. This may be the best group of freshman on the women's team since the early 1980s, when Denise Frech and her teammates began re-writing the Green Terrors' record book.

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