The UMBC Retriever Aquatics Club captured first place at the New York State Invitational team championships last weekend in Buffalo, N.Y., breaking 21 meet records, 22 Retriever team records and posting 34 junior national and four senior national qualifying times.
"Overall, we had great performances during the whole
meet," said Sid Burkott, the Retriever coach. "This was our majorfall and pre-Christmas competition. It was important for us to do well at this meet."
Team members range from 9 to 17 years old, and 54 of the 72 members live in Howard County.
UMBC finished with 3,870 points in a meet featuring 34 clubs from the Mid-Atlantic states.
Twelve-year-old Patrick Evans, of Columbia, broke seven
meet records and took first place in the 200 freestyle (153.27), the 50 freestyle (25:46) and the 50 backstroke (27:00).
But Evans' 59.5 in the100 backstroke was his best performance because it shattered the oldmeet record by more than 4 seconds.
In addition, Evans finished with 177 points, the most at the meet for his age group.
"His performances show that he is talented for his age," said
Retriever assistant coach Joe Ratcliff. "We were really impressed with the way he swam."
And Mount Hebron senior Cheryl White won first for the 17-year group with 105 points, while Rachel Handshu, of Columbia, took second for 11-year-olds with 139 points.
Glenelg senior Dan Vanhemertqualified for the junior nationals in three events: the 100 butterfly (49.68), the 500 freestyle (4:28.66) and the 200 fly (1:49.49).
The club finished with strong showings in the relays.
The team of Vanhemert, Scott Frank, Kevin Grayson, Mike Gibeau captured the Dick & Char Boehm Sprint award, the "fastest relay in the east award" witha 1:26.43 in the 200 freestyle relay. And the team of Johnson, White, Ingrid Kilpe and Carrie Miller also garnered the same honor with a 1:37.45 in the 200 freestyle relay.