For Henemyre, the honors just keep coming

June 14, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Claudia Henemyre is taking it easy this summer.

All she has planned is a full-time job doing biological research and two nights a week playing softball.

That's a breeze compared to the demanding schedule the Havre de Grace resident maintained over the past four years at Western Maryland College.

While playing three sports, she carried a double major in biology and German, graduating magna cum laude.

And, she was inducted into four national or international honor societies: Beta Beta Beta (biology), Omicron Delta Kappa ZTC (leadership) and Phi Sigma Iota (foreign languages) as well as Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts).

For the second year in a row, Henemyre was selected to the GTE Academic All-America College Division softball first team.

She batted .382, as the Green Terrors (21-6) won the Middle Atlantic Conference Southwest Section championship and set a school record for victories.

Not bad for someone who never planned to play college sports.

"I thought it would be really hard to play sports and study, so I thought I would just wait and see," said Henemyre who won the Al Cesky Scholarship in her senior year at Havre de Grace.

When she learned that athletes could move into their dorms two weeks early, Henemyre decided to play soccer.

"Then one thing led to another," said Henemyre, who missed her sophomore basketball season because of injury but played every other season of soccer, basketball and softball.

This year, Henemyre earned most valuable player awards in soccer as a goalie and softball as a catcher.

She was named Western Maryland's most outstanding senior female athlete.

The demands on her time were tremendous, especially when she had to miss biology labs for softball doubleheaders. But Henemyre said it wasn't hard to adjust.

"Sometimes, sports is a lot of hard work like anything else you really want to do well, but it was more of a release for me," said Henemyre, who will spend the next five years pursuing a doctorate in developmental biology at the University of Cincinnati.

"It's just a matter of budgeting your time. When I have lots of things to do, I get lots done. When I got out of school, for the first two weeks, I didn't get anything done."

This summer, Henemyre is doing research at the Gerontology Research Center, a branch of the National Institute on Aging based at Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore. She still finds time for sports.

On Tuesday and Thursday nights, Henemyre catches for the Hershey's Auto Parts team in the Harford County Women's Unlimited Softball League.

In Thursday night's 19-1 win over Seling Homes, Henemyre was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

"It's a real pleasure having Claudia on the team," said Hershey's manager Leon Atkins. "She has a great attitude and she's a take-charge kind of catcher, which is what you really need out there. They all kid around and call her 'Sarge.' "

Henemyre started playing ball when she was 6, but it was Little League baseball. Her parents already were active in Little League, and her father, Junior Henemyre, still umpires games. Brother Michael and sisters Felizitas and Jessica also played baseball, soccer and other sports.

"I got more involved in sports because my brother didn't have a brother," said Henemyre. "He said OK when Felizitas was born and when I came along, but he cried the day Jessica came home. Then he said, 'Claudia will be my brother.' "

Those backyard games with Michael, now 28, started Henemyre on an athletic path that will continue even though her highly competitive college days are over. The Army will help her stay on that path.

She attended Western Maryland on an ROTC scholarship and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army on May 23. Her active duty obligation, which will be served in the Medical Services Corps, has been deferred for five years until she earns her doctorate. But Henemyre still will have to pass a physical periodically.

Playing softball and running will keep her in shape, she said.

"Last summer, [softball] was really relaxing. I enjoy playing with different people of different ages. I think I'll keep playing sports, but it'll be more for fun now."

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