Invitational draws best young county swimmers Just-for-fun meet crosses divisional lines

July 22, 1992|By Mike Nortrup | Mike Nortrup,Contributing Sports Writer

WINFIELD -- They weren't swimming for their teams, or even for themselves in any significant way.

But at least some of the youngsters who showed up at the South Carroll Swim Club for Sunday's sixth annual Carroll County Invitational will never forget it.

Nine year-old Amy Hancock probably won't.

She won five events, the only one of the 180 meet contestants to win that many.

Neither will Bryan Bollinger or Jason Kay, each of whom set three Invitational records.

Jake Larrimore, on the other hand, might or might not recall his two third-place finishes in the 25-meter freestyle and backstroke events.

But that's all right. He's only 4, and his parents may have caught the whole thing on videotape or film anyway.

Meet director Karen Straehle will remember it as another in a successful string of county meets that have attracted more swimmers each year since the first one was held in 1987.

"It was fine. Everything ran very well. We had a good meet," Straehle said.

The meet is open to Carroll County youngsters up to 18 years old who swim on the Westminster Riding Club, Westminster Pool, South Carroll, Taneytown or Freedom swim teams that compete in the Central Maryland Swim League.

Also invited were Carroll countians who swim on other teams or who wished to compete as independents.

The Invitational gives them an opportunity to compete against other county youngsters who swim in different divisions of the Central Maryland League and whom they would otherwise never meet.

The meet also provides a relatively relaxed atmosphere because team standings aren't kept.

In addition, this was not an official Central Maryland League meet, and the youngsters didn't have to worry about using it to qualify for the year-end league competitions that are less than a week away.

"It's just for fun, and a chance to swim against other kids in the county," Straehle said.

Nevertheless, Freedom's Hancock swam as if the world depended on it.

She won the 9-10 girls' 100-meter individual medley and the 50-meter freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke, setting Invitational records in the latter two.

Westminster Riding Club's Bollinger, competing in the 11-12 boys' bracket, set meet records in winning the 100-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke, and also won the 50-meter butterfly.

Emily Wolfing, of the West Howard Club, took four firsts in winning the 25-meter freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

Stacey Crowther, of the Westminster Pool Club, took the 13-14 girls 100-meter individual medley and freestyle, along with the 50-meter backstroke and breaststroke.

South Carroll's Kay took the 8-under boys 25-meter freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.

Also winning three events were South Carroll's Pam Crill, in the 11-12 girls bracket, and an independent, Brian Lawson, in the 15-18 boys division.

While the county meet wasn't serious competition, more serious fare lies just ahead.

The Central Maryland League's divisional championships, where swimmers vie for individual honors against others in their division who have achieved qualifying scores, will be Saturday, Aug. 1.

And that day, the South Carroll team will compete in the Division

II championships at their own pool.

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