Columbia skaters give jewel of a show Taylor, Contreni take their divisions

Recreation roundup

November 17, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

The Columbia Figure Skating Club of Maryland turned in a jewel of a performance over the weekend at the Diamond State TC Autumn Skate in Wilmington, Del.

Seven club members earned awards for finishing in fourth place or above, and Christi Taylor and Maureen Contreni each performed flawlessly to win their divisions.

Taylor, 10, was the only skater to successfully perform a double flip in winning the juvenile class. In the dance competition, Contreni, 14, also took top honors by skating a clean program.

Other team members earning high marks were Tiffany Mead, 10, and Julie Glisan, 12, who each finished second. Elizabeth Lobel, 12, finished third, and Nikki Seegmuller, 7, and Lauren Clark, 10, each finished fourth.

The next test for the team will come on Dec. 13 and 20 when club members perform The Nutcracker. For ticket information, call Paula Campos at (301) 498-5953.

Girls soccer

* Under-12 -- On Sunday -- one of the coldest days of the season -- the Columbia Cannonade travel team was red hot.

Amid snow flurries and strong winds, the Cannonade beat the Springfield (Va.) Thunder, 1-0, to win its division championship in the Washington Area Girls Soccer League.

Lindsey Mitchell scored the game's only goal midway through the second half. Alexia Vogler and Amanda Zachmann combined on the assist. Columbia also got outstanding play from Monica Serianni and Kelley Scheinder at attack and Casey Finnegan, Becky Puriell and Jane Williams at midfield.

The Cannonade (8-0-2) outshot Springfield, 15-0, and has now outscored opponents, 23-4.


* 11-13 -- The Columbia Bulldogs are one step closer to a regional Pop Warner championship after a 32-12 win over the Mary E. Rodman Recreation Center in Rosedale Saturday.

The Bulldogs (9-0-1), champions of the Maryland Football Association, dominated the game against the Upton Pop Warner League of Baltimore and advanced to the playoffs. Columbia took a 20-6 lead by halftime on a 65-yard run by Fardan Carter, a 3-yard run by Chris Poling and a 45-yard run by Darin Lewis.

They continued to dominate in the second half, as Anthony Jackson scored on a 35-yard pass from Josh Zilmer and Carter recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

The Bulldogs advance to the second round of the regionals, where they'll face either a team from New Jersey or Pennsylvania on Saturday. A win would place them in contention for the regional title the following weekend.

Columbia, however, will not have the opportunity to play for a national title. For the first time in three years, a lottery eliminated their age group from further competition.


Several Level 5 and 6 competitors from the Columbia Gymnastics Club scored high marks over the weekend in a four-team compulsory meet.

In Level 6 competition, Alyson Riccardi took first place in the 12-14 all-around with a 33.75. The 12-year-old won the balance beam competition, with a 9.0, and the uneven bars, with an 8.0. She was also second in the floor exercise with an 8.35.

Teammate Helen Beatson took third in the all-around with a 31.2, including an 8.6 on the floor, good enough for first place.

In the 9-11 age group, Leslie Douglass finished fourth (31.8), Alison Dowker, fifth (31.6) and Mary Isacco, seventh (31.05).

In Level 5 action, Jordan Peck took second in the all-around in the 9-11 division with a 33.6. She won the uneven bars with a 9.2, and took second on the beam and floor exercise.

Erin Barnes, competing in the same age group, scored a 30.55 to capture seventh. She was third in the floor exercise with an 8.25, and third on the vault with a 7.95.

All-around scores include individual scores from the floor exercise, balance beam, uneven bars and vault. All gymnasts competed under United State Gymnastics Federation rules.

Other teams in the meet were Hill's Angels from Gaithersburg, Barlow's from Annapolis and ACTR from Churchville.

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