Women's swimming team makes fast break at 4-0 Western Maryland notes

December 16, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The 1992 portion of the Western Maryland winter season is complete with some teams happy to see the break and others not.

The men's and women's basketball team combined to win three games out of 14, both are looking forward to eating Christmas turkey and hoping for bigger and better things in January.

The women's swim team is 4-0, and the wrestling squad is also unbeaten at 2-0.

Swimming

Coach Kim Easterday is ecstatic over the women's fast start, and she adds the men's 1-3 record is not indicative of the improvement they've made.

The last time the women's team started at 4-0 was the 1981-1982 season when it finished 10-0, second Western Maryland notes

the Middle Atlantic Conference and eighth in the NCAA Division III meet.

This year's squad is led by sophomore Buffy Burke (nine individual wins) and freshman Karen Alexander (eight first-place finishes), but Easterday says its the team effort that got them off to the fast start.

"It's not just the winners who are carrying us; everyone on the team is contributing and doing what it takes," Easterday said.

"We knew going in we had a real strong group returning and some freshmen, particularly Karen, coming in who could contribute. The toughest competition is still to come, so we're just hoping to keep on winning and keep bringing those times down."

Despite losing three of its first four, the men's team have shown progress with individual times, and Easterday is looking for even better things to come.

"People have come up with times already better than their best last season," Easterday said.

Both teams will head to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dec. 26 for one week, where they'll keep in shape with two-a-day practices. They'll close out the trip, competing in the Ed Kennedy Classic at the International Swimming Hall of Fame complex on Dec. 31.

Wrestling

Four-year coach Paul Johnson appears to have a hungry group this year after going 3-13 a year ago.

The Green Terrors improved to 2-0 last Thursday with a convincing 48-3 romp of Gallaudet.

Justin Mikulski (118 pounds), Mike Bevins (134), John Black (150) and Joe Fleming (177) all recorded their second straight pins.

Basketball

The continuing story with the men's team (1-6) is the sensational play of junior Rolando Welch.

The 6-foot-3 forward recently was named the MAC Southern Division Player of the Week. In three games over Dec. 6-12, Welch averaged 22.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, four steals and two blocks.

After winning their first game of the season Friday against Wesley, 72-59, in the Carroll County Sports Medicine/WMC Holiday Tournament opener, the Green Terrors almost came back from a 26-point deficit before falling to New Jersey Tech, 78-73.

Welch led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds to be named to the all-tournament team.

The women (2-5) will need more steady play from junior Sue Head. After a fast start, the Westminster High grad dropped off a bit in the last three games, dropping her scoring average to 12.7 points.

Sophomore Denise Spangler, averaging around 10 points, has been a pleasant surprise for coach Becky Martin.

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