Top Flight team takes off at qualifier

Recreation roundup

January 05, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

It may be early in the season, but several competitors from the Top Flight Gymnastics Club in Columbia are already in top form.

In a recent USA IGC regional qualifier and USGF compulsory qualifier at Barlow's Gymnastics in Annapolis, many club members placed high in the standings with a few qualifying for the regional meet, scheduled for April.

"For this early in the season, their performance was really excellent," said club owner and optionals coach Dale Kaestner.

In the compulsory portion of the meet, Yael Sollins and ShaunSwem finished one-two in Level 7.

Sollins took first on the uneven bars, second on the balance beam and floor exercise and third on the vault to win the all-around with a 33.8. Swem finished .6 behind her teammate in the all-around, winning the vault and floor exercise, placing second on the bars and third on the beam.

The club's Level 6 gymnasts also fared well. Jennifer Hannawon the floor exercise, and took second in vault and beam to take the all-around crown with a 35.35.

Teammate Aliza Sollins finished third in the all-around with a 33.3, winning the bars and taking third on the beam.

Jennifer Chairs and Daria Hay also competed at Level 6.

In the Open Optional competition,Top Flight's Marcene James totaled a 34.05 in the all-around, with highs of 8.8 on the bars and floor, to qualify for regionals. Abby Jones also competed, but didn't qualify, scoring a 31.9.

Two more club members qualified in the Intermediate Optional competition. Kierney Hiteshew scored an 8.9 in the floor exercise en route to a 33.9 all-around, and Gina Califano had an 8.9 on the beam on her way to a 34.6.

Maura Markawitz also scored well on the vault and floor, but failed to qualify.

"I'm very happy with their performances," said Kaestner. "They have a few rough spots, but I think we'll be able to smooth them out."

Ice Hockey

Carey Mann helped the Red team maintain its lead in the Howard County Men's Hockey League last week.

Led by Mann's scoring and playmaking, the Red team beat the Green team, 6-2, to keep a five-point lead in the standings. The Red team (11-2) has outscored its opposition, 98-67.

The second-place Orange team kept pace with a 1-0 win over the Blue team. Orange ran its record to 8-4-1.

In the week's other game, Gold beat cellar-dweller White, 8-4.

After 14 weeks of play, Red remains in first, Orange in second and Green and Gold tied for third, with Blue fourth and White in last.

In the scoring race, the Orange team's Jay Lach is tied with Tim O'Neill of the Red team with 23 goals, followed by Green's Pat Glennon with 22 and Mann with 21.

Mann, however, also has a league-leading 21 assists, putting him in the points lead with 42. O'Neill is second with 41 and Lach and Glennon are tied for third with 37.

Penalty leaders are Glennon, with 57 minutes through 13 games, and Don Greer of the Red team, who has been penalized 48 minutes in 13 games.

The league competes weekly at the Columbia Ice Rink.

Youth soccer

After yielding an early goal, the Columbia Contact shut out Pikesville Soccer Club the rest of the way, and got goals from five players for a 5-1 win Sunday.

Goalkeeper Pat Nugent made several excellent saves, and Daniel Buchner and Jared Blaney helped shut down Pikesville.

Scoring were Kasty Jamaris, Tim Fritz, Sam Salganik, Chris Moe and Jeff Walch. Mike Charamella had two assists. Also assisting were Austin Smith, Josh Mazalewski and Fritz.

The Contact, a SAC under-13 travel team, is 2-2 in the under-14 indoor league at Myers.

To submit Howard County recreation information, call (410) 521-0505

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