C. Milton Wright eyes revenge vs. Bel Air

January 10, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Bel Air's swim team didn't have much time to celebrate Thursday night's win over C. Milton Wright.

No sooner had the Bobcats won, 263-214, than they began thinking about going head-to-head against the Mustangs again this week.

For three years, no team has beaten Bel Air in a regular-season meet, but Bobcats coach Ray Hruz is leery of the powerful Mustangs.

"I'm really happy with that score," said Hruz. "I'm proud of the kids, because we were missing some strong people, and we had to have kids do different events than they normally do. They really came through."

In the tri-meet with third-place Joppatowne (147) at Edgewood Middle School, both Bel Air and C. Milton Wright were missing some of their top swimmers for a variety of reasons, including a conflict with a school play.

The absences probably hurt C. Milton Wright more, but even coach Annie Lee isn't sure her full squad can make up 49 points in this week's meet.

"Bel Air can take a lot of event first places, so we have to concentrate on where we can take seconds and thirds," said Lee. "I try to put together a lineup where we can match them pretty evenly with our depth, but they're extremely strong."

Thursday, the two-time defending county champion Bobcats dominated the top spots, winning 16 of the 24 events and sweeping the top two places in six events. In the six relays, which provide double the points of individual races, Bel Air took four first places -- girls and boys medley, boys 200 freestyle and girls 400 freestyle.

Most of Bel Air's victories came from its Fab Four of senior boys, Rob Flynn, Kevin Murach, Chris Holloway and Jeff Meyer. The four hold every one of Bel Air's individual boys swimming school records.

Two of those records fell Thursday night -- to the swimmers who held them. Murach bettered his mark in the 50 freestyle to 22.93 seconds. Holloway set a 100 freestyle time of 50.13.

Murach also won the 100 breaststroke, an event in which he holds the county schools record. His time of 1:11.14, however, was well off the pace of his record 1:03.50, set last winter.

Flynn, who still is regaining speed after breaking his arm in October, won the 200 freestyle (2:01.66) and the 500 freestyle (5:35.63). Meyer took the 100 backstroke in 1:11.14, out-dueling teammate Erik Jankowiak (1:13.93).

Jankowiak, a junior, won the 100 butterfly (1:01.79) by 14 one-hundredths of a second over the Mustangs' Matt Chairs.

In diving, the Bobcats took both the boys and girls events. Chris Callahan (60.15) edged the Mustangs' James O'Brien (57.25) to win the boys event. Jenn Seidl (64.05) easily beat the Mustangs' Allyson Murphy (51.07).

Kathy Rising was the only Bobcats girl to win two individual events. In the 100 freestyle, Rising (58.07) edged the Mustangs' Amy Landis (58.39). She also won the 200 individual medley (2:22.30).

Kate Eyler won the 100 breaststroke (1:17.73) over Joppatowne's Jolie Lassahn (1:21.25).

For the Mustangs, freshman Laura Herschner scored the only double-win, taking the 200 freestyle (2:14.37) and the 500 freestyle (6:00.74).

In the 100 backstroke, Landis (1:06.54) beat Joppatowne's Erin Lieb (1:11.75). Leah Scavuzzo won the 100 butterfly (1:14.95) while Elise Rueckert took the 50 freestyle (27.85) by a half-second over Joppatowne's Tiffany Metzger.

Chairs was the only Mustangs boy to win an individual event taking the 200 IM in 2:20.11 over Bel Air's Dan Machovec (2:29.43).

For their final meeting until the county championships, the Bobcats and Mustangs will join Havre de Grace on Thursday night at 5:45 at Edgewood Middle School.

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