Top Flight a step closer to regional meet

Recreation roundup

January 14, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Jennifer Hanna and several competitors from the Top Flight Gymnastics Club moved one step closer to regional competition last weekend.

Hanna, a Level 6 competitor, won the all-around title to lead the club's impressive showing at the East Coast Classical Saturday at Fairland Gym in Laurel.

Hanna placed second in the vault with a 9.2, and third on the uneven bars (8.65) and floor exercise (9.4) to score a 35.70 in the all-around, good enough for first place.

Teammate Jennifer Chairs, also competing in Level 6, commanded high marks, finishing third on the balance beam (8.65) and fourth on the vault (9.15).

Gymnasts in Levels 7, 8 and 9 had similar success.

In Level 7, Maura Markowitz won the vault (8.55), and Lindsay Boyer took second in the floor (9.1).

Level 8 performers Rachel Gealy (third in beam and floor), Kierney Hiteshew (second in floor, fourth in vault) and Gina Califano (second in vault and beam and third in bars and overall) also proved tough to beat.

Marene James and Abby Jones (both in Level 9) also did well, with James taking fourth on the bars and Jones winning the beam (8.65) and claiming fourth overall.

Swimming

Another meet, another win for the high-powered Retriever Aquatic Club.

Led by Columbia's Rachel Handshu, who set four meet and district records, the club blew away the 36-team field at the recent New York State Invitational Team Championships at SUNY at Buffalo.

The Retrievers finished with 4,414 points, nearly doubling the score of the second-place Long Island Aquatic Club (2,372.5) and greatly outdistancing every other team.

Handshu set meet and district records in the 100 individual medley (1 minute, 1.39 seconds), the 200 IM (2:09.76) and the 50 breaststroke (31.64). She also set a district mark with a 1:58.68 in the 200 freestyle and a meet mark with a 1:08.61 in the 100 breaststroke.

But her performance was overshadowed by that of teammate Terra Peterson, who earned 158 points for her team to Handshu's 157.

Laurie Felker of Columbia also earned 155 points, giving RAC the top three female point winners in the 11-12 age group. Morgan Mershon was seventh with 77 points.

The girls also proved strong in the 10-under class, as Columbia residents Kelly Whitaker and Jessie Goertler took first and third, respectively, in points.

On the boys side, two more Columbia swimmers, Michael Malchak and Sean Evans, both 12, finished second and third in points in the 11-12 class. Malchak earned 152 points, and Evans scored 138.

The team returns to action Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Retriever Classic at UMBC.

* After three meets this season, the Howard County YMCA Gators remain unbeaten.

In the team's most recent meet, the Gators easily defeated the Carroll County YMCA. Jackie Arnold, competing in the 9-10 age group, led the way, winning first-place ribbons in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 50 fly and 50 backstroke.

Triple blue-ribbon winners in individual events included Jonathan Armitage, Tim Koenig, Jonathan Lang, Mellissa Maggio and Katie Palmer.

Jessica Burkins, Kristen Arnold, Blythe Daly, Teresa Piekarski, Daniel Serpico, Sean Stanley, David Stepp, Katie Walker and Michael Wheeler each won two ribbons.

Basketball

* 8-9 Girls -- The Ninja Terrapins of the Columbia Basketball Association opened their season Saturday with a shelling. The Terps defeated the Blue Bonnets, 40-26, as Sarah Costa led the offense with 14 points and Rashida Walcott added 10. Missy Moore led the Bonnets with 14 points.

* 10-11 Girls -- North Carolina of the Western Howard County Youth Basketball League ran its record to 4-0 last weekend with a 10-8 win over Villanova. Michele Farace and Heidi Browning each scored four points for the victors.

In other games, Stephanie Howell scored eight points, Kelly Renfro added four and Amy Taylor and Krystin Brown had three apiece as Notre Dame defeated Duke, 20-13. Ann Miller scored a game-high 10 points in a losing effort.

Adriana Pavlides scored six points, and Leah Jones, Keiko Miller and Carolina Collinson added four apiece to lead Michigan to a 20-4 win over Syracuse.

* On Dec. 28, before the Washington Bullets took on the Atlanta Hawks, the Capital Centre basketball court was the showcase for players from the Supreme Sports Club Youth League.

Players from the 8-9, 10-12 and 13-15 divisions played a divisional game on the NBA floor, as more than 250 players and fans looked on.

After the games, all youth players, including those from the Holiday Basketball Camp and After School Hoops program were invited on the court for an instructional clinic with Don Maclean of the Bullets. Maclean spoke of his experiences in college and the NBA, and emphasized the importance of setting goals and believing in yourself.

Ice hockey

* Adult -- In the Howard County Men's Hockey League, the Red team, led by leading scorers Carl Mann and Tim O'Neill, continues to lead the pack.

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