County swim meet set tomorrow

February 05, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County's first public high school swimming championships will begin tomorrow at 2 p.m., with County Executive Robert Neall looking on at the Severna Park YMCA pool off Baltimore/Annapolis Boulevard and Cypress Creek Road.

Through the efforts of the Parents for Swimming in Anne Arundel County, 10 of the 12 local public high schools should be represented in the 11-event meet.

"We expect to have about 130 to 135 swimmers compete, and not only are we pleased that the county executive is attending, but also Doug Sutherland, who organized the high school program in Prince George's County in 1980," said Don Ramsbottom, chairman of the local volunteer organization.

Within five years of forming the parents' group in Prince George's,Sutherland and company got their program sanctioned by the Board of Education, which Ramsbottom hopes will happen in Anne Arundel.

Until then, the meet is not sanctioned by the Anne Arundel Board of Education, but that doesn't mean local swimmers will be deprived of top honors for their efforts.

Sutherland also represents the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association and will consider Anne Arundel's swimmers for All-American times.

"Doug told me that any of our kids who put up great times for our meet will be considered for All-American among high schoolers," said Ramsbottom, who expects a highly competitive meet with a host of familiar names from community-level teams and other county high school sports teams.

All-county cross country runners Kristen Nicolini of Annapolis and Becky McDivitt of Glen Burnie will be among the participants. Both have excelled the past few years in recreation programs.

Among the top swimmers set to compete in the boys division are Christian Lenehan (Severna Park), Kevin Grayson (Old Mill), Chris Bembenek and Bobby Davis (South River) and Eric Griffin (Arundel).

Some of the girls who figure to excel are the Hopp sisters, Belinda and Amanda, of Glen Burnie; and the Phillips sisters, Maggie and Natalie, of Old Mill, who will team up with Amy Musk and Missy Haynie on a formidable 400-yard freestyle relay team.

A 200-yard mixed relay for the lesser-skilled swimmers will be one of the 11 events in the free meet.

Other events include: the 200-yard medley relay, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay.

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