Depth carries Severna Park to championship

February 07, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Despite just one individual winner, Christian Lenahan in the boys 200-yard freestyle, host Severna Park ran away with the first Anne Arundel Public High School Swimming Championships the Severna Park YMCA yesterday.

Coach Pat Scheier's squad was easily the deepest, especially on the boys side. It rolled up 390 points to runner-up Old Mill's 270 and Arundel's 234. Meade (210) and South River (209) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The event was organized by the Parents for Swimming in Anne Arundel County.

More than 130 swimmers representing the communities of 10 of the county's 12 public schools competed. Only North County and Southern did not participate.

"Just look at all the parents here today. That's why this is such a huge success," said Don Ramsbottom, Parents for Swimming chairman. "Everything went so well with only a couple minor glitches and hopefully this is the start of something."

Lenahan won the lone gold medal for Severna Park with a time of 1 minute, 49.31 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle. Teammate Adam Turney was runner-up in 1:50.41.

Turney (5:01.77) was also second in the 500 freestyle behind Pat Donlin (5:01.20) of Annapolis, and Lenahan (54.19) was second to South River's Chris Bembenek (53.95) in the 100 butterfly.

Chris Scheier grabbed a second in the 100 freestyle and was third in the 100 butterfly for Severna Park. Three Severna Park boys took bronze medals -- Andy Miller (200 individual medley), Brody Kirkland (50 freestyle) and Dan Kessel (100 freestyle).

Danielle Devito, Erin Cain and Tracey Wells were the top Severna Park girls. Devito won silver medals in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly while Cain was runner-up in the 100 backstroke. Wells was fourth in the 100 butterfly.

Severna Park's A and B teams were 1-2, respectively, in the boys 200 medley relays while the girls finished third in the same event.

"My kids were great today and really wanted to be a part of this for the recognition they deserve," said coach Scheier.

"Most of our swimmers had practice this morning for the Severna Park YMCA team and came back for this afternoon meet."

Bembenek, who has received a scholarship offer to East Carolina, joined Old Mill's Kevin Grayson as the only double winners on the boys side. In addition to his gold in the 100 butterfly, Bembenek took the 100 backstroke (53.87).

Grayson won the 50 freestyle (23.03) and the 100 freestyle (51.17).

Arundel's Eric Griffin took the 200 IM (2:07.29) and Bobby Davis of South River, the 100 breaststroke (1:08.75).

On the girls side, Natalie and Margaret Phillips, of runner-up Old Mill and Christie Jones of Northeast were double winners.

Natalie Phillips won the 200 freestyle (2:00.59) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.67) while Margaret took the gold in the 100 (54.99) and 500 (5:25.06) freestyles. Jones won the 50 freestyle (25.78) and 100 backstroke (1:04.23).

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