Bel Air's boys bests read like broken records Fab Five leave marks on program

February 14, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

The Bel Air boys swimming record book is a little redundant these days. The same five names keep popping up.

The Bobcats' Fab Five of upperclassmen -- Chris Holloway, Rob Flynn, Kevin Murach, Jeff Meyer and Erik Jankowiak -- have broken every boys school swimming record within the past two years.

Holloway holds five individual records -- 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 100 free and 100 backstroke. Murach has two (50 free and 100 breaststroke) while Flynn has the 500 free mark. Meyer and Jankowiak, the only junior, were part of two record-setting relay teams.

Bel Air coaches Ray Hruz and Jeff DeMott consider themselves lucky to have such a talented, versatile group of swimmers all at one time.

"They've all been involved in swimming from a very young age," said DeMott. "That's one of the keys to being successful in swimming -- being involved year round. Swimming is a sport where you need to put in lots and lots of time, and all of them have."

Even though the five still swim for club teams, they are committed to their school team as well.

"I guess we're lucky in the fact that none of us is on a bigger club team that prohibits us from swimming high school," said Meyer.

The Fab Five also hold a couple of county relay records.

This season, Murach, Holloway, Jankowiak and Meyer shaved more than two seconds off the county 200 medley relay mark and more than four seconds off the school record. They posted a 1:46.76 Wednesday night at the county preliminaries. Earlier in the season, Holloway, Flynn, Jankowiak and Murach set a 200 freestyle relay record of 1:35.84.

Only one other name still appears in the record book for Bel Air boys swimming -- Greg Hess, a freshman last year who defected to the basketball team. Hess joined Flynn, Holloway and Meyer to set a school mark in the 400 free relay.

Most likely, only bad weather kept the Bobcats from setting more records Friday night. Because Friday classes were canceled, the Harford County swimming championships were postponed until Wednesday night at 6 at Magnolia Middle School.

At the county preliminaries last Wednesday night, the Bobcats broke four school records. In addition to the 200 medley relay mark, Murach dropped his 50 free time to 22.67 while Holloway lowered his 100 free to 49.12 and his 100 back to 59.21.

Going into the finals, the Bobcats are top seeds in seven of the 11 boys swimming events.

Holloway is favored in the 100 free and 100 back, Flynn in the 200 free and Murach in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke. In the relays, Murach, Holloway, Jankowiak and Meyer are top-seeded

in the medley while Murach, Jankowiak, Flynn and sophomore Doug Coyner are first in the 200 free.

Flynn might have been even more dominant, especially in the 500 free, but for a broken arm suffered last fall. Despite that setback, Flynn scored more points than any other county swimmer this season. He is seeded second in the 500.

For Hruz and DeMott, having such a versatile group makes filling out a roster an easy chore.

"We put the rest of the guys in where they'll do best and then we piece these five into the rest of the events where we need them to get the most points," said Hruz. "They're all five just strong athletes. They're good at everything. In terms of being contenders, they each could be in the top four or five [in the county] in at least half the events."

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