Warwick makes quite a splash J. Carroll freshman speedy, versatile Boys Swimmer of the Year

March 07, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Jeff Warwick of John Carroll just finished the kind of high school swimming debut most young swimmers can only dream about.

From his first scrimmage in December, the freshman dominated the Boys Swimmer of the Year

opposition. And he got better with almost every meet.

Warwick, 14, turned in the regular season's best times in more than half of the eight boys individual events. He posted top-three times in every individual event.

No other county swimmer could match Warwick's combination of speed and versatility, so Warwick is The Baltimore Sun's Harford County Boys Swimmer of the Year.

At the county championships, Warwick won gold in his best event, the 500-meter freestyle. He was second to Bel Air's Kevin Murach in the 50 freestyle. Only county rules that limit swimmers to two individual events and two relays kept Warwick from heading home with an armful of medals.

Even after the county meet, Warwick still had the top times in the 200 freestyle (1:50.28), 200 individual medley (2:04.74) and 500 free (4:55.00). He still ranked in the top three in every event.

After such domination this season, Warwick will try to go one step further next winter and break at least one county record.

He is within one one-hundredth of a second of the 200 free JTC record of 1:50.46 set by Edgewood's Mark Haynes in 1988.

A three-year veteran of the Edgewood Aquanauts, Warwick is closing in on records in other events, too -- he's within two seconds of county marks in the 200 IM, 100 free, 50 free, 500 free and 100 breaststroke.

"Jeff could be one of the best swimmers the county has ever seen," said John Carroll coach Al Herlinger. "Jeff's name is going to be in the Harford County record book all over the place, and I see that happening next year. When he leaves, it's going to be the Warwick record book."

Several of the records Warwick is close to are among the longest standing county records. The 50 free and 100 free marks were set in 1982 by Edgewood's Jim Born, who went on to the U.S. Olympic trials.

But the record Warwick would most like to break is the 500 free mark of 4:48.31 set in 1991 by former Patriot Stewart Harris.

"I'd like to get the 500 record," said Warwick, whose brother Gerry swam for Bel Air two years ago. "I like the distance freestyle the best. I've always done pretty good in them."

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