Noble wins five for Navy juniors

Recreation roundup

April 15, 1993|By Steven Kivinski and John Harris III | Steven Kivinski and John Harris III,Contributing Writers

Eighty-three swimmers from the Naval Academy Junior Swim Club competed in the 23rd annual Potomac Valley Cherry Blossom Swim Meet last weekend at the Capital East Natatorium in Washington.

Leading Navy was Amy Noble of Severna Park with five wins in the girls 13-14 age group, including the 50-yard freestyle (25.60 seconds), 100 free (55.06), 200 free (2:00.44), 100 butterfly (1:04.35) and 200 individual medley (2:16.69).

Elizabeth Fowler of Annapolis, competing in the 9-10 girls division, took first in four events -- 200 free (2:18.00), 100 free (1:06.44), 100 fly (1:13.41) and 100 IM (1:15.44).

Collecting three victories each for Navy were Erin McCauley of Arnold, Chris Bembenek of Riva and Kirra Brandon of Hillsmere. McCauley, competing in the girls 15-18 age bracket, took first in the 400 IM (4:56.61), 200 IM (2:18.52) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.30).

Bembenek placed first in the 100 backstroke (53.38), 200 back (1:09.84) and the 100 fly (53.69) among the 15-18-year-old boys, and Brandon took first in the 200 fly (2:23.13), 400 IM (5:05.30) and 200 breast (2:44.74) in the 13-14 girls.

Double winners were Lisa Dillinger of Bowie, Erin Montgomery of Annapolis and Billy Schultz of Bowie. Dillinger took first in the 100 back (1:02.94) and the 200 back (2:14.39), and Montgomery emerged as champion in the 200 free (2:12.81) and 500 free (5:53.36). Schultz, competing in the boys 15-18 division, finished first in the 200 free (1:53.50) and 500 free (4:58.90).

Single-event winners for Navy were Chelsea Hastings (100 back, 1:12.63), Suzanne Gallagher (100 breast, 1:23.75), Coty Hastings IM, 2:42.15), Whitney Raven (100 breast, 1:17.38), Olivia Stewart (500 free, 5:31.33), Robert Fowler (200 back, 2:14.72), Danny Pfarr (200 breast, 2:32.86), James Miante (400 IM, 5:12.59) and Mark Mangold (200 fly, 2:08.19).

The Naval Academy's Junior's National Relay Team -- composed of Amy Betz, Joan Chidester, Maggie Phillips and Natalie Phillips -- competed in the 400- and 800-meter freestyle relays during last week's United States Swimming Spring Nationals at the Centennial Sports Complex's Tracy Caulkins Competition Pool in Nashville, Tenn.

Navy placed 11th in the 400 relay with a team-best time of 4:01.06. Navy placed 11th in the 800 relay in 8:43.20. Both relay times met the Senior National standards, qualifying the team to compete in July's Summer Nationals at the University of Texas in Austin.

The Navy swimmers also swam time trials in several events. Maggie Phillips, a junior at Old Mill, set a Navy team record in the 50 free with a personal best and Junior National cut time of 27.77. She also swam the 100 free in 1:01.92.

Chidester, a junior at Severn School, achieved a Junior National cut time of 2:27.47 in the 200 IM and swam the 100 freestyle in a Junior National cut time of 1:00.20. Betz, a junior at Key School in Annapolis, swam the 200 free in 2:11.53 and the 100 butterfly in 1:06.20.

Five members of the team qualified for the U.S. Swimming Junior National Spring Championships recently at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Navy set 12 team records while recording seven U.S. swimming top 16 times during the four-day event. The team placed 10th out of a total of 70 clubs.

Maggie Phillips made the finals in the 50 free with a sixth-place preliminary time of 24.09, then placed fifth in the final with a top 16 time of 24.02, setting a team record and just missing a Senior National cut by 13-hundredths of a second.

Betz placed ninth in the finals of the 100 fly in 57.07, good enough for a place in the top 16. She also swam the 200 fly in a team-record time of 2:06.83.

Natalie Phillips finished 10th in the 100 fly in 57.18, setting a 14-and-under team record. She also swam best times as lead-off in the relays with a 53.99 in the 100 free and 1:55.88 in the 200 free. In the time trials of the 200 fly, she registered a National cut time of 2:06.66.

Chidester placed 11th in the 500 free, setting a team record in 4:58.54. She also swam a top 16 time and Navy 16-and-under best of 52:14 in the 100 free.

Bembenek set a team record in the 200 back in a time of 1:53.31, while finishing the 50 free in 22.50.

The relay team of Maggie and Natalie Phillips, Betz and Chidester placed fifth and eighth in the 400 (3:30.66) and 800 (7:35.73) free relays, respectively.

Sixty-two swim club members participated in the Maryland "B" All-Star championships at St. Mary's College, as 500 swimmers from 21 clubs were represented.

Navy won took first place in 12 events as Kyle Montgomery took first-place finishes in the 50 free (25.62), 100 free (56.69) and the 100 back (1:05.20) in the 13-14 boys bracket. Kirra Brandon of Hillsmere took two firsts in the girls 13-14 bracket -- the 200 IM (2:27.86) and the 400 IM (5:03.63).

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