Foreign team to make a splash

SIDELINES

June 18, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Former Meade High three-sport athlete Dora Scalco is coordinating a monthlong visit by a swimming team from the Netherlands to the Maryland City area, which is on the tip of western Anne Arundel County.

The foreign swim club will be a guest July 7 to Aug. 5 of the West Arundel Swim Club of the Laurel-Maryland City area and the Sport For Understanding International Exchange.

Scalco is an intern to Ann Wallace at SFU, which brings in teams from all over the world to the United States.

"This will be the first international experience for our community, and I thought it would be kind of neat for them," said Scalco, a 1982 grad of Meade where she played soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

Scalco, who played two years each of basketball and lacrosse at Anne Arundel Community College and Salisbury State before entering Ball State University (Ind.) last year to pursue a graduate internship in sports administration, is working 150 hours at the SFU office in Washington with Wallace.

"When Dora told me that she needed to serve an internship, I suggested the SFU program, and she has done a great job putting together the swim team visit and itinerary," said Wallace, an Annapolis resident and the women's lacrosse coach at the U.S. Naval Academy who is a full-time employee of SFU.

"We've got 11 teams coming from overseas this summer to states all over the country, but the Netherlands swim team is the only team coming to our area. The other closest group is coming to Ohio."

The Netherlands' swim club comprises 16- to 19-year-old boys and girls who will compete against several local teams during their visit and also get the opportunity to qualify for the Laurel Association All Star Swim Meet and participate in a Maryland City area swimming camp.

Veteran coach John Venit, who is swimming coach at Laurel High in Prince George's County and also for the Meade team that competed in the Anne Arundel County Parents for Swimming meet earlier this year, runs a top-notch summer program.

"Mr. Venit's teams have always done well, and he has been a big help to me in setting up this visit," Scalco said.

"Everybody is excited about the team coming over here and looking forward to making them feel at home."

The Dutch swimmers also will visit Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis during their stay.

Scalco has known Wallace since high school when Wallace was coaching field hockey and girls lacrosse at Severn School.

Scalco, 28, one of nine children, hopes to pursue coaching and just completed her first year at Georgetown University as an assistant in women's lacrosse and field hockey.

"I love coaching and want to make it my future," Scalco said.

Speaking of coaching, Wallace is looking for coaching applicants to travel with U.S. teams abroad in 1994 as part of the SFU program.

Anyone interested in taking a team to a foreign country next year may contact Wallace at the SFU office, 1-800-424-3691.

Also, Wallace is hoping to get word soon that the Navy women's lacrosse team that was 5-1 this spring, including a 9-7 victory over Army, will become an official club team in 1994.

Wallace started the women's lacrosse stick program on an informal basis four years ago, and the team has continued to improve each year. She is assisted by Severna Park attorney Kim Aviles, who is a Severn School grad.

*Severna Park athletic director Andy Borland, who just filled the head coaching position for boys basketball with Paul Pellicani, is accepting applications for the Falcons' vacant head and assistant wrestling coaching positions.

Chris Carver gave up the Falcon mat duties after one season. Interested wrestling coaches can call Borland at (410) 544-0900.

Borland also is selling tickets to the First Chesapeake Classic on July 24 at the University of Maryland. A team of graduated (June '93) Maryland high school football All-Stars will meet Virginia in the game, which for Maryland takes the place of the Big 33 Game in Hershey, Pa.

Pennsylvania dropped Maryland from the Big 33 game, and the Maryland State Football Coaches Association came up with the idea to play Virginia. For ticket information call (410) 544-0900 or write Borland at the school, Robinson Road in Severna Park, 21146.

* Did you know that Dave Layton, a former Navy assistant to Paul Evans (now at Pitt) and to Lefty Driesell at the University of Maryland, was an applicant for the Chesapeake High boys basketball position landed by Broadneck assistant John Spinnenweber last week?

Layton, who had been head coach at NCAA Division II West Georgia, withdrew to take an assistant's position at West Point.

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