Havre de Grace swimmers make surprising splash

January 09, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Over the past few years, Havre de Grace has enjoyed little swimming success, but times are changing.

Coach Aaron Thompson's Warriors continued to be the surprise team in the county high school league when they swept their opposition for the second straight time last week. This boosted their record to 5-2 and has Thompson talking about a final .500 record.

For some teams, that would be considered a bad year, but for Havre de Grace, which registered three wins and a tie a year ago, it would be a major accomplishment.

Havre de Grace surged past John Carroll when the girls placed second and the boys went 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and the team went on to score 228 points. John Carroll was second with 209, and Edgewood third with 132.

The boys dominated the Havre de Grace action, winning six of the eight individual events and all three relays. John Carroll's Liam Smith prevented a sweep by winning the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle.

Jody Hochstein and Tom Davies were double winners for the Warriors, Hochstein taking the 100 fly in a school-record 1 minute, 13.65 seconds and the 100 backstroke, and Davies winning the 200 and 500 freestyles.

For the girls, John Carroll and Edgewood each had four individual firsts; John Carroll won two of the relays, and Edgewood the other. Havre de Grace's best individual efforts were by Georgianna Davies with two seconds.

Angela Cuneo of John Carroll was the only double-winner (200 individual medley and 500 freestyle). The other Patriots winners were Carrie Dannenfelser and Kim Stackhouse. Edgewood got single wins from Michelle Marsillo, Melissa Marzicola, Carrie Baker, and Jenny Beall. The last three had their best times for their respective events, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.

The Rams have only four boys on the team, and coach Ken Oldendick cited two who have come along nicely, freestylers Justin Davis and George Watson.

* At North Harford Middle School, Bel Air dominated the girls and boys divisions to defeat Fallston in a contest of unbeatens. Bel Air ended with 276 points, followed by Fallston, 194, and North Harford, 110.

Fallston freshman Katy Novotny lowered the county record in the girls 50-yard freestyle to 24:52. Jennifer Murach of Bel Air had set the mark of 24.66 in the season's first meet.

Bel Air, which won all but two of the girls events and all the boys events, finished with five double-winners. Among the girls, Jamee Eben won the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle, and Kathy Rising, the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.

For the boys, Erik Jankowiak won the 50 and 100 freestyles; Jeff DeHart had his best times of the season in taking the 100 butterfly in 59.22, and the 100 backstroke in 1:01.11, and Jeff Warwick won the 100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle.

* At Edgewood Middle School, C. Milton Wright pulled ahead in the ninth of 11 events and held on to defeat Aberdeen, 223-196. Joppatowne had 137 and Harford Tech 3.

Matt Chairs highlighted the C. Milton Wright triumph with wins in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. For Joppatowne, Mike Hemelt remained unbeaten in the 100 breaststroke.

In the girls events, Wright ended with 102 points, needing a second in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, to get past Joppatowne, third in the race for a total of 101.

Top performances included wins in the 50 and 100 freestyles by Aberdeen's Cindy Cattall; wins by Wright's Jeanie Prothero in the 100 butterfly and Laura Hirshner in the 100 backstroke; and Joppatowne's Carrie Gorsuch's win in the 100 breaststroke and leg on the the winning 200 freestyle relay team.

After three (of seven) weeks, Bel Air leads the league with a record of 6-0, followed by Fallston, 5-1.

Edgewood seeks grid coach

Deadline to apply for the vacant position of head football coach at Edgewood High School is Friday. Applications should be sent to Bob Slagle, athletic director, 2415 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood, Md. 21040. The position became open with the resignation of Steve Salters after last season.

Around the colleges

Lehigh sophomore Joanne Sonberg (John Carroll) of Joppa, a distance freestyler on the women's swimming team, won the 1,000 freestyle in 11:18.73 in a Patriot League victory over Fordham.

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