The Teams At A Glance

February 27, 1994|By John W. Stewart

* Coach Jeff DeMott -- Directed Bel Air to an undefeated dual-meet season and the school's fourth successive county championship. The Michigan native earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Iowa and Iowa State, respectively, and remained at Iowa State in a coaching capacity. He came to Harford County two years ago and is on the staff at Harford Tech. Bel Air won the team title with 531 points.

* Cindy Cattell -- She had her fastest times in getting seconds in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke at the county meet.

* Melinda Cattell -- Placed third in the 200 (her best time) and third in the 500 freestyle in the championships. The sisters also were on the Eagles' relay teams.

* Matt Chairs -- He successfully defended his county 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 14.37 seconds, his best time of the year, and tops among the meet entries, and came back five minutes later to get second in the 100 butterfly, where he was the defender. One of two boys to repeat on the All-County team.

* Sarah Dannenfelser -- Had her fastest times in earning second in the 200 freestyle and second in the 100 breaststroke, clipping more than three seconds off a previous best in the latter race.

* Tom Davies -- Seconds in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle helped Havre de Grace to improve on last year's point score by more than 100 points and move from ninth to seventh in the team standings.

* Jeff DeHart -- Dipped under one minute in winning county titles in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. He was the only entrant to break one minute in either event.

* Anna DeMott -- The 50 freestyle defender was .16 slower than a year ago and placed third in an event where .10 separated the first four finishers. She was a member of both of Bel Air's record relays, 200 medley and 400 freestyle. She is one of three girls to repeat as an All-County choice.

* Jamee Eben -- Dropped out of 200 freestyle right after swimming a leg on Bel Air's record medley relay, then came back to win the 100 butterfly and lead off the record 400 free relay.

* David Fazenbaker -- He was an easy winner in the diving, then came back in the swimming portion of the championships to handle a leg on Fallston's winning 200 free relay.

* Kelley Flynn -- She won the county 200 freestyle, holding off Dannenfelser in a race between two stellar freshmen, then chased McCarthy home in the 500 freestyle, 5:21.69 to 5:22.92.

* Matt Gerring -- He was the only Aberdeen boy to score in two events -- third in the 200 free and second in the 100 back -- in the county meet.

* Erik Jankowiak -- Selected as the Boys Swimmer of the Year after winning county titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle races and providing season-long senior leadership on a team dominated by juniors and sophomores. He is the other repeater among the boys on the All-County squad.

* Kristen Jortland -- The leader on a girls team that lost only to Bel Air in head-to-head meets during the season, then anchored a Joppatowne 200 free relay that finished second to John Carroll by less than a body length at the championships.

* David Kopp -- Finished a solid career by placing in the 50 free and 100 free, and swimming a relay leg at the county meet.

* Jake Lewis -- Chased Jankowiak in the county 50 and 100 freestyles, losing by .04 and .03, respectively. In each event, the two were 1-2 in times for the season.

* Dan Machovec -- Had the fastest time among the championship entries for the 200 and 500 freestyle races and won both, lowering his times by more than three seconds and 10 seconds, respectively.

* Michelle Marsillo -- Another repeater from a year ago, she lopped a second off her best time in placing second in the 100 fly after getting fifth in the 50 free in back-to-back races.

* Paige McCarthy -- One of Fallston's two outstanding freshman girls, she won county titles in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle.

* Jenn Murach -- Joined DeMott and Eben as senior standouts for Bel Air (they were three-fourths of the school's record relay teams). She won the 50 freestyle and was second in the 100 free in addition to her relay work at the county meet.

* Katy Novotny -- Selected as the Girls Swimmer of the Year after a record-smashing season. The freshman capped this by setting county standards at the championships in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. In each instance she lowered her own mark, and her 52.66 in the 100 free qualified her for US Swimming's Junior Nationals. At the end of the season, she held the county record in three events, picking up the 50 freestyle last month.

* Kathy Rising -- Last year's Girls Swimmer of the Year, she highlighted this season by lowering her 100 breaststroke record from two years ago, first in the preliminaries from 1:10.50 to 1:09.82, and to 1:08.36 in the final. She was the only non-senior on Bel Air's record relays.

* Brian Schroeder -- He was third in the championship 50 free and 100 free, and anchored Fallston's winning 200 freestyle relay.

* Lindsay Shellenberger -- She won the diving, improving on her third of a year ago by nearly 10 points, and finishing her last season (and the last for the event in the county) unbeaten.

* Brad Snyder -- The county champion in the 100 breaststroke and the runner-up in the 200 individual medley, he also led off Fallston's winning relay. He, Schroeder and Doug Loyd -- all seniors -- plus McCarthy and Novotny helped Fallston finish second to Bel Air in the championship team race, the school's highest finish and a dramatic improvement on a year ago. The Cougars went from sixth with 244 points to second with 403.

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