SwimmingMembers of the Harford County YMCA Hurricanes...


April 24, 1994|By Mike Jefferson


Members of the Harford County YMCA Hurricanes returned from the YMCA Short Course Swimming and Diving Championships in Florida with several notable performances.

Swimming outdoors in a 50-meter pool, Kathy Rising placed 11th in the 100-meter backstroke in 1 minute, 6.81 seconds to advance to the round of 16, where she finished 16th in 1:07.39. She competed against 117 swimmers, and her time not only earned her YMCA Short Course All-America status, it qualified her as a top 16 Junior National swimmer.

Beth Goodwin, who swam strongly in the 50 free, tied with two swimmers for the 16th spot in preliminary competition and was forced into a three-way swim-off. She finished third, thereby not qualifying to advance to the final round of 16, but her time of 24.47 was a top-16 Junior National time. She also became a YMCA Short Course All-America with this finish among 243 competitors.

In 200 freestyle relay action, Goodwin, Melinda Cattell, Amy Landis and Jamee Eben placed 19th of 70 teams in 1:40.01. Landis, Eben, and Goodwin also teamed with Rising to place 22nd of 80 teams in the 200 medley relay.

Landis, Rising, Goodwin and Kate Eyler finished the 400 medley relay in 4:11.12 to place 38th of 77 teams, while Goodwin, Cattell, Meredith Eyler and Eben placed 37th of 62 teams in the 400 free relay in 3:42.61.

In individual swimming, Eben (54.93) and Goodwin (55.00) placed in the top half in 100 free competition, and Landis finished in the top half of her competition in the 100 backstroke, which she swam in 1:02.16.

Brian Richardson, the only local male swimmer to advance to the nationals, finished strongly in the 100 backstroke in 57.59. He also qualified for next year's nationals with a 2:04.96 finish in the 200 backstroke.

In all, these swimmers were competing with over 200 teams representing 32 states.


Mandy Robinson, competing for the Harford Gymnastics Training Center in Joppa, placed in two events at the U.S. Gymnastics Federation Level 10 Regionals at Henderson High School in Westchester, Pa., last weekend.

Competing against gymnasts from Region VII, which includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia, Robinson won the bronze on balance beam with 9.275. She finished fourth on vault with 9.225.

Boys soccer

The under-16 Lazers S.C. earned their second win in the Baltimore Beltway League with a 2-1 victory over the Greater Harford Soccer Club Thunder last weekend. Alan Batac and Alex Balbir scored for the Lazers. The Lazers S.C. also recorded a Beltway victory over the 78 Hickory Lazers, 2-1. In Maryland State Cup tournament action, the Lazers rocked the Columbia Ravens, 8-1, in their first outing, but lost to the Baltimore Stars in the round-robin tournament. The top two teams in each bracket of the State Cup advance to the semifinals.


To report recreation scores and results send detailed information to: Sports Dept, Harford County, Baltimore Sun, 15 Churchville Road, Ste 112, Bel Air, Md, 21014. Deadline noon Thursday. Fax # 893-3252.

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