Severna Park boys set record for county title

May 07, 1994|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Special to The Sun

Severna Park's boys gymnasts, avenging a loss to Arundel by three-tenths of a point last week, topped the Wildcats handily yesterday for their second straight Anne Arundel County title.

The Falcons, ahead after the final two of three rounds, finished with a school-record 149.5 points to the host Wildcats' 145.3.

Earlier, in a quad-meet at Severna Park, Arundel had earned a 132 to 131.7 victory.

So what made the difference this time for the Falcons?

"Going through their full routines, the positive reinforcement that they've gotten, and it was an away meet. At home, they feel too comfortable," said Falcons first-year coach Bryan Zuber.

Chesapeake nipped Old Mill, 137.8 to 137.7, for third and Annapolis (89.1) and Broadneck (84.2) rounded the field.

Arundel freshman James Mlynarski won the all-around title.

Of the six routines, he won five -- floor exercise (9.0), vault (8.9), still rings (8.3), parallel bars (7.8) and pommel horse (7.0), finishing at 48.4 overall. He won 40 of 42 individual events throughout the season.

Mlynarski's scores on vault, rings, parallel bars and floor were personal bests. His floor exercise, containing complex passes with multiple twisting and flipping, was his favorite.

Mlynarski, who competes year-round for Barlow's gym in Annapolis and on the Junior Olympic level, acknowledged a slight surprise in his performance.

"I didn't think I'd do as good a job as I did today," he said.

"I was a little bit tired and my first event [high bar] didn't go as well as I planned. But I came back."

Annapolis senior Ole Jakebson, a Norwegian exchange student, placed second in all-around (44.8), followed by freshmen Jacob Hildebrand of Severna Park (39.3) and Jeff Bernia of Broadneck (38.7). Jakebson won high bar (7.9) in the remaining single exercise.

Hildebrand initially "set the pace" for the Falcons, said Zuber, who expected the close competition between Severna Park, Arundel and Chesapeake.

Hildebrand's team-best 5.9 on high bar, the Falcons' first event, led to Severna Park's early 20.3-18.4 lead over Arundel.

The Wildcats rebounded by winning pommel horse for an overall 38.8-38.5 edge, but the Falcons won the next two routines -- parallel bars and rings -- and never trailed again.

Although the Wildcats outscored Severna Park in the last two exercises, vault and floor exercise, they were particularly hurt on parallel bars and rings, losing 6.3 points to a program that has emerged a perennial contender in recent years.

"If we could lose all season and we win tonight, then we win," Zuber said.

"I don't let their minds get boggled up in negatives and the bad points of their meets. I knew if we hit tonight, we had a good possibility of taking it."

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