AcrobaticsTom Hamblin of Gambrills recently won the...


August 18, 1994|By Steven Kivinski


Tom Hamblin of Gambrills recently won the intermediate men's tumbling at the United States Sports Acrobatics Federation National Championships at the University of Southern Utah.

More than 400 athletes in tumbling and sports acrobatics from across the country competed in the weeklong tournament in Cedar City, Utah.

Hamblin, a 20-year-old member of the MultiSport acrobatics team, landed his back double somersault pass and followed up with a well-executed full-twisting front layout Salto pass.

Also tumbling to a gold medal for MultiSport was Melissa Snow of Bowie, who won the National Tumbling Invitational at the USSAF nationals. Other tumbling medalists included Veronica Hoffman of Crofton, Stacey Cohen of Severna Park, Meredith Carpenter of Crofton and Shannon Enright of Bowie.

Lori Bauer and Meaghan O'Reilly, both of Bowie, earned fifth and sixth place, respectively, in the intermediate level tumbling. Stacey Cohen became a double-medalist when she captured a bronze medal in the intermediate mixed pair with Brian Payne (Crofton).

Bill Leaman and Joshua Adlin were fourth in the men's pairs, and Tom Hamblin and Courtney Davis were fifth in the mixed pairs.

Ande Kims and Meredith Carpenter combined to take sixth in the mixed pairs event and Melissa Snow, Shannon Enright and Katie Eisenhart took 10th in the women's trio competition.


* 15-and-under boys -- Gunther's Little Orioles took fifth place in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 15-and-under World Series in Crystal Lake, Ill., and finished with a 67-6 record, including 7-4 in the round-robin and championship rounds of the CABA.

The Little Orioles were eliminated by the Southern California Dodgers, 4-1. Jared Vogt had pitched the Little Orioles to a 5-0 victory over Bucyrus, Ohio before to the loss to California.


The Severna Park YMCA swim team recently returned from the YMCA Long Course National Championships in Nashville, Tenn., where the girls captured 10th place.

Missy Haynie placed eighth in the 200-meter freestyle, 10th in the 50 freestyle, 11th in the 100 freestyle and 17th in the 50 butterfly.

Stacy Smith took third in the 50 butterfly and 17th in the 100 butterfly, and Kim Kessell captured fifth in the 50 breaststroke and 17th in the 100 breast.

Laura Bodine finished 10th in the 50 breaststroke and 11th in the 100 breast, and Kristin Nelson was 18th in the 50 backstroke and 19th in the 100 backstroke. Paul Tignor was 17th in the 50 backstroke.

Severna Park's Katie DiBlasi, Katie Permenter, Kristin Nelson and Missy Haynie finished eighth in the 200 freestyle relay and ninth in the 400 freestyle relay. Taking 10th in the 200 medley relay and 13th in the 800 freestyle relay were Nelson, Bodine, Missy Haynie and DiBlasi. The 400 medley relay team of Nelson, Bodine, Smith and Haynie took 10th.


The Waugh Chapel diving team dominated the Central Maryland Diving League Individual Championships, placing 15 athletes in the finals, including two gold medalists, three silver and two bronze.

More than 160 of the top springboard divers from 13 teams in the Central Maryland Diving League participated in the tournament presented by Waugh Chapel Swim Club.

Brian Zerrlaut won in the boys 11-12 age group to start off the medal count for the Waugh Chapel Dolphins. He was backed up by Matt Baldridge, who helped the sweep by finishing second in the event.

James Mlynarski continued his dominance of CMDL by winning the 15-18 age group with an impressive display of superior difficulty including front 2 1/2 somersaults. Mike Virtue made it a 1-3 finish for Waugh Chapel as he picked up the bronze medal.

Joe Virtue added a silver medal in the 13-14 boys event with support from Waugh Chapel divers Alan Walkowich (fourth) and Joey Pizzino (seventh) to place three divers in the top eight for the event.

Courtney Davis returned from the National Sports Acrobatics Championships in Utah the previous day to participate in the CMDL diving championships and took second in the 13-14 girls event. Kirstan

Starkey nailed her last dive -- an inward 1 1/2 -- to move into the top eight.

Andrew Mlynarski, who entered the tournament ranked 13th among 11-12 boys, took third in the 11-12 event. Heather Wake, a candidate for most improved diver, finished fifth in her first appearance at the individual championships.

In the 9-10 age group, Jessica Piercy and Ashley Howard took fourth and seventh, respectively. Casey Moore finished fifth and Amy Langendorf was seventh in the 15-18 age group.


Vuong's Tae Kwon Do karate team captured six medals, including four gold at the United States Junior Olympic National Karate Championships in Chicago.

Leading the MultiSport squad was Gene Hoffman of Crofton. Hoffman, 16, won the gold medal in the forms competition for the Green Belt Division in the 133-pound weight class. After fierce preliminary and semifinal rounds in sparring, Hoffman emerged victorious in the finals with another gold medal.

Trevor Baumgartner, 13, of Gambrills also fought for the gold in the 145-pound Green Belt Division.

Seven-year-old Joseph Otero of Crofton was crowned national champion in forms for Yellow Belts in the 60-pound weight class. He was joined by his 12-year-old brother, Jonathan, who won the silver in the forms for 105-pound Green Belts.

Mark Pleasants of Bowie completed the medal count for MultiSport as he captured a bronze in sparring for 65-pound Yellow Belts.

Other local qualifiers participating in the three-day tournament that attracted 4,800 participants were Dane Boucher, Mike O'Brien, Nick Manthos, Randy Deltuva, Jamaal Green, Mike Visitacion, Nick Wehunt and Mike Wehunt.

* Note: You can fax us your Anne Arundel recreation results to 783-2518. Please include first and last names of all participants.

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