Mead's practice turns out perfect as skating competition approaches

November 01, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Figure skater Tiffany Mead started assembling a program just two weeks before the Oct. 15 Diamond State Autumn Skate at the Skating Club of Wilmington, Del.

The Owen Brown seventh-grader planned to use the competition as practice for the upcoming South Atlantic regional qualifier. Instead, she came home with the gold medal in the juvenile division.

"I had a positive attitude, but I didn't go into it thinking I was going to win," said Mead, 12. "Then I had a perfect warm-up and I was the only person in my group who skated everything clean and landed everything."

Her father, Tom Mead, said winning the gold with so little preparation was remarkable. "It's like if you had a kid who could throw an 88 mile-an-hour fastball, and that morning he threw 91 miles an hour, then he goes to the game and throws 97."

But Mead has a knack for skating her best in competition. If she can continue that, she could earn her first trip to a national-level competition with a strong finish at the South Atlantic qualifier, Nov. 14-18 at the University of Delaware in Newark.

Winning at Diamond State sure helped.

"It was a real confidence-builder," she said. "It shows me that the program is good enough to place at South Atlantics. I still have to work on it, but this shows it doesn't need a complete face lift."

Clean sweep

Glenelg Country School's field hockey team swept unbeaten through its Association of Independent Schools B Division schedule.

Thursday's 2-1 victory over John Carroll clinched the regular-season league championship and handed the Dragons (10-1-1) the top seed when the B Division tournament begins next week.

Crunch-time Gladiator

Glenelg's Emily Cox did not score a goal against Howard County girls soccer competition last year, but she's made up for it this season.

The senior striker leads the team with 11 goals and three assists. Even more impressively, she had a hand in every goal in five of the Gladiators' eight wins and scored the game-winner four times. In one week early in the season, Cox scored all five of her

team's goals in wins over Liberty and North Carroll.

All winners

Every Howard County girls soccer teams remains alive after one round of regional playoff competition.

Centennial, Glenelg and Oakland Mills all recorded shutouts, combining to outscore their opponents 8-0 on Friday. Mount Hebron's Julie Kickham scored all her team's goals in a 4-3 win over Westminster.

Centennial got an early goal from Katie Garrity and some big saves from keeper Rima Sidhu to get past South Carroll, 1-0, in Class 3A-4A West action.

Emily Cox and Carolyn Flowers scored to lead Glenelg over Northeast, 2-0. For Oakland Mills, Antoinette Bwayla scored twice and Ginny Dye, Noelle Brown and Maureen Brudzinski added single goals in a 5-0 win at Southern.

Howard, Wilde Lake, Atholton and Hammond all had first-round byes and begin regional play today or tomorrow.

The luck of the draw

Sunday's lottery at Howard for the open regional volleyball tournament proved that luck does not necessarily run with the host school.

Howard (2-12) came up with the day's most unfortunate draw, the seventh seed in Class 3A East. Although the Lions drew a first-round bye, they must travel to No. 1 and second seed Centennial (18-1) on Monday for their second-round match.

Mount Hebron (12-4) got one of the best draws in that same region, landing in the opposite half of the bracket from defending champ Centennial. The fifth-seeded Vikings meet City in the first round and if they win, play top-seeded James M. Bennett in the second.

In Class 2A South, all four Howard County teams ended up in the same half of the 16-team bracket, but only eighth-seeded Atholton plays a first-round game. The Raiders (8-6) will play host to Lackey on Friday. Hammond (2-12) drew the top seed, defending champ Glenelg (11-3) was seeded fourth and Oakland Mills (6-7) fifth.

The lone Class 1A team, Wilde Lake (3-11), drew the second seed in the South region and will play host to the Smithsburg-Boonsboro winner Monday.

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