Relay lifts C.M. Wright by Fallston

January 08, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

C. Milton Wright swimmers dueled Fallston event for event and used two second places in the closing 400-yard freestyle relay to record a 219-204 victory at Magnolia Middle School Thursday night. Edgewood followed with 112, and Harford Tech, 12. It was Fallston's first loss.

In other third-week action, Bel Air earned its 100th triumph since the sport went into the county program in the late 1970s, when it registered 251, backed by Aberdeen 220, and North Harford 117, at North Harford Middle School, and John Carroll 209, Havre de Grace 194 and Joppatowne 160, at Edgewood Middle School.

There were two county record-setting performances, both in the same girls event. Sophomore Katy Novotny of Fallston lowered her 200-yard individual medley mark from 2 minutes, 14.25 seconds to 2:14.24, and John Carroll freshman Jodi Encapera bettered that with 2:13.03.

The standings: Bel Air 6-0; Fallston 7-1, C. Milton Wright 6-1; Aberdeen 5-2; John Carroll 4-2; Havre de Grace 5-3; Edgewood 1-6; Joppatowne 1-6; North Harford 1-6; Harford Tech 0-9.

* At Magnolia, Novotny was really tested for the first time when she took off four yards behind C. Milton Wright's Amy Landis on the anchor leg of the girls 400 freestyle relay. It took the county record-holder about 95 yards to make up the difference, and she won by two feet with an unofficial split of 52.37.

Landis, a senior, did a great job in holding off her challenger as long as she did, considering the Wright swimmer's best 100 time is in the 56s. Earlier in the program, Landis had won the 100 free in 59.47, and Novotny and Landis had gone 1-2 in the 100 backstroke.

Aside from Novotny, Edgewood's Michelle Marsillo was a double-winner in the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle.

For the boys, Sherwin Sapasap of Edgewood (200 individual medley and 500 freestyle) and Steven Abeyta of Wright (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) had two firsts.

Senior Justin Barnhill, with a second in the 200 freestyle and a fourth in the 500 freestyle, accounted for eight of Harford Tech's points. Fifths by freshman Jen Wolcott in the girls 50 freestyle and freshman Chris Loucks in the boys 100 breaststroke picked up the others.

Of the team's five swimmers, Barnhill is the only holdover. In addition to Barnhill, Wolcott and Loucks, coach Susan Austin has senior Chris Rogers and freshman Stephanie Carroll.

* At North Harford, Melinda Cattell of Edgewood was the lone double-winner with firsts in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle.

The Bel Air girls won all but three events -- Cattell's two and the 50 free by her sister, Cindy Cattell -- and the boys, with four double-winners, took the eight individual races and two of the three relays they entered. Aberdeen won the medley relay.

Winning twice for the boys were seniors DeHart and Greg Hess and juniors C.J. Blinke and Dan Machovec. Aberdeen got seconds from juniors Andy Korch (50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke) and Luke Vesely (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke).

The top individual efforts for North Harford were by freshman Heather Wilkerson and senior Todd Musser. Wilkerson had thirds in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and Musser, second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle.

* At Edgewood, John Carroll moved ahead of Havre de Grace in the second event, the 200 individual medley, and protected its advantage the rest of the way.

John Carroll had three double winners, as Encapera added the 100 backstroke to her individual medley; Adrienne Kotula in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly; and Jason Glass, 200 freestyle and 50 freestyle.

Among the girls, John Carroll won all the events but the 100 breaststroke, where Joppatowne's Kelly Knight and Jolie Lasahn went 1-2. In six individual events and one relay, John Carroll went 1-2. The Patriots girls accounted for 148 of their school's overall total. Joppatowne had 107 of its final total.

For the boys, John Carroll's only winner, aside from Glass, was Mike Iaccheia. Havre de Grace won the remaining five individual events and two of the three relays.

Joppatowne, undermanned all season, turned out enough for a relay, third in the 200 medley. Junior Brad Wink added seconds in the 200 and 100 freestyle races, and freshman Chip Reiter added a second in the 100 backstroke and a third in the 200 individual medley.

Thursday's schedule: Edgewood, Joppatowne, North Harford, Harford Tech at North Harford Middle School; Aberdeen, Fallston, John Carroll at Magnolia Middle School; Havre de Grace, Bel Air, C. Milton Wright at Edgewood Middle School.

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