J. Carroll, N. Harford save best for last SWIMMING ROUNDUP

January 15, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The final relays provided exciting finishes in two of Thursday's three county swimming meets, and John Carroll and North Harford came away winners.

John Carroll, tied with Aberdeen, and 15 points ahead of once-beaten Fallston going to the last relay at Magnolia Middle School, pulled out the victory when its girls teams placed first and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay, and its only boys team got fifth.

At the end, it was John Carroll 205, Aberdeen 203, and Fallston 198, the last closing the gap with a second in the girls relay and a 1-2 finish in the boys relay.

North Harford led Joppatowne by just four points with the 400 jTC freestyle relay left and earned its initial overall first-place team total of the season when its girls teams were second and fourth, and its boys -- behind Todd Musser, Sean Pumphrey, Jason Dixon and Mark Crouse -- were first. The scores at North Harford Middle School were North Harford 194, Joppatowne 178, Edgewood 174, Harford Tech 8.

At Edgewood Middle School, Bel Air ran its string of consecutive dual-meet victories to 102 by beating C. Milton Wright and Havre de Grace, 228 to 208 to 155.

Most of the teams had to shuffle their lineups because county swimmers proved no more immune than their classmates to the flu virus that has contributed to wholesale absences from school recent days.

The standings: Bel Air 8-0; C. Milton Wright 7-2; John Carroll 6-2; Fallston 7-3; Aberdeen 6-3; Havre de Grace 5-5; North Harford 4-6; Joppatowne 3-7; Edgewood 2-8; Harford Tech 0-12.

* Such was the competitiveness of the John Carroll-Aberdeen struggle that no more than one point separated the two going into each of the last five events, with the Patriots having the advantage each time.

Sophomore Sarah Dannenfelser sparked John Carroll with firsts in two of the last three individual events -- 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke -- and the team's two girls relays responded to the closing challenge. Kim Stackhouse, Adrianne Kotula, Allison Stackhouse and Jodi Encapera won in 3 minutes, 59.03 seconds, and Abby Fraser, Marianne Traskey, Carrie Dannenfelser and Jennifer Locke were third. Stackhouse, a junior, was the only nonfreshman of the winning foursome.

Encapera and Fallston's Katy Novotny joined Dannenfelser as double-winners, with none matched against one another in the six races. Encapera won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, and Novotny, the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

* At North Harford, fewer than 10 points separated the three teams for much of the meet and there were five lead changes. The Hawks set up their final relay efforts by making a strong move in the last two individual events.

In the 100 backstroke, freshman Heather Wilkerson won the girls race and senior Beryl Windle and junior Mike Boynton went 1-2 in the boys event; and senior Jason Spacek won the 100 breaststroke. Wilkerson won the 200 individual medley.

For Edgewood, Jenny Beall won the 200 and 500 freestyles, and Sherwin Sapasap, the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle.

Joppatowne's Brad Wink was first in the 100 and 200 freestyles, and Kelly Knight and Jolie Lassahn kept winning hopes alive with a 1-2 finish in the 100 breaststroke. Justin Barnhill collected the Harford Tech points with a second in the 200 freestyle and a fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

* Bel Air had five double-winners on the way to its seventh and eighth wins of the season -- Kelley Flynn, Lauren Hafer, and Kathy Rising for the girls, and Dan Machovec and Jeff DeHart for the boys. A 1-2 finish in each segment of the first individual event, the 200 freestyle, got the team started and it was in command the rest of the way.

C. Milton Wright junior Laura Hershner broke up the string of Bel Air wins (seven of eight) in the individual races when she took the 100 backstroke, and sophomore Chris Cavallaro won the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. The other two individual boys events were won by Havre de Grace's Tom Davis and Sean McCone.

Leading county performances:

Girls events

200 freestyle--Katy Novotny, Fall., 2:03.22; Kelley Flynn, BA, 2:03.25; Melinda Cattell, Ab., 2:03.31. 200 IM--Jodi Encapera, JC, 2:13.03; Novotny, 2:14.25; Lauren Hafer, BA, 2:15.04. 50 freestyle--Cattell, 25.65; Amy Landis, CMW, 26.34; Adrianne Kotula, JC, 26.78. 100 butterfly--Encapera, 1:02.42; Hafer, 1:03.01; Kotula, 1:04.90. 100 freestyle--Novotny 53.81; Meredith Eyler, BA, 57.83; Betn Yonych, BA, 57.95. 500 freestyle--Novotny, 5:20.81; Flynn, 5:25.87; Kotula, 5:28.42. 100 backstroke--Novotny, 1:00.50; Landis, CMW, 1:03.19; Yonych, BA, 1:03.48. 100 breaststroke--Kathy Rising, BA, 1:09.57; Kate Eyler, BA, 1:14.34; Sarah Dannenfelser, JC, 1:16.15.

Boys events

200 freestyle--Dan Machovec, BA, 1:57.46; Jason Glass, JC, 2:01.49; Chris Cavallaro, CMW, 2:07.03. 200 IM--Sherwin Sapasap, Edge., 2:10.12; Machovec, 2:16.10; 50 freestyle--Jeff DeHart, BA, 23.77; Glass, 24.79; Jason Hartsfield, HdG, 24.81. 100 butterfly--DeHart, 57.23; Luke Vesely, Ab., 1:01.56; Steven Abeyta, CMW, 1:03.25. 100 freestyle--Machovec, 53.71; Glass, 54.56; Cavallaro, 55.42. 500 freestyle--Machovec, 5:16.31; Sapasap, 5:26.19; Cavallaro, 5:37.83. 100 backstroke--Glass, 1:01.33; DeHart, 1:01.52; Machovec, 1:06.19. 100 breaststroke--Sapasap, 1:06.02; Greg Hess, BA, 1:12.16; Sean McCone, HdG, 1:12.59.

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