Havre de Grace boys near mark

January 22, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The boys' half of the Havre de Grace High School swimming team is closing in on what might be an unprecedented occurrence.

With two tri-meets left on the regular schedule, the Warriors have record of 12-0, and memories -- some of which go back more than 30 years -- cannot recall any kind of a school team going through a season undefeated.

Havre de Grace added two more wins last week at Magnolia Middle School when it defeated John Carroll and Edgewood. Overall, John Carroll won the meet with 242 points to 205 for Havre de Grace, and 145 for Edgewood.

In other results, the Bel Air girls and boys each won six of the eight individual events, and went on to total 245 points in defeating Fallston, 217, and North Harford, 112, at North Harford Middle School.

At Edgewood Middle School, C. Milton Wright, trailing by a point with four races left, got a 1-2 finish from Steve Abeyta and Roger Dael in the 100 breaststroke and won both 400 freestyle relays to pull away from Aberdeen, 239-215. Joppatowne was third, 134, and Harford Tech fourth, 6.

Two reasons the Havre de Grace boys are doing so well are Sean McCone and Mike Hitchings.

Both came to the program with zero background in the sport, and now, as senior veterans, they have turned out to be two of coach Aaron Thompson's leaders.

McCone, who was recruited out of one of Thompson's classes, is in his third season, and Hitchings, who ran cross country and track and needed something to stay in shape between the two, '' is in his second.

Both are backed by outstanding work habits, in the classroom as well as the pool. Their competitiveness, in fact, first surfaced in their academics several years ago.

"We're both good students and it kind of just developed," Hitchings said. "It has been ongoing, but the emphasis is on pushing each other to work harder."

McCone has a 3.9 average, and Hitchings, 3.83, and McCone has found time, too, to be a four-year volunteer (current president) with SMILES, a student-oriented community service program.

"Our team goal was a better record [boys/girls combined for 9-5 last year], and the individual goals were to improve, whether just to score points in a regular meet or good enough to medal in the county meet," McCone said.

In last week's meet, Hitchings was one of three individual winners for Havre Grace. Jason Glass was a double-winner for John Carroll, and Sherwin Sapasap was a double-winner for Edgewood.

John Carroll dominated the girls portion of the meet, winning all eight individual events. In the case of four of them -- Jodi Encapera twice, Sarah Dannenfelser and Adrianne Kotula -- it marked the first time each had competed in the event. The 200 freestyle time of 1 minute, 59.51 seconds by Encapera was the fastest for the event this season.

In the other meets:

* For Bel Air, Laura Hafer, Dan Machovec and Jeff DeHart were double-winners with DeHart's times of 52.96 in the 100 freestyle and 1:00.47 in the 100 backstroke the year's fastest.

Fallston had the other top individuals, Katy Novotny, two wins, including the 50 freestyle with the season's fastest time, 25.38, plus Michael Taylor and Tom Cole.

Heather Wilkerson, a second, and Jason Spacek, a second and a third, were the North Harford leaders.

* At Edgewood Middle School, Amy Landis, Chris Cavallaro, and Abeyta each won two events for C. Milton Wright, and sisters Melinda and Cindy Cattell, plus Andy Korch and Luke Vesely each won two for Aberdeen.

Along with a victory by Kelly Knight in the breaststroke, the most impressive Joppatowne work was done by the four-member boys team, as it doubled in the individual events and combined to get thirds in two relays.

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