CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Mark Rhine & Nancy Schroeder, Fallston -- After graduating 10 from a 12-2 team of a year ago, the Cougars had only two seniors. But the coaches directed a balanced group that placed first in three meets and finished with a 12-5 record. Among the boys, Ben Newhart and Mike Taylor were the only Fallston representatives (one apiece) among the top five fastest times for each event, and among the girls, Katy Novotny and Paige McCarthy were the only ones in the top 10.
Swimmer of the Year -- Kathy Rising, Bel Air, Sr. -- She completed an undefeated breaststroke season, and four-year All-County domination of the event with a record 1 minute, 7.63 seconds in the county championships. During the season, she won freestyle and butterfly races and finished second in the county 100 butterfly. During her career, she lowered the county breaststroke record each year and won four successive county titles in the event (13 gold medals overall).
Cindy Cattell, Aberdeen, Soph. -- She had her fastest times of the year at the county meet, placing second in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 backstroke.
Melinda Cattell, Aberdeen, Sr. -- Her season's freestyle times placed her second in the 50, second in the 100 and fifth in the 200. At the county meet, she was fourth in the 100 and 200.
Jodi Encapera, John Carroll, Fresh. -- Despite an injury-filled season, she had a county-record 2:13.03 in the 200 individual medley. At the county meet, where she competed with a hard cast on her broken left foot, she was fifth in the 100 butterfly.
Kate Eyler, Bel Air, Jr. -- She had two county seconds: 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.
Meredith Eyler, Bel Air, Fresh. -- Kate's younger sister ended the season with county showings of second in 100 freestyle and third in 200 freestyle. She had top 10 times in six events.
Kelley Flynn, Bel Air, Soph. -- She had her fastest times defending the 200 freestyle and winning the 500 freestyle.
Lauren Hafer, Bel Air, Soph. -- A double-winner at the county level, her times were the year's third-fastest in the 200 IM and second-fastest in the 100 butterfly.
Laura Hershner, C.M. Wright, Jr. -- Half of a 1-2 combination for the Mustangs, she had top 10 times in seven of the eight individual events. At the county meet, she was third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 500 freestyle.
Adrianne Kotula, John Carroll, Fresh. -- She made the top seven times in seven events, and at the county meet, took third in the 100 butterfly and third in the 500 freestyle.
Amy Landis, C.M. Wright, Sr. -- The other dominant Wright entry won the county 50 freestyle in 25.94 (her first individual gold since the 100 backstroke as a freshman) and was second in the 100 backstroke.
Paige McCarthy, Fallston, Soph. -- One of two Cougars' standouts, she was second in the 200 and 500 freestyles.
Katy Novotny, Fallston, Soph. -- She had the season's best times, and successfully defended county titles in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
Beth Yonych, Bel Air, Jr. -- She capped a solid year at the county meet with thirds in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and was part of two winning relays.
Jennifer Beall, Edgewood; Carrie Dannenfelser, Sarah Dannenfelser, John Carroll; Meredith Garback, Bel Air; Kristin Jortland, Kelly Knight, Joppatowne; Brie Landis, C. Milton Wright; Jennifer O'Reilly, Aberdeen; Eva Pierorazio, Joppatowne; Amie Scharpf, Bel Air; Heather Wilkinson, North Harford; Laura Yonych, Bel Air.
Swimmer of the Year -- Jeff DeHart, Bel Air, Sr. -- His winning county meet times of 55.89 in the 100 butterfly and his school-record 58.15 in the 100 backstroke were the year's fastest in the two events, and he was the only one with sub-60-second times in either event. With two relay golds, he had four county golds for the second straight year.
Chris Cavallaro, C.M. Wright, Soph. -- One of only three to break two minutes during the year, he was second in the county 200 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle.
Tom Davies, Havre de Grace, Soph. -- He was the leader of the Warriors' undefeated dual-meet boys team with the season's second-fastest 200 freestyle and third-fastest 200 IM and 500 freestyle times. At the county meet, he was second in the IM and 500.
Jason Glass, John Carroll, Sr. -- He had the year's fastest 50 and 100 freestyle times, and won both events at the county meet. During the year, he was among the top six times for 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle and 200 IM.
Greg Hess, Bel Air, Sr. -- An unsung hero for the county champions all year, at the championships he was second in the 50 freestyle, third in the 100 freestyle, and swam legs on two winning relays.
Mike Iacchei, John Carroll, Fresh. -- He was fourth in the 200 IM and second in the 100 butterfly with the year's second-fastest time at the county meet.
Dan Machovec, Bel Air, Jr. -- A four-gold performer in the championships for the second straight year, he successfully defended individual titles in the 200 and 500 freestyles.