Speed Team Wins Again

September 15, 1995|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Sun Staff Writer

The Pasadena Speed Team has added another haul of gold, silver and bronze to the display case at the roller rink on Mountain Road where the team practices.

The team, made up of young skaters from throughout the metropolitan area, returned earlier this month from two national meets where all 14 skaters placed among the top six finishers in their events and nine of them won medals.

"They did well," said coach Ron Kane. "They did Maryland proud."

The big winner was 7-year-old Julie Henley of Catonsville, who captured a national championship at the Indoor Speed Roller Skating Championships in Syracuse, N.Y., last month.

Julie won the crown for girls ages 6-7 with first-place finishes in the 300-meter, 400-meter, and 500-meter races.

Now the third-grader from Westowne Elementary School has a lot to crow about.

"It's great," Julie said. "It means that I'm No. 1 in the country."

Julie denied she was nervous at the meet, but her parents weren't so blase.

"It was a very intense moment because she made us wait until the very last moment to win," said Julie's mother, Jo Ann Henley. "I was hoarse from screaming. I almost lost my voice."

Tiffany Palmer of Gambrills won the silver medal in the 10-11 girls' group.

"I felt good because I went against some big, tall people," said 10-year-old Tiffany.

"And they were really hard. They were older than me."

At the U.S. Roller Skating and Junior Olympic Championship in Fresno, Calif., this month, Brandon Serfass of Old Mill captured the silver medal in the 8-9 boys' group.

Monique Phillips of Pasadena won second place in the 18-25 ladies' group and teamed with Theresa Rankin of Glen Burnie to grab a bronze in the two-lady 2,000-meter race.

Meanwhile, Ms. Phillips' younger sister, Monica Phillips, won second place in the 12-13 ladies' group. She also joined Melissa Beverly of Pasadena to win a silver in the 2-lady 2,000-meter race and teamed with John Kiser of Linthicum to capture third in the 2-mix 2,000-meter race.

The team, the only one of its kind in Maryland, was formed in 1988, said the 57-year-old Mr. Kane, who has led the team since 1989. Since 1991, the team has qualified every year for the national meets.

Although his skaters did well, Mr. Kane said they might have done even better if it hadn't been for jet lag and California's dry, hot weather.

"It gets a little difficult to breathe, but they have to deal with it," Mr. Kane said. "The kids expect it."

The Junior Olympics is a proving ground for the indoor competition, and the 10 Pasadena skaters who won medals there must move on to the next level. But Mr. Kane said he is not worried about training new skaters for the Junior Olympics.

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