L. Clifton boys and Western really dominate City competition Both teams win six of 11 events but no overall title

February 10, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

There were no team scores kept at yesterday's Baltimore City swimming championships at City College, but by night's end at least two teams had proven themselves more than seaworthy.

The Lake Clifton boys and Western girls dominated, with each team winning six of 11 events.

"We swam very well," said Lake Clifton coach Kim Williams, whose team finished 5-1-1 during the regular season. "A lot of kids had personal bests, and I'm really happy with their performance."

Julian Wilkens -- first in the 500 freestyle and 200 freestyle -- and Quinn Gooden -- first in the 100 fly and 200 individual medley -- led the way for Lake Clifton, with teammates Elson Hendricks and Keith Johnson also chipping in with strong performances.

The Patterson boys, paced by winners Rahim Booth (100 back) and Mike Jaski (50 free) also made a strong showing.

On the girls side, Western dominated. The Doves swam to top-three finishes 15 times, led by winners Shannon Moore (100 breast, 50 free), Kimya McCoy (200 free) and the 200 medley and 200 and 400 free relay teams.

"I'm really proud of them," said Western coach Debbie Walker, whose team finished 5-3-1 during the season despite swimming a co-ed schedule.

Tarsha Smith, Carrie Gifford, Meg Gifford, Amy Burke, Sara Peyrot, Rebecca Freed, Amy Lewis, Mel Gray, Stephanie Maiham, Rose Gookin and Jennifer Smith also had top finishes for the victors.

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