Fallston defends Harford boys title, ends Bel Air's dominance overall

February 10, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Fallston used solid performances and depth to successfully defend its boys title, and at the end it was enough to thwart Bel Air, 492 to 460.5, for the overall championship of the 17th Harford County championships at Magnolia Middle School yesterday.

It marked the Cougars' first overall title after two straight runner-up finishes, and ended Bel Air's record-shattering run of five successive championships.

"We got great efforts from our girls [five firsts Thursday], and of the 16 boys we entered in Wednesday's trials, all but one competed here. We got just a great team effort," coach Mark Rhine said.

"We needed a little more," said Bel Air coach Jeff DeMott. "We hoped to get five firsts from our girls, and we got two. We had 11 boys here, and won five individual events and two relays. We simply could not overcome their numbers."

Two unbeaten Bel Air seniors went out in style. Jeff Warwick, who got the 100 breaststroke record in the trials, won that and the 100 butterfly.

Dan Machovec won the 200 individual medley, defended in the 500 freestyle, and teamed with Warwick, 50-free winner Bruce Tackett and C.J. Blinke to lower their own county record in the 400 freestyle relay (3 minutes, 32.05 seconds).

Machovec ended his school career by winning four gold medals for a third straight year.

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