Flip in roles for Towson gymnastics pair

ON COLLEGES

March 26, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Towson State's gymnastics team competed in its final regular-season meet Saturday night before embarking for West Virginia and the East Atlantic Gymnastics League championships this weekend. That meant the last home appearance for seniors Pam Johnson and Sari Lehmuskallio, whose farewell seasons have been somewhat unusual.

Johnson, who was hindered by injuries for most of her career, has been exceptional this year. A personal highlight was her first all-around title, which came at last month's TSU Invitational.

"She's waited three years for this," said coach Dick Filbert.

Lehmuskallio, a strong candidate for GTE Academic All-America honors who is graduating a year early, won the ECAC beam championship last spring with a meet-record 9.85, and set school single-season records for vault and beam average.

But she missed the first three competitions this season because of mononucleosis before returning for the Governor's Cup in early February.

She has made steady progress since, tying for first in the vault (9.75) in an upset loss to North Carolina on March 16, then tying Johnson for third on beam (9.725) and taking fourth in floor (9.775) in Towson's victories over No. 10 Kentucky, George Washington and Cornell.

"She's the most consistent gymnast I've ever coached, and she's certainly one of the top scholar-athletes ever at Towson State," Filbert said.

Lehmuskallio represented Finland at the European championships in Stockholm in 1994, scoring a 9.00 in vault and 8.75 in floor exercise.

Schaub Loyola bulwark

Goaltending was supposed to be a concern for Loyola women's lacrosse coach Diane Aikens after losing last year's starter, Dana Hoffman. But someone forgot to tell senior Erika Schaub.

Schaub, who started three of the eight games she appeared in last spring, got the nod this year over converted attacker Kourtney Heavey after an impressive stint in a 4-1 preseason win over James Madison. She didn't allow a goal in 45 minutes in an 11-5 victory over Towson State on March 9, then made eight saves in a 9-8 upset of No. 3 Penn State.

Next came No. 9 Old Dominion, and a career-high 13 saves in Loyola's 9-6 victory. Last Tuesday, she stopped 11 shots and surrendered four goals in a rain-soaked 15-6 win over Pennsylvania. And Saturday, she had nine saves as the Greyhounds rallied past James Madison, 8-7.

Navy's Johnson on target

Navy senior Joe Johnson scored 1,170 in the smallbore classification to place first in the NCAA Collegiate Rifle National Championships in Colorado Springs. Johnson, an All-American the past two seasons, is the Midshipmen's first NCAA rifle champion since it became a varsity sport in 1980.

Coach Ray Anti said Johnson easily is a future Navy Hall of Famer and may have established himself as the best marksman in academy rifle history.

Johnson was named Outstanding Athlete of the championships, and Anti was chosen Coach of the Year after guiding Navy to a 14-0 record and No. 4 national ranking.

Miscellaneous

Salisbury State senior lacrosse attackman Jason Coffman, needing 37 goals and 75 points to become the NCAA Division III all-time leader in both categories, has some swelling in his right knee and is day-to-day. . . . Loyola junior midfielder Michelle Meyer (Broadneck) will be granted another year of eligibility after missing most of last season with a knee injury. . . . Maryland sophomore Scott Grayson became the first Terps swimmer in five years to advance to the NCAA championships when he qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke. . . . Nine of the 11 offensive starters on Towson State's football team had a 3.0 GPA or better last semester, including the entire offensive line. . . . Fourteen members of Towson State's women's soccer team made the NAC academic honor roll with GPAs of 3.0 or higher, led by Robyn Harry at 4.0. In all, 49 Tigers qualified in seven NAC sports. . . . Two Johns Hopkins athletes were named to the GTE College Division Men's Academic All-District II At-Large Team: Junior cross country runner Paul DiCamillo (4.0 GPA) and senior soccer defenseman Jared Lawrence of Randallstown (3.65 GPA) . . . Johns Hopkins sophomore Rocio Lopez of Puerto Rico won a national title in the 100-yard butterfly (58.50) at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta. . . Seniors Jennifer Beard, Jennifer Dickens and Toby Fingeroth, juniors Loren Rosowlowski (C. Milton Wright) and Katie Schwab and sophomore Cecile Petrelluzzi will represent Goucher at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Region I Championships on April 7. . . . Maryland's softball team won its first tournament championship, going 5-1 in the UNC-Wilmington event.

Pub Date: 3/26/96

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