McDonogh swimmers floating after sinking Notre Dame Prep Notebook

December 19, 1997|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh's swim team is enjoying a milestone of sorts, having scored a dramatic 50-44 victory over Notre Dame Prep at home on Monday.

In knocking off NDP, the Eagles handled the two-time defending Catholic League champs and a program that won the Association of Independent Schools title three years ago.

But coach Scott Ward said the win wasn't secure until McDonogh had taken the 400-meter freestyle relay, the final event of the meet's 11, finishing in 3 minutes, 47.6 seconds to NDP's 3: 51.57. The Eagles' relay team was comprised of Jinji Fraser, Kim Wright, Christina Feldhaus -- all freshmen -- and sophomore Amy Hancock.

But the meet's true turning point had occurred two events

earlier, when freshmen Thea Burdnell and Wright finished 1-2 in the 100 backstroke.

"That put us up by 10 points. The way they finished, that really gave us a boost," Ward said. "And it was a bit of a surprise because we were only hoping for a first-and-third finish there."

Heisman hoopla

C. Milton Wright cross country runner Kelly Coogan still hasn't recovered from her whirlwind trip to New York last weekend.

As a national finalist in the Wendy's High School Heisman Program, Coogan attended the awards presentation last Friday at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City along with her parents and Mustangs coach Murray Davis. Although she did not win the top award, Coogan was thrilled to counted among such elite company.

"I'm still kind of floored to be selected as a national finalist," said Coogan, 17, who also attended the presentation of the Heisman Trophy to the nation's top collegiate football player on Saturday night.

"It's a great honor to be one of the top six student-athletes in the nation. I'm very fortunate, because I'm sure there are many other deserving people."

The Wendy's High School Heisman Program -- which honors academic achievement, community service and athletic accomplishments of seniors -- selects one girl and one boy from each state before narrowing the field to 12 finalists -- six girls and six boys.

Coogan, The Sun's All-Metro Cross Country Runner of the Year, won the state Class 3A championship this fall and runs indoor and outdoor track. She carries a 3.93 grade-point average and has narrowed her college focus to Villanova, Duke and Maryland.

Coogan said she believes her other activities are what boosted her into the final six. In addition to serving as student government president, she performs community service through her church and school and also coaches recreation swimming.

"Everyone wants to be the best in sports," said Coogan, "but this shows that being well-rounded is pretty cool, too."

Quest for respect

Unranked City used a balanced effort to upset No. 14 Douglass, 78-66, at home on Tuesday night.

The Knights, Class 2A semifinalists last season, were led by 5-foot-8 guard Kyle Pompey (30 points, six assists, five steals), 6-4 Dominic Fulcher (14 points, seven rebounds), 6-3 Warren Smith (11 points, 10 boards) and Kenny Carter (10 points, eight assists).

Smith also had six assists and five steals, and Carter three steals as the Knights improved to 4-0.

"These kids aren't the best basketball players in the world, but they play hard and give 110 percent every game," said third-year coach Daryl Wade, whose Knights moved up to Class 3A this season and are seeking a return to the state championship final four.

"My thing, from the beginning of the season, was that the kids who returned know what it takes to get there," Wade said. "They've passed it on to the other kids, that they're determined to get there again."

The Knights play Oxon Hill at Prince George's County Community College tomorrow.

Dons down Eagles

C.J. Waldron pinned Jameel Day at 2: 25 of their heavyweight bout to cement unranked Loyola's 33-28 wrestling upset of ninth-ranked Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival McDonogh on Tuesday.

Also winning by pin for Loyola (1-0) were freshman Danny Natterman (103), Greg Miller (145) and sophomore Rob Collins (189). Collins is up after a 29-0 JV season.

Freshman Mike Waldron (125), Bill Rovito (140) and Chris Ackerman (130) won decisions, the latter, by 5-1 over last weekend's McDonogh Tournament winner, Pat Jacobs.

Tomorrow, the Dons, coached by Dennis Frazier, play host to No. 8 Gilman, a recent 31-30 upset winner over No. 7 Old Mill of Anne Arundel County.

Pub Date: 12/19/97

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