300 young swimmers compete in invitational meet in Crofton


July 28, 1998|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EVERY MORNING during June and July thousands of area youngsters head for their community pool for swim-team practice. Day after day, lap after lap, they build their endurance and practice their skills as they have fun with friends.

During the past two weeks, area swimming activity has peaked with dual meets, the Anne Arundel County Championship, divisional and league season championships and other aquatic events.

One popular meet was the Fourth Annual Crofton Invitational Novice meet at Crofton Swim and Tennis Club the evening of July 20, a little too late to have gotten into last week's column.

More than 300 swimmers from 10 area pools took part. But some of the best performances of the evening came from the adults who helped run the meet.

Deni McMurray and Debbie MacPherson were incredibly busy as clerks of the course. They made sure hundreds of swimmers were in the right lanes at the right times for the right heats.

Somehow, they managed to organize the squirming, chattering children so that everything ran smoothly.

Fran Wheat, still recovering from a leg injury, supervised the food table. Nachos, Airheads, veggies and sodas are an integral part of any swim meet.

The heat wave kept customers coming to the snow-cone stand run by David Lanzi. And Bob Neff manned the grill to provide hamburgers and hot dogs for hungry swimmers and their families.

Charlie Potok organized timers to monitor the performances. Chris Pallota provided computerized printouts of the results.

Barbara Meger and Cheryl Brown made sure that all the children's award ribbons were ready by the time they went home. And Vicky Zwainz kept everyone on top of things as she announced the events and reported results of races.

The pools will be a little less hectic during August as the children cherish their ribbons and memories.

Informal worship

Sunday Night Live, an informal evening worship service, begins its second season at 7 p.m. Sunday in the amphitheater at Crofton Park on Route 424 in Crofton.

The service, scheduled for Sundays through August, will feature contemporary music and a brief message.

Crosswords, a music group, will perform Sunday.

Sunday Night Live is sponsored by Community United Methodist and Prince of Peace Presbyterian churches in Crofton. Everyone is welcome.

Pub Date: 7/28/98

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