Local swimmers dive into friendly competition


July 13, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HUNDREDS OF AREA swimming enthusiasts gathered at the Crofton Village Swim Club last Tuesday for the Crofton City Swim Meet.

The Crofton Village Swim Club Dolphins (coached by Laura Blueford Koehler), the Crofton Country Club Crocodiles (coached by Shannon Murphy) and the Crofton Swim and Tennis Club Cats (coached by John Wagner) all belong to the Central Maryland Swim League. But each club competes in a different division. So this meet was planned as a way to let local swimmers join their friends from other pools in friendly competition.

Meet organizer Nancy Klein reports that two swimmers from each team competed in each of the events, with ribbons being awarded to winners and points tallied in team competition.

David Fries, Cort Jones, Donna Healy, Patrick Coleman and Beth Pallotta were all triple winners;Sarah Wahba, Liz Harris, Brian Hoge, Bryan Gutin, Erin Jones and Bryan Vagts each won of their events. The meet champion was Crofton Swim and Tennis Club, with a score of 409 points out of 807. I hope this becomes a community tradition.

Keeping involved

When John and Grace Walker moved to Crofton from Glen Burnie, they were uncertain about what lay ahead. After all, they had lived in their old neighborhood for 35 years and been involved in many activities. What would it be like to start again in a new town? Seven years later, they laughingly realize that they should never have worried.

The Walkers have a lively social and community life in Crofton. One of their favorite activities has been CARP, the Crofton Association of Retired Persons.

In GraceWalker's words, "I can't just belong to a group. I have to get involved."

With that in mind, she is excited about serving as the newly elected president of CARP and is looking forward to continuing the club's programs, a major source of fun, support and friendship for Crofton's retired community.

The Walkers are themselves retired, but never inactive.

Besides their involvement in CARP, they have been busy at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, where they served on the Parish Council and now participate in the Eucharistic Minister program, the Marriage Preparation Teams, the Bereavement Committee and the Social Committee.

John Walker is an ardent member of the 42nd Rainbow Division Veterans' Association. Grace Walker has been active in its s women's programs: she was recently elected second vice president of the National Women's Auxiliary of the Rainbow Division.

In her spare time, Grace is a talented painter, now preparing an exhibit of her work at the Harundale Library in the fall.

Most important to the Walkers is their family. Parents of five grown children, they are now expecting their 12th grandchild.

For more information about CARP, contact 410-721-8830.

Blood drive

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church's youth group is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive Aug. 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church. Please call Karlyn McPartland at 410-799-9368 to schedule an appointment or for more information. It is located in the Severn Square Shopping Center at the intersection of Route 175 and Route 713 next to the Provinces Library.

Pub Date: 7/13/99

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