Depth helps NDP rise to the top

Blazers edge McDonogh for IAAM swim title


February 02, 2000|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Over the past two years, depth has kept Notre Dame Prep's swimming team at the top of the private schools winner's podium.

Earlier this season, the Blazers pulled out a tight dual meet against top rival McDonogh. On Sunday, they edged the Eagles again to win the first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland swimming championship at UMBC.

After eight of 11 events on Sunday, the Blazers trailed McDonogh by 25 points, but with strong finishes in the breaststroke and backstroke and a thrilling victory in the meet-ending 200-yard freestyle, the Blazers pulled out a 405-398 victory. Severn finished third with 235 points.

Mount de Sales (218) and Roland Park (217) rounded out the top five in a meet abbreviated to beat the snowstorm.

Bridget Kimmell, Kelly Vaughan and Megan Schollenberger, in the backstroke, and Kate Ryan, Adrienne Wiegmann and Gretta Walters, in the breaststroke, put the Blazers in position to win by finishing in the top seven of their events. But as it had in their regular-season meet, the 400 freestyle relay determined the winner.

Jasmine DeGross, Vaughan, Kimmel and Laura Nolan finished in 3 minutes, 40.70 seconds to edge the Eagles by less than two seconds to win the event and clinch the title. They shaved seven seconds off their best time in the event this season.

Nolan was the Blazers' only individual gold medalist, winning the 50- and 100-freestyle events. McDonogh's Amy Hancock won the 100 butterfly and the 100 individual medley while Eagles teammate Jinji Fraser won the 200 free.

Roland Park's Erin Lears won the 500 free and Mount de Sales' Cynthia Clark took the 100 breaststroke title.

The successful one

Catonsville wrestler Won Hill was born in South Korea, but wears a tattoo of his name in Chinese on his back, along with the image of a scorpion and a symbol of the sun.

"In Chinese, Won means, `the loyal, successful one,' " said Hill, adding that the scorpion represents his sting on the mat. "A lot of older Koreans can write words that have meaning in Chinese. My mom wrote my name for me, and I got it tattooed on."

It's "a total coincidence," Hill said, that the spelling of his first name, in English, is a tense of "to win."

But it's no coincidence that Hill is 20-0 after last night's 14-5 victory over Owings Mills' Neil Saval. The senior's record includes seven pins and four technical falls, along with a 13-10 victory over Dulaney 135-pounder Mike Winters, who was fourth at states last season.

Hill has won seven consecutive invitationals dating to his sophomore year, including this year's at Parkville, Fallston and Franklin.

A 3.5 student with a 1,050 SAT score, Hill spends half his school day taking economics and music classes at UMBC. Going into college next fall -- where he hopes to major in psychology, business or education -- Hill is on course to have earned eight college credits and an advanced placement calculus credit.

Hill plays bass guitar, drums, alto sax and piano.

He began wrestling on the junior varsity as a freshman, winning the county tournament at 130 pounds. As a sophomore, he finished 23-7.

Last year's 29-2 record included the county title and a third-place finish in the region.

"The major difference for me was going to the Carl Adams world class wrestling school at Boston University between my sophomore and junior year," Hill said. "I spent two weeks there, and it changed my style and my mental focus."

A center midfield faceoff specialist in lacrosse, Hill has several college considerations, academically, and for both sports.

Lawston to Lackawanna

Two-time All-Metro wide receiver Steve Lawson of Eastern Tech will sign for a full football scholarship today to play at junior college national power Lackawanna (Pa.).

Lawson used his 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed to turn 28 receptions into 12 touchdowns on 1,055 yards, and to score four touchdowns on kickoff returns. Lawston also returned two of his five interceptions for touchdowns.

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