Poly sophomore Spitzer splashing by old records

Entering city title meet, she's established 5 marks


February 09, 2000|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Elena Spitzer is rewriting Poly's girls swimming record book. The sophomore already has broken two marks that have been around longer than she has.

Spitzer, who swims year-round for the Mariners Swim Club, broke an 18-year-old school record for the 100-yard breaststroke with a finish of 1 minute, 19.67 seconds. She also broke the 17-year-old mark for the 200 freestyle with a 2: 18.44 performance.

By the time the season ends, Spitzer will have established records in five individual events. She also will have the marks for the 200 individual medley, the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle, because records have never been kept in those events. She also shared setting a school record in the 400 freestyle relay.

Although the Baltimore City league's regular-season meets are co-ed, separate boys and girls city titles will be awarded at the title meet Feb. 18 at Morgan State.

Spitzer and her Poly girls teammates are among the favorites to win their title. Other key performers include Kate Guth, who is right on Spitzer's heels in the 200 freestyle, and Meghan Gorman, in the 100 butterfly.

Coach Brendan McElroy's Engineer boys will have a tougher time at the city meet with only eight swimmers on the roster. Their best chances for individual medals are from freestyle swimmer Matthew Fetherstone, diver Dominic Metzger and versatile Tristan Gerritsen.

Second All-Star Classic

The second Baltimore-Washington Parkway All-Star Classic, a weeklong event that features standout college-bound athletes from Baltimore against some of Washington's best, will be held July 10-15 at Poly-Western.

Classic sports are being expanded to include football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball and girls volleyball.

Parent-student workshops on the NCAA clearinghouse and drug awareness are part of the event, too. Information: Li Thompson, (202) 884-9738.

Closing in on 1,000 points

Arlington Baptist's Jason Jones can pass 1,000 points for his career as early as Friday's 6: 30 p.m. game at Chapelgate Christian Academy. The 6-foot-4 senior forward has 966 career points.

As good as he is in basketball, Jones is being recruited for baseball by Clemson, Indiana, Virginia, and UNC-Greensboro.

Lide shoots for title

For the past two seasons, Archbishop Curley's Antwaun Lide has been among the state's best wrestlers.

The slender 6-foot senior's off-season victories include a win over All-Metro Wrestler of the Year Brandon Lauer, of River Hill, who is 96-0 in school competition.

A former three-time junior-league state champ, Lide went more than two years before losing in his sophomore year at Curley. Yet entering his final season's last three weeks, Lide -- twice a state runner-up and a second and third in the last two league tournaments -- is still looking for a league or private-schools state title.

Top-ranked at 135 pounds, Lide enters this weekend's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament at Mount St. Joseph with a 26-5 record and the top seed.

IND Hall of Famers

Joyce Strejcek Kabakovich, Julie Hofferbert, Melanie Vogel Gaeta, Christa Engleman Zalewski and former coach Jerry Hahn have been inducted into the Institute of Notre Dame Athletic Hall of Fame.

Hofferbert, who scored more than 1,000 points in her career, and Gaeta were All-Metro basketball players. Zalewski, the winningest pitcher in IND softball history, was an All-Metro player and Baltimore City-County Player of the Year in 1993. Kabakovich, a 1959 graduate, excelled in basketball and badminton.

Hahn, who coached basketball and softball for 11 years, is the school's winningest coach in both sports, with three basketball and two softball titles.

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