City boys, Western girls capture championships

City's Coleman finishes with two individual wins

Swimming

February 24, 2000|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Yesterday's Baltimore City Swimming Championships at Baltimore City College marked the rising of one star and the setting of another.

City won the boys meet with 251 points. The win is City's third straight championship. Poly (230 points) finished second, followed by Lake Clifton (170).

Western won the girls title with 315 points, followed by Poly with 290 and City with 134.

For the City Knights' Dante Coleman, yesterday was his final meet in high school. The senior, who won two individual events, leaves City with school records in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. He says yesterday left him with mixed emotions.

"I hope to swim in college, either at Howard or at Tennessee," said Coleman. "I've been swimming here so long, and now I have to move on to a whole new environment in college. I'll miss swimming at City, no question."

"We call him our speeding bullet," said City coach Gloria Green. "I believe he could set a record in any event he swam, but we just let him pick his favorites."

Poly sophomore Elena Spitzer took over the girls events, participating in four victories for the Engineers.

After leading Poly's 200 medley relay team to victory, Spitzer won the 200 intermediate medley by a full 15 seconds over Western's Stephanie Harkness. Her win in the 500 freestyle was even more impressive, as Spitzer finished 1 minute, 28 seconds ahead the rest of the field.

"She's a true competitor," said Poly coach Brendan McElroy. "She's always looking to get better. It's much more psychological to coach her because she is so motivated."

Spitzer, who swims for the Mariners Aquatic Club in the off-season, holds the school records in the 200 medley, 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.

Lake Clifton sophomore Dante Davis won two events, taking first in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.

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