Wright's underclassmen lead way

Dominant Mustangs beat John Carroll, Aberdeen


High Schools

January 31, 2001|By Bill Blewett | Bill Blewett,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With a surge of freshman power, the C. Milton Wright swim team passed its biggest test of the season last night in Edgewood.

The Mustangs defeated John Carroll - the only other unbeaten high school team in Harford County - and Aberdeen in a triangular meet in Edgewood Middle School's 25-yard pool.

Wright won 17 out of 22 races to roll up 295 points, 59 more than the Patriots. Aberdeen finished third with 52 points.

The Mustangs got six of their 12 individual victories from freshmen and sophomores. Underclassmen also provided much of the propulsion for Wright's relay teams, which won five out of six.

"Generally, we were very happy with the relays," said Wright coach Bill Lang, whose team remains undefeated and is a clear favorite to win the Harford County championship Feb. 12-15.

Freshman Maureen McLaughlin won two events for the Mustangs - the 50-yard freestyle in 26.02 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.18. She also swam on the winning 200 and 400 free relays. Another freshman, Amanda Barnes, won the 200 free and relayed for two victories. Freshman Shannon Dunnigan captured the 500 free.

Wright sophomores Patty Rawlick and Steve Bane accounted for victories in the 100 free and 200 individual medley, respectively. Each swam on two winning relay teams.

The Mustangs also benefited from strong performances by upperclassmen.

Mark Lewis took the 100 back in a career best of 1:00.65 and the 500 free in 5:37.69; Rob LaPaglia won the 200 free in 2:01.45; and, Matt Marrapodi captured the 100 free in 53.71.

Kerry McMillin won the girls 100 back in 1:06.00. Versatile Bill Glodek, a junior quarterback on the Wright football team, captured the 100 fly in 1:01.38.

"They have a very, very dominant team this year," said John Carroll coach Ray Hruz. "They'll have both the number one boys team and the number one girls team in the county meet this year."

Hruz' team got two individual victories from sophomore Lauren Betzing. She won the 200-yard individual medley in a personal best of 2:13.37, and the 100 fly in 1:00.53. She also swam on the winning 200 medley relay with Catherine Fortunato, Maggie Dannenfelser and Chiara Fortunato.

The Patriots won two other events. Senior Matt Ross took the 50 free in 23.57, and freshman John Kearby captured the 100 breaststroke in a personal best of 1:12.27.

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