Athletes of the Week

High Schools

February 20, 2002

BOYS

Joseph Smutz

Loyola, swimming

The 6-foot-6 senior made all kinds of waves in his first season for the Dons. Smutz won four gold medals at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association swimming and diving championships Saturday.

His winning time of 21.79 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle and 48.70 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle were pool records at Loyola's Aquatic Center at the Henry J. Knott Building. He also anchored the 200 freestyle relay that set a conference record in 1:28.52 and was part of the 200 medley relay that won in 1:40.96.

Smutz has not lost a race this winter in helping the Dons capture their ninth consecutive MIAA championship. A member of the basketball team last year, he has an appointment to the Naval Academy.

GIRLS

Kylie Bestul

Archbishop Spalding, basketball

The 5-foot-11 senior forward shot 78 percent from the field and 100 percent from the free-throw line last week to help the Cavaliers to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament title and No. 1 ranking.

Bestul scored 44 points (18 of 23 field-goal tries, 8-for-8 from the line) and grabbed 22 rebounds for the three-game event. She registered 12 points and seven rebounds in the final, a 45-42 win over then-No. 1 Seton Keough. Her 14 points and six rebounds sparked a 58-40 semifinal victory over defending champ and then-No. 2 St. Frances.

Bestul, who carries a 3.9 grade-point average and reached the 1,000-point mark this season, ranks second all-time at Spalding in career free-throw percentage. She has hit 33 of 34 in her past eight games.

Nominate athletes: The Sun accepts nominations for its Athletes of the Week on Sundays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 410-332-6200 or 800-829-8000, Ext. 6200. Two athletes (one boy and one girl) will be selected each week and featured in Wednesday's editions. To be nominated, athletes must play for their high school team and be available the next Monday to have their pictures taken. Only coaches can nominate Athletes of the Week.

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