S. Keough's Griffin springs to chance

Sophomore relishes opportunity to compete in national diving event


High Schools

May 03, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Katie Griffin wasn't at all disappointed in finishing 29th in the 3-meter springboard at last weekend's Junior Olympic National Diving Championships in Ft. Lauderdale.

The Seton Keough sophomore didn't go into the meet looking for a win.

"It wasn't about placing that well but just the fact that I was there. I wanted the experience," said Griffin, who has been diving since she was 8 years old.

Two months ago, Griffin, 16, won the girls Eastern Interscholastic Diving Championship at LaSalle University, diving in the 1-meter event against mostly juniors and seniors. That was an impressive win, but she had been to Junior Olympic nationals once before and she was prepared for the higher level of competition.

Griffin didn't even expect to be going to nationals after finishing seventh in the regional qualifying meet. The top six girls advance, but when the fourth-place finisher pulled out with a shoulder injury, Griffin got the call just a few days before the meet.

Moving up to the 17-18 age bracket this winter, Griffin was among the youngest competitors at the regional and national meets.

Vic Corbin, Griffin's coach at the Retrievers club based at UMBC, said she just needs to grow.

"Maturing and getting stronger, that's a key because she's to the point where she's doing really big dives and a big part of doing those dives is good strength," said Corbin. "She's very steadfast. She doesn't give up. She has a lot of courage and you need a lot of courage to be a diver, especially a 3-meter diver."

Griffin, who lives in Ellicott City, said she loves the mental challenge as well as the physical.

"I like the fear of it," she said. "For the past couple years that I've been doing harder dives, I've found it a lot more fun because there's so much more you can do up there. You're in the air for so long and it's such a cool feeling."

Record setter

Mercy's Charlyi McCord set two school track and field records last week.

Her first mark came with a 51.0-second finish in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles on April 22, a meet in which the Magic tied Notre Dame Prep for the team title.

Two days later, McCord ran a school record 16.0 in the 100-meter high hurdles. In the same Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference meet, she jumped 30 feet, 5 1/2 inches to win the triple jump and anchored the Magic 400-meter relay team in a time of 12.5 seconds.

Lyon joins Raiders

Cary Lyon, who coached the Christian Home Educators Network (CHEN) volleyball team to a No. 9 ranking last fall, will take over Loch Raven's program in the fall.

He replaces Carol MacPherson, who retired after 23 years as head coach during which her teams won three state titles, six Baltimore County titles and six regional titles.

Last fall, Lyon earned All-Baltimore City/County Coach of the Year honors after leading CHEN to a 25-0 record in best-three-out-of-five matches. The Bravehearts won the Maryland Christian Athletic League title, finished second in the Maryland Private Schools Championships and won the 16-team National Christian Home Athletic Association Tournament.

Lyon, who has coached CHEN for five years and also coaches a club team, said he had mixed feelings about making the move, especially because his daughter Grace Lyon will be a senior setter for CHEN next season.

"It's for the challenge and it's an opportunity to have a huge influx of athletes where at CHEN I had nine girls," said Lyon, who lives in Phoenix. "For whatever reason, we built a super program, but we still didn't have the numbers. I've never made a cut."

Janis Umetin, whose daughter Brittany Umetin plays for CHEN, is expected to take over the CHEN program in the fall.

Serio making progress

A week after suffering life-threatening injuries in a single-car accident near Taneytown, Westminster lacrosse player Carrie Serio is making marked progress on her road to recovery.

Serio remains at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she is listed in fair condition. Her coach, Suzanne Peters, expects the three-sport senior to be released either over the weekend or early next week, when she will continue what is certain to be a lengthy rehabilitation.

Peters visited Serio in the hospital Monday.

"She was doing very well, sitting up in a chair and talking," Peters said. "They said they were going to get her up and walking as soon as they could."

Serio, a lacrosse midfielder as well as a standout on Westminster's soccer and basketball teams, lost control of her Saturn near Taneytown about 11 p.m. last Thursday, hitting a utility pole on Mayberry Road near Halter Road, according to Maryland State Police. She was transported to Shock Trauma, where she has since remained.

She has had surgery to insert a rod in her leg to repair a broken femur, as well as surgery to repair a portion of her jaw that was broken in two places. She also suffered a mild contusion to the head and a bruised lung.

To honor her, Westminster has used athletic tape to display Serio's number, 18, on the fronts of its kilts.

Lacrosse showdown

South Carroll will face off with host No. 4 Liberty tonight (around 6:30), with county and Central Maryland Conference titles on the line.

Liberty (11-1 overall, 5-0 CMC, 3-0 county) will be seeking its 12th county title in 13 years. South Carroll (9-1, 6-0, 3-0) will be seeking its first titles in recent history, as well as a modicum of respect.

Many of the players on both teams know each other through years of playing together in area rec leagues. The Cavaliers' Ashley Schwarzmann and the Lions' Meagan Voight, in fact, will be roommates next year at Johns Hopkins.

"These kids have battled Liberty for a long time," South Carroll coach Mac Kantruss said. "This game can make a season and make a career for a lot of these kids. It will be fun."

Rich Scherr contributed to this article.

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