Gilman's Scott tops MIAA field

Mt. St. Joe's Ward 2nd

Brown takes city title


High School

February 14, 2003|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Gilman's Doug Scott is not your typical diver. The soft-spoken Scott has only been performing in the sport for three years, but in that time, he has been internationally tested and now he has become the best in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Scott claimed his first MIAA diving championship last night at Loyola Blakefield with a score of 404.20. A year ago, he finished third.

Mount St. Joseph junior Tim Ward took second place after his final dive in the 11th round gave him 35.10 points for a total of 362.70.

While Ward had back-to-back 30-plus scores on his final two dives, Calvert Hall sophomore Jonathan Galinski had problems down the stretch and fell to third place with 357.90 points.

"I saved some high D.D. [degree of difficulty] dives for later," Ward said. "My coach helped me with my order. I knew I could do good."

Ten divers from five MIAA schools competed in the championships.

Scott took over the lead for good from Galinski in the third round with a dive that earned 46.80 points. He followed that in the fourth round with a forward 2 1/2 somersault that earned him the highest score of the night, 49.20 points.

"His 2 1/2 was the best 2 1/2 he has ever done. That's when I knew Doug was going to win today," said Scott's personal diving coach, Vince Wroblewski.

For Scott, the title was a long time in coming and his main focus after coming up short last season.

"I'm just very happy. I had some real nice dives tonight," he said. "After last year, I was really planning on winning it all this year."

Senior Dave Roesner of Calvert Hall finished fourth with 340.90 points to round out the top group of divers. Mount St. Joseph's Mike Kerins was a distant fifth with 258.90. Severn junior Carly Sothoron was the only girl in the competition and finished seventh with 211.65 points.

"This is just the beginning [of the season]. We have Easterns next week in Philadelphia, which we hope to win. [Scott] took second last year," said Wroblewski.

Baltimore City: Darius Brown of Northwestern took first place in the all-around competition in the city diving championships at Morgan State.

Brown finished with a score of 240.9. Chris Ferguson of Patterson was second with 218.9 points and Ferguson's teammate, Gary Langford, rounded out the top three, posting a score of 193.8.

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