Poly makes big splash, sweeps boys, girls titles

Western girls are second

City boys are runners-up

Swimming

February 06, 2004|By Brendan Glaccum | Brendan Glaccum,SUN STAFF

Poly was considered a heavy favorite to win both the boys and girls titles at yesterday's Baltimore City swimming and diving championships.

The Engineers wasted little time backing up the hype, winning both titles in convincing fashion yesterday at the Poly-Western swimming complex.

The Engineers girls opened the meet by taking the 200-yard medley relay in school-record time -- 2 minutes, 10.5 seconds. And the boys followed with their own 200 medley relay victory in 2:03.39, 16 seconds better than second-place City.

Poly's girls won 10 of 11 events, and the Engineers boys took nine of 11.

The girls defended their title with a dominant performance, finishing with 175.5 points, ahead of Western at 105.

Junior Rebecca Rehr won the 200 freestyle in 2:25.5, and freshman Emma Call won the 200 individual medley in 2:25.08, 27 seconds better than her nearest competitor.

"It's really nice to win again," Poly's Alida Gerritsen said. "We've had new coaches the last three years, but the team's remained strong. The championships have an air to it."

Gerritsen won the girls 100 free in 1:01.8 and 50 free (27.68). Rehr also took the 500 free in 6:38.25.

Poly's boys reclaimed the title they lost to City a year ago, finishing with 167 points to City's second-place 135.

Sophomore David Guth won the 100 free in 57.47, and Jessie Oxman won the 100 butterfly in 1:16.50 and the 200 IM in 2:40.52. Erik Merrit won the 200 free in 2:28.78. Senior Casey Hill won the 500 free in 6:40.34 and the 100 breaststroke 1:15.76.

"This season proved somewhat difficult," Hill said. "The championships are just sweet right now. The morale on the team was tremendous. As a captain, I couldn't be more pleased."

Poly's boys won eight events while losing their title a year ago, but they entered just seven swimmers and City was able to accumulate more points. The story was much different this time around. The Engineers entered 10 swimmers and won one more event, good for the points needed for the title.

"That was our goal this year, to get the numbers," Poly coach Thayn Moyes said. "If we got the numbers, we knew we had the quality of swimmers to win."

City junior Nathan Ehrenberger denied Poly a sweep of firsts, winning the 50 free in 26.76. Teammate John Adsit took second, and City also won the boys 200 freestyle relay.

"I'm just proud of them for keeping a team together," said City coach Gloria Greene, whose team walked from City to Mervo this season to practice in two lanes for an hour a day. "They're happy campers."

NOTES: Southwestern and Dunbar both had problems with transportation to the meet. The Poets arrived shortly before 4 p.m., delaying the meet until approximately 4:15.

The diving competition took place Wednesday night. Results appeared in yesterday's editions of The Sun.

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