Mount St. Joseph, basketball
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound power forward averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference victories over McDonogh, Cardinal Gibbons, Loyola and St. Frances.
Birdsong contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks to a 53-47 win over McDonogh on Jan. 31, followed a day later by s 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in a 63-46 victory over Gibbons. In Friday's 74-52 rout of Loyola, Birdsong scored 19 points to go with 11 rebounds and six blocks. Birdsong completed his run with Sunday's 19 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in a 69-57 win over St. Frances.
A junior who transferred from Randallstown, Birdsong has paced the No. 1 Gaels (23-1) to a 12-0 record in the MIAA A and a 10-0 record in the Baltimore Catholic League.
The junior broke meet records and posted automatic All-America qualifying times in the 100-yard butterfly (56.18 seconds) and the 100-yard backstroke (57.89) Sunday in helping the Eagles to their third straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland swimming championship at UMBC.
Botek, a member of the Eagles swim club based at McDonogh, has automatically qualified as a National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-American in five events, including the 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
At the IAAM meet, Botek picked up two more gold medals in the relays. She joined teammates Claire Hutchinson, Kelly Peloquin and Caroline Spearman to win the 200 medley relay and then combined with Spearman, Kat McIntosh and Bridgette Flora to win the 200 freestyle.
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