State's first two regional swim meets scheduled

Public schools to compete at College Park on Feb. 19

February 11, 2005|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Baltimore City and Harford County swimmers will take part in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's first regional swim meets, scheduled for Feb. 19 at the University of Maryland.

MPSSAA executive director Ned Sparks confirmed yesterday that two region meets will be conducted that day in College Park. Swimmers from Baltimore and Harford County are to compete in the East region meet at 4 p.m. against teams from Frederick County and a few Eastern Shore schools.

The South region competition, to begin at 10 a.m., will include swimmers from Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's and Prince George's counties.

Sparks said no team championships will be awarded, just individual titles in each event.

"[They] just want to have an event and let the kids swim," Sparks said. "It's a good positive first step that could lead into having a state swimming championship. This certainly is a major step forward."

Sparks and Forest Wiest, supervisor of high school physical education and athletics in Harford County, both said that having schools from all four enrollment classifications swimming together is a big reason no team titles will be given.

"It's going to help the programs [because] any time you start a regional and then a state championship ... it attracts kids to the programs," Wiest said. "I think that's good. This is a good move."

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