Fallston girls complete a Harford sweep

School takes girls, boys, combined team crowns

C.M. Wright girls second

Swimming

High Schools

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

Fallston's girls helped the Cougars make history in a few different ways last night at the Harford County swimming championships at Magnolia Middle School in Joppa.

The girls pulled away late to win the team championship, wrapping up a sweep for the school following the boys' narrow win over Havre de Grace on Wednesday. That gave the Fallston girls their first title as part of a sweep of the three boys, girls and combined championships.

Fallston's girls didn't have as much trouble winning team honors as the boys did. The Cougars boys had a one-point lead heading into their final event before winning that for a seven-point margin of victory over the Warriors. Fallston's girls battled C. Milton Wright for the first part of the competition before taking charge in the second half to finish with 291 points. The Mustangs were second with 223.

In addition, Fallston easily won the combined team title with 572 points. Havre de Grace, the county's smallest school, was second with 391.

Sheri Huppenthal, who coaches the Cougars with Jeff DeHart, said the girls - second in the county meet last year - wanted a perfect season and a county victory this year.

The girls got their wishes, going 13-0 and rolling to the easy win in the championship meet.

"We did it with the depth," Huppenthal said, noting her girls scored in six of eight individual events yesterday. "We're just thrilled. It's all about team, and they worked extra hard all year."

Huppenthal also said the memory of former captain Katie Italiano motivated the Cougars. Italiano was killed in a car crash in November, and the team dedicated the season to her.

"We knew we were pretty much going to take it," said Fallston sophomore Taylor Brown. "We just wanted to follow up on what the boys did last night. We wanted to show everyone what Fallston swimming was all about."

Brown was the only Cougar to win a race, taking the 500-meter freestyle (5 minutes, 40.18 seconds). She was third in the 200 freestyle.

Jackie Cook and Allison Fogarty also helped Fallston. Cook took third in the 100 breaststroke and the 500 freestyle. Fogarty was third in the 100 backstroke, fourth in the 200 individual medley and got a second with the 200 medley relay and was on the third-place 400 freestyle relay units. For runner-up C. Milton Wright, Lauren Buck was the only winner, taking the 200 IM in 2:19.62.

Edgewood's Elisha Peregino and Harford Tech's Danielle Kelly were the only individual swimmers to win two events. Peregino captured the 100 butterfly (1:02.77) and 100 freestyle (56.89); Kelly won the 100 backstroke (1:02.22) and the 200 freestyle (2:00.05).

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