Poly boys, girls roll in city meet

Swimming

February 05, 2006|By TODD KARPOVICH | TODD KARPOVICH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In a season that was almost canceled because of inadequate facilities, Poly swept the boys and girls Baltimore City District IX Swimming Championships yesterday at Johns Hopkins.

The Engineers' boys finished the day with 356 points, almost 100 ahead of second-place City (269).

Poly's girls took first with 351 points, ahead of second-place Western, which totaled 255.

Poly celebrated its fifth consecutive championship, but coaches from all seven schools that competed lauded all of the swimmers, most of whom had to find their way to the meet via a parent or even an MTA bus.

Poly coach Julian Wilkins said his team did not have access to a pool until last month, but it managed to stay in shape by running and performing other fitness regimens.

"They shut the pools down due to lack of chlorine and other problems, so our season was delayed and we didn't get to it until like mid-January," Wilkins said.

"The time we had off, the kids kept running and kept in shape. It is just another championship and now we get ready for regionals and states."

David Gouth was a key for Poly in winning the boys 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Freshman Kevin Gamble took the 100 breaststroke and was a member of the 200 medley relay team with Gouth and the 200 freestyle relay.

On the girls side, Poly's Emma Call captured the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle.

"City [172] and Western really gave Poly a run for their money," Call said. "[These championships] show that the city has a lot of great swimmers."

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