August 18, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services


North Baltimore Aquatic Club joins Olympic program

North Baltimore Aquatic Club and Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team were named Professional and Post Grad Training Centers by the U.S. Olympic Committee. They are the second and third clubs to join the program; SwimMAC in Charlotte, N.C., was the first to receive the designation, in 2006. The USOC will provide financial and other support to transform the clubs into comprehensive, state-of-the-art training and support environments for elite teams of prospective Olympic swimmers. Along with top coaches, these centers will provide athletes with access to performance training, travel required for training and competition, educational opportunities, internships and/or part-time jobs, physical therapy and medical support.


Terps' line shifts: Gonnella, Young now No. 1 guards

Andrew Gonnella, who was battling Lamar Young for the starting left-guard spot on the Maryland offensive line, has moved to the No. 1 right guard position, coach Ralph Friedgen said. Young assumes the No. 1 left-guard role. Maurice Hampton, the No. 1 reserve at right guard, will be the backup at left guard. "We'll see how that goes," Friedgen said. "I think we're still looking at some of [the offensive linemen]. They're all going to have to play. Part of it is seeing all the blitzes. I could see that after the scrimmage."

Shepherd football: : Junior linebacker Brian Taylor (Long Reach) was named a captain.

Football honor: : Three players with local ties were recently nominated to the Allstate/American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. The honor recognizes student-athletes who have made impact off the field with volunteerism. Navy senior linebacker Ross Pospisil organized a Christmas toy drive last December for underprivileged children in the Annapolis area. Tim Miller, a junior offensive lineman at Johns Hopkins, and Tim Taylor (Calvert Hall), a senior defensive lineman at Washington University in St. Louis, were also nominated to the 106-member Good Works Team.

Gymnastics: : Former University of Florida gymnast Erinn Dooley (Gaithersburg) was named an assistant coach at Maryland. Dooley was a seven-time All-American for the Gators. A team co-captain in her junior and senior years, she also was named four-time All-Southeastern Conference second team.

Et cetera

Burke has four-stroke lead in Mid-Amateur championship

Terry Burke of Burning Tree Club shot a 6-under-par 32-32-64 at Chestnut Ridge Country Club and took a four-stroke lead halfway through the 23rd Mid-Amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association. He had seven birdies but slipped back with a bogey at his last hole, the 18th. Brian Woods of Baltimore CC followed with 33-35-68, trailed by recent U.S. Senior Open qualifier John Howson of Towson Golf &CC, 33-36-69, and Joseph Weaver of Diamond Ridge GC, whose 33-36-69 was a career round.

Horse racing:: Rachel Alexandra breezed five furlongs in 1 minute, 0.37 of a second Monday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., after which trainer Steve Asmussen said discussions would begin "in earnest" on where the Preakness-winning filly would make her next start.

Amateur baseball:: The Upper Montgomery Athletic Club is 2-0 after two days of pool play at the Cal Ripken World Series 12-under championship. UMAC beat Willamette Valley, Ore., 4-2, on Saturday night and Little Rock, Ark., 6-4, on Sunday. The host Bel Air Braves defeated Cape Giradeau, Mo., 11-8, on Saturday.

Rowing: : Washington College coach John Leekley, a 2001 graduate, won a silver medal at the USRowing Masters national championship last weekend on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. Leekley was part of the Chester River Rowing Club's second-place boat in the men's heavyweight A pair.

High school football:: Calvert Hall cornerback Adrian Amos and fullback-defensive tackle Daniel Yarborough have been invited to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Combine on Jan. 8-9 in San Antonio.

Basketball: : Avery Zuber of Easton won a gold medal at the national finals of the Jr. Olympic skills competition last month in Chula Vista, Calif. Zuber was the only Maryland athlete in the finals and carried the state flag during the opening ceremonies.

- From Sun staff and news services

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