Hood alum Atras wins 2 silvers in swimming at World Transplant Games

Terps' Tate selected to Preseason All-ACC 1st team

July 28, 2011|By Sports Digest

World Transplant Games

Hood alum Atras wins 2 silvers in swimming

Kyle Atras, a 2011 Hood College graduate who won letters all four years on the swim team, won two silver medals at the 2011 World Transplant Games in Goteborg, Sweden, last month. "The whole city of Göteborg was very aware of the Games," said Atras, who was competing in his third World Transplant Games after receiving a heart transplant when he was 81/2 months old. "I had one man stop me in the mall to ask about the Games and to tell me about the city. That was nice for me because I learned the pool we were using for the competition was used for the Swedish Swimming Championships the month before and lots of records were broken. It was a very fast pool, which I was glad to hear." Atras competed in the 18-to-29-year-old division and finished second in the 100-meter backstroke in a time of 1 minute, 30.02 seconds. He also anchored the second-place 200-meter medley relay squad, which logged a time of 2:39.35. Atras represented the United States in four other swimming events as well: He anchored the 200-meter freestyle relay, which placed sixth of 10 teams (2:13.88), took fourth in the 50 butterfly (36.66) and finished fifth in both the 400 freestyle (6:23.31) and the 200 freestyle (2:50.30). "The competition was very similar from my previous two games in Bangkok and Australia," Atras said. "The cool thing is I have seen many of the guys I swim against each Games, so now we talk about what we're doing and will cheer and encourage each other, while in separate events, of course." Atras also participated in the bowling competition, finishing with a three-round score of 408, good for fifth place. The United States placed second of 54 countries with 244 medals (47 gold, 38 silver, 27 bronze). The United Kingdom finished atop the standings with a total of 610 medals.

College football

Terps' Tate is selected to Preseason All-ACC 1st team

Senior linebacker Kenny Tate was Maryland's lone selection to the Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team. The 25-man team was voted on by the ACC media at the conference's annual Football Kickoff in Pinehurst, N.C. Tate, who moved to linebacker during spring practice, was a 2010 first-team All-ACC pick at safety. The DeMatha graduate led the Terps with a team-best 58 solo tackles and 100 total tackles, which was good for second on the team. Tate also recorded 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, starting all 13 games. Tate is also on watch lists for the Lott Trophy, the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, the Bednarik Award and the Butkus Award.

Navy: The Mids will visit Indiana in 2012 and host the Hoosiers in 2013, Indiana announced Wednesday.

Towson: Junior defensive end Frank Beltre was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association Preseason first team.

Bowie State: The Heritage Sports Radio Network will broadcast the Bulldogs' home game against Livingstone on Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.


Carlson to play in soccer fundraiser Sunday

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson will participate in the fourth Annual Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge benefiting the Mia Hamm Foundation and Children's National Medical Center on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Kastles Stadium in Washington. The exhibition is named after Hamm's brother, Garrett, who died in 1997 from a bone marrow disease. Area celebrities and media personalities are scheduled to join Hamm and Garciaparra in a seven-on-seven exhibition soccer game.

Et cetera

City tennis group receives $20,000 grant from USTA

USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association, announced Wednesday that it has awarded the Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association in Baltimore a $20,000 grant. The grant will fund the association's core programming for 565 out-of-school and 750 in-school disadvantaged youths, including tennis programs and advanced tennis training, as well as academic support, nutrition education and life-skills building exercises. During its 2011 spring funding cycle, USTA Serves granted 39 community tennis organizations and other foundations more than $400,000 in grants.

Recruiting: Gilman shortstop Tom O'Neil, a rising senior, orally commited to play baseball for Yale.

College cross country: UMES will host this year's NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.

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