West Laurel Swim Team celebrates successful season

West Laurel

August 11, 2011|By Chris Follks CBFolksWL@aol.com 301-490-0797

The West Laurel Swim Team wrapped up another memorable season with Family Fun Night.

Swimmers and their families enjoyed an evening of celebration and awards for the 2011 season. Some of the swimmers completed their last season with the team and will be moving on.

The following graduating seniors were honored: Caitlin Raynor, 12 years on the team; Sarah Pankratz, 10 years; Eric Brothman, seven years; Stephanie Bonadies, eight years; Michael Walker, four years; and Mark Piccirelli, one year.

The Bill Raynor Work Horse Award was given to Lynne McWithey for her dedication and countless hours of hard work.

MVP awards were presented to Max Bagileo, Eric Brothman and Olivia Petrusky. Most Improved swimmers: 8&U Marcus Jones and Madison Jones; 9&10 Christopher Jones and Belle Perez; 11&12 Antonio Perez and Sydney Baucum; 13&14 Donovan Parris and Caroline McWithey; and 15–18 Mark Piccirelli and Lauren Pettyjohn-Robin.

Most Valuable Swimmers (High Points): 8&U Emmett Hendershot and Lucy Buda; 9&10 Benjamin Dotson and Cara Samson; 11&12 Billy Rosenberg and Danielle Calabrese; 13&14 Sam Mudd and Katie Ruiz; 15-18 Lee Friedman and Caitlin Raynor.

Let's not forget about the little ones who are just starting out. Rookie Awards were presented to Christina Storzer, Sarah Webb and Benjamin Dotson. Littlest Wahoos: Caroline Smolen and Joshua Webb.

Congratulations to all the coaches, volunteers and swimmers for a wonderful swim season and for making more summer memories.

I was on my way to my doctor's appointment in Laurel early one sunny mid-July morning. There were only a few cars on the road with me as I passed by Laurel High School, which sat silent from summer break.

That morning probably would have just been forgotten until I received in the mail a City of Laurel citation for speeding through the school zone. I don't remember the speeding part, but the camera evidently does.

The automated cameras to enforce speed limits are placed all over Laurel. I can't keep up with where they are, and which ones have been moved and where. But I thought I would remind you to keep your eyes on the speedometer because the City of Laurel has its eyes on you.

It's been really hot so why not cool off in the air conditioning at Laurel Mill Playhouse for the summer youth production of "Les Misérables School Edition." This popular musical is a family affair produced and directed by Patti and Stu Knazik with daughter, Jocelyn Knazik, in a starring role. I've heard rave reviews. For reservations, call 301-617-9906 and press 2 or go to http://www.LaurelMillPlayhouse.org.

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