Phelps on national team for 4 events
Michael Phelps of Fells Point was among 109 swimmers named to the 2011-12 USA Swimming national team Tuesday, along with fellow 2011 world championship gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel. Phelps qualified in four events (200-meter freestyle, 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 individual medley) as did Franklin (100 free, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 IM) and Beisel (200 IM, 400 IM, 400 free, 200 backstroke). Lochte made the team in five events (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 free), the most of any swimmer named to the roster this year.
Trainer Motion receives first Touch of Class Award
Graham Motion, the Maryland-based trainer who won this year's Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom and ranks as the nation's fourth-leading trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses, received the Maryland Horse Industry Board's first Touch of Class Award at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture in Hunt Valley. The award honors a Maryland horse, individual, team, organization or event that demonstrates the highest standard of excellence in the Maryland horse industry. The award will be given industrywide on a monthly basis to recognize outstanding accomplishments of Marylanders in the horse world. Although the first recipient represents the horse racing segment of the industry, all aspects of equine disciplines will be considered and voted on for the honor. "There are so many great horses, horse people and horse happenings in Maryland that we thought we should recognize and let people know about them on an ongoing basis," MHIB chairman Jim Steele said. "This is a strong, dynamic industry with determined and adventurous people and horses, exhibiting the best qualities of horsemanship all over the world." The award is named after Touch of Class, a Maryland-bred mare who won two Olympic show jumping gold medals.
Three Terps named ACC Players of the Week
Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien, defensive lineman Joe Vellano and defensive back Cameron Chism were recognized as Atlantic Coast Conference Players of the Week. With three players on the nine-man list, Maryland had more honorees than any other school. Virginia and North Carolina State had two each.
Gilman moves to No. 42 in ESPN Fab 50 football poll
Gilman's football team rose to No. 42 in this week's ESPN High School Powerade Fab 50 national high school football poll. The Greyhounds' 51-27 victory over Oscar Smith (Va.) in Friday's I-95 Kickoff Classic boosted them from No. 47 to 42. This weekend, the Greyhounds (2-0) have a shot at making a big move in the poll when they take on Good Counsel in the Patriot Classic at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Saturday night at 7:30. The Falcons moved from No. 19 to No. 10 in the Fab 50 after a double-overtime 24-17 win Friday over Manatee (Fla.). Gilman is the No. 2 team in the ESPNHS Maryland High School Football state poll, with Good Counsel ranked No. 1. Last season, the Greyhounds defeated Good Counsel, 28-7, in the Kickoff Classic.
Women's college volleyball: Towson junior setter Aubrey Kirven earned Colonial Athletic Association Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors. … Salisbury junior right side hitter Jenna Shay (Northern) was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week. …
College field hockey: McDaniel senior Stephanie Thomson (Chesapeake) was honored as the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week. … Frostburg State junior goalkeeper Maggie Edwards was named the CAC Defensive Player of the Week. … Washington College announced its five captains for the 2011 season: senior defender Emily Broomell, junior defender Erin Lewns (North Harford), senior midfielder Gussie Reilly, senior attacker Emily Trees (Connelly School of the Holy Child) and junior midfielder Kristen Wille.
Men's college soccer: UMBC senior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau was selected as the America East Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week. … Mount St. Mary's freshman midfielder Zoncher Dennis was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week. … Salisbury (2-0-0) is ranked No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 Poll. The team also earned the No. 3 ranking in the NSCAA South Atlantic Region Poll behind Christopher Newport and Roanoke. In other Salisbury news, junior Kyle Simmons (Northeast) was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week. … Washington College senior goalkeeper Chris Phipps was chosen as the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
—From Sun staff and news services