March 30, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Phelps on Friday won the race he loves to hate: the brutal, all-four-strokes endurance contest, the 400-meter individual medley at the Grand Prix. Setting a new record for the meet, Phelps powered past Tyler Clary, to finish at 4 minutes 12.51 seconds before an appreciative crowd at the Indiana University Natatorium. The question of the night, though, was whether they had seen the last Phelps 400 IM ever. The Baltimore swimmer has been threatening since the 2008 Olympics that he was done with the event considered the sport's toughest.
February 20, 2012
LANDOVER - The No. 2 Liberty girls have scored easy victories throughout the postseason, and they did more of the same at Monday's Class 2A championship meet. Liberty showed its balance and depth, finishing with 80 points for the school's first indoor state title.. Largo (44) and Douglass-PG (35) were a distant second and third at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. “This is the best team we've ever had,” Liberty coach Bobby Ward said. “From top to bottom, they're just incredible.
October 26, 2011
It may be difficult to believe now, but Ellie Gonzalez joined a summer running program prior to her freshman year at Catholic High because "she was a little out of shape," according to Catholic coach Cathy Kearns. A year later, Gonzalez is not only in great shape, she's the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland champion after her record-setting 17:59 shattered the six-year-old meet record set by Bryn Mawr's Chrissy Johnson in 2005 by 31 seconds on the 3.1-mile Oregon Ridge Park course on Wednesday.
July 14, 2011
The 30th annual Laurel Invitational brought some of the best swimmers from Laurel City, Montpelier, Russett, West Arundel and West Laurel to Fairland Aquatics Center July 10. Since Laurel-based summer recreation teams usually compete in different Prince-Mont Swim League divisions (with the exception of Montpelier and West Arundel, who are both Division C), the Invitational is a chance for swimmers to compete against others from all divisions. Meet records were set by Montpelier's Dylan Buehler, 28.10 in boys 13-14 50-meter fly; Russett's Taylor Hicks, 36.84 in girls 15-18 50-meter breast; and West Arundel's Kellianne Venit, 37.01 in girls 15-18 50-meter breast.
April 11, 2010
No. 2 Western had a memorable indoor season, capping it by winning a state championship. The Doves found the same success in outdoor track Saturday, scoring a victory against a tough field at the Pikesville Track Classic. The Doves finished with 77 points to easily beat Oxon Hill (52), No. 9 Old Mill (51) and No. 1 McDonogh (50). Relays played a big part in the Western victory as the Doves won two, the 400 and 3,200 meters, and took second in the 1,600 and third in the 800. They also got some good individual performances from Desiree Vaughn, who won the 200 (25.17)
June 7, 2009
PERFORMER OF THE YEAR Graham Bazell Atholton There was no question that Bazell was the top distance runner in the area after he won the Class 3A state title in cross country and followed with a strong indoor season. But everything started to fall apart for the senior early in the spring season. The Stanford-bound Bazell began to get pain in his legs, and also had to battle fatigue. It took a while, but doctors finally figured out that he had a low potassium level and told him to eat about three bananas daily to get back to normal.