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By ROB KASPER | June 29, 2002
IT HAD BEEN a long time since I had gotten "wasted" on a Saturday morning, since I had been so totally tuckered out by 2 p.m. that I needed some serious late-afternoon sofa time. It had been a long time, in other words, since I had been to a summer swim meet. I joined the ranks of swim team parents 15 years ago, but in the last two years, I had enjoyed a vacation from this duty. One kid was too old to compete, the other was playing baseball almost every Saturday morning when the meets were held.
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By KATHY SUTPHIN | August 6, 1993
For the 110 South Carroll youngsters who call themselves "Serpents," some of life's best lessons are learned in the cool blue water of a swimming pool.These young swim team members, who range in age from 4 to 17 years, wear the black and gold suits of the South Carroll Serpents -- the South Carroll Swim Club's swim team.Team practice begins the day after Memorial Day and continues -- five days each week -- through the end of July. Kim Easterday, who has coached the team for six years, said two practices are held each day and one practice usually takes one to 1 1/2 hours.
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By SARA NEUFELD and SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER | December 8, 2005
The Baltimore school system appears to have fixed six school pools just in time to save the indoor swim season. The swim season started Nov. 15, but as of a week ago , not a single city school had a pool that was certified to operate. At Digital Harbor High School, the 38 students on the swim team were running through the halls to get in shape. Athletic directors and coaches told the city school system they would be forced to cancel their season if six pools weren't up and running by yesterday, which was supposed to be the start of competitive meets.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | December 21, 2008
F rank Zappa has a friend in high places, which is why today is Frank Zappa Day in Baltimore. The late musician was born in Baltimore on Dec. 21, 1940, but never rated a government proclamation in his hometown until August 2007. The official reason for Baltimore's first Frank Zappa Day: his eldest son, Dweezil, was performing Dad's music in town. The real reason: Jeanette Garcia Polasky works in City Hall. She is Mayor Sheila Dixon's deputy director of correspondence and constituent services.
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 30, 1997
YOUNG SWIMMERS in Hickory Ridge had miles to go before they slept, after two late-night swim-a-thons held recently to raise money for charity. The two groups raised more than $3,600.Members of the Clemens Crossing Cyclones Swim Team raised $1,926 in a swim-a-thon July 12 at the Clemens Crossing pool. The money will be donated to the Maryland chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, which helped sponsor the event by providing refreshments and prizes.Fifty swimmers participated in the swim-a-thon, which began when the pool closed at 8 p.m. and continued until 8 a.m."
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By Lowell E. Sunderland | February 18, 2001
Name: Bradley Peters Job description: Howard County YMCA aquatics director and coach of its swim team, the Manta Rays, a full-time job for the past three years; has been at Y for five years. Swim team, an eight-month "winter" program, has 127 swimmers from 5 to 18. Club began in 1978, and later founded Central Maryland Swim League, which has grown to 16 teams competing in team-oriented meets from September to April and covers much of Maryland. Club, which dropped from 220 swimmers in the early 1990s to 44 in middle of the decade, has been rebuilding.
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January 11, 1993
Name: Catharine von Schwarz, 15, of Annapolis.School: St. Mary's High School.Accomplishments/Interests: Although Catharine enjoys excellent academic standing with a 3.9 grade point average and is involved in her school's Student Government Association, her real passions are swimming and water polo.She is a member of the Annapolis Water Polo Club, the Naval Academy Junior Swim Team and the National Junior Women's Water Polo Team.As the youngest player on the National Junior B Team, she recently returned from a trip to Brazil, where she played in an international water polo tournament.
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June 16, 2005
Frank L. Cummings, a retired founder and former owner of a Baltimore chemical and container company who served as a World War II naval officer aboard destroyers in the Atlantic and Pacific, died in his sleep June 7 at Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 90. Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a son of the owner of the old Melvale Distillery, producer of Maryland rye whiskey. "He was the seventh of eight children and was born right on the kitchen table at his family's home at 15 W. Mulberry St.," said his son, the Rev. Carl F. Cummings, pastor of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.
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By Pamela Woolford and Pamela Woolford,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 11, 2000
EACH YEAR, teams from Columbia Neighborhood Swim League sponsor individual fund-raisers for charity. For the Phelps Luck team, the event is more than altruistic. It's personal. Bob Baker, father of Kimberly, 12, a swim team member, is director of Special Olympics Howard County, which has its headquarters on Rumsey Road. And, Kimberly's sister, Stephanie, 16, is a member of the Special Olympics Howard County Aquatics Team. Stephanie, a Long Reach High School student, was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi Syndrome, which causes mental impairments, when she was 8. For two years, the Phelps Luck swim team has raised money for Special Olympics Howard County with an all-night swim-a-thon.
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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer | July 19, 1994
Marsea Nelson, age 13, and her mother, Barbara, were at their wits' end last year.They had been making the 50-mile round-trip drive to Frederick twice a week to participate on the Frederick Swans synchronized swim team. But Marsea wanted more.So, last fall, the Ellicott City family started the Starfish Synchro Club, a group of youngsters ages 9 to 13 who perform synchronized swimming -- complex movements of the arms, legs and hands, executed to music."It's a combination of gymnastics, dance and speed swimming," said Marsea.
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