Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Bulldogs cruise to easy victories

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After winning a pair of close, spirited meets one week earlier against Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Laurel High, the Bowie High swim team resumed its considerably more dominant ways last weekend against High Point and Oxon Hill.

In quest of successfully defending their county championship, the Bowie boys (12-0) dispatched Oxon Hill, 118-51, and High Point, 117-43, while the Bulldogs’ girls (11-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season by upending the Clippers, 115-49, and the Eagles, 106-40.

‘‘With only a couple of more meets left before the county championships and regionals, we want to make sure everybody has a chance to shine,” said Bowie coach Maggie Fletcher. ‘‘These last couple of meets will give some of the underclassmen and other kids a better chance to compete.”

Bowie senior James Lilly, the defending county champion in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, captured the 200 IM with a new county-best clocking (2 minutes, 5.45 seconds) that rates nearly 17 seconds better than Roosevelt’s Coit Hendley.

Brian Laufer won the 100 freestyle (53 seconds) and the 100 breast (1:16.61). Jason Gallivan took the 200 free (2:21.45), Tyler Lynch won the 50 free (26.00), Andrew Jennings captured the 100 butterfly (1:07.65) and Alex Mateik took the 100 backstroke (1:06.93). Laufer established a new county-best time in the 100 free, beating Lilly by nearly two full seconds.

The Bulldogs’ quartet of Max Mayhew, Kenny Halleran, John Cummings and Laufer captured the 200 free relay (1:42.51) in a new county-best clocking. Earlier in the meet, Mateik, Jennings, Lilly and Laufer combined to take the 200 medley relay, but another Bowie quartet finished second in that event and third in the 400 free relay.

Among the Bowie girls, Brittany Dover won the 200 individual medley (2:40.37) and the 100 breast (1:18.15) and was part of two relays that also triumphed. Ashley Fowler won the 200 free (2:32.13), Colleen Lynott captured the 100 fly (1:16.80) and Caitlin Gunzelman won the 100 free (1:09.87). Lynott also was second in the 500 free.

Several other Bowie girls finished well in defeat. Melissa Thrift took second in the 200 free (2:32.15) and the 100 breast (1:26.57). In the 200 free, Thrift finished a mere two one-hundredths of a second behind Fowler. Madeline Leander was second in the 200 IM (2:56.07) and the 100 fly (1:33.72). Katelyn Price was second in both the 50 free (32.17) and 100 back (1:21.87).

Dover’s effort in the 100 breast now stands as the second-best clocking in that event among County 4A girls this winter.

E-mail Ted Black at tblack@gazette.net.