Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Fairmont Heights standout leads team past Largo

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In virtually every sport, the squads from Douglass High School and nearby Gwynn Park High have a heated rivalry. Both swim teams will prepare for next weekend’s county championship meet by facing one another and Largo High Saturday morning in a tri-dual meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

Last weekend, the Douglass boys defeated Fairmont Heights, 114-21, and Largo, 116-18, while the Eagles’ girls upended the Hornets, 84-48, and Lions, 108-11. Meanwhile, the Gwynn Park girls defeated Forestville, 83-20, and Surrattsville, 84-24, while the Yellow Jackets’ boys lost to Forestville, 103-43, but defeated the Hornets, 87-29. The Douglass-Forestville boys’ meet ended in a tie five weeks earlier.

Douglass swimmer Marlon Garner owns the top time among County 3A⁄2A⁄1A boys in the 50 freestyle (26.69 seconds), but Gwynn Park’s Philip Gouldman sports the best clocking in the 100 free (1:00.78), 500 free (7:00.18) and 100 backstroke (1:13.31). Largo’s Zawdie Coke has the best time in the 200 individual medley (2:34.93) and 100 butterfly (1:07.05) and second-best effort in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back.

Most of the Douglass and Gwynn Park girls have been overshadowed by Fairmont Heights senior Temara Jordan, who owns the league’s top times in seven of eight eventa. Eagles’ junior Allison Burget is second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 IM. Burget, Courtney Hall, Jasmine Kelly and Tiana Briley own the best time in the 400 free relay, while Kelly, Briana Trent, Hall and Burget combined to take the best clocking in the 200 free relay.

Among the Gwynn Park girls, Jessica Mattia ranks third behind Jordan and Burget in the 500 free, while Morgan McKee is third behind Jordan and Hall in the 100 back.

Jordan, a three-time Gazette-Star All-County first team selection and Class 1A state runner-up in both the 100 free and 100 back last winter, now occupies the top spot in seven of the eight individual events in the 3A⁄2A⁄1A girls’ standings. Jordan owns the top clocking in every event except for the 100 breast, which belongs to freshman teammate Danielle Jackson.

Jordan was again one of the bright spots Saturday as the Hornets defeated Largo, 55-20, but fell to Douglass, 84-48. She captured the 100 butterfly (1:06.12) with a clocking that now rates as the fastest among small county schools. She also holds the top time in the 200 freestyle (2:09.34), 200 individual medley (2:27.15), 50 free (25.83), 100 free (59.87), 500 free (6:41.27) and 100 backstroke (1:05).

Jordan, Ruqayyah Webb, Jackson and Angel Williams own the league’s best time in the 200 medley relay (2:34.94) and second-best clocking in the 400 free relay. Jordan, Webb, Jackson and Rokhaya Sane also rank second among 3A⁄2A⁄1A girls in the 200 free relay. Two different Douglass quartets owns the best clockings in the 200 free and 400 free relays, while Gwynn Park girls are third in all three relays.

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