Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Eagles, Yellow Jackets to renew rivalry Saturday

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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 beat 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 beat 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 events. 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. Kelly also sports the third-best time in both the 50 free and 100 free.

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. Three different Gwynn Park quartets that feature Mattia and McKee also rate third in the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays.