New coaches off to solid starts

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006

Through the first two weeks of the high school swim season, a pair of first-year coaches have comfortably settled into their roles and are eager for their teams to face one another on Jan. 20.

Bowie coach Margaret Fletcher is hardly new to the school. A 1995 Bowie High graduate who was a freshman on the team when future Olympic gold medalist Brad Schumacher was a senior, Fletcher coached at Gwynn Park for five seasons before starting the Bladensburg swim program last winter. She is pleased to be at the helm of her alma mater.

‘‘We have a pretty big team, almost 60 kids, which is a lot bigger than when I swam for Bowie,” Fletcher said. ‘‘The kids have been great. Manuel Nunez has done well in all of his events and he’s been a great senior leader. My girls are strong. Brittany Dover won the 500-yard freestyle last weekend. I don’t think she wanted to swim it at first, but she did.”

The Bowie boys (4-0) and girls (4-0) both kept their perfect records intact with lopsided victories against Laurel and Forestville. The Bowie boys defeated Laurel, 117-49, and Forestville, 125-12, while the girls whipped Laurel, 137-33, and blanked Forestville, 144-0.

In addition to winning the 500 free (6 minutes, 11.43 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.78), Nunez was part of the victorious 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.

Among the Bowie girls, Dover, a two-time Star⁄Gazette all-county first-team choice, won the 500 (6:17.73) and the 100 breast (1:17.05). Colleen Lynott won the 200 IM, Brittany Metzger took the 50 free, Corri Deegan took the 100 butterfly, Kelsi Morris captured the 100 backstroke and Amy Cressman won the 100 free.

Roosevelt rookie coach Anne Koroknay is new to the league, but hardly new to the school. An English teacher at Roosevelt, Koroknay swam for Kennedy High in Montgomery County during her prep days and later played club soccer at the University of Maryland. Like Fletcher, Koroknay has a deep, talented team at her disposal and thus far the Raiders have not disappointed.

‘‘We probably don’t have as many boys as they did in the past, but I have a lot of really, really fast girls,” Koroknay said. ‘‘I’m just trying to figure out where everyone fits in best. I’m using kids in different events each week.”

The Laurel girls (3-1) lost to Bowie but blanked Forestville, 134-0, while the boys (2-2) rebounded from the loss to Bowie to down Forestville, 103-52. Although the Laurel girls failed to win any events against Bowie, Sarah McCray and Kara Rutherford each recorded a pair of victories against Forestville. Elizabeth Fitzsimons, Delina Dehoney, Katie Witek and Megan Potts each posted one win against Forestville.

The Spartans’ boys managed only one victory against Bowie as Jeff Passmore captured the 100 free (1:01.17) against the Bulldogs. But the Laurel boys won seven of the eight individual events against Forestville as Passmore, Scott Tyree and Jordan Megaughey each won two events. Porfirio Velasquez won the 100 fly. Passmore, Tyree, Velasquez and Megaughey combined to win the 200 free relay against the Knights.

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