The Springlake Piranhas swim team opened its season in Division II of the Central Maryland Swim League with a meet at Westminster Riding Club.

While the Piranhas came up on the short end of the team score, a number of swimmers had great performances.

For instance, Katie McComas set a new team record in the 13-14 girls 100-yard freestyle.

A number of swimmers improved previous times by 10 seconds or more, led by Noah Williams, who improved more than 33 seconds in the 6-under boys 25-yard freestyle; and Ethan McKenna, who improved his 6-under boys 25-yard backstroke by more than 20 seconds.


"Like" explorebaltimorecounty's Facebook page

The following swimmers met the qualifying times for the end-of-season Straehle Invitational Meet:

• Kyle Bowers, 50-yard breaststroke.

• Dylan Chenowith, 25-yard freestyle.

• Blaise Connor, 50-yard breaststroke.

• Patrick Connor, 25-yard breaststroke.

• Grace Hansen, 50-yard backstroke and 50-yard butterfly.

• Tommy Hurley, 100-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle and 25-yard backstroke.

• Ellie McComas, 50-yard freestyle and 50-yard butterfly.

• Katie McComas, 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard breaststroke.

• Jesse Siegel, 50-yard butterfly.

• Lauren Zizwarek, 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard breaststroke.

• Karly Zungailia, 50-yard backstroke and 50-yard breaststroke.

In addition, six relay teams met the qualifying times in their events.

Our longtime neighbors, the Hunkovic family, are asking community members for their help.

Two children of Stan Hunkovic Jr. were taken to Trinidad in February 2010 by their mother (against court orders).

Stan has custody of his children in the United States, but they are not here, and he has incurred considerable legal expenses from both countries in his effort to bring them home.

You may have heard about his plight on the local news. Stan has been a firefighter and paramedic with Baltimore County for 21 years.

He has made many trips to the tip of Venezuela in this legal battle, and expenses continue to mount.

Tracey Marvel, a fellow firefighter and friend, and her husband, Chip, have given the family permission to hold a car wash at their gas station, Exxon Seminary Service Center Station, at the corner of York Road and Seminary Avenue, on Saturday, July 9, and Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to about 4 p.m. each day.

Consider coming out to show your support for Stan and his family.

Registration is open for vacation Bible school at Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road, to be held Aug. 1-5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school will include Bible stories, crafts, music, worship and games.

Children ages 4-10 are invited to participate. Registration cost is $20 per child or $55 per family. Forms are available in the church office.

The Timonium Optimist Club is holding its annual Ravens home ticket raffle. Eight winners will each receive two tickets for a Ravens home game, or if game not played, $100 will be awarded.

The raffle will take place Monday, Aug. 1, at Padonia Station, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $2 each, or three for $5. Call Sue Cavanaugh at 410-561-3040 to purchase tickets.