Swimming Eight-year-old Joey Benedetti wasn't even born...


Swimming Eight-year-old Joey Benedetti wasn't even born when Jamie LeGoff was setting records for the Hammond Park Stingrays.

In Saturday's dual meet at South Carroll, however, Benedetti shattered two 14-year-old records set by the former UMBC swimmer and current coach of the Howard County YMCA Gators, helping Hammond Park to a season-opening 251-235 victory.

Benedetti, a resident of Laurel, swam the 25-meter backstroke in 19.38 seconds, breaking LeGoff's mark of 20.09, and the 25 breaststroke in 23.24, eclipsing the mark of 24.17.

Other top performers for the Stingrays were 8-year-old Nicole Malczewski, Kristin Trinkaus, 12, and Danny Serpico, 13.

In all, Hammond Park swimmers swam to 152 best times in the Central Maryland Swim League Division II meet.

On Sunday, Hammond Park won the first All-American Swim Meet, in which 135 swimmers competed. Western Howard was second and Atholton third.


* 9-10: The International League Expos of the Howard County Youth Program gave the Pirates a healthy dose of late-inning heroism on the final day of the regular-season.

Trailing 5-2, the Expos rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and went on to a 7-5 victory to clinch the division title.

Mike Lohmeyer provided a key hit during the rally and Jeff Hill scored the winning run. On the mound, Aaron Lorsong kept his team in the game with three strong innings.

Pitcher Brandon Rice pitched three strong innings for the Pirates.

The Expos won three games over the last two weeks of the season to move into contention for the title. They began the stretch with a 10-6 win over the Yankees, beat the Pirates, 7-5, and then won, 6-3, over the Red Sox.

Elsewhere in the league, it was an up-and-down week for the Reds.

They opened the week with a 12-5 loss to the Cardinals, as the strong hitting of David Lax and David Freund helped the victors score 10 runs in the first two innings.

The Reds came back to beat the Twins, 9-8, in the Blue Bracket playoffs. Kevin Kennedy and Billy Brudis each had three hits for the Reds.

But the Reds' postseason luck ended the next day in a loss to the Bumble Bee Seafood Dodgers, 12-7. The Dodgers' Ryan Worsham and Marc Morgan combined to pitch four shutout innings, and Pat Allinson and Chad Robbins each had three hits to lead the offense.

* 10-11 -- The Dodgers of the Howard County Youth Program Minor League used their big bats to record two big victories in the final week of the regular season.

The Dodgers began the week with a 14-10 win over the Douglas Homes Inc. Angels to clinch the National League title.

Aaron Dennis and Chris Wojal combined to drive in seven runs for the victors, and Chris Forney added two doubles. Shortstop Daniel Parlette led the Angels with a triple.

The Dodgers then scored a 10-6 win over the Red Sox, as Dave Paolisso, Dennis, Chad Haneschlager and Ryan Linthicum provided the offensive.

Gregg Eller, Eddie Krumpotich and Danny and Andy Starr led the Red Sox.

* 11-12 -- The Major League Rangers won a slugfest last week in the Howard County Youth Program, outlasting the Giants, 16-14.

Billy Little, Greg Stott and Greg Buckman led the offense with doubles, and pitcher Mike Phipps worked four strong innings.

For the Giants, D. J. Brasse and John Mele each had a single, double and triple, and Charles Linn and Chris Bowen turned in good defensive performances.


Sixteen girls have been selected to play for the Columbia Connection, the Soccer Association of Columbia's 1980-81 girls classic travel team.

They are: Nora Bachman, Jamie Beale, Sarah Burt, Cindy Dagley, Kristen Dinisio, Elizabeth Fisher, Shauna Gleason, Michelle Jenkins, Michelle Kincaid, Lezette Pearsall, Jevne Reid, Kelly Renfro, Kristina Schappeler, Syrita Simpkins, Emily Timm and Julia Young.

To submit information for the Howard County recreation roundup, call (410) 521-0505.

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