The Edgewood Aquanauts and the Emmorton Barracudas squared off Wednesday night for the championship of the Harford Swim League, but a 255-226 win by the Aquanauts forced a swim-off Thursday night.

The Aquanauts won that meet, 302-177, and were crowned champions.

The Barracudas had been previously undefeated, while the Aquanauts were beaten by Fountain Green last week for its first loss of the season.

During Wednesday night's competition, the team's battled closely, with the winner still in question going into the relay events. There, the Aquanauts won five of seven events to win the meet by just 29 points.

Shining for the Barracudas in the 8-under mixed 100 relay were Ryan Hughes, Stephanie Hightower, Betsy Balaguer and Ben Garback, whose time of 1:15.93 was a new pool record.

For the Aquanauts in the 11-12 mixed 100 medley relay, Nathan Reyerson, Natika Dannenfelser, Brooke Frederick and Michael Taylor combined for a 1:05.91 and new pool and league record.

Jenn Murach broke a league record with a 28.85 in the girls 15-18 50 free. Also for Edgewood, Dannenfelser (11-12 100 individual medley, 1:13.78).

Individual records for the Barracudas go to Ben Garback (8-under 25 back, 22.31); Susanna Breeback (15-18 100 IM, 1:11.73); Jeff Warwick (15-18 100 IM 1:04.99; 50 free, 26.37) and Amy Landis (15-18 50 back, 34.10).

Track and field

The Harford County Gliders track and field team joined many other teams and thousands of competitors to compete in the East Coast Invitational track meet at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., July 23-25.

L The Gliders' relay teams ran well against stiff competition.

Kristin Hulbert ran a 2-minute, 28-second leg in the under-14 girls 4X800 meter relay, her first leg under the 2:30 mark, to lead that squad to a 10:45 finish for fourth place.

Hulbert was joined by teammates Kelly Coogan, Amanda Laughton and Kim Helmers, who ran well in establishing a personal best for the squad as well.

In the girls under-10 4X400 relay, Lauren Moore, Bethany Hulbert, Kristin Tourville and Jessica Johnson combined for a 5:05, the top performance for the team this year and a seventh-place finish at the invitational.

Also in the under-10 age group, 9-year-old Bethany Hulbert ran a 2:48 in the 800 --, finishing less than 10 seconds out of first place.

In the 17-18 division, Christy Moon finished fifth in the 1,500 with 5:06.

Also last week, Maureen Casey won the girls 7-8 400 racewalk in 2:03. She joined six other teammates competing in the Severna Park Invitational track meet.

Bailey Sparks finished second in the 400 racewalk (2:39.01) and second in the 200 (42.71).

In the 11-12 age group, Megan Sparks won the 400 in 1:13 and the 800 in 3:06. She also placed second in the long jump, with a leap of 10-4.

Katie O'brien also took two first place finishes, winning the 100 and 200 runs.

In the 80 hurdles, Katie McAvoy came out on top. She also won the long jump (11 feet, 6 inches) and placed second in the 100.

Jill Iacchei, 11, competed in the girls 13-14 1,500 racewalk and completed the course in 10:05.

In the boys 5-6 competition, Patrick Casey took first in both the 400 racewalk (3:05.51) and the softball throw (59-1). He finished third in the long jump with 5-6.

Adam Sparks was second in the 400 (1:19) and third in the 100 in the boys 13-14 bracket.

At the Cliff Willey track meet, Todd Hulbert established a personal best while finishing second in the 800 with 2:57.

Youth baseball

15-16 boys -- The 15-16 Harford Sox rallied to defeat the Columbia Reds, 4-3, to win the Maryland State Dizzy Dean Championships and earn a berth to the National Championships in Birmingham, Ala., to begin Aug. 6.

The Sox were 22-10 during the regular season of the Baltimore Metro League.

Last weekend, the Sox lost an opening game to the Reds, 3-1, but rebounded to defeat the Eastern Storm twice, 8-0 and 15-0, respectively. Coaches credited strong defense as a key to the championship win.

The final game was a close one. The Sox held a 3-1 lead going into the final inning, but the Reds came back with a string of base hits to tie the game at three and still had the bases loaded with two outs.

Starting pitcher Mike Giuffrida bore down and struck out the last batter, his seventh strikeout of the game.

In the bottom of the seventh, Giuffrida led off with a single and stole second. Rob Mister was intentionally walked with one out, then runners advanced as Dennis Morton singled to first.

With the Reds'infield up, David Thompson hit a hard one-hop shot that glanced off the shortstop's glove into left field for the game-winner.

In the shutout victories over the Storm, Mister and Giuffrida took the wins, with relief pitching from Tim Hamulack and Rob Spicer.

Hamulack also nailed the team's only home run during the championships, a 400-foot, two-run shot in the second game against the Storm.

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