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Maryland women play host to swimming championships; Defending champ Virginia favored to win ACC meet


The University of Maryland will play host to the Atlantic Coast Conference women's swimming and diving championships starting at 11 a.m. today and continuing through Saturday at the Campus Recreation Center Nata- torium.

The Terps, whose fourth-place finish last year was their best ever, are led by Kim Piotro. The senior from Gilbert, Ariz., is the ACC's defending champion in the 200-yard freestyle and has the league's top time (50.39) in the 100 freestyle.

Virginia is considered the favorite after winning the meet last season. The Cavaliers have bolstered their claim by winning all of their dual meets this season.

Et cetera

The Towson women's gymnastics team, struggling with a 4-9 record, is playing host to the Towson Invitational at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Tigers have not lost in the 13 years of the meet, which will include George Washington, James Madison, Penn and Temple. Gillian Cote was named the top gymnast in the Eastern Atlantic Gymnastics league after leading Maryland to a school-record score of 195.175 in a win over 12th-ranked West Virginia and Temple last weekend. Cote finished first in the all-around competition with a school-record score of 39.3 for four events.

UMBC picked up its fourth Northeast Conference title as the women's swimming team won the meet last weekend at UMBC Fieldhouse. Sophomore Tammy Hendricks was named the league's top diver after winning the 1- and 3-meter diving events, and Sid Burkot was named the league's top coach. St. Mary's Pat McGarrity was named the top swimmer in the Capital Athletic Conference after winning four events at the league's meet. The Easton native won the 500-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley, 200-yard backstroke and 800-yard freestyle relay. The Johns Hopkins men's and women's swimming teams head to Atlanta this weekend for the University Athletic Association championships. The men, winners of 12 straight UAA titles, are led by diver Kris Lewis, and the two-time defending champion women follow Dana Harrar, who won the meet's 50- and 100-yard freestyle events last season.

Give the Iron Man award to Bowie State guard James Rice, who played 55 minutes in a 93-78 triple-overtime loss to Elizabeth City State on Tuesday night. Rice finished with 37 points and 10 rebounds. Coppin State's Liesha Mitchell was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week in women's basketball. Monica Logan of UMBC became the school's second women's basketball player to achieve 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career, surpassing the mark in points last Thursday at St. Francis, N.Y.

Pub Date: 2/18/99

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