The Columbia Association continues to work on its Aquatics Master Plan to determine the swimming needs of the future for that organization for its indoor and outdoor pools. We are seeing that lap lane space is becoming critical. If you are a competitive swimmer, for example, you need to swim laps and if that space is not available for you and your team, that could well put you at a disadvantage.

One possible solution to this problem could be to cover an existing outdoor pool with a rigid cover. I've been told the cost for the cover could range between $1 million and $3 million.


This is just one of the topics that could be included in the Master Plan. As Columbia Aquatics Director John Herdson told me this week, "It is all about what can we do to make things better. It's really up to the residents."

John's comment about the residents is on target. CA will conduct two public meetings, 7-9 p.m., Oct. 11 at Slayton House and 7-9 pm. Oct. 12, at the Owen Brown Community Center on Cradlerock Way. Residents' input is important and if you have something to say about the future of swimming in Columbia, those are the dates to stand up and be heard.

For more information, go to http://aquatics-master-plan-pubic-meeting.eventbrite.com/.

An ace golfer

Sept. 24, Jack Snober, of Columbia, recorded a hole-in-one while playing in the Black & Decker Golf Outing at the South Hills Golf Course in Hanover, Penn. Jack used an 8-iron to ace the 150-yard, par 3 14th hole. His shot was witnessed by Robert Morin, Ed Harrison and John Carrol.

Spitfire gets two co-directors

How often do you find two former U.S. National Field Hockey players taking over a local field hockey club? That is apparently what has happened to the Spitfire Field Hockey Club of Columbia.

Barb Weinberg and Dina Rizzo will co-direct the Spitfire programs starting in November. Both have been assistant coaches at the University of Maryland and bring national credentials with them.

Rizzo, a former Maryland player, played for the U.S. National team for seven years appearing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2006 World Cup and the 2003 Pan American Games. Weinberg, a goalkeeper from the University of Iowa, played for the U.S. Women's field hockey team from 2005 to 2010 with appearances in the Madrid World Cup and the Beijing Olympics.

Seibert an honorary captain

I sometimes worry about my hearing, but I swear that I heard Maryland football announcer Johnny Holliday say that former Terp star Vernon Seibert was an honorary captain of the Terrapin team at the West Virginia game. Vernon, who is a longtime Howard County resident, was a standout player at Maryland from 1946 to 1949 and then was the defensive coordinator under Jim Tatum. Vernon taught physical education at Glenelg High School and coached varsity football, boys basketball, wrestling, golf and girls softball. Whoever picks those honorary captains knew what he was doing by recognizing coach Seibert.

A worthwhile walk in the park

I attended last weekend's Howard County Heart Walk at Centennial Lake with proceeds earmarked for the American Heart Association. The turnout was a bit light in my estimation, but there was no shortage of enthusiasm by the walkers. I only wish that some of our elected officials could have attended because their support is an important element when it comes to fighting any health-related issue. I admit that I do not know all of our officials by sight so I might have missed them. I know that they come out big-time when election time rolls around.

This story has been updated.