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Digest (April 20): Maryland swimmers capture World Para medals

McKenzie Coan (Loyola Maryland) set an American record in the S7 400-meter freestyle, swimming to fourth place in a time of 5:09.49 on the first day of the Indianapolis 2018 World Para Swimming World Series on Thursday. U.S. athletes claimed 10 medals, including six gold, at the Indiana University Natatorium. Athletes from across the world are competing on U.S. soil for the second stop of the world series circuit. The event, which is being held in Indianapolis for the second year in a row, features 198 swimmers from 17 countries. Thirteen-time Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long (Baltimore) captured two medals on the first day, including gold in the 400 free and silver in the 100 breaststroke. Alyssa Gialamas (Baltimore, Maryland) won the SB4 50 breast. Six-time Paralympic medalist Becca Meyers (Timonium) swam to second place in the S13 400 free. Lawrence Sapp (Waldorf) captured the bronze medal in the S14 200 free. The event wraps up today.

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Navy linebacker Baumoel wins most improved award

Rising sophomore linebacker Griffin Baumoel is the winner of the Vice Adm. William P. Mack Award, which is presented to the most improved player during spring football drills as voted on by the coaching staff. Baumoel is the seventh inside linebacker to win the award in the 43 years it has been presented and the first since Tyler Simmons in 2009. Baumoel, 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, is a 2017 graduate of Canton Central Catholic in Ohio.

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Steele Stanwick to makedebut with Bayhawks

Attackman Steele Stanwick (Loyola Blakefield) will suit up for the first time for the Bayhawks tonight at 7:30 when Chesapeake opens its Major League Lacrosse season against the Dallas Rattlers at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium . "Steele Stanwick is the type of player that makes everyone on the team better. He is an outstanding passer and dynamic playmaker," said Bayhawks general manager and coach Dave Cottle. "Steele has always been a very unselfish player and does a tremendous job of setting up shooters. Steele is a great person and a great teammate, which is something you hear from anyone who has ever played with him over the years." Cottle called the acquisition of Stanwick, who retired after leading the Chicago Machine to the 2016 title, "a real coup." Stanwick totaled 168 points in 55 games spanning five seasons with the Machine and was selected to play in the MLL All-Star game four times.

— Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Arena Football League : The two-time defending ArenaBowl champion Philadelphia Soul (1-0) will raise their 2017 championship banner when they host the Baltimore Brigade (1-0) tonight at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The Soul are coming off a convincing 56-35 win against the Albany Empire. Baltimore held off the Washington Valor last week to win 61-56 in the Brigade's home opener.

Men's college lacrosse: Maryland's game against Ohio State on Sunday at 2 p.m. now will be broadcast on ESPN2. The game was originally scheduled for ESPNU.

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