Digest: Long, Snyder win swimming gold medals


Long, Snyder win swimming gold medals

U.S. swimmer Jessica Long, formerly of Middle River, won her second gold medal at the London Paralympic Games and the ninth of her career by successfully defending her 400-meter freestyle S8 title Friday. Long, 20, who had both lower legs amputated before age 2, won by 18.22 seconds, finishing in 4 minutes, 42.28 seconds, and lowering her world mark set in June by 1.89 seconds. "What I always like to say is I swam my heart out and I can honestly say I swam my heart out and I gave it everything I had," said Long, who now lives and trains in Colorado. "That was the goal tonight, to go in and break the world record and that is exactly what I wanted to do. I set my goals very, very high and I feel like I'm always competing against myself and setting new goals for everyone. Records are made to be broken." Long won three gold medals at the 2004 Paralympics and three golds, a silver and a bronze four years later. Of being a multi-medalist, Long said: "When I was 12 I had no expectations and then when I was 16 I put a ton of pressure on myself. But now that I'm 20 I have no pressure. I don't have anything to prove, I already have my gold medals. So right now I am just going out and having a lot of fun and it's working so far." Long, will swim in a heat today for the 100 breaststroke SB7.

Men's swimming: Brad Snyder, 28, a lieutenant in the Navy who lives in Baltimore, won gold in the 100-meter freestyle S11 in 57.43 seconds. He was second after the first 50 meters in 27.58, then closed with a 29.85 to win. Bozun Yang of China was second, 1.18 back. Snyder will swim in a 50-meter freestyle S11 heat today... Ian Silverman, 16, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club and the McDonogh swim team, finished sixth in the final of the 50-meter freestyle S10 in 24.65, which was 1.49 behind winner Andre Brasil of Brazil.

Men's cycling track: Clark Rachfal, 28, who attended Towson University and is a member of the Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team, qualified in sixth place in the men's individual B pursuit. He and pilot David Swanson had a time of 4:28.030.

Et cetera

Stertzer gives No. 6 UM soccer tie with No. 11 UCLA

In a battle of two perennial college soccer powers, the No. 6 Maryland men drew with No. 11 UCLA, 2-2, at Ludwig Field. The Bruins scored first in the ninth minute, and the Terps tied it on a goal 19 seconds later by Dan Metzger off a cross from Patrick Mullins. UCLA retook control in the 14th minute, and Maryland scored the equalizer in the 68th minute when Schillo Tshuma was brought down in the box, leading to a penalty kick by John Stertzer. The announced attendance of 6,562 was the sixth highest in Terps men's soccer history.



Women's college soccer: Freshman forward Bria Bass and freshman midfielder Preslie Quaranta (Perry Hall) each scored twice as visiting UMBC (1-3-1) rolled to its first victory since Sept. 26, 2010, a 5-0 win against Saint Peter's (1-4). Freshman goalkeeper Jen Nance (Severna Park) earned the shutout.

College football: Baltimore native Will Headen, a former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute defensive standout, returns to the Engineers for a 22nd season of coaching as inside linebackers coach. He took last season off.

College softball: Bowie State named Ashley Cook coach. Cook graduated from the school in 2011 and helped the Bulldogs to Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships in her two seasons at the school (2007 and 2009).

College field hockey: Sophomore goalkeeper Tashani Dickson made a career-high 15 saves but visiting Towson was routed, 14-0, by No. 8 Virginia.

Baseball: Individual tickets remain for the induction of Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray into the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards' Hall of Legends during the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation's annual gala Wednesday. "Cal & Eddie: A Legendary Evening" will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Baltimore. Individual tickets are available at $150 for museum members and $200 for nonmembers. For information, contact Whitney Edmonds at 410-727-1539, ext. 3033, or WhitneyE@BabeRuthMuseum.com.



Horse racing: The 2012 fall meeting at Laurel Park will begin Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. and continue four days a week through the end of the year on a Wednesday-through-Saturday schedule, holidays excluded. The 69-day meeting will include average daily purses of $240,000. The Maryland Horse Breeders Association will provide $25,000 to $50,000 bonuses for Maryland-bred runners in 16 stakes races.

NFL: Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday. While a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010, Jackson was suspended indefinitely for violating the substance abuse policy and missed all but two games that year and six games in 2011 as well. In 2009 he was suspended and missed four games.

Mike Jones and Mark Maske, The Washington Post

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers of the American Pro Basketball League signed guard Perry Wright, a former Cardinals Gibbons star who was an All-American at Widener.

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