Dwyer helps U.S. win 800 freestyle relay


Dwyer helps U.S. win 800 freestyle relay

Conor Dwyer of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club teamed with Ryan Lochte, Charlie Houchin and Ricky Berens to win the 800-meter freestyle relay at the FINA World Championships on Friday in Barcelona, Spain. The Americans finished in 7 minutes, 1.72 seconds. Dwyer, who took silver in the 200 freestyle earlier in the week, led off the 800 free relay and put the team in third position at the 200-meter mark behind Russia and France. Lochte took the lead in the second leg by six-tenths of a second over Russia; his split of 1:44.98 was the second fastest in the 32-man field. Houchin increased the Americans' lead to about a body length in the third leg, and Berens brought them home. Russia finished second in 7:03.92, and China was third in 7:04.74. The United States has won the race at five straight world championships and has not lost the 800 free relay on the international stage since 2003. Towson-raised Elizabeth Pelton qualified third in the 200 backstroke in 2:08.20; teammate Missy Franklin was first in 2:06.46.

U.S. Open Swimming Championships: Gillian Ryan of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club finished fourth in the women's 200 freestyle in Irvine, Calif., in 1:59.46.


Isner reaches semifinals by rallying past Baghdatis

John Isner used 18 aces to defeat Marcos Baghdatis, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Citi Open at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Washington. Isner, the lone American remaining, advanced to a first career meeting with veteran baseliner Dmitry Tursunov, who overcame 13 double faults earlier in the day to oust Marinko Matosevic, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4), in a match that lasted 2 hours, 44 minutes. Third seed Tommy Haas advanced with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) victory over Grigor Dimitrov and will face top seed Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated Kevin Anderson, 7-6 (0), 6-3. Today's women's semifinals will pit No. 3 seed Ekaterina Makarova against Magdalena Rybarikova, and No. 4 seed Alize Cornet against Andrea Petkovic. Rybarikova ousted the top seed, Angelique Kerber, 7-6 (0), 3-6, 6-3.

Liz Clarke, The Washington Post

College lacrosse

Report: Poillon to be hired as men's assistant at Hobart

Newly named Hobart coach Greg Raymond (Johns Hopkins) is about to hire Peet Poillon (UMBC, Howard Community College) as an assistant, according to Inside Lacrosse. Poillon, an All-Star midfielder for Major League Lacrosse's Charlotte Hounds, worked last season as a volunteer assistant at Delaware. In 2011, he was the head coach of his high school alma mater, Seneca Valley, which is about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, while playing for MLL's Denver Outlaws.

Men's recruiting: St. Paul's rising senior defenseman Bennett Moore has committed orally to Hobart, Inside Lacrosse reported. Moore, a three-year starter, will be team captain next season. ... Baltimore native Doug Brown Jr. (Western Tech) has signed a letter of intent to play at Missouri Valley College in the team's inaugural season next spring.

Women: Drexel named Hannah Rudloff coach. She had been Drexel's interim coach for the past two months and was the assistant the previous three seasons.

Et cetera

Neal, Barton, others in A's B's & 3s game tonight

Gary Neal (Towson University, Aberdeen, Calvert Hall), Will Barton (Lake Clifton), Josh Selby (Lake Clifton) and other pros will participate in the A's B's & 3s Back to School Basketball Showcase tonight at 7 at Coppin State, pitting the George Goodman League against the Kurk Lee All-Stars. Doors open at 5 p.m. The game will tip off at 7. Tickets may be purchased online at ab3game.eventbrite.com. Thirty percent of the proceeds will be donated to Baltimore nonprofit youth organizations.

Women's college basketball: Mount St. Mary's coach Bryan Whitten announced the hiring of Brittany Pinkney, who played for Whitten at Virginia Commonwealth, as an assistant coach. The program also signed 6-foot forward Kaitlyn Eisenhard from Boyertown Area High in Bechtelsville, Pa.

WNBA: Sylvia Fowles had 32 points and 15 rebounds, helping the Chicago Sky (13-5) overcome the absence of rookie and leading scorer Elena Delle Donne, who missed the game with a concussion, to beat the visiting Washington Mystics, 85-78. Matee Ajavon scored 19 points for the Mystics (9-11), who lost their second straight game. ... Despite a team-high 23 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field by Kristi Toliver (Maryland), the Los Angeles Sparks (12-7) lost, 96-89, to the host Tulsa Shock (7-14).

Football talk: Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards will host a program with former Ravens coach Brian Billick, now an NFL analyst for Fox and the NFL Network, on Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Dempsey's Brew Pub & Restaurant in the Warehouse at Camden Yards.

College football: Salisbury took the No. 16 spot in the D3football.com Preseason Top 25 poll. The Sea Gulls, who went 9-3 last season , including a 6-1 mark and conference championship in the Empire 8, finished at No. 11 in the poll. The team edged Johns Hopkins, which took the No. 17 spot with six fewer votes, 245-239. Salisbury has advanced to three straight Division III NCAA tournaments, including a second-round loss to Widener last year. Johns Hopkins finished last season 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, before losing to eventual champion Mount Union.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United announced that forward Lionard Pajoy underwent surgery to repair a left inguinal hernia. The procedure was performed Wednesday by Dr. Glenn Sandler of Advanced Surgery PC in Rockville. Pajoy is expected to return in about six weeks. In his second season in the league, Pajoy has appeared in 50 games (38 starts), recording 10 goals and three assists. Before joining MLS, Pajoy spent seven years playing internationally in the Colombian first division, where he had 47 goals in 215 appearances.

Minor league baseball: The Aberdeen IronBirds' Ferrous has been named the Best Mascot in the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League in MiLB's Mascot Mania Competition.

Junior golf: The American Junior Golf Association will head to the Original Course at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City for the first time as 144 of the nation's top junior golfers compete in the Jos. A. Bank/David Leadbetter Championship on Aug. 19-22. The tournament practice round will be held Aug. 19; tournament rounds will be played Aug. 20-22.



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