Digest: Swimmers Snyder, Meyers win gold again at Paralympics
Sep 13, 2016 | 2:25 AM
Baltimore's Brad Snyder and Timonium's Becca Meyers returned to the top of the podium on Monday at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Meyers, a Notre Dame Prep graduate, won her third gold medal of the Rio Games with a world-record time of 4 minutes, 19.59 seconds in the 400-meter S13. Ukraine's Anna Stetsenko was second in 4:24.18. Meyers previously won the 200 IM S13 and set a Paralympic record with gold in the 100 butterfly S13.
Snyder, a former Navy swim captain who was blinded while serving in Afghanistan in 2011, won his second gold in Rio, winning the men's 50 S11 freestyle in 25.57 seconds. Keiichi Kimura of Japan took silver in 26.52.
"I have to adopt a certain aggressive, never-say-die mentality and that really paid off in that 50 because it didn't really go the way I had envisioned nor the way it went this morning," Snyder said. "I definitely had a lot more contact with the lane line. But by not taking the race for granted I was able to get to the wall first."
Track and field: Four athletes finished the T12/13 1,500-meter race for the visually impaired on Sunday faster than the United States' Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) did in his gold-medal performance in the same event at the Olympics. Abdellatif Baka of Algeria won the gold medal in 3 minutes, 48.29 seconds, followed by Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopia (3:48.59), Henry Kirwa of Kenya (3:49.59) and Fouad Baka of Algeria, brother of Abdellatif, (3:49.84). Centrowitz finished in 3:50.
Wheelchair basketball:Gail Gaeng of Frederick and the U.S. women remained perfect in pool play and earned the No. 1 seed in the knockout round with a 65-15 win over Algeria. The U.S. will face Brazil in the quarterfinals today.
Medical redshirt an option for Navy's Smith, coach says
Last week's surgery to repair the torn ACL in Tago Smith's right knee "went well," according to Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, who indicated that the Midshipmen might seek a medical redshirt for Smith, the starting quarterback who suffered the season-ending knee injury early in the second quarter of the season opener against Fordham. "We'll look into what all the options are," Niumatalolo said. Asked if a medical redshirt request was on the table, Niumatalolo said: "It's an option, but we don't know. We'll work through all that and see how it pans out." Since Smith played in just over one quarter this season it's likely the NCAA would grant a fifth year of eligibility, but Smith must decide whether he wants to delay his graduation, and Naval Academy officials must determine whether his injury and subsequent recovery require Smith to withdraw from classes. "It's all case-by-case so we would need to present that," Niumatalolo said.
More college football: Navy freshman safety Alohi Gilman was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week and senior quarterback Will Worth was named to the honor roll. … Towson senior wide receiver Christian Summers was named Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week. … Bowie State junior Victor Tamba Jr. (Northwestern High) was selected Offensive Lineman of the Week, freshman Amir Hall Quarterback of the Week, senior Nyme Manns (Patterson) Receiver of the Week, sophomore Maurice Williams (St. Frances) Running Back of the Week and Damon Wilson Coach of the Week by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Men's college basketball: UMBC will open its season on Nov. 11 at home against Hood. The Retrievers' schedule also includes games at UMES (Nov. 13), at Navy (Nov. 23), at Mount St. Mary's (Dec. 7) and vs. Towson (Nov. 17).
Men's college soccer: Johns Hopkins senior goalie Bryan See was picked Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Women's college volleyball: Towson senior Jessica Lewis was named CAA Offensive Player Of The Week.
Women's college tennis: Navy freshman Ansofi Wreder won the "C" singles flight at the Stony Brook Invitational this past weekend with a 5-0 record.
Women's college basketball: Towson will open its season Nov. 11 at home against Massachusetts Lowell and travel to face UMBC on Nov. 22 and Maryland on Dec. 6.
College baseball: Coppin State named Matthew Greely pitching coach and LynDon Watkins first base coach with oversight of hitters and outfielders. Greely comes from Arizona Western and Watkins from St. Vincent Pallotti.
Women's college rowing: Washington College named seniorsDanielle HustonHakey and Maddie Morrissetteand juniorBrenna Kacarcaptains.
WNBA: Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) was suspended by the WNBA for one game for receiving her seventh technical foul of the season, under league rules. McCoughtry incurred her sixth and seventh technical fouls during Sunday's game at the Phoenix Mercury. She will serve the suspension today when the Dream host the San Antonio Stars. Atlanta is in a three-way tie for fourth place with Indiana and Chicago. McCoughtry is averaging 19.2 points and 5.7 rebounds to lead the Dream (16-15).
National women's soccer league:Beverly Yanez and Keelin Winters scored to lead the Seattle Reign (7-6-6) to a 2-0 win over the visiting Washington Spirit (12-4-3) on Sunday night. The Spirit can clinch the regular-season title with a win at the Chicago Red Stars on Sept. 24.
Varsity football: DeMatha Catholic running back Anthony McFarland Jr. and defensive lineman Chase Young are on the watch list for the Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year.
Varsity basketball: Mount Saint Joseph will host the BasketballCoach.com's Nike Championship Basketball Clinic on Sept. 23-25. Retired Army, Indiana and Texas Tech coach Bob Knight highlights the list of speakers who will be at the coaching clinic. Also set to speak are West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli and former coach Mike Jarvis. For registration and more information, go to the "clinics" tab at basketballcoach.com.
— Glenn Graham
Golf:Eleana Collins of Baltimore defeated Stacey Camara of Windsor, Calif., 6 and 4, while Andrea Kraus of Baltimore lost to Olivia Herrick of Roseville, Minn., 4 and 3, at the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur championship in Erie, Pa. In the U.S. Mid-Amateur championship in Elverson, Pa., Mike Stackus of Ellicott City, the only Maryland native to reach match play, lost in the first round to Scott Harvey of Greensboro, N.C., a co-medalist and 2014 champion, 2 and 1.
Charity event: The Casey Cares Foundation will host an autograph signing and moderated conversation with Orioles Hall of Famer Jim Palmer and USA Today columnist Christine Brennan on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe on 601 E. Pratt St. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by calling 443-568-0064. For more information, go to caseycares.org/events/hall-fame-evening-jim-palmer.
Horse racing: Rosecroft Raceway announced that it will introduce a Pick 5 with a low 12 percent takeout and superfectas on every race when the fall meet begins today. Rosecroft will race Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 15. First race post is 6:40 p.m.