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Emma Bentov-Lagman, Cristin Connerney and Lilianna Dyer of 1st Class Gymnastics Inc. in Annapolis won the women's group acrobatic gymnastics title at the USA Gymnastics Championships in Providence, R.I.
A day after the Boston Red Sox selected Maryland right-hander Mike Shawaryn in the fifth round with the 148th overall pick, two more Terps pitchers were selected Saturday in the Major League Baseball draft.
Eric Schuler, 23, of Laurel was the overall winner and top male finisher and Megan DiGregorio, 28, of White Marsh finished first among females among an estimated 5,000 runners at the ninth annual Baltimore 10 Miler on Saturday between the Maryland Zoo and Lake Montebello.
The status of Dom Starsia, the winningest coach in Division I men's lacrosse history, was uncertain Tuesday after an email circulated through the Virginia Lacrosse Alumni Network stated he would not return to the Cavaliers in 2017.
Baltimore's Donnell Whittenburg won gold in the still rings with a score of 15.925 to edge American John Orozco (15.325) and also took first place in the parallel bars with a 15.800 ahead of silver medalist Cai Weifeng of China (15.750). In the vault, Whittenburg earned silver with a 15.075 while American Eddie Penev won gold with a 15.100.
Ohio State sophomore Kyle Snyder, a Woodbine native who went to high school at Good Counsel in Olney, defeated two-time defending national champion Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State with a takedown in overtime to win the 285-pound NCAA national championship Saturday night in New York.
Japan's Ryohei Kato won the AT&T American Cup men's gymnastics competition Saturday at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., taking advantage when Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore struggled on the high bar, letting a nearly 1.6-point lead get away in the last event.
After competing at the highest levels of both the interscholastic and collegiate versions of girls and women's lacrosse, Natalie Glanell was looking for more ways to express herself. Her energy now goes full throttle into her position in business development with the Lutherville-based Choice One Urgent Care, as an assistant varsity lacrosse coach at Bryn Mawr School and as a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader.
Since then, Dyer has teamed with Cristin Connerney and Emma Bentov-Lagman, and in the two years they have worked together, the trio has enjoyed considerable success in acrobatic gymnastics. In only their third competition as a team last May, they captured the silver medal in the Women's Group (age 13-19) at the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) ACRO World Cup in Geneva, Switzerland. They won their group again at the USA Gymnastics Championships in Greensboro, N.C., in June and are
Towson's Kilee Taflinger, 30, is believed to be just one of two female strength and conditioning coaches working with a Division I men's basketball program. Along with Kansas' Andrea Hudy, Taflinger is carving a path in a field populated by men, but she doesn't view herself as a pioneer.
Baltimore's Toni-Ann Williams, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year last season for the University of California, realizes that regardless of whether she reaches the Rio Games next August, she has done plenty to boost the sport in her parents' homeland where megastar sprinter Usain Bolt is the most well-known and popular Olympian.
As a gymnast competing in the boys' Level 7 for ages 11 to 12, Alex took first place at the USA Gymnastics Maryland state championship competition last March. This year, he'll move to Level 8. The highest level is Level 10. Beyond that is the collegiate level.