In a result that surprised absolutely no one, Katie Ledecky began her Olympic Trials with a victory in the 400 freestyle on Monday evening. It was the first step in a campaign that could make her the American sports star of the summer.
Michael Phelps 2012 could not have imagined returning to Omaha four years later as a rededicated athlete and a deeply contented new father. But that was the guy who took the stage Saturday for his pre-meet press conference as he prepares to qualify for a fifth Olympics.
Bel Air native Chase Kalisz is expected to be a medal contender at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But before that, he'll swim at the OIympic trials with two of his siblings, Connor and Cassidy. A fourth Kalisz, Courtney, previously qualified for trials in 2004 and 2008.
The Harford County Board of Education has passed a $438.9 million operating budget for fiscal 2017, with last-minute appropriations to save the interscholastic swimming program and restore overnight stays at the Harford Glen Environmental Education Center, but board members have not heard the last of public concerns over the budget.
At South Moon Under in Baltimore's trendy Harbor East neighborhood, hints of the retailer's beach roots show up among the more sophisticated fashions. Colorful swimsuits hang on a back wall, stylish sandals beckon from the shoe area and wide-brimmed hats highlight bold-patterned maxi dresses and rompers.
One hour, 36 minutes and 52 seconds after starting, 48-year-old Debbie Dawson was the first woman to finish the 4.4-mile race across the Chesapeake Bay, beating two 20-year-olds who finished second and third.
At some point next February, Andrew McKissick's swimming career will end, and the early-morning wake-ups, long hours in the pool and stress of competition will be in the past. But so will the years of memories he has forged at the UMBC Aquatic Complex.
Members of the Harford County Board of Education got a standing ovation from an above-capacity crowd Monday night following the board's unanimous approval of using more than $552,000 in the school system's fund balance to keep three school system pools operating for the next year.
A proposal to close Harford County Public Schools three indoor pools and eliminate the interscholastic swimming program, in an effort to save money and reconcile the fiscal 2017 budget, would affect about 315 students, a tiny fraction of the roughly 37,500 students HCPS serves.
Harford County Public Schools officials are considering multiple reductions in the previously approved operating budget for the 2016-17 school year, as a deadline to act approaches and they find themselves $20 million in the hole on the revenue side.
Delaying the 2016 Summer Olympics because of Zika fears would mean that a whole generation of elite athletes would have their hearts broken and their dreams tossed aside. When I was training for the Olympics, it was part of who I was as a person, had shaped my life choices for years and was how I made a living. These athletes have poured their hearts and souls into their training — they can make their own choices about the risks they take.
Tens of thousands of children have learned to swim in the past century in the state's oldest YMCA building, The Y of Druid Hill. On Saturday, families will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an unveiling of displays dedicated to the history and a community block party; everyone's invited.
Reservoir High School was well represented at the 26th annual Howard County Senior Show and Portfolio Development Exhibition. The students' work was on display at the Howard Count Central Office Art Gallery that's located on Route 108. The award ceremony and opening reception took place at Wilde Lake High School's Rouse Theater with a speech from RHS senior Alexis Clark.
By Chuck Gait, email@example.com and 301-854-0867
New condensed membership options may be the way of the future for recreation and fitness facilities at Columbia Association, according to Communications and Marketing Director Norma Heim, but senior residents are thinking otherwise as questions of cost arise.
Cara Egan, a Loyola Maryland senior on the women's swimming and diving team, founded drowning-prevention program Junior H20unds in 2014 to help bridge this particular opportunity gap in North Baltimore.
The Howard County Bird Club offers several bird watching opportunities and educational sessions. On Thursday, March 10, the club will host Dr. Robert K. Musil, president and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council. He will present "Rachel Carson and Her Maryland Legacy."
By Christina Hyder, firstname.lastname@example.org and 301-233-6256
The former diving coach for Towson University has been suspended for life from USA Swimming, the sport's governing body, after pleading guilty to criminal charges of placing a cellphone in a locker room and secretly recording members of her team.
Marisol Ramirez, a 14-year-old from Laurel who loves John Cena and Selena Gomez, was matched with the Terps through Team IMPACT, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing chronic illnesses.
Coached by Jen O'Brien, a South Carroll graduate (she was Jen Kasper back then), VCU boasts four former county players — freshman attacker Molly Barcikowski (Liberty), freshman defenders Caroline Debnam (South Carroll) and Morgan Hoff (Manchester Valley), and redshirt freshman midfielder Sky Hyatt (Century).