Coast Guard Blue Dolphins' MaryElizabeth Warhol high-points champ at short-course senior meet | Community news

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MaryElizabeth Warhol of the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins didn't have much of a chance to relax at the Virginia Swimming Short Course Senior Championships in Richmond, but she didn't mind.

Warhol, an Auburn University signee, emerged as the high-points champion (107) of the meet Thursday through Sunday. She placed in the top five in six individual events and was a member of five relays that placed in the top eight in the 26-team meet.

The York High School senior topped her showing with wins in the 100-yard backstroke with a Junior Nationals qualifying time of 55.03 seconds, the 200 back (1:59.32) and the 200 freestyle (1:48.72). She also placed second in the 500 free, third in the 100 butterfly, and fifth in the 100 free.

The 17 year old also led off the Blue Dolphins' winning 400 medley relay (3:51) that also included Victoria Barley, Peyton Baldwin and Leigh-Ann Clark.

Perennial powerhouse NOVA of Virginia Aquatics swept all three team titles — the boys with 864, the girls (626) and the combined (1,490). The Blue Dolphins paced third for the girls (524), seventh for he boys (204) and fourth overall (728).

Baldwin and Athena Summa also stood out for the Blue Dolphins. Baldwin, 15, placed second in the 100 fly, and fourth in the 200 fly and 200 back. Summa was third in the 400 individual medley and fifth in the 200 fly and 200 IM.

The top finishes for the Coast Guard boys were fourth places in the 200 and 400 free relays.

South Eastern Virginia Aquatics placed 11th overall (209 points) and the Williamsburg Aquatic Club 15th (92).

Bradford Hancock led SEVA with a sixth in the 1,650 free, seventh in the 200 free and eighth in the 50 free.

Gymnastics

Kiera Brown of World Class Gymnastics proved her mental and physical toughness after finishing 12th among 34 of the nation's best at the Nastia Liukin Cup with an all-around score of 37.4 Friday night in Worcester, Mass.

Brown, a senior at Woodside High, and her coach, Tami Harrison, didn't get much sleep. They had to make a quick turnaround for the Nation's Capital Cup in Landover, Md., the next morning. This entailed driving from Worcester to Boston for a 6 a.m. flight to Baltimore, then they had to drive from Baltimore to Landover for the team's 11:30 session.

How did the University of Georgia signee respond? She won the senior age-group AA championship with her best score of the season, 38.075, and led World Class to the Level 10 team title. She was first on bars (9.55), first on the balance beam (9.45), third on vault (9.6) and third on the floor exercise (9.475).

Ashley Lambert finished first on floor (9.55) and second in the all-around (37.85).

The Level 9s also won the team title. They were headed by Jamie Stone with firsts on bars, beam, floor and the AA (37.250) in the Junior B class. Other winners included Katie Tudor on vault, Lily Olson on bars and Lexi Mills on floor.

Bowling

Juanita Bivens of Hampton was a dominating force in the Virginia Peninsula USBC Women's Championship Tournament that ended Feb. 19 at the AMF Williamsburg Lanes.

In Division 1, for bowlers with averages of 161 and over, Bivens won just about everything in the scratch division — taking the singles (700), the doubles with Cheryl Fensom (1,263) and the all-events (2,071).

She also finished on top in the handicap singles (735) and all-events (2,176) to go with second in the handicap doubles with Fensom (1,376).

She also shot the high game for the tournament (269) and the high series (707). Add the 664 series she rolled in the team event and that gave her a landslide win in the scratch all-events, a whopping 223 pins ahead of runner-up Karen Shuler of Hampton.

Shuler also teamed with Debbie Heath to take the handicap doubles title (1,321) by five pins over Fensom and Bivens.

The handicap team titles went to 5 Pin Beer Chuggers #2 — composed of Donna Gaddis, Diane Mayer, Leanne Trent and Nikki Michonski — in Division 1 (2,721) and 5 Pin Beer Chuggers #5 — comprised of Christina Conover, Amanda Rhodes, Shannon Lopez and Tina Woods — in Division 2 (2,829).

In Division 2 for women with averages of 160 and under, Laura Favata took the all-events scratch title (1,362) and second in the scratch singles (492) behind Annette Bykowski (568) of Hampton. The scratch doubles went to Nancy Lombard and Bykowski (925) of Hampton.

In the D2 handicap division, other winners included: Rena Souza of Newport News in singles (775); Karoline Adis and Dana Dawson of Newport News in doubles (1,444); and Theda Wells of Smithfield in all-events (2,206).

Semi-pro football

Ricky Dobbs, a former star quarterback for the Navy Midshipmen, scored four touchdowns in his debut Saturday with the Virginia Cyclones in Midlothian.

With Dobbs at the helm, the Cyclones cruised past the Tri-City Bulldogs 41-6.

Dobbs ran six times for 73 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 243 yards and two TDs. The 2010 Naval Academy graduate is now serving as an officer in the Navy.

He is expected to be back in action on Saturday when the Cyclones take on the Tidewater Renegades at 1 p.m. at Powhatan Field in Norfolk.

Against the Bulldogs, Isaiah Wigfall also stood out for the Cyclones, rushing for 128 yards on 11 carries. Steve Solarski and Andre McGlone each hauled in a TD pass from Dobbs.

Daniel Hale added a touchdown rushing and Marcus Golden returned an interception for another score. David Wilson headed the defense with four sacks and three tackles.

Running

Blaine O'Reilly and John Piggott of Williamsburg led Peninsula runners in the Sentara Colonial Half Marathon Feb. 24 in Williamsburg.

O'Reilly, 24, placed ninth overall with a time of 1 hour, 16 minutes and 35 seconds. Piggott, 47, defending his masters title in 1:19:24 and was 17th overall.

Jennifer Quarles, 40, and Laura Shannon, 50, led the Peninsula women. Quarles, 13th overall, captured the female masters title (1:35:19) and Shannon, 17th overall, was second (1:36:12) in the masters.

The 5K title went to Todd Kessler of Newport News (17:43).

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