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County swimmers return from AAU Junior Olympics

August 20, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Their luggage was a little heavier and their smiles were a lot wider when Cassie Dobrzanski and Laurel and Andy Brabson came back home from the Aug. 6-9 AAU Junior Olympics in Knoxville, Tenn.

The girls both placed first in the 200-meter freestyle relay and second in the 200-meter individual medley. Each won medals for those accomplishments.

Cassie, the 12-year-old daughter of Cathy and Mark Dobrzanski of Maugansville, also took seventh place in the 400-meter freestyle event. Her parents and grandparents attended the Junior Olympics.

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Laurel Brabson placed fourth in the 100-meter butterfly and sixth in the 200-meter freestyle. A Boonsboro family, Paul and Liz Brabson and their children were together in Knoxville too.

Just before the competition, 14-year-old Andy Brabson severed a tendon in his big toe but it didn't keep him from competing.

He took second place in the 200-meter breaststroke, second in the 200-meter freestyle relay, third in the 100-meter breaststroke, fourth in the 200-meter backstroke, fifth in the 200-meter medley and sixth in the 100-meter backstroke, according to Liz Brabson.

All three are members of the Monocacy Aquatic Club in Frederick, Md., and represented Washington County.

The national meet featured all types of sports for approximately 16,000 young people. The swimming events were held at the University of Tennessee Aquatic Center.

Cassie competed in 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle, 50- and 100-meter breaststroke and 50-meter butterfly.

Cassie swims two hours a day, six days a week year-round.

Laurel, 12, also competed in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, and 50- and 100-meter backstroke.

Head coach Chris Gibea and his staff made the trip to Knoxville for the first appearance by the Monocacy Aquatic Club team at the Junior Olympics.

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