In a story in yesterday's edition Art Welch was referred to as a former member of the Washington Diplomats. Although he has been out of the lineup with an injury all season, Welch is still a member of the team.

Beth Blanck is one of those people who just won't sit still.

It wasn't enough for her to work full time as a policy analyst, so she sharpened her skills as a violinist and joined the Washington Symphonia.

That still didn't fill a 24-hour day, so she took up kayaking and rafting.

Even that didn't quite quench her thirst for competition, so four years ago she helped form the Tidal Basin Blues, now the best team in the Washington Area Women's Soccer League.

Blanck, 26, began her spar-etime soccer career by taking a class in the sport in her senior year at the University of California-Davis. She never played organized soccer in college.

"I like playing because it's so competitive," she said.

The competitiveness of Blanck and her teammates has paid off handsomely. The Blues have won seven of eight WAWSL championships (two seasons each year) and, during one stretch, won 32 straight games.

They captured the District of Columbia-Virginia Women's Metro Cup June 24 with a 1-0 victory over the Fairfax Wildfire on a second-half goal by striker Zena Cook.

Besides winning, the best thing about the Blues, according to Blanck, is the "camaraderie."

"I don't think women have that as much as men or boys do when they are growing up. Our team can do things as a unit without being too personal."

One thing they will have to do as a unit is try to raise $10,000 by July 31 for a scheduled tour of Belgium, England and Holland for exhibitions against national teams.

Cook, from London, is the team's leading scorer by night and an economist by day. She especially is looking forward to the trip to Europe where she "grew up kicking the ball in the back yard with my brother, because in England, women weren't allowed to play organized soccer until about 1972."

Blues Coach Art Welch, a former Washington Post Diplomat, said he hopes the players make the trip because they need to play against the high-level competition in Belgium.

Blanck attributes much of the team success to the dedication and personal interest of Welch and assistant coach Jeff Blanck, her brother.

The two coaches have stressed fundamentals - passing, trapping, shootingg and heading - areas in which other WAWSL teams are not on a par with the Blues.

But the Blues have had their share of bad luck with coaches in their four year existence, according to Blanck.

"We've been through about six coaches in 3 1/2 years," she said. "One of the guys we had was used to coaching children and he couldn't communicate with us.

"Another one was so authoritative he'd call all the players the night before each game and take bed checks. I couldn't believe it. He didn't last too long.

"The problem seems to be that men have a problem coaching us as a soccer team as opoosed to a women's soccer team."

Cook was player-coach for a while but, "It just didn't work out," Blanck said. "The team needs someone outside its own rank to respond to. We don't know any women qualified enough to coach us."

Blanck, as team captain, has had a role in each coach's "firing." Would she ever coach? "No. The fun in soccer is the physical release of energy. . . running and scoring goals. Coaching is another matter altogether."

Blanck will step down as team captain as soon as the team returns from its trip to Europe, when she also hopes to find a home field for the Blues to play and practice on.

"The District Recreation Department didn't reserve a field for women's soccer for our spring games," Blanck said.