On the team shirt is the message: "Starlit -- THE Team of the East." It seems cocky until you see team members jammed around the medals table after swimming circles around the competition.
Yesterday, Starlit Aquatic Club made another major medal haul as it won its second straight Olympian Invitational Swim Meet title at its home pool.
Starlit took five firsts, 13 seconds and nine thirds, easily capturing the senior men's and women's combined title. It nipped Northern Baltimore Aquatic Club in the men's division and tied the West Chester (Pa.) Swim Club for the senior women's crown. None of the other 20 teams made a ripple in the two-day meet.
But Northern Baltimore's Patrick Kennedy and West Chester's Patty Gavin made very large waves. After each swept three events Saturday, each won three races yesterday to wind up with six gold medals.
In Kennedy's first event, the 200-meter backstroke, the high school junior broke the Potomac Valley senior and open records. Fifteen minutes later he emerged from the 50-meter pool with a 100-meter butterfly record. His bid for three straight records ended in the 400-meter free-style, which he still won.
Aside from winning all six of her events, Gavin seemed to specialize in breaking Jenny Rapp's heart. Four of Gavin's gold medals were won with runner-up Rapp of Starlit touching the wall fractions of a second behind.
Gavin, owner of several Mid-Altantic AAU records and the anchor of a four-girl team that finished fifth in the nationals, was most impressive in her 400-meter victory. The 16-year-old put a six-second gap between herself and teammate Fernette Berthe.
Twenty-nine of 30 medals in the women's division were won by either Starlit or West Chester.