Northeast golfer Stephanie Connelly moves quickly: She was an All-Met as a freshman and, as a sophomore, has picked her college.
Connelly, 15, has orally committed to Texas, calling Longhorns Coach Susan Watkins last week to tell her she would be a member of the 2005 recruiting class.
"I want to get out and go to school and get the whole college experience," said Connelly, a two-time Maryland champion who played at the Junior Ryder Cup last year. "I went down for a visit [in December] and I loved it. I knew that's what I was going to end up doing."
Connelly met Watkins in middle school while watching a friend playing in a junior tournament in Texas. She has kept in touch with the coach since. NCAA rules do not allow coaches to contact prospective recruits until they have completed their junior year, but high school students are free to initiate contact with coaches and take unofficial campus visits, as Connelly did last year.
"We knew who was interested," Connelly's father, Mike, said. "She doesn't like telling people no, and it's not fair to the other schools to spend their time and money recruiting her when she knew where she wanted to go."
Wait Was Worth It
Wakefield senior Peter Quinzio nearly had to pull an all-nighter Saturday to set the Virginia AAA National District championship record in the 1,000-meter run.
The meet was postponed from Friday because of snow and had to be held simultaneously with the Liberty District meet at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. That and a late start pushed the 1,000 back to midnight, but Quinzio ran it in 2 minutes 40.22 seconds, two seconds faster than the five-year-old mark set by Wakefield's Harun Iman.
"It was an extremely long, extremely tiring day," Wakefield Coach Bob Strauss said, "but it was a good one for Peter."
Quinzio, who has run a nationally ranked 4:21.24 mile this season, won Saturday's mile in 4:36.34.
Mount Vernon edged Washington-Lee, 133-131, for the boys' team title. The Majors scored 18 points in the pole vault, an event in which Arlington County schools do not compete. Yorktown won the girls' title over Stuart with 107 points.
Gonzaga to Make Splash
For the second time in a week, Gonzaga served notice Saturday that it is prepared to win back next week's Metros swimming and diving title it lost to Georgetown Prep last season.
After winning the 68th annual National Catholic Swimming Championships at Villanova University Feb. 2, the Purple Eagles won their fourth consecutive Washington Metropolitan Private Schools Swimming and Diving Championship title Saturday night at the University of Maryland by a substantial margin.
Gonzaga finished with 482.5 points, ahead of DeMatha (397) and Georgetown Prep (340).
All-Met senior Ryan McCabe led Gonzaga with victories in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle. McCabe also anchored the Eagles' winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays. At the Catholic championships, the Gonzaga 200 free relay team of McCabe, sophomore Michael Hayes, junior Hugh Sullivan and senior Nick Duda broke the meet record in 1:27.51.
Also Saturday, Stone Ridge scored 280 points to upset six-time defending girls' champion Good Counsel by seven. Lindsay Rogers won the 100 breaststroke; Caroline O'Sullivan took the 200 and 500 freestyle.
A First for a Few
A topsy-turvy volleyball season in the Virginia AA Northwestern District ended appropriately Saturday night with half of the district's six teams tied for first place. Fauquier and Handley will meet in a playoff tonight at Warren County Junior High to determine the regular season champion, which will receive a berth in the Region II tournament.
Sherando, which was tied with Fauquier and Handley but was swept by both teams, is the third seed in the district tournament. The winner of that event also advances to regionals.
Fauquier topped Sherando on Saturday afternoon, leaving both teams with 6-4 district marks. James Wood and Handley then played Saturday evening, with the winner also ensured a 6-4 record. Handley won in three games.
Of the eight possible outcomes to Saturday's Northwestern District matches, only one called for a tie-breaking playoff. Five of the district's six teams finished .500 or better in the district.
An article in Saturday's editions incorrectly reported the makeup date for Friday's public school basketball games in Prince George's County. The games will be made up on Thursday.
Special correspondents Kynan W. Kelly, Jake Schaller and Dan Steinberg contributed to this report.