Harp hopes 4th time is a charm

first_imgHarp, 22, is the lone Bulldog who will swim in next week’s NCAA Division III national meet at the University of Houston. The Pacific High School graduate will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. His favorite event is the one with the least room for error – the sprint. University of Redlands senior swimmer Trevor Harp compares his best event to gambling. “A lot of things can go wrong,” he said. “And all it takes is one thing to go wrong and you’re done.” He holds the school record in the 50 (20.47) and the 200 (1:40.71), with both of those times posted at the SCIAC championship meet last month in Cerritos. He has won eight SCIAC individual titles, winning multiple titles three times. The exception was his sophomore year, when he placed second in all three events to Andrew Cox of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, who ended up the NCAA champion. This will be Harp’s fourth trip to nationals and he has yet to place. The previous three years he qualified for the event with B standard times. But this year he recorded an A time, which bodes well for his chances. He is seeded third in the 50, sixth in the 200 and 11th in the 100. “You mess up the start and you’re done, and you mess up the turn and you’re done. That’s why I say it is like gambling,” he said. “The shorter the race, the more it makes a difference. A tenth of a second make the difference between fourth and 14th place.” Harp has been the key performer for a Bulldog men’s team that won its seventh straight conference title this season. Not only did he excel in the freestyle events, he also competed on four relays, three of which placed first in the conference. But when the men’s meet goes off, he will be the school’s lone representative. center_img “A lot of people look at swimming as an individual sport and it is,” he said. “But one of the best things about it is having your teammates there cheering you on. There is a lot of camaraderie. It’s just going to be a little strange being the only guy there.” Redlands coach Leslie Whittemore likes Harp’s chances, though. “He has been there three times already, so he knows what it’s all about and he’ll have a feel for the atmosphere,” she said. “He did a lot more work during the offseason on his own. He came in here knowing this was going to be his last year and he wanted to make it his best year.” Harp was destined to be a standout in the pool. His mother, Annette, enrolled him in swim classes at a young age because she wanted him to be safe around the water and because father Paul excelled in the sport at San Bernardino High School. Trevor is fifth in a line of seven children, all of whom have enjoyed water sports. His youngest brother plays water polo at Redlands High School. At Pacific, Harp fared well, winning CIF titles in the 50 and 100 his junior year. He won the 50 and took second in the 100 his senior year. When it came time to choose a college, Harp wanted to stay close to home. He debated going to Cal State San Bernardino but opted for Redlands mainly because it has a swim team. He is majoring in biology and debating moving on to veterinary school. But that is farther down the road; the national meet is his biggest focus right now. He is realistic about how tough the field will be. “I would like to make the finals and swim a good time,” he said. “If I do that I will be happy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FA critical of Burnley fans over Bong taunts

first_img0Shares0000Brighton defender Gaetan Bong (R) – FA condemns taunts he received from Burnley fans on Saturday © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 30 – The Football Association has condemned the Burnley fans who taunted Brighton defender Gaetan Bong during Saturday’s goalless draw at Turf Moor.Cameroon international Bong accused West Bromwich Albion forward Jay Rodriguez, a former Burnley player, of racially abusing him during a match in January. That charge was found not proven but the FA said it was satisfied the complaint was “made in absolute good faith”, prompting a disagreement between the feuding players on social media.Bong was subjected to prolonged booing throughout the match against Burnley and also had to endure ugly chants from Clarets supporters.“The FA considers the behaviour of some supporters on Saturday towards Gaetan Bong to be unacceptable,” a statement read.“It needs repeating, following the recent disciplinary matter, that there was no suggestion by any party involved in that case that the player made a malicious or fabricated complaint.“The FA was wholly satisfied that the complaint was made in absolute good faith.“The FA takes all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and continues to encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels.”Speaking after the game, Brighton manager Chris Hughton had said: “I would have to say that I thought the reaction of the Burnley supporters towards Gaetan every time he got the ball was shameful, I really do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more