Sports Shorts / David Steinbacher


Beijing Olympics
Former Mount Vernon High School swimmer Markus Rogan (class of 2000) turned in an outstanding performance at the 29th Olympiad, clocking 1:55.49 during the 200 meter backstroke finals and just missing out on the bronze medal. During the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Rogan claimed the silver medal for his native Austria in the same event, placing him in the top four of the past two Olympic Games. Swimming again for Austria, Rogan, who finished fourth overall in the 200m backstroke, is the only competitor in Beijing that attended an area high school. While at Mount Vernon, Rogan was coached by Cathy Gorsuch.

Area Alumni Playing Division I College Football

A number of area alumni are playing Division I NCAA Football at a variety of schools.

The list includes:

Former T.C. Williamss defensive lineman Dean Muhtadi and former St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes defensive lineman Ian Davidson, who both hope to see significant action with the University of Maryland this season.

Former Episcopal wide receiver/defensive back Danny Coale is in his second season and former Edison wide receiver/quarterback Ben Barber in his first as members of the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Former West Potomac two-way lineman Jimmy Bennett is in his first season as a Huskie at the University of Connecticut.

Former Ireton linebacker/wide receiver/running back Andrew Rodriguez, who led Ireton to the Virginia Independent Schools Title Game in 07, is a member of the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights.

Also playing for the Military Academy are former Hayfield punter Jonathan Bulls and former Hayfield quarterback/running back Carlo Sandiego.

Former Edison running back Devan Clark is in his second season at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Former West Potomac wide receiver Robert Byrd is a member of the Troy (Alabama) State Football Team.