Area Swimmers Star At Virginia

Posted: December 11, 1990

Former Cardinal O'Hara swimmer Mark Bernardino has been coaching the University of Virginia men's and women's teams for 13 years now, but it's only in the last few years that he has mined the Philadelphia area for some of his best swimmers.

One of those swimmers is co-captain Mike Rayer of Broomall, who attended Germantown Academy.

"Captains are chosen by the swimmers, and the team chose him because he is an outstanding athlete and leader," Bernardino said. "He puts in as much practice time as anyone on the team, he has great work ethics, and he's a first-class young man."

A junior, Rayer was named to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team last season, when the Cavaliers ranked 17th in the final coaches' poll. His second- place finish in the 100-meter backstroke at the conference championship meet nearly qualified him for the NCAA championships.

Rayer, who qualified for the 1988 Olympic team trials, also swims in sprint butterfly events. Virginia is ranked 19th nationally at the moment.

The women's team features former Conestoga standout Pam Duckworth, a returning NCAA all-American in the 400 individual medley and in the 200 breaststroke. Duckworth, now a junior, was the ACC champ in the 200 breaststroke.

Duckworth will be joined this season by her sister, Sue, who will swim the same events.

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Mike Rayer isn't the only college team captain in his family. After a bout with mononucleosis, his younger brother, Tim, is playing basketball point guard for the second straight season at the Delaware County campus of Penn State.

Tim Rayer is coming off a season in which he averaged 9 points and 7 assists a game, numbers that have been down in the team's first nine games this season, in part because of the sickness.

"He didn't even know he was sick," Penn State-Delco coach Bill Wiley said. "He had actually played through it, not realizing he had it."

Wiley said Tim Rayer was receiving interest from Division III programs to which he may transfer. Penn State-Delco is a two-year program that plays an NAIA schedule.

Christine Studzinski, a junior from Wynnewood and Lower Merion High, helped Franklin & Marshall's women's cross-country team to a third-place finish in the Middle Atlantic Conference championships last month. Studzinski finished 21st out of 121 runners, covering the 5,000-meter course at Western Maryland

College in 21 minutes, 2 seconds.

Lynne Reichert, a native of Havertown, has been named athletic director at Immaculata College. Reichert has been a longtime faculty member of the Immaculata physical-education department and also serves as the Mighty Macs tennis coach.

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