Originally created 11/28/01

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Swimming

Swimmers set state records

Greater Augusta Swimming members Tom Northcutt and George Patton combined to set 11 Georgia Masters Swimming state records at the 19th Annual Electric City Invitational in Anderson, S.C.

Northcutt, swimming in the 34-39 age group, won all eight events he swam, setting records in the 50 and 100 meter backstrokes, and the 50, 100, 200 meter breaststrokes. He also placed first in the 50 meter butterfly and the 100 and 200 meter individual medleys.

Patton won all nine of his events in the 40-44 age group. He set records in the 50, 100 and 200 meter breaststrokes, the 50 meter butterfly and the 100 and 200 meter individual medleys. He also won the 50 and 100 meter freestyles and 50 meter backstroke.

Softball

Lady Pacers ink players for 2002

USC Aiken's coach Jerry Snyder signed of Kelly Ford and Ragen Reeves to national letters of intent to play in Aiken next season.

Ford, a 5-4 center fielder, gained All-County honors three times in Maryland while producing a .362 batting average at Bohemia Manor High School. Reeves, a catcher, was voted Most Valuable Offensive Player at Greenwood High School, was a three-time All-Region player and batted .417.

The Lady Pacers are coming off a 28-23 season and 8-12 in the Peach Belt Conference.

Boxing

Boxer suspended for late punch

A middleweight boxer who punched his opponent after their fight ended has been suspended indefinitely by the New York State Athletic Commission.

James Butler, 28, of New York, also faces a second-degree assault charge for the short hook with gloves off that dropped Richard Grant long after the final bell. Grant had just won a 10-round decision televised Friday night by ESPN.

Deputy commissioner Mike Pascale spoke to Butler, who was subsequently sent an official letter, said Eamon Moynihan, commission spokesman. Butler has 20 days to respond, and A hearing is likely after that to determine his punishment and whether he will receive his $10,000 purse.

Proceeds from the nine-bout boxing card were to benefit the Twin Towers Fund to help the city rebuild after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and 500 tickets had been given out free to police officers, firefighters and other rescue workers. The printed program said Butler was donating his purse.

Butler was escorted from the ballroom and arrested Saturday on the assault charge, a police spokesman said. He was arraigned Saturday and released. He could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.