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Thu. October 31, 2013 | Mary Kenney

Winter Haven dominated the Class 3A, District 6 championship at Rowdy Gaines Pool, sweeping the girls and boys team titles. The Blue Devil girls earned 443 points, 36 more than runnerup Wiregrass Ranch.

The Bulls boys also placed second, 25 behind Winter Haven (393). Mitchell’s girls (353) and boys (329) were third.

Mustangs junior Katherine Cancello placed first in the 500 free (5:45.45) and 200 IM (2:27.37). She also swam on the relay teams that placed second — 200 medley (2:03.72) and 400 free (4:05.16).

Mitchell junior Taylor Anderson, the reigning Times’ Swimmer of the Year, placed first in the 50 free (24.32) and second in the 100 free (54.28). She and junior Amy Murry  — first in the 100 breast (1:16.58) and fifth in the 100 fly (1:15.06)— swam on the same relay teams as Cancello.

On the boys’ side, the Mustangs’ Kevin Smith came in first in the 100 back (57.58) and second in the 100 fly (55.59). 

Wiregrass Ranch had two multiple-event winners: senior Matt Menendez (200 free in 1:51.23; 100 fly in 54.81) and junior Maddy Conway (100 fly in 1:01.53; 100 back 1:02.85). Both were also part of the winning 400 free relay teams (girls in 4:01.55; boys in 3:34.71).

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