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Wed. September 22, 2010 | Andy Villamarzo

LAND O’LAKES — With a television crew on hand to capture some of the swimming action Wednesday evening, the Land O’Lakes boys and girls squads made sure to look good.

The Gators were flawless against neighboring Sunlake, as the boys won 101-84 and the girls rolled 111-74 at the Collier Parkway Recreation Center.

“I think my kids got some valuable lessons tonight,” Land O’Lakes boys coach Barbara Hayes said. “They need these closer meets to inspire them.”

Land O’Lakes boys took several of the individual events, including the 50 freestyle won by Cameron Hilgenberg (25.44), 100 free by Nicholas Keach (53.66) and 500 free by Grant Pawlak (5:43.89). The Gators also did well in the relays, taking the 200 free (1:46.80).

The Seahawks also had some standouts, with Kyle Shaffer winning the 100 breaststroke (1:14.23) and 200 individual medley (2:13.28). Shaffer was part of the winning 200 medley relay (1:53.52) and 400 free relay (3:39.84) squads.

On the girls side, Land O’Lakes was strong in just about every event. The team of Kirstin Dawson, Alex Pierovich, Kristen Demsher and Jocelyn Williams took the 200 medley relay in 2:04.91. Pierovich also claimed victory in the 200 individual medley (2:12.96). Land O’Lakes got a good diving performance from Meredith Diamond, who scored a 227.30.

“I’m really, really proud of the girls,” Land O’Lakes girls coach Robin Hilgenberg said. “They put their heart and souls into those relays. The freshman girls are an asset to the team and everyone is just working really hard.”

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