CLEARWATER — Bill Shaffer, who coaches the swim programs at Academy of the Holy Names and Jesuit, expected both teams to do well at the Class 2A, Region 3 meet.
After all, the Jaguars had won four straight girls region team titles, and the Tigers boys had five in a row.
Still, the performance both teams had Friday morning at the Long Center exceeded even Shaffer’s expectations.
Academy of the Holy Names won with 557 points, 334 more than second-place Sunlake. Jesuit had 510 points, outscoring Robinson and Lakewood, which tied for the runnerup spot with 175.
“It was just an unbelievable meet by everyone involved,” Shaffer said.
Every AHN and Jesuit swimmer set a personal record in his or her events, and the teams combined to sweep every relay.
The Jaguars had the better results of the two teams. School records were set in individual events by Olivia Kirkpatrick in the 50 free (24.27), Alex Nuyianes in the 200 individual medley (2:05.76) and Shae Timmons in the 100 breast (1:07.10).
Kirkpatrick and Nuyianes also teamed with Margaret Shumake and Julia Cogdill to set a school record in the 200 medley relay (1:51.34). Clare Fleming won the 200 free in 1:59.89, five-tenths of a second from setting the AHN record in the event.
With such fast times, Shaffer said the Jaguars could contend for the Class 2A state team title.
Sunlake’s girls followed up their first district title with the school’s first runnerup finish at a region meet. The Seahawks were led by Kara Wilkins, who was second in the 100 back (59.66) and third in the 100 fly (1:00.49).
Pinellas County’s top girls performer was Tarpon Springs’ diver Kelly Gallagher, who won with 326.05 points.
On the boys side, the Tigers’ Austin Sellers won the 200 IM in 1:56.13 and the 100 breast in a school-record 58.38. Sellers also swam legs on the winning 200 medley (1:42.78) and 200 free (1:30.77) relay teams.
The Spartans, who won their first boys district title in 21 years last week, took home their first runnerup trophy from a region meet.
“I’m flabbergasted with how well the boys did,” Lakewood coach James Kostka said. “None of us thought we would finish this high. I’m going to have to text the guys on the team to let them know we finished second because they’ve all left.”
Noah Harasz was the big point scorer for the Spartans with first-place finishes in the 100 free (46.52) and 200 free (1:42.89). Lakewood’s other champion was Cody Nipper in the 100 fly (55.50).
Pasco County’s top boy was Ridgewood’s Emir Muratovic, who was second in the 50 free (21.61).