After winning its second state team title in four years last season, Palm Harbor University’s boys were not supposed to compete for another considering they graduated three of their top swimmers.
But after Friday’s performance at the Long Center in Clearwater, the Hurricanes might be equipped for another run. PHU won the Class 3A region meet, scoring 378 to beat Sarasota Riverview by 42.
The Hurricanes’ Ryan McRae won the 100 free (45.76) 200 free (1:40.05). Teammates Manuel Barragan and Tristan Sanders also did well. Barragan was a champion in the 100 fly (52.20) and Sanders took first in the 100 back (50.54)
But PHU picked up a big chunk of its points in the relays, winning the 200 medley relay (1:37.02), 200 free (1:26.92) and 400 free (3:08.76).
East Lake had three champions: Colin Hausman in the 50 free (21.52), Nazareno Boscaino in the 500 free (4:33.08) and Kevin Smith in the 100 breast (59.11).
On the girls side, Sarasota Riverview won the team title, outscoring Newsome 410-265.5.
The Wolves’ Barbara Caraballo won the 100 fly (56.25). Teammate Maddie Hess won the 100 free (51.37). The two also teamed with Karisa Kostecki and Lauren Harper to take first in the 200 medley relay (1:47.96).
East Lake’s Sydney Pickrem won the 200 individual medley (2:02.01) and the 100 back (55.75). Teammate Michelle Turek won the 200 free (1:49.88).
Other area champions were PHU’s Kendall McIntosh in the 50 free (24.00), Countryside’s Summer Finke in the 500 free (4:51.32) and Wharton’s Dee Sopapong in the 100 breast (1:06).