Region swimming roundup: Plant breathes big sigh of relief



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Fri. November 4, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

CLEARWATER — After touching the wall hard in an event, Plant’s GiaKomo Rosso felt a pop in his elbow. He had it checked out by trainers, who cleared him to resume swimming in Friday’s Class 3A, Region 2 meet.

Rosso came back to team with Kyle Kimura, Matthew Kendall and Jeremy Parker, who tied Palm Harbor University for second in the 200 free relay by finishing in 1 minute, 28.82 seconds,  a school record.

“(Rosso) said he hurt his elbow, and all the alarms start going off in my head,” Plant coach Gil Gonzales said. “I was wondering how it was going to affect everyone else as far as getting to state. But everything turned out well.”

The Panthers’ 400 free relay team of Kimura, Kendall, Parker and Tyler Heath finished fifth and set a school record of 3:16.21.

Bloomingdale’s Mitch Nelson was Hillsborough County’s only boys champion, taking first in diving with 459.25 points.

Plant scored 171.5 points to finish fifth, the best among Hills­borough County’s boys.

Newsome’s girls scored 209 to take third for the second straight year.

The Panthers’ 200 medley relay of Carter Flynn, Alexandria Donahue, Emily Clifford and Tara McGowan won in a school-record 1:50.30.
Clifford was second in the 100 fly (58.07). Wharton’s Danielle Albright was second in the 100 free (52.40).

“Overall, I’m pleased with what we were able to do,” Gonzales said. “This is a tough region to get through, and we were able to swim fast and set some school records. For us, it’s all coming together.”

Palm Harbor University won its seventh straight boys title . The Hurricanes’ girls won their first region title since 2004, outscoring Sarasota Riverview 320-311. The difference came when Riverview was disqualified in the 200 medley relay.

A-3: Terps prosper
Tampa Prep swimming coach Jason Bowes had much to be excited about  at the Class A, Region 3  meet.

His girls team won easily with 482 points and his boys, with 292 , tied for first with Berkeley Prep at North Shore Aquatic complex in St. Petersburg.

“It was a great all-around effort,” he said. “It was really exciting; we had some amazing swims.”

Among the most amazing swimmers for Tampa Prep were sophomore Rasmus Skjaerpe, who won the boys 200 individual medley and 100 fly, senior Emma Siewart, who won the girls 50 free and senior Rebecca Werdine, who won the girls 100 free. The Tampa Prep boys 200  medley relay team and girls 200 free and 400 free relay teams also touched the wall first .

Berkeley Prep was led by its boys 200 free relay team, comprised of seniors Simon Moskovitz and Adam Soliman and  freshmen Ryan Franzese and Keating Mosher.

Laura Keeley, Times staff writer


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