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Sat. November 10, 2012 | Bob Putnam | Email

State swimming: Newsome girls shine to take second at 3A meet

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ORLANDO — It came as no surprise that the final race of the Class 3A state swim meet ended Friday with Newsome High’s girls on the podium.

In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Barbara Caraballo, Lauren Harper, Sarah Neely and Maddie Hess finished third in 3 minutes, 32.06 seconds, helping the Wolves finish second overall with 154 points. It is the first time a Hillsborough County swim team finished as state runnerup since Plant in 2007.

The superlatives did not end there. Newsome also became the first Hillsborough County girls team to win three events at the same state meet.

And Hess had a hand in all of them.

In the first race of the night, she teamed with Caraballo, Harper and Karisa Kostecki to win the 200 medley relay in 1:46.94, beating Plant by 0.13 of a second. Harper swam the anchor leg and found another gear in the final 50 yards to out-touch the Panthers at the wall. The win was quite a leap for the Wolves, who finished fifth in the event last year.

“I wasn’t sure if we had won,” Harper said. “In the last 5 yards, everyone was close. I think we all just wanted it more. I was just went for it and touched the wall. It was an incredible feeling.”

In the 100 freestyle, Hess was seeded third entering the final. She got off to a strong start in the event and never relinquished her lead, winning in 50.88. It was Hess’ first state title in an individual event; she was disqualified in the 100 free last season.

“It was a real intense race, and I was nervous,” Hess said. “I think this year I was just a lot more focused. I really had a goal of winning it this year, and felt like I wanted it more than anyone else.”

Hess capped off her individual events by winning the 100 backstroke in 55.01. She was seeded second going into the final, but got off to another strong start to beat top seed Sydney Pickrem of East Lake.

Caraballo was second in the 200 IM (2:04.78) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (56.48).

The county’s other state champion was Plant’s Alexandria Donahue, who won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.52. She was the top seed entering the final and built a commanding lead throughout the race, beating Miami Palmetto’s Danielle Johnson by more than two seconds.

Donahue also teamed with Ashlyn Gage, Tara McGowan and Emily Clifford to take third in the 200 free relay in 1:37.39. Clifford was fourth in the 200 IM (2:07.49).

Wharton’s Dee Sopapong was third in the 200 IM (2:06.70) and fourth in the 100 breast (1:06.17).

Bloomingdale’s DJ Waite was sixth in the 50 free (21.42) and 100 free (46.61), the highest finish among Hillsborough County boys.

Palm Harbor University’s boys missed out on their third state team title in five years, finishing second to Boca Raton. The Hurricanes had two champions — Ryan McRae in the 200 free and Tristan Sanders in the 100 back.

At YMCA Aquatic Center, Orlando
Girls
Teams:
1. Sarasota Riverview 256, 2. Dr. Phillips 154, 2. Newsome 154, 4. East Lake 136, 5. Plant 131, 6. Countryside 105, 7. Oviedo 103, 8. Miami Palmetto 98, 22. Wharton 31, 39. Plant City 11, 42. Steinbrenner 6, 44. Wiregrass Ranch 5, 47. Tampa Bay Tech 3
Individuals: Diving: 1 Howell (ER) 446.80; 200 medley relay: 1 Newsome 1:46.94 (Hess, Caraballo, Kostecki, Harper), 2 Plant 1:47.07 (Flynn, Donahue, Clifford, McGowan); 200 free: 1 Katz (SR) 1:47.26; 200 IM: 1 Pickrem (EL) 2:01.40, 2 Caraballo (New) 2:04.78, 3 Sopapong (Wha) 2:06.70, 4 Clifford (Pla) 2:07.49; 50 free: 1 Algee (DP) 23.54, 12 Cimino (WR) 24.80; 100 fly: 1 Moran (Lym) 54.08, 4 Caraballo, (New) 56.48, 12 Clifford (Pla) 58.27; 100 free: 1 Hess (New) 50.88, 11 Kubel (Ste) 53.58; 500 free: 1 Katz (SR) 4:45.27, 8 Bowden (PC) 5:01.19, 15 Neely (New) 5:09.68; 200 free relay: 1 Dr. Phillips 1:36.62 (Cheng, Kliewer, Magrino, Algee), 3 Plant 1:37.39 (Donahue, Gage, McGowan, Clifford), 13 Newsome 1:41.85 (Neely, Kostecki, Garayeva, Greenwood); 100 back: 1 Hess (New) 55.01; 100 breast: 1 A. Donahue (Pla) 1:03.81, 4 Sopapong (Wha) 1:06.17, 6 E. Donahue (Pla) 1:07.11, 14 Bexley (TBT) 1:08.82; 400 free relay: 1 Sarasota Riverview 3:28.78 (Katz, James, Atkins, O’Grady), 3 Newsome 3:32.06 (Caraballo, Harper, Neely, Hess), 11 Plant 3:40.04 (Gage, McGowan, Flynn, Donahue)
Boys
Teams:
1. Boca Raton 285, 2. Palm Harbor University 247, 3. Sarasota Riverview 219, 4. Miami Palmetto 153, 5. St. Thomas Aquinas 145.5, 6. Sanford Seminole 139, 7. Countryside 102, 8. East Lake 101, 18. Bloomingdale 26, 22. Plant 23, 47. Freedom 4
Individuals: Diving: 1 Dowd (Oly) 525.10, 7 Jenkins (Pla) 397.30, 11 Fleming (Pla) 359.95, 12 Power (Pla) 358.70; 200 medley relay: 1 Boca Raton 1:34.60 (Vassallo, Vergona, Matheus, Corona); 200 free: 1 McRae (PHU) 1:37.67 ; 200 IM: 1 Smiddy (Pal) 1:50.83; 50 free: 1 McCormick (BR) 20.43, 6 Waite (Blo) 21.42; 100 fly: 1 Smiddy (Pal) 50.29; 100 free: 1 McCormick (BR) 45.07, 6 Waite (Blo) 46.61; 500 free: 1 Boscaino (EL) 4:29.40; 200 free relay: 1 Boca Raton 1:23.79 (Kohner, Corona, Van Zee, McCormick), 15 Freedom 1:33.13 (Berson, Comeau, Noll, Wei); 100 back: 1 Sanders (PHU) 49.63; 100 breast: 1 Ankerholz (San. Sem) 56.45; 400 free relay: 1 Boca Raton 3:05.00 (Kohner, Van Zee, Matheus, McCormick)

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