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Fri. November 15, 2013 | Bob Putnam | Email

STUART — The tightness in Calvin Bryant’s back has subsided. The brace he wore whenever he was not in the pool is now tucked away in his closet.

Bryant, a senior at Osceola, has recovered from scoliosis, a spinal curvature that required him to use the brace.

“It was probably within the last year that my spine evened itself out,” Bryant said. “It’s made a difference, and really helped me improve as a swimmer.”

At Friday’s Class 3A state, Bryant competed in the 200-  and 500-yard freestyle events, two chlorinated marathons that can take their toll.

But that didn’t slow Bryant, who swam with boundless energy and single-mindedness.

Bryant turned those assets into silver medals in the 200 free (1:39.37) and 500 free (4:23.37). Those were the first top-three finishes in his high school career. His time in the 500 free was a school record.

“I’m 100 percent happy with everything I was able to do at this meet,” said Bryant, who also will sign with Florida State on Monday. “I got to the podium, not once, but twice.”

By the end of his signature events, Bryant called on the last ounce of everything that has driven him all these years. In that final kick toward the wall, he was out-touched, missing out on gold by less than a second in both events.

“I knew I was close to winning and tried hard at the end in both,” Bryant said. “But I’m happy with second. I’ll have these medals hanging up until they get dull or I win even better ones.”

As for the brace he wore all those years?

“That just a decoration in the closet,” Bryant said. “I really think being able to heal was what made everything come together for me this season.”

Osceola’s Alex Wittman finished her career by taking third in the 200 free (1:49.58) and fourth 500 free (4:53.04). She also swam legs on the fifth-place 200 medley relay (1:51.48) and fourth-place 400 free relay (3:38.64).

“I was looking more at my time than I was where I placed,” Wittman said. “I was happy with the 200 free because it was a personal and it was the first time I got to the podium. But I could have done a little bit better in the 500 free.”

Wittman’s teammate, Savannah Sawyers, was fifth in the 100 breast (1:06.56) and was on the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.

Northeast’s Caroline Neely was sixth in the 500 free (5:00.46) and eighth in the 100 back (59.22). Teammate Amanda Burrows was fourth in the 200 IM (2:06.98). Both were on the seventh-place 200 free relay (1:41.68) and eighth-place 400 free relay (3:43.73).

The Vikings also did well in diving with Haley Phipps finishing fifth with 341.50 points and Joshua Morehouse was second with 405.95 points.

Girls
Team results:
  1. Chiles 250   2. Gulf Coast 220 3. Niceville 144   4. Osceola 132 5. Northeast 121   6. Gainesville 116 7. Creekside 114 8. Fleming Island 108 9. Columbia 107 10. Lakewood Ranch 92 11. Martin County 87  12. Fort Myers 77 13. Seabreeze 73  14. Charlotte 65 15. Fort Lauderdale 53  16. Forest Hill 46 17. Wiregrass Ranch 38  18. Bartram Trail 33 19. Atlantic Coast 31  20. Venice 30 20. Winter Haven 30  22. Mitchell 29 22. Lincoln 29  22. East Ridge 29 25. Pace 27  25. Plant City 27 38. Clearwater 5 39. Viera 4  39. Terra Institute 4 39. Sickles 4  
Individual results:  Diving — 1 Hirapara (AC) 428.85, 5 Phipps (Ne) 341.50, 11 Boyd (Ne) 302.00, 12 Borresen (Clw) 299.65, 14 Lamanna (Osc) 296.80; 200 medley relay — 1 Gulf Coast (Haan, Fistrovic, Tennant, Gillen) 1:46.26, 5 Osceola (Walker, Wittman, Tournant, Sawyers) 1:51.48; 200 free — Williams (Chi) 1:47.31, 3 Wittman (Osc) 1:49.58, 6 Bowden (PC) 1:54.21;  200 IM — 1 Burns (Col) 2:00.95, 4 Burrows (Ne) 2:06.98; 50 free — 1 Anderson (Mit) 23.39, 6 Cimino (WR) 24.20; 100 fly — 1 Tennant (GC) 55.39; 100 free — 1 Barnard (Cit) 51.02, 8 Cimino (WR) 53.63; 500 free — 1 Williams (Chi) 4:45.67, 4 Wittman (Osc) 4:53.04, 5 Bowden (PC) 4:58.01, 6 Neely (Ne) 5:00.46; 200 free — 1 Chiles (Williams, Ma. Ayers, Mo. Ayers, Barnard) 1:37.71, 7 Northeast (Neely, Kanstoroom, Wilson, Burrows) 1:41.68; 100 back — 1 Haan (GC) 53.22, 8 Neely (Ne) 59.22; 100 breast — 1 Haila (Cre) 1:02.73, 5 Sawyers (Osc) 1:06.56; 400 free relay — 1 Chiles (Williams, Lombardi, Ayers, Barnard) 3:30.77, 4 Osceola (Wittman, Nesto, Tournant, Sawyers) 3:38.64, 8 Northeast (Neely, Krasteva, Wilson, Burrows) 3:43.73
Boys
Team results:
  1. Miami Belen Jesuit 249 2. Gainesville 240 3. Venice 165  4. Lakewood Ranch 159 5. Sebastian River 124  6. Charlotte 120 7. Jensen Beach 106  8. Winter Haven 75  9. Bartram Trail 74  10. Niceville 73 11. Osceola 70  12. Creekside 69 13. Fleming Island 60  13. Fort Myers 60  15. Fort Lauderdale 53  16. Chiles 52 17. Pace 49  18. St. Augustine 46 19. Mater Academy 45  20. Barron Collier 42 25. King 24  26. Northeast 22  33. Freedom 9
Individual results: Diving — 1 Voisard (WH) 493.10, 2 Morehouse (Ne) 405.95; 200 medley relay — Belen Jesuit (De Pawlikowski, Lopez, Carriazo, Guso) 1:34.95; 200 free — 1 Samuelson (FtM) 1:38.58, 2 Bryant (Osc) 1:39.37; 200 IM — 1 Wojcik (SR) 1:53.17; 50 free — 1 Hartley (JB) 20.73; 100 fly — 1 Hartley (JB) 49.57;  100 free — 1 Thomas (Pasce) 45.91; 500 free — 1 Samuelson (FtM) 4:22.77, 2 Bryant (Osc) 4:23.47; 200 free — 1 Venice (J. Pelton, M. Pelton, Ruvira, Leeson) 1:27.35; 100 back — 1 De Pawlikowski (BJ) 50.13; 100 breast — 1 Wojcik (SR) 56.77; 400 free relay — 1 Belen Jesuit (Guso, PerezCosta, Carrizao, De Pawlikowski) 3:09.55

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