LAND O’LAKES — The look on Sunlake girls swimming coach Glenna Chamberlain’s face after the Seahawks’ meet Wednesday night said everything.
Chamberlain’s attitude transformed from an energetic presence, jumping up and down and giving instructions to her swimmers, into soft-spoken and seemingly surprised as her girls cruised by Wiregrass Ranch 112-64 at the Land O’Lakes Recreation Center.
“They have been working so hard,” Chamberlain said. “We’ve got a great group of kids that work very well together, and they push each other very well, too.”
The Seahawks girls took every individual event except the 100 breaststroke, won by Wiregrass’ Rebecca Pindral. Sunlake’s Megan Huynh took the 50 freestyle (27.68) and the 100 free (1:00.74)
The Wiregrass girls relay team of Makayla Strickland, Rebecca Pindral, Fern Powell and Toni Tomei took the 200 medley (2:05.62) and the 200 free (1:56.80).
On the boys side Sunlake topped Wiregrass Ranch 105-79, but the score did not reflect some of the success the Bulls had on the night.
Wiregrass freshman Matthew Menendez impressed by taking the 100 butterfly (1:01.37) and the 500 free (5:20.57), and was also a part of the winning 200 free relay squad (1:46.81).
“That kid has all the potential in the world,” Wiregrass coach Tanner Schmitz said. “He’s a ninth-grader and the sky is the limit for him.
“We are looking at him to be our anchor for the foreseeable future.”