East Lake was not at full strength at Saturday’s Florida Swimming Pool Association Invitational, which brings together the state’s top swimmers, of all classifications, for one meet.
Still, the Eagles, led by a trio of swimmers who have either won state titles or placed in the top three, did well enough to finish third overall at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.
Michelle Turek and Nazareno Boscaino won multiple individual titles for East Lake. Turek won the 100 free (51.35) and 200 free (1:49.19). Boscaino, the defending state champion in the 500 free, won his signature event in 4:29.08 and took first in the 200 free (1:41.31).
The Eagles also got a strong performance from Sydney Pickrem, the defending state champion in the 200 IM, who won her top event in 2:04.10 and finished fourth in the 100 back (57.13).
Turek and Pickrem teamed with Annika Smith and Madison Kennedy on the 200 medley relay that finished third (1:50.82).
East Lake’s girls could have scored more, but the 400 free relay was disqualified in the preliminaries because of a false start. Eagles also were missing several swimmers, including Alexandria Aitchison and McKenzie Hubbard.
“I thought we really did well given we were missing a few people,” East Lake coach Tim O’Keefe said. “Michelle was on cloud nine winning both events.”
Countryside’s Cooper Hoffman won the 50 free (21.30) and 100 free (46.54) and teamed with Michael Lombardo, Tommy Kelly and Ryan Peters on the 200 free relay that finished second (1:27.58).
Shorecrest’s boys also did well. Joshua Chen won the 100 breast (59.20) and John Farese was second in the 100 back (51.27). Both paired with Alex Grant and Mark Marshburn to place second in the 200 medley relay (1:36.56).