TAMPA — On a night when temperatures dipped below 80 degrees for one of the first times this swimming season, Jesuit and Academy of the Holy Names were able to pull out an upset win against Plant that surprised even their coach.
“I had a feeling that if we could win the last two girls relays, we could win the meet,” said Bill Shaffer, who coaches Jesuit and AHN. “And that’s what I was focused on, getting the girls ready to compete relay-wise, because that’s just going to help us later.”
The defending 2A state championship team of Mary Green, Konner Brewer, Julia Cogdill and Clare Fleming won the 200 freestyle relay by three seconds with a time of 1:42.82. Going into the final event, the 400 free relay, the Plant and AHN teams were dead even on the score sheet. Green and Fleming, along with Alex Nuyianes and Tori Litschgi, swam the winning 400 free relay with a time of 3:47.19, beating the second-place Plant team by seven seconds. That victory, along with a third-place finish by another AHN relay team, sealed the 96-90 win for the girls.
“We were all very pumped up because this is obviously a very meaningful meet,” said Fleming, a sophomore who also won the 50 and 100 free. “Plant is one of the better teams in Tampa that we swim.”
Jesuit, led by senior Chris Swanson’s victories in the 200 free and 100 fly, defeated the Plant boys 101-85.