Eight swimmers from St. Petersburg Aquatics joined 41 others from across the state to lead the Florida Zone team to its third straight championship at the Southern Zone Age Group Championships at the Central Florida YMCA in Orlando from July 28 through Aug. 2.
Cameron Chambers, Summer Finke, Autumn Finke, Mickey Hubbard, Mark Marshburn, Jessica Piper, Ashley Reid and Jonathan Taddeo represented St. Petersburg Aquatics at the meet, which featured teams of swimmers ages 11 through 18 from all over the southeast.
Summer Finke won three championships in the girls 11-12 age group. She took gold in the 300-meter open water swim, placed first in the 200 free (2:09.52) and set a Zone meet record and Florida Swimming record with her time of 4:23.56 in the 400 free. In addition, Finke was second in the 200 IM (2:25.20), third in the 100 back (1:08.54) and 100 free (1:00.13) and fourth in the 50 back (32:17).
Taddeo set Zone meet records in the boys 15-18 200 free and 200 IM en route to winning three gold medals.
Taddeo's time of 2:09.65 in the 200 IM was nearly two seconds ahead of the field. In the preliminary round, Taddeo swam the 200 free in 1:53.36 to break the record, then swam 1:53.75 to win the final. Taddeo also took first in the 200 back (2:06.24), second in the 100 breast (1:06.43), third in the 100 free (52.86) and fourth in the 100 back (59.70).
Chambers had second-place finishes in the 15-18 boys 400 IM (4:35.06) and the 1,500 free (16:10.49). He also took fourth in the 200 IM (2:11.48) and fifth in the 400 free (4:06.54).
Reid was fifth in the 15-18 girls 200 IM (2:25.40), and Marshburn was fourth in the 11-12 boys open water 300-meter swim.
The Clearwater Aquatics Team sent two swimmers to the Southern Zone Age Group Championships as part of the Florida Zone team.
Ryan McRae tied for first in the boys 13-14 200 free with a time of 1:57.85.
Morgan Perrotti had fourth-place finishes in the 11-12 girls 100 back (1:08.72) and 100 fly (1:07.24).
In addition to winning the pool meet, the Florida Zone team placed second in the open water competition.
ACE OF DIAMONDS 5K: St. Petersburg's Buka Harris had the fastest time at the Ace of Diamonds 5K in Clearwater on Sunday. Harris, 18, completed the course in 17:34. Palm Harbor's Yasmin Smith, 19, was the winner in the female competition after crossing the line in 19:38.
Age group winners from Pinellas included: (F9 and under) Rita Hippe, Tarpon Springs, 45:04; (M10-14) Trey Smith, St. Petersburg, 23:58; (M15-19) Sean Fisher, Palm Harbor, 19:24; (F15-19) Christy Rickrode, Clearwater, 27:01; (F25-29) Whit Lasseter, Palm Harbor, 21:15; (M30-34) Matt Thomas, Tierra Verde, 17:54; (F30-34) Rebecca Walter, Pinellas Park, 20:08; (F40-44) Tina Vornheder, Palm Harbor, 24:32; (F45-49) Kelley Matter, Palm Harbor, 24:23; (F50-54) Mary Stewart-Wong, Safety Harbor, 24:31; (M55-59) Dan McClenathan, St. Petersburg, 23:07; (F55-59) Rosalyn Randall, Oldsmar, 25:52; (F60-64) Stephanie Bessette, Dunedin, 29:38; (M65-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 21:14; (M racewalker overall) Thom Holloway, Seminole, 35:33; (F racewalker overall) Lynn Lewis, Largo, 34:57; (F racewalker 54 and under) Sharon Haley, Clearwater, 38:36; (M racewalker 55 and over) Andy Cowing, Redington Beach, 36:34; (F racewalker 55 and over) Heather Mitchell, Largo, 35:10.
HIT THE TRAILS 5K: Nat Glackin, 37 of St. Petersburg, was the only local competitor to finish in the top 10 at Friday's Hit the Trails cross country 5K in Lithia.
Glackin traversed the course in 17:19, good for a second-place finish in the men's race. Riverview's Bryce Loudermilk was the overall winner in 16:50.
Friday's 5K was the final of three races in this summer's Hit the Trails cross county series.
YOUTH TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS: Triathlete Taylor Scott of St. Petersburg placed 12th in the youth elite female (ages 13-15) division at the USA Triathlon Youth/Junior Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Aug. 8.
Scott, who competes for T3 Multisport Elite, completed the 375-meter swim, 10K bike and 2.5K run in 38:21.5.
St. Petersburg resident John-Gerard Farese, a member of the St. Pete Mad Dogs, also fared well at the national championship. Farese's time of 35:29.5 was good for 13th place in the youth elite male (ages 13-15) division.
Palm Harbor's Lucas Caron was 24th in the junior elite male (ages 16-19) division after finishing the triathlon in 1:05:00.5.
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