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  1. Late Holy Names swimmer Cailin Cannella was a fighter until the end

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    At swim meets, Cailin Cannella would race side by side with her breaststroke competitors, their heads bobbing in near unison.

    Cailin Cannella, who swam for Academy of the Holy Names, was practicing last year after being diagnosed with bone cancer.
  2. Holy Names swimmer Cailin Cannella, 14, dies

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    Academy of the Holy Names swimmer Cailin Cannella died Monday after a year-long battle with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that usually affects children. She was 14.

    Holy Names swimmer Cailin Cannella, here at age 13, still was practicing last year after finding out she had osteosarcoma (bone cancer). (Times 2016)
  3. Berkeley Prep boys make it nine straight Tampa Bay Classic swim titles

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  4. Olympian Brooke Bennett's latest challenge? High school swim coach

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    ST. PETERSBURG — When Bill Burrows retired last season as Northeast's swim coach after 30 years, Brooke Bennett saw an opportunity she couldn't refuse. An Olympic medalist in 1996 and 2000, Bennett, 37, clearly knows a thing or two about swimming.

     Olympian and three-time gold medalist Brooke Bennett, right,  poses as members of the Northeast High School swim team warm up at the school's pool, 8/28/17. Bennett is the new swimming coach.
  5. Lakewood basketball coach Necole Tunsil out to conquer new sport: swimming

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Necole Tunsil races from one Lakewood High practice to another.

     Lakewood High School new swimming coach Necole Tunsil, left, watches members of the Lakewood High swimming team practice, Monday, 8/28/17 at the Northeast High School pool. Tunsil is also the school's woman's basketball coach.
  6. Plant High's Morgan Tankersley named national swimmer of the year

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    After setting three state records at last year's Class 4A state meet, Plant High School's Morgan Tankersley has earned lofty status.

    Swimming World named Plant High School senior Morgan Tankersley the 2017 national female high school swimmer of the year. [Scott Purks, Special to the Times]
  7. State swimming: Record-setting day for Plant's Morgan Tankersley

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    STUART — After one of Hillsborough County's greatest swimming performances, Plant junior Morgan Tankersley was as gracious, humble and happy as any other day. But this Saturday at the Class 4A state meet was far, far from any other day.

    Plant junior Morgan Tankersley is no stranger to the top of the podium on Saturday.
  8. State swimming: Wins, not speed, find favor with Countryside's Robert Finke

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    STUART — Robert Finke could have competed in Japan. The Countryside junior was selected for the FINA World Cup, a short-course meet that started this week.

    Countryside junior Robert Finke powers through the breaststroke en route to a win in the 200 IM.
  9. Region swimming: Rebuilding Jesuit, Holy Names still dominate

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    CLEARWATER — Rebuilding or not, there are no signs of slowing down for the Jesuit boys and Academy of the Holy Names girls, who easily won Class 2A, Region 3 finals — the eighth region title for each team — Saturday at the Long Center.

  10. State swimming: 3A title for Clearwater's Heuberger

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    STUART — For several Tampa Bay area swimmers, Friday night's Class 3A state swim meet was a new adventure wrapped in a few wonderful surprises.

    Clearwater’s Helena Heuberger, left, surprised herself by winning the 3A title in the 100 backstroke for the second year in a row.