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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Justin Locklear and Laurynn Harvard


    Justin Locklear, Mitchell

    The situation looked dire for Mitchell. Starting quarterback Larry Dalla Betta went down with a broken ankle against Wiregrass Ranch. The next two games were against Class 6A, District 6 opponents Sunlake and Land O'Lakes. The Mustangs had to win both for a chance to reach …

    Mitchell High quarterback Justin Locklear (Special to the Times)
  6. District swimming: Lecanto sweeps Class 2A, District 7

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    CLEARWATER — For Lecanto, this season is all about sharing. The girls team repeated as Class 2A, District 7 champion Saturday at the Long Center while the boys team, which won a district title in 2013, also won for the school's first-ever district sweep.

  7. District swimming: Land O'Lakes girls, Lakewood boys maintain titles

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    CLEARWATER — Two streaks continued in Thursday's Class 2A, District 8 championships at the Long Center with the Land O'Lakes girls extending their school record with an eighth straight title while the Lakewood boys captured their fourth in a row.

  8. 3A-8 swimming: Osceola gets the sweep at North Shore

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Osceola swept the boys and girls titles at the Class 3A, District 8 swim meet at North Shore on Friday.

    The Osceola boys and girls swim teams won the Class 3A, District 8 titles Friday at North Shore Pool. For coach Karen Smalley, center, it was her seventh girls title in a row. (Photo courtesy of T. Michelle Walker)
  9. District swimming: Hillsborough girls place second

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    TAMPA — After Friday's performance at the Class 3A, District 7 swim meet, there is plenty of hope swirling around the Hillsborough High girls' 200 free relay team.

    The weather was picture perfect Friday afternoon for the Class 3A, District 7 swim meet at Carrollwood Country Club pool. King, swimming with light blue cap, placed eighth in the meet's final event, the 400-free relay. Taken 10-21-16 by Scott Purks
  10. Class 4A-5 swimming: Bloomingdale boys a surprise champ

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    TAMPA — The Class 4A, District 5 swim meet at Bobby Hicks Pool on Thursday featured one big surprise — and no real surprise at all.

    Strawberry Crest junior Daniel Teske won the 100 butterfly during Thursday's Class 4A, District 5 swim meet at Bobby Hicks Pool. Taken 10-20-16 by Scott Purks