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Class 2A, District 8 swimming: Jesuit boys extend dynasty to 12 in a row

TAMPA — Considering the losses the Jesuit boys swim team sustained from graduation — the Tigers lost four state meet point scorers — this might have been seen as a rebuilding year.

But a new group made sure history repeated itself this season as Jesuit won its 12th straight district title, taking the Class 2A-8 district meet Saturday at Berkeley Prep.

"This team definitely has a different dynamic," senior Dylan Attal said. "We would just have studs year after year. This year, we realized we were going to have to position ourselves more as a team."

Jesuit handily outpointed second-place Hillsborough 550 to 328, while the Holy Names girls earned their second straight district title with an equally dominating 554-307 win over Sickles.

The Tigers' top swimmers stepped up Saturday. Attal won the 100-yard butterfly (56.02 seconds) and the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 10.93 seconds) and sophomore Chris Swanson won the 100 free (49.59) and 200 free (1:45.74).

"I challenged those guys earlier this week and I told them, 'You're going to win this thing, and you're not going to get your names in the paper," Jesuit/Holy Names coach Bill Shaffer said. "So before Chris stepped up for his 100, I told him, 'Dylan did his two. Now it's your turn.' "

Holy Names' depth showed throughout the meet, especially in the 100 breast, when the Jaguars finished 1-2-3 in a race won by freshman Victoria Litschgi (1:14.29). Senior Molly Sheridan won one of the best races of the night, edging Sickles' Katie Cook in the 50 free by 1/10 of a second. Sheridan also swam the lead leg on the Jaguars' first-place 200 and 400 free relays.

Spoto sophomore Giorgie Leigh Graves was the only female to win multiple individual events, taking the 500 free and the 100 fly.

Boys team scores: Jesuit 550, Hillsborough 328, Sickles 271, Durant 227, East Bay 171, King 139, Armwood 105, Spoto 102, Jefferson 95, Leto 79, Blake 15

Boys individual winners: 200 medley relay Hillsborough (Perez, Go, DeSena, Snook) 1:49.87; 200 free Swanson (Jes) 1:45.74; 200 IM Attal (Jes) 2:10.93; 50 free Went (Sick) 22.64; Diving Beane (Jes) 320.55; 100 fly Attal (Jes) 56.02; 100 free Swanson (Jes) 49.59; 500 free DeSena (Hills) 5:08.38; 200 free relay Jesuit (Simon, Attal, Lima, Swanson) 1:34.33; 100 back Perez (Hills) 59.01; 100 breast Bandi (Dur) 1:05; 400 free relay Jesuit (Simon, Attal, Goodwin, Swanson) 3:28.77.

Girls team scores: Academy of the Holy Names 554, Sickles 307, East Bay 277, Hillsborough 242, Durant 180, Spoto 179, King 146, Armwood 118, Jefferson 26, Leto 5

Girls individual winners: 200 medley relay Sickles (Sienkiewicz, Cook, DeCisneros, Westbrook) 1:56.43; 200 free Westbrook (Sick) 1:57.16; 200 IM Chevalier (EB) 2:15.90; 50 free Sheridan (AHN) 24.79; Diving Valder (Sick) 431.75; 100 fly Graves (Spo) 1:00.19; 100 free Cook (Sick) 53.33; 500 free Graves (Spo) 5:12.22; 200 free relay Academy of the Holy Names (Sheridan, Brewer, Russell, Green) 1:43.78; 100 back LaVoy (Hills) 1:04.85; 100 breast Litschgi (AHN) 1:14.29; 400 free relay Academy of the Holy Names (Sheridan, Green, DeMesa, Russell) 3:55.55.

Class 2A, District 8 swimming: Jesuit boys extend dynasty to 12 in a row 11/01/09 [Last modified: Sunday, November 1, 2009 12:54am]

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