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Seminole swimmer Kaitlin Frehling put an end to the recruiting process by committing to Florida nearly two months before the early signing period.

Frehling, a rising senior, picked the Gators over Tennessee and Virginia. She said she made the decision after a sectional meet in Gainesville.

"I liked the program and the coaches," Frehling said. "I wanted to get the recruiting done early because I didn't want it to drag on."

A five-star recruit according to Swimming World, Frehling is the defending two-time state champion in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.

At last year's Class 2A state meet, Frehling won the 50 free in 23.07 seconds and the 100 free in 54.47. She was fractions of a second from breaking the state record in both her signature races.

AFA hires basketball coach: Admiral Farragut hired Sylvio Brutus as the boys basketball coach, athletic director Joe Holtsclaw said. Brutus replaces Shannon Graves, who stepped down to concentrate on his duties as principal. Graves led the Blue Jackets to the region semifinals last season.

Brutus played for Admiral Farragut for four years and was a captain for three. He went on to play at Ferrum (Va.) College for four years and was captain his senior season. Brutus was the head coach for boys basketball the past six seasons at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va., and led the school to its first conference championship this past season.

"I am extremely excited about coming back home to work and coach at Admiral Farragut Academy," Brutus said. "My goal is to teach the game of life through basketball."

PHU catcher gains notice: Palm Harbor University catcher Aaron Piotrowski recently competed at the Navy Baseball Showcase at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he ranked among the top senior catchers as evaluated by baseball coaches from Navy and nearly 20 other Division I and Division II colleges.

Piotrowski, a rising senior, was a part-time starter last season. At the five-day showcase, Piotrowski batted .750 and had an .833 on-base percentage. Navy baseball recruiters rated him second among 12 senior catchers at the showcase.

Piotrowski is a candidate for the U.S. Naval Academy, as well as the Air Force Academy and West Point. He is a student in the IB Program at PHU, where he has a 4.0 GPA, 2060 SAT and 32 ACT.

Pinellas: News and notes 08/12/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:40pm]
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