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Swimming: Newsome sweeps City Relays

TAMPA — Newsome earned bragging rights in both the boys and girls divisions after Saturday's sweep of the 37th annual City Relays at the Bobby Hicks Pool in South Tampa.

That gave the host Wolves their second sweep at the event and first since 2007. The last sweep at the City Relays came in 2008 when Sickles doubled up.

"I think we all feel like it's one team anyway," Newsome boys coach Donna Carter said.

Added girls coach Chau Clark: "There is no separate boys and girls, so this is wonderful. More importantly, it meant a lot to the kids. It's a good start."

Newsome's girls tallied 322 points to finish 12 ahead of runnerup Plant. Academy of Holy Names, last year's winner, took third with 300 points.

"That 2007 girls team … my current team is just as good, if not better," Clark said. "That was a senior-stacked team, and we have (several) freshmen and sophomores."

The battle for the boys title was much closer, with Newsome edging Jesuit 310-306. Third-place Plant, the defending boys champion, totaled 296 points.

For the first time a team spirit award was presented, and it went to Sickles.

"This is the only place you can win a spirit award," said co-captain Andrew Howard, holding the trophy aloft as his teammates cheered.

"This gets everyone real excited," co-captain Samantha Dunn added.

Sickles coach Scott Parlett was hardly surprised when the announcement came.

"They're probably the most obnoxious group, but in a good way," he said of his team.

In all, Newsome won nine events. The girls led the way with four victories, the boys had three and there were two wins in the mixed division.

Gavin Byrd, a Newsome junior who swam the third leg of the winning 400-yard medley, expected to contend for a team title this year.

"We know we're strong," he said. "We weren't going to stand back. We were going to go out full-speed."

Carter, who is in her second season coaching Newsome, came out of the pool with a smile after the traditional dunking by her swimmers.

"I'm impressed and I'm proud," she said.

Swimming: Newsome sweeps City Relays 09/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 11, 2010 9:51pm]
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