ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas County teams competing at the Class 2A, Region 3 swim meet did not have the numbers to match up with some of the stronger programs from Hillsborough and Manatee.
And with depth being thinned out, the focus was to zero in on individual titles and advance as many swimmers to next week's state meet in Orlando.
Osceola had the best results with its boys and girls teams each finishing third, the highest among Pinellas teams. It is the highest the Warriors have placed at a region meet.
"I knew it was going to be tough competing with so many good teams," Warriors coach Karen Mandemaker said. "I thought we might have a shot at winning the girls title. But overall I'm really pleased with the showing we had."
The Warriors boys scored 208. Jesuit won its fifth region title in the past six years with 352.
Matt Tomlin led Osceola, winning the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 53 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.66. He teamed with Phillip Malecot, Sean Staszak and Tyler West to take first in the 200 medley relay (1:45.23).
On the girls side, the Warriors scored 250. Bradenton Lakewood Ranch, which won the team title with 313 points, vaulted from third place to the top by taking the top three spots in the 100 breast and winning the 400 free.
Osceola's Mary Boucher won the 500 free (5:01.75) and was second in the 200 free (1:53.89). Teammate Julia George was the diving champion with 386.10 points.
The county's other individual champion was Tarpon Springs' Kelsey Buckley, who took first in the 100 free (51.35) and her teammate, Kelly Verheyleweghen, who won the 100 fly (59.02).