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2A swimming: Sickles girls just miss out on podium

ORLANDO — After the 200 free relay Thursday, Sickles coach Scott Parlett started listening to the team scores and let his girls know exactly where they stood.

The Gryphons, thanks to a third-place finish in the 200 free relay by Katie Westbrook, Cristina DeCisneros, Katie Sienkiewicz and Katie Cook in 1:41.33, had a 20-point lead at the Class 2A state meet and were three events from winning the bay area's first girls team title since 1985.

But Sickles' stay at the top was short-lived.

The Gryphons did not have any competitors in the final three events, and they watched their lead evaporate. Sickles finished fourth overall with 140 points, the highest placement among county teams.

"When I scored the meet beforehand, I had us finishing second," Parlett said. "I knew we would be in contention and I was hoping we would have just enough to hang on."

The Gryphons surged to the top early with some strong performances. Their 200 medley relay team of Sienkiewicz, Cook, DeCisneros and Westbrook took third in 1:52.58.

Westbrook also was fourth in the 500 free (5:03.83) and fifth in the 200 free (1:53.75). Cook was fourth in the 100 free (51.93) and fifth in the 50 free (24.04). Sickles' Alex Valder was sixth in diving (385.50 points).

Academy of the Holy Names' Molly Sheridan was the county's other top girls performer with a sixth-place finish in the 50 free (24.52).

On the boys side, Sickles' Trey Went was third in the 50 free (21.60).

"I wasn't expected to be here at the beginning of the season," Went said. "I was just excited to be up there and swim my best time."

Jesuit's Chris Swanson took sixth in the 200 free (1:44.21) and was on the 200 free relay team, along with John Simon, Dylan Attal and Chase Goodwin that placed fourth in 1:30.50. The same four swimmers were seventh in the 400 free (3:21.54) for the Tigers.

2A swimming: Sickles girls just miss out on podium 11/12/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 12, 2009 11:46pm]
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