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A swimming: Tampa Prep diver finishes fifth, highest among county competitors

Tampa Prep’s Kaliya Burton-Akright executes a dive in the 1-meter springboard, finishing fifth overall in her final season.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Tampa Prep’s Kaliya Burton-Akright executes a dive in the 1-meter springboard, finishing fifth overall in her final season.

ORLANDO — Tampa Prep's Kaliya Burton-Akright whirled through the air in tightly wrapped spins and somersaults, trying to overcome a lead that her four rivals had built in the Class A state finals of the 1-meter springboard in diving.

She kept waiting and hoping for those ahead of her to give her an opening so she could match or surpass her fourth-place finish from last year. It never happened.

Burton-Akright settled for fifth place, scoring 447.60 points.

"I was hoping to get to the top three," Burton-Akright said. "It wasn't my best meet. I could have done better. But I'm not that disappointed. I know this isn't the end. I still plan on continuing to dive in college."

The Terrapins senior was the county's highest place winner.

Berkeley Prep's Laura Jordan was eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.23 seconds.

The Bucs boys, who won their first district title in 10 years and first region title, scored 66 points to finish 12th overall. Their strongest event was the 200-yard freestyle, where Zach Eicholtz, Zack Bandes, Alex Bandes and Will Miller finished eighth in 1:29.47.

The meet was dominated by Jacksonville Bolles, which won its 20th straight girls team title (24th overall) and 23rd straight boys title (33rd overall).

Bolles' boys 200 medley relay of Ryan Murphy, Sergio Lujan Rivera, Timmy Romano and Tommy Gutman won in 1:29.79, shattering the state record by eight seconds and breaking the national record of 1:31.22 previously held Cincinnati St. Xavier in 2000.

That wasn't the only state record Bolles set. The school's girls 200 free relay won in 1:33.90, surpassing the old mark of 1:34.37 set by Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest in 2007. The boys 200 free relay won in 1:23.09 to break its record of 1:23.33 established last year. And Aubrey Peacock broke her record in the 100 back from last year by winning in 53.82, two-hundredths of a second faster than her old mark.

A swimming: Tampa Prep diver finishes fifth, highest among county competitors 11/14/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 14, 2009 9:43pm]
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