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District swimming: Jesuit boys, AHN girls stay on rolls

TAMPA — Not even district realignment or classification movement could thwart the authority swim coach Bill Shaffer has over the county, the area, and the newly formed 2A-8 district. Shaffer coached the Jesuit boys and the Academy of the Holy Names girls to victories Saturday afternoon.

Led by Austin Sellers and Tommy Shaffer, the Jesuit boys won their 16th consecutive district title, scoring 614 points to runnerup Robinson's 320. Sellers won the 100 back (1:00.43), was second in the 200 individual medley, and was on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays. Shaffer was runnerup in both the 50 and 100 freestyle and swam on the 200 free relay.

Shaffer was clipped by Robinson senior Ross Brown in the 50 and 100 free (22.10 and 48.67, respectively). "This brings back memories of last year and how well we did," said Brown, whose team was seventh at state last year. "We want to capitalize and do it again."

Spoto's Tyler Graves was the 200 IM winner (2:01.21) and runnerup in the 100 back. "I didn't even know I'd be swimming this race (200 IM) until about a week ago," Graves said. "I wasn't expecting to go that fast, I should drop more time at regionals."

The host AHN girls won their sixth straight team title under Bill Shaffer, outscoring Robinson 677-353. Only Spoto sophomore Maureen Moore broke up the district title sweep with wins in the 200 free (1:56.96) and 500 free (5:07.98). Moore's 500 time was 19 seconds better than runnerup Lara Lontoc of AHN.

The Jaguars got elite performances from sophomore Olivia Kirkpatrick, who won the 50 freestyle (25.33) and the 100 back (1:00.97). And junior Konner Brewer was runnerup in both the 50 and 100 freestyle races. Senior Clare Flemming brought home a district title in the 100 free (55.60) and a runnerup finish in the 200 free. She also contributed on the 200 and 400 relays that won district titles.

"This is a strong team in all events and we're really deep," Flemming said. "This was an exciting end to our (regular) season."

No girls from 2A-8 qualified for region in diving. Jesuit junior Dart Hutson did qualify in boys diving with a score of 379.75. Region meets are scheduled for Friday.

District swimming: Jesuit boys, AHN girls stay on rolls 10/26/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 26, 2013 11:02pm]
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