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Pinellas: St. Petersburg Times' All-county boys swim team



MELISSA LYTTLE | Times



Swimmer of the year

Matt Ellis, Jr., Countryside

Why we picked him: Ellis, who moved here from Texas to train and swim against fast competition, made quite a splash in his debut season with the Cougars, winning the Class 3A state title in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.58 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 49.26. He added a third gold when he swam the anchor leg of Countryside's 200 free relay win in 1 minute, 25.47 seconds. In his fourth event at state, Ellis just missed a fourth gold as the Cougars' 400 free relay finished second in 3:06.87, just 0.33 seconds behind the winner. It was one of the best performances by a bay area male swimmer in decades.

Fun fact: Ellis played soccer, football, basketball and baseball in elementary school. But he gave up those sports when he was 10 to concentrate on swimming.

What's next: Ellis continues to train with his club coach in order to produce top times for upcoming offseason meets.

First team

50 free: Matt Ellis, Jr., Countryside; state champion

100 fly: Matt Ellis, Jr., Countryside; state champion

100 free: Ryan McRae, So., Palm Harbor U.; state runnerup

100 back: Ryan McRae, So., Palm Harbor U.; sixth at state

100 breast: David Morgan, Jr., Palm Harbor U.; third at state

200 free: Nick Alexiou, Jr., Clearwater; state runnerup

200 individual medley: Matt Thompson, Sr., Seminole; third at state

500 free: Matt Thompson, Sr., Seminole; fourth at state

200 free relay: Countryside (Richard Willsey, John Kelly, Jon Witkowski, Matt Ellis); state champion

200 medley relay: Palm Harbor U. (Ryan McRae, David Morgan, Zach Perrotti, Jason Williams); fourth at state

400 free relay: Countryside (Matt Ellis, Richard Willsey, Gary Lush, John Kelly); state runnerup

Diving: Jack Stein, So., Shorecrest; state runnerup

Second team

50 free: Jason Williams, Jr., Palm Harbor U.; 100 fly: Zach Perrotti, Jr., Palm Harbor U.; 100 free: Jason Williams, Jr., Palm Harbor U.; 100 back: Georgi Krastev, Sr., Northeast; 100 breast: Zac Metka, Jr., Seminole; 200 free: Taylor Uselis, Fr., Palm Harbor U.; 200 IM: David Morgan, Jr., Palm Harbor U.; 500 free: Nick Alexiou, Jr., Clearwater; 200 free relay: Palm Harbor U. (Ryan McRae, Zach Perrotti, David Morgan, Jason Williams); 200 medley relay: East Lake (Tristan Sanders, Kevin Smith, Joey Steele, Jack Pickrem); 400 free relay: Seminole (Matt Thompson, Zac Metka, Mason Kerr, Caleb Hudak); Diving: Richard Owens, Sr., St. Petersburg

Honorable mention

(by school)

Clearwater Central Catholic: Jared Brown (50 free); 200 medley relay, 200 free relay; Clearwater: Nicholas Yoder (diving); Countryside: John Kelly (50 free, 100 free), Richard Willsey (50 free, 100 free), Jon Witkowski (50 free), 200 medley relay; East Lake: Jeffrey Burns (diving), Kevin Smith (100 breast); Northeast: Tyler Burrows (diving), Patrick Rinard (50 free), 200 free relay; Osceola: Matt Tomlin (200 IM, 100 breast), 200 medley relay; Palm Harbor U.: David Morgan (200 IM), Zach Perotti (100 back), Taylor Uselis (500 free); 200 free relay; Seminole: Zac Metka (200 IM), 200 medley relay; Shorecrest: John Farese (200 free)

Coach of the year

Lisa Bitting, Palm Harbor University: Though the Hurricanes had a lot of depth, they were still young, with nearly everyone returning. Bitting guided that group to conference, district and region titles then a runnerup finish at the 3A state meet.

Pinellas: St. Petersburg Times' All-county boys swim team 12/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:13pm]
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