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Region swimming: Mitchell pair secures state berths with victories

Mitchell's Mazie Siddens won the 100-yard butterfly in 59.06 seconds to qualify for state and then placed second in the 200 individual medley to post the best individual performance among North Suncoast swimmers at the Class 2A, Region 2 meet Saturday at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

The top finisher in each swimming event at each region meet, as well as the next-best overall times among the four region meets for a field of 24, qualify for the state meet Nov. 12 at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

Siddens helped the Mustangs place fifth in the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay. She will be joined at state by freshman Taylor Anderson, who won the 50 freestyle (24.54 seconds). Amanda Maser finished second in diving to help the Mustangs girls finish fifth with 173 points. Gainesville swept the meet titles.

Krystin Demsher was second in the 100 butterfly (1:00.42) for Land O'Lakes, which finished eighth.

In the boys events, Austin Wachsman and Taylor Ellis took third and fourth in diving to help Sunlake tie with Land O'Lakes for fifth place with 149 points. Seahawks senior Austin Van Vliet placed second in the 100 free (48.72) and joined Juan Lopez, Daniel Sarrett and Terence St. Onge on the third-place 200 medley relay.

Gulf's Hunter Swartsel won the 100 freestyle (48.26) to get a state berth and was third in the 100 breast.

Mitchell junior Devin McCaffrey was second in the 100 butterfly (51.99) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.34).

Region swimming: Mitchell pair secures state berths with victories 11/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 10:05pm]
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