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Seminole's Frehling aims to close out swim career in style

Seminole's Kaitlin Frehling is ready for another state high school swim meet — bathing suit, goggles and a county's expectations in tow.

So much poise, so much pressure.

This is life for Frehling, the two-time defending state champion in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 fly who is entering the final meet of her high school career.

If she wins both her signature races, she can match former Northeast standout Megan Romano with six individual career titles. And Frehling, who signed with Florida on Wednesday, could have a chance to be named the 2009-10 Pinch A Penny state girls swimmer of the year.

But she'll have to get through some tough competition to repeat as a champion.

Her previous titles came in Class 2A. The Warhawks have moved up to 3A this year.

Now Frehling is battling Orange Park's Katherine Zander, the 3A defending state champion in the 50 free. Zander is seeded first in the event; Frehling is fifth.

In the 100 fly, Frehling is seeded third.

"I'm not really too worried about where I'm seeded," Frehling said. "I'm getting a feel for the swimmers in this classification. I'll be ready."

fast facts

State swim meets

When: Today (Class 2A), Friday (Class 3A) and Saturday (Class A). Diving finals start at 2 p.m., swimming finals at 5:30.

Where: Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando

Admission: $7 per session

3A girls to watch: Countryside's Melanie Margalis is the defending state champion in the 200 individual medley and is seeded first in the event. She could add a state title in the 500 free, where she also is seeded first. East Lake's Taylor Katz is the top seed in the 200 free.

3A boys to watch: Countryside's Mate Fabian is seeded first in the 100 back. Palm Harbor University's Wes Stearns is the defending state champion in the 200 free and enters as the third seed. He also is seeded second in the 500 free.

2A girls to watch: Tarpon Springs' Kelsey Buckley is the county's best hope for a title. She is seeded first in the 100 free and second in the 200 IM.

2A boys to watch: Osceola's Matt Tomlin is the third seed in the 100 breast, the county's top seed in this classification.

A girls to watch: Northside Christian's Jaki St. Louis is the top seed in the 100 breast and fourth in the 100 free.

A boys to watch: Shorecrest's Jack Stein, seeded seventh in diving, could place in the top five.

Seminole's Frehling aims to close out swim career in style 11/11/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 10:54pm]
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