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State swimming and diving preview

Kyle Dent of Berkeley Prep goes into state competition with the third-best 1-meter score.

JIM DAMASKE | Times (2007)

Kyle Dent of Berkeley Prep goes into state competition with the third-best 1-meter score.

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

When: Class 3A – Thursday; Class A – Friday, Class 2A – Saturday

Admission: $8 per session (prelims and diving is one session, swimming finals another)

Class 3A: The Sickles boys look to improve on last year's fourth-place finish. Senior Conor Swanson heads into the meet with the top time in the 200 IM (1:49.68) and 100 breast (57.61). Last year's state champ in the 50 free, senior Gregg Cooke has the third-fastest time in the event (21.02). He will get competition from Wharton junior Jordan Rees (21.32). Rees (47.32) and Cooke (47.44) had the seventh- and eighth-best times in the 100 free. The Sickles boys field strong relay teams in the 200 free (1:27.89, second) and 400 free (first, 3:12.23). Wharton sophomore Blair Kuethe (24.20) and Sickles senior Katie Cook (24.21) were .01 of a second apart for second- and third-best times in the 50 free. Cook (52.06) and Kuethe (52.48) are also fourth and fifth in the 100 free. Wharton's girls 200 free relay team enters states with the third-best time (1:39.41).

Class 2A: Newsome's Alexa Wollach enters state with the top girls 1-meter diving score (490.00). Plant's Alex Hagan is fifth (407.90). Plant senior sprinter Meg Anderson has the third-best time in the girls 50 free (24.00) and the 100 free (52.12), and the Panthers' 200 free relay (1:39.74) and 400 free relays (3:35.49) have the second-best time. Newsome's Katie Kyle's 100 back time is fourth best (58.91) and teammate Sharla Milne's 500 free time (4:57.12) is fourth best. On the boys side, Jason Taylor's transition from sprints to distance has gone well. He is second in the 500 free (4:37.00) and third in the 200 free (1:42.18).

Class A: Jesuit senior Vinny Donnelly owns the second-best time in the 200 free (1:41.43) and second best in the 500 free (4:31.04). Jesuit boys hold sixth in the 200 (1:29.75) and 400 free relay (3:20.54). Berkeley Prep's Kyle Dent owns the third-best 1-meter diving score (529.85). Tampa Prep's Grace Fredlake has the third-best time in the 500 free (5:01.31), sixth-best in 200 free (2:08.31). Teammate Kaliya Burton-Akright has the fifth-place score in 1-meter diving (432.45). Berkeley junior Laura Jordan is 13th in the 50 free (24.51) and 13th in the 100 fly (59.33).

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

State swimming and diving preview 11/10/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 9:29am]
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