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State swimming: Wesley Chapel freshman crowned champion

STUART — Abbey Duncan didn't have a crowd of Wesley Chapel teammates cheering for her as she took the top spot on the podium to receive the gold medal for her victory in the 200-yard freestyle. Only two Wildcats qualified for Saturday's Class 2A state championship swim meet.

Its showing might have been small. But with a pair of podium-worthy performances from Duncan, Wesley Chapel's presence was mighty.

Duncan, a freshman, won the girls 200 free with a time of 1 minute, 50.82 seconds. Just eight events later, she took second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.23 seconds, beating the third-place swimmer by more than two seconds.

The short rest between her two swims was tough, Duncan said. But sticking to a strict plan and without many teammates around to distract her, Duncan said she remained focused on the task at hand.

"I can't sit around and rest," she said. "I get done with my event, I go to the cool-down pool, I talk to my coach, and my next event is up."

St. Petersburg's Lakewood High had seven top-eight finishes — senior Noah Harasz took second in the 100 and 200 free races — as the Spartan boys grabbed eighth in the team standings with 86 points. Plantation American Heritage dominated with 276 points.

Duncan was one of two swimmers from Pasco County to make the podium. Cameron Hilgenberg, a Land O'Lakes senior, finished third in the boys 50 free in 21.33. He also took sixth in the 100 breast.

There were more Wesley Chapel coaches than swimmers present at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center. The Wildcats had a total of 17 swimmers, boys and girls, participate on the team this season.

Coach Travis Ten Brink said he hopes that Duncan's state title — the first for the school in swimming — will encourage more Wesley Chapel students to get involved in the sport.

"It definitely brings our program to the forefront of Pasco County swimming, to have a state champion at our school," he said.

The soft-spoken Duncan was smaller than many of her competitors, and she was one of just two freshmen to make the podium for an individual event. But Duncan, who now has her eye on making junior national cuts in the 100 fly and backstroke, said she doesn't let thoughts about her opponents' age or experience enter her mind.

Youth didn't hold Duncan back at her first state championship meet. And when Ten Brink sees the new state titleist, he doesn't see inexperience, he sees promise.

"Now we have to try and find some girls who are total athletes to surround her so we can get her into four events at states," he said about the possibility of relays. "We're just excited about the future."

2A State

girls

Team results: 1. Washington 233 16. Land O'Lakes 43 20. Wesley Chapel 37 24. Sunlake 28 34. Spoto 7 39. Tarpon Springs 4 Hudson 2

Individual results: Diving 1 Gerhardt (Sta) 427.95, 13 Gallagher (TS) 316.10, 15 Luis (Hud) 289.80, 20 Morris (Zep) 206.35, 22 Wyatt (Gib) 122.80, 24 Ingalls (LOL) 98.35; 200 medley relay 1 Ferrara, Kinman, Diagne, Goram, (Wash) 1:47.16; 200 Freestyle 1 Duncan (WC) 1:50.82; 200 IM 1 Cattermole (LB) 2:00.39; 50 Free 1 Bindi, (GB) 23.24; 100 Fly 1 DiMeo (Bok) 54.99, 2 Duncan, (WC) 56.23; 500 Free 1 Hauser (Est) 4:54.34, 15 Moore, (Spo) 5:14.62; 100 Back Strom CHOC 55.83; 100 Breast Leap (Bok) 1:03.01, 7 Williams (LOL) 1:09.28; 400 Freestyle Relay — 1 Ferrara, Kinman, Martin, Mount (Wash) 3:31.98, 8 Thai, McKay, Williams, Demsher, Krystin (LOL) 3:48.23

Boys

Team results: 1. American Heritage 276 Land O'Lakes 56 21. Spoto 31 27. Ridgewood 20 38. Fivay 9 38. Wesley Chapel 9 43. Sunlake 5 45. Springstead 4

Individual results: Diving 1 Johnson (Sat) 438.90, 8 Hutson (Jes) 339.15, 14 Sarmento (TS) 288.35; 200 medley relay — 1 Medina, Nothard, Bohorquez, Eaddy, (AH) 1:36.31; 200 Free 1 Dressel (CLA) 1:34.69; 200 IM 1 Denswil (STB) 1:52.47, 5 Wheeler (LOL) 1:56.01, 7 Graves, (Spo) 1:57.33; 50 Free 1 Muratovic (RW) 20.81, 3 Hilgenberg LOL) 21.33; 100 Fly 1 Dressel (CLA)45.99; 100 Free 1 Olmsted (Eas) 45.03; 200 Free Relay 1 Dressel, Heath, Bonna, Mahaffey, (CLAY) 1:24.26; 100 Back — Olmsted (ES) 49.54; 100 Breast — 1 Denswil, (STB) 56.97, 6 Graves (Spo) 59.19, 7 Hilgenberg (LOL) 59.45; 400 Freestyle Relay — 1 Caeleb, Heath, Bonna, Mahaffey, CLAY 3:07.36

Class 3A, Region 3

girls

Team results: 1. Gulf Coast 332.5 2. Osceola 256 4. Northeast 238 10. Sickles 103 11. Clearwater 82 12. Freedom 48 12. Riverdale 48 14. Hillsborough 40 15. Plant City 39 1 17. Gaither 24 18. Tampa Bay Tech 15

Individual results: 200 Medley Relay — Gulf Coast 1:47.89; 200 Free Hannah (Char) 1:50.75; 200 IM Burrows, (NE) 2:07.80; 50 Free Haan, (GUCO) 24.13; Diving Phipps (NE) 458.05; 100 Fly Jean (LWR) 55.87; 100 Free Garner (BCOL) 54.13; 500 Free Brent (FtMy) 4:51.83; 200 Free Relay NE 1:41.97; 100 Back Haan, (GUCO) 55.12; 100 Breast Sawyers, (Osc) 1:07.47; 400 Free Relay Gulf Coast 3:34.18;

Boys

Team results: 1. Lakewood Ranch 280 4. Osceola 191 5. King 186 6. Gulf Coast 164.5 10. Freedom 102 11. Hillsborough 85 12. Northeast 78 13. Gaither 46 14. Sickles 40 16. Brandon 31.5 17. Palmetto Ridge 20 18. Clearwater 18 20. Largo 14 21. Tampa Bay Tech 7 23. Blake 2

Individual results: 200 Medley Relay LWR 1:39.63; 200 Free Samuelson, (FtMy) 1:40.22; 200 IM Leo (BCOL) 1:53.85; 50 Free Walker (Bra) 22.13; Diving Magana (PLMR) 418.65; 100 Fly Leo (BCOL) 52.31; 100 Free Schroeder (Char) 48.48; 500 Free Samuelson (FtMy) 4:27.62; 200 Freestyle Relay LWR 1:30.62; 100 Back Erlenmeyer (LWR) 54.05; 100 Breast Vakil, (Char) 59.58; 400 Free Relay (Ven) 3:14.91;

State swimming: Wesley Chapel freshman crowned champion 11/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, November 9, 2013 11:01pm]
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