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Swaps showcase Sickles' Swanson in pool

TAMPA — If Sickles swimmer Conor Swanson had it his way, he would swim in every event.

"Conor likes to think he can do everything," Gryphons coach Scott Parlett said with a smile Tuesday. "I try to listen to my swimmers."

But before the Gryphons' dual meet with Newsome, which pitted the county's top two boys teams, Swanson proposed switching out of the 200 free relay for the 200 medley relay, and swimming the 100 fly instead of the 200 IM.

The move worked perfectly, as the Gryphons boys won all four events and Swanson placed first in both individual events and both relays he swam as Sickles edged Newsome 95-81.

"It was a meet we had marked down on our calendar," Swanson said.

Parlett talked about some of his top swimmers still looking for races, and the Gryphons got them on Tuesday.

Heading into the 100 breast, the second-to-last event of the meet, the Sickles boys led Newsome by just two points, but Swanson led a 1-2-3 Sickles finish in the event, which included Ryan Keith placing third by improving his personal best by seven seconds.

"I've been teaching him some breaststroke moves," Swanson said. "That was the money maker."

Senior sprinter Gregg Cooks won the 50 free and 100 free and Ryan Poteat won the 200 IM — taking Swanson's spot — and placed second in the 100 back to Newsome's Jason Taylor, who won the 200 free. The Gryphons also proved their depth when Steve Hendrickson improved his 500 free time by 11 seconds with a third-place finish.

"A meet like this is the type of meet that brings up your back-end swimmers that really help you win the meets," Parlett said. "Going into the meet, they have their studs, we have ours. It's not going come down to the first and seconds. It's going to come down to who can get the most third, fourth and fifths."

Meanwhile, the Newsome girls avenged a loss to the Gryphons at the City Relays this year, beating Sickles 109-76. The Wolves girls won the final five events and Sharla Milne won the 200 free and 500 free and swam a leg on the winning 200 free relay and 400 free relay teams.

"They worked hard and they wanted the competition," Newsome coach Chau Clark said. "We're looking at districts in the next couple weeks and we need some fast swims, and Sickles will provide that for us. For the girls, this is bragging rights. … For my girls and my boys, I want them to finish strong."

Swaps showcase Sickles' Swanson in pool 10/07/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 12:11am]
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