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Swimming: Palm Harbor University boys, girls combine to surpass 1,000 points for first time at Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet

Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet

At Long Center


Team scores

Palm Harbor University 494, East Lake 282, Countryside 267, Osceola 264, Seminole 220, Northeast 176, Tarpon Springs 145, Clearwater 110, St. Petersburg 101, Lakewood 69, Dunedin 50, Boca Ciega 41, Largo 39, Gibbs 26, Pinellas Park 8.


200 medley relay - Palm Harbor University (Bauer, Freeman, Perrotti, McIntosh) 1:53.80, East Lake (Pickrem, Smith, McMeekin, Peterson) 1:54.79, Osceola (Wittman, Koda, Wiser, Slockett) 1:58.38; 200 free - Turek (PHU) 1:52.94, Wittman (Osc) 1:55.67, Mayer (PHU) 1:56.12; 200 IM - Pickrem (EL) 2:05.00, Buckley (TS) 2:07.10, Finke (Cs) 2:10.25; 50 free - Hall (Cs) 24.91, Freeman (PHU) 25.01, Smith (EL) 25.31; 100 fly - Perrotti (PHU) 59.66, Veheyheweyhen (TS) 59.96, Gorman (Sem) 1:00.47; 100 free - Buckley (TS) 52.03, Turek (PHU) 53.84, Freeman (PHU) 54.75; 500 free - S. Finke (Cs) 4:58.97, A. Finke (Cs) 5:01.41, Wittman (Osc) 5:05.27; Diving - Gonzalez (EL) 460.15, Dawson (Sem) 406.50, Tarr (PHU) 362.15; 200 free relay - East Lake (Peterson, Jacobs, Pickrem, Smith) 1:42.27, Palm Harbor U (Freeman, McIntosh, Hubbard, Turek) 1:42.37, Countryside (S. Finke, Smythe, Finke, Hall) 1:43.29; 100 back - Marckese (SP) 59.77, Perrotti (PHU) 1:00.45, King (PHU) 1:02.18; 100 breast - Pickrem (EL) 1:04.99, Hall (Cs) 1:09.27, Roper (Sem) 1:10.73; 400 free relay - Palm Harbor University (Freeman, Kovac, Mayer, Turek) 3:40.62, Countryside (S. Finke, Smythe, Finke, Hall) 3:43.40, Seminole (Gorman, Miller, Russo, Roper) 3:45.57.


Team scores

Palm Harbor University 510, Clearwater 258, East Lake 241, Countryside 233, Seminole 195, Osceola 179, Northeast 170, St. Petersburg 139, Lakewood 74, Tarpon Springs 53, Dunedin 44, Pinellas Park 40, Largo 36, Gibbs 34, Boca Ciega 24.


200 medley relay - Palm Harbor U (McRae, Morgan, Perrotti, Williams) 1:35.76, Clearwater (Alexiou, Buck, Hughes, Holtz) 1:42.74, East Lake (Hausman, Smith, Holdsworth, Pickrem) 1:43.47; 200 free - Alexiou (Clw) 1:39.09, Metka (Sem) 1:44.03, Peters (Cs) 1:46.05; 200 IM - Morgan (PHU) 1:53.25, Buck (Clw) 1:55.12, Willsey (Cs) 2:00.99; 50 free - Williams (PHU) 21.25, Holtz (Clw) 22.44, VanHuyssteen (PHU) 22.73; 100 fly - Perrotti (PHU) 52.07, Krastev (Ne) 53.21, Barragan (PHU) 54.29; 100 free - Alexiou (Clw) 45.99, McRae (PHU) 46.19, Williams (PHU) 47.71; 500 free - Uselis (PHU) 4:40.14, Bryant (Osc) 4:40.96, Sanders (PHU) 4:57.77; Diving - Yoder (Clw) 393.35, Burns (EL) 383.25, Berendt (Cs) 342.50; 200 free relay - Palm Harbor U (VanHuyssteen, Perrotti, Morgan, Williams) 1:28.14, Countryside (Peters, Kelly, Lush, Willsey) 1:29.18, Northeast (Krastev, Hessler, Williams, Santoyo) 1:34.06; 100 back - Krastev (Ne) 53.02, McRae (PHU) 53.14, Perrotti (PHU) 54.18; 100 breast - Morgan (PHU) 58.46, Metka (Sem) 59.71, Buck (Clw) 1:00.42; 400 free relay - Palm Harbor U (VanHuyssteen, Barragan, Uselis, McRae) 3:12.52, Clearwater (Holtz, Buck, Hughes, Alexiou) 3:16.33, Countryside (Peters, Lush, Lombardo, Willsey) 3:17.20.

CLEARWATER — Heading into Saturday's Pinellas County Athletic Conference swim meet at the Long Center, Palm Harbor University had more depth than anyone and was poised to win its ninth consecutive boys and third consecutive girls team title.

Still, Hurricanes coach Lisa Bitting wanted to keep her swimmers motivated. So she challenged her teams to win each title by more than 100 points.

The Hurricanes exceeded those expectations. In the most dominant performance ever by a program at the county meet, PHU swept both titles, scoring a combined 1,004 points. It is the first time a school has scored more than 1,000 combined. The Hurricanes won the girls title with 494 points, beating East Lake by 212. PHU's boys scored 510, beating Clearwater by 252.

"In all my years of coaching I've never seen anything like this," Bitting said. "It was far more than anything I could have imagined."

As expected, the Hurricanes' boys swam laps around the competition. PHU set meet records in three individual events and two relays.

David Morgan set a record in the 200 individual medley, winning in 1 minute, 53.25 seconds, shaving more than two seconds off the previous mark. Morgan also set a record in the 100 breast in 58.46 seconds, beating the old mark by 0.29 seconds.

"Of course, I wanted to break records, but that wasn't my goal coming in here," Morgan said. "I just wanted to swim my best."

Morgan's teammate, Jason Williams, won the 50 free in a record 21.25, bettering the previous mark by 0.03 seconds.

"It was really just a race with myself," Williams said. "I felt pretty good about (the record) because I was able to do it without the full body suit."

Morgan and Williams teamed with Ryan McRae and Zach Perrotti to win the 200 medley relay in 1:35.76, beating the previous mark by nearly three seconds. Williams, Morgan and Perrotti teamed with Shaun VanHuysteen to win the 200 free relay in a record 1:28.14.

Clearwater's Nick Alexiou set a meet record in the 200 free, winning in 1:39.09.

Youth was served in the girls meet as freshmen won five of eight individual events. East Lake freshman Sydney Pickrem won two individual events, the 100 breast (1:04.99) and 200 individual medley (2:05) and teamed with Raina Peterson, Emily Jacobs and Annika Smith to win the 200 free relay in 1:42.27.

Swimming: Palm Harbor University boys, girls combine to surpass 1,000 points for first time at Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet 09/24/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 24, 2011 10:55pm]
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