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Vikings sweep to another title in city meet

Freshman Evelyn Finklea won two individual events and Northeast's boys finished 1-2-3 in the diving competition Saturday, leading the host Vikings to their second consecutive sweep of the City Swim Championships. The Northeast girls, led by Finklea and Beth Cohen _ their other individual-event winner _ outdistanced St. Petersburg 461-400 for their third straight title. The Vikings boys, behind divers David West (first), Lamont Pelaez (second) and Threw Nguyen (third), scored 434 points to win their second consecutive title.

"We swam great, but it really was a lot harder this year," said Northeast coach Bill Burrows. "All the county teams are better and we're not as deep as we've been. It was pretty tight midway through. We just picked it up toward the end."

Lakewood's girls (278 points) finished third, followed by Boca Ciega (255) and Shorecrest (251). The Spartans' boys (292 points) were second, Boca Ciega (291) was third and Dixie Hollins (268) finished a school-record fourth.

Finklea, one of three two-event winners at the meet, took firsts in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races, and swam on the Vikings' victorious 400-free relay team. Cohen, a junior, won the 100-yard butterfly and was second in the 200-yard individual medley.

Shorecrest's David Schlesinger finished first in the 200 IM and the 100-yard backstroke. His time in the medley _ 2 minutes, 3.28 seconds _ was the second-fastest recorded in Pinellas this season.

St. Petersburg's Kelly Chase also won twice, winning the girls 50- and 100-yard free titles.