Competition was fierce at the recent East Coast Diving Championships in Moultrie, Ga., but several members of the Brandon Jetstream club turned in exceptional performances on both the springboard and platform.
Chris Colwill, the Jetstream's 8-year-old superstar, led the team with three top-four performances. He competes in the 11-and-under age group on the springboard and in 13-and-under on the high-dive platform.
He placed second on the 3-meter board with 284 points, third on the 1-meter board with 227, and fourth on the platform with 227.
Nicole Gasparino won the silver medal on the 1-meter board for girls 11-and-under with 228 points. She placed fourth on the 3-meter with a score of 264.
Also in 11-and-under girls, Ginger Donel placed third on both the 1-meter with 242 points and on the platform with 227. She also finished fourth on the 3-meter with 255.
Mary Beth Cantalino placed ninth on the platform in the 16-and-under girls division with 190 points. She finished 16th on the 3-meter with 261 points and 19th on the 1-meter with 257.
Mike Ames was the fifth Jetstream member to compete in the East Coast championships. He was 20th on the 1-meter with 226 points and 26th on the 3-meter with 177 in boys 15-and-under competition.
"There was a lot of strong competition in the meet, and for the most part our kids did pretty good," said Jetstream coach Joe Greenwell.
Colwill and Cantalino were selected to compete in the Moss Farms Invitational this Friday through Sunday in Moultrie.
"The Moss Farms meet is very high-profile with some of the best youth divers around competing," said Greenwell. "But I believe both Mary Beth and Chris have a good chance to place high or even win one or more events."
Following the invitational next weekend, the team of more than 15 divers will work on refining skills for the Southeastern Regional meet July 9-11 in Moultrie.
Next is the zonal competition in Fort Lauderdale July 23-25. The divers must qualify in the regionals to compete in the zones. Zone qualifiers go to the nationals, which are scheduled for Aug. 4-8 in Pasadena, Calif.
"I feel we have at least two divers who will qualify for the nationals," said Greenwell. "I am confident enough to make plane reservations already. Of course, you have to make them early in order to get a good rate."
YMCA sports camps: Sports camps for youngsters have been scheduled throughout the summer by officials at the Brandon Family YMCA.
A multiple sports activity will run weekly through August with a morning and afternoon session. Each session will cost $38 for facility members and $48 for program members.
Specific sports camps include snorkeling from 6-7 p.m. June 14-18 and again from Aug. 2-6. This is for ages 6-17.
Softball is from 3-6 p.m. June 21-25 for ages 12-18 and racquetball is from 10 a.m. to noon July 5-9 for ages 6-15. Basketball is scheduled for 9-10 a.m. for ages 3-5 and again from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 6-12 July 19-23.
Volleyball is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. July 5-9 for ages 7-12, and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages 12-17 July 19-23.
Soccer is from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 2-6 for ages 6-12, and wrestling is from 8-10 a.m. for ages 6-9 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 10-17 Aug. 9-13.
For costs and other information, call 685-5402.
Free tennis lessons: Free doubles clinics are being offered every Wednesday throughout the summer starting at 10:15 a.m. at the Buckhorn Springs Golf and Country Club.
Pete Stecher, Buckhorn tennis pro, will coach the sessions, emphasizing doubles strategy first, but encouraging fun.
Each Wednesday at 1:30, he will offer an hour of adult beginner lessons free to club members and for $6 to non-members.
For information, call Stecher at 689-8042.
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