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Brothers capture 11 first-places

Matt and Jamie Wolczynski have learned to listen carefully to their swimming coach, Jim Tynan.

He has helped the brothers establish themselves as two of the best in the area in their respective age groups.

That was made more apparent this past weekend at the West Florida Lightning Open at Southwest Pool, where the Clearwater Aquatics swimmers captured 11 first-place titles between them.

Jamie, 10, was the high-point winner in the 10-and-under boys division, winning eight firsts and recording two national top-16 times. Matt, 12, took home three championships and two national top-16 times.

"Both have excelled really well," said Tynan, in his second season as CAT coach. "Ninety percent of swimming is having the confidence and firm belief you can accomplish anything you want. Both have worked very hard and have applied themselves."

That was harder for Matt, however.

While Jamie was and is a "natural" swimmer, Matt struggled with self-doubt, commitment and physical problems that hampered his desire.

He had a tumor growing in his ear and had three operations to remove it, the last one last October. He was at the bottom of his age group and hadn't qualified for the Junior Olympics in any event.

He was about ready to quit when he had a talk with his coach.

"That talk we had was a big help. I was down on myself and frustrated with swimming," said Matt. "Then my coach just pulled me aside and told me I had the potential."

Soon, Matt started swimming better as his health improved. He became stronger and faster and was winning events in his age group (11-12) as consistently as his younger brother was.

"I just told Matt he had to get down and do the work and focus on his strengths," Tynan said. "Basically, he put his faith in me and did it my way."

That way has been good enough for each brother to dominate many events (short-course and long) at recent meets.

At the Lightning Invitational, Jamie had firsts in the 50-meter freestyle (31.82), 100 free (1:07.97), 200 free (2:23.78), 400 free (4:58.27), 50 backstroke (39.83), 100 back (1:22.07), 100 breaststroke (1:37.09), and 200 individual medley (2:51.98). Matt placed first in the 100 free (1:03.58), 200 free (2:13.87), and 400 free (4:31.87).

"Once you get confidence in yourself and you begin to focus on your strengths, that carries you a long way," Tynan said. "The two have shown a lot of potential to be great swimmers."

Other local winners: Ashley Messmore (CAT), 50 free, 50 back, 50 fly, 50 breast; Cari Carpenter (CAT), 50 free (33.54), 100 free (1:10.84), 200 free (2:35.60), 400 free (5:21.84), 100 fly (1:17.53), 200 IM (2:57.45); Cara Ewing (WFLA), 50 breast (43.21), 100 breast (1:35.70); Katie Scott (WFLA), 200 free (2:19.40); Jessica Reed (CAT), 50 breast (39.16), 100 breast (1:26.43); Kim Enright (CAT), 200 free (2:16.90), 100 fly (1:08.21), 200 fly, (2:29.92), 400 IM (5:30.12); Heather Maynard (WFLA), 1,500 free (18:43.62), 400 free (4:46.28); Christy Jenkins (CAT), 100 breast (1:18.96), 200 breast (2:52.86); Laura Mateka (CAT), 200 IM (2:36.48); Heather Sweeney (CAT), 200 breast (2:54.43), 200 IM (2:31.17), 400 IM (5:18.17); David McManic (CAT), 50 free (37.22), 50 back (42.98), 50 fly (43.09), 50 breast (51.62); Bret Schrayer (CAT), 50 fly (36.18); Keith McGee (CAT), 100 fly (1:18.86); Chad Schrayer (CAT), 50 free (30.16), 100 fly (1:10.98), 200 IM (2:42.50), 50 back (35.67), 100 back (1:13.77); John Karlson (CAT), 100 breast (1:23.64); Will LeBas (CAT), 200 back (2:27.41), 400 IM (5:18.19), 400 free (4:37.68); Andrew Gessert (CAT), 200 free (2:13.79), 100 fly (1:07.03), 100 back (1:09.05); Jason Gillespie (WFLA), 100 breast (1:19.57), 200 breast (2:49.95); Scott Tucker (WFLA), 50 free (25.26), 100 free (54.08), 200 free (1:58.71), 400 free (4:13.28), 200 back (2:12.34), 200 IM (2:15.56).

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