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Gladiator depth adds up to historic sweep

Gibbs' team made history last week.

Wednesday, the Gladiators swept a dual meet for the first time in 20 years. The boys beat Tarpon Springs 74-64, while the girls edged the Spongers 93-88.

"We knew it had been a long time we just didn't know it had been that long," Gibbs coach Matt Hess said.

Hess had a scare late when his fastest girls 400 free relay disqualified on the start, but Tarpon evened it out when its fastest relay team jumped too soon.

The boys, Hess said, just needed to swim the last relay cleanly. They did.

"Tarpon won almost all of the events," Hess said. "But we won on depth."

Heather Weil (500 free), Somer Perez (100 back) and Ann Smith (200 free) were individual winners for the girls, while Michael Allen took first in boys diving.

Hess also credited Erick McBroom, Michael Rivas, Betsey Hansen, Laurie Fish, Kelly Garren and Audri Tirabassi with solid performances.

The Gladiator boys have won three dual meets this year; the girls have won five.

SOUTH COUNTY SHOWDOWN: Technically, St. Petersburg is supposed to have the home-pool advantage against Northeast tonight.

It's the Green Devils' home meet; they're listed as the home team. Only problem is, the Vikings' pool doubles for the Green Devils.

No problem, though _ that just means more people for a rematch of the top two at Saturday's St. Petersburg City Meet.

While St. Petersburg won the boys competition and Northeast took the girls this weekend, the Green Devils kept their south county crown by winning in the overall standings.

Who to watch?

For the girls, Northeast's Heather Skaggs has been a freshman phenom. Skaggs posted the fastest time of the year Saturday in the 100 butterfly (54.46). She also holds the fastest times in the 50 and 100 free and anchors the Vikings' county-leading 200 free relay team.

For the Green Devils, sophomore Kristen Nardozzi is fresh off City Meet crowns in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, and drives the first leg of the 200 free relay, which holds the second-fastest time in the county.

Mike Moore was a double-winner Saturday, and joins Robby Decker, Jeff Swisher and Mark Sinn on the Green Devils' county leading 200 free and 200 medley relay squads.

Northeast's Teddy Bradley, John Margaritondo and David Baron pose tough matchups, though.

UPDATE: Former Seminole diver Meghan Perry-Eaton recently broke the 11-dive record at her new school, Bloomingdale, during the Western Conference meet two weeks ago. She was second with 493.65 points, behind Emily Spychala of Gaither. She shattered Bloomingdale's old record by 130 points.

Perry-Eaton moved to Brandon to train with her U.S. diving coach, Joe Greenwell, year-round.

Since the sophomore's move, she has broken Bloomingdale's six-dive record three times. Her highest score this year is 315 points.

_ ROBBI PICKERAL

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