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AHN girls, Jesuit boys in state meet


For Academy of Holy Names and Jesuit, Saturday was unusual yet satisfying.

The Jaguars girls and Tigers boys teams defended their district titles and didn't have to ruin their evenings.

Day-long rains forced cancellation of the night finals at North Shore Pool, meaning preliminary results were used to determine team champions and state meet berths, awarded to the top three finishers in each race.

Jesuit qualified all three of its boys relays for next week's state meet in Fort Lauderdale and had swimmers finish in the top six of every event. The AHN girls also advanced all of their relays, and Tara Hyer won Thursday's diving.

Tampa Prep senior Chris Colwill won the boys diving and will try for a fourth state title at the Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex. Teammate Chelsea Nauta, an eighth-grader, won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Berkeley Prep and Tampa Prep had steady efforts, finishing 2-3 on the girls side and the opposite in the boys standings. Buccaneers junior Andy Helvenston won the 50-yard free and took second in the 100 back.

"Under the conditions, the kids did a good job," Berkeley coach Kevin Rosepapa said. "I thought we all swam pretty well, it's just hard to say because the weather was so bad."



Jenkins girls pull upset

LAKELAND _ The George Jenkins girls were drenched by rain on a cold and miserable Saturday. They also were the surprise winners of the district meet at Ed Gandy Pool.

"I'm shocked," said Jenkins coach Terri Walker, whose girls edged favorite Lake Region 393-383 in the 12-team meet. "I still can't believe it."

Lake Region won the boys title for the third straight year with 412 points. Bartow was second with 298.

Among area teams, the Zephyrhills boys and girls were the top finishers as both ended up fourth. The Bulldogs boys scored 213 and the girls 248. Among boys teams, Armwood was fifth, Brandon eighth and East Bay 11th. In the girls meet, Brandon was sixth, Armwood seventh and East Bay 11th.

Lake Region led the way with 11 qualifiers, six boys and five girls. The Thunder also will have three girls relay teams and a pair of boys relay teams at the state meet in Fort Lauderdale next week.

The George Jenkins girls won only two individual events, both by sophomore Jennifer Illescas, who took the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 53.37 seconds, and the 500 free in 5:05.60.

Lake Region's boys were led by Alex Kennon and Bryce Herrington, who had six first-place ribbons between them.

Kennon won the 200 and 500 free events. Herrington took the 100 free and 100 backstroke. They also swam on winning relay teams.

Bartow's Justin Lucius won the 50 free and James Jordan won the 100 breast.

Of the 12 teams in the boys competition, eight had qualifiers for the state meet.

Jenkins' boys finished second in the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay, and had Steve Lander advance in the backstroke.

"That's a lot better than our boys did last year," Walker said. "Last year we didn't have any."



Northeast sweeps meet

TAMPA _ Led by sophomore Brenno Varanda in the boys meet and by excellent depth in the girls meet, Northeast captured both championships at Bobby Hicks Pool Friday night.

Varanda won the 200-yard intermediate medley in 2:01.28, and also swam on the victorious 200- and 400-yard medley relay teams. Chris John, Bobby Angel and John Sadler swept the 100-yard backstroke as Northeast won the district meet for the second consecutive year.

Host Plant finished a distant second among the 13 teams, 66 points back.

Northeast's girls used three top-10 finishes in diving to edge Plant by 16 points.

Plant senior Christine Anseeuw, the defending state champion in the 200 freestyle, won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.59 and the 100 free in 53.51. Anseeuw also was part of the victorious 200-free relay with Sarah Allen, Erica Smith and Alana Brasier.

Osceola's Alex Tilbrook defended his diving title and teammate Lauren Permuy won her first.