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Individual swimmers qualify for state

Although only one local squad was able to place higher than fifth in team competition during the district swimming and diving meets Oct. 22-23, several individuals placed to advance to this week's state meet.

In team scores, Bloomingdale's boys placed the highest, finishing third at the Class 3A, District 4 meet. Durant's boys placed eighth while Riverview was 12th. In the 3A-4 girls meet, Durant placed fifth, followed by Bloomingdale (eighth) and Riverview (ninth).

Matt Brody led the way for Bloomingdale, placing second in both the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle races. He also was part of the Bulls' 400-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay teams that also featured Matt Smith, Thomas Applebee, Daniel Nolan, Josh Rollins and Chris Ottersbach.

Among the girls, the Durant threesome of Brittany Fabry, Lindsey Overman and Alana Shawah each advanced to the state meet. Fabry placed third in the 500-yard freestyle while Overman was second in the 100-yard butterfly, followed by Shawah at third. Overman also placed third in the 100-yard backstroke, and all three swam on the 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay teams with freshman Chelsea Santilli.

Riverview's Laura Riccardo placed third in the 50-yard freestyle event.

MORE SWIMMING: In the Class 2A, District 7 meet, Armwood's boys placed fifth while Brandon was seventh and East Bay finished 10th. In the girls meet, Brandon was sixth, followed by Armwood (seventh) and East Bay (10th).

MaShay Reynolds led the East Bay girls, placing in two events. Reynolds was third in the 200-yard IM and second in the 100-yard backstroke. Meanwhile, Brandon's Amanda Steele was third in the 100-yard fly and second in the 500-yard freestyle. Teammate Jaime Dickerson finished third in the 100-yard freestyle.

Armwood divers Aleksandr Volovetski and Artur Estam were outstanding, taking first and second places in the boys' event. The Hawks' 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay team of James Bell, Terry Alloway, Matt Edwards and Jonathan Welty placed second in both events. Welty also qualified as an individual in the 100-yard backstroke after placing third. And Brandon's John-Peter Dolphin also advanced, placing second in the 500-yard freestyle race.

The state meet is this weekend in Sebastian.

CROSS COUNTRY: The Riverview and Bloomingdale boys both had runners in the top 20 during the Class 4A, District 3 meet Oct. 23 at Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton. Riverview's Matt Sprigg led all local runners, placing eighth. Teammates Stephen Wilson placed 15th and Devin Culclasure was 20th overall. Bloomingdale was led by Alex Regar, who placed 10th and Kyle Koontz, who was 17th. In the girls 3A-4 race, Bloomingdale's Jaclyn Johnson was ninth while Riverview's Christina Woytalewicz placed 14th.

In the Class 3A, District 4 girls' meet Oct. 22 at the Ed Radice Complex, East Bay's Paige Williams ran to a second-place finish, just 17 seconds behind winner Laura Bowerman of King. Other top 20 local finishers included Cheryl McBride (13th) of Armwood and Mayda Cosme (14th) of Tampa Bay Tech.

For the boys, Armwood's Ryan Courtoy and Dan Grajeda ran to ninth- and tenth-place finishes, respectively, at 17:02 and 17:05. Also placing in the top 20 was Brandon's Orssie Bumpus, who was 15th at 17:21.

BOYS GOLF: Durant won the Class 2A, District 6 tournament Oct. 27 at Summerfield Golf Club in Riverview. Led by Swedish exchange student Ulf Andersson's 1-under-par 70, the Cougars return to regionals for the second straight season.

Andersson, who was the individual medalist (first place) punctuated his day with birdies on the par 4 16th hole and the par 5 18th hole. Also playing well for Durant was Kyle Hughes (74), Matthew Galloway (75) and Ryan Miller (77).

Newsome, meanwhile, earned a trip to the regionals in its first season by placing second in the Class A, District 10 tournament Oct. 27 at Harder Hall Golf Club in Sebring. Bobby Dyer tied for fourth by shooting an even par 72, helping the first-year Wolves tally a 301 team score. The Wolves, who were 18 strokes behind first place Sebring, return to Harder Hall Tuesdayfor the region tournament.