1. Archive

Nauta follows sister's tough title act

A night after her sister earned two medals, Tampa Prep freshman Chelsea Nauta duplicated that feat in Saturday's Class A championships at the North County Aquatic Complex.

Nauta won the 100-yard freestyle and was a runner-up in the 200 free. Her sister, junior Brittany Nauta of Palm Harbor University, won the 100 backstroke and took second in the 100 free in Friday's 3A meet.

"It was nice for them. Now they both have their championships," said Rich Rogers, who coaches the sisters on the Tampa Bay Aquatics club team.

After an emotional embrace, the teary-eyed sisters spoke of sharing their accomplishments.

"It's so rewarding for all the hard work we put in together," Chelsea said. "It does kind of get competitive sometimes. I'm so proud of her and everything she's done."

Added Brittany, "We get into it. We encourage each other. I love to see her win."

Jacksonville Bolles continued its dominance. Bolles' boys won their 16th straight title while the girls team won its 13th consecutive championship.

Among county schools, Jesuit's boys placed sixth and Academy of Holy Names' girls were seventh.

That marked Jesuit's highest finish since a fifth in the 1999 A meet. The Tigers placed third in 2A in 1998.

Tommy Wyher, a Jesuit freshman, won the 100 back before anchoring the third-place 400 free relay team that included Stephen Sheridan, James Goodwin and Kevin Hug.

"It meant a lot, because everyone else (in the 100 back championship race) was in the 11th or 12th grade," Wyher said. "It felt good taking it away from a junior or senior."

"It's a great way to go out," Hug said. "I couldn't ask for more for my last year."

The county's other medalists were Holy Names' Tara Hyer, the runner-up in girls diving, and Berkeley Prep's Andy Helvenston, who took third in the 50 free.

In other individual races, Holy Names' Kelly Hug placed sixth in the 100 butterfly and Wyher seventh in the 100 fly.

In the relays, the Holy Names team of Kelly Hug, Elisa Pineda, Stephanie DeRito and Elizabeth Dowdle placed fourth in the 200 medley.