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Swimming: Pasco regions preview


Published:   |   Updated: October 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Class 2A-Region 2

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, 4 p.m./Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center, 433 North Mills Avenue, Orlando

NEED TO KNOW: This region consists of the most qualifiers from Pasco County, as swimmers from six different teams will travel to Orlando for a chance to qualify for the Class 2A state finals, which will be held in Stuart. Land O’ Lakes’ girls came away with its fifth consecutive district title and the Gators will be bringing plenty of region qualifiers, including Jocelyn Williams (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), Connor McKay (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke) and Krystin Demsher (100 free, 200 free). Several on the boys side are favorites to move onto states, including the Gators’ Cam Hilgenberg (50 free, 100 breaststroke) and Jordan Wheeler (200 IM, 100 butterfly) and Wesley Chapel’s Caleb Zeleznock (200 free, 100 breaststroke) leading the pack top swimmers from the county.

QUALIFIERS: Boys; Fivay - 200 medley relay, 400 free relay, Patrick Douglas (1 meter diving), William Haas (200 IM, 100 backstroke); Hudson - Jonathan McDowell (100 free); Land O’ Lakes - 200 medley relay, 400 free relay, Jordan Wheeler (200 IM, 100 butterfly), Alex Long (200 IM), Cam Hilgenberg (50 free, 100 breaststroke), Max Pierovich (100 backstroke), Parker Phillips (500 free); Pasco - 200 free relay, Kenneth Graham (50 free, 100 free), William Wilson (500 free, 100 breaststroke), Zachary Balogh (500 free); Wesley Chapel - 200 free relay, 400 free relay, Caleb Zeleznock (200 free, 100 breaststroke). Girls: Fivay - Rachael Bradley (50 freestyle); Hudson - Domineeka Luis (1 meter diving); Land O’ Lakes - 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, Connor McKay (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke), Darienne Ingalls (1 meter diving), Jocelyn Williams (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), Dona McDonald (50 freestyle), Jenny Rafalovich (100 breaststroke), Krystin Demsher (100 free, 200 free), Megan Thai (100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke), Pierce Imperialbobis (500 free, 100 backstroke); Pasco - 400 free relay, Bryce McMenamin (50 freestyle), Emily Gelb (200 IM, 500 free); Wesley Chapel - Abbey Duncan (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly); Zephyrhills - Ashley Morris (1 meter diving).

Class 2A-Region 3

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, 9 a.m./The Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road., Clearwater

NEED TO KNOW: Sunlake’s girls team has confidence and momentum heading into this region meet after winning the program’s first district title, claiming the Class 2A, District 7 crown last Friday. Amongst the Seahawks girls to watch are Carigan Albert (200 IM, 100 butterfly), Courtney Meyer (200 IM, 100 backstroke) and Nicole Koutras (500 free, 100 breaststroke). On the boys side, Ridgewood’s Emir Muratovic is looking stronger as the season nears the state finals, as the senior claimed a district championship in the 50 freestyle. Others to keep an eye on are River Ridge’s Alxeander Marzicola (200 IM, 100 breaststroke) and Sunlake’s Eli Walker (200 IM, 100 breaststroke).

QUALIFIERS: Boys: Ridgewood - 200 free relay, 400 free relay, Donovan Stoll (200 free), Emir Muratovic (50 free) ; River Ridge - 200 free relay, 400 free relay, Daniel McAuliffe (200 free, 500 free), Alexander Marzicola (200 IM, 100 breaststroke); Sunlake - 200 medley relay, 400 free relay, Brennen Van Vliet (100 butterfly), Eli Walker (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), Michael Bryer (100 backstroke). Girls: Gulf - Salliemae Blethroad (100 backstroke) ; Ridgewood - 400 free relay, Rachel Bachand (100 free, 200 free) ; River Ridge - Baylee Lewandowski (100 breaststroke), Montanna Gottman (500 free) ; Sunlake - 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, Amanda Albrecht (500 free), Carigan Albert (200 IM, 100 butterfly), Courtney Meyer (200 IM, 100 backstroke), Katie Haqq (50 free), Kara Wilkins (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke), Nicole Koutras (500 free, 100 breaststroke), Nicole Wilner (200 free).

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Class 1A-Region 3

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, 11 a.m./North Shore Aquatic Center, 901 N Shore Drive Northeast, St. Petersburg

NEED TO KNOW: The 1A-7 meet was dominated by Hillsborough schools Berkeley Prep, Tampa Catholic and Tampa Prep, but a few were able to qualify out of the tough district. Academy at the Lakes’ Dillan Villavisanis won the 100 breaststroke and will be looking to reach states once again. Bishop McLaughlin’s 200 freestyle relay team of Mikey Arato, Gabe Pabon-Kozee, Matt Jones and Casey Bauer placed third at districts and have an outside shot of reaching states.

QUALIFIERS: Boys: Academy at the Lakes - Dillan Villavisanis (100 breaststroke); Bishop McLaughlin - 200 free relay.

Andy Villamarzo

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