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Swimming: Pasco state preview

Published:   |   Updated: November 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Class 2A

WHEN: Saturday, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, 931 S.E. Ruhnke St., Stuart

NEED TO KNOW: The Land O’ Lakes’ girls team has an opportunity to bring home a state title, with many swimmers and relay teams qualifying for the state meet. Among those on the Class 2A-Region 2 championship team are Pierce Imperialbobis, Megan Thai, Jocelyn Williams, Krystin Demsher, Darienne Ingalls and Connor McKay. Notables who could bring home individual state titles are Sunlake freshman Kara Wilkins, who will be the favorite going into the 100 butterfly, and Wesley Chapel freshman Abbey Duncan, who won a region crown in the 200 freestyle. ... On the boys side, Land O’ Lakes senior Cameron Hilgenberg faces his last shot at bringing home a state title in the 50 freestyle after winning a region crown in the same event. Ridgewood’s Emir Muratovic placed second in the Class 2A, Region 3 meet and will be one to watch. Other qualifiers include Fivay’s William Haas, Land O’ Lakes’ Jordan Wheeler, Sunlake’s Eli Walker and Wesley Chapel’s Caleb Zeleznock.

QUALIFIERS: Boys – Fivay: William Haas (100 backstroke); Land O’ Lakes: 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay, Cameron Hilgenberg (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke), Jordan Wheeler (200 IM, 100 butterfly), Parker Phillips (500 freestyle); Ridgewood: Emir Muratovic (50 freestyle); Sunlake: 200 medley relay, Eli Walker (100 breaststroke); Wesley Chapel: Caleb Zeleznock (200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke). Girls – Hudson: Domineeka Luis (1 meter diving); Land O’ Lakes: 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, Jocelyn Williams (100 breaststroke), Krystin Demsher (200 freestyle, 100 freestyle), Darienne Ingalls (1 meter diving); Sunlake: 400 freestyle relay, Kara Wilkins (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke); Wesley Chapel: Abbey Duncan (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly); Zephyhills: Ashley Morris (1 meter diving).

Class 1A

WHEN: Friday, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, 931 S.E. Ruhnke St., Stuart

NEED TO KNOW: Only one qualifier from Pasco County made the Class 1A state finals: Academy at the Lakes’ Dillan Villavisanis. Villavisanis placed third at the Class 1A, Region 3 meet with a 1:02.32 and should have an outside shot of placing on the podium. Look for Berkeley Prep and Tampa Prep to make runs at state team titles.

QUALIFIERS: Boys - Academy at the Lakes: Dillan Villavisanis (100 breaststroke).