Archive for February, 2011
All-Star Invitational Wrap Up
|Girls Group B 1 Meter Awards|
We would like to congratulate all the YCF Divers who competed in this weekend’s All-Star Invite. Despite the freezing temperatures, we had 19 event winners and won the meet by 334 points! Congratulations on a great meet and keep up the good work! Time to get ready for Regional’s!
|Championship Team Awards Overall|
|1||YCFT||YCF Diving Team||665.00|
|2||MDC||Montgomery Dive Club||331.00|
|3||PITT||Pitt Aquatic Club||234.00|
|4||PIND||Pine Crest Diving||127.00|
|5||BDT||Boca Dive Team||65.00|
|6||AUi||Aurajoen Uinti ry||16.00|
|7||WFLA||West Florida Lightning Aquatics||4.00|
By Chris Silveira
There are several state champions roaming the halls of West Orange County high schools this week after area athletes brought home gold medals at the Florida High School Athletic Association 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships at the Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center last Saturday.
Olympia freshman Joey Dowd is looking to start a consecutive state title run, as he won the boys one-meter diving event with a score of 472.9. This is the second year in a row a Titan diver has won the boys event.
“It was a tough competition with all the emotions going around in my head,” said Dowd. “I was seeded first, but anything can happen, and a couple of people can hit a dive here or there. I was up by just half a point going into the final dive, and I hit it down for eight and a half’s and nines, and that sealed it for me. The other competitors didn’t really know what hit them once they saw that, and they did not set down solid enough dives, and I took it away.”
Titan junior Steyn Funk won his first state swim title in the boys 100 yard freestyle with a time of 45.62 and also took home a bronze medal with a third-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle.
“When I hit the wall, it was mainly relief because I’ve been trying to get a first for awhile,” said Funk. “It felt good.”
The Olympia girls team finished in fourth place and was led by junior Riki Bonnema, who finished just 0.03 seconds behind Harper Bruens from Boca Raton in the 50-yard freestyle final. Bonnema picked up two more silver medals as part of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams that also included Maria Bernard, Rebecca Bernard, Liz Bales, and Gabi Gil.
The Dr. Phillips girls team, which finished in third place overall, opened the evening finals session with a dramatic come-from-behind win to capture the gold medal in the 200-yard medley relay. Senior Ellice Mae Sanchez swam the backstroke in the first leg, followed by senior Halie Lacey in the breaststroke, sophomore Angela Algee in the butterfly and freshman Allie Magrino in the freestyle, who touched the wall at 1:48:66 only 11 seconds ahead of another freshman, Laura Toth from Riverview, for the win.