Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014

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The Lake Placid Green Dragons' swim team continues to roll.

Both the boys and girls teams won the five team meet in Winter Haven on Sept. 26, which included Santa Fe Catholic, All Saints Academy, Lakeland Christian, and Oasis High School.

Highlighted by performances from Anne Weber-Callahan, Courtney Sapp, Rachel Shattler, Katie Dye, and Robbye Teal, among others, the girls team cruised to a first place finish with an astounding 302 points. The Lady Dragons were the only team to surpass the 300 mark at the meet.

Behind them was ASA (218) in second, followed by Oasis (188) in third, then LCS (153) in fourth, while Santa Fe (101) placed fifth.

"It was a great meet and a great win for the Lake Placid swim team," Dragons coach Tom Creel said. "Congrats to everyone."

Impressive individual performances also came from Kasey Williams and Eden Taylor, who finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke. Williams came in at 1:16.57 while Taylor finished in 1:21.40.

The girls best finishes were in the relays, which included a record-breaking performance from Claire LeBlanc, Dye, Teal, and Weber-Callahan, who captured the 400 freestyle with a time of 4:03.10. Teal, Weber-Callahan, and LeBlanc also swam with Shelby Allcorn to guide the Lady Dragons to a first place finish (1:50.31) in the 200 freestyle relay.

Meanwhile, on the boys side, the Green Dragons edged ASA, 295-292, to capture the boys meet. Lakeland Christian finished third with 242 points, while Oasis was fourth with 72 points, and Santa Fe was fifth with 39 points.

Similar to their female counterparts, the Dragon boys had most of their success in the relay events.

Dalton Lambert, Andrew Brown, Clay Sapp, and Travis Peeples combined their talents to win the medley relay in 1:49.41 to edge ASA's final of 1:50.65. And later in the 200 freestyle relay, the boys sealed the sweep thanks Lambert, Brown, Peeples and Alex Miller's stellar finish of 1:40.20.

Individually, the boys got solid performances out of Isaac McLean and Brandon Skeens, who finished first and second, respectively, in the 50 freestyle with times of 26.27 and 26.88. Other top finishes included Peeples' second place time of 54.53 in the 100 freestyle, Lambert's second place finish in the 100 backstroke at 1:09.28, and Brown setting a new record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.33.

Highlands County Swimmers stand out at short course meet

The Highlands Hurricanes Swim Team (HHST) and Lake Placid Aquatics (LPA) competed in the Winter Haven Stingrays' Get Rowdy and Race Short Course Meet on Sept. 20-22. Thirty teams totaling 603 swimmers, 21 of which were from HHST and LPA, competed in the meet.

A number of swimmers from Avon Park, Lake Placid, Sebring, and the Hardee County area make up HHST, but despite their best efforts, the team finished 15th overall.

There were, however, a handful of strong individual performances.

Sebring's Griffin Chynoweth had five top 10 finishes, with his best times coming in the 200 and 100-yard breaststroke, in which he placed second at 2:40.77 and 1:13.47, respectively. Sophia Kogelschatz, also from Sebring, finished eighth 10th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:59.73.

Lake Placid, meanwhile, got strong performances from Mason Million, Peyton Ming, and Seth Moon. Million's best finish was in the 200 backstroke, where he placed eighth in 2:25.32; Ming had three sixth place finishes, which included a sizzling 1:17.13 finish in the 100 backstroke; while Moon's best event of the day was the 50 breaststroke, which he completed in 40.76.

bhoward@highlandstoday.com

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