Courtesy photo From left, Megan Glisson, Anna Sapp, Shayla Cox, Seth Moon, Griffin Chynoweth and Bud Cox, along with Highlands Hurricanes swim coach Marvin Wolfe, took part in last weekend's T-Bay Invitational in Lakeland among nearly 500 swimmers in the two-day meet.
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published: Friday, July 06, 2012
Swimmers make hay at T-Bay
By DAN HOEHNE
It was a busy weekend and true test as the Highlands Hurricanes and Lake Placid Aquatics joined a 13-team T-Bay Invitational field at the Ed Gandy Pool Complex in Lakeland Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1.
Among the nearly 500 swimmers at the two-day meet, ranging in age from 5 to 19, the Highlands girls placed 10th, with the Lake Placid ladies taking 11th.
The Hurricane boys finished 6th overall, with the male Aquatics placing 7th.
And while there were strong performances all around for the local swimmers, Andrew Brown had a day to behold.
A Lake Placid resident, swimming for the Hurricanes in the 13-14 Boys, Brown swam eight events, winning six and taking second in the other two.
And in so doing, he qualified for the Florida Age Group Championships in seven events and for the Florida Senior Championships in three.
Brown was also, not surprisingly, the overall points leader for his age group.
Fellow Hurricane Griffin Chynoweth, swimming in the 11-12 Boys, had eight top-10 finishes for the weekend, with a high mark of second in the 50-yard Breaststroke.
That placement qualified him for the Florida Age Group Championships in that event.
Brian Miller also did some qualifying, for the Florida Senior Championships, with his fourth-place finish in the 100 Breaststroke, with a time of 1:07.24, in the Senior Boys division.
Miller also took thirds in both the 50- and 100-Free.
Also getting top-10 finishes for the Highlands squad were Bud Cox, three in 8-and-under Boys, Anna Freitas, in the 100-Breaststroke among the 15-18 Girls and Megan Glisson in the 8-under Girls 50-yard Backstroke.
Seth Moon had a 6th and 8th among the 11-12 Boys, Brian Ortiz a sixth in the 50-Free for the 15-18 Boys and Greg Rawlings a sixth in the 15-18 Boys 100 Breaststroke.
Anna Sapp, in the 10-under Girls, had two 9th places, in the 50- and 100-Back, while Annie Weber-Callahan had two sixths and a ninth among the 15-18 Girls.
For the Lake Placid Aquatics team, James Baker had the standout day, getting eight top-10 finishes in the 8-under Boys.
Among those were a 2nd in the 50-Free, a third in the 25-Free and a 4th in the 50-Fly.
In the 6-under Girls, Ashby Edgemon went 6th in the 25-Free and 10th in the 25-Back, while Braden Million went 2nd, 3rd and 6th in the 25 Back, Free and Breaststroke, respectively, in the 6-under Boys.
Two more Million's had top-10s, as Logan took 9th in the 50-Back among the 11-12 Boys and Mason placed 7th in the 200-Back in the 13-14 Boys.
Robbye Teal then took a 9th in the 100-Breaststroke in the 15-18 Girls.
The LPA relay team of Daniel Maulden, Tristan Davis, Braden Million and Tyler Baker placed second in the 8-under Boys 100 freestyle relay with a time of 1:26.67.
The HHST relay team of Andrew Brown, Steven New, Talon Bullard and Brian Ortiz placed second in the Senior Boys 200 yard Freestyle relay with a time of 1:39.81, while Brown, New, Ortiz and Brian Miller won the Senior Boys 200 Medley relay with a time of 1:52.66.
Next on the Highlands Hurricanes schedule will be the Lake Placid Aquatics Invitational swim meet Saturday, July 14 in Lake Placid.
The Florida Age Group Championships, July 19-22, the Florida Senior Championships, July 26-29, and the Area 3/5 Championships, July 27-29, still remain on the summer schedule for the Hurricanes.
For information on joining the Highlands Hurricanes swim team, please contact Coach Marvin Wolfe at 382-9272.
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