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Lecanto, Crystal River home in on Bicentennial

© St. Petersburg Times
published September 24, 2002

Though Lecanto is listed as the visitor in today's meet against Crystal River, there will not be much of an advantage for either team.

But the host Pirates will try to keep Lecanto from feeling too much at home at Bicentennial pool, where both squads practice and compete.

Crystal River coach Tim Holme has led his boys and girls to victories over the Panthers in recent years.

"We should do well (today)," Holme said. "Until you get in the water, you never know."

The Pirates performed well against Springstead on Thursday, recording 17 personal bests.

The boys won 117-39 behind victories from Ash Preston (100 backstroke), Eric Alford (100 breaststroke), Andy Lanier (500 freestyle), Matt Warfel (100 butterfly), Nick Manzoli (50 free) and Aaron Washington (200 free). In relays, the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 free teams took top honors.

The Crystal River girls lost 92-78 despite Chelsea Newberry's 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle wins. Allison Rockefeller finished second in the 500 free and 100 butterfly, knocking 1.99 seconds off her time in the latter event.

REGROUPING: Lecanto boys coach Paul Brundage said his squad is improving but might not be at Crystal River's level.

"I feel we need to take a realistic view," Brundage said. "We're still building but expect to be competitive and have some good races."

The Lecanto boys and girls teams are coming off losses to Ocala Forest.

Against the defending district champion, Scott Jackson managed a victory in the 50 freestyle, 26.43 seconds. For the girls, Jessica Charette finished first in the 200 free and helped her 200 freestyle relay squad to victory along with Adrienne Holland, Autumn Siegel and Cassandra Zamboli.

HURRICANE SIGHTING: The Hurricanes will get their first action in a week and a half when they swim today against Hernando, also a Class 2A, District 4 school.

Citrus girls coach Frank Bachteler said Kristen Pepe, Vicki Oehm and Kellie Thompson have performed especially well in practice.

"We've just worked on conditioning, a little bit of technique as far as turns and relay take-offs," Bachteler said. "In the past, we've done well. But last year Hernando won, which should give us incentive."

The Citrus boys have been led by Ian Gaffney, Kevin Larkin and Charles Osterhout.

Citrus and Lecanto met earlier this season, with the 'Canes taking a 99-64 boys win and 108-61 girls victory. Citrus will play host to Crystal River on Oct. 3.

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