Most area swimmers were pleased with their performances and optimistic of returning.
By EMILY NIPPS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 24, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE -- The chilly 58-degree air didn't bother Land O'Lakes freshman Margie Chamberlin, but it caused her goggles to fog on the left side after jumping in the heated pool.
It was no wonder she didn't see a swimmer creeping up in the lane to her left as she focused on beating the swimmer to her right in the 100-yard butterfly. She placed third (58.04) in the Class 2A final behind both of them, but it was a finish she was proud of.
"I was just trying get first place, but I still have another three years," Chamberlin said.
Gulf junior Jessica Lampkin had the same attitude about her fourth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, a race in which the top five swimmers were within a half-second of each other.
"As long as I do my best, I'm happy with that," Lampkin said. "I'm very, very proud of myself. I've improved my times every year ... Next year, it is on."
Lampkin also placed eighth in the 100-yard backstroke and helped out her relay teams with India Surlis, Emily Vlahakis and Kimberly Murphy. They placed seventh in the 200-yard medley and the 400-yard freestyle.
Hudson senior Joe Hroma was disappointed with his seventh-place finish in the 100-yard individual medley and was emotional after his sixth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.
"I just thought I could have gotten first place after my time this morning (in the butterfly)," he said. "I guess my expectations were a little high."
Ridgewood's Joy Taylor finished seventh in the 500 freestyle in 5:08.02. In the 1-meter dive, Hernando senior Jessica Lufsey came in 13th place and Land O'Lakes junior Kaci Ressler finished 17th. Gulf sophomore Taylor Mountain placed 26th.
Forth Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas won both the boys and girls team championships. The Gulf girls tied Northeast for 14th place (59 points), and the Hudson boys placed 23rd (25).