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Bulldogs' Switzer gains state

Published October 29, 2004

Forty-four swimmers from four North Suncoast schools were among numerous swimmers and divers to get schooled by Jacksonville Bolles on Thursday in the Class A, Region 1 meet.

Among that contingent, only Zephyrhills diver Glen Switzer is assured of a state berth.

Bolles, which hosted the meet at the Cassidy Aquatic Center, won regional titles in the boys and girls competitions in the first season of the new round approved this summer by the Florida High School Athletic Association.

Bolles has won 16 straight state boys titles (26 overall) and 13 consecutive state girls championships (17 overall).

"I told my kids, "We're just going to let the Bolles kids have their first places so they can keep their scholarships,"' joked Pasco coach Russ Rosenbauer.

At-large bids are expected to be released Saturday and Rosenbauer feels Pasco diver Brandon Grayson, who finished fourth, and his fourth-place 200-yard free relay team of Kris Browning, Lucas Johnson, Orey Clark and Paddy Epperson will qualify for the state meet.

Crystal River and Nature Coast did not fare as well as Zephyrhills with no one from those schools finishing in the top six, which the state meet draws from.

Switzer, a runner-up to Bolles' Lep Adams with 405 points, might be joined by teammate Michael Caselnova, who placed fifth in diving.

Switzer, a junior, qualified for his second state meet. He placed 15th last year.

Two first-year divers from Crystal River narrowly missed qualifying for states. Desiree Metzler and Sara Sisto placed seventh and eighth, respectively, but only the top six were eligible to advance.

"(Crystal River coach Tim Holme is) kind of like me," Zephyrhills coach Brian Vaile said. "We didn't have a whole lot of studs, but we had a lot of depth."

[Last modified October 28, 2004, 23:50:16]


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