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Hurricanes sweep boys, girls titles

PHU tops Seminole in battle for berths at next week's state championship.

C.J. RISAK
Published October 31, 2004

SARASOTA - For Palm Harbor University's swim teams, another round added to the postseason only meant another trophy to collect.

The Hurricanes swept the boys and girls titles at the Class 3A, Region 2 championships at the Selby Aquatics Center.

In both meets PHU edged Seminole, its main rival all season. the 'Canes girls scored 107 points to Seminole's 74; the PHU boys, edged twice this season by the Warhawks, got the upper hand this time 90-84.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah," PHU coach Lisa Bitting said. "I was real pleased. We've always been going on depth this season. Next week will be very, very interesting," she said of the state meet.

Only regional champions clinched a trip to the state meet. The rest of the state field will be determined by the 12 next fastest times recorded at all four regionals in each event.

Caitlin Warner qualified in the 200 and 400 freestyle for the 'Canes and Jie Deng made it in the 100-yard breaststroke. PHU also won the 400 free and 200 medley relays.

The Seminole girls won the 200 free relay. But Seminole coach Tom Haight expected all six of his relay teams, both boys and girls, to qualify for state.

"We had a so-so morning but I thought we came back tonight real strong," Haight said.

In the boys meet Seminole's Jon Proctor in the 100 butterfly and Andrew Blazuk in the 100 backstroke won titles.

Brenno Veranda of Northeast won the 200 individual medley and 100 breast.

The Seminole boys also won the 200 medley relay.

Class A

SARASOTA - In the Region 3 meet, Jesuit came away with the boys team title with 137 points. Northside Christian, which dominated the district meet in Largo Oct. 23, tied with Shorecrest for fifth place with 49 points.

Tampa Prep's boys were second with 80 points, followed by Sarasota Christian (57) and Berkeley Prep (55).

For the girls, Tampa Prep won with 104 points, followed by Academy of the Holy Names with 96. Admiral Farragut was third with 69. District champion Northside Christian tied for seventh with 23 points.

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