The Citrus boys and Lecanto girls use different methods to take championships at their county meet.
By RICHARD BURTON
Published October 9, 2005
CRYSTAL RIVER - The Citrus boys and Lecanto girls took different paths on Saturday in continuing their unbeaten seasons and earning Citrus County Activities Association team championships.
The Hurricanes won only one event but had enough depth to pull through. On the girls' side, the Panthers took nine of 12 events.
Pablo Picado's first-place finish in the 50 freestyle was the top effort for Citrus, which totaled 322 points, 13 better than Lecanto.
"It had to do with their abilities," Hurricanes coach LeeAnn Pepe said. "We had two swimmers out and I am just as pleased as I could be with what they did."
Lecanto's girls got two first-place finishes from Chelsea Peterson and Taylor Cooke on their way 365 points, 48 better than Crystal River.
"It was an excellent meet," Panthers coach Tracee Adams said. "Everyone dropped their times."
Peterson's time of 1:00.36 in the 100 free broke the CCAA record. Other girls breaking records were Crystal River's Marlina Savage in the 100 butterfly (1:13.71) and Lecanto's Elizabeth Lyons in the 100 breaststroke (1:25.99).
Lecanto's Lou Tamposi, David Rundio and Kyle Roberts won two events each to help their team to second place.
Tamposi (1:03.97) broke the meet record in the 100 fly. Teammate Garret LeMon broke the diving record with 208.70 points.
The Crystal River boys got a first-place finish from Julian Palhof. The Pirates' Sarah Wygle took the girls diving title.
"I was real pleased with our effort," Pirates coach Tas Pepito said. "The kids are right where I want them to be heading into districts."
Citrus' lone girls event win was by Amie Osterhout in the 200 IM. Lecanto's Veronica Adams won the 100 backstroke.