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Jami Glowatsky rose through the ranks in gymnastics, achieving Level 9 status (10 being the highest). But after eight years she decided to try twisting above water rather than over a mat.
Turns out, she's equally adept at diving.
The River Ridge sophomore and first-year diver placed third in that event Friday. That helped the Royal Knights to a county-best fifth-place finish in the Class 2A, Region 2 meet at Indian River Community College.
Land O'Lakes had the county's highest finish, fourth, in the boys competition.
For Glowatsky, it marked the first time she did not win a competition in diving. She went unbeaten in eight regular-season meets before winning Sunshine Athletic Conference and 2A-District 5 titles, scoring a personal-best 429.30 in the district meet.
"She's done outstanding for a beginner," River Ridge coach Pat Leonard said.
Other top finishes for the River Ridge girls included Stephanie Green's fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and fifth in the 100 free. Teammate Emily Fregger was sixth in the 100 back.
Two River Ridge relay teams also made the top eight. The 400 free foursome of Fregger, Alicia Montoya, Samantha North and Green placed fifth. That same group was seventh in the 200 medley.
One place ahead of River Ridge in the 200 medley relay was Wesley Chapel. That group included Alicia Thompson, Alyssa Bobo, Shelby Oliver and Misty Webster, each of whom helped the Wildcats win a district title last week. Thompson also took fourth in the 50 free.
In the boys region, Land O'Lakes turned in the fastest scores with two runner-up finishes. Brad Morrison, Kevin Hayes, Tim Olson and Andrew Graziani combined for a second in the 200 medley relay.
Olson also was a runnerup in the 100 butterfly and took third in the 100 back. River Ridge's Matt Sutton was sixth in the latter race.
River Ridge's Dimitri Arnaoutis was fourth and Graziani seventh in the 50 free.
The River Ridge boys were fourth in 400 free relay, which included Arnaoutis, John Van Hall, Mike Donato and Sutton. The Land O'Lakes foursome of the Graziani brothers, Andrew and Athony, along with Morrison and Olson, placed sixth.
Rae-Lynn Sheffield was the only swimmer from the county to win an event at the meet. The Central junior won the 100 breast in 1:10.27.
Springstead's Sarah Barry wasn't too far behind, coming in third. Sheffield also finished second in the 200 individual medley.
Lecanto's Taylor Cook placed second in the 200 free and third in the 500 free.
Land O' Lakes Tim Olson finished second in the 100 fly and third in the 100 back. His second place finish in the 100 fly was frustrating, because he placed first in the preliminaries only to lose to Satelilite's Skyler Stroman in the finals.
Host Satellite dominated the afternoon, winning 13 out of 20 events.
Sheffield is the only local swimmer guaranteed a spot in the state finals Nov. 19-20 at Ft. Lauderdale. First-place finishers in each of Class 2A's four regions advance in each event. The next 12 fastest times round out the final 16 spots.
The Class 2A Region 4 swim meet in Pembrook Pines was postponed last week because of Hurricane Wilma. A new date has not been set. Until then, swimmers must wait to see if their times hold up.
Junior Taylor Cooke led Lecanto, placing second in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.57 and third in the 500-free with a 5:17.44. Cooke then teamed with Chelsea Peterson, Brittney Roth and Jillian Swartz to finish fourth in the 400 free relay in 3:59.54.
Peterson was fifth in the 50 free (26.51).
Lecanto's Lou Tamposi was sixth in the 200 individual medley final with 2:13.73 and teamed with David Rundio, Kyle Roberts and Chris Holland in the 200 medley for an eighth-place finish.
Lecanto's Garrett LeMon was sixth in diving.
Citrus' swimmers did not make it out the preliminaries.
Times staff writers Vincent Thomas and Dawn Reiss contributed to this report.