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Jesuit continues meet win streak

The Tigers earn their eighth straight City Relays title; Sickles wins the girls event.

By BRYAN BURNS
Published September 10, 2006


TAMPA - Jesuit won all five boys relay competitions, taking its eighth straight victory at the City Relays at Bobby Hicks Pool.

The Tigers also teamed up with Academy of the Holy Names to take three of four mixed relays to finish with 276 points, 58 ahead of runnerup Newsome.

Matt Attal, Sully Lynch, Stephen Sheridan and Andrew Werdine each won all three relays they entered. Tommy Wyher, Eric Wherley, Dylan Attel, John Carter, Vinny Donnelly and Tyler Sultenfuss were part of two gold medal-winning relay teams for the Tigers.

"I was more pleased with our individual splits (than winning the team competition)," Jesuit coach Bill Shaffer said. "Obviously, I'm real pleased with our overall results, but I was more concerned with our individual performances.

"I swam 12 different swimmers. I tried to spread it out. I didn't stack any of the relays. ... (We) didn't have a single bad race today."

Sickles finished in the top three in all five girls races - including first-place finishes in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle relays. It also finished first or second in all four mixed races to take home the girls overall championship. The Gryphons finished with 249 points.

Newsome's girls also finished second.

Senior Megan Cook went 3-for-3 in relay competitions. In addition to swimming legs on the top-finishing 200 and 400 teams, she joined Ryan Poteat, Jen Mackey and Coner Swanson on the 200 butterfly mixed relay.

"I felt real good today," Cook said. "I just love the fact I can come out and help my team win.

"City Relays is always a good event for us. It lets us see where we stand with the rest of the county."

Sickles' boys and girls combined placed in the top five in 12 of 14 relays.

"We've got a pretty deep team on both sides," Sickles girls coach Jamie Roberts said.

"We don't have one outstanding swimmer. All our swimmers did well today.

"We don't see half these schools during the regular season, so it's great to be able to do well against good competition. It's a big rush for the swimmers."