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Coach's visor spells motivation

By STEVE LEE
Published October 29, 2006


FORT PIERCE - Not that her team needed to be fired up, but Land O'Lakes boys coach Barbara Hayes resorted to a visual motivator for Thursday's Class 2A, Region 2 meet.

Hayes donned a golf visor that read: Swimming Hall of Fame.

Coincidence or not, Land O'Lakes was the runnerup at the Anne Wilcer Aquatics Complex on the Indian River Community College campus.

That topped the previous best, a third-place regional finish in 2004.

"I pulled it out and said, "This is the next step, guys,' " Hayes said, tipping her visor and smiling.

For the record, Hayes plans to wear it Thursday for the 2A state meet at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale.

NEW HOME: Wesley Chapel's Alicia Thompson did not know last week's trip to Fort Pierce would turn into a recruiting trip, but it did.

At Indian River CC for the regionals, Thompson, a senior, said she has decided to swim there.

"It's 95 percent," said Thompson, who also considered Florida Southern.

Asked if she received a scholarship offer from Indian River CC coach Frank Bradley, Thompson responded, "We didn't discuss that, but he asked me to come swim for him. He came over to me and said, "We're going to take you.' "

Thompson, who also swims for Tampa Bay Aquatics' club team, plans to major in physical therapy and personal training. Her goal is to run her own club team.

GO CARLEY: Whoever thinks fan support does not count for much should speak with Wesley Chapel diver Carley Prynn.

With nine classmates cheering her on by painting letters on their chests to spell: G-O-C-A-R-L-E-Y-!, Prynn won Sunshine Athletic Conference and 2A-5 championships.

But those students could not get out of class to support Prynn at regionals and she finished eighth.

"I did miss them," Prynn said. "It's a different atmosphere when they're at meets. I want to do good, because they're all there watching."