Sickles girls, boys turn in best area finishes

Mitchell's Renzo Alvarez is fifth in the 20-yard individual medley.

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 29, 2006

SARASOTA - Since the advent of the region meet three years ago, the additional time trial between districts and states has been a chance, for some, to gain entry into the final show.

For others, it has been just one more opportunity to swim their best before the season is over.

For a few area schools it was that kind of opportunity.

For Sickles, it was a stepping stone to states. The Gryphons finished fifth in both the boys and girls divisions Saturday night amid windy, chilly conditions at the Selby Aquatic Center, with many on the team surviving the Class 3A, Region 2 meet and qualifying for Fort Lauderdale next weekend.

"Good day, good night, just cold," said Sickles third-year coach Jamie Roberts. "I (was) freezing. I don't know how any of these kids did it."

Conor Swanson finished second in the 100-yard backstroke and third in the 200-yard individual medley along with helping the Gryphons' 200-yard medley relay team to third place against a school of schools who seemed spawned to swim.

For the girls, Veronica Case won the 50-yard freestyle outright and also helped Megan Cook, who scored well, on the second-place 200-yard free relay team.

Wharton's Greg Stevens and Jordan Rees each qualified for the state meet while setting school records as did Alonso freshman Kristen Kerr.

Renzo Alvarez was the only swimmer who stayed for the finals for Mitchell, and finished fifth in the boys 200-yard IM.

"This is a great way to prove yourself against some of the best swimmers in the entire country let alone the state," said Wharton coach Marcie Scholl. "I'm so proud of these kids for just being here."