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CAT boys romp, girls keep it closer

By EMERY SKOLFIELD
Published February 4, 2007


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The host Clearwater Aquatic Team rode dominance in the boys division to smother the competition at the Al Soltis Memorial Winter Invitational on Jan. 12-14 at The Long Center.

Clearwater Aquatic piled up 1,288 overall points, topping the 25-team field and finishing well ahead of second-place St. Petersburg Aquatics 613.5 points. Team competition in the girls division was much closer, with CAT edging St. Pete Aquatics 488-469.

CAT's Emman Crescimbeni, 16, amassed 70 points - higher than 15 boys teams at the meet - to earn overall high-point honors in the senior boys division. Crescimbeni won the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 freestyle. Teammates Adam Corbin (60 points) and Renzo Alvarez (46) were second and third, respectively.

St. Petersburg Aquatics' Melanie Margalis, 15, was the high-point winner on the senior girls side, registering 70 points to finish ahead of CAT's Jana Willsey (39 points) and SPA's Tracy Rorer (36).

Other age group high-point winners for CAT were: Alex Katz (10-under boys), Wes Stearns (13-14 boys), Macy Marshburn (8-under girls) and Taylor Katz (11-12 girls).

Ryan Edens won three events for the Palm Harbor YMCA Piranhas at the Saturday Morning at the Races "almost last chance" meet on Jan. 27 at St. Petersburg's North Shore Pool.

Edens, competing in the 11-12 boys division, won the 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle and 100 individual medley as the Piranhas finished second to host St. Petersburg Aquatics.

SPA piled up 1,671 team points to win the 12-team meet.

Tristan Sanders (10-under boys) won two events, the 50 backstroke and 100 IM, for the Piranhas and joined teammates Edens and Lauren McIntosh as high-point winners in their respective age groups.

GYMNASTICS: A team victory at Level 8 highlighted LaFleur's Gymnastics Club's showing at the Sand Dollar Invitational at Disney's Wide World of Sports on Jan. 19-21 in Lake Buena Vista.

Amanda Condreay, who won the vault and bars, and Taylor King (bars) each won age group all-around titles for LaFleur's in the ultra-competitive, 27-team Level 8 competition. Other individual event winners in Level 8 were Morgan Marks (beam, floor), Cayla Collins (bars, beam) and Amanda Oliveira (floor).

LaFleur's also was victorious at the Prep Optional level, with Carolyn Metzner, Amanda Mills, Jessica Maggio and Kaylyn Nelson capturing all-around titles.

Rebecca Wunderlich and Natalie Humbert captured their respective Level 7 all-arounds, while Lauren Rose and Sarena Bumbarger did the same at Level 9.

Brittany Calley won three events (bars, beam, floor) to win her age group all-around at Level 10.

The St. Petersburg-based Tampa Bay Turners won the overall title, including team victories at Levels 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10, at the Battle of Champions meet on Jan. 26-27 in Lakeland.

CHEERLEADING: The Largo-based Florida Top Dog All-Stars placed first in three divisions (Junior Co-Ed Level 5, Senior Level 2 and Senior Level 3) at the SpiritCheer Cheer and Dance Open on Jan. 20-21 in Orlando.

The Top Dog All-Stars' Youth Level 1 team placed second.

If you have youth sports news that you would like to see included in this column, contact Times correspondent Emery Skolfield at (727) 481-2027 or via e-mail at sptimesyouth@yahoo.com.

[Last modified February 3, 2007, 21:10:20]


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