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Clearwater swimmer gets four golds

By EMERY SKOLFIELD, Times Correspondent
Published August 19, 2007


Representing the Clearwater Aquatic Team CAT, Taylor Katz earned four gold medals to help Florida Swimming capture a team victory at the Southern Zone Age Group Swimming Championships in Houston.

Katz, 12, won the 200- and 400-meter freestyles, 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley. She narrowly missed a fifth gold, finishing second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1 minutes, 0.02 seconds - just .08 seconds out of first.

With 43 individual points, Katz was the high-point winner among 11- to 12-year-old girls. Florida Swimming finished with 785 points to finish atop the 14-team field at the University of Houston from July 31 to Aug. 4.

CAT's Alex Glover, 16, also competed in the meet, earning a bronze medal among 15-18 boys in the 100 butterfly.

At the Area 3 & 5 Meet on Aug. 27-29, CAT's Lyndsey Bender won five individual events in the 8-under girls division, and Matthew Hirschberger notched five victories in the 8-under boys. CAT's Briana Bender won the 25-yard butterfly in the 8-under girls.

BASEBALL: Clarence Wilson, a member of the Campbell Park-based St. Petersburg Devil Rays Junior RBI team, won the catcher accuracy drill at the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities World Series in Los Angeles.

Wilson delivered the ball to second base in 2.03 seconds to earn a new set of catcher's gear and a gold medal. Wilson's team finished second in the tournament, falling 10-4 to Detroit on Aug. 11 at Dodger Stadium.

Three teams from the St. Petersburg-based Northwest Youth Baseball organization competed in the Dizzy Dean Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven, Miss.

Northwest's 14-year-old All-Star team defeated state champions from Alabama and Maryland en route to a fourth-place finish.

Four Northwest players - Brent Rasmussen, Chris Derby, Chris Brock-Jones and Nate Plaines - were named to the all-tournament team. The 14s were coached by Mike Keane.

Northwest's 13s finished fifth among 21 teams, with Jimmy Lynch earning a spot on the all-tournament squad.

The 8-year-old All-Stars placed sixth in the tournament.

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