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Swimming: County swimmers make their marks
Northeast's Romano, Calvary's Crescimbeni lead local contingent.
By RON WHITE
Published October 7, 2007
ORLANDO - Megan Romano and Jose Crescimbeni pulled off double wins Saturday at the Florida Swimming Pool Association Invitational in Orlando.
Romano, a Northeast junior, took the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.65 and the 100 backstroke in 54.53.
"I wanted to improve my times, and I did it. I set personal bests in all four of my events," said Romano, who plans to swim in a national event in Atlanta next month.
Calvary Christian senior Crescimbeni won the 100 butterfly in 49:01 and the 100 backstroke in 50.70.
Also at the top was St. Petersburg Catholic junior Kelsey Krauss, who won the 50 freestyle in 24.11. Krauss also finished third in the 100 butterfly. And the Seminole boys took the 200-yard medley relay in 1:37:77.
Among other top finishers, Palm Harbor University's Alex Glover was second in the 100 butterfly (51.44). Countryside sophomore Jonathan Taddeo was third in the 200 IM (1:57.75). Shorecrest Prep's Henry Samuel was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.42).
The area's top team finisher was Palm Harbor University. The boys team finished third behind Jacksonville Bolles, which took first place on both sides. Palm Harbor U.'s girls team finished fifth.
Both teams were led by strong relay squads, including a Palm Harbor U. girls team that had Katie Coleman, Emily Bloxam, Caroline Myers and Kariann Stevens swim to third place in the 500 freestyle relay.
Also around the bay area, Sickles junior Gregg Cooke swam a personal-best 21.24 to win the 50-yard freestyle and followed with a 46.84, good for second place, in the 100 freestyle.
"He swam the race of his life in that 50," Sickles coach Scott Parlett said.
Cooke shaved four-tenths of a second off his previous best, and Parlett said he thinks the junior has a shot at a state title in November.
"I had a good push off the turn, and that really pushed me into the lead," Cooke said of the 50-yard race.