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Hudson swim teams win battle with Pasco

The Cobras girls team places first in every event.

By STEVE LEE

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 14, 2000


SAINT LEO -- Something had to give Wednesday night at the Saint Leo pool.

The Pasco girls swim team came into the dual meet against Hudson with three straight wins to start its third season. But the fourth-year Cobras had a stacked lineup led by state champion Amanda Paulo.

The stacked lineup didn't give, but the winning streak did.

Hudson won the girls meet 114-71 and the boys meet 92-76.

Both Hudson teams improved to 2-1 while Pasco's girls fell to 3-1 and its first-year boys team dropped to 2-2.

Afterward, Hudson coach Nickol White and assistant coach Dawn Finneran upheld tradition by allowing themselves to be pushed into the pool by the Cobras.

"That's okay. It's a small price to pay," said White, who canceled Friday's practice as a reward for the victory.

Paulo and Pasco's Betsy Warfel, a state qualifier last year, battled in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke with Paulo winning both events and Warfel placing second.

"It's not really a race against her so much as it is yourself," Warfel said of racing Paulo. "It's more helping yourself by using her to pace off of."

Meagan Finneran, Kiersten Bialkoski and Amanda Kuerner also each won two individual events for Hudson.

The diving competition was won by Hudson's Tania Trentacoste. The freshman is finding success by utilizing the skills she has accumulated in her seven years of training as a gymnast.

"It makes a lot of this stuff easier," Trentacoste said of her gymnastics background.

Though Pasco did not win a race in the girls meet, the hosts won five boys events, including the last four races.

Brett Clark, a transfer from Durant, led the Pirates with victories in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.

Clark, also a former member of the Brandon Blue Wave swim team, has racked up wins in five other events this season and is 2-0 in the 100 fly.

"It helps a lot that he takes a first," Pasco assistant coach Collette Brewer said. "He's a team player.

"He'll swim anywhere I ask him to swim."

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