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Wildcats, Pirates settle for school records

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published November 16, 2001

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Wesley Chapel's Autumn Yanchunis fell shy of breaking into the top 16 at Thursday's Class A state meet, but took solace in the fact she took part in setting five of her team's six school records.

Likewise for Pasco, which settled for five school records without placing anyone in the consolation finals or finals.

"Just the feel of the meet got me pumped up," said Yanchunis, a senior who has won six individual district titles and appeared in her third consecutive state meet.

Yanchunis' individual school marks came in the 100-yard freestyle (56.29 seconds), 200 free (2:01.59) and her 50 free split (26.08) in the Wildcats' record-setting 200 free relay (1:52.68) that included Lindsey Walker, Tarah Thornton and Whitney Richter.

That foursome also set a new standard in the 200 medley relay (2:07.75).

Anthony Vargas, Wesley Chapel's first boys state qualifier, swam the 100 butterfly in a school-best 1:06.66.

Pasco's Brett Clark and Ross Coscia each set individual school marks -- Clark swam the 100 butterfly in 56.92 and Coscia swam the 100 backstroke in 1:02.67 -- and were part of three record-setting relay teams.

Pasco finished in 1:52.26 in the 200 medley relay, 1:37.54 in the 200 free relay and 3:37.63 in the 400 free relay.

"We had an excellent meet," Pasco coach Russ Rosenbauer said.

"They were pushed and they were excited.

"I was hoping to have somebody make the top 16 and score some points, but this was a tough meet. The only thing that would have made me happier was to get someone in the consolation finals."

The lone state qualifier from the North Suncoast to make the top 16 was Crystal River diver Aaron Washington, who placed 16th with 232.50 points.

Crystal River's other finishers were Chris Grillo, 23rd in the 200 free (1:52.29); the boys 200 medley (29th in 1:53.90); the boys 400 free relay (19th in 3:34.83); and the girls 400 free relay (31st in 4:09.88).

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