Commentary | Bradenton swimmer Shiloh Magann holds own at Pan-American Games

June 11, 2013 

Bradenton's Shiloh Magann is one of the youngest swimmers in the 2013 Pan-American Masters Swimming Championship.

Magann, who swam for Manatee High last fall, is competing against experienced swimmers and holding her own.

The meet began last Wednesday and wraps up Thursday in Sarasota. It's the first time the event is being held in the United States.

So far, Magann has competed in three events in the women's 18-24 age group.

In Saturday's 50-meter butterfly, Magann swam the finals in 34.98 seconds to win the event.

The 18-year-old swam against one other opponent in Monday's 200-meter breaststroke and took second after a time of 3 minutes, 28.57 seconds.

Magann's last event, to date, was the 100-meter butterfly in which finished at 1:29.70 to snatch her second first-place finish in the meet.

The maximum number of events a swimmer can compete in is five, and Magann's final two are Tuesday's 200-meter individual medley and Wednesday's 100-meter breaststroke.

Locals lead FAU baseball

Florida Atlantic University's baseball season might be over, but a few local lads produced a memorable campaign for the Owls this past term.

North Carolina defeated FAU 12-11 in a NCAA Chapel Hill Regional final that went 13 innings. The No. 1-seeded Tar Heels looked beaten when former Manatee High and State College of Florida standout Tyler Rocklein launched a grand slam to arm the Owls with an 8-6 lead in the top of ninth inning.

But UNC tied things up to prevent FAU from going to the Super Regionals, and came back again when it trailed by three runs in the 12th inning before winning in the bottom of the 13th.

Manatee High and SCF alum Jeremy Strawn started the game for the Owls and lasted three innings before being relieved.

Nathan Pittman, who starred at Braden River, was named to the All-Tournament Team and

went 3-for-6 with a run scored and walk in the season-ending loss to the Tar Heels.

Outlaws compete for title

The 941 Outlaws, a showcase travel baseball team designed to get high school players noticed by college scouts during the summer months, competed in the IBC 18-and-younger Florida State Championship.

The club went 1-2, earning a 9-3 victory over the West Florida Black Sox but also suffering a tough 1-0 setback to the GTC Storm.

Bryce Borngraeber earned the lone win from the mound, while Devin Pellien was the hard-luck loser in the game against the Storm. Pellien tossed a complete game four-hitter.

On offense, Derek Paparella cranked out two home runs and two doubles among his six hits to pace the Outlaws. Luke Darnell and Jerad Paparella added four hits apiece.

The Outlaws now turn their attention to the 18-and-younger Tri-State Elite Showcase Tournament in Cincinnati, where they will battle against 40 teams from around the country.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at Follow him on Twitter @Jason_Dill.

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