Lakewood Ranch swimmers excel at state meet

February 18, 2014 

The Lakewood Ranch YMCA Wave Runner swim team snagged some top finishes during this past weekend's 2014 Florida YMCA State Championships held at the Selby Aquatic Center and hosted by the Sarasota YMCA Sharks.

Courtney Chapin, a Lakewood Ranch High freshman, took first place in the girls 13-14s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.33.

Chapin also logged first-place finishes in the 100-yard freestyle (55.11 seconds), the 100-yard backstroke (59.05 seconds) and the 200-yard backstroke (2 minutes, 10.81 seconds). Chapin swam 16 times in the two-day meet, with three preliminaries and three finals coupled two relay races each day.

Her final race, the 200-yard individual medley saw a 2 minute, 18.04 second time, which was good for fourth place.

She qualified for the maximum Senior Championship swim meet in Orlando in a few weeks and the Y-Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., in April.

Other Lakewood Ranch YMCA Wave Runner participants that claimed top three finishes include: Abigail Hite (girls 8-and-younger: 25-yard backstroke, 20.99 seconds, third place),

Suzanne Aguirre (girls 10-and-younger: 50-yard freestyle, 29.60 seconds, first place; 100-yard freestyle, 1 minute, 4.66 seconds, second place; 50-yard butterfly, 32.59 seconds, second place),

Kate Walker (girls 11-12s: 50-yard freestyle, 26.67 seconds, first place; 50-yard butterfly, 29.16 seconds, second place; 100-yard butterfly, 1:05.14, third place; 100-yard individual medley, 1:08.05, third place), Emily Loefgren (girls 11-12s: 100-yard freestyle, 57.59 seconds, second place; 200-yard freestyle, 2:04.75, second place; 100-yard backstroke, 1:05.33, third place; 200-yard individual medley, 2:20.49, second place), Sebastian Aguirre (boys 11-12s: 50-yard freestyle, 25.65 seconds, first place; 100-yard freestyle, 55.39 seconds, second place; 200-yard free

style, 2:00.36, first place; 500-yard freestyle, 5:20.23, second place; 50-yard butterfly, 27.52 seconds, first place; 100-yard butterfly, 1:00.87, first place; 100-yard individual medley, 1:03.48, second place; 200-yard individual medley, 2:16.88, second place), Ryan Walker (boys 15-18s: 50-yard freestyle, 22.72 seconds, third place; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:01.41, second place) and Jon Chaires (boys 15-18s: 50-yard backstroke, 26.90, third place; 50-yard butterfly, 24.43 seconds, second place)

Gladiators muscling minor league football opposition

The Bradenton Gladiators are off to a hot start in the Florida Football Alliance. The minor league football franchise has never won the league's title, but is 5-0 so far in 2014.

The Glads lead the NFC West Division, earning a pivotal 21-15 victory over nemesis Orlando in late January.

Bradenton fell to the Rage in last year's playoffs.

Last Saturday's game was a forfeit win over the Southwest Florida Panthers, and the Gladiators have outscored opponents 111-39. They are the last unbeaten NFC team with five regular season games remaining.

The Magic City Bulls and South Florida Storm from the AFC are the other two FFA undefeated teams.

Bradenton hosts the Miami Spartans this Saturday at the Manatee Police Athletic League sports complex scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at

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