ORLANDO -- Most schools would relish in one state championship. The Lakewood Ranch Mustangs captured three within hours of each other when they competed for the Class 2A state final championship on Saturday at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.
Juniors Danielle Valley and Will Kazokas both had promising preliminaries early Saturday, and when it came time for the finals, both continued to deliver with Valley taking home two championships in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.17 and the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:48.58, and Kazokas in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.78. Kazokas also placed 5th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.24.
While no other Mustang girls managed to claim the top prize, several others had good showings in their events. Raegan Sauer finished 16th in the 100 butterfly, Gillian Vogel placed 18th in the 100 butterfly, Rebekah Baker was 19th in the 100 breaststroke and Sydney Panzarino was 23rd in the 100 backstroke. For the boys, Luke Hanner was 11th in the 100 butterfly and 14th in the 500 freestyle. Phil Czupryna placed 19th in the 100 butterfly. The Mustangs also showed strength as a team with the girls placing fourth in the 200 freestyle relay, eighth in the 400 freestyle relay, 14th in the 200 medley relay, and sixth overall with 99 points. The boys were sixth in the 200 medley relay, 15th in the 200 freestyle relay, 10th in the 400 freestyle relay, and finished ninth overall with 85.5 points.