High School Sports

Prep swimming | Lakewood Ranch girls place second at Tri-County Swim Meet

SARASOTA -- The outcome of the team competition at Saturday's Tri-County Swim Meet came as no surprise.

Riverview captured both titles at the Sarasota YMCA's Selby Aquatic Center. The defending state champion Riverview girls cruised to a first-place finish with 644 points. Lakewood Ranch was a distant second with 311 points, followed by Sarasota in third with 263 points. Out-of-Door Academy was seventh with 119 points, while Saint Stephen's was 14th with 24 points.

"Riverview is a very strong team," Lakewood Ranch assistant coach Matt Polk said. "We've always been right underneath them in terms of points and (it was) the same today. Who knows how it will change in the years to come?"

On the boys side, Riverview totaled 497 points to finish first, while Punta Gorda Charlotte was second with 412 and Cardinal Mooney was third with 229 points. Lakewood Ranch was sixth with 170 points, Out-of-Door was 10th with 73.5, and Saint Stephen's was 16th with nine.

Braden River's Ryan Walker was the only area swimmer to win a pair of events. He took the 50-yard freestyle in 22.18 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 49.49 seconds.

"We performed as a team and did well as a team," Polk said. "We tried some different events for different kids just to give them an idea of what they might like to do the rest of the season.

"I'm very happy with the different outcomes. The kids all were very happy with what they were doing, so I think that influenced the team as a whole. It was just a positive outlook on the meet."

Leading the way for the Mustang girls was Courtney Chapin. The sophomore was first in the 50-yard freestyle (25.58 seconds) and second in the 100 backstroke (59.84) and joined Madison Jean, Haille Bogumil and Malorie Schuerman to place second in the 200-yard medley relay (1:55.14). Also earning a win for the Mustangs was Madison Jean in the 100 butterfly (56.44).

"I think I got a pretty good outcome in the 50 free. I was pretty excited with the drop," Chapin said. "I was pretty tired going into the 100 back, so it wasn't as good as I expected it to be."

Other individual efforts for the girls included Bogumil with a third place in the 100 freestyle and a fourth in the 50 freestyle and Out-of-Door's Kate Patrice, who came up with fifth-place efforts in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Out-of-Door's Joie Eckhard, Imola Csendes, Reece Whatmore and Patrice were third in the 200 freestyle with a school-record time of 1:52.96 in a morning preliminary round.

For coach Michael Salmon, the team's performances was of the meets surprises for Out-of-Door.

"All six relay teams made it back (to finals), and it was great," Salmon said. "They had a difficult week with two championship meets and really stepped it up. We are heading into districts with some great seed times, so overall, I couldn't be more impressed with what the kids did."

Top finishers in the boys meet included Lakewood Ranch's Daniel Erlenmeyer. The junior was third in the 200 freestyle (1:44.26) and third in the 500 freestyle.

"It was not as fast as I could have gone, but I'm pleased with it for right now," Erlenmeyer said of his 500 time. "There is quite of bit of pressure just to get to the finals."

For Out-of-Door, sophomore Charles Hayes set a school record in a preliminary round with a time of 1:03.20 in the 100 backstroke.