High School Sports

Prep swimming | Manatee County swimmers advance in postseason meets

Braden River, Palmetto and Bayshore are marching forward in postseason swim meets after last weekend's meets.

The Pirates had their highest boys finish in program history for the district meet, when they snagged second place last Friday in Temple Terrace among a field of 14 teams.

Ryan Walker finished first in the 100 freestyle (48.36 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (59.88 seconds) to qualify for the Class 3A-Region 3 meet held this Saturday at Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero.

Walker is the top seed for the regional meet, and is one of 26 swimmers in the field.

The girls team placed seventh at the district meet, with Paige Lewandrowski logging the lone top 10 finishes, accomplishing the feat in the 100 butterfly (second place) and 200 freestyle (seventh place).

Palmetto has 13 that qualified for the same region meet.

Meanwhile, Bayshore just wrapped its region meet last Saturday by sending four swimmers to the Class 2A finals in Stuart. Freshman Ryley Ober qualified in the 200 freestyle (second, 1:54.76) and 100 backstroke (first, 59.25), sophomore Alexandra Graham qualified in the 500 freestyle (second, 5:12.02) and 200 freestyle (fourth, 1:58.37), junior T.C. Smith qualified in the 500 freestyle (first, 4:39.84) and 100 backstroke (third, 55.93) and freshman Andrew Kalaman qualified in the 500 freestyle (fifth, 4:49.24). Graham, Smith and Kalaman were selected as at-large entries for top times in events that they didn't grab one of the two automatic qualifying berths. The Class 2A state meet is at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center this Saturday.