SWIMMING: Charlotte’s Hacker shines at District meet

By Chuck Ballaro, Sun Correspondent

Charlotte's Alexander Rand competes during the Boys 100 Yard Butterfly,during Thursday's meet in Punta Gorda (Sun Photo by Michele Haskell)

Charlotte’s Alexander Rand competes during the Boys 100 Yard Butterfly,during Thursday’s meet in Punta Gorda (Sun Photo by Michele Haskell)

PUNTA GORDA – The Charlotte High School boys and girls swim teams came into the season clearly in rebuilding mode. Most of the kids were first-year swimmers that coach Jeff Cain had to bust into shape.

That was no such problem for sophomore Dylan Hacker, who led a better-than-expected performance by the Charlotte boys Thursday at the District 3A-9 swimming championships at the South County Regional Park pool.

Hacker won the 200-yard individual medley with a time a hair over two minutes, raced the anchor leg in the 200-yard freestyle relay and finished second in the 100 breaststroke, just eight-tenths of a second shy of the school record, and the 400 relay, where he swam leadoff.

All were good enough to earn automatic advancement into the 3A-3 regionals on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. at the FGCU Aquatic Center.

Hacker said he has yet to taper down his training to gain that short-term speed, which will help in his singles and relay events moving forward.

“I felt pretty good about my performance since I haven’t tapered yet and haven’t trained to go that fast,” Hacker said.

Tom Nelson also earned a trip to regionals in the 100 backstroke, helped the 200 medley relay team to a third-place finish and finished fourth in the 50 freestyle.

Nelson will have to wait and see if those latter two finishes will be good enough to get him into regionals as the top two finishers in districts and the next 18 at-large will qualify for regionals in individual events and the next 12 at-large in relays.

That won’t be decided until sometime this weekend. Still, the fourth-place finish for the boys and the girls improvement had Cain smiling.

“We said wait until the end of the year. That was our goal. I think we had 100 percent personal bests,” Cain said. “The girls had a big improvement, they all did a phenomenal job.”

The girls finished sixth out of 12 teams and had no automatic qualifiers. Freshman Micah Barnes had fourth-place finishes in the 200 IM and the 200 relay, and a fifth in the 100 backstroke. She will have to wait to see if the times will hold up.

“There’s always room for improvement, but I thought I did good. The improvement on the team has been awesome. Everyone has supported each other and treat each other like family,” Barnes said.

Becca Parnell was the lone Tarpon girl on the podium, with a third in the one-meter diving. She said she hopes to get to states like she did last year, though there is more competition this year.

“I had a good meet. I’m hopeful for regionals. Not only was it a good meet, but I got to hang with the girls,” Parnell said. “The competition is tougher and I’ve drawn other divers. I’ve upped my game, too.”

The overall boys team championship came down to the final event, where Naples slipped past Gulf Coast to win by 2.5 points, 396.5 to 394. Barron Collier was a close third at 384.

For the girls, Gulf Coast won with 441 points, Estero was a close second with 329, and Barron Collier had 293 points to finish third.

District 3A-9 swimming & Diving Championships
At South County Regional Pool
Punta Gorda

Girls

Team Results: GULF COAST 441, ESTERO 429, BARRON COLLIER 293, FORT MYERS 272, RIVERDALE 224, CHARLOTTE 188, NAPLES 180, SOUTH FORT MYERS 56, PALMETTO RIDGE 46, EAST LEE 36, IDA BAKER 26, LEHIGH 10

Individual results: 200 medley relay: 1. Estero (Paige Madden, Mikayla Puckett,  Alina Faunce, Alyson Currao) 1:54.56; 2. Gulf Coast 1:56.37; 3. Barron Collier 2:01.65; 200 freestyle: 1. Isabella Marsala (BC) 1:58.80; 2. Makailey Hauser (EST) 2:00.51; 3. Gabriella Shepherd (RIV) 2:02.56; 200 IM:  1. Alina Faunce (EST) 2:07.70; 2. Kayla Tennant (GC) 2:16.69; 3. Annalise Eisold (NAP) 2:17.46; 50 freestyle: Brooke Boling (GC) 25.80; 2. Alyson Currao (EST) 26.19; 3. Zhara Colas (FM) 26.74.

1-meter diving: 1. Olivia Ricard (GC) 438.10; 2. Brooke Pirro (FM) 377.70; 3. Becca Parnell (CHS) 375.85; 100 butterfly: 1. Alina Faunce (EST) 58.09; 2. Allison Moore (GC) 58.91; 3. Suzanna Logan (GC) 59.24; 100 freestyle: 1. Paige Madden (EST) 55.52; 2.Brooke Boling (GC) 55.87; 3. Gabriella Shepherd (RIV) 56.20; 500 freestyle: 1. Isabella Marsala (BC) 5:08.31; 2. Madi Baron (FM) 5:13.67; 3. Makailey Hauser (EST) 5:15.96.

200 freestyle relay: 1. Gulf Coast (Brooke Boling, Zoe Hendricks, Madison Moore, Kayla Tennant) 1:44.71; 2. Estero 1:50.72; 3. Riverdale 1:51.79; 100 backstroke: 1. Paige Madden (EST) 1:01.98; 2. Madi Baaron (FM) 1:02.28; 3. Allison Moore (GC) 1:02.66; 100 breaststroke: 1. Mikayla Puckett (EST) 1:10.37; 2. Annalise Eisold (NAP) 1:11.35, 3. Madison Moore (GC) 1:11.85; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Estero (Paige Madden, Alyson Currso, Mikayla Puckett, Alina Faunce) 3:46.50; 2. Gulf Coast 3:52.00; 3. Riverdale 3:53.39.

 

Boys

Team Results: NAPLES 396.5, GULF COAST 394, BARRON COLLIER 394, CHARLOTTE 363.5, FORT MYERS 185, RIVERDALE 125, ESTERO 86, PALMETTO RIDGE 83, SOUTH FORT MYERS 58, LEHIGH 38, IDA BAKER 34, EAST LEE 26

Individual results: 200 medley relay: 1. Naples (Davis Olsted, Matthew Limbacher, John Scanlon, Alex Bradfield) 1:43.07; 2. BarronColler 1:43.84; 3. Charlotte 1:46.35; 200 freestyle: 1.John Scanlon (NAP) 1:47.58; 2. Paolo Sunyak (BC) 1:48.36; 3. Clay Riemenschneider (FM) 1:48.39; 200 IM:  1. Dylan Hacker (CHS) 2:00.06; 2. Cole Gutknecht (GC) 2:02.04; 3. Wyatt Kellett (BC) 2:02.76; 50 freestyle: 1. Davis Olmsted (NAP) 22.90; 2. Matthew Limbacher (NAP) 22.99; 3. Nick Mattson (BC) 23.09

1-meter diving: 1. Andrew Mizell (GC) 470.90; 2. Jaedyn Procacci (GC) 385.65; 3. Xavier Korda (GC) 359.15; 100 butterfly: 1. Cole Gutknecht (GC) 54.03; 2. Emmett Gillen (GC) 55.59; 3. Robert Ellison (NAP) 56.62; 100 freestyle: 1. Davis Olmsted (NAP) 48.92; 2. Jace Chouinard (RIV) 50.97; 3. Nick Mattson (BC) 51.44; 500 freestyle: 1. John Scanlon (NAP) 4:46.51; 2. Clay Riemenschneider (FM) 4:46.79; 3. Paolo Sunyak (BC) 4:47.46;

200 freestyle relay: 1. Charlotte (Tom Nelson, Yahia El Hamshary, Blake Thurman, Dylan Hacker) 1:32.17; 2. Gulf Coast 1:32.84; 3. Barron Collier 1:35.10; 100 backstroke: 1. Anton Sunyak (BC) 57.73; 2. Tom Nelson (CHS) 58.39; 3. Emmett Gillen (GC) 59.00; 100 breaststroke: 1. Matthew Limbacher (NAP) 1:00.32; 2. Dylan Hacker (CHS) 1:00.74; 3. Wyatt Kellett (BC) 1:04.30; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Naples (John Scanlon, Davis Olmsted, Alex Bradfield, Matthew Limbacher) 3:20.88; 2. Charlotte 3:23.84; 3. Barron Collier 3:25.31.

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