SWIMMING: Port Charlotte, Lemon Bay break school records; Manta Ray Scott tops area’s swimmers

By Chuck Ballaro, Sun Correspondent

ESTERO – For one swimmer, it was a chance for redemption after a poor district swim. For another, it was redemption for a poor swim about two hours before.

Lemon Bay’s Hunter Scott was the only area swimmer to win an individual or relay championship Saturday at the Region 2A-4 swimming championships at Florida Gulf Coast University. The junior won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 52.93 seconds.

While it wasn’t a school record, both Lemon Bay and Port Charlotte did their share of record breaking, especially in relays.

Scott said she’s had an up and down season, with one of the lows coming in the district meet, where she didn’t swim nearly what she’s capable.

“I was training real hard and hadn’t tapered down and wasn’t mentally prepared,” Scott said. “But I came here and nearly swam my personal best. I dropped six seconds from districts.”

Scott also added a third place in the 500 freestyle, which should be good enough advance to states as well. Only the winner of regionals advances, with the 20 fastest at-large times regardless of region advancing. Scott will not know for sure until after the weekend.

Smith said she has only tapered a little bit, but expects to be at her best when she goes to states next week in Stuart.

Abby Shea’s fourth place in the 50 freestyle is also a time strong enough for state consideration as the girls placed seventh as a team.

The Lemon Bay boys have nothing to be ashamed of after they set school records in the 200- and 400-yard relays, with Gage Denson and Kevin Mayes advancing to states on points in the one-meter diving, finishing third and fourth, respectively.

“We did great. The boys set two new records and the girls were killing it,” Lemon Bay coach Dawn Hall said. “The competition here is some of the best in the state, but we did outstanding.”

Overall, the Port Charlotte girls did even better with a fifth-place team finish, and were individually led by Makenzie Miller, who after a poor swim in the 200 individual medley where she finished seventh and on the bubble for states, made up for it by placing second in the 100 backstroke, breaking her own school record in the process.

“It wasn’t my best medley. I was better at districts. My training is toward the backstroke, so to swim in 58 seconds in that is amazing,” Miller said. “This is the largest regional team we’ve had in a while. Everyone in the region has gotten really quick.”

The 200 medley relay also broke a school record they set last week at districts while finishing sixth, as did the girls 400 freestyle relay. In diving, the Janson-Dugans, senior Nia and freshman Kevin, were also at or near school records.

Port Charlotte coach J.R. Whaley said the times from last year have spiked and that the Pirates were in for some challenges. But for the most part, they raised their game.

“We had a few off swims, but for the most part it was excellent. It was a fast and tough meet with great competition. These are some of the same kids we’ll see at states. So, I hope we can sneak some kids in and know the challenges for next week.”

District 2A-4 swimming & Diving Championships
At Florida Gulf Coast University

Top 10 teams : 1. GULLIVER PREP 473, 2. SUNCOAST 267.5, 3. AMERICAN HERITAGE 190, 4. CARDINAL GIBBONS 177, 5. PORT CHARLOTTE 155.5, 6. LELY 147, 7. LEMON BAY 116, 7. CAPE CORAL 116, 9. POMPANO BEACH 111, MAST 106.5

Individual results: 200 medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep (Emily Cordivi, Olivia Hernandez, Alicia Mancilla, Sarah Abril) 1:49.83; 2. Lely 1:53.49; 3. Cardinal Gibbons 1:53.54; 200 freestyle:  1. Hunter Scott (LB) 1:52.93; 2. Alicia Mancilla (GUL) 1:54.51; 3. Julianna Russell (CG) 1:59.48; 200 IM: 1. Brooke Ellis (GUL) 2:07.42; 2. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez (GUL) 2:08.44; 3. Audrey Delcompare (LEL) 2:10.88; 50 freestyle: 1. Catherine Cooper (AH) 23.52; 2. Savannah Yates (CG) 24.68; 3. Chloe Hernandez (GP) 25.14.

1-meter diving: 1. Journi Northrup (MAR) 446.15; 2. Carolyn Ehrlich (POM) 437.65; 3. Gabriela Rochelle (SUN) 332.00; 100 butterfly: 1. Emily Cordovi (GP) 55.16; 2. Brooke Ellis (GP) 57.17; 3. Delaney Biro (CSC) 57.79; 100 freestyle: 1. Catharine Cooper (AH) 51.97; 2. Sarah Abril (GP) 53.98; 3. Kelly Gest (CG) 54.86; 500 freestyle: 1. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez (GP) 4:53.84; 2. Alicia Mancilla (GP) 5:00.48; 3. Hunter Scott (LB) 501.01;

200 freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep (Sarah Abril, Chloe Hernandez, Daniela Luchau, Brooke ellis) 1:39.21; 2. Lely 1:43.99; 3. Suncoast 1:44.72; 100 backstroke: 1. Emily Cordovi (GUL) 57.29; 2. Makenzie Miller (PC) 58.77; 3. Gwen Bencie (PB) 1:00.22; 100 breaststroke: 1. Savannah Yates (CG) 1:06.65; 2. Gabriela Fernandez (ML) 1:07.52; 3. Audrey Delcompare (LEL) 1:08.25; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep (Emily Cordovi, Sarah Abril, Alicia Mancilla, Brooke Ellis) 3:34.15; 2. Suncoast 3:41.73; Cardinal Gibbons 3:41.88.


Top 10 teams: 1. GULLIVER PREP 336, 2. SUNCOAST 301.5, 3. AMERICAN HERITAGE 246, 4. CAPE CORAL 244, 5. MATER LAKES 184.5, 5. POMPANO BEACH 184.5, 7. LEMON BAY 163, 8. MAST 132, 9. CARDINAL GIBBONS 75, 10. KEY WEST  70

Individual results: 200 medley relay: 1. Suncoast  (Jared Ingram, Dylan Brisco, Gavin Smith, James Seton) 1:37.68; 2. Gulliver Prep 1:39/.97; 3. Cape Coral 1:40.08; 200 freestyle: 1. Kevin Porto (AH) 1:43.56; 2. Sebastian Vargas (AH) 1:44.42; 3. Christian Kopecki (AH) 1:45.64; 200 IM:  1. Miguel Cancel (GP) 1:51.40; 2. Dylan Brisco (SUN) 1:56.21; 3. Ervin Marin (MAT) 1:56.43; 50 freestyle: 1. Irvin Hoost (STB) 20.88; 2. Pablo Luchau (GP) 21.87; 3. Jonah Martinez (CC) 21.96.

1-meter diving:  1. Zach Allen (CG) 532.30; 2. Hudson Golden (CG) 450.60; 3. Gage Denson (LB) 314.10; 100 butterfly: 1. Trahern Gribble (GP) 51.38; 2. Sebastian Vargas (AH) 51.66; 3. Michael Hernandez (ML) 53.61; 100 freestyle: 1. Ervin Hoost (SB) 46.29; 2. Jared Ingram (SUN) 46.99; 3. James Seton (SUN) 49.41; 500 freestyle: 1. Miguel Cancel (GP) 4:36.46; 2. Nicholas Pacitti (AH) 4:40.65; 3. Kevin Porto (AH) 4:42.89;

200 freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep (Pablo Luchau, Mauro Negrao, Jonathan Rodriguez, Miguel Cancel) 1:28.47; 2. Suncoast 1:29.83; 3. Mast 1:31.51; 100 backstroke: 1. Jared Ingram (SUN) 52.31; 2. Trahern Gribble (GUL) 53.14; 3. Dylan Brisco (SUN) 53.25; 100 breaststroke: 1. Jonah Martinez (CC) 59.68; 2. Ervin Marin (ML) 1:00.18; 3. Brandon Moran (ML) 1:00.58; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:10.99; 2. Suncoast 3:12.91; 3. American Heritage 3:21.21.

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