GHS looks to finalize lineup at City Meet
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 12:13 a.m.
Gainesville High has been on quite a roll recently in boys swimming, dominating the local scene and capturing its first state title a year ago.
On Saturday at the Westside Recreation Center pool, the Hurricanes are expected to capture another boys title at the Rob Ramirez City Meet, named after their longtime coach.
So dominant is GHS on the boys side, that Ramirez plans to swim his top swimmers — Ben Borgert, Max Bungert and Cameron Guy — in non-specialty events.
“We are trying to finalize our district lineup,” said Ramirez, in his 26th year at GHS. “We are looking pretty strong on the boys side.”
Eastside junior Wesley Olmsted and Borgert, a senior, are considered the top boys swimmers in the area and strong state title contenders. Olmsted has the area's top times in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
“I am extremely confident in Wesley and am looking for him to pull out a win in both of his individual events,” said Rams coach Jon Allen of his standout junior, who will swim in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly on Saturday. “I would like him to gain some momentum going into the state series.
“We are looking to just get better. We have one month before districts continue to improve and hopefully put together a good meet.”
The best competition in the meet will come on the girls side, in which Buchholz, the defending city champion, looks to capture its sixth city title in seven years. A year ago the Bobcats, using their superior depth, took back the crown from the Hurricanes, beating them by more than 100 points.
On Saturday, the roles will be reversed with GHS having the deeper roster.
“We are definitely the underdog this year,” said Buchholz coach Steven Bostick, who is also the head coach at High Tide Aquatics. “They have like 14-16 club-level athletes. I think we are a little better at the top, but don't have the depth that they do.
“We have four divers, and I also think we will sweep the relays. But at the end of the day, they will have four swimmers in the top eight in every event and we will have three.”
Bostick said the only way the Bobcats could win is if the other schools — Eastside, P.K. Yonge, Oak Hall and St. Francis — place swimmers ahead of the 'Canes.
Buchholz is led by Rachel McKivigan, who has the area's top time in the 200 free, and Christie Bassett (100 free). Oak Hall, which brought back swimming after over a 10-year absence, also has one of the top female swimmers in sophomore Lindsey Trematerra (200 individual medley, 50 free). Allen has been impressed by Rams freshman Meera Srinivasan, who has the city's best time in the 100 butterfly.
Ramirez likes his girls' chances to pull off the win for an overall GHS sweep at Westside pool.
“Buchholz has a little edge with first- and second-place swimmers, but I think we have a little more depth with the third and fourth swimmers,” Ramirez said. “I think we are in the mix. We just have to put the swimmers in there and see what happens.”