Eastside's Olmsted, Burns of Columbia capture state titles
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.
Gainesville's quest for back-to-back state championships in boys swimming fell short Thursday night at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.
Miami Belen Jesuit, which had won five straight state titles prior to the Hurricanes' triumph last year, returned to the top, winning by 70 points over Lynn Haven Mosley (221-151) with the defending state champions in third (145). It marked the third straight season the ‘Canes finished in the top three.
Gainesville's 200-yard medley and 400 free relays both placed second, garnering nearly half (68 points) of the Hurricanes' meet total.
For Eastside, junior standout Wesley Olmsted, disappointed with his performances a year ago at state, captured a state title in the 50 freestyle (20.73), and less than 30 minutes later, took second in the 100 butterfly (49.07), both All-American times.
Columbia sophomore Hannah Burns also captured a state title in the 200 individual medley with an incredible time of 2:00.82, an automatic All-American swim. She took second later in the night in the 100 breaststroke, an event she won last year as a freshman, with a time of 1:04.12.
Hurricane senior Ben Borgert, who had been battling walking pneumonia, placed second in the 200 IM with an All-American time of 1:51.37, and came in third in the 100 backstroke (50.84), an All-American consideration time.
The Hurricanes picked up 21 points in the 500 free as four swimmers finished among the final 16, led by Max Bungert's eighth-place finish. Also scoring were Seth Borgert (10th), Brandon Parramore (15th) and Michael Quillen (16th). Bungert took seventh in the 200 free (1:41.19)
Gainesville's 200 medley relay team consisted of Ben Borgert, Cameron Guy, Parker Basting and Bungert. The 400 free relay team was Bungert, Ben Borgert, Parramore and Guy.
Tallahassee Chiles easily won the girls state title with Gainesville finishing 18th. Columbia came in 20th and Eastside 33rd.
Rams junior Alicia Frazer came in fourth in diving.
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