HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING
Rams' Olmsted a double winner at districts
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 9:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 9:16 p.m.
Stanford commit Wesley Olmsted of Eastside captured both the 100 free and 100 back as the only Rams double winner at Friday's District 3-2A meet at the O'Connell Center.
The Rams finished second in the girls and third in the boys competition. Ponte Vedra won both with Clay taking second in the boys.
“We knew the meet was going to be close when we got the entries,” said Eastside coach Jon Allen. “We knew on the boys side it was going to be within a few points between first, second and third place. The kids swam great, we just have to tip our hats to Ponte Vedra and Clay, they had great meets too. We just didn't have enough depth to catch them.”
Clay took second place in the boys by only 0.5 points, with Ponte Vedra totaling 414 points and Clay 413.5. Eastside wasn't far behind with 407 points.
Olmsted, the defending 2A state champion in the 50 free, will focus on the 100 free and 100 back at state this year. He easily won both events, going 46.20 in the free and 50.94 in the back.
His 100 free time was his best this season.
“We feel great about Wesley in the backstroke and also in the 100 freestyle,” Allen said. “Once he is rested for regions and state, we are expecting big things from him.”
Also picking up district titles for the Eastside boys were Lucas Zhou in the 200 individual medley (2:13.42), Rosvel Brancho-Sanchez in the 500 free (5:41.40), Andy Zhong in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.94) and Thomas Burke in diving (220.65 score).
In the girls, Ponte Vedra totaled 538 points, 47 better than Eastside (491). Clay was a distant third at 303.
Freshman Grace Sanchez won the 50 free (25.35) with Alicia Frazer winning her fourth straight district title in diving (438.10 score). The Rams also took first place in the 200-yard medley relay (1:55.56) with Sanchez, Tess Bunkin, Sarah McDonald and Meera Srinivasan.
“We have a really young girls team,” Allen said. “We are hoping the girls can do big things in the future. We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores. We will be back, more experienced and ready to go next year.”
The top two finishers per event automatically qualify for regionals next Friday in Pensacola, as well as the top 18 times per event among the other two districts in Region 1. Eastside's boys 200 medley relay (Zhou, Zhong, Olmsted and Jeffrey Wu) and 400 free relay (Olmsted, Zhou, Zhong and Wu) placed second, as did Bunkin in the 200 IM (2:22.19) and Josh Hacker in the 500 free (5:43.66).
The Rams other qualifiers won't be determined until this weekend.