ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Olmsted ends his Eastside career with a major splash


Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:26 p.m.

Eastside's Wesley Olmsted concluded his high school swimming career with a major splash on Saturday at the 2A state meet in Stuart.

The senior, who will be signing a swim scholarship to Stanford on Wednesday, won both the 100-yard freestyle (45.03) and the 100 backstroke (49.54), both in automatic All-American times.

He also teamed up with Lucas Zhou, Rosvel Bracho-Sanchez and Jeffrey Wu to place seventh in the 400 free relay.

“He had some pretty stiff competition in the 100 free and we talked about him taking the first 50 as fast as he could,” said Rams coach Jon Allen. “We knew if he was leading by a body length after the 50 he could hold off the other two guys challenging him.”

Earlier last week, Olmsted was one of 10 swimmers who got sick following the regional meet in Pensacola. Luckily, the illness only last 24-48 hours, so it didn't affect them at state.

In the backstroke, which Olmsted calls his “fun” event, he dominated, winning by almost two body lengths.

“He has really improved his underwaters,” Allen said. “This is the first year in his swimming career that he has focused on backstroke and he showed he would be one of the best backstrokers out there if he wanted to.”

Also stellar academically with a 5.0 GPA, Olmsted will continue to work hard with his club team, High Tide Aquatics, through the early part of the summer before leaving for California two weeks before school starts at Stanford.

“He took three recruiting trips this year and missed out on some practices,” Allen said of Olmsted. “He has faced some adversity this year and really pulled through. We are very proud of what he has done. He is now going to start focusing on his club meets and try to finish up strong before he leaves for college.”

Swimming

Lindsey Trematerra, Oak Hall: The junior placed fourth in the 50 free (23.57) and fifth in the 100 free (51.71) at the Class 1A state meet, both All-American consideration times. Her 29 total points put the Eagles in 17th place out of 61 schools.

Football

Kellen Snider, Fort White: The senior totaled 15 tackles with one interception, one fumble recovery, one fumble caused and one pass breakup on defense. Offensively, he rushed for 65 yards on 22 carries with two TDs and had two kickoff returns for 42 yards in the Indians' 35-21 win over Buchholz.

Cross country

Brittney Olinger, Oak Hall: The senior finished third overall at the Class 1A state meet in Tallahassee with a season-best time of 18:31, leading the Eagles to a runner-up finish.

Volleyball

Kelsey Harris, Newberry: The junior outside hitter had 18 service points, nine aces, 26 kills, 46 digs and one block in regional wins over Crescent City and Williston as the Panthers advance to their first state tournament in school history.

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Football

Austin Ritchey, Bell: The senior ran for 176 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown in the playoff-bound Bulldogs' 32-0 win over Branford. He leads the area in rushing with 2,038 yards.

Bruce Thomas, Bell: The senior caught a 61-yard TD pass and had a 76-yard punt return for the Bulldogs against Branford.

Brandon Land, Dixie County: The junior defensive end had nine solo, five assists, two sacks and returned a blocked field goal 70 yards for a TD in the No. 2 Bears' 41-6 win at Lafayette.

Stephen Smith, Trenton: The senior quarterback had two rushes for 95 yards and two TDs and was also 3-for-3 passing for 72 yards and a TD in a win over St. Francis.

Swimming

Fondre Deloach, P.K. Yonge: The freshman, in her second straight year at Class 1A state meet, placed 14th in diving with score of 301.75.

Ailin McCullough, P.K. Yonge: The senior finished 20th (53.71) in the 100-yard butterfly at the 1A state meet.

Cross country

Joe Janson, P.K. Yonge: The senior finished sixth overall at the Class 1A state meet with a time of 16:13.

Austin Perry, Oak Hall: The junior placed 24th at Class 1A state meet with a time of 17:02, leading the team to a 13th place finish.

Entire Eastside girls team: Nominated by coach Steve Cuneo after finishing ninth at the Class 2A state meet, its second straight top 10 finish at state.

Brett Gerhardt, P.K. Yonge: The junior ran a personal record time of 17:25 to place 39th at 1A state meet.

Blake Lowery, Gainesville: The sophomore ran a PR 16:29 to place 47th individually at the Class 3A meet Saturday in Tallahassee, leading the Hurricanes to 20th place overall in their first state meet in more than 20 years.

Carter Page, Gainesville: The sophomore ran a PR 19:54 to place 53rd at the 3A state meet, leading the girls team to a 19th place finish.

Marcella Perez, St. Francis: The freshman, who was the Wolves' first runner to reach the 1A state meet, finished 60th with a time of 20:50.

Volleyball

Kayla Simmons, P.K. Yonge: The senior setter and Marshall commit had 10 kills, 30 assists, 18 digs, two blocks, 16 service points and three aces last week for the Blue Wave.

Sydney Daugherty, Newberry: The junior outside hitter/middle blocker had 14 kills in Saturday's regional final win at Williston, and 25 for the week for the Panthers.

Athletes of the week are determined by nominations from area coaches. Coaches are asked to call in every Monday to (352) 374-5050 between 12-4 p.m.

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