HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Columbia's Burns has record showing at state swim meet
Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 11:22 p.m.
For the third straight season, Columbia All-American Hannah Burns came back from the state swim meet with a gold medal.
The junior took first at the Class 2A state meet in the 200-yard individual medley for the second straight season on Friday, posting an automatic All-American time of 2:00.95 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart.
Later in the evening, she placed second in the 500 freestyle, posting her career best time of 4:48.99, again an automatic All-American time.
She also was a member of the second-place 200 medley relay team, which also consisted of Lindsay Lee, Skylar Covert and Courtney Britt. The Tigers finished ninth at state, their best showing in more than 10 years.
“Her 500 free was her best time, but she was a little disappointed with her IM,” said Columbia coach Mary Kay Mathis. “With Hannah, she had a goal in mind, she wanted to break two minutes. She broke her own school record in the 500 free, in the district and regions she wasn't even rested.”
The Sun's two-time Swimmer of the Year, Burns won the 100 breaststroke as a freshman and took second in the 200 IM. The following season, as a sophomore, she won the IM and took second in the breaststroke.
A year-round swimmer with Gator Swim Club, Burns told Mathis she wanted to compete in the 500 free this season at state, even though she didn't expect to win it.
“It didn't matter to her, she wanted to swim the distance and drop her time,” Mathis said. “She is a well-rounded swimmer for the IM, She competed in the Olympic Trials in the 400 IM.”
Rachel McKivigan, Buchholz: At the Class 3A state meet, the senior took third in the 100 freestyle with an All-American consideration time of 51.57, and took seventh in the 200 free (1:51.77) in leading the Bobcats to a 12th-place finish.
Tony James, Gainesville: The senior running back, who has committed to Oregon, ran for 123 yards and had a game-tying 65-yard kickoff return in the Hurricanes' 17-14 victory over Land O'Lakes Sunlake in the Class 6A regional quarterfinals.
Anthony Moore, Buchholz: The junior, competing in the 152-pound class, went 5-0, all five pins, at Bishop Snyder 5 Dual Tournament.
Lindsay Lee, Columbia: At the Class 2A state meet, the senior took third in the 100 backstroke (57.46) and eighth in the 50 freestyle (24.34).
Roger Cray, Columbia: The sophomore defensive back had four tackles along with four pass breakups and two interceptions, returning one 60 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers' 42-24 win at St. Augustine in the Class 6A regional quarterfinals.
Buddy Edwards, Union County: The senior ran for 148 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Tigers' 41-13 victory at Crescent City in the Class 1A regional semifinals.
Hamp Cheevers, Trenton: The sophomore wide receiver/defensive back had four catches for 53 yards, returned one interception for a touchdown and had an 88-yard punt return for a score in the Tigers' 50-21 win over Lafayette in the Class 1A regional semifinals.
Melvin Adams, Trenton: The senior ran for 130 yards on 14 carries and scored one TD in the Tigers' win over Lafayette.
Jai Kinsey, Suwannee: The junior ran for 94 yards on eight carries in the Bulldogs' 31-12 loss at South Sumter in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals.
Zaki Majboor, Buchholz: The senior, competing in the 182-pound class, went 5-0 with four pins at the Bishop Snyder 5 Dual Tournament in Jacksonville.
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.