Dragons extinguish Devils

Avon Park hosted county rival Lake Placid in a nondistrict swim meet on Oct. 1, and the Dragons weren't the most hospitable of guests. The Dragons swept the meet, as the Lady Dragons scorched the Red Devils, tallying 218 points to Avon Park's 93. The boys team was just as impressive in its win, scoring 203 points to the Devils' 109. Excelling both individually and as a team, the Lady Dragons won every event in which they competed. Robbye Teal, Rachel Shattler, Kasey Williams, and Shelby Allcorn teamed to capture the 200-yard medley relay with a stellar time of 2:14.15. Teal and Allcorn also paired with Claire LeBlanc and Anne Weber-Callahan to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:51.37, edging teammates Courtney Sapp, Alexandria Griffin, Hali Pollard, and Katie Dye by just under eight seconds (1:58.77) to secure first place.
The Lady Dragons dominated the 400 freestyle relay, capturing first through third place. Dye, Pollard, LeBlanc, and Weber-Callahan finished first with a time of 4:09.59, followed by Taylor Eden, Lydia Heyman, Emily Waldron, and Williams in second at 4:47.13, while Missy Barajas, Hailey West, Griffin and Sapp placed third in 5:02.56. The girls team had a standout of individual performances as well. Teale won the 200 freestyle (2:22.98), Dye finished first in the 200 individual medley (2:42.67), Weber-Callahan captured the 100 butterfly (1:19.37) and 100 backstroke (1:17.85), LeBlanc won the 500 freestyle (6:19.09), and Shattler finished first in the 100 breaststroke by one second (1:22.77). Allcorn (27.34), LeBlanc (28.55), and Heyman (32.36) also finished first through third, respectively, in the 50 freestyle. While failing to duplicate the success of the girls squad, Lake Placid's boys team still had a strong afternoon against Avon Park. Dalton Lambert, Clay Sapp, Travis Russell, Andrew Brown, Jr. combined their talents for a sizzling first place finish in the 200 freestyle in 1:41.47. In the 200 medley relay, the boys captured the top three spots, with Lambert, Brown, Jr., Sapp, and Travis Peeples, finishing first with a time of 1:52.78; followed by Mason Million, Bo Campbell, Travis Russell, and Brandon Skeens in second at 2:04.55; and Alex Miller, Jonathan Gervais, Brock Yates, and Pierce Cloninger came in third in 2:09.02. The boys managed another top three finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Sapp, Million, Russell, and Peeples came in first at 3:56.81. Skeens, Lambert, Lance Fealey and Walker DeLoach placed second at 4:18.06, and Hilton Teal, Bo Campbell, Brock Yates, and Clayton Waldron were third at 4:30.16. Individually, the Dragons got strong performances from Lambert, Feagley, Peeples, and Brown, Jr. Lambert won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:34.30, while Peeples breezed to first place in the 50 freestyle in 24.11. Lance Feagley was also out done by his brother, Luke, in the 100 butterfly, as Luke edge Lance for first place, finishing with a time of 1:08.60 to Lance's 1:13.73. Avon Park did find some success at the meet, most of it coming in the diving competition. Tammy Hutchins won the girls 1 meter dive, finishing with 161.40 points. Hutchins was the only Red Devils female to score over 150 points. In the boys 1 meter dive, Avon Park produced the first three finishers. Josh Gaidos won the event with 245.45 points, followed by Domonic Hutchins in second with 230.45, while Zack Hutchins finished third with 142.10. bhoward@highlandstoday.com 863-386-5841