LP splashes past Sebring

To say the Green Dragons have had a decent season in the swimming pool would be the understatement of the year. Lake Placid has been dominant all season, and the Dragons continued their winning ways Tuesday, sweeping a nondistrict dual meet against Sebring at the Green Dragons Pool. The Blue Streak boys won their meet by a score of 206-96, while the girls captured theirs 206-102 for a lopsided total of 412-198 to submerge the Blue Streaks. "It was a great meet," Lake Placid coach Tom Creel said. "I really enjoyed the lowered times. It shows we're focused for the upcoming district, regional, and state meets."
The Dragons swam in the Heartland Invitational just three days prior to meet, but you wouldn't know it from Tuesday's results. "For us to come out and compete like that shows a lot," Creel said. "I was surprised they swam so well. And Sebring is in a bigger class than us, so how well we did is a good measuring stick for us ahead of districts." While the Dragons excelled as a team, the day belonged to Andrew Brown, Jr., who broke his own school records in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Brown, Jr. captured the 200 IM in a blistering 2:09.9, finishing nearly 20 seconds ahead of Sebring's Jack Edgemon. In the breaststroke, Brown, Jr. cruised to first place with a sizzling time of 1:02.98. Again, Brown, Jr. finished 20 seconds ahead of second place, besting Dragons teammate Brock Yates who came in at 1:24.42. "He's a real contender for state," Creel said. "He just barely missed being in the top eight last year, and now it seems like he's more focused than ever." Meanwhile, in the relay events, the Lady Dragons were formidable. The girls swept through relays, capturing the 200 medley, as well as the 200 and 400 freestyle. The Lady Dragons also placed at least two sets of swimmers in the top three of each relay. Robbye Teal, Rachel Shattler, Kasey Williams, and Eden Taylor guided the girls to first place in the 200 medley, finishing with a time of 2:16.36. In the 200 freestyle, Courtney Sapp, Hali Pollard, Katie Dye, and Anne Weber-Callahan combined their talents to breeze into first at 1:52.32. They were the only group to finish the relay in under two minutes. Sapp, Dye, and Weber-Callahan also teamed with Claire LeBlanc to win the 400 freestyle in 4:06.77. The boys were solid in relays as well, but they fell one race shy of matching the girls' perfection. Brown, Jr., Dalton Lambert, Clay Sapp, and Travis Peeples worked together for a first place finish in the 200 medley, coming in at 1:51.52 to edge Sebring by six seconds. Peeples and Brown, Jr. also paired with Travis Russell and Alex Miller to capture the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:38.78. But in the 400 freestyle, Sebring edged Lake Placid's Mason Million, Sapp, Lambert, and Miller for first place, as the Blue Streaks finished in 3:48.79 to the Dragons 3:49.88. Other strong individual performances came from Lake Placid's Gabriella Dion and Samuel Smith, as the pair combined to sweep the girls and boys 100 backstroke. Dion finished with a time of 1:14.18 while Smith came in at 1:04.38 The two schools split the 1-meter diving contest. Sebring's Mary Patterson won the event for the Lady Streaks, totalling 115.95 points to surpass Lady Dragon Phoebe Phypers' score 100.60. Phyper was the only Lake Placid swimmer to place in the girls diving competition. Lake Placid won the boys diving, with Jarred Browning scoring the most points on either side, cruising into first place with 132.70 points. Both teams will compete in their district meets next week. bhoward@highlandstoday.com (863) 386-5841