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Jenkins’ Johnson, Garthwaite Take Fifth at Regional

Swimming

Adison Johnson and Colby Garthwaite turned in top performances for George Jenkins Friday and Saturday in the 4A, Region 2 Swimming and Diving Meet at North Shore Aquatics Complex in St. Petersburg.

Johnson a senior, entered the girl’s diving competition seeded 12th after her district meet last week.

Johnson put together a string of good dives, enabling her to score 21 points higher than last week, elevating her all the way up to a 5th-place regional finish and a much better shot to make the field in next week’s 4A state diving meet.

“I was really worried about my back one-and-a-half somersault dive,” she said. “I failed that dive at districts last week and I was really devastated, thinking I might not make it to regionals. But this time I completed the dive and I am thankful to have made it this far. To be honest, if I were to make it to state, that would be amazing.”

Garthwaite, a junior, lowered his season-best time in the 100 breaststroke down to 1:01.41 for a 5th-place finish.

Now he waits to see if he makes the field of 24 in the 4A state meet.

“I feel it could have been a little better,” said Garthwaite. “But overall I have put in the work, I raced hard, and I finished strongly, so it was a good day.”

“We are really proud of everyone,” said George Jenkins swim coach Jenn Gosline. “Swimming in the fastest 4A region, everyone really stepped up and swam best times today,”

Both the George Jenkins girls and boys team placed 15th in the team standings.

The girl’s team competition was won by Plant, while the boys saw Sarasota Riverview take the top spot.

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