By Bill Kemp
George Jenkins won both the boys and girls meets with three of the power five county swimming schools competing. Only Lakeland and All Saints Academy were missing.
Jenkins head coach Jenn Gosline said she was happy with the two wins because she really didn’t expect it.
“ We still have work to do. So we will have to get down to the grind and move forward for the next-two weeks,” said Gosline, who credited strategy for paying off with the sweep. “ We really strategized the lower places so we had it more full.”
The Jenkins girls finished with 287 points, followed by McKeel Academy (278), Winter Haven ( 262) and Kathleen (43). The Jenkins boys racked up 301 points followed by Winter Haven (269), McKeel (235) and Kathleen (131).
Winning for the Jenkins girls were Angelique Benda in the 50 free at 24.97, Lauren Cardosi (1:00.84) in the 100 butterfly and Sydney Gearhart (56.79) in the 100 free. Jenkins also took the girls 200- and 400- free relays.
Winter Haven girls won the 200-medley relay and Kirsten Adams won the 100 breaststroke with a 1:16.94.
The McKeel girls were led by Emma Foster, who won the 200 IM (2:18.87) and the 100 back (1:03.69), and Skylar Peterson, who won the 200 free (2:02.47) and 500 free (5:32.53).
Winter Haven divers won both competitions, with Quinn Scarborough taking the boys meet with a 235.90 and last year’s county runner- up Haley Henson win the girls with 191, though two of her divers were not to her liking.
“My front double and back one-and-half didn’t go so well,” said Henson, who has taken first place at all-five of her meets this season. “The board is not too great. It’s a good experience because it helps me get used to other boards and not just rely on the home board (at Rowdy Gaines Pool).”
The Jenkins boys picked up wins from Evan Schulhofer in the 200 IM (2:27.34) and 100 fly (59.47), Colby Garthwaite in the 200 IM (2:00.86) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.60), Alleva in the 50 free (23.65), Evan Schulhofer in the 100 fly (59.47) along with 200- medley and 200-free relays.
Winter Haven boys also picked up wins from Jacob Santiago in the 100 free (50.53) and 100 back 1:00.32) as well as the 400-free relay (3:35.53).