meincke-copyOn Tuesday, Oct. 4, the boys swim team swept the competition and won the metro championship held at Winter Park High School with 496 points.

In their first race, seniors Travis Stuart and Samuel Gentry-Mickelson, along with sophomores Russell Dagon and Dylan McKinney started strong and took first in the 200 medley relay (1:45.30). The team also racked up more points for the team in the 200 freestyle where Stuart took second, sophomore Elias Contogonas took third (1:54.14) and senior Thomas Moore took fourth (2:01.03).

As the meet continued, Dagon and senior Andy Hoogvorst placed fifth (2:16.15) and sixth (2:22.00) in the 200 individual medley. McKinney and Dagon also earned the team points in the 100 butterfly where they took third (59.94) and sixth (1:06.26).

Gentry-Mickelson followed with two more first place performances in the 50 freestyle (22.9) and the 100 freestyle.

Freshman Shane Bonham made an improvement and beat his personal record in the 100 freestyle (58.4), along with Jose Rodriguez who also beat his personal record in the 100 backstroke (1:15.73).

Not letting up, sophomore Robert Duckworth won his heat for the 500 freestyle (5:57.85) while Contogonas won the whole event (5:02.63). Stuart, Gentry-Mickelsen, Moore and McKinney worked together and took first place, yet again, in the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.81).

Stuart and Ryan Bogdan placed third (57.11) and fourth (1:03.03) to add some last minute points for the team in the 100 backstroke, along with McKinney and Hoogvorst who placed first (1:03.57) and fourth (1:08.06) in the 100 breaststroke.

In the final heat, Bogdan, Dagon, Contogonas, and Moore ended with a bang and took first in the 400 freestyle relay (3.32.89).

By placing in every event, the boys’ swim team secured their spot as the metro champions. Come out and support the swim team as they compete in the district championship on Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. at Winter Park High School.

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