District Swimming and Diving: Orloff, Voisard Clinch Berths For Regionals
Fri. October 28, 2011 at 12:18 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
Lynee Orloff from Lake Region High School competes during the Get Rowdy at County Swim and Dive meet. Thursday October 20 2011 (Photo by Paul Crate / News Chief)
By BILL KEMP
Ledger Media Group
WINTER HAVEN | Fresh off winning the Polk County diving championships last week, Lake Region's Lynee Orloff and Winter Haven's James Voisard locked up unofficial regional berths, finishing as runners-up at the Class 2A, District 7 meet on Thursday.
To insure accuracy, meet officials planned to recalculate the score sheets and post the officials results at Rowdy Gaines Olympic Pool when the District 7 swim meet continues today.
McKenzie Hargaden (Sebring) and Larry McVicker (Harmony) won the district titles.
Orloff dazzled several judges with her double-front dive at county and it proved to be her power dive again at districts as she scored several 7's.
"It was my best and most difficult, and I hit it again this week," Orloff said, who will be making her third trip to regional competition. "I've learned not to do too many twists because my first year at regionals I failed two dives and got disqualified. I over-twisted."
Vosiard, a junior, will be making his second trip to the regional, which will be held Nov. 4 at the North Shore Aquatic Complex in Seminole.
"Today was my first 11-dive meet (this year) but this helped me as much as the other dive meets," Voisard said.
Divers must total at least 280 points from an 11-dive package to be eligible for regional competition. The district champ and runner-up receive automatic berths provided they meet the 280-point minimum.
There are 12 districts in Region 3 which could open up at-large berths for two Polk County girls: Hannah Bassett (Winter Haven) and Katrina Ritchey (Lake Region) and two Winter Haven boys: Alex Branstrator and Morgan Osborn.
Jenkins Girls Take 3rd; Jenkins Boys Finish 4th
TAMPA | The George Jenkins girls swimming team continues to roll after placing third in the Class 3A, District 4 championship at New Tampa YMCA. The Jenkins boys finished fourth.
Jenkins 200-yard medley teams, both boys and girls, had the most success for the Eagles.
The girls team of Lucy Muller, Ashlyn Firman, Meghan Mack and Kyleigh Firman team finished fourth in the event. The boys team of Alex Carson, Corey Brown, Bryce Harden and Gabe Gonzalez placed second.
Kyleigh Firman and Mack finished first and second in the girls 50 freestyle. Firman beat out Mack by .07, 26.01 to 26.08. Kyleigh Firman also finished second in the 100 butterfly and Muller fifth,
Alex Carson placed second in the boys 100 freestyle.
Gonzalez amd Brown both places in the 50 yard freestlye. Brown in fourth and Gonzalez in eighth.