Swimming Class A State Meet: Henricks, Howard Reach Consolation Final
Fri. November 11, 2011 at 11:49 p.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
BY LISA COFFEY
ORLANDO | Swimmers Aaron Henricks of All Saints and Rebekah Howard of Oasis Christian reached the consolation finals of the Class A state swim meet Friday at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.
Lakeland Christian diver Mitch Devore placed 14th and Frostproof's Robbie Costine took 19th out of 24.
For Henricks and Devore, their swims and dives were the last of their careers while Wong, a freshman, and Howard, a sophomore, set the foundations for solid swim careers.
Howard won the consolation heat of the 100-yard breast stroke with a time of 1:07.01, placing ninth in her best event.
However, her time was faster than eighth-place finisher Emma Madden of the Pine School (Stuart), who swam 1:07.03 in the final.
Howard swam 1:07.36 to reach the 100 breast stroke consolation final, improving her qualifying time of 1:07.48.
Howard failed to make the final in the 200 individual medley.
She placed 22nd in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:19.99 in the preliminary race after entering with a time of 2:17.90.
She was swimming in her fourth state meet, trying to reach her first final.
Henricks was looking to reach the finals for the second time in his third trip to states.
Even though he swam a personal best time of 22:12 in the 50 freestyle preliminary, it wasn't enough to reach the finals with the top eight swimmers.
In the consolation final (for swimmers in ninth through 16th), Henricks took 16th with a time of 22:34.
"It's OK," Henricks said of the final. "I was a little disappointed. It's been a great season. No regrets."
All Saints coach Stacy Walsh put it in perspective.
"I've never seen times this fast," she said. "He was seeded 20th. We knew it was a matter of out-touching."
Devore made up for missing districts and a chance at states last year by reaching the dive finals and surviving both cuts, in the meet, finishing 14th with 349.75 points.
The trip to states was the first for the senior who missed the district meet last year with a concussion suffered from doing parkour, a sort of urban gymnastics.
As a sophomore, he reached the regional diving meet.
He was pleased with his place Friday, which was where he was seeded.
"I'm big into adrenaline rush sports," said the carefree, athletically-diverse senior.
But he took his love for parkour a little bit easier.
"I learned my lesson," he said. "Never mess up. I was much more careful and made wiser decisions during the season."
His goal was to make it to states and make the finals.
Frostproof freshman Robbie Costine placed 19th in his second appearance at state, missing the second cut.
All Saint freshman David Wong missed the final in the 100 butterfly, but still swam a personal best time of 55:10 in his second trip to states. He was seeded 21st and finished 19th.