PVHS Swim Team Dominates Heading into States
By Johnny Inama
The Ponte Vedra swim team is going into states ready to compete for state titles. The district finals were held on Oct. 17, and the girls dominated all other schools, finishing in first place and winning their eleventh straight districts meet, and the boys were not far behind with a third place finish. The girls won the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay, with senior, Annie Woglemuth and sophomore, Penny Zarczynski both contributing in each event to give the girls a win by 168 points over the next closest school. The boys were led by senior, Fabrizzio Lijeron-Herrera, who finished in third in the 50 free, and second in the 100 fly, as the boys were a mere 21 points from second place. Junior, Ryan Yang said the team has seen improvement since the previous season. “We’re looking better than last with more people going to regionals,” said Yang following the district meet.
The Sharks were hungry for success going into the regional finals on Oct. 26. The girls nearly had a complete sweep, finishing first in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle, and being a close second in the 400 freestyle relay. Several girls won first and second place in individual events, beating out Nease high school by 96 points to win their second straight regional meet. “Everyone worked so hard this season to win, I was so proud of everyone,” said junior girls captain, Sydney Straub. The boys finished well within the top half of the 24 schools present, finishing in tenth overall. The Sharks will now go on to compete for a state title on Nov. 4 in Stuart, FL.