Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014
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2013 Hernando Today All-County Girls Swim Team

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Swimmer of the Year

Monica Surrena

200-yard freestyle/200-yard IM/50-yard freestyle/100-yard butterfly/100-yard freestyle/500-yard freestyle/100-yard breaststroke

Springstead - Senior

COMMENTS: Four-time Swimmer of the Year and All-County selection . First county female to reach states since 2007, advancing in the 200 free and 100 free . In three previous years, she had made a regional championship final but just missed out on a state berth . At Class 2A FHSAA Finals, finished 23rd in the 200 (2:01.28) and 24th in the 100 (56.60) . Posted the county's fastest time in all but one individual event, and was part of the county's top team in all three relays . Broke own school record in the 200 free with season-best 2:00.03 at 2A-Region II Meet, placing fifth, and at that same event set a new school mark in the 100 free, a fifth-place 55.82 . Placed third in both those races at 2A-District 6 Meet, with times of 2:02.87 and 56.36 respectively . During the regular season, swam county bests of 2:28.50 in the 200 IM, 26.60 in the 50 free, 1:08.90 in the 100 fly, 5:38.81 in the 500 free and 1:22.96 in the 100 breast.

QUOTES: "I think her senior year, I believe she accomplished what we intended to do, getting her to states. She worked very hard to do so. . I think we just didn't pressure ourselves too much on (making states). We didn't worry about what the outcome was going to be. We were a little more relaxed."

- Springstead coach Wayne Withington

Paisley Whitaker

100-yard backstroke

Hernando - Senior

COMMENTS: Third straight All-County selection . Paced the county in the 100 back for the third year in a row, with a fourth-place 1:10.56 at 2A-6 Meet . Qualified for regionals in the 100 back and 100 free for the second year in a row, and also made regionals in the 100 back as a freshman . At 2A-II Meet, finished 13th in 100 free (1:01.64) and 14th in 100 back (1:11.33) . Also placed fourth in the district in the 100 free in 59.73.

QUOTES: "As much as she puts into the sport, as hard as she works, it's not a surprise she was successful. She works very hard at this sport and earned whatever awards she can get. . She had a lot of improvement over last year. She cut several seconds off her time. She just didn't fair quite as well when we made it to districts. But overall she did pretty good."

- Hernando head coach Steve Francher

Relays

Allyson Fielder, Maddy Kiloh, Sara Overa, Surrena

200-yard medley/200-yard freestyle/400-yard freestyle

Springstead

COMMENTS: While the freshman Kiloh was new to the lineup, the sophomore Fielder, junior Overa and Surrena were part of All-County 200-free and 400-free relays in 2012 . The quartet competed at regionals in the 200 medley (11th, 2:12.04) and 200 free (seventh, 1:53.11) . In the district, they finished second in the 200 free (county-best 1:52.29) and third in the 200 medley (county-best 2:10.57) . Swam the county's fastest 400 free time Oct. 3 against Crystal River at Bicentennial Park, a 4:20.93.

QUOTES: "Just the individual strokes they kind of specified in and teamwork (led to success). . Although (Kiloh) was a freshman, she does swim (year-round). Her attitude and wanting to compete made the difference. . Sara has really come a long way. She really improved with the way she swam. Allyson didn't do as well as I hoped, but she did well."

- Springstead coach Wayne Withington

Coach of the Year

Wayne Withington

Springstead - 3rd year

COMMENTS: Third straight Coach of the Year selection . The Lady Eagles swept through the county (4-0) and finished 7-1 overall, only losing to Lecanto . Over his three seasons, the girls have gone a combined 22-6, including 13-0 within the county . Springstead placed third in 2A-6 (227) and tied for 11th in 2A-II (73).

QUOTES: "Everybody got along super great and pulled together as a team. I think it reflected in their swimming throughout the year."

- Withington

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