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It's no surprise that Springstead would be the strongest team in the county.

On Saturday night in a season-opening tri-meet at the YMCA of the Suncoast Hernando County Branch, the Eagles showed just how dominant they are, at least locally.

Facing Central and Weeki Wachee, Springstead swept both teams.

The Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Hornets, 62-33, and the Lady Bears, 81-12. The Springstead boys won 65-35 over Weeki Wachee and 67-26 against Central.

"I'm very impressed with our very first meet," Springstead head coach Wayne Withington said. "Everyone swam above expectations.

"I'm hoping this will set the pace and we'll continue to win throughout the county and beyond."

The outcomes generally went down as expected. The Lady Eagles won all but two races; their male counterparts placed first in 8-of-11 events.

Two-time Hernando Today Girls Swimmer of the Year Monica Surrena cruised to a victory in the 200-yard freestyle (2:05.37) and 100 butterfly (1:11.99).

She was also part of the winning 200-medley relay, joining Rebecca Glidden, Elizabeth Acevedo and Allyson Fielder in swimming a 2:21.42, and the top 400-free relay with Fielder, Melissa Fernandez and Glidden (4:31.15).

While Surrena's times weren't personal bests, they weren't far off, a positive considering the earliness of the season.

"I'm very happy," said Surrena, beginning her junior year. "I was a little nervous. I haven't had a school meet in a while. I wanted to make sure I'm on the right track to do good this season and I'm very pleased."

Fielder, a freshman, captured first in the 200 IM (2:46.67) and 500 free (6:27.04). Sophomore Sara Overa did the same in the 50 free (31.14) and 100 free (1:18.92).

Acevedo, another freshman, notched a win in the 100 breast (1:34.29).

Weeki Wachee broke through in the 200-free relay, as Kyla Kelly, Alina Burden, Jennifer Gouldey and Samantha Purvis combined for a 2:18.75.

Kyra Roberts added a first for the Lady Hornets in the 100 back (2:08.56).

Senior Charlie Watson, a regional qualifier and All-County pick for the Eagles last year, picked up where he left off in 2011.

Not that he ever stopped. The year-round swimmer showed off his skills in the 200 IM (2:22.48) and 100 fly (1:04.52).

"I felt great. But I think I could have gone a lot faster," Watson said. "I added six seconds to my 200 IM, then I added three seconds in the 100 fly.

"I could have had better times, but once I got ahead of everybody, I slowed down."

Teammate Morgan Kiloh, another returning regional qualifier and All-County selection, also paced the field in two individual events, the 200 free (1:58.32) and 500 free (5:45.42).

Matthew Sundell won the 100 back (1:15.17) and Hunter Geisen the 100 breast (1:18.78).

Kiloh, Geisen, Watson and Sundell combined for first in the 200-medley relay (1:59.54), and Watson, Jake Gregory, Sundell and Kiloh duplicated that with a 3:52.67 in the 400-free relay.

The surprise of the meet may have been Central junior Joey Brennan, the fastest swimmer in the 50 free (25.77) and 100 free (59.56).

He was definitely the highlight for the undermanned Bears.

"It comes down to numbers," Central head coach Sonya Burns said. "Even though it's more than last year, we still need more numbers to compete and fill the lanes."

On the boys side, Weeki Wachee's Jake Bence, Zach Guerin, Ryan Daniels and Steven James pulled out the 200-free relay (1:52.69).

The Hornets topped the Bears, 43-38, and the Lady Hornets triumphed over the Lady Bears, 64-24.

"We did really good. I'm really proud of them," Weeki Wachee head coach Brandon Sedgley said. "More than half of my team is new and we beat Central and put up a real good fight against Springstead, and they've got a lot of good, experienced swimmers.

"There were a few small mistakes, but we'll be really for the next one."


Springstead 62, Weeki Wachee 33

Springstead 81, Central 12

Weeki Wachee 64, Central 24

200-yard medley relay

1. Glidden, Acevedo, Surrena, Fielder (SPG) 2:21.42

200-yard freestyle

1. Surrena (SPG) 2:05.37

200-yard IM

1. Fielder (SPG) 2:46.67

50-yard freestyle

1. Overa (SPG) 31.14

100-yard butterfly

1. Surrena (SPG) 1:11.99

100-yard freestyle

1. Overa (SPG) 1:18.92

500-yard freestyle

1. Fielder (SPG) 6:27.04

200-yard freestyle relay

1. Kelly, Burden, Gouldey, Purvis (WW) 2:18.75

100-yard backstroke

1. Roberts (WW) 2:08.56

100-yard breaststroke

1. Acevedo (SPG) 1:34.29

400-yard freestyle relay

1. Fielder, Fernandez, Glidden, Surrena (SPG) 4:31.15


Springstead 65, Weeki Wachee 35

Springstead 67, Central 26

Weeki Wachee 43, Central 38

200-yard medley relay

1. Kiloh, Geisen, Watson, Sundell (SPG) 1:59.54

200-yard freestyle

1. Kiloh (SPG) 1:58.32

200-yard IM

1. Watson (SPG) 2:22.48

50-yard freestyle

1. Brennan (CEN) 25.77

100-yard butterfly

1. Watson (SPG) 1:04.52

100-yard freestyle

1. Brennan (CEN) 59.56

500-yard freestyle

1. Kiloh (SPG) 5:45.42

200-yard freestyle relay

1. Bence, Guerin, Daniels, James (WW) 1:52.69

100-yard backstroke

1. Sundell (SPG) 1:15.17

100-yard breaststroke

1. Geisen (SPG) 1:18.78

400-yard freestyle relay

1. Watson, Gregory, Sundell, Kiloh (SPG) 3:52.67 (352) 544-5288

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