The Lecanto High School Panthers swam to the finish line to gain a place at the Class of 2A State Finals.
The Panthers pushed as hard as they could at the district regional swim meet Nov. 5 at the YMCA pool in Orlando. Many of the swimmers set new personal records, and some came within seconds of breaking a school-wide record. With a time of 1:47.85, the team of swimmers consisting of J.D. Heinzman, Jake Tamposi, Andrew Choung, and Steven Swartz were only seconds away from setting the new record for Lecanto High.
The team found it hard to pull it together in the beginning of the meet.
“In the morning, we were struggling,” boys’ head coach Matt Bouthillier said.
With the boys placing eighth and the girls finishing 12th of the 39 schools competing, the Panthers pulled through for an above average finish.
“In the afternoon during the finals, everybody showed up and did their best,”
said Bouthillier. “It was kind of like a ‘Tale of Two Teams’ on Saturday.”
With the extra stress of the morning, it was quite a surprise when the team came back in the afternoon for a well-deserved place in the finals. The two competitors striving for a state championship will be senior Jake Tamposi, competing in the 200 freestyle and the 100 breast stoke, and junior Kylie Sisk competing in dive. They will be the only representatives from Citrus County at the state finals.
The state finals will take place at the Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center pool in Orlando. Bouthillier is hoping for great results at the state meet.
“I think both of them are going to do better than they have ever done before,” said Bouthillier.