FLAGs March 8–11

The Sharks capped a successful weekend with the Team Title at the 2012 Spring Florida Age Group Championships!  By a final margin of 94 points, SYS edged the Bolles School Sharks – the Champion of the 2011 Summer FLAG’s meet.   Additionally, both the Boys 10&U’s and 11-12’s won high point for their age groups.   The Sharks also were awarded the Spirit Award for their good sportsmanship and enthusiastic support of the team (FTT)!   Congratulations to the Team!!

There were many exceptional performances, but none better over the whole weekend than those turned in by Austin Katz, the Boys 11-12 High Point winner, and Campbell Lee the Boys 13-14 co-High Point winner.   Not to be outdone, SYS had 41 athletes score points in individual events and the following swimmers finished top 20 in points in their respective age groups:  Girls 10&U: Olivia Graham (6th), and Emma Weyant (18th).  Boys 10&U:  Arik Katz (8th), and Jason Brzozowski (9th).  Girls 11-12: Lara Hernandez-Tome (13th), and Isabel Traba (20th).  Boys 11-12: Austin Katz (1st), Alex Webster (4th), Brett Riley (18th), and Michael Knoch (20th).  Girls 13-14: Nancy Hu (3rd),  Spence Atkins (8th), and Samantha Smithburger (11th).  Boys 13-14: Campbell Lee (1st), Carter Page (7th), and Drew Clark (16th).

We also had a number of winning swims including:  Arik Katz (1), Boys 10&U 500 Free;  Austin Katz (4), Boys 11-12 500 Free, 50 Back, 100 Back and 100 Fly; Spence Atkins (1), Girls 13-14 1000 Free;  Nancy Hu (3), Girls 13-14 200 Fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM;  and Campbell Lee (1), Boys 13-14 400 IM.  SYS also won three relay events.  Austin Katz, Alex Webster, Brett Riley and Michael Knoch combined to win both the Boys 11-12 200 Free relay and the 400 Free relay, while Patrick Amistoso stepped in for Brett and combined with Austin, Alex and Michael to win the Boys 11-12 400 Medley relay.

Finally, there were numerous Shark records broken during the meet.  Setting one individual Shark record each were:  Olivia Graham, Girls 10&U 500 Free (5:42.37);  Nancy Hu, Girls 13-14 200 Fly (2:00.26);  Cole Firlie, Boys 8&U 100 Back (1:15.31); and Alex Webster in the Boys 11-12 1000 Free (10:23.24).  Setting two new records was Campbell Lee in the Boys 13-14 200 Breast (2:11.23) and 200 Fly (1:56.35).  Finally in a truly dominant performance,  Austin Katz broke four records in the Boys 11-12 including;  500 Free (5:00.36), 50 Back (27.28), 100 Back (58.39), and the 100 Fly (58.56), a record that had stood for 27 years!

A final thanks to all Shark Families and to all our Volunteers including the Senior Group Swimmers that manned the timer chairs and other positions on Friday and Saturday Night.  The feedback was overwhelmingly positive from Athletes, Visiting Teams and Officials alike – a meet of this caliber could not be run without the tireless and unselfish response of the Shark Family.  JOB WELL DONE!!