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AmberJax Swimmers in the Florida Times Union

Congrats to four AmberJax swimmers who are gaining attention in the Florida High School and Collegiate levels. the following is an excerpt from the Florida Times Union regarding our athletes. To read the whole story including a picture. Please follow the link -   http://jacksonville.com/sports/high-schools/2011-10-05/story/catch-these-high-school-swimmers-while-you-can#ixzz1aQ7VANXO

"With several elite high school and club swimming teams in the area, the First Coast annually draws plenty of attention from top college programs. Times-Union reporter Francine King highlights some of the talented area seniors who expect to be making an impact for Division I swimming teams next season:

Wil Friedman
School: Providence
Top events: 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley
Interested colleges: Florida Atlantic, Florida State
Resume: Placed 11th in Class 1A 100 breaststroke and tied for 11th in 200 IM in last year’s state finals. … Qualified for junior nationals in two relay events. … Personal records are 1:00.90 in the 100 breast and 1:56.12 in the 200 IM.
His favorite thing about swimming: “The life lessons I’ve been taught. Not many people realize, but the pool has taught me a lot about life. You can’t always win everything, and it’s taught me that you’ve got to be humble but always aware of people around you.”

Ana Marie Bistrow
School: Providence
Top events: 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle
Interested colleges: West Point, Seton Hall
Resume: Placed ninth in Class 1A 500 free and 12th in 200 free in last year’s state finals. … Personal records are 1:55.45 in the 200 free and 5:05.78 in the 500 free. … Was named honorable mention on the 2010 Times-Union All-First Coast girls basketball team.
Her future ambitions with swimming: “With swimming, I really just want to be the best athlete I can be — and that’s not necessarily just being in the pool, but also I want to eventually do triathlons, so this is a good start, I guess. I also want to go to the NCAAs.”

Evan DeGidio
School: Episcopal
Top events: 50 free, 100 free
Interested college: Florida Atlantic
Resume: Placed 12th in Class 1A 50 free in last year’s state finals. … Qualified for junior nationals in the 50 free and two relay events. … Personal records are 21.41 seconds in the 50 free and 48.44 seconds in the 100 free.
His favorite thing about swimming: “Big meets when [I] get to race against my friends and new people. I get to meet new people every meet. It’s really fun. The team has a lot of good bonding.”

Jaimee Gillmore
School: Episcopal
Top events: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle
Interested colleges: South Carolina, Colorado State, Vermont, Western Kentucky, Arkansas-Little Rock
Resume: Placed fourth in Class 1A 50 free and 10th in 100 free in last year’s state finals. … Qualified for junior nationals in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back. … Personal records are 24.12 seconds in the 50 free and 52.10 seconds in the 100 free.
Her biggest swimming ambition: “I want to get an Olympic Trial cut this year. It’s definitely my biggest goal. Maybe the Olympics [in 2012] is a long shot, but I think in the next four years, that’s definitely where I want to be.”


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