September 28, 2013
Buchholz girls, GHS boys win city meet
By Cliff Olsen
Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12:03 a.m.
Heading into Saturday’s Rob Ramirez City Swimming & Diving Meet at Westside Pool, the Buchholz girls team was well aware that this would be the only time this season they would be in the same pool with city rival Gainesville.
The Bobcats made the most of that opportunity by edging the Hurricanes, 587-532 to win the annual event and claim city bragging rights for the sixth time in the last seven years.
On the boys side, GHS, the defending Class 2A state champions, won the meet, which is named after its coach, in comfortable fashion for the third straight season.
In addition to the Bobcats girls team knowing this was the only time they’d face the Hurricanes, they also remembered losing to GHS two years ago at the city meet.
“I told them before the meet, we don’t want to feel the sting of losing again,” said Buchholz coach Steven Bostick, a GHS alum, who swam four years for Ramirez. “I told them this is your chance to prove that you are the best team in town.
“We really are all about winning. They (the team) don’t settle for any type of second place or mediocrity.”
The Bobcats had five individual winners, Savannah Fissiden (200 individual medley, 2:15.63); Christie Bassett (50 freestyle, 25.35); Rachel McKivigan (100 butterfly, 1:01.41); Alex Dering (100 freestyle, 56.38) and Tierney Shimansky (500 freestyle, 5:17.37). All five swimmers combined to help sweep all three relays, the 200 medley (1:54.02); 200 freestyle (1:43.62) and the 400 freestyle (3:51.18).
Buchholz swimmers also placed in the top three spots in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle.
Other individual city champions included Gainesville’s Courtney Bryant (100 backstroke, (1:01.69) and Rebekah Dain (100 breaststroke, 1:10.40), Oak Hall’s Lindsey Trematerra: (200 freestyle, 1:59.22) and Eastside’s Alicia Frazer (1-meter diving, 368.80).
On the boys side, the Hurricanes used their depth to roll to a 207-point win over second-place Buchholz. GHS won all three relays and had swimmers place in the top four spots in the 500 freestyle and in the top two spots in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.
“I think what is special about these group of guys is that the talent is a little bit more spread out, there are 10-12 boys that are just real solid,” Ramirez said. “I am very proud of the performance and the heart they showed today.”
The Hurricanes who claimed individual city titles were Ben Borgert (200 freestyle, 1:46.46); Michael Quillen (200 individual medley, 2:08.68); Max Bungert (100 freestyle, 49.37); Brandon Parramore, who is Bostick’s younger brother, (500 freestyle, 4:53.75) and Guy Cameron (100 breaststroke, 1:03.82).
That group helped GHS win the 200 medley relay (1:42.12); the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.50) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:22.34).
Eastside, which placed third in both the girls and boys, was led by standout Wesley Olmsted, the meet’s only double individual event winner. He captured city titles in the 50 freestyle (21.03) and the 100 butterfly (50.22). Josh Hershfeld-Kroen, also of Eastside, won the 1- meter diving (291.80) and P.K. Yonge’s Ailin McCullough titled in the 100 backstroke (57.97).
“He (Olmsted) is tremendously focused on his goal of winning state in his events,” Rams coach Jon Allen said. “This meet was a stepping stone to achieving those goals.”
The meet also featured its annual closing ceremony in which every coach introduces and recognizes every senior with the accolades they have received during their careers.
“It was another great city meet and anytime you get next to Rob, it is fun to battle,” Bostick said. “It is always fun to beat the teacher.”