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TBAY Brandon Swimmers to Watch

Excerpts from the Tampa Bay Times (Wednesday August 22,2012)

Hillsborough County Swimming & Diving Season Preview

Just to prove we’re not totally football-centric around here, we’ve chosen to chlorinate our coverage for a day. Time to digress from X’s and O’s and focus on strokes and splits. In the wake of the Olympics, the local prep swimming/diving season has arrived. To get you primed, we’ve put together what we hope is a comprehensive county preview. Dive in and let us know whether we executed a proverbial pike with our forecasts, or belly flopped.

Favorites in the fast heat
Five boys swimmers to watch
Gregory Campo, Fr., Tampa Prep

Probably will vie with Jesuit’s Thompson Marston for local backstroke supremacy
Will Jennings, Sr., Jesuit
Freestyle ace also swam on two state medal-winning Tigers relay teams last season
John Nolte, Sr., Robinson
50 free state medalist has never lost an individual race in his prep dual-meet career
Rasmus Skjaerpe, Jr., Tampa Prep
Norwegian national teamer earned two top-six individual finishes at 2011 A meet
D.J. Waite, Sr., Bloomingdale
Bulls veteran finished fifth (46.37 seconds) at last year’s 3A meet


Five girls swimmers to watch
Bailey Bowden, Jr., Plant City

Lifelong swimmer was eighth in 500 free at 2011 3A meet
Ally Donahue, So., Plant
As freshman, placed fifth in 100 breast at 3A state meet
Maddie Hess, So., Newsome
Backstroke star qualified for U.S. Olympic trials
Savannah Savitt, Fr., Tampa Prep
As eighth-grader, made two individual state finals and won two relay medals
Dee Sopapong, So., Wharton
State qualifier in four events (including two relays) as freshman