By Brian Savard
ORLANDO, Florida, November 12. NORTHEAST'S Meg Romano turned in two elite times and broke one state record at the Florida 2A State High School Championships.
Romano clocked a quick 1:46.70 in her 200 freestyle, taking the event. Despite the fast swim, she fell short of Rhi Jeffrey's 1:45.49 that stands as both the state and national record in the event.
Later in the meet, Romano lowered a 10-year-old record in her 100 backstroke with a 54.41 swim. Christy Watkins of Trinity Prep set the former mark of 54.69 in the 1997 state championship meet.
Romano earned All-American status with both of her swims.
Boca Raton topped the Sunshine State's women's field, compiling 256 points throughout the meet. Satellite took the runner-up position with 210 points while Booker edged out Bishop Kenny in the last event to take third (143.5).
Belen Jesuit Prep garnered the team title on the men's side, amassing 275.5 points. Leon came in second with 220 points while Boca Raton narrowly beat out Newsome for third (156).
Women's Individual Results
Boca Raton claimed two out of the three relays. The grouping of Danielle Smith, Carly Pike, Katie Parker and Danielle Caruso joined up in the 200 medley relay, winning in a 1:50.26 time. Boca Raton's 200 freestyle relay contingent of Caruso, Taylor Faris, Charlotte Williams and Jacqueline Ring edged out Bishop Kenny, recording a 1:39.33 time.
Kaitlin Frehling of Seminole locked up two All-American standards in both of her individual event wins. She cranked out a 23.46 in the 50 freestyle before mustering up a 56.64 100 butterfly.
McKayla Lightbourn of Booker pasted the 200 IM field, notching a win with a 2:03.78 All-American time. She also took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.69).
Men's Individual Results
Joseph Ziegler of Leon took the same road as Romano, swimming and winning both the 200 freestyle (1:37.67) and 100 backstroke (49.48) in All-American times.
Kelley Wyman, another Leon superstar, pulled out wins in both sprint events. Wyman garnered All-American honors in both the 50 (21.16) and 100 (46.48) freestyle events.
Leon used its two star swimmers to power two first-place relays. Ziegler mounted a comeback in the 200 freestyle relay (Wyman, Antonio Birk, Francisco Birk and Ziegler) after diving in a second and a half behind Belen Jesuit. He split a scorching 20.00, anchoring the relay to a touch-out win by .01 (1:26.39). Belen Jesuit found its worst nightmare again in the 400 freestyle relay, as Ziegler posted a 43.92 anchor split after the Leon relay was down by a second and a half. Leon's quartet of Wyman, Patrick Dix, Francisco Birk and Ziegler owned the winning time of 3:10.84. Leon took All-American status in each of the two relays.
Kirsty Shepler of Nease headed the list of the women's diving results, scoring 415.85 points. Claire Page of Middleton earned the silver medal with 406.95 points while Jennifer Botsch from Tarpon Springs placed third (393.75).
Northeast's P.J. Bennett topped the men's competition with a 413.00 score. Clayton Maffeo of Merritt Island (393.25) and Matt Reiter of Auburndale (376.00) placed second and third, respectively.