The 2002-03 high school swimming season officially got under way last week, as prep squads from Lakeside and Evans hit the water for a meet at Augusta Aquatics Center.
With Westside and Cross Creek high school rounding out the Thursday meet, 135 athletes were in action.
Additionally, 300 fans, including parents and high school students, were on hand to cheer for the teams.
Lakeside provided something to shout about, as the Panthers and Lady Panthers swept the season-opening meet. The Lakeside girls won handily, while the Lakeside boys worked hard to earn a narrow victory over Evans.
Leading the Lady Panthers were Shannon Snowdy (first in the 500-yard freestyle), Sarah Caruana (second-place finishes in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events), Kristen Evans (second in the 500-yard freestyle), Megan Eustice (third in the 500-yard freestyle), Rebecca Houston (second in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard freestyle), Erica Mankin (third in the 200-yard individual medley), and, Amanda Rowland (third in the 100-yard breaststroke).
Lakeside swept the top spots in girls 1-meter diving, as Lorin Harter, Courtney Ward and Ashley Baum finished one-two-three. For Evans, Sharon Rogers and Rebekah Moody won two events each.
Though the Lady Panthers didn't appear to be challenged, the Lakeside boys were pushed to the limit, but pulled out a 116-111 win over Evans.
The Knights picked up points from double-winners Christian Kata and Richard Splichal, and 100-yard breastroke winner Justin Richards, but the Panthers countered by taking two of the three relay events. Michael Gibson contributed to the Lakeside win with a pair of individual victories.
Other top point scorers for the Panthers were Peter Caruana (second in both the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly events), Eric Hauff (second in the 200-yard individual medley and third in the 100-yard backstroke), John Barrett (second in the 100-yard backstroke), and Clay Tuggle (second in the 100-yard breastroke).
Along with strong showings from Kata, Splichal and Richards, the Knights were helped by Drew Hess (second in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 50-yard freestyle), Ben Lewis (third in the 100-yard breaststroke), Ryan Clark (third in the 100-yard freestyle), and Peter Borschelt (third in the 200-yard freestyle and second in the 500-yard freestyle).
High school swimming and diving meet
Augusta Aquatics Center
Girls: Lakeside 174; Westside 65; Evans 57; Cross Creek 8.
Boys: Lakeside 116; Evans 111; Westside 46.
Columbia County's event winners
Girls: Evans High School - Sharon Rogers, 50-yard freestyle (:26.60), 100-yard freestyle (:59.36); Rebekah Moody, 100-yard breaststroke (1:14.14), 100-yard butterfly (1:02.44). Lakeside High School - Shannon Snowdy, 500-yard freestyle (6:15.41); Lorin Harter, 1-meter diving (145.75). Relays - Lakeside, 200-yard freestyle (1:57.16); Evans, 400-yard freestyle (4:19.12).
Boys: Lakeside High School - Michael Gibson, 50-yard freestyle (:23.16), 100-yard freestyle (:53.16); John Barrett, 500-yard freestyle (5:27.08). Evans High School - Christian Kata, 200-yard freestyle (1:47.17), 100-yard backstroke (:55.40); Justin Richards, 100-yard breastroke (1:16.14); Richard Splichal, 100-yard butterfly (:58.10), 200-yard individual medley (2:12.75). Relays: Evans - 200-yard medley (1:50.78); Lakeside - 200-yard freestyle (1:40.48); 400-yard freestyle (3:36.68).
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