FPC girls repeat Five Star Conference
The Lady Bulldogs won five individual events and both freestyle relays last weekend to take the conference title at the Port Orange YMCA pool.
State champion Micayla Cronk (200 and 100 freestyles) and Lucy Noble (50 free and 100 breast) each won two events apiece and Megan Hurley (500 free) won another in a powerful effort. Hurley added a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle to give FPC 1-2 finish in that event. McKenzie McComb joined her three teammates as part of the Lady Bulldog wins in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Cronk, who won five individual swimming titles at the Class 3A state meets the past three years, won the 200 freestyle in 1:55.90, with Hurley taking second in 2:01.95. Cronk later captured the 100 free in 53.06 seconds.
Noble won the 50 freestyle in 25.43 seconds and later captured the breaststroke in 1:11.08. Hurley’s 500 free time was 5:19.66. FPC’s winning time in the 200 free relay was 1:44.45, and the Lady Bulldogs won the 400 free relay in 3:48.49.
In addition to the wins, FPC got top three finishes in three other individual events. The Lady Bulldogs scored 432 points to beat Spruce Creek by 52 points.
The FPC boys’ team, hit hard by graduation, scored 141 points and was in seventh place. Jeffrey Serle scored top three finishes twice, taking second in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.30 and third in the 500 freestyle in 5:27.27.
REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GOLF
Matanzas’ girls team had a fifth-place finish at the Region 1-2A tournament played last week at Tiger Point Golf Club in Gulf Breeze, with ninth-grade sensation Alexandra Gazzoli leading the way with a fifth-place finish among individuals.
Gazzoli’s consistent play gave her a three over 74 in the one-day tournament. Katherine Bentley scored 86, Cadence Lasher has a 99 and Betsy Baker carded 106 to give the Lady Pirates a composite 368.
In the boys’ Region 1-2A tournament, Matanzas took eighth place overall with 350 strokes. Scoring for the Pirates were Ashtin Arlaud with an 85, Jake Vanucci, who carded 87, Alek Libby who shot 88 and Marcos Defeo with a 90.
FPC’s girls team also played well enough at the Region 1-3A tournament at Haile Plantation Golf Club near Fleming Island. Ninth-grader Carmella Carlisi led the way with a two-over 74, good for a ninth-place finish in a tie. Caroline Rizzo scored 81, Katie Parsons carded 84 and Lauren Holmgren scored 94 for a 333 total.
Although the FPC fifth-place finish as a team normally would preclude advancement to the state tournament next week, only three regions competed in Class 3A golf as Region 4 was vacated.
The state golf championships this season are being played once again at the Mission Inn and Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills. The Class 2A girls tournament is Oct. 27 and 28 and the Class 3A girls tournament is Oct. 30 and 31.