Sharks ride wave of momentum into states

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The Ponte Vedra girls swimming team continues to rack up the hardware as they followed up their district title by winning the Region 1-3A championship.

The Sharks’ strength in relay competitions continues to stand out as once again they won the 200 medley relay with the team of Annie Wholgemuth, Annabelle MacAdams, Mary Agnes Smith and Penny Zarczynski combining to do so.

Another powerful grouping was the 200 freestyle relay team of Zarczynski, Sophie Fox, Kate Pelot and Wholgemuth, which proved too much for the rest of the competition and took home the victory in the category.

Just like she did at districts, Wholgemuth won both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and proved that she will have something to say when it comes to those disciplines at the state meet, which will take place in Stuart Nov. 4.

MacAdams doubled up her success at regionals with a win in the 100 breaststroke.

Several Sharks had stellar performances and the depth of the team is one of the main reasons why they continue to win competition after competition and will have a shot to keep it going at states.

The strong performances included Zarczynski with a pair of runner-up showings in the 50 free and 100 freestyle and Agnes Smith finishing second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly.

Pelot finished behind Zarczynski with third place in the 50 free and also claimed a runner-up in the 100 backstroke.

It was all Sharks in the 100 breaststroke, as Liv Copland followed MacAdams for a 1-2 finish in the event.

Fox, Pelot, Valentina Fraga and Copland also combined for a runner-up finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

The success the Sharks have had to this point has them riding a wave of momentum and with that comes and excitement for what the states could present.

They head to the state competition as one of the favorites to bring home a state team title and will have the shot at several other individual titles.

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