Sharks win first girls swim team title in school history

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It turns out that after all the records the Ponte Vedra High girls swim team set during the season, they ended up saving the best result for last, as the team won the first state title in school history.

The Sharks finished atop the Class 3A state competition with 245 points, 42 ahead of runner-up Tallahassee Chiles and 80 of third place Saint Petersburg.

The highest finishes en route to the team title came by both the 200-yard medley and 200 free relay teams, who won their respective categories.

Annie Wohlgemuth, Annabelle MacAdams, Mary Agnes Smith and Penny Zarczynski made up the winning 200 medley relay team, while the 200 free relay champions were Zarczynski, Wohlgemuth, senior Holly Cox and Liv Copland.

Both teams broke their school records they set earlier in the year by roughly two seconds in the process of bringing back home a state title.

The 200 medley relay posted a time 1:46.05 and the 200 free relay set a blistering pace with a time of 1:36.27.

However, it was the strength of the squad’s depth that made the ultimate difference in the winning the team overall title.

The Sharks racked up points on a consistent basis with several swimmers coming through with impressive performances on the biggest of stages.

Runner-up finishes at state included Wohlgemuth in the 100 backstroke and the 400 free relay of Smith, Cox, Copland and Sydney Straub.

Despite the 400 free relay coming up short of another state title, they made a statement run of 3:35.66 that smashed the former school record by a nearly three-second margin.

The Sharks left the championship meet having set seven new school records.

The following individual records were broken:

  • Copland with 2:09.75 in the 200 individual medley
  • Zarczynski with 23.96 in the 50 free
  • Wohlgemuth with 53.85 in the 100 back
  • MacAdams with 105.92 in the 100 breast

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