Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mandarin Swimmers Make a Splash at City Championships

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mandarin Swimmers Make a Splash at City Championships

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Byline: Mark Boleky

One of the largest swimming contests in the nation held its annual event and showcased many Mandarin-area swimmers (as we would expect).

The River City Swim League Championships took over Cecil Aquatic Center July 24-25. Twenty teams and around 1,500 youths took part. For the second straight year, Spartan Aquatic Club won the title.

Mandarin swimmers primarily join four organizations, and we'll highlight their team finishes and individual "High Point" honorees (meaning they ranked in the top five in their age group in overall points).


The Pool Cats placed second and got strong performances from a number of swimmers, placing eight on the High Point list.

SJCC "High Point"

Boys 17-18: Paul Numbers,****************first runner-up

Boys 17-18: Zach Edwards,**************fourth runner-up

Boys 13-14: Josh Costa, fourth runner-up

Boys 11-12: Tyler Rice, first runner-up

Boys 7-8: Kirk Jackson, first runner-up

Girls 17-18: Taylor Josserand, second runner-up

Girls 15-16: Leslie Flanders, second runner-up

Girls 9-10: Emily Rice, fourth runner-up


The Piranhas dropped a spot from last year to third overall. They didn't have as many high finishers, but those who were, dominated. Of the six age groups for boys, Julington Creek had four swimmers who finished first or second. Zach Lowe, a FHSAA state qualifier from Creekside High, won his age group after coming in second last year.

JC "High Point"

Boys 17-18: Zach Lowe, winner

Boys 15-16: Evan Jacob, first runner-up

Boys 13-14: Michael Fonteno, first runner-up

Boys 7-8, Robert Jones,************winner

Girls 9-10, Abigail Wilder*****winner


The Dolphins earned a fifth-place spot, powered by a core group of 10-year-old boys: Brian Hodang, Kenny Gore, Andrew Sugishita, Timmy Gildersleeve and Ryan Bell.

"Those boys were amazing. All five were very good, and all are Mandarin kids," said Baymeadows coach Roger Deary. "Between the five of them, they made up 380 of our 1,394 points. …

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