Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Riverview Boys Run Away with State Title | Ram Girls Runners-Up for Second Year in a Row

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Riverview Boys Run Away with State Title | Ram Girls Runners-Up for Second Year in a Row

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SWIMMING: CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

STUART -- The Riverview High boys issued a statement to all by winning the 200 yard medley relay, the first event on a windy, overcast Saturday night at the Class 3A State Swimming Championships.

After that, it was just a matter of how wide the margin of victory would be for the defending state champion Rams at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Martin County.

As he has all season, junior Austin Katz powered the Rams with four gold medals.

Katz joined senior Campbell Lee, junior Keanan Dols and junior anchorman Tyler Carmichael to win the medley relay in 1:33.30 and then went on to snatch two more gold medals in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

Katz got his fourth gold as part of the 400 freestyle relay team that included Dols, senior Drew Clark and sophomore Brett Riley, which won in 3:06.02.

The Rams rolled up 324 points, well ahead of second place Clearwater Countryside with 138. Lakewood Ranch High was 13th with 64.5 points.

The Riverview girls finished second for the second straight year after winning four consecutive state titles prior to that. Gainesville Buchholz won the girls crown with 262 points, ahead of Riverview with 195. Lakewood Ranch was sixth with 125 points and Sarasota High was 12th at 71.

"I was set up to race my pace," Katz said of his victory in the 200 freestyle. "I hit the turns well."

After Katz won the 200 yard freestyle in a time of 1:37.05, he got to be on the victory stand with two of his best friends,

Daniel Erlenmeyer of Lakewood Ranch, who finished second in 1:38.81 and Clark in third place at 1:39.20.

The three have known each other as members of the Sarasota Sharks, a renowned local swim club team that trains at the Sarasota YMCA's Selby Aquatic Center.

"The three of us have known each other since I was 11," said Katz, who won a pair of Class 1A state gold medals as a sophomore at Cardinal Mooney last season. "They are my two best friends. I wouldn't want to share the podium with anyone else. …

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