On Wednesday, the Boys Celebration swim team got double individual wins from Felipe Costa and Roman Sukhorukev to roll to its third straight Orange Belt Conference Championship win. The Storm tallied 165 points to finish ahead of Harmony (129). Osceola (80) was third and Gateway (63) fourth.
“A total team victory,” Celebration head coach Kelly Walton said. “In winning three straight OBC titles our senior class was so special, both in the points and leadership they provide.”
Costa and Sukhorukev won three gold medals each. Costa, an all-state performer in the 100-back last year, was dominating in his two individual events—winning the 200-IM in 2:03.75 by more than 14 seconds over second-place finisher Delyn McDonald of Gateway (2:17.90) and taking his specialty, the 100-back, in 0:54.52 by more than seven seconds over Harmony’s Bryan Wong (1:02.28). Costa also joined Brandon Cunningham, Greg Kamensky and Sukhorukev in winning the 400-free relay in 3:25.35.
Sukhorukev’s individual races were much closer. Seeded third in the 200-free, he edged Harmony’s top seed Alexander Tanon by just 15/100th of a second in winning with 1:57.57 time. He also won the 100-breast (1:04.66), less than a second in front of St. Cloud’s Aydan McNulty (1:05.53).
Harmony did not win an individual event but saw its 200-Medley Relay team of Bryan Wong, Nathan Smith, Tanon and Hunter Boro take first. Tanon was a key to the Longhorns’ second-place finish. In addition to the relay and second place in the 200-free; he also took second in the 500-free and second in the 400-free relay to capture four medals overall.
Osceola’s Anthony Ambrosi had two impressive victories, with wins in the 50 and 100-free. Ambrosi (21.94) out-touched Celebration’s Brandon Cunningham (22.11) by 17/100th of a second in the 50-free and then doubled four events later by winning the 100-free (49.64) over Celebration’s Greg Kamensky (50.18).
Other individual winners in the boys’ meet were Gateway’s Delyn McDonald in the 100-fly (54.90) and Osceola’s Noah Maniace (5:24.11) in the 500-free. St. Cloud’s Silas Corchado (215.90) won the 1-meter diving competition which was contested the night before.
Osceola public schools will compete in district meets that begin Oct. 21; with regionals beginning Nov. 1. The state championships will be held in The FHSAA Class 4A Championship will be held Nov. 13 and the Class 3A Championship on Nov. 14 at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center in Stuart, Fla.