Logan Samuelson didn’t let a speeded-up meet slow him down.
The Fort Myers High junior won two individual events and also was part of two winning relays teams to help the Green Wave finish second in the District 2A-10 meet at FGCU Aquatic Center on Thursday night.
Gulf Coast High won both the girls’ and boys’ meets. Fort Myers edged Estero 306-304 on the girls’ side to finish second.
The top eight finishers in each event will advance to regionals on Thursday, which also will be at the FGCU Aquatic Center.
The meet, originally scheduled for three hours, finished in two because of rain, which came down hard five minutes after it ended. The opening ceremony was scratched.
Samuelson won the 200-yard freestyle, 500 freestyle and was part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. He admitted being a bit fatigued going into the last event, which he led off.
“When you get to that point, you’re tired no matter what, you’re going on adrenaline,” he said. “You just dig down and try to go as hard as you can for the team. There’s a line we say a lot, ‘No regrets.’ “
Blake Woodrow added a victory in the 100 butterfly. The Green Wave were hurt by not having divers.
“I definitely was very happy,” Fort Myers’ boys’ swim coach Charles Escarra said. “They all dropped times and swam better than their seeds.”
Cape Coral’s Jason Tillotson helped his team finish third after he won the 100 breast stroke and was part of the victorious 200 medley relay.
“For this part of the season, that’s pretty good,” he said. “(The faster meet) wasn’t really a problem. I’m used to longer events. With the training we have, you gotta prepare for anything to happen, like the rain. We also will swim in two different pools in regular-season meets.”
Fort Myers coach Sue Postma said she knew the race for second was going to be really close. “I have faith in my girls,” she said. “They were there to swim. We had great swims and performances. Really, really good performances.
“There’s great competition in our area. This is one of the toughest districts.”
Kendall Brent won the 200 and 500 freestyle events to lead the Green Wave. “I was second-guessing myself because there are a lot more people here,” she said. “There’s a lot of Collier swimmers. I just got in the pool and swam fast.
“Next week at regionals, there will be even more people.”
Teammate Jessica Hurley won the 100 butterfly.
Estero also had some great individual efforts. Courtney DeVeny finished first in the 200 individual medley as well as second in the 100 backstroke while she was part of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams, which came in second. DeVeny, swimming anchor, was nudged out by one-one hundredths of second in the 400 free relay.
“The relay team did an awesome job, but it’s nerve-wracking especially when it’s so close,” said DeVeny, who had a fine 53-second split.
Danilea Jordan added a win in the 100 freestyle for the Wildcats. Coach Jen Seluk was bummed to fall by such a close amount.
“I feel like first and second were well-deserved,” said Seluk, who was host of the meet. “I’m proud of the girls, they swam hard.
“Just a lot going on.”
District 2A-10 Swim Meet
At FGCU Aquatic Center
1. Gulf Coast 453, 2. Fort Myers 306, 3. Estero 304.
200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulf Coast 1:53.08; 2. Estero 1:57.51; 200 freestyle: 1. Kendall Brent, Fort Myers, 1:52.66; 2. Avery Mohring, Gulf Coast, 1:53.96; 200 individual medley: 1. Courtney DeVeny, Estero, 2:09.36; 2. Kaitlyn Hauser, Estero, 2:11.68; 50 freestyle: 1. Elise Haan, Gulf Coast, 24.81; 2. Emily Summa, Fort Myers, 25.46; 100 butterfly: 1. Jessica Hurley, Fort Myers, 58.75; 2. Lauren McLeod, Estero, 1:01.27; 100 freestyle: 1. Danilea Jordan, Estero, 53.72; 2. Sarah Dostie, Cape Coral, 55.14; 500 freestyle: 1. Kendall Brent, Fort Myers, 4:59.65; 2. Avery Mohring, Gulf Coast, 5:09.64; 200 freestyle relay: 1. Gulf Coast 1:43.23; 2. Cape Coral 1:46.53; 100 backstroke: 1. Elise Haan, Gulf Coast, 58.41; 2. Courtney DeVeny, Estero, 59.81; 100 breast stroke: 1. Nora Gillen, Gulf Coast, 1:10.50; 2. Elizabeth White, Riverdale, 1:13.65; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Gulf Coast 3:39.66; 2. Estero 3:39.67; 1-meter diving: 1. Emily Grimes, Barron Collier, 363.30; 2. Savannah McAloose, Fort Myers, 3:06.25
1. Gulf Coast 392, 2. Fort Myers 336, 3. Cape Coral 283
200-yard medley relay: 1. Cape Coral 1:43.92; 2. Gulf Coast 1:43.93; 200 freestyle: 1. Logan Samuelson, Fort Myers, 1:42.62; 2. Michael Messuri, Fort Myers, 1:43.92; 200 individual medley: 1. Chase Gutknecht, Gulf Coast, 1:58.74; 2. Marco Leo, Barron Collier, 2:00.00; 50 freestyle: 1. Aidan Brennan, Barron Collier, 22.16; 2. Austin Guhl, Gulf Coast, 22.46; 100 butterfly: 1. Blake Woodrow, Fort Myers, 55.25; 2. Lucca Delcompare, Lely, 55.70; 100 freestyle: 1. Aidan Brennan, Barron Collier, 48.19; 2. Michael Pineda, Gulf Coast, 50.27; 200 freestyle relay: 1. Fort Myers 1:31.71; 2. Barron Collier 1:32.00; 100 backstroke: 1. Chase Gutknecht, Gulf Coast, 56.43; 2. Amar Turnadzic, Cape Coral, 59.42; 100 breast stroke: 1. Jason Tillotson, Cape Coral, 1:01.88; 2. Marco Leo, Barron Collier, 1:02.09; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Fort Myers 3:18.04; 2. Barron Collier 3:20.53; 1-meter diving: 1. Sean O’Connor, Ida Baker, 425.10; 2. Ivan Magana, Palmetto Ridge, 4:03.80