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COUNTY SWIMMERS VICTORIOUS
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COUNTY SWIMMERS VICTORIOUS

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Western Guilford's Daniel Floyd avoided past swimming state championship bugaboos, and Southwest's Lindsey Saufley collected a second consecutive title at Saturday's state meet.

Floyd, who won the 50-yard freestyle, and Saufley, who won the 500 free, were the only individual county champions at the meets at UNC's Koury Natatorium.Other champions included the Southwest Guilford medley relay team of Saufley, Lori Hoppensteadt, Robyn Kondrad and Jennifer Gauger.

Saufley, a sophomore, repeated as the 500 champ and finished second in the 200 free - a race she won last year.

``I think I kind of had the scare factor on people because they knew who I was,' she said. ``I didn't feel any more pressure. I just knew what I had to do.'

Floyd's fast finish made up for past troubles at the state meet. His freshman year Floyd hit his head against the edge of the pool. He also had his goggles flop during his races. He was sick his sophomore year and missed the event.

Last year, he was third in the 100 free and fourth in the 200 individual medley. He competed in the IM instead of the 50 free last year because he thought he had a better chance of placing.

Saturday was different. Floyd used a good start to take the lead and pulled away to win the 50 free in 21.84 seconds.

``I was ready to swim,' said Floyd, who entered the meet with the event's best time and was seeded first for the final after winning his preliminary meet Friday night in 21.83 seconds.

In the 100 free, Floyd led until East Chapel Hill's Matt Sawatski passed him in the final 5 yards.

``I just died,' Floyd said. ``I tried to hang on.'

Hoppensteadt had the toughest finish. East Chapel Hill's Sarah Allen beat Hoppensteadt by one-hundredth of a second in the 200 IM.

Also finishing second was the Burlington Williams 200 medley relay team, which moved up a spot after winner East Chapel Hill was disqualified. The Williams team included Lauren Bigenheimer, Amanda Offenheiser, Loretta Miller and Heather Alexander.

Kondrad placed second for Southwest in the girls 100 breaststroke.

The Class 1-A/2-A/3-A was won by Shelby with East Chapel Hill second and Southwest Guilford third. Western Guilford was the top area boys team, placing sixth. Lexington and Trinity tied for seventh.

In the 4-A meet, Grimsley's Matt Zimmerman was third in the boys 100 butterfly. Page's Mary Brewer was fourth in the girls 100 fly with Grimsley's Abby Stallworth fifth.

Mt. Tabor's Virginia Pate was second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 500 free.

Charlotte Providence won both the boys and girls 4-A team titles.

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