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Bobby Finke adds 1,500 title at the U.S. Olympic Trials

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Bobby Finke already made the U.S. Olympic Team by winning the 800 free earlier this week at the swimming trials.

On Sunday, the former Countryside standout solidified himself as the men’s premier distance swimmer by winning the 1,500 free — his signature event — in 14 minutes, 46.06 seconds. 

Finke entered the trials as the top seed in the 1,500 by more than five seconds. He continued to leave competitors in his wake, first in the preliminaries on Saturday and then in the finals on Sunday. 

His time in the final was more than four seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Michael Brinegar (15:00.87). Finke, a junior at Florida, continued the Gators’ dominance on the men’s side at the trials. In fact, every freestyle event was won by a Florida swimmer. The others were Caleb Dressel (50 and 100) and Kieran Smith (200 and 400). 

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Boys Swimmer of the Week

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Here are the nominees for the boys swimmer of the week. Voting lasts until 9 a.m. Wednesday. 

Drew Johnson, Clearwater: Took home titles in the 100 fly (51.16) and 50 free (21.31) at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference Meet.  

Matthew McLean, Bloomingdale: Ended up the champion in the 200 free (1:46.90) and the 500 free (4:45.08) at the American Division Western Conference Meet. 

Gavin Peck, Steinbrenner: Took first in the 100 free (48.69) and the 100 fly (53.85) at the American Division Western Conference Meet. 

Andrew Taylor, Countryside: Dominated the 500 free at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference Meet, winning in 4:24.84, more than 10 seconds ahead of the field. 

Sean Thatavakorn, Freedom: Won the 50 free (23.41) and the 100 free (50.52) at the National Division Western Conference Meet. 

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Girls Swimmer of the Week

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Here are the nominees for the girls swimmer of the week. Voting lasts until 9 a.m. Tuesday. 

Brooke Beede, So., Robinson: Ended up the champion in the 50 free (24.66) and 100 free (53.90) at American Division Western Conference Meet. 

Summer Cardwell, Jr., Countryside: Took first in the 500 free (4:58.61) and finished second in the 100 back (56.42). 

Emma Hamilton, Jr., Strawberry Crest: Won the 50 free (26.24) and 100 free (57.04) at the National Division Western Conference meet. 

Alexa Paredes, So., Newsome: Took first in the 100 breast (1:11.53) and the 500 free (2:23.05) at the Federal Division Western Conference meet. 

Carissa Rinard, Jr., Seminole: Won the 100 back (56.06) and took second in the 500 free at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet. 

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The girls swimmer/diver of the week

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Sara Parksvold, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic

Standing on the edge of a springboard, Sara Parksvold twists and turns before hitting the chlorinated water with little splash, if any. 

The St. Petersburg Catholic diver has made significant gains in her sport, earning All-American honors at the club level and winning just about every meet she enters in high school 

Earlier this season, Parksvold scored 214.75 points to win a six-dive meet against Shorecrest and Northside Christian. She followed that up by winning another title at the Tampa Bay Classic. 

Fans took notice. Parksvold received more than 62 percent of the votes (748) in the swimmer/diver of the week poll to beat out Sara Bohacek, who had 34 percent (418 votes).

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