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Kaiserslautern Kingfish win season-opening meet

The Kaiserslautern Kingfish fell into midseason rhythm immediately upon the start of its season Saturday, posting a substantial team victory over four opponents from across Europe.

The Kingfish totaled 1130 points, well ahead of the 841 earned by the runner-up Wiesbaden Wahoos. The Aviano SeaDragons placed third with 349 points, followed by the Eifel Sharks at 172 and the Lakenheath Barracudas with 90.

The team will host meets Oct. 26, Nov. 16 and Dec. 14 at the Ramstein Aquatic Center. The 2014 European championships are set for Feb. 15 & 16 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Here are Saturday’s individual standouts, with swimmer’s age and team:

Girls
50 Free: Alexandra Meints, 17 (Wiesbaden) 30.02
100 Free: Saya Spells, 8 (Kaiserslautern) 1:41.97; Jamison Casey, 10 (Kaiserslautern) 1:22.71; Danielle Davis, 13 (Kaiserslautern) 1:06.48; Nina Song, 16 (Wiesbaden) 1:15.95; Meints 1:03.70
200 Free: Spells 3:46.37
50 Breast: Casey 48.88
100 Breast: Davis, 1:26.79; Song 1:41.78
200 Breast: Meints 3:02.69
50 Fly: Spells 1:00.50; Casey 40.88
100 Fly: Davis 1:11 50; Song 1:35.37

Boys
50 Free: Matthew Pohlmiller, 13 (Kaiserslautern) 27.72; Everett Plocek, 17 (Kaiserslautern) 25.35
100 Free: Tyler Peng, 9 (Wiesbaden) 1:23.59
400 Free: Pohlmiller 4:39.47
100 Breast: Pohlmiller 1:22.30
200 Breast: Plocek 2:38.66
50 Fly: Peng 42.29
100 Fly: Plocek 1:03.05
100 IM: Peng 1:34.94
 

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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.


He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.


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