Fort Walton Beach’s Nathaniel Rudman was nearly perfect in last week’s pentathlon.
Niceville’s Page Dolloff excelled as well.
The two sat atop their respective divisions in the five-school showcase that featured the 50-yard freestyle, the 50-yard butterfly, the 100-yard freestyle, the 50-yard backstroke and the 50-yard breaststroke.
Swimming against rivals Niceville and Choctaw along with Rocky Bayou and South Walton, Rudman won four of the five events and finished with a collective time of 2:32.17. That was more than seven seconds clear of runner-up Maxwell Floyd of Choctaw and nine-plus seconds better than teammate Logan McCarroll.
The senior swept the freestyles, holding off runner-up McCarroll in the 50 in 22.32 seconds and the 100 in 50.99.
He followed up with a first-place time of 23.59 in the fly and breezed in the 50 backstroke in 25.96. His only non-first-place finish was a runner-up finish (29.31) in the 50 breaststroke to Floyd (28.99).
Yet Rudman, who called his competition "pretty decent," remains humble in his success.
"I wouldn't say I'm in midseason form yet, but I'm doing pretty well," he said. "I'm getting there."
Rudman, who last year finished fourth at state in the 100 fly and sixth in the 50 free, said his specialty remains the 100 fly, followed by the 50 free, 50 back, 100 free and 50 breaststroke.
Come the postseason, his swan song goals will be lofty.
"My biggest goal is finish top three (at state) in the 100 fly, to break 50 seconds," Rudman said. "I plan to qualify for state in both of my individual events and definitely one of the two relays. But it's feasible to qualify for state in four events."
Dolloff, meanwhile, won three of the girls’ five events and finished with a collective time of 2:53.08. That beat out teammates Ashlyn Brackett (2:58.24), Katelyn Vroon (3:02.10) and Aydan Horrigan (3:02.82).
"I'm more of a sprinter, so I knew going in all the strokes weren't my best," said Dolloff, her specialties lying in the freestyles and fly. "I just told myself to give it my all."
Dolloff, whose confidence strengthened with Fort Walton Beach's Tori Orcutt and Paris Binard out due to sickness, swept the freestyles, holding off runner-up Vroon in the 50 in 25.72 and the 100 in 56.37.
She followed up with an easy win in the fly in 27.66, and then narrowly finished runner-up to Horrigan in the backststroke and runner-up to Brackett in the breaststroke. Horrigan’s 30.05 edged Dolloff’s 30.10, while Brackett’s 32.52 beat out Dolloff’s 33.23.