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FACES IN THE CROWD
 
September 2, 2013 issue
Gunnar Bentz
Atlanta > Swimming

Gunnar, a St. Pius X Catholic senior, won four titles at junior nationals in Irvine, Calif., setting meet records in the 200-meter breast (2:12.88) and the 400 IM (4:14.51). He also won the 200 free and helped his swim club set a national 17-to-18 age-group mark in the 4 x 200 free relay (7:30.87).

Simone Biles
Spring, Texas > Gymnastics

Simone, a homeschooled junior, won the senior all-around national title in Hartford. She took silver in all four events for 120.450 points, beating Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross by .2. Last March, Simone was second in the American Cup in Greensboro, N.C., and won the City of Jesolo Trophy meet in Italy.

Grant Sherman
Kenton, Ohio > Football

Grant, a senior quarterback at Kenton High, led the Wildcats to 12 wins in 13 games at the National Select 7-on-7 championship in Hoover, Ala., including a 22-5 win over Byrnes (S.C.) High. During the 2012 season he set an Ohio single-game passing record with 684 yards.

Leahi Camacho
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii > Open-Water Swimming

Leahi, a Kealakehe High senior, became the youngest, at 17, to swim the 26-mile Kaiwi Channel, between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu. She completed the open-ocean swim in 14 hours, 43 minutes, despite seven-foot swells and being stung halfway through by a Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish.

Jeff Evans
Cedar City, Utah > Golf

Evans, 23, a Southern Utah School of Business student, shot a course-record 62 at a Utah Section PGA Pro-Am at Palisade Golf Course in Sterling with a 10-under 26 on the back nine that included six birdies and two eagles. It is thought to be the second-lowest nine-hole score ever in competitive golf.

Emily Cavacini
Shaler, Pa. > Marbles

Emily, 11, won the girls' division title at the National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, N.J. She beat out a field of 25 competitors in the four-day event and won her final, 8-6.

Cooper Fisher
Middletown, Md.> Marbles

Cooper, 12, won boys' division title at the National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, N.J. He beat out a field of 25 competitors in the four-day event and won his final, 8-6.

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