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By Emily Messina, Swimming World College Intern
On Friday, November 4th the best high school swimmers in Florida’s Class 3A will have the opportunity to fight for the top spot in the pool in their State Championship meet. The meet will be held at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center.
On the women’s side, Gainesville will look to defend their state title.
Alena Kraus returns as defending champion in the 100 and 200 Freestyle. Also returning are Savannah Buch and Monona Martin who look to score big points for the team. Additionally, diver Skylar Cannon could put up important points for Gainesville. The team has a top-seeded 200 Freestyle Relay and second seed 400 Freestyle Relay.
Following Gainesville is Bartam Trail (St. John’s) who finished second last year.
They return their individual champion Summer Stanfield in the 200 IM; however, she will be swimming the 100 Backstroke in place of the 100 Butterfly this year. Lexi Smith and Nicole Sowell also return for the team along with Lilly McCabe. McCabe will be swimming 100 Breaststroke where she currently holds the top spot. In diving, Grace Davis could score big points for the team. Bartam Trail is seeded first in the 400 Freestyle Relay.
And, close behind Bartam Trail is Washington (Pensacola).
The team lost a lot of athletes this year, but they look will look to a solid group of sophomores and juniors to step up and score points. Senior swimmer Sophia Diagne holds the second spot in the 100 Butterfly for WSHP.
On the men’s side Doral Academy Charter High School will look to remain victorious after an impressive win in 2015.
While they have graduated some key swimmers, they still have the top seed in numerous events. Senior Diego Faucher has the second seed in the 50 Freestyle, while fellow senior Adrian Moya tops the field in the 100 Butterfly. Adrian Aguilar sits at first in the 500 Freestyle. The team is seeded first in both the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays.
Fort Lauderdale finished second in 2015, but watch for them to try to chase down Doral Academy this year.
They have a strong showing in the freestyle events with Tyler Zuyus seeded second in the 200 Freestyle and senior Philippe Marcoux first in the 50 Freestyle and second in the 100 Freestyle. They will also look to gain points from their diver, Kylian Lorient. The team is holds the third seed in the 400 Freestyle Relay.
A number of fast swimmers from Creekside (St. Johns) graduated, so look for Belen Jesuit (Miami) to try to slide ahead of them in the standings this year.
Belen holds the top seed in the 200 Medley Relay, the second spot in the 400 Freestyle Relay, and the third seed in the 200 Freestyle Relay. Junior Aitor Fungairino is first in the 200 Freestyle and second in the 500 Freestyle. He will be accompanied in both of these races by rookie Andres Wong. Senior Alejandro Carriazo holds the second spot in the 100 Butterfly and the fourth in the 100 Backstroke. They also return senior Max Garcia del Pozo in the 100 Butterfly. He took second last year. The team will look to put some points up in diving as well with Javier Saumell.
The psych sheet is available here.