High School State Championships: Florida 1A

STUART, Florida, November 8. JUST shy of a year ago–November 10, 2012–The Bolles School’s Joseph Schooling, then a junior, set the national independent school record for boys in the 100 yard fly with his 46.50.

At this year’s Florida High School Division 1A Championships, held at the Sailfish Splashpart Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart, Schooling posted a 45.90 in prelims–faster than his record-setting time, but just 9-hundredths shy of the overall and public school mark of 45.81 set earlier this year by Caeleb Dressel.

Schooling stormed back in finals, splitting a 21.23 on the way to a 45.52, erasing both times from the record books. Dressel will have another shot at the record tomorrow as he competes for Clay High School in Florida 2A action.

Schooling also swam on all three victorious Bolles relays: the 200 medley relay (1:28.93) with senior Josh Booth, freshman James Daugherty and senior William McKinney; the 200 free relay (1:22.32) with Booth, McKinney and senior Luke Georgiadis; and the 400 free relay (3:01.86) with Booth, Georgiadis and sophomore Tyler Rice.

Those performances, along with many others, gave the Sharks a commanding 523-point total and the boys team title. Lake Highland Prep found itself in second (232), followed by Pine Crest (171.5), University School (145) and Tampa Prep (128).

Future Auburn freshman Booth turned in a winning performance in the 200 free (1:58.46), and Georgiadis held on to capture the 100 free in 45.54, just ahead of Rice (45.78).

Two seniors closed out their careers with two event victories each. University School’s Jordy Groters came within 4-hundredths of the state record in the 100 breast with his 54.76, and triumphed in the 50 free in 20.69. Rasmus Skjaerpe from Tampa Prep touched the wall first in the 100 back (48.59) and 200 IM (1:48.64).

Kent Haeffner of Pine Crest improved on his third-place performance from last year in the 500 free with his winning 4:25.75. Haeffner will compete for Harvard in the fall. Teammate Austin Fields, a sophomore, took top honors in the diving event via a 446.05-point total.

Bolles’ girls team also climbed to the top spot on the podium with their 410.5 points. St. Andrews earned 233 points to Pine Crest’s 222.5 for second, and Ransom Everglades came in fourth just ahead of Trinity Prep, 165 to 153.15.

The only girls state record was set by the Sharks 200 free relay of juniors Kasey Schmidt, Claire Rasmus, Natahsa Gvakharia Mgebrishvi and senior Jessica Hodgson (1:32.74). The quartet also combined for a winning 3:23.70 in the 400 free relay. Individually, Schmiddt defended her title in the 50 free (22.66), while Rasmus fell 1-tenth short of claiming a second straight title in the 100 free (50.52) to Pine Crest freshman Marta Ciesla’s 50.42.

Preventing a Bolles relay sweep was the Ransom Everglades squad of junior Laine Morgan, seniors Annie Vall and Alexa Kalandeck, and freshman Kyla Valls, who put together a 1:43.53 in the 200 medley relay.

Megan Moroney, a St. Andrews junior, became a three-time champ in the 100 fly with this year’s 54.39, and earned a second consecutive 200 free victory in 1:46.51. South Florida HEA senior Clara Smiddy, headed for Michigan in the fall, successfully defended her 100 back title in 52.46 and posted a first-place 1:58.39 in the 200 IM. Her soon-to-be Wolverine teammate, senior Emily Kopas from University School, missed a state standard in the 100 breast by 19-hundredths, touching in 1:01.92.

Junior Katie Duggan, competing for Lake Highland Prep, captured the 500 free in 4:47.37 after finishing in third last year. Carolyn Chaney, a junior at Pine Crest, collected the most points in diving for the second straight year (516.50).

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