High School State Championships: Florida 3A

ORLANDO, Florida, November 10. RIVERVIEW'S girls and Boca Raton's boys teams found themselves at the top of the podium stand after the conclusion of the Florida 3A High School Swimming and Diving Championships. It marked the second of three days of competition in Orlando,

Riverview senior Taylor Katz contributed greatly to Riverview's first-place 256 points. She earned automatic All-America times in capturing the 200 and 500 free (1:47.26 and 4:45.27), and led off Riverview's victorious 400 free relay with junior Hannah James, freshman Spence Atkins and junior Niamin O'Grady (3:28.78, automatic). James picked up third place in the 200 and 500 free (1:48.91 and 4:49.80, both automatic).

Dr. Phillips and Newsome tied for second with 154 points. Angela Algee, finishing out her high school career at Dr. Phillips, posted a 23.54 automatic time in winning the 50 free (23.54) and finished second in the 100 fly (54.31) to Lyman senior Kayla Moran (54.08). Both were automatic All-America swims. Algee anchored Dr. Phillips to a first-place automatic 1:36.62, behind junior Cindy Cheng, sophomore Emiliy Kliewer and junior Aleandria Magnino.

Maddie Hess was the star of the Newsome squad. She put up automatic times in both her wins, taking the 100 free (50.85) and the 100 back (55.01). She also led off Newsome's first-place 200 medley relay team of seniors Barbara Caraballo and Karisa Kostecki, plus sophomore Lauren Harper (1:46.94, consideration).

Plant sophomore Alexandra Donahue cruised to a 1:03.81 automatic time in taking the 100 breast. Abby Howell from East Ridge scored 446.80 points to take first in the diving competition.

Boca Raton relied on depth and a sweep of the relays to power themselves to a first-place total of 285 points. Junior Alejandro Vassallo anchored seniors Steven Vergona, Kevin Mateus and Sam Corona to a 1:34.60 in the 200 medley relay (automatic). Corona joined junior Gage Kohner plus seniors Nicholas Van Zee and Jason McCormick to capture the 200 free relay (automatic 1:23.79). The quartet of Kohner, Van Zee, Matheus and McCormack finished the championships with a winning 3:05.00 in the 400 free rlay (automatic).

Palm Harbor University took second in the team race with 247 points, followed by Riverview (219), Miami Palmetto (153) and St. Thomas Aquinas (145.5).

McCormick swept the sprint free events (50 free, 20.43; 100 free, 45.07, both automatic). Also grabbing first in two events was Miami Palmetto senior Samuel Smiddy, who posted an automatic 1:50.83 in the 200 IM and a consideration 50.29 in the 100 fly–just 6-hundredths ahead of St. Thomas senior Alex Lilley (50.35).

Individual event titles went to Palm Harbor University senior Ryan McRae (200 free, automatic 1:37.67) and junior Tristan Sanders (100 back, automatic 49.63), East Lake freshman Nazareno Boscaino (500 free, automatic 4:29.40) and Seminole senior Matt Ankerholz (100 breast, automatic 56.45). Joey Dowd, a junior at Olympia, put together 525.10 points to secure first place in diving.

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