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The Class 3A Florida State Championship meet began at 9 in the morning with some fast swims at prelims. Later the same day, the fastest swimmers once again took to the pool to swim at finals.
The girls’ meet came down to the wire, with the state title determined by less than a point. Bartram Trail defeated the 2015 champion Gainesville by a score of 176.5 to 176. Chiles finished in third scoring 165.5 points.
Niceville topped the field in the 200 medley relay, followed swiftly by Creekside and Bartram Trail.
Gainesville’s Alena Kraus held her number one seed by finishing first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.09. She was the only female finisher to break the 1:50 mark. Chiles’ Stephanie Holmes (1:50.40) was second and Katelyn Kilpatrick (1:51.47) of Vanguard was third.
Senior Alina Faunce of Estero stopped the clock in 2:01.29 to win the 200 IM. Summer Stanfield (2:04.53), Bartram Trail, got her hand to the wall for second, touching before Venice’s Grace Patrice (2:04.80).
Two females broke the 24-second barrier in the 50 freestyle this year. Senior Elianna Kenna of Oakleaf finished first in a 23.81, while freshman Chloe Grimme, Sunlake, swam in for second with a 23.92. Delan Simpkins of Martin County was third in 24.07.
Topping the field in the 100 butterfly was Faunce of Estero, finishing with a 54.60. This was her second individual win of the night. In for second was Gulf Coast’s Kayla Tennant with a 55.51. She was followed by Washington senior Sophia Diagne in 56.08.
Kraus of Gainesville got her second individual win of the night when she touched in 50.08 in the 100 freestyle. Teammate Monona Martin (51.62) finished in second, while Helena Heuberger (52.11) of Clearwater swam in for third.
Kilpatrick swam to victory in the 500 freestyle over Holmes. Both swimmers broke the 4:50 mark, going 4:49.39 and 4:49.63, respectively. Finishing third was Barron Collier’s Isabella Marsala (4:53.71).
Gainesville’s 200 freestyle relay team touched in a commanding first besting the field by over 2 seconds. New Smryna Beach came in for second while Washington followed in for third place.
Heuberger secured her first individual win in the 100 backstroke, being the only female to break the 56-second barrier with her 55.68. She was followed by Pines Charter’s Kelley Heron (56.38). Stanfield came in for a third place finish of 57.04.
Chiles’ Morgan Ayers and Bartram Trail’s Lilly McCabe both finished in a 1:04.56 in the 100 breaststroke. They will split the points evenly for this tie. Saige Kemeny of Lincoln finished next with a 1:05.92.
Gainesville’s 400 freestyle relay was victorious over Bartram Trail. Kraus helped her team to victory by anchoring in a 49.92. Both teams swam 5-seconds faster than third place, Chiles.
Sarah Rousseau of Viera was victorious in the 1-meter diving event besting the field by over 40 points. Gulf Coast’s Olivia Ricard was second, while Rainey Vause of Chiles was third.
Atlantic Coast started off the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay. Belen Jesuit slid in behind them for second. Chiles followed in third.
The top three men in the 200 freestyle finished under the 1:40 mark. Aitor Fungairino, Belen Jesuit, touched first in a 1:37.63. Tate Callahan of Atlantic Coast was second in 1:39.22, while Fort Lauderdale’s Tyler Zuyus finished just a tenth of a second behind him for third.
Mater Academy’s Julio Horrego topped the field in the 200 IM (1:50.35), over the initial top seed Ricardo Martinez (1:50.65) of Osceola. In for third was Barron Collier’s Wyatt Kellett with a 1:51.69.
Senior Philippe Marcoux (20.70) of Fort Lauderdale held his top seed in the 50 freestyle besting Venice’s Jackson Defore (20.92). Finishing third was senior Diego Faucher (21.11) from Doral (Miami).
Senior Adrian Moya of Doral (Miami) just out-touched Belen Jesuit’s Alejandro Carriazo in the 100 butterfly. They finished in 48.56 and 48.57, respectively. Max Garcia del Pozo also of Belen Jesuit came in for third with a 49.95.
Marcoux touched first in the 100 freestyle, 44.61, marking his second individual win of the night. He was followed by Atlantic Coast’s Callahan, 45.39, and Northeast’s Colton Gray, 46.38.
The top three men in 500 freestyle went times under 4:30. Fungairino got his hand to the wall first with a 4:26.82, John Scanlon (4:27.58) of Naples was second, and Doral’s Adrian Aguilar (4:28.48) finished third.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Doral (Miami) held off Atlantic Coast to come in first place. Belen Jesuit finished in third.
Defore marked his first individual win in the 100 backstroke breaking the 50-second barrier in a 49.39. Carriazo finished in second with a 51.34, while Ryland Sun of Chiles came in for third with a 51.44.
Matt Limbacher, Naples, swam a 55.29 in the 100 breaststroke to secure a first place victory. Horrego (56.31) finished second while Kellett (56.92) swam in for third.
In the 400 freestyle relay, Doral (Miami) topped the field touching first. Moya swam a scorching 44.75 to help his team to victory. Belen Jesuit touched for second while Venice finished in third.
Senior Chase Lane of Chiles won the 1-meter diving event scoring 100 points more than the second place finisher Taj Cole of Leon. In for third was Jawone Blakenship of Pensacola.
Chiles is the 2016 state champion scoring 44 points more than second place, Belen Jesuit. Doral Academy finished in third.
The results can be found here.