Bolles Sweeps Florida 1A High School Titles

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Bolles swept the men’s and women’s Florida High School 1A state titles Friday night.

Girls Meet

The women’s meet came down to the final relay of the night.

Lake Highland Prep edged Bolles and Trinity Prep for the opening 200 medley relay. Abby BurkeEm BrownCarley Lowe, and Anderson Myers secured the win in 1:44.09 ahead of Bolles’ Abi WilderKatherine BakerKate Wilkerson, and Stefanie Mendizabal in 1:44.60. Wrapping up the podium Trinity Prep’s Grace Olivardia, Jenessa Schwarz, Claire Maiocco, and Summer Heidish posted a 1:44.81.

Ransom Everglades’ Kyla Valls stopped the clock in 1:45.96 to win the 200 freestyle. Also under 1:50 were South Floria Heat’s Mary Smutny (1:46.62) and Montverde’s Kaitlyn Schorr (1:49.07).

USA Swimming National Junior Team Member Isabel Ivey pulled off an impressive double. Racing for Oak Hall she posted a 1:57.31 in the 200 IM, ahead of Lowe in 1:59.65. Ivey then returned to the blocks in the next event where she out touched Pine Crest’s Marta Ciesla 22.51 to 22.61 for the 50 freestyle title. Ciesla then secured a state crown of her own with a 49.67 in the 100 freestyle, just faster than Schorr in 49.74 and Valls with a 49.98.

The 100 butterfly had a tight final, with the top two swimmers clearing the state record. Westminster Academy’s Jessica Nava kept her record, stopping the clock in 53.45. Fellow junior, Alessa Baldari of Benjamin, posted a 53.59. Trinity Prep’s Claire Maiocco was third in 53.84, just .07 shy of the old mark. Nava landed a second win with a 54.55 100 backstroke. Wilder was second (55.03) and Saint Andrew’s Lauren Hew (55.29) rounded out the top three.

Community School sophomore Emma Feehery stopped the clock in 4:49.00 to win the 500 freestyle. Tampa Catholic’s Christin Rockway was on her heels (4:50.50). Pine Crest’s Hannah Virgin won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.06 and Bolles’ Baker was runner up with a 1:04.92.

Andrea SantanderAlexandra MeszarosJamie Flores, and Ciesla powered Pine Crest to a commanding win in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:35.12. Saint Andrew’s (1:37.20) and Monteverde (1:37.42) touched second and third.

Lake Highland Prep’s Myers, Lowe, Alix Roy, and Burke edged Pine Crest’s Meszaros, Annabella Lyn, Virgin, and Ciesla by .07 as the two teams finished in 3:26.95 and 3:27.02. Bolles finished third in 3:30.42, securing enough points to take the team title.

Bolles went home with 270 points to Pine Crest’s 260. Lake Highland Prep scored 256 points for third.

Boys Meet

The Bolles boys ended the meet with a more dominating score than their female counterparts to claim their 29th straight state title.

Matt SerraJames DaughertyAriel Spektor, and Gabi Gomez Treig got things off to a quick start with a 1:29.36 in the 200 medley relay. Nicholas SharpIzaak Bastian, Jesse Marsh, and Andrej Sokolovski swam a 1:33.21 for Saint Andrew’s. Matthew DegtyarAidan Mclaughlin, Arrington Moses, and Jan Collazo Torres were third for Trinity Prep in 1:35.12.

Individually, Bolles only won two events, taking the top two places in both cases. Daugherty and Paul DeGrado topped the 100 breaststroke podium in 54.39 and 55.56. Saint Andrew’s’ Bastian was third (55.68). Spektor (47.84) then won the 100 butterfly ahead of Serra (48.82). Episcopal’s Cole Crane (49.89) was also under 50 seconds.

Berkeley’s Robert Cecil took the sprint free double with a 45.07 in the 100 freestyle after a 20.73 in the 50. Bastian was the 50 runner up, just .02 behind in 20.75. In the 100 Bolles’ Gomez Treig swam a 45.42.

Bishop Verot’s Santi Corredor also won twice. He touched first in the 500 free (4:23.90). In the 200 IM Corredor stopped the clock in 1:47.63 with Nsu School’s Patrick Groters swimming a 1:48.52 for second. Groters cleared the 50 marker with a winning 49.19 in the 100 backstroke. After leading off Bolles’ medley relay, Serra posted a 50.30 for runner up honors. Lake Highland Prep’s Hayden Curley (1:39.04) won the 200 freestyle.

Bolles completed a relay sweep. Gomez Treig, Spektor, Jake Adcock, and John Pate won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:23.45 ahead of Trinity Prep (1:24.91) and Berkeley (1:25.96). With a 3:03.01 Spektor, Gomez Treig, Serra, and Pate had a commanding lead over Berkeley (3:07.83) and Pine Crest (3:08.04).

Bolles ended the day with 384 points. Berkeley scored 209, just seven more than third place Pine Crest.

Bolles wins both 1A State Championships!

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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