Caroline White Downs 7-Year-Old Record at Florida 1A High School State Championships

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The first half of the Florida High School State Championships kicked off this weekend with the 1A and 2A divisions.

1A Men and Women

The Bolles (Jacksonville) men and women led the competition to collect wins on both sides. The men finished with a total of 471 while the women collected a total of 335.5 points for first. On the women’s side, it was Lake Highland Prep (Orlando) who took second overall with a total of 256.5 points, while Montverde finished third overall with 213 points. The men of Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale) turned in a total of 187 points for second, while Saint Andrew’s (Boca Raton) was third with 159.

Kyla Valls led the women’s 200 free throughout the entire race, finishing first with a time of 1:47.28. Kendall Dawson was second to the wall, stopping the clock at 1:48.35. Third went to Abby Burke and her time of 1:49.90.

The top four in the women’s 50 free kept it close, finishing .51 seconds apart. Katie Schorr finished first with a time of 23.05. Chade Nercisio turned in a time of 23.41 for a narrow second place finish, while Isabella Garofalo took third with a time of 23.45. Fourth went to Claire Maiocco who posted a time of 23.56.

In the men’s 50 free, all three top finishers touched under the 21-second mark. Rain Tjon-A-Joe took first with a final time of 20.26, while second went to Wiley Watson of Bolles and his time of 20.75. Anton Voronin finished third with a time of 20.78.

Jessica Nava claimed a new state title in the women’s 100 fly stopping the clock at 53.77. Nava’s time replaces Chelsea Britt’s time of 53.83 from 2010. Paige Hamilton took second in the event with a time of 53.87, while third went to Maiocco and her time of 54.45.

Bolles’ Andy Song An and Matthew Garcias battled for first in the men’s 100 back stopping the clock only .30 seconds apart. Song An got his hand on the wall first to finish in 47.58, while Garcia turned in a final time of 47.88. Van Cates of was third with a 50.22.

Caroline White downed the seven-year-old state record in the women’s 100 breaststroke. White stopped the clock at 1:01.68 to replace Lindsey McKnight’s 2008 time of 1:01.73. Olga Lapteva of Bolles finished second in the event with a time of 1:03.79 and third went to Elizabeth Zubero of and her time of 1:04.15.

Bolles’ James Daughtery neared the 2004 state record of 54.72 in the men’s 100 breaststroke finishing a shy .07 away from the record. Daughtery stopped the clock at 54.79 for first. Second went to Tjon-A-Joe and his time of 55.63, while Izaak Bastian took third with a 57.19.

Other winners include:

  • Santiago Corredor–men’s 200 free (1:37.76)
  • Christin Rockway–women’s 200 IM (2:00.39)
  • Patrick Groters–men’s 200 IM (1:50.22)

2A Men and Women

The women of Gulliver Prep (Pinecrest) swept the women’s competition in the 2A division with a total of 377 points. Arnold (Panama City Beach) finished second overall with a total of 166 points, while the women of Stanton (Jacksonville) took third with 132.

On the men’s side, it was American Heritage (Plantation) who pulled ahead to finish first with 250 points. Jesuit (Tampa) was a close second with 244.5 points, while Gulliver Prep (Pinecrest) took third with 185.

Niki Urquidi posted a quick 1:48.17 to win the women’s 200 free. Ryley Ober finished second overall with a time of 1:50.93, while Taylor Ward was third with a time of 1:51.06.

Julien Pinon blasted the competition in the men’s 200 free finishing with a 1:37.75. Miguel Cancel took second overall with a time of 1:39.11, while Dakota Mahaffey was third with a 1:40.01.

Pinon collected his second win of the day in the men’s 100 fly, turning in a time of 48.83.

The top three finishers in the women’s 50 free were the only women under the 24-second mark. Tori Bindi claimed first with a time of 23.52. Catharine Cooper finished second overall with a time of 23.69, while third went to Andrea Santander and her time of 23.90.

Bindi continued to show her prowess in the sprint freestyle events by grabbing the win in the women’s 100 free with a 50.38.

Sherridon Dressel neared the 2010 state record of 53.83 in the women’s 100 fly with a 54.04. Hannah Retherford claimed second in the event with a time of 55.82, while Emily Cordovi was third with a 56.14.

Theodore Smith finished first in the men’s 500 free with a time of 4:23.91, while Miguel Cancel was a close second with a 4:24.35.

Other winners:

  • Kelly Fertel–200 IM (2:01.20)
  • Daniel Orcutt–200 IM (1:50.68)
  • Manden Smith— 50 Free (21.13)
  • Niki Urquidi— 500 Free (4:46.97)