Jesuit Boys Repeat, Gulliver Prep Girls Win Fifth-Straight Florida 2A Title

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The Florida 2A Swimming and Diving State Championships took place on Nov. 17 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart, Fla.

The Jesuit boys repeated as team champions with 212.5 points ahead of runner-up Gulliver Prep (179). For the fifth-straight year, Gulliver Prep were crowned girls’ team champions with 284 points ahead of Holy Names (165).

Full results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2018 FHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships 2A.

Girls Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Gulliver Prep – 284
2. Holy Names – 165
3. Gulf Breeze – 156
4. Fort Walton Beach – 135
5. Land O’Lakes – 129

The meet began as Gulliver Prep’s Kayla KraftOlivia HernandezEmily Cordovi and Cassandra June Kraft won the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:46.03. Fort Walton Beach (1:48.46) and Gulf Breeze (1:49.90) finished second and third, respectively.

The 200 free title went to Bayshore’s Ryley Ober who shaved a second from her prelims swim and was the only swimmer to break the 1:50 mark, doing so in 1:48.93 for her third-straight win in the event. Wolfson’s Hannah Sykes was took a second-place showing in 1:50.72 while Land O’Lake’s Taylor Ward wound up third in 1:51.835.

Cape Coral’s Nicole Rodriquez took the top spot in the 200 IM, touching the wall in 2:06.43 for the win. Gulf Breeze’s Cali Wilson snagged second in 2:07.05 and Tavares’ Naomi Filkin dropped over four seconds from her prelims time to take third in 2:07.86.

Chloe Hernandez of Gulliver Prep splashed and dashed her way to victory in the 50 free, sprinting home in 23.90. Port St. Lucie’s Sarah Evans also snuck under 24 seconds in 23.97 for second and Land O’Lake’s Romina McCloskey finished third in 24.17.

Clay’s Sara Stotler flew to first in the 100 fly, powering her way to the wall in 54.82 to hold off the runner-up by about two-tenths. Cordovi was the second-place finisher in 55.02 and Sykes took third in 55.86.

Ober’s second individual gold medal of the night came in the 100 free, where the Indiana commit posted a winning time of 51.00 to defend her title. After taking third in the 50 free, McCloskey raced to the runner-up spot n 52.36 and Hernandez took third in 52.97.

Not too long after earning bronze in the 200 free, Ward found herself on top of the podium in the 500 free as the only swimmer under the five-minute mark in 4:57.21. Silver went to Cassidy Neely (5:04.64) of Holy Names and bronze belonged to Jenna Hess (5:0.13) of Merritt Island.

Hernandez and June Kraft teamed up with Gulliver Prep teammates Daniela Luchau and Sarah Abril to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:37.56, about a half-second ahead of Suncoast (1:39.01) and Land O’Lakes (1:39.28).

Florida State commit Cordovi won her third-consecutive 2A 100 back title in 56.59, holding off a charging Filkin (56.89) for the win. Gulf Breeze’s Makayla Ludwick delivered a third-place showing in 57.11.

After taking second in the 200 IM, Wilson found herself on top of the podium in the 100 breast after getting her hands to the wall first in 1:04.92. O. Hernandez was close behind in 1:05.13 for second and Fort Walton Beach’s Victoria Orcutt was third in 1:06.35.

Bishop Moore’s Blair Isenhour dove to first on the 1-meter board, posting a final score of 375.05 for the win. Pompano Beach’s Christina Hilton dove to second with a score of 371.60 and third went to Dunedin’s Lexi Atherholt with 365.60 points.

Gulliver Prep secured their team victory and relay swim as Cordovi, C. Hernandez, O. Hernandez and Sarah Abril won the 4×100 free relay to conclude the girls’ meet in 3:32.30 ahead of Suncoast (3:36.09) and Gulf Breeze (3:36.83).

Boys Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Jesuit – 212.5
2. Gulliver Prep – 179
3. Land O’Lakes – 161
4. Mater Lakes – 125
4. Cape Coral – 125

Jesuit’s Nicholas ShafferAnthony KirchnerRobbie Shaffer and Alex Caceres began the boys’ meet as victors in the 4×50 medley relay with a finalist time of 1:36.91. Mater Lakes (1:37.69) and Cape Coral (1:38.60) finished second and third, respectively.

Merritt Island’s Lucas Kravchenkowho will swim for the Gators next fall, cruised to first in the 200 free with a winning time of 1:40.57. Cape Coral’s John Pellegrino swam to second in 1:41.93 while Gulliver Prep’s Jonathan Rodriquez took third in 1:42.36.

Paxon’s Tyler Watson led the charge in the 200 IM, getting to the wall the fastest in 1:49.11. MOSL Spencer Sehlhorst also snuck under 1:50, doing so in 1:49.86 for second while Cape Coral’s Steven Rua was third in 1:51.65.

Land O’Lake took the top two spots in the 50 free, led by senior Patryk Pilkowski who splashed and dashed his way to the win in 20.87. Close behind was sophomore teammate Zuri Ramsey in 20.98 and Mourning Andrew Garcia finished third in 21.14.

Watson added the 100 fly gold to his 200 IM championship title, flying to the wall first in 48.82 to defend his title. Stanton’s William Jones was also under the 50-second mark in 49.51 for second as Baker County’s Braeden Knight rounded out the podium in 50.31.

Dreyfoos’ Reese Branzell sprinted home to 100 free victory by over a full second in a quick 45.53. Ponte Vedra’s Max Milicevic swam to second place in 46.66 while 50 free runner-up Ramsey finished third in 46.71.

Jesuit’s Brendan Driscollwho is headed to Duke next year, defended his 500 free title with a winning time of 4:32.29. Bayshore’s Andrew Kalaman wasn’t too far behind in 4:33.82 for second as Bishop Moore’s Zachary Brewer completed the top three in 4:35.29.

Land O’Lakes’ Pilkowski, Ravidu IdippiloJack Kaatze and Ramsey teamed up for win the 4×50 free relay in 1:25.68. Pompano Beach finished second in 1:26.37 and Ponte Verdra raced to a close third in 1:26.68.

For the second-straight year, Kravchenko was victorious in the 100 back, taking the title in 50.14. Pilkowski raced to the runner-up spot in 50.97 as Shaffer swam his way to third in 51.76.

200 IM runner-up Sehlhorst earned the individual gold in the 100 breast, stopping the clock in 57.56. Rua took a close second in 57.81 and Mater Lakes’ Brandon Moran was third in 58.50.

Lincoln Park’s Jonathan Geraghty dove to first on the 1-meter board, posting a final score of 524.20 for the win. Gulliver Prep’s Skyklar Mignon dove to second with a score of 494.20 and third went to Ed White’s Elisa Dees with 398.95 points.

The meet concluded as Land O’Lakes’ Pilkowski, Idippili, Kaatze and Ramsey combined to win the 4×100 free relay in 3:11.39, only three-tenths faster than runner-up Jesuit (3:11.69). Mosley was third in 3:13.29.