Morgan Tankersley and Isabel Ivey Set For 200 Free Battle At Florida 4A States (Psych Sheets Included)

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Florida High School Swimming and Diving will conclude for the 2017 season this weekend with the 3A and 4A Championship meets. 3A action will be on Friday, followed by 4A action on Saturday.

Last year‘s action was highlighted by two state records from Plant junior Morgan Tankersley. The Buchholz girls and Riverview boys were repeat state champions.

Girls

Morgan Tankersley broke two state records, the 200 and 500 freestyles, at last year’s meet. Tankersley, now a Stanford commit, returns to those two events this year. Buchholz junior Isabel Ivey won’t make Tankersley’s path an easy one. Ivey was the 200 IM and 50 free state champ at last year’s 1A meet when she was a sophomore at Oak Hall. With her transfer to Buchholz, the defending champions are looking even stronger this year.

Ivey is the top seed in the 200 freestyle at this year’s 4A meet, having already hit the All American Automatic cut with a 1:46.50 at Regionals. Ivey’s lifetime best is a 1:43.64 while Tankersley’s is a 1:44.31. Ivey will also race the 100 breaststroke this weekend.

Cooper City’s Kathleen Golding has the top spot entering the 200 IM. Golding is also in a three way tie for second in the 100 free. Bucholz’s Kaitlyn Cronin leads the way (50.58), while her teammate and returning runner up Kirschtine Balbuena, Flagler Palm Coast freshman Micayla Cronk and Golding all enter with a 50.90. Bucholz junior Caitlin Brooks is seeded well ahead in the 100 back (53.86). An impressive group of Bucholz swimmers combine for top seeds in all three relays.

Boys

Riverview appears to face some competition in repeating their state title this year. Buchholz has the top seed in the 200 medley relay while Fleming Island Orange Park enters with the fastest times in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Defending 200 freestyle champion Nick Hackett returns. The Fleming Island senior is seeded fifth this year, but has likely cruised through the season, still three seconds slower than last year’s winning time. He’s also third seed in the 100 fly, an event he won last year. Senior Mason Wilby should be a leader for the potentially challenging Buchholz team. He’s the top seed in the 100 fly and second in the 100 back.

Countryside’s Robert Finke won the 200 IM and 500 free last year. The senior is top seed in the 200 IM and enters second in the 500 free. Park Vista senior Kyle DiMatteo is top seed in the 50 and 100 free.

Full psych sheets available here.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and 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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