Robert Finke, Kyle DiMatteo Double Winners But Riverside Takes Boys FL 4A Team Title

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Despite a few impressive performances, no meet records fell at the Florida 4A Boys High School Swimming State Championships. Riverview relied on its depth to outswim the competition.

The team from Lake Brantley edged the Buchholz group 1:33.72 to 1:33.99 to win the 200 medley relay. Jhon MoncadaCameron ClaytorGabe Parnell, and Robert Frankenstein swam for Lake Brantley while Buchholz put up Mason WilbyBrandon CheongAlexander Narvaez-Duckworth, and Julian Hill.

Hill was back in the next event, taking 200 freestyle gold with his 1:37.68. In second was Riverview senior Brendan Firlie (1:38.57). Also under 1:40 was Fleming Island’s senior Nick Hackett (1:39.61).

Countryside’s Robert Finke eeked out a 200 IM victory, touching in 1:47.41, just ahead of fellow senior Parnell in 1:47.50. Finke sped ahead of the field in the 500 free, winning with a 4:18.74. Firlie finished second (4:25.59) and Hill (4:28.31) rounded out the podium.

Park Vista senior Kyle DiMatteo held his top seed in the 50 free, earning gold in 20.42. He made it a dominant sprint double with a 44.45 in the 100 free. In between Wilby won the 100 fly (48.12) ahead of Hackett (48.89).

Fleming Island’s Jacob ThompsonJack NeeleyDrew Heinton, and Hackett combined for a 1:24.82 to win the 200 freestyle relay.

Countryside senior Joey Licht out touched Wilby 49.56 to 49.58 for the 100 backstroke victory. Riverview’s senior Brett Riley (50.60) finished third.

The 100 breaststroke went to Parnell in 56.07. Finishing second was Winter Park’s Hector Rodriguez (56.88) and Treasure Coast junior Daniel Varon (57.01) finished third.

Riverview wrapped up the meet with Alexander Gardner, Firlie, JJ Corrigan, and Rene Strezenicky posting a 3:05.23 for the 400 freestyle relay victory.

Riverview (Sarasota) ran away with the meet, scoring a total of 278.5 points. Lake Brantley Altamonte Spring finished second with 198 while Fleming Island Orange Park tallied 162 for third.

Full results 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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