2019 Florida HS 2A Region Roundup: Pine Crest Rolling, Stotler Stars For Clay


Newcomers Pine Crest, moved up from 1A, look like true state title contenders, especially on the girls side where they won all but one event in Region 4.

FHSAA Class 2A Region Champions

Class 2A Region Highlights

The team to beat in 2A is Pine Crest, moved up from the very-competitive 1A last year. Pine Crest holds the top state seed in 10 of 22 swimming events, including 5 of 6 relays.

The girls side looks slanted very strongly in Pine Crest’s favor. They tore through Region 4, winning 11 of 12 events. Senior Andrea Santander has a great chance to go 4-for-4 in state titles. She’s the top 200 free swimmer by six tenths after going 1:50.21, and leads the 100 free by seven tenths with a 50.88. She sits 1-2 in the 100 free right now with teammate Rachel Bottingalso the top 50 free seed in 23.82.

And keep an eye on the youngsters at the end of the lineup. Freshman Julia Podkoscielny is the top 100 back qualifier by almost a full second (56.16) and 8th-grader Sara Lin (1:04.27) leads the 100 breast by more than a full second.

Clay High School junior Sara Stotler looks like the individual standout. She’s already under automatic All-America time in the 100 fly (54.30) and leads the field by three seconds. Stotler is also the top IMer by two seconds after winning Region 2 in 2:02.18.

For the boys, Stanton College Prep senior William Jones is in the mix for a pair of titles after tearing through Region 1. Jones went 1:53.71 in the 200 IM and 49.75 in the 100 fly, and he’s the top state seed in both. Jones was second last year in the fly, going 49.51, and the 2018 state champ is graduated.

There’s still a lot of drama for state titles on the boys side, especially in the freestyles, where seeds set up some brutal showdowns. In the 200 free, Titusville’s Caleb Brandon and Northeast’s Victor Rosado are just .04 apart. In the 100 free, Dreyfoos’ defending state champ Reese Branzell is only two tenths ahead of Pompano Beach’s Raphael Santos. And in the 500, American Heritage’s Daniel Escobar is seeded just half a second ahead of Rockledge’s Elliot Wiesel.

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