FHSAA 3A State Championships
The Florida High School State Series has come to an end with the class 3A’s bout in Stuart for the state championships. At the conclusion of the meet, the Chiles girls and Barron Collier boys ended on top of the podium.
For Chiles, this marks their first state championship title since 2014. Meanwhile, the boys of Barron Collier won their first-ever team state championship in program history.
Juniors Mason Laur and Andrew Garner were crucial to Barron Collier’s team championship title. In the 200 medley relay, after falling behind Doral Academy by 2 seconds, Laur split a 21.85 fly to catch up just a second behind Doral. Despite this, Doral (1:33.41) was able to hold off Barron Collier (1:34.35) by a second.
Garner was a member of the second-place relay, who utilized his breaststroke talent in the 100 breast, where he took second place (56.44) to Doral Academy’s Carlos Nava (55.70). Into the 100 free, Garner (45.42) and Nava (45.68) captured top-three finishes behind St. Petersburg’s Lukas Cote (45.04). Cote also won the 200 free with a 1:37.90.
Medley relay member Laur, just three events later, crushed the 200 IM with a 1:48.17. He also picked up second place in the 100 fly at 49.66. Winning the event was Seminole freshman Andrew Billitto, who broke 50 seconds for the first time at 49.54. Billitto is now the 24th-fastest 13-14 event performer in age group history, just 0.06s off Phelps’ mark at the same age.
Then in the 400 free relay, Laur led off the Barron Collier squad with the fastest time (46.45) of the A-final. He then gave space for relay members Anton Sunyak (46.63), Jacob Connor (46.33), and Garner (45.79), dominating the event by 5 seconds at 3:05.20. Doral Academy secured their team runner-up finish with a second-place time of 3:10.48.
Onto the girls side, Lydia Hanlon highlighted the Chiles state championship title with her two event wins. Hanlon crushed both the 100 fly (54.94) and 100 back (55.87), as well as contributed the lone sub-24 (23.74) split in the 200 free relay to aid her team’s event win (1:36.69).
Olivia McMurray earned 40 points for Fort Myers with her state titles in the 200 IM (2:00.83) and 500 free (4:46.50). Countryside freshman Summer Cardwell was another double winner as she won both the 200 free (1:49.35) and 100 free (51.37). In the final team scores, Countryside and Fort Myers finished 4th and 5th place thanks to Cardwell and McMurray’s respective efforts.
More Class 3A State Champions:
- Girls 200 Medley Relay: Fleming Island (S. Grimm, E. Grimm, Clark, Johnson)- 1:48.68
- Girls 50 Free: Madison Feehery (Barron Collier)- 23.00
- Boys 50 Free: Zuri Ramsey (Land O’ Lakes)- 20.58
- Boys 500 Free: Chance Conde (Fletcher)- 4:29.76
- Boys 200 Free Relay: Fletcher (Salls, Florey, Turrentine, Conde)- 1:25.38
- Boys 100 Back: Hayden Kwan (Chiles)- 49.01
- Girls 100 Breast: Saige Kemeny (Lincoln)- 1:03.87
- Girls 400 Free Relay: Fort Myers (Spencer, Starling, Hiers, McMurray)- 3:32.77
Top 5 Boys’ Team Scores:
- Barron Collier – 199
- Doral Academy – 159
- Fletcher – 157
- Seminole – 145
- St. Petersburg – 141
Top 5 Girls’ Team Scores:
- Chiles – 240
- Barron Collier – 173.5
- Sarasota – 156
- Fort Myers – 136.5
- Countryside – 127
The boys of Barron Collier were able to hold off the rest of the top four by 40 points with the efforts of two top-three relay finishes, including 3 event wins. Yet in the race for team runner-up, Doral Academy held off Fletcher by two points. Seminole and St. Petersburg also had key scorers that put them in a tight race. On the girls side, Chiles distances themselves away from the field, with the rest of the top four spread out.
🚨🏆🥇Take a look at your 3A Team State Champions! 🏊♀️🏊♂️ Congrats to all!!
— FHSAA (@FHSAA) November 17, 2019