2021 Swammy Awards: High School Team of the Year, Bolles School Boys

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2021 High School Team of the Year: Bolles School Boys

The Bolles School boys, who won the FHSAA Class 1A state title by nearly 400 points in November, take home another title in 2021 as SwimSwam’s high school team of the year. The Bulldogs have been a Florida powerhouse that has won 34 straight state championships, but has also long been a national powerhouse. Former coaches like Gregg Troy and Sergio Lopez created a history of Olympic tradition with former Olympic medalists like Anthony Nesty, Gustavo Borges, Ryan Murphy and Joseph Schooling all having called Bolles home. 

Now, head coach Peter Verhoef has a new crop of elite talent that has etched their names in the illustrious Bolles swimming history. 

The Bulldogs were dominant at the Florida state meet, winning 8 of 11 events and scoring 574 points en route to the team title. The team was led by senior Stanford commit Andres Dupont, SwimSwam’s 15th ranked recruit in the class of 2022. Dupont won the 100 free 43.74 and the 200 free in 1:35.90 at their state meet, and swam legs on their winning 200 and 400 free relays. 

Without Cabrera, their 200 medley relay of Carter Lancaster, William Heck, Rojas Newman and Tucker Peterson swam a 1:28.28, nearly breaking Baylor’s 2014 National High School record and Bolles own 2012 state record (a relay that included Olympians Ryan Murphy, Joseph Schooling and Santo Condorelli). 

Junior William Heck, an NC State commit and SwimSwam’s #10 recruit in the class of 2023, set a new Florida state record in the 100 breast with a 53.64, while sophomore Carter Lancaster finished second in the 200 IM in 1:46.91 and 100 back in 49.10. Though we haven’t released class of 2024 recruiting rankings, Lancaster is poised to be one of the top recruits in the country for his class. 

Honorable mention (in no particular order):

  • Brookfield East (WI) Girls: The Brookfield East girls won their third straight Wisconsin state title in November, winning by 50 points over Arrowhead. The Spartans were led by Maggie Wazenek, a USA Swimming National Junior Team member, who won the 100 back in a state record of 51.59. Her younger sister Abby swept the sprint freestyle’s in 22.54 and 49.35. Junior Lucy Thomas also won two individual state titles, winning the 200 free in 1:46.82 and the 100 breast in 1:00.00
  • Ann Arbor Pioneer (MI) Girls: In a unique twist owed to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ann Arbor Pioneer girls won TWO Michigan High School Division 1 state titles in 2021. The 2020 fall girls swim season and state meet was delayed until January 2021, which the Pioneers won with 368 points. Their second state title came in November, where they won with 405.5 points. The Pioneers lacked a true standout star, but Stella Chapman, Lily Cramer and Vivian VanRenterghem all won individual state titles in 2021 and they won all 6 relay state titles.

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Hs swimmer
1 year ago

It’s 2022 and there still isn’t a boys hs team of the year and girls hs team of the year?

State champ
1 year ago

Sarasota high Snubbed

FL Coach
Reply to  State champ
1 year ago

Who is SHS? Hard to be “snubbed” if they’re not even mentioned as a runner-up.

Coach Jeff
1 year ago

Congrats boys! Proud of you all!

Ann Arborite
1 year ago

AA Pioneer actually won 3 MI state titles in 2021, because the boys’ team also won in 2021. Incredible year for these HS teams despite so much disruption.

Open fan
1 year ago

Love how they don’t mention Santo as an Olympic medalist…his name is not even in red as if there’s no links to his name.

Reply to  Open fan
1 year ago

I really wish he would’ve held on in the 100 free in Rio. The guy had a massive lead at the 50 and was still hanging up there with 20ish meters to go

Old Bruin
Reply to  Open fan
1 year ago

Good call, and it appears fixed now….but seriously…Swim Swam will you please address this…WHY ARE THE RED NAMES SO INCONSISTENT in every article? People with swim histories are left unlinked all the time (and I’m talking about all kinds of swimmers–age groupers with a few stories, to Olympians with hundreds of them)….I mean….does it cost extra to link the names????

75 w/ fins under 20”
Reply to  Old Bruin
1 year ago

They fixed the red link but still don’t mention Santo as an Olympic medalist. “Olympic tradition with former Olympic medalists like Anthony Nesty, Gustavo Borges, Ryan Murphy and Joseph Schooling all having called Bolles home.”

Last edited 1 year ago by 75 w/ fins under 20”
Big Mac #1
1 year ago

Pioneer men snubbed. Matthew segal led them to glory.

Last edited 1 year ago by Lucas Caswell