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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.