Academy of Holy Names Girls, Bishop Kenny Boys Run Away With FHSAA 2A Championships

2022 FHSAA 2A Swimming and Diving Championships

  • November 19th, 2022
  • Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletic Center, Stuart, Florida
  • Short Course Yards (SCY)
  • Results (PDF)
  • Results on MeetMobile: “2022 FHSAA Swimming & Diving Championship 2A”

The Academy of Holy Names girls powered to a resounding victory over the weekend at the FHSAA 2A Championships, winning the state title by nearly 100 points over defending champion Gulliver Prep. The Holy Names girls competed in Class 1A last season, where they finished ninth.

On the boys’ side, Bishop Kenny went back-to-back with an equally-impressive victory, outscoring runner-up Rockledge by 107.5 points.

Girls Meet Recap

Gulliver Prep started the meet off strong, with the team of Giovanna Musiello, Reese Rosenthall, Elyse Wood, and Cassandra Kraft combining to take the top spot in the 200 medley relay in 1:46.05 over Holy Names. The Academy of Holy Names would come back in the other relay events later in the meet, snagging first in the 200 free relay (1:38.25) and 400 free relay (3:30.30). Gulliver Prep took third in the 200 free relay and second in the 400 free relay.

Brooke Beede, who was a part of Holy Names winning 400 free relay, also secured herself a pair of individual event wins, claiming gold in the 200 free and 100 back. In the 200, she swam to a lifetime best of 1:50.87 to win the event by nearly a second. Her lead in the 100 back was even larger, with her time of 56.73 being over a second and a half faster than that of runner-up Giovanna Musiello. Beede, a junior, has already committed to join the University of South Carolina Gamecocks in the fall of 2024.

Beede’s teammate, Isabel Sayag, continued the team’s winning streak to start the meet, picking up the win in the 200 IM in a time of 2:05.43. The race was close from start to finish, with Mussiello attempting to run Sayag over the final 50 yards, ultimately falling less than a tenth of a second short. Mussiello is only a sophomore.

Holy Name’s Isabella Dieffenthaller was the second athlete from the school to pick up multiple wins on the day, doubling up in the spring freestyle events. Dieffenthaller, a sophomore, claimed first in the 50 free (23.41) and 100 free (51.05).

The first individual event not to be won by Holy Names was the 100 fly, with senior Hannah Ahn of Eastside finishing first by just .05 in a time of 54.13. Ahn is committed to Brown University, where she’s set to make a big impact as a freshman. Her lifetime best in the 100 fly would have led the team last season and she’d have been among the team’s best in the sprint freestyle events.

The 500 free saw a battle between Brynn Stoneburg of Jensen Beach and Cadence Fort of Estero, with Stoneburg ultimately pulling away over the final 100 yards. Stoneburg was slightly off of her lifetime best, touching in 4:58.27 to Fort’s 4:59.56. Stoneburg is verbally committed to join Navy in 2024, while Fort is slated to be a Florida State Seminole next fall.

Senior Bilu Bianchi closed out the individual events for the day with a huge win in the 100 breast for Clearwater High School. Finishing just off of her lifetime best, Bianchi won the event by over two seconds with a time of 1:02.64.

Final Team Scores

  1. Academy of Holy Names – 352
  2. Gulliver Preparatory – 254
  3. Bishop Kenny – 153
  4. West Florida – 123
  5. Barron G Collier – 118

Boys Meet Recap

Bishop Kenny’s strength was its depth, with the team combining to sweep all three relays.

In the 200 medley, Carter Wright, Evan Larson, Zachary Jones, and Barrie Snyder combined to post the winning time of 1:32.94. Snyder played a large part in the team’s win, as out split the field by well over a second to take his team from second to first.

On the 200 free relay, Wright and Snyder were joined by Graham Evans and Owen Kerkezi, with the team posting the winning time of 1:26.58. Larson, Evans, Kerkezi, and Jones closed out the meet by winning the 400 free relay in 3:10.01.

For the second straight year, Rockledge’s Elliot Weisel claimed two event wins at the meet, snagging first in both the 200 and 500 freestyles. In the 200, he cleared the field by a second, stopping the clock at 1:40.45. He won the 500 handily as well, cruising to a time of 4:30.23 after clocking 4:27.05 in the prelims. Weisel is currently committed to join the Indiana distance group after he graduates high school next spring.

Weisel wasn’t the only senior to claim a pair of wins in his last FHSAA state meet as Stanton’s Mehdi Elaoufir also doubled up at the meet. In his first individual swim of the meet, Elaoufir ran away with the 200 IM, dipping below 1:50 in the event for the first time to stop the clock at 1:49.98. He added a second lifetime best in the 100 free, winning that event in 45.15. Last year, Elaoufir finished as the runner-up in both the 200 IM and 500 free. He’s to Florida State for next fall.

Bishop Kenny’s lone individual event win of the meet came in the 50 free, with senior Barrie Snyder finishing in 20.83. Entering the meet, Snyder had never been faster than 21.58 in the event.

After winning the 200 IM and 100 fly as a junior last season, Shane McEliece of Arnold won two events again this year. McEliece started his meet off by repeating as the state champion in the 100 fly, touching in 49.66. Instead of contesting the 200 IM, McEliece instead opted to race the 100 breast, which he won in 56.13.

An Oklahoma Christian commit, Eli Rollen of Rockledge closed out his senior season with a win in the 100 back. He finished in a lifetime best of 48.57.

Final Team Scores

  1. Bishop Kenny – 295.5
  2. Rockledge – 188
  3. Pompano – 122
  4. Stanton – 119
  5. Jensen Beach – 114

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