Bolles Dominates FHSAA 1A State Champs; Zuchowski, Pelaez & Heck Set Records

2021 FHSAA Championship – Class 1A

  • Saturday, November 6, 2021
  • Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, Stuart, FL
  • Results (PDF)

The Bolles School dynasty continued on Saturday as the Bulldogs won the FHSAA Class 1A State titles in decisive fashion, continuing a tradition of excellence that’s been going on for over 30 years. The Bolles School boys have won every FHSAA championship they’ve competed in since 1988, while the girls have gone undefeated since 1991.


The Bolles girls won four events, including two relays, to place first in the standings with 370 points, 132 clear of runner-up Saint Andrew’s (238).

The team of Katherine Meyers-LabenzJessica StrongJulia Murphy and Alexandra Zorn started things off with a win in the 200 medley relay, clocking a time of 1:43.95 to get under the AA-A cut of 1:44.21 and lead Kings (1:44.86) by nearly a second.

Meyers-Labenz would later team up with Megan McGrathSabrina Lyn and Manita Sathianchokwisan to win the 200 free relay in a time of 1:32.68, with Sathianchokwisan putting up a noteworthy 22.30 anchor split.

Individually, McGrath won the 200 free for Bolles in 1:48.60, while Sathianchokwisan topped the 100 free in time of 49.10.

South Florida Heat sophomore Erika Pelaez soared to a new State Record in the girls’ 100 backstroke, finishing in a time of 52.34 to erase Clara Smiddy‘s 2013 mark of 52.46. Smiddy was also a former member of SFH.

Pelaez, 15, now ranks 29th all-time in the girls’ 15-16 age group, having only recently aged up.

Pelaez also won the 50 free in 22.29 over Sathianchokwisan (22.38), just .07 off the State Record set by Lexie Mulvihill (22.22) last year.

Pelaez finished her standout meet by leading off the South Florida Heat 400 free relay in 49.03, under the individual 100 free winning time.

In that relay, the Saint Andrew’s girls denied Bolles the relay sweep by out-touching them by .05 in 3:23.46, with Aspen Gersper providing a key lead-off leg of 49.62. Gersper was also an individual winner in the 100 fly (54.02).


  • 200 IM: Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest, 1:59.79
  • 1-Meter Diving: Charlotte Norman, Community School of Naples, 459.65
  • 500 Free: Michaela Mattes, Cardinal Mooney, 4:45.51
  • 100 Breast: Olivia Dinehart, Cutler Bay Senior HS, 1:02.28


  1. Bolles, 370
  2. Saint Andrew’s, 238
  3. Pine Crest, 200
  4. The King’s Academy, 186
  5. Cutler Bay Senior High School, 166


The Bolles boys won by a whopping 399.5-point margin, putting 574 on the board. The King’s Academy won a tight battle for second over Saint Andrew’s and the South Florida Heat.

Bolles won eight of the 11 swimming events on the schedule, including a relay sweep and a pair of doubles turned in by Andres Dupont Cabrera and Miguel Rojas Newman.

To kick things off in the 200 medley relay, the quartet of Carter Lancaster (22.69), William Heck (24.03), Rojas Newman (21.55) and Tucker Peterson (20.01) put up a time of 1:28.28, just over half a second off the National Relay Record held by the Baylor School (1:27.74, 2014) and less than three tenths off the State Record set by Bolles in 2012 (1:28.02—a team that featured Ryan Murphy, Joseph Schooling and Santo Condorelli).

Dupont Cabrera, Heck, Peterson and Ethan Maloney also split 20-low in the Bulldogs 200 free relay win, posting an elite time of 1:20.30, with Dupont Cabrera leading off in a scintillating 20.07—a time that would’ve won the individual 50 free.

In the 400 free relay, Bolles rolled to another big win in 2:58.10, with Dupont Cabrera again producing the top split at 43.49 swimming third.

Individually, Dupont Cabrera placed first in the 100 free (43.74) and 200 free (1:35.90), with South Florida Heat’s Kaii Winkler the runner-up in both (44.00, 1:36.78).

Rojas Newman won the 50 free (20.49) and 100 fly (48.26), both extremely tight races where the top-six finishers were within a few tenths of one another.

Also winning for Bolles was Heck, who first set a new State Record in the 100 breast prelims at 53.64. He followed up by winning the final in 53.95.

Also setting a new State Record was The King’s Academy’s Josh Zuchowski, who clocked 1:45.51 in the 200 IM to break the 17-year-old record of 1:46.31 set by Bradley Ally in 2004.

Zuchowski, a senior, also won the 100 back in 47.29.


  • 1-Meter Diving: Kevin Mendez, Pine Crest, 606.75
  • 500 Free: Stuart Higdon, Maclay, 4:24.81


  1. Bolles, 574
  2. The King’s Academy, 174.5
  3. Saint Andrew’s, 165
  4. South Florida Heat, 159
  5. Trinity Prep, 129.5

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1 year ago

What are the entry limits at this meet?

Reply to  JimSwim22
1 year ago

2 individual events and 2 relays per swimmer. Max of 4 swimmers from the same school for each event.

Reply to  JimSwim22
1 year ago

3r / 1in or 2r / 2in. Still have to qualify them in from previous meets but that’s the max.

1 year ago

Carter Lancaster’s 1:46.91 in the 200 IM is just 0.01 off of his dad Jason’s time of 1:46.90, which stood as the national high school record for something like 14 years. And he still has two years to win family bragging rights.

Reply to  pcd
1 year ago

OK yeah but why did he leave Carmel

1 year ago

Don’t sleep on Kaii Winkler. Kids got speed 2024

1 year ago

Kaii Winkler going 44.0 / 1:36 is super fast – how old is he, 15?

WiiMii swimmer
1 year ago

Indiana State Meet in February about to be 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Reply to  WiiMii swimmer
1 year ago

And why do you say that other than Zionsville‘s about to do some work!

Reply to  WiiMii swimmer
1 year ago

Love to see these Florida kids have a chance to swim at IUPUI or indoors.

1 year ago

Just curious why would the Lancaster boys switch from Carmel to Bulls?

1 year ago

Bolles is just too good bruh

Reply to  Virtus
1 year ago

Aren’t they a boarding school? I know the other schools in their division are private/prep schools, but I think they are the only boarding school in that class, so is it exactly fair that they are bringing in talent from across the country and the world to compete? For their own sake, I think they’d find better competition at meets like Easterns in PA (where you have other boarding schools with top swim programs like Andover, Peddie, and MBurg) but that’s unfortunately in the winter.

Bolles Mom
Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

Class is based on population.

Reply to  Bolles Mom
1 year ago

That wasn’t my point. I don’t think it’s exactly fair that they can compete as a boarding school against generally non-boarding schools in the FHSAA. They can bring talent from all around to compete, while the other schools have to work with only what they have in the region. If other teams want to do a dual meet with them during the season, fine, but as far as winning a “state” championship goes, how much does it really mean if a lot of your top guys aren’t even from the state of Florida? My perception might be a bit skewed coming from the northeast, where it wouldn’t be a fair fight in swimming between a boarding school and a non-boarding… Read more »

Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

St Andrews has boarding

Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

It’s essentially a zone team every year, outside of the local Jacksonville talent Bolles draws kids from around the country and the world. Olympic committees from the globe send and finance athletes to attend the school for the athletic facilities and academic environment. You are correct it’s not apples to apples.

Reply to  HJones
11 months ago

still would win without our borders though!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

Pine Crest is boarding.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Not anymore. Shut that down many years ago.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Not since 2001

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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