Elise Haan came within tenths of a pair of state records at the Florida Class 3A State Championships Saturday. Her Gulf Coast team took second, while team titles went to the Chiles girls and the Creekside boys.
Gulf Coast was the flashier team, winning two relays and getting a pair of near-miss state record swims from Elise Haan. But Chiles was the best overall team, winning the title by 22.5 points over Gulf Coast.
Haan won the 100 free and 100 back for Gulf Coast. In the freestyle, she was 49.19 to pick up the win. That’s a lifetime-best for the senior, and rattled the state record of 48.73 that has stood for 12 years.
In the backstroke, Haan was even closer, going a lifetime-best 52.60 to come within .14 of the state record set by last year’s champ and current Michigan Wolverine Clara Smiddy.
Gulf Coast also got a 100 fly win from sophomore Kayla Tennant, who was 54.09 and just three tenths off the state record there.
Tennant and Haan helped Gulf Coast win both free relays. Haan split 22.86 on the end of the winning 200 free relay (which went 1:37.69), and she added a 49.30 split on the end of the 400 free relay which won in 3:30.05.
Chiles won the overall team title despite winning only one individual event. That came from senior Allison Greene in diving. Greene scored 446.65 to win by about 10.
Columbia senior Hannah Burns won twice, taking the 200 IM (1:59.92) and 500 free (4:46.68). Creekside senior Dani Gordon also won twice, though one of hers was a relay event. Gordon won the 100 breast in 1:03.88 and also swam breaststroke on the winning 200 medley relay, splitting 29.88 for Creekside’s team.
Other winners were Gainesville’s Alena Kraus in the 200 free (1:49.81) and Mitchell’s Taylor Anderson in the 50 free (23.00).
Top 5 Teams
- Chiles, 234.5
- Gulf Coast, 212
- Creekside, 175
- Gainesville, 159
- Lakewood Ranch, 117
Creekside pulled a similar win on the men’s side, taking just one event and winning by a narrow 8.5-point margin. The 200 free relay of Gian Garcia, Owen Wheeler, Carter Strickland and Zach Burke went 1:26.72 to win, the only relay to go straight 21s across the board.
That showed off the depth that powered Creekside to the team title.
Belen Jesuit took second, and only won a single event as well. Belen took the opening 200 medley relay, pairing Alejandro Carriazo, Bernardo Lima, Max Garcia-del Pozo and Daniel Simpson to go 1:36.11.
Fort Lauderdale got a pair of sprint wins from Raphael Marcoux. The junior went 20.61 to win the 50 free, then returned to go 1-2 in the 100 free with his younger brother Philippe (Raphael was 45.17 and Philippe 46.18).
Lakewood Ranch got a pair of titles. Senior Luke Hanner took over the 200 free to claim the first individual crown of the meet on the boys side, going 1:39.03. Later on, his junior teammate Daniel Erlenmeyer was 4:27.76 to run away with the 500 free.
Gainesville took home the 400 free relay to close things out. Junior Seth Borgert, who was second in both of those distance races, led off in 46.79 to stake the team to an early lead, and Josh Quillen, Eric Geunes and Brandon Parramore did the rest as the team went 3:09.67 with Creekside second.
Seniors Marco Leo and Nicholas Loomis got individual titles in their final acts. Leo, who swims for Barron, won the 200 IM in 1:52.99, while Loomis won the 100 fly in 49.43 for St. Augustine.
Other individual winners:
- Chase Lane, Chiles – 1-meter diving, 485.05
- Hans Schroeder, Charlotte – 100 back, 51.06
- Julio Horrego, Mater Academy – 100 breast, 57.32
Top 5 Teams
- Creekside, 190
- Belen Jesuit, 181.5
- Gainesville, 169
- Chiles, 127
- Fleming Island, 125