FL 1A States Preview: Bolles Looks to Extend Streak vs. Pine Crest


The 2016 Florida High School 1A State Championships are set to take place tomorrow, with the Bolles Bulldogs looking to extend their winning streaks on the boys’ and girls’ sides. If successful, the boys will have their 29th straight championship title and the girls will have their 26th straight title. The girls’ meet should be an exciting one, as the Pine Crest girls have been looking especially dangerous this season and could find themselves bringing home the team trophy.

Bolles senior and Cal commit James Daugherty, the defending state champion in the boys’ 100 breast, will be making one last run at the State Record this season. Last season, Daugherty was just hundredths shy of Bradley Ally’s 54.72 record, which was set over a decade ago in 2004. Following 2015 States, he lowered his personal best down to a 54.26, so we could see him break the record if he can repeat or improve his best.

Also chasing a State Record will be Westminster Academy’s Jessica Nava, the top seed in the 100 fly and 100 back. In the 100 fly, she’ll be looking to break her own record, which she set on her way to a state title last season. This year, she’ll go after double state titles, but she’ll be up against defending state champ Abi Wilder, a Bolles senior, in the 100 back.

Oak Hall’s Isabel Ivey, a USA Junior National Teamer, will have a quick turnaround at this meet. She’s chosen to swim the 200 IM and 50 free, which are back-to-back events in the state meet lineup. She handled that double well at the regional meet, winning both races to set herself up as the 3rd seed in the 200 IM and 2nd seed in the 50 free.

The top seed in the 50 free is Pine Crest’s Marta Ciesla, who has been looking very tough to beat this season. Both Ciesla and Ivey have been sub-23 in the 50 free before, so this should be one of the top races to watch. She’s also the top seed n the 100 free, so we could see her sweep the sprint freestyles.

On the boys’ side Robert Cecil looks like the swimmer to beat in the sprint freestyles. Cecil, a Berkeley High School senior, and Bolles’ John Pate are seeded 1-2 in both the 50 free and 100 free, setting up some exciting sprint battles. This season, Cecil is the only swimmer to have gone sub-21 in the 50 and sub-46 in the 100 at the 1A regional meets.

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. She got her M.S. in Criminology from Florida State and seems exceptionally confused about which team she should cheer for during the college football season. Lauren is currently a coach at Loggerhead Aquatics …

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