Florida HS 1A States: Bolles Defends Streak In Nailbiter Over Pine Crest

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

FINAL GIRLS TOP 5 TEAM SCORES:

  1. Bolles- 270
  2. Pine Crest- 260
  3. Lake Highland Prep- 256
  4. Montverde- 144
  5. Saint Andrew’s- 130

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The 2016 Florida High School 1A State Championships came down to the final race, as the Bolles girls extended their streak to 27 straight state titles. It was a 3 team race at the finish, but Bolles prevailed with 270 points. Narrowly behind the in 2nd place was Pine Crest with 260 points. Lake Highland Prep rounded out the top 3, just 14 points shy of the victory with their 256 points.

Oak Hall’s Isabel Ivey was on fire tonight, taking a pair of state titles in back-to-back events. In the 200 IM, Ivey came within 3 tenths of U.S. Olympian Melanie Margalis’ 200 IM State Record, winning the gold in 1:57.31. She returned to the pool shortly after, taking down Pine Crest’s Marta Ciesla by a tenth in the 50 free. Ivey hit the wall in 22.51, while Ciesla took silver in 22.61.

Ciesla then went on to pick up a gold of her own in the 100 free, touching out Montverde’s Kaitlyn Schnorr with a 49.67 to Schnorr’s 49.74. It took a sub-50 to make the top 3, as Ransom Everglades’ Kyla Valls brought home the bronze with a 49.98. Valls won the 200 free earlier in the session with a quick 1:45.96.

Multiple swimmers were under the previous State Record in the 100 fly, as the top 3 all finished within the 53-range. Winning the race was Westminster Academy’s Jessica Nava, who broker her own State Record to take gold in 53.45. Just a nail behind her were Benjamin’s Alessandra Baldari, who finished in 53.59 for silver, and Trinity Prep’s Claire Maiocco, a Michigan commit, in 53.84 for bronze. Nava followed that up with another victory, winning the 100 back in 54.55.

The Bolles girls sat in 3rd with only the 100 breast and 400 free relay to go, and it looked like Pine Crest or Lake Highland Prep could’ve ended their streak. In the 100 breast, however, the Bulldogs had 3 championship finalists, pulling in major points on the strength of Katherine Baker (1:04.92), Niva Nechmad (1:05.74) and Edie Bates (1:07.88). They took a narrow lead over Pine Crest, who had state champ Hannah Virgin (1:04.06) in the 100 breast. While Pine Crest finished one spot ahead in the 400 free relay, Bolles stayed close enough to remain undefeated at the state meet for the last 27 years.

Girls’ Event Winners:

  • 200 medley relay- Lake Highland Prep (Burke, Brown, Lowe, Myers), 1:44.09
  • 200 free- Kyla Valls, Ransom Everglades, 1:45.96
  • 200 IM- Isabel Ivey, Oak Hall, 1:57.31
  • 50 free- Isabel Ivey, Oak Hall, 22.51
  • 100 fly- Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy, 53.45
  • 100 free- Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest, 49.67
  • 500 free- Emily Feehery, Community School, 4:49.00
  • 200 free relay- Pine Crest (Santander, Meszaros, Flories, Ciesla), 1:35.13
  • 100 back- Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy, 54.55
  • 100 breast- Hannah Virgin, Pine Crest, 1:04.06
  • 400 free relay- Lake Highland (Myers, Lowe, Roy, Burke), 3:26.95

FINAL BOYS TOP 5 TEAM SCORES:

  1. Bolles- 384
  2. Berkeley Prep- 209
  3. Pine Crest- 202
  4. Saint Andrew’s- 177
  5. Trinity Prep- 147

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The Bolles boys have now won 29 straight state championship titles after winning the 2016 FHSAA 1A State Championships with 384 points. Swimming to the runner-up spot was Berkeley Prep with 209 points, while Pine Crest rounded out the top 3 with 202 points.

After narrowly missing the State Record in the 100 breast last season, Bolles senior James Daugherty wasn’t letting it get away this time. Daugherty wasted no time taking the record down, getting the job done in prelims with a 54.33 to clear Bradley Ally’s old record of 54.72 from 2004. He was slightly slower in the final, but still dominated the race in 54.38 to lead a 1-2 finish with teammate Paul DeGrado (55.56).

Berkeley Prep’s Robert Cecil took multiple state titles, sweeping the boys’ sprint freestyles. The 50 free was a nailboter, with Cecil narrowly out-touching Saint Andrew’s Izaak Bastian at the finish in 20.73 to Bastian’s 20.75. He then held off a back half surge from Bolles’ Gabi Gomez Treig in the 100 free, winning in 45.07 to Gomez Treig’s 45.42.

Also winning 2 individual state titles was Bishop Verot’s Santiago Corredor. His first win came in the 200 IM, where he clocked a 1:47.63 to win by nearly a full second. He finished off his successful double in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:23.90.

Boys’ Event Winners:

  • 200 medley relay- Bolles (Serra, Daugherty, Spektor, Gomez Treig), 1:29.36
  • 200 free- Hayden Curley, Lake Highland Prep, 1:39.04
  • 200 IM- Santiago Corredor, Bishop Verot, 1:47.63
  • 50 free- Robert Cecil, Berkeley Prep, 20.73
  • 100 fly- Ariel Spektor, Bolles, 47.84
  • 100 free- Robert Cecil, Berkeley Prep, 45.07
  • 500 free- Santiago Corredor, Bishop Verot, 4:23.90
  • 200 free relay- Bolles (Gomez Treig, Spektor, Adcock, Pate), 1:23.45
  • 100 back- Patrick Groters, NSU School, 49.19
  • 100 breast- James Daugherty, Bolles, 54.38
  • 400 free relay- Bolles (Spektor, Gomez Treig, Serra, Pate), 3:03.01

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