Pine Crest Girls Defeat Bolles School For 2nd Time In 30 Years

Pine Crest V. Bolles School

  • Oct. 12, 2018
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Results
  • Team Scores
    • Women: Pine Crest 88- Bolles School 52
    • Men: Bolles School 87- Pine Crest 52

On Friday, the girls of Pine Crest High School defeated their long-time rival, Bolles School, for only the second time in 30 years. The Panthers outscored the Bulldogs by 36 points at their home pool in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Bolles School girls are 30-time defending state champions in the Florida 1A High School State Championships. Pine Crest was runner-up last year behind the Bulldogs.

Due to the weather conditions, the meet could not continue after the 200 free relay.

The girls’ meet started off with Pine Crest and Bolles School dead even after the breaststroke leg in the 200 medley relay. It was Pine Crest’s butterflier, Esther Lin, who surged her team to the lead. Pine Crest took their first of 7 victories at their meet in a time of 1:48.55. Bolles School took second with a 1:49.99.

The next 5 events were dominated by the Panthers, with Andrea Santander and Alexandra Meszaros winning both of their individual events.

  • 200 Free: Pine Crest’s Alexandra Meszaros (1:54.53)
  • 200 IM: Pine Crest’s Andrea Santander (2:05.14)
  • 50 Free: Pine Crest’s Rachel Botting (24.30)
  • 100 Fly: Pine Crest’s Alexandra Meszaros (57.46)
  • 100 Free: Pine Crest’s Andrea Santander (51.60)

Then, the Bulldogs pushed the Panthers in the 500 free. Bolles School went a 1-2-3 finish to challenge Pine Crest, with Leah DeGeorge (5:08.79) taking the win followed by teammates Camila Batista (5:12.40) and Alex Breuer (5:16.97).

In the unexpected last event of the meet, the girls’ 200 free relay featured a blazing battle between the two rivals. After Bolles School took the lead going into the last exchange, Pine Crest’s double-winner Santander split a whooping 22.54 to anchor the Panthers to their seventh victory of the meet with a time of 1:36.54. Bolles School would settle for second with a 1:37.66.

On the boys’ side of the meet, Bolles School was victorious over Pine Crest 87-52. The Bolles School also took 7 of the 8 victories in the pool.

The 200 medley relay splits between Bolles School and Pine Crest were nearly identical, however it was Bolles School (1:36.98) who edged out Pine Crest (1:36.99) by one one-hundredth.

Bolles School then had Rafael Ponce de Leon take double wins in the 200 free (1:44.45) and 500 free (4:46.33).

Pine Crest’s one victory went to Joshua Hanks in the 50 free, winning by over half a second with a 21.57.

The remainder of the meet were Bolles School victories:

  • 200 IM: Paul DeGrado (1:54.91)
  • 100 fly: Daniel Bowen (52.62)
  • 100 free: Ethan Thomas (48.83)
  • 200 Free Relay: Bolles School (1:28.19)

 

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Bob

I wonder if this is the reason John is stepping away from Bolles? The fact that his team should lose HS state this year for the first time 30 years? (Pine Crest women are just plain better – by far – and men are not much behind them) He is such an amazing coach and has done so much to touch the lives of so many amazing people who have come through the Bolles program. This is NOT intended to be a negative post, but a highlight on the stress of top positions like Bolles. I wonder if the stress of the program, having to recruit people into a program to have continued success shortened his lifespan as the wonderful… Read more »

Dan

In a press release a couple of months ago it was stated that this is John’s last season, was posted here on SwimSwam

Someone who was there

Thought Bob was implying that while it has been known that Jon is leaving, there had been no reason given or whether he will resurface elsewhere.

RenéDescartes

The simple answer is no.

Bob

No to which part?

RenéDescartes

All of it.

John

I think you’re reading way too far into one loss… In October…. After 30 years

Blackflag82

Bolles women don’t seem as strong as in the past, but there have been other years where the team (men or women) have been weaker in dual meets and then won state by triple digits. At the end of the day, Bolles is in 1A and has so much more depth than almost any other team can field within the division. Getting 3-4 swimmers in finals in every event is just not something most teams can manage. Maybe this is the year the streak breaks, but i’d hold off on counting them out yet

Can Paddle Will Travel

Maybe they can recruit an one-month rental from halfway around the world?

Can Paddle Will Travel

Maybe they can recruit an one-month rental from halfway around the world?!

Eric

Back 30 years ago… Pine Crest had a boarding program (that I belonged to). We were able to have more swimmers from all over to field a better team. Bolles started their boarding program in the mid-90’s which saw the rise of their swim team. Both teams boarding programs helped their swim teams when they were in place.

Blackflag82

Bolles boarding predates the mid-90s by decades. The swim team was always strong, but entered its current dominance because of Troy in the 80s. No doubt Troy was able to do more with boarders than he could without, and no doubt the boarding program continues to help the swim team, but coaching is what developed Bolles into the program it is

Not bob

Bob they were tapered and tech suited

Someone who was there

Not Bob, see the pic above? Neither team was suited for the dual meet.

Swimmer

They were slightly tapered and they did suit up for the invite the next day.

Someone who was there

This article was about the dual meet. Your point? Not sure whether they were tapered or not.

swimaugustine

Join the discussion…Couldn’t agree with you more…Jon been through it all at Bolles….The Jacksonville area is now saturated with many clubs and a lot of great coaches in area as well so the talent is more spread out since Troy & Shofe years, He has still done an outstanding job….don’t count him out just yet maybe saving the best for last!

Can Paddle Will Travel

Maybe pull a last-minute trick? Rent a swimmer from halfway around the world?

Anonymous

Jon Sakovich is not leaving because the Bolles program has declined, which it hasn’t, he is leaving for personal reasons unrelated to whether or not Bolles wins States this year. However, it is not fair to say Pine Crest is “plain better” because this past weekend they were slightly tapered and suited up at the invite in both prelims and finals. Bolles was not rested or suited up at all. Victory is not determined during the season, but at States where Bolles will be ready to fight to the end to maintain their winning streak. Do not forget what happened two years ago when people doubted what the Bolles girls could do.

Dogs on Top

So, after seeing this years state outcome, are pine crest girls still just plain better? Ah, the score outcome suggests otherwise. This is NOT intended to be a rude post, but a highlight on the reality of Bolles swimming dominance.

SwimObserver

Just because you don’t like the feeling of being considered rude doesn’t mean that this isn’t intended to be a rude post. It clearly is.

RenéDescartes

Exactly. Bob where you at?

Dogs on top.

States results: Bolles girls defeat Pine Crest girls by a grand total of 78 points, going into finals with 6 more A finals. Looks as though this serves as a reminder to NEVER doubt the Bolles bulldogs and what they are capable of. As for those trying to make excuses for this continued succession, I believe you are undermining the fact that the Bolles ladies will do whatever it takes to raise their game and show up ready for battle. Despite the loss of many seniors and perhaps not looking as strong as they’ve been in the past, they still fought to the finish and pulled off a win while maintaining respect for other teams, radiating positivity, and continuing to… Read more »

Dogs on top.

States results: Bolles girls defeat Pinecrest girls by a grand total of 78 points, going into finals with 6 more A finals. Looks like this serves as a reminder to NEVER doubt the Bolles bulldogs and what they are capable of. As for those trying to make excuses for this continued succession, I believe you are undermining the fact that the Bolles ladies will do whatever it takes to raise their game and show up ready for battle. Despite the loss of many seniors and perhaps not looking as strong as they’ve been in the past, they still fought to the finish and pulled off an win while maintaining respect for other teams, radiating positivity, and continuing to strive for… Read more »

oldschool

PC always gets pumped for this meet. Its my understanding they suited up for the invite the next day. Bolles tends to swim very blah times in-season. That being said, the girls team Jon inherited was MUCH weaker than it had ever been after two straight years of very strong classes graduating. The girls needed a miracle three seasons ago to win states over PC. The program in general is not doing nearly as well as in the past. Attrition, transfers, etc are up and some of the other local programs have improved a lot and are now an attractive alternative. Jon took over under VERY difficult circumstances – most of the core group of assistants left around the same… Read more »

Swimmer

The Bolles team is still strong. Two years ago when the girls “needed a miracle” they worked hard and won on merit, not because of some miracle. The Bolles girls were simply better, and I am sure they will work hard again to win this year too.

oldschool

Swimmer – We were down by something like 67 points with three events left. The backstrokers and breaststrokers swam insanely well and the 400FR secured the team win by placing 3rd. I am pretty confident everyone involved in that meet considered what happened at the very least magical, if not a downright miracle.

Swammer

PC has some good up and coming talent. Their senior coach is someone kids want to work hard for. Two great programs. Nice kids all around. Fun meet. Hopefully Bolles finds someone to fill big shoes.

AZswummer

Mariusz is an amazing coach who has put his heart and soul into PCS. I would not hesitate to send my daughter to train under him. He is also a great person who knows what elite swimming is like based on his own career as a 2x Olympian. This is why kids buy into the program.

oldschool

Well, then I hope he is on the list of applicants for the Bolles position… If he has developed his team based on local talent (PC is not a boarding school), imagine what he could do when he could bring in boarders.

Why

But why would he be interested? The current young talent will continue to develop and his daughter is getting a great education at one of the most rigorous programs in Florida. https://www.niche.com/k12/pine-crest-school-fort-lauderdale-fl/rankings/

oldschool

I don’t know that he would… but… Bolles academic rep is comparable, the COL in NF is way lower, he can bring in people from all over the world to develop, and, well, it is BOLLES. (BTW, niche isn’t really a reputable ranking site, but yes PC is a good school.)

Blackflag82

also, if he has aspirations of college coaching Bolles is likely a better bet to take that step as it seems that Bolles post-Troy has had a solid number of coaches making that transition. (Though perhaps some other elite programs have a similar situation?)

Why

He’s already done college coaching before. Prior to Pine Crest he headed the U of Miami program.

AZswummer

Yes. He’s at PC to stay. Very happy there. No more college coaching. At PC because can spend more time with family.

Blackflag82

I didn’t realize that, so never mind on my earlier comment

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