We’ve got two true lights-out sprinters at the top of a class that’s ultimately built on distance swimmers with scary-good improvement curves.
While older sister Emma (above) got 3 wins at the meet and finished 2nd in the individual high point standings, Gracie was the winner on the final day.
There are far fewer professional swimmers at this meet than there have been in previous years, but two big names are scheduled to race.
Buchholz’s Talia Bates won her 4th-straight state title in the 50 free and her 3rd-straight title in the 100 free.
On the final day of the Platational Sectional, 17 year old Mary Smutny won the women’s 100 fly with a 2:14.97.
All-in-all, the Buchholz girls took down 5 records: the 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay, 100 breast (Ivey), and 100 fly (Bates).
U.S. World Championships team member and Florida commit Robert Finke, a Countryside senior, is set up to defend his titles in the 200 IM and 500 free.
Isabel Ivey, a 2-time class 1A champion last season, should have a big impact for Buchholz throughout the series. That was already evident as she claimed 2 titles in district 1.
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