The 3A State Championships took place on a beautiful Sunday evening under the spectacular lights of a nearby nighttime air show. The swimmers rose almost as high as the planes and shined just as brightly.
The competition actually began earlier with the diving competition. Sarah Rousseau of Viera won the girls’ diving title, while Lane Chase of Chiles claimed victory for the boys.
Friday night kicked off with the 200 Medley Relay, where Niceville (1:47.17) edged out Creekside (1:47.20) for the girls, while the Atlantic Coast boys (1:33.00) beat Belen Jesuit (1:33.82). Both teams gained All American status for their times.
In the 200 Free, Gainesville High’s Alena Kraus scored the first of her two wins by going 1:47.09 to gain automatic All American status. Chiles’ Stephanie Holmes was second, touching in 1:50.40 for All American consideration. For the boys, Belen Jesuit’s Aitor Fungairino went 1:37.63 for automatic All American status, out-touching both Atlantic Coast’s Tate Callahan (1:39.22) and Fort Lauderdale’s Tyler Zuyus (1:39.32). Both Tate and Tyler gained All American consideration.
In the 200 IM, Bean Faunce of Estero swam a 2:04.42 for automatic All American status, She beat Bartram Trails’ Summer Stanfield (2:04.53) and Venice’s Grace Patrice (2:04.80). For the boys, Mater Academy’s Julio Horrego (1:50.35) barely out-touched Osceola’s Ricardo Martinez (1:50.65). The two of them, along wth third place Wyatt Kellett (1:51.65) of Barron Collier all gained consideration for All American status.
Oakleaf’s Elianna Kennon blazed her way to the wall, touching in first with a time of 23.81. Sunlake’s Chloe Grimme was second in 23.92. For the boys, Fort Lauderdale’s Philippe Marcoux (20.64) gained the first of his two state titles, barely beating Venice’s Jackson DeFore (20.99). Both gained consideration for All American status.
In the 100 Fly, Bean Faunce got her second win going 54.60 while Gulf Coast’s Kayla Tennant was second in a time of 55.51, with both girls gaining All American consideration. For the boys, the race was hotly contested between first and second and then third and fourth place. Doral Academy’s Adrian Moya (48.56) was the victor over Belen Jesuit’s Alejandro Carraizo (48.57) and both gained automatic All American status. Meanwhile Belen Jesuit’s Maximiliano Garcia del Pozo (49.95) out-touched Atlantic Coast’s Will Tabor (50.06), giving both consideration for All American status.
Gainesville’s Alena Kraus claimed her second state title of the night in the 100 Free by going 50.08 to gain automatic All American status. Her teammate Monona Monroe was second in 51.62. For the boys, Philippe Marcoux also got his second win of the meet, going 44.61 and gaining automatic All American status. Tate Callahan was second in a time of 45.39 for All American consideration.
There was a terrific battle in the 500 Free, where Vanguard’s Katelyn Kilpatrick and Chiles’ Stephanie Holmes swam stroke for stroke nearly the whole 500 yards. Katelyn was ultimately the victor, going 4:49.39 to Stephanie’s 4:49.63, but both girls obtained automatic All American status while Barron Collier’s Isabel Marsala (4:53.71) was third and gained consideration. For the boys, Aitor Fungairino gained his second win of the meet, going 4:26.82 to gain automatic All American status. A speedy heat, Naple’s John Scamlon (4:27.58) was second and Doral’s Adrian Aguilar (4:28.48) was third but both boys also gained automatic status.
Although Gainesville High School brought a smaller number for their girls’ team, they dominated the 200 Free. Monona Monroe, Savannah Buch, Makayla Kraus, and Alena Kraus touched in for the win in 1:37.09 for All American consideration. For the boys, the race was closely contested. Doral’s boys, David Montana, Adrian Moya, Adrian Aguilar, and Diego Faucher won with a time of 1:35.46. Atlantic Coast (1:25.76) and Belen Jesuit (1:26.13) followed suit, giving all three relays All American consideration.
Moving on the 100 Backstroke, Clearwater’s Helena Heuberger (55.68) beat Pine Charter’s Kelly Heron (56.38) to the wall, giving both ladies consideration for All American status. Meanwhile Venice’s Jackson DeFore smashed the competition, touching the wall in 49.39 for automatic All American consideration. Alejandro Carraizo was second and Chiles’ Ryland Sun third.
The surprise of the night was the result of the girl’s 100 Breaststroke, where Chiles’ Morgan Ayers tied Bartram Trails’ Lilly McCabe in a time of 1:04.56 giving both consideration for All American status. For the boys, Naples’ Matthew Limbacher dominated, going 55.29 for automatic status, while Julio Horrego (56.31) and Wyatt Kellet ((56.92) gained consideration.
In the final event of the night, the 400 Free Relay, the Gainesville girls did it again, going 3:30.21 to gain All American consideration. Bartram Trails–Nicole Sowell, Lexi Smith, Lilly McCabe, and Summer Stanfield– were second, going 3:31.52 for consideration. For the boys, Doral Academy (3:05.55) gained automatic All American status thanks to Vittoria Parravano, Adrian Moya, Arian Aguilar, and Diego Faucher. Belen Jesuit gained consideration with a time of 3:07.58.
The night ended with fireworks over the pool thanks to the nearby airshow plus the team awards going to the Bartram Trails girls team and Chiles boys team.
Congrats to all swimmers and coaches for a great state meet! Important to keep in mind that these swimmers are students first, as overheard on deck was a coach rushing her swimmers to change after the meet as 4 of them had to take the SAT the next morning! 🙂