Chiles’ boys swimming out to emulate girls team


By Brian Miller

The last five years have truly been special for Chiles’ swim program.

From All-American swimmers and numerous All-Big Bend Swimmers of the Year to the five consecutive girls state titles won, it has been an era of dominance.

That’s not to suggest that it’s over, but the streak could be halted without a surge from returning younger swimmers

“You come in wanting to teach the new people the way that they taught you,” said sophomore Stephanie Holmes. “You want to be a good role model. It was nice to look up to people that were that good at everything and so positive all the time. I just want to do that now for my team.”

A run of strong swimmer and divers the last five years— Alyssa Yambor-Maul (Florida), Lia Lombardi (Penn), Cece Williams (Virginia), Delaney Barnard (Indiana), Makayla Ayers (Tampa), Ali Lombardi (Tampa), Lauren Peavy (FSU), Allison Greene (diving, Georgia)— has given way to less depth.

Timberwolves junior Morgan Ayers, Savanah Crutchfield and Whitney Lynn Desotell, plus Holmes, return to lead the new team for title No. 6. Chiles may be in need of big relay points to win another title, which is exactly how it first won in 2010.

“We talk about it a lot and it’s definitely a goal for us,” said Holmes, coming off a strong summer swimming for ATAC.

Knocking ‘em off

At the same time that the Timberwolves rose to prominence, it got considerably quieter from schools such as Leon and Lincoln. Alex Merritt was the last All-Big Bend Swimmer of the Year for the Trojans, winning in 2010 following a state championship career. Diver Delaney Dye headlined for Leon at the same time and won back-to-back state titles.

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