Varsity Swimming and Diving Shine at State Meet
For the second consecutive year, the girls from Saint Andrew’s were at their best when it mattered most and surpassed a strong field of contenders to capture the Runner-Up Trophy at the 2013 FHSAA 1A State Championship Meet. Perennial Powerhouse Bolles School once again showed superior depth and captured the top spot with 408.5 points while the Scots posted 251.5, six and a half points better than third place Pine Crest and almost 120 points ahead of fourth place Ransom Everglades. Our boys’ team continued their streak of top ten team finishes dating back to 2008 by tallying 118.5 and ending up seventh overall while showing signs of promise from several young performers along the way.
The girls’ team once again proved to be the class of southern Florida’s Region IV, without question the toughest Region in the state evidenced by placing three of the top four teams and seven of the top eleven teams in the always intense 1A Championship competition. After experiencing their first loss of the season in the Region Meet to arch-rival Pine Crest, our young ladies knew well that it would take a total team effort to come back with a team trophy again this year. In the opening event, our young quartet showed true grit securing a Championship Final berth in the all-important 200 Medley Relay. Two sophomores, Courtney Bober and CJ McCartin teamed with two juniors, Rachael Bradford-Feldman and Chelsea Scuderi to finish seventh (1:49.47) and get the girls off to a great start. The next event would pit defending State Champion Junior Megan Moroney against the fastest field ever assembled in Florida scholastic history for the 200-yard freestyle event. All Megan did was dominate the race from start to finish and post an All-American, school record time of 1:46.51 – one of the fastest times ever recorded in Florida High School history. Individually, Megan bounced back three events later to once again defend her state title in the 100-yard butterfly with a 54.39 – another school record and another All-American performance! Not far behind was another stellar junior performer, Rachael Bradford-Feldman, who captured double silver medals, and double All-American qualifying times in the 200IM (2:00.75P/2:02.75F) and the 100 breast (1:03.77). Senior Brenna Ruth rounded out the big three by scoring in two Championship Finals, a fourth in the 100 free (51.42P/51.62F) & sixth in the 50 free (23.68).
One of the most exciting finishes of the night came in the Consolation Final of the girls 50 freestyle when Junior McKenna Keith popped a 24.41 to steal the heat from lane one and set the tone that our girls were ready for some fun. McKenna scored another half dozen points by finishing 11th in the 100 freestyle event. Just behind her in that race was sophomore teammate CJ McCartin who grabbed the 15th position (53.96/53.66P). Other very important consolation finalists scoring individual points included a pair of sophomores, Courtney Bober - 14th in the 100 back (1:00.09P/1:00.89F) and Julianna Carbone – 14th in the 100 breast (1:07.24). It would once again come down to the strength of our relay teams and our young ladies did not disappoint. In the 200 Free Relay the team of Brenna Ruth, McKenna Keith, CJ McCartin and Megan Moroney secured the silver behind a record-setting Bolles quartet and secured an All-American qualifying time of 1:34.96. The last event of the night, the 4 x 100-yard freestyle relay, took on an eerily similar resemblance to the final event twelve months earlier. Once again less than four points separated our team from the Pine Crest girls which once again would mean that the team with best final quartet would secure a treasured team trophy from the FHSAA. Any suspense on that front was soon quashed as the race quickly materialized into a two-team duel between our girls and that group from Jacksonville. Finishing a very strong second with yet another All-American performance was the team of Megan Moroney (50.37), Rachael Bradford-Feldman (51.71), McKenna Keith (52.08) and Brenna Ruth (51.01). Our Scots were once again blessed to have an outstanding podium performance from senior Blaire Mulka who scored 475.65 points in the one-meter diving event to earn the bronze medal.
The boys team faced considerable challenges throughout the season but maintained a strong showing by finishing fourth in the opening 200 Medley Relay (1:36.41) with Luke Hayhoe (SR), Zach Moses (JR), Santeri Pigg (JR) and Nick Conrad (JR). Two other relays proved successful for team points as the sprint free relay team of Jason Beaubrun (JR), Zach Moses (JR), Nick Sharp (FR) and Ricardo Martinez (SO) posted a 1:31.63 for the 11th place overall. In the 400 free relay Nick Conrad (JR), Santeri Pigg (JR), Nick Sharp (FR), and Luke Hayhoe notched a 6th place performance with a very respectable 3:11.92. Individually several Scots figured prominently to assure the team of their sixth straight top ten ranking. Junior Nick Conrad scored in the A Final twice placing 6th in the 50 free (21.61) and 8th in the 100 free (47.94/ 46.74P). Luke Hayhoe had the team’s top individual performance with a 4th in the 100 freestyle (46.44) and also contributed a 12th in the 100 back (52.53). Santeri Pigg placed 16th in the same backstroke event (54.94/53.12P). The balance of the points scored for our Scots came from two surprise sources, Sophomore Ricardo Martinez and Freshman John Morin. In only his first year as a competitive diver, Morin shocked observers scoring 475.65 points and finishing 13th in the state. Not to be outdone, Martinez exploded to a 59.98 100 breaststroke swim in the prelims and returned to move up to the 14th spot in the evening’s final individual event.
Way to go Scots on another outstanding year!
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