In what most swimming experts agree is the most intense scholastic meet in the nation, our Saint Andrew’s AquaScots turned in a series of impressive performances to finish third place in both the Girls and Boys FHSAA Class 1-A Swimming and Diving State Championships. When the dust had settled seventeen different Scots scored points collecting thirty-six medals and posting eighteen All-American performances. Five school records were broken and one State Champion was crowned. Senior Shayna Fetes ended her scholastic career by defending her state tile in the 100-yard breaststroke grabbing the gold in 1:03.07. Senior Tomas Piza broke one of the oldest school records on the books winning the Silver medal in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:39.70. The previous record (1:40.60) that stood for thirty-two years was set back in 1986 by David Tyler IV. Sophomore Tiago Pereira posted a 49.79 100-yard butterfly effort to better the record his teammate Senior Josh Balbi claimed only one week earlier at the Region Meet. Not to be outdone, Balbi reclaimed that mark in his career-ending fly race taking the Bronze in 49.65. Then just for good measure Josh also broke his own 100-backstroke record going 50.05 to earn another Bronze medal. Tomas and Tiago joined forces with Sophomore Ryan Nordheim and Junior Zach Moore to establish a school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay earning Silver Medals and Automatic All-American status in the process.
All of the Scots Relay teams provided great excitement, achieved All-American Consideration standards and brought significant points as planned. The boys earned another set of Silver medals in the 200 Medley Relay (Balbi, John Hollowell, Pereira and Nordheim) and a set of Bronze medallions in the 400 freestyle race (Piza, Moore, Hollowell and Balbi / 3:06.75). Our girls’ medley quartet earned Silver (Junior Gabby Beltrano, Shayna, Freshman Madelyn Rippo and Seventh-grader Aspen Gersper) with a speedy 1:44.97. The ladies also earned a fourth-place finish in the sprint freestyle relay with a very young team that included two Sophomores - Lucy Miller and Emily Trieschmann - and two middle school students - eighth-grader Erin Miller and Aspen once again. Erin, Emily and Lucy teamed up with Gabby Beltrano to take fifth in the 400 free relay.
Scots scoring other individual points for the team included Emily Trieschmann (3rd 500 free/6th 200 free), Aspen Gersper (4th 100 free/9th 100 back), Tiago Pereira (5th 100 fly/8th 50 free), Jack Patton (5th One-meter diving), Lucy Miller (7th 50 free/8th 100 breast), Shayna Fetes (7th 200IM), Lisa Fischer (8th One-meter diving), (Madelyn Rippo (9th 100 fly/9th 100 breast), John Hollowell 9th (100 back), (Ryan Nordheim 11th 50 free), Gabby Beltrano (11th 100 back), Erin Miller (12th 200 free/11th 500 free), Zach Moore (12th 100 free/15th 200 free) and Ashley Kelly (16th One-meter diving).
Coach Sid Cassidy was philosophical in his observations, “It was a very challenging year for this team and in the end we overcame a good bit to finish as one of the very best teams in the state. Our staff across the board did a great job and of course we will miss our graduating seniors who leave behind some strong marks. The exciting news for both teams is that we are very young and the process to move our team up begins Monday.”
A non-profit, independent, co-educational school for grades Pre-K - 12, Saint Andrew's School is a private day and boarding school located in Boca Raton, educating the best students from across Palm Beach County, Florida, the United States, and throughout the world in the Episcopal tradition.