Swimming and Diving Shine at State Meet; Boys 2nd and Girls 3rd

The Finals sessions at the 2017 FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night went off with a bang, and not the one from the F-16’s cruising overhead for the local air show in Stuart, Florida. It was the explosive 200-yard medley relay races that rocked the pool and had swimmers and fans screaming with excitement as the action got underway. Our Saint Andrew’s School girls got the evening rolling from lane three right next to our rivals from Jacksonville in lane four, the undisputed reigning monarchs of Florida High School swimming, the Bolles Bulldogs. Sophomore Gabby Beltrano started us off with a fine 27.23seconds leadoff split in her 50-yard backstroke leg to place us solidly in fourth place. Then Junior Shayna Fetes rocked the heat with a blistering 28.86 second split in her 50 breaststroke – more than one full second faster than any other breaststroker in the field! Shayna’s split catapulted our girls into a clear two-way battle just behind the Bulldogs in the center of the pool. Senior Lauren Hew, well known for her backstroke and freestyle expertise, proved her great versatility and posted one of the fastest 50 butterfly splits of the night in 25.12. Giving chase on the final leg was Senior Hannah Trieschmann who gave a valiant effort with a sizzling 23.38 50 freestyle to secure the silver medal and an Automatic All-American Team time of 1:44.64 just eighteen one-hundredths of a second behind the Bulldogs and those times currently stand as the top two times in the nation. The girls team also had tremendous support from our three divers representing Saint Andrew’s. Junior Lisa Fischer finished 9th in the State followed by 8th grader Ashley Kelly (19th) and 6th grader Bianca Sloan (24th).
 
The Boys Medley battle came next and it did not disappoint as a second act.  Junior Josh Balbi surprised all but his coaches as he blazed a 23.78 in his 50 backstroke to lead the heat. Our Scots breaststroke dominance continued with Senior Izaak Bastian rocking the house with his 24.48 breaststroke leg – the fastest split ever recorded in FHSAA history. Going against the nation’s best prep school butterfly swimmer, Senior Jesse Marsh sparked some fire of his own with a 22.46 butterfly leg leaving the Scots just behind the Bolles boys and again in a clear two-team battle as the field withered away. With an almost shocking 21.11 freestyle split, freshman Tiago Pereira closed the gap on the reigning kings and touched less than three-tenths of a second behind in another Automatic All-American time of 1:31.86 and again ranking as the second fastest relay in the nation to date. The Scots clearly proved we had come to race.
 
Actually true to the way this team has been trained and cultured, a high priority was placed on each and every one of our relay efforts and in turn we were rewarded with a slew of points in the six team events on the program. The Medley Relays gave each team a healthy 34 points to lead off the evening and the freestyle relays contributed another 56 points to the girls’ total of 208.5 and 66 towards the boys’ 202 point final tally. The boys finished in the top three podium performances in all three male races and All-American accolades were spread all over our relay events.
 
It was a very full day of intense swimming that most State High School Associations break into two separate days of competition.  What followed for our student-athletes was an onslaught of personal best performances in the individual events. The vast majority of swims not only resulted in best times but also materialized into crucial team points in our quest to be the best.
 
As has often been the case this season our Scots swimmers saved the best for last when Shayna Fetes and Izaak Bastian crushed their respective 100-yard breaststroke fields to grab the last two individual gold medals of the evening. First up was the girls’ event and second seeded Shayna took immediate control by blasting out to a 29.55 split on her way to an outstanding 1:02.40 Automatic All American swim. Shayna’s dominating performance also bettered Tori DeSilvia’s school record that had stood since 1988. The deck side celebration for Shayna had hardly subsided when Izaak took to the blocks for his turn to awe and amaze. What followed was simply a virtuoso performance (24.80/54.54) breaststroke record-setting victory. In doing so he closed out both the evening and an inspiring high school swimming career with an emphatic exclamation point. Since earlier in the evening he had bettered his 50 Free school record with a 20.56 silver medal swim that also earned an Automatic All American status, Izaak now retires from scholastic swimming as one of the very best of all time.
 
SAS Individual Point Scorers
Girls
  • Shayna Fetes (Junior) 33 points – 100 Breaststroke 1st/1:02.40** & 200 Individual Medley 6th/2:04.04*
  • Emily Trieschmann (Freshman) 29 points - 500 Freestyle 4th/4:55.90* & 200 Freestyle 5th/1:52.02
  • Lauren Hew (Senior) 28 points - 50 Freestyle 4th/23.24** & 100 Backstroke 6th/56.01*
  • Lisa Fischer (Junior) 9 points - 1-meter Diving 9th/ 357.20
  • Lucy Miller (Freshman) 8.5 points - 50 Freestyle T11th /24.09 & 100 Breaststroke 14th/1:07.65
  • Hannah Trieschmann (Senior) 6 points - 50 Freestyle 13th/ 24.22 & 100 Freestyle 15th/53.18
  • Sydney Torres (Junior) 3 points - 50 Freestyle 14th/24.33
  • Gabby Beltrano (Sophomore) 2 points - 100 Backstroke 15th/58.91
Boys
  • Izaak Bastian – (Senior) 37 points – 100 Breaststroke 1st/54.54** & 50 Freestyle 2nd/20.56**
  • Tomás Piza -  (Junior) 20 points - 200 Freestyle 8th 1:41.96 & 100 Freestyle 9th/46.95
  • Josh Balbi – (Junior) 15 points - 100 Backstroke 7th/52.16 & 100 Butterfly 14th/52.03
  • Jesse Marsh – (Senior) 15 points - 100 Butterfly 8th/50.63 & 200 Freestyle 13th/1:43.99
  • Tiago Pereira – (Freshman) 11 points - 50 Freestyle 11th/21.55 & 100 Butterfly 12th/50.87
  • Sammy Gibson – (Senior) 4 points - 50 Freestyle 15th/21.68 & 100 Butterfly15th/51.95
 
SAS Relay Teams
Girls
  • 200 Medley Relay – 34 points 2nd/ 1:44.64**- Gabby Beltrano (Back – 27.73), Shayna Fetes (Breast – 28.86), Lauren Hew (Fly - 25.18) & Hannah Trieschmann (Free – 23.38)
  • 200 Freestyle Relay – 26 points 6th / 1:37.08*- Sydney Torres (24.66), Emily Trieschmann (24.39), Gabby Beltrano (24.11) & Lucy Miller (23.92)
  • 400 Freestyle Relay – 30 points 4th/ 3:29.92* - Lauren Hew (51.48), Emily Trieschmann (52.42), Lucy Miller (53.29) & Hannah Trieschmann (52.73)
Boys
  • 200 Medley Relay – 34 points 2nd/1:31.86**- Josh Balbi (Back-23.78), Izaak Bastian (Breast-24.48), Jesse Marsh (Fly-22.46) & Tiago Pereira (Free-21.14)
  • 200 Freestyle Relay – 34 points 2nd/ 1:24.73**- Izaak Bastian (20.98), Tiago Pereira (21.42), Sammy Gibson (21.04) & Tomas Piza (21.29)
  • 400 Freestyle Relay – 32 points 3rd/ 3:10.33 – Sam Gibson (47.32), Jesse Marsh (47.28), Josh Balbi (48.78) & Tomas Piza (46.95)
 
** = Automatic All-American Qualifying Time         * = All-American Consideration Time
 
Girls Top Ten Teams
1. Bolles (Jacksonville) 333.5
2. Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale) 288
3. Saint Andrew's (Boca Raton) 208.5
4. Trinity Christian (Lake Worth) 161
5. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando) 156
6. Montverde 131
7. Berkeley Prep School 114
8. Tampa Prep 96
9. Trinity Prep (Winter Park) 82
10. Westminster Academy 73
10. Community School (Naples) 73
 
Boys Top Ten Teams
1. Bolles (Jacksonville) 350
2. Saint Andrew's (Boca Raton) 202
3. Trinity Prep (Winter Park) 193
4. Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale) 187
5. Berkeley Prep School 173
6. NSU University School 108
7. Montverde 98
8. Episcopal (Jacksonville) 94.5
9. Clearwater Central Catholic 94
10. Out-of-Door (Sarasota) 9
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