Swimming and Diving Claims 9th Straight County Championship Title

The Varsity Swimmers and Divers celebrated Homecoming weekend by capturing an unprecedented ninth straight championship title at the 2018 Palm Beach County Meet. The Scots swept all three divisions of team awards and amassed 732.5 points to finish well ahead of runners-up Jupiter (595.5) and Boca Raton (431) to win the combined team title.
 
In the all-important relay events the Scots earned the top podium position four times out of six events in thrilling fashion. In the first race of the evening our girls 200 Medley team of Gabby Beltrano (Back/26.93), Shayna Fetes (breast/29.74), Madelyn Rippo (fly/25.93) and Lucy Miller (free/23.73) bettered our own meet record and posted the fastest time in the state this season (1:46.33). The boys medley team followed suit with Josh Balbi (back/23.41), Matt Aronsohn (breast/29.65), Ryan Nordheim (fly/23.57) and Zach Moore (free/21.19) grabbing the victory with a 1:37.82. The boys continued their dominance over our regional rivals in the team events by winning both the 200 freestyle relay in 1:27.79 (Tom Piza (21.89), John Hollowell (21.73), Seth Berke (22.36) and Ryan Nordheim (21.81) and the closing 400 freestyle relay in 3:09.67 (Tom Piza (47.17), John Hollowell (47.87), Zach Moore (47.47) and Josh Balbi (47.16). Our girls freestyle teams finished as silver medalists both in the 200-yard (1:36.73) and 400-yard (3:29.01) events. The 200-yard race featured 7th-grader Aspen Gersper (24.57), Senior Captain Sydney Torres (24.53), 8th-grader Erin Miller (23.77) and sophomore Emily Trieschmann (23.86). Three of those four girls returned as an even more youthful quartet in the 400-yard race as Emily (52.01), Aspen (51.71), sophomore Lucy Miller (52.83) and her younger sister Erin (52.46) teamed up to post the second-fastest time in the state this season.
 
Senior Josh Balbi grabbed two more gold medals in individual events winning the 100 butterfly (50.12) and the 100 backstroke (50.16) with the latter establishing both new school and county meet records (both belonging to former Scots star Nick Sharp). For those efforts Josh was named as the 2018 Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet. Senior Shayna Fetes also took an individual title and a meet record in her marquee event, the 100 breaststroke, touching home in 1:03.43 and bettering the 2014 mark of our own Rachael Bradford-Feldman. Shayna also grabbed the bronze in the 200IM (2:05.93). 
 
Other outstanding podium performances for the girls included a pair of silver medals for Emily Trieschmann going personal bests of 1:49.87 in the 200 freestyle (Junior National Qualifying time) and 4:52.20 in the 500. Middle-schooler Aspen Gersper turned some heads as runner-up in the 100 free (51.53) and in taking 3rd in the 100 back (57.29). Lucy Miller posted a fine 1:05.41 100-yard breast and earned the bronze.
 
Other boys team podium performers were John Hollowell grabbing two medals, silver in the 200 free (1:43.93) and bronze in the 100 back (53.86). Sophomore Ryan Nordheim was second-place in the 50-feestyle (21.91) while Junior Seth Berke was third in the 100 freestyle (49.37). Junior Jack Patton placed third in the one-meter diving scoring 406.65 points.
 
Two outstanding personal bests that marked key breakthrough performances for a pair of seniors included Captain Will Oliver in the boys 200 free dropping more than nine seconds in his 200 freestyle to finish 3rd in the consolation heat with a 1:53.11 performance. Senior McKayla Treasure dropped nearly twenty seconds off her preliminary time in the 500 freestyle to finish 10th in a very strong 5:18.29. Please click HERE to access results of the county meet.
 
The Scots continue down the home stretch at one of the longest running scholastic meets in the nation this Saturday - The 55th Annual Woodson Invitational at Pine Crest Ft. Lauderdale.

Our final home dual meet and Senior Night will begin at 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 16th at the Duff – we will be hosting the teams from West Boca, Saint John Paul II and the Grandview School - come support the AquaScots!
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