Boys Swimming and Diving Claim Regional Title; Girls Second
In the 2018 FHSAA Region 4 Championship a record number of 32 swimmers and divers represented our school at Nova Southeastern University last Saturday and came home with the team trophy for boys and the runner up trophy in the girls division. Our Scots dominated the field by collecting wins in four of the six relay events and racked up four more individual Region Titles on the way to qualifying twenty athletes for the State Championship Meet this Friday.
The boys team scored the narrowest of victories tabulating 408.5 points to Pine Crest’s 407.5. Coach Sid Cassidy noted, “There were two major keys that allowed us to beat Pine Crest for the third time this season. One, we swept all three relay events and two; we had a team presence where every single boy contributed to the team win. Major kudos of course to our individual event winners and top finishers yet in my mind I’d have to say that the most inspiring swim of the meet was Senior Captain Will Oliver’s incredible performance winning his heat and finishing 9thoverall in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:49.21. That career-ending performance for Will marks a time drop of nearly twenty seconds this season in a two-minute event!”
The Boys relay victors included Josh Balbi, Tomas Piza, Zach Moore, Tiago Pereira, Ryan Nordheim, John Hollowell, and Seth Berke. Seniors Tom Piza and Josh Balbi plus Sophomore Tiago Pereira all posted podium topping swims for the boys team. Tomas Piza proved the best in both the 100 and 200-yard freestyle races (46.49 & 1:41.31) while Josh Balbi again lowered his own school record in the 100-yard butterfly dipping under the magical fifty second mark with a 49.99. Tiago Pereira proved to be the class of the field in the 50-yard freestyle with a 21.49. Cassidy went on to explain that even though winning Region Meet accolades is exciting, it is not the focus for his teams. “Of course we enjoyed bringing home the trophies but our Region Meet philosophy remains that it is simply a stepping stone to our ultimate season focus, the State Championship Meet”, Cassidy said.
The girls team finished as runners-up to a very powerful Pine Crest team and earned a pair of gold medal performances along the way. The girls Medley Relay team of Gabby Beltrano, Shayna Fetes, Madelyn Rippo, and Aspen Gersper not only finished first in the Region but also posted the top time in the State to date. In addition to contributing significantly to that win, Senior Shayna Fetes also crushed the field in her signature event the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.95. That effort now ranks her as the fastest performer statewide as she prepares to defend the title she won as a junior last year.
In addition to qualifying all six Relay Teams to move on from the Region Meet, twenty-eight different athletes scored points individually and their performances for the Scots are listed below. Twenty of those athletes have been selected to compete in individual events at the State Championship Meet. An asterisk (*) signifies events that athletes have qualified for the State Championship. Congratulations Scots and good luck at the FHSAA State Meet on Saturday, November 17!
Tomas Piza – 1st100 Freestyle* & 1st200 Freestyle*
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