By Sharon Robb
November 11, 2016—University School senior Max Asnis competed in his final high school meet Friday night at the FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Championship in Stuart.
In the state’s fastest meet and one of the nation’s most competitive, the South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer qualified for consolations in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events.
Asnis, seeded in 1:45.62, finished 15th in prelims in a best time 1:44.63. He lowered that time in consolations in 1:43.80, placing fifth in consolations and 13th overall.
In the 500-yard freestyle, he was 16th in prelims in 4:44.05 and finished 16th again in consolations in 4:45.71. He was seeded in 4:43.59.
Asnis was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished 13th in prelims in 3:21.66 with Renato Filho, Daniel Jacobs and Patrick Groters and
ninth in 3:16.09. Asnis swam leadoff leg.
On a night where Pine Crest, the county’s top team, was favored to win its first girls state crown in more than 20 years, Jacksonville Bolles showed why it has dominated the state meet for nearly three decades.
Pine Crest came within 10 points, but Bolles prevailed to win with 270 points. Pine Crest finished second with 260. The only other Broward team in the Top 10 was South Florida Heat, seventh with 102 points.
Bolles won its 26th girls’ state title. Bolles boys team had no problem winning its 29th consecutive team title with 384 points. Tampa Berkeley Prep was second with 209. Pine Crest, led by state champion diver Kevin Mendez, was third with 202.
The Panthers came up short in a few events they were favored to win or place in the top three.
Isabel Ivey of Gainesville Oak Hall won back-to-back titles in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:57.31, an automatic All-American time, and 50-yard freestyle in 22.51, also an automatic All-American time.
With only 12 minutes between races, Ivey knocked off favorite Marta Ciesla of Pine Crest, runner-up in 22.61, also an automatic All-Ameican time. Ivey also made it official announcing she is transferring to Gainesville Buchholz.
Ivey said she did not shave for the meet and rested for only two days. She is aiming for nationals in December.
Ciesla bounced back to win the 100-yard freestyle in 49.67, another automatic All-American time.
“I was tired after the 50, I didn’t warm down after the medal ceremony,” said Ciesla, who is competing in the short course world championships in December in Canada. “I had to get my hand on the wall. I had to come back. We have a great team and to be this close and have a shot at winning was amazing.”
University School junior Patrick Groters was unable defend his state title in the 200-yard individual medley with Bishop Verot’s Santiago Corredor winning in 1:47.63. Groters was second in 1:48.52.
However, Groters came back to win his first state title in the 100-yard backstroke in 49.19 ahead of Bolles’ Matt Serra in 50.30.
“I knew it was going to be a tough race,” Groters said. “I went easier in the morning and took it out fast tonight.”
Ransom Everglades’ Kyla Valls won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.96, an automatic All-American time.
“I just wanted to go out fast from the beginning, that’s how I hold on to the lead if I am leading,” Valls said. “I held on for the last 100.”
Westminster Academy junior Jessica Nava was the standout of the night. She broke her own state record for the second time in two weeks in the 100-yard butterfly to defend her state title in 53.45, an automatic All-American time.
Nava also won the 100-yard backstroke in 54.55, also an automatic All-American time. She was also a member of the ninth place 200-yard medley relay team (1:51.54) and led off the 16th place 200-yard freestyle relay (1:44.05).
On Saturday, several SOFLO swimmers will compete in the fourth and final state meet over two weekends. The Class 2A meet features defending boys state champion American Heritage led by Kevin Porto and CJ Kopecki, both SOFLO swimmers.
SOFLO CLASS 2A QUALIFIERS
Girls 200-yard medley relay, American Heritage, 15th seed, 1:55.77.
Boys 200-yard medley relay, American Heritage, 9th seed, 1:41.92; Mater Lakes, 11th, 1:42.43.
Boys 200-yard freestyle, Kevin Porto, AH, second seed 1:43.56, CJ Kopecki, AH, 10th seed, 1:45.64, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Somerset, 14th 1:46.19.
Boys 200-yard individual medley, Ervin Marin, Mater Lakes, 6th seed, 1:56.43.
Boys 500-yard freestyle, Kevin Porto, AH, 6th seed, 4:42.89; CJ Kopecki, AH 13th seed, 4:48.83.
Girls 200-yard freestyle relay: American Heritage, 15th seed, 1:45.74.
Boys 200-yard freestyle relay: Mater Lakes, 15th seed, 1:32.70.
Boys 100-yard backstroke, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Somerset, 8th seed, 54.78.
Girls 100-yard breaststroke: Elise Larin, Somerset, 12th seed, 1:08.56.
Boys 100-yard breaststroke: Ervin Marin, Mater Lakes, 5th seed, 1:00.18.
Girls 400-yard freestyle relay, American Heritage, 10th seed, 3:44.48.
Boys 400-yard freestyle relay, American Heritage, third seed, 3:14.40.
FHSAA STATE SWIMMING AND DIVING
at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Center, Stuart
Class 2A: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.
STATE 1A RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. Jacksonville Bolles 270, 2. Pine Crest 260, 3. Lake Highland Prep 256, 4. Montverde 144, 5. St. Andrew’s 130, 6. Trinity Prep 120, 7. South Florida Heat and Trinity Christian 102, 9. Oxbridge 81, 10. Community School Napes 73, 11. Benjamin 70, 12. Westminster Academy 60, 14. University School 53, 15. Ransom Everglades, 20. King’s Academy 26, 23. Calvary Christian 21, 32. Sagemont 12.
BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Jacksonville Bolles 384, 2. Berkeley Prep 209, 3. Pine Crest 202, 4. St. Andrew’s 177, 5. Trinity Prep 147, 6. Tampa Prep 138, 7. Bishop Verto 112, 8. Trinity Christian 108, 9. University School 91, 10. Episcopal 87, 14. Ransom Everglades 47, 18. Westlake Prep 30, 21. Westminster Academy 25, 26. Miami Country Day 13, 31. Sagemont 7.5, 32. South Florida Heat and Calvary Christian, 6.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:
200-yard medley relay: 1. Lake Highland Prep 1:44.09, AA-A, 2. Bolles 1:44.60, AA-A, 3. Trinity Prep 1:44.81, AA-A, 4. Pine Crest 1:47.64 (Annabella Lyn, Hannah Virgin, Andrea Santander, Jamie Flores).
200-yard freestyle: 1. Kyla Valls, RE 1:45.96, AA-A, 2. Mary Smutny, SFH 1:46.62, AA-A, 3. Kaitlyn Schorr, MONT 1:49.07.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Isabel Ivey, OAK 1:57.31, AA-A, 2. Carley Lowe, LH 1:59.65, AA-A, 3. Christin Rockway, TC 2:00.24, AA-A.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Isabel Ivey, OAK 22.51, AA-A, 2. Marta Ciesla, PC 22.61, AA-A, 3. Chade Nercisio, TC 22.96, AA-A.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 53.45, state record, AA-A, 2. Alessandra Baldari, BEN 53.59, state record, AA-A, 3. Claire Maiocco, TP 53.84, AA-A.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Marta Ciesla, PC 49.67, AA-A, 2. Kaitlyn Schorr, MONT 49.74, AA-A, 3. Kyla Valls, RE 49.98, AA-A.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Feehery, CSNA 4:49.00, AA-A, 2. Christin Rockway, TC 4:50.50, 3. Carley Lowe, LH 4:53.66
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:35.13 (Andrea Santander, Alexandra Meszaros, Jamie Flores, Marta Ciesla), AA-C, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:37.20, 3. Montverdae 1:37.42.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 54.55, 2. Abi Wilder, JB 55.03, 3. Lauren Hew, STA 55.29.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:04.06, 2. Katherine Baker, JB 1:04.92, 3. Adrianna DeBoer, COBC 1:05.02.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Lake Highlands 3:26.95, 2. Pine Crest 3:27.02 (Alexandra Meszaros, Annabella Lyn, Hannah Virgin, Marta Ciesla), 3. Bolles 3:30.32.
1-meter springboard diving: 1. Nicole Stambo, BERK 507.95, 2. Maia Goldstein, US 457.30, 3. Emma Whitner, 455.80.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:
200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:29.36, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:33.21, 3. Trinity Prep 1:35.12, 4. Pine Crest 1:35.80 (Elvis Kotikovski, Matthew Petreski, Nicholas Vale, Christian Soderberg).
200-yard freestyle: 1. Hayden Curry, LH 1:39.04, 2. Stanislav Van Genderen, BV 1:39.16, 3. Daniel Jacobs, US 1:39.67.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Santiago Corredor, BV 1:47.63, 2. Patrick Groters, US 1:48.52, 3. Van Cates, TP 1:50.50
50-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Cecil, BERK 20.73, 2. Izaak Bastian, SA 20.75, 3. Nico Ferrara, PC 20.97.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Ariel Spektor, JB 47.84, 2. Matt Serra, JB 48.82, 3. Cole Crane, EPIS 49.89.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Cecil, BERK 45.07, 2. Gabi Gomez Treig, JB 45.42, 3. Matthew Nutter, CM 45.80.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Santiago Corredor, BV 4:23.90, 2. Hayden Curley, LH 4:26.70, 3. Stanislav Van Genderen, BV 4:29.75, 4. Daniel Jacobs, US 4:30.64.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:23.45, 2. Trinity Prep 1:24.91, 3. Berkeley Prep 1:25.96, 5. Pine Crest 1:26.04, AA-C (Nico Ferrara, Elvis Kotikovski, Nicholas Vale, Christian Soderberg).
100-yard backstroke: 1. Patrick Groters, US 49.19, 2. Matt Serra, JB 50.30, 3. Thiago Ferreira, MON 50.78.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. James Daugherty, JB 54.38, 2. Paul DeGrado, JB 55.56, 3. Izaak Bastian, STA 55.68.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:03.01, 2. Berkeley 3:07.83, 3. Pine Crest 3:08.04 (Christian Soderberg, Elvis Kotikovski, Nicholas Vale, Nico Ferrara).
1-meter springboard diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 494.50, 2. Jesse Potts, BERK 463.45, 3. Lyle Hayes-Macaluso, PC 446.15.
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