FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS LAUREN HEW OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS WINS SILVER IN THE 200 YARD MEDLEY RELAY,SETS SCHOOL RECORD IN THE 50 YARD FREESTYLE

The 2017 edition of the Florida High School 1A Championships saw Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands closing out her high school career with a Silver medal in the 200 yard medley relay. She would reaffirm her position as the fastest female swimmer to represent Saint Andrews.

The competition which was held on November 4 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida saw Lauren being drafted in for the final of the 200 yard medley relay. She was given the responsibility of handling the butterfly duties. After the backstroke and breaststroke legs of teammates of Gabby Beltrano 27.28 and Shayna Fetes 28.86 the Boca Raton based institution lay in third place.

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Lauren powering through the butterfly leg in the 200 yard medley relay

 

Normally known for her backstroke Hew proved she can sprint in butterfly as well clocking the 2nd fastest split of 25.12 to put the Scots in the Silver medal position. Teammate Hannah Trieschmann 23.38 would push the Bolles anchor leg Adair Sand all the way to the final to get the Silver medal in a total time of 1:44.64.

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Saint Andrews Aquatics Silver medal winning relay team from left to right Shayna Fetes,Hew,Gabby Beltrano and Hannah Trieschmann

Bolles would just take the win in a time 1:44.48. That is the best performance by the Scots women since 2012 when they won the Gold in 1:42.77.

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Lauren Hew poses with medley relay medal Photo courtesy of Shelly Bastian

Hew’s performance for the butterfly was the best split for the school in the Championship final since Megan Moroney clocked 24.50 on that Gold medal winning team.

The 50 yard freestyle was put on Hew’s agenda for the school year. Hew would not disappoint her coaches belief in her freestyle sprint abilities.

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Lauren Hew reacts to setting a new school record 50 yard freestyle at the 2017 Palm Beach County Championships Photo courtesy of Saint Andrews Aquatics

On October 7 she would lower a decades old school record in the event when she won the Silver in a time of 23.46.That swim bettered the 23.58 standard of Vicki Stemper set in 1987. In the heats of the event at the State championships she would be even faster as she touched in a time of 23.24 to make the medal final. In the night’s Championship she would record the 2nd fastest time of her career when she hit the wall in 23.42 to place 4th. She was just off the bronze medal winning time of 23.33 clocked by Abby Burke of Lakeland Prep. The Gold went to Kaitlyn Schorr of Montverde in 22.93. That 4th place was the best performance by Saint Andrews since 2012 when Brenna Ruth placed 4th in 23.81.Hew’s Saint Andrews legacy  will include being the fastest female swimmer ever and the fastest ever in the Championship final. This was possible after just one season of focusing on the event.

 

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Hew competing in the final of the 100 yard backstroke

In the 100 yard backstroke her build-up to the state final included podium performances at the Palm Beach County championships, District and Regional Championships.

Date Meet Time Place
October 6 Palm Beach County champs 56.16 Gold
October 20 District Champs 59.14 Gold
October 27 Regional champs 56.33 Silver

In the heats of the event she would record her fastest time of the season of 56.01 (split time 26.81).Hew finished 6th in the final with a time of 56.77 (split time 26.39).That swim marked her second straight Championship final. Before Hew’s arrival at Saint Andrews the last Championship finalist was in 2012.

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Hew with the 50 metre backstroke Gold on her way to doing the 50,100, 200 metre backstroke treble Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

At the 2017 CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas Lauren swept the backstroke events in the 15-17 age group.

Her final race the 400 yard freestyle relay saw her swimming an opening leg of 51.48 to help the Scots to 4th spot in 3:29.92.That was the best ranking for the school since 2014.

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The CARIFTA 15-17 100 metre freestyle podium from left to right Silver medallist Amira Pilgrim Trinidad,Hew Gold medallist, Annabella Lyn Bronze medallist Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Lauren is the reigning CARIFTA 15-17 100 metre freestyle champion

The girls from Saint Andrews placed 3rd overall with 208 points.

 

 

 

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FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS JAMAICA’S JESSE MARSH WINS RELAY SILVER AND BRONZE MEDALS AT 1A CHAMPIONSHIPS

On November 4 Jamaica’s Jesse Marsh overcame illness to end his high school career with his best medal showing at the 1A State championships. He would win Silver and a Bronze medal in the relays for the Saint Andrews school.

Heading to the State Final at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida the Scots school record in the 200 yard medley relay had stood at 1:33.21 from their Silver medal winning performance in 2016.

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That time would not make it past the morning heats as the team of Joshua Balbi backstroke 24.16 Izaak Bastian breaststroke 25.26, Marsh butterfly 22.64 and Tiago Pereira 21.11 set a new school mark of 1:33.17.

Record 200 yard medley relay team
Record setting 200 yard medley relay team from left to right Bastian,Pereira, Marsh and Balbi Photo courtesy of Shelly Bastian

In the final of the event that mark would be destroyed as the boys from the Boca Raton based institution pushed the Bolles School all the way to the final wall to earn the Silver. The same quartet has the following splits in the final Balbi 23.78, Bastian 24.48, Marsh 22.46 and Pereira 21.14 for a total time of 1:31.86. The Bolles School took the title in 1:31.58. That  Silver medal relay performance marked a Silver medal hat trick for the Scots

Year Time
2017 1:31.86
2016 1:33.21
2015 1:34.33
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Saint Andrews 200 yard medley relay Caribbean Connection from left to right Marsh and Bastian Photo courtesy of Saint Andrews Aquatics

 

The common thread for those three Silver medal wins have been the Caribbean connection from the breaststroke and butterfly combination of Bahamian Izaak Bastian and Jamaican Jesse Marsh.

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Bronze medal winners in the 400 yard freestyle relay from left to right Marsh, Gibson, Piza and Balbi Photo courtesy of Shelly Bastian

Marsh would earn his next medal in the 400 yard freestyle relay. He would be drafted in the final of the event to handle the second leg duties. The team of Bahamian Sam Gibson 47.32, Marsh 47.28, Balbi 48.78 and Tomas Piza clocked   3:10.33 to win the Bronze . Gold went to Trinity Prep in 3:03.03 and the Silver to the Bolles School in 3:04.10. That ended a four year medal drought in the event.

The last time the Scots were on the podium  was when Coach Quinn Cassidy headed a squad that won the Silver behind the Bolles School team that included future Olympic Gold medallists American Ryan Murphy and Singaporean Joseph Schooling that set the State and National record of 2:54.43.

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In the qualification process for the 100 yard butterfly for the State finals Jesse had lowered the school record at the 2017 Palm Beach County Championships to win that event in 50.56 (split time 23.95). The old record of 50.88 was set by Will Lane in 1988.

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Jamaican100 yard butterfly school record holders for Pine Crest and Saint Andrews Nicholas Vale and Jesse Marsh Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

In Stuart he would qualify for his first individual championship final when he hit the pads in a time of 50.63. Still battling illness he would place 8th in a time of 50.65 (split time 23.88).

Year Time Place
2017 50.65 8th
2016 50.95 2nd B final
2015 52.38 6th B final

Competing in the 200 yard freestyle heats Marsh would record a personal best of 1:43.99 (split time 51.00) to earn a second swim in the B final. In that night he would be slightly off his personal record and touched in 1:44.91 (split time 52.09).

The boys from Saint Andrews would place 2nd overall will 202 points.

 

 

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS ARUBAN DANIEL JACOBS CAPTURES SILVER AND BRONZE AT 1A CHAMPIONSHIP

Heading into his final high school championship on Saturday November Aruban Daniel Jacobs had one medal at the prestigious meet. That would all change by the end of the day as the University school student would earn two more , Silver in the 500 yard freestyle and Bronze in the 200 yard freestyle.

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In last year’s competition Daniel had finished just outside the medal podium in the 500 yard freestyle as he clocked 4:30.64 to finish 4th. Leading up to the Championships he swam well within himself to capture the District and Regional titles in times of 4:49.07 and 4:41.12 respectively. In the final the reigning CCCAN 15-17 400 metre freestyle Gold medallist  would record a new personal best of 4:28.38 to win the Silver medal. The Gold went to Curly Hayden of Lake Highland Prep in 4:21.92. The Georgia Tech commit’s previous personal record was 4:30.64.

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That is the fastest performance by a CARIFTA region swimmer in the 500 yard freestyle since 2005 when Cayman Islands Olympian Shaune Fraser( Beijing 2008, London 2012) won the event in 4:24.42.

Jacobs with Bronze medal
Jacobs with 500 yard freestyle Bronze Medal Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The 200 yard freestyle saw him repeating his Bronze medal position from 2016 . Last year saw him placing third in a time of 1:39.67 (split time 48.27). This year at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida he would record a personal best time of 1:39.37 (split time 48.99). His swim represented the fastest done by CARIFTA region swimmer since Fraser took the title in 1:36.33 in 2005. Jacobs is the reigning CCCAN 15-17 200 metre freestyle champion winning the event in Trinidad and Tobago in 1:54.82.

 

In relay action the 200 yard freestyle relay saw Jacobs on the second leg  21.80 and countryman Patrick Groters 20.51 providing a strong 1-2 punch to give the University school a strong early advantage in the B final. The team would hold on to take 3rd overall in 1:29.42.

It would be that strong Aruban combination of Groters lead leg 45.97 and Jacobs 46.30 that would have the University School in medal contention at the half way mark. The team would finish 6th with a total time of 3:15.38.

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University School top performers Arubans Daniel Jacobs and Patrick Groters Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The University School finished 6th in the boys section with 108 points. This total was contributed to greatly by the strength of the Aruban contingent of Jacobs and Groters.

Daniel will be one of the standouts to lookout for at the CARIFTA Championships to be held in Kingston in 2018 and should challenge the 15-17 400 metre freestyle meet record of 3:59.79.

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS JAMAICA’S NICHOLAS VALE SET SCHOOL RECORDS IN THE 100 YARD BUTTERFLY AND AS A MEMBER OF BRONZE MEDAL WINNING MEDLEY TEAM

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Nicholas Vale off the blocks in record swim Photo courtesy Mike C Lyn

The 100 yard butterfly record for the Pine Crest School of 49.86 was set way back in 1988 by David Monasterio.

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David Monasterio Photo courtesy of linkedin

The future Puerto Rican Olympian (Barcelona 1992) had set the mark for his school in winning the 3A title. Nearly 30 years later it would be lowered by Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale at the 1A State Championships on November 4.

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Vale en route to a new personal best at Regionals on Oct 27 Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Heading into the final high school Vale boasted a personal record of 50.10 (split time 23.48) set at the Regional Championships on October 27. He would make the Championship final for the event with a morning swim of 50.47(split time 23.77).

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Nicholas stroking his way to a new school record in the 100 yard butterfly Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Competing for the first time in an individual Championship final Nicholas would make it count. He went out in 23.26 to be in the Bronze medal. At the death he would be nipped by The Bolles School’s Jake Adcock 49.70 to 49.79. Significantly it would be his first time under the 50 seconds barrier and also under the school record of 49.86.

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Steve Bigelow Photo courtesy of http://bentley.umich.edu

Another Monasterio standard would go down this time in the 200 yard medley relay. Also in 1988  the team of US Olympian Steve Bigelow (Seoul 1988) backstroke, Jason Litt Breaststroke , Monasterio butterfly  and Matt Higgins would set a swift 1:33.82 to take the 3A title.

In the morning heats the team of Elvis Kotikovski ,    ,Vale and Nico Ferrara would lower that mark to 1:33.77. The same quarter would combine to take it down further in the final.

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200 yard medley relay Bronze medal winners Pine Crest team from left to right of Elvis Kotikovski ,Nico Ferrara, Jacob Silberman and Nicholas Vale Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

 

The splits of Elvis backstroke 24.44,Jacob breaststroke Vale butterfly 21.94 and Nico freestyle 20.42 totalled a time of 1:33.15 to win the Bronze.

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Nicholas diving off for butterfly leg duties Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

Nicholas recorded his fastest butterfly split in three years of competing in the Championship final of the event.

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Vale Family celebrating medley relay success from left to right Mother Kelly, Nicholas,sister Simone and father Rob Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn
Year Team split Team time Placing
2017 Pine Crest 21.94 1:33.15 Bronze
2016 Pine Crest 22.67 1:35.80 4th
2015 Sagemont 23.98 1:39.88 6th

 

In 2015 , when competing for Sagemont Nicholas had placed 23rd  in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 56.02 (split time 27.26). Two years later  Vale would record a personal best of 52.28 (split time 25.39) to win Bronze at Regionals on Oct 27. The morning heats of the event at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida saw him just off that time with 52.39 (split 25.59) performance. That swim was mere 0.23 outside of a swim in the A final.

In the B final he would kill off the race as contest at the half way mark with the only sub 25 seconds split of the race, 24.95. He would also have the fastest   last 50 yards of 26.52 to clock in a new personal best of 51.47. He won the race handily as the second place swimmer from Oak Hall touched in 52.53.

Pine Crest Boys would place 4th overall at the State Championships with 187 points.

 

FLORIDA STATE HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS JAMAICA’S RISING SWIMMERS CAMERON BROWN AND SIMONE VALE SET PERSONAL BEST AT 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

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13-14  CARIFTA 200 metre breaststroke Silver medallist Cameron Brown .Photo courtesy of Michael C Lyn

The Jamaican duo of Simone Vale and Cameron Brown were among the youngest swimmers at the prestigious Florida 1A State championships held on Saturday November 4. Despite their relative youth they still recorded personal bests at a high quality meet held at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida.

Brown, who represented Sagemont, earned a second swim at his first outing at the 1A Champs in an individual event. He lowered his 100 yard breaststroke personal best of 1:00.21 (split time 28.67)   set at the Regional Championships when he clocked 59.73 (split time 28.10). That performance earned him a place in the B final. In that race he was on track to record another personal best as he went out in 28.07. He would fall just short when he touched in 1:00.08, the 2nd fastest time of his career to place 7th overall. It is the best result for Sagemont since 2011 when Aruban Jordy Groters made the Championship final. In his final year of the 13-14 age group Brown has lowered the national 100 metre breaststroke record four times so far.

In the 200 yard medley relay Brown produced freestyle splits of 22.57 and 22.31 to help to times of 1:42.79 and 1:42.32 to help Sagemont make the B final and place 4th in that race.

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Simone Vale Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Simone, who made her Championship debut clocked a personal best of 1:00.56 (split time 28.96) in the 100 yard backstroke. That time placed the Pine Crest student 21st overall . Her previous personal standard was 1:00.62 set at the Regional championship on October 27.Simone was member of the 2017 CARIFTA 13-14 200 and 400 metre freestyle relay teams that swept their way to Gold in The Bahamas earlier this year.

 

 

 

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS JAMAICA’S EMILY MacDONALD WINS BRONZE IN THE 200 YARD FREESTYLE RELAY

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Emily MacDonald with 200 yard freestyle relay Bronze medal Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald won Bronze in her first year competing at the prestigious 1A Florida State High School State Championships. Competing for the Bolles School on Saturday November 4 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida Emily’s Bolles 200 yard freestyle relay turned in a medal winning performance.

 

Emily led off the team with a split of 23.91 to help her teammates Stefanie Mendizabal 23.97, Kate Wilkerson 24.15 and Sasha Ramey 23.64 to a Bronze medal time of 1:35.67. MacDonald’s opening leg was the fastest by Bolles swimmer in the Championship final since 2013.The team returned to medal winning form in the event after missing the podium in 2016 with a 4th place finish.

In the individual 100 yard freestyle she made the Championship final in her very first attempt setting a new personal best of 52.13 (split time 25.00). That bettered her previous personal record of 52.67 (split time 25.47). In the final she would record the 2nd fastest time of her career to place 7th overall in a time of 52.60 (25.11).Her performance was the best placing in the event for the Jacksonville based institution since 2014.

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Emily MacDonald 13-14 100 metre freestyle Gold Medallist Photo courtesy of Tastey Blackman

The reigning  2017 CCCAN 13-14 Double sprint freestyle Champion would make it Three Championship finals from three events when she made the final of the 50 yard freestyle. In the morning heats she would set a personal best when she stopped the clock in 23.76 .It lowered her previous record of 23.88 set at Regionals in October. In the final she would place 8th in a time of 23.97. The performance was again the best performance for Bolles since 2014.

 

 

FLORIDA STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS SURINAME’S IRVIN HOOST TAKES 50 YARD FREESTYLE CROWN AT 2A CHAMPIONSHIPS

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2 50 yard freestyle medal podium from left to right Silver medallist Andrew Garcia Mourning, Gold medallist Irvin Hoost,Bronze medallist Chris Jennings Photo courtesy of Kenneth MacDonald

On Friday November 3 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart Florida St Brendan’s Surinamese star Irvin Hoost crowned himself as one of the fastest swimmers in the Florida high school system when he won the 2A state title in a time of 20.86. This is Hoost’s first title in the event. He was just off his morning effort of 20.74.He completed three consecutive winning performances having taken the District and Regional titles.

Date Meet Time Placing
Oct 21 2A District 12 21.17 1st
Oct 28 2A Region 4 21.50 1st
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Irvin Hoost 2016 Photo courtesy of Saint Brendan High school

Irvin , represents the Miami-Dade County based institution now has a complete set of medals in the event having won Bronze in 2015, Silver in 2016 and now atop the podium with Gold.

Year Time Placing
2017 20.86 1st
2016 20.89 2nd
2015 21.30 3rd

 

Irvin joins countrymen Raiz Tjon-A-Joe, Zuhayr Pigot and Olympian Enrico Linscheer (Barcelona 1992) as one of the fastest high school swimmers in Florida.

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Past regional winners of the 50 yard freestyle from left to right Enrico Linscheer,Rodion Davelaar,Jordy Groters Photos courtesy of http://www.dbnl.org,linkedin.com and mutigers.com
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Past regional winners of the 50 yard freestyle from left to right Zuhayr Pigot and Raiz-Tjon-A-Joe Photos courtesy of North Carolina swimming and diving and Raiz Tjon-A-Joe
Name Country School Division Year Time
Enrico Linscheer Suriname Bolles 3A 1991 20.44
Rodion Davelaar  Curaçao Bolles 1A 2006 21.29
Jordy Groters Aruba University School 1A 2013 20.69
Zuhayr Pigot Suriname St Brendan 2A 2014 20.41
Raiz Tjon -A-Joe Suriname Westlake Prep 1A 2015 20.26

 

Last season in the 50 metre freestyle he ended his CARIFTA career with a 24.11 showing for 6th place. He would be marginally faster at CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago with a time of 24.10 maintaining the same position. Irvin would break the 24 seconds barrier three times after that finishing with a personal best of 23.41 leading off his Metro Aquatic Club of Miami’s 200 metre freestyle relay team to third place at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships on July 28.The total team time was 1:35.11.

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Irvin Hoost Photo courtesy of Rafael Van Leeuwaarde

In the longer sprint, the 100 yard freestyle, Irvin recorded his fastest ever time of 46.04 at the Championship falling just short of a medal. The Bronze medal was won by Sam Sands of Jesuit in 45.98.In the District and Regional meets heading up to States Hoost had recorded top three placings

Date Meet Time Placing
Oct 21 2A District 12 46.63 1st
Oct 28 2A Region 4 47.66 2nd

 

100 yard rankings at 2A state Championships

Year Time Placing Split
2017 46.04 4th 21.89
2016 46.39 3rd 22.33
2015 47.92 3rd 23.60

At CARIFTA 2017 he won the Silver medal in the 100 metre freestyle in a time of 52.53 in the 15-17 age group. In Trinidad and Tobago at the CCCAN Championships he placed 4th with a 52.86 showing. He ended his season with a personal best of 51.92 leading off his club team Metro Aquatic team to Gold in the 400 metre freestyle relay in a time of 3:28.20.