Swim teams secure spots at States

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Swimmers from the boys and girls varsity teams advance to states after taking part in regionals. The girls team claimed a fifth place finish while the boys team finished in third. (Photo submitted by Daniel Watson)

After advancing from districts one week prior, the boys and girls varsity swimming teams competed in the Regional Swimming and Diving Championship in West Palm Beach Wednesday, Oct. 30. Out of the 16 schools taking part in the competition, the girl’s team finished in fifth and the boy’s team secured a third place spot.

Senior Daniel Escobar claimed the Patriot’s highest place finish as he won the 500 Freestyle with a season best and placed second in the 200 Freestyle to move on to the State Final.

Along with Escobar, the list below shows the other Patriots who performed well enough to qualify, many of them posting their season-best times to advance to the State Championship this Friday, Nov. 8 at Stuart.

“I am very relieved to be moving onto states because in the two events I swam, the competition has increased a lot since last year,” junior Olivia Mason, who qualified for states, said. “Since I was able to make it to states the past two years, I felt as if I was supposed to make it…personally, I am very excited that I made it because I feel as though junior year is a very important year for success in regards to college and the recruiting process. I am also excited to see how my hard work for the past year has paid off.”

Girls
Emme Ham – 100 Breast
Eva Pierre-Antoine – 100 Free
Olivia Mason – 50 Free, 100 Free
Amari Porter – member of relays
Emily Robertson – 100 Butterfly
Felicia Taylor – 100 Free
200 Medley, 200 Free and 400 Free relays

Boys
Daniel Escobar – 200 Free, 500 Free
Sebastian Lares – 200 Individual medley, 200 Back
Jiehoon Lee – 100 Butterfly, 100 Breaststroke
Nicolas Rossi – 200 Free, 500 Free
Daniel Watson – 100 Breaststroke
200 Medley and 400 Free relay

Sammy Rosenthal is a junior at American Heritage School in Plantation Fla. and is entering his third year writing for the newsmagazine; his first year as the publication’s Sports Editor. Sammy takes pride in being a die-hard Miami Heat and Dolphins fan as well as dedicating his Sunday to watching football.

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