Varsity swim teams finish off-season at States

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The Patriot swimmers concluded their season after participating in the state competition. (Photo submitted by Daniel Watson)

The boys and girls varsity swimming teams travelled to Stuart, Friday Nov. 8 to compete in the state championship after qualifying at regionals.

The girls team finished in thirteenth in the 200 medley relay, tenth in the 200 Free relay and ninth in the 400 free relay. The boys team placed tenth in the 200 medley relay and sixth in the 400 Free relay.

Senior Daniel Escobar paced the boys team individually, finishing third in the 500 freestyle. Sophomore Sebastian Lares placed fourth in the 200 Individual medley and fifteenth in the 100 Backstroke while junior Jiehoon Lee came in tenth in the 100 Breaststroke and in eighteenth in the 100 Fly. Junior Nicolas Rossi finished in fifteenth in the 500 Freestyle and junior Daniel Watson placed nineteenth in the 100 Breaststroke.

“In going to states, I made one of my dreams come true,” junior Daniel Watson said following the State Championship. “Having our relay be tenth in the state was also something really cool because all four boys are coming back next year, and we hope to have a shot at the title.

“States in my senior year was really the highlight of my high school swimming journey,” Escobar said. “Since it was the very last states I would go to, the pressure was on to put my best foot forward because I would never get another chance to come back. This last states was a really fun and satisfying end to my high school swimming career, and being surrounded by friends really made it that much more enjoyable.”

Escobar poses with his medals after competing in the final swim state competition of his high school career. “For me personally, I feel that I had a very solid performance at states,” Escobar said. “I managed to go from 5th place in the 500 free last year to 3rd place this year, and while I admit it would have been nice to win my senior year, I nevertheless am proud of mine and my teammates’ performances.”  (Photo submitted by Daniel Escobar)

As for the girls team, junior Olivia Mason finished ninth in the 50 Freestyle. Junior Felicia Taylor finished fourteenth in the 100 Freestyle and senior Emme Ham placed tenth in the 100 Breaststroke. Freshman Emily Robertson came in twenty-second in the 100 Fly and sophomore Eva Pierre Antoine claimed the twenty-fourth spot in the 100 Freestyle.

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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