Last year, when I drove down to Stuart for State, I returned rather disappointed and wrote afterwards: “…I just didn’t feel like there was passion present at the meet.”

This year however, I thought that BOTH the Chiles boys and girls teams demonstrated a lot of heart, but the history-making Lincoln teams brought a lot of passion and personal fire to the meet this year too. Leon only brought three swimmers, who all performed ADMIRABLY, but it’s hard to get STOKED when there’s so few swimmers.

This year, I think that the excitement on deck manifested itself in excellent performances in the pool.

Below are some of my favorite assorted photos from the meet; after the Tallahassee Democrat article(s) come out tomorrow or the next day, I will post the full album on Facebook!

 

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John Yambor-Maul had a strong showing, as did the Chiles Boys’ relays; Here, John anchors the 200 Medley Relay, Friday morning during prelims, with a 20.9 50yd free
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Ryland Sun posted a :49 high in the 100 fly during prelims
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Leon’s Christian Bosque swam well, swimming both in the morning, and at night in the 100 fly
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Lincoln’s Sarah-Kellet Clark chased swam the 500 twice on Friday—seen here during prelims chasing down the girl next to her
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2x State Champion in the 100 breastroke, Morgan Ayers ran away from her heat during prelims
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Blake Jacobs was part of history in the making for Lincoln: she and three other girls were finally able to take the 4×100 relay to a second swim—at consolation finals, good for 13th place overall!

Relays and starts were critical in the Chiles Boys’ success: relays score high points, and unlike last year, safe starts kept all of the relays from being disqualified.

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Medals, smiles, camaraderie, and generally high spirits abounded.

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Sometimes I get a little bored with the same style of image, and so I tried something new here, while Wyatt Foote made the turn during finals of the 100 breastroke…I think it worked fairly well: look at how fast he looks!…although with a time good for fifth in the state, I think he’s pretty quick
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Rehearsal for an air show the next day made for some loud noise, and lots of cool flyovers.
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Morgan Ayers finished the 100 breastroke at finals tied for first, good for her second year as State Champion!
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Chiles boys making history, and I’m a part of it! State Champions for the first time in school history!

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