The Class 4A State Championships look to be the most well-rounded state we have had come through Stuart this championship season with countless state records being crossed out of the books and new ones have been written. It was a tale of two teams as both Buchholz and Riverview ran away with team titles to cement themselves in their own personal history books. Buchholz Women finish with their third straight title while Riverview finishes fourth!
Women’s Team Champions: Buchholz
Normally there are teams that are deep and there are teams that have a few individual stars, but the Buchholz girls have proven that they can do both for the third straight year in a row. A whopping FIVE State records were broken, three from relays and two individuals brought this team to new heights over the competition winning the meet with almost 100 more points than the runner-up. When you are able to put a relay together with some of the biggest names in the meet, you’ve got something special! We could gush all day about some of the bonafide stars of this team. You can just see from our interviews with their triple winning relay how deep the camaraderie and culture is in this group, and it resonates with girls like Caitlin Brooks, Talia Bates, Kaitlyn Cronin, and Isabel Ivey. Buchholz girls, history for the third time in a row.
Women’s Team Runner-Up: Plant
Following up a dominating performance from Buchholz is tough to ask on the Women’s side, but Plant stepped up to the challenge with their team’s depth and culture. It certainly showed. While Buchholz was setting records in relays, swimmers like Morgan Tankersley showed up big in the 500 freestyle. It certainly showed as Plant is set to explode in the coming years with this strong core.Men’s Team Champions: Bolles
Men’s Team Champions: Riverview
A remarkable accomplishment in a team with huge depth came out of Riverview and their FOURTH straight team title. Not a single individual event was won, and they didn’t find themselves atop the podium until the final relay, but the heart and soul of this team was in scrapping together a competitive victory. Swimmers like Brendan Firlie and Brett Riley certainly anchored this team in their dominating depth performance, and the times showed. Four straight for Riverview!
Men’s Team Runner-Up: Lake Brantley
A story tale finish for a squad that came in with lower expectations than most. Altogether, the Lake Brantley Mens team consisted of a total of six guys that willed the team to a runner-up title. That speaks to the talent level of the team as their senior Gabe Parnell bounced from a .09 loss in the 200 IM (1:47.50) to win the 100 Breast. Lake Brantley obviously has a strong core and any teams in 4A should look out as they build on this stellar performance.
Keep an eye out for our stars from the meet as we post interviews with all of the top swimmers and coaches from the meet!
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