With districts in route this week, swimmers in class 1A from across the state are preparing to battle it out for a spot at the regional meets, and ultimately the state championship meet. In preparation for the high school championship season, we have created a list of female swimmers to keep an eye out for in class 1A.
Santander is perhaps one of the most improved swimmers in this class over the past two years. During her freshman year, Santander swam the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 freestyle, where she finished tenth and eighth, respectively. At this past state meet, Santander opted out of the 200 individual medley and achieved three state titles in the 200 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay. Santander also swam the 100 freestyle where she bettered her previous year’s time from 51.78 to 49.99, placing second and breaking the infamous fifty second barrier. Having two more years of high school swimming including this year, it will be interesting to see if Santander continues down this path of fast improvement.
This mid-freestyle specialist out of Trinity Christian Academy placed second in the 500 freestyle to then-senior Christin Rockway at last year’s state meet. Depending on how districts and regionals go, Gomez might be the favorite in this event going into this year’s state meet. Gomez also placed second in the 200 freestyle, as well as helping her team to a second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay and a third place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
Specializing in sprint freestyle, Nercisio placed second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle last year. She also contributed alongside Gomez to Trinity Christian’s second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay and third place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Being her senior year, it will be exciting to watch Nercisio battle it out for her last chance at a state title this year.
Fetes is predominantly a breaststroker out of St. Andrews School. Fetes had a stellar state meet last year, going all personal bests and becoming a state champion in the 100 breaststroke. She also placed sixth in the 200 individual medley and swam the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay, helping her team to a second place finish in that event. Fetes has committed to further her swimming career at Auburn University next fall.
A junior out of Bradenton Christian School, Freed placed second in the 100 backstroke to then-senior Jessica Nava at last year’s states. Freed also placed seventh in the 100 butterfly last year. Having swam the 200 individual medley instead of the 100 butterfly the previous year, it will be interesting to see what Freed decides to compete in this championship season.
If you have official results from FHSAA state series meets (districts, regionals, states), please email those to email@example.com to be published on FSN. Be sure to include the state class along with the number district and/or region.
By Ryley Ober