As we wrap up regionals and head into the final two state championship meets, here is a list we have compiled of 1A regional standout swimmers!
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Saint Andrews boys having had a very successful season and proving that at Regions 4 by claiming regional champions. The team had lost quite a few seniors last year but was able to rebuild and have multiple leading swimmers including Joshua Balbi, Tomas Piza, Tiago Pereira and Ryan Nordheim. These four build up a very strong relay and dominate many of the individual events, claiming quite a few regional champion titles.
Oxbridge senior Jennifer Secrest t is quite the swimmer to keep an eye on. Secrest won both the 200 IM in the time of 2:01.63, and the 100 fly with a 54.74. These are very close to her best times from last year’s state meet. Secrets will be continuing her academic and swimming career next year at the prestigious Princeton University in New Jersey.
Smith, only being a sophomore at Academy at the Lakes, won Region 3 titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle, going 23.74 and 51.47, respectively. These times are very close to her personal bests as well. Smith also contributed to her 200 free relay, anchoring with a time of 23.86. Since she is so young, we will surely be hearing more of Smith in the future.
Peter Tanner Jr.
Tanner has had an impressive last high school season and, once again, earned a spot to compete at states individually. At regionals, Tanner won the 50 free with a 21.27 and also the 100 back in 52.69. Berkeley Prep won both relays Tanner contributed to, the 200 medley and the 200 free. Both these relays will be moving on to states.
The Episcopal senior, Cole Crane is having an incredible final state series. At regions, he posted a 20.95 in the 50 free, which earned him the second seed going into states. His other outstanding swim was the 100 fly. Crane swam a 48.89, which earned him Automatic All-American Status and the top spot heading into states.
Leah DeGeorge was on fire at regions! She won both the 200 and the 500 free. In DeGeorge’s 200, she posted a 1:51.49. This is a personal best for her. With this time, she heads into states seeded third. However, her most impressive swim from regions came in the 500. She swam a 4:53.19 and secured the top spot heading into states. At states, she hopes to help score for her team by winning or placing high in both events.
Luke Uttley, a junior from Trinity Prep, had outstanding swims in the 200 and 100 free. His most outstanding swim of the night came in the 200. Uttley posted the fastest time of all four regions with a 1:40.91. In Uttley’s 100, he posted a 45.73. This earned him second, right behind his senior teammate, Jan Collazo Torres.
Lake Highlands senior Alixandra Roy is having an excellent final state series. At regions, she won both the 200 and 500 free, automatically claiming a spot at states. In the 200, she swam a best time of 1:52.03. In her 500, she posted a 4:56.36 and earned All-American consideration.
By Jojo Richter, Jacob Pisko and Brooke Powell