With the high school state series beginning this last week with Districts, we have made a list of female swimmers to keep an eye on in state class 4A this championship season.

Talia Bates

Swimming for Buchholz High School, Bates made an impressive showing last year at 4A States. Bates placed first in the 50 free and 100 fly, the latter in which she set a new state record of 53.28. The Florida gator commit also helped lead her team to gold in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, setting new state records in both events as well.

Kathleen Golding

An eleventh grader at the time, Golding achieved her third consecutive first place finish in the 200 Individual Medley at last year’s states. Golding also traded in the 100 fly (which she swam at her first two states meets) for the 100 freestyle, in which she placed second. It will be interesting to see what Golding decides to swim for this year’s state series.

Micayla Cronk

Last year, Cronk made an impressive showing at her first ever high school states. As a freshman, Cronk placed first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.58. She also competed in the 100 backstroke, where she finished ninth. Cronk may be a bit of a wild card in 2018 and definitely one to keep an eye on this state series.

Emma Weyant

Competing for Riverview High, Weyant placed second in the 200 Individual Medley at last year’s state meet. Weyant also placed second to state-record-holder Morgan Tankersley in the 500 freestyle. With Tankersley having graduated last year, it will be interesting to see who steps up to race Weyant in this event.

Caitlin Brooks

Brooks achieved a state title in the 100 backstroke and a fifth place finish in the 100 fly. Brooks also helped Buchholz High School to a first place finish in the 200 medley relay. The future Kentucky wildcat helped lead this relay to a state record.

If you have official results from FHSAA state series meets (districts, regionals, states), please email those to ptitus@floridaswimnetwork.com to be published on FSN. Be sure to include the state class along with the number district and/or region.

By Ryley Ober