And just like that, Florida high school swim season has come and gone. Amidst a season full of obstacles, like hurricane Irma, the following swimmers proved that neither earth nor wind nor fire could stop them from dominating at this year’s state championships.
Aitor Fungairino (3A): Starting off our “States Recap” strong, is Aitor Fungairino. Fungairino’s 200 free would have dominated at any of the state’s classes. With a time of 1:34.81, Fungairino was the only person under 1:37 in the entire state and was .2 seconds away from Caleb Dressel’s state record! He also won the 500 free by over 4 seconds, finishing the race in 4:25.73, once again earning Automatic All-American status. In helping his 200 free relay team finish 3rd, Fungairino brought them home in 20.09.
Miguel Cancel (2A): As the reigning champion in the 200 IM, Miguel Cancel got the chance to defend his title, which he did, placing 1st with a time of 1:48.09 also earning him Automatic All-American status. In the 100 free, Cancel was one of two people from all states classes to dip under 45. He won the event by almost a second and a half, with a time of 44.50, his second Automatic All-American swim of the night. As the second leg on the winning team’s 200 free relay, Cancel split 20.45. His 4×100 free relay also won. He was the third leg on that relay, swimming his 100 in 44.63.
Bobby Finke (4A): After an exciting summer in Budapest, 2017 World Championships team member, Bobby Finke carried his momentum from long course season into his final high school state meet. In the 200 IM, the University of Florida commit dropped over 4 seconds from his prelims time, placing first and earning Automatic All-American status. He went 1:47.41. Winning the 500 free by nearly 7 seconds, Finke earned Automatic All-American status for the second time that night with a time of 4:18.74. He brought his 4×100 freestyle relay home in 45.36, helping his team come in 5th place.
Isabel Ivey (4A): Isabel Ivey’s premier in 4A was nothing short of grand. In the 200 free, Ivey went 1:44.68, an Automatic All-American time and 1st place by over 2 seconds. Her 200 and 4X100 freestyle relays were both victorious and both broke state records. She also won the 100 breast with a time of 1:00.99, putting another state record and Automatic All-American time under her belt. All of this was done after one day of rest in a new suit and no shave.
Luke Uttley (1A): Sophomore, Luke Uttley had an outstanding state meet this year. In his first event at finals, Uttley finished 5th in the 200 free with a time of 1:40.55. His second event, the 100 free was the beginning of Uttley’s winning streak, placing 1st in the event with a time of 45.35 earning All-American Consideration. Next up, the 200 free relay. Uttley ushered his relay team to victory, leading off with a 21.05. At the end of the meet, the 10th grader led his team to their spot on the top of the podium, taking the 4×100 free relay out in 45.70.
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Written by Payton Titus
Edited by Kahlia Warner
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