As we venture deep into High School swimming coverage this year, Florida Swim Network is proud to introduce a new series; “The FHSAA Swimmers’ Of The Week”, sponsored by Born To Swim. It’s pretty self-explanatory… we want to shed some light on athletes who are doing outstanding things in the pool! This coverage can range anywhere from incredible team performances on relays, to individual bests by swimmers all across the state, from any district/region/class.

Throughout the course of the season, we will choose our Top 5 performances of the week, and share them on the site. Keep an eye out, and feel free to send us recommendations on who YOU think had one of the best performances of the week. Born To Swim will also be sending our winners some awesome prizes—so we do ask that each winner reaches out to us on one of our social media accounts.

This week, all over the state of Florida, many students struggled to get back into their normal routine after the devastation of Hurricane Irma. On top of readjusting to the academic workload, student-athletes had to get back into their mid-season training groove too. The swimmers below, came back to competitive high school swimming with the same speed and eminence as they had before Irma hit. Congratulations to the following swimmers;

Patrick Groters, senior at NSU University School and two-time 1A State champion (100 back in 2016 and 200 IM in 2015), deserves recognition for his performances at the Woodson Invitational this last weekend. Groters was awarded the Andy Coan Swimmer of The Meet Award, having won the 200 IM with a time of 1:51, the 100 back in 51.1, and a leadoff of 21.1 for his 200 freestyle relay. His split on the relay was not only the fastest in the field, but would also have come in first in the individual 50 free.

Andrea Santander is in the class of 2020 at the Pine Crest School. This past summer, Andrea swam at the 6th FINA World Junior Championships for the Venezuelan Swimming Federation. After an extremely impressive summer, she does not seem to be slowing down! Santander also did exceptionally well at the Woodson Invitational, winning the 200 IM in 2:04.39, placing second in the 100 free in 51.14, and anchoring the winning 400 freestyle relay, bringing them home with a 50.79.

Jillian Santiago, senior at Cardinal Mooney, had an outstanding week! Not only did she win a 50 of each stroke at her tri-meet against Sarasota Christian and Out of Door Academy (27.5 50 fly, 25.2 50 free, 29.6 50 back, and 34.3 50 breast), but she also committed to James Madison University Swimming. Congratulations Jillian!

Luke Uttley of Trinity Prep, class of 2020, also had notable swims this week. In a meet against Berkeley, Uttley won the 200 free with a time of 1:45. The most extraordinary of his events this week were relays. On the 200 free relay, Uttley led off the winning team with a 21.71. He also led his 400 freestyle relay to victory by dropping a solid 48.17.

Last but not least, Sterling Crane, junior at Episcopal, wraps up our list. Crane was an embodiment of consistency this last week, something that had been missed by most Floridians the week prior. At The Bolles School Bulldogs Bryon Plapp Invite, he finished second in the 50 free, 21.91, and the 100 fly, 51.17. Later in the week, in the meet against Trinity Prep, Crane placed first in the 50 free with another 21.9 and the 100 fly with a 51.4.

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Together, Born To Swim and Florida Swim Network are aiming to become more actively involved in the performances of great athletes. We know how much hard work and commitment it takes to perform well, and we want to make sure the athletes are commended for their efforts on a larger, and more public scale. Stay tuned for our weekly lists, and to all Florida swimmers—GOOD LUCK!

Written by Payton Titus

Edited by Kahlia Warner

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