Swimming | FHSAA Class 1A final

Broward duo captures gold at state championships


Daniel Spas and Carolyn Chaney won gold in their respective events during Saturday’s competition.

Special to The Miami Herald

A number of Broward County athletes reached the podium at the FHSAA Class 1A final, including gold medal performances by American Heritage sprinter Daniel Spas and Pine Crest diver Carolyn Chaney.

Spas won the boys’ 100 freestyle in All-American automatic time of 44.55 seconds, a personal best.

“I’ve been looking forward to winning since I first came to states,” Spas said. “The first 50 [yards] going out I felt really good.”

Leading for much of the race, Spas needed an extra burst of speed to outlast a charging Jemal Le Grand, from Sagemont. Nearing the wall, the pair swam stroke for stroke, until Spas inched ahead for the win.

“I was getting really tired in the last 25 yards,” Spas said. “I could see Jemal catching up to me. I tried going as hard as I could.”

Spas nearly won a second gold medal in the 50 free, but was outdueled by Jacksonville Bolles’ Santos Condorelli. Spas placed second in the race with an All-American automatic personal-best time of 20.37.

“I wanted to go under 20 [seconds], but I’m happy,” Spas said. Condorelli’s time of 19.88 seconds matched the state record.

“Of course I wanted to get first, but Santos is a great swimmer and he deserves it going 19.8,” Spas said.

In the girls’ 1-meter diving event, Chaney won her second state title. The sophomore had a score of 481.35, six points better than her closest rival.

“It’s such a relief,” she said. “I was so stressed out throughout the week. I did mess up a couple of my dives, but overall I’m really happy.”

Seeded third in prelims, Chaney trailed until her last dive of the competition. Adding a higher degree of difficulty, Chaney nailed a back one and half, one and half to clinch the competition.

“It was a 2.5 degree of difficulty,” she said. “I ended up getting eights across the board.”

Le Grand won a pair of medals at the meet. The senior placed second in the boys’ 200 freestyle and the 100 free. Le Grand had a 200 free All-American automatic time of 1:38.76, a personal best.

“I lowered almost two seconds off of my best-time,” he said.

Competing in his first state meet, Le Grand was six-tenths of a second away from winning gold. Le Grand, a native of Aruba, tried feverishly to catch race-winner Rasmus Skjaerpe. Le Grand, who was hampered by a bad turn after the first 25 yards, hopes his performance will gain the attention of college coaches.

“[Colleges] don’t really know me,” said Le Grand, who also won bronze in the 400 freestyle relay. “I’m hoping I can get some replies from colleges.”

Adding to Broward’s medal total, Westminster Academy’s Caroline Nava placed second in the 50 freestyle. Nava, a sophomore, had a time of 23.62 seconds in the race. Nava also placed fifth in the 100 free.

“My time I was little upset, but I’m glad I was able to get second. It’s a huge honor,” Nava said.

Pine Crest’s Brittany Hammond and Tyla Martin placed third in the 500 free and the 100 fly, respectively.

Hammond, who was seeded fourth in the final heat, dropped more than five seconds off her prelim time of 4:54.87. Martin, a sophomore, had a personal-best All-American consideration time of 55.68 seconds in the 100 fly. The Panthers’ Kent Haeffner placed third in the 500 free with an All-American Consideration time of 4:30.93. South Florida HEAT’s Clara Smiddy won the silver medal in the 100 back with an All-American automatic time of 55.31 seconds.

In team competition, Pine Crest won the girls’ 200 freestyle relay in an All-American automatic time of 1:36.38. The Panthers were awarded the gold after winner Bolles was disqualified for an early start.

Even though Bolles was disqualified in the relay, the school had enough points to easily win the girls’ team and boys’ team titles. The Bolles’ boys set four national records, including besting its own mark in the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays.


Boys’ top five teams: 1. Bolles 512, 2. Lake Highland Prep 200.5, 3. St. Andrew’s 179, American Heritage 166, 5. Pine Crest 155. Boys’ individuals: Diving: 1. Briadam Herrera, GP, 569.25, 7.Conner Gertis, PC, 407.70. 200 medley relay: 1. Bolles 1.28.02, 8. American Heritage Pl. 1:42.11. 200 free: 1. Rasmus Skjaerpe, TP, 1:38.20, 2. Jamal Le Grand, SAGE, 1:38.76, 4. Kent Haeffner, PC, 1:40.92, 6. Marco Hosfeld, UNI, 1:41.72. 200 IM: 1. Quinn Cassidy, STAD, 1:49.64. 50 free: 1. Santo Condorelli, BOL, :19.88, 2. Daniel Spas, AHPL, :20.37, 7. Holland Descartes, PC, :21.47, 8. Scott Clark, AHPL, :22.09. 100 fly: 1. Joseph Schooling, BOL, :46.50, 4. Lucas Debrito, SAGE, :49.48. 100 free: 1. Daniel Spas, AHPL, :44.55, 2. Jemal Legrand, SAGE, :45.21. 500 free: 1. Matt O’Donnell, CMOO, 4:29.51, 3. Kent Haeffner, PC, 4:39,93, 4. Lucas Dibrito, SAGE, 4:32.55, 7. Marco Hosfeld, UNI, 4:35.05. 200 free relay: 1. Bolles 1:19.27, 3. American Heritage 1:26.73, 4. Sagemont 1:27.11, 6. Pine Crest 1:28.59. 100 back: 1. Ryan Murphy, BOL, :48.08. 100 breast: 1. Quinn Cassidy, STAD, :56.87, 2. Wayne Denswil, SB, :57.53, 6. Daniel Pereira, UNDA, 1:00.90. 400 free relay: 1. Bolles 2:54.43, 3. Sagemont 3:09.38, 4. American Heritage 3:10.43, 6. Pine Crest 3:15.87. Girls’ top five teams: 1. Bolles 408.5, 2. St. Andrew’s 251.5, 3. Pine Crest 245, 4. Ransom Everglades 134, 5. Lake Highland Prep 115. Girls’ individuals (plus top Broward winners): 200 medley relay: 1. Saint Andrew’s 1:42.77, 5. Pine Crest 1:48.25, 6. University 1:49.81. 200 free: 1. Megan Moroney, STAD, 1:48.02, 4. Brittany Hammond, PC, 1:49.17, 7. Jessica Randolph, AHPL, 1:50.23. Diving: 1. Carolyn Chaney, PC, 481.35, 10. Juliette Pozzuoli, PC, 339.90. 200 IM: 1. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, STAD, 2:00.40, 4. Casey Francis, PC, 2:03.24. 50 free: 1. Kasey Schmidt, BOL, :23.09, 2. Caroline Nava, WA, :23.62, 7. Kaelah Chaney, PC, :24.32. 100 fly: 1. Megan Moroney, STAD, :54.46, 3. Tyla Martin, PC, :55.68. 100 free: 1. Claire Rasmus, BOL, :50.49, 4. Clara Smiddy, SFHL, :51.26, 5. Caroline Nava, WA, :51.43. 500 free: 1. Ellen Berdusco, STS, 4:47.15, 3. Brittany Hammond, PC, 4:49.44, 6. Casey Francis, PC, 4:52.23, 8. Jessica Randolph, AMPL, 5:05.46. 200 free relay: 1. Bolles 1:33.98, 2. Pine Crest 1:36.38, 4. Westminster Academy 1:37.87, 7. American Heritage Pl. 1:39.68. 100 back: 1. Tasija Karosas, STAD, :54.19, 2. Clara Smiddy, SFHL, :55.31. 100 breast: 1. Bethany Leap, BOOK, 1:02.61. 400 free relay: 1. STAD 3:23.43, 4. PC 3:33.14, 6. AHP 3:35.95.

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