By: Matt Rothman
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Swim team had an incredible District Championship, with the boys team finishing in first place while the girls came in second.
The Eagles had at least one swimmer advance to Regionals in every event. The boys team finished with 409 points, with Lorenzo Herek winning a District Championship in the 50-yard freestyle. He also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle. He qualified in both relay events, placing second in the 200-yard medley relay with Frank Etchevers, Maxim Georgiev, and Alexander Nichols and third in the 200-yard medley with Georgiev, Nichols, Lorenzo Herek, and Etchevers.
Georgiev, Nichols, Joshua Guo, Etchevers, Herek, Mateo Suarez Bueno, Matias Gold, Didovic, and Xyen Walker all qualified for at least one individual race in Regionals, while several Eagles will compete in multiple races.
The girls team finished in second place with 450 points, behind Fort Lauderdale High School. They had three District winners, with Allyson Lake, Sophia El Chantiry, Valeria Anzures, and Carly Chin recording a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Lake also won the 200-yard backstroke, while Chin took first in the 100-yard freestyle.
MSD also has their 400-yard freestyle team of El Chantiry, Anthony Alexa, Lake, and Carly Chin finish second, while the 200-yard freestyle team of Anthony, Lee, Vivian Fernandez, and Anzures also qualified by placing third. Individually, El Chantiry qualified for both her races along with Daniella Balkcom, Alexa, Vivian Fernandez, Anzures, Isabella Perez, Didovic, Lee, and Sadie Titensor. Didiovic and Lee are also alternates in the 50-yard freestyle.
“The team is building back the culture in, and we have seen that come together for many, Head Coach Lauren Rubenstein said. “Each swimmer, new and seasoned, had a direct impact on our performance last night.”
Next, both teams will compete in Regionals on November 4, looking to secure their spot in the State Championship.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student. He also works for the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Arizona covering high school sports.
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