BY JESSICA SCHEIN
Members of the boys and girls swim teams attended the state meet on Nov. 16, the boys placing 22nd overall and the girls placing 25th overall. The meet was held at Sailfish Splash Park Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart. Those who qualified are: seniors Emma Lincoln, Bowie Suen, Rafael Ramirez; juniors Mark Burnley, Carlos Neira, Haley Wright, Jessie Modrak; sophomores Marco Guarente, Eduardo Pineiro Barros, Carlos Gallejo, Alemy Barreto, Carly Swanson; freshmen Sophia Bucaro, Emiliana Pelaez.
Senior Emma Lincoln placed eighth in the 200 free with a time of 1:52.80. She also swam the 100 free in which she placed fourth with a 52.08.
“I just wanted to go into the meet having fun,” Lincoln said. “I also wanted to get my best times which I did in the 100 free in prelims.”
Lincoln said she is proud of the girls team and of herself for the season.
“Overall, the season was one of my best,” she said. “I swam more consistently than I had in previous ones. I’m proud of the other girls on the team for stepping up this year to get relays to go to states as well and for winning districts and regionals.”
Sophomore Carly Swanson expected the team to act and perform in this meet like any other they competed in throughout the season.
“We handled the pressure by just thinking of it as another meet and knowing we would do the best we could and we hope that we’ll be able to make states again next year,” she said.
Junior Mark Burnley swam in the 200 free, placing 13th, and he also placed 17th in the 100 free. He swam the 200 free in 1:42.86 and the 100 free in 48.70 seconds.
“Before states I expected I would make A-finals but I barely made it to B-finals,” Burnley said. “States was kind of hard, so it motivated me to train even harder and be more prepared next year so I can make top three.”
Sophomore Carlos Gallejo was motivated to go to states because it was his first year. He swam the 500 free event, placing 17t.h, swimming it in 4:49.01. He along with Marco Guarente, Mark Burnley and Rafael Ramirez placed 16th in the 200 IM relay group event.
“I was not nervous before my races, but I was excited that it was my first states meet,” Gallejo said.
Gallejo said that the boys performed much better at all of the meets this year compared with last season.
“The boys season was a lot better than it was last year,” Gallejo said. “The season was more fun and everyone was faster.”
Coach John Spire, who oversees both the girls and the boys teams, was impressed by both overall.
“Both the boys and the girls seasons were the best we have had in a long time,” Coach Spire said. “They tried very hard at the states meet, but made mistakes because boys relays got disqualified. Overall, I felt that we could’ve done better.”