Benjamin’s Alessandra Baldari named Post’s girls swimmer of the year


2017 PALM BEACH POST GIRLS SWIMMING ALL-AREA TEAM

SWIMMER OF THE YEAR

Alessandra Baldari, Benjamin, Sr.

Why: Capped her high school career at the Class 1A state championships by finishing second in the 200 IM (2:01.28) and third in the 100-fly (53.77). Both times were Automatic All-American Times. She will be attending Yale University next year. Also swam on the school’s 200-medley-relay and 200-freestyle-relay teams. She also had the third-best time in the county in the 50 free (23.75).

What was the highlight of your season? I am super proud of my two All-American times this year in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly and placing second and third in those events, respectively. Overall, it was really exciting to spend one last season with my high school team and represent Benjamin. I gave this season all I had, and I’m really happy with the results.

When did you first start playing your sport? I first started swimming competitively when I was 10, so I have been doing it for over seven years.

What are your college plans? I will be attending Yale and will be on the swim team there next year.

Who is the athlete you most admire, and why? I most admire Dana Vollmer, who went to the Olympics last year after giving birth to her son not long before. She went on to win a bronze medal in the 100 fly. I am inspired by her unwavering effort and commitment to the sport, even after becoming a mother.

What is the song that gets you most pumped up before a game? I listen to lots of upbeat songs by G-Eazy and Post Malone to get myself fired up before a meet.

What’s your favorite social media tool and why? My favorite social media tool is Snapchat, because it allows me to connect with my friends regularly and send funny videos quickly.

What was your favorite movie this year? “A Bad Moms Christmas.” My friends and I couldn’t stop laughing!

COACH OF THE YEAR

John Kjaeruiff, Trinity Christian

Had an impressive run all season, finishing fourth at the Class 1A state championships. The team also took third at district and regionals. Teams also set nine individual school records.

FIRST TEAM

Anna Auld, Forest Hill, Fr., (500-free, 200-free): Had personal-best times at state in 200-free (1:52.33), finishing sixth and 500-free (4:52.29), finishing fourth. Was also district and region champ in both events.

Kaleigh Dundov, Boca Raton, Sr., (1-meter diving): The four-time state qualifier was a state runner-up with 443.65 points. Was a runner-up at the county and Woodson Invitational meets.

Shayna Fetes, St. Andrew’s, Jr., (100-breast, 200 IM): Was a Class 1A state champion in the 100-breaststroke with Automatic All-American time of 1:02.40. Was sixth at state in 200-IM (2:02.04).

Nicole Gomez, Trinity Christian, So., (200-free, 500-free): Second in Class 1A state meet in 200-free (1:48.59). Was a county, district and regional champion and state runner-up in 500-free (4:53.23), which is also a county record.

Lauren Hew, St. Andrew’s, Sr., (50-free, 100-back): Set the school record in the 50-free (23.24) and finished fourth at 1A state (23.42). Finished sixth at state in 100-back (55.29). Helped team to third place at state.

Paige MacEachern, Boca Raton, Fr., (200-IM, 100-breast): Finished fourth in the 200-IM at the Class 4A state finals in 2:04.46. Had a season-best 1:04.51 in 100-breast. Finished third at state (1:05.10).

Megan Murphy, Forest Hill, Fr., (100-back, 50-free): Both her times at the state meet were personal bests, where she finished third in the 100-back (56.37) and 12th in the 50-free (24.01).

Chade Nercisio, Trinity Christian, Jr., (50-free, 100-free): Had personal-best times at the 1A state meet in the 50-free (22.93), finishing second, and in the 100-free (50.22), where she finished third.

Jen Secrest, Oxbridge Academy, Jr., (200-IM, 100-fly): At the Class 1A state championships, she had personal-best times in the 200-IM (2:01.99, finishing third) and 100-fly (54.36, fourth).

Eriana Temperino, Trinity Christian, Jr., (50-free, 200-IM): Had a season best time of 23.88 in the 50-free. Finished fifth at the 1A state finals in the 200-IM (2:03.33), which was also her personal best.

Emily Trieschmann, St. Andrew’s, Fr., (200-free, 500-free): Had personal-best times in both events, where she was fourth at state in the 500-free (4:55.90) and fifth in the 200-free (1:52.02).

Julia Wortman, Wellington, Jr., (1-meter diving): Finished third at the Class 4A state championships with a score of 441.75. Was also a district champion (520.55) and regional champ (478.80).

200-medley relay: St. Andrew’s (Gabby Beltrano, Shayna Fetes, Lauren Hew, Hannah Trieschmann), 1:44.64.

200-freestyle relay: Trinity Christian (Eriana Temperino, Nicole Gomez, Hailey Rudd, Chade Nercisio), 1:35.47.

400-freestyle relay: Trinity Christian (Eriana Temperino, Nicole Gomez, Hailey Rudd, Chade Nercisio), 3:28.62.

HONORABLE MENTION

Benjamin: Madison Lichtig, Julia Lubarsky, Acadia Rubin; Boca Raton: Grace Koenig, Victoria Miyamoto, Caroline Nordheim, Monika Seniuta; Forest Hill: Ryan Flynn, Luna Mia; Jupiter: Michaela Avedisian, Chloe Griskie, Noa Miller, Avery Sanquist, Hana Song, Gianna Tuzeo, Erica Wesach; King’s Academy: Annie Fletcher, Tara Leininger, Emily Trieu, Marie Zuchowski; Palm Beach Central: Odezza Campos; Palm Beach Gardens: Olivia Seminara, Erin Tague; Park Vista: Camryn Hudson, Ella Gates; St. Andrew’s: Gabby Beltrano, Maya Blair, Lisa Fischer, Lucy Miller, Sydney Torres, Hannah Trieschmann; Spanish River: Nadia Kannej; Suncoast: Dakota Brisco, Nicole Giblin, Daniela Salcedo, Sierra Robinson, Lucie Valdov; Wellington: Ashley Cozao.



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