- By David Brousseau Special to The Post
2017 PALM BEACH POST BOYS SWIMMING ALL-AREA TEAM
SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
Kyle DiMatteo, Park Vista, Sr.
Why: Was a Class 4A state champion in the 50-freestyle (20.42) and 100-free (44.45) in Automatic All-American times. His 100-free time is a county record and sixth-fastest in state history. Like those other two events, he had a county-best time of 1:41.76 in the 200-free. That made the Cobras the district runners-up, the best finish in school history.
What was the highlight of your season? It would have to be winning the 100 free at state this year. After coming up short last year and placing second in the same event, it was a bittersweet victory. The training and work that went into this past year was shown in that specific swim.
When did you first start playing your sport? I first started swimming at the age of 7 at my local YMCA. I joined the Sea Dragon Swim Team for my younger, developmental years. About four years later I started training with Lake Lytal Lightning and coach Gordon Andrews.
What are your college plans? I have signed to swim at Florida State University under Coach (Neal) Studd and his coaching staff. I’m also planning on majoring in Business Management.
Who is the athlete you most admire, and why? Odell Beckham Jr. has a very unique way that he plays his game. Being a special individual in your sport and standing out is something to look up to.
What is the song that gets you most pumped up before a game? Before any big race, I’ve always resorted to listening to any song by Migos. My two “walk-out” songs at states this year were both by Migos, and it helped intensify the whole meet for me.
What’s your favorite social media tool and why? My favorite social media outlet would be Snapchat. I’ve been able to communicate with the majority of my friends in a unique and fun way.
What was your favorite movie this year? This year, “It” has been the best movie I’ve seen.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Sid Cassidy, St. Andrew’s
Led the Scots to their eighth consecutive county, district and regional championships. Was also the Class 1A State Championship runner-up.
Izaak Bastian, St. Andrew’s, Sr. (200 IM, 100-breast): Set school record in the 200-IM (1:53.19), which was the second-fastest in state history. Won 100-breast (54.34) at 1A state meet. Was second at state in 50-free (20.50).
Tyler Coffey, Jupiter, So. (1-meter diving):Placed third at the Class 4A state championships with 495.15 points. Qualified for state, finishing second at Region 3-4A meet with 490.85 points. Won district meet with 595.40 points.
Jose Garcia, Boca Raton, Sr. (100-back, 100-fly): Set school record and personal best in 100-back (52.40). Top time in 100-fly was 51.06. Finished sixth at state in 100-fly and ninth in 100-back.
Charlie Gijsendorfer, Lake Worth, Sr. (50-free): Finished 10th at state in the 50-free (21.50) and 11th in 100-free (47.30). He was the first swimmer representing the school at the state championships in more than 10 years.
Drake Gill, Spanish River, Jr. (500-free): Finished second at the district meet at 5:04.88 and followed that by finishing third at regionals with a season-best time of 4:57.34.
Will Lefebvre, Jupiter, Jr. (1-meter diving): Was the Class 4A state champion with a 505.75 score. He was also a county, district and regional champion and a 3-meter and 1-meter AAU champion.
Jesse Marsh, St. Andrew’s, Sr. (100-fly, 200-free): Finished eighth in the state, breaking a school record in the 100-fly (50.56). Finished ninth at state in the 200-free (1:43.99). Helped team to 1A state runner-up spot.
Tiago Pereira, St. Andrew’s, Fr. (100-fly, 50-free): Had personal-best times in the 100-fly (50.87), which was the county’s second fastest this year, and 50-free (21.55), which was the fourth-best in the county.
Tomas Piza, St. Andrew’s Jr. (200-free): Was eighth at state meet in 200-free (1:41.96) and ninth in 100-free (46.95). Both times were second-fastest in the county this season. Helped break school record in 200-medley relay.
Cameron Taddonio, Boca Raton, Jr. (500-free 200-free): Snapped 24-year-old school record in 500-free (4:32.98), finishing sixth at state. Was also county runner-up. Was 12th at state in 200-free (1:02.90).
Jonathan Yang, King’s Academy, Sr. (100-breast): His time of 58.26 was the second-fastest in the county this season. He would finish fifth at the 1A state championships at 58.63.
Joshua Zuchowski, King’s Academy, 8th grade (100-back-200-IM): Finished third at state in 100-back (50.70) and fifth at state in 200-IM (1:53.99). He was also a county runner-up in both events.
200 medley relay: St. Andrew’s (Joshua Balbi, Izaak Bastian, Jesse Marsh, Tiago Pereira), 1:31.86.
200 freestyle relay: St. Andrew’s (Izaak Bastian, Tiago Pereira, Sam Gibson, Tomas Piza), 1:24.73.
400 freestyle relay: St. Andrew’s (Sam Gibson, Jessa Marsh, Joshua Balbi, Tomas Piza), 3:10.33.
American Heritage: Spencer Lacoursiere; Atlantic: Luke Stivers; Boca Raton: Ardma Aktarma, David Genz; Dreyfoos: Reese Branzell, William Kennedy; FAU: Sheldon Win; Jupiter: Nicholas Gallego, Michael Hartshorne, Varas Monroe, Caleb Petranchuk; King’s Academy: Pace Edwards, Riley Taylor; Park Vista: Steven Behar, David Libfeld; St. Andrew’s: Joshua Balb, Sam Gibson, Pierce Rotman; Santaluces: Jovan Maduro; Seminole Ridge: Troy Gardner; Spanish River: Ethan Roach; Suncoast: Grant Dodge, Thomas Fontaine, Gavin Smith; Trinity Christian: Kaelan Betrian; Wellington: Bora Hurst; West Boca: Michael Fernandez.