Boys swimmer of the year
Chris Swanson, Jr., Jesuit
Why we picked him: Expected to be one of the top swimmers in the county this season, Swanson didn’t disappoint. He posted the highest finish of any Hillsborough swimmer at state this season by finishing fourth in the Class 2A 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 36.49 seconds and fifth in the 200 freestyle in 1:41.50. He was also a part of an exceptional 200 free relay that posted the county’s highest overall boys finish.
Proudest accomplishment: While the individual success was nice, Swanson was most excited about two performances with his 200 free relay. The first came at the City Relays, when he swam a 47.3-second leg in a comeback victory. The second was at the Class 2A state meet, where he swam the final leg behind John Simon, Chase Goodwin and Thompson Marston to finish second in 1:28.68.
Did you know? Swanson broke his left elbow when he was 11 years old falling down a flight of slippery stairs. The doctors told his mother he would have to find a new sport because he would never swim again. Undeterred, Swanson had surgery and said he was back in the pool about five weeks afterward. He also had sinus surgery in January.
What’s next: Swanson will travel with the Tampa Bay Aquatic club to meets at the University of Michigan and in Palo Alto, Calif., before his senior season.
50 free: John Nolte, So., Robinson. Eighth (21.90) in Class A state meet .
100 fly: Chad Ankers, Jr., Wharton. Qualified for 3A state meet (53.29).
100 free: John Simon, Sr., Jesuit. Ninth at 2A state meet (48.44) .
100 back: Jamie Perez, Sr., Hillsborough. 15th at 2A state meet (56.15).
100 breast: Andreas Hatoum, Sr., Berkeley Prep. 16th at the Class A state meet (1:02.65).
200 free: Chris Swanson, Jr., Jesuit. Fifth at 2A state meet (1:41.50).
200 individual medley: Rasmus Skjaerpe, Fr., Tampa Prep. 16th at Class A state meet (2:00.46).
500 free: Chris Swanson, Jr., Jesuit. His fourth place (4:36.49) was highest individual finish at any state meet among county boys.
200 free relay: Jesuit (John Simon, Chase Goodwin, Will Jennings, Chris Swanson). Second at 2A state meet (1:28.68).
200 medley relay: Hillsborough (Jamie Perez, Louis Go, Daniel Arnone, David DeSena). Sixth at the 2A state meet (1:42.29).
400 free relay: Jesuit (John Simon, Chase Goodwin, Thompson Marston, Chris Swanson). The county’s fastest relay by more than four seconds took fourth at state (3:16.74).
Diving: Giorgi Meyer, Jr., Steinbrenner. County’s top diver was seventh at Class A state meet with 385.25 points.
50 free: DJ Waite, So., Bloomingdale. 100 fly: Andrew Howard, Sr., Sickles. 100 free: Will Miller, Jr., Berkeley Prep. 100 back: Gregory Campo, Fr., Tampa Prep. 100 breast: William West, So., Steinbrenner. 200 free: Teo Boscaino, Tampa Bay Tech. 200 IM: Alex Blustein, Fr., Tampa Prep. 500 free: David DeSena, Sr., Hillsborough. 200 free relay: Plant (Kyle Kimura, GiaKomo Rosso, Jeremy Parker, Joel Douglas Rodgers). 200 medley relay: Tampa Prep (Gregory Campo, Alex Blustein, Rasmus Skjaerpe, Steven House). 400 free relay: Class A: Berkeley Prep (Alex Bandes, Simon Moskovitz, Will Miller, Andreas Hatoum). Diving: Mitch Nelson, Jr., Bloomingdale.
Bayshore Christian: Tyler Heath. Berkeley Prep: Graham Olney, Jesse Potts, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay. East Bay: Matt Collins. Hillsborough: 200 free relay. Jesuit: Connor Bowen. King: Jed Rodriguez. Plant: 400 free relay. Tampa Prep: 400 free relay. Wharton: Mark Sox.
Coach of the year
Bill Shaffer, Jesuit/Academy of the Holy Names
While leading Jesuit boys to another successful season — district and region titles — was certainly no small feat, it was the dominance of Shaffer’s Holy Names girls squad that truly set him apart this season. The Jaguars also won their district and region meet and captured Hillsborough County’s only state title in the 200-yard freestyle relay (Paige Russell, Tori Litschgi, Konner Brewer and Clare Fleming).