swimmer of the year
Melanie Margalis, Sr., Countryside
Why we picked her: Girls swimming in the county was particularly strong — three swimmers won individual state titles. But Margalis was the only one to win state titles in two individual events. In the 200 individual medley, she won her third straight title in 1 minute, 57.07 seconds, a time that broke the state record of 1:58.91 (1994, Allison Wagner, Gainesville Eastside). Margalis was dominant in the 500 free, winning in 4:42.62, nearly 10 seconds faster than her closest foe.
Fun fact: Margalis' older brother, Robert, is a Clearwater graduate who swam for Georgia and has been an Olympic alternate.
What's next: In the offseason, Margalis will continue to swim for St. Pete Aquatics. Then it's off to Georgia, the school she signed with recently.
50 free: Kaitlin Frehling, Sr., Seminole; state champion
100 fly: Frehling; state runnerup
100 free: Kelsey Buckley, So., Tarpon Springs; third at state
100 back: Lauren Piper, Sr., Northeast; third at state
100 breast: Jaki St. Louis, Sr., Northside Christian; state runnerup
200 free: Taylor Katz, Fr., East Lake; state champion
200 individual medley: Melanie Margalis, Sr., Countryside; state champion
500 free: Margalis; state champion
200 free relay: Countryside (Margalis, Emily Hall, Lauren Hall, Courtney Grace); state runnerup
200 medley relay: Countryside (Courtney Grace, Margalis, Lauren Hall, Emily Hall); third at state
400 free relay: Palm Harbor U (Abigail King, Kristina Katopis, Emily Bloxam, Caroline Myers); 10th at state
Diving: Hannah Stein, So., Shorecrest; seventh at state
50 free: Ashley Isaacson, Sr., Largo; 100 fly: Kelly Verheyleweghen, So., Tarpon Springs; 100 free: Ashley Isaacson, Sr., Largo; 100 back: Jessica Piper, So., Shorecrest; 100 breast: Katie Torres, Sr., East Lake; 200 free: Hope Andrews, So., Shorecrest; 200 individual medley: Kelsey Buckley, So., Tarpon Springs; 500 free: Taylor Katz, Fr., East Lake; 200 free relay: Northside Christian (Jaki St. Louis, Amy Scott, Laurel Schmidt, Mackenzie Caldwell); 200 medley relay: Shorecrest (Rachel Shea, Paige Tripp, Jessica Piper, Hope Alexander); 400 free relay: Shorecrest (Jessica Piper, Rachel Shea, Katy Alexander, Hope Andrews); Diving: Julia George, Sr., Osceola
Clearwater: Megan Rossi (500 free), 400 free relay; Countryside: Courtney Grace (100 free, 100 back), Lauren Hall (100 breast), 400 free relay; East Lake: 200 free relay; Northeast: A.J. Jones (200 IM), Lauren Piper (200 IM); Northside Christian: Jaki St. Louis (100 free), 400 free relay; Osceola: Mary Boucher (200 free, 500 free); Palm Harbor University: Caroline Myers (500 free); St. Petersburg: Sidney Newfield (100 back); Shorecrest: Hope Andrews (500 free), Jessica Piper (200 IM), Rachel Shea (100 back), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay; Tarpon Springs: 200 free relay, 400 free relay.
Coach of the year
Patti Nardozzi, Shorecrest: The Chargers had one of their greatest seasons, winning team titles at the Tampa Bay Classic and the city meet. Success continued in the postseason with Shorecrest winning district and region team titles.