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Swimming & Diving Teams Resilient in State Title Wins
2022 Swim and Dive State Champs

The Bolles girls’ and boys’ swimming and diving teams continued the program’s incredible streak of state titles at the Class 1A meet on November 18 in Stuart. The meet was originally scheduled a week earlier but was postponed due to Hurricane Nicole. The extra week did not deter the Bulldogs as the girls won their 32nd consecutive state title and 36th overall and the boys won the program’s 35th consecutive state title, extending their national record, and 44th overall. The Bolles athletic program has now won 154 state titles in school history.

Head Swimming and Diving Coach and Aquatics Director Peter Verhoef celebrated his fourth boys’ and girls’ team state titles at Bolles, but noted that even though the results looked like a “typical Bolles win” on paper, he was proud of the team’s character and chemistry. The Bulldogs certainly dominated in the pool but missed some opportunities and overcame some adversity in the process.

Bolles won seven events with six on the boys’ side and all in automatic All-American times. The girls’ lone event win was in the 200 free relay (Simany Lee ’24, Katherine Meyers-Labenz ’24, Julia Murphy ’24, Lila Higgo ’25). The boys won the 200 medley relay (Carter Lancaster ’24, Will Heck ’23, Aidan Paro ’23, Drew Heck ’23), Carter Lancaster won the 200 IM in a state and school record time (previously held by Olympian Joseph Schooling ’14), Andrew Kravchenko ’25 won the 50 free, Kayden Lancaster won the 500 free, Landon Kyser ’24 won the 100 back, Will Heck won the 100 breast (bettering his own school and state record in the prelims) and Bolles capped the meet with a win in the boys’ 400 free relay (Seth Tolentino ’24, Carter Lancaster, Anthony Whittall ’24, Kayden Lancaster).

One of the few blemishes came in the boys’ 200 free relay. The Bulldogs clocked a prelim-leading All-American consideration time, but were disqualified in the finals due to an early take-off swimmer.

Numerous additional Bolles swimmers added All-American times at the meet:

Automatic All-American times:

  • Girls’ 200 medley relay (Elisabeth Erlendsdottir ’24, Victoria Edgar ’26, Ella Chan ’25, Meyers-Labenz)
  • Kayden Lancaster – 200 free
  • Paro – 200 IM, 100 fly
  • Will Heck – 200 IM
  • Wyatt Porch ’25 – 200 IM, 100 breast
  • Meyers-Labenz – 50 free
  • Tolentino – 50 free, 100 free
  • Kravchenko – 100 free
  • Higgo – 100 back
  • Girls 400 free relay (Higgo, Sophie Benkusky ’23, Blaine Huddleston ’24, Lee)

All-American consideration times:

  • Kyser – 200 free
  • Higgo – 200 IM
  • Murphy – 50 free, 100 fly
  • Chan – 100 fly
  • Jackson Bowen ’23 – 100 fly
  • Lee – 100 free
  • Whittall – 100 free
  • Victor Derani ’23 – 500 free
  • Boys’ 200 free relay (Kevin Liu ’25, Bowen, Michael McGrath ’23,Drew Heck)
  • Meyers-Labenz – 100 back
  • Erlendsdottir – 100 back
  • Drew Heck – 100 breast

View complete results from the state meet on the FHSAA website