The girls and boys swimming and diving team competed in the 1A District 1 Championship meet on Tuesday, October 22, hosted by Florida High at Morcom Aquatics Center. The newly reclassified districts added a few larger teams to Maclay’s district, such as district champion PK Younge. Both teams received runner-up, losing to its new opponent in PK Yonge.
The boys team had a few key swimmers in the meet. Senior Wade Eastman won the 100 fly and the 100 backstroke. He also helped lead two relays to victory: the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay, the latter only out-touching PK Yonge by .01 seconds. Senior Anthony Laudadio was also on both relays, and he won the 50 freestyle.
“I am really pleased with how I swam and how the team as a whole performed, especially facing PK Yonge for the first time,” Laudadio said. “We showed up and represented Maclay swimming.”
Sophomore Stuart Higdon also contributed points. He won the 500 freestyle and competed with the other boys on the 200 free relay. Sophomore Evan Mascagni and junior Dimitri Nakis were also on winning relays.
“I feel ecstatic about how well we did and how much better I hope we’ll do at Regionals and State,” Higdon said.
On the girls side, freshman Meg Howell led the girls swim team with a win in the 200 freestyle, and senior Kendall Minter led the dive team with a first place win overall.
“It was good to get a chance to race some people we don’t see very often; there was a lot of team spirit and confidence,” Howell said. “We have already put the hard work so now we just need to believe in ourselves and know that it’s going to pay off.”
The next step comes the following week when some of the team will compete in the regional meet on October 30 in Gainesville.