from Sid Cassidy and Saint Andrews School
In yet another in a long line of thrilling Palm Beach County Swimming & Diving Championships, the 2013 Aqua Scots dominated the overall team title race and for the fourth year in a row came out as the Team Champions. What was different this year was that for the first time ever, the Scots won both the girls and boys titles enroute to winning the combined crown. It was a true team effort, especially in the boys meet, which came down to another tooth and nail battle with cross-town rival Boca High. It all rested on the outcome of the final relay – the 4 x 100-yard event that has often provided classic match-ups at this meet. In an exciting come from behind victory, the Scots foursome of Sidrell Williams (47.91 ), Nick Conrad (48.09), Santeri Pigg (48.30) and Luke Hayhoe (46.91) posted a 3:11.21 to win by more than two seconds. Sidrell Williams grabbed the gold and a County Meet record in the 100 yard butterfly event (50.90) and a third win as the fly leg of the opening victory in the 200 Medley relay – Hayhoe (25.06 back), Zach Moses (28.03 breast), Williams (23.30 fly) and Conrad (22.22 free) – totaling 1:38.61
Our girls team ran away with the team title scoring totaling 500 points to runner-up Jupiter High’s 329. Leading the way for our Scots were a trio of double winners – Megan Moroney, Rachael Bradford-Feldman and Brenna Ruth – and a sweep of all three relay events – including two County Meet records. Senior Blaire Mulka got the gold medal dance started with a victory in the diving event. Her Senior classmate Brenna Ruth notched victories in the 50 (24.33) and 100 (52.39) freestyle events. Junior Rachael Bradford-Feldman won the 200 IM (2:06.82) and the 100 Breast (1:05.33). Junior Megan Moroney not only won her two individual events – the 500 free (4:55.50) and the 100 back (55.55) – but in the latter broke the Meet record held by SAS legend Tasija Karosas. In between those two back-to-back individual records Megan anchored one of two meet record relay teams she was a part of (23.55 freestyle) – in all a pretty incredible span of 25 minutes – no wonder they awarded her female swimmer of the meet.
Outside of winning seven of nine individual events, our girls displayed their dominance by sweeping all three relay events. To open the evening, they posted a meet record 1:48.87 in the 200 medley – Megan (26.75 back), Rachael (30.68 breast), Chelsea Scuderi (27.39 fly) and Brenna (24.05 free). Squeezing that 200 free relay meet record performance between the 500 and 100 back was the team of Brenna (24.61), McKenna Keith (24.55), CJ McCartin (24.72) and Megan (23.55). Not to be outdone and to complete the relay sweep by grabbing gold in the 4 x 100 free relay, the quartet of McKenna (55.25), CJ (54.38), Chelsea (55.56) and Rachael (53.42) slammed the door shut with a 3:38.61. Looking back our girls team captured an incredible ten wins out of twelve events contested – now that is domination. Way to go Scots!