Skye has no limits in state swimming meet

Skye has no limits in state swimming meet

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Skye has no limits in state swimming meet

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SATELLITE BEACH

Every year at certain points of the FHSAA Swimming and Diving finals, the top finishers in each event are invited to step atop narrow platforms of various heights, usually set among plants near the pool deck, to receive their medals and the plaudits of the crowd, Olympic-style.

How Skye Carey longs to stand there with them.

“I think it would be awesome just to get on that podium,” said the Satellite High junior, who will get her chance in the Class 1A state finals Saturday at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

It will be the third meet of the championship series. Titusville and Heritage athletes get their shot today in 2A. Panthers breaststroker Ethan Carter will represent his young school, while Rachel Cunio will be one of a handful of Terriers.

Carey will await her turn, as will more swimmers and divers from throughout the area. They include Maio He of Florida Air, who won his 100-yard butterfly race at the 1A meet, and diver Kayleigh Jensen of Viera, a contender for a state title in her senior year.

Carey turned heads as a seventh grader in 2008, with fine performances at district and regional competitions.

The change from private to public school swimming has surprised and delighted her.

“I’m a recent transfer from Holy Trinity and wasn’t used to swimming in a conference meet. That was a lot of fun. Satellite has been a pleasant experience overall,” said Carey, who excels in the classroom as well as the pool.

Other scholar-athletes expected to shine are Matt Holmes of Rockledge, who is seeded seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in the 1A meet, and Jensen’s teammate and fellow diver Kyle Post, who finished second in the regional meet, is ranked 12th among boys.

Top 10 individual seeds also include Cameron Johnson of Satellite, who is ranked sixth in boys 1A diving; teammates Courtney Clark, who is ranked ninth, and Hana Hamilton, 10th in girls diving; and Sam Hunt of Titusville, who is ranked ninth among boys in Class 2A diving.

Class 1A is filled with NCAA-bound swimmers from some of the state’s strongest aquatics programs, like perpetual champion Bolles, winner of 21 girls and 24 boys team championships in a row.

It may seem like a tall order for Carey, who is seeded 12th in the 100 free at 53.63 and 14th in the backstroke at 1:00.08.

Still, she is ready.

“I have gone faster than my regional time in the back; I went faster at districts than regionals,” she said. “I’m ready. … To medal at state would just mean the world to me.”

FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Finals

FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Finals

Times: 9 a.m.; finals 5:30 p.m.

Dates: Today (Class 2A); Friday (3A); Friday (1A)

Location: YMCA Family Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando

Admission: $9 per session plus $5 for parking

Brevard 2A qualifiers: Heritage — Ethan Carter, 100 breast; Titusville — Brittany Biegler, girls diving; Rachel Cunio, girls 100 free, 100 back; Sam Hunt, boys diving; Connor MacDonald, boys 50 free, 100 free; Jordan MacDonald, girls 50 free; Zak Unrue, boys diving; boys 200 medley, 200 free relay; girls 200 free relay.

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