Two-and-a-half years ago, Holy Trinity senior Robert Morgan was not involved in springboard diving. Friday, he took fourth place in the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 1A diving championships with 401.75 points.
He was the highest finisher among Brevard County participants at the meet, including Miao He of Florida Air Academy, who finished 15th in the boys 200-yard individual medley at 1 minute, 58.90 seconds. He also placed 11th in the 100 butterfly at :52.48.
He was the county’s sole individual participant to have advanced as far as the consolation finals, which took place in occasional driving rain at Sailfish Splashpark Athletics Center.
Cocoa Beach’s girls 200 medley relay team of Amy Creech, Adrianna DeBoer, Cali Angrove and Mackenzie Broughton finished 14th in 1:56.25. Its 200 free relay team of Broughton, Isabelle Borer, DeBoer and Creech took 13th (1:42.10).
Creech was 18th in the 100 free (53.79), DeBoer was 19th in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.43) and Lucas Kravchenko of Edgewood took 22nd in the 500 free (4:51.19).
In keeping with annual tradition, the meet was won by Jacksonville Bolles, which won its 26th consecutive boys title. Its girls won their 23rd in a row.
Bolles’ Joseph Schooling, who set a state record in the 100 butterfly at 46.50 last year, electrified the crowd by going a state-record 45.90 in the preliminaries and then beat that with a 45.52 in the final, a national mark.
Morgan, who led early in the competition won by Austin Fields of Pine Crest (446.05), had “probably his best meet ever, and there’s no better time to have your best meet than the state finals,” Holy Trinity diving coach Bill Talbot said.
The elated Morgan agreed. “I haven’t really done that well before, but today I hit it for 7.5s. I am so happy.”
* At the Class 3A, Region 2 swimming and diving event in Winter Haven, the Viera girls placed fourth a week after winning their second district title. The boys placed seventh.
Andrew Cummings took third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.76. Grace Noel was fourth in the 50 free (25.71), and the girls 200 free relay placed third (1:46.78).