Saturday was a banner day for the Estero girls swim team at the Class 2A FHSAA Finals.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Hauser won the 500-yard freestyle and the girls came in second at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart. The second-place finish was the best in program history.
“My girls were phenomenal,” Estero coach Jenn Seluk said. “In the morning I was a little nervous. There was a lot of pressure and the weather wasn’t cooperating, but the girls stepped up by leaps and bounds as a unit. I’m speechless. I don’t even know what to say.
“They gave it a good shot and second place is not short. Runner-up is awesome — it’s awesome.”
Pensacola-Washington claimed the girls title with 233 points — 17 more than Estero. The previous best finish for Estero was fourth in 2010.
Hauser won gold in the 500 free with a time of 4 minutes, 54.34 seconds, easily beating second-place finisher Namill Sanchez of Gulliver Prep by more than three seconds.
“This feels amazing,” said Hauser, who also finished third in the 200 free. “I just can’t describe it. It was such a rush. I just felt like I was on top.
“I was very surprised with the lead I had. I just told myself that I had to keep it. I just had to keep going. It’s a lot harder (than a close race).”
Estero’s 400 free relay team finished second to Washington and posted a time of 3:35.52. Freshman Bean Faunce finished fourth in the 100 fly with a time of 58.36 and junior Danilea Jordan was fifth in the 200 free with a 1:53.30.
Estero senior Eddie Zacka finished third in the 500 free (4:36.44), Cape Coral’s Jason Tillotson was third in the 200 yard IM (1:55.44) and teammate Cory Klemm was third in the 100 breaststroke (58.38).
Cape Coral’s boys finished fourth with 137 points.
Plantation-American Heritage won the title with 276 points.