Williams, Barnard lead Chiles to state title

Williams, Barnard lead Chiles to state title


Williams, Barnard lead Chiles to state title


The Chiles High girls swim team is building quite the legacy.

Paced by individual winners CeCe Williams and Delaney Barnard, combined with titles in two relays, the Timberwolves captured the program’s fourth consecutive state championship on Friday.

Chiles won the Class 3A crown at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart over Naples Gulf Coast, 250-220.

Williams, the defending state champion in the 200 free, repeated in the event at 1:47.31. The senior also won the 500 free at 4:45.67, earning All-America status in both races.

Barnard, also a senior, won a state title in the 100 free at 51.02. She placed fourth in the 50 free at 24.04.

Chiles’ relay teams in the 200 free and 400 free captured titles.

Williams, Makayla Ayers, Morgan Ayers and Barnard clocked a 1:37.71 in the 200 free. Williams, Ali Lombardi, Morgan Ayers and Barnard ended the meet in dramatic fashion at 3:30.77 in the 400 free.

The Timberwolves placed seventh in the 200 medley relay at 1:52.70.

Chiles’ Morgan Ayers was fourth in the in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.51). Teammate Lauren Peavy finished sixth in the 200 IM (2:11.24).

Lincoln’s Sydney Simpson advanced to the finals in two events (100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke). She placed third in the breaststroke (1:05.43) and sixth in the fly (56.34).

Leon’s Claire Kerchival-Roig also qualified for the finals in two events (100 backstroke, 100 butterfly). She placed sixth in the backstroke (58.72) and eighth in the fly (57.95).

In the boys competition, Chiles’ Brett Martin was sixth in the 100 butterfly (52.33). The Timberwolves placed 16 in the team competition.

The Chiles girls and the Leon boys (1980) are Tallahassee’s lone state champions in swimming.


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