Who are the Collier and Lee County swimmers to watch in 2021? Here's our list.
Although some of the top swimmers in Southwest Florida graduated in the spring, the area is full of young talent sure to make a splash in 2021.
In Collier County, Barron Collier remains formidable even after the departure of state champion Andrew Garner. The Cougars finished second in the FHSAA Class 3A state championships behind Sarasota.
Naples and Fort Myers will also be challenging in the district, although the Green Wave lost a top talent in Olivia McMurray, who will be swimming for Texas in the fall. Still, they will return swimmers that helped the squad earn a pair of state silver medal in relays.
Other district champions include the Bishop Verot girls and Seacrest Country Day boys.
Before the swimming season kicks off, here's The News-Press and Naples Daily News picks for swimmers to watch this season.
Marcos Egri-Martin, senior, Bishop Verot: Egri-Martin qualified for the 1A state meet in the 100 breaststroke and the 50 free. He was the district champion in both events and finished in the top three in each at regionals.
William Eriksson, senior, Barron Collier: A part of Barron Collier’s state gold medal 200 medley relay team, he also qualified for the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, where he finished eighth. Eriksson also won the district championship in the 100 back.
Keelan Fort, senior, Estero: Fort went to states in four events with his best effort being an eighth-place finish in the 100 butterfly. He was the district champion in both the 100 fly and 200 free.
Charlie Krauss, senior, CSN: Krauss qualified for the 1A state meet and medaled with a seventh-place finish in the 100 free. He was the district champion and regional runner-up in the event.
Colton Rasmussen, senior, Palmetto Ridge: Rasmussen’s regional titles in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events earned him the top overall seed in both events at the Class 3A state meet, where he finished third in the 200 and fourth in the 100.
Jack Stokvis, junior, Gulf Coast: As a sophomore, Stokvis won a state gold medal in the 100 butterfly at the Class 4A state meet with a time of 48.36. He also won districts championships in the 100 fly and the 50 free.
Melissa Blaine, sophomore, Cape Coral: As a freshman, Blaine came away from the Class 2A state meet with four medals – fifth in the 200 individual medley, eighth in the 500 free as well as two relay medals. She was the regional champion in the 200 IM and district champion in the 200 IM and 500 free.
Sabyne Brisson, junior, Naples: Brisson earned four medals at the Class 3A state meet in two individual events and two relay event. She was the regional champ in the 100 breast.
Elizabeth Chevaldova, senior, Naples: The district champion in the 500 and 100 freestyle races, Chevaldova medaled in both events at the state meet. She also swam in the Golden Eagles’ fourth-place 200 free relay and seventh-place 400 relay teams.
Cadence Fort, junior, Estero: At the Class 2A state meet, Fort finished third in the 500 free and sixth in the 200 free. She won the regional championship in the 500 free and was the district champ in the 200 free.
Emery Muller, senior, Barron Collier: At states, Muller finished fifth in the 200 and 100 freestyle swims. She also finished third in both events at regionals and swam on the Cougars’ state-qualifying relay teams.
Clarice Spencer, junior, Fort Myers: Spencer helped the Green Wave to a regional championship and fourth-place finish at the Class 3A state meet. She swam legs on Fort Myers’ state silver medal relay teams and won the 100 fly district championship.
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