Lake Minneola High School’s swim team showcased their exceptional talent at the 3A FHSAA State Swimming championship on November 11, 2023, with Coach Alex Baxter at the helm.
The LMHS squad sent ten formidable athletes to the championship, each leaving their mark in the pool. Notable highlights include several events where athletes secured spots in the finals, proving their mettle against top-notch competition.
In the Girls 200 Medley Relay, the quartet of Parades, Stromberg, Imperi, and Stires delivered a commendable performance, finishing 11th overall. The Girls 400 Free Relay, featuring Parades, Stires, Kozlowski Rezende, and Stromberg, secured the 14th spot while swimming a best time. Excellent job by that team and one of the best performances out of a Lake County team at the competition.
Individual standouts emerged as well, with Collin Magnus taking the 11th position in the 500 Free and Sidney Stromberg claiming the 16th spot in the same event, both achieving personal best times. Kai Larkin impressed in the 200 Individual Medley, securing the 16th overall position, and in the 100 Breast, where he claimed the 10th spot, swimming a personal best time.
In addition to their stellar performances at the state championship, the LMHS swim team left a lasting legacy by breaking several school records during the season. Gabi Parades set a blazing time of :54.20 in the 100 Fly, Sidney Stromberg clocked in at 1:13.63 in the 100 Breast, and Kai Larkin achieved an impressive :59.56 in the 100 Breast. The Girls 400 Free Relay team, composed of Gabi Parades, Sidney Stromberg, Ellis Imperi, and Kaelynn Stires, etched their names in LMHS history by setting a new school record with a swift time of 1:53.74.
Coach Alex Baxter expressed pride in the team’s accomplishments, praising their dedication and hard work throughout the season. The LMHS swim team’s outstanding performance at the state championships and record-breaking feats mark a historic chapter for Lake Minneola High School’s aquatics that continue to impress year after year.
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