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FSDB Students Break Swim Records

Congratulations to Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) 8th-grade students Dan Pletenets and Katarzyna Horvath for breaking two FSDB swim team records. Pletenets set a new 100-yard breaststroke record of 1:06.72 on October 16, 2018, beating the previous time of 1:07.71 set in 1988 by Brian Baell. Two weeks later, he broke his own record with a new time of 1:05.87.  On October 30, 2018, Horvath set a new record in the 50-yard freestyle of 29.42, beating the previous time of 29.89 set by Assistant Swim Coach Brooke Stanfield in 2010. Pletenets now has his sights set on the 500-yard freestyle record, which is currently held by Walter Tyler with a time of 5:21.33 set in 1983.

FSDB swimmer Dan Pletenets poses for photo in front of pool.

FSDB swimmer Katarzyna Horvath poses for photo in front of pool.


About FSDB The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. For a campus tour or to inquire about eligibility for enrollment, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit


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