New Swim Records Set; Pletenets Heads to State Championship

Four FSDB swimmers represented our school at the Class 1A Regional Meet, held October 30, 2019, at the Bolles School. Daniel Pletenets (DHS), Amado Luhouse (DMS), Lance Gardenhire (BHS), and Luke Bocuzzo (BHS) improved their 400 free relay time by nine seconds.

Daniel swam the 100 free in 49.59, breaking the school record of 49.75 that has been in place since 1988. Brian Baell, a former record holder, congratulated Daniel on breaking his record and praised him for the hard work he has put in to get to this point!

Daniel also smashed his record from last year in the 100 breaststroke. He went from last year's 1:03.80 to a 1:01.86 for a personal best time and a new school record.

These record times qualified Daniel for the Class 1A State Championship on November 9 at the Sailfish Aquatic Park in Stuart, FL. Keep in mind that he is a freshman, competing against juniors and seniors—and he has a lot to look forward to in the next few years.

Give Daniel Pletenets an encouraging pat on the back, and good luck wishes when you see him!

By Susan Lucas, Swimming Coach

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