Venice Swimmers

At left, Michaela Mattes shows off her gold medal after winning the class 1A state championship in the 500 freestyle for the third year in a row during the state championship, Nov. 6, 2021, at Sailfish Splash Park and Aquatics Center in Stuart. At right, Bishop Verot Catholic High School swimmer Marcos Egri-Martin broke two school swimming records while placing sixth in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 50 freestyle at the class 1A state championships. 

SARASOTA  |  A Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School junior repeated as class 1A state champion Nov. 6, 2021, at Sailfish Splash Park and Aquatics Center in Stuart.

Michaela Mattes took the state championships in the 500 freestyle for the third year in a row and came in second in the 200 individual medley, proudly representing her Sarasota school.

Michaela took the 500 freestyle with a dominating time of 4:45.51, more than eight seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Her winning time earned her automatic All-American status with the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA). She was state champ in the event as a freshman and sophomore.

In 200 individual medley, Michaela took silver with a time of 2:00.71, again earning All-American status. This was the third year Michaela medaled in the event, taking gold in 2020 and silver in 2019. In the 2021 finals, she trailed a competitor who was a two-time defending class 2A state champ. 

Fellow Mooney student Daniel Krajewski also qualified for the state competition and participated in the boys 200 individual medley.

At the same event, Bishop Verot Catholic High School swimmer Marcos Egri-Martin broke two school swimming records while placing sixth in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 50 freestyle. 

Marcos was also part of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished 16th overall. The other Fort Myers swimmers on the relay team were Diego Corredor, Stephen Prendville, Alexander Price and Ethan Halter. Eleanor Bonds finished 18th in the girls one-meter diving competition after finishing fourth in the regional competition. An additional Verot competitor was Nicolas Scripcario, who swam in the 500 freestyle.

Additional athletes from Cardinal Mooney, Bishop Verot and St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples and the Donahue Academy of Ave Maria Catholic School in Ave Maria will be competing in state cross country and golf events through Nov. 17. 

Check out the next Florida Catholic for results or follow the Diocese at  www.facebook.com/DioceseofVenice to see updates throughout the weekend. 

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