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Meet TCPalm’s 2022 Boys Swimming and Diving Team

SportsMeet TCPalm's 2022 Boys Swimming and Diving Team

At the end of each season, TCPalm selects All-Area teams recognizing the top athletes in each sport. Area coaches nominated players from their own teams and from other schools and along with research going through the data for games, meets, matches and tournaments throughout the regular season and postseason, TCPalm makes its selections of the All-Area teams.

Athlete of the Year

Mitchell Ledford, Sebastian River

Sebastian River's Mitchell Ledford competes in Heat 2 of the boys 100 Yard Butterfly during the 2022 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A Swimming and Diving State Championships on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

Year: Senior

Highlights: Ledford, a North Carolina State signee, capped his high school career with a repeat of his gold medal swim in the 100 butterfly at the FHSAA 3A Championships and added a third career gold medal with a triumph in the 100 backstroke. Ledford also led the Shark 200 medley relay team to a bronze medal and the 400 freestyle relay to a sixth place finish helping Sebastian River finish seventh in 3A as a team.

First Team

Ayden Cason, Jensen Beach

Year: Senior

Highlights: In his final high school season, Cason had an impressive run at the FHSAA 2A Championships earning a bronze medal in the 100 freestyle and took fourth in the 200 freestyle. Cason also helped the Falcon 200 freestyle relay win a bronze medal and the 400 freestyle relay took fourth.

Jensen Beach's Ayden Cason competes in the boys 100 Yard Freestyle during the 2022 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A Swimming and Diving State Championships on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

Aiden Gaines, Fort Pierce Central

Year: Junior

Fort Pierce Central's Aiden Gaines took sixth place in the diving event at the 2022 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A Swimming and Diving State Championships on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

Highlights: Gaines made huge strides on the diving platform this season, winning a district title, finished third at regionals and earned a sixth place finish at the FHSAA 4A Championships for his first state medal.

Kaleb Cason, Jensen Beach

Year: Freshman

Highlights: Cason had a strong first year in the pool for the Falcons, helping the 200 freestyle relay team earn a bronze medal and helped the 400 freestyle relay team take fifth. Cason also earned individual medals placing seventh in the 200 individual medley and was eighth in the 500 freestyle at the FHSAA 2A Championships.

Nicholas McAfee, Jensen Beach

Year: Senior

Highlights: McAfee helped the 200 freestyle relay team win a bronze medal and the 400 freestyle relay team to a fifth place finish. McAfee took 17th in the 100 backstroke and 19th in the 200 freestyle at the FHSAA 2A Championships.

Evan Pelletier, Martin County

Year: Junior

Highlights: Pelletier was a district champion in the 100 freestyle, a runner-up in the 50 freestyle and at the FHSAA 4A Championships finished 18th in each race and also helped the 200 medley relay finish 18th for the Tigers.

Dillon Spooner, Lincoln Park Academy

Year: Freshman

Highlights: Spooner was a district champion in both the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle, was a regional runner-up in the 500 freestyle and finished 19th at the FHSAA 1A Championships.

Nash Fuller, Sebastian River

Year: Senior

Highlights: Fuller helped the Shark 200 medley relay team earn a bronze medal and helped the 400 freestyle relay team take seventh at the FHSAA 3A Championships. Fuller also added a 17th place finish in the 100 breaststroke.

Alden Thompson, Jensen Beach

Jensen Beach's 200 freestyle relay team of Ayden Cason, Alden Thompson, Nicholas McAfee and Kaleb Cason won the bronze medal at the 2022 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A Swimming and Diving State Championships on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

Year: Senior

Highlights: Thompson helped the Falcon 200 freestyle relay team win a bronze medal and the 400 freestyle relay team to a fifth place finish and individually he added a 23rd place finish in the 50 freestyle at the FHSAA 2A Championships.

Daniel Shipman, Martin County

Year: Junior

Highlights: Shipman was a district champion in 100 breaststroke and took 20th in the 100 breaststroke and also helped the 200 medley relay team take 18th at the FHSAA 4A Championships for the Tigers.

Henry Hazell, Vero Beach

Year: Senior

Highlights: Hazell was a district runner-up in both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly and finished 21st in the 100 backstroke at the 4A FHSAA Championships.

Honorable Mention

Colin Stumbo, Somerset College Prep freshman

Jace Domster, Sebastian River sophomore

Lincoln Salazar, Martin County sophomore

Andre Mendoza, Martin County senior

Louis St. Petery, Sebastian River freshman

Lee St. Petery, Sebastian River freshman

Collin Reed, John Carroll Catholic freshman

Noah DiBernardo, Lincoln Park Academy senior

Brody Metzger, South Fork sophomore

Jehezkiel Rucker, South Fork senior

Finnegan May, South Fork freshman

Connor Aranguren Barral, Jensen Beach senior

Coach of the Year

Scott Barlow, Sebastian River

Highlights: Leading a small group at state for the Sharks, Barlow led the team to an eighth place finish at the FHSAA 3A Championships after the team won the District 10-3A Championship.

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