Nease seniors Gau, Rabalais look forward to flourish at FHSAA Class 3A swim meet

Alice Gau’s final varsity swimming meet is another indicator of the legacy she will leave behind when she finally departs the pool.


Today, the Nease senior will compete in her fourth FHSAA Swimming and Diving State Championships when the Panthers compete in the Class 3A state meet.

Gau will likely be a member of one of the Panthers two relay teams — the 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle. Regardless of her contribution, the senior has left an impact.

“She is a great leader for our team,” said Nease swim coach Gustov Calado. “She has a great work ethic, hardly ever misses practice, is very on top of her academic work. She is experienced. She has swam year-round for pretty much her entire life. How she carries herself around the kids, she doesn’t show a lot of emotions, but she is always there for the kids. That’s one of her strengths. She manages her work inside and outside the pool. That’s something we need more and more of as we grow as a team.”

Ryan Rabalais is another Nease senior who has qualified for multiple state meets. Today will be his third time competing in the 100 butterfly in Stuart. Calado believes Rabalais, can top his personal-best of 53.1 in the event to close his varsity career.

Nease’s best chance to bring home a state may rest on the shoulders of an underclassman. Freshman Olivia Peoples is seeded first in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.56) and third in the 200 individual medley.

One person standing between Peoples’ and a gold medal may be Bartram Trail junior Summer Stanfield, who won the event two years ago and is seeded second (2:02.24).

In eight of the last 10 years, a St. Johns County swimmer has returned from the state meet with a gold medal.

Bartram Trail juniors Lilly McCabe (100 butterfly, 2016) and Summer Stanfield (200-yard individual medley, 2015) have already won titles.

Bears sophomore Jack VanDeusen is a heavy favorite to join his teammates. He won a regional title in the 500 freestyle, with a time of 4:29.83, a time fast enough for All-American consideration and more than five seconds faster than second-seeded Andres Laures from Pembroke Pines Charter.

Bartram Trail’s girls may be the reigning state champions, but Creekside has topped the Bears in the district and regional competitions. Creekside swimming and diving coach Tracy Da Costa has stated she believes St. Johns County has a good chance to win a second straight team title.

FHSAA Class 3A Swimming and Diving State Championships

When: Today

Where: Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center (931 SE Ruhnke Street, Stuart)

When: 9:30 a.m.

Local qualifiers


Bartram Trail: 200 freestyle relay; 400 freestyle relay; 200 medley relay; Nicole Sowell, 200 freestyle , 100 freestyle; Lexi Smith, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle; Summer Stanfield, 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke; Lilly McCabe, 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke; Tatiana Brown, 50 freestyle; Amelia Tayag, 50 freestyle; Isabella DiStefano, 1-meter diving; Creekside: 200 yard medley; 200 freestyle relay; 400 freestyle relay; Shannon Campbell, 200 freestyle; Emma Chestang, 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle; Megan Arnold, 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle; Lia Campbell, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle; Brooke Arnold, 50 freestyle, 500 freestyle; Anna Gapinski, 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke; Aubrey Miller, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly; Jennifer Bird, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly; Abigail Ellis, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke; Shannon Campbell, 500 freestyle; Taylor Thomson, 100 breaststroke; Madison Koutavas, 100 breaststroke. Nease: 200 freestyle relay; 400 freestyle relay; Olivia Peoples, 200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke; Ria Malhotra, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle; St. Augustine: Savannah Brown, 1-meter diving.


Bartram Trail: 200 medley relay; 200 freestyle relay; 400 freestyle relay; Adrian Oake, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle; Jack VanDeusen, 200 yard individual medley, 500 freestyle; Mason Ray, 200 individual medley; Luke Williams, 50 freestyle; Nathan Howze, 1-meter diving; Adam Stumpf, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke; Nicholas Vansteenberghe, 100 backstroke; Ryan Krejci, 100 breaststroke. Creekside: 400 freestyle relay; 200 medley relay; 200 freestyle relay; 400 freestyle relay; Aidan Henry, 200 freestyle; Michael Morton, 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle; Nick Spillers, 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly; Ian Cooper, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle; Aidan Henry, 500 freestyle; Nate Pollitt, 500 freestyle; Brenden Potter, 100 backstroke; Andrew, McDade, 100 backstroke; Nicholas Talyanker, 100 breaststroke. Nease: Ryan Rabalais, 100 butterfly.