COACH: Mr. Edward Tolisano will be entering his 8th season as the Coach for the BT Swim/Dive team. Coach Ed has been involved at Bartram as a swim parent and as a meet official since 2006. Coach Ed is a lifelong swimmer and advocate of the sport of swimming. Currently he is Head Swim Coach for the Durbin Crossing Dolphins summer league swim team. He was recently awarded the Coach of the Year for 2018 of the St. Johns Summer League. Coach Ed is looking forward to another successful season for Bartram Trail Swim/Dive.
The current 2018-19 season is off to a great start. So far the Lady Bears are undefeated in the season. The Gentlemen Bears lost to the crosstown rival by 7 points. On the weekend of September 28 and 29th the BT Men’s and Women’s team captured their fourth dual team conference championship. The team 4 new records at the SJRAC Champ meet. Summer Stanfield set a new record in the 100 Fly with a time of 56.61. Jack Van Duesen set a new record in the 500 Free with a time of 4:36.83. The Ladies 400 Free Relay (Sowell, Smith, Harris, Stanfield) set a new record of 3:36.88 and the Men’s relay (Camp, Vansteenberghe, Sylvester, Van Deusen) followed with a 3:19.21. The dual meet season ended with the lady bears going undefeated and the gentlemen bears only losing one swim/dive meet to Creekside. On Oct. 23, the Bears competed in in the Class 3A District 3 Swimming Championship. The meet was a battle against their cross town rival. In the end, the ladies took District Championship, whereas the gentlemen took the runner-up position. Several new relay records were broken. On Nov. 1, 2018 the Bear team hosted the Class 3A Region 1 swim meet. The battle continued against their cross town rival again, and this time both teams took the Region 1 runner up awards. 23 Swimmers and divers will be moving onto the State 3A meet on Nov. 9, 2018 in Stuart, FL. At the completion of the season both the women’s and men’s teams finish as State 3A Runner-ups. This was third runner-up for the lady bears in the past four years. This was the highest finish for the men’s team in its history. Nine swimmers obtained State Champion Rings – Jack Van Deusen (200 IM), Summer Stanfield (200 IM, 100 Fly, 400 FrR), Nicole Sowell (400 FrR), Haley Harris (400 FrR), Lexi Smith (400 FrR), Jake Camp (200 FrR), Mason Campbell (200 FrR), Luke Williams (200 FrR), and Chris Sylvester (200 FrR). At the end of this season, 8 swimmers signed with various colleges to swim at the next level.
The 2017-18 swim and dive season ended with the lady bears finishing 2nd in 3A state and the men’s team finishing 3rd in 3A states. Summer Stanfield and Jack Van Deusen became Bartram Trails first NISCA All-American Swimmers (Summer 200 IM and Jack 500 Free). Nathan Howze finished his senior year with a 3A State Championship medal in the 1 meter diving. Summer Stanfield, Nicole Sowell, Lily McCabe, and Lexi Smith dominated the 400 Freestyle Relay with a State Championship medal and an All-American Consideration time. With a fairly aggressive dual meet schedule the lady bears ended the season 7-3 and the men ended their season with a 9-1 record. The team took home their 4th Conference dual Championship In the Championship season, the ladies team were runner-up in district and the men took the championship trophy. At regionals, both teams took home the runner-up trophies. By the end of the season, 12 school records were broken, Summer Stanfield was an All-American Automatic in the 200 IM, Jack VanDeusen was All-American Consideration in the 200 IM and 500 Free, and the men’s 400 Freestyle Relay with Mason Ray, Jacob Camp, Chris Sylvester, and Jack VanDeusen had an All-American Consideration. Adam Stumpf crushed his 100 Fly record and Adrian Oake took the 200 Free school record. Luke Williams finished in the top 8 of the 50 Freestyle with a time of 21.75.
The 2016-17 was an exciting year. The lady Bears took home the 3A State Championship trophy by .5 points. A public high school in NE Florida had not brought home a swim championship since 1941. The men’s team finish 13th in the 3A states. The lady bears powered by Jennifer Brennock, Lily McCabe, Summer Stanfield, Lexi Smith, Emma Geiger, Emmy Iannoe, Tatiana Brown, Amelia Tayag, and Nicole Sowell dominated the relays, and their individual events. However, the team never took first except for Lily McCabe, who tied for 1st in the 100 Breaststroke and gained an All-American Consideration time. The men’s team moved up the standings with outstanding performances by Jacob Singleton, Mason Ray, Jacob Camp, Adrian Oake, Brandon Burkett, Adam Stumpf, Ryan Krejci, and Nathan Howze. Freshmen Jack VanDeusen came on strong this year to help contribute. Both teams finished the dual meet season undefeated. The team won their third dual Conference Championship. Took home District Championships for both teams. At regionals the ladies captured the gold, while the gentlemen finished 3rd. In the end of the year, 4 team records had been broken.
The 2015-16 swim season was full of surprises. The lady bears brought home the state 3A Runner-up trophy. Powered by a strong freshmen group of ladies Summer Stanfield (State 3A Champion 200 IM), Lexi Smith, Lily McCabe, and Nicole Sowell along with returning swimmers Jennifer Brennock, and Hannah Moring the team surprised themselves. For the men’s team, freshmen Ryan Krejci, Jacob Camp, Mason Ray, helped support Adrian Oake and Brandon Burkett. New diver Nathan Howze helped bring points to the men’s team at States.