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Pictured: Falcons swimmers claimed 5 total championships.Pictured: Falcons swimmers claimed 5 total championships.

2016 Conference Swim Championships

West Palm Beach, FL- Since last year, the Falcons swim team has nearly doubled in size and yesterday’s success at the Conference Championships at Lake Lytal attests to the fact that the Falcons swim program is on the rise. Having been a long time club coach and high school coach in Palm Beach County for over 2 decades, second year Falcons head coach Melanie Andrews knows what it takes to build a strong program and to become a high level swimmer. Andrews has sent numerous swimmers to the collegiate ranks, including her daughter who was a standout at North Carolina State.

Yesterday the Falcons hit the pools at Lake Lytal and competed in the 2016 Conference Championships against Central Conference foes Boynton Beach, John I. Leonard, Lake Worth, Santaluces, and Park Vista. The Falcons overall team scores didn’t really reflect the success the Falcons had at the competition. Coach Andrews believes that with more swimmers in the program the Falcons will be able to fill spots in races that are currently unfilled and will begin to beat the schools ahead of them. “We lost to teams strictly based on numbers of participants. My team has nearly doubled since last year, and I hope next year it will double again.” The individual talent for the Falcons is clearly there as Coach Andrews and the Falcons swimmers took home 5 conference championships.

Freshman Phenom Ryan Flynn brought back double medals to The Hill with individual championships in the 100M breast stroke and the 200M individual medley. Senior veteran Leo Suarez claim an individual championship in the 100M freestyle and sophomore newcomer Neil McCarthy claimed an individual championship in the 100M breast stroke.

A clear indicator that the Falcons overall team success is building came in the final of the boys 200M medley relay. The team of McCarthy, Suarez, freshman Manuel Nogueiras, and junior Noah Stanislawczyk ripped through the water to claim the Falcons fifth and final championship of the day.

The Falcons hope to build on their most recent success in the Conference Championships this Friday when they hit the water again at Lake Lytal for a meet that will start at 4:00 pm. Stay tuned to the Falcons Zone at for all the latest news and action from Falcons Swimming and follow Falcons Athletics on Twitter @TheFalconGrind.