STUART -- What better way to commemorate winning a state title than with a selfie?
That's how Lakewood Ranch senior Luke Hanner chose to document his Class 3A state championship in the 200-yard freestyle on Saturday in Stuart. He invited the silver and bronze medal winners to join him on the top rung of the podium, where they posed for a photo he took with his cell phone.
"It was just spur of the moment; I realized I had my phone in my pocket," Hanner said. "I've known those guys for quite a while, so we just got together and took a picture to make the moment."
Hanner swam the event in one minute, 39.03 seconds, edging out Gainesville's Seth Borgert and Charlotte's Hans Schroeder for the gold medal and earning automatic All-American status. He also took fourth in the 100 butterfly in 50.33 seconds.
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"That was an amazing accomplishment. It was 11 years of hard work finally coming through; it was a great feeling to stand up on that podium," he said.
Hanner's teammate, Daniel Erlenmeyer, who took fourth in the 200 freestyle in 1:41.16, also won a state championship. He beat Borgert by three seconds in the 500 freestyle, and his time of 4:27.26 earned him automatic All-American status in the event.
"It's pretty exciting," Erlenmeyer said. "I knew I had it in me; I just didn't know how fast the other guys were gonna go."
The Mustangs boys team placed 10th in the final team standings, while the girls placed fifth.
Braden River took 19th in the boys standings. Ryan Walker led the way by placing third in the 50 freestyle in 21.55 seconds and sixth in the 100 freestyle in 47.52 seconds.
The girls were led by Madison Jean, who finished in 54.27 seconds in the 100 butterfly to place second and earn automatic All-American status.
"It's a pretty big deal. I wasn't expecting it," Jean said of her runner-up finish. "I knew it was gonna be a tough race and I'm excited."
The Lakewood Ranch girls 200 medley relay team of Courtney Chapin, Haille Bogumil, Jean and Malorie Schuerman placed fourth in 1:51.34.
Jean also placed sixth in the 100 freestyle in 53.10 seconds, and teammate Chapin took fifth in the 100 backstroke in 58.06 seconds and eighth in the 50 freestyle in 24.49 seconds.
"It's an amazing feeling that we're showing that our school has really great swimmers," Jean said.