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Justin Kaisrlik is not only the first swimmer in East Ridge High School’s 10-year history to capture a state title, he is the school’s first male state champion in any sport.

He bested his competition in the 200-yard individual medley (one pool length of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle) by nearly a full second by posting a winning time of 1.49.60 at the FHSSA Class 3 Championship on Nov. 10 at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

“Justin’s endurance, his command of all four competitive strokes, and his physical build make him an ideal swimmer,” said Kerri McCallion, a swim coach at East Ridge High. “He has broken nearly all the school records in his four years at East Ridge High. His has set records in sprints, distance, medleys, stroke events and freestyle events.”

This year alone Kaisrlik broke East Ridge High’s records in the 50, 100, and 200 free; 100 back; and 200 IM. He already held the high school’s records in the 500 free, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay.

He earned automatic All-American status with his swims in the 500 free and 200 IM at the state championship. Kaisrlik took home fourth place in the 500 free. At last year’s state championship he placed second in the 500 free and fifth in 200 IM.

“He was disappointed in the results of the 500, but he has low highs and high lows that make him balanced and professional at the pool, and constantly looking ahead to what is next rather than dwelling on past performances,” McCallion said. “While high school swimming is over, Justin’s club team will continue to compete in some very big meets. Justin is looking forward to Junior Nationals where he hopes to better his 500 time and drop to below 4:20.”

Justin Kaisrlik signed a letter of intent on Nov. 9 to attend the University of Florida next year.


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