It was a banner year for the Mosley boys swim team and Rutherford diver Chris Jackson.
Mosley, led by Michael Duderstadt’s two individual state titles, placed second in the Class 2A state swim meet for the second year in a row. Jackson, meanwhile, captured the 2A state title in 1-meter diving in the meet held at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando in early November.
Duderstadt obliterated the field in two races, the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. He finished the 200 IM in 1 minute, 50.01 seconds, well over a second ahead of runner-up Ben Borgert of Gainesville. He later added another first-place finish when he finished a full second ahead of his closest competitor in winning the 100 breaststroke in 55.08 seconds. Both times were faster than All-American standards, and he provided Mosley with 40 team points in those two events.
Duderstadt swam the second leg of Mosley’s first-place 200 medley relay team, joining Michael Whitehead, Jonathan Ratliff and Casey Pridgen. Duderstadt vaulted Mosley from fifth place into first during his leg, and Ratliff and Pridgen made sure that lead held up over the final 100 yards. The Dolphins finished in 1:36.05, nearly a half-second ahead of Gainesville, and picked up 40 points for the win.
Mosley picked up a fourth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:13.87. That group consisted of Ratliff, Shane Young, Whitehead and Duderstadt. The Dolphins were seventh when Whitehead entered the water, and he helped Mosley move up two spots. Duderstadt then swam a blistering 45.73-second final leg to bump Mosley up to fourth. That finish was worth 30 team points.
Whitehead added a sixth-place finish in the 100 breastroke as Mosley scored 33 points in that event. Ratliff contributed with a sixth-place result in the 500 freestyle (4:34:84) and an eighth-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:42.59) to collect 24 points individually.
Mosley held on to edge Gainesville for second place in the team scoring with 151 total points, six ahead of Gainesville. State champion Belen Jesuit of Miami swam away with the title with 221 points.
Jackson, a two-time fourth-place recipient at state coming into the meet, was seeded second in the boys’ diving competition behind James Voisard of Winter Haven. He pulled away from Voisard to capture the state championship with 447.55 points and became the first-ever Rutherford athlete to win a state title in the sport. Voisard was second with 439.45 points.
Jackson’s points were enough to place Rutherford in a tie for 33rd in the team standings out of 55 schools represented.