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Fort Lauderdale's Marcoux Dominates at State Swim Meet

Fort Lauderdale's Marcoux Dominates at State Swim Meet

Wells Dusenbury, Sun Sentinel

Philippe Marcoux made his presence felt on the first day of the Florida high school state swimming and diving championships.

On Friday, the Fort Lauderdale High senior captured two gold medals at the Class 3A meet, winning the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-free at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart.

Marcoux was lights out from the second he stepped in the pool. In the 50 preliminaries, he finished first, recording an automatic All-American time of 20.64 time. He carried that momentum into the championship final, clocking a time 20.70 to top Venice's Jackson Defore (20.92) and Doral's Diego Faucher (21.11).

Less than an hour later, the Fort Lauderdale standout torched the competition again. Marcoux took home gold in the 100 freestyle, finishing with an automatic All-American time of 44.61. The senior was one of three swimmers on the day to win a pair of golds in individual events, joining Estero's Alina Faunce (100 butterfly and 200 individual medley) and Gainesville's Alena Kraus (100 and 200 freestyle).

Marcoux participated on the Flying L's 200 and 400 freestyle relay races, but the team was unable to place in the top three, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively.

Marcoux wasn't the only Fort Lauderdale swimmer to medal, however. In the boys 200 freestyle, Tyler Zuyas took home bronze, recording a time of 1.39.32, good for All-American consideration. The junior was just .10 behind the second place finisher, Atlantic Coast's Tate Callahan.

The Flying L's finished 13th in the girls 200 medley relay finals.