2014 Florida HS District Championships Class 2A, Districts 1, 2, 3



The District 1 Championships saw the Washington girls take the win in dominant fashion, while Arnold came out on top on the boys’ side in a much closer team race. Here’s how the scores broke down:


Washington – 567
Arnold – 299
Choctawhatchee – 258
Gulf Breeze – 210
Bay – 200

The girls of Washington won both the 200 free and medley relays, the 100 fly, and went 1-4 in the 200 and 500 free en route to their team title. They were led by junior Brooke Ferrara, who won the 50 free (24.30) and led off Washington’s medley relay in an impressive 27.90.

Choctawhatchee senior Emma Strom and junior Kalanne Krause of Arnold put up strong times outside of the Washington domination. Krause beat Strom to the wall in the 200 IM (2:08.62 to 2:09.83), but Strom got her revenge with a fantastic swim in the 100 back (57.86). She beat out Ferrara (58.28) and Krause (58.90) for the victory.

Arnold won the final relay in 3:45.69, lead by Krause’s 54.34 leadoff, the fastest of any leg on any relay.


Arnold – 412
Washington – 384
Pensacola – 326
Gulf Breeze – 228
Choctawhatchee – 181

Arnold won the 200 medley relay and a handful of individual events, as well as the team title, but no swimmer lit up the pool like 2nd place Washington’s Steffen Mount.

The senior was a double-winner individually, taking the 200 free (1:42.02) by over six seconds and the 100 fly (50.92) in similar dominant fashion. More impressive were his relay splits, as he anchored Washington’s victorious 200 and 400 free relays in 20.71 and 45.98, respectively.


Stanton won on both sides of the District 2 meet, winning by over 100 points on either side. This is how team scores looked at the end of the meet:


Stanton – 475
Bishop Kenny – 347
Paxon – 322
Fernandina Beach – 315
Terry Parker – 188

Stanton won all three relays, as well as several individual events. They were led by junior Katherine Cameron. She was the fastest anchor in the 200 medley relay (25.45), and swam a similar race (25.49) as anchor for the 200 free relay.

Individually, Cameron won the 200 free (1:59.75) and 100 free (55.49) by considerable margins.


Stanton – 506.5
Fernandina Beach – 329
Paxon – 323
Bishop Kenny – 272.5
Baker County – 134

Stanton won the 200 medley relay, but could not come up with another win until the 100 fly. Sophomore Will Tabor swam a convincing victory, going 54.94 over the 2nd place swimmer Logan Oakes of Fernandina Beach, who was back at 59.36.

After taking 2nd in the 200 free, Stanton sophomore Jackson Bloom came back to take the 100 free (49.73). Thanks to a quick 2nd 50, Bloom was able to out-touch Westside senior Isaiah Jones (50.15). Stanton went on to win the remainder of the events after their 4th place 200 free relay.


Ponte Vedra won convincingly on both sides of the District 3 meet. Team scores were as follows:


Ponte Vedra – 594
Clay – 369
Ridgeview – 216
Matanzas – 213
Menendez – 205
Ponte Vedra kicked off the meet with wins in the 200 medley relay, a 1-2 finish in the 200 free, and another win in the 200 IM. They would go on to win the 500 as well, and might have come away with victories if it weren’t for Sherridon Dressel.

Dressel is the little sister of Caeleb and Kaitlyn, both collegiate sprint sensations at Florida and Florida State, respectively. However, her swims were not so little. She anchored Clay’s 200 and 400 free relays in 23.56 and 52.24, respectively. Clay had been losing, in both instances, before Dressel dove in.

Dressel also had big individual wins, taking the 100 fly (57.64) and the 100 back (58.60). In addition, she would have had the fastest time on the boys’ side of the 100 fly.

Kierstyn Harmeling was a key part of Clay’s success as well, winning the 50 free (24.67) and 100 free (54.12). She lead off both of their winning free relays, and put up a stronger swim in the 400 relay (53.93) than her individual.


Ponte Vedra – 532
Clay – 431
Ridgeview – 270
Menendez – 246
Matanzas – 166

While Ponte Vedra would eventually win the meet, the Clay boys stormed out of the gates, taking the first four events. Most notably was Dakota Mahaffey, who led off the medley relay in a very quick 23.77 and then won the 200 IM (1:59.44).

Mahaffey came back to win the 100 back (53.68) by over four seconds. Grady Heath was another double-winner for Clay, taking the 200 free (1:47.53) and 100 free (48.08).

Despite Clay winning all three relays and winning several individual titles (even without the now-graduated Caeleb Dressel), Ponte Vedra had more depth, and combined with a 1-2 finish in the 100 breast and a 1-3 finish in the 100 fly, they would go on to win the meet.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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