2014 Florida HS District Championships: Class 4A, Districts 1, 2, 3

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The District 1 championships saw team victories on both the girls’ and boys’ sides by Fletcher, although the title race on the girls’ side came down to the wire as a tough team from Spruce Creek fell 2.5 points short of matching Fletcher. The team scores were as follows:


Fletcher – 385.5
Spruce Creek – 383
Buchholz – 374
Mandarin – 328
Deland – 198

Mandarin was out hot from the start with two wins in the 200 medley relay and the 200 free. The relay win was highlighted by Alyssa Viner’s 25.98 fly leg. Meanwhile, Kensey McMahon took the 200 free (1:57.11) to continue Mandarin’s early success.

It wasn’t until the 50 free that Fletcher started making their presence felt, when Grace Matchett took the event, clocking a time of 24.31. Matchett was back in the 100 free for the win, posting a 52.52 over Mandarin’s Lauren Dunn (53.04).

Spruce Creek won the 200 free relay, but a blazing 23.82 anchor from Matchett solidified a 2nd place finish for Fletcher and made things close. Mandarin secured a win in the 400 relay, but it was Fletcher who came out on top in team scores.

Perhaps the most impressive swim of the meet came in the 500 free for McMahon of Mandarin. After winning the 200 free earlier, the 14-year-old took out her swim in 1:58.44 and blew away the field, touching in 5:01.07 for the victory. She would have placed 3rd in the boys’ 500.


Fletcher – 409
Mandarin – 305
Buchholz – 304
Spruce Creek – 295
Sandalwood – 288

Sandalwood came out on top in the opening medley relay, inching past Spruce Creek by 15 hundredths (1:42.34 to 1:42.49). Like their female teammates, the Fletcher boys didn’t win an event until the 50 free. Gavin Jones (21.70) and Ryan Petitt (22.56) pulled off the 1-2 finish. In the 100 free, it was Viktor Toth of Spruce Creek who beat Jones to the wall (46.87 to 47.91).

Mandarin’s Zach Dingfield (4:57.43) and Andrew Sugishita (4:59.13) finished 1-2 in the 500 free, the only swimmers to break the 5-minute barrier. Fletcher then finished on top in the 200 free relay (1:29.93) led by a 21.32 split from Jones.

Fletcher and Spruce Creek battled it out in the 400 relay, but Jones speedy split (48.11) again helped them take the win by 8 tenths.

Other strong swims came from Buchholz’s Mason Wilby, who was a double winner on the day. He dominated the 100 fly (52.59) as well as the 100 back (54.02), winning both events by over two seconds each. His 25.05 back split on Buchholz’s medley relay was also the fastest back split in the event.


Olympia dominated the District 2 championships, with Olympia dominating the girls’ side and Dr. Phillips taking the title on the boys’ side. Here’s how the meet panned out:


Olympia – 638
Dr. Phillips – 507
Boone – 269
St. Cloud – 194
Osceola – 138

The Olympia girls started out strong, winning the 200 medley relay by over 3 seconds, followed by a 1-2 finish in the 200 free led by sophomore Sofia Bernard (1:57.65). They went 1-2-3 in the 50 free, and Bernard came back for a comfortable victory in the 100 free (53.29), which marked her second individual victory.

Olympia went on to win the 500 free, 200 free relay (with a nice 24.00 anchor by Bernard), and put up another 1-2-3 finish in the 100 breast. Dr. Phillips was able to pull off an upset in the final relay, as they knocked off Olympia by 21 hundredths despite an impressive anchor (52.81) from Bernard.

Not to be outshined by Olympia’s Bernard was Dr. Phillips senior Emily Kliewer. After stealing the 200 IM win from Olympia’s Samantha Schieffelin by 8 hundredths (2:11.64 to 2:11.72), she led a 1-2-3 finish for her school in the 100 fly, posting a 59.77 to top the field. Kliewer was also the anchor leg for Dr. Phillips, swimming a 53.58 to hold off Bernard and secure the relay win for her team.


Dr. Phillips – 480
Gateway – 390
Olympia – 370
Boone – 193
St. Cloud – 158

Dr. Phillips did not have such an easy time pulling off the team victory on the boys’ side, as they only won the 200 free relay and four individual events. They were led by Evan Stanton, who ran away with a victory in the 50 free with a 21.84. 2nd place was all the way back to a 23.0. Stanton went on to win the 100 free in 48.69, the only swimmer under 50 seconds, and he anchored Dr. Phillips’ 200 free relay, which they won comfortably, 1:33.61 to Olympia’s 2nd place 1:34.91.

Standing out among other impressive performances was Walker Brooks of Gateway, who cruised to a 4-second victory in the 100 fly, throwing down an impressive 51.69 for the title. The junior also took the 100 back in a similarly dominant fashion (54.06) and anchored Gateway’s winning 400 relay in a 48.34, which was the fastest split in the event. In addition, Brooks swam the fastest split of any breaststroke leg in the medley relay (28.92) to attest to his versatility.


At the District 3 championships, West Orange came out on top on the girls’ side over Winter Park, while Winter Park was victorious over West Orange on the boys’ side. Here are the final team scores for the meet:


West Orange – 459
Winter Park – 408
Timber Creek – 382
Apopka – 190
University – 190

West Orange kicked off the meet with a dominant win in the 200 medley relay, going 1:54.10 and taking the event by over 3 seconds. They followed up with wins in the 50 free and 100 fly by Dot Dennis (25.32) and Sarah Passilla (59.06).

Lucy Nguyen of Timber Creek won the 100 free (56.71), but West Orange fought hard, with Brady Estrada winning the 500 free (5:22.09), a win in the 200 free relay, and then Estrada coming back to win the 100 back (1:02.06). Her teammate Linnea Holmgren finished 2nd in that race (1:02.66). Estrada led off the 200 free relay, giving her three wins in three consecutive events.

Finally, West Orange took the 400 free relay in a convincing 5-second margin over Timber Creek.

Other notable swims include Taylor Grabenhorst’s (Timber Creek) 2:13.72 to take the 200 IM and a 1:07.32 by Winter Park’s Isabella English for the win in the 100 breast. Grabenhorst finished 2nd in that event (1:08.39), and the two were the only swimmers to break the 1:10 barrier.


Winter Park – 491
West Orange – 421.5
Timber Creek – 332
University – 272.5
Apopka – 166

The medley relay was tight between Winter Park and Timber Creek, but it was Winter Park who squeaked out a win (1:42.47 to 1:42.78) despite impressive splits from Timber Creek’s lead off Zachary Poti (23.88) and anchor Sebastian Hernandez (21.85).

Poti pulled off an impressive win in the 100 fly, going 51.33 to blow away the field. Timber Creek was again victorious in the 100 free, with Hernandez going 50.31 for the win. Winter Park, nonetheless, picked up big points, placing 2-5 in the event.

The 200 free relay was tight between Winter Park and Timber Creek again, but this time, Hernandez anchored with a slim lead and held on for a Timber Creek win. Poti returned for another dominant win, posting a big 51.89 to take the 100 back. In both races, Poti won by over 3.5 seconds each.

West Orange’s Gabe Baytan won a close race in the 100 breast over Winter Park’s Seifel Refaat (1:02.04 to 1:02.61), and Winter Park closed out the meet with a strong 400 relay win (3:24.06), winning by 8 seconds over West Orange.

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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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