2014 Florida HS District Championships: Class 4A, Districts 10, 11, 12

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Cypress Bay came out on top for boys and girls in the District 10 meet over Nova. West Broward was third on both sides as well. Here are the team scores:


Cypress Bay – 536
Nova – 417
West Broward – 273
Cooper City – 203
South Broward – 185

Cypress Bay won the girls’ meet handily, highlighted by wins in the 200 IM, 100 breast, 400 free relay, and a 1-3 sweep of the 100 free.

Nova’s presence was felt, however, as they would win the opening 200 medley relay as well as the 200 free relay. Senior Amanda Tipton churned out top times in her victories in the 100 fly (58.80) and 100 back (59.64), the only swimmer under the minute barrier in either event.

Melissa Marinheiro was also strong for her school West Broward, taking the 200 free (1:59.93) and 500 free (5:12.65). She won the latter race by exactly 10 seconds over the 2nd place swimmer.


Cypress Bay – 570
Nova – 311.5
West Broward – 310
Flanagan – 253.5
Cooper City – 181

The Cypress Bay boys dominated, claiming victories in all three relays and every individual event save for the 50 free and 100 back. They were led by very strong swims by senior Mark Burnley, who won the 200 free (1:45.40) and the 500 free (4:43.94). The 500 was the most impressive race for Cypress Bay, where they went 1-4 in the event.

A non-Cypress Bay event win came first for Sammy McGinnis, a Nova senior, who won the 50 free (22.91) by a slim margin over Gustavo Valery of Flanagan (22.96). Valery would go on to win the 100 back (55.68) by over three seconds.


In the District 11 Championships, Coral Gables took the team title for the girls, while Hialeah Gardens won the boys team title. Here’s how the scores broke down:


Coral Gables – 560
Dr. Krop – 316
Miami Beach – 295
Reagan – 240
Hialeah Gardens – 209

Powered by wins in all three relays as well as individual strengths, the Coral Gables girls took the District 11 meet in dominant fashion. Big event wins for them came in the 50 free, where they were 1-3 led by freshman Paloma Sanchez (25.51).

Perhaps the most outstanding swims of the meet came from Reagan senior Arianna Noya. She won the 200 free (1:55.82) by over 12 seconds, as well as the 100 free (54.04) by over two seconds. She also had the fastest leadoff split in the 200 free relay (25.36) as well as the fastest leadoff split in the 400 free relay (54.65).

Among other event wins, sophomore Jessica Rodriguez of Hialeah Gardens had a strong showing in the 100 breast (1:07.58), taking the event by over four seconds.


Hialeah Gardens – 481
Miami Beach – 372.5
Coral Gables – 274
Dr. Krop – 244
Reagan – 234.5

While Hialeah Gardens won the 400 relay and pushed a 1-3 finish in the 500 free, Miami Beach had some outstanding swims. Miami Beach sophomore Julius Petzold threw down a quick 21.44 to win the 50 free by almost a second—a large margin in the quintessential sprint event.

Miami Beach senior Alexander Reid also had several impressive performances of his own, taking the 100 fly (53.22) and the 100 breast (1:00.35). He showed some versatility, sprinting to a 21.68 second-leg split in the 200 free relay to boost his team to a victory in that event.

Hialeah Gardens’ depth ultimately led to their title victory.


The Coral Reef girls’ squad owned the team title in District 12, while it was Columbus who came out on top for the boys. Team scores are as follows:


Coral Reef – 444.5
Miami Palmetto – 374.5
Lourdes – 225
Southwest Miami – 220
Ferguson – 206.5

The Coral Reef girls did not win many events, claiming the 200 medley and 200 free relays and only three individual races. However, the individual victories were big. Sophomore Cloe Bedard-Khalid won both of her races by significant margins. She first took the 200 free (1:58.65) as the only girl to break two minutes. Bedard-Khalid was back for the 100 fly (59.35), which she won by more than four seconds. She also lifted her team’s medley relay to victory with a 26.77 fly split, as Miami Palmetto lost their 1.8 second lead after Bedard-Khalid had touched the wall.

Other big wins: Miami Killian’s Lauren Meyrick knocked off fellow senior Nicole Hunnewell of Coral Reef in the 50 free, 25.70 to 25.88. Later on, Meyrick would chalk up her second individual win, swimming to a 1:09.53 in the 100 breast. Meyrick was the only swimmer to break 1:10 in that race


Columbus – 442
Ferguson – 297.5
Miami Palmetto 288.5
Varela – 246
Coral Reef – 184

After dropping the 200 medley relay by .78 to Ferguson, Columbus roared back in the 200 free, placing 1-3 and 5th. The charge was headed by Columbus seniors Sam Hicks (1:47.44) and Robert Ballestas (1:47.52). Ballestas returned for a blowout win in the 100 fly, going 52.69 to beat out the next best swimmer by over four seconds.

Hicks swam to another individual title in the 500 (5:01.08), and Columbus finished things up with wins in both free relays. Ballestas and Hicks were on both relays, making the seniors both 4-for-4 in their final District meet of their high school careers.

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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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