RECAP: Cross Country and Swimming District Championships in Coral Springs

Coral Springs Cross Country and Swimming District Championship Recap

Coral Springs High School cross country. {Lori Alhadeff}

By: Matt Rothman

Schools from Coral Springs had an incredible run in the postseason, with several competing in Districts in cross country and swimming.

Coral Springs High School Cross Country

With 13 schools running, both Coral Springs High School teams finished fourth in Districts. The boys were led once again by Jeffrey Belizaire. He finished ninth overall with a time of 17:14.10. Kensey Frederic and Matthew Wykpisz finished in the top 20, followed by Lucas Penaloza, Dimitri Thomas, and Leighton Peart in the top 50. Gregory Hamilton, Ashton Piersol, David LaFleche, and Matthew Campbell were the four other runners to compete for the Colts. 

For the girls’ team, Brianna Williams finished sixth overall for the girls. Angelica Macarulay came in 12th with Jessica Jessica Saint-Amand, Gabriella Gentilhomme, Mariana Dos Santos, Bergyne Darang, and Naila Carlos Maya.

“Both squads have been working hard and are starting to put it together,” said Head Coach Brantley Barr. “Looking forward to the regionals and seeing if we can earn a trip to Tallahassee and the State Meet. This is really exciting for a team so young overall.”

J.P. Taravella Cross Country

J.P. Taravella only had their boys’ team compete and had five runners finish within six spots in Districts with Carson Dunham, Christopher Reid Jr., Jaylen Amoa, Akeem Beckford, and Marcos Noriega. The Trojans also had Jace Johnson and Giovanni Sincore run. 

Coral Springs Cross Country and Swimming District Championship Recap

J.P. Taravella High School Cross Country Team. {JPT Cross Country}

J.P. Taravella Swimming

The J.P. Taravella boys’ team finished with 294 points in Districts, only behind Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Fort Lauderdale High School.

The Trojans had two relay teams come in first, with Mason Green, R.J. Martin, Miles Green, and Zane Samms in the 200-yard medley and Mason, Miles, Martin, and Mekhi Dawkins in the 200-yard freestyle. Individually, Miles finished in first and second place in races, while Mason also placed first. Martin finished in the top three in two races, and Dawkins finished fifth. 

The girls’ team finished in fifth place with 228.5 points. They also qualified in multiple  relay races with Savannah Dailey, Morgan Thomas, Mariana Sanchez, and Mercy McLemore coming in third in the 200-yard relay and Thomas, Jordan Weintraub, McLemore, and Savannah Dailey coming in fifth in the 200-yard individual medley.Joslyn Brown, Victoria Sosa, Dani Germendia and Mariana Sanzgez finished 5th in the 400-yard freestyle. McLemore will race in two individual events, and Thomas will compete in one. 

Coral Glades Swimming

Coral Glades will send five swimmers from the boys’ team to regionals, including their 200-yard freestyle relay team of Sherwin Sterling, William Overfelt, Alexander Zapata, and Kenneth Rattray, who came in sixth in Districts. Alexander Zapata, Kenneth Ratway, Matthew Feuss, Doyle also qualified in their relay. Doyle will  be heading to Regionals after coming in second in the 200-yard freestyle, while Zapata will compete in two individual races.

Kaitlyn Bonasera, Camryn Meyer, Courtney Hartung, and Cassia Flynn qualified for Regionals in the 200-yard medley relay. Bonasera, Hartung, Camryn Meyer, Sabrina Aran, and Flynn came in  second in the 200-yard free style. Aran and Emma Jeffries each finished in the top six in the 200-yard individual medley, while Bonasera and Meyer also qualified individually. 

Next, these students will compete in Regionals with the Swim Championship on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Coral Springs Aquatic Center. The cross country Regional Championship will take place at South County Regional Park on Friday, Oct. 28.

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Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.

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