WUFT News

Gainesville High School swim teams eye repeat at district meet

By on October 25th, 2012

They have pushed through early morning practices and countless hours of training in the pool, and this is the time of year they hope it all pays off.

Though some local high school swim teams have already made their first splashes into the postseason, Class 2 squads from Gainesville and the surrounding area will have their turn in the pool Friday morning to compete for the District 4 Championship.

For coach Rob Ramirez and his Gainesville High School Hurricanes, Friday’s meet represents the next leg of the boys state title defense. The 2012 campaign has been a repeat of last year for Ramirez’ squad, which went undefeated in its city and dual meets earlier this fall.

The Hurricanes are confidently eyeing a spot on the podium in at the state meet, but have to perform first in this district event.

“We have a lot of depth on the boys’ team that should put us right in the thick of things for a first, second- or third-place finish,” Ramirez said.

The Hurricanes’ roster is dotted with All-Americans, led by senior Ben Borgert, who has excelled in the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley.

Junior All-Americans Cameron Guy and Max Bungert give Gainesville an edge in the spring freestyle, as well as the 200- and 500-meter freestyle events. Guy said he’d like for his teammates to take first place every time they get into the water, but Ramirez cautioned it won’t be such a simple task.

“It’s not going to be easy,” he said. “It’s going to be probably a five-team shootout. We’ve got (Miami) Belen Jesuit, who (were) five-time defending champions before we knocked them off last year, (Lynn Haven) Mosley High School, who we’ve been battling with the last three years, (and Naples) Barron Collier.”

Gainesville’s girls team is looking to improve in the state competition after accidentally missing an event and finishing fifth.

Senior captain Phoebe Briant said she hopes to set personal records in the 200-meter individual medley and 500-meter freestyle to help her team.

“I’m hoping we can get on the podium at state,” she said. “We have some strong swimmers this year.”

The Class 2A District 4 meet begins at 9 a.m. Friday at the O’Connell Center pool. Other notable teams competing include the Eastside Rams, who were the runners up at districts last year, and the Columbia Tigers, whose girls’ team placed fifth in Class 2A District 2 in 2011.

George Pappas wrote this story online.


This entry was posted in Local, Sports and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Rodrigo Guerrero, 21, watches his older brother, Alfonso Guerrero, 30, brewing coffee using a "pour over" technique. Know Where Coffee specializes in providing artisan coffees that are made to order. Bradley Williams / WUFT

Third-Wave Coffee Culture Popularity Rises In Gainesville

Know Where Coffee opened its doors this month. The new establishment proves the third-wave coffee culture is rising in popularity, especially across local coffee shops in Gainesville.


Luke Watkins, the 28-year-old partner of Black Hog Farms, is working toward creating a weekly farmers market along the St. Johns River in Palatka. The Saturday market will feature local farmers, musicians, artists and food trucks.

Local Businessperson Plans Farmers Market For Palatka

While Palatka’s government hopes to attract visitors to their area with the riverfront development project, a local business owner has his own idea for bringing in more people.


Robert Yard performs a song for a toddler using a Lakota love flute at the Cedar Key Fine Arts Festival in Cedar Key, Florida. Yard held impromptu music lessons throughout the day for patrons that were curious about playing an instrument. (Photo by Sydnei Cartwright)

Patrons and Artists Pack Cedar Key for 51st Annual Fine Arts Festival

Cedar Key held its 51st annual Cedar Key Fine Arts Festival this past Saturday and Sunday, and experienced a large turnout from supporting counties and out-of-state visitors. The Festival showcased a number of different arts including jewelry, photography, wood making, and mixed media.


A group of 'dirty kids' fly a sign on the corner of SE 1st St and SE 2nd Pl while one patches up a jacket and another plays guitar on Jan. 23, 2015 in Gainesville​. Photo by Andrea Sarcos/WUFT News

‘Home-Free’ Squatters Find Community In Gainesville

An abandoned house in Gainesville became a home for a group of individuals that call themselves “dirty kids.” The dirty kids feel that they are different from homeless people.


IMG_8377

Chicken House Fire Kills 24,000 Chicks

Chickens die in a chicken house fire at Saavedra Farms on Wednesday night.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments