Cape Coral sophomore Joe Leon easily won his two individual events at the District 2A-10 meet Friday at the Norris Pool in Naples.
Yet, he was still somewhat disappointed. In himself, at least.
“Me, overall, I did all right, but our team dominated,” Leon said. “I’ve been swimming club-wise for Swim Florida for seven years, but I didn’t do too great (today). I wasn’t too happy with my times, but our team did well overall.”
That’s an understatement, as the Seahawks rolled to the team title with 570 points. Lemon Bay finished a distant second with 482 and despite having just seven swimmers, Port Charlotte took third with 272. Port Charlotte dethroned the Cape Coral girls as champions, winning by a surprisingly wide 481-429 margin to avenge a six-point loss to the Seahawks during the regular season. Makenzie Miller won a pair of individual events to lead the Pirates.
“We knew we had a shot,” Port Charlotte coach J.R. Whaley said after his team pushed him into the water during the post-meet celebration. “Cape Coral was the champ and they beat us in the dual meet so we knew we were in for a challenge, but that was our team goal. The girls set that goal, especially for our high school swimmers who don’t swim club. We got second last year, so we wanted to improve, and that’s what we did.”
The Seahawks boys, repeat winners from last year, won nine of 12 events. Leon (200, 500 free) and Jonah Martinez (50 free, 100 breast) were each multiple individual winners. Santi Rosas (100 back), Jack Pellegrino (100 butterfly) and Steven Rua (200 individual medley) added individual wins, with the Seahawks also taking two of three relay events. All individual winners and victorious relay teams punched tickets to next Saturday’s regional event at FGCU. The remaining field won’t be determined until the completion of all district competitions this weekend.
“Some of the kids actually performed above my expectations, which is awesome at the district meet,” Cape Coral coach Diane Kimble said. “The guys were doing an incredible job … We don’t have a ton of guys who are year-round swimmers, we have a nice mix of about half and half. We’re graduating 17 seniors this year, which makes it kind of tough. We look to those club swimmers for leadership just as much as we do for speed.”
Kimble said some of the more impressive performances came from some of those non-club swimmers. Tristan D’Agostino pushed Martinez in the 50 free, taking second. German import Keanu Krohn, who moved to Cape Coral last year, finished third in the 100 butterfly.
Nicole Jimenez (500 free) was the lone winner on the girls side for the Seahawks. Gigi Koprowski (100 butterfly), Stephanie Kraus and the 400-yard freestyle relay all finished second for Cape Coral.
Swimming and Diving
At Norris Pool, Naples
Boys team standings
1. Cape Coral 570; 2. Lemon Bay 482; 3. Port Charlotte 272; 4. Dunbar 188; 5. North Fort Myers 150; 6. Lely 146; 7. Cypress Lake 76; 8. Mariner 67; 9. Island Coast 53; 10. Golden Gate 30.
Boys individual winners
200 medley relay: Cape Coral (Santi Rosas, Jonah Martinez, Jack Pellegrino, Tristan D’Agostino), 1:44.61; 200 free: Joe Leon (CC), 1:57.47; 200 individual medley: Steven Rua (CC), 2:04.01; 50 free: Jonah Martinez (CC), 22.88; 100 fly: Jack Pellegrino (CC), 57.10; 100 free: Evan Burger (LB), 51.68; 500 free: Joe Leon (CC), 5:14.54; 200 free relay: Lemon Bay (Evan Burger, Gage Denson, Sam Beaugrand, Jed Fazler), 1:33.95; 100 back: Santi Rosas (CC), 1:00.36; 100 breast: Jonah Martinez (CC), 1:02.17; 400 free relay: Cape Coral, 3:31.08.
Girls team standings
1. Port Charlotte 481; 2. Cape Coral 429; 3. Lely 315.5; 4. Lemon Bay 249.5; 5. North Fort Myers 164; 6. Cypress Lake 133; 7. Mariner 117; 8. Dunbar 64; 9. Island Coast 51; 10. Golden Gate 26.
Girls individual winners
200 medley relay: Lely (Therese Pokerney, Audrey Delcompare, Grace Ann Delcompare, Madison Bonifito), 1:54.78; 200 free: Hunter Scott (LB), 1:58.33; 200 individual medley: Makenzie Miller (PC), 2:13.77; 50 free: (tie) Abby Shea (LB), Madison Bonifito (L), 26.35; 100 fly: Grace Ann Delcompare (L), 1:01.44; 100 free: Caitlin Moss-Solomon (PC), 57.84; 500 free: Nicole Jimenez (CC), 5:13.02; 200 free relay: Lely (Therese Pokerney, Audrey Delcompare, Grace Ann Delcompare, Madison Bonifito), 1:46.53; 100 back: Makenzie Miller (PC), 59.41; 100 breast: Audrey Delcompare (L), 1:09.75; 400 free relay: PC (Makenzie Miller, Tonirae Burke, Caitlin Moss-Solomon, Amber Hrabak), 3:49.76.