BY KYLEIGH SPRIGLE
The swim team dove right into their season with numerous wins. On Wednesday, September 12 the Cooper City Cowboys had a swim meet against South Broward and West Broward High Schools (at South Broward.) There were 24 different competitions, 12 for the Cowboys and 12 for the Lady Cowboys. The Cowboys swept all three relays and won all eight individual events.
The Lady Cowboys started out strong when they defeated West Broward, 76-18, and South Broward, 79-12. Solana Capalbo won the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke and was on the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays. Mallory Schleicher won the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle, and Molly Golding won the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke.
“I’m really excited for this year,” girls captain and defending state champion Kathleen Golding said. “We have a bunch of freshmen with a lot of talent, so it is going to be a good year.”
Golding won the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle, she was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays. The boys team also had an impressive start.
“Our boys’ team is looking really strong and we are going to do a good job,” boys captain Aaron Blanco said.
In the boys competition, the Cowboys defeated South Broward, 63-29, and West Broward, 71-23. Robert Wilson won in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle. He was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays. Other winners for Cooper City were Javier Roman and Alex Golding.
“Our boys’ team is looking really strong and we are going to do a good job,” boys captain Aaron Blanco said. “I am looking forward to a very promising season.”
Tyler Flowers got first place in the meet. He is the only diver on the team, but the lack of members does not take away for the number of wins. He wins all of his competitions and went to states last year.
“I’d like to make it to states again and do better than last year,” Flowers said.
Even though the season has just started, the Cowboys have ambitious goals. They want to bring as many people as they can to states.
“I just want as many people to make districts, regionals and states as they can,” Blanco said. “I want everyone to improve their times, that’s all we can ask for.”
Photo by Carly Cuoco