BY ETHAN MUNCAN
On Wednesday, September 27, the Cooper City Cowboys Boys and Girls hosted a swim meet against Cypress Bay and Miramar. Cypress Bay is a top team in the region and has been the team to beat for the last few years. The score was close for Miramar and Cooper City, but Cooper ended up winning by a slim margin.
The boys won the 200 free and 400 free first overall, putting a good amount of points up on the score sheet against Cypress. In the boys 400 freestyle: Heath Brames, Robi Wilson, and Ivan Capalbo all placed first. Wilson won the 100 fly. The boys only lost to Cypress by 10 points.
“The meet was one of the closest ones yet against Cypress and I feel that we have a chance of beating them next time they come around,” boys captain Bramers said. “For now we plan on practicing with full intensity for meets coming up.”
For the girls, Kathleen Golding won the 200 IM and 100 free and Molly Golding won the 100 fly, placing them at the top of the meet for their events. Solana Capalbo, Barbi Bernal, Kathleen and Molly Golding all placed first in the 200 medley relay event. The girls won most events and scored high in races, but only fell short of cypress by 15 points.
“I’m in 11th grade and I have been to states, and won, both freshman and sophomore year,” Kathleen Golding said. “My goal this year is to try and help get more people to qualify for states and win.”
When it comes to swimming, Cooper City is one of the top schools in their district. The girls have sent junior Kathleen Golding to states twice already, where she won both times. The future is bright for both the boys and girls, both teams hope to make it to states this year and win medals.
“Winning states is the ultimate goal this year and doing so would encourage the underclassmen to push harder in their next few years,” Ivan Capalbo said.
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