Schedule: Girls 9:10 a.m., boys 10 a.m.
Boys team qualifiers: Bartram Trail, Creekside, Ponte Vedra. Boys individual qualifiers: Sebastian Kenne, Sam Skiles (both Stanton); Parker Woodruff, St. Augustine.
Girls team qualifiers: Creekside, Nease, Ponte Vedra. Girls individual qualifiers: Alivia Davis, Stanton.
Outlook: It’s difficult. All three St. Johns County boys squads have a chance at the top five, but the top times belong to Tallahassee Chiles, Belen Jesuit and Ocala Vanguard. Still, Creekside’s Matt Ortiz could fight for a top-10 finish, as could Stanton’s Kenne and Skiles. In the girls race, Tallahassee Chiles and senior Ana Wallace are the favorites for the overall title, but Creekside should be the Timberwolves’ main threat. Sophomore Claire Openshaw leads an extremely young Knights squad that’s likely to earn a podium spot. Watch also for Nease and Ponte Vedra, who could place in the top five, while the Sharks’ Claire Moritz and Stanton’s Davis should challenge for high individual placings.
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Creekside: After last year’s march to the Class 4A title game, expectations are high again at Creekside. This year, the Knights appear likely to lean on their defense. Lauren Hollis and Hailey Surrency (Florida Southern) are seasoned starters in the back line and Maddie Behan an agile shot-stopper in the net, showing off her skills in last year’s state title game with St. Thomas Aquinas. And they’ve still got enough creativity in midfield, notably from sophomore playmaker Delaney Tauzel, to contend in a brutally tough District 4-4A.
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Creekside’s girls swimming and diving team won the Region 1-3A title on Wednesday with 593 points, which was more than 140 points better than second-placed Bartram Trail. The Knights won three events: the 200-yard medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay and Aubrey Miller won the 100 butterfly.
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