Terrapin Athletics in the News
| Congratulations to Van C., Daniel M., Fernando S., Tyler D. and Jay H.
on all of their successes so far this season!
Check out Bay News 9's great story and video on this group of junior swimmers. The segment touches on their brotherly bond both in and out of the pool. These talented swimmers are already breaking records, and we are looking forward to many more impressive races from them in the future!
Check out the story and video from Bay News 9 here: Tampa Prep Junior Boys Are Making A Splash.
|Congratulations to the girl's team, the boy's team and
coaches Richard Veghte and Bruno Quattrone on great seasons!
By Boys Golf Coach Bruno Quattrone
The Boys and Girls Golf teams completed the season sweep of rival Berkeley on Tuesday. The boys won with a season-low team score of 162 for a 12-shot victory. The girls also fired a season-low round of 160 for a 45-shot win.
Both golf teams have been working hard and steadily improving as the District Tournament approaches. It is very inspiring to see the growth of these golfers throughout the season. The girl's team will finish the regular season undefeated (8-0) with the Mustang Invitational tournament win. With a record of 6-4, the boy's team has seen a large improvement this season and will continue to improve for next year! The coaches are very proud and looking forward to the post season!
|Mr. Elio Hernandez and Dr. Stone speak to student-athletes and parents
about how to prevent shoulder injuries.
This week, Tampa Prep's Athletic Department sponsored a presentation from Mr. Elio Hernandez, a nurse practitioner at Florida Orthopedic Institute (FOI), for the volleyball, swim and baseball teams. The presentation was focused on shoulder pain, specifically rotator cuff tears. To begin the presentation, students learned about the anatomy of the shoulder complex and the important muscles that athletes need to focus on to prevent injuries. Following the anatomy discussion, he showed students exercises to incorporate into their daily routines to help prevent these injuries. Students also had the opportunity to ask Dr. Stone, an orthopedic doctor at FOI, questions about preventing injury and what to do if you are injured. At the end of the presentation, students and parents were able to walk through an actual rotator cuff surgery with Dr. Stone. It was a great presentation, and we hope that our student-athletes will follow the advice of our speakers to prevent this injury. As part of our partnership with the group, this is the first of many sessions FOI will host at the School, covering various topics.
|Congratulations to the Tampa Prep Swim and Dive teams!|
By Coach Jason Bowes
TPSD had another fantastic meet in the pool and on the boards this past weekend. Tampa Prep swimmers and divers traveled across the bay on Saturday and took on the top teams from Pinellas County at the St. Petersburg Relays. Our TPSD divers were led by Ian Peaslee, Joshua Vinik, Ryan Curtis and Jacob Fuhrman, who finished 1st overall! In the pool, the boys' team showed their dominance with breaking 3 meet records (Boys 200 Free, Boys 200 Fly and Boys 100 Freestyle) and another school record! Boys on those relays are Tyler Duic, Daniel Moore, Van Cates and Fernando Sedano-Roman. TPSD also earned 1st in 9 events (Boys - Diving, 200 Free, 200 Fly, 100 Free and 100 IM and Girls - 400 IM, 100 Free, 100 IM and 200 Breaststroke), 1st in the 1A category, 2nd in the girls, 3rd in the boys and 2nd overall combined!
Congratulations to the entire TPSD team for their effort and team spirit this past weekend – it was incredible to watch the team perform. A big thank you to all the parents in the stands that cheered us on!
GO RED, GO GOLD!
|The teams celebrate their incredible victories and new records in the pool!|
|Congratulations to the Cross Country teams
for a great performance at the first two meets of the season!
By Coach Mason Cathey
The Varsity Boys and Girls Cross County teams ran in their first two meets of the season with the opening meet at Indian Rocks. In the first meet of the season, the team was excited to see Josie Garba win first place, the JV boys team finished in 5th and Jordan Payne took sixth! Check out Josie's interview after the win at Indian Rocks here: http://fl.milesplit.com/videos/96941.
The following meet was in Lakeland at Holloway Park, hosted by Seffner Christian, and featured more than 60 schools. The team had great performances at each meet. Yet again, Josie Garba finished in the Top 10 in the Elite devision. Check out her interview following this race at http://fl.milesplit.com/videos/97313. These meets are 5Ks and the results can be found at www.flrunners.com.
The Boys team is full, but the teams would love to have a few more girls so that they can get a team score. Please see Coach Snow if you are interested in joining the Cross Country team!
The next meet is in Riverview, then back to Holloway Park in Lakeland at the end of the month. It will be exciting to see how the teams are progressing. The Cross Country runners appreciate your support!
|Congratulations to the Girl's Golf team on their incredible win!|
From Coach Richard Veghte
Tampa Prep's Varsity Girl's Golf defeated many other teams with a team score of 322 to win the Team Title at the Mustang Invitational hosted by Northside Christian, just one shot ahead of second place Osceola and two shots ahead of third place St. Petersburg. Lilly Berry led the way for the Terrapins with a 75. Julie Zhang and Morgan Peterson each shot a 79. Katie Hochhausler chipped in with an 89 to round out the team title. Camille Benson and Hannah Keller each recorded season low scores to pace the Terrapins. It was the first time Tampa Prep has won this tournament in its 13-year history. The team is undefeated this season with 4 match wins. Great job, girls!
|Congratulations to the 200 Freestyle Relay swimmers
for a great swim and new record!
|Daniel M. sets a new Terrapin record
for the 50 freestyle!
From Coach Jason Bowes
TPSD - 225
CDS - 79
TPSD - 242
CDS - 42
Tampa Prep Swim and Dive took on Carrollwood Day School in their second Dual Meet of the season. TPSD brought both Boys and Girls records to 2-0 with a fantastic performance in the pool and on the boards!
The team had two incredible standout performances that led the Terrapins to the wins. Daniel Moore started off the night with a bang by breaking Rasmus Skjaerpe's 50 freestyle record of 21.49 and lowering the mark to 21.37. Congratulations Daniel!
Only minutes later, Daniel helped his teammates Fernando Sedano-Roman, Jay Hutchinson and Van Cates break the 200 Freestyle Relay by over 1 second! Thank you to all our fans, volunteers and officials for helping us have a great meet! Next up is St. Pete Relays, hope to see you all there!
|Congratulations Swim and Dive teams on your first win!|
From Coach Jason Bowes
TPSD had a great first dual meet of the season against Northside Christian this past Tuesday at the Colwill Swimming and Diving Center. It was a fantastic all around effort from the entire team. A big thank you to all the volunteers and officials that came to help the team out. We are looking forward to another great Swim and Dive season!
Prep - 204
NSCH - 83
Prep - 229
NSCH - 77
Our next dual meet will be Wednesday September 9 at 5:00 p.m. against Carrolwood Day School. It's a home meet, so come watch and cheer for your Terrapins!
GO RED, GO GOLD!
Congratulations to Juwan Durhan for committing to play basketball at the University of Connecticut next year. Juwan entertained many offers, but ultimately decided on UCONN. We couldn't be more proud of Juwan's athletic and academic accomplishments, as well as his work ethic. Go Huskies!
Check out these stories about Juwan's decision:
UCONN Lands 6-11 Juwan Durham - Hartford Courant
Top 50 Prospect Juwan Durham Commits to Connecticut - ESPN
Tampa Prep Power Forward Juwan Durham - Tampa Bay Times
Four Star 2016 Recruit Juwan Durham - NBC Sports
Juwan Durham Commits - Sports Illustrated
|Congratulations to Anthony A. on this incredible accomplishment at the Asics Cadet-Junior National Wrestling Tournament!|
Over the summer, Anthony Artalona competed at the Asics Cadet-Junior National Wrestling Tournament held in Fargo, North Dakota and accomplished a feat that had been completed by very few, as he dominated his opponents in both Olympic styles of wrestling practiced at this tournament (Greco-Roman and Freestyle) to become a Double Fargo Champion, placing gold in both events!
The North Dakota State University welcomed more than 3,000 fourteen-to-eighteen year old athletes competing in either (or both) of the Olympic styles of wrestling. Competing at this level is no easy task; many wrestlers focus only on one style of wrestling to increase their chance of placing. It is no surprise to anyone who knows Anthony that he did not focus on one style of wrestling, but competed and dominated in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle.
Competing in both styles of wrestling and winning double gold was just part of Anthony’s rare accomplishment. He showed the entire country what an incredible competitor he is. By winning almost all of his matches by a technical fall or pin, both of Anthony’s Semi-Final Championship matches lasted less than thirty-five seconds.
In the Greco-Roman Championship Final, Anthony displayed a huge amount of maturity, even though he is a young competitor, by staying in a great position and pulling off a 13-10 victory. During the Freestyle National Championship Final, he continued a dominating performance by winning the match with a score of 11-4.
We could not be more pleased to have Anthony represent the school on both the state and national levels. Anthony has an incredible work ethic, which can be seen throughout his athletic and academic accomplishments. Along with winning double gold at this National Wrestling Tournament, Anthony is also a two-time Florida High School State Wrestling Champion. Through his sacrifices, hard work and endurance, it is easy to see how his skill and character has distinguished him as one of the best wrestlers in the country. Tampa Prep is proud of Anthony’s most recent accomplishment and excited to see what his next great achievement will be.
Watch Anthony Artalona talk about his the final matches to win the Freestyle Nationals and the Greco-Roman Nationals.
|Congratulations to Marcus and Caroline on this honor!|
The Heart of a Champion Award is a $1,000.00 scholarship presented by Robert D. Gries Jr. to one male and female senior athlete at each Hillsborough County School and select Hillsborough County private schools.
The criteria for the award recipients is listed below:
- Demonstrates leadership and maturity in helping their teammate
- Demonstrates a relentless work ethic in games and in practice
- Displays total dedication and love for their sport
- Being the best they can be
- The athlete with the "most heart"
Tampa Prep is very excited that Caroline Brown and Marcus Ransom were chosen as this year's recipients. Congratulations!
|Erin C., Audrey C., Viktor G. and Connor S. tour the Penn AC
boathouse in Philadelphia.
|Luke S. and Spencer B. pose with
Head Coach Bassett after receiving
their silver medals.
From Head Coach Christina Bassett
The Terrapin's State Champion Boy’s Junior Double and Boy’s Junior Four traveled to Camden County, New Jersey, to compete for a National Championship. This was the crew’s first time racing at the venue and for all but two of our athletes, the first time for them to compete a regatta of this size or at the national level. The athletes flew into Philadelphia Airport on Thursday, May 21, only to be greeted by temperatures in the 50s and a consistent rain. Needless to say our tank tops and flip flops were not going to be needed much during our stay.
The Boy’s Junior Four (freshman: Adam Hunter, Garreth Klotz, Connor Stec; junior: Viktor Garba; Coxswains: Audrey Carver and Erin Cristal) competed against older and more experienced crews. The crew, raced in a fast heat that included the event winner from the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta (the largest scholastic regatta in the country). Nerves took precedence over the hard work they had put into preparation for the race as they finished last in their heat. Despite their disappointing finish in the heat, the crew came in 20th place overall. The crew came away from the regatta with a new respect for their sport and with a newfound confidence to return to Nationals and show that they belong there.
The Boy’s Junior Double (juniors Luke Smith, Spencer Burdge) returned to Nationals after earning a bronze medal in the event in 2014. The crew easily won their heat and posted the fastest time for the event. In finals, it was clear from the beginning of the race that the battle for first place would be between Tampa Prep and a crew from E.L. Crossley (a Canadian school). Crossley held a slight lead over Prep for most of the race and pulled away in the last 500m, winning the event and a gold medal with a time of 5:07.029. Prep claimed second place and a silver medal with a time of 5:15.778. It was a great race!
With racing finished for the weekend, the team headed into Philadelphia and historical boathouse row. The team had the opportunity to tour one of the boathouses (Penn AC) and learn a lot about the history of rowing. It was impressive and inspiring to see the trophies, medals and photos of the many Olympians that had trained at the club through the years.
The team is excited for next year and is determined to return to nationals.
Row Red! Row Gold!