Ransom Everglades swimmers put their arms around one another and gathered in a huddle in anticipation of the announcement of team champions at the 2023 Florida High School Athletic Association 1A District 12 Championships at the Ansin Aquatic Center on Oct. 19. The swimmers – and their parents – jumped for joy when the announcer confirmed that both teams finished in first place to claim district titles.
The girls' team scored of 381 to top the field of 11 schools. Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart finished second (327) and Cutler Bay (293), third. RE's boys tallied 391, edging Cutler Bay Senior High (379) and Miami Country Day School (318) in the field of 12. Both Raider teams were led by coach Franz Huggins.
Kiera Rampersad '25 added two individual district titles in the girls' 100 yard breaststroke (1 minute 6.84 seconds) and girls' 100 butterfly (56.68) and she helped RE to the title in the 400 freestyle relay (3:48.18), swimming the anchor leg along with Sophia Linfield '26, Sophie Szutkowski '28 and Sydney Gould '25.
In the girls' 100 freestyle, Gould earned an individual silver medal (59.26) and Chloe Jimenez '26 claimed the bronze (59.48). Eleanor Kriplen '28 finished third in the girls' 100 backstroke (1:08.54), and the RE's girls' 200 freestyle relay team (Jimenez, Gould, Kriplen and Stella Newman '26) also finished third. The boys earned second-place finishes in the 200 free relay (Milo Gorey '24, Lincoln Broad '26, Jay Holly '26 and Jack Merrick '26) and 400 free relay (Gorey, Broad, Jake Perdigon '24 and Holly). A few weeks later, Rampersad finished sixth in the Class 1A state championships in the 100 fly, touching the wall in 55.76 seconds. The girls' individual medley relay team finished 14th overall. Rampersad, Kriplen, Szutkowski, Gould, Jimenez and Linfield represented RE at states.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.