Cutler Bay Senior High swimmers earn awards

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Swimmers representing Cutler Bay Senior High received both the Boys’ and Girls’ Miami-Dade Swimmer of the Year Awards at the end of May.

Miguel Sierra, a graduating senior, won the Boys’ Swimmer of the Year Award for his accomplishments this season. He finished as the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 1A state runnerup in the 100-yard backstroke and third place in the 100-yard butterfly. He is the captain of the swim team, and this was the fourth consecutive year he qualified for the state championships.

He was recognized as an All-American last season and has been a three time All-Dade winner while swimming for Cutler Bay Senior High. Miguel will be swimming for Florida State University in the fall.

“Cutler Bay Senior High sophomore Olivia Dinehart completed the sweep when she was awarded the Girls’ Swimmer of the Year Award for her outstanding season as well,” said school spokesperson Elise Kugler. “She finished as the FHSAA Class 1A state runnerup in the 100-yard breaststroke and fourth place in the 200-yard individual medley. She also was part of the 200-yard medley relay team which finished third at state finals. This is her second consecutive trip to the state championships. She was recognized as an All-American last season and is a six-time All-Dade winner.”

In addition to Miguel and Olivia, other members of the team were recognized for their accomplishments. Sophomores Elena Dinehart, Natalie Gembicki and Madeline Smutny were recognized as All-Dade for the 200-yard medley relay. Elena is All-Dade for her 100-yard backstroke at the state meet. Natalie is All-Dade for 100-yard freestyle while Madeline was a two-time All-Dade selection for the 100-yard Butterfly and 500-yard freestyle.

Lucas J. De La Torre, school principal, was pleased by the swimmers’ accomplishments.

“I congratulate the Cutler Bay Senior High swim tream, as they made school history again this year,” De La Torre said.

Also credited was Marshall Ruffo, COAST Lead Teacher, and Cutler Bay Senior High swim team coach.

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