Academy at the Lakes was recently honored as Florida’s top 2A private school athletic program during the 2014-15 school year, receiving the prestigious Carey E. McDonald Award for the first time in school history.
The award winner is determined based on the season results of 20 different teams. During the 2014-15 school year, Academy had an individual or team qualify for regional or state competition in eight sports.
“We’re extremely humbled and honored to win this award,” said Athletic Director Tom Haslam. “It’s definitely a testament to the hard work and enthusiasm demonstrated by our excellent coaching staff and our dedicated student-athletes. We’ll continue to work diligently at making our athletic program one of the best in the state.”
In addition to winning the Carey E. McDonald Award, Academy at the Lakes also finished third overall in 2014-15 among more than 100 2A public and private schools for the FHSAA Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All-Sports Award.
Golf: More golfers qualified for the Regional Tournament than ever before.
Swimming: The team produced Academy’s first-ever individual State Champion, Abbey Duncan ’17, and qualified more swimmers for the Regional Swim Meet than ever before. In addition, the girls’ team finished its dual-meet season undefeated.
Boys Basketball: The team won the first Regional Championship in school history and made its first appearance in the State Final Four.
Girls Basketball: The team won its fifth consecutive District Championship, fourth consecutive Regional Championship, and qualified for its fourth straight State Final Four.
Softball: The team, which included five sixth graders on its roster, won its fourth consecutive District Championship.
Boys Tennis: The team won its first team District Championship in school history.
Girls Tennis: The doubles team of Daniella Moreno-Kaste ’15 and Anna Waller ’19 won both the District and State Championships, with the state title being the first in school history.
Track & Field: Three student-athletes qualified for the Regional Championship and numerous school records were broken.