Gulliver Named Overall Best Sports Program (5A-1A) for 19th Time

Gulliver’s athletics program was recognized with multiple honors at the annual Miami Herald Athletic Awards Banquet on May 23, including being named the Overall Best Sports Program for 5A-1A for the third straight year and 19th time overall. The Raiders won four state championships in 2018-19 (girls’ swimming, boys’ tennis, girls’ tennis, boys’ water polo) pushing Gulliver’s overall title count to 60.

Four student-athletes and three coaches were also recognized at the awards banquet. Emily Cordovi ’19 was tabbed Female Swimmer of the Year and was a finalist for Best Female Athlete (5A-1A), while Rene Peralta ’19 was named Boys’ Water Polo Player of the Year, and was a finalist for Best Male Athlete (5A-1A). Nick Hassan ’19 was selected as Boys’ Lacrosse Player of the Year and Karan Mirpuri ’19 was recognized as a Scholar-Athlete finalist.

Emily will continue her swimming career at Florida International University, while Rene will join the water polo team at the University of the Pacific. Nick will take his lacrosse talents to Colby College this Fall and Karan will attend Vanderbilt University.

After leading the Raiders to their fifth consecutive state championship, Head Coach Chris George was named Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year for the third straight year. Coach George was also named Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year as he led the boys’ team to a state runner-up finish.

Head Coach Carroll Vaughan earned Boys’ Water Polo Coach of the Year after leading the Gulliver boys’ water polo team to their fourth state title in program history. Girls’ Tennis Head Coach Kelly Mulligan also took home Coach of the Year honors, leading the girls’ tennis team to a state championship and their eighth state title overall.

For the complete list of Miami Herald Athletic Awards winners and finalists, click here. To view photos from the ceremony, click here.