October 4, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
With six weeks to go until the Nov. 10-12 FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships, the 48th Woodson Invitational at Pine Crest on Wednesday will serve as a training gauge for swimmers and coaches.
The meet was re-scheduled for the second time this year, moved from Oct. 8 because of Yom Kippur.
It was originally moved from Oct. 15 to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Broward County Athletic Association and Palm Beach County Championships.
Pine Crest Aquatic Director and Head Coach Jay Fitzgerald said there was no other date available.
The format has been adjusted from prelim-final to a timed final meet with warm-up at 2 p.m. and the meet beginning at 3 p.m. with both swimming and diving.
The meet has attracted some of South Florida’s top teams including American Heritage Plantation, St. Andrew’s, Westminster Academy, University School, Coral Shores and host Pine Crest.
The state’s oldest swimming invitational will also feature some of the county’s top-ranked swimmers including California-bound Lauren Driscoll, Florida-bound Lindsey McKnight and Yousef Alaskari of American Heritage and Emily Kopas of University School.
Thirteen South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are entered.
American Heritage Plantation: Luke Torres.
Coral Springs Charter: Jillian Alexander, Alex Campo, Steph Campo, August Charni, Lucia Morris, Giancarlo Payamps, Natasha Payamps, Austin Pillado, Carina Tenaglia, Rebecca Wilkerson.
Pine Crest: Tyla Martin.
University School: Marco Hosfeld.
IF YOU GO
What: 48th Woodson Swimming and Diving Invitational.
When: Wednesday, warm-up 2 p.m., timed finals 3 p.m.-6:38 p.m.
Where: Pine Crest School, 1501 NE 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale.
How to get there: Take I-95 to Cypress Creek Road exit, head east past Dixie Highway, railroad tracks and athletic field, the campus is located on the left. There is a parking garage and surrounding on-campus parking lots. For information call pool office, 954-492-4173.
2010 TEAM RESULTS
GIRLS: 1. Jacksonville Bolles 501.50, 2. Pine Crest 336.50, 3. American Heritage 196, 4. Boca Raton 194, 5. Coral Springs Charter 168, 6. Westminster Academy 151, 7. Suncoast 149, 8. South Florida HEAT 114, 9. University School 89, 10. Pompano Beach 82.
BOYS: 1. Jacksonville Bolles 468, 2. Pine Crest 360, 3. Miami Belen Jesuit 285, 4. Boca Raton 228, 5. American Heritage 214, 6. Westminster Academy 151, 7. John I. Leonard 97, 8. Pompano Beach 89, 9. Spanish River 80, 10. University School 70.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com