November 9, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
It’s Show Time.
After three months of training and racing short course yards, high school swimmers from the South Florida Aquatic Club will compete for more than twenty Broward and Dade high schools over the next three days at the FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships at the newly-refurbished Orlando YMCA.
SOFLO has qualified a team record twenty-eight swimmers for all three meets.
The meet gets under way on Thursday with the FHSAA Class 3A boys and girls competition featuring Cypress Bay, St. Thomas Aquinas, West Broward, Douglas, Taravella and Hialeah Gardens.
It is the first of three meets over three days at the indoor facility.
Among SOFLO’s highest seeded swimmers are:
Freshman Melissa Marinheiro of West Broward, fifth seed, 200-yard freestyle, 1:52.53 and sixth seed, 500-yard freestyle, 5:00.85.
Junior Keegan Boisson-Yates of Taravella, sixth seed, 100-yard freestyle, 47.26.
Junior Brandon Goldman of St. Thomas Aquinas, sixth seed, 100-yard backstroke, 53.14.
For the first time in state meet history, championship finals will be webcast live each night on FHSAAsports.com beginning at 5:30 p.m. Results will also be posted immediately on the fhsaa.org site and floridaswimnetwork.com will host a post-meet wrap show each night.
SOFLO’S CLASS 3A QUALIFIERS
200-yard medley relay: Douglas 200-yard medley relay (Emily Greenwood, Anne Kuczynski); West Broward (Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro, Amber Hunter, Leonie Davies); St. Thomas Aquinas (Ashley Monaghan).
200-yard freestyle: Melissa Marinheiro, WB; Emma Lincoln, CB; Marcella Marinheiro, WB.
200-yard individual medley: Mia Fiorenzi, STA; Anne Kuczynski, DOUG.
50-yard freestyle: Kristina Brennan, STA.
100-yard butterfly: Maria Lopez, Hialeah Gardens.
100-yard freestyle: Emma Lincoln, CB; Anne Kuczynski, DOUG; Kristina Brennan, STA.
500-yard freestyle: Melissa Marinheiro, WB.
200-yard freestyle relay: (Kristina Brennan, Mia Fiorenzi).
100-yard backstroke: Marcella Marinheiro, WB; Emily Greenwood, DOUG; Maria Lopez, Hialeah Gardens.
100-yard breaststroke: Ashley Monaghan, STA; Kelly Kealty, TAR; Mia Fiorenzi, STA
400-yard freestyle relay: West Broward (Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro, Amber Hunter, Leonie Davies); St. Thomas Aquinas (Kristina Brennan, Mia Fiorenzi).
St. Thomas Aquinas 200-yard medley relay (Brandon Goldman).
200-yard individual medley: Brandon Goldman, STA.
50-yard freestyle: Keegan Boisson-Yates, Taravella.
100-yard butterfly: Mauricio Hidalgo, Douglas.
100-yard freestyle: Keegan Boisson-Yates, Taravella.
100-yard backstroke: Brandon Goldman, STA.
100-yard breaststroke: Alex Evdokimov, TAR.
FHSAA State Swimming
When: Class 3A, Thursday; Class 1A, Friday; Class 2A, Saturday.
Schedule: Prelims start at 9 a.m., diving at 1:30 p.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center, International Drive, Orlando.
Live coverage: Finals only on FHSAAsports.com, 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $9 per session, parking is $5.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org