WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
October 27, 2012
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julien Pinon continues to build momentum for the Nov. 10 State 1A Championships in Orlando.
Pinon, a freshman making his high school debut this season at American Heritage Plantation, qualified for two individual events and two relays at the District 11A Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at the Nova Southeastern Aquatic Complex.
Pinon was second in the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best 1:43.78 behind Sagemont’s Jemal Legrand, who had an All-American consideration time of 1:40. Pinon lowered his seed time of 1:47.18.
Pinon was also third in the 100-yard freestyle in a season-best 48.29 behind Legrand who posted an automatic All-American time of 45.52 and teammate Daniel Spas in 46.55. His previous best was 49.86.
Pinon swam on the runner-up 200-yard freestyle (1:28.89) and 400-yard freestyle (3:13.75) relays.
American Heritage boys, led by Pinon and teammates University of Florida-bound Daniel Spas, Scott Clark, Fernando Bohorquez, Chris Garcia and freshmen Nico Medina and Jonathan Farah, defended its title with 452 points, finishing ahead of Sagemont, with 296 and University School was third with 288.
American Heritage hung on in the tight girls’ competition to defend their girls’ team title over South Florida Heat with 323 points. The Heat finished just 16 points out of first place finishing runner-up with 307 points.
Zach Laurence of University School (435.05) and Jessica Brownell of Calvary Christian (323.30) won the boys and girls 1-meter springboard diving titles.
University School’s All-American Emily Kopas was disqualified in the 100-yard breaststroke for a false start. Kopas, a 2012 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, is the defending state 1A champion in the event and was expected to repeat as a junior. Kopas finished second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:10.01 behind her younger sister, Allison, an eighth grader, first in a best time 2:09.87.
Other SOFLO finishers were:
Ricardo Roche and Andres Lares were members of the sixth-place 200-yard medley relay for Somerset in 1:58.43. Samuel Quintero was on the ninth-place 200-yard medley in 2:05.25 for Sagemont.
Andrea Melendez of Somerset, ninth in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 27.24, lowering her previous best of 27.65.
Samuel Quintero, ninth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:25.20 and 16th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08.93.
Matthew Menocal of Somerset, 11th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:30.24 and 12th in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:39.89, lowering his previous best of 5:49.10.
Abolade Oyetunji of Somerset was 11th in the 50-yard freestyle in a best tie 27.80, lowering her seed time of 28.60; 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:14.32, lowering her seed time of 1:19.60; on the fifth place 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 4:27.41.
Juan Medina of Miami Pace, 17th in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:37.48, lowering his seed time of 2:45.50.
Ricardo Roche, 11th in the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 2:01.75, lowering his seed time of 2:06.70; 11th in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:24.80, lowering his previous time of 5:28.90.
Andres Lares, ninth in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:03.05, lowering his seed time of 1:04.70 and 13th in the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 1:02.22 lowering his previous best of 1:04.70.
Roche, Menocal and Lares were three members of the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished eighth in 4:23.44.
On Wednesday, region qualifiers are expected to be listed on the FHSAA.org website after Tuesday’s final district meet is held in Deerfield Beach.
Swimmers will return to the Nova Southeastern Aquatic Complex on Saturday for the Region 4-1A meet on Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 4:30 p.m. The field will feature the rest of the big dogs in 1A competition in South Florida including St. Andrew’s, Pine Crest and Westminster Academy.
DISTRICT 11A RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. American Heritage Plantation 323, 2. South Florida Heat 307, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 300, 4. University School 293, 5. Zion Lutheran 142, 6. Calvary Christian 137, 7. Sagemont 130, 8. Miami Country Day 123, 9. Somerset 102, 10. Miami Pace 88, 11. Chaminade 62, 12. Posnack 55, 13. Doctor’s Charter 14.
200-yard medley relay: 1. University School 1:50.84 (Allison Kopas, Emily Kopas, Krissa Robinson, Evy Sands).
200-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Vandenberg, Sagemont 1:55.73, 2. Jessie Randolph, American Heritage 1:56.72, 3. Claudia Reyes, American Heritage 1:58.41.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Allison Kopas, University School 2:09.87, 2. Emily Kopas, University School 2:10.01, 3. Rose Smiddy, South Florida Heat 2:12.13.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Alexandra Pacitti, American Heritage 25.93, 2. Jillian Contich, South Florida Heat 26.04, 3. Elizabeth Ryder, Cardinal Gibbons 26.10.
1-meter springboard diving: 1. Jessica Brownell, Calvary Christian 323.30, 2. Caroline Franco, Cardinal Gibbons 315.35, 3. Amanda Paolillo, Calvary Christian 273.05.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Krissa Robinson, University School 59.04, 2. Claudia Reyes, American Heritage 1:00.01, 3. Diana Rodriguez, Cardinal Gibbons 1:02.35.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Clara Smiddy, South Florida Heat 53.29, 2. Rose Smiddy, South Florida Heat 55.01, 3. Sivan Fraiman, Posnack 55.78.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Daniela Vandenberg, Sagemont 5:07.93, 2. Nilza Costa, Sagemont 5:11.57, 3. Jessie Randolph, American Heritage 5:15.73.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage 1:41.84 (Audrey Mason, Claudia Reyes, Alexandra Pacitti, Jessie Randolph), 2. South Florida Heat 1:42.80, 3. University School 1:48.23.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Clara Smiddy, South Florida Heat 58.07, 2. Lindsay Hay, American Heritage 1:02.15, 3. Allison Kopas, University School 1:02.69.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Regan Byrne, Cardinal Gibbons 1:11.70, 2. Audrey Mason, American Heritage 1:12.58, best time, 3. Shanese Langsett, Cardinal Gibbons 1:17.66.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage 3:40.76 (Claudia Reyes, Alexandra Pacitti, Lindsay Hay, Jessie Randolph), 2. South Florida Heat 3:43.39 (Rose Smiddy, Jillian Contich, Lindsey Sauer, Clara Smiddy), 3. University School 3:45.88.
BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. American Heritage Plantation 452, 2. Sagemont 296, 3. University School 288, 4. Cardinal Gibbons 277, 5. South Florida Heat 179, 6. Somerset 152, 7. Calvary Christian 130, 8. Miami Country Day 75, 9. Miami Pace 67, 10. Doctor’s Charter 58, 11. Chaminade 41, 12. Zion Lutheran 26, 13. Posnack 25.
200-yard medley relay: 1. University School 1:42.75, 2. Cardinal Gibbons 1:44.22, 3. American Heritage 1:44.48, 4. South Florida Heat 1:46.69 (Matt Smutney, Kevin Wilson, Luke Smutney, Bryce Pierce).
200-yard freestyle: 1. Jemal Legrand, Sagemont 1:40.00, 2. Julien Pinon, American Heritage 1:43.78, 3. Marco Hosfeld, University School 1:44.33.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Matt Smutney, South Florida Heat 2:01.81, 2. Daniel Pereira, University School 2:03.07, 3. Jonathan Farah, American Heritage 2:05.75.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Spas, American Heritage 21.47, 2. Scott Clark, American Heritage 22.43, 3. Hank Contich, Calvary Christian 22.67.
1-meter springboard diving: 1. Zach Laurence, University School 435.05.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Lucas Debrito, Sagemont 50.16, 2. Fernando Bohorquez, American Heritage 53.76, 3. Chad Moody, Cardinal Gibbons 53.85.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Jemal Legrand, Sagemont 45.52, 2. Daniel Spas, American Heritage 46.55, 3. Julien Pinon, American Heritage 48.29.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Lucas Debrito, Sagemont 4:40.93, 2. Marco Hosfeld, University School 4:41.48, 3. Nico Medina, American Heritage 4:42.87.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Sagemont 1:28.64 (Jemal Legrand, Ben Fruitman, Ferrucio Rossi, Lucas Debrito), 2. American Heritage 1:28.89, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 1:34.27.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Chad Moody, Cardinal Gibbons 55.02, 2. Matt Smutny, South Florida Heat 56.70, 3. Nicolas Oberndorfer, University School 57.77.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Hank Contich, Calvary Christian 1:02.34, 2. Daniel Pereria, University School 1:04.50, 3. Chris Garcia, American Heritage 1:06.01.
400-yard freestyle: 1. Sagemont 3:11.13 (Lucas Debrito, Ferrucio, Ben Fruitman, Jemal Legrand), 2. American Heritage 3:13.75, 3. University School 3:22.67.
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