SOFLO’s Pinon Qualifies For First State 1A Meet; American Heritage Wins First Boys Team Title By Nine Points

SOFLO’s Pinon Qualifies For First State Meet; American Heritage Wins First Boys Team Title


November 4, 2012

Redemption was sweet for Julien Pinon of American Heritage Plantation at the Region 4-1A Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at the Nova Southeastern Aquatic Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s nationally-ranked age group swimmer qualified for his first state meet as a freshman but not without a few heart-stopping moments.

Pinon was disqualified in one of his best events, the 100-yard freestyle for a rolling false start. He would have been seeded fifth in the final in 48.27.

But he bounced back by finishing second in the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:41.41. His splits were 24.01, 25.58, 25.98 and 25.84.

Pinon also qualified on two relays, the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.08) and runner-up 400-yard freestyle relay.

After competing in the state’s fastest region meets, Pinon will get the chance to race the best at the FHSAA State 1A meet that features defending champion Jacksonville Bolles on Saturday.

In the team competition, American Heritage Plantation won its first-ever region boys title with 307 points, beating Pine Crest (298) for the first time.

With a mix of experienced veterans led by University of Florida-bound Daniel Spas and up-and-coming freshmen including Pinon, Jonathan Farah and Nico Medina, the Patriots won with 307 points, just nine points ahead of Pine Crest (298).

Spas played a key role with his win in the 50 freestyle. He also anchored the winning 200 freestyle relay and runner-up 400 freestyle relay.

“This is huge,” said longtime American Heritage coach Nobutaka Tan. “Pine Crest has always been a powerhouse and St. Andrew’s has always been very strong and we have been close to them. It’s just really difficult to have the solid group of kids to do what they did tonight.

“Coming in I thought we were 20 points behind,” Tan said. “We wanted to try and see how close we could get. Our kids stepped up. They did a phenomenal job. Our kids came out in the right place at the right time tonight. All the kids knew they had to do the best they could do. Julien had a great 200 after his disqualification.

“Bolles is going to bring state to another level, that is for sure,” Tan said. “I know they will show us the powerhouse they are. I don’t want our kids just to sit back and watch them, I want them to participate and compete.”

Pine Crest won the girls team title with 401 ahead of St. Andrew’s with 347.50.

“There’s a lot of competition in South Florida,” Pine Crest Hall of Fame coach Jay Fitzgerald said. “That’s the whole key. You have Bolles who is very good and favored to win but who’s going to be second, third or fourth. It’s going to be people from this region.

“It just shows that there is more depth and more power in this region and this area than the rest of the state combined,” Fitzgerald said. “Bolles doesn’t have to go through the same stress that we do. It is what it is, but it helps our athletes be ready for state because they have already been tested and been battled here.”

Bolles boys’ team will be seeking an amazing 25th consecutive state title and girls team its 22nd straight championship.

Even more noteworthy is Bolles boys will attempt to break three national high school relays in one day. No school has ever accomplished that in the history of high school swimming.

St. Andrew’s sophomore Megan Moroney turned in some eye-opening swims. She won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.67 and 100-yard butterfly in 54.87, both automatic All-American times. She swam the butterfly leg on the winning 200-yard medley relay that earned the relay an automatic All-American time (1:45.32), despite her suit filling up with water.

Even more impressive was Moroney was neither shaved or tapered for the region meet.

“I am in shock,” Moroney said. “I was not expecting this at all. I didn’t feel that great in warm-up tonight. I was getting nervous. I didn’t want to lose all the points for my team. I wanted to do good for them.”

The only other SOFLO swimmer to finish in the Top 16 was Mast Academy’s Rachel Ling, 16th in the 200-yard individual medley (best time 2:19.98), after going 2:19.07 in prelims. Her previous best was 2:22.26. She led off her team’s 15th place 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:51.00).

Ling, a senior, lost a three-swimmer swim-off in the 100-yard backstroke finishing third in 1:00.83 after she finished in a three-wa tie in 1:01.11. She finished 13th overall in 1:02.19.

The winner of each event automatically qualified for the state meet. After all four region meet results were completed, the top 20 fastest times in each event advanced. The psych sheets are posted on



Team totals: 1. Pine Crest 401, 2. St. Andrew’s 347.50, 3. Ransom Everglades 217, 4. American Heritage Plantation 166, 5. Westminster Academy 157, 6. University School 125, 7. South Florida Heat 123, 8. Coral Springs Charter 113, 9. Gulliver Prep 74, 10. Cardinal Gibbons 73.50, 11. St. Brendan 69, 12. Carrollton 67, 13. Westminster Christian 59, 14. Immaculata LaSalle 57, 15. Sagemont 35, 16. Grandview Prep 30, 17. Doral 24, 18. Posnack 21, 19. Coral Shores 19, 20. American Heritage Delray Beach 16, 21. North Broward Prep 15, 22. Calvary Christian 13, 23. King’s Academy 11, 24. Mast 9, 25. Pope John Paul II, Miami Country Day 8, 27. Miami Pace 6, 28. Zion Lutheran 1.

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:45.32, All-American automatic time (Karosas, Bradford-Feldman, Moroney, B. Ruth), 2. Pine Crest 1:47.73, 3. Ransom Everglades 1:49.47; CSSC: 5. Coral Springs Charter 1:53.28 (Steph Campo, Kristina Figueroa, Jenna Diamond, Natasha Payamps), 10. American Heritage Plantation 1:47.73 (Lindsay Hay, Audrey Mason, Krista Gomes, Kristen Walker).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Megan Moroney (SA) 1:49.67, All-American automatic time, 2. Brittany Hammond (PC) 1:51.03, 3. Jessie Randolph (AHP) 1:54.07; CSSC: 15. Steph Campo (CSCS) 1:59.57, 20. Lindsey Sauer (SFH) 2:02.85.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Casey Francis (PC) 2:04.32, 2. Tasija Karosas (SA) 2:04.46, 3. Rachael Bradford-Feldman (SA) 2:05.63.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Caroline Nava (WA) 23.86, 2. Brenna Ruth (STA) 24.24, 3. Kaelah Chaney (PC) 24.41.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Megan Moroney (SA) 54.87, All-American automatic time, 2. Tyla Martin (PC) 55.39, 3. Krissa Robinson (US) 58.20.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Clara Smiddy (SFH) 51.62, 2. Caroline Nava (WA) 52.01, 3. Brenna Ruth (STA) 52.53.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Brittany Hammond (PC) 4:51.48, 2. Casey Francis (PC) 4:54.22, 3. Jessie Randolph (AHP) 5:04.46; CSSC: 8. Steph Campo (CSCS) 5:11.77, 13. Lindsey Sauer (SFH) 5:23.75.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:37.35, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:38.14, 3. Westminster Academy 1:39.59; CSSC: 4. American Heritage Plantation 1:40.27 (Claudia Reyes, Audrey Mason, Alex Pacitti, Jessie Randolph); 12. Coral Springs Charter 1:48.85 (Natasha Payamps, Jade Tolomeo, Jillian Alexander, Rebecca Wilkerson).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Clare Smiddy (SFH) 55.63, 2. Tasija Karosas (SA) 55.95, 3. Jenna Diamond (CSC) 59.46.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Annie Valls (RE) 1:05.22, 2. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, STA 1:05.29, 3. Kristina Figueroa (CSC) 1:05.95; CSSC: 13. Audrey Mason (AH) 1:11.38.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:31.46, 2. St. Andrew’s 3:32.33, 3. American Heritage Plantation 3:37.54; CSSC: 5. South Florida Heat (Rose Smiddy, Jillian Contich, Lindsey Sauer, Clara Smiddy).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Carolyn Chaney (PC) 468.05, 2. Carly Ehrlich (PC) 360.75.3. Alyssa Brander (AHD) 349.90.


Team totals: 1. American Heritage Plantation 307, 2. Pine Crest 298, 3. St. Andrew’s 257, 4. Sagemont 208, 5. University School 181, 6. Gulliver Prep 159, 7. Coral Shores 113.50, 8. Cardinal Gibbons 104.50, 9. South Florida Heat 87, 10. Grandview Prep 82, 11. Mast 68, 12. St. Brendan 56, 13. Westminster Academy 48, 14. Miami LaSalle 46, 15. King’s Academy 42, 16. Calvary Christian 41, 17. Ransom Everglades 36, 18. American Heritage Delray Beach 34, 19. Westminster Christian 28, 20. Doral 26, 21. Somerset Academy, Terra Institute 12, 23. Coral Springs Charter 1.

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:38.28, 2. Pine Crest 1:41.85, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:41.94; CSSC: 7. South Florida Heat 1:44.71 (Matt Smutny, Kevin Wilson, Luke Smutny, Bryce Pierce).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Jemal Legrand (SAGE) 1:40.00, 2. Julien Pinon (AHP) 1:41.41, 3. Kent Haeffner (PC) 1:42.38.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Quinn Cassidy (STA) 1:54.78, 2. Julian Radice (LAS) 1:55.70, 3. Alex Evenson (PC) 1:58.16; CSSC: 11. Bryce Pierce (SFH) 2:07.39.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Spas (AHP) 20.96, 2. Descartes Holland (PC) 21.79, 3. Scott Clark (AHP) 22.11; CSSC: 7. Ben Fruitman (SAGE) 22.43.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Lucas Debrito (SAGE) 50.41, 2. Zuhayr Pigot (STB) 50.60, 3. Wayne Denswil (STB) 51.73; CSSC: 13. Bryce Pierce (SFH) 56.88

100-yard freestyle:  1. Jemal Legrand (SAGE) 45.87, 2. Daniel Spas (AHP) 45.96, 3. Tie, Nicholas Conrad (STA) 47.76, Luis Santiesteban (CS) 47.76; CSSC: 13. Ben Fruitman (SAGE) 50.20.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Kent Haeffner (PC) 4:35.16, 2. Marco Hosfeld (US) 4:36.52, 3. Lucas Debrito (SAGE) 4:40.14.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 1:28.08 (Scott Clark, Julien Pinon, Digby Nothard, Daniel Spas), 2. Sagemont 1:28.30 (Lucas Debrito, Ben Fruitman, Ferrucio Rossi, Jemal Legrand), 3. St. Andrew’s 1:28.58.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Tie, Luke Hayhoe (STA) 53.23, Chad Moody (CG) 53.23, 3. Matt Smutny (SFH) 55.38.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Wayne Denswil (STB) 59.45, 2. Quinn Cassidy (STA) 59.78, 3. Daniel Pereira (US) 1:00.70.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Sagemont 3:10.60, 2. American Heritage Plantation 3:10.90 (Julien Pinon, Nico Medina, Fernando Bohorquez, Daniel Spas), 3. St. Andrew’s 3:15.83; CSSC: 9. South Florida Heat (Bryce Pierce, Luke Smutny, Kevin Wilson, Matt Smutny).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Briadam Herrera (GP) 601.95, 2. Zachary Laurence (US) 417.15, 3. Connor Gerrits (PC) 412.70.