SOFLO’s Lopez, M&M Girls Make Finals, Go Best Times At State 3A Meet

SOFLO’s Lopez, M&M Girls Make Finals, Go Best Times At State 3A Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

November 9, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers Maria Lopez of Hialeah Gardens and sisters Marcella and Melissa Marinheiro of West Broward turned in some outstanding swims Friday at the FHSAA State 3A Swimming and Diving Championships at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.

Lopez, a junior, finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in a lifetime-best 56.58, bettering her prelim time of 57.46 and previous best of 57.04.

Melissa Marinheiro, a sophomore, turned in two best times in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.71, an All-American consideration time in prelims and finished fifth in the event in 1:52.28. Her previous time was 1:54.14. In the 500-yard freestyle, she posted an automatic All-American time in 4:51.88, bettering her previous best of 5:06.82 and finished sixth in finals in 4:56.65.

Marcella Marinheiro, a senior celebrating her 18th birthday, moved up in the 100-yard backstroke finishing sixth in 58.25 bettering her prelim time of 58.54 and previous best of 58.62. She was also 14th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.01 after going 1:54.56 in prelims. Her best time is 1:54.46.

The sisters were also members of West Broward’s 11th place 200-yard medley relay (1:52.56) along with SOFLO teammate Amber Hunter and Whitney Johnson.

Jacob Walters of West Broward led the SOFLO boys with his best time and 12th place finish in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.37, bettering his prelim time of 52.79 and previous best of 52.95.

Lopez, who along with her SOFLO teammates will compete next in the FGC Winter Championships in Plantation, was thrilled and encouraged by her performance at state particularly her first championship finals debut.

“I am really, really happy, I couldn’t be happier,” Lopez said. “I went a best time by a lot. I wasn’t really happy with my morning swim and I knew I could do better. In finals, I felt good in the water. I was sort of nervous about my turns but I’ve been working on them with Coach.

“I was happy with my finish, it’s the first time I made finals at state. The last two years I made “B” finals. I’ve been working really, really hard waking up at 4:30 for morning practice. It’s totally worth it. I had a lot of fun at the state meet. It’s not really intimidating, there’s a lot of good swimmers there. Everyone is really nice there and a lot of them are my friends. This motivates me definitely because I am getting closer to my junior national cut.”

SOFLO’s Kylie Herman and Haley Wright were members of Cypress Bay’s 12th-place 400-yard freestyle relay. Carly Swanson and Herman were also members of Cypress Bay’s 12th-place 200-yard freestyle relay bettering their morning prelim time.

In the team competition, Boca Raton High School won its first ever boys title with 258 points ahead of Palm Harbor with 247. The Bobcats had been state runners-up in 1997 in Class 5A and 2008 in Class 2A. Jason McCormick won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and was a member of the winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, all in All-American automatic times.

Sarasota Riverview defended its girls team title by more than 100 points with three event titles and a runnerup with 256 points. Senior Taylor Katz won the 200- and 500-yard freestyles. It is the team’s sixth state title in seven years.

STATE 3A RESULTS

GIRLS

TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Riverview 256, 2. Dr. Phillips 154, 3. Newsome 154, 4. East Lake 136, 5. Tampa Plant 131, 6. Clearwater Countryside 105, 7. Oviedo 103, 8. Miami Palmetto 98, 9. Hagerty 96, 10. Coral Reef 76, 14. St. Thomas Aquinas 61, 16. West Broward 55, 17. Jupiter 49, 19. Cypress Bay 45, 28. John I. Leonard 23, 30. South Plantation 22, 31. Northeast 17, 32. Western 16, 33. Hialeah Gardens 14, 36. Nova 13, 47. Douglas 3, 49. Coral Glades 2.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Abby Howell (ER) 446.80, 2. Alex Martorana (FI) 428.65, 3. Alexa Elkins (WES) 426.10.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Newsome 1:46.94, 2. Plant 1:47.07, 3. Miami Palmetto 1:49.35 (Kaleigh Newcomb, Daniela Johnson, Jessica Tandlich, Victoria Rossinsky), 9. Jupiter 1:51.77, 11. West Broward 1:52.56 (Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro, Amber Hunter, Whitney Johnson), 15. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:55.47 (Sammy Stinemire, Chloe Gerena, Kristina Brennan, Carolina Vargas).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Katz (RIV) 1:47.26, 2. Kendal Casey (SC) 1:47.77, 3. Hannah Jones (RIV) 1:48.91, 5. Melissa Marinheiro (WB) 1:52.28, 9. Emma Lincoln (CB) 1:51.07, 14. Marcella Marinheiro (WB) 1:55.01, 19. Maria Lopez (HG) 1:56.90, 20. Anne Kuczynski (D) 1:57.53, 21. Becky Meiser (JUP) 1:57.74, 24. Jamie Gurley (BR) 1:59.73.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Sydney Pickrem (EL) 2:01.40, 2. Barb Caraballo (NEW) 2:04.78, 3. Dee Sopapong (WH) 2:06.70, 9. Mia Fiorenzi (STA) 2:09.06, 15. Lydia Musleh (CG) 2:12.58, 19. Chase Harris (JUP) 2:16.21, 21. Kaylin Collinane (BR) 2:17.32, 22. Skye Downey (SP) 2:17.68.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Angela Algee (DR) 23.54, 2. Lauren Hall (CO) 23.95, 3. Kenda McIntosh (PH) 24.08, 6. Zoie Balthazar (SP) 24.50, 8. Osianna McReed (NE) 24.85, 10. Sophia Oliva (STA) 24.69, 22. Caroline Schirmer (JUP) 25.09, 24. Kelsey Harrington (BR) 25.32.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kayla Moran (LY) 54.08, 2. Angela Algee (DR) 54.31, 3. Isabella Paez (DO) 54.45, 5. Maria Lopez (HG) 56.58, 7. Christina Herfurth (JIL) 57.85, 9. Mia Fiorenzi (STA) 57.63, 13. Amanda Tipton (N) 58.40, 21. Evelin Jimenez (HG) 1:00.66.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Maddie Hess (NEW) 50.88, 2. Daniela Johnson (MP) 51.16, 3. Emma Lincoln (CB) 51.68, 13. Zoie Balthazar (SP) 53.76, 14. Sophia Oliva (STA) 53.96, 17. Arianna Ortiz (JUP) 54.15, 18. Anne Kuczynski (D) 54.23, 24. Ali Moser (N) 55.43.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Katz (RIV) 4:45.27, 2. Kendal Casey (SC) 4:48.11, 3. Hannah James (RIV) 4:49.80, 6. Melissa Marinheiro (WB) 4:56.65, 16. Becky Meiser (JUP) 5:09.80, 17. Jamie Gurley (BR) 5:16.53, 19. Kylie Herman (CB) 5:18.08, 21. Haley Wright (CB) 5:25.60, 23. Lacy Phillips (PBC) 5:28.20, 24. Adrianna Sarmiento (JUP) 5:28.38.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Dr. Phillips 1:36.62, 2. Riverview 1:36.85, 3. Plant 1:37.39, 6. Miami Palmetto 1:38.59, 11. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:41.16 (Kristina Brennan, Carolina Vargas, Mia Fiorenzi, Sophia Oliva), 12. Cypress Bay 1:41.29 (Emma Lincoln, Kylie Herman, Carly Swanson, Veronica Postolski).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Maddie Hess (NEW) 55.01, 2. Sydney Pickrem (EL) 55.38, 3. Jasmine Williams (FI) 57.33, 6. Marcella Marinheiro (WB) 58.25, 9. Amanda Tipton (N) 58.81, 10. Arianna Ortiz (JUP) 58.93, 12. Meagan Abad (SP) 59.27, 18. Carol Schirmer (JUP) 1:00.11, 19. Samantha Stinemire (STA) 1:01.44.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alexandra Donahue (PL) 1:03.81, 2. McKenna Harris (STP) 1:05.23, 3. Daniela Johnson (MP) 1:05.86, 8. Christina Herfurth (JIL) 1:08.22, 9. Chase Harris (JUP) 1:08.07, 11. Fatimah Westbrook (NE) 1:08.53, 18. Lydia Musleh (CG) 1:10.16, 22. Jessie Costan (WELL) 1:11.36, 23. Emily Jurich (D) 1:11.43.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Riverview 3:28.78, 2. Dr. Phillips 3;31.68, 3. Newsome 3:32.06, 10. Jupiter 3:37.64, 12. Cypress Bay 3:40.18 (Haley Wright, Veronica Postolski, Kylie Herman, Emma Lincoln), 14. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:41.01 (Kristina Brennan, Carolina Vargas, Mia Fiorenzi, Sophia Oliva).

BOYS

TEAM TOTALS: 1. Boca Raton 285, 2. Palm Harbor 247, 3. Riverview 219, 4. Miami Palmetto 153, 5. St. Thomas Aquinas 145.5, 6. Seminole 139, 7. Countryside 102, 8. East Lake 101, 9. Timber Creel 94, 10. Dr. Phillips 88, 12. Taravella 50.5, 13. Nova 38, 15. Spanish River 36, 20. Coral Gables 25, 25. Miami Beach 20, 28. Jupiter 17, 28. Tie, Park Vista, Cypress Bay 17, 32. Dwyer 15, 34. Miami Sunset 13, 34. Dr. Krop 13, 37. Miami Columbus 12, 41. Wellington 8, 46. West Broward 5, 49. Hialeah Gardens 2, 49. Western 2. 52. South Plantation 1.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Joey Dowd (OLY) 525.10, 2. Gio Villanueva (FR) 458.15, 3. Jeffrey Burns (EL) 450.00, 5. Jack Harrington (STA) 402.95.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Boca Raton 1:34.60 (Alejandro Vassallo, Steven Vergona, Kevin Matheis, Sam Corona), 2. Seminole 1:35.29, 3. Palm Harbor 1:35.35, 5. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:38.67 (Brandon Goldman, Gabriel Perez Silva, Alex Lilley, RJ Moore), 6. Miami Palmetto 1:39.27 (Blake Manganiello, Joseph Hunt, Richard Gullage, Austin Valido), 9. Spanish River 1:40.59 (Daniel Schneiderman, Shawn Zylberberg, Christian Munro, Adam Reiser), 10. Nova 1:40.87 (Brandon Parkinson, Ryan O’Hara, Aleksander Kuzjomkin, Anton Kuzjomkin), 13. Park Vista 1:43.09 (Kevin DiMatteo Andreas Rintel, Steven Stankovic, Alex Agapi), 16. Taravella 1:57.19 (Justin Torres, Matias Sisnandez, Jonathan Argov, Randy Dakdouk).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Ryan McRae (PH) 1:37.67, 2. Alexander Katz (RIV) 1:37.90, 3. Taylor Uselis (PH) 1:40.87, 5. Gage Kohner (BR) 1:41.36, 8. Francisco Parra (CB) 1:43.14, 10. Derek Chait (MP) 1:43.67, 11. JR Sims (BR) 1:43.98, 23. Kyle Desrosiers (STA) 1:47.08.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Samuel Smiddy (MP) 1:50.83, 2. Brandon Goldman (STA) 1:52.78, 3. Manuel Barragan (PH) 1:53.43, 12. Richie Merrill (BR) 1:57.47, 14. Alex Evdokimov (TAR) 1:57.93, 16. Katana Soto (SP) 1:59.30.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Jason McCormick (BR) 20.43, 2. Sam Corona (BR) 21.04, 3. Scott Goddin (SEM) 21.27, 5. Jonathan Van Zee (BR) 21.39, 19. RJ Moore (STA) 22.41.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Samuel Smiddy (MP) 50.29, 2. Alex Lilley (STA) 50.35, 3. Keegan Boisson-Yates (TAR) 50.45, 7. Kevin Matheus (BR) 51.12, 11. Nicholas Van Zee (BR) 52.28, 12. Jacob Walters (WB) 52.37, 14. Javier Menchaca (STA) 52.69, 17. Shawn Mowry (BR) 53.44, 19. Katana Sato (SP) 53.74, 20. Richie Merrill (BR) 53.85, 21. Kamil Baska (WELL) 54.27.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jason McCormick (BR) 45.07, 2. Ryan McRae (PH) 45.41, 3. Gage Kohner 9BR) 45.73, 10. JR Sims (BR) 47.27, 11. Francisco Parra (CB) 47.32, 20. Alex Behnam (STA) 48.63.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Nazar Boscaino (EL) 4:29.40, 2. Taylor Uselis (PH) 4:30.45, 3. Liam McKane (RIV) 4:36.86, 7. Blake Manganiello (MP) 4:42.64, 9. Derek Chait (MP) 4:37.92, 16. Esteban Velasquez (STA) 4:49.22, 17. Kyle Desrosiers (STA) 4:52.58, 18. Cody Cline (WELL) 4:53.38, 19. David Cantu (N) 4:53.64, 20. Alex Cronin (JUP) 4:54.13, 21. Dino Nassi (PBC) 4:55.69, 22. Andreas Rintel (PV) 4:55.81, 23. Austin Pillado (CG) 5:00.13, 24. Madson Andersen (BR) 5:05.28.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Boca Raton 1:23.79 (Gage Kohner, Sam Corona, Nicholas Van Zee, Jason McCormick), 2. Seminole 1:25.57, 3. Dr. Phillips 1:26.20, 6. Miami Palmetto 1:27.49, 7. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:28.20 (Alex Lilley, Gabriel Perez Silva, Kearn Kurbanali, RJ Moore), 9. Nova 1:30.42, 10. Jupiter 1:30.95, 13. Wellington 1:32.29, 16. Hialeah Gardens 1:33.50.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Tristan Sanders (PH) 49.63, 2. Ryan Peters (CO) 50.54, 3. Alexander Katz (RIV) 50.57, 5. Tie, Brandon Goldman (STA) 51.21, Keegan Boisson-Yates (TAR) 51.21.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Matt Ankerholz (SEM) 56.45, 2. Alex Kimpel (TC) 57.30, 3. Alex Evdokimov (TAR) 57.47, 5. Kevin Matheus (BR) 58.39, 7. Juan Olano (MS) 58.98, 9. Steven Vergona (BR) 59.66, 10. Joseph Hunt (MP) 1:00.44, 11. Alexander Reid (MB) 1:00.49, 14. Este Sarmiento (JUP) 1:01.47.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Boca Raton 3:05.00 (Gage Kohner, Nicholas Van Zee, Kevin Matheus, Jason McCormick), 2. Palm Harbor, 3. Riverside, 5. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:12.05 (Alex Lilley, Kyle Desrosiers, Alex Behnam, Brandon Goldman), 6. Miami Palmetto 3:12.51 (Joseph Hunt, Derek Chait, Richard Gullage, Samuel Smiddy), 9. Spanish River 3:15.81, 12. Park Vista 3:19.94, 14. Nova 3:22.13.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com