WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
August 28, 2013
Pembroke Pines Charter boys and girls swim teams, loaded with talent, depth and several newcomers, started the 2013 high school swimming season off successfully Wednesday at Academic Village Pool.
The Jaguars swept Hollywood Hills in their District 11-3A season-opener.
The girls, led by double winner Lilli Calero, defeated the Spartans 156-45. The Jaguars won all eight individual girls events and all three relays.
The boys, led by freshman newcomer Juan Lucas and Joshue Kon, both double winners, won 144-72. The boys won six individual events and two relays.
Pembroke Pines Charter girls team, defending District 12-2A champions, moved up to Class 3A this season but will still be a contender in the district race.
“We had an awesome season last year so I am really hoping we have a really good season this year,” said Calero, a sophomore. “We have most of our swimmers back from last year. I just feel we are a really good team. We’re strong and we push each other in every meet.”
Pembroke Pines Charter and SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie was happy with her team’s showing so early in the season.
“I am really happy with the results of tonight’s meet because there are so many new kids who I just don’t know yet,” Lockie said. “I tried to put every swimmer in an event with it being our home meet and we tried taking as many splits as possible so we could get some times. I think they did really well and I hope they had a good time.
“Our relays were really looking good. It’s the first meet of the season and hopefully the kids will get pumped up and train a little harder.
“It’s looking good,” Lockie said. “I am actually pretty pumped and excited.”
Calero, coming off a solid long course club season including Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships, won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:11.34 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:44.65. She was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Calero, 15, has been swimming for six years. She played soccer and was a cheerleader but said “I fell in love with the sport and I don’t think I can do anything else. It’s all swimming for me.”
Calero was excited to start the high school season and reunite with her teammates including several SOFLO swimmers.
“I am really looking forward to the high school season,” Calero said. “My freshman year I really didn’t know about high school meets. Now I know I have to pick up my pace and go best times and try to do my hardest in every meet.”
Calero loves high school swimming because of the camaraderie with her friends and team spirit at meets.
“I like high school because you’re with your friends from school and you go on the bus rides and have a blast joking around,” she said. “Everyone is so excited to swim, it’s a lot of fun.
“Our captain Marcella got us all pumped up for this first meet,” Calero said. “We were all excited. We came here and it was like ‘oh my God, it’s our first meet.’ All the seniors were all sad because it’s their last season. The freshmen coming in didn’t know what to expect but they were all excited swimming their first high school meet ever. It was really fun to see everybody really excited.”
The boys team will not have to contend with defending district, region and state champion Miami Belen and could also challenge for the District 11-3A crown.
Lucas, 14, a state and national age group holder in club swimming, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.46 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.31.
Lucas will fill the void left by the graduation of Ivan Parada, a state 2A qualifier.
Kon, 17, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.94 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.03.
“We got a lot of very new kids and they are so enthusiastic,” Lockie said. “They are so brand new and some are still learning to swim but they wanted to swim tonight which is great. I’m hoping they stick with it and just get better.”
Pembroke Pines Charter 156, Hollywood Hills 45
200-yard medley relay: 1. PPC “A” 2:10.00 (Astrid Rigau, Lilli Calero, Monica Rodriguez, Leysha Caraballo), 2. PPC “B” 2:10.15 (Maya Hirian, Melissa Gonzalez, Caroline Cabeza, Victoria Hill), 3. HH 2:11.43.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Lilli Calero, PPC 2:11.34, 2. Melissa Gonzalez, PPC 2:20.37, 3. Johmi Vargas, PPC 2:35.84.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Astrid Rigau, PPC 2:29.84, 2. Monica Rodriguez, PPC 2:32.25, 3. Arianna Quelagudelo, HH 2:36.94.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Nicole Cordoba, PPC 27.84, 2. Caroline Cabeza, PPC 28.28, 3. Jessica Amrani HH 31.00.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Leysha Caraballo, PPC 1:08.20, 2. Arianna Quelagudelo, HH 1:09.32, 3. Melissa Gonzalez, PPC 1:14.64.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Victoria Hill, PPC 59.27, 2. Cristina Villegas, PPC 1:04.06, 3. Jordan Wilkie, HH 1:05.90.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Lilli Calero, PPC 5:44.65, 2. Leysha Caraballo, PPC 6:09.35, 3. Jessica Cordero, PPC 6:21.13.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. PPC “A” 1:56.64 (Caroline Cabeza, Nicole Cordoba, Cristina Villegas, Marcella Gallardo), 2. HH 1:59.44, 3. PPC “B” 2:09.02 (Viviana Calero, Mariana Chacon, Catalina Villegas, Leila Hathaway).
100-yard backstroke: 1. Maya Hirian, PPC 1:11.88, 2. Astrid Rigau, PPC 1:18.82, 3. Flavia Ruiz, HH 1:19.71.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Justrina Villarta, PPC 1:18.46, 2. Madison Martinez, HH 1:23.70, 3. Mollie Bayer, PPC 1:33.81.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. PPC “A” 4:11.01 (Lilli Calero, Astrid Rigau, Caroline Cabeza, Victoria Hill), 2. PPC “B” 4:16.44 (Nicole Cordoba, Leysha Caraballo, Monica Rodriguez, Cristina Villegas), 3. HH 5:09.12.
Pembroke Pines Charter 144, Hollywood Hills 72
200-yard medley relay: 1. PPC “B” 1:54.63 (Bruno Berti, Juan Saldana, Nikolas Ujueta, Noah Hernandez), 2. HH 2:03.84, 3. PPC “C” 2:26.07 (Tomas Legaspi, Thomas Bayer, Colin Gonzalez, Tahj Giordano).
200-yard freestyle: 1. Juan Lucas, PPC 1:56.46, 2. Alexander Viloria 1:59.63, 3. Cody Pisut, HH 2:43.09.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Joshue Kon, PPC 2:16.94, 2. Juan Saldana, PPC 2:25.07, 3. Luis Montoya, HH 2:41.03.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Bennet Rodriguez, HH 25.14, 2. Noah Hernandez, PPC 25.60, 3. Jose Valle, HH 26.63.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Blake Kelley, PPC 57.77, 2. Nickolas Ujueta, PPC 1:01.71, 3. Bennet Rodriguez, HH 1:04.39.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Alejandro Santos, HH 53.97, 2. Adrian Cortez, PPC 1:01.20, 3. Marcos Pagella, PPC 1:08.22.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Alexander Viloria, PPC 5:27.52, 2. Jose Valle, HH 6:53.76, 3. Pedro Lopez, HH 7:49.77.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. PPC “A” 1:43.08 (Noah Hernandez, Alexander Viloria, Nikolas Ujueta, Adrian Cortez), 2. HH 1:44.59, 3. PPC “B” 2:00.57 (Baer, Ryan Corona, Santiago Guarin, Juan-Lucas Hernandez).
100-yard backstroke: 1. Juan Lucas, PPC 1:00.31, 2. Brunto Berti, PPC 1:03.28, 3. Alejandro Santos, HH 1:03.54.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Joshue Kon, PPC 1:09.03, 2. Adrian Cortez, PPC 1:17.32, 3. Colin Gonzalez, PPC 1:18.53.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. PPC “A” 3:40.50 (Joshue Kon, Juan Saldana, Juan Lucas, Blake Kelley), 2. PPC “B” 3:55.65 (Noah Hernandez, Bruno Berti, Adrian Cortez, Nikolas Ujueta), 3. HH 5:07.02.
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