WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
September 19, 2013
After a whirlwind summer of training and meets in Europe, Julien Pinon of the South Florida Aquatic Club knows it’s going to take time to get into shape not only physically but mentally for the high school season.
The American Heritage sophomore finished third in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events in the Patriots’ meet against University School, Calvary Christian and Somerset Academy Wednesday at the Nova Southeastern Aquatic Center.
Pinon was visibly disappointed in his finishes after looking at the scoreboard and leaning against the wall trying to catch his breath.
“I wanted to lead the team to a win but I didn’t quite fulfill that achievement today,” Pinon said. “Today is today, there are plenty of other days.
“My priority is still high school,” Pinon said. “I was happy with how I did in Europe, I got a couple of records and I have the best time in the 200 in my age group.
“I am coming back from training and my body is feeling it today. It’s really hard for me physically and mentally to get myself pumped up for these type of dual meets. By the end of the season I will be there. Tapered, nice and fresh, shaven.”
Pinon, a sophomore, finished third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.00 behind University School’s Marco Hosfeld in 1:44.86 and Chris Garcia of American Heritage in 1:45.27.
He was also third in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:00.00. He led for the first 75 yards and then dropped off the pace. His teammate Nico Medina won in 4:43.49 followed by Hosfeld in 4:44.23.
Pinon anchored the winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:31.51 and led off the runner-up 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:17.70 just behind University School’s 3:17.33.
“Julien struggled a little bit, but he’s a big boy so he had to rest a little bit,” American Heritage head coach Nobutaka Tan said.
Pinon is one of two SOFLO swimmers on the American Heritage boys team.
Cristian Rossi, a freshman, is making his high school season debut. Rossi was fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.39 and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle in 56.53.
SOFLO teammates Edwardo Graziano, Adrian Marrero, David Marrero, Alani Carrasco and Abolade Oyetunji competed for Somerset Academy.
Graziano was third in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.83 and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.59. Graziano and Marrero teamed up to finish sixth in the 200-yard medley relay. Marrero finished the 50 in 27.72 and was seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:25.29. Graziano was also a member of the third place 200-yard freestyle relay.
University School broke four school records and nearly knocked off American Heritage boys swim team in the Suns’ home opener. American Heritage, fourth place finishers at last year’s State 1A meet, held off the Suns, 91-85, to win the boys meet.
University School’s girls team, led by double winners Emily Kopas, Allison Kopas and Krissa Robinson and two relay wins, defeated American Heritage, 97-75.
“It sure was close and the most exciting meet I’ve had in a while,” Tan said. “I have been scaring them for a week. I told them they had to work for it to get it. I told them it wasn’t going to be easy this season, they were going to have to prove they were a winning team and they stepped up.”
Medina pulled off a tough double winning both the 500-yard freestyle, knocking off Hosfeld, the county’s top-ranked distance swimmer in a county-leading 4:43.49.
Ten minutes later, Medina won 100-yard backstroke in 56.45, third fastest time in the county. He also led off the runner-up 200-yard medley and anchored the 400-yard freestyle relays.
2012 Aruba Olympian Jordy Groters, competing in his first high school meet of the season, broke two individual school records and swam on two record-breaking relays.
Groters, a senior, broke the school record in the 50-yard freestyle in a county-leading 21.34. The previous record was 22.32. He also broke the 100-yard breaststroke record in 57.32, also No. 1 in the county. Groters was coming off the FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai.
The Suns’ 200-yard medley relay won in a record 1:41.57 with Nicolas Oberndorfer, Groters, Marco Hosfeld and Matthew Lyn. It was also the county’s fastest time this season.
The same foursome also won the 400-yard freestyle in a record 3:17.33, also the top time in the county, with Groters leading off.
“I am incredibly happy to be able to come into such a strong team,” said University School first-year coach Katie Byrnes. “The kids are great. They are solid and we have depth. Right off the bat they know what they’re doing. They know how to perform and compete. It’s exciting to watch.
“It was good experience for our entire team to swim against American Heritage, such strong competition so early in the season,” Byrnes said. “That way we know what we are up against.”
U.S. junior national team member Emily Kopas, a senior at University School, won two events in her first high school meet of the season. She won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.31 and 100-yard breaststroke in a county-leading 1:06.32.
Younger sister Allison Kopas was also a double winner. She won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.40 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:18.65.
Emily Kopas will miss Saturday’s 50th Woodson Invitational at Pine Crest. She will visit Duke on her second college recruiting trip. Two weeks ago she visited Michigan.
Both American Heritage and University School will compete along with other top teams Bolles, St. Andrew’s, Boca Raton, Suncoast, Gulliver Prep, Ransom Everglades and Westminster Academy in the oldest high school swimming invitational in the nation.
University School 97, American Heritage 75
University School 124, Somerset Academy 21
University School 132, Calvary Christian 4
Somerset Academy 42, Calvary Christian 6
American Heritage 112, Somerset Academy 19
American Heritage 117, Calvary Christian 6
200-yard medley relay: 1. University School 1:52.03 (Allison Kopas, Emily Kopas, Krissa Robinson, Evy Sands), 2. American Heritage 1:58.20 (Hannah Krohn, Audrey Mason, Cathy Cooper, Aly Pacitti), 3. University School 2:11.49 (Morgan McEown, Laryssa Bedley, Annabella Lyn, Allie Elam), 4. Somerset 2:17.13 (Natalia Hanabergh, Alani Carrasco, Andrea Melendez, Abolade Oyetunji).
200-yard freestyle: 1. Krissa Robinson, US 1:58.17, 2. Aly Pacitti, AH 2:00.97, 3. Laryssa Bedley, US 2:15.32.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Emily Kopas, US 2:13.31, 2. Audrey Mason, AH 2:20.80, 3. Annabella Lyn, US 2:26.11.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 24.59, 2. Evy Sands, US 26.64, 3. Hannah Krohn, AH 28.71, 4. Abolade Oyetunji, SA 28.91, 11. Alani Carrasco, SA 30.51.
1-meter diving: 1. Maia Goldstein, US 140.75 (6 dives), 2. Jessica Brownell, CC 112.65, 3. Renatta Narvaez, US 92.65.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Krissa Robinson, US 1:00.54, 2. Elizabeth Windisch, AH 1:15.01.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 54.01, 2. Evy Sands, US 57.65, 3. Claire LaFontaine, AH 1:03.93.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Allison Kopas, US 5:18.65, 2. Aly Pacitti, AH 5:29.05, 3. Annabella Lyn, US 5:39.30.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage 1:58.48 (Claire LaFontaine, Elizabeth Windisch, Gabrianna Banks, Alana Mehaber), 2. University School 1:59.66 (Annabella Lyn, Laryssa Bedley, Morgan McEown, Allie Elam), 3. Somerset Academy 2:06.20 (Abolade Oyetunji, Andrea Melendez, Samilayo Agbejule, Alani Carrasco).
100-yard backstroke: 1. Allison Kopas, US 1:04.40, 2. Hannah Krohn, AH 1:09.43, 3. Morgan McEown, US 1:21.26.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Emily Kopas, US 1:06.32, 2. Audrey Mason, AH 1:14.25, 3. Laryssa Bedley, US 1:22.42, 5. Abolade Oyetunji, SA 1:25.87, 6. Alani Carrasco, SA 1:29.29.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. University School 3:47.11 (Emily Kopas, Allison Kopas, Krissa Robinson, Evy Sands), 2. American Heritage 3:54.79 (Cathy Cooper, Aly Pacitti, Elizabeth Windisch, Audrey Mason), 3. American Heritage 4:29.99 (Claire LaFontaine, Alana Mehaber, Estefania Roger, Hannah Krohn).
American Heritage 91, University School 85
American Heritage 135, Somerset Academy 22
American Heritage 140, Calvary Christian 0
University School 132, Somerset Academy 31
University School 146, Calvary Christian 0
Somerset Academy 68, Calvary Christian 0
200-yard medley relay: 1. University School 1:41.57 (Nicolas Oberndorfer, Jordy Groters, Marco Hosfeld, Mathew Lyn), 2. American Heritage 1:42.72 (Nico Medina, Jonathan Farah, Digby Nothard, Taylor Eaddy), 3. University School “B” 1:49.02 (Maxamillian Asnis, Daniel Pereira, Grant Besner, Patrick Groters).
200-yard freestyle: 1. Marco Hosfeld, US 1:44.86, 2. Chris Garcia, AH 1:45.27, 3. Julien Pinon, AH 1:46.00.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Daniel Pereira, US 2:00.33, 2. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 2:02.73, 3. Nicolas Oberndorfer, US 2:05.84.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Jordy Groters, US 21.34, 2. Taylor Eaddy, AH 22.36, 3. Edwardo Graziano, SA 23.83, 5. Cristian Rossi, AH 25.39
1-meter diving: 1. Paul Tocci, US 82.25.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Digby Nothard, AH 55.24, 2. Maxamillian Asnis, US 56.65, 3. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 57.06.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Chris Garcia, AH 49.51, 2. Taylor Eaddy, AH 49.58, 3. Matthew Lyn, US 50.30, 4. Edwardo Graziano, SA 53.59, 5. Cristian Rossi, AH 56.53.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Nico Medina, AH 4:43.49, 2. Marco Hosfeld, US 4:44.23, 3. Julien Pinon, AH 5:00.00.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage 1:31.51 (Digby Nothard, Chris Garcia, Fernando Bohorquez, Julien Pinon), 2. University School 1:37.32 (Maxamillian Asnis, Daniel Pereira, Patrick Groters, Nicholas Hediger), 3. Somerset Academy 1:41.68 (Fredrico Melina, Edwardo Graziano, Esteban Diaz, Pablo Damonte).
100-yard backstroke: 1. Nico Medina, AH 56.45, 2. Nicolas Oberndorfer, US 57.32, 3. Jonathan Farah, AH 1:00.35.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Jordy Groters, US 57.32, 2. Daniel Pereira, US 1:02.47, 3. Digby Nothard, AH 1:07.84.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. University School 3:17.33 (Jordy Groters, Mathew Lyn, Nicolas Oberndorfer, Marco Hosfeld), 2. American Heritage “A” 3:17.70 (Julien Pinon, Taylor Eaddy, Chris Garcia, Nico Medina), 3. American Heritage “B” 3:30.07 (Carlos Rodriguez, Fernando Bohorquez, Sebastian Vargas, Cristian Rossi).
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com