WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
September 26, 2013
Melissa Marinheiro of South Florida Aquatic Club took up where she left off in high school swimming last season.
Marinheiro led West Broward High School to a 105-64 win over Taravella Wednesday with two victories in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle.
West Broward dropped a narrow loss to Douglas, 97-72.
Marinheiro won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.00 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:20.
SOFLO teammate Amber Hunter won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:22 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.
West Broward also won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:04.10.
In the boys’ meet, West Broward defeated Taravella, 123-56 and lost to Douglas, 100-81.
SOFLO’s Alex Monti won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.41 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:11.25.
In another tri-meet, Pembroke Pines Charter boys edged Fort Lauderdale, 91-88, in a key district matchup.
SOFLO’s Juan Lucas won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.32 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.12. Joshue Kon won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.66. Pembroke Pines Charter clinched the win with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:34.85).
In the girls competition, Pembroke Pines Charter defeated Miramar, 137-11, and lost to Fort Lauderdale, 115-65.
SOFLO’s Lilli Calero won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:41.88. She was her team’s only individual winner.
Three High School Meets This Weekend
High school swimmers continue their quest to the state high school meets in November by competing and fine tuning in three Saturday high school invitationals.
University School will host the Suns Invite on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Nova Southeastern Aquatic Center in Davie. Sagemont, Chaminade, Miami Pace, Calvary Christian, Boca Raton, South Florida Heat, Zion Lutheran and host Suns will compete in the timed final meet.
The FSPA Invitational, featuring Jacksonville Bolles and American Heritage, will compete in Stuart. The meet will serve as a dress rehearsal for the state meets’ new venue at Sailfish Park.
Orlando’s YMCA Aquatic Center will host the 23rd annual Florida Catholic Swimming and Diving Championships. The 17-team field includes Archbishop McCarthy, Cardinal Gibbons, Pope John Paul II and St. Thomas Aquinas. The field has 871 swimmers.
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