September 2, 2013


200-yard Medley Relay: 1. Westminster Academy 1:59.72, 2. Nova 2:00.04, 3. South Plantation 2:06.09, 4. Cardinal Gibbons 2:09.91, 5. Pembroke Pines Charter 2:10.00; 2012 Best time: Pine Crest 1:47.73.

200-yard Freestyle: 1. Lydia Musleh, Coral Glades 2:04.10, 2. Bailey Warren, Westminster Academy 2:07.14, 3. Sam Sanchez, Nova 2:10.35, 4. Abad, South Plantation 2:10.91, 5. Lilli Calero, Pembroke Pines Christian 2:11.34; 2012 Best time: Brittany Hammond, Pine Crest 1:49.17.

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Alexa Rivera, Westminster Academy 2:15.27, 2. Elizabeth Zubero, Westminster Academy 2:15.37; 3. Lydia Musleh, Coral Glades 2:19.12; 2012 Best time: Casey Francis, Pine Crest 2:03.24.

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Caroline Nava, Westminster Academy 24.59, 2. Amanda Tipton, Nova 25.65, 3. Zoie Balthazar, South Plantation 25.72, 4. McReed, Northeast 26.02, 5. Amy Kranz, Westminster Academy 26.42, 6. Aliyah Wakeland, Nova 26.48, 7. Nicole Cordoba, Pembroke Pines Charter 27.84; 2012 Best time: Caroline Nava, Westminster Academy 23.62.

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. Johanna Holloway, Westminster Academy 228.40; 2. Mackay, South Plantation 1:39.03; 2012 Most points: Carolyn Chaney, Pine Crest 505.55.

100-yard Butterfly: 1. Amanda Tipton, Nova 58.72, 2. Amy Kranz, Westminster Academy 1:02.66, 3. Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy 1:02.87; 2012 Best time: Tyla Martin, Pine Crest 55.39.

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Carolina Nava, Westminster Academy 53.70, 2. Alexa Rivera, Westminster Academy 56.43, 3. Amanda Tipton, Nova 56.62, 4. Victoria Hill, Pembroke Pines Charter 59.27, 5. Aliyah Wakeland, Nova 59.43; 2012 Best time: Clara Smiddy, South Florida Heat 51.26.

500-yard Freestyle: 1. Zoie Balthazar, South Plantation 5:32.78, 2. Bailey Warren, Westminster Academy 5:33.87, 3. Lilli Calero, Pembroke Pines Charter 5:44.65, 4. Danielle Ginzburg, Coral Glades 5:50.90, 5. Sam Sanchez, Nova 5:50.99; 2012 Best time: Brittany Hammond, Pine Crest 4:49.44.

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Westminster Academy 1:42.31, 2. Pompano Beach 1:48.37, 3. Nova 1:49.48, 4. South Plantation 1:53.13, 5. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:56.64; 2012 Best time: Pine Crest 1:36.38.

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Amanda Tipton, Nova 1:00.47, 2. Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy 1:04.60, 3. Elizabeth Zubero, Westminster Academy 1:06.25, 4. Laura Cantu, Nova 1:09.58, 5. Danielle Ginzburg, Coral Glades 1:09.90, 6. Maya Hirian, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:11.88; 2012 Best time: Clara Smiddy, South Florida Heat 55.31.

100-yard Breaststroke: 1. Julia Schulte, Pompano Beach 1:12.19, 2. Kelly Kealty, Taravella 1:13.34, 3. Aliyah Wakeland, Nova 1:14.93, 4. Justrina Villarta, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:18.46, 5. Koral Lastaella, Westminster Academy 1:18.57, 6. Byrne, Cardinal Gibbons 1:18.89, 7. Mary-Elizabeth Mahoney, Westminster Academy 1:20.14; 2012 Best time: Kristina Figueroa, Coral Springs Charter 1:05.69.

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Westminster Academy 4:00.30, 2. Nova 4:04.23, 3. Pembroke Pines Charter 4:11.01; 4. South Plantation 4:12.12; 2012 Best time: Pine Crest 3:31.46.


1. Pine Crest, 2. Westminster Academy, 3. American Heritage Plantation, 4. St. Thomas Aquinas, South Florida Heat, University School.


200-yard Medley Relay: 1. Nova 1:46.46, 2. Pompano Beach 1:47.97, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 1:48.31, 4. Taravella 1:51.84, 5. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:54.63, 6. Westminster Academy 1:59.81; 2012 Best time: St. Thomas Aquinas 1:38.67.

200-yard Freestyle: 1. David Cantu, Nova 1:53.91, 2. Juan Lucas, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:56.46, 3. Sarias, Taravella 1:59.00, 4. tie, Alexander Viloria, Pembroke Pines Charter and Q. Roth, Monarch 1:59.63, 6. Daniel Zubero, Westminster Academy 2:02.63; 2012 Best time: Jemal Le Grand, Sagemont 1:38.76.

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Alex Evdokimov, Taravella 2:01.50, 2. Alvarez, Coral Glades 2:08.63, 3. Anton Kuzjomkin, Nova 2:10.38, 4. Clayton Adkins, Calvary Christian 2:12.66, 5. Joshue Kon, Pembroke Pines Charter 2:16.94, 6. Bobby Tannhauser, Westminster Academy 2:18.59; 2012 Best time: Brandon Goldman, St. Thomas Aquinas 1:52.78.

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Chen, South Plantation 22.87, 2. Jason Woodburn, Westminster Academy 23.05, 3. Anton Kuzjomkin, Nova 23.17, 4. Brandon Parkinson, Nova 23.51, 5. Sammy McGinnis, Nova 23.57, 6. Coffey, Pompano Beach 23.72, 7. Zielinski, Cardinal Gibbons 23.88, 8. Charlie Clemons, Westminster Academy 25.08, 9. Bennet Rodriguez, Hollywood Hills 25.14, 10. Joey Gushue, Calvary Christian 25.59, 11. Noah Hernandez, Pembroke Pines Charter 25.60; 2012 Best time: Daniel Spas, American Heritage 20.37.

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. Downey, South Plantation 314, 2. Allen, Cardinal Gibbons 287.20, 3. Alex Warters, Westminster Academy 215.20; 2012 Best points: Jack Harrington, St. Thomas Aquinas 461.60.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Moody, Cardinal Gibbons 54.10, 2. Aleks Kuzjomkin, Nova 56.34, 3. Rang, Pompano Beach 56.93, 4. Blake Kelley, Pembroke Pines Charter 57.77, 5. Sarias, Taravella 58.03, 6. Hank Contich, Calvary Christian 1:00.89, 7. Nikolas Ujueta, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:01.71, 8. Daniel Zubero, Westminster Academy 1:05.91; 2012 Best time: Lucas Debrito, Sagemont 49.48.

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Anton Kuzjomkin, Nova 50.50, 2. Aleks Kuzjomkin, Nova 51.15, 3. Chen, South Plantation 51.22, 4. Jason Woodburn, Westminster Academy 52.06, 5. Sammy McGinnis, Nova 52.28, 6. Coffey, Pompano Beach 53.00, 7. Zielinski, Cardinal Gibbons 53.62, 8. Alejandro Santos, Hollywood Hills 53.97, 9. Charlie Clemons, Westminster Academy 56.97; 2012 Best time: Daniel Spas, American Heritage 44.55.

500-yard Freestyle: 1. David Cantu, Nova 5:06.64, 2. Clayton Adkins, Calvary Christian 5:14.92, 3. Alexander Viloria, Pembroke Pines Charter 5:27.52, 4. Q. Roth, Monarch 5:28.18; 2012 Best time: Lance Rutkin, Fort Lauderdale 4:25.78.

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Nova 1:33.12, 2. Pompano Beach 1:36.37, 3. Taravella 1:42.62, 4. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:43.08, 5. Hollywood Hills 1:44.59, 6. Northeast 1:49.26. Best time: American Heritage 1:26.73.

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Moody, Cardinal Gibbons 55.85, 2. Brandon Parkinson, Nova 59.62, 3. Juan Lucas, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:00.31, 4. Bruno Berti, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:03.28, 5. Alejandro Santos, Hollywood Hills 1:03.54, 6. Joey Gushue, Calvary Christian 1:04.64; 2012 Best time: Keegan Boisson-Yates, Taravella and Brandon Goldman, St. Thomas Aquinas 51.21.

100-yard Breaststroke: 1. Alex Evdokimov, Taravella 1:00.52, 2. Hank Contich, Calvary Christian 1:04.02, 3. Francisco Cantu, Nova 1:08.25, 4. Joshue Kon, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:09.03; 2012 Best time: Alex Evdokimov, Taravella 57.47.

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Nova 3:33.09, 2. Monarch 3:35.78, 3. South Plantation 3:38.03, 4. Westminster Academy 3:38.92, 5. Cardinal Gibbons 3:39.75, 6. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:40.50; 2012 Best time: Sagemont 3:09.38.


1.American Heritage Plantation, 2. Pine Crest, 3. Sagemont, 4. Nova, 5. St. Thomas Aquinas, University School.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

She Did It! Fifth Time A Charm For Diana Nyad

She Did It! Fifth Time A Charm For Diana Nyad


September 2, 2013

At 64 years old, former Pine Crest swimmer Diana Nyad became the first person to swim 110 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

Just before 2 p.m. on Monday among a cheering crowd, Nyad walked out of the water onto Smathers Beach in Key West, pumped her fists and collapsed into her support team’s collective arms after 52 hours, 54 minutes and 18.6 seconds of swimming non-stop.

“This has been my lifelong dream,” said Nyad, sunburned and a little dazed. “Never ever give up. You’re never too old to chase your dreams. It looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.”

Nyad was examined by paramedics. Her doctors said her lips and tongue were swollen from the salt water and swimming mask. She also had abrasions in her mouth from her mask.

Thirty-five years after her first attempt, the legendary U.S. distance swimmer ended her historic swim on her fifth and final attempt.

Aussie Susan Maroney was the first and only person to successfully swim across the Florida Straits in 1997 at age 22, but was protected by a shark cage.

Nyad, born in New York City, moved with her family to Fort Lauderdale where she grew up and started swimming seriously in seventh grade. She attended Pine Crest in the mid-1960s where she won three state high school titles in the backstroke. She was introduced to marathon swimming by the late Buck Dawson, former director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Nyad left Hemingway Marina in Havana, Cuba on Saturday at 8:59:02 a.m. in her final bid to swim across the treacherous Florida Straits. She said before her swim that it would be the “last time” she would attempt to make what seemed to many an impossible dream come true.

At her Friday news conference, she seemed confident that she would succeed this time around.

“The message is be your best self,” Nyad said.

“People who go to Mt. Everest…sometimes it takes them 20 years to make it, after mounting expedition after expedition,” she said. “No one has ever done this before without a shark cage, though people have tried since the 1950s. It’s not enough to be a strong swimmer, you need a lot of luck, too.

“It’s a fine line between having the grace to let go of something you don’t have control over and just can’t beat…and I could be in that place…except I had to ask myself, is there a way? I feel stronger and more prepared then I’ve ever been. It’s a fine line between seeing things are bigger than you are and there’s another fine line, an edge, where you don’t want to ever give up.”

Nyad was monitored by a medical staff of team doctors. She fed every 45 minutes on everything from pasta and peanut butter sandwiches to a smoothie mixture of bananas, peanut butter and honey. The only medication she took was Tylenol for her sore shoulders.

About two miles out from shore, an emotionally-charged Nyad started treading water while she motioned to her team.

“I am about to swim my last two miles in the ocean,” she said. “This is a lifelong dream of mine and I’m very glad to be with you. Some on the team are the most intimate friends of my life and some of you I’ve just met. But I’ll tell you something, you’re a special group. You pulled through, you are pros and have a great heart. So let’s get going so we can have a whopping party.”

Last August Nyad ended her fourth big because of lightning storms and jellyfish stings. Her first attempt was in 1978 when she was just 28 years old.

Nyad is already in the history books. She set an open sea record for both men and women by swimming from the Bahamas to the Florida Keys in 1979, about the same distance as the Cuba-Florida swim but far less dangerous.

Ten support boats assembled around her at the 2.5-mile mark. The beach started filling up with hundreds of curious onlookers, whistling fans and tourists about an hour before she arrived as well as a small flotilla in the waters’ shallow part.

The biggest difference this time around was Nyad wearing a prosthetic mask on her face to ward off jellyfish and their venomous stings. Weather conditions were relatively ideal over the weekend. She ran into rough weather only twice.

“The stars were just aligned,” said one of her supporters.

Nyad was accompanied by a 45-member team, several yachts and kayakers.

“Happy Labor Day has a new meaning when you’ve swum 50 non-stop hours working your mind, body, and spirit to realize your XtremeDream,” her crew tweeted

Tweeted Olympian Melvin Stewart, “Been praying for Diana Nyad on and off for 50 hours now…something tells me I’m one of millions praying for her.”

Stewart later followed with “I haven’t cried over a swim since Michael Phelps went 8-for-8 until today.”

Even President Barack Obama tweeted “Congratulations, never give up on your dreams.”
By 3 p.m., Nyad was trending around the world!!!
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