WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
October 20, 2013
Defending champion St. Thomas Aquinas swept the boys and girls team titles and three meet records were broken Saturday night at the Broward County Athletic Association Conference Swimming and Diving Championship at Plantation Aquatic Complex.
The girls team, buoyed by depth and talent, won seven events and by more than 200 points with 575 points. Cypress Bay was runner-up for the second consecutive year with 355.50 and Fort Lauderdale was third with 341.50.
The boys team, led by double winner Kyle Desrosiers and winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays, won with 435.50 points. Cypress Bay was second with 368 and Nova was third with 355.
It was the second major meet the Raiders swept after winning last month’s Florida Catholic Swimming Championships.
“I thought it would be closer,” St. Thomas boys coach Marty Grady said. “The kids had a very good meet and for the most part we swam better than we did three weeks ago so I am very happy. The meet turned out better than I anticipated. I was a little nervous because I thought there could be three teams that could win.”
Taravella senior and defending champion Alex Evdokimov broke his own meet record in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.38. The previous record was 58.71 he set last year.
The boys breaststroke was the race of the night with Evdokimov, Marco Guarente of Cypress Bay (57.49) and Alex Morgan of West Broward (57.64) stroke-for-stroke fighting for the lead until the final touch. The trio all swam below the previous meet record.
Fort Lauderdale High School sophomore Raphael Marcoux broke two meet records.
Marcoux, 15, won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.36, bettering the previous record of 21.40 set by Ricardo Barbosa in 2005. He also won the 100-yard freestyle in 46.77, breaking the previous record of 47.51 set by Justin Grigull in 2009.
“I wasn’t aware of the records and this wasn’t a meet that I was really looking forward to at the beginning,” the 6-foot-1 Canadian-born Marcoux said. “It turned out better than I thought. I went some pretty good times. As far as my high school meets so far this season, I rate it an 8 or 9.”
Marcoux also anchored the third-place 200-yard freestyle relay (1:32.74) and 400-yard freestyle relay that was disqualified when a swimmer jumped too quickly.
“I didn’t expect beating my personal-bests in a meet like the BCAAs,” said Marcoux, who was eighth in the 50 freestyle at last year’s state meet and won “B” finals in the 100 freestyle. “I have been swimming pretty well. I am looking forward to the state meet. With the times I went today I am feeling more confident going into districts, regionals and states. Last year I didn’t do as well.”
In the girls competition, St. Thomas senior Mia Fiorenzi was a double winner and the Raiders won all three relays and swept the top three places in the 1-meter springboard diving.
Fiorenzi won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.55 and 100-yard butterfly in 57.78. She was one of only three swimmers to crack 58 seconds.
Several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers finished among the Top 10. Most of the swimmers were “swimming through” the meet looking ahead to the district, region and state meets over the next four weeks.
SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro of West Broward defended her title in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.40, off her meet record of 4:58.07 she swam last year. She was also second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.14.
“It was a good meet,” Marinheiro said. “I am training and getting excited about states. I felt better this morning. I am not really changing my training for this meet, I am swimming through it.”
The meet also gave SOFLO swimmers the opportunity to swim against competition they will be swimming against in districts. Others picked up valuable racing experience including Juan Lucas, Gustavo Valery and Joshue Kon.
Valery of Flanagan, competing in his second BCAA meet, was fifth in the 200-yard freestyle and sixth in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.75.
“I was pretty happy that I dropped my time,” Valery said. “I was a little frustrated but overall I was pretty with what I did. I went 1:50 and was hoping to go a 1:49 and drop to 1:46 by states. I am still trying to do that. I want to try to progressively drop about a second each time I swim.”
After having one BCAA under his belt, Valery felt more comfortable the second time around.
“Last year I was a little nervous,” Valery said. “I didn’t know how to warm up for this kind of meet because it was more fast paced. Now I am a little more used to it and feel a lot better.”
Lucas of Pembroke Pines Charter was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.93 and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.13.
“My freestyle and backstroke are improving,” Lucas said. “I felt good in the water tonight. There were a lot of waves with all those bigger kids.
“I came in wanting to get the experience of swimming in big meets like this against the best swimmers,” Lucas said. “I have been lowering my times and I am faster than last year so I am happy.
“I am happiest with my 100 back because of my stroke and the competition. I wasn’t too happy with my 100 back tonight. I didn’t feel good but I lowered my time a little bit. I am fine with my swims. I am getting excited and looking forward to districts.”
Kon was sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:09.48 and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.39.
“I am pretty happy, I dropped four seconds from my morning time,” Kon said. “This is my last year because I am a senior. I am just trying to have fun and ultimately the goal is to make states. I want to go hard at districts and regionals. I have been more consistent in practices and training well.”
Other Top 10 SOFLO finishers were:
Amber Hunter of West Broward, third, 100-yard butterfly, 59.94 after going 59.46 in prelims; fourth in the 100-yard backstroke, 1:02.42.
Kylie Herman of Cypress Bay, sixth, 100-yard backstroke, 1:06.56.
Lilli Calero of Pembroke Pines Charter, eighth, 500-yard freestyle, 5:36.75 and ninth, 200-yard freestyle, 2:06.16.
Bowie Suen of Cypress Bay, tenth, 200-yard individual medley, 2:12.00.
Blake Kelley of Pembroke Pines Charter, tenth, 100-yard butterfly, 55.78.
Alex Monti of West Broward, top morning qualifier in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:06.00, eighth in 5:08.40. He was also 11th in 1:07.82.
Fernando Quintero of Flanagan, tenth, 100-yard backstroke, 1:05.27.
Broward County Athletic Association Conference Results
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
1.St. Thomas Aquinas 575, 2. Cypress Bay 355.50, 3. Fort Lauderdale 341.50, 4. Nova 294, 5. West Broward 272, 6. South Plantation 200.50, 7. Pompano Beach 193, 8. Douglas 190, 9. Pembroke Pines Charter 174, 10. Western 147, 11. Cardinal Gibbons 129.50, 12. Coral Glades 112, 13. Taravella 83, 14. Northeast 80, 15. Cooper City 77, 16. Monarch 75, 17. Flanagan 55, 18. Deerfield Beach 51, 19. South Broward 45, 20. Hollywood Hills 24.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:53.86 (Sammy Stinemire, Natalya Wozab, Sarah Asseraf, Marie Borrelli), 2. Nova 1:54.92, 3. Taravella 1:54.93.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Lincoln, CB 1:52.66, 2. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 1:53.14, 3. Chloe Adams, FTL 1:54.99.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Lydia Musleh, CGL 2:08.79, 2. Daniela Veloza, NOVA 2:11.56, 3. Sarah Asseraf, STA 2:15.83.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 24.55, 2. tie, Zoie Balthazar, SP and Fatimah Westbrook, FTL 24.72.
1-meter diving: 1. Karlee Price, STA 278.95, 2. Alexa Elkins, STA 269.80, 3. Gabriella Comunale, STA 268.75.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 57.78, 2. Amanda Tipton, NOVA 57.94, 3. Amber Hunter, WB 59.94.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Lincoln, CB 52.33, 2. Lydia Musleh, CGL 53.51, 3. Chloe Adams, FTL 53.54.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 4:59.40, 2. Daniela Veloza, NOVA 5:16.57, 3. Haley Wright, CB 5:28.46.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:39.30 (Mia Fiorenzi, Kristina Brennan, Sammy Stinemire, Sophia Oliva), 2. Fort Lauderdale 1:42.27, 3. Cypress Bay 1:43.59.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Sammy Stinemire, STA 59.07, 2. Amanda Tipton, NOVA 1:00.15, 3. Meagan Abad, SP 1:01.36.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Emily Jurich, DOUG 1:08.06, 2. Kelly Kealty, TAR 1:09.15, 3. Fatimah Westbrook, FTL 1:10.55.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:36.82 (Mia Fiorenzi, Kristina Brennan, Sammy Stinemire, Sophia Oliva), 2. Nova 3:42.13, 3. Fort Lauderdale 3:44.82.
BOYS TEAM TOTALS
1.St. Thomas Aquinas 435.50, 2. Cypress Bay 368, 3. Nova 355, 4. Douglas 243, 5. Pompano Beach 229, 6. Pembroke Pines Charter 223, 7. Fort Lauderdale 212.50, 8. Taravella 176, 9. West Broward 174, 10. Cardinal Gibbons 171, 11. South Plantation 165, 12. Flanagan 155, 13. Monarch 123, 14. Deefield Beach 78, 15. Coral Glades 74, 16. Hollywood Hills 64, 17. Cooper City 52, 18. Coconut Creek 40, 19. Northeast 35, 20. South Broward 34, 21. Western 21, 22. Boyd Anderson 11, 23. McArthur 4, 24. Coral Springs 2.
200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:42.39 (Esteban Velasquez, Andrew Szatkowski, Gabriel Perez Silva, Kearn Kurbanali), 2. Pompano Beach 1:43.93, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 1:44.36.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Kyle Desrosiers, STA 1:45.91, 2. Mark Burnley, CB 1:46.44, 3. David Cantu, NOVA 1:49.24.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Marco Guarente, CB 1:54.14, 2. Esteban Velasquez, STA 2:00.75, 3. Brandon Parkinson, NOVA 2:04.34.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Raphael Marcoux, FTL 21.36, meet record; 2. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 21.43, 3. Sean Chen, SP 22.10.
1-meter diving: 1. Logan Downey, SP 329.50, 2. Zach Allen, CG 283.55, 3. Devin Nugent, STA 232.05.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Alex Evdokimov, TAR 51.82, 2. Chad Moody, CG 51.96, 3. Katana Sato, SP 53.37.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Raphael Marcoux, FTL 46.77, meet record; 2. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 47.91, 3. Sean Chen, SP 49.25.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Kyle Desrosiers, STA 4:48.89, 2. Carlos Gallego, CB 4:51.97, 3. David Cantu, NOVA 4:59.39.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay 1:30.45 (Marco Guarente, Rafael Ramirez, Carlos Neira, Mark Burnley), 2. Nova 1:30.54, 3. Fort Lauderdale 1:32.74.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Chad Moody, CG 53.30, 2. Kearn Kurbanali, STA 57.06, 3. Esteban Velasquez, STA 57.38.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alex Evdokimov, TAR 57.38, 2. Marco Guarente, CB 57.49, 3. Alex Morgan, WB 57.64.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:15.28, 2. Nova 3:19.20, 3. Cypress Bay 3:21.59.
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