WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
October 28, 2013
Archbishop McCarthy boys team was third and the girls finished fourth at the District 12-2A Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday at Gulliver Prep.
The boys team, led by Matt Mila and Kry Nichlany, was third with 318.5. Host Gulliver Prep won the team title with 503.5 followed by Doral with 346.5.
Mila captured a district title in the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best 22.28, dropping from 22.70 and was runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.36.
The girls were fourth with 211.5 points. Gulliver also won the women’s team title with 572 points followed by Doral with 382 and St. Brendan with 234.5.
Archbishop McCarthy, coached by SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland, qualified both its girls and boys 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Abolade Oyetunji leads the Somerset Academy contingent to regions that also includes Alani Carrasco, a freshman; Esteban Diaz, a freshman; Adrian Marrero, a sophomore; David Marrero, a seventh grader; Andrea and Clarissa Melendez, both juniors.
The top 24 individual qualifiers and top 16 relays advance to Friday’s Region 4-2 Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Estero High School at Florida Gulf Coast. Both the swimming and diving begins at 4 p.m. with timed finals only. The top qualifiers advance to the FHSAA State 2A meet on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Stuart.
DISTRICT 12-2A at Gulliver Prep:
Archbishop McCarthy’s 200-yard medley relay of Cassidy Shorkey, Kaitlin Armstrong, Juliann Plasencia and Raleigh McDonald was fifth in 2:11.14 and qualified for regions.
Plasencia qualified in the 200-yard freestyle and is seeded 23rd in 2:12.83 and 100-yard butterfly, seeded 24th in 1:10.50.
Somerset Academy junior Andrea Melendez is seeded eighth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:26.91.
Archbishop McCarthy’s Kaitlin Armstrong, a senior, is seeded eighth in the 100-yard freestyle in 56.58.
Somerset Academy sophomore Abolade Oyetunji is seeded 17th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:38.28.
Archbishop McCarthy’s 200-yard medley relay of Osmar Coronel, Eric Kroener, David Maniglia and Jeremy Piacente was sixth in 2:00.28.
Junior Jojo Perez and senior Philippe Coppee of Archbishop McCarthy qualifield in the 200-yard individual medley. Perez is seeded 15th in 2:14.47 and Coppee is seeded 21st in 2:16.58.
Archbishop McCarthy senior Matt Mila is seeded second in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.28 and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.36.
Somerset’s Eduardo Graziano, a sophomore, is seeded 24th in the 50-yard freestyle and seeded 22nd in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.25.
Archbishop McCarthy senior Kry Nichlany is seeded ninth in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.44 and is seeded 12th in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.53.
Archbishop McCarthy senior Jeremy Piacente is seeded 23rd in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.47.
Archbishop McCarthy qualified three boys in the 500-yard freestyle, JoJo Perez, seeded 13th in 5:18.49, Christopher Sanchez, seeded 18th in 5:25.44 and Alex Appleby, seeded 23rd in 5:41.72.
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