By Sharon Robb

November 16, 2003

West Broward High School junior Melissa Marinheiro won a bronze medal Saturday night at the FHSAA State 4A Swimming and Diving Championships at Sailfish Splash Water Park in Stuart.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer took third in the 500-yard freestyle in a season-best and All-American automatic time of 4:51.13. She bettered her morning prelim time of 4:54.98.

“I just really wanted to medal, so I am excited,” Marinheiro said after the meet. “Next year I am going for the gold.”

Marinheiro also won the “B” final of the 200-yard freestyle and finished ninth overall in 1:52.21, faster than his prelim time of 1:52.75.

Marinheiro was among the top Broward County finishers on the final night of the state competition held over two weekends. It was the first time a state meet was held solely for the 4A schools.

Alex Evdokimov of Taravella won the 100-yard breaststroke in 55.12, an automatic All-American time. He won by 2/100ths of a second ahead of West Broward High School junior Alex Morgan, a member of the Swedish junior national team, who finished in 55.14, also an automatic All-American time.

The top five finishers in the fast field turned in either All-American automatic or consideration times.

“I don’t think I could have gone as fast if he wasn’t there, that was a great race for both of us,” Evdokimov said. “I saw him on every turn and every wall and that was amazing. The last 25 on the turn I knew I needed to push as hard as I could. I gave everything I had left in my body. I came out of the water shaking.”

SOFLO’s Maria Lopez of Hialeah Gardens was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.63, faster than her prelim time of 57.13.

SOFLO teammate Amber Hunter of West Broward finished tenth in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.79, faster than her prelim time of 57.91.

Hialeah Gardens freshman Jessica Rodriguez, in her state meet debut, was 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.56.

Other top Broward finishers:

Amanda Tipton of Nova was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.21, an All-American consideration time. Also in the event, Mia Fiorenzi of St. Thomas was 12th in 58.08 and Meagan Abad of South Plantation was 14th in 59.62. Tipton won her second bronze medal in the 100-yard backstroke placing third in 57.31.

Abad was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.72.

Marco Guarente of Cypress Bay was fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.48 and was sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:54.46.

Tulane-bound Emma Lincoln of Cypress Bay was fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.08 after going 51.32 in prelims and eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.20 after going 1:51.31 in prelims.

Lydia Musleh of Coral Glades was tenth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:10.04 after going 2:09.92 in prelims and tenth in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.75, faster than her prelim time of 53.13.

Emily Jurich of Douglas was seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.34 after going 1:04.98 in prelims.

Iona College-bound Kyle Desrosiers of St. Thomas Aquinas was eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.90 after going 1:41.89 in prelims. He was also 14th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:44.46 after going 4:40.64 in prelims.

Mark Burnley of Cypress Bay was 13th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.87.

Daniela Veloza of Nova was sixth in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.70 and 14th in the 200-yard individual medle in 2:11.13.

In the girls 50-yard freestyle, Mia Fiorenzi of St. Thomas was 11th in 24.37, Sophia Oliva of St. Thomas was 13th in 24.58 and Zoie Balthazar of South Plantation was 15th in 24.90.

In the boys 50-yard freestyle, Gabriel Perez Silva of St. Thomas was eighth in 21.52. Morgan was 11th in 21.75 and Anton Kuzjomkin of Nova was 16th in 22.10.

Perez Silva was also ninth in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.60.

Sarasota Riverview won the girls team title with 209 points. St. Thomas Aquinas, led by the 1-2 finish of its divers (Karlee Price, Alexa Elkins), was the top local finisher placing fifth with 134.5 points.

Palm Harbor University won the boys team title with 276 points. Defending champion Boca Raton was third with 173.5 points. St. Thomas boys were 16th with 61 points.

STATE 4A RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.Sarasota Riverview 209, 2. Tampa East Lake 183, 3. Palm Harbor 155, 4. Dr. Phillips 151.5, 5. St. Thomas Aquinas 134.5, 6. Newsome 133.5, 7. Oviedo 122, 8. Olympia 103, 9. Tampa Plant 99, 10. Hagerty 95, 11. Jupiter 84, 14. Nova 68, 15. Boca Raton 63, 16. Coral Reef, 50, 18. Reagan Doral 44, 22. West Broward 32, 25. Cypress Bay 30, 27. Hialeah Gardens 20.5, 28. South Plantation 20, 30. Coral Glades 14, 33. John I. Leonard 12, 33. Douglas 12, 35. Miami Killian 11, 40. Miami Palmetto 4.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

1-meter diving: 1. Karlee Price, STA 443.00, 2. Alexa Elkins, STA 440.90, 3. Allyson Nied, NEW 424.30, 7. Gabriella Comunale, STA 390.85, 24. Jessica Modrak, CB 110.10.

200-yard medley relay: 1. East Lake 1:47.03, AA-C, 2. Dr. Phillips 1:47.19, AA-C, 3. Tampa Plant 1:47.34, AA-C, 4. Jupiter 1:48.49, 9. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:50.81, 11. Nova 1:51.99.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Alex Aitchison, EL 1:47.52, AA-A, 2. Michelle Turek, EL 1:49.18, AA-A, 3. Spence Atkins, RIV 1:49.50, AA-C, 8. Emma Lincoln, CB 1:52.20, 9. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 1:52.21.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Nancy Hu, RIV 2:02.75, AA-A, 2. Ashley Boddiford, HAG 2:04.17, AA-C, 3. Dee Sopapong, WHAR 2:04.57, AA-C, 10. Lydia Musleh, CGL 2:10.04, 14. Daniela Veloza, NOVA 2:11.13.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Alexandra Donahue, TP 23.60, AA-C, 2. Kenda McIntosh, PH 23.92, 3. Kara Vachon, SEM 24.00, 11. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 24.37, 13. Sophia Oliva, STA 24.58, 15. Zoie Balthazar, SP 24.90.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Isabella Paez, Reagan Doral 54.70, AA-A, 2. Nancy Hu, SR 55.44, AA-C, 3. Amanda Tipton, NOVA 56.21, AA-C, 4. Maria Lopez, HG 56.63, 10. Amber Hunter, WB 57.79, 12. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 58.08, 14. Megan Abad, SP 59.62.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Madeline Hess, NEW 50.35, AA-A, 2. Michelle Turek, EL 51.41, AA-C, 3. Rachel McKivigan, BUC 51.57, AA-C, 4. Emma Lincoln, CB 52.08, 6. Daniela Veloza, NOVA 52.70, 10. Lydia Musleh, CGL 52.75.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Alex Aitchinson, EL 4:47.82, AA-A, 2. Spence Atkins, RIV 4:49.16, AA-A, 3. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 4:51.13, AA-A.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Newsome 1:35.48, AA-A, 2. Oviedo 1:36.09, AA-A, 3. Riverview 1:36.79, AA-C, 5. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:38.38.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Madeline Hess, NEW 54.38, AA-A, 2. Cindy Cheng, DRP 56.75, AA-C, 3. Amanda Tipton, NOVA 57.31, 4. Meagan Abad, SP 57.72, 6. Sammy Stinemire, NOVA 58.41.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alexandra Donahue, TP 1:02.50, AA-A, 2. Dee Sopapong, WHA 1:04.40, AA-C, 3. McKenna Harris, STP 1:04.41, AA-C, 7. Emily Jurich, DOUG 1:06.34.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. East Lake 3:27.56, AA-A, 2. Riverview 3:27.98, AA-A, 3. Newsome 3:31.10, AA-C, 11. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:38.68, 13. Nova 3:39.31, 15. Cypress Bay 3:40.36 (Emma Lincoln, Haley Wright, Kylie Herman, Emiliana Paez).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1. Palm Harbor 276, 2. Riverview 219, 3. Boca Raton 173.5, 4. Countryside 159, 5. Seminole 118, 6. Timber Creek 95, 7. Spruce Creek 94.5, 8. Dr. Phillips 93, 9. Seminole 91, 10. Tampa Plant 82, 12. Miami Palmetto 66, 16. St. Thomas Aquinas 61, 17. Reagan Doral 50, 18. Wellington 40, 18. Spanish River, Wellington 40, 20. Taravella 35, 22. Cypress Bay 33, 24. West Broward 28, 25. Jupiter 27, 26. South Plantation 20, 27. Douglas 19, 28. Miami Columbus 18, 29. Nova 17, 36. Hialeah Gardens 6, 38. Miami Beach 5, 42. Coral Glades 2.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1-meter diving: 1. Logan Downey, SP 517.60, 2. Joey Dowd, OLY 512.25, 3. Simon Adriano, DWY 449.05, 9. Devin Nugent, STA 370.35, 12. Corey Bolko, WB 360.70, 21. Fab Dumareille, NOVA 126.75, 23. Blake Shreves, NOVA 124.10.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Palm Harbor 1:33.22, AA-A, 2. Riverview 1:34.62, AA-C, 3. Timber Creek 1:35.77, AA-A, 5. Miami Palmetto 1:37.50, 10. Boca Raton 1:40.52, 11. Spanish River 1:41.95, 13. Douglas 1:42.78 (David Stoddard, Tristan Celestin, Henrique Yamamoto, Joshua Cutter), 16. Cypress Bay 1:45.05 (Carlos Gallego, Bowie Suen, Bernardo Pineiro-Barros, Rafael Ramirez).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Ryan Peters, COU 1:39.20, AA-A, 2. Taylor Uselis, PH 1:39.99, AA-C, 3. Nazar Boscaino, EL 1:40.25, AA-C, 5. Cody Cline, WELL 1:41.24, 8. Kyle Desrosiers, STA 1:41.90, 13. Mark Burnley, CB 1:42.87.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Manuel Barragan, PH 1:49.94, AA-A, 2. Alexander Kimpel, TC 1:50.37, AA-A, 3. Garrett Hoce, PH 1:51.35, AA-C, 4. Alex Evdokimov, TAR 1:52.57, AA-C, 6. Marco Guarente, CB 1:54.46.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Gage Kohner, BR 20.54, AA-A, 2. Trista Sanders, PH 20.64, AA-A, 3. Stefanie Spiric, SEM 20.85, AA-C, 8. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 21.52, 11. Alex Morgan, WB 21.75, 16. Anton Kuzjomkin, NOVA 22.10.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Noah Hensley, OV 49.27, AA-A, 2. Manuel Barragan, PH 49.66, AA-C, 3. Caleb Tosh, FC 50.53, AA-C.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gage Kohner, BR 45.06, AA-A, 2. Stefan Spiric, SEM 45.45, AA-C, 3. Brody Heck, BR 45.80, AA-C, 9. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 47.60, 15. Anton Kuzjomkin, NOVA 48.34.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Nazar Boscaino, EL 4:26.89, AA-A, 2. Taylor Uselis, PH 4:27.92, AA-A, 3. Wes McGovern, NEW 4:29.93, AA-A, 6. Cody Cline, WELL 4:35.57, 14. Kyle Desrosiers, STA 4:44.46.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Countryside 1:24.93, AA-A, 2. Boca Raton 1:25.38, AA-C, 3. Seminole 1:25.80, AA-C, 9. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:28.04 (Kyle Desrosiers, Kearn Kurbanali, Esteban Velasquez, Gabriel Perez Silva), 13. Nova 1:29.73, 15. Douglas 1:31.95 (David Stoddard, Henrique Yamamoto, Gregory Roseman, Joshua Cutter).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Trista Sanders, PH 47.79, AA-A, 2. Ryan Peters, COU 49.82, AA-A, 3. Wes McGovern, NEW 51.07, AA-C, , 15. August Charni, CGL 54.64.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alex Evdokimov, TAR 55.12, AA-A, 2. Alex Morgan, WB 55.14, AA-A, 3. Alexander Kimpel, TC 57.28, AA-C, 5. Marco Guarente, CB 57.48, AA-C, 10. Tristan Celestin, DOUG 1:00.20.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Palm Harbor 3:05.47, AA-A, 2. Riverview 3:06.61, AA-A, 3. Countryside 3:07.74, AA-C, 4. Boca Raton 3:08.82, AA-C, 10. Reagan Doral 3:13.44, 14. Nova 3:16.80.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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