American Heritage Boys Win Season-Opener; SOFLO’s Pinon Takes Two Firsts, Second, Third

American Heritage Boys Win Season-Opener; SOFLO’s Pinon Takes Two Firsts, Second, Third

By Sharon Robb

September 16, 2014—Defending boys 2A state champion American Heritage Plantation began its quest for another state title Tuesday with impressive wins over two of South Florida’s top programs.

The Patriots defeated Boca Raton, 103-77, and host St. Andrew’s, 108-68, in their season-opener at the Duff Tyler Aquatic Complex in Boca Raton. Boca Raton defeated St. Andrew’s, 107-76.

The season-opener gave American Heritage coach Nobutaka Tan an opportunity to gauge his team’s strength and weaknesses against two of the stronger boys’ teams so early in the season.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julien Pinon, fresh off a summer of training and competing overseas for France, led off the winning 200-yard freestyle relay and anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

Pinon was also second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.40 and third in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.03.

SOFLO teammates Cristian Rossi was seventh in 25.47 and CJ Kopecki was tenth in 24.09 in the 50-yard freestyle.

American Heritage had four different swimmers win individual events and also won the 200- and 400-yard freestyler relays.

The boys’ competition was evenly balanced, but it was the Patriots’ depth that clinched the wins.

Boca Raton, third place finishers at last year’s state meet, had three individual winners and St. Andrew’s had two individual winners and won the 200-yard medley relay.

American Heritage heads the field for Saturday’s Sun Invitational at Nova Southeastern.

In the girls’ competition, the St. Andrew’s Scots defeated cross-town rival Boca Raton, 110-75 and American Heritage Plantation, 119-55. Boca Raton defeated American Heritage Plantation, 115-66.

Seven-time state champion Megan Moroney of St. Andrew’s, one of the state’s most recruited swimmers, was a double winner in individual events and relays.

Moroney won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.99 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.35. She also led off the winning 200-yard medley relay and anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle.

Scots teammate Rachael Bradford-Feldman was also a double winner capturing the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.62 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.53.

Catharine Cooper of American Heritage, who competes internationally for Panama, was a double winner in the freestyle events, winning the 50 in 24.50 and 100 in 53.73.

St. Andrew’s 110, Boca Raton 75
St. Andrew’s 119, American Heritage Plantation 55
Boca Raton 115, American Heritage Plantation 66

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:50.10 (Megan Moroney, Rachael Bradford-Feldman, CJ McCartin, McKenna Keith), 2. Boca Raton 1:54.35, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:58.67.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Cassidy Blackwin, SA 1:58.31, 2. Ali Pacitti, AH 2:01.49, 3. Marin Mullen, SA 2:04.83.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SA 2:05.62, 2. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 2:14.88, 3. Julianna Carbone, SA 2:21.46.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Catharine Cooper, AH 24.50, 2. Kelly Harrington, BR 24.97, 3. Chelsea Scuderi, SA 25.56.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Caylin Hirapara, BR 243.85, 2. Julie Carter, BR 172.65, 3. Maya Sikora, SA 158.25.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Megan Moroney, SA 56.99, 2. Julianna Carbone, SA 1:02.85, 3. Whittaker Johnston, BR 1:03.29.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Catharine Cooper, AH 53.73, 2. Kelly Harrington, BR 55.16, 3. Chelsea Scuderi, SA 56.50.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Ali Pacitti, AH 5:19.98, 2. Cassidy Blackwin, SA 5:20.19, 3. Marissa Brannan, AH 5:29.60.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:43.20 (Cassidy Blackwin, Chelsea Scuderi, Julianna Carbone, McKenna Keith), 2. Boca Raton 1:43.32, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:47.29.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Megan Moroney, SA 57.35, 2. Whittaker Johnston, BR 1:01.42, 3. Marin Mullen, SA 1:04.43.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SA 1:07.53, 2. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 1:10.24, 3. Grayson Johnston, BR 1:11.93.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:38.79 (CJ McCartin, Chelsea Scuderi, Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Megan Moroney), 2. American Heritage Plantation 3:50.84, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:57.57.

American Heritage Plantation 108, St. Andrew’s 68
American Heritage Plantation 103, Boca Raton 77
Boca Raton 107, St. Andrew’s 76

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:39.28 (Nick Sharp, Izaak Bastian, Tanner Fuller, Nicholas Conrad), 2. American Heritage Plantation 1:41.10, 3. Boca Raton 1:48.01.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Chris Garcia, AH 1:46.25, 2. Julien Pinon, AH 1:47.40, 3. Matthew Fisher, BR 1:49.68.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 1:59.79, 2. Nick Sharp, SA 2:02.53, 3. Jonathan Farah, AH 2:06.27.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Brody Heck, BR 21.25, 2. Nicholas Conrad, SA 21.60, 3. Kyle Tatton, BR 23.69, 7. Cristian Rossi, AH 25.47, 10. CJ Kopecki, AH 24.09.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Jacob Williams, BR 181.55, 2. Alex Hofstetter, BR 160.70, 3. John Morin, SA 153.71.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Taylor Eaddy, AH 53.27, 2. Nicholas Conrad 54.33, 3. Nico Medina, AH 54.44, 4. CJ Kopecki, AH 56.49.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Brody Heck, BR 46.66, 2. Chris Garcia, AH 49.78, 3. Julien Pinon, AH 50.03.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Nico Medina, AH 4:48.18, 2. Matthew Fisher, BR 4:53.87, 3. Nicholas Pacitti, AH 5:04.65.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 1:30.53 (Julien Pinon, Chris Garcia, Carlos Rodriguez, Taylor Eaddy), 2. Boca Raton 1:31.53, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:31.74.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Nick Sharp, SA 54.96, 2. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 58.82, 3. Jonathan Farah, AH 1:00.06.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian, SA 1:03.38, 2. Ricardo Martinez, SA 1:04.18, 3. Kyle Tatton, BR 1:04.62.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 3:20.11 (Taylor Eaddy, Chris Garcia, Sebastian Vargas, Julien Pinon), 2. Boca Raton 3:21.33, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:31.83.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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