American Heritage Wins Combined, Boys Team Titles; Gulliver Prep Wins Girls Title At FSPA Invitational; SOFLO’s Pinon, Kopecki Shine

American Heritage Wins Combined, Boys Team Titles, Gulliver Prep Wins Girls Title, At FSPA Invitational; SOFLO’s Pinon, Kopecki Shine


By Sharon Robb

September 27, 2014—American Heritage Plantation got its first real test of the season at the 37th annual FSPA Swimming and Diving Invitational Saturday night at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

Competing against several teams from around the state, the Patriots turned in several outstanding swims to capture the combined and boys team titles. Gulliver Prep won the girls team title, edging Gulf Coast, 222-219.

It was the Patriots second invitational meet victory of the season after winning the Suns Invitational earlier this month.

At FSPA, the defending state 2A champion boys team swept all three relays in season-best times, all ranked No. 1 in the county.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julien Pinon won the Patriots only individual event in a season-best 1:41.92. Pinon was also third in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.26.

Pinon anchored the winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. The 200 relay of Taylor Eaddy, CJ Kopecki, Chris Garcia and Pinon won in 1:28.46. The 400 relay of Eaddy, Garcia, Fernando Bohorquez and Pinon won in 3:11.68.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Nico Medina, Jonathan Farah, Bohorquez and Eaddy won in 1:37.99.

Bohorquez and Eaddy also finished third in their events. Bohorquez was third in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.95 and Eaddy was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.40.
SOFLO’s Kopecki was also tenth in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.74.

The Patriots’ girls team turned in its best performance of the season. Alexandra Pacitti swam a season-best 1:56.70 in the 200-yard freestyle to finish ninth and take over the top spot in the county honor roll.

Teammate Catharine Cooper swam back-to-back best times in the 50-yard freestyle in prelims and finals. Cooper also has the county’s top times with 24.04 and 53.59. Cooper finished second in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with her fastest times of the season.

“The kids had great swims,” said Patriots coach Nobutaka Tan.

Gulliver Prep won one relay and two individual events. Kelly Fertel was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.88) and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.64.

Gulliver Prep also won the 400-yard freestyle in 3:34.92 with relay members Niki Urquidi, Namilla Sanchez, Corina Scheuren and Fertel.

Wellington’s Cody Cline was the Florida Gold Coast’s only boy individual event double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.02 and 100-yard freestyle in 45.89.

Monarch’s swim team also had some impressive swims against a strong field.

Otavio Metzker swam back-to-back best times in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.99 and 22.61 to finish ninth in the 50-yard freestyle. He also swam back-to-back best times in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.56 and 56.02 and finished 13th.

Teammate Quinn Roth swam a best time 56.65 in the 100 butterfly to finish 15th.

Monarch was ninth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a best time 1:32.78 with Santiago Ospina, Christian Uzzo, Roth and Metzker.

“It was an awesome pool and swim environment,” Metzker texted.

Pine Crest swept the 1-meter springboard diving titles. Juliette Pozzuoli won the girls title with 364.55 points and Austin Fields won the boys title with 465.20 points.

The meet, sponsored by the Florida Swimming Pool Association, is the largest meet of its kind in the southeastern United States.

Meet organizers and meet mobile did not post the final team scores Saturday night as of 11 p.m.

1. American Heritage 379, 2. Countryside 367, 3. Tampa Plant 345, 4. Gulliver Prep 342, 5. Creekside 315.

1. Gulliver Prep 222, 2. Gulf Coast 219, 3. Tampa Plant 177, 4. Newsome 162, 5. Creekside 140.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulf Coast 1:49.58 (Elise Haan, Niki Fistrovic, Kayla Tennant, Nora Gillen), 2. Plant 1:51.16, 3. Creekside 1:51.46.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kendall Brent, FTMY 1:50.15, 2. Niki Urquidi, GP 1:50.23, 3. Summer Finke, COUN 1:52.85.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kelly Fertel, GP 2:04.88, 2. Brooke Ellis, GP 2:11.09, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 2:12.29.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Morgan Tankersley, PLAN 23.92, 2. Catharine Cooper, AH 24.04, 3. Emily Summa, FTMY 24.64.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Abbey Duncan, AATL 55.76, 2. Karen Liu, CSNA 56.46, 3. Sherridon Dressel, CHS 56.76.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Elise Haan, GUCO 50.67, 2. Maddie Hess, NEW 51.83, 3. Athena Cimino, WIRE 53.44, 4. Catharine Cooper, AH 53.59.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Kendall Brent, FTMY 4:51.04, 2. Morgan Tankersley, PLAN 4:53.11, 3. Summer Finke, COUN 4:53.41.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Plant 1:38.86 (Catarina Sterlacci, Martha Pointer, Sarah Rossi, Morgan Tankersley), 2. Gulliver Prep 1:39.73 (Niki Urquidi, Namilla Sanchez, Brooke Ellis, Corina Scheuren), 3. St. Stephen Episcopal 1:40.95.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Elise Haan, GUCO 54.52, 2. Abbey Duncan, AATL 56.66, 3. Maddie Hess, NEW 57.25.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Kelly Fertel, GP 1:04.64, 2. Dani Gordon, CREEK 1:05.44, 3. Catarina Sterlacci, PLAN 1:09.32.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:34.92 (Niki Urquidi, Namilla Sanchez, Corina Scheuren, Kelly Fertel), 2. Gulf Coast 3:37.00, 3. American Heritage 3:40.38 (Ali Pacitti, Marissa Brannan, Lindsay Hay, Catharine Cooper).

1-meter diving: 1. Juliette Pozzuoli, PC 364.55, 2. Caylin Hirapara, BR 360.20, 3. Megan Galbreath, CCOR 356.60, 4. Hunter Singh, PC 341.35.

1.American Heritage 291, 2. Countryside 235, 3. Creekside 175, 4. Tampa Plant 168, 5. Wellington 152, 18. Monarch 32.


200-yard medley relay: 1. American Heritage 1:37.99 (Nico Medina, Jonathan Farah, Fernando Bohorquez, Taylor Eaddy), 2. Countryside 1:38.47, 3. Plant 1:39.00.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Julien Pinon, AH 1:41.92, 2. Alex Cronin, JUP 1:43.16, 3. Grady Heath, CHS 1:43.31.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Jason Tillotson, CCOR 1:55.63, 2. Robert Finke, COUN 1:58.77, 3. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 1:58.95.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Cody Cline, WELL 21.02, 2. Cooper Hoffman, COUN 21.30, 3. Brody Heck, BR 21.31.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Gian Garcia, CREE 49.85, 2. Noah Lense, COUN 51.09, 3. Taylor Eaddy, AH 52.40.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Cody Cline, WELL 45.89, 2. Brody Heck, BR 46.26, 3. Julien Pinon, AH 47.26.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Dakota Mahaffey, CHS 4:33.95, 2. Robert Finke, COUN 4:34.38, 3. Daniel Young, FTMY 4:47.62.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage 1:28.46 (Taylor Eaddy, CJ Kopecki, Chris Garcia, Julien Pinon), 2. Clearwater Central Catholic 1:29.30, 3. Plant 1:30.04.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Dakota Mahaffey, CHS 50.06, 2. Cooper Hoffman, COUN 51.72, 3. Tyler Heath, PLAN 53.53.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Cory Klemm, CCOR 59.20, 2. Gian Garcia, CREE 59.45, 3. Paxton Rhoads, PLAN 1:00.28.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage 3:11.68 (Taylor Eaddy, Chris Garcia, Fernando Bohorquez, Julien Pinon), 2. Clearwater Central Catholic 3:15.17, 3. Wellington 3:15.64 (William Layne, Cash Hollister, Colin Smith, Cody Cline).

1-meter diving: 1. Austin Fields, PC 465.20, 2. Reid Fleming, PLAN 424.70, 3. Robby Costine, FROS 424.40.

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