By Sharon Robb
October 9, 2014—With so much parity among public schools in high school swimming this season, the field is wide open for the Broward County Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.
Without American Heritage, Pine Crest, University School, Westminster Academy and other private teams and no dominant public school team, it’s anyone’s guess who will win the boys and girls team titles.
St. Thomas Aquinas is defending boys and girls champion but Cypress Bay, Douglas, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines Charter and Nova could all challenge for team titles.
Cypress Bay is the early boys’ favorite. The girls is too close to call.
“This is probably one of the most wide open meets in years on the girls side,” said meet director and St. Thomas girls coach Jimmy Parmenter.
Last year St. Thomas girls won with 575 points followed by Cypress Bay with 355.50 and Fort Lauderdale with 341.50. St. Thomas boys won with 435.50 followed by Cypress Bay with 368 and Nova with 355.
It may come down to the 1-meter springboard diving competition which begins 10 a.m. in the midst of the 9 a.m. prelims.
St. Thomas has the top diving seeds in Karlee Price, the defending champion, and Devin Nugent.
South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, primarily from Pembroke Pines Charter, could play a major role in the BCAA meet. The program, coached by SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie, has one of its strongest teams in history, comprised of several top SOFLO age group swimmers.
West Broward, Cypress Bay and Flanagan also have SOFLO swimmers who will challenge for individual titles and top three spots.
West Broward’s Melissa Marinheiro will try to defend her 500-yard freestyle title for the third consecutive year. Last year she won in 4:59.40. She was also second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.14.
Other returning BCAA champions are BCAA record holder Raphael Marcoux of Fort Lauderdale in the 50- and 100-yardyard freestyle, Marco Guarente of Cypress Bay in the 200-yard individual medley, Lydia Musleh of Coral Glades in the 200-yard individual medley, Sammy Stinemire of St. Thomas in the 100-yard backstroke and diver Logan Downey.
IF YOU GO
What: Broward County Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships.
When: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., diving 10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.; finals 5-7:30 p.m.
Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation
Admission: $7 prelims, $7 finals, $3 heat sheets. For information call 954-452-2525.
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