American Heritage Boys Sweep, SOFLO’s Pinon Wins

By Sharon Robb

October 16, 2014—Defending state boys champion American Heritage remained unbeaten after sweeping University School and South Florida Heat in a weather-abbreviated tri-meet at Nova Southeastern Aquatic Complex.

The boys got in only four races. South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julien Pinon won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.12 and American Heritage teammate Taylor Eaddy won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.18.

SOFLO’s CJ Kopecki was third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.30.

South Florida Heat girls swept University School, 37-31, and American Heritage, 36-32.

South Florida Heat relied on its depth and diving in the five events it competed in. Diver Aubrey Quintanilla won the 1-meter diving and Rose Smiddy won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:14.78.


South Florida Heat 37, University School 31

South Florida Heat 36, American Heritage 32

American Heritage 36, University School 26.


200-yard medley relay: 1. University School 1:58.38 (Annabella Lyn, Allison Kopas, Abigail Carswell, Cecily Bowe), 2. American Heritage 2:00.73, 3. South Florida Heat 2:01.30.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Catharine Cooper, AH 1:58.80, 2. Mary Smutny, SFH 1:59.00, 3. Marissa Brannan, AH 2:00.99.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Rose Smiddy, SFH 2:14.78, 2. Lindsey Sauer, SFH 2:20.83, 3. Audrey Mason, AH 2:21.90.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Alexandra Pacitti, AH 25.75, 2. Ainsley Anderton, SFH 26.55, 3. Windsow Anderton, SFH 26.57.

1-meter diving: 1. Aubrey Quintanilla, SFH 211.13.


American Heritage 37, University School 25

American Heritage 47, South Florida Heat 15

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200-yard medley relay: 1. University School 1:41.34 (Patrick Groters, Daniel Pereira, John Silvera, Matthew Lyn), 2. American Heritage “A” 1:41.95, 3. American Heritage “B” 1:48.63.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Julien Pinon, AH 1:45.12, 2. Bryce Pierce, SFH 1:49.29, 3. CJ Kopecki, AH 1:49.30.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Daniel Pereira, US 1:58.17, 2. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 1:59.79, 3. Luke Smutney, SFH 2:06.55.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Eaddy, AH 22.18, 2. Marcos Secur, AH 24.13, 3. Jacob Rogatinsky, AH 24.29.

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SOFLO Swimmers Head Field For Mike Horgan Fall Invitational Meet At Lake Lytal

By Sharon Robb

October 16, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers head the field for the fourth annual Mike Horgan Fall Invitational Meet at the Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Center in West Palm Beach.

The three-day meet gets under way on Friday at 5 p.m. with the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley events. All events are timed finals.

The Florida Gold Coast Top 16 Fall Invitational is named in honor of one of the most beloved and well-respected coaches in the Florida Gold Coast.

Horgan, Lake Lytal’s head developmental coach, died of a heart attack at age 50 in August, 2011.

A double lung transplant recipient in 2000, Horgan had cystic fibrosis his entire life but never let it damper his enthusiasm as a tireless teacher and coach.

SOFLO swimmers will get an opportunity to swim against several Palm Beach County teams including host Lake Lytal Lighting, Jupiter, North Palm Beach, St. Andrew’s Swimming and Wellington Wahoos.

Other teams entered are Azura, Coral Springs Swim Club, Plantation Swim Team, Metro Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming, Miami-Dade County Aquatic Club and Pompano Beach Piranhas.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Sara Quintero, 10, 500-yard freestyle, 6:02.25; 100-yard backstroke, 1:14.25; 200-yard individual medley, 2:36.71.

Leonardo Mateus, 12, 400-yard individual medley, 4:48.63; 200-yard freestyle, 1:59.50; 200-yard butterfly, 2:26.52; 200-yard individual medley, 2:15.28; 200-yard backstroke, 2:14.74.

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 500-yard freestyle 4:53.17; 100-yard individual medley 1:00.19; 50-yard freestyle, 24.52; 50-yard butterfly, 27.59; 100-yard butterfly, 58.21; 100-yard freestyle, 52.56; 50-yard backstroke, 29.17; 100-yard butterfly, 57.44; 1,650-yard freestyle, 16:57.13.

Isabella Di Salvo, 12, 100-yard butterfly, 1:04.95.


What: Mike Horgan Fall Invitational Meet

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Complex, 3645 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach

Schedule: Friday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., timed finals; Saturday sessions, 8:30 a.m., 13-and-over and 11:30 a.m., 12-and-under timed finals; Sunday sessions, 8:30 a.m., 13-and over and 11:30 a.m., 12-and-under timed finals.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For more information call 561-310-4924 or go to

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