SOFLO’s Pinon, Farah, Kopecki, Rossi Lead American Heritage Boys Team; Huang Takes First, Second For Girls Team

By Sharon Robb

September 15, 2015—American Heritage Plantation boys’ team remained undefeated with a 99-84 victory over Pine Crest Tuesday at the Woodson Pool in Fort Lauderdale.

The Patriots are now 4-1 during Week Three of the high school swimming and diving season.

It was Pine Crest’s (3-1) first loss of the season.

American Heritage won six individual boys’ events and swept the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Julien Pinon won two events and anchored both winning relays. Pinon won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.00 and 100-yard freestyle in 48.35, both season-bests.

SOFLO teammate CJ Kopecki was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.75 and second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:52.50, a season-best dropping from 4:59.27. He was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

Jonathan Farah won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.09, also a season-best and third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.74. Farah was a member of the second-place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:41.25.

American Heritage won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:31.47 with Kopecki, Farah, Carlos Rodriguez and Pinon and 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:21.25 with Sebastian Vargas, Kopecki, Nico Medina and Pinon.

SOFLO’s Cristian Rossi was a member of the third-place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:52.77 and third-place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:42.78. Rossi was fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.94 and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle in 57.56.

Other American Heritage individual winners were: Carlos Rodriguez, 50-yard freestyle, 22.65; Nico Medina, 100-yard butterfly, 54.33; Nicholas Pacitti, 500-yard freestyle, 4:50.91.

Pine Crest’s Anton Generalov won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.81 and Matthew Petreski won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.64. The Panthers also won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:40.68 with Generalov, Ryan Graff, Joao Vitor Pereira and Christian Soderberg.

Pine Crest swept the 1-meter springboard diving events. Juliette Pozzuoli won the girls event with 249.60 points and Austin Fields won the boys title with 288.60 points, edging teammate Kevin Mendez with 285.75.

“All the boys and girls improved their times including the relays so I can’t complain about anything,” American Heritage coach Nobutaka Tan said.

Pine Crest girls remained undefeated (4-0) with a 117-66 victory over American Heritage Plantation. The Patriot girls’ team dropped to 3-2.

SOFLO’s Annita Huang led off the Patriots’ winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:44.65. Huang was also second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.36.

Pine Crest girls were led by double winners Marta Ciesla and Molly See.

Ciesla, a member of the USA Swimming junior national team, won the 50-yard freestyle in a showdown with Catharine Cooper, another top sprinter, 23.33-23.90. Ciesla also won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.50. Cooper was second in 53.13.

Ciesla was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay team that won in 1:56.37 with teammates Molly See, Alexandra Meszaros and Brooke Bernstein.

See won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.60 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.40.

Other individual girls’ winners were: Audrey Mason of American Heritage, 200-yard freestyle, season-best 2:00.00; Thea Mckenna of American Heritage, 200-yard individual medley in a season-best 2:00.00; No. 1–ranked Alexandra Meszaros of Pine Crest, 500-yard freestyle in a season-best 5:16.20 and Julie Mason of American Heritage, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:18.47.

Pine Crest also won the 400-yard freestyle relay with Daniela Munoz, Daniela Gomez, See and Eva Sher.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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