Sixteen SOFLO Swimmers Will Compete This Weekend At FHSAA State 1A, 2A Meets


By Sharon Robb

November 5, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 1A and 2A Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart.

Sixteen SOFLO swimmers will represent seven Broward and Dade high schools on Friday and Saturday.

SOFLO’s CJ Kopecki, a sophomore, and senior Jonathan Farah will compete for American Heritage Plantation boys team going for a three-peat when they compete Saturday in the Class 2A meet.

The Patriots are two-time defending state champions and are hoping to win another boys’ team title. It is American Heritage’s third year of competing in the 2A competition.

SOFLO teammate Annita Huang, a freshman, will make her state meet debut after an outstanding season. The Patriots’ girls team is led by sprinter Catharine Cooper of Swim Fort Lauderdale.

In the girls 2A competition, Gulliver Prep is expected to repeat as state champions. Last year the girls team won 240-185 over Riviera Beach Suncoast.

This year Gulliver Prep, with three loaded relays and talented individuals, is expected to win by at least 200 points. Eighth grader Andrea Santander, a top Florida Gold Coast swimmer, will make her state meet debut.

Other SOFLO swimmers are:

Archbishop McCarthy: Wyatt Jennessee, junior; Isabel Shashaty, sophomore

Goleman: Delanie Perez, sophomore

Mater Lakes: Ervin Marin, junior; Brandon Moran, freshman; Kevin Porto, sophomore

Sagemont: Samuel Quintero, sophomore

Somerset Academy: Esteban Diaz Velasco, junior; Eduardo Graziano, senior; Elise Larin, freshman; Ricardo Roche, sophomore

University School: Sam Asnis, Maxamillian Asnis

In one of the nation’s fastest high school state meets, Jacksonville Bolles is expected to add another page to its very large history book during the FHSAA State 1A meet on Friday night.

The Bolles boys team have won 27th consecutive team titles and the girls team have won 24rd straight team titles.

Quintero, a sophomore at Sagemont, will compete on relays in Friday’s Class 1A meet.

IF YOU GO

What: Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Meet

When: Friday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5:30 p.m. finals

Where: Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, 931 S.E. Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Admission: $9 per session, parking $5.

What: Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Meet.

When: Saturday, 9 a.m., 5:30 p.m. finals

Where: Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, 931 S.E. Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Admission: $9 per session, parking $5.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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