Pembroke Pines Charter Boys, Girls Teams Finish Second At District 11-3A Meet; SOFLO Swimmers Shine

By Sharon Robb

October 20, 2016—Pembroke Pines Charter finished runners-up to longtime rival and defending champion Fort Lauderdale in the District 11-3A Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at Nova.

The unbeaten Flying L’s swept the boys and girls team titles.

Pembroke Pines Charter boys finished with 497 points and girls finished with 352.

Kelley Heron of Pembroke Pines Charter won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:10.38 and 100-yard backstroke in 58.97. Heron led off the runner-up 200-yard medley relay (2:02.59) and anchored the runner-up 400-yard freestyle relay (4:04.60).

Katherine DeBarros was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:49.64 and third in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:14.10.

Pembroke Pines Charter won the boys 200-yard medley relay in 1:43.58 with Ricardo Roche, Tyler Bland, Rafael Rodriguez and Matthew Menocal. Menocal, Rodriguez, Roche and Andres Lares were second in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:16.58).

Pembroke Pines Charter swept the 500-yard freestyle with Andres Lares (4:43.90), Ricardo Roche (4:44.04) and Rafael Rodriguez (4:45.32).

Roche won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.74.

Juan Lucas won the 100-yard butterfly in 53.85, was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 55.08 and was a member of Charter’s runner-up 200-yard freestyle relay (1:32.89).

Menocal was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.35. Rodriguez was third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.10.

Other SOFLO swimmers top district finishes:


Cypress Bay swept the boys (618) and girls (622) team titles. Cooper City boys (409) and girls (341) finished runners-up.

Cooper City sophomore Kathleen Golding was a double winner. The 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.71 and 100-yard butterfly in 57.81. She was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay and runner-up 400-yard freestyle relay.

Everglades freshman Leonardo Mateus won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:01.78 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:47.96.

Sophomore Marianna Serrao of Cypress Bay was a member of the runner-up 200-yard freestyle relay (1:57.97). Serrao won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:17.76 and was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.92.

Stephanie Mlujeak led off West Broward’s third place team in the 200-yard medley relay (2:00.59) and was a member of West Broward’s runner-up 200-yard freestyle relay (1:46.61). Mlujeak was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.53.

Cypress Bay senior Emiliana Pelaez won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.64. Pelaez also won the 100-yard freestyle in 54.18. Pelaez was a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:43.60) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:45.14).

Cypress Bay freshman Jacqueline Lugo was third in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.37.

Junior Juan Diaz was a member of Cypress Bay’s winning 400-yard freestyle relay (3:20.63).


St. Thomas Aquinas swept the boys (506) and girls (518.50) team titles at Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center.


Wellington ended Boca Raton’s 11-year reign as girls’ district champions. The Wolverines won seven events including all three relays and finished with 436.5. Boca Raton was second with 385. Boca Raton boys won the team title with 543 points. Wellington was runner-up with 344.


GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Fort Lauderdale 552, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 352, 3. South Broward 271, 4. Nova 227, 5. Northeast 217, 6. Hollywood Hills 159, 7. Dillard 63.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Fort Lauderdale 562, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 497, 3. South Broward 281, 4. Nova 255, 5. Northeast 133, 6. Hollywood Hills 86, 7. Dillard 24.


200-yard medley relay:

1.Fort Lauderdale 1:57.99, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 2:02.59 (Kelley Heron, Julianna Villarta, Megan Biggs, Maya Hirian), 3. Nova 2:05.75.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Morgan Meadows, FTL 2:01.87, 2. Megan O’Hara, Nova 2:09.74, 3. Katherine DeBarros, PPC 2:14.10.

200-yard individual medley:

1.Kelley Heron, PPC 2:10.38, 2. Adriana Cortes-Urbina, Nova 2:18.69, 3. Kaitlyn Moreschi, FTL 2:20.05, 5. Julianna Villarta, PPC 2:28.13, 9. Maya Hirian 2:37.67.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Racine Ross, HH 25.57, 2. Olivia Johnson, FTL 26.37, 3. Victoria Zielinski, NE 26.78.

1-meter diving:

1.Cassandra Catesson, FTL 340.30, 2. Megan Mulka, FTL 224.00.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Racine Ross, HH 58.66, 2. Justrina Villarta, PPC 1:04.19, 3. Victoria Zielinski, NE 1:04.78.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Morgan Meadows, FTL 55.37, 2. Olivia Johnson, FTL 57.04, 3. Katie Muri, Nova 58.51.

500-yard freestyle:

1.Gina Rodriguez, FTL 5:43.19, 2. Katherine DeBarros, PPC 5:49.64, 3. Chloe Walker, FTL 5:59.79, 4. Justrina Villarta, PPC 6:03.58.

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Nova 1:48.07, 2. Northeast 1:50.57, 3. Fort Lauderdale 1:52.43, 6. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:56.66 (Megan Biggs, Jennier Zukoski, Justrina Villarta, Maya Hirian).

100-yard backstroke:

1.Kelley Heron, PPC 58.97, 2. Adriana Cortes-Urbina, Nova 1:03.32, 3. Rebecca Kanter, FTL 1:08.84, 4. Maya Hirian, PPC 1:09.14.

100-yard breaststroke:

1.Kaitlyn Moreschi, FTL 1:12.19, 2. Alicja Zielinski, NE 1:12.75, 3. Julianna Villarta, PPC 1:14.70.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Fort Lauderdale 3:63.18, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 4:04.60 (Katherine DeBarros, Julianna Villarta, Jennifer Zukoski, Kelley Heron), 3. South Broward 4:22.28.


200-yard medley relay:

1.Pembroke Pines Charter 1:43.58 (Ricardo Roche, Tyler Bland, Rafael Rodriguez, Matthew Menocal), 2. Fort Lauderdale 1:46.57, 3. South Broward 1:47.17.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Tyler Zuyus, FTL 1:44.17, 2. Andres Lares, PPC 1:44.95, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 1:47.10, 5. Matthew Menocal, PPC 1:56.00.

200-yard individual medley:

1.Ricardo Roche, PPC 2:00.74, 2. Yona Rubin, FTL 2:03.73, 3. Andrew Rogatinsky, SB 2:09.23, 8. Ryan Alfonso, PPC 2:27.25.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Philippe Marcoux, FTL 21.30, 2. Patrick Wolfe, Nova 23.95, 3. Alex Marrero, SB 24.10, 6. Brandon Fratiani, PPC 24.31.

1-meter diving:

1.Blake Shreves, Nova 372.35, 2. Kylian Lorient, FTL 349.75.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Juan Lucas, PPC 53.85, 2. Vidal Cantu, Nova 56.95, 3. Tyler Gibson, PPC 57.20.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Philippe Marcoux, FTL 46.77, 2. Matthew Menocal, PPC 51.35, 3. Christian Hamilton, FTL 52.44, 4. Sebastian Sevilla, PPC 52.46.

500-yard freestyle:

1.Andres Lares, PPC 4:43.90, 2. Richardo Roche, PPC 4:44.04, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 4:45.32, 7. Ryan Alfonso, PPC 5:51.70.

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Fort Lauderdale 1:31.26, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:32.89 (Andres Lares, Casey Moya, Brandon Fratiani, Juan Lucas), 3. South Broward 1:34.66.

100-yard backstroke:

1.Tyler Zuyus, FTL 54.44, 2. Juan Lucas, PPC 55.08, 3. Chad Kersey, FTL 59.10, 6. Martin Berti, PPC 1:10.38.

100-yard breaststroke:

1.Yona Rubin,FTL 1:01.57, 2. Vidal Cantu, Nova 1:02.55, 3. Andrew Rogatinsky, SB 1:02.70, 4. Tyler Bland, PPC 1:04.49.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Fort Lauderdale 3:16.00, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:16.58 (Matthew Menocal, Rafael Rodriguez, Ricardo Roche, Andres Lares), 3. Nova 3:41.25.

Sharon Robb can be reached at for results and questions.


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