By Sharon Robb

November 5, 2016—Cooper City High School sophomore Kathleen Golding defended her title Saturday night at the FHSAA Class 4A Swimming and Diving Championships at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.34, an automatic All-American time. She also finished the 2016 high school season undefeated in her specialty event.

Golding earned the top seed in morning prelims in 2:00.64, a 3.83 drop in time from her seed time. Golding also placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 54.63, after going 55.11 in prelims, dropping 1.39 off her seed time.

“I really wanted to break 2 minutes in the IM,” Golding said. “I wasn’t fully happy with my race but I went as fast as I could.

“I won and I am happy with that but my goal was to go under 2 minutes. I am not really sure where it slipped away but my back to breast turn wasn’t very good.

Golding also competed in the 200-yard medley relay which finished 11th in 1:51.33 with teammates Solana Capalbo, SOFLO’s Natasha Testa and Barbara Bernal and finished the meet on the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished 15th in 3:42.53 with the same trio of swimmers.

“I wanted to swim the relays, the team comes first,” Golding said. “I love my teammates. I never swim well by myself. They are a lot of fun and keep me laughing.”

The Cowboys finished 15th with 52 points among a field of 46 teams. It was the best finish by a South Florida team.

“In the fly I wanted to go best time which I did and I was happy with that,” Golding said. “There were some really fast swimmers in that race.”

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier now has two state meets in the books and is looking forward to competing at junior nationals.

“I knew what to expect since this was my second state meet,” Golding said. “I was a little bit more prepared. Obviously, coming off Olympic Trials was a real confidence-booster.

“I am happy with both my state meets. This meet I swam faster and that makes this one better. In both of them I went out and swam as fast as I could.”

SOFLO teammate Jessica Rodriguez of Hialeah Gardens was seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.68 after going 1:06.55 in prelims. Teammate Jennifer Rodriguez was 16th in the breaststroke in 1:08.28.

Senior Logan Downey of South Plantation won his fourth consecutive diving title to finish his high school career undefeated in state competition. Downey finished with 493.60 points.

Buchholz defended its title winning the girls team title with 276 points. Sarasota Riverview also repeated as state champions capturing the boys team title with 276 points. Cypress Bay was the top local team placing seventh with 91 points.

STATE 4A RESULTS

GIRLS SCORES: 1. Buchholz 276, 2. Tampa Plant 204, 3. Oviedo 193, 4. Olympia 165, 5. Riverview 158, 6. Lakewood Ranch 145, 7. Lake Brantley 100, 8. Countryside 81, 9. Sarasota 77, 10. Palm Harbor 74, 15. Cooper City 52, 16. Jupiter 49, 19. Boca Raton 32.5, 26. St. Thomas Aquinas 22, 30. Western, Cypress Bay, 15, 32. Hialeah Gardens 13, 33. South Plantation 11, 34. Deerfield Beach 10.

BOYS SCORES: 1. Sarasota Riverview 276, 2. Fleming Island 189, 3. Countryside 160, 4. Buchholz 153, 5. Plant 120, 6. Palm Harbor 104.5, 7. Cypress Bay 91, 8. Seminole 90, 9. Duncan 76, 10. Lake Brantley 75.5, 12. St. Thomas Aquinas 67, 14. Boca Raton 60, 19. Douglas 32.5, 30. South Plantation 20, 35. Jupiter 17.

GIRLS RESULTS:

200-yard medley relay: 1. Buchholz 1:42.53, 2. Tampa Plant 1:43.66, 3. Oviedo 1:46.59, 11. Cooper City 1:51.33 (Solana Capalbo, Kathleen Golding, Natasha Testa, Barbara Bernal), 12. Deerfield Beach 1:52.79, 16. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:55.06.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Morgan Tankersley, TP 1:44.31, 2. Kensey McMahon, MAND 1:49.42, 3. Sofia Bernard, OLY 1:49.76, 24. Emiliana Pelaez, CB 2:00.46.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kathleen Golding, CC 2:00.34, 2. Peyton Palsha, SP 2:02.18, 3. Ashley Boddiford, HAGR 2:02.64, 13. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 2:07.34.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, BUC 22.69, 2. Kaitlyn Cronin, BUCH 23.32, 3. Katherine Vasiloff, DURT 23.38, 16. Solana Capalbo, CC 25.07 (24.75 prelims).

100-yard butterfly: 1. Talia Bates, BUCH 53.83, 2. Abigail Gibbons, OV 54.16, 3. Katherine Vasiloff, DURT 54.48, 4. Kathleen Golding, CC 54.63.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kaitlyn Cronin, BUCH 50.70, 2. Kirshctine Balbuena, BUCH 50.92, 3. Sofia Bernard, OLY 50.98, 23. Emiliana Pelaez, CB 54.50.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Morgan Tankersley, TP 4:37.60, 2. Peyton Palsha, SP 4:48.53, 3. Kensey McMahon, MAND 4:49.78, 22. Marianna Serrao, CB 5:14.83.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Buchholz 1:34.94, 2. Oviedo 1:36.28, 3. Olympia 1:37.62, 14. Cypress Bay 1:40.81 (Gaby Banks, Eleanor Koch, Ulrike Tovilla, Emiliana Pelaez).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Caitlin Brooks, BUCH 53.38, 2. Celismar Guzman, STR 55.02, 3. Courtney Chapin, LWRA 55.46.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Bella English, WP 1:02.73, 2. Laurynn Harvard, COUN 1:02.79, 3. Delaney Carey, OLY 1:04.67, 5. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 1:06.28, 7. Jennifer Rodriguez, HG 1:06.68.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Plant 3:23.80, 2. Buchholz 3:24.28, 3. Riverview 3:31.41, 15. Cooper City 3:42.52 (Natasha Testa, Solana Capalbo, Barbara Bernal, Kathleen Golding).

1-meter diving: 1. Karlee Price, STA 475.70, 2. Kara Holt, OLY 432.25, 3. Jenna Pinheiro, LNOL 405.30, 4. Kaleigh Dundov, BR 398.80, 18. Grace Koenig, BR 221.85.

BOYS RESULTS:

200-yard medley relay: 1. Sarasota Riverview 1:33.52, 2. Countryside 1:35.02, 3. Tampa Plant 1:36.70, 8. Boca Raton 1:39.74 (Jose Garcia, Cameron Taddonio, Eric Matheus, Kyle Tatton).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Nick Hackett, FLEM 1:39.04, 2. Brendan Firlie, RIV 1:39.32, 3. Bruno Carvalho, TICR 1:40.60, 20. Eric Matheus, BR 1:45.50.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Robert Finke, COU 1:49.34, 2. John Fulginiti, HAG 1:49.53, 3. John Hutton, FLEM 1:49.55.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Gavin Jones, FLET 20.82, 2. Jack Neeley, FLEM 21.20, 3. Matt Monaghan, COUN 21.30, 5. Kyle Tatton, BR 21.70.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Nick Hackett, FLEM 48.88, 2. Mason Wilby, BUCH 49.60, 3. Conor Dacus, SMSA 50.83, 5. Jose Garcia, BR 51.25.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gavin Jones, FLET 45.47, 2. Kyle Dimatteo, PV 46.08, 3. Lliam Dolan, WP 46.59, 14. Eric Matheus, BR 48.70.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Finke, COUN 4:22.92, 2. Brendan Firlie, RIV 4:30.75, 3. Arik Katz, RIV 4:31.54, 17. Matthew Taddonio, BR 4:45.80, 23. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 4:48.73.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1.Fleming Island 1:24.53, 2. Riverview 1:25.12, 3. Plant 1:27.70.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Mason Wilby, BUCH 50.22, 2. Keanon Dols, RIV 50.28, 3. Brett Riley, RIV 50.80, 15. Jose Garcia, BR 54.37.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Paxton Rhoads, TP 56.12, 2. John Fulginiti, HAG 56.53, 3. Connor Dacus, SMSA 57.14.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Riverview 3:05.49, 2. Fleming Island 3:09.24, 3. Cypress Bay 3:10.15.

1-meter diving: 1. Logan Downey, SP 493.60, 2. Tyler Coffey, JUP 473.70, 3. Jack Down, OLY 453.75.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

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