SOFLO’s Kevin Porto Wins Region 4-2A Title; Gulliver Prep Sweeps Team Titles

By Sharon Robb

November 8, 2016—Kevin Porto, competing in his first season for American Heritage, won his first region title for the Patriots at the Region 4-2A Swimming and Diving Championships at Gulliver Prep.

Porto, a junior, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:43.56 and led an American Heritage sweep of the top four spots. Sebastian Vargas was second in 1:44.42, SOFLO’s CJ Kopecki was third in 1:45.64 and Nicholas Pacitti was fourth in 1:45.76.

Porto was third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.89. Kopecki also qualified in the 500 freestyle.

Porto qualified on the 200-yard medley relay with Cristian Rossi and 400-yard freestyle relay with Kopecki.

American Heritage finished third in both the boys and girls team competitions. The Patriots are defending boys state champions.

SOFLO’s Ervin Marin of Mater Lakes also did well finishing third in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.43 and second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.18.

Marin also qualified on the 200-yard medley relay along with SOFLO’s Brandon Moran and 200-yard freestyle relay.

SOFLO’s top girls qualifiers were Annita Huang of American Heritage and Elise Larin of Somerset. Huang qualified on the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Larin qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing fifth in 1:08.56.

Gulliver Prep swept the boys and girls team titles for the first time in the program’s history. The girls were defending champions. The boys won their first region crown. Both teams are favorites going into this weekend’s state meet. The 2A meet is the fourth and final state meet, scheduled for Saturday. The 1A meet, where Pine Crest is favored to win the girls team title for the first time in 20 years, is Friday.


Girls 200-yard medley relay, American Heritage, 15th seed, 1:55.77.

Boys 200-yard medley relay, American Heritage, 9th seed, 1:41.92; Mater Lakes, 11th, 1:42.43.

Boys 200-yard freestyle, Kevin Porto, AH, second seed 1:43.56, CJ Kopecki, AH, 10th seed, 1:45.64, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Somerset, 14th 1:46.19.

Boys 200-yard individual medley, Ervin Marin, Mater Lakes, 6th seed, 1:56.43.

Boys 500-yard freestyle, Kevin Porto, AH, 6th seed, 4:42.89; CJ Kopecki, AH 13th seed, 4:48.83.

Girls 200-yard freestyle relay: American Heritage, 15th seed, 1:45.74.

Boys 200-yard freestyle relay: Mater Lakes, 15th seed, 1:32.70.

Boys 100-yard backstroke, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Somerset, 8th seed, 54.78.

Girls 100-yard breaststroke: Elise Larin, Somerset, 12th seed, 1:08.56.

Boys 100-yard breaststroke: Ervin Marin, Mater Lakes, 5th seed, 1:00.18.

Girls 400-yard freestyle relay, American Heritage, 10th seed, 3:44.48.

Boys 400-yard freestyle relay, American Heritage, third seed, 3:14.40.


GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. Gulliver Prep 473, 2. Suncoast 267.5, 3. American Heritage 190, 4. Cardinal Gibbons 177, 5. Port Charlotte 155.5, 6. Lely 147, 7. Lemon Bay 116, 8. Cape Coral 116, 9. Pompano Beach 111, 10. Mast Academy 106.5, 11. Mater Lakes 79, 14. Archbishop McCarthy 59, 16. Somerset 27, 24. Goleman 1.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Gulliver Prep 336, 2. Suncoast 301.5, 3. American Heritage 246, 4. Cape Coral 244, 5. Mater Lakes 184.5, 6. Pompano Beach 184.5, 7. Lemon Bay 163, 8. Mast Academy 132, 9. Cardinal Gibbons 75, 10. Key West 70, 14. Goleman 35, 15. Archbishop McCarthy 31, 17. Somerset 28.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep (Emily Cordovi, Olivia Hernandez, Alicia Mancilla, Sarah Abril), 5. American Heritage 1:55.77 (Annita Huang, Thea McKenna, Jade Grabow, Cathy Cooper), 12. Archbishop McCarthy 2:09.09 (Jordan Jones, Valentina Carrion, Isabel Shashaty, Ashley Green), 15. Somerset 2:15.45 (Jeyra Mendez, Elisa Larin, Isabella DiSalvo, Sofia Rodriguez).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Hunter Scott, LB 1:52.93, 11. Annita Huang, AH 2:03.41.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Brooke Ellis, GP 2:07.42, 15. Elise Larin, SOM 2:19.50, 17. Delanie Perez, GOLE 2:20.16, 22. Valentina Carrion, ABM 2:27.91.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 23.52, AA-C, 16. Isabel Shashaty, ABM 27.21.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Journi Northrop, MAN 446.15, 2. Carly Ehrlich, PB 437.65, 3. Gabriela Rochelle, SUN 332.00.

100- yard butterfly: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 55.16, AA-C, 14. Isabella DiSalvo, SOM 1:05.05.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 51.97, 14. Isabel Shashaty, ABM 59.30.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GP 4:53.84 AA-C.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:39.21 (Sarah Abril, Chloe Hernandez, Daniela Luchau, Brooke Ellis).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 57.29, 13. Isabella DiSalvo, SOM 1:05.51, 15. Annita Huang, AH 1:06.38.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Savannah Yates, CG 1:06.65, 5. Elise Larin, SOM 1:08.56, 16. Delanie Perez, GOLE 1:13.40, 22. Valentina Carrion, ABM 1:18.42.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:34.15 (Emily Cordovi, Sarah Abril, Alicia Mancilla, Brooke Ellis), 4. American Heritage 3:44.48 (Cathy Cooper, Annita Huang, Olivia Mason, Thea McKenna), 11. Archbishop McCarthy 4:00.85 (Isabel Shashaty, Felicia Kozlowski, Valentina Carrion, Ashley Green).


200-yard medley relay: 1. Suncoast 1:37.68 (Jared Ingram, Dylan Brisco, Gavin Smith, James Seton), 4. American Heritage 1:41.92 (Kevin Porto, Carlos Rodriguez, Sebastian Vargas, Cristian Rossi), 6. Mater Lakes 1:42.43 (Michael Fernandez, Brandon Moran, Ervin Marin, Pablo Murillo).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kevin Porto, AH 1:43.56, 2. Sebastian Vargas, AH 1:44.42, 3. CJ Kopecki, AH 1:45.64, 6. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOM 1:46.19.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP 1:51.40, AA-C, 3. Ervin Marin, ML 1:56.43, 9. Brandon Moran, ML 2:08.07, 11. Wyatt Jennessee, ABM 2:11.97.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Irvin Hoost, STB 20.88, AA-C, 21. Cristian Rossi, AH 24.21.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Zach Allen, CG 532.30, 2. Hudson Coldren, CG 450.60, 3. Gage Denson, LB 314.10.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Trahern Gribble, GP 51.38, 2. Sebastian Vargas, AH 51.66.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Irvin Hoost, STB 46.29, 24. Cristian Rossi, AH 57.29.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP 4:36.46, 3. Kevin Porto, AH 4:42.89, 7. CJ Kopecki, AH 4:48.83.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:28.47 (Pablo Luchau, Mauro Negrao, Jonathan Rodriguez, Miguel Cancel), 6. Mater Lakes 1:32.70 (Ervin Marin, Pablo Murillo, Juan Pablo Pineda, Michael Fernandez), 8. American Heritage 1:33.18 (Carlos Rodriguez, CJ Kopecki, Cristian Rossi, Nicholas Pacitti).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jared Ingram, SUN 52.31, 4. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOM 54.78, 11. Wyatt Jennessee, ABM 59.94.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Jonah Martinez, CC 59.68, 2. Ervin Marin, ML 1:00.18, 3. Brandon Moran, ML 1:00.58.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:10.99 (Pablo Luchau, Trahern Gribble, Orest Danyliv, Miguel Cancel), 3. American Heritage 3:14.40 (Kevin Porto, CJ Kopecki, Nicholas Pacitti, Sebastian Vargas), 9. Archbishop McCarthy 3:42.26 (Andres Arias, Lorenzo Lanaro, Oscar Gonzalez, Wyatt Jennessee).

Sharon Robb can be reached at for results and questions.


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