Larin, Marin Top SOFLO Finishers At State 2A Meet; Gulliver Prep Sweeps Team Titles

By Sharon Robb

November 14, 2016—Ervin Marin of Mater Lakes and Elise Larin of Somerset Academy were South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finishers at the FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night in Stuart.

Marin was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.04. He earned the sixth fastest seed time in morning prelims in 59.32, faster than his 1:00.18 seed.

Marin was also fourth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.77. He was seventh in prelims in 1:55.96, bettering his seed time of 1:56.43.

Larin finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.92, after going 1:07.60, faster than her seed time of 1:08.56.

Other SOFLO top finishers:

Kevin Porto led off American Heritage’s 11th-place 200-yard medley relay in 1:40.82 along with teammates Carlos Rodriguez, Sebastian Vargas and Cristian Rossi. In prelims, the Patriots were 12th in 1:41.82.

Porto was also eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.50, after going 1:44.94 in prelims. His seed time was 1:43.56.

Porto was 14th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.49 after going 4:44.03 in prelims. His seed time was 4:42.89.

Porto led off the Patriots sixth-place 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:15.31 with teammates Nicholas Pacitti, CJ Kopecki and Sebastian Vargas.

Esteban Diaz-Velasco of Somerset was seventh in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.29, after going 1:45.49 in prelims. His seed time was 1:46.19.

Diaz-Velasco won the 100-yard backstroke consolation in 54.56, after going 54.28 in prelims faster than his 54.78 seed.

CJ Kopecki was 14th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.90 improving his prelim time of 1:46.39. His seed time of 1:45.64.

Kopecki was 12th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:48.54 after going 4:49.78 in prelims. His seed time was 4:48.83.

Brandon Moran of Mater Lakes was tenth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.73 faster than his prelim time of 1:00.88. His seed time was 1:00.58.

SOFLO’s Annita Huang was a member of all three American Heritage relays, either in prelims or finals. She swam the 200-yard freestyle relay in prelims that qualified fourth. She was a member of the sixth place 400-yard freestyle relay and 16th place 200-yard medley relay.

Three-time defending state champion American Heritage boys finished fifth with 109 points. The girls team, led by double winner Cathy Cooper, also finished fifth with 111.

Gulliver Prep swept the team titles. The girls team won its third consecutive state crown while the boys team, with only seven swimmers, won its first in the program’s history.

Going into the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay final, Gulliver Prep was leading by one point. Throughout the night, the boys’ competition was close with only four points separating Gulliver Prep, Arnold and Tampa Jesuit for most of the meet.

The foursome of junior Trahern Gribble, senior Pablo Luchau, senior Orest Danyliv and junior Miguel Cancel won the relay in 3:07.31, an All-American consideration time, to clinch the title.

The boys finished with 234 points. Arnold was second in 225 and Tampa Jesuit was third with 220 in one of the closest competitions in state meet history.

Gulliver Prep was led by double winner Miguel Cancel in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:48.25 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:24.99. Both are automatic All-American times.

Junior Trahern Gribble won the 100-yard butterfly in 49.83, an All-American consideration time and was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 51.52. Gribble’s father, Matt, a University of Miami swimmer, two-time Olympian, world champion and world record holder was tragically killed at age 41 in a car accident in Miami.

The girls’ team, with 12 state qualifiers, was just as impressive dominating the girls’ field with 322 points for its three-peat, the first team in Miami-Dade County ever to accomplish the feat. Academy of Holy Names was runner-up with 159.

Broward had two state champions. American Heritage junior Cathy Cooper won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.34, an All-American consideration time, and 100-yard freestyle in 52.31.

University of Georgia-bound Zach Allen of Cardinal Gibbons won his third straight 2A diving title. He won the 1-meter springboard title with a season-best 551.90 points.


GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. Gulliver Prep 322, 2. Academy of Holy Names 159, 3. Titusville 143, 4. Mosley 120, 5. American Heritage Plantation 111, 8. Cardinal Gibbons 87, 9. Suncoast 80, 23. Pompano Beach 38, 29. Coral Springs Charter 20.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Gulliver Prep 234, 2. Arnold 225, 3. Tampa Jesuit 220, 4. Suncoast 140, 5. American Heritage Plantation 109, 20. Cardinal Gibbons 36, 26. Pompano Beach 24, 27. Somerset 24.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:47.08, (Emily Cordovi, Olivia Hernandez, Alicia Mancilla, Sarah Abril), 2. Mosley 1:49.45, 3. Holy Names 1:51.05, 16. American Heritage 1:59.58 (Annita Huang, Thea McKenna, Molly Weidner, Olivia Mason).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Ryley Ober, BY 1:48.98, 2. Hunter Scott, LB 1:51.41, 3. Alicia Mancilla, GP 1:55.43.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mackenzie Stumpf, TS 2:03.14, 2. Isabella Penkwitz, BOOK 2:05.44, 3. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GP 2:06.16.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 23.34, 2. Taylor Radcliffe, BK 24.44, 2. Savannah Yates, CG 24.47.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 54.67, 2. Abbey Duncan, WESC 55.31, 3. Hannah Sykes, WOLF 55.64.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 52.31, 2. Sarah Abril, GP 53.03, 3. Sophia Macaisa, LECA 53.16.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Ryley Ober, BY 4:52.20, 2. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GP 4:53.69, 3. Alicia Mancilla, GP 4:56.13.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:38.74 (Sarah Abril, Chloe Hernandez, Daniela Luchau, Brooke Ellis), 2. Holy Names 1:38.99, 3. American Heritage 1:40.83 (Cathy Cooper, Jade Grabow, Molly Weidner, Olivia Mason).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 56.34, 2. Abbey Duncan, WESC 56.98, 3. Mimi Filkin, TAVA 57.38.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Mackenzie Stumpf, TS 1:02.60, 2. Savannah Yates, CG 1:04.63, 3. Callie Sellers, STAN 1:06.50, 6. Elise Larin, SOM 1:07.92.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:34.06 (Emily Cordovi, Sarah Abril, Alicia Mancilla, Brooke Ellis), 2. Holy Names 3:39.21, 3. Mosley 3:39.57, 6. American Heritage 3:42.20 (Cathy Cooper, Jude Grabow, Annita Huang, Thea McKenna).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Naomi Peng, ESID 446.45, 2. Carly Ehrlich, PB 428.10, 3. Mikayla Martin, BK 396.45.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Arnold 1:35.23, 2. Gulliver Prep 1:37.19, 3. Tampa Jesuit 1:37.23, 11. American Heritage 1:40.82 (Kevin Porto, Carlos Rodrigue, Sebastian Vargas, Cristian Rossi), Mater Lakes, DQ.

200-yard freestyle: 1. T.C. Smith, BY 1:39.46, 2. Ethan Long, LW 1:40.44, 3. Adam Tapia, TS 1:41.67, 5. Sebastian Vargas, AH 1:43.40, 7. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOM 1:46.29, 8. Kevin Porto, AH 1:48.50, 14. CJ Kopecki, AH 1:45.90.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP 1:48.25, 2. Daniel Orcutt, FWB 1:50.40, 3. Tyler Watson, PAX 1:52.11, 4. Ervin Marin, Mater 1:53.77.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Manden Smith, GULF 20.69, 2. Irvin Hoost, SB 20.89, 3. Anthony Davis, GB 21.29.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Trahern Gribble, GP 49.83, 2. Tyler Watson, PAX 50.68, 3. Sebastian Vargas, AH 50.87.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Manden Smith, GULF 45.75, 2. Ethan Long, LW 46.21, 3. Irvin Hoost, SB 46.39.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP 4:24.99, 2. T.C. Smith, BY 4:25.33, 3. Brendan Driscoll, JES 4:32.05, 12. CJ Kopecki, AH 4:48.54, 14. Kevin Porto, AH 4:51.49.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Tampa Jesuit 1:26.61, 2. Gulf Breeze 1:27.03, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:27.06.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Daniel Orcutt, FWB 50.17, 2. Conor Lynch, SLAK 50.20, 3. Trahern Gribble, GP 51.52, 9. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOM 54.56.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Jabari Ramsey, LOL 56.86, 2. Chad McGuire, ARNO 57.30, 3. Jonah Martinez, CC 58.94, 4. Ervin Marin, Mater 59.04, 10. Brandon Moran, Mate 1:00.73.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:07.31 (Trahern Gribble, Pablo Luchau, Orest Danyliv, Miguel Cancel), 2. Suncoast 3:10.48, 3. Arnold 3:13.72, 6. American Heritage 3:14.47 (Kevin Porto, Sebastian Vargas, CJ Kopecki, Nicholas Pacitti).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Zach Allen, CG 551.90, 2. Jonathan Geraghty, LP 542.85, 3. Hudson Coldren, CG 421.40.

Sharon Robb can be reached at


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