Defending State Champion Bolles Sweeps Pine Crest In Traditional Pre-Woodson Dual Meet

By Sharon Robb

September 23, 2017—A day before the 54th annual Woodson Invitational, FHSAA State 1A defending champion Jacksonville Bolles tuned up by sweeping host Pine Crest.

The Bolles girls team won 153-93 and boys team won 153.50-98.05.

While the Bulldogs showed off their depth and talent, the Panthers flexed their own muscles with several good swims.

Among Pine Crest’s individual event girls winners:

Andrea Santander, 15, in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.17 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.92. Santander swam a 23.92 anchor leg on the 200-yard freestyle to lead the Panthers to the win, 139:61-1:40.26.

Alexandra Meszaros, 16, in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.05 and 100-yard butterfly in 58.05.

Pine Crest won the girls’ 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.61 with Rachel Botting, Meszaros, Haley Cisewski and Santander and 400-yard freestyle in 3:37.63 with Meszaros, Cisewski, Annabella Lyn and Santander.

In the girls’ 50-yard freestyle, Bolles’ Emily MacDonald edged Rachel Botting of Pine Crest, 24.56-24.95.

In the girls’ 100-yard backstroke, only .70 separated the top three young Bolles finishers: Adair Sand, 15, 1:00.10; Mary Kate Kelley, 15, 1:00.45; and Faith Khoo, 13, 1:00.80.

In the boys swimming events, Nico Ferrara, 17, was the only Pine Crest winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.69 and 100-yard freestyle in 47.43.

In the boys’ 100-yard butterfly, Ariel Spektor of Bolles outsprinted Pine Crest’s Nicholas Vale, 51.28-51.98 and in the 100-yard backstroke, 53.49-53.56.

Pine Crest, one of the nation’s strongest high school diving programs, swept the 1-meter springboard titles.

Junior Ishani Singh won the girls’ title with 235.58 points and senior Lyle Hayes-Macaluso won the boys’ event with 258 points, just three points ahead of teammate and defending state champion Kevin Mendez, an eighth grader, with 255.
In last year’s state 1A meet, Bolles won the girls’ title by 10 points, 270-260 over Pine Crest. Bolles won the boys’ title with 384 and Pine Crest was third with 202 points.

Bolles 153, Pine Crest 93

200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:49.96 (Bolles (Adair Sand, Katherine Baker, Julia Cullen, Emily MacDonald), 2. Bolles 1:50.40, 3. Pine Crest 1:52.96.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Camila Batista, BSS 1:55.51, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 1:55.75, 3. Leah DeGeorge, BSS 1:58.59.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 2:05.17, 2. Adair Sand, BSS 2:11.58, 3. Julia Cullen, BSS 2:12.34.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Emily MacDonald, BSS 24.56, 2. Rachel Botting, PC 24.95, 3. Faith Khoo, BSS 25.61.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 58.05, 2. Julia Cullen, BSS 59.49, 3. Priscilla De la Pena Schott, BSS 1:00.33.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 51.92, 2. Emily MacDonald, BSS 53.52, 3. Annabella Lyn, PC 53.57.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Leah DeGeorge, BSS 5:11.30, 2. Karaline Gavin, BSS 5:18.78, 3. Megan McGrath, BSS 5:20.11.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:39.61 (Rachel Botting, Alexandra Meszaros, Haley Cisweski, Andrea Santander), 2. Bolles 1:40.26, 3. Pine Crest 1:43.61.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Adair Sand, BSS 1:00.10, 2. Mary Kate Kelley, BSS 1:00.45, 3. Faith Khoo, BSS 1:00.80.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Katherine Baker, BSS 1:07.71, 2. Edie Bates, BSS 1:08.60, 3. Emily Weiss, PC 1:08.73.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:37.63 (Alexandra Meszaros, Haley Cisewski, Annabella Lyn, Andrea Santander), 2. Bolles A 3:42.56, 3. Bolles B 3:45.55.

Bolles 153.50, Pine Crest 98.50

200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles A 1:36.70 (Jake Adcock, Paul DeGrado, Ariel Spektor, John Pate), 2. Pine Crest 1:38.23, 3. Bolles B 1:44.33.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Noah Emerson, BSS 1:47.89, 2. Ethan Thomas, BSS 1:49.47, 3. Jackson Kirk, BSS 1:50.69.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Paul DeGrado, BSS 1:58.75, 2. Jack Wessell, BSS 1:59.98, 3. Jacob Silberman, PC 2:01.68.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Nico Ferrara, PC 21.69, 2. John Pate, BSS 21.95, 3. Ansen Meyer, BSS 22.71.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Ariel Spektor, BSS 51.28, 2. Nicholas Vale, PC 51.98, 3. Mathew Petreski, PC 55.06.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Nohra Garcia, BSS 4:52.38, 2. James Kirk, BSS 4:56.39, 3. Miles Herman, BSS 5:00.42.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:39.61 (Rachel Botting, Alexandra Meszaros, Haley Cisewski, Andrea Santander), 2. Bolles 1:40.26, 3. Pine Crest B 1:43.61.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ariel Spektor, BSS 53.49, 2. Nicholas Vale, PC 53.56, 3. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 56.54.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Paul DeGrado, BSS 59.36, 2. Jacob Silberman, PC 1:01.35, 3. Mats Kemp, BSS 1:04.88.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:16.72 (Jake Adcock, Ethan Thomas, Nohra Garcia, Ariel Spektor), 2. Pine Crest A 3:21.49, 3. Bolles B 3:22.14.

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FSPA High School Invitational and Developmental Meet Attracts Large Field Saturday In Stuart

By Sharon Robb

STUART, September 23, 2017—A field of 38 teams from around the state, including American Heritage Plantation, Jupiter and Doral Academy, will compete in one of the state’s largest invitationals on Saturday.

The 40th Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) High School Invitational and Developmental Meet will be hosted at Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center, site of this year’s FHSAA State High School Swimming and Diving Meets.

The meet is a welcome relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma which kept swimmers and divers out of the pool for nearly two weeks. It will also give swimmers the opportunity to size up some of the top teams as well as compete in the state meet pool.

Men’s and women’s prelims are 8:30 a.m. followed by the diving competition at 12:30 p.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.

Other teams competing are: Academy At The Lakes, Baker, Choctaw, Creekside, Braddock, Gulf Coast, Holy Trinity, James Mitchell, Jensen Beach, Jupiter Christian, Jupiter, Lake Mary, Lake Placid, Lincoln Park, Montverde, Oviedo, Palm Beach Central, Port Charlotte, Providence, Ridgeview, River Ridge, Rocky Bayou, Sandalwood, Seminole, Space Coast, Spanish River, Strawberry Crest, Suncoast, Suwannee, Bolles, King’s Academy, Titusville, Trinity Christian, Vero Beach, Viera and Yulee.

Among top swimmers are Brandon Acosta and Adrian Aguilar of Doral; Daniel Escobar, CJ Kopecki, Kevin Porto and Joseph Lee of American Heritage Plantation; Eriana Temperino of Trinity Christian; and Joshua Zuchowski of King’s Academy.

Doral Academy is the defending boys team champion. The Firebirds topped a field of 32 boys teams with 222 points. Gulf Coast was second with 176.5. Tampa Plant won the girls team title. Doral also was second in the combined team standings that was won by Creekside.


What: FSPA High School Invitational and Developmental Meet

Where: Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center, Stuart

When: Saturday, prelims, 8:30 a.m., diving, 12:30 p.m. and finals 5:30 p.m.

Of note: Admission is $3 per sessions and heat sheets $3 per session…The title sponsor is the Florida Swimming Pool Association.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Pine Crest Hosts 54th Woodson Invitational On Saturday

FORT LAUDERDALE, September 23, 2017—A strong field, featuring high school team and individual state champions, will be among a field of eleven teams competing Saturday in the 54th annual Woodson Invitational at Pine Crest’s Woodson Pool.

After weathering Hurricane Irma and finally returning to practice, swimmers and divers are looking forward to racing in the state’s oldest invitational against some of the state’s top teams.

Teams competing are defending 1A state champion Jacksonville Bolles, American Heritage Delray Beach, Benjamin, Calvary Christian, Boca Raton, NSU University School, St. Andrew’s, South Florida Heat, Westminster Academy, Winter Park and host Pine Crest.

Among top swimmers in the field are Patrick Groters, Daniel Jacobs and Amanda Kopas of NSU University School; Alessandra Baldari of Benjamin; Ariel Spektor of Bolles; Jessica Nava of Westminster Academy; and Andrea Santander, Hannah Virgin and Nico Ferrara of Pine Crest.

In last year’s Woodson, Pine Crest won the girls’ team title with 283 points ahead of St. Andrew’s with 219. Boca Raton was tenth with 56 points. Pine Crest’s Marta Ciesla, now a freshman at USC, was named the most outstanding girl swimmer of the meet.

In the boys’ competition, Bolles won the team title with 217 points and St. Andrew’s was runner-up with 159. Boca Raton was seventh with 92 points. Nico Ferrara of Pine Crest was named the most outstanding boy swimmer.

The 500-yard freestyle will be a timed event with the top 12 swimmers during the final. All remaining heats will swim in the prelims. All relays will be timed finals with the top 12 relays in two heats during finals. All remaining heats will swim in prelims.

The Ann Marshall Award for outstanding female competitor and Andy Coan Award for outstanding male competitor will be presented at the conclusion of the meet.
Marshall and Coan were highly-decorated Pine Crest swimmers before going on to make their mark on the national and international stage. Marshall is expected to present the female award.

Coan, a former world record holder in the 100-meter freestyle, passed away in a Boca Raton hospice earlier this year in March at age 60 after losing his battle with liver cancer.


What: 54th Woodson Invitational

When: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m.; finals, 4:30 p.m.; warm-up for prelims, 7:30 a.m. and finals, 3 p.m. Diving finals are 10 a.m.

Where: Woodson Pool, Pine Crest School, 1501 NE 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale.

How to get there: Take I-95 to Cypress Creek Road, head east on Cypress Creek Road. The road will turn into 62nd Street. Go over the railroad tracks and the campus is on the left hand side. Take the first possible entrance on the left where there is a multi-story parking garage. Follow signs to the pool walking east along the corridor. Team buses should park in the West Lot in front of the baseball field.

Defending champions: Pine Crest (girls), Jacksonville Bolles (boys).

Of note: The pool is a 25-yard heated pool with six short-course racing lanes with a separate 50-meter pool for warm-up and swim-down…The timeline has morning prelims ending at 1:29 p.m. and finals at 7:37 p.m…For questions call 954-492-4173.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Heads Field For This Weekend’s Sunrise Open Invite

By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, September 22, 2017—Two weeks after being cancelled because of Hurricane Irma, the Sunrise Swimming Open Invite gets under way Saturday at Sunrise Civic Center Pool.

South Florida Aquatic Club heads the two-day Florida Gold Coast meet which is expected to attract several age group teams.

SOFLO has 24 swimmers entered in 120 individual events.

SOFLO’s contingent is Alexis Christensen, 12; Kaitlyn Consuegra, 11; Luna Delgado, 11; Fiorella Di Salvo, 9; Logan Gonzalez, 12; Luca Hincapie, 11; Benjamin Kim, 10; Matthew Kim, 12; Lorenzo Laurentys, 10; Brandon Lozano, 8; Jonathan Lozano, 10; Abigail-Marie Natino, 10; Joseph-Blake Natino, 8; Judith-Alison Natino, 12; Diego Nazario-Vazquez, 11; Giada Porven, 9; Lucas Porven, 11; Carleigh Schleicher, 11; Annie Schulze, 10; Sebastian Shy, 12; Kailey Smith, 12; Owen Smith, 10; Juan Vallmitjana, 8; and Sarah Vasquez, 9.

The first session is Saturday at 9 a.m.


University of Florida’s Caeleb Dressel, competing in his first meet since the FINA World Championships, opened his senior season with a 19.10 leading off the 200-yard freestyle relay at the All-Florida Invite in Gainesville on Friday. He also won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.21.

Florida freshman and Gulliver alum Kelly Fertel was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.11.


WHAT: Sunrise Swimming Open Invite

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday

WHERE: Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise

OF NOTE: Two daily sessions are scheduled. The morning sessions start at 9 a.m. and second session begins 10 minutes after the first session each day. Admission is $3 per sessions and heat sheets are $3 per session. For information call 954-747-4635.

Sharon Robb can be reached at