By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, September 24, 2017—Defending state 1A champion Jacksonville Bolles swept the boys and girls team titles Saturday at the 54th annual Woodson Invitational at Pine Crest.
Bolles, led by distance swimmer James Kim, won the boys title with 372 points. Bolles swept all three boys relays. Bolles won only one individual event but relied on its depth and relay prowess.
Illustrating the parity in boys’ competition this season, there were six different winners in individual events.
Bolles girls won with 329.50 points after capturing only the 200-yard medley relay and also relying on its depth.
Pine Crest was second among boys with 229 and third in the girls competition with 255 just behind Boca Raton St. Andrew’s (263.50).
The boys’ team was led by junior Nicholas Vale, who won the 100-yard butterfly in 51.79 and eighth grade diver Kevin Mendez who won the 1-meter title. With three other third places, Vale finished with 28 points among high point leaders.
The Panthers’ Andrea Santander won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.39 and anchored the winning girls 400-yard freestyle relay with Alexandra Meszaros, Annabella Lyn and Marissa Brannan in 3:31.22 and was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.14. Santander totaled 29 points.
Despite it being mid-season, most of the teams were competing in only their second meet of the season because of Hurricane Irma. Swimmers missed practice time and were out of the pool for two weeks. Most had dryland workouts to maintain fitness. With the high level of quality competition, the meet served as a good gauge.
Boca Raton looked impressive as the top public school finisher, sweeping the fourth place girls and boys spots.
“Now we just have to start putting the pieces together and figure out what will work for districts,” said Boca Raton head coach Eric Hill. “It is difficult because this is the middle of the season, but then it affected everybody in the state of Florida. We are just getting started.”
Patrick Groters of NSU University School and Jessica Nava of Westminster Academy were named the meet’s Most Valuable Swimmers.
Groters, a senior, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.43 and 100-yard backstroke in 51.77 and totaled 32 points to earn the Andy Coan Award. It was the second time in three years he earned the honor.
Nava, also a senior, finished with 32 points after winning the 50-yard freestyle in 23.84 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.07 to earn the Ann Marshall Award.
World record holder Andy Coan, a highly decorated Pine Crest swimmer before going on to make his mark at Tennessee and national and international stage, passed away in a Boca Raton hospice earlier this year in March at age 60 after losing his battle with liver cancer. His 13-year-old son Richard presented both MVP awards to Groters and Nava.
Bolles was led by a team effort including Florida State-commit breaststroker Katherine Baker. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay, placed fifth in the 100-yard breaststoke and ninth in the 100-yard butterfly.
Westminster Academy senior Chase Perry was also a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.58 and 100-yard freestyle in 47.22.
St. Andrew’s senior Lauren Hew won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.99 but may have suffered a broken finger when she touched the wall.
Mendez, the defending state champion coming off a broken thumb that kept him off the board for six weeks, won the boys 1-meter event with 497.95. He has been training for less than a week. Junior Ishani Singh won her first major invitational title with 477.25 points.
On Sunday (Sept.24) at 8 p.m. on ABC-Channel 10, USA Swimming Foundation ambassadors Elizabeth Beisel and Nathan Adrian along with teammates David Plummer, Allison Schmitt and Connor Jaeger will team up to play against USA Gymnastics on Celebrity Family Feud…At the All-Florida Invite, University of Florida freshman and Gulliver alum Kelly Fertel, 19, was second in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:18.17. The Gators swept the top three places in the event…Suncoast alum Will Pisani, 20, of Florida State was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 49.77 after going 49.38 in prelims. The four-time high school MVP and Scholastic All-American won a gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly at the Canadian Nationals this past summer.
54TH WOODSON INVITATIONAL RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
1. Bolles 329.50, 2. St. Andrew’s 263.50, 3. Pine Crest 255, 4. Boca Raton 103, 5. Winter Park 94, 6. Westminster Academy 76, 7. NSU University School 63, 8. Benjamin School 61, 9. Calvary Christian 38, 10. American Heritage Delray Beach 34, 11. South Florida Heat 7.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:48.19, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:49.86, 3. Pine Crest 1:51.68.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Alessandra Baldari, BENJ 1:51.84, 2. Lauren Hew, SAS 1:54.06, 3. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 1:54.26.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 2:04.39, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 2:07.93, 3. Amanda Kopas, NSUS 2:10.39.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 23.84, 2. Emily MacDonald, Bolles 24.38, 3. Hannah Trieschmann, SAS 24.79.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Caroline Cooper, WP 55.53, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 57.29, 3. Kate Wilkerson, Bolles 59.51.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 51.07, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 51.14, 3. Emily MacDonald, Bolles 53.87.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Alessandra Baldari, BENJ 4:57.21, 2. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 5:02.95, 3. Leah DeGeorge, Bolles 5:06.77, 9. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 5:19.64.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:37.55, 2. Pine Crest 1:39.41, 3. Winter Park 1:41.42.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Lauren Hew, SAS 56.99, 2. Caroline Cooper, WP 57.03, 3. Mary Kate Kelley, Bolles 59.51.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Shayna Fetes, SAS 1:05.56, 2. Esther Lin, PC 1:06.87, 3. Lucy Miller, SAS 1:08.03.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:31.22, 2. St. Andrew’s 3:32.09, 3. Bolles 3:35.40.
1-meter diving: 1. Ishani Singh, PC 477.25, 2. Kaleigh Dundov, BR 432.60, 3. Lisa Fischer, SAS 392.40.
BOYS TEAM TOTALS
1. Bolles 372, 2. Pine Crest 229, 3. St. Andrew’s 189, 4. Boca Raton 160, 5. Winter Park 120, 6. NSU University School 86, 7. Westminster Academy 76, 8. Calvary Christian 68, 9. American Heritage Delray Beach 35, 10. Cooper City 10, 11. Chaminade-Madonna 3.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:35.69, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:36.17, 3. Pine Crest 1:37.88, 5. Boca Raton 1:45.36 (Tadas Seniuta, Cameron Taddonio, Jose Garcia, Kyle Tatton).
200-yard freestyle: 1. Tomas Piza, SAS 1:43.74, 2. Noah Emerson, Bolles 1:46.50, 3. Hector Rodriguez, WP 1:48.16.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Patrick Groters, NSUS 1:51.43, 2. Ariel Spektor, Bolles 1:51.69, 3. Nicholas Vale, PC 1:57.11.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Chase Perry, WA 21.58, 2. John Pate, Bolles 21.84, 3. Izaak Bastian, SAS 21.87.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Nicholas Vale, PC 51.79, 2. Ariel Spektor, Bolles 51.90, 3. Jose Garcia, BR 52.89.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Chase Perry, WA 47.22, 2. Nico Ferrara, PC 47.71, 3. John Pate, Bolles 48.33.
500-yard freestyle: 1. James Kim, Bolles 4:50.68, 2. Neo Garcia Nohra, Bolles 4:52.30, 3. Miles Herman, Bolles 4:55.53.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:27.35, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:29.24, 3. Pine Crest 1:30.06.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Patrick Groters, NSUS 51.77, 2. Joshua Balbi, SAS 53.27, 3. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 54.69.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian, SAS 57.94, 2. Paul DeGrado, Bolles 58.92, 3. Jacob Silberman, PC 1:00.24.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:13.64, 2. St. Andrew’s 3:17.76, 3. Boca Raton 3:22.53.
1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 497.95, 2. Blake Shaw, WA 447.45, 3. Lyle Hayes-Macaluso, PC 437.90.
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