Fort Lauderdale Wins District 11-3A Team Titles; Next Up Region 4-3A Meet At Boca Raton

By Sharon Robb

October 26, 2017—In what looked more like a dual meet between Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines Charter, the Flying L’s swept the boys and girls team titles in the District 11-3A Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at Nova High School.

The boys won with 545 points, 87 points ahead of runner-up Pembroke Pines Charter with 458 points.

The girls won with 557 points and Pembroke Pines Charter was second with 435 points.

Both teams had talent but the Flying L’s edged Charter in depth.

Fort Lauderdale swept all three girls relays and won six individual events including double winner Racine Ross in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.94 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.88.

Charter was led by double winner Kelley Heron in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.05 and 100-yard backstroke in 58.99.

Pembroke Pines Charter boys were impressive winning two relays and six individual events. The Flying L’s won one individual event and one relay.

Fort Lauderdale’s Kevin De Grijze won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.26 and the Flying L’s won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:34.19.

Charter’s Andres Lares was a double winner in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.15 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:44.99.

Ricardo Roche won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.71 and was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:50.02. Casey Moya won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.78. Rafael Rodriguez won the 100-yard butterfly in 52.93 and was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.59. Sebastian Sevilla won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.10.

In an exciting boys’ 100-yard freestyle race where only .71 separated the top three finishers, Pembroke Pines Charter junior Sebastian Sevilla touched the wall first in 51.10 followed by Fort Lauderdale junior Ralph Meadows in 51.32 and Pembroke Pines Charter senior Casey Moya was third in 51.81.

Charter won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:41.77 with Lares, Roche, Rodriguez and Moya and 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:21.61 with Rodriguez, Sevilla, Roche and Lares.

In diving, Fort Lauderdale sophomore Taylor Brittain won the girls title with 372.85 points and teammate Cassandra Catesson was second with 353.20. Nova junior Dillon Kadish won the boys title with 377.15.



1. Fort Lauderdale 557, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 435, 3. Nova 271, 4. South Broward 267, 5. Northeast 207, 6. Dillard 72.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 1:56.73 (Giulia Guerra Montes, Alexis Hicks, Diana Freshour, Racine Ross), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:59.49 (Kelley Heron, Victoria Torres, Julinna Villarta, Valentina Terry), 3. South Broward 2:06.37.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Gina Rodriguez, FTL 2:06.80, 2. Victoria Martinez-Bruno, SB 2:09.44, 3. Katherine DeBarros, PPC 2:19.11.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kelley Heron, PPC 2:12.05, 2. Samantha Trodick, NOVA 2:18.40, 3. Alexis Hicks, FTL 2:28.71.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Racine Ross, FTL 25.94, 2. Alicja Zielinski, NE 26.47, 3. Tess Buccarelli, FTL 26.75.

1-meter diving: 1. Taylor Brittain, FTL 372.85, 2. Cassandra Catesson, FTL 353.20, 3. Sophia Pfitzenmaier, NOVA 310.20.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Racine Ross, FTL 1:00.88, 2. Diana Freshour, FTL 1:06.43, 3. Victoria Zielinski, NE 1:06.47.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Olivia Johnson, FTL 58.94, 2. Valentina Terry, PPC 58.97, 3. Tess Buccarelli, FTL 59.07.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Giulia Guerra Montes, FTL 5:14.40, 2. Gina Rodriguez, FTL 5:39.88, 3. Luiza Patrocinio, FTL 5:45.13.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 1:47.83 (Olivia Johnson, Diana Freshour, Tess Buccarelli, Racine Ross), 2. Northeast 1:51.33, 3. South Broward 1:51.48.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kelley Heron, PPC 58.99, 2. Giulia Guerra Montes, FTL 59.82, 3. LeeAnn Ranalli, NE 1:08.22.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Samantha Trodick, NOVA 1:10.73, 2. Victoria Torres, PPC 1:10.78, 3. Alicja Zielinski, NE 1:10.83.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 3:56.32 (Olivia Johnson, Tess Buccarelli, Gina Rodriguez, Giulia Guerra Montes), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:59.27 (Valentina Terry, Victoria Torres, Jennifer Zukoski, Kelley Heron), 3. Nova 4:15.17.


1. Fort Lauderdale 545, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 458, 3. South Broward 311, 4. Nova 203, 5. Northeast 201, 6. Ely 1.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:41.77 (Andres Lares, Ricardo Roche, Rafael Rodriguez, Casey Moya), 2. Fort Lauderdale 1:42.62, 3. Nova 1:52.50.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Lares, PPC 1:45.15, 2. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 1:46.59, 3. Alex Marrero, SB 1:48.71.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Ricardo Roche, PPC 1:58.71, 2. Kevin De Grijze, FTL 1:59.13, 3. Yona Rubin, FTL 2:08.33.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Casey Moya, PPC 22.78, 2. Lance Lesage, FTL 23.42, 3. Chad Kersey, FTL 23.54.

1-meter diving: 1. Dillon Kadish,NOVA 377.15, 2. Brandon Austin NE 306.95.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 52.93, 2. Daniel Lilley, NOVA 57.16, 3. Sule Johnson, FTL 1:00.47.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Sebastian Sevilla, PPC 51.10, 2. Ralph Meadows, FTL 51.32, 3. Casey Moya, PPC 51.81.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Lares, PPC 4:44.99, 2. Ricardo Roche, PPC 4:50.02, 3. Kenaz Sweeting, FTL 4:59.94.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 1:34.19, 2. South Broward 1:34.60, 3. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:36.76 (Sebastian Sevilla, Christian Vasquez, Nick Chaimowicz, Casey Moya).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Alex Marrero, SB 54.81, 2. Lance Lesage, FTL 56.52, 3. Daniel Lilley, NOVA 59.64.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Kevin De Grijze, FTL 1:01.26, 2. Yona Rubin, FTL 1:04.43, 3. Andrew Rogantinsky, SB 1:04.79.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:21.61 (Rafael Rodriguez, Sebastian Sevilla, Ricardo Roche, Andres Lares) 2. Fort Lauderdale 3:30.57, 3. Nova 3:42.74.

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