Gulliver Prep Defends Region 4-2A Titles; CJ Kopecki Only Boys Region Champion For American Heritage Plantation


By Sharon Robb

October 29, 2017—Gulliver Prep swept the boys and girls team titles at the Region 4-2A Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at FGCU/Lee County Aquatic Center.

It was only the second time in the program’s history both teams won region titles. For the girls, it was their third consecutive region crown. For the boys, it was their second consecutive title.

Both teams are defending State 2A champions and favored to repeat this weekend in Stuart at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center.

The girls team won with 456 points followed by Suncoast with 317 and American Heritage Plantation with 204 among the 22-team field.

The boys won with 350.5 points ahead of runner-up Pompano Beach with 268 and American Heritage Plantation third with 248 points.

Gulliver Prep junior Emily Cordovi won the 100-yard butterfly in an automatic All-American time of 54.47. Cordovi also won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.33. Both events she won by wide margins. She was a member of the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.

Gulliver Prep swept all three girls relays and won five individual events.

The boys team won two relays and four individual events including double winners Miguel Cancel and Trahern Gribble.

Senior CJ Kopecki was the lone boys region champion for American Heritage Plantation winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.89 ahead of Mast Academy’s Perez Salvador in 1:44.97. Kopecki went out fast with splits of 24.47 and 26.35 and held on in the back half when Salvador try to reel him in.

Kopecki was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.01.

Senior Catharine Cooper was an individual winner for the Patriots girls team in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.88 ahead of freshman teammate Olivia Mason in 24.53. Cooper was also second in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.07, just behind Lemon Bay senior Hunter Scott in 53.00.

GIRLS TEAM RESULTS

1. Gulliver Prep 456, 2. Suncoast 317, 3. American Heritage Plantation 204, 4. Cape Coral 186, 5. Pompano Beach 145, 6. Somerset 141, 7. Naples Lely 123, 8. Mast Academy 114, 9. Port Charlotte 106, 10. Cardinal Gibbons 95, 11. Lemon Bay 90, 12. Coral Springs Charter 83, 13. Mater Lakes 58, 14. Archbishop McCarthy 26, 15. Goleman 25.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:49.33 (Kayla Kraft, Chloe Hernandez, Emily Cordovi, Sarah Abril), 2. Somerset 1:55.19 (Isabella DiSalvo, Elise Larin, Kyana Castro, Katrina Del Vecchio), 3. Suncoast 1:55.85.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Olivia Hernandez, GP 1:54.31, 2. Alicia Mancilla, GP 1:55.78, 3. Hunter Scott, LB 1:56.39.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GP 2:08.89, 2. Audrey Delcompare, NL 2:10.95, 3. Nicoe Rodriguez, CC 2:12.35.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Catharine Cooper, AHP 23.88, 2. Olivia Mason, AHP 24.53, 3. Savannah Yates, CG 24.67.

1-meter diving: 1. Juliana Debock, SUN 381.15, 2. Lily Ehrlich, PB 380.45, 3. Gabriela Rochelle, SUN 354.35.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 54.47, AA-A, 2. Grace Ann Delcompare, NL 59.92, 3. Rachel Cherelstein, SUN 1:00.32.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Hunter Scott, LB 53.00, 2. Catharine Cooper, AHP 53.07, 3. Sarah Abril, GP 53.82.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GP 4:59.70, 2. Alicia Mancilla, GP 5:04.90, 3. Olivia Hernandez, GP 5:09.00.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:41.30 (Chloe Hernandez, Cassandra Kraft, Sarah Abril, Nicole Regueira), 2. Suncoast 1:42.65, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:44.45 (Olivia Mason, Isabella Taylor, Thea Mckenna, Annita Huang).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 56.33, 2. Gwen Bencie, PB 59.13, 3. Makenzie Miller, PC 1:00.72.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Audrey Decompare, NL 1:07.61, 2. Savannah Yates, CG 1:07.77, 3. Gabriela Fernandez, ML 1:08.11.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:35.52 (Emily Cordovi, Sarah Abril, Olivia Hernandez, Marcella Ruppert-Gomez), 2. American Heritage Plantation 3:44.04 (Olivia Mason, Annita Huang, Thea Mckenna, Catharine Cooper).

BOYS TEAM RESULTS

1. Gulliver Prep 350.5, 2. Pompano Beach 268, 3. American Heritage Plantation 248, 4. Suncoast 201, 5. Mast Academy 188, 6. Lemon Bay 170, 7. Cape Coral 164, 8. Mater Lakes 150, 9. Mourning 89, 10. Dreyfoos 70, 11. Port Charlotte 65, 12. Key West 59, 13. St. Brendan 55, 14. North Fort Myers 48.5, 15. Cardinal Gibbons 32.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:38.77 (Trahern Gribble, Miguel Cancel, Isaiah Jimenez, Philip Meira), 2. Cape Coral 1:43.86, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:44.36 (Daniel Escobar, Joseph Lee, Kevin Porto, Fernando Salazar).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Christian (CJ) Kopecki, AHP 1:44.89, 2. Perez Salvador, MA 1:44.97, 3. Jonathan Rodriguez, GP 1:45.31.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP1:54.54, 2. Steven Rua, CC 1:57.86, 3. Raphael Santos, PB 1:58.78.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Irvin Hoost, SB 21.50, 2. Reid Banciella, MA 22.01, 3. Andrew Garcia, MO 22.03.

1-meter diving: 1. Hudson Coldren, CG 519.10, 2. Skylar Mignon, GP 480.55, 3. Gage Denson, LB 338.95.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Trahern Gribble, GP 50.15, 2. Reid Banciella, MA 51.87, 3. CJ Kopecki, AHP 53.01.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP 46.45, 2. Irvin Hoost, SB 47.66, 3. Mattheus Santos, PB 48.26.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Raphael Santos, PB 4:44.11, 2. Nicholas Pacitti, AHP 4:46.36, 3. Rene Peralta, GP 4:47.97.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pompano Beach 1:28.62 (Mattheus Santos, Dante Poe, Raphael Santos, Shane Schulte), 2. Mast Academy 130.00, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:30.34.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Trahern Gribble, GP 52.26, 2. Gavin Smith, SUN 55.45, 3. Alexander Sanchez, MA 55.71.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Steven Rua, CC 1:01.76, 2. Brandon Moran, ML 1:02.67, 3. Shane Schulte, PB 1:03.65.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:14.98 (Miguel Cancel, Philip Meira, Jonathan Rodriguez, Rene Peralta), 2. Mast 3:16.73, 3. Pompano Beach 3:18.43, 4. American Heritage Plantation 3:19.50 (Kevin Porto, Nicholas Pacitti, Nicolas Rossi, CJ Kopecki).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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