FSU Swimmer, Former St. Andrew’s Swimmer, Water Polo Standout McKenna Keith Diagnosed With Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

By Sharon Robb

TALLAHASSEE, September 6, 2018—McKenna Keith, a St. Andrew’s School All-American swimmer and now a Florida State senior, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

The disease is a cancer of the lymphatic system. She is undergoing chemotherapy through December and hopes to return after her treatment is complete.

Keith, whose family lives in Boca Raton, lettered in swimming and water polo for four years at St. Andrew’s in Boca Raton. She was a three-time All-American in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays and 400-yard medley relay.

Keith transferred to FSU last season after starting her collegiate career at South Carolina where she swam her freshman and sophomore seasons, competed in four events and had six Top 10 finishes during the regular season. As a freshman she was the team’s top sprinter. She was named to the 2017 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Her FSU teammates have set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for her rent payments. Keith has a lease at her school apartment and is responsible for rent in addition to medical expenses.

The page reads “on top of all of the medical costs she is already facing, we do not want rent and utilities to be an extra burden for her family.

“We want McKenna to be able to come back and be able to live in her room in our apartment without any worry about violating or cancelling the lease. The Seminole family is behind her every step of the way as we anticipate her healthy return next semester.”

As of Thursday, $6,175 has been raised.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

South Broward Sweeps Dillard, Everglades; SOFLO’s Acevedo, Bedoya, Mateus Win

By Sharon Robb

September 6, 2018–South Broward High School, relying on its returnees, depth and relays, swept Everglades and Dillard to win its second meet of the season at the Bulldogs’ Aquatic Center.

The Bulldogs girls team defeated Dillard, 73-20, and Everglades 52-44. The girls won two relays and five individual events.

Alexandra Ruiz of South Broward was a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.96 and 100-yard freestyle in 58.90. Victoria Bruno-Martinez and Mikaela Lawrence-MacKenzie were individual winners.

South Broward’s Sophie Bedoya of SOFLO won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:28.97 and was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:16.53.

The boys team also defeated Dillard, 81-5, and Everglades, 63-32. The boys won all three relays and six individual events.

Andrew Rogatinksy was a double winner for the Bulldogs and member of two winning relays. He won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.43 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.96.

Two other SOFLO swimmers did well. Sarah Acevedo of Everglades was a double winner in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.36 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:44.59. She was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

Leonardo Mateus, also of Everglades, was a double winner. He won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.12 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.88.

On Wednesday, Sept. 12 South Broward will host Cooper City and West Broward at 4:30 p.m. Dillard will host Boyd Anderson, Northeast and Taravella at 4:30 p.m. Everglades has an away meet at Flanagan at 4:30 p.m.

South Broward 73, Dillard 20
South Broward 52, Everglades 44
Everglades 65, Dillard 16

200-yard medley relay: 1. South Broward (Victoria Bruno-Martinez, Karina Umana, Alexandra Ruiz, Mikaela Lawrence-MacKenzie) 1:54.09.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Victoria Bruno-Martinez, SB 2:10.43, 2. Sophie Bedoya, SB 2:16.53.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mikaela Lawrence-MacKenzie, SB 2:45.02, 2. Karina Umana, SB 2:51.28.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Alexandra Ruiz, SB 26.96, 2. Farina, SB 29.05.

1-meter springboard diving: None.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 1:03.36, 2. Victoria Bruno-Martinez, SB 1:03.71.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Alexandra Ruiz, SB 58.90, 2. Huerta, EVER 1:02.44.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 5:44.59, 2. Ochoa 7:55.68.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Broward (Victoria Bruno-Martinez, Karina Umana, Mikaela Lawrence-MacKenzie, Alexandra Ruiz) 1:54.09.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 1:13.40, 2. Wyche 1:24.57.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Sophie Bedoya, SB 1:28.97, 2. Karina Umana, SB 1:30.90.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Everglades (Bedoya, Huerta, Acevedo, Acevedo) 4:20.81.

South Broward 63, Everglades 32
South Broward 81, Dillard 5
Everglades 63, Dillard 11

200-yard medley relay: 1. South Broward (Sebastian Santiago, Andrew Rogatinsky, Adefunmi, Daniyil Kovalov) 1:52.62.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andrew Rogatinsky, SB 1:55.43, 2. Garrido, SB 2:07.93.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 2:05.12, 2. Andrew Lopez, SB 2:31.53.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sebastian Santiago, SB 23.31, 2. Daniyil Kovalov, SB 24.11.

1-meter springboard diving: None.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Ashola Adefunmi, SB 1:06.18, 2. Malcolm Wilkie, SB 1:11.26.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Daniyil Kovalov, SB 56.19, 2. Sobora, 59.63.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 4:57.88, 2. Malcolm Wilke, SB 6:20.62.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Broward (Adefunmi, Lopez, Whitaker, Santiago) 1:42.53.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Melendez, SB 1:04.73, 2. Novaton, 1:08.96.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Andrew Rogatinsky, SB 1:02.96, 2. Woods, 1:04.81.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Broward (Sobora, Kovalov, Whitaker, Andrew Rogatinsky) 3:46.59.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com