Pine Crest Panthers Sweep Region 4-2A Titles; Seven SOFLO Swimmers Qualify

By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 8, 2020—Pine Crest defended its boys and girls team titles in the recent Region 4-2A Swimming and Diving Championship at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center.

Competing in Class 2A for the second consecutive year, the Panthers dominated the girls competition with 552 points. Gulliver Prep was runner-up with 376.

The boys competition was closer with the Panthers winning 379 points ahead of Gulliver Prep with 325.

Mater Lakes Academy, led by South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers and strong relays, finished a surprising third with 307 points, highest finish at a region meet in team history.

Qualified swimmers and divers advance to the FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center.

Pine Crest girls won two relays, had two double winners and two individual winners.

Pine Crest sophomore Julia Podkoscielny swam two automatic All-American times en route to wins in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.00 and 100-yard backstroke in 53.76.

Hanna Smith was also a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.06 and 100-yard freestyle in 53.32.

Riley Botting won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.66.

The Panthers won the 200-yard medley relay in an All-American consideration time of 1:45.75 with Podkoscielny, Botting, Esther Lin and Smith and 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:36.90, another All-American consideration time, with the same foursome.

The boys were led by double winner Joshua Hanks in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.94, an All-American consideration time, and 100-yard breaststroke in 57.03, also an All-American consideration time.

Hanks also led off the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:19.60 with Victor Lago, Luc Ferrara and Colin Nealy.

Pine Crest swept the diving titles with Kaylee Greenberg winning the girls with 427.50 and four-time defending champion Kevin Mendez winning by more than 100 points with 570.50.

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers turned in some outstanding swims that led to individual and relay qualifying spots. They are:

Mater Lakes sophomore Agustin Rodriguez is seeded third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.17 for the state meet. He was second at regions. He won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:43.40 and is seeded third at states.

Mater Lakes junior Anthony Robaina is seeded sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.24 and 16th in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.37. Robaina was second behind Hanks in the breaststroke and fourth in the freestyle.

Mater Lakes looked impressive winning both the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays and finishing second in the 400-yard freestyle relay to Pine Crest.

Mater Lakes is the state’s top seed in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:38.70 with Agustin Rodriguez, Anthony Robaina, Anthony Martinez and Daniel Quijada.

Mater Lakes is also seeded first in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:27.96 with Ronny Rueda, Anthony Robaina, Agustin Rodriguez and Daniel Quijada. Mater Lakes’ 400 freestyle relay is seeded fifth in 3:21.21.

Somerset sophomore Enrique Rodriguez is seeded 10th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:53.43, finishing third at regions.

American Heritage Plantation senior Joseph Lee is seeded 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.77 and 15th in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.98. He was fourth at regions in the breaststroke and fifth in the butterfly.

Lee and SOFLO teammate Nicolas Rossi are members of the Patriots’ 200-yard freestyle relay seeded sixth in 1:32.25 with Kirill Prikhodko and Daniel Watson.

Rossi is also a member of American Heritage Plantation’s 400-yard freestyle relay, seeded eighth in 3:21.65 with Kirill Prikhodko, Rithvik Marri and Benjamin Gomez del Campo.

Monsignor Pace senior Juancamilo Rivero is seeded 17th in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.47 and 21st in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.20. He was fourth in the backstroke and seventh in the butterfly.

Somerset sophomore Sabrina Osorio-Gomez is seeded 20th in both the 200-yard individual medley in 2:21.60 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:11.85.

Somerset sophomore Sofia Osorio-Gomez will join her sister at states seeded 23rd seed in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.73.

Please note: FHSAA officials and meet hosts withheld the region results until every meet was completed to avoid any early advantage for coaches. The results were posted Sunday.


  1. Pine Crest 552, 2. Gulliver Prep 376, 3. Jensen Beach 298, 4. Cardinal Gibbons 191, 5. American Heritage Plantation 159, 6. Somerset 136, 7. Mater Lakes 90, 8. Key West 85, 9. Lincoln Park 66, 10. St. Brendan 61, 11. North Broward Prep 52, 12. Immaculata-LaSalle 49, 13. American Heritage Delray Beach 28.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:45.75, AA-C (Julia Podkoscielny, Riley Botting, Esther Lin, Hanna Smith), 2. Gulliver Prep 1:51.85, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 1:54.67, 5. Somerset 2:03.99 (Sofia Osorio-Gomez, Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, Natalia Sibug, Kaitlyn Barrios).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JB 1:48.10, 2. Haley Cisewski, PC 1:54.07, 3. Brynn Stoneburg, JB 1:56.57, 10. Pilar Duranti, SOM 2:10.16.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:59.00, AA-A, 2. Aria Torretta, GP 2:13.12, 3. Lara Jones, PC 2:14.21, 7. Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, SOM 2:21.60.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Hanna Smith, PC 24.06, 2. Cassandra Kraft, GP 24.47, 3. Chloe Hernandez, GP 24.51, 22. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOM 27.90.

1-meter diving: 1. Kaylee Greenberg, PC 427.50, 2. Sarrah Ghadiali, PC 402.75, 3. Ava Anderson, PC 399.75.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Chloe Hernandez, GP 58.28, 2. Esther Lin, PC 59.03, 3. Simone Vale, PC 59.36, 11. Sofia Osorio-Gomez, SOM 1:05.25.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Hanna Smith, PC 53.32, 2. Emily Miller, JB 53.70, 3. Alissa Pascual, GP 54.49, 15. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOM 1:01.89.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JB 4:46.41, 2. Riley Botting, PC 4:55.13, AA-C, 3. Haley Cisewski, PC 5:04.88, 9. Natalia Sibug, SOM 5:33.00.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:36.90 AA-C (Julia Podkoscielny, Riley Botting, Esther Lin, Hanna Smith), 2. Jensen Beach 1:38.63, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:39.57, 11. Somerset 2:06.16 (Isabella Assael, Sofia Rodriguez, Alyda Mendez, Kaylee Del Rio).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 53.76, AA-A, 2. Simone Vale, PC 58.15, 3. Giovana Musiello, GP 1:01.12, 9. Sofia Osorio-Gomez, SOM 1:05.73, 12. Pilar Duranti, SOM 1:07.86.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Riley Botting, PC 1:04.66, 2. Michelle Fernandez, MAT 1:06.50, 3. Sara Lin, PC 1:07.14, 8. Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, SOM 1:11.85, 10. Natalia Sibug, SOLO 1:13.66.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Jensen Beach 3:34.99, 2. Gulliver Prep 3:38.58, 3. American Heritage Plantation 3:51.13, 5. Somerset 4:01.10 (Kaitlyn Barrios, Sofia Osorio-Gomez, Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, Natalia Sibug).


  1. Pine Crest 379.5, 2. Gulliver Prep 325, 3. Mater Lakes 307, 4. American Heritage Plantation 247, 5. Lincoln Park 194, 6. Jensen Beach 127, 7. Somerset 120, 8. Cardinal Gibbons 105, 9. Immaculata-LaSalle 81.5, 10. St. Brendan 68, 11. American Heritage Delray Beach 62, 12. Key West 60, 13. North Broward Prep 28, 14. Monsignor Pace 27, 15. Imater Prep 11.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Mater Academy 1:38.70 (Agustin Rodriguez, Anthony Robaina, Anthony Martinez, Daniel Quijada), 2. Lincoln Park 1:40.96, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:42.41, 7. Somerset 1:51.62 (Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Sebastian Fernandez, Enrique Rodriguez, Jesse Lobo).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Sciscente, LP 1:43.69, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, MAT 1:44.17, 3. Isaiah Jimenez, GP 1:46.84, 9. Nicolas Rossi, AHP 1:51.26.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Daniel Watson, AHP 2:01.83, 2. Bruno Rebessi, GP 2:02.04, 3. Pablo Lopez Franco, ILAS 2:02.55, 5. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 2:06.77.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 20.94, AA-C, 2. Daniel Quijada, MAT 21.92, 3. Kirill Prikhodko, AHP 23.00.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 579.50, 2. Allen Levitis, PC 467.80, 3. Danyal Ghadiali, PC 413.70.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Anthony Martinez, MAT 53.78, 2. Grayson DiBernardo, LP 54.29, 3. Luc Ferrara, PC 54.40, 5. Joseph Lee, AHP 54.98, 7. Juan Camilo Rivero, MP 55.47, 10. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 56.70.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Quijada, MAT 48.33, 2. Ayden Cason, JB 49.19, 3. Ronny Rueda, MAT 49.20, 4. Anthony Robaina, MAT 49.37, 6. Nicolas Rossi, AHP 50.26.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Agustin Rodriguez, MAT 4:43.40, 2. Isaiah Jimenez, GP 4:48.95, 3. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 4:53.43, 10. Felix Gonzalez, SOM 5:17.16.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mater Academy 1:27.96 (Ronny Rueda, Anthony Robaina, Agustin Rodriguez, Daniel Quijada), 2. Pine Crest 1:29.53, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:32.25 (Kirill Prikhodko, Nicolas Rossi, Daniel Watson, Joseph Lee), 11. Somerset 1:55.15 (Juan Mederos, Giovanni Gianfriddo, Isaac Assael, Sebastian Fernandez).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jake Sciscente, LP 52.92, 2. Pablo Lopez Franco, ILAS 55.74, 3. Marcus Szarbo, CG 56.96, 4. Juan Camilo Rivero, MP 57.20, 7. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 59.22.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 57.03 AA-C, 2. Anthony Robaina, MAT 1:00.24, 3. Bruno Rebessi, GP 1:00.69, 4. Joseph Lee, AHP 1:00.77.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:19.60 (Joshua Hanks, Victor Lago, Luc Ferrara, Colin Nealy), 2. Mater Academy 3:21.21, 3. American Heritage Plantation 3:21.65 (Kirill Prikhodko, Nicolas Rossi, Rithvik Marri, Benjamin Gomez del Campo), 7. Somerset 3:40.34 (Enrique Rodriguez, Jesse Lobo, Felix Gonzalez, Diego Nazario-Vazquez).

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Creekside Girls, Oviedo Boys Capture FHSAA State 4A Team Titles; SOFLO’s Dominic Bono Posts Two Best Times

By Sharon Robb

STUART, November 7, 2020–Creekside girls and Oviedo boys won the team titles in the FHSAA State 4A Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

St. John’s Creekside, runners-up last year, won the girls title with 271 points followed by defending girls champion Oviedo with 246. Miami Palmetto, the only girls team from South Florida in the field, was 23rd with 16 points. Defending girls state champion Buchholz was sixth with 118.

Two-time defending boys state champion Oviedo won its third consecutive boys title with 216 points followed by Creekside with 192.5. Miami Palmetto was 12th with 77 points.

Oviedo was hoping to sweep the boys and girls team titles. Not since 1995 when Dr. Phillips swept has a high school won the team titles in the same year.

“We really don’t talk about winning the state championship, we really don’t,” Oviedo 26-year coach Charlie Rose told the Orlando Sentinel. “We know it’s there. What we have to do, hopefully, individually, everybody goes in and do the best they can do, do their part. If that happens, then the potential is there for us to win it. We know that.”

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Dominic Bono, a senior at Coral Reef, made his final state meet appearance. He was 11th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.05. He was ninth fastest qualifier in prelims in a best time 1:54.33.

Bono also finished 16th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:46.28. In prelims, he posted a best time of 4:44.62.

SOFLO teammate Garrett Oliver of Miami Palmetto competed on two relays. He swam the second leg on the 200-yard medley relay that qualified 11th in 1:38.27 and finished 10th in 1:38.47. He also swam the second leg on the 200-yard freestyle relay that qualified sixth in 1:28.94 and finished fifth in 1:28.61.

There were three girls double winners.

University of Florida-bound senior Micayla Cronk of Flagler Palm Coast won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.23 and 100-yard freestyle in 48.78.

University of Virginia commit and Olympic Trials qualifier Ella Bathurst of Tampa Plant won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.24 and 100-yard backstroke in 52.77.

Auburn commit Lexie Mulvihill of George Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.22 and 100-yard butterfly in 53.16.

2021 Olympic Trials qualifiers Addison Sauickie and Gracie Weyant, both of Sarasota Riverview, won individual events. Sauickie won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:47.23. Weyant won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.51.

For the boys, Liam Custer of Sarasota Riverview and Dawson Joyce of Seminole were double winners.

Custer won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:47.41 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:21.41.

Joyce won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.79 and 100-yard freestyle in 43.59.

Olympia senior Brandon Wegner won the boys 1-meter diving title with 490.90 points. Boone freshman Lanie Gutch won the girls 1-meter title with 468.60.

Because of the delayed season because of COVID-19, several public schools from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade opted out of the state series and did not compete.


  1. Creekside 271, 2. Oviedo 246, 3. Winter Park 230, 4. Sarasota Riverview 190, 5. Windermere 166, 23. Miami Palmetto 16.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Creekside 1:43.93, 2. Sarasota Riverview 1:44.68, 3. Oviedo 1:45.02.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Micayla Cronk, FLPC 1:46.23, 2. Addison Sauickie, SARA 1:47.46, 3. Addison Reese, WMHA 1:49.34.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Ella Bathurst, PLAN 1:58.24, 2. Gracie Weyant, SARA 2:02.33, 3. Haley Harris, BATR 2:03.52, 11. Valeria Strohmeier, MP 2:08.58.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Alexis Mulvihill, GEOS 22.22, 2. Stephanie Akakabota, SMSA 23.03, 3. Kaylin Herbert, OVDO 23.36.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alexis Mulvihill, GEO 53.16, 2. Olivia Peoples, NEAS 53.41, 3. Jordan Agliano, LNOL 54.21.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Micayla Cronk, FLPC 48.78, 2. Kaylin Herbert, OVDO 50.69, 3. Emily Waite, NEWS 50.91.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Addison Sauickie, SARA 4:47.23, 2. Jordan Agliano, LNOL 4:49.12, 3. Camille DeBoer, BUCH 4:50.21.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Winter Park 1:34.97, 2. Windermere 1:35.05, 3. Seminole 1:35.22.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ella Bathurst, PLAN 52.77, 2. Sarah Sensenbrenner, VEN 56.48, 3. Jennifer Bird, CREE 56.80.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, SARA 1:01.51, 2. Olivia Peoples, NEAS 1:02.40, 3. Madison Koutavas, CREE 1:03.47.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. George M. Steinbrenner High 3:34.30, 2. Bartram 3:34.57, 3. Newsome 3:35.31, 6. Miami Palmetto 3:37.20 (Sophia Perez, Rebecca Montero, Deborah Alarcom, Valerie Strohmeier).

1-meter diving: 1. Lanie Gutch, Boone 468.60, 2. Antonina Harned, Windermere 446.80, 3. Lauren Miller, Bartram 442.25.


  1. Oviedo 216, 2. Creekside 192.5, 3. Bartram Trail 188, 4. Nease 169, 5. Tampa Plant 168, 12. Miami Palmetto 77.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Bartram 1:33.25, 2. Oviedo 1:33.38, 3. Creekside 1:34.20, 10. Miami Palmetto 1:38.47 (Kyle Korvick, Garrett Oliver, Kyrylo Romankiv, Jacob Wienants).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Sage Sungail, LBRN 1:37.99, 2. Ryan Warmbier, NEWS 1:38.59, 3. Luigi Franco, LNOL 1:38.91, 13. Jacob Wienants, MP 1:43.03.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Liam Custer, SARA 1:47.41, 2. Jonathan Kim, NEAS 1:51.29, 3. Thomas Nagle III, PLAN 1:52.16.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Dawson Joyce, SMA 19.79, 2. Larry Salls, SDAND 19.94, 3. Macguire McDuff, BATR 20.14.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jack Stokvis, GUCO 48.36, 2. Davis Hanley, OVDO 49.02, 3. Gage Hulbert, MAND 49.32.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Dawson Joyce, SMSA 43.59, 2. Macguire McDuff, BATR 44.32, 3. Sage Sungail, LBRN 44.77, 6. Kyle Korvick, MP 46.10, 11. Jacob Wienants, MP 47.43.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Liam Custer, SARA 4:21.41, 2. Jason Brzozowski, SARA 4:30.37, 3. Nicholas Caruso, BUCH 4:30.60, 16. Dominic Bono, CREEF 4:46.28.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Creekside 1:24.10, 2. Seminole 1:24.84, 3. Nease 1:28.01, 5. Miami Palmetto 1:28.61 (Kyle Korvick, Garrett Oliver, Kyrylo Romankiv, Jacob Wienants).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Davis Hanley, OVDO 49.15, 2. Luigi Franco, LNOL 49.55, 3. Mason Campbell, BATR 50.93.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Thomas Nagle III, PLAN 55.10, 2. Jonathan Kim, NEAS 56.58, 3. Nicholas Tayag, BATR 57.46.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Oviedo 3:07.31, 2. Bartram Trail 3:07.75, 3. HB Plant 3:08.85.

1-meter diving: 1. Brandon Wegner, OLY 490.90, 2. William Turnbull, OLY 443.45, 3. Tristan Trax, VERO 437.05.

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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Adds Two More Second Places Against Rival Lilly King

By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, November 7, 2020–For the second day in a row, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson had two more showdowns with Lilly King.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian, one of the top swimmers for the London Road in the second-year International Swimming League, finished second to Lilly King of the Cali Condors in a close race, 1:03.39-1:03.53.

Atkinson was also second to King in the 50-meter breaststroke the day before.

Atkinson was first to the wall at the 50-meter mark by 1/10th of second. She still looked strong at the 75-meter mark but King surged down the backstretch to out-touch Atkinson. King’s best ISL time is 1:03.00.

King, 23, entered the day 6-for-6 this season in all three breaststroke distances. King made it 9-for-9 sweeping the three events. Her three wins in the Skins showdown, including a 29.04 to win, improved her record to 30 wins in 30 ISL events.

Before Atkinson swam King in the skins final, Atkinson knocked off Americans Molly Hannis and London teammate Annie Lazor in the early rounds.

After two days of racing, Cali Condors grabbed the lead with 507, followed by London Roar, 491.5, Tokyo Frog Kings, 419 and NY Breakers, 296.5.

Atkinson and London Roar return to the pool on Monday.

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