Archbishop McCarthy Sweeps David Posnack JCC; SOFLO’s Nathaniel Garrick Double Winner

By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, October 6, 2021–Archbishop McCarthy picked up two impressive wins by sweeping David Posnack JCC in a Tuesday dual meet.

The Mavericks girls and boys teams won 21 of 22 events, including all six relays.

The girls team was led by double winners Syven Walker, Johanni Rodriguez-Cedeno and Makaila Blanchard.

Walker won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:32.93 and 100-yard freestyle in 58.77.

Blanchard won the 50-yard freestyle in 28.28, tying teammate Johanni Rodriguez-Cedeno. She also won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:17.39. Rodriguez-Cedeno also won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:26.97.

The boys team was led by double winners Nathaniel Garrick and Pedro Medina.

Garrick won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.51 and 100-yard freestyle in 56.58. He was a member of two winning relays, leading off the 200-yard medley relay and anchoring the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Medina won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:32.18 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:13.82.

Archbishop McCarthy swims Western on Wednesday, Oct. 13.


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200-yard medley relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 2:0.76 (Korb, Blanchard, Rodriguez, Walker), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 2:18.33, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 2:30.53.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Carly Wehby, ABM 2:38.23, 2. Sabrina Fernandez, ABM 2:41.14, 3. Sophie Hockman, POS 3:03.54.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Syven Walker, ABM 2:32.93, 2. Savannah Korb, ABM 2:41.72, 3. Amalia Echeverry, ABM 3:08.10.

50-yard freestyle: 1. tie, Makaila Blanchard, ABM and Johanni Rodriguez-Cedeno, ABM 28.28, 3. Sophia Spalding, ABM 29.57.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Tamalia Blanchard, ABM 1:22.94, 2. Sophia Spalding, ABM 1:26.65, 3. Sabrina Fernandez, ABM 1:44.07.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Syven Walker, ABM 58.77, 2. Savannah Korb, ABM 1:04.35, 3. Scarlett Kuchar, ABM 1:04.68.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Carol Lambert, ABM 7:09.56, 2. Gabriella Arauz, POS 7:15.22, 3. Cristina Bermudez, POS 7:27.93.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 1:53.87 (Korb, Walker, Blanchard, Rodriguez), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 2:04.40, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 2:21.89.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Makaila Blanchard, ABM 1:17.39, 2. Calista Harries, ABM 1:19.81, 3. Samantha Solis, ABM 1:29.24.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Johanni Rodriguez-Cedeno, ABM 1:26.97, 2. Tamalia Blanchard, ABM 1:27.97, 3. Scarlett Kuchar, ABM 1:28.88.

400-yard freestyle relay combined: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 4:09.06 (Medina, Molaro, Cespedes, Gomez), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 4:17.12 (Harries, Blanchard, Kuchar, Solis), 3. David Posnacl JVV 4:51.09.

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200-yard medley relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 1:59.66 (Garrick, Molaro, Medina, Rubio), 2. Posnack 2:01.02, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 2:10.69.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Pablo Gomez, ABM 2:16.77, 2. Joel Wainberg, POS 2:34.06, 3. Michael Levin, POS.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Pedro Medina, ABM 2:32.18, 2. Lucas Cespedes, ABM 255.39.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Nathaniel Garrick, ABM 24.51, 2. Raphael Allnut, POS 25.23, 3. Gabriel Rubio, ABM 26.33.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Scott Marcus, ABM 1:07.89, 2. Pablo Gomez, ABM 1:10.50, 3. Raphael Allnutt, POS 1:17.92.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Nathaniel Garrick, ABM 56.58, 2. Oz Olon, POS 1:01.23, 3. Luca Molaro, ABM 1:01.81.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Alejandro Cabrera, ABM 7:56.89, 2. Matthew Millares, ABM 8:30.44.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 1:45.83 (Dale, Rubio, Scott, Garrick), 2. Posnack 1:51.15, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 1:59.29.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Pedro Medina, ABM 1:13.82, 2. Luis Molaro, ABM 1:17.56, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 1:32.95.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Oz Alon, POS 1:22.47, 2. Scott Marcus, ABM 1:22.61, 3. Joel Wainberg, POS 1:29.53.

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SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart Verbally Commits To Auburn University

By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, October 6, 2021—Olivia Dinehart of South Florida Aquatic Club Sharks has verbally committed to Auburn University.

Ranked fifth in the state, the Cutler Bay High School junior announced her choice on social media.

“I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Auburn University,” Dinehart wrote.

“I can’t wait to be a part of such a special team. I’d like to thank my amazing coaches, my incredible family and my friends. WAR EAGLE.”

Dinehart, 16, Cutler Bay Class of 2023, will work with Associate Head Coach Vlad Polyakov, a three-time Olympian, world champion and NCAA champion. The former Florida Gold Coast swimmer at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Coral Springs Swim Club, where he worked under six-time Olympic coach and Hall of Famer Michael Lohberg, joined the staff this year after nine seasons at Louisville.

Auburn was one of the top women’s teams in the nation last season along with NCAA champion Virginia, Stanford, Indiana and Arizona State.

Dinehart is a two-time finalist at the State 1A High School Swimming Championships in 2019 and 2020.

In 2019, she was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.87) and fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.16). In 2020, she was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.79) and fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.19). The 1A state meet that features powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles, is the most competitive of the four classifications in Florida.

In 2019, she was a two-time District 12-A and region champion in the breaststroke and IM events.

In August 2019, she was a finalist in the USA Swimming Futures Championships in Greensboro in the 1500-meter freestyle (17:23.56). She was also a Top 4 finisher in four events at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships including winning the 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.93). Her last major championship was the August Speedo Summer East Championships where she finished in the Top 15 in her events.

Dinehart is one of three sisters who swim. Her twin Elena and Elise also swim.

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By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, October 6, 2021–Like many swimmers and other athletes, Benji Kim went through the lowest point of his swimming during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer had a difficult time finding motivation for the sport he loves when pools and events started closing down in early March, 2020.

“During the pandemic was when my swimming started going downhill,” Kim said. “I missed it and wanted to get back in the pool.”

Since then Kim has turned it around according to Silver age group coach Jack Davies.

“Benji is consistently the hardest working kid in Silver, both in terms of physical effort during practice and willingness to learn,” Davies said.

“He’s following up some breakthrough swims last season nicely. I’m excited to see his hard work continue to pay off as we move through the rest of his swimming.”

Kim, 14, a freshman at Pembroke Pines Charter, has been swimming since he was 5. He started lessons at British Swim School and started competing at SOFLO seven years ago.

After his pandemic slump, Kim re-dedicated himself to the sport. He also dropped 20 pounds.

“I started thinking about what I should do in practice and how I should try more,” Kim said. “Before I used to think about giving up when I got tired.

“All my fast friends moved up in August and I felt like I should catch up to them so I started trying more in practice, I wanted to go faster and see how the results are.”

Kim is happy he stayed in swimming.

“I am pretty happy,” Kim said. “Swimming is fun. I have a lot of friends in it. I like the competition, too. It helped me lose a ton of weight from last year in quarantine.

“After quarantine I checked and realized I was really unhealthy. I looked at the past two years and didn’t really improve that much so I felt like I should try harder than I did. Now when I’m at practice I am more motivated. I feel like I am going way faster because of this.”

Kim, whose favorite stroke is the breaststroke, got his first short course Junior Olympic cut in the 200 breaststroke recently.

“I didn’t really expect a JO cut, I was surprised I even got a JO cut,” Kim said. “I already had my Winter Champs cut and just wanted to have fun in the meet.”

Kim said he is now focused on the remainder of the high school season and Winter Championships at the end of the year.

Kim is also an accomplished violinist. His aunt is a violin teacher. He is a member of the Florida Youth Orchestra. He misses swim practice only on Mondays for violin practice. Swimming remains the priority, however, Kim said.

“I would like to get better at distance swimming and at the same time I want to get better to sprint in the 100 much better,” Kim said. “I can do well in the 200 breast but I do a lot worse when I am doing the 100. I’m just trying to get better in my other strokes and faster.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Jacob Pebley and Ryan Lochte.

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