Jensen Beach’s Blair Stoneburg Makes History; SOFLO Trio Wins State Relay; Gulliver Prep Wins Girls Team Title At State 2A Meet


By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 5, 2021—Blair Stoneburg of Jensen Beach made history in her final FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Championship appearance Friday at rainsoaked Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center.

The senior, going into the meet with five state titles added four more gold medals to join an elite group of swimmers in state history to win nine titles. Only 20 swimmers have won seven or more gold medals. Hollywood’s Katherine Rawls holds the record of 14 from 1931-1935.

“This night was pretty picture-perfect,” Stoneburg said.

The U.S. junior national team member and University of Wisconsin-commit won the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:46.96 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.04, also a best time. Both times were automatic All-American times. Her previous bests were 1:50.96 and 4:53.28 respectively.

Stoneburg was also a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:37.09. She anchored the relay in the fastest split of 22.55 while her younger sister Brynn led off with a 24.75 split.

Stoneburg also anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:31.41. She had the fastest split in 48.85. Brynn Stoneburg led off with the second fastest split of 52.52.

As a freshman, Stoneburg won the 100-yard freestyle; as a sophomore the 100-yard butterfly and 200-meter freestyle; and as a junior won the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle and was a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle.

“As a freshman I don’t know what I was thinking, I wish I would have written it down,” Stoneburg said. “I think freshman year Blair would be very proud of where I am now and very thankful for the people who supported me along the way. It’s been a crazy four years but a really fun four years and four years that I will never forget.

“It is a little bittersweet,” Stoneburg said. “I don’t know if it’s hit me yet that this is my last state championship. I think it will hit me tomorrow maybe when I am talking to my family about everything.”

Brynn Stoneburg, a sophomore, was second in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 57.52, bettering her previous best of 59.29. She was also third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.10, another best time, shaving 4.46 off her previous best of 1:55.56.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Anthony Martinez, Agustin Rodriguez and Matthew Tarafa joined leadoff swimmer Ronny Rueda to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:10.73.

Gulliver Prep, buoyed by depth and relay win, won the girls’ team title with 247 points. The 200-yard medley relay of Giovanna Musiello, Reese Rosenthal, Elyse Wood and Cassandra Kraft won in 1:47.20. Its’ 200-yard freestyle relay was second in 1:38.43 and 400-yard freestyle relay third in 3:37.23.

Jensen Beach, third last year, finished runner-up among the girls’ field of 41 teams with 195 points. Cardinal Gibbons was the top Broward team placing ninth with 96 points. Two-time defending girls state 2A champion Pine Crest did not compete after moving back to 1A classification this year.

“I’m super proud of the entire team,” Stoneburg said. “We all had amazing swims. We really fed off each other’s energy. As one person would finish the other person would go. It really carried over. I’m really thankful for them. They helped me have the senior year I have been dreaming about.”

Jacksonville Bishop Kenny won the boys team title with 230 points. Panama City Arnold was second with 199.5 and Mater Lakes Academy was third with 152. Pompano Beach was the top Broward team finishing sixth with 99 points.

The Class 1A meet, featuring top teams Pine Crest, South Florida Heat, St. Andrew’s and King’s Academy and SOFLO’s Maddy Smutny, Olivia Dinehart, Elene Dinehart and Nat Gembicki of Cutler Bay, is Saturday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark. Five-time defending state champion diver Kevin Mendez of Pine Crest will make his sixth and final state meet appearance.

CLASS 2A STATE RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Gulliver Prep 247, 2. Jensen Beach 195, 3. Cape Coral 190, 4. Estero 151, 5. TR Robinson 148, 6. Stanton 131, 7. Bishop Kenny 121, 8. Bishop Moore 116, 9. Cardinal Gibbons 96, 10. Rockledge 92, 12. Pompano Beach 75, 18. Soimerset 39, 21. Mater Lakes 34, 22. Suncoast 33, 40. American Heritage Plantation 3.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1-meter diving: 1. Rylie Darkatsh, STAN 428.75, 2. Brianna McMillan, BK 369.95, 3. Jonna Kirk, ASTR 367.80, 18. Sophia O’Keefe, SUNC 199.85, 19. Gianna Moscariello, SUNC 199.60.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:47.20 (Giovanna Musiello, Reese Rosenthal, Elyse Wood, Cassandra Kraft), 2. TR Robinson 1:49.70, 3. Cape Coral 1:51.21, 5. Cardinal Gibbons 1:52.59 (Jaclyn Nelson, Melody Yates, Stephanie Udell, Kaitlyn Armbruster), 10. Somerset 1:55.53 (Natalia Sibug, Sabrina Osorio, Sofia Osorio, Sofia Hernandez).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JENB 1:46.96, 2. Jessica Beede, ROB 1:48.74, 3. Brynn Stoneburg, JENB 1:51.10, 14. Camila Saporta, GP 2:00.56, 15. Evelyn Balog, PB 2:01.39, 16. Paige Eskra, GP 2:01.74.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Melissa Blaine, CCOR 2:04.97, 2. Isabel Sayag, ROB 2:06.35, 3. Giovanna Musiello, GP 2:07.45, 4. Aria Torretta, GP 2:10.81, 5. Lilia Blanco, PB 2:13.30, 12. Pietra Wagner, GP 2:17.19, 13. Sabrina Osorio, SOM 2:18.23.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Mary Leigh Hardman, LWAL 23.82, 2. Madison Lehman, CCOR 23.83, 3. Hannah Ahn, ESID 24.09, 4. Cassandra Kraft, GP 24.10, 12. Jaclyn Nelson, CG 25.34.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Hannah Ahn, ESID 54.32, 2. Avery Hawker, ROB 55.28, 3. Isabel Sayag, ROB 55.48, 5. Elyse Wood, GP 57.07, 10. Lilia Blanco, PB 59.76, 14. Stephanie Udell, CG 1:00.54, 15. Kaitlyn Armbruster, CG 1:01.27, 16. Reese Rosenthal, GP 1:01.41.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Giuliana Carlini, ESTO 51.43, 2. Mary Leigh Hardman, LWAL 51.53, 3. Claire Han, PENS 51.89, 8. Cassandra Kraft, GP 53.49, 14. Amari Porter, AHP 56.11.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JENB 4:42.04, 2. Cadence Fort, ESTO 4:57.73, 3. Melissa Blaine, CCOR 5:03.12, 10. Camila Saporta, GP 5:20.63, 11. Paige Eskra, GP 5:22.57, 14. Mariana Pinto 5:26.03, 16. Sofia Moreno, GP 5:32.68.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Jensen Beach 1:37.09 (Brynn Stoneburg, Madeline Kohs, Melody McAfee, Blair Stoneburg), 2. Gulliver Prep 1:38.43 (Reese Rosenthal, Elyse Wood, Cassandra Kraft, Aria Torretta), 3. Bishop Kenny 1:39.85, 5. Cardinal Gibbons 1:41.86 (Jaclyn Nelson, Melody Yates, Stephanie Udell, Addison Byrne), 8. Pompano Beach 1:43.75 (Lilia Blanco, Reese Andres, Samantha Escobar, Julia Freshour).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Giuliana Carlini, ESTO 56.58, 2. Brynn Stoneburg, JENB 57.52, 3. Giovanna Musiello, GP 58.61, 7. Jaclyn Nelson, CG 1:00.53, 11. Natalia Sibug, SOM 1:02.77, 14. Sofia Osorio, SOM 1:03.77.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Michelle Fernandez, MATE 1:03.60, 2. Avery Hawker, ROB 1:05.62, 3. Reese Andres, PB 1:05.79, 6. Reese Rosenthal, GP 1:06.278. Aria Torretta, GP 1:07.41, 12. Pietra Wagner, GP 1:09.03, 14. Sabrina Osorio, SOM 1:09.72, 16. Margaret Miao, GP 1:11.58.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Jensen Beach 3:31.41 (Brynn Stoneburg, Madeline Kohs, Melody McAfee, Blair Stoneburg), 2. Cape Coral 3:34.57, 3. Gulliver Prep 3:37.23 (Giovanna Musiello, Camilla Saporta, Elyse Wood, Aria Torretta), 9. Cardinal Gibbonms 3:47.07 (Melody Yates, Kaitlyn Armbruster, Daniela Arezina, Addison Byrne), 10. Pompano Beach 3:47.19 (Lilia Blanco, Sofia Torres-Mendoza, Reese Andres, Evelyn Balog).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bishop Kenny 230, 2. Arnold Palmer 199.5, 3. Mater Lakes 152, 4. Rockledge 124, 5. Clearwater 107, 6. Pompano Beach 99, 7. Charlotte 98, 8. Stanton 95, 9. Somerset Academy 91, 10. Eastside 79, 13. Jensen Beach 70, 15. Suncoast 63.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1-meter diving: 1. Elisha Dees, EDWH 513.55, 2. Thomas Dowling, SUN 504.40, 3. Nataniel Agustin, PENS 488.65.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Panama City Arnold 1:34.44 (Shane McEliece, Luke Maggiore, Colin McEliece, Benjamin Parsons), 2. Bishop Kenny 1:34.62, 3. Stanton 1:38.51, 7. Somerset 1:41.07 (Aldo Zepeda, Enrique Rodriguez, Diego Nazario Vazquez, Gabriel Munoz), 9. American Heritage Plantation 1:43.36 (Rithvik Marri, Alessandro Pereira, Kiril Prikhodko, Tyler Zhou), Pompano Beach DQ.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Elliot Weisel, ROCK 1:39.93, 2. Ethan Russell, VAN 1:42.46, 3. Matthew Tarafa, MATE 1:42.70, 4. Agustin Rodriguez, MATE 1:43.44, 12. Rithvik Marri, AHP 1:46.36, 14. Steven Gary, PB 1:47.74.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Shane McEliece, ARN 1:49.91, 2. Mehdi Elaoufir, STAN 1:51.43, 3. Tristian Ide, ATPO 1:53.02, 8. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 1:59.89, 9. Alessandro Pereira, AHP 1:56.89, 11. Gianni Famiano, PB 2:00.87, Giuliano Brunetti, DQ.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Johnson, CLEA 20.57, 2. Joshua Cajuste, PB 21.13, 3. Aria Besharat, MORN 21.15, 14. David Yost, SUNC 22.17.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Shane McEliece, ARN 49.57, 2. Charles Plaisted, CHAR 49.77, 3. Marcus Szabo, CG 51.20, 9. Anthony Martinez, MATE 53.06, 10. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 53.95.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Johnson, CLEA 45.89, 2. John Trieu, SCBB 46.44, 3. Aria Besharat, MORN 46.45, 4. Joshua Cajuste, PB 46.70, 7. Matthew Tarafa, MATE 47.59, 13. Gianni Famiano, PB 48.84.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Elliot Weisel, ROCK 4:29.96, 2. Mehdi Elaoufir, STAN 4:32.09, 3. Ethan Russell, VANO 4:36.39, 8. William Johnson, JENB 4:51.27, 5. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 4:41.13, 7. Agustin Rodriguez, MATE 4:47.00, 10. Alessandro Pereira, AHP 4:43.51, 12. Rithvik Marri, AHP 4:50.06.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Arnold 1:25.29 (Luke Maggiore, Benjamin Parsons, Colin McEliece, Shane McEliece), 2. Mater Lakes 1:26.36 (Ronny Rueda, Anthony Martinez, Matthew Tarafa, Agustin Rodriguez), 3. Bishop Kenny 1:28.30, 5. Pompano Beach 1:29.92 (Gianni Famiano, Davi Moreira, Joshua Cajuste, Steven Gary), 9. Gulliver Prep 1:31.82 (Evan Abril, Daniel Preston, Lorenzo Luna, Nicholas Aday).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Caleb Rohacs, STE 53.56, 2. Logan Hamilton, PC 55.13, 3. Keelan Fort, ESTO 55.33, 6. Marcus Szabo, CG 54.25, 13. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 55.68.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Tristan Ide, ATPO 55.91, 2. Luke Maggiore, ARNO 56.50, 3. Colin McEliece, ARNO 57.16, 5. Parker Rosenthal, GP 59.30, 7. Anthony Robaina, MATE 1:00.09.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mater Lakes 3:10.73 (Ronny Rueda, Anthony Martinez, Agustin Rodriguez, Matthew Tarafa), 2. Bishop Kenny 3:15.45, 3. Estero 3:16.14, 5. American Heritage Plantation 3:19.53 (Kirill Prikhodko, Rithvik Marri, Alessandro Pereira, Tyler Zhou), 6. Pompano Beach 3:19.94 (Gianni Famiano, Davi Moreira, Joshua Cajuste, Steven Gary), 10. Somerset 3:20.40 (Aldo Zepeda, Enrique Rodriguez, Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Gabriel Munoz).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

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