NSU University School Wins Season Opener; Sweeps North Broward Prep, David Posnack School

By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, September 8, 2022—NSU University School opened the swimming and diving season with two wins on Wednesday at the NSU Aquatic Center.

The Sharks girls and boys team, buoyed with depth and talent, swept North Broward Prep and David Posnack School.

The girls, led by three double winners, defeated North Broward Prep 109-31 and David Posnack School, 116-17. In the other matchup, North Broward Prep downed David Posnack School, 58-32.

Alexis Christensen won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:05.95 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:34.06.

Rafaella Araujo won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:26.70 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.92.

Liliana Novak won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.58 and 100-yard freestyle in 56.62.

The three swimmers were also members of the winning 200-yard medley relay with Ornella Giuliano that won in 1:59.37. The Sharks swept all three girls relays.

North Broward Prep’s Radhika Nanavati prevented an NSU shutout winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1:12.11 edging Sierra Leete (1:12.78) in the best girls race of the day.

The boys’ competition was much closer. NSU University School topped North Broward Prep, 78-50, and David Posnack, 85-60. In the other meeting, David Posnack edged North Broward Prep 68-64.

NSU boys had two double winners.

Sebastian Lobaton Vargas won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.81 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.70.

Salvatore Lanzafame won the 100-yard butterfly in 54.86 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.59.

Egor Frantsevsky was a double winner for North Broward Prep in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.88 and 100-yard freestyle in 53.71. He also anchored the winning 200-yard free relay.

Oz Alon of David Posnack won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:48.60.

NSU University School’s next meet is on the road against Pine Crest at 4 p.m.

NSU University School 187, North Broward Prep 81
NSU University School 201, David Posnack 77
North Broward Prep 122, David Posnack 100

NSU University School 109, North Broward Prep 31
NSU University School 116, David Posnack 17
North Broward Prep 58, David Posnack 32

200-yard medley relay: 1. NSU University (Alexis Christensen, Rafaella Araujo, Ornella Giuliano, Liliana Novak) 1:59.37, 2. 2. North Broward Prep 2:18.92, 3. David Posnack 3:05.37.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Alexis Christensen, NSU 2:05.95, 2. Isabella Bello, NSU 2:19.23, 3. Siera Leete, NSU 2:23.63.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Rafaella Araujo, NSU 2:26.70.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Liliana Novak, NSU 25.58, 2. Contessa Gilley, NSU 29.35, 3. Annie Schulze, NSU 32.31.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Ornella Giuliano, NSU 1:03.80, 2. Radhika Nanavati, NBP 1:14.15, 3. Ava Olivieri, NSU 1:29.86.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Liliana Novak, NSU 56.62, 2. Isabella Bello, NSU 1:00.89, 3. Kirsten Habibi, NSU 1:07.17.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Alexis Christensen, NSU 5:34.06, 2. Ornella Giuliano, NSU 5:41.40.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. NSU University School A (Isabella Bello, Siera Leete, Kirsten Habibi, Contessa Gilley) 1:57.02, 2. North Broward Prep 2:02.89, 3. NSU University School B 2:20.03.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Radhika Nanavati, NBP 1:12.11, 2. Siera Leete, NSU 1:12.78, 3. Contessa Gilley, NSU 1:24.27.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Rafaella Araujo, NSU 1:14.92, 2. Kirsten Habibi, NSU 1:29.89, 3. Kayra Kanver, NBP 1:32.62.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. NSU University School B (Isabella Bello, Siera Leete, Siena Humke, Ava Olivieri) 4:44.60.

NSU University School 78, North Broward Prep 50
NSU University School 85, David Posnack 60
David Posnack 68, North Broward Prep 64

200-yard medley relay: 1. NSU University School 1:49.77, 2. North Broward Prep 2:01.70, 3. David Posnack 2:14.89.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Teran, NSU 1:54.42 2. Raphael Allnutt, DP 2:15.81, 3. Paulo Lara, NSU 2:17.02.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Sebastian Lobaton Vargas, NSU 2:16.81, 2. Maverick Ross, NSU 2:24.95, 3. Beny Papescu, NBP 2:26.48.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Egor Frantsevskiy, NBP 23.88, 2. Arthur Monastyrsky, NSU 24.85, 3. Martin Viola, NBP 25.69.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Salvatore Lanzafame, NSU 54.86, 2. Ryan Altimari, NBP 1:02.78, 3. Joel Wainberg, DP 1:30.71.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Egor Frantsevskiy, NBP 53.71, 2. Arthur Monastyrsky, NSU 57.26, 3. Raphael Allnutt, DP 59.49.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Oz Alon, DP 5:48.60.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. North Broward Prep (Martin Viola, Beny Papescu, Ryan Altimari, Egor Frantsevskiy) 1:44.09, 2. NSU University School 1:58.26, 3. David Posnack 2:13.45.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Sebastian Lobaton Vargas, NSU 1:03.70, 2. Paulo Lara, NSU 1:11.14, 3. Beny Papescu, NBP 1:14.74.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Salvatore Lanzafame, NSU 1:02.59, 2. Isaac Tawail, DP 1:17.19, 3. Ryan Altimari, NBP 1:19.19.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. NSU University School (Sebastian Lobaton Vargas, Andres Teran, Salvatore Lanzafame, Arthur Monastyrsky) 3:41.93, 2. David Posnack 4:25.80.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Headed To Piranhas September Open On Saturday

By Sharon Robb
POMPANO BEACH, September 8, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will be in racing mode on Saturday at the Piranhas September Open at Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

The Florida Gold Coast-sanctioned meet, hosted by Pompano Beach Piranhas, was capped at 250 swimmers.

SOFLO is sending 14 swimmers (seven girls and seven boys) to compete in 37 individual events at the day-long meet.

The SOFLO girls competing are Ivy Acosta, 6; Molly Barber, 7; Maya Barrizonte, 8; Dalyah Bouti, 8; Anna Guerrero, 9; Zoe Miralles, 10; and Lilith Napoles, 8.

SOFLO boys entered are Daniel Mantjos, 10; David Mendoza, 7; Gregory Miralles, 8; Christopher Pozo, 8; Sebastian Schumann, 10; Mattias Tejada, 10; and Jeffrey Xiong, 10.

Two sessions will be held Saturday. The first session for 10-and-unders and 11-12s, is 9 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. warm-up. The second session for 13-and-over swimmers will start about one hour after the first session has been completed.

Opening session events are the 100 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle and 100 individual medley. The second session events are the 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 200 IM.

Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and will be posted online at pompanopiranhas.com. There will also be a limited number of printed heat sheets for sale at $3 on the pool deck. The aquatic facility is located at 820 NE 18th Avenue.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, September 7, 2022–Carolina Carrera tried out for her school cross country team recently and was excited when she made it.

“It’s going to help my swimming and improve my strength,” she said. “Cross country will keep me in shape for swimming.”

Carrera, 11, is a sixth grader at Falcon Cove Middle School. She swims with the Asteroids and works with Coach Luis. She has been swimming at South Florida Aquatic Club for a year.

“I really like him,” Carrera said. “He brings out the best in me and is really supportive. He definitely challenges me. He’s helping me improve my fly and working on a lot of technique with me. I like being pushed. If we’re not pushed, we’re not going to go any where.”

Carrera started swimming five years ago. Her parents signed her up for swim lessons at the YMCA. “It just kept on going, became a routine and now I’m here,” she said.

“I like swimming because it’s a solo sport, something you can depend on yourself. But we also swim as a team at SOFLO so it’s a team sport, too.

“The atmosphere is very upbeat at SOFLO,” Carrera said. “I like the buzz and excitement in the air. I like the comfort of having friends next to me sweating and working hard.”

At the Aug. 27 SOFLO/TYR Back To School Developmental Meet at Academic Village Pool, Carrera swam four best times: 50-yard butterfly, 44.42, 8.58 time drop; 50-yard backstroke, 44.27, 5.76 drop; 50-yard breaststroke, 46.54, 2.82 drop; and 50-yard freestyle, 35.74, 1.30 drop. She finished in the Top 10 in all four of her events.

“I had just come back from vacation and I did better than I expected, way better,” Carrera said. “I was happiest with my 50 free. The fly isn’t my best stroke but I was happy with my performance in that one, too.”

During her summer vacation she won an open mile swim at Point O’Pines Girls Camp in Brant Lake, N.Y. She was the youngest competitor in the field.

“Swimming is very important to me,” Carrera said. “It’s almost as important as the routine of getting up in the morning.”

Her parents, Katherine and Jorge help keep her motivated. Both are athletic. They run and compete in triathlons.

“They definitely encourage me in swimming,” Carrera said. Her sister, Gabriella, 7, also swims and is on SOFLO’s pre-team. “We are definitely a fit family.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Carrera joins SOFLO teammates Lydia Smutny (July), Amber Connor (June), Eva Ortiz (May), Sally Golding (April), Natalie Gembicki (March), Sofia Lugo (February) and Valentina Remmele (January) as 2022 Swimmers of the Month.

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 female-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis and Kelsi Dahlia.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com