By Sharon Robb
November 8, 2014—Pembroke Pines Charter, coached by South Florida Aquatic Club age group coach Rose Lockie, turned in its finest state meet appearance with several outstanding swims Saturday night at the FHSAA State 3A Swimming and Diving Championships.
On a rainy night at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart, the boys and girls both finished among the Top 20 teams in a field of 46.
The boys team placed 13th with 65 points and girls team was 17th with 45 points and was top girls team finisher among Broward County teams.
Pembroke Pines Charter freshman Kelley Heron, making her state meet debut, made championship finals in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke.
Heron, the youngest swimmer in the final, was fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:08.54 after going a best time 2:08.03 in prelims. Heron was also sixth in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.44 after going a best time 58.28 in prelims.
Heron also led off the 400-yard freestyle relay that won the “B” final, placing ninth overall in 3:43.57 along with teammates Andrea Melendez, Lilli Carlo and Victoria Hill.
“I never expected to make state, so when I got here I wanted to have fun and enjoy it,” Heron said. “I am really excited. I didn’t think I would do this well. I am really happy.
“Because I am a freshman I didn’t feel as much pressure as the older swimmers,” Heron said. “I wasn’t thinking about top three or finals. I am more happy with my morning swims. This definitely gives me experience for the next three years.”
Pembroke Pines Charter junior Ryan Capote, competing in his second state meet, finished eighth in the 100-yard freestyle in 48.23 after going a best time 47.48 in prelims. Capote was also 11th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.41 after going a best time 1:44.34 in prelims.
Capote also led off the sixth-place 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:16.57 with teammates Juan Lucas, Matthew Menocal and Andres Lares.
“I felt good tonight,” Capote said. “I wish I had done a little better in my back-end kick. I knew the 100 would be tough with the Marcoux brothers, they are really great swimmers.
“I came here ready to swim and have fun,” Capote said. “I am pretty happy about my swimming. I had best times.”
The SOFLO Florida Gold Coast club team has been a strong feeder support system for Pembroke Pines Charter, one of the most improved 3A teams in the state.
“Rose Lockie should be commended for the job she has done with that team,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “By far that is our best state showing overall, it’s the best they have ever been.
“I am very happy with Kelley and Ryan,” Anderson added. “They are really starting to establish themselves as far as being high school competitors. The fact they made their first finals and went best times is extremely positive for them. It was a very, very successful weekend for SOFLO overall.”
SOFLO teammates Alfredo Mesa (27.28 split) and Jordan Colon (22.61 split) of Mater Academy were eighth in the 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:41.42.
Broward County picked up two more individual state champions in the second of four state meets held over back-to-back weekends.
Fort Lauderdale junior Raphael Marcoux won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.61 and 100-yard freestyle in 45.17. His younger brother, Philippe was second in 46.18. The brothers were also members of the Flying L’s second place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:27.55 with teammates Tyler Zuyus and James Dika.
Tallahassee Chiles captured the girls team title with 234.5 points ahead of Gulf Coast with 212. Pembroke Pines Charter was the top Broward girls finisher (17th) with 45 points ahead of rival Fort Lauderdale by one point.
In the boys competition, St. John’s Creekside knocked off defending champion Miami Belen Jesuit, 190-181.5. Belen had won seven state titles including its first last year as a 3A team.
Fort Lauderdale was the top Broward boys finisher placing seventh with 104 points.
Chiles swept the 1-meter springboard diving titles with Chase Lane and Allison Greene winning.
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
1. Tallahassee Chiles 234.5, 2. Gulf Coast 212, 3. Creekside 175, 4. Gainesville 159, 6. Lakewood Ranch 117, 8. Martin County 81, 17. Pembroke Pines Charter 45, 18. Fort Lauderdale 44, 27. Northeast 23, 35. Hollywood Hills 11.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Creekside 1:49.07 (Abigail Ellis, Dani Gordon, Lauren Trummel, Kate Revels), 2. Gainesville 1:49.35, 3. Osceola 1:50.31.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Alena Kraus, Gainesville 1:49.81, 2. Kendall Brent, Fort Myers 1:50.20, 3. Hannah Burdge, Martin County 1:52.32.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Hannah Burns, COL 1:59.92, 2. Kayla Tennant, GC 2:04.94, 3. Grace Patrice, VEN 2:05.83; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron, PPC 2:08.54.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Anderson, MIT 23.00, 2. Osianna McReed, NE 23.96, 3. Hannah Kendall, WH 24.05.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Kayla Tennant, GC 54.09, 2. Madison Jean, LR 54.27, 3. Marlena Pigliacampi, SEA 56.67.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Elise Haan, GC 49.19, 2. Taylor Anderson, MIT 50.98, 3. Alena Kraus, Gainesville 51.05.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Hannah Burns, COL 4:46.68, 2. Kendall Brent, FM 4:50.69, 3. Makayla Ayers, CHI 4:58.86; SOFLO: 18. Lilli Calero, PPC 5:17.71.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulf Coast 1:37.69 (Alexis Simpson, Nore Gillen, Kayla Tennant, Elise Haan), 2. Creekside 1:39.55, 3. Chiles 1:40.47.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Elise Haan, GC 52.60, 2. Maddy Conway, WR 56.67, 3. Clair Kercheval-Roig, LEON 57.20; SOFLO: 6. Kelley Heron, PPC 59.44, 20. Liz Travieso, MA 1:02.57.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Dani Gordon, CREEK 1:03.88, 2. Morgan Ayers, CHI 1:05.51, 3. Savannah Sawyers, OSC 1:05.97.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulf Coast 3:30.05 (Alexis Simpson, Kayla Tennant, Niki Fistrovic, Elise Haan), 2. Gainesville 3:34.40, 3. Lakewood Ranch 3:34.92; SOFLO: 9. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:43.57 (Kelley Heron, Andrea Melendez, Lilli Calero, Victoria Hill), 13. Mater Academy 3:47.38 (Liz Travieso, Loana Nardoni, Nataly Jimenez, Vanessa Mesa).
1-meter diving: 1. Allison Greene, Chiles 446.65, 2. Abby Howell, ER 436.00, 3. Amber Brickery, OSC 416.30.
BOYS TEAM TOTALS
1. Gainesville 190, 2. Miami Belen 181.5, 3. Gainesville 169, 4. Tallahassee Chiles 127, 5. Fleming 125, 7. Fort Lauderdale 104, 11. Mater Academy 81, 13. Pembroke Pines Charter 65, 33. Martin County 13.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Belen Prep 1:36.11 (Alejandro Carriazo, Bernardo Lima, Max Garcia del Pozo, Daniel Simpson), 2. Gainesville 1:36.97, 3. Creekside 1:38.68; SOFLO: 8. Mater Academy 1:41.42 (Alfredo Mesa, Julio Horrego, Jose Llanio, Jordan Colon).
200-yard freestyle: 1. Luke Hanner, LR 1:39.03, 2. Seth Borgert, GAIN 1:39.90, 3. Hans Schroeder, CHAR 1:40.10; SOFLO: 11. Ryan Capote, PPC 1:44.41, 12. Jordan Colon, MA 1:46.14.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Marco Leo, Barron 1:52.99, 2. Matt Pelton, VEN 1:53.40, 3. Daniel Orcutt, FWB 1:54.04; SOFLO: 17. Juan Lucas, PPC 2:01.69, 20. Bruno Berti, PPC 2:04.36.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Raphael Marcoux, FTL 20.61, 2. Peyton Lee, LR 21.17, 3. Ryan Walker, BR 21.55.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Nicholas Loomis, STA 49.43, 2. Nick Hackett, FI 49.48, 3. Gian Garcia, CREEK 49.69.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Raphael Marcoux, FTL 45.17, 2. Philippe Marcoux, FTL 46.18, 3. Harrison Howerton, BT 46.62; SOFLO: 8. Ryan Capote, PPC 48.23.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Erlenmeyer, LR 4:27.76, 2. Seth Borgert, GAIN 4:33.70, 3. Eric Geunes, GAIN 4:35.92.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Creekside 1:26.72 (Gian Garcia, Owen Wheeler, Carter Strickland, Zach Burke), 2. Fort Lauderdale 1:27.55, 3. Fleming Island 1:28.36; SOFLO: 14. Pembroke Pins Charter 1:33.70 (Stephen Duhaney, Nikolas Ujueta, Noah Hernandez, Bruno Berti).
100-yard backstroke: 1. Hans Schroeder, CHAR 51.06, 2. Nicholas Loomis, STA 51.59, 3. Alejandro Carriazo, BP 52.12; SOFLO: 11. Juan Lucas, PPC 55.16.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, MA 57.32, 2. Gian Garcia, CREEK 57.96, 2. Al Madden, JB 58.27; SOFLO: 12. Jordan Colon, MA 1:01.31.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gainesville 3:09.67 (Seth Borgert, Josh Quillen, Eric Geunes, Brandon Parramore), 2. Creekside 3:11.00, 3. Fleming Island 3:11.49; SOFLO: 6. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:16.57 (Ryan Capote, Juan Lucas, Matthew Menocal, Andres Lares).
1-meter diving: 1. Chase Lane, Chiles 485.05, 2. Jake Servaites, SEB 401.75, 3. Joshua Morehouse, NE 384.20.
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