SOFLO’s Lucas, Kon, Kelley, Calero Win District 11-3A Titles; PPC Misses Team Title By Two Points

SOFLO’s Lucas, Kon, Kelley, Calero Win District 11-3A Titles; PPC Misses Team Title By Two Points


October 31, 2013

Freshman Juan Lucas, sophomore Lilli Calero, seniors Joshue Kon and Blake Kelley of South Florida Aquatic Club won individual and relay titles for Pembroke Pines Charter Wednesday at the District 11-3A Swimming and Diving Championships at Fort Lauderdale High pool.

The boys team just missed winning the team title.

In one of the most exciting district meet finishes, Fort Lauderdale edged Pembroke Pines Charter 542-540. Before the diving scores were added, Pembroke Pines Charter led 540-505.

But Flying L’s sophomore divers Louis Giroire and Aidan Rohr picked up 37 points on 1-meter springboard to clinch the title.

Fort Lauderdale girls team won handily with 625 points.

“You need divers,” said Cavanaugh. Despite having a 1-meter board at Academic Village Pool, Pembroke Pines Charter had no divers.

Pembroke Pines Charter dominated the swimming competition, however, behind its boys.

Lucas, a freshman, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.03 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.29.

Kon, a senior making his final appearance at districts, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.52. Kon was second in the 200-yard individual medley in a season-best 2:08.60.

Lucas, Kon, senior Blake Kelley and junior Noah Hernandez won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:47.52. Kelley was also second in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.75 and third in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.38.

Pembroke Pines Charter’s Lilli Calero and Astrid Rigau finished one-two in the 200-yard freestyle. Calero was second in 2:05.34 and Rigau is third in 2:07.85.

Calero, a sophomore, won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:33.07.

Teammate Victoria Hill was second in a season-best 56.42.

Fort Lauderdale High fifth-year swim coach Deb Cavanaugh’s message to her swimmers before the District 11-3A Swimming and Diving Championships was simple: “Just Do It.”

And the Flying L’s did just that, sweeping the boys and girls team titles for the first time in more than twenty years.

Cavanaugh, a top masters swimmer and world age group relay record breaker, did her homework before the meet.

“I took the BCAA results, looked at their kids and put down what I thought they would swim and compared it to my kids,” Cavanaugh said. “I did it a couple different ways. I gave them the advantage and they won by 11. I gave us the advantage and we won by 6. I made it equal and we had tied.

“It was very, very exciting to win,” Cavanaugh said. “Our girls pulled off two relays and our boys got second in a relay we needed to win it.”

Chloe Adams, the daughter of two-time Olympic gold medalist Tiffany Cohen, was a double winner. Adams captured the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.57 and 100-yard freestyle in 54.73. She also anchored the winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Sophomore Fatimah Westbrook was also a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.94 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.02.

Other individual Flying L’s winners were Kaitlyn Moreschi, a freshman in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:21.49; sophomore Adaliz Pelcastre, 1-meter diving (373.25); and freshman Morgan Meadows in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.57.

Fort Lauderdale’s boys were led by double winners Raphael Marcoux, a sophomore, in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.97 and 100-yard freestyle in a season-best 47.80 and sophomore James Dika in the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.80) and 500-yard freesyle in 5:04.05. The only other individual team winner was senior Ian Vicnansky in the 100-yard butterfly (54.81).

“It was amazing, no words can describe it…it was very exciting,” Cavanaugh said. “It was a team effort from not just the club kids, but also the kids who were finishing ninth and tenth.”


1.Fort Lauderdale 625, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 479.50, 3. Northeast 221.50, 4. Hollywood Hills 206, 5. Dillard 103, 6. Stranahan 52.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 2:00.56 (Kaitlyn Moreschi, Tara Lawson-Coley, Anegla Petrillo, Shannon McCulloch), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 2:02.82 (Maya Hirian, Justrina Villarta, Monica Rodriguez, Nicole Cordoba), 3. Northeast 2:05.84 (Agni Stavrinaky, Brooke Mallin, Osianna McReed, Jade Chalkley).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Chloe Adams, FTL 1:59.57, 2. Lilli Calero, PPC 2:05.34, 3. Astrid Rigau, PPC 2:07.85.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kaitlyn Moreschi, FTL 2:21.49, 2. Rebecca Amar, FTL 2:24.00, 3. Monica Rodriguez, PPC 2:30.74.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Fatimah Westbrook, FTL 24.94, 2. Osianna McReed, NE 25.25, 3. Victoria Hill, PPC 25.89.

1-meter diving: 1. Adaliz Pelcastre, FTL 373.25, 2. Skye Cassanelli-Warriner, FTL 317.55, 3. Aisha Cassagnol, FTL 286.05.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Arianna Quel-Argudelo, HH 1:02.35, 2. Angela Petrillo, FTL 1:04.51, 3. Rebecca Amar, FTL 1:06.48.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Chloe Adams, FTL 54.73, 2. Victoria Hill, PPC 56.42, 3. Osianna McReed, NE 56.59.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Lilli Calero, PPC 5:33.07, 2. Shannon McCulloch, FTL 5:41.68, 3. Jessica Cordero, PPC 5:49.41.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 1:44.83 (Fatimah Westbrook, Adrienne Aponte, Morgan Meadows, Chloe Adams), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:46.63 (Nicole Cordoba, Lilli Calero, Leysha Caraballo, Victoria Hill), 3. Northeast 1:52.28 (Agni Stavrinaky, Cecelia Smith, Jade Chalkley, Osianna McReed).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Morgan Meadows, FTL 1:06.57, 2. Keyana Williams, DILL 1:10.72, 3. Maya Hirian, PPC 1:10.99.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Fatimah Westbrook, FTL 1:09.02, 2. Tara Lawson-Corley, FTL 1:09.24, 3. Kaitlyn Moreschi, FTL 1:13.83.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 3:50.55 (Morgan Meadows, Adrienne Aponte, Fatimah Westbrook, Chloe Adams), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:52.93 (Nicole Cordoba, Lilli Calero, Astrid Rigau, Victoria Hill), 3. Hollywood Hills 4:21.65 (Flavia Ruiz, Jordan Wilkie, Jessica Amrani, Arianna Quel-Agudelo).


1.Fort Lauderdale 542, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 540, 3. Hollywood Hills 246, 4. Northeast 211, 5. Dillard 69, 6. Boyd Anderson 68, 7. Stranahan 35.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:47.52 (Juan Lucas, Joshue Kon, Blake Kelley, Noah Hernandez), 2. Fort Lauderdale 1:56.61 (Jeremy Kleiman, Anthony Temelirscu, Chayse Auclair, Trent Quist), 3. Hollywood Hills 2:01.76 (Ricardo Barcelo, Jose Valle, Bennett Rodriguez, David DeQuesda).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Juan Lucas, PPC 1:51.03, 2. Ian Vicnansky, FTL 1:52.94, 3. Bennett Rodriguez, HH 1:54.29.

200-yard individual medley: 1. James Dika, FTL 2:05.80, 2. Joshue Kon, PPC 2:08.60, 3. Alejandro Santos, HH 2:14.23.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Raphael Marcoux, FTL 21.97, 2. Philippe Marcoux, FTL 22.86, 3. Blake Kelley, PPC 23.38.

1-meter diving: 1. Louis Giroire, FTL 391.40, 2. Aidan Rohr, FTL 363.60.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Ian Vicnansky, FTL 54.81, 2. Blake Kelley, PPC 56.75, 3. Jeremy Kleiman, FTL 59.38.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Raphael Marcoux, FTL 47.80, 2. Philippe Marcoux, FTL 50.49, 3. Bennett Rodriguez, HH 52.06.

500-yard freestyle: 1. James Dika, FTL 5:04.05, 2. Alexander Viloria, PPC 5:26.41, 3. Juan Saldana, PPC 5:41.98.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 1:32.58 (Philippe Marcoux, Ian Vicnansky, James Dika, Raphael Marcoux) 1:32.58, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:36.47 (Noah Hernandez, Bruno Berti, Juan Saldana, Alexander Viloria), 3. Hollywood Hills 1:41.34 (Alejandro Santos, Ricardo Barcelo, Jose Valle, Bennett Rodriguez).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Juan Lucas, PPC 57.29, 2. Bruno Berti, PPC 1:01.83, 3. Jeremy Kleiman, FTL 1:03.84.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Joshue Kon, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:04.52, 2. Anthony Temeliescu, FTL 1:12.43, 3. Adrian Cortez, PPC 1:12.44.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 3:21.70 (Philippe Marcoux, Ian Vicnansky, James Dika, Raphael Marcoux), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:27.98 (Blake Kelley, Joshue Kon, Alexander Viloria, Juan Lucas), 3. Northeast 4:10.24 (Thomas Daberko, Augusto Andrade, Brian Mahan, Skyler Adnerson).

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DAVIE—On an emotionally-charged night in the grand ballroom of the Signature Grand, the Comets swim team celebrated the 2009-2010 season and a future full of promise.

In a festive atmosphere, more than 400 swimmers, parents, coaches and volunteers shared laughs and tears while reliving some of the highlights of the Comets 11th season.

It was a historical night for the Comets celebrating their final banquet before beginning a new chapter as the South Florida Aquatic Club.

CEO Chris Anderson announced that the merger between the Comets and Coral Springs Swim Club is now official and that SOFLO signed Nike as its first major sponsor.

The Comets coaching staff of Chris Anderson, Chris Grace, George Mersinger, Alex Wlosek, Rosemarie Lockie and Luis Soler took turns handing out awards for most improved, most dedicated and most valuable swimmers in six different age groups, from 8-and-unders to seniors.

The Comets also honored 12 high school seniors all about to embark on their next journey to college, but hopefully, Anderson said will be back for summers and holidays.

“It was such a pleasure to watch a fine group of seniors,” Anderson said. “I can’t wait for the future years when they come back.”

The seniors honored were Andy Alvarez (University of Miami), Melissa Fernandez (George Washington University), Stephanie Freiria (Florida Atlantic), Kevin Ganaim (Embry-Riddle), Ashley Hicks (Florida State), Travis Lockie (New Mexico Military Institute), Courtney Marx (Western Kentucky), Bianca Muniz (St. Leo College), Tiffany Oliver (Florida State), Tyler Sell (Florida State), Jake Shultz (Trinity) and Julio Simon (University of Miami).

Some of the most poignant moments came when the seniors took the stage and talked about their team and coaches.

From the eloquent words of Tyler Sell; touching, tearful moments between Travis Lockie and his mother Rosemarie, one of the Comets popular coaches who Travis called “a true inspiration;” to Andy Alvarez’s David Letterman-like highlights list including “watching Chris cry at every banquet,” and Tiffany Oliver’s “fake” book-sized speech, it was obvious the Comets common bond was their love for the team, their coaches and what the sport has done to help them develop through the years in and out of the pool.

“This has been the best experience of my life,” said a teary-eyed Julio Simon. “I learned what family is and what it’s like to be close to everyone. This team is just great. It helped me get to where I am now. I love you all.”

Simon told Anderson, “you made me go beyond my limits.”

“The memories will last a lifetime,” said Ashley Hicks.

“I found a place, a home away from home with the Comets,” said Courtney Marx.

“I don’t want this to end,” said Tiffany Oliver. “It wasn’t exactly a cakewalk for me to get here. Now I understand why I did everything I had to do when I was younger. You get out of life what you put into it. Never lose focus of your dreams.”

Anderson also took time to give a heartfelt thanks to booster club members Paula Berti, president; Tracee Gibson, treasurer; Christina Perera, secretary; and Jamie Mlujeak, parliamentarian; office staff, coaches, city officials, webmaster Nestor Mateus and “all the special people” that have helped the Comets “become one of the most competitive swim programs.”

Banquet organizers, headed by Berti and Kristy Monti, in charge of logistics, along with office manager Diana Oliver, staged a memorable night. There was a DJ and music; and entertaining, well-choreographed slide presentation of season highlights put together by Karina and Alfredo Raimont that garnered screams from the young crowd sitting around the projection screen. In addition to candid snap shots there were inspiring messages including “through it all, we believe” and “we believe in the future.”

Among the 2010 Special Awards were:

Most Improved Swimmer: 8-and-under, Kelly CiFuentes and Leonardo Mateus; 9-10, Jenna Shultz and Kevin Porto; 11-12, Emily Neville and Gustavo Valery; 13-14, Maria Lopez and Teddy Sandoval; 15-and-over, Xavier Brown; Senior, Stephanie Freiria and Travis Lockie.

Most Dedicated Swimmer: 8-and-under, Sarah Walpole and Rafael Rodriguez; 9-10, Kelley Heron and Jorge Depassier; 11-12, Monica Rodriguez and Austin Iglesias; 13-14, Kristina Brennan and Edward Kon; 15-and-over, Katie Brennan.

Most Valuable Swimmer: 8-and-under, Jennifer Rodriguez and Jonathan Skarie; 9-10, Jessica Rodriguez and Ricardo Roche; 11-12, Andrea Melendez and Diego Rodriguez; 13-14, Leonie Davies and Blake Kelley; 15-and-over, Courtney Marx and Marc Rojas; Seniors, Tiffany Oliver and Tyler Sell.

For those interested in purchasing banquet photographs contact photographer Kathleen Armstrong at

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