WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
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.”
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
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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