Buchholz Girls Four-Peats, Oviedo Boys Win Team Title; SOFLO’s Golding, Lesage Top Finishers; St. Thomas’ Zapata Only Broward Winner At FHSAA State 4A Meet


By Sharon Robb

STUART, November 10, 2018—Kathleen Golding of Cooper City and Lance Lesage of St. Thomas Aquinas were top South Florida Aquatic Club finishers Saturday at the FHSAA State 4A Swimming and Diving Championship at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center.

In her final state meet appearance, Golding was second in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time of 1:59.30, an automatic All-American time and fastest time in her three previous appearances as state champion. Top-seeded Emma Weyant of Riverview knocked off the defending champion in 1:58.07. Weyant also won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:44.32, a 6-second margin of victory.

Golding, a University of Florida commit, was also third in the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 50.86, lowering her seed time of 51.81.

Cooper City freshman Mallory Schleicher, in her state debut, was tenth in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:59.48 and first time under 5 minutes. Her previous best was 5:03.05. She was also 20th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.63.

Cypress Bay sophomore Paige Lane was tenth in the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:52.36. She lowered her previous best of 1:55.94 twice, also in prelims in 1:53.41 and bettered it in finals.

Lesage, a sophomore, was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 51.55 after swimming a best time 51.50 in prelims. He went out 25.08 in his first 50. His previous best was 53.35. Lesage was also 11th in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.50.

St. Thomas Aquinas teammate Juan Zapata was the lone Broward County champin winning the 100-yard butterfly in 50.05. He was also fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.37.

Gainesville Buchholz won the girls team title for the fourth straight time with 250 points edging out Oviedo with 239.5. Buccholz qualified only seven swimmers led by Talia Bates, daughter of coach Tina Bates and University of Florida commit. The senior swimmers have been year-round Gator Swim Club swimmers since their freshman year.

“We kind of came into it, I did not envision them quite having this kind of success,” Buchholz coach Tina Bates told the Gainesville Sun. “They love high school swimming so much. They have a good, mature working relationship.

“Having such high-end swimmers, the one thing about their freshman year was their sprint ability. To have girls that have so much speed as a group is what makes them so good.”

Defending champion Talia Bates broke her own state record in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.82 and won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.45.

Oviedo, which didn’t win any events, won the boys team title with 231.5 points ahead of Seminole with 216.

Cooper City was the top Broward girls team finisher among a 40-team field placing 14th with 58 points followed by Cypress Bay 15th with 48 points.

St. Thomas Aquinas was the top Broward boys team finisher among a 46-team field placing 13th with 63 points. Cypress Ba was 21st with 27 points.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
1. Buchholz 250, 2. Oviedo 239.5, 3. Riverview 230, 4. Plant 182, 5. Boca Raton 128, 6. West Orange 122, 7. Winter Park 108, 8. Sarasota 103, 9. Seminole 98, 10. Jupiter 95, 11. Forest Hill 88, 12. George Steinbrenner 87, 13. Palm Harbor 68, 14. Cooper City 58, 15. Cypress Bay 48, 16. Flagler Palm Coast 40, 17. St. Thomas Aquinas 30, 18. Atlantic 29, 19. Countryside 27, 20. Fleming Islad 26, 21. Olympia 25, 22. Durant 24, 23. Winter Springs 23, 24. Freedom 22, 25. Hialeah Gardens 18, 26. tie, Lakewood Ranch, Wellington 17, 28. tie, Lake Nona, Vero Beach 16, 30. Mandarin 15, 31. Lake Brantley 14, 32. Palm Beach Gardens 13, 33. tie, Timber Creek, Dr. Phillips 9, 35. Ferguson 7, 36. Miami Palmetto 6, 37. Park Vista 5, 38. East Ridge 4.5, 39. Palm Beach Central 4, 40. Douglas 2.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Tampa Plant 1:42.92 (Reagan Flynn, Ella Bathurst, Jilian Sculte, Ella Marlow), 2. Oviedo 1:43.34,3. West Orange 1:46.53, 12. Cooper City 1:50.58 (Imriel Coughlin, Molly Golding, Kathleen Golding, Kate Kaplan), 13. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:50.79 (Lalainie Bannister, Isabella Nigro, Samantha Litman, Isabella Chambers).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Micayla Cronk, FLPC 1:46.68, 2. Ella Bathurst, PLAN 1:46.82, 3. Savannah Barr, RIV 1:48.83, 10. Paige Lane, CB 1:52.36.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Emma Weyant, RIV 1:58.07, 2. Kathleen Golding, CC 1:59.30, 3. Paige Maceachern, BR 2:03.12, 16. Molly Golding, CC 2:10.71.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, BUCH 22.45, 2. Alexis Mulvihill, GEO 22.83, 3. Kaitlyn Cronin, BUCH 23.16, 8. Gaby Banks, CB 23.79.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Talia Bates, BUCH 52.82, 2. Abigail Gibbons, OVD 53.45, 3. Caitlin Brooks, BUCH 53.64.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Micayla Clark, FLPC 49.43, 2. Kaitlyn Cronin, BUCH 50.51, 3. Kathleen Golding, CC 50.86.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Weyant, RIV 4:44.32, 2. Christina Cianciolo, RIV 4:50.21, 3. Anna Auld, FH 4:50.59, 10. Mallory Schleicher, CC 4:59.48.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Buchholz, 1:32.85 (Georgia Bates, Caitlin Brooks, Kaitlyn Cronin, Talia Bates), 2 Oviedo 1:35.15, 3. Plant 1:36.56, 9. Cypress Bay 1:37.51 (Gabrianna Banks, Paige Lane, Emily Lopez-Diaz, Ellie Koch), 13. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:39.77 (Kasey Jordan, Gabriella Chambers, Gina Fimiano, Isabella Chambers).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Caitlin Brooks, BUCH 52.54, 2. Gabriela Donahue, OVD 55.06, 3. Jaden Herbert, OVD 56.01.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Ella Bathurst, PLAN 1:01.97, 2. Leah Gentry-Tuney, FR 1:04.58, 3. Jennifer Rodriguez, HG 1:04.69, 12. Molly Golding, CC 1:07.37.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Buccholz 3:23.21 (Kaitlyn Cronin, Julia Rodriguez, Leah Reisker, Talia Bates), 2. Sarasota 3:26.81, 3. Plant 3:27.22, 10. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:36.01 (Kasey Jordan, Lalainie Bannister, Gabriella Chambers, Isabella Chambers), 16. Cooper City 3:41.34 (Molly Golding, Kate Kaplan, Kathleen Golding, Mallory Schleicher).

1-meter diving: 1. Jessie Creed, BR 479.35, 2. Julia Wortman, WELL 454.30, 3. Kara Holt, OLY 441.85.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
1. Oviedo 231.5, 2. Seminole 216, 3. Lake Brantley 211, 4. Buchholz 150, 5. Newsome 127, 6. Jupiter 123, 7. Riverview 110, 8. Fletcher 103, 9. Olympia 91, 10. Miami Palmetto 85, 11. St. Petersburg 84, 12. Palm Harbor 81, 13. St. Thomas Aquinas 63, 14. George Steinbrenner 58, 15. Winter Park 54, 16. Plant 46, 17. tie, Countryside, Lakewood Ranch 43, 19. Mandarin 41, 20. Fleming Island 29, 21. Cypress Bay 27, 22. West Port Ocala 24, 23. East Ridge 20, 24. Boca Raton 19, 25. tie, Coral Glades, Treasure Coast 16, 27. Cooper City 15, 28. Park Vista 14.5, 29. tie, Boone, West Orange 14, 31. tie, Apopka, Lyman, Strawberry Crest 13, 34. Vero Beach 12, 35. tie, Spanish River, Coral Reef, 10, 37. Douglas 9, 38. Deerfield Beach, Western 8, 40. Southwest Miami 7, 41. tie, Sarasota, North Port, Flagler Palm Coast 6, 44. Bloomingdale 5, 45. Cypress Creek 4, 46. Wiregrass Ranch 2.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Seminole 1:33.61, 2. Buccholz 1:33.70, 3. Oviedo 1:34.05, 14. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:39.14 (Lance Lesage, Juan Zapata, Kalvin Hernandez, David Garzon), 15. Cypress Bay 1:40.64 (Yesh Mandava, Samuel Manrique, Max Miller, Jack D’Avi).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Julian Hill, BUCH 1:35.70, 2. Peyton Werner, BUCH 1:38.40, 3. Kyle Korvick, MPAL 1:40.50, 12. Jack D’Avi, CB 1:44.46, 14. Jose Diaz, WES 1:45.23.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Garrett McGovern, NEWS 1:50.30, 2. Carlos Catagena-Diaz, OVD 1:52.03, 3. Nathaniel Boccuzzo, LBRN 1:52.08, 5. Juan Zapata, STA 1:53.37, 13. Patrick Doyle, CGL 1:57.81.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Dawson Joyce, SNSA 20.34, 2. Cole Parnell, LBRN 20.73, 3. Luke Carey, OLY 21.01, 15. Kalvin Hernandez, STA 22.05.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Juan Zapata, STA 50.06, 2. Sebastian Aguirre, LWRA 50.27, 3. Jhon Moncada, LBRN 50.59, 16. Kalvin Hernandez, STA 53.11.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Dawson Joyce, SMSA 45.12, 2. Cole Parnell, LBRN 45.42, 3. Kyle Korvick, MPAL 45.66, 11. Lance Lesage, STA 47.50.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Julian Hill, BUCH 4:22.35, 2. Peyton Werner, BUCH 4:27.09, 3. Chance Conde, FLET 4:30.44.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Seminole 1:24.38, 2. Lake Brantley 1:25.32, 3. Oviedo 1:26.19, 13. Deerfield Beach 1:29.21 (Carter Carlson, Ian Martinez, Ben Simonson, Emilio Barrantes).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jhon Moncada, LBRN 50.47, 2. Noah Evans, SMSA 50.68, 3. Carlos Cartagena-Diaz, OVD 50.74, 5. Lance Lesage, STA 51.55, 7. Patrick Doyle, CGL 52.60, 12. Jose Diaz, WES 53.25.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Nathaniel Boccuzzo, LBRN 56.88, 2. Hector Rodriguez, WP 57.12, 3. Daniel Varon, TR 57.60.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Lake Brantley 3:06.26 (Sage Sungail, Jhon Moncada, Alexander Guitian, Nathaniel Boccuzzo), 2. Buchholz 3:07.30, 3. Seminole 3:10.77, 9. Cypress Bay 3:13.65 (Jack D’Avi, Max Miller, Luis Bucaro, Philopatier Ibrahim).

1-meter diving: 1. Tyler Coffey, JUP 516.10, 2. Brandon Wegner, OLY 502.70, 3. Will Lefebvre, JUP 500.10, 4. Tyler Flowers, CC 441.05.

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

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Wins Gold, Bronze; Jessica Rodriguez Takes Silver At FHSAA State 4A Meet


By Sharon Robb

November 14, 2015—Kathleen Golding of Cooper City High School became one the youngest state champions in meet history Saturday night at the Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 4A Swimming and Diving Meet at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart.

Golding, a freshman making her high school state meet debut, won the 200-yard individual medley in an All-American automatic time of 2:00.40. She finished undefeated in her signature event in her first year of high school swimming.

Golding was also third in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.18, an All-American consideration time.

Golding, who trains with South Florida Aquatic Club, is the first state swim champion in 19 years at Cooper City since Leslie Anderson in 1996.

“I am super happy,” Golding said after her race. “To be a state champion as a freshman is incredible.”

Golding pulled away from the field for nearly a four second margin of victory over Sarasota freshman Isabel Traba in 2:04.72.

“I felt my backstroke which normally is my weakest point of race had a really fast tempo and I thought it made a difference why I dropped so much time,” Golding said. “This was my best high school race.

“I wasn’t sure about the butterfly because I wasn’t focusing on it. I was more focused on the IM so I was really happy over dropping a second in the fly.”

Golding scored 36 of her team’s 38 points enabling the Cowboys to finish among the Top 20.

“Swimming high school was so much fun, I loved it,” Golding said. “All my teammates were very supportive. They were cheering at the end of my lane and it really helped me.

“I don’t think it was a perfect meet for me, there’s definitely things I could improve on. I wanted to go under 2 minutes in the IM and I didn’t get that. But for my first state meet it was pretty good.”

SOFLO teammate Jessica Rodriguez, a junior at Hialeah Gardens making her third state meet appearance, just missed a state title in the 100-yard breaststroke. The top morning seed finished second in a best time 1:03.63, an All-American consideration time. Last year she was fourth in 1:05.53. Winter Park junior Isabel English won in 1:03.31.

Rodriguez also finished eighth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:09.17 after going 2:08.63 in prelims.

Both Golding and Rodriguez wore tech suits but did not shave for the meet. The pair are focusing on USA Swimming Jr. Nationals which they are both qualified for.

“I am really happy with how both girls swam tonight,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said. “They have the confidence now which will be good for them at juniors.

“I am really happy how all our swimmers did at all four state meets,” Anderson said. “This is the first time we have had so many swimmers in finals in all four classes. That’s never happened before and it was kind of cool.

“It was a very successful showing for our club. They all swam very well. We did a good job preparing them well for states. Every one of our kids that made it swam faster at state.”

Broward County had two boys state champions.

Cypress Bay senior Marco Guarente was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.77 and 100-yard breaststroke in 55.76. Both were automatic All-American times.

For South Plantation High School two-time defending champion Logan Downey the day was bittersweet. The talented diver won his third consecutive state title in 1-meter springboard diving with 533.30 points on the same day his father, Stuart, died seven years ago.

Buchholz junior Brooke Schultz won the girls diving title with 525.15 points. She was the only diver to crack 500 points.

In the team competition, Sarasota Riverview defended its boys team title with 324 points. Gainesville Buchholz won its sixth girls state title with 262, nearly 100 points ahead of Sarasota Riverview. It was Gainesville’s first title since 2009.

SATURDAY STATE 4A RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.Gainesville Buchholz 262, 2. Sarasota Riverview 195, 3. Olympia 174, 4. Oviedo 157, 5. Boca Raton 126, 6. Lakewood 125, 7. Tampa Plant 114, 8. Palm Harbor 103, 9. Mandarin 96, 10. Lake Brantley 82, 16. Jupiter 53, 18. Cooper City 38, 24. Hialeah Gardens 28, 25. St. Thomas Aquinas 24, 29. Park Vista 17, 34. Wellington 9.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:

1.Buchholz (Caitlin Brooks, Savannah Fissenden, Julia Rodriguez, Kaitlyn Cronin) 1:44.81, 2. Lakewood Ranch 1:45.58, 3. Tampa Plant 1:46.59.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Morgan Tankersley, PLAN 1:47.54, 2. Spence Atkins, RIVS 1:49.03, 3. Peyton Palsha, SPET 1:50.37.

200-yard individual medley:

1.Kathleen Golding, CC 2:00.40, 2. Isabel Traba, SARA 2:04.72, 3. Ashley Boddiford, HAGR 2:04.76, 8. Jessica Rodriguez, HG 2:09.17.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Talia Bates, BUCH 23.07, 2. Katie Vasiloff, DURT 23.31, 3. Kaitlyn Cronin, BUCH 23.45.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Katie Vasiloff, DUR 54.78, 2. Madison Jean, LAKE 55.06, 3. Kathleen Golding, CC 55.18.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Lauren Dunn, MAND 50.96, 2. Eli Richardson, VB 51.15, 3. Klaudia Greer, NEW 51.19.

500-yard freestyle:

1.Spence Atkins, RIVS 4:48.74, 2. Morgan Tankersley, PLAN 4:50.52, 3. Peyton Palsha, SPET 4:51.91

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Buchholz (Kirschtine Balbuena, Kaitlyn Cronin, Juia Rodriguez, Talia Bates) 1:33.88, 2. Tampa Plant 1:35.81, 3. Oviedo 1:37.60.

100-yard backstroke:

1.Caitlin Brooks, BUCH 55.67, 2. Courtney Chapin, LAKE 56.51, 3. Celismar Guzman, SC 56.66.

100-yard breaststroke:

1.Isabel English, WP 1:03.31, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, HG 1:03.63, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 1:05.39.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Buchholz (Kirschtine Balbuena, Savannah Fissenden, Julia Rodriguez, Talia Bates) 3:28.50, 2. Sarasota Riverview 3:29.24, 3. Boca Raton 3:32.05.

1-meter springboard diving:

1.Brooke Schultz, BUCH 525.15, 2. Makayla Robillard, OLYM 491.55, 3. Karlee Price, STA 490.65.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.Sarasota Riverview 324, 2. Countryside 138, 3.Fleming Island 133, 4. Cypress Bay 123, 5. Seminole 119, 6. Boca Raton 107, 7. Jupiter 100, 8. Buchholz 96, 9. Fletcher 88, 10. Winter Park 75, 10. Wellington 75, 18. Miami Beach 39, 19. St. Thomas Aquinas 37, 22. Park Vista 30, 22. Ferguson 30, 27. South Plantation 20

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:

1.Sarasota Riverview (Austin Katz, Campbell Lee, Keanan Dols, Tyler Carmichael) 1:33.30, 2. Countryside 1:35.11, 3. Seminole 1:36.57.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Austin Katz, RIVS 1:37.05, 2. Daniel Erlenmeyer, LWRA 1:38.81, 3. Drew Clark, RIVS 1:39.20.

200-yard individual medley:

1.Marco Guarente, CB 1:49.77, 2. Keanan Dols, RIVS 1:50.11, 3. John Fulginiti, HAGR 1:50.85.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Cody Cline, WELL 20.14, 2. Brody Heck, BR 20.18, 3. Maverick Layne, SMSA 20.75.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Noah Lense, COUN 48.18, 2. Nick Hackett, FI 48.96, 3. Walker Brooks, GATE 49.27.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Brody Heck, BR 44.49, 2. Maverick Layne, SEM 45.09, 3. Gavin Jones, FLET 45.38.

500-yard freestyle:

1.Drew Clark, RIVS 4:21.84, 2. Daniel Erlenmeyer, LWRA 4:22.67, 3. Alex Cronin, JUP 4:29.41.

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Fleming Island (John Hutton, Jack Neeley, Drew Heinton, Nick Hackett) 1:25.00, 2. Boca Raton 1:26.57, 3. Seminole 1:26.69.

100-yard backstroke:

1.Austin Katz, RIV 47.92, 2. Keanan Dols, RIV 50.40, 3. Walker Brooks, GATE 51.22.

100-yard breaststroke:

1.Marco Guarente, CB 55.76, 2. Paxton Rhoads, TP 56.60, 3. Campbell Lee, RIV 57.32.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Riverview (Austin Katz, Keanan Dols, Drew Clark, Bretty Riley) 3:06.02, 2. Countryside 3:08.76, 3. Cypress Bay 3:09.24.

1-meter springboard diving:

1.Logan Downey, SP 533.30, 2. Dylan Power, PLAN 515.00, 3. Max Jenkins, PLAN 481.95.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com