Gulliver Prep Girls, Pompano Beach Boys Win Region 4-2A Team Titles; SOFLO’s Aldo Zepeda, Somerset Boys Relay Wins


By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 2, 2022—Gulliver Prep girls and Pompano Beach boys won the team titles at the Region 4-2A Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

Gulliver Prep, led by two relays wins and one double winner, won the girls crown with 399 points. Barron Collier was second with 249. Cardinal Gibbons was the top Broward team in third place with 225.

Pompano Beach won two boys relays and had one double winner to defend its title with 238 points. Jensen Beach was second with 204, just two points ahead of Barron Collier.

In one of the best races of the day, Somerset and South Florida Aquatic Club teammates Aldo Zepeda and Enrique Rodriguez battled it out for the 100-yard backstroke win. Zepeda won by 2/100ths in 52.16, dropping 2.57 seconds. Rodriguez also had a best time of 52.18, dropping 1.71 seconds.

In an exciting race to open the boys competition, Zepeda and Rodriguez were also members of the winning 200-yard medley relay for Somerset in 1:40.20 with SOFLO’s Giorgio Rusconi and Sebastian Fernandez. American Heritage Plantation was second in 1:40.45.

Somerset girls were fourth in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:54.45 with SOFLO’s Natalia Sibug, Sabrina Osorio and Sofia Osorio. Sofia Hernandez was anchor leg. Sibug was also sixth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.83, dropping 1.34 seconds off her previous best.

Somerset’s Sabrina Osorio was SOFLO’s top girls finisher placing third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.46, dropping 0.62.

Gulliver Prep was led by double winner Giovanna Musiello. Musiello won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:07.15 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.74. Teammate Elyse Wood won the 100-yard butterflk.

Mater Academy double winner Michelle Fernandez won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.13 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.84.

Pompano Beach won the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. Giuliano Brunetti won two events in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.53 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:43.30.

Juliet Radich of Cardinal Gibbons won the girls diving with 544.25 points and teammate Mason Starkman won the boys title with 381.65.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES

  1. Gulliver Prep 399, 2. Barron Collier 249, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 225, 4. Pompano Beach 201, 5. Somerset 175.5, 6. Jensen Beach 167, 7. Suncoast 142, 8. Mast Academy 119, 9. Estero 105, 10. American Heritage Plantation 97, 11. Mater Lakes 82, 12. Lely 68, 13. Dreyfoos 55.5, 14. Port Charlotte 54, 15. Bonita Springs 36, 16. American Heritage Boca Delray 33, 17. Lemon Bay 26, 18. Key West 14, 19. St. Brendan 10, 20. Cypress Lake 9, 21. Golden Gate 4, 22. tie, Mourning, South Miami 2.

GIRLS RESULTS
1-meter diving: 1. Juliet Radich, CG 544.25, 2. Madison Newman, JB 391.15, 3. Sophia O’Keefe, SUN 336.75.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:48.70 (Giovanna Musiello, Reese Rosenthal, Elyse Wood,, 2. Barron Collier 1:53.10, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 1:54.32, 4. Somerset 1:54.45 (Natalia Sibug, Sabrina Osorio, Sofia Osorio, Sofia Hernandez).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Brynn Stoneburg, JB 1:54.34, 2. Cadence Fort, ESTO 1:54.49, 3. Evelyn Balog, PB 2:00.53, 10. Natalia Sibug, SOM 2:06.37.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Giovanna Musiello, GP 2:07.15, 2. Lilia Blanco, PB 2:12.26, 3. Catie Laur, BC 2:13.92, 9. Sabrina Osorio, SOM 2:19.53, time drop 1.32.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Michelle Fernandez, MAT 24.13, 2. Caelan Burt, LELY 24.15, 3. Elyse Wood, GP 24.38.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Elyse Wood, GP 57.53, 2. Carsyn Ide, BC 57.71, 3. Catie Laur, BC 59.54, 7. Sofia Hernandez, SOM 1:01.28.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Caelan Burt, LELY 52.93, 2. Lilia Blanco, PB 52.89, 3. Jaclyn Nelson, CG 53.11.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Cadence Fort, ESTO 5:01.07, 2. Brynn Stoneburg, JB 5:10.74, 3. Julia Freshour, PB 5:15.59.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:41.10 (Aria Torretta, Reese Rosenthal, Cassandra Kraft, Sofia Ciperski), 2. Pompano Beach 1:42.93, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 1:43.49, 11. Somerset 1:50.29 (Mariano Pinto, Pilar Duranti, Marie-Elise Baptiste, Kaylee Del Rio).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Giovanni Musiello, GP 57.74, 2. Carsyn Ide, BC 58.63, 3. Nicole Creed, CG 59.56, 6. Natalia Sibug, SOM 1:01.83, time drop 1.34, 10. Sofia Osorio, SOM 1:03.29, time drop 0.47.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Michelle Fernandez, MATE 1:04.84, 2. Reese Rosenthal, GP 1:05.66, 3. Sabrina Osorio, SOM 1:08.46, time drop 0.62,

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mast 3:51.94 (Nicole Macedo, Kaia Zaney, Victoria Mopntalvo, Calla Kelbie), 2. Port Charlotte 4:06.53, 3. Dreyfoods 4:07.47.

BOYS TEAM SCORES

  1. Pompano Beach 238, 2. Jensen Beach 204, 3. Barron Collier 202, 4. Estero 200, 5. American Heritage Plantation 182, 6. Somerset 172, 7. Mast 150.5, 8. Gulliver Prep 138, 9. Mater Lakes 135, 10. Suncoast 116, 11. Lemon Bay 106, 12. Cardinal Gibbons 96, 13. Port Charlotte 89, 14. Dreyfoos 55, 15. St. Brendan 50.5, 16. Key West 42, 17., tie, Mourning, Bonita Springs 10, 19. Lely 5, 20. Okeechobee 4.

BOYS RESULTS
1-meter diving: 1. Mason Starkman, CG 381.65, 2. Sam Harvey, BC 367.80.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Somerset 1:40.20 (Aldo Zepeda, Giorgio Rusconi, Enrique Rodriguez, Sebastion Fernandez), 2. American Heritage Plantation 1:40.45, 3. Mast 1:42.45.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Keanu Garnier-Chan, ESTO 1:43.86, 2. Anthony Hensel, PI 1:44.13, 3. Ayden Cason, JB 1:44.34, 4. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 1:44.37, 5. Agustin Rodriguez, MATE 1:45.55.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Giuliano Brunetti, PB 1:56.53, 2. Alessandro Pereira, AHP 1:57.74, 3. Kaleb Cason, JB 1:58.63.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Becket Koss, LB 21.58, 2. Brian Kirby, ESTO 22.20, 3. Christopher Warnken, BC 22.33.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Marcus Szabo, CG 51.13, 2. Becket Koss, LB 51.52, 3. Alfredo Dominguez, MATE 51.99.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Ayden Cason, JB 47.45, 2. Aldo Zepeda, SOM 47.72, time drop 1.60, 3. Keanu Garnier-Chan, ESTO 47.74, 5. Agustin Rodriguez, MATE 48.07.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Giuliano Brunetti, PB 4:43.30, 2. Alessandro Pereira, AHP 4:43.58, 3. Kaleb Cason, JB 4:47.11, 5. Felix Gonzalez, SOM 4:51.76, time drop 1.05.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pompano Beach 1:28.23 (Charles Wingold, Gianni Famiano, Giuliano Brunetti, Steven Gary), 2. Jensen Beach 1:28.95, 3. Mater Lakes 1:29.88.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Aldo Zepeda, SOM 52.16, time drop 2.57, 2. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 52.18, time drop 1.71, 3. Marcus Szabo, CG 54.75.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Anthony Hensel, PT 1:00.94, 2. Dyan Dam, DREY 1:01.89, 3. Juanfra Gudino, GP 1:02.24, 4. Giorgio Rusconi, SOM 1:03.04, time drop 2.85.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pompano Beach 3:14.81, 2. Jensen Beach 3:16.16, 3. Estero 3:17.02, 5. Somerset 3:17.58 (Enrique Rodriguez, Felix Gonzalez, Aldo Zepeda, Sebastian Fernandez).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Pine Crest Defeats Gulliver Prep, American Heritage Plantation In Tri-Meet


By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, October 8, 2022—Pine Crest swept Gulliver Prep and American Heritage Plantation on Friday at the Panthers pool.

Pine Crest girls, led by double winners Julia Podkoscielny, Riley Botting and Sara Lin and three relay wins defeated Gulliver Prep, 120-49 and American Heritage Plantation, 123-39. Pine Crest won every girls’ event.

In the other matchup, Gulliver Prep topped American Heritage Plantation, 78-64.

Pine Crest boys, buoyed by individual winners Allen Levitis, Kian Saffari and Ronin Jones downed Gulliver Prep, 150-28 and American Heritage Plantation, 117-62. American Heritage Plantation defeated Gulliver Prep, 97-53.

Podkoscielny mixed her events up swimming and winning the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.88 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.14.

Botting won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.61 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.13.

Lin, a junior, won the 100-yard freestyle in 55.57 and 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.93.

Saffari, a junior, won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.91.

Jones, also a junior, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.47.

American Heritage Plantation had three boys double winners: Alessandro Pereira, Rithvik Marri and Daniel Burg.

Pereira won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.46 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.07. Marri won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.17 and 100-yard butterfly in 57.83. Burg won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles in 22.82 and 49.39 respectively.

Junior Kirra Reid and sophomore Allen Levitis swept the 1-meter diving events for the Panthers.

Pine Crest travels Oct. 13 to the Duff Tyler Complex in Boca Raton to take on St. Andrew’s at 5 p.m. in a final tuneup before districts, regions and states.

COMBINED TEAM SCORES
Pine Crest 270, Gulliver Prep 77
Pine Crest 240, American Heritage Plantation 101
American Heritage Plantation 161, Gulliver Prep 131

WOMEN TEAM SCORES
Pine Crest 120, Gulliver Prep 49
Pine Crest 123, American Heritage Plantation 39
Gulliver Prep 78, American Heritage Plantation 64

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:52.12, 2. Gulliver Prep A 1:57.85, 3. American Heritage Plantation A 2:00.65.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Riley Botting, PC 2:00.61, 2. Parker Jacobson-Bertanzetti, PC 2:08.31, 3. Audrey Prado, AHP 2:12.15.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Sara Lin, PC 2:12.93, 2. Lauren Balfour, PC 2:18.38, 3. Elyse Wood, GP 2:19.37.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Emory Jacobson-Bertanzetti, PC 26.37, 2. Wynona Brinkman, AHP 27.25, 3. Katlyn Rhett, AHP 27.87.

1-meter diving: 1. Kirra Reid, PC 175.06, 2. Simone Marin, GP 150.97.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:00.88, 2. Giovanna Musiello, GP 1:01.13, 3. Bella Egizi, PC 1:02.83.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Sara Lin, PC 55.57, 2. Amari Porter, AHP 59.55, 3. Pietra Wagner, GP 1:02.36.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Lauren Balfour, PC 5:29.07, 2. Blair Joselson, PC 5:58.69.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:43.91, 2. American Heritage Plantation A 1:52.02, 3. Gulliver Prep A 1:55.87.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Riley Botting, PC 1:02.13, 2. Emory Jacobson-Bertanzetti, PC 1:05.00, 3. Mia Guerrero, AHP 1:05.98.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:09.14, 2. Giovanna Musiello, GP 1:11.01, 3. Elyse Wood, GP 1:12.37.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 3:47.70, 2. Gulliver Prep A 3:51.54, 3. American Heritage Plantation A 4:08.92.

MEN TEAM SCORES
Pine Crest 150, Gulliver Prep 28
Pine Crest 117, American Heritage Plantation 62
American Heritage Plantation 97, Gulliver Prep 53

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:44.11, 2. American Heritage Plantation A 1:45.37, 3. Pine Crest B 1:49.47.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Rithvik Marri, AHP 1:52.17, 2. Colin Nealy, PC 1:54.57, 3. Rafael Opperman, PC 2:00.46.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alessandro Pereira, AHP 2:03.46, 2. Jake Jones, PC 2:05.27, 3. Kingsley Bailey, PC 2:06.46.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Burg, AHP 22.82, 2. Lucas Opperman, PC 23.49, 4. AuJavae Dixon Whitfield, AHP 23.74.

1-meter diving: 1. Allen Levitis, PC 288.97, 2. Ashton Jacobi, PC 251.77, 3. Max Starkman, PC 229.35.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Rithvik Marri, AHP 57.83, 2. Christopher Lin, PC 59.04, 3. Roman Ferrara, PC 1:00.36.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Burg, AHP 49.39, 2. Kingsley Bailey, PC 51.08, 3. Lucas Opperman, PC 51.84.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Alessandro Pereira, AHP 4:57.07, 2. Freddy Rosenthal, PC 5:08.82, 3. Colin Nealy, PC 5:16.68.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:34.83, 2. American Heritage Plantation A 1:39.83, 3. Pine Crest B 1:45.97.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kian Saffari, PC 1:01.91, 2. Leo Hauser, PC 1:05.56, 3. Patrick Gardner, GP 1:07.41.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Ronin Jones, PC 1:01.47, 2. Jake Jones, PC 1:03.19, 3. Christopher Lin, PC 1:09.66.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation A 3:25.53, 2. Pine Crest 3:27.87 A, 3. Pine Crest B 3:34.20.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Jensen Beach’s Blair Stoneburg Makes History; SOFLO Trio Wins State Relay; Gulliver Prep Wins Girls Team Title At State 2A Meet


By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 5, 2021—Blair Stoneburg of Jensen Beach made history in her final FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Championship appearance Friday at rainsoaked Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center.

The senior, going into the meet with five state titles added four more gold medals to join an elite group of swimmers in state history to win nine titles. Only 20 swimmers have won seven or more gold medals. Hollywood’s Katherine Rawls holds the record of 14 from 1931-1935.

“This night was pretty picture-perfect,” Stoneburg said.

The U.S. junior national team member and University of Wisconsin-commit won the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:46.96 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.04, also a best time. Both times were automatic All-American times. Her previous bests were 1:50.96 and 4:53.28 respectively.

Stoneburg was also a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:37.09. She anchored the relay in the fastest split of 22.55 while her younger sister Brynn led off with a 24.75 split.

Stoneburg also anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:31.41. She had the fastest split in 48.85. Brynn Stoneburg led off with the second fastest split of 52.52.

As a freshman, Stoneburg won the 100-yard freestyle; as a sophomore the 100-yard butterfly and 200-meter freestyle; and as a junior won the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle and was a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle.

“As a freshman I don’t know what I was thinking, I wish I would have written it down,” Stoneburg said. “I think freshman year Blair would be very proud of where I am now and very thankful for the people who supported me along the way. It’s been a crazy four years but a really fun four years and four years that I will never forget.

“It is a little bittersweet,” Stoneburg said. “I don’t know if it’s hit me yet that this is my last state championship. I think it will hit me tomorrow maybe when I am talking to my family about everything.”

Brynn Stoneburg, a sophomore, was second in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 57.52, bettering her previous best of 59.29. She was also third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.10, another best time, shaving 4.46 off her previous best of 1:55.56.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Anthony Martinez, Agustin Rodriguez and Matthew Tarafa joined leadoff swimmer Ronny Rueda to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:10.73.

Gulliver Prep, buoyed by depth and relay win, won the girls’ team title with 247 points. The 200-yard medley relay of Giovanna Musiello, Reese Rosenthal, Elyse Wood and Cassandra Kraft won in 1:47.20. Its’ 200-yard freestyle relay was second in 1:38.43 and 400-yard freestyle relay third in 3:37.23.

Jensen Beach, third last year, finished runner-up among the girls’ field of 41 teams with 195 points. Cardinal Gibbons was the top Broward team placing ninth with 96 points. Two-time defending girls state 2A champion Pine Crest did not compete after moving back to 1A classification this year.

“I’m super proud of the entire team,” Stoneburg said. “We all had amazing swims. We really fed off each other’s energy. As one person would finish the other person would go. It really carried over. I’m really thankful for them. They helped me have the senior year I have been dreaming about.”

Jacksonville Bishop Kenny won the boys team title with 230 points. Panama City Arnold was second with 199.5 and Mater Lakes Academy was third with 152. Pompano Beach was the top Broward team finishing sixth with 99 points.

The Class 1A meet, featuring top teams Pine Crest, South Florida Heat, St. Andrew’s and King’s Academy and SOFLO’s Maddy Smutny, Olivia Dinehart, Elene Dinehart and Nat Gembicki of Cutler Bay, is Saturday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark. Five-time defending state champion diver Kevin Mendez of Pine Crest will make his sixth and final state meet appearance.

CLASS 2A STATE RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Gulliver Prep 247, 2. Jensen Beach 195, 3. Cape Coral 190, 4. Estero 151, 5. TR Robinson 148, 6. Stanton 131, 7. Bishop Kenny 121, 8. Bishop Moore 116, 9. Cardinal Gibbons 96, 10. Rockledge 92, 12. Pompano Beach 75, 18. Soimerset 39, 21. Mater Lakes 34, 22. Suncoast 33, 40. American Heritage Plantation 3.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1-meter diving: 1. Rylie Darkatsh, STAN 428.75, 2. Brianna McMillan, BK 369.95, 3. Jonna Kirk, ASTR 367.80, 18. Sophia O’Keefe, SUNC 199.85, 19. Gianna Moscariello, SUNC 199.60.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:47.20 (Giovanna Musiello, Reese Rosenthal, Elyse Wood, Cassandra Kraft), 2. TR Robinson 1:49.70, 3. Cape Coral 1:51.21, 5. Cardinal Gibbons 1:52.59 (Jaclyn Nelson, Melody Yates, Stephanie Udell, Kaitlyn Armbruster), 10. Somerset 1:55.53 (Natalia Sibug, Sabrina Osorio, Sofia Osorio, Sofia Hernandez).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JENB 1:46.96, 2. Jessica Beede, ROB 1:48.74, 3. Brynn Stoneburg, JENB 1:51.10, 14. Camila Saporta, GP 2:00.56, 15. Evelyn Balog, PB 2:01.39, 16. Paige Eskra, GP 2:01.74.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Melissa Blaine, CCOR 2:04.97, 2. Isabel Sayag, ROB 2:06.35, 3. Giovanna Musiello, GP 2:07.45, 4. Aria Torretta, GP 2:10.81, 5. Lilia Blanco, PB 2:13.30, 12. Pietra Wagner, GP 2:17.19, 13. Sabrina Osorio, SOM 2:18.23.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Mary Leigh Hardman, LWAL 23.82, 2. Madison Lehman, CCOR 23.83, 3. Hannah Ahn, ESID 24.09, 4. Cassandra Kraft, GP 24.10, 12. Jaclyn Nelson, CG 25.34.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Hannah Ahn, ESID 54.32, 2. Avery Hawker, ROB 55.28, 3. Isabel Sayag, ROB 55.48, 5. Elyse Wood, GP 57.07, 10. Lilia Blanco, PB 59.76, 14. Stephanie Udell, CG 1:00.54, 15. Kaitlyn Armbruster, CG 1:01.27, 16. Reese Rosenthal, GP 1:01.41.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Giuliana Carlini, ESTO 51.43, 2. Mary Leigh Hardman, LWAL 51.53, 3. Claire Han, PENS 51.89, 8. Cassandra Kraft, GP 53.49, 14. Amari Porter, AHP 56.11.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JENB 4:42.04, 2. Cadence Fort, ESTO 4:57.73, 3. Melissa Blaine, CCOR 5:03.12, 10. Camila Saporta, GP 5:20.63, 11. Paige Eskra, GP 5:22.57, 14. Mariana Pinto 5:26.03, 16. Sofia Moreno, GP 5:32.68.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Jensen Beach 1:37.09 (Brynn Stoneburg, Madeline Kohs, Melody McAfee, Blair Stoneburg), 2. Gulliver Prep 1:38.43 (Reese Rosenthal, Elyse Wood, Cassandra Kraft, Aria Torretta), 3. Bishop Kenny 1:39.85, 5. Cardinal Gibbons 1:41.86 (Jaclyn Nelson, Melody Yates, Stephanie Udell, Addison Byrne), 8. Pompano Beach 1:43.75 (Lilia Blanco, Reese Andres, Samantha Escobar, Julia Freshour).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Giuliana Carlini, ESTO 56.58, 2. Brynn Stoneburg, JENB 57.52, 3. Giovanna Musiello, GP 58.61, 7. Jaclyn Nelson, CG 1:00.53, 11. Natalia Sibug, SOM 1:02.77, 14. Sofia Osorio, SOM 1:03.77.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Michelle Fernandez, MATE 1:03.60, 2. Avery Hawker, ROB 1:05.62, 3. Reese Andres, PB 1:05.79, 6. Reese Rosenthal, GP 1:06.278. Aria Torretta, GP 1:07.41, 12. Pietra Wagner, GP 1:09.03, 14. Sabrina Osorio, SOM 1:09.72, 16. Margaret Miao, GP 1:11.58.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Jensen Beach 3:31.41 (Brynn Stoneburg, Madeline Kohs, Melody McAfee, Blair Stoneburg), 2. Cape Coral 3:34.57, 3. Gulliver Prep 3:37.23 (Giovanna Musiello, Camilla Saporta, Elyse Wood, Aria Torretta), 9. Cardinal Gibbonms 3:47.07 (Melody Yates, Kaitlyn Armbruster, Daniela Arezina, Addison Byrne), 10. Pompano Beach 3:47.19 (Lilia Blanco, Sofia Torres-Mendoza, Reese Andres, Evelyn Balog).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bishop Kenny 230, 2. Arnold Palmer 199.5, 3. Mater Lakes 152, 4. Rockledge 124, 5. Clearwater 107, 6. Pompano Beach 99, 7. Charlotte 98, 8. Stanton 95, 9. Somerset Academy 91, 10. Eastside 79, 13. Jensen Beach 70, 15. Suncoast 63.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1-meter diving: 1. Elisha Dees, EDWH 513.55, 2. Thomas Dowling, SUN 504.40, 3. Nataniel Agustin, PENS 488.65.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Panama City Arnold 1:34.44 (Shane McEliece, Luke Maggiore, Colin McEliece, Benjamin Parsons), 2. Bishop Kenny 1:34.62, 3. Stanton 1:38.51, 7. Somerset 1:41.07 (Aldo Zepeda, Enrique Rodriguez, Diego Nazario Vazquez, Gabriel Munoz), 9. American Heritage Plantation 1:43.36 (Rithvik Marri, Alessandro Pereira, Kiril Prikhodko, Tyler Zhou), Pompano Beach DQ.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Elliot Weisel, ROCK 1:39.93, 2. Ethan Russell, VAN 1:42.46, 3. Matthew Tarafa, MATE 1:42.70, 4. Agustin Rodriguez, MATE 1:43.44, 12. Rithvik Marri, AHP 1:46.36, 14. Steven Gary, PB 1:47.74.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Shane McEliece, ARN 1:49.91, 2. Mehdi Elaoufir, STAN 1:51.43, 3. Tristian Ide, ATPO 1:53.02, 8. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 1:59.89, 9. Alessandro Pereira, AHP 1:56.89, 11. Gianni Famiano, PB 2:00.87, Giuliano Brunetti, DQ.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Johnson, CLEA 20.57, 2. Joshua Cajuste, PB 21.13, 3. Aria Besharat, MORN 21.15, 14. David Yost, SUNC 22.17.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Shane McEliece, ARN 49.57, 2. Charles Plaisted, CHAR 49.77, 3. Marcus Szabo, CG 51.20, 9. Anthony Martinez, MATE 53.06, 10. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 53.95.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Johnson, CLEA 45.89, 2. John Trieu, SCBB 46.44, 3. Aria Besharat, MORN 46.45, 4. Joshua Cajuste, PB 46.70, 7. Matthew Tarafa, MATE 47.59, 13. Gianni Famiano, PB 48.84.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Elliot Weisel, ROCK 4:29.96, 2. Mehdi Elaoufir, STAN 4:32.09, 3. Ethan Russell, VANO 4:36.39, 8. William Johnson, JENB 4:51.27, 5. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 4:41.13, 7. Agustin Rodriguez, MATE 4:47.00, 10. Alessandro Pereira, AHP 4:43.51, 12. Rithvik Marri, AHP 4:50.06.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Arnold 1:25.29 (Luke Maggiore, Benjamin Parsons, Colin McEliece, Shane McEliece), 2. Mater Lakes 1:26.36 (Ronny Rueda, Anthony Martinez, Matthew Tarafa, Agustin Rodriguez), 3. Bishop Kenny 1:28.30, 5. Pompano Beach 1:29.92 (Gianni Famiano, Davi Moreira, Joshua Cajuste, Steven Gary), 9. Gulliver Prep 1:31.82 (Evan Abril, Daniel Preston, Lorenzo Luna, Nicholas Aday).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Caleb Rohacs, STE 53.56, 2. Logan Hamilton, PC 55.13, 3. Keelan Fort, ESTO 55.33, 6. Marcus Szabo, CG 54.25, 13. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 55.68.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Tristan Ide, ATPO 55.91, 2. Luke Maggiore, ARNO 56.50, 3. Colin McEliece, ARNO 57.16, 5. Parker Rosenthal, GP 59.30, 7. Anthony Robaina, MATE 1:00.09.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mater Lakes 3:10.73 (Ronny Rueda, Anthony Martinez, Agustin Rodriguez, Matthew Tarafa), 2. Bishop Kenny 3:15.45, 3. Estero 3:16.14, 5. American Heritage Plantation 3:19.53 (Kirill Prikhodko, Rithvik Marri, Alessandro Pereira, Tyler Zhou), 6. Pompano Beach 3:19.94 (Gianni Famiano, Davi Moreira, Joshua Cajuste, Steven Gary), 10. Somerset 3:20.40 (Aldo Zepeda, Enrique Rodriguez, Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Gabriel Munoz).

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

Pompano Beach Wins First-Ever Region 4-2A Boys Title; Gulliver Prep Wins Girls Crown; Somerset’s Enrique Rodriguez Top SOFLO Finisher


By Sharon Robb
STUART, October 30, 2021—Pompano Beach made history winning its first boys title in the Region 4-2A Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

The Tornadoes, with two runner-up finishes in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, won with 207.5 points. Mater Lakes was second with 192.5 and Somerset was third with 178 points.

Gulliver Prep, with two relay wins and one individual win, won the girls title with 353 points. Cape Coral was second with 245.5 and Jensen Beach was third with 224 points.

Somerset junior Enrique Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:41.79 and was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.04.

SOFLO’s Aldo Zepeda, also a junior at Somerset, was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.02.

SOFLO’s Matthew Tarafa, Anthony Martinez and Agustin Rodriguez were members of Mater Academy’s winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:27.96. Ronny Rueda was the other relay member. The foursome also won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:11.88.

Tarafa was also second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.38 and Rodriguez was third in 1:45.41. Martinez was fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.50. Tarafa was fifth in the 100-yard freestyle in 48.03. Rodriguez was third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:46.78.

SOFLO teammate Anthony Robaina of Mater Academy was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.73.

Pompano Beach relied on relay talent and depth. The 200-yard freestyle relay of sophomore Gianni Famiano, junior Charles Wingold, junior Steven Gary and senior Joshua Cajuste was second in 1:28.67.

The 400-yard freestyle relay of sophomore Giuliano Brunetti, Cajuste, Famiano and Gary was second in 3:14.13.

Cajuste tied for second with Aria Besharat of Mourning in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.59, just 1/100th of a second behind John Trieu in 21.58. He was also third in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.20.

Pompano Beach is coached by Rogesterman Farris and Gainus Wright. Several of the swimmers are also coached by Hall of Famer and Olympian Jesse Vassallo of Pompano Beach Piranhas.

Gulliver Prep, runner-up to Pine Crest last year, reclaimed its region title with wins in the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. The medley relay won in 1:48.73 with Giovanna Musiello, Reese Rosenthal, Elyse Wood and Cassandra Kraft. The 200 free relay won in the 1:39.83 with Rosenthal, Wood, Aria Torretta and Kraft.

Gulliver Prep’s 400-yard freestyle relay was second in 3:37.09 with Musiello, Camila Saporta, Wood and Torretta.

Wood also won the 100-yard butterfly in 56.62.

U.S. junior national team member Blair Stoneburg of Jensen Beach was a double winner in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.96 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:53.28.

The State 2A meet is Friday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. Gulliver Prep 353, 2. Cape Coral 245.5, 3. Jensen Beach 224, 4. Estero 180, 5. Pompano Beach 171.5, 6. Suncoast 153, 7. Cardinal Gibbons 142, 8. Somerset 140, 9. Port Charlotte 116, 10. Charlotte 107, 11. Bonita Springs 83, 12. Dreyfoos 79, 13. Mater Lakes 71, 14. American Heritage Plantation 61, 15. Lemon Bay 48, 16. Mast Academy 35, 17. Key West 8, 18. St. Brendan 4, 19. Cypress Lake 2.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:48.73 (Giovanna Musiello, Reese Rosenthal, Elyse Wood, Cassandra Kraft), 2. Cape Coral 1:51.42, 3. Port Charlotte 1:54.10, 6. Somerset 1:55.96 (Natalia Sibug, Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, Sofia Osorio-Gomez, Sofia Hernandez).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JB 1:50.96, 2. Cadence Fort, ESTO 1:54.11, 3. Brynn Stoneburg, JB 1:55.56, 8. Mariana Pinto, SOM 2:02.79, 10. Natalia Sibug, SOM 2:04.14.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Melissa Blaine, CCOR 2:07.65, 2. Giovanna Musiello, GP 2:09.61, 3. Aria Torretta, GP 2:11.04, 6. Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, SOM 2:18.86, 16. Pilar Duranti, SOM 2:24.60.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Madison Lehman, CCOR 24.27, 2. Michelle Fernandez, MAT 24.28, 3. Cassandra Kraft, GP 24.69, 15. Sofia Hernandez, SOM 26.46, 18. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOM 26.63.

1-meter diving: 1. Gianna Moscariello, SUN 314.40, 2. Sophia O’Keefe, SUN 301.35, 3. Karlee Casarella, CHAR 288.20.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Elyse Wood, GP 56.62, 2. Madison Lehman, CCOR 56.95, 3. Angelina Sharp, SUN 59.85, 17. Sofia Osorio-Gomez, SOM 1:04.52, 23. Kaylee Del Rio, SOM 1:06.14.

100-yard freestyle: Giuliana Carlini, ESTO 51.86, 2. Natalie Stafford, BSPR 53.59, 3. Cassandra Kraft, GP 55.61, 11. Sofia Hernandez, SOM 58.18.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JB 4:53.28, 2. Cadence Fort, ESTO 4:56.61, 3. Melissa Blaine, CCOR 4:59.01, 10. Mariana Pinto, SOM 5:28.37, 12. Pilar Duranti, SOM 5:30.99.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:39.83 (Reese Rosenthal, Elyse Wood, Aria Torretta, Cassandra Kraft), 2. Jensen Beach 1:40.84, 3. Estero 1:42.74.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Giuliana Carlini, ESTO 57.55, 2. Giovanna Musiello, GP 58.03, 3. Brynn Stoneburg, JB 59.29, 9. Natalia Sibug, SOM 1:02.95, 11. Sofia Osorio-Gomez, SOM 1:03.80.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Michelle Fernandez, MATE 1:04.82, 2. Reese Andres, PB 1:05.53, 3. Aria Torretta, GP 1:07.39, 6. Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, SOM 1:09.62, 15. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOM 1:13.30.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cape Coral 3:36.31 (Madison Lehman, Sophie Pellegrino, Ania Kokosinski, Melissa Blaine), 2. Gulliver Prep 3:37.09, 3. Jensen Beach 3:42.16, 8. Somerset 3:52.91 (Sofia Hernandez, Mariana Pinto, Sofia Osorio-Gomez, Natalia Sibug).

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. Pompano Beach 207.5, 2. Mater Lakes 192.5, 3. Somerset 178, 4. Charlotte 176.5, 5. Estero 163, 6. Gulliver Prep 151, 7. Suncoast 150, 8. Cape Coral 141, 9. tie, American Heritage Plantation 134 and Jensen Beach 134, 11. Mast Academy 93.5, 12. Cardinal Gibbons 91, 13. Lemon Bay 80, 14. Dreyfoos 71, 15. Mourning 63.5, 16. Cypress Lake 47.5, 17. Port Charlotte 44, 18. Somerset Canyons 40, 19. Key West 32, 20. St. Brendan 18, 21. Imater Prep 9, 22. tie, American Heritage Boca Delray, 2, and Bonita Springs, 2.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:42.18 (Lorenzo Jaime Luna, Parker Rosenthal, Juanfra Gudino, Nicholas Aday), 2. Cape Coral 1:43.47, 3. Somerset 1:43.62 (Aldo Zepeda, Enrique Rodriguez, Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Gabriel Munoz).

200-yard freestyle: 1. James Rose, CHAR 1:43.61, 2. Matthew Tarafa, MAT 1:44.38, 3. Agustin Rodriguez, MAT 1:45.41, 13. Felix Gonzalez, SOM 1:53.20.

200-yard individual medley: 1. William Johnson, JB 1:58.74, 2. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 2:00.04, 3. Alessandro Pereira, AHP 2:00.23.

50-yard freestyle: 1. John Trieu, SCBB 21.58, 2. tie, Joshua Cajuste, PB 21.59 and Aria Besharat, MORN 21.59, 11. Aldo Zepeda, SOM 22.54.

1-meter diving: 1. Thomas Dowling, SUN 520.30, 2. Gage McCauley, CHAR 323.25, 3. Connor Barral Aranguren, JB 283.05.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Charles Plaisted, CHAR 50.32, 2. Marcus Szabo, CG 52.44, 3. Becket Koss, LB 52.88, 5. Anthony Martinez, MATE 53.50, 6. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 55.27.

100-yard freestyle: 1. John Trieu, SCBB 46.86, 2. Aria Besharat, MORN 46.99, 3. Joshua Cajuste, PB 47.20, 5. Matthew Tarafa, MATE 48.03.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 4:41.79, 2. William Johnson, JB 4:42.32, 3. Agustin Rodriguez, MATE 4:46.78, 8. Felix Gonzalez, SOM 4:59.95.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mater 1:27.96 (Matthew Tarafa, Ronny Rueda, Anthony Martinez, Agustin Rodriguez), 2. Pompano Beach 1:28.67, 3. Charlotte 1:30.73, 12. Somerset 1:41.08 (Sebastian Fernandez, Giovanni Gianfriddo, Giorgio Rusconi, Gabriel Munoz).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Luca Lesentier, MAST 52.49, 2. Aldo Zepeda, SOM 53.02, 3. Marcus Szabo, CG 55.24, 6. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 57.01.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Parker Rosenthal, GP 1:00.72, 2. Anthony Robaina, MATE 1:00.73, 3. Daniel Caicedo, CCOR 1:01.70, 8. Giorgio Rusconi, SOM 1:04.80, 21. Giovanni Gianfriddo, SOM 1:13.41.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mater Academy 3:11.88 (Ronny Rueda, Anthony Martinez, Agustin Rodriguez, Matthew Tarafa), 2. Pompano Beach 3:14.13, 3. Estero 3:17.79, 7. Somerset 3:22.43 (Aldo Zepeda, Nicholas Diaz, Sebastian Fernandez, Enrique Rodriguez).

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

Gulliver Prep Girls, Mater Lakes Boys Win District 12-2A Titles; SOFLO’s Agustin Rodriguez Double Winner


By Sharon Robb
MIAMI, October 24, 2021–Host Gulliver Prep girls and Mater Lakes boys won the team titles Saturday at the District 12-2A Swimming and Diving Championships.

Gulliver Prep, led by freshman Giovanna Musiello, won the girls’ team title with 579 points. Mater Lakes was runner-up with 307 points. The team won every individual event and swept all three relays.

Mater Lakes, led by double winner Agustin Rodriguez, Anthony Robaina and Matthew Tarafa, all of South Florida Aquatic Club, knocked off Gulliver Prep by eight points to win the boys’ title for the first time.

Mater Lakes finished with 442 points. Gulliver Prep had 434 points.

Mater Lakes won the boys’ 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays which clinched the title.

Rodriguez anchored the 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:30.90 with Ronny Rueda, Anthony Robaina and Anthony Martinez.

Rodriguez also won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.00 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:52.92.

Robaina was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:24.50 with Ronny Rueda, Anthony Martinez and Tarafa.

Tarafa won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.60 and was also second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.15. Robaina was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.17.

Luca Lesentier of Mast Academy was a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.78 and 100-yard backstroke in 55.03. He also led off the winning 200-yard medley relay.

Musiello led Gulliver Prep with individual wins in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.53 and 100-yard backstroke in 59.72. She was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Camila Saporta and Cassandra Kraft were also double winners: Saporta in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.10 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:25.60 and Kraft in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.03 and 100-yard freestyle in 57.30.

Top qualifiers advance into the Region 4-2A meet, hosted by Jensen Beach High School at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, Oct. 30, Saturday at 9 a.m.

GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. Gulliver Prep 579, 2. Mater Lakes 307, 3. Mast Academy 276, 4. Key West 275, 5. St. Brendan 205, 6. Imater Prep 31, 7. South Miami Senior High 29, 8. Mourning 19, 9. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 9.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:50.37 (Giovanna Musiello, Reese Rosenthal, Elyse Wood, Cassandra Kraft), 2. Mater 2:03.82, 3. Mast 2:04.79.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Camila Saporta, GP 2:03.10, 2. Paige Eskra, GP 2:08.57, 3. Angelina Fuentes, SB 2:15.01.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Giovanna Musiello, GP 2:13.53, 2. Aria Torretta, GP 2:17.69, 3. Nicole Macedo, MAST 2:22.51.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Cassandra Kraft, GP 25.03, 2. Michelle Fernandez, MAT 25.15, 3. Sofia Ciperski, GP 26.91.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Elyse Wood, GP 58.72, 2. Reese Rosenthal, GP 1:00.17, 3. Leslie Dame, MAST 1:03.74.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Cassandra Kraft, GP 57.30, 2. Sofia Ciperski, GP 57.95, 3. Giorgia Pascual, GP 1:00.44.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Camila Saporta, GP 5:25.60, 2. Sofia Moreno, GP 5:26.18, 3. Paige Eskra, GP 5:32.42.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:43.59 (Elyse Wood, Cassandra Kraft, Reese Rosenthal, Aria Torretta), 2. MAT 1:50.59, 3. MAST 1:52.18.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Giovanna Musiello, GP 59.72, 2. Nicole Macedo, MAST 1:02.46, 3. Sofia Moreno, GP 1:04.41.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Reese Rosenthal, GP 1:05.33, 2. Michelle Fernandez, MAT 1:06.77, 3. Margaret Miao, GP 1:11.67.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:47.85 (Elyse Wood, Giovanni Musiello, Camila Saporta, Aria Torretta), 2. St. Brendan 4:16.21, 3. Mast 4:21.39.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. Mater Lakes 442, 2. Gulliver Prep 434, 3. Mast Academy 283, 4. Key West 248, 5. Mourning 145, 6. Imater Prep 69, 7. St. Brendan 61, 8. South Miami Senior High 24, 9. Westland 4.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Mast 1:43.94 (Luca Lesentier, Daniel De Aguiar, Peter Roca, Liam Lesentier), 2. Gulliver Prep 1:43.97, 3.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Agustin Rodriguez, MAT 1:46.00, 2. Matthew Tarafa, MAT 1:48.15, 3. Russel Svetlov, MORN 1:50.72.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Juanfra Gudino, GP 2:06.23, 2. Peter Roca, MAST 2:07.70, 3. Richard Navarro, SB 2:08.47.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Luca Lesentier, MAST 21.78, 2. Aria Besharat, MORN 22.00, 3. Russel Svetlov, MORN 22.31.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Anthony Martinez, MATE 54.17, 2. Juanfra Gudino, GP 55.71, 3. Michael McKenzie, MORN 57.65.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Matthew Tarafa, MATE 48.60, 2. Aria Besharat, MORN 48.99, 3. Charles Pujula, IMAP 49.93.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Agustin Rodriguez, MATE 4:52.92, 2. Peter Roca, MAST 5:08.54, 3. Sergio Camaraza, MATE 5:36.27.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mater 1:30.90 (Ronny Rueda, Anthony Robaina, Anthony Martinez, Agustin Rodriguez), 2. Gulliver Prep 1:34.49, 3. Key West 1:38.91.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Luca Lesentier, MAST 55.03, 2. Richard Navarro, SB 56.54, 3. Lorenzo Jaime Luna, GP 58.17.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Parker Rosenthal, GP 1:01.66, 2. Anthony Robaina, MAT 1:02.17, 3. Daniel De Aguiar, MAST 1:08.70.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mater 3:24.50 (Ronny Rueda, Anthony Robaina, Anthony Martinez, Matthew Tarafa), 2. Gulliver Prep 3:27.99, 3. Mast 3:30.96.

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

Pine Crest Girls, Boys Sweep Gulliver Prep


By Sharon Robb
MIAMI—Pine Crest and Gulliver Prep got one final tuneup before the journey to the state meet begins next week with district championships.

Pine Crest, preparing for the Class 1A competition, swept Gulliver Prep, a Class 2A team. The girls’ team won 160-118 and boys’ team won 172-106.

Pine Crest won all three girls relays and won three individual events.

University of Florida-commit Julia Podkoscielny was a double winner in off events. She won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.44 and 100-yard freestyle in 53.50.

Riley Botting, another double winner, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.15 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.84.

Giovanna Musiello was a double winner for Gulliver Prep in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:11.85 and 100-yard backstroke in 59.85.

The boys’ team also won all three relays and all eight individual events.

Kingsley Bailey and Wyatt Denhard were double winners.

Bailey won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.52 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.67.

Denhard won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.24 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.65.

After two years competing in the 2A classification, Pine Crest will be among ten teams when it returns to the FHSAA District 11-1A Swimming and Diving Championships, Friday, Oct. 22, at NSU University School Aquatic Complex at 10 a.m. Other teams competing are Calvary Christian, Chaminade-Madonna, Coral Springs Charter, North Broward Prep, Posnack, Sagemont, South Florida HEAT, Westminster Academy and host NSU University School.

Gulliver Prep is hosting the District 12-2A Swimming meet, also on Friday, Oct. 22 at noon.

GIRLS
Pine Crest 160, Gulliver Prep 118

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:49.33, 2. Gulliver Prep A 1:51.98, 3. Gulliver Prep B 2:01.03.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Riley Botting, PC 1:54.15, 2. Isabella Chambers, PC 1:58.44, 3. Lauren Balfour, PC 2:01.13.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Giovanna Musiello, GP 2:11.85, 2. Lara Jones, PC 2:15.49, 3. Bella Egizi, PC 2:17.61.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 24.44, 2. Cassandra Kraft, GP 24.86, 3. Giorgia Pascual, GP 27.51.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Elyse Wood, GP 59.43, 2. Lauren Balfour, PC 1:01.32, 3. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 1:01.33.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 53.50, 2. Isabella Chambers, PC 54.79, 3. Sara Lin, PC 56.97.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Sofia Moreno, GP 5:33.92, 2. Camila Saporta, GP 5:35.78, 3. Charley Goldstein, PC 5:45.60.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:42.35, 2.Gulliver Prep A 1:43.77, 3. Gulliver Prep B 1:50.38.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Giovanna Musiello, GP 59.85, 2. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 1:00.21, 3. Emma Gomez, PC 1:09.90.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Riley Botting, PC 1:07.84, 2. Sara Lin, PC 1:08.96, 3. Lara Jones, PC 1:09.29.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 3:38.88, 2. Gulliver Prep A 3:50.25, 3. Pine Crest B 3:53.52.

BOYS
Pine Crest 172, Gulliver Prep 106

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:43.24, 2. Pine Crest B 1:44.89, 3. Gulliver Prep A 1:45.13.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kingsley Bailey, PC 1:49.52, 2. Ronin Jones, PC 1:53.36, 3. Roman Ferrara, PC 1:55.47.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Wyatt Denhard, PC 2:04.24, 2. Colin Nealy, PC 2:06.71, 3. Juanfra Gudino, GP 2:12.95.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Lucas Opperman, PC 23.66, 2. Nicholas Aday, GP 23.77, 3. Daniel Preston, GP 23.94.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Colin Nealy, PC 53.87, 2. Juanfra Gudino, GP 57.81, 3. Luc Ferrara, PC 58.53.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Roman Ferrara, PC 51.50, 2. Victor Lago, PC 53.87, 3. Daniel Preston, GP 54.39.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Rafael Opperman, PC 5:13.79, 2. Evan Abril, GP 5:21.98, 3. Freddy Rosenthal, PC 5:24.69.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:34.24, 2. Gulliver Prep A 1:36.56, 3. Gulliver Prep B 1:47.24.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kingsley Bailey, PC 57.67, 2. Lorenzo Jaime Luna, GP 1:00.34, 3. Kian Saffari, PC 1:00.38.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Wyatt Denhard, PC 1:01.65, 2. Ronin Jones, PC 1:02.78, 3. Parker Rosenthal, GP 1:05.42.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 3:25.63, 2. Gulliver Prep A 3:35.66, 3. Pine Crest B 3:43.54.

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

Bolles Sweeps Byron Plapp Invitational, Pine Crest Runner-up; Julia Podkoscielny Double Winner


By Sharon Robb
JACKSONVILLE, September 18, 2021–Jacksonville Bolles raised the bar a little higher Saturday at the fifth annual Jacksonville Bolles Byron Plapp Invitational at Cassidy Aquatic Center.

Bolles swept the girls and boys team titles and returned to its annual favorites’ role to add to its impressive total of State 1A Meet titles. Bolles has already won 43 boys and 34 girls state titles. The boys have won 33 consecutive and girls 30 consecutive state titles.

Bolles won the girls team title with 830 points and Pine Crest finished a distant second with 493.5 points. Gulliver Prep was fourth with 351.

Bolles won the boys team title with 827. Pine Crest was runner-up with 404 points. Gulliver Prep was sixth with 216 points.

While Pine Crest looks to have its work cut out for it returning to Class 1A competition after two seasons as a 2A, the Panthers had several highlights from the reigning 2A state champion girls.

All-American and four-time state champion Julia Podkoscielny was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.74 and 100-yard backstroke in 56.35.

Podkoscielny also anchored ther winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:29.33 with teammates Isabella Chambers, Hanna Elks Smith and Riley Botting.

Pine Crest was second in the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.

Isabella Chambers was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.95.

Hanna Elks Smith was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.49.

Sara Linn was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.60.

Lauren Balfour was fourth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.66 and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.16.

The boys top finisher was Colin Nealy, fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.71.

Pine Crest, a power in high school diving, did not have any divers compete including five-time defending state champion Kevin Mendez.

The meet is named after First Lieutenant Byron Joseph Plapp of Jacksonville, who died at age 25 on March 27, 2015 after a hard-fought battle with lymphoma. Born in Jacksonville, Plapp was a passionate swimmer from the age of six, becoming a lifetime letterman and swim team captain at The Bolles School.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bolles 830, 2. Pine Crest 493.5, 3. Episcopal 380, 4. Gulliver Prep 351, 5. Wolfson 267, 6. Arnold High 266, 7. Providence 144, 8. Oakleaf 120, 9. Baker County 105, 10. Westminster Academy 63, 11. Atlantic Coast 50.5, 12. Christ Church 24, 13. St. Augustine 21, 14. Fletcher 16, 15. Sandalwood 11.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:46.44, 2. Pine Crest 1:46.94 (Julia Podkoscielny, Sara Lin, Bella Egizi, Riley Botting), 3. Gulliver Prep 1:50.48.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Megan McGrath, Bolles 1:54.69, 2. Isabella Chambers, PC 1:54.95, 3. Giovanna Musiello, GP 1:55.58.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:03.74, 2. Savannah Branon, EPIS 2:08.51, 3. Kate Anderson, Bolles 2:09.01, 4. Lauren Balfour, PC 2:12.66.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Manita Sathianchokwisan, Bolles 23.49, 2. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 24.49, 3. Allie Alton, EPIS 24.72.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aubrey Finn, EPIS 56.00, 2. Elyse Wood, GP 57.50, 3. Megan McGrath, Bolles 58.06., 5. Lauren Balfour, PC 59.16.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Riley Botting, PC 4:56.60, 2. Kate Anderson, Bolles 5:00.64, 3. Avery Lambert, Bolles 5:12.85.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:37.43, 2. Pine Crest 1:39.32, 3. Episcopal 1:40.58.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 56.35, 2. Kate Meyers-Labenz, Bolles 58.46, 3. Aubrey Finn, EPIS 58.78.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Savannah Branon, EPIS 1:04.74, 2. Sara Linn, PC 1:05.60, 3. Jessie Strong, Bolles 1:06.56.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:29.33 (Isabella Chambers, Hanna Elks Smith, Riley Botting, Julia Podkoscielny), 2. Bolles 3:32.63, 3. Bolles B 3:41.85.

1-meter diving: 1. Haley Acshenbrenner, CCA 229.50, 2. Kaitlyn Cook, SAHS 202.05, 3. Shaina Barbosa, ATCO 128.55.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bolles 827, 2. Pine Crest 404, 3. Arnold High 293, 4. Episcopal 281, 5. Wolfson 232, 6. Gulliver Prep 216, 7. Providence 144, 8. Westminster Academy 132, 9. Oakleaf 99, 10. Sandalwood 48, 11. Baker County 26,

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:34.07, 2. Bolles 1:34.66, 3. Wolfson 1:43.08, 4. Pine Crest 1:43.54 (Kian Saffari, Wyatt Denhard, Colin Nealy, Kingsley Bailey).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Alston Qin, Bolles 1:42.64, 2. Guido Neto, Bolles 1:43.06, 3. Wyatt Porch, Bolles 1:48.31.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Carter Lancaster, Bolles 1:53.13, 2. Shane McEliece, ARNO 1:56.10, 3. Aidan Paro, Bolles 1:58.27.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Salls, SAND 21.08, 2. Andres Dupont Cabrera, Bolles 21.28, 3. Seth Tolentino, Bolles 21.64.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Drew Salls, SAND 50.41, 2. Martin Espernberger, Bolles 50.66, 3. Miguel Rojas Newman, Bolles 50.80, 4. Colin Nealy, Pine Crest 52.71.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Seth Tolentino, Bolles 46.63, 2. Shane McEliece, ARNO 47.32, 3. Anthony Whittall, Bolles 48.26.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Alston Qin, Bolles 4:38.14, 2. Guido Neto, Bolles 4:39.60, 3. Kayden Lancaster, Bolles 4:44.97.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:25.16, 2. Bolles B 1:25.84, 3. Arnold 1:29.32, 4. Pine Crest 1:33.42.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Tucker Peterson, Bolles 52.83, 2. David Walton, Bolles 54.06, 3. Drew Bowen, Bolles 54.11.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Harry Herrera, Bolles 57.56, 2. Tomohiro Nozaki, Bolles 58.60, 3. Ethan Maloney, Bolles 58.89.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:06.78, 2. Bolles B 3:13.62, 3. Arnold 3:17.20, 4. Pine Crest 3:20.60 (KIngsley Bailey, Victor Lago, Roman Ferrara, Colin Nealy).

1-meter diving: 1. Brooks Adams, NHS 232.65, 2. Elisha Dees, EDWH 314.65, 3. AAron Storile, NSH 231.70

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

South Carolina Hires Jeff Poppell As Head Men’s, Women’s Swimming, Diving Coach


By Sharon Robb
COLUMBIA, S.C., April 11, 2021—After only three seasons, Jeff Poppell is leaving University of Florida for University of South Carolina.

Poppell was named University of South Carolina head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach, pending approval of the Board of Trustees, Gamecock Athletics Director Ray Tanner announced on Friday.

Poppell was head women’s swimming and diving coach at University of Florida for the past three seasons, replacing Gregg Troy who retired from college coaching. Poppell coached several top UF swimmers including South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding.

“I am excited to welcome Jeff and his family to the University of South Carolina and our athletics program,” Tanner said in a statement. “Jeff brings an outstanding coaching resume and coaching philosophy that will greatly benefit our student-athletes. He knows what it takes to move our swimming and diving program to a championship level.”

Poppell replaces McGee Moody, who stepped down after 14 seasons with the Gamecocks.

Poppell has been coaching for 27 seasons including 13 seasons in the Southeastern Conference, 13 seasons at Bolles and four seasons at Gulliver Prep.

“I’m both honored and thrilled to have been named the new head swimming and diving coach at South Carolina,” Poppell said.

“On my visit earlier this week, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the campus, the highly ranked academic programs offered, as well as the strong commitment made by the Gamecock athletic administration to help build and sustain a championship caliber program at the University of South Carolina.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us in the future however I can’t wait to get to Columbia, meet the teams, and begin this exciting new journey.”

South Carolina’s swim program is back on firm footing. In December, school president Robert Caslen had suggested that the school may have to cut some Olympic sports programs including swimming to save money during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gamecocks are the only Division I swimming program in South Carolina after rival Clemson cut its swim teams after the 2012 season, and College of Charleston cut its program in 2015.

Poppell was also head women’s swimming and diving coach at Arkansas from 2006-12 as well as an associate head coach of the combined men’s and women’s program at Florida from 2016-18 and women’s head coach from 2018-21.

The Gators finished second in the SEC Championships in all three seasons of Poppell’s tenure at Florida and had an overall dual meet record of 18-3.

The Gators finished 17th at the 2021 NCAA Championships, the highest finish for the program since 2015. Florida had the most NCAA qualifiers of any team in the nation this season.

At Gulliver Prep, he guided the program to consecutive 2A FHSAA High School State Swimming Championship titles in girls swimming after winning the school’s first state championship in swimming in 2014. In 2015-2016, Poppell guided Gulliver Swim Club to its first Silver Medal Award, which recognizes the Top-100 swimming clubs in the United States.

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

Virginia Captures First-Ever NCAA Division 1 Women’s Swimming and Diving Title; SOFLO’s Golding Competes In Final Event


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The University of Virginia Cavaliers women’s team are national champions.

For the first time in the program’s history, the Cavaliers won the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Among the field of 37 teams, the Cavaliers finished with 491 points, 137 points ahead of closest competitor N.C. State with 354 and Texas with 344.5. Defending champion Stanford was ninth with 159 points.

Head Coach Todd DeSorbo, now in his fourth year at Virginia, led the Cavaliers to its ACC title this season.

“I’m so proud of this group,” DeSorbo said. “They have been on a mission all year and just been grinding and excited for it. They just performed at a really high level all week.

“It is an exciting time for our program and our conference. To put someone in the ‘A’ Final in every single event is pretty impressive. It just shows overall depth. I think it takes a full team to win a national title and these ladies brought it every minute of every day.”

Virginia senior Paige Madden was named the MVP of the meet with three individual titles (500-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, and 1650-yard freestyle) and one relay title.

It’s also the first swimming title for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both Virginia and N.C. State are ACC teams. In the past 20 years, national titles have gone to Pac-12 and SEC Conference teams.

The only Florida team to finish among the Top 20 was University of Florida, 17th with 84.5 points. University of Miami was 23rd with 42 points, all from its divers; and Florida Gulf Coast was 32nd with six points.

Two Florida Gold Coast and former South Florida high school swimmers are members of the NCAA champion. They are Gulliver Prep alum Kyla Valls, a senior, and Westminster Academy alum Jessica Nava, a junior. Valls was a member of the winning 800-yard freestyle relay team.

Final night winners were:

Virginia senior Paige Madden, 1,650-yard freestyle, best time 15:41.86.

Wisconsin freshman Phoebe Bacon, 200-yard backstroke, 1:48.32.

Michigan junior Maggie MacNeil, 100-yard freestyle, 46.02. Cal junior Isabel Ivey was third in 46.95. Virginia senior Kayla Valls was 54th in 50.03. Florida International’s Jasmine Nocentini scratched from the event.

N.C. State junior Sophie Hansson, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:03.86.

Michigan junior Olivia Carter, 200-yard butterfly, 1:51.33. Virginia junior Jessica Nava, 17th, 1:55.71.

Indiana freshman Tarrin Gilliland won the women’s platform diving title with 338.40 points. Florida International junior Maha Gouda was 21st with 244.10 points.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding of University of Florida competed in her fourth and final event, anchoring the Gators’ 400-yard freestyle relay that finished 19th in 3:15.99 with teammates Talia Bates, Gabrielle Hillis and Katie Mack.

The NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships are March 24-27, also at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

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

Virginia Leads NCAA Division I Women’s Championships After Day One; SOFLO’s Golding Swims Opening Event


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 17, 2021—Meet favorite University of Virginia opened with a win on Day One of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Virginia won the 800-yard freestyle in 6:52.56 with Gulliver Prep alum Kyla Valls, Paige Madden, Ella Nelson and Alex Walsh. The Cavaliers were one of just three teams with four 1:45 splits.

Kentucky was second in 6:57.02 with Izzy Gati, Riley Gaines, Sophie Sorenson and Kaitlyn Wheeler.

California was third in 6:57.06 with Robin Neuman, Ayla Spitz, Rachel Klinker and Alicia Wilson.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding opened with the first of her four events, swimming anchor leg for the University of Florida.

The Gators finished ninth in 7:01.43. Golding had the second fastest split (1:45.62). Her relay teammates were Talia Bates, Katie Mack and Nikki Miller.

Golding, a sophomore All-American, is seeded 28th in the 200-yard individual medley (1:56.93) and 18th in the 400-yard individual medley (4:08.43). She will also swim the 400-yard freestyle relay. Her first individual event, the 200 IM, is Thursday.

Virginia leads with 40 points followed by Kentucky with 34 and Cal with 32. Florida is ninth with 18 points.

All sessions are being televised by ESPN3. Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. ESPNU will also air a two-hour highlight show at 7 p.m. on April 6.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic it is the first Division I NCAAs in two years.

Due to the mass gathering restrictions in place in North Carolina, spectators are not being allowed to attend the meet including parents or family members.

There were no more than four teams in each heat to comply with social distancing guidelines, as will be the case in relays to come.

2021 MEET SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 500-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Individual Medley, 50-yard freestyle, 400-yard Medley Relay, One-meter diving.
FRIDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 400-yard Individual Medley, 100-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Breaststroke, 100-yard Backstroke, Three-meter Diving, 200-yard Medley Relay.
SATURDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 1,650-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Breaststroke, 200-yard Butterfly, Platform Diving, 400-yard Freestyle Relay.

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