Podkoscielny, Winkler, Zuchowski Named To USA Swimming Junior Pan Pacific Championship Team


By Sharon Robb
COLORADO SPRINGS, May 15, 2022—Three Florida Gold Coast swimmers were named to the USA Swimming Junior Pan Pacific Championship team, it was announced Monday.

Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming, Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics and Josh Zuchowski of Flood Aquatics Swim Team (FAST) qualified for the Aug. 24-27 Junior Pan Pacs in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The trio is among 41 of the nation’s top junior swimmers.

Podkoscielny of Fort Lauderdale will swim the 400-meter individual medley. Winkler of Miami will be entered in the 100-meter freestyle and Zuchowski of Jupiter will swim the 100 and 200-meter backstroke events. The events listed are what they qualified in but swimmers will also be allowed to choose additional events. It will be the first international team trip for all three swimmers.

Brent Arckey of the Sarasota Sharks will coach the U.S. team. Arckey coached 2020 Olympic medalist Emma Weyant in the 400 IM. Two members of his team, Gracie Weyant (200 breaststroke) and Michaela Mattes (800/1500 freestyle) also qualified for Pan Pacs.

The only other Florida swimmer named was Kayla Wilson of Tide Swimming and Virginia Beach, Fla. She will swim the 100 and 200 freestyle.

The team is regarded as the best the U.S. will be sending to the meet. USA Swimming’s selection criteria chose the fastest 18-and-unders from the U.S. International Trials in April. The roster features 20 girls and 21 boys.

At the 2018 Junior Pan Pacs, the U.S. led the medal count with 54, including 27 gold medals in 35 events. Australia, Japan, Canada, China and New Zealand were also medalists.

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

Podkoscielny Finishes Sixth At U.S. World Championship Trials; Will Compete At Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb
Greensboro, N.C., April 28, 2022—Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming was sixth in the 400-meter individual medley Thursday at the U.S. World Championship Trials at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Podkoscielny, 17, was sixth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.57. The University of Florida commit was seventh fastest in prelims in 4:48.82. It was the top finish by a Florida Gold Coast swimmer so far in the meet. She will represent the U.S. Junior team at the Junior Pan Pacs in Hawaii in August.

On Wednesday she was 14th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:13.88 after going 2:13.30 in prelims.

Katie Grimes, 16, of Sandpipers of Nevada pulled away from the field on the freestyle leg to win the 400 IM in a best time 4:36.17. Olympic silver medalist Emma Weyant of Sarasota was second in 4:37.22 to also secure a spot on the world championship team.

“It just all goes back to my training,” Grimes said after her race. “Everybody who has seen me train for that race in practice knows that was a long time coming. The past times I’ve swum that race, it really hasn’t worked out like I wanted it to, but it all really came together very nicely. I’ve always loved the 400 IM. I think it’s a really fun race. I think it’s really interesting to watch. There are so many different components that go into it. It’s just a really cool race.”

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmer results:

Josh Zuchowski, 18, of FAST was seventh in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 1:58.44. He went 1:58.94 in prelims, cracking 2 minutes and bettering his entry time of 2:00.22.

Erika Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics was 22nd in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.04.

Kaii Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was 20th in the 100-meter freestyle im 49.95.

In other Thursday races:

Men 400 IM: 1. Carson Foster, Texas 4:09.33, 2. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs 4:10.50.
Women 100 butterfly: 1. Torri Huske, Unattached 56.28, 2. Claire Curzan, TAC Titans 56.35.
Men 100 butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Gator Swim Club 50.20, 2. Michael Andrew, MA Swim Academy 50.88.
Women 50 breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana Swim Club 29.76, 2. Kaitlyn Dobler, Unattached 30.34.
Men 50 breaststroke: 1. Michael Andrew, MA Swim Academy 26.52, 2. Nic Fink, MAAC 26.55.
Women 50 backstroke: 1. Katharine Berkoff, NC State 27.12, 2. Regan Smith, Unattached 27.25.
Men 50 backstroke: 1. Hunter Armstrong, Ohio State 23.71, world record in non-Olympic event, 2. Justin Ress, Mission Viejo 23.92.

The International Team Trials that got under way on Tuesday, are serving as the qualifying meet for the 2022 FINA World Championships, Junior Pan Pacific Championships and Mel Zajac Jr. Invitational.

USA Swimming’s qualifying criteria for the 2022 World Championships in Budapest are:

Top-four finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyle events, along with the top-two finishers in the other Olympic events qualify for the U.S. team, as long as they both meet the FINA A standard and maximum roster size isn’t exceeded.

From there, winners of the stroke 50s and fifth and sixth-place finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyles will qualify.

The maximum U.S. roster size for the World Championships is 26 men and 26 women.

The Olympic Channel is live streaming the championship finals on Friday night. CNBC will broadcast Saturday night’s finals session. USA Swimming is streaming all prelims on their website.

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

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Heads Field For Piranhas Senior Invitational That Begins Thursday


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 2, 2022—Olympian Julio Horrego heads South Florida Aquatic Club’s 12-swimmer contingent for the Piranhas Senior Invitational at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The four-day meet begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with the women’s 800-meter freestyle, men’s 1500-meter freestyle, 200-meter medley relay, 200-meter freestyle relay and mixed 200-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle relays.

The meet follows a full schedule Friday through Sunday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and prelims at 5 p.m.

Horrego, 23, a member of the 2020 Honduran Olympic team, is entered in three events. He will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle. Horrego is seeded first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.18, first in the 50 breaststroke in 28.35 and 11th in the 100 freestyle in 53.09.

Other SOFLO swimmers competing are Gabriela Avila, 15, Amelie Bicerne, 14, Mariann Catalasan, 15, Javier Colmenares, 15, Dahlia Hirsh, 15, Alejandro Mateus, 16, Sabrina Osorio, 17, Sofia Osorio, 17, Wisthon Rendon, 17, Ricardo Roche, 22, and Enrique Rodriguez, 17.

SOFLO swimmers will compete in 23 individual events.

The meet is expected to be fast. Among teams entered are Bolles, Sarasota Sharks, Azura Florida Aquatics, Webbs Tornadoes, TS Aquatics, Midtown Weston, Southern Utah, Eagle Aquatics and Flood Aquatics.

Some of the top swimmers expected to compete are Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics, Michaela Mattes of Sarasota Sharks, Abbas Qali of Azura, Josh Zuchowski of Flood Aquatics, Nicole Frank Rodriguez of Azura, Gracie Weyant of Sarasota Sharks, Addison Sauickie of Sarasota Sharks, Yeziel Morales of Azura, Zarek Wilson of TS Aquatics, Liam Custer of Sarasota Sharks, Davidson Vincent of Azura and Carter Lancaster of Bolles.

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

Pelaez, Zum Tobel, Zuchowski Top FGC Finishers On Day Two Of USA Swimming East Speedo Winter Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 9, 2021–Three Florida Gold Coast swimmers finished in the Top 10 on Day Two of the USA Swimming East Speedo Winter Junior Championships Thursday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Erika Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 22.40, a time drop of 0.12. She was sixth fastest in prelims in 22.72.

Maximilian zum Tobel, 18, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.06. He was sixth fastest in prelims in 20.27.

Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST was seventh in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:46.95. He was sixth fastest in prelims in 1:46.92.

Two South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers also saw action.

Maddie Smutny, 16, was 46th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:00.42. She has the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events left to swim.

Auburn-bound Olivia Dinehart, 16, was 102nd in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:06.67. She has four events left to swim: 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.

SOFLO’s Elena Dinehart, 16, will compete in three events: 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke.

In other action among the nation’s best:

Baylor Nelson, 18, of SwimMAC won the 200 IM in a meet record 1:42.01.

Thomas Heilman, of Cavalier Aquatics 14, just missed the 50-yard freestyle national age group record winning the sprint in 19.83.

Anna Moesch, 16, swimming unatatched won the women’s 50-yard freestyle in 22.33.

Devon Kitchel, 17, of Carmel Swim Club won the 200 IM in 1:56.39.

Michaela Mattes, 16, of Sarasota Sharks won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.06, winning by three seconds.

Logan Zucker, 18, of SwimMAC won the men’s 500 freestyle in 4:19.46, winning by two seconds.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. The meet is being live streamed. Results can be found on Meet Mobile.

Thursday Results
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Carmel Swim Club 284, 2. SwimMAC 240, 3. Dynamo 200, 4. Bolles 172.5, 5. Sarasota Sharks 154, 17. Eagle Aquatics 18.
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Carmel Swim Club 223, 2. Dynamo 138, 3. Sarasota Sharks 114, 4. Club Wolverine 101, 5. SwimMAC 79, 24. Eagle Aquatics 15.
BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 284, 2. SwimMAC 240, 3. Dynamo 200, 4. Bolles 172.5, 5. Sarasota Sharks 154, 17. Eagle Aquatics 18.

GIRLS
500-yard freestyle:

  1. Michaela Mattes, Sarasota Sharks 4:42.06, 2. Hannah Bellard, Club Wolverine 4:45.18, 3. Natalie Mannion, Commonwealth Swimming 4:45.20.

200-yard individual medley:

  1. Devon Kitchel, Carmel Swim Club 1:56.39, 2. Alex Shackell, Carmel Swim Club 1:57.78, 3. Emily Thompson, Greater Somerset County YMCA 1:58.29.

50-yard freestyle:

  1. Anna Moesch, Unattached 22.33, 2. Alex Shackell, Carmel Swim Club 22.34, 3. Katherine Helms, Mason Makos 22.39; FGC: 4. Erika Pelaez, Eagle Aquatics 22.40, time drop 0.12.

4×100-yard medley relay:

  1. Carmel Swim Club 3:33.88, 2. Dynamo 3:39.53, 3. TAC Titans 3:39.97.

BOYS
500-yard freestyle:

  1. Logan Zucker, MAC 4:19.46, 2. Lance Norris, TAC Titans 4:21.42, 3. Liam Custer, Sarasota Sharks 4:21.52.

200-yard invidual medley:

  1. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 1:42.01, 2. Will Modglin, Zionsville Swim Club 1:45.39, 3. Gibson Holmes, Manta Rays 1:45.50; FGC: 7. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 1:46.95.

50-yard freestyle:

  1. Thomas Heilman, Cavaliers 19.83, 2. Lucca Battaglini, Unattached 19.96, 3. Brendon Whitfield, Lynchburg YMCA 20.01; FGC: 4. Maxiilian zum Tobel, St. Andrew’s 20.06, 14. Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 20.46.

4×100-yard medley relay:

  1. SwimMAC 3:12.14, 2. Mason Manta Rays 3:12.66, 3. Lakeside 3:14.12.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Head To USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Championships East


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 6, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club will send three swimmers to the USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Championships East Wednesday through Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Championships will be split into two short course yards meets.

Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin will host the West. Both meets will be scored separately and geography determines which teams will compete in East and West.

Timed finals begin 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The remainder of the week prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SOFLO will be well-represented by four talented swimmers: Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart and Maddie Smutny.

Elena Dinehart is entered in three events: 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke.

Auburn-bound Olivia Dinehart is qualified in five events: 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.

Maddie Smutny is entered in three events: 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly.

The men’s and women’s East field will be fast.

Thomas Heilman, who set six 13-14 National Age Group records last week at the Toyota U.S. Open heads the men’s field. The 14-year-old from Cavalier Aquatics will race six events: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

U.S. junior national team member Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST is also among top-seeded swimmers: first in the 200-yard backstroke, second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 IM. He is also competing in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly.

Top seeds in the East include Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle), Sarasota’s Liam Custer (500 freestyle), SwimMAC’s Baylor Nelson (200 individual medley, 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley), Carmel’s Gretchen Lueking (200 freestyle), Dynamo’s Rye Ulett (200 backstroke) and Mitchell Ledford of Treasure Coast (100 butterfly).

Other local swimmers entered are: Kyle Korvick, Gulliver; Ava Fasano, FAST; Maximilian zum Tobel, St. Andrew’s Aquatics; Giulian Martin, Hurricane Aquatics; and Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics.

The meet will be live streamed. Results can be found on Meet Mobile.

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

Powerhouse Bolles Sweeps Team Titles; Three State Records Broken; Mendez Wins Record Sixth Diving Title; SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart Wins


By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 6, 2021—In one of the fastest meets in state history, Jacksonville Bolles brought out the best in every one on a wind-chilled Saturday night at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center.

Bolles swept the team titles and raised the bar for every other team in the meet. The boys won with 574 points and girls with 370 points.

King’s Academy boys were second with 174.5, St. Andrew’s third with 165, South Florida Heat fourth with 159, NSU University School sixth with 102.5 and Pine Crest ninth with 92 points.

St. Andrew’s girls were runner-up with 238, Pine Crest third with 200, King’s Academy with 186, Cutler Bay fifth with 166 and South Florida Heat seventh with 118.

Bolles has won every boys state championship since 1988 and every girls title since 1991, and with 30 years of tradition on the line, Bolles kept the streak going. Bolles has now won a record 34 boys titles and 31 girls titles to continue as the state’s all-time high school swimming dynasty.

Unparalleled depth and relay excellence buoyed Bolles. Bolles won two girls relays and all three boys relays and won two individual girls events and five individual boys events.

In the boys competition, there were 40 automatic All-American times and 43 All-American consideration times posted. In the girls competition, there were 29 automatic All-American times and 33 All-American consideration times.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Olivia Dinehart of Cutler Bay won her first state title in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.28, an automatic All-American time. She was also third in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.61, an All-American consideration time.

SOFLO’s Maddy Smutny, also of Cutler Bay, was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.20, an All-American consideration time.

Three state records were broken during prelims and finals.

King’s Academy’s Josh Zuchowski broke the state record in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:45.51, breaking the 2004 record of 1:46.31 set by Bradley Ally of St. Thomas Aquinas. Zuchowski also won the 100-yard backstroke in 47.29. Both were automatic All-American times.

South Florida Heat sophomore Erika Pelaez broke the state record in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.34. The previous record was 52.46 set by Clara Smiddy of South Florida Heat in 2013. Pelaez also won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.29. Both were automatic All-American times.

In prelims, Bolles’ William Heck broke his own 100-yard breaststroke record in 53.64. His 2020 state record was 53.73. He went on to win the event in 53.95.

Pine Crest senior diver Kevin Mendez took his final bow on 1-meter winning his sixth consecutive state title becoming one of the state’s most decorated athletes. Mendez won with 606.75 points ahead of teammate Allen Levitis with 490.50.

The victory gave him state records in most consecutive individual titles and most individual diving titles in state history. He broke a tie of four straight that stood for 33 years with Brian Gillooly, Gateway (Kissimmee), who won from 1990-93 and Mark Ruiz, Dr. Phillips (Orlando), 1994-97. No other swimmer or diver has won six straight titles since records were kept, dating back to the 1920s.

Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny won the 200-yard individual medley in a career-best 1:59.79, an automatic All-American time. The U.S. junior national team member was the only swimmer in the field to break 2 minutes. Her previous best was 2:01.89. She was also second in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.30, an automatic All-American time.

In the most exciting relay race of the night, St. Andrew’s won the girls 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:23.46 with Aspen Gersper, Nicole Aguilar, Erin Miller and Ella Martinez ahead of Bolles in 3:23.51. Gersper also won the 100-yard butterfly in 54.02.

Kaii Winkler of South Florida Heat took seconds in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:36.78 and 100-yard freestyle in 44.00. Both were automatic All-American times.

NSU University School was second in the 400-yard freestyle relay in an All-American consideration time and school record 3:08.63 with Karl Wilson Aimable, Michele Vandenbossche, Marcelo Carrion and Max Fermayer. The relay broke an eight-year-old record.

A disqualification proved costly for the Pine Crest girls. The Panthers had their top-seeded girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay disqualified in morning prelims.

The Class 3A and 4A state meets are next Friday and Saturday.

GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bolles 370, 2. St. Andrew’s 238, 3. Pine Crest 200, 4. King’s Academy 186, 5. Cutler Bay 166, 6. PK Yonge 126, 7. South Florida Heat 118, 8. Berkeley Prep 117, 9. Holy Names 91, 10. Episcopal 81, 20. Ransom Everglades 29, 26. Westminster Academy 15, 28. Carrollton 13, 31. Coral Springs Charter 10, 35. Calvary Christian 7, 42. St. John Paul II 2, 44. North Broward Prep, Benjamin 1.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:43.95 (Katherine Meyers-Labenz, Jessica Strong, Julia Murphy, Alexandra Zorn), AA-A, 2. King’s Academy 1:44.86, AA-C, 3. Cutler Bay 1:45.08 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Nat Gembicki), AA-C, 4. St. Andrew’s 1:45.10, AA-C, 5. Pine Crest 1:45.85, AA-C.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Megan McGrath, Bolles 1:48.60, AA-A, 2. Emma Sundermeyer, FOU 1:48.98, 3. Ella Martinez, STA 1:50.14, 6. Maddy Smutny, CB 1:51.19, 7. Elena Dinehart, CB 1:51.50.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:59.79, AA-A, 2. Michaela Mattes, CM 2:00.71, AA-A, 3. Olivia Dinehart, CB 2:03.61, AA-C.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 22.29, AA-A, 2. Manita Sathianchokwisan, BOLL 22.38, AA-A, 3. Lillie Nesty, PKY 23.06, AA-A, 4. Ava Fasano, KA 23.51, AA-C, 6. Isabella Chambers, PC 23.67, 7. Hanna Smith, PC 23.81, 8. Alyssa Bozzuto, KA 24.12, 10. Logan Zielinski, STA 24.13, 11. Gioia Balzano, SFH 24.28, 12. Lydia Lanahan, CAL 24.37, 16. Isabella Hernandez, NB 24.72.

1-meter diving: 1. Charlotte Norman, CSNA 459.65, 2. Elle Jacobsen, HTRN 441.20, 3. Ava Anderson, PC 406.60, 4. Makenzie Blake, WA 406.00, 10. Kaeden Dunham, STA 374.90, 12. Sarah Ghadiali, PC 362.75, 14. Madison Okon, KA 342.15, 16. Sarah Napier, BEN 292.00.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aspen Gersper, STA 54.02, AA-A, 2. Marcela Scaramuzza, WIND 54.75, AA-C, 3. Megan McGrath, BOLL 55.02, 4. Nicole Aguilar, STA 55.31, 11. Riley McCormick, CSC 57.45.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Manita Sathianchokwisan, BOLL 49.10, AA-A, 2. Lillie Nesty, PKYO 49.84, AA-A, 3. Adele Sands, CARW 51.50, 4. Hanna Smith, PC 51.68, 6. Isabella Chambers, OC 52.26, 8. Logan Zielinski, STA 52.85, 9. Nat Gembicki, CB 52.08, 15. Lyda Lanahan, CAL 53.33.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Michaela Mattes, CMOO 4:45.51, AA-A, 2. Maddy Smutny, CB 4:54.20, AA-C, 3. Riley Botting, PC 4:57.05, 6. Erin Miller,. STA 5:02.85, 8. Emma Herrera, KA 5:09.17, 10. Izzy Wilson, CAR 5:01.85, 16. Paige Munna, KA 5:08.24.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:32.68, AA-A (Katherine Meyers-Labenz, Megan McGrath, Sabrina Lyn, Manita Sathianchokwisan), 2. King’s Academy 1:33.77, AA-A (Ava Fasano, Alyssa Bozzuto, Kiersten Munna, Julianna Bell), 3. Pine Crest 1:33.93, AA-A (Hanna Smith, Julia Podkoscielny, Isabella Chambers, Riley Botting), 4. St. Andrew’s 1:36.80, AA-C (Logan Zielinski, Nicole Aguilar, Nicole Casariego Mera, Erin Miller), 10. South Florida Heat 1:40.94, 11. Ransom Everglades 1:40.98.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 52.34, AA-A, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 53.30, AA-A, 3. Aspen Gersper, STA 54.68, AA-A, 5. Ella Martinez, STA 56.51, 7. Elena Dinehart, CB 57.21, 8. Ava Fasano, KA 57.65, 10. Kiersten Munna, KA 58.10, 15. Samantha Schoenborn, SFH 59.87.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, CB 1:02.28, AA-A, 2. Marcela Scaramuzza, WIND 1:02.50, AA-A, 3. Jessica Strong, BOLL 1:02.57, AA-A, 4. Michaela Sierra, SFH 1:03.54, AA-C, 7. Alyssa Bozzuto, KA 1:04.67, 11. Sara Linn, PC 1:05.74, 12. Sophia Grubbs, CB 1:06.79, 13. Madison Sipowski, KA 1:06.99.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:23.46, AA-A, (Aspen Gersper, Nicole Aguilar, Erin Miller, Ella Martinez), 2. Bolles 3:23.51, AA-A, 3. South Florida Heat 3:29.44, AA-C, (Erika Pelaez, Gioia Balzano, Samantha Schoenborn, Michaela Sierra) 4. Cutler Bay 3:31.62 (Nat Gembicki, Olivia Dinehart, Elena Dinehart, Maddy Smutny), 7. King’s Academy 3:35.57, 14. Carrollton 3:49.12, 16. Coral Springs Charter 3:53.44.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bolles 574, 2. King’s Academy 174.5, 3. St. Andrew’s 165, 4. South Florida Heat 159, 5. Trinity Prep 129.5, 6. NSU University School 102.5, 7. Edgewood 100, 8. Berkeley Prep 95, 9. Pine Crest 92, 10. Clearwater 87.5, 19. Miami Country Day 28, 23. Cutler Bay 17, 33. Doctors Charter 8, 35. Riviera Prep 4, 37. Oxbridge 2, 38. FAU High 1.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:28.28 (Carter Lancaster, William Heck, Miguel Rojas Newman, Tucker Peterson), AA-A, 2. South Florida Heat 1:31.94 (Finn Winkler, Dario Martin, Nikita Efimov, Kaii Winkler), AA-A, 3. Trinity Prep 1:35.15, 5. St. Andrew’s 1:35.33, 7. King’s Academy 1:37.96, 9. NSU University School 1:37.79, 11. Pine Crest 1:39.28, 16. Cutler Bay 1:43.41.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Dupont Cabrera, BOLL 1:35.90, AA-A, 2. Kaii Winkler, SFH 1:36.78, AA-A, 3. Stuart Higdon, MAC 1:36.91, AA-A.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:45.51, AA-A, 2. Carter Lancaster, BOLL 1:46.91, AA-A, 3. Logan Ingerick, BERK 1:49.30, AA-A, 10. Aitor Arrese-Igor, STA 1:55.53, 12. Marcelo Carrion, NSU 1:58.15.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Miguel Rojas Newman, BOLL 20.49, AA-A, 2. Andy Kravchenko, EDWD 20.53, AA-A, 3. Tyler Roberton, BERK 20.60, AA-C, 7. Kacper Rafal, STA 21.29, 8. Noah Smith, KA 21.35, 10. Noah Engstrom, KA 21.51, 11. Finn Winkler, SFH 21.54, 12. Karl Wilson Aimable, NSUS 21.62, 16. Maxim Timperman, OXB 22.12.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 606.75, 2. Allen Levitis, PC 490.50, 3. Nicholas Santiago, TRIN 416.50, 8. Ashton Jacobi, PC 322.00, 10. Oliver Dunham, STA 273.40.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Miguel Rojas Newman, BOLL 48.26, AA-A, 2. Mason Williams, FOUN 48.43, AA-A, 3. Dylan Smiley, MCDY 48.59, AA-A, 5. Diego Balbi, STA 48.86, AA-A, 6. Dario Martin, SFH 48.87, AA-A, 9. Valerio Bonuglia, STA 50.38, 14. Nikita Efimov, SFH 51.62.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Dupont Cabrera, BOLL 43.74, AA-A, 2. Kaii Winkler, SFH 44.00, AA-A, 3. Tyler Roberton, BERK 44.85, AA-A, 9. Kacper Rafal, STA 46.47, 10. Max Fermayer, NSUS 46.92, 11. Michele Vandenbossche, NSUS 47.88, 16. Maxim Timperman, OXB 48.87.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Stuart Higdon, MAC 4:24.81, AA-A, 2. Kayden Lancaster, BOLL 4:27.28, AA-A, 3. Jacob Hamlin, CCBI 4:27.30, AA-A, 6. Christian Proscia, KA 4:38.00, 8. Austin Nelson, CB 4:43.19, 13. Ivan Grass, CB 4:47.11, 15. Mario Suarez, STA 4:54.76.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:20.30, AA-A, 2. South Florida Heat 1:24.22, AA-A, (Kaii Winkler, Finn Winkler, Nikita Efimov, Dario Martin), 3. King’s Academy 1:26.83 (Josh Zuchowski, Noah Engstrom, Diego Barberna, Christian Proscia), 5. St. Andrew’s 1:27.14, 8. NSU University School 1:28.74, 9. Pine Crest 1:28.41.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 47.29, AA-A, 2. Carter Lancaster, BOLL 49.10, AA-A, 3. Tucker Peterson, BOLL 49.14, AA-A, 6. Noah Smith, KA 50.76, 9. Diego Balbi, STA 51.67, 10. Finn Winkler, SFH 51.82, 13. Aitor Arrese-Igor, STA 53.45,14. Ambrus Barcsak, STA 53.61.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. William Heck, BOLL 53.95, AA-A, 2. Harrison Herrera, BOLL 54.99, AA-A, 3. Ethan Maloney, BOLL 55.55, AA-A, 4. Dario Martin, SFH 56.02, AA-C, 10. Aiden Kohanyi, SFH 58.38, 11. Nikita Efimov, SFH 58.47, 16. Pete Pokatragool, FAU 59.52.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 2:58.10 (Seth Tolentino, Carter Lancaster, Andres Dupont Cabrera, Kayden Lancaster), AA-A, 2. NSU University School 3:08.63, AA-C, (Karl Wilson Aimable, Michele Vandenbossche, Marcelo Carrion, Max Fermayer), 3. St. Andrew’s 3:09.30, 4. King’s Academy 3:10.57, 10. Pine Crest, Cuter Bay DQ.

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

St. Andrew’s Scots Sweep Region 4-1A Team Titles; SOFLO’s Maddy Smutny, Olivia Dinehart Win


By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, October 29, 2021—In the state’s fastest region qualifier, St. Andrew’s swept the boys and girls team titles Friday at the Region 4-1A Swimming and Diving Championships at Nova Southeastern University Aquatic Center.

The Scots won the girls’ team title with 376 points followed by Pine Crest with 369 and King’s Academy with 323 points.

The Scots won the boys’ team title with 350 points. Pine Crest was second with 319 and South Florida Heat was third with 273 points.

The 22-team field featured some of the most talented swimmers in the state including U.S. junior national team members Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest, Erika Pelaez of South Florida Heat and Josh Zuchowski of King’s Academy.

The Scots were led by girls’ individual winner Aspen Gersper in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.45 and winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

Pine Crest had four individual winners with Podkoscielny in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:01.89; Ava Anderson in 1-meter diving; Hanna Elks Smith in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.76 and Riley Botting in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:52.97.

Pelaez was a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.02 and 100-yard backstroke in 54.11.

Cutler Bay had two individual champions, both South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers. Junior Maddy Smutny won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.02 and junior Olivia Dinehart won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.06.

The Scots’ boys were led by individual winner Kacper Rafael who tied King’s Academy’s Noah Engstrom in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.72. The Scots also won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:07.92.

Kaii Winkler of South Florida Heat was a double winner in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:38.00 and 100-yard freestyle in 44.51. The Heat also won the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.

South Florida Heat teammate Dario Martin was also a double winner in the 100-yard butterfly in 49.39 and 100-yard breaststroke in 56.58.

Zuchowski won two events in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.11 and 100-yard backstroke in 49.87. King’s teammate Christian Proscia won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:43.77.

Pine Crest senior diver Kevin Mendez defended his 1-meter title for his sixth crown and final opportunity to win his sixth state title.

The State 1A meet is next Saturday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart where defending champion Jacksonville Bolles is favored to win after sweeping the Region 1-1A titles. The girls and boys teams combined to win 21 events and posted several All-American time standards.

Bolles has been named No. 1 in the nation 18 times–10 for the boys and eight for the girls. The Bolles girls have won 34 state titles and boys have won 33 state titles.

A live broadcast of the state meet will be available on the NFHS Network (subscription required).

GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s 376, 2. Pine Crest 369, 3. King’s Academy 323, 4. South Florida Heat 242, 5. Cutler Bay 209, 6. tie, Ransom Everglades 106 and Coral Springs Charter, 106, 8. NSU University School 90, 9. Coral Shores 75, 10. tie, Carrollton 69 and Calvary Christian 69, 12. Miami Country Day 48.5, 13. North Broward Prep 39, 14. Oxbridge 33.5, 15. tie, Westminster Academy 30 and FAU High 30, 17. Sagemont 26, 18. St. John Paul II 17, 19. Miami LaSalle 16, 20. tie, Berean Christian, 8, and Westminster Christian 8, 22. tie, Lake Worth Christian, 4, and Cardinal Newman 4.

200-yard medley relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:44.24, 2. King’s Academy 1:45.20, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:45.31.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Maddy Smutny, CB 1:51.02, 2. Riley Botting, PC 1:51.13, 3. Kiersten Munna, KA 1:52.22, 4. Elena Dinehart, CB 1:52.89, 9. Nat Gembicki, CB 1:55.00, 12. Izzy Wilson, CAR 1:59.36.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:01.89, 2. Olivia Dinehart, CB 2:04.91, 3. Nicole Aguilar, SA 2:05.02, 8. Sara Quintero, SAGE 2:11.81, 9. Sophia Grubbs, CB 2:13.42, 22. Fiorella DiSalvo, SFH 2:24.92.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 23.02, 2. Ava Fasano, KA 23.56, 3. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 23.93, 16. Katelyn Gembicki, CB 25.42.

1-meter diving: 1. Ava Anderson, PC 467.85, 2. Kaeden Dunham, SA 432.70, 3. Makenzie Blake, WA 423.80.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 54.45, 2. Nicole Aguilar, SA 54.95, 3. Riley McCormick, CSC 57.92, 4. Sara Quintero, SAGE 59.12, 19. Fiorella DiSalvo, SFH 1:05.53.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 51.76, 2. Isabella Chambers, PC 52.63, 3. Lydia Lanahan, CC 52.92, 6. Nat Gembicki, CB 53.19, 11. Katelyn Gembicki, CB 55.57.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Riley Botting, PC 4:52.97, 2. Emma Herrera, KA 4:58.96, 3. Maddy Smutny, CB 5:01.92, 7. Izzy Wilson, CAR 5:09.45, 14. Alexis Christensen, NSU 5:28.11.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:35.06, 2. Pine Crest 1:35.65, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:37.74.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 54.11, 2. Aspen Gersper, SA 54.66, 3. Julia Podkosciely, PC 55.13, 6. Elena Dinehart, CB 56.85.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, CB 1:03.06, 2. Micaela Sierra, SFH 1:03.47, 3. Alyssa Bozzuto, KA 1:03.75, 7. Sophia Grubbs, CB 1:06.57.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:24.53, 2. Pine Crest 3:27.51, 3. South Florida Heat 3:29.77.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s 350, 2. Pine Crest 319, 3. South Florida Heat 273.5, 4. King’s Academy 269.5, 5. NSU University School 226.5, 6. Cutler Bay 150, 7. Riviera Prep 96, 8. Ransom Everglades 72, 9. FAU High 70, 10. Miami Country Day 62, 11. Oxbridge 57, 12. Westminster Academy 50, 13. Calvary Christian 44, 14. Coral Shores 36, 15. Doctors Charter 33, 16. North Broward Prep 32.5, 17. Westminster Christian 31, 18. Miami LaSalle 27, 19. St. John Paul II 24, 20. Sagemont 9, 21. Cardinal Newman 4, 22. Posnack 2.

200-yard medley relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:32.41, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:37.32, 3. King’s Academy 1:38.54.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, SFH 1:38.00, 2. Valerio Bonuglia, SA 1:44.42, 3. Ambrus Barcsak, SA 1:44.63, 10. Ivan Grass, CB 1:51.00, 11. Nicholas Pelaez, CB 1:52.12.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:49.11, 2. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SA 1:56.09, 3. Pablo Lopez Franco, LAS 1:58.38, 4. Adrian Hernandez, CB 1:59.75.

50-yard freestyle: 1. tie, Kacper Rafal, SA 21.72 and Noah Engstrom, KA 21.72, 3. tie, Finn Winkler, SFH 21.83, and Karl Wilson Aimable, NSU 21.83.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 586.25, 2. Allen Levitis, PC 518.30, 3. Ashton Jacobi, PC 346.55.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Dario Martin, SFH 49.39, 2. Dylan Smiley, MCD 49.44, 3. Diego Balbi, SA 49.69, 8. Adrian Hernandez, CB 53.97, 14. Jaden Amores, CB 56.08.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, SFH 44.51, 2. Kacper Rafal, SA 46.54, 3. Max Fermayer, NSU 48.28, 15. Alexander Miller, CB 50.42.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Christian Proscia, KA 4:43.77, 2. Austin Nelson, CB 4:45.05, 3. Ivan Grass, CB 4:51.12.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:24.52, 2. King’s Academy 1:26.97, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:27.82.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 49.87, 2. Noah Smith, KA 50.61, 3. Diego Balbi, SA 51.21, 10. Austin Nelson, CB 54.56, 11. Jaden Amores, CB 58.37.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Dario Martin, SFH 56.58, 2. Dylan Smiley, MCD 56.98, 3. Nikita Efimov, SFH 57.70, 15. Alexander Miller, CB 1:04.40.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:07.92, 2. NSU University School 3:11.14, 3. Pine Crest 3:16.34.

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

St. Andrew’s Sweeps District 10-1A Team Titles; Four Pool Records Broken


By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, October 23, 2021—St. Andrew’s School swept the boys and girls team titles in the District 10-1A Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at the Scots’ pool.

In what looked more like a dual meet between rivals St. Andrew’s and King’s Academy, St. Andrew’s girls won with 597 points ahead of King’s with 545.

The boys won with 560 points and King’s finished with 525.5.

Four pool records including two by King’s Academy senior Josh Zuchowski, were broken.

Zuchowski, a member of the U.S. National Junior Team and Stanford-bound, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.89 and 100-yard backstroke in 49.39, both pool records and All-American consideration times.

King’s Academy won the girls 200-yard freestyle relay in a pool record and All-American consideration time of 1:36.09 with relay swimmers Ava Fasano, Julianna Bell, Kiki Munna and Aly Bozzuto.

St. Andrew’s won the girls 400-yard freestyle relay in a pool record and All-American consideration time of 3:32.54 with Aspen Gersper, Nicole Aguilar, Erin Miller and Ella Martinez.

Emma Herrera and Ava Fasano were double winners for King’s.

Herrera, a freshman, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:07.82 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:01.55.

Fasano, a junior, won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.72 and 100-yard backstroke in 56.52.

King’s Academy won the girls’ 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.

King’s Academy boys also won the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.

Senior Kacper Rafal of St. Andrew’s and senior Christian Proscia of King’s Academy also joined Zuchowski as double winners.

Rafal won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.84 and 100-yard freestyle in 47.59

Proscia won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.00 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:46.67.

The top qualifiers advance into the Region 4-1A meet Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. at NSU Aquatic Center.

GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s 597, 2. King’s Academy 545, 3. Oxbridge 188, 4. FAU High 136, 5. St. John Paul II 135, 6. Cardinal Newman 97, 7. Berean Christian 79, 8. Lake Worth Christian 63, 9. Grandview Prep 1.

200-yard medley relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:46.35, pool record (Ava Fasano, Aly Bozzuto, Emma Herrera, Julianna Bell), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:49.67, 3. Oxbridge 2:02.89.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Ella Martinez, SA 1:52.73, 2. Kiki Munna, KA 1:52.88, 3. Paige Munna, KA 1:54.18.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Emma Herrera, KA 2:07.82, 2. Nicole Aguilar, SA 2:08.76, 3. Madison Sipowski, KA 2:14.57.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 23.72, 2. Aly Bozzuto, KA 24.09, 3. Logananne Zielinski, SA 24.52.

1-meter diving: 1. Kaeden Dunham, FAU 416.90, 2. Madison Okon, KA 380.70, 3. Ashley Kelly, SA 359.60.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 56.62, 2. Nicole Aguilar, SA 57.06, 3. Madelyn Rippo, SA 1:02.03.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Logananne Zielinski, SA 53.78, 2. Julianna Bell, KA 54.71, 3. Amanda Loomis, KA 54.91.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Herrera, KA 5:01.55, 2. Paige Munna, KA 5:01.67, 3. Erin Miller, SA 5:14.65.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:36.09, AA-C (Ava Fasano, Julianna Bell, Kiki Munna, Aly Bozzuto), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:39.08, 3. FAU 1:45.28.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 56.52, 2. Aspen Gersper, SA 57.26, 3. Ella Martinez, SA 57.48.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Aly Bozzuto, KA 1:04.92, 2. Madison Sipowski, KA 1:05.89, 3. Morgan Hiller, LWC 1:10.70.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:32.54, pool record (Aspen Gersper, Nicole Aguilar, Erin Miller, Ella Martinez), 2. King’s Academy 3:54.91, 3. St. John Paul II 4:26.44.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s 560.5, 2. King’s Academy 525.5, 3. Oxbridge 203, 4. FAU High 166, 5. Cardinal Newman 142, 6. St. John Paul II 138, 7. Berean Christian 82, 8. Lake Worth Christian 12, 9. Grandview Prep 11.

200-yard medley relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:35.75, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:39.59, 3. FAU 1:51.75.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Christian Proscia, KA 1:46.00, 2. Valerio Bonuglia, SA 1:47.69, 3. Ambrus Barcsak, SA 1:48.18.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:49.89, pool record and AA-C, 2. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SA 2:00.66, 3. Diego Barnera, KA 2:07.04.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kacper Rafal, SA 21.84, 2. Noah Smith, KA 22.07, 3. Noah Engstrom, KA 22.15.

1-meter diving: 1. Oliver Dunham, SA 292.45.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Diego Balbi, SA 51.39, 2. Valerio Bonuglia, SA 52.12, 3. Diego Barberna, KA 56.17.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kacper Rafal, SA 47.59, 2. tie, Jake Venezia, SA 49.57 and Noah Engstrom, KA 49.57.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Christian Proscia, KA 4:46.67, 2. Mario Suarez, SA 5:07.40, 3. Maxwell Strohecke, KA 5:14.83.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:27.57 (Josh Zuchowski, Noah Smith, Noah Engstrom, Christian Proscia), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:29.34, 3. FAU 1:39.29.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 49.39, pool record, AA-C, 2. Noah Smith, KA 51.92, 3. Diego Balbi, SA 53.42.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Pete Pokatragool, FAU 1:00.27, 2. Paul Pokatragool, FAU 1:03.02, 3. Matthew Aronsohn, SA 1:04.59.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:16.47 (Ambrus Barcsak, Diego Balbi, Aitor Arrese-Igor, Kacper Rafal), 2. King’s Academy 3:35.33, 3. St. John Paul II 3:49.09.

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

Podkoscielny, Pelaez, Stoneburg, Zuchowski Named To 2021-22 U.S. National Junior Team


By Sharon Robb
COLORADO SPRINGS, October 19, 2021—Four South Florida swimmers were named to the 2021-22 U.S. National Junior Team, USA Swimming announced.

They are Julia Podkoscielny, Blair Stoneburg, Erika Pelaez and Josh Zuchowski. It is the first time in more than 10 years, four South Florida swimmers earned the honor.

Podkoscielny represents Pine Crest Panthers Swimming and Pine Crest School; Stoneburg of Treasure Coast Aquatics and Jensen Beach High School; Zuchowski of FAST and King’s Academy; and Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics and South Florida Heat.

Podskoscielny is a University of Florida commit; Stoneburg has verbally committed to University of Wisconsin-Madison and Zuchowski is headed to Stanford.

Pelaez was selected for her 100 freestyle swim at the Piranhas Senior Invitational (55.51).

Stoneburg was selected for the 1500 freestyle (16:37.08) at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis.

Podkoscielny was chosen for the 400 individual medley (4:44.83) at the Piranhas Senior Invitational.

Zuchowski was selected for the 200 backstroke (2:00.22) at the U.S. Olympic trials in a time trial.

To be eligible for selection, athletes had to be 18 years or younger and eligible to represent the U.S. in international competition on September 1, 2021.

The performance criteria to select the National Junior Team include the top two athletes in each individual Olympic event, as well as additional female athletes who have a World Ranking within, and including, the top 75 in an individual Olympic event and additional male athletes who have a World Ranking within, and including, the top 100 in an individual Olympic event that have also achieved a time faster or equal to the established time standards.

The 72 pool swimmers and seven open water swimmers selected are from 26 states and 61 clubs.

With four athletes apiece, Nation’s Capital Swim Club and TAC Titans had the most swimmers on the team. Sandpipers of Nevada and SwimMAC each had three selections. North Carolina is the highest-represented state with 10 athletes, followed by California with eight.

Athletes will remain named to the National Junior Team until August 31, 2022.

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

St. Andrew’s Wins Boys’ Team Title, Record 11th Combined Title; King’s Academy Wins Girls Title At Palm Beach County Championships; Gersper, Zuchowski Swimmers of the Meet


By Sharon Robb
WEST PALM BEACH, October 1, 2021—St. Andrew’s and King’s Academy turned the Palm Beach County High School Swimming and Diving Championships into a dogfight Friday at Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Complex.

In one of the closest and most exciting finishes in meet history, St. Andrew’s won a record eleventh straight combined team title with 719.5 points. King’s Academy was runner-up with 702 points.

The Scots also won the boys’ team title with 343 points followed by King’s Academy with 299.5 points.

King’s Academy knocked off defending champion St. Andrew’s to win the girls’ team title for the first time with 402.5 points. The Scots were runners-up with 376.5 points.

St. Andrew’s sophomore Aspen Gersper was named Female Swimmer of the Meet. She finished with 40 points in high point after winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.93 and 100-yard butterfly in 54.84. She also led off the Scots’ winning 400-yard freestyle relay with a 50.08 split breaking Rhi Jeffrey’s county record.

Other girls’ double winners were Heidi Smithwick of Jupiter and Ava Fasano of King’s Academy.

Smithwick, a senior, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.82 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.24.

Fasano, a junior, won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.40 and 100-yard backstroke in 55.84.

King’s Academy won the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. Julianna Bell and Aly Bozzuto were indvidual winners for King’s Academy.

Stanford-bound Josh Zuchowski, a senior at King’s Academy, was the Male Swimmer of the Meet for the second consecutive year. He also finished with 40 points. He won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.61 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:31.75.

Noah Smith of King’s Academy was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.55 and 100-yard backstroke in 51.02.

St. Andrew’s won the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays and had two individual winners, Kacper Rafal and Diego Balbi.

Other individual winners were Maximilian zum Tobel of Boca Raton in the 100-yard freestyle (45.08) and Chase Foulds of Park Vista in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.40).

The 1-meter diving competition was held Friday at Wellington Aquatic Complex. Emilie Moore of Boca Raton won the girls with 539.55 points and Thomas Dowling won the boys with 530.60 points.

The swimming prelims were held Monday at Lake Lytal, North County Aquatic Complex and Boca Raton High School.

Unlike the Broward County Athletic Association which features only BCAA-member schools, the Palm Beach County Championships feature private and public schools to determine a true county champion.

GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS

1.King’s Academy 402.5, 2. St. Andrew’s 376.5, 3. Jupiter 289.5, 4. Park Vista 164, 5. Boca Raton 164, 6. Suncoast 131, 7. Dwyer 117.5, 8. Wellington 115, 9. Benjamin 96, 10. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 83, 11. Spanish River 68, 12. Palm Beach Central 63, 13. FAU High 61.5, 14. Seminole Ridge 32, 15. Oxbridge 29, 16. St. John Paul II 20, 17. Forest Hill 17, 18. West Boca Raton 14, 19. Lake Worth Christian 12.5, 20. Jupiter Christian 12, 21. tie, Palm Beach Gardens, Somerset Canyons 11, 23. Cardinal Newman 5, 24. Royal Palm Beach 1.

200-yard medley relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:45.01, 2. Jupiter 1:46.03, 3. Boca Raton 1:52.99.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 1:48.93, 2. Emma Herrera, KA 1:52.34, 3. Siena Griffiths, SA 1:53.89.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 2:02.82, 2. Nicole Aguilar, SA 2:03.58, 3. Ella Martinez, SA 2:07.02.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 23.40, 2. Kiara Caamano, JUP 23.70, 3. Aly Bozzuto, KA 23.86.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 54.84, 2. Leorah Rotchin, WHS 58.42, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BR 59.21.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Julianna Bell, KA 53.63, 2. Amanda Loomis, KA 54.43, 3. Anna Macaulay, SUN 56.44.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 4:54.24, 2. Emma Herrera, KA 5:02.68, 3. Faith Mutchsler, PBC 5:03.18.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:34.71, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:35.75, 3. Jupiter 1:42.36.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 55.84, 2. Ella Martinez, SA 56.09, 3. Katherine Nordheim, BR 57.61.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Aly Bozzuto, KA 1:04.07, 2. Madison Sipowski, KA 1:05.55, 3. Amanda Loomis, KA 1:08.11.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:25.08, 2. Jupiter 3:29.74, 3. King’s Academy 3:37.66.

1-meter diving: 1. Emilie Moore, BR 539.55, 2. Kaeden Dunham, SA 422.05, 3. Madison Okon, KA 386.05.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS

1.St. Andrew’s School 343, 2. King’s Academy 299.5, 3. Boca Raton 248, 4. Jupiter 220, 5. Park Vista 156.5, 6. Suncoast 150, 7. Spanish River 134, 8. Wellington 127, 9. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 93, 10. Palm Beach Central 74, 11. FAU High 68, 12. Seminole Ridge 67, 13. Dwyer 51, 14. Oxbridge 50, 15. West Boca Raton 47, 16. Somerset Canyons 33, 17. St. John Paul II 32, 18. Benjamin 31, 19. Jupiter Christian 24, 20. tie, John I. Leonard, Lake Worth Christian 15, 22. Santaluces 4, 23. Cardinal Newman 2.

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:36.68, 2. Boca Raton 1:39.97, 3. Park Vista 1:40.82.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:39.61, 2. Maximilian zum Tobel, BR 1:40.15, 3. Christian Proscia, KA 1:44.90.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Noah Smith, KA 1:53.55, 2. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SA 1:56.17, 3. Jacques Sonnier, SR 2:01.92.

50-yard freestyle: 1.Kacper Rafal, SA 21.48, 2. John Trieu, SCBB 21.69, 3. Chase Foulds, PV 22.09.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Diego Balbi, SA 50.15, 2. Alex Nunez, JUP 53.71, 3. Tanner Zilch, JUP 53.92.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Maximilian zum Tobel, BR 45.08, 2. Kacper Rafal, SA 46.91, 3. John Trieu, SCBB 47.37.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 4:31.75, 2. Christian Proscia, KA 4:49.34, 3. Ambrus Barcsak, SA 4:53.90.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:26.32, 2. Boca Raton 1:28.60, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:31.32.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Noah Smith, KA 51.02, 2. Diego Balbi, SA 52.73, 3. Hudson Bishop, JUP 53.17.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Chase Foulds, PV 59.40, 2. Jacques Sonnier, SR 1:00.77, 3. Paul Pokatragool, FAU 1:01.15.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:10.37, 2. King’s Academy 3:11.10, 3. Jupiter 3:23.30.

1-meter diving: 1. Thomas Dowling, SUN 530.60, 2. Bryson Hayden, SRDG 428.70, 3. Christian Torres, DWY 423.85.

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