Julia Podkoscielny Wins Second Event At UANA Tokyo Qualifier; Alia Atkinson Scratches Second Final


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, May 1, 2021—Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swim Team won her second event of the UANA Tokyo Qualifier Saturday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

Podkoscielny, 16, won the 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best time 4:20.11, shaving 5.87 seconds off her previous best of 4:25.98. She first bettered her time in prelims in 4:25.31, second fastest qualifying time.

Podkoscielny also was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:38.51, dropping a whopping 14.57 seconds off her previous best.

On Friday, the U.S. Olympic trials qualifier won her first event, the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.15.

Podkoscielny has the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke left to swim on Sunday, the fourth and final day of the FINA meet.

For the second day, SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 32, scratched from a final, the 100-meter butterfly, after qualifying second in morning prelims in 1:01.73. She also scratched from the 100-meter breaststroke final. Atkinson, already qualified for her fifth Olympics, is nursing a quad strain and did not want to risk further injury with two swims in one day.

On opening day, Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.69 for her tenth consecutive win in the sprint event in the U.S. She has not lost in the event on U.S. soil since May 2016. She was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.03.

Venezuela’s Andrea Santander, 19, racing for the first time with SOFLO, finished the 50-meter freestyle in 27.49. She has the 100-meter freestyle to swim on Sunday.

Other Saturday night winners were:

Madelyn Moore, 20, of Bermuda, 50-meter freestyle, 25.95. Moore was named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Year in March.

Mexico national record holder Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, of Britania Desert Dragons, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:28.49.

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino, 100-meter butterfly, 59.66.

Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo, 25, of Mexico, 200-meter individual medley, 2:13.97, new national record.

Gabe Castano, 23, Penn State, 50-meter freestyle, 22.21.

St. Croix native and national record holder Adriel Sanes, 22, Virgin Islands, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:14.45.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, Mexico, 100-meter butterfly, 52.84.

Puerto Rico’s Alfonso Mestre, Unattached-Florida, 400-meter freestyle, 3:51.65.

Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, 23, Mexico, 200-meter individual medley, 2:01.46, new national record.

Mexico continues to dominate leading the combined, men’s and women’s team standings. Azura Florida Aquatics is second in all three categories.

Pine Crest, with 41.5 points from Podkoscielny, is fourth among combined teamw with 66.5 points and fourth in the women’s team standings with 61.5.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate are eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Sunday prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Sunday’s events are: men’s and women’s 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. Mexico 183, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 154.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 74, 4. Pine Crest Swim Team 66.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 42, 6. Gator Swim Club 40, 7. tie, Virgin Islands 31, Britania Desert Dragons 31, 9. Aruba 29, 10. Club Libanes Potosino 27, 16. South Florida Aquatic 20, 43. Jamaica 3.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 106, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 86, 3. Gator Swim Club 40, 4. Virgin Islands 31, 5. Dominican Republic 22, 6. Colorado Stars 21, 7. Zacatecas 19, 8. Olympus 17, 9. Aruba 15, 10. Texas A&M 13, 20. Pine Crest 5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 77, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 68.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 68, 4. Pine Crest 61.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 42, 6. Britania Desert Dragons 31, 7. tie, Montverde 22, Club Libanes Potosino, 22, 9. Bermuda Swim Team 21, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 20.

WOMEN
50-meter freestyle: 1. Madelyn Moore, Bermuda 25.95, 2. Jeserik Pinto, Venezuela 25.95, 3. Fresh Sathianchokwisan, Bolles 26.01; SOFLO: 22. Andrea Santander 27.49; FGC: 21. Colleen Furgeson, Azura 27.37, 23. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 27.64, 24. Samantha Roberts, Azura 27.71.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, Britania Desert Dragons 2:28.49, 2. Michaela Sierra, Azura 2:34.27, 3. Kristia Jurado, Waterproof Swim Academy 2:35.21; FGC: 4. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:36.76, 6. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 2:38.51, time drop 14.57.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 59.66, 2. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 1:00.60, 3. Addison Reese, Windermere Lakers 1:01.32; FGC: 4. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:02.00, 8. Julimar Avila, Azura 1:02.74, 29. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 1:10.53.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 4:20.11, time drop, 2. Paige MacEachern, Pine Crest 4:20.59, 3. Kate Hurst, SCAR 4:21.19.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo, Mexico 2:13.97, 2. McKenna DeBeverm Tennessee Aquatics 2:16.89, 3. Destiny Nelson Texas Ford Aquatics 2:18.97; FGC: 4. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:20.51, 19. Isabella Chambers, Pine Crest 2:32.69, 20. Sophia Perez, Gulliver 2:34.10.

MEN
50-meter freestyle: 1. Gabe Castano, Unattached-PSU 22.21, 2. Matej Dusa, Unattached-Queens 22.59, 3. Alberto Mestre, Azura 22.65; FGC: 14. Stefano Mitchell, Azura 23.37, 15. Joshua Hanks, Pine Crest 23.53, 19. Kohen Kerr, Azura 23.80, 27. Kerry Ollivierre, Azura 24.14.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Adriel Sanes, Virgin Islands Swimming 2:14.45, 2. Nils Wich-Glasen, Gator Swim Club 2:15.95, 3. Tyler Christianson, Unattached-Irish Aquatics 2:16.58; FGC: 5. Izaak Bastian, Unattached-FSU 2:17.78, 7. Matteo Zampese, Azura 2:20.74, 13. Joshua Hanks, Pine Crest 2:23.50, 16. Kevin De Grijze, Venezueka 2:25.67, 17. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:27.09; SOFLO: 23. Javier Colmenares 2:30.62

100-meter butterfly: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 52.84, 2. Abbas Qali, Azura 54.45, 3. Alvaro Octavio Ibarra Reyes, Aguascalientes 54.55; FGC: 5. Steven Aimable, Azua 55.14, 9. Gabriel Araya, Azura 55.25, 14. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 55.62, 15. Yeziel Morales, Azura 56.09, 18. Joey Carbone, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.42, 24. Diego Balbi, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.90.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Alfonso Mestre, Unattached-FL 3:51.65, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 3:52.07, 3. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 3:52.18; FGC: 8. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 3:59.11, 14. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 4:02.71, 29. Max Fermayer, Azura 4:16.30.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, Mexico 2:01.46, 2. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 2:02.45, 3. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:04.58; SOFLO: 11. Miguel Cancel, Unattached-UF 2:05.02, time drop 0.87; FGC: 25. Kevin De Grijze, Venezuela 2:14.05, 26. Diego Balbi 2:14.98.

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

Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny Wins First Event; SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Scratches Final On Day Two Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, April 30, 2021—After swimming the second fastest time in morning prelims, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson scratched from the 100-meter breaststroke final in the UANA Tokyo Qualifier Friday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

The 32-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, already qualified for her fifth Olympic appearance in her signature event, strained her quad and decided to play it safe instead of risking further injury.

Atkinson was seeded second in 1:11.54 behind eventual winner Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, in 1:10.60. Atkinson is expected to swim the 100-meter butterfly prelims on Saturday.

On opening day, Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.69 for her tenth consecutive win in the sprint event in the U.S. She has not lost in the event on U.S. soil since May 2016. She was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.03 behind third-seeded 16-year-old Athena Meneses Kovacs of Mexico in a lifetime-best 27.01.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swim Team won her first event of the meet in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.15 ahead of teammate Paige MacEachern in 4:48.09.

Bahamian national team member Izaak Bastian, 20, swimming unattached for Florida State, was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.33.

Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cancel, 21, who trains with SOFLO during the summer and is swimming unattached for Florida, was fifth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:33.07.

Other winners were:

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:01.16.

Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, of Britania Desert Dragons won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.11.

Great Britain’s Pia Murray, 19, swimming unattached for Florida State, won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.94.

Jordanian Olympian Khader Baqlah, 22, of Gator Swim Club won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.10.

Josue Dominguez, 24, of the Dominican Republic won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.25 breaking his own national record.

Clark Beach, 21, swimming unattached for Florida, won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.70.

Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, 23, of Mexico won the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:19.01.

Mexico has been the most dominant team after two days. Mexico leads the combined, men and women’s team standings.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate will be eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Friday through Sunday, prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Saturday’s events are: men’s and women’s

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. Mexico 103, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 81.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 48, 4. Pine Crest 41.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 26, 6. Gator Swim Club 25, 7. Dominican Republic 22, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club, Olympus, Britania Desert Dragons 20.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 103, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 81.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 48, 4. Pine Crest 41.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 26, 6. Gator Swim Club 25, 7. Dominican Republic 22, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club, Olympus, Britania Desert Dragons 20.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 49, 2. Scarlet Aquatic 44, 3. Pine Crest 36.5, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 35.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 26, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club, Britania Desert Dragons 20, 8. Montverde Aquatic Club 16.

WOMEN
200-meter freestyle:

  1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 2:01.16, best time, 2. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 2:04.08, 3. Giulia Grasso, Unattached Queens, NC 2:04.45; FGC; 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:05.99, 8. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:07.02, 22. Lauren Hew, Cayman Island 2:09.06.

100-meter breaststroke:

  1. Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, Britania Desert Dragons 1:09.11, 2. Micaela Sierra, Azura Florida Aquatics/Uruguay 1:12.13, national record, 3. Emily Santos, Montverde Aquatic Club 1:12.22; FGC: 9. Riley Botting, PC 1:15.13.

100-meter backstroke:

  1. Pia Murray, Unattached FSU 1:02.94, 2. McKenna DeBever, Tennessee Aquatics 1:02.99, 3. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 1:03.46; FGC: 4. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:03.79, 5. Julia Podkoscielny 1:03.81, 20. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 1:08.48, 21. Colleen Furgeson, Azura 1:07.33, 22. Nicol Bellardi, Venezuela 1:07.68, 26. Isabella Chambers, PC 1:10.27, 27. Simone Vale, PC 1:10.47, 28. Sophia Perez, GULL 1:11.69.

400-meter individual medley:

  1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:47.15, 2. Paige MacEachern, PC 4:48.09, 3. Ginevra Molino, UNATT-FSU 4:54.80; FGC: 7. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 5:03.30, 12. Riley Botting, PC 5:05.68, 18. Sophia Perez, GULL 5:20.42.

MEN
200-meter freestyle:

  1. Khader Baqlah, Gator Swim Club 1:48.10, 2. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 1:48.40, 3. Alfonso Mestre, Unattached UF 1:49.84; FGC: 5. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 1:50.19, 10. Gabriel Araya, Azura 1:53.22, 13. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 1:53.20, 14. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 1:53.58.

100-meter breaststroke:

  1. Josue Dominguez, Dominican Republic 1:01.25, national record holder, 2. Nills Wich-Glasen, Gator Swim Club 1:01.90, 3. Izaak Bastian, Unattached FSU 1:02.33; FGC: 7. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:03.64, 10. Matteo Zampese, Azura 1:04.09, 19. Brandon Moran, Azura 1:06.56; SOFLO: 28. Javier Colmenares, Venezuela 1:09.01.

100-meter backstroke:

  1. Clark Beach, Unattached-UF 55.70, 2. Diego Camacho Salgado, Olympus Swim Team 55.76, 3. Yeziel Morales, Azura 56.11; FGC: 4. Lance Lesage, Unattached-PC 56.45, 10. Will Taner, PC 1:00.71, 19. Steven Aimable, Azura 1:00.04, 25. Diego Balbi, SAS 59.96

400-meter individual medley:

  1. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 4:19.01, best time, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 4:21.20, 3. Kieran Smith, Unattached-UF 4:22.00; SOFLO: 5. Miguel Cancel, Unattached-UF 4:33.07, 24. Javier Colmenares, Venezuela 4:51.83, 27. Leo Mateus 5:02.89; FGC: 10. Patrick Groters, Aruba 4:30.72, 28. Jake Wienants, GULL 5:03.81.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes First, Second On Day One Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, April 29, 2021—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson opened the UANA Tokyo Qualifier with a first and second in sprint events on Thursday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

Atkinson, 32, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.69 for her tenth consecutive win on U.S. soil. She has not lost the event since May 2016.

She was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.03 behind third-seeded 16-year-old Athena Meneses Kovacs of Mexico in a lifetime-best and 27.01.

Atkinson competes in the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday. She is seeded second in her signature event behind Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, of Britania Desert Dragons.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swim Team tied Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, 14, of Club De Regatas Lima for second in the 50-meter backstroke in 29.59.

Bahamian national team member Izaak Bastian, 20, swimming unattached-Florida State was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.22.

Other winners were:
Kate Beavon, 21, Unattached-Boilermaker Aquatics, 1,500-meter freestyle, 16:55.59.

McKenna DeBever, 24, Tennessee Aquatics 50-meter backstroke, 29.52, lifetime-best after being seeded 11th in 30.82.

Top-seeded Bobby Finke, 21, Unattached-University of Florida, 800-meter freestyle, 7:55.05.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, Mexico 24.00, lifetime-best and national record, 50-meter butterfly.

Top-seeded Adam Chaney, 19, Unattached-University of Florida, 50-meter backstroke 26.10.

Josue Dominguez, 24, Dominican Republic, 50-meter breaststroke, 27.98, lifetime-best and national record.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate will be eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Friday through Sunday, prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Friday’s events are: men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley.

The meet is being shown on the Pan Am Sports TV channel available on an app which can be downloaded for free on various devices.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Kate Beavon, Unattached 16:55.59, 2. Chloe Kim, SCAR 17:03.70, 3. Kate Hurst, SCAR 17:06.14.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Athena Meneses Kovacs, EMEX 27.01, 2. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 27.03, 3. Jenny Holden, Unattached 27.20.

50-meter backstroke: 1. McKenna DeBever, TINAQ 29.52, 2. tie, Julia Podkoscielny, PC 29.59 and Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, RL 29.59.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 31.69, 2. Melissa Rodriguez-Villanueva, BDD 31.83, 3. Emily Santos, MVAC 32.77.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, Unattached 7:55.05, 2. Alfonso Mestre, Unattached 7:56.94, 3. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, EMEX 8:03.20.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, EMEX 24.00, 2. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 24.15, 3. Isaac Davis, Unattached 24.18; 26. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 25.89, time drop 1.66.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, Unattached 26.10, 2. Yeziel Morales, Azura 26.13, 3. Diego Camacho Salgado, OLYM 26.26, 4. Patrick Groters 26.41, time drop 0.19, 16. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 27.44, time drop 0.17, 23. Juan Colmenares, VEN 28.83, time drop 0.11.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Josue Dominguez, DOM 27.98, 2. Izaak Bastian, Unattached FSU 28.22, 3. Edgar Crespo, SA 28.23, 19. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 30.39, time drop 3.07, 26. Javier Colmenares, VEN 31.14.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Heads Field For UANA Tokyo Qualifier That Begins Thursday In Clermont


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, April 28, 2021—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson heads a fast field for the UANA Tokyo Qualifier that gets under way Thursday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate will be eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championships in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

“The UANA Tokyo Qualifier is a significant opportunity for swimmers throughout the world to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games,” said Dale Neuberger, newly-named FINA Treasurer. “With athletes from over 60 countries competing, the state of Florida has established itself as an important and desirable location for international competition.”

UANA (Union Americana de Natación) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Recently, Atkinson was named an an athlete member to the UANA Technical Committee for swimming through 2023.

Atkinson, 32, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet, has already qualified for her fifth Olympics in Tokyo in her signature 100-meter breaststroke event.

In addition to the 100-meter breaststroke, Atkinson is also entered in the 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly. She is seeded first in the 50-meter butterfly (26.61) and breaststroke (30.58) events, second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.00) and third in the 100-meter butterfly (1:00.87).

She will be joined by four other SOFLO teammates: Mariangela Cincotti Serafini, 17, and Andrea Santander, 19, both of Venezuela; Julio Horrego, 22, of Honduras and Leo Mateus, 19, of Colombia.

All five swimmers are representing SOFLO.

Horrego is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events and is an Olympic hopeful. Horrego represented Honduras at the Central American and Caribbean Games where he was fifth in the 200 breast in 2:16.40 and eighth in the 200 IM in 2:05.40. At the 2018 CCCAN meet he won the 100 breast (1:03.30); 200 breaststroke (2:20.87) and 200 IM (2:04.85). He was a two-time high school state champion at Mater Academy and former Florida State swimmer.

Cincotti Serafini, headed to Drexel University in the fall, will swim the 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events. She will graduate from Nova Southeastern University School where she qualified for the state meet as a junior and broke school records in the 200 and 500 freestyles. She is a member of Venezuela’s national team and has competed in the Pan American and South American Games. In 2018, she qualified for the Open Water Junior World Championships in Eilat. She is a member of two Venezuelan national age group relay records.

Santander, a former Broward County High School Swimmer of the Year and state champion for Pine Crest, earned a scholarship to University of Southern California her senior year. As a junior, she represented Venezuela in international meets including the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires at age 16. She has competed in five international meets, her first three 17-18 meets and junior worlds. Santander is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyles and 200-meter individual medley.

Mateus, an Everglades High School alum currently enrolled at Yale, swims for the Colombian Swimming Federation and has limited international experience. He is entered in the 200-meter backstroke and breaststroke events and 200- and 400-meter individual medleys.

Miguel Cancel, who trains at SOFLO when he’s not attending and swimming at University of Florida, is competing unattached for Florida. Cancel, a Gulliver Prep alum where he won four individual state titles, has competed on the international scene for Puerto Rico. Among his events are the 50 butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke sprints and 200 and 400 IM.

Also competing are SOFLO’s Juan Colmenares, 17, and Javier Colmenares, 14, representing Venezuela and competing for international meet experience.

There will be several other familiar faces with Florida ties in the meet.

Aruba’s Patrick Groters, 22, coached by his brother Jordy, is a NSU University School alum. Their mother is UANA President Maureen Croes.

“I am extremely pleased with the event that UANA, together with Azura, Montverde, Orlando Health National Training Center and Greater Orlando Sports Commission, put together in a very short time,” Croes said.

“Organization of any sporting event during the pandemic is very challenging and requires more attention to details to ensure our athletes and coaches are able to do what they do best safely. I am grateful to all involved, as cooperation and willingness to support has been beyond my wildest dreams.”

Pine Crest will have a talented group of swimmers led by 16-year-old U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Julia Podkoscielny.

Host Azura has a large contingent entered led by El Salvador Olympian Marcelo Acosta, 24. He was the first swimmer from El Salvador to qualify for the Olympics with an “A” cut in 2016.

St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian, 20, swimming unattached for Florida State, is representing the Bahamas as a member of the national team and national record holder.

On Thursday timed finals session begins 5 p.m. Events are women’s 1500-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle and men’s and women’s 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter breaststroke. Friday through Sunday, prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

The meet is being shown on the Pan Am Sports TV channel available on an app which can be downloaded for free on various devices.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Come Up Big On Day Two; Lead Combined, Women’s, Men’s Standings At Piranhas Senior Invitational


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 5, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, competing in only their second long course meet in nearly a year, found another gear on Day Two of the Piranhas Senior Invitational Friday at Plantation Aquatic Center.

Leading the combined after Day One, SOFLO overtook the lead in both the women’s and men’s team standings, buoyed by depth and talent.

SOFLO continues to lead the combined team standings with 1,571 points ahead of Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming with 1,212 and Azura Florida Aquatics with 633 points.

The battle for the women’s team title will come down to two teams with SOFLO leading with 776 and Phoenix (N.H.)Swimming with 736.

SOFLO leads the men’s team standings with 591 points followed by Colorado Stars with 418 and Azura with 366.

“They definitely stepped it up a little bit better than prelims,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson. “You could tell they were more into it. They certainly did turn it up a little bit.

“I am happy. I think their expectations are higher. They need to toughen up and get a little grittier. They definitely turned it around this afternoon and were getting into it again. I am hoping we will look a little sharper tomorrow and the following day and get within striking distance of a couple Olympic trial cuts.

“We just need to keep working hard training long course, and hopefully it will come.”

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson, aleady qualified for her fifth Olympics for Jamaica, was a double winner. Atkinson, 32, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.40. She already has the “A” cut in her signature event.

Atkinson also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.87. She is tied for third in high point with 64 points.

“The 100 fly was a solid swim for her,” Anderson said. “I was really happy with it. She is definitely progressing. Her speed is getting back in the breaststroke. She is attacking her races and it’s nice to see.”

Julio Horrego, 22, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.88. Juan Mora, 16, was fifth in the event in a lifetime-best 1:05.09, breaking 1:06 barrier for the first time and bettering his previous best of 1:06.40 by 1.31 seconds. “Juan’s swim was a nice step in the right direction, he almost broke 1:05,” Anderson said. “That was definitely our best swim of the night.”

Youngstown State-bound Dominic Bono, 17, put together outstanding back-to-back races in the 400-meter individual medley. He swam a best time in prelims in 4:38.46, dropping 3.74 and came back at night to win in 4:38.98.

SOFLO swept the women’s and men’s 800-meter freestyle relay for the first time in a high caliber meet.

The women’s relay won in 8:32.58 with Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Elena Dinehart and Mallory Schleicher.

The men’s relay won in 8:11.92 with Philopatier Ibrahim, Agustin Rodriguez, Michael Arias and Matthew Tarafa.

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

Margaux McDonald, 18, was second in the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 30.36.

Mallory Schleicher, 17, was third in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:55.19.

Maddie Smutny, 15, was third in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:06.18 and third in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.64.

Lance Lesage, 18, was third in the 50-meter backstroke in 27.16.

Liza Whitmire, 18, who already has her Olympic cut in the 200 IM, was fourth in the 100-meter butterfly. Jessica Yeager went a best time in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:13.32.

Miguel Sierra, 17, was fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 55.94.

Elena Dinehart, 16, was fifth in the 200-meter freestylein 2:07.49.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, was fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.99.

The swim of the night belonged to Pine Crest Swimming’s Julia Podkoscielny, 16, who made her second U.S. Olympic trials cut. Podkoscielny won the 400-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 4:44.83, below the “A” qualifying standard of 4:47.72. She already had her Olympic cut in the 200 IM in 2:16.36.

Her father and coach Mariusz Podkoscielny posted on Facebook: “Speechless…hard work does pay off…so proud. Second wave here we come.”

The four-day meet continues Saturday and Sunday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. The top 24 swimmers from prelims qualify for A, B, and C finals.

Saturday’s events are: 100-meter backstroke, 50-meter breaststroke, 50-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter medley relay.

SOFLO has 49 (27 male, 22 female) athletes competing in 218 individual events and 12 relays.

In addition to SOFLO and host Plantation Swim Team 30 teams are entered. They are: Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, Coastal Maine Aquatics, Colorado Stars, Coral Springs Swim Club, Delray Stingers, Eagle Aquatics, FAST, Aruba Giants Aquatics, Hurricane Aquatics, Inspire Swim Team, Metro Aquatics, Midtown Weston, North Palm Beach, PAQ, Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming, Pine Crest, Race (Ky.) Aquatics, Revolution Aquatics, Riptide, St. Andrew’s, Seal Beach (Calif.) Swim Club, Southern Maine Aquatic Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, Webbs Tornadoes and Wahoos of Wellington.

Under stringent COVID-19 safety protocols, no spectators are allowed on deck. Only coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and athletes are allowed on deck. Those entering the pool deck must wear masks, maintain six feet in social distancing and have their temperature checked.

The meet is being live streamed at live.pstpiranhas.com.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,571, 2. Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming, 1,212, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 633, 4. Plantation Swim Team 465, 5. Colorado Stars 418, 6. Webbs Tornadoes 283, 7. FAST 263.50, 8. Metro Aquatics 184, 9. Pine Crest 179, 10. Eagle Aquatics 136.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 776, 2. Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming 736, 3. Webbs Tornadoes 203, 4. Pine Crest 179, 5. Plantation 169, 6. Azura 139, 7. Wellington 100, 8. Eagles Aquatics 70, 9. Southern Maine 66, 10. FAST 39.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 591, 2. Colorado Stars 418, 3. Azura 366, 4. Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming 318, 5. Plantation 248, 6. Metro Aquatics 156, 7. FAST 114.50, 8. Coastal Maine 96, 9. Revolution Aquatics 69, 10. Eagle Aquatics 66.

WOMEN
200-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:02.55, 2. Megan Reich, Phoenix 2:06.14, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:06.18; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 2:07.49, 7. Nathalie Valdman 2:08.71, 10. Lucy Smutny, 2:12.17, 11. Mariangela Cincotti 2:12.69, 18. Michelle Marinheiro 2:14.55, time drop 2.52, 21. Alexis Christensen 2:17.03.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:08.40, 2. Paige Maceachern, PC 1:12.27, 3. Michaela Sierra, Azura 1:12.73; SOFLO: 5. Olivia Dinehart 1:12.99, 6. Jessica Yeager 1:13.32, 10. Sophia Grubbs 1:15.72, 11. Molly Golding 1:16.20, 18. Sabrina Osorio 1:21.01, 19. Sally Golding 1:21.31.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 29.47, 2. Margaux McDonald, SOFLO 30.36, 3. Jenna Charlat, Phoenix 31.55; SOFLO: 12. Nathalie Valdman 32.63, 15. Lucy Smutny 33.98.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:00.87, 2. Celina Marquez, Unattached 1:02.93, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 1:03.64; SOFLO: 4. Liza Whitmire 1:03.70, 9. Elena Dinehart 1:04.46, 10. Paige Lane 1:04.61, 14. Molly Golding 1:06.77, 18. Sara Quintero 1:08.13, 21. Michelle Marinheiro 1:09.31.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Julia Pokoscielny, PC 4:44.83, Olympic trials cut, 2. Paige Maceachern, PC 4:51.84, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:55.19; SOFLO: 11. Sally Golding 5:27.24.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 8:32.58 (Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Elena Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher), 2. Phoenix Swimming 8:36.60, 3. Webbs Tornadoes 9:28.04.

MEN
200-meter freestyle: 1. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 1:50.91, 2. Reese Branzell, Unattached 1:53.02, 3. Tre ‘V Monroe, NPB 1:54.43; SOFLO: 14. Michael Arias 2:00.60, 17. Matthew Tarafa 2:00.57, 18. Agustin Rodriguez 2:00.61, 20. Enrique Rodriguez 2:03.10, 23. Dominic Bono 2:06.90.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:02.88, 2. Jared Pike, TIDE 1:04.32, 3. Adriel Sanes, Unattached 1:04.55; SOFLO: 5. Juan Mora 1:05.09, 21. Garrett Oliver 1:12.96, 23. Adrian Hernandez 1:13.44.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, AZURA 26.24, 2. Blake Wilton, STAR 26.36, 3. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 27.16; SOFLO: 10. Juan Colmenares 29.19, 12. Alejandro Mateus 29.66, 17. Alex Golding 30.37, 18. Leonardo Mateus 32.15, 19. Garrett Oliver 32.46.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Marcin Cieslak, SFTL 54.06, 2. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 55.58, 3. Davidson Vincent, AZURA 55.71; SOFLO: 4. Miguel Sierra 55.94; SOFLO: 23. Agustin Rodriguez 1:02.90.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 4:38.98, 2. Patrick Groters, Unattached, Giants Aquatics Aruba 4:43.19, 3. John Key, RAST 4:46.69; SOFLO: 6. Adrian Hernandez 4:56.09, 7. Enrique Rodriguez 4:56.79, 8. Leonardo Mateus 4:57.02, 11. Alejandro Mateus 5:05.33.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 8:11.92 (Philopatier Ibrahim, Agustin Rodriguez, Michael Arias, Matthew Tarafa), 2. Plantation Swim Team 8:19.58, 3. Colorado Stars 8:30.49.

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

Pine Crest Girls Defend FHSAA State 2A Crown; Mendez Wins Record Fifth Diving Title; SOFLO’s Rodriguez, Robaina Win State Relay


By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 15, 2020—Pine Crest’s challenging journey through the pandemic ended with a girls state title and boys runner-up finish Saturday at the FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Championship at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

The Panthers won their second consecutive girls state title and 29th overall with 338 points ahead of Gulliver Prep with 186.5.

Tampa Jesuit captured the boys team title with 277 points ahead of defending champion Pine Crest with 185. In 2017, Jesuit became the first Hillsborough County School to capture a state championship in 71 years, and did it again in 2018.

“It is difficult to compare this year to last but I would say the one that gives me more satisfaction is this year,” said Pine Crest head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. “It was the hurdles and amount of stress. Here we are driving to states and every time your phone rings you are thinking to yourself ‘is this it.’ It’s very difficult to look past today when you are dealing with all of that. Today could be the last time we swim. When we went to regions, it was the first time in a long time we suit up everybody. Even though we didn’t have to, it was just because we didn’t know if we would get an opportunity to go to states.

“There was such a relief after prelims. The kids were finally starting to see that this was really happening and we might actually end the season and end it well.

“When you go through the whole season with such an emotional roller coaster, when it’s all said and done, I don’t know how to figure out the emotion–the relief that you did it or excitement and joy that you did it. I think it’s more a relief than anything else.”

In an emotionally-charged meet, the girls team was led by double winner Julia Podkoscielny and winning 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. All but one swimmer scored for the Panthers in the championship final for the first time in 15 years.

Podkoscielny won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.14 and 100-yard backstroke in 54.29, both automatic All-American times.

Podkoscielny was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in an automatic All-American time of 1:44.00 with teammates Riley Botting, Esther Lin and Hanna Smith.

Podkoscielny, Isabella Chambers, Riley Botting and Hanna Smith won the 200-yard freestyle relay in an All-American consideration time of 1:35.60.

Smith was also second in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.99 and third in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.01. Botting was second in the 500-yard freestyle in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:53.95, an All-American consideration time, and second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.61.

The Panthers were also able to win it without their 400-yard freestyle relay that was disqualified in the district meet.

Podkoscielny was forced to quarantine for more than a week after being exposed to a classmate who tested positive for COVID-19. She tested negative but per school pandemic protocol had to train in a private pool away from her teammates leading up to the state meet where she swam a grueling eight races in one day as opposed to four at district and region’s timed finals. Saturday was the first day she was allowed to be with the team.

Just competing at the state meet was a major accomplishment for Pine Crest which thought its 2020 high school season was cancelled because of the pandemic. The Panthers were given a reprieve by its school administration and allowed to compete in district, region and state meets after holding time trials at its own pool for qualifying times. Because of pandemic uncertainty, the swimmers competed like every meet was their last.

“Words can’t express my feelings, gratitude…lucky,” Podkoscielny said. “We started the season knowing that we weren’t going to have a season.

“We were given a green light to go only to districts, regions and states and then we were getting swimmers going into quarantine and missing out. We had a lot of those little things happening.

“We were walking on eggshells trying to get to the finish line. At any point in time this could have ended. Being able to do it and being able to do it well is just amazing.”

The defending champion boys team, after graduating several key scorers, finished second behind team top scorers Joshua Hanks and diver Kevin Mendez.

Mendez made history capturing a record fifth consecutive 1-meter state title with 560.45. He was the only diver to crack the 500-point barrier. He was tied for first going into the meet with the most diving titles. Pine Crest had four divers finish in the Top 11 (Mendez, Allen Levitis, fifth, Danyal Ghadiali, seventh, and Ashton Jacobi, 11th.

Hanks won the 100-yard breaststroke in 55.65, an automatic All-American time, and second in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.61, an All-American consideration time.

“We graduated a lot of points, three guys who scored top three in two events each and we won three relays last year,” Podkoscielny said. “We have a lot of young swimmers. It was great to have Josh for another year, he did a phenomenal job for us. And our hats off to our divers and (Coach) Janet Gabriel, who does a great job with our diving program. We are definitely in a rebuilding state so for us to finish second was phenomenal.”

Stanton Prep freshman Rylie Darkatsh won the girls 1-meter diving title with 378.70. Pine Crest picked up valuable points from runnerup Kaylee Greenberg, 370.10, Ava Anderson, third, 345.45 and Sarrah Ghadiali, eighth, 325.55.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Anthony Robaina and Agustin Rodriguez were key to Mater Lakes Academy finishing third among boys teams, highest finish in the school’s history.

The duo were members of Mater Lakes Academy’s winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:27.84 with teammates Daniel Quijada and Ronny Rueda.

Robaina and Rodriguez were also members of the runner-up 200-yard medley relay with Anthony Martinez and Quijada that finished in 1:37.31.

American Heritage Plantation senior Joseph Lee swam back-to-back best times to finish fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.77 and back-to-back best times in the 100-yard breaststroke for another fifth place in 59.39. He broke 1 minute for the first time in prelims in 59.59 and bettered it at night.

Lee and SOFLO teammate Nicolas Rossi were also members of American Heritage’s fifth place 200-yard freestyle relay.

In other SOFLO results:

Agustin Rodriguez was fifth in the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:42.75 and seventh in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:43.74. He finished with 26 points.

Robaina was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.93 and 21st in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.95.

Enrique Rodriguez of Somerset was ninth in 500-yard freestyle in 4:49.34 and remains the county leader in the distance event.

Senior Juan Camilo Rivero of Monsignor Pace was 13th fastest in a best time 54.68 in the 100-yard butterfly (0.79 drop) and lowered it to 54.58. He was also 19th in the 100-yard backstroke, also a best time in 56.26 (0.94 drop).

Sophomore Sabrina Osorio-Gomez of Somerset was 21st in 2:21.87 in the 200-yard individual medley.

Somerset sophomore Sofia Osorio-Gomez was 24th in 1:05.09 in the 100-yard backstroke.

FHSAA State 2A RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Pine Crest 338, 2. Gulliver Prep 186.5, 3. Jensen Beach 177, 4. Academy of Holy Names 173, 5. Robinson 154, 6. Cape Coral 150, 7. Montverde 119, 8. Eastside 111.5, 9. Stanton 94, 10. Clay 88, 11. Rockledge 68, 12. Estero 68, 13. Arnold 60, 14. Lake Wales 40, 15. Cardinal Gibbons 36, 16. Mater Lakes 34, 17. McKeel 33, 18. Pensaola 32, 19. tie, Astronaut, Atlantic 27, 21. Bishop Kenny 25, 22. Satellite 24, 23. tie, Titusville, Eustis 23, 25. tie, Northeast, Rickards, American Heritage Plantation 21.
    GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
    200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:44.00 AA-A (Julia Podkoscielny, Riley Botting, Esther Lin, Hanna Smith), 2. Academy of Holy Names 1:49.34, 3. Cape Coral 1:50.29, 7. Gullive Prep 1:51.82, 9. Cardinal Gibbons 1:55.15.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JB 1:44.63 AA-A, 2. Brooke Beede, ROB 1:52.02, 3. Claire Han, PENS 1:53.21, 9. Haley Cisewski, PC 1:52.95, time drop, 11. Lauren Balfour, PC 1:59.08, time drop.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:59.14 AA-A, 2. Sara Stotler, CLAY 2:01.32 AA-A, 3. Cassidy Neely, HNMS 2:06.48, 10. Lara Jones, PC 2:13.15, time drop, 14. Sara Lin, PC 2:15.69, time drop, 21. Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, SOM 2:21.87.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Mary Hardman, LW 23.88, 2. Chloe Hernandez, GP 23.90, 3. Hanna Smith, PC 24.01, 4. Cassandra Kraft, GP 24.36, 12. Olivia Mason, AHP 25.14.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Sara Stotler, CLAY 53.35 AA-A, 2. Avery Hawker, ROB 56.12, 3. Hannah Ahn, ESID 56.51, 7. Chloe Hernandez, GP 58.64, 10. Esther Lin, PC 58.60, time drop, 11. Simone Vale, PC 59.13, time drop, 12. Madison Kozel, PC 59.68.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Mary Hardman, LW 51.49, 2. Hanna Smith, PC 51.99, 3. Claire Han, PENS 52.70, 12. Nadya Yanova, PC 55.44, 14. Cassandra Kraft, GP 55.75.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JEN 4:39.10 AA-A, 2. Riley Botting, PC 4:53.95 AA-C, time drop, 3. Cadence Fort, ESTO 4:58.57, 7. Haley Cisewski, PC 5:08.43, 10. Aria Torretta, GP 5:10.12, 13. Giovana Musiello, GP 5:15.60.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:35.60 AA-C (Julia Podkoscielny, Isabella Chambers, Riley Botting, Hanna Smith), time drop, 2. Jensen Beach 1:36.63 AA-C, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:38.34, 11. Cardinal Gibbons 1:44.07, 14. American Heritage Plantation 1:44.79.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 54.29, AA-A, 2. Brooke Beede, ROB 57.34, 3. Isabelle Sealey, SATE 57.47, 4. Simone Vale, PC 58.54, 11. Jaclyn Nelson, CG 1:01.07, 24. Sofia Osorio-Gomez, SOM 1:05.09.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Michelle Fernandez, MAT 1:04.59, 2. Riley Botting, PC 1:04.61, time drop, 4. Emily Santos, MONT 1:05.71, 6. Esther Lin, PC 1:06.85, 9. Sara Lin, PC 1:07.13, time drop, 10. Lara Jones, PC 1:09.00, 13. Elyse Wood, GP 1:09.65.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Jensen Beach 3:29.55 AA-C (Brynn Stoneburg, Madeline Kohs, Emily Miller, Blair Stoneburg), 2. Gulliver Prep 3:34.11 (Alissa Pascual, Cassandra Kraft, Giovana Musiello, Chloe Hernandez), 3. Robinson 3:34.87, 12. American Heritage Plantation 3:49.14.

1-meter diving: 1. Rylie Darkatsh, STAN 378.70, 2. Kaylee Greenberg, PC 370.10, 3. Ava Anderson, PC 345.45, 8. Sarah Ghadiali, PC 325.55

MEN TEAM TOTALS

  1. Tampa Jesuit 277, 2. Pine Crest 185, 3. Mater Lakes Academy 164, 4. Arnold 135, 5. Stanton Prep 125, 6. Bishop Kenny 120, 7. Gulliver Prep 98, 8. American Heritage Plantation 89, 9. Lincoln Park 85, 10. Montverde 82, 11. River Ridge 62, 12. Cape Coral 56, 13. Rockledge 51, 14. Lemon Bay 50, 15. Cocoa 48, 16. Eastside 44, 17. tie, Estero, Chamberlain 40, 19. tie, Cypress Creek, Tavares 36, 21. Baker 35, 22. Atlantic 33, 23. Bishop Moore 32, 24. tie, Crystal River, Avon Park, 30, 37. Somerset 9, 42. Cardinal Gibbons 5, 44. Monsignor Pace 4.

MEN INDIVIDUAL RESULTS


200-yard medley relay: 1. Jesuit 1:35.82 (Nicholas Shaffer, Liam Schindler, Erick Magalhaes, Sam Prabhakaran), 2. Mater Lakes 1:37.31 (Anthony Martinez, Anthony Robaina, Agustin Rodriguez, Daniel Quijada), 3. Arnold 1:38.26, 6. Gulliver Prep 1:39.86, 11. Pine Crest 1:43.29 (Wyatt Denhard, Erick Zepeda, Colin Nealy, Luc Ferrara).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Jose Medina, OPRK 1:44.89, 2. Ryan Finster, JES 1:46.51, 3. Armando Destrade, JES 1:47.29.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Nicholas Shaffer, JES 1:50.83 AA-C, 2. Mehdi Elaoufir, STAN 1:53.01, 3. Tristan Ide, ATPO 1:54.42, 14. Daniel Watson, AHP 2:03.03.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Chance Tirheimer, CHBL 20.34 AA-A, 2. Joshua Hanks, PC 20.61 AA-C, 3. Charles Wilson, CRIV 21.29.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Braeden Knight, BCHS 51.01, 2. Josh Farless, AVPK 51.82, 3. Reese Hawker, ROB 52.47, 5. Joseph Lee, AHP 53.77, 9. Luc Ferrara, PC 54.03, time drop, 11. Colin Nealy, PC 54.50, time drop, 12. Marcus Szarbo, CG 54.57, 13. Juan Camilo Rivero, MP 54.58.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Chance Tirheimer, CHBL 44.70 AA-A, 2. Brennan Muramatsu, MONT 46.59, 3. Shane McEliece, ARNO 47.12.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Eliot Weisel, ROCK 4:34.24, 2. Mehdi Elaoufir, STAN 4:37.02, 3. Sam Prabhakaran, JES 4:38.18, 6. Isaiah Jimenez, GP 4:43.69, 7. Agustin Rodriguez, MATE 4:43.74, 9. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 4:49.34, time drop.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mater Lakes 1:27.84 (Daniel Quijada, Ronny Rueda, Anthony Robaina, Agustin Rodriguez), 2. Pine Crest 1:28.02 (Joshua Hanks, Luc Ferrara, Erick Zepeda, Victor Lago), 3. Jesuit 1:28.78, 5. American Heritage Plantation 1:31.97, 10. Gulliver Prep 1:32.29.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jake Sciscente, LP 50.31 AA-C, 2. Brennan Muramatsu, MONT 51.07, 3. Nicholas Shaffer, JES 51.46.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 55.65 AA-A, 2. Tristan Ide, ATP 57.87, 3. Colin McEliece, ARNO 58.03, 5. Joseph Lee, AHP 59.39, time drop, 6. Anthony Robaina, MATE 59.93, 8. Bruno Rebessi, GP 1:01.45, 13. Parker Rosenthal, GP 1:01.55, 14. Wyatt Denhard, PC 1:01.58.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Jesuit 3:10.22 (Sam Prabhakaran, Geoffrey Trieloff, Liam Schindler, Nicholas Shaffer), 2. Stanton Prep 3:15.43, 3. Pine Crest 3:15.76 (Joshua Hanks, Victor Lago, Luc Ferrara, Roman Ferrara), 5. American Heritage Plantation 3:20.14 (Kirill Prikhodko, Nicolas Rossi, Rithvik Marri, Benjamin Gomez del Campo), 9. Gulliver Prep 3:21.10, 10. Mater Lakes 3:22.34.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 560.45, 2. Elisha Dees, EDWH 480.60, 3. Nicholas Tolento, LWAL 452.00

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

Pine Crest Panthers Sweep District 11-2A Team Titles; SOFLO’s Augustin Rodriguez Double Winner


By Sharon Robb


CORAL SPRINGS, October 28, 2020–Defending state champion Pine Crest took its first step to a return trip to the state meet Wednesday at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

The Panthers swept the District 11-2A team titles for the second consecutive year. The girls and boys teams are in their second year of competing in a new classification.

The girls won with 629 points. Cardinal Gibbons was runner-up with 329 points.

The boys won with 522 points. Mater Lakes Academy, led by South Florida Aquatic Club’s Augustin Rodriguez, was second with 400 points.

Pine Crest girls were led by double winners Julia Podkoscielny, Hanna Smith and Riley Botting.

Podkoscielny defended her titles in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke. Podkoscielny won the 200 IM in an All-American consideration time of 2:02.45 and 100-yard backstroke in 56.27. She also anchored the Panthers winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:37.87 with Botting, Smith and Isabella Chambers.

Smith swept the sprint freestyles, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 24.22 and 100-yard freestyle in 53.22.

Botting won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.78 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.87.

Pine Crest’s girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay was disqualified for an early take-off. American Heritage Plantation won in 3:54.84 with seniors Olivia Mason and Felicia Taylor, junior Eva Pierre-Antoine and sophomore Amari Porter.

Pine Crest was led by double winner Joshua Hanks. Hanks won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.22 and 100-yard breaststroke in 57.92. Hanks also led off the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:24.69 with Victor Lago, Luc Ferrara and Colin Nealy.

Hanks was defending district champion in the breaststroke. Last year he also won the 200 IM.

Marcus Szarbo of Cardinal Gibbons was also a double winner in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.44 and 100-yard backstroke in 58.18.

Pine Crest swept the 1-meter diving titles. Sarrah Ghadiali won the girls title with 458.55.

Four-time defending state champion Kevin Mendez won the boys girls title with 540.35. Mendez was defending district champion.

Several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers did well against a strong boys and girls field.

Mater Lakes sophomore Augustin Rodriguez won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.80 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:45.61. He also led off the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:40.63 with SOFLO teammate Anthony Robaina, Anthony Martinez and Daniel Quijada and was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:30.48 with Matthew Salas, Robaina and Quijada.

Other SOFLO top four finishers were:

Sebastian Lares of American Heritage Plantation, second, 200-yard individual medley, 2:05.98 and second in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.58.

Enrique Rodriguez of Somerset, third, 200-yard individual medley, 2:06.15.

Joseph Lee of American Heritage Plantation, second, 100-yard butterfly, 54.48 and second, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:01.19.

Anthony Robaina of Mater Lakes Academy, 100-yard freestyle, second, 49.65 and 100-yard breaststroke, third, 1:01.92.

Enrique Rodriguez of Somerset, 500-yard freestyle, second, 4:55.71.

Juan Camilo Rivero of Monsignor Pace, was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.31 and 100-yard butterfly, fourth, 55.40.

Barrios, Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, Sofia Osorio-Gomez and Sibug, third in the 400-yard freestyle relay, 4:10.27.

SOFLO’s Nicolas Rossi and Joseph Lee of American Heritage Plantation were members of the third place 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:33.21 with Kirill Prikhodko and Daniel Watson. Rossi was also a member of the runner-up 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:34.26.

Somerset’s Sofia Osorio-Gomez, Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, Natalia Sibug and Kaitlyn Barrios, fourth in the 200-yard medley relay, 2:05.30.

Diego Nazario-Vazquez of Somerset, 100-yard backstroke, fourth, 59.59.

Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Felix Gonzalez and Enrique Rodriguez were members of Somerset’s fourth place 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:43.75.

Host organizers observed the most stringent of COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing. No club coaches were allowed on deck, only high school coaches, officials and volunteer timers per FHSAA strict guidelines.

Next up for qualified swimmers (psych sheets will be posted on fhsaa.org) is the Region 4-2A Meet, Thursday, Nov. 5 at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

The Region 4-3A meet, featuring St. Thomas Aquinas and Archbishop McCarthy, was also held on Wednesday at Miami Belen Jesuit. Meet organizers are not releasing the official results until after the diving competition on Thursday.

DISTRICT 11-2A RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

  1. Pine Crest 1,151, 2. American Heritage Plantation 651, 3. Mater Lakes 540, 4. Cardinal Gibbons 489, 5. Somerset 414, 6. Monsignor Pace 31.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Pine Crest 629, 2. Cardinal Gibbons 329, 3. American Heritage Plantation 278, 4. Somerset 213, 5. Mater Lakes 140.

GIRLS INDIVIDUALS
200-yard medley relay:

  1. Pine Crest 1:50.54 (Simone Vale, Sara Lin, Esther Lin, Isabella Chambers), 2. Cardinal Gibbons 1:55.58, 3. Mater Lakes Academy 2:04.44, 4. Somerset 2:05.30 (Sofia Osorio-Gomez, Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, Natalia Sibug, Kaitlyn Barrios).

200-yard freestyle:

  1. Haley Cisewski, PC 1:59.35, 2. Lauren Balfour, PC 2:04.91, 3. Addison Byrne, CG 2:07.30, 5. Pilar Duranti, SOM 2:11.46.

200-yard individual medley:

  1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:02.45, All-American consideration, 2. Sara Lin, PC 2:18.23, 3. Lara Jones, PC 2:19.08, 5. Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, SOM 2:27.60.

50-yard freestyle:

  1. Hanna Smith, PC 24.22, 2. Isabella Chambers, PC 24.75, 3. Olivia Mason, AHP 25.36, 14. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOM 28.49.

100-yard butterfly:

  1. Esther Lin, PC 1:00.05, 2. Simone Vale, PC 1:01.38, 3. Lauren Balfour, PC 1:02.47, 6. Sofia Osorio-Gomez, SOM 1:06.94.

100-yard freestyle:

  1. Hanna Smith, PC 53.22, 2. Isabella Chambers, PC 53.82, 3. Eva Pierre-Antoine, AHP 55.80; 12. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOM 1:02.58.

500-yard freestyle:

  1. Riley Botting, PC 5:05.78, 2. Haley Cisewski, PC 5:19.17, 3. Flora Beleznay, PC 5:36.99, 5. Natalia Sibug, SOM 5:37.64.

200-yard freestyle relay:

  1. Pine Crest 1:37.87 (Riley Botting, Hanna Smith, Isabella Chambers, Julia Podkoscielny), 2. Cardinal Gibbons 1:44.72, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:45.63, 5. Somerset 2:08.80 (Pilar Duranti, Kaylee Del Rio, Sofia Rodriguez, Alyda Mendez).

100-yard backstroke:

  1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 56.27, 2. Simone Vale, PC 59.96, 3. Jaclyn Nelson, CG 1:01.64, 7. Sofia Osorio-Gomez, SOM 1:08.23, 8. Pilar Duranti, SOM 1:08.83

100-yard breaststroke:

  1. Riley Botting, PC 1:06.87, 2 Michelle Fernandez, MAT 1:07.08, 3. Sara Lin, PC 1:08.81, 6. Natalia Sibug, SOM 1:13.55, 7. Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, SOM 1:15.47.

400-yard freestyle relay:

  1. American Heritage Plantation 3:54.84 (Olivia Mason, Felicia Taylor, Eva Pierre-Antoine, Amari Porter), 2. Cardinal Gibbons 4:04.77, 3. Somerset 4:10.27 (Kaitlyn Barrios, Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, Sofia Osorio-Gomez, Natalia Sibug).

1-meter diving:

  1. Sarrah Ghadiali, PC 458.55, 2. Ava Anderson, PC 450.30, 3. Kaylee Greenberg, PC 410.95.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Pine Crest 522, 2. Mater Lakes Academy 400, 3. American Heritage Plantation 373, 4. Somerset 201, 5. Cardinal Gibbons 160, 6. Monsignor Pacee 31.

BOYS INDIVIDUALS
200-yard medley relay:

  1. Mater Lakes 1:40.63, 2. Pine Crest 1:46.13, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:46.31 (Odin Farkas, Daniel Watson, Joseph Lee, Benjamin Gomez del Campo), 5. Somerset 1:53.42 (Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Sebastian Fernandez, Enrique Rodriguez, Jesse Lobo).

200-yard freestyle:

  1. Augustin Rodriguez, MAT 1:45.80, 2. Ronny Rueda, MAT 1:53.50, 3. Rithvik Marri, AHP 1:54.04, 8. Nicolas Rossi, AHP 2:00.68.

200-yard individual medley:

  1. Daniel Watson, AHP 2:02.73, 2. Sebastian Lares, AHP 2:05.98, 3. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 2:06.15, 7. Felix Gonzalez, SOM 2:17.68.

50-yard freestyle:

  1. Joshua Hanks, PC 21.22, 2. Daniel Quijada, MAT 22.17, 3. Kirill Prikhodko, AHP 23.21.

100-yard butterfly:

  1. Marcus Szarbo, CG 54.44, 2. Joseph Lee, AHP 54.48, 3. Anthony Martinez, MAT 55.37, 4. Juan Camilo Rivero, MP 55.40, 7. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 57.28.

100-yard freestyle:

  1. Daniel Quijada, MAT 49.50, 2. Anthony Robaina, MAT 49.65, 3. Kirill Prikhodko, AHP 50.27. 5. Nicholas Rossi, AHP 51.36.

500-yard freestyle:

  1. Augustin Rodriguez, MAT 4:45.61, 2. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 4:55.71, 3. Ronin Jones, PC 5:03.87, 5. Felix Gonzalez, SOM 5:22.70.

200-yard freestyle relay:

  1. Mater Lakes 1:30.48 (Matthew Salas, Anthony Robaina, Augustin Rodriguez, Daniel Quijada), 2. Pine Crest 1:32.55, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:33.31 (Kirill Prikhodko, Nicolas Rossi, Daniel Watson, Joseph Lee).

100-yard backstroke:

  1. Marcus Szarbo, CG 58.18, 2. Sebastian Lares, AHP 58.58, 3. Juan Camilo Rivero, MP 59.31, 4. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 59.59.

100-yard breaststroke:

  1. Joshua Hanks, PC 57.92, 2. Joseph Lee, AHP 1:01.19, 3. Anthony Robaina, MAT 1:01.92.

400-yard freestyle relay:

  1. Pine Crest 3:24.69 (Joshua Hanks, Victor Lago, Luc Ferrara, Colin Nealy), 2. American Heritage Plantation 3:34.26 (Nicolas Rossi, Kirill Prikhodko, Rithvik Marri, Benjamin Gomez del Campo), 3. Mater 3:34.79, 4. Somerset 3:43.75 (Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Jesse Lobo, Felix Gonzalez, Enrique Rodriguez).

1-meter diving:

  1. Kevin Mendez, PC 540.35, 2. Ashton Jacobi, PC 476.40, 3. Allen Levitis, PC 443.50.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Pine Crest Swimmers Enjoy Racing After Seven-Month Layoff; Julia Podkoscielny Breaks Florida Gold Coast Record


By Sharon Robb


FORT LAUDERDALE, October 10, 2020—Defending 2A state champion Pine Crest is not giving up on the 2020 high school swimming and diving season.

After seven months of not racing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Panthers held time trials Saturday for their girls and boys swim teams to try and earn district meet qualifying times.

“Soooooooo excited,” wrote Pine Crest head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny before the meet. “Warm up for the first swim meet Panther Time Trial 2020.”

Pine Crest coaches and swimmers adhered to strict COVID-19 safety guidelines. There were no fans and only necessary personnel on deck including USA Swimming officials and lane timers. The nearly three-hour event was live streamed by Pine Crest TV on YouTube.

Pine Crest sophomore Julia Podkoscielny took up where she left off last season. The four-time high school state champion (two individual titles and two relay titles) and 2021 Olympic trials qualifier, won four events, posted three best times and broke a Florida Gold Coast record.

Podkoscielny, 16, won the mixed 200-yard backstroke in 1:55.39, dropping 3.20 off her previous best of 1:58.59 and breaking a nine-year-old Florida Gold Coast record. The previous record was 1:56.33 set by Tasija Karosas of St. Andrew’s Swimming in 2011.

She also won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.85, breaking 2 minutes and shaving 0.41 off her seed time of 1:59.85; 100-yard backstroke in 53.75, dropping 0.88 off her previous best of 53.75; and 50-yard freestyle 23.65.

Hanna Elks Smith, Riley Botting and Lauren Balfour were double winners.

Smith, 17, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.92, dropping 4.03 and 100-yard freestyle in 52.44, dropping 1.45.

Balfour, 15, won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:10.19, dropping 1.80 and 100-yard butterfly in 59.52.

Botting, 15, swept the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events in 1:04.88 and 2:19.79.

Middle schooler Mckenzie Baur, 10, was a triple winner. Baur won the 10-and-under 50-yard backstroke in 39.75, dropping 4.10; 50-yard breaststroke in 49.30, dropping 7.18; and 50-yard butterfly in 41.72, dropping 5.98.

The boys’ team, led by triple winner Will Taner and double winner Joshua Hanks, a two-time state champion and Georgia Tech-bound.

Taner, 18, defending state champion in the 100 backstroke and Cornell-commit, won the 100-yard backstroke in 54.50; 100-yard freestyle in 47.20; and 100-yard butterfly in 56.18.

Hanks, 17, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.39 and 50-yard freestyle in 21.22.

Middle schooler David Girardin, 10, won three events: 50-yard breaststroke in 59.19, dropping 8.15; 50-yard butterfly in 51.52, dropping 4.60; and 50-yard backstroke in 49.29, dropping 3.07.

Pine Crest, winners of the girls’ state title since 1990 and boys’ state title since 1987, returned to racing on Saturday after Pine Crest cancelled all fall sports including swimming, diving and prestigious Woodson Invitational during the summer.

The Panthers are now slowly making their way back into contention to defend their 2A titles beginning with the district meet, their first meet of the season, expected to be hosted at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex Oct. 26-31. Pine Crest plans to compete in the FHSAA state series after the requirement for regular season dual meets were lifted.

Pine Crest Time Trials
GIRLS

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny 1:59.85, time drop, 0.41, 2. Paige MacEachern 2:04.63, 3. Riley Botting 2:06.19, time drop 0.04.

50-yard breaststroke, 10-and-under, 1. Mckenzie Baur 49.30, 2. Juliette Driscoll 50.45.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Hanna Elks Smith 1:53.92, time drop 4.03, 2. Isabella Chambers 1:56.85, 3. Haley Cisewski 1:59.05.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny 53.75, time drop 0.88, 2. Simone Vale 1:00.39, 3. Charley Goldstein 1:04.00.

50-yard butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Mckenzie Baur 41.72, time drop 5.98, 2. Juliette Driscoll 42.02, time drop 3.17.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Lauren Balfour 2:10.19, time drop 1.80, 2. Bella Egizi 2:17.41.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Riley Botting 1:04.88, 2. Paige MacEachern 1:05.69, 3. Esther Lin 1:07.88.

50-yard backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Mckenzie Baur 39.75, time drop 4.10, 2. Juliette Driscoll 43.95, time drop 1.60.

Mixed 200-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny 1:55.39, time drop 3.20, 2. Kian Saffari 2:18.94, 3. Charley Goldstein 2:20.20.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Hanna Elks Smith 52.44, time drop 1.45, 2. Isabella Chambers 53.35, 3. Haley Cisewski 55.50.

Mixed 200-yard breaststroke: 1. Riley Botting 2:19.79, 2. Wyatt Denhard 2:27.68, 3. Charley Goldstein 2:36.75.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Lauren Balfour 59.52, 2. Esther Lin 1:00.24, 3. Bella Egizi 1:01.39.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Julia Podkoscielny 23.65, 2. Hanna Elks Smith 24.12, 3. Isabella Chambers 24.35.

Mixed 400-yard individual medley: 1. Paige MacEachern 4:29.89, 2. Bella Egizi 4:56.97, 3. Charley Goldstein 5:06.54.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Isabella Chambers 5:10.70, time drop, 6.05, 2. Haley Cisewski 5:19.54, 3. Flora Beleznay 5:43.90.

BOYS
200-yard individual medley: 1. Luc Ferrera 2:10.44, time drop, 4.19, 2. Ronin Jones 2:11.66, time drop 7.51, 3. Colin Nealy 2:13.00, time drop 3.38.

50-yard breaststroke, 10-and-under, 1. David Girardin 59.19, time drop 8.15.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Victor Lago 1:54.74, time drop 6.96, 2. Wyatt Denhard 1:57.01, time drop 5.91, 3. Roman Ferrara 1:58.59.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Will Taner 54.50, 2. Kian Saffari 1:03.07, 3. Levent Ozaktay 1:17.68, time drop 3.63.

50-yard butterfly, 10-and-under, 1. Davin Girardin 51.52, time drop 4.60, 2. Conover Harrington 56.34.

200-yard butterfly: None.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Joshua Hanks 57.39, 2. Wyatt Denhard 1:05.60, time drop 1.31, 3. Ronin Jones 1:05.93, time drop, 3.55.

50-yard backstroke, 10-and-under, 1. Davin Girardin 49.29.

200-yard backstroke: None.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Will Taner 47.20, 2. Joshua Hanks 47.68, 3. Victor Lago 51.89.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Will Taner 56.18, 2. Colin Nealy 56.41, time drop 2.22, 3. Luc Ferrara 56.54, time drop 3.17.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Joshua Hanks 21.22, 2. Will Taner 22.29, 3. Victor Lago 23.87, time drop 0.70.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Ronin Jones 5:07.34, time drop 6.15, 2. Colin Nealy 5:19.97, 3. Roman Ferrara 5:21.07.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Pine Crest Captures Girls, Boys State 2A Team Titles; Mendez Wins Record Fourth Diving Title; Juan Pablo Pineda SOFLO’s Top Finisher


By Sharon Robb

STUART, November 8, 2019—Pine Crest left a lasting impression in its FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Championships Friday night at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center.

The Panthers swept the girls and boys team titles winning three girls relays, two boys relays, four girls individual state titles and four boys individual state titles.

The Panthers topped a field of 39 girls teams with 448 points. Estero was a distanct second with 200. Six-time defending champion Gulliver Prep was third with 182.5. It was the girls first team title since 1990 in Class 1A.

The Panthers stunned a field of 46 boys teams to win with 296 points. Montverde was second with 187 and two-time defending champion Tampa Jesuit was third with 174. Gulliver prep was fourth with 152. The boys last won a team title in 1987.

Freshman Julia Podkoscielny was a double winner in individual events and member of two winning relays. It was the first state title the talented young swimmer won.

Podkoscielny won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.46 after going 2:00.26 in prelims. She also won her signature event 100-yard backstroke in 54.76 after going 54.63 in prelims.

Podkoscielny led off the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:44.37 with teammates Sara Lin, Esther Lin and Rachel Botting. She also led off the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:27.43 with teammates Andrea Santander, Riley Botting and Isabella Chambers.

Pine Crest also won the girls 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:34.66 with Andrea Santander, Rachel Botting, Hanna Smith and Isabella Chambers.

Pine Crest’s individual winners were junior Rachel Botting in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.46 and senior Andrea Santander in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.46.

Pine Crest won two boys relays. The Panthers opened the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:34.07 with Elvis Kotikovski, Joshua Hanks, Will Taner and Luc Ferrara.

The Panthers finished the meet winning the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:09.42 with Taner, Jimmy Hart, Kotikovski and Ferrara.

Junior Joshua Hanks was a double winner for the Panthers in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.95 after going 1:49.86. He also won the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.22 after going 55.40 in prelims.

Pine Crest senior Will Taner won the 100-yard backstroke in 49.76.

Pine Crest sophomore diver Kevin Mendez won his fourth state diving title, his first in 2A competition. He won 1A titles the past three years, his first as a seventh grader. He finished with a season-best 508.55 on 1-meter ahead of top seed Jonathan Geraghty of Lincoln Park with 506.70. Pine Crest teammate Denny Gulia-Janovski was third with 463.30.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Pine Crest head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny. “We knew the boys had a shot but needed a perfect meet. We only had four scoring swimmers and four divers and we needed them to step up. The divers did awesome but the swimmers stepped up in a huge way. They were top five in all their events and our relays were awesome. Even we were surprised that it was such a huge gap for the boys.”

Dunedin senior Alexa Atherholt of Dunedin won the girls diving title with 405.80 points. Pine Crest junior Kaylee Greenberg was runner-up woth 402.15.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher was Mater Lakes senior Juan Pablo Pineda. He was second in 57.53 behind Pine Crest’s Joshua Hanks in 56.22. He also led off Mater Lakes’ fourth place 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:29.13. He also swam second leg on the 11th place 200-yard medley relay in 1:41.52 after going 1:41.11 in prelims.

Mater Lakes sophomore Michelle Fernandez won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.26 after going 1:04.08 in prelims. Pine Crest teammates, eighth grader Sara Linn (1:04.36) and freshman Riley Botting (1:04.88) were right there with her.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
1. Pine Crest 448, 2. Estero 200, 3. Gulliver Prep 182.5, 4. Holy Names 170, 5. Jensen Beach 137, 6. Montverde Academy 105, 7. Suncoast 102, 8. Eastside 96, 9. Arnold 95.5, 10. Clay 86, 11. tie, Coral Springs Charter, Cape Coral 79, 13. American Heritage Plantation 58, 14. Pensacola 35, 15. Tavares 33, 16. tie, Mater Lakes, Bishop Moore 32, 18. tie, Atlantic, Vanguard 31, 20. Stanton 28, 21. Astronaut 27, 22. Pedro Menendez 24, 23. Eustis 22, 24. tie, Space Coast, Rickards 21, 26. Dunedin 20, 27. tie, Somerset, Lemon Bay, Tarpon Springs, 17, 30. American Heritage Plantation 14, 31. Rockledge 13, 32. tie, North Bay Haven, Bishop Kenny 12, 34. tie, McKeel, Ridgeview, 6, 36. Paxon 4, 37. tie, Cardinal Gibbons, Northeast 3, 39. tie, Satellite, Titusville 2.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pine Crest 1:44.37 (Julia Podkoscielny, Sara Lin, Esther Lin, Rachel Botting), 2. Holy Names 1:51.05, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:51.21; 11. Somerset 1:54.86 (Isabella DiSalvo, Natalia Sibug, Kyana Castro, Kaitlyn Barrios).

200-yard freestyle:
1. Blair Stoneburg, JB 1:47.38, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 1:50.06, 3. Emily Visscher, ATL 1:52.10.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:00.46, 2. Sara Stotler, CLAY 2:02.09, 3. Naomi Filkin, TAV 2:05.76.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Rachel Botting, PC 23.46, 2. Chloe Hernandez, GP 23.78, 3. Cassandra Kraft, GP 23.88.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Alexa Atherholt, DUN 405.80, 2. Kaylee Greenberg, PC 402.15, 3. Dominique Santiago, SC 401.45.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Blair Stoneburg, JB 54.34, 2. Sara Stotler, CLAY 54.35, 3. Hannah Ahn, EAST 56.71; 23. Isabella DiSalvo, SOM 1:01.12.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Andrea Santander, PC 50.46, 2. Rachel Botting, PC 51.02, 3. Isabella Chambers, PC 52.04.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Cadence Fort, EST 4:56.32, 2. Riley Botting, PC 4:57.83, 3. Nicole Rodriguez, CC 5:01.71.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest 1:34.66 (Andrea Santander, Rachel Botting, Hanna Smith, Isabella Chambers), 2. Gulliver Prep 1:37.77, 3. Jensen Beach 1:38.61.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 54.76, 2. Naomi Filkin, TAV 55.71, 3. Taylor Warren, ARN 56.74.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Michelle Fernandez, ML 1:04.26, 2. Sara Lin, PC 1:04.36, 3. Riley Botting, PC 1:04.88.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest 3:27.43 (Julia Podkoscielny, Andrea Santander, Riley Botting, Isabella Chambers), 2. Gulliver Prep 3:34.76, 3. Jensen Beach 3:35.69.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
1. Pine Crest 296, 2. Montverde 187.5, 3. Jesuit 174, 4. Gulliver Prep 152, 5. Stanton 109, 6. Cocoa 107, 7. Suncoast 97, 8. Mater Lakes 96.5, 9. Lincoln Park 90, 10. American Heritage Plantation 85, 11. Pompano Beach 79, 12. Rockledge 77, 13. School of the Arts 66, 14. Bishop Moore 60, 15. Arnold 57, 16. Titusville 51, 17. Baker 48, 18. Tavares 46, 19. Pensacola 43, 20. Northeast 35, 21. tie, Estero, Cypress Creek 30, 24. Lemon Bay 20, 25. River Ridge 25, 26. McKeel 23, 27. Palm Beach 21, 28. tie, Cardinal Gibbons, Bishop Kenny 17, 30. tie, Paxon, Choctawhatchee 15, 32. Lake Wales 13, 33. tie, Orange Park, Edward White, Wesley Chapel 12, 36. Vanguard, Chamberlain 9, 38. Cape Coral 8, 39. Bayshore 7, 40. tie, Bayshore, Mast Academy, Citrus, Eastside, Jensen Beach 6, 44. Lakewood 4, 45. Avon Park 3, Satellite 2.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pine Crest 1:34.07 (Elvis Kotikovski, Joshua Hanks, Will Taner, Luc Ferrara), 2. Montverde 1:36.04, 3. Jesuit 1:37.37; 10. American Heritage Plantation 1:41.49 (Sebastian Lares, Daniel Watson, Jiehoon Lee, Nicolas Rossi), 11. Mater Lakes 1:41.52 (Steven Perdomo, Juan Pablo Pineda, Gabriel Ramirez, Ronny Rueda).

200-yard freestyle:
1. Reese Branzell, SOA 1:39.45, 2. Victor Rosado, NE 1:39.75, 3. Caleb Brandon, TITUS 1:40.68; 23. Nicolas Rossi, AHP 1:51.12.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:49.95, 2. William Jones, STAN 1:50.64, 3. Nicholas Shaffer, JES 1:51.75, 4. Sebastian Lares, AHP 1:55.35

50-yard freestyle:
1. Raphael Santos, PB 20.96, 2. Charles Wilson, CR 21.27, 3. Phillip Meira, GP 21.35, 21. Juan Pablo Pineda, ML 22.77.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Kevin Mendez, PC 508.55, 2. Jonathan Geraghty, LP 506.70, 3. Denny Gulia-Janovski, PC 463.30.

100-yard butterfly:
1. William Jones, STAN 48.49, 2. Braeden Knight, BC 49.71, 3. Victor Rosado, NE 50.07, 24. Juan Camilo Rivero, MP 55.15.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Reese Branzell, SOA 44.89, 2. Raphael Santos, PB 45.71, 3. Jimmy Hart, PC 47.04.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Zachary Brewer, BM 4:34.41, 2. Clyde Crouse, CC 4:34.48, 3. Daniel Escobar, AHP 4:38.24; 15. Nicolas Rossi, AHP 4:53.90.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Montverde 1:27.22 (Pedro Helou, Joao Correia, Caio Cavarsan, Arthur Horr), 2. Pine Crest 1:28.09 (Joshua Hanks, Erick Zepeda, Jimmy Hart, Victor Lago), 3. Gulliver Prep 1:28.86, 4. Mater Lakes 1:29.13 (Juan Pablo Pineda, Agustin Rodriguez, Jose Perdomo, Daniel Quijada).

100-yard backstroke:
1. Will Taner, PC 49.76, 2. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 50.76, 3. Nicholas Shaffer, JES 51.67, 15. Sebastian Lares, AHP 54.79.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Joshua Hanks, PC 56.22, 2. Juan Pablo Pineda, ML 57.53, 3. William Henderson, PEN 57.53.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest 3:09.42 (Will Taner, Jimmy Hart, Elvis Kotikovski, Luc Ferrara), 2. Cocoa Beach 3:11.74, 3. Jesuit 3:12.95. 6. American Heritage Plantation 3:14.88 (Sebastian Lares, Daniel Escobar, Jiehoon Lee, Nicolas Rossi).

STATE 1A

When: Saturday

Host: Treasure Coast Sports Commission.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center, 931 SE Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Start times: 9 a.m. swimming prelims and women’s diving, 1:30 p.m. men’s diving, finals 5:30 p.m.

Admission: $12 per session. $10 parking.

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

It’s Show Time For Pine Crest Panthers At State Meet After Sweeping Region 4-2A Titles


By SHARON ROBB

WEST PALM BEACH, November 5, 2019–Now that Pine Crest has pretty much steamrolled the competition during the regular and post-season district and region meets in their 2A season debut, the Panthers will be tested one last time Friday at the FHSAA Swimming and Diving State 2A Championships at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center.

After sweeping the Region 4-2A girls and boys team titles last week, the Panthers will go to state as favorites. It was the girls’ 15th region title and 11th for the boys.

Last season in the 1A state competition, the girls finished second for the third consecutive year and boys finished fifth behind perennial powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles.

The girls last won a state team title in 1990 and boys in 1987. Pine Crest will have to contend with six-time defending girls champion Gulliver Prep, which the Panthers have already throttled, and two-time defending state boys champion Tampa Jesuit.

Last week Pine Crest topped a field of 19 girls to win the Region 4-2A title with 637 points at Lake Lytal Aquatic Complex. Gulliver Prep was second with 262.

The Panthers one-two punch of Andrea Santander and Julia Podkoscielny were double winners.

Santander won the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle in All-American consideration times. She won the 200 in 1:50.21 and 100 in 50.88. In last year’s state meet, Santander won the 100 freestyle in 49.96 and was second in the 200 individual medley in 2:01.34, both best times.

Podkoscielny won region titles in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.73 and 100-yard backstroke in 56.16. Last year as an eighth grader, she was seventh in the 100 backstroke in 57.14 at the state meet.

The Panthers swept all three girls relays and won all but one individual event at regions.

The boys team bested a field of 21 teams to win with 349 points. Gulliver Prep was second with 292.

There was more parity in the boys region competition. Pine Crest won the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays. Joshua Hanks and Jimmy Hart were individual winners.

Raphael Santos of Pompano Beach and Daniel Escobar of American Heritage Plantation were the only other individual Broward winners.

In the 1-meter diving competition, Kaylee Greenberg of Pine Crest won the girls title with 413.15 points. Jonathan Geraghty of Lincoln Park won the boys title with 523.80. Three-time defending state champion Kevin Mendez was third with 487.35.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
1. Pine Crest 637, 2. Gulliver Prep 262, 3. Suncoast 216, 4. Coral Springs Charter 183, 5. tie, Jensen Beach, American Heritage Plantation 162, 7. Somerset 114, 8. Cardinal Gibbons 102, 9. Pompano Beach 83, 10. Lincoln Park 80, 11. Mast Academy 67, 12. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 61, 13. Mater Lakes 60, 14. Hialeah Miami Lakes 46, 15. Key West 24, 16. American Heritage Delray Beach 18, 17. St. Brendan 15, 18. Immaculata LaSalle 12, 19. North Broward Prep 4.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pine Crest 1:47.79 (Simone Vale, Sara Lin, Esther Lin, Hanna Elks Smith), 2. Coral Springs Charter 1:52.34, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:53.19.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Andrea Santander, PC 1:50.21, AA-C, 2. Blair Stoneburg, JB 1:50.81, 3. Delaney Biro, CS 1:55.04.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:04.73, 2. Sara Lin, PC 2:11.33, 3. Lara Jones, PC 2:12.04.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Rachel Botting, PC 23.82, 2. Chloe Hernandez, GP 24.00, 3. Cassandra Kraft, GP 24.14.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Kaylee Greenberg, PC 413.15, 2. Kaeden Dunham, AH 399.05, 3. Shiraz Shiff, PC 368.60.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Blair Stoneburg, JB 56.58, 2. Riley McCormick, CSC 58.72, 3. Jocelyn Ruiz, HML 59.35.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Andrea Santander, PC 50.88, AA-C, 2. Rachel Botting, PC 51.59, 3. Isabella Chambers, PC 52.13.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Riley Botting, PC 5:00.54, 2. Haley Cisewski, PC 5:10.85, 3. Aria Torretta, GP 5:13.56.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest 1:36.01 AA-C (Julia Podkoscielny, Rachel Botting, Hanna Elks Smith, Andrea Santander), 2. Gulliver Prep 1:39.66, 3. Jensen Beach 1:41.55.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 56.16, 2. Simone Vale, PC 59.18, 3. Kayla Kraft, GP 1:00.56.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Sara Lin, PC 1:04.27, 2. Riley Botting, PC 1:05.45, 3. Michelle Fernandez, ML 1:05.97.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest 3:29.58 AA-C (Rachel Botting, Julia Podkoscielny, Isabella Chambers, Andrea Santander), 2. Gulliver Prep 3:39.55, 3. Jensen Beach 3:39.78.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
1. Pine Crest 349, 2. Gulliver Prep 292, 3. American Heritage Plantation 244, 4. Mater Lakes 241, 5. Suncoast 197, 6. Pompano Beach 167.5, 7. Lincoln Park 166, 8. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 130, 9. Cardinal Gibbons 82.5, 10. Mast Academy 81, 11. Immaculate LaSalle 73, 12. Jensen Beach 44, 13. Coral Springs Charters 42, 14. North Broward Prep 39, 15. Somerset Academy 38, 16. American Heritage Delray Beach 34, 17. Monsignor Pace 18, 18. Imater Prep 17, 19. Key West 14, 20. tie, Hialeah, St. Brendan 4.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pine Crest 1:34.60, AA-C (Elvis Kotikovski, Joshua Hanks, Will Taner, Jimmy Hart), 2. Lincoln Park 1:39.41, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:40.17.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Reese Branzell, SOA 1:44.09, 2. Daniel Escobar, AHP 1:46.10, 3. Agustin Rodriguez, ML 1:47.80.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:54.09, 2. Sebastian Lares, AHP 1:59.61, 3. Benjamin Wang, SUN 2:03.52.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Raphael Santos, PB 21.69, 2. Kyle Owens, SOA 21.83, 3. Phillip Meira, GP 22.07.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Jonathan Geraghty, LP 523.80, 2. Denny Gulia-Janovski, PC 488.95, 3. Kevin Mendez, PC 487.35.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Gavin Smith, SUN 51.56, 2. Will Taner, PC 51.71, 3. Trent Albury, CG 51.88.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Reese Branzell, SOA 46.52, 2. Raphael Santos, PB 46.74, 3. Jimmy Hart, PC 48.03.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Daniel Escobar, AHP 4:40.46, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, ML 4:47.71, 3. Nicolas Rossi, AHP 4:52.65.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Gulliver Prep 1:30.17 (Phillip Meira, Lucas Jaramillo, Michael Sejas, Evan Abril), 2. Mater Lakes 1:30.80, 3. Pine Crest 1:32.08.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Gavin Smith, SUN 52.21, 2. Isaiah Jimenez, GP 53.06, 3. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 53.12.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Jimmy Hart, PC 58.24, 2. Joshua Hanks, PC 58.30, 3. Juan Pablo Pineda, ML 58.77.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest 3:12.61 (Will Taner, Jimmy Hart, Elvis Kotikovski, Luc Ferrara), 2. Gulliver Prep 3:15.24, 3. American Heritage Plantation 3:15.90.

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