Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny Verbally Commits To University Of Florida


By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, October 12, 2021–Julia Podkoscielny, one of the nation’s most sought after high school swimmers, verbally committed to the University of Florida.

The Pine Crest junior, ranked among the top 10 in the nation, will join the Class of 2027 and is expected to make an immediate impact.

The 2000 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier will be coached by women’s head coach and 1988 Suriname Olympic gold medalist Anthony Nesty and train in the same pool as seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, a UF volunteer swim coach training with Nesty for the July 26-August 11 2024 Paris Olympics.

“I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at the University of Florida,” Podkoscielny announced on social media.

“Thank you to my coaches, friends and family who have been with me to this point. I can’t wait to be a Gator. I love the team, coaches and their philosophy. Can’t wait to be on campus and fully experience being a Gator.”

Podkoscielny, a two-time Swimmer of the Year, is a member of the girls’ two-time state 2A champion Pine Crest Panthers.

In 2020, she won 2A state and region titles in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.14/1:59.00) and 100-yard backstroke (54.29/53.76). In October, she was named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American team.

In 2019, she won 2A state and region titles in the 200-yard individual medley (2:00.46/2:04.73) and 100-yard backstroke (54.76/56.16).

Podkoscielny is one of the county’s most versatile swimmers. She is ranked in six individual events, including four as No. 1, and two relays in the weekly Broward County Honor Roll.

She is a three-time champion at the USA Swimming Futures Championships in Greensboro. She won the 200-meter backstroke (2:15.07), 200-meter individual medley (2:18.24) and 400-meter individual medley (4:50.42) and was third in the 100-meter backstroke (1:03.46).

In 2018, she won six individual events and had two seconds in the 28th Speedo Winter Championships. She was a finalist in the 1A state championships and won a region title in the 100-yard backstroke as an eighth grader.

She broke some impressive Florida Gold Coast records in 2020. In the 400 individual medley she went 4:12.91 to break current UF swimmer and SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding’s 2016 record of 4:14.46. In the 200-yard backstroke she broke a 9-year-old record in 1:55.39, lowering St. Andrew’s alum Tasija Karosas’ previous mark by 0.94 seconds.

Fast swimming is in her DNA. Her father and Pine Crest head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny, is a two-time Olympian for Poland (1988 and 1992). At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Podkoscielny finished fifth in both the 400-meter and 1500-meter freestyles. He set an Olympic Record during the prelims heats of the 400 free, but it was later broken in finals by East Germany’s Uwe Dassler. Her mother, Dagmara, is a former Polish national team member.

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

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart, Miguel Sierra Sweep Miami-Dade Swimmer Of The Year Honors


By Sharon Robb
MIAMI, May 27, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers swept Miami-Dade Swimmer of the Year honors during the Miami Herald’s All-County Awards ceremony on Wednesday.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, of Cutler Bay was named Miami-Dade Girls’ Swimmer of the Year.

Miguel Sierra, 18, also of Cutler Bay, was selected Miami-Dade Boys Swimmer of the Year.

Both were selected off their performances at the Nov. 15, 2020 FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Championship at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

Dinehart, a sophomore, swam the third fastest qualifying time in prelims in the 200-yard individual medley in a lifetime best 2:03.88, an 0.96 drop and finished fourth in 2:04.19.

Dinehart then came back to finish second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.79. She went a best time in prelims in 1:02.71, a drop of 1.06. Dinehart finished with 32 points in high point.

Sierra, a senior, finished with 33 points, highest among SOFLO swimmers in the state meet. Sierra finished third in the 100-yard butterfly in 47.93, an automatic All-American time. Sierra had the fastest morning swim.

In addition to his All-American swim in the butterfly, Sierra was second in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 50.78.

Gulliver Prep’s Chris George was named Girls’ Coach of the Year and Caesar Asadi of Mater Lakes was Boys’ Coach of the Year.

In Broward County, Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest was named Broward County Girls Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year. She was also selected as the Class 4A-1A Female of the Year for all sports.

Pine Crest Diver Kevin Mendez was named Swimmer/Diver of the Year.

Pine Crest’s Mariusz Podkoscielny was chosen Coach of the Year.

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

2020 Summer Olympic Games Postponed, Moved To 2021


By Sharon Robb

TOKYO, Japan, March 24, 2020–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson will have to wait a little longer to make a historic fifth Olympic appearance.

After weeks of speculation, it’s official: the 2020 Summer Olympics, originally scheduled to begin on July 24 in Tokyo, Japan and end Aug. 9, have been postponed to a later date because of the global coronavirus pandemic and will not take place until 2021.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made what athletes, coaches and parents knew was inevitable official on Tuesday.

This is the first time the Olympic Games have been postponed although the major international event has been canceled three times because of war.

At 31, the four-time Jamaican Olympian was looking forward to competing in her fifth and probably final Olympics. SOFLO aquatics director and head coach Chris Anderson has coached Atkinson at all four Olympics.

“I do believe it was the best choice,” said the short course breaststroke world record holder. “A great majority of athletes across the board were on the same page. There is such a sense of relief.

“I don’t really have mixed emotions,” Atkinson said. “I think you have to consider everything. If every country competed there was a high probability of getting it. If one person has it, everyone in the Athletes’ Village is confined so that would increase the odds of getting it even more. And if the virus had died down in an athlete’s country and that athlete returned home with it, a whole second wave of the virus would start.”

Canadian Olympic swimming hopeful Bill Pisani already knew his country wasn’t going to the Summer Olympics, but it really hit home on Monday when he learned the Games were being postponed.

Pisani, 21, of West Palm Beach received an email from his swim federation on Sunday night that Canada was boycotting the Olympics because of COVID-19.

“For sure I have mixed emotions,” said Pisani, who grew up swimming in the Florida Gold Coast with the Lake Lytal Lightning and graduated from Florida State last year.

“The most emotion came when I was reading the email that it was postponed. I thought ‘oh wow this is the reality now.’ The more I think about it, it was absolutely the right decision.”

Pisani was pleased to see Canada join forces with Australia boycotting the Games and pressuring the International Olympic Committee to postpone the event until 2021.

“As the son of a Canadian who’s working in a hospital right now at the forefront of this invisible war and as an Olympic hopeful who has dedicated so much of his life to chase the Olympic dream, I am more proud than ever to be Canadian,” said Pisani, referring to his country’s boycott.

Pisani’s mom Lisa is a physical therapist. Recently, her hospital, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, had its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

“I think there was more of a sigh of relief for all athletes around the world,” Pisani said. “There were just too many questions left unanswered. Hosting the Olympics would have put so many people in danger. It makes us as athletes feel more secure and safe.”

The Canadian Olympic Trials were scheduled for March 30-April 5 in Toronto. Pisani was a favorite to at least make a relay.

“Over the past two years, the Olympic dream had become so close to reality for me,” Pisani said. “It was getting exciting as time went on and this year the closer we got to our Olympic trials it was the most excited I have been about swimming. Everything has definitely changed.”

Sid Cassidy of Boca Raton, St. Andrew’s School aquatics director and longtime swim coach, is vice chairman of the FINA technical open water swimming committee. He has been working Olympic events since 2008.

“I think at this point the athletes had it right,” said Cassidy, who was set to serve as referee for the men’s and women’s 10K races.

“It is hard when you see athletics taking a back seat,” Cassidy said. “Of course, I am disappointed they are not going to do it this year, but it certainly seems to be the best decision.

“There is no easy way to redirect your life. A lot of the talk is to be stronger and learn from it but it doesn’t take away any of the pain. This is very different from the 1980 Olympic boycott, this involves the whole world. I am happy for the athletes knowing but not happy with the reality.”

The U.S. swimming trials were scheduled for June 21-28 in Omaha. The pandemic had already disrupted the training of every elite athlete and Olympic hopeful in the U.S.

The postponement and rescheduling to no later than the summer of 2021 will already add to a crowded 2021 schedule that features the 2021 FINA World Aquatic Championships in Fukuoka, July 16-Aug. 1. Track and field will also have a conflict with its Aug. 6-15, 2021 World Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Florida State swim coach Neal Studd echoed Cassidy’s sentiments after watching his swim program’s NCAA season end early because of COVID-19. The men’s team was expected to finish in the Top 10 for the first time.

FSU had eight swimmers at World Championships and six at University Games. Studd was the 2012 St. Lucia Olympic coach and has coached several student-athletes on the international level.

“If anything this gives it some clarity,” Studd said. “Now we get to re-set and plan accordingly.

“There are bigger problems than sports right now. There is a big picture here and bigger place in the world. Obviously though I would rather be at NCAAs and Canadian trials.”

Mariusz Podkoscielny, two-time Olympian for Poland in 1988 and 1992, now head swim coach at Pine Crest School, said problems were already beginning to surface because of the lack of out-of-competition drug tests during the pandemic.

“There is the aspect that the Olympic competition would not be fair, that the way of preparation is not on a level playing field,” Podkoscielny said. “There are issues of people taking advantage of illegal supplements without conducting the out-of-competition drug testing. It would give athletes a green light to do it.”

Podkoscielny said the COVID-19 is bigger than any sports event including the Olympics.

“The majority of athletes are going to feel relieved,” Podkoscielny said. “These are not the circumstances to get ready for the Olympics or think about the Olympics. People’s lives are changing daily.

“If I were an athlete right now I would be heartbroken not going. There will be disappoitment but it is right thing to do. Everyone agrees with that.”

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

Pine Crest’s Podkoscielny Double Winner, SOFLO’s Dinehart Seventh On Final Day Of USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., August 4, 2019—Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming made a lasting impression at the USA Swimming Futures Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The 14-year-old won two events on Sunday, the final night of competition. Podkoscielny won the 200-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 2:15.07 with a total time drop of 5.25. She was the top seed after prelims in 2:18.21, shaving 2.11 off her previous best.

Podkoscielny also won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:18.24, another lifetime-best with a 1.47 drop.

Her double victories came on the heels of her winning the 400-meter individual medley by nearly three seconds with an Olympic Trials qualifying standard time of 4:50.42, an 11-second drop from her previous best of 5:01.34. The qualifying standard is 4:51.79.

It was the first time the talented swimmer flew to a competition, competed in an indoor meet and raced at a national level meet. She swam a total of eight individual and relay events.

Swimming DNA runs in the family. Her father, Pine Crest coach Mariusz Podkoscielny is a two-time Olympian for Poland. He finished fifth in both the 1500 and 400-meter freestyles at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He set the Olympic record in the 400 prelims. He also competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He was also a successful collegiate swimmer at University of Arizona.

Pine Crest Swimming was the top Florida Gold Coast team placing sixth among 55 girls teams with 115.5 points. Podkoscielny scored 76 of those points.

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart, 14, was seventh in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:23.56. Teammate Mallory Schleicher was 15th in 17:43.09.

South Florida Aquatic Club boys’ 4×100-meter medley relay finished sixth in 4:01.53 with Dominic Bono, Juan Pablo Pineda, Miguel Sierra and Robert Wilson.

South Florida Aquatic Club girls finished 13th with 78 points.

TAC Titans won the men’s team title with 236 points to top a field of 69 teams. Lake Lytal Lightning was the top Florida Gold Coast boys finisher placing 20th with 43 points. Sarasota Sharks won the women’s team title with 267 points.

SUNDAY RESULTS
MEN TEAM TOTALS
: 1. TAC Titans 236, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 228, 3. Nashville 125, 4. Academy Aquatic 124, 5. Sarasota Tsunami 113.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 267, 2. Blue Dolfins 235, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 228, 4. TAC Titans 173.5, 5. Dynamo 119, 6. Pine Crest 115.5, 9. North Palm Beach 88, 13. South Florida Aquatic Club 78.

GIRLS

100-meter freestyle:
1. Sophie Housey, GPG 57.24, 2. Savannah Barr, SYS 57.82, 3. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 58.06; SOFLO: 65. Paige Lane 1:00.76, 74. Gaby Banks 1:01.25.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 2:15.07, 2. Morgan Jones, EAC 2:16.81, 3. Alaina Skellett, CANE 2:16.98; SOFLO: 45. Elena Dinehart 2:25.53

200-meter individual medley:
1. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 2:18.24, 2. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:20.27, 3. Hannah Holman, TNAQ 2:20.33; SOFLO: 46. Molly Golding 2:27.70, 50. Olivia Dinehart 2:27.98, 77. Mallory Schleicher 2:31.63.

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Madison Murtagh, FSLA 17:05.56, 2. Adrianna Cera, MOR 17:11.24, 3. Polina Rukosuev, FSLA 17:12.71; SOFLO: 7. Olivia Dinehart 17:23.56, 15. Mallory Schleicher 17:43.09.

4×100-meter medley relay:
1. TAC Titans 4:20.45, 2. Sarasota Sharks 4:21.38, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 4:21.94, 24. South Florida Aquatic Club 4:34.76 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Paige Lane, Gaby Banks).

BOYS

100-meter freestyle:
SOFLO: 46. Miguel Sierra 54.36, time drop 1.53, 51. Robert Wilson 54.50, 73. Juan Mora 55.11, 96. Juan Pablo Pineda 56.98, time drop.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Braeden Haughey, TAC 2:02.17, 2. Erek Nelson, FINS 2:04.82, 3. Lance Norris, Unattached 2:05.17.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Phillip Meffert, MMA 2:07.06, 2. Bryar Long, ACAC 2:07.15, 3. Evan Petty, NAC 2:08.08.

800-meter freestyle:
1. Grant Davis, GOLD 8:17.79, 2. Riley Sampson, CFM 8:19.94, 3. Andrew Jordan, CMSA 8:20.03; SOFLO: 40. Dominic Bono 8:45.35, time drop 7:52.71.

4×100-meter medley relay:
1. Mid Michigan Aquatics 3:54.93, 2. Waves of Wilmington 3:57.77, 3. TAC Titans 3:58.48, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 4:01.53 (Dominic Bono, Juan Pablo Pineda, Miguel Sierra, Robert Wilson).

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

Pine Crest Wins Big In Season Opener Against Somerset


By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, September 7, 2018—Pine Crest, the county’s top-ranked swimming and diving team, opened the 2018 season Friday with a lopsided victory over Somerset.

The girls team won 148-31 and boys team won 139-37 at their home pool. Both teams won every individual event and all three relays.

The season-opening wins also marked the successful debut of new head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny who takes the reins from veteran Hall of Fame coach Jay Fitzgerald who retired after last season.

The girls team was led by double winners Lara Jones and Andrea Santander.

Jones, 14, a freshman, won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.81 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:30.61.

Santander, 16, who represents Venezuela internationally and qualified for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 7-12, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:06.32 and 100-yard freestyle in 52.53.

Nicholas Vale, a national age group record holder for Jamaica, was a double winner for the boys team. Vale 17, won 100-yard freestyle in 47.66 and 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.17. Six other boys won individual swimming events.

Pine Crest swept the 1-meter diving titles. Ishani Singh won the girls event with 232.50 and Denny Gulia-Janovski won the boys event with 264.00. The Panthers had 10 divers in the girls and boys field, picking up 26 points.

Several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers competed for Somerset. SOFLO’s Kyana Castro was Somerset’s top finisher, placing second in the girls’ 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.34. SOFLO’s Diego Nazario-Vazquez, 12, was third in the boys’ 200-yard freestyle in 2:06.15 and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.70.

Pine Crest’s next opponent is NSU University School on Sept. 12 at the Nova Southeastern Aquatic Complex.

GIRLS
Pine Crest 148, Somerset 31

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:52.45 (Simone Vale, Sara Lin, Esther Lin, Daniela Munoz), 2. Pine Crest 1:54.06, 3. Somerset 2:01.99 (Isabella DiSalvo, Elise Larin, Katrina Del Vecchio, Kyana Castro).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Lara Jones, PC 2:02.81, 2. Flora Beleznay, PC 2:09.61, 3. Emma Gomez, PC 2:15.28, 4. Elise Larin, SOM 2:18.63.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 2:06.32, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:13.33, 3. Riley Botting, PC 2:15.44, 4. Isabella Di Salvo, SOM 2:27.46.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Rachel Botting, PC 24.56, 2. Hanna Smith, PC 25.11, 3. Daniela Munoz, PC 26.02, 4. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOM 26.08, 5. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOM 28.24, 6. Kyana Castro, SOM 28.79.

1-meter diving: 1. Ishani Singh, PC 232.50, 2. Shiraz Shiff, PC 210.15, 3. Kaylee Greenberg, PC 206.40.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Esther Lin, PC 59.96, 2. Kyana Castro, SOM 1:04.34, 3. Madison Kozel, PC 1:05.48, 5. Natalia Sibug, SOM 1:14.72.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 52.53, 2. Rachel Botting, PC 54.85, 3. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOM 57.03, 5. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOM 1:01.29.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Lara Jones, PC 5:30.61, 2. Flora Beleznay, PC 5:41.73, 3. Emma Gomez, PC 6:00.98.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:43.47 (Andrea Santander, Esther Lin, Lara Jones, Flora Beleznay), 2. Pine Crest 1:44.10, 3. Pine Crest 1:50.99, 4. Somerset 1:51.27 (Katrina Del Vecchio, Kaitlyn Barrios, Payola Inestroza, Natalia Sibug).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:01.42, 2. Isabella Di Salvo, SOM 1:06.87, 3. Madison Kozel, PC 1:09.82.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Sara Lin, PC 1:06.83, 2. Riley Botting, PC 1:08.12, 3. Esther Lin, PC 1:11.76, 4. Natalia Sibug, SOM 1:15.94, 5. Elise Larin, SOM 1:16.39.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:45.59 (Julia Podkoscielny, Flora Beleznay, Simone Vale, Rachel Botting), 2. Pine Crest 3:50.44, 3. Somerset 4:10.03 (Isabella Di Salvo, Kyana Castro, Kaitlyn Barrios, Elise Larin).

BOYS
Pine Crest 139, Somerset 37

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:40.23 (Elvis Kotikovski, Jacob Silberman, Matthew Petreski, Joshua Hanks), 2. Somerset 2:03.03.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Nicholas Vale, PC 1:45.17, 2. Victor Lago, PC 2:01.93, 3. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 2:06.15.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 2:00.17, 2. Jimmy Hart, PC 2:05.36, 3. Gabriel Munoz, SOM 2:28.09.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Luc Ferrara, PC 24.54, 2. Victor Lago, PC 25.62, 3. Nicholas Santana, SOM 26.49, 4. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOM 26.70.

1-meter diving: 1. Denny Gulia-Janovski, PC 264.00, 2. Allen Levitis, PC 207.30, 3. Adam Shiff, PC 159.45.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jacob Silberman, PC 53.47, 2. Luc Ferrara, PC 1:01.05, 3. Gabriel Munoz, SOM 1:07.35.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Nicholas Vale, PC 47.66, 2. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 52.70, 3. Christopher Martinez, PC 57.15.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Antony Novak, PC 5:08.47, 2. Joshua Hanks, PC 5:14.90, 3. Roman Ferrara, PC 5:50.70

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:29.47 (Joshua Hanks, Nicholas Vale, Jacob Silberman, Jimmy Hart), 2. Somerset 1:44.87 (Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Nicholas Santana, Edwin Reyes, Gabriel Munoz), 3. Pine Crest 1:47.00.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 55.19, 2. Antony Novak, PC 1:05.36, 3. Ronin Jones, PC 1:16.85.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Matthew Petreski, PC 1:00.87, 2. Jimmy Hart, PC 1:02.00, 3. Jacob Silberman, PC 1:02.11.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:21.58 (Nicholas Vale, Jimmy Hart, Matthew Petreski, Elvis Kotikovski), 2. Pine Crest 3:42.87, 3. Somerset 4:23.67.

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