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

Larin, Marin Top SOFLO Finishers At State 2A Meet; Gulliver Prep Sweeps Team Titles


By Sharon Robb

November 14, 2016—Ervin Marin of Mater Lakes and Elise Larin of Somerset Academy were South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finishers at the FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night in Stuart.

Marin was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.04. He earned the sixth fastest seed time in morning prelims in 59.32, faster than his 1:00.18 seed.

Marin was also fourth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.77. He was seventh in prelims in 1:55.96, bettering his seed time of 1:56.43.

Larin finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.92, after going 1:07.60, faster than her seed time of 1:08.56.

Other SOFLO top finishers:

Kevin Porto led off American Heritage’s 11th-place 200-yard medley relay in 1:40.82 along with teammates Carlos Rodriguez, Sebastian Vargas and Cristian Rossi. In prelims, the Patriots were 12th in 1:41.82.

Porto was also eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.50, after going 1:44.94 in prelims. His seed time was 1:43.56.

Porto was 14th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.49 after going 4:44.03 in prelims. His seed time was 4:42.89.

Porto led off the Patriots sixth-place 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:15.31 with teammates Nicholas Pacitti, CJ Kopecki and Sebastian Vargas.

Esteban Diaz-Velasco of Somerset was seventh in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.29, after going 1:45.49 in prelims. His seed time was 1:46.19.

Diaz-Velasco won the 100-yard backstroke consolation in 54.56, after going 54.28 in prelims faster than his 54.78 seed.

CJ Kopecki was 14th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.90 improving his prelim time of 1:46.39. His seed time of 1:45.64.

Kopecki was 12th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:48.54 after going 4:49.78 in prelims. His seed time was 4:48.83.

Brandon Moran of Mater Lakes was tenth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.73 faster than his prelim time of 1:00.88. His seed time was 1:00.58.

SOFLO’s Annita Huang was a member of all three American Heritage relays, either in prelims or finals. She swam the 200-yard freestyle relay in prelims that qualified fourth. She was a member of the sixth place 400-yard freestyle relay and 16th place 200-yard medley relay.

Three-time defending state champion American Heritage boys finished fifth with 109 points. The girls team, led by double winner Cathy Cooper, also finished fifth with 111.

Gulliver Prep swept the team titles. The girls team won its third consecutive state crown while the boys team, with only seven swimmers, won its first in the program’s history.

Going into the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay final, Gulliver Prep was leading by one point. Throughout the night, the boys’ competition was close with only four points separating Gulliver Prep, Arnold and Tampa Jesuit for most of the meet.

The foursome of junior Trahern Gribble, senior Pablo Luchau, senior Orest Danyliv and junior Miguel Cancel won the relay in 3:07.31, an All-American consideration time, to clinch the title.

The boys finished with 234 points. Arnold was second in 225 and Tampa Jesuit was third with 220 in one of the closest competitions in state meet history.

Gulliver Prep was led by double winner Miguel Cancel in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:48.25 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:24.99. Both are automatic All-American times.

Junior Trahern Gribble won the 100-yard butterfly in 49.83, an All-American consideration time and was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 51.52. Gribble’s father, Matt, a University of Miami swimmer, two-time Olympian, world champion and world record holder was tragically killed at age 41 in a car accident in Miami.

The girls’ team, with 12 state qualifiers, was just as impressive dominating the girls’ field with 322 points for its three-peat, the first team in Miami-Dade County ever to accomplish the feat. Academy of Holy Names was runner-up with 159.

Broward had two state champions. American Heritage junior Cathy Cooper won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.34, an All-American consideration time, and 100-yard freestyle in 52.31.

University of Georgia-bound Zach Allen of Cardinal Gibbons won his third straight 2A diving title. He won the 1-meter springboard title with a season-best 551.90 points.

STATE 2 RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. Gulliver Prep 322, 2. Academy of Holy Names 159, 3. Titusville 143, 4. Mosley 120, 5. American Heritage Plantation 111, 8. Cardinal Gibbons 87, 9. Suncoast 80, 23. Pompano Beach 38, 29. Coral Springs Charter 20.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Gulliver Prep 234, 2. Arnold 225, 3. Tampa Jesuit 220, 4. Suncoast 140, 5. American Heritage Plantation 109, 20. Cardinal Gibbons 36, 26. Pompano Beach 24, 27. Somerset 24.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:47.08, (Emily Cordovi, Olivia Hernandez, Alicia Mancilla, Sarah Abril), 2. Mosley 1:49.45, 3. Holy Names 1:51.05, 16. American Heritage 1:59.58 (Annita Huang, Thea McKenna, Molly Weidner, Olivia Mason).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Ryley Ober, BY 1:48.98, 2. Hunter Scott, LB 1:51.41, 3. Alicia Mancilla, GP 1:55.43.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mackenzie Stumpf, TS 2:03.14, 2. Isabella Penkwitz, BOOK 2:05.44, 3. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GP 2:06.16.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 23.34, 2. Taylor Radcliffe, BK 24.44, 2. Savannah Yates, CG 24.47.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 54.67, 2. Abbey Duncan, WESC 55.31, 3. Hannah Sykes, WOLF 55.64.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 52.31, 2. Sarah Abril, GP 53.03, 3. Sophia Macaisa, LECA 53.16.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Ryley Ober, BY 4:52.20, 2. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GP 4:53.69, 3. Alicia Mancilla, GP 4:56.13.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:38.74 (Sarah Abril, Chloe Hernandez, Daniela Luchau, Brooke Ellis), 2. Holy Names 1:38.99, 3. American Heritage 1:40.83 (Cathy Cooper, Jade Grabow, Molly Weidner, Olivia Mason).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 56.34, 2. Abbey Duncan, WESC 56.98, 3. Mimi Filkin, TAVA 57.38.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Mackenzie Stumpf, TS 1:02.60, 2. Savannah Yates, CG 1:04.63, 3. Callie Sellers, STAN 1:06.50, 6. Elise Larin, SOM 1:07.92.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:34.06 (Emily Cordovi, Sarah Abril, Alicia Mancilla, Brooke Ellis), 2. Holy Names 3:39.21, 3. Mosley 3:39.57, 6. American Heritage 3:42.20 (Cathy Cooper, Jude Grabow, Annita Huang, Thea McKenna).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Naomi Peng, ESID 446.45, 2. Carly Ehrlich, PB 428.10, 3. Mikayla Martin, BK 396.45.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Arnold 1:35.23, 2. Gulliver Prep 1:37.19, 3. Tampa Jesuit 1:37.23, 11. American Heritage 1:40.82 (Kevin Porto, Carlos Rodrigue, Sebastian Vargas, Cristian Rossi), Mater Lakes, DQ.

200-yard freestyle: 1. T.C. Smith, BY 1:39.46, 2. Ethan Long, LW 1:40.44, 3. Adam Tapia, TS 1:41.67, 5. Sebastian Vargas, AH 1:43.40, 7. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOM 1:46.29, 8. Kevin Porto, AH 1:48.50, 14. CJ Kopecki, AH 1:45.90.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP 1:48.25, 2. Daniel Orcutt, FWB 1:50.40, 3. Tyler Watson, PAX 1:52.11, 4. Ervin Marin, Mater 1:53.77.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Manden Smith, GULF 20.69, 2. Irvin Hoost, SB 20.89, 3. Anthony Davis, GB 21.29.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Trahern Gribble, GP 49.83, 2. Tyler Watson, PAX 50.68, 3. Sebastian Vargas, AH 50.87.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Manden Smith, GULF 45.75, 2. Ethan Long, LW 46.21, 3. Irvin Hoost, SB 46.39.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP 4:24.99, 2. T.C. Smith, BY 4:25.33, 3. Brendan Driscoll, JES 4:32.05, 12. CJ Kopecki, AH 4:48.54, 14. Kevin Porto, AH 4:51.49.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Tampa Jesuit 1:26.61, 2. Gulf Breeze 1:27.03, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:27.06.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Daniel Orcutt, FWB 50.17, 2. Conor Lynch, SLAK 50.20, 3. Trahern Gribble, GP 51.52, 9. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOM 54.56.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Jabari Ramsey, LOL 56.86, 2. Chad McGuire, ARNO 57.30, 3. Jonah Martinez, CC 58.94, 4. Ervin Marin, Mater 59.04, 10. Brandon Moran, Mate 1:00.73.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:07.31 (Trahern Gribble, Pablo Luchau, Orest Danyliv, Miguel Cancel), 2. Suncoast 3:10.48, 3. Arnold 3:13.72, 6. American Heritage 3:14.47 (Kevin Porto, Sebastian Vargas, CJ Kopecki, Nicholas Pacitti).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Zach Allen, CG 551.90, 2. Jonathan Geraghty, LP 542.85, 3. Hudson Coldren, CG 421.40.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Kevin Porto Wins Region 4-2A Title; Gulliver Prep Sweeps Team Titles


By Sharon Robb

November 8, 2016—Kevin Porto, competing in his first season for American Heritage, won his first region title for the Patriots at the Region 4-2A Swimming and Diving Championships at Gulliver Prep.

Porto, a junior, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:43.56 and led an American Heritage sweep of the top four spots. Sebastian Vargas was second in 1:44.42, SOFLO’s CJ Kopecki was third in 1:45.64 and Nicholas Pacitti was fourth in 1:45.76.

Porto was third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.89. Kopecki also qualified in the 500 freestyle.

Porto qualified on the 200-yard medley relay with Cristian Rossi and 400-yard freestyle relay with Kopecki.

American Heritage finished third in both the boys and girls team competitions. The Patriots are defending boys state champions.

SOFLO’s Ervin Marin of Mater Lakes also did well finishing third in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.43 and second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.18.

Marin also qualified on the 200-yard medley relay along with SOFLO’s Brandon Moran and 200-yard freestyle relay.

SOFLO’s top girls qualifiers were Annita Huang of American Heritage and Elise Larin of Somerset. Huang qualified on the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Larin qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing fifth in 1:08.56.

Gulliver Prep swept the boys and girls team titles for the first time in the program’s history. The girls were defending champions. The boys won their first region crown. Both teams are favorites going into this weekend’s state meet. The 2A meet is the fourth and final state meet, scheduled for Saturday. The 1A meet, where Pine Crest is favored to win the girls team title for the first time in 20 years, is Friday.

SOFLO CLASS 2A QUALIFIERS

Girls 200-yard medley relay, American Heritage, 15th seed, 1:55.77.

Boys 200-yard medley relay, American Heritage, 9th seed, 1:41.92; Mater Lakes, 11th, 1:42.43.

Boys 200-yard freestyle, Kevin Porto, AH, second seed 1:43.56, CJ Kopecki, AH, 10th seed, 1:45.64, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Somerset, 14th 1:46.19.

Boys 200-yard individual medley, Ervin Marin, Mater Lakes, 6th seed, 1:56.43.

Boys 500-yard freestyle, Kevin Porto, AH, 6th seed, 4:42.89; CJ Kopecki, AH 13th seed, 4:48.83.

Girls 200-yard freestyle relay: American Heritage, 15th seed, 1:45.74.

Boys 200-yard freestyle relay: Mater Lakes, 15th seed, 1:32.70.

Boys 100-yard backstroke, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Somerset, 8th seed, 54.78.

Girls 100-yard breaststroke: Elise Larin, Somerset, 12th seed, 1:08.56.

Boys 100-yard breaststroke: Ervin Marin, Mater Lakes, 5th seed, 1:00.18.

Girls 400-yard freestyle relay, American Heritage, 10th seed, 3:44.48.

Boys 400-yard freestyle relay, American Heritage, third seed, 3:14.40.

REGION 4-2 RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. Gulliver Prep 473, 2. Suncoast 267.5, 3. American Heritage 190, 4. Cardinal Gibbons 177, 5. Port Charlotte 155.5, 6. Lely 147, 7. Lemon Bay 116, 8. Cape Coral 116, 9. Pompano Beach 111, 10. Mast Academy 106.5, 11. Mater Lakes 79, 14. Archbishop McCarthy 59, 16. Somerset 27, 24. Goleman 1.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Gulliver Prep 336, 2. Suncoast 301.5, 3. American Heritage 246, 4. Cape Coral 244, 5. Mater Lakes 184.5, 6. Pompano Beach 184.5, 7. Lemon Bay 163, 8. Mast Academy 132, 9. Cardinal Gibbons 75, 10. Key West 70, 14. Goleman 35, 15. Archbishop McCarthy 31, 17. Somerset 28.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep (Emily Cordovi, Olivia Hernandez, Alicia Mancilla, Sarah Abril), 5. American Heritage 1:55.77 (Annita Huang, Thea McKenna, Jade Grabow, Cathy Cooper), 12. Archbishop McCarthy 2:09.09 (Jordan Jones, Valentina Carrion, Isabel Shashaty, Ashley Green), 15. Somerset 2:15.45 (Jeyra Mendez, Elisa Larin, Isabella DiSalvo, Sofia Rodriguez).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Hunter Scott, LB 1:52.93, 11. Annita Huang, AH 2:03.41.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Brooke Ellis, GP 2:07.42, 15. Elise Larin, SOM 2:19.50, 17. Delanie Perez, GOLE 2:20.16, 22. Valentina Carrion, ABM 2:27.91.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 23.52, AA-C, 16. Isabel Shashaty, ABM 27.21.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Journi Northrop, MAN 446.15, 2. Carly Ehrlich, PB 437.65, 3. Gabriela Rochelle, SUN 332.00.

100- yard butterfly: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 55.16, AA-C, 14. Isabella DiSalvo, SOM 1:05.05.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 51.97, 14. Isabel Shashaty, ABM 59.30.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GP 4:53.84 AA-C.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:39.21 (Sarah Abril, Chloe Hernandez, Daniela Luchau, Brooke Ellis).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 57.29, 13. Isabella DiSalvo, SOM 1:05.51, 15. Annita Huang, AH 1:06.38.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Savannah Yates, CG 1:06.65, 5. Elise Larin, SOM 1:08.56, 16. Delanie Perez, GOLE 1:13.40, 22. Valentina Carrion, ABM 1:18.42.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:34.15 (Emily Cordovi, Sarah Abril, Alicia Mancilla, Brooke Ellis), 4. American Heritage 3:44.48 (Cathy Cooper, Annita Huang, Olivia Mason, Thea McKenna), 11. Archbishop McCarthy 4:00.85 (Isabel Shashaty, Felicia Kozlowski, Valentina Carrion, Ashley Green).

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Suncoast 1:37.68 (Jared Ingram, Dylan Brisco, Gavin Smith, James Seton), 4. American Heritage 1:41.92 (Kevin Porto, Carlos Rodriguez, Sebastian Vargas, Cristian Rossi), 6. Mater Lakes 1:42.43 (Michael Fernandez, Brandon Moran, Ervin Marin, Pablo Murillo).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kevin Porto, AH 1:43.56, 2. Sebastian Vargas, AH 1:44.42, 3. CJ Kopecki, AH 1:45.64, 6. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOM 1:46.19.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP 1:51.40, AA-C, 3. Ervin Marin, ML 1:56.43, 9. Brandon Moran, ML 2:08.07, 11. Wyatt Jennessee, ABM 2:11.97.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Irvin Hoost, STB 20.88, AA-C, 21. Cristian Rossi, AH 24.21.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Zach Allen, CG 532.30, 2. Hudson Coldren, CG 450.60, 3. Gage Denson, LB 314.10.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Trahern Gribble, GP 51.38, 2. Sebastian Vargas, AH 51.66.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Irvin Hoost, STB 46.29, 24. Cristian Rossi, AH 57.29.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP 4:36.46, 3. Kevin Porto, AH 4:42.89, 7. CJ Kopecki, AH 4:48.83.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:28.47 (Pablo Luchau, Mauro Negrao, Jonathan Rodriguez, Miguel Cancel), 6. Mater Lakes 1:32.70 (Ervin Marin, Pablo Murillo, Juan Pablo Pineda, Michael Fernandez), 8. American Heritage 1:33.18 (Carlos Rodriguez, CJ Kopecki, Cristian Rossi, Nicholas Pacitti).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jared Ingram, SUN 52.31, 4. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOM 54.78, 11. Wyatt Jennessee, ABM 59.94.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Jonah Martinez, CC 59.68, 2. Ervin Marin, ML 1:00.18, 3. Brandon Moran, ML 1:00.58.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:10.99 (Pablo Luchau, Trahern Gribble, Orest Danyliv, Miguel Cancel), 3. American Heritage 3:14.40 (Kevin Porto, CJ Kopecki, Nicholas Pacitti, Sebastian Vargas), 9. Archbishop McCarthy 3:42.26 (Andres Arias, Lorenzo Lanaro, Oscar Gonzalez, Wyatt Jennessee).

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SOFLO’s Kopecki, Farah Play Key Role In American Heritage Three-Peat At FHSAA State 2A Meet; Freshman Larin Swims Best Time, Makes Final


By Sharon Robb

November 7, 2015—In an exciting finish, American Heritage boys team came from behind to defend its title at the Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Meet Saturday at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart.

With only eight swimmers, including South Florida Aquatic Club’s CJ Kopecki and Jonathan Farah, the Patriots went down to the wire to clinch their third consecutive boys state title with a convincing victory in the final event.

With Tampa Jesuit leading 210.5-210 going into the 400-yard freestyle relay, American Heritage’s Sebastian Vargas, Nico Medina, CJ Kopecki and Julien Pinon won in 3:09.08 finishing ahead of Tampa Jesuit in 3:14.21.

In one of the closest finishes, American Heritage finished with 250 points, 5.5 points ahead of Tampa Jesuit (244.5). Gulliver Prep was third with 185 points.

American Heritage boys trailed Tampa Jesuit by as many as 20 points during the meet but still managed to pull it off.

“I think they needed to check my blood pressure or heart monitor for me,” American Heritage coach Nobutaka Tan said.

“We knew after regions we were coming in down by three points. We knew it was going to be close. At the beginning of the season I talked to the kids and coaches and told them if we win it again it would be by less than 10 points.”

The Patriots set themselves up nicely in morning prelims.

“We had a lot of nice swims and a lot of kids in the top eight,” Nobu said. “It was a good kick start. We had a hiccup in the 200 relay and a few challenges came into it. We knew something had to be done. Our boys didn’t quit, I am really proud of them. This is the smallest team we have had at states. Tampa Jesuit had double that. I am glad we were able to capitalize on our opportunities.”

The Patriots were led by double winner Julien Pinon. Pinon, an Auburn-bound senior, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:37.75 and 100-yard butterfly in 48.83, both automatic All-American times.

Farah was third in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.14 and eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.58; Kopecki was third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:37.45 and eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:43.53 after going 1:42.64 in prelims; and Sebastian Vargas was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.94.

Farah was also a member of the Patriots’ second place 200-yard freestyle relay (1:26.68) and fourth-place 200-yard medley relay (1:38.40).

SOFLO’s Ervin Marin of Mater Lakes was third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.51 after going 59.48 in prelims and sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.47 after going 1:55.56 in prelims; Ricardo Roche of Somerset was tenth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.52 and 11th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:46.19; Kevin Porto of Mater Lakes was 12th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:47.28 and 16th in 1:48.68 in the 200-yard freestyle; Esteban Diaz Velasco of Somerset was 12th in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.87 and 17th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.78.

SOFLO’s Elise Larin, a freshman at Somerset, swam a best time in the 100-yard breaststroke prelims in 1:07.89 and came back at night to finish in the final in 1:08.26. She shaved 1:05 off her previous best.

In the girls competition, Gulliver Prep built up a sizeable lead with three relay wins, double winners Kelly Fertel and Niki Urquidi and sweep of the 500-yard freestyle to finish by more than 200 points with 377. Panama City Arnold was runner-up with 166.

Unlike last year, Gulliver Prep had plenty of depth this time around.

“I feel real good about this team,” Gulliver Prep coach Jeff Poppell said. “What makes this year a little bit more special is this is the most complete team we have had. Last year we had holes. This year we were as strong as we could be in every event. We had someone in every final.”

Urquidi, a senior, won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.17 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:46.97, both automatic All-American times.

Fertel, also a senior, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:01.20, an automatic All-American time and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.29, an All-American consideration time.

Eighth grader Andrea Santander, making her sate meet debut, was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.31, an All-American consideration time, and third in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.90.

“It’s been 3 ½ years of hard work,” Poppell said. “It’s definitely more satisfying this year. We had more girls come to the meet, young and old. We set the bar higher for ourselves this year.

“It was a lot of fun. We were motivated by school records and we wanted to see how we stacked up against all the other classes. We had a lot of young swimmers who made huge contributions and will be our leaders in future years. We want to sustain this and keep it going for a while. Both our girls and boys team are in a pretty good place.”

American Heritage girls, led by sprinter Catharine Cooper, finished fifth. “We have young girls coming up,” Nobu said. “Gulliver is a dynasty now and they will be tough to beat. Hopefully, we will find a way to challenge them in some way.”

Cardinal Gibbons junior Zach Allen defended his title in diving. For the second year in a row, Allen won the 1-meter springboard title with a school record 617.30 points, ninth highest score in state history. Teammate Hudson Coldren, a sophomore, was third in 438.60. Cape Coral junior Megan Galbreath won the girls diving title with 459.25 points.

The FHSAA State 3A and 4A meets are next weekend at the same venue.

SATURDAY STATE 2A RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.Gulliver Prep 377, 2. Panama City Arnold 166, 3. tie, Jacksonville Stanton, Titusville 132, 5. American Heritage 110, 6. Gulf Breeze 104, 7. Tampa Holy Names 93, 8. Lincoln Park 92, 9. Eastside 89, 10. Mosley 72.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:

1.Gulliver Prep 1:45.55 (Emily Cordovi, Kelly Fertel, Brooke Ellis, Sarah Abril), 2. Arnold 1:49.08, 3. Lincoln Park 1:50.90.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Niki Urquidi, GP 1:48.17, 2. Ryley Ober, BYSH 1:50.93, 3. Taylor Ward, LOL 1:51.06.

200-yard individual medley:

1.Kelly Fertel, GP 2:01.20, 2. Mackenzie Stumpf, TSPR 2:02.84, 3. Brooke Ellis, GP 2:06.68.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Tori Bindi, GBRZ 23.52, 2. Catharine Cooper, AH 23.69, 3. Andrea Santander, GP 23.90.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Sherridon Dressel, CLAY 54.04, 2. Hannah Retherford, ARNO 55.82, 3. Emily Cordovi, GP 56.14.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Tori Bindi, GBRZ 50.38, 2. Andrea Santander, GP 51.31, 3. Amelia Talkington, MOSL 51.44.

500-yard freestyle:

1.Niki Urquidi, GP 4:46.97, 2. Alicia Mancilla, GP 4:53.22, 3. Namilla Sanchez, GP 4:56.23.

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Gulliver Prep 1:36.59 (Emily Cordovi, Niki Urquidi, Sarah Abril, Andrea Santander), 2. Titusville 1:39.11, 3. Lincoln Park 1:39.55.

100-yard backstroke:

1.Sherridon Dressel, CLAY 54.90, 2. Hannah Retherford, ARNO 57.03, 3. Ryley Ober, BYSH 57.37.

100-yard breaststroke

1.Kelly Fertel, GP 1:03.29, 2. Mackenzie Stumpf, TSPR 1:04.26, 3. Francesca Vandersluis, SUN 1:05.92.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Gulliver Prep 3:28.23 (Andrea Santander, Niki Urquidi, Namilla Sanchez, Kelly Fertel), 2. Holy Names 3:34.63, 3. Arnold 3:36.83.

1-meter springboard diving:

1.Megan Galbreath, CCOR 459.25, 2. Journi Northorp, MANR 429.30, 3. Carolyn Ehrlich, PB 424.75.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.American Heritage 250, 2. Tampa Jesuit 244.5, 3. Gulliver Prep 185, 4. Panama City Arnold 143, 5. Suncoast 108, 6. Titusville 107, 7. Clay 100.5, 8. Lincoln Park 92, 9. Fort Walton Beach 87, 10. Gulf Breeze 70.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:

1.Tampa Jesuit 1:36.01 (Byrne Litschgi, Chris Jenings, Matthew Dieffenthaller, Tommy Shaffer), 2. Arnold 1:37.45, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:38.29.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Julien Pinon, AH 1:37.75, 2. Miguel Cancel, GP 1:39.11, 3. Dakota Mahaffey, CLAY 1:40.01.

200-yard individual medley:

1.Daniel Orcutt, FWB 1:50.68, 2. Byrne Litschgi, JES 1:52.65, 3. Jonathan Farah, AH 1:53.14.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Manden Smith, GULF 21.13, 2. Anthony Davis, GBRZ 21.15, 3. Irvin Hoost, SBR 21.30.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Julien Pinon, AH 48.83, 2. Lucca Delcompare, LELY 50.46, 3. Sebastian Vargas, AH 51.94.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Tommy Shaffer, JES 46.42, 2. Manden Smith, GULF 46.81, 3. Anthony Davis, GBRZ 46.85.

500-yard freestyle:

1.Theodore Smith, BYSH 4:23.91, 2. Miguel Cancel, GP 4:24.35, 3. CJ Kopecki, AH 4:37.45.

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Tampa Jesuit 1:26.37 (Byrne Litschgi, Will Sands, Sam Sands, Tommy Shaffer), 2. American Heritage 1:26.68, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:26.79.

100-yard backstroke:

1.Dakota Mahaffey, CLAY 48.73, 2. Byrne Litschgi, JES 50.73, 3. Conor Lynch, SLAK 51.79.

100-yard breaststroke:

1.Jabari Ramsey, LOL 57.07, 2. Logan Flitcraft, MOSL 58.83, 3. Ervin Marin, MAT 59.51.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.American Heritage 3:09.08 (Sebastian Vargas, Nico Medina, CJ Kopecki, Julien Pinon), 2. Tampa Jesuit 3:14.21, 3. Gulliver Prep 3:14.58.

1-meter springboard diving:

1.Zach Allen, CG 617.30, 2. Jonathan Geraghty, LPK 497.45, 3. Hudson Coldren, CG 438.60.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO High School Swimmers Shine At District Meets


By Sharon Robb

October 27, 2015—Several South Florida Aquatic Club high school swimmers are just one meet away from qualifying for the FHSAA State 1A-2A Swimming and Diving Meets in Stuart.

That is, if last week’s small school district meets are any indication.

DISTRICT 11-2A

SOFLO’s Jonathan Farah led American Heritage at the District 11-2A Swimming and Championships last week.

Farah, a senior, won two individual events and was a member of the Patriots winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:40.87.

Farah won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:50.13 and 100-yard backstroke in 55.48.

Other SOFLO swimmers Top 8 finishes:

200-yard medley relay: 3. American Heritage 1:58.71, Annita Huang, leadoff.

200-yard medley relay: 4. Archbishop McCarthy, 1:49.97, Wyatt Jennessee, third leg.

200-yard freestyle: 2. CJ Kopecki, 1:47.50.

200-yard individual medley: 9. Wyatt Jennessee 2:17.60.

50-yard freestyle: 8. Isabel Shashaty, Archbishop McCarthy, 27.34.

100-yard freestyle: 5. Annita Huang, 58.61.

500-yard freestyle: 2. CJ Kopecki, 4:45.75.

100-yard backstroke: 2. Annita Huang, American Heritage 1:04.69.

100-yard breaststroke: 5. Wyatt Jennessee, Archbishop McCarthy 1:09.66.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage, 3:42.45, Annita Huang anchor leg.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage, 3:16.03, CJ Kopecki, second leg; 4. Archbishop McCarthy 3:44.84, Wyatt Jennessee, third leg

DISTRICT 12-2A Meet:

SOFLO’s Ervin Marin led Mater Lakes with two individual wins at the District 12-2A meet.

Marin won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:57.58 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.33. Marin was also a member of the runner-up 200-yard medley relay team and led off the third-place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:35.41.

Other SOFLO Top 8 finishes:

200-yard medley relay: 2. Mater Lakes, 1:45.02, sophomore Kevin Porto; 3. Somerset, 1:49.30, Ricardo Roche, Molina, Esteban Diaz Velasco, Eduardo Graziano.

200-yard freestyle: 5. Abby Oyetunji, 2:03.72.

100-yard freestyle: 5. Abby Oyetunji, 56.98.

200-yard freestyle: 2. Esteban Diaz Velasco, Somerset, 1:47.86; 3. Kevin Porto, Mater Lakes, 1:48.61.

200-yard individual medley: 3. Ricardo Roche, third in 2:03.99.

100-yard breaststroke: 2. Brandon Moran, Mater Lakes, 1:05.95.

500-yard freestyle: 2. Kevin Porto, Mater Lakes, 4:51.53; 4. Ricardo Roche, Somerset 4:57.43

100-yard backstroke: 2. Esteban Diaz Velasco, Somerset, second 57.96.

100-yard breaststroke: 2. Elise Larin, second, Somerset, 1:09.75.

400-yard freestyle relay: 2. Somerset, 3:34.27, Esteban Diaz Velasco, Eduardo Graziano, Ricardo Roche

This week the Region 4-1A meet will be hosted by University School Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Nova Southeastern and 4-2A meet will be held at Florida Gulf Coast in Cape Coral on Thursday at 9 a.m. The region psych sheets are posted on the FHSAA.org website.

Meanwhile, the 3A and 4A high school swimmers compete in district meets that get under way on Tuesday in South Florida.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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