Pine Crest Panthers Capture Inaugural Palm League Conference Championships


By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, October 13, 2019—Pine Crest swept the combined, girls and boys team titles Saturday to win the inaugural Palm League Conference Championships.

The Panthers topped a field of six teams from Broward and Palm Beach to win the combined with 1,195 points, the only team to crack the 1,000-point barrier; girls with 625 and boys with 570.

The Panthers won the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. The Panthers also had five individual winners including Haley Cisewski, Rachel Botting, Hanna Elks Smith, Riley Botting and Sara Lin.

Pine Crest boys also won the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.

Joshua Hanks and Will Taner were double winners.

Hanks won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.48 and 100-yard breaststroke in 59.83. Taner won the 100-yard butterfly in 52.44 and 100-yard backstroke in 54.53.

Jimmy Hart was an individual winner for the Panthers in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.41. Taner, Hanks and Hart were also members of winning relays.

The competitive meet was another fine tuning meet for the Panthers for the Oct. 23 District 11-2A meet at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
1. Pine Crest 1,195, 2. St. Andrew’s 858, 3. Gulliver Prep 703, 4. Oxbridge 269. 5. Benjamin 237, 6. Miami Country Day 222, 7. North Broward Prep 131.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
1. Pine Crest 625, 2. St. Andrew’s 493, 3. Gulliver Prep 298, 4. Benjamin 180, 5. Miami Country Day 121, 6. Oxbridge 105, 7. North Broward Prep 55.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
1. Pine Crest 570, 2. Gulliver Prep 405, 3. St. Andrew’s 365, 4. Oxbridge 164, 5. Miami Country Day 101, 6. North Broward Prep 76, 7. Benjamin 57.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pine Crest A 1:47.51 (Simone Vale, Sara Lin, Esther Lin, Rachel Botting), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:49.18, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:56.63.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Haley Cisewski, PC 1:58.09, 2. Lucy Miller, STA 1:59.64, 3. Flora Beleznay, PC 2:02.04.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Erin Miller, STA 2:09.58, 2. Sara Lin, PC 2:10.49, 3. Lauren Balfour, PC 2:12.60.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Rachel Botting, PC 24.01, 2. Hanna Smith, PC 24.33, 3. Aspen Gersper, STA 24.60.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Emily Trieschmann, STA 58.89, 2. Lauren Balfour, PC 59.55, 3. Esther Lin, PC 1:01.51.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 52.75, 2. Rachel Botting, PC 53.08, 3. Isabella Chambers, PC 53.99.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Riley Botting, PC 4:57.82, 2. Haley Cisewski, PC 5:10.43, 3. Aspen Gersper, STA 5:12.00.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest A 1:37.31 (Rachel Botting, Hanna Elks Smith, Isabella Chambers, Riley Botting), 2. St. Andrew’s A 1:38.50, 3. Gulliver Prep A 1:44.85.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Erin Miller STA 1:00.37, 2. Gabby Beltrano, STA 1:00.67, 3. Simone Vale, PC 1:00.72.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Sara Lin, PC 1:04.68, 2. Riley Botting, PC 1:07.03, 3. Emily Trieschmann, STA 1:08.05.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. St. Andrew’s A 3:31.51 (Aspen Gersper, Nicole Aguilar, Erin Miller, Emily Trieschmann), 2. Pine Crest A 3:32.34, 3. Gulliver Prep 4:02.67.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pine Crest A 1:40.27 (Will Taner, Joshua Hanks, Luc Ferrara, Erick Zepeda), 2. St. Andrew’s A 1:47.12, 3. Gulliver Prep A 1:48.22.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Jimmy Hart, PC 1:46.41, 2. Santiago Espinoza, STA 1:46.91, 3. Tiago Pereira, STA 1:50.66.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:58.48, 2. Bruno Rebessi, GP 2:07.49, 3. Julian Balbi, STA 2:11.74.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Phillip Meira, GP 22.41, 2. Zachary Moore, STA 22.62, 3. Nikita Shakhraichuk, NBP 23.25.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Will Taner, PC 52.44, 2. Isaiah Jimenez, GP 52.91, 3. Dylan Smiley, MCD 55.89.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Tiago Pereira, STA 48.80, 2. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 50.05, 3. Luc Ferrara, PC 51.06.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Benjamin Carey, GP 4:58.60, 2. Colin Nealy, PC 5:14.80, 3. Ronin Jones, PC 5:14.92.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest A 1:29.74 (Joshua Hanks, Luc Ferrara, Erick Zepeda, Jimmy Hart), 2. St. Andrew’s A 1:30.33, 3. Oxbridge A 1:34.43.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Will Taner, PC 54.53, 2. Isaiah Jimenez, GP 55.50, 3. Zachary Moore, STA 56.31.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Joshua Hanks, PC 59.83, 2. Jimmy Hart, PC 1:01.10, 3. Bruno Rebessi, GP 1:02.80.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. St. Andrew’s A 3:18.96 (Zachary Moore, Julian Balbi, Santiago Espinoza, Tiago Pereira), 2. Pine Crest A 3:21.36, 3. Gulliver Prep A 3:22.16.

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

Pine Crest Ends Regular Season On Winning Note, Sweeps Westminster Academy; Bring On Districts


By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, October 4, 2019—Pine Crest Panthers wrapped up a successful regular season schedule Friday in their Class 2A debut.

The girls team finished 10-1 in dual meet competition with a 150-22 victory over Westminster Academy.

The boys finished 9-2 with a 136-42 win over the Lions.

Now it’s time to fine tune before the Panthers’ first District 11-2A Championship Oct. 23 at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, hosted by American Heritage Plantation. The timed finals meet is the first step to the state meet.

The girls swept all 12 events including all three “B” relays and 1-meter diving.

Hanna Elks Smith and Riley Botting were double winners.

Smith won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.76 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:29.46.

Botting won the 100-yard freestyle in 55.02 and 100-yard backstroke.

Ava Anderson won the 1-meter diving event with 259.94.

Westminster Academy sprinter Trenton Shaw ruined the Panthers sweep of events. Shaw won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.81.

Other than that it was all Pine Crest Panthers.

Jimmy Hart and Joshua Hanks were double winners.

Hart won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.30 and 100-yard butterfly in 58.77.

Hanks won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.91 and 100-yard backstroke in 102.44.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
Pine Crest 286, Westminster Academy 64

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
Pine Crest 150, Westminster Academy 22

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pine Crest B 1:49.53 (Julia Podkoscielny, Riley Botting, Esther Lin, Isabella Chambers), 2. Pine Crest A 1:51.06, 3. Westminster Academy A 2:30.63.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 1:59.76, 2. Simone Vale, PC 2:03.43, 3. Flora Beleznay, PC 2:06.83.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Isabella Chambers, PC 2:11.80, 2. Lauren Balfour, PC 2:15.20, 3. Johanna Henry, PC 2:50.56.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Rachel Botting, PC 24.61, 2. Daniela Munoz, PC 26.30, 3. Nadya Yanova, PC 27.79.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Ava Anderson, PC 259.94, 2. Kaylee Greenberg, PC 252.22, 3. Sarrah Ghadiali, PC 241.80.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Andrea Santander, PC 57.91, 2. Madison Kozel, PC 1:05.89, 3. Emma Gomez, PC 1:08.43.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Riley Botting, PC 55.02, 2. Sara Lin, PC 56.87, 3. Nadya Yanova, PC 1:00.73.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 5:29.46, 2. Flora Beleznay, PC 5:32.33, 3. Tori Barbar, WA 7:09.81.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest B 1:44.95 (Andrea Santander, Madison Kozel, Lauren Balfour, Daniela Munoz), 2. Pine Crest A 1:47.53, 3. Pine Crest C 1:49.29.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Riley Botting, PC 1:01.71, 2. Simone Vale, PC 1:01.85, 3. Madison Kozel, PC 1:09.78.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Esther Lin, PC 1:10.12, 2. Johanna Henry, PC 1:21.23, 3. Daniela Munoz, PC 1:22.70.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest B 3:39.61 (Riley Botting, Julia Podkoscielny, Simone Vale, Lauren Balfour), 2. Pine Crest A 3:42.85, 3. Pine Crest C.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
Pine Crest 136, Westminster Academy 42

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pine Crest A 1:49.22 (Wyatt Denhard, Erick Zepeda, Colin Nealy, Luc Ferrara), 2. Pine Crest B 2:03.13, 3. Westminster Academy 2:04.34.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Jake Jones, PC 2:16.55, 2. Christian Clark, WA 2:21.92, 3. Christopher Lin, PC 2:30.57.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Jimmy Hart, PC 2:00.30, 2. Wyatt Denhard, PC 2:14.64, 3. Erick Zepeda, PC 2:18.16.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Trenton Shaw, WA 23.81, 2. Victor Lago,PC 24.26, 3. Eldar Khismatullin, PC 26.04.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Blake Shaw, WA 356.62, 2. Kevin Mendez, PC 317.92, 3. Allen Levitis, PC 254.92.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Jimmy Hart, PC 58.77, 2. Eldar Khismatullin, PC 1:09.37, 3. Christopher Lin,PC 1:13.24.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Colin Nealy, PC 53.95, 2. Trenton Shaw, WA 54.49, 3. Victor Lago, PC 54.62.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Joshua Hanks, PC 4:57.91, 2. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 5:11.98, 3. Luc Ferrara, PC 5:27.65.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest B 1:36.28 (Joshua Hanks, Victor Lago, Erick Zepeda, Eldar Khismatullin), 2. Pine Crest A 1:36.81, 3. Westminster Academy A 1:42.96.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:02.44, 2. Colin Nealy, PC 1:07.41, 3. Tommy Braza, WA 1:42.09.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Wyatt Denhard, PC 1:07.41, 2. Luc Ferrara, PC 1:09.36, 3. Erick Zepeda, PC 1:09.84.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest A 3:53.39 (Joshua Hanks, Ronin Jones, Victor Lago, Freddy Rosenthal), 2. Pine Crest B 3:54.47, 3. Westminster Academy A 4:21.39.

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

Pine Crest Sweeps Gulliver Prep, Panthers Knock Off Defending State 2A Girls Champions; Eleven Seniors Honored


By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, October 2, 2019—If Wednesday’s outcome is any indication, Pine Crest girls’ team is sitting pretty leading up to its State 2A Swimming and Diving Championship debut next month in Stuart.

The Panthers improved to 9-1 with an impressive 140-43 victory over defending State 2A champion Gulliver Prep.

Pine Crest boys made it a clean sweep with a 105-80 win over Gulliver Prep and improved to a 8-2 record.

It was a special day for the swim team’s 11 seniors honored on Seniors Day. The swimmers received framed action shots of them competing in their events.

Pine Crest freshman Julia Podkoscielny and Riley Botting were double winners.

In one of the more exciting girls’ races, Podskoscielny outsprinted teammate Rachel Botting in the 50-yard freestyle, 24.53-24.63. Podkoscielny won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:58.90.

Botting won the 100-yard freestyle in 55.00 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.60. It was a 100-yard freestyle season-best and bettered her seed time of 55.27.

Lauren Balfour won the 100-yard butterfly in a season-best 1:01.95. Her previous best was 1:02.78.

Isabella Chambers won the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:02.09 bettering her previous best of 1:04.03.

Joshua Hanks, Will Taner and Jimmy Hart each won two events for the Panther boys.

Hanks won the 100-yard butterfly in a season-best 52.94. His previous best was 54.36. He also won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.08.

Taner won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.45 in his race debut. He also won the 100-yard backstroke in 55.43.

Hart won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.96 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.23.

Pine Crest swept the 1-meter diving with Ava Anderson (226.72) and defending state champion Kevin Mendez (285.52).

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
Pine Crest 245, Gulliver Prep 123

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
Pine Crest 140, Gulliver Prep 43

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pine Crest A 1:52.57 (Simone Vale, Riley Botting, Lara Jones, Hanna Elks Smith), 2. Gulliver Prep 1:56.14, 3. Pine Crest B 2:00.61.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Rachel Botting, PC 1:58.57, 2. Isabella Chambers, PC 1:58.91, 3. Camila Saporta, GP 2:02.96.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Lara Jones, PC 2:13.44, 2. Lauren Balfour, PC 2:17.95, 3. Margaret Miao, GP 2:18.59.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 24.53, 2. Rachel Botting, PC 24.63, 3. Cassandra Kraft, GP 25.00.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Ava Anderson, PC 226.72, 2. Shiraz Shiff, PC 223.96, 3. Sarrah Ghadiali, PC 216.07.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Lauren Balfour, PC 1:01.95, 2. Sara Lin, PC 1:02.00, 3. Cassandra Kraft, GP 1:02.10.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Riley Botting, PC 55.00, 2. Chloe Hernandez, GP 55.29, 3. Daniela Munoz, PC 57.69.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:58.90, 2. Camila Saporta, GP 5:28.24, 3. Simone Vale, PC 5:35.65.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest A 1:39.05 (Julia Podkoscielny, Hanna Elks Smith, Rachel Botting, Isabella Chambers), 2. Pine Crest B 1:43.17, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:43.43.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Isabella Chambers, PC 1:02.09, 2. Sara Lin, PC 1:05.26, 3. Kayla Kraft, GP 1:05.43.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Riley Botting, PC 1:08.60, 2. Lara Jones, PC 1:10.68, 3. Margaret Miao, GP 1:11.96.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest A 3:52.63 (Simone Vale, Esther Lin, Tiana Brannan, Rachel Botting), 2. Pine Crest B 3:57.22, 3. Gulliver Prep 4:25.18.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
Pine Crest 105, Gulliver Prep 80

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pine Crest A 1:43.48 (Will Taner, Joshua Hanks, Luc Ferrara, Victor Lago), 2. Gulliver Prep 1:52.27, 3. Pine Crest B 1:53.77.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Isaiah Jimenez, GP 1:48.38, 2. Benjamin Carey, GP 1:54.62, 3. Colin Nealy, PC 2:00.34.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:58.08, 2. Bruno Rebessi, GP 2:10.67, 3. Erick Zepeda, PC 2:17.41.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Will Taner, PC 22.45, 2. Phillip Meira, GP 23.27, 3. Lucas Jaramillo, GP 24.38.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Kevin Mendez, PC 285.52, 2. Denny Gulia-Janovski, PC 278.02, 3. Skylar Mignon, GP 258.30.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Joshua Hanks, PC 52.94, 2. Isaiah Jimenez, GP 53.16, 3. Luc Ferrara, PC 58.58.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Jimmy Hart, PC 48.96, 2. Jaime Esquenazi, GP 53.03, 3. Rafael Opperman, PC 55.14.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Benjamin Carey, GP 4:57.59, 2. Evan Abril, GP 5:28.33, 3. Jake Jones, PC 5:59.59.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest A 1:31.57 (Joshua Hanks, Luc Ferrara, Jimmy Hart, Elvis Kotikovski), 2. Gulliver Prep A 1:34.30, 3. Gulliver Prep B 1:39.72.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Will Taner, PC 55.43, 2. Phillip Meira, GP 1:05.77, 3. Colin Nealy, PC 1:06.78.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Jimmy Hart, PC 1:03.23, 2. Bruno Rebessi, GP 1:04.46, 3. Jaime Esquenazi, GP 1:08.97.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest A 3:24.62 (Will Taner, Eldar Khismatullin, Jimmy Hart, Elvis Kotikovski), 2. Gulliver Prep A 3:25.22, 3. Gulliver Prep B 3:50.47.

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