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

St. Andrew’s Wins Girls Team Title, Record Tenth Combined Title; King’s Academy Wins Boys Title; Zuchowski, Trieschmann Swimmers of the Meet

By Sharon Robb

WEST PALM BEACH, October 5, 2019—St. Andrew’s and King’s Academy, two small private schools, took center stage Saturday night at the Palm Beach County Swimming and Diving Championships at Lake Lytal Aquatic Complex.

St. Andrew’s won a record tenth straight combined team title with 736 points. Jupiter was second with 674 and King’s Academy was third with 639 points.

The Scots also won the girls team title with 424 ahead of Jupiter with 319 and Boca Raton with 266.

King’s Academy knocked off defending champion St. Andrew’s to win the boys team title for the first time with 378 points. Jupiter was second with 355 and St. Andrew’s was third with 312.

St. Andrew’s Emily Trieschmann was named Female Swimmer of the Meet. She finished with 40 points in high point. She won the 200- and 500-yard freestyles in 1:48.63 and 4:48.07, and was a member of the winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Josh Zuchowski of King’s Academy was the Male Swimmer of the Meet. He also had 40 points in high point. Zuchowski won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.42 and 100-yard backstroke in 48.76 and was a member of the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Both Trieschmann and Zuchowski broke county records and turned in All-American times.

Megan Murphy of Forest Hill was the only other girls’ double winner. She won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.43 and 100-yard backstroke in 55.18.

St. Andrew’s swept all three girls relays to pile up the points. Aspen Gersper and Lucy Miller were individual winners for the Scots.

Leila Glowka of Jupiter won the 1-meter diving title with 414.10 points.

In addition to Zuchowski, junior Reese Branzell of Dreyfoos School of the Arts and junior Michael Fernandez of West Boca Raton were double winners.

Branzell won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:40.81 and 100-yard freestyle in 45.55.

Fernandez of West Boca Raton won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.21 and 100-yard breaststroke in 58.44.

King’s Academy won the boys 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Jupiter made it a clean sweep with Tyler Coffey winning the boys 1-meter diving title with 490.60 points.

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

1. St. Andrew’s 736, 2. Jupiter 674, 3. King’s Academy 639, 4. Boca Raton 473, 5. Park Vista 307, 6. Suncoast 301, 7. Wellington 242, 8. Forest Hill 193, 9. FAU 168, 10. West Boca Raton 150.

1. St. Andrew’s 424, 2. Jupiter 319, 3. Boca Raton 266, 4. King’s Academy 261, 5. Forest Hill 162, 6. Park Vista 139, 7. Suncoast 130, 8. Wellington 123, 9. FAU 83, 10. Palm Beach Central 76.


200-yard medley relay:
1. St. Andrew’s 1:46.81 (Nicole Casariego Mera, Lucy Miller, Maci Rippo, Nicole Aguilar) 2. Boca Raton 1:49.29, 3. Jupiter 1:49.46.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Emily Trieschmann, STA 1:48.63, 2. Ella Martinez, BR 1:50.20, 3. Anna Auld, FH 1:50.77.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Paige Maceachern BR 2:06.93, 2. Nicole Aguilar, STA 2:08.90, 3. Ryan Flynn, FH 2:12.27.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 23.66, 2. Aspen Gersper, STA 23.84, 3. Lucy Miller, STA 24.14.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Leila Glowka, JUP 414.10, 2. Emilie Moore, BR 401.85, 3. Peyton Gaillard, JUP 396.90.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Megan Murphy, FH 55.43, 2. Nicole Aguilar, STA 56.82, 3. Ella Gates, PV 58.07.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Aspen Gersper, STA 50.96, 2. Kiara Caamano, JUP 52.83, 3. Nicole Casariego Mera, STA 53.08.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Emily Trieschmann, STA 4:48.07, 2. Anna Auld, FH 4:48.14, 3. Erin Miller, STA 4:56.64.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. St. Andrew’s 1:35.20 (Lucy Miller, Aspen Gersper, Erin Miller, Emily Trieschmann), 2. Forest Hill 1:40.38, 3. Boca Raton 1:40.62.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Megan Murphy, FH 55.18, 2. Ella Martinez, BR 56.58, 3. Gabby Beltrano, STA 58.86.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Lucy Miller, STA 1:04.22, 2. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:04.46, 3. Paige Maceachern, BR 1:05.69.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. St. Andrew’s 3:26.40 (Erin Miller, Aspen Gersper, Nicole Aguilar, Emily Trieschmann), 2. Jupiter 3:35.33, 3. Boca Raton 3:35.50.

1. King’s Academy 378, 2. Jupiter 355, 3. St. Andrew’s 312, 4. Boca Raton 207, 5. Suncoast 171, 6. Park Vista 168, 7. Wellington 119, 8. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 107, 9. West Boca Raton 95, 10. FAU 85.


200-yard medley relay:
1. King’s Academy 1:36.69 Josh Zuchowski, Noah Sipowski, Christian Proscia, Riley Taylor), 2. Boca Raton 1:39.66, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:41.77.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Reese Branzell, DSOA 1:40.81, 2. Varis Monroe, JUP 1:41.84, 3. Pace Edwards, KA 1:42.67.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:49.42, 2. Nicolas Gallego, JUP 1:58.44, 3. Bora Hurst, KA 2:02.39.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Michael Fernandez, WBOC 21.21, 2. Tiago Pereira, STA 21.42, 3. Noah Sipowski, KA 21.95.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Tyler Coffey, JUP 490.60, 2. Thomas Dowling, SUN 469.80, 3. Jack Patton, STA 366.65.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Tiago Pereira, STA 51.18, 2. Caleb Petranchuk, JUP 51.39, 3. Gavin Smith, SUN 52.63.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Reese Branzell, DSOA 45.55, 2. Maximillian Zum Tobel, BR 47.46, 3. Ryan Nordheim, STA 48.01.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Phillip Moldovanu, WELL 4:37.29, 2. Pace Edwards, KA 4:43.25, 3. Varis Monroe, JUP 4:44.77.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. St. Andrew’s 1:26.16 (Zach Moore, Ryan Nordheim, Seth Berke, Tiago Pereira), 2. Jupiter 1:27.92, 3. King’s Academy 1:29.08.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 48.76, 2. Hudson Bishop, JUP 52.73, 3. Gavin Smith, SUN 53.33.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Michael Fernandez, WBOC 58.44, 2. Noah Sipowski, KA 59.12, 3. Caleb Petranchuk, JUP 59.97.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. King’s Academy 3:09.46 (Pace Edwards, Will Cody, Noah Sipowski, Josh Zuchowski), 2. St. Andrew’s 3:10.07, 3. Jupiter 3:11.04.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Pine Crest Girls Defend Title, St. Andrew’s Boys Edge Pine Crest By One Point at Region 4-1A Championship

By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, November 10, 2018—Pine Crest defended its girls team title and came within one point of knocking off St. Andrew’s boys at the Region 4-1A Swimming and Diving Championship Friday at Nova Southeastern Aquatic Center.

The Panthers girls team won the title with 501 points, more than 100 points ahead of St. Andrew’s with 376. For the second year in a row, the Panthers were the only team, girls or boys, to crack the 500-point mark.

The defending champion Pine Crest boys were edged by St. Andrew’s by one point, 408.50-407.50, in one of the closest finishes in region meet history.

Pine Crest won the girls 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays and relied on its talented depth in the individual events. Julia Podkoscielny was the only individual winner capturing the 100-yard backstroke in 56.50. She is ranked No. 1 in the county in 56.28.

Pine Crest had two individual boys’ winners. Joshua Hanks won the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.29.

Pine Crest freshman and two-time defending state champion Kevin Mendez topped a field of six divers to win the 1-meter diving title with 545.25 points. Teammate Denny Gulia-Janovski was runnerup with 534.20. Pine Crest had four divers among the top six finishers.

Defending state champion Maia Goldstein, a junior at NSU University School, won the girls diving title with 495.70 points. Trinity Christian sophomore Chloe Bishop was second with 463.00 and Ishani Singh of Pine Crest was third with 462.95.

The remaining relay and individual events were won by Palm Beach County teams including St. Andrew’s, Trinity Christian and King’s Academy, and swimmers.

The FHSAA Class 1A State Swimming and Diving Championships are Friday, Nov. 16. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5:30 p.m. at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center in Stuart.

Jacksonville Bolles is defending girls and boys champion and has had a hammerlock on the 1A state titles for more than two decades. The boys are going after their 32nd consecutive and girls their 29th state title.

The Region 4-1A meet is the strongest of all regions, essentially the state championship minus Bolles. The competition among the strongest South Florida teams sometimes works against them in their bid to qualify enough swimmers to seriously challenge Bolles. This year just may be another story. Stay tuned!

1. Pine Crest 501, 2. St. Andrew’s 376, 3. Trinity Christian 296, 4. NSU University School 170, 5. Calvary Christian 154, 6. King’s Academy 139, 7. Cutler Bay 121, 8. Ransom Everglades 91, 9. South Florida Heat 86, 10. Oxbridge 77, 11. Sagemont 62, 12. Benjamin 39, 13. Westminster Academy 38, 14. tie, Coral Shores 31, Westminster Christian, 31, 16. Carrollton 28, 17. Immaculata-LaSalle25, 18. Florida Atlantic 18, 19. Chaminade-Madonna 17, 20. Cardinal Newman 14, 21. Miami Country Day 6, 22. Hawks 4, 23. North Broward Prep 1.


200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:45.64 (Gaby Beltrano, Shayna Fetes, Madelyn Rippo, Aspen Gersper), 2. Pine Crest 1:45.79 (Julia Podkoscielny, Sara Lin, Esther Lin, Hanna Smith), 3. Trinity Christian 1:49.02

200-yard freestyle: 1. Nicole Gomez, TC 1:50.06, 2. Mary Smutny, CB 1:50.11, 3. Emily Trieschman, SA 1:52.84, 20. Alexis Christensen, NSU 2:01.50.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Jennifer Secrest, OX 2:01.63, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 2:04.10, 3. Eriana Temperino, TC 2:04.68.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Chade Nersicio, TC 22.89, 2. Rachel Botting, CALV 23.36, 3. Lucia Miller, SA 23.78.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jennifer Secrest, OX 54.74, 2. Eriana Temperino, TC 56.12, 3. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 57.16, 8. Sara Quintero, SAGE 59.13.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Chade Nersicio, TC 50.51, 2. Mary Smutny, CB 51.17, 3. Andrea Santander, PC 51.34.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Nicole Gomez, TC 4:55.39, 2. Shauna Abair, TC 4:59.77, 3. Emily Trieschmann, SA 5:00.52, 13. Sara Quintero, SAGE 5:16.64, 14. Alexis Christensen, NSU 5:16.58.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:36.55 (Andrea Santander, Rachel Botting, Hanna Elks Smith, Alexandra Meszaros), 2. Trinity Christian 1:36.60, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:38.12.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 56.50, 2. Aspen Gersper, SA 57.01, 3. Gaby Beltrano, SA 57.18.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Shayna Fetes, SA 1:03.95, 2. Sara Lin, PC 1:05.33, 3. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:06.03.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:26.97 (Alexandra Meszaros, Rachel Botting, Julia Podkoscielny, Andrea Santander), 2. Trinity Christian 3:28.45, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:31.96.

1-meter diving: 1. Maia Goldstein, NSU 495.70, 2. Chloe Bishop, TC 463.00, 3. Ishani Singh, PC 462.95.

1. St. Andrew’s 408.50, 2. Pine Crest 407.50, 3. King’s Academy 238, 4. NSU University School 229, 5. Chaminade-Madonna 126, 6. Trinity Christian 99, 7. Ransom Everglades 94.50, 8. Miami Country Day 88, 9. Cutler Bay 87, 10. Florida Atlantic 81, 11. Hawks 71, 12. Benjamin 67, 13. Westminster Academy 49, 14. Riviera Prep 42, 15. North Broward Prep 37, 16. Immaculata-LaSalle 28.50, 17. Calvary Christian 27, 18. Oxbridge 18, 19. American Heritage Delray 13, 20. tie, Coral Shores, Westminster Christian 12, 22. tie, Slam Academy, Miami Pace 11, 24. Pope John Paul II 4.


200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:36.02 (Joshua Balbi, John Hollowell, Tiago Pereira, Ryan Nordheim), 2. Pine Crest 1:36.26, 3. King’s Academy 1:41.40.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Tomas Piza, SA 1:41.31, 2. Zachary Moore, SA 1:44.29, 3. Trenton Edwards, KA 1:45.26.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:52.61, 2. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:55.25, 3. Matthew Petreski, PC 1:59.75.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Tiago Pereira, SA 21.49, 2. Ryan Nordheim, SA 21.83, 3. Noah Sipowski, WA 21.98.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Joshua Balbi, SA 49.99, 2. Nicholas Vale, PC 50.00, 3. Tiago Pereira, SA 51.31.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Tomas Piza, SA 46.49, 2. Zachary Moore, SA 47.44, 3. Ryan Nordheim, SA 49.00.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Nicole Gomez, TC 4:55.39, 2. Shauna Abair, TC 4:59.77, 3. Emily Trieschmann, SA 5:00.52.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:25.82 (Zachary Moore, Tiago Pereira, Ryan Nordheim, Tomas Piza), 2. Pine Crest 1:26.53, 3. NSU University School 1:31.11.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 49.66, 2. Joshua Balbi, SA 51.04, 3. Nicholas Vale, PC 51.17.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 58.29, 2. Cameron Brown, NSU 58.96, 3. Matthew Petreski, PC 59.43.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:08.44 (Joshua Balbi, Zachary Moore, Seth Berke, Tomas Piza), 2. Pine Crest 3:10.61, 3. King’s Academy 3:16.22.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 545.25, 2. Denny Gulia-Janovski, PC 534.20, 3. Jack Patton, SA 455.70.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Pine Crest Splits With St. Andrew’s In Regular Season Finale; Pine Crest Girls Finish Dual Meet Season Undefeated

By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, October 20, 2018—In an exciting regular season finale that featured several close races, Pine Crest and St. Andrew’s, two Class 1A swimming powers, split on Saturday at Woodson Pool.

Pine Crest girls looked impressive en route to finishing the regular season undefeated at 10-0 with a 107-79 victory. In addition to the Scots, the Panthers also defeated reigning Class 1A state champion Bolles during the season.

The Panthers boys team dropped a 100-85 decision to the Scots to finish the regular season at 8-2.

Pine Crest is now off for two weeks of training before the state meet qualification meets begin with districts at Nova Southeastern Aquatic Center. The Sharks will host the defending district champion Panthers along with seven other teams in the District 11-1A Swimming and Diving Championship on Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.

In Saturday’s meet, Pine Crest won the girls 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Andrea Santander was a double winner for the Panthers in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.51 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.99.

Emily Trieschman was a double winner for St. Andrew’s in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.53 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:03.42.

Pine Crest’s Sara Lin, 12, knocked off defending state breaststroke champion Shayna Fetes, 17, of St. Andrew’s in an exciting 100-yard breaststroke race, 1:06.15-1:06.54.

St. Andrew’s swept all three boys relays and won five individual events.

Nicholas Vale of Pine Crest was a double winner in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.09 and 100-yard butterfly in 51.30.

In another exciting race, the boys’ 50-yard freestyle, four swimmers touched in the 22s, separated by 84/100ths. Ryan Nordheim of St. Andrew’s won in 22.12 followed by Joshua Hanks of Pine Crest in 22.24 and St. Andrew’s teammates Tiago Pereira in 22.30 and Seth Berke in 22.96.

In another close race, Zachary Moore of St. Andrew’s won the 100-yard freestyle in 49.13 followed by Tom Piza of St. Andrew’s in 49.29 and Pine Crest’s Joshua Hanks in 49.39.

Joshua Balbi of St. Andrew’s just edged Pine Crest’s Elvis Kotikovski in the 100-yard backstroke, 52.25-52.85.

Pine Crest 107, St. Andrew’s 79

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:48.91, 2. Pine Crest A 1:50.17, 3. Pine Crest B 1:55.02.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Emily Trieschmann, SA 1:53.53, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 1:56.16, 3. Erin Miller, SA 1:57.92.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 2:05.51, 2. Shayna Fetes, SA 2:11.16, 3. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:13.28.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 24.67, 2. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 24.69, 3. Rachel Botting, PC 24.74.

1-meter diving: 1. Ishani Singh, PC 262.43, 2. Kaylee Greenberg, PC 234.97, 3. Lisa Fischer, SA 233.32.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 57.63, 2. Esther Lin, PC 59.79, 3. Madelyn Rippo, SA 59.91.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 51.99, 2. Lucy Miller, SA 53.86, 3. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 53.94.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Emily Trieschmann, SA 5:03.42, 2. Erin Miller, SA 5:20.91, 3. Flora Beleznay, PC 5:23.04.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:37.52, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:39.08, 3. Pine Crest B 1:42.65.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Gabby Beltrano, SA 59.47, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:00.07, 3. Simone Vale, PC 1:00.69.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Sara Lin, PC 1:06.15, 2. Shayna Fetes, SA 1:06.54, 3. Riley Botting, PC 1:07.66.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1 3:30.70, 2. St. Andrew’s A 3:32.66, 3. Pine Crest B 3:44.83.

St. Andrew’s 100, Pine Crest 85

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s A 1:37.92, 2. Pine Crest A 1:38.07, 3. St. Andrew’s B 1:47.59.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Nicholas Vale, PC 1:44.09, 2. Zachary Moore, SA 1:47.05, 3. Tom Piza, SA 1:48.72.

200-yard individual medley: 1. John Hollowell, SA 1:58.97, 2. Matthew Petreski, PC 1:59.76, 3. Matthew Aronsohn, SA 2:16.14.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ryan Nordheim, SA 22.12, 2. Joshua Hanks, PC 22.24, 3. Tiago Pereira, SA 22.30.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 283.27, 2. Denny Gulia-Janovski, PC 282.38, 3. Jack Patton, SA 250.50.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Nicholas Vale, PC 51.30, 2. Joshua Balbi, SA 51.47, 3. Jacob Silberman, PC 53.11.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Zachary Moore, SA 49.13, 2. Tom Piza, Sa 49.29, 3. Joshua Hanks, PC 49.39.

500-yard freestyle: 1. John Hollowell, SA 4:56.73, 2. Jimmy Hart, PC 5:01.86, 3. Seth Berke, SA 5:19.07.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s A 1:29.04, 2. Pine Crest A 1:29.14, 3. Pine Crest B 1:40.71.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Joshua Balbi, SA 52.25, 2. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 52.85, 3. Antony Novak, PC 55.06.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Matthew Petreski, PC 1:00.73, 2. Jacob Silberman, PC 1:01.82, 3. Erick Zepeda, PC 1:08.19.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s A 3:14.42, 2. Pine Crest A 3:16.98, 3. St. Andrew’s B 3:33.10.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Pine Crest Hosts 55th Woodson Invitational On Saturday

By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, October 12, 2018—A field of 350 swimmers and divers from fifteen teams will compete Saturday in the 55th annual Woodson Invitational at Pine Crest’s Woodson Pool.

Swimmers and divers are looking forward to competing in the state’s oldest invitational against some of the state’s top teams as a gauge for the upcoming post-season meets. The meet also serves as a sneak peak of the state meet in all classifications.

Among teams competing are defending 1A state champion Jacksonville Bolles, NSU University School, Boca Raton, St. Andrew’s, Winter Park, American Heritage Plantation, Tampa Berkeley, King’s Academy, Calvary Christian and South Florida Heat.

Among top swimmers in the field are Mariangela Cincotti and Amanda Kopas of NSU University School; Cameron Taddonio and Paige MacEachern of Boca Raton; Andrea Santander, Alexandra Meszaros, Elvis Kotikovski, Nicholas Vale, Joshua Hanks and Hannah Virgin; Josh Balbi, Tiago Pereira, Emily Trieschmann and defending state breaststroke champion Shayna Fetes of St. Andrew’s; Matthew Dieffenthaller of Berkeley; Leah DeGeorge, Daniel Bowen and Rafael Ponce de Leon of Bolles.

In last year’s Woodson, Jacksonville Bolles swept the team titles with its depth. The boys won with 372 points after sweeping all three relays and only one individual event. The girls won with 329.50 points after winning only one relay.

Returning Woodson champions are Santander in the 200-yard individual medley; Fetes in the 100-yard breaststroke; Pine Crest’s Ishani Singh and Kevin Mendez in diving; and Nicholas Vale in the 100-yard butterfly.

Patrick Groters of NSU University School and Jessica Nava of Westminster Academy were named the meet’s Most Valuable Swimmers.

Groters, a senior, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.43 and 100-yard backstroke in 51.77 and totaled 32 points to earn the Andy Coan Award. It was the second time in three years he earned the honor.

Nava, also a senior, finished with 32 points after winning the 50-yard freestyle in 23.84 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.07 to earn the Ann Marshall Award.

The Ann Marshall Award for outstanding female competitor and Andy Coan Award for outstanding male competitor will be presented at the conclusion of the meet.

Marshall and Coan were highly-decorated Pine Crest swimmers before going on to make their mark on the national and international stage. Marshall is expected to present the female award.

Coan, a former world record holder in the 100-meter freestyle, passed away in a Boca Raton hospice in March 2017 at age 60 after losing his battle with liver cancer.


1. Bolles 329.50, 2. St. Andrew’s 263.50, 3. Pine Crest 255, 4. Boca Raton 103, 5. Winter Park 94, 6. Westminster Academy 76, 7. NSU University School 63, 8. Benjamin School 61, 9. Calvary Christian 38, 10. American Heritage Delray Beach 34, 11. South Florida Heat 7.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:48.19, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:49.86, 3. Pine Crest 1:51.68.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Alessandra Baldari, BENJ 1:51.84, 2. Lauren Hew, SAS 1:54.06, 3. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 1:54.26.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 2:04.39, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 2:07.93, 3. Amanda Kopas, NSUS 2:10.39.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 23.84, 2. Emily MacDonald, Bolles 24.38, 3. Hannah Trieschmann, SAS 24.79.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Caroline Cooper, WP 55.53, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 57.29, 3. Kate Wilkerson, Bolles 59.51.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 51.07, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 51.14, 3. Emily MacDonald, Bolles 53.87.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Alessandra Baldari, BENJ 4:57.21, 2. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 5:02.95, 3. Leah DeGeorge, Bolles 5:06.77.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:37.55, 2. Pine Crest 1:39.41, 3. Winter Park 1:41.42.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Lauren Hew, SAS 56.99, 2. Caroline Cooper, WP 57.03, 3. Mary Kate Kelley, Bolles 59.51.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Shayna Fetes, SAS 1:05.56, 2. Esther Lin, PC 1:06.87, 3. Lucy Miller, SAS 1:08.03.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:31.22, 2. St. Andrew’s 3:32.09, 3. Bolles 3:35.40.

1-meter diving: 1. Ishani Singh, PC 477.25, 2. Kaleigh Dundov, BR 432.60, 3. Lisa Fischer, SAS 392.40.

1. Bolles 372, 2. Pine Crest 229, 3. St. Andrew’s 189, 4. Boca Raton 160, 5. Winter Park 120, 6. NSU University School 86, 7. Westminster Academy 76, 8. Calvary Christian 68, 9. American Heritage Delray Beach 35, 10. Cooper City 10, 11. Chaminade-Madonna 3.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:35.69, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:36.17, 3. Pine Crest 1:37.88, 5. Boca Raton 1:45.36 (Tadas Seniuta, Cameron Taddonio, Jose Garcia, Kyle Tatton).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Tomas Piza, SAS 1:43.74, 2. Noah Emerson, Bolles 1:46.50, 3. Hector Rodriguez, WP 1:48.16.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Patrick Groters, NSUS 1:51.43, 2. Ariel Spektor, Bolles 1:51.69, 3. Nicholas Vale, PC 1:57.11

50-yard freestyle: 1. Chase Perry, WA 21.58, 2. John Pate, Bolles 21.84, 3. Izaak Bastian, SAS 21.87.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Nicholas Vale, PC 51.79, 2. Ariel Spektor, Bolles 51.90, 3. Jose Garcia, BR 52.89.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Chase Perry, WA 47.22, 2. Nico Ferrara, PC 47.71, 3. John Pate, Bolles 48.33.

500-yard freestyle: 1. James Kim, Bolles 4:50.68, 2. Neo Garcia Nohra, Bolles 4:52.30, 3. Miles Herman, Bolles 4:55.53.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:27.35, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:29.24, 3. Pine Crest 1:30.06, 7. Boca Raton 1:35.55 (Ryan Nordheim, Tadas Seniuta, Arda Aktarma, Eric Matheus).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Patrick Groters, NSUS 51.77, 2. Joshua Balbi, SAS 53.27, 3. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 54.69.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian, SAS 57.94, 2. Paul DeGrado, Bolles 58.92, 3. Jacob Silberman, PC 1:00.24.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:13.64, 2. St. Andrew’s 3:17.76, 3. Boca Raton 3:22.53.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 497.95, 2. Blake Shaw, WA 447.45, 3. Lyle Hayes-Macaluso, PC 437.90.


What: 55th Woodson Invitational

When: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m.; finals, 4:30 p.m.; warm-up for prelims, 7:30 a.m. and finals, 3 p.m. Diving finals are 10 a.m.

Where: Woodson Pool, Pine Crest School, 1501 NE 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale.

How to get there: Take I-95 to Cypress Creek Road, head east on Cypress Creek Road. The road will turn into 62nd Street. Go over the railroad tracks and the campus is on the left hand side. Take the first possible entrance on the left where there is a multi-story parking garage. Follow signs to the pool walking east along the corridor. Team buses should park in the West Lot in front of the baseball field.

Defending champions: Jacksonville Bolles (girls), Jacksonville Bolles (boys).

Of note: The pool is a 25-yard heated pool with six short-course racing lanes with a separate 50-meter pool for warm-up and swim-down…The timeline has morning prelims ending at 12:23 p.m…For questions call 954-492-4173.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Compete Saturday In SAA Pumpkin Patch Sizzler & Invite

By Sharon Robb

October 20, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club will compete Saturday in the St. Andrew’s Aquatics Pumpkin Patch Sizzler & Invite at Duff Tyler Aquatic Complex.

The fun holiday meet is a one-day, timed final meet featuring divisions ages 8-and-under through open.

SOFLO’s top seeds are: Sebastian Lares, 13, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley; Christopher Ha, 13. 100-yard breaststroke; Sarah Acevedo, 13, 100-yard butterfly; Michael Yannai, 13, 200-yard individual medley; Alex Viazmetinov, 8, 25-yard freestyle, 25-yard backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke, 25-yard butterfly; Sabrina Osorio, 12, 50-yard freestyle; Kaitlyn Barrios, 11, 50-yard breaststroke, 50-yard butterfly; and Logan Gonzalez, 12, 50-yard breaststroke.

Session I action will feature boys and girls 14-and-under 100-yard freestyle, open 200-yard freestyle, 14-and-under 100-yard backstroke, open 200-yard backstroke, 14-and-under 100-yard breaststroke, open 200-yard breaststroke, 14-and-under 100-yard butterfly, open 200-yard butterfly, 14-and-under 200-yard individual medley and open 400-yard individual medley.

The second session will have boys and girls 8-and-under 25-yard freestyle, 12-and-under 50-yard freestyle, 8-and-under 25-yard backstroke, 12-and-under 50-yard backstroke, 8-and-under 25-yard breaststroke, 12-and-under 50-yard breaststroke, 8-and-under 25-yard butterfly, 12-and-under 50-yard butterfly and 12-and-under 100-yard individual medley relay.


What: St. Andrew’s Aquatics Pumpkin Patch Sizzler & Invite

Where: St. Andrew’s School, Duff Tyler Aquatic Complex, Reed Family Pool, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton.

Schedule: Saturday, Session I, 9 a.m.; Session II, noon.

Of note: Warm-ups will be held before each session after the pool is cleared at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m…it is a timed final meet…admission is $3 and heat sheets $2 for both sessions…for questions call the swim office at 561-210-2128.
Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


American Heritage Boys Win Season-Opener; SOFLO’s Pinon Takes Two Firsts, Second, Third

American Heritage Boys Win Season-Opener; SOFLO’s Pinon Takes Two Firsts, Second, Third

By Sharon Robb

September 16, 2014—Defending boys 2A state champion American Heritage Plantation began its quest for another state title Tuesday with impressive wins over two of South Florida’s top programs.

The Patriots defeated Boca Raton, 103-77, and host St. Andrew’s, 108-68, in their season-opener at the Duff Tyler Aquatic Complex in Boca Raton. Boca Raton defeated St. Andrew’s, 107-76.

The season-opener gave American Heritage coach Nobutaka Tan an opportunity to gauge his team’s strength and weaknesses against two of the stronger boys’ teams so early in the season.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julien Pinon, fresh off a summer of training and competing overseas for France, led off the winning 200-yard freestyle relay and anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

Pinon was also second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.40 and third in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.03.

SOFLO teammates Cristian Rossi was seventh in 25.47 and CJ Kopecki was tenth in 24.09 in the 50-yard freestyle.

American Heritage had four different swimmers win individual events and also won the 200- and 400-yard freestyler relays.

The boys’ competition was evenly balanced, but it was the Patriots’ depth that clinched the wins.

Boca Raton, third place finishers at last year’s state meet, had three individual winners and St. Andrew’s had two individual winners and won the 200-yard medley relay.

American Heritage heads the field for Saturday’s Sun Invitational at Nova Southeastern.

In the girls’ competition, the St. Andrew’s Scots defeated cross-town rival Boca Raton, 110-75 and American Heritage Plantation, 119-55. Boca Raton defeated American Heritage Plantation, 115-66.

Seven-time state champion Megan Moroney of St. Andrew’s, one of the state’s most recruited swimmers, was a double winner in individual events and relays.

Moroney won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.99 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.35. She also led off the winning 200-yard medley relay and anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle.

Scots teammate Rachael Bradford-Feldman was also a double winner capturing the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.62 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.53.

Catharine Cooper of American Heritage, who competes internationally for Panama, was a double winner in the freestyle events, winning the 50 in 24.50 and 100 in 53.73.

St. Andrew’s 110, Boca Raton 75
St. Andrew’s 119, American Heritage Plantation 55
Boca Raton 115, American Heritage Plantation 66

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:50.10 (Megan Moroney, Rachael Bradford-Feldman, CJ McCartin, McKenna Keith), 2. Boca Raton 1:54.35, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:58.67.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Cassidy Blackwin, SA 1:58.31, 2. Ali Pacitti, AH 2:01.49, 3. Marin Mullen, SA 2:04.83.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SA 2:05.62, 2. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 2:14.88, 3. Julianna Carbone, SA 2:21.46.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Catharine Cooper, AH 24.50, 2. Kelly Harrington, BR 24.97, 3. Chelsea Scuderi, SA 25.56.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Caylin Hirapara, BR 243.85, 2. Julie Carter, BR 172.65, 3. Maya Sikora, SA 158.25.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Megan Moroney, SA 56.99, 2. Julianna Carbone, SA 1:02.85, 3. Whittaker Johnston, BR 1:03.29.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Catharine Cooper, AH 53.73, 2. Kelly Harrington, BR 55.16, 3. Chelsea Scuderi, SA 56.50.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Ali Pacitti, AH 5:19.98, 2. Cassidy Blackwin, SA 5:20.19, 3. Marissa Brannan, AH 5:29.60.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:43.20 (Cassidy Blackwin, Chelsea Scuderi, Julianna Carbone, McKenna Keith), 2. Boca Raton 1:43.32, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:47.29.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Megan Moroney, SA 57.35, 2. Whittaker Johnston, BR 1:01.42, 3. Marin Mullen, SA 1:04.43.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SA 1:07.53, 2. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 1:10.24, 3. Grayson Johnston, BR 1:11.93.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:38.79 (CJ McCartin, Chelsea Scuderi, Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Megan Moroney), 2. American Heritage Plantation 3:50.84, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:57.57.

American Heritage Plantation 108, St. Andrew’s 68
American Heritage Plantation 103, Boca Raton 77
Boca Raton 107, St. Andrew’s 76

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:39.28 (Nick Sharp, Izaak Bastian, Tanner Fuller, Nicholas Conrad), 2. American Heritage Plantation 1:41.10, 3. Boca Raton 1:48.01.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Chris Garcia, AH 1:46.25, 2. Julien Pinon, AH 1:47.40, 3. Matthew Fisher, BR 1:49.68.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 1:59.79, 2. Nick Sharp, SA 2:02.53, 3. Jonathan Farah, AH 2:06.27.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Brody Heck, BR 21.25, 2. Nicholas Conrad, SA 21.60, 3. Kyle Tatton, BR 23.69, 7. Cristian Rossi, AH 25.47, 10. CJ Kopecki, AH 24.09.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Jacob Williams, BR 181.55, 2. Alex Hofstetter, BR 160.70, 3. John Morin, SA 153.71.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Taylor Eaddy, AH 53.27, 2. Nicholas Conrad 54.33, 3. Nico Medina, AH 54.44, 4. CJ Kopecki, AH 56.49.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Brody Heck, BR 46.66, 2. Chris Garcia, AH 49.78, 3. Julien Pinon, AH 50.03.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Nico Medina, AH 4:48.18, 2. Matthew Fisher, BR 4:53.87, 3. Nicholas Pacitti, AH 5:04.65.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 1:30.53 (Julien Pinon, Chris Garcia, Carlos Rodriguez, Taylor Eaddy), 2. Boca Raton 1:31.53, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:31.74.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Nick Sharp, SA 54.96, 2. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 58.82, 3. Jonathan Farah, AH 1:00.06.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian, SA 1:03.38, 2. Ricardo Martinez, SA 1:04.18, 3. Kyle Tatton, BR 1:04.62.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 3:20.11 (Taylor Eaddy, Chris Garcia, Sebastian Vargas, Julien Pinon), 2. Boca Raton 3:21.33, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:31.83.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com