Pine Crest Girls, St. Andrew’s Boys Win In Dual Meet; Scots’ Aspen Gersper Virginia-Bound


By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, October 13, 2022—With some great racing among talented teams, St. Andrew’s tuned up for Friday’s Palm Beach County Championships while Pine Crest continued to focus on district championships in their dual meet Wednesday night at Duff Tyler Aquatic Complex.

St. Andrew’s boys, led by double winners Ambrus Barcsak, Diego Balbi and Aitor Arrese-Igor and two relay victories, defeated Pine Crest 164-147.

Barcsak won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.01 and 100-yard backstroke in 53.46.

Balbi, who represented Peru at the World Junior Championships, won the 100-yard butterfly in 50.57 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.44.

Diver Allen Levitis was Pine Crest’s lone individual winner with 243.05. Pine Crest also won the boys 200-yard medley relay with Kian Saffari, Jake Jones, Colin Nealy and Lucas Opperman.

Arrese-Igor won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.59 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.42.

Pine Crest girls, led by double winners Julia Podkoscielny and Riley Botting, defeated the Scots, 152-134.

The University of Florida-bound Podkoscielny won her marquis events 200-yard individual medley in 2:06.64 and 100-yard backstroke in 58.60.

Podkoscielny and Botting were also members of the winning 200-yard medley relay with teammates Sara Lin and Lauren Balfour, winning in 1:51.34. Lin also won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.53.

St. Andrew’s won the girls 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays and had four individual winners: Logananne Zielinski, diver Millie Cochran, Erin Miller and Siena Griffiths.

St. Andrew’s is expected to defend its titles at the Palm Beach County Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at Lake Lytal. The Scots finish their regular season Oct. 18 on Seniors Night at home against Grandview Prep and St. John Paul II.

The Scots’ top swimmer Aspen Gersper, a junior ranked fourth in the state and graduates in 2024, orally committed to two-time NCAA women’s champion Virginia.

“I am SOOO excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my academic and athletic career at the University of Virginia,” Gersper wrote on social media. “I want to thank my family, the coaches at UVA, SA coaches, and my friends for always supporting me and getting me to where I am today!!! I am super, super excited to be a part of the family!! GO HOOS

GIRLS
Pine Crest 152, St. Andrew’s 134

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:51.34 (Julia Podkoscielny, Sara Lin, Lauren Balfour, Riley Botting), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:58.29, 3. Pine Crest B 2:02.94.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Riley Botting, PC 1:55.39, 2. Siena Griffiths, SA 1:56.22, 3. Lauren Balfour, PC 2:01.67.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:06.64, 2. Alex Ericson, SA 2:12.05, 3. Sara Miller, SA 2:16.32.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Logananne Zielinski, SA 25.36, 2. Asha Davis, SA 26.47, 3. Emory Jacobson-Bertanzetti, PC 26.74.

1-meter diving: 1. Millie Cochran, SA 189.45, 2. Kirra Reid, PC 172.00.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Erin Miller, SA 58.44, 2. Lauren Balfour, PC 1:01.80, 3. Bella Egizi, PC 1:04.15.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Siena Griffiths, SA 53.79, 2. Logananne Zielinski, SA 54.88, 3. Sara Lin, PC 55.79.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Riley Botting, PC 5:13.01, 2. Sara Miller, SA 5:27.49, 3. Carmela Coleman, SA 5:53.51.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s A 1:41.74 (Erin Miller, Logananne Zielinski, Alex Ericson, Siena Griffiths), 2. Pine Crest A 1:49.29, 3. Pine Crest B 1:57.33.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 58.60, 2. Erin Miller, SA 1:00.25, 3. Emory Jacobson-Bertanzettie, PC 1:05.53.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Sara Lin, PC 1:07.53, 2. Alex Ericson, SA 1:09.92, 3. Rebekka von Klaeden, SA 1:16.68.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s A 3:36.34 (Logananne Zielinski, Sara Miller, Erin Miller, Siena Griffiths), 2. Pine Crest A 3:37.45, 3. St. Andrew’s B 4:04.25.

BOYS
St. Andrew’s 164, Pine Crest 147

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:42.55 (Kian Saffari, Jake Jones, Colin Nealy, Lucas Opperman), 2. St. Andrew’s A 1:42.83, 3. St. Andrew’s B 1:53.13.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Ambrus Barcsak, SA 1:49.01, 2. Colin Nealy, PC 1:51.77, 3. William Domokos-Murphy, SA 1:51.88.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SA 1:58.59, 2. Kingsley Bailey, PC 2:02.71, 3. Jake Jones, PC 2:04.67.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ethan Kim, SA 22.80, 2. Jake Venezia, Sa 22.83, 3. Roman Ferrara, PC 22.96.

1-meter diving: 1. Allen Levitis, PC 243.05, 2. Max Starkman, PC 229.05, 3. Danyal Ghadiali, PC 217.75.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Diego Balbi, SA 50.57, 2. Colin Nealy, PC 53.35, 3. Conner Brinley, SA 56.68.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Venezia, Sa 49.53, 2. Lucas Opperman, PC 50.29, 3. Kingsley Bailey, PC 50.59.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Diego Balbi, SA 4:51.44, 2. William Domokos-Murphy, SA 5:01.00, 3. Freddy Rosenthal, PC 5:02.85.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s A 1:30.70 (Jake Venezia, Ambrus Barcsak, Aitor Arrese-Igor, Ethan Kim), 2. Pine Crest A 1:32.93, 3. Pine Crest B 1:38.29.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ambrus Barcsak, SA 53.46, 2. Conner Brinley, SA 59.10, 3. Mario Suarez, SA 1:00.48.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SA 1:01.42, 2. Jake Jones, PC 1:01.52, 3. Jared Berke, SA 1:06.22.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s B 3:17.63 (Andrew Beleznay, William Domokos-Murphy, Mario Suarez, Ryan Miller), 2. Pine Crest A 3:18.16, 3. St. Andrew’s A 3:18.70.

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

Powerhouse Bolles Sweeps Team Titles; Three State Records Broken; Mendez Wins Record Sixth Diving Title; SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart Wins


By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 6, 2021—In one of the fastest meets in state history, Jacksonville Bolles brought out the best in every one on a wind-chilled Saturday night at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center.

Bolles swept the team titles and raised the bar for every other team in the meet. The boys won with 574 points and girls with 370 points.

King’s Academy boys were second with 174.5, St. Andrew’s third with 165, South Florida Heat fourth with 159, NSU University School sixth with 102.5 and Pine Crest ninth with 92 points.

St. Andrew’s girls were runner-up with 238, Pine Crest third with 200, King’s Academy with 186, Cutler Bay fifth with 166 and South Florida Heat seventh with 118.

Bolles has won every boys state championship since 1988 and every girls title since 1991, and with 30 years of tradition on the line, Bolles kept the streak going. Bolles has now won a record 34 boys titles and 31 girls titles to continue as the state’s all-time high school swimming dynasty.

Unparalleled depth and relay excellence buoyed Bolles. Bolles won two girls relays and all three boys relays and won two individual girls events and five individual boys events.

In the boys competition, there were 40 automatic All-American times and 43 All-American consideration times posted. In the girls competition, there were 29 automatic All-American times and 33 All-American consideration times.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Olivia Dinehart of Cutler Bay won her first state title in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.28, an automatic All-American time. She was also third in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.61, an All-American consideration time.

SOFLO’s Maddy Smutny, also of Cutler Bay, was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.20, an All-American consideration time.

Three state records were broken during prelims and finals.

King’s Academy’s Josh Zuchowski broke the state record in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:45.51, breaking the 2004 record of 1:46.31 set by Bradley Ally of St. Thomas Aquinas. Zuchowski also won the 100-yard backstroke in 47.29. Both were automatic All-American times.

South Florida Heat sophomore Erika Pelaez broke the state record in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.34. The previous record was 52.46 set by Clara Smiddy of South Florida Heat in 2013. Pelaez also won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.29. Both were automatic All-American times.

In prelims, Bolles’ William Heck broke his own 100-yard breaststroke record in 53.64. His 2020 state record was 53.73. He went on to win the event in 53.95.

Pine Crest senior diver Kevin Mendez took his final bow on 1-meter winning his sixth consecutive state title becoming one of the state’s most decorated athletes. Mendez won with 606.75 points ahead of teammate Allen Levitis with 490.50.

The victory gave him state records in most consecutive individual titles and most individual diving titles in state history. He broke a tie of four straight that stood for 33 years with Brian Gillooly, Gateway (Kissimmee), who won from 1990-93 and Mark Ruiz, Dr. Phillips (Orlando), 1994-97. No other swimmer or diver has won six straight titles since records were kept, dating back to the 1920s.

Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny won the 200-yard individual medley in a career-best 1:59.79, an automatic All-American time. The U.S. junior national team member was the only swimmer in the field to break 2 minutes. Her previous best was 2:01.89. She was also second in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.30, an automatic All-American time.

In the most exciting relay race of the night, St. Andrew’s won the girls 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:23.46 with Aspen Gersper, Nicole Aguilar, Erin Miller and Ella Martinez ahead of Bolles in 3:23.51. Gersper also won the 100-yard butterfly in 54.02.

Kaii Winkler of South Florida Heat took seconds in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:36.78 and 100-yard freestyle in 44.00. Both were automatic All-American times.

NSU University School was second in the 400-yard freestyle relay in an All-American consideration time and school record 3:08.63 with Karl Wilson Aimable, Michele Vandenbossche, Marcelo Carrion and Max Fermayer. The relay broke an eight-year-old record.

A disqualification proved costly for the Pine Crest girls. The Panthers had their top-seeded girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay disqualified in morning prelims.

The Class 3A and 4A state meets are next Friday and Saturday.

GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bolles 370, 2. St. Andrew’s 238, 3. Pine Crest 200, 4. King’s Academy 186, 5. Cutler Bay 166, 6. PK Yonge 126, 7. South Florida Heat 118, 8. Berkeley Prep 117, 9. Holy Names 91, 10. Episcopal 81, 20. Ransom Everglades 29, 26. Westminster Academy 15, 28. Carrollton 13, 31. Coral Springs Charter 10, 35. Calvary Christian 7, 42. St. John Paul II 2, 44. North Broward Prep, Benjamin 1.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:43.95 (Katherine Meyers-Labenz, Jessica Strong, Julia Murphy, Alexandra Zorn), AA-A, 2. King’s Academy 1:44.86, AA-C, 3. Cutler Bay 1:45.08 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Nat Gembicki), AA-C, 4. St. Andrew’s 1:45.10, AA-C, 5. Pine Crest 1:45.85, AA-C.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Megan McGrath, Bolles 1:48.60, AA-A, 2. Emma Sundermeyer, FOU 1:48.98, 3. Ella Martinez, STA 1:50.14, 6. Maddy Smutny, CB 1:51.19, 7. Elena Dinehart, CB 1:51.50.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:59.79, AA-A, 2. Michaela Mattes, CM 2:00.71, AA-A, 3. Olivia Dinehart, CB 2:03.61, AA-C.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 22.29, AA-A, 2. Manita Sathianchokwisan, BOLL 22.38, AA-A, 3. Lillie Nesty, PKY 23.06, AA-A, 4. Ava Fasano, KA 23.51, AA-C, 6. Isabella Chambers, PC 23.67, 7. Hanna Smith, PC 23.81, 8. Alyssa Bozzuto, KA 24.12, 10. Logan Zielinski, STA 24.13, 11. Gioia Balzano, SFH 24.28, 12. Lydia Lanahan, CAL 24.37, 16. Isabella Hernandez, NB 24.72.

1-meter diving: 1. Charlotte Norman, CSNA 459.65, 2. Elle Jacobsen, HTRN 441.20, 3. Ava Anderson, PC 406.60, 4. Makenzie Blake, WA 406.00, 10. Kaeden Dunham, STA 374.90, 12. Sarah Ghadiali, PC 362.75, 14. Madison Okon, KA 342.15, 16. Sarah Napier, BEN 292.00.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aspen Gersper, STA 54.02, AA-A, 2. Marcela Scaramuzza, WIND 54.75, AA-C, 3. Megan McGrath, BOLL 55.02, 4. Nicole Aguilar, STA 55.31, 11. Riley McCormick, CSC 57.45.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Manita Sathianchokwisan, BOLL 49.10, AA-A, 2. Lillie Nesty, PKYO 49.84, AA-A, 3. Adele Sands, CARW 51.50, 4. Hanna Smith, PC 51.68, 6. Isabella Chambers, OC 52.26, 8. Logan Zielinski, STA 52.85, 9. Nat Gembicki, CB 52.08, 15. Lyda Lanahan, CAL 53.33.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Michaela Mattes, CMOO 4:45.51, AA-A, 2. Maddy Smutny, CB 4:54.20, AA-C, 3. Riley Botting, PC 4:57.05, 6. Erin Miller,. STA 5:02.85, 8. Emma Herrera, KA 5:09.17, 10. Izzy Wilson, CAR 5:01.85, 16. Paige Munna, KA 5:08.24.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:32.68, AA-A (Katherine Meyers-Labenz, Megan McGrath, Sabrina Lyn, Manita Sathianchokwisan), 2. King’s Academy 1:33.77, AA-A (Ava Fasano, Alyssa Bozzuto, Kiersten Munna, Julianna Bell), 3. Pine Crest 1:33.93, AA-A (Hanna Smith, Julia Podkoscielny, Isabella Chambers, Riley Botting), 4. St. Andrew’s 1:36.80, AA-C (Logan Zielinski, Nicole Aguilar, Nicole Casariego Mera, Erin Miller), 10. South Florida Heat 1:40.94, 11. Ransom Everglades 1:40.98.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 52.34, AA-A, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 53.30, AA-A, 3. Aspen Gersper, STA 54.68, AA-A, 5. Ella Martinez, STA 56.51, 7. Elena Dinehart, CB 57.21, 8. Ava Fasano, KA 57.65, 10. Kiersten Munna, KA 58.10, 15. Samantha Schoenborn, SFH 59.87.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, CB 1:02.28, AA-A, 2. Marcela Scaramuzza, WIND 1:02.50, AA-A, 3. Jessica Strong, BOLL 1:02.57, AA-A, 4. Michaela Sierra, SFH 1:03.54, AA-C, 7. Alyssa Bozzuto, KA 1:04.67, 11. Sara Linn, PC 1:05.74, 12. Sophia Grubbs, CB 1:06.79, 13. Madison Sipowski, KA 1:06.99.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:23.46, AA-A, (Aspen Gersper, Nicole Aguilar, Erin Miller, Ella Martinez), 2. Bolles 3:23.51, AA-A, 3. South Florida Heat 3:29.44, AA-C, (Erika Pelaez, Gioia Balzano, Samantha Schoenborn, Michaela Sierra) 4. Cutler Bay 3:31.62 (Nat Gembicki, Olivia Dinehart, Elena Dinehart, Maddy Smutny), 7. King’s Academy 3:35.57, 14. Carrollton 3:49.12, 16. Coral Springs Charter 3:53.44.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bolles 574, 2. King’s Academy 174.5, 3. St. Andrew’s 165, 4. South Florida Heat 159, 5. Trinity Prep 129.5, 6. NSU University School 102.5, 7. Edgewood 100, 8. Berkeley Prep 95, 9. Pine Crest 92, 10. Clearwater 87.5, 19. Miami Country Day 28, 23. Cutler Bay 17, 33. Doctors Charter 8, 35. Riviera Prep 4, 37. Oxbridge 2, 38. FAU High 1.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:28.28 (Carter Lancaster, William Heck, Miguel Rojas Newman, Tucker Peterson), AA-A, 2. South Florida Heat 1:31.94 (Finn Winkler, Dario Martin, Nikita Efimov, Kaii Winkler), AA-A, 3. Trinity Prep 1:35.15, 5. St. Andrew’s 1:35.33, 7. King’s Academy 1:37.96, 9. NSU University School 1:37.79, 11. Pine Crest 1:39.28, 16. Cutler Bay 1:43.41.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Dupont Cabrera, BOLL 1:35.90, AA-A, 2. Kaii Winkler, SFH 1:36.78, AA-A, 3. Stuart Higdon, MAC 1:36.91, AA-A.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:45.51, AA-A, 2. Carter Lancaster, BOLL 1:46.91, AA-A, 3. Logan Ingerick, BERK 1:49.30, AA-A, 10. Aitor Arrese-Igor, STA 1:55.53, 12. Marcelo Carrion, NSU 1:58.15.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Miguel Rojas Newman, BOLL 20.49, AA-A, 2. Andy Kravchenko, EDWD 20.53, AA-A, 3. Tyler Roberton, BERK 20.60, AA-C, 7. Kacper Rafal, STA 21.29, 8. Noah Smith, KA 21.35, 10. Noah Engstrom, KA 21.51, 11. Finn Winkler, SFH 21.54, 12. Karl Wilson Aimable, NSUS 21.62, 16. Maxim Timperman, OXB 22.12.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 606.75, 2. Allen Levitis, PC 490.50, 3. Nicholas Santiago, TRIN 416.50, 8. Ashton Jacobi, PC 322.00, 10. Oliver Dunham, STA 273.40.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Miguel Rojas Newman, BOLL 48.26, AA-A, 2. Mason Williams, FOUN 48.43, AA-A, 3. Dylan Smiley, MCDY 48.59, AA-A, 5. Diego Balbi, STA 48.86, AA-A, 6. Dario Martin, SFH 48.87, AA-A, 9. Valerio Bonuglia, STA 50.38, 14. Nikita Efimov, SFH 51.62.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Dupont Cabrera, BOLL 43.74, AA-A, 2. Kaii Winkler, SFH 44.00, AA-A, 3. Tyler Roberton, BERK 44.85, AA-A, 9. Kacper Rafal, STA 46.47, 10. Max Fermayer, NSUS 46.92, 11. Michele Vandenbossche, NSUS 47.88, 16. Maxim Timperman, OXB 48.87.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Stuart Higdon, MAC 4:24.81, AA-A, 2. Kayden Lancaster, BOLL 4:27.28, AA-A, 3. Jacob Hamlin, CCBI 4:27.30, AA-A, 6. Christian Proscia, KA 4:38.00, 8. Austin Nelson, CB 4:43.19, 13. Ivan Grass, CB 4:47.11, 15. Mario Suarez, STA 4:54.76.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:20.30, AA-A, 2. South Florida Heat 1:24.22, AA-A, (Kaii Winkler, Finn Winkler, Nikita Efimov, Dario Martin), 3. King’s Academy 1:26.83 (Josh Zuchowski, Noah Engstrom, Diego Barberna, Christian Proscia), 5. St. Andrew’s 1:27.14, 8. NSU University School 1:28.74, 9. Pine Crest 1:28.41.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 47.29, AA-A, 2. Carter Lancaster, BOLL 49.10, AA-A, 3. Tucker Peterson, BOLL 49.14, AA-A, 6. Noah Smith, KA 50.76, 9. Diego Balbi, STA 51.67, 10. Finn Winkler, SFH 51.82, 13. Aitor Arrese-Igor, STA 53.45,14. Ambrus Barcsak, STA 53.61.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. William Heck, BOLL 53.95, AA-A, 2. Harrison Herrera, BOLL 54.99, AA-A, 3. Ethan Maloney, BOLL 55.55, AA-A, 4. Dario Martin, SFH 56.02, AA-C, 10. Aiden Kohanyi, SFH 58.38, 11. Nikita Efimov, SFH 58.47, 16. Pete Pokatragool, FAU 59.52.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 2:58.10 (Seth Tolentino, Carter Lancaster, Andres Dupont Cabrera, Kayden Lancaster), AA-A, 2. NSU University School 3:08.63, AA-C, (Karl Wilson Aimable, Michele Vandenbossche, Marcelo Carrion, Max Fermayer), 3. St. Andrew’s 3:09.30, 4. King’s Academy 3:10.57, 10. Pine Crest, Cuter Bay DQ.

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

St. Andrew’s Sweeps District 10-1A Team Titles; Four Pool Records Broken


By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, October 23, 2021—St. Andrew’s School swept the boys and girls team titles in the District 10-1A Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at the Scots’ pool.

In what looked more like a dual meet between rivals St. Andrew’s and King’s Academy, St. Andrew’s girls won with 597 points ahead of King’s with 545.

The boys won with 560 points and King’s finished with 525.5.

Four pool records including two by King’s Academy senior Josh Zuchowski, were broken.

Zuchowski, a member of the U.S. National Junior Team and Stanford-bound, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.89 and 100-yard backstroke in 49.39, both pool records and All-American consideration times.

King’s Academy won the girls 200-yard freestyle relay in a pool record and All-American consideration time of 1:36.09 with relay swimmers Ava Fasano, Julianna Bell, Kiki Munna and Aly Bozzuto.

St. Andrew’s won the girls 400-yard freestyle relay in a pool record and All-American consideration time of 3:32.54 with Aspen Gersper, Nicole Aguilar, Erin Miller and Ella Martinez.

Emma Herrera and Ava Fasano were double winners for King’s.

Herrera, a freshman, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:07.82 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:01.55.

Fasano, a junior, won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.72 and 100-yard backstroke in 56.52.

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

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

Senior Kacper Rafal of St. Andrew’s and senior Christian Proscia of King’s Academy also joined Zuchowski as double winners.

Rafal won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.84 and 100-yard freestyle in 47.59

Proscia won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.00 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:46.67.

The top qualifiers advance into the Region 4-1A meet Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. at NSU Aquatic Center.

GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s 597, 2. King’s Academy 545, 3. Oxbridge 188, 4. FAU High 136, 5. St. John Paul II 135, 6. Cardinal Newman 97, 7. Berean Christian 79, 8. Lake Worth Christian 63, 9. Grandview Prep 1.

200-yard medley relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:46.35, pool record (Ava Fasano, Aly Bozzuto, Emma Herrera, Julianna Bell), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:49.67, 3. Oxbridge 2:02.89.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Ella Martinez, SA 1:52.73, 2. Kiki Munna, KA 1:52.88, 3. Paige Munna, KA 1:54.18.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Emma Herrera, KA 2:07.82, 2. Nicole Aguilar, SA 2:08.76, 3. Madison Sipowski, KA 2:14.57.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 23.72, 2. Aly Bozzuto, KA 24.09, 3. Logananne Zielinski, SA 24.52.

1-meter diving: 1. Kaeden Dunham, FAU 416.90, 2. Madison Okon, KA 380.70, 3. Ashley Kelly, SA 359.60.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 56.62, 2. Nicole Aguilar, SA 57.06, 3. Madelyn Rippo, SA 1:02.03.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Logananne Zielinski, SA 53.78, 2. Julianna Bell, KA 54.71, 3. Amanda Loomis, KA 54.91.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Herrera, KA 5:01.55, 2. Paige Munna, KA 5:01.67, 3. Erin Miller, SA 5:14.65.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:36.09, AA-C (Ava Fasano, Julianna Bell, Kiki Munna, Aly Bozzuto), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:39.08, 3. FAU 1:45.28.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 56.52, 2. Aspen Gersper, SA 57.26, 3. Ella Martinez, SA 57.48.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Aly Bozzuto, KA 1:04.92, 2. Madison Sipowski, KA 1:05.89, 3. Morgan Hiller, LWC 1:10.70.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:32.54, pool record (Aspen Gersper, Nicole Aguilar, Erin Miller, Ella Martinez), 2. King’s Academy 3:54.91, 3. St. John Paul II 4:26.44.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s 560.5, 2. King’s Academy 525.5, 3. Oxbridge 203, 4. FAU High 166, 5. Cardinal Newman 142, 6. St. John Paul II 138, 7. Berean Christian 82, 8. Lake Worth Christian 12, 9. Grandview Prep 11.

200-yard medley relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:35.75, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:39.59, 3. FAU 1:51.75.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Christian Proscia, KA 1:46.00, 2. Valerio Bonuglia, SA 1:47.69, 3. Ambrus Barcsak, SA 1:48.18.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:49.89, pool record and AA-C, 2. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SA 2:00.66, 3. Diego Barnera, KA 2:07.04.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kacper Rafal, SA 21.84, 2. Noah Smith, KA 22.07, 3. Noah Engstrom, KA 22.15.

1-meter diving: 1. Oliver Dunham, SA 292.45.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Diego Balbi, SA 51.39, 2. Valerio Bonuglia, SA 52.12, 3. Diego Barberna, KA 56.17.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kacper Rafal, SA 47.59, 2. tie, Jake Venezia, SA 49.57 and Noah Engstrom, KA 49.57.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Christian Proscia, KA 4:46.67, 2. Mario Suarez, SA 5:07.40, 3. Maxwell Strohecke, KA 5:14.83.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:27.57 (Josh Zuchowski, Noah Smith, Noah Engstrom, Christian Proscia), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:29.34, 3. FAU 1:39.29.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 49.39, pool record, AA-C, 2. Noah Smith, KA 51.92, 3. Diego Balbi, SA 53.42.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Pete Pokatragool, FAU 1:00.27, 2. Paul Pokatragool, FAU 1:03.02, 3. Matthew Aronsohn, SA 1:04.59.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:16.47 (Ambrus Barcsak, Diego Balbi, Aitor Arrese-Igor, Kacper Rafal), 2. King’s Academy 3:35.33, 3. St. John Paul II 3:49.09.

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

Pine Crest Girls, St. Andrew’s Boys Split Dual Meet In District Meet Tuneup


By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, October 15, 2021—Pine Crest Panthers and St. Andrew’s got in some great racing on Friday.

With the Class 1A district meets just a week away, the teams split with Pine Crest girls winning, 106-80, and St. Andrew’s boys winning, 100-85.

In combined team scoring, Pine Crest edged St. Andrew’s, 191-180.

All three girls’ relays were competitive. The Panthers won the 200-yard medley relay, 1:47.72-1:48.97. The Panthers out-touched the Scots in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 1:39.39-1:39.66. And the Scots, with Siena Griffiths on anchor leg, won the 400-yard freestyle relay by 1/100th of a second, 3:30.57-3:30.58.

Julia Podkoscielny and Riley Botting were double winners for the Panthers.

Podkoscielny, a University of Florida commit, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.53 and 100-yard backstroke in 58.64.

Botting won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.49 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.32.

In the boys’ competition, the Scots swept all three relays. Pine Crest won only two individual events including diver Kevin Mendez and freestyler Roman Ferrara.

Kacper Rafal and Diego Balbi were double winners for the Scots.

Rafal won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.99 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.21.

Balbi won the 100-yard butterfly in 52.68 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:53.27.

The two teams will meet again at the Region 4-1A Meet on Friday, Oct. 29 at Nova Southeastern University School Aquatic Complex at 10 a.m.

The first step will be to qualify at districts next week. Pine Crest will be among ten teams when it returns to the FHSAA District 11-1A Swimming and Diving Championships, Friday, Oct. 22, at NSU University School Aquatic Complex at 10 a.m. Other teams competing are Calvary Christian, Chaminade-Madonna, Coral Springs Charter, North Broward Prep, Posnack, Sagemont, South Florida HEAT, Westminster Academy and host NSU University School.

St. Andrew’s will host its District 10-1A meet on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
Pine Crest 191, St. Andrew’s 180
GIRLS
Pine Crest 106, St. Andrew’s 80

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:47.72, 2. St. Andrew’s A 1:48.97, 3. St. Andrew’s B 1:59.92.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Riley Botting, PC 1:53.49, 2. Aspen Gersper, STA 1:56.11, 3. Isabella Chambers, PC 1:56.35.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:04.53, 2. Nicole Aguilar, SAS 2:10.19, 3. Bella Egizi, PC 2:15.98.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 24.40, 2. Logananne Zielinski, SAS 24.77, 3. Nicole Casariego Mera, SAS 25.21.

1-meter diving: 1. Ava Anderson, PC 227.09, 2. Kaeden Dunham, SAS 212.70, 3. Ashley Kelly, SAS 211.35.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Nicole Aguilar, SAS 57.10, 2. Lauren Balfour, PC 1:00.57, 3. Bella Egizi, PC 1:01.13.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 51.96, 2. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 53.59, 3. Logananne Zielinski, SAS 53.81.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Riley Botting, PC 5:05.32, 2. Siena Griffiths, SAS 5:20.17, 3. Lillian Smith, SAS 5:24.11.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:39.39, 2. St. Andrew’s A 1:39.66, 3. St. Andrew’s B 1:46.04.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 58.64, 2. Charley Goldstein, PC 1:04.49, 3. Nicole Casariego Mera, SAS 1:05.82.

100-year breaststroke: 1. Sara Lin, PC 1:07.95, 2. Lara Jones, PC 1:08.76, 3. Esther Lin, PC 1:13.13.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s A 3:30.57 (Nicole Aguilar, Aspen Gersper, Logananne Zielinski, Siena Griffiths), 2. Pine Crest A 3:30.58, 3. Pine Crest B 3:51.94.

BOYS
St. Andrew’s 100, Pine Crest 85

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s A 1:39.67 (Aitor Arrese-Igor, Matthew Aronsohn, Diego Balbi, Ambrus Barcsak), 2. Pine Crest A 1:43.36, 3. Pine Crest B 1:46.16.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Ambrus Barcsak, SAS 1:48.04, 2. Kingsley Bailey, PC 1:49.05, 3. Roman Ferrara, PC 1:49.38.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SAS 1:59.88, 2. Wyatt Denhard, PC 2:06.23, 3. Colin Nealy, PC 2:06.25.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kacper Rafal, SAS 21.99, 2. Jake Venezia, SAS 22.96, 3. Lucas Opperman, PC 23.19.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 308.55, 2. Allen Levitis, PC 259.96, 3. Ashton Jacobi, PC 186.00.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Diego Balbi, SAS 52.68, 2. Colin Nealy, PC 54.55, 3. Jake Venezia, SAS 55.68.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Roman Ferrara, PC 49.50, 2. Andrew Beleznay, SAS 51.16, 3. Lucas Opperman, PC 51.25.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Diego Balbi, SAS 4:53.27, 2. Ronin Jones, PC 4:54.51, 3. Kingsley Bailey, PC 4:57.34.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s A 1:30.59 (Valerio Bonuglia, Ambrus Barcsak, Jake Venezia, Kacper Rafal), 2. Pine Crest A 1:33.43, 3. St. Andrew’s B 1:36.96.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ryan Miller, SAS 54.17, 2. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SAS 54.32, 3. Jake Jones, PC 1:01.14.

100-year breaststroke: 1. Kacper Rafal, SAS 1:01.21, 2. Ronin Jones, PC 1:01.45, 3. Wyatt Denhard, PC 1:04.09.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s A 3:17.52 (Valerio Bonuglia, Diego Balbi, Aitor Arrese-Igor, Kacper Rafal), 2. Pine Crest A 3:18.16, 3. St. Andrew’s B 3:28.62.

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

St. Andrew’s Wins Boys’ Team Title, Record 11th Combined Title; King’s Academy Wins Girls Title At Palm Beach County Championships; Gersper, Zuchowski Swimmers of the Meet


By Sharon Robb
WEST PALM BEACH, October 1, 2021—St. Andrew’s and King’s Academy turned the Palm Beach County High School Swimming and Diving Championships into a dogfight Friday at Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Complex.

In one of the closest and most exciting finishes in meet history, St. Andrew’s won a record eleventh straight combined team title with 719.5 points. King’s Academy was runner-up with 702 points.

The Scots also won the boys’ team title with 343 points followed by King’s Academy with 299.5 points.

King’s Academy knocked off defending champion St. Andrew’s to win the girls’ team title for the first time with 402.5 points. The Scots were runners-up with 376.5 points.

St. Andrew’s sophomore Aspen Gersper was named Female Swimmer of the Meet. She finished with 40 points in high point after winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.93 and 100-yard butterfly in 54.84. She also led off the Scots’ winning 400-yard freestyle relay with a 50.08 split breaking Rhi Jeffrey’s county record.

Other girls’ double winners were Heidi Smithwick of Jupiter and Ava Fasano of King’s Academy.

Smithwick, a senior, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.82 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.24.

Fasano, a junior, won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.40 and 100-yard backstroke in 55.84.

King’s Academy won the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. Julianna Bell and Aly Bozzuto were indvidual winners for King’s Academy.

Stanford-bound Josh Zuchowski, a senior at King’s Academy, was the Male Swimmer of the Meet for the second consecutive year. He also finished with 40 points. He won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.61 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:31.75.

Noah Smith of King’s Academy was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.55 and 100-yard backstroke in 51.02.

St. Andrew’s won the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays and had two individual winners, Kacper Rafal and Diego Balbi.

Other individual winners were Maximilian zum Tobel of Boca Raton in the 100-yard freestyle (45.08) and Chase Foulds of Park Vista in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.40).

The 1-meter diving competition was held Friday at Wellington Aquatic Complex. Emilie Moore of Boca Raton won the girls with 539.55 points and Thomas Dowling won the boys with 530.60 points.

The swimming prelims were held Monday at Lake Lytal, North County Aquatic Complex and Boca Raton High School.

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.

GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS

1.King’s Academy 402.5, 2. St. Andrew’s 376.5, 3. Jupiter 289.5, 4. Park Vista 164, 5. Boca Raton 164, 6. Suncoast 131, 7. Dwyer 117.5, 8. Wellington 115, 9. Benjamin 96, 10. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 83, 11. Spanish River 68, 12. Palm Beach Central 63, 13. FAU High 61.5, 14. Seminole Ridge 32, 15. Oxbridge 29, 16. St. John Paul II 20, 17. Forest Hill 17, 18. West Boca Raton 14, 19. Lake Worth Christian 12.5, 20. Jupiter Christian 12, 21. tie, Palm Beach Gardens, Somerset Canyons 11, 23. Cardinal Newman 5, 24. Royal Palm Beach 1.

200-yard medley relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:45.01, 2. Jupiter 1:46.03, 3. Boca Raton 1:52.99.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 1:48.93, 2. Emma Herrera, KA 1:52.34, 3. Siena Griffiths, SA 1:53.89.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 2:02.82, 2. Nicole Aguilar, SA 2:03.58, 3. Ella Martinez, SA 2:07.02.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 23.40, 2. Kiara Caamano, JUP 23.70, 3. Aly Bozzuto, KA 23.86.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 54.84, 2. Leorah Rotchin, WHS 58.42, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BR 59.21.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Julianna Bell, KA 53.63, 2. Amanda Loomis, KA 54.43, 3. Anna Macaulay, SUN 56.44.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 4:54.24, 2. Emma Herrera, KA 5:02.68, 3. Faith Mutchsler, PBC 5:03.18.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:34.71, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:35.75, 3. Jupiter 1:42.36.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 55.84, 2. Ella Martinez, SA 56.09, 3. Katherine Nordheim, BR 57.61.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Aly Bozzuto, KA 1:04.07, 2. Madison Sipowski, KA 1:05.55, 3. Amanda Loomis, KA 1:08.11.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:25.08, 2. Jupiter 3:29.74, 3. King’s Academy 3:37.66.

1-meter diving: 1. Emilie Moore, BR 539.55, 2. Kaeden Dunham, SA 422.05, 3. Madison Okon, KA 386.05.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS

1.St. Andrew’s School 343, 2. King’s Academy 299.5, 3. Boca Raton 248, 4. Jupiter 220, 5. Park Vista 156.5, 6. Suncoast 150, 7. Spanish River 134, 8. Wellington 127, 9. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 93, 10. Palm Beach Central 74, 11. FAU High 68, 12. Seminole Ridge 67, 13. Dwyer 51, 14. Oxbridge 50, 15. West Boca Raton 47, 16. Somerset Canyons 33, 17. St. John Paul II 32, 18. Benjamin 31, 19. Jupiter Christian 24, 20. tie, John I. Leonard, Lake Worth Christian 15, 22. Santaluces 4, 23. Cardinal Newman 2.

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:36.68, 2. Boca Raton 1:39.97, 3. Park Vista 1:40.82.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:39.61, 2. Maximilian zum Tobel, BR 1:40.15, 3. Christian Proscia, KA 1:44.90.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Noah Smith, KA 1:53.55, 2. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SA 1:56.17, 3. Jacques Sonnier, SR 2:01.92.

50-yard freestyle: 1.Kacper Rafal, SA 21.48, 2. John Trieu, SCBB 21.69, 3. Chase Foulds, PV 22.09.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Diego Balbi, SA 50.15, 2. Alex Nunez, JUP 53.71, 3. Tanner Zilch, JUP 53.92.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Maximilian zum Tobel, BR 45.08, 2. Kacper Rafal, SA 46.91, 3. John Trieu, SCBB 47.37.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 4:31.75, 2. Christian Proscia, KA 4:49.34, 3. Ambrus Barcsak, SA 4:53.90.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:26.32, 2. Boca Raton 1:28.60, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:31.32.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Noah Smith, KA 51.02, 2. Diego Balbi, SA 52.73, 3. Hudson Bishop, JUP 53.17.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Chase Foulds, PV 59.40, 2. Jacques Sonnier, SR 1:00.77, 3. Paul Pokatragool, FAU 1:01.15.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:10.37, 2. King’s Academy 3:11.10, 3. Jupiter 3:23.30.

1-meter diving: 1. Thomas Dowling, SUN 530.60, 2. Bryson Hayden, SRDG 428.70, 3. Christian Torres, DWY 423.85.

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

Jacksonville Bolles Wins 57th Woodson Invitational; Podkoscielny, Zum Tobel Named Top Swimmers


By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, September 25, 2021–Jacksonville Bolles won the combined, girls and boys team titles on a stormy Saturday at the 57th annual Woodson Invitational.

The 16-team field featured a Who’s Who in high school swimming with many of the teams expected to finish among the the top five at the various state meets in Stuart in November.

Bolles won the combined team title with 685 points, girls title with 279 and boys title with 406. Pine Crest was second in the combined and girls and third in the boys competition. St. Andrew’s was third in combined, second in boys and third in the girls.

Pine Crest All-American Julia Podkoscielny was awarded the Ann Marshall Award as the meet’s outstanding female swimmmer. Marshall, a Pine Crest alum, was a 1972 Olympian at age 15.

Podkoscielny, showing her versatility, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.02 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:49.41. She also anchored the 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:35.66 with teammates Hanna Elks Smith, Isabella Chambers and Riley Botting.

The only other Pine Crest winner was diver Ava Anderson with 437.45 points.

St. Andrew’s had three winners. Nicole Aguilar was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.59 and 100-yard butterfly in 55.52. Aspen Gersper won the 100-yard backstroke in 57.55.

Bolles won the 200-yard medley relay and won three individual events. Manita Sathianchokwisan was a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. Jessie Strong won the 100-yard breaststroke.

North Carolina State commit Maximilian zum Tobel of Boca Raton High School, who trains with St. Andrew’s Aquatics, earned the Andy Coan Award as the meet’s outstanding male swimmer. Coan, a 1976 Pine Crest graduate and former world record holder died at age 59 of liver cancer.

Zum Tobel, one of only three non-Bolles winners, captured the 50-yard freestyle in 20.54 and 100-yard freestyle in 45.00. Diego Balbi of St. Andrew’s won the 100-yard backstroke in 51.48 and Allen Levitis led a Pine Crest top four-diver sweep with 499.55 points.

Bolles won the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. Alston Qin was a double winner in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.93 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:36.56. Carter Lancaster and Harry Herrera were also Bolles winners.

Both Podkoscielny and Zum Tobel were 2020 U.S. Olympic trials qualifiers.

Bolles, a powerhouse for decades, was so deep it was able to split its squads and compete in the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) High School Invitational, where it won the combined and boys team titles and finished runner-up to King’s Academy in the girls competition.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bolles 685, 2. Pine Crest 355, 3. St. Andrew’s 348, 4. Winter Park 278, 5. Boca Raton 169, 6. NSU University School 166, 7. Gulliver Prep 135, 8. American Heritage Plantation 70, 9. Ransom Everglades 55, 10. Miami Country Day 36, 11. Westminster Academy 24, 12. Calvary Christian 21, 13. Benjamin 17, 14. North Broward Prep 12, 15. Oxbridge 4.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bolles 279, 2. Pine Crest 215, 3. tie, St. Andrew’s, Winter Park 201, 5. Gulliver Prep 84, 6. Boca Raton 57, 7. NSU University School 57, 8. Ransom Everglades 36, 9. Calvary Christian 21, 10. Westminster Academy 16, 11. Benjamin 15, 12. American Heritage Plantation 10, 13. Miami Country Day 8, 14. North Broward 4, 15. Oxbridge 2.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:47.37 (Kate Meyers-Labenz, Jessie Strong, Sabrina Lyn, Manita Sathianchokwisan), 2. Winter Park 1:48.09, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:48.43.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:48.02, 2. Bella Lojewski, WP 1:50.56, 3. Lockett Bowley, WP 1:50.73.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Nicole Aguilar, SAS 2:03.59, 2. Riley Botting, PC 2:05.72, 3. Alex Breuer, JB 2:08.97.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Manita Sathianchokwisan, JB 23.96, 2. Isabella Chambers, PC 24.16, 3. Logananne Zielinski, SAS 24.26.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Nicole Aguilar, SAS 55.52, 2. Katherine Nordheim, BR 58.60, 3. Cami Semmen, WP 58.92.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Manita Sathianchokwisan, JB 51.96, 2. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 52.45, 3. Aspen Gersper, SAS 52.71.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:49.41, 2. Lockett Bowley, WP 4:58.94, 3. Kate Anderson, JB 5:05.46.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:35.66 (Hanna Elks Smith, Isabella Chambers, Riley Botting, Julia Podkoscielny), 2. Winter Park 1:36.11, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:38.63.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 57.55, 2. Caroline Chasser, WP 58.29, 3. Giovanna Musiello, GP 58.42.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Jessie Strong, JB 1:05.47, 2. Riley Botting, PC 1:05.56, 3. Sara Lin, PC 1:06.06.

1-meter diving: 1. Ava Anderson, PC 437.45, 2. Sarrah Ghadiali, PC 406.10, 3. Makenzie Blake, WA 392.55.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bolles 406, 2. St. Andrew’s 147, 3. Pine Crest 140, 4. NSU University School 126, 5. Boca Raton 112, 6. Winter Park 77, 7. American Heritage Plantation 60, 8. Gulliver Prep 51, 9. Miami Country Day 28, 10. Ransom Everglades 19, 11. tie, Westminster Academy, North Broward Prep 8, 13. tie, Oxbridge, Benjamin 2.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:36.89 (Carter Lancaster, Will Heck, Martin Espernberger, Tucker Peterson), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:37.69, 3. NSU University School 1:41.21.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Alston Qin, JB 1:41.93, 2. Andres Dupont Cabrera, JB 1:43.62, 3. Kayden Lancaster, JB 1:44.00.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Carter Lancaster, JB 1:54.43, 2. Tomohiro Nozaki, JB 1:56.26, 3. Aidan Paro, JB 1:58.16.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Maximilian zum Tobel, BR 20.54, 2. Seth Tolentino, JB 21.48, 3. Miguel Rojas Newman, JB 21.58.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Diego Balbi, SAS 49.58, 2. Martin Espernberger, JB 50.42, 3. Miguel Rojas Newman, JB 50.77.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Maximilian zum Tobel, BR 45.00, 2. Andres Dupont Cabrera, JB 45.96, 3. Seth Tolentino, JB 47.50.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Alston Qin, JB 4:36.56, 2. Felix Rotax, WP 4:41.79, 3. Guido Neto, JB 4:42.20.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:25.45 (Andres Dupont Cabrera, Seth Tolentino, Miguel Rojas Newman, Tomohiro Nozaki), 2. Boca Raton 1:29.76, 3. NSU University School 1:30.71.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Diego Balbi, SAS 51.48, 2. Carter Lancvaster, JB 51.70, 3. Tucker Peterson, JB 53.10.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Harry Herrera, JB 58.20, 2. Tomohiro Nozaki, JB 58.26, 3. Marcelo Carrion, NSU 1:01.20.

1-meter diving: 1. Allen Levitis, PC 499.55, 2. Danyal Ghadiali, PC 398.55, 3. Max Starkman, PC 319.60.

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

Former Fort Lauderdale Diver Jordan Windle Wins 1-Meter; California Takes Lead At NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 25, 2021–Defending champion California overtook opening day leader and chief rival Texas Thursday in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Cal Bears lead with 230 points followed by Texas with 203 and University of Florida with 161 points. University of Miami is 19th with 19 points and Florida State is 20th with 18.5.

Texas senior Jordan Windle, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, won the 1-meter springboard title with 435.60 points, bettering his prelim total of 379.30. It was Texas’ first 1-meter title since 2012. Longhorns freshman teammate Noah Duperre was second with 405.45. The pair totaled 37 points. University of Miami sophomore Brodie Scapens was seventh with 337.15 points and freshman teammate Jack Matthews was tenth with 342.65 points.

Defending national champion California opened the night with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a pool record 1:14.36 with relay members Bjorn Seeliger, Ryan Hoffer, Daniel Carr and Nate Biondi, oldest son of 11-time Olympic medalist and one of Cal’s most accomplished athletes, Matt Biondi.

Top-seed Florida was second in 1:14.48 with Adam Chaney, Will Davis, Kieran Smith and Eric Friese, who had an 18.38 anchor split and nearly reeled in Biondi. Florida State was 15th in 1:17.07 with Peter Varjasi, Kuba Ksiazek, Mason Herbet and Max McCusker.

Georgia freshman Jake Magahey won the 500-yard freestyle in a meet record 4:07.97. He was the only freshman in the Top 16. The previous mark was 4:08.19 set by Townley Haas of Texas in 2019.

Smith, a junior, came back after the relay to finish second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:08.07, also breaking the meet record. Gator teammates Bobby Finke was sixth in 4:11.11, Trey Freeman was 11th in 4:12.21 and Alfonso Mestre was 14th in 4:14.97 for 39 total points.

Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:39.53. Cal junior Hugo Gonzalez was second in 1:39.99 and Bears freshman teammate Destin Lasco was third in 1:40.01. The top three finishers all dipped below the previous pool record of 1:40.61 set in prelims by Lasco.

Cal senior Ryan Hoffer won the 50-yard freestyle in 18.33, breaking his own pool record of 18.43 set in morning prelims. Cal freshman Bjorn Seeliger was second in 18.71 and Florida freshman Adam Chaney was third in 18.88.

In the final event of the night, Texas edged California in the 400-yard medley relay. The Longhorns won in a pool record 3:00.23 with Chris Staka, Caspar Corbeau, Alvin Jiang and Daniel Krueger. The Bears were a close second in 3:00.73 with Destin Lasco, Reece Whitley, Ryan Hoffer and Bjorn Seeliger. Florida was third in 3:01.51 with Adam Cheney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese and workhorse Smith. Florida State was 11th in 3:04.83 with St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian swimming the second leg in a 51.31 split.

Bastian, a Bahamian national team member, will compete in the 100 breaststroke on Friday.

A total of 235 swimmers from 41 teams are competing. California is defending champion and Texas was runner-up in 2019. No NCAAs were held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that, Texas won it four consecutive years with California runner-up those four years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s championships looks a lot different, much like last week’s women’s NCAAs.

Due to the mass gathering restrictions in place in North Carolina, spectators were not allowed to attend the meet including parents, family members and friends.

There is no participant seating on the pool deck. All teams and individuals were assigned seating in the grandstand seating area.

The meet is airing on ESPN3 for both preliminary and finals sessions.

Friday’s events are: 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard medley relay and 3-meter diving.

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

Powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles Sweeps FHSAA State 1A Team Titles; Miguel Sierra, Olivia Dinehart Top SOFLO Finishers


By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 15, 2020—The season’s journey through the pandemic for St. Andrew’s and King’s Academy ended with two runner-up finishes Sunday at the FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Championship at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

And, for Jacksonville Bolles, the legacy continued.

Bolles extended its state championship streak to a record 33 years for the boys and 30 years for the girls and is the state’s all-time high school swimming dynasty.

Bolles, buoyed by two winning relays, won the girls title with 380 points, an 87-point cushion ahead of St. Andrew’s among 45 teams. Cutler Bay was third with 172 points.

As always, overall depth and relay strength enabled Bolles boys to sweep all three relays and collect three individual titles to win with 501 points among a field of 33 teams.

St. Andrew’s girls, led by double winner Aspen Gersper and winning 200-yard medley relay, finished second with 293.

“The girls stepped up and Aspen winning two events was phenomenal,” St. Andrew’s coach Sid Cassidy said. “You just need more bodies to beat Bolles. They have so many people that score. They brought out the best in us.”

King’s Academy boys, led by double winner Joshua Zuchowski, was second with 222 points, redeeming their tie finish with St. Andrew’s for the region title.

“It was always the goal coming into the season to get second place overall,” said King’s Academy coach Jonathan Zuchowski referring to his team’s highest finish at state. “I knew exactly what we had to do.”

St. Andrew’s set the tone early winning the opening event. The Scots knocked off Bolles to win the girls’ 200-yard medley relay in an automatic All-American time of 1:43.35 with Ella Martinez, Lucia Miller, Nicole Aguilar and Stella Urness.

The Scots picked up their second girls’ win in the 100-yard butterfly with Gersper, a freshman, winning in a lifetime-best 54.51 after placing fourth in the 100 freestyle Saturday at the Toyota U.S. Open in Sarasota.

Gersper was a double winner, capturing the 100-yard backstroke in a lifetime best 54.28, an automatic All-American time. She has been swimming on the high school team since seventh grade.

“I’m excited, I’m ecstatic,” Gersper said. “I am happy I did what I did. I just wanted to get some personal best times honestly. I just wanted to be in a good mindset.”

King’s Academy junior Joshua Zuchowski, who has narrowed his college choices to five including Florida and Stanford, was a double winner. He won the 200-yard individual medley in a lifetime best 1:46.85, nearly three seconds ahead of his closest competitor and automatic All-American time. He dropped 4.23 off his previous best. He also won the 100-yard backstroke by more than three seconds in 47.45, another lifetime best and automatic All-American time.

In the best race of the evening, St. Andrew’s senior Tiago Pereira won the boys’ first state title in the 100-meter butterfly in 47.22 with the top three swimmers finishing in 47-plus automatic All-American times including SOFLO’s Miguel Sierra, third in 47.93. Sierra had the fastest morning swim. Pereira bounced back after being disqualified in the 50-yard freestyle.

SOFLO swimmers had their share of good swims in what is arguably the toughest state classification to compete in.

Cutler Bay senior Miguel Sierra finished with 33 points, highest among SOFLO swimmers. In addition to his All-American swim in the butterfly, Sierra was second in the 100 backstroke in a best time 50.78.

Cutler Bay sophomore Olivia Dinehart 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 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.

Also in the 200 IM, Sara Quintero of Sagemont swam the 12th fastest time of 2:12.41, with a time drop of 0.61 and came back to lower that time at night in 2:11.72. She was also 16th in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.02.

In the 100-yard butterfly, sophomore Maddy Smutny of Cutler Bay had the sixth fastest prelim time in 56.12, a best time by 0.74 and finished eighth in 56.50.

Teammate Elena Dinehart, also a sophomore, won the B final in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.79. She was also fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.25. She went a best time of 57.60 in prelims.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Cutler Bay sophomore Maddy Smutny broke 5 minutes for the first time. She swam the third fastest in a best time 4:59.96, a 1.49 drop, in prelims and came back to finish sixth in 5:00.31.

Cutler Bay senior Lucy Smutny had the seventh fastest time of 58.90, a best time by 0.38 drop. She came back at night to finish seventh in 59.63. She was also 11th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:10.32.

Cutler Bay sophomore Sophia Grubbs, swam a best time in the 100-yard breaststroke prelims in 1:05.51, an 0.55 drop and finished eighth in 1:06.10. She was also 18th in the 200 IM in a best time 2:13.55.

FHSAA STATE 1A RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Jacksonville Bolles 380, 2. St. Andrew’s 293, 3. Cutler Bay 172, 4. PK Yonge 128, 5. King’s Academy 125, 6. tie, South Florida Heat, Berkeley Prep 122, 8. Jacksonville Episcopal 91, 9. Clearwater Central Catholic 72, 10. tie, Foundation, Trinity Prep 71, 29. Jupiter Christian 14, 30. Oxbridge 13, 45. Lake Worth Christian 1.
    GIRLS INDIVIDUAL

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:43.35, 2. Bolles 1:44.37, 3. Cutler Bay 1:47.02 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Natalie Gembicki).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Sarah Lankford, SHOR 1:49.21, 2. Erin Miller, SA 1:49.25, 3. Megan McGrath, BOLL 1:49.31.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Michaela Mattes, CMOO 2:01.10, 2. Sasha Ramey, BOLL 2:02.90, 3. Ella Martinez, SA 2:03.55, 4. Olivia Dinehart, CB 2:04.19, 13. Sara Quintero, SAGE 2:11.72, 18. Sophia Grubbs, CB 2:13.55.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 22.52, 2. Manita Sathianchokwisan, BOLL 22.85, 3. McKenna Smith, AATL 23.15.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 54.51, 2. Mabry Bishop, BERK 54.78, 3. Mary Kelley, EPIS 54.92, 8. Maddy Smutny, CB 56.50, 9. Elena Dinehart, CB 56.79, 16. Sara Quintero, SAGE 1:00.02.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 49.47, 2. Manita Sathianchokwisan, BOLL 50.21, 3. McKenna Smith, AATL 50.34.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Michaela Mattes, CMOO 4:47.19, 2. Lauren Gualtieri, CCC 4:54.12, 3. Sarah Lankford, SHOR 4:55.36, 6. Maddy Smutny, CB 5:00.31, 11. Lucy Smutny, CB 5:10.32, 14. Izzy Wilson, CTON 5:13.37.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:33.01, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:34.10, 3. King’s Academy 1:39.67.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 54.28, 2. Mary Kelley, EPIS 54.73, 3. Ella Martinez, SA 56.46, 5. Elena Dinehart, CB 58.25, 7. Lucy Smutny, CB 59.63.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Marcela Scaramuzza, WIND 1:01.41, 2. Olivia Dinehart, CB 1:02.79, 3. Jessica Strong, BOLL 1:03.11, 8. Sophia Grubbs, CB 1:06.10.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:23.19, 2. St. Andrew’s 3:24.76, 3. South Florida Heat 3:33.84, 6. Cutler Bay 3:37.11 (Natalie Gembicki, Maddy Smutny, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart).

1-meter diving: 1. Amy Wotovich, BERK 420.65, 2. Elizabeth Isenhour, FRST 402.35, 3. Makenzie Blake, WA 390.30.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Jacksonville Bolles 501, 2. King’s Academy 222, 3. St. Andrew’s 184, 4. Berkeley Prep 174, 5. Bishop Verot 140, 6. Jacksonville Episcopal 131, 7. Trinity Prep 105.5, 8. Maclay 101, 9. Lake Highland Prep 81, 10. Out of Door Academy 68, 33. Florida Atlantic HS 1.
    BOYS INDIVIDUAL
    200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:30.72, 2. King’s Academy 1:32.86, 3. Bishop Verot 1:36.83, 10. Cutler Bay 1:43.16 (Austin Nelson, Alexander Miller, Miguel Sierra, Adrian Hernandez).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Dupont Cabrera, BOLL 1:35.60, 2. Tyler Roberton, BERK 1:38.16, 3. Pace Edwards, KA 1:39.02.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Joshua Zuchowski, KA 1:46.85, 2. Logan Ingerick, BERK 1:49.83, 3. Tomohiro Nozaki, BOLL 1:51.47.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Julian Smith, EPIS 20.56, 2. Noah Sipowski, KA 20.57, 3. Ryan Nordheim, SA 20.65.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Tiago Pereira, SA 47.22, 2. Martin Espernberger, BOLL 47.82, 3. Miguel Sierra, CB 47.93.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Dupont Cabrera, BOLL 44.09, 2. Tyler Roberton, BERK 44.76, 3. Ryan Nordheim, SA 45.55.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Conor Cranfield, BVRT 4:26.27, 2. Joshua Brown, LHIP 4:28.77, 3. Pace Edwards, KA 4:30.29,

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:21.96, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:23.79, 3. Berkeley Prep 1:24.07.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Joshua Zuchowski, KA 47.45, 2. Miguel Sierra, CB 50.78, 3. Tucker Peterson BOLL 51.14.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. William Hack, BOLL 54.20, 2. Ansen Meyer, BOLL 55.39, 3. Harrison Herrera, BOLL 55.79.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:02.73, 2. King’s Academy 3:04.79, 3. Berkeley Prep 3:04.96.

1-meter diving: 1. Blakeman Shaw, WA 488.00, 2. Jack Bessire, LHIP 423.15, 3. Canon Fleming, COBC 390.70.

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

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.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
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.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
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.

GIRLS RESULTS

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.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
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.

BOYS RESULTS

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
http://www.swim4soflo.com