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Palmetto swimmers Chait, Johnson lead competition

 

Special to The Miami Herald

Friday was a bountiful day for Miami-Dade County at the Region 4-3A swim finals. A number of county swimmers won individual titles, including several double-event winners.

Palmetto’s Derek Chait and Daniela Johnson, Reagan’s Isabella Paez and Coral Reef’s Kelly Fertel all won a pair of titles and will advance to the state finals in multiple events.

In what was the closest race of the meet, Johnson and Fertel tied in the 100 breast. Johnson was leading nearly the entire race, but a late burst of speed by Fertel helped the freshman close the gap. With less than 25 yards remaining, Fertel caught Johnson and the pair swam stroke-for-stroke into the wall.

“My coach told me in the finals not to let Daniela get away from me,” Fertel said. “I’m excited. I’m sharing the win, but I think at states I’ll get her.”

For Reagan’s Paez, Friday was a warmup for an inevitable state title shot in the 500 free next week. Paez was in stealer form in the event, besting the competition by nearly six seconds. Paez also had an outstanding showing in the 100 fly. The junior outlasted Hialeah Gardens Maria Lopez to win the race in with a time of :57.04.

“I am right wear I should be right now. The training has helped a lot,” Paez said. “I’m right where I want to be in the 100 fly.

Paez admitted she was a little disappointed with her 5:00.13 in the 500 free, but feels with some extra work she can continue to lower her time.

Coral Gables senior sprinter Anthony Soto nearly won both his events. The senior placed first in the 50 free but finished third in the 100 free. Soto and Krop senior Nicholas Coard battled for control till late in the race.

After the race’s first 50 yards, Soto and Coard were nearly tied, but Coard’s :24.76 over the race’s last 50 yards would prove to be the difference.

A number of county athletes had times that should be fast enough to advance to the state tournament next week. Only the winner of each event automatically qualifies for the state final. After all regional events are done, the top 20 fastest times in each event advance.

In the team competition, Palmetto narrowly lost to St. Thomas for both the boys’ and girls’ titles. Chait was instrumental in the Panthers second-place showing, competing in four events. Chait helped Palmetto place second in the 200-free relay and the 400-free relay.

Chait nearly led Palmetto to a win in the 200-free relay but was out touched at the wall by St. Thomas RJ Moore. Chait, who admitted to being a little tired after his 500-free winning performance, is confident his team can bounce back at the state final.

•  Boys’ top 8 team results: 1. St. Thomas 342.50, 2. Palmetto 327, 3. Nova 222, 4. Columbus 150, 5. Cypress Bay 133, 6. Reagan 117.50, 7. Ferguson 106, 8. Mourning 105. Top 4 individual results: 200 medley relay: 1. Palmetto 1:38.87, 2. St. Thomas 1:39.26, 3. Nova 1:41.01, 4. Reagan 1:41.85. 200 free: 1. Derek Chait, PAL, 1:43.47, 2. Bradley Adan, COL, 3. Francisco Parra, CB, 1:44.16, 4. Juan Olano, SUN, 1:45.15. 200 IM: 1. Samuel Smiddy, PAL, 1:54.27, 2. Brandon Goldman, STA, 1:55.31, 3. Veronica Gruelach, MB, 2:14.49, 4. Skye Downey, SP, 2:16.29. 50 free: 1. Anthony Soto, CG, :21.73, 2. Facundo Betancor, MIA, :22.18, 3. RJ Moore, STA, :22.37, 3. Jose Gonzalez, REA, :22.37. 100 fly: 1. Bradley Adan, COL, :51.78, 2. Samuel Smiddy, PAL, :52.07, 3. Alex Lilley, STA, :52.77, 4. Robert Castano, COL, :52.86. 100 free: 1. Nicholas Coard, KROP, :47.27, 2. Francisco Parra, CB, :47.94, 3. Anthony Soto, CG, :47.96, 4. Alex Behnam, STA, :47.97. 500 free: 1. Derek Chait, PAL, 4:39.85, 2. Blake Manganiello, PAL, 4:42.38, 3. Luis Rivadeneria, FER, 4:44.41, 4. Kyle Desrosiers, STA, 4:47.99. 200 free relay: 1. St. Thomas 1:28.01, 2. Palmetto 1:28.30, 3. Nova 1:31.80, 4. Hialeah Gardens 1:31.91. 100 back: 1. Brandon Goldman, STA, :52.35, 2. Francisco Alvarez, WEST, :54.03, 3. Robert Castro, COL, :54.25, 4. Nicholas Coard, KROP, :54.56. 100 breast: 1. Juan Olano, SUN, :59.88, 2. Joseph Hunt, PAL, 1:00.88, 3. Alexander Reid, MB, 1:01.01, 4. Jose Gonzalez, REA, 1:01.36. 400 free relay: 1. St. Thomas 3:12.61, 2. Palmetto 3:15.13, 3. Nova 3:18.48, 4. Reagan 3:22.11. Girls’ top 8 team results: 1. St. Thomas 291, 2. Palmetto 248.50, 3. Coral Reef 223.50, 4. Cypress Bay 217, 5. Reagan 152, 6. Nova 148, 7. West Broward 143, 8. South Plantation 142. Top 4 individual results: 200 medley relay: 1. Palmetto 1:51.10, 2. Coral Reef 1:51.63, 3. St. Thomas 1:53.30, 4. West Broward 1:53.77. 200 free: 1. Emma Lincoln, CB, 1:51.26, 2. Arianna Noya, REA, 1:52.96, 3. Melissa Marinheiro, WB, 1:54.14, 4. Marcella Marinheiro, WB, 1:54.46. 200 IM: 1. Kelly Fertel, CR, 2:08.83, 2. Philomena Fiorenzi, STA, 2:11.22, 3. Veronica Gruelach, MB, 2:14.49, 4. Skye Downey, SP, 2:16.29. 50 free: 1. Carla Robles, CR, :24.31, 2. Zoie Balthazar, SP, :24.38, 3. Osianna McReed, NEO, :24.65, 4. Khamai Simpson, CR, :24.80. 100 fly: 1. Isabella Paez, REA, :55.11, 2. Maria Lopez, HG, :57.04, 3. Arianna Noya, REA, :57.49, 4. Philomena Fiorenzi, STA, :58.58. 100 free: 1. Daniella Johnson, PAL, :51.58, 2. Emma Lincoln, CB, :52.08, 3. Khamai Simpson, CR, :52.99, 4. Carla Robles, CR, :53.32. 500 free: 1. Isabella Paez, REA, 5:00.13, 2. Melissa Marinheiro, WB, 5:06.82, 3. Kylie Herman, CB, 5:16.81, 4. Haley Wright, CB, 5:17.25. 200 free relay: 1. Palmetto 1:39.54, 2. Coral Reef 1:41.13, 3. Cypress Bay 1:41.38, 4. St. Thomas 1:41.43. 100 back: 1. Marcella Marinheiro, WB, :58.62, 2. Sammy Stinemire, STA, :59.58, 3. Amanda Tipton, Nova, 1:00.34. 4. Meagan Abadm SP, 1:00.41. 100 breast: 1. Kelly Fertel, CR, 1:07.18, 1. Daniela Johnson, PAL, 1:07.18, 3. Fatimah Westbrook, NEO, 1:09.37, 4. Nicole Hunnewell, CR, 1:11.37. 400 free relay: 1. St. Thomas 3:38.17, 2. Cypress Bay 3:40.03, 3. Reagan 3:41.99, 4. Hialeah Gardens 3:42.68.

FOOTBALL

•  Late Thursday — Reagan 35, Westland 8: Reagan (8-1, 5-0) took an important step in its season and was able to stave off the nearest competition in a battle of independents in 5A at Ted Hendricks Stadium in front of about 200 fans.

JUAN ARANGO

Late Thursday — Fort Pierce John Carroll 7, La Salle 3: With four seconds to play La Salle seemed to score on a 3-yard run, but a holding penalty negated the run and the Royal Lions were unable to score on the following play.

DARREN COLLETTE

•  Late Thursday — Boca Raton Pope John Paul II 43, Miami Country Day 12

CROSS-COUNTRY

•  Girls’ — District 16-1A: With five girls finishing in the top 10, Westminster Christian won the district championship at Greynolds Park on Friday.

• Results – 1. Westminster Christian 31, 2. Miami Country Day 71, 3. Florida Christian 75, 4. Dade Christian 93, 5. Westwood Christian, 6. Palmer Trinity: Victoria Camargo (FC) 20:32.66. Celeste Romero (DC) 21:30.93. Nicole Romanach (WC) 21:59.53. Yanisel Stuart (DC) 22:04.09. Victoria Hoppe (WC) 22:08.59. Hailey Mira (WC) 22:11.17. Natasha Strump (WC) 22:11.83. Mallory Brown (MCD) 22:34.89. Haley Felder (FC) 22:44.74. Alexa Mora (WC) 22:49.01. Olivia Santos (DOC) 22:52.96. Kelsey Mira (WC) 23:04.74. Taylor Stennett (MCD) 23:13.09. Nicole Arrosa (WC) 23:25.82. Nicole Alvarez (DC) 23:27.33.

•  Boys’ – District 16-1A: Miami Country Day won the boys’ district championship at Greynolds Park, and Dade Christian’s Adam Ramos was the top overall runner.

• Results – 1. Miami Country Day 42, 2. Dade Christian 60, 3.Westminster Christian 76, 4. Archbishop Curley 94, 5. Doctors Charter, 6. Palmer Trinity 171: Adam Ramos (DC) 17:19.25. Alejandro Rodriguez Santilli (PT) 17:49.90. Josiah McLaughlin (DOC) 17:52.20. Emil Martayan (MCD) 17:55.96. Iverson Williams (DC) 17:58.53. Jacob Strouse (MCD) 18:11.10. Alexander Cohen (MCD) 18:23.58. Hunter Ager (WC) 18:24.38. Ivram Williams (DC) 18:34.40. Serge Aristide (CUR) 18:42.19. Connor Wooten (WC) 18:43.18. Theodore Pornprinya (MCD) 18:44.63. Julian Schultz (MCD) 18:45.04. Michael Smith (CUR) 18:48.21. Duncan Stoner (PT) 19:02.24.

•  Girls’ – District 15-4A – 1. Ferguson 23, 2. Lourdes 32, 3. Sunset 85, 4. South Miami 127, 5. Southwest 139: Katrina Santiago (Fer) 3:52.6, Courtney Filliben (Lou) 3:56.7, Aylwyn Hernandez (Fer) 3:58.0, Stephanie de la Gu ( Fer) 4:00.4, Lourdes Brea (Lou) 4:04.6, Emily Hernandez (Fer) 4:05.3, Molly Price (Lou) 4:07.3, Bianca Barrios (Lou) 4:09.2, Rachel Licea (Fer) 4:15.1, Lauren Garcia (Lou) 4:18.2, Constance Thurmond (Fer) 4:18.4, Vanessa Bernal (Fer) 4:24.4, Madison Fernandez (Lou) 4:25.4, Alyssa Fraga (Lou) 4:31.3, Cinthia Marin (Sun) 4:37.3.

•  Boys’– District 15-4A – 1. Sunset 17, 2.Ferguson 42, 3. Southwest 86, 4. South Miami 113: Nick Diaz (Sun) 3:18.9, Ronny Greenup (Sun) 3:22.1, Kenneth Castro (SUN) 3:24.1, Santiago Saiki (Fer) 3:26.0, Malik Gunter (SUN) 3:29.6, Alan Gomez (Sun) 3:29.7, Andy Ortiz (Sun) 3:29.9, Rodrigo Quintero (Fer) 3:30.3, Giovanni Herrera (Fer) 3:30.6, Julian Santiago (FER) 3:30.7, Peter Cabrera (Fer) 3:34.8, Roman Garcia (Sun) 3:37.7, Julian Herrera (FER) 3:46.0, Matthew Raposo (Fer) 3:46.1, Eric Dominguez (SW) 4:01.1.

•  Girls’ – District 15-1A – 1. Westminster Academy 38, 2. South Florida HEAT 51, 3. Calvary Christian 59, Posnack 87, Sheridan Hills Christian 105: Taggart (CAL ) 21:12.06, Selbach (WA) 21:56.85, Oman (WA) 22:02.20, Sweeney (CAL) 22:18.06, Reback (HEAT) 22:29.68, Serda (HEAT) 22:30.15, Hamilton (WA) 22:35.65, Paulding (SH) 22:37.07, Pond (HEAT) 22:59.79, Sumkin (Pos) 23:04.89, Meadows (WA) 23:08.91, Clements (SH) 23:19.19, Sumkin (Pos) 23:58.54, Cuellar-Garcia (HEAT) 24:18.97, Cochran (WA) 24:21.78.

•  Boys’ – District 15-1A – 1. Westminster Academy 26, 2. Calvary Christian 45, 3. South Florida HEAT 81, 4. Upperroom Christian 104, 5. Sheridan Hills 132, 6. Posnack 149: McCracken (WA) 17:37.60, Bejarano (WA) 17:41.50, Nevils (HEAT) 17:48.91, Tchividjian (Cal) 17:59.83, King (WA) 18:08.50, Guilbert (Cal) 18:20.50, Allsworth (WA) 18:44.76, Sastre (Cal) 18:49.60, Bell (UP) 18:56.68, Puentes (SH) 19:17.84, Ricketts (WA) 19:20.09, Campbell (Cal) 19:31.09, Rivera (HEAT) 19:41.14, Luke (WA) 19:45.87, Williams (Cal) 19:46.54.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

•  Gulliver 1, Dade Christian 0: Madeline Intriago goal. Nicole Harris assist. Ciara Keane shutout. GUL 2-0.

•  South Dade 8, TERRA 0: Jade Hayes 4 goals. McKenzie VanHeusen 3 goals, assist. Allie Ingram goal. Brittany Hoskins shutout. SD 2-0.

•  Miami Springs 2, Killian 0: Mylee Colon 2 goals. Odailys Matos assist. Alyssa Deno assist. MS 3-0.

•  Cardinal Gibbons 1, Taravella 1: For CG: Francesca DeNicola goal. Leslie Novakovic assist. CG 0-0-2.

•  Key West 4, Archbishop McCarthy 3: For AMC: Carissa Sanchez 2 goals. Alexa Rivera 1.

•  Pine Crest 0, Pope John Paul II 0: For PC: Sophia Danielson shutout. PC 1-0-1.

BOYS’ SOCCER

•  Preseason – Sunset 4, Braddock 2: Fernando Hernandez goal. Eddy Pineiro goal. Juan Marquez goal. Nick Feanny goal.

Preseason – North Miami 2, Homestead 1.

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