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St. Thomas Aquinas sweeps regional swimming titles

 

Special to The Miami Herald

With a wealth of talented swimmers in nearly every event, the St. Thomas Aquinas boys’ and girls’ teams won the Region 4-3A titles on Friday.

The Raiders had a top-four showing in all six relays, including wins in the boys’ 200 free and the girls’ 400 free.

St. Thomas, which trailed Palmetto early in the meet, needed a first-place finish in the 200-free relay to take a commanding lead at Central Park Pool in Plantation. It seemed Palmetto would narrowly edge Aquinas at the wall in the race, but a late surge by senior anchor RJ Moore proved to be the difference. With less than 10 yards left, Moore caught Palmetto senior Derek Chait to win the race.

“It was a team effort,” Moore said. “When it’s that close, I try to swim a faster time than usual.”

Individually for St. Thomas, senior Brandon Goldman won the 100 back and Jack Harrington won the diving competition with a score of 461.66.

Broward had a successful day. A number of county athletes had times that should be fast enough to advance to the state tournament.

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.

Cypress Bay’s Emma Lincoln is guaranteed a spot in the 200 free. Lincoln won the race with an All-American consideration time of 1:51.26, a personal best.

Lincoln had a chance at winning a pair of regional titles, but lost by a tenth of a second in the 100 free to Palmetto’s Daniela Johnson.

“I knew I had to go out fast or I wouldn’t do that well,” she said. “I am really happy with my times.”

West Broward’s Marcella Marinheiro and Western diver Alexa Elkins also won an individual title. Marinheiro bested the field in the 100 back with a :58.62.

“I’ll keep training for states,” Marinheiro said. “I feel really happy with my time, but I’m going to train to go lower.”

•  Boys’ 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: 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’ 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: 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 — Westminster Academy 38, Curley 14: Westminster Academy scored two touchdowns in the first 2 1/2 minutes before host Archbishop Curley ever took a snap, and the Lions cruised from there to the easy win at Curley in a consolation round game of the Southeastern Independent playoffs on Thursday afternoon.

BILL DALEY

•  Late Thursday - Jupiter Christian 50, Coral Springs Christian 24

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 15-1A – 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.

•  District 14-1A: The Coral Spring Christian girls put forth a strong team effort to take first place in the district championship.

•  Girls results — 1. Coral Springs Chr. 27, 2. Pope John Paul 28, 3. Donna Klein Jewish 70, 4. Boca Raton Christian 110, 5. Highlands Chr. 111: Sullivan(PJP) 21:38.38, Slsupecki (CSCh) 22:16.84, 3. Cipolla (PJP) 22:43.44, 4. Tauzer (CSCh) 22:58.03, Kuyper (CSCh) 24:02.30, Giresi (LWC) 24:03.61, 7. Nolan (AH) 24:04.92, 8. Falgons (PJP) 24:18.68, Ellard (CSCh) 24:24.72, Bilotta (PJP) 24:31.15, Ramclam (CSCh) 25:34.22, Byman (PJP) 26:24.26, Mesch (DK) 26:33.72, Rosenstein (DK) 26:36.54, Shulman (DK) 26:41.85.

District 14-1A — Boys results – 1. Highlands Chr. 34, 2. Boca Raton Chr. 73, 3. Coral Springs Chr. 78, 4. Pope John Paul 79, 5. Lake Worth Chr. 118, 6. American Heritage–Delray 161, 7. Zion Lutheran 193, 8. Donna Klein Jewish 194: Otto (BRChr) 17:31.25, Witzke-bellarosa (PJP) 18:28.58, Ebenhack (HC) 19:01.13. 4 Szklany (HC) 19:29.53, Califano (HC) 19:42.77, Lucas (LW) 19:48.96, Ross (BR) 19:49.49, Hindle (BRC) 19:51.82, Slupecki (CSCh) 20:08.51, Johnson (HC) 20:11.99, Ellis (LWChr) 20:17.66, 12. Matthias (HCh) 20:23.90, Lima (HC) 20:25.13, Mena (CSCh) 20:34.78, Brower (PJP) 20:38.44.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

•  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.

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

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

FOOTBALL

Miramar at Flanagan, 5

American Heritage at Dillard, 7

Cypress Bay at Western, 6

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Region 3-3A at Boca Raton - Prelims: 9 a.m.; Finals: 5:30

Region 4-1A at Nova Southeastern University - Prelims: 9 a.m.; Finals: 4:30

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Archbishop McCarthy at Marathon, 11:30 a.m.

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