Palmetto’s Samuel Smiddy captures 2 state swimming titles


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Palmetto’s Samuel Smiddy won a pair of state titles at the FHSAA Class 3A swimming final Friday.

Smiddy, the only Miami-Dade County swimmer to win a gold medal, won the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, both in personal-best times. After several agenizing defeats at the state meet, Smiddy was finally able to rejoice in victory on the podium.

“I’m happy I was able to get it this year,” he said. “In the fly, I wasn’t expecting it at all. It was really surprising.”

The 100 fly was one of the most competitive events at the meet. The top three finishers all had All-American Consideration times. Leading for much of the race, Smiddy found himself swimming stroke for stroke with St. Thomas Aquinas’ Alex Lilley during the last 10 yards. As they neared the wall, Smiddy needed a final burst of speed to out touch Lilley by six one-hundredths of second. Smiddy swam an All-American Automatic time of :50.29 in the race.

“Before this season, I’ve never been below a :52.00,” he said.

While the individual medley was not as close as the butterfly at the end, Smiddy needed to close a two-second deficit to win. Hampered by a bad start, Smiddy nearly lost his chance at winning the state title. Challenged by St. Thomas Aquinas’ Brandon Goldman, Smiddy swam a :26.31 over the last 50 yards to gain on Goldman. Late in the race, Smiddy took a commanding lead after making the final turn.

“The 200 IM was mien to lose,” he said.

Smiddy also swam the anchor leg of both the 200 free and 400 free relays. Both finished in sixth.

On the girls’ side, Palmetto’s Daniela Johnson won a pair of medals. The senior commitment, placed second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 100 breast, respectively. Johnson had an All-American Consideration time of :51.16, close to her personal best. The 100 free was one of the closest races in the meet. Leading for much of the event, Johnson was narrowly edged at the wall by Newsom’s Maddie Hess.

“It was a rough race,” she said. “At the end, I thought I had her. I wish I could have won, but I am happy with my performance.”

After the race, Johnson said she was thrilled with her results. Spending much of the season looking for the perfect fit for her colligate career, Johnson was not sure of what to expect at the state meet.

“With everything that was going on, I wasn’t expecting to do so well,” Johnson said.

After several recruiting trips, Johnson recently committed to Harvard where she will swim with former Ferguson standout Ana Anaya.

“I’m going to swim for [Harvard],” she said. “Ana and I are going to be teammates.”

Johnson also helped Palmetto win a bronze in the 200 medley relay.

The only other Dade County medal winner at the meet was Reagan’s Isabella Paez. Paez placed third in the 100 fly with an All-American Automatic time of :54.45.

“It was the first time in the two years that I’ve swam this race that I actually felt good over the last 50 [yards],” she said.

Paez, a junior, came within a quarter of second of winning.

“The time was perfect right now. I was expecting to go a :54, but I didn’t think I was going to go so low,” Paez said. “I’m going to keep training.”

•  Boys’ team results: 1. Boca Raton 285, 2. Palm Harbor 247, 3. Riverview 219, 4. Palmetto 153, 5. St. Thomas 145.5. Boys individual results (plus top Miami-Dade and Broward finishers) diving: 1. Joey Dowd, OLY, 525.10, 5. Jack Harrington, STA, 402.95. 200 medley relay: 1. 1:34.60, 5. St. Thomas 1:38.67, 6. Palmetto 1:39.27. 200 free: 1. Ryan McRae, PHAR, 1:37.67, 8. Francisco Parra, CB, 1:43.14. 200 IM: 1. Samuel Smiddy, PAL, 1:50.83, 2. Brandon Goldman, STA, 1:52.78, 5. C. Rodriguez, MB, 1:55.66. 50 free: 1. Jason McCormick, BR, :20.43, 8. Anthony Soto, CG, :21.51. 100 fly: 1. Samuel Smiddy, PAL, :50.29, 2. Alex Lilley, STA, :50.35, 3. Keegan Boisson Yates, TAR, :50.45. 100 free: 1. Jason McCormick, BR, :45.07, 5. Anthony Soto, CG, :46.58. 500 free: 1. Nazareno Boscaino, ELAK, 4:29.40, 7. Blake Manganiello, PAL, 4:42.64. 200 free relay: 1. Boca Raton 1:23.79, 6. Palmetto 1:27.49, 7. St. Thomas 1:28.20. 100 back: 1. Trista Sanders, PH, :49.62, 5. Brandon Goldman, STA, :51.21. 100 breast: 1. Matt Ankerholz, SMSA, :56.45, 3. Ilya Evdokimov, TAR, :57.47, 7. Juan Olano, SUN, :58.98. 400 free relay: 1. Boca Raton 3:05.00, 5. St. Thomas 3:12.05, 7. Palmetto 3:12.51.

•  Girls’ team results: 1. Riverview 256, 2. Dr. Phillips 154, 2. Newsom 154, 4. East Lake 136, 5. Plant 131, 8 Palmetto 98, 10 Coral Reef 76. Girls individual results (plus top Miami-Dade and Broward finishers) diving: 1. Abby Howell, EAST, 446.80, 3. Alexa Elkins, WEST, 414.10, 8. Gabriella Comunale, STA, 387.55. 200 medley relay: 1. Newsome 1:46.94, 3. Palmetto 1:49.35, 8. Coral Reef 1:54.23. 200 free: 1. Taylor Katz, RIVS, 1:47.26, 5. Melissa Marinheiro, WB, 1:52.28. 200 IM: 1. Sydney Pickrem, ELK, 2:01.40. 50 free: 1. Angela Algee, DRP, :23.54, 5. Carla Robles, CR, :24.44, 6. Zoie Balthazar, SPL, :24.50. 100 fly: 1. Kayla Moran, LYM, :54.08, 3. Isabella Paez, REA, :54.45, 5. Maria Lopez, HG, :56.58. 100 free: 1. Maddie Hess, NEW, :50.88, . Daniela Johnson, PAL, :51.61, 3. Emma Lincoln, CB, :51.68, 6. Khamai Simpson, CR, :52.67, 7. Carla Robles, CR, :53.08. 500 free: 1. Taylor Katz, RIVS, 4:45.27, 6. Melissa Marinheiro, WB, 4:56.97. 200 free relay: 1. Dr. Phillips 1:36.62, 6. Palmetto 1:38.59. 100 back: 1. Maddie Hess, New, :50.01. 6. Marcella Marinheiro, WB, :58.25. 100 breast: 1. Alexan Donahue, PLANT, 1:03.81, 3. Daniela Johnson, PAL, 1:05.86. 400 free relay: 1. Riverview 3:28.78.


•  Barrington Christian 40, Princeton Chrisian 6: Devante Gulley threw for two touchdowns, and the Eagles defense scored twice giving the Eagles (3-4) the victory against the Panthers (0-5) at Princeton Field.

Coach Don Chaney recorded his 100th victory as a coach.



• La Salle 0, University School 0: Maria Cuesta shutout. LAS 2-0-1.

• Ransom Everglades 4, Archbishop McCarthy 1: For RE: Paulina Johansson 2 goals. Celine Ferraro goal, assist. Caroline Kolski goal. For AMC: Aly Maranges goal. RE 2-1. AMC 2-2.

• Doral Academy 3, St. Brendan 2: For STB: Adri Prieto goal. Nikki Dennis goal. Mallory Ryan 6 saves. STB 1-1-1.

• Goleman 6, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: Kaley Huguet 2 goals, 2 assists. Lucia Cuervo 2 goals, 2 assists. Annmarie Rodriguez shutout. GOL 2-4.

• Late Thursday – Sunset 8, Southridge 0. SUN 2-2.


• Miami Country Day 6, Coral Springs Christian 1: Eduardo Macedo 2 goals. Luis Jara 2 goals. Rafi Kassin goal. Connor Quinton goal. MCD 3-0.

• Ransom 3, University School 1: Fran Carrera-Juspiz goal. David Goldstein goal. Gaby Paniagua goal. RE 3-0.

• Doral Academy 7, Palmer Trinity 0: Michael Landau goal. Andrea Medici goal. Lucca Barbaris goal. DA 1-1-1.

• Varela 2, Killian 1: Kevin Pizzolo goal. Daniel Foen goal. Santiago Gonzalez assist. VAR 1-0.

• Homestead 3, Central 0: Francy Moreno goal. Christian Velasquez goal. Josh Almanza goal. Jones Cira shutout.

• Miami Country Day 6, Coral Springs Christian 1: Eduardo Macedo 2 goals. Luis Jara 2 goals. Rafi Kassin goal. Connor Quinton goal. MCD 3-0.

• South Miami 3, Columbus 3: For COL: Danny Del Rio goal. Juan Aguerrevere goal. Pedro Van Eerdewijk goal. For SM: Jorge Calderin goal. Jorge Patino goal. Carlos Rivero 10 saves.

• MAST Academy 4, Miami Springs 1:Damian Donaire 3 goals. Eric Eidenire goal. Michael Morejon 17 saves. MAST 1-0-1.

• Mourning 1, Booker T. Washington 1: Ivan Barriga goal. ATM 1-0-2.

• TERRA 2, Jackson 0: Agustin Cioni goal. Erick Fuenmayor goal. Jorge Ardiles assist.

• Goleman 3, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 1: Anthony Waseskuk goal, 2 assists. Sebastian Waseskuk goal. Kenny Bowen goal. GOL 1-1.

• Ransom Everglades 3, University School 1: Fran Carrera-Juspiz goal. David Goldstein goal. Gaby Paniagua goal. RE 3-0.


• Preseason – La Salle 39, St. Brendan 36: Berry (LAS) 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks. Vargas (STB) 16 points.

• Late Thursday – Preseason – Palmer Trinity 57, Ransom 40: Samantha Smith 12 points, 5 steals, 2 assists. Kyrah James 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Claire Hebb 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists.



Mater Academy vs. Archbishop Carroll (Pace), 7


Region 4-8A final: Reagan at Coral Reef, 2

Region 4-4A final: Hollywood Chaminade at Ransom, 2

Region 4-3A final: Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian at Westminster Christian, 2

Region 4-2A final: Sheridan Hills at Westwood Christian, 2


Class 1A state tournament at Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center -


Region 4-3A at Stuart South Fork – Girls: 8:30 a.m.; Boys: 9:15 a.m.

Region 4-1A at Westminster Academy – Girls: 9 a.m.; Boys: 9:45 a.m.


Pine Crest at Ransom Everglades, 1

Doctors Charter at Dade Christian, 6

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