Broward High Schools

Cypress Bay, St. Thomas Aquinas take BCAA high school swim titles

Making waves: Swimmers from across Broward County competed in the BCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.
Making waves: Swimmers from across Broward County competed in the BCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex. Sun Sentinel

Water seeped from the edges of the pool as Cypress Bay and St. Thomas Aquinas made waves in a fierce battle for BCAA championships Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

After the tide settled, the Raiders took the girls’ team title and the Lightning won the boys’ title.

“I was really surprised about the girls,” Lightning coach John Spire said. “I knew the boys would be good. We’ve got a very good team with a lot of returning letterman, even though our best swimmer is out of the country. We have a lot of depth. It’s just blossoming. The girls stepped it up big time. ... It was really outstanding.”

The Lightning boys edged the Raiders boys 534 to 395.50. The Raiders girls beat the Lightning girls 438.50 to 401.

Fort Lauderdale finished third in boys and girls. Fort Lauderdale’s Raphael Marcoux, Tyler Zuyus, James Dika, and Philippe Marcoux broke a BCAA record with a 1:27.52 finish in the 200 freestyle relay.

“It was great,” Raphael Marcoux said. “I was especially happy about the relays. We had great races and broke the record and we were really close in the 400 free. In both races we dropped a lot. It was a great meet.”

Natalya Wozab, Caitlin Ahern, Quinn Connor, and Samantha Stinemire won the girls 200 medley relay with a BCAA record 1:49.63 for the Raiders.

“We broke the record at Catholic states but also got disqualified,” Wozab said. “That was one of the best moments in our lives. We told ourselves we were going to redeem ourselves at BCAA’s and got the record. We went even faster. It was an amazing feeling because it was our one goal at this meet. It was just a great feeling.”

The Lightning won five of 12 boys events for the victory, led by Mark Burnley’s wins in the 200 free and 500 free. Raphael Marcoux won the 50 free and 100 free, and Philippe Marcoux won the 100 back for Fort Lauderdale. Nova’s Amanda Tipton won the 100 fly and 100 back on the girls side.

BCAA Championships - Boys team scores: Cypress Bay 534; St. Thomas Aquinas 395.5; Fort Lauderdale 323.5; Pines Charter 316; Douglas 295.5; Pompano Beach 214.5; Nova 211; Monarch 176; West Broward 157; 10. Flanagan 136.Girls team scores: St. Thomas Aquinas 438.5; Cypress Bay 401; Fort Lauderdale 318.5; Nova 258; Douglas 248; Pembroke Pines Charter 224; Pompano Beach 187; Cardinal Gibbons 178; Coral Glades 161; Northeast 147. Boys’ individual winners: 200 medley relay: Pompano Beach 1:42.42; 200 free: Mark Burnley (CB) 1:45.00; 200 IM: Jorge Depassier (CB) 2:01.22; 50 free: Raphael Marcoux (FTL) 21.01; 100 fly: Carlos Gallego (CB) 53.82; 100 free: Raphael Marcoux (FTL) 46.13; 500 free: Mark Burnley (CB) 4:47.10; 200 free relay: Fort Lauderdale 1:27.52; 100 back: Philippe Marcoux (FTL) 54.10; 100 breast: Jorge Depassier (CB) 1:01.93; 400 free relay: Fort Lauderdale 3:13.95, Diving: Logan Downey (SPL) 357.45. Girls individual winners: 200 medley relay: St. Thomas Aquinas 1:49.63; 200 free: Samantha Roth (D) 1:56.65; 200 IM: Kelley Heron (PP) 2:10.84; 50 free: Osianna McReed (NE) 24.15; 100 fly: Amanda Tipton (NOVA) 58.40; 100 free: Emiliana Pelaez (CB) 53.54; 500 free: Melissa Marinheiro (WB) 5:00.67; 200 free relay: Douglas 1:42.79; 100 back: Amanda Tipton (NOVA) 58.52; 100 breast: Caitlin Ahern (STA) 1:04.10; 400 free relay: Cypress Bay 3:43.76, Diving: Karlee Price (STA) 299.10.