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Swimming: Cypress Bay Has Strong Showing In Regional Meet

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Cypress Bay was the most dominant swim team among South Florida's three region meets, the final step to this weekend's 3A and 4A state meets in Stuart.

The Lightning swept the boys and girls team titles at the Region 4-4A Swimming and Diving Championships at the Bobcat Aquatic Complex in Boca Raton. Cypress Bay was the only team to sweep region team titles.

The girls' team won with 519 points followed by Coral Reef (248) and Cooper City (218).

The Lightning was led by senior Emiliana Pelaez, first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.54) and second in the 100-yard freestyle (54.08). Cypress Bay won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:41.02 with Pelaez, Gaby Banks, Eleanor Koch and Ulrike Tovilla and 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:39.09 with Pelaez, Marianna Serrao, Banks and Tovilla.

2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Kathleen Golding of Cooper City won the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.47), which she won at states as a freshman, and 100-yard butterfly (56.50) and was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay.

The boys team won with 364.5 points ahead of Miami Beach (199.5) and Columbus (188).

Cypress Bay won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:28.71 with Fernando Navarrete, Leonardo Manrique, Martin Vivas and Eric Veit and 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:13.48 with Navarrete, Juan Diaz, Diego Machado and Veit.

Columbus junior Fernando Rodriguez was a double winner in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.27) and 500-yard freestyle (4:41.30).

Varela senior George Lubian won the 50-yard freestyle (21.99) and 100-yard backstroke (52.80).

In other region meets:

Region 3-4A: St. Thomas finished runners-up in both the boys and girls' competition. Jupiter won the girls' team title and host Boca Raton won the boys' title. Diver Karlee Price (509.20 points) was the only individual girls' winner for the Raiders. The Raider boys were led by individual winners Juan Zapata in the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.79) and Padraic Cassidy in the 500-yard freestyle (4:38.89).

Region 4-3A: Belen Jesuit won the boys' team title and Stuart Martin County won the girls' team titles. Doral Academy finished runner-up in the girl and boys' divisions at Florida Gulf Coast Aquatic Center. The Wolverines won the 200-yard medley relay and defending boys state champion Doral won the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Next up, the 3A and 4A qualifiers will advance to the Nov. 4-5 FHSAA State Championships at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center.

The 1A and 2A teams will compete in region meets throughout South Florida.

In last week's district 1A and 2A meets:

District 11-2A: Pompano Beach captured the boys team title with 485 points, ahead of Suncoast (477) and two-time defending state champion American Heritage, third with 364 points. The Tornadoes, relying on their depth, had only one individual winner, Shane Schulte in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.70). American Heritage, led by its winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays and sprinter Cathy Cooper, winner of the 50-yard freestyle (24.15) and 100-yard freestyle (53.37), finished runners-up among girls teams with 363 behind Riviera Beach Suncoast (515).

District 12-2A: Host Gulliver Prep had no trouble sweeping the boys (508) and girls (597) team titles. The defending state champion girls team won by more than 300 points. Gulliver Prep swept all three girls and all three boys relays. The girls' winners were Alicia Mancilla (200-yard freestyle, 1:56.95 and 500-yard freestyle, 5:06.75), Brooke Ellis (200-yard individual medley, 2:12.22), eighth-grader Chloe Hernandez (50-yard freestyle, 25.68), Emily Cordovi (100-yard butterfly, 57.00 and 100-yard backstroke, 58.84) and Sarah Abril (100-yard freestyle, 55.05). The boys' winners were Miguel Cancel (200-yard individual medley, 1:56.44 and 500-yard freestyle, 4:46.28) and Trahern Gribble (100-yard butterfly, 53.35 and 100-yard backstroke).

District 11-1A: Pine Crest swept the boys (423) and girls (613) team titles at Nova Southeastern Aquatic Center. 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier Marta Ciesla won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and was a member of the winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. The Panthers boys were led by Nico Ferrara, winner of the 50-yard freestyle (21.73) and 100-yard freestyle (47.99) and diver Kevin Mendez (491.95). Patrick Groters and Daniel Jacobs were double winners for University School.

District 12-1A: Host Ransom Everglades swept the boys (529) and girls (393) team titles. Westminster Christian was girls' runner-up (272) and Miami Country Day was boys' runner-up (369.5). Ransom Everglades senior Kyla Valls won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.06 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.07. Both are All-American consideration times.

FHSAA STATE SWIMMING AND DIVING

at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Center, Stuart

Class 3A: Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.

Class 4A: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.

REGION 1A AND 2A SCHEDULE

Region 4-2A: at Florida Gulf Coast University, 4:30 p.m.

Region 4-1A: at Nova Southeastern University Aquatic Center, 10:30 a.m.

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