Girls and boys swimming team glides to regionals

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The girls and boys swimming teams qualifies for regionals after competing in districts last Wednesday and finishing in second and third, respectively. (Photo submitted by Daniel Watson)

The varsity girls and boys swim teams took off in the FHSAA class 2A, District 11 Championship at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The girls finished as runner-ups and the boys team ended the night in third, as many Patriots advanced to regionals

To reach regionals, senior Daniel Escobar won both of his individual events in the 200 and 500 Freestyle while freshman Emily Robertson came in second in the 100 Butterfly. 

In the Boys 400 Freestyle Relay, Escobar, junior Nicolas Rossi, junior Jiehoon Lee and sophomore Sebastian Lares narrowly edged out the victory to secure a trip to regionals as well.      

“Moving on from districts and going up this time means a lot,” junior swimmer Daniel Watson said, “but I’m really just focused on next week and doing well at regionals. I always hope that I can come out with the win.”

The regional championship will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Lake Lytal Aquatic Center in West Palm Beach, where the Patriots, as shown below in the full list of qualifiers below, will look to further advance their season.

Qualifers:

Senior Emme Ham (200 IM, 100 Breast)
Junior Olivia Mason (50 & 100 Free)
Sophomore Eva Pierre-Antoine (50 & 100 Free)
Freshman Amari Porter (100 Fly & 100 Back)
Senior Christina Prado (200 Free)
Freshman Emily Robertson (100 Fly)
Junior Felicia Taylor (100 & 500 Free)
Senior Daniel Escobar (200 & 500 Free)
Sophomore Odin Farkas (100 Back)
Sophomore Benjamin Gomez del Campo (200 & 500 Free)
Sophomore Sebastian Lares (200 IM & 100 Back)
Junior Jiehoon Lee (100 Fly & 100 Breast)
Junior Nicolas Rossi (200 & 500 Free)
Junior Daniel Watson (200 IM & 100 Breast)
Seniors Ziv Bitton and Evan Wang will serve as alternates for relays.

Sammy Rosenthal is a junior at American Heritage School in Plantation Fla. and is entering his third year writing for the newsmagazine; his first year as the publication’s Sports Editor. Sammy takes pride in being a die-hard Miami Heat and Dolphins fan as well as dedicating his Sunday to watching football.

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