Pine Crest Earns 2nd Place Overall at Junior Olympics

Danny Palmiotto
Mar 19, 2019

This past weekend, Pine Crest Swimming competed at the 2019 FGC Junior Olympics. This is the fastest age group meet in south Florida, with the best 14 and unders coming together to compete. Pine Crest Girls took 1st place, Pine Crest Boys took 5th place, and Pine Crest placed 2nd overall among over 40 teams.

Congratulations to those who placed top 10 in an individual event. Events listed in bold are 1st place finishes:

Shea Runsdorf (10&U) – 50 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle

Jared Berke (10&U) – 50 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Individual Medley, 50 Butterfly, 50 Breaststroke, 200 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle

Jordan Jean (10&U) – 50 Backstroke, 100 Backstroke, 50 Breaststroke

Sara Lin (11-12) – 100 Breaststroke, 100 Individual Medley, 200 Breaststroke, 50 Butterfly, 400 Individual Medley, 200 Individual Medley, 50 Breaststroke

Valentina Fraga (11-12) – 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 200 Butterfly, 1650 Freestyle

Tyler Armburster (11-12) – 100 Butterfly, 500 Freestyle, 1650 Freestyle, 200 Butterfly

Jake Jones (11-12) – 100 Breaststroke, 200 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke,

Ronin Jones (11-12) – 100 Breaststroke, 200 Breaststroke, 50 Breaststroke, 1650 Freestyle

Roman Ferrara (11-12) – 50 Freestyle, 50 Breaststroke, 100 Freestyle

Gabriel Tortola (11-12) – 1650 Freestyle

Riley Botting (13-14) – 100 Individual Medley, 100 Breaststroke, 500 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 400 Individual Medley, 200 Individual Medley, 50 Breaststroke

Lara Jones (13-14) – 200 Breaststroke, 50 Butterfly, 200 Individual Medley

Melody Yates (13-14) – 100 Backstroke

Julia Podkoscielny (13-14) – 200 Backstroke, 500 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 400 Individual Medley, 200 Individual Medley, 50 Backstroke

Isabella Chambers (13-14) – 50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 100 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle

Wyatt Denhard (13-14) – 200 Breaststroke, 50 Breaststroke

Congratulations to our top 3 relay finishes:

13-14 Girls – The team of Riley Botting, Julia Podkoscielny, Lara Jones, and Isabella Chambers finished 1st in the 200 Medley, 400 Medley, 200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle, and 800 Freestyle. They were an unbeatable relay, winning all five offered for the age group

11-12 Boys – The team of Jake Jones, Ronin Jones, Tyler Armbruster, and Roman Ferrara finished 1st in the 400 Freestyle relay, 2nd in the 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle relay, and 3rd in the 400 Medley relay.

10&U Boys – The team of Jared Berke, Jordan Jean, Levent Ozaktay, and Antonio Fraga finished 3rd in the 200 freestyle relay.

Pine Crest also broke 6 team records and 4 FGC records in the following events:

Tyler Armbruster set a new team record in the 1650 Freestyle for 11-12 boys in a time of 18:06.44. In that swim, Tyler also broke the team record for the 1000 Freestyle, with a time of 10:59.27.

Julia Podkoscielny set new team records for 13-14 girls in the 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke, and 200 backstroke, in times of 25.51, 56.13, and 2:00.23, respectively. It should also be noted that the 50 Backstroke and 200 Backstroke were also club open records, meaning they are the fastest times for all ages in the history of Pine Crest Swimming.

The Relay team of Tyler Armbruster, Ronin Jones, Jake Jones, and Roman Ferrara set the team record in the 400 Freestyle relay for 11-12 Boys in a time of 3:53.05. That team also broke the 400 Medley relay for 11-12 boys in a time of 4:20.23.

The Relay team of Julia Podkoscielny, Riley Botting, Lara Jones, and Isabella Chambers set the Team and FGC Record in the 200 Medley Relay in a time of 1:46.55. They also broke the team record in the 400 Freestyle Relay in a time of 3:33.57.

A special congratulation to our high point winners:

Julia Podkoscielny won the 1st place high point award for 13-14 girls

Sara Lin won the 2nd place high point award for 11-12 girls

Jared Berke won the 3rd place high point award for 10&U boys

Way to go Pine Crest!!

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