SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Begins Gold Medal Hunt Thursday At Commonwealth Games


By Sharon Robb

July 22—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson is ready to make history at the 20th Commonwealth Games.

The three-time Olympian for Jamaica begins her bid for medal glory when the Games get under way Wednesday with the Opening Ceremonies at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland

Diving is the opening aquatic event. Swimming begins on Thursday and runs through July 29 at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

Under the watchful eye of her longtime club coach, SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson, who is serving as the Jamaica team coach, Atkinson will attempt to win her country’s first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

“She has three chances at it,” said Anderson, who wrapped up a week-long training camp in Corby, England and arrived in Scotland on Monday with the team.

Atkinson will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events. Her first race is the 50-meter breaststroke on Thursday with the heat and semifinal rounds and final on Friday.

Atkinson, 25, is the first Jamaican to medal at a major international tournament taking a silver in the 50-meter breaststroke at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

“I’m excited that the 200-meter is back, so I am definitely looking forward to trying to medal in the 50, 100 and 200,” Atkinson said. “I just need to get that 100 down and work that second 50.

“I don’t get to compete against Australia and the UK a lot so I am excited for that,” Atkinson said. “Plus, I only have half the world to worry about at the Commonwealth Games.”

At the 2012 London Olympics, Atkinson just missed a medal finishing fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke. Since then she has had a meteoric rise worldwide doing well on both the FINA World Cup and USA Grand Prix series. She also recently signed with Speedo, which is a major sponsor of the Commonwealth Games.

Atkinson is in the best shape of her life. At the USA Grand Prix Mesa, she won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:25.52, breaking her own national record of 2:28.34 set in February.

“I know it’s been a long time for her 200 to click,” Anderson said. “She is really beginning to understand the patience of the race. That put her in the world rankings, it was a world-class race.

“She is starting to emerge as the best 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke swimmer in the world. She’s getting there.”

Atkinson will be joined by Jevon Atkinson, who came out of retirement to represent Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games. Atkinson (no relation to Alia) trained with Anderson from 2004-2008 and qualified for the 2008 Olympics.

Other Jamaican swimmers are Zara Bailey, Trudi Ann Patrick, Dominic Walter and Timothy Wynter, a rising star in Jamaica who is training with Anderson at SOFLO.

The last Jamaican female swimmer to medal at the Commonwealth Games was two-time Olympian Janelle Atkinson-Wignall (no relation to Alia Atkinson) in 2002 when she took bronze medals in the 400- and 800-meter freestyles. On Monday, Atkinson-Wignall was named head coach at Fairfield University becoming the program’s first-ever woman coach.

Also at the Commonwealth Games, Bolles coach Sergio Lopez will coach the Singapore team including Bolles swimmer Joseph Schooling.

Dylan Carter and George Bovell will represent Trinidad and Tobago.

Carter, 18, is making his Commonwealth Games debut. Carter, a sophomore at University of Southern California, used to train in South Florida with the now-defunct Davie Nadadores and attended Plantation American Heritage.

Bovell, a four-time Olympian, is a 2002 Bolles alum.

Other swimmers with Florida ties:

BAHAMAS: Mckayla Lightbourn, Sarasota and Florida State; Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Bolles alum.

BARBADOS: Lani Cabrera, Miami, Florida Gulf Coast alum, former Davie Nadadores.

CANADA: Sinead Russell, University of Florida.

CAYMAN ISLANDS: Brett Fraser, Florida Alum.

The Commonwealth Games are held every four years (July 23-August 3). The International, multi-sport event is for 4,500 athletes from 70 participating Commonwealth nations competing in 21 different disciplines.

Swimming power Australia is bringing most of its best swimmers. Canada, South Africa and Great Britain will also be strong.

It is the third largest multi-sport event in the world after the Olympics and Asian Games and third time Scotland has hosted the Games (1970, 1986).

The U.S. will not be televising or live streaming the major meet. However, Canada CBC will live stream it on its website and BBC is televising as well along with radio coverage.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Dominates; Sweeps Combined, Boys, Girls Team Titles At FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

July 20—South Florida Aquatic Club defended its title and swept the combined, boys and girls team titles Sunday night at the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO continues to make history at every major meet.

SOFLO won the combined team title with 802 points, more than doubling the runner-up points of North Palm Beach (398). SOFLO won the boys team title with 378 points and SOFLO girls, after finishing fourth last year, won with 424 points ahead of North Palm Beach and Pine Crest.

It was the second consecutive year the 14-year-old club won back-to-back short course and long course titles in the same year.

It was SOFLO’s fifth consecutive JO title.

It was SOFLO’s 11th overall JO title.

With overall depth, talent, balance and good coaching, SOFLO swimmers dominated the three-day meet which they led from start to finish and never let up.

SOFLO piled up the points in relays, dropped times and broke FGC and meet records.

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, turned in another outstanding day of swimming and finished as boys high point winner in the 11-12 age group.

Rodriguez broke the 11-12 1500-meter FGC record with a time of 17:09.39, dropping 7.61 seconds off his previous best time. Rodriguez also won the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:23.37 and 100-meter freestyle in 59.40.

“Our kids swam out of their minds,” said SOFLO age group coach Luis Soler. “They swam really, really well. It didn’t seem like we missed a beat.

“Our parents were just as amazing,” Soler said. “They did so much volunteer work as officials and timers. It was a total team effort.”

Ervin Marin, 14, was the final SOFLO champion of the night, putting the icing on the cake by winning the last event, the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 55.56. He dropped 0.11 seconds.

“I am happy with the meet, I wanted to lower my times and swim fast,” Marin said. “I am really happy about SOFLO winning. I know we have pretty good swimmers. I was pretty confident we were going to win.

“There wasn’t really any pressure on us,” Marin said. “Our team talked about swimming fast before the meet and just stayed fully focused.”

SOFLO had several outstanding swims on the final night of the marathon meet and dropped more than 200 times in prelims and finals.

Erika Pelaez, 8, won the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 38.19.

Kathleen Golding, 13, won the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 58.65 and finished as the girls high point winner in the 13-14 age group.

SOFLO’s “A” 200-meter freestyle relay of Leonardo Mateus, Eiza Gantus, Michael Arias and Rafael Rodriguez won in 1:55.16.

Kevin Porto, 14, making his final JO appearance, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:10.67.

In addition to Rodriguez, two other FGC records fell.

North Palm Beach Swim Team broke the girls’ 11-12 200-meter freestyle relay record with a time of 1:57.39 with swimmers Jennifer Secrest, Rachel Cherelstein, Hanna Emerson and Nicole Gomez. It was one of the more exciting relays of the meet with North Palm Beach edging South Florida Aquatic Club, second in 1:57.66 with Marianna Serrao, Isabella Di Salvo, Jacqueline Lugo and Vanessa Mesa.

Alberto Gomez of Miami Dade County Swim Team broke the 13-14 200-meter individual medley record in 2:11.38.

Nick Pacitti of Plantation Swim Team qualified for his first summer sectionals cut in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:17.40.

Rain and lightning delayed the afternoon session twice but it didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 802, 2. North Palm Beach 398, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 349, 4. City of Hialeah Storm 317, 5. Gulliver 309, 6. Jupiter Dragons 278, 7. Pine Crest Swimming 235, 8. Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens 210, 9. Metro Aquatics 209, 10. East Coast Aquatic Club 171.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 378, 2. City of Hialeah Storm 291, 3. Azura Florida Aquatic 214, 4. Metro Aquatics 197, 5. Miami Swimming 161.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 424, 2. North Palm Beach 344, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 212, 4. Gulliver 193, 5. East Coast Aquatic Club 147.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. North Palm Beach 1:57.39, record (Jennifer Secrest, Rachel Cherelstein, Hanna Emerson, Nicole Gomez), 2. SOFLO “A” 1:57.66 (Marianna Serrao, Isabella DiSalvo, Jacqueline Lugo, Vanessa Mesa), 3. Gulliver 2:02.48, 13. SOFLO “B” 2:11.30 (Molly Golding, Sophia Bedoya, Kayla Cunningham, Valentina Carrion).

400-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Pine Crest Swimming 4:05.49 (Alexandra Meszaros, Annabella Lyn, Marissa Brannan, Jessica Nava), 2. Coral Springs 4:07.68, 3. SOFLO “A” 4:13.90 (Kelley Heron, Abolade Oyetunji, Delanie Perez, Kathleen Golding), 14. SOFLO “B” 4:35.10 (Alexandra Crespo, Elise Larin, Katherine DeBarros, Zariya Harris).

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Madelyn Hebert, East Coast 2:44.40; SOFLO: 6. Sara Quintero 2:50.78, best time, 12. Sally Golding 3:00.46, 14. Erika Pelaez 3:01.57, best time, 25. Bella Leggett 3:13.11, 26. Jasmine Ahmet 3:13.30, best time, 28. Jena Legaspi 3:13.84, 29. Sarah Acevedo 3:16.80; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Gulliver 2:28.04; SOFLO: 4. Vanessa Mesa 2:37.67, best time, 7. Marianna Serrao 2:42.51, best time, 11. Kyana Castro 2:45.10, best time, 12. Molly Golding 2:46.04, best time, 21. Anabel Vazquez 2:49.93, 23. Valentina Carrion 2:50.77, best time, 33. Michelle Marinheiro 2:55.55, best time, 39. Kayla Cunningham 2:58.60, best time, 47. Katrina Del Vecchio 3:01.96, best time; 13-14, 1. Alessandra Baldari, North Palm Beach 2:25.41; SOFLO: 4. Kelley Heron 2:30.80, best time, 22. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:43.88, best time, 35. Abolade Oyetunji 2:46.73, best time, 43. Alexandra Crespo 2:48.49, best time, 53. Katherine De Barros 2:51.17.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 38.19, best time; SOFLO: 20. Bella Leggett 41.60, 32. Jena Legaspi 43.78; 11-12, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, Blue Marlins 33.52; SOFLO: 13. Isabella Di Salvo 36.69, best time, 19. Kayla Cunningham 37.22, 22. Jacqueline Lugo 37.39, best time; 13-14, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest Swimming 31.60; SOFLO: 6. Kelley Heron 33.50.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 39.58; SOFLO: 12. Sally Golding 44.08, best time, 22. Bella Leggett 47.55, 28. Sabrina Osorio 48.84, 31. Daniela Barreto 49.26; 11-12, 1. Rachel Cherelstein, North Palm Beach 36.89; SOFLO: 3. Marianna Serrao 37.77, best time, 11. Molly Golding 39.56, best time, 22. Valentina Carrion 42.00, best time, 28. Katrina Del Vecchio 43.74, 30. Anabel Vazquez 44.12; 13-14, 1. Hailey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks 35.41; SOFLO: 4. Kathleen Golding 36.27, best time, 9. Elise Larin 37.60, best time, 11. Jennifer Rodriguez 37.96, best time, 12. Delanie Perez 38.30, best time, 40. Mikaela De Gracia 42.32.

200-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. Jodi Kennedy, SwimFast 2:35.76; SOFLO: 3. Isabella DiSAlvo 2:38.43, best time; 13-14, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest Swimming 2:22.20; SOFLO: 12. Delanie Perez 2:39.86, best time.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Madelyn Hebert, East Coast 1:07.52; SOFLO: 7. Sara Quintero 1:11.08, best time, 22. Sally Golding 1:16.89, 27. Sarah Acevedo 1:17.28, best time, 30. Jasmine Ahmet 1:17.48, best time, 62. Jena Legaspi 1:22.58; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Gulliver 1:00.49; SOFLO: 3. Vanessa Mesa 1:03.45, 6. Marianna Serrao 1:05.31, 17. Jacqueline Lugo 1:07.74, best time, 18. Kyana Castro 1:07.85, best time, 27. Michelle Marinheiro 1:09.00, best time, 29. Valentina Carrion 1:09.22, 65. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:13.89, 68. Alana Acevedo 1:14.04, 73. Rebekah Ling 1:14.72; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 58.65, best time; SOFLO: 13. Abolade Oyetunji 1:03.22, best time.

1500-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Jacqueline Bedard, Jupiter 18:41.03; SOFLO: 4. Kyana Castro 19:17.26, 6. Michelle Marinheiro 20:07.69; 13-14, 1. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 17:46.54; SOFLO: 10. Alexandra Crespo 19:46.90.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. South Florida Aquatic Club “A” 1:55.16 (Leonardo Mateus, Eiza Gantus, Michael Arias, Rafael Rodriguez), 2. Metro Aquatics 1:55.66, 3. Hialeah 1:55.90, 10. SOFLO “B” 2:09.89 (Nicolas Rossi, John Paul Handal, Roberto Garrido, Ji Hoon Lee).

400-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 3:57.80 (Fernando Rodriguez, Andres Solares, Adrian Aguilar, Joaquin Mulet), 2. Azura 3:59.90, 3. SOFLO “A” 4:00.11 (Kevin Porto, Samuel Quintero, Juan Osorio, Ervin Marin).

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, Jupiter 2:39.38; SOFLO: 10. Zackary Harris 2:56.48, best time, 25. Alejandro Mateus 3:14.64, best time; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:23.37, best time; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 2:29.94, best time, 10. Jie Hoon Lee 2:43.10, best time, 13. Eiza Gantus 2:44.78, best time, 15. Michael Arias 2:46.69, 20. John Paul Handal 2:49.52, 26. Nicolas Rossi 2:52.77, best time; 13-14, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 2:11.38; SOFLO: 3. Ervin Marin 2:17.59, best time, 23. Samuel Quintero 2:32.41, best time, 24. Juan Osorio 2:32.64, best time, 31. Gabriel Segui 2:35.66, 33. Brandon Moran 2:37.95, best time.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, Jupiter 34.32; SOFLO: 26. Alex Golding 43.08, best time, 27. Alejandro Mateus 43.14, 43. Tanner Gibson 47.25; 11-12, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Azura 30.83; SOFLO: 16. John Paul Handal 37.87, 34. Marcos Vazquez 40.53; 13-14, 1. George Lubian, Flying Fish 29.85; SOFLO: 3. Kevin Porto 30.56, best time.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Victor Valdes, HSC 39.26; SOFLO: 19. Alex Golding 47.93, 31. Mark Andre De Gracia 51.79; 11-12, 1. Santiago Gomez, Metro Aquatics 37.29; SOFLO: 4. Eiza Gantus 39.68; 13-14, 1. Felipe Urrutia 32.78; SOFLO: 12. Brandon Moran 37.22, 15. Gabriel Segui 37.73.

200-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Gavin Smith, North Palm Beach 2:35.13; SOFLO: 4. Joe Hoon Lee 2:43.67, best time; 13-14, 1. Miguel Cancel, Miami Swimming 2:09.48.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, Jupiter 1:06.72; SOFLO: 11. Zackary Harris 1:12.87, 23. Alex Golding 1:16.16, best time, 40. Alejandro Mateus 1:21.50; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 59.40; SOFLO: 8. Michael Arias 1:04.03, best time, 11. Eiza Gantus 1:04.89, best time, 34. Nicolas Rossi 1:09.50, best time, 39. John Paul Handal 1:11.01; 13-14, 1. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 55.56, best time; SOFLO: 7. Kevin Porto 58.17, 23. Juan Osorio 1:00.75, best time.

1500-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 17:09.39, record; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 17:45.14, best time; 13-14, 1. Kevin Porto, SOFLO 17:10.67; SOFLO: 9. Samuel Quintero 18:12.80, best time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Breaks Meet Record, Samuel Quintero Makes Sectional Cut At FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

July 19—South Florida Aquatic Club is sitting pretty going into the third and final day of the 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics at Plantation Aquatic Club.

The defending champions are three sessions away from clinching their fifth JO long course title and 11th JO title overall.

For the second consecutive day, SOFLO leads the combined (580), boys (254) and girls (326) team standings and show no signs of letting up.

“We really have a great team, we have a lot of great swimmers,” said Samuel Quintero, who made his sectional cut in the 200-meter breaststroke on this third attempt.

“We cheer each other on and we’re having really good swims,” Quintero said. “We really want another JO title. We have worked hard for it.”

No one has worked harder for it than Quintero, 13, who was three seconds away from a short course sectional cut and missed on two long course attempts. Making it even sweeter was getting his cut in a major meet. He dropped 8.47 seconds and finished in 2:47.52.

“This is my best event,” Quintero said. “I felt pretty comfortable the whole race. I maintained my splits. This was one of my best swims. I am really really happy with this meet. I am dropping my times a lot. And even happier we are close to winning JOs.”

SOFLO swimmers had another outstanding meet, piling up points on depth, talent and balance.

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, broke a 24-year-old meet record in the 400-meter individual medley in the 11-12 boys in 5:02.92, finishing nearly 10 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, teammate Leonardo Mateus, second in 5:12.87.

It was 2.08 seconds slower than Rodriguez’ best time of 5:00.84 which was already a FGC record and now has added the JO meet record. Rodriguez also broke the 100-meter butterfly FGC record on Friday night.

Rodriguez was a triple winner on Saturday, capturing the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:06.93 and winning member of the 400-meter medley relay.

Other SOFLO individual champions:

Kathleen Golding, 200-meter freestyle, 2:06.96, best time.

Vanessa Mesa, 50-meter butterfly, 30.46.

SOFLO relay champions were:

11-12 400-meter medley relay, 4:51.94 (Isabella DiSalvo, Marianna Serrao, Kyana Castro, Vanessa Mesa).

13-14 400-meter medley relay, 4:40.37 (Kelley Heron, Delanie Perez, Kathleen Golding, Abolade Oyetunji).

11-12 400-meter medley relay, 4:46.89 (Leonardo Mateus, Rafael Rodriguez, Jie Hoon Lee, Eiza Gantus).

Six Florida Gold Coast records have been broken over two days of competition.

Jupiter Dragons boys’ relay of Brandon Hiebert, Jacob Roman, Joshua Zuchowski and Trenton Edwards broke a FGC record in the 10-and-under 200-meter medley relay in 2:25.09. Zuchowski also broke the 100-meter backstroke FGC record.

Jessica Nava, 14, of Pine Crest Swimming broke the 13-14 50-meter butterfly in 28.13.

Metro Aquatics 13-14 200-meter freestyle relay of Adrian Aguilar, Aitor Fungairino, Fernando Rodriguez and Andres Solares.

On Friday night, Victor Valdes of Hialeah broke the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke record in 1:23.89.

Weather and lightning delays played havoc with the meet throughout the Saturday afternoon and evening making it a long day for coaches, parents and swimmers. The three-day meet concludes on Sunday.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 580, 2. North Palm Beach 271, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 232, 4. City of Hialeah Storm 226, 5. Gulliver 219, 6. Metro Aquatics 210, 7. Jupiter Dragons 203, 8. Pine Crest Swimming 160, 9. Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens 133, 10. East Coast Aquatic Club 121, 11. Miami Swimming 108, 12. Coral Springs Swim Club 99.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 254, 2. City of Hialeah Storm 212, 3. Metro Aquatics 204, 4. Azura Florida Aquatic 131, 5. Miami Swimming 108.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 326, 2. North Palm Beach 237, 3. Pine Crest Swiimming 143, 4. Gulliver Swim Club 139, 5. Azura Florida Aquatic 101.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Chelai Van Der Westhuizen, Pine Crest 2:51.30; SOFLO: 7. Molly Golding 3:03.44, best time, 14. Anabel Vazquez 3:15.34, best time, 25. Katrina Del Vecchio 3:20.79, best time; 13-14, 1. Victoria Miyamoto, Pompano Beach 2:40.91; SOFLO: 3. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:44.08, best time; 4. Kelley Heron 2:47.58, best time, 7. Delanie Perez 2:53.83, best time, 8. Jennifer Rodriguez 3:00.18, 26. Elise Larin 3:10.67, 32. Katherine De Barros 3:16.70.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast 2:26.75; SOFLO: 4. Sara Quintero 2:28.28, best time, 12. Sally Golding 2:38.95, best time, 13. Erika Pelaez 2:39.13, best time, 23. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 2:44.85, best time; 30. Jasmine Aahmet 2:47.56, best time, 50. Jena Legaspi 2:54.27, best time, 63. Daniela Barreto 3:01.01; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Gulliver 20.40; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 2:16.11, best time, 6. Marianna Serrao19.40, 10. Kyana Castro 2:22.29, 14. Molly Golding 2:25.79, best time, 19. Michelle Marinheiro 2:27.67, best time, 20. Valentina Carrion 2:28.11, best time, 25. Jacqueline Lugo 2:30.13, best time, 34. Alana Acevedo 2:32.80, best time, 50. Katrina Del Vecchio 2:40.19, 51. Lydia Szakacs 2:40.96; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:06.96, best time; SOFLO: 17. Abolade Oyetunji 2:18.41, best time.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 32.95; SOFLO: 6. Sara Quintero 35.90, best time, 12. Erika Pelaez 37.76, best time, 18. Bella Leggett 38.82, best time, 23. Jasmine Ahmet 40.29, 31. Jena Legaspi 41.58, best time; 11-12, 1. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 30.46; SOFLO: 8. Isabella Di Salvo 32.66, 12. Kyana Castro 33.58, best time, 21. Jacqueline Lugo 34.37, best time, 42. Alana Acevedo 37.23; 13-14, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest Swimming 28.13; SOFLO: 2. Kathleen Golding 29.47, 45. Elise Larin 34.67, best time, 52. Abolade Oyetunji 35.19, best time, 56. Isabel Shashaty 35.47, 62. Zariya Harris 36.47, 65. Alexandra Crespo 37.11.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Adriana Gooding, Azura 1:17.61; SOFLO: 3. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 1:22.95, best time; 7. Erika Pelaez 1:25.92, best time, 12. Bella Leggett 1:27.53, best time, 21. Jena Legaspi 1:30.50, best time, 40. Sarah Acevedo 1:37.88; 11-12, 1. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 1:11.69; SOFLO: 5. Isabella Di Salvo 1:14.82, 9. Anabel Vazquez 1:17.92, best time, 12. Kayla Cunningham 1:19.19, best time, 22. Jacqueline Lugo 1:21.75, 38. Rebekah Ling 1:25.34; 13-14, 1. Melannie Vargas, Miami-Dade 1:08.50; SOFLO: 2. Kelley Heron 1:08.76, best time, 24. Katherine De Barros 1:18.80, 25. Abolade Oyetunji 1:20.07.

400-meter individual medley:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Gulliver 5:09.75; SOFLO: 6. Molly Golding 5:45.23, best time, 7. Anabel Vazquez 5:46.57, best time; 13-14, 1. Alessandra Baldari, North Palm Beach 5:07.43; SOFLO: 12. Delanie Perez 5:31.42, best time, 15. Jennifer Rodriguez 5:39.75, best time, 25. Alexandra Crespo 5:49.43, best time, 33. Katherine De Barros 5:57.48, 37. Elise Larin 6:06.42.

200-meter freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. North Palm Beach 2:09.51 (Sierra Robinson, Kiara Caamano, Charlotte Levet, Ganriela Santiago), 2. East Coast 2:13.79, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 2:15.21, 6. SOFLO “A” 2:18.70 (Erika Pelaez, Jasmine Ahmet, Sally Golding, Sara Quintero), 14. SOFLO “B” 2:30.30 (Sarah Acevedo, Daniela Barreto, Jena Legaspi, Bella Leggett).

200-meter medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. Coral Springs Swim Club 2:33.07, 2. SOFLO “A” 2:33.72 (Jena Legaspi, Sabrina Osorio, Sarah Acevedo, Bella Leggett), 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 2:34.03, 12. SOFLO “B” 2:47.12 (Erika Pelaez, Sally Golding, Jasmine Ahmet, Sara Quintero); 11-12, 1. North Palm Beach 2:13.69 (Nicole Gomez, Rachel Cherelstein, Jennifer Secrest, Hanna Emerson), 2. SOFLO “A” 2:14.32 (Anabel Vazquez, Marianna Serrao, Isabella Di Salvo, Vanessa Mesa), 3. Hialeah 2:19.86, 7. SOFLO “B” 2:22.16 (Jacqueline Lugo, Molly Golding, Kyana Castro, Valentina Carrion).

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:51.94 (Isabella Di Salvo, Marianna Serrao, Kyana Castro, Vanessa Mesa), 2. North Palm Beach 4:55.32, 3. Gulliver Swim Club 5:08.69, 6. SOFLO “B” 5:15.44 (Anabel Vazquez, Molly Golding, Michelle Marinheiro, Valentina Carrion); 13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:40.37 (Kelley Heron, Delanie Perez, Kathleen Golding, Abolade Oyetunji), 2. Pine Crest Swimming 4:42.19, 3. North Palm Beach 4:47.77, 10. SOFLO “B” 5:17.93 (Katherine De Barros, Jennifer Rodriguez, Zariya Harris, Alexandra Crespo).

BOYS RESULTS

200-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Jonathan Rodriguez, Gulliver 2:52.22; SOFLO: 6. Jie Hoon Lee 3:03.75, best time; 13-14, 1. Felipe Urrutia, Miami Swimming 2:30.88; SOFLO: 2. Ervin Marin 2:36.79, best time, 9. Samuel Quintero 2:47.52, best time, sectional time, 15. Brandon Moran 2:55.60, best time.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Unattached 2:27.18; SOFLO: 12. Zackary Harris 2:38.50, 21. Alex Golding 2:43.14, best time, 31. Alejandro Mateus 2:51.83, best time; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodiguez, SOFLO 2:06.93, best time; SOFLO: 5. Michael Arias 2:19.02, 6. Eiza Gantus 2:20.80, best time 23. Nicolas Rossi 2:30.10; 13-14, 1. Albert Gomez Miami-Dade 1:57.54; SOFLO: 4. Kevin Porto 2:03.76, best time, 18. Juan Osorio 2:10.26, best time, 58. Andres Arias 2:19.47, best time.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, Jupiter 32.50; SOFLO: 7. Zackary Harris 35.94, best time; 11-12, 1. Bryan Rivero, HSC 30.13; SOFLO: 10. Eiza Gantus 33.34, best time, 43. Nicolas Rossi 37.04; 13-14, 1. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 27.25; SOFLO: 27. Gabriel Segui 31.57.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, Jupiter 1:12.17; SOFLO: 17. Alex Golding 1:29.67, best time, 20. Alejandro Mateus 1:30.30, best time; 11-12, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Azura 1:05.50; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Mateus 1:10.35, best time, 10. John Paul Handal 1:18.83, best time, 14. Jie Hoon Lee 1:19.98, best time, 27. Marcos Vazquez 1:25.49, best time; 13-14, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami-Dade 1:00.98; SOFLO: 5. Kevin Porto 1:06.01.

400-meter individual medley:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:02.92; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 5:12.87, 7. Jie Hoon Lee 5:41.70, best time; 13-14, 1. Miguel Cancel, Miami Swimming 4:46.72; SOFLO: 2. Ervin Marin 4:56.47, best time, 12. Samuel Quintero 5:15.77, best time, 18. Brandon Moran 5:32.99, best time, 21. Gabriel Segui 5:53.55.

200-meter medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. Jupiter 2:25.09 (Brandon Hiebert, Jacob Roman, Joshua Zuchowski, Trenton Edwards), 2. Hialeah 2:26.21, 3. North Miami Swim Team 2:30.20, 9. SOFLO “A” 2:45.81 (Tanner Gibson, Alex Golding, Alejandro Mateus, Zackary Harris); 11-12, 1. Hialeah 2:10.06 (Aaron Rodriguez, Michael Fernandez, Bryan Rivero, Daniel Quijada), 2. SOFLO 2:11.39 (Leonardo Mateus, Eiza Gantus, Rafael Rodriguez, Michael Arias), 3. Metro Aquatics 2:11.41, 9. SOFLO “B” 2:28.70 (Marcos Vazquez, John Paul Handal, Jie Hoon Lee, Nicolas Rossi); 13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:58.73 (Aitor Fungarino, Adrian Aguilar, Andres Solares, Fernando Rodriguez), 2. Miami Swimming 2:00.31, 3. SOFLO “A” 2:02.51 (Kevin Porto, Samuel Quintero, Ervin Marin, Juan Osorio).

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:46.89 (Leonardo Mateus, Rafael Rodriguez, Jie Hoon Lee, Eiza Gantus), 2. Hialeah 4:48.46, 3. Metro Aquatics 4:53.94, 10. SOFLO “B” 5:35.89 (Marcos Vazquez, Michael Arias, John Paul Handal, Nicolas Rossi); 13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 4:20.63 (Aitor Fungairino, Adrian Aguilar, Andres Solares, Fernando Rodriguez), 2. Miami Swimming 4:27.44, 3. SOFLO “A” 4:32.25 (Kevin Porto, Samuel Quintero, Ervin Marin, Juan Osorio).

200-meter freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. Jupiter 2:08.59 (Brandon Hiebert, Jacob Roman, Trenton Edwards, Joshua Zuchowski), 2. Hialeah 2:08.74, 3. North Miami Swim Team 2:14.88, 8. SOFLO “A” 2:24.05 (Alejandro Mateus, Alex Golding, Tanner Gibson, Zackary Harris).

IF YOU GO

What: 14 & Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

When: Sunday

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation

Schedule: Sunday, Session 7, 8:30-11:18 a.m., Session 8, 10-and-under timed finals, noon-1:27 p.m.; Session 9, 2:30-5:58 p.m.; Session 10, 6:30-7:48 p.m.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Breaks FGC Record; Sara Quintero Wins Big On Day One Of FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

July 18—Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club opened the Florida Gold Coast 14-and-Under Long Course Junior Olympics Friday with some impressive swimming at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO, seeking its fifth JO long course title and 11th JO title overall, leads the combined team (272 points), boys team (122) and girls team (150) totals after the first day of competition.

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, broke his first Florida Gold Coast record of the meet in the 100-meter butterfly. He won the event in a lifetime best 1:03.35, breaking SOFLO teammate’s Julien Pinon FGC record.

It was a huge time drop for Rodriguez who entered the meet as the second seed in 1:07.26. He first bettered his time in 1:04.41 in prelims and dropped even more time in the final.

“I felt really good going into the race,” Rodriguez said. “I had a lot of energy. The fly is one of my better strokes. I have been working really hard in practice and it paid off tonight.

“I saw Bryan Rivero (Hialeah) in the first 50 and then I didn’t after that and I knew I had it,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez also anchored the winning 400-meter freestyle relay that won in 4:11.92 with teammates Leonardo Mateus, Eiza Gantus and Michael Arias and won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:26.84.

“I was really happy with the relay, I like swimming relays because it’s really fun,” Rodriguez said. “We are motivated because we are defending champions. We know it’s important to score a lot of points.”

Sara Quintero, 10, led the SOFLO girls team with an impressive win in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 5:08.94, a big time drop of 8.18 seconds. She was also fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:18.51 with another impressive time drop of 5.38 seconds.

“I am happy,” Quintero said. “I was nervous because the girl next to me was really fast. I wasn’t sure I got first and got the gold medal. I was scared the other girls beat me since I was in the first heat. I really wanted to get that gold medal.

“I am really looking forward to getting a spot in high points, this is a good start,” Quintero said. “I think why I dropped all this time is because I have been working hard in practice and my friends are pushing me in practice and that helps me train harder.”

Quintero said her teammates cheering her on was motivating. It was her first 400 victory at JOs. “I did my first JOs when I was 8, the 400 has always been a good event for me,” Quintero said.

“I wanted to go under 5:10 and I told my friend and she told her friend and they were all cheering for me,” Quintero said. “I got out of the pool my teammates were happy for me. I am tired but I am ready to race tomorrow and the day after.”

Other individual champions for SOFLO were:

Isabella Di Salvo, 12, 200-meter backstroke 2:35.00, best time.

Kathleen Golding, 13, 50-meter freestyle, 27.30, best time, knocking off top-seeded Catharine Cooper, 14, of Coral Springs Swim Club.

SOFLO also picked up big points in the relays.

SOFLO girls swept the 400- and 800-meter freestyle relays and finished second in the 200-meter freestyle relay.

SOFLO boys won the 400-meter freestyle relay and was second in both the 200- and 800-meter freestyle relays.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 272, 2. North Palm Beach 114, 3. Gulliver Swim Club 104, 4. tie, Metro Aquatics, Azura Florida Aquatics 102, 6. Hialeah 99, 7. Pine Crest Swimming 76, 8. Jupiter 71, 9. Lake Lytal Lightning 56, 10. Miami Swimming 50.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 122, 2. Metro Aquatics 96, 3. Hialeah 92, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 57, 5. Miami Swimming 50.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 150, 2. North Palm Beach 98, 3. Pine Crest 69, 4. Gulliver 65, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 45.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. Isabella DiSalvo, SOFLO 2:35.00, best time: SOFLO: 6. Anabel Vazquez 2:41.97, 11. Michelle Marinheiro 2:49.19, best time, 21. Rebekah Ling 3:00.65; 13-14, 1. Melannie Vargas, Miami-Dade 2:25.83; SOFLO: 2. Kelley Heron 2:27.76, best time; SOFLO: 17. Katherine DeBarros 2:47.07.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Madelyn Hebert, East Coast Aquatics 30.67; SOFLO: 36. Jasmine Ahmet 35.74, best time, 52. Sarah Acevedo 37.05, best time; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Gulliver 27.31; SOFLO: 3. Vanessa Mesa 29.25, 7. Marianna Serrao 29.86, 16. Isabella DiSalvo 30.73, best time, 20. Jacqueline Lugo 31.18, best time, 35. Valentina Carrion 32.08, best time, 60. Michelle Marinheiro 33.12, best time, 74. Sophia Bedoya 33.64, 77. Alana Acevedo 33.81, best time, 85. Rebekah Ling 33.97, best time, 88. Katrina Del Vecchio 34.00, 90. Lauren Siegman 34.24; 13-14: 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 27.30, best time; SOFLO: 21. Abolade Oyetunji 29.90.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Margaret Miao, AquaKids Sharks 1:27.44; SOFLO: 11. Sally Golding 1:35.15, best time, 18. Bella Leggett 1:40.22, 23. Daniela Barreto 1:43.77, best time, 28. Sabrina Osorio 1:44.80, best time; 11-12: 1. Chelai Van Der Westhuizen, Pine Crest Swimming 1:19.57; SOFLO: 4. Marianna Serrao 1:21.38, best time, 10. Molly Golding 1:26.59, best time, 17. Valentina Carrion 1:30.55, best time, 29. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:34.07, best time, 31. Anabel Vazquez 1:34.59; 13-14: 1. Victoria Miyamoto, Pompano 1:16.45; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron 1:19.18, best time, 13. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:22.78, best time, 14. Elise Larin 1:23.47, best time.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 1:16.18; SOFLO: 4. Sara Quintero 1:18.51, best time, 5. Erika Pelaez 1:21.03, best time, 12. Bella Leggett 1:30.29, best time, 17. Jasmine Ashmet 1:33.31, best time, 20. Sally Golding 1:35.32; 11-12: 1. Andrea Santander, Gulliver 1:05.26; SOFLO: 3. Isabella Di Salvo 1:10.34, 4. Vanessa Mesa 1:12.02, 8. Kyana Castro 1:14.16, 30. Alana Acevedo 1:21.80, 35. Celenia Lumelski 1:27.31; 13-14: 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 1:03.13; SOFLO: 2. Kathleen Golding 1:04.92, best time, 22. Delanie Perez 1:12.47, best time.

400-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 5:08.94, best time; SOFLO: 6. Erika Pelaez 5:26.36, best time, 11. Sally Golding 5:40.38, best time, 16. Sarah Acevedo 5:49.75, best time; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Gulliver 4:34.49; SOFLO: 3. Marianna Serrao 4:47.96, best time, 8. Vanessa Mesa 4:53.93, 9. Kyana Castro 4:59.71, best time, 11. Molly Golding 5:00.55, best time, 17. Michelle Marinheiro 5:06.32, best time, 19. Valentina Carrion 5:08.51, best time, 28. Jacqueline Lugo 5:17.26, best time, 31. Alana Acevedo 5:18.84, best time, 42. Kayla Cunningham 5:29.79, best time; 13-14, 1. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 4:28.79; SOFLO: 6. Kelley Heron 4:43.55, 17. Abolade Oyetunji 4:56.21, best time.

200-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Pine Crest “A” 1:54.44 (Alexandra Meszaros, Jessica Nava, Annabella Lyn, Marissa Brannan), 2. SOFLO “A” 1:56.88 (Kelley Heron, Abolade Oyetunji, Delanie Perez, Kathleen Golding), 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 1:57.67, 15. SOFLO “B” 2:05.30 (Katherine DeBarros, Elise Larin, Jennifer Rodriguez, Zariya Harris).

400-meter freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:18.24 (Marianna Serrao, Kyana Castro, Isabella DiSalvo, Vanessa Mesa), 2. North Palm Beach 4:21.27, 3. Gulliver 4:29.57, 6. SOFLO “B” 4:35.09 (Molly Golding, Anabel Vazquez, Michelle Marinheiro, Valentina Carrion).

800-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 8:57.12 (Kelley Heron, Abolade Oyetunji, Delanie Perez, Kathleen Golding), 2. Pine Crest “A” 8:58.07, 3. North Palm Beach 9:27.19.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Azura Florida Aquatics 2:22.28; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Mateus 2:27.89, best time, 18. Roberto Garrido 3:04.48; 13-14, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami-Dade 2:11.45; SOFLO: 4. Kevin Porto 2:19.16, best time, 12. Samuel Quintero 2:30.71, best time, 16. Juan Osorio 2:33.79.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, Jupiter 30.48; SOFLO: 10. Alex Torres 32.89, best time, 24. Alex Golding 34.23, best time, 41. Alejandro Mateus 36.73; 11-12, 1. Aaron Rodriguez, Hialeah 27.54, 2. Elvis Kotikovski, Azura 28.13, 3. Bryan Rivero, Hialeah 28.18; SOFLO: 10. Eiza Gantus 29.69, best time, 36. Nicolas Rossi 32.27, best time; 13-14, 1. Noah Zhang, OAC 25.88; SOFLO: 22. Juan Osorio 28.00, best time, 36. Andres Arias 28.96, 49. Gabriel Segui 29.90.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 1:23.89; SOFLO: 10. Alex Torres 1:38.37, 11. Zackary Harris 1:38.67, best time, 13. Alex Golding 1:39.19, best time, 23. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:48.20, best time; 11-12, 1. Aaron Rodriguez, Hialeah 1:20.16; SOFLO: 8. Michael Arias 1:26.67, best time, 13. John Paul Handal 1:31.46, best time; 13-14, 1. Felipe Urrutia, Miami Swimming 1:10.03; SOFLO: 2. Ervin Marin 1:12.29, 11. Samuel Quintero 1:19.82, best time, 13. Brandon Moran 1:21.35.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Nicolas Gallego, Wahoos 1:13.87; SOFLO: 4. Zackary Harris 1:20.00, best time, 16. Alejandro Mateus 1:32.45, best time; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:03.35, FGC record, best time; SOFLO: 6. Jie Hoon Lee 1:12.73, 14. Michael Arias 1:17.33, 22. John Paul Handal 1:19.68; 13-14, 1. Miguel Cancel, Miami Swimming 58.62; SOFLO: 3. Ervin Marin 1:01.71, best time 26. Gabriel Segui 1:09.26.

400-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, FLA 5:11.98; SOFLO: 5. Alex Torres 5:25.03, best time, 9. Zackary Harris 5:36.21, best time; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:26.84; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 4:36.65, best time, 6. Michael Arias 4:56.18, best time, 7. Jie Hoon Lee 4:57.77, best time, 13. Nicolas Rossi 5:05.40, 14. John Paul Handal 5:05.44; 13-14, 1. Miguel Cancel, Miami Swimming 4:15.03; SOFLO: 2. Kevin Porto 4:20.45, best time, 17. Juan Osorio 4:39.55, best time, 24. Samuel Quintero 4:44.50, best time, 43. Gabriel Segui 4:56.66, best time, 49. Andres Arias 5:01.16, 51. Brandon Moran 5:06.50.

200-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1.Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 1:44.83 (Adrian Aguilar, Aitor Fungairino, Fernando Rodriguez, Andres Solares), 2. SOFLO “A” 1:47.82 (Kevin Porto, Andres Arias, Juan Osorio, Ervin Marin), 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 1:48.74.

400-meter freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:11.92 (Leonardo Mateus, Eiza Gantus, Michael Arias, Rafael Rodriguez), 2. Metro Aquatics 4:13.93, 3. Hialeah 4:14.75, 7. SOFLO “B” 4:42.47 (Nicolas Rossi, Roberto Garrido, Jie Hoon Lee).

800-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 8:34.39 (Aitor Fungairino, Fernando Rodriguez, David Llanio), 2. SOFLO “A” 8:38.16 (Kevin Porto, Juan Osorio, Samuel Quintero, Ervin Marin).

IF YOU GO

What: 14 & Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

When: Saturday-Sunday

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation

Schedule: Saturday, Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-12:13 p.m., Session 5, timed finals, 1:15-3:10 p.m., Session 6, 6-8:35 p.m.; Sunday, Session 7, 8:30-11:18 a.m., Session 8, 10-and-under timed finals, noon-1:27 p.m.; Session 9, 2:30-5:58 p.m.; Session 10, 6:30-7:48 p.m.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Pembroke Pines Police Officer Jennifer Martin Golden Record Breaker At Can-Am Police-Fire Games


By Sharon Robb

July 17, 2014—-Pembroke Pines police officer Jennifer Martin dominated the 2014 Can-Am Police-Fire Games Wednesday at the Graham Aquatic Center YMCA in York County, Pa.

Martin, 33, who trains at South Florida Aquatic Club, went ten-for-ten in her swimming events, winning eight individual gold medals and two relay gold medals in her meet debut.

All were Can-Am Police-Fire meet records.

The top masters and open water swimmer and one of the nation’s top swimmers in police and fire competitions had last competed in the Masters Classic in Fort Lauderdale in February. Before that it was the Police Olympics in June 2013. Martin trains at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Obviously, Martin more than made up for lost time in competition with her Herculean effort.

Martin won the 100 backstroke in 1:12.47; 50 backstroke in 33.10; 50 freestyle in 26.08; 50 breaststroke in 34.29; 100 breaststroke in 1:16.86; 100 butterfly in 1:10.61; 100 freestyle in 1:01.14 and 50 butterfly in 29.55.

She was also a member of the two gold medal 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays.

“I was very excited to compete at my first Can-Am Games,” Martin said. “I am very pleased with my performance today but I am using these Games as a stepping stone for the World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax next year.

“I would like to thank the volunteers as their efforts are what make the Games such a success.”

The Games, held every two years, feature police, fire, EMS and other first responders from all over North America. It rotates between sites in the U.S. and Canada.

Athletes are competing in more than 50 sporting events at over 30 venues in York County.

Swimming is among the traditional athletic competitions that was held along with hockey, volleyball, soccer, softball, golf and cycling.

All event proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson, Anderson Open Camp; Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter Will Train With SOFLO


By Sharon Robb

July 16, 2014—In preparation for the July 23-August 3 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, the Jamaican national team has settled into training camp in Corby, England.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson leads the six-swimmer contingent that is currently training at the Corby East Midlands International Pool, just 200 miles south of the Scottish border in the heart of England.

Alia Atkinson is joined on the team roster by Jevon Atkinson (no relation), Zara Bailey, Trudi Ann Patrick, Dominic Walter and Timothy Wynter.

Jevon Atkinson came out of retirement to represent his country in Scotland. Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom will also represent Jamaica at the Games. It is the first time Jamaica will be represented in diving.

Sarasota YMCA teenagers Michelle and Keanan Dols were also named to the Jamaican national team for the Games but will not be attending the Commonwealth Games.

Three of SOFLO’s top age group swimmers, Jordon Colon, Star Fassler and Olivia Katcher also made the trip and is training with the international team.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson and Atkinson have trained at the facility before in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics.

The Jamaica Commonwealth team and staff are being treated like royalty.

The city’s Mayor, Anthony Dady, met with the team and sixteen local school children also visited for autographs and question-and-answer session about the importance of education and the Commonwealth competition.

Two local radio stations also interviewed Anderson, Alia Atkinson and Jevon Atkinson, who trained with SOFLO (formerly Comets Swim Team) from 2004 to 2008 and qualified for the 2008 Olympics.

SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson is serving as head coach of the Jamaican team during the camp and Commonwealth Games.

“We made it,” Anderson said. “Our training trip is growing better than expected. We had a solid post-travel washout and very good morning workout gym session and then power and speed workout at night. I am excited to see how it goes.”

In other SOFLO news:

One of Jamaica’s top swimmers Timothy Wynter will be training with the South Florida Aquatic Club at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Wynter, 18, has three national records in the 50-meter backstroke, 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke and four short course records in the 50- and 100 backstroke and 50- and 100-meter butterfly.

Wynter competed in the Short Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey at age 16.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Ready To Defend Title At FGC Long Course Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

July 15—South Florida Aquatic Club is hoping to add another chapter to its history book.

The defending champions will be after their fifth JO long course title when the Florida Gold Coast 14-and-Under Long Course Junior Olympics begin on Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO has won four JO long course titles and ten JO titles overall. Its’ most recent JO title was the FGC 14&Under Short Course Junior Olympics in Coral Springs.

With depth, balance and talent, SOFLO is hoping to collect the winning team trophy on Sunday night.

In last year’s long course JOs, SOFLO won the combined team title with a record 563.50 points and boys’ team title with 388.50.

This week, SOFLO has 58 swimmers and 36 relays teams competing in 22 relay events.

“It’s tough not to be there but I have full confidence in the athletes and coaches,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson, who is coaching overseas. “Our kids have done the work and set themselves up to be successful.”

Anderson, the Jamaican head coach, is in England for a training camp before the July 24-Aug. 2 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. SOFLO three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson heads the international field.

Among SOFLO’s top-seeded swimmers are Sara Quintero, 10, in the 400-meter freestyle (5:17.12). She is also seeded third in the 100-meter butterfly (1:23.89).

Kathleen Golding, 13, is seeded first in the 200-meter freestyle (2:09.25) and second in the 50-meter freestyle (28.28) and 200-meter breaststroke (2:47.31).

Golding, a junior national qualifier, is coming off an outstanding Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship meet in Orlando.

Kelley Heron, 14, is seeded second in the 200-meter backstroke (2:30.19) and third in the 200-meter individual medley (2:32.80).

Marianna Serrao, 12, is seeded second in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:23.74).

Erika Pelaez, 8, is seeded second in the 50-meter backstroke (38.85),

Alexandra Crespo, 13, is seeded third in the 1500-meter freestyle (19:37.65).

Vanessa Mesa, 12, is seeded third in the 200-meter freestyle (2:19.59).

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, is seeded first in four events: 400-meter freestyle in 4:24.64, 200-meter freestyle (2:07.94), 200-meter individual medley (2:22.79), 1500-meter freestyle (17:17) and seeded second in the 100-meter butterfly (1:0726).

Ervin Marin, 14, is seeded second in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:38.99), 400-meter individual medley (4:57.31) and 200-meter individual medley (2:19.76) and third in the 200-meter freestyle (2:04.27) and 100-meter butterfly (1:01.64).

Leonardo Mateus, 12, is seeded second in the 200-meter freestyle (2:14.56) and third in the 100-meter backstroke (1:12.69) and 200-meter backstroke (2:38.37).

Kevin Porto, 14, is seeded third in 1500-meter freestyle (17:47.63).

SOFLO will have its work cut out for it against a competitive FGC field that also includes Azura Florida Aquatics, Jupiter Sea Dragons, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Gulliver Swim Club, Hialeah, Miami-Dade and Pine Crest Swimming.

IF YOU GO

What: 14 & Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation

Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 8:30-11:42 a.m., Session 2, 10-and-under timed finals, 12:45-2:23 p.m., Session 3, 6-8:14 p.m.; Saturday, Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-12:13 p.m., Session 5, timed finals, 1:15-3:10 p.m., Session 6, 6-8:35 p.m.; Sunday, Session 7, 8:30-11:18 a.m., Session 8, 10-and-under timed finals, noon-1:27 p.m.; Session 9, 2:30-5:58 p.m.; Session 10, 6:30-7:48 p.m.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com