SOFLO Swimmers Will Compete Saturday In Swim Miami 2014


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 18, 2013

Ryan Capote, Leonardo Mateus and Juan Osorio of South Florida Aquatic Club will compete in the Swim Miami 2014 presented by Nike.

The open water event begins Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island.

The first event start is the 800-meter races at 8 a.m. followed by the 10K start at 8:15 a.m., 5K at 10 a.m., and Miami Mile at 10:15 a.m.

The awards ceremonies will be held simultaneously as the events finish.

Last year Mateus won the 11-12 age group title in 28:26 and Osorio was second in 29:51. Mateus was also 11th overall in the entire men’s field.

The trio will be joined by SOFLO age group coach George Mersinger, who will also swim the mile.

The course is patterned after the 2012 London Olympics open water course. Conditions may be rough because of predicted bad weather for the morning.

SOFLO will be joined by other Florida Gold Coast teams Aqua Kids Sharks, Azura Florida Aquatics, Flying Fish, Gulliver, Lake Lytal Lightning, Miami-Dade, St. Andrew’s, Titan Aquatics and Wahoos of Wellington.

Race proceeds benefit the H2Os Foundation (Helping Others Swim).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Pelaez, Musa Sweep Four Events At Sunrise Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

April 14, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers were impressive at the Sunrise 8-and-Under Sizzler this past weekend at the Sunrise Civic Center pool.

Erika Pelaez, 7, and Farouk Musa, 6, were four-for-four in their events during the Florida Gold Coast developmental meet.

Pelaez won the 25-yard butterfly in 15.90, 25-yard backstroke in 18.16, 25-yard breaststroke in a best time 20.41 dropping from 21.54 and 25-yard freestyle in a best time 15.36, dropping from 15.41.

Musa, making his Sizzler debut, won the 25-yard butterfly in 23.76, 25-yard backstroke in 22.71, 25-yard breaststroke in 27.03 and 25-yard freestyle in 21.87.

SOFLO’s Fiorella DiSalvo, 6, won the 25-yard butterfly in a best time 25.90, dropping from 29.77.

SOFLO girls “A” relay of Valerie Vank, 8, Luna Delgado, 8, Kaitlyn Barrios, 8, and Erika Pelaez, 7, won in 1:09.22, bettering its seed time of 1:12.97.

Alejandro Mateus, 8, took home four silver medals and three career-best times and anchored the fifth place relay.

Hailey Ahn, 6, was second in the 25-yard backstroke in 26.16 in her Sizzler debut. Valerie Vank, 8, was second in the 25-yard backstroke in 20.40 and second in the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 20.66. Fiorella DiSalvo, 6, was second in the 25-yard breaststroke in a best time 28.18 and second in the 25-yard freestyle in a best time 21.53.

GIRLS RESULTS

25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, 1. Fiorella DiSalvo, SOFLO 25.90, best time; SOFLO: 5. Antonia Ortiz 29.57, best time; 7. Hailey Ahn 32.40; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 15.90; SOFLO: 5. Valerie Vank 19:22, 9. Luna Delgado 21.65, best time, 11. Mariann Catalsan 22.84, best time, 12. Kaitlyn Barrios 22.94, best time, 14. Judith-Alison Natino 23.50, best time, 31. Leah Pando 27.28, 38. Maria Legaspi 30.08.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Zoe Antonio, Hammerhead 26.13; SOFLO; 2. Hailey Ahn 26.16, 3. Antonia Ortiz 28.75, best time, 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 28.96, best time; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO18.16; SOFLO: 2. Valerie Vank 20.40, 8. Kaitlyn Barrios 22.73, best time, 13. Luna Delgado 24.38, best time, 16. Mariann Catalasan 25.15, 24. Judith-Alison Natino 26.97, 30. Leah Pando 27.81, 32. Maria Legaspi 28.48.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Zoe Antonio, Hammerhead 27.94; SOFLO: 2. Fiorella DiSalvo 28.18, best time, 6. Hailey Ahn 33.43, 7. Antonia Ortiz 34.25, best time; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 20.41, best time; SOFLO: 2. Valerie Vank 20.66, best time, 10. Judith-Alison Natino 25.57, 15. Kaitlyn Barrios 27.09, best time, 19. Luna Delgado 27.75, best time, 20. Mariann Catalasan 27.80, 23. Leah Pando 28.23, 32. Maria Legaspi 31.39.

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Zoe Antonio, Hammerhead 21.17; SOFLO: 2. Fiorella DiSalvo 21.53, best time, 4. Hailey Ahn 26.12, 5. Antonia Ortiz 26.29, best time; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 15.36, best time; SOFLO: 3. Valerie Vank 17.11, 15. Luna Delgado 19.71, best time, 16. Kaitlyn Barrios 20.22, best time, 23. Judith-Alison Natino 22.48, best time, 29. Leah Pando 23.56, 30. Mariann Catalasan 23.85, best time, 36. Maria Legaspi 26.33.

100-yard freestyle relay:

8-and-under, 1. SOFLO “A” (Valerie Vank, Luna Delgado, Kaitlyn Barrios, Erika Pelaez), 5. SOFLO “B” (Fiorella DiSalvo, Mariann Catalasan, Antonia Ortiz, Judith-Alison Natino).

BOYS RESULTS

25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, 1. Farouk Musa, SOFLO 23.76; SOFLO: 5. David Ranaudo 33.96; 7-8, 1. Luca Echeumuna, Azura 15.28; SOFLO: 2. Alejandro Mateus 17.47, best time, 8. Fernando Barreto 21.18, best time, 16. Jacob Navarro 23.89, 25. Daniel Ranaudo 26.47, best time, 33. Jeremi Johnson 28.42, 39. Kim Clint 29.44.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Farouk Musa, SOFLO 22.71; SOFLO: 4. David Ranaudo 28.35, best time; 7-8, 1. Luca Echeumuna, Azura 17.87; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 19.05, best time, 7. Fernando Barreto 23.25, 15. Daniel Ranaudo 24.29, best time, 23. Jeremi Johnson 25.07, 27. Jacob Navarro 25.75, 32. Colin Kim 26.59, 40. Clint Kim 28.80.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Farouk Musa, SOFLO 27.03; SOFLO: 6. David Ranaudo 38.01, best time; 7-8, 1. Luca Echeumuna, Azura 19.85; SOFLO: 2. Alejandro Mateus 23.34, 9. Fernando Barreto 25.64, best time, 25. Jacob Navarro 28.11, 26. Jeremi Johnson 28.44, 31. Daniel Ranaudo 30.04, best time, 37. Clint Kim 31.26, 39. Colin Kim 32.06.

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Farouk Musa, SOFLO 21.87; SOFLO: 4. David Ranaudo 27.89, best time; 7-8, 1. Luca Echeumuna, Azura 14.42; SOFLO: 2. Alejandro Mateus 15.97, best time, 7. Fernando Barreto 17.96, best time, 17. Jeremi Johnson 19.67, 22. Jacob Navarri 19.98, 28. Daniel Ranaudo 21.35, best time, 34. Colin Kim 22.89, 45. Clint Kim 27.78.

100-yard freestyle relay:

8-and-under, 1. Azura 1:14.63, 5. SOFLO “A” 1:21.33 (Fernando Barreto, Daniel Ranaudo, David Ranaudo, Alejandro Mateus).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Wins Open Water Age Group Title


By Sharon Robb

April 13, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers played a big role in Florida Gold Coast’s success at the LSC Open Water Challenge.

The SOFLO contingent was part of the Florida Gold Coast All-Star Team that competed against Florida Swimming in the Open Water All-Star Challenge Cup in Miromar Lakes on Sunday.

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, of SOFLO won the 11-12 2.5K open water title in 32 minutes, 43.80 seconds.

Teammates Leonardo Mateus, 12, was second in 33:28.60 and Gabriel Segui, 12, was fourth in 33:54.00.

Vanessa Mesa, 12, was the top SOFLO girls’ finisher placing second in 34:47.90.

Annita Huang, 12, was 11th in 39:13.70.

In the 5K event, Kevin Porto was third in 1:04:13 and C.J. Kopecki was fourth in 1:05:07.60.

On Saturday, USA Swimming National Team members Alex Meyer of Ithaca, N.Y., and Ashley Twichell of Fayetteville, N.Y., topped a field of more than 50 American and international open water swimmers to win the inaugural Crippen Cup 10K Open Water Invitational titles.

Meyer, a 2012 Olympian, won the men’s race in 1:52:47.39, more than 30 seconds ahead of the field. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Richard Weinberger of Canada was second in 1:53:22.60, followed by Germany’s Andreas Waschburger in third with a time of 1:53:30.77.

In the women’s race, Twichell led a U.S. sweep of the top three spots in 2:04:23.65 to edge U.S. teammates Christine Jennings (2:04:24.11) of Longmont, Colo., and Emily Brunemann (2:04:24.53) of Crescent Springs, Ky.

The inaugural Crippen Cup included swimmers from Brazil, Canada, Germany and the U.S. with a $10,000 prize purse split among the top four male and female finishers.

The Crippen Cup honors U.S. open water standout Fran Crippen, who died during a 2010 FINA Open Water 10K World Cup event in United Arab Emirates.

The Crippen family was on hand for the event, and the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation hosted an open water camp in conjunction with the festival.

SUNDAY RESULTS

All-Star Open Water Challenge

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 100, 2. Florida Gold Coast 55, 3. Gulf Local Swimming Committee 34, 4. South Texas All-Stars 33.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 51, 2. tie, Florida Gold Coast, South Texas All-Stars, Gulf LSC 20.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 49, 2. Florida Gold Coast 35, 3. Gulf LSC 14, 4. South Texas All-Stars 13.

GIRLS: 11-12, 2.5K, 2. Vanessa Mesa 34:47, 11. Annita Huang 39:13.

BOYS: 11-12, 2.5K, 1. Rafael Rodriguez 32:43, 2. Leonardo Mateus 33:28, 4. Gabriel Segui 33:54; 13-14, 5K, 3. Kevin Porto 1:04:13.70, 4. C.J. Kopecki 1:05:07.60.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Julien Pinon Wins First National Age Group Title


By Sharon Robb

April 10, 2014

Julian Pinon won his first national age group title for France on Thursday at the French Long Course National Championships in Chartres, France.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer and American Heritage High School sophomore won the 200-meter freestyle 15-16 age group national title in 1:54.08. Remi Meresse of Dauphins Toulouse OEC was second in 1:54.54.

Pinon, 15, was representing his French club team Canet 66 Natation.

With the win, Pinon qualified for the French team for the XXX Mediterranean Swimming Cup COMEN Competition at the newly-built Wingate Institute Olympic Swimming Pool in Netanya, Israel on June 28-29.

“Finally,” Pinon wrote on his Facebook. “I am so happy.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO Well-Represented At Open Water Festival This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

April 9, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club will have seven swimmers competing on the Florida Gold Coast Open Water Boys and Girls All-Star Team this weekend at the Open Water Festival at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club in Fort Myers.

Five boys and two girls were invited based on short course times in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle events.

The SOFLO swimmers are Annita Huang, Vanessa Mesa, Leonardo Mateus, Rafael Rodriguez, Gabriel Segui, C.J. Kopecki and Kevin Porto.

The SOFLO contingent is part of the Florida Gold Coast All-Star Team that will compete against Florida Swimming in the Open Water All-Star Challenge Cup in Miromar Lakes on Sunday.

Sunday’s schedule is: 9 a.m., 10-and-under 800-meter races; 10 a.m., 11-12 2.5K races; 11 a.m. start for all 5K races

On Saturday, the inaugural Crippen Cup 10K Marathon Invitational will be held. The men’s race is 9 a.m. and women’s race is 11 a.m. An open water clinic and practice session and team pursuit races are 2-4 p.m. The 500-yard Crippen Kids Buddy Swim is 6:15 p.m. and the Crippen Mile is 6:30 p.m.

The event is named in honor of open water star Fran Crippen who died during an international open water race four years ago.

The Crippen Cup is offering $10,000 in prize money to the top four men and women finishers. The field includes Joey Pedraza of Azura Florida Aquatics, Emily Brunemann, Christine Jennings, Ashley Twichel, Arthur Frayler and Chip Peterson.

Several international swimmers from Europe and Canada are also expected to compete. For Canadian swimmers, the race will serve as a selection race for the national open water Pan Pacs team. The American selection meet is the Open Water Nationals in June.

The full Florida Gold Coast open water all-star roster is:

Girls 11-12: Rachel Contich, Annita Huang, Vanessa Mesa, Julianna Talamo.

Girls 13-14: Marissa Brannan, Ashley Crouse, Alexis Hicks, Alicia Mancilla, Nicole Regueira.

Girls 15-18: Samantha Breistol, Sophia Oliva, Caroline Schirmer, Rose Smiddy, Aly Pacitti.

Boys 11-12: Leonardo Mateus, Rene Peralta, Rafael Rodriguez, Gabriel Segui, Kevin Barranco.

Boys 13-14: C.J. Kopecki, Kevin Porto, Fernando Rodriguez, Kaden Shover, Nicholas Pacitti.

Boys 15-18: Alexander Arrieta, David Stoddard, Miguel Basalo, Mitchell Posk, Cameron Anderson.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Ready To Sizzle In Sunrise On Friday


By Sharon Robb

April 9, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club is sending a large contingent of swimmers to Friday’s 8-and-Under Sizzler at the Sunrise Civic Center pool.

Nineteen boys and girls will represent SOFLO against other Florida Gold Coast swimmers in the fun meet.

The developmental meet is for boys and girls in two age divisions, 6-and-under and 7-8.

The events are the 25-yard butterfly, 25-yard backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke, 25-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle relay for 8-and-unders.

SOFLO swimmers entered are: Fernando Barreto, 7, Kaitlyn Barrios, 8, Mariann Operana Catalasan, 8, Luna Delgado, 8, Fiorella DiSalvo, 6, Jeremi Johnson, 8, Clint Kim, 8, Colin Kim, 8, Maria Gloria Legaspi, 7, Alejandro Mateus, 8, Farouk Musa, 6, Judith-Alison Natino, 8, Jacob Jeremiah Navarro, 8, Antonia Ortiz, 6, Leah Danielle Pando, 8, Erika Pelaez, 7, Daniel Antonio Ranaudo, 8, David Andres Ranaudo, 6, and Valerie Vank, 8.

IF YOU GO

What: Sunrise 8-and-Under Sizzler

When: Friday, warm-up 5 p.m., meet starts 5:30 p.m.

Where: Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise

Admission: $2, heat sheets $2. For information call 954-747-4635.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

NIKE MARCH SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Jessica Rodriguez


Jessica Rodriguez is the Nike Swimmer of the Month for March.

The 15-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer had an outstanding month of training with her teammates and coaches that translated into an outstanding month of excelling in two major meets and swimming best times.

At the Speedo Championships Series Southern Zone Sectional Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex, Rodriguez swam a best time in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:17.24, bettering her previous best of 1:19.11.

She also made the “B” final in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:14.62, dropping from 5:16.66.

On the second day of the FGC Senior Championships in her home pool, Rodriguez was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:20.37 after going a best time 2:19 in prelims.

“She is young and emerging onto the national scene,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “I thought she had the race of the night.”

The following night, when SOFLO clinched the team title, Rodriguez came back and won the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:04.93, bettering her previous best of 1:07.67. She was also fourth in the 200 IM in 2:10.74.

“Overall, she did a heck of a job,” Anderson said.

Rodriguez joins other SOFLO Swimmers of the Month sisters Kathleen and Molly Golding for January and Sebastian Sierra for February.

The Nike Swimmer of the Month award, chosen by the SOFLO coaching staff, is awarded each month to the swimmer who excels at swim meets and practice sessions.—Sharon Robb

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