Florida Swimmers Dominate Day Two Of CARIFTA Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb

April 23, 2014

Brothers Patrick and Jordy Groters of Aruba, Christian Selby of Barbados and Zuhayr Pigot of Suriname all struck gold on Day Two of the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships Wednesday night at the Piscina Olimpico Roly Bislik in Oranjestad, Savaneta, Aruba.

Patrick Groters, 14, of Pine Crest Swimming won two individual gold medals and bronze medal. He won the 13-14 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.99. Groters earned the top seed in a best time 1:01.96, lowering his previous best of 1:05.39.

Groters also won the 400-meter individual medley in a career-best 4:49.31, bettering his previous best of 4:59.32 and winning by more than a body length and nearly seven seconds.

In the night’s opening event, Groters finished third in the 13-14 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:59.53, the first time he broke 2 minutes. Groters, the top seed after morning prelims, swam back-to-back best times including 2:00.52 in prelims. His previous best was 2:05.17. It was his third bronze medal of the meet.

Older brother Jordy Groters, 17, won his second individual gold medal of the meet in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.83, off his best time of 4:31.56. Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica took second in a best time 4:40.14, dropping from 4:44.95.

Selby, 16, the top-seed, won the 15-17 200-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 1:53.58. His previous best was 1:56.02. It was Selby’s second gold medal. He also won the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:28.53 on opening night.

In a thrilling race, Pigot, 16, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics tied with Dorian Pedro-Leal, 17, of French Guyana for the gold medal in the 15-17 50-meter butterfly in 25.32. Pigot, the fastest qualifier in prelims, posted back-to-back best times of 25.49 and 25.32 lowering his previous best of 25.68.

Sidrell Williams, 17, of Jamaica and St. Andrew’s Swimming took a bronze medal in the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 25.71. His previous best was 26.22. Jabari Baptiste, 16, of Trinidad and Tobago was ninth in 26.79.

Baptiste took a silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke in 59.82 behind teammate David McLeod, 17, in 58.72. Both swimmers turned in best times. Baptiste bettered his previous best of 59.87 and McLeod lowered his previous best of 59.65. Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica took the bronze in the race in a best time 1:01.16, dropping from 1:06.94. Matthew Lyn, 16, of Jamaica was seventh in a best time 1:04.34, dropping from 1:04.73. Lyn also took a seventh in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:59.93, the first time he cracked 5 minutes bettering his previous best of 5:00.28.

Daniella van den Berg, 17, of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won two individual silver medals. She took second in the 15-17 200-meter freestyle in 2:09.23. Michelle Dols, 16, of Jamaica was fifth in a best time 2:10.97, lowering her previous best of 2:18.14.

Van den Berg also took silver in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:11.61, dropping from 5:17.32.

Sisters Daniella and Andrea, 15, took silver in the 15-17 400-meter medley relay that finished second in 4:39.89 with teammates Ginayla Arends and Rebecca Maduro.

Brienne Renfrum, 16, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics won a silver medal in the 15-17 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:07.85, dropping from 1:09.11. It was her second silver medal and career-best time.

Nicholas Vale, 12, of Jamaica and Azura Florida Aquatics took a bronze medal in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in 2:13.22, lowering his previous best of 2:15.86 for the second time. He was fourth fastest qualifier in prelims in a best time 2:15.03. It was his second bronze medal of the meet. Vale was disqualified in the 400-meter individual medley.

In the boys 15-17 400-meter medley relay, Baptiste anchored Trinidad and Tobago’s winning relay that won in 4:00.36. Keanan Dols led off and Sidrell Williams swam third leg of Jamaica’s third place relay (4:02.77).

Annabella Lyn, 13, of Jamaica was sixth in the 13-14 400-meter individual medley in 5:34.98.

The Caribbean Free Trade Association-sponsored meet, which features most of the top junior age group swimmers in the Caribbean, is a qualifier for both the Youth Olympic Games and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

The meet concludes on Saturday with the open water 5K events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Heads Florida Contingent For Mesa Arena Grand Prix


By Sharon Robb

April 23, 2014

Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club will compete against the nation’s best in the Arena Grand Prix at the Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa, Arizona.

The fourth stop of the Arena Grand Prix Series gets under way on Thursday with a star-studded field of more than 500 swimmers that features 27 Olympic medalists from seven countries who have combined to win 97 medals. Nearly 50 members of the U.S. national team are in the field.

It also marks the return of superstar and 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps who returns to the pool nearly two years after “retiring” from competitive swimming and two months shy of his 29th birthday.

Atkinson, 25, who recently signed with Speedo, heads Florida’s talented contingent for the three-day meet.

Atkinson is seeded sixth in Thursday’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.77 behind Micah Lawrence (2:21.74), Breeja Larson (2:23.44), Laura Sogar (2:24.86), Caitlin Leverenz (2:26.46) and Rachel Nicol (2:28.09). She is also seeded 26th in the 100-meter butterfly (1:02.52), also on Thursday.

Atkinson is coming off the March 23-24 Speedo Long Course Championships and March 28-30 Senior Short Course Championships, where she dominated both South Florida meets.

Atkinson will be joined by SOFLO teammate Olivia Katcher. Katcher, 18, will compete in Thursday’s 400-meter freestyle (4:23.02) and 100-meter butterfly (1:06.11).

Among other Florida swimmers competing are recently-engaged Katie Hoff, 24, of Hurricane Aquatics, also making a comeback after taking much of 2013 off to focus on school; Clara Smiddy, 18, of AquaKids Sharks; Ryan Lochte, 29, of SwimMAC; Andreina Pinto, 22, of Gator Swim Club; Amanda Kendall, 23, and Elise Haan, 16, of T2 Aquatics; Joshua Romany, 18, and Luis Martinez, 18, Azura Florida Aquatics.

Thursday’s events are the women’s and men’s 100-meter freestyle, women’s and men’s 200-meter breaststroke, women’s and men’s 400-meter freestyle, women’s and men’s 100-meter butterfly and women’s and men’s 400-meter freestyle relay.

The Grand Prix Series offers $150,000 in total prize money, $25,000 per stop during its six-meet schedule. The top three finishers in each event earn $500 for first, $300 for second and $100 for third along with grand prix points. The top male and female point earners will win a one-year lease on a BMW.

The meet will be live-streamed at usaswimming.org at noon EST with the prelims and 8 p.m. EST with the finals. Universal Sports Network will air live coverage of the meet on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. It will also interrupt regularly scheduled programming on Thursday to show unprecedented live coverage of Phelps in his first race. Live updates are expected to show his 100 butterfly prelims race about 3 p.m. EST.

PHELPS MEETS THE PRESS

Before 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps conducted his first swim press conference nearly two years after retiring from swimming, he announced Wednesday that he was scratching from the 100-meter freestyle and would swim only two events with the 100-meter butterfly on Thursday and 50-meter freestyle on Friday when he and young phenom Michael Andrew will swim side-by-side in prelims. Phelps had been the youngest known American swimmer to turn pro before Andrew announced he was going pro last year.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time with 18 gold medals, has not raced since the 2012 London Olympics.

He quietly resumed training last autumn with his coach Bob Bowman at North Baltimore Aquatic Club. He also trained for three weeks at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Phelps is expected to compete in the U.S. national championships in August which is serving as the 2015 World Championship Trials.

Phelps looked fit and happy as he and Bowman addressed a small group of media on Wednesday afternoon.

“Being able to do nothing for a year-and-a-half to two years, I had a lot of fun,” Phelps said. “I travelled, played golf and gained 30 pounds. I had a lot of fun but there was something I missed.”

And that something was swimming.

“Being back in the pool (at North Baltimore) was incredible, especially some of the talent we have there. I missed being back in the water. I am looking forward to being back in this environment.”

Phelps, whose 12-year sponsorship with Speedo ended this week, said no one is forcing him to return to the sport. Phelps trained in Mesa on Wednesday in an Arena suit.

“I am doing this because I want to,” Phelps said. “I haven’t signed any contracts. No one is forcing me. I am having fun. Whether I am in the pool or in the stands (at the 2016 Rio Olympics), I guess time will tell.”

Phelps isn’t expecting to break at world records in Mesa.

“My expectations are to race and being able to get back into that mentality of competition,” he said. “I am looking forward to experiencing tomorrow morning.”

Phelps said he dropped the 30 pounds and currently weighs about 194 pounds.

“I had to get back into shape, that was the No. 1 thing,” Phelps said. Added Bowman, “It was a process, it is a process.”

Phelps said he hopes to continue to play golf in the future.

“Golf will always be there,” Phelps said. “I obviously have a lot of passion for swimming. Golf is something I will be able to do the rest of my life. There is still a lot of work to be done in golf.

“I am doing this now because I want to. I am doing this for me. I am more relaxed now than I was. I am smiling, I am happy. Bob and I can do anything when we put our minds to it.”

The press conference was live-streamed on usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Groters, Pigot Win Gold On Day One Of CARIFTA


By Sharon Robb

April 22, 2014

In front of his home crowd, Jordy Groters of Aruba won a gold medal on opening night of the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships at the Piscina Olimpico Roly Bislik in Oranjestad, Savaneta, Aruba.

Groters, 17, won the 200-meter breaststroke in a career-best time of 2:20.18, lowering his previous best of 2:22.79.

In morning prelims, Groters, a member of Pine Crest Swimming and senior at University School headed to Missouri this fall, was second fastest qualifier in 2:28.8, and tweeted after his race “extremely easy, ready to destroy it tonight.”

Groters has been a member of the Aruba national team since he was 11. He has already competed in the World Short Course Championships and is a 2016 Olympic hopeful.

Zuhayr Pigot, 16, of Surinam and Metro Aquatics, the top seed in the 100-meter butterfly in 55.58, won gold with a best time 54.85. He first bettered his previous best in 55.28 in prelims. St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Sidrell Williams of Jamaica took silver in 56.36. Suriname’s Wayne Denswil, 17, also of Metro Aquatics, tied for fifth with Jabari Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago in a best time 58.53. Denswil’s previous best was 1:00.03.

Sisters Daniella van den Berg, 17, and Andrea van den Berg of Aruba won gold in the 15-17 400-meter freestyle relay in 4:04.04 with teammates Ginayla Arends and Rebecca Maduro.

Other Florida swimmers enjoyed success at the Caribbean Free Trade Association-sponsored meet, which features most of the top junior age group swimmers in the Caribbean and is a qualifier for both the Youth Olympic Games and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

Matthew Lyn, 16, representing Jamaica, took a silver in the 1500-meter event in the 15-17 age group in 16:59.06.

Groters younger brother, Patrick Groters, 14, of Aruba, captured a pair of bronze medals. He was third in the 13-14 age group 1500 event in 17:15.63 and third in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.89 after going 28.84 in prelims.

Michelle Dols, 16, also of Jamaica, took a silver in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:16.94, bettering her previous best of 9:19.75. Keanan Dols, 15, of Jamaica was ninth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:37.03.

Brienne Renfrum, 16, of Suriname and Metro Aquatics, won a silver medal in the 15-17 50-meter backstroke in a best time 30.59, dropping from 31.74.

Jabari Baptiste, 16, of Trinidad and Tobago took a silver medal in the 15-17 50-meter backstroke in 27.51 behind teammate David McLeod in 26.31. Baptiste, one of 33 swimmers representing his country, also anchored the winning 15-17 400-meter freestyle relay that won in 3:35.81 with teammates David McLeod, Joshua Ramkissoon and Jeron O’Brien.

Nicholas Vale, 12, of Jamaica and Azura Florida Aquatics was third in the 11-12 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.89.

Annabella Lyn, 13, of Jamaica was seventh in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:59.88. It was the first time Lyn broke 10 minutes, bettering her previous best of 10:23.97.

Jamaica had nine swimmers in ten individual events and boys 13-14 and 15-17 boys 400 freestyle relays and girls 13-14 400 freestyle relay in the opening night of finals.

Daniella van den Berg, 17, of Aruba took bronze in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:22.56.

On a lighter note, swimmers were relieved to see that the competition pool had WIFI. Trinidad and Tobago’s Jonathan Farah of American Heritage, making his international meet debut, tweeted “Thank God this pool has WIFI.”

The meet concludes on Saturday with the open water 5K events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SWIM ROUNDUP: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Ends Swimming Career As FSU’s Most Valuable Swimmer


By Sharon Robb

April 22, 2014

Longtime Comets and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer Tiffany Oliver ended one chapter of her life and is about to embark on a new journey in law school.

The Florida State Senior and four-year swimmer for the Seminoles was honored at the team’s recent banquet as one of three Most Valuable Swimmers.

Oliver shared honors with Madison Jacobi and Pavel Sankovich.

Oliver’s college legacy includes school records in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.02 and 100-yard freestyle in the 100-yard freestyle. Her best time in the 200-yard freestyle was 1:46.72.

She was also the first Seminole in history to defend her sprint titles at the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. She qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials and three NCAA Championship meets.

Oliver, an honors student, was accepted into FSU’s law school.

“I thought we had a great season,” FSU first-year coach Frankie Bradley said. “All our award winners were picked by the coaching staff and they were very deserving. These athletes had an impact on our program this year.”

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers and divers honored were Mikey Lewark, Jason Coombs, Connor Knight and Jason McCormick.

SOFLO SWIMMER SCHOLAR-ATHLETE

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Amber Hunter of West Broward High School was among athletes from south area high schools to be honored recently by the Broward County Athletic Association Scholar Athletes Monday at the Signature Grand in Davie.

FLORIDA GULF COAST SWIMMER HONORED

Freshman Kira Toussaint of Florida Gulf Coast was named Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Swimmer of the Year. During her first season she broke eight FGCU records including four individual and four relays and also four CCSA records. Toussaint, an All-American, is a teammate of SOFLO swimmer Marcella Marinheiro, who also finished her freshman season.

BOLLES HOSTS TYR JAX 50

George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago heads the field for this weekend’s fifth annual TYR JAX 50. All proceeds benefit Planet Swim Foundation with the goal of providing learn-to-swim lessons to in-need children in the Jacksonville area. On Friday night the 100s and 200 individual medley events will be held. Saturday morning the 50s will be held to determine the Top 8 qualifiers in each age group for the three-race bracket challenge. It will be live-streamed by Florida Swim Network.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Ryan Capote Top South Florida Aquatic Club Finisher At Swim Miami 2014


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 19, 2013

Ryan Capote of South Florida Aquatic Club won his age group and was second overall among men’s finishers Saturday at Swim Miami 2014 presented by Nike.

Capote, 16, won his age group (15-16) and was second overall in the mile event in 21 minutes and 31 seconds. Only U.S. national open water team member Joey Pedraza was ahead of Capote winning in 20:17.

SOFLO teammate Leonardo Mateus, 12, defended his title winning the 11-12 age group in 21:36. Mateus was third overall.

SOFLO’s Juan Osorio, 13, was second in the 13-14 age group and was eighth overall in 22:47.

Both Mateus and Osorio had great time drops. Last year Mateus won the 11-12 age group title in 28:26 and Osorio was second in 29:51.

SOFLO age group coach George Mersinger, 61, was fourth in his age group (60-64) in 35:58 and was 125th among men’s finishers and 238th overall.

Pedraza of Azura Florida Aquatics and Power Bar Team Elite pulled off a hat trick by sweeping the men’s titles in the 800-meter, 1,500-meter and 10,000-meter races.

Pedraza, 26, won the 10K win in 1:54:02, the mile in 20:17 and 800 meters in 7:59. He was the only swimmer under two hours in the 10K.

Florencia Melo, 24, of Miami won the women’s 10K title in 2:10.26 ahead of Rose Smiddy, 15, of Aqua Kids Sharks in 2:17:56.

William Pisani, 16, of Lake Lytal Lightning won the overall 5K title in 1:00.56. Teammate Richard Andrews, 21, was third in 1:01:12.

Nicole Urquidi, 16, of Miami won the women’s 5K title in 1:10:12 just ahead of Alexa Rivera, 15, of Boynton Beach in 1:10:17.

Megan Moroney, 16, of St. Andrew’s Swimming passed all but three men and finished with the fastest mile of the day for women in 20:57.

Gaia Fella, 14, of Miami won the women’s 800-meter race ub 10:41.

More than 1,000 swimmers competed in the various races off the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island.

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

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

SATURDAY RESULTS

10K SWIM

OVERALL: 1. Joey Pedraza 1:54:02, 2. Harry Stephenson 2:00:03, 3. Miguel Alberto Portes 2:01:31, 4. Armando Casilla 2:07:37, 5. Florencua Melo 2:10.26, 6. Morgan Wolfe 2:13:02, 7. Luke Smutny 2:15:22, 8. Rose Smiddy 2:17:56, 9. Alan Bell 2:25:08, 10. Christopher Johansen 2:25:15.

WOMEN: 1. Florencia Melo 2:10:26, 2. Rose Smiddy 2:17:56, 3. Katie Kramer 2:31:29, 4. Sonja Koppenwallner 2:32:58, 5. Ginger Tompkins 2:33:01.

MEN: 1. Joey Pedraza 1:54:02, 2. Harry Stephenson 2:00:03, 3. Miguel Alberto Portes 2:01:31, 4. Armando Casilla 2:07:37, 5. Morgan Wolfe 2:13:02.

5K SWIM

OVERALL: 1. William Pisani 1:00:56, 2. Glauco De Oliveira Rangel 1:01:12, 3. Richard Andrews 1:01:12.76, 4. Nick Sharp 1:03:53, 5. Andreas Rintel 1:03:58, 6. Roland Samuelson 1:04:16, 7. Thomas O’Connor 1:04:24, 8. Joseph Perez 1:04:56, 9. Nick Carter 1:05:49, 10. Tamer Ibrahim 1:07:11.

MEN: 1. William Pisani 1:00:56, 2. Glauco De Oliveira 1:01:12, 3. Richard Andrews 1:01:12.76, 4. Nick Sharp 1:03:53, 5. Andreas Rintel 1:03:58.

WOMEN: 1. Nicole Urquidi 1:10:12, 2. Alexa Rivera 1:10:17, 3. Eliana Disla 1:10:33, 4. Jana Mangimelli 1:10:41, 5. Lindsay Manganiello 1:10:45.

MIAMI MILE SWIM

OVERALL: 1. Joey Pedraza 20:17, 2. Megan Moroney 20:57, 3. Alicia Mancilla 21:14, 4. Luane Rowe 21:30, 5. Ryan Capote, SOFLO 21:31, 6. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 21:36, 7. Carson Fregosi 22:29, 8. Juan Osorio, SOFLO 22:47, 9. Jonathan Rodriguez 22:50, 10. Eric Mattheus 22:56.

MEN: 1. Joey Pedraza 20:17, 2. Ryan Capote, SOFLO 21:31, 3. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 21:36, 4. Carson Fregosi 22:29, 5. Juan Osorio, SOFLO 22:47.

WOMEN: 1. Megan Moroney 20:57, 2. Alicia Mancilla 21:14, 3. Luane Rowe 21:30, 4. Marin Mullen 23:22, 5. Brenna Ruth 23:44.

800 METERS

OVERALL: 1. Joey Pedraza 7:59, 2. Carlos Dolabella 10:08, 3. Gaia Fella 10:41, 4. Alessandro Marchesani 11:35, 5. Gabriella Marchesani 12:04, 6. Christian Perez 12:05, 7. Matt Poppell 12:12, 8. Nathalie Carby 12:13, 9. Colleen Healy 12:18, 10. Phillip Meira 12:30.

MEN: 1. Joey Pedraza 7:59, 2. Carlos Dolabella 10:08, 3. Alessandro Marchesani 11:35, 4. Christian Perez 12:05, 5. Matt Poppell 12:12.

WOMEN: 1. Gaia Fella 10:41, 2. Gabriella Marchesani 12:04, 3. Nathalie Carby 12:13, 4. Colleen Healy 12:18, 5. Isabel Meira 12:45.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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).

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