Baldwin, Pando, Hernandez Top SOFLO Performers At SOFLO & TYR Back To School Meet


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, August 17, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got the chance to get in a little racing after summer break and turned in some good results at the SOFLO & TYR Back To School Developmental Meet Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Jemma Baldwin swept all four events she entered and posted four lifetime-bests.

Baldwin, 8, won the 25-yard butterfly in 17.26 with a time drop of 0.59 seconds; 25-yard backstroke in 19.36 with a time drop of 0.88; 25-yard breaststroke in 22.28 with a time drop of 0.79 and 25-yard freestyle in 15.51 with a time drop of 0.76.

Leah Pando, 13, won three events and finished second in another. She won the 50-yard butterfly in 32.52 with a 2.26 time drop; 50-yard backstroke in 34.49; and 100-yard individual medley in 1:11.65. She was also second in the 50-yard breaststroke in 38.50 with a time drop of 0.22.

Adrian Hernandez, 13, also won three events. He won the 50-yard butterfly in 28.94 with a time drop of 1.90; 50-yard freestyle in 26.14 with a time of 0.72; and 100-yard individual medley in 1:04.84 with a time drop of 2.81. He was also second in the 50-yard backstroke in 31.04 with a time drop of 1.52.

Cherill Royalty, 8, had four second place finishes all with best times.

Isabella Perry, 10, finished second in the 50-yard butterfly in 33.63 with a nice time drop of 4.45 seconds. She was also a member of the winning 100-yard freestyle relay that won in 58.32.

Noah Mejias, 8, had three second place finishes all with best times including a 7.28 seconds in the 25-yard breaststroke.

SOFLO had 64 swimmers (38 boys, 26 girls) in 242 individual events and three relays in the meet.

The meet was for those 14-and-under swimmers who do not have a “B” time in their selected events yet.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under: 1. Abigail Rhett, MWA 28.02; 7-8, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 17.26, time drop 0.59; SOFLO: 2. Cherill Royalty 18.19, time drop 1.79, 4. Danielle Brancati 24.99, 5. Christie Ann Lumsden 26.33.

50-yard butterfly:
9-14, 1. Leah Pando, SOFLO 32.52, time drop 2.26; TOP FIVE SOFLO: 2. Isabella Perry 33.63, time drop 4.45, 3. Dahlia Hirsh 35.08, time drop 0.20, 4. Genesis Escobar 35.37, 5. Francesca Perry 36.03, time drop 1.56.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Abigial Rhett, MWA 28.72; 7-8, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 19.36, time drop 0.88; SOFLO: 2. Cherill Royalty 21.47, time drop 0.55, 3. Hayeon Song 21.66. time drop 5.67, 4. Danielle Brancati 21.99.

50-yard backstroke:
9-14, 1. Leah Pando, SOFLO 34.49; SOFLO: 2. Ahana Thakur 36.38, time drop 1.41, 3. Pilar Duranti 36.61, time drop 2.65, 4. Isabella Perry 36.92, time drop 1.41, 5. Alexandra Strong 37.32, time drop 2.14.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Abigail Rhett, MWA 34.24; 7-8, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 22.28, time drop 0.79; SOFLO: 2. Cherill Royalty 24.28, time drop 1.85, 3. Hayeon Song 24.81, time drop 10.25, 4. Danielle Brancasti 28.13, 5. Christie Ann Lumsden 28.38.

50-yard breaststroke:
9-14, 1. Dahlia Hirsh, SOFLO 36.84; SOFLO: 2. Leah Pando 38.50, time drop 0.22, 3. Genesis Escobar 42.12, 4. Jordyn Henry 42.32, 5. Alessandra Gendarmi 43.17, time drop 1.25.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Abigail Rhett, MWA 24.80; 7-8, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 15.51, time drop 0.76; SOFLO: 2. Cherill Royalty 16.35, time drop 0.84, 3. Hayeon Song 18.76, time drop 3.45, 4. Danielle Brancati 19.75.

50-yard freestyle:
9-14, 1. Dahlia Hirsh, SOFLO 30.09, time drop 1.39; SOFLO: 2. Genesis Escobar 30.13, 3. Pilar Duranti 30.62, time drop 1.95, 4. Isabella Perry 30.95, time drop 1.53, 5. Sarah Bedoya 31.11, time drop 2.13.

100-yard individual medley:
9-14, 1. Leah Pando, SOFLO 1:11.65; SOFLO: 2. Dahlia Hirsh 1:14.53, time drop 4.79, 3. Genesis Escobar 1:20.09, 4. Isabella Perry 1:21.35, time drop 4.65, 5. Alexandra Strong 1:21.78, time drop 13.90.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. Midtown Weston 1:37.44; 9-14, 1. SOFLO B 58.32, 2. SOFLO A 59.60, 3. SOFLO C 1:01.30.

BOYS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Leonardo Zuluage, MWA 31.73; 7-8, 1. Santiago Guio, MWA 17:29; TOP FIVE SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 17.52, time drop 2.77, 6. Daniel Chaussky 21.14, time drop 1.59, 7. Eric Ferrer 21.49, time drop 0.51, 8. Julian Sibug 23.85, time drop 0.35.

50-yard butterfly:
9-14, 1. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 28.94, time drop 1.90; SOFLO: 2. Luca Hincapie 29.41, 3. Austin Nelson 31.20, time drop 2.35, 4. Will Cunningham 31.23, 5. Hashan Ekanayake 31.25, time drop 0.62, 6. Benjamin Kim 32.95, time drop 1.76.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Leonardo Zuluaga, MWA 30.65; 7-8, 1. Santiago Guio, MWA 18.80; SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 20.32, time drop 3.59, 3. Daniel Chaussky 20.98, time drop 2.38, 7. Eric Ferrer 23.36, time drop 1.85.

50-yard backstroke:
9-14, 1. Austin Nelson, SOFLO 30.59; SOFLO: 2. Adrian Hernandez 31.04, time drop 1.52, 3. Hashan Ekanayake 31.96, time drop 0.06, 4. Marvan Ekanayake 33.47, 5. Benjamin Kim 33.90, time drop 1.60.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Leonardo Zuluage, MWA 28.87; 7-8, 1. Jayden Park, MWA 21.16; SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 21.85, time drop 7.28, 8. Eric Ferrer 26.35, 9. Daniel Chaussky 26.53, 11. Julian Sibug 27.42, 12. Luis Escobar 27.62, time drop 1.57.

50-yard breaststroke:
9-14, 1. Will Cunningham, SOFLO 35.22, time drop 4.58; SOFLO: 2. Abraham Penaloza 38.16, 3. Benjamin Kim 38.65, 4. Felipe Rodriguez 39.45, time drop 1.83, 5. Bruno Martins 42.49, time drop 5.33, 6. Connor Jimenez 42.65.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Leonardo Zuluaga, MWA 26.06; 7-8, 1. Santiago Guio, MWA 15.80; SOFLO: 4. Noah Mejias 17.60, time drop 1.81, 5. Daniel Chaussky 17.93, time drop 1.33, 7. Eric Ferrer 18.78, time drop 0.59.

50-yard freestyle:
9-14, 1. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 26.14, time drop 0.72; SOFLO: 2. Marvan Ekanayake 27.43, time drop 1.29, 3. Austin Nelson 27.55, time drop 0.75, 4. Will Cunningham 27.94, time drop 0.25, 5. Luca Hincapie 28.01, time drop 0.09.

100-yard individual medley:
9-14, 1. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 1:04.84, time drop 2.81; SOFLO: 2. Austin Nelson 1:09.41, time drop 8.30, 3. Luca Hincapie 1:09.60, 4. Hashan Ekanayake 1:09.80, time drop 5.34, 5. Will Cunningham 1:11.56, time drop 2.51.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. Midtown Weston 1:09.34, 2. SOFLO A 1:13.95, 3. Midtown Weston 1:14.21; 9-14, 1. SOFLO C 55.16, 2. SOFLO B 57.02, 3. SOFLO A 59.51, 3. SOFLO D 1:03.71.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Another Gold In FINA World Cup First Leg Finale


By Sharon Robb

SINGAPORE, August 17, 2019–Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club added another gold medal on the third and final stop of the opening cluster of the FINA World Cup Swimming Cup.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian won the 50-meter breaststroke in a season-best 30.31 which moves her up to fifth in the world. She also won the 100 breaststroke on the same stop in 1:07.35. American Breeja Larson was second in 30.98.

The 30-year-old Atkinson swam faster than her fourth place time in the event at the FINA World Championships last month.

Atkinson finished seventh in point standings with 60 points. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and Russian Vladimir Morozov each finished with 156 points.

Hosszu and Morozov were crowned Asian cluster champions. In addition to winning $1,500 each for her three wins in Singapore, the 30-year-old also earned $50,000 bonus for being the cluster champion.

Morozov, 27, won $1,500 each for his nine gold medals across three stops and $50,000 in bonus money.

“It feels amazing, words can’t really describe it,” Morozov said. “That was the plan the whole way, to lead with the first cluster and clinch that win. It wasn’t easy.

“It’ll probably get more difficult (as the series progresses) because a lot of athletes are taking a break now after the world championships, so there’s probably going to be a bit more competition at the European stops. But that’s good, it means we’ll go faster.”

The seven-leg World Cup resumes on October 4-6 in Budapest, Hungary. All legs of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 act as qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Gold On Day Two Of FINA Swimming World Cup


By Sharon Robb

SINGAPORE, August 16, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson held off a surging American Breeja Larson to win the 100-meter breaststroke Friday on Day Two of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian won her signature event in 1:07.35 ahead of Larson in 1:07.55. Atkinson was slower than last week’s 1:07.0 in China. Both are Texas A&M alums and NCAA champions.

She was seeded second after prelims behind top seed Larson, 1:07.53-1:09.19.

Atkinson is already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 100 breaststroke. She qualified by .01. The qualifying standard is 1:07.06.

Russian Vladimir Morozov broke two world records in the 50-meter backstroke in 24.40 that would have won gold at the FINA World Championships and 100-meter freestyle in 47.88

Atkinson competes Saturday in the 50-meter breaststroke on the third and final day and third and final leg of the opening series cluster. A total of $314,000 in bonuses is available as the cluster ends in Singapore. Atkinson is fifth in the point standings with 36.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

That’s A Wrap: SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Adds To Medal Haul With Silver At Open Water Swim


By Sharon Robb

CHENGDU, China, August 16, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Jennifer Martin officially ended the 18th Chengdu 2019 World Police and Fire Games with one more medal.

Martin took a silver medal at the Aug. 15th 2-mile open water swim. She finished with five gold medals, four silver medals and two world records in her international swimming debut.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant swam five individual events and four relays over three days at the Tian Fu Sports Area pool.

“Thank you Chengdu for the most amazing experience,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page. “As much as I did, no where near enough time; so many other things I wanted to see. Time to start making my way home with a few days in Beijing to visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City. And for those who were curious…I did get stopped by security, they had to check my bag of medals.”

Martin was sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association). Toyota of North Miami and several family members and friends also donated to her Blue To Chengdu Go Fund Me.

The World Police and Fire Games is a worldwide sporting event held every two years with more than 10,000 attendees. The games are an Olympic-style competition of policemen and firefighters from 70 countries across the world who compete in 60 sports.

Participants are police officers and firefighters from correction, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs from any country in the world.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Hosts First Meet After Summer Break On Saturday


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, August 16, 2019–Back to work.

South Florida Aquatic Club will host the SOFLO & TYR Back To School Developmental Meet Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO and Midtown Weston Aquatics swimmers will shake off the rust and get in a little racing.

SOFLO has entered 64 swimmers (38 boys, 26 girls) in 242 individual events and three relays.

Age groups competing are 6-and-under, 7-8 and 9-14. The events are 25, 50 and 100-yards in distance. The meet is also for those 14-and-under swimmers who do not have a “B” time in their selected events.

Among SOFLO swimmers competing are Jemma Baldwin, 8; Sarah Bedoya, 11; Pilar Duranti, 11; Hashan Ekanayake, 12; Marvan Ekanayakem 12; Alessandra Gendarmi, 10; Luca Hincapie, 13; Benjamin Kim, 12; Leah Pando, 13; and Francesca Perry, 9;

The meet begins 10 a.m. Warm-up is 9 a.m. Events are timed finals.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO & TYR Back To School Developmental Meet

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. Warm-up is 9 a.m.

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Of note: The meet is hosted by South Florida Aquatic Club and Comets Swim Team Booster Club…All events are timed finals…There is no gate admission. Heat sheets are free on Meet Mobile or online at soflomeets.info/Aviation…For more information, call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Stars At 18th World Police And Fire Games In China; Her Final Event Is Aug. 15 Open Water Two-Miler


By Sharon Robb

CHENGDU, China, August 12, 2019—She came, she saw, she conquered.

Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club won five gold medals, three silver medals and broke two world records in her international swimming debut at the 18th Chengdu 2019 World Police and Fire Games.

Martin still has the 2-mile open water swim remaining on Aug. 15 at the Jintang Triathlon venue.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant swam five individual events and four relays over three days at the Tian Fu Sports Area pool.

On opening day, Martin broke a 10-year-old world record she has been chasing for four years in the 50-meter butterfly in 30.70. Her 200-meter freestyle relay took silver behind China which broke the Martin’s relay U.S. world record. Her relay lead-off time was 27.88, just off her world record of 27.86. She also took gold in the 100-meter breaststroke.

On the second day of competition, Martin won the 50-meter backstroke in 34.39. She took another silver in the women’s 200-meter medley relay behind China. Her 200-meter mixed freestyle relay took another silver behind China. Her 50-meter relay split was 27.23, another best time.

On her third and final day, Martin took gold in the 50-meter breaststroke and then broke her own world record and won the 50-meter freestyle in 27.70 bettering her previous record of 27.86.

“I dug deep and pulled off my best race of the meet,” Martin wrote.

Her mixed medley relay finished out of the medal hunt placing fourth.

“I’ve made lots of new friends but what I enjoy the most is seeing my old friends,” Martin wrote. “My ladies are some of the strongest, badass women I know. First responders, athletes, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and girlfriends. For one week every two years, we get to catch up on life, love and I get to learn so much about other countries from our chats. I am grateful for our time together, but sad to have to say goodbye…for another two years….until Rotterdam.”

The World Police & Fire Games are held every two years. The 2021 World Police and Fire Games are July 30-August 8 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

“Competing every two years just doesn’t seem enough,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page. “I’ve made so many friends from around the world, and I only get to see them once every two years. I think I love catching up with friends just as much as I love competing. We may speak different languages, but we all have so much in common.”

In her last major international competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

Martin was sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association). Toyota of North Miami and several family members and friends also donated to her Blue To Chengdu Go Fund Me.

The World Police and Fire Games is a worldwide sporting event held every two years with more than 10,000 attendees. The games are an Olympic-style competition of policemen and firefighters from 70 countries across the world who compete in 60 sports.

Participants are police officers and firefighters from correction, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs from any country in the world.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Carter, Cancel, Ponson, Cooper Shine On Day Four Of XVIII Pan American Games; Pine Crest’s Santander Swims 200 IM On Final Day Sunday


By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, August 10, 2019—Past and present South Florida swimmers were among top finishers in the “A” and “B” finals Friday at the XVIII Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional Aquatic Center.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago won the “B” final of the 50-meter freestyle in 22.67. Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders was third in 22.89.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Miguel Cancel of Puerto Rico was third in the “B” final of the 400-meter individual medley in 4:28.54. Cancel and Azura’s Yeziel Morales of were members of Puerto Rico’s fifth-place 4×200-meter freestyle relay that fini9shed in 7:36.13.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Andrea Santander and NSU University School’s Mariangela Cincotti of Azura were members of Venezuela’s eighth place 4×200-meter freestyle relay that finished in 8:33.91.

Aruba’s Allyson Ponson of Azura Florida Aquatics was third in the “B” final of the 50-meter freestyle in 26.19. American Heritage alum Cathy Cooper of Panama was eighth in 27.01.

Individual winners on Friday night:

Brazil sprinter Etiene Medeiros won the 50-meter freestyle gold medal in 24.88. It was Brazil’s first medal in this event at the Pan American Games. She was the only woman under 25 seconds. Americans Margo Geer (25.03) and Madison Kennedy (25.14) were second and third.

Brazilian Bruno Fratus won his first gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle for the first time in three Pan American Games after back-to-back silvers. The 30-year-old won in 21.61 ahead of Americans Nathan Adrian in a season-best 21.87 and Michael Chadwick in 21.99. Former local swimmer Renzo Tjon-A-Joe of Surinam was eighth in 22.58.

Camille Cieplucha of Canada won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.90. Argentine Virginia Bardach was second in 4:41.05.

American Charles Swanson won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:11.46. Bolles alum Santi Corredor of Colombia was eighth in 4:35.44.

The U.S. women’s team won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:57.33 with Margo Geer, Lia Neal, Claire Rasmus and Meaghan Raab.

Brazil’s men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay won gold in a Pan Ams record 7:10.66 with Luiz Melo, Fernando Scheffer, Joao De Lucca and Breno Correia. The U.S. was second in 7:14.82.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com