SOFLO Swimmers Finish On Winning Note On Final Day Of GCST Winter Invitational


By Sharon Robb

January 15, 2017—Yannai Michael and Alessandro Pereira of South Florida Aquatic Club finished strong against some stiff competition at the GCST Winter Invitational Sunday at Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center in Fort Myers.

Michael won the 11-12 100-yard individual medley in a best time 1:04.02. Michael also had three runner-up finishes. He was second in the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 33.24; 50-yard freestyle in a best time 26.30 and 50-yard butterfly in a best time 29.58.

Pereira won the 10-and-under 200-yard freestyle in a best time 2:13.50. Pereira was also third in the 50-yard breaststroke in 37.05, another best time and 50-yard freestyle in a best time 28.88. He was fourth in the 50-yard butterfly in a best time 31.96.

SOFLO also took a pair of thirds in the 200-yard medley relay competition. The boys team of Nathaniel Garrick, Samuel Bullen, Yannai Michael and Lucas Porven was third in 2:12.12.

The girls relay team of Kailey Smith, Mia Escudero, Kaitlyn Barrios and Emma Twombly finished third in 2:20.35.

With only a handful of swimmers, SOFLO finished fifth among teams with 193 points in the combined and fourth in the boys competition with 150.

Gulf Coast Swim Team hosted eleven clubs and 609 swimmers, including 16 from SOFLO, for three days. The meet was SOFLO’s first road trip of the New Year.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM SCORES: 1. Sarasota YMCA 2,067, 2. Swim Florida 1,014, 3. Gulf Coast 456, 4. Greater Tampa Swim 262.5, 5. SOFLO 193, 6. Blue Wave 153.5, 7. Tornadoes 136, 8. Charlotte County 134, 9. Carrollwood Village 113, 10. YMCA Sea Dragons 53, 11. Swim Florida Unattached 19.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Sarasota YMCA 1,280.50, 2. Swim Florida 525, 3. Gulf Coast 164.50, 4. SOFLO 150.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. Sarasota YMCA 983.50, 2. Swim Florida 556, 3. Gulf Coast 324.50, 4. Greater Tampa 191, 5. Blue Wave 97, 6. SOFLO 84.

SOFLO HIGH POINT: (Girls) 8-and-under, 6. Giada Porven, 9; 10-and-under, 5. Leah Pando 38, 18. Giada Porven, 2; 11-12, 14. Mia Escudero 7, 19. Emma Twombly 4; 13-14, 25. Sarah Acevedo, 4; 15-and-over, None; (Boys) 8-and-under, None; 10-and-under, 2. Alessandro Pereira 60; 11-12, 1. Yannai Michael 58, 15. Nathaniel Garrick 7; 13-14, None; 15-and-over, None; Open, 32. Christian Vasquez 3.

GIRLS

100-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Natalie Stafford, Sarasota YMCA 1:06.30; SOFLO: 13. Mia Escudero 1:13.92, 24. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:18.71, best time.

200-yard individual medley:

13-14, 1. Mikayla Puckett, Gulf Coast 2:15.61; SOFLO: 21. Sarah Acevedo 2:29.03; Open, 1. Maddy Burt, Swim Florida 2:14.48.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Maeve Eckerman, Sarasota YMCA 39.15; SOFLO: 6. Leah Pando 41.86, 26. Sarah Vasquez 50.14, best time; 11-12, 1. Evelyn Negrette, CCS 34.62; SOFLO: 6. Mia Escudero 37.41, 10. Emma Twombly 39.40, 24. Kailey Smith 44.73, best time.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Mikayla Puckett, Gulf Coast 2:34.66; Open, 1. Shae Clifton, Swim Florida 2:30.44.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, Sarasota YMCA 32.15; SOFLO: 7. Leah Pando 36.47, best time, 40. Sarah Vasquez 48.93; 11-12, 1. Sumner Chmielewski, Sarasota YMCA 30.14; SOFLO: 20. Kaitlyn Barrios 38.18, best time, 24. Kailey Smith 39.42.

100-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. Reagan Flynn, GTSA 1:01.96; SOFLO: 21. Sarah Acevedo 1:11.70; Open, 1. Paige Madden, Gulf Coast 1:03.10.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Maeve Eckerman, Sarasota YMCA 28.93; SOFLO: 12. Leah Pando 32.53, best time, 21. Giada Porven 34.18, best time, 45. Sarah Vasquez 39.01; 11-12, 1. Jewels Carlini, Swim Florida 26.12; SOFLO: 13. Emma Twombly 28.05, 24. Kaitlyn Barrios 30.37, 27. Mia Escudero 30.49, best time, 43. Kailey Smith 33.20; 13-14, 1. Maddy Burt, Swim Florida 24.73; Open, 1. Olivia McMurray, Swim Florida 25.05; SOFLO: 21. Sarah Acevedo 28.36.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, Sarasota YMCA 30.96; SOFLO: 23. Giada Porven 42.62; 11-12, 1. Natalie Stafford, Sarasota YMCA 29.18; SOFLO: 26. Kaitlyn Barrios 36.53.

100-yard butterfly:

13-14, 1. Maddy Burt, Swim Florida 56.92; Open, 1. Miah Lopez, Sarasota YMCA 59.77; SOFLO: 15. Alana Acevedo 1:08.97.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, Sarasota YMCA 2:09.22; SOFLO: 4. Leah Pando 2:24.06, best time, 10. Giada Porven 2:35.32; 11-12, 1. Michaela Mattes, Sarasota YMCA 2:00.62; SOFLO: 6. Emma Twombly 2:14.16, 21. Kailey Smith 2:34.61, best time.

200-yard medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. Sarasota YMCA 2:17.76, 2. Greater Tampa 2:34.87, 3. Sarasota YMCA 2:37.83; 11-12, 1. Sarasota YMCA 2:01.75, 2. Swim Florida 2:07.41, 3. SOFLO 2:20.35 (Kailey Smith, Mia Escudero, Kaitlyn Barrios, Emma Twombly); 1. Open, 1. Swim Florida 1:55.19, 2. Gulf Coast 1:57.46, 3. Greater Tampa 1:58.33.

BOYS

100-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Yannai Michael, SOFLO 1:04.02, best time; SOFLO: 13. Nathaniel Garrick 1:13.98, best time, 17. Samuel Bullen 1:16.06, best time.

200-yard individual medley:

13-14, 1. Rene Strezenicky, Sarasota YMCA 2:05.66; SOFLO: 19. Christian Vasquez 2:33.24; Open, 1. Dylan Hacker, CCS 2:04.75.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Elias Corn, Sarasota YMCA 36.49; SOFLO: 3. Alessandro Pereira 37.05, best time; 11-12, 1. Nikolos Gordon-Somers, Tornadoes 31.88; SOFLO: 2. Yannai Michael 33.24, best time, 13. Samuel Bullen 37.35, best time.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Matt Stitzman, Sarasota YMCA 2:27.78; Open, 1. Sean-Douglas Gooden, Tornadoes 2:14.24.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, Swim Florida 32.67; SOFLO: 16. Owen Smith 41.27; 11-12, 1. Liam Custer, Sarasota YMCA 30.24; SOFLO: 16. Samuel Bullen 39.08, best time.

100-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. Ian Brann, Sarasota YMCA 56.82; SOFLO: 23. Christian Vasquez 1:12.44; Open, 1. Niko Milosavljevic, Blue Wave 54.55.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, Swim Florida 27.89; SOFLO: 3. Alessandro Pereira 28.88, best time, 26. Owen Smith 34.84; 11-12, 1. Nikolos Gordon-Somers, Tornadoes 26.18, best time; SOFLO: 2. Yannai Michael 26.30, best time, 17. Nathaniel Garrick 29.61, best time, 26. Samuel Bullen 32.10; 13-14, 1. Ian Brann, Sarasota YMCA 23.36; Open, 1. Patrick Amistoso, Sarasota YMCA 23.37.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, Swim Florida 29.69; SOFLO: 4. Alessandro Pereira 31.96, best time, 17. Owen Smith 39.66; 11-12, 1. Liam Custer, Sarasota YMCA 28.40; SOFLO: 2. Yannai Michael 29.58, 14. Lucas Porven 33.49, best time.

100-yard butterfly:

13-14, 1. Joshua Benzon, Gulf Coast 1:00.17, best time; SOFLO: 15. Christian Vasquez 1:11.22; Open, 1. Beau Hutchins, Sarasota YMCA 54.04, best time.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 2:13.50, best time; SOFLO: 18. Owen Smith 2:47.98, best time; 11-12, 1. Jordan Jansen, Blue Wave 2:06.45; SOFLO: 4. Nathaniel Garrick 2:14.85.

1000-yard freestyle: Open, SOFLO: 30. Lucas Porven 13:08.85.

200-yard medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. Sarasota YMCA “A” 2:13.43, 2. Sarasota YMCA “B” 2:27.54, 3. Swim Florida 2:29.02; 11-12, 1. Sarasota YMCA 2:00.61, 2. Sarasota YMCA B 2:05.06, 3. SOFLO 2:12.12 (Nathaniel Garrick, Samuel Bullen, Yannai Michael, Lucas Porven); Open, 1. Swim Florida 1:51.04, 2. Greater Tampa 1:52.64, 3. Swim Florida B 1:53.09.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Pando, Porven, Michael & Pereira Come Up Big On Day Two Of GCST Winter Invitational


By Sharon Robb

January 14, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers captured three individual titles and several top three finishes against a top-caliber field at the GCST Winter Invitational Saturday at Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center in Fort Myers.

Leah Pando won the 10-and-under 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:26.95.

Pando was also third in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:11.67; sixth in the 100-yard individual medley in another best time 1:18.00 and sixth in the 100-yard freestyle, also in a best time 1:08.66.

Giada Porven won the 8-and-under 25-yard butterfly in 19.26.

Yannai Michael won the 11-12 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.89.

Michael was also runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:17.86 and 100-yard freestyle in a best time 57.52 and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08.27.

Alessandro Pereira was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:20.80, third in the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 1:03.19 and fourth in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:10.94.

With only a handful of swimmers, SOFLO is fifth among teams with 131 points.

Gulf Coast Swim Team is hosting eleven clubs and 609 swimmers, including 16 from SOFLO, during the three-day meet. The meet, which concludes on Sunday, is SOFLO’s first road trip of the New Year.

SATURDAY RESULTS

TEAM SCORES: 1. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 1,307.5, 2. Swim Florida 579.5, 3. Gulf Coast 241, 4. Greater Tampa 131, 5. South Florida Aquatic 124, 6. Blue Wave 80, 7. Carrollwood Village 70, 8. Charlotte County 63, 9. Tornadoes 44, 10. YMCA Sea Dragons 33, 11. Swim Florida Unattached 10.

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Maddy Burt, Swim Florida 1:56.99; SOFLO: 22. Alana Acevedo 2:13.01, best time; 13-14, 1. Nicole Rodriguez, Gulf Coast 2:01.78; SOFLO: 14. Sarah Acevedo 2:08.55, best time.

100-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Mikayla Puckett, Gulf Coast 1:09.69; 15-16, 1. Shae Clifton, Swim Florida 1:09.54.

200-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. Nicole Rodriguez, Gulf Coast 2:16.79; Open, 1. Shae Clifton, Swim Florida 2:15.32.

100-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Mikayla Puckett, Gulf Coast 56.02; SOFLO: 20. Sarah Acevedo 1:01.32; Open, 1. Maddy Burt, Swim Florida 53.94; SOFLO: 25. Alana Acevedo 1:02.81.

200-yard butterfly:

13-14, 1. Mikayla Puckett, Gulf Coast 2:15.63; SOFLO: 9. Sarah Acevedo 2:26.19, best time; Open, 1. Olivia McMurray, Swim Florida 2:10.91.

200-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Swim Florida 1:41.47, 2. Gulf Coast 1:45.91, 3. Greater Tampa 1:46.71.

1,650-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Susan Faremouth, Swim Florida 18:40.70.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, Sarasota YMCA 1:08.56; SOFLO: 6. Leah Pando 1:18.00, best time, 22. Giada Porven 1:26.68, best time, 34. Sarah Vasquez 1:36.62.

200-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Sumner Chmielewski, Sarasota YMCA 2:17.69; SOFLO: 14. Emma Twombly 2:38.08.

25-yard breaststroke:

8-and-under, 1. Adrianna Dinofa, Sarasota YMCA 23.54.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Leah Pando, SOFLO 1:26.95, best time; 11-12, 1. Gracie Wevant, Sarasota YMCA 1:14.17; SOFLO: 6. Mia Escudero 1:20.69, 16. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:28.51.

25-yard backstroke:

8-and-under, 1. Adrianna Dinofa, Sarasota YMCA 20.65.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, Sarasota YCA 1:04.96; SOFLO: 3. Leah Pando 1:11.67, best time; 11-12, 1. Sumner Chmielewski, Sarasota YMCA 1:04.09; SOFLO: 10. Mia Escudero 1:16.11, best time, 15. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:18.43, best time, 21. Kailey Smith 1:21.72, best time.

25-yard freestyle:

8-and-under, 1. Adrianna Dinofa, Sarasota YMCA 16.81.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, Sarasota YMCA 1:00.51; SOFLO: 6. Leah Pando 1:08.66, best time, 12. Giada Porven 1:12.78, best time, 26. Sarah Vasquez 1:22.72, best time; 11-12, 1. Jewels Carlini, Swim Florida 56.17; SOFLO: 10. Emma Twombly 1:00.59, 22. Mia Escudero 1:06.34, 28. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:08.23, 47. Kailey Smith 1:14.04, best time.

25-yard butterfly:

8-and-under, 1. Giada Porven, SOFLO 19.26.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, Sarasota YMCA 1:10.06; 11-12, 1. Sumner Chmielewski, Sarasota YMCA 1:03.16; SOFLO: 34. Kailey Smith 1:28.67.

100-yard freestyle relay:

8-and-under, 1. Sarasota YMCA 1:27.52, 2. Gulf Coast 1:45.50, 3. Swim Florida 1:51.71.

200-yard freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. Sarasota YMCA A 2:00.85, 2. Greater Tampa 2:18.79, 3. Sarasota B 2:19.63; 11-12, 1. Sarasota YMCA A 1:47.97, 2. Sarasota YMCA B 1:53.83, 3. Swim Florida 1:56.91, 5. SOFLO A 2:02.30 (Mia Escudero, Kaitlyn Barrios, Kailey Smith, Emma Twombly).

BOYS

200-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Nikola Milosavljevic, Blue Wave 1:47.84; 13-14, 1. Jace Chouinard, Swim Florida 1:49.57; SOFLO: 24. Christian Vasquez 2:16.65.

100-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Edison Ooi, Sarasota YMCA 1:06.81; SOFLO: 14. Christian Vasquez 1:18.18, best time; 15-16, 1. Dylan Hacker, Charlotte County 1:02.84.

200-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. Ian Brann, Sarasota YMCA 2:03.51; Open, 1. Matthew Strickland, Swim Florida 1:56.11.

100-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Jace Chouinard, Swim Florida 50.43; SOFLO: 21. Chris Vasquez 59.98; Open, 1. Santi Corredor, Swim Florida 49.86;

200-yard butterfly:

13-14, 1. Antonio Medina, Gulf Coast 2:17.56; Open, 1. Matthew Strickland, Swim Florida 2:02.88; SOFLO: 20. Lucas Porven, 2:46.32.

200-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Swim Florida A 1:34.55, 2. Swim Florida B 1:34.95, 3. Greater Tampa 1:41.78.

1,650-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Ryan Staunch, Swim Florida 16:08.97; SOFLO: 6. Christian Vasquez 20:21.52.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, Swim Florida 1:08.44; SOFLO: 4. Alessandro Pereira 1:10.94, 24. Owen Smith 1:28.18.

200-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Amadeusz Knop, Sarasota YMCA 2:15.94; SOFLO: 2. Yannai Michael 2:17.86, best time, 10. Nathaniel Garrick 2:35.31, best time, 16. Lucas Porven 2:39.59, best time, 22. Samuel Bullen 2:55.26.

25-yard breaststroke:

8-and-under, 1. Ryan Wadsworth, Sarasota YMCA 21.79.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Elias Corn, Sarasota YMCA 1:17.71; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 1:20.80; 11-12, 1. Yannai Michael, SOFLO 1:10.89; SOFLO: 13. Samuel Bullen 1:24.21.

25-yard backstroke:

8-and-under, 1. Bogdan Zverev, Sarasota YMCA 18.78.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, Swim Florida 1:09.00; SOFLO: 17. Owen Smith 1:28.88, best time; 11-12, 1. Amadeusz Knop, Sarasota YMCA 1:01.80; SOFLO: 4. Yannai Michael 1:08.27, 7. Nathaniel Garrick 1:11.50, best time, 18. Samuel Bullen 1:26.13, best time.

25-yard freestyle:

8-and-under, 1. Bruno Borowiec, GTSA 16.03.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, Swim Florida 59.11; SOFLO: 3. Alessandro Pereira 1:03.19, best time, 23. Owen Smith 1:18.20, best time; 11-12, 1. Liam Custer, Sarasota YCA 56.89; SOFLO: 2. Yannai Michael 57.52, best time, 14. Nathaniel Garrick 1:03.11, best time, 33. Samuel Bullen 1:12.46, best time.

25-yard butterfly:

8-and-under, 1. Bogdan Zverev, Sarasota YMCA 17.36.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. William Wadsworth, Sarasota YMCA 1:06.64; 11-12, 1. Amadeusz, Sarasota YMCA 1:01.04; SOFLO: 16. Lucas Porven 1:14.68.

100-yard freestyle relay:

8-and-under, 1. Sarasota YMCA A 1:04.37, 2. Sarasota YMCA B 1:12.85, 3. Sarasota YMCA C 1:16.73.

200-yard freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. Sarasota YMCA A 1:56.59, 2. Sarasota YMCA B 2:04.65, 3. Gulf Coast 2:11.87; 11-12, 1. Sarasota YMCA A 1:48.53, 2. Sarasota YMCA B 1:54.53, 3. Sarasota YMCA C 1:58.37, 4. SOFLO 1:58.50 (Nathaniel Garrick, Lucas Porven, Samuel Bullen, Yannai Michael).

IF YOU GO

What: GCST Winter Invitational

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday morning session 8:30 a.m. (13-14 and senior); Sunday distance sessions begin 15 minutes following the end of the morning sessions. Sunday afternoon sessions will begin approximately 30 minutes after the distance session ends.

Where: Lee County/Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Pereira Leads SOFLO On Opening Night Of GCST Winter Invitational


By Sharon Robb

January 13, 2017—Alessandro Pereira of South Florida Aquatic Club was top finisher on opening night of the GCST Winter Invitational Friday at Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center in Fort Myers.

Pereira, 10, won the 200-yard individual medley in an exciting race. Pereira turned in a best time 2:28.32, just ahead of runner-up Nicholas Cavic, 10, of the Sarasota YMCA Sharks in 2:28.91.

Pereira was also runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:44.24, also a best time.

SOFLO’s top girls’ finisher was Leah Pando in the 200-yard individual medley. Pando, 10, finished fourth in 2:44.80. She was also seventh in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:24.97, a best time.

Sarah Acevedo, 13, was fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:31.06. Emma Twombly, 12, was eighth in the distance event in 5:52.05.

Giada Porven, 8, was seventh in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:58.85 and Mia Escudero, 12, was eighth in a best time 5:21.83.

SOFLO is fourth overall with 31 points. Sarasota YMCA Sharks, with its full team, lead with 279 points. Swim Florida is second with 151. SOFLO is the only Florida Gold Coast swim team competing.

Gulf Coast Swim Team is hosting eleven clubs and 609 swimmers, including 16 from SOFLO, during the three-day meet. The meet, which continues on Saturday, is SOFLO’s first road trip of the New Year.

FRIDAY RESULTS

TEAM RESULTS: 1. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 279, 2. Swim Florida 151, 3. Gulf Coast 58, 4. SOFLO 31, 5. Carrollwood Village 20, 6. Greater Tampa 16, 7. Charlotte County 15, 8. Swim Florida Unattached 9, 9. YMCA Sea Dragons 3, 10. Blue Wave, 0, 11. Tornadoes Swim Club 0.

GIRLS

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Addison Sauickie, Sarasota YMCA 5:48.16; SOFLO: 7. Leah Pando 6:24.97, best time; 11-12, 1. Michaela Mattes, Sarasota YMCA 5:12.03; SOFLO: 8. Emma Twombly 5:52.05; 13-14, 1. Rachel Moran, Swim Florida 5:24.68; SOFLO: 5. Sarah Acevedo 5:31.06, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Phoebe Langius, Swim Florida 5:18.11.

200-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Jessica Beede, Greater Tampa 2:34.26; SOFLO: 4. Leah Pando 2:44.80, 7. Giada Porven 2:58.85.

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Sumner Chmielewski, Sarasota YMCA 4:45.52; SOFLO: 8. Mia Escudero 5:21.83, best time; 13-14, 1. Mikayla Puckett, Gulf Coast 4:42.38; 15-and-over, 1. Shae Clifton, Swim Florida 4:40.23.

BOYS

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Nicholas Cavic, Sarasota YMCA 5:40.46; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 5:44.24, best time; 11-12, 1. Liam Custer, Sarasota YMCA 5:19.96; SOFLO: 11. Lucas Porven 6:21.42; 13-14, 1. Ryan Staunch, Swim Florida 4:44.05; SOFLO: 19. Christian Vasquez 5:58.36, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Santi Corredor, Swim Florida 4:36.70.

200-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 2:28.32, best time.

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. John Kirby, Sarasota YMCA 4:58.86; 13-14, 1. Ian Brann, Sarasota YMCA 4:28.87; 15-and-over, 1. Santi Corredor, Swim Florida 4:08.47.

IF YOU GO

What: GCST Winter Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday and Sunday morning session 8:30 a.m. (13-14 and senior); Saturday and Sunday distance sessions begin 15 minutes following the end of the morning sessions. Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions will begin approximately 30 minutes after the distance session ends.

Where: Lee County/Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Hit The Road For GCST Winter Invitational


By Sharon Robb

January 12, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are on their first road trip of the New Year.

Swimmers will compete in the three-day GCST Winter Invitational at Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center in Fort Myers.

The meet begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the 500 freestyle and 200 and 400 individual medleys.

Two SOFLO swimmers, Marcella and Melissa compete for the women’s swim team at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Sixteen SOFLO swimmers will compete in 114 individual events and four relays under the watchful eye of age group coach Rose Lockie.

They are: Alana Acevedo, 15; Sarah Acevedo, 13; Kaitlyn Barrios, 11; Samuel Bullen, 11; Mia Escudero, 12; Nathaniel Garrick, 12; Yannai Michael, 12; Leah Pando, 10; Alessandro Pereira, 10; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 11; Kailey Smith, 12; Owen Smith, 10; Emma Twombly, 12; Christian Vasquez, 13; and Sarah Vasquez, 9.

The Gulf Coast Swim Team of the Florida Swimming Association is hosting the three-day age group and senior meet. The 25-yard meet will be run in two eight-lane courses each day except Sunday afternoon.

IF YOU GO

What: GCST Winter Invitational

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday morning session 8:30 a.m. (13-14 and senior); Saturday and Sunday distance sessions begin 15 minutes following the end of the morning sessions. Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions will begin approximately 30 minutes after the distance session ends.

Where: Lee County/Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Success Breeds Success, South Florida Aquatic Club Turns In Another Successful Year


By Sharon Robb

January 7, 2017—Success doesn’t happen overnight at South Florida Aquatic Club.

It starts with a dream that turns into a goal. Then the hard work and dedication follows to make the dream come true.

And a swimmer doesn’t succeed on his own. There’s the coach, parents and teammates who share the same dream and help a swimmer reach his or her goal.

There’s also losing and not swimming a best time at every meet. That’s the much-needed learning experience that teaches a swimmer humility and is also a powerful motivator to work harder.

SOFLO swimmers have learned their lessons well and continued the winning tradition in 2016.

As everyone celebrated the New Year and took a little time off away from the pool, it was fun to look back to see what SOFLO accomplished over twelve months.

From world-class international meets to sizzlers, the hard work and dedication of swimmers and coaches was never more evident during another successful year.

Success is never taken for granted at SOFLO. After outstanding 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, SOFLO improved again across the board enjoying success at every level during 2016 and raised the bar once again for 2017.

With talent, depth and excellent coaching, the largest team in the Florida Gold Coast never lost sight of the importance of the team concept which has become its trademark through the years.

As the New Year gets under way with new dreams, goals and resolutions, let’s reflect on some of last year’s highlights.

SOFLO’s Top 12 Moments in 2016 were:

1. Marc Rojas made his international debut for the Dominican Republic at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Canada, one of the sport’s biggest meets and breaks two national records with best times in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events. He also won his heat in the 200-meter breaststroke.

2. Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, after the disappointment of being a medal favorite and finishing eighth at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, bounced back with a second career world short course record in the 50-meter breaststroke at the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series in Tokyo.

3. Long time SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie earns Broward All-County Coach of the Year honors after leading Pembroke Pines Charter to its first undefeated boys’ season. She is joined on first team by SOFLO swimmers Ricardo Roche and Kellie Heron of Pembroke Pines Charter and Kathleen Golding of Cooper City.

4. SOFLO sends its largest group of qualifiers (six) to the Speedo Winter Junior National East Championships in Columbus, Ohio—Kathleen Golding, Jessica Rodriguez, Kelley Heron, Ervin Marin, Luke Lezotte and Max Asnis.

5. SOFLO makes team history by capturing its seventh consecutive team title and 13th overall at the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics. It was the fourth consecutive year that the club won back-to-back short and long course titles in the same year.

6. SOFLO four-peats Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in its home pool. It was the fourth time SOFLO swimmers accomplished the feat in the same season

7. SOFLO earned the USA Swimming Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award for the fifth time in six years.

8. SOFLO sent more than three dozen swimmers to the FHSAA High School State Meets in Stuart including Kathleen Golding of Cooper City, who defended her title in the 200-yard individual medley with an automatic All-American time of 2:00.34 to finish the season undefeated in her signature event.

9. At 15, Kathleen Golding makes her debut at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. She made her first Trials cut in the 200-meter individual medley at age 14.

10. SOFLO masters swimmer and triathlete Evelyn Herrmann Salama qualifies for the Hawaii Ironman in Kona, the granddaddy of all Ironmans.

11. SOFLO posted its highest finish in team history at the Speedo Sectional Championships, placing fourth against a world-class field in the combined team standings. It was SOFLO’s best finish since it’s been competing in the meet since 2002.

12. SOFLO’s website becomes the leading source for high school news in South Florida and county honor roll.

SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson has surrounded himself with good coaches and staff members and it shows and reflects in the culture he has developed.

“We are very competitive for sure,” Anderson said. “We do target the championship meets. Our kids challenge themselves and push themselves past their comfort zone and it does show.

“SOFLO has created an infrastructure with its coaches and staff that cultivates a high level of continuing excellence,” Anderson said. “We have a winning culture.”

Now entering its’ 17th year, the first ten as Comets Swim Team and seventh year as SOFLO, swimmers, coaches, office staff, parents and volunteers are looking forward to even more success at the local, state, national and international levels in 2017, the beginning of a new quadrennium.

Have A Happy And Healthy New Year And Here’s To A Great 2017!!!

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

TYR NOVEMBER SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Yannai Michael


By Sharon Robb

December 26, 2016—Yannai Michael was determined to do well at last month’s Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

“The meet was hosted by my previous team and I wanted to show how much I improved,” Michael said.

Mission accomplished for the 12-year-old Imagine Charter School seventh grader and Bronze Group member.

Michael had his best short course meet of his young swim life. He competed in eight events in the 11-12 age group.

On a chilly opening night, Michael broke 30 seconds for the first time in the 50-yard butterfly. He finished tenth in a best time 29.54, dropping 1.08 seconds off his previous best of 30.62.

“It was a big deal for Yannai to break 30 seconds, that was a nice swim for him,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson.

Also that night, Michael was fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke in 33.68, another best time with a 0.22 drop.

On Day Two, Michael finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:31.58, dropping 5:35. Michael was seventh in the 100-yard freestyle in 58.17 after swimming a best time 58.16 in prelims, dropping 0.49.

On Day Three he was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:09.47 and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.66.

On the fourth and final day, Michael swam back-to-back best times in the 200-yard individual medley prelims and finals and finished third in 2:18.17, the first time he cracked the 2:20 mark, dropping 5.25. He was also seventh in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:39.73, dropping 1.79 and anchored the fifth place 200-yard freestyle relay.

Michael finished eighth in the competitive 11-12 high point awards division with 48 points.

“I like to compete, but I always get nervous,” Michael said. “I think I was confident about myself going into this meet. I knew how hard I worked.”

Michael said his most satisfying event was the 200 IM.

“I think because I finished third, I put a lot of effort into that and dropped a lot of time,” he said. “It’s a really special event for me because it combines all the strokes. My race was really exciting because I beat the guy who came in fourth by only 1/100th of a second.”

Michael has been swimming for four and a half years. He has improved since joining SOFLO and working with Coach Rose Lockie and Bronze Group.

“Coach Rose is one of the best coaches I ever had,” Michael said. “She is really fun and really funny. She is always there, whether she is sick or not, to coach us and help out with the team. She’s always pushing me to go faster and faster, pushing me to my limits.

“I know I am improving with SOFLO. There is a really nice team spirit. Every one are good friends and teammates. I am glad I am here.”

Michael competed in taekwondo, tennis and soccer but said “I always loved the water and really liked swimming,” so he committed to swimming.

“It’s a fun sport and you don’t really get injuries,” Michael said. “It helps me stay in shape and healthy because I get to work on my muscles in my legs and arms. It’s a very fun sport.”

His 7-year-old sister Ella swims with the Dippers. “I help her sometimes, but I think overall she is doing pretty good,” Michael said.

Michael is looking forward to Junior Olympics in March. He has five time standards.

“I turn 13 a week before JOs, so I get to swim in a new age group, so that’s going to be kind of exciting,” Michael said.

“My goals are to have fun, make friends and maybe get a college scholarship,” Michael said.

“I like watching swimming. Michael Phelps is someone who inspires me. The fact that he got his first world record when he was only 15 and now he’s old and has so many medals.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swim wear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Rose Lockie Named Boys’ Coach of the Year; Three SOFLO Swimmers Selected First-Team All-County


By Sharon Robb
December 21, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club longtime age group coach Rose Lockie was named the 2016 Broward All-County Boys Coach of the Year.

Selected by the Sun-Sentinel and announed on Wednesday, the age group and high school coach was selected after leading Pembroke Pines Charter to its’ first undefeated season with an 8-0 record, including a first-ever victory over Cypress Bay.

Unlike several high school coaches, Lockie coaches the boys at both the high school and club level. The Jaguars finished among the Top 10 at the FHSAA State 3A meet.

Lockie called it her “most enjoyable” season in her eight years of high school coaching.

Lockie started coaching late in life and actively got involved in coaching age group swimmers when she moved to Florida in 1995. She started coaching with the Comets/SOFLO program in 2006.

Lockie has served as coach on several All-Star teams in the Florida Gold Coast. She is a two-time Florida Gold Coast Age Group Coach of the Year and 2014 ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year finalist.

Lockie is joined by two of her Pembroke Pines Charter swimmers on first team All-County. Junior Ricardo Roche was selected for the 500-yard freestyle and junior Kellie Heron was chosen in the 100-yard backstroke.

Roche turned in his finest high school season with best times in the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle and also competed on relays. Roche placed among the Top 10 at the state meet in his specialty events.

Pembroke Pines Charter teammates Andres Lares, Juan Lucas and Rafael Rodriguez were named honorable mention.

SOFLO boys named to honorable mention were C.J. Kopecki and Kevin Porto of American Heritage; Leonardo Mateus of Everglades; Samuel Quintero of Sagemont; Esteban Diaz-Velasco of Somerset; and Max Asnis of University School.

Heron, a three-time high school MVP, also enjoyed her best high school season. She broke school records in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke while making her junior national cuts. She was state runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke and fourth in the 200 IM.

Also named to the first team for the second consecutive year from SOFLO was Cooper City sophomore Kathleen Golding in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly. The 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualified defended her state title in the 200 IM and was fourth in the butterfly.

SOFLO swimmers named to the girls honorable mention were Emiliana Pelaez of Cypress Bay and Elise Larin of Somerset.

It was SOFLO’s finest showing on an all-county team since the program’s inception. Only Broward County swimmers were eligible. The Miami Herald is expected to announce its Broward and Dade all-county teams in January.

Jessica Nava of Westminster Academy and Philippe Marcoux of Fort Lauderdale were named Girl and Boy Swimmers of the Year. Jay Fitzgerald of Pine Crest was named Girls Coach of the Year after the Panthers just missed winning a state title in 26 years by 10 points.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com