SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Wins Crippen Sunset Mile At Open Water Festival


By Sharon Robb

FORT MYERS, April 16, 2018—Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club won the Crippen Sunset Mile during the Open Water Festival this past weekend at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

Rodriguez, 16, representing the Florida Gold Coast Open Water All-Stars, won the men’s and age group titles and was second overall in 16:06. Rodriguez was also second in his age group in the 5K open water swim in 59:21 and Leonardo Mateus was fourth in 1:02.

SOFLO teammate Leonardo Mateus was third in his age group in the Crippen Sunset Mile in 16:11.

Bailey Sampson of Central Florida Marlins won the overall and women’s title in 15:15. SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher was fifth in 17:39 and was sixth in the 5K open water race in 28:47.

SOFLO’s Fiorella DiSalvo was fourth in the 1K open water swim in 10:04.

The Sunset Mile Swim is named after Fran Crippen, a top American long distance swimmer and U.S. national team member, who transitioned from pool swimming to open water in 2006. He died in 2010 at age 26 during a FINA 10K World Cup race in the United Arab Emirates.

Swimmers from Florida, Maryland and Texas competed in the Open Water Festival. The two-day event was hosted by Gulf Coast Swim Team and featured several top open water elite and age group swimmers.

RESULTS (Times Unofficial)

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 138, 2. Maryland Swimming 78, 3. Florida Gold Coast 71, 4. Gulf Swimming 37, 5. South Texas Open Water 15.

GIRLS
CRIPPEN SUNSET MILE

1. Bailey Sampson, Central Florida 15:15; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 17:39, 44. Emma Twombly 20:46, 62. Fiorella DiSalvo 26:50

10K OPEN WATER
1. Haley Anderson, Trojan Swim Club 2:02:21, 2. Rebecca Mann, Trojan Swim Club 2:02:48, 3. Kathryn Campbell, TSM 2:03:01.

5K OPEN WATER
Open, 1. Erica Sullivan, Sandpipers 26:35; 15-16, 1. Shannon Campbell, Florida Swimming 29:30.70; 13-14, 1. Kelsey Swartout, Florida Swimming 28:24.10; SOFLO: 6. Mallory Schleicher 28:47.20, 35. Emma Twombly 33:18.

3K OPEN WATER
11-12, 1. Emma Guglielmello, Gulf Coast 31:00.

1K OPEN WATER
10-and-under, 1. Brooke Billitto, Florida Swimming 9:33.50; SOFLO: 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 10:04.10.

3×333-meter freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Maryland Swimming 11:09.90.

3×333-meter freestyle team pursuit
14-and-under, 1. Florida Swimming 16.51, 2. Maryland Swimming B 17.21, 3. Florida Gold Coast A 17.42 (Emily Trieschmann, Mallory Schleicher, Rylie Barnhardt, Reese Andres), 4. Maryland Swimming B 18.05, 5. Florida Gold Coast B 18.18 (Paige Munna, Sarah Acevedo, Maris Proscia, Emma Twombly).

3×333-meter freestyle team pursuit
1. Florida Swimming 32.58, 4. Florida Gold Coast A 36.50, 6. Florida Gold Coast B 39.25.

1.2K TEAM PURSUIT
1. Caroline Benda, Maryland Swimming 16:43; SOFLO: 16. Mallory Schleicher 17:01, 46. Emma Twombly 19:00

BOYS

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 150, 2. Florida Gold Coast 66, 3. Maryland Swimming 55, 4. Gulf Swimming 54, 5. South Texas Open Water 52.

CRIPPEN SUNSET MILE

1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 16:06; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Mateus 16:11, 24. Enrique Rodriguez 18:32, 69. Alejandro Mateus 23:37, 71. Gavin Sheyda 23:37.7.

10K OPEN WATER
1. Taylor Abott, Tennessee 1:55:02, 2. Brennan Gravley, Sandpipers 1:55:04, 3. David Heron, Tennessee 1:56:19.

5K OPEN WATER
Open, 1. Cale Russell, Florida Swimming 1:01:01; 15-16, 1. Ryan Staunch, Florida Swimming 59:18.80; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 59:21.60, 4. Leonardo Mateus 1:02:15; 13-14, 1. Spencer Howery, Florida Swimming 1:00.36; SOFLO: 12. Enrique Rodriguez 1:07.40.

3K OPEN WATER
11-12, 1. Dean Jones, Gulf Coast 29:36; SOFLO: 6. Alejandro Mateus 32:08.

2.5K TEAM PURSUIT
1. Cale Russell, Florida Swimming 31:21; SOFLO: 11. Rafael Rodriguez 32:27, 20. Leonardo Mateus 32:59.

1.2K TEAM PURSUIT
1. Spencer Howery, Florida Swimming 16:12; SOFLO: 10. Enrique Rodriguez 16:46, 23. Alejandro Mateus 17:34, 84. Gavin Sheyda 20:42.

1K OPEN WATER
10-and-under, 1. Parker Seluk, Florida Swimming 8:43.

1,000-meter freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Florida Swimming 9:27.50, 2. Maryland Swimming 9:48.30, 3. Florida Gold Coast 10:39.30 (no names listed).

3×333-meter freestyle team pursuit
14-and-under, 1. Florida Swimming 16.22, 4. Florida Gold Coast 17.39, 8. Florida Gold Coast 20.42 (Chipper Edwards, Enrique Rodriguez, Alejandro Mateus, Gavin Sheyda).

3×333-meter freestyle team pursuit relay
1. Florida Swimming 32.08, 4. Florida Gold Coast 33.16 (Leonardo Mateus, Christian Perez, Rafael Rodriguez), 8. Florida Gold Coast B 41.19.

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

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SOFLO Swimmers Get In Some Good Racing At NMST Open Invite Shamrock Sprint Meet


By Sharon Robb

NORTH MIAMI, April 16, 2018—Francesca and Isabella Perry and Juan Vallmitjana were among top South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers at the North Miami Swim Team Open Invite Shamrock Sprint Meet Saturday at Miami-Dade College North Campus pool.

Francesca Perry, 7, was second in 50-yard butterfly in a best time 42.39 and was fourth in the 200-yard individual medley in 3:26.52.

Isabella Perry, 9, was third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:52.44 and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 1:21.26, shaving 3.53 seconds off her previous time.

Juan Vallmitjana, 9, was third in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 41.05; fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 33.49 and fourth in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:33.01.

Among SOFLO’s other top five finishers were:

Caterina Fogli, 50-yard backstroke, fourth, 38.59, time drop; 100-yard backstroke, fourth, 1:28.23, time drop; 50-yard butterfly, fourth, 43.51; 50-yard freestyle, fifth, 34.92.

Alexandra Strong, 100-yard backstroke, fifth, 1:38.39, time drop.

Jade McVeigh, 100-yard backstroke, fifth, 1:42.79.

Matt McVeigh, 50-yard backstroke, fifth, 42.03.

Erick Esser, 50-yard breaststroke, fourth, 44.02; 100-yard backstroke, fourth, 1:26.91, time drop; 100-yard breaststroke, fifth, 1:31.84, time drop.

Jamie Quintana, 100-yard backstroke, fifth, 1:27.67.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS SESSION ONE

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Gioia Balzano, EA 2:14.67; SOFLO: 6. Isabella Perry 2:54.94, time drop.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Uma Vogan, BISC 22.21; 7-8, 1. Emily Wolk, MCDA 21.90.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Belinda Muzii, MCDA 35.19; SOFLO: 4. Caterina Fogli 38.59, time drop, 14. Francesca Perry 42.89, time drop, 15. Alexandra Strong 44.46, time drop, 18. Sarah Bedoya 46.03, 24. Gabriela Marin 53.59, time drop.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Uma Vogan, BISC 26.47; 7-8, 1. Nila Nahuz, CANE 25.83.

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Uma Vogan, BISC 27.39; 7-8, 1. Veronica Barrera, MAC 21.82.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Emma Falconi, MCDA 21.01; 7-8, 1. Nila Nahuz, CANE 19.90.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Ainnara Lazzaro, SDST 31.74; SOFLO: 5. Caterina Fogli 34.92, 7. Isabella Perry 37.28, 13. Sarah Bedoya 39.54, 15. Francesca Perry 40.49, 21. Gabriela Marin 45.19, time drop, 25. Alexandra Strong 47.72.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Gioia Balzano, EA 1:16.06; SOFLO: 4. Caterina Fogli 1:28.23, time drop, 5. Alexandra Strong 1:38.39, time drop.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Miranda Salcedo, ASC 37.97; SOFLO: 2. Francesca Perry 42.39, time drop, 4. Caterina Fogli 43.51, 13. Gabriela Marin 1:10.09.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Belinda Muzii, MCDA 1:05.91; SOFLO: 5. Isabella Perry 1:21.26, time drop, 9.Sarah Bedoya 1:25.82, time drop, 10. Caterina Fogli 1:26.02.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Isabella Marko, CM 41.75; SOFLO: 9. Francesca Perry 55.46, 13. Gabriela Marin 1:02.97.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Ainnara Lazzaro, SDST 1:35.25.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Belinda Muzii, MCDA 1:17.94; SOFLO: 10. Alexandra Strong 1:52.46, time drop.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Isabella Marko, CM 1:32.30; SOFLO: 3. Isabella Perry 1:52.44.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Alexia Mohammed, CM 3:02.28; SOFLO: 4. Francesca Perry 3:26.52.

200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Miami Country Day 1:47.00, 2. SOFLO A 2:35.62.

GIRLS SESSION TWO

200-yard freestyle:
11-and-open, 1. Brooke Mundy, EA 2:04.40

50-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Victoria Pena, FKSC 34.34; SOFLO: 14. Elizabeth Volovich 45.46; 13-14, 1. Zoe Marchetti, FKSC 28.95; SOFLO: 17. Jade McVeigh 47.81.

100-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:11.55; SOFLO: 10. Elizabeth Volovich 2:04.57; 13-14, 1. Brooke Mundy, EA 1:20.88; 15-and-over, 1. Caroline Rodriguez, ASC 1:14.63.

200-yard butterfly:
Open, 1. Beverly Muzii, MCDA 2:21.06.

50-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Mia Gelin, EA 28.60; SOFLO: 21. Elizabeth Volovich 40.71, time drop; 13-14, 1. Rachel Yordi, OSC 26.45; SOFLO: 20. Jade McVeigh 39.66; 15-and-over, 1. Iliana Ravelo, ASC 26.39.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:01.14; 13-14, 1. Ysabella Farias, ASC 1:06.83; SOFLO: 5. Jade McVeigh 1:42.79; 15-and-over, 1. Anamaria Paulus, CANE 1:31.65.

200-yard breaststroke:
Open, 1. Beverly Muzii, MCDA 2:36.15.

50-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Sara Acevedo, CM 35.53; 13-14, 1. Raschel Yordi, OSC 29.84; 15-and-over, 1. Anamaria Paulus, CANE 40.42.

100-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Brianna Ray, MCDA 1:02.48; 13-14, 1. Beverly Muzii, MCDA 57.69; SOFLO: 14. Jade McVeigh 1:30.17; 15-and-over, 1. Iliana Ravelo, ASC 56.65.

50-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Abbie Sargeant, FKSC 35.95; SOFLO: 13. Elizabeth Volovich 1:00.66; 13-14, 1. Rachel Yordi, OSC 33.75.

100-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:00.93; 13-14, 1. Brooke Mundy, EA 1:07.74; 15-and-over, 1. Caroline Rodriguez, ASC 1:03.10.

100-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Brianna Ray, MCDA 1:13.97; SOFLO: 10. Elizabeth Volovich 1:45.63, time drop; 13-14, 1. Rachel Yordi, OSC 1:09.06.

200-yard backstroke:
Open, 1. Fabiana Avendano, SDST 2:26.77.

200-yard individual medley:
Open, 1. Illiana Ravelo, ASC 2:20.02.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Miami Country Day 1:48.95.

400-yard individual medley:
Open, 1. Beverly Muzii, MCDA 5:05.97.

BOYS SESSION ONE

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Andy Serrano-Pena, CM 2:25.85; SOFLO:7. Juan Vallmitjana 2:45.71

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Andrei Saper, EA 28.63; 7-8, 1. Elan Baker, NMST 19.96.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Joshua Barreto, OSC 34.66; SOFLO: 3. Juan Vallmitjana 41.05, time drop, 5. Matt McVeigh 42.03, 7. Brandon Lozano 44.14, time drop, 19. Mathias Galarraga 47.59, 23. Adrian Sowma 49.70, 24. Martin Petkov 49.75, 26. Ethan Hill 51.00, time drop.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Andrei Saper, EA 31.98; 7-8, 1. George Gerasim, UNNM 24.96.

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Tan Estrada, OSC 37.63; 7-8, 1. Elan Beker, NMST 19.11; SOFLO: 8. Brandon Lozano 28.02.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Alexandr Anosov, MCDA 28.44; 7-8, 1. Elan Beker, NMST 17.83.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Santana De La Cruz, NMST 32.40; SOFLO: 4. Juan Vallmitjana 33.49, time drop, 18. Matt McVeigh 39.47, 19. Brandon Lozano 39.48, time drop, 23. Mathias Galarraga 41.23, 36. Martin Petkov 47.68, 38. Adrian Sowma 48.40, 41. Ethan Hill 49.86.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Andy Serrano-Pena, CM 1:15.44; SOFLO: 8. Matt McVeigh 1:35.28.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Anthony Palermo, FKSC 32.59; SOFLO: 7. Juan Vallmitjana 43.56, 10. Ethan Hill 53.94.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Juanfra Gudino, CANE 1:09.25; SOFLO: 10. Brandon Lozano 1:28.43, 13. Mathias Galarraga 1:35.29, 14. Matt McVeigh 1:36.33, 15. Martin Petkov 1:37.29, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Joshua Barreto, OSC 37.72; SOFLO: 9. Matt McVeigh 50.52, 10. Martin Petkov 52.22, time drop, 17. Ethan Hill 57.49, 23. Adrian Sowma 1:00.71, 27. Mathias Galarraga 1:12.17.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Lucas Franchak 1:33.56.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Joshua Barreto, OSC 1:16.43; SOFLO: 4. Juan Vallmitjana 1:33.01, 12. Ethan Hill 1:53.99.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Joshua Barreto, OSC 1:21.25; SOFLO: 9. Martin Petkov 1:52.33, 10. Brandon Lozano 2:04.48.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Carlos Viada-Coroba, CM 2:48.63.

200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Miami Beach 2:32.54, 2. SOFLO A 2:43.71 (Brandon Lozano, Ethan Hill, Martin Petkov, Juan Vallmitjana).

BOYS SESSION TWO

200-yard freestyle:
Open, 1. Ben Wilson, MCDA 1:55.38; SOFLO: 17. Jaime Quintana 2:55.54, 18. Sebastian Bozeman 3:13.03.

50-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Peter Roca, EA 36.04; SOFLO: 7. Juan-Esteban Ramirez 49.73, time drop, 8. Julien Perdigon 51.84; 13-14, 1. Finn Winkler, EA 27.76; 15-and-over, 1. Zach Schechter, CANE 28.94.

100-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 1:13.03; SOFLO: 5. Erick Esser 1:31.84, time drop, 7. Jaime Quintana 1:36.64, 12. Julien Perdigon 2:10.71; 13-14, 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 1:02.79; 15-and-over, 1. Joshua Desrouleaux, NMST 1:14.44,

200-yard butterfly:
Open, 1. AJ Martinez, SFTL 2:00.05.

50-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Marcelo Mansur, MAC 28.14; SOFLO: 8. Jaime Quintana 33.99, time drop, 16. Erick Esser 37.42, time drop, 17. Julien Perdigon 41.94, 20. Juan-Esteban Ramirez 46.32; 13-14, 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 24.13; 15-and-over, 1. Ben Phung, NMST 23.99.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 1:01.43; SOFLO: 4. Erick Esser 1:26.91, time drop, 5. Jaime Quintana 1:27.67, 6. Juan-Esteban Ramirez 1:48.22, time drop; 13-14, 1. Diego Marques, MBS 1:11.54; 15-and-over, 1. Tim Phung, NMST 1:06.74.

200-yard breaststroke:
Open, 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 2:18.37; SOFLO: 9. Sebastian Bozeman 3:32.05.

50-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Evan Wilson, MCDA 30.67; 13-14, 1. AJ Martinez, SFTL 26.10; 15-and-over, 1. Ben Wilson, MDA 25.82.

100-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Evan Wilson, MCDA 1:01.63; SOFLO: 6. Jaime Quintana 1:21.12, 8. Erick Esser 1:21.52, 10. Julien Perdigon 1:41.54; 13-14, 1. Juan Pallin, ASC 55.83; 15-and-over, 1. Ben Wilson, MCDA 51.35.

50-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 34.46; SOFLO: 4. Erick Esser 44.02, 9. Julien Perdigon 1:02.75, 10. Juan-Esteban Ramirez 1:09.51, time drop; 13-14, 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 29.97; 15-and-over, 1. Ben Wilson, MCDA 31.24.

100-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Abelardo Kauefate, SDST 1:17.43; 13-14, 1. Finn Winkler, EA 1:01.39; 15-and-over, 1. Zach Schechter, CANE 1:02.51.

100-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 1:02.68; 13-14, 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 57.05; 15-and-over, 1. Tim Phung, NMST 1:05.60.

200-yard backstroke:
Open, 1. Zach Schechter, CANE 2:14.20.

200-yard individual medley:
Open, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 2:13.15.

200-yard freestyle relay:
Open, 1. Miami Country Day 1:39.24.

400-yard individual medley:
Open, 1. Byron Norris, CANE 4:57.53.

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

Connor Jimenez Leads SOFLO At 8&Under Sunrise Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, April 15, 2018—-Connor Jimenez of South Florida Aquatic Club was among top finishers Friday at the Sunrise 8&Under Sizzler at Sunrise Civic Center.

Jimenez, 8, won one event and finished in three others, all four races with time drops in the 7-8 age group in the Florida Gold Coast-sanctioned meet.

Jimenez won the 25-yard backstroke in 18.20, dropping 1.43 seconds off his previous best. He was third in the 25-yard butterfly in 17.60 with a drop of 1.60; 25-yard breaststroke in 21.29 with a 2.16 drop and 25-yard freestyle in 15.74 with an 0.14 drop.

SOFLO girls were led by Caitlyn Nguyen, 8, with two seconds and three other top five finishes all in best times.

Nguyen was second in the 25-yard breaststroke in 21.42 with a 2.89 drop and was a member of SOFLO’s runner-up 100-yard freestyle relay. She was third in the 25-yard backstroke in 19.33, a 1.54 time drop; fourth in the 25-yard freestyle in 16.59, a 1.23 drop; and fifth in the 25-yard butterfly in 18.83, a 2.25 time drop.

SOFLO teammate Shelby Evans, 7, was third in the 25-yard breaststroke in 21.51, a 0.69 time drop and was also a member of the second-place relay.

SOFLO girls had 19 best times and boys had four time drops.

Lorenzo Bagnuoli, 8, made his Sizzler debut and did well at his first meet.

The meet featured timed final 25-yard races in all four strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle and 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Eva Milevska, Azura 21.92; 7-8, 1. Alina Rodriguez, PB 16.43; SOFLO: 3. Francesca Perry 18:31, time drop, 5. Caitlyn Nguyen 18.83, time drop, 10. Shelby Evans 20.10, time drop, 21. Aanya Robinson 24.06, time drop, 24. Jordan Evans 24.64.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under,1. Wendy LaPietra, PST 23.74; 7-8, 1. Daryna Karachun, YSF 19.10; SOFLO: 3. Caitlyn Nguyen 19.33, time drop,11. Francesca Perry 21.77, time drop, 12. Saree Young 21.80, time drop, 16. Shelby Evans 23.05, 31. Aanya Robinson 25.31, time drop, 34. Jordan Evans 26.43.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Eva Milevska, Azura 26.74; 7-8, 1. Daryna Karachun, YSF 19.92; SOFLO: 2. Caitlyn Nguyen 21.42, time drop, 3. Shelby Evans 21.51, time drop, 6. Francesca Perry 23.46, time drop, 16. Jordan Evans 26.24, time drop, 24. Aanya Robinson 27.39, time drop.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Eva Milevska, Azura 19.64; 7-8, 1. Daryna Karachun, YSF 15.88; SOFLO: 4. Caitlin Nguyen 16.59, time drop, 9. Shelby Evans 17.83, time drop, 14. Saree Young 18.78, time drop, 16. Francesca Perry 18.84, time drop, 29. Jordan Evans 21.57, time drop, 30. Aanya Robinson 21.68, time drop.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. YMCA of South Florida 1:10.88, 2. SOFLO A 1:12.78, time drop.

BOYS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Daniel Gil-Restrepo, CSSC 23.49; 7-8, 1. Caleb Caponera, PB 16.32; SOFLO: 3. Connor Jimenez 17.60, time drop, 19. Lorenzo Bagnuoli 23.85.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Daniel Gil-Restrepo, CSSC 23.21; 7-8, 1. Connor Jimenez, SOFLO 18.20, time drop, 18. Lorenzo Bagnuoli 24.52.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Terrence Cheung, YSF 29.56; 7-8, 1. Caleb Caponera, PB 20.52; SOFLO: 3. Connor Jimenez 21.29, time drop, 40. Lorenzo Bagnuoli 32.87.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Daniel Gil-Restrepo, CSSC 19.64; 7-8, 1. Liam Fothergill, UNMWA 15.51; SOFLO: 3. Connor Jimenez 15.74, time drop, 35. Lorenzo Bagnuoli 22.78.

100-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pine Crest 1:17.20.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Hit The Road This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

NORTH MIAMI, April 13, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will be competing at the North Miami Swim Team Open Invitational and Open Water Festival in Fort Meyers this weekend.

Twenty-one swimmers (12 boys and 9 girls) will compete in 96 individual events and two relays at Miami-Dade College North Campus pool.

Swimmers entered are: Sarah Bedoya, 10; Sebastian Bozeman, 12; Erick Esser, 11; Caterina Fogli, 10; Matias Galarraga, 10; Ethan Hill, 10; Gel’esa Lewis, 10; Brandon Lozano, 8; Gabriela Marin, 9; Jade McVeigh, 13; Matt McVeigh, 10; Julien Perdigon, 12; Francesca Perry, 7; Isabella Perry, 9; Martin Petkov, 9; Jaime Quintana, 12; Juan-Esteban Ramirez, 12; Adrian Sowma, 9; Alexandra Strong, 9; Juan Vallmitjana, 9; and Elizabeth Volovich, 11.

Two sessions will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

OPEN WATER SWIMMING

SOFLO will be well-represented on the Florida Gold Coast Open Water All-Star team at this weekend’s Open Water Festival at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers Saturday and Sunday.

Rafael Rodriguez, Leonardo Mateus, Enrique Rodriguez, Gavin Sheyda and Alejandro Mateus will represent SOFLO. Emma Twombly, Alana Acevedo, Sarah Acevedo, Mallory Schleicher and Fiorella DiSalvo will represent the girls.

It is one of SOFLO’s strongest open water contingents.

On Saturday, relays, team pursuit, Buddy Swim, Youth 500 and Crippen Sunset Mile Benefit Race will be held. On Sunday, the age group events in the 800 meter, 1,000 meters, 2.5K and 5K races will be held. Age groups are 10-and-under, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18.

IF YOU GO

What: FGC Open Sprint Meet Invitational

When: Saturday, two sessions, 830 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Where: Miami Dade College North Campus pool, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami.

Of note: Admission is $4 per session. Heat sheets are free on the host North Miami Swim Team website or Meet Mobile. For information call 786-255-5301.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Head To Sunrise Sizzler On Friday


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, April 13, 2018—-South Florida Aquatic Club is sending nine swimmers, including Lorenzo Bagnuoli making his debut, to the Sunrise 8&Under Sizzler Friday at Sunrise Civic Center.

Bagnuoli, 8, will be joined by teammates (six girls and three boys) Preston Christensen, 8, Jordan Evans, 7, Shelby Evans, 7, Connor Jimenez, 8, Caitlyn Nguyen, 8, Francesca Perry, 7, Aanya Robinson, 7, and Saree Young, 8.

The meet features timed final 25-yard races in all four strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle and 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay.

IF YOU GO

What: Sunrise Swimming 8&Under Sizzler

When: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Warm-up is 5 p.m.

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

Of note: Admission is $3 and heat sheets are $2. A concession stand is available during the meet. For more information call the swim office at 954-747-4635.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson Misses Shot At Another Medal In Two Events, Her Commonwealth Games Come To And End


By Sharon Robb

April 8, 2018—-Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson had a rough day at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Sunday.

After settling for a silver medal in the 50-meter breaststroke, she finished eighth in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.35 seconds at Optus Aquatic Centre.

Aussie Cate Campbell was impressive with the win in 25.59. The Aussies swept the top three spots. Holly Barratt was second in 25.67 and Madeline Groves was third in 25.69.

Less than an hour earlier, Atkinson finished seventh in the 100-meter breaststroke, her signature event in 1:09.83 in the semifinals, failing to make the final. South African Tatjana Schoenmaker was top qualifier in 1:06.65.

It was her final two events of the Commonwealth Games where she took home only one silver medal.

Canadian Kylie Masse won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:05.98 ahead of teammate Taylor Ruck in 2:06.42 and Aussie Emily Seebohm in 2:06.82.

Duncan Scott of Scotland won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.02. Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Aussie Kyle Chambers tied for second in 48.15.

England’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:09.80. Canadian Sarah Darcel was second in 2:11.14 just edging out teammate Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson was third in 2:11.74.

In an exciting 50-meter backstroke final, Aussie Mitch Larkin outsprinted teammate Ben Treffers, 24.68-24.84. Zac Incerti completed the Aussie sweep in 25.06.

Australia remained undefeated in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay final in a Games record of 7:05.97. Relay members were Alexander Graham, Kyle Chalmers, Elijah Winnington and Mack Horton. They are 4-for-4 in relays.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Atkinson Will Try Again For First Gold On Sunday At XXI Commonwealth Games


By Sharon Robb

April 7, 2018—Alia Atkinson has another shot at a gold medal Sunday at the XXI Commonwealth Games at newly-renovated Optus Aquatic Centre in Gold Coast Australia.

Atkinson, who took silver in the 50-meter breaststroke earlier in the week, qualified seventh for the 50-meter butterfly final in a lifetime best 26.84.

Australia took the top three qualifying spots with Madeline Groves, 25.54; Cate Campbell, 25.56; and Holly Barratt, 25.88.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer and four-time Jamaican Olympian will also compete in Sunday’s 100-meter breaststroke prelims, her third and final event and signature event.

In Day Four finals:

South African Chad Le Clos won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:54.00. He led from start to finish to break the Commonwealth Games record and win by nearly two seconds over Aussie David Morgan in 1:56.36.

Aussie Cate Campbell broke her own Commonwealth Games record in the 50-meter freestyle final in 23.78. It is her first international meet since her post-Olympic hiatus. Aussie Bronte Campbell and Taylor Ruck of Canada tied for the silver medal in 24.26.

England’s Adam Peaty won the 100-meter breaststroke in 58.84, just off his Games record. He did complete a four-year unbeaten run in the event since Glasgow in 2014. Brit teammate James Wilby was second in 59.43 and South African Cameron van der Burgh was third in 59.44.

Canadian Kylie Masse won the 100-meter backstroke in 58.63. Aussie Emily Seebohm was second in 58.66 and Ruck was third in 58.97.

South African Tatjana Schoenmaker won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:22.02. England’s Molly Renshaw was second in 2:23.28 and Chloe Tutton of Wales was third in 2:23.42.

Through April 15, more than 70 nations will compete. The Commonwealth Games have been held since 1930, open only to athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, including countries such as Australia, Canada, India and United Kingdom.

While there are only 52 countries in the Commonwealth of Nations, 70 countries compete in the Commonwealth Games.

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