SOFLO Heads To Gulliver Winter Invite, Masters Compete In Fort Lauderdale Masters Challenge This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

February 14, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club heads to Miami for the Gulliver Winter Invite this weekend.

The short course yards meet, that begins Friday with distance, is timed finals.

Host Gulliver Swim Club and South Florida Aquatic Club have the largest contingents in the Florida Gold Coast meet.

Most of the field are Dade County teams including Metro Aquatics, Hialeah, Blue Marlins, Hurricanes Swimming, Florida Keys and Miami Swimming. Among other teams are Heritage Aquatics and Swim Fort Lauderdale. Host Gulliver and Metro Aquatics have the most top seeds.

SOFLO has 55 swimmers (29 boys and 26 girls)competing in 298 individual events. Mariann Catalasan, 12, is among SOFLO highest seed swimmers.

FORT LAUDERDALE MASTERS CHALLENGE

South Florida Aquatic Club will have four swimmers competing in the three-day meet at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

The swimmers are Paula Berti, 49, Emmanuel Butmankiewicz, 33, Arnold Foote, 52, and Rafael Naranjo, 37.

SOFLO will be among a field of 30 masters teams. The meet begins Friday at 6 p.m. On Saturday it starts 11 a.m. On Sunday the 1,650 freestyle begins 9 a.m. followed by the remaining events at 11 a.m.

IF YOU GO

What: Gulliver Winter Classic (SCY)

When: Friday-Sunday.

Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 5 p.m.; Saturday, Session II, 9 a.m.; Session III, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 10 a.m., Session V, 3 p.m.

Where: Gulliver Swim Club, 6575 North Kendall Drive, Miami.

Of note: All sessions are timed finals. Admission is $6 per session. Heat sheets are posted online. Concessions will be provided. For more information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1465.

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

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Remembering Nicholas Dworet: You Are Loved, You Are Missed


By Sharon Robb
Reprinted from February 15, 2018

PARKLAND, February 14, 2019—-The swimming community is saddened beyond belief by the senseless death of Nicholas Dworet.

The swimmer was one of 17 killed during one of the deadliest school shootings Wednesday at his beloved high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Dworet, a high school and club swimmer in the Florida Gold Coast, was headed to the University of Indianapolis on an academic scholarship this fall. The program is ranked in the top five of NCAA Division II swimming.

Dworet was a member of TS Aquatics and before that Coral Springs Swim Club. Dworet earned second team All-County honors in the freestyle and consistently ranked among the county’s top swimmers in the honor roll.

In the past 18 months since he joined TS Aquatics, he turned his life around for the better. He focused on his academics and training and improved from a middle-of-the-pack swimmer according to TS Aquatics Coach Andre Bailey. He found purpose and focus and was ready to start the next chapter of his academic and swimming career, Bailey said. Bailey said he was making all the right choices. Dworet of Swedish descent, had hoped to earn a spot on the Swedish national swim team.

“I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart, he just took his life in his hands… he chiseled and molded his life,” Bailey told the Indianapolis Star. “This kid went from being listless and going through the motions to planning ahead and organizing his life. He was an all-around great kid. Everybody loved him.”

Dworet was team captain on TS Aquatics and known as “swim daddy.” He took the younger swimmers under his wing and helped to motivate them at practice.

“This is a kid who went from middle-of- the-pack last year to being just lights out,” Bailey said. “He helped put our program on the map.”

Bailey was with Dworet’s family when they got the notification of his death Thursday morning. He was one of the first victims to be identified after his family shared his photo on social media.

“Nicholas was a happy young man who embodied the values of our program,” TS Aquatics posted. “He was an amazing person as well as a great swimmer. A young man who had changed his life recently and was on a major upswing in his life.

“Nick you have touched everyone on TS Aquatics in one way or another, whether it was your smile, your jokes, or your very positive attitude. You will be forever missed.”

Swimmers, coaches and friends have been sharing their condolences on social media around the U.S.

Said TS Aquatics Coach Marty Grady: “He was not only a good swimmer but a good person. A happy young man. Nick, you have touched everyone on the team in one way or another, you will be very missed.”

Said one tweet, “Once a greyhound, always a greyhound. Nicholas Dworet would have been with us at UIndy this fall, and we’ll make sure that’s never forgotten.”

“Heaven has gained an angel today,” said another tweet. “We love you Nick.”

Said a friend on Facebook, “Please pray for the family and friends of Nicholas Dworet. Nick was a hero, thinking of his younger brother before himself through all that evil. May God bless him and the people who loved him.”

At St. Thomas Aquinas High School during Thursday morning prayer service, 17 white balloons were released in honor of those who lost their lives.

UIndy President Robert L. Manuel and swim coach Jason Hite have been in contact with the Dworet family and will continue to offer support.

“Nick’s death is a reminder that we are connected to the larger world, and when tragedy hits in places around the world, it often times affects us at home,” Manuel said in a statement emailed to the Indianapolis Star.

Swim parent Steven Meyer, whose son and daughter swim with Dworet at TS Aquatics, also posted a touching dedication on Facebook:

“Nick was a great kid. A long-time teammate of our children and an all-around great kid from a great family. We are at a loss for word right now. Our son always looked up to Nick at Coral Springs and also TS Aquatics. Kiddo you will be missed, such a devastating senseless loss. So many friends and families in this community are devastated.

“As parents, we cannot imagine what your family is going through right now. Thank you for always pushing and supporting Alexander. Whether in public or private, he will always admire and look up to you.”

One friend wrote a final heartwrenching tribute on Instagram to Dworet: “We had class together earlier in the day. ‘See you tomorrow,’ you said as you walked out. But I won’t see you tomorrow, or next week, or next month. We walked into kindergarten together, so knowing that you won’t be walking across the stage at graduation with me in a few months is devastating and heartbreaking.”

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

SOFLO Swimmers Shine At FGC North Miami Swim Team Open Invite


By Sharon Robb

NORTH MIAMI, February 11, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club had several outstanding swims at the Feb. 2 Florida Gold Coast North Miami Swim Team Open Invite at Miami-Dade College North Campus Aquatic Center.

SOFLO had 36 swimmers (16 girls and 20 boys) competing in 167 individual events and four relays in two sessions.

Among SOFLO winners were:

Shelby Evans, 200-yard freestyle, 3:00.05, time drop.

Francesca Perry, 25-yard backstroke, 19.25, time drop; 25-yard butterfly, 18.46; 25-yard freestyle, 18.35; 50-yard butterfly, 42.48.

Alexandra Strong, 100-yard backstrokke, 1:26.56, time drop; 100-yard freestyle, 1:15.98; 50-yard backstroke, 39.91, time drop.

Leah Pando, 100-yard backstrokg, 1:08.79, time drop; 200-yard backstroke, 2:22.22, time drop.

Stefano Mazzi, 100-yard backstroke, 1:16.00; 50-yard butterfly, 34.10; 50-yard backstroke, 36.79.

Marvan Ekanayake, 100-yard backstroke, 1:13.94; 50-yard butterfly, 33.05.

Hashan Ekanayake, 50-yard backstroke, 34.71, time drop.

Luca Hincapie, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:19.81, time drop.

Ethan McPeek, 100-yard individual medley, 1:15.04.

The meet was co-hosted by North Miami Swim Team and City of North Miami.

In addition to SOFLO, six other Florida Gold Coast teams competed. They were Eagle Aquatics, Metro Aquatics, Olympus, Ransom Everglades and Shelton Doral and host North Miami Swim Team. No team results were kept.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Shelby Evans, SOFLO 3:00.05, time drop; Open, 1. Chloe Gonzalez, Unattached 2:05.22; SOFLO: 9. Emma Schain 2:17.86, 12. Dahlia Hirsh 2:30.66, 13. Pilar Duranti 2:31.17.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Zoe Barreto, OSC 29.03; 7-8, 1. Francesca Perry, SOFLO 19.25, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Jordan Evans 22.06, time drop.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Alexandra Strong, SOFLO 1:26.56, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Mikhel Martin 1:29.45, time drop, 3. Gabriele Salgado 1:33.84; 11-12, 1. Leah Pando, SOFLO 1:08.79, time drop; 13-14, 1. Luna Balzano, EA 1:07.21; 15-and-over, 1. Lilly Shaleesh, EA 1:38.68.

200-yard butterfly:
Open, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:2w0.54.

25-yard butterfly:
8-and-under, 1. Francesca Perry, SOFLO 18.46.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Anastasia Morales, EA 25.56; 7-8, 1. Francesca Perry, SOFLO 18.35; SOFLO: 2. Jordan Evans 18.89, time drop.

100-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:13.45; 13-14, 1. Rachel Yordi, OSC 1;10.40; SOFLO: 2. Emma Schain 1:18.38; 15-and-over, 1. Iliza Aguiar, EA 1:15.22.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Makayla Montengro, MAC 43.80; SOFLO: 2. Gianna Martin 43.93, time drop, 3. Alessandra Gendarmi 44.42, time drop, 4. Shelby Evans 46.66, 8. Jordan Evans 51.65, time drop, 9. Gabrielle Salgado 51.91, time drop.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Makayla Montengro, MAC 1:22.30; SOFLO: 2. Isabella Perry 1:29.01, time drop, 3. Mikhel Martin 1:30.14, time drop, 4. Alessandra Gendarmi 1:31.05, 5. Shelby Evans 1:35.89, 6. Gabriela Marin 1:37.20, time drop; 11-12, 1. Kiera Rampersad, NMST 1:09.37; 13-14, 1. Rachel Yordi, OSC 1:05.11; 15-and-over, 1. Lilly Shaleesh, EA 1:46.22.

200-yard backstroke:
Open, 1. Leah Pando, SOFLO 2:22.22, time drop.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Alexandra Strong, SOFLO 1:15.98; SOFLO: 2. Alessandra Gendarmi 1:16.67, 3. Isabella Perry 1:16.94, 4. Mikhel Martin 1:20.84, 6. Gabriela Marin 1:26.79, time drop, 8. Shelby Evans 1:27.48, time drop, 9. Gianna Martin 1:27.85, 10. Gabrielle Salgado 1:28.62, time drop; 11-12, 1. Kiera Rampersad, NMST 1:03.70; SOFLO: 2. Pilar Duranti 1:10.83, time drop; 13-14, 1. Rachel Yordi, OSC 58.01; SOFLO: 3. Emma Schain 1:02.44; 15-and-over, 1. Samantha Boothe, NMST 1:00.52.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Francesca Perry, SOFLO 42.48; SOFLO: 2. Isabella Perry 43.87, 4. Gabriela Marin 47.50, time drop; 11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 27.58; 13-14, 1. Mia Gelin, EA 30.92; 15-and-over, 1. Lauren Silva, RANS 30.88.

200-yard breaststroke:
Open, 1. Iliza Aguiar, EA 2:41.24; SOFLO: 2. Leah Pando 2:52.10, 3. Emma Schain 2:52.61.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Makayla Montenegro, MAC 1:33.31; SOFLO: 2. Aleassandra Gendarmi 1:41.88, 3. Gianna Martin 1:49.56, time drop, 5. Mikhel Martin 1:53.19.

50-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 34.12; SOFLO: 3. Dahlia Hirsh 38.63, time drop; 13-14, 1. Luna Balzano, EA 36.80; 15-and-over, 1. Stephie Deybach, RANS 35.84.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Makayla Montenegro, MAC 33.84; SOFLO: 2. Isabella Perry 34.19, 3. Alexandra Strong 34.90, time drop, 4. Alessandra Gendarmi 34.94, 6. Gabrielle Salgado 38.61; 11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 24.70; SOFLO: 4. Genesis Escobar 31.50, time drop, 6. Dahlia Hirsh 32.46, 7. Pilar Duranti 32.89; 13-14, 1. Rachel Yordi, OSC 25.21; 15-and-over, 1. Chloe Gonzalez, Unattahced 27.05.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Alexandra Strong, SOFLO 39.91, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Isabella Perry 40.35, 3. Gabrielle Salgado 45.39, 8. Gabriela Marin 49.63; 11-12, 1. Arina Dehalo, NMST 34.72; SOFLO: 3. Pilar Duranti 39.26, time drop; 13-14, 1. Luna Balzano, EA 31.84; SOFLO: 2. Emma Schain 35.25.

100-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Victoria Reveron, OSC 1:09.77; SOFLO: 3. Genesis Escobar 1:33.86; 13-14, 1. Rachel Yordi, OSC 1:03.23; 15-and-over, 1. Lauren Silva, RANS 1:10.73.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Makayla Montenegro, MAC 2:54.82; Open, 1. Iliza Aguiar, EA 2:20.98; SOFLO: 7. Genesis Escobar 2:55.00, 8. Pilar Duranti 2:56.41, time drop.

200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-unde, 1. Eagle Aquatics 2:08.12, 2. SOFLO 2:26.08 (Alessandra Gendarmi, Mikhel Martin, Gianna Martin, Isabella Perry); Open, 1. Eagle Aquatics 1:47.18, 3. SOFLO 2:02.36 (Leah Pando, Dahlia Hirsch, Leanne Sorensen, Emma Schain).

500-yard freestyle:
Open, 1. Chloe Gonzalez, Unattached 5:35.20.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Mark Shutov, NMST 2:27.53; SOFLO: 6. Emiliano Cavani 2:57.07; Open, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 1:50.70; SOFLO: 5. Adrian Hernandez 2:07.19, time drop, 7. Hashan Ekanayake 2:11.52, time drop, 10. Austin Nelson 2:18.69, 11. Luca Hincapie 2:19.04.

25-yard backstroke:
8-and-under, 1. Luca Nery-Martins, OSC 22.43.

25-yard breaststroke:
8-and-under, 1. Niko Ramirez, MAC 26.17; SOFLO: 2. Matthew Ortiz 28.12, time drop.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Stefano Mazzi, SOFLO 1:16.00; SOFLO: 4. Dylan McVeigh 1:46.16, time drop; 11-12, 1. Marvan Ekanayake, SOFLO 1:13.94; SOFLO: 3. Benjamin Kim 1:16.21, time drop, 4. Alessio Mazzi 1:17.19, 6. Nicholas Pelaez 1:17.50, time drop, 7. Thomas Pereira-Ramallo 1:28.13, time drop, 8. Isacc Nones 1:37.58, time drop; 13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 55.23; SOFLO: 3. Austin Nelson 1:09.19, 4. Adrian Hernandez 1:10.20; 15-and-over, 1. Tim Phung, NMST 1:03.31.

200-yard butterfly:
Open, 1. Sal Perez, Unattached 2:08.75.

25-yard butterfly:
8-and-under, 1. Ian Estrada, Unattached 21.59; SOFLO: 2. Matthew Ortiz 21.63, time drop.

25-yard freestyle
8-and-under, 1. Ian Estrada, Unattached 19.02.

100-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Luca Hincapie, SOFLO 1:19.81, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Benjamin Kim 1:25.30, 5. Felipe Rodriguez 1:33.45, time drop, 6. Matt McVeigh 1:33.66, 7. Thomas Pereira-Ramallo 1:39.71, time drop; 13-14, 1. Jon Desrouleaux, NMST 1:22.54; 15-and-over, 1. Nikita Efimov, USC 1:04.17.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 39.08; SOFLO: 10. Logan McPeek 52.40, time drop, 11. Dylan McVeigh 55.76.

100-yard individual medley
10-and-under, 1. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 1:15.68; SOFLO: 4. Logan McPeek 1:43.12, time drop; 11-12, 1. Ethan McPeek, SOFLO 1:15.04; SOFLO: 2. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 1:15.14, time drop, 4. Benjamin Kim 1:15.89, time drop, 5. Jaden Amores 1:18.10, time drop, 6. Nicholas Perez 1:20.00, time drop, 7. Alessio Mazzi 1:20.37, time drop, 9. Felipe Rodriguez 1:28.52; 13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 55.84; 15-and-over, 1. Ben Phung, NMST 1:03.32.

200-yard backstroke:
Open, 1. Sal Perez, Unattached 2:05.37; SOFLO: 7. Marvan Ekanayake 2:35.28, time drop.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Elan Beker, NMST 1:11.21; 11-12, 1. Tomas Fermin, Unattached 1:00.22; SOFLO: 3. Ethan McPeek 1:02.70, time drop, 7. Alessio Mazzi 1:05.97, 8. Jaden Amores 1:09.09, time drop, 9. Nicholas Perez 1:09.45, 10. Matt McVeigh 1:16.03; 13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 50.87; SOFLO: 3. Adrian Hernandez 58.25, 4. Austin Nelson 1:02.31; 15-and-over, 1. Claudio Reveron, OSC 54.19.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Stefano Mazzi, SOFLO 34.10; SOFLO: 6. Matthew Ortiz 46.91; 11-12, 1. Marvan Ekanayake, SOFLO 33.05; SOFLO: 2. Hashan Ekanayake 33.20, time drop, 4. Nicholas Perez 35.26, 5. Jordan Amores 35.72, time drop; 13-14, 1. Govind Gurnani, Unattached 34.81; 15-and-over, 1. Ben Phung, NMST 25.44.

200-yard breaststroke:
Open, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 2:13.12; SOFLO: 4. Ethan McPeak 3:01.19, 6. Matt McVeigh 3:18.68, 8. Emiliano Cavani 3:53.31.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 1:27.55; SOFLO: 2. Stefano Mazzi 1:34.13, 5. Dyan McVeigh 2:00.53.

50-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Joshua Barreto, OSC 37.39; SOFLO: 2. Benjamin Kim 40.79, time drop, 3. Felipe Rodriguez 41.28, time drop, 5. Matt McVeigh 42.68, 6. Thomas Pereira-Ramallo 46.24, 9. Isaac Nones 53.22; 13-14, 1. Joshua Epstein 39.10; 15-and-over, 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 30.02.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Mark Shutov, NMST 29.70; SOFLO: 3. Stefano Mazzi 31.76, 9. Logan McPeek 38.62, time drop; 11-12, 1. Tomas Fermin, Unattached 27.11; SOFLO: 4. Marvan Ekanayake 29.27, time drop, 5. Hashan Ekanayake 29.30, 6. Ethan McPeek 29.36, 9. Alessio Mazzi 30.63, 10. Joshua Amores 31.87, time drop, 11. Nicholas Pelaez 31.91; 13-14, 1. Aria Besharat, NMST 22.25; 15-and-over, 1. Claudio Reveron, OSC 24.17.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Stefano Mazzi, SOFLO 36.79; SOFLO: 5. Logan McPeek 44.37, time drop, 6. Dylan McVeigh 49.21; 11-12, 1. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 34.71, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Alessio Mazzi 35.35, time drop, 4. Benjamin Kim 35.58, 5. Jaden Amores 36.52, time drop, 9. Felipe Rodriguez 45.80, time drop, 11. Isaac Nones 47.78, time drop; 13-14, 1. Aria Besharat, NMST 29.02; SOFLO: 2. Austin Nelson 32.53; 15-and-over, 1. Luca Lesentier, Unattached 26.77.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Emihilo Reveron, OSC 1:21.64; 11-12, 1. Tomas Fermin, Unattached 1:06.50; SOFLO: 2. Luca Hincapie 1:10.13, 4. Marvan Ekanayake 1:15.51, time drop, 5. Ethan McPeek 1:15.95, time drop, 13-14, 1. Michel Baltodano, Unattached 1:06.73; SOFLO: 2. Adrian Hernandez 1:10.13, 3. Austin Nelson 1:15.40; 15-and-over, 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 56.71.

200-yard individual medley:
Open, 1. Luca Lesentier, Unattached 2:12.60; SOFLO: 3. Luca Hincapie 2:34.08, time drop.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. North Miami 1:34.65, 4. SOFLO A 1:54.92 (Austin Nelson, Ethan McPeek, Hashan Ekanayake, Adrian Hernandez), 5. SOFLO B 2:00.06 (Marvan Ekanayake, Alessio Mazzi, Nicolas Perez, Luca Hincapie).

500-yard freestyle:
Open, 1. Sal Perez, Unattached 4:59.22; SOFLO: 3. Adrian Hernandez 5:36.71, 8. Emiliano Cavni 8:04.05.

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

Rodriguez Leads SOFLO In Final Session Of FGC Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier In Plantation


By Sharon Robb

February 10, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers ended on a good note in the third and final session Saturday of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:15.63. He was also sixth in the 100-meter butterfly in 59.53. He finished with 20 points.

SOFLO’s “A” relay was second in the 200-meter mixed freestyle relay in 1:47.64, losing by just 6/100ths of a second with members Juan Colmenares, Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny and Robert Wilson.

At 13, SOFLO’s Alexis Christensen of NSU University School was the youngest finisher in the 1500-meter freestyle, placing fourth in 19:35.12.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, had another time drop, this time in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:09.60.

Sebastian Lares, 14, also had two more time drops in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:18.54 and 100-meter butterfly in 59.53.

Nicholas Chaimowicz, 16, was sixth in the 1500-meter freestyle in 18:20.2 ahead of teammate Christian Tijero, seventh in 19:13.68.

In addition to SOFLO and Canada, among teams that competed were Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatic, Foxjets, Hammerhead Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Mako Aquatics, Flood Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team and TS Aquatics.

SATURDAY SESSION III RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter mixed freestyle relay:
1. PAQ 1:47.58, 2. SOFLO A 1:47.64 (Juan Colmenares, Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny, Robert Wilson), 3. SOFLO B 1:47.87, , 10. SOFLO D 1:53.71.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Alexsandra Maslova, Unattached 2:23.48, 2. Paige MacEachern, ECAC 2:26.19, 3. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:28.85; SOFLO: 7. Molly Golding 2:32.16, 14. Olivia Dinehart 2:34.86.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Allyson Ponson, Unattached 57.98, 2. Solana Capalbo, Azura 1:00.36, 3. Megan Murphy, ECAC 1:00.93; SOFLO: 8. Kathleen Golding 1:01.58, 9. Mary Smutny 1:01.65, 12. Mallory Schleicher 1:02.00.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Corinne Davenport, SFTL 1:03.41, 2. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 1:04.97, 3. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 1:06.46, 8. Mary Smutny 1:08.45, 11. Molly Golding 1:08.88, time drop, 15. Mallory Schleicher 1:09.60, time drop.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 4:37.88, 2. Avery Lambert, Bolles 4:40.47, 3. Mariana Cote, MWA 4Z:42.16.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:44.86, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 2:47.64, 3. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 2:50.62.

100-meter backstroke:
1. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:06.65, 2. Solana Capalbo, Azura 1:07.98, 3. Chloe Skogg, FOXJ 1:08.19.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 35.86, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 36.01, 3. Jennifer Rodriguez, MAC 37.05.

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Lydia Lanahan, TSA 18:31.20, 2. Mariangela Cincotti, Azura 18:31.39, 3. Olivia Wieber, SF 19:06.29; SOFLO: 4. Alexis Christensen 19:35.12.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:
1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:13.05, 2. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2;15.63, 3. Kevin DeGrijze, ECAC 2:16.54; SOFLO: 6. Sebastian Lares 2:18.54, time drop.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Ben Mayes, HAFL 51.29, 2. Runar Borgen, PAQ 52.82, 3. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 53.22; SOFLO: 15. Robert Wilson 56.27, 16. Rafael Rodriguez 56.50.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 55.87, 2. Steven Aimable, Unattached 56.24, 3. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 57.97; SOFLO: 6. Rafael Rodriguez 59.53, 12. Miguel Sierra 1:02.61, 13. Sebastian Lares 1:02.78, time drop, 16. Juan Colmenares 1:03.74.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Luis Bucaro, TSA 4:16.68, 2. Cristian Tortola, Azura 4:17.83, 3. Nicholas Vale, PC 4:17.98.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:28.12, 2. Carlos Nava, MAC 2:33.07, 3. Kevin DeGrijze, ECAC 2:33.37.

100-meter backstroke:
1. Marco Cabrera, Unattached 1:01.08, 2. Hernan Gonzalez, Unattached 1:02.21, 3. Davante Carey, MAC 1:02.47.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Cameron Brown, Azura 31.55, 2. Brandon Moran, Azura 32.16, 3. Erald Thompson III 32.30.

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Andres Vargas, MAC 17:06.95, 2. Cameron Taddonio, BRST 17:51.69, 3. Cristian Tortola, Azura 18:15.27; SOFLO: 6. Nicholas Chaimowicz 18:20.02, 7. Christian Tijero 19:13.68.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Successful During Session II Of Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier In Plantation


By Sharon Robb

February 9, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got in some good racing against a competitive field during Saturday’s Session II of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

South Florida Aquatic Club won the 200-meter mixed medley relay in 1:58.92 ahead of St. Andrew’s in 1:59.65 and Metro Aquatics in 2:01.09. Winning relay members were Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Kathleen Golding and Mary Smutny.

SOFLO had three other relays in the Top 10. Smutny and Golding also won individual events.

Smutny, 18, won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:08.92. She was also second in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:24.04.

Golding, 18, won the 400-meter individual medley in 5:06.45.

Gaby Banks, 16, was second in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.73.

Sebastian Lares, 14, was second in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:57.95. Dominic Bono was fourth in 5:00.53.

Lance Lesage, 16, was third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.86 and was fifth in the 50-meter backstroke in 29.13.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, swam a lifetime-best in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:28.12, shaving 0.66 seconds off her previous best of 2:28.78 and finished fourth. She was also ninth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:31.83.

Molly Golding was fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:17.23.

In addition to SOFLO and Canada, among teams that competed were Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatic, Foxjets, Hammerhead Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Mako Aquatics, Flood Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team and TS Aquatics.

SATURDAY SESSION II RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter mixed medley relay:
1. SOFLO A 1:58.92 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:59.65, 3. Metro Aquatics 2:01.09, 5. SOFLO B 2:04.86, 8. SOFLO C 2:06.66, 10. SOFLO D 2:06.72.

200-meter freestyle:
1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:08.92, 2. Emily Trieschman, SAS 2:11.59, 3. Nicole Gomez, NPB 2:11.96.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 5:06.45, 2. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 5:08.86, 3. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 5:10.36; SOFLO: 6. Molly Golding 5:18.78, 8. Olivia Dinehart 5:22.73, 9. Maddie Smutny 5:25.70.

200-meter butterfly:
1. Aleksandra Maslova, Unattached 2:19.91, 2. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:24.04, 3. Mallory Miller, FOX 2:27.15; SOFLO: 4. Mallory Schleicher 2:28.12, time drop, 8. Sarah Acevedo 2:34.66; SOFLO: 12. Maddie Smutny 2:39.70.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Allyson Ponson, Unattached 26.06, 2. Gaby Banks, SOFLO 27.73, 3. Solana Capablso, Azura 27.75; SOFLO: 7. Kathleen Golding 28.06.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 2:20.40, 2. Hanna Henderson, Canada 2:21.36, 3. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:22.76; SOFLO: 9. Mallory Schleicher 2:31.83.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 1:13.64, 2. Kierra Smith, Canada 1:14.08, 3. Shayna Fetes, SAS 1:16.43; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 1:17.23, 7. Olivia Dinehart 1:19.36.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Hanna Henderson, Canada 28.40, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 29.03, 3. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 29.13; SOFLO: 6. Kathleen Golding 30.41, 10. Gaby Banks 31.44.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Celina Marquez, Azura 30.56, 2. Keianna Moss, MAC 31.53, 3. Solana Capalbo, Azura 32.04.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Nicholas Vale, PC 1:57.03, 2. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 1:57.95, 3. Runar Borgen, PAQ 1:58.39.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Matheo Mateos, Azura 4:48.72, 2. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 4:57.95, 3. Max Wilson, STSA 4:59.29; SOFLO: 4. Dominic Bono 5:00.53, 9. Leonardo Mateus 5:04.49.

200-meter butterfly:
1. Mack Darragh, Canada 2:04.86, 2. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 2:10.02, 3. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:10.06; SOFLO: 6. Philopatier Ibrahim 2:16.35, 8. Javier Roman 2:21.25, time drop.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Ben Mayes, HAFL 22.69, 2. Luciano Gonzalez, Unattached 23.94, 3. Philippe Marcoux, SFTL 23.96; SOFLO: 12. Robert Wilson 25.67.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:08.97, 2. Yuri Kisil, Canada 2:09.49, 3. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 2:14.86; SOFLO: 12. Dominic Bono 2:21.05, 16. Sebastian Lares 2:23.57, time drop, 17. Leonardo Mateus 2:26.36, 20. Miguel Sierra 2:27.73.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Mack Darragh, Canada 1:06.75, 2. Carlos Nava, MAC 1:09.11, 3. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:10.06; SOFLO: 5. Juan Pablo Pineda 1:10.37, 11. Javier Roman 1:12.59, 14. Juan Mora 1:14.09.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 25.28, 2. Luciano Gonzalez, Unattached 25.70, 3. Yuri Kisil, Canada 25.83.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Matheo Mateos, Azura 27.73, 2. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 28.13, 3. Hernan Gonzlez, Unattached 28.34; SOFLO: 5. Lance Lesage 29.13, 14. Juan Colmenares 30.69, time drop.

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

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Wins First Event Of Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier In Plantation


By Sharon Robb

February 8, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers dominated the opening event of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:51.45. Teammate Philopatier Ibrahim, 16, was fifth in 9:08.15.

Top seed Kathleen Golding, 18, was the first girls finisher in a best time 9:08.15, bettering her previous best of 9:16.69. She was also sixth overall.

SOFLO had 11 swimmers finish among the Top 20.

SOFLO has 49 swimmers (24 girls and 25 boys) competing in 192 individual events and two relay events.

Canada, led by 18-year-old Penny Oleksiak, heads one of the most competitive fields for the meet. Swim Fort Lauderdale’s Philippe Marcoux, 19, is on college break and heads the boys field.

In addition to SOFLO and Canada, among teams competing are Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatic, Foxjets, Hammerhead Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Mako Aquatics, Flood Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team and TS Aquatics.

FRIDAY RESULTS
Mixed 800-meter freestyle:

1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 8:51.45; 2. Pace Edwards, FAST 9:03.10, 3. Cristian Tortola, Azura 9:03.31, 4. Patrick Doyle, Sunrise 9:05.11, 5. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 9:08.12, 6. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 9:08.15, 7. Enrique Rodriguez, Azura 9:08.78, 8. Robert Wilson, SOFLO 9:09.42, 9. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 9:10.94, 10. Matthew Gocke, SFTL 9:12.54; SOFLO: 11. Dominic Bono 9:21.95, 12. Leonardo Mateus 9:24.22, 14. Olivia Dinehart 9:37.40, 15. Nicolas Rossi 9:40.37, 16. Maddie Smutny 9:45.14, 17. Avery Lambert, Bolles 9:46.09, 18. John Trieu, FAST 9:47.82, 19. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 9:48.94, 20. Mariangela Cincotti, Azura 9:50.11; SOFLO: 22. Lucy Smutny 9:56.45, 24. Elena Dinehart 9:58.19, 29. Alexis Christensen 10:16.06.

IF YOU GO

What: FGC Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier

When: Saturday

Schedule: Saturday, Session II, 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m., Session III, 3:45 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation

Of note: Admission is $5 per person, per session. All sessions passes are available. Heat sheets will be posted online and Meet Mobile. For more information, call 954-452-2526.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Hit The Road For Sectional Qualifier In Plantation


By Sharon Robb

February 8, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will hit the road for the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier at Plantation Aquatic Complex scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

SOFLO has 49 swimmers (24 girls and 25 boys) competing in 192 individual events and two relay events.

The meet opens 5 p.m. on Friday with the 800 freestyle in Session I. Two more sessions are scheduled for Saturday at 8:45-10 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., all timed finals.

Among SOFLO top seeds are:

Kathleen Golding, 18, 800-meter freestyle, 9:16.69; 400-meter individual medley, 4:49.23; 100-meter freestyle, 56.20.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, 800-meter freestyle, 8:33.24.

Mary Smutny, 18, 200-meter freestyle, 2:01.81; 200-meter butterfly, 2:14.85; 100-meter butterfly, 1:01.19.

Dominic Bono, 15, 400-meter individual medley, 4:46.27.

Javier Roman, 15, 100-meter breaststroke, 33.18.

Canada, led by 18-year-old Penny Oleksiak, heads one of the most competitive fields for the meet. Swim Fort Lauderdale’s Philippe Marcoux, 19, is on college break and heads the boys field.

In addition to SOFLO and Canada, among teams competing are Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatic, Foxjets, Hammerhead Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Mako Aquatics, Flood Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team and TS Aquatics.

IF YOU GO

What: FGC Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier

When: Friday-Saturday

Schedule: Friday, Session I, 5 p.m.; Saturday, Session II, 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m., Session III, 3:45 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation

Of note: Admission is $5 per person, per session. All sessions passes are available. Heat sheets will be posted online and Meet Mobile. For more information, call 954-452-2526.
Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com.