SOFLO Shines On Day One Of Gulliver Long Course Summer Invitational


By Sharon Robb

May 25, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers had several Top 3 finishes on Day One of the Gulliver Long Course Summer Invitational.

After Friday night’s postponement because of bad weather, SOFLO swimmers didn’t seem to mind showing up early for their distance events before Saturday’s full sessions.

Erika Pelaez, 8, showed her versatility by winning the 10-and-under 50-meter breaststroke in 44.62, 50-meter freestyle in 32.80 and 400-meter freestyle in 5:15.44.

Valerie Vank won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:32.71 and was second in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:49.30 and 50-meter freestyle in 36.63.

Kyana Castro won the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in 2:19.89 and 400-meter freestyle in 5:00.92.

Katrina Del Vecchio won the 11-12 50-meter breaststroke in 39.64.

Zackary Harris won the 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle in 2:32.17 and Michael Arias won the 11-12 race in 2:21.46.

Harris also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:18.06 and 100-meter backstroke in 1:21.06 and led a Top 3 SOFLO sweep in both events.

Harris won the 400-meter freestyle in 5:22.83.

Marcus Vazquez won the 11-12 100-meter backstroke and led another Top 3 SOFLO sweep.

Samuel Bullen won the 10-and-under 50-meter breaststroke in 46.47 and Jie Hoon Lee won the 11-12 race in 38.18. SOFLO dominated the sprint event by sweeping the top three places in both age groups.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

800-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Ksenia Yuskova, Hurricanes 9:13.07, 2. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver 9:13.83, 3. Cameron Davis, Hurricanes 9:34.53.

200-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Ksenia Yuskova, Hurricanes 2:06.09, 2. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver 2:08.32, 3. Heather Arseth, Hurricanes 2:09.20; SOFLO: 4. Kathleen Golding 2:11.30.

100-meter breaststroke:

Open, 1. Emiliana Pelaez, Unattached 1:23.12, 2. Delanie Perez, SOFLO 1:24.54, 3. Gabriella Marchesani, MCDA 1:28.28; SOFLO: 6. Abby Oyetunji 1:32.05, 7. Valentina Carrion 1:32.34, 9. Annita Huang 1:34.31, 10. Anabel Vazquez 1:37.53.

200-meter butterfly:

Open, 1. Natalie Aulicini, Gulliver 2:26.06, 2. Angela Algee, Hurricanes 2:26.16, 3. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 2:27.41; SOFLO: 11. Daniela Curbelo 2:51.46.

50-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Heather Arseth, Hurricanes 27.26, 2. Chantell Peiter, Gulliver 27.95, 3. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 27.96; SOFLO: 8. Abby Oyetunji 29.87, 10. Vanessa Mesa 30.60, 11. Delanie Perez 30.91.

200-meter backstroke:

Open, 1. Ksenia Yuskova, Hurricanes 2:21.94, 2. Julie Suarez, Hurricanes 2:30.79, 3. Natalie Aulicino, Gulliver 2:32.12; SOFLO: 5. Kathleen Golding 2:36.16.

400-meter individual medley:

Open, 1. tie, Natalie Aulicino, Gulliver 5:28.68, Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver 5:28.68, 3. tie, Geena Squartino, SwimFast 5:39.83, Allora Williams, SwimFast 5:39.83; SOFLO: 7. Vanessa Mesa 5;52.47.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Corley Smith, Florida Keys 2:46.61, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 2:49.30, 3. Abbie Sargent, Florida Keys 3:01.98; SOFLO: 4. Mia Escudero 3:06.80, 5. Kaitlyn Barrios 3:11.19, 9. Leah Pando 3:23.61; 11-12, 1. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 2:19.89, 2. Valerie Barreto, Gulliver 2:22.33, 3. Paige Lane, Unattached 2:23.55; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 2:25.95, 5. Sarah Acevedo 2:35.02, 6. Hailey Garbez 2:35.85, 7. Isabella Jurado 2:39.22, 9. Daniela Barreto 2:40.33, 11. Emma Twombly 2:44.79.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 44.62, 2. Abbie Sargent, Florida Keys 45.61, 3. Mia Escudero, SOFLO 47.68; SOFLO: 4. Valerie Vank 48.35, 9. Leah Pando 52.82; 11-12, 1. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOFLO 39.64, 2. Isabella Jurado, SOFLO 40.13, 3. Molly Golding, SOFLO 40.16; SOFLO: 6. Daniela Barreto 45.19, 7. Sophia Bedoya 45.38, 8. Emma Twombly 51.75, 11. Jadyn Parks 54.03.

100-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. Paige Lane, Unattached 1:15.20, 2. Hailey Garbez, SOFLO 1;23.69, 3. Michelle Ordonez, SOFLO 1:28.85; SOFLO: 4. Sarah Acevedo 1:29.49.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 32.80, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 36.63, 3. Corley Smith, Florida Keys 37.22; SOFLO: 4. Kaitlyn Barrios 38.21, 6. Mia Escudero 39.13, 8. Luna Delgado 40.53, 9. Leah Pando 40.76, 11. Kailey Smith 43.19; 11-12, 1. Paige Lane, Unattached 30.28, 2. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 30.53, 3. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOFLO 31.17; SOFLO: 5. Isabella Jurado 32.08, 6. Michelle Ordonez 32.98, 9. Emma Twombly 33.90, 10. Sophia Bedoya 33.96, 11. Daniela Barreto 35.01.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:32.71, 2. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOFLO 1:39.79, 3. Abbie Sargent, Florida Keys 1:40.29; SOFLO: 4. Leah Pando 1:43.34, 7. Mariann Catalasan 1:51.19, 9. Isabella Arcila 1:53.49.

400-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 5:15.44, 2. Corley Smith, Florida Keys 5:56.36, 3. Mia Escudero, SOFLO 6:27.18; 11-12, 1. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 5:00.92, 2. Molly Golding, SOFLO 5:06.70, 3. Paige Lane, Unattached 5:10.51; SOFLO: 4. Michelle Ordonez 5:36.38, 6. Emma Twombly 5:44.86.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 1:56.56, 2. Thiago Sickert, ACE 1:57.25, 3. Nick Carter, Gulliver 2:00.38; SOFLO: 4. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 2:03.91, 7. Rafael Rodriguez 2:05.90, 9. Juan Diaz 2:07.01.

100-meter breaststroke:

Open, 1. Anton Lobanov, ACE 1:03.69, 2. Alessandro Marchesani, MCDA 1:15.23, 3. Andrew Pittman, ACE 1:15.69; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 1:17.91, 5. Samuel Quintero 1:20.93, 6. Julien Pinon 1:23.21, 7. Leonardo Mateus 1:23.37, 8. Wyatt Jennessee 1:24.12.

200-meter butterfly:

Open, 1. tie, Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 2:06.93, Juan Diaz, SOFLO 2:06.93, 3. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 2:12.12.

50-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Anton Lobanov, ACE 24.21, 2. Nick Carter, Gulliver 24.68, 3. Michael Ragan, ACE 24.74; SOFLO: 5. Julien Pinon 25.77, 8. Rafael Rodriguez 27.18, 10. Ricardo Roche 27.80.

200-meter backstroke:

Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 2:11.25, 2. Nick Carter, Gulliver 2:12.66, 3. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOFLO 2:17.01; SOFLO: 6. Jonathan Farah 2:24.41, 7. Juan Diaz 2:26.14, 11. Gabriel Segui 2:33.29.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 4:59.21, 2. Trahern Gribble, Gulliver 5:04.45, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 5:06.47.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 2:32.17, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 2:35.89, 3. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 2:47.03; SOFLO: 4. Logan Gonzalez 2:49.19, 6. Aldo Zepeda 2:51.89, 10. Lucas Porven 3:18.37; 11-12, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO 2:21.46, 2. Edward Hoff, Florida Keys 2:38.08, 3. Benjamin Carey, Gulliver 2:40.92; SOFLO: 4. Nicolas Munoz 2:41.51, 5. Danniell Hughes 2:45.77, 6. Christian Casquez 2:47.60, 9. Gabriel Ferdinand 2:51.24, 11. Tanner Gibson 2:57.66.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Samuel Bullen, SOFLO 46.47, 2. Logan Gonzalez, SOFLO 48.35, 3. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 49.32; SOFLO: 5. Fernando Barreto 52.31, 6. Matthew Kim 52.47, 7. Alessandro Pereira 54.47, 10. Alex Zepeda 54.54; 11-12, 1. Jie Hoon Lee, SOFLO 38.18, 2. Michael Arias, SOFLO 38.50, 3. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 40.58; SOFLO: 6. Marcos Vazquez 46.63, 8. Ryan Alfonso 48.99, 10. Odin Farkas 49.22, 11. Gabriel Ferdinand 49.77.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:18.06, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:22.27, 3. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 1:30.92; SOFLO: 4. Fernando Barreto 1:37.74, 5. Jacob Navarro 1:39.28, 6. Tyler Hering 1:54.10; 11-12, 1. Benjamin Casey, Gulliver 1:37.25, 2. Christian Vasquez, SOFLO 1:37.76, 3. Ryan Alfonso, SOFLO 1:42.17.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Alekzander Gotinsky, MCDA 35.52, 2. Daniel Grant, Florida Keys 36.12, 3. Tyler Hering, SOFLO 36.42; SOFLO: 4. Aldo Zepeda 37.13, 5. Jacob Navarro 37.18, 7. Fernando Barreto 39.70, 9. Matthew Kim 39.95, 10. Samuel Bullen 40.39, 11. Alessandro Pereira 41.01; 11-12, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO 30.03, 2. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 30.62, 3. Edward Hoff, Florida Keys 32.37; SOFLO: 5. Marcos Vazquez 34.89, 7. Ryan Alfonso 35.18, 9. Danniell Hughes 36.07, 10. Christian Vasquez 36.17.

100-meter backstroke

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:21.06, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:25.00, 3. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 1:28.24; SOFLO: 5. Aldo Zepeda 1:34.72, 6. Logan Gonzalez 1:36.05, 7. Tyler Hering 1:36.61, 8. Fernando Barreto 1:40.18, 9. Alessandro Pereira 1:44.30, 10. Matthew Kim 1:49.65,11. Samuel Bullen 1:49.94; 11-12, 1. Marcos Vazquez, SOFLO 1:20.73, 2. Nicolas Munoz, SOFLO 1:22.22, 3. Edward Hoff 1:27.14; SOFLO: 4. Christian Vazquez 1:32.61, 5. Odin Farkas 1:33.85, 6. Tanner Gibson 1:34.37, 10.Ryan Alfonso 1:40.90.

400-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 5:22.83, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 5:45.67, 3. Daniel Grant, Florida Keys 5:58.38; SOFLO: 4. Jacob Navarro 6:04.27; 11-12, 1. Edward Hoff, Florida Keys 5:40.94, 2. Danniell Hughes, SOFLO 5:52.48, 3. Nicolas Munoz, SOFLO 5:52.91; SOFLO: 4. Sebastian Navarro 5:55.66, 5. Gabriel Ferdinand 6:02.22

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Heads Gulliver Long Course Summer Invitational


By Sharon Robb

May 21, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will be getting in some long course racing over the holiday weekend.

SOFLO is among one of the largest teams in the Gulliver Long Course Summer Invitational.

The three-day meet begins on Friday with timed finals in the girls 800-meter freestyle with 47 swimmers and boys 1500-meter freestyle with 35 swimmers.

Gulliver has the largest team with 129 swimmers. SOFLO has 103 swimmers entered.

SOFLO’s contingent is led by Erika Pelaez, 8, Michael Arias, 12, Kyana Castro, 12, Jonathan Farah, 17, Kathleen Golding, 14, Julien Pinon, 16, and Rafael Rodriguez, 13.

IF YOU GO

What: Gulliver Long Course Summer Invitational

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, Timed finals, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Session 1, 9 a.m., Session 2, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Session 3, 10 a.m., Session 4, 3 p.m.

Where: Gulliver Prep School, 6575 SW 88th Street, Miami

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3. For information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1552.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins On Final Night Of Charlotte Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

May 17, 2015—-Still looking for a confidence-building swim, Alia Atkinson got one on the final night of the 31st annual Arena Pro Swim Series at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder from South Florida Aquatic Club stepped up and won in convincing fashion to close out the four-day meet on a good note Sunday in front of a sellout crowd and national television audience.

Atkinson, 26, won her first event of the meet in the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.54, second fastest time in the world this year and just 7/100ths of a second ahead of Olympian Jessica Hardy.

Atkinson had the fastest start off the blocks and broke the water first with a quick turnover to finish strong by out-touching Hardy.

Hardy was closing in fast but was short on the finish as Atkinson had the momentum going into the wall. Hardy finished in 30.61, fourth fastest time in the world.

“It’s a pretty good time considering my 100 and 200 breaststrokes were a bit iffy,” Atkinson said. “I am glad I could turn out a good 50. I am looking forward to a good summer and will see if I can do both the Pan American Games and World Championships.”

Atkinson also made the “C” final of the 100-meter freestyle where she finished eighth in 58.42 and 24th overall. Her prelims time was 57.49.

Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado, 27, of SOFLO was eighth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.99 after going 2:14.53 in prelims. Colombian teammate Jorge Murillo Valdes, 23, was seventh in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.47 bettering his prelim time of 28.63.

Bermuda national champion and SOFLO teammate Lisa Blackburn, at 43 the oldest swimmer in the field, won the “C” final in an impressive 33.96 after going 34.12 in prelims.

Timothy Wynter, 19, was sixth in the “D” final of the 200-meter backstroke and 30th overall in 2:11.15.

After watching Michael Phelps win the “B” final of the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.25 in a “statement swim” Olympian Ryan Lochte came back with his own “statement swim” to win the “A” final in 1:57.20.

Lochte, 30, looked like the old Ryan Lochte taking out the race with powerful strokes to finish with the third fastest time in the world this year in the event he holds the world record in.

“It’s definitely a confidence-booster,” Lochte said. “We were watching Michael’s race in the ready room and he was out like a bullet. I knew he was going to put up a good time. I wish he was in our heat, but when it counts he will be there.

“That swim helps my confidence. Last year was a little rocky. Now I’m back training and feeling good in the water. Things are getting better for my overall confidence and attitude. I feel great.”

In the “B” final, Phelps won by more than a body length in 2:00.25 after swimming 2:03.06 in the morning. Had he done that time in the morning it would have been the fastest qualifying time for the final and would have placed him sixth overall in the final.

Less than 20 minutes later after the 200 IM, Lochte was challenged with the second half of a tough double and managed to finish third in the 200 backstroke in 1:58.96, six seconds off his best time, despite dying in the last 50 meters.

“The coaches said they could see my face for the last 15 meters of the backstroke and I was like crying in my goggles,” Lochte said. “I was in so much pain. I watched the video, I could just see my stroke fall apart at the end. But the time was still good. I felt like I had a good meet.”

Three other swimmers with Florida ties did well on the final night.

Although overshadowed by Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in the 200-meter individual medley, Melanie Margalis, 23, of St. Petersburg had a great swim to finish second in 2:10.57.

Clara Smiddy, 19, of Club Wolverine and AquaKids Sharks was third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:12.27, the top American finisher in the event.

Two-time Bahamian Olympian and Bolles alum Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 25, of SwimMAC just missed sweeping the sprint freestyles, finishing second and just 7/100ths of a second behind 32-year-old veteran Natalie Coughlin in 54.31.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Denmark’s Lotte Friis pulled away early in the race and went on to win in 8:25.07, the sixth best time in the world this season. Friis returned to the Top 10 in the world for the first time this year. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann finished two body lengths behind her in second in 8:28.82.

“I was consistent, that is my specialty my coach calls me a Swiss clock,” Friis said. “I felt comfortable. My goal was to do better than last season here and I did so I am happy.”

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Hungarian Katinka Hosszu won her best event in 2:08.66, a full second faster than the fastest time in the world this year and her fifth win in the meet. Mann, 17, gets the Iron Girl award for finishing the 800 and less than five minutes later returning to the blocks for the second race of the night. Swimming in Lane 4, Mann was among the early leaders and had a great final 50 to tie for third in 2:16.32.

“I just tried to be aggressive and see where I am at right now with my training,” Hosszu said. “I am really, really happy with this time. It is definitely a really good time for me and I am really excited. This gives me a lot of confidence heading into the summer. I am excited to go back and train.”

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Just fifteen minutes after winning the 200 IM, Hosszu went a best time 2:07.79 to win. It was the third fastest time in the world this year. Even Hosszu was surprised at her time on the scoreboard, throwing her arms up in disbelief.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Arkady Vyatchanin of Serbia and New York Athletic Club won his second event of the meet sweeping the backstroke events in a Serbian record 1:56.31, fourth fastest time in the world this season. Defending Olympic champion Tyler Clary was second in 1:58.43. Carlos Omana, 22, of Metro Aquatics was fourth in the “B” final.

“I had the same approach and same goal in the 100, I wanted everything faster than Mesa so it is good because it happened,” Vyatchanin said. “It is a good time for me. Of course, I am motivated by great racing with these guys and doing this. They are great competitors. The fact I was a little bit faster gives me a little more motivation. I am taking baby steps in the right direction.”

Men 50-meter breaststroke: Brazil’s Felipe Lima, who used to train in South Florida, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.72.

“This meet is part of practice for the Pan American Games and World Championships, two big meets ahead,” Lima said. “I am very happy with this time. Now I can go back home and start working next week. I am very confident with myself. I am training hard every day to achieve my goals. I am really happy with results here at this meet.”

Women 100-meter freestyle: Olympic veteran Natalie Coughlin, 32, of Cal Aquatics closed in on early leader Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of SwimMAC to win in 54.24, just 7/100ths of a second ahead of the Bahamian Olympian.

“I have Santa Clara next and then Pan Ams which I am super excited about,” Coughlin said. “I still love this. I love the process of it. I get to work with amazing people. I have great teammates and coach. I love training, the day to day struggle.”

Men 100-meter freestyle: Top qualifier Nathan Adrian, 26, of Cal Aquatics out-touched Italian Marco Orsi to win in 48.85.

“That second 50 I need to be a lot faster, at least a full second faster,” Adrian said. “I will take this time tonight since we are in some tough training now. This summer it will be about execution. If I can execute a race the way I want to then the time will take care of itself. This is the first time I raced in a while so I’m happy.”

Phelps tied for third in “B” final in 49.96. Brazilian Cesar Cielo, seventh fastest qualifier in morning prelims, scratched from the final.

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Connor Jaeger, 24, of Club Wolverine made it look easy, winning in 14:58.13, third fastest time in the world. Egypt’s Ahmed Akaram, 18, swimming unattached, broke the national record.

The Arena Pro Swim Series wraps up in Santa Clara, Calif. June 18-21 where SOFLO is expected to send another large contingent.

SUNDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

800-meter: 1. Lotte Friis, Denmark 8:25.07, 2. Becca Mann, North Baltimore 8:28.82, 3. Leah Smith, Cavalier Swimming 8:29.28; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 19. Casey Francis, Unattached 9:03.49.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:08.66, 2. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 2:10.57, 3. Caitlin Leverenz, Cal Aquatucs 2:11.84; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 24. Emily Kopas, Michigan/Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:22.80, 72. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 2:28.07

200-meter backstroke: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:07.79, 2. Dominique Bouchard, Team Ontario 2;10.25, 3. Clara Smiddy, Club Wolverine 2:12.27; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 8. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 2:15.99.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club 30.54, 2. Jessica Hardy, Trojan Swim Club 30.61, 3. Breeja Larson, Unattached 31.01; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 11. Emily Kopas, Michigan/Swim Fort Lauderdale 33.14, 14. Evita Leter, Metro Aquatics 33.41, 17. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 33.96.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Natalie Coughlin, Cal Aquatics 54.24, 2. Arianna Wallace-Vanderpool, SwimMAC 54.31, 3. Chatal Van Landeghem, Canada 54.65; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 24. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 58.42, 79. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 59.78.

400-meter medley relay: 1. SwimMAC 4:07.07, 2. Team Ontario 4:12.27, 3. Canada 4:13.81.

MEN

200-meter individual medley: 1. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 1:57.20, 2. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 1:58.98, 3. Thiago Pereira, Brazil 1:59.51; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 15. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:05.99, 18. Juan Sequera, Metro Aquatics 2:06.04.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Arkady Vyatchanin, New York Athletic Club 1:56.31, 2. Tyler Clary, SwimMAC 1:58.43, 3. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 1:58.96; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 12. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:03.47, 30. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 2:11.15.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Felipe Lima, Brazil 27.72, 2. Cody Miller, Badger 27.95, 3. Brendan McHugh, Greater Philadelphia 28.01; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 7. Jorge Murillo Valdes, SOFLO 28.47, 25. Juan Sequera, Metro Aquatics 29.84.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 48.85, 2. Marco Orsi, Italy 49.06, 3. Joao De Lucca, Brazil 49.21; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 102. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 53.77.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 14:58.13, 2. Ahmed Akaram, Egypt 15:07.84, 3. Ryan Feeley, Badger 15:38.09.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Brazil 3:38.62, 2. SwimMAC 3:42.44, 3. Team Ontario 3:49.52.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Colorado, Murillo-Valdes Top SOFLO Finishers At Charlotte Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

May 16, 2015—Two of South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers newest pro swimmers made an impression Saturday night at the 31st annual Arena Pro Swim Series at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte, N.C.

Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado, 25, made two finals and finished sixth in both.

Colorado, after a good morning swim in 1:01.64, came back to finish sixth in the 100-meter backstroke “A” final in 1:01.63.

Colorado was also sixth in 50-meter butterfly “B” in 27.82.

In the B final of the 200-meter breaststroke, SOFLO’s Jorge Murillo Valdes came from behind on the back half to win in 2:15.35 and finished ninth overall.

Bolles alum Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, a two-time Olympian and national record holder for the Bahamas, was a double winner to highlight third day meet action.

In front of a packed house and national television audience, Vanderpool-Wallace looked impressive sweeping the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly

Buoyed by a great start off the blocks, Vanderpool-Wallace, 25, the top seed, won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.35, third fastest time this year in the world and only 1/100th of a second off her best time. She moved up to third in the world rankings.

Olympian Natalie Coughlin was second in 25.03.

“I just wanted to get off the blocks and go,” said Vanderpool-Wallace, racing in her SwimMAC home pool. “I was really excited to swim tonight. My goal was to get down to 24.3 and that’s what I did. I know people are complaining about no warm-up pool but we are putting up some best times of the world at this meet.”

Vanderpool-Wallace’s lifetime best of 24.34 was turned in at last summer’s Commonwealth Games.

After another perfect start in the 50-meter butterfly, Vanderpool-Wallace pulled away quickly to win in 25.93, a half second faster than morning swim. It was the fifth fastest time in the world. U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue was second in 26.31.

“I wanted to make sure I stayed in control those first four strokes and then sped it up,” she said. “I am super pumped for the summer. I have been excited all year. The Pan American Games are huge for me.”

In other championship finals:

Women 200-meter butterfly: Hungarian Katinka Hosszu led from start to finish to win her third event of the meet in 2:08.00, her best time this season. Cammile Adams, 23, of SwimMAC was second in 2:08.76. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann was fifth in 2:10.95. Isabella Paez of Metro Aquatics was third in the “B” final in 2:13.80.

“This is my first event and all I was focusing on,” Hosszu said. “I touched the wall and tried to breathe and relax a bit. Now I think about my next race and try to get ready for the 100 backstroke.”

Men 200-meter butterfly: With a final split of 30.04, Chase Kalisz, 21, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club, reeled in leader Andrew Seliskar, 18, of Nation’s Capital to win in 1:57.58. Seliskar was second in 1:57.70. Michael Phelps, swimming in Lane 7, struggled after the midway mark and finished seventh in 2:00.77.

“I am trying to play to my strengths as best as possible,” Kalisz said. “I’m not able to go out with the guys at the 100, as much as I’d like to. I just tried to be in striking distance coming home.”

Men 50-meter freestyle: With a lightning quick reaction time off the block, Josh Schneider, 27, of the New York Athletic Club shocked a stacked field including Nathan Adrian, Bruno Fratus, Cullen Jones, Cesar Cielo and Anthony Ervin. He was the only sprinter to break 22 seconds in 21.96. Cielo was second in 22.05. Schneider missed the world team but will compete at the Pan American Games.

“I realized it was an extremely stacked field when I looked at the psych sheet on Sunday,” Schneider said. “I wanted to come out there with a little bit of pop and race these guys. It is a rare opportunity to race a field like this. It just solidifies what I am doing in training is working and just keep going down that path.”

Women 100-meter backstroke: Thirty-five minutes after her last race, Hosszu won her second event in 59.47, her second fastest career time. Kathleen Baker, 18, of SwimMAC nearly reeled her in the last 20 meters to finish second in 59.86. Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks and Club Wolverine won the B final in 1:01.05.

“I think I started off pretty good but my second 50 was really good so I am pretty happy with that,” said Hosszu, who has been training in Fort Lauderdale. “I tried to be aggressive and not really worry about dying which is why I am happy with that second 50.”

Men 100-meter backstroke: Arkady Vyatchinin, swimming for his new country Serbia and New York Athletic Club, won in 53.69. He moved from third after the turn to out-touch clubmate David Plummer, 29, in 53.90. Olympian Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach never threatened in the race and finished fourth in 54.43.

“It is a relief I have a country to swim for now,” said the Olympian who defected from Russia. “I have more purpose in my training now and excited about the next two months. I am pretty satisfied with my training. I am not tapered or shaved and I am tired. I put this suit on and felt some speed tonight.”

Women 200-meter breaststroke: Micah Lawrence, 24, of SwimMAC won in 2:24.61, a two-second lead over Martha McCabe, 25, of Team Ontario. Melanie Margalis, 23, of St. Petersburg was third in 2:27.24.

“I just wanted to improve from my morning time, stick with my race strategy and see what I could do.” Lawrence said. “It’s really great to swim here in my community, they are my family.”

Early leader Emily Kopas, 18, of Club Wolverine and Swim Fort Lauderdale, was second in the B final in 2:31.37.

Men 200-meter breaststroke: Californian Josh Prenot turned it on in the final 70 meters to win in a lifetime-best by more than a second in 2:09.30. It was five seconds faster than his morning time.

Penn Charter 15-year-old Reece Whitley was fourth in a best time by 3 seconds in 2:12.92, which also broke the 15-16 national age group record. The previous record was 2:14.67 set in 2009. Whitley, an African-American at 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds, is a rising star in the sport. Top seed Thiago Pereira of Brazil scratched from the final after going 2:14.58 in prelims.

“I didn’t know I had this much speed for tonight,” Prenot said. “I’m pretty happy with a 2:09. It feels good. I can’t wait until the summer.”

Men 50-meter butterfly: Brazilian Cesar Cielo dominated the field to win in 23.26, just a half second off his lifetime best. He is ranked second in the world in the event.

“It’s so much different than the 50 freestyle,” Cielo said. “It’s much more about power, timing, the kick and the stroke. I was still hurting after the 50 free and had to take two breaths in the 50 fly. Let’s see what I can do this summer at worlds.”

Women 400-meter freestyle

Top seed Leah Smith of Cavalier Swimming had the upset of the night knocking off Denmark’s Lotte Friis in 4:07.45, within a second of her best time. Friis was second in 4:08.29. Hosszu won the B final by 2/100ths of a second in 4:12.15, just 2/100ths ahead of Shannon Vreeland.

“The last 100 hurt quite a bit, it wasn’t as easy as this morning,” Smith said. “I was trying to set a best time, but I am still happy with going only a second off. It was important for me great racing these awesome girls to get experience.”

Men 400-meter freestyle: Connor Jaeger knocked off Conor Dwyer to win in 3:46.30, ninth best in the world. Dwyer finished in 3:47.53. Zane Grothe won the B final in 3:53.48.

“That was a pretty serious race right there,” Jaeger said. “He was always charging the next 50. That was a real good race. I am happy we were able to do that. That’s a good time for me at mid-season. I’ve been riding on good energy with the Michigan guys and girls here and having a lot of fun.”

The Arena Pro Swim Series is the fifth of six stops of the 2014-15 series schedule. The series provides swimmers with the opportunity for competitive racing and twice the prize money as last season on the line.

Swimmers earn five points and $1,000 for a win, three and $600 for second and one and $200 for third place in the Olympic distance events only. Overall male and female winners of the series earn a $10,000 bonus.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 6 p.m. The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org. Universal Sports Network will televise the meet on Sunday at 6 p.m. with color analyst Rowdy Gaines.

SATURDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:08.00, 2. Cammile Adams, SwimMAC 2:08.76, 3. Hali Flickinger, Athens Bulldogs 2:09.07; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 5. Becca Mann, North Baltimore 2:10.95, 11. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:13.80, 38. Casey Francis, Unattached 2:21.12.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Adrianna Vanderpool-Wallace, SwimMAC 24.35, 2. Natalie Coughlin, Cal Aquatics 25.03, 3. Chantalle Van Landeghem, Canada 25.05; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 23. Arlene Semeco, CSSC 26.41, 44. Clara Smiddy, Club Wolverine 26.80.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 59.47, 2. Kathleen Baker, SwimMAC 59.86, 3. Kirsty Coventry, SwimMAC 1:00.66; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 6. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 1:01.63, 9. Clara Smiddy, Club Wolverine 1:01.05.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Micah Lawrence, SwimMAC 2:24.61, 2. Martha McCabe, Canada 2:26.69, 3. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 2:27.24; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 7. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:30.76, 10. Emily Kopas, Unattached Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:31.37.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Adrianna Vanderpool-Wallace, SwimMAC 25.93, 2. Claire Donahue, Unattached 26.31, 3. Kelsi Worrell, Louisville 26.71; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 14. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 27.82, 52. Lisa Blackburn,SOFLO 30.07.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Leah Smith, Cavalier Swimming 4:07.45, 2. Lotte Friis, Denmark 4:08.29, 3. Cierra Runge, Unattached 4:10.82; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 4. Becca Mann, North Baltimore 4:11.04.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Canada 8:10.70, 2. SwimMAC 8:18.06, 2. Carmel Swim Club 8:31.12.

MEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Chase Kalisz, Unattached North Baltimore 1:57.58, 2. Andrew Seliskar, Nation’s Capital 1:57.70, 3. Jack Conger, Unattached 1:58.23.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Josh Schneider, New York Athletic Club 21.96, 2. Cesar Cielo, Brazil 22.05, 3. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 22.19.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Arkady Vyatchanin, New York Athletic Club 53.69, 2. David Plummer, New York Athletic Club 53.90, 3. Junya Koga, Club Wolverine 54.42; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 52. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 59.95.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 2:09.30, 2. Cody Miller, Badger Swim Club 2:11.63, 3. Nicolas Fink, Athens Bulldogs 2:11.75; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 9. Jorge Murillo Valdes, SOFLO 2:15.35, 26. Juan Sequera, MAC 2:22.29.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Cesar Cielo, Brazil 23.26, 2. Tim Phillips, SwimMAC 23.71, 3. Sean Fletcher, Mason Makos 23.97; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 64. Jorge Murillo Valdes, SOFLO 26.72.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 3:46.30, 2. Conor Dwyer, Trojan SC 3:47.53, 3. Marwan El Kamash, Unattached 3:50.34.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Canada 7:27.78, 2. SwimMAC 7:31.38, 3. Team Ontario 7:50.40.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Atkinson Top SOFLO Finisher On Day Two Of Charlotte Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

May 15, 2015—Alia Atkinson was the top South Florida Aquatic Club finisher Friday night at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte, N.C.

Atkinson, 26, a three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder, was fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.99.

Katie Meili, 24, of SwimMAC won in 1:06.50 after going a 31.28 split. Jessica Hardy, 28, of Trojan Swim Club picked up the tempo on the back half to finish second in 1:06.97. Micah Lawrence, 24, of SwimMAC was third in 1:07.42. Breeja Larson won the “B” final in 1:08.72.

Atkinson scratched from the “C” final of the 100-meter butterfly and “D” final of the 50-meter backstroke to focus on the breaststroke.

SOFLO had two swimmers in the “A” final and two in the “B” final.

SOFLO teammate Jorge Murillo Valdes, 23, of Colombia was fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.02.

Colombian Carolina Colorado of SOFLO was seventh in the “B” final of the 50-meter backstroke in 29.70.

Jamaican Timothy Wynter of SOFLO was also seventh in 50-meter backstroke in 27.20.

Hungarian Olympian Katinka Hosszu, who has been training in Fort Lauderdale, was the only double winner on Day Two.

With most of the media attention on Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, Hosszu stole the show, opening and finishing the meet with victories in the 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley.

Hosszu, 26, held off Allison Schmitt, 24, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club to lead wire-to-wire and win the 200 freestyle by a body length in 1:55.89. Schmitt was second in 1:57.24 and St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis, 23, was third in 1:58.22.

Hosszu won the 400 individual medley in 4:35.19, second fastest time in the world this year. Caitlin Leverenz was second in 4:39.36 and Cammile Adams, 23, of SwimMAC was third. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann, 17, of North Baltimore was fourth in 4:43.67.

Hosszu overtook Elizabeth Beisel of Gator Swim Club in the women’s series point standings.

In other championships finals:

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: Early leader Connor Dwyer, a Florida alum, held off a late surge by Dion Dreesens, 22, of SwimMAC to win in 1:47.04. In the “B” final, Phelps led the entire race to win in 1:49.12, the only swim under 1:50. Phelps was 14th in prelims in 1:51.44.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Cody Miller, 23, of Badger Swim Club won a three-man race in 1:01.04. Richard Funk, 22, of Club Wolverine was second in 1:01.09 and Brazilian Felipe Lima, 30, was third in 1:01.34.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry, 31, of SwimMAC won in 28.23. Clara Smiddy, 19, of Club Wolverine and AquaKids Sharks was seventh in 29.03.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: Top-seed Junya Koga, 27, of Club Wolverine won in and David Plummer, 29, of New York Athletic Club tied for second 25.31

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: Kelsi Worrell, 20, of Louisville won by 1/100th of a second. She reeled in Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, who was leading by a body length. Claire Donahue, who has been training with SOFLO was third. Isabella Paez, 19, of Metro Aquatics was tenth in 1:00.89.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: Tom Shields, 23, of California Aquatics was impressive winning in 52.12 over Olympic gold medalists, Lochte, who was second in 52.52 and Phelps, who was third in 52.59. Brazilian Arthur Mendes won the “B” final in 53.50. In morning prelims, Phelps was fourth fastest in the 100-meter butterfly in 53.51.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: Chase Kalisz, pulled away on the breaststroke leg to lead by three body lengths and went on to win in 4:14.56.

Despite swimming with a large rip on the inner right thigh of his suit, Brazilian Cesar Cielo turned in a 54.31 in the 100-meter butterfly, one of his off events many thought he would scratch in the morning. He did scratch in the finals.

Three-time Olympian Natalie Coughlin swam a best time 1:00.08 since the 2012 Olympic trials on Friday in a 100-meter backstroke time trial. It is the ninth fastest time in the world this year and only American swimmer in the Top 10. Coughlin is entered in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and 100-meter backstroke.

In the more notable morning scatches from Day Two were Florida swimmers Elizabeth Beisel, Dan Wallace, Jess Thielmann and Theresa Michalak. Bolles alum Caeleb Dressel was more than three seconds off his 100-meter butterfly seed time and nine seconds off his 200-meter freestyle seed.

Lochte, who qualified for three finals, scratched from the 400-meter individual medley final to focus on the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

The Arena Pro Swim Series is the fifth of six stops of the 2014-15 series schedule. The series provides swimmers with the opportunity for competitive racing and twice the prize money as last season on the line.

Swimmers earn five points and $1,000 for a win, three and $600 for second and one and $200 for third place in the Olympic distance events only. Overall male and female winners of the series earn a $10,000 bonus.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 6 p.m. The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org. Universal Sports Network will televise the meet on Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. with color analyst Rowdy Gaines.

FRIDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 1:55.89, 2. Allison Schmitt, North Baltimore 1:57.24, 3. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 1:58.22; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 72. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:08.26.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Katie Meili, SwimMAC 1:06.50, 2. Jessica Hardy, Trojan SC 1:06.97, 3. Micah Lawrence, SwimMAC 1:07.42; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 4. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:07.99, 4. Emily Kopas, Unattached 1:10.74, 39. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 1:14.43, 55. Evita Leter, Metro Aquatics 1:16.53.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Kirsty Coventry, SwimMAC 28.23, 2. Ali Deloof, Club Wolverine 28.57, 3. Olivia Smoliga, Athens Bulldogs 28.64; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 7. Clara Smiddy, Club Wolverine 29.03, 15. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 29.70, 34. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 30.35.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, Louisville 58.86, 2. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, SwimMAC 58.87, 3. Claire Donahue, Unattached 59.32; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 10. Isabella Paez, MAC 1:00.89, 19. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:01.78, 22. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 1:01.99.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 4:35.19, 2. Caitlin Leverenz, CAL 4:39.46, 3. Cammile Adams, SwimMAC 4:43.38.

MEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Conor Dwyer, Trojan Swim Club 1:47.04, 2. Dion Dreesens, SwimMAC 1:47.47, 3. Mar El Kamash, Unattached 1:47.73; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 104. Carlos Omana, MAC 1:59.93.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Cody Miller, Badger 1:01.04, 2. Richard Funk, Club Wolverine 1:01.09, 3. Felipe Lima, Brazil 1:01.34; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 5. Jorge Murillo Valdes, SOFLO 1:02.02, 29. Juan Sequera, Metro Aquatics 1:05.61.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Junya Koga, Club Wolverine 24.75, 2. Miguel Ortiz, Club Wolverine 25.31, 3. David Plummer, New York Athletic Club 25.31; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 15. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 27.20.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Tom Shields, CAL 52.12, 2. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 52.52, 3. Michael Phelps, North Baltimore 52.59; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 97. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 59.18.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, Unattached 4:14.56, 2. Jay Litherland, Dynamo 4:19.59, 3. Josh Prenot, CAL 4:19.63; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 17. Carlos Omana, MAC 4:25.04,  22. Juan Sequera, MAC 4:32.72.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Italy 3:16.91, 2. Brazil 3:17.56, 3. SwimMAC 3:18.66.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Erika Pelaez Sweeps All Four Events At SOFLO May Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

May 15, 2015—Erika Pelaez of South Florida Aquatic Club swept all four girls events Friday night at the SOFLO May Sizzler at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.
Pelaez, 8, won the 7-8 25-yard butterfly in a best time 14.20, dropping from 15.37; 25-yard backstroke in a best time 15.93, dropping from 16.39; 25-yard breaststroke in a best time 18.47, dropping from 19.30 and 25-yard freestyle in a best time 13.72, dropping from 14.44.
Pelaez was also a member of SOFLO’s winning 100-yard medley relay.
In the boys competition, Joseph Blake Natino, 6, of SOFLO each won three events.
Natino, making his Sizzler debut, won the 25-yard backstroke in 28.36, 25-yard breaststroke in 33.56 and 25-yard freestyle in 25.68.
Azura Florida Aquatics will host the June Sizzler.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

25-yard butterfly: 6-and-under, 1. Jenesys Amores, AquaKids Sharks 22.47, 2. Isabel Viera, MAC 29.55; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 14.20, 2. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 19.69, 3. Chloe Alfonso, AquaKids Sharks 19.82.

25-yard backstroke: 6-and-under, 1. Jenesys Amores, AquaKids Sharks 24.81, 2. Esther Nawyn, AquaKids Sharks 26.70, 3. Isabel Viera, MAC 28.68; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 15.93, 2. Izzy Wilson, AquaKids Sharks 21.05, 3. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 21.76.

25-yard breaststroke: 6-and-under, 1. Jenesys Amores, AquaKids Sharks 31.63, 2. Isabel Viera, MAC 35.46, 3. Andrea Viera, AquaKids Sharks 39.06; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 18.47, 2. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 22.53, 3. Izzy Wilson, AquaKids Sharks 23.54.

25-yard freestyle: 6-and-under, 1. Jenesys Amores, AquaKids Sharks 20.88, 2. Isabel Viera, MAC 24.32, 3. Esther Nawyn, AquaKids Sharks 25.81; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 13.72, 2. Izzy Wilson, AquaKids Sharks 16.82, 3. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 17.00.

100-yard medley relay: 8-and-under, 1. SOFLO “A” 1:19.77 (Celeste Cuevas, Fiorella Di Salvo, Erika Pelaez, Giada Porven), 2. AquaKids Sharks 1:29.99 (Stella Nawyn, Chloe Alfonso, Jenesys, Izzy Wilson).

BOYS

25-yard butterfly: 6-and-under, 1. Oscar Lewerth, MCDA 47.70; 7-8, 1. Julian Lezcano, MAC 17.73, 2. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 17.97, 3. Andriy Huertas, MAC 20.51.

25-yard backstroke: 6-and-under, 1. Joseph Blake Natino, SOFLO 28.36, 2. Oscar Lewerth, MCDA 32.78; 7-8, 1. Riley Carbonell, MAC 19.54, 2. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 19.54, 3. Julian Lezcano, MAC 20.39.

25-yard breaststroke: 6-and-under, 1. Joseph Blake Natino, SOFLO 33.56; 7-8, 1. Julian Lezcano, MAC 21.90, 2. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 22.34, 3. Andriy Huertas, MAC 23.94.

25-yard freestyle: 6-and-under, 1. Joseph Blake Natino, SOFLO 25.68, 2. Oscar Lewerth, MCDA 31.27; 7-8, 1. Julian Lezcano, MAC 15.46, 2. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 17.20, 3. Andriy, Huertas, MAC 17.30.

100-yard medley relay: 8-and-under, 1. SOFLO 1:32.61 (Gabriel Campanioni, Benjamin Kim,Alessandro Pereira, Armando Morillo).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Hosts Friday Sizzler Meet


By Sharon Robb

May 14, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will host the Florida Gold Coast May Sizzler on Friday at Academic Village Pool.

A field of 200 swimmers will compete in 34 heats.

SOFLO will host the AquaKids Sharks, Metro Aquatics, Miami-Dade County, and several unattached swimmers.

Among the top-seeds are Jenesys Amores, 6, of AquaKids Sharks; Nicholas Lorenzo, 6, of Metro Aquatics; Erika Pelaez, 8, of SOFLO; Julian Lezcano, 8, of Metro Aquatics; and Oscar Lewerth, 6, of Miami-Dade County.

SOFLO has seventeen swimmers (nine girls, eight boys) competing. They are: Gabriel Campanioni, 8; Celeste Cuevas, 8; Fiorella DiSalvo, 7; Matthew Escudero, 8; Abrielle Kelly, 7; Benjamin Kim, 7; Armando Morillo, 8; Abigail Natino, 8; Joseph Natino, 6; Antonia Ortiz, 7; Erika Pelaez, 8; Alessandro Pereira, 8; Giada Porvemn, 7; Jake Roman, 7; Mary Sawyer, 8; Owen Smith, 8; Sarah Vasquez, 7.

The events are the 6-and-under and 7-8 25-yard butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle races and 8-and-under 100-yard medley relay.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO May Sizzler

When: Friday, 5:30 p.m., warm-up 5 p.m.

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

Admission: $2, heat sheets $2. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com