SOFLO Shines During Final Two Sessions Of Gulliver Summer Invitational


By Sharon Robb

May 21, 2017—-South Florida Aquatic Club dominated the final two sessions of the Gulliver Summer Invitational on Sunday at Gulliver Prep Aquatics Center.

SOFLO’s depth and talent took center stage, particularly in the girls and boys 11-12 age groups.

SOFLO swept nine of the top 11 spots in the girls’ 11-12 50-meter backstroke with eight swimmers dropping times. Sofia Osorio, 12, was top finisher placing second in 37.51 with a time drop of 1.54.

SOFLO girls also had seven swimmers in the top 12 of the 11-12 50-meter butterfly, with six dropping time.

SOFLO boys swept the top five places in the 11-12 200-meter individual medley.

SOFLO boys took ten of the top 12 spots in the 11-12 50-meter backstroke with eight time drops.

SOFLO boys took nine of the top 10 spots in the 11-12 100-meter freestyle with eight time drops.

In the boys’ 11-12 50-meter butterfly, SOFLO had five of the top seven places all with time drops.

SOFLO’s individual event champions were:

Anastasia Lutz, 10, 10-and-under, 100-meter freestyle, 1:16.81, time drop of 12.58. She was also third in the 200 IM in 3:13.43 with a drop of 45.49 and third in the 100 breaststroke with a drop of 16.37.

Zackary Harris, 12, 11-12, 200-meter individual medley, 2:38.70, time drop of 1.84.

Moises Rodriguez, 12, 11-12, 50-meter backstroke, 35.18.

Lance Lesage, 14, open, 100-meter backstroke, 1:04.74, time drop of 1.44.

Alessandro Pereira, 10, 10-and-under, 100-meter freestyle, 1:08.82, time drop of 3.55; 100-meter breaststroke, 1:33.04.

Enrique Rodriguez, 12, 11-12, 100-meter freestyle, 1:03.73, time drop of 2.41.

Christopher Hau, 12, 11-12, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:23.66, time drop of 20.97.

SOFLO had 59 boys and 53 girls compete in 569 individual events during the three-day meet. All events were timed finals. No team scores were kept.

In addition to SOFLO and host Gulliver Swim Club, other Florida Gold Coast teams that competed included AquaKids Sharks, Azura, Miami Swimming, Metro Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, FIU, Hurricanes, Sunrise and North Miami.

SUNDAY SESSION FOUR AND FIVE RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Giovanna Musiello, Gulliver 3:01.18; SOFLO: 3. Anastasia Lutz 3:13.43, time drop, 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 3:14.21, time drop, 7. Mary Sawyer, 3:20.00, time drop; 11-12, 1. Olivia Dinehart, AquaKids Sharks 2:39.05; SOFLO: 4. Valerie Vank 2:48.19, time drop, 6. Sofia Osorio 2:51.71, time drop, 8. Sabrina Osorio 2:53.44, time drop, 11. Kerry Cunningham 3:08.59, time drop; Open, 1. Allison Kopas. SFTL 2:29.18; SOFLO: 5. Daniela Curbelo 2:37.07, time drop, 8. Molly Golding 2:37.28, 9. Katrina Del Vecchio 2:37.48, 10. Mallory Schleicher 2:38.46, time drop.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Miami Swimming 33.19; SOFLO: 4. Fiorella DiSalvo 44.05, 8. Giada Porven 45.44, time drop, 12. Mary Sawyer 48.51, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sophia Diaz, Metro Aquatics 35.70; SOFLO: 2. Sofia Osorio 37.51, time drop, 4. Kaitlyn Barrios 40.06, time drop, 5. Leah Pando 40.68, time drop, 6. Mariann Catalasan 40.70, time drop, 7. Kailey Smith 41.88, time drop, 8. Victoria Torres 42.11, 9. Kerry Cunningham 42.66, time drop, 10. Alexis Christensen 42.81, time drop, 11. Natalia Sibug 43.11, time drop.

100-meter backstroke:

Open, 1. Roxanne Yu, Hurricanes 1:08.00; SOFLO: 2. Kayla Cunningham 1:12.13.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. tie, Anastasia Lutz, SOFLO, 1:16.81, time drop and Giovanna Musiello, Gulliver 1:16.81; SOFLO: 3. Mary Sawyer 1:20.06, time drop, 11. Sarah Vasquez 1:29.58, 12. Giada Porven 1:30.05; 11-12, 1. Olivia Dinehart, AquaKids Sharks 1:04.19; SOFLO: 7. Sabrina Osorio 1:11.34, time drop, 8. Victoria Torres 1:12.34, 9. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:12.68, time drop, 10. Alexis Christensen 1:15.64, time drop; Open, 1. Letizia Bertelli, FIU 59.40; SOFLO: 7. Paige Lane 1:01.88.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Reese Rosenthal, Gulliver 1:41.77; SOFLO: 3. Anastasia Lutz 1:43.77, time drop, 4. Fiorella DiSalvo 1:46.63, time drop, 10. Annie Schulze 1:59.32, time drop, 11. Anvitaa Pottigari 1:59.65; 11-12, 1. Olivia Dinehart, AquaKids Sharks 1:23.41; SOFLO: 2. Sabrina Osorio 1:27.38, time drop, 3. Valerie Vank 1:27.57, 4. Victoria Torres 1:28.70, 6. Leah Pando 1:37.62, best time, 8. Natalia Sibug 1:38.92, time drop, 10. Mariann Catalasan 1:41.19, time drop.

200-meter breaststroke:

Open, 1. Nicole Hunnewell, FIU 2:46.42; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 2:53.60, 11. Valerie Vank 3:05.67.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Miami Swimming 32.03; SOFLO: 7. Giada Porven 42.19, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sophia Diaz, Metro Aquatics 32.61; SOFLO: 3. Sofia Osorio 35.49, time drop, 4. Luna Delgado 37.08, time drop, 5. Kaitlyn Barrios 38.35, time drop, 6. Kailey Smith 39.66, time drop, 7. Celeste Estrada 41.34, time drop, 10. Carleigh Schleicher 44.74, time drop, 12. Kaitlyn Consuegra 48.27.

100-meter butterfly:

Open, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:03.96; SOFLO: 6. Paige Lane 1:09.26, 8. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:10.00, time drop, 10. Daniela Curbelo 1:10.22, time drop.

400-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:29.92; SOFLO: 4. Mallory Schleicher 4:46.55, time drop, 6. Paige Lane 4:48.54, 8. Katrina Del Vecchio 4:54.85, time drop, 10. Kayla Cunningham 4:56.57, time drop, 11. Daniela Curbelo 4:58.20, time drop.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 2:52.56; SOFLO: 4. Jonathan Lozano 3:03.91, time drop, 12. Luca Hincapie 3:29.53; 11-12, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 2:38.70, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Alejandro Mateus 2:40.58, time drop, 3. Christopher Hau 2:43.32, time drop, 4. Moises Rodriguez 2:51.43, time drop, 5. Nathaniel Garrick 2:54.35; Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 2:12.75; SOFLO: 11. Sebastian Lares 2:26.57, time drop.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Julian Laezcano, Metro Aquatics 40.12; SOFLO: 6. Derek Hau 44.53, time drop, 7. Owen Smith 44.61, time drop, 8. Luca Hincapie 45.37, 10. Brandon Rios 47.28; 11-12, 1. Moises Rodriguez, SOFLO 35.18; SOFLO: 2. Enrique Rodriguez 35.56, time drop, 3. Logan Gonzalez 35.68, 4. Christopher Hau 36.57, time drop, 5. Diego Dulieu 37.03, time drop, 6. Christian Tijero 37.12, time drop, 8. Lucas Porven 39.77, time drop, 9. Sebastian Shy 45.35, time drop, 11. Alan Cortinas 45.51, 12. Steven Sawyer 45.56.

100-meter backstroke:

Open, 1. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:04.74, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Mateus 1:06.70, 10. Nicolas Munoz 1:10.16, time drop.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:08.82, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Javier Colmenares 1:09.72, time drop, 8. Owen Smith 1:21.90; 11-12, 1. Enrique Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:03.73, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Alejandro Mateus 1:05.66, time drop, 3. Diego Dulieu 1:06.59, time drop, 4. Moises Rodriguez 1:07.88, 5. Logan Gonzalez 1:08.13, time drop; 6. Christian Tijero 1:09.37, time drop, 7. Nathaniel Garrick 1:11.00, time drop, 8. Samuel Bullen 1:13.24, time drop, 10. Lucas Porven 1:14.05, time drop; Open, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 52.83; SOFLO: 6. Michael Arias 56.96, time drop, 7. Luke Lezotte 57.08.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:33.04; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares 1:33.31, time drop, 5. Jonathan Lozano 1:46.71, time drop, 8. Derek Hau 1:48.11, time drop; 11-12, 1. Christopher Hau, SOFLO 1:23.66, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Zackary Harris 1:26.48, time drop, 3. Enrique Rodriguez 1:28.42, time drop, 4. Logan Gonzalez 1:28.69, 5. Samuel Bullen 1:29.67, time drop, 6. Alejandro Mateus 1:32.48, time drop.

200-meter breaststroke:

Open, 1. Marcelo Lauzurique, Gulliver 2:33.78; SOFLO: 6. Yannai Michael 2:43.79, time drop.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 32.79; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 35.30, time drop, 5. Javier Colmenares 36.58, time drop, 6. Jonathan Lozano 41.25, 7. Owen Smith 41.44, 8. Luca Hincapie 42.23, 9. Derek Hau 42.73, time drop; 11-12, 1. David Chavez, Miami Swimming 31.69; SOFLO: 2. Zackary Harris 32.67, time drop, 3. Christian Tijero 35.28, time drop, 5. Diego Dulieu 35.69, time drop, 6. Lucas Porven 36.45, time drop, 7. Nathaniel Garrick 36.83, time drop.

100-meter butterfly:

Open, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 56.85.

400-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 4:13.77.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Harris, Dulieu Top SOFLO Finishers In Session III Of Gulliver Summer Invitational


By Sharon Robb

May 20, 2017—-Zackary Harris was a double winner and among top finishers for South Florida Aquatic Club during Session III of the Gulliver Summer Invitational on Saturday at Gulliver Prep Aquatics Center.

Harris, 12, won the 50-meter breaststroke, 38.93 with a time drop of 2.15 and 100-meter backstroke in 1:13.29 with a time drop of 4.18.

SOFLO boys swept the top five places in the 12-and-under 400-meter freestyle, all with time drops led by winner Diego Dulieu, 12, in 4:57.85, the only swimmer to crack 5 minutes. Harris was runner-up in a best time 5:00.64.

Dulieu was also second in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:23.46 and second in the 50-meter freestyle in 30.89 with a time drop.

Other Top 3 SOFLO finishers were:

Sabrina Osorio, first, 11-12, 50-meter breaststroke, 40.03, time drop; third, 50-meter freestyle, 33.27, time drop.

Mary Sawyer, first, 10-and-under, 100-meter butterfly, 1:28.22.

Javier Colmenares, first, 10-and-under, 50-meter breaststroke 43.03, time drop.

Alessandro Pereira, first, 10-and-under, 100-meter backstroke, 1:19.86; second, 50-meter breaststroke, 43.18.

Alejandro Mateus, first, 11-12, 100-meter butterfly, 1:12.67, time drop; second 100-meter backstroke, 1:14.96, time drop.

Fiorella Di Salvo, second, 10-and-under, 50-meter breaststroke, 49.08.

Mia Escudero, second, 11-12, 50-meter breaststroke, 42.24.

Kaitlyn Barrios, second, 11-12, 50-meter freestyle, 33.12, time drop and third, 11-12, 50-meter breaststroke 43.16, time drop.

Giada Porven, third, 10-and-under, 100-meter butterfly, 1:32.58; third, 50-meter freestyle, 37.37, time drop.

Sofia Osorio, third, 11-12, 100-meter backstroke, 1:20.55, time drop.

Moises Rodriguez, third, 11-12, 200-meter freestyle, 2:30.78.

Christian Tijero, third, 11-12, 100-meter butterfly, 1:20.94.

Christopher Hau, third, 11-12, 50-meter freestyle, 31.05, time drop.

Jonathan Lozano, third, 10-and-under, 100-meter backstroke, 1:28.50, time drop.

SOFLO has 59 boys and 53 girls entered in 569 individual events during the three-day meet. All events are timed finals.

The meet concludes on Sunday with two more sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

In addition to SOFLO and host Gulliver Swim Club, other Florida Gold Coast teams competing include AquaKids Sharks, Azura, Miami Swimming, Metro Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, FIU, Hurricanes, Sunrise and North Miami.

SATURDAY SESSION THREE RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Izzy Wilson, AquaKids Sharks 2:43.43; SOFLO TOP 20: 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:51.52, time drop; 11-12, 1. Olivia Dinehart, AquaKids Sharks 2:17.41; SOFLO TOP 20: 6. Alexis Christensen 2:36.66, time drop, 7. Victoria Torres 2:41.19, 8. Kailey Smith 2:45.60, 9. Mariann Catalasan 2:45.86, time drop, 11. Luna Delgado 2:48.55, time drop, 16. Carleigh Schleicher 3:02.29, time drop, 19. Celeste Estrada 3:16.29.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Giovanna Musiello, Gulliver 43.82; SOFLO: 2. Fiorella Di Salvo 49.08, 9. Annie Schulze 52.95, time drop, 11. Abigail-Marie Natino 53.42, time drop, 18. Anvitaa Pottigari 58.74; 11-12, 1. Sabrina Osorio, SOFLO 40.03, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Mia Escudero 42.24, 3. Kaitlyn Barrios 43.16, time drop, 5. Natalia Sibug 45.69, time drop, 6. Leah Pando 45.93, time drop, 7. Ava Kuznik 46.43, time drop, 8. Samantha Solis 47.10, time drop, 12. Shayna Blitz 49.59, time drop, 13. Reagan Lowe 49.92, time drop, 14. Kailey Smith 51.98, 16. Ahana Thakur 52.68, 17. Carleigh Schleicher 52.71, time drop.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Mary Sawyer, SOFLO 1:28.22; SOFLO: 3. Giada Porven 1:32.58; 11-12, 1. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 1:12.84; SOFLO: 4. Kerry Cunningham 1:23.72, time drop, 5. Mia Escudero 1:23.94, time drop, 6. Luna Delgado 1:28.44, time drop, 8. Leah Pando 1:39.07, 9. Samantha Solis 1:39.25, 10. Celeste Estrada 1:40.21, time drop.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Maria Grant, Gulliver 37.06; SOFLO: 3. Giada Porven 37.37, time drop, 8. Mary Sawyer 38.88, time drop, 17. Abigail-Marie Natino 42.81, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sophia Diaz, Metro Aquatics 31.13; SOFLO: 2. Kaitlyn Barrios 33.12, time drop, 3. Sabrina Osorio 33.27, time drop, 5. Ava Kuznik 33.56, 6. Samantha Solis 34.11, time drop, 7. Sofia Osorio 34.16, time drop, 9. Alexis Christensen 34.57, 11. Reagan Lowe 34.72, time drop, 12. Shayna Blitz 35.15, time drop, 13. Luna Delgado 35.57, time drop, 14. Judith-Alison Natino 36.14, time drop, 18. Mariann Catalasan 36.52.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Miami Swimming 1:11.57; SOFLO: 5. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:32.65, time drop, 6. Giada Porven 1:34.47, 11. Abigail-Marie Natino 1:39.88, 19. Anvitaa Pottigari 1:50.68; 11-12, 1. Olivia Dinehart, AquaKids Sharks 1:15.19; SOFLO: 3. Sofia Osorio 1:20.55, time drop, 7. Ava Kuznik 1:27.83, 8. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:28.41, 9. Kailey Smith 1:31.34, time drop, 10. Judith-Alison Natino 1:31.62, time drop, 11. Natalia Sibug 1:34.29, 20. Ahana Thakur 1:53.70.

400-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Olivia Dinehart, AquaKids Sharks 4:51.90; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Osorio 5:17.63, time drop, 6. Sabrina Osorio 5:20.91, time drop, 7. Alexis Christensen 5:23.27, time drop, 8. Mia Escudero 5:32.99, 10. Victoria Torres 5:42.88, 11. Kerry Cunningham 5:43.77, 12. Mariann Catalasan 5:57.23, 16. Reagan Lowe 6:02.63, 17. Natalia Sibug 6:15.83.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 2:35.36; SOFLO: 4. Jonthan Lozano 2:46.70, time drop, 5. Owen Smith 2:53.26, time drop, 6. Derek Hau 2:55.92, time drop; 11-12, 1. David Chavez, Miami Swimming 2:21.27; SOFLO: 2. Diego Dulieu 2:23.46, time drop, 3. Moises Rodriguez 2:30.78, 5. Logan Gonzalez 2:31.74, time drop, 9. Samuel Bullen 2:46.50, 15. Gavin Sheyda 2:59.34, time drop, 17. Steven Sawyer 2:59.53, time drop, 18. Matthew Mendieta 3:03.28.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 43.03, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 43.18, 9. Derek Hau 49.82, time drop, 11. Benjamin Kim 51.32, time drop, 12. Joseph-Blake Natino 52.49, time drop, 14. Stefano Mazzi 55.32; 11-12, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 38.93, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Christopher Hau 39.33, 3. Samuel Bullen 40.16, time drop, 5. Matthew Kim 45.23, 10. Lucas Porven 47.15, time drop, 20. Sebastian Shy 54.12.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 1:16.21; SOFLO: 3. Luca Hincapie 1:31.91; 11-12, 1. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:12.67, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Christian Tijero 1:20.94, 4. Moises Rodriguez 1:21.16, 6. Matthew Kim 1:33.24, time drop, 8. Steven Sawyer 1:36.85.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 31.61; SOFLO: 6. Jonathan Lozano 35.74, time drop, 8. Owen Smith 36.12, time drop, 14. Luca Hincapie 38.11, time drop, 18. Alessio Mazzi 39.43; 11-12, 1. David Chavez, Miami Swimming 29.41; SOFLO: 2. Diego Dulieu 30.89, time drop, 3. Christopher Hau 31.05, time drop, 5. Moises Rodriguez 31.51, time drop, 7. Samuel Bullen 33.13, time drop, 13. Matthew Kim 34.59, time drop, 19. Sebastian Shy 36.54, time drop.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:19.86; SOFLO: 3. Jonathan Lozano 1:28.50, time drop, 8. Benjamin Kim 1:36.44, time drop, 10. Alessio Mazzi 1:44.55; 11-12, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:13.29, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Alejandro Mateus 1:14.96, time drop, 4. Christian Tijero 1:20.34, time drop, 6. Lucas Porven 1:23.49, time drop.

400-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Diego Dulieu, SOFLO 4:57.85, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Zackary Harris 5:00.64, time drop, 3. Alejandro Mateus 5:01.30, time drop, 4. Alessandro Pereira 5:05.95, time drop, 5. Logan Gonzalez 5:12.13, time drop, 8. Javier Colmenares 5:24.73, 16. Gavin Sheyda 6:13.76, 18. Luca Hincapie 6:16.94.

IF YOU GO

What: Gulliver Summer Invitational

When: Sunday. All timed finals.

Schedule: Sunday, Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-1:35 p.m., Session 5, 2:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Where: Gulliver Prep Aquatics Complex, 6575 North Kendall Drive, Pinecrest.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets available free at http://www.gulliverswimclub.org. For information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1465.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Lance Lesage Leads SOFLO In Session II Of Gulliver Summer Invitational


By Sharon Robb

May 20, 2017—-Lance Lesage of South Florida Aquatic Club was the top finisher during Session II of the Gulliver Summer Invitational on Saturday at Gulliver Prep Aquatics Center.

Lesage, 14, after swimming the 200- and 50-meter freestyles, finished second in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:23.78.

Lesage has three events remaining: 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle.

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

Molly Golding, 14, third, 100-meter breaststroke 1:19.86 and fifth 400-meter individual medley 5:30.20.

Kayla Cunningham, 14, third, 200-meter backstroke, 2:33.86, time drop of 1.70.

Paige Lane, 14, fourth, 200-meter freestyle, 2:15.29, time drop of 1.43; seventh in the 50-meter freestyle in 29.20

Mallory Schleicher, 13, fourth, 400-meter individual medley, 5:27.92, time drop of 8.19.

Luke Lezotte, 16, fourth, 50-meter freestyle, 25.41.

SOFLO has 59 boys and 53 girls entered in 569 individual events during the three-day meet. All events are timed finals.

The third session continues at 2:45 p.m. Two more sessions are scheduled for Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

In addition to SOFLO and host Gulliver Swim Club, other Florida Gold Coast teams competing include AquaKids Sharks, Azura, Miami Swimming, Metro Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, FIU, Hurricanes, Sunrise and North Miami.

SATURDAY SESSION TWO RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

1.Mary Smutny, AK Sharks 2:07.64; SOFLO TOP 20: 4. Paige Lane 2:15.29, time drop, 9. Mallory Schleicher 2:18.16, 12. Kyana Castro 2:18.92, 13. Katrina Del Vecchio 2:19.33, time drop, 16. Molly Golding 2:21.82, 17. Kayla Cunningham 2:22.73, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Nicole Hunnewell, FIU 1:17.86; SOFLO TOP 20: 3. Molly Golding 1:19.86, 20. Valentina Carrion 1:32.20.

200-meter butterfly:

1.Mary Smutny, AK Sharks 2:20.65; SOFLO TOP 20: 7. Daniela Curbelo 2:36.42, time drop, 11. Mallory Schleicher 2:39.00, time drop, 15. Kyana Castro 2:41.95, 16. Sarah Acevedo 2:43.08, 17. Kayla Cunningham 2:44.70.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Cathy Cooper, Swim Fort Lauderdale 27.28; SOFLO TOP 20: 7. Paige Lane 29.20, 8. Katrina Del Vecchio 29.48, 21. Jacqueline Lugo 30.68.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Roxanne Yu, Hurricanes 2:23.10; SOFLO TOP 20: 3. Kayla Cunningham 2:33.86, time drop, 14. Kyana Cunningham 2:45.06, 16. Rebekah Ling 2:45.55, time drop, 19. Jena Legaspi 2:46.51.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Mary Smutny, AK Sharks 5:14.85; SOFOLO TOP 20: 4. Mallory Schleicher 5:27.92, time drop, 5. Molly Golding 5:30.20, 7. Daniela Curbelo 5:37.06, 9. Katrina Del Vecchio 5:39.72, 12. Jacqueline Lugo 5:59.05, 17. Natasha Testa 6:37.48.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

1.Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 1:59.75; SOFLO TOP 20: 9. Michael Arias 2:05.40, time drop, 13. Leonardo Mateus 2:07.38, 15. Lance Lesage 2:08.60, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Teo Darias, Gulliver 1:09.33; SOFLO TOP 20: 12. Sebastian Lares 1:19.34, time drop, 13. Leonardo Mateus 1:19.69, time drop.

200-meter butterfly:

1.Brandon Vives, Metro Aquatics 2:10.77; SOFLO TOP 20: 18. Leonardo Mateus 2:28.36.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Erik Risolvato, Swim Fort Lauderdale 24.07; SOFLO TOP 20: 4. Luke Lezotte 25.41, 8. Michael Arias 26.34, time drop, 12. Lance Lesage 26.82, 19. David Avalos Aday 27.20, 20. Tomas Pelaez 27.37.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Trey Gribble, Gulliver 2:21.32; SOFLO TOP 20: 2. Lance Lesage 2:23.78, 6. Sebastian Lares 2:29.41, 7. Nicolas Munoz 2:30.35, 17. John Paul Handal 2:38.36, time drop, 20. Brennan Binder 2:40.41, 21. Marcos Vazquez 2:40.63, time drop, 22. Ty Lezotte 2:42.31.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 4:42.43; SOFLO TOP 20: 17. John Paul Handal 5:26.48, time drop.

IF YOU GO

What: Gulliver Summer Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday. All timed finals.

Schedule: Saturday, Session 3, 2:45-6:40 p.m. p.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-1:35 p.m., Session 5, 2:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Where: Gulliver Prep Aquatics Complex, 6575 North Kendall Drive, Pinecrest.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets available free at http://www.gulliverswimclub.org. For information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1465.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Mallory Schleicher Posts Huge Time Drop As SOFLO’s Top Finisher On Day One Of Gulliver Summer Invitational


By Sharon Robb

May 19, 2017—-Mallory Schleicher was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher during opening day action of the Gulliver Summer Invitational Friday at Gulliver Prep Aquatic Center.

Schleicher, 13, was seventh in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:46.96. Seeded 13th, Schleicher shaved 37.23 seconds off her previous best of 10:24.19. It was the first time she dipped under 10 minutes in the long course distance event.

It was the first of seven events for the teenager.

SOFLO’s top boys’ finisher in the 1500-meter freestyle was Nicolas Rossi, 14, placing 16th in 19:07.44.

Alejandro Mateus, 12, was 22nd in 19:59.65 with a drop of 32.68 seconds. Chris Vasquez, 13, was 23rd in 20:13.24.

Metro Aquatics swept the distance events. Venezuela national record holder Andreina Pinto, 25, won the women’s 800 freestyle in 9:10.17 just ahead of Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks in 9:11.29. Pinto, who trained with the Gator Swim Club, competed in the 2008 Olympics.

Carlos Omana, 24, won the men’s 1500 freestyle in 16:31.27. The Belen Jesuit and University of Florida alum also competes for Venezuela internationally.

SOFLO’s full squad of more than 100 swimmers begin competing on Saturday during the first full day of schedule of events.

SOFLO has 59 boys and 53 girls entered in 569 individual events over the three-day meet.

All events are timed finals.

In addition to SOFLO and host Gulliver Swim Club, other Florida Gold Coast teams competing include AquaKids Sharks, Azura, Miami Swimming, Metro Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, FIU, Hurricanes, Sunrise and North Miami.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

800-meter freestyle:

1.Andreina Pinto, Metro Aquatics 9:10.17, 2. Mary Smutny, AK Sharks 9:11.29, 3. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 9:18.96; SOFLO: 7. Mallory Schleicher 9:46.96, time drop.

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 16:31.27, 2. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 16:53.07, 3. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 17:03.38; SOFLO: 16. Nicolas Rossi 19:07.44, 22. Alejandro Mateus 19:59.65, 23. Chris Vasquez 20:13.24.

IF YOU GO

What: Gulliver Summer Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday. All timed finals.

Schedule: Saturday, Session 2, 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Session 3, 2:45-6:40 p.m. p.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-1:35 p.m., Session 5, 2:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Where: Gulliver Prep Aquatics Complex, 6575 North Kendall Drive, Pinecrest.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets available free at http://www.gulliverswimclub.org. For information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1465.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Heads Field For This Weekend’s Gulliver Summer Invitational


By Sharon Robb

May 18, 2017—-South Florida Aquatic Club, with more than 100 swimmers, heads the field for the Gulliver Summer Invitational that begins Friday at Gulliver Prep Aquatics Center.

SOFLO has 59 boys and 53 girls entered in 569 individual events over the three-day meet.

On Friday, the women’s 800-meter and men’s 1500-meter freestyle will be held.

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher, 13, is seeded 13th in 10:24.19 for the 800. Nicolas Rossi, 14, is seeded 14th in 17:39.96 for the 1500. Chris Vasquez, 13, is seeded 21st in 19:51.08 and Alejandro Mateus, 12, is seeded 23rd in 20:32, also in the 1500.

The top seeds are Mary Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks in 8:58.06, the only swimmer under 9 minutes in the 800. She is also seeded No. 1 in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.81 on Saturday.

Kyana Castro, 14, is the top SOFLO swimmer in the 200-meter freestyle seeded ninth in 2:15.35 and Paige Lane, 14, is seeded 11th in 2:16.72. Schleicher is seeded 13th in 2:17.53.

Carlos Omana, 24, of Metro Aquatics is top men’s seed in 15:50.35 in the 1500, the only swimmer under 16 minutes.

Among some of SOFLO’s other seeded swimmers are:

Molly Golding, 14, is seeded first in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:44.49; third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:17.09 and third in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:25.84.

Luke Lezotte, 16, is seeded third in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.10.

Fiorella Di Salvo, 9, is seeded first in 3:00.38 and Mary Sawyer, 10, is fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 3:12.45.

Logan Gonzalez, 12, is seeded second in the 200-meter freestyle and Diego Dulieu, 12, is seeded fourth.

Alessandro Pereira, 10, is seeded first in 41.30 and Javier Colmenares, 10, is second in 43.82 in the 50-meter breaststroke. Pereira is also seeded first in the 100-meter backstroke and first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:28.18.

In the 50-meter breaststroke, SOFLO girls have six swimmers seeded among the top seven spots. Mia Escudero, 12, is seeded first in 41.52.

SOFLO boys have four swimmers as the top four seeds in the 50-meter breaststroke including top-seed Zackary Harris, 12, in 41.08.

SOFLO boys also have the top six seeds in the 400-meter freestyle led by Harris in 5:04.47 and the top three seeds in the 100-meter backstroke.

Harris is also seeded first in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:40.54 and first in the 50-meter butterfly in 33.05.

Luca Hincapie, 10, is seeded second in the 50-meter backstroke in 43.66.

Sofia Osorio, 12, is seeded second in the 50-meter backstroke in 39.05 followed by Leah Pando, 11, in 41.14.

SOFLO boys have six of the top seven seeds in the 50-meter backstroke led by top seed Enrique Rodriguez, 12, in 37.06.

SOFLO boys also have six of the top seven seeds in the 100-meter breaststroke led by Logan Gonzalez, 12, in 1:26.07.

All events are timed finals.

In addition to SOFLO and host Gulliver Swim Club, other Florida Gold Coast teams competing include AquaKids Sharks, Azura, Miami Swimming, Metro Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, FIU, Hurricanes, Sunrise and North Miami.

IF YOU GO

What: Gulliver Summer Invitational

When: Friday-Sunday. All timed finals.

Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Session 2, 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Session 3, 2:45-6:40 p.m. p.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-1:35 p.m., Session 5, 2:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Where: Gulliver Prep Aquatics Complex, 6575 North Kendall Drive, Pinecrest.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets available free at http://www.gulliverswimclub.org. For information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1465.

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

TYR MARCH SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Ricardo Roche


By Sharon Robb

May 12, 2017—Two years ago Ricardo Roche got serious about his swimming and it’s made a world of difference.

“I was always competitive and I always wanted to be my best, but two years ago I started looking at cuts and wanting to go out of town to meets,” the South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer said.

“I started to mature and got a little more dedicated. Coach beat me up more in workouts and I started going to the gym.”

The dedication has paid off for the Pembroke Pines Charter junior and SOFLO national team member.

Roche, 17, turned in his finest performance at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in his home pool at Academic Village. He swam six best times in individual events, was a member of three relays and now has three Junior National cut times.

Roche dropped 30.29 seconds off his previous best time winning the 1,650-yard freestyle. He finished in 15:44.80 and played a key role in SOFLO winning the combined team and men’s team titles.

In his other five events, he was:

Second in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:00.36, 8.73 time drop.

Third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:34.48, 8.28 time drop from 4:42.76.

Third in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:50.69, 3.59 time drop from 1:54.28.

Eighth in the 200-yard freestyle, 1:42.99, 3.92 time drop.

Eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.71, 1.64 time drop.

“I wanted to drop all of my times and I got the times I wanted to get,” Roche said. “This was really big, it was my best meet. I got my Junior National cuts and I am moving up.”

Roche finished fifth in high point in the open division with 115 points.

Roche has been swimming for 13 years. He learned the basics in Mexico, where he was born, and continued in South Florida when his family moved. Roche has dual citizenship and can compete for both Mexico and U.S. He has been on the national team since his freshman year of high school.

“I am happy about how I am doing,” Roche said. “I don’t think I am super surprised. I do work hard even though sometimes I slack and tend to miss a practice. But I give it my best.”

Roche played soccer in Mexico but gave it up for swimming.

“I just like the sport, I love the water,” Roche said. “I have a passion for it. I’m not sure why, I just do.”

Roche trains six days a week with his SOFLO teammates. He has three junior national cuts in the mile, 800 freestyle and 200 backstroke.

“I think I am bigger, stronger and faster and that’s helped me improve,” said Roche, now motivated by the prospect of earning a college scholarship and competing internationally.

“College is the goal for sure,” Roche said. “A few years ago I didn’t really focus on it. I didn’t think about it back then. But now I started to focus on it a lot. I am narrowing my goals for the future.”

Roche is the only swimmer in his family. Younger brother Carlo, 15, is a talented cyclist who competes at the Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome.

“He is really good, but I am glad I chose swimming,” Roche said. “I was super excited after seniors. I got best times and the team won which was best of all.”

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

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

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Youth, Masters Swimmers Post Top Finishes At Swim Miami


By Sharon Robb

May 11, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, including four Masters swimmers, were among top finishers at Swim Miami this past weekend at Miami Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne.

Leonardo Mateus, 15, won the overall men’s title in the one-mile race. He was first among the field of 266 swimmers, first among boys in a field of 172 and won the 15-16 age group in 19:07.

Alejandro Mateus, 12, was 16th overall in the mile swim, 15th among the boys field and won his 11-12 age group among a field of nine swimmers.

Kristen Vlaun, 44, was first in the 40-44 age group in the 5K Swim in 1:11:10 for 3.1-miles.

Terri Rivera, 57, was first in the 55-59 age group in the one mile swim in 30:35.

Betty Lauer, 52, was fourth in the 50-54 age group in the one mile swim in 31:53.

SOFLO coach George Mersinger, 64, swam the mile in 31:46 and finished fourth in his 60-64 age group and was 143rd out of the field of 266.

The event was the second of three races in the South Florida Swim Series. The third and final series open water event is the Aug. 13th Swim

Miami Beach. Race distances are 800 meters, Miami Mile, 5K, 10K and K-9 Krawl. Proceeds benefitted the H2Os Foundation.

10K SWIM RESULTS

MEN: 1. Taylor Uselis, Oldsmar 1:53:26, 2. Miguel Portes, Santo Domingo 1:55:28, 3. Luke Smutny, Miami 1:55.28, 4. Ricardo Valdivia, Miami 2:04:22, 5. Nicolas Eymenier, Miami 2:12:51.

WOMEN: 1. Catalina Berraud Galea, Fort Lauderdale 2:03:21. 2. Mary Smutny, Miami 2:10:33, 3. Merle Livand, Tallinn 2:20:30, 4.Cynthia Aguilar, Hollywood 2:27:40, 5. Hailey Jerew, Miami 2:36:23.

5K SWIM RESULTS

MEN: 1. Julian Enrique Iturbe, Davie 54:56, 2. Gregory Espinosa, Miami 55:41, 3. Gabriel Serafim, Davie 56:28, 4. Andres Lares, Davie 56:29, 5. Cristian Tortola, Davie 59:27.

WOMEN: 1. Alicia Mancilla, Miami 59:00, 2. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Miami 59:41, 3. Anna Auld, West Palm Beach 1:01:55, 4. Ashley Cozad, Wellington 1:05:41, 5. Barbara Bernal, Davie 1:08:14.

ONE-MILE SWIM

MEN: 1. Leonardo Mateus, Miramar 19:07, 2. Brandon Moran, Davie 19:18, 3. Gabriel Politi, Davie 19:40, 4. Giovanni Amadei, Davie 19:43, 5. Ramses Rodriguez, Port St. Lucie 20:00.

WOMEN: 1. Andrea Van Den Berg, Davie 21:44, 2. Jana Mangimelli, Las Vegas 22:26, 3. Mariana Cote, Davie 22:37, 4. Solana Capalbo, Davie 22:43, 5. Samantha Trodick, Sunrise 23:09.

800-METER SWIM

MEN: 1. Alfredo Manrique, Miami 11:47, 2. Ricardo Salas, Davie 11:50, 3. Alberto Ochoa, Weston 12:28, 4. Gannon Mennis, Miami 12:47, 5. David Chavez, Miami 12:49.

WOMEN: 1. Chloe Gonzalez, Miami 12:10, 2. Lauren Silva, Miami 12:12, 3. Mattie Barfield, Miami 13:36, 4. Cecilia Mirones, Sunrise 13:46, 5. Carmen Sanchez-Temdelque, Miami Beach 14:00.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com