Big Night For SOFLO Swimmers: Rojas Wins Gold, Rodriguez Takes Silver At Inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 1, 2015—It was a big night for South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers Marc Rojas and Jessica Rodriguez Saturday at the inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships.

Rojas, 21, a Florida State senior-to-be and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, topped a talented men’s field to win the 200-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best 2:18.97.

Rojas shaved 4.09 seconds off his previous best and broke 2:20 minutes for the first time.

Rojas swam the third fastest time in morning prelims in 2:23.06 to better his best time and then poured it on in the final to improve his time for a total drop of 6.94 seconds.

SOFLO’s Jessica Rodriguez, 16, took the silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best 2:36.88, dropping 0.68. She was top morning seed in 2:37.56. Her previous best time was 2:41.79. Rodriguez was the only other Florida swimmer to finish in the Top 3.

SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro, 20, was fifth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:05.37. The Florida Gulf Coast swimmer was fourth seed after morning prelims in a best time 1:05.13, bettering her previous time of 1:06.79.

Florida Gulf Coast-bound and younger sister Melissa Marinheiro, 18, was eighth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:26.83 after going 4:23.99, the seventh fastest time in morning prelims.

Among the 79-team field, South Florida Aquatic Club is the top Florida team in the combined team standings with 174 points for fourth place. The battle for first is between Boilermaker Aquatics with 317 and Columbia Swim Club with 314. SOFLO women’s team is second with 130 points and men’s team is 15th with 44 points.

Ninety-eight swimmers competed in the girls’ 50-meter freestyle prelims.

The Futures Championships are a trio of meets in Greensboro, N.C., Mt. Hood, Ore. and West Lafayette, Ind.

The meets are designed to bridge the gap between Sectionals and Junior Nationals enabling swimmers not qualified for Junior Nationals to compete in their own meet.

The meet concludes on Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Results are posted on Meet Mobile under FUTURES West Lafayette 2015.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Boilermaker Aquatics 317, 2. Columbia 314, 3. Indiana University Swim Team 236.5, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 174, 5. Rockwood 172, 6. Huntsville 162.5, 7. University of Kentucky Swim Team 160.5, 8. Stingrays 152, 9. Dynamo Swim Club 147.5, 10. Memphis Thunder 144, 11. Highlander 134, 16. Southwest Stars Swim Club (STAR) 78, 19. Swim Fort Lauderdale 62, 27. Area Tallahassee 44, 37. Miami Swimming 33, 39. Gulliver Swim Club 32.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Columbia Swim Club 166, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 130, 3. University of Kentucky 126, 4. Kansas City Blazers 113, 5. Huntsville 109, 8. STAR 78, 12. Swim Fort Lauderdale 62, 15. Highlander 48, 25. Miami Swimming 33.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Boilermaker Aquatics 228, 2. Indiana University Swim Team 159.5, 3. Columbia Swim Club 148, 4. Dynamo 121.5, 5. Memphis Thunder 116, 8. Highlander 86, 15. South Florida Aquatic Club 44, 23. ATAC 26.

GIRLS

200-meter butterfly: 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 2:14.80, 2. Elaine Zhou, MPSC 2:17.82, 3. Kayla Churman, UKY 2:18.28; FLORIDA: 7. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:20.77, 11. Caroline Cooper, Highlander 2:20.06, 13. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 2:20.45, 24. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:23.12/2:24.10, 25. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 2:24.31, 34. Alexa Kalandiak, Miami Swimming 2:26.58, 43. Chloe Hampson, Highlander 2:30.15.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Kaitlyn Schorr, STAR 26.38, 2. Anna Miller, RSCA 26.64, 3. Kobie Melton, HAS 26.66; FLORIDA: 30. tie Catherine Cooper, Unattached 27.56, Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 27.56, 38. Sofia Bernard, STAR 27.68, 38. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 27.68, 40. Paige Hamilton, Highlander 27.69, 42. Abigail Burke, Highlander 27.71, 45. Andie Myers, Highlanders 27.75, 53. Chloe Grimme, FE 27.87, 58. Kelly Harrington, Boca Raton Swim Team 27.94, 63. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 28.06, 89. Eleanor Politt, LA 28.90.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Haley Downey, P66 2:34.84, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:36.88, 3. Emma Hruby, IFLY 2:37.03; FLORIDA: 9. Pakawadee Sopapong, Tampa Bay 2:41.00, 11. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:41.51, 20. Caitlin Ahern, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:43.62, 25. Samantha Schieffelin, STAR 2:45.32, 27. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:45.72, 38. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:47.70, 39. Anna Valls, Miami Swimming 2:48.09, 43. Lauren Peavy, ATAC 2:48.83, 46. Coleen Driscoll, Tampa Bay 2:50.39.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Sophia Sorenson, ACAC 1:04.43, 2. Kobie Melton, HSA 1:04.84, 3. Shelby Carrol, IUST 1:05.50; FLORIDA: 5. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:05.37, 15. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:05.67/1:05.88, 26. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 1:06.39, 35. Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 1:07.22, 39. Abigail Burker, Highlander 1:07.47, 40. Spencer Lucas, Highlander 1:07.54, 55. Kaitlyn Schorr, STAR 1:08.34, 58. Megan Schimansky, Coral Springs 1:08.38, 59. Kara Wilkins, Unattached 1:08.39, 68. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 1:09.51, 82. Eleanor Politt, LA 1:12.23.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Christine Blomquist, KCB 4:19.78, 2. Emily Meckstroth, STAR 4:21.35, 3. Gabrielle Stecker, Unattached 4:22.40; FLORIDA: 8. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:26.83, 13. Stephanie Holmes, ATAC 4:26.54, 20. Abigail Burke, Highlander 4:29.81, 23. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 4:31.31/4:31.92, 35. Namilla Sanchez, Gulliver 4:35.10, 37. Alixandra Roy, Highlander 4:36.12, 38. Spencer Lucas, Highlander 4:38.03.

BOYS

200-meter butterfly: 1. Elijah Patrick, NAC 2:04.09, 2. Mitchell Strahlman, HWSA 2:05.18, 3. Jacob Smith, LAK 2:05.33; FLORIDA: 4. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 2:05.56, 5. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 2:06.67, 16. David Perez, Highlander 2:09.96, 17. Carlos Comenares, Miami Swimming 2:06.58, 23. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 2:10.89, 10. prelims, Joshua Monacelli, Highlander 2:07.83, 32. Matthew Nardozzi, Highlander 2:13.31, 35. Sean Arrington, Unattached 2:17.14.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Justin White, Y2K 23.36, 2. Ben Carter, STAR 23.77, 3. Nathaniel Thomas, BA 23.80; FLORIDA: 11. Corbin Cooper, Highlander 24.17, 29. Alexander Reid, Miami Swimming 24.64, 39. Ryan Capote, SOFLO 24.79, 42. Calvin Lillo, Highlander 24.94.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:18.97, 2. Liam Bell, DYNA 2:19.09, 3. Sam Lida, GTAC 2:20.05; FLORIDA: 9. Joshua Monacelli, Highlander 2:23.90, 27. Jose Pascal, Coral Springs Swim Club 2:28.33, 36. Rafaele Chambasian, ATAC 2:29.91, 42. Jonathan Oliva, Gulliver 2:30.81, 49. Alexander Reid, Miami Swimming 2:31.43.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Ethan King, MTAC 56.42, 2. Tucson Dunn, SCAT 57.09, 3. James Beckman, MSC 57.25; FLORIDA: 24. Derek Peeples, LAS 1:00.45/1:00.94, 26. Calvin Lillo, Highlander 1:00.96, 34. Carlos Colmenares, Miami Swimming 1:01.60, 47. Corbin Cooper, Highlander 1:02.79, 48. Matthew Nardozzi, Highlander 1:02.89.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Dugan, RAYS 3:59.71, 2. Luke Trimmer, BA 4:01.42, 3. Nathan Hopkins, BA 4:01.99; FLORIDA: 13. Hayden Curley, Highlander 4:06.68, 14. Christopher Holmes, ATAC 4:06.64/4:06.97, 16. Brandon Chason, ATAC 4:13.47, 18. John Yambor-Maul, ATAC 4:06.61/4:10.63, 31. Andrew Dupont, Highlander 4:13.79, 32. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 4:14.00, 35. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 4:16.25, 41. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:19.81.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Swimmers Take Center Stage At XVI FINA World Aquatic Championships That Begin Sunday


By Sharon Robb

August 1, 2015—It’s just before sunrise and despite the early hour South Florida Aquatic Club head coach Chris Anderson has a coffee in one hand and stopwatch in another at Academic Village Pool.

He is already in rare form cracking jokes as his pro swimmers chase the pool bottom black line that has led them to the XVI FINA World Aquatic Championships that begin Sunday at Kazan Arena Stadium in Russia.

SOFLO swimmers and Anderson are among 60 swimmers and four coaches with Florida ties representing 35 countries over the next eight days at Kazan Arena. They are among a field of 2,400 swimmers from 190 countries.

SOFLO has a team record five swimmers and one coach at worlds.

Before leaving for Kazan, toiling away in one SOFLO pool lane is Alia Atkinson, three-time Olympian and world record holder from Jamaica.

One lane over is Carolina Colorado, a two-time Olympian and national record holder from Colombia and Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn.

In the next two lanes are Colombian Olympic hopeful Jorge Murillo Valdes and up-and-coming Jamaican national record holder Timothy Wynter.

After world championships and first two legs of the World Cup in Russia and France, U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue will join her new teammates in South Florida.

The SOPRO swimmers as they like to call themselves have their sights set on the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. The world championships are a stepping stone.

“You always have champions inspiring other potential champions,” Anderson said. “If they are willing to put in the work and follow the plan they will come out winners.

“They all learn from each other,” Anderson said. “They come from different countries, backgrounds, mentalities…but they are all here for the same reason, the same goal. They help each other reach their potential by pushing each other day-in and day-out.”

Florida has been the ideal training playground for swimmers from around the world who have qualified and will contend for medals at the world championships.

Diversity has turned Florida swimming pools into a melting pot and helped to increase the sport’s numbers and talent at every level from high school and club to college and international.

A combination of weather, facilities, coaching, history, sponsors and numbers has made Florida a major world power on the Olympic and World Championships stage. The lure of college scholarships is another contributing factor.

Swimmers from South and Central America and Europe have transformed Florida into a melting pot where athletes and coaches live and train year-round.

“When I first saw the list of Florida swimmers at worlds, it shocked me,” Anderson said. “World Championships is the first tier closest to the Olympics. To have that kind of showing from the state is impressive.

“We have a wonderful climate with a lot of great facilities and coaches,” Anderson said. “There are not many places you can train year-round with top swimmers and coaches.”

Anderson calls Florida one of the “little pockets” for training around the nation that also includes California, Texas, Michigan and North Carolina.

Added Atkinson, who has been training in South Florida since she was age 11.

“This is the greatest place in the world to train with the greatest people to train with,” Atkinson said. “The opportunity in this country is so much greater than anywhere else.”

Morning prelims are 9:30 a.m. locally in Kazan (2:30 a.m. EDT) and semifinals and finals at 5:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT).

On Sunday at 1:30 p.m., NBC and Universal Sports Network will offer extensive network television coverage. The meet is also being live streamed at LiveStream365.com. Check your local listings.

The opening day schedule is the men’s and women’s 400-meter freestyle and 4×100 free relay.

Every individual race that is 200 meters or shorter will swim heats and semifinals the day before the medal final. Races that are 400 meters and up swim morning heats the same day as medal finals.

FLORIDA CONNECTION AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA: Noah Mascoll-Gomez, Azura Florida Aquatics

ARUBA: Jordy Groters, Pine Crest Swimming; Daniella Van Den Berg, Azura Florida Aquatics

BAHAMAS: Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Bolles/SwimMAC; Elvis Burrows, Trinity Prep; Ariel Weech, Trinity Prep.

BARBADOS: Lani Cabrera, Florida Gulf Coast

BELARUS: Pavel Sankovich, Florida State

CANADA: Santo Condorelli, Bolles; Sydney Pickrem, Clearwater

CAYMAN ISLANDS: Shaune Fraser, Bolles/Florida; Brett Fraser, Bolles/Florida.

COLOMBIA: Carolina Colorado, South Florida Aquatic Club; Jorge Murillo-Valdes, South Florida Aquatic Club; Mateo De Angulo, Florida State

COSTA RICA: Esteban Araya, Azura Florida Aquatics

CURACAO: Serginni Marten, Indian River State College

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Jhonny Perez, Azura Florida Aquatics

EL SALVADOR: Marcelo Acosta, Azura Florida Aquatics

GERMANY: Theresa Michalak, Florida

GREAT BRITAIN: Jemma Lowe, Florida; Dan Wallace, Gator Swim Club; Jessica Thielman, Florida

HONDURAS: Karen Vilorio, Florida Gulf Coast

ICELAND: Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club; Johanna Gustafsdottir, Florida International University

ITALY: Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida/Gator Swim Club

JAMAICA: Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club; Timothy Wynter, South Florida Aquatic Club; Sidrell Williams, St. Andrew’s Swimming; Chris Anderson, South Florida Aquatic Club (Coach)

JORDAN: Lydia Musleh, Pine Crest Swimming

KENYA: Talisa Lanoe, Performance Aquatics; Kathleen Prindle, Performance Aquatics (Coach)

MEXICO: Mateo Gonzalez, Azura Florida Aquatics

NEW ZEALAND: Corey Main, Florida

POLAND: Marcin Cieslak, Florida; Jan Switkowski, Florida

ST. LUCIA: Jordan Augier, Greater Tampa Swim Association

SERBIA: Arkady Vyatchanin, Gator Swim Club.

SINGAPORE: Joseph Schooling, Bolles; Sergio Lopez, Bolles (Coach).

SOUTH AFRICA: Sebastien Rousseau, Florida/Gator Swim Club

SPAIN: Melani Costa Schmid, Florida

SURINAME: Zuhayr Pigot, Miami Swimming; Evita Leter, Florida Gulf Coast; Chinyere Pigot, Metro Aquatics.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Dylan Carter, Plantation American Heritage

RUSSIA: Gregory Tarasevich, Fast Lane (Maitland)

UNITED STATES: Claire Donahue, South Florida Aquatic Club; Ryan Lochte, Daytona Beach/Florida; Elizabeth Beisel, Florida/Gator Swim Club; Becca Mann, Clearwater; Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg; Conor Dwyer, Florida; Ryan Murphy, Bolles, Sid Cassidy, St. Andrew’s Swimming (Coach, open water).

VENEZUELA: Arlene Semeco, Coral Springs Swim Club; Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club; Isabella Paez, Duke/Metro Aquatics Club of Miami; Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics Club of Miami; Alex Gomez, Florida; Anthony Nesty/Florida (Coach).

VIETNAM: Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, St. Augustine

VIRGIN ISLANDS: Rex Tullius, Port Orange

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Golding Wins Gold, Rojas Takes Bronze At Inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 31, 2015—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club won her first major title at a national meet Friday at the inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships.

Golding, 14, won the 400-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 4:55.80, bettering her previous best of 4:57.67, a 1.87-second drop and coming within tenths of the Olympic Trials cut.

Golding, the only individual champion from the state of Florida, enabled SOFLO women’s team to remain in third place with 88 points after two days.

Also during second day action at Purdue’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind., SOFLO teammate and Florida State senior Marc Rojas, 21, was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:04.86. His previous best was 1:06.56.

The Futures Championships are a trio of meets in Greensboro, N.C., Mt. Hood, Ore. and West Lafayette, Ind.

The meets are designed to bridge the gap between Sectionals and Junior Nationals enabling swimmers not qualified for Junior Nationals to compete in their own meet.

The meet continues today with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The results are posted on Meet Mobile under FUTURES West Lafayette 2015.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Columbia 215, 2. Boilermaker Aquatics 196, 3. Indiana 156.5, 4. Dynamo 129.5, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 127, 7. Highlanders 108, 16. Southwest Stars 58, 20. Swim Fort Lauderdale 43, 22. ATAC 36, 36. Gulliver 14, 40. Miami Swimming 13.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Columbia 118, 2. Kansas City 93, 3. SOFLO 88, 4. Kentrucky 73, 5. Boilermaker 67.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Boilermaker 129, 2. Indiana 120.5, 3. Dynamo 103.5, 4. Columbia 97, 5. Memphis Thunder 78, 6. Highlander 66, 12. SOFLO 39, 17. ATAC 22

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle: 1. Kristen Wilson, UKY 2:03.53, 2. Gabrielle Stecker, Unattached 2:03.93, 3. Olivia Treski, NSC 2:03.94; FLORIDA: 11./15. Kaitlyn Schorr, STAR 2:06.32/2:07.10, 17. Abigail Burke, HIGH 2:06.36, 23. Namilla Sanchez, Gulliver 2:08.33/2:09.09, 25. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:08.75, 26. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 2:08.84, 31. Stephanie Holmes, ATAC 2:09.37, 55. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:12.63, 56. Sofia Beranrd, STAR 2:12.69.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Ema Rajic, HEAT 1:12.15, 2. Haley Downey, P66 1:12.47, 3. Charlotte Spalding, IA 1:12.83; FLORIDA: 4. Caitlin Ahern, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:13.15, 9. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:13.05, 11. Anna Valls, Miami Swimming 1:13.56, 15. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:15.11, 29. Pakawadee Sopapong, TBAY 1:16.72, 36. Samantha Schieffelin, STAR 1:17.09, 37. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:17.29, 59. Chloe Grimme, FE 1:26.25.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Alexa Harris, L4A 1:01.00, 2. Tristen Ulett, DYNA 1:01.44, 3. Breanna Robinson, PRO 1:01.45; FLORIDA: 14. Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 1:03.37, 20. Caroline Cooper, HIGH 1:03.79, 30. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:04.51, 35. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 1:04.76, 36. Kaitlyn Schorr, STAR 1:04.79, 42. Paige Hamilton, HIGH 1:05.25, 44. Andie Myers, HIGH 1:05.31, 46. Alexa Kalandiak, Miami Swimming 1:05.39, 49. Abigail Burke, HIGH 1:05.49, 51. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 1:05.58, 55. Chloe Hampson, HIGH 1:05.86, 68. Kara Wilkins, Unattached 1:06.66, 70. Kelly Harrington, Boca Raton Swim Team 1:06.91.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Kathleen Golding, South Florida Aquatic Club 4:55.80, 2. Emma Gourdie, MPSC 4:56.70, 3. Kathryn Painter, UKY 4:56.82; FLORIDA: 5. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 5:01.28, 11. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 5:05.68, 17. Alixandra Roy, Highlander 5:04.85, 18. Spencer Lucas, HIGH 5:05.93, 24. Lauren Peavy, ATAC 5:09.58/5:12.48, 38. Colleen Driscoll, TBAY 5:13.31, 44.Pakawadee Sopapong, TBAY 5:17.67.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Huntsville 3:54.32, 2. Boilermaker Aquatics 3:55.30, 3. Nashville Aquatic Club 3:55.96, 4. Southwest Stars 3:56.11 (Kaitlyn Schorr, Maryangela Rodriguez, Samantha Schieffelin, Sofia Bernard), 10. Highlander 3:58.50 (Andie Myers, Abigail Burke, Paige Hamilton, Caroline Cooper), 12. South Florida Aquatic Club 3:59.50 (Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro, Marcella Marinheiro, Kathleen Golding), 14. Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:04.19 (Amanda Tipton, Elizabeth Zubero, Allison Kopas, Caitlin Ahern), 15. Miami Swimming 4:04.46 (Dorothy Morgan, Kyla Valls, Anna Valls, Alexa Kalandiak).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle: 1. Luke Trimmer, BA 1:52.85, 2. Michael Dugan, RAYS 1:53.20, 3. Joshua Walsh, MTAC 1:53.73; FLORIDA: 4. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 1:53.90, 21. John Yambor-Maul, ATAC 1:57.74, 30. Andrew Dupont, HIGH 1:58.71, 43. Ryan Capote, SOFLO 2:00.25.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Liam Bell, DYNA 1:03.84, 2. Andrew Jensen, IA 1:04.52, 3. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 1:04.86; FLORIDA: 17. Joshua Monacelli, HIGH 1:05.99, 41. Alexander Reid, Miami Swimming 1:08.56, 43. Jose Pascual, Coral Springs 1:08.76, 57. Jonathan Oliva, Gulliver 1:10.02, 62. Rafaele Chambasian, ATAZ 1:11.22.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Jacob Smith, LAK 55.71, 2. Michael Dugan, RAYS 55.74, 3. Nicholas Wonder, IUST 56.02; FLORIDA: 20. Derek Peeples, LAS 57.56, 21. Alexander Reid, Miami Swimming 57.61, 24. Derek Peeples, LAS 57.94, 25. Corbin Cooper, HIGH 58.01, 33. Joshua Monacelli, HIGH 58.47, 34. Carlos Colmenares, Miami Swimming 58.54, 42. Sean Arrington, Unattached 59.55, 45. David Perez, HIGH 59.79.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Hudson Bursch, STAR 4:31.31, 2. Dane Florea, CSC 4:32.96, 3. Grayson Smith, IUST 4:33.16; FLORIDA: 16. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 4:41.77/4:44.34, 18. Calvin Lillo, Highlands 4:40.69, 19. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:44.88/4:42.74, 21. Calvin Lillo, HIGH 4:44.94, 24. Matthew Nardozzi, HIGH 4:47.02, 27. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 4:48.90.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Boilermaker Aquatics 3:28.68, 2. Memphis Thunder 3:32.97, 3. Indiana University 3:33.33, 7. Highlander 3:35.98 (Corbin Cooper, Joshua Monacelli, Andrew Dupont, David Perez), 13. SOFLO 3:37.80 (Ryan Capote, CJ Kopecki, Ervin Marin, Marc Rojas).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Second After Day One Of Inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 30, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club, in the midst of an outstanding year, is among early leaders at the the inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships.

After opening day action at Purdue’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind., SOFLO is second in the combined team standings with 75 points and third among women’s teams with 49 points.

Kathleen Golding, 14, of SOFLO, one of the youngest swimmers in the meet, was sixth in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:06.15, dropping 1.69 seconds.

Golding was also a member of SOFLO’s fourth place 800-meter freestyle relay team in 8:35.70 with teammates Kelley Heron and Florida Gulf Coast swimmers and sisters Marcella and Melissa Marinheiro.

SOFLO boys was sixth in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 7:51.04 with Julien Pinon, CJ Kopecki, Ervin Marin and Ryan Capote. Pinon led off with a best time 1:53.43 for 200.

“Our kids did well on the national stage,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson, now headed to the XVI FINA World Championships to coach five swimmers from Jamaica, Colombia and U.S.

The Futures Championships are a trio of meets in Greensboro, N.C., Mt. Hood, Ore. and West Lafayette, Ind.

The meets are designed to bridge the gap between Sectionals and Junior Nationals enabling swimmers not qualified for Junior Nationals to compete in their own meet.

The meet continues today with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The results are posted on Meet Mobile under FUTURES West Lafayette 2015.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Columbia Swim Club 91, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 75, 3. Highlander 68, 4. Rockwood Swim Club 56, 5. Kansas City Blazers 54, 6. Dynamo Swim Club 46, 7. Boilermaker Aquatics 40, 8. tie, Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club, Stingrays 36, 10. Indiana University Swim Team 30.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Columbia Swim Club 57, 2. Kansas City Blazers 54, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 49, 4. Rockwood Swim Club 34, 5. Riptide 29, 6. Highlander Aquatic Club 28, 7. Southwest Stars Swim Club 26, 8. Michiana Stars Swimming 20, 9. Stingrays 16, 10. Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club 14.

MEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Boilermaker Aquatics, Highlander Aquatics 40, 3. Dynamo 37, 4. Columbia 34, 5. Indiana University 30, 6. Memphis Thunder Aquatic Club 28, 7. South Florida Aquatic Club 26, 8. tie, Rockwood Swim Club, Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club, Spartan Swim Club 22.

WOMEN

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Columbia 8:31.51, 2. Rockwood 8:31.81, 3. Kansas City Blazers 8:32.92; FLORIDA: 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 8:35.70 (Kelley Heron, Kathleen Golding, Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro).

800-meter freestyle: 1. Emily Meckstroth, STAR 8:51.02, 2. Elizabeth Walker, CSC 8:53.88, 3. Caitlyn McHugh, RAYS 8:58.87; FLORIDA: 6. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 9:06.15, 11. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 9:11.19.

MEN

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Boilermaker Aquatics 7:41.20, 2. Columbia 7:45.20, 3. Dynamo 7:47.98; FLORIDA: 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 7:51.04 (Julien Pinon, CJ Kopecki, Ervin Marin, Ryan Capote).

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Jackson Gunning, RAYS 15:59.41, 2. James Koval, Unattached 16:12.11, 3. Hayden Curley, Highlander 16:12.11.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Well-Represented At Inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will make history when they compete in one of three inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships.

The Futures Championships are a trio of meets in Greensboro, N.C., Mt. Hood, Ore. and West Lafayette, Ind.

SOFLO along with several Florida Gold Coast and Florida Swimming swimmers will compete against other swimmers from the mid-region of the United States in the four-day meet that begins on Thursday.

The meets are designed to bridge the gap between Sectionals and Junior Nationals enabling swimmers not qualified for Junior Nationals to compete in their own meet.

While the meets are intended for swimmers ready to make the jump to Junior National level, the meets are technically an open age meet not limited to 18-and-unders.

SOFLO swimmers will compete at Purdue’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette. The meet in Indiana is larger and more competitive than the other two meets.

South Florida Aquatic Club has nine swimmers competing in the meet. “This is really a great opportunity for these swimmers to rise to the occasion,” SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson said.

Florida State senior Marc Rojas leads the SOFLO contingent.

Rojas will be joined by French junior national age group champion Julien Pinon, Ryan Capote, Kathleen Golding, Kelley Heron, CJ Kopecki, Ervin Marin, sisters Marcella and Melissa Marinheiro of Florida Gulf Coast and Jessica Rodriguez.

SOFLO has also entered six boys and girls relays.

Pinon, 16, is seeded third in the 200-meter freestyle.

Melissa Marinheiro, 18, is seeded fourth in the 800-meter freestyle, the opening event of the meet. Teammate Kathleen Golding, 14, one of the youngest swimmers in the meet, is seeded eighth.

Golding is seeded second in the 400 IM and fourth in the 200 IM. Melissa Marinheiro is also seeded fourth in the 400 freestyle and fourth in the 1500 freestyle.

Thursday’s opening day events are the 800-meter freestyle, 1500-meter freestyle and 800-meter freestyle relay, all timed finals.

The remainder of the meet will be prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Signs With TYR


By Sharon Robb

July 28, 2015—-South Florida Aquatic Club, one of the state’s largest USA Swimming clubs, has signed with TYR.

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

“I am excited about being one of the first TYR teams in South Florida,” SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson said. “I really feel the company has our back when it comes to high- end performance.

“They want to support our diverse swim team,” Anderson said. “I am excited for our athletes because I feel they are being taken care of by an intelligent staff that wants them to succeed. I basically feel they have something for all of our membership from the very young to the elite athlete.”

TYR (pronounced tier) is named after a mythical Norse god of warriors and deity among all athletes.

The TYR brand embodies the competitive spirit of sports and is a symbol of courage, law, bravery and victory.

Since 1985, TYR has provided performance swimsuits to elite athletes.

Co-founded by 1972 Olympic medalist Steve Furniss, a USA Swimming co-captain of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team, and swim wear manufacturer Joseph DiLorenzo, TYR has been involved in full-body technical suit research and development for the past three Olympic Games.

TYR is known for its’ design of the customized iconic red swimsuit worn by the cast of the popular show Baywatch, featuring David Hasselhoff.

TYR is dedicated to redefining the next generation of performance and recreational swim wear and accessories.

TYR offers performance swim apparel for active enthusiasts of all ages from grass roots to masters, and interests.

TYR swim wear collections include performance, triathlon, children’s, men’s shorts and fitness.

The swim wear and accessory colors are vibrant and design is state-of-the-art. The swim wear features hydrosphere technology, speedy dry fabric and supersonic flex bonding.

Among TYR’s top athletes are SOFLO’s U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue, Matt Grevers, Ashley Twichell, Craig Alexander, Lauren Perdue, Josh Schneider, Chrissie Wellington, Jeanette Ottesen, TJ Tollakson, Miranda Carfrae, Michael McBroom, Sarah Haskins, Andy Potts, Jimmy Geigen, Megan Romano, Chloe Sutton and Nick Thoman among others.

TYR swim wear is made by swimmers for swimmers which makes its’ five-and-a-half year contract with SOFLO a perfect fit.

SOFLO, coming off its three-peat title victory at the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics, will be one of the best-dressed and well-equipped teams on the pool deck.

TYR will outfit the entire SOFLO coaching staff; the team will receive a 20 percent discount one time each year (November 2016/2017); sectional qualifiers will receive new TYR/SOFLO meet T-shirts at a 30 percent discount the first of each month of the meets’ dates; Junior Olympic qualifiers will receive a 20 percent discount (February 2016/2017); provide facility enhancement; product support; a mini back pack gift for the TYR Athlete of the Month; and apparel support and TYR rep of SOFLO national teams.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Three-Peats, Sweeps Team Titles At FGC Summer Long Course Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

July 26, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club made history at the 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Summer Long Course Junior Olympics Sunday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

For the third year in a row, SOFLO swept the combined, girls and boys team titles.

It was the third consecutive year the 16-year-old club won back-to-back short and long course titles the same year.

It was also SOFLO’s sixth consecutive JO title and 12th overall title.

The winning tradition continued in style on the third and final night for SOFLO swimmers.

SOFLO won the combined team title with 840 points. Up-and-coming East Coast Aquatic Club was runner-up with 448 and Gulliver Swim Club, coming off last weekend’s seniors title, was third with 359.5 points.

SOFLO won the girls team title with 349 points. Gulliver Swim Club edged East Coast Aquatic Club by a half-point, 243.5-243.

SOFLO won the boys team title with 491 points. Hialeah Storm was runner-up with 234 and East Coast Aquatic Club was third with 205.

Top three individual high point finishers were:

Girls 7-10: Erika Pelaez, 9, SOFLO 60; Liah Perez, 10, Wahoos of Wellington, 52; Rebecca Montero, 10, AquaKids Sharks, 48.

Boys 7-10: Agustin Rodriguez, 10, Hialeah Storm, 58; Dario Martin, 10, North Miami Swim Team, 55; Zackary Harris, 10, SOFLO, 50.

Girls 11-12: Anna Auld, 12, East Coast Aquatic Club 42; Paige MacEachern, 12, St. Andrew’s Swimming 39; Mattie Barfield, 12, FLA 38.

Boys 11-12: Jie Hoon Lee, 12, SOFLO 53; Joshua Zuchowski, 11, East Coast 45; Michael Arias, 12, SOFLO 43.

Girls 13-14: Emily Cordovi, 14, Gulliver, 52; Eriana Temperino, 14, East Coast 49; Nicole Gomez, 13, North Palm Beach 47.

Boys 13-14: Adrian Aguilar, 14, Metro Aquatics 61; John Torres, 14, Big Gator Swimming 51; Rafael Rodriguez, 13, SOFLO 43.

SOFLO, leading from Day One, put an exclamation point on their victory with several outstanding swims on the final night.

“Our swimmers have worked hard for this,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “They train as a team and won as a team. To watch them support each other and the camaraderie is a testimony of the atmosphere we’ve created.

“It is a total team effort of our coaches, swimmers, parents and booster club,” Anderson said. “I don’t think people understand how hard these people work year-round for our success.”

Erika Pelaez, 9, one of the youngest swimmers in the meet, was a triple winner capturing the 200-meter individual medley in 2:46.57, 50-meter backstroke in 35.79 and 100-meter freestyle in 1:07.92, all best times. Her previous bests were 2:50.68, 36.96 and 1:11.14.

Paige Lane was second in the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 1:03.15 and also anchored SOFLO’s winning 11-12 200-meter freestyle relay that won in 1:58.89. She was joined by Kyana Castro, Katrina Del Vecchio and Kayla Cunningham.

Castro was also second in the 11-12 1500-meter freestyle in 18:43.60 and Michelle Marinheiro, the youngest of three swimming sisters, was third in a best time 18:58.12, cracking the 20-minute barrier and bettering her previous best of 20:07.69.

Cunningham was third in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:39.36.

Jie Hoon Lee led the SOFLO boys team. He won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:30.23 and was second in the 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter breaststroke. He was also a member of the winning 11-12 200-meter freestyle relay with John Paul Handal, Nicolas Rossi and Michael Arias.

Rossi also won the 1500-meter freestyle in 18:11.75.

Rafael Rodriguez was second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.29.

The three-day meet attracted 41 teams and 807 athletes.

After a 25-year run of hosting JOs, it will be the final year Plantation Swim Team and City of Plantation will host the meet.

Next year the meet moves to Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart and will be hosted by North Palm Beach Swim Club. The venue is the site of the state high school meets.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 840, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 448, 3. Gulliver Swim Club 359.5, 4. Hialeah Storm 313, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 257, 6. North Palm Beach 215, 7. Jupiter Dragons 211, 8. Azura Florida Aquatic 200, 9. Metro Aquatics, Coral Springs Swim Club 192, 11. AquaKids Sharks 164, 12. FLA Aquatics 148, 13. Pompano Beach 138, 14. Wahoos of Wellington 135, 15. Blue Marlins 122.5.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 349, 2. Gulliver Swim Club 243.5, 3. East Coast 243, 4. North Palm Beach 204, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 175, 6. Jupiter 151, 7. AquaKids Sharks 149, 8. Coral Springs Swim Club 136, 9. Wahoos of Wellington 104, 10. FLA Aquatics 100.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 491, 2. Hialeah Storm 234, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 205, 4. Azura 156, 5. Metro Aquatics 150, 6. Pompano Beach 126, 7. Gulliver Swim Club 116, 8. Plantation Swim Team 103, 9. Blue Marlins 93.35, 10. Pine Crest Swimming 82.

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 2:46.57, 2. Rebecca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 2:49.98, 3. Liah Perez, Wellington Wahoos 2:51.25; 11-12, 1. Paige MacEachern, Unattached 2:34.99, 2. Emily Trieschmann, Wellington Wahoos 2:36.38, 3. Madelyn Hebert, East Coast 2:37.85; 13-14, 1. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 2:27.52, 2. Eriana Temperino, East Coast 2:29.30, 3. Alexandra Meszaros, Pine Crest 2:29.67.

50-meter backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 35.79, 2. Liah Perez, Wellington Wahoos 35.80, 3. Emily Lopez-Diaz, YBC 37.39; 11-12, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 33.15, 2. Jocelyn Ruiz, Blue Marlins 33.92, 3. Mattie Barfield, FLA 34.21; 13-14, 1. Gabriella Antonini, Gulliver 32.12, 2. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 32.36, 3. Allora Williams, SwimFast 32.74.

50-meter breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Riley Botting, Coral Springs 40.44, 2. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 40.71, 3. Rachel Yordi, North Miami 42.22; 11-12, 1. Heidi Southwick, Jupiter 37.82, 2. Gabrianna Banks, Heritage Aquatics 37.94, 3. Chloe Hernandez, Gulliver 38.16; 13-14, 1. Hannah Virgin, Coral Springs 35.59, 2. Rachel Botting, Coral Springs 36.38, 3. Madison Lichtig, North Palm Beach 36.46.

100-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 1:07.92, 2. Liah Perez, Wellington Wahoos 1:08.06, 3. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 1:08.10; 11-12, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 1:02.32, 2. Paige Lane, SOFLO 1:03.15, 3. Paige MacEachern, Unattached 1:03.30; 13-14, 1. Eriana Temperino, East Coast 1:00.53, 2. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 1:01.20, 3. Alexandra Meszaros, Pine Crest 1:01.40.

200-meter freestyle relay: 11-12, 1. SOFLO 1:58.89 (Kyana Castro, Katrina Del Vecchio, Kayla Cunningham, Paige Lane), 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:59.35, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 2:03.34;

400-meter freestyle relay: 13-14, 1. Pine Crest Swimming 4:08.70 (Alexandra Meszaros, Molly See, Savannah Yates, Rachel Contich), 2. Gulliver 4:14.00, 3. North Palm Beach 4:14.21.

1500-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Anna Auld, East Coast 18:38.18, 2. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 18:43.60, 3. Michelle Marinheiro, SOFLO 18:58.12; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 18:25.67, 2. Erin Tague, Lake Lytal Lightning 18:32.76, 3. Madeline Ayres, North Palm Beach 18:43.70.

200-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, Blue Marlins 2:33.01, 2. Ana Kondratovich, Big Gator 2:38.49, 3. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 2:39.36; 13-14, 1. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 2:21.08, 2. Molly See, Pine Crest 2:25.70, 3. Gabriella Antonini, Gulliver 2:30.89.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Dario Martin, North Miami 2:42.40, 2. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 2:46.26, 3. Jake Schulte, Pompano Beach 2:50.19; 11-12, 1. Maxim Tretyakov, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:31.99, 2. Jie Hoon Lee, SOFLO 2:32.75, 3. Raphael Santos, Pompano Beach 2:34.60; 13-14, 1. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 2:15.89, 2. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:19.29, 3. Matthew Petreski, Pine Crest Swimming 2:20.35.

50-meter backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Dario Martin, North Miami 35.67, 2. Noah Smith, East Coast 37.94, 3. Hudson Bishop, East Coast 37.96; 11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, East Coast 32.15, 2. Lance Lesage, Plantation Swim Team 32.42, 3. Alexander Meyer, Coral Springs 33.27; 13-14, 1. Mattheus Santos, Pompano Beach 30.34, 2. Aaron Rodrigues, Hialeah 30.37, 3. John Torres, Big Gator 30.57.

50-meter breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Dario Martin, North Miami 39.51, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah 40.70, 3. Jake Schulte, Pompano Beach 41.89; 11-12, 1. Victor Valdes, Pompano Beach 36.99, 2. Jie Hoon Lee, SOFLO 37.10, 3. Parker Rosenthal, Gulliver 37.29; 13-14, 1. Tyler Bland, Unattached 32.96, 2. Matthew Petreski, Pine Crest Swimming 33.86, 3. Alfredo Vieira Wolfermann, Miami Swimming 34.71.

100-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah 1:05.63, 2. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:07.45, 3. Nicholas Kjaerulff, East Coast 1:09.29; 11-12, 1. Robert Wilson, Plantation Swim Team 1:00.23, 2. Michael Arias, SOFLO 1:01.60, 3. Alexander Meyer, Coral Springs 1:01.85; 13-14, 1. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 54.64, 2. Mattheus Santos, Pompano Beach 54.93, 3. Aaron Rodriguez, Hialeah 57.32.

200-meter freestyle relay: 11-12, 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1:58.98 (John Paul Handal, Nicolas Rossi, Jie Hoon Lee, Michael Arias), 2. Plantation Swim Team 2:01.08, 3. Gulliver Swim Club 2:01.55;

400-meter freestyle relay: 13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 3:55.86 (Adrian Aguilar, Andres Vargas, Andres Wong, Anthony Suardiaz), 2. Azura Florida Aquatic 3:55.98, 3. FLA Aquatics 4:04.02.

1500-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Nicolas Rossi, SOFLO 18:11.75, 2. Michael Arias, SOFLO 18:27.86, 3. Jose Lopez, Miami Swimming 19:00.32, 4. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 19:17.10; 13-14, 1. John Torres, Big Gator Swimming 16:51.49, 2. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 17:03.73, 3. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 17:11.67.

200-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Jie Hoon Lee, SOFLO 2:30.23, 2. Kevin Fanjul, Blue Marlins 2:33.21, 3. Angelo Martinez, North Miami 2:34.67; 13-14, 1. Drake Gil, Boca Raton Swim Team 2:13.06, 2. John Torres, Big Gator 2:14.09, 3. Brayan Perez, Blue Marlins 2:14.75.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com