SOFLO’s Vank Triple Winner On Final Day Of Jesse Vassallo Invitational


By Sharon Robb

May 23, 2016—Valerie Vank of South Florida Aquatic Club was the big winner on the final day of the Jesse Vassallo Invitational Sunday at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

Vank, 10, finished with 27 points after winning the 50-meter backstroke in 38.30; 50-meter breaststroke in 41.30 and 100-meter freestyle in 1:14.05.

All three times were lifetime-bests.

Christian Tijero, 10, led the SOFLO boys with a win in the 50-meter backstroke in 38.83. He finished with 16 points in the meet. Juan Colmenares, 12, won the 11-12 100-meter butterfly in a best time 1:11.56 and finished with 12 points.

Lucas Porven, 10, won the 200-meter butterfly in 3:17.79.

SOFLO had 57 swimmers entered in the meet. They are: Alana Acevedo, 14; Sarah Acevedo, 12; Madison Adkins, 9; Daniela Barreto, 12; Fernando Barreto, 10; Kaitlyn Barrios, 10; Shayna Blitz, 11; Samuel Bullen, 11; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Alexis Christensen, 10; Javier Colmenares, 9; Juan Colmenares, 12; Mark Andre De Gracia, 12; Luna Delgado, 10; Kyle Dorn, 10; Matthew Escudero, 9; Mia Escudero, 11; Celeste Estrada, 10; Odin Farkas, 12; Valeria Garcia, 12; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Kalin Hubbard, 12; Danniell Hughes, 12; Aliya Khan, 12; Benjamin Kim, 8; Matthew Kim, 11; Jena Legaspi, 12; Jonathan Lozano, 9; Anastasia Lutz, 9; Molly Masson, 12; Yannai Michael, 12; Abigail Natino, 9; Joseph-Blake Natino, 7; Judith-Alison Natino, 10; Jacob Navarro, 10; Sebastian Navarro, 12; Leah Pando, 10; Alessandro Pereira, 9; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 10; Enrique Rodriguez, 11; Mary Sawyer, 9; Steve Sawyer, 10; Carleigh Schleicher, 10; Mallory Schleicher, 12; Annie Schulze, 9; Natalia Sibug, 10; Lily Sines, 13; Kailey Smith, 11; Owen Smith, 9; Samantha Solia, 11; Christian Tijero, 10; Emma Twombly, 12; Valerie Vank, 10; Christian Vasquez, 12; Sarah Vasquez, 8; and Nicole Vignali, 10.

SUNDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Maddie Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 3:06.65; SOFLO: 6. Kaitlyn Barrios 3:24.38, 8. Mariann Catalasan 3:31.73, 11. Giada Porven 3:36.90, best time, 16. Mary Sawyer 3:48.70, 18. Alexis Christensen 3:57.06; 11-12, 1. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 2:44.46; SOFLO: 4. Sarah Acevedo 2:55.26, 19. Shayna Blitz 3:31.58, best time; 13-14, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 2:39.35; SOFLO: 21. Lily Sines 2:56.98, 22. Alana Acevedo 2:57.05, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Tiffany Korb, SD 2:35.85.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 38.30, best time; SOFLO: 5. Leah Pardo 43.25, best time, 6. Mariann Catalasan 45.60, best time, 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 45.82, 15. Giada Porven 48.09, 18. Anastasia Lutz 49.48, best time; 11-12, 1. Lalainie Bannister, Unatatched 34.92; SOFLO: 3. Jena Legaspi 36.41, best time, 17. Emma Twombly 40.87, 18. Daniela Barreto 41.22, best time, 21. Sarah Acevedo 41.84, best time, 23. Valeria Garcia 43.11, 24. Mia Escudero 43.26.

100-meter backstroke:

12-and-under, 1. Anelis Roque, MAC 1:10.64; 13-14, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 1:12.58; 15-and-over, 1. Abigail Fossas, Unattached 1:13.15.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 41.30, best time; SOFLO: 8. Mariann Catalasan 49.26, best time, 10. Leah Pando 49.50, 13. Natalia Sibug 52.88, 18. Anastasia Lutz 55.57, best time; 11-12, 1. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 37.66; SOFLO: 9. Valeria Garcia 44.06, 10. Mia Escudero 44.34, best time, 12. Kalin Hubbard 45.34, best time, 13. Daniela Barreto, 45.43, 14. Emma Twombly 47.22, best time, 22. Shayna Blitz 51.79, 23. Samantha Solis 51.90, best time.

100-meter breaststroke:

12-and-under, 1. Victoria Landron, SUN 1:32.52; 13-14, 1. Emme Ham, Unattached 1:22.90; SOFLO: 10. Lily Sines 1:36.27, best time, 17. Alana Acevedo 1:43.77, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Pamela Garcia, Blue Marlins 1:22.34.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:14.05, best time; SOFLO: 4. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:17.78, best time, 12. Giada Porven 1:25.97, best time, 19. Mary Sawyer 1:31.09, best time, 20. Anastasia Lutz 1:32.06, best time; 11-12, 1. Lalainie Bannister, Unattached 1:04.60; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 1:09.54, best time, 9. Emma Twombly 1:10.16, best time, 12. Daniela Barreto 1:12.07, best time, 16. Valeria Garcia 1:13.17, 20. Jena Legaspi 1:14.06, best time; 13-14, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 1:01.19; SOFLO: 25. Alana Acevedo 1:11.65, 28. Lily Sines 1:12.58, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Sloan Sizemore, PB 1:02.50.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Casey Perez, Blue Marlins 1:20.13; SOFLO: 7. Leah Pando 1:43.99; 11-12, 1. Melissa Gonzalez, Blue Marlins 1:19.96; SOFLO: 2. Jena Legaspi 1:21.25, best time.

200-meter butterfly:

12-and-under, 1. Anelis Roque, MAC 2:31.92; 13-14, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, Blue Marlins 2:30.60; 15-and-over, 1. Angelina Roque, MAC 2:29.21.

800-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 10:23.51; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 10:24.19, 6. Mia Escudero 11:39.8513-14, 1. Isabella Taylor, HAT 10:12.81; 15-and-over, 1. Sloan Sizemore, PB 10:04.49.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Farouk Musa, HAT 3:07.53; SOFLO: 5. Lucas Porven 3:18.82, 6. Jonathan Lozano 3:21.10, best time, 10. Steven Sawyer 3:31.60; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 2:31.89; SOFLO: 8. Yannai Michael 2:48.10, 14. Odin Farkas 3:01.30, best time, 22. Matthew Kim 3:24.67; 13-14, 1. Michael Fernandez, Hialeah 2:21.18; 15-and-over, 1. Juan Zapata, Unattached 2:19.92.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under: 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 38.83; SOFLO: 4. Alessandro Pereira 41.22, best time, 5. Jacob Navarro 42.20, best time, 19. Lucas Porven 46.78, best time, 25. Benjamin Kim 48.50; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 33.46; SOFLO: 3. Juan Colmenares 35.36, 4. Yannai Michael 37.66, 6. Mark Andre De Gracia 38.38, best time, 7. Enrique Rodriguez 38.40, best time, 8. Logan Gonzalez 38.61, best time, 10. Chris Vasquez 38.73, best time, 21. Matthew Kim 44.18.

100-meter backstroke:

12-and-under, 1. Gabriel Landron, SUN 1:45.44; 13-14, 1. Nestor Montero, MAC 1:06.99; 15-and-over, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, MAC 1:03.75.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, Blue Marlins 43.20; SOFLO: 3. Alessandro Pereira 44.60, best time, 4. Jacob Navarro 45.64, best time, 9. Javier Colmenares 47.22, best time, 10. Christian Tijero 48.16, best time, 20. Steven Sawyer 53.24, best time, 23. Fernando Barreto 53.70; 11-12, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 35.69; SOFLO: 7. Mark Andre De Gracia 40.66, best time, 9. Yannai Michael 41.04, best time, 11. Odin Farkas 42.72, best time, 12. Logan Gonzalez 43.08, best time, 14. Enrique Rodriguez 43.82, best time, 25. Sebastian Navarro 51.75, best time.

100-meter breaststroke:

12-and-under, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, SUN 1:22.02; 13-14, 1. Michael Fernandez, Hialeah 1:15.39; 15-and-over, Shane Schulte, PB 1:16.93.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, Blue Marlins 1:09.93; SOFLO: 2. Christian Tijero 1:11.82, best time, 4. Alessandro Pereira 1:15.88, best time, 6. Javier Colmenares 1:16.80, best time, 7. Jacob Navarro 1:17.27, best time, 12. Lucas Porven 1:21.80, best time, 15. Fernando Barreto 1:22.12, best time, 20. Jonathan Lozano 1:25.88, best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 1:00.59; SOFLO: 4. Juan Colmenares 1:04.84, best time, 7. Chris Vasquez 1:07.17, best time, 12. Enrique Rodriguez 1:08.81, best time, 20. Logan Gonzalez 1:11.60, best time, 22. Sebastian Navarro 1:13.95, best time, 23. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:14.00, best time, 24. Odin Farkas 1:14.26, best time; 13-14, 1. Alexander Meyer, Unattached 59.31; 15-and-over, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 56.38.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Steven Gary, PB 1:25.07; SOFLO: 5. Fernando Barreto 1:35.68, best time; 11-12, 1. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 1:11.56, best time; SOFLO: 6. Chris Vasquez 1:18.07, best time.

200-meter butterfly:

1.Lucas Porven, SOFLO 3:17.79; 13-14, 1. Nestor Montero, MAC 2:18.72; 15-and-over, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, MAC 2:13.09.

1500-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Dominic Bono, AquaKids Sharks 19:06.82; SOFLO: 2. Chris Vasquez 20:31.97, 3. Logan Gonzalez 21:52.37; 13-14, 1. Raphael Santos, PB 18:04.14; 15-and-over, 1. Mattheus Santos, PB 17:28.78.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Masters Shine At Coral Springs Last Chance Meet


By Sharon Robb

May 23, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club Masters Team had another good showing Saturday at the Coral Springs Short Course Yards Last Chance Meet.

SOFLO masters coach Carlos Morante collected three firsts and two seconds.

Morante, 23, led by example winning the 50-yard butterfly in 24.70, 50-yard backstroke in 26.31 and 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.07. He was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.13 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.17.

Julia Fermayer, 38, won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:41.65, took second in the 50-yard freestyle in 33.21 and 100-yard freestyle in 1:15.38 and third in the 50-yard breaststroke in 42.29 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:31.50.

After watching her youngest daughter Michelle Marinheiro, 13, compete in the Gulliver Prep Summer Invitational down south in Pinecrest, Edileide Marinheiro made it just in time to compete and win gold, silver and bronze medals.

Marinheiro, 47, won the 50-yard breaststroke in 38.56, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:27.95 and was second in the 50-yard butterfly in 36.48.

Marilde Martinez, 41, won the 100-yard individual medley in 1:29.90, was second in the 50-yard backstroke in 43.02 and third in the 50-yard breaststroke in 46.16.

Paula Berti, 46, took firsts in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:36.55, 50-yard butterfly in 42.98 and 50-yard backstroke in 43.44 and seconds in the 50-yard freestyle in 35.02 and 50-yard breaststroke in 47.28.

Terri Rivera, 56, was second in the 50-yard backstroke in 47.02.

Xavier Brown, 21, competing in his first swim meet in two years, took gold, silver and bronze medals.

“I am very proud of this awesome SOFLO masters swim team,” Brown said. “We are rocking.”

Brown won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.90, was second in the 50-yard butterfly in 25.82 and third in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.77.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Finishes Gulliver Summer Invitational With Several Top Three Finishes


By Sharon Robb

May 22, 2016—Ricardo Roche was top finisher for South Florida Aquatic Club on the final day of the Gulliver Long Course Summer Invitational Sunday at Gulliver Prep Aquatics Complex.

Roche, 16, was second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:20.04.

Samuel Quintero, 15, was third in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:06.30.

Molly Golding, 13, was third in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:53.61, dropping 4.01 seconds off her previous best.

Kathleen Golding was third in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:32.68.

Fifty-three SOFLO swimmers competed in the Gulliver meet. They were: Ryan Alfonso, 13; Michael Arias, 13; Sophia Bedoya, 13; Megan Biggs, 16; Tyler Bland, 15; Valentina Carrion, 14; Lisette Castellanos, 12; Kyana Castro, 13; Alexandra Crespo, 15; Kayla Cunningham 13; Kerry Ann Cunningham, 10; Daniela Curbelo, 13; Katherine DeBarros, 15; Katrina Del Vecchio, 13; Isabella DiSalvo, 14; Fiorella DiSalvo, 8; Gabriel Ferdinand, 13; Lucas Gandarillas, 14; Eiza Gantus, 14; Tyler Gibson, 16; Alex Golding, 12; Kathleen Golding, 15; Molly Golding, 13; Zackary Harris, 11; Zariya Harris, 16; Wyatt Jennessee, 16; Paige Lane, 13; Lance Lesage, 13; Luke Lezotte, 15; Rebekah Ling, 14; Michelle Marinheiro, 13; Alejandro Mateus, 11; Leonardo Mateus, 14; Matthew Menocal, 17; Pranav Nair, 13; Michelle Ordonez, 13; Abby Oyetunji, 16; Tomas Pelaez, 15; Kevin Porto, 16; Samuel Quintero, 15; Sara Quintero, 12; Ricardo Roche, 16; Jennifer Rodriguez, 15; Rafael Rodrigiez, 14; Nicolas Rossi, 13; Juan Serna 14; Marianna Serrao, 14; Jiovanni Tapia, 13; Amy-Nicole Toro, 14; Michael Toro, 14; Marcos Vazquez, 13; Kellie Wilcox, 15; and Aldo Zepeda, 11.

SUNDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:

1. Kelly Fertel, GRSC 2:23.81, 2. Christina Leander, CANE 2:25.54, 3. Ianire Casarin, CANE 2:25.61; SOFLO: 18. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:44.92, 19. Kyana Castro 2:45.04, 20. Daniela Curbelo 2:45.15.

100-meter backstroke:

1. Christina Leander, CANE 1:06.70, 2. Skye Carey, FIU 1:07.65, 3. Ally Mayhew, FIU 1:09.04; SOFLO: 4. Kathleen Golding 1:09.67, best time; SOFLO: 7. Kayla Cunningham 1:16.34, 9. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:17.25, best time, 12. Rebekah Ling 1:18.34, 15. Kellie Wilcox 1:20.83, 16. Sara Quintero 1:20.98, best time, 17. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:21.89.

100-meter freestyle:

1. Letizia Bertelli, FIU 59.34, 2. Ianire Casarin, CANE 59.36, 3. Heather Arseth, CANE 1:00.25; SOFLO: 9. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:03.93, best time, 10. Kyana Castro 1:04.04, 11. Paige Lane 1:04.81, 13. Jacqueline Lugo 1:05.24, 16. Isabella Di Salvo 1:06.36, best time, 20. Molly Golding 1:06.74, best time.

200-meter breaststroke:

1. Kelly Fertel, GRSC 2:42.82, 2. Nicole Hunnewell, FIU 2:50.26, 3. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:53.61, best time, 6. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:58.16.

100-meter butterfly:

1. Angela Algee, CANE 1:02.51, 2. Laine Morgan, MS 1:03.83, 3. Letizia Bertelli, FIU 1:04.04; SOFLO: 4. Kathleen Golding 1:04.55, 9. Kyana Castro 1:11.89, 10. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:13.09, best time, 11. Daniela Curbelo 1:13.97, 12. Paige Lane 1:14.82, 14. Kayla Cunningham 1:16.12, 16. Molly Golding 1:16.37, best time, 18. Jacqueline Lugo 1:17.64, 19. Zariya Harris 1:22.74.

400-meter freestyle:

1. Kelly Fertel, GRSC 4:28.79, 2. Namilla Sanchez, GRSC 4:31.08, 3. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:32.68; SOFLO: 14. Isabella DiSalvo 4:59.46, 15. Sara Quintero 5:01.12, best time, 16. Molly Golding 5:01.39.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:

1. Miguel Cancel, GRSC 2:13.30, 2. Richardo Roche, SOFLO 2:20.04, 3. Trey Gribble, GRSC 2:22.34, 19. Michael Arias 2:33.69, best time.

100-meter backstroke:

1. Nick Carter, GRSC 1:02.92, 2. Juan Imposimato, YSF 1:06.27, 3. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 1:06.30, best time; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 1:06.62, 5. Rafael Rodriguez 1:06.88, best time, 6. Kevin Porto 1:07.16, 7. Lance Lesage 1:08.20, 16. Marcos Vazquez 1:16.19, 18. Alejandro Mateus 1:17.86, best time, 19. Michael Toro 1:19.19, best time, 21. Alex Golding 1:20.20, best time.

100-meter freestyle:

1. Adam Ritter, Unattached 51.51, 2. Thiago Sickert, ACE 51.82, 3. Teo D’Alessandro, Unattached 52.12; SOFLO: 7. Rafael Rodrigiez 57.24, 8. Juan Serna 57.34, 12. Ricardo Roche 58.12, best time, 15. Tomas Pelaez 58.45, best time, 17. Kevin Porto 59.13.

200-meter breaststroke:

1. Marcelo Laururique, GRSC 2:35.88, 2. Miguel Cancel, GRSC 2:39.16, 3. Teo Darias, GRSC 2:39.48; SOFLO: 7. Tyler Bland 2:48.24, best time, 11. Rafael Rodriguez 2:49.59.

100-meter butterfly:

1. Thiago Sickert, ACE 55.48, 2. Adam Ritter, Unattached 57.13, 3. Teo D’Alessandro, Unattached 57.97; SOFLO: 9. Ricardo Roche 1:04.69, best time, 11. Juan Serra 1:05.85, 12. Samuel Quintero 1:06.17, 13. Leonardo Mateus 1:06.21, best time, 15. Luke Lezotte 1:06.59, best time.

400-meter freestyle:

1. Nick Carter, GRSC 4:14.30, 2. Orest Danyliv, GRSC 4:24.92, 3. Trey Gribble, GRSC 4:25.04, SOFLO: 5. Tomas Pelaez 4:31.66, best time, 6. Leonardo Mateus 4:32.18, 12. Samuel Quintero 4:37.21, best time, 19. Kevin Porto 4:41.25.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Medal On Final Night Of Validus Bermuda National Championships


By Sharon Robb

May 22, 2016—Claire Donahue and Timothy Wynter led South Florida Aquatic Club’s medal haul on the fourth and final night of the Validus Bermuda National Long Course Championships Sunday at the National Aquatic Centre in Hamilton.

Donahue, 27, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, won her signature event, the 100-meter butterfly in 59.93. She was the only swimmer in the field to crack one minute.

Timothy Wynter, 20, of Jamaica won the 100-meter backstroke in 57.42.

Kile Aukerman, 23, took a second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.90 and was third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:25.99.

Alina Schulhofer, 21, of Austria was second in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:07.23.

Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, 44, was second in a 50-meter time trials in 26.92 and was third in the actual event in 26.89.

The meet was sanctioned by FINA, the sport’s international governing body, as one of the last few qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and also served as a final qualifier for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

SUNDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

50-meter freestyle time trial:

1. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 26.48, 2. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 26.92.

200-meter freestyle:

1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 2:06.62, 2. Alina Schulhofer, SOFLO 2:07.23, 3. Octavia Lau, Canada 2:09.86.

100-meter butterfly:

1. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 59.93, 2. Jade Hannah, Canada 1:03.74, 3. Jessica Luo, Canada 1:05.40.

50-meter freestyle:

1. Rebecca Heyliger, Sharks 26.16, 2. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 26.58, 3. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 26.89.

MEN

50-meter breaststroke:

1. Azad Al-Barazi, Trojan Swim Club 28.82, 2. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 29.90, 3. Ethan Daley, Sharks 34.31.

100-meter backstroke:

1. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 57.42, 2. Ethan Fazekas, Canada 1:04.36, 3. Brett Smith, Harbor Amateur Swim Club 1:09.54

200-meter breaststroke:

1. Azad Al-Barazi, Trojan Swim Club 2:17.66, 2. Julian Fletcher, Sharks 2:21.03, 3. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 2:25.99.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Donahue, Wynter Win, Blackburn Swims Best Times At Validus Bermuda National Championships


By Sharon Robb

May 21, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Claire Donahue was a double winner Saturday night at the Validus Bermuda National Long Course Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Hamilton.

The 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.28 and 50-meter butterfly in 28.33.

Jamaican Timothy Wynter won the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:06.69.

Kile Aukerman was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.93.

Bermuda six-time long course national record holder Lisa Blackburn, 44, was third in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.52. She swam back-to-back best times in prelims (59.00) and finals. Her previous best was 1:00.12, a 1.60-second drop.

Blackburn was second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:11.93, also a best time. Her seed time was 1:12.11. She holds the national record in the event in 1:11.27.

At 44, Blackburn is the oldest swimmer in the four-day meet that concludes on Sunday.

The meet has been sanctioned by FINA, the sport’s international governing body, as one of the last few qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and will also serve as a final qualifier for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

Swimmers from Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Guam, Syria, Jamaica, Austria, El Salvador, Venezuela and U.S. are expected to compete. Nine swim clubs are entered.

SATURDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

400-meter freestyle:

1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 4:26.54, 2. Octavia Lau, Canada 4:26.66, 3. Jessica Luo, Canada 4:40.07.

100-meter freestyle:

1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 57.14, 2. Rebecca Heyliger, Sharks 57.58, 3. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 58.52, best time.

200-meter butterfly:

1. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 2:18.28, 2. Maria Far Nunez, LaSalle Swim Team 2:19.29.

200-meter backstroke:

1. Jade Hannah, Canada 2:17.41, 2. Shannon Hassell, Sharks 2:31.09, 3. Emily Quarterly, HASC 3:02.86.

50-meter butterfly:

1. Claire Donahue. SOFLO 28.33, 2. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 29.12, 3. Vanessa Esposito, HASC 30.25.

100-meter breaststroke:

1. Faith Knelson, Canada 1:09.95, 2. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 1:11.93, best time, 3. Pilar Shimizu, MSC 1:20.06.

MEN

400-meter freestyle:

1. Ruslan Gaziev, Canada 4:12.04, 2. Mackenzie Flowers, Canada 4:14.25, 3. Joshua Young, Canada 4:16.89.

200-meter backstroke:

1. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 2:06.69, best time, 2. Brett Smith, HASC 2:24.16, 3. Tai Long Singh, Canada 2:26.75.

100-meter breaststroke:

1. Azad Al-Barazi, Trojan Swim Club 1:01.15, 2. Julian Fletcher, Sharks 1:02.47, 3. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 1:04.93.

50-meter backstroke:

1. Jesse Washington, Sharks 29.46, 2. Evan Farrow, HASC 32.76. 3. Vaughn Rowse, Sharks 32.91.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Samuel Quintero Shines At Gulliver Summer Invitational; Weather Cancels Afternoon Session


By Sharon Robb

May 21, 2016—Against a strong field that featured international Olympians, collegiate swimmers and U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers, Samuel Quintero of South Florida Aquatic Club won an individual title Saturday at the Gulliver Long Course Summer Invitational at Gulliver Prep Aquatics Complex.

Quintero, 15, won the grueling 400-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 5:02.13. He dropped 3.99 seconds off his previous time of 5:06.12.

Quintero was second in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:13.83. He also turned in best times in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:11.86 and 50-meter freestyle in 28.27. He was tenth in the 1500-meter freestyle in 18:18.55 on Friday night.

In an exciting 400-meter individual medley, Kathleen Golding, 15, fine tuning for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials, was second in 5:00.69 just behind University of Florida-bound Kelly Fertel of Gulliver Swim Club in 5:00.63. Fertel is also training for the Trials.

Golding was also third in the 200-meter freestyle behind two top collegiate swimmers in 2:09.26 and third in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.48.

SOFLO teammate Jennifer Rodriguez was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:21.61.

The afternoon session was cancelled because of bad weather. The three-day meet concludes on Sunday with two sessions.

Fifty-three SOFLO swimmers are competing in the Gulliver meet. They are: Ryan Alfonso, 13; Michael Arias, 13; Sophia Bedoya, 13; Megan Biggs, 16; Tyler Bland, 15; Valentina Carrion, 14; Lisette Castellanos, 12; Kyana Castro, 13; Alexandra Crespo, 15; Kayla Cunningham 13; Kerry Ann Cunningham, 10; Daniela Curbelo, 13; Katherine DeBarros, 15; Katrina Del Vecchio, 13; Isabella DiSalvo, 14; Fiorella DiSalvo, 8; Gabriel Ferdinand, 13; Lucas Gandarillas, 14; Eiza Gantus, 14; Tyler Gibson, 16; Alex Golding, 12; Kathleen Golding, 15; Molly Golding, 13; Zackary Harris, 11; Zariya Harris, 16; Wyatt Jennessee, 16; Paige Lane, 13; Lance Lesage, 13; Luke Lezotte, 15; Rebekah Ling, 14; Michelle Marinheiro, 13; Alejandro Mateus, 11; Leonardo Mateus, 14; Matthew Menocal, 17; Pranav Nair, 13; Michelle Ordonez, 13; Abby Oyetunji, 16; Tomas Pelaez, 15; Kevin Porto, 16; Samuel Quintero, 15; Sara Quintero, 12; Ricardo Roche, 16; Jennifer Rodriguez, 15; Rafael Rodrigiez, 14; Nicolas Rossi, 13; Juan Serna 14; Marianna Serrao, 14; Jiovanni Tapia, 13; Amy-Nicole Toro, 14; Michael Toro, 14; Marcos Vazquez, 13; Kellie Wilcox, 15; and Aldo Zepeda, 11.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

800-meter freestyle:

1.Alicia Mancilla, GRSC 9:13.70, 2. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GRSC 9:15.72, 3. Cameron Davis, CANE 9:21.47; SOFLO: 16. Michelle Marinheiro 10:24.92, 17. Sara Quintero 10:26.78, best time.

200-meter freestyle:

1.Ianire Casarin, CANE 2:07.47, 2. Letizia Bertelli, FIU 2:08.05, 3. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:09.26; SOFLO: 18. Kyana Castro 2:20.52, 20. Marianna Serrao 2:22.51, 20. Abby Oyetunji 2:22.51, 24. Valentina Carrion 2:23.02, best time, 25. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:23.31, best time, 26. Paige Lane 2:23.55, 28. Molly Golding 2:23.77, best time, 32. Kayla Cunningham 2:26.10, 34. Michelle Marinheiro 2:26.39, 41. Jacqueline Lugo 2:27.50, 45. Alexandra Crespo 2:28.75, best time, 51. Rebekah Ling 2:31.09, best time, 54. Daniela Curbelo 2:31.55, best time, 60. Michelle Ordonez 2:33.11, best time, 63. Kellie Wilcox 2:34.31, best time, 68. Katherine DeBarros 2:36.81, 69. Zariya Harris 2:37.55, 88. Lisette Castellanos 2:52.85, best time, 92. Kerry Cunningham 3:07.06, 94. Fiorella DiSalvo 3:09.39.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Nicole Hunnewell, FIU 1:16.85, 2. Christina Leander, CANE 1:20.80, 3. Jennifer Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:21.61; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 1:22.01, best time, 6. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:25.55, best time, 9. Kellie Wilcox 1:30.73, 11. Sara Quintero 1:31.97, best time, 16. Katherine DeBarros 1:35.54, 18. Kayla Cunningham 1:36.49, best time, 23. Amy-Nicole Toro 1:40.63, best time, 24. Sophia Bedoya 1:42.93.

200-meter butterfly:

1.Angela Algee, CANE 2:21.31, 2. Alicia Mancilla GRSC 2:21.78, 3. Kelly Fertel, GRSC 2:22.89; SOFLO: 12. Kyana Castro 2:40.99, 15. Alexandra Crespo 2:47.40, 18. Michelle Marinheiro 2:49.07, 20. Marianna Serrao 2:49.41, best time, 25. Daniela Curbelo 2:54.63.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 26.57, 2. Letizia Bertelli, FIU 27.30, 3. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 27.48; SOFLO: 11. Katrina Del Vecchio 29.47, best time, 12. Paige Lane 29.86, 13. Jacqueline Lugo 30.32, 16. Isabella DiSalvo 30.53, 17. Jennifer Rodriguez 30.56, best time, 18. Abby Oyetunji 30.75, 20. Kellie Wilcox 31.13, 21. Valentina Carrion 31.15, best time, 22. Molly Golding 31.20, best time, 24. Kayla Cunningha, 31.35, best time, 28. Daniela Curbelo 31.81, 29. Michelle Ordonez 31.85, best time, 32. Megan Biggs 32.08, 35. Sara Quintero 32.34, best time, 36. Amy-Nicole Toro 32.46, best time, 37. Rebekah Ling 32.54, 39. Alexandra Crespo 32.92, best time.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Christina Leander, CANE 2:23.56, 2. Skye Carey, FIU 2:29.04, 3. Kelly Fertel, GRSC 2:29.29; SOFLO: 17. Kyana Castro 2:44.58, best time, 22. Molly Golding 2:46.37, best time, 28. Daniela Curbelo 2:51.53, 30. Sara Quintero 2:52.43, 34. Abby Oyetunji 2:53.58, 51. Zariya Harris 3:05.02.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Kelly Fertel, GRSC 5:00.63, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 5:00.69, 3. Brooke Ellis, GRSC 5:15.13; SOFLO: 12. Katrina Del Vecchio 5:39.80, best time, 16. Sara Quintero 5:46.73, best time, 19. Isabella Di Salvo 5:48.45, 20. Marianna Serrao 5:49.61.

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Miguel Cancel, GRSC 16:52.93, 2. Nick Carter, GRSC 17:17.32, 3. Trey Gribble, GRSC 17:20.35; SOFLO: 6. Leonardo Mateus 17:42.42, 10. Samuel Quintero 18:18.55, 15. Tomas Pelaez 18:29.50, 28. Alejandro Mateus 20:32.33, best time.

200-meter freestyle:

1.Teo D’Alessandro, Unattached 1:54.76, 2. Nick Carter, GRSC 2:01.73, 3. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 2:02.71; SOFLO: 7. Juan Serra 2:05.61, 8. Tomas Pelaez 2:07.27, best time, 10. Kevin Porto 2:08.61, 13. Leonardo Mateus 2:09.61, 15. Michael Arias 2:10.32, best time, 21. Matthew Menocal 2:11.67, 22. Samuel Quintero 2:11.86, best time, 25. Luke Lezotte 2:13.19, best time, 36. Lance Lesage 2:17.25, 42. Tyler Bland 2:19.39, best time, 44. Eiza Gantus 2:20.34.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Adam Ritter, Unattached 1:05.58, 2. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 1:13.83, best time, 3. Lukas Balsam, MSA 1:14.96; SOFLO: 4. Tyler Bland 1:15.50, 5. Richardo Roche 1:15.54, best time, 8. Rafael Rodriguez 1:19.73, 14. Tomas Pelaez 1:21.42, best time, 18. Tyler Gibson 1:23.32, 19. Leonardo Mateus 1:23.48, 20. Wyatt Jennessee 1:24.00, 30. Zackary Harris 1:31.04, best time, 31. Michael Toro 1:31.45, best time, 32. Alex Golding 1:32.43, best time, 33. Jiovanni Tapia 1:33.05, 36. Ryan Alfonso 1:34.76, best time, 38. Alejandro Mateus 1:35.08, 45. Gabriel Ferdinand 1:45.68, best time.

200-meter butterfly:

1. Kevin Hernandez, GRSC 2:18.81, 2. Marcelo Lauzurique, GRSC 2:20.83, 3. Jack Poppell, GRSC 2:26.36; SOFLO: 19. Alejandro Mateus 2:48.60.

50-meter freestyle:

1. Elvis Burrows, TPA 23.11, 2. Adam Ritter, Unattached 23.59, 3. Thiago Sickert, ACE 23.92; SOFLO: 11. Luke Lezotte 25.33, best time, 12. Juan Serra 25.99, best time, 16. Matthew Menocal 26.67, 17. Kevin Porto 26.68, 19. Ricardo Roche 26.77, best time, 22. Rafael Rodriguez 26.84, best time, 23. Tomas Pelaez 27.41, best time, 26. Michael Arias 27.94, best time, 30. Leonardo Mateus 28.11, best time, 32. Samuel Quintero 28.27, best time, 35. Eiza Gantus 28.78, 36. Tyler Gibson 28.80, 39. Tyler Bland 28.85, 43. Wyatt Jennessee 29.00, 44. Lance Lesage 29.09, 58. Zackary Harris 30.76, best time.

200-meter backstroke:

1. Kevin Lindgren, MART 2:05.37, 2. Marco Aldabe, ACE 2:10.06, 3. Nick Carter, GRSC 2:13.34; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 2:23.25, 9. Kevin Porto 2:30.42, 10. Lance Lesage 2:30.68, best time, 14. Matthew Menocal 2:36.70, best time, 26. Marcos Vazquez 2:42.67, 30. Alejandro Mateus 2:46.11, 36. Alex Golding 2:51.75, 41. Zackary Harris 2:54.23, best time, 47. Aldo Zepeda 3:06.82 3:06.82.

400-meter individual medley:

1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 5:02.13, 2. Jonathan Rodriguez, GRSC 5:03.04, 3. Kevin Hernandez, GRSC 5:07.03; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 5:08.19, 14. Tyler Bland 5:36.03, 16. Eiza Gantus 5:37.82, 30. Jiovanni Tapia 6:07.24.

IF YOU GO

What: Gulliver Long Course Summer Invitational

When: Sunday, all timed finals.

Schedule: Sunday, Session 4, 9:30 a.m., Session 5, 2:30 p.m.

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

Admission: $3 per session. For information call 305-666-7937.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Vank, Tijero, Pereira Lead SOFLO At Jesse Vassallo Invitational; Weather Cancels Most Of Second Session


By Sharon Robb

May 21, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club had a good day Saturday at the weather-abbreviated Jesse Vassallo Invitational at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

Valerie Vank, 10, won the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:29.84.

Vank was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 39.45 and second in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 34.19.

Christian Tijero, 10, was a double winner in the boys competition. He won the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in 1:24.80 and 50-meter butterfly in a best time 36.21. He led a top four SOFLO best time sweep and was joined by teammates Jacob Navarro, 37.28, Alessandro Pereira, 38.66, and Javier Colmenares, 40.45.

Tijero was also second in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 33.49.

Alessandro Pereira, 9, won the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in 1:32.94.

Other SOFLO finishers among the top four:

Kaitlyn Barrios was third in the 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:51.63.

Sarah Acevedo was third in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:25.65.

Leah Pando was fourth in the 10-and-under 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:33.03.

Juan Colmenares was third in the 11-12 50-meter butterfly in a best time 31.93.

Jonathan Lozano was fourth in the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:34.46.

Yannai Michael was third in the 11-12 100-meter backstroke in 1:22.51.

Jacob Navarro was third in a best time 1:39.97.

Weather played havoc with the second session of the meet. Officials were able to only get in the first event, the 200-meter freestyle, before the remainder of the session was cancelled. The two-day meet concludes on Sunday with two sessions.

SOFLO has 57 swimmers entered in the meet. They are: Alana Acevedo, 14; Sarah Acevedo, 12; Madison Adkins, 9; Daniela Barreto, 12; Fernando Barreto, 10; Kaitlyn Barrios, 10; Shayna Blitz, 11; Samuel Bullen, 11; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Alexis Christensen, 10; Javier Colmenares, 9; Juan Colmenares, 12; Mark Andre De Gracia, 12; Luna Delgado, 10; Kyle Dorn, 10; Matthew Escudero, 9; Mia Escudero, 11; Celeste Estrada, 10; Odin Farkas, 12; Valeria Garcia, 12; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Kalin Hubbard, 12; Danniell Hughes, 12; Aliya Khan, 12; Benjamin Kim, 8; Matthew Kim, 11; Jena Legaspi, 12; Jonathan Lozano, 9; Anastasia Lutz, 9; Molly Masson, 12; Yannai Michael, 12; Abigail Natino, 9; Joseph-Blake Natino, 7; Judith-Alison Natino, 10; Jacob Navarro, 10; Sebastian Navarro, 12; Leah Pando, 10; Alessandro Pereira, 9; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 10; Enrique Rodriguez, 11; Mary Sawyer, 9; Steve Sawyer, 10; Carleigh Schleicher, 10; Mallory Schleicher, 12; Annie Schulze, 9; Natalia Sibug, 10; Lily Sines, 13; Kailey Smith, 11; Owen Smith, 9; Samantha Solia, 11; Christian Tijero, 10; Emma Twombly, 12; Valerie Vank, 10; Christian Vasquez, 12; Sarah Vasquez, 8; and Nicole Vignali, 10.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 2:37.38, 2. Maddie Smutny, AKS 2:41.51, 3. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOFLO 2:51.63, best time; 11-12, 1. Becca Montero, AKS 2:21.67, 2. Lalainie Bannister, Unattached 2:25.58, 3. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 2:25.65, best time; 13-and-over, 1. Claudia Acosta, HSC 2:13.90, 2. Abigail Fossas, Unattached 2:15.66, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 2:18.60.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Maddie Smutny, AKS 37.13, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 39.45, 3. Sara Levin, SF 40.52; 11-12, 1. Monika Seniuta, SAS 32.39, 2. Becca Montero, AKS 32.94, 3. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 34.30.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:23.41, 2. Maya Sorunmu, SF 1:29.09, 3. Casey Perez, BMHG 1:32.99, 4. Leah Pardo, SOFLO 1:33.03, best time; 11-12, 1. Lalainie Bannister, Unattached 1:16.71, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PCS 1:18.44, 3. Monika Seniuta, SAS 1:20.37.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 30.50, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 34.19, best time, 3. Hartley Pitters-Hinds, Unattached 34.83; 11-12, 1. Lalainie Bannister, Unattached 30.10, 2. Caitlyn Coe, MAC 30.87, 3. Becca Montero, AKS 30.87.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:29.84, best time, 2. Martha Leo, HAT 1:42.13, 3. Jade Renaud, SF 1:43.11; 11-12, 1. Monika Seniuta, SAS 1:22.70, 2. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:25.30, 3. Alana Deo, AKS 1:28.80.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, BMHG 2:33.29, 2. Giancarlo Suarez, BMHG 2:42.27, 3. Farouk Musa, HAT 2:45.21; 11-12, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 2:12.77, 2. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 2:13.03, 3. AJ Martinez, NMST 2:18.31; 13-and-over, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 2:00.72, 2. Luis Bucaro, Unattached 2:02.84, 3. Quinn Cassidy, SAS 2:02.92.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 36.21, best time, 2. Jacob Navarro, SOFLO 37.28, best time, 3. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 38.66, best time, 4. Javier Colemanares, SOFLO 40.45, best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 30.22, 2. AJ Martinez, NMST 31.39, 3. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 31.93, best time.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 1:24.80, 2. Henry Ajo, BMHG 1:24.87, 3. Steven Gary, PB 1:28.00, 4. Jonathan Lozano, SOFLO 1:34.46, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:11.95, 2. Carlos Lezcano, MAC 1:21.96, 3. Yannai Michael, SOFLO 1:22.51.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, BMHG 32.25, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 33.49, best time, 3. Julian Lezcano, MAC 34.03; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 27.86, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 28.86, 3. AJ Martinez, NMST 29.01.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:32.94, 2. Giancarlo Suarez, BHG 1:38.04, 3. Jacob Navarro, SOFLO 1:39.97, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:21.19, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 1:23.63, 3. Anthony Martinez, BMHG 1:24.28.

IF YOU GO

What: Jesse Vassallo 2016 Invitational

When: Sunday, timed finals.

Schedule: Sunday, Session 3, 9 a.m., Session 4, 15 minutes after the third session.

Where: Pompano Beach Aquatic Center, 820 NE 18th Ave.

Admission: $3 per session. For information call 954-372-5029.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com