SOFLO, St. Andrew’s, Metro Aquatics Head Field For 32nd Speedo Winter Championships


PLANTATION, December 7, 2022—Two-time defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club, with 104 swimmers, heads the field for the 32nd annual Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The much-anticipated meet, hosted by the City of Plantation and Plantation Swim Team, will feature some of the best clubs and swimmers in the Florida Gold Coast as well as out-of-state teams.

The four-day meet, one of the oldest and largest in the state, begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with relays and 1,650-yard freestyle event. Friday, Saturday and Sunday prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Two pools are being used to accommodate the large field.

Other top teams competing are Azura Florida Aquatics, Eagle Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Midtown Weston, Jupiter Dragons, Wahoos of Wellington and Metro Aquatics.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:
Juan Vallmitjana, 13, 1,650 freestyle 16:19.12; 500 freestyle 4:44.87.
Olivia Dinehart, 17, 200 IM, 2:02.93; 200 breaststroke 2:13.50; 100 freestyle 51.28; 400 IM 4:22.12; 50 breaststroke 28.95.
Javier Colmenares, 16, 200 IM, 1:53.96; 200 breaststroke 2:03.93; 50 breaststroke 26.73.
Jianna Amores, 12, 100 butterfly, 1:01.73.
Ricardo Roche, 23, 200 backstroke 1:48.24; 100 backstroke 50.63.

Former NSU University School, Pine Crest Swim Club and Missouri swimmer Jordy Groters, 26, of Aruba, founder and coach of Giants Aquatics, has 11 swimmers competing. In between coaching, Groters will also compete in the 100 butterfly, 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 100 IM.

Spectator admission is $5 per session. There are special all-session passes on sale (cash only). Parking is free. Heat sheets are available at http://www.swimpst.com and on Meet Mobile.

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

TYR OCTOBER BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Michael Barber


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, December 4, 2022—Michael Barber is looking forward to the Dec. 8-11 Speedo Winter Championships in Plantation.

The 10-year-old fifth grader at Gator Run Elementary School in Weston is qualified in six events: 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 and 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.

After some great training with his Asteroids teammates and Coach Luis Soler, he’s looking to improve and drop time. It also helps that he loves swimming fast.

“When I move through the water I feel really fast,” Barber said. “I’m not the best runner, not the best thrower, but I’m pretty good at swimming. I’m happy I started swimming, it calls to me.”

Barber has been swimming for five years. His dad Dave, a former swimmer, first signed him up for summer and winter league teams in South Carolina, where the family was living at the time. He also competed in football and soccer leagues but found his niche in swimming. He loves scuba diving and snorkeling. At age 9, he got certified for scuba diving in three days.

“It helps getting a workout in five or six days a week,” Barber said. “I like that, it gives me something to do on the weekends and week days when I don’t have anything to do. You have to come to practice every day and put the work in to do good. When I’m in the pool I’m thinking about my technique and going fast. I really like swimming fast.”

Barber loves working with Coach Luis. “He’s a good coach,” Barber said. “He helps your development and knows exactly what’s going on. He’s working with me the most on my backstroke. My teammates have been really supportive, too.

“SOFLO is a hard-working team that has good coaches, good swimmers and good community,” Barber said. “I do like SOFLO a lot.”

Barber said his best meet so far has been this past summer’s BB Championships where he earned JO cuts for his first JO meet. “I went really, really fast…faster than I’ve ever gone before.”

Soler enjoys working with Barber and watching his progress.

“He is a great kid,” Soler said. “He works hard and is a rule follower. I have been coaching him for a few seasons now and he has consistently gotten better every season. I’m looking forward to seeing how well he is going to do at Winter Champs.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Barber joins SOFLO teammates Lincoln Callaway Coy (September), Jacob Jones (August), Ethan Hall (July), Adrian Rendon (June), Niccolo Miccolis (May), Alex Golding (April), Guillermo Mantilla (March), Tristan Dons (February) and Hashan Ekanayake (January) as 2022 TYR Swimmers of the Month.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.

Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas, Bobby Finke, Patrick Callan, Hunter Armstrong, Brooks Curry, Zack Harting and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Nick Albiero, Jacob Pebley, Coleman Stewart, Justin Ress, David Curtiss, Charlie Clark and Ryan Lochte.

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

Katie Ledecky Wins Fourth Event On Final Day Of Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 3, 2022—Katie Ledecky of Gator Swim Club won her fourth and final event Saturday night at the Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Olympian ended her 2022 long course season successfully with a win in the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:44.13 to add to her wins in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyles.

During the summer Ledecky, a grad assistant at University of Florida, won world titles in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles in Budapest.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego finished his U.S. Open swims with a 22nd place in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.05. The 24-year-old 2020 Honduran Olympian finished with three long course swims in the meet. He will now turn his focus to the Dec. 13-18 World Short Course Championships in Australia.

Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics finished her U.S. Open with a fifth place finish in the 100-meter freestyle in 55.80. Her best finish in her four events was second in the 50 freestyle in a best time and Olympic Trials cut time of 25.29. She also earned 18-and-under national champion in the event. She finished with 58.5 points.

Eagle Aquatics teammate Kaii Winkler, 16, finished sixth in the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 49.45 earning him 18-and-under national champion honors in the event. It was his second final of the meet.

WOMEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, GSC 15:44.13, 2. Beatriz Dizotti, Brazil 16:18.40, 3. Michaela Morris, SYS 16:34.75.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 2:05.28, U.S. Open record, 2. Summer McIntosh, SYS/Canada 2:07.15, 3. Josephine Fuller, TENN 2:09.77, 9. Emma Weyant, UN 2:14.52.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Gabi Albiero, LOU 54.90, 2. Beata Nelson, WA 54.94, 3. Camille Spink, NCAP 55.47, 5. Erika Pelaez, EA 55.80, 7. Addison Sauickie, SYS 56.09.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Gillian Davey, UKY 2:27.06, 2. Mona McSharry, Ireland 2:27.59, 3. Ashleigh Oberekar, NSW 2:28.34, 15. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:35.05.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 2:07.30, 2. Lindsay Looney, UN 2:10.25, 3. Charlotte Hook, STAN 2:10.64.

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Alfonso Mestre, Florida/Venezuela 15:16.51, national record, 2. Padro Farias, Brazil 15:20.12, 3. Eric Brown, Florida 15:26.67.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Daniel Diehl, CUY 1:56.41, 2. Nico Garcia, VT 1:59.49, 3. Baylor Nelson, TAM 2:00.98.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Andrej Barna, CARD 48.45, 2. Josh Liendo, Florida 48.97, 3. Matt King, UVA 49.05, 6. Kaii Winkle, EA 49.45.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Aleksas Savickas, Florida 2:09.68, 2. Chase Kalisz, SUN 2:10.10, 3. Lyubomir Epitropov, TENN 2:11.74.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Nicolas Albiero, CARD, 1:56.32, 2. Zach Harting, CARD 1:57.06, 3. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, AGS 1:59.63.

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

Barber, Barrizonte, Naranjo Lead SOFLO At Santa Claus Holiday Sprint Invitational


By Sharon Robb
WEST PALM BEACH, December 3, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club got in some nice swims and huge time drops at the Santa Claus Holiday Sprint Invitational Saturday at Lake Lytal Aquatic Center.

Molly Barber, 7, won three events and finished second in another and had three time drops.

Barber won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:41.13; 25-yard breaststroke in 26.84 dropping 1.79 and 100-yard individual medley in 1:55.09 dropping an impressive 7.42 seconds off her previous best. She was also second in the 25-yard backstroke in 23.70 dropping 0.18. Barber scored 22 points.

Maya Barrizonte, 8, won the 25-yard butterfly in 21.20 and was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 39.67 dropping 1.33. She was also fourth in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard individual medley. Barrizonte scored 23 points.

Sarah Naranjo, 8, won the 25-yard freestyle in 20.42 dropping 2.54. She also had two thirds with best times with 3.16 and 3.65 time drops and one fourth place finish. She scored 16 points.

Thiago Mantilla, 6, with three runner-up finishes and one third place; Andres Gomez, 7, with three second places, one third place and one time drop; Gregory Miralles, 8, with one second place, one fourth, two sixths and one time drop; and Mateo Naranjo, 8, with one third place, one fifth, one seventh and three time drops led the SOFLO boys.

SOFLO had 16 swimmers compete in 63 individual events.

In addition to SOFLO, other Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Wahoos of Wellington, Martin County, North Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Jupiter Dragons, FAST, Tsunamis Swim Team, Indian River and host Lake Lytal Lightning.

GIRLS
25-yard freestyle: 6-and-under, 1. Reign Belzer, WOW 18.11; 7-8, 1. Sarah Naranjo, SOFLO 20.42, time drop 2.54.

25-yard backstroke: 6-and-under, 1. Reign Belzer, WOW 21.25; 7-8, 1. Scarlett Burgess, JUP 16.79; SOFLO: 2. Molly Barber 23.70.

50-yard freestyle: 6-and-under, 1. Reign Belzer, WOW 42.76; 7, 1. Callie Bevilacqua, NPB 45.65; 8, 1. Karina Aguirre, NPB 38.72, 2. Maya Barrizonte, SOFLO 39.67, time drop 1.33, 3. Sarah Naranjo, SOFLO 43.22, time drop 3.16; SOFLO: 4. Victoria Colmenares 43.75.

50-yard backstroke: 7, 1. Charlotte Witkowski, NPB 53.02, 8, 1. Karina Aguirre, NPB 44.07.

100-yard freestyle: 7, 1. Molly Barber, SOFLO 1:41.13, 2. Charlotte Witkowski, NPB 1:48.38, 3. Natalee Thrasher, TSU 2:0164; 8, 1. Karina Aguirre, NPB 1:27.46; SOFLO: 4. Maya Barrizonte 1:39.41, time drop 5.93, 5. Victoria Colmenares 1:44.67, time drop 8.42.

25-yard breaststroke: 6-and-under, 1. Sunrise Hahn. JUP 33.79; 7-8, 1. Molly Barber, SOFLO 26.84, time drop 1.79; SOFLO: 4. Sarah Naranjo 31.36.

50-yard breaststroke: 7, 1. Callie Bevilacqua, NPB 55.52; 8, 1. Karina Aguirre, NPB 48.31; SOFLO: 3. Victoria Colmenares 58.04.

25-yard butterfly: 6-and-under, 1. Reign Belzer, WOW 23.87; 7-8, 1. Maya Barrizonte, SOFLO 21.20.

50-yard butterfly: 7, 1. Charlotte Witkowski, NPB 16.55; 8, 1. Isabella Tuttle, RATS 49.60.

100-yard individual medley: 7, 1. Molly Barber, SOFLO 1:55.09, time drop 7.42; 8, 1. McKenna Coddington, RATS 1:40.15; SOFLO: 2. Victoria Colmenares 1:54.28, time drop 5.18, 3. Sarah Naranjo 1:58.78, time drop 3.65, 4. Maya Barrizonte 2:01.14.

BOYS
25-yard freestyle: 6-and-under, 1. Luke Gamino, MC 23.72, 2. Vitor Megathlin, WOW 23.77, 3. Thiago Mantilla, SOFLO 29.52; 7-8, 1. Rylan Helmes, FAST 18.37; SOFLO: 3. Mateo Naranjo 18.97, time drop 1.26, 4. Gregory Miralles 19.10, 8. David Mendoza 20.49.

25-yard backstroke: 6-and-under, 1. Vitor Megathlin, WOW 27.61, 2. Thiago Mantilla, SOFLO 28.67; 7-8, 1. Grant Hurley, WOW 21.06.

50-yard freestyle: 6-and-under, 1. Luke Gamino, MC 52.89; 7, 1. Sebastian Wood, LLL 37.63, 2. Andres Gomez, SOFLO 44.32; 8, 1. Lucas Mango, BR 36.32; SOFLO: 5. Mateo Naranjo 43.20, time drop 5.07, 9. David Mendoza 47.73.

50-yard backstroke: 7, 1. Sebastian Wood, LLL 48.29, 2. Andres Gomez, SOFLO 53.47, time drop 0.05; 8, 1. Vincent Euseppi, NPB 46.88.

100-yard freestye: 7, 1. Sebastian Wood, LLL 1:40.89, 2. Andres Gomez, SOFLO 1:51.72; 8, 1. Lucas Mango, BR 1:21.93.

25-yard breaststroke: 6-and-under, 1. Luke Gamino, MC 30.28, 2. Thiago Mantilla, SOFLO 33.79; 7-8, 1. Cole Robinson, JUP 26.67; SOFLO: 2. Gregory Miralles 26.92, time drop 0.23, 7. Mateo Narnjo 29.86, time drop 1.89, 9. David Mendoza 31.18.

50-yard breaststroke: 7, 1. Sebastian Wood, LLL 1:00.23; SOFLO: 3. Andres Gomez 1:08.27; 8, 1. Max Brodbeck, NPB 49.81.

25-yard butterfly: 6-and-under, 1. Vitor Megathlin, WOW 30.13, 2. Thiago Mantilla, SOFLO 30.66; 7-8, 1. Jack Banfe, JUP 25.34; SOFLO: 6. Gregory Miralles 27.86, 7. David Mendoza 29.75.

50-yard butterfly: 8, 1. Vincent Euseppi, NPb 50.38.

100-yard individual medley: 7, 1. Roman Euseppi, NPB 2:14.32; 8, 1. Lucas Mango, BR 1:37.02; SOFLO: 6. Gregory Miralles 1:59.74.

HIGH POINT AWARDS
GIRLS

6-and-under, 1. Reign Belzer, WOW 44.
7-year-olds, 1. tie, Callie Bevilacqua, NPB 40 and Charlotte Witkowski, NPB 40, 3. Molly Barber, SOFLO 35.
8-year-olds, 1. Karina Aguirre, NPB 44, 4. Victoria Colmenares, SOFLO 30, 5. Maya Barrizonte, OFLO 23.
BOYS
6-and-under, 1. Luke Gamino, MC 41, 3. Thiago Mantilla, SOFLO 35.
7-year-olds, 1. Sebastian Wood, LLL 44, 3. Andres Gomez, SOFLO 35.
8-year-olds, 1. Lucas Mango, BR 42.

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

McIntosh Breaks Junior World Record; Winkler Wins B Final; SOFLO’s Horrego Sixth In B Final At Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., December 2, 2022—Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club finished sixth in the B final of the 100-meter breaststroke Friday night at the Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The 24-year-old 2020 Honduran Olympian got in two long course races for the day. Swimming in Lane 6, he was third at the turn just 0.08 off the leader and finished in 1:03.05. He was 12th in prelims in 1:02.81, the fastest he has been in a while in long course.

Horrego is using the meet as a tuneup for the Dec. 13-18 World Short Course Championships in Australia.

Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 59.51, off her best time of 59.23. She went 1:00.02 in prelims. She was seventh in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.64 after going 1:00.95 in prelims.

Eagle Aquatics teammate Kaii Winkler, 16, won the B final in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:50.26, just off his best time of 1:50.07. He was 11th in prelims in 1:50.97. Winkler, a member of the U.S. junior national team, is coming off an outstanding short course season. “He’s going to be a good one,” said veteran announcer Rowdy Gaines.

Earlier in the meet, Winkler was 32nd in the 200 IM in 2:07.71 and 17th in the 50 freestyle in 22.82. He has the 100 freestyle left to swim on Saturday.

In other highlights:

400 IM: Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh, 16, set a world junior record of 4:28.61, third fastest performance of all time. She pulled away on the opening butterfly leg in 59.40. After the backstroke at 2:08.82, she was on world record pace and then leveled off in the breaststroke and cruised to the win. She was one of five teenagers 17-and-under in the final. “It’s still pretty early on in season so I didn’t know what to expect,” McIntosh said. “It was my first race of the long course season. I’m really happy with it.”

200 freestyle: Olympian Katie Ledecky of Gator Swim Club had an off night and Erin Gemmell nipping at her heels, but still managed to win her third event of the meet in 1:57.70. She also won the 800 and 400 and has the 1500 left to swim.

The four-day meet, which ends on Saturday, has attracted both U.S. and international swimmers and has been one of the most competitive. The finals are being televised by NBC Peacock with Rowdy Gaines calling the action.

WOMEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Summer McIntosh, Canada/Sarasota Sharks 4:28.61, WJR, meet record; 2. Emma Weyant, UN 4:41.85, 3. Kathryn Hazle, NCA 4:47.56, 6. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:51.65, 11. Gracie Weyant, SYS 4:50.69.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 57.65, 2. Beata Nelson, WA 58.93, 3. Gabi Albiero, LOU 59.06, 4. Erika Pelaez, Eagle Aquatics 59.51.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, GSC 1:56.74, 2. Erin Gemmell, NCAP 1:57.16, 3. Addison Sauickie, SYS 1:59.76.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Mona McSharry, IRE 1:07.06, 2. Kaelyn Gridley, DUKE 1:08.46, 3. Ana Carolina Veira, BRA 1:08.50.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 57.95, 2. Katharine Berkoff, NCS 59.87, 3. Josephine Fuller, TENN 1:00.00.

MEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, SUN 4:10.09, meet record, 2. Baylor Nelson, TAM 4:18.38, 3. Landon Driggers, TENN 4:20.85.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Zach Harting, CARD 51.99, 2. Luke Miller, NCS 52.38, 3. Nicolas Albiero, CARD 52.51.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Jake Mitchell, Florida 1:48.22, 2. Guilherme Costa, Brazil 1:48.79, 3. Zane Grothe, BCH 1:49.12.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Aleksas Savickas, Florida 1:00.54, 2. Lyubomir Epitropov, Tennessee 1:00.94, 3. Reid Mikuta, AU 1:00.96.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Daniel Diehl, CUY 53.07, 2. Evangelos Makrygiannis, UN 54.41, 3. Tommy Janton, ND 54.96.

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

Ledecky, Costa Win Second Events, Pelaez Takes Second, Gets Olympic Trials Cut On Day Two Of Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships; SOFLO’s Horrego Competes Friday


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 1, 2022—The rematch between Katie Ledecky and Summer McIntosh lived up to the hype Thursday night at the Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Ledecky successfully avenged her narrow loss (.08 seconds) to the Canadian teenager in the 400-meter freestyle at the World Cup Series meet in Toronto last month.

Ledecky, the top qualifier in 4:021.51, edged out McIntosh by 8/100ths in 3:59.71. Her final split was 28.99 to move into the lead for good. McIntosh, 16, finished in 3:59.79 and Sarasota Sharks training mate Michaela Mattes, 17, was third in 4:09.53.

It was Ledecky’ second win of the meet. On opening night, she easily won the 800 freestyle.

Brazil’s Guilherme Costa, 24, also won his second event in the 400 freestyle in 3:48.13 ahead of Florida’s Alfonso Mestre, 21, of Venezuela in 3:49.63.

N.C. State’s David Curtiss, 20, won the 50-meter freestyle despite swimming blind for the entire race. He said his goggles filled up with water after the start and he relied on muscle memory to get him to the wall.

N.C. State-bound and U.S. junior national team member Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was second in the 50 freestyle in 25.29 behind Louisville’s Gabi Albiero in 25.06. She was seeded sixth after prelims in 25.75. She has the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle left to swim.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s 2020 Olympian Julio Horrego begins competing on Friday. The 24-year-old Honduran and national record holder will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday and 200-meter breaststroke on Saturday. Horrego is using the meet as a tuneup for the Dec. 13-18 World Championships in Australia.

The four-day meet has attracted both U.S. and international swimmers and is expected to be one of the most competitive. The finals are being televised by Peacock with Rowdy Gaines calling the action.

WOMEN
400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, GSC 3:59.71, 2. Summer McIntosh, SYS 3:59.79, 3. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:09.53, 4. Emma Weyant, UN 4:10.12.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 2:10.40, 2. Leah Hayes, TIDE 2:10.67, 3. Zoe Dixon, Florida 2:14.37.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Gabi Albiero, LOU 25.06, 2. Erika Pelaez, EA 25.29, 3. Camille Spink, NCAP 25.36.

MEN
400-meter freestyle: 1. Guilherme Costa, Brazil 3:48.13, 2. Alfonso Mestre, Florida 3:49.63, 3. Jake Mitchell, Florida 3:49.65.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, SUN 1:56.52, 2. Baylor Nelson, TAM 1:59.14, 3. Daniel Diehl, CUY 1:59.89.

50-meter freestyle: 1. David Curtiss, NCS 21.92, 2. Josh Liendo, Florida 21.99, 3. Victor Alcara, Brazil 22.11.

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

SOFLO Among Teams At Santa Claus Holiday Sprint Invitational Saturday At Lake Lytal


By Sharon Robb
WEST PALM BEACH, December 1, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club’s young up-and-coming swimmers will compete at the annual Santa Claus Holiday Sprint Invitational Saturday at Lake Lytal Aquatic Center.

SOFLO has 16 swimmers competing in 63 individual events.

Gregory Miralles, 8, is seeded first in the 7-8 25-yard freestyle in 18.84 and 25-yard breaststroke in 27.15.

Maya Barrizonte, 8, is top seed in the 7-8 25-yard butterfly in 20.59.

Other SOFLO swimmers entered are: Molly Barber, 7; Mason Barrizonte, 9; Lincoln Callaway Coy, 9; Victoria Colmenares, 8; Andres Gomez, 7; Camila Juanes, 10; Thiago Mantilla, 6; Daniel Mantjos, 11; David Mendoza, 8; Lilith Napoles, 9; Mateo Naranjo, 8; Sarah Naranjo, 8; Christopher Pozo, 8; and Mattias Tejada, 11.

In addition to SOFLO, other Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Wahoos of Wellington, Martin County, North Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Jupiter Dragons, FAST, Tsunamis Swim Team, RATS and host Lake Lytal Lightning.

Each of the three meet sessions were capped at 225 swimmers. Admission is $5. Meet programs are available for free online or on Meet Mobile.

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

Ledecky Wins 800, Makes 2024 U.S. Olympic Trial Cut On Day One Of Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., November 30, 2022—It was only fitting the world’s all-time greatest swimmer was the first to qualify for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials at the Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships Wednesday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

University of Florida grad assistant Katie Ledecky of Gator Swim Club won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:13.90, 31.89 seconds under the time standard. The three-time defending Olympian champion and world record holder in the event took the lead and was never challenged by the field.

Ledecky was coming off her double world record swims in the 800 and 1500 at the short course meters FINA World Cup. Ledecky has the 200, 400 and 1500 freestyles left to swim.

Four other women met the trials time standard: Michaela Mattes (8:37.99) of Sarasota Sharks, Cavan Gormsen (8:38.15), Caroline Pennington (8:42.93) and Katrina Bellio (8:43.24).

In an exciting men’s race, Brazil’s top seed Guilherme Costa, 24, won the men’s 800 freestyle in 7:54.10, just ahead of Florida’s Alfonso Mestre of Venezuela in 7:54.80. The pair were the only two swimmers to crack 8 minutes.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented by 2020 Olympian Julio Horrego in the four-day meet. The 24-year-old Honduran Olympian and national record holder will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday and 200-meter breaststroke on Saturday.

The four-day meet has attracted both U.S. and international swimmers and expected to be one of the most competitive.

GIRLS
800-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Gator Swim Club 8:13.90, 2. Michael Mattes, Sarasota Sharks 8:37.89, 3. Cavan Gormsen, LIAC 8:38.15, 5. Emma Weyant, UN 8:41.16.
800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Cougar Aquatics 8:25.21.
BOYS
800-meter freestyle: 1. Guilherme Costa, Brazil 7:54.10, 2. Alfonso Mestre, Florida 7:54.80, 3. Stephen Steverink, Brazil 8:01.08.
800-meter freestyle relay: 1. NSW Swim 7:22.51, 2. SwimMAC 7:39.90.
Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

TYR OCTOBER GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Isabella Callaway Coy


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, November 29, 2022–Isabella Callaway Coy is a self-starter when it comes to her motivation in swimming.

“I think I’m motivated to work hard,” Callaway Coy said. “I want to get on to Silver, that’s my goal right now.”

Callaway Coy, 13, a home schooler in seventh and eighth grade courses, is a member of the Senior Development Group. She is constantly striving to improve at practice and swim meets.

“Isabella is by far one of my most motivated swimmers,” said her coach Kenzy Green. “She’s committed to getting better and always tries to do everything right and pushes herself. She even asked me if she could move from the B group to the A group because she just really wants to get better.”

At her most recent meet, the Nov. 18-19 SOFLO Last Chance Meet at Academic Village Pool, Callaway Coy had five time drops in six events she competed in. She dropped 14.92 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle; 1.75 in the 100-yard breaststroke; 1.93 in the 200-yard individual medley; 3.39 in the 200-yard breaststroke; and 0.71 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Callaway Coy started swimming when she was 5. She first took Swim America lessons at Coral Springs Aquatic Center. She then joined her neighborhood recreational league team Margate Motion when she was 8. At 11 she took a long break when her family went on a cross country road trip. The family then went to Cape Canaveral where her father was deployed for the Air Force. Her family returned to Pembroke Pines where she started swimming with SOFLO in April.

“I was excited to get back to swimming,” Callaway Coy said. “At first it was hard since it was a USA Swimming team. Then it got easier and now I really love it.”

Callaway Coy loves being around her teammates and coaches.

“I like going to see my friends and swimming with them and seeing myself improve,” she said. “I’d like to thank Coach George, Coach Jack and Coach Kenzy. They help me a lot.

“I am competitive. I like competing and it relaxes my mind.”

Callaway Coy is currently training for the Dec. 16-18 Holiday Champs at Sunrise which she has qualified for. She is close to qualifying for the Dec. 8-11 Winter Championships at Plantation.

During her break from swimming, Callaway Coy competed in track and field for the South Florida Heat. She ran the half mile, mile and two-mile relay which helped her get into shape for swimming. She also likes to do art (painting and drawing) and playing guitar. “Since I home school it gives me time to do lots of things,” Callaway Coy said.

Her goals for the future include moving up the ladder of the various SOFLO team groups, swimming in high school and earning a college scholarship.

“She’s always excited to see the practice and finds the good things in every tough practice instead of hyperfocusing on the pain and difficulty of a set,” Green said. “She’s a great team player and lifts those around her up with her positive attitude. I’m excited to see where the rest of the year takes her.”

Callaway Coy is the second member of her family to earn TYR Swimmer of the Month honors. Her brother Lincoln was the September TYR Boy Swimmer of the Month.

Cristina Calloway Coy, a masters swimmer and mother of three swimmers, loves having all her kids in one sport.

“I think about parents that are going and dropping one off to gymnastics, another at soccer and another at swimming and I think how do you survive that?” she said.

“I am very glad that all three of my kids like swimming and I do, too. It makes it easy we all do one thing. I love watching them swim, practice, dive off the blocks and see them getting better and better. With dedication in this sport and good coaching, kids can achieve their goals and that’s encouraging to see.

“This is something you can do until you’re 95, it’s something you can do to stay healthy,” Cristina added. “It sets the bar for health whether you keep competing or not.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Callaway Coy joins SOFLO teammates Jianna Amores (September), Carolina Carrera (August), Lydia Smutny (July), Amber Connor (June), Eva Ortiz (May), Sally Golding (April), Natalie Gembicki (March), Sofia Lugo (February) and Valentina Remmele (January) as 2022 Swimmers of the Month.

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.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its female-sponsored athletes are ESPY Sportswoman of the Year Katie Ledecky, 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis and Kelsi Dahlia.

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

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Among Field For Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., November 28, 2022—Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club will compete in the Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday.

Horrego, 24, a 2020 Honduran Olympian and national record holder, will compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke against strong fields in the long course meet. The 100 is Friday and 200 breaststroke on Saturday.

Horrego is seeded fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.18. Ireland’s Darragh Greene is seeded first in 59.76 followed by Bulgarian national record holder Lyubomir Epitropov of University of Tennessee, 1:00.32; AJ Pouch of Virginia Tech, 1:00.85; and Reid Mikuta of Auburn University, 1:00.92.

Horrego is seeded tenth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:16.40. Pouch is seeded first in 2:09.07.

The four-day meet has attracted both U.S. and international swimmers and expected to be one of the most competitive with some great rivalries.

University of Florida grad assistant Katie Ledecky will compete in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle. She will have a rematch against Canadian 15-year-old Summer McIntosh in the 400. McIntosh, who trains with the Sarasota Sharks, knocked off Ledecky in the World Cup in Toronto.

Among other top swimmers entered are Regan Smith, Chase Kalisz, Baylor Nelson, Erin Gemmel, Emma Weyant, Leah Hayes, Abbey Weitzeil, Katharine Berkoff, Jake Mitchell, Josh Liendo, Guilherme Costa and Mona McSharry.

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