Torres Top SOFLO Finisher, Florida Gold Coast All-Stars In Fourth Place On Day 5 Of Southern Zone Championships

Torres Top SOFLO Finisher, Florida Gold Coast All-Stars In Fourth Place On Day 5 Of Southern Zone Championships


July 31, 2010

After five meets in the last six weeks, South Florida Aquatic Club head coach Michael Lohberg said “now it’s time to take a break and take a breath.”

SOFLO’s eight All-Star swimmers that represented the Florida Gold Coast during the week-long USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships, will now get a much-deserved two to three week break to recharge their batteries before getting ready for the fall season.

Swimming more for fun than time in his last race of the summer, Luke Torres was SOFLO’s top finisher on Saturday night.

On the fifth and final night of the pool events at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Torres, 16, finished tenth in the 15-18 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.18. Torres was seeded ninth after swimming 2:11.89 in prelims.

With only the open water events remaining on Sunday at the Lake Lanier Olympic Canoe, Kayak and Rowing venue in Gainesville, Ga., the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team was in fourth place with 279 points.

Florida Swimming was leading the Georgia Zone Team, 449.5-441. North Carolina Swimming is third with 357 points.

The open water event distances are 2-miles for 15-18, 1.5 miles for 13-14 and one mile for 11-12.

Also on Saturday night, four other SOFLO swimmers—Stephanie Campo, Brandon Goldman, Marco Hosfeld and Diego Rodriguez–turned in career-best times to finish a successful summer season.

“I think the meet was worthwhile especially for the people who were prepared for it,” Lohberg said. “We had in the last six weeks five meets. That was a very full schedule.

“Luke swam four big meets in a row and the gas tank is empty now which is perfectly fine,” Lohberg said. “The last three months he dropped three seconds in the 100 fly. He had quite a remarkable season. Now it’s time to take a break.”

For the SOFLO All-Stars, the trip was worthwhile and a good experience, Lohberg said.

“It was a little disappointing to see not all the Florida Gold Coast teams support this meet,” Lohberg said. “It was worth it for us. It was a nice trip for the kids at the end of the season.

“I do think if the Florida Gold Coast sends people to this meet they need to be prepared or they shouldn’t go,” Lohberg said. “It’s an honor and we want to be at our best at this meet. Overall, I am happy with the way it turned out for us. It turned out much better than I thought. I thought our kids would struggle a little, but they did a real nice job.”

Other SOFLO finishers were:

Tyla Martin, 13, 15th in the girls’ 13-14 200-meter individual medley in 2:30.57.

Steph Campo, 12, 17th in the girls’ 11-12 50-meter freestyle in a career-best 29.68. Her previous best was 30.08.

Marco Hosfeld, 14, 19th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:20.45. His previous best was 2:21.12. He was also 29th in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.44.

Emma Lincoln, 14, 22nd in the 13-14 50-meter freestyle in 29.24.

Brandon Goldman, 15, 30th in the 15-18 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:19.15. His previous best was 2:20.22. He was also 28th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:22.76.

Diego Rodriguez, 12, 33rd   in the 50-meter freestyle in a career-best 30.60.

Anne Kuczynski, 15, 40th in the 15-18 200-meter individual medley in 2:36.88.

The FGC team was scheduled to arrive Sunday night at the Palm Beach International Airport at 10:45 p.m.

Individual Southern Zone champions were:


Nancy Hu, 12, Florida Swimming, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:27.40, career-best.

Caty Hulsey, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:24.27, career-best.

Ashley Reid, 17, Florida Swimming, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:22.87, career-best.

Brooke Bauer, 12, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 27.26, career-best.

Caitlin Cooper, 14, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 27.00, career-best.

Kaitlyn Dressel, 17, Florida Swimming, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 27.02, career-best.

Haley McInerny, 12, Georgia Zone Team, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 29.69, career-best.

Taylor Weiss, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:20.64, career-best.

Lydia Jones, 15, Georgia Zone Team, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:19.37, career-best.


Tyler Silver, 12, North Carolina Swimming, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:22.53, career-best.

Gunnar Bentz, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:07.03, career-best.

Evandro Silva, 18, Florida Gold Coast, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:08.88, career-best.

Preston Padden, 12, West Virginia Zone Team, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 26.08, career-best.

Caeleb Dressel, 13, Florida Swimming, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 24.96, career-best.

Austin Butler, 18, Louisiana Zone Team, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 24.14, career-best.

Tyler Silver, 12, North Carolina Swimming, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 27.82, career-best.

Jimmy Yoder, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:07.17, career-best.

Christian Carbone, 16, Southeastern Swimming, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:06.36, career-best.

Other Florida Gold Coast All-Star finishers were:

Quinn Cassidy, 14, second, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:13.24; third, 50-meter freestyle, 25.09, career-best.

Daniel Spas, 15, third, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 24.40.

Austin Manganiello, 17, third, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:07.97, career-best.

Samuel Smiddy, 16, fourth, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:10.60, career-best.

Rose Smiddy, 11, sixth, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:32.34, career-best.

Isabela Reyes-Capo, 12, sixth, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 30.62, career-best.

Isa Paez, 14, sixth, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:26.72, career-best.

Boleck Depawlikowski, 14, seventh, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:14.43, career-best.

Andrew Smiddy, 18, ninth, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:12.72.

Zoie Balthazar, 14, 11th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 28.42.

Evandro Silva, 18, 11th, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:12.39.

Digby Nothard, 14, 11th, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:18.68.

Megan Moroney, 13, 12th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:29.72.

John Floyd, 14, 13th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 26.26, career-best.

Gaby Garcia, 16, 14th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.04, career-best.

Andres Reyes-Capo, 16, 14th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 25.16.

Megan Moroney, 13, 15th, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:35.00.

Arianna Noya, 13, 16th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:30.92.

Derek Chait, 15, 16th, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:14.12, career-best.

Jessica Nederlanden, 17, 17th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.09.

Annie Valls, 14, 17th, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:40.19.

Alexa Rivera, 11, 19th, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 32.38, equals career-best.

Nicolas Medina, 12, 20th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:38.78.

Michael Christian, 17, 20th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:16.74, career-best.

Rose Smiddy, 11, 20th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 29.75.

Digby Nothard, 14, 20th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 26.65.

Isabela Reyes-Capo, 12, 24th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:40.86.

Andrew Smiddy, 18, 24th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 25.72.

Luis Santiesteban, 14, 24th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:24.93, career-best.

Vicky Ho, 17, 24th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.51.

Carlotta Verita, 12, 25th, 50-meter butterfly, 32.76.

Samuel Smiddy, 16, 25th, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:20.48.

Namilla Sanchez, 12, 26th, 50-meter butterfly, 32.88.

Gaby Garcia, 16, 26th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:32.41.

Jonathan Farah, 12, 26th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 29.84.

Hank Contich, 12, 27th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 29.90.

Alejandro Vassallo, 14, 27th, 13-14, 200-meter butterfly, 2:35.82.

Jessie Randolph, 15, 27th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.71, career-best.

Carlotta Verita, 12, 27th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:41.91.

Alejandro Vassallo, 14, 27th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:26.30.

Luis Santiesteban, 14, 27th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 27.30.

Tanner Fuller, 12, 29th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 30.37, career-best.

Derek Chait, 15, 29th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:19.14.

Alex Cronin, 12, 30th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 30.46, career-best.

Fatimah Westbrook, 11, 32nd, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 34.10.

Julio Horrego, 11, 33rd, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:46.27.

Sivan Fraiman, 15, 33rd, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:34.06, career-best.

Alex Cronin, 12, 33rd, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 33.98.

Brittany Hammond, 15, 36th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:35.18.

Julio Horrego, 11, 37th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 30.89.

Dashley Reyes, 15, 37th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 29.28, career-best.

Namilla Sanchez, 12, 37th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:45.05.

Hannah Vandersluis, 15, 39th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:36.39.

Fatimah Westbrook, 11, 40th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 31.06.

Sivan Fraiman, 15, 43rd, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 29.46, career-best.

Annie Valls, 14, 44th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:41.09.

Amanda Montesino, 17, 51st, 200-meter individual medley, 2:44.92.

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