SOFLO’s Luke Torres Returns To Winning Ways On Day One At FGC Senior Championships

SOFLO’s Luke Torres Returns To Winning Ways On Day One At FGC Senior Championships


March 4, 2011

After three weeks of soul-searching during winter break, Luke Torres is back in the pool working to return to championship form.

Training for less than two months, the Brazilian teenager picked up a confidence-building win Friday night on the first day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in Plantation.

In the race of the night, Torres, 16, out-touched longtime rival Yousef Alaskari, 16, of the Davie Nadadores in the 200-yard butterfly to win in 1:55.21. Alaskari finished just 25/100ths of a second behind in 1:55.46.

After morning prelims, Alaskari was fastest qualifier in 1:58.70, slower than his seed time of 1:50.99. Torres was the sixth-fastest qualifier in 1:59.69.

Torres also swam the 500-yard freestyle prelims and finished 23rd in 5:06.40. “That was ridiculous,” Torres said.

Preparing for sectionals in two weeks, Torres was not shaved or tapered and wasn’t expecting to win any of the three events he entered in the meet. He was just looking to race and fine tune his stroke.

“It was a great race,” Torres said. “I am not really focused on Senior Championships with sectionals in two weeks. I just tried to pace it well. I went out pretty easy and then kept the pace and tried not to die at the end.”

It was Torres first competitive meet since the Brazilian Nationals in December where he had a disappointing meet.

“It was pretty bad,” Torres said. “I wanted to quit but at the same time I knew I wasn’t going to. I went back to practice and Michael (Lohberg) told me to take a break so I took three weeks off during winter break.”

He spent the time with his family in Brazil. He talked with his father, Lohberg and co-head coach Bruno Darzi. It was just enough time to convince Torres how much he missed the sport and stoke his competitive fires.

“I still love swimming,” Torres said. “I want to get back to where I was. I want to get back to being the old Luke.”

Of course, winning Friday night and beating Alaskari didn’t hurt.

“It was great,” Torres said. “Whenever I do well I don’t feel pain during the race. It helps my confidence especially with sectionals in two weeks which we are tapering for. I am happy, I am smiling.”

Torres expects to be in championship shape by the summer where he is shooting for low 55s.

“After sectionals I want to try pushing it in practice,” Torres said. “I always do my best during the summer.”

Other SOFLO individual champions were

Two-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 22, in the 50-yard breaststroke in 29.16.

Lindsey McKnight, 16, in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.55. Teammate Emma Lincoln was second in 53.33.

Atkinson, Lincoln and McKnight joined Katie Brennan on the 400-yard freestyle relay to finish third in 3:34.35.

SOFLO’s Brandon Goldman was second in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:55.32 to lead the boys team.



200-yard freestyle relay: 1. MAC (Chinyere Pigot, Ana Anaya, Carla Robles, Evita Leter) 1:37.00; SOFLO: 6. “A” 1:40.91 (Linea Cutter, Katie Brennan, Emma Lincoln, Alia Atkinson; 13. SOFLO “B” 1:43.99 (Maria Lopez, Kristina Brennan, Amber Hunter, Brittany Williford).

200-yard backstroke: 15-16, 1. Chelsea Britt, FLA 2:01.38; SOFLO: 4. Marcella Marinheiro, Unattached-SOFLO 2:07.88, 9. Emily Greenwood 2:14.45; 18. Rachel Ling 2:22.25, 27. Belinda De La Torre 2:34.44; Open, 1. Lauren Driscoll, FLA 2:02.65.

100-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Lindsey McKnight, SOFLO 51.55; SOFLO: 2. Emma Lincoln 53.33, 7. Marcella Marinheiro, Unattached-SOFLO 54.29, 8. Anne Kuczynski 54.41, 12. Kristina Brennan 56.11, 21. Amber Hunter 56.64, 22. Emily Greenwood 56.70, 26. Maria Lopez 57.07, 47. Rachel Ling 59.88, 52. Gabriella Fawaz 1:01.14, 58. Brianna Giordanella 1:02.59; Open, 1. Chinyere Pigot, MAC 51.57; SOFLO: 2. Alia Atkinson 52.96, 6. Linea Cutter 54.38, 15. Katie Brennan 55.78.

200-yard butterfly: 15-16, 1. Chelsea Britt, FLA 2:00.52; SOFLO: 5. Maria Lopez 2:12.44, 12. Amber Hunter 2:21.40; Open, 1. Ana Anaya, MAC 2:00.67.

50-yard breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Evita Leter, MAC 31.12; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 29.16, SOFLO: 5. Gina Gautieri 31.65.

500-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Olivia Katcher, FLA 5:02.63; SOFLO: 4. Emma Lincoln 5:07.87, 5. Marcella Marinheiro 5:10.57; Open, 1. Damaris Iriondo, FLA 5:03.39; SOFLO: 11. Katie Brennan 5:18.28, 12. Brittany Williford 5:23.45.

400-yard freestyle: 1. MAC (Ana Anaya, Chinyere Pigot, Carla Robles, Kristina Reyno) 3:33.72; SOFLO: 3. “A” 3:34.35 (Emma Lincoln, Alia Atkinson, Lindsey McKnight, Katie Brennan), 12. “B” 3:50.54 (Kristina Brennan, Amber Hunter, Maria Lopez, Brittany Williford).


200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Davie Nadadores (Ismael Ortiz, Glen Sochackyj, Aaron Dsouza, Joel Kempter) 1:25.03; SOFLO: 5. “A” 1:28.67, Abbas Qali, Alex Rodriguez, Keegan Boisson-Yates, Zain Qali; 8. “B” 1:32.09, Darryl Perez, Fernando Cardenas, Marc Rojas, Xavier Brown).

200-yard backstroke: 15-16, 1. Matthew Long, MAC 1:52.98; SOFLO: 2. Brandon Goldman 1:55.32; Open, 1. Fernando Santos, Unattached 1:50.13; SOFLO: 14. Fernando Cardenas 2:07.02.

100-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Juliano Ballestas, MAC 45.80; SOFLO: 4. Keegan Boisson-Yates 48.03, 23. Darryl Perez 51.34, 37. Daniel Lee 52.30, 46. Xavier Brown 53.02, 57. Jacob Walters 53.92, 59. Kyle Desrosiers 54.16, 68. Roger Capote 55.13, 72. Matias Sisnandez 56.12; Open: 1. Fernando Santos, Unattached 44.86; SOFLO: 13. Hazem Tashkandi 48.20, 29. Marc Rojas 50.18, 34. Fernando Cardenas 51.58, 38. Maurico Hidalgo 51.85, 42. Brian Arnaud 52.12, 47. Jaafar Bouland 52.35.

200-yard butterfly: 15-16, 1. Luke Torres, SOFLO 1:55.21; SOFLO: 13. Javier Menchaca 2:04.03; Open, 1. Julio Galofre, Unattached 1:48.90; SOFLO: 12. Mauricio Hidalgo 2:01.94, 4. Leo Andara 1:56.69, 29. Abbas Qali 2:17.28.

50-yard breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Ryan Rosenbaum, FLA 26.68; SOFLO: 12. Daniel Lee 30.16, 22. Joshua Cutter 32.32; Open, 1. Genaro Prono, DANA 25.59, SOFLO: 3. Alex Rodriguez 26.87, 5. Marc Rojas 27.66, 12. Brian Arnaud 29.57.

500-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Mack Martinock, Martin County 4:39.03; SOFLO: 20. Kyle Desrosiers 5:02.60, 28. Roger Capote 5:14.21; Open, 1. Julio Galofre, Unattached 4:30.07; SOFLO: 5. Marc Rojas 4:46.88, 11. Hazem Tashkandi 4:50.51.

400-yard freestyle: 1. Davie Nadadores 3:07.74 (Glen Sochackji, Aaron Dsouza, Joel Kempter, Ismael Ortiz); SOFLO: 7. “B” 3:23.64 (Darryl Perez, Marc Rojas, Fernando Cardenas, Xavier Brown); “A” disqualified.


What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday

Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW 2nd Street

Schedule: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheet per session. For information call 954-452-2526.

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