AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 86: SOFLO Swimmers Compete At All-Florida Invitational This Weekend

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 86: SOFLO Swimmers Compete At All-Florida Invitational This Weekend

October 6, 2011


University of Florida will open the college season at the Stephen O’Connell Center Natatorium Friday through Sunday when the Gators host the second annual All-Florida Invitational in Gainesville.

“We’re pretty fortunate on both the men and women’s side going into the first meet of the year,” Florida head coach Gregg Troy said.

“We’re coming off a tremendous summer where a lot of our swimmers competed on both the international and national scene.”

Nine teams will compete in the three-day meet. Host Florida will be joined by Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Florida Southern, Florida State, University of Miami, North Florida and Nova Southeastern.

“We did it last year for the first time, and we actually had a pretty big demand from the other schools to do it,” said Troy, the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s swim coach.

“Anytime you have FSU on campus, it’s always good to have both the programs here. It’s a unique dynamic.

“Swimming three full days with a complete college program with the exception of platform diving, it allows you to get the chance to see everyone in a couple of different dimensions.”

Florida State’s women’s team, led by SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, is coming off two wins over Miami and Florida Gulf Coast last weekend. SOFLO’s Melissa Cooper, a Texas A&M transfer, and Ashley Hicks are also on FSU’s women’s team.

The men’s team, featuring SOFLO’s Tyler Sell, Alex Rodriguez and Doug Ramos, will compete in their first meet of the season.

SOFLO’s Linea Cutter, a freshman at Nova Southeastern University, will make her collegiate swimming debut. The Douglas alum is expected to make an impact her first season in the freestyles.

NSU is opening the season in Gainesville after sending eight swimmers to the NCAA Championships in the program’s first year. NSU picked up several transfers from Illinois State, Daytona State, Mankato State, Florida State and Alabama.

University of Miami’s women’s team (0-2) will compete. SOFLO’s Dana Hatic, a senior breaststroker, heads the team. In last weekend’s meet against FSU and FGCU, Hatic was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:18.97 as one of the Hurricanes top finishers.

Florida Atlantic features SOFLO swimmers Eszter Bucz, Anthony Fermin and Gabriel Pena.

Bucz, a breaststroker, is a Hungarian national champion, Sun Belt Conference champion and school record holder.

FGCU is led by junior Danielle Beaubrun, a breaststroke conference champion who will use this weekend’s meet as a tuneup for the Pan American Games in Mexico. The St. Lucia swimmer and FGCU coach Neal Studd will head to Guadalajara next Tuesday. Studd said that Beaubrun needs to get in a meet of racing before Pan Ams.

On Friday, prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 7 p.m.; on Saturday prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. and Sunday prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 4 p.m.

FINA/Arena World Cup Begins Friday

The 2011 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Series opens Friday at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Complex in Dubai with a star-studded international lineup.

Among the field is Kenya’s Jason Dunford, coached by former Michael Lohberg protégé Andrea Di Nino, head of the ADN Project in Italy. Others entered are South African Chad Le Closs and Russians Evgeny Korotyshkin and Yuliya Efimova.

FINA is offering a lucrative prize purse for medal winners during the grueling seven-leg series.

Gold medal winners earn $1,500, silver medal winners $1,000 and bronze medal winners $500. A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded any swimmer who breaks a world record.

The overall men’s and women’s series winner will earn $100,000. Last year Therese Alshammar of Sweden and Thiago Pereira of Brazil were  overall champions.

Australia will not compete in Dubai but will join the series in Stockholm (Oct. 15-16), Moscow (October 18-19) and Berlin (October 22-23). Aussie comeback swimmers Ian Thorpe, Geoff Huegill and Libby Trickett are expected to swim in some of the meets.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Busy Weekend For SOFLO Swimmers At Broward Sizzler, Area 2 Developmental Meets

Busy Wekend For SOFLO Swimmers At Broward Sizzler, Area 2 Developmental Meets

October 6, 2011


It will be another big weekend for South Florida Aquatic Club age group swimmers competing in the Broward North Sizzler at the Tamarac Caporella Aquatic Complex and Comets Area 2 Developmental Meet at Pembroke Pines Academic Village Pool.

On Friday, sixteen age group swimmers from Mullins Park in Coral Springs will participate in the 8-and-Under Broward North Sizzler hosted by the Sunrise Swimming Boosters and City of Tamarac.

The meet offers young swimmers the chance to learn how to compete in a meet in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. All races are 25-yards in all four strokes.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Comets will host the Area 2 Developmental Meet at the Academic Village Pool.

It is the second consecutive month the Comets have hosted a Florida Gold Coast short course developmental meet.

SOFLO has 223 swimmers entered including several high school swimmers preparing for the upcoming district meets, the first stepping stone toward a state meet berth as well as young up-and-coming swimmers.

Marc Rojas of Pembroke Pines Charter and Marcella and Melissa Marinheiro and Leonie Davies of West Broward and Maria Lopez of Hialeah Gardens head the field.

The early morning sessions are for 12-and-under swimmers and afternoon sessions for 13-and-over.

Fort Lauderdale FAU and North Miami are hosting the other two weekend developmental meets.


What: 8-and-Under Broward North Sizzler Invitational.

When: Friday, 5:30 p.m., timed finals; 5 p.m. warm-up.

Where: Tamarac Caporella Aquatic Complex, 9300 NW 58th St., Tamarac.

SOFLO Swimmers: (16) Amber Candido, 7, Giulianna Garcia, 7, Gisele Girones, 8, Emma Gomez, 8, Bree Haigis, 7, Marissa Kopec, 7, Stephanie Kopec, 8, Ashley Nagy, 8, Judith Newby, 8, Bennett Brown, 8, Andrew Fibkins, 8, Jack Fibkins, 8, Brian Gonzalez, 8, Daniel Huang, 8, Edward Huang, 5, Justin Ruf, 7.

Admission: $2, heat sheets $2.


What: Comets Area 2 Developmental Meet.

When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. sessions; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. sessions, timed finals.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Streeet, Pembroke Pines.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. Meet director Luis Soler. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Martin, Torres Among Top Finishers At Woodson, Pine Crest Sweeps Team Titles

SOFLO’s Martin, Torres Among Top Finishers At Woodson, Pine Crest Sweeps Team Titles

October 6, 2011


Tyla Martin of Pine Crest and Luke Torres of American Heritage Plantation were top finishers among South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers at the 48th annual Woodson Swimming and Diving Invitational on Wednesday at Pine Crest.

Martin, a freshman, making her high school swimming debut this season, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.88 and third in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.25.

Both were season-best times for Martin. Her butterfly performance moved her into second place in the county honor roll.

Martin also led off the Panthers’ winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:50.62 along with teammates Lindsey Swartz, Miriyam Ghali and Kaelah Chaney. She also swam third leg on the third-place 400-yard freestyle relay.

Torres, a senior, was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.85 and third in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.79.

Torres swam second leg on the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:37.09 with teammates Yousef Alaskari, Digby Nothard and Daniel Spas and third leg on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:12.74 with Alaskari, Fernando Bohorquez and Spas.

In the 1-meter springboard competition, Pine Crest swept the boys and girls individual titles. Carly Ehrlich won the girls event with 302.35 points and Connor Gerrits won the boys event with 318.55.

Other top SOFLO performers were:

Marco Hosfeld of University School was fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:55.80 and was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.75.

Steph Campo of Coral Springs Charter School was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.27.

Natasha Payamps of Coral Springs Charter School was eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.85 and 100-yard freestyle in 58.47.

Lucia Morris of Coral Springs Charter School was seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.83.

Host Pine Crest swept the team titles in the nine-team field, winning the girls title with 290 points over St. Andrew’s with 277.  Coral Springs Charter, with several SOFLO swimmers, edged University School by one point, 125-124 for fourth place.

Pine Crest boys won with 361 points. American Heritage Plantation was a distance second with 230 and St. Andrew’s third with 193 points.

Yousef Alaskari of American Heritage won the Andy Coan Award as Boys Most Valuable Swimmer of the meet. University of Florida-bound Lindsey McKnight of American Heritage won the Ann Marshall Award as Girls Most Valuable Swimmer.



1.Pine Crest 290, 2. St. Andrew’s 277, 3. American Heritage Plantation 223, 4. Coral Springs Charter 125, 5. University School of NSU 124, 6. Westminster Academy 72, 7. Coral Shores 69, 8. American Heritage Delray Beach Middle School 28.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:50.62 (Tyla Martin, Lindsey Swartz, Miriyam Ghali, Kaelah Chaney), 2. University School 1:54.22, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:57.15, SOFLO: 4. Coral Springs Charter 1:57.90 (Steph Campo, Lucia Morris, Jenna Diamond, Natasha Payamps).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Lauren Driscoll, AH 1:50.47, 2. Alina Schulhofer, AH 1:51.76, 3. Brittany Hammond, PC 1:52.91, SOFLO: 12. Steph Campo, CSC 2:04.63, 19. Rebecca Wilkerson, CSC 2:17.64.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Tasija Karosas, SA 2:06.31, 2. Casey Francis, PC 2:10.06, 3. Tyla Martin, PC 2:13.25; SOFLO: 17. Alex Campo 2:43.33.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Randolph, AH 25.47, 2. Hannah Veale, PC 25.50, 3. Kaelah Chaney, PC 25.66; SOFLO: 8. Natasha Payamps, CSC 26.85, 11. Lucia Morris, CSC 27.55.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alina Schulhofer, AH 57.42, 2. Tyla Martin, PC 57.88, 3. Jessica Conway, STA 1:00.23; SOFLO: 17. Jillian Alexander, CSC 1:14.37, 18. Alex Campo, CSC 1:14.80.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Carly Ehrlich, PC 302.35, 2. Blaire Mulka, STA 274.20, 3. Carolyn Chaney, PC 256.20.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 51.46, 2. Caroline Nava, WA 53.57, 3. Jessica Randolph, AH 55.05; SOFLO: 8. Natasha Payamps, CSC 58.47, 23. Jackie Alexander, CSC 1:09.53.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Lauren Driscoll, AH 4:54.40, 2. Brittany Hammond, PC 4:57.58, 3. Casey Francis, PC 4:59.90; SOFLO: 14. Rebecca Wilkerson, CSC 6:04.10.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:39.15 (Casey Francis, Kaelah Chaney, Hannah Veale, Brittany Hammond) 2. St. Andrew’s 1:40.62, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:42.43; SOFLO: 5. Coral Springs Charter 1:50.40 (Kristina Figueroa, Natasha Payamps, Lucia Morris, Paige Hicks).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Tasija Karosas, STA 57.79, 2. Kelsea Volland, CSH 1:03.63, 3. Miriyam Ghali, PC 1:04.47; SOFLO: 5. Steph Campo, CSC 1:05.27.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 1:04.59, 2. Emily Kopas, US 1:06.57, 3. Lindsey Swartz, PC 1:08.19; SOFLO: 7. Lucia Morris, CSC 1:14.83, 10. Jillian Alexander, CSC 1:16.79.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 3:32.28 (Lauren Driscoll, Alina Schulhofer, Jessica Randolph, Lindsey McKnight), 2. St. Andrew’s 3:36.79, 3. Pine Crest 3:38.47 (Casey Francis, Tyla Martin, Hannah Veale, Brittany Hammond); SOFLO: 5. Coral Springs Charter 3:58.34 (Jenna Diamond, Hailey Hernandez, Rebecca Wilkerson, Steph Campo).


1.Pine Crest 361, 2. American Heritage Plantation 230, 3. St. Andrew’s 193, 4. University School of NSU 111, 5. Westminster Academy 103, 6. Coral Shores 94, 7. Coral Springs Charter 70, 8. American Heritage Delray Beach Middle School 59, 9, Island Christian 1.


200-yard medley relay: 1. American Heritage 1:37.09 (Yousef Alaskari, Luke Torres, Digby Nothard, Daniel Spas), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:38.53, 3. Pine Crest 1:40.17; SOFLO: 6. Coral Springs Charter 1:53.11 (August Charni, Derek McGuire, Eduardo Sanchez, Austin Pillado).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 1:41.63, 2. Gotti Eisenberger, PC 1:43.05, 3. Nikals Friederici, PC 1:46.53; SOFLO: 6. Marco Hosfeld, US 1:48.75.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Quinn Cassidy, SA 1:58.14, 2. Luke Torres, AH 2:00.85, 3. Luis Santiesteban, CSH 2:01.77.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Austin Saunders, WA 21.65, 2. Daniel Spas, AH 21.68, 3. Wali Toulson, SA 21.98.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 49.87, 2. Austin Saunders, WA 51.70, 3. Luke Torres, AH 51.79.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Connor Gerrits, PC 318.55, 2. Alex Walters, WA 253.65, 3. Zach Laurence, US 217.10.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gotti Eisenberger, PC 46.56, 2. Daniel Spas, AH 47.63, 3. Wali Toulson, SA 47.98.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Austin Evenson, PC 4:44.69, 2. Kent Haeffner, PC 4:48.43, 3. Nikals Friederici, PC 4:51.28; SOFLO: 4. Marco Hosfeld, US 4:55.80, 13. Austin Pillado, CSC 5:31.05.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:28.85 (Marcel Betschart, Adam Dear, Descartes Holland, Gotti Eisenberger) 2. Coral Shores 1:33.69, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:35.27.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Quinn Cassidy, SA 55.30, 2. Marcel Betschart, PC 55.43, 3. Delaney Brock, PC 56.68, SOFLO: 6. August Charni, CSC 1:02.16.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Michal Rokita, PC 1:00.19, 2. Shawn Warner, STA 1:04.36, 3. Thomas Doolittle, PC 1:06.25.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 3:12.74 (Yousef Alaskari, Fernando Bohorquez, Luke Torres, Daniel Spas), 2. Pine Crest 3:15.75, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:17.51; SOFLO: 4. University School 3:34.05 (Marco Hosfeld, Sebastian Oberndorfer, Matthew Lyn, Andres Zalduondo), 5. Coral Springs Charter (Austin Pillado, Tyler Tolomeo, Derek McGuire, August Charni).

Sharon Robb can be reached at