AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 158: SOFLO’s Sharntelle McLean Competes This Weekend In Trinidad

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 158: SOFLO’s Sharntelle McLean Competes This Weekend In Trinidad


May 30, 2012

Two-time Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Sharntelle McLean, who has been training at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, will compete this weekend in the ASATT National Open Long Course Championships in her native country.

McLean, one of the more experienced swimmers in the field, is going after her FINA Olympic qualifying time in the 50-meter freestyle.

Dylan Carter, also of Trinidad and Tobago, who has trained in Coral Springs with Keegan Boisson-Yates, is also going after his first Olympic berth.

At 16, Carter is just 1.40 and 1.60 seconds shy of qualifying in the 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly.

The Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago is hosting the last meet on its local soil for Olympic hopefuls.

The meet is also serving as a qualifier for next month’s Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in Aruba.

The meet begins Thursday at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Marlins Swimming Pool in Port of Spain.

West Florida Adds Women’s Swimming

University of West Florida has added a women’s swimming and diving team beginning in the fall of 2013.

A national search for a head coach is under way.

The Division II program in Pensacola has a student body of 12,000 students and 14 varsity sports.

The new team already has a 50-meter indoor pool that underwent a $4.5 million renovation in 2011. The pool already hosts USA Swimming and high school meets.

More college news

College coaches are considering new criteria for NCAA qualifiers that could change the way relays will qualify for future NCAA championships. Currently, entire relays make the national meet by times which means not all of the best swimmers in the country are competing at nationals. A new measure being proposed by the coaches is to limit all relays at nationals to only those who qualify for the meet and the relays would be selected from that talent pool. Most coaches seem to be in favor of the change even though it means that the strongest programs in the national will benefit the most. If the new rule is passed, it would go into effect the 2014-15 season.


Brothers Jason and David Dunford of Kenya are training with Italian coach Andrea Di Nino and ADN Swim Project. Di Nino worked with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex before moving back to Italy. His swimmers have been training at an altitude camp in Sierra Nevada before heading to the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum Tour, Sette Colli Meet in Rome, Aspria Cup in Milan and Paris Open. The brothers have qualified for London and after graduating from Stanford’s Masters program plane to work in Silicon Valley after the Olympics…

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski of Arizona State, on a training trip in Scandinavia, has shin splits from walking around Denmark….Newly-minted U.S. Olympians Laura Reback Bennett of North Palm Beach and Manny Huerta of Miami, both former Florida Gold Coast swimmers, compete Saturday in the Dallas ITU Pan American Cup. The event is draft-legal and features a 1500-meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run. Both Bennett and Huerta will race for the first time since qualifying for the men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic teams.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 157: SOFLO’s Atkinson, Marinheiro, Polyakov Ready For Santa Clara

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 157: SOFLO’s Atkinson, Marinheiro, Polyakov Ready For Santa Clara


May 29, 2012

Two-time Olympians Alia Atkinson and Vlad Polyakov and teenager Marcella Marinheiro of the South Florida Aquatic Club will be among a star-studded field at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix that begins Thursday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

Atkinson and Polyakov are both going after their FINA qualifying times for the 2012 London Olympics.

Atkinson, who represents Jamaica, will swim the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and 50-meter freestyle.

Polyakov, who represents Kazakhstan, is entered in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke.

Marinheiro, 17, is entered in the 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle.

The meet is the seventh and final stop of the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. For many U.S. and international swimmers it will serve as a final tune-up before the U.S. Olympic trials in June and London Olympics.

Olympic medalists Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer and Nathan Adrian head the field. Other national team members competing include Jessica Hardy, Caitlin Leverenz, Madison Kennedy, Mike Alexandrov, Kim Vandenberg, Emily Brunemann and Tyler Clary.

Other Americans entered are Olympian Cullen Jones and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin.

The international field features Japan’s top breaststroker Kosuke Kitajima, South Africa’s Sebastien Rousseau, Canada’s Ryan Cochrane, Korea’s Taehwan Park and Libby Trickett, Leisel Jones and triple Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice of Australia. Australia is sending a 25-swimmer contingent.

“This meet has always been well-attended by Australian swimmers and with Queensland sending some 20 swimmers alone, 16 of whom will be heading to London, this is a very important part of the preparation,” Swimming Australia head coach Leigh Nugent said.

“To be able to race the top U.S. swimmers as they finalize their own preparation is important and our coaches will have penciled this meet into their plans from a long way back.”

One of the most anticipated head-to-head matchup is Jones, the 2008 Olympic breaststroke champion against Hardy.

Timed finals are on Thursday at 4 p.m. Prelims and finals will be Friday through Sunday. The meet will be live webcast at

Speedo Grand Challenge

Janet Evans finished sixth in the 800-meter freestyle at the meet held at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.

It was the Olympic champion’s final tune-up before the trials where she will try and make the U.S. team at age 40. Evans finished in 8:49.36. Evans was among the early leaders but faded in the second half of the race.

“It was a little disappointing but I think she’s tired from training,” said her longtime coach, Mark Schubert. Haley Anderson, 20, won the event in 8:33.65. Anderson will try and make the open water team at the June 9 qualifier in Portugal.

Also at the meet, three-time Olympian Jason Lezak won the 100-meter freestyle in 49.96.

Brit Ellen Gandy won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:09.83 in her first U.S. meet and Aussie Nick D’Arcy won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:57.16.

Vlad Morozov won the 100-meter backstroke in 54.67.

European Championships

The 31st LEN European Swimming Championships came to a successful close in Debrecen, Hungary with several name swimmers turning in outstanding swims nine weeks out from the Olympic Games in London.

Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, 26, and his Hungarian teammates won a total of 26 medals. Cseh won six medals including three gold in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley and 200-meter butterfly. Teammate Daniel Gyurta won the 200-meter breaststroke.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu also won three gold medals in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley and 200-meter butterfly.

German two-time Olympic gold medalist Britta Steffen, won three gold and one silver medal after failing to medal at last summer’s World Championships.

Serbia’s Milorad Cavic swam a world best time of 51.45 in the 100-meter butterfly.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte swam a world best of 16:05.34 in the 1500-meter freestyle.

Hungary finished at the top of the medal table with 9 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze followed by Germany with 8 gold and six silver, Italy with 6 gold and 8 silver and France with 4 gold and 4 silver.

Israel had its finest showing at the meet with five medals and reaching 11 finals. Two years ago Israel won its first medal in 10 years. Nineteen-year-old Yakov Toumarkin won two bronze medals in the backstroke events, both in national records, to earn $50,000 from the Olympic Committee of Israel.

Norway’s swim team was awarded the International Fair Play Award in recognition for its strength shown during trying times and being able to compete after the death of their beloved national hero Alex Dale Oen, who died during a recent training camp in Arizona.


Tampa Olympian Brooke Bennett, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, made it official Tuesday on Twitter. She is returning to competitive swimming. “Officially registered two events (400 and 1500 freestyle) at the U.S. Masters Summer Nationals in Omaha following the U.S. Olympic Trials,” she tweeted. Before that she will be racing in the June 8 Sarasota Bumpy Jones Classic in the 800 freestyle. Bennett used to train in South Florida at the Pine Island Pool with Peter Banks.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

LIFE FITNESS CORNER: Comets Swim School Offers Free Swim Lesson This Summer

LIFE FITNESS CORNER: Comets Swim School Offers Free Swim Lesson This Summer


May 28, 2012

With the last day of school right around the corner, kids are getting ready for summer and some well-deserved fun.

Many kids will head to the pool or beach with parents or friends this summer.

Many are already water-safe and know how to swim. But others, particularly children ages one to four, do not know how to swim while others need a refresher course.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, drowning is the leading cause of injury or death among children ages one to four.

Males make up approximately 80 percent of drowning victims. Researchers say they often overestimate their swimming ability.

According to the USA Swimming Foundation, 70 percent of African-American and 60 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim.

Also in the CDC report, black children between the ages of 5-14 are three times more likely to drown than white children. There is an ongoing effort to increase education in communities populated with African-American and Hispanic children.

CDC officials strongly urge everyone should learn swimming basics and CPR. Early formal swimming lessons are recommended for kids as well as basic water survival skills.

To get kids started off on the right foot this summer, the Comets Swim School is offering one free swim lesson at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, site of the South Florida Aquatic Club, one of the most successful teams in the Florida Gold Coast.

Also available are lessons at reasonable prices for infants, adults, beginners to competitive swimmers and those who want triathlon-specific training.

The dates which the free lesson is being offered are June 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7.

Those interested in signing up for this summer’s free lesson can call the swim office at 954-538-3724 or go to

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 156: U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Countdown Is On

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 156: U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Countdown Is On


May 26, 2012

With 29 days left until the opening day of the U.S. Olympic Trials, construction on the portable swimming pools got under way this past week at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

About fifty workers are putting in 18-hour days for the next 10 days to assemble the competition and warm-up pools manufactured by Myrtha Pools.

Myrtha manufactured and installed the seven pools that will be used in London. This is the third U.S. trials for Myrtha.

The stainless-steel pools, priced at $2 million each, were designed in Italy and then shipped to Omaha. The pool, held together by 12,500 nuts and bolts, will be filled with 1.7 million gallons of water by June 4th.

The U.S. Trials field will feature 1,700 qualifiers, up from 1,200 in 2008 including Dara Torres of Coral Springs Swim Club, Jessie Alcaide and Tiffany Oliver of SOFLO and former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kevin Bandy of University of Louisville.

A new addition to the pool will be the use of Track Start starting blocks. The platform will allow swimmers to start with the back leg at a 90-degree angle. Every detail will try and mirror the conditions in London including 81-degree warm-up pool and 80-degree competition pool.

Meet officials will host a dress rehearsal at the June 8-10 Mutual of Omaha Swim Invitational.

The Trials are set for June 25 to July 2. The top two swimmers in each individual event will make the Olympic team.

Speedo Grand Challenge

Forty-year-old wife and mom Janet Evans was fourth in the 400-meter freestyle on the meet’s opening night at Irvine Novaquatics. Evans was third for most of the race and finished in 4:19.29, slower than her morning prelim time.

“It’s weird how it’s only for four,” Evans told reporters. “It would have been nice to have been in there but it was good. I am tired and happy and looking forward to the 800.” The 800 is expected to be her best chance to make the finals at the Trials

In other races, Rebecca Soni topped Jessica Hardy in the 100-meter breaststroke and Hardy came back to win the 50-meter freestyle. Soni was first in 1:06.57 and Hardy finished in 1:06.81. Hardy won the sprint race in 25.11 in one of her final tuneup meets before the Trials.

Eric Shanteau won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.16.

Prize money was also awarded to winners. “I think all meets should have prize money, it’s cool,” said Soni, who won $400 for her win.

European Swimming Championships

At the Debrecen 2012 European Swimming Championships, Jonathan Koplev became the first swimmer from Israel to win a gold medal at the European Championships. He won the 50-meter backstroke in a best time of 24.73 seconds and even got a congratulatory phonecall from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Mazel Tov,” he told the swimmer. “Your achievement is incredible. Keep your head above water and continue breaking records.”

In other notable races:

Serbia’s Milorad Cavic is fully recovered from back surgery and looks ready to give Michael Phelps another go at the Olympics. Cavic knocked off Hungary’s hot swimmer Laszlo Cseh in the 100-meter butterfly in a meet record 51.45. Cseh had already won two gold medals before the butterfly event. Cavic has been training with Club Wolverine, Phelps’ old training site. Cavic had surgery to repair a herniated disk in July 2010, and was unable to qualify for any finals at last year’s world championships in Shanghai. “I’m half-tapered coming in here and that gives me a lot of hope,” Cavic said. “I had my eye on the competition record.”

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki won the 200-meter backstroke in a meet and national record of 1:55.28.

Italy’s Olympic champion and world record holder Federica Pellegrini won the 200-meter freestyle for her second gold to remain unbeaten in this event since 2008 and after winning the 200-meter individual medley in 1:56.76.

University of Florida’s Sarah Bateman earned a spot on the Iceland Olympic team after swimming the FINA “A” time in a 50-meter freestyle three-swimmer swim-off in 25.24, also a national and school record.

Norway’s two gold medals were dedicated to Alex Dale Oen, the world champion who died suddenly last month during a training camp in Arizona. When Sara Nordenstam won the 200-meter breaststroke she flexed her muscles and pointed to the Norway flag on her cap like Oen did when he won the 100-meter breaststroke at last year’s worlds. After Ingvild Snildal won the 100-meter butterfly she pointed to Oen’s initials on her cap.

Italy’s Filippo Magnini knocked off Olympic champion Alain Bernard in the 100-meter freestyle for his first medal in four years.

Canada Cup

Canadian Scott Dickens broke the meet record in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Mel Zajac Jr. International Canada Cup in Vancouver. Dickens, named to the Olympic team in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, won in 1:01.57, bettering his own meet record in 1:01.88. Also at the meet, three-time Olympic champion Leisel Jones of Australia won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.84.

Open water swimming

A field of 2,326 swimmers will compete in the open water swim in the Adriatic Sea in Italy at the June 3-17 FINA World Masters Championships. Because of the large amount of entries, the 3K open water swim field will be divided into age groups and held over two days (June 16-17) based on safety issues according to FINA.


Swimmer Erika Braun, 40, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.32. Braun trains with the Marlins of Raleigh at the Pullen Aquatic Center. Braun, director of human resources for Golden Corral and former Georgia Bulldog, joins Torres and Evans as the only other women 40 and older to qualify. Torres is 45…

Speaking of Torres, the Coral Springs swimmer from Parkland made quite a splash on CNN’s Piers Morgan Show this past week. Morgan asked to see Torres’ famous six-pack washboard abs and she obliged lifting her sweatshirt. “Oh my God, they weren’t kidding were they? Morgan said. “You actually have no stomach.”

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong won his first Half Ironman title at the recent Ironman 70.3 Florida in Haines City. On a hot, windy day, Armstrong finished the 1.2-mile swim in 24:52, 56-mile bike in 2:01:13, 10 minutes faster than the field and 1:15:56 in the 13.1-mile run to finish in 3 hours, 45 minutes and 38 seconds. Part-time pro David Kahn was first out of the swim in 23:29. It was Armstrong’s fourth 70.3 event. Armstrong told reporters, “I felt pretty good I must say. Think I finally figured out the nutrition component which has been dogging me.”….

Ted Knapp, an assistant under Skip Kenney for the last 28 years, was named head coach of the men’s swimming and diving team at Stanford. Kenney is retiring after 33 years. Knapp swam for Kenney his junior and senior years…April Woo was hired as an assistant women’s coach at Florida Gulf Coast University after coaching three seasons at Cleveland State. She was nominated as 2011 Assistant Coach of the Year Award…Minnesota men’s and women’s associate head coach Bill Tremel has accepted the head women’s coaching job at Marshall University. Tremel has been with the Golden Gophers for eight seasons. 

Sharon Robb can be reached at



 SOFLO Swimmer Posts Six Best Times At FSU Spring Meet


May 25, 2012

Amber Hunter knows all about work ethic.

The West Broward High School sophomore has been putting the work in and out of the pool and it’s beginning to pay off.

Hunter, 16, turned in six lifetime bests in long course meters during the Florida State Spring Meet earlier this month at the Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee.

“I have been training really hard lately and it’s starting to pay off,” Hunter said. “All the hours and work I am putting in is turning into my times improving. It makes all the hard work worth it.”

Hunter lowered her times in the 200-meter freestyle (2:16.52), 100-meter butterfly (1:07.98), 200-meter butterfly (2:31.46), 50-meter freestyle (29.48), 200-meter individual medley (2:37.74) and 100-meter freestyle (1:03.02).

“It was a good environment and nice atmosphere for a swim meet, I was able to swim pretty relaxed,” Hunter said.

“I was happy being able to compete that well at the beginning of the season being a little out of my comfort zone swimming against older college athletes. It was an encouraging start of the season.”

Of course, it didn’t hurt having teammate and two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson helping her warm-up and warm-down and giving her advice before prelims and finals. They would also watch each other’s races.

 “I was happy to do that well since I was in the middle of hard training,” Hunter said. “I was surprised I went all best times. I had some specific goals in mind for some of them. The other ones I just went with it. I was hoping to do better in a few of them but not all of them.

“At the end of the weekend I was getting pretty tired physically,” Hunter said. “In the middle of it I felt really good but I think the last day we were all getting a little tired.”

A few weeks ago, Hunter started weight training twice a week at the gym in addition to her regular dryland training.

“It’s been more physically hard,” Hunter said. “I always did different drylands but this was the first time I am doing heavy weights. Leading up to the end of the summer I think I am going to see a difference in the pool but it’s still too soon to tell. It’s really tough training.”

Hunter has been swimming for 12 years. She followed her big sister’s footsteps and started with swimming lessons in Pennsylvania. When she and her family moved to South Florida she joined the Comets in 2000 and started competing with the club.

When she was younger she was involved with soccer, softball and dance but decided to focus on swimming when she got to middle school.

Hunter knew it was only a matter of time before her hard work investment started paying off dividends.

“I went through the different stages,” Hunter said. “I would do very well and then not so well. I realized after trial-and-error when I train hard, it pays off. It’s just always been my goal to train hard and get better. I just never had an idea of how far I wanted to go with it.”

Hunter is hoping to put in a good summer of training to prepare for the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships along with the 2012 high school season. Last year she qualified for states on a relay. This season as a junior she would like to go in an individual event in addition to the relay.

“I am excited about the high school season,” said Hunter, who is also sad she is losing one of her relay teammates and friend, Leonie Davies, who is moving to Texas with her family in June. “High school swimming is always a lot of fun. You spend time with your friends and socialize. It takes away from the stress of club swimming.

“Swimming in college is definitely what I am looking for, I would love to get a scholarship,” Hunter said. “I am focusing on academics and swimming because I want to swim in college.”

Also at the FSU Spring Invite, SOFLO teammate Tiffany Oliver, who will be a junior in the fall at FSU, bettered her best times in the 200-meter freestyle (2:04.96), 50-meter freestyle (25.90), 100-meter backstroke (1:09.10) and 100-meter freestyle (56.95). Oliver, 19, is currently training for next month’s U.S. Olympic trials in Tallahassee.

Atkinson was able to lower her best time in the 100-meter backstroke (1:06.81) and 200-meter individual medley (2:17.53) and is now preparing to compete in next week’s Santa Clara Invitational.

Sharon Robb can be reached at




SOFLO Swimmers Shine In Final Session Of Comets’ FGC Open Invitational

SOFLO Swimmers Shine In Final Session Of Comets’ FGC Open Invitational


May 23, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers won ten individual events and swept the relays in the final session of the Comets’ Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational at Academic Village Pool.

Throughout four days of long course competition it was a total team effort as each SOFLO swimmer posted at least one if not more personal best times and Junior Olympic qualifying cut times.

Stephanie Mlujeak, 13, got SOFLO off on the right foot with a win in the 13-14 50-meter backstroke in a best time 37.89, also a JO cut. She bettered her previous best time of 40.78.

Marcella Marinheiro, 17, won the 15-and-over 50-meter backstroke in a best time of 32.13, finishing ahead of her younger sister Melissa Marinheiro, 15, in 32.43. Marcella also won the 200-meter individual medley in a best time of 2:35.82.

Melissa Marinheiro came back to win the 100-meter freestyle in a best 1:00.68 ahead of big suster Marcella, second in 1:01.76. Melissa also won the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:30.40, dropping from 2:51.85.

Jessica Rodriguez, 13, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:24.04, a JO cut and 200-meter individual medley in 2:38.70.

Kylie Herman, 14, won the 100-meter freestyle in 1:04.87, a best time and JO cut. Herman was also second in the 200 IM in a best time of 2:42.75, a JO cut.

Gustavo Valery, 14, won the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 31.93, also a JO cut.

Julien Pinon, 13, won the 100-meter freestyle in 57.65, a JO cut and the 200-meter individual medley in a best time and JO cut time of 2:24.23.

Jordan Colon, 14, was second in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time and JO cut of 1:15.78, lowering his previous best of 1:19.50.




200-meter freestyle relay:

13-and-over, 1. SOFLO A 2:01.61, 2. SOFLO B 2:06.02, 3. SOFLO D 2:12.85, 4. SOFLO E 2:21.58.

50-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Stephanie Mlujeak, SOFLO 37.89, best time; SOFLO: 5. Natasha Testa 39.54, best time, 7. Cristina Villegas 40.72, 9. Jessie Cordero 41.65, 11. Julia Montgomery 43.43; 15-and-over, 1. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 32.13, best time; SOFLO: 2. Melissa Marinheiro 32.43, best time, 6. Kaitlin Armstrong 38.56, 8. Astrid Rigau 40.69, 9. Clarisa Melendez 41.30, best time, 10. Miranda Mila 41.50, 11. Vivi Calero 45.14.

100-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. Kylie Herman, SOFLO 1:04.87, best time; SOFLO: 3. Jessica Rodriguez 1:05.35, best time, 4. Carly Swanson 1:07.84, 6. Natasha Testa 1:08.15, best time, 12. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:10.47, best time, 14. Alani Carrasco 1:12.87, 17. Julia Montgomery 1:20.19; 15-and-over, 1. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:00.68, best time; SOFLO: 2. Marcella Marinheiro 1:01.76, 4. Daniela Jimenez 1:05.93, best time, 5. Haley Wright 1:06.77, 8. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:07.79, 12. Astrid Rigau 1:10.94, 13. Miranda Mila 1:11.30, 14. Clarisa Melendez 1:17.52, best time, 15. Vivi Calero 1:20.02.

100-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:24.04; SOFLO: 3. Alani Carrasco 1:31.18, best time, 9. Natasha Testa 1:38.49; 15-and-over, 1. Kelsea Volland, Florida Keys 1:27.76; SOFLO: 4. Clarisa Melendez 1:45.81, best time, 5. Vivi Calero 1:46.29.

200-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:38.70; SOFLO: 2. Kylie Herman 2:42.75, best time, 3. Alain Carrasco 2:50.45, best time, 4. Carly Swanson 2:50.90, best time, 8. Stephanie Mlujeak 2:57.54, 10. Cristina Villegas 3:02.70, 11. Julia Montgomery 3:14.15; 15-and-over, 1. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:35.82, best time; SOFLO: 4. Daniela Jimenez 2:46.26, best time, 6. Haley Wright 2:50.72, 8. Kaitlin Armstrong 2:57.01, 9. Miranda Mila 3:02.91, best time, 10. Astrid Rigau 3:04.42, best time.

200-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Laura Cantu, Davie 1:19.79; SOFLO: 2. Kylie Herman 1:20.75, best time, 4. Carly Swanson 1:22.33, 6. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:23.36, best time, 8. Jessie Cordero 1:26.12, 9. Alani Carrasco 1:28.00; 15-and-over, 1. Kelsea Volland, Florida Keys 1:16.71; SOFLO: 5. Daniela Jimenez 1:20.52, 9. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:26.73, 10. Clarisa Melendez 1:27.64, best time, 11. Astrid Rigau 1:28.82, best time, 12. Miranda Mila 1:31.46, 13. Vivi Calero 1:39.21.

200-meter butterfly:

13-14, 1. Julia Talamo, Rockway 2:33.00; SOFLO: 2. Kylie Herman 2:41.27, best time, 3. Jessica Rodriguez 2:50.80, 4. Natasha Testa 3:01.21, best time, 5. Carly Swanson 3:05.04, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:30.40, best time; SOFLO: 2. Daniela Jimenez 3:18.49.


200-meter freestyle relay:

13-and-over, 1. SOFLO A 1:50.63, 2. SOFLO B 1:55.03, 3. SOFLO C 1:57.49, 4. SOFLO E 1:59.09, 5. SOFLO F 2:00.69, 6. SOFLO D 2:06.15.

50-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Gustavo Valery, SOFLO 31.93, best time; 3. Juan Lucas 32.66, 4. Alex Monti 34.37, best time, 5. Ryan Capote 34.86, best time, 7. Carlos Rodriguez 35.24, best time, 8. Diego Rodriguez 35.55, best time, 9. Bruno Berti 35.67, best time, 11. Cristian Rossi 35.84, best time, 13. Jack Davies 36.88, best time, 14. Alexander Viloria 37.40, best time, 16. Simon Ortiz 39.49, 21. Bryan Moran 50.63; 15-and-over, 1. Ruben Izarra, Davie 31.03; SOFLO: 3. Fernando Quintero 33.40, best time, 7. William Perry III 36.81, 8. Teddy Sandoval 37.02, best time, 10. Daniel Reyna 37.50, 11. Josh Coote 39.82.

100-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 57.65; SOFLO: 2. Alfredo Mesa 1:00.20, best time, 3. Jordan Colon 1:00.21, best time, 6. Gustavo Valery 1:01.30, 7. Juan Lucas 1:01.41, best time, 8. Jonathan Strod 1:01.55, best time, 9. Ryan Capote 1:01.99, 12. Carlos Rodriguez 1:02.75, 16. Cristian Rossi 1:03.82, 20. Diego Rodriguez 1:05.06, 23. Alexander Viloria 1:05.80, 27. Baldwin Suen 1:09.52, best time, 28. Bruno Berti 1:09.84, best time, 29. Simon Ortiz 1:09.94, best time, 31. Andres Menchaca 1:11.08, best time, 32. Matthew Menocal 1:11.24, 37. Jack Davies 1:18.53, 39. Bryan Moran 1:32.05; 15-and-over, 1. Matthew Norton, Unattached 52.57; SOFLO: 9. Jacob Walters 59.28, best time, 16. Fernando Quintero 1:02.36, best time, 18. William Perry III 1:02.87, 19. Jonathan Rivas 1:03.06, best time, 22. Edward Kon 1:04.08, best time, 24. Teddy Sandoval 1:05.31, 25. Juan Saldana 1:06.00, 26. Bowie Suen 1:06.64, 27. Josh Coote 1:09.57, 28. Daniel Reyna 1:09.59, best time.

100-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 1:13.79; SOFLO: 2. Jordan Colon, SOFLO 1:15.78, best time, 3. Alex Monti 1:20.36, best time, 4. Jonathan Strod 1:20.37, best time, 9. Baldwin Suen 1:26.98, 10. Julien Pinon 1:27.06, best time, 12. Diego Rodriguez 1:28.20, 13. Cristian Rossi 1:28.57, 18. Juan Lucas 1:34.54, best time, 19. Matthew Menocal 1:38.13; 15-and-over, 1. Nezar Tashkandi, Davie 1:16.29; SOFLO: 4. Bowie Suen 1:21.72, Juan Saldana 1:30.59, 8. Jonathan Rivas 1:31.27.

200-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 2:24.23, best time; SOFLO: 3. Jordan Colon 2:29.74, best time, 5. Jonathan Strod 2:33.96, best time, 6. Alex Monti 2:33.97, 8. Alfredo Mesa 2:35.61, 9. Gustavo Valery 2:36.34, best time, 12. Alexander Viloria 2:41.06, 13. Ryan Capote 2:41.47, best time, 14. Carlos Rodriguez 2:42.72, best time, 16. Bruno Berti 2:44.91, best time, 17. Diego Rodriguez 2:46.20, 21. Baldwin Suen 2:55.15, 23. Matthew Menocal 2:56.60, 24. Simon Ortiz 3:01.09; 15-and-over, 1. Austin Manganiello, AK Sharks 2:19.07; SOFLO: 6. Jacob Walters 2:31.38, best time, 10. Edward Kon 2:39.30, 11. Teddy Sandoval 2:39.83, 14. Bowie Suen 2:41.94, 15. Juan Saldama 2:42.49, best time, 16. William Perry III 2:44.68, 19. Jonathan Rivas 2:53.40, 20. Daniel Reyna 3:04.91.

100-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Carlos Gallego, Davie 1:08.40; SOFLO: 2. Gustavo Valery 1:09.09, 3. Juan Lucas 1:10.68, 4. Alfredo Mesa 1:11.14, best time, 5. Julien Pinon 1:11.60, best time, 7. Ryan Capote 1:12.55, best time, 8. Alex Monti 1:15.20, best time, 9. Carlos Rodriguez 1:15.63, best time, 12. Jack Davies 1:17.11, best time, 14. Alexander Viloria 1:18.03, 15. Bruno Berti 1:18.22, 17. Baldwin Suen 1:19.95, 19. Cristian Rossi 1:21.04, best time, 21. Simon Ortiz 1:23.12, 22. Matthew Menocal 1:24.64; 15-and-over, 1. Austin Manganiello, AK Sharks 1:04.09; SOFLO: 4. Fernando Quintero 1:10.91, best time, 8. Edward Kon 1:16.74, best time, 9. Juan Saldana 1:17.12, 11. Bowie Suen 1:21.15, 12. William Perry III 1:21.45, best time, 13. Jonathan Rivas 1:22.46, 14. Daniel Reyna 1:24.64, 15. Josh Coote 1:25.54.

100-meter butterfly:

13-14, 1. Carlos Gallego, Davie 2:28.07; SOFLO: 5. Alfredo Mesa 2:44.40, 6. Andres Menchaca 2:49.39, 7, Jonathan Strod 2:53.42; 15-and-over, 1. Austin Manganiello, AK Sharks 2:11.27; SOFLO: 4. Jacob Walters 2:24.30, best time, 8. Josh Coote 2:54.48, 9. Teddy Sandoval 3:04.02.

1500-meter freestyle:

13-and-over, 1. Blake Manganiello, AK Sharks 17:48.95.

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Rodriguez, Heron Dominate Session Four At Comets’ FGC Open Invitational

Rodriguez, Heron Dominate Session Four At Comets’ FGC Open Invitational


May 22, 2012

Rafael Rodriguez and Kelley Heron took turns dominating Session Four of the Comets’ Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational Sunday at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Heron, 12, led the SOFLO girls’ team capturing four events.

Heron, won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time and Junior Olympic cut time of 2:20.55; 100-meter breaststroke in 1:23.72, a best time and JO cut; 100-meter freestyle in 1:04.80, a best time and JO cut; and 200-meter breaststroke in 3:01.57, a best time and JO cut.

Vanessa Mesa, 10, was the only other individual champion winning the 50-meter backstroke in 39.83, a best time and JO cut. Mesa was also second in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:33.94, a best time and JO cut.

Rodriguez led the SOFLO boys’ team.

Rodriguez, 10, won a session-high five events.

Rodriguez won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:30.91; 50-meter backstroke in 38.49; 100-meter freestyle in 1:10.83; 50-meter butterfly in 36.16; and 400-meter freestyle in 5:19.55. All five victory swims were best times and JO cuts.

Andres Lares, 12, won the 50-meter backstroke in 35.30, a best time and JO cut time.

Brandon Moran, 10, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:34.47, a best time and JO cut. Eight-year-old Sebastian Lares of the Comets Swim Team was second in the 100-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best time of 2:01.65. Moran also won the 200-meter breaststroke in 3:17.45.

Nearly every SOFLO swimmer had at least one best time and Junior Olympic qualifying cut in the session.




200-meter freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:07.02, 2. SOFLO B 2:15.34, 3. SOFLO C 2:20.54, 4. SOFLO D 2:23.42.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach 2:29.16; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 2:33.94, best time, 4. Annita Huang 2:35.83, best time, 7. Anabel Vazquez 2:46.12, best time, 8. Kyana Castro 2:48.15,, best time, 9. Michelle Marinheiro 2:51.64, best time, 10. Natalie Simm 3:00.44, best time, 11. Camila Alvarez 3:00.53, best time, 15. Trinity Hoyos 3:13.84; COMETS: 13. Sara Quintero 3:07.53; 11-12, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:20.55, best time; SOFLO: 2. Bianca Monti 2:24.26, best time, 4. Sarah Bucaro 2:27.65, best time, 5. Delanie Perez 2:28.07, best time, 6. Andrea Bucaro 2:30.20, 11. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:37.26, best time, 13. Katherine DeBarros 2:40.54, best time, 14. Abolade Oyetunji 2:40.97, 16. Zarriya Harris 2:46.15, 18. Anna Montgomery 2:46.66, best time, 21. Lauren Simm 2:50.79, 23. Lisa Strod 2:51.14, 24. Isabel Shashaty 2:54.10, best time, 26. Catalin Grant 3:03.80, best time, 27. Kellie Wilcox 3:04.53, best time.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 39.83, best time; SOFLO: 2. Annita Huang 40.76, best time, 4. Anabel Vazquez 41.93, 10. Isabella Di Salvo 46.27, 11. Michelle Marinheiro 46.64, best time; COMETS: 13. Sara Quintero 46.92; 11-12, 1. Halie Murphy, Unattached 37.26; SOFLO: 4. Sarah Bucaro 39.44, best time, 7. Anna Montgomery 41.40, 8. Jennifer Rodriguez 42.22, best time, 10. Kellie Wilcox 42.88, 11. Lauren Simm 43.03, best time, 14. Abolade Oyetunji 43.81, 17. Zariya Harris 44.48, best time, 19. Lisa Strod 45.22, 23. Paola Huerta 49.74.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Gabriella Marchesani, Davie 1:35.13; SOFLO: 3. Elise Larin 1:38.06, best time, 6. Anabel Vazquez 1:47.85, best time, 8. Camila Alvarez 1:48.93, 12. Isabella Di Salvo 1:52.61, best time, 13. Kyana Castro 1:53.38, best time, 17. Natalie Simm 1:57.93, best time, 19. Trinity Hoyos 1:59.60; COMETS: 21. Sara Quintero 2:01.85; 11-12, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 1:23.72, best time; SOFLO: 2. Bianca Monti 1:28.22, best time, 4. Delanie Perez 1:28.45, best time, 7. Andrea Bucaro 1:33.23, 9. Katherine DeBarros 1:35.85, best time, 13. Lauren Simm 1:43.42, best time, 15. Lisa Strod 1:46.45, best time, 19. Isabel Shashaty 1:50.12, best time, 21. Catalin Grant 1:57.27, 23. Paola Huerta 2:18.02.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach 1:08.44; SOFLO: 3. Vanessa Mesa 1:10.55, best time, 4. Annita Huang 1:13.53, best time, 5. Anabel Vazquez 1:16.47, 7. Camila Alvarez 1:19.77, best time, 9. Kyana Castro 1:20.79, 10. Elise Larin 1:20.94, best time, 11. Michelle Marinheiro 1:22.15, best time, 12. Natalie Simm 1:24.80, 14. Isabella Di Salvo 1:27.11, 19. Trinity Hoyos 1:31.27, best time; COMETS: 23. Sara Quintero 1:33.81, best time; 11-12, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 1:04.80, best time; SOFLO: 2. Bianca Monti 1:05.89, best time, 4. Abolade Oyetunj 1:10.54, 5. Delanie Perez 1:10.75, best time, 7. Sarah Bucaro 1:10.91, best time, 10. Andrea Bucaro 1:11.26, 12. Katherine DeBarros 1:15.94, best time, 15. Zarriya Harris 1:18.07, best time, 17. Anna Montgomery 1:18.60, 19. Lisa Strod 1:19.04, 20. Isabel Shashaty 1:19.41, best time, 23. Lauren Simm 1:23.04, best time, 25. Catalin Grant 1:26.27, best time, 26. Kellie Wilcox 1:26.34, best time, 33. Paola Huerta 1:41.40.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach 34.41; SOFLO: 4. Vanessa Mesa 38.45, best time, 7. Annita Huang 41.05, best time, 8. Camila Alvarez 42.07, 9. Kyana Castro 42.33, 12. Isabella Di Salvo 45.11, 14. Elise Larin 46.17, best time, 15. Natalie Simm 46.42, best time, 21. Michelle Marinheiro 52.27, best time, 23. Trinity Hoyos 54.28; 11-12, 1. Racine Ross, Davie 32.00; SOFLO: 2. Bianca Monti 34.51, best time, 4. Sarah Bucaro 36.08, 9. Jennifer Rodriguez 39.02, 11. Abolade Oyetunji 40.30, 14. Isabel Shashaty 42.18, best time, 15. Zarriya Harris 42.49, best time, 17. Anna Montgomery 43.70, 22. Kellie Wilcox 49.02, best time, 24. Catalin Grant 51.61, best time.

200-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Juliana Talamo, Rockway 3:02.04; SOFLO: 2. Elise Larin 3:34.27; 11-12, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 3:01.57, best time; SOFLO: 2. Delanie Perez 3:09.76 best time, 5. Katherine DeBarros 3:19.13, 7. Jennifer Rodriguez 3:23.42.

400-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach 5:12.18, best time; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 5:19.94, best time, 3. Annita Huang 5:32.12, 4. Anabel Vazquez 5:46.46, 5. Michella Marinheiro 5:51.97, 6. Kyana Castro 5:59.14, 7. Camila Alvarez 6:07.15, 8. Trinity Hoyos 6:47.63; 11-12, 1. Gaia Fella, Davie 5:11.86; SOFLO: 2. Valentina Diaz 5:42.55, 3. Abolade Oyetunji 5:42.59, best time, 4. Zariya Harris 5:52.55.   


200-meter freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:03.12, 2. SOFLO B 2:12.60, 3. SOFLO D 2:18.41, 4. SOFLO C 2:23.50, 5. SOFLO E 2:52.80.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:30.91, best time; SOFLO: 2. Brandon Moran 2:36.68, best time, 3. Bryant Segui 2:38.44, best time, 4. Leonardo Mateus 2:38.86, best time, 5. Nicolas Rossi 2:42.85, best time, 6. Joseph Lee 2:52.79, best time, 8. Nicolas Drolet 2:53.30, best time, 10. John Paul Handal 2:59.54, best time, 14. Roberto Garrido 3:28.23, best time; 11-12, 1. Jorge Depassier, Davie 2:17.24; SOFLO: 3. Nicholas Perera 2:18.28, best time, 6. Kevin Porto 2:22.89, best time, 7. Ricardo Roche 2:24.48, 9. C.J. Kopecki 2:25.64, best time, 10. Andres Lares 2:29.28, best time, 11. Miguel Hernandez 2:30.22, best time, 15. Matthew Liang 2:33.89, best time, 17. Tyler Gibson 2:35.27, best time, 21. Luis Bucaro 2:48.54, 22. Andres Arias 2:49.14, best time, 23. Sam Walters 2:52.86, best time, 28. Brandon Carrasco 3:06.74, 30. Gabriel Saavedra 3:13.36, best time, 31. Ethan Hew 4:12.40, best time.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 38.49, best time; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 39.60, best time, 3. Bryant Segui 40.69, 5. Joseph Lee 44.78, best time, 6. Nicolas Rossi 45.40, best time, 8. John Paul Handal 46.72, 10. Roberto Garrido 48.87, best time; COMETS: 7. Sebastian Lares 46.23, best time; 11-12, 1. Andres Lares, SOFLO 35.30, best time; SOFLO: 3. Nicholas Perera 36.12, best time, 5. Kevin Porto 36.75, 14. Sam Walters 41.97, best time, 21. Gabriel Saavedra 47.84, 27. Ethan Hew 1:00.25.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Brandon Moran, SOFLO 1:34.47, best time; 3. Nicolas Drolet 2:02.49, best time; COMETS: 2. Sebastian Lares 2:01.65, best time; 11-12, 1. Alessandro Marchesani, Davie 1:17.04; SOFLO: 3. Tyler Gibson 1:27.87, best time, 5. Samuel Quintero 1:29.60, best time, 7. C.J. Kopecki 1:31.07, 10. Ricardo Roche 1:33.41, 12. Miguel Hernandez 1:37.33, best time, 13. Matthew Liang 1:37.57, best time, 20. Andres Arias 1:47.81, best time, 22. Sam Walters 1:49.71, 25. Luis Bucaro 2:01.53, best time, 27. Ethan Hew 2:12.40, 28. Brandon Carrasco 2:14.41.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:10.83, best time; SOFLO: 2. Brandon Moran 1:15.19, best time, 3. Leonardo Mateus 1:15.36, best time, 4. Bryant Segui 1:15.83, 5. Nicolas Rossi 1:15.90, best time, 8. Joseph Lee 1:21.33, 9. John Paul Handal 1:25.54, 15. Roberto Garrido 1:37.87, best time; COMETS: 10. Sebastian Lares 1:31.55, best time; 11-12, 1. Bryan Quintero, Miami Beach 1:02.51; SOFLO: 3. Nicholas Perera 1:04.66, best time, 6. Andres Lares 1:05.86, 9. C.J. Kopecki 1:06.71, best time, 10. Ricardo Roche 1:08.28, 13. Kevin Porto 1:09.52, 14. Miguel Hernandez 1:10.00, best time, 17. Tyler Gibson 1:13.00, best time, 20. Matthew Liang 1:14.11, best time, 22. Andres Arias 1:18.28, best time, 25. Luis Bucaro 1:20.95, 26. Sam Walters 1:21.40, 33. Brandon Carrasco 1:27.61, best time, 34. Gabriel Saavedra 1:31.19, best time, 38. Ethan Hew 2:02.49.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 36.16, best time; SOFLO: 3. Bryant Segui 37.09, 5. Leonardo Mateus 40.58, best time, 6. Joseph Lee 43.18, 7. John Paul Handal 43.32, 9. Nicolas Rossi 47.32, best time, 10. Nicolas Drolet 48.04; COMETS: 11. Sebastian Lares 51.63, best time; 11-12, 1. Gabriel Munoz, Davie 31.84; SOFLO: 2. Nicholas Perera 32.91, best time, 4. Andres Lares 33.22, best time, 7. Kevin Porto 35.22, 17. Matthew Liang 41.14, 19. Luis Bucaro 43.15, 23. Andres Arias 46.35, best time, 26. Brandon Carrasco 49.23, 27. Gabriel Saavedra 57.16.

200-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Brandon Moran, SOFLO 3:17.45; 11-12, 1. Bryan Quintero, Miami Beach 2:47.70; SOFLO: 3. Tyler Gibson 3:06.88, best time, 4. Samuel Quintero 3:08.27, best time, 5. C.J. Kopecki 3:13.21, 8. Ricardo Roche 3:20.40.

400-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:19.55, best time; SOFLO: 2. Brandon Moran 5:30.58, best time, 3. Leonardo Mateus 5:37.70, best time, 4. Nicolas Rossi 5:55.01, 5. Nicolas Drolet 6:04.00, 6. Joseph Lee 6:07.49, 7. John Paul Handal 6:23.65; 11-12, 1. Jorge Depassier, Davie 4:52.76; SOFLO: 2. Kevin Porto 4:59.49, 4. Andres Lares 5:01.30, best time, 10. Matthew Liang 5:41.39, best time, 11. Andres Arias 5:46.10, 12. Sam Walters 6:01.57, best time, 13. Luis Bucaro 6:06.70, 14. Gabriel Saavedra 6:54.06.

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