WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
May 9, 2012
Marc Rojas and Samuel Quintero of South Florida Aquatic Club won the overall titles at the Comets Distance Challenge Wednesday night at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.
Rojas, 18, a senior at Pembroke Pines Charter, won the mixed 1500-meter freestyle in a career-best time of 16:56.01 bettering his previous best of 17:21.18.
Melissa Marinheiro, 15, of West Broward, was the top girls’ finisher. She placed second overall in 17:48.66, also a best time. Her previous best was 18:23.48.
SOFLO swept nine of the top 10 places in the 1500 event. Of the 31 SOFLO swimmers who had seeded times, 23 of them dropped time.
Quintero, 11, won the mixed 12-and-under 800-meter freestyle in a best time of 10:29.39. His previous best was 12:41. In a close race, Quintero edged Gaia Fella, 12, of Davie in 10:30.83.
Jennifer Rodriguez, 11, was the top SOFLO girls’ finisher placing fifth in a best time of 10:51.59. Her previous best was 12:46.
Of the 13 SOFLO swimmers who had seeded times, all 13 bettered their previous best times. SOFLO also swept nine of the top 10 places.
Delaney Biro, 10, Sarah Schimansky, 9 and Megan Schimansky, 12, who trained at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, successfully completed the races. Biro finished her first 800-meter freestyle in 12th place in 11:48.96. Sarah Schimansky, 9, finished 32nd in her first 800-meter freestyle in 13:12.96.
Megan Schimansky, 12, finished her first 1500-meter distance race in 48th place in 21:09.10.
A field of 108 swimmers competed in the unique event.
TOP 10 FINISHERS
Mixed 12-and-under 800-meter freestyle
1.Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 10:29.39, 2. Gaia Fella, Davie Nadadores 10:30.83, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 10:35.34, 4. Andres Lares, SOFLO 10:40.59, 5. Jennifer Rodriguez, SOFLO 10:51.59, 6. Brandon Moran, SOFLO 10:57, 7. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 11:00.67, 8. Annita Huang, SOFLO 11:04.42, 9. Bryant Segui, Unattached-SOFLO 11:09.98, 10. Matthew Liang, SOFLO 11:26.83.
Mixed 1500-meter freestyle
1.Marc Rojas, SOFLO 16:56.01, 2. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:48.66, 3. Alexander Viloria, SOFLO 18:21.48, 4. Geena Squartino, SwimFast 18:21.65, 5. Alfredo Mesa, SOFLO 18:26.14, 6. Nicholas Perera, SOFLO 18:26.34, 7. Jacob Walters, SOFLO 18:20.12, 8. Leonie Davies, SOFLO 18:31.38, 9. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 18:33.80, 10. Jordan Colon, SOFLO 18:39.18.
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