SOFLO’s Quintero Top Finisher On Day One Of GCST Winter Invitational

SOFLO’s Quintero Top Finisher On Day One Of GCST Winter Invitational


January 18, 2013

Samuel Quintero of South Florida Aquatic Club was the team’s top finisher Friday night on the opening day of the GCST Winter Invitational at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Quintero, 12, was second in the 400-yard individual medley in 5:08.13. Teammate Brandon Moran was fourth in a best time 5:13.95, dropping from 5:22.01.

Abolade Oyetunji, 13, lowered her best time in the 500-yard freestyle, dropping from 6:08.85 to 5:56.20 and finished 18th. Natasha Testa, 14, was 22nd in a best time 6:07.06, dropping from 6:07.68.

Sara Quintero, 9, was eighth in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:54.13, dropping from 2:59.18.

Kevin Porto, 13, was eighth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.78.

The meet, SOFLO’s first of 2013, ends on Sunday. SOFLO has 21 swimmers competing against some of the state’s top teams and swimmers.

Friday Results


500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Christina Walch, SWIM 5:58.89; 12-and-under, 1. Jessica Walsh, GCST 5:29.76; 13-14, 1. Savannah Bowser, GCST 5:06.76; SOFLO: 18. Abolade Oyetunji 5:56.20, best time, 22. Natasha Testa 6:07.06, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 4:59.39.

200-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Christina Walch, SWIM 2:31.98; SOFLO: 8. Sara Quintero 2:54.13, best time.

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Jessica Walsh, GCST 5:04.20; 13-14, 1. Savannah Bowser, GCST 4:40.42; 15-and-over, 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 4:31.99.


500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Conor Cranfield, SWIM 5:50.10; 11-12, 1. Fernando Rodriguez, Metro Aquatics 5:25.01; 13-14, 1. Santiago Corredor, SWIM 4:57.04; SOFLO: 8. Kevin Porto 5:14.78; 15-and-over, 1. Matt Nielsen, GCST 4:40.32.

200-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Andres Wong, Metro Aquatics 2:32.75.

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 4:58.73; SOFLO: 2. Samuel Quintero 5:08.13, 4. Brandon Moran 5:13.95, best time; 13-14, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 4:25.47; 15-and-over, 1. Boleck DePawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 4:07.74.

Austin Grand Prix

Olympians Nathan Adrian and Missy Franklin took up where they left off in 2012 by winning on the opening night of the Arena Austin Grand Prix at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

In the marquis event of the meet, Adrian won 100-meter freestyle in a pool record 48.32 against a stacked field.

Adrian of Bremerton, Wash. finished ahead of locals Ricky Berens (49.35), the morning’s top seed, and Jimmy Feigen (50.01) while breaking the 25-year-old pool record of Matt Biondi (48.42). Anthony Ervin was fifth in 50.49.

Ryan Lochte won the B final of the 100-meter freestyle in 51.09. Lochte was also fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 54.14.

Missy Franklin of Centennial, Colo. cruised to victory in the 100-meter freestyle in 54.68. Simone Manuel was second in 55.52 and Nathalie Lindborg was third in 56.16. Franklin was also fourth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:12.56.

Other individual winners:

Rachel Nicol of SMU won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.79.

B.J. Johnson of Palo Alto, Calif. won the men’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.02 finishing ahead of favorite Clark Burckle in 2:13.36.

Eugene Godsoe won the men’s 100-meter butterfly in 53.54.

Noemie Thomas won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.88.

Canada’s two-time Olympian Ryan Cochrane won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:52.07.

Chloe Sutton won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:09.35.

More than $30,000 was earned on the opening night of finals of the Arena Grand Prix Tour event, the second of six stops. Franklin won $3,000 but will turn it down to protect her college eligibility at California next fall.

Because of the collegiate season and other swimmers in the midst of heavy training, the meet has less than 600 swimmers competing.

“It’s not a big meet,” said Texas men’s coach Eddie Reese. “There’s not a whole lot of people but there are big people in the meet. Staying out of the water does not make you a better swimmer. It’s good that the best swimmers are getting back in so soon.”

The meet is being webcast on and televised live on Universal Sports 7-8:30 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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