SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Shines At ACC Championships

SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Shines At ACC Championships


February 26, 2013

Tiffany Oliver of South Florida Aquatic Club walked away from last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships with two gold medals in individual events and unwavering confidence for the upcoming NCAA Division I Championships.

The Florida State junior won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events finishing ahead of Olympian and 2012 ACC Swimmer of the Year Lauren Perdue of Virginia.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Oliver came from behind to overtake Perdue to win in a school record and lifetime best 48.19, just two days after winning the 50-yard freestyle in 22.17, another school record and best time.

Oliver trailed Perdue at every turn during the four-lap race before surging to the wall in the final ten yards.

“She is gaining confidence,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “She had success in the 50 earlier in the meet and she swam well in relays so we knew it was coming. It was just a great performance and she paced herself well throughout the race and just took off in the end to win it.”

On the final night, Oliver won a silver medal and broke another school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Swimming anchor leg, Oliver closed the gap and reeled in Perdue again to take a silver. Oliver’s split was 47.24. The relay finished in 3:16.54 with Kaitlyn Dressel, Kelsey Buckley, Katie Cook and Oliver.

Oliver also swam 1:46.77 in the 200-yard freestyle prelims.

Oliver earned All-ACC Conference honors.

Florida State, ranked No. 22 in the nation, finished fourth as a team with 497 points behind defending champion Virginia (832), Virginia Tech (536) and North Carolina (508).

“That was one of the best team efforts and success we’ve had in about six or seven years,” Harper said. “The team points don’t quite measure up to the success we had with our “A” cuts and school records and lifetime best times we got.”

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, FSU junior Ashley Hicks, swam a lifetime best 1:56.98 in the 200-yard backstroke to finish sixth.

The men’s ACC competition is Feb. 28-March 2 in Greensboro, N.C. FSU is ranked No. 15 in the nation and features FGC swimmers Paul Murray, who will compete in the 50- and 100-yard meter and Connor Knight in the 100-yard butterfly.

Kuczynski Makes Final PAC-12 Meet Appearance

Caroline Kuczynski, who frequently trains with SOFLO during college breaks, will make her final appearance in the four-day PAC-12 Championships that begin Wednesday in Federal Way, Wash.

Kuczynski, Arizona State team captain, is among favorites in the butterfly events. Kuczynski is a 2016 Canadian Olympic hopeful. ASU is ranked No. 25 in the nation.

ASU will compete against No. 1 USC, No. 2 California, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Arizona and No. 14 UCLA.

Back-to-back national champion California is the favorite despite losing to Arizona and No. 1 ranked USC in dual meets.

PAC-12s are the last chance for swimmers to make NCAA cuts.

Schwab Competes In Big 10 Championships

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, 2012 Olympian Nick Schwab and his Indiana teammates will host the Big 10 Men’s Championships Wednesday through Saturday at Indiana University’s Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind.

Nine out of the 12 individual winners from the 2012 Championships return to defend their titles including four from defending team champion Michigan.

Indiana is ranked No. 8 in the nation.

Last weekend Minnesota won the Big 10 women’s team title for the second consecutive year and fifth overall. Minnesota won with 831.5 points and Indiana was second with 671.5.

Minnesota coach Kelly Kremer was named Women’s Coach of the Year. Lindsay Vrooman of Indiana was named Swimmer of the Meet and Brooklyn Snodgrass of Indiana won Freshman of the Year.

Florida Gators, Georgia Win SEC Championships

University of Florida men’s team broke Auburn’s streak of 16-straight SEC Championships, the third longest streak in SEC sports history, won the men’s title with 1,408 points.

The Gators won four individual events and one relay.

“It’s great for the guys,” Gators coach Gregg Troy said. “We have been chasing Auburn and nipping at their heels every year and we have been close a couple of them. I think this kind of takes us over the top from the standpoint that it gets the monkey off our back.

“It’s a good building point towards the NCAA meet and it’s not an end in itself but it certainly is a good conference win.”

Junior Marcin Cieslak won two events in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly.

The Gator women’s team finished third with 1,190.5 points. Georgia won its fourth straight SEC team title and Texas A&M was second.

Olympian Elizabeth Beisel won the 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard backstroke for the third consecutive year. Freshman Natalie Hinds won the 100-yard butterfly.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Luke Torres made his SEC debut as a freshman a memorable one. Torres made his NCAA “B” cut in the 200-yard butterfly, winning the “B” final in 1:46 and also swam a best time in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:00.87 to finish 22nd.

Several other Florida Gold Coast swimmers competed for the Gators including Carlos Omana, Ryan Rosenbaum and Lindsey McKnight. Omana was fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 14:55.53. Rosenbaum, a freshman, was 31st in the 1,650 in 15:42.37. Torres posted a lifetime-best in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:00.87 to finish 22nd.

Three U.S. Olympians set two American records during the meet. Olympic gold medalists Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt along with Georgia teammates Megan Romano and Jordan Mattern set the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and SEC record in the women’s 800-yard freestyle in 6:52.40.

Olympian Breeja Larson of Texas A&M set the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and SEC record in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.43.

Hinds was named SEC Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year; Beisel won the Commissioner’s Trophy Award for high point winner and Troy was named SEC Men’s Coach of the Year.

Grigull Medals At MAAC Championships

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Justin Grigull of Iona College finished third in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.98 at the MACC Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. He was also third in the 200-yard freestyle in a lifetime-best 1:40.80, qualifying for ECAC “A”. On the opening day, he was third in the 500-yard freestyle in 3:34.50, another ECAC “A” time. Iona finished ninth among teams. Grigull, a junior, was a member of the seventh place 400-yard freestyle relay.

Polyakov Makes Coaching Debut; O’Shaughnessy Competes At Big East Championships

Three-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov and former Florida Gold Coast Swimmer of the Year, in his first year as assistant coach at Louisville, will make his coaching debut at the Big East Conference Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium Wednesday through Saturday.

Another FGC swimmer, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, a senior breaststroker at Seton Hall, is among favorites.
O’Shaughnessy is coming off a successful tri-meet against Georgetown and Villanova on Feb. 9. He was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.39 and third in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:14.41. He also was a member of the third-place 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.

O’Shaughnessy is one of 17 swimmers at the Big East meet.

Notre Dame and Louisville head the nine-team field. Former Pine Crest swimmer Austin Evenson, a freshman, will compete in the distance events for Georgetown. Joao de Lucca is Louisville’s top sprinter and will swim the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles. Louisville’s Kameron Chastain and Addison Bray are the top two seeds in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Florida Gulf Coast Wins CCSA Team Title

Florida Gulf Coast women’s team won the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Swimming and Diving Championships for the fifth consecutive year. The Eagles won with 712 points.

Emma Svensson of FGCU was named Most Outstanding Freshman Performer of the Meet after winning the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke including two with NCAA “B” cut times. She was also a member of the winning 200- and 400-yard medley relays.

FGCU head coach Neal Studd was named Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year for the third time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Meet The Olympians On Saturday At SOFLO’s Area 3 Meet In Pembroke Pines

Meet The Olympians On Saturday At SOFLO’s Area 3 Meet In Pembroke Pines


February 25, 2013

Florida Gold Coast swimmers are in for a treat at the Area 3 Developmental Championships Saturday at Academic Village Swimming Pool in Pembroke Pines.

South Florida Aquatic Club will host a “Meet The Olympians” session with three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson and U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue.

Both swimmers will be available for autographs and photos on Saturday morning from 8-9:30 a.m.

Atkinson trains full-time with SOFLO and grew up in Pembroke Pines and started training at Academic Village Pool as a young teenager.

Donahue is a frequent visitor to South Florida for training with SOFLO and head coach Chris Anderson.

Atkinson is currently training for this summer’s FINA World Championships, July 19-Aug. 4 in Barcelona. She is coming off an outstanding 2012 season that featured a No. 1 world ranking, breaking her own national records and winning Jamaica’s first-ever medals at the World Short Course Championships where she also finaled in all four of her events. She just missed a medal at the 2012 London Olympics where she finished fourth.

Donahue, a Western Kentucky alum, was her college’s first swimmer ever to make the U.S. Olympic swim team and only third swimmer to compete at the Olympics.

Donahue earned a gold medal as a prelims member of the 4×100-meter medley relay she helped qualify for finals where the U.S. took gold. She also won two gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games and was second at the 2011 National Championships in the 100-meter butterfly.

Donahue is back to full training after undergoing surgery in January to remove her appendix and an ovarian cyst. Her training has been going well and she plans to return to competing on March 15th at a sectional meet in Nashville, Tenn.

Atkinson and Donahue have been training together for the past two weeks in and out of the water including yoga which Atkinson has introduced Donahue to.

The Area 3 meet will be hosted by SOFLO Comets Swim Team and Comets Booster Club. Admission is $4 per session.

Academic Village Pool is located at 17189 Sheridan Street. For more information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Wins First ACC Title, Makes FSU History

SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Wins First ACC Title, Makes FSU History


February 21, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver won her first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Thursday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.

The Florida State junior out-sprinted Olympic 800 freestyle gold medalist and 2011 ACC Swimmer of the Year Lauren Perdue, a senior at Virginia, to finish first in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time and school record 22.17 and earned All-ACC honors.

“Finally, the hard work and sacrifice has paid off,” Oliver said. “I am so grateful for this and being able to swim and represent the Garnet and Gold this way.”

Perdue was second in 22.29. University of Miami’s Celeste Degen was seventh in 22.66.

Earlier, Oliver made her NCAA “A” cut leading off the 200-yard freestyle relay with a split of 22.21. The relay finished second and broke another school record in 1:29.76, also an NCAA “A” cut.

Heading into ACCs, Oliver held three school records in the 50 freestyle (22.30), 100 freestyle (48.57) and 200 freestyle (1:46.72).

With FSU junior diver Ariel Rittenhouse winning the 3-meter springboard title earlier in the day, it was the first time since 2006 that the Seminoles produced multiple champions in the same day at ACCs.

Oliver was the top seed after morning prelims in the sprint event heading into Day Two of the finals competition. Both Oliver and Perdue got off the blocks well but Oliver’s near-perfect turn, pushing off in fourth, and fast finish clinched the win.

On opening night of competition on Wednesday, No. 22-nationally ranked FSU set its first school record with Oliver’s help.

The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Kaitlyn Dressel, Oliver, Julia Henkel and Elizabeth Pepper broke the school record with a second-place time of 7:08.84, bettering the previous record of 7:10.13 set in 2010.

Oliver’s split was 1:46.47. It was the first FSU relay to make an ACC podium since the 2011 Championships.

Oliver competes in the 200-yard freestyle on Friday.

“We are just excited,” FSU coach Neil Harper said.

“Those ladies demonstrated that we are swimming well and that we are competing hard.”

Florida State is second with 177 points after two days. Defending champion Virginia is pulling away with 309 points. Miami is fifth with 159 points.

Live coverage of the finals is being televised on Friday and Saturday on ESPN3 at 7 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Swimmers Get In Another Tuneup At Gulliver Last Chance Meet

SOFLO Swimmers Get In Another Tuneup At Gulliver Last Chance Meet


February 21, 2013

More than fifty South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got the opportunity to get in a few more tune-ups before the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics and Senior Championships at the Gulliver Last Chance Meet held Feb. 15-17 at Gulliver Prep School.

Delanie Perez, 12, had four firsts, two seconds and two best times in her six events. She won the 50-yard freestyle (27.72) and 50-yard butterfly (30.41) in best times. She also won the 50-yard breaststroke (34.94) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:14.82).

Perez was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:11.56 and 100-yard individual medley in 1:08.32. All six times were FGJO cut times.

Rafael Rodriguez, 11, won the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:16.60 (a 4.17 time drop) and 100-yard individual medley in 1:07.80, both FGJO times.

Jordan Colon, 15, won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:26.31, was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:07.49 and third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.26.

Isabella Di Salvo, 10, won the 100-yard butterfly in a best time of 1:16.82, a time drop of 4 seconds and FGJO cut. She was second in the 50-yard breaststroke in 40.59, third in the 50-yard freestyle in 29.77 and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:29.22, all FGJO times.

Annita Huang, 11, won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:09.51 and posted three best times in the 50-yard freestyle (27.94), 100-yard individual medley (1:11.66) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:22.85).

Jie Hoon Lee, 10, won the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:14.11 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:17.42. She also posted three seconds and two third places. All eight of her times were FGJO cuts.

Leonardo Mateus, 11, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in a lifetime best of 1:10.10, a 1.87 second time drop. In eight events, he posted five FGJO cuts.

Brandon Moran, 11, won the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time of 35.47, a FGJO cut. He also finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke and had two thirds. He had six FGJO cuts in seven events.

Andrea Pereira, 11, was second in two events and third in four others events. She swam FGJO cut times in all eight of her events.

Samuel Quintero, 12, was second in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles.

Nicolas Rossi, 9, finished second in four events, third in three events and fourth in another. He had seven FGJOC cuts in eight events and had three best times in the 50-yard breaststroke in 43.54, 100-yard butterfly in 1:28.19 and 50-yard butterfly in 36.12.

Jonathan Strod, 14, won the 200-yard butterfly in a best time of 2:05.45, a time drop of 5.76. He was also second in the 500-yard freestyle in another best time of 5:03.25, a time drop of 13.50 seconds. He had five FGJO cut times in five events.

Marcos Vazquez was second in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 42.52, a time drop of 36 seconds. He also had best times in the 200-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle.

Kyana Castro, 10, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:32.22, had five seconds and two fourth places. She had seven FGJO cut times in eight events and two best times.

Elise Larin, 11, was second in the 50-yard breaststroke in a FGJO cut time of 36.69. She also had two best times in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly.

Jena Legaspi, 8, of Comets Swim Team was second in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time of 40.33.

Since the FGC Area 3 Championships are now only for 14-and-under swimmers, the three-day meet was the last chance for SOFLO swimmers ages 15 and over to make their final senior cuts before the Senior Championships.


400-yard individual medley:

13-and-over, 1. Jana Mangimelli, GRSC 4:23.65;

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, Unattached 5:50.81; 11-12, 1. Alexandra Perez, GRSC 6:25.88; 13-and-over, 1. Namilla Sanchez, UGRSC 5:07.28; SOFLO: 4. Bianca Monti 5:30.10, 11. Abolada Oyetunji 6:01.29.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 2:10.28; SOFLO: 2. Kyana Castro 2:19.47, 4. Isabella DiSalvo 2:29.22, 5. Sara Quintero 2:35.60, 8. Trinity Hoyos 2:43.50, 14. Salma Hegazy 2:59.85. 15. Sophia Bedoya 3:08.00; COMETS: 11. Jena Legaspi 2:49.33; 11-12, 1. Adriana Cortes Urbina, Davie 2:08.20; SOFLO: 2. Annita Huang 2:11.93, 5. Andrea Pereira 2:14.03, 8. Anabel Vazquez 2:17.90, 11. Isabel Shashaty 2:20.94, 14. Camila Alvarez 2:25.84, 15. Kellie Wilcox 2:28.34, 25. Mikaela DeGracia 2:52.63; 13-and-over, 1. Jana Mangimelli, GRSC 1:54.12; SOFLO: 8. Bianca Monti 2:06.10, 23. Abolade Oyetunji 2:12.88.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, Unattached 1:15.42; SOFLO: 2. Kyana Castro 1:16.91, 4. Sara Quintero 1:25.26, 6. Trinity Hoyos 1:26.21, 7. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:26.76, 13. Sophia Bedoya 1:35.12, 14. Salma Hegazy 1:37.47; COMETS: 5. Jena Legaspi 1:25.56; 11-12, 1. Annita Huang, SOFLO 1:09.51; SOFLO: 2. Delanie Perez 1:11.56, 3. Andrea Pereira 1:13.34, 5. Isabel Shashaty 1:16.35, 6. Kellie Wilcox 1:16.59, 7. Elise Larin 1:17.14, 16. Paola Huerta 1:25.67, 21. Mikael DeGracia 1:27.80, 24. Alexandra Crespo 1:34.52; 13-and-over, 1. Natalie Aulicino, GRSC 1:04.44; SOFLO: 6. Bianca Monti 1:08.16, 19. Abolade Oyetunji 1:14.81.

200-yard backstroke:

11-12, 1. Sarah Bucaro, Davie 2:23.43; 13-and-over, 1. Melannie Vargas, MDCA 2:18.11; SOFLO: 8. Bianca Monti 2:25.06, 21. Abolade Oyetunji 2:37.70.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Paige Lane, Davie 40.50; SOFLO; 2. Isabella DiSalvo 40.59, 4. Kyana Castro 43.10, 10. Valentina Carrion 45.27, 13. Trinity Hoyos 46.57, 15. Sara Quintero 47.44, 19. Selma Hegazy 53.62, 26. Sophia Bedoya 1:00.18; 11-12, 1. Delanie Perez, SOFLO 34.94; SOFLO: 2. Elise Larin 36.69, 5. Anabel Vazquez 37.92, 8. Alexandra Crespo 40.00, 9. Camila Alvarez 40.20, 13. Mikaela De Gracia 41.57, 14. Kellie Wilcox 41.72, 20. Isabel Shashaty 43.44, 30. Paola Huerta 48.17.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Lily Cope, FFSC 1:39.99; 11-12, 1. Gabriela Fernandez, HSC 1:19.97; 13-and-over, 1. Jana Mangimelli, GRSC 1:05.13; SOFLO: 9. Bianca Monti 1:16.36, 26. Abolade Oyetunji 1:27.43;

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, Unattached 27.06; SOFLO: 3. Isabella DiSalvo 29.77, 3. Kyana Castro 30.57, 6. Katrina Del Vecchio 33.79, 9. Trinity Hoyos 34.80, 13. Valentina Carrion 357.4, 19. Sofia Bedoya 36.83, 20. Salma Hegazy 37.08; COMETS: 21. Jena Legaspi 37.71; 11-12, 1. Delanie Perez, SOFLO 27.72; SOFLO: 2. Andrea Pereira 27.75, 4. Annita Huang 27.94, 12. Anabel Vazquez 29.67, 13. Isabel Shashaty 29.70, 19. Elise Larin 30.64, 22. Kellie Wilcox 31.32, 25. Alexandra Crespo 31.59, 31. Paola Huerta 32.70, 32. Camila Alvarez 32.82, 35. Mikaela DeGracia 33.75; 13-and-over, 1. Stefania Piccardo, Davie 26.22; SOFLO: 20. Abolade Oyetunji 28.25.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Isabella DiSalvo, SOFLO 1:16.82; SOFLO: 3. Katrina DelVecchio 1:28.62, 5. Sara Quintero 1:32.85; COMETS: 6. Jena Legaspi 1:35.61; 11-12, 1. Adriana Cortes Urbina 1:07.71; SOFLO: 3. Andrea Pereira 1:13.67, 7. Anabel Vazquez 1:18.27, 8. Elise Larin 1:19.54, 12. Annita Huang 1:24.71, 13. Camila Alvarez 1:37.43.

200-yard butterfly:

13-and-over, 1. Jana Mangimelli, GRSC 2:07.71.

1,000-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, Unattached 12:00.59.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, Unattached 1:11.66; SOFLO: 2. Kyana Castro 1:17.56, 7. Valentina Carrion 1:29.29, 14. Salma Hegazy 1:39.66; COMETS: 8. Jena Legaspi 1:31.45; 11-12, 1. Adriana Cortes Urbina, Davie 1:07.81; SOFLO: 2. Delanie Perez 1:08.32, 3. Annita Huang 1:11.66, 4. Anabel Vazquez 1:13.56, 6. Elise Larin 1:14.91, 9. Alexandra Crespo 1:16.75, 10. Camila Alvarez 1:17.65, 11. Isabel Shashaty 1:18.86, 13. Kellie Wilcox 1:19.65, 20. Mikaela De Gracia 1:25.72.

200-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Sarah Bucaro, Davie 2:28.45; SOFLO: 6. Andrea Pereira 2:36.10; 13-and-over, 1. Jana Mangimelli, GRSC 2:07.17; SOFLO: 6. Bianca Monti 2:23.47, 12. Kaitlin Armstrong 2:29.23, 26. Abolade Oyetunji 2:41.34.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, Unattached 1:00.31; SOFLO: 2. Kyana Castro 1:05.17, 5. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:15.74, 13. Salma Hegazy 1:24.55; COMETS: 14. Jena Legaspi 1:25.15; 11-12, 1. Adriana Cortes Urbina, Davie 58.13; SOFLO: 3. Andrea Pereira 1:01.51, 4. Anabel Vazquez 1:02.84, 7. Elise Larin 1:05.57, 11. Alexandra Crespo 1:07.00, 15. Camila Alvarez 1:08.85, 16. Kellie Wilcox 1:09.10, 21. Mikaela De Gracia 1:11.58; 13-and-over, 1. Niki Urquidi, GRSC 55.9; SOFLO: 17. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:00.76, 23. Abolade Oyetunji 1:01.96; 13-and-over, 1. Francisco Parra, Davie 49.09, 14. Jordan Colon 52.97, 27. Fernando Quintero 54.30, 31. Eduardo Graziano 55.75, 35. Cristian Rossi 56.62, 43. Matthew Menocal 57.77, 48. Juan Osorio 59.19, 55. Andres Arias 1:01.32.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 1:32.22; SOFLO: 3. Valentina Carrion 1:35.47, 5. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:38.82; 11-12, 1. Delanie Perez, SOFLO 1:14.82; SOFLO: 3. Annita Huang 1:22.85, 5. Alexandra Crespo 1:24.39, 7. Camila Alvarez 1:26.55, 10, Mikaela DeGracia 1:31.77, 12. Isabel Shashaty 1:35.38.

200-yard breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Gabriella Marchessani, Davie 2:49.36; 13-and-over, 1. Jana Mangimelli, GRSC 2:26.48; SOFLO: 7. Kaitlin Armstrong 2:51.70.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, Unattached 32.22; SOFLO: 2. Kyana Castro 33.42, 4. Katrina Del Vecchio 38.10, 10 Salma Hegazy 45.07; COMETS: 9. Jena Legaspi 44.69; 11-12, 1. Delanie Perez, SOFLO 30.41; SOFLO: 2. Andrea Pereira 31.65, 9. Anabel Vazquez 34.11, 10. Elisa Larin 34.15, 11. Isabel Shashaty 34.31, 12. Annita Huang 34.52, 14. Camila Alvarez 35.70, 21. Alexandra Crespo 36.73, 23. Kellie Wilcox 37.26, 30. Paola Huerta 43.66.

100-yard butterfly:

13-and-over, 1. Jana Mangimelli, GRSC 58.98; SOFLO: 9. Bianca Monti 1:06.13, 23. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:12.89.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Madison Kozel, Davie 37.66; COMETS: 2. Jena Legaspi 40.33; SOFLO: 10. Salma Hegazy 46.63; 11-12, 1. Adriana Cortes Urbina, Davie 30.44; SOFLO: 3. Andrea Pereira 33.51, 5. Annita Huang 34.42, 6. Anabel Vazquez 35.25, 9. Kellie Wilcox 35.59, 12. Isabel Shashaty 36.13, 13. Mikaela De Gracia 36.78, 15. Elise Larin 37.04, 22. Paola Huerta 39.68.

1,650-yard freestyle:

13-and-over, 1. Alicia Miller, MDCA 17:56.46.


400-yard individual medley:

13-and-over, 1. Jordan Colon, SOFLO 4:26.31;

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Marsal, MDCA 5:57.19; 11-12, 1. John Torres, MDCA 5:35.12; 13-and-over, 1. Raphael Mora, MDCA 4:58.52; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Strod 5:03.25, 3. Alex Monti 5:03.95, 4. Jordan Colon 5:05.47, 10. Eduardo Graziano 6:05.93.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Marsal, MDCA 2:10.54; SOFLO: 2. Nicolas Rossi 2:21.73, 7. Akira Huang 2:54.87, 11. Marcos Vazquez 3:05.42; COMETS: 4. Zackary Harris 2:39.92, 13. Mark Andre DeGracia 3:16.21; 11-12, 1. Luis Bucaro, Davie 2:06.45; SOFLO: 2. Samuel Quintero 2:09.01, 4. Leonardo Mateus 2:10.08, 10. Bryant Segui 2:15.70, 31. Ethan Hew 2:44.90; 13-and-over, 1. Ferruccio Rossi, Davie 1:47.64; SOFLO: 10. Jordan Colon 1:53.11, 17. Jonathan Strod 1:54.60, 24. Cristian Rossi 1:57.33, 25. Fernando Quintero 1:57.50, 32. CJ Kopecki 1:58.28, 36. Xavier Brown 1:59.03, 43. Joseph Perez 2:02.18, 48. Josemiguel Fernandez 2:03.52, 57. Eduardo Graziano 2:08.14, 61. Andres Arias 2:09.79.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 1:14.11; SOFLO: 8. Marcos Vazquez 1:32.78, 16. Akira Huang 1:50.40; COMETS: 4. Zackary Harris 1:25.26, 13. Mark Andre DeGracia 1:44.00, 7. Noah Hew 1:53.06, 18. Alejandro Mateus 1:54.73, 20. Miguel Crespo 2:06.18; 11-12, 1. Gabriel Munoz, Davie 1:03.71; SOFLO: 3. Samuel Quintero 1:08.79, 5. Leonardo Mateus 1:10.88, 10. Brandon Moran 1:14.13, 19. Ethan Hew 1:32.71; 13-and-over, 1. Lucas Lucena, Davie 57.94; SOFLO: 11. Fernando Quintero 1:02.31, 19. Kevin Porto 1:05.79, 26. Cristian Rossi 1:12.38, 27. Andres Arias 1:12.90.

200-yard backstroke:

11-12, 1. Luis Bucaro, Davie 2:28.71; 13-and-over, 1. Lucas Lucena, Davie 2:05.26; SOFLO: 8. Kevin Porto 2:12.91, 13. Fernando quintero 2:16.98, 16. CJ Kopecki 2:23.36, 18. Eduardo Graziano 2:28.33, 19. Andres Arias 2:33.70.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Marsal, MDCA 38.04; SOFLO: 3. Joseph Lee 43.01, 4. Nicolas Rossi 43.54, 8. Akira Huang 46.20, 18. Marcos Vazquez 50.88; COMETS: 9. Zackary Harris 46.81, 25. Mark Andre De Gracia 55.63, 29. Alejandro Mateus 58.07, 31. Noah Hew 1:00.22, 36. Miguel Crespo 1:07.56; 11-12, 1. Brandon Moran, SOFLO 35.47; SOFLO: 5. Samuel Quintero 37.37, 7. Bryant Segui 38.82, 12. Leonardo Mateus 40.63.

100-yard breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Gabriel Munoz, Davie 1:10.33; 13-and-over, 1. Francisco Souza, Davie 57.92; SOFLO: 3. Jordan Colon 1:03.26, 5. Alex Monti 1:06.60, 11. Jonathan Strod 1:07.88, 20. Joseph Perez 1:11.04, 22. Cristian Rossi 1:11.54, 29. CJ Kopecki 1:12.74, 39. Matthew Menocal 1:20.38.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Marsal, MDCA 27.62; SOFLO: 2. Nicolas Rossi 30.58, 5. Akira Huang 33.04, 7. Joseph Lee 33.39, 11. Marcos Vazquez 35.47; COMETS: 8. Zackary Harris 33.70, 31. Mark Andrea De Gracia 42.55, 38. Miguel Crespo 46.80, 39. Alejandro Mateus 47.05; 11-12, 1. Aaron Rodriguez, HSC 26.67; SOFLO: 14. Brandon Moran 29.54, 16. Bryant Segui 29.93, 28. Ethan Hew 33.31; 13-and-over, 1. Gabriel Perez, Davie 22.37; SOFLO: 3. Xavier Brown 23.00, 21. Jordan Colon 24.55, 25. Eduardo Graziano 24.88, 29. Joseph Perez 24.92, 31. Fernando Quintero 25.02, 32. Cristian Rossi 25.17, 45. Josemiguel Fernandez 25.65, 59. Matthew Menocal 27.41, 67. Andres Arias 28.51.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 1:17.42; SOFLO: 2. Nicolas Rossi 1:28.19; 11-12, 1. John Torres, MDCA 1:08.05; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 1:10.10, 3. Brandon Moran, 1:10.12; 13-and-over, 1. Alejandro Zambrano, Davie 53.57; SOFLO: 14. Alex Monti 59.80, 16. Jordan Colon 1:00.08, 43. Eduardo Graziano 1:10.26, 47. Juan Osorio 1:13.78.

200-yard butterfly:

13-and-over, 1. Jonathan Strod, SOFLO 2:05.45; SOFLO: 8. Alex Monti 2:16.26, 14. Josemiguel Fernandez 2:21.10, 18. Kevin Porto 2:22.12, 27. Eduardo Graziano 2:50.91.

1,000-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Gabriel Munoz, Davie 11:03.74; SOFLO: 2. Samuel Quintero 11:27.20; 13-and-over, 1. Ferruccio Rossi, Davie 9:50.56; SOFLO: 12. Matthew Menocal 11:11.14.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Marsal, MDCA 1:10.80; SOFLO: 2. Joseph Lee 1:19.00, 3. Nicolas Rossi 1:20.44, 6. Akira Huang 1:31.94, 13. Marcos Vazquez 1:40.09; COMETS: 4. Zackary Harris 1:25.74, 21. Noah Hew 1:52.96, 22. Alejandro Mateus 1:53.58, 23. Miguel Crespo 2:03.43; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:07.68; SOFLO: 3. Brandon Moran 1:12.30, 4. Leonardo Mateus 1:13.10, 20. Ethan Hew 1:32.98.

200-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Gabriel Munoz, Davie 2:13.58; 13-and-over, 1. Daniel Pereira, Davie 2:02.64; SOFLO: 2. Jordan Colon 2:07.49, 10. Jonathan Strod 2:11.64, 11. Alex Monti 2:12.15, 31. Kevin Porto 2:21.14, 35. Cristian Rossi 2:25.43, 39. Andres Arias 2:30.41, 41. Juan Osorio 2:34.52, 43. Eduardo Graziano 2:37.00.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Marsal, MDCA 59.45; SOFLO: 2. Nicolas Rossi 1:07.13, 3. Joseph Lee 1:08.57, 8. Akira Huang 1:19.21, 12. Marcos Vazquez 1:23.08; COMETS: 5. Zackary Harris 1:15.23, 23. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:31.78, 28. Alejandro Mateus 1:39.84, 30. Noah Hew 1:43.87, 31. Miguel Crespo 1:46.19; 11-12, 1. Joaquin Riojas, Davie 57.91; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 1:02.59, 5. Brandon Moran 1:02.92, 28. Ethan Hew 1:19.10.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Victor Valdes, MDCA 1:25.05; SOFLO: 2. Joseph Lee 1:30.23, 3. Nicolas Rossi 1:37.66, 7. Akira Huang 1:44.11; COMETS: 5. Zackary Harris 1:42.68, 12. Mark Andre DeGracia 2:02.52; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:16.60; SOFLO: 2. Brandon Moran 1:16.86, 8. Leonardo Mateus 1:27.26, 12. Ethan Hew 1:42.77.

200-yard breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Eli Horgan, MS 2:56.68; 13-and-over, 1. Francisco Souza, Davie 2:04.04; SOFLO: 8. Alex Monti 2:28.69, 19. Cristian Rossi 2:45.34,22. Juan Osorio 2:59.84, 24. Matthew Menocal 3:23.78.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Marsal, MDCA 31.40; SOFLO: 2. Joseph Lee 35.68, 3. Nicolas Rossi 36.12, 6. Akira Huang 44.19, 15. Marcos Vazquez 51.72; COMETS: 4. Zackary Harris 38.18; 11-12, 1. Reid Banciella 30.12.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Luca Lesentier, North Miami 42.06; SOFLO; 2. Marcos Vazquez 42.52; COMETS: 10. Mark Andre De Gracia 49.56, 11. Alejandro Mateus 49.60, 17. Noah Hew 54.08, 22. Miguel Crespo 1:00.93; 11-12, 1. John Torres, MDCA 31.47; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 34.26, 20. Ethan Hew 44.35, 26. Samuel Quintero 54.28, 27. Bryant Segui 54.83.

1,650-yard freestyle:

13-and-over, 1. Ferruccio Rossi, Davie 16:42.61, SOFLO: 2. Alex Monti 18:17.84, 8. Kevin Porto 18:35.98, 9. Alfredo Mesa 18:39.07.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Comets’ Erika Pelaez Leads Team With Wins, Best Times At Sunrise Sizzler

Comets’ Erika Pelaez Leads Team With Wins, Best Times At Sunrise Sizzler


February 18, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club age group swimmers are learning their lessons well at Academic Village Pool.

Some swimmers improved at least one of their lifetime best times during Friday’s Sunrise 8-and-Under Sizzler at Sunrise Civic Center. Most were making their swim meet debut.

Six-year-old Erika Pelaez led SOFLO/Comets during the age group meet with four wins and two best times.

Pelaez won the 25-yard butterfly in a best time 18.74 dropping from 20.29; 25-yard backstroke in a best time 19.96, dropping from 20.26; 25-yard breaststroke in 25.47 and 25-yard freestyle in 17.72.

Randy Smith, 8, of the Comets won the 25-yard backstroke in 20.46. Smith was also second in the 25-yard freestyle in 18.19, fourth in the 25-yard breaststroke in 24.15 and fifth in the 25-yard butterfly in 22.48.



25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Comets 18.74; 7-8, 1. Elizabeth Chevaldova, PST 17.76; COMETS: 9. Sabrina Osorio 22.22, 15. Sofia Osorio 25.94, 24. Zaara Lacewala 35.60.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Comets 19.96; 7-8, 1. Elizabeth Chevaldova, PST 20.46; COMETS: 11. Sabrina Osorio 23.98, 15. Sofia Osorio 25.72, 22. Zaara Lacewala 31.35.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Comets 25.47; 7-8, 1. Riley Botting, CSSC 21.07; COMETS: 7. Sabrina Osorio 25.25, 13. Sofia Osorio 28.77, 24. Zaara Lacewala 35.65,

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Comets 17.72; 7-8, 1. Elizabeth Chevaldova, PST 15.93; COMETS: 10. Sabrina Osorio 19.66, 19. Sofia Osorio 23.52, 26. Zaara Lacewala 35.93.

100-yard freestyle relay:

8-and-under, 1.Plantation Swim Team 1:12.71, 2. Coral Springs Swim Club 1:23.61, 3. Comets Swim Team 1:26.84.


25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, 1. Padraig McPhillips, HAT 23.90; 7-8, 1. Yannai Michael, PST 19.84; COMETS: 5. Randy Smith 22.48, 8. Sebastian Gonzalez 25.79, 11. Samuel Bullen 26.39, 12. Nicholas Giffuni 29.65.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Owen Williams, Unattached 32.32; 7-8, 1. Randy Smith, Comets 20.46; COMETS: 9. Nicholas Giffuni 26.47, 10. Samuel Bullen 28.59, 11. Sebastian Gonzalez 29.19.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Owen Williams, Unattached 31.76; 7-8, 1. Yannai Michael, PST 21.54; COMETS: 4. Randy Smith 24.15, 9. Samuel Bullen 30.03, 10. Nicholas Giffuni 31.74, 12. Sebastian Gonzalez 33.02.

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Owen Williams, Unattached 24.19; 7-8, 1. Yannai Michael, PST 17.71; COMETS: 2. Randy Smith 18.19, 10. Samuel Bullen 22.17, 11. Nicholas Giffuni 23.07, 12. Sebastian Gonzalez 27.04.

100-yard freestyle relay:

8-and-under, 1. Plantation Swim Team 1:12.69, 2. Comets Swim Team 1:40.54.

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SOFLO Swimmers Take Big Step At Arena Grand Prix

SOFLO Swimmers Take Big Step At Arena Grand Prix


February 16, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got a chance to rub elbows with Olympians while gaining valuable big meet racing experience against top-caliber swimmers at the Arena Orlando Grand Prix.

SOFLO wrapped up a successful three-day meet performance at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.

On the final day, Julien Pinon, 14, broke his own 13-14 Florida Gold Coast age group record he had broken earlier in the meet, in a 200-meter freestyle time trial in 1:56.28.

Melissa Marinheiro, 15, enjoying one of her finest early-season meets, swam a best time in the 800-meter freestyle to finish sixth in the championship final in 9:04.32, dropping from 9:07.32.

Kelley Heron, 13, swam a lifetime-best in the 200-meter backstroke in Sunday’s prelims in 2:31.42, dropping from 2:32.51. Heron swam a 100-meter backstroke time trial in 1:11.66.

Heron and Jessica Rodriguez also swam best times in the 800-meter freestyle. Heron swam 9:46.29. Rodriguez turned in 9:49.97.

Jacob Walters swam a lifetime-best in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.75. Walters swam 2:06.32 in the 200-meter freestyle time trial.

“Overall, I am very happy with our team,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “They learned a lot. It was definitely a stepping stone for the athletes who went.

“The younger kids now understand why they are training so hard and why we do the workouts we do in practice,” Anderson said. “For sure this is one of the best trips we have done. It was 100 percent successful.”

In Saturday night’s individual event championships:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Becca Mann of Clearwater Aquatics won her third event of the meet. She took the lead early and never relinquished it winning in a lifetime-best 8:27.37, fastest time in the world this year by two seconds. Six minutes after she finished, she jumped back in the pool for the 200-meter individual medley.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: After swimming the 800, Mann pulled away and won her fourth event in 2:15.25 to complete a tough double. Mann took the lead on the breaststroke and took off in the freestyle. “I was hoping it was going to go like that, I was really happy,” Mann said. “It it was like a dream more than reality. I just forgot about the 800, that it never happened and focused on the IM. I felt it a little on the back, once I got to the breast and free I felt numb.”

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Stroke for stroke after the first 100 meters, Ryan Lochte pulled away from Tyler Clary on the breaststroke to win his first event of the meet in 2:01.32. Clary was second in 2:02.91. Three 2012 Olympians were in the field.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Missy Franklin, 17, world record holder in the event, won her third race in 2:08.47 even though she said she felt out of rhythm.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Tyler Clary, after competing in the 200 IM, won in 1:57.85, the fastest time in the world this year. Clary took control on the third 50. Lochte was fifth. “I was just happy to break 2 minutes, I didn’t think I would go much faster,” Clary said. “That’s a shock. I was happy to pull it together.”

Women’s 100-meter freestyle: Missy Franklin pulled ahead of favorite Dana Vollmer in the final 10 meters to win her fourth event of the meet despite being sick in 55.37. “That felt great to race against my teammates. I think it helped to have a race before this one. I am feeling pretty good. I am definitely tired but if you don’t feel like this mid-season something is wrong with you.”

Men’s 100-meter freestyle: Anthony Ervin went out lightning-quick and held on in the last 30 meters to win in 49.85. “I just went for it and felt the pain on my way home,” Ervin said.

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Michael Klueh, 25, of Club Wolverine led from start to finish to win in 15:29.34. Five different countries were represented in the final that also featured two Florida Gold Coast swimmers, Lance Rutkin and Joey Pedraza.



200-meter individual medley: 1. Becca Mann, Clearwater 2:15.25, 2. Alexa Komarnycky, Island 2:16.98, 3. Carolyn McCann, King Aquatics 2:18.13; FGC Results: 11. Laura Gutierrez, Davie 2:22.60, 12. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SAS 2:22.81, 15. Darby Goodwin, SAS 2:25.16, 16. Casey Francis, PC 2:28.47, 33. Allison Kopas, Davie 2:30.74, 34. Lindsey Swartz, PC 2:31.55, 38. Jessica Conway, SAS 2:33.05, 39. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 2:33.24, 42. Emma Madden, SAS 2:33.57, 43. Caroline Nava, PC 2:33.65, 44. Mia Fiorenzi, Davie 2:34.41, 46. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:35.21.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Missy Franklin, Colorado 2:08.47, 2. Hilary Caldwell, PSW 2:11.11, 3. Kylie Stewart, 2:11.48; FGC Results: 8. Tasija Karosas, SAS 2:15.93, 37. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:30.24, 39. Tyla Martin, PC 2:30.39, 40. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:30.49, 41. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 2:30.63, 45. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:31.42, 50. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 2:33.52, 51. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:34.38, 52. Allison Kopas, Davie 2:35.92.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Missy Franklin, Colorado 55.37, 2. Christine Magnuson, Tucson 55.99, 3. Dana Vollmer, California 56.06; FGC Results: 9. Megan Moroney, SAS 57.64, 35. Carla Robles, MAC 1:00.16, 38. Darby Goodwin, SAS 1:00.25, 39. Arianna Noya, MAC 1:00.41, 41. Isabella Paez, MAC 1:00.60, 46. Brenna Ruth, SAS 1:01.04, 47. Alina Schulhofer, Davie 1:01.05, 50. Angelia Cicenia, Davie 1:01.14, 53. Tyla Martin, PC 1:01.32, 54. Olivia Katcher, SFTL 1:01.35, 58. Mia Fiorenzi, Davie 1:01.77, 60. Marta Ciesla, PC 1:01.96, 64. Brittany Hammond, PC 1:02.10, 67. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:02.33, 70. Jessica Conway, SAS 1:02.61, 71. Evita Leter, MAC 1:02.70, 72. Hannah Veale, PC 1:02.99.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Becca Mann, Clearwater 8:27.37, 2. Ashley Steenvoorden, Unattached 8:38.06, 3. Alexa Komarnycky, Island 8:41.67; FGC Results: 4. Sam Arevallo Salinas, Davie 8:46.77, 6. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 9:07.32, 10. Casey Francis, PC 9:08.98, 15. Olivia Katcher, SFTL 9:19.09, 16. Daniella Vandenberg, Davie 9:19.89, 20. Daniela Veloza, Davie 9:25.59, 27. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 9:46.29, 29. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 9:49.97.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Germany 4:17.11, 2. York YMCA 4:20.14, 3. Dynamo 4:21.80; FGC Results: 6. St. Andrew’s 4:25.89, 8. Davie 4:35.95.


200-meter individual medley: 1. Ryan Lochte, Daytona Beach 2:01.32, 2. Tyler Clary, Club Wolverine 2:02.91, 3. Conor Dwyer, Gators 2:03.39; 44. Fernando Bohorquez, Davie 2:20.63; 48. Kevin Matheus, SAS 2:20.94, 50. Alex Evenson, PC 2:21.33, 52. Brian Arnaud, CSSC: 2:21.75.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Tyler Clary, Club Wolverine 1:57.85, 2. Yannick Lebherz, Germany 1:59.31, 3. Ryan Murphy, Bolles 1:59.92; FGC Results: 37. Luke Hayhoe, SAS 2:16.74, 54. Nico Medina, Davie 2:25.66.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Anthony Ervin, California 49.85, 2. Robbie Renwick, Scotland 50.36, 3. Kevin Leithold, Bitterfielder SV 50.83; FGC Results: 11. Dylan Carter, Davie 52.18, 12. Roberto Gomez, Davie 52.26, 33. Jabari Baptiste, Davie 53.73, 39. Gage Kohner, SAS 54.17, 42. Yanouck Tyriseva, Davie 54.39, 43. Franco Lupoli, Davie 54.41, 44. Zuhayr Pigot, MAC 54.46, 44. Jordy Groters, Davie 54.46, 51. Keegan Boisson-Yates, CSSC 55.04, 53. Kevin Matheus, SAS 55.13, 58. Arvin Moradi, Davie 55.49, 59. Lucas Brito, Davie 55.74, 61. Shawn Warner, SAS 55.79, 64. William Haeffner, PC 56.07, 69. Quinn Cassidy, SAS 56.19, 70. Alex Lilley, Davie 56.25, 77. Wayne Denswil, MAC 56.74, 78. Nicholas Conrad, SAS 56.90, 83. Alexander Behnam, PC 57.31.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Klueh, Club Wolverine 15:29.34, 2. Esteban Enderica, Davie 15:34.82, 3. Arturo Perez Vertti, Mexico 15:48.82.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Germany 3:47.67, 2. Swim On 3:49.02, 3. Bolles 3:51.83; FGC Results: 5. Davie 3:57.48.

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SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Alia Atkinson Lead Team At Arena Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Alia Atkinson Lead Team At Arena Grand Prix


February 15, 2013

Melissa Marinheiro is getting excited about the future.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer and her teammates are competing in the three-day Arena Grand Prix in Orlando, soaking up the atmosphere and gauging their heavy training regimen.

So far, so good.

Marinheiro, 15, finished second in the “B” final and tenth overall in 4:22.89, bettering her prelim time of 4:24.44.

“Actually, I am really surprised because this is my first meet of the season. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect,” Marinheiro said.

“I wasn’t expecting anything because we have been training really hard. I kept my head in my race. I didn’t pay attention to the girl who was leading because I would have freaked out and would think I was going slow.

“I am excited about the season,” Marinheiro said. “It’s only the beginning of the year. There’s definitely going to be a lot of surprises to come.”

Marinheiro was also excited about meeting one of her heroes, five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin, who won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.34, fastest time this year.

“This is the first time I have seen so many U.S. Olympians,” Marinheiro said. “It is really motivational and really cool to be in a meet with them. I talked with Missy and it was awesome. I love all of them.”

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson was pleased with Marinheiro’s race and composure. “Her 400 was very good,” he said. “She stayed mentally focused and closed out her race very well. I am very excited about that swim.”

Atkinson, still feeling the effects of Friday’s racing, won the “B” heat of the 50-meter freestyle in 26.57, slower than her prelim time of 26.50 and followed that with a third place in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.91.

SOFLO’s Jessica Rodriguez, 14, was seventh in the “B’ final of the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:48.10, faster than her prelim time of 2:50.19. She was 15th overall and youngest finisher among the Top 24.

In other Friday night championships:

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Canadian two-time Olympian Audrey Lacroix, 30, of PPO led from wire-to-wire to win by more than a body length in 2:09.63. Becca Mann, 15, of Clearwater was second in 2:10.83. Also in the field was 32-year-old three-time Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett of Clearwater Aquatics, making her competitive comeback in the pool in seven years. She was eighth in 2:20.07, after going 2:19.99. “I am pretty happy with the way I swam tonight, another great time,” Lacroix said. “I was expecting a quick comeback from Becca and that’s what she did.”

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Tyler Clary, 23, of Club Wolverine, won a close two-man race against Wu Peng, 25, of Club Wolverine, 1:59.42-2:00.80. “I felt decent in the in the water in the last 50 even though obviously it’s painful,” Clary said. “I took three months out of the pool and gained 30 pounds but it came off pretty quick. I have been cranking out some pretty good sets in practice.”

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Stroke for stroke with Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen, Christine Magnuson, 27, of Tucson Ford won in 25.33 Only 3/100ths of a second separated the top two. Ottesen was second in 25.36. “During the 50 free I don’t think about too much, I know I got to go,” Magnuson said. “I just try to think about power and not spinning.”

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: Last off the blocks, Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin, 31, won in 22.43. Ervin was 10 years older than top qualifier Timothy Squires.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin won in 59.34, fastest time of the year and only swimmer to crack one minute. “There is such great competition here, I was nervous about coming out here after high school states because I was tired,” Franklin said. “The 50 free was a good tune-up. It got my heart rate up and my body was ready to go.”

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: California-bound Ryan Murphy, 17, of Bolles won against a strong field that included Ryan Lochte and Aussie Bobby Hurley to win by 3/100ths of a second in 54.92, eighth fastest time of the year. “I didn’t feel like I was surging at the end, I felt like I was dying at the end,” Murphy said. “It was more heart than anything at the end and how to deal with pain. I am definitely gunning to be one of the best backstrokers.” Added Olympic legend Rowdy Gaines, “The future king of backstroke has arrived.”

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Becca Mann, 15, of Clearwater won in 4:10.66. Alexa Komarnycky was second in 4:11.49. “I felt really good the whole time,” Mann said. “I saw her the whole time. It was fun racing her. I knew I could pull it out in the last 50.” Brooke Bennett went 4:30.68 in the “B” final.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Canadian Olympian Ryan Cochrane won in 3:51.62, fifth fastest time in the world this year. Michael Klueh was second in 3:53.71 and Conor Dwyer was third in 3:54.70. “We just came off an awesome training camp in the Keys,” Cochrane said. “I was hoping for a little better but midway in the season I will take what I can get.”

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: After a near false start that landed her in the water, Canadian Martha McCabe regained her composure to win in 2:29. McCabe took the lead in the final 25 meters. Five of the eight swimmers in the field were teenagers and three were Florida Gold Coast swimmers.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Mike Alexandrov won by 3/100ths of a second touching out Felipe Lima of Davie, 2:14.13-2:14.16.

The meet concludes on Saturday with prelims and finals. Both will be webcast on and Universal Sports will broadcast finals at 6 p.m.



200-meter butterfly: 1. Audrey Lacroix, PPO 2:09.63, 2. Becca Mann, Clearwater 2:10.83, 3. Kim Vandenberg, NYA 2:14.99; FGC Results: 4. Isabella Paez, MAC 2:15.03, 7. Laura Gutierrez, Davie 2:20.00, 11. Casey Francis, PC 2:18.70, 14. Tyla Martin, PC 2:22.79, 25. Jessica Conway, SAS 2:28.39, 29. Amber Hunter, SOFLO 2:39.03.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Christine Magnuson, Tucson 25.33, 2. Jeanette Ottesen, Denmark 25.36, 3. Madison Kennedy, SwimMAC 25.46; FGC Results: 9. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 26.57, 14. Marta Ciesla, PC 26.98. 42. Mia Fiorenzi, Davie 28.11, 43. Evita Leter, MAC 28.17, 45. Arianna Noya, MAC 28.39, 48. Brenna Ruth, SAS 28.45, 51. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 28.51, 52. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 28.52, 54. Alina Schulhofer, Davie 28.59, 61. Hannah Veale, Pine Crest 29.09, 62. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 29.16.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Missy Franklin, CS 59.34, 2. Olivia Smoliga, GT 1:01.81, 3. Hilary Caldwell, PSW 1:02.19; FGC Results: 5. Tasija Karosas, SAS 1:02.75, 16. Megan Moroney, SAS 1:05.19, 35. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:09.03, 44. Emily Kopas, Davie 1:09.70, 45. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 1:09.81, 53. Miriyam Ghali, PC 1:11.21, 54. Brenna Ruth, SAS 1:11.72, 59. Allison Kopas, Davie 1:15.34, 60. Amber Hunter, SOFLO 1:15.93.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Becca Mann, Clearwater 4:10.66, 2. Alexa Komarnycky, Island 4:11.49, 3. Barbara Jordan, PPO 4:12.42; FGC Results: 10. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:22.89, 13. Olivia Katcher, SFTL 4:27.21, 14. Megan Moroney, SAS 4:28.82, 23. Daniella Vandenberg, Davie 4:34.63, 24. Darby Goodwin, SAS 4:36.15, 26. Tyla Martin, PC 4:33.73, 27. Brittany Hammond, PC 4:34.17, 30. Daniela Veloza, Davie 4:35.17, 37. Caroline Nava, PC 4:41.16, 38. Angela Cicenia, Davie 4:42.19, 44. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:45.31, 45. Arianna Noya, MAC 4:46.19, 48. Hannah Veale, PC 4:48.80.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Martha McCabe, Canada 2:29.58, 2. Raminta Dvariskyte, SMU 2:31.15, 3. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:31.91; FGC Results: 4. Emily Kopas, Davie 2:35.63, 15. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:48.10.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. York YMCA 8:22.66, 2. Dynamo 8:27.01, 3. St. Andrew’s 8:34.16.


200-meter butterfly: 1. Tyler Clary, Club Wolverine 1:59.42, 2. Wu Peng, Club Wolverine 2:00.80, 3. Alec Page, Island 2:00.93; FGC Results: 16. Lucas Brito, Davie 2:09.93, 33. Nico Medina, Davie 2:15.54, 37. Jacob Walters, SOFLO 2:17.63, 45. Manuel Avila, PAQ 2:21.81.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Anthony Ervin, California 22.43, 2. Josh Schneider, Unattached 22.88, 3. Adam Brown, Unattached 23.01; FGC Results: 13. Dylan Carter, Davie 23.79, 16. Joshua Romany, Davie 24.06, 18. Manuel Gonzalez, Davie 23.84, 21. Roberto Gomez, Davie 24.00, 25. Renner Lima, Davie 24.28, 27. Jemal Le Grand, Davie 24.50, 29. Jordy Groters 24.72, 37. Jabari Baptiste, Davie 25.09, 39. Zuhayr Pigot, MAC 25.12, 41. Julian Ballestas, MAC 25.24, 44. Keegan Boisson-Yates, CSSC 25.33, 45. Kevin Matheus 25.38, 46. Alex Lilley, Davie 25.40, 48. Gage Kohner, SAS 25.54, 53. Nicholas Conrad, SAS 25.62, 54. Arvin Moradi, Davie 25.64, 58. Shawn Warner, SAS 25.73, 59. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 25.85, 62. Brian Arnaud, CSSC 26.00, 64. Alexander Behnam, PC 26.10, 68. Robbie O’Gorman, PAQ 26.28, 71. Henry Contich, PC 26.63.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, Bolles 54.92, 2. Bobby Hurley, Australia 54.95, 3. Ryan Lochte, Daytona Beach 55.42; FGC Results: 16. Victor Andrade, SFTL 59.48, 22. Jabari Baptiste, Davie 1:00.27, 26. Quinn Cassidy, SAS 1:00.91, 36. Yanouck Tyriseva, Davie 1:02.84, 40. Boleck Depawlikowski, MAC 1:02.91, 42. Luke Hayhoe, SAS 1:03.63, 45. Keegan Boisson-Yates, CSSC 1:04.29.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Ryan Cochrane, Canada 3:51.62, 2. Michael Klueh, Club Wolverine 3:53.71, 3. Conor Dwyer, Gators 3:54.70; FGC Results: 6. Esteban Enderica, Davie 3:57.82, 15. Alejandro Gomez, Davie 4:04.22, 20. Franco Lupoli, Davie 4:07.01, 21. Lance Rutkin, SFTL 4:07.16, 24. William Haeffner, PC 4:11.87, 29. Nico Medina, Davie 4:14.61, 30. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 4:14.96, 31. Boleck Depawlikowski, MAC 4:15.60, 36. Dylan Carter, Davie 4:13.78, 38. Fernando Bohorquez, Davie 4:14.71, 44. Jesus Marin, Davie 4:17.43, 46. Shawn Warner, SAS 4:20.82, 48. Gage Kohner, SAS 4:21.75, 60. Manuel Avila, PAQ 4:26.47.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Mike Alexandrov, Trojan SC 2:14.13, 2. Felipe Lima, Davie 2:14.16, 3. Gabriel Souza, Davie 2:17.40; FGC Results: 20. Jordy Groters, Davie 2:29.25, 21. Rafael Van Leeuwaarde, Davie 2:29.89, 30. Brian Arnaud, CSSC 2:39.04, 31. Kevin Matheus, SAS 2:39.63, 32. Wayne Denswil, MAC 2:41.97, 42. Henry Contich, PC 2:45.55.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Germany 7:37.01, 2. Mexico 7:43.11, 3. Venezuela 7:45.37, 4. Davie 7:45.97, 7. Pine Crest Swimming 8:23.84.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Pinon Breaks FGC Record; Atkinson Wins On Day One Of Orlando Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Pinon Breaks FGC Record; Atkinson Wins On Day One Of Orlando Grand Prix


February 14, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson won her first event of the meet and Julien Pinon broke a Florida Gold Coast age group record to highlight Thursday action at the Arena Grand Prix in Orlando.

The meet has a variety of swimmers including Olympians, international swimmers and top age group swimmers, including several from the Florida Gold Coast, making for an electrifying atmosphere at the YMCA Aquatic Center.

“Our kids are handling the atmosphere really well,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson. “It’s a big meet and you see the wide eyes but they look comfortable and that helps. They are being mature enough to handle the meet and be successful.

“This meet is really our first tune-up in long course meters after heavy, heavy training,” Anderson said. “I am very pleased with our results.”

Swimming in Lane 2, Atkinson, a three-time Jamaican Olympian, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.51, despite being broken down from heavy training. Her best time is 1:06.79.

Atkinson, 24, went out in 32.20, second fastest split, overtook the lead and held off early leader Katie Meili, 21, in Lane 4 in the final 50 meters. Meili finished second in 1:09.00.

Atkinson, the only swimmer under 1:09, won $500 for first in the prize money meet.

“I was more pleased with the last 50, I was hoping it would get me back into the race,” Atkinson said. “I like having my teammates here. I am on the block and I hear their cheers. It took the pressure off.

“In this meet I am trying to see where I am in my training and where my base is,” said Atkinson. “I want to gauge each event. I set a goal for each one. It’s good to see all these Olympians on the pool deck and exciting to see Dana Vollmer and Ryan Lochte.”

Pinon, 14, broke a 10-year-old FGC record in the 200-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best time of 1:56.81. The previous record was 1:57.74 set by Jeffrey Raymond, then with Plantation Swim Team, in July 2004.

“That comes from his training,” Anderson said. “He has been more consistent with his training. He is capable of going far beyond this.”

Pinon just missed his junior national cut, but was ecstatic about the 13-14 age group record considering he missed a week’s worth of training because of illness.

“I was really surprised and happy to get the record,” Pinon said. “I don’t know where that came from but I’ll take it. I was going after my junior national cut and missed it but got the record.

“I felt really smooth in the water even though I was sick three weeks ago and missed a week of training. I didn’t know what to expect.”

Pinon along with his teammates are enjoying the meet’s atmosphere that features several Olympians.

“Considering we have our own Olympian on the team, we know what it’s like but it is weird to see so many more of them,” Pinon said. “It’s all the swimmers I watch on TV, it’s almost like watching them in 3-D until you realize you can reach out and touch them and then realize they are here.”

Pinon said he is motivated swimming in front of his parents.

“I want to swim fast, you never know who is watching you swim,” Pinon said. “I like to swim to impress. That’s just me. I love swimming fast. I wanted to swim well with my parents watching. They are so supportive of my swimming.”

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro, 15, was third in the “C” final of the 200-meter freestyle in a best time of 2:07.50. Teammate Maria Lopez, 17, was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly “D” final in 1:05.64.

SOFLO Time Trials: 100-meter freestyle, Amber Hunter 1:07.17; 100-meter backstroke, Kelley Heron 1:11.66, 200-meter freestyle, Jacob Walters 2:06.32.

In other Thursday’s championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Missy Franklin, 17, opened the meet with an impressive victory in 1:58.01, the only swimmer to dip under 2 minutes. The average age for finals was 17.75.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: With pressure from Conor Dwyer and Ryan Lochte, national record holder Yannick Lebherz of Germany led from wire-to-wire to win the event in 1:49.48. The average age for finals was 24.62.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Felipe Lima, 27, of Davie Nadadores turned it on in the back half to win in 1:00.86 out-touching early leader Mike Alexandrov of Trojan Swim Club who finished in 1:00.90

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: Olympian Dana Vollmer, the only swimmer to break the minute mark in morning prelims, overtook Denmark’s Jeanette Otteson of University of Miami in the final 10 meters to win in 58.91. Otteson was second in 59.36 and Franklin was fourth in 1:10.20.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: Tyler McGill, 25, of New York Athletic Club outsprinted Ryan Lochte to the wall to win in 53.38. Lochte was second in 54.40.

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: Teenager Becca Mann, 15, of Clearwater Aquatics was a force in the water and won in 4:41.24, her second fastest career time. Florida Gold Coast had four swimmers in finals (Sam Arevallo Salinas of Davie, Casey Francis of Pine Crest, Tasija Karosas and Rachael Bradford-Feldman of St. Andrew’s).

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: Tyler Clary, 23, of Club Wolverine won in 4:24.56, holding off Davie’s Esteban Enderica in 4:25.12.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle relay: York YMCA won in 3:54.84 ahead of Bollesin 3:56.64. St. Andrew’s was fifth in 3:58.96 with Tasija Karosas, Darby Goodwin, Rachael Bradford-Feldman and Megan Moroney.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle relay: Germany won in 3:26.83 ahead of Bolles in 3:29.93 with Ryan Murphy on anchor leg.



200-meter freestyle: 1. Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars 1:58.01, 2. Samantha Cheverton, Pointe-Claire 2:00.10, 3. Becca Mann, Clearwater 2:00.28; FGC Results: 17. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 2:06.35, 18. Laura Gutierrez, Davie 2:06.47, 19. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:07.50, 23. Tasija Karosas, St. Andrew’s 2:07.55, 28. Olivia Katcher, SFTL 2:08.12, 31. Tyla Martin, Pine Crest 2:08.65, 40. Alina Schulhofer, Davie 2:09.76, 41. Casey Francis, Pine Crest 2:09.88, 42. Darby Goodwin, St. Andrew’s 2:09.90, 43. Caroline Nava, Pine Crest 2:10.04, 44. Angela Cicenia, Davie 2:10.06, 45. Daniella Vandenberg, Davie 2:10.10, 51. Mia Fiorenzi, Davie 2:12.01, 52. Carla Robles, MAC 2:12.19, 55. Brittany Hammond, Pine Crest 2:12.50, 57. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:13.29, 61. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 2:15.53.

Women 100-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:08.51, 2. Katie Meili, Unattached 1:09.00, 3. Rebecca Ejdervik, Sweden 1:09.49; FGC Results: 8. Emily Kopas, Davie 1:13.51, 13. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SA 1:14.65, 17. Evita Leter, MAC 1:15.01, 20. Lindsey Swartz, PC 1:18.31, 26. Emma Madden, SAS 1:18.74, 31. Allison Kopas, Davie 1:22.72, 32. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:22.85, 38. Brittany Hammond, PC 1:22.11.

Women 100-meter butterfly: 1. Dana Vollmer, California 58.91, 2. Jeanette Otteson, Denmark 59.36, 3. Audrey Lacroix, PPO 59.71; FGC Results: 10. Isabella Paez, MAC 1:02.21, 13. Megan Moroney, SAS 1:03.03, 14. Tyla Martin, PC 1:03.47, 15. Laura Gutierrez, Davie 1:03.52, 24. Catalina Mendieta, PAQ 1:07.30, 30. Darby Goodwin, SAS 1:05.29, 31. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 1:05.64, 35. Alina Schulhofer, Davie 1:06.17, 37. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:06.40, 38. Mia Fiorenzi, Davie 1:06.41, 41. Olivia Katcher, SFTL 1:07.08, 42. Caroline Nava, PC 1:07.18, 47. Jessica Conway, SAS 1:07.60, 47. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:07.60, 57. Amber Hunter, SOFLO 1:09.79, 58. Miriyam Ghali, PC 1:10.43.

Women 400-meter individual medley: 1. Becca Mann, CAT 4:41.24, 2. Sam Arevallo Salinas, Davie 4:50.23, 3. Kylie Stewart, Dynamo 4:52.08; FGC Results: 5. Casey Francis, PC 4:59.30, 7. Tasija Karosas, SAS 5:05.60, 23. Allison Kopas, Davie 5:21.58, 24. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:21.64, 26. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 5:18.29, 28. Lindsey Swartz, PC 5:22.87.

Women 400-meter freestyle relay: 1. York YMCA 3:54.84, 2. Bolles 3:56.64, 3. Dynamo 3:57.31; FGC Results: 5. St. Andrew’s 3:58.96, 7. Davie 4:03.54.


200-meter freestyle: 1. Yannick Lebherz, Germany 1:50.31, 2. Conor Dwyer, Gators 1:50.66, 3. Bobby Hurley, Australia 1:51.09; FGC Results: 11. Dylan Carter, Davie 1:53.73, 12. Joey Pedraza, Davie 1:54.21, 23. Joshua Romany, Davie 1:55.60, 30. Jesus Marin, Davie 1:56.19, 35. Franco Lupoli, Davie 1:56.54, 38. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 1:56.81, FGC RECORD, 41. Lucas Brito, Davie 1:57.63, 48. Lance Rutkin, SFTL 1:58.34, 50. Alejandro Gomez, Davie 1:58.49, 52. Jemal LeGrand, Davie 1:58.72, 53. Julian Ballestas, MAC 1:58.97, 54. William Haeffner, Pine Crest 1:59.10, 55. Manuel Gonzalez, Davie 1:59.35, 60. Jabari Baptiste, Davie 2:00.24, 62. Nico Medina, Davie 2:00.86, 65. Arvin Moradi, Davie 2:01.59, 66. Fernando Bohorquez, Davie 2:01.70, 71. Gage Kohner, St. Andrew’s 2:02.50, 75. Brian Arnaud, CSSC 2:03.05, 81. Keegan Boisson-Yates, CSSC 2:04.77, 87. Luke Hayhoe, St. Andrew’s 2:05.48.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Felipe Lima, Davie 1:00.86, 2. Mike Alexandrov, Trojan SC 1:00.90, 3. Bradley Craig, Tennessee 1:03.28; FGC Results: 6. Gabriel Souza, Davie 1:03.58, 15. Rafael Van Leeuwaarde, Davie 1:06.82, 20. Jordy Groters, Davie 1:07.15, 28. Quinn Cassidy, SAS 1:11.31, 29. Wayne Denswil, MAC 1:11.58, 34. Brian Arnaud, CSSC 1:13.31, 36. Kevin Matheus, SAS 1:13.38, 39. Henry Contich, PC 1:13.83, 41. Alex Evenson, PC 1:14.21.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Tyler McGill, NYA 53.38, 2. Ryan Lochte, Daytona Beach 54.40, 3. Santo Condorelli, Bolles 54.62; FGC Results: 12. Dylan Carter, Davie 56.49, 21. Zuhayr Pigot, MAC 57.46, 22. Roberto Gomez, Davie 57.91, 27. Julian Ballestas, MAC 57.76, 28. Lucas Brito, Davie 58.31, 32. Joshua Romany, Davie 1:04.96, 38. Arvin Moradi, Davie 59.17, 45. Yanouck Tyriseva, Davie 59.62, 48. Endi Babi, SOFLO 59.99, 54. Shawn Warner, SAS 1:00.52, 61. Keegan Boisson-Yates, CSSC 1:01.03, 63. Alex Lilley, Davie 1:01.14, 64. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 1:01.16, 68. Fernando Bohorquez, Davie 1:01.25, 73. Kevin Matheus, SAS 1:01.55, 74. Jacob Walters, SOLFO 1:01.62, 76. Wayne Denswil, MAC 1:02.33, 78. Gage Kohner, SAS 1:03.37.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Tyler Clary, Club Wolverine 4:24.56, 2. Esteban Enderica, Davie 4:25.12, 3. Conor Dwyer, Gators 4:25.30; FGC Results: 13. Boleck Depawlikowski, MAC 4:38.62, 22. Shawn Warner, SAS 4:50.44, 29. Alex Evenson, PC 4:55.28, 30. Manuel Avila, PAQ 4:58.30.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Germany 3:26.83, 2. Bolles 3:29.93, 3. Redlands 3:30.70; FGC Results: 5. Davie 3:36.73, 7. Pine Crest 3:49.62.

Prelims begin 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. USA Swimming Network will live webcast all sessions. Universal Sports will broadcast on Friday and Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO/Comets Age Groupers Ready To Sizzle At Saturday Sizzler

SOFLO/Comets Age Groupers Ready To Sizzle At Saturday Sizzler


February 13, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club’s up-and-coming young age group swimmers will compete Saturday at Sunrise Swimming’s 8-and-Under Sizzler at the Sunrise Civic Center.

Warm-up is 10 a.m. The meet begins 10:30 a.m.

Swimmers have been working on stroke technique at Academic Village Pool and now will get a chance to put what they learned to good use in all four stroke races, no longer than 25 yards.

While winning and fast times are the eventual goal, proper stroke technique is the priority along with having fun in and out of the pool with teammates, friends and family.

The Florida Gold Coast sanctioned-meet is sponsored by Sunrise Swimming, Sunrise Swimming Booster Club and City of Sunrise.

Swimmers are allowed to swim four individual events and one relay. Ribbons will be awarded to the top eight finishers.

SOFLO/Comets is sending nine swimmers, four girls and five boys to the meet. They are Zaara Lacewala, 8; Sabrina Osorio, 8; Sofia Osorio, 8; Erika Pelaez, 6; Samuel Bullen, 8; Nicholas Giffuni, 7; Sebastian Gonzalez, 7; Ziwei He, 8; and Randy Smith, 8.

The girls and boys event order is: 6-and-under 25-yard butterfly, 7-8 25-yard butterfly, 6-and-under 25-yard backstroke, 7-8 25-yard backstroke, 6-and-under 25-yard breaststroke, 7-8 25-yard breaststroke, 6-and-under 25-yard freestyle, 7-8 25-yard freestyle and 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay.


What: 8-and-Under Sizzler

When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Sunrise Civic Center, 10600 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

Admission: $2, heat sheets $2. For information call meet director Dave Wathen at 954-747-4635.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Sends Large Contingent To Star-Studded Orlando Grand Prix

SOFLO Sends Large Contingent To Star-Studded Orlando Grand Prix

SOFLO Sends Large Contingent To Star-Studded Orlando Grand Prix

By Sharon Robb

February 11, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club will be sending its largest contingent of swimmers and coaches to a major USA Swimming meet this week.

Eleven swimmers and three coaches will be sharing the same pool deck and competing against several Olympians at this week’s Arena Grand Prix in Orlando.

The event, the third stop of the six-meet 2012-13 Arena Grand Prix Series, will make its debut at the YMCA Aquatic Center, site of several meets including the state high school championships.

The three-day meet begins Thursday on Valentine’s Day and ends Saturday.

Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson leads the contingent of swimmers. Atkinson is entered in six events.

Atkinson will be joined by teammates Endi Babi, Kelley Heron, Amber Hunter, Evelin Jimenez, Maria Lopez, Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro, Julien Pinon, Jessica Rodriguez and Jacob Walters.

SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson will be joined by assistant coaches Luis Soler and Christopher Grace.

Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Dana Vollmer, Missy Franklin and Tyler Clary head a field full of Olympians that also includes Conor Dwyer, Anthony Ervin, Amanda Weir, Charlie Houchin, Kate Ziegler, Christine Magnusson, Aussie Bobby Hurley, Ryan Cochrane of Canada, Felipe Lima of Brazil and Wu Peng of China. Bolles Ryan Murphy and Joseph Schooling will compete.

Prize money will be on the line with first place finishers earning $500, second place $300 and third place $100.

The Grand Prix Series leaderboard reads like a Who’s Who in swimming. The women’s top five are Missy Franklin with 48 points; Chloe Sutton, 19; Becca Mann, 14; Dagny Knutson, 11; and Karlee Bishope, 10. The men’s top five is Ryan Lochte, 31; Mike Alexandrov, 16; Bobby Bollier, 15; Tyler Clary, 14; and Mads Glaesner, 13.

The meet is a tune-up for future major meets including the Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis, World University Games in Russia and FINA World Championships this summer in Barcelona, Spain.

Prelims begin 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. USA Swimming Network will live webcast all sessions. Universal Sports will broadcast on Friday and Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at