Pinon, SOFLO Breaks Three Florida Gold Coast Records On Day One Of Junior Olympics

Pinon, SOFLO Breaks Three Florida Gold Coast Records On Day One Of Junior Olympics


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 8, 2013

Julien Pinon touched the wall nearly a full body length ahead of the field, glanced at the scoreboard and pumped his fist twice after realizing what he had just done.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, competing in his final Florida Gold Coast 14-and-Under Short Course Junior Olympic Championships, broke a six-year-old FGC record in the 500-yard freestyle.

Pinon, 14, despite being broken down from heavy training, swam a lifetime-best 4:35.28, a nine-second time drop from his previous best of 4:44.04, breaking the record of former Comets Swim Team swimmer Tyler Sell.

Sell’s old record was 4:35.63 set at the March 2007 Junior Olympics.

His splits were even, 27s and 28s. He opened with a 24.49 split and finished with a 26.81 split, his fastest two splits.

“I am pretty tired and broken down right now, lets see what I do,” Pinon said before his record-breaking swim.

Pinon broke his second FGC record of the night with his SOFLO teammates in the 800-yard freestyle.

Alex Monti, 14, Gustavo Valery, 14, Jonathan Strod, 14, and Pinon, all making their final 14-and-Under JO appearances, broke a 15-year-old FGC and FGC Open records winning the event in 7:18.34.

Pinon swam an anchor leg split of 1:44.19.

The FGC record of 7:06.26 was set in March, 1998 by the now-defunct Fort Lauderdale Swim Team. The FGC Open record of 7:21.46 was set by Metro Aquatics in March 2009.

Pinon was also second in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.36, another lifetime-best dropping from his previous best of 53.23 and second in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time of 21.70, dropping from 22.39.

Pinon was SOFLO’s highest finisher on opening night of the three-day meet at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO boys 200-yard freestyle of Gustavo Valery, Alex Monti, Cristian Rossi and Pinon was second in a best time 1:32.19. Its seed time was 1:34.88.

Michael Arias, 10, was second in the 10-and-under 100-yard butterfly in a best time of 1:09.22, dropping from 1:11.48.

SOFLO’s 11-12 boys 400-yard freestyle relay of Sam Walters, Leonardo Mateus, Sam Quintero and Rafael Rodriguez finished third in a best time 4:00.23.

Delanie Perez, 12, led SOFLO girls with a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:11.40, dropping from 1:13.63 and second in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:29.73, another best time dropping from 5:36.33.

Michelle Marinheiro, 10, was third in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 6:06.34, bettering her previous best of 6:15.76.

Other third-place finishers were Jessica Rodriguez in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:07.67 and Kyana Castro in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:11.73, also a best time by nearly 5 seconds.

Two-time defending champion SOFLO is the unofficial leader after the first day, however official results will not be released until after Sunday’s final session to keep swimmers and coaches in suspense for the trophy presentation.

SOFLO has 51 swimmers competing in individual and relay events during the three-day meet. .

The meet has 836 athletes, including 186 relay-only swimmers. SOFLO, Davie, Pine Crest and Coral Springs have the largest teams.

FGC JUNIOR SHORT COURSE OLYMPICS

DAY ONE RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:38.00, 4. SOFLO (Natasha Testa, Bianca Monti, Jessica Rodriguez, Kelley Heron) 1:43.38, 20. SOFLO “B” 1:52.20 (Stephanie Mlujeak, Cristina Villegas, Abolade Oyetunji, Lilli Calero).

200-yard backstroke:

11-12, 1. Jessica Nava, PC 2:09.21; SOFLO: 9. Annita Huang 2:22.77, 12. Ann Montgomery 2:27.72, 13. Anabel Vazquez 2:28.27; 13-14, 1. Caroline Schirmer, St. Andrew’s 2:04.64; SOFLO: 4. Kelley Heron 2:09.79, 22. Stephanie Mlujeak 2:24.93.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, Miami-Dade 27.00; SOFLO: 8. Isabella DiSalvo 29.40. 19. Michelle Marinheiro 31.33; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FLA 24.52; SOFLO: 16. Andrea Pereira 27.40, 23. Annita Huang 27.91, 34. Isabel Shashaty 28.47, 47. Camila Alvarez 29.04; 13-14, 1. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 23.53; SOFLO: 22. Natasha Testa 26.33, 26. Bianca Monti 26.44, 39. Abolade Oyetunji 28.13.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Michelle Avedisian, Jupiter 1:17.51; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FLA 1:10.00; SOFLO: 2. Delanie Perez 1:11.40, 10. Elise Larin 1:16.41, 12. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:18.06, 16. Katherine De Barros 1:18.77, 28. Alexandra Crespo 1:21.79; 13-14, 1. Cybele Jung, Jupiter 1:06.36; SOFLO: 3. Jessica Rodriguez 1:07.67, 11. Kelley Heron 1:10.96, 34. Bianca Monti 1:16.95, 37. Lilli Calero 1:18.99.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, Miami Dade 1:09.46; SOFLO: 3. Kyana Castro 1:11.73, 7. Isabella Di Salvo 1:14.24, 15. Michelle Marinheiro 1:25.23, 19. Sara Quintero 1:26.99; 11-12, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 57.38; SOFLO: 15. Andrea Pereira 1:11.17; 13-14, 1. Allison Kopas, Davie 57.83; SOFLO: 11. Natasha Testa 1:01.07.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Daniela Munoz, Pine Crest 1:12.01; SOFLO: 7. Isabella Di Salvo 1:14.76; 11-12, 1. Alexa Meszaros, FLA 1:03.66; SOFLO: 15. Anabel Vazquez 1:11.17, 23. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:12.12, 23. Elise Larin 1:12.12.

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, Miami Dade 5:49.54; SOFLO: 3. Michelle Marinheiro 6:06.34; 9. Sara Quintero 6:34.90; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FLA 5:22.04; SOFLO: 2. Delanie Perez 5:29.73, 7. Katherine De Barros 5:40.71, 8. Annita Huang 5:42.28, 12. Andrea Pereira 5:46.53, 15. Jennifer Rodriguez 5:48.89, 19. Anabel Vazquez 5:54.43, 25. Alexandra Crespo 5:59.58, 31. Anna Montgomery 6:04.74; 13-14, 1. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 5:02.10; SOFLO: 6. Kelley Heron 5:14.89, 9. Jessica Rodriguez 5:16.94, 21. Lilli Calero 5:27.77, 27. Bianca Monti 5:30.15.

400-yard freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. Pine Crest 3:51.74; 5. SOFLO “A” 4:02.59 (Annita Huang, Katherine De Barros, Anabel Vazquez, Delanie Perez), 15. SOFLO “B” 4:13.94 (Isabel Shashaty, Anna Montgomery, Elise Larin, Jennifer Rodriguez).

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Pine Crest 7:58.01, 8. SOFLO “A” 8:21.11 (Jessica Rodriguez, Lilli Calero, Bianca Monti, Kelley Heron).

BOYS

200-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:30.14, 2. SOFLO “A” 1:32.19 (Gustavo Valery, Alexander Monti, Cristian Rossi, Julien Pinon), 9. SOFLO “B” 1:37.64 (Juan Lucas, CJ Kopecki, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Jonathan Skarie).

200-yard backstroke:

11-12, 1. Kyle Dimatteo, Lake Lytal 2:11.14; SOFLO: 3. Sam Quintero 2:19.14, 6. Gabriel Segui 2:24.27, 7. Leonardo Mateus 2:25.15; 13-14, 1. Joseph Perez, Metro Aquatics 2:00.06; SOFLO: 5. Juan Lucas 2:01.51, 10. Gustavo Valery 2:08.90, 13. Kevin Porto 2:09.66, 19. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 2:12.87, 23. Ricardo Roche 2:15.52.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Marsal, Miami Dade 26.69; SOFLO: 4. Michael Arias 28.23, 7. Nicolas Rossi 29.10, 53. Akira Huang 35.55; 11-12, 1. Keegan Rose, Flying Fish 23.95; SOFLO: 11. Rafael Rodriguez 27.02, 17. Sam Walters 27.76; 13-14, 1. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 21.07; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 21.70, 7. Gustavo Valery 23.14, 15. Cristian Rossi 24.23, 24. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 24.77, 50. Baldwin Suen 26.11.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. David Montana, Metro Aquatics 1:19.51; SOFLO: 8. John Paul Handal 1:28.50; 11-12, 1. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 1:07.12; SOFLO: 3. Sam Quintero 1:13.32, 5. Brandon Moran 1:14.64; 13-14, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 59.25; SOFLO: 4. Alexander Monti 1:04.34, 7. Jonathan Strod 1:05.76, 20. Baldwin Suen 1:11.38, 21. Cristian Rossi 1:13.07.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Andres Wong, Metro Aquatics 1:08.13; SOFLO; 2. Michael Arias 1:09.22, 6. Joan Paul Handal 1:12.97, 8. Jie Hoon Lee 1:16.65; 11-12, 1. Gabriel Munoz, Davie 57.48; SOFLO: 11. Gabriel Segui 1:08.10, 15. Sam Walters 1:09.27, 18. Leonardo Mateus 1:11.27; 13-14, 1. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 50.76; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 52.36, 6. Jonathan Strod 55.46, CJ Kopecki 58.10.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Marsal, Miami Dade 1:07.41; SOFLO: 3. Nicolas Rossi 1:12.95, 8. Jie Hoon Lee 1:16.99; 11-12, 1. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 59.46; SOFLO: 3. Rafael Rodriguez 1:05.42, 14. Brandon Moran 1:10.77.

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Marsal, Miami Dade 5:39.05; SOFLO: 3. Michael Arias 5:43.99, 5. Jie Hoon Lee 6:08.44, 6. Nicolas Rossi 6:11.56; 11-12, 1. Kyle Dimatteo, Lake Lytal Lightning 5:13.16; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 5:17.89, 7. Samuel Quintero 5:31.53, 11. Leonardo Mateus 5:42.97, 14. Sam Walters 5:46.49; 13-14, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 4:35.28, FGC record; 5. Alexander Monti 4:53.68, 9. Gustavo Valery 4:57.22, 15. CJ Kopecki 5:02.22, 17. Jonathan Strod 5:03.28, 20. Juan Lucas 5:05.06, 26. Kevin Porto 5:07.91, 39. Ricardo Roche 5:22.80, 45. Matthew Menocal 5:29.03.

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 7:18.34 (Alex Monti, Gustavo Valery, Jonathan Strod, Julien Pinon), 7. SOFLO “B” 7:38.92 (Cristian Rossi, Kevin Porto, CJ Kopecki, Juan Lucas).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14-and-Under Junior Olympics Short Course Championship

When: Saturday-Sunday

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

Schedule: Saturday, girls prelims 9-11:11 a.m., boys prelims 9-11:11 a.m.; finals 5-8:28 p.m.; Sunday, girls prelims 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m., boys prelims 9 a.m.-1:44 p.m.; finals 5-5:57 p.m.

Admission: $3 each session, $3 heat sheet.

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