South Florida Aquatic Club Makes History, Wins Seniors And JOs In Same Season

South Florida Aquatic Club Makes History, Wins Seniors And JOs In Same Season


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 24, 2013

As the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships came to a close at Plantation Aquatic Complex on Sunday, the South Florida Aquatic Club cheers got louder and louder.

Swimmers, coaches and parents were beginning to realize they were about to make history.

After the final splash of the boys’ 400-yard medley relay was over, South Florida Aquatic Club captured the combined and women’s team titles and became the first club in Florida Gold Coast history to sweep the Junior Olympics and Senior Championships during the same short course season.

SOFLO won the combined team title with a club record 2,011.50 points and was the only club in the 29-team field to crack the 2,000-point barrier. Metro Aquatics was second with 1,860, AK Sharks third with 1,424.50 and Coral Springs Swim Club fourth with 1,401.

SOFLO also won the women’s team title with 1,270.50 points. Plantation Swim Team was second with 1,064 and St. Andrew’s Swimming was third with 657.50.

SOFLO’s boys team was fifth with 743 points. Metro Aquatics won with 1,290.

Even more amazing, SOFLO competed without some of its swimmers including national and FGC age group holder and leading point scorer Julien Pinon, currently training with the French junior national team in Spain.

The victory was bolstered by the team’s depth, talent and never-say-die attitude that has been with SOFLO since it became a stand-alone club after Coral Springs Swim Club decided it wanted to return to its original single club status and ended the clubs’ merger while SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson was in London coaching Alia Atkinson at the 2012 Olympics.

“This all started off in the summer the second they said Coral Springs was splitting off,” Anderson said. “We just said let’s see what happens.

“The momentum began when Alia made her first finals at the Olympics and we built off that. We had a wonderful Winter Championships where we finished second against some serious competition.

“We went into JOs as underdogs but we proved to be a very strong and well-balanced team,” Anderson said. “We showed as far as the bottom end of the age group organization we are strong and finished off with the seniors win. It’s kind of cool all of this has been going on since the Olympics.”

The team camaraderie was evident throughout the meet.

“The team is really good in terms of success,” said up-and-coming swimmer Henry Perillo, 16, who swam eight event and turned in several best times. “They worked really hard for their success. I am proud of my team. They deserve everything they win.

“This motivates me to keep up my training,” Perillo said.”This is the best meet I’ve had so I am really happy. A little tired, but very happy.”

Of course, swimmers will be back in the pool bright and early for Monday workout.

“It was nice to break the 2,000-point barrier,” Anderson said. “That was an entire SOFLO Gold Coast win for us. It was a little bittersweet, but we stayed true to ourselves and did what we were suppose to do. The cards fell the right way this time.

“It was our depth. Every point and every swim counted. The kids bought into it and worked toward a goal. This proves we are not only strong at the age group level but the senior level, too. It was a real team win. Our age group coaches did a wonderful job of prepping these senior swimmers as 14 and 15-year-olds.”

Among highlights on the final day:

SOFLO girls swept the 200- and 400-yard medley relays. The 200-yard medley relay won in 1:45.54 with Marcella Marinheiro, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro. The same foursome won the 400-yard medley relay in 3:48.89.

Jessica Rodriguez was third in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:11.81. She was also third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.

Melissa Marinheiro survived a brutal weekend schedule and managed to swim under 17 minutes in the mile for the first time in 16:53.77. Her previous best was 17:05.30.

Maria Lopez, 17, won the 50-yard butterfly in 26.28.

Three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson won the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.16, her second fastest time ever despite taking an extra stroke on her finish. “It was a very strong swim for her,” Anderson said.

Kylie Herman had another outstanding day with three best times.

Jordan Colon went all best times in his events including a 1:01.83 in the 100-yard breaststroke for fifth place.

“Their confidence is very strong,” Anderson said. “They met the challenge that we had. They are very confident from the very top with Alia to our youngest. It’s nice to see.”

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,011.5, 2. Metro Aquatics 1,860, 3. AK Sharks 1,424.5, 4. Coral Springs Swim Club 1,401, 5. St. Andrew’s Swimming 1,270.5, 6. Plantation Swim Team 1,226, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1,225.5, 8. Lake Lytal Lightning 1,167, 9. Heritage Aquatic Team 916, 10. Jupiter Dragons 622.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,270.5, 2. Plantation Swim Team 1,064, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 657.50, 4. AK Sharks 597.50, 5. Miami Swimming 596.50, 6. Lake Lytal Lightning 576, 7. Metro Aquatics 570, 8. Coral Springs Swim Club 553, 9. Swim Fort Lauderdale 545, 10. Gulliver Swim Club 381.

MEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 1,290, 2. Coral Springs Swim Club 848, 3. Heritage Aquatic Team 836, 4. AK Sharks 826, 5. SOFLO 743, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 680.50, 7. St. Andrew’s Swimming 611, 8. Lake Lytal Lightning 590, 9. Allegheny North Swim Club 398, 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 293.

HIGH POINT AWARDS

WOMEN

15-16, 1. Fabiana Ingram, Lake Lytal Lightning 127; SOFLO: 6. Melissa Marinheiro 112, 23. Kylie Herman 62, 37. Haley Wright 37.50, 46. Whitney Johnson 24; Women, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 138; SOFLO: 5. Maria Lopez 118, 6. Marcella Marinheiro 116, 13. Jessica Rodriguez 95, 17. Amber Hunter 80, 33. Evelin Jimenez 40, 43. Natasha Testa 31, 48. Melissa Marinheiro 24, 52. Daniela Jimenez 20, 55. Bianca Monti 18, 69. Kaitlin Armstrong 7.

MEN

15-16, 1. William Pisani, Lake Lytal Lightning 177; SOFLO: 12. Jordan Colon 103, 25. Ryan Capote 58, 42. Bowie Suen 21, 51. Edward Kon 10, 55. Fernando Quintero 7; Open, 1. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 182; SOFLO: 24. Endi Babi 60.50, 30. Jacob Walters 55, 35. Roger Capote 45, 41. Alexander Monti 35, 53. Ivan Parada 18.50, 54. Juan Lucas 18, 56. CJ Kopecki 17, 60. Xavier Brown 14, 66. Gustavo Valery 10, 69. Jonathan Strod 9, 75. Edward Kon 6, 83. Cristian Rossi 2.

WOMEN

200-yard medley relay:

1.SOFLO “A” 1:45.54 (Marcella Marinheiro, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro), 10. SOFLO “B” 1:53.85 (Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Amber Hunter, Whitney Johnson).

100-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1. Fabiana Ingram, Lake Lytal 58.37; SOFLO: 10. Melissa Marinheiro 1:04.34, 23. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:06.44; Open, 1. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 54.97; SOFLO: 2. Alia Atkinson 55.97, 5. Marcella Marinheiro 59.42, 7. Maria Lopez 1:02.25, 8. Amber Hunter 1:02.45, 17. Evelin Jimenez 1:05.50, 25. Daniela Jimenez 1:08.02.

1,650-yard freestyle:

1.Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 16:53.77; SOFLO: 9. Daniela Jimenez 18:45.23.

50-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 25.96; SOFLO: 9. Whitney Johnson 27.99, 10. Melissa Marinheiro 28.48, 23. Kylie Herman 29.14, 32. Haley Wright 29.88, 37. Astrid Rigau 30.33, 40. Kaitlin Armstrong 30.96; Open, 1. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 26.28; SOFLO: 4. Marcella Marinheiro 26.69, 6. Amber Hunter 27.36, 8. Evelin Jimenez 27.38, 11. Natasha testa 27.60, 24. Bianca Monti 29.73.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Anna Valls, Miami Swimming 1:05.59; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 58.16; SOFLO: 3. Jessica Rodriguez 1:08.00.

50-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Darby Goodwin, St. Andrew’s 23.89; SOFLO: 19. Whitney Johnson 26.14, 24. Kylie Herman 26.32, 33. Kaitlin Armstrong 26.94, 45. Astrid Rigau 28.04; Open, 1. Arlene Semeco, CSSC 24.10; SOFLO: 8. Maria Lopez 25.22, 11. Amber Hunter 25.40, 13. Bianca Monti 25.63, 19. Evelin Jimenez 26.04, 23. Natasha Testa 26.09, 36. Daniela Jimenez 26.87.

200-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Emily Kopas, Davie 2:07.33; SOFLO: 13. Kylie Herman 2:17.21, 25. Whitney Johnson 2:27.70; Open, 1. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:03.09; SOFLO: 3. Jessica Rodriguez 2:11.81.

400-yard medley relay:

1.SOFLO “A” 3:48.89 (Marcella Marinheiro, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro), 6. SOFLO “B” 4:04.30 (Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Amber Hunter, Evelin Jimenez).

MEN

200-yard medley relay:

1.Metro Aquatics 1:34.06; 6. SOFLO “A” 1:41.09 (Juan Lucas, Jordan Colon, Endi Babi, Xavier Brown), 11. SOFLO “B” 1:43.02 (Gustavo Valery, Alexander Monti, Jacob Walters, Roger Capote).

100-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1. Alejandro Vassallo, Pompano 53.95; SOFLO: 11. Ryan Capote 56.71, 14. Fernando Quintero 58.57; Open, 1. Keegan Boisson-Yates, CSSC 50.81; SOFLO: 14. Juan Lucas 56.87, 16. Gustavo Valery 57.46, 29. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 59.00, 30. Ivan Parada 59.26.

50-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Nicholas Conrad, St. Andrew’s 23.89; SOFLO: 19. Ryan Capote 25.78, 20. Jordan Colon 26.15, 31. Edward Kon 27.07, 32. Nikolas Ujueta 27.17; Open, 1. Alex Evdokimov, CSSC 23.52; SOFLO: 3. Endi Babi 23.95, 6. Jacob Walters 24.33, 10. Xavier Brown 25.02, 17. Alexander Monti 25.94, 19. Cristian Rossi 26.28, 12. Ivan Parada 25.47, prelims, 31. CJ Kopecki 27.11, 33. Juan Lucas 27.16, 41. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 28.81.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Marco Guarente, Davie 59.13; SOFLO: 5. Jordan Colon 1:01.83, 14. Bowie Suen 1:06.13, 16. Edward Kon 1:07.91; Open, 1. Francisco Souza, Davie 57.85; SOFLO: 17. Roger Capote 1:03.84, 19. Alexander Monti 1:07.15, 25. Jonathan Strod 1:07.53.

1,650-yard freestyle:

1.Blake Manganiello, AK Sharks 15:36.34; SOFLO: 11. Roger Capote 17:24.13, 15. Edward Kon 17:46.24.

200-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Boleck DePawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 1:56.41; SOFLO: 8. Jordan Colon 2:02.21; Open, 1. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 1:52.36; SOFLO: 14. Alexander Monti 2:05.51, 17. Jonathan Strod 2:08.49, 19. CJ Kopecki 2:09.46.

400-yard medley relay:

1.Metro Aquatics 3:25.88, 6. SOFLO “A” 3:42.44 (Juan Lucas, Jordan Colon, Endi Babi, Ryan Capote), 11. SOFLO “B” 3:49.20 (Fernando Quintero, Alex Monti, Jacob Walters, Xavier Brown).

AREA 1, 2, 3, SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

WOMEN

100-yard backstroke:

15-and-over, 1. Jesitt Perez, FLA 1:12.40; SOFLO: 2. Astrid Rigau 1:12.62, 3. Jessie Cordero 1:12.70, 5. Andrea Iglesias 1:14.52.

50-yard butterfly:

15-and-over, 1. Trishawn Shim, PST 30.91; SOFLO: 3. Jessie Cordero 33.10.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-and-over, 1. Madisyn Jones, MCDA 1:25.98; SOFLO: 2. Emily Nunez 1:30.01.

50-yard freestyle:

15-and-over, 1. Trishawn Shim, PST 28.44; SOFLO: 7. Andrea Iglesia 30.27.

200-yard individual medley:

15-and-over, 1. Larissa Livanis, Metro Aquatics 2:39.01.

MEN

100-yard backstroke:

15-and-over, 1. Brendan Teeters, CSSC 1:02.93; SOFLO: 4. Daniel Lee 1:07.67, 11. Henry Perillo 1:11.78

50-yard butterfly:

15-and-over, 1. Alvaro Chaux, Wellington 28.10; SOFLO: 9. Federico Molina 30.51, 11. Mathew Delvalle 31.31.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-and-over, 1. Oneil Vaca-Gutierrez, North Miami 1:07.96; SOFLO: 6. Henry Perillo 1:10.36, 11. Juan Saldana 1:13.09.

50-yard freestyle:

15-and-over, 1. Brendan Teeters, CSSC 24.68; SOFLO: 5. Nikolas Ujueta 25.45, 12. Henry Perillo 26.44, 16. Federico Molina 27.09, 20. Mathew Delvalle 28.44.

200-yard individual medley:

15-and-over, 1. Matthew Fisher, FLA 2:6.72; SOFLO: 2. Juan Saldana 2:16.82, 8. Nikolas Ujueta 2:23.44.

1,650-yard freestyle:

15-and-over, 1. Christian Fowler, MAC 18:36.37; SOFLO; 2. Simon Ortiz 18:41.00.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

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