SOFLO Hosts Distance, IMX/IMR Challenge This Weekend

SOFLO Hosts Distance, IMX/IMR Challenge This Weekend


September 26, 2013

Host South Florida Aquatic Club , with more than 100 swimmers including three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson, heads the field for the Distance, IMX/IMR Challenge that begins Friday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO has 122 swimmers (63 boys and 59 girls) competing in 576 individual events over three days beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the 1,650-yard freestyle.

Swimmers will get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation in two unique meets, IMR (Ready) Challenge and IMX (Xtreme) Challenge.

All sessions are timed finals.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meets are fun, motivational meets to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

The IMR Challenge lets swimmers see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check out their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can see where their scores rank nationally, in their local LSC and even their own swim club.

Several swimmers are participating in both sessions including high school swimmers, in the midst of their season, and Olympian Atkinson, gearing up for the FINA World Cup event in Dubai next month.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Melissa Marinheiro, 16; CJ Kopecki, 14; Nicolas Rossi, 10; Vanessa Mesa, 11; Rafael Rodriguez, 11; Kathleen Golding, 12; Brandon Moran, 12; Kevin Porto, 13; Kelley Heron, 14; Alia Atkinson, 24; Gustavo Valery, 15; Michael Arias, 10; Delanie Perez, 13; Samuel Quintero, 13; Jessica Rodriguez, 14; Jordan Colon, 16; Joseph Lee, 10; Isabella DiSalvo, 11; Bryant Segui, 12; Ervin Marin, 13; Molly Golding, 10; Delanie Perez, 13.


What: Friday Distance-IMX/IMR Challenge

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, Distance, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, IMX/IMR Challenge, Session II, 8:30 a.m., Session III, 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 8:30 a.m., Session V, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17189 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Swimmers Shine At High School Meets

SOFLO Swimmers Shine At High School Meets


September 26, 2013

Melissa Marinheiro of South Florida Aquatic Club took up where she left off in high school swimming last season.

Marinheiro led West Broward High School to a 105-64 win over Taravella Wednesday with two victories in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle.

West Broward dropped a narrow loss to Douglas, 97-72.

Marinheiro won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.00 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:20.

SOFLO teammate Amber Hunter won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:22 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.

West Broward also won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:04.10.

In the boys’ meet, West Broward defeated Taravella, 123-56 and lost to Douglas, 100-81.

SOFLO’s Alex Monti won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.41 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:11.25.

In another tri-meet, Pembroke Pines Charter boys edged Fort Lauderdale, 91-88, in a key district matchup.

SOFLO’s Juan Lucas won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.32 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.12. Joshue Kon won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.66. Pembroke Pines Charter clinched the win with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:34.85).

In the girls competition, Pembroke Pines Charter defeated Miramar, 137-11, and lost to Fort Lauderdale, 115-65.

SOFLO’s Lilli Calero won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:41.88. She was her team’s only individual winner.

Three High School Meets This Weekend

High school swimmers continue their quest to the state high school meets in November by competing and fine tuning in three Saturday high school invitationals.

University School will host the Suns Invite on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Nova Southeastern Aquatic Center in Davie. Sagemont, Chaminade, Miami Pace, Calvary Christian, Boca Raton, South Florida Heat, Zion Lutheran and host Suns will compete in the timed final meet.

The FSPA Invitational, featuring Jacksonville Bolles and American Heritage, will compete in Stuart. The meet will serve as a dress rehearsal for the state meets’ new venue at Sailfish Park.

Orlando’s YMCA Aquatic Center will host the 23rd annual Florida Catholic Swimming and Diving Championships. The 17-team field includes Archbishop McCarthy, Cardinal Gibbons, Pope John Paul II and St. Thomas Aquinas. The field has 871 swimmers.

Sharon Robb can be reached at