WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

October 1, 2013

Elizabeth Chevaldova of South Florida Aquatic Club was all smiles.

The fourth grader saw all her hard work at swim practice pay off when she earned her first two Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics short course qualifying cut times at the IMX/IMR Challenge this past weekend at Academic Village Pool.

Chevaldova, 8, earned her 100-yard freestyle cut on Saturday in a lifetime-best time of 1:11.79, dropping from her previous best time of 1:19.18. She also got her cut in the 50-yard backstroke on Sunday in 38.85, another best time, dropping from 41.43.

It is her second Junior Olympics meet she has qualified for. During the long course season, he made her 100-meter backstroke cut.

“I was very happy,” Chevaldova said. “I like my times. I love swimming. It’s fun and refreshing.”

Chevaldova and her family moved from New York City, where she qualified for the state championships, to South Florida when she was 7. She started swimming when she was 6 ½. She was involved in gymnastics and dancing but has decided to focus solely on swimming.

After a brief stint at another FGC club, Chevaldova and her two sisters signed up with SOFLO where they have been swimming for nearly a year.

“I try my best, I have been swimming good,” Chevaldova said. “I want to go to the Olympics. I would like to swim in high school and college.”

Chevaldova swims with SOFLO’s Asteroids program. “I like my teammates and my coach,” she said.

Chevaldova would like to try and make more JO cuts before the March 7-9 FGC Short Course Junior Olympics at Coral Springs. She is just milliseconds away from qualifying in the 50 breaststroke, 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle.

“I am excited about going to the Junior Olympics,” she said. “It was fun when I made long course, now I am going to my second JO meet.”

Her SOFLO teammates, the largest team in the meet, did well on Day Two of the competition. Several other swimmers made JO and senior championship cuts and swam best times.

SOFLO’s individual champions on Saturday were:

Michael Arias, 10, 100-yard individual medley, 1:12.05, JO cut, best time; 100-yard freestyle, 1:00.45, JO cut, best time.

Vanessa Mesa, 11, 200-yard individual medley, 2:27.91, JO cut, best time; 500-yard freestyle, 5:46.32, JO cut, best time.

Rafael Rodriguez, 11, 200-yard individual medley, 2:19.31, best time; 500-yard freestyle, 5:16.66, JO cut, best time.

Kathleen Golding, 12, 200-yard individual medley, 2:10.95, JO cut, best time; 500-yard freestyle, 5:11.73, JO cut, best time.

Katherine DeBarros, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:22.90, JO cut, best time.

Kevin Porto, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:08.75, JO cut, best time.

Kelley Heron, 14, 200-yard backstroke, 2:10.91, JO cut.

Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 24, 200-yard backstroke, 2:08.16, senior championships cut; 200-yard breaststroke, 2:14.87, SC cut; 400-yard individual medley, 4:25.08, SC cut.

Delanie Perez, 13, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:38.95, JO cut.

Ervin Marin, 13, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:21.32, JO cut.

Jessica Rodriguez, 14, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:28.45, JO cut.

Jordan Colon, 16, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:19.33, senior championships cut.

SATURDAY SESSION 2&3 RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 1:53.70, 3. SOFLO B 1:57.22, 4. SOFLO C 2:07.04, 7. SOFLO D 2:12.53, 8. SOFLO E 2:16.94; 13-and-over, 1. SOFLO A 1:43.96, 2. SOFLO C 1:47.43, 3. SOFLO B 1:49.48, 4. SOFLO D 1:56.50.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 1:11.99; SOFLO: 2. Molly Golding 1:13.65, JO, 3. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:18.65, JO, best time, 7. Sara Quintero 1:20.29, JO, 8. Michelle Marinheiro 1:20.59, JO, 9. Kayla Cunningham 1:21.07, JO, best time, 11. Trinity Hoyos 1:22.95, JO, best time.

200-yard individual medley:

11-year-olds, 1. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 2:27.91, JO, best time; SOFLO: 2. Isabella DiSalvo 2:29.84, JO, best time, 3. Kyana Castro 2:35.14, JO, best time, 4. Valentina Carrion 2:48.73, 12. Lauren Siegman 3:23.44; 12-year-olds, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:10.95, JO; SOFLO: 3. Annita Huang 2:27.92, JO, best time, 4. Alexandra Crespo 2:29.11, JO, best time, 5. Marianna Serrao 2:29.74, JO, best time, 6. Anabel Vazquez 2:30.19, JO, best time, 8. Elise Larin 2:32.09, JO, best time, 10. Mikaela De Gracia, 2:41.00, best time, 11. Kellie Wilcox 2:42.04, best time, 13. Alana Acevedo 2:53.83, best time.

200-yard backstroke:

13-year-olds, 1. Katherine DeBarros, SOFLO 2:22.90, JO, best time; SOFLO: 3. Delanie Perez 2:28.90, 6. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:36.20, 7. Zariya Harris 2:37.67, best time, 9. Isabel Shashaty 2:40.23; 14-year-olds, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:10.91, JO; SOFLO: 2. Jessica Rodriguez 2:19.90, JO, 3. Stephanie Mlujeak 2:23.32, JO, 4. Abolade Oyetunji 2:30.91, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:08.16, SC; SOFLO: 2. Melissa Marinheiro 2:12.93, SC, 3. Maria Lopez 2:16.89, SC, 4. Andrea Melendez 2:30.72, 5. Carly Swanson 2:31.28, 6. Jessie Cordero 2:33.25, 7. Astrid Rigau 2:34.99, 8. Emily Nunez 3:08.44.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 1:01.22; SOFLO: 2. Molly Golding 1:05.52, JO, 3. Michelle Marinheiro 1:06.65, JO, 5. Sara Quintero 1:08.85, JO, best time, 8. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:10.14, JO, best time, 10. Kayla Cunningham 1:10.98, JO, best time, 14. Elizabeth Chevaldova 1:11.79, JO, best, 15. Trinity Hoyos 1:12.31, JO, best time, 17. Sally Golding 1:13.99, best time, 18. Erika Pelaez 1:14.93, best time, 21. Sarah Acevedo 1:17.25, best time, 22. Jena Legaspi 1:17.90, best time, 26. Jasmine Ahmet 1:22.12, 31. Daniela Barreto 1:24.47, 37. Sabrina Osorio 1:33.34, best time, 38. Sofia Osorio 1:35.12, best time, 39. Vivian Chevaldova 1:42.44, 41. Lara Chevaldova 1:46.56, 42. Kerry Cunningham 1:51.88, 43. Molly Masson 1:53.04, 45. Mariann Catalasan 2:00.04, 46. Kelly Miller 2:02.68, 47. Judith-Alison Natino 2:03.09.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-year-olds, 1. Delanie Perez, SOFLO 2:38.95, JO; SOFLO: 3. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:46.50, 7. Isabel Shashaty 3:10.68; 14-year-olds, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:28.45, JO; SOFLO: 2. Kelley Heron 2:35.37, JO, 3. Abolade Oyetunji 2:54.05, best time; 15-and over-year-olds, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:14.87, SC; SOFLO: 2. Maria Lopez 2:49.73, 3. Astrid Rigau 2:51.41, best time, 4. Andrea Melendez 3:00.43, 5. Victoria Hill 3:04.94, 6. Victoria Lumelski 3:05.13.

500-yard freestyle:

11-year-olds, 1. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 5:46.32, JO, best time; SOFLO: 2. Isabella DiSalvo 5:54.78, JO, best time, 3. Kyana Castro 5:55.38, JO, best time, 5. Valentina Carrion 6:43.50, 12. Celenia Lumelski 7:30.75; 12-year-olds, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 5:11.73, JO, best time; SOFLO: 2. Annita Huang 5:41.55, JO, best time, 4. Alexandra Crespo 5:49.63, JO, best time, 5. Marianna Serrao 5:50.12, JO, best time, 6. Anabel Vazquez 5:51.98, JO, best time, 8. Elise Larin 5:56.47, JO, best time, 10. Kellie Wilcox 6:21.06, best time, 11. Alana Acevedo 6:34.82.

400-yard individual medley:

13-and-over, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 4:25.08, SC; SOFLO: 2. Kelley Heron 4:50.43, SC, 3. Maria Lopez 5:02.09, SC, 4. Delanie Perez 5:05.70, JO, 6. Jennier Rodriguez 5:14.92, 7. Katherine DeBarros 5;19.59, 8. Victoria Hill 5:25.10, 10. Astrid Rigau 5:25.83, best time, 14. Zariya Harris 5:41.06, best time, 16. Jessie Cordero 5:50.69, 18. Clarisa Melendez 6:07.24.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO B 1:59.66, 2. SOFLO A 1:59.89, 3. SOFLO C 2:07.17, 5. SOFLO D 2:09.42; 13-and-over, 1. SOFLO B 1:36.38, 2. SOFLO A 1:38.87, 3. SOFLO C 1:40.63.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO 1:12.05, JO, best time; SOFLO: 2. John Paul Handal 1:13.03, JO, best time, 3. Joseph Lee 1:14.36, JO, best time, 4. Nicolas Rossi 1:15.14, JO, 7. Zackary Harris 1:18.32, JO, best time, 8. Akira Huang 1:22.40, JO, best time, 14. Alex Golding 1:23.59, JO, best time, 16. Marcos Vazquez 1:28.81, best time, 19. Randy Smith 1:31.79, best time, 21. Alejandro Mateus 1:33.55, best time, 22. Thomas Bogota 1:33.64, 23. Tanner Gibson 1:33.81, best time, 25. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:35.16, best time, 32. Aldo Zepeda 1:42.04, 33. Odin Farkas 1:42.97, 35. Gabriel Ferdinand 1:46.65, 36. Erick Quintero 1:49.84, 37. Daniel He 1:53.12, best time, 38. Miguel Crespo 1:53.12, best time, 39. Chris Vasquez 1:54.99.

200-yard individual medley:

11-year-olds, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:19.31, JO; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 2:24.40, JO, best time, 5. Derek Tom 2:43.07, best time; 12-year-olds, 1. Aaron Rodriguez, Hialeah 2:19.98; SOFLO: 5. Brandon Moran 2:29.04, JO, 8. Bryant Segui 2:32.07, JO, 13. Victor Rodriguez 2:47.26, best time, 14. Sebastian Sevilla 2:48.54, best time, 15. Gabriel Saavedra 2:50.72, best time, 17. Sebastian Sierra 2:53.80, 18. Ethan Hew 2:54.68, best time.

200-yard backstroke:

13-year-olds, 1. Kevin Porto, SOFLO 2:08.75, JO, best time; SOFLO: 2. Ervin Marin 2:11.34, JO, 3. Samuel Quintero 2:17.83, best time, 5. Andres Arias 2:28.11, best time; 14-year-olds, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 2:02.82; SOFLO: 2. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 2:05.25, JO, best time, 3. Alfredo Mesa 2:09.66, JO, 4. Jonathan Strod 2:10.22, JO, best time, 6. CJ Kopecki 2:15.70, JO, best time, 7. Bruno Berti 2:17.77, 9. Matthew Menocal 2:21.40, best time, 10. Juan Osorio 2:23.71, best time, 12. Tyler Gibson 2:32.42, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Osmel Cereojo, Hialeah 2:06.17; SOFLO: 3. Gustavo Valery 2:08.85, SC, 4. Ryan Capote 2:09.98, SC, 5. Jordan Colon 2:10.99, SC, best time, 7. Simon Ortiz 2:20.64, 8. Bowie Suen 2:23.37, best time, 9. Baldwin Suen 2:23.61, best time, 12. Brendan Cassie 2:36.80.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO 1:00.45, JO, best time; SOFLO: 2. John Paul Handal 1:03.23, best time, JO, 3. Nicolas Rossi 1:04.02, JO, 4. Joseph Lee 1:04.88, JO, best time, 7. Zackary Harris 1:09.29, JO, best time, 11. Akira Huang 1:12.17, JO, best time, 15. Alex Golding 1:16.10, best time, 16. Marcos Vazquez 1:17.14, best time, 18. Thomas Bogota 1:21.60, 22. Randy Smith 1:23.00, best time, 25. Aldo Zepeda 1:24.36, best time, 27. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:25.83, best time, 28. Alejandro Mateus 1:26.21, best time, 30. Tanner Gibson 1:27.33, 34. Ian Chalmers 1:30.07, 36. Erick Quintero 1:31.28, best time, 37. Fernando Barreto 1:32.72, 38. Odin Farkas 1:33.09, 39. Chris Vasquez 1:35.74, 40. Daniel He 1:35.85, 41. Miguel Crespo 1:37.75, best time, 44. Gabriel Ferdinand 1:44.07.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-year-olds, 1. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 2:21.32, JO; SOFLO: 2. Kevin Porto 2:36.37, best time, 3. Samuel Quintero 2:36.65, best time, 5. Andres Arias 2:54.84; 14-year-olds, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 2:07.48; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Strod 2:28.43, JO, best time, 3. CJ Kopecki 2:29.44, JO, best time, 4. Juan Lucas 2:40.37, 5. Alfredo Mesa 2:42.14, 6. Tyler Gibson 2:42.80, 8. Matthew Menocal 2:44.89, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Jordan Colon, SOFLO 2:19.33, SC; SOFLO: 2. Bowie Suen 2:26.40, 4. Baldwin Suen 2:37.95, 7. Simon Ortiz 2:53.47, best time, 10. Federico Molina 3:04.00, 11. Bryan Moran 3:15.50, best time, 12. Marco Crespo 3:18.36.

500-yard freestyle:

11-year-olds, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:16.66, JO, best time; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 5:33.96, JO, best time, 5. Derek Tom 6:23.39, 7. Roberto Garrido 6:46.12; 12-year-olds, 1. Bryan Rivero, Hialeah 5:27.57; SOFLO: 5. Bryant Segui 5:43.65, JO, best time, 7. Brandon Moran 5:48.14, JO, best time, 13. Sebastian Sierra 6:20.68, 14. Sebastian Sevilla 6:24.21, best time, 16. Ethan Hew 6:52.75, best time.

400-yard individual medley:

13-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 4:16.09; SOFLO: 2. Jordan Colon 4:26.98, 3. CJ Kopecki 4:28.28, 4. Ervin Marin 4:29.69, 5. Juan Lucas 4:34.30, SC, best time, 6. Jonathan Strod 4:36.27, SC, 7. Kevin Porto 4:41.86, best time, SC, 9. Gustavo Valery 4:44.97, best time, JO, 11. Bowie Suen 4:51.26, best time, 12. Alfredo Mesa 4:52.24, 14. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 4:57.41, 15. Simon Ortiz 4:57.79, 16. Samuel Quintero 5:00.06, best time, 17. Matthew Menocal 5:01.02, best time, 18. Bruno Berti 5:05.76, 20. Baldwin Suen 5:24.03, 21. Brendan Cassie 5:42.87.

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

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