SOFLO’s Pinon, Marinheiro, Fourteen Others Named To Miami Herald’s All-Broward, All-Dade Swimming Teams

SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Pinon, Fourteen Others Named To Miami Herald’s All-Broward, All-Dade Swimming Teams

By Sharon Robb

January 29, 2014

More than a dozen South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers were honored on the annual All-Broward and All-Dade Swimming and Diving teams selected by the Miami Herald.

Melissa Marinheiro, a junior at West Broward High School, earned first team honors for the 500-yard freestyle (4:51.13) and second team honors in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.21).

Pinon, a sophomore at Plantation American Heritage, also earned first team honors as a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished second at the state meet.

Pinon played a key role in the boys first state team title for American Heritage.

Pinon also earned second team honors in the 100-yard freestyle (47.33) and 200-yard freestyle (1:40.59).

Marinheiro and Pinon are pictured in the Wednesday, January 29th issue of the Broward edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald.

The teams can also be found on the newspaper’s award-winning website at

Archbishop McCarthy, coached by SOFLO coach Megan Garland, had five swimmers selected for honorable mention. They are Kryan Nichlany, Philippe Coppee, Matthew Mila, JoJo Perez and Jeremy Piacente. Bowie Suen and Rafael Ramirez of Cypress Bay and Juan Lucas of Pembroke Pines Charter were also named on honorable mention.

Kylie Herman and Haley Wright of Cypress Bay, Amber Hunter of West Broward and Lilli Calero of Pembroke Pines Charter were named on the girls honorable mention.

Named to the boys’ first team were: Kent Haeffner, Pine Crest, 200-yard freestyle, 1:40.10 and 500-yard freestyle, 4:25.75; Alex Evdokimov, Taravella, 200-yard individual medley, 1:52.57; Jordy Groters, University School, 50-yard freestyle, 20.69 and 100-yard breaststroke, 54.76; Logan Downey, South Plantation, diving, 517.60 points; Austin Fields, Pine Crest, diving, 446.05 points; Chad Moody, Cardinal Gibbons, 100-yard butterfly, 51.16 and 100-yard backstroke, 52.57; 100-yard freestyle, Anton Voronin, North Broward Prep, 100-yard freestyle, 46.53;

Selected to the girls’ first team were: Emma Lincoln, Cypress Bay, 200-yard freestyle, 1:52.20; Clara Smiddy, South Florida Heat, 200-yard individual medley, 1:58.39 and 100-yard backstroke, 52.46; Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest, 50-yard freestyle, 23.14 and 100-yard freestyle, 50.42; Carolyn Chaney, Pine Crest, diving, 516.50 points; Karlee Price, St. Thomas Aquinas, diving, 443.00; Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy, 100-yard butterfly, 55.45; Melissa Marinheiro, West Broward, 500-yard freestyle, 4:51.13; and Emily Kopas, University School, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:01.92.

Olivia Katcher of Miami Country Day was named to the All-Dade second team for the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.76) and third team for the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.63).

Maria Lopez of Hialeah Gardens was named to the third team in the 100-yard butterfly (56.63). Teammate Jessica Rodriguez joined her on third team in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.56).

On the All-Dade team, Ryan Capote of American High and Alfredo Mesa and Jordon Colon of Mater Academy were named on honorable mention.

Named to the All-Dade boys’ first team were: Bradley Anan, Columbus, 200-yard freestyle, 1:42.21; Wayne Denswil, St. Brendan, 200-yard individual medley, 1:52.47 and 100-yard breaststroke, 56.97; Ryan Guso, Belen, 50-yard freestyle, 21.18; Jeremy Lentin, Palmetto, diving, 293.80 points; Zuhayr Pigot, St. Brendan, 100-yard butterfly, 48.88; Joseph Hunt, Palmetto, 100-yard freestyle, 47.48; Boleck DePawlikowski, Belen, 500-yard freestyle, 4:30.73 and 100-yard backstroke, 50.13; and Alejandro Carriazo, Belen, utility.

Selected for the All-Dade girls’ first team were: Arianna Noya, Reagan, 200-yard freestyle, 1:50.85; Kelly Fertel, Coral Reef, 200-yard individual medley, 2:06.64; Nicole Ochoa, Killian, 50-yard freestyle, 24.26; Demi Jones, Ferguson, diving, 115.75 points; Isabella Paez, Reagan, 100-yard butterfly, 54.70; Laine Morgan, Ransom, 100-yard freestyle, 52.33; Namilla Sanchez, Gulliver, 500-yard freestyle, 4:57.43; Laine Morgan, Ransom, 100-yard backstroke, 57.56; and Annie Valls, Ransom, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:03.00.

After well-organized research, the Herald selects an All-Broward and All-Dade team and is considered the premier all-county team among South Florida coaches and college coaches as a recruiting tool. The Swimmers and Coaches of the Year will be announced at the Herald’s annual awards ceremony.

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SOFLO Hosts FGC Open Invitational This Weekend

SOFLO Hosts FGC Open Invitational This Weekend

By Sharon Robb

January 29, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club will host a large field of swimmers from Broward and Miami-Dade Counties in its first major meet of the season.

SOFLO will host the three-day Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational that begins Friday at its home Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

The meet will serve as a gauge for swimmers and coaches training short course.

It will also serve as a dress rehearsal for volunteers, officials and coaches for the March 21-23 FGC Senior Championships that defending champion SOFLO will be hosting for the first time in the club’s fourteen-year history.

Several top FGC clubs will compete this weekend. In addition to SOFLO, other top teams are Titan Aquatics, Hialeah Swim Club, North Miami, Rockway, Miami-Dade, Miami Swimming, Plantation Swim Team and FLA.

SOFLO has several top-seeded swimmers. No. 1 seeds and their events are:

Annita Huang, 12, 200-yard freestyle, 2:05.59; 100-yard freestyle 1:06.89; 200-yard backstroke, 2:22.77; 100-yard individual medley 1:07.71.

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, 1,000-yard freestyle, 10:16.09; 100-yard backstroke, 59.07; 200-yard freestyle, 1:50.71.

Jessica Rodriguez, 15, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:22.74.

Juan Lucas, 14, 100-yard backstroke, 54.86; 200-yard backstroke, 1:56.05.

Amber Hunter, 18, 100-yard butterfly, 57.79.

Julien Pinon, 15, 100-yard butterfly, 52.36; 200-yard individual medley 1:56.98; 200-yard butterfly, 1:59.16; 100-yard freestyle, 46.66.

Maria Lopez, 18, 50-yard freestyle, 24.58; 50-yard butterfly, 26.28.

Kathleen Golding, 13, 200-yard individual medley, 2:07.83; 500-yard freestyle, 5:04.48; 400-yard individual medley, 4:29.69.

Elise Larin, 12, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:41.41; 50-yard breaststroke 33.72; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:14.33.

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 50-yard breaststroke, 33.60; 100-yard butterfly, 59.98; 500-yard freestyle, 5:07.13; 50-yard butterfly, 27.81; 100-yard freestyle, 54.17; 100-yard individual medley, 1:02.32.

Isabella DiSalvo, 11, 100-yard butterfly, 1:06.50.

Vanessa Mesa, 11, 50-yard freestyle, 26.68; 500-yard freestyle, 5:34.56; 50-yard butterfly, 29.91.

Kelley Heron, 14, 200-yard backstroke, 2:09.79.

Olivia Katcher, 17, 100-yard freestyle, 52.22.

Andrea Pereira, 12, 50-yard backstroke, 30.76; 100-yard freestyle, 57.86.


What: SOFLO Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational

When: Friday-Sunday.

Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 5:30-9:50 p.m.; Saturday, Session 2, 8:30-11:33 a.m., Session 3, 1:30-4:42 p.m.; Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.; Session 5, 1:30-4:47 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17189 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheet $3 per session. For information call meet director Chris Anderson, 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Golding, Pinon Invited To USA Swimming Zone Select Camp

SOFLO’s Golding, Pinon Invited To USA Swimming Zone Select Camp

By Sharon Robb

January 29, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club had two of its top age group swimmers invited to the 2014 Southern Zone Select Camp.

Kathleen Golding, 13, and Julien Pinon, 15, two rising young stars in the sport, have been invited to attend the May 22-25 camp at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Golding and Pinon were among 28 male and 28 female athletes selected in each of the four zones (Eastern, Southern, Central and Western).

The selections were based on the 2013 long course meters IMX point scores.

The Zone Select camps are viewed as an integral step for athletes to move from the local and zone level to the national scene.

The camps identify emerging young athletes in the sport.

The swimmers will get the opportunity to meet other top swimmers from their zone and train with national caliber coaches and have classroom sessions in nutrition and other topics. It offers a unique motivational and educational experience.

There will be five long course workouts for swimmers.

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SOFLO Swimmers Getting Ready For Saturday’s Sizzler At Sunrise

SOFLO Swimmers Getting Ready For Saturday’s Sizzler At Sunrise

By Sharon Robb

January 28, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club’s young up-and-coming swimmers are working hard for this weekend’s Sunrise Swimming 8-and-Under Sizzler at the Sunrise Civic Center.

Six girls and one boy will take turns competing in the 25-yard butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle events.

SOFLO girls will also compete in the 100-yard freestyle relay.

SOFLO swimmers will get an opportunity to see how their training is going with their coaches and how they stack up against other swimmers in their age groups in the Florida Gold Coast.

SOFLO girls entered are Kaitlyn Barrios, 8; Luna Delgado, 8; Isabella Muralles, 7; Judith-Alison Natino, 8; Erika Pelaez, 7; and Valerie Vank, 8.

Sebastian Gonzalez, 8, will represent SOFLO boys.


What: Sunrise Swimming 8-and-Under Sizzler

When: Saturday, 10 a.m., warm-up 9:30 a.m.

Where: Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

Admission: $2 per session, heats sheets $2. For information call 954-747-4635.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

South Florida Aquatic Club Awarded Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships

South Florida Aquatic Club Awarded Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships

By Sharon Robb

January 24, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club will host the March 21-23 Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

It will be the biggest meet the 14-year-old club and its Comets Booster Club will host in the club’s history.

SOFLO was awarded the meet earlier this week at the FGC Board of Directors meeting.

Nova Southeastern University originally was scheduled to be the host venue for the meet but withdrew its bid to host the three-day meet along with other FGC meets when the Davie Nadadores disbanded.

Coral Springs Swim Club was the only other club interested in hosting the meet.

SOFLO and its Booster Club has a successful track record for staging several age group meets every year and hosts several college team training sessions. SOFLO is also the home base of three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of Jamaica.

SOFLO will also get the chance to defend its title in its home pool. SOFLO made history last year by sweeping the FGC Junior Olympic and Senior Championships, both short course and long course, in the same year.

Every Florida Gold Coast team from Key West to Martin County is expected to compete in the major meet. Several swimmers, including a contingent from SOFLO, will be going after national cut times. The field will feature the top senior swimmers.

Florida Swim Network and announcer Joe Auer have been invited to live stream the meet and interview swimmers and coaches.

SOFLO is looking for a title sponsor and other sponsors including local restaurants and businesses to help defray the costs of hosting a major Florida Gold Coast meet. Those interested can contact Anderson at

Sharon Robb can be reached at

USA Swimming’s Dave Thomas Visits SOFLO On Wednesday

USA Swimming’s Dave Thomas Visits SOFLO On Wednesday

By Sharon Robb

January 21, 2014

Dave Thomas, USA Swimming’s Southern Zone sport development consultant, will share his vast knowledge and ideas with parents and coaches on Wednesday at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

SOFLO, looking to build on its already successful 14-year-old program, has invited parents and SOFLO Booster Club members to meet with Thomas.

Thomas is scheduled to meet with the SOFLO parents, 5-6:30 p.m. Among discussion topics:

How the Booster Club can aid the swim team.

Identifying the role of SOFLO staff and coaches.

Identifying and understanding the swim parents’ role

Thomas will meet with the SOFLO Booster Club over dinner 7-9 p.m. and discuss:

How the Booster Club can aid the swim team and staff and make SOFLO employees more efficient.

Motivating volunteerism such as officials and meet administration help.

The importance of team travel and overnight competitions and the creative ways of financing the team trips.

SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson invited Thomas, based at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, to help parents understand what goes into building the base, promoting the sport and achieving competitive success and how parents can be more involved.

Thomas has more than 20 years of on-deck coaching experience. He has a Masters degree from University of Iowa.

Thomas has coached at every swimming level including NCAA Division I and Division III, YMCA, AAU, USA Swimming, high school and summer leagues.

Thomas travels through USA Swimming’s Southern Zone working with coaches, athletes, parents and booster clubs to help improve the sport.

At least one parent from each of our SOFLO swim families should attend the informative session.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Ledecky, Adrian, Manuel Win On Opening Night Of Arena Grand Prix

Ledecky, Adrian, Manuel Win On Opening Night Of Arena Grand Prix

By Sharon Robb

January 17, 2014

It came as no surprise when U.S. national team members dominated the awards podium on opening night of the Arena Grand Prix in Austin, Tex.

Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian and Simone Manuel were among winners Friday night.

Ledecky, swimming’s distance queen, won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:04.46, nearly five seconds ahead of Lotte Friis of Denmark.

“It’s a little different than it used to be, not going for best times,” Ledecky told reporters after the meet.

“Now I am just getting up and racing and finding ways to improve, working on little things like race strategy, saving my legs, those kind of things.”

Adrian dominated the men’s field in the 100-meter freestyle. He led from start-to-finish to win in 48.26 ahead of Yannick Agnel of France (49.31) and U.S. Olympian and top morning seed Conor Dwyer (49.39).

“It’s a good start to the long course season,” Adrian said.

Manuel won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.38, nearly a half second ahead of Olympian Allison Schmitt in 54.86. Schmitt is returning to competition after a disappointing 2013 season.

Megan Romano and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace tied for third in 54.94.

Other individual winners were:

Micah Lawrence, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:25.73.

Tom Shields, 100-meter butterfly in 52.72.

Ross Murdoch of Great Britain, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:12.15.

Frenchman Yannick Agnel, 400-meter freestyle in 3:49.78.

Canadian Noemie Thomas, 100-meter butterfly in 58.54.

Most of the swimmers are using the three-day meet as a gauge for training, looking ahead to the competitive summer season. No Florida Gold Coast teams are entered in the meet.

The meet continues today with prelims and finals, both being live webcast at The finals are also being televised by Universal Network with Rowdy Gaines.

Sharon Robb can be reached at