SOFLO Hosts Area 3 Developmental Meet This Weekend

SOFLO Hosts Area 3 Developmental Meet This Weekend

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By Sharon Robb

February 26, 2014

More than 500 swimmers will converge on Academic Village Pool for this weekend’s Florida Gold Coast South/Area 3 Developmental Meet.

SOFLO will be well-represented by a large contingent of swimmers of all ages and ability levels. Several are seeded first in their events.

Among SOFLO top-seeds are:

Alex Golding, 9, 100-yard backstroke, 1:24.57.

Jacqueline Lugo, 11, 100-yard backstroke, 1:15.55.

Randy Smith, 9, 50-yard butterfly, 38.32.

Tyler Gibson, 14, 50-yard butterfly, 29.29.

Katherine DeBarros, 13, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:18.77.

Alejandro Mateus, 8, 50-yard freestyle, 33.45.

Abolade Oyetunji, 14, 200-yard freestyle, 2:06.89; 1,650-yard freestyle, 20:26.78.

Katherine Del Vecchio, 11, 100-yard individual medley, 1:15.70.

Katherine De Barros, 13, 500-yard freestyle 5:40.71; 50-yard backstroke, 32.33.

Valentina Carrion, 11, 500-yard freestyle, 6:24.93.

Sally Golding, 9, 100-yard freestyle, 1:13.99.

Alexandra Crespo, 13, 200-yard individual medley, 2:29.11; 200-yard breaststroke, 2:51.34.

Andres Arias, 14, 200-yard individual medley 2:19.16.

Mikaela De Gracia, 12, 50-yard backstroke, 34.30.

Jena Legaspi, 10, 100-yard butterfly, 1:28.33.

Bruni Berti, 14, 100-yard butterfly, 1:02.11.; 200-yard backstroke, 2:17.77.

Derek Tom, 12, 200-yard backstroke, 2:38.52.

Andrea Pereira, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:24.66.

The two-day meet begins Saturday and will feature prelims and finals. Each day prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Nineteen Florida Gold Coast teams are entered. They are Amphibious Assault Swim Team, AquaKids Sharks, Atlantis, Blue Marlins, City of Miami Parks, Devilrays, FLA, Florida Keys, Flying Fish, Gulliver, Hialeah, Metro Aquatics, Miami Beach, Miami Country Dade, Miami-Dade County, Miami Swimming, North Miami, Rockway and Swim Gym.

The meet is a final qualifier for SOFLO swimmers and other FGC swimmers looking to make cuts for next month’s FGC Junior Olympics in Coral Springs.

The meet will also serve as a dress rehearsal for SOFLO and Comets Booster Club for the March 21-23 Senior Championships which the 14-year-old club is hosting for the first time in its history.

Two other area meets are being held in Jupiter and Sunrise.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast South/Area 3 Developmental Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 6 p.m. finals.

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

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets each session.

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

SOFLO’s Oliver Makes FSU History, Defends ACC Sprint Titles

SOFLO’S Oliver Makes FSU History, Defends ACC Sprint Titles


By Sharon Robb

February 22, 2014

Florida State senior Tiffany Oliver won her second individual event and made collegiate history Saturday night at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Oliver, making her final ACC Championship meet appearance, left a lasting memory by becoming the first swimmer in FSU history to defend the sprint titles.

The fastest morning qualifier defended her title in the event winning in 48.54, out-touching UNC’s Lauren Earp in 48.67. Oliver’s back half split was 25.05, the fastest among the field.

In prelims, Oliver qualified in a best time of 48.50, lowering her seed time of 48.81.

Oliver was in control for most of the race, accelerating in the final five yards to touch first.

“For sure winning never gets old,” Oliver said. “It’s been an amazing meet and nice way to go out.”

It was her second ACC title of the meet. She also defended her title in the 50-yard freestyle winning in 22.02.

In the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the meet, Oliver led off the relay and touched first in 48.75. The Seminoles finished third.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Oliver tied for 12th in 1:47.00. She swam a personal best time of 1:46.86 in prelims.

Going into the final day of races on Saturday, FSU was third after setting ten new school records and maintained its third place finish under first-year coach Frankie Bradley with 972 points. University of Miami was ninth with 470.5.

Virginia won its seventh women’s team title in a row, a first by any ACC women’s team. The Cavaliers finished with 1,433 points, more than a 200-point cushion.

Notre Dame junior Emma Reaney broke the NCAA record in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:04.34 to win the ACC title and break Breeja Larson’s record. She was named the meet’s Most Valuable Swimmer.

During the meet, North Carolina’s Stephanie Peacock was taken from the meet on a stretcher after breaking the NCAA 1,000-yard freestyle record during the 1,650-yard freestyle. The school did not release any information other than Peacock fell ill during the race.

The men’s competition is next weekend.

SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS

University of Florida men’s team and Georgia women’s team defended their titles Saturday night in Athens, Ga.

The No. 1 ranked Gators were led by Sebastien Rousseau, named SEC Swimmer of the Year and the meet’s high point winner.

The Gators finished with 1,440 points ahead of Auburn with 1,280.50 and Georgia with 1,095.

“Winning the first time was really great, coming back and having the opportunity to repeat shows the character of the guys,” Gators coach Gregg Troy said. “It’s great racing fast. We think we have a lot left in the tank for NCAAs.”

Georgia Bulldogs won the women’s title with 1,589. Texas A&M finished second with 1,204 and Florida was third. Elizabeth Beisel was high point winner for the women.

Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson broke the NCAA, U.S. Open and American record in the 100-yard breaststroke for the second straight year at the SEC Championships. Larson swam 57.24, bettering the previous mark of 57.43. She now holds the three fastest times in history.

AAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Former University of Miami swimmer Kelsi Worrell, a Louisville sophomore, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.76 just behind SMU freshman Marne Erasmus in 51.73. Both were NCAA “A” cuts. She also swam a 51.3 split for Louisville’s second place 400-yard medley relay that finished in 3:33.99, under the existing pool record. Louisville won the men’s title.

CCSA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Five-time champion Florida Gulf Coast fell short of defending its title in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Championships.

The team had its 400-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay disqualified for early takeoff costing them valuable points and eventually denying them their sixth straight women’s title.

Going into the final day of competition, FGCU trailed Liberty, 471-453 and ended up finishing second with 718 points behind team champion Liberty University with 732 points. University of the Incarnate Word won the men’s title with 886 points.

SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro, a freshman, is a member of the FGCU women’s team. FGC swimmer Lani Cabrera won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:36.

SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tampa, with former SOFLO swimmer Leonie Davies, leading going into the final day of competition at the Sunshine State Conference Championships, captured the women’s title at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.

Tampa finished with 820 points ahead of Florida Southern with 738 and Nova Southeastern third with 556 points. St. Leo was fifth with 326 and Lynn was seventh with 248.

Lynn University’s women’s 200-yard medley relay team became the first relay in the program’s young history to medal at the SSC Championships. Relay members were Thalie Carmigniani, Tyne Potgeiter, Tieri Erasito and Julia Pedersen edged Nova Southeastern for a bronze medal in 1:47.24. Potgieter also took a silver in the 100-yard breaststroke.

PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Gina Gautieri of Bucknell swam a college best of 2:21.30 in the 200-yard breaststroke to earn the seventh seed for the championship “A” final. Her previous best was 2:22.55. She finished seventh in finals in 2:22.27. In the 100 breaststroke, she was seventh in the “B” final in 1:06.43 after going a best time 1:06.16 in prelims, bettering her previous best of 1:06.39. Bucknell finished second among women’s teams with 580 points. The U.S. Naval Academy won in 778.

NSISC CHAMPIONSHIPS

No. 21-ranked West Florida was second among a five-team field at the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Conference Championship at Delta State Aquatic Center. Host Delta State led with 699 going into the final day ahead of UWF with 653. UWF’s Carla Robles, a Coral Reef alum from Miami and Florida Gold Coast swimmer, was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle.

MAAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

In one of the most exciting 400-yard freestyle relays in Iona College swim history, second leg swimmer Keegan Boisson-Yates swam a 46.72 leg. On the final leg, Iona captain Justin Grigull became the only swimmer in the meet and first in Iona history to break 45, going 44.70 and rallying his team on anchor leg to beat Rider for the win in 3:03.64. Grigull was also second in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.90, an NCAA “A” cut. Boisson-Yates, a freshman, was seventh in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:54.86, after swimming 1:53.36 in prelims. Both Boisson-Yates and Grigull are Florida Gold Coast swimmers.

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

Lucas, Lopez, Marinheiro Win At Plantation Sectional Qualifier Meet

Lucas, Lopez, Marinheiro Win At Plantation Sectional Qualifier Meet


By Sharon Robb

February 22, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Juan Lucas, Maria Lopez and Melissa Marinheiro won individual events to highlight action at the Long Course Sectional Qualifier Meet Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Lopez, 18, won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.65.

Lucas, 15, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:20.30, off his best time of 2:15.34.

Marinheiro, 16, won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:32.36. She was also second in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:10.70.

Other SOFLO top girl finishers:

Jessica Rodriguez, 15, was second in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:25.74. She was also second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:48.18.

In the boys competition:

CJ Kopecki, 14, was second in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:17.49, dropping from 2:17.55. He was third in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:03.63, dropping from 5:04.61.

Nelson Diaz, 17, was third in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:18.62, dropping from 2:29.99.

Gustavo Valery, 15, was third in the 50-meter backstroke in 31.96.

Seventeen teams competed during the two-day last chance qualifier meet including Azura Florida Aquatics, FLA, Lake Lytal Lightning, North Palm Beach, Pine Crest and Swim Fort Lauderdale.

SOFLO and Comets will host the March 1-2 FGC South/Area 3 Developmental Championships.

Plantation Swim Team will also host the March 13-16 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship.

Complete meet results can be found at pst.com

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

Porto, Kopecki SOFLO’s Top Finishers On Day One Of Sectional Qualifier

Porto, Kopecki SOFLO’s Top Finishers On Day One Of Sectional Qualifier


By Sharon Robb

February 21, 2014

Kevin Porto was the top finisher for the South Florida Aquatic Club Friday night on the opening night of the Long Course Sectional Qualifier at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Porto, 14, finished eighth in the 1500-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 17:47.63, bettering his previous best and seed time of 18:17.61.

SOFLO teammate CJ Kopecki, 14, was ninth in 17:55.08.

Porto and Kopecki are among thirty SOFLO swimmers competing in the two-day meet.

U.S. national team swimmer Joey Pedraza, 26, of Azura, won the event in 16:04.97.

Geena Squartino, 18, of SwimFast won the women’s event in 18:28.32. Host Plantation Swim Team had nine finishers among the top 12 in the women’s event.

On Saturday, session two begins at 9 a.m. and session three at 10 a.m.

Seventeen teams are competing including Azura Florida Aquatics, FLA, Lake Lytal, Pine Crest and Swim Fort Lauderdale.

IF YOU GO

What: Long Course Sectional Qualifier

When: Saturday

Timeline schedule: Saturday, Sessions Two and Three, 9 a.m.-1:40 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information call 954-452-2526.

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

SOFLO’s Oliver Qualifies For NCAA Championships In Opening Three Relays, Wins 50 Gold At ACC Championships

SOFLO’s Oliver Qualifies For NCAA Championships In Opening Three Relays, Wins 50 Gold At ACC Championships


By Sharon Robb

February 20, 2014

Florida State’s Tiffany Oliver is making her final appearance at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships a memorable one.

Oliver and her 200-yard medley relay teammates Bianca Spinazzola, Sami Pochowski and Chelsea Britt swam an NCAA automatic qualifying time and school record on Wednesday, the opening night of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Oliver, a senior competing in her final conference meet, anchored the relay that finished in 1:37.97 breaking the 2006 school record of 1:38.59. The Seminoles finished sixth in the race.

Oliver also led off the 800-yard freestyle relay that finished third with Kaitlyn Dressel, Julia Henkel and Madison Jacobi swam the Seminoles’ second NCAA “A” cut and school record time of 7:06.56.

On Thursday, Oliver competed in her third relay and individual sprint event.

Oliver led off the Seminoles 200-yard freestyle relay that finished second in 1:29.25, another NCAA “A” cut. Kaitlyn Dressel, Bianca Spinazzola and McKayla Lightbourn were also on the relay.

Oliver, first at the turn, accelerated off the wall to defend her title and win the 50-yard freestyle in 22.02, an NCAA “B” cut. Oliver was second fastest qualifier in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.17, lowering her seed time of 22.44.

The Seminoles are in third place after two days of competition. Reigning champion Virginia leads with more than 500 points.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

LSU freshman and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brandon Goldman swam the fifth fastest time in LSU history in the 400-yard individual medley at the Southeastern Conference Championships. Goldman finished in 3:51.55, an NCAA “B” cut. Goldman has the 100 backstroke on Friday and 200 backstroke on Saturday. He went 1:49.34 in the 200-yard individual medley on Wednesday.

Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel won her fourth consecutive conference title in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:59.26. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Lauren Driscoll of Tennessee was seventh in 4:12.60, an NCAA “B” cut.

Florida’s Carlos Omana was seventh in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:45.95, an NCAA “B” cut.

Georgia leads the women’s team standings with 879 and Florida is second with 642. Florida leads the men’s with 773.5 and Auburn is second with 721.5.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Ready For Long Course Sectional Qualifier At Plantation

SOFLO Swimmers Ready For Long Course Sectional Qualifier At Plantation


By Sharon Robb

February 20, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club is sending a strong contingent of thirty swimmers to Plantation Aquatic Complex for the Long Course Sectional Qualifier that begins Friday.

SOFLO swimmers are coming off solid workouts and meet performances, and are expected to do well in the two-day meet that will feature several other Florida Gold Coast teams including host Plantation Swim Team.

The SOFLO lineup is Andres Arias, 14; Alia Atkinson, 25; Endi Babi, 25; Xavier Brown, 19; Jordon Colon, 16; Nelson Alejandro Diaz, 17; Tyler Gibson, 14; Kylie Herman, 16; Amber Hunter, 18; Whitney Johnson, 17; Olivia Katcher, 18; CJ Kopecki, 14; Juan Lucas, 15; Ervin Marin, 14; Melissa Marinheiro, 16; Alfredo Mesa, 15; Alexander Monti, 15; Kry Nichlany, 17; Abolade Oyetunji, 14; Julien Pinon, 15; Kevin Porto, 14; Astrid Rigau, 17; Jennifer Rodriguez, 13; Jessica Rodrigues, 15; Jonathan Strod, 15; Bowie Suen, 17; Carly Swanson, 16; Natasha Testa, 15; Gustavo Valery, 15; and Alejandro Zambrano, 19.

Three sessions are scheduled for the timed final meet. On Friday the competition begins 5:30 p.m. with session one. On Saturday, session two begins at 9 a.m. and session three at 10 a.m.

Seventeen teams are competing including Azura Florida Aquatics, FLA, Lake Lytal, Pine Crest and Swim Fort Lauderdale.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Olivia Katcher, 18, 200-meter freestyle, 2:04.47.

Julien Pinon, 15, 200-meter freestyle, 1:55.99.

Xavier Brown, 19, 50-meter freestyle, 23.04.

Alia Atkinson, 25, 50-meter breaststroke, 30.91; 100-meter butterfly, 1:02.52

Juan Lucas, 15, 200-meter backstroke 2:15.34.

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, 400-meter freestyle 4:22.78

IF YOU GO

What: Long Course Sectional Qualifier

When: Friday-Saturday

Timeline schedule: Friday, Session One, 5:30-7:06 p.m.; Saturday, Sessions Two and Three, 9 a.m.-1:40 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information call 954-452-2526.

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

SOFLO’s Oliver Makes Final ACC Championship Appearance; Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Compete Around The Country

SOFLO’s Oliver Makes Final ACC Championship Appearance; Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Compete Around The Country


By Sharon Robb

February 17, 2014

Tiffany Oliver, one of South Florida Aquatic Club’s best-known college swimmers, will make her final appearance at this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro (N.C.) Aquatic Center.

The Florida State senior is winding down a successful college career.

Oliver holds the school records in the 50-yard freestyle (22.17), 100-yard freestyle (48.17) and 200-yard freestyle (1:46.72) and been a leadoff and anchor swimmer on the relays.

The All-American qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials and last two NCAA Championships. Oliver is also a returning ACC champion.

The women’s competition begins Wednesday at 6 p.m. with the relays and ends on Saturday. The men’s competition begins a week later on Feb. 26.

Other FGC swimmers competing in ACCs are Chelsie Britt, Paul Murray, Dylan Marsolek, Kevin Matheus, Jason McCormick, SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez, Juan Sequera and Phillip Sims.

FSU is coached by former FGC swimmer Frankie Bradley.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The SEC Championships begin Tuesday at the University of Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium.

University of Florida’s top-ranked men (8-0) and No. 8-ranked women (5-3) are expected to dominate the five-day meet.

The men are favored to defend their title and the women will battle it out with four-time defending champion Georgia and Texas A&M.

The Gators return eight SEC champions who have combined for 25 conference titles including seniors Marcin Cieslak and Elizabeth Beisel.

“This is an exciting time for us,” said Gators coach Gregg Troy. “Championship season is always big in swimming. Everything counts the rest of the way.”

Florida Gold Coast swimmers Lindsey McKnight, Luke Torres, Ryan Rosenbaum, Austin Manganiello, Blake Manganiello, Carlos Omana, Daniel Spas, Thomas Veale and Quinn Cassidy are members of the Gators squads.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5 p.m. The meet will air live on ESPN3.com on Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. The relays and diving begin on Tuesday and individual events get under way on Wednesday.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brandon Goldman, a freshman at LSU, will make his debut at the conference meet. Goldman has been a bright spot on the LSU men’s team in the backstroke and individual medley events.

Goldman swam the 400-yard individual medley at the Texas A&M Invite that was the tenth fastest time in LSU history. He also finished sixth in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 200 backstroke in NCAA “B” cut times. Last season the men finished sixth at SECs.

“We are going to go out and do our best,” LSU swim coach Dave Geyer said. “The men and women know what they need to do as a team and individuals to perform at their highest levels. There’s some tough competition but we expect to see personal bests.”

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Louisville will host the inaugural meet for the newly-formed conference. Louisville is expected to sweep the team titles and top the field that also includes SMU, Cincinnati, Houston, Rutgers and Connecticut.

Former University of Miami swimmer Kelsi Worrell, now at Louisville, is favored in the 100-yard freestyle. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Chinyere Pigot, a junior sprint, will compete for Connecticut. Three-time Olympian and former FGC Swimmer of the Year Vlad Polyakov is an assistant coach at Louisville.

SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE

St. Leo College swimmer Bianca Muniz, a senior, will make her final appearance at the SSC meet at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer and Pembroke Pines Charter alum and her teammates will begin competing on Wednesday.

Nova Southeastern University, Lynn University, Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Tampa and Rollins swim teams will also compete in the meet.

Lynn University’s women’s team will compete in the meet in its second year of existence. Last year, under new coach Niki Alvarez, the Knights finished sixth at the conference meet with six swimmers and 26th at the NCAA Division II National Championships.

Florida Gold coast swimmers Thomas Aycart, Jared Fish and Cheyenne Rodriguez will compete for the NSU men’s team.

CCSA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Five-time defending champion Florida Gulf Coast’s women’s team will defend its title when the meet begins on Wednesday and ends Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro, a freshman and West Broward alum, will make her conference debut. Othe FGC swimmers on the roster are Victoria Ho, Maggie Holding, Evita Leter, Lindsey Meeder, and Claudia Reyes. Conference Coach of the Year Neal Studd is a former Florida Atlantic University and FGC coach.

C-USA CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Florida International University is preparing for the meet scheduled for Feb. 26-March 1 hosted in Atlanta. FGC swimmers Melissa Moreno and Hannah Vandersluis are on the women’s roster. SOFLO’s Maria Lopez will be joining the team in the fall.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com