By Sharon Robb

March 22, 2014

With one day remaining, South Florida Aquatic Club continues to lead the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

After some outstanding swims from Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Marc Rojas and several others, the defending champions lead the combined team standings with 1,740 points. Azura Florida Aquatic is close behind with 1,518 points and Metro Aquatic Club of Miami is third with 1,251 points.

SOFLO also leads the women’s team standings with 977 points. Gulliver Swim Club is second with 580 and Azura is third with 458.

Azura Florida Aquatic leads the men’s team standings with 1,060 points followed by Metro Aquatics with 907 and SOFLO with 763 points.

“I feel what we are doing in consolations and as a team is leading to our success,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “We are swimming as a group and our group swam very well tonight, just an overall team effort. We had people in consos winning and in finals finding a way to get first or second.

“Our team is really understanding what it takes to move up and be successful,” Anderson said. “Tonight we lit it up. We swam well and we’re getting it done.”

SOFLO women’s 800-yard freestyle relay ended the night with a win in 7:36.82 with Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro, Kathleen Golding and Olivia Katcher.

SOFLO men’s 800-yard freestyle relay of Rojas, Matthew Gonzalez, Jordan Colon and C.J. Kopecki finished fourth in 7:04.71.

Even though “B” relays cannot score points in the 800-yard freestyle relay, SOFLO’s men’s and women’s “B” teams put in a tremendous effort, Anderson said.

The third and final night of competition will be a battle among the top three teams. SOFLO’s depth and talent is expected to play a key role on Sunday.

Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson won three more events for a total of six events over two days. On Saturday night, Atkinson won the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:46.02, dropping from 1:47.75; 50-yard backstroke in 25.30 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:08.50.

Atkinson won the 100-yard freestyle, 50-yard breaststroke and 500-yard freestyle on Friday night.

SOFLO teammate Maria Lopez, headed for Florida International University this fall, won the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 57.13, dropping from 57.32.

“It was a solid swim,” Anderson said. “She had time-trialed the 200 earlier and it took a little energy out of her.”

Marc Rojas, coming off his final college season at Indian River State College, won the men’s 200-yard breaststroke in the race of the night. Rojas pulled away from a strong field to win in a best time 2:00.66, lowering his previous best of 2:01.80. He finished ahead of Alex Morgan of Azura in 2:03.63 and Coral Springs’ Alex Evdokimov in 2:05.33.

“It was an awesome swim,” Anderson said. “He is the fastest human to swim the 200 breast in our pool. We wanted to get him under 2 minutes and he almost had it. It’s still pretty cool he is the fastest human. He worked hard for it. He is a seasoned athlete and he’s been around our program for 10, 11 years.”

For the second night in a row, SOFLO depended on its depth to pile up points.

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, won the 50-yard backstroke in 27.22 and was second in the “A” final of the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.91. Teammate Kylie Herman, 16, was second in the “B” final in 1:58.02.

Jessica Rodriguez, 15, was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:20.37, after going 2:19 in prelims. “She is young and emerging onto the national scene, I thought she had the race of the night,” Anderson said.

Kathleen Golding, at 13 one of the youngest swimmers in the meet, won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:21.14. She was also fourth in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke in 2:21.48.

Amber Hunter, 18, won the “B” final of the 100-yard butterfly in 59.32.

Jennifer Rodriguez, 13, was second in the “B” final of the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:36.11.

Ryan Capote, 16, won the “B” final of the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.05. Matthew Gonzalez, 19, was second in the “B” final of the men’s 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.02.

Alfredo Mesa, 15, was second in the “B” final of the 50-yard backstroke in 26.59.

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers also had a strong night of swimming.

Nikita Tretyakov, 15, swimming unattached won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:38.21 and 100-yard butterfly in 49.45.

Kelly Fertel, 16, of Rockway was also a double winner in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:18.23 and 400-yard individual medley in 4:23.46.

Azura’s Thiago Sickert, 25, won two more events in the 50-yard backstroke in 22.47 and 100-yard butterfly in 47.07.

Cody Cline, 16, of the Wellington Wahoos won the 50-yard backstroke in 24.57.

The three-day meet ends on Sunday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

Florida Swim Network and Swimmer Joe Auer will live stream the finals on Sunday night for the first time at Academic Village Pool.

The meet features 50 teams, 600 athletes, 75 coaches, 40 officials and 40 volunteers. SOFLO has 67 swimmers competing including 38 male and 29 females.

The meet, hosted by South Florida Aquatic Club, Comets Booster Club and City of Pembroke Pines, is providing visiting swimmers, coaches and parents great hospitality, a social area for swimmers, vendors, meet announcer, covered stands and ample parking.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,740, 2. Azura Florida Aquatic Club 1,518, 3. Metro Aquatics 1,251, 4. Gulliver Swim Club 897, 5. Coral Springs Swim Club 676, 6. Miami Swimming 657, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 645, 8. AquaKids Sharks 431, 9. FLA Aquatics 369, 10. Heritage Aquatic Team 368.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 977, 2. Gulliver 580, 3. Azura 458, 4. Miami Swimming 431, 5. Metro Aquatics 344.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 1,060, 2. Metro Aquatics 907, 3. SOFLO 763, 4. Coral Springs Swim Club 375, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 358.

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Nicole Urquidi, GRSC 1:50.25, 2. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:50.91, 3. Namilla Sanchez, GRSC 1:52.44, 4. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 1:52.57; SOFLO: 12. Kylie Herman 1:58.02; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:46.02, 2. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 1:52.05, 3. Andrea Santander, Unattached 1:52.28, 4. Daniella Vandenberg, Azura 1:53.60; SOFLO: 6. Olivia Katcher 1:54.66, 7. Maria Lopez 1:55.02.

50-yard backstroke: 15-16, 1. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 27.22, 2. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 27.56, 3. Kelly Harrington, FLA 27.63, 4. Tyla Martin, Unattached 27.66; SOFLO: 8. Jessica Rodriguez 29.18, 16. Carly Swanson 30.83; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 25.30, 2. Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 26.19, 3. Kathleen Ligon, GRSC 26.62, 4. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 27.07; SOFLO: 10. Amber Hunter 28.85, 14. Kaitlin Armstrong 30.26.

200-yard breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 2:18.23, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:20.37, 3. Allison Kopas, Unattached 2:21.45, 4. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:22.36; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:08.50, 2. Emily Kopas, Unattached 2:15.95, 3. Caitlin Ahern, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:20.49, 4. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:21.48; SOFLO: 8. Delanie Perez 2:29.46, 12. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:36.11, 17. Katherine DeBarros 2:42.00.

100-yard butterfly: 15-16, 1. Brook Ellis, GRSC 58.32, 2. Namilla Sanchez, GRSC 58.37, 3. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 58.70, 4. Cloe Bedard-Khalid, MAC 58.93; SOFLO: 5. Melissa Marinheiro 59.11, 15. Star Fassler 1:03.32, 17. Natasha Testa 1:03.52, 20. Kylie Herman 1:04.28; Open, 1. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 57.13, 2. Josefina Lorda Taylor, Unattached 57.48, 3. Alexa Kalandiak, Miami Swimming 57.54, 4. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 57.56; SOFLO: 8. Olivia Katcher 59.65, 11. Amber Hunter 59.32.

400-yard individual medley: 15-16, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 4;23.46, 2. Allison Kopas, Unattached 4:28.43, 3. Chloe Bedard-Khalid 4:35.08, 4. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:35.49; SOFLO: 7. Kylie Herman 4:46.40.

Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:21.14, 2. Emily Kopas, Unattached 4:26.04, 3. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:30.29, 4. Josefina Lorda Taylor, Unattached 4:33.27; SOFLO: 8. Kelley Heron 4:41.12.

800-yard freestyle relay: 1. SOFLO “A” 7:36.82 (Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro, Kathleen Golding, Olivia Katcher), 2. Gulliver 7:39.51, 3. Coral Springs Swim Club 7:55.23, 4. Azura 7:55.91.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, Unattached 1:38.21, 2. Julien Pinon, Unattached 1:38.77, 3. Raphael Marcoux, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:42.63 4. Nico Medina, Azura 1:42.84; SOFLO: 8. Jordan Colon 1:45.50, 11. Ryan Capote 1:46.05, 14. Juan Lucas 1:48.08, 16. Alex Monti 1:49.46, 20. Jonathan Strod 1:53.16; Open, 1. Carlos Herrera, Azura 1:38.53, 2. Nick Carter, GRSC 1:40.19, 3. Yago Bremenkamp, Unattached 1:42.22, 4. Renzo Tjon A Joe, Unattached 1:42.65; SOFLO: 12. Matthew Gonzalez 1:46.02.

50-yard backstroke: 15-16, 1. Cody Cline, Wellington 24.57, 2. Fernando Alatorre, Azura 24.81, 3. Adriano Martinez, MAC 24.95, 4. Nico Medina, Azura 25.02; SOFLO: 6. Juan Lucas 26.17, 7. Ryan Capote 26.20, 8. Gustavo Valery 26.26, 12. Alfredo Mesa 26.59, 13. Alejandro Lombo 27.23; Open, 1. Thiago Sickert, Unattached 22.47, 2. Nick Carter, GRSC 23.12, 3. Arthur Peres Rodriguez, Unattached 23.51, 4. Vicente Andrade, Swim Fort Lauderdale 24.07; SOFLO: 14. Kry Nichlany 26.12,

200-yard breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 2:05.01, 2. Luis Llenin, MAC 2;15.11, 3. Cameron Anderson, MCA 2:16.34, 4. Tristan Celestin, Azura 2:16.66; SOFLO: 6. Alex Monti 2:27.16, 13. Baldwin Suen 2:34.65; Open, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:00.66, 2. Alex Morgan, Azura 2:03.63, 3. Alex Evdokimov, CSSC 2:05.33, 4. Daniel Pereira, Azura 2:07.49; SOFLO: 13. Ervin Marin 2:18.57, 15. Roger Capote 2:21.83, 16. Bowie Suen 2:22.38.

100-yard butterfly: 15-16, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, Unattached 49.45, 2. Alejandro Carriazo, MAC 51.30, 3. Julien Pinon, Unattached 51.36, 4. Raphael Marcoux, Swim Fort Lauderdale 51.58; SOFLO: 15. Jordan Colon 54.09, 20. Alfredo Mesa 55.36; Open, 1. Thiago Sickert, Azura 47.07, 2. Carlos Herrera, Azura 49.04, 3. Nick Carter, GRSC 49.60, 4. Enzo Pazos, Swim Fort Lauderdale 50.22; SOFLO: 15. Kry Nichlany 53.18, 17. Matthew Gonzalez 53.32, 19. Alejandro Zambrano 53.52.

400-yard individual medley: 15-16, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, MAC 4:08.69, 2. Cody Cline, Wellington 4:10.40, 3. Alexander Arrieta, MAC 4:10.68, 4. Jonathan Farah, HAT 4:14.36; SOFLO: 5. Julien Pinon, Unattached 4:14.80, 10. Jonathan Strod 4:28.14, 15. Alex Monti 4:37.62.

Open, 1. Marco Hosfeld, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:04.09, 2. Matheus Borges, Azura 4:06.16, 3. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 4:07.37, 4. Nicolas Oberndorfer, Heritage 4:13.69; SOFLO: 6. C.J. Kopecki 4:15.23, 9. Ervin Marin 4:17.21.

800-yard freestyle relay: 1. Azura 6:53.89, 2. Metro Aquatics 6:56.23, 3. Coral Springs Swim Club 7:02.93, 4. SOFLO “A” 7:04.71 (Marc Rojas, Matthew Gonzalez, Jordan Colon, C.J. Kopecki).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, finals 5 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Webcast: Florida Swim Network will live stream the meet on Sunday night and Swimmer Joe Auer will conduct poolside interviews.

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

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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