By Sharon Robb

May 24, 2014

It was an outstanding morning for the South Florida Aquatic Club boys team during Session Two of the Gulliver Long Course Invitational Saturday at the Marian Krutulis Aquatics Center.

Nelson Diaz, 17, Julien Pinon, 15, Ervin Marin, 14, and Rafael Rodriguez, 12, all came up big.

Rodriguez broke the Florida Gold Coast record in the 11-12 400-meter individual medley, winning in a best time 5:00.84, dropping 2.85 seconds from his previous best. The previous record was 5:02.98 set by Eric Rasser of Plantation in 1990. He just missed the Open record and summer sectional time.

Rodriguez was also sixth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:29.35, dropping 8.08 seconds from his previous best.

Diaz won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:11.81, seven seconds faster than 20-year-old runner-up Nicholas Nord.

Marin won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.19 and was also second in the 13-and-over 400-meter individual medley in 4:59.87.

Pinon, a member of the French national junior team and state high school state champion, won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.27 and was second in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.74.

Florida Gold Coast age group swimmers got the chance to rub elbows with Katie Hoff, 24, of the Hurricanes Swim Club. Hoff won two events, the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:58.99, dropping 0.94 seconds. She was out in 27.7 and 29.7 for a 57.4 100.

Hoff also won the 100-meter breaststroke in another best time, 1:10.58, dropping 1.94 seconds.

Hoff, a three-time medalist at the 2008 Olympics and gold medalist at the 2011 World Championships, was coming off the Mesa Grand Prix and continues to build her endurance leading up to nationals. She is scheduled to swim the 200 IM, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke on Sunday.

The four-day meet ends on Sunday with two sessions at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

SESSION TWO RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Katie Hoff, Hurricanes 1:58.99; SOFLO: 6. Vanessa Mesa 2:20.04, 8. Abolade Oyetunji 2:20.10, best time, 9. Andrea Pereira 2:22.08, best time, 11. Astrid Rigau 2:25.24, best time, 15. Katherine DeBarros 2:27.05, best time, 22. Carly Swanson 2:30.92, 23. Alexandra Crespo 2:31.31, 26. Zariya Harris 2:31.99, best time, 27. Michelle Marinheiro 2:32.54, 28. Liz Travieso 2:32.64, 44. Natasha Testa 2:45.56.

100-meter breaststroke:

Open, 1. Katie Hoff, Hurricanes 1:10.58; SOFLO: 11. Katherine DeBarros 1:32.65, 12. Alexandra Crespo 1:33.03, best time, 20. Natasha Testa 1:39.78.

200-meter butterfly:

Open, 1. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 2:26.93; SOFLO: 7. Zariya Harris 2:55.47, best time.

50-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. My Fridell, Hurricanes 28.22; SOFLO: 7. Vanessa Mesa 29.94, 9. Abolade Oyetunji 30.42, 10. Liz Travieso 30.45, best time, 11. Carly Swanson 30.50, 14. Astrid Rigau 30.94, 19. Natasha Testa 31.81, 22. Zariya Harris 32.13, best time, 32. Alexandra Crespo 33.58, 35. Michelle Marinheiro 34.37.

200-meter backstroke:

Open, 1. Melanie Vargas, Metro-Dade 2:32.51; SOFLO: 5. Andrea Pereira 2:42.17, best time, 8. Liz Travieso 2:45.84, best time, 12. Katherine DeBarros 2:51.22, 14. Carly Swanson 2:53.74, 17. Zariya Harris 2:58.01, best time, 19. Michelle Marinheiro 3:01.50, best time.

400-meter individual medley:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Gulliver 5:12.09; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 5:43.58; 13-and-over, 1. Namilla Sanchez, Gulliver 5:19.16; SOFLO: 6. Alexandra Crespo 5:58.73, best time, 9. Abolade Oyetunji 6:07.68, best time.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 2:01.27; SOFLO: 6. Ervin Marin 2:07.35, 7. Rafael Rodriguez 2:07.94, best time, 19. Alfredo Mesa 2:13.28, 22. Ricardo Roche 2:14.45, 23. Matthew Menocal 2:15.35, 26. Christopher Sanchez 2:17.17, 33. Tyler Gibson 2:20.29, 34. Samuel Quintero 2:20.79, best time, 38. Andres Arias 2:21.84, best time, 44. Bryan Moran 2:24.31, best time, 49. Sebastian Sierra 2:30.78, 52. Brandon Fratianni 2:32.61, best time, 57. Sebastian Simko 2:34.77, 62. Ethan Hew 2:41.75, best time, 72. Wyatt Jennessee 2:59.29.

100-meter breaststroke:

Open, 1. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 1:14.19; SOFLO: 9. Tyler Gibson 1:21.89, best time, 13. Samuel Quintero 1:23.56, 17. Bryant Segui 1:24.47, 18. Matthew Menocal 1:25.06, 19. Kevin Porto 1:25.13, best time, 20. Ricardo Roche 1:25.58, best time, 21. Juan Medina 1:25.63, best time, 25. Andres Arias 1:27.04, best time, 33. Ethan Hew 1:35.37, best time, 39. Bryan Moran 1:39.62, best time, 41. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:39.83, 43. Brandon Fratianni 1:41.32, 44. Wyatt Jennessee 1:42.44.

200-meter butterfly:

Open, 1. Nelson Diaz, SOFLO 2:11.81; SOFLO: 6. Rafael Rodriguez 2:29.35, best time, 13. Ricardo Roche 2:42.61, best time, 14. Brandon Moran 2:43.26, best time, 16. Bryant Segui 2:43.41, best time, 18. Sebastian Sierra 3:01.91.

50-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 25.04; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon, 25.74, 5. Alfredo Mesa 26.92, 7. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 27.25, best time, 17. Christopher Sanchez 28.20, 18. Matthew Menocal 28.36, best time, 26. Tyler Gibson 29.24, best time, 31. Brandon Moran 29.58, best time, 34. Andres Arias 29.81, 35. Brandon Fratianni 30.01, 47. Juan Medina 31.69, 48. Sebastian Simko 31.75, best time, 50. Sebastian Sierra 32.12, best time, 58. Ethan Hew 32.72, best time, 69. Wyatt Jennessee 35.75, best time,

200-meter backstroke:

Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 2:19.54; SOFLO: 2. Kevin Porto 2:24.68, best time, 8. Alfredo Mesa 2:26.39, 10. Samuel Quintero 2:36.67, 15. Bryant Segui 2:44.96, best time, 17. Sebastian Simko 2:51.15, best time, 22. Ethan Hew 3:11.03.

400-meter individual medley:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:00.84, best time; 13-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 4:44.30; SOFLO: 2. Ervin Marin 4:59.87, 12. Matthew Menocal 5:22.43, best time, 13. Samuel Quintero 5:29.06, best time, 19. Brandon Moran 5:37.01, best time.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Gulliver Long Course Invitational

WHEN: Friday-Sunday

WHERE: Marian Krutulis Aquatics Center, Gulliver Prep School, 6575 SW 88th Street, Miami

SCHEDULE: Friday, Session 1, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Session 2, 9 a.m.; Session 3, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 10 a.m.; Session 5, 3 p.m.

ADMISSION: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1552.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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