SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro Swims Best Time At Speedo Junior Nationals

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro Swims Best Time At Speedo Junior Nationals

By Sharon Robb

July 30, 2014

Florida Gold Coast swimmers flexed their muscles on the national stage Wednesday on Day One of the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, California.

Duke University-bound Isabella Paez, 18, of Metro Aquatics finished third in the 200-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 2:11.94, a 1.71-second drop from her previous best of 2:13.65.

Melissa Marinheiro, 17, of South Florida Aquatic Club also swam a lifetime-best in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:56.42, dropping 1.47 seconds to finish 36th. Her previous best was 8:57.89.

SOFLO teammate Kathleen Golding will swim the 400-meter individual medley on Thursday. Her best time is 4:57.67. Golding is seeded 45th.

Marinheiro has three events remaining the rest of the week. She will swim the 400-meter freestyle (4:20.69), 200-meter freestyle bonus (2:05.69) and 1500-meter freestyle (17:04.87).

In other championship finals:

Girls 800-meter freestyle: Maryland swimmer Sierra Schmidt, 16, swimming unattached, won in a best time 8:34.58, dropping 4.70 from her previous best.

Girls 200-meter butterfly: Easop Lee, 14, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won in a best time 2:10.40. She led at the midway mark with a 1:02.22 split. Her winning time was the third fastest all-time for 13-14 age group

Boys 200-meter butterfly: In front of his hometown crowd, Corey Okubo, 18, of Aquazot came from behind in the last 50-meters to win in a best time 1:58.30, seventh all-time fastest in the 15-16 age group.

Girls 100-meter breaststroke: Lauren Barber, 17, of the Jewish Community Center won in a best time 1:09.72.

Boys 100-meter breaststroke: Connor Hoppe, 18, of Clovis came from behind to win in 1:02.17, ranking ninth in 17-18 age group. Ge overtook Peter Kropp who has ahead by nearly a body-length. Reece Whitley, 14, of Penn Charter Aquatic Club crushed the 13-14 national age group record by a half second in the “B” final in 1:03.23. Whitley is one of the nation’s top African-American age group swimmers.

Boys 1500-meter freestyle: Sam Magnan of Parkland Aquatic Club won in a best time 15:28.58, shaving 27.98 seconds off his previous best. His time from the afternoon heats held up after the fastest heat was finished.

Thursday’s events are the 200-meter backstroke, 100-meter freestyle, 400-meter individual medley and 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

The meet, both prelims and finals, is being live-streamed at


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 34, 2. King Aquatic Club 30, 3. Canyons AC, Aquazot 29, 5. North Carolina AC 28, 6. Pleasanton Seahawks 22, 7. Parkland, Palo Alto, Clovis, Jewish Community Center 20, 17. Metro Aquatics 16, 28. Swim Florida 14, 41. Sarasota YMCA 11.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Aquazot 29, 2. Palo Alto, Clovis, Parkland, 20, 5. Arizona Gold 19.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina Aquatic Club 28, 2. North Baltimore, Jewish Community Center 20, 4. King Aquatic Club, Chattahoochee Gold 17, Metro Aquatics 16.


800-meter freestyle:

1.Sierra Schmidt, Unattached MD 8:34.58, 2. Madison Homovich, NCAC 8:36.82, 3. Amanda Nunan, SEA 8:42.84, 5. Kendall Brent, SWIM 8:43.27, 18. Katie Duggan, HIGH 8:49.03, 31. Ellie Berdusco, SYS 8:55.12, 35. Hannah Burns, GSC 8:56.07, 36. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 8:56.42, 39. Cameron Davis, SYS 8:56.83, 43. Sophie Cattermole, SYS 8:57.36, 51. Lara Hernandez-Tome, SYS 9:01.43, 52. Emma Layton, ATAC 9:02.10, 53. Kensey McMahon, Bolles 9:02.56, 55. Tierney Shimansky, GSC 9:02.89, 64. Kaitlyn Hauser, T2 Aquatics 9:05.40.

200-meter butterfly:

1.Easop Lee, NBAC 2:10.40, 2. Lauren Case, GOLD 2:11.60, 3. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:11.94, best time, 11. Christian Rockway, TBAY 2:14.24, 21. Nancy Hu, SYS 2:14.73; FGC: 42. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:17.26, best time.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Lauren Barber, JCC 1:09.72, 2. Carolyn McCann, KING 1:09.84, 3. Jorie Caneta, RA 1:09.88; FGC: 63. Lindsey Swartz, PC 1:13.71, best time.


1500-meter freestyle:

1.Sam Magnan, PAAC 15:28.58, 2. Taylor Abbott, NTRO 15:29.88, 3. Adam Linker, MOR 15:30.79, 8. Carter Page, SYS 15:44.23; FGC: 21. Marco Hosfeld, Swim Fort Lauderdale 15:54.64, best time, 24. Robert Finke, SPA 15:55.73, 33. T.C. Smith, SRQ 16:01.73, 35. Eric Geunes, GSC 16:02.54.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Corey Okubo, AZOT 1:58.30, 2. Michael Thomas, UDAC 1:59.11, 3. Maxime Rooney, PLS 1:59.26; FGC: 58. Bolko De Pawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 2:04.89, best time, 68. Luis Martinez, Azura 2:05.38.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Connor Hoppe, CLOV 1:02.17, 2. Peter Kropp, CANY 1:02.32, 3. Chandler Bray, ACST 1:02.87; FGC: 47. Marco Guarente, Azura 1:05.40, best time, 88. Quinn Cassidy, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:07.16.

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Florida Gold Coast Wins Six Individual Titles On Day Two Of Southern Zone Age Group Championships

Florida Gold Coast Wins Six Individual Titles On Day Two Of Southern Zone Age Group Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014—It was another outstanding day for Florida Gold Coast at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas.

Florida Gold Coast’s Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club and Andrea Santander of Gulliver Swimming were double winners on Day Two.

Both Rodriguez and Santander now have three south zone age group titles over two days.

Rodriguez, 12, after winning the 400-meter freestyle on opening day in a best time 4:18.36, added two more titles on Wednesday.

Rodriguez won his second title of the meet in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time of 2:03.16, dropping an impressive 3.77 seconds off his previous best of 2:06.93.

Rodriguez also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.19, another best time, dropping 1.16 seconds from his previous best of 1:03.35.

After winning the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:30.18, Santander, 12, won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:08.16, dropping 1.32 seconds off her previous best.

Santander also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:04.27, another best time 1:04.27, bettering her previous best of 1:05.26.

Cody Cline, 16, of the Wahoos of Wellington, the top seed after morning prelims, won his first title in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:54.97, dropping 1.51 seconds bettering his previous best of 1:56.48.

Luke Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks won the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 57.26, dropping 2.63 seconds from his previous best time of 59.89.

Florida Swimming and Florida Gold Coast dominated the 15-18 200-meter freestyle with five swimmers in the top eight. Lindsey Trematerra, 17, of Florida Swimming was the top finisher placing second in 2:04.19, dropping 1.54 from her previous best of 2:05.73.

Florida Swimming had three qualifiers in the top eight of the boys 13-14 200-meter freestyle.

Georgia leads the combined, boys and girls team totals after two days of competition.

Florida Swimming is runner-up in the combined and boys team standings and third in the girls race.

Florida Gold Coast, having its best showing in years, is fifth overall, third among the boys and fifth among the girls teams.

The Zone Championships feature top regional swimmers at the age group level. The meet continues through Saturday.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Georgia 292, 2. Florida Swimming 240, 3. Southeastern 207, 4. North Carolina 174, 5. Florida Gold Coast 155, 6. South Texas 70, 7. Kentucky 65, 8. South Carolina 46, 9. Louisiana 31, 10. North Texas 26.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Georgia 136, 2. Florida Swimming 125, 3. Florida Gold Coast 93, 4. Southeastern 84, 5. North Carolina 64.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Georgia 156, 2. Southeastern 123, 3. Florida Swimming 115, 4. North Carolina 110, 5. Florida Gold Coast 62.


200-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FGC 2:08.16, best time, 7. Emma Weyant, FL 2:13.33, best time, 13. Morgan Shinault, FL 2:17.87, 14. Olivia McMurray, FL 2:18.07, 15. Nicole Gomez, FL 2:18.11, 16. Vanessa Mesa, FGC 2:18.27, 19. Sophia Macaisa 2:18.71, 23. Ashton Bedlack, Florida 2:20.35, 26. Ava Carter, FL 2:21.19; 13-14, 1. Abigail Burke, FL 2:04.76, 3. Alena Kraus, FL 2:07.09, 6. Riley Ober, FL 2:08.26, 14. Elizabeth Richardson, FL 2:11.03, 16. Christina Cianciolo, FL 2:11.21, 26. Talia Bates, FL 2:13.50, 30. Mary Smutny 2:14.48, 36. Marissa Brannan, FGC 2:16.31; 15-18, 1. Emma Cole, GA 2:03.80, 2. Lindsey Trematerra, FL 2:04.19, best time, 3. Peyton Palsha, FL 2:05.80, 4. Kelsey Hahn, FL 2:06.00, 7. Arianna Noya, FGC 2:08.16, 8. Rose Smiddy, FGC 2:08.79, 9. Morgan Tankersley, FL 2:08.62, 20. Savanah Savitt, FL 2:11.72, 22. Makayla Ayers, FL 2:12.13, 30. Marlena Pigliacampi, FL 2:13.34, 32. Hannah Burdge, FL 2:14.37, 54. Brittney Campbell, FL 2:28.67.

50-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Addie Farrington, GA 34.24, 8. Gabriela Donahue, FL 36.74, 14. Stephanie Suarez, FGC 37.67, 25. Emma Weyant, FL 39.76.

200-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Isabel Ivey, Florida 2:36.49, best time, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, FGC 2:40.63, best time, 11. Delanie Perez, FGC 2:55.08, 14. Julia Gawlik, FL 2:57.21, 16. Hailey Jerew, FGC 2:57.72; 15-18, 1. Lexi Glunn, GA 2:36.70, 2. Elizabeth Zubero, FGC 2:40.39, best time, 5. Peyton Palsha, FL 2:44.65, 9. Sara Lacusky, FGC 2:47.46, best time.

100-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FGC 1:04.27, best time, 8. Jennifer Secrest, FGC 1:08.76, 16. Ella Marlow, FL 1:09.95, 17. Ashton Bedlack, FL 1:10.05, 19. Morgan Shinault, FL 1:10.91, 20. Delaney Biro 1:11.50, 24. Vanessa Mesa, FGC 1:11.72, 27. Olivia McMurray, FL 1:12.39, 28. Ava Carter, FL 1:12.51, 29. Sophia Macaisa, FL 1:12.90, 36. Jocelyn Ruiz, FGC 1:14.11; 13-14, 1. Riley Gaines, SE 1:02.92, 6. Alena Kraus, FL 1:03.83, 7. Abigail Burke, FL 1:04.63; 15-18, 1. Sarah Chambliss, SE 1:01.84, 11. Chloe Bedard-Khalid, FGC 1:05.22, best time, 15. Marlena Pigliacampi, FL 1:05.91, 21. Kelsey Hahn, FL 1:07.49, 22. Elizabeth Zubero, FGC 1:07.50, 23. Savanah Savitt, FL 1:07.76, 24. Lindsey Trematerra, FL 1:07.79, 25. Alexa Rivera, FGC 1:07.87, 27. Hannah Burdge, FL 1:07.91, 36. Whittaker Johnston, FGC 1:09.14, best time.

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. Georgia 4:33.01, 4. Florida 4:47.83 (Morgan Shinault, Gabriela Donahue, Ella Marlow, Ava Carter), Florida Gold Coast, DQ; 13-14, 1. Georgia 4:21.81, 4. Florida 4:26.45 (Abigail Burke, Isabel Ivy, Alena Kraus, Elizabeth Richardson), 6. Florida Gold Coast 4:32.39 (Melannie Vargas, Victoria Miyamoto, Emily Cordovi, Eriana Temperino); 15-18, 1. Georgia 4:22.70, 3. Florida Gold Coast 4:28.11 (Whittaker Johnston, Elizabeth Zubero, Cloe Bedard-Khalid, Rose Smiddy), 6. Florida 4:31.69 (Morgan Tankersley, Peyton Palsha, Marlena Pigliacampi, Lindsey Trematerra).


200-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, FGC 2:03.16, 2. Arik Katz, FL 2:06.22, 6. Michael Morton, FL 2:09.66, 8. Cole Parnell, FL 2:01.47, 12. Bryan Rivero, FGC 2:13.90, 14. Leonardo Mateus, FGC 2:14.04, best time, 20. Jonathan Skarie, FL 2:15.52, 21. Andres Wong, FGC 2:15.80, best time, 29. Jace Crawford, FL 2:19.07, 30. Aaron Rodriguez, FGC 2:19.59, 34. Jason Brzozowski, FL 2:21.08; 13-14, 1. Zach Hils, KY 1:55.29, 3. Nicholas Hackett, FL 1:57.29, 4. Lucas Kravchenko, FL 1:57.59, 5. Matthew Nutter, FL 1:58.73, 16. John Yambor-Maul, FL 2:04.09, 17. Maximilian Asnis, FGC 2:04.22, 20. Adrian Aguilar, FGC 2:05.01, 21. Alex Webster, FL 2:05.12, 37. Fernando Rodriguez, FGC 2:10.18; 15-18, 1. Cody Cline, FGC 1:54.98, best time, 3. Hans Schroeder, FL 1:55.87, 4. Alexander Arrieta, FGC 1:56.09, 5. Matt Holmes, Florida 1:57.17, 8. Caleb Tosh, FL 1:58.84, 14. Derek Peeples, FL 1:59.35, 22. Keanan Dols, FL 2:00.66, 25. Luke Smutny, FGC 2:00.94, best time, 26. Christopher Holmes, FL 2:01.76, 28. Miguel Basalo, FGC 2:02.27, 33. Sebastian Vargas, FGC 2:02.81, 47. Adrian Moya, FGC 2:07.48, 52. CJ Volz, FL 2:14.69.

50-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Ben Duckworth, NC 33.36, 5. Jonathan Skarie, FL 34.59, 7. Nate Boccuzzo, FL 35.34, 11. Santiago Gomez, FGC 36.51, 19. Michael Fernandez, FGC 38.52, best time, 20. Julian Smith, FL 38.72.

200-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Dillon Hall, GA 2:25.86, 2. Alberto Gomez, FGC 2:27.63, 4. Brett Riley, FL 2:30.18, 16. Kyle Tatton, FGC 2:40.89, 18. Bryan Quintero, FGC 2:45.74; 15-18, Matthew Dunphy, SE 2:24.02, 4. Jason Tillotson, FL 2:28.33, 8. Matt Holmes, FL 2:32.98, 11. Andreas Rintel, FGC 2:32.79, 13. John Fulginiti, FL 2:34.02.

100-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:02.19, 9. Nate Boccuzzo, FL 1:06.28, 11. Bryan Rivero, FGC 1:07.16, 26. Jace Crawford, FL 1:11.55, 27. Julian Smith, FL 1:11.79, 29. Michael Fernandez, FGC 1:12.38, 32. Jason Brzozowski, FL 1:13.22, 35. Jonathan Skarie 1:14.19, 37. Joshua Balbi, FGC 1:15.64, 42. Michael Morton, FL 1:16.66; 13-14, 1. Alex Ballard, GA 57.56, 3. Nicholas Hackett, FL 58.07, 8. Mason Whitley, FL 59.16, 12. Jake Adcock, FL 1:00.13, best time, 13. Leonardo Mateus, FGC 1:00.47, best time, 15. Ervin Marin, FGC 1:01.08, best time, 25. John Yambor-Maul, FL 1:02.65, 26. Maximillian Asnis, FGC 1:02.69, 27. Adrian Aguilar, FGC 1:02.76; 15-18, 1. Luke Smutny, FGC 58.26, best time; 3. Caleb Tosh, FL 57.87, 7. Alexander Arrieta, FGC 58.44, 10. Adrian Moya, FGC 59.03, best time, 12. John Fulginiti, FL 59.30, 13. Cody Cline, FGC 59.49, 17. Hans Schroeder, FL 1:00.06, 18. Derek Peeples, FL 1:00.31, 19. Keanan Dols, FL 1:00.32, 20. Sebastian Vargas, FGC 1:00.39, 24. Miguel Basalo, FGC 1:00.63, best time, 32. Jonathan Farah, FGC 1:01.21, 49. CJ Volz, FL 1:06.91, best time.

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. Georgia 4:24.90, 4. Florida Gold Coast 4:33.75 (Leonardo Mateus, Santiago Gomez, Rafael Rodriguez, Aaron Rodriguez), 6. Florida 4:36.13 (Cole Parnell, Nate Boccuzzo, Arik Katz, Michael Morton); 13-14, 1. Georgia 4:00.37, 3. Florida 4:06.43 (Lucas Kravchenko, Brett Riley, Nicholas Hackett, Mason Wilby), 6. Florida Gold Coast 4:12.33 (Alberto Gomez, Adrian Aguilar, Leonardo Diego Mateus, Ervin Marin); 15-18, 1. Georgia 3:57.05, 3. Florida 4:01.14 (Keanan Dols, John Fulginiti, Celeb Tosh, Hans Schroeder), 6. Florida Gold Coast 4:03.44 (Jonathan Farah, Andreas Rintel, Luke Smutny, Cody Cline).

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SOFLO’s Esteban Diaz-Velasco Top FGC Finisher On Day Two Of Southern Zone Senior LC Championships

SOFLO’s Esteban Diaz-Velasco Top FGC Finisher On Day Two Of Southern Zone Senior LC Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 30, 2014—Esteban Diaz-Velasco of South Florida Aquatic Club was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships Wednesday night at Florida Gulf Coast Aquatic Center in Fort Myers.

Diaz-Velasco, 15, was ninth in the 200-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 2:12.41, dropping 5.73 seconds off his previous best. He bettered his best time of 2:18.14 in prelims in 2:13.34 and lowered it again in finals.

SOFLO teammate and Florida Gulf Coast sophomore Marcella Marinheiro, was 12th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:28.42, also a best time, dropping 1.36 seconds. Her previous best was 2:28.91. She first lowered it in prelims in 2:27.55.

Marinheiro also swam 1:02.03 in the 100-meter freestyle.

Jordan Colon, 17, of SOFLO was 22nd in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:37.93. He was also 24th in the 50-meter breaststroke in 34.07 after going 33.28 in prelims, just .09 off his best time. Colon was coming off a training camp in Corby, England with the Jamaican national team.

SOFLO’s Matthew Gonzalez, 19, swam 2:15.40 in the 200-meter butterfly.



200-meter medley relay:

1.The Woodlands Swim Team-GU 2:02.54 (Carly Pratt, Victoria Hunt, Isabel Tank, Alex Brosvik), 2. SwimMAC “B” 2:03.24, 3. SwimMAC “A” 2:03.75, 17. Gulf Coast Swim Team 2:11.47 (Paige Madden, Bean Faunce, Savannah Bowser, Lexi Faunce).

100-meter freestyle:

1.Haley Yelle, MAC 58.60, 2. Sydney Lee, CRA 58.61, 3. Kendall Dawson, FSLA-FL 58.75, 7. Kseniya Lepikhina, FSLA FL 59.52, 22. Savannah Bowser, GCST-FL 1:01.75, 32. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO-FGC 1:02.03.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Victoria Hunt, TWST 2:42.34, 2. Rozhina McClanahan, MAC 2:44.51, 3. Elizabeth Underkoffler, WAVE 2:45.50, 22. Bridget Woods, NFS-FL 2:52.25, 32. Bean Faunce, GCST-FL 3:01.32.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Carly Pratt, TWST 2:22.29, 2. Kendall Dawson, FSLA-FL 2:22.52, 3. Daria Korostina, FSLA-FL 2:24.98, 8. Kseniya Lepikhina, FSLA-FL 2:28.35, 12. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO-FGC 2:28.42, 25. Varvara Klyueva, FSLA-FL 2:29.19, 27. Polina Rukosuev, FSLA-FL 2:31.95.

200-meter butterfly:

1.Isabel Tank, TWST-GU 2:19.49, 2. Brittany Bui, FCST-GU 2:21.81, 3. Catherine Maxwey, MAC 2:22.20, 12. Bean Faunce, GCST-FL 2:28.12, 17. Alex Wittman, Unattached-FL 2:26.83, 26. Kellie Roedig, CVST-FL 2:32.14, 27. Mail Rodriguez, FSLA-FL 2:32.96.

50-meter breaststroke:

1.Victoria Hunt, TWST-GU 35.12, 2. Taylor Ballard, MMST-MS 35.23, 3. Kalyn Fetter, MAC-NC 35.26, 5. Daria Korostina, FSLA-FL 35.81, 23. Allie Surrency, NFS-FL 38.79.

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.The Woodlands Swim Team 1:50.63, 2. SwimMAC “A” 1:50.74, 3. Charles River Aquatics 1:51.97, 17. Carrollwood Village-FL 1:55.74, 22. Gulf Coast Swim Team 1:57.02, 29. Swim Florida 1:58.74.


200-meter medley relay:

1.New Wave Swim Team 1:49.11 (Petch Lamson, Sean Yeh, Connor Johnson, Sammy Brinkley), 2. Team Greenville 1:49.98, 3. Aggie Swim Club 1:51.20, 6. North Florida Swimming 1:52.22, 23. Swim Florida 1:57.99, 31. Plantation Swim Team 2:06.08 (Leonardo Manrique, Justin Falcon, Felipe Farias, Eitan Ghelman).

100-meter freestyle:

1.Michael Thibert, MAC 52.32, 2. Mitchell Harwood, MAC 53.10, 3. Will Stange, PPST-NJ 53.41, 14. Joao Pedro Barreto, EAJ-FL 54.50.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Francois Van Wynsberghe, TG-SC 2:21.95, 2. Mel Nash II, NFS-FL 2:26.11, 3. Sean Yeh, WAVE-NC 2:27.64, 9. Nicholas Landi, FSLA-FL 2:27.36, 10. Paul Camargo, FSLA-FL 2:28.42, 17. David Li, NFS-FL 2:34.77, 22. Jordan Colon, SOFLO 2:37.93.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Will Stange, PPST-NJ 2:04.12, 2. Tal Davis, TG-SC 2:06.00, 3. Cameron Kerr, COOG-GU 2:09.19, 8. Mel Nash, NFS-FL 2:19.36, 9. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOFLO-FGC 2:12.41, 11. Nicholas Landi, FSLA-FL 2:12.66.

200-meter butterfly:

1.Harrison Jones, AGS-GU 2:04.76, 2. Tal Davis, TG-SC 2:05.45, 3. Griff Hutton, PPST-NJ 2:06.92, 21. Matthew Gonzalez, SOFLO-FGC 2:15.40.

50-meter breaststroke:

1.Chance Whinnery, Unattached 30.00, 2. Paul Camargo, FSLA-FL 30.22, 3. Sean Yeh, WAVE-NC 30.22, 4. David Li, NFS-FL 30.87, 9. Cory Klemm, SWIM-FL 31.73, 11. Nicholas Landi, FSLA-FL 32.10, 24. Jordan Colon, SOFLO 34.07, 30. Spencer Greaves, SEA-FL 34.10.

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.SwimMAC 1:38.11, 2. Coastal Bend All Stars 1:38.22, 3. Metroplex Aquatics 1:39.24, 5. North Florida Swimming 1:40.02, 27. Swim Florida 1:47.31, 29. Plantation Swim Team 1:48.41, 30. St. Edward’s 1:48.85.

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Australia Dominates Commonwealth Games, Eyes Pan Pacs On Home Soil; Florida’s Dan Wallace Takes Silver

Australia Dominates Commonwealth Games, Eyes Pan Pacs On Home Soil; Florida’s Dan Wallace Takes Silver

By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014—The sixth and final day of swimming at the Commonwealth Games was just as exciting as the first five days at Tollcross Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

In one of the most competitive meets, Australia dominated the men’s and women’s events and is brimming with confidence for the August 21-24 Pan Pacific Championships at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Southport, Australia.

Of course, the Aussies will have stiffer competition in the United States and Japan. Canada is the fourth team in the four-nation meet.

Australia finished with 57 medals including 19 gold, 21 silver and 17 bronze.

England was a distant second with 28 medals (10 gold, 10 silver, 8 bronze).

South Africa had 12 medals (3 golds, 3 silver and 6 bronze). Canada finished with 11 medals (4 gold, 1 silver, 6 bronze) and host Scotland had 10 medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze).

Australia immediately left the country after the meet and will missing the Closing Ceremony. Swimmers were under an alcohol ban and curfew that prevented them from leaving the Athletes’ Village after their embarrassing showing at the 2012 London Olympics.

In Tuesday’s championship finals:

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle pulled ahead at the 250-meter mark to win her first Games gold medal in a meet record 4:04.47, fourth fastest time in the world this year. Jazz Carlin of Wales took the silver in 4:05.16 and Aussie Bronte Barratt took bronze in 4:06.02.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: British teenager Ben Proud won the splash-and-dash gold medal to join his 50 butterfly gold medal. Proud just missed a meet record in 21.92. Aussie Cameron McEvoy was second in 22.00 and Aussie James Magnussen was third in 22.10. Trinidad and Tobago’s and Bolles alum George Bovell was fifth in 22.31.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: Wales Georgia Davies won gold in national record 27.56, second fastest time in the world this year. Brit Lauren Quigley took silver in 27.69 and Canadian Brooklynn Snodgras, a junior at Indiana University, took the bronze in a national record 27.97.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Aussie Daniel Tranter came from behind to knock off Chad le Clos of South Africa and University of Florida’s Dan Wallace of Scotland in a meet record 1:57.83. Le Clos was leading after the butterfly and backstroke but lost the lead on the breaststroke leg. Wallace, who was dressed in a kilt during his walk to the blocks, was second in a national record 1:58.72. Le Clos hung on for the bronze in 1:58.85.

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Canadian Ryan Cochrane won his second gold medal at the Games. The 25-year-old, competing in his final Games, won in 14:44.03, fastest time in the world this year. He won the gold in 2010 in 15:01.49. Aussie Mack Horton took silver in a best time 14:48.76. Daniel Jervis of Wales was third in 14:55.33.

Women’s 4×100-meter medley relay: The Aussie women swept the relays, winning the final one in a meet record 3:56.23 after a scorching 51.59 split by Cate Campbell. Meet officials said it was believed to be the fastest relay split in history in a textile suit. England was second in 3:57.03 and Canada was third.

Men’s 4×100-meter medley relay: With Adam Peaty swimming anchor, England knocked off Australia to win the gold in a meet record 3:31.51. The Aussies finished in 3:31.21. South Africa took third in 3:34.47.

Cate Campbell said she is going to ban herself from social media at future meets because she was overwhelmed by the fan support. “I was just feeling the pressure a little bit,” Campbell said. “I think I have learned a valuable lesson about social media. Even support can turn into a burden sometimes.”

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SOFLO’s Santos Top FGC Finisher At Southern Zone Senior LC Championships

SOFLO’s Santos Top FGC Finisher At Southern Zone Senior LC Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014—Ronald Santos of the South Florida Aquatic Club was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher on opening night of the USA Swimming Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships at Florida Gulf Coast Aquatic Center in Fort Myers.

Santos, 18, finished tenth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:50.32, just off his best time of 8:50.30.

Plantation Swim Team’s Nick Pacitti, 14, swam a best time in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:09.72, dropping 9.33 seconds.

SOFLO’s Kevin Porto was 37th in the 800 in 9:18.72.



800-meter freestyle:

1.Haley Yelle, MAC 8:59.35, 2. Carrie Bonfield, PPST 9:03.33, 3. Delia Weber, FCST 9:04.61, 8. Lexi Gaunce, GCST 9:23.51, 13. Alex Wittman, Unattached-FL 9:27.60, 14. Kellie Roedig, CVST 9:28.99, 21. Emma Volz, CVST 9:35.58, 27. Kylie Keys, SWIM 9:39.83, 35. Maria Zambito, CVST 9:45.46, 39. Nikki McCollum, GCST 9:47.02, 47. Roe Marsala, GCST 10:00.54, 48. Samantha Hurley, SWIM 10:00.68, 56. Abby Forman, CVST 10:23.15, 57. Mikayla Puckett, GCST 10:23.95.


800-meter freestyle:

1.Tal Davis, TG 8:23.91, 2. Griff Hutton, PPST 8:36.52, 3. Connor Forsythe, GST 8:37.55, 7. Eddie Zacka IV, GCST 8:47.88, SOFLO: 10. Ronald Santos, 8:50.32, 22. Zachary Bowles, CVST 9:02.77, 23. Dylan Keer, SWIM 9:08.18, 26. Nick Pacitti, Plantation Swim Team 9:09.72, best time, 28. Dan Young, SWIM 9:12.84, 31. Corey Stein, CVST 9:14.49, 34. Stas Van Genderen, SWIM 9:15.84, 35. Darrien Heil, GCST 9:18.15, SOFLO: 37. Kevin Porto 9:18.72, 41. Elijah Benzon, GCST 9:28.43, 42. Zachary Brewer, GCST 9:35.50, 44. Kaleb Harriott, SWIM 9:40.35, 45. Matthew Strickland, SWIM 9:41.55.

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SOFLO’s Golding, Marinheiro, FGC Swimmers Ready For Speedo Junior Nationals

SOFLO’s Golding, Marinheiro, FGC Swimmers Ready For Speedo Junior Nationals

By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014

Melissa Marinheiro and Kathleen Golding will compete at the Speedo Junior National Championships that get under way Wednesday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, California.

Golding will compete in the 400-meter individual medley. Her best time is 4:57.67.

Marinheiro will swim four events: 800-meter freestyle (8:57.89), 400-meter freestyle (4:20.69), 200-meter freestyle bonus (2:05.69) and 1500-meter freestyle (17:04.87).

Marinheiro will swim the 800 on opening day. She is seeded 39th.

The remaining Wednesday events are 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke and men’s 1500-meter freestyle.

Golding is seeded 45th in the 400 IM which she will swim on Thursday.

The duo will be joined by SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson, who returned to the states after coaching the Jamaican national team including SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson, at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and training camp in Corby, England.

The junior meet will highlight the up-and-coming swimmers from around the nation.

Several Florida Gold Coast clubs will be well-represented including Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Azura Florida Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning and Swim Fort Lauderdale. Bolles, Swim Florida, Clearwater Aquatics and Trinity Prep head the Florida Swimming teams.

The meet is open to foreign athletes. Trinidad and Tobago’s Josh Romany heads the international contingent. He will compete in the 100 butterfly and 50, 100 and 200 freestyles.

The meet will be live-streamed at

The venue will also host Senior Nationals one week later. Florida State-bound Marc Rojas of SOFLO will compete.

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Rodriguez, Santander Win FGC’s First Southern Zone Age Group Titles; FGC Second Among Boys

Rodriguez, Santander Win FGC’s First Southern Zone Age Group Titles; FGC Second Among Boys

By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014–Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club and Andrea Santander of Gulliver Swim Club gave the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team its first victories Tuesday on the opening day of USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

Rodriguez, 12, won the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:18.36. He bettered his previous best time (4:24.64) by more than six seconds. Last year Rodriguez was ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:34.28.

Arik Katz, 12, of Florida Swimming was second in 4:20.72, also a best time, lowering his previous best of 4:26.29.

SOFLO’s Leonardo Mateus, 12, was sixth in a best time 4:33.43, dropping from 4:36.65.

Santander, 12, won the girls 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:30.18. Her previous best was 4:34.49. Emma Weyant, 12, of Florida Swimming was fourth in 4:38.44.

It was a good day for the state of Florida.

In the girls 800-meter freestyle, Christina Cianciolo, 13, won the 13-14 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:13.95, dropping 0.63 seconds. Ryley Ober, 13, also of Florida Swimming was fourth in a best time 9:23.28, with a huge time drop of 22.91.

Alex Webster, 14, of Florida Swimming was second in the 13-14 800-meter freestyle in 16:42.62. Webster was one of three swimmers in the top five. Brett Riley, 14, was fourth in a best time 16:50.39, dropping 9.01 seconds and Matthew Nutter, 14, was fifth in 16:54.21, also a best time dropping from 19.57 seconds.

Alexander Arrieta, 16, of Florida Gold Coast was third in a best time 16:34.88, dropping 5.68.

The Zone Championships feature top regional swimmers at the age group level. The meet continues through Saturday with prelims and finals.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 60, 2. Georgia 41, 3. Southeastern 36, 4. Florida Gold Coast 30, 5. North Carolina 22, 6. South Carolina 11, 7. South Texas 10, 8. Mississippi, North Texas 7, 9. Louisiana 4, 10. West Texas 2, 11. Kentucky 1.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 28, 2. Florida Gold Coast 21, 3. Southeastern 16, 4. Georgia 15, 5. South Carolina 11.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 32, 2. Georgia 26, 3. North Carolina 21, 4. Southeastern 20, 5. Florida Gold Coast 9.


400-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FGC 4:30.18, best time, 4. Emma Weyant, FL 4:38.44, 9. Olivia McMurray, FL 4:44.89, 11. Ashton Bedlack, FL 4:48.80, 17. Vanessa Mesa, FGC 4:55.58.

800-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. Christina Cianciolo, FL 9:13.95, 4. Ryley Ober, FL 9:23.28, 11. Marissa Brannan, FGC 9:42.42, 15. Eriana Temperino, FGC 9:52.68; 15-18, 1. Emma Cole, GA 9:02.95, 3. Morgan Tankersley, FL 9:09.19, 4. Peyton Palsha, FL 9:10.53, 7. Makayla Ayers, FL 9:19.04, 12. Chloe Bedard-Khalid, FGC 9:33.38.


400-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, FGC 4:18.36, best time, 2. Arik Katz, FL 4:20.72, best time, 6. Leonardo Mateus, FGC 4:33.43, best time, 11. Michael Morton, FL 4:39.94, 16. Jason Brzozowski, FL 4:44.78, 22. Andres Wong, FGC 4:47.76.

800-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. Alex Ballard, GA 16:23.50, 2. Alex Webster, FL 16:42.62, 4. Brett Riley, FL 16:50.39, best time, 5. Matthew Nutter, FL 16:54.21; 15-18, 1. Christopher Robinson, SE 16:26.44, 3. Alexander Arrieta, FGC 16:34.88, best time, 4. Christopher Holmes, FL 16:40.16, best time, 6. Cody Cline, FGC 16:50.52, best time, 9. Miguel Basalo, FGC 17:03.18.

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Eleven SOFLO Swimmers Ready For Southern Zone Senior And Age Group Meets

Eleven SOFLO Swimmers Ready For Southern Zone Senior And Age Group Meets

By Sharon Robb

July 28, 2014—The Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented with talented swimmers when the Southern Zone Age Group Championships get under way Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas.

South Florida Aquatic Club has five swimmers on the team. They are Vanessa Mesa, Leonardo Mateus, Rafael Rodriguez, Delanie Perez and Ervin Marin.

Mateus will compete in six 11-12 events: 400-meter freestyle (4:36.65), 200-meter freestyle (2:14.56), 50-meter backstroke (34.35), 100-meter backstroke (1:10.35), 100-meter freestyle (1:03.61) and 200-meter individual medley (2:29.94).

Perez and Marin will each swim five events.

Perez will swim the 200-meter breaststroke, 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter butterfly.

Marin will compete in the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle:

The remainder of the FGC team:

11-12 Girls: Gabriella Beltrano, Delaney Biro, Nicole Gomez, Jocelyn Ruiz, Andrea Santander, Jennifer Secrest and Stephanie Suarez.
11-12 Boys: Joshua Balbi, Michael Fernandez, Santiago Gomez, Bryan Rivero, Aaron Rodriguez, Andres Wong.
13-14 Girls: Marissa Brannan, Emily Cordovi, Mary Smutny, Haley Jerew, Victoria Miyamato, Melannie Vargas, Eriana Temperino.
13-14 Boys: Adrian Aguilar, Maximilian Asnis, Kyle Talton, Alberto Gomez, Diego Mateus, Bryan Quintero, Fernando Rodriguez.
15-16 Girls: Cloe Bedard-Khalid, Elizabeth Zubero, Whitaker Johnston, Sara Lacusky, Arianna Noya, Kaleigh Newcomb, Alexa Rivera, Rose Smiddy.
15-16 Boys: Alexander Arrieta, Miguel Basalo, Cody Cline, Adrian Moya, Andreas Rintel, Jonathan Farah, Luke Smutny, Sebastian Vargas.

Eight FGC coaches are accompanying the team.

Julie Smiddy is head coach and Greg Stallwort will serve as her assistant.

The age group coaches are Richard Garza (11-12 girls), Marcelo Gatti (11-12 boys), Erin Sayre (13-14 girls), Norman Abril (13-14 boys), Cathy Silvera (15-16 girls) and John Shipman (15-16 boys).

On Monday after arriving, FGC swimmers seemed to be excited about the local store offering 20 different types of jerky, including Angus and spicy turkey. They posted a photo of the display case on the FGC Zone Team Facebook page.


SOFLO will have six swimmers competing in the Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships that also get underway Tuesday at Florida Gulf Coast Aquatic Center.

Jordan Colon, 17, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 15, Matthew Gonzalez, 19, Marcella Marinheiro, 19, Kevin Porto, 14, and Ronald Santos, 18, will represent SOFLO.

Colon, coming off a training session in Corby, England with the Jamaican national team, will compete in six events: 200-meter breaststroke (2:32.39), 50-meter breaststroke (33.19), 200-meter freestyle (2:09.16), 400-meter freestyle (4:33.22), 100-meter breaststroke (1:09.68) and 200-meter individual medley.

Diaz-Velasco will compete in the 200-meter backstroke (2:18.14), 50-meter backstroke (30.01), 200-meter freestyle (2:09.11), 50-meter butterfly (30.47), 100-meter backstroke (1:05.45) and 50-meter freestyle (23.64).

Gonzalez is entered in three events, 200-meter butterfly (2:00.23), 200-meter freestyle (2:06.35) and 50-meter butterfly (28.21).

Marinheiro, a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast, will compete in her home pool. She will swim the 100-meter freestyle (1:01.43), 200-meter backstroke (2:28.91), 50-meter backstroke (31.79), 50-meter butterfly (29.61), 100-meter backstroke (1:07.92) and 100-meter butterfly (1:08.85).

Porto and Santos are competing in the 800-meter freestyle. Porto is seeded at 9:07.15 and Santos seeded at 8:50.30.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5 p.m. The meet ends on Saturday.

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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Hangs On For Bronze In Final Race At Commonwealth Games

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Hangs On For Bronze In Final Race At Commonwealth Games

By Sharon Robb

July 28, 2014—In her final race of the 20th Commonwealth Games, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson had the gold medal slip away at Tollcross Swimming Centre.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian, poised to win her country’s first gold medal in swimming in her third Commonwealth Games appearance, was the top qualifier in the 100-meter breaststroke and was leading the field until the final 15 meters.

Atkinson, 25, was off the blocks like a rocket and went out fast with a 30.81 split. The race favorite was leading by 0.66 seconds until late in the race when she started to tighten up and faded to third for the bronze in 1:08.14.

Even the BBC announcers were rooting for Atkinson yelling “Come on Atkinson, you can do it” along with the sellout crowd that included Prince William, his wife Kate Middleton and brother Harry sitting at the top of the stands.

The likeable swimmer had similar races in the 50-meter breaststroke where she took silver and 200-meter breaststroke where she was shut out of medals after fading in her race. In the 100, she was unable to duplicate her semifinal swim of 1:06.87.

Brit Sophie Taylor saw her opportunity and blew past Atkinson with her killer instinct to put the race away and win the gold medal in a national record 1:06.35. Only Ruta Meilutyte (1:05.63), Kanako Watanabe (1:05.88) and Rikke Moeller Pedersen (1:06.19) have gone faster this year. Aussie Lorna Tonks took the silver in 1:07.34. Atkinson was visibly disappointed as she exited the pool.

On Day 5 of the competition, Atkinson leaves the Games with a silver medal in the 50-meter breaststroke and bronze medal. She is the first Jamaican swimmer to medal since Janelle Atkinson won two bronze medals at the 2002 Games in the 400- and 800-meter freestyles.

In other championship finals:

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: It was another 1-2-3 Aussie sweep for the second time in swimming. Mitch Larkin won in 1:55.83, just a half second off his season-best. It was the first time Australia won gold in the event since 1974. Josh Beaver took the silver in 1:56.19 and Matson Lawson took the bronze in 1:56.63. New Zealand’s Corey Main, the early leader after 100 meters, just missed a medal finishing fourth in 1:57.79. Main has been on a swimming scholarship at University of Florida since January 2013 and has settled into the strong training atmosphere.

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Jazz Carlin, 23, won Wales’ first gold medal in swimming in a Games record 8:18.11. After the lead changed hands four times, Carlin took off on the bell lap with a late kick and extended her lead to a body length. New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle took silver in 8:20.59 and Canadian Brittany MacLean took bronze in 8:20.91.

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Despite Brit Aimee Willmott taking the race out fast, Canadian Audrey Lacroix, the oldest woman in the field, won her first gold medal in three Commonwealth Games appearances in 2:07.61. Willmott was second in 2:08.07 and Aussie Maddie Groves was third in 2:08.44. It was Canada’s third swimming gold medal.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: South African Cameron van der Burgh powered his way through the race to win back-to-back titles in a Games record 26.76. Van der Burgh held off young sensation Adam Peaty of England, was second in 26.78. Aussie Christian Sprenger was third in 27.46.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle: For the first 50 meters Aussie Cate Campbell was under world record pace with a 25.01 split. She was unable to maintain that pace for the second half of the race but managed to hold off her younger sister Bronte for the gold medal in a Games record 52.68. Bronte Campbell took silver in 52.86. Emma McKeon was third in 53.61 to make it an Aussie 1-2-3 sweep for the third time at the Games’ swimming. Bahamian Olympian and Bolles alum Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace was fifth in 54.37. Canada had three swimmers in the final.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: South African Chad le Clos came from behind early leader Jason Dunford of Kanya and then held off a late challenge from Bolles Joseph Schooling of Singapore to win in a Games record 51.29, the fastest time in the world this year. Schooling, 19, broke his own national record and won a silver medal in 51.69, fourth fastest time in the world this year. He broke his previous record of 52.22 which he set earlier in the Games. It was Singapore’s first-ever silver medal in swimming and just the third Commonwealth Games medal in swimming won by an Asian. Brit Adam Barrett was third in 51.93.

In the men’s 50-meter freestyle semifinals, England’s Ben Proud earned the top seed with a national and Games record of 21.76. Aussie Cameron McEvoy was the only other swimmer to break 22 with a 21.94.

In the women’s 50-meter backstroke semifinals, Georgia Davies of Wales earned the top seed in 27.61, a national record.

After five days, Australia leads the overall Games medal count with 87 including 30 gold medals followed by England (74), Scotland (33) and South Africa (24).

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Miami Swimming Breaks 21-Year-Old FGC Record; Capote Takes Second On Final Night Of Senior Championships

Miami Swimming Breaks 21-Year-Old FGC Record; Capote Takes Second On Final Night Of Senior Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 27, 2014–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Ryan Capote finished on a good note on the final night of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Sunday at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

Capote was the team’s top finisher placing second in the 50-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 24.85.

SOFLO’s Jessica Rodriguez, 15, was the top SOFLO girls finisher placing fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:16.58.

Both Capote and Rodriguez were among the top 20 high point swimmers.

Miami Swimming saved its best for the last night of the senior meet, winning four events including two individual and two relays including a record-breaker.

Miami Swimming broke a 21-year-old Florida Gold Coast and Open record in the 200-meter medley relay.

Dorothy Morgan, 17, Anna Valls, 18, Alexa Kalandiak, 18, and Kyla Valls, 15, won the relay in 1:58.02. The previous record was 1:58.19 set by Fort Lauderdale Swim Team in 1993.

The same Miami Swimming foursome won the 400-meter medley relay in 4:24.67.

Anna Valls won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.44. Dorothy Morgan won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:25.94.

Miami Swimming finished as the top Florida Gold Coast team in the combined team standings placing second with 891 points and third among women’s teams with 553 points.

Empire Swimming of New York swept the combined (1,290 points), men’s (514) and women’s (776) team titles. Empire Swimming is a member of the Metropolitan Swimming LSC.

Azura Florida Aquatics was fifth among combined teams (707) and men’s teams (497).

Metro Aquatics was the top FGC boys team placing third with 504 points.

Kelly Harrington, 16, made history on the final night of the three-day meet by becoming Boca Raton Swim Team’s first senior champion after winning the 15-16 year-old 50-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 28.65. Her previous best was 30.82 which she first bettered in prelims in 29.94. Boca Raton Swim Team is the Florida Gold Coast’s newest team.

It was Harrington’s best finish during the three-day meet. She was also third in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles. She competed in all the 50s, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke in her last club meet before the high school season.

“It is pretty amazing,” Harrington said. “I am really excited and glad to be a part of the team. Coach Allan is great and I think I am going to improve a lot.

“I felt pretty confident beforehand,” Harrington said. “I felt good in the water. I got a good start. I thought from beginning I was going to win. I just knew it.”

Harrington will be a junior this fall at Boca Raton High School where she has been Most Valuable Swimmer two consecutive seasons.

Other Florida Gold Coast individual and relay champions were:

Julie Suarez, Lake Lytal Lightning, 100-meter backstroke, 1:04.60.

Geena Squartino, SwimFast, 1500-meter freestyle, 17:45.28.

Kelly Fertel, Rockway Swimming, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:14.21.

Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver Swimming, 50-meter freestyle, 26.90.

Azura Florida Aquatics, 200-meter medley relay, 1:47.06 and 400-meter medley relay, 3:55.59 (Mateo Gonzalez, Joe Ortiz, Arvin Moradi, Marcelo Acosta).

Nick Carter, Gulliver Swimming, 100-meter backstroke, 57.69.

Diego Faucher, Metro Aquatics, 50-meter butterfly, 26.32.

Joe Ortiz, Azura Florida Aquatics, 50-meter butterfly, 24.86.

Henry Contich, Pine Crest Swimming, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:08.81.

Mike Schreuders, Pine Crest Swimming, 50-meter freestyle, 23.82.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 1,290, 2. Miami Swimming 891, 3. Quest Swimming 886, 4. Clearwater Aquatic Team 853, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 707, 6. Greenwood Swimming 563, 7. Virginia Gators 541, 8. Gulliver Swim Club 539, 9. Metro Aquatic Club 533, 10. Peru 456, 16. South Florida Aquatic Club 218.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 776, 2. Greenwood 563, 3. Miami Swimming 553, 4. Quest 495, 5. Gulliver Swim Club 365.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 514, 2. Virginia Gators 508, 3. Metro Aquatics 504, 4. Clearwater Aquatic Team 499, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 497.

GIRLS 15-16 HIGH POINT: 1. Beatrix Thompson, Empire 136, 2. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 110, 3. Laurynn Harvard, Unattached 103; SOFLO: 18. Jessica Rodriguez 46.

GIRLS OPEN HIGH POINT: 1. Meredith Vay, Quest 88, 2. tie, Megan Brown, Greenwood, Madeline Banic, Quest 85.

BOYS 15-16 HIGH POINT: 1. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 128, 2. Clark Beach, Quest 99, 3. Adler Cargill, Virginia Gators 94; SOFLO: 19. Ryan Capote 50.

BOYS HIGH POINT: 1. Grant Sanders, Clearwater 116, 2. Joe Ortiz, Azura 99, 3. Michael Craddock, Virginia 95.


200-meter medley relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 1:58.02, FGC, Open record (Dorothy Morgan, Anna Valls, Alexa Kalandiak, Kyla Valls), 2. Quest 1:59.11, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 2:04.13, 10. SOFLO “A” 2:09.86 (Liz Travieso, Jessica Rodriguez, Kylie Herman, Victoria Hill), 21. SOFLO “B” 2:20.44 (Carly Swanson, Astrid Rigau, Natasha Testa, Abolade Oyetunji).

100-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Beatrix Thompson, East 1:06.34; SOFLO: 12. Jessica Rodriguez 1:11.75, best time, 24. Liz Travieso 1:14.47, best time, 35. Carly Swanson 1:17.60, best time; Open, 1. Julie Suarez, Lake Lytal Lightning 1:04.60; SOFLO: 51. Victoria Hill 1:18.23, 61. Astrid Rigau 1:32.77.

1500-meter freestyle:

14-and-under, 1. Bridget Semenuk, Empire 17:54.89; 15-16, 1. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Clearwater 17:02.74; SOFLO: 10. Lilli Calero 19:30.22; 17-and-over, 1. Geena Squartino, SwimFast 17:45.28

50-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Kelly Harrington, Boca Raton Swim Team 28.65; SOFLO: 30. Natasha Testa 32.98, 35. Liz Travieso 33.35, 42. Carly Swanson 33.72, 43. Star Fassler 33.73, 62. Lilli Calero 35.51, 66. Victoria Lumelski 35.95; Open, 1. Meredith Vay, Quest Swimming 27.57; SOFLO: 37. Kylie Herman 32.08, best time, 44. Whitney Johnson 32.42, 63. Abolade Oyetunji 33.63, best time, 70. Victoria Hill 34.35, best time, 89, Astrid Rigau 35.98.

100-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway Swimming 1:14.21; SOFLO: 4. Jessica Rodriguez 1:16.58; 44. Victoria Lumelski 1:34.25; Open, 1. Anna Valls, Miami Swimming 1:12.44.

50-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver Swimming 26.90; SOFLO: 33. Liz Travieso 30.00, best time, 54. Carly Swanson 30.96, 61. Star Fassler 31.14, 71. Lilli Calero 31.44, 76. Natasha Testa 31.71, 95. Victoria Lumelski 33.83; Open, 1. Meredith Vay, Quest Swimming 25.97; SOFLO: 60. Kylie Herman 29.42, best time, 63. Victoria Hill 29.57, best time, 64. Whitney Johnson 29.59, best time, 77. Abolade Oyetunji 30.19, 106. Astrid Rigau 31.34.

200-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Beatrix Thompson, Empire 2:21.17; Open, 1. Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 2:25.94; SOFLO: 23. Kylie Herman 2:36.96.

400-meter medley relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 4:24.67 (Dorothy Morgan, Anna Valls, Alexa Kalandiak, Kyla Valls), 2. Quest Swimming 4:24.74, 3. Empire Swimming 4:27.41, 10. SOFLO “A” 4:44.92 (Liz Travieso, Jessica Rodriguez, Kylie Herman, Victoria Hill), 21. SOFLO “B” 5:09.25 (Carly Swanson, Lilli Calero, Natasha Testa, Abolade Oyetunji).


200-meter medley relay:

Open, 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 1:47.06 (Mateo Gonzalez, Joe Ortiz, Arvin Moradi, Marcelo Acosta), 2. Westminster Academy 1:47.58, 3. Miami Swimming 1:48.41, 16. SOFLO “A” 1:56.14 (Gustavo Valery, Brendan Cassie, CJ Kopecki, Ryan Capote), 21. SOFLO “B” 2:00.60 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Bowie Suen, Teddy Sandoval, Cristian Rossi).

100-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Clark Beach, Quest Swimming 59.55; SOFLO: 11. Juan Lucas 1:03.74, 13. Alfredo Mesa 1:04.67, 20. Ryan Capote 1:06.38, 28. Gustavo Valery 1:07.99; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver Swim Club 57.69.

1500-meter freestyle:

14-and-under, 1. Andrew Babyak, Empire 17:20.29; 15-16, 1. Ludov Boscaino, Clearwater 15:48.12; SOFLO: 13. Jonathan Strod 18:04.85; 17-and-over, 1. Taylor Uselis, Clearwater 15:57.14.

50-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Diego Faucher, Metro Aquatics 26.32; SOFLO: 5. Ryan Capote 27.28, 26. CJ Kopecki 29.26, 35. Cristian Rossi 29.79, 51. Mathew Delvalle 32.03, 53. Tyler Gibson 32.64, 58. Brandon Fratianni 33.30, 61. Bryan Moran 34.81; Open, 1. Joe Ortiz, Azura 24.86; SOFLO: 68. Teddy Sandoval 31.27.

100-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Henry Contich, Pine Crest Swimming 1:08.81; SOFLO: 24. Brendan Cassie 1:17.58, 36. Tyler Gibson 1:21.17; Open, 1. Shane McNamara, Empire Swimming 1:03.60; SOFLO: 41. Bowie Suen 1:18.23.

50-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Mike Schreuders, Pine Crest Swimming 23.82; SOFLO: 2. Ryan Capote 24.85, 12. Gustavo Valery 25.32, 31. Alfredo Mesa 26.41, 34. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 26.44, 55. Juan Lucas 27.19, 59. CJ Kopecki 27.36, 69. Cristian Rossi 27.81, 93. Bryan Moran 29.36, 97. Brendan Cassie 30.09, 104. Mathew Delvalle 31.30; Open, 1. Erik Risolvato, Unattached 22.95; SOFLO: 102. Bowie Suen 28.46.

200-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Jamison Austin, Virginia Gators 2:11.51; SOFLO: 20. Jonathan Strod 2:22.70, 43. Tyler Gibson 2:39.93; Open, 1. Grant Sanders, Clearwater 2:05.43; SOFLO: 50. Bowie Suen 2:32.86.

400-meter medley relay:

Open, 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 3:55.59 (Mateo Gonzalez, Joe Ortiz, Arvin Moradi, Marcelo Acosta), 2. Empire Swimming 3:57.21, 3. Miami Swimming 4:01.08, 13. SOFLO “A” 4:18.06 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Brendan Cassie, CJ Kopecki, Ryan Capote), 20. SOFLO “B” 4:38.57 (Jonathan Strod, Bowie Suen, Mathew Delvalle, Teddy Sandoval).

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