SOFLO Continues To Do Well At Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

SOFLO Continues To Do Well At Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 12, 2014—Swimming against some of the nation’s top clubs is bringing out the best in South Florida Aquatic Club at the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at the Orlando YMCA.

“We are holding our own with these very good clubs and doing a good job,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

Going into the fourth and final day, SOFLO’s women’s team is fourth overall. SOFLO is seventh in the combined team standings.

Among SOFLO’s top performers on Saturday was Melissa Marinheiro.

Marinheiro, 17, posted a best time in the 100-meter backstroke during morning prelims in 1:07.98 dropping 3.58 seconds. She came back in the final dropping more time in 1:06.70, another 1.28-second drop to finish 26th overall.

Marinheiro also qualified for the “A” final of the 400-meter freestyle. She finished eighth in 4:22.25. In prelims she went 4:20.88, just off her best time of 4:20.69.

Kathleen Golding won the “C” final of the 200-meter individual medley in 2:24.41, just off her best time. She also won the “C” heat of the 400-meter freestyle in 4:26.30.

Ronald Santos made his second swim in the 400-meter freestyle and finished the “D” final in 4:12 after going 4:10.66 in prelims.

Three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson swam the breaststroke in the 50-meter freestyle event to work on her stroke count in the sprint event. It is one of three events she will be swimming in the Commonwealth Games later this month and it was an opportunity to get in another fine tuning race.

With the men’s team winning four of five events including the final relay, the Gator Swim Club is pulling away in the combined teams race.

On the third day of action, the Gator Swim Club leads with 682 points ahead of first-day leader Scarlet Aquatics of New Jersey with 472 and St. Andrew’s Swimming with 366.

South Florida Aquatic Club is seventh overall with 223 points.

The Gator Swim Club has all but clinched the men’s team title with 468 points. Scarlet Aquatics is a distant third with 198 and Club Seminole is third with 180. Scarlet Aquatics leads the women’s team standings with 274 just 60 points ahead of Gator Swim Club. St. Andrew’s Swimming is third with 207.

Sebastien Rousseau, 23, Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, 20, and Dan Wallace, 21, won individual events for the Gator Swim Club.

Rousseau won the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 55.33, lowering his previous best of 57.49.

Solaeche-Gomez won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.74.

Wallace won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:53.03 ahead of teammates Andrea D’Arrigo, 19, in 3:53.40.

Jian Wang, Solaeche-Gomez, Marcin Cieslak and Pawel Werner combined to win the 400-meter medley relay in 3:44.44.

Florida Gold Coast’s top finisher was Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks winning the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.69, just off her best time of 1:00.51 and ahead of two-time Olympian Katie Hoff, 25, of Hurricanes Swimming in 1:02.50.

Other individual winners were:

Justine Bowker, 27, of T2 Aquatics won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:15.70 finishing ahead of Olympian Elizabeth Beisel, 21, of Bluefish in 2:16.35.

Natalie Hinds, 20, the 2013 SEC Female Freshman of the Year at University of Florida from City of Midland Swim Team won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.42. Katie Hoff was third in a best time 26.21, bettering her previous best of 27.11.

Florida alum Bradley deBorde, 22, of Patriot Aquatics won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.98.

Stephanie Peacock, 22, of SWIM won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:12 just ahead of Jessica Thielman, 20, of Gator Swim Club in 4:12.09.

The four-day meet concludes on Sunday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 4 p.m.

Sunday’s events are the women’s 800-meter freestyle, men’s 1500-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter freestyle relays.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 682, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 472, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 366, 4. T2 Aquatics 314, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 288, 6. Club Seminole 282, 7. South Florida Aquatic Club 223, 8. Swim Florida 205, 9. Metro Aquatics 192, 10. Tampa Bay Aquatics 185.

MEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 468, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 198, 3. Club Seminole 180, 4. Blue Dolfins 166, 5. St. Andrew’s Swimming 159, 25. SOFLO 19.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 274, 2. Gator Swim Club 214, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 207, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 204, 5. T2 Aquatics 191.


100-meter backstroke:

1.Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 1:01.69, 2. Katie Hoff, Hurricanes 1:02.50, 3. Sviatlana Khakhlova 1:02.51; SOFLO: 26. Melissa Marinheiro 1:06.70, best time, 27. Marcella Marinheiro 1:07.54, 65. Kelley Heron 1:10.31, 71. Amber Hunter 1:10.56, 112. Jessica Rodriguez 1:13.37, 119. Maria Lopez 1:13.84, 131. Carly Swanson 1:15.83, 133. Liz Travieso 1:16.50.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Justin Bowker, T2 Aquatics 2:15.70, 2. Elizabeth Beisel, Bluefish 2:16.35, 3. Lindsey McKnight, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:17.63; SOFLO: 19. Kathleen Golding 2:24.41, 54. Jessica Rodriguez 2:30.58, 67. Kelley Heron 2:32.60, 91. Olivia Katcher 2:36.18.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Natalie Hinds, COM 25.68, 2. Sviatlana Khakhlova, Club Seminole 25.99, 3. Katie Hoff, Hurricanes 26.35; SOFLO: 68. Maria Lopez 28.36, 76. Amber Hunter 28.52, 128. Marcella Marinheiro 29.34, 159. Liz Travieso 30.25, 161. Carly Swanson 30.46, 164. Alia Atkinson 31.34.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Stephanie Peacock, SWIM 4:12.00, 2. Jessica Thielman, Gator Swim Club 4:12.09, 3. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 4:14.05; SOFLO: 8. Melissa Marinheiro 4:22.25 (4:20.88 prelims), 17. Kathleen Golding 4:26.30, best time, 57. Olivia Katcher, SOFLO 4:41.43.

400-meter medley relay:

1.T2 Aquatics 4:16.19, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 4:19.25, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:19.92, 9. South Florida Aquatic Club “A” 4:28.66 (Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Maria Lopez, Kathleen Golding), 13. SOFLO “B” 4:36.26 (Marcella Marinheiro, Kelley Heron, Amber Hunter, Olivia Katcher).


100-meter backstroke:

1.Sebastien Rousseau, Gator Swim Club 55.33, 2. Pavel Sankovich, Club Seminole 55.68, 3. Tristan Sanders, PYP 56.39; SOFLO: 62. Juan Lucas 1:04.58, 62. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:04.58, best time, 76. Gustavo Valery 1:05.19, 85. Alfredo Mesa 1:05.73, 91. Ryan Capote 1:06.06.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Gator Swim Club 2:00.74, 2. Diago Decarvalho, Gator Swim Club 2:02.58, 3. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:03.36; SOFLO: 78. Ervin Marin 2:18.46, 80. Marc Rojas 2:18.55, 95. Jordan Colon 2:20.40, 110. Matthew Gonzalez 2:22.29, 113. Jonathan Strod 2:22.75.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Bradley Deborde, PA 22.98, 2. Jason McCormick, Boca Raton 23.05, 3. Logan Lassley, Westminster Academy 23.19; SOFLO: 69. Ryan Capote 25.19, 85. Marc Rojas 25.58, 135. Ervin Marin 26.47.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Dan Wallace, Gator Swim Club 3:53.03, 2. Andrea D’Arrigo, Gator Swim Club 3:53.40, 3. Nicholas Alexiou, SPA 3:57.66; SOFLO: 31. Ronald Santos 4:12.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Gator Swim Club 3:44.44, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:53.72, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 3:55.06, 19. South Florida Aquatic Club “A” 4:09.98 (Juan Lucas, Marc Rojas, Matthew Gonzalez, Ryan Capote), 21. SOFLO “B” 4:16.16 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Jordan Colon, Ronald Santos, Gustavo Valery).

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