SOFLO’s Marinheiro, FGC Swimmers Shine On Final Day Of Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

SOFLO’s Marinheiro, FGC Swimmers Shine On Final Day Of Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 13, 2014—Melissa Marinheiro of South Florida Aquatic Club took another huge step in swimming Sunday at the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at the Orlando YMCA.

In a span of fifty minutes, she posted three best times including breaking the 9-minute barrier in the 800-meter freestyle for the first time, made two finals and anchored the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Marinheiro, 17, finished eighth in the 800 freestyle in a lifetime-best 8:57.89, dropping 4.41 seconds from her previous best of 9:02.30. Her opening split was 1:04 and her closing split was 1:05.

Marinheiro also swam a best time in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:23.41 in the “C” final. She first bettered her previous best of 2:30.49 in morning prelims in 2:25.38 and again dropped in final in 2:23.41, shaving a total of 7.08 seconds off her previous best.

Marinheiro anchored SOFLO’s 400-meter freestyle relay that finished seventh in 4:02.24 with teammates Amber Hunter, Olivia Katcher and Kathleen Golding. The foursome was seeded 12th in 4:03.38.

“Those were very solid swims,” South Florida Aquatic Club head coach Chris Anderson, scheduled to depart Monday for Commonwealth Games training camp with the Jamaican team including SOFLO three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson, who did not swim on Sunday.

“Mentally, Melissa has really matured,” Anderson said. “She had a lot of confidence going into this meet. Everything she swam she swam very tough. She was very competitive and I am proud of her taking a leadership role on the “B” relays.

“I look at the way she performed in 100 and 200 back and the way she finished up the night with a 2:23, good for her,” Anderson said. “This meet has been an emotional and mental breakthrough for her. I am confident she is going to break through and start scoring points at the national level.”

South Florida Aquatic Club finished eighth overall in the combined team standings with 274 points. The women’s team was fourth with 251 points.

“We still have a lot of maturity to do, but it’s a nice achievement,” Anderson said. “Our boys were competitive. They were racing strong and hard and it may not have shown in the points but they did a good job.”

Gator Swim Club, buoyed by depth and talent, won the combined team title with 909 points and men’s team title with 613 points. Scarlet Aquatics of New Jersey won the women’s team title with 366 and Gator Swim Club was second with 296.

It was a big night for Florida Gold Coast swimmers.

Florida Gold Coast swimmers swept the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. Katie Hoff, 25, of Hurricanes Swimming won in a best time 2:28.81, shaving 3.83 seconds off her previous best. Emily Kopas, 17, of Swim Fort Lauderdale was second in a best time 2:31.61, dropping .97 and Lindsey Swartz, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming was third in 2:35.86, also a best time, dropping .12.

Isabella Paez, 18, of Metro Aquatics won the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:13.81. Seeded second going into finals, she shaved .16 off her previous best time of 2:13.81.

Hoff, a two-time Olympian looking better than ever for upcoming nationals, was also second in the 100-meter freestyle in 55.85 and Megan Moroney, 17, of St. Andrew’s Swimming was third in 56.86.

Clara Smiddy, 18, of AquaKids Sharks was second in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:13.42.

David Knight, 21, of North Palm Beach was third in the 200-meter butterfly against an impressive field in 2:02.43.

Swim Fort Lauderdale won the men’s 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:31.36 with Nikita Tretyakov, Luke Torres, Adam Bull and Marco Hosfeld. The relay was seeded eighth in 3:36.97.

Other individual winners were:

Olympian and Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel, 21, of Bluefish showed she can go the distance by winning the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 8:29.41, shaving 3.86 off her personal best. Andreina Pinto, 22, of Gator Swim Club was second in 8:33.70.

Connor Signorin, 22, of Peddie Aquatics won the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:01.69. He was seeded ninth with a previous best of 2:03.89 and lowered it first in prelims in 2:02.57.

Florida’s Natalie Hinds, 20, of City of Midland Swim Team swept the sprint freestyles, winning the 100-meter freestyle in 55.78 a day after winning the 50.

South African Sebastien Rousseau, 23, of Gator Swim Club won the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 50.58, bettering his previous best of 51.45. Bradley deBorde, 22, of Patriot Aquatics was third in 51.15.

Juan Sequera, 20, of Club Seminole won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:17.48, dropping from 2:19.51.

In the race of the night, Florida’s Ashlee Linn, 21, of Sarasota YMCA won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:13.41, just 1/100th ahead of Michigan-bound Clara Smiddy.

Scarlet Aquatics won the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:54.95. St. Andrew’s Swimming took third in 3:57.32 with Megan Moroney, Colleen McCartin, Darby Goodwin and Brenna Ruth.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 909, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 682, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 462, 4. St. Andrew’s Swimming 460, 5. T2 Aquatics 405, 6. Club Seminole 285, 7. Metro Aquatics 285, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 274, 9. Swim Florida 247, 10. Tampa Bay Aquatics 232.

MEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 613, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 316, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 225, 4. Blue Dolfins 223, 5. Club Seminole, 6. St. Andrew’s Swimming 197, 7. Tampa Bay Aquatics 182, 8. Westminster Academy 168, 9. T2 Aquatics 159, 10. Metro Aquatics 146, 29. South Florida Aquatic Team 23.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 366, 2. Gator Swim Club 296, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 264, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 251, 5. T2 Aquatics 246, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 237, 7. Golden Panther Aquatics 197, 8. Swim Florida 193, 9. Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club 148, 10. Club Seminoles 146.


800-meter freestyle:

1.Elizabeth Beisel, Bluefish 8:29.41, 2. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 8:33.70, 3. Jessica Thielmann, Gator Swim Club 8:34.51; SOFLO: 8. Melissa Marinheiro 8:57.89, best time, 20. Kathleen Golding 9:17.16.

200-meter butterfly:

1.Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:13.65, 2. Emma Spilman, SPA 2:16.10, 3. Alyssa Yambor-Maul, ATAC 2:16.28; SOFLO: 24. Maria Lopez 2:28.19, 56. Olivia Katcher 2:33.75, 63. Kylie Herman 2:36.55, 66. Delanie Perez 2:40.32.

100-meter freestyle:

1.Natalie Hinds, COM 55.78, 2. Katie Hoff, Hurricanes 55.85, 3. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.86; SOFLO: 78. Amber Hunter 1:01.53.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Katie Hoff, Hurricanes 2:28.81, 2. Emily Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:31.61, 3. Lindsey Swartz, Pine Crest Swimming 2:35.86; SOFLO: 7. Jessica Rodriguez 2:41.91, 25. Kelley Heron 2:47.93, best time, 27. Kathleen Golding 2:49.11, best time, 51. Delanie Perez 2:57.20.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 2:14.83, 2. Alyssa Yambor-Maul, ATAC 2:15.46, 3. Ashlee Linn, SYS 2:15.64; SOFLO: 30. Melissa Marinheiro 2:25.38, 39. Marcella Marinheiro 2:27.35, best time, 56. Kelley Heron 2:30.44, 114. Kylie Herman 2:47.74.

400-meter freestyle relay:

1.Scarlet Aquatics 3:54.95, 2. T2 Aquatics 3:56.73, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 3:57.32; SOFLO: 7. “A” 4:02.24 (Amber Hunter, Olivia Katcher, Kathleen Golding, Melissa Marinheiro), 19. “B” 4:11.49 (Kelley Heron, Kylie Herman, Marcella Marinheiro, Maria Lopez).


1500-meter freestyle:

1.Arthur Frayler, GAAC 15:32.31, 2. Eric Ng, SCAR 15:43.62, 3. Eric Stobbe, SCAR 15:58.29; SOFLO: 19. Ronald Santos 16:47.08.

200-meter butterfly:

1.Connor Signorin, PAA 2:01.69, 2. Diago Decarvalho, Gator Swim Club 2:02.10, 3. David Knight, North Palm Beach 2:02.43; SOFLO: 71. Matthew Gonzalez 2:18.41, 86. Jonathan Strod 2:27.96.

100-meter freestyle:

1.Sebastien Rousseau, Gator Swim Club 50.58, 2. Nicholas Alexiou, SPA 50.89, 3. Bradley deBorde, Patrio Aquatics 51.15; SOFLO: 95. Ryan Capote 55.86, 122. Alfredo Mesa 56.82, 146. Gustavo Valery 57.55, 150. Juan Lucas 58.02, 152. Matthew Gonzalez 58.08.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Juan Sequera, Club Seminole 2:17.48, 2. Diago Decarvalho, Gator Swim Club 2:19.45, 3. Jared Pike, Club Seminole 2:20.66; SOFLO: 46. Ervin Marin 2:36.22, 62. Jordan Colon 2:38.38.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:01.28, 2. Connor Signorin 2:02.31, 3. Jian Wang 2:03.10; SOFLO: 26. Juan Lucas 2:13.55, best time, 27. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 2:15.16, 75. Ryan Capote 2:21.57, 87. Gustavo Valery 2:24.73, 88. Alredo Mesa 2:24.80.

400-meter freestyle relay:

1.Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:31.36 (Nikita Tretyakov, Luke Torres, Adam Bull, Marco Hosfeld), 2. Tampa Bay Aquatics 3:32.24, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 3:32.36; SOFLO: 16. “A” 3:46.17 (Alfredo Mesa, Marc Rojas, Gustavo Valery, Ryan Capote), 18. “B” 3:47.10 (Jordan Colon, Juan Lucas, Matthew Gonzalez, Ervin Marin).

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