South Florida Aquatic Club Sweeps Relays On Day One Of Speedo Champions Series At Plantation Aquatic Complex

By Sharon Robb

March 12, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club got off to a great start Thursday night at the Speedo Sectional Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO swept the women’s relays and had six swimmers in the Top 20 of the men’s distance event at the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships.

SOFLO won the women’s 200-meter medley relay in 1:58.17 with Melissa Marinheiro, Valentina Artemova, world record holder Alia Atkinson and 14-year-old Kathleen Golding.

SOFLO’s “B” relay was 13th in 2:08.15 duplicating its entry time with Kelley Heron, Lisa Blackburn, Kylie Herman and Carly Swanson.

SOFLO also won the women’s 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:47.60 with Artemova, Lisa Blackburn, Atkinson and Golding. Its’ “B” relay was 17th in 1:56.43 with a young lineup of Melissa Marinheiro, Kelley Heron, Carly Swanson and Kylie Herman.

SOFLO’s “A” men’s 200-meter medley relay of Timothy Wynter, Marc Rojas, CJ Kopecki and Ryan Capote was sixth in 1:50.50.

SOFLO’s men’s “B” 200-meter medley relay was 11th in 1:55.05 with another young lineup of Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 15, Ervin Marin, 15, Alfredo Mesa, 16, and Juan Lucas, 16.

SOFLO’s “A” relay was ninth in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:40.95 with Ryan Capote, Marc Rojas, Timothy Wynter and Ervin Marin. SOFLO’s “B” relay was 14th in 1:43.67 with Juan Lucas, CJ Kopecki, Esteban Diaz-Velasco and Alfredo Mesa.

SOFLO’s distance swimmers did well in the 800-meter freestyle with six swimmers placing in the Top 20.

Rafael Rodriguez, 13, was SOFLO’s top men’s finisher placing seven in the 800 in a best time 8:44.12, a 22.87-second drop.

CJ Kopecki, 15, was ninth in 8:47.20, also a best time and drop of 2.03 seconds.

Samuel Asnis, 16, was 16th in a best time 8:59.17, a 0.87 drop. Ricardo Roche, 15, was 17th in a best time 9:01.20, a 59.12 time drop. Juan Diaz, 15, was 18th in a best time 9:03.84, dropping 1:12.84 minutes. Leonardo Mateus, 13, was 20th in a best time 9:04.16, dropping 1:11.14 minutes.

SOFLO is fifth in the combined team standings with 171 points. The women’s team is third with 88 points and men’s team is fourth with 83 points.

“I thought we started off really well the first night,” SOFLO coach Chris Andersons said. “Our relays looked great and we had some personal bests in the 800. Our team really came together.”

Kate Magill of Seacoast Swimming Association and Franco Lupoli of Azura won the distance freestyle events.

Magill, 15, won the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in a career-best 17:26.51, dropping 42.69 from her previous best. She won by nearly 11 seconds.

Lupoli, 20, won the men’s 800-meter freestyle in 8:18.57, outsprinting Alejandro Gomez of Gator Swim Club by a half second, 8:18.57-8:19.06.

A capacity field of 650 swimmers from 60 teams are competing in the four-day meet. A full schedule resumes on Friday with prelims and finals.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Seacoast Swimming Association 192, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 188, 3. Phoenix Swimming 183, 4. Bluefish 182, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 171.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Seacoast 132, 2. Bluefish 94, 3. SOFLO 88.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 152, 2. Phoenix 100, 3. Bluefish 88, 4. SOFLO 83.


1500-meter freestyle: 1. Kate Magill, SSA 17:26.51, 2. Catalina Galea Berraud, Unattached 17:37.23, 3. Emma Whall, SSA 17:48.42; FLORIDA: 4. Florencia Almada, SWIM 17:57.39, 5. Stephanie Campo, CSSC 18:08.40, best time, 8. Nicole Gomez, NPB 18:15.02, best time, 10. Cassidy Blackwin, SAS 18:20.31, best time, 12. Audra Duffy, BD 18:29.34, 18. Madeline Ayres, NPB 18:42.94, 19. Cameron Thomas, SF 18:44.50, 21. Ashley Herrod, WOW 18:51.03, 25. Lauren Griffith, SWIM 19:07.37.

200-meter medley relay: 1. SOFLO 1:58.17 (Valentina Artemova, Alia Atkinson, Kathleen Golding, Melissa Marinheiro), 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:00.92, 3. Seacoast 2:03.55.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. SOFLO 1:47.60 (Valentina Artemova, Lisa Blackburn, Alia Atkinson, Kathleen Golding), 2. Seacoast 1:50.84, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:51.22.


800-meter freestyle: 1. Franco Lupoli, Azura 8:18.57, 2. Alejandro Gomez, Gator Swim Club 8:19.06, 3. Maxwell Miranda, ABF 8:20.29; FLORIDA: 4. Nicholas Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 8:20.97, 6. Daniel Young, SWIM 8:43.25, 7. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 8:44.12, best time, 8. Matthew Fisher, Boca Raton 8:47.05, 9. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 8:47.20, best time, 11. Matthew Strickland, SWIM 8:47.85, 13. Mark Burnley, YBC 8:51.77, 14. Cameron Anderson, MCA 8:55.73, 15. Nicholas Pacitti, PST 8:56.65, 16. Samuel Asnis, SOFLO 8:59.17, 17, Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 9:01.20, best time, 18. Juan Diaz, SOFLO 9:03.84, best time, 20. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 9:04.16, best time, 22. Matthew Taddonio, Boca Raton 9:04.91, 23. Darrien Heil, GCST 9:06.03, 25. Kevin Porto, SOFLO 9:09.58, 26. Grant Dodge, NPB 9:11.86, 28. Dylan Allen, SFTL 9:17.20.

200-meter medley relay: 1. Azura 1:46.63 (Mateo Gonzalez, Marco Guarente, Carlos Herrera, Franco Lupoli), 2. Blue Dolfins 1:48.17, 3. Bluefish Swim Club 1:48.70.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 1:36.01 (Carlos Herrera, Marco Guarente, Mateo Gonzalez, Franco Lupoli), 2. Blue Dolfins 1:38.25, 3. Phoenix Swimming 1:38.97.


What: Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

When: Today-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation.

Admission: $3 per person, heat sheets $3 per session. For information call 954-452-2526.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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