South Florida Aquatic Club’s Ryan Capote Fifth In Swim Miami 2015

By Sharon Robb

April 21, 2015—Ryan Capote of South Florida Aquatic Club finished fifth among the men’s field and won his age group in Sunday’s Swim Miami 2015, presented by Nike at the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island.

Capote, 17, of Miami and junior at Pembroke Pines Charter, finished in 20:36 and was eighth overall among a field of 391.

Miguel Alberto Portes Matias of the Dominican Republic national open water team won the men’s 10K title. Portes, 22, of Santo Domingo won the 10K in 1 hour, 55 minutes and 32 seconds for the 6.2-mile distance.

Portes started swimming at age 3 to improve his chronic asthma and has been swimming ever since.

Christian Marsden, 26, of Bay Shore was second in 1:56.93 and Miami’s Luke Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks was third in 2:03:10.

Catalina Galea Berraud, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale won the women’s 10K title in 2:02:53 and was third overall. Mary Smutny, 14, of AquaKids Sharks was second in 2:13:45 and Alex Costantino of Wahoos of Wellington was third in 2:18.05.

Metro Aquatics swept the top three places in the men’s 5K swim. Joseph Perez, 16, won in 58:30 followed by Alex Arrieta, 17, in 58:49 and Adrian Aguilar, 14, in 58.49. Nick Carter, 25, of Gulliver Swim Club was fourth in 59.04. Former Alabama All-American Ricardo Valdivia, 50, of Miami was fifth in 59.40.

In the women’s 5K, Alexa Rivera, 16, of Boynton Beach won in 1:02.05. Nicole Urquidi, 17, of Miami and Gulliver Swim Club was second in 1:03:16 and Emma Quintanilla, 18, of Miami was third in 1:03:25.

Brazilian Renato Donha, 33, won the men’s mile in 19:09.25. Gulliver Swim Club swept the next three places. Jonathan Rodriguez, 13, of Miami was second in 19:25. Alicia Mancilla, 15, of Miami won the women’s title in 19:59 and was third overall and Pablo Luchau, 15, was fourth in 20:05. Maricielo Otero, 43, of Miami Beach was second among women in 20:11 and Kelly Fertel, 17, also of Gulliver, was third in 20:33.

In the 800-meter race, Ricardo Monasterio, 36, a four-time Venezuelan Olympian from Miami and Swim Gym Aquatics won in 11:36. Kimberly Nordheim, 47, of Boca Raton won the women’s division in 12:06.

The course was similar to the 2012 London Olympics open water course. The 800-meter course was out-and-back at the Miami Yacht Club beach. The mile was one lap around a semi-rectangular course. The 5K was three laps and 10K was six laps.

Swim Miami is sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association. Proceeds benefitted the H20s Foundation (Helping Others Swim).

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