Atkinson Top SOFLO Finisher; Marinheiro Swims Best Time On Day Two Of Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

June 19, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers had a good night at the Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series Friday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

On the second day of competition, three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder Alia Atkinson was top Florida finisher placing third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.21 against a strong field.

Top-seed Russian Yulia Efimova of Trojan Swim Club went out in 31.4 to win easily in 1:06.13, third fastest in the world this year. American record holder Jessica Hardy was second in 1:07.5.

During morning prelims Efimova, coming off a 16-month drug suspension, made up a second on Atkinson in the last 30 meters of their heat.

Florida Gulf Coast-bound Melissa Marinheiro, 18, turned in a lifetime-best in the 50-meter backstroke in 32.36 in the “D” final. She bettered her prelim time of 32.75.

Colombian Jorge Murillo Valdes, 23, was fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.13.

Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado, 27, was eighth in the “B” final in 29.77 after going 29.71 in prelims.

Teammate Timothy Wynter, 19, Jamaican national record holder in the 11-12, 13-14, 15-17 and senior categories in the 50-meter backstroke, turned in a season-best 26.89 in the “C” final of the sprint event.

Olympians Natalie Coughlin and Katinka Hosszu broke the only records of the day.

During morning prelims, Hosszu broke the U.S. Open record in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:31.07, breaking Katie Hoff’s previous record of 4:31.12 by 5/100ths of a second.

Hosszu now holds both the 200 and 400 IM U.S. Open records.

Ironically, Hosszu, a world and European champion and reigning FINA World Swimmer of the Year, has yet to win an Olympic medal in her three appearances in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Coughlin, 32, swam a career-best to break the American and U.S. Open records and win the 50-meter backstroke despite hitting the lane line.

Coughlin won in 27.51, third fastest time in the world and best time by 58/100ths. Top-seed Rachel Bootsma was second in 27.68. Missy Franklin finished eighth in 29.33.

“I had a great start,” Coughlin said. “At first I thought the announcers were talking about another lane. It’s nice to swim a best time at this stage.”

Defending series champions Conor Dwyer, a Florida alum, and Hosszu have clinched the series titles for the second consecutive year. Each won $10,000 as series points leaders.

Dwyer has $12,200 in race earnings and 61 points. Tyler Clary is second with $8,200 and 41 points.

Hosszu has $14,600 in prize money and 73 points. Because she is not American, Hosszu is not eligible to earn the BMW lease for winning the series title. Caitlin Leverenz is second with $8,000 and 40 points and will get the car keys.

In Friday’s other championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter freestyle:

In a talent-laden final, Femke Heemskerk, 27, of the Netherlands won in 1:55.68 ahead of Katinka Hosszu in 1:56.88 and Missy Franklin in 1:57.02. Heemskerk went out in 56.55 for the first 100 meters and pulled away in the final 50 for a body- length lead. It was the fastest time in the world this year. “After being in Barcelona last week, this was a good race for me against such a strong field,” Heemskerk said. “The crowd was great cheering. We don’t see the sun a lot in the Netherlands so this is great to be swimming here.”

Men’s 200-meter freestyle:

In a furious finish, Connor Jaeger of Club Wolverine, more known for his distance racing and fourth fastest qualifier after morning prelims (1:49.51), turned it on in the final 50 to win in 1:48.66. Top qualifier Nikita Lobintsev was second in 1:48.86 and Michael Phelps was third in 1:49.03. “I am still trying to figure the 200 race a little bit,” Jaeger said. “It’s exciting to be a part of the race.”

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke:

Cody Miller of Badger Swim Club made a statement with his win in an event that is wide open on the national scene. Miller, the top morning qualifier, went out in 28.12 and pulled away from the field to win in a career-best time 59.51, third fastest in the world this year and third ever sub-minute 100 breaststroke. Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Felipe Lima of Brazil was second in 1:00.66 and Josh Prenot was third in 1:01.21.

“I was very happy with that,” Miller said. “I wanted to be 59.49 so I was seconds away. It’s still early in the summer, but I’m glad to go my best time. I’m on the right track.”

Men’s 50-meter backstroke:

In a close race, Japan’s Junya Koga won in 25.02 after out-touching Russian sprinter Vlad Morozov in 25.19. Koga was top qualifier in 24.87, the only swimmer under 25. David Plummer edged out 6-foot-8 Matt Grevers, 30, for third place in 25.33. Teenager Michael Andrew, 16, of Indie Swimming won the “B” final in a best time 25.72. Andrew was one of two 16-year-olds in the field.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly:

Brazilian Daynara DePaula, 25, of Sesi won in 58.98 ahead of Farida Osman of Cal Aquatics in 59.05 and Felicia Lee of Stanford Swimming was third in 59.51.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly:

Without Michael Phelps in the event, the race was wide open and won by Tom Shields by 5/100ths of a second in 52.22. Early leader and top morning qualifier Giles Smith tightened up at the end of the race and finished second in 52.27.

“I’ve been working on my touch really trying to get to the wall first,” Shields said.

Women’s 400-meter individual medley:

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu pulled away from the field to win in 4:34.04, fourth fastest in the world. Emily Overholt of West Vancouver was second in 4:39.47, just ahead of Caitlin Leverenz, third in 4:39.55. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann was fourth in 4:42.10.

“The morning I felt great but tonight I felt a little jet lag,” Hosszu said. “I just try to race and not make any excuses.”

Men’s 400-meter individual medley:

Top seed Gunnar Bentz overcame early leader Tyler Clary on the breaststroke leg and went on to win in 4:17.73. Max Williamson was second in 4:18.22 and Clary was third in 4:20.54.

“A lot of training this summer and hard sets has gotten me here,” Bentz said.

Universal Sports Network will televise the meet on Saturday. The entire meet is also being webcast at usaswimming.org. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Pacific Coast Time.

The four-day meet is the sixth and final stop of the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series.

The top three finishers earn $1,000, $600 and $200 in prize money and five, three and one points for points standings.

FRIDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter freestyle:

1.Femke Heemskerk, Netherlands 1:55.68, 2. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 1:56.88, 3. Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars 1:57.02; FLORIDA: 83. Melissa Marinheiro, South Florida Aquatic Club 2:08.60, 91. Daniella Van den Berg, Azura Florida Aquatics 2:10.22.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Yulia Efimova, Trojan Swim Club 1:06.13, 2. Jessica Hardy, Trojan Swim Club 1:07.53, 3. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:08.21; FLORIDA: 4. Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 1:08.40.

50-meter backstroke:

1.Natalie Coughlin, Cal Aquatics 27.51, 2. Rachel Bootsma, Cal Aquatics 28.05, 3. Etiene Medeiros, Sesi 28.20; FLORIDA: 17. Carolina Colorado, South Florida Aquatic Club 29.77, 36. Melissa Marinheiro, South Florida Aquatic Club 32.75.

100-meter butterfly

1.Daynara De Paula, Sesi 58.98, 2. Farida Osman, Cal Aquatics 59.05, 3. Felicia Lee, Stanford Swimming 59.51; FLORIDA: 37. Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 1:02.62, 74. Yee Ching Wong, Swim Florida 1:05.14.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 4:34.04, 2. Emily Overholt, West Vancouver 4:39.47, 3. Caitlin Leverenz 4:39.55; FLORIDA: 4. Becca Mann, North Baltimore 4:42.10.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:

1.Mexico 3:50.04, 2. Hong Kong 3:51.29, 3. Palo Alto Stanford 3:51.40.

MEN

200-meter freestyle:

1.Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 1:48.66, 2. Nikita Lobintsev, Trojan Swim Club 1:48.86, 3. Michael Phelps, North Baltimore 1:49.03; FLORIDA: 7. Mitch D’Arrigo, Gator Swim Club 1:49.92, 9. Ryan Murphy, California Aquatics 1:50.59, 33. True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 1:53.09, 41. Corey Main, Gator Swim Club 1:53.32, 43. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 1:53.37, 51. Franco Lupoli, Azura 1:53.91, 108. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 1:58.05, 110. Julien Pinon, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:58.16.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Cody Miller, Badger Swim Club 59.51, 2. Felipe Lima, Fiat Minas 1:00.66, 3. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 1:01.21; FLORIDA: 5. Jorge Murillo, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:02.13, 30. Marco Guarente, Azura 1:05.18.

50-meter backstroke:

1.Junya Koga, Club Wolverine 25.02, 2. Vladimir Morozov, Trojan Swim Club 25.19, 3. David Plummer, New York Athletic Club 25.33; FLORIDA: 5, Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 25.61, 11. Corey Main, Gator Swim Club 26.00, 22. Timothy Wynter, South Florida Aquatic Club 26.89, 31. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 27.67.

100-meter butterfly:

1.Tom Shields, Cal Aquatics 52.22, 2. Giles Smith, Phoenix Swim Club 52.27, 3. Henrique Martins, Fiat Minas 52.56; FLORIDA: 22. Dylan Carter, Trojan Swim Club 54.33, 58. Maximiliano Abreu, Bolles 56.64, 92. Julien Pinon, South Florida Aquatic Club 58.42, 100. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 59.51.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Gunnar Bentz, Dynamo Swim Club 4:17.73, 2. Max Williamson, Stanford Swimming 4:18.22, 3. Tyler Clary, SwimMAC 4:20.54; FLORIDA: 33. True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 4:35.19, 49. Marco Guarente, Azura 4:44.35.

4×100-meter freestyle relay

1.Argentina 3:21.88, 2. Fiat Minas 3:24.61, 3. Mexico 3:28.62.

ELSEWHERE

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue went 58.9 in the 100-meter butterfly in the Tennessee Aquatics Invitational in Knoxville.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

 

Boyle, McBroom Win At Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series; Marinheiro Competes For SOFLO


By Sharon Robb

June 18, 2015—Lauren Boyle of New Zealand and American Michael McBroom won the opening distance events of the Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series Thursday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

Boyle, 27, won the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 16 minutes, 33.74 seconds, third-fastest time in the world this year.

Boyle took the lead early and led by half a pool length at the 800-meter mark.

Gillian Ryan, 19, of Club Wolverine overtook Madison Homovich, 15, of North Carolina Aquatics in the final 200 meters to finish second in 16:33.74 and Homovich was third in 16:37.16.

In a close men’s race, Michael McBroom, 24, of The Woodlands out-touched Connor Jaeger, 24, of Club Wolverine, 7:54.21-7:54.47 to win what started out as a three-man race. Both times moved them in the Top 20 in the field. Tunisian Ous Mellouli, 31, of Trojan Swim Club was third in 7:56.00.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro, 18, finished 17th in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:33.46 in her first race.

SOFLO teammates Alia Atkinson, Carolina Colorado, Jorge Murillo and Julien Pinon compete in their opening races on Friday.

A full schedule of racing, featuring Missy Franklin making her pro debut, and Michael Phelps begins Friday with the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter backstroke, 100-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley and 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Franklin, 20, announced on Thursday she signed her first endorsement deal with Speedo. The four-time Olympic gold medalist is scheduled to swim five events: 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstroke and 100 and 200-meter freestyle.

Universal Sports Network will televise the meet Friday and Saturday. The entire meet is also being webcast at usaswimming.org. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Pacific Coast Time.

The four-day meet is the sixth and final stop of the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series.

Defending series champions Conor Dwyer, a Florida alum, and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu are the series leaders headed into the final meet.

Hosszu has 63 points ahead of Caitlin Leverenz, 39 points, and Beisel, 38.5 points. Bolles alum Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas and SwimMAC is fourth with 37 points.

Dwyer has 61 points. Because she is not American, Hosszu is not eligible to earn the BMW lease for winning the series title.

The top three finishers earn $1,000, $600 and $200 in prize money and five, tree and one points for the points standings.

THURSDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Lauren Boyle, New Zealand 16:03.73, 2. Gillian Ryan, Club Wolverine 16:33.74, 3. Madison Homovich, North Carolina Aquatics 16:37.16; FLORIDA: 17. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:33.46.

MEN

800-meter freestyle:

1.Michael McBroom, The Woodlands 7:54.21, 2. Connor Jaeger, 24, Club Wolverine 7:54.47, 3. Ous Mellouli, Trojan Swim Club 7:56.00; FLORIDA: 7. Marcelo Acosta, Azura Florida Aquatics 8:04.97, 9. True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 8:07.74, 18. Franco Lupoli, Azura Florida Aquatics 8:14.39, best time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Hosts Saturday Sizzler At Academic Village Pool


By Sharon Robb

June 17, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will host the Florida Gold Coast Sizzler on Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

The meet begins at 10 a.m. Warm-up is 9:30 a.m.

Erika Pelaez, 8, one of the hottest swimmers at the monthly sizzlers, heads a field of twelve SOFLO swimmers. Pelaez is coming off a four-win sweep at the June 6 Azura Sizzler.

Pelaez is seeded first in all four events.

Pelaez will be joined by teammates Gabriel Campanioni, 8; Fiorella DiSalvo, 7; Matthew Escudero, 8; Armando Morillo, 8; Abigail Natino, 8; Joseph Natino, 6; Antonia Ortiz, 7; Alessandro Pereira, 8; Giada Porven, 7; Owen Smith, 8; and Sarah Vasquez, 7.

Joseph Natino and Pereira are SOFLO’s other top seeds.

Swimmers from around the FGC will compete in all four strokes—25-yard butterfly, 25-backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke and 25-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle relay.

IF YOU GO

What: South Florida Aquatic Club Sizzler

When: Saturday, warm-up 9:30 a.m., start 10 a.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $2, heat sheets $2. For more information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Sends Large Contingent To Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

June 17, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s top pro and national team swimmers will compete against most of the nation’s top swimmers at the Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series.

The four-day meet, that begins Thursday, is the sixth and final stop of the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

For many swimmers, including South Florida Aquatic Club teammates Alia Atkinson, Carolina Colorado, Jorge Murillo and Timothy Wynter, the meet will serve as a final tuneup for next month’s Pan American Games in mid-July in Toronto.

The pro swimmers will be joined by SOFLO national team members Melissa Marinheiro and Julien Pinon.

“We are looking forward to some great racing this week,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said. “This is our final fine tuning meet before Pan Ams. We are looking forward to having a good meet.”

SOFLO pro Lisa Blackburn is not competing in Santa Clara but was one of two swimmers recently named to the Bermuda national team for the Pan American Games. It will be her third Pan American Games appearance. At the 2003 Games, she won two silver medals and one bronze.

Defending series champions Conor Dwyer, a Florida alum, and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu are the series leaders headed into the final meet.

Hosszu has 63 points ahead of Caitlin Leverenz, 39 points, and Beisel, 38.5 points. Dwyer has 61 points. Because she is not American, Hosszu is not eligible to earn the BMW lease for winning the series title.

Swimmers are also fine tuning for the July 3-14 World University Games in South Korea and July 19-Aug. 2 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Olympic gold medalists and world record holders Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin will be among fifty USA Swimming National Team swimmers in the field.

It is Franklin’s first meet since turning pro after leaving University of California-Berkeley to train and focus on the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. It will also be her first meet since the NCAA Championships in March. She will get the chance to race against Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands, the world’s top-ranked 200-meter freestyler as well as Hosszu in the backstroke events. Franklin is entered in five events: 50, 100 and 200 backstrokes and 100 and 200 freestyles.

It will be Phelps last major racing opportunity before the USA Swimming Nationals in six weeks. Phelps, who is not competing in the world championships, is entered in five events. Phelps is not entered in the 100-meter butterfly, his best event, in favor of the 200-meter backstroke.

The racing begins Thursday with the timed final distance events at 4 p.m. PDT.

Universal Sports Network will televise the meet Friday and Saturday. The entire meet will also be webcast at usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Has Four Swimmers Selected For Southern Zone Age Group LSC Championships


By Sharon Robb

June 15, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Southern Zone Age Group LSC Championships set for August 4-8 in Tupelo, Mississippi.

The team was announced and swimmers were contacted on Monday by head coach John Shipman of St. Andrew’s Swimming.

SOFLO swimmers selected are Paige Lane, 11-12; Jie Hoon Lee, 11-12; Rafael Rodriguez, 13-14; and CJ Kopecki, 15-18.

USA Swimming’s Zone Championships feature top regional swimmers at the age group level who qualify. There are four zones: southern, western, central and eastern.

The Shockwave Swim Club is hosting the meet, which is expected to be webcast at the Tupelo Aquatic Center.

The girls and boys rosters are:

Girls 11-12: Claudia Acosta Hialeah; Iliza Aguiar, FLA; Gabrianna Banks Heritage Aquatics; Mattie Barfield, FLA; Madelyn Hebert, East Coast Aquatics; Paige Lane, SOFLO; Paige Lane, SOFLO; Paige MacEachern, St. Andrew’s Swimming; Jocelyn Ruiz, Blue Marlins.

Girls 13-14: Emily Cordovi, Gulliver Swimming; Madison Cummings, East Coast Aquatics; Hailey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks; Alexandra Meszaros, Pine Crest Swimming; Andrea Santander, Gulliver Swimming; Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach; Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks; Eriana Temperino, East Coast Aquatics.

Girls 15-18: Marissa Brannan, Heritage Aquatics; Tiffany Korb, St. Andrew’s Swimming; Sara Lacusky, Martin County; Victoria Miyamoto, Pompano Beach Piranhas; Sloan Sizemore, Pompano Beach Piranhas.

Boys 11-12: Victor Valdes, Hialeah; Lance Lesage, Plantation Swim Team; Kevin Fanjul, Blue Marlins; Joshua Zuchowski, East Coast Aquatics; Jie Hoon Lee, SOFLO; Alexander Meyer, Coral Springs Swim Club; Varis Monroe III, North Palm Beach.

Boys 13-14: Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO; Matthew Petreski, Pine Crest Swimming; Bryan Rivero, Hialeah; Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics; Diego Machado, Azura Florida Aquatics; Izaak Bastian, St. Andrew’s Swimming; Aaron Rodriguez, Hialeah Swim Club; Elvis Kotikovski, Azura Florida Aquatics.

Boys 15-18: CJ Kopecki, SOFLO; Sebastian Vargas, Coral Springs Swim Club; Adrian Moya, Metro Aquatics; Brandon Vives, Metro Aquatics; Marcelo Lavzurique, Big Gator; Cameron Anderson, Martin County; Tyler Zuyus, Pompano Beach Piranhas; Diego Faucher, Metro Aquatics.

In addition to Shipman, the coaching staff features assistant coach Norman Abril of Metro Aquatics; girls 11-12 coach Jackson Leonard of Gulliver Swimming; girls 13-14 coach Ewa Dorante of Pine Crest Swimming; girls 15-18 coach Cathy Silveira of Metro Aquatics; boys 11-12 coach Marcello Gatti of FLA; boys 13-14 coach Jonathan Zuchowski of East Coast Aquatics; and boys 15-18 coach Lingard Miller of YMCA BST.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Mateus Leads SOFLO Swimmers, Finishes Fifth At Open Water Southern Zones


By Sharon Robb

June 7, 2015—Leonardo Mateus of South Florida Aquatic Club was among top finishers at the Southern Zones Open Water Championships in Lake Echo at Seven Lakes, North Carolina.

Mateus finished fifth in the 5K 13-14 age group in 1 hour, 6 minutes and 19 seconds for 3.1 miles. He finished 3:11 minutes behind age group champion Nicholas Hernandez-Tome who finished in 1:04:18.

SOFLO teammate Kevin Porto was 20th in 1:08:29 in the 15-16 age group in the 5K.

SOFLO’s Alana Acevedo was 27th in 1:25:32 in the girls 13-14 age group 5K.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Erika Pelaez Sweeps Events At Azura Sizzler


By Sharon Robb
June 6, 2015—-Erika Pelaez of South Florida Aquatic Club swept all four of her individual events Friday at the Florida Gold Coast Broward Sizzler Azura at Caporella Aquatic Center.

Pelaez, 8, the top seed in all four events, won the 25-meter butterfly, 25-meter backstroke, 25-meter breaststroke and 25-meter freestyle.

SOFLO teammate Joseph-Blake Natino, 6, won the 25-meter breaststroke and was second in two events and third in another.

Pompano Beach Piranhas teammates Riley Andres and Lucia Blanco each won two events. Teammate Becket Menacho won two boys events.

Luke Weingard of YBC Barracudas was a triple winner in the 25-meter backstroke, 25-meter freestyle and 25-meter butterfly. He was also second in the 25-meter breaststroke.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

25-meter butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Riley Andres, Pompano Beach 32.09, best time, 2. Hayden Anton, Azura 37.99, 3. Lucia Blanco, Pompano Beach 51.32; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 15.88, 2. Sidney Anton, Azura 17.71, best time, 3. Sophia Echeumuna, Azura 19.03, best time.
25-meter backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Lucia Blanco, Pompano Beach 28.37, 2. Riley Andres, Pompano Beach 28.97, 3. Hayden Anton, Azura 38.47; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 17.50, 2. Lillia Blanco, Pompano Beach 21.50, 3 Sophia Echeumuna, Azura 21.65.
25-meter breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Lucia Blanco, Pompano Beach 32.03, 2. Riley Andres, Pompano Beach 37.28, 3. Hayden Anton, Azura 40.66, best time; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 20.66, 2. Lillia Blanco, Pompano Beach 20.90, 3. Sophia Echeumuna, Azura 21.09, best time.
25-meter freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Riley Andres, Pompano Beach 24.94, 2. Lucia Blanco, Pompano Beach 26.18, 3. Hayden Anton, Azura 27.40; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 15.35, 2. Sophia Echeumuna, Azura 16.47, 3. Lillia Blanco, Pompano Beach 17.00.
100-meter freestyle relay:
1.Azura 1:14.63 (Echeumuna, Anton, Kamar, Guerrero), 2. SOFLO 1:25.07, 3. Coral Springs Swim Club 1:25.93.
BOYS

25-meter butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Becket Menacho, Pompano Beach 33.08, best time, 2. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 34.47, best time; 7-8, 1. Luke Weingard, YBC Barracudas 21.97, 2. Gabriel Tortola, Azura 22.39, best time, 3. Sebastian Guio, YBC Barracudas 22.91, best time.
25-meter backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Charlie Russo, YBC Barracudas 27.12, best time, 2. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 30.31, best time, 3. Becket Menacho, Pompano Beach 31.06, best time; 7-8, 1. Luke Weingard, YBC Barracudas 22.66, best time, 2. Sebastian Guio, YBC Barracudas 22.88, best time, 3. Gabriel Tortola, Azura 25.21, best time.
25-meter breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 35.00, best time, 2. Becket Menacho, Pompano Beach 35.88, best time; 7-8, 1. Paul Pokatragool, Coral Springs Swim Club 24.69, 2. Luke Weingard, YBC Barracudas 24.90, best time, 3. Tyler Fortson, YBC Barracudas 26.41.
25-meter freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Becket Menacho, Pompano Beach 25.06, best time, 2. Charlie Russo, YBC Barracudas 27.13, best time, 3. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 27.15, best time; 7-8, 1. Luke Weingard, YBC Barracudas 19.15, best time, 2. Gabriel Tortola, Azura 19.22, 3. Tyler Fortson, YBC Barracudas 19.41.
100-meter freestyle relay:
1.YBC Barracudas 1:23.71 (Weingard, Guio, Livsey, Castro), 2. SOFLO 1:42.16.
Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Well-Represented At Southern Zones Open Water Championship


By Sharon Robb

June 5, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are among the Florida Gold Coast 23-swimmer all-star contingent that will compete at this weekend’s Southern Zones Open Water Championship in Lake Echo at Seven Lakes, N.C.

Alana Acevedo, 13, Leonardo Mateus, 13, and Kevin Porto, 15, will represent SOFLO on the FGC All-Star team.

Ten FGC girls will compete in the 1,000 freestyle. They are Marissa Brannan, 15; Autumn Leigh, 18; Alicia Mancilla, 15; Mia Marquez, 14; Victoria Miyamoto, 15; Brianna Prindle, 17; Sloan Sizemore, 15; Isabella Taylor, 12, and Nicole Urquidi, 17.

Thirteen boys are entered in the 1,000 freestyle. They are Cameron Anderson, 16; Diego Avellaneda, 14; Alejandro Basalo, 14; Cassidy Blackwin, 17; Nick Carter, 25; Blake Manganiello, 19; Pierce Rotman, 14; Nicholas Sharp, 16; Samuel Smiddy, 21; Shawn Warner, 20; and Noah Zylberberg, 16.

Isabella Taylor, 12, will represent the FGC in the 11-12 2,000.

In the 5,000, Acevedo and Marquez will compete in the 13-14 and Marissa Brannan, 15, Alicia Mancilla, 15; Victoria Miyamoto, 15; and Sloan Sizemore, 15, will swim.

In the 13-14 boys 5,000 event, Diego Avellaneda, 14; Alejandro Bsalo, 14; Mateus; and Pierce Rotman, 14 while in the 15-16, Cameron Anderson, 16; Porto; Nicholas Sharp, 16; and Noah Zylberberg, 16, will race.

In the women 5,000 open, Autumn Leigh, 18, Brianna Prindle, 17; and Nicole Urquidi, 17, will race while in the men’s open, Cassidy Blackwin, 17; Nick Carter, 25; Blake Manganiello, 19; Samuel Smiddy, 21; and Shawn Warner, 20 are expected to dominate.

The Sandhills Sandsharks Swim Team and North Carolina Swimming are hosting the two-day event.

The course for all zone races is a 1K loop in Lake Echo.

A welcome clinic and 1K orientation swim was scheduled for Friday.

Four races will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the 11-12 2K and 13-14, 15-16 and senior open 5K will be held.

On the final day, the 14-and-under girls and boys 3K team pursuit and open women and men 3K team pursuit are scheduled.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Claire Donahue Joins South Florida Aquatic Club


By Sharon Robb

June 5, 2015—U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue has joined South Florida Aquatic Club to train full-time for the 2016 Olympic trials and hopefully her second Olympic team.

Donahue, 26, a U.S. national team member, will begin training with SOFLO’s pro group in August after the July 24-Aug. 9 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia and FINA World Cup Series.

Donahue joins SOFLO’s pro team of three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder Alia Atkinson; two-time Colombian Olympian and national record holder Carolina Colorado; Jorge Murillo of Colombia and Timothy Wynter of Jamaica, both national record holders.

Donahue will be coached by SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson at the world championships and first two legs of the FINA World Cup, Aug. 11-12 in Moscow and Aug. 15-16 in Paris.

Her longtime coach Bruce Marchionda, whose last day at Western Kentucky is June 30th after ten seasons, will join Donahue at SOFLO in late August.

Marchionda will continue coaching Donahue and will also help coach at SOFLO.

Donahue, a Western Kentucky alum, has been a post-grad swimmer in Bowling Green since qualifying for the 2012 Olympic team in the 100-meter butterfly. She earned a gold medal as a member of the 400-meter medley relay team. She is WKU’s first Olympian to win a gold medal.

Anderson and Marchionda are longtime friends. It will be a smooth transition for both Donahue and Marchionda after training at SOFLO during holiday breaks and camps for several years.

“SOFLO was at the top of the list, we are familiar with the pool, and Bruce and I know Chris pretty well,” Donahue said.

“We had all the schools and teams listed where we wanted to go and we really felt SOFLO was a great fit more than any other team.”

Donahue, while sad about leaving Kentucky after eight years, is excited about the future.

“My first consideration was the coaching,” Donahue said. “I am going to have two Olympic-level coaches which is huge. Not a lot of people can get that. I am really excited about having both of them.

“The training atmosphere is what I was looking for. It is a pro group. I am 26 and being able to train with pros is another thing that is going to help me improve in the next year.”

Donahue trained with the pro group including Atkinson and Colorado in March.

“It was so much fun, the atmosphere was great,” Donahue said. “It’s not just about having the high level of training partners to train and push you but their goal is the same as mine. I really enjoyed the practices. I really am looking forward to it. I want to go. There are no doubts in my mind.”

Atkinson and other future teammates are already joking to Donahue, “I hope you’re ready to get a tan.”

“I am excited about the weather,” Donahue said. “I have always wanted to live in Florida. It is far away from home, but it’s also 30 minutes away from the beach and you can’t beat that. I am glad it all worked out.”

Donahue wanted to stay with her consistent training routine with Marchionda in Bowling Green until she left for worlds.

“Then when we get back we will pretty much pack up everything and head down there,” Donahue said. “I am very, very excited about the move.

“The Olympic trials are getting closer and closer,” she said. “I remember two years ago saying, ‘Claire, it’s time to get back to work, the next Olympics are coming pretty quickly.’ Every practice is important.”

It will also be the opportunity of a lifetime for SOFLO swimmers and coaching staff.

In addition to the SOFLO pros, top age group swimmers who have made their Grand Prix cuts including Melissa Marinheiro, Julien Pinon, Kathleen Golding and Jessica Rodriguez will also be training with Donahue.

“It’s going to be a great experience for SOFLO, taking our coaching staff and athletes to an even higher level,” Anderson said. “It brings us up another notch to have someone who is ranked among the top swimmers in three events.”

Anderson, a three-time Jamaican Olympic coach, just returned from his head coaching stint at the USA Swimming Zone Select Camp in Arizona. Anderson is also coaching five athletes at the July 14-18 Pan American Games in Toronto.

“Claire and Bruce bring that professionalism and competitiveness on a daily basis,” Anderson said. “There’s no transition needed, it’s full speed ahead.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Pelaez Leads SOFLO Contingent For Friday Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

June 4, 2015—-Erika Pelaez of South Florida Aquatic Club is among three SOFLO top seeds entered in Friday’s Florida Gold Coast Broward Sizzler hosted by Azura in Tamarac.

Pelaez, 8, is seeded first in the 25-meter butterfly, 25-meter backstroke, 25-meter breaststroke and 25-meter freestyle.

Other top seeds are:

Joseph-Blake Natino, 6, 25-meter butterfly, 25-meter breaststroke and 25-meter freestyle.

Jake Roman, 7, 25-meter backstroke.

Other SOFLO swimmers entered are: Matthew Escudero, 8; Benjamin Kim, 7; Armando Rafael Morillo, 8; Abigail Pangilinan Natino, 8; Giada Porven, 7; Owen Smith, 8; and Sarah Vasquez, 7.

The events are divided into two age groups, 6-and-under and 7-8.

The boys and girls races are 25-meter butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. There is also an 8-and-under 100-meter freestyle relay.

Swimmers are allowed to enter in all four individual events and relay.

IF YOU GO

What: Azura 8&Under June Sizzler

When: Friday, warm-up 5 p.m., meet starts 5:30 p.m.

Where: Caporella Aquatic Center, 9300 NW 58th Street, Tamarac

Admission: $2, heat sheets $2. For more information call 954-696-8457 or email tamaracswimming@gmail.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com