By Sharon Robb

September 26, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club boys and girls swimmers dominated opening day of the IMR-IMX Challenge Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO boys were on fire in their home pool, capturing every race in the 10-and-under and 11-12, a first for the Florida Gold Coast club.

Among winners were:

Christian Tijero led a SOFLO sweep of the top three spots in the 100-yard IM winning in 1:18.04.

Zackary Harris, 200-yard IM, 2:27.81 and 200-yard freestyle in 2:13.41.

Joseph Lee, 200-yard IM, 2:15.70 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:17.40.

Tyler Hering, 100-yard freestyle, 1:05.89.

Also in the morning session, Erika Pelaez was a double winner among the 10-and-under SOFLO girls.

Pelaez, 9, won the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:32.01, dropping 4.33 off her previous best, and 200-yard freestyle in 2:16.76.

Molly Golding, 12, had a pair of third-place finishes in the 200-yard IM in 2:23.73 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:43.18.

The afternoon session for the 13-14 and 15-and-over swimmers was just as productive for SOFLO.

It was the SOFLO girls turn to dominate age group titles.

Kathleen Golding, 14, one of the nation’s top age groupers, won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:13.36, 200-yard breaststroke in 2:29.58 and 400-yard individual medley in 4:29.95.

Jessica Rodriguez was a double winner in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:25.40 and 400-yard IM in 4:37.06.

In one of the best races of the day, SOFLO’s Kelley Heron, 16, and Allison Kopas, 17, of Swim Fort Lauderdale were stroke-for-stroke in the 200-yard backstroke with Heron out-touching Kopas, 2:09.09-2:09.91.

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:02.95 and 400-yard IM in 4:25.27.

There were a few non-SOFLO individual winners. Julio Horrego, swimming unattached won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:04.38 and 400-yard IM in 4:10.40. Bryan Rivero of Hialeah Swim Club won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:24.93. Nick Carter of Gulliver Swim Club won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:53.50.

The three-day meet concludes on Sunday with two sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

SATURDAY MORNING RESULTS

GIRLS

100-yard individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Michele Fernandez, HSC 1:11.98, 2. Marin Zuchowski, Unattached 1:22.15, 3. Sophie Lamelas, GRSC 1:25.75.

200-yard individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 2:32.01, 2. Sophia Perez, GRSC 2:44.48, 3. Camila Saporta, GRSC 2:46.28; 11-12, 1. Ana Kondratovitch, Unattached 2:18.59, 2. Claudia Acosta, HSC 2:22.81, 3. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:23.73.

100-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:03.82, 2. Isabella Acosta, GRSC 1:05.47, 3. Marin Zuchowski, Unattached 1:11.59.

200-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 2:16.76, 2. Camila Saporta, GRSC 2:27.29, 3. Nakai Chinogwenya, SF 2:33.15.

500-yard freestyle: 11-12, 1. Claudia Acosta, HSC 5:27.03, 2. Ana Kondratovitch, Unattached 5:33.44, 3. Molly Golding, SOFLO 5:43.18.

BOYS

100-yard individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 1:18.04, 2. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:20.87, 3. Jacob Navarro, SOFLO 1:21.58.

200-yard individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 2:27.81, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 2:34.32, 3. Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula, HSC 2:36.87; 11-12, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 2:15.70, 2. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 2:16.18, 3. Josh Zuchowski, Unattached 2:19.58.

100-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Tyler Hering, SOFLO 1:05.89, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 1:06.19, 3. Logan Gonzalez, SOFLO 1:06.42.

200-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 2:13.41, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 2:19.77, 3. Luca Echeumuna, Azura 2:20.84.

500-yard freestyle: 11-12, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 5:17.49, 2. Nicolas Rossi, SOFLO 5:20.05, 3. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 5:23.15.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard backstroke: 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:13.36, 2. Allora Williams, SOFLO 2:14.57, 3. Amanda Kopas, SFTL 2:18.09; 15-and-over, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:09.29, 2. Allison Kopas, SFTL 2:09.91, 3. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:15.60.

200-yard breaststroke: 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:29.58, 2. Olivia Hernandez, GRSC 2:40.18, 3. Elise Larin, SOFLO 2:43.45; 15-18, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:25.40, 2. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:29.10, 3. Allison Kopas, SFTL 2:37.99.

400-yard individual medley: 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:29.95, 2. Gabriela Fernandez, HSC 4:54.97, 3. Allora Williams, SF 5:00.47; 15-18, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:37.06, 2. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 4:43.28, 3. Emiliana Pelaez, Unattached 5:02.12.

BOYS

200-yard backstroke: 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:02.95, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 2:05.34, 3. Bryant Segui, SOFLO 2:09.08; 15-18, 1. Nick Carter, GRSC 1:53.50, 2. Julio Horrego, Unattached 1:57.78, 3. Nicolas Oberndorfer, GRSC 2:00.54.

200-yard breaststroke: 13-14, 1. Bryan Rivero, HSC 2:24.93, 2. Brandon Moran, SOFLO 2:25.39, 3. Kevin Degryze, SFTL 2:25.86; 15-18, 1. Julio Horrego, Unattached 2:04.38, 2. Marcelo Lauzurique, Unattached 2:16.91, 3. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 2:18.56.

400-yard individual medley: 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:25.27, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 4:29.04, 3. Bryan Rivero, HSC 4:35.18; 15-18, 1. Julio Horrego, Unattached 4:10.40, 2. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:16.98, 3. Javier Sanchez, GRSC 4:19.86.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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