By Sharon Robb

December 7, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kylie Herman is tearing it up at the collegiate level.

The Brandeis University freshman and Cypress Bay alum posted five Top 20 finishes in three freestyle and two butterfly events at the recent Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Gompei Invitational in Worcester, Mass.

With her versatility from sprint to distance, Herman scored 96 of the Judges’ 408.5 points to lead her team to a tenth-place finish among an impressive field of Division II and III swim teams.

Herman’s best finish was in the 500-yard freestyle placing 14th in 5:17.30.

Herman was also 15th in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:17.17. She had two 16th place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.93 and 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.00. She was 18th in the 50-yard freestyle in 55.98.

She also led off the 12th place 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 3:48.10 with teammates Joanna Murphy (Sarasota Riverview alum), Abby Damsky and Fallon Bushee.

Brandeis is now off from its dual meet schedule until Jan. 20 and will be headed for a Jan. 1-8 training trip to Dorado, Puerto Rico.

SALAMA MASTERS TRIATHLON

South Florida Aquatic Club masters swimmer Evelyn Salama finished runner-up among women at this past weekend’s Key West Triathlon.

Salama, 42, of Pembroke Pines was second in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 29 seconds in the Olympic-distance triathlon that features a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run.

Overall winners were Yunior Rosete Torres, 31, of Aventura in 1:58:43 among men and Imke Oelerich, 26, of Davie in 2:22:37 among women.

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre was among a field of 857 athletes who competed in the Olympic distance, sprint distance, duathlon and relay divisions.

ATKINSON RUNNER-UP IN VOTING

SOFLO three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson finished runner-up to track sensation Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the second annual Caribbean Sports Awards, organized by the Caribbean Sports Journalists Association. Cuban Yarisley Silva was also a runner-up among 11 women nominated.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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