Cunningham, Lee Lead SOFLO On Day One Of Gator Swim Club Holiday Classic


By Sharon Robb

December 4, 2015—Kayla Cunningham and Joseph Lee of South Florida Aquatic Club came up big on the opening day of the Gator Swim Club Holiday Classic Friday at the Stephen O’Connell Center on the University of Florida campus.

Cunningham, 12, won the girls’ 11-12 200-yard butterfly in 2:19.18. She bettered her previous best of 2:26.99 during prelims in 2:17.60 to earn the top seed. Her time drop was 9.39 seconds.

Cunningham was also eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:05.83. In prelims she swam a best time 2:04.09 to earn the seventh seed, a time drop of 2.54 from her previous best.

Lee, 12, won the boys’ 11-12 200-yard butterfly in a best time 2:09.11, dropping 6.50 seconds off his previous best of 2:15.61.

Lee also won the 400-yard individual medley in a best time 4:35.94, dropping an impressive 22.01 seconds off his previous best.

Lee was fourth in the 50-yard butterfly in 27.09, another best time.

South Florida Aquatic Club is fifth among combined team standings with 50 points. Sarasota YMCA Sharks lead with 182. SOFLO is fourth among boys’ teams with 44.

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

Tyler Bland, third, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:02.24, best time.

Alejandro Mateus, third, 200-yard freestyle, 2:13.6, best time; sixth, 100-yard individual medley, 1:12.62, best time.

Nicolas Rossi, fourth, 200-yard freestyle, 1:55.99, best time, a drop of 6.80 seconds.

CJ Kopecki, fifth, 400-yard individual medley, 4:07.33, best time.

John Paul Handal, sixth, 200-yard freestyle, 1:57.62, best time.

Rafael Rodriguez, fourth, 400-yard individualmedley, 4:16.29; seventh, 200-yard freestyle, 1:47.78, best time.

Logan Gonzales, eighth, 50-yard breaststroke, 41.04.

Jonathan Farah, eighth, 100-yard breaststroke, 59.01.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 182, 2. Bolles 122, 3. Swim Florida 52, 3. Loggerhead Aquatics 52, 5. SOFLO 50.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 80, 2. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 60, 3. Episcopal 46, 4. SOFLO 44, 5. Loggerhead 34.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 122, 2. Bolles 42, 3. SwimMAC 28, 4. Swim Florida 27, 5. AquaKidsSharks 24, 16. SOFLO 6.

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Michaela Mattes, SYS 2:08.75, 2. Erika Pelaez, GRSC 2:12.89, 3. Olivia Dinehart, AKS 2:13.64; SOFLO: 22. Kerry Cunningham 2:30.48, best time, 28. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:36.57, best time, 46. Leah Pardo 2:45.57, best time; 11-12, 1. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 1:54.40, 2. Sara Stotler, LA 1:57.19, 3. Emily Chorpening, ATAC 1:58.28; SOFLO: 8. Kayla Cunningham 2:05.83; 13-14, 1. Christina Cianciolo, SYS 1:50.49, 2. Dakota Topp, MAC 1:53.10, 3. Olwyn Bartis, MAC 1:54.49; 15-16, 1. Peyton Palsha, SPA 1:49.76, 2. Klaudia Greer, TB 1:50.57, 3. Mary Smutny, AKS 1:50.89; Open, 1. Chelsea Colwill, TB 1:49.59, 2. Paulina Watson Valero, BSS 1:51.25, 3. Grace Patrice, SYS 1:52.10.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 33.97, 2. Ann Wohlgemuth, BAC 37.67, 3. Caroline Bartel, TYS 39.10; SOFLO: 11. Kaitlyn Barrios 42.29, best time, 37. Leah Pando, 46.01; 11-12, 1. Olivia Peoples, BSS 31.35, 2. Carolina Ricciardi, MAC 31.66, 3. Sasha Ramey, BSS 32.53.

100-yard breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Tate Vangellow, SYS 1:17.14; 13-14, 1. Maddy Flickinger, MAC 1:05.95, 2. Desirae Mangaoang, MAC 1:08.52, 3. Mikayla Puckett, GCST 1:08.68; 15-16, 1. Laurynn Harvard, SPA 1:04.55, 2. Peyton Palsha, SPA 1:04.83, 3. Katherine Baker, BSS 1:05.97; Open, 1. Christin Rockway, TB 1:04.37, 2. Morgan Ayers, ATAC 1:05.44, 3. Adrianna DeBoer, TCSC 1:06.44.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 30.51, 2. Erika Pelaez, GRSC 30.52, 3. Peyton Skoglund, BSS 31.88; SOFLO: 31. Kerry Cunningham 36.97, best time; 11-12, 1. Olivia Peoples, BSS 26.79, 2. Georgia Bates, GSC 26.82, 3. Lily Burke, MAC 27.55.

100-yard butterfly:

11-12, 1. Ann Barral, MAC 1:05.95; 13-14, 1. Isabel Traba, SYS 55.91, 2. Amanda Hoffman, MAC 57.15, 3. Chloe Harris, MAC 57.16; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AKS 56.85, 2. Madi Tyle, SYS 57.06, 3. Cloe Bedard-Khalid, MAC 57.51; Open, 1. Christin Rockway, TB 55.53, 2. Maddie Jean, SYS 55.68, 3. Kathryn Brewer, TB 57.79.

200-yard butterfly:

11-12, 1. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 2:19.18, 2. Jordan Browning, MAC 2:22.15, 3. Valeria Strohmeier, GRSC 2:27.65.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 1:07.50, 2. Erika Pelaez, GRSC 1:08.97, 3. Olivia Dinehart, AKS 1:13.26; SOFLO: 31. Kerry Cunningham 1:23.32, 35. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:23.99, best time, 50. Leah Pando 1:27.23.

400-yard individual medley:

13-14, 1. Isabel Traba, SYS 4:26.69, 2. Morgan Shinault, TB 4:31.51, 3. Emma Weyant, SYS 4;33.59; 15-16, 1. Laurynn Harvard, SPA 4:30.64, 2. Lara Hernandez-Tome, SYS 4;31.48, 3. Ali Andros, SYS 4:36.04; Open, 1. Grace Patrice, SYS 4:23.31, 2. Adrianna DeBoer, TCSC 4:32.95, 3. Rachel O’Grady, SYS 4:37.13.

200-yard medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. Sarasota 2:11.92, 2. Gulliver 2:25.49, 3. Bolles 2:26.50, 10. SOFLO 2:37.59 (Leah Pando, Kaitlyn Barrios, Kerry Cunningham, Giada Porven), best time; 13-14, 1. SwimMAC A 1:48.77, 2. SwimMAC B 1:51.33, 3. Sarasota 1:51.45.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. El Mehdi El Aoufir, BSS 2:08.09, 2. Raymond Prosinski, LA 2:09.99, 3. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 2:13.66, best time; SOFLO: 16. Nathaniel Garrick 2:27.68, 21. Logan Gonzalez 2:28.37, best time; 11-12, 1. Beau Bengston, TTW 1:53.71, 2. JD Bengston, TTW 1:54.78, 3. Colton Franz, SYS 1:55.61; SOFLO: 4. Nicolas Rossi 1:55.99, best time, 6. John Paul Handal 1:57.62, best time; 13-14, 1. Sterling Crane, EAJ 1:43.59, 2. Ryland Sun, ATAC 1:44.08, 3. Julian Hill, GSC 1:44.11; SOFLO: 7. Rafael Rodriguez 1:47.78, best time; 15-16, 1. Aitor Fungairino, MAC 1:37.60, 2. Matt Nutter, SYS 1:40.46, 3. Robert Finke, SPA 1:40.55; SOFLO: 11. CJ Kopecki 1:42.73, best time; Open, 1. Emiro Goossen, Unattached 1:38.03, 2. Nick Carter, GRSC 1:38.75, 3. Alex Arrieta, MAC 1:39.63

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Aidan Paro, BSS 36.40, 2. Abdelrahman Shahin, BSS 37.69, 3. Elias Corn, SYS 38.44; SOFLO: 8. Logan Gonzalez 41.04; 11-12, 1. Stephen Kim, MAC 29.80, 2. Colton Frantz, SYS 30.03, 3. Nicholas Tayag, YFFC 30.88.

100-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Ethan McCloud, 59.92, 2. Scott Lyons, MAC 1:01.52, 3. Tyler Bland, SOFLO 1:02.24, best time; 15-16, 1. Brandon Vives, MAC 57.88, 2. Rafi Chambasian, ATAC 59.44, 3. Marcelo Lauzurique, GRSC 59.88; Open, 1. Juan Sequera, MAC 54.54, 2. Nick D’Innocenzo, GSC 54.57, 3. Nick Brown, EAJ 56.72; SOFLO: 8. Jonathan Farah 59.01.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, SWIM 29.89, 2. Joseph Pyon, EAJ 30.55, 3. Amadeusz Knop, 30.59; SOFLO: 9. Alejandro Mateus 32.45, best time, 21. Nathaniel Garrick 36.29, 27. Logan Gonzalez 37.25, 28. Lucas Porven 37.33; 11-12, 1. Baylor Nelson, MAC 26.36, 2. David Gonzalez, BSS 26.72, 3. Beau Bengston, TTW 26.73; SOFLO: 4. Joseph Lee 27.09, best time,

100-yard butterfly:

13-14, 1. Sterling Crane, EAJ 50.35, 2. Ryland Sun, ATAC 50.50, 3. Derek Ledford, TC 52.46; SOFLO: 11. Rafael Rodriguez 55.33, best time; 15-16, 1. Adrian Moya, MAC 50.10, 2. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 50.60, 3. Jake Adcock, BSS 51.11; SOFLO: 11. CJ Kopecki 52.53, best time, 15. Max Asnis 53.60, best time; Open, 1. Allan Gutierrez, LAS 49.60, 2. Alejandro Carriazo, MAC 49.83, 3. Daniel Spas, Unattached 49.99; SOFLO: 13. Jonathan Farah 52.62.

200-yard butterfly:

11-12, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 2:09.11, best time, 2. Stuart Higdon, ATAC 2:18.74, 3. Dominic Bono, AKS 2:22.88.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Joseph Pyon, EAJ 1:09.48, 2. Raymond Prosinski, LA 1:10.17, 3. El Mehdi El Aoufir, BSS 1:10.46; SOFLO: 6. Alejandro Mateus 1:12.62, best time, 33. Nathaniel Garrick 1:23.42, 39. Lucas Porven 1:26.17, best time.

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 4:35.94, best time; 13-14, 1. Ethan McCloud, TCSC 4:07.12, 2. Julian Hill, GSC 4:11.13, 3. Arik Katz, SYS 4:14.67; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 4:16.29; 15-16, 1. Robert Finke, SPA 3:53.84, 2. Brett Riley, SYS 3:59.77, 3. Brandon Vives, MAC 4:01.41; SOFLO: 5. CJ Kopecki, 4:07.33, best time; Open, 1. Nick D’Innocenzo, GSC 3:51.52, 2. Juan Sequera, MAC 3:55.05, 3. Nick Brown, EAJ 3:55.87.

200-yard medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. Bolles 2:15.43, 2. Sarasota 2:17.77, 3. Episcopal 2:18.77; 5. SOFLO 2:25.40 (No names provided on meet mobile); 13-14, 1 Bolles 1:41.33, 2. ATAC 1:41.72, 3. SwimMAC 1:43.02, 7. SOFLO 1:46.35 (Leonardo Mateus, Tyler Bland, Rafael Rodriguez, Tomas Pelaez).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Phelps Wins First Event; Three SOFLO Swimmers Compete On Day One Of AT&T Winter National Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 3, 2015—Fifteen years after making his Federal Way, Wash. debut at age 15, Michael Phelps took a trip down memory lane Thursday at the AT&T Winter National Championships at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Phelps, swimming in Lane 6, won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:57.61. Phelps led the race from start-to-finish going out in 25.44.

Phelps is a three-time Olympic champion in the 200 IM.

“The time was fine, for right now I think it’s really good,” Phelps said. “I dropped two seconds since the Minneapolis meet. The biggest thing is being able to move forward during the season. I think I am in a good place.

“I think back when I was 15 it was different because I was racing with so many older guys and the thing that made me so hungry was wanting to beat every single one of them,” Phelps said. “Now I’m the old man.”

Phelps has the 100 butterfly on Friday and 200 butterfly on Saturday remaining.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Allison Schmitt, 25, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won the first event of the meet in 4:06.88. Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel was sixth in 4:10.21. “I am happy with where I am at right now, we’ve been working really hard,” Schmitt said. “That is my fastest time since London.”

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Florida alum Conor Dwyer of Trojan Swim Club won in 3:48.11. “I watched Allison kill it and wanted to go out like her,” said Dwyer, who has been altitude training. “I felt great this morning and went out hard tonight.” Finland’s Matias Koski broke his own national record in 3:49.37 to win the B final.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Maya DiRado of Stanford won in 2:11.10 holding off a charging Caitlin Leverenz of Cal Aquatics who finished in 2:11.79. “I had to work my breaststroke since it’s always my weakest point,” DiRado said. “I felt strong on freestyle coming home so that was really encouraging. The time excites me moving forward with my training.”

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Sprinter Simone Manuel, the only American to be ranked in the Top 10 this year in the event, came from behind to win by 3/100ths of a second in 24.83. Abbey Weitzeil was second in 24.86. Veteran Natalie Coughlin, an early leader after a great start, was fifth in 25.27. Six of the top eight U.S. Olympic trials qualifiers were in the field. “I was most focused on my start because I was shaky this morning,” Manuel said.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: American record holder Nathan Adrian of Cal Aquatics, after a poor start, won in 21.76, sixth fastest time in the world. Canadian and Bolles alum Santo Condorelli was third in 22.04. Adrian was the fifth slowest off the blocks. “I tried to start fast and finish as fast as possible,” Adrian said. “My confidence level is good. These races are all snapshots on our way to the Olympic trials.”

All three South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers also competed on opening day.

SOFLO’s U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue swam the 50-meter freestyle in 26.30. She swims her signature event, the 100-meter butterfly, on Friday.

Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado competed in the first of her four events. She finished the 50-meter freestyle in 26.52. She swims the 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke on Friday; and 200-meter backstroke on Saturday.

Kile Aukerman swam the 200-meter individual medley in 2:07.16. He swims the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday and 200-meter breaststroke on Saturday.

The meet is a FINA-approved competition where swimmers can achieve qualifying times for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Friday’s events are 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter backstroke.

The three-day meet will be broadcast on NBC Universal. NBC will also air the meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST. Check local listings for times in your area. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The meet will also be live streamed at usaswimming.org. The meet concludes on Saturday.

THURSDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

400-meter freestyle: 1. Allison Schmitt, NBAC 4:06.88, 2. Haley Anderson, Trojan Swim Club 4:08.38, 3. Sarah Henry, AGS 4:08.86.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Maya DiRado, STAN 2:11.10, 2. Caitlin Leverenz, CAL 2:11.79, 3. Kathleen Baker, CAL 2:12.13.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Simone Manuel, Unattached 24.83, 2. Abbey Weitzeil, CANY 24.86, 3. Farida Osman, CAL 25.22.

MEN

400-meter freestyle: 1. Conor Dwyer, Trojan Swim Club 3:48.11, 2. Ryan Cochrane, Canada, 3:50.15, 3. Michael McBroom, TWST 3:50.50.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Michael Phelps, NBAC 1:57.61, 2. Chase Kalisz, NBAC 1:58.77, 3. Eduardo Solaeche, GSC 2:00.14.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 21.76, 2. Brad Tandy, FORD 21.87, Santo Condorelli, CANY 22.04.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO Ready For This Weekend’s Gator Swim Club Holiday Classic


By Sharon Robb

December 3, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will get the opportunity to swim at a major college venue when they compete in the Gator Swim Club Holiday Classic Friday through Sunday at the Stephen O’Connell Center on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.

With all the bad weather in South Florida, the indoor facility will be a welcome relief for swimmers and coaches.

It is one of the last events that will be held at the facility before it undergoes major renovations.

SOFLO’s large contingent will be among several teams from across the state competing in one of the largest regular season swim meets of the year. SOFLO is among 52 teams from the Florida Gold Coast, Florida Swimming, North Carolina Swimming and Georgia Swimming.

SOFLO swimmers competing during the fun road trip are: Max Asnis, 16; Sam Asnis, 17; Kaitlyn Barrios, 9; Tyler Bland, 14; Kayla Cunningham, 12; Kerry Cunningham, 9; Katrina Del Vecchio, 12; Juan Diaz, 15; Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 16; Jonathan Farah, 18; Eiza Gantus, 14; Nathaniel Garrick, 10; Tyler Gibson, 16; Alex Golding, 11; Molly Golding, 12; Logan Gonzalez, 10; John Paul Handal, 12; Kelley Heron, 16; CJ Kopecki, 16; Paige Lane, 13; Joseph Lee, 12; Jacqueline Lugo, 13; Raquel Lugo, 16; Alejandro Mateus, 10; Leonardo Mateus, 13; Stephanie Mlujeak, 16; Abby Oyetunji, 16; Leah Pando, 9; Emiliana Pelaez, 16; Tomas Pelaez, 14; Kevin Porto, 15; Giada Porven, 7; Lucas Porven, 10; Rafael Rodriguez, 13; Nicolas Rossi, 12; Lily Sines, 12; Carly Swanson, 18; Liz Travieso, 16; and Emma Twombley, 11.

SOFLO’s Joseph Lee is seeded first in the boys’ 11-12 200-yard butterfly in 2:15.61.

Thirty-eight swimmers will compete in 231 individual events and 14 relay events. SOFLO has 18 relay teams competing.

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SOFLO Trio Among Star-Studded Field For AT&T Winter National Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 2, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented when the three-day AT&T Winter National Championships begin Thursday at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

SOFLO’s U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue, two-time Olympian and national record holder Carolina Colorado of Colombia and Kile Aukerman will represent SOFLO.

Donahue will compete in the 50-meter freestyle on Thursday and 100-meter butterfly on Friday.

Colorado will compete in four events. She will swim the 50-meter freestyle on Thursday; 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke on Friday; and 200-meter backstroke on Saturday.

Aukerman competes in the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday; 100-meter breaststroke on Friday and 200-meter breaststroke on Saturday.

The meet features most of the top names in U.S. Swimming including Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Nathan Adrian, Simone Manuel, Allison Schmitt, Matt Grevers, and Conor Dwyer.

The international field is just as impressive with Aussie Grant Hackett, Canadians Santo Condorelli, Ryan Cochrane and Emily Overholt, Russian Yulia Efimova and Arkady Vyatchanin of Serbia.

The meet is a FINA-approved competition where swimmers can achieve qualifying times for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

SOFLO’s three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson originally scheduled to compete has scratched from the meet.

Thursday’s events are the 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle.

The meet will be broadcast on NBC Universal. Check local listings for times in your area. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The meet will also be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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