By Sharon Robb
May 1, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club boys swept the top three places in the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter freestyle to highlight action at the IMX-IMR Challenge Saturday at Academic Village Pool.
Sebastian Lares, 11, won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:12.63 followed by Alejandro Mateus, 10, in 1:17.88 and Zackary Harris, 11, in 1:18.51. All three were best times by the trio of talented swimmers.
In the 200-meter freestyle, Mateus won in a best time 2:29.33, Christian Tijero, 10, was second in 2:34.63, also a best time and Alessandro Pereira, 9, was third in 2:39.60 in his race debut.
The meet concludes on Sunday with the competition beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Up-and-coming swimmers are competing in the IMR Challenge. All sessions are timed finals.
The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.
The IM (Ready) Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.
Once a swimmer competes in each IMR Challenge event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.
The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.
12-and-under, 1. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 1:11.64, 2. Shannelle Gonzalez, Hialeah 1:12.36, 3. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 1:16.28, best time, 4. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 1:17.92; 13-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:25.98, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:29.16, best time, 3. Rose Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 2:35.05, 4. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 2:41.97.
12-and-under, 1. Isabella Chambers, PST 1:18.21, 2. Jena Legaspi, SOFLO 1:19.37, best time, 3. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 1:19.51.
13-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:34.42, best time, 2. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:36.04, 3. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 2:39.87.
12-and-under, 1. Margaret Miao, AquaKids Sharks 1:23.96, 2. Isabella Chambers, PST 1:24.89, 3. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 1:26.08.
13-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:51.97, 2. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:57.62, best time, 3. Gabriela Fernandez, Hialeah 2:57.64, 4. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:58.47.
12-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 2:28.81, best time, 2. Paolo Gonzalez, Flying Fish 2:39.46, 3. Angelina Baucells, Flying Fish 2:52.61.
12-and-under, 1. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 5:00.85, 2. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 5:02.27, best time, 3. Isabella Chambers, PST 5:02.60; 13-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:34.15, 2. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:34.32, 3. Rose Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 4:48.70.
12-and-under, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 1:08.66, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah 1:09.99, 3. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 1:10.52, best time.
13-and-over, 1. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:10.23, 2. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 2:10.54, 3. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 2:16.87.
12-and-under, 1. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 1:12.63, best time, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:17.88, best time, 3. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:18.51, best time.
13-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:17.27, best time, 2. Juan Imposimato, YSF 2:18.42, 3. John Torres, Flying Fish 2:18.55.
12-and-under, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 1:16.31, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah 1:24.08, 3. Javier Roman, SOFLO 1:25.66, best time.
1.Julio Horrego, Hialeah 2:27.85, 2. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 2:39.60, 3. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 2:42.40.
12-and-under, 1. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 2:29.33, best time, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 2:34.63, best time, 3. Alesaandro Pereira, SOFLO 2:39.60.
12-and-under, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah 4:44.73, 2. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 4;48.20, 3. Dominic Bono, AquaKids Sharks 4:48.37; 13-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 4:19.32, 2. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:10.50, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:23.37, 4. Sam Asnis, SOFLO 4:23.47.
IF YOU GO
What: SOFLO IMX-IMR Challenge
When: Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines
Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For information call 954-538-3721.
SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.55 and pocketed $1,000 Friday night in the inaugural TYR Derby Pro Swim Meet at University of Louisville.
It was part of a fundraising weekend for the Cardinals’ swim program, where former Florida Gold Coast St. Thomas Aquinas alum and expectant father Vlad Polyakov coaches.
The pro swim meet featured 16 of the best men and women pro swimmers from around the world.
Atkinson survived all three rounds of competition. SOFLO teammate Megan Romano was eliminated in the opening round in 22.94.
Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of SwimMAC won the women’s event in 21.43 and $4,000 in prize money. Josh Schneider of New York Athletic Club won the men’s event in 19.14.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com