SOFLO Ends On Good Note On Final Day Of IMX-IMR Challenge

By Sharon Robb

May 2, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club ended on a good note at the IMX-IMR Challenge Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

Alejandro Mateus, 10, won the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 1:09.12, dropping 3.08 seconds.

Mateus was also fourth in the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 34.17 and fourth in the 50-meter backstroke in 36.21, also a best time.

Paige Lane, 13, was second in the 13-and-over 100-meter butterfly in 1:10.73. Lane was also third in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:16.74, dropping 3.69 seconds.

Kaitlyn Barrios, 10, was third in the 12-and-under 100-meter freestyle in a best time 1:19.43, shaving 7.12 seconds off her previous best.

Leah Pando, 10, was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:21.70, also a best time and dropping 6.85.

Samuel Quintero, 15, was third in the 13-and-over, 200-meter individual medley in 2:26.68.

Up-and-coming swimmers competed in the IMR Challenge. 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.



200-meter individual medley:

12-and-under, 1. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 2:42.11, 2. Margaret Miao, AquaKids Sharks 2:45.87, 3. Olivia Dinehart, AquaKids Shars 2:55.01; 13-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:34.93, 2. Vanessa Mesa, Hialeah 2:41.96, 3. Janet D’Alessandro, AquaKids Sharks 2:42.60.

50-meter butterfly:

12-and-under, 1. Shanelle Gonzalez, Hialeah 31.23, 2. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 32.81, 3. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 34.64.

100-meter butterfly:

13-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:08.18, 2. Paige Lane, SOFLO 1:10.73, 3. Gabriela Fernandez, Hialeah 1:12.45.

50-meter backstroke:

12-and-under, 1. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 36.07, 2. Olivia Dinehart, AquaKids Sharks 36.62, 3. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 37.48.

100-meter backstroke:

13-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:14.04, 2. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 1:14.94, 3. Lindsay Manganiello, AquaKids Sharks 1:15.80.

100-meter breaststroke:

13-and-over, 1. Gabriela Fernandez, Hialeah 1:22.96, 2. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:23.68, 3. Isabella Jurado, Unattached 1:26.51.

50-meter breaststroke:

12-and-under, 1. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 38.17, 2. Margaret Miao, AquaKids Sharks 38.93, 3. Shannelle Gonzalez, Hialeah 39.95.

100-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Paola Gonzalez, Flying Fish 1:14.29, 2. Angelina Baucells, Flying Fish 1:17.00, 3. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOFLO 1:19.43, best time, 4. Leah Pando, SOFLO 1:21.70, best time.

200-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Shannelle Gonzalez, Hialeah 2:19.97, 2. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 2:22.13, 3. Margaret Miao, AquaKids Sharks 2:28.53; 13-and-under, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:12.76, 2. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 2:16.13, 3. Paige Lane, SOFLO 2:16.74, best time.


200-meter individual medley”

12-and-under, 1. Dominic Bono, AquaKids Sharks 2:39.35, 2. Yesh Mandava, YSF 2:43.87, 3. Samuel Leal, Flying Fish 3:15.46; 13-and-over, 1. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:20.32, 2. Bryan Rivero, Hialeah 2:23.36, 3. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 2:26.68.

50-meter butterfly:

12-and-under, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 30.64, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah 32.07, 3. Dominic Bono, AquaKids Sharks 34.02, 4. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 34.17, best time.

100-meter butterfly:

13-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 58.60, 2. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 59.39, 3. Juan Imposimato, YSF 1:02.01.

50-meter backstroke:

12-and-under, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 34.00, 2. Yesh Mandava, YSF 34.85, 3. Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah 35.55, 4. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 36.21, best time.

100-meter backstroke:

13-and-under, 1. George Lubian, Flying Fish 1:03.53, 2. Juan Imposimato, YSF 1:04.00, 3. John Torres, Flying Fish 1:05.65.

50-meter breaststroke:

12-and-under, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 36.42, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah 37.78, 3. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 40.32.

100-meter breaststroke:

13-and-over, 1. Michael Fernandez, Hialeah 1:15.08, 2. Andres Garcia, Hialeah 1:16.83, 3. George Lubian, Flying Fish 1:16.96.

100-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:09.12, best time, 2. George Gonzalez, Flying Fish 1:12.66, 3. Rithvik Marri, YSF 1:20.13.

200-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah 2:12.85, 2. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 2:12.87, 3. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 2:18.77; 13-and-over, 1. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:03.18, 2. Joseph Cardozo, Flying Fish 2:04.88, 3. John Torres, Flying Fish 2:06.19.


SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson was named brand ambassador of Rainforest Seafoods in Jamaica, the Caribbean’s largest supplier of fish and seafood.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian will be supported by the company during her run for Olympic gold this summer in Rio de Janeiro.

“We recognize her incredible drive and passion for the sport, and we are looking forward to supporting Alia’s efforts in achieving maximum preparedness, while rallying the support of the Jamaican people as she goes on to make her mark at the Rio Olympics,” said CEO Brian Jardim.

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