SOFLO’s Alvarez, Rivera, Kopecki, Pelaez Shine On Opening Day Of Senior Circuit Meet

By Sharon Robb

May 13, 2016—Monica Alvarez, Santiago Rivera and C.J. Kopecki were top South Florida Aquatic Club finishers Friday night in the All-Florida Senior Circuit Meet at Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center in Fort Myers.

Alvarez, 27, was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.31 followed by SOFLO teammate Ksen Golovkina, 26, fourth in 1:14.71.

Rivera, 19, was fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:07.94. He swam back-to-back bests, 1:10.57 in prelims. He dropped 4.99 seconds. His previous time was 1:12.93.

C.J. Kopecki, 16, was fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:02.62.

Catalina Mendieta, 26, was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.97, just off her seed time of 1:03.89.

In the 200-meter freestyle, Emiliana Pelaez, 17, swam back-to-back best times. She swam 2:11.28 in finals to finish 13th. She had swum 2:14.73, also a best time in prelims. Her previous best was 2:14.88.

The three-day meet is also serving as an Olympic Trials qualifier. The meet continues Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.



200-meter freestyle: 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 2:02.08, 2. Ryley Ober, SRQ 2:02.64, 3. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:05.65; SOFLO: 13. Emiliana Pelaez 2:11.28, best time finals, 2:14.73, best time, prelims.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Justine Bowker, Unattached 1:11.09, 2. Christina Loh, Unattached 1:11.96, 3. Monica Alvarez, SOFLO 1:14.31; SOFLO: 4. Ksen Golovkina 1:14.71, 11. Emiliana Pelaez 1:20.75.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 1:00.80, 2. Caroline Cooper, Highlander 1:02.02, 3. Justine Bowker, Unattached 1:02.40; SOFLO: 7. Catalina Mendieta 1:03.97.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Alixandra Roy, Highlanders 5:00.21, 2. Allison Kopas, SFTL 5:02.09, 3. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 5:07.08.


200-meter freestyle: 1.Alexander Arrieta, Metro Aquatics 1:55.38, 2. Theodore Smith, SRQ 1:55.82, 3. Kevin Lindgren, MART 1:56.55; SOFLO: 9. Max Asnis 2:02.33, 11. Sam Asnis 2:03.11, best time, 14. CJ Kopecki 2:04.36, 11. Max Asnis 2:04.23, 12. Sam Asnis 2:04.57, 23. Juan Diaz 2:08.02.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Campbell Lee, SRQ 1:07.66, 2. Joseph Perez, Metro Aquatics 1:07.85, 3. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 1:07.86; SOFLO: 4. Santiago Rivera 1:07.94.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 57.80, 2. Evan Jacob, LA 57.87, 3. Alexander Arrieta, Metro Aquatics 58.06; SOFLO: 16. Max Asnis 1:01.81, 18. Santiago Rivera 1:03.41, 23. Juan Diaz 1:04.00.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 4:33.58, 2. Theodore Smith, SRQ 4:43.51, 3. Joseph Perez, Metro Aquatics 4:45.07; SOFLO: 4. C.J. Kopecki 5:02.62.

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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Third At Arena Pro Swim Series

By Sharon Robb

May 13, 2016—Alia Atkinson finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke to lead South Florida Aquatic Club Friday night in the Arena Pro Swim Series at the newly-renovated Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The three-time 27-year-old Jamaican Olympian finished in 1:07.81 behind NCAA breaststroke star Lilly King in 1:05.73, second fastest time in the world this year, and Katie Meili in 1:06.54.

Atkinson’s morning prelim time was 1:08.10. Atkinson swam 1:06.84 last month in Mesa for 13th in the world rankings. Atkinson was 36th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.70.

Atkinson has four more events over two days. She will also compete in the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke, 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle.

Colombian Jorge Murillo, 24, of SOFLO placed sixth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.41. Teammate Marc Rojas was 31st in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.35. Both will swim Sunday in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Atkinson and Murillo are already qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

In Friday’s other action:

Leah Smith, 21, swimming unattached won the 200-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 1:57.26.

Conor Dwyer, 27, of Trojan Swim Club, led the 200-meter freestyle from start to finish to win in 1:46.68.

Cody Miller, 24, of Badger Swim Club, surged in the back half of the race to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:00.66.

Ali Deloof, 21, of Club Wolverine won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.03.

Bryce Bohman, 25, swimming unattached and one of the top morning seeds, won the 50-meter backstroke in 25.60.

Dana Vollmer, 28, of Cal Aquatics, just 14 months after giving birth to her first child, led from wire-to-wire to win the 100-meter butterfly in 57.23.

Bolles alum Santo Condorelli, 21, representing Swimming Canada, won the 100-meter butterfly in the only sub-53 second time. He won in 52.53. Condorelli earned his nomination to the Olympic team for Rio at last month’s Canadian swim trials in Toronto going 48.16 in the 100-meter freestyle.

Cammile Adams won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:38.97, nearly an 8-second cushion ahead of second place finished Rose Bi in 4:46.55. St. Andrew’s alum Rachael Bradford-Feldman was sixth in 4:49.40.

Ryan Lochte won the 400-meter individual medley by two seconds in 4:16.92.

The field features 30 national team members and more than 500 swimmers.

A full schedule of long course events are scheduled for Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Only three Arena Pro Swim Series meets remain including this weekend’s event in Charlotte, Santa Clara and Indianapolis.

NBC Sports Live Extra will stream Saturday’s and Sunday’s final sessions live. NBC Sports Network will air tape-delayed television coverage of the meet from noon to 3 p.m. The entire meet will also be live streamed at



200-meter freestyle: 1. Leah Smith, Unattached 1:57.26, 2. Taylor Ruck, Swimming Canada 1:58.84, 3. Siobhan Haughey, Club Wolverine 1:58.90.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 1:05.73, 2. Katie Meili, SwimMAC 1:06.54, 3. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:07.81.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Ali Deloof, Club Wolverine 28.03, 2. Kylie Masse, Swimming Canada 28.11, 3. Kirsty Coventry, SwimMAC 28.24.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Dana Vollmer, Cal Aquatics 57.23, 2. Penny Oleksiak, Swimming Canada 58.25, 3. Kelsi Worrell, Unattached 58.37.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Cammile Adams, SwimMAC 4:38.97, 2. Rose Bi, Club Wolverine 4:46.55, 3. Lindsey Clary, Ohio State 4:46.75.


200-meter freestyle: 1. Conor Dwyer, Trojan SC 1:46.68, 2. Zane Grothe, Badger 1:48.22, 3. Anders Lie Nielsen, Club Wolverine 1:49.18.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Cody Miller, Badger 1:00.66, 2. Miguel De Lara Ojeda, Mexico 1:00.99, 3. Youssef El Kamash, Grand Canyon 1:01.39.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Bryce Bohman, Unattached 25.60, 2. Paul Le, Missouri State 25.75, 3. Bob Glover, Indiana 25.84.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Santo Condorelli, Swimming Canada 52.53, 2. Tim Phillips, SwimMAC 52.83, 3. Matthew Josa, SwimMAC 53.43.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 4:16.92, 2. Tom Peribonio, Ecuador 4:18.92, 3. Michael Weiss, Wisconsin 4:21.81.

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