Vank, Tijero, Pereira Lead SOFLO At Jesse Vassallo Invitational; Weather Cancels Most Of Second Session


By Sharon Robb

May 21, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club had a good day Saturday at the weather-abbreviated Jesse Vassallo Invitational at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

Valerie Vank, 10, won the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:29.84.

Vank was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 39.45 and second in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 34.19.

Christian Tijero, 10, was a double winner in the boys competition. He won the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in 1:24.80 and 50-meter butterfly in a best time 36.21. He led a top four SOFLO best time sweep and was joined by teammates Jacob Navarro, 37.28, Alessandro Pereira, 38.66, and Javier Colmenares, 40.45.

Tijero was also second in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 33.49.

Alessandro Pereira, 9, won the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in 1:32.94.

Other SOFLO finishers among the top four:

Kaitlyn Barrios was third in the 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:51.63.

Sarah Acevedo was third in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:25.65.

Leah Pando was fourth in the 10-and-under 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:33.03.

Juan Colmenares was third in the 11-12 50-meter butterfly in a best time 31.93.

Jonathan Lozano was fourth in the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:34.46.

Yannai Michael was third in the 11-12 100-meter backstroke in 1:22.51.

Jacob Navarro was third in a best time 1:39.97.

Weather played havoc with the second session of the meet. Officials were able to only get in the first event, the 200-meter freestyle, before the remainder of the session was cancelled. The two-day meet concludes on Sunday with two sessions.

SOFLO has 57 swimmers entered in the meet. They are: Alana Acevedo, 14; Sarah Acevedo, 12; Madison Adkins, 9; Daniela Barreto, 12; Fernando Barreto, 10; Kaitlyn Barrios, 10; Shayna Blitz, 11; Samuel Bullen, 11; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Alexis Christensen, 10; Javier Colmenares, 9; Juan Colmenares, 12; Mark Andre De Gracia, 12; Luna Delgado, 10; Kyle Dorn, 10; Matthew Escudero, 9; Mia Escudero, 11; Celeste Estrada, 10; Odin Farkas, 12; Valeria Garcia, 12; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Kalin Hubbard, 12; Danniell Hughes, 12; Aliya Khan, 12; Benjamin Kim, 8; Matthew Kim, 11; Jena Legaspi, 12; Jonathan Lozano, 9; Anastasia Lutz, 9; Molly Masson, 12; Yannai Michael, 12; Abigail Natino, 9; Joseph-Blake Natino, 7; Judith-Alison Natino, 10; Jacob Navarro, 10; Sebastian Navarro, 12; Leah Pando, 10; Alessandro Pereira, 9; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 10; Enrique Rodriguez, 11; Mary Sawyer, 9; Steve Sawyer, 10; Carleigh Schleicher, 10; Mallory Schleicher, 12; Annie Schulze, 9; Natalia Sibug, 10; Lily Sines, 13; Kailey Smith, 11; Owen Smith, 9; Samantha Solia, 11; Christian Tijero, 10; Emma Twombly, 12; Valerie Vank, 10; Christian Vasquez, 12; Sarah Vasquez, 8; and Nicole Vignali, 10.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 2:37.38, 2. Maddie Smutny, AKS 2:41.51, 3. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOFLO 2:51.63, best time; 11-12, 1. Becca Montero, AKS 2:21.67, 2. Lalainie Bannister, Unattached 2:25.58, 3. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 2:25.65, best time; 13-and-over, 1. Claudia Acosta, HSC 2:13.90, 2. Abigail Fossas, Unattached 2:15.66, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 2:18.60.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Maddie Smutny, AKS 37.13, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 39.45, 3. Sara Levin, SF 40.52; 11-12, 1. Monika Seniuta, SAS 32.39, 2. Becca Montero, AKS 32.94, 3. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 34.30.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:23.41, 2. Maya Sorunmu, SF 1:29.09, 3. Casey Perez, BMHG 1:32.99, 4. Leah Pardo, SOFLO 1:33.03, best time; 11-12, 1. Lalainie Bannister, Unattached 1:16.71, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PCS 1:18.44, 3. Monika Seniuta, SAS 1:20.37.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 30.50, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 34.19, best time, 3. Hartley Pitters-Hinds, Unattached 34.83; 11-12, 1. Lalainie Bannister, Unattached 30.10, 2. Caitlyn Coe, MAC 30.87, 3. Becca Montero, AKS 30.87.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:29.84, best time, 2. Martha Leo, HAT 1:42.13, 3. Jade Renaud, SF 1:43.11; 11-12, 1. Monika Seniuta, SAS 1:22.70, 2. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:25.30, 3. Alana Deo, AKS 1:28.80.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, BMHG 2:33.29, 2. Giancarlo Suarez, BMHG 2:42.27, 3. Farouk Musa, HAT 2:45.21; 11-12, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 2:12.77, 2. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 2:13.03, 3. AJ Martinez, NMST 2:18.31; 13-and-over, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 2:00.72, 2. Luis Bucaro, Unattached 2:02.84, 3. Quinn Cassidy, SAS 2:02.92.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 36.21, best time, 2. Jacob Navarro, SOFLO 37.28, best time, 3. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 38.66, best time, 4. Javier Colemanares, SOFLO 40.45, best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 30.22, 2. AJ Martinez, NMST 31.39, 3. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 31.93, best time.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 1:24.80, 2. Henry Ajo, BMHG 1:24.87, 3. Steven Gary, PB 1:28.00, 4. Jonathan Lozano, SOFLO 1:34.46, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:11.95, 2. Carlos Lezcano, MAC 1:21.96, 3. Yannai Michael, SOFLO 1:22.51.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, BMHG 32.25, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 33.49, best time, 3. Julian Lezcano, MAC 34.03; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 27.86, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 28.86, 3. AJ Martinez, NMST 29.01.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:32.94, 2. Giancarlo Suarez, BHG 1:38.04, 3. Jacob Navarro, SOFLO 1:39.97, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:21.19, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 1:23.63, 3. Anthony Martinez, BMHG 1:24.28.

IF YOU GO

What: Jesse Vassallo 2016 Invitational

When: Sunday, timed finals.

Schedule: Sunday, Session 3, 9 a.m., Session 4, 15 minutes after the third session.

Where: Pompano Beach Aquatic Center, 820 NE 18th Ave.

Admission: $3 per session. For information call 954-372-5029.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Advance Into Three Finals At Validus Bermuda National Championships


By Sharon Robb

May 20, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club had three swimmers qualify for finals Friday night at the Validus Bermuda National Long Course Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Hamilton.

In the 50-meter backstroke prelims, Timothy Wynter, 20, was the top qualifier in 28.00 for Saturday night’s final.

In the mixed 100-meter backstroke qualifying time trial, Wynter was top finisher in 56.98, dropping 0.68 off his entry time of 57.66.

Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue, 27, earned the No. 1 seed in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.71 for Saturday night’s finals.

Alina Schulhofer, 21, of Austria was third-fastest qualifier in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:06.75 behind Kayla Sanchez, 14, (2:05.20) and Octavia Lau, 14, (2:06.61) both of the Canadian National Youth Team. The 200 finals are Sunday.

Two other SOFLO ProFlo swimmers, led by Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, are also competing in the four-day meet. Blackburn, 44, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet is swimming the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley. American Kile Aukerman, 23, is swimming the 50, 100 and 200-meter breaststroke. Both race on Saturday.

In the highlight event of the night, Rafa Alfaro, 24, of El Salvador and Trojan Swim Club, won the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:28.26.

The meet has been sanctioned by FINA, the sport’s international governing body, as one of the last few qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and will also serve as a final qualifier for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

Swimmers from Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Guam, Syria, Jamaica, Austria, El Salvador, Venezuela and U.S. are expected to compete. Nine swim clubs are entered.

FRIDAY FINAL RESULTS

WOMEN

400-meter individual medley:

12-and-under, 1. Taylor White, Harbor Amateur Swim Club 5:58.12; 13-and-over, 1. Kayla Sanchez, Canadian National Youth Team 5:00.11, 2. Faith Knelson, Canadian National Youth Team 5:03.54, 3. Maria Far Nunez, LaSalle Swim Team 5:06.80.

MEN

400-meter individual medley:

12-and-under, 1. Sam Williamson, Sharks 5:44.45; 13-and-over, 1. Rafa Alfaro, Trojan Swim Club 4:28.26, 2. Joshua Young, Canadian National Youth Team 4:41.85, 3. Mackenzie Flowers, Canadian National Youth Team 4:56.24.

Mixed 100-meter butterfly qualifying time trial:

1.Roberto Gomez, Unattached 54.38.

Mixed 100-meter backstroke qualifying time trial:

1.Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 56.98, 2. Brian Desmond, Sharks 1:19.81.

Mixed 50-meter freestyle qualifying time trial:

1.Roy-Allan Burch, Sharks 23.50, 2. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 26.58.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com