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.



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.


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

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