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

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