Phelps Makes History On Day Four Of U.S. Olympic Trials; SOFLO’s Donahue, Auckerman Compete In Second Event

By Sharon Robb

June 29, 2016—Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, made a little more history Wednesday night at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in front of a sellout crowd at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

Phelps, who turns 31 on Thursday, became the first American male swimmer to qualify for five Olympic teams after winning the 200-meter butterfly in 1:54.84.

After touching the wall, Phelps looked up at the scoreboard and held up five fingers showing the significance of the swim. Phelps’ first Olympics was the 2000 Sydney Olympics when he was 15.

Only 384 athletes in all Olympic sports have made five Olympic teams, including 13 swimmers. Only one other U.S. swimmer, Dara Torres, has made five teams (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2008).

It was Phelps’ fourth consecutive Trials title in the 200-meter butterfly, the longest streak of any individual event winner in U.S. swimming history.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist said he was happy that his 7-week old infant son, Boomer, was awake to watch the race.

Phelps took the lead at the 50-meter mark and never relinquished it. Tom Shields of Cal Aquatics, who was closing in on Phelps in the final 20 meters, was second in 1:55.81 and made his first Olympic team.

“This race was significant for a lot of reasons, making five Olympics means the most tonight,” Phelps said. “It was my last race on American soil. I was going for my fifth Olympics. And it looked like Boomer was awake for the race which is good. Tonight was all about making the team.”

South Florida Aquatic Club ProFlo teammates Claire Donahue and Kile Aukerman swam their second event of the Trials.

Donahue, competing in her third Trials, was 66th in

the 200-meter butterfly prelims in 2:17.12 ending her bid to make her second Olympic team.

Aukerman, was 37th among 99 swimmers in the 200-

meter breaststroke in 2:17.52. Aukerman, who qualified in three events, has the 200-meter individual medley left.

In other finals:


Katie Ledecky continued to build her Olympic schedule by winning the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.88. Missy Franklin earned her first individual Olympic berth finishing second in 1:56.18. “It can be tough changing gears to the lower distances, but I put in the training,” Ledecky said. “I knew it was going to be a dogfight tonight. I wanted to get my hand on the wall as fast as I could.”

Said Franklin, “I wanted to get a spot on that relay. It was so important for me to get on the team. That relay is going to be awesome. Last night was really tough and coming back from that, I was telling myself, I’m not done fighting, I’m not done believing in myself.”


Maya DiRado swept the IM events, winning in 2:09.54, third best time in the world this year. Just 45 minutes after racing the 200 freestyle, Melanie Margalis of St. Peterburg just out-touched Caitlin Leverenz by 1/100th of a second in 2:10.11 to finish second and make her first Olympic team. Leverenz took an extra stroke coming into the finish and was third in 2:10.16.

In the semifinals, Kevin Cordes broke the U.S. Open record and earned the top seed going into Thursday’s 200-meter breaststroke final in 2:07.81. Cordes was on world record pace until the final 15 meters. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Alex Evdokimov of Coral Springs Swim Club missed making finals by two spots, placing tenth in 2:14.42.

Cammile Adams of SwimMAC, who had her disqualification in the 200-meter butterfly overturned, is top seed in 2:07.31 for Thursday’s final.

Nathan Adrian of Cal Aquatics is top seed for the 100-meter freestyle in 47.91, second fastest in the world this year. Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel is third seed in 48.53. Ryan Lochte, still bothered by a groin injury, scratched from the semifinal.

Thursday’s events are: women’s 100-meter freestyle prelims and semifinals; men’s 200-meter backstroke prelims and semifinals; women’s 200-meter breaststroke prelims and semifinals; men’s 200-meter individual medley prelims and semifinals; men’s 200-meter breaststroke final; women’s 200-meter butterfly final; and men’s 100-meter freestyle.

NBC is broadcasting finals every night at 8 p.m. EST. USA swimming is live streaming prelims and finals at



200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, NCA 1:54.88, 2. Missy Franklin, STARS 1:56.18, 3. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 1:56.63, 4. Allison Schmitt, North Baltimore 1:56.71; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 20. Megan Moroney, Cavaliers 2:00.48, 44. Tasija Karosas, Texas 2:02:03, 72. Kyla Valls, Gulliver 2:03.57.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Maya DiRado, Stanford 2:09.54, 2. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 2:10.11, 3. Caitlin Leverenz, Cal Aquatics 2:10.16; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 18. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Kentucky 2:15.88, 67. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:19.65, 69. Kelly Fertel, Gulliver 2:19.74.


200-meter butterfly: 1. Michael Phelps, North Baltimore 1:54.84, 2. Tom Shields, Cal Aquatics 1:55.81, 3. Jack Conger, NCA 1:56.45.

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Bolles Alum Murphy Wins; SOFLO’S Aukerman, Donahue Swim Second Events Wednesday At U.S. Olympic Trials

By Sharon Robb

June 28, 2016—Jacksonville-born Ryan Murphy, one of the sport’s rising young stars, has been dreaming about this moment since he was four years old.

The Bolles alum made his first U.S. Olympic team Tuesday night winning the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials in front of a packed house at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

Murphy, who turns 21 on July 2nd, is one of 10 first-timers to make the U.S. Olympic team the first three days of the Trials.

Murphy won a tight race in a lifetime-best 52.26, fastest time in the world this year. David Plummer, 30, a father of two, was second in 52.28. Defending Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers, 30, was third in 52.76 and failed to qualify.

“This is a dream come true,” Murphy said. “I started swimming at the age of 4 when this was a dream. To see it come to fruition 16 years later, I don’t know what to say right now. It was my night tonight.”

Murphy and Grevers were under world record pace for the first 50 meters. Plummer put in a late surge down the stretch and caught Grevers.

“This is just unbelievable, I am pretty speechless,” Murphy said. “It hasn’t kicked in yet. Matt Grevers paved the way for me and has been a huge inspiration.”

Plummer, who missed making the 2012 team by 12/100ths of a second, had one chance to make the team since the 100 backstroke was his only event.

“This means everything, it means so much,” Plummer said. “This is the culmination to a long and great career.”

South Florida Aquatic Club teenager Kathleen Golding made her final appearance at the meet in her second event. Golding, 15, one of the youngest in the field, competed in the 200-meter individual medley prelims and finished in 2:19.65.

SOFLO teammates Claire Donahue and Kile Aukerman compete in their second events on Wednesday. Donahue has the 200-meter butterfly and Aukerman swims the 200-meter breaststroke.

In other finals:


In the closest race of the meet so far, Townley Haas, 19, of Nova Aquatics, out-touched Conor Dwyer to win in 1:45.66. Dwyer of Trojan Swim Club, who had already made the team in the 400, was second in 1:45.67. Jack Conger was third in 1:45.77 and Ryan Lochte was fourth 1:46.62. The top four make the team for relays. Less than a second separated the top eight. “It’s still kind of a shock to me,” Haas said. “This is unbelievable. I’m not sure how I feel yet.”


Olivia Smoliga of Athens Bulldogs left Natalie Coughlin, the most decorated Olympic swimmer of all time, and defending Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, in her dust as she won big in 59.02 to make her first U.S. Olympic team. Kathleen Baker, who led at the 50, touched second in 59.29. Clara Smiddy of Michigan, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer with AquaKids Sharks, was sixth in 1:00.12. Franklin finished seventh in 1:00.24 and Coughlin, 12 years older than anyone in the field, was eighth in 1:00.48. “When the Olympics are on the line, it is so hard to stay calm,” said Smoliga, who was fourth at Trials four years ago. “This is so amazing.”


NCAA Swimmer of the Year and short course American record holder Lily King, 19, won in 1:05.20, the fastest time in the world for the last two years. “I am really excited about that time at this stage,” Smoliga said. SwimMac’s Katie Meili was second in 1:06.07. “I am so grateful to so many people who supported me along the way of this journey,” Meili said.

In the 200-meter butterfly semifinals, Michael Phelps, 30, led from start to finish to set himself up nicely for finals. The event’s two-time Olympic gold medalist finished in 1:55.17, sixth fastest time in the world this year. “It was a swim to get in tomorrow’s final,” Phelps said. “I was looking to go faster but that’s how I am, I always want to be better.”

In other semifinals, Maya DiRado was top seed in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.09 and Katie Ledecky is top seed in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.10. Her 100 split was 56.73.

Wednesday’s events are: men’s 100-meter prelim and semifinal; women’s 200-meter prelim and semifinal butterfly; men’s 200-meter prelim and semifinal breaststroke; women’s 200-meter freestyle final; men’s 200-meter butterfly final and women’s 200-meter individual medley.

NBC is broadcasting finals every night at 8 p.m. EST. USA swimming is live streaming prelims and finals at



100-meter backstroke: 1. Olivia Smoliga, Athens Bulldogs 59.02, 2. Kathleen Baker, SwimMAC 59.29, 3. Amy Bilquist, CAL Aquatics 59.37; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 6. Clara Smiddy 1:00.12, 11. Tasija Karosas, Texas 1:00.79, 24. Megan Moroney, Cavaliers 1:01.80.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 1:05.20, 2. Katie Meili, SwimMAC 1:06.07, 3. Molly Hannis, Tennessee Aquatics 1:06.65; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 41. Emily Kopas, Michigan/Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:10.17.


200-meter freestyle: 1. Townley Haas, Nova Aquatics 1:45.66, 2. Conor Dwyer, Trojan Swim Club 1:45.67, 3. Jack Conger, NCA 1:45.77.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 52.26, 2. David Plummer, NYAC 52.28, 3. Matt Grevers, Tucson Ford 52.76; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 27. Brandon Goldman, LSU 55.89.

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Donahue Comes Up Short At U.S. Olympic Trials; SOFLO’s Golding Competes In Second Event On Tuesday

By Sharon Robb

June 27, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Claire Donahue gave it all she had but fell short in her first attempt at making her second Olympic team Monday night at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

Swimming in Lane One, Donahue went out fast with the field in the opening 50 meters but was unable to maintain her sprinter speed in the back half of the race.

Donahue, 27, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist making her third Trials appearance, finished fifth in 58.81 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Her prelim time was 59.61 and semifinal time was 58.76.

Donahue has another shot when she competes in the opening round of the 200-meter butterfly on Wednesday morning.

Former University of Miami swimmer Kelsi Worrell, who transferred to University of Louisville, won the 100 butterfly and became the Cardinals’ first American Olympian in the program’s history.

Worrell, the American short course record holder, won in a lifetime-best 56.48, bettering her previous best by 4/10ths of a second. It was the second fastest time in the world this year and fifth-fastest all-time.

Vollmer, 28, defending Olympic gold medalist, American record holder, and new mother, was second in 57.21.

Vollmer and Worrell were one-two at the turn, but Worrell had a great turn off the wall and blew past Vollmer down the stretch. Even more amazing is Worrell, the oldest of six siblings, was 37th in 2012.

“This is a dream come true,” Worrell said. “I am in shock for sure. I was not expecting that to happen.”


With the crowd on its’ feet, Katie Ledecky, 19, on world record pace for most of the race, fell short of breaking her own record but won the race and trip to Rio. Ledecky finished in 3:58.98 and Leah Smith was second in a best time 4:00.65, dropping two seconds.

“My coach just told me to go, just race, get up there and go,” Ledecky said. “I couldn’t be happier, I am so happy for Leah. We are going to crush it in Rio.”

Among Ledecky’s incredible credentials is the fact she is 15-for-15 in races for gold medals.


The lights flickered and dimmed as the swimmers took off, but it didn’t seem to bother Kevin Cordes and Cody Miller, two more first-time Olympians. Cordes, who has been working with legendary coach Sergio Lopez in Singapore and training trip at South Florida Aquatic Club, won in 59.18. Miller was second in 59.26.

“I can’t believe it happened, I am so thankful,” Cordes said. “This is a dream come true. I have been working at it for a long time.”

Also in the breaststroke final, teenager Michael Andrew again lowered his national age group and world junior record with a fourth place finish in 59.82.

In the 200-meter freestyle semifinals, Ryan Lochte was third behind Connor Dwyer and Clark Smith in his heat and earned the fifth seed overall in 1:47.58.

Lochte, who missed a berth in the 400 IM on Sunday, had some incredible underwaters to compensate for a pulled groin which he had a pain shot for before he raced.

Dwyer, who is already on the team in the 400 freestyle, earned the top seed in 1:46.96. Jack Conger is the second seed in 1:47.15.

American short course record holder Lilly King earned the top seed for tonight’s 100-meter breaststroke final in 1:05.94. 2012 Olympian Breeja Larson was ninth in 1:07.62 and missed the final.

In the men’s 100-meter backstroke, David Plummer is the top seed for tonight’s final in 52.12, the fastest time in the world this year. Lochte won his semifinal race in 52.28 and is seeded second.

Olivia Smoglia is the No. 1 seed in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 59.16. Michigan’s Clara Smiddy, longtime Florida Gold Coast swimmer for AquaKids Sharks, is fifth seed in 1:00.11 ahead of Olympic backstroke gold medalist Missy Franklin, seventh in 1:00.45 and 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin in 1:00.46. Former St. Andrew’s swimmer Tasija Karosas missed making finals, placing tenth in 1:00.79. “I didn’t expect to make semis let alone finals,” Smiddy said. “I just wanted to come in and go best times, enjoy the moment and have fun.”

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding will compete in the 200-meter individual medley prelims on Tuesday, her second event of the Trials.

Tuesday’s events are women’s 200-meter freestyle prelim and semifinal; men’s 200-meter butterfly prelim and semifinal; women’s 200-meter individual medley prelims and semifinal; men’s 200-meter freestyle final; men’s 100-meter backstroke final; and women’s 100-meter breaststroke final.

NBC is broadcasting finals every night at 8 p.m. EST. USA swimming is live streaming prelims and finals at



100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, Louisville 56.48, 2. Dana Vollmer, Cal Aquatics 57.21, 3. Kendyl Stewart, NCA 58.22; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 6. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 58.81, 35. Harper Bruens, Tenn/BRSC 1:00.28; 54. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest Swimming 1:00.78, 78. Angela Algee, Hurricanes Swimming 1:01.22

400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital 3:58.98, 2. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 4:00.65, 3. Cierra Runge, North Baltimore 4:07.04; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 47. Megan Moroney, CAV/St. Andrew’s 4:16.91, 95. Niki Urquidi, Gulliver 4:24.57, 98. Casey Francis, PSU/Pine Crest 4:26.20.


100-meter breaststroke: 1. Kevin Cordes, Foxcatcher 59.18, 2. Cody Miller, Badger 59.26, 3. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 59.81; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 10. Alex Evdokimov, CSSC 1:01.14/12. 1:01.14; 61. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 1:03.00, best time.

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SOFLO’s Donahue Makes Final; Aukerman Swims Best Time On Day One Of U.S. Olympic Trials

By Sharon Robb

June 26, 2016—On an electrifying opening night at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Claire Donahue kept her Olympic hopes alive.

Donahue, 27, making her third Trials appearance, advanced into Monday’s final of the 100-meter butterfly Sunday at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist advanced through a nervewracking prelim in 59.61 and much-improved semifinal in 58.76 for the seventh fastest seed in finals.

Four years ago, Donahue was in the same position and ended up qualifying for the team.

“It’s a huge relief to make final,” said Donahue, while soaking in an ice bath. “When you touch the wall, you don’t know because there are two different heats. I was waiting and waiting and feeling the pressure and then found out I was in.”

In morning prelims, Donahue shook off a few pre-race jitters.

“You try to prepare yourself as much as you can but there’s still some nervous energy left there,” Donahue said. “For me I am trying not to get swept up into it. I want to stay calm and relaxed going into finals. I am excited for the race. I know there is a lot on the line.

“I knew there would be about five people right there, I’m not surprised there are more,” Donahue said. “At Trials anything can happen and anything does happen.”

Donahue will also compete in the 200-meter butterfly on Wednesday.

SOFLO teammate Kile Aukerman, making his Trials debut in three events, finished third in his 100-meter breaststroke heat in a lifetime-best time 1:03.00. Aukerman has the 200 breaststroke on Wednesday and 200-meter individual medley on Thursday.

“It feels great, I was looking to go right around three low and maybe even a two high so what I did was pretty good,” Aukerman said.

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, 15, of Cooper City High School, one of the youngest swimmers at Trials, finished the 400-meter individual medley in 4:56.96 for sixth place in her heat. Golding also has the 200 IM on Tuesday.

“I didn’t do as well as I wanted to,” Golding said. “Just being here is great. I am here to have fun and see all these great people race and see how it’s done so hopefully next time I can try and make the team. This is the nicest pool I ever swam at. It’s amazing.”

Kevin Cordes, who has been training in Singapore with veteran coach Sergio Lopez and more recently at SOFLO during a training trip in Pembroke Pines, earned the top seed in the 100-meter breaststroke semifinals in an American record time of 58.94.

During morning prelims, Michael Andrew, 17, became the youngest sub-minute breaststroker in U.S. history. Andrew broke his own 17-18 national age group record in 59.96 bettering his previous mark of 1:00.37. He had the fifth fastest time going into semifinals and moved into fourth after semis. “I am blown away going under a minute for the first time,” Andrew said. “It makes me feel world-class because this is legit now.”

In a sign that the guard is changing in swimming, the first six members of the U.S. Olympic team were decided in the men’s and women’s 400-meter individual medley and men’s 400-meter freestyle.

WOMEN’S 400-METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY: Maya DiRado, 23, of Stanford qualified for her first Olympic team winning in 4:33.73, fifth-fastest time in the world this season. Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel earned the second spot in 4:36.81 to make her third Olympic team. DiRado pulled away from the field after the breaststroke leg. DiRado, who nearly quit the sport, was emotional after making the team. “This is a dream,” she said. “I turned at the 300 and thought I can’t believe this is happening. Am I in the middle of my nap? This is an unbelievable feeling. I am so overjoyed. I don’t know what life I am living, but it’s amazing.” Beisel looked relieved after clinching a spot. “It’s harder the third time around,” Beisel said. “It’s such an honor to make my third team. We are going to do awesome in Rio.”

MEN’S 400-METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY: Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore and Jay Litherland of Dynamo made their first Olympic team as early leader and injured Ryan Lochte faded to third. “Honestly, the whole thing went by so fast, I feel like I am in a different reality right now,” said Kalisz, who was hugged by longtime friend and training mate Michael Phelps after he got out of the pool.

For the first time since the 2000 Olympics, Lochte will not be competing in the 400 IM. Kalisz won in 4:09.54 and Litherland was second in 4:11.02. Lochte finished in 4:12.02. Lochte took it out fast in the butterfly and backstroke distancing himself from the field by a body length. Kalisz started to reel him in on the breaststroke leg and passed him at the 100-mark. Kalisz pulled away on the freestyle and Litherland caught Lochte down the final stretch.

Lochte, 31, and defending 400 IM Olympic gold medalist, swam finals despite pulling a groin muscle in morning prelims. “I did everything I could in that race,” Lochte said. “It just wasn’t enough. I thought about scratching, but it’s the Olympic Trials.” Lochte has five more opportunities to make the team.

MEN’S 400-METER FREESTYLE: Connor Jaeger of Club Wolverine, trailing after the first 200 and thinking he was out of it, pulled away for the win in 3:43.79. Florida alum Connor Dwyer of Trojan Swim Club was second in 3:44.66.



400-meter individual medley: 1. Maya DiRado, Stanford 4:33.73, 2. Elizabeth Beisel, ABF 4:36.81; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 41. Rachel Bradford-Feldman, St. Andrew’s 4:53.33, 57. Kelly Fertel, Gulliver 4:55.50, 72. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:56.96.


400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, North Baltimore 4:09.54, 2. Jay Litherland, Dynamo 4:11.03; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 33. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 4:26.65, 40. Sam Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 4:27.51.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 3:43.79, 2. Conor Dwyer, Trojan Swim Club 3:44.66; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 53. Blake Manganiello, AquaKids Sharks 3:58.85.

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SOFLO Boys Finish Runner-Up; Lesage, Kuznik Win On Final Day Of FLA International Invitational

By Sharon Robb

June 26, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers won two individual titles on the fourth and final day of the FLA International Invitational Sunday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Lance Lesage, 13, won the 13-14 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:06.18, a 1.00 time drop. He finished with 36 points in the high point category.

Ava Kuznik, 10, led the SOFLO girls’ team. Kuznik won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:20.72. She was also second in the 50-meter freestyle in 34.55 and third in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:48.31. She totaled 65 points in high point and was runner-up in the 10-and-under category.

Rafael Rodriguez, 14, won the 13-14 high point title with 84 points.

SOFLO boys’ team finished runner-up in the boys’ team standings with 462 points. SOFLO girls were seventh with 221 and SOFLO was fourth in combined with 683. Several SOFLO swimmers did not compete on the fourth and final day.

Other SOFLO finishers among the Top 3 were:

Mariann Catalasan, 10, second, 50-meter breaststroke, 46.57, best time, 18 points.

Christian Tijero, 10, second, 200-meter freestyle, 2:29.29, best time, 31 points.

Zackary Harris, 11, second, 100-meter backstroke, 1:17.47, best time; third, 200-meter breaststroke, 3:09.29, best time, 41 points.

Leonardo Mateus, 14, second, 100-meter backstroke, 1:07.16, 59 points.

Alejandro Mateus, 11, third, 100-meter backstroke, 1:17.83, best time, 39 points.

Leah Pando, 10, third, 50-meter breaststroke, 46.80, best time, 35 points.

Tyler Bland, 15, third, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:43.31, 12 points.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,470.5, 2. Southwest Stars 935, 3. Patriot swim Team 833.5, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 683, 5. Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens 577.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 946, 2. SOFLO 462, 3. Blue Marlins 420, 4. Patriot ST 356.5, 5. Southwest Stars 327.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Southwest Stars 608, 2. Patriot ST 449, 3. Gator Swim Club 446.5, 4. Apex 427.5, 5. Mount Pearl Marlins 344, 7. SOFLO 221.


200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Ella Klyce, STAR 2:33.13, 2. Camila Garcia, BM 2:45.07, 3. Ava Kuznik, SOFLO 2:48.31; SOFLO: 4. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:54.09, 5. Giada Porven 3:00.03, best time, 6. Fiorella Di Salvo 3:00.38, best time, 8. Luna Delgado 3:00.96, best time, 10. Judith-Alison Natino 3:11.41, best time; 11-12, 1. Caroline McCurdy, BG 2:22.51, 2. Isabella Chambers, PST 2:24.67, 3. Hayley Clark, STAR 2:25.06; SOFLO: 13. Valeria Garcia 2:40.22, best time, 14. Mia Escudero 2:41.31, best time, 27. Shayna Blitz 3:08.13, best time, 28. Kailey Smith 3:08.39; 13-14, 1. Jacey Hinton, APEX 2:11.00, 2. Daniela Flores Bautista, MARMO 2:13.42, 3. Kate Sullivan, MPM 2:13.71; SOFLO: 6. Paige Lane 2:19.73, 11. Isabella Di Salvo 2:24.67; 15-16, 1. Grace Maguire, BG 2:14.19, 2. Sydney Nesper, STAR 2:18.25, 3. Aviva Munoz, BG 2:18.36; 17-and-over, 1. Sophia Smith, APEX 2:12.29, 2. Lindsay Hay, HAT 2:19.40, 3. Lauren Siegel, PATS 2:22.52.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Casey Perez, BM 45.78, 2. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 46.57, best time, 3. Leah Pando 46.80, best time; SOFLO: 4. Judith-Alison Natino 47.44, best time, 5. Kaitlyn Barrios 47.81, best time, 8. Ava Kuznik 49.78, best time, 9. Maria Legaspi 50.30, best time, 18. Carleigh Schleicher 56.62, 19. Giada Porven 57.33, best time, 20. Sarah Vasquez 58.22, best time, 24. Abigail Natino 1:00.38, best time; 11-12, 1. Iza Ruiz, STAR 38.33, 2. Isabella Chambers, PST 38.38, 3. Audrey Moore, ST 40.31; SOFLO: 5. Mia Escudero 41.95, best time, 13. Valeria Garcia 44.69, 23. Shayna Blitz 50.70, best time, 28. Kailey Smith 54.55, best time; 13-14, 1.Gracie Khunduang, STAR 36.91, 2. Bridgette Grothman, APEX 37.73, 3. Gisel A. Valadez Zitle, MARMO 38.19; SOFLO: 7. Katrina Del Vecchio 40.15, 12. Valentina Carrion 41.32, best time, 17. Sophie Bedoya 43.10; 15-16, 1. Kendra Graham, PATS 35.05, 2. Katelyn Walsh, PATS 35.51, 3. Annabella Boardman, STAR 35.61; SOFLO: 12. Kellie Wilcox 41.28, 16. Zariya Harris 45.44, best time; 17-and-over, 1. Shannon Walsh, PATS 35.62, 2. Raquel Morgan, MPM 35.68, 3. Sarah Smith, WTST 38.40.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Ava Kuznik, SOFLO 1:20.72, 2. Ella Klyce, STAR 1:20.77, 3. Maya Sorunmu, SF 1:27.35; SOFLO: 6. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:34.56, best time, 7. Mariann Catalasan 1:40.14, 9. Judith-Alison Natino 1:41.17, best time, 17. Clara Bland 2:26.56; 11-12, 1. Kimberly McCaffrey, PATS 1:15.45, 2. Hayley Clark, STAR 1:17.54, 3. Iza Ruiz, STAR 1:19.11; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 1:20.48, best time, 21. Kailey Smith 1:36.64, best time, 23. Shayna Blitz 1:46.80; 13-14, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, B 1:12.50, 2. Alexa Cecchi, STAR 1:14.35, 3. Ellie Koch, YSF 1:16.76; 15-16, 1. Grace Maguire, BG 1:08.29, 2. Laura Pittman, MPM 1:09.24, 3. Bella Garbacz, APEX 1:09.77; SOFLO: 12. Kellie Wilcox 1:20.96, 18. Zariya Harris 1:28.18; 17-and-over, 1. Lindsay Hay, HAT 1:12.14, 2. Lauren Siegel, PATS 1:12.48, 3. Fiona Maxwell, APEX 1:14.71.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Ella Klyce, STAR 1:14.34, 2. Casey Perez, BM 1:17.68, 3. Lauren Kennedy, SF 1:23.07; SOFLO: 5. Carleigh Schleicher 1:47.79, 6. Luna Delgado 1:48.66; 11-12, 1. Nakai Chinogwenya, SF 54.91, 2. Caroline McCurdy, BG 1:15.70, 3. Kayce Kennedy, SF 1:18.69; 13-14, 1. Gracie Khunduang, STAR 1:07.61, 2. Jocelyn Ruiz, BM 1:08.26, 3. Maddie Wambach, BG 1:09.71; SOFLO: 6. Paige Lane 1:10.75, 9. Alana Acevedo 1:13.56, best time; 15-16, 1. Katelyn Walsh, PATS 1:07.92, 2. Sydney Nesper, STAR 1:07.99, 3. Bella Garbacz, APEX 1:08.36; SOFLO: 19. Zariya Harris 1:24.96; 17-and-over, 1. Ting Wen Wuah, SAC 1:03.43, 2. Cathleen Li, BG 1:05.26, 3. Sophia Smith, APEX 1:07.34.

200-meter breaststroke:

12-and-under, 1. Hayley Clark, STAR 2:55.10, 2. Iza Ruiz, STAR 2:59.44, 3. Sophie Cox, STAR 3:08.77; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 3:14.32, best time, 8. Leah Pando 3:33.71, 9. Mariann Catalasan 3:37.46, 10. Valeria Garcia 3:39.30, 12. Maria Legaspi 3:53.66, best time, 13. Shayna Blitz 4:02.36; 13-14, 1. Gisel A. Valadez Zitle, MARO 2:53.40, 2. Isabella Taylor, HAT 2:55.77, 3. Gracie Khunduang, STAR 2:56.66; SOFLO: 16. Valentina Carrion 3:14.35, best time; 15-16, 1. Katelyn Walsh, PATS 2:48.32, 2. Julia Donahue, BG 2:49.10, 3. Kendra Graham, PATS 2:51.52; 17-and-over, 1. Shannon Walsh, PATS 2:50.12, 2. Raquel Morgan, MPM 2:50.77, 3. Lauren Siegel, PATS 3:02.81.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Ella Klyce, STAR 32.83, 2. Ava Kuznik, SOFLO 34.55, 3. Camila Garcia, BM 34.90; SOFLO: 6. Kaitlyn Barrios 35.57, best time, 9. Luna Delgado 36.85, best time, 12. Leah Pando 37.11, 13. Judith-Alison Natino 37.74, best time, 16. Fiorella Di Salvo 39.35, best time, 18. Mariann Catalasan 39.55, 20. Giada Porven 39.66, best time, 22. Maria Legaspi 40.30, best time, 26. Carleigh Schleicher 41.52, 30. Sarah Vasquez 44.09, best time, 41. Abigail Natino 49.60, 48. Clara Bland 1:06.56; 11-12, 1. Caroline McCurdy, BG 28.99, 2. Isabella Chambers, PST 29.45, 3. Emily Lopez-Diaz, YSF 30.31; SOFLO: 17. Valeria Garcia 33.51, best time, 24. Mia Escudero 34.89, best time, 38. Kailey Smith 38.83, 39. Shayna Blitz 40.01; 13-14, 1. Jacey Hinton, APEX 27.45, 2. Jillian Cudney, PATS 27.67, 3. Eliza Wallis, BG 28.54; SOFLO: 6. Katrina Vecchio 29.26, best time, 7. Paige Lane 29.31, 15. Isabella Di Salvo 30.09, 25. Alana Acevedo 31.13, best time, 29. Valentina Carrion 31.43, 48. Sophia Bedoya 33.02, best time; 15-16, 1. Bella Garbacz, APEX 27.80, 2. Lauren Zawacki, WTST 28.16, 3. Kendra Graham, PATS 28.60; SOFLO: 31. Kellie Wilcox 31.52, 34. Zariya Harris 31.81; 17-and-over, 1. Xiang Ql Amanda Lim, SAC 27.02, 2. Ting Wen Quah, SAC 27.39, 3. Cathleen Li, BG 27.99.


200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, BM 2:29.15, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 2:29.29, best time, 3. Nicholas Cecchi, STAR 2:32.29; SOFLO: 18. Kyle Dorn 3:15.30, 19. Owen Smith 3:21.05; 11-12, 1. Matvey Ivanov, BG 2:19.00, 2. Gio Rizzo, PATS 2:20.02, 3. Ronny Rueda, BM 2:27.08; SOFLO: 10. Aldo Zepeda 2:40.43, best time; 13-14, 1. Sasha Shashkov, BG 2:07.22, 2. Liam Swain, MPM 2:09.07, 3. Emerson Kiefer, APEX 2:09.20; SOFLO: 4. Michael Arias 2:10.89, 6. Lance Lesage 2:14.14, 13. Eiza Gantus 2:18.59, 26. Roberto Garrido 2:27.93, best time, 41. Gabriel Ferdinand 2:45.90; 15-16, 1. Andrew Matejka, BG 1:59.05, 2. Stevos Baczek, BG 1:59.27, 3. Alexander McCurdy, BG 2:05.88; 17-and-over, 1. Kai Quan Yeo, APSC 1:54.13, 2. Henry Gaissert, BG 1:57.43, 3. Arturo Olvera Bueno, MARMO 1:58.64.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Giancarlo Suarez, BM 44.49, 2. Siyuan Lu, YSF 47.14, 3. Nathaniel Olivares, LACES 47.48; SOFLO: 7. Lucas Porven 50.20, best time, 11. Jonathan Lozano 52.98, best time, 17. Joseph-Blake Natino 57.07, best time, 20. Kevin Moya 1:03.88, 21. Kyle Dorn 1:05.69, 23. Matthew Escudero 1:09.07, best time; 11-12, 1. Flash Jackson, PATS 37.53, 2. Max Wilson, ST 38.26, 3. Brennan Muramatsu, STAR 42.33; SOFLO: 5. Chris Vasquez 43.10, 6. Alejandro Mateus 43.59, best time; 13-14, 1. Andy Rogatinsky, PST 33.15, 2. Ben Mack-Jackson, STAR 34.56, 3. Aaron Coady, MPM 34.93; SOFLO: 9. Leonardo Mateus 38.37, best time, 13. Lance Lesage 41.52, best time, 14. Jiovanni Tapia 42.16, best time, 18. Gabriel Ferdinand 45.69, best time; 15-16, 1. Daniel Alber, BG 30.38, 2. Max Seidel, BG 32.88, 3. Matt Keane, PATS 33.05; SOFLO: 4. Tyler Bland 33.25; 17-and-over, 1. Chien Yin Lionel Khoo, SIN 30.00, 2. Greg Penny, ST 31.62, 3. Johnny Prindle, BG 32.02.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, B 1:20.31, 2. Nicholas Cecchi, STAR 1:22.44, 3. Erick Collazo, BM 1:31.56; SOFLO: 13. Kyle Dorn 1:49.67, 17. Matthew Escudero 2:09.35, best time; 11-12, 1. Matvey Ivanov, BG 1:16.44, 2. Zackary Harris SOFLO 1:17.47, best time, 3. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:17.83, best time; SOFLO: 5. Logan Gonzalez 1:22.20, best time, 7. Aldo Zepeda 1:26.19, best time; 13-14, 1. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:06.18, best time, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 1:07.16, 3. Jack D’Avi, YSF 1:08.96; SOFLO: 8. Michael Arias 1:11.95, best time, 15. Marcos Vasquez 1:17.02, 20. Jiovanni Tapia 1:20.72, best time, 23. Roberto Garrido 1:23.67, best time, 32. Gabriel Ferdinand 1:33.13; 15-16, 1. Stevos Baczek, BG 1:02.61, 2. Andrew Matejka, BG 1:04.85, 3. TC McCaffrey, PATS 1:05.77 17-and-over, 1. Rex Tullius, ST 55.83, 2. Zheng Wen Quah, SAC 58.46, 3. Kai Quan Yeo, APSC 1:02.68.

200-meter breaststroke:

12-and-under, 1. Matvey Ivanov, BG 3:03.15, 2. Flash Jackson, PATS 3:08.18, 3. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 3:09.29, best time; SOFLO: 6. Logan Gonzalez 3:18.60, best time, 9. Alejandro Mateus 3:22.19; 13-14, 1. Ben Mack-Jackson, STAR 2:38.43, 2. Andy Rogatinsky, PST 2:43.01, 3. Ty Hoffman,BG 2:48.93; SOFLO: 6. Leonardo Mateus 2:56.60, best time; 15-16, 1. Max Seidel, BG 2:36.25, 2. Matt Keane, PATS 2:38.66, 3. Tyler Bland, SOFLO 2:43.31; 17-and-over, 1. Chien Yin Lionel Khoo, SIN 2:27.80, 2. Judd Fishman, COHO 2:44.16, 3. Johnny Prindle, BG 2:46.40.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, B 31.39, 2. Nicholas Cecchi, STAR 32.29, 3. Giancarlo Suarez, BM 34.10; SOFLO: 20. Lucas Porven 37.89, 23. Jonathan Lozano 38.25, best time, 25. Owen Smith 38.53, 26. Kevin Moya 38.74, 34. Kyle Dorn 42.68, 41. Matthew Escudero 55.41; 11-12, 1. Matvey Ivanov, BG 29.29, 2. Gio Rizzo, PATS 29.38, 3. Flash Jackson, PATS 30.34; SOFLO: 4. Chris Vasquez 30.51, 5. Zackary Harris 30.55, best time, 8. Alejandro Mateus 31.84, best time, 11. Logan Gonzalez 32.94, 14. Aldo Zepeda 33.73; 13-14, 1. Kevin Fanjul, BM 27.61, 2. Bryce Sutherland, STAR 28.44, 3. Juan Rosas, YSF 28.69; SOFLO: 4. Eiza Gantus 28.82, 9. Lance Lesage 29.43, 20. Jiovanni Tapia 30.91, best time, 21. Roberto Garrido 30.92, best time, 32. Marcos Vazquez 32.51, best time; 15-16, 1. Max Seidel, BG 26.35, 2. TC McCaffrey, PATS 27.33, 3. Aidan McConkey, STAR 27.34; SOFLO: 8. Tyler Bland 27.79; 17-and-over, 1. Arturo Olvera Bueno, MARMO 25.51, 2. Antonio Perez, BM 25.87, 3. Martin Vivas, YSF 25.93.

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SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Captures Four Events On Day Three Of FLA International Invitational

By Sharon Robb

June 25, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club teenager Rafael Rodriguez came up big at the FLA International Invitational Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Rodriguez, 14, won four events all with lifetime-bests and has totaled 72.5 points over three days in the high point awards category.

Rodriguez won the 13-14 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:19.07 (0.22 time drop); 50-meter backstroke in a best time 30.65 (2.48 time drop); 50-meter butterfly in a best time 27.80 (1.04 time drop) and 100-meter freestyle in a best time 57.10 (0.11 time drop).

The only other boys’ individual winner was Lance Lesage in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:24.34.

Leading the girls’ team was Sarah Acevedo, 12, who won the 12-and-under 200-meter butterfly in 2:47.91 and Leah Pando, 10, winner in the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:41.85.

Other SOFLO top three finishers were:

Ava Kuznik, 10, second, 50-meter backstroke, 43.79; third, 100-meter freestyle, 1:19.74.

Kaitlyn Barrios, 10, third, 200-meter individual medley, 3:14.61, best time.

Paige Lane, 13, third, 50-meter backstroke, 35.09; third, 50-meter butterfly, 30.89.

Mallory Schleicher, 12, 200-meter backstroke, third, 2:49.33, best time; third, 100-meter freestyle, 1:07.32, best time.

Sebastian Lares, 12, second, 200-meter butterfly, 2:35.58, best time.

Leonardo Mateus, 14, second, 200-meter butterfly, 2:24.58, best time.

Alessandro Pereira, 9, second, 200-meter individual medley, 2:49.59, best time.

Christian Tijero, 10, third, 200-meter individual medley, 2:55.40.

Alejandro Mateus, 11, second, 50-meter backstroke, 36.79.

Zackary Harris, 11, third, 100-meter freestyle, 1:05.53, best time.

Heading into the fourth and final day, SOFLO boys’ team is second with 309 points behind Gator Swim Club. The girls’ team is seventh with 153 and SOFLO is fourth with 462 points in the combined team standings.

In the race of the day, Olympic medal hopefuls and Bolles alums Joseph Schooling of Singapore and Santo Condorelli of Canada competed in the 100-meter freestyle. In the exciting race, Schooling, 21, outsprinted Condorelli, 21, 49.17-49.32. Schooling and Singapore teammates have been training at SOFLO with head coach Sergio Lopez.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 890.5, 2. Southwest Stars 600, 3. Patriot Swim Team 481.5, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 462, 5. Mount Pearl Marlins 356.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 562, 2. SOFLO 309, 3. Blue Marlins 257, 4. Southwest Stars 223, 5. Patriot Swim team 202.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Southwest Stars 377, 2. Apex Aquatics 265, 3. Patriot Swim Team 251, 4. Gator Swim Club 250.5, 5. Mount Pearl Marlins 223, 7. SOFLO 153.


200-meter butterfly:

12-and-under, 1. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 2:47.91, 2. Melissa Gonzalez, BM 2:55.44, 3. Keira Thompson, APEX 3:08.80; 13-14, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, BM 2:27.93, 2. Daniela Flores Bautista, MARMO 2:31.87, 3. Gracie Khunduang, STAR 2:34.14; SOFLO: 4. Kyana Castro 2:41.10; 15-16, 1. Sydney Nesper, STAR 2:32.25, 2. Nicole Kalavantis, BG 2:35.53, 3. Allora Williams, SF 2:43.85; 17-and-over, 1. Cathleen Li, BG 2:26.55, 2. Sophia Smith, APEX 2:37.56, 3. Fiona Maxwell, APEX 2:41.32.

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Ella Klyce, STAR 2:50.69, 2. Casey Perez, BM 2:59.08, 3. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOFLO 3:14.61, best time; SOFLO: 4. Ava Kuznik 3:20.86, 5. Mariann Catalasan 3:28.86, best time, 6. Judith-Alison Natino 3:29.23, best time, 7. Luna Delgado 3:30.97, best time, 8. Giada Porven 3:31.04, best time, 11. Maria Legaspi 3:39.78, best time; 11-12, 1. Hayley Clark, STAR 2:38.65, 2. Caroline McCurdy, BG 2:40.66, 3. Isabella Chambers, PST 2:41.46; SOFLO: 10. Mia Escudero 3:01.58, 11. Valeria Garcia 3:05.38, 20. Kailey Smith 3:28.57, best time; 13-14, 1. Jaiden Muramatsu, STAR 2:31.41, 2. Gisel A. Valadez Zitle, MARMO 2:34.07, 3. Bridgette Grothman, APEX 2:34.53; SOFLO: 7. Katrina Del Vecchio 2:39.66, best time, 10. Paige Lane, SOFLO 2:42.88, 41. Anabel Vazquez 3:16.91; 15-16, 1. Julia Donahue, BG 2:28.10, 2. Katelyn Walsh, PATS 2:29.39, 3. Bella Garbacz, APEX 2:31.91; SOFLO: 24. Zariya Harris 3:02.87; 17-and-over, 1. Lauren Siegel, PATS 2:30.66, 2. Shannon Walsh, PATS 2:36.16, 3. Raquel Morgan, MPM 2:37.34.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Ella Klyce, STAR 37.54, 2. Ava Kuznik, SOFLO 43.79, 3. Gabriella DeLuna, YSF 43.88; SOFLO: 4. Kaitlyn Barrios 45.41 and Judith-Alison Natino 45.41, tie, 8. Mariann Catalasan 46.88, 21. Abigail Natino 53.31, 25. Sarah Vasquez 55.03, 32. Carleigh Schleicher 56.97; 11-12, 1. Elizabeth Galicki, WTST 34.91, 2. Emily Lopez-Diaz, YSF 35.50, 3. Lauren Crawford, WTST 35.79; SOFLO: 21. Kailey Smith 46.22; 13-14, 1. Jacey Hinton, APEX 32.21, 2. Jocelyn Ruiz, B 34.25, 3. Paige Lane, SOFLO 35.09; SOFLO: 4. Katrina Del Vecchio 35.11, 5. Isabella Di Salvo 35.35, 13. Alana Acevedo 37.81, best time, 26. Sophia Bedoya 40.98, best time; 15-16, 1. Maddie Hofert, APEX 32.50, 2. Laura Pittman, MPM 32.55, 3. Lauren Zawacki, WT 33.19; SOFLO: 8. Kellie Wilcox 36.46, best time, 16. Zariya Harris 40.01; 17-and-over, 1. Ting Wen Quah, SAC 31.48, 2. Cathleen Li, BG 34.14, 3. Rosa Isela Escalante Saenz, MARMO 34.96.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Leah Pando, SOFLO 1:41.85, best time, 2. Casey Perez, BM 1:42.60, 3. Camilla Garcia, BM 1:43.53; SOFLO: 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:50.49, best time, 5. Maria Legaspi 1:53.24, 14. Abigail Natino 2:16.28; 11-12, 1. Iza Ruiz, STAR 1:24.24, 2. Caroline McCurdy, BG 1:25.61, 3. Michelle Cottle, STAR 1:27.69; SOFLO: 9. Valeria Garcia 1:37.98; 13-14, 1. Gracie Khunduang, STAR 1:20.03, 2. Gisel A. Valadez Zitle, MARMAO 1:20.12, 3. Isabella Taylor, HAT 1:20.44; SOFLO: 16. Valentina Carrion 1:28.85, best time, 30. Sophia Bedoya 1:42.06; 15-16, 1. Katelyn Walsh, PATS 1:15.47, 2. Annabella Boardman, STAR 1:18.06, 3. Kendra Graham, PATS 1:19.58; SOFLO: 16. Kellie Wilcox 1:29.88; 17-and-over, 1. Shannon Walsh, PATS 1:17.49, 2. Raquel Morgan, MPM 1:17.68, 3. Lauren Siegel, PATS 1:22.99.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Ella Klyce, STAR 33.83, 2. Casey Perez, BM 34.93, 3. Camila Garcia, BM 40.06; SOFLO: 5. Ava Kuznik 41.44, best time, 6. Leah Pando 42.24, 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 42.38, best time, 8. Mariann Catalasan 43.94, best time, 10. Luna Delgado 44.34, best time, 11. Giada Porven 45.91, best time, 12. Judith-Alison Natino 46.22, best time, 14. Carleigh Schleicher 46.89, 23. Abigail Natino 55.96, best time, 24. Sarah Vasquez 56.04, 25. Maria Legaspi 58.04; 11-12, 1. Michelle Cottle, STAR 33.71, 2. Hayley Clark, STAR 33.89, 3. Keira Thompson, APEX 34.45; SOFLO: 12. Valeria Garcia 38.09, 25. Kailey Smith 48.09; 13-14, 1. Jacey Hilton, APEX 29.83, 2. Jillian Cudney, PATS 30.31, 3. Paige Lane, SOFLO 30.89, SOFLO: 6. Paige Lane 31.55, best time, 7. Isabella DiSalvo 31.91, 9. Kyana Castro 32.62, 11. Alana Acevedo 32.96, best time; 15-16, 1. Kendra Graham, PATS 30.18, 2. Sydney Nesper, STAR 30.32, 3. Laura Pittman, MPM 30.58; SOFLO: 22. Zariya Harris 37.51; 17-and-over, 1. Ting Wen Quah, SAC 28.64, 2. Cathleen Li, BG 29.32, 3. Xiang Ql Amanda Lim, SAC 29.78.

200-meter backstroke:

12-and-under, 1. Kimberly McCaffrey, PATS 2:43.94, 2. Iza Ruiz, STAR 2:47.53, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 2:49.33, best time; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 2:54.90, 12. Leah Pando 3:06.42, best time; 13-14, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, BM 2:36.96, 2. Isabella Taylor, HAT 2:39.46, 3. Megan Buchanan, STAR 2:43.93; SOFLO: 12. Anabel Vazquez 2:59.36; 15-16, 1. Grace Maguire, BG 2:24.34, 2. Laura Pittman, MPM 2:31.14, 3. Katelyn Walsh, PATS 2:36.28; SOFLO: 9. Kellie Wilcox 2:53.02; 17-and-over, 1. Lauren Siegel, PATS 2:30.75, 2. Lindsay Hary, HAT 2:41.28, 3. Fiona Maxwell, APEX 2:42.78.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Ella Klyce, STAR 1:11.65, 2. Camila Garcia, BM 1:17.19, 3. Ava Kuznik, SOFLO 1:19.74; SOFLO: 4. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:20.88, 5. Judith-Alison Natino 1:23.88, best time, 7. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:24.97, best time, 8. Luna Delgado 1:25.92, 10. Giada Porven 1:28.72, 15. Maria Legaspi 1:29.80, best time, 16. Mariann Catalasan 1:29.93, 22. Carleigh Schleicher 1:37.69, 37. Abigail Natino 1:54.30, best time; 11-12, 1. Caroline McCurdy, BG 1:04.02, 2. Audrey Moore, ST 1:05.30, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 1:07.32, best time; SOFLO: 12. Valeria Garcia 1:13.22, 24. Mia Escudero 1:16.98; 13-14, 1. Jillian Cudney, PATS 1:00.85, 2. Jacey Hilton, APEX 1:00.87, 3. Jaiden Muramatsu, STAR 1:02.39; SOFLO: 8. Paige Lane 1:03.85, 12. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:04.12, 17. Isabella Di Salvo 1:05.72, best time, 22. Alana Acevedo 1:07.23, best time, 26. Valentina Carrion 1:07.59, 53. Sophia Bedoya 1:20.31; 15-16, 1. Bella Garbacz, APEX 1:00.48, 2. Lauren Zawacki, WT 1:01.54, 3. Kelly Mitchell, BG 1:02.45; SOFLOL 33. Kellie Wilcox 1:10.63, best time, 36. Zariya Harris 1:12.97; 17-and-over, 1. Ting Wen Quah, SAC 57.80, 2. Xiang Ql Amanda Lim, SAC 59.19, 3. Sophia Smith, APEX 1:02.08.

200-meter freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1.YSF Barracudas 2:10.74, 2. Plantation Swim Team 2:12.24, 3. Webbs Tornadoes 2:14.36; 13-14, 1. Mount Peal Marlins A 2:01.40, 2. Plantation 2:06.86, 3. Mount Pearl Marlins B 2:14.80; 15-16, 1. Mount Pearl Marlins A 2:00.07; 17-and-over, 1. Patriots 1:54.33, 2. Gator Swim Club B 1:54.82, 3. Apex 1:55.95.


200-meter butterfly:

12-and-under, 1. Anthony Martinez, BM 2:34.79, 2. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 2:35.58, best time, 3. Matvey Ivanov, BG 2:35.75; SOFLO: 6. Zackary Harris 2:48.53; 13-14, 1. Kevin Fanjul, BM 2:23.39, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 2:24.58, best time, 3. Matt McGregor, PATS 2:25.85; 15-16, 1. Brayan Perez, BM 2:14.23, 2. Diego Mateus, BM 2:14.30, 3. Cristian Vasquez, BM 2:18.92; 17-and-over, 1. Judd Fishman, COHOL 2:17.66, 2. Will Hrabchak, BG 2:23.38, 3. Chip Sheldon, STAR 2:28.01.

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Nicholas Cecchi, STAR 2:47.86, 2. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 2:49.59, best time, 3. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 2:55.40; SOFLO: 6. Lucas Porven 3:09.71, best time, 14. Owen Smith 3:50.60; 11-12, 1. Matvey Ivanov, BG 2:38.68, 2. Flash Jackson, PATS 2:49.86, 3. Ronny Rueda, BM 2:50.54; SOFLO: 5. Alejandro Mateus 2:51.01, 10. Aldo Zepeda 3:03.93, best time, 15. Samuel Bullen 3:22.85; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:19.07, best time, 2. Ben Mack-Jackson, STAR 2:24.58, 3. Ky Odlum, ST 2:28.64; SOFLO: 12. Eiza Gantus 2:38.68, best time, 33. Gabriel Ferdinand 3:17.63; 15-16, 1. Max Seidel, BG 2:15.05, 2. JJ Batt, BG 2:17.46, 3. TC McCaffrey, PATS 2:23.98; 17-and-over, 1. Sheng Jun Pang, ACE 2:09.51, 2. Chien Yin Lionel Khoo, SIN 2:10.86, 3. Kai Quan Yeo, APSC 2:13.12.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Nicholas Cecchi, STAR 39.10, 2. Erick Collazo, BM 42.60, 3. Henry Hazell, SEA 43.27; SOFLO: 7. Jonathan Lozano 44.92, 12. Kyle Dorn 47.59, best time, 20. Kevin Moya 52.50, 21. Owen Smith 54.26, 22. Joseph-Blake Natino 54.45, best time, 28. Matthew Escudero 58.56, best time; 11-12, 1. Max Wilson, ST 32.51, 2. Alejandro Mateus 36.79, 3. Flash Jackson 37.43; SOFLO: 9. Aldo Zepeda 40.90, best time, 12. Samuel Bullen 43.55; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 30.65, best time, 2. Ky Odlum, ST 30.96, 3. Sasha Shashkov, BG 31.14; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 31.71, best time, 5. Lance Lesage 32.03, 10. Michael Arias 33.65, 11. Nicolas Munoz 34.63, 12. Marcos Vazquez 35.03, best time, 18. Jiovanni Tapia 37.57, best time, 20. Roberto Garrido 39.36; 15-16, 1. Stevos Baczek, BG 28.78, 2. Andrew Matejka, BG 29.83, 3. TC McCaffrey, PATS 30.34; 17-and-over, 1. Zheng Wen Quah, SAC 26.53, 2. Rex Tullius, ST 26.90, 3. Juan Imposiato, YSF 29.81.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Nicholas Cecchi, STAR 1:37.39, 2. Giancarlo Suarez, BM 1:37.48, 3. Peter Roca, BM 1:44.29; SOFLO: 9. Jonathan Lozano 1:57.30, 10. Joseph-Blake Natino 2:05.83, best time, 12. Matthew Escudero 2:22.27; 11-12, 1. Flash Jackson, PATS 1:22.26, 2. Anthony Martinez, BM 1:25.07, 3. Matvey Ivanov, BG 1:27.74; SOFLO: 4. Zackary Harris 1:29.03, best time, 8. Alejandro Mateus 1:37.88, 10. Samuel Bullen 1:39.57, best time; 13-14, 1. Andy Rogatinsky, PST 1:11.78, 2. Ben Mack-Jackson, STAR 1:11.89, 3. Ty Hoffman, BG 1:16.80; SOFLO: 7. Leonardo Mateus 1:21.35, best time, 10. Michael Arias 1:23.51, 20. Jiovanni Tapia 1:33.34, best time, 29. Gabriel Ferdinand 1:47.08; 15-16, 1. Daniel Alber, BG 1:07.76, 2. Max Seidel, BG 1:09.14, 3. Alexander McCurdy, BG 1:11.59; 17-and-over, 1. Chien Yin Lionel Khoo, SIN 1:05.78, 2. Greg Penny, ST 1:09.75, 3. Johnny Prindle, BG 1:10.07.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Nicholas Cecchi, STAR 34.89, 2. Lucas Porven, SOFLO 38.20, best time, 3. Henry Hazell, SEA 38.70; SOFLO: 11. Jonathan Lozano 44.39, best time, 17. Owen Smith 48.86, best time, 21. Kevin Moya 59.55, 23. Joseph-Blake Natino 1:00.89, 24. Kyle Dorn 1:03.36; 11-12, 1. Matvey Ivanov, BG 31.28, 2. Gio Rizzo, PATS 31.44, 3. Max Wilson, STSA 32.88; SOFLO: 4. Zackary Harris 33.05, best time, 6. Chris Vasquez 33.51, 9. Alejandro Mateus 35.39, 19. Samuel Bullen 48.94; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 27.80, best time, 2. Ky Odlum, ST 28.28, 3. Jonathan Nunez, PATS 29.43; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Mateus 29.75, best time, 10. Eiza Gantus 31.49, best time, 11. Lance Lesage 31.80, best time, 15. Nicolas Munoz 32.46, 17. Marcos Vazquez 33.22, best time, 19. Jiovanni Tapia 33.48, best time; 15-16, 1. Daniel Alber, BG 26.71, 2. JJ Batt, BG 27.74, 3. Diego Mateus, BM 28.13; 17-and-over, 1. Zheng Wen Quah, SAC 24.90, 2. Chien Yin Lional Khoo, SIN 26.05, 3. Kai Quan Yeo, APSC 26.27.

200-meter backstroke:

12-and-under, 1. Gabriel Perez, B 2:52.52, 2. Henry Ajo, BM 2:54.80, 3. Ronny Rueda, BM 2:55.63; SOFLO: 5. Aldo Zepeda 3:05.08, best time; 13-14, 1. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 2:24.34, best time, 2. Liam Swain, MPM 2:26.24, 3. Jack D’Avi, YSF 2:27.03; SOFLO: 6. Michael Arias 2:35.46, 7. Nicolas Munoz 2:36.60, best time, 12. Roberto Garrido 2:49.72, best time, 17. Gabriel Ferdinand 3:17.11; 15-16, 1. Stevos Baczek, BG 2:14.11, 2. TC McCaffrey, PATs 2:21.28, 3. Andrew Matejka, BG 2:21.30; 17-and-over, 1. Rex Tullius, ST 2:01.40, 2. Judd Fishman, COHO 2:16.20, 3. Will Hrabchak, BG 2:16.95.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Nicholas Cecchi, STAR 1:12.35, 2. Giancarlo Suarez, BM 1:14.77, 3. Nathaniel Olivares, LACES 1:17.93; SOFLO: 6. Lucas Porven 1:20.33, best time, 14. Kyle Dorn 1:26.13, best time, 19. Kevin Moya 1:36.29, 27. Matthew Escudero 1:58.63; 11-12, 1. Brennan Muramatsu, STAR 1:04.09, 2. Matvey Ivanov, BG 1:04.45, 3. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:05.53, best time; SOFLO: 7. Alejandro Mateus 1:10.32, 13. Aldo Zepeda 1:15.36, best time, 18. Samuel Bullen 1:23.61, best time; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 57.10, best time, 2. Sasha Shashkov, BG 57.62, 3. Ky Odlum, ST 58.31; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Mateus 59.91, 17. Lance Lesage 1:02.84, 19. Eiza Gantus 1:03.48, 31. Jiovanni Tapia 1:06.47, best time, 37. Roberto Garrido 1:09.93, best time, 54. Gabriel Ferdinand 1:18.03; 15-16, 1. Stevos Baczek, BG 54.31, 2. Daniel Alber, BG 54.51, 3. Andrew Matejka, BG 55.56; 17-and-over, 1. Joseph Schooling, SAC 49.17, 2. Santo Condorelli, Canada 49.32, 3. Zheng Wen Quah, SAC 51.55.

200-meter freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1. Swim Gym 2:44.36, 2. YSF Barracudas 2:47.30; 13-14, 1. Patriots 1:51.69, 2. Gator Swim Club A 1:52.26, 3. YSF Barracudas 1:54.60; 15-16, 1. Gator Swim Club A 1:42.10, 2. Patriots 1:48.90, 3. YSF Barracudas 1:50.45; 17-and-over, 1. Gator Swim Club A 1:40.04, 2. Plantation Swim Team 2:02.53.


What: FLA International Invitational

When: Sunday

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation

Schedule: Sunday, 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. All sessions are timed finals.

Admission: $5 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information call 954-980-8666 or got to

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SOFLO’s Aukerman, Donahue, Golding Ready For U.S. Olympic Trials That Begin Sunday

By Sharon Robb

June 24, 2016—It’s show time on the big stage for three South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers.

Claire Donahue, Kile Aukerman and Kathleen Golding will compete in the June 26-July 3 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb.

Making the Trials is a huge accomplishment in itself. Now they will chase the brass ring trying to make the Aug. 5-21 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

All three have opening races on Sunday: Donahue in her signature event, the 100-meter butterfly, Golding in the 400-meter individual medley and Aukerman in the 100-meter breaststroke.

The talented trio coached by veteran SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson will share the same deck with the sport’s Big Four: Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin for eight days to determine the U.S. men and women’s Olympic teams.

The top two in each final will qualify for Rio, plus up to six finishers in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle events for relays. The top six in each event also make the senior national team.

Nearly 2,000 swimmers have qualified for the Trials with the most coming from California, Pacific Coast, North Carolina and Florida. The event at CenturyLink Center is a sell out for the first time with more than 200,000 tickets sold.

Donahue, 27, a 2012 Olympian, is making her third U.S. Olympic Trials appearance and coming off a solid year of training. Donahue won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics as a member of the winning 400-meter medley relay team.

Donahue is seeded fifth in the 100-meter butterfly in 58.03.

“Not just the training aspect but outside factors,” Donahue said. “Recovery. Doing things like yoga. Making sure my diet’s right on. Making sure every aspect of my life is surrounded by swimming, helping me perform and helping me grow in the sport.”

Golding is the only high school swimmer from a South Florida public high school to qualify. At 15, she is also one of the youngest.

Training alongside Olympians and national-caliber swimmers at South Florida Aquatic Club in Pembroke Pines including four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, a Flanagan alum, has helped her improve.

Golding qualified in the 200-meter individual medley (2:18.67) and 400-meter individual medley (4:53.68), two of the sport’s toughest events.

“It definitely helps to watch the older girls and learn from them,” she said. “They are really good.”

Golding is realistic about her expectations for the Trials.

“I am going there for the experience,” Golding said. “I want to see what it’s like and I want to see how I stack up.

“I have been really focused lately, making sure everything I do in practice counts towards trials. My coach and I are pretty confident going into. I have been swimming pretty well.”

Golding would love to advance into the semifinals in one of her events. Despite her age, she is experienced when it comes to competing at big meets.

“I have been to meets with Missy and Michael,” Golding said. “There’s going to be a lot of fast people. I have been training really hard and doing a lot more dryland work. I think I should swim best times. I know after Trials I am going to be really motivated because it’s such a motivating meet. It makes me want to go to the Olympics even more and really enforces how much I want to be better.”

Aukerman is going in with three Trials cuts and lifetime-bests in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:03.38), 200-meter breaststroke (2:17.96) and 200-meter individual medley (2:04.35). All three times he swam at the Tennessee Aquatics Invitational earlier this month.

The 23-year-old Wright State alum is thrilled to be there. After graduating college, Aukerman decided to put his career on hold to train seriously for nearly two years at SOFLO.

“I got some scholarship money and started swimming to get a good education,” Aukerman said. “As the years went on I started improving and had a good senior year. I thought maybe with long course training under my belt I could get better.

“I totally committed myself to going after it. I got my degree and everything and I will be looking for a job after this year. You have the rest of your life to go to school and work. The Trials are once in a lifetime.”

Aukerman is also realistic about the Trials.

“I want to better my time at Trials,” he said. “My goal in my mind these last two years has been I wanted my last meet to be the Olympic Trials. I want to go best times there. If I do that I will be 100 percent fine to say goodbye to swimming. It’s the best possible way to go out swimming at one of the best meets in the world.”


Aukerman: Sunday, 100-meter breaststroke, Wednesday, 200-meter breaststroke, Thursday, 200-meter individual medley

Donahue: Sunday, 100-meter butterfly, Wednesday, 200-meter butterfly

Golding: Sunday, 400-meter individual medley, Tuesday, 200-meter individual medley.

The Trials will be shown exclusively across NBC networks and mobile platforms. Prelims will be live daily at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on the NBC Sports app.

NBC Sports will live stream the Trials including both prelims and finals sessions. It will also be available on NBC Sports online at, or through the NBC Sports app available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.


Miguel Cancel, Gulliver Prep; Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest; Lauren Driscoll, American Heritage Plantation; Anya Egorova, Gulliver Prep; Kelli Fertel, Gulliver Prep; Alex Evdokimov, Taravella; Casey Francis, Pine Crest; Kathleen Golding, Cooper City; Brandon Goldman, St. Thomas Aquinas; Emily Kopas, University School; Austin Manganiello, Miami Palmetto; Blake Manganiello, Miami Palmetto; Lindsey McKnight, Plantation American Heritage; Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy; Carlos Omana, Belen Jesuit; Michael Saco, Miami Palmetto; Juan Sequera, Reagan; Clara Smiddy, South Florida HEAT; Sam Smiddy, South Florida HEAT; Niki Urquidi, Gulliver Prep; Kyla Valls, Ransom Everglades.


Reagan alum Isabella Paez, 20, of Duke will try and qualify for the Venezuelan Olympic team and University School alum Jordy Groters of Missouri will try and make the Aruba team at the June 23-26 RBC Bahamas National Swimming Championships at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Swim Complex in Nassau. Paez and Groters are former high school district, region and state champions. Foreign swimmers will have a final chance to qualify the following week at the June 29-July 2 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships, also in the Bahamas.

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