By Sharon Robb

June 17, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club had a successful opening day at the annual Swim Fort Lauderdale International Classic Friday at Nova Southeastern Aquatics Center.

Christian Tijero and Rafael Rodriguez were double winners.

Tijero, 10, won the 9-10 200-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke, posted two best times and totaled 25 points. He won the 200 timed final freestyle in a best time 2:30.86, dropping 3.77 seconds off his previous best. He won the 50 backstroke in 38.85 and posted a best time of 38.61 in prelims. Tijero was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 36.37, slower than his morning time of 36.27.

Rodriguez, 14, won the 13-14 200-meter freestyle in 2:013.13 and 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.48. Rodriguez totaled 18 points.

SOFLO’s individual winners were:

Kelley Heron, 16, won the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:05.71, dropping 0.68 seconds.

Alessandro Pereira, 9 won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:34.11. e was also third in the 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly, both in best times.

Marc Rojas, 22, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.10 but missed the U.S. Olympic Trials cut of 2:18.39. Last weekend he went 2:18.90 at Ransom-Everglades. He will also swim the 100-meter breaststroke. The Trials cut is 1:03.69.

Ervin Marin, 16, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:51.14.

Kathleen Golding, 15, fine tuning for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials, was second in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:07.97 and 100-meter butterfly in a best time 1:03.14, dropping .14 seconds.

The three-day Florida Gold Coast meet continues on Saturday. The meet has attracted most of the top teams including SOFLO with 67 swimmers entered.

Among teams competing are AquaKids Sharks, Gulliver Swim Club, Pine Crest Swimming, North Palm Beach, Boca Raton Swim Team and host Swim Fort Lauderdale.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

9-10, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 2:26.70, 2. Vivien Nett, KKSE 2:28.46, 3. David Virag, KKSE 2:31.16; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 2:16.92, 2. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 2:17.79, 3. Laura Bicskei, KKSE 2:24.82; SOFLO: 7. Emma Twombly 2:30.07, 18. Sofia Osorio 2:44.13, best time, 22. Mia Escudero 2:45.58, 26. Sabrina Osorio 2:47.59, best time; 13-14, 1. Andrea Santander, PC 2:06.34, 2. Nicole Gomez, NPB 2:08.15, 3. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:11.67; SOFLO: 12. Michelle Marinheiro 2:23.65, 15. Daniela Curbelo 2:31.02, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:05.69, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:07.97, 3. Daniela Martinez Hernandez, CSC 2:09.01; SOFLO: 10. Melissa Marinheiro 2:12.85, 22. Kylie Herman 2:19.42, 26. Abby Oyetunji 2:21.04, 32. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:23.59.

50-meter backstroke:

9-10, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 35.70, 2. Luca Toth, KKSE 38.84, 3. Bella Egizi, PC 42.20; SOFLO: 4. Leah Pardo 42.42, best time; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 32.50, 2. Laura Bicskei, KKSE 34.40, 3. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 34.86.

100-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Amanda Kopas, SFTL 1:10.07, 2. Sofia Vivaldi, FA 1:11.52, 3. Jo Jo Richter, PC 1:12.26; SOFLO: 8. Molly Golding 1:17.05, 11. Valentina Carrion 1:18.69, best time, 12. Elise Larin 1:20.79, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 1:05.71, best time; 2. Allison Kopas, SFTL 1:06.79, 3. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 1:07.82; SOFLO: 6. Marcella Marinheiro 1:09.59, 12. Melissa Marinheiro 1:11.34, best time.

100-meter breaststroke:

9-10, 1. Vivien Nett, KKSE 1:31.00, 2. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 1:37.92, 3. Bella Egizi, PC 1:40.95; SOFLO: 6. Leah Pando 1:45.21; 11-12, 1. Margaret Miao, AquaKids Sharks 1:23.76, 2. Alana Deo, AquaKids Sharks 1:26.30, 3. Nora Hetyei, KKSE 1:26.61; SOFLO: 6. Sabrina Osorio 1:33.23, 8. Mia Escudero 1:35.93.

200-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Savannah Yates, PC 2:50.25, 2. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:52.68, 3. Jo Jo Richter, PC 2:59.29; SOFLO: 5. Elise Larin 3:00.84, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Emily Kopas, Unattached 2:34.86, 2. Kelly Fertel, Gulliver 2:39.23, 3. Elizabeth Zubero, SFTL 2:41.48; SOFLO: 7. Jessica Rodriguez 2:51.08, best time, 9. Kelley Heron 2:47.36, best time, 11. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:55.46, best time, 12. Emiliana Pelaez 2:56.81, best time.

50-meter butterfly:

9-10, 1. Vivien Nett, KKSE 36.02, 2. David Virag, KKSE 36.34, 3. Bella Egizi, PC 38.29; SOFLO: 7. Lea Pando 41.78, best time; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 30.44, 2. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 32.06, 3. Lauren Balfour, Unattached 32.89; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 34.48, best time.

100-meter butterfly:

13-14, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 1:05.41, 2. Rachel Contich, PC 109.31, 3. Sofia Vivaldi, FA 1:10.82; SOFLO: 10. Alana Acevedo 1:15.65, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:02.54, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 1:03.14, best time, 3. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 1:03.44; SOFLO: 5. Catalina Mendieta 1:04.40, 16. Marcella Marinheiro 1:11.07.

400-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Andrea Santander, PC 5:07.37, 2. Nicole Gomez, NPB 5:14.10, 3. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 5:18.66; SOFLO: 5. Molly Golding 5:32.80, best time; 9. Michelle Marinheiro 5:45.13, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 5:03.56, 2. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 5:07.83, 3. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 5:09.51.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

9-10, 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 2:30.86, best time, 2. Tyler Armbruster, Unattached 2:45.99, 3. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 2:47.95; 11-12, 1. Dominic Bono, AquaKids Sharks 2:16.89, 2. Javier Roman, SOFLO 2:18.08, best time, 3. Juan Colmenares, Unattached 2:18.36; SOFLO: 4. Brennan Binder 2:24.67, best time, 6. Chris Vasquez 2:28.17, 8. Alex Golding 2:29.57, best time, 13. Logan Gonzalez 2:35.73, best time, 17. Sebastian Navarro 2:42.72; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:03.13, 2. Jonathan Rodriguez, Gulliver 2:03.47, 3. Juan Serna, SOFLO 2:06.51; SOFLO: 10. Nicolas Rossi 2:13.64, best time, 15. Nicolas Munoz 2:20.96, best time, 19. Jiovanni Tapia 2:33.07, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 1:59.17, 2. Julien Pinon, SFTL 1:59.46, 3. Nico Medina, PC 1:59.65; SOFLO: 5. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:59.84, best time, 7. Max Asnis 2:02.32, 10. Ricardo Roche 2:05.12, 13. CJ Kopecki 2:06.67, 19. Juan Diaz 2:08.38, 22. Tomas Pelaez 2:09.59, 36. Matthew Menocal 2:15.84, 37. Juan Osorio 2:17.74.

50-meter backstroke:

9-10, 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 38.85, 2. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 39.90, 3. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 40.12; SOFLO: 4. Jacob Navarro 41.40; 11-12, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 33.06, 2. Max Hardart, Unattached 36.72, 3. Odin Farkas, SOFLO 37.33; SOFLO: 4. Enrique Rodriguez 37.50, best time.

100-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 1:00.61, 2. Michael Lorenz, PCY 1:02.16, 3. Gavin Smith, NPB 1:04.81; SOFLO: 6. Nicolas Munoz 1:12.48, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Marco Aldabe, ACE 57.61, 2. David Van Der Colff, Unattached 59.12, 3. Philippe Marcoux, SFTL 1:01.17; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 1:03.22, best time, 9. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:04.69, best time.

100-meter breaststroke:

9-10, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:34.11, 2. Javier Colmenares, Unattached 1:44.25, 3. Andriy Huertas, Gulliver 1:49.49; 11-12, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:18.23, 2. Javier Roman, SOFLO 1:23.73, best time, 3. Yannai Michael, Unattached/SOFLO 1:24.76.

200-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Kevin Degrijze, SFTL 2:31.07, 2. Otto Herzig, FA 2:44.22, 3. Jonathan Rodriguez, Gulliver 2:46.87; 15-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:20.10, 2. Matthew Petreski, PC 2:30.29, 3. Yona Rubin, SFTL 2:32.97; SOFLO: 5. Ervin Marin 2:38.62, 9. Tyler Bland 2:41.77, best time.

50-meter butterfly:

9-10, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 34.22, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 36.37, 3. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 38.20; 11-12, 1. Juan Colmenares, Unattached 31.79, 2. Jorge Lopez, Gulliver 32.14, 3. Doinic Bono, AquaKids Sharks 33.10; SOFLO: 5. Javier Roman 33.23, best time, 6. Chris Vasquez 33.53, best time, 8. Brennan Binder 33.82, best time.

100-meter butterfly:

13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:02.48, 2. Carlos Ivan Gonzalez, CSC 1:02.99, 3. Juan Serna, SOFLO 1:04.18, best time; SOFLO: 13. Nicolas Munoz 1:16.51; 15-and-over, 1. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 57.73, 2. Julien Pinion, SFTL 58.64, 3. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 59.12; SOFLO: 10. Max Asnis 1:01.18, best time, 12. CJ Kopecki 1:01.83, best time, 14. Juan Diaz 1:02.59.

400-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Jonathan Rodriguez, Gulliver 5:01.31, 2. Michael Lorenz, PCY 5:12.32, 3. Gavin Smith, NPB 5:15.38; SOFLO: 4. Joseph Lee 5:16.59, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:51.14, 2. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 4:51.58, 3. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:57.54; SOFLO: 6. CJ Kopecki 5:04.53.

IF YOU GO

What: Swim Fort Lauderdale International Classic

When: Saturday-Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Nova Southeastern University Aquatic Complex, corner of SW 36th St. and SW 75th Ave., Davie

Admission: $6 per day, $3 heat sheets per session. for information call 954-463-0627.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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