SOFLO Finishes Among Top 10 At FGC Senior Long Course Championships, Busy Summer Continues


By Sharon Robb

July 25, 2016—-South Florida Aquatic Club finished eighth among a 37-team field at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships Sunday at Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions in Coral Springs.

SOFLO, with 34 swimmers, finished with 518 points. Swim Fort Lauderdale captured the combined team title with 1,085 points and defending champion Gulliver Swim Club was runner-up with 990.50 points.

The busy summer continues for SOFLO swimmers and coaches with several meets coming up including the Aug. 3-4 U.S. Open Swimming Championships, Aug. 4-7 Futures Championships in Atlanta, Aug. 2-6 Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Cary, N.C. and Aug. 2-6 Southern Zone Senior Championships in Tupelo, Miss.

Among SOFLO top finishers on the final day were:

Jennifer Rodriguez, 15, finished her most successful meet with a third-place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:16.52.

Luke Lezotte, 15, was second in the 15-16 50-meter butterfly in 26.96. He swam back-to-back best times in the prelims in 27.72 and lowered it in finals in 26.96. Lezotte was also seventh in 25.35.

Tyler Bland, 15, was fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:11.52.

Emiliana Pelaez, 17, was seventh in the open 100-meter breaststroke in 1:19.75.

Sam Asnis, 17, was seventh in the 1500-meter freestyle in 18:43.27.

Kevin Porto, 16, was eighth in the 15-16 100-meter backstroke in 1:05.45. He was also tenth in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 25.80.

Samuel Quintero, 15, was tenth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.76. Quintero was also six in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:11.80.

SOFLO’s top high point finishers were:

Samuel Quintero, 15, was ninth among 15-16 boys with 72 points.

Two-time senior title winner Jennifer Rodriguez, 15, was 15th among 15-16, girls finishing with 56 points.

Kevin Porto, 16, was 19th among 15-16 boys with 50 points.

Tyler Bland, 15, was 22nd among 15-16 boys with 43 points.

Luke Lezotte, 15, was 32nd among 15-16 boys with 29 points.

Because of the weather, meet officials cancelled the night session’s relays.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED: 1. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1,085, 2. Gulliver Swim Club 990.50, 3. Metro Aquatics 763, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 676, 5. Azura 635.50, 6. T2 Aquatics 578, 7. North Palm Beach 577, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 518, 9. Jupiter Dragons 458, 10. Lake Lytal Lightning 437.

GIRLS

100-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest Swimming 1:05.28; SOFLO: 18. Kellie Wilcox 1:15.83, best time, 37. Katherine De Barros 1:18.12, 41. Abby Oyetunji 1:18.97, 44. Raquel Lugo 1:20.44; Open, 1. Rose Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 1:07.69; SOFLO: 28. Isabella Di Salvo 1:16.79, 36. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:17.42, 38. Daniela Curbelo 1:17.61, 43. Rebekah Ling 1:19.37.

50-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest Swimming 28.03; SOFLO: 38. Elise Larin 33.86, best time, 43. Abby Oyetunji 34.12, 44. Raquel Lugo 34.17, 48. Alexandra Crespo 34.47, best time, 60. Isabel Shashaty 35.54; Open, 1. Osianna McReed, Westminster Academy 29.09; SOFLO: 16. Natasha Testa 31.97, 27. Daniela Curbelo 32.52, 37. Isabella Di Salvo 33.10, 43. Alana Acevedo 33.35, 48. Emiliana Pelaez 33.63, 66. Stephanie Mlujeak 35.34, 72. Madison Johnson 36.06.

100-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Haiey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks 1:15.25; SOFLO: 3. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:16.52, best time, 13. Elise Larin, 1:21.38, 35. Katherine De Barros 1:29.09, 36. Kellie Wilcox 1:29.44; Open, 1. Emily Kopas, SFTL 1:10.94; SOFLO: 7. Emiliana Pelaez 1:19.75.

50-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Cathy Cooper, SFTL 26.95; SOFLO: 31. Jennifer Rodriguez 30.22, best time, 39. Elise Larin 30.51, best time, 41. Abby Oyetunji 30.57, 51. Isabel Shashaty 31.00, 63. Kellie Wilcox 31.50, 80. Raquel Lugo 33.34; Open, 1. Mckenna Keith, Unattached 27.33; SOFLO: 44. Marianna Serrao 30.31, 48. Isabella DiSalvo 30.44, 75. Alana Acevedo 31.65, 78. Stephanie Mlujeak 31.87, 82. Natasha Testa 32.34, 83. Madison Johnson 32.84.

200-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Alessandra Baldari, North Palm Beach 2:20.67; Open, 1. Emily Kopas, SFTL 2:21.11; SOFLO: 13. Marianna Serrao 2:37.42, best time.

1500-meter freestyle:

14-and-under, 1. Paola Carlesso, Unattached 19:18.80; 15-16, 1. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 17:23.67; 17-and-over, 1. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 17:04.21.

BOYS

100-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. George Lubian, Flying Fish 1:00.66; SOFLO: 8. Kevin Porto 1:05.45, 10. Samuel Quintero 1:05.76, 32. Juan Osorio 1:09.51, best time; Open, 1. Carolus Josefina, East Coast 59.93; SOFLO: 13. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:04.39, 21. Jonathan Farah 1:05.20.

50-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Tyler Zuyus, Pompano Beach 26.90; SOFLO: 2. Luke Lezotte 26.96, finals best time, 27.72, prelims best time, 13. Kevin Porto 27.94, 34. Juan Osorio 29.47, best time, 49. Wyatt Jennessee 30.32; Open, 1. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 25.46; SOFLO: 29. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 28.13, 52. Tyler Gibson 29.69, best time, 73. Emmanuel Ortiz 33.84.

100-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Teolio Darias, Gulliver 1:07.71; SOFLO: 5. Tyler Bland 1:11.52, best time, 6. Samuel Quintero 1:11.80, best time, 30. Wyatt Jennessee 1:20.84; Open, 1. Greg Penny, STSA 1:05.49; SOFLO: 25. Tyler Gibson 1:17.68, 36. Emmanuel Ortiz 1:25.99.

50-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Jorge Depassier, Unattached 24.61; SOFLO: 7. Luke Lezotte 25.35, 10. Kevin Porto 25.80, best time, 21. Tomas Pelaez 26.65, best time, 45. Juan Osorio 27.57, best time, 72. Tyler Bland 28.24, 81. Wyatt Jennessee 28.53; Open, 1. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 23.96; SOFLO: 45. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 26.50, 91. Emmanuel Ortiz 28.22.

200-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Jorge Depassier, Unattached 2:11.51; SOFLO: 11. Samuel Quintero 2:20.84, best time; Open, 1. Boleck De Pawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 2:08.24.

1500-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Andrew Kalaman, SRQ 16:33.67; SOFLO: 11. Juan Diaz 17:49.01, 12. Tomas Pelaez 17:55.17; 17-and-over, 1. Alex Cronin, Jupiter 16:08.96; SOFLO: 7. Sam Asnis 18:43.27.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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SOFLO’s Rodriguez Wins Second Title At FGC Senior Long Course Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 23, 2016—-For the second night in a row, Jennifer Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club captured an individual title at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships Saturday at Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions in Coral Springs.

On the heels of her 50-meter breaststroke victory, Rodriguez, 15, won the 15-16 200-meter breaststroke in 2:46.28. Rodriguez was the lone SOFLO champion.

Rodriguez also led off SOFLO’s 800-meter freestyle relay that finished fifth in 9:21.71 with teammates Abby Oyetunji, Isabella DiSalvo and Emiliana Pelaez.

Samuel Quintero, 15, was fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:33.13, dropping 0.94 from his previous best of 2:34.07.

Quintero was also fifth in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:57.14, a time drop of 4.99 seconds and breaing 5 minutes for the first time.

Other SOFLO top finishers were:

Kevin Porto, 16, was fifth in the 50-meter backstroke in 29.20.

Tyler Bland, 15, was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:37.98, also a best time with a time drop of 3.79 seconds and first time he broke 2:40. He first bettered his best time in prelims in 2:38.12 and lowered it again in finals.

Jonathan Farah, 18, was eighth in the 50-meter backstroke in 29.81.

Max Asnis, 16, was ninth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:00.83.

Prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. each day. Meet officials at Coral Springs are not posting team scores on Meet Mobile until the completion of the three-day meet.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:59.19, 10. SOFLO “A” 4:18.24 (Abby Oyetunji, Isabella Di Salvo, Marianna Serrao, Emiliana Pelaez), 20. SOFLO “B” 4:26.86 (Jennifer Rodriguez, Alana Acevedo, Raquel Lugo, Daniela Curbelo.

200-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Sloan Sizemore, Pompano Beach 2:08.56; SOFLO: 31. Abby Oyetunji 2:21.93, 46. Alexandra Crespo 2:25.44; Open, 1. Julie Meynen, LSF 2:06.58; SOFLO: 13. Emiliana Pelaez 2:15.28, 28. Marianna Serrao 2:19.49, 43. Stephanie Mlujeak 2:32.51.

50-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Gabriella Antononi, Gulliver 31.02; SOFLO: 23. Kellie Wilcox 35.49, best time, 46. Isabel Shashaty 37.45, 47. Raquel Lugo 37.52, 48. Abby Oyetunji 37.65; Open, 1. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 30.94; SOFLO: 25. Isabella Di Salvo 35.33, 44. Alana Acevedo 37.38, 47. Stephanie Mlujeak 37.87.

200-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Jennifer Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:46.28; SOFLO: 16. Elise Larin 3:03.56, 24. Katherine De Barros 3:11.53; Open, 1. Emily Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:32.48.

100-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 1:00.62; SOFLO: 27. Alexandra Crespo 1:12.98, best time, 43. Elise Larin 1:19.85; Open, 1. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:03.85; SOFLO: 30. Daniela Curbelo 1:11.73, 34. Natasha Tate 1:13.04, 35. Isabella Di Salvo 1:13.52.

400-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Alessandra Baldari, North Palm Beach 5:00.16; Open, 1. Emily Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:56.46; SOFLO: 13. Marianna Serrao 5:38.15, 14. Isabella Di Salvo 5:49.65.

800-meter freestyle relay:

1.Gulliver 8:46.52, 5. SOFLO “A” 9:21.71 (Jennifer Rodriguez, Abby Oyetunji, Isabella Di Salvo, Emiliana Pelaez), 11. SOFLO “B” 10:00.46 (Katherine DeBarros, Elise Larin, Alana Acevedo, Madison Johnson).

BOYS

400-meter freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Metro Aquatics 3:31.32, 8. SOFLO “A” 3:44.74 (Ervin Marin, Max Asnis, Sam Asnis, Ryan Capote).

200-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Jorge Depassier, Unattached 1:56.54; SOFLO: 9. Max Asnis 2:00.83, 13. Juan Diaz 2:02.73, 26. Kevin Porto 2:06.18, 38. Tomas Pelaez 2:08.47, 63. Wyatt Jennessee 2:18.73, best time; Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 1:52.30; SOFLO: 25. Sam Asnis 2:02.87, 37. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 2:04.07.

50-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. George Lubian, Flying Fish 28.20; SOFLO: 5. Kevin Porto 29.20, 19. Luke Lezotte 31.24, best time, 20. Samuel Quintero 31.26, best time, 25. Juan Osorio 31.89, best time; Open, 1. Cody Cline, Wahoos of Wellington 27.91; SOFLO: 8. Jonathan Farah 29.81, 19. Lance Lesage 31.23, 21. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 31.46.

200-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Teolio Darias, Gulliver 2:29.26; SOFLO: 4. Samuel Quintero 2:33.13, best time, 6. Tyler Bland 2:37.98, best time; Open, 1. Laurent Carnol, LSF 2:16.13.

100-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Nicholas Vale, Pine Crest 58.56; SOFLO: 20. Juan Diaz 1:02.50, 29. Luke Lezotte 1:04.46, 61. Tomas Pelaez 1:09.59, best time, 62. Tyler Bland 1:09.67, best time; Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 54.89; SOFLO: 42. Jonathan Farah 1:02.44, 56. Tyler Gibson 1:04.27, best time.

400-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Juan Zapata, Unattached 4:47.51; SOFLO: 5. Samuel Quintero 4:57.14, best time; Open, 1. Boleck De Pawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 4:31.89.

800-meter freestyle relay:

1.T2 Aquatics 7:57.10, 6. SOFLO “A” 8:16.96 (Sam Asnis, Ryan Capote, Max Asnis, Esteban Diaz-Velasco), 13. SOFLO “B” 8:40.00 (Juan Diaz, Tyler Bland, Jonathan Farah, Tomas Pelaez).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships

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

Where: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For more information call 954-345-2121.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Rodriguez Leads SOFLO On Day One Of FGC Senior Long Course Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 22, 2016—-Jennifer Rodriguez led South Florida Aquatic Club at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships Friday at Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions in Coral Springs.

Rodriguez, 15, won the 15-16 50-meter breaststroke senior title in 35.76, just 0.16 off her best time.

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

Tyler Bland, 15, was third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 32.81.

Elise Larin, 15, was fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 36.83.

Samuel Quintero, 15, was fourth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:19.93.

Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 17, was fifth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.72.

Kevin Porto, 16, was sixth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:20.33.

Prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. each day.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Megan Schimansky, CSSC 2:25.84; SOFLO: 22. Katherine De Barros 2:43.27, 30. Abby Oyetunji 2:50.11; Open, 1. Rose Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 2:26.64; SOFLO: 12. Isabella DiSalvo 2:37.72, 24. Stephanie Mlujeak 2:47.99, 25. Rebekah Ling 2:48.81.

100-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 58.01; SOFLO: 27. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:04.17, 28. Abby Oyetunji 1:04.34, 83. Alexandra Crespo 1:08.34, 87. Isabel Shashaty 1:08.90, 89, Kellie Wilcox 1:09.61; Open, 1. Daniela Hernandez, Unattached 59.51; SOFLO: 21. Emiliana Pelaez 1:02.75, 44. Marianna Serrao 1:04.93, 66. Daniela Curbelo 1:07.59, 81. Madison Johnson 1:11.65, 83. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:12.59.

200-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 2:19.75; SOFLO: 14. Alexandra Crespo 2:37.82; Open, 1. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:23.36; SOFLO: 10. Isabella Di Salvo 2:45.90, 13. Natasha Testa 2:55.44.

50-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Jennifer Rodriguez, SOFLO 35.76; SOFLO: 4. Elise Larin 36.83, 25. Kellie Wilcox 40.30; Open, 1. Emily Kopas, SFTL 33.83, 2. Allison Kopas, SFTL 35.66.

400-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 4:27.70; SOFLO: 24. Abby Oyetunji 4:57.59; Open, 1. Catalina Galea Berraud, SFTL 4:33.93; SOFLO: 12. Marianna Serrao 4:48.52.

200-meter freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:49.40, 15. SOFLO “A” 1:58.61 (Isabella Di Salvo, Abby Oyetunji Marianna Serrao, Emiliana Pelaez), 26. SOFLO “B” 2:02.82 (Daniela Curbelo, Jennifer Rodriguez, Elise Larin, Raquel Lugo).

BOYS

200-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Trahern Gribble, Gulliver 2:14.24; SOFLO: 4. Samuel Quitero 2:19.93, 6. Kevin Porto 2:20.33; Open, 1. Boleck De Pawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 2:06.28; SOFLO: 5. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 2:14.72, 15. Lance Lesage 2:26.46.

100-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Jorge Depassier, Unattached 53.26; SOFLO: 12. Kevin Porto 55.63, 27. Tomas Pelaez 57.69, best time, 33. Luke Lezotte 58.29, 68. Juan Osorio 1:00.57, 73. Samuel Quintero 1:00.85, 79. Tyler Bland 1:01.30, 98. Wyatt Jennessee 1:02.34; Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 52.20; SOFLO: 56. Sam Asnis 57.84, best time, 98. Tyler Gibson 1:01.93, 106. Emmanuel Ortiz 1:04.12.

200-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Luis Villanueva, Azura 2:10.79; SOFLO: 7. Juan Diaz 2:16.14; Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 2:03.31; SOFLO: 28. Jonathan Farah 2:33.99.

50-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Teolio Darias, Gulliver 31.91; SOFLO: 3. Tyler Bland 32.81, 9. Samuel Quintero 33.53; Open, 1. Greg Penny, STSA 29.85; SOFLO: 12. Jonathan Farah 33.25, 24. Tyler Gibson 35.40, 28. Emmanuel Ortiz 36.04.

400-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Hunter Ingram, Unattached 4:08.74; SOFLO: 10. Max Asnis 4:19.86, 13. Juan Diaz 4:21.39, 23. Tomas Pelaez 4:29.27, best time; Open, 1. Alex Cronin, Jupiter 4:02.59; SOFLO: 12. Sam Asnis 4:17.84, 33. Lance Lesage 4:36.39, best time.

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Metro Aquatics 1:36.86, 9. SOFLO “A” 1:41.23 (Luke Lezotte, Max Asnis, Ervin Marin, Ryan Capote), 17. SOFLO “B” 1:45.28 (Kevin Porto, Tomas Pelaez, Jonathan Farah, Esteban Diaz-Velasco).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships

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

Where: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For more information call 954-345-2121.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Busy Summer Continues For SOFLO At This Week’s FGC Senior Long Course Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 21, 2016—-South Florida Aquatic Club will compete this weekend in the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions in Coral Springs.

Last year SOFLO finished third with 809 points among a 37-team field.

Gulliver Swim Club won its’ first seniors team title with 1,532.50 points. Miami Swimming was second with 1,063.50.

With several meets coming up this summer including the Aug. 4-7 Futures Championships in Atlanta, Aug. 2-6 Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Cary, N.C. and Aug. 2-6 Southern Zone Senior Championships in Tupelo, Miss., several SOFLO swimmers will not be shaved or tapered.

Jennifer Rodriguez, 15, is seeded No. 1 in the 50-meter breaststroke in 35.60.

Other SOFLO entries are: Alana Acevedo, Max Asnis, Sam Asnis, Tyler Bland, Ryan Capote, Alexandra Crespo, Daniela Curbelo, Katherine De Barros, Katrina Del Vecchio, Isabella Di Salvo, Juan Diaz, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Jonathan Farah, Tyler Gibson, Wyatt Jennessee, Madison Johnson, Elise Larin, Lance Lesage, Luke Lezotte, Rebekah Ling, Raquel Lugo, Ervin Marin, Stephanie Mlujeak, Emmanuel Ortiz, Juan Osorio, Abby Oyetunji, Emiliana Pelaez, Tomas Pelaez, Kevin Porto, Samuel Quintero, Marianna Serrao, Isabel Shashaty, Natasha Testa and Kellie Wilcox.

Prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. each day.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships

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

Where: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For more information call 954-345-2121.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Makes More History, Captures Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

July 17, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club continues to build on its’ winning tradition.

SOFLO captured its’ seventh consecutive team title and 13th overall at the Florida Gold Coast

14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics Sunday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

SOFLO led the meet from opening day and built on its’ lead with talent, depth and relay dominance to win its’ sixth long course title.

SOFLO won the combined team title with 835 points followed by Gulliver Swim Club with 572 and East Coast Aquatic Club with 466.5 points.

SOFLO boys won the team title with 570 points, nearly 300 points more than the City of Hialeah Storm with 289.

SOFLO girls were fourth with 265 points. Co-host North Palm Beach Swim Club won the girls’ crown with 365 points.

It was the fourth consecutive year the club won back-to-back short and long course titles the same year.

“We are very competitive for sure,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson. “We do target the championship meets. I really like to peak our entire program for the month of July and August of each year.”

SOFLO swimmers showed their versatility by swimming six events. The team’s strength in relays was also evident.

“It’s nice these kids are not specific in one race, they are specific in swimming which helped us with the relays,” Anderson said.

“We do expect them to swim six swims, challenging themselves and pushing themselves past their comfort zone. It does show. We had the B relays beating the A relays.

“People look to move forward in our program and over time it’s understood. The kids come to expect it. Our coaches are always striving to be better which is why we stay on top.”

SOFLO won its’ first JO title at the long course meet and have come full circle. Swimmers and coaches know there is going to be a target on their back at every major meet.

“For sure it is more difficult each time,” Anderson said. “I thought winning the first JO title was going to be the best, but I am not so sure that is the truth now because of the target on our backs. Our team continues to improve and so do the other teams in the FGC which makes it harder.

“The meet schedule is unreal and we were able to stay organized with the staff. Any time you win a championship meet going into the Olympics and first road trip out of the county, it is a huge thing for our program. It was nice to see our numbers stay where we needed them to be.”

It was the first time the JO meet was held in Stuart. It was also the first road trip and hotel stay for the young SOFLO 60-member team.

“This is the first time this group travelled and slept in a hotel,” Anderson said. “It was something special for them. We definitely got better and definitely matured. This is the culture that we have to enable kids to step up because they have to. They know what other kids did before them and they are following suit.”

Anderson and several other FGC coaches enjoyed the new venue.

“The environment was perfect for cultivating age group swimming with the waterpark atmosphere and the fact high school states are held there. The facility is definitely built for long course swimming. The spectators had a really nice area. It was such a healthy, wonderful environment.”

SOFLO boys had another impressive relay victory in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle, placing first in 1:55.55 with Juan Colmenares, Sebastian Lares, Javier Roman and Christian Vasquez.

Among SOFLO’s top three individual finishers were:

Valerie Vank, first, 50-meter breaststroke, 40.95, best time; second, 200-meter individual medley, 2:52.52.

Rafael Rodriguez, first, 1500-meter freestyle, 16:42.49, best time; second, 200-meter individual medley, 2:15.86, best time.

Michelle Marinheiro, second, 1500-meter freestyle, 18:56.22, best time.

Mallory Schleicher, second, 1500-meter freestyle, 19:08.60, best time.

Alessandro Pereira, second, 200-meter individual medley, 2:46.79, best time; second, 50-meter breaststroke, 42.39, best time.

Sebastian Lares, second, 200-meter individual medley, 2:28.80, best time; second, 200-meter butterfly, 2:25.14, best time.

Juan Serna, second, 100-meter freestyle, 56.75.

Leonardo Mateus, third, 1500-meter freestyle, 17:19.71.

Meet officials said the high point awards list will be released on Monday.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 835, 2. Gulliver Swim Club 572, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 466.5, 4. North Palm Beach 397, 5. Hialeah 390.5.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 570, 2. Hialeah 289, 3. Gulliver 268.5, 4. East Coast Aquatic Club 188, 5. Metro Aquatics 153.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Palm Beach 365, 2. Gulliver Swim Club 303.5, 3. East Coast 278.5, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 265, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 219.

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 2:39.81; SOFLO: 2. Valerie Vank 2:52.52, 17. Kaitlyn Barrios 3:12.90, best time; 11-12, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 2:33.30; SOFLO: 6. Mallory Schleicher 2:40.90, best time, 13. Sara Quintero 2:44.77, 42. Mia Escudero 2:55.40, best time, 43. Jena Legaspi 2:55.59, 45. Emma Twombly 2:57.02, best time, 52. Sabrina Osorio 2:59.61, best time; 13-14, 1. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 2:23.81; SOFLO: 10. Molly Golding 2:35.56, best time, 14. Katrina Del Vecchio 2:36.70, best time, 16. Jacqueline Lugo 2:37.08, best time, 26. Daniela Curbelo 2:41.02, best time, 32. Michelle Marinheiro 2:43.55, best time, 40. Valentina Carrion 2:46.22, best time.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 33.61; SOFLO: 4. Valerie Vank 38.31; 11-12, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast 31.58; SOFLO: 17. Jena Legaspi 36.59, 45. Sofia Osorio 39.14, 51. Emma Twombly 41.76; 13-14, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 31.90; SOFLO: 14. Katrina Del Vecchio 34.17, best time, 21. Paige Lane 35.04.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 40.95, best time; SOFLO: 19. Mariann Catalasan 48.13, 27. Judith-Alison Natino 50.87; 11-12, 1. Chloe Hernandez, Gulliver 36.29; SOFLO: 19. Mia Escudero 41.52, 27. Sabrina Osorio 43.80; 13-14, 1. Rachel Cherelstein, North Palm Beach 35.98; SOFLO: 6. Molly Golding 36.69; 32. Jacqueline Lugo 40.94, best time, 36. Valentina Carrion 41.40.

200-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. Rebecca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 2:34.51; SOFLO: 12. Mallory Schleicher 2:40.18, 13. Sarah Acevedo 2:40.96, best time, 14. Sara Quintero 2:43.28; 13-14, 1. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 2:22.93; SOFLO: 7. Michelle Marinheiro 2:36.55, best time, 13. Daniela Curbelo 2:43.45.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, St. Andrew’s 1:07.20; SOFLO: 13. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:15.92, best time, 18. Leah Pando 1:17.56, best time; 11-12, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast 1:02.24; SOFLO: 15. Emma Twombly 1:07.08, best time, 35. Sarah Acevedo 1:09.45, best time; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 59.05; SOFLO: 6. Paige Lane 1:02.15, 21. Kyana Castro 1:03.78, 23. Jacqueline Lugo 1:04.15, best time, 29. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:04.69, 44. Valentina Carrion 1:06.18, best time.

1500-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Bailey Durkin, East Coast 18:56.61; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 19:08.60, best time, 4. Sara Quintero 19:18.87, best time; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, East Coast 18:25.40; SOFLO: 2. Michelle Marinheiro 18:56.22, best time, 4. Kyana Castro 19:14.91.

200-meter freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. North Palm Beach 1:58.07, 8. SOFLO “A” (Mallory Schleicher, Sarah Acevedo, Sara Quintero, Emma Twombly), 2:05.20.

400-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Pine Crest Swimming 4:06.70, 4. SOFLO “A” 4:10.57 (Kyana Castro, Katrina Del Vecchio, Jacqueline Lugo, Paige Lane), 10. SOFLO “B” 4:25.88 (Valentina Carrion, Molly Golding, Alana Acevedo, Michelle Marinheiro).

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 2:35.56; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 2:46.79, best time, 5. Jacob Navarro 2:57.91, best time, 8. Lucas Porven 3:00.17, best time, 9. Javier Colmenares 3:01.31, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 2:21.89; SOFLO: 2. Sebastian Lares 2:28.80, best time, 5. Javier Roman 2:33.79, best time, 6. Juan Colmenares 2:34.72, best time, 9. Zackary Harris 2:40.74, 15. Brennan Binder 2:43.96, best time, 17. Alejandro Mateus 2:44.13, best time, 21. Mark Andre De Gracia 2:46.06, best time, 22. Alex Golding 2:46.88, best time, 24. Christian Vasquez 2:47.80, best time, 52. Aldo Zepeda 2:59.20; 13-14, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Pine Crest 2:12.78; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 2:15.86, best time, 6. Leonardo Mateus 2:23.94, 11. Jie Hoon Lee 2:26.32, best time, 18. Michael Arias 2:31.05, best time, 25. Nicolas Rossi 2:33.37, best time, 26. Eiza Gantus 2:33.77, best time.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Noah Smith, Unattached 34.46; SOFLO: 4. Christian Tijero 38.82, 13. Jonathan Lozano 42.98, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 30.33; SOFLO: 4. Sebastian Lares 33.08, best time, 7. Juan Colmenares 34.52, best time, 10. Alejandro Mateus 35.56, best time, 18. Enrique Rodriguez 37.06, best time, 21. Odin Farkas 37.24, 27. Logan Gonzalez 38.07, best time; 13-14, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Pine Crest 28.52; SOFLO: 4. Lance Lesage 30.25.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, Flying Fish 39.49; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 42.39, best time, 4. Jacob Navarro 43.65, best time; 11-12, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, Sunrise 34.49; SOFLO: 5. Javier Roman 36.99, best time, 7. Mark Andre De Gracia 38.61, 17. Enrique Rodriguez 41.20, best time, 20. Zackary Harris 41.37, 23. Alex Golding 41.81, best time, 25. Odin Farkas 42.22, best time, 13-14, 1. Kevin Degrijze, Swim Fort Lauderdale 33.61.

200-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. Angelo Martinez, Unattached 2:23.31; SOFLO: 2. Sebastian Lares 2:25.14, best time 13-14, 1. Nestor Montero, Metro Aquatics 2:13.38; SOFLO: 7. Jie Hoon Lee 2:22.96.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 1:03.99; SOFLO: 4. Christian Tijero 1:10.41, 8. Jacob Navarro 1:13.75, best time, 13. Lucas Porven 1:16.05, best time, 27. Jonathan Lozano 1:19.88, best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 58.92; SOFLO: 4. Juan Colmenares 1:02.11, best time, 6. Javier Roman 1:02.53, 7. Christian Vasquez 1:04.47, 10. Zackary Harris 1:05.11, best time, 13. Enrique Rodriguez 1:06.14, best time, 16. Brennan Binder 1:06.41, best time, 28. Alejandro Mateus 1:08.35, best time, 41. Logan Gonzalez 1:10.51, best time; 13-14, 1. Aaron Rodriguez, Hialeah 54.86; SOFLO: 2. Juan Serna 55.93, best time, 11. Michael Arias 58.90, best time, 18. Lance Lesage 59.70, best time, 26. Nicolas Rossi 1:00.95, 43. Nicolas Munoz 1:03.04, best time, 46. Eiza Gantus 1:03.21, 69. Ryan Alfonso 1:05.79.

1500-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Trenton Edwards, East Coast 18:55.89; SOFLO: 5. Christian Vasquez 19:51.08, best time; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 16:42.49, best time; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Mateus 17:19.71, 9. Nicolas Rossi 17:39.96, best time, 11. Joe Hoon Lee 17:50.97, best time.

200-meter freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 1:55.55 (Juan Colmenares, Sebastian Lares, Javier Roman, Christian Vasquez), 6. SOFLO “B” 2:03.01 (Brennan Binder, Alejandro Mateus, Alex Golding, Zackary Harris).

400-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 3:47.40; 2. SOFLO “A” 3:48.30 (Rafael Rodriguez, Leonardo Mateus, Michael Arias, Juan Serna), 7. SOFLO “B” 4:07.10 (Nicholas Munoz, Nicolas Rossi, Jie Hoon Lee, Eiza Gantus).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Dominates Relays On Day Two Of Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

July 16, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club won a team record seven relays, including six boys’ relays, on Day Two of the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics Saturday at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

SOFLO swept the boys’ 200-meter medley relay winning the 10-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14 JO titles.

SOFLO also swept the boys’ 11-12 and 13-14 400-meter medley relays; won the boys’ 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle relay and won the girls’ 10-and-under 200-meter medley relay all in a single day.

Buoyed by its relay strength, depth and talent, South Florida Aquatic Club is poised to defend its title on Sunday, the third and final day of the competition.

The defending champion, with 60 swimmers, leads the combined team standings with 596, nearly 200 more than second place team Gulliver Prep. SOFLO boys lead with 411 points, more than 200 points ahead of the Hialeah Storm. SOFLO girls are fourth with 185 points. North Palm Beach leads the girls’ team totals with 247.

Among SOFLO’s top three individual finishers were:

Molly Golding, first, 13-14, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:45.43 after going a best time 2:44.49 in prelims.

Rafael Rodriguez, first, 13-14, 200-meter freestyle, 2:00.89; second, 400-meter individual medley, 4:46.78, best time.

Juan Serna, first, 13-14, 50-meter butterfly, 26.77, best time.

Christian Tijero, second, 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle, 2:30.19; third, 100-meter backstroke, 1:21.49.

Sebastian Lares, second, 100-meter backstroke, 1:09.85, best time; second 400-meter individual medley, 5:09.46, best time.

Mallory Schleicher, third, 11-12, 200-meter freestyle, 2:17.53, best time.

Paige Lane, third, 13-14 50-meter butterfly, 29.57, best time.

Sara Quintero, third, 11-12 400-meter individual medley, 5:34.82, best time.

Javier Roman, third, 11-12 200-meter breaststroke, 2:48.93, best time; and third, 200-meter freestyle, 2:13.04, best time.

Leonardo Mateus, third, 400-meter individual medley, 4:54.78, best time.

SOFLO is going after its’ seventh consecutive JO title and 13th overall, including six long course titles.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 596, 2. Gulliver Swim Club 411.5, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 317, 4. North Palm Beach 273, 5. Hialeah 264.5.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 411, 2. Hialeah 195, 3. Gulliver 185, 4. East Coast 120, 5. Metro Aquatics 102.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Palm Beach 247, 2. Gulliver 226.5, 3. East Coast 197, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 185, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 149.

GIRLS

200-meter medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:36.29 (Leah Pando, Valerie Vank, Luna Delgado, Kaitlyn Barrios), 2. Gulliver 2:36.53, 3. North Palm Beach 2:40.78, 11. SOFLO “B” 2:57.52 (Judith-Alison Natino, Mariann Catalasan, Giada Porven, Maria Legaspi); 11-12, 1. East Coast 2:13.09; 9. SOFLO “A” 2:22.05 (Jena Legaspi, Mia Escudero, Sarah Acevedo, Emma Twombly), 11. SOFLO “B” 2:23.52 (Kalin Hubbard, Sabrina Osorio, Mallory Schleicher, Sara Quintero); 13-14, 1. North Palm Beach 2:05.21, 4. SOFLO “A” 2:09.82 (Kyana Castro, Molly Golding, Katrina Del Vecchio, Paige Lane), 11. SOFLO “B” 2:17.19 (Michelle Marinheiro, Valentina Carrion, Daniela Curbelo, Jacqueline Lugo).

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. East Coast 4:55.62, 6. SOFLO “A” 5:07.33 (Jena Legaspi, Sabrina Osorio, Sarah Acevedo, Mallory Schleicher), 10. SOFLO “B” 5:19.50 (Sofia Osorio, Mia Escudero, Sara Quintero, Emma Twombly); 13-14, 1. North Palm Beach 4:35.73. 2. SOFLO “A” 4:43.60 (Katrina Del Vecchio, Molly Golding, Kyana Castro, Paige Lane), 10. SOFLO “B” 5:01.05 (Michelle Marinheiro, Valentina Carrion, Daniela Curbelo, Jacqueline Lugo).

200-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Chloe Hernandez, Gulliver 2:57.71; SOFLO: 14. Sara Quintero 3:09.14, best time, 15. Sabrina Osorio 3:10.60, best time, 18. Mia Escudero 3:13.30, best time; 13-14, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:45.43.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 2:20.71; SOFLO: 16. Leah Pando 2:46.72, best time, 20. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:49.59, best time, 37. Luna Delgado 2:56.66, best time, 38. Giada Porven 2:56.93, best time; 11-12, 1. Rebecca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 2:16.68; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 2:17.53, best time, 8. Emma Twombly 2:23.30, 11. Sarah Acevedo 2:23.45, best time, 65. Mia Escudero 2:38.81, best time; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 2:06.57; SOFLO: 11. Kyana Castro 2:16.17, best time, 14. Paige Lane 2:16.72, best time, 18. Michelle Marinheiro 2:17.79, best time, 32. Molly Golding 2:21.49, best time, 40. Valentina Carrion 2:24.25, 43. Jacqueline Lugo 2:25.51

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 32.45; SOFLO: 6. Valerie Vank 36.41, best time, 20. Luna Delgado 39.70, 28. Kaitlyn Barrios 40.84, best time; 11-12, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast 29.59; SOFLO: 23. Sarah Acevedo 35.00; 13-14, 1. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 29.41; SOFLO: 3. Paige Lane 29.57, best time, 5. Katrina Del Vecchio 30.22, best time, 8. Jacqueline Lugo 31.39, 14. Daniela Curbelo 31.43, best time, 42. Alana Acevedo 33.85, best time.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 1:13.76; SOFLO: 4. Valerie Vank 1:22.65, best time, 9. Leah Pando 1:26.94, best time, 10. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:33.94, best time; 11-12, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast 1:09.77; SOFLO: 10. Jena Legaspi 1:17.00, best time, 34. Sofia Osorio 1:22.79, best time, 48. Sarah Acevedo 1:25.62; 13-14, 1. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 1:07.86; SOFLO: 21. Kyana Castro 1:16.66, best time.

200-meter freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. North Palm Beach 2:14.02, 2. Gulliver 2:19.23, 3. SOFLO “A” 2:19.34 (Kaitlyn Barrios, Leah Pando, Luna Delgado, Valerie Vank), 12. SOFLO “B” 2:35.07 (Mariann Catalasan, Giada Porven, Maria Legaspi, Judith-Allison Natino);

400-meter individual medley:

11-12, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 5:24.48; SOFLO: 3. Sara Quintero 5:34.82, best time, 4. Mallory Schleicher 5:36.11, best time, 23. Jena Legaspi 6:08.45; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 5:09.99; SOFLO: 5. Molly Golding 5:25.84, best time, 11. Daniela Curbelo 5:34.10, best time, 13. Michelle Marinheiro 5:34.92, best time, 17. Katrina Del Vecchio 5:39.23, best time.

BOYS

200-meter medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:27.00 (Christian Tijero, Alessandro Pereira, Jacob Navarro, Javier Colmenares), 2. East Coast 2:37.17, 3. Blue Marlins 2:45.67; 11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:08.39 (Sebastian Lares, Javier Roman, Juan Colmenares, Christian Vasquez), 4. SOFLO “B” 2:15.36 (Alejandro Mateus, Mark Andre De Gracia, Zackary Harris, Brennan Binder); 13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 1:58.67 (Leonardo Mateus, Joe Hoon Lee, Juan Serna, Rafael Rodriguez), 10. SOFLO “B” 2:07.11 (Nicolas Munoz, Michael Arias, Eiza Gantus, Nicolas Rossi).

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:40.83 (Sebastian Lares, Javier Roman, Juan Colmenares, Christian Vasquez), 4. SOFLO “B” 5:01.06 (Alejandro Mateus, Mark Andre De Gracia, Zackary Harris, Brennan Binder); 13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:20.23 (Leonardo Mateus, Jie Hoon Lee, Rafael Rodriguez, Juan Serna), 9. SOFLO “B” 4:39.64 (Nicolas Munoz, Michael Arias, Eiza Gantus, Nicolas Rossi).

200-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 2:43.89; SOFLO: 3. Javier Roman 2:48.93, best time, 7. Mark Andre De Gracia 2:58.41, best time; 13-14, 1. Kevin Degrijze, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:29.83; SOFLO: 9. Jie Hoon Lee 2:48.90, best time.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 2:18.09; SOFLO: 2. Christian Tijero 2:30.19, 4. Alessandro Pereira 2:31.07, best time, 7. Javier Colmenares 2:38.36, best time, 14. Lucas Porven 2:44.91, best time, 27. Jonathan Lozano 2:53.87, best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 2:08.11; SOFLO: 3. Javier Roman 2:13.04, best time, 10. Brennan Binder 2:23.05, best time, 11. Christian Vasquez 2:23.90, best time, 13. Enrique Rodriguez 2:25.12, best time, 14. Alex Golding 2:26.80, best time, 20. Alejandro Mateus 2:27.76, best time, 32. Logan Gonzalez 2:35.76, 33. Aldo Zepeda 2:36.15, best time, 38. Sebastian Navarro 2:43.46; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:00.89; SOFLO: 6. Juan Serra 2:05.27, 9. Leonardo Mateus 2:07.21, best time, 11. Michael Arias 2:07.85, best time, 14. Nicolas Rossi 2:09.20, best time, 17. Lance Lesage 2:10.30, best time, 38. Eiza Gantus 2:15.19, best time, 44. Nicolas Munoz 2:16.70, best time.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 31.77; SOFLO: 7. Christian Tijero 35.44, best time, 8. Jacob Navarro 35.77, best time, 9. Alessandro Pereira 36.93, best time, 10. Lucas Porven 38.24, 12. Javier Colmenares 38.85 best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 29.58; SOFLO: 5. Juan Colmenares 30.92, best time, 8. Christian Vasquez 32.30, best time; 13-14, 1. Juan Serna, SOFLO 26.77, best time; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 28.10, 35. Nicolas Munoz 32.01, best time.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 1:14.47; SOFLO: 3. Christian Tijero 1:21.49, 5. Alessandro Pereira 1:22.70, best time, 8. Javier Colmenares 1:28.79, 9. Jonathan Lozano 1:29.44, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:04.96; SOFLO: 2. Sebastian Lares 1:09.85, best time, 9. Juan Colmenares 1:15.47, 11. Alejandro Mateus 1:16.85, best time, 13. Alex Golding 1:17.81, best time, 18. Enrique Rodriguez 1:19.13, best time, 21. Odin Farkas 1:20.79, best time, 26. Brennan Binder 1:21.97, best time, 34. Aldo Zepeda 1:23.74, best time, 36. Logan Gonzales 1:23.78; 13-14, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Pine Crest 58.96; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 1:06.10, best time, 10. Lance Lesage 1:06.65, 16. Michael Arias 1:09.72, best time, 28. Nicolas Munoz 1:12.92.

200-meter freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:12.58 (Alessandro Pereira, Javier Colmenares, Jacob Navarro, Christian Tijero), 2. East Coast 2:16.58, 3. Blue Marlins 2:23.36.

400-meter individual medley:

11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 5:06.98; SOFLO: 2. Sebastian Lares 5:09.46, best time, 8. Zackary Harris 5:44.08; 13-14, 1. Nestor Montero, Metro Aquatics 4:46.76; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 4:46.78, best time, 3. Leonardo Mateus 4:54.78, best time, 12. Jie Hoon Lee 5:10.58, best time, 14. Nicolas Rossi 5:16.52, best time, 26. Eiza Gantus 5:36.01.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics

When: Sunday

Schedule: Prelims, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart

Host Teams: Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club

Admission: $3 per session, $5 prelim heat sheets, $3 finals heat sheet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Off To Good Start At Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

July 15, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club got off to a good start on opening day of the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics Friday at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

The defending champion leads the combined team standings with 252 points, the boys competition with 177 points and girls are fourth with 75 points.

Valerie Vank, Rafael Rodriguez and Sebastian Lares all captured individual events while SOFLO’s relays dominated to end the night.

Rodriguez, 14, was a double winner. He won the 13-14 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:12.12, dropping 4.57 seconds and 100-meter butterfly in 59.52, also a best time dropping 3.34 seconds. Rodriguez was also a member of the winning 200-meter freestyle relay.

Lares, 12, won the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:37.48, dropping 5.73 seconds. Lares was also second in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:27.48.

Vank, 10, top-seeded in the 100-meter breaststroke, won the 10-and-under JO title in a best time 1:27.22, dropping 2.62 seconds off her previous best of 1:29.84. Vank is also seeded first in the 50-meter breaststroke.

SOFLO boys also captured two relays and finished third in another and SOFLO girls finished third in three relays.

Other top three SOFLO finishers were:

Molly Golding, 13, was second in the 13-14 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:17.69, dropping 3.07 seconds.

Mallory Schleicher, 12, second in the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:50.64, a 10.36 seconds drop.

Paige Lane, 13, was third in the 13-14 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.77.

Christian Tijero, 10, was second in the 10-and-under 400-meter freestyle in 5:16.38.

Leonardo Mateus, 14, was second in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:16.78.

Juan Serna, 14, was second in the 13-14 50-meter freestyle in a best time 25.67 and second in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.04.

Alessandro Pereira, 9, was second in the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:28.18.

Jacob Navarro, 10, was third in the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:33.29.

Javier Roman was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:18.25 and third in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:41.60.

SOFLO is going after its’ seventh consecutive JO title and 13th overall, including six long course titles. At last year’s FGC Long Course JOs, SOFLO swept the combined, girls and boys team titles for the third year in a row.

For the first time, the Junior Olympics is being held at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark, hosted by Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club. It is the same site that hosts the annual state high school meets.

SOFLO has 60 swimmers competing, 29 girls and 31 boys for 349 races. SOFLO also has 40 teams entered in 22 relay events. Seventy-eight percent of SOFLO’s swimmers turned in best times on Day One.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday with prelims and finals.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 252, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 151, 3. Gulliver 144.5, 4. North Palm Beach 134, 5. Hialeah 122.5.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 177, 2. Hialeah 86, 3. Metro Aquatics 60, 4. Gulliver 58, 5. East Coast Aquatic Club.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Palm Beach 123, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 96, 3. Gulliver 86.5, 4. SOFLO 75, 5. Pine Crest 51.

GIRLS

200-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast 2:30.20; SOFLO: 10. Jena Legaspi 2:44.92, best time, 25. Sofia Osorio 2:55.32, best time; 13-14, 1. Amanda Kopas, SFTL 2:29.36; SOFLO: 12. Michelle Marinheiro 2:39.94, best time, 17. Kyana Castro 2:41.81, best time, 22. Daniela Curbelo 2:46.96, 25. Anabel Vazquez 2:56.25.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 29.42; SOFLO: 7. Valerie Vank 32.52, best time, 17. Kaitlyn Barrios 34.64, best time, 30. Luna Delgado 35.87, best time; 11-12, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast 27.83; SOFLO: 18. Emma Twombly 30.76, best time, 99. Jena Legaspi 34.10, best time; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 27.52; SOFLO: 8. Paige Lane 28.97; 11. Katrina Del Vecchio 28.94, best time, 25. Jacqueline Lugo 29.91, 45. Daniela Curbelo 30.96.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:27.22, best time; SOFLO: 13. Mariann Catalasan 1:42.08, best time, 15. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:43.81, best time, 16. Leah Pando 1:43.82, 27. Judith-Alison Natino 1:49.09; 11-12, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 1:19.71; SOFLO: 23. Mia Escudero 1:30.45, best time, 27. Sabrina Osorio 1:33.43; 13-14, 1. Olivia Hernandez, Gulliver 1:17.52; SOFLO: 2. Molly Golding 1:17.69, best time.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 1:13.32; 11-12, 1. Madelyn Hebert, East Coast 1:07.74; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 1:11.82, best time; 11. Mallory Schleicher 1:14.47, best time, 14. Sara Quintero 1:15.24, best time, 40. Jena Legaspi 1:22.38; 13-14, 1. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 1:04.19; SOFLO: 3. Paige Lane 1:06.77; 11. Kyana Castro 1:09.17, 16. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:10.20, best time, 22. Jacqueline Lugo 1:12.45, 29. Daniela Curbelo 1:13.00, best time, 36. Alana Acevedo 1:13.94.

400-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 4:53.63; SOFLO: 8. Leah Pando 5:40.57, best time, 16. Giada Porven 6:09.83; 11-12, 1. Kiara Caamano, North Palm Beach 4:48.20; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 4:50.64, best time, 6. Sara Quintero 4:54.93, best time, 8. Sarah Acevedo 4:58.09, best time, 12. Emma Twombly 5:03.52, best time, 47. Mia Escudero 5:26.86, best time, 55. Sofia Osorio 5:34.48, best time, 58. Sabrina Osorio 5:41.02; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 4:28.28; SOFLO: 9. Michelle Marinheiro 4:43.69, best time, 13. Paige Lane 4:47.23, best time, 15. Kyana Castro 4:47.94, best time, 20. Molly Golding 4:53.48, best time, 28. Valentina Carrion 5:03.52, best time.

200-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. North Palm Beach 1:52.89, 2. Hialeah 1:54.04, 3. SOFLO 1:55.62 (Katrina Del Vecchio, Jacqueline Lugo, Kyana Castro, Paige Lane), 14. SOFLO (Alana Acevedo, Valentina Carrion, Molly Golding, Daniela Curbelo) 2:01.19

400-meter freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. AquaKids Sharks 4:21.46, 2. North Palm Beach 4:24.02, 3. SOFLO 4:24.45 (Sara Quintero, Emma Twombly, Sarah Acevedo, Mallory Schleicher).

800-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. North Palm Beach 9:03.87, 2. Hialeah 9:06.65, 3. SOFLO 9:10.74 (Kyana Castro, Molly Golding, Michelle Marinheiro, Paige Lane).

BOYS

200-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 2:18.26; SOFLO: 2. Sebastian Lares 2:27.48, best time, 7. Zackary Harris 2:39.58, best time, 9. Alex Golding 2:42.59, best time, 11. Mark Andre De Gracia 2:43.48, best time, 22. Odin Farkas 2:54.92; 13-14, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Pine Crest 2:10.55; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 2:16.78, best time; 7. Lance Lesage 2:25.48, SOFLO: 19. Nicolas Munoz 2:36.71, 20. Marcos Vazquez 2:42.50.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Noah Smith, Unattached 30.72; SOFLO: 5. Jacob Navarro 33.56, best time, 7. Javier Colmenares 33.69, best time, 16. Lucas Porven 35.00, best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 26.96; SOFLO: 6. Juan Colmenares 28.86, best time; SOFLO: 9. Christian Vasquez 29.87, best time, 14. Brennan Binder 30.70, 23. Enrique Rodriguez 31.17, best time, 26. Mark Andre De Gracia 31.38, best time, 40. Odin Farkas 32.45, best time and Logan Gonzalez, 32.45, best time; 13-14, 1. Aaron Rodriguez, Hialeah 25.51; SOFLO: 2. Juan Serna 25.67, best time, 17. Michael Arias 27.69, best time, 26. Eiza Gantus 28.26, best time, 29. Lance Lesage 28.36, 42. Nicolas Rossi 29.06, 54. Nicolas Munoz 29.41.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, Flying Fish 1:27.36; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 1:28.18, best time, 3. Jacob Navarro 1:33.29, best time, 8. Javier Colmenares 1:39.39, best time; 11-12, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 1:14.63; SOFLO: 3. Javier Roman 1:18.25, best time, 11. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:25.41, best time, 13. Logan Gonzalez 1:26.07, best time, 19. Zackary Harris 1:27.82, best time, 26. Odin Farkas 1:30.61, best time, 28. Alex Gooding 1:31.09, best time; 13-14, 1. Kevin Degrijze, SFTL 1:09.65.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 1:11.02; SOFLO: 4. Christian Tijero 1:18.03, best time, 5. Alessandro Pereira 1:19.11, best time, 8. Lucas Porven 1:21.89, best time, 10. Jacob Navarro 1:22.58, best time, 20. Jonathan Lozano 1:43.93; 11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:04.08; SOFLO: 4. Juan Colmenares 1:07.57, best time, 13. Alejandro Mateus 1:14.99, best time, 32. Sebastian Navarro 1:30.06; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 59.52, best time; SOFLO: 2. Juan Serna, 1:00.04, 11. Jie Hoon Lee 1:04.39, best time, 18. Lance Lesage 4:35.74, best time, 24. Eiza Gantus 1:08.40, best time.

400-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 4:50.67; SOFLO: 2. Christian Tijero 5:16.38, 5. Lucas Porven 5:34.34, best time; 11-12, 1. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 4:37.48, best time; SOFLO: 3. Javier Roman 4:41.60, best time, 8. Christian Vasquez 5:00.08, best time, 9. Brennan Binder 5:00.51, best time, 17. Alejandro Mateus 5:16.13, best time, 22. Aldo Zepeda 5:23.49, best time, 27. Sebastian Navarro 5:39.26; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:12.12, best time; SOFLO: 7. Leonardo Mateus 4:26.35, 13. Jie Hoon Lee 4:31.47, best time, 21. Juan Serna 4:36.82, best time, 22. Nicolas Ross 4:37.07, best time, 41. Eiza Gantus 4:51.20, best time, 42. Nicolas Munoz 4:51.24, best time.

200-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. SOFLO 1:45.05 (Rafael Rodriguez, Michael Arias, Leonardo Mateus, Juan Serna), 2. Metro Aquatics 1:46.65, 3. Jupiter 1:48.39, 9. SOFLO 1:53.15 (Nicolas Munoz, Nicolas Rossi, Jie Hoon Lee, Eiza Gantus).

400-meter freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO 4:13.23 (Sebastian Lares, Juan Colmenares, Zackary Harris, Javier Roman), 2. Hialeah 4:20.10, 3. Gulliver 4:24.03, 5. SOFLO 4:24.95 (Enrique Rodriguez, Christian Vasquez, Alejandro Mateus, Brennan Binder).

800-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 8:16.58, 2. Hialeah 8:19.39, 3. SOFLO 8:21.20 (Juan Serna, Leonardo Mateus, Michael Arias, Rafael Rodriguez).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Prelims, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart

Host Teams: Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club

Admission: $3 per session, $5 prelim heat sheets, $3 finals heat sheet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com