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

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