By Sharon Robb

October 1, 2016—Mother Nature was on her best behavior as South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers participated on the first day of racing at the SOFLO IMR-IMX Challenge at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO captured five individual races and turned in sixty best times on the opening day of competition in two sessions after Friday night’s 1,000-yard freestyle events were cancelled because of lightning.

Alessandro Pereira, 10, won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:16.92, dropping 11.49 seconds off his previous best. Pereira also swam a career-best time in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:33.03, shaving 9.42 seconds off his previous best.

Pereira led a SOFLO sweep in the boys’ 200-yard freestyle, all three best times. Javier Colmenares, 12, was second in 2:21.96 and Lucas Porven, 10, was third in 2:25.06.

SOFLO girls dominated the second session.

Kathleen Golding, 15, won two events. She won the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:20.31, dropping 1.17 seconds. She also won the 400-yard individual medley n 4:26.05. She was second in the 200-yard backstroke in a best time 2:08.27, dropping 1.90 seconds.

Kelley Heron, 17, won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:07.69. She was also third in the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:28.26, dropping 0.79 seconds and third in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:46.18.

Ricardo Roche, 16, won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:55.83.

Samuel Quintero, 16, won the 400-yard individual medley in a best time 4:30.51, dropping 8.78 seconds.

Nearly 500 swimmers and sixteen teams are competing in one of the biggest Florida Gold Coast meets of the fall.

The meet concludes on Sunday with two sessions at 8:30 a.m. and noon.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

The IMR (Ready) Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

SATURDAY RESULTS

MORNING SESSION

GIRLS

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Julianne McCranie, Azura 1:19.26; SOFLO TOP 20: 14. Natalia Sibug 1:26.63, 16. Giada Porven 1:28.50, best time, 18. Mary Sawyer 1:30.94, best time, 21. Anastasia Lutz 1:32.88.

200-yard individual medley:

12-and-under, 1. Sophie G, Gulliver 2:24.62; SOFLO TOP 20: 3. Sarah Acevedo 2:26.08, best time, 4. Sara Quintero 2:26.78, 8. Jena Legaspi 2:31.48, best time, 9. Sally Golding 2:32.35, best time, 14. Valerie Vank 2:34.97, best time, 16. Kalin Hubbard 2:35.61, best time, 18. Emma Twombley 2:37.68, best time, 20. Mia Escudero 2:28.10, best time, 21. Daniela Barreto 2:38.30, best time.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Bianca Nieto, City of Miami 1:07.77; SOFLO TOP 20: 5. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:11.41, 6. Luna Delgado 1:13.03, best time, 13. Giada Porven 1:15.25, best time, 16. Natalia Sibug 1:18.39, best time, 17. Anastasia Lutz 1:18.60, best time, 19. Mary Sawyer 1:21.35, best time, 20. Lena Lajko 1:21.57, best time.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Lilia Blanco, PB 2:24.90; SOFLO TOP 20: 2. Ava Kuznik 2:28.29, 3. Leah Pando 2:28.50, best time, 5. Kerry Cunningham 2:29.82, best time, 7. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:35.07, best time, 8. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:36.07, best time, 10. Luna Delgado 2:40.72, 20. Mary Sawyer 2:53.03, best time.

BOYS

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Fabio Mora, Gulliver 1:18.46; SOFLO TOP 20: 9. Owen Smith 1:28.59, best time, 10. Benjamin Kim 1:28.90, best time, 14. Kyle Dorn 1:35.48, best time.

200-yard individual medley:

12-and-under, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 2:10.47; SOFLO TOP 20: 4. Juan Colmenares 2:22.80, 5. Brennan Binder 2:23.06, best time, 8. Yannai Michael 2:24.26, best time, 9. Enrique Rodriguez 2:27.08, best time, 11. Alejandro Mateus 2:28.73, 12. Mark Andre De Gracia 2:29.49, best time, 14. Alessandro Pereira 2:33.03, best time, 16. Alex Golding 2:34.30, 21. Christian Tijero 2:37.28, 22. Javier Colmenares 2:38.01, best time, 23. Logan Gonzalez 2:38.85, best time.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Thom Powers-Hammond, SFTL 1:08.44; SOFLO TOP 20: 2. Fernando Barreto 1:09.03, best time, 14. Kyle Dorn 1:19.15, best time, 15. Daniel Ranaudo 1:19.25, 18. Owen Smith 1:20.40, best time.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 2:16.92, best time; SOFLO TOP 20: 2. Javier Colmenares 2:21.96, best time 3. Lucas Porven 2:25.06, best time, 7. Fernando Barreto 2:34.44, 8. Jonathan Lozano 2:34.69, best time, 15. Kyle Dorn 2:57.38.

AFTERNOON SESSION

GIRLS

200-yard backstroke:

13-and-over, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:07.69; SOFLO TOP 20: 2. Kathleen Golding 2:08.27, best time, 6. Kayla Cunningham 2:20.13, 7. Molly Golding 2:20.14, best time, 11. Rebekah Ling 2:22.40, best time, 13. Katrina Del Vecchio 2:22.91, best time, 15. Paige Lane 2:24.46, 16. Daniela Curbelo 2:24.78, 17. Michelle Marinheiro 2:25.15, 20. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:27.92, 21. Abby Oyetunji 2:28.17.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:20.31, best time; SOFLO TOP 20: 3. Kelley Heron 2:28.26, best time, 4. Molly Golding 2:28.38, best time, 5. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:30.77, best time, 14. Daniela Curbelo 2:43.51, best time, 15. Katrina Del Vecchio 2:43.70, best time.

400-yard individual medley:

13-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:26.05; SOFLO TOP 20: 3. Kelley Heron 4:46.18, 4. Molly Golding 4:50.87, best time, 5. Paige Lane 4:56.46, best time, 11. Katrina Del Vecchio 4:58.48, 14. Jennifer Rodriguez 5:01.64, 17. Daniela Curbelo 5:07.20, 18. Kayla Cunningham 5:08.40, best time, 19. Rebekah Ling 5:11.79, best time, 21. Alexandra Crespo 5:13.24, 22. Michelle Marinheiro 5:15.33.

500-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 5:31.15; SOFLO TOP 20: 2. Sarah Acevedo 5:34.50, best time, 3. Sarah Quintero 5:37.57, 9.Emma Twombly 5:51.05, 21. Valerie Vank 6:06.21.

BOYS

200-yard backstroke:

13-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 1:55.83; SOFLO TOP 20: 5. Rafael Rodriguez 2:01.57, 7. Ervin Marin 2:03.12, best time, 21. Joseph Lee 2:12.70, best time.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 2:06.67; SOFLO TOP 20: 4. Marc Rojas 2:11.79, 6. Ervin Marin 2:16.38, 11. Ricardo Roche 2:20.19.

400-yard individual medley:

13-and-over, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 4:30.51, best time; SOFLO TOP 20: 3. Joseph Lee 4:33.30, best time.

500-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 5:07.79; SOFLO TOP 20: 5. Zackary Harris 5:38.11, best time, 6. Juan Colmenares 5:40.53, best time, 7. Yannai Michael 5:41.52, best time, 9. Brennan Binder 5:42.36, best time, 12. Enrique Rodriguez 5:46.46, best time, 13. Alejandro Mateus 5:49.69, 15. Alex Golding 5:52.17, 16. Christian Tijero 5:57.96, 17. Logan Gonzalez 6:05.09, best time, 21. Mark Andre De Gracia 6:12.50, best time.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO Distance, IMX-IMR Challenge Open Invite

When: Sunday, IMX/IMR Challenge, 8:30 a.m. and noon.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines

Of note: SOFLO is hosting nearly 500 swimmers and 16 teams including Azura, AquaKids Sharks, Boca Raton Swim Team, Coral Springs Swim Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah Swim Club, TS Aquatics, YMCA of South Florida, City of Miami Swim Team, Gulliver Swim Club, and Flying Fish.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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