TYR OCTOBER SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Jena Legaspi


By Sharon Robb

November 28, 2016—Jena Legaspi loves living the life of a swimmer.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer is enjoying one of her best seasons in the sport training with SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie and her Bronze group teammates.

Legaspi, 12, a seventh grader at Pembroke Pines Charter west campus, has been swimming since she was 5-years-old.

“I went on vacation with my family and I didn’t know how to swim,” Legaspi remembered. “My parents wanted me to learn so they put me in a swim school and I really liked it.”

So when Legaspi was 8 she joined her first swim club, South Florida Aquatic Club, and has been improving ever since.

“It’s really fun working with Coach Rose,” Legaspi said. “Sometimes the workout is really hard but that helps me get better.”

Legaspi swims all four strokes, but admits she loves the backstroke. So far she said her best meet has been the SOFLO Halloween Meet last month.

“I improved all my times,” Legaspi said. “Some swimmers were having a bad meet and I thought I was going to have a bad meet, too. But I was really happy when my times improved.”

Legaspi is hoping for another good meet when SOFLO competes at the Dec. 9-11 YCF Winter Classic at the Orlando YMCA.

“That’s the meet I am training for now,” Legaspi said. “I like the competition. It helps you improve. I am pretty competitive. I try to work very hard. I like that about swimming. I like my teammates and swimming with them.

“I would like to get faster, work on my strokes and win more races,” said Legaspi when asked about her goals.

School and swimming doesn’t leave much down time for Legaspi but she’s not complaining.

“I have a tight schedule, my only day off is Sundays,” Legaspi said. “It makes me disciplined but I can’t waste time. I have a schedule. I wake up, go to school, come home, get a snack, go to swimming practice and then go back home.

“I like being healthy and fit because of swimming,” Legaspi said. “If I didn’t do swimming I wouldn’t be doing anything after school except maybe a few clubs. I’m glad I have swimming and the schedule I have.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Michael, Cunningham, Pando, Shine On Final Day Of FGC Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

November 20, 2016—Yannai Michael of South Florida Aquatic Club had the finest meet of his young career at the 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships Sunday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

On the final day of one of the state’s biggest meets, Michael, 12, was the fourth fastest seed in the 200-yard individual medley after morning prelims in a best time 2:20.04, a 3.38 drop. He bettered that time in finals placing third in 2:18.17, the first time he cracked the 2:20 barrier for a total time drop of 5.25.

Michael was also seventh in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:39.73, a drop of 1.79.

Michael also anchored the fifth place 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 1:53.12 with teammates Logan Gonzalez, Nathaniel Garrick and Aldo Zepeda.

Michael finished eighth in the 11-12 high point awards with 48 points.

Kerry Cunningham, 10, and Leah Pando led SOFLO’s girls team. Cunningham was second in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:14.25 and seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:26.14. Cunningham finished 12th in high point with 21 points.

Pando, 10, placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:15.99 and seventh in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:44.72. Pando was 18th among high point swimmers with nine points.

SOFLO sent only 21 swimmers to the meet and still managed to finish among the Top 20 teams in the 1,100-swimmer Florida Gold Coast meet.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams were represented including Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and AquaKids Sharks.

Azura defended its team titles in combined (1,390) and men’s (908.5) and Pine Crest defended its girls title (701.5).

SUNDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, Azura 2:03.39; SOFLO: 3. Lisa Blackburn 2:11.50; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:07.47; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 2:08.19; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 2:11.37; SOFLO: 23. Sofia Osorio 2:34.52, best time, 39. Sabrina Osorio 2:39.13; 10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 2:35.61; SOFLO: 7. Leah Pando 2:44.72, best time 16. Fiorella DiSalvo 2:55.68, best time.

50-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Kyla Valls, MS 23.49; SOFLO: 6. Lisa Blackburn 24.80; 15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 23.20; 13-14, 1. Rachel Botting, PC 23.96; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 25.26; 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 27.03; SOFLO: 13. Kaitlyn Barrios 30.95, 24. Luna Delgado 31.75.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 1:04.93; SOFLO: 2. Kerry Cunningham 1:14.25, best time, 6. Leah Pando 1:15.99, 11. Mariann Catalasan 1:21.00.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 29.63; SOFLO: 17. Luna Delgado 34.79, best time.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 1:17.02; SOFLO: 7. Kerry Cunningham 1:26.14, best time, 9. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:28.20, best time, 10. Mariann Catalasan 1:28.37, best time, 12. Leah Pando 1:29.79, best time.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 58.30; SOFLO: 11. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:07.88, best time, 12. Luna Delgado 1:08.01, best time, 14. Kerry Cunningham 1:08.17, best time.

500-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Andrea Van Den Berg, Azura 5:07.95; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:52.38; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 5:00.62; 11-12, 1. Kiara Caamano, NPB 5:19.10; SOFLO: 41. Sofia Osorio 6:08.59, 45. Sabrina Osorio 6:24.37.

200-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Azura 1:37.54, 2. Miami Swimming 1:38.79, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:39.09; 13-14, 1. Hialeah 1:40.52, 2. East Coast Aquatic 1:42.36, 3. Pine Crest 1:42.41; 11-12, 1. North Palm Beach 1:47.40, 2. Coral Springs 1:48.69, 3. YSF Barracudas 1:50.22; 10-and-under, 1. North Palm Beach 1:59.16, 2. Azura 1:59.22, 3. Pine Crest 2:05.48, 4. SOFLO 2:07.16 (Kerry Cunningham, Luna Delgado, Fiorella DiSalvo, Kaitlyn Barrios).

200-yard medley relay:

Open, 1. North Palm Beach 1:48.20, 2. Azura 1:48.45, 3. Miami Swimming 1:49.40; 13-14, 1. Hialeah 1:51.52, 2. Pine Crest 1:51.83, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:53.15; 11-12, 1. Coral Springs 1:59.09, 2. YSF Barracudas 2:01.63, 3. AquaKids Sharks 2:03.33; 10-and-under, 1. Azura 2:15.90, 2. SOFLO 2:19.96 (Kerry Cunningham, Mariann Catalasan, Luna Delgado, Kaitlyn Barrios), 3. Pine Crest 2:22.05.

BOYS

200-yard individual medley:

Men, 1. Adan Diaz, Azura 1:53.09; 15-16, 1. Jorge Depassier, Azura 1:54.43; 13-14, 1. Kevin DeGrijze, Unattached 1:58.75; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 2:09.72; SOFLO: 3. Yannai Michael 2:18.17, best time, 21. Aldo Zepeda 2:35.48, best time; 10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 2:18.36.

50-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Leonardo Gonzales, CAM 20.73; 15-16, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 21.42; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 22.91; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 23.83; 10-and-under, 1. John Trieu, FAST 26.69; SOFLO: 25. Fernano Barreto 32.21, best time.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. John Trieu, FAST 1:08.12; SOFLO: 7. Jonathan Lozano 1:19.69.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, FFSC 30.30; SOFLO: 18. Fernando Barreto 37.66.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, FFSC 1:13.69.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Kai Winkler, Miami Swimming 56.49; SOFLO: 31. Jonathan Lozano 1:13.01, best time.

500-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 4:26.16; 15-16, 1. Andres Lares, Azura 4:41.07; 13-14, 1. Cristian Tortola, Azura 4:49.46; 11-12, 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 5:01.89; SOFLO: 7. Yannai Michael 5:39.73, best time, 14. Nathaniel Garrick 5:53.05, best time, 15. Aldo Zepeda 5:54.12, 17. Logan Gonzalez 6:00.62, best time

200-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Azura 1:25.63, 2. Westminster Academy 1:28.06, 3. YSF Barracudas 1:28.65; 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:36.24, 2. Azura 1:36.42, 3. Coral Springs 1:37.27; 11-12, 1. Hialeah 1:42.30, 2. Jupiter 1:47.28, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:48.90, 5. SOFLO 1:53.12; 10-and-under, 1. East Coast 2:00.00, 2. Heritage Aquatics 2:06.58, 3. Blue Marlins 2:08.76.

200-yard medley relay:

Open, 1. Azura 1:34.24, 2. Westminster Academy 1:35.29, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:37.92; 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:46.32, 2. Azura 1:47.25, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:50.13; 11-12, 1. Hialeah 1:56.91, 2. Jupiter 2:01.08, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 2:01.37; 10-and-under, 1. East Coast 2;15.60, 2. Blue Marlins 2:24.73, 3. Pine Crest 2:31.22.

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

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Marc Rojas Leads SOFLO Men On Day Three Of FGC Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

November 19, 2016—In one of the better races of the night, Marc Rojas of South Florida Aquatic Club finished second in his signature event at the 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Rojas, 22, was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 57.41. He dropped 0.68 seconds off his previous best. It was his only event of the four-day meet.

The top three breaststroke finishers all finished in 57s. Adan Diaz of Azura won in 57.35. SOFLO teammate Santiago Rivera was third in 57.95.

Rojas is currently training for his Dec. 7-10 FINA Short Course World Championship debut for the Dominican Republic.

Yannai Michael, enjoying his best short course meet, was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:09.47. He was also fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.66.

Michael, who has scored 36 points, has the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley remaining on Sunday.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams are represented including Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and AquaKids Sharks.

Azura is defending champion in the boys and combined. Pine Crest is defending girls champion. After three days of action, Azura leads the combined (976.5) and men (683) and Pine Crest (495.5) leads the girls.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Rose Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 1:54.91; 15-16, 1. Rachel Contich, PC 1:54.87; 13-14, 1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 1:54.31; 11-12, 1. Kiara Caamano, NPB 1:59.23; 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 2:06.72; SOFLO: 11. Leah Pando 2:25.61, best time, 20. Luna Delgado 2:20.55, best time, 21. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:30.09, best time, 28. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:33.18, best time, 30. Giada Porven 2:24.60, best time, 35. Mariann Catalasan 2:39.72.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 34.14; SOFLO: 11. Kaitlyn Barrios 40.68, best time, 13. Mariann Catalasan 40.91, best time.

100-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1.Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 58.29, best time; 15-16, 1. Savannah Yates, PC 1:05.77; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 1:07.79; 11-12, 1. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:10.25; SOFLO: 17. Sabrina Osorio 1:20.20, best time.

100-yard butterfly:

Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, Azura 54.45; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 55.32; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 58.22; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 59.50; 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 1:05.13; SOFLO: 9. Kerry Cunningham 1:15.23, best time, 19. Luna Delgado 1:22.84, best time.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Marin Zuchowski, FAST 32.35; SOFLO: 8. Kerry Cunningham 35.69, best time, 20. Mariann Catalasan 37.59.

100-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, Azura 55.35; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 56.62; 13-14, 1. Paige MacEachern, ECAC 59.98; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 58.59; SOFLO: 17. Sabrina Osorio 1:11.41, best time.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 1:06.98; SOFLO: 8. Kerry Cunningham 1:15.48, best time, 19. Leah Pando 1:18.81, best time, 25. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:20.33, best time.

400-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Melannie Vargas, FFSC 4:41.08; 15-16, 1. Alessandra Baldari, Unattached 4:21.64; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 4:31.83; 11-12, 1. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 4:49.96

400-yard medley relay:

Open, 1. North Palm Beach 3:52.38, 2. Azura 3:56.09, 3. East Coast 3:58.68; 13-14, 1. Hialeah 4:03.72, 2. East Coast 4:06.52; 11-12, 1. Coral Springs 4:21.65, 2. AquaKids Sharks 4:23.54, 3. SwimFast 4:30.95.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 1:37.17; 15-16, 1. Andres Lares, Azura 1:42.17; 13-14, 1. Cristian Tortola, Azura 1:48.20; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 1:54.05; 10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, MS 2:01.65.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, FFSC 34.10.

100-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Adan Diaz, Azura 57.35, 2. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 57.41, best time, 3. Santiago Rivera, SOFLO 57.95; 15-16, 1. Matthew Petreski, PC 59.45; 13-14, 1. Cameron Brown, Azura 1:01.45; 11-12, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, Unattached 1:06.23, 2. Yannai Michael, SOFLO 1:09.47, best time.

100-yard butterfly:

Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 48.30; 15-16, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 50.42; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 52.97; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 57.27; 10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, MS 1:01.04.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. John Trieu, FAST 31.62; SOFLO: 17. Jonathan Lozano 37.91, best time, 27. Fernando Barreto 39.62.

100-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Gabriel Politi, Azura 51.24; 15-16, 1. Trevor McGovern, GSC 51.90; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 55.56; 11-12, 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 55.26; SOFLO: 5. Yannai Michael 1:07.66.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, MS 1:05.34.

400-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Fernando Alatorre, Azura 4:00.08; 15-16, 1. Jorge Depassier, Azura 4:06.66; 13-14, 1. Raphael Santos, PB 4:24.05; 11-12, 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 4:18.86.

400-yard medley relay:

Open, 1 Azura 3:23.69, 2. East Coast 3:33.56, 3. YSF Barracudas 3:35.12; 13-14, 1. Azura 3:51.87, 2. Coral Springs 3;52.37, 3. Pine Crest 3:52.79; 11-12, 1. Hialeah 4:13.87, 2. Flood Aquatics 4:19.20, 3. Jupiter 4:27.41

IF YOU GO

What: 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships

When: Sunday

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

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

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children. Heat sheets available for free online at http://www.swimpst.com and on meet mobile. For information call 954-452-2525.

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

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Yannai Michael SOFLO Top Finisher On Day Two Of FGC Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

November 19, 2016—Yannai Michael of South Florida Aquatic Club had another great day at the 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Michael, 12, finished second in the 11-12 200-yard breaststroke in 2:31.58, dropping 5:35.

In the 11-12 100-yard freestyle, Michael was seventh in 58.17. In morning prelims he was seventh fastest seed in a best time 58.16, dropping 0.49.

Sabrina Osorio, 11, was seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:45.73, dropping 24.87 seconds.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams are represented including Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and AquaKids Sharks.

Azura is defending champion in the boys and combined. Pine Crest is defending girls champion. After two days of action, Azura leads the combined (563.5) and men (411) and Pine Crest leads the girls (306).

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 1:56.83; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:04.60; 13-14, 1. Paige MacEachern, ECAC 2:07.19; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 2:07.75; SOFLO, 20. Sofia Osorio 2:32.37, best time

100-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Michelle Williams, Canada 48.76; 15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 50.76; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 52.51; 11-12, 1. Kiara Caamano, NPB 54.96.

200-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Merle Liivand, Unattached 2:22.46; 15-16, 1. Hannah Virgin, PC 2:17.56; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:23.18; 11-12, 1. Riley Botting, CSSC 2:33.81; SOFLO: 7. Sabrina Osorio 2:45.73.

200-yard butterfly:

Open: 1. Kyla Valls, MS 2:04.56; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:00.75; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 2:08.54.

100-yard individual medley:

Open: 1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 55.67; 15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 58.06; 13-14, 1. Andrea Santander, PC 59.06; 11-12, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:03.09.

400-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Canada 3:14.92, 2. North Palm Beach 3:30.93, 3. Miami Swimming 3:34.12; 13-14, 1. Hialeah 3:37.93, 2. Pine Crest 3:40.25.

BOYS

200-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Fernando Alatorre, Azura 1:50.51; 15-16, 1. John Torres, FFSC 1:53.27; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 1:59.18; 11-12, 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:00.56.

100-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 44.86; 15-16, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 46.19; 13-14, 1. Raphael Santos, PB 50.10; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 51.33; SOFLO: 7. Yannai Michael, 58.17.

200-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Richard Funk, Canada 1:58.97; 15-16, 1. Matthew Petreski, PC 2:06.89; 13-14, 1. Kevin DeGrijze, Unattached 2:11.67; 11-12, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, Unattached 2:20.41; SOFLO: 2. Yannai Michael 2:31.58, best time.

200-yard butterfly:

Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 1:46.06; 15-16, 1. Juan Zapata, TSA 1:54.89; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 1:58.09; 11-12, 1. Nicholas Kjaerulff, ECAC 2:18.55.

100-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Patrick Groters, PC 51.49; 15-16, 1. Jorge Depassier, Azura 53.12; 13-14, 1. Raphael Santos, PB 56.04; 11-12, 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 56.49.

400-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Azura 3:04.76, 2. East Coast 3:11.55, 3. Miami Swimming 3:14.49; 13-14, 1. Azura 3:27.59, 2. Pine Crest 3:31.73, 3. Coral Springs 3:33.68.

IF YOU GO

What: 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals.

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

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children. Heat sheets available for free online at http://www.swimpst.com and on meet mobile. Special session passes are also available. For information call 954-452-2525.

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

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SOFLO’s Rodriguez Wins Big On Opening Night Of FGC Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

November 17, 2016—On a chilly night, Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club won his only event at the 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships at Thursday Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Rodriguez, 14, coming off a successful high school season at Pembroke Pines Charter, won the 13-14 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 16:09.78. He dropped 6.11 seconds off his previous best of 16:15.89. He won by a wide margin of victory and totaled 11 points. Azura’s Cristian Tortola, 14, was second in 16:37.58.

It is the only event Rodriguez is entered in for the four-day meet since he is competing in Orlando in three weeks.

“That was a test as far as his distance race,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said. “It was the first time he swam and was under 1 minute for all his 100s. It was quite a feat. We are looking for him to go better than 16:05 when he goes to the Orlando meet in three weeks. He did pretty well. It was a nice swim for him.”

SOFLO teammate Yannai Michael, 12, also had an outstanding swim breaking 30 seconds for the first time in the 50-yard butterfly. Michael finished tenth in a best time 29.54, dropping 1.08 seconds off his previous best of 30.62. “It was a big deal for Yannai to break 30 seconds, that was a nice swim for him,” Anderson said.

Michael also finished fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke in 33.68, a another best time with a 0.22 drop. Michael is entered in six other events. Michael is one of 21 SOFLO swimmers competing in one or more races this weekend.

Most of Florida Gold Coast teams will be represented including Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and AquaKids Sharks.

Azura is defending champion in the boys and combined. Pine Crest is defending girls champion. After the first day, Azura leads combined (229.5) and men (161) and Pine Crest leads the women’s (109).

THURSDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

1,650-yard freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Kiara Caamano, NPB 18:27.65; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 17:07.23; 15-16, 1. Sidney Starman, FFSC 17:47.53; 17-and-over, 1. Andrea Van Den Berg, Azura 17:38.84.

50-yard butterfly:

Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, Azura 25.49; 15-16, 1. Racine Ross, PC 25.67; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 26.41; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 26.85.

50-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, Azura 26.46; 15-16, 1. Annabella Lyn, PC 27.74; 13-14, 1. Gabby Beltrano, Unattached 27.72; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 27.50; SOFLO: 25. Sofia Osorio 34.62, best time.

50-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Patricia Casellas, Azura 29.49; 15-16, 1. Savannah Yates, PC 30.03; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 31.61; 11-12, 1. Isabella Chambers, PST 32.45; SOFLO: 16. Sabrina Osorio 37.51, best time.

BOYS

1,650-yard freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Christian Proscia, FAST 18:49.23; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 16:09.78; 15-16, 1. Andres Lares, Azura 16:07.15; 17-and-over, 1. Bernardo Abascal, Azura 15:33.54.

50-yard butterfly:

Open, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 21.44; 15-16, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 22.45; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 24.42; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 25.60; SOFLO: 10. Yannai Michael 29.54, best time.

50-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 23.46; 15-16, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 24.39; SOFLO: 7. Luke Lezotte 25.96, best time; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 25.47; 11-12, 1. Carter Hewitt, ECAC 29.43; SOFLO: 17. Nathaniel Garrick 33.79, best time.

50-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 26.71; 15-16, 1. Jorge Depassier, Azura 27.74; 13-14, 1. Cameron Brown, Azura 28.39; 11-12, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, Unattached 30.88; SOFLO: 4. Yannai Michael 33.68, best time.

IF YOU GO

What: 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals.

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

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children. Heat sheets available for free online at http://www.swimpst.com and on meet mobile. Special session passes are also available. For information call 954-452-2525.

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

http://www.swim4soflo.com

FGC Speedo Winter Championships Begin Thursday At Plantation Aquatic Complex


By Sharon Robb

November 16, 2016—A field of 1,100 swimmers and more than 50 teams including South Florida Aquatic Club will compete Thursday through Sunday at the 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO is sending 21 swimmers of all ages, from age groupers to Olympians and national record holders to the four-day meet. The swimmers will compete in 82 individual events and two relays.

SOFLO’s swimmers entered are: Fernando Barreto, 10; Kaitlyn Barrios, 10; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Kerry Cunningham, 10; Luna Delgado, 10; Fiorella DiSalvo, 8; Nathaniel Garrick, 11; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Luke Lezotte, 15; Jonathan Lozano, 9; Yannai Michael, 12; Sabrina Osorio, 11; Sofia Osorio, 11; Leah Pando, 10; Giada Porven, 8; Rafael Rodriguez, 14; and Aldo Zepeda, 11.

Some of SOFLO’s older swimmers are also in the field including Marc Rojas, 22; Santiago Rivera, 19; Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, 44; and four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, who missed out on an Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro and then bounced back with a short course world record at the FINA World Cup Series.

Atkinson, 27, is seeded first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.29, the only swimmer under a minute. Rojas, 22, is seeded first in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Most of Florida Gold Coast teams will be represented including Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and AquaKids Sharks.

Azura returns as defending champion in the boys and combined. Pine Crest is defending girls champion.

There are also teams from New York, Ecuador, Jamaica and Bahamas entered. Several swimmers are not competing, choosing instead to focus and train for next month’s junior nationals.

IF YOU GO

What: 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, 5 p.m.; Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals.

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

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children. Heat sheets available for free online at http://www.swimpst.com and on meet mobile. Special session passes are also available. For information call 954-452-2525.

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

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Larin, Marin Top SOFLO Finishers At State 2A Meet; Gulliver Prep Sweeps Team Titles


By Sharon Robb

November 14, 2016—Ervin Marin of Mater Lakes and Elise Larin of Somerset Academy were South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finishers at the FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night in Stuart.

Marin was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.04. He earned the sixth fastest seed time in morning prelims in 59.32, faster than his 1:00.18 seed.

Marin was also fourth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.77. He was seventh in prelims in 1:55.96, bettering his seed time of 1:56.43.

Larin finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.92, after going 1:07.60, faster than her seed time of 1:08.56.

Other SOFLO top finishers:

Kevin Porto led off American Heritage’s 11th-place 200-yard medley relay in 1:40.82 along with teammates Carlos Rodriguez, Sebastian Vargas and Cristian Rossi. In prelims, the Patriots were 12th in 1:41.82.

Porto was also eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.50, after going 1:44.94 in prelims. His seed time was 1:43.56.

Porto was 14th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.49 after going 4:44.03 in prelims. His seed time was 4:42.89.

Porto led off the Patriots sixth-place 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:15.31 with teammates Nicholas Pacitti, CJ Kopecki and Sebastian Vargas.

Esteban Diaz-Velasco of Somerset was seventh in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.29, after going 1:45.49 in prelims. His seed time was 1:46.19.

Diaz-Velasco won the 100-yard backstroke consolation in 54.56, after going 54.28 in prelims faster than his 54.78 seed.

CJ Kopecki was 14th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.90 improving his prelim time of 1:46.39. His seed time of 1:45.64.

Kopecki was 12th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:48.54 after going 4:49.78 in prelims. His seed time was 4:48.83.

Brandon Moran of Mater Lakes was tenth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.73 faster than his prelim time of 1:00.88. His seed time was 1:00.58.

SOFLO’s Annita Huang was a member of all three American Heritage relays, either in prelims or finals. She swam the 200-yard freestyle relay in prelims that qualified fourth. She was a member of the sixth place 400-yard freestyle relay and 16th place 200-yard medley relay.

Three-time defending state champion American Heritage boys finished fifth with 109 points. The girls team, led by double winner Cathy Cooper, also finished fifth with 111.

Gulliver Prep swept the team titles. The girls team won its third consecutive state crown while the boys team, with only seven swimmers, won its first in the program’s history.

Going into the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay final, Gulliver Prep was leading by one point. Throughout the night, the boys’ competition was close with only four points separating Gulliver Prep, Arnold and Tampa Jesuit for most of the meet.

The foursome of junior Trahern Gribble, senior Pablo Luchau, senior Orest Danyliv and junior Miguel Cancel won the relay in 3:07.31, an All-American consideration time, to clinch the title.

The boys finished with 234 points. Arnold was second in 225 and Tampa Jesuit was third with 220 in one of the closest competitions in state meet history.

Gulliver Prep was led by double winner Miguel Cancel in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:48.25 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:24.99. Both are automatic All-American times.

Junior Trahern Gribble won the 100-yard butterfly in 49.83, an All-American consideration time and was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 51.52. Gribble’s father, Matt, a University of Miami swimmer, two-time Olympian, world champion and world record holder was tragically killed at age 41 in a car accident in Miami.

The girls’ team, with 12 state qualifiers, was just as impressive dominating the girls’ field with 322 points for its three-peat, the first team in Miami-Dade County ever to accomplish the feat. Academy of Holy Names was runner-up with 159.

Broward had two state champions. American Heritage junior Cathy Cooper won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.34, an All-American consideration time, and 100-yard freestyle in 52.31.

University of Georgia-bound Zach Allen of Cardinal Gibbons won his third straight 2A diving title. He won the 1-meter springboard title with a season-best 551.90 points.

STATE 2 RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. Gulliver Prep 322, 2. Academy of Holy Names 159, 3. Titusville 143, 4. Mosley 120, 5. American Heritage Plantation 111, 8. Cardinal Gibbons 87, 9. Suncoast 80, 23. Pompano Beach 38, 29. Coral Springs Charter 20.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Gulliver Prep 234, 2. Arnold 225, 3. Tampa Jesuit 220, 4. Suncoast 140, 5. American Heritage Plantation 109, 20. Cardinal Gibbons 36, 26. Pompano Beach 24, 27. Somerset 24.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:47.08, (Emily Cordovi, Olivia Hernandez, Alicia Mancilla, Sarah Abril), 2. Mosley 1:49.45, 3. Holy Names 1:51.05, 16. American Heritage 1:59.58 (Annita Huang, Thea McKenna, Molly Weidner, Olivia Mason).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Ryley Ober, BY 1:48.98, 2. Hunter Scott, LB 1:51.41, 3. Alicia Mancilla, GP 1:55.43.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mackenzie Stumpf, TS 2:03.14, 2. Isabella Penkwitz, BOOK 2:05.44, 3. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GP 2:06.16.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 23.34, 2. Taylor Radcliffe, BK 24.44, 2. Savannah Yates, CG 24.47.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 54.67, 2. Abbey Duncan, WESC 55.31, 3. Hannah Sykes, WOLF 55.64.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AH 52.31, 2. Sarah Abril, GP 53.03, 3. Sophia Macaisa, LECA 53.16.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Ryley Ober, BY 4:52.20, 2. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GP 4:53.69, 3. Alicia Mancilla, GP 4:56.13.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 1:38.74 (Sarah Abril, Chloe Hernandez, Daniela Luchau, Brooke Ellis), 2. Holy Names 1:38.99, 3. American Heritage 1:40.83 (Cathy Cooper, Jade Grabow, Molly Weidner, Olivia Mason).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Emily Cordovi, GP 56.34, 2. Abbey Duncan, WESC 56.98, 3. Mimi Filkin, TAVA 57.38.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Mackenzie Stumpf, TS 1:02.60, 2. Savannah Yates, CG 1:04.63, 3. Callie Sellers, STAN 1:06.50, 6. Elise Larin, SOM 1:07.92.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:34.06 (Emily Cordovi, Sarah Abril, Alicia Mancilla, Brooke Ellis), 2. Holy Names 3:39.21, 3. Mosley 3:39.57, 6. American Heritage 3:42.20 (Cathy Cooper, Jude Grabow, Annita Huang, Thea McKenna).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Naomi Peng, ESID 446.45, 2. Carly Ehrlich, PB 428.10, 3. Mikayla Martin, BK 396.45.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Arnold 1:35.23, 2. Gulliver Prep 1:37.19, 3. Tampa Jesuit 1:37.23, 11. American Heritage 1:40.82 (Kevin Porto, Carlos Rodrigue, Sebastian Vargas, Cristian Rossi), Mater Lakes, DQ.

200-yard freestyle: 1. T.C. Smith, BY 1:39.46, 2. Ethan Long, LW 1:40.44, 3. Adam Tapia, TS 1:41.67, 5. Sebastian Vargas, AH 1:43.40, 7. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOM 1:46.29, 8. Kevin Porto, AH 1:48.50, 14. CJ Kopecki, AH 1:45.90.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP 1:48.25, 2. Daniel Orcutt, FWB 1:50.40, 3. Tyler Watson, PAX 1:52.11, 4. Ervin Marin, Mater 1:53.77.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Manden Smith, GULF 20.69, 2. Irvin Hoost, SB 20.89, 3. Anthony Davis, GB 21.29.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Trahern Gribble, GP 49.83, 2. Tyler Watson, PAX 50.68, 3. Sebastian Vargas, AH 50.87.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Manden Smith, GULF 45.75, 2. Ethan Long, LW 46.21, 3. Irvin Hoost, SB 46.39.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Miguel Cancel, GP 4:24.99, 2. T.C. Smith, BY 4:25.33, 3. Brendan Driscoll, JES 4:32.05, 12. CJ Kopecki, AH 4:48.54, 14. Kevin Porto, AH 4:51.49.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Tampa Jesuit 1:26.61, 2. Gulf Breeze 1:27.03, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:27.06.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Daniel Orcutt, FWB 50.17, 2. Conor Lynch, SLAK 50.20, 3. Trahern Gribble, GP 51.52, 9. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOM 54.56.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Jabari Ramsey, LOL 56.86, 2. Chad McGuire, ARNO 57.30, 3. Jonah Martinez, CC 58.94, 4. Ervin Marin, Mater 59.04, 10. Brandon Moran, Mate 1:00.73.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:07.31 (Trahern Gribble, Pablo Luchau, Orest Danyliv, Miguel Cancel), 2. Suncoast 3:10.48, 3. Arnold 3:13.72, 6. American Heritage 3:14.47 (Kevin Porto, Sebastian Vargas, CJ Kopecki, Nicholas Pacitti).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Zach Allen, CG 551.90, 2. Jonathan Geraghty, LP 542.85, 3. Hudson Coldren, CG 421.40.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com