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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