By Sharon Robb

December 26, 2016—Yannai Michael was determined to do well at last month’s Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

“The meet was hosted by my previous team and I wanted to show how much I improved,” Michael said.

Mission accomplished for the 12-year-old Imagine Charter School seventh grader and Bronze Group member.

Michael had his best short course meet of his young swim life. He competed in eight events in the 11-12 age group.

On a chilly opening night, Michael broke 30 seconds for the first time in the 50-yard butterfly. He 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,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson.

Also that night, Michael was fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke in 33.68, another best time with a 0.22 drop.

On Day Two, Michael finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:31.58, dropping 5:35. Michael was seventh in the 100-yard freestyle in 58.17 after swimming a best time 58.16 in prelims, dropping 0.49.

On Day Three he was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:09.47 and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.66.

On the fourth and final day, Michael swam back-to-back best times in the 200-yard individual medley prelims and finals and finished third in 2:18.17, the first time he cracked the 2:20 mark, dropping 5.25. He was also seventh in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:39.73, dropping 1.79 and anchored the fifth place 200-yard freestyle relay.

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

“I like to compete, but I always get nervous,” Michael said. “I think I was confident about myself going into this meet. I knew how hard I worked.”

Michael said his most satisfying event was the 200 IM.

“I think because I finished third, I put a lot of effort into that and dropped a lot of time,” he said. “It’s a really special event for me because it combines all the strokes. My race was really exciting because I beat the guy who came in fourth by only 1/100th of a second.”

Michael has been swimming for four and a half years. He has improved since joining SOFLO and working with Coach Rose Lockie and Bronze Group.

“Coach Rose is one of the best coaches I ever had,” Michael said. “She is really fun and really funny. She is always there, whether she is sick or not, to coach us and help out with the team. She’s always pushing me to go faster and faster, pushing me to my limits.

“I know I am improving with SOFLO. There is a really nice team spirit. Every one are good friends and teammates. I am glad I am here.”

Michael competed in taekwondo, tennis and soccer but said “I always loved the water and really liked swimming,” so he committed to swimming.

“It’s a fun sport and you don’t really get injuries,” Michael said. “It helps me stay in shape and healthy because I get to work on my muscles in my legs and arms. It’s a very fun sport.”

His 7-year-old sister Ella swims with the Dippers. “I help her sometimes, but I think overall she is doing pretty good,” Michael said.

Michael is looking forward to Junior Olympics in March. He has five time standards.

“I turn 13 a week before JOs, so I get to swim in a new age group, so that’s going to be kind of exciting,” Michael said.

“My goals are to have fun, make friends and maybe get a college scholarship,” Michael said.

“I like watching swimming. Michael Phelps is someone who inspires me. The fact that he got his first world record when he was only 15 and now he’s old and has so many medals.”

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

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

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com



SOFLO’s Rose Lockie Named Boys’ Coach of the Year; Three SOFLO Swimmers Selected First-Team All-County

By Sharon Robb
December 21, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club longtime age group coach Rose Lockie was named the 2016 Broward All-County Boys Coach of the Year.

Selected by the Sun-Sentinel and announed on Wednesday, the age group and high school coach was selected after leading Pembroke Pines Charter to its’ first undefeated season with an 8-0 record, including a first-ever victory over Cypress Bay.

Unlike several high school coaches, Lockie coaches the boys at both the high school and club level. The Jaguars finished among the Top 10 at the FHSAA State 3A meet.

Lockie called it her “most enjoyable” season in her eight years of high school coaching.

Lockie started coaching late in life and actively got involved in coaching age group swimmers when she moved to Florida in 1995. She started coaching with the Comets/SOFLO program in 2006.

Lockie has served as coach on several All-Star teams in the Florida Gold Coast. She is a two-time Florida Gold Coast Age Group Coach of the Year and 2014 ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year finalist.

Lockie is joined by two of her Pembroke Pines Charter swimmers on first team All-County. Junior Ricardo Roche was selected for the 500-yard freestyle and junior Kellie Heron was chosen in the 100-yard backstroke.

Roche turned in his finest high school season with best times in the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle and also competed on relays. Roche placed among the Top 10 at the state meet in his specialty events.

Pembroke Pines Charter teammates Andres Lares, Juan Lucas and Rafael Rodriguez were named honorable mention.

SOFLO boys named to honorable mention were C.J. Kopecki and Kevin Porto of American Heritage; Leonardo Mateus of Everglades; Samuel Quintero of Sagemont; Esteban Diaz-Velasco of Somerset; and Max Asnis of University School.

Heron, a three-time high school MVP, also enjoyed her best high school season. She broke school records in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke while making her junior national cuts. She was state runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke and fourth in the 200 IM.

Also named to the first team for the second consecutive year from SOFLO was Cooper City sophomore Kathleen Golding in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly. The 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualified defended her state title in the 200 IM and was fourth in the butterfly.

SOFLO swimmers named to the girls honorable mention were Emiliana Pelaez of Cypress Bay and Elise Larin of Somerset.

It was SOFLO’s finest showing on an all-county team since the program’s inception. Only Broward County swimmers were eligible. The Miami Herald is expected to announce its Broward and Dade all-county teams in January.

Jessica Nava of Westminster Academy and Philippe Marcoux of Fort Lauderdale were named Girl and Boy Swimmers of the Year. Jay Fitzgerald of Pine Crest was named Girls Coach of the Year after the Panthers just missed winning a state title in 26 years by 10 points.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


South Florida Aquatic Club Awarded USA Swimming Club Excellence Bronze Medal

By Sharon Robb

December 14, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club, the largest and one of the winningest and most diverse clubs in the Florida Gold Coast, has been awarded USA Swimming’s Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award for 2016.

SOFLO has been a Bronze Medal club five of the last six years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016). 2011 was SOFLO’s first year of existence after starting out as the Comets.

SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson praised his coaching staff for the club’s progression throughout the years.

“After sixteen years, SOFLO has created an infrastructure with its coaches and staff that cultivates a high level of continuing excellence,” Anderson said.

“It’s always nice for our staff to receive this prestigious award just before the end of the year,” Anderson said.

The excellence award program is divided into gold, silver and bronze divisions. The rankings only include 18-and-under swimmers eliminating the club’s older top pro swimmers such as Marc Rojas and Alia Atkinson.

The rankings give points scores based on a power point rating system that gives swim points based on how fast it is relative to a swimmer’s age.

The focus of the USA Swimming voluntary program is to identify and reward up to 200 USA Swimming-sanctioned clubs that have attained a high level of athlete performance.

The program strives to meet the following initiatives:

*Promote the development of strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs that produce elite 18-and-under athletes.

*Provide recognition and resources to motivate and assist member clubs to strive for the highest ideals of athlete performances.

SOFLO (4,718 points) is one of only four clubs honored at the various levels. Gulliver Prep (7,424 points) earned silver medal status. AquaKids Sharks (5,475) and Pine Crest Swimming (4,299 points) were also awarded bronze medal status.

Only gold and silver level clubs are provided grant funding.

“It is a huge accomplishment for any club to make this list and we want to make sure your club is recognized within your community,” said Kara Raney of USA Swimming.

Nation’s Capital Swim Club of the Washington, D.C. area, led by Katie Ledecky, won its third consecutive Club Excellence title. Nation’s Capital totaled 90,635 points, finishing more than 40,000 points ahead of first-time Gold level club Marlins of Raleigh. Dynamo Swim Club of Atlanta was third.

SOFLO is coming off another outstanding year that featured its seventh consecutive team title and 13th overall at the FGC Junior Olympics and fourth consecutive year the club won back-to-back short and long course titles the same year.

“Earning a gold, silver or bronze ranking is a reflection of the hard work and time invested by athletes and coaches and has become a highly coveted honor for our teams,” said Pat Hogan, USA Swimming’s Club Development Managing Director.

“Each year, the competition to earn a Club Excellence ranking continues to be more and more challenging,” Hogan said.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


Rodriguez Wins Two More To Lead SOFLO On Final Day Of YCF Winter Classic By Sharon Robb

December 11, 2016—Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club had the meet of his life at the YCF Winter Classic at the Orlando YMCA.

On the third and final day of competition,. Rodriguez, 14, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:23.18 and 200-yard butterfly in a best tie 1:57.80. It was the first time he broke 2 minutes in the event. His previous best was 2:00.41.

Rodriguez won seven events over three days and scored 63 points for his Herculean effort.

Other SOFLO individual winners were:

Molly Golding, 13, won the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:24.75. Golding swam back-to-back best times. In prelims she swam 2:26.00 to lower her previous best of 2:28.38.

Santiago Rivera, 19, won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:05.23.

It was one of SOFLO’s most successful meets of the year and perfect way to end the year for swimmes, coaches and parents.

The meet, featuring 32 teams, is an end-of-calendar year prelims and finals format meet. It was created as a replacement for the Gator meet which is not being held this year because of construction at the O’Connell Center at University of Florida.



1,650-yard freestyle: 13-14, 1. Alicia Davie, SYS 17:38.81; SOFLO: 6. Katrina Del Vecchio 18:34.90, best time, 11. Mallory Schleicher 18:46.39, best time; 15-16, 1. Madison Murtagh, Unattached 17:03.48; 17-and-over, 1. Peyton Palsha, SPA 16:40.98.

100-yard backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, SYS 1:04.88; SOFLO: 5. Kerry Cunningham 1:12.63, best time, 8. Leah Pando 1:15.32; 11-12, 1. Carly White, DOLF 1:00.85; SOFLO: 7. Jena Legaspi 1:05.35, best time.

200-yard backstroke: 11-12, 1. Michaela Mattes, SYS 2:11.56; SOFLO: 5. Jena Legaspi 2:20.44, best time; 13-14, 1. Savannah Barr, SYS 2:07.04; SOFLO: 2. Kayla Cunningham 2:09.39; 15-16, 1. Emily Loefgren, SYS 2:04.02; Open, 1. Ali Andros, SYS 2:06.35.

100-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, SYS 57.75; SOFLO: 4. Kerry Cunningham 1:05.82, best time, 10. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:07.28, 16. Leah Pando 1:08.84, best time; 11-12, 1. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 55.56; 13-14, 1. Savannah Barr, SYS 52.41; SOFLO: 5. Paige Lane 53.89, best time; 15-16, 1. Olivia Taylor, YCF 51.33; Open, 1. Savannah Brennan, BD 53.48.

100-yard breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Emma Sundermeyer, STAR 1:20.43; SOFLO: 6. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:28.75, 7. Leah Pando 1:28.99, best time; 11-12, 1. Alexandra Breuer, BSS 1:07.64.

200-yard breaststroke: 13-14, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:24.75, best time; 15-16, 1. Edie Bates, BSS 2:22.95; SOFLO: 6. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:29.62; Open, 1. Bethany Leap, SYS 2:15.96.

100-yard butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, SYS 1:05.76; SOFLO: 7. Kerry Cunningham 1:16.72, 11. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:28.55; 11-12, 1. Jordan Agliano, HIGH 59.93.

200-yard butterfly: 13-14, 1. Valerie Barreto, GRSC 2:08.93; SOFLO: 7. Kayla Cunningham 2:17.74; 15-16, 1. Luci Lozano, SYS 2:06.45; Open, 1. Isabella Penkwitz, SYS 2:05.02

400-yard individual medley: 11-12, 1. Ainsley Bennett, CFM 4:43.66; SOFLO: 15. Jena Legaspi 5:17.59, best time.


1,650-yard freestyle: 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 16:23.18; SOFLO: 3. Nicolas Rossi 16:56.60, best time, 5. Joseph Lee 17:12.04, best time; 15-16, 1. Jami Rzepecki, SwimMAC 15:55.09; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Mateus 16:37.19; 17-and-over, 1. Robert Finke, SPA 15:17.85.

100-yard backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. William Wadsworth, SYS 1:09.05; SOFLO: 8. Alessandro Pereira 1:12.36, 12. Javier Colmenares 1:13.99, best time; 11-12, 1. Riley Sampson, CFM 58.85; SOFLO: 7. Alejandro Mateus 1:05.88.

200-yard backstroke: 11-12, 1. Riley Sampson, CFM 2:07.40; SOFLO: 6. Enrique Rodriguez 2:22.64, best time, 7. Mark Andre De Gracia 2:24.22, best time; 13-14, 1. Ian Brann, SYS 1:59.19; SOFLO: 2. Lance Lesage 2:01.84, best time; 15-16, 1. Josh Fletcher, SwimMAC 1:53.38; SOFLO: 11. Leonardo Mateus 1:58.78, best time; Open, 1. Grant Sanders, SPA 1:47.07.

100-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Nicholas Cavic, SYS 1:00.09; SOFLO: 16. Javier Colmenares 1:06.54, best time; 11-12, 1. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 55.56; 13-14, 1. Rene Strezenicky, SYS 48.78; 15-16, 1. Boyd Poelke, SwimMAC 46.45; SOFLO: 11. Juan Serna 49.01, best time; Open, 1. Bruno Carvalho, BD 46.63.

100-yard breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Elias Corn, SYS 1:18.82; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 1:19.04, best time; 11-12, 1. Parker Rosenthal, GRSC 1:08.41; SOFLO: 5. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:13.27, best time.

200-yard breaststroke: 13-14, 1. Ben Mack-Jackson, STAR 2:12.46; 15-16, 1. Markus Wennborg, SwimMAC 2:08.83; SOFLO: 15. Taylor Bland 2:19.88, best time; Open, 1. Santiago Rivera, SOFLO 2:05.23.

100-yard butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, SWIM 1:05.32; SOFLO: 3. Alessandro Pereira 1:08.40, best time, 11. Javier Colmenares 1:13.90, best time; 11-12, 1. Charles Plaisted, SYS 58.86; SOFLO: 3. Juan Colmenares 59.37, best time.

200-yard butterfly: 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:57.80, best time; SOFLO: 2. Joseph Lee 2:03.87, best time; 15-16, 1. Tyler Dillon, STAR 1:54.13; Open, 1. Grant Sanders, SPA 1:48.64.

400-yard individual medley: 11-12, 1. Riley Sampson, CFM 4:41.19.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


FINA Short Course World Championships Ends On Sunday In Windsor; Atkinson Takes First Gold

By Sharon Robb

December 10, 2016—After five days, Alia Atkinson of the South Florida Aquatic Club won her first gold medal Saturday at the 13th FINA Short Course World Championships at WFCU Centre in Windsor Ontario, Canada.

The heavy medal favorite in all her events, the four-time Jamaican Olympian won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.03, defending her title she won in 2014 and event she holds the world record in. Americans Lilly King (1:03.35) and Molly Hannis (1:03.89) also finished in the top three.

Atkinson also has a silver and bronze medal to go with her gold.

In other events:

Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu won her sixth gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:02.90, just 1.04 second shy of her world record.

Hosszu also took a silver in the 50-meter backstroke behind Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros, defending champion in 25.82.

South African Chad Le Clos earned his third gold medal with a win in the 50-meter butterfly in 21.98. American Tom Shields was second in 22.40.

Russia won another relay with Vladimir Morozov anchoring the 4×50-meter medley relay that won in 1:31.52.

Japan’s Daiya Seto became only the third swimmer in the history of the event to win three consecutive medals in the men’s 400-meter individual medley in 3:59.24.

Canadian Penny Oleksiak, 16, anchored her country’s winning 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:33.89.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago broke the national record in the 50-meter butterfly semifinals in 22.53. The previous record was 23.08 set by Joshua McLeod in 2014. Carter went on to finish seventh in 22.68.

Carter, who swims for the University of Southern California, ended up breaking four of five national records during the week in his world short course championship debut.

Sunday is the final day of competition with the women’s 200 freestyle relay, men’s 200-meter backstroke, women’s 200-meter breaststroke, men’s 400 medley relay and women’s 400 medley relay.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO’s Rodriguez, Colmenares Shine On Day Two Of YCF Winter Classic

By Sharon Robb

December 10, 2016—Rafael Rodriguez won two more events and Juan Colmenares won another to lead South Florida Aquatic Club on the second day of competition at the YCF Winter Classic at the Orlando YMCA.

Rodriguez, 14, won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:44.53, dropping 1.14 seconds from his prelim time. He also won the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 1:57.14, bettering his previous best of 1:59.57.

Rodriguez has scored 45 points and won five events over two days.

Colmenares, 12, won the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 25.16. He swam back-to-back best times in prelims and finals lowering his previous best of 26.32. It was his first win of the meet. He has scored 28 points.

Paige Lane and Kayla Cunningham led the SOFLO girls. Lane, 14, was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.81. She has scored 12 points over two days.

Cunningham, 13, was second in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 59.09, the first time she crack 1 minute in the event. Her previous best was 1:00.29.

On Sunday prelims begin 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

The meet is an end-of-calendar year prelims and finals format meet. It was created as a replacement for the Gator meet which is not being held this year because of construction at the O’Connell Center at University of Florida.



200-yard individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, Sarasota 2:24.10; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Kerry Cunningham 2:37.02, best time, 7. Leah Pando 2:41.81, best time; 11-12, 1. Hanani Dona, SwimMAC 2:12.19; 13-14, 1. Olivia Peoples, BSS 2:07.91; SOFLO: 14. Katrina Del Vecchio 2:15.52, best time; 15-16, 1. Luci Lozano, SYS 2:09.36; Open, 1. Peyton Palsha, SPA 2:03.63.

50-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, Sarasota 26.90; SOFLO TOP 10: 10. Kaitlyn Barrios 30.26, best time; 11-12, 1. Hanani Dona, SwimMAC 25.37; 13-14, 1. Savannah Barr, SYS 24.72; SOFLO: 2. Paige Lane 24.81; 15-16, 1. Allyson Accordino, SwimMAC 23.99; Open, 1. Victoria Pratt, HIGH 24.78.

50-yard backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, Sarasota 30.47; SOFLO TOP 10: 7. Kerry Cunningham 35.15; 11-12, 1. Hanani Dona, SwimMAC 27.90; SOFLO: 8. Jena Legaspi 30.21, best time.

100-yard backstroke: 13-14, 1. Claire Russell, SwimMAC 57.47; SOFLO: 2. Kayla Cunningham 59.09, best time; 15-16, 1. Mimi Filkin, YCF 58.23; Open, 1. Elena Adcock, SwimMAC 58.19.

200-yard freestyle relay: 10-and-under, 1. Southwest Stars 1:57.93, 2. Sarasota 2:01.23, 3. SOFLO 2:06.15 (Kerry Cunningham, Leah Pando, Mariann Catalasan, Kaitlyn Barrios).

500-yard freestyle: 11-12, 1. Sumner Chmielewski, Sarasota 5:09.70, 13-14, 1. Laine Chmielewski, SYS 5:03.23; SOFLO: 7. Paige Lane 5:16.98, 14. Katrina Del Vecchio 5:21.81; 15-16, 1. Madison Murtagh, Unattached 4:54.56; Open, 1. Peton Palsha, SPA 4:52.00.

200-yard freestyle relay: 10-and-under, 1. Southwest 1:57.92, 3. SOFLO A 2:06.15 (Kerry Cunningham, Leah Pando, Mariann Catalasan, Kaitlyn Barrios); 11-12, 1. SwimMAC 1:43.57, 10. SOFLO A 1:54.28 (Kalin Hubbard, Jena Legaspi, Mia Escudero, Emma Twombly); 13-14, 1. Bolles 1:39.22, 2. SwimMAC 1:39.56, 3. Blue Dolfins 1:41.53, 4. SOFLO 1:42.67; Open, 1. West Florida 3:41.66, 2. Sarasota YCA 3:42.29, 3. Lakeland Area 3:50.93.


200-yard individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, SWIM 2:27.86; SOFLO TOP 10: 3. Alessandro Pereira 2:29.40, best time, 11. Javier Colmenares 2:35.84, best time; 11-12, 1. Riley Sampson, CFM 2:07.28; SOFLO: 4. Juan Colmenares 2:14.58, best time; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:57.14, best time; SOFLO: 8. Joseph Lee 2:06.82; 15-16, 1. Jack Wessell, BSS 1:54.72; Open, 1. Grant Sanders, SPA 1:48.57.

50-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, SWIM 27.17; SOFLO TOP 10: 9. Alessandro Pereira 29.60, best time; 11-12, 1. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 25.16, best time; 13-14, 1. Ansen Meyer, BSS 22.52; SOFLO: 11. Lance Lesage 23.46, best time; 15-16, 1. Lucas Kravchenko, CBS 21.20; SOFLO: 7. Juan Serna 22.64; Open, 1. Thomas Heinzel, BSS 21.60; SOFLO: 6. Santiago Rivera 22.42.

50-yard backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, SWIM 32.29; SOFLO TOP 10: 7. Alessandro Pereira 34.03, best time; 11-12, 1. Brennan Muramatsu, STAR 28.77.

100-yard backstroke: 13-14, 1. Wesley Barnett, SwimMAC 53.96; SOFLO: 4. Lance Lesage 55.82, best time; 15-16, 1. Josh Fletcher, SwimMAC 51.95; Open, 1. Grant Sanders, SPA 49.33.

200-yard freestyle relay: 10-and-under, 1. Sarasota YMCA 1:56.57, 2. Sarasota 2:02.74, 3. Gulf Coast 2:11.86.

500-yard freestyle: 11-12, 1. Riley Sampson, CFM 5:00.43; SOFLO TOP 10: 13. Enrique Rodriguez 5:36.89, best time, 16. Alex Golding 5:42.03, best time, 18. Alejandro Mateus 5:44.71, 22. Aldo Zepeda 5:49.02, best time, 25. Christian Tijero 5:47.45, best time, 28. Logan Gonzalez 6:01.10; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:44.53; SOFLO: 3. Nicolas Rossi 4:56.30, best time, 4. Joseph Lee 4:57.69, 16. Lance Lesage 5:06.92; 15-16, 1. Jami Rzepecki, SwimMAC 4:38.56; Open, 1. Robert Finke, SPA 4:22.82.

200-yard freestyle relay: 10-and-under, 1. Sarasota YMCA 1:56.57; 11-12, 1. SwimMAC 1:41.82, 4. SOFLO A 1:47.22 (Enrique Rodriguez, Mark Andre De Gracia, Logan Gonzalez, Juan Colmenares), 8. SOFLO B 1:55.48 (Alex Golding, Christian Tijero, Aldo Zepeda, Alejandro Mateus); 13-14, 1. SwimMAC 1:30.95, 6. SOFLO 1:34.52 (Lance Lesage, Nicolas Rossi, Joseph Lee, Rafael Rodriguez).


What: YCF Winter Classic

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

Where: YMCA of Central Florida, International Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando.

Admission: $5.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Places Fourth, Swims Back-To-Back Best Times At Winter Junior East Nationals

By Sharon Robb

December 10, 2016—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club saved her best for last on Saturday, the fourth and final day of the Speedo Winter Junior National East Championships at Ohio State in Columbus.

Golding, 16, a sophomore at Cooper City High School, placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.55, the first time she broke 50 seconds in the event.

In prelims, Golding bettered her previous best of 50.25 in 50.14 before dropping again in the championship “A” final. It was her first “A” final of the meet after making two “B” finals earlier in the week.

Golding, a 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier and two-time high school state champion, scored all 25 of SOFLO’s points in the girls’ competition.


COMBINED TEAM SCORES: 1. SwimMac 641.5, 2. Carmel Swim Club 518, 3. Bolles School 368, 49. SOFLO 25.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Bolles School 339, 2. Carmel 226, 3. SwimMAC 206.5.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. SwimMac 435, 2. Nashville Aquatic Club 319, 3. Carmel 292.


200-yard backstroke: 1. Alexandra Walsh, NAC 1:53.70, 2. Julia Menkhaus, SwimMAC 1:55.38, 3. Marcella Maguire, RAC 1:56.09; SOFLO: 94. Kelley Heron 2:06.29.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 47.88, 2. Morgan Tankersley, GTSA 48.85, 3. Kelly Pash, CSC 49.16; SOFLO: 4. Kathleen Golding 49.55, best time finals; 50.14, best time, prelims; FGC: 23. Mary Smutny, AKS 50.72, 40. Jessica Nava, PC 51.24, 58. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 51.74, best time, 67. Andrea Santander, PC 51.97.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Brooke Forde, LAK 2:09.12, 2. Allison Raab, NAC 2:09.86, 3. Ella Nelson, NAC 2:09.99; SOFLO: 56. Jessica Rodriguez 2:21.02, best time, 64. Kathleen Golding 2:21.82, best time; FGC: 21. Hannah Virgin, PC 2:17.21 finals, 2:16.73, best time, 45. Shayna Fetes, SAS 2:20.18, 67. Victoria Myamoto 2:22.90.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Olivia Carter, Unattached 1:55.78, 2. Brooke Forde, LAK 1:57.00, 3. Julia Menkhaus, SwimMAC 1:57.05; FGC: 17. Jessica Nava, PC 1:58.24, 22. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 1:59.40, 36. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:01.86, 42. Mary Smutny, AKS 2:02.94, 47. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 2:03.19, best time, 60. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 2:04.53, 61. Eriana Temperino, EC 2:04.73.

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Madison Homovich, MOR 16:10.50, 2. Molly Kowal, OSU 16:12.03, 3. Madelyn Donohoe, FISH 16:14.76.


200-yard backstroke: 1. Clark Beach, QSTA 1:42.59, 2. Destin Lasco, PVA 1:44.02, 3. Nicolas Albiero, CARD 1:45.15; FGC: 19. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 1:47.24, 43. Patrick Groters, PC 1:50.27, 60. Fernando Alatorre, Azura 1:51.55, 66. Nicholas Sharp, SAS 1:52.58, 70. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 1:52.94.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Kibler, CSC 43.14, 2. John Walker, SwimMAC 43.52, 3. Jack Franzman, ZSC 43.64; FGC: 16. Cason Wilburn, EC 45.52, 41. Nico Ferrara, PC 46.08, 51. Seggio Bernardina, EC 46.20, 62. Jayme Rezende, Azura 46.39, 91. Daniel Jacobs, PC 47.33.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Reece Whitley, PCAC 1:52.37, 2. Jacob Foster, RAYS 1:58.56, 3. Paul Degrado, BSS 1:58.67; FGC: 11. Adan Diaz, Azura 2:01.31, 19. Izaak Bastian, SAS 2:01.57, 37. Marcelo Lauzurique, Gulliver 2:04.39, 44. Jose Pascual, CSSC 2:04.94, 88. Teolio Darias, Gulliver 2:10.69.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Spencer Carl, MLMA, 1:44.10, 2. Nicolas Albiero, CARD 1:44.21, 3. Corey Gambardella, SYS 1:45.84; SOFLO: 65. Max Asnis 1:54.21, best time; FGC: 18. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 1:49.07, 35. Cason Wilburn, EC 1:50.91.

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Freeman, BAY 14:59.33, 2. Johannes Calloni, SCAR 15:02.10, 3. Ross Dant, YSST 15:04.02.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com