By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS—-South Florida Aquatic Club made a good first impression during opening day action at the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic Short Course Championships Friday at Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

The defending champions were in championship season form against top swimmers from around the Florida Gold Coast.

SOFLO leads the combined team standings with 328 points. East Coast Aquatic Club is second with 203 and Gulliver Swim Club is third with 201.50 points.

SOFLO is going after an unprecedented seventh consecutive JO short course team title in the club’s 17-year history including eight as SOFLO.

SOFLO swimmers looked strong throughout its lineup with depth and talent.

“We are swimming very, very well,” said SOFLO coach Chris Anderson.

Among SOFLO’s first-place finishers were:

Molly Golding, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:07.72, time drop.

Paige Lane, 100-yard butterfly, 58.06, time drop; third in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.54 with a time drop; fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:11.63 with a time drop.

Alessandro Pereira, 100-yard individual medley, 1:08.31, time drop and second in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke.

Javier Colmenares, 500-yard freestyle, 5:50.49, time drop and led a large SOFLO presence among top finishers and point-scorers in the distance event.

Other SOFLO top three individual finishers were:

Mariann Catalasan, 100-yard breaststroke, second, 1:23.91, time drop.

Kayla Cunningham, 200-yard backstroke, 2:08.79.

Sebastian Lares, 100-yard butterfly, second, 56.67, time drop; second, 500-yard freestyle, 5:06.52, time drop; second 200-yard backstroke 2:07.54.

Lance Lesage, 500-yard freestyle, third, 4:49.48, time drop; third 200-yard backstroke, 1:59.12.

More than 600 swimmers and 46 teams are entered. The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

In a departure from past years, the prelim and final events are being held in one 50-meter pool instead of two. Since time standards have been updated, the number of participating swimmers has decreased.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Azura, FAST, AquaKids Sharks, Metro Aquatics, Miami Swimming, FAST, North Palm Beach, Plantation Swim Team and Boca Raton Swim Team.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM RESULTS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 328, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 203, 3. Gulliver Swim Club 201.50, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 198.50, 5. Hialeah Storm 182, 6. Jupiter Dragons 147.50, 7. St. Andrew’s Swimming 144, 8. Metro Aquatics 138, 9. Coral Springs 110, 10. FAST 108.

GIRLS

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Victoria Kjaerulff, ECAC 28.26, 2. Julianne McCranie, AZ 28.66, 3. Sidney Anton, AZ 28.74; SOFLO: 15. Anastasia Lutz 30.51, time drop, 29. Natalia Sibug 31.92, time drop; 11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 24.98, 2. Isabella Chambers, PST 25.29, 3. Emily Lopez-Diaz, YSF 25.71; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JD 24.14, 2. Gabrianna Banks, HAT 24.23, 3. Paige Lane, SOFLO 24.54, time drop; SOFLO: 10. Katrina Del Vecchio 25.57.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Bianca Nieto, CM 1:17.09, 2. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 1:23.91, time drop, 3. Reese Andres, BEST 1:24.60; SOFLO: 4. Natalia Sibug 1:25.30, time drop; 11-12, 1. Micaela Sierra, Unattached 1:08.22, 2. Riley Botting, CSSC 1:09.74, 3. Isabella Chambers, PST 1:11.09; SOFLO: 9. Victoria Torres 1:15.46, time drop, 10. Sabrina Osorio 1:15.75, time drop; 13-14, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 1:07.72, time drop, 2. Chloe Hernandez, GR 1:08.24, 3. Josefine Richter, PC 1:09.37.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, MS 1:03.38, 2. Sidney Anton, AZ 1:11.15, 3. Emma Herrera, JD 1:14.52; SOFLO: 12. Mary Sawyer 1:21.20, time drop, 18. Giada Porven 1:27.50; 11-12, 1. Rebecca Montero, AKS 1:00.69, 2. Giulianna Garcia, CSSC 1:00.96, 3. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 1:01.34; 13-14, 1. Paige Lane, SOFLO 58.06, time drop, 2. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 58.48, 3. Jocelyn Ruiz, BM 58.68; SOFLO: 6. Daniela Curbelo 59.20, time drop, 10. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:00.60.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Kiersten Munna, FAST 1:12.22, 2. Julianne McCranie,AZ 1:13.84, 3. Victoria Kjaerulff, EC 1:14.32; SOFLO: 10. Mariann Catalasan 1:17.46, time drop, 16. Natalia Sibug 1:19.61, time drop, 32. Fiorella DiSalvo 1:23.11; 11-12, 1. Isabella Chambers, PST 1:02.55, 2. Riley Botting, CSSC 1:04.50, 3. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:04.80; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JD 1:00.24, 2. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 1:00.46, 3. Josefine Richter, PC 1:01.27; SOFLO: 7. Molly Golding 1:03.20, 8. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:03.25.

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, MS 5:27.57, 2. Kiersten Munna, FAST 5:55.90, 3. Lilia Blanco, PB 6:04.59; SOFLO: 7. Giada Porven 6:15.55, time drop, 13. Fiorella Di Salvo 6:34.45; 11-12, 1. Faith Mutschler, WOW 5:16.62, 2. Aspen Gersper, SAS 5:19.60, 3. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 5:22.61; SOFLO: 29. Emma Twombly 5:50.17; 13-14, 1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 4:59.54, 2. Anna Auld, EC 5:01.51, 3. Kiara Caamano, NPB 5:11.41; SOFLO: 4. Paige Lane 5:11.63, time drop, 8. Michelle Marinheiro 5:18.23, time drop, 11. Sara Quintero 5:19.95, time drop, 13. Sarah Acevedo 5:20.60, time drop, 14. Molly Golding 5:20.70, time drop, 16. Mallory Schleicher 5:23.73, time drop.

200-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. East Coast 1:39.37, 2. Hialeah 1:39.53, 3. Pine Crest 1:41.53, 5. SOFLO A (Katrina Del Vecchio, Daniela Curbelo, Kayla Cunningham, Paige Lane) 1:42.12, 11. SOFLO B (Isabella Di Salvo, Molly Golding, Sophia Ruppert, Michelle Marinheiro) 1:45.61.

400-yard freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. Coral Springs 3:50.25, 2. AquaKids Sharks 3:52.99, 3. YMCA of South Florida 3:53.91, 12. SOFLO A (Valerie Vank, Sofia Osorio, Sabrina Osorio, Emma Twombly) 4:09.70, 17. SOFLO B 4:19.71.

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. East Coast 7:54.59, 2. SOFLO A (Katrina Del Vecchio, Kayla Cunningham, Michelle Marinheiro, Paige Lane) 7:59.91, 3. Hialeah 8:01.43.

200-yard backstroke:

11-12, 1. Faith Mutschler, WOW 2:14.41, 2. Olivia Dinehart, AKS 2:14.81, 3. Rebecca Montero, AKS 2:17.35; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Osorio 2:21.71, time drop; 13-14, 1. Paige Maceachern, EC 2:05.43, 2. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 2:08.79, 3. Josefina Richter, PC 2:09.49.

BOYS

50-yard freestyle:

1.Kaii Winkler, MS 25.87, 2. Makar Goncharov, SFTL 27.00, 3. Lucas Bailey, EC 27.86; 11-12, 1.Matthew Tarafa, HSC 22.86, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 24.58, 3. Carter Hewitt, EC 24.99; SOFLO: 10. Enrique Rodriguez 26.31, time drop; 13-14, 1. Tiago Pereira, PC 22.57, 2. Raphael Santos, PB 22.63, 3. Caleb Petranchuk, JD 22.93; SOFLO: 5. Michael Arias 23.24, time drop, 7. Lance Lesage 23.49.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, FFSC 1:14.51, 2. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:15.28, time drop; 11-12, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, TSA 1:06.18, 2. Parker Rosenthal,GR 1:06.42, 3. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 1:09.59; 13-14, 1. Jose Hermida, MAC 1:03.64, 2. Victor Valdes, HSC 1:03.84, 3. Bora Hurst, WOW 1:04.09; SOFLO: 6. Jie Hoon Lee 1:05.04, time drop, 10. Javier Roman 1:08.61.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, MS 59.37, 2. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLo 1:06.45, time drop, 3. Lucas Bailey, EC 1:06.59; SOFLO: 4. Javier Colmenares 1:10.76, time drop; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafas, HSC 56.13, 2. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 56.67, time drop, 3. Finn Winkler, MS 1:00.85; SOFLO: 5. Alejandro Mateus 1:03.46; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 52.53, 2. Tiago Pereira, PC 52.92, 3. Miguel Sierra, AKS 55.50; SOFLO: 10. Jie Hoon Lee 57.77.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:08.31, time drop, 2. George Gonzalez, FFSC 1:08.90, 3. Makar Goncharov, SFTL 1:09.99; SOFLO: 12. Jonathan Lozano 1:18.45, time drop; 11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 54.78, 2. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 59.92, 3. Finn Winkler, MS 1:02.36; SOFLO: 6. Zackary Harris 1:05.30, time drop; 13-14, 1. Raphael Santos, PB 55.90, 2. Caleb Petranchuk, JD 57.52, 3. Tiago Pereira, PC 58.08; SOFLO: 7. John Paul Handal 59.83, time drop.

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 5:50.49, time drop, 2. Tyler Armbruster, PC 6:05.36, 3. Maxwell Strohecker, NPB 6:17.32; 11-12, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 5:01.01, 2. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 5:06.52, time drop, 3. Christian Proscia, FAST 5:14.52; SOFLO: 5. Diego Dulieu 5:23.93, time drop, 11. Alejandro Mateus 5:31.44, time drop, 12. Alex Golding 5:34.32, time drop, 13. Christian Tijero 5:34.76, time drop, 19. Aldo Zepeda 5:43.25, time drop, 20. Nathaniel Garrick 5:44.44, time drop; 13-14, 1. Andres Wong, MAC 4:45.79, 2. Kyle Korvick, GR 4:46.03, 3. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 4:49.48, time drop; SOFLO: 8. Nicolas Rossi 4:56.09, time drop, 9. Jie Hoon Lee 4;56.84, time drop, 14. Michael Arias 5:06.37, 16. Javier Roman 5:06.70, time drop, 18. Nicolas Munoz 5:08.04, time drop, 22. John Paul Handal 5:09.99, time drop.

200-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:31.69, 2. SOFLO A (Lance Lesage, Nicolas Rossi, Jie Hoon Lee, Michael Arias) 1:33.09, 3. Gulliver 1:33.24, 10. SOFLO B (Nicolas Munoz, Javier Roman, John Paul Handal, Juan Colmenares) 1:38.08.

400-yard freestyle relay:

11-12, 1.Hialeah 3:37.70, 2. FAST 3:40.53, 3. SOFLO A (Sebastian Lares, Zackary Harris, Diego Dulieu, Enrique Rodriguez) 3:44.56.

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 7:20.77, 2. SOFLO A (Lance Lesage, Nicolas Rossi, Jie Hoon Lee, Michael Arias), 7:24.61, 3. Gulliver 7:31.24.

200-yard backstroke:

11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:54.62, 2. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 2:07.54, 3. Carter Hewitt, EC 2:11.60; SOFLO: 4. Zackary Harris 2:16.81, time drop, 6. Enrique Rodriguez 2:18.43, time drop, 8. Alex Golding 2:21.97, 9. Christian Tijero 2:25.04; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 1:57.43, 2. Jack D’Avi, YSF 1:58.32, 3. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:59.12.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics Short Course Championships.

When: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m., prelims; 5 p.m. finals.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

Of Note: Admission is $5 for prelims and $3 for finals. Heat sheets are free and can be located at http://www.swimcssc.com. For questions call 954-340-5032.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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