By Sharon Robb

March 26, 2017—-The winning tradition continues at South Florida Aquatic Club.

With a combination of depth, talent and confidence, SOFLO swimmers captured the combined and boys’ team titles Sunday night at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

SOFLO won the combined team title with a 145-point cushion with 2,748 points. Gulliver Swim Club was second with 2,571 and Pine Crest Swimming was third with 2,122 points.

In the friendly confines of their home Academic Village Swimming Pool, SOFLO swimmers added another page to its history books.

With 57 talented swimmers, SOFLO got its’ five-peat. After winning the FGC Junior Olympics for the seventh consecutive year and eighth overall earlier this month, the team captured both Seniors and JO titles in the same season for the fifth time in the team’s 17 years of existence.

“For us to be able to pull off the double of winning JOs and Seniors, that’s just crazy,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said after getting thrown into the pool during the post-meet celebration. “They found a way to win.”

Even more impressive is SOFLO accomplished the feat with no pro swimmers group.

“Our swimmers feel comfortable in our own pool,” Anderson said. “The fact we had a group that didn’t consist of pros motivated them even more. It seems more satisfying in a way to do it with our kids that have been here. I can appreciate it more for us.”

After several seconds and thirds, Kelley Heron, 17, won her first high point award since age 10 with 159 points, ahead of Jessica Nava of Pine Crest Swim Team with 149 and SOFLO teammate Jessica Rodriguez with 142.

Kathleen Golding, 16, won the 15-16 high point award with 203 points, edging out Mary Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks with 200.

SOFLO had three boys in the Top 10 15-16 high point. Samuel Quintero, 16, was third with 130 points; Rafael Rodriguez, 15, was fourth with 128 points and Luke Lezotte, 16, who had a huge breakthrough meet, was tenth with 97 points.

SOFLO had two boys in the Top 10 open high point. Ervin Marin, 17, was fifth with 124 points and Ricardo Roche, 16, tied for sixth with 115 points.

Jennifer Rodriguez made her first-ever cut for the Futures Championships.

“We got some high quality swims from kids that have been loyal to our program for four or five years,” Anderson said. “It is a very satisfying accomplishment do it with the kids that we have.”

SOFLO girls opened with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:42.97 with Kelley Heron, Alia Atkinson, Catalina Mendieta and Kathleen Golding.

Among other Top 3 finishers were:

Golding, first, 50-yard butterfly, 24.98, one of five SOFLO swimmers in the finals; first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.36; and second, 50-yard freestyle, 23.23.

Atkinson, after a long layoff, first in the 50-yard butterfly in 24.51.

Ricardo Roche won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:44.8

Heron, second, 100-yard backstroke, 57.95.

“I am definitely enjoying this,” Anderson said. “I am very satisfied where our staff and team is and progress and maturity of our team. We have not only cultivated a culture but we are growing it as well. We are consistently growing athletes and that’s a really good feeling to have.”

Jennifer Martin, 36, a sergeant with the Pembroke Pines Police Department training for the Aug. 6-16 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, got in some great racing against swimmers half her age.

Martin anchored SOFLO’s seventh place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:50.39; was 12th in the 50-yard butterfly in 27.79; and 15th

in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.24.

SOFLO hosted the seniors meet for the fifth time and will again host next year.

“I felt the effort everywhere from the coaches and officials to the volunteers and parents,” Anderson said. “We had some good input from the other coaches and a lot of really positive feedback. I can’t thank our officials and volunteers enough. We not only ran an efficient meet, but it was a first-class meet as well.”

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,748, 2. Gulliver Swim Club 2,571.5, 3. Pine Crest 2,122, 4. East Coast Aquatic Club 1,722, 5. Metro Aquatics 1,454.5, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1,303.5, 7. Azura 909.5, 8. Miami Swimming 742, 9. AquaKids Sharks 688.5, 10. Jupiter Dragons 513.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,431, 2. Gulliver 1,179.5, 3. Metro Aquatics 1,110.5, 4. East Coast 835, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 772, 6. Azura 622.5, 7. Pine Crest 559.5, 8. Miami Swimming 385, 9. Lake Lytal Lightning 358, 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 344.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Pine Crest 1,562.5, 2. Gulliver 1392, 3. SOFLO 1,317, 4. East Coast 887, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 531.5, 6. AquaKids Sharks 524.5, 7. Jupiter 449, 8. Miami Swimming 357, 9. Metro Aquatics 344, 10. North Palm Beach 330.

GIRLS

200-yard medley relay:

1.SOFLO A (Kelley Heron, Alia Atkinson, Catalina Mendieta, Kathleen Golding) 1:42.97, 2. Pine Crest 1:45.54, 3. East Coast 1:48.54, 7. SOFLO B (Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Katrina Del Vecchio, Jennifer Martin) 1:50.39.

100-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AKS 55.90, 2. Emily Cordovi, GRSC 56.12, 3. Gaby Antonini, GRSC 56.25; Open, 1. Jessica Nava, PC 55.08, 2. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 57.95, 3. Melannie Vargas, FFSC 58.21; SOFLO: 9. Jessica Rodriguez 1:01.50, 13. Daniela Curbelo 1:02.95, 19. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:05.12.

50-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 24.98, 2. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 25.00, 3. Emily Cordovi, GRSC 25.14; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 24.51, 2. Jessica Nava, PC 25.25, 3. Kyla Valls, MS 25.42; SOFLO: 4. Catalina Mendieta 25.77, 7. Katrina Del Vecchio 26.83, 8. Kelley Heron 26.89, 10. Daniela Curbelo 27.39, 12. Jennifer Marin 27.79, 13. Jessica Rodriguez 28.05, 17. Natasha Testa 28.41.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Hailey Jerew, AKS 1:03.99, 2. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:04.65, 3. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 1:05.48; SOFLO: 4. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:05.99, 9. Elise Larin 1:09.75; Open, 1. Patricia Casella, Azura 1:03.77, 2. Ianire Casarin, GRSC 1:05.68, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, PC 1:05.94; SOFLO: 4. Jessica Rodriguez 1:06.28, 5. Molly Golding 1:08.25, 16. Sara Quintero 1:15.93.

50-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 23.21, 2. Kathleen Golding 23.23, 3. Mary Smutny, AKS 23.46; Open, 1. Marta Ciesla, PC 23.25, 2. Cathy Cooper, SFTL 23.52, 3. Kyla Valls, MS 23.71; SOFLO: 13. Catalina Mendieta 25.10, 15. Jennifer Martin 25.24.

200-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:00.36, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 2:02.66, 3. Mary Smutny, AKS 2:02.82; SOFLO: 12. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:13.58; Open, 1. Allison Kopas, SFTL 2:03.27, 2. Victoria Miyamoto, PC 2:07.39, 3. Brooke Ellis, GRSC 2:07.63; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron 2:08.54, 12. Daniela Curbelo 2:14.04, 16. Sara Quintero 2:21.36.

1,650-yard freestyle:

1.Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GRSC 16:57.40, 2. Avery Sanquist, JDST 17:42.40, 3. Adrianna Barone, PC 18:06.02.

400-yard medley relay:

1.Pine Crest 3:47.29, 2. East Coast 3:55.18, 3. Gulliver 3:55.27, 4. SOFLO A (Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding, Catalina Mendieta) 3:55.91, 6. SOFLO B (Isabella Di Salvo, Jessica Rodriguez, Alia Atkinson, Maya Coffey) 4:00.32.

BOYS

200-yard medley relay:

1.Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:33.44, 2. Gulliver 1:33.83, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:33.91, 5. SOFLO A (Ricardo Roche, Marc Rojas, Max Asnis, Luke Lezotte) 1:36.90, 10. SOFLO B (Kevin Porto, Ervin Marin, Juan Serna, Heath Brames) 1:40.03.

100-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1. Aitor Fungairino, MAC 50.89, 2. Trey Gribble, GRSC 51.95, 3. Tyler Zuyus, PB 52.57; SOFLO: 7. Rafael Rodriguez 54.50, 14. Leonardo Mateus 56.88; Open, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 47.92, 2. Edson Lima, Unattached 50.22, 3. Miguel Cancel, GRSC 50.78; SOFLO: 8. Ricardo Roche 52.71, 14. Kevin Porto 54.74, 16. Juan Diaz 55.20, 17. Luis Villanueva 55.30.

50-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 22.55, 2. Trey Gribble, GRSC 22.76, 3. Tyler Zuyus, PB 22.88; SOFLO: 5. Luke Lezotte 23.36, 10. Juan Serna 24.12; Open, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 22.27, 2. AJ Barbar, WA 22.34, 3. Edson Lima, Unattached 22.34; SOFLO: 12. Ervin Marin 24.17, 13. Kevin Porto 24.21, 16. Max Asnis 24.54, 18. Luis Villanueva 24.88.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Jacob Silberman, PC 1:00.03, 2. Kevin DeGrijze, ECAC 1:00.10, 3. Brandon Moran, Azura 1:00.30; SOFLO: 5. Samuel Quintero 1:00.64, 9. Tyler Bland 1:02.09; Open, 1. Adan Diaz, Azura 57.25, 2. Marcelo Lauzurique, GRSC 57.59, 3. Jose Pascual, CSSC 58.14; SOFLO: 7. Marc Rojas 58.76, 11. Ervin Marin 59.21.

50-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Kyle DiMatteo, LLL 21.26, 2. Nico Ferrara, PC 21.53, 3. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 21.55; SOFLO: 5. Luke Lezotte 21.69, 9. Rafael Rodriguez 22.45, 11. Juan Serna 22.39; Open, 1. Philippe Marcoux, SFTL 20.86, 2. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 21.21, 3. Steven Aimable, Unattached 21.22; SOFLO: 10. Luke Lezotte 22.03, 15. Max Asnis 22.17.

200-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Trey Gribble, GRSC 1:55.07, 2. Kevin DeGrijze, ECAC 1:58.05, 3. Juan Zapata, Unattached 1:58.98; SOFLO: 5. Samuel Quintero 2:00.65, 10. Leonardo Mateus 2:05.38, 19. Sebastian Sevilla 2:07.40; Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, GRSC 1:51.07, 2. Jorge Depassier, Azura 1:53.99, 3. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 1:54.62; SOFLO: 7. Max Asnis 1:57.28, 8. Luis Villanueva 2:00.14, 13. CJ Kopecki 2:01.50, 16. Juan Diaz 2:02.85.

1,650-yard freestyle:

1.Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 15:44.80, 2. Andres Lares, Azura 15:55.66, 3. Cameron Taddonio, BRST 16:09.66; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 16:11.07, 10. Leonardo Mateus 16:43.90, 27. Tomas Pelaez 17:52.04.

400-yard medley relay:

1.Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:22.80, 2. Metro Aquatics 3:23.81, 3. Gulliver 3:28.66, 5. SOFLO A (Ricardo Roche, Marc Rojas, Max Asnis, Kevin Porto) 3:33.37, 10. SOFLO B (Rafael Rodriguez, Ervin Marin, CJ Kopecki, Juan Serna) 3:38.30.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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