By Sharon Robb

April 10, 2017—Marc Rojas and Alessandro Pereira turned some heads at the Campeonatos FEDONA 2017/III DR International Swim Open this past weekend in Santo Domingo.

Rojas, 23, swept all three events he entered. Rojas won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.86; the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.61 with a time drop of 0.11; and 50-meter breaststroke in 28.90, with another time drop of 0.92.

Rojas represents the Dominican Republic internationally and is a national record holder in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events. He is preparing for the July 14-30 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Pereira, 10, won four of the five events he was entered in and posted five best times.

Pereira won the 50-meter backstroke in 37.99 with a time drop of 1.36 drop; 200-meter individual medley in 2:46.50 with a drop of 0.29; 50-meter breaststroke in 41.30 with a drop of 1.09; and 200-meter freestyle in 2:28.60 with a drop in 2.47.

Pereira was also third in the 50-meter freestyle in 31.86 with a drop of 1.51.


During the Florida Gold Coast Swimposium at Pine Crest, several SOFLO swimmers were honored during a FGC Awards Ceremony in Stacy Auditorium. They were:

10-and-under girls, Leah Pando, Erika Pelaez, Valerie Vank.

10-and-under boys, Diego Balbi, Zachary Harris, Alejandro Mateus, Jacob Navarro, Alessandro Pereira, Lucas Porven, Christian Tijero.

11-12 girls, Sarah Acevedo, Kayla Cunningham, Sara Quintero.

11-12 boys, Michael Arias, Juan Colmenares, John Paul Handal, Sebastian Lares, Joseph Lee, Javier Roman, Nicolas Rossi.

13-14 girls, Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Paige Lane, Michelle Marinheiro.

13-14 boys, Tyler Bland, Luke Lezotte, Rafael Rodriguez, Leonardo Mateus, Juan Serna.


SOFLO and Century Village Pembroke Pines hosted a successful Relay For Life on Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO had more than 40 swimmers and coaches participate in the fun swim marathon.

Lap lane markers for all 24 lanes were available for purchase by sponsors to raise money for the American Cancer Society.


Judith-Alison Natino of South Florida Aquatic Club won the 11-12 100-yard breaststroke to highlight action at the Florida Gold Coast Spring Sprint Swim Meet at Miami-Dade College North

Natino won the event in 1:28.41. She was also second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:21.57 with a time drop; third in the 50-yard breaststroke in 40.82; fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 31.79, with another time drop and fifth in the 50-yard butterfly, with a time drop.

Stefano Mazzi and Joseph-Blake Natino led the boys team.

Mazzi won the 7-8 25-yard backstroke in 19.68.

Natino won the 7-8 25-yard breaststroke in 22.55 with a time drop and was third, 25-yard backstroke, 21.06, also a time drop.

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

Kaitlyn Barrios was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 29.87, 50-yard butterfly in 36.56 and 50-yard breaststroke in 39.80.

Abigail-Marie Natino, third, 50-yard backstroke, 40.64, time drop and third in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:36.44 with a time drop.

Ahana Thakur, fourth, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:41.83.

Juan Vallmitjana was third in the 25-yard breaststroke in 2:13.25 with a time drop.

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