SOFLO’s Porven Siblings, Christensen, Smith Win During Firecracker 400s On Day One Of Sunrise Meet

By Sharon Robb

April 29, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers won four individual titles, had one second and two thirds in the Firecracker 400s Friday night at the Sunrise Aquatic Center.

The opening night action was part of the three-day IM Ready Challenge.

Brother and sister Lucas and Giada Porven won their events and both turned in time drops.

Porven, 9, won the 400-meter freestyle in a best tie 5:44.79 with an impressive time drop of 21.72. Her previous time was 6:06.51.

Lucas Porven, 11, also won the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 5:23.17 with a time drop of 11.17. His previous best was 5:34.34.

Giada Porven, 9 and under, 400 free, first 5:44.79, time drop

Alexis Christensen, 11, won the 400-meter freestyle in 5:27.73.

Owen Smith, 10, won the 400-meter freestyle in 5:55.62.

Nathanial Garrick, 12, was second in the 400-meter freestyle in 5:16.65.

Leah Pando, 11, was third in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 5:37.51, a time drop of 3.06.

Anastasia Lutz, 10, was third in the 400-meter freestyle in 6:03.14.

Up-and-coming swimmers compete around the nation in the IMR Challenge in timed finals.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

The IM (Ready) Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

Once a swimmer competes in each IMR Challenge event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.



400-meter freestyle:

9-and-under, 1. Giada Porven, SOFLO 5:44.79, time drop; 10-year-olds, 1. Cecilia Mirones, SUN 5:42.80; SOFLO: 3. Anastasia Lutz 6:03.14; 11-year-olds, 1. Alexis Christensen, SOFLO 5:27.73; SOFLO: 3. Leah Pando 5:37.51, time drop; 12-year-olds, 1. Anabela Shearer, SUN 5:06.50; SOFLO: 11. Kailey Smith 5:43.46, time drop; 13-year-old, 1. Adriana Goodwin, Azura 4:53.47; 14-year-olds, 1. Gaby Chambers, PST 4:54.63; 15-year-olds, 1. Solana Capalbo, Azura 4:44.99; 16-year-olds, 1. Zoe Abovitz, Azura 5:02.57; 17-and-over, 1. Megan Schimansky, CSSC 4:44.15.

400-meter individual medley:

10-year-olds, 1. Sara Levin, SF 6:47.28; 11-year-olds, 1. Maya Sorunmu, SF 6:28.04; 12-year-olds, 1. Nakai Chinogwenya, SF 6:09.16; 13-year-olds, 1. Giulianna Garcia, CSSC 5:30.35; 14-year-olds, 1. Gina Fimiano, PST 6:00.11; 15-year-olds, 1. Solana Capalbo, Azura 5:27.45; 16-year-olds, 1. Ally Drucker, PST 6:38.70; 17-and-over, 1. Megan Schimansky, CSSC 5:35.57.


400-meter freestyle:

9-and-under, 1. Ares Rilo, SUN 5:56.64; 10-year-olds, 1. Owen Smith, SOFLO 5:55.62; 11-year-olds, 1. Lucas Porven, SOFLO 5:23.17, time drop; 12-year-olds, 1. Joshua Justin, PST 5:10.83, SOFLO: 2. Nathaniel Garrick 5:16.65; 13-year-olds, 1. Brian Gonzalez, CSSC 4:34.70; 14-year-olds, 1. Jason Bonasera, CSSC 4:46.61; 15-year-olds, 1. Cristian Tortola, Azura 4:23.54; 16-year-olds, 1. Jose Diaz, Azura 4:32.31; 17-and-over, 1. Franco Lupoli, Azura 4:02.64.

400-meter individual medley:

12-year-olds, 1. Julian Villarta, SF 6:30.44; 13-year-olds, 1. Brian Gonzalez, CSSC 5:21.13; 14-year-olds, 1. Connor Marks, CSSC 5:26.57; 15-year-olds, 1. Brandon Moran, Azura 4:57.71; 16-year-olds, 1. Gianni Savino, CSSC 5:40.69; 17-and-over, 1. Julian Enrique Iturbe, Azura 4:51.61.


What: Firecracker 400s & IM Ready (LCM) Pentathlon Challenge.

When: Friday-Sunday.

Schedule: Friday, Session I, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Session II, 9 a.m.; Sunday, Session III, 9 a.m.

Where: Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.

Of note: Admission and heat sheets are $3 each per session. Ribbons were awarded at Friday Night Firecracker 400s for top three places in each age group. T-shirts will be given to the top three scorers in each age group for the IMR Pentathlon Challenge. For more information call the swim office at 954-747-4635.

Sharon Robb can be reached at


Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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