SOFLO Youth, Masters Swimmers Post Top Finishes At Swim Miami

By Sharon Robb

May 11, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, including four Masters swimmers, were among top finishers at Swim Miami this past weekend at Miami Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne.

Leonardo Mateus, 15, won the overall men’s title in the one-mile race. He was first among the field of 266 swimmers, first among boys in a field of 172 and won the 15-16 age group in 19:07.

Alejandro Mateus, 12, was 16th overall in the mile swim, 15th among the boys field and won his 11-12 age group among a field of nine swimmers.

Kristen Vlaun, 44, was first in the 40-44 age group in the 5K Swim in 1:11:10 for 3.1-miles.

Terri Rivera, 57, was first in the 55-59 age group in the one mile swim in 30:35.

Betty Lauer, 52, was fourth in the 50-54 age group in the one mile swim in 31:53.

SOFLO coach George Mersinger, 64, swam the mile in 31:46 and finished fourth in his 60-64 age group and was 143rd out of the field of 266.

The event was the second of three races in the South Florida Swim Series. The third and final series open water event is the Aug. 13th Swim

Miami Beach. Race distances are 800 meters, Miami Mile, 5K, 10K and K-9 Krawl. Proceeds benefitted the H2Os Foundation.


MEN: 1. Taylor Uselis, Oldsmar 1:53:26, 2. Miguel Portes, Santo Domingo 1:55:28, 3. Luke Smutny, Miami 1:55.28, 4. Ricardo Valdivia, Miami 2:04:22, 5. Nicolas Eymenier, Miami 2:12:51.

WOMEN: 1. Catalina Berraud Galea, Fort Lauderdale 2:03:21. 2. Mary Smutny, Miami 2:10:33, 3. Merle Livand, Tallinn 2:20:30, 4.Cynthia Aguilar, Hollywood 2:27:40, 5. Hailey Jerew, Miami 2:36:23.


MEN: 1. Julian Enrique Iturbe, Davie 54:56, 2. Gregory Espinosa, Miami 55:41, 3. Gabriel Serafim, Davie 56:28, 4. Andres Lares, Davie 56:29, 5. Cristian Tortola, Davie 59:27.

WOMEN: 1. Alicia Mancilla, Miami 59:00, 2. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Miami 59:41, 3. Anna Auld, West Palm Beach 1:01:55, 4. Ashley Cozad, Wellington 1:05:41, 5. Barbara Bernal, Davie 1:08:14.


MEN: 1. Leonardo Mateus, Miramar 19:07, 2. Brandon Moran, Davie 19:18, 3. Gabriel Politi, Davie 19:40, 4. Giovanni Amadei, Davie 19:43, 5. Ramses Rodriguez, Port St. Lucie 20:00.

WOMEN: 1. Andrea Van Den Berg, Davie 21:44, 2. Jana Mangimelli, Las Vegas 22:26, 3. Mariana Cote, Davie 22:37, 4. Solana Capalbo, Davie 22:43, 5. Samantha Trodick, Sunrise 23:09.


MEN: 1. Alfredo Manrique, Miami 11:47, 2. Ricardo Salas, Davie 11:50, 3. Alberto Ochoa, Weston 12:28, 4. Gannon Mennis, Miami 12:47, 5. David Chavez, Miami 12:49.

WOMEN: 1. Chloe Gonzalez, Miami 12:10, 2. Lauren Silva, Miami 12:12, 3. Mattie Barfield, Miami 13:36, 4. Cecilia Mirones, Sunrise 13:46, 5. Carmen Sanchez-Temdelque, Miami Beach 14:00.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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