Schleicher, Colmenares Win; SOFLO 12-and-Under Boys Sweep On Day One Of FLA International Cup In Plantation


By Sharon Robb

June 22, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers started off on the right foot dominating the distance events on Day One of the FLA International Cup Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Mallory Schleicher, 13, led the SOFLO girls with a win in the 13-14 1,500-meter freestyle in 18:37.72, with an impressive time drop of 28.92 seconds.

Teammate Sarah Acevedo, 13, was second in 19:10.06, in her long course meter event debut.

Javier Colmenares, 10, won the 800-meter freestyle in 10:16.83 and Logan Gonzalez was fifth in 10:42.75 in the 12-and-under division.

Juan Colmenares, 13, was second in the 13-14 in 9:51.39. Leonardo Mateus, 15, was second in the 15-16 in 8:53.06, with a time drop of 5.00.

SOFLO’s 12-and-unders swept the top three spots in the 1,500 with Alejandro Mateus, 12, in 19:34.25 with a time drop of 25.40; Nathaniel Garrick, 12, in 21:18.78 and Lucas Porven, 11, in 21:45.91. The trio combined for 31 points in the event.

The four-day meet continues on Friday with the the 400 freestyle, 400 individual medley and mixed relays starting at 4 p.m.

SOFLO, among 33 teams competing including several from out-of-state, has 71 swimmers entered with 39 boys and 32 girls, competing in 448 individual events.

The timed final format features 13-and-over and 12-and-under age groups.

The remaining sessions on Saturday and Sunday are 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 154, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 93, 3. Plantation Swim Team 85, 4. Teamnl 43, 5. SwimFast 38.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 95, 2. SOFLO 69, 3. Plantation 49, 4. St. Edwards 28, 5. Marlins de Arroyo Hondo 14.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 59, 2. Plantation 36, 3. Teamnl 33, 4. SwimFast 29, 5. SOFLO 24.

GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle: 12-and-under, 1. Nakai Chinogwenya, SwimFast 20:34.44; 13-14, 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 18:37.72, time drop, 2. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 19:10.06, 3. Leila Brooks, BGSC 20:01.45; 15-16, 1. Chris McFarland, STRS 19:35.65.

800-meter freestyle: 12-and-under, 1. Caroline McCurdy, BGSC 10:19.02; 13-14, 1. Kate Sullivan, NL 9:25.99; 15-16, 1. Julia Donahue, BGSC 9:16.64; 17-and-over, 1. Katelyn Walsh, PATS 9:39.68.

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle: 12-and-under, 1. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 19:34.25, time drop, 2. Nathaniel Garrick, SOFLO 21:18.78, 3. Lucas Porven, SOFLO 21:45.91; 13-14, 1. Matvey Ivanov, BGSC 18:26.14; 15-16, 1. Tomas Botero, SEA 17:12.61; 17-and-over, 1. Coleman Kramer, SEA 17:44.45.

800-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 10:16.83; SOFLO: 5. Logan Gonzalez 10:42.75, 11. Gavin Sheyda 12:27.98; 13-14, 1. TJ Flores, BGSC 9:51.13; SOFLO: 2. Juan Colmenares 9:51.39; 15-16, 1. Andrew Matejka, BGSC 8:33.31, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 8:53.06, time drop; 17-and-over, 1. Nick Pacitti, PST 8:49.74.

IF YOU GO

What: FLA International Cup presented by D&J Sports

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, 4-9:21 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-12:24 p.m., 1-4:42 p.m. and 5:30-7:54 p.m. and Sunday, 8-11:42 a.m., 12:15-3:35 p.m. and 5:30-7:28 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session and heat sheets are $3 per session. An all-sessions pass will also be available. The format is timed finals. For more information call 954-593-8552 or go to http://www.FLAswim.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Among Large Field In FLA International Cup That Begins Thursday In Plantation


By Sharon Robb

June 21, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club will get the opportunity to race against several new teams at the FLA International Cup that begins Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO is among 33 teams competing including several from out-of-state.

Among the non-Florida teams are Angeles Del Centro Espano, Apex Aquatics at Bosse, Delfines Del Naco, Elmbrook Swim Club, Gander Lakes Swim Club, Marlins de Arroyo Hondo, Mount Pearl Marlins and St. John’s Legends Swim Club.

Top Florida teams entered are Gator Swim Club, Blue Marlins, Heritage Aquatic Team, Pompano Beach Piranhas, SwimFast and Westminster Academy.

SOFLO has 71 swimmers entered with 39 boys and 32 girls, competing in 448 individual events.

SOFLO swimmers are: Alana Acevedo, 15; Sarah Acevedo, 13; Ryan Alfonso, 14; Sophia Bedoya, 14; Shayna Blitz, 12, Sebastien Bourjolly, 13; Samuel Bullen, 12; Mariann Catalasan, 11; Alexis Christensen, 11; Maya Coffey, 15; Javier Colmenares, 10; Juan Colmenares, 13; Kaitlyn Consuegra, 11; Daniela Curbelo, 14; Katrina Del Vecchio, 14; Luna Delgado, 11; Isabella DiSalvo, 15; Fiorella Di Salvo, 9; Mia Escudero, 12; Nathanel Garrick, 12; Alex Golding, 13; Isabella Gomez, 10; Logan Gonzalez, 12; Sofia Gonzalez, 11; Zackary Harris, 12; Christopher Hau, 12; Derek Hau, 9; Luca Hincapie, 10; Kalin Hubbard, 13; Wyatt Jennessee, 17; Benjamin Kim, 9; Matthew Kim, 12; Jie Hoon Lee, 14; Gabriella Lissa, 11; Reagan Lowe, 11; Jacqueline Lugo, 15; Anastasia Lutz, 10; Alejandro Mateus, 12; Leonardo Mateus, 15; Matthew Mendieta, 12; Nicolas Munoz, 14; Abigail-Marie Natino, 10; Joseph-Blake Natino, 8; Judith-Alison Natino, 11; Diego Nazario Vazquez, 11; Alessandro Pereira, 10; Juan Pinilla, 12; Juan Pinilla, 12; Giada Porven, 9; Lucas Porven, 11; Samuel Quintero, 16; Sara Quintero, 13; LeeAnn Ranalli, 14; Brandon Rios, 10; Juancamilo Rivero, 14; Daniela Rodriguez, 14; Enrique Rodriguez, 12; Moises Rodriguez, 12; Javier Roman, 13; Nicolas Rossi, 14; Joan Salazar, 16; Carleigh Schleicher, 11; Mallory Schleicher, 13; Gavin Sheyda, 11; Samantha Solis, 12; Christian Tijero, 11; Emma Twombly, 13; Christian Vasquez, 13; Sarah Vasquez, 9; Marcos Vazquez, 14; Yanjun Wang, 12 and Aldo Zepeda, 12.

The timed final format will feature 13-and-over and 12-and-under age groups.

On Thursday, the 800 and 1500 freestyle events begin at 4 p.m.

On Friday, the 400 freestyle, 400 individual medley and mixed relays will be held, also starting at 4 p.m.

The remaining sessions on Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

IF YOU GO

What: FLA International Cup presented by D&J Sports

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, 4-8:12 p.m.; Friday, 4-9:21 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-12:24 p.m., 1-4:42 p.m. and 5:30-7:54 p.m. and Sunday, 8-11:42 a.m., 12:15-3:35 p.m. and 5:30-7:28 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session and heat sheets are $3 per session. An all-sessions pass will also be available. The format is timed finals. For more information call 954-593-8552 or go to http://www.FLAswim.com.

SOFLO’s Jonathan Farah, Sebastian Lares, FGC Swimmers Among Field For CCCAN 2017 Hosted By Trinidad & Tobago


By Sharon Robb

June 19, 2017—The Central American and Caribbean (CCCAN) Swimming Championships, featuring two South Florida Aquatic Club and several other Florida Gold Coast swimmers, begins Thursday with water polo at the National Aquatic Centre in Balmain Couva, Trinidad & Tobago.

Four other disciplines, including swimming, will also be held.

The swimming competition begins on Wednesday, June 28th. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m. The timed finals are the 11-12 200-meter breaststroke and 200-meter butterfly, 13-14 400-meter individual medley and 800 and 1500 freestyles.

The opening ceremony is also set for June 28th. The closing ceremony is July 2.

The open water is June 24-26 at Turtle Beach; diving is June 29-July 2 and synchronized swimming is June 29-July 2.

Athletes representing countries such as Barbados, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Panama and Jamaica, will race for Caribbean and Central American amateur titles.

Brothers Sebastian and Andres Lares members of the Panama national team, will compete. The pair competed last year at CAMEX to gain international experience.

Sebastian Lares, 12, a Central American champion, competed in seven individual events at CAMEX. He posted six personal best times and took home six medals including two individual and one relay gold medals.

At CCCAN, Sebastian Lares will again swim seven events. He is entered in the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle and 200 backstroke in the 11-12 age division.

Andres Lares, 17, who trains with Azura Florida Aquatics, will swim five events: 1500 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle relay, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle in the 15-17 age division.

Farah, 19, is among 64 athletes selected by the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad & Tobago. He is entered in the 18-and-over 200-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter breaststroke.

Farah, a sophomore-to-be at Boston College and Plantation American Heritage alum, participated in a summer training program at Club Nautico Sevilla.

“It’s been a hot minute since the last time I raced for Trinidad,” Farah posted on his Facebook page. “Looking forward to CCCAN at the end of the month.”

Gulliver Prep’s Miguel Cancel, one of Puerto Rico’s top swimmers, will bypass CCCAN, where he won six gold medals and had two best times in 2015, to focus on the FINA World Aquatic Championships, set for July 23-30 in Hungary. SOFLO’s Marc Rojas of the Dominican Republic, is also training for his first worlds.

Two-time Olympian Ana Fortin, 44, of Honduras will be the oldest swimmer in the CCCAN field. She competed in the Seoul Olympics and 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In 2015, at 42, she took gold and silver in the 40-44 age group in the FINA World Swimming Masters Championships in Kazan, Russia. She has been featured on the Forbes list of the 50 Most Influential Women in Central America.

Among other current or former Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing at CCCAN are:

Marcelo Acosta, Louisville/Azura, El Salvador

Lani Cabrera, Barbados

Dylan Carter, Plantation American Heritage, Trinidad & Tobago

Cathy Cooper, Plantation American Heritage, Panama

Jordy Groters, Missouri, Aruba

Patrick Groters, University School, Aruba

Irvin Hoost, St. Brendan, Surinam

Daniel Jacobs, University School, Aruba

Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura, Antigua

Sharntelle McLean, Trinidad & Tobago

Chade Nersicio, Trinity Christian/East Coast Aquatic Club, Curacao

Jhonny Perez, Azura, Dominican Republic

Racine Ross, Pine Crest, Trinidad & Tobago

Andrea van den Berg, Azura, Aruba

Sidrell Williams, St. Andrew’s, Jamaica

Please note FGC coaches: If any swimmers are left off the list please email sha11cats@aol.com.

IF YOU GO

What: CCCAN 2017 (Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Championships)

When: Thursday-July 3

Where: National Aquatic Centre, Couva Main Road, Balmain, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, and U.S. Virgin Islands. There are also non-CCCAN countries competing including Colombia, Guyana, Surinam and Venezuela.

Of note: The confederation develops, controls and facilitates the aquatic disciplines in its region. There are 28 federations in CCCAN. The championships are held bi-annually during the months of June or July. It is the first time the event is being hosted by Trinidad & Tobago and only the second time the championships are being held in the English speaking Caribbean. It is the first time all the disciplines with the exception of open water are being held at one venue.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

TYR APRIL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Kelley Heron


By Sharon Robb

June 14, 2017—Working toward a common goal with teammates who share the same vision has helped Kelley Heron raise the bar in her swimming.

Heron, 17, a senior-to-be at Pembroke Pines Charter this fall, realized that added motivation her sophomore year of high school.

“Swimming high school helps you realize how it’s going to be in college,” Heron said. “You can’t take vacations whenever you want, you have to be consistent, you have to train and be focused if you want to go to a good college and swim there.”

Training with South Florida Aquatic Club’s national group and head coach Chris Anderson for the past three years has not only helped the backstroker improve, but focus on her future in the sport.

“Training with good people every day where everyone has the same mindset and same goals where they want to be has definitely helped my swimming,” Heron said.

At the March 24-27 Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships held in her home pool at Academic Village, Heron turned in a Wonder Woman-like effort. She won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:00.86, placed second in the 50-yard backstroke in 26.64 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.95, all three best times.

She was also second in the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 31.03; second in the 100-yard individual medley in a best time 58.02; fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 57.84, the first time she broke 1 minute (her previous best was 1:00.37); was eighth in the 50-yard butterfly and swam a best time 26.44 in prelims; and was fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:08.54. She was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay (1:42.97), one of three relays she swam.

Heron won her first high point award since age 10 with 159 points and played a key role in SOFLO defending its team title.

Heron is now diligently training for next month’s sectionals, hoping to get her Junior National cut time in the backstroke. She will also compete in her third Futures Championships.

“Getting all best times gave me confidence,” Heron said. “It was the training I did for the meet. It was a combination of everything with workouts, dryland, running and watching my diet. I have gotten older and stronger. I have more muscle and I am swimming more. I am disciplined which helps when I am in school and doing homework.”

Anderson has been pleased with Heron’s progress through the years. She started swimming with SOFLO at age 8 and is one of the swimmers who has been with the club the longest.

“She has done a great job,” Anderson said. “She is physically fit and is consistently in the weight room. She has become a better athlete and that translates into fast swims. She leads by example and is a great role model for our younger swimmers.”

Heron stumbled on to swimming by process of elimination. She tried softball, tennis and several other sports before a friend suggested swimming.

“I wasn’t coordinated at all and I didn’t do good in any of them,” Heron said. “I liked swimming and I was good at it and that helped. I am glad I stayed with the sport.

“When I was 8 I wasn’t thinking about a college scholarship and now I am. It’s been good working with Coach. I think probably my endurance and technique have improved with him. When I was younger I didn’t understand pace at all, I just knew to go fast. But now I see a change in the 200 and 100 back.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Wins Boys’ Team Title In GCST Summer Open


By Sharon Robb

June 11, 2017—Mother Nature may have shortened the Gulf Coast Swim Team Summer Open, but it didn’t rain on South Florida Aquatic Club’s parade and great showing.

SOFLO knocked off Swim Florida by nearly 200 points to capture the boys’ team title with 759 points. Swim Florida was second with 560 and Gulf Coast was third with 343.

Swim Florida won the combined team title with 1,423 points with SOFLO runner-up with 1,305. Swim Florida also won the girls team title with 863 points and SOFLO was second with 546.

The meet was stopped just before the 11-12 boys’ 100-meter freestyle final. After waiting it out, officials cancelled the remainder of the meet. The preliminary results were scored as final results.

Making its first major road trip of the season, SOFLO dominated the three-day meet with some outstanding swims and time drops at Lee County/Florida Gulf Coast Aquatics Center.

SOFLO dominated the boys and girls relays on the final day of competition. SOFLO won the girls 11-12 200-meter freestyle relay in 2:15.95 with Kaitlyn Barrios, Alexis Christensen, Kailey Smith and Victoria Torres.

SOFLO girls also won the 15-and-over 400-meter freestyle relay in 4:19.62 with Jennifer Rodriguez, Kayla Cunningham, Kathleen Golding and Jessica Rodriguez. SOFLO’s B relay was fourth in 4:34.41.

SOFLO boys swept the 200-meter freestyle relay events. The 10-and-under team of Javier Colmenares, Jonathan Lozano, Owen Smith and Alessandro Pereira won in 2:13.67. The 11-12 team of Logan Gonzalez, Lucas Porven, Sebastian Shy and Moises Rodriguez won in 2:12.27.

SOFLO swept the top three spots in the boys 400-meter freestyle relay with the A team winning in 3:50.86 with Rafael Rodriguez, Juan Serna, Heath Brames and Luke Lezotte.

On Sunday, SOFLO swimmers who took first places were:

Kayla Cunningham, 14, 200-meter individual medley, 2:37.76, 3.05 time drop, 34 points.

Kathleen Golding, 16, 200-meter individual medley, 2:28.74; 400-meter freestyle, 4:35.46, 62 points.

Paige Lane, 14, 50-meter freestyle, 28.85, 40 points.

Daniela Curbelo, 14, 100-meter butterfly, 2:36.94, 32 points.

Anastasia Lutz, 10, 50-meter backstroke, 42.03, 6.98 time drop, 30 points.

Mallory Schleicher, 13, 400-meter freestyle, 4:45.39, 1.16 time drop, 44 points.

Ricardo Roche, 17, 200-meter individual medley, 2:17.64, 32 points.

Alessandro Pereira, 10, 100-meter butterfly, 1:16.41, 0.98 time drop; 50-meter backstroke, 37.86, 0.13 time drop, 49 points.

Moises Rodriguez, 12, 50-meter backstroke, 35.30, 28 points.

Lance Lesage, 14, 100-meter backstroke 1:08.59, 37 points.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Swim Florida 1,423, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,305, 3. Gulf Coast Swim Team 602, 4. Lakeland Area Swimming 249.5, 5. Academy Bullets 138.5, 6. Tampa Bay New Tampa 111, 7. City of Miami Parks 78, 8. Fish Aquatics 67, 9. Bloomington Normal Swim Club 25, 10. Club Seminole 23.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 759, 2. Swim Florida 560, 3. Gulf Coast 343, 4. Lakeland Area 151, 5. Tampa Bay New Tampa 65.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Swim Florida 863, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 546, 3. Gulf Coast 259, 4. Academy Bullets 112.5, 5. Lakeland Area 98.5.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle relay: 10-and-under, 1. Gulf Coast 3:12.80; 11-12, 1. SOFLO A 2:15.95 (Kaitlyn Barrios, Alexis Christensen, Kailey Smith, Victoria Torres).

400-meter freestyle relay: 15-and-over, 1. SOFLO A 4:19.62 (Jennifer Rodriguez, Kayla Cunningham, Kathleen Golding, Jessica Rodriguez), 2. Gulf Coast 4:27.67, 3. Fish Aquatics 4:28.05, 4. SOFLO B 4:34.41 (Daniela Curbelo, Katrina Del Vecchio, Natasta Testa, Jacqueline Lugo).

50-meter butterfly: 8-and-under, 1. Addisyn Nadwodny, SWIM 45.91.

50-meter backstroke: 8-and-under, 1. Addisyn Nadwodny, SWIM 49.70.

200-meter individual medley: 11-12, 1. Cadence Fort, ACAD 2:46.42; SOFLO: 4. Leah Pando 2:55.83, 6. Victoria Torres 3:01.62; 13-14, 1. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 2:37.76; SOFLO: 2. Molly Golding 2:38.81, 4. Katrina Del Vecchio 2:42.26, 8. Daniela Curbelo 2:44.57, 12. Kalin Hubbard :55.78; 15-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:28.74; SOFLO: 11. Jacqueline Lugo 2:44.93, 23. Natasha Testa 3:09.10, 25. Camelia Wieck 3:48.62.

100-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Bianca Nieto, CM 1:11.51; SOFLO: 2. Anastasia Lutz 1:17.08, 4. Giada Porven 1:19.80, 8. Madison Adkins 1:31.03; 11-12, 1. Bobbie Rosenkranz, LAS 1:07.84; SOFLO: 5. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:12.31, 8. Victoria Torres 1:13.29.

50-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Paige Lane, SOFLO 28.85; SOFLO: 6. Molly Golding 31.27, 13. Kalin Hubbard 31.71, 17. Emma Twombly 32.48, 25. Camelia Wieck 36.39; 15-and-over, 1. Hannah Burdge, SWIM 27.40; SOFLO: 2. Kathleen Golding 28.30, 17. Abby Oyetunji 30.76, 19. Jennifer Rodriguez 31.21, 28. Emily Lezotte 32.38, 33. Nora Mirabal 32.82.

100-meter butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Bianca Nieto, CM 1:23.23; 11-12, 1. Bobbie Rosenkranz, LAS 1:18.53; SOFLO: 6. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:30.59, 9. Carleigh Schleicher 1:39.39, 10. Celeste Estrada 1:42.29, 11. Natalia Sibug 1:42.40; 13-14, 1. Daniela Curbelo, SOFLO 2:36.94; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 2:38.28, 6. Kayla Cunningham 2:49.84; 15-and-over, 1. Sommer Harris, SWIM 2:30.61.

50-meter backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Anastasia Lutz, SOFLO 42.03; SOFLO: 5. Giada Porven 45.05, 10. Madison Adkins 52.57; 11-12, 1. Melissa Blaine, SWIM 37.25; SOFLO: 8. Reagan Lowe 40.65, 9. Mariann Catalasan 41.73, 10. Kaitlyn Barrios 41.80, 11. Alexis Christensen 42.15, 12. Natalia Sibug 42.32, 16. Kailey Smith 43.90, 18. Carleigh Schleicher 46.22, 23. Julia Gonzalez 51.45.

100-meter backstroke: 13-14, 1. Ali Teuscher, GCST 1:13.15; SOFLO: 2. Kayla Cunningham 1:13.22, 3. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:16.42, 7. Daniela Curbelo 1:18.43, 8. Mallory Schleicher 1:19.13, 13. Kyana Castro 1:21.35, 16. Kalin Hubbard 1:26.02, 19. Emma Twombly 1:33.65, 21. Camelia Wieck 1:37.51; 15-and-over, 1. Emily Werth, SWIM 1:13.48; SOFLO: 9. Jessica Rodriguez 1:16.28, 15. Jacqueline Lugo 1:18.53, 21. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:20.41, 33. Emily Lezotte 1:28.94, 37. Natasha Testa 1:32.72.

400-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:45.39; SOFLO: 5. Paige Lane 4:50.88, 6. Molly Golding 4:56.25, 7. Kyana Castro 4:57.11; 15-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:35.46; SOFLO: 12. Jessica Rodriguez 5:02.17, 13. Abby Oyetunji 5:02.55, 21. Nora Mirabal 5:20.89.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle relay: 10-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:13.67 (Javier Colmenares, Jonathan Lozano, Owen Smith, Alessandro Pereira); 11-12, 1. SOFLO A 2:12.27 (Logan Gonzalez, Lucas Porven, Sebastian Shy, Moises Rodriguez), 2. Gulf Coast 2:43.87.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. SOFLO A 3:50.86 (Rafael Rodriguez, Juan Serna, Heath Brames, Luke Lezotte), 2. SOFLO B 4:04.16 (Kevin Porto, Tomas Pelaez, Ricardo Roche, Max Asnis) 3. SOFLO C 4:10.49 (Lance Lesage, Nicolas Rossi, Eiza Gantus, Juan Diaz), 4. Fish Aquatics 4:23.38.

50-meter butterfly: 8-and-under, 1. Mack Menassa, SWIM 44.51.

200-meter individual medley: 11-12, 1. Marcos Egri-Martin, SWIM 2:40.63; SOFLO: 3. Logan Gonzalez 2:44.33, 6. Lucas Porven 2:56.30; 13-14, 1. Conor Cranfield, SWIM 2:26.72; SOFLO: 4. Joseph Lee 2:31.29, 7. Chris Vasquez 2:48.07, 9. Alex Golding 2:54.48; 15-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:17.64; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 2:20.52, 12. Eiza Gantus 2:42.09.

100-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Nicholas Fabian, GCST 1:08.17; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares 1:08.20, 3. Alessandro Pereira 1:08.49, 6. Jonathan Lozano 1:17.58; 11-12, 1. Hubert Huang, T-2 Aquatics 1:02.89; SOFLO: 7. Moises Rodriguez 1:07.70, 8. Logan Gonzalez 1:09.14, 10. Lucas Porven 1:13.32, 14. Sebastian Shy 1:20.43, 16. Alan Cortinas 1:26.01.

50-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Porfi Vasquez, FISH 27.64; SOFLO: 3. Ty Lezotte 28.94, 4. Nicolas Rossi 29.12, 12. Mathias Cortinas 34.33; 15-and-over, 1. Derek Peeples, Unattached 25.15; SOFLO: 2. Luke Lezotte 25.35, 3. Juan Serna 26.07, 5. CJ Kopecki 26.72, 6. Heath Brames 26.73, 7. Rafael Rodriguez 27.07, 9. Ricardo Roche 27.28, 11. Tomas Pelaez 27.56, 15. Kevin Porto 27.89, 17. Eiza Gantus 28.44.

100-meter butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:16.41; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares 1:18.36; 11-12, 1. Sean Cardosi, LAS 1:14.34; SOFLO: 7. Moises Rodriguez 1:19.43.

200-meter butterfly: 13-14, 1. Porfi Vasquez, FISH 2:27.64; SOFLO: 2. Joseph Lee 2:32.46; 15-and-over, 1. Sommer Harris, SWIM 2:30.61.

50-meter backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 37.86; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares 38.98, 5. Jonathan Lozano 40.95, 12. Owen Smith 45.06, 14. Brandon Rios 46.19; 11-12, 1. Moises Rodriguez, SOFLO 35.30; SOFLO: 2. Logan Gonzalez 35.66, 4. Lucas Porven 40.67, 7. Sebastian Shy 45.94, 9. Alan Cortinas 47.63.

100-meter backstroke: 13-14, 1. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:08.59; SOFLO: 2. Ty Lezotte 1:12.85, 5. Chris Vasquez 1:18.93, 6. Alex Golding 1:19.38; 15-and-over, 1. Harrison Paul, LAS 1:03.88; SOFLO: 3. Juan Diaz 1:06.22, 5. Juan Serna 1:08.86, 6. Luke Lezotte 1:08.92, 10. Heath Brames 1:11.93, 11. Kevin Porto 1:12.23, 14. Eiza Gantus 1:18.07, 16. Tomas Pelaez 1:20.40.

400-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Ryan Staunch, SWIM 4:23.52; SOFLO: 2. Lance Lesage 4:38.43, 3. Joseph Lee 4:40.09, 5. Nicolas Rossi 4:59.90, 7. Alex Golding 5:14.02; 15-and-over, 1. Calvin Bryant, Club Seminole 4:16.20; SOFLO: 2. Ricardo Roche 4:20.63, 10. Max Asnis 4:27.43, 11. Luis Villanueva 4:28.48, 13. Juan Diaz 4:31.80, 14. CJ Kopecki 4:33.31, 15. Heath Brames 4:33.33, 17. Tomas Pelaez 4:39.46, 18. Kevin Porto 4:47.13, 20. Juan Serna 4:53.73.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Dominate Day Two Of GCST Summer Open Despite Weather


By Sharon Robb

June 10, 2017—-South Florida Aquatic Club put in another good day of racing despite the weather on Day Two of the GCST Summer Open Saturday at Lee County/Florida Gulf Coast Aquatics Center.

The 10-team meet continued to be a dual meet between SOFLO and Swim Florida on the second day of racing.

Swim Florida leads the combined team standings with 948 points. SOFLO is second with 786 and host Gulf Coast is a distant third with 328.

SOFLO boys, led by double winner Juan Serna and individual winner Ricardo Roche, lead the boys’ team standings with 444 points, 43 points ahead of Swim Florida.

SOFLO girls, led by double winners Paige Lane and individual winners Molly Golding, Mallory Schleicher and Kathleen Golding, are second with 342 behind Swim Florida with 547.

After morning sessions were cancelled because of bad weather, timed finals were held in the evening. Most of the 12-and-under finals were not held.

SOFLO’s depth came through which was evident in the results.

SOFLO’s top three finishers were:

Paige Lane, first, 100-meter freestyle, 1:02.09; first, 100-meter butterfly, 1:10.00.

Molly Golding, first, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:53.08.

Mallory Schleicher, first, 400-meter individual medley, 5:23.27, time drop.

Kathleen Golding, first, 400-meter individual medley, 5:04.63; second, 100-meter freestyle, 59.50; third, 100-meter butterfly, 1:07.17.

Juan Serna, first, 100-meter freestyle, 54.79, time drop; first, 100-meter butterfly, 59.19, time drop.

Ricardo Roche, first, 400-meter individual medley, 4:53.26.

Javier Colmenares, second, 400-meter freestyle, 5:09.75, time drop.

Luis Villanueva, second, 400-meter individual medley, 4:55.73.

Joseph Lee, second, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:48.38, time drop; second, 100-meter butterfly, 1:04.88; third, 400-meter individual medley, 5:14.28.

Anastasia Lutz, second, 400-meter freestyle, 6:14.74.

Lance Lesage, second, 100-meter freestyle, 1:00.09.

Katrina Del Vecchio, third, 100-meter freestyle, 1:05.29.

Daniela Curbelo, third, 100-meter butterfly, 1:10.88; third, 400-meter individual medley, 5:35.67.

Rafael Rodriguez, third, 100-meterbutterfly, 1:00.42.

The three-day meet concludes on Sunday, weather permitting.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Swim Florida 948, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 786, 3. Gulf Coast Swim Team 328, 4. Lakeland Area Swimming 121.5, 5. Academy Bullets 82.5, 6. Tampa Bay New Tampa 70, 7. City of Miami Parks 51, 8. Bloomington Normal Swim Club 25, 9. Rac-Plex Sharks 18, 10. Club Seminole 14.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 444, 2. Swim Florida 401, 3. Gulf Coast 200, 4. Lakeland Area 73, 5. Tampa Bay New Tampa 35.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Swim Florida 547, 2. SOFLO 342, 3. Gulf Coast 128, 4. Academy Bullets 66.5, 5. Lakeland Area 48.5.

GIRLS

50-meter freestyle: 8-and-under, 1. Addisyn Nadwodny, SWIM 42.40;

100-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Paige Lane, SOFLO 1:02.09; SOFLO: 3. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:05.29, 5. Kyana Castro 1:05.96, 6. Mallory Schleicher 1:06.01, time drop, 8. Molly Golding 1:06.65, time drop, 13. Kayla Cunningham 1:07.27, 14. Kalin Hubbard 1:07.31, time drop, 16. Emma Twombly 1:07.40, 30. Camelia Wieck 1:20.20, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Hannah Burdge, SWIM 58.83; SOFLO: 2. Kathleen Golding 59.50, 15. Abby Oyetunji 1:05.25, 16. Jessica Rodriguez 1:06.01, 20. Jacqueline Lugo 1:06.88, 21. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:07.21, 34. Nora Mirabal 1:10.40, 39. Emily Lezotte 1:12.15, 41. Natasha Testa 1:13.30.

400-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Bianca Nieto, CM 5:24.84; SOFLO: 2. Anastasia Lutz 6:14.74.

50-meter breaststroke: 8-and-under, 1. Addisyn Nadwodny, SWIM 59.86.

200-meter breaststroke: 13-14, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:53.08; 15-and-over, 1. Christina Loh Yen Ling, Unattached 2:41.00; SOFLO: 5. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:59.15, 6. Jessica Rodriguez 3:01.30, 13. Natasha Testa 3:28.51.

100-meter butterfly: 13-14, 1. Paige Lane, SOFLO 1:10.00; SOFLO: 3. Daniela Curbelo 1:10.88, 5. Kyana Castro 1:13.05, 6. Mallory Schleicher, 1:13.34, time drop, 7. Kayla Cunningham 1:13.48, time drop, 8. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:13.70, 20. Kalin Hubbard 1:22.81, 24. Emma Twombly 1:28.30; 15-and-over, 1. Yee Wong, SWIM 1:04.35; SOFLO; 3. Kathleen Golding 1:07.17, 17. Jacqueline Lugo 1:13.91, 24. Natasha Testa 1:17.60, 27. Nora Mirabel 1:18.19.

400-meter individual medley: 13-14, 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 5:23.27, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Daniela Curbelo 5:35.67, 5. Kayla Cunningham 5:42.62, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 5:04.63

BOYS

50-meter freestyle: 8-and-under, 1. Mack Menassa, SWIM 35.64; SOFLO: 4. Joseph-Blake Natino 42.05, time drop.

100-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Ryan Staunch, SWIM 57.89; SOFLO: 2. Lance Lesage 1:00.09, 5. Nicolas Rossi 1:03.09, 6. Ty Lezotte 1:05.00, time drop, 10. Chris Vasquez 1:08.48, 11. Alex Golding 1:09.22, time drop, 17. Mathias Cortinas 1:17.95; 15-and-over, 1. Juan Serna, SOFLO 54.79, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Heath Brames 56.79, 7. Luke Lezotte 56.92, 8. Rafael Rodriguez 57.06, 15. Juan Diaz 58.96, 16. Tomas Pelaez 59.08, 17. Max Asnis 59.19, 20. Kevin Porto 1:00.12, 26. Eiza Gantus 1:03.00.

400-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Nicholas Fabian, GCST 5:06.69; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares 5:09.75, time drop, 9. Owen Smith 6:10.69.

50-meter breaststroke: 8-and-under, 1. Mack Menassa, SWIM 53.29.

200-meter breaststroke: 13-14, 1. Spencer Howery, SWIM 2:48.26; SOFLO: 2. Joseph Lee 2:48.38, time drop, 4. Alex Golding 3:14.22, 7. Chris Vasquez 3:30.18; 15-and-over, 1. Steven Rua, SWIM 2:40.37.

100-meter butterfly: 13-14, 1. Ryan Staunch, SWIM 1:04.17; SOFLO: 2. Joseph Lee 1:04.88, 5. Chris Vasquez 1:13.25, 8. Nicolas Rossi 1:16.12, time drop, 14. Mathias Cortinas 1:31.96; 15-and-over, 1. Juan Serna, SOFLO 59.19, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Rafael Rodriguez 1:00.42, 4. Luis Villanueva 1:00.67, 5. Max Asnis 1:01.38, 12. Luke Lezotte 1:04.42, 13. Ricardo Roche 1:04.82, 14. Heath Brames 1:05.57, 15. Juan Diaz 1:06.19, 20. Kevin Porto 1:08.34, 22. Eiza Gantus 1:11.21, 26. Tomas Pelaez 1:14.20.

400-meter individual medley: 13-14, 1. Ryan Staunch, SWIM 5:04.69; SOFLO: 3. Joseph Lee 5:14.28, 5. Nicolas Rossi 5:44.49; 15-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 4:53.26; SOFLO: 2. Luis Villanueva 4:55.73.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Connor Jimenez Leads SOFLO At Azura 8-and-Under Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

June 10, 2017—Connor Jimenez of South Florida Aquatic Club was a double winner and turned in four best times at the Azura 8-and-Under Sizzler Saturday at Midtown Athletic Club in Weston.

Jimenez, 8, won the 7-8 age group 25-yard backstroke in 20.00 with a time drop of 1.16 and 25-yard freestyle in 15.88 with a time drop of 1.30.

Jimenez was also second in the 25-yard breaststroke in 23.75 with a time drop of 1.06 and tied for fifth in the 25-yard butterfly in 21.53 with a time drop of 1.16.

SOFLO teammate Juan Vallmitjana took three third places and one fifth place and had two best times.

SOFLO boys also captured the 100-yard freestyle relay in 1:12.12.

Sofia Lugo, 8, was SOFLO’s top girls finisher placing fourth in all four of her individual events with four time drops.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

25-yard butterfly: 6-and-under, 1. Jordan Evans, CCPR 24.32; 7-8, 1. Carley Kaplan, CCPR 16.82; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Lugo 20.12, time drop.

25-yard backstroke: 6-and-under, 1. Jordan Evans, CCPR 25.44; 7-8, 1. Carley Kaplan, CCPR 19.13; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Lugo 21.98, time drop.

25-yard breaststroke: 6-and-under, 1. Jordan Evans, CCPR 30.43; 7-8, 1. Carley Kaplan, CCPR 19.81; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Lugo 25.11, time drop.

25-yard freestyle: 6-and-under, 1. Jordan Evans, CCPR 24.32; 7-8, 1. Carley Kaplan, CCPR 16.28; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Lugo 17.88, time drop.

100-yard freestyle relay: 8-and-under, 1. Azura 1:19.31.

BOYS

25-yard butterfly: 6-and-under, 1. Max Bogatov, NMST 23.59; 7-8, 1. Becket Menacho, PB 18.78; SOFLO: 3. Juan Vallmitjana 19.44, time drop, 5. Connor Jimenez 21.53, time drop, 11. Aryav Thakur 25.56, time drop.

25-yard backstroke: 6-and-under, 1. Michael Barrette, PST 25.31; 7-8, 1. Connor Jimenez, SOFLO 20.00, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Juan Vallmitjana 23.15, 9. Aryav Thakur 24.96, 10. Martin Petkov 25.93.

25-yard breaststroke: 6-and-under, 1. Max Bogatov, NMST 29.65; 7-8, 1. Becket Menacho, PB 23.18; SOFLO: 2. Connor Jimenez 23.75, time drop, 3. Juan Vallmitjana 24.25, 11. Martin Petkov 30.39, 16. Aryav Thakur 32.43.

25-yard freestyle: 6-and-under, 1. Max Bogatov, NMST 21.20; 7-8, 1. Connor Jimenez, SOFLO 15.88, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Juan Vallmitjana 16.55, time drop, 9. Aryav Thakur 20.34, time drop, 16. Martin Petkov 24.35, time drop.

100-yard freestyle relay: 1. SOFLO 1:12.12, 2. Azura 1:15.10.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com