By Sharon Robb

July 28, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club started off on a winning note on opening day of the Florida Gold Coast LCM Senior Championships Friday at Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson was a double winner. Atkinson, 28, won the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 55.35, shaving 0.73 off her previous best of 56.08.

Atkinson also won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.54, just off her best time of 30.11.

Atkinson skipped the FINA World Aquatic Championships and is preparing for the FINA World Cup Prize Money Series.

Daniela Curbelo, 14, was third in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:26.33, dropping 5.52 seconds and dripping below 2:30 for the first time. Her previous best was 2:31.85. Teammate Kylie Herman was eighth in the event in 2:33.12.

Juan Diaz, 17, was third in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:12.34. He went 2:15.07 in prelims to earn the fourth seed and dropped 6.44. He dropped a total of 9.17.

Samuel Quintero, 16, was fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 31.42, dropping 0.34.

Jonathan Farah was sixth in the open 50-meter breaststroke in 31.18. Leonardo Mateus was sixth in the 200-meter backstroke in the 15-16 2:16.15 and tenth in the 400 freestyle in 4:18.62 with a time drop of 5.18.

South Florida Aquatic Club is sixth among combined teams. Gulliver (449), Metro Aquatics (420) and Azura Florida Aquatics (412) are the top three teams. Defending champion Swim Fort Lauderdale is tenth with 139 points.

SOFLO has 31 swimmers competing in 125 individual events and 14 relays in 10 events.

Several swimmers are not competing because of upcoming Futures and Junior Nationals.
The field features 42 Florida Gold Coast teams including Azura Florida Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Gulliver Swim Club, Jupiter Dragons, Metro Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming and East Coast Aquatic Club.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gulliver Swim Club 449, 2. Metro Aquatics 420, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 412, 4. Westminster Academy Swim Club 280, 5. Miami Swimming 262.50, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 231, 7. North Palm Beach 194, 8. Jupiter Dragons 159, 9. TS Aquatics 148, 10. Swim Fort Lauderdale 139.

HIGH POINT LEADERS: GIRLS, 15-16, 1. tie, Gabriella Antonini, Gulliver, Nicole Gomez, NPB 40, 3. Olivia Hernandez, Gulliver 31; SOFLO: 30. Isabella DiSalvo 12; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 40, 2. tie, Victoria Fonville, Westminster Academy and Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 31, 19. Daniela Curbelo 16, 35. Kylie Herman 11; BOYS, 15-16, 1. Mattheus Santos, PB 43, 2. John Torres, FFSC 40, 3. Alexander Gardner, Sarasota 35, SOFLO: 10. Leonardo Mateus 20, 21. Samuel Quintero 15, 37. Luke Lezotte 9, 43. David Avalos Aday 6; Open 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 42, 2. David Lambert, Westminster Academy 40, 3. Miguel Cancel, Guliver 33; SOFLO: 14. Juan Diaz 16, 24. Jonathan Farah 13, 37. Ryan Capote 9, 55. Kevin Porto 3.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle relay: Open, 1. Westminster Academy 1:50.65, 2. Miami Swimming 1:51.28, 3. Azura 1:51.52, 13. SOFLO A 1:56.86.

200-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Gabriel Antonini, Gulliver 2:25.82, 2. Kayla Kraft, Gulliver 2:27.34, 3. Carolina Frette, Gulliver 2:30.00; SOFLO: 7. Isabella DiSalvo 2:34.02, time drop, 17. Rebekah Ling 2:44.31; Open: 1. Roxanne Yu, Hurricanes 2:19.75, 2. Megan Schimansky, CSSC 2:24.69, 3. Laia Coma, Unattached 2:28.02.

100-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 57.36, 2. Jennifer Secrest North Palm Beach 58.44, 3. Solana Capalbo, Azura 59.47; SOFLO: 19. Maya Coffey 1:02.92, time drop, 46. Isabella DiSalvo 1:04.74, time drop, 63. Rebekah Ling 1:05.64, time drop, 71. Alana Acevedo 1:07.00, 77. Valentina Carrion 1:08.06, 85. Kellie Wilcox 1:10.53; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 55.35, time drop, 2. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 56.33, 3. Victoria Fonville, WA 57.52; SOFLO: 22. Kylie Herman 1:02.23, time drop, 29. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:02.92, 45. Abby Oyetunji 1:04.39, 50. Daniela Curbelo 1:04.83.

200-meter butterfly: 15-16, 1. Gabriella Antonini, Gulliver 2:26.81, 2. Paola Carlesso, Unattached 2:27.89, 3. Taylor Spillman, Unattached 2:29.34; SOFLO: 16. Alexandra Crespo 3:07.90; Open, 1. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 2:18.20, 2. Cloe Bedard-Khalid, Metro Aquatics 2:21.00, 3. Daniela Curbelo, SOFLO 2:26.33, time drop; SOFLO: 8. Kylie Herman 2:33.12.

50-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Hannah Virgin, Pine Crest 34.62, 2. Stephanie Suarez, Metro Aquatics34.91, 3. Madison Lichtig, North Palm Beach 35.20; SOFLO: 38. Kellie Wilcox 40.69, 41. Valentina Carrion 41.72; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 30.54, 2. Patricia Casellas, Azura 32.94, 3. Elizabeth Zubero, SFTL 33.32; SOFLO: 20.Elise Larin 37.13, 37.60.

400-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 4:26.77, 2. Olivia Hernandez, Gulliver 4:28.70, 3. Keeley Maduro, Pine Crest 4:32.25; SOFLO: 20. Maya Coffey 4:50.67, time drop; Open, 1. Alessandra Baldari, Unattache 4:21.16, 2. Giulia Guerra Montes, Pine Crest 4:28.25, 3. Mariangela Cincotti, Unattached 4:33.89; SOFLO: 17. Michelle Marinheiro 4:47.11, 23. Abby Oyetunji 4:53.57, time drop, 24. Katrina Del Vecchio 4:53.72, time drop.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. North Palm Beach 4:00.73, 2. Azura 4:03.37, 3. Miami Swimming 4:04.15, 17. SOFLO A 4:19.46 (Maya Coffey, Isabella Di Salvo, Abby Oyetunji, Kylie Herman.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Unattached Azura 1:34.57, 2. Westminster Academy 1:34.59, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:35.11, 7. SOFLO A 1:39.22 (Kevin Porto, Heath Brames, Michael Arias, Luke Lezotte), 13. SOFLO B 1:42.44.

200-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. John Torres, FFSC 2:09.17, 2. Gavin Smith, NPB 2:10.98, 3. Juan Zapata, TSA 2:14.45; SOFLO: 6. Leonardo Mateus 2:16.15; Open, 1. Felipe Zapata, WA 1:09.57, 2. Tyler Zuyus, PB 2:12.34, 3. Juan Diaz, SOFLO 2:12.34, time drop.

100-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Mattheus Santos, PB 52.37, 2. Diego Machado, TSA 53.07, 3. Massimo Ogliari, Unattached 53.67; SOFLO: 9. Luke Lezotte 54.69, 41. Sebastian Sevilla 58.14, 51. David Avalos Aday 58.80, time drop; Open, 1. David Lambert, WA 51.35, 2. Miguel Madeira, MAC 52.22, 3. Alex Cronin, Jupiter 52.32; SOFLO: 12. Ryan Capote 52.95, time drop, 17. Kevin Porto 53.77, time drop, 26. Heath Brames 55.03, time drop, 33. Jonathan Farah 55.68, time drop, 44. Michael Arias 56.32, time drop, 84. Wyatt Jennessee 59.55.

200-meter butterfly: 15-16, 1. John Torres, FFSC 2:09.31, 2. Juan Zapata, TSA 2:09.61, 3. Nestor Montero, MAC 2:09.96; Open, 1. Luke Smutny, Unattached 2:03.54, 2.Brandon Vives, MAC 2:03.96, 3. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 2:04.06.

50-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Diego Duarte Sulvaran, QROO 30.38, 2. Cameron Brown, Azura 31.15, 3. Brandon Moran, Azura 31.36; SOFLO: 4. Samuel Quintero 31.42, time drop, 11. David Avalos Aday 32.97; Open, 1. David Lambert, WA 29.62, 2. Patrick Groters, PC 29.78, 3. Adan Diaz, Azura 29.79; SOFLO: 6. Jonathan Farah 31.18, 3a0. Wyatt Jennessee 35.38.

400-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Alexander Gardner, SRQ 4:04.07, 2. Mattheus Santos, PB 4:04.43, 3. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 4:05.67; SOFLO: 10. Leonardo Mateus 4:18.62, time drop, 26. Samuel Quintero 4:28.53, time drop; Open, 1. Franco Lupoli, Azura 4:03.10, 2. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 4:03.29, 3. Blake Manganiello, AquaKids Sharls 4:04.61.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Metro Aquatics 3:28.20, 2. Azura 3:34.12, 3. Metro Aquatics 3:34.37, 7. SOFLO A 3:41.48 (Luke Lezotte, Heath Brames, Jonathan Farah, Kevin Porto), 14. SOFLO B 3:49.94 (Michael Arias, Samuel Quintero, Juan Diaz, Leonardo Mateus).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast LCM Senior Championships
When: Saturday-Sunday
Where: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.
Schedule: Saturday, Session III, 8:30 a.m.-12:49 p.m., Session IV, 5-7:17 p.m.; Sunday, Session V, 8:30 a.m.-1:43 p.m., Session VI, 5-8:04 p.m.
Defending champion: Swim Fort Lauderdale (Combined).
Of note: Admission is $5 per session for prelims and $3 per session for finals.
Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

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