SOFLO Hosts TYR Aviation Sizzler And Developmental Meet Saturday At Academic Village Pool

By Sharon Robb

August 18, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club will be flying high when it hosts the TYR Aviation Sizzler and Developmental Meet Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Every swimmer that competes in the Florida Gold Coast meet will receive a SOFLO toy airplane in honor of National Aviation Day, a U.S. national observation established in 1939 that celebrates the development and history of aviation.

The sizzler and developmental meets are for young swimmers working on honing their skills including strokes and turns and for swimmers who have not achieved a USS Motivational B time. The session will feature swimmers 6-and-under, 7-8 and 9-14.

Among visiting teams competing are Metro Aquatics, AquaKids Sharks and YMCA.

SOFLO will have 32 swimmers (16 girls, 16 boys) in 114 individual events and six relay teams in three relay events.

SOFLO swimmers are: Madison Adkins, 11; Mackenzie Ahearn, 14; Gabriella Arauz, 12; Johnny Bastos, 14; Samira Borges, 9; Sebastien Bourjolly, 14; Sebastian Bozeman, 11; Alexis Christensen, 11; Preston Christensen, 7; Kaitlyn Consuegra, 11; Samantha Creason, 12; Pilar Duranti, 9; Isabella Gomez, 11; Andrea Guerrero, 14; Luca Hincapie, 11; Lorenzo Laurentys, 10; Gabriella Lissa, 12; Brandon Lozano, 7; Sofia Lugo, 8; Jason Moya, 8; Kevin Moya, 10; Diego Nazario-Vazquez, 11; Mitchell Pecci, 14; Justin Rodriguez, 13; Abigail Scalzitti, 10; Gavin Sheyda, 11; Natalia Sibug, 11; Adrian Sowma, 8; Ahana Thakur, 12; Aryav Thakur, 8; Oleksi Viazmetinov, 8; and Elizabeth Volovich, 10.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Aryav Thakur, 25-yard butterfly, 25.56; 25-yard backstroke, 23.38.

Natalia Sibug, 50-yard butterfly, 39.05.

Mitchell Pecci, 50-yard backstroke, 39.37.

Sofia Lugo, 25-yard freestyle, 17.88.

Alexis Christensen, 100-yard individual medley, 1:27.60.

Brandon Lozano, 25-yard breaststroke, 27.55.


What: SOFLO TYR Aviation Sizzler and Developmental Meet

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $4. Heat sheets are available free of charge on Meet Mobile and For information call 954-538-3721.

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SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Wins 5K Title At Swim Miami; Gulliver’s Alicia Mancilla Wins Mile Race

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Wins 5K Title At Swim Miami; Gulliver’s Alicia Mancilla Wins Mile Race

By Sharon Robb

August 17, 2017—Mallory Schleicher of South Florida Aquatic Club won her first 5K open water overall title this past weekend.

Schleicher, 13, of Cooper City, won the 5K women’s race at Swim Miami at Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island.

Schleicher finished in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 42.36 seconds. Her mile pace was 21:50. She was the youngest swimmer in the women’s field. Maria Tupayachi Ortiz, 37, of Miami was second in 1:08:50.14.

At JO’s, Schleicher was fifth in the 1500-meter freestyle in 18:19.17 with a huge time drop of 18.55.

SOFLO age group coach George Mersinger, 64, of Miramar was the club’s second top finisher. He was 49th in 28:22.53.

Gina Grant, SOFLO’s newest masters swimmer, made her open water debut. She was 51st overall in 28:40

in the mile, won the female Special Olympics category and was fourth among the nine-swimmer Special Olympics field.

It was Grant’s second swimming event for SOFLO. She was a triple winner in the 1500 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 400 medley relay at the Special Olympics Florida-Broward Swimming County Games at Nova Southeastern.

In the 5K (3.1-miles) men’s race, former University of Alabama All-American Ricardo Valdivia, 52, held on to win the overall title in 55:57.62 just ahead of Blake Manganiello, 22, of Miami in 55:59.62. Both held 18:03 mile pace.

Alicia Mancilla of Gulliver Swim Club, fresh off her FINA World Championships debut in Budapest, Hungary, won the overall title in the Swim Miami Open Water Mile.

Mancilla, 17, topped a field of 160 men and women swimmers to win the race in 19:38.03. She was the only swimmer to crack 20 minutes. She defeated the closest male swimmer, Adam Madarassy, 32, of Miami who finished second in 21:58.95.

At Worlds, Mancilla, representing Guatemala, was the youngest swimmer in the 1500-meter freestyle. She won her heat in a best time 17:15.04 and finished 19th.

Swim Miami is part of the South Florida Swim Series.



OVERALL: 1. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver Swim Club 19:38.03, 2. Adam Madarassy, Miami 21:58.95, 3. Fabiana Pesce, Tamarac 22:14.42, 4. Sofia Avellaneda, Miami 22:25.61, 5. Cara Cannilla, Florham Park 22:32; SOFLO: 49. George Mersinger, Miramar 28:22; 51. Gina Grant 28:40.


OVERALL: 1. Ricardo Valdivia, Miami 55:57.62, 2. Blake Manganiello, Miami 55:59.62, 3. Nicolas Eymenier, Miami 58:09.37, 4. Roberto Marazzato, Tamarac 1:00:49.12, 5. Claude Lefante, Caracas 1:02.09.

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