South Florida Aquatic Club Competes Saturday In BRST Endless Summer Invite

By Sharon Robb

August 25, 2017—Even though school has already started, summer officially ends for swimmers on Saturday with the BRST Endless Summer Invite.

Boca Raton Swim Team and Boca Raton Aquatics is hosting the meet at Boca Raton Community High School Aquatic Center beginning at 9 a.m.

Many swimmers in the meet, coming off summer vacation, will be tuning up for the high school season and others preparing for the fall club season.

SOFLO is sending 22 swimmers (10 girls, 12 boys) to the meet. They are: Fabiana Avendano, 14; Sebastian Bozeman, 11; Mariann Catalasan, 11; Alexis Christensen, 11; Preston Christensen, 7; Javier Colmenares, 11; Juan Colmenares, 13; Mark Andre De Gracia, 13; Fiorella Di Salvo, 9; Mia Escudero, 13; Logan Gonzalez, 12; Andrea Guerrero, 14; Anastasia Lutz, 10; Diego Nazario-Vazquez, 11; Alessandro Pereira, 10; LeeAnn Ranalli, 14; Enrique Rodriguez, 12; Gavin Sheyda, 11; Sebastian Shy, 12; Natalia Sibug, 11; Kailey Smith, 12; and Owen Smith, 10.

SOFLO’s top-seeded swimmers are:

Fabiana Avendano, 14, 50-yard freestyle, 28.02; 50-yard backstroke, 33.35.

Alessandro Pereira, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 31.15; 100-yard butterfly, 1:06.29; 100-yard backstroke, 1:08.15.

Logan Gonzalez, 12, 50-yard backstroke, 31.23; 50-yard breaststroke, 35.37; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:18.79.

Mark Andre De Gracia, 13, 50-yard backstroke, 31.69.

Mariann Catalasan, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:23.91.

Enrique Rodriguez, 12, 100-yard freestyle, 56.44.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Azura Florida Aquatics, South Florida Aquatic Club and Florida Keys Swim Club.


What: Boca Raton’s Endless Summer Invite

When: Saturday, 9-11:19 a.m.

Where: Boca Raton Community High School Aquatic Center, 1501 NW 15th Court, Boca Raton.

Of note: Admission is $3 per session. Heat sheets can be found on Meet Mobile. The meet is sponsored by Boca Raton Aquatics and Boca Raton Swim Team. For more information call 561-251-3724.

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FGC Swimmers Nikita Tretyakov Finishes Eighth; Patrick Groters Makes Top 16 On Day Two Of FINA World Junior Championships

By Sharon Robb

INDIANAPOLIS, August 24, 2017— Russian Nikita Tretyakov of Swim Fort Lauderdale was eighth in the final of the 100-meter backstroke on Day Two of the sixth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships Thursday at Indiana University Natatorium.

Tretyakov, 18, finished in 55.57. His splits were 26.66 and 28.91.

The Russian junior national champion had placed third in the 100-meter backstroke prelims in a lifetime-best 55.14 and seventh in the semifinals in 55.45 to advance into Thursday’s final. His previous best was 56.58.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Patrick Groters of Aruba made the Top 16 in the 200-meter individual medley prelims. Groters placed 14th in 2:04.73. It was just off his lifetime-best 2:04.69 which he was on pace to better at the 150-meter mark.

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers:

Belen Jesuit senior Aitor Fungairino of Metro Aquatics representing Venezuela was 16th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:50.60.

Andrea Santander, a sophomore at Pine Crest School and member of Pine Crest Swimming club team representing Venezuela, was 31st in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.93.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Jorge Depassier of Chile was 38th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.55.

Miami Columbus senior Brandon Vives, representing the Dominican Republic, was 36th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:11.13. He was also 41st in the 100-meter butterfly in 56.95.

Tuesday’s lineup featured eleven events. Among top performances:

American Regan Smith broke the world and meet record (59.28) set in the semifinals by Canadian Taylor Ruck to win in 59.11. The much-anticipated final had five swimmers breaking a minute. Ruck was second in 59.23.

Russian Ivan Girov broke the world junior (1:47.00) and meet record (1:47.55) in the 200-meter freestyle to win in 1:46.40.

Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez broke the meet record of 54.30 in the 100-meter backstroke to win in 54.27.

Emily Large of Great Britain won the 200-meter butterfly in a meet record 2:07.74. The previous record was 2:08.10 set in 2008 by Japan’s Natsuki Akiyama.

Germany’s Johannes Hintze lowered the meet record of 1:59.44 set by American Gunnar Bentz in 2013 to win the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.03.

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello won the 800-meter freestyle in a meet record 8:25.22. The previous mark was 8:27.55.

American Emily Weiss won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.78.

The six-day meet, held every two years, features 630 of the best boys, ages 14-17 and girls, ages 15-18, from 93 different countries.

Morning heats are 9:30 a.m. and semifinals and finals 6 p.m.

The semifinals and finals are being broadcast by the Olympic Channel via the NBC Sports App at 6 p.m. each day and webcast on The FINA live stream is not available in the U.S. and several other countries.



200-meter butterfly: 1. Emily Large, Great Britain 2:07.74, championship record; 2. Suzuka Hasegawa, Japan 2:08.29, 3. Keanna MacInnes, Great Britain 2:09.64.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Emily Weiss, USA 30.78, 2. Faith Knelson, Canada 30.91, 3. Mona Lucille McSharry, Ireland 30.97.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, USA 59.11, world junior, championship records; 2. Taylor Ruck, Canada 59.23, 3. Jade Hannah, Canada 59.62.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Delfina Pignatiello, Argentina 8:25.22, championship record; 2. Ajna Kesely, Hungary 8:30.62, 3. A. Gestido Cons, Spain 8:30.85.

Mixed medley 4×100-meter relay: 1. Canada 3:46.36, 2. USA 3:46.80, 3. Russia 3:48.32.


100-meter backstroke: 1. Hugo Gonzalez, Spain 54.27, championship record; 2. Conor Ferguson, Ireland 54.51, 3. Daniel Martin, Romania 54.55.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Ivan Girev, Russia 1:46.40, world junior, championship record; 2. Nandor Nemeth, Hungary 1:46.79, 3. Elijah Winnington, Australia 1:46.81.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Nicolo Martinenghi, Italy 59.58, 2. Reece Whitley, USA 1:00.08, 3. Michael Andrew, USA 1:00.37.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Johannes Hintze, Germany 1:59.03, world junior and championship records; 2. Kleran Smith, USA 1:59.56, 3. Marton Barta, Hungary 2:00.14.

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