Metro Aquatic Club Of Miami Knocks Off Defending Champion SOFLO In FGC Senior Championships; SOFLO’s Golding, Rodriguez Win High Point


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, March 26, 2018—SOFLO swimmers Kathleen Golding and Rafael Rodriguez, team leaders throughout the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships, finished as high point award winners Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

The pair played a key role in SOFLO’s runner-up finish in the combined and boys team standings and third place in the girls team standings.

Golding accumulated 209 points, the second most of any girl swimmer. Chade Nersicio of East Coast Aquatic Club was top high point winner with 210 points.

Rodriguez totaled 204 points, the most of any boy swimmer in both age groups.

Defending champion SOFLO fell 33.50 points shy defending its title in the combined and boys team standings. SOFLO was trying to make history by winning both seniors and JO titles in the same short course season for the sixth time in the team’s 18-year history.

“Our kids swam well, we just came up short,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “We had a lot of good individual swims.”

Metro Aquatic Club of Miami knocked off the meet host, winning the combined team title with 2,620.50. SOFLO was second with 2,587. MAC won the boys team title with 1,944 ahead of SOFLO with 1,407.

Gulliver Swim Team won the girls team title with 1,729.50. East Coast Aquatic Club was second with 1,612 and SOFLO was third with 1,180. Defending champion Pine Crest was fourth with 725.50.

It was the first time MAC won the combined team title in more than 20 years, in 1997. Several members of the team were off Miami Belen’s fifth place state 3A team.

“It’s been a long time,” said MAC and Miami Belen veteran coach Kirk Peppas. “We won it the first couple of years when it was a young competition. The Gold Coast has grown so much in seniors and is very competitive.”

MAC clinched the title in the final boys’ event, placing one-two in the 400-yard medley relay. Nine of the swimmers were coming off last weekend’s National Club Swimming Association Meet (NCSA) at Orlando YMCA.

“The kids never thought we had a shot until they looked at the heat sheets,” Peppas said. “The leadership kicked in, they got pumped up and pulled it off. I am happy for the kids. It was a really good group effort. I didn’t know they would do this. It all came down to the relays. It was fun. It’s a good way to end the meet.

“Aitor did a good job of making sure everyone did their part. Everybody stepped up, everyone was together and that’s what makes a team, a team. They all pushed each other.”

Metro Aquatic Club of Miami was led by top swimmers Nestor Montero, 16, Andres Wong, 15, Alejandro Timp, 16, Aaron Rodriguez, 16, Brandon Vives, 18, team leader Aitor Fungairino, 17, and Adrian Aguilar, 17, Stephanie Suarez, 16, and Anelis Roque, 14.

Visiting coaches and parents were impressed by the meet’s atmosphere and organization including Peppas.

“People were into it, there was more of a fun, relaxed atmosphere with everybody, it wasn’t just another championship meet,” Peppas said. “Everyone was entertained. The parents were involved, the music was good, everyone was pumped up. It was a good scenario. Chris did a good job of putting on a good meet.”

Among SOFLO swimmer Sunday highlights:

Golding swam the second fastest time in the pool ever in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 1:58.58. Golding won the 50-yard butterfly in 24.58, another best time and 50-yard freestyle in 23.04.

Golding was also a member of the winning 400-yard medley relay in 3:49.42 and second-place 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.76 with teammates Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez and Paige Lane.

Heron was third in the 200 IM in 2:06.57.

Rodriguez closed out an outstanding meet. He won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:51.48. Teammate Ricardo Roche was second in the event in 16:04.52 and Leonardo Mateus was third in 16:22.32.

Rodriguez was also second in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 21.82.

Lance Lesage was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.81.

SOFLO took a pair of thirds in both the 200- and 400-yard medley relays.

The morning session on Sunday was held in memory of TS Aquatics swimmer Nicholas Dworet and 16 other victims killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting. Seventeen balloons were tied to the lane lines during prelims.

Parents, swimmers and spectators were also treated each day to the National Anthem in unique presentations including a beautiful violin rendition by talented SOFLO swimmer Joseph Lee and well-choreographed lane swim out by SOFLO swimmers with TYR patriotic kickboards, U.S. flag and wearing USA flag swim caps during the anthem.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

1. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 2,620.50, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,587, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 2,441, 4. Gulliver Swim Club 2,363, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 1,113, 6. Miami Swimming 877, 7. Azura Florida Aquatics 796, 8. TS Aquatics 795.50, 9. YMCA of South Florida 679, 10. AquaKids Sharks 585.

HIGH POINT AWARDS

GIRLS: 15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 210; SOFLO: 4. Paige Lane 138.50, 27. Katrina Del Vecchio 59, 31. Jacqueline Lugo 40, 33. Maya Coffey 38, 37. Daniela Curbelo 30, 42. Michelle Marinheiro 25, 72. Kyana Castro 1.

GIRLS: Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 209; SOFLO: 9. Kelley Heron 124.50, 10. Jennifer Rodriguez 107, 17. Molly Golding 68, 58. Sabrina Osorio 15, 65. Katrina Del Vecchio 11.

BOYS: 15-16, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 204; SOFLO: 8. Leonardo Mateus 115, 14. tie, Juan Pablo Pineda 86, Lance Lesage 86, John Paul Handal, 86, 17. Juan Serna 77, 35. Joseph Lee 44.50, 46. tie, Nicolas Rossi 25, Michael Arias 25, 56. Nicolas Munoz 14, 83. Juancamilo Rivero 1.

BOYS: Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 165; SOFLO: 2. Ricardo Roche 123, 34. Heath Brames 50, 38. CJ Kopecki 47, 45. Kevin Porto 39, 54. tie, Luke Lezotte 24, Juan Diaz 54, 67. Casey Moya 11, 75. Logan Gonzalez 5, 84. Juan Serna 2.50.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1. Gulliver 1,729.50, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 1,612, 3. SOFLO 1,180, 4. Pine Crest 725.50, 5. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 676, 6. AquaKids Sharks 472, 7. YMCA of South Florida 454, 8. Miami Swimming 323, 9. TS Aquatics 308, 10. Azura Florida Aquatics 266.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

1,650-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Michaela Avedisian, ECAC 17:49.65; SOFLO: 4. Michelle Marinheiro 19:02.05; Open, 1. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 16:46.30; SOFLO: 16. Michelle Marinheiro 19:02.05.

200-yard medley relay:
Open, 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:46.29, 2. SOFLO A (Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane) 1:46.76, 5. SOFLO B 1:52.18 (Katrina Del Vecchio, Molly Golding, Jacqueline Lugo, Maya Coffey).

100-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Madison Cummings, ECAC 56.66; SOFLO: 12. Maya Coffey 1:01.97; Open, 1. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 55.42; SOFLO: 3. Kelley Heron 56.47.

50-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 24.32; SOFLO: 5. Jacqueline Lugo 26.66, 6. Katrina Del Vecchio 26.71, time drop, 7. Paige Lane 26.76, 19. Maya Coffey 27.72, time drop; Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 24.58, time drop.

100-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 1:04.26; Open, 1. Mercedes Toledo, Unattached 1:02.89; SOFLO: 4. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:06.84, 5. Molly Golding 1:06.91, 18. Sabrina Osorio 1:12.73, time drop.

50-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 23.07; SOFLO: 6. Paige Lane 24.77, 12. Jacqueline Lugo 25.28, time drop, 14. Maya Coffey 25.51, time drop, 15. Katrina Del Vecchio 25.63; Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 23.04; SOFLO: 17. Jennifer Rodriguez 25.94, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Andrea Santander, PC 2:02.94; SOFLO: 10. Paige Lane 2:15.20, 13. Katrina Del Vecchio 2:15.33, 18. Daniela Curbelo 2:16.77; Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 1:58.58, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Kelley Heron 2:06.57, 8. Molly Golding 2:12.37.

400-yard medley relay:
1. SOFLO A 3:49.42 (Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Paige Lane, Kathleen Golding), 6. SOFLO B 4:02.13 (Maya Coffey, Molly Golding, Jacqueline Lugo, Katrina Del Vecchio).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 1,944.50, 2. SOFLO 1,407, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 829, 4. Gulliver Swim Club 633.50, 5. Miami Swimming 554, 6. Azura Florida Aquatics 530, 7. TS Aquatics 487.50, 8. Jupiter Dragons 409, 9. Pine Crest 387.50, 10. PAQ 335.50.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

1,650-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 15:51.48; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Mateus 16:22.32; Open, 1. Cameron Taddonio, BRST 15:55.51; SOFLO: 2. Ricardo Roche 16:04.52.

200-yard medley relay:
1. Metro Aquatics 1:33.66 (Aitor Fungairino, Brandon Vives, Adrian Aguilar, Irvin Hoost), 3. SOFLO A 1:36.43 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez, Luke Lezotte), 8. SOFLO B 1:40.53 (Kevin Porto, John Paul Handal, Juan Serna, Heath Brames).

100-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Nestor Montero, MAC 52.24; SOFLO: 3. Lance Lesage 52.81, 12. Leonardo Mateus 55.81, time drop, 20. Nicolas Munoz 57.49; Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 48.54; SOFLO: 5. Ricardo Roche 52.51, time drop, 12. Kevin Porto 54.46, 18. Juan Diaz 56.17.

50-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Reid Banciella, MS 23.14; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 23.28, time drop, 5. Juan Serna 23.87, time drop, 13. John Paul Handal 25.10, time drop, 20. Lance Lesage 25.79; Open, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 21.97; SOFLO: 12. Luke Lezotte 23.68, 18. Juan Serna 24.28, 20. Kevin Porto 24.40.

100-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Juan Pablo Pineda, SOFLO 59.52, time drop; SOFLO: 11. John Paul Handal 1:02.81, time drop, 16. Joseph Lee 1:03.67, time drop; Open, 1. Teo Darias, Gulliver 57.57.

50-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Reese Branzell, LLL 21.66; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 21.82, time drop, 8. Juan Serna 22.19, 20. Michael Arias 23.13; Open, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 20.59; SOFLO: 12. Luke Lezotte 21.68, 15. Heath Brames 21.94, 18. Kevin Porto 22.27.

200-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Kevin DeGrijze, ECAC 1:54.09; SOFLO: 7. Leonardo Mateus 2:03.31, 8. John Paul Handal 2:03.84, 16. Joseph Lee 2:04.74; Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 1:47.98.

400-yard medley relay:
1. Metro Aquatics A 3:27.12 (Aitor Fungairino, Yender Rojas, Adrian Aguilar, Irvin Hoost), 2. Metro Aquatics B 3:28.64 (Nestor Montero, Brandon Vives, Andres Wong, Vittorio Parravano), 3. SOFLO A 3:30.51 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez, Heath Brames), 7. SOFLO B 3:35.63 (Ricardo Roche, John Paul Handal, CJ Kopecki, Juan Serna).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Has Slim Lead Headed Into Final Day Of FGC Senior Championships; Golding, Rodriguez Top Finishers On Day Two


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, March 24, 2018—The battle for the combined team title is going down to the wire at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

Defending champion and meet host South Florida Aquatic Club leads Metro Aquatics by 8.5 points going into the third and final day of competition at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO, led by Kathleen Golding and Rafael Rodriguez for the second consecutive day, leads by only 8.5 points. SOFLO has 1,654 points and Metro Aquatics is second with 1,646. East Coast Aquatic Club is third with 1,554.

It is expected to be one of the closest finishes in meet history. SOFLO is attempting to win both Seniors and Junior Olympic titles in the same short course season for the sixth time in the team’s 18-year history.

“The kids swam really well,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson after Saturday’s finals. “We are shaving off a lot of best times in the groups. The Gold Group did a really nice job and senior training group is making consos and finals and scoring points. Sunday should be one of our stronger days with the medley relays.

“The team is really coming together,” Anderson said. “They are doing a good job closing out races and when necessary winning some races. Teams are are definitely gunning for us.

“We need to come together as a team. I told them they have to have a little bit more grit and get a little tougher. They need to get comfortable feeling slightly uncomfortable going fast. It’s going to be a matter of pride. I think it will come down to the men’s and women’s B relays.”

Golding won the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 53.90 and was third in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 26.23. Golding has 137 points.

Golding was also a member of SOFLO’s third place 800-yard freestyle relay that finished in 7:45.61. Other relay members were Paige Lane, Kelley Heron and Katrina Del Vecchio.

Lane was also third in the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:53.38 and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.56.

Rodriguez won the 400-yard individual medley in a best time 4:01.32 and was second in the 200-yard freestyle in a best time in 1:42.25. Leonardo Mateus was third in the 400 IM in a best time 4:13.43.

Rodriguez was also a member of SOFLO’s runner-up 800-yard freestyle relay that finished in 7:04.39. Other relay members were Heath Brames, Ricardo Roche and CJ Kopecki.

Lance Lesage was second in the 15-16 50-yard backstroke in a best time 25.00 and has 65 points in high point. Ricardo Roche was fourth in a best time 24.88 in the open division. Roche has 84 points.

Juan Pablo Pineda was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:10.88. Pineda has 62 points in high point.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,654, 2. Metro Aquatics 1,646.5, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1,554, 4. Gulliver Swim Club 1,538.5, 5. Pine Crest Swim Team 762, 6. Miami Swimming 528, 7. Azura Florida Aquatics 514, 8. TS Aquatics 494.5, 9. AquaKids Sharks 398, 10. YMCA of South Florida 396.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1. Gulliver 1,114, 2. East Coast 1,040, 3. SOFLO 705.5, 4. Pine Crest 513.5, 5. Metro Aquatics 437, 6. AquaKids Sharks 318, 7. YMCA of South Florida 231, 8. Miami Swimming 210, 9. Montverde Aquatic Club 174, 10. TS Aquatics 168.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Andrea Santander, PC 1:49.95; SOFLO: 3. Paige Lane 1:53.38, time drop, 17. Maya Coffey 2:00.31, 20. Kyana Castro 2:02.62; Open, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:47.60.

50-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 25.64; Open, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 25.74; SOFLO: 3. Kathleen Golding 26.23, time drop, 5. Kelley Heron 27.38, 11. Katrina Del Vecchio 28.77, time drop, 15. Molly Golding 29.57, time drop; BRST: 8. Emily Chen 27.85

200-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 2:18.51; Open, 1. Mercedes Toledo, Unattached 2:18.14; SOFLO: 3. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:25.54, time drop, 12. Sabrina Osorio 2:35.96, time drop; BRST: 19. Emily Chen 2:43.06.

100-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Madison Cummings, ECAC 55.89; SOFLO: 4. Paige Lane 58.56, 10. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:00.16, 16. Maya Coffey 1:01.25, 19. Daniela Curbelo 1:01.93; Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 53.90, time drop; SOFLO: 10. Kelley Heron 1:00.16, 17. Molly Golding 1:01.69, time drop.

800-yard freestyle relay:
1. East Coast 7:40.27, 3. SOFLO A 7:45.61 (Paige Lane, Kelley Heron, Kathleen Golding, Katrina Del Vecchio).

400-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Andrea Santander, PC 4:24.87; SOFLO: 9. Daniela Curbelo 4:49.02; Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:12.46, time drop; SOFLO: 7. Jennifer Rodriguez 4:46.87.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1. Metro Aquatics 1,209.5, 2. SOFLO 948.5, 3. East Coast 514, 4. Gulliver 424.5, 5. Azura 350, 6. TS Aquatics 326.5, 7. Miami Swimming 318, 8. Pine Crest 248.5, 9. Jupiter Dragons 248, 10. Swim Fort Lauderdale 181.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Andres Wong, MAC 1:41.03; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 1:42.25, time drop, 12. Lance Lesage 1:46.24, time drop, 16. Michael Arias 1:47.62, time drop, 17. Leonardo Mateus 1:48.96, time drop; Open, 1. Aitor Fungairino, MAC 1:36.29; BRST: 8. Cameron Taddonio 1:43.63; SOFLO: 12. Heath Brames 1:43.59, 13. Ricardo Roche 1:43.85, 16. CJ Kopecki 1:46.03.

50-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Aaron Rodriguez, MAC 24.77; SOFLO: 2. Lance Lesage 25.00, time drop, 10. Juan Serna 27.57, 14. Nicolas Rossi 27.05, time drop, 15. Leonardo Mateus 27.15, time drop, 17. Nicolas Munoz 27.34, time drop; Open, 1. Edson Lima, Azura 23.66; BRST: 2. Jose Garcia 24.02, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 24.88, time drop, 11. Heath Brames 25.81, time drop, 12. Juan Diaz 25.93, time drop.

200-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Kevin DeGrijze, ECAC 2:07.79; SOFLO: 2. Juan Pablo Pineda 2:10.88, time drop, 8. John Paul Handal 2:15.74, time drop; Open, 1. Teo Darias, GRSC 2:05.40; BRST: 2. Cameron Taddonio 2:08.42, time drop, 14. David Genz 2:4.27; SOFLO: 16. Logan Gonzalez 2:29.14, time drop.

100-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Nicholas Vale, PC 50.90; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 50.95, time drop, 10. Juan Serna 55.09; Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 48.53; BRST: 12. Jose Garcia 51.34.

800-yard freestyle relay:
1. Metro Aquatics 6:45.28, 2. SOFLO A 7:04.39 (Heath Brames, Ricardo Roche, Rafael Rodriguez, CJ Kopecki).

400-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:01.32, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Mateus 4:13.43, time drop, 8. Joseph Lee 4:22.55, time drop, 10. John Paul Handal 4:23.73, time drop, 13. Juan Pablo Pineda 4:29.22, time drop, 16. Nicolas Munoz 4:31.46, time drop, 18. Nicolas Rossi 4:33.49; BRST: 27. Lorant Domokos 4:49.00
Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 3:51.33; BRST: 3. Cameron Taddonio 4:07.09, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 4:09.19.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

When: Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 4 p.m.

Estimated Timelines: Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m.-12:05 p.m., finals 4-7:04 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and will be available online at soflomeets.info/seniorchamps and on Meet Mobile. For information call the swim office, 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Golding, Rodriguez Lead SOFLO On Day One Of FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, March 23, 2018—Defending champion and host South Florida Aquatic Club kicked off opening day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships with a strong showing in its home pool.

SOFLO leads the combined team standings with 996 points followed by Metro Aquatics with 961.5 and East Coast Aquatic Club with 890 in what’s expected to be a tight battle over the final two days. Thirty-one teams are in the field.

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding and Rafael Rodriguez were multiple winners with all best times.

Rodriguez, 16, was a triple winner in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:50.50, 100-yard individual medley in 53.15 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:35.60. He has 72 points in high point.

Golding, 17, won the 100-yard freestyle in 49.38, 100-yard individual medley in 56.36 and was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:49.48, the first time she cracked the 5-minute barrier in the distance event. She has 69 points in high point.

Casey Moya, 17, broke 30 seconds in the 50-yard breaststroke in 29.09, shaving 1.10 seconds off his previous best time.

“The kids swam well and were the best team tonight performance-wise,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson. “It’s going to be a close meet. I didn’t expect us to be leading after the first day.”

Other Top 4 SOFLO finishers:

Lance Lesage, third, 200-yard backstroke, 1:53.65, time drop.

Ricardo Roche, fourth, 200-yard backstroke, 1:52.51, time drop; fourth, 500-yard freestyle, 4:42.00.

Kelley Heron, third, 200-yard backstroke, 2:02.72; fourth, 100-yard individual medley, 59.75.

Jennifer Rodriguez, third, 50-yard breaststroke, 30.68.

The meet continues Saturday with the prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

1. South Florida Aquatic Club 996, 2. Metro Aquatics 961.5, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 890, 4. Gulliver 873.5, 5. Pine Crest 429, 6. Miami Swimming 354, 7. TS Aquatics 340, 8. YMCA of South Florida 302, 9. Azura 261, 10. Jupiter Dragons 227.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1. Metro Aquatics 674.5, 2. SOFLO 573.5, 3. East Coast 331, 4. Gulliver 239.5, 5. TS Aquatics 221, 6. Miami Swimming 210, 7. Azura 163, 8. Jupiter Dragos 156, 9. Pine Crest 133.5, 10. YMCA of South Florida 127.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard freestyle relay:
Open, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:25.98, 3. SOFLO A 1:26.68 (Luke Lezotte, Heath Brames, Rafael Rodriguez, Juan Serna), 9. SOFLO B 1:29.80 (Casey Moya, Michael Arias, Lance Lesage, Kevin Porto).

400-yard freestyle relay:
Open, 1. Metro Aquatics 3:07.18, 5. SOFLO A 3:14.15 (Heath Brames, Juan Serna, Rafael Rodriguez, Kevin Porto), 8. SOFLO B 3:20.46 (Michael Arias, Juan Diaz, Lance Lesage, CJ Kopecki).

200-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 1:52.08; SOFLO: 3. Lance Lesage 1:53.65, time drop, 8. Leonardo Mateus 1:59.53, 17. Nicolas Munoz 2:04.22, time drop; Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 1:45.52; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 1:52.51, time drop; 13. Juan Diaz 2:01.33.

100-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Reese Branzell, LLL 47.27; SOFLO: 5. Juan Serna 48.21, 9. Michael Arias 49.47, 17. Lance Lesage 50.49; Open, 1. Jorge Depassier, Azura 45.62; SOFLO: 8. Heath Brames 47.73, 10. Kevin Porto 48.26.

200-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:50.50, time drop; SOFLO: 7. John Paul Handal 2:02.01, 9. Joseph Lee 2:03.24 13. Leonardo Mateus 2:03.45, 20. Juancamilo Rivero 2:15.28; Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 1:47.60; SOFLO: 6. CJ Kopecki 1:55.60.

50-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Juan Pablo Pineda, SOFLO 27.55, time drop; Open, 1. Teo Darias, Gulliver 26.47; SOFLO: 11. Casey Mora 29.09, time drop.

100-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 53.15, time drop; SOFLO: 12. Juan Pablo Pineda 56.91, time drop, 13. John Paul Handal 57.15, time drop, 16. Joseph Lee 57.51, time drop; Open, 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 51.03; SOFLO: 10. Kevin Porto 56.76, 12. Heath Brames 55.30, 13. CJ Kopecki 55.42, time drop, 15. Luke Lezotte 55.95, 17. Juan Diaz 56.42.

500-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:35.60, time drop; SOFLO: 6. Leonardo Mateus 4:48.36, 8. Nicolas Rossi 4:51.76, time drop, 11. Lance Lesage 4:52.82, 16. Michael Arias 4:55.45, time drop, 20. Joseph Lee 4:56.95; Open, 1. Carlos Vasquez, TSA 4:32.70; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 4:42.00, 6. CJ Kopecki 4:43.38, time drop.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1. Gulliver 634, 2. East Coast 559, 3. SOFLO 422.5, 4. Pine Crest 295.5, 5. Metro Aquatics 287, 6. tie, YMCA of South Florida 175, AquaKids Sharks 175, 8. Miami Swimming 144, 9. TS Aquatics 119, 10. Swim Fort Lauderdale 99.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard freestyle relay:
Open, 1. East Coast 1:35.54, 2. Gulliver 1:36.99, 3. SOFLO A 1:38.05 (Paige Lane, Katrina Del Vecchio, Kathleen Golding, Jacqueline Lugo), 13. SOFLO B 1:43.15 (Molly Golding, Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Maya Coffey).

400-yard freestyle relay:
Open, 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 3:29.74; 3. SOFLO A 3:34.80 (Paige Lane, Kelley Heron, Kathleen Golding, Jacqueline Lugo), 12. SOFLO B 3:46.40 (Maya Coffey, Kyana Castro, Katrina Del Vecchio, Jennifer Rodriguez).

200-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Madison Cummings, ECAC 2:02.78; SOFLO: 15. Michelle Marinheiro 2:24.06; BRST: 16. Shelley Sikes 2:4.73; Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, MVAC 2:00.78; SOFLO: 3. Kelley Heron 2:02.72;

100-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Andrea Santander, PC 50.11; SOFLO: 5. Paige Lane 52.71, 14. Jacqueline Lugo 54.63, time drop, 15. Maya Coffey 54.64, time drop, 17. Katrina Del Vecchio 54.99; Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 49.38; SOFLO: 11. Jennifer Rodriguez 55.01, time drop.

200-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Madison Cummings, ECAC 2:05.41; SOFLO: 8. Paige Lane 2:12.64, 11. Daniela Curbelo 2:13.96; Open, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:56.93; SOFLO: 13. Molly Golding 2:12.98, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 29.49; Open, 1. Mercedes Toledo, Unattached 29.10; SOFLO: 3. Jennifer Rodriguez 30.68, 6. Molly Golding 31.46, 8. Kelley Heron 32.16, 18. Sabrina Osorio 34.50.

100-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 56.69; SOFLO: 11. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:02.01, time drop, 15. Jacqueline Lugo 1:03.49, time drop, 16. Maya Coffey 1:03.93, time drop; Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 56.36, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Kelley Heron 59.75, 6. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:01.26, time drop.

500-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Paige MacEachern, ECAC 5:00.03; SOFLO: 2. Paige Lane 5:05.66, time drop; Open, 1. Mary Smutny, AKS 4:45.97; SOFLO: 2. Kathleen Golding 4:49.48.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

When: Saturday-Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday.

Estimated Timelines: Saturday, prelims 8:30-11:35 a.m., finals 5-7:20 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m.-12:05 p.m., finals 4-7:04 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and will be available online at soflomeets.info/seniorchamps and on Meet Mobile. Timed finals for the 500-yard freestyle are Friday and 400-yard individual medley on Saturday. For information call the swim office, 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Heads Strong Field For This Weekend’s FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, March 21, 2018—Defending champion and host South Florida Aquatic Club heads a strong field for this weekend’s Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

SOFLO will have 43 swimmers in 262 individual events and 18 relays in 10 relay events compete during the three-day meet that begins Friday at Academic Village Swimming Pool.

SOFLO is defending champions in the combined and boys team titles. Pine Crest Swimming is defending girls champion.

Last weekend SOFLO won the FGC Junior Olympics for the eighth consecutive year and ninth overall. SOFLO is now trying to make a little more history by winning both seniors and JO titles in the same short course season for the sixth time in the team’s 18-year history.

With a strong field including Gulliver Swim Club, East Coast Aquatic Club, Azura Florida Aquatic, Metro Aquatics and Pine Crest Swimming, SOFLO will have their work cut out for them.

Among SOFLO top seeds are:

Kathleen Golding, 17, 100-yard freestyle, 49.43; 100-yard individual medley, 56.58; 400-yard individual medley, 4:14.46; 50-yard butterfly, 24.98; 50-yard freestyle, 22.98; and 200-yard individual medley, 1:59.72.

Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 200-yard butterfly, 1:51.69; 100-yard individual medley, 55.17; 500-yard freestyle, 4:37.27; and 400-yard individual medley, 4:02.78.

At 30, two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado of Montverde Academy (MVAC) is the oldest swimmer in the meet and top seed in the 50- and 200-yard backstroke and second seed in the 100-yard backstroke.

Among other top seeds are Miguel Cancel, swimming unattached, Elvis Kotikovski, Alexandra Meszaros and Andrea Santander of Pine Crest Swimming, Philippe Marcoux of Swim Fort Lauderdale, Chade Nersicio of East Coast Aquatic Club and Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

When: Friday-Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday.

Estimated Timelines: Friday, prelims 8:30-11:42 a.m., finals 5-8:05 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8:30-11:35 a.m., finals 5-7:20 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m.-12:05 p.m., finals 4-7:04 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and will be available online at soflomeets.info/seniorchamps and on Meet Mobile. Timed finals for the 500-yard freestyle are Friday and 400-yard individual medley on Saturday. For information call the swim office, 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Fourteen SOFLO Swimmers Headed To FGC-Florida Swimming All-Star Meet At Indian River This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

FORT PIERCE, March 21, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club has fourteen swimmers on the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team for this weekend’s All-Star dual meet against Florida Swimming at Indian River State College.

SOFLO has nine boys and five girls on the team for the three-day meet that runs from Friday night to Sunday morning.

The boys who qualified are Jonathan Lozano, Juan Colmenares, Javier Roman, Aldo Zepeda, Yannai Michael, Alejandro Mateus, Lucas Porven, Alessandro Pereira and Enrique Rodriguez.

The girls are Mariana Pinto, Giada Porven, Alexis Christensen, Mallory Schleicher and Sarah Acevedo.

Last year SOFLO sent 21 swimmers, second largest since 2010 when 24 swimmers competed.

In 2017, Florida Gold Coast boys defended their title, 319-317. The FGC girls lost, 389-247. Florida Swimming won the combined team title, 736-584.

SOFLO age group coach Lynnette Hundell was selected FGC assistant coach for the 13-14 girls.

The All-Star meet coaching staff is led by head coach Michael Averett of Swim Fort Lauderdale and FGC age group chair Jennifer Gibson, also of Swim Fort Lauderdale. Erin Condon of Gator Swim Club is head coach of the Florida Swimming All-Star team.

The top six finishers at the FGC 14&Under Junior Olympics in Coral Springs qualified for the team. Several swimmers turned down spots because of spring break vacations.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast vs. Florida Swimming All-Star Dual Meet

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Session I, Friday 6 p.m.; Session II, Saturday, 9 a.m., Session III, 3 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 9 a.m.

Where: Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.

Of note: Admission is $5. Indian River Aquatics is hosting the meet. For more information call 772-462-7760.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Captures Ninth Florida Gold Coast Short Course 14&Under Junior Olympics Title


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, March 18, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club found a way to win—again.

The early leaders of the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Short Course Junior Olympics clinched the combined team title on the third and final day at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

With less swimmers and superstars than years’ past, SOFLO won with 846 points finishing ahead of Flood Aquatics with 717.50 and Pine Crest Swimming with 708.50.

It was a record eighth consecutive and ninth overall in the club’s 18-year history.

“It’s definitely getting harder each year to win,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson. “With the group that we have I can’t stress enough how our coaches maximized their strengths. Our experienced coaches took the strength of club and exploited the rest of the Gold Coast with it.”

Every point mattered for SOFLO. In past years, depth was always the key but this year’s meet was a little different.

“Our strengths was really taking advantage of athletes we have in the water,” Anderson said. “We found a way to basically win in four different ways–depth, the middle distance quality, depth of relays and specifying different strokes.

“Our girls were swimming out of their minds in individual races. They may not have been able to swim six races but they could do three very strong ones and that’s what we had to do.

“We’re not as strong as we used to be, but we had a good handle on it. We looked at where they were at in September, adjusted in December, coached them better and they were ready to go.

“We are going to continue to find ways to win the big championships,” Anderson said. “It is a culture of winning. The coaches feel it and know it as well.”

Last weekend SOFLO won its first Southern Zone South Sectional Championships with depth and fed off that momentum at JOs. Thirty-two of the sectional swimmers all scored and competed on multiple JO teams.

“Winning sectionals was something we had never done in the past and we did it with depth,” Anderson said.

“This week if you looked at us on paper there was no way we would be in the top two,” Anderson said. “We were suppose to get third place. After the first day of the meet we found a way to win. Our younger swimmers, the 10-and-unders, did a great job. It worked out well.”

SOFLO swimmers that competed in their final JO short course appearance before aging up all played a vital role in the team victory. They were Sarah Acevedo, Brennan Binder, Juan Colmenares, Kayla Cunningham, Mark Andre De Gracia, Molly Golding, Yannai Michael, Jena Legaspi, Anthony Robaina, Javier Roman, Mallory Schleicher and Christian Vasquez.

SOFLO’s 11-12 boys scored 254 points; 13-14 girls 178 points; 13-14 boys 138 points; 11-12 girls scored 114; 10-and-under girls scored 83; and 10-and-under boys score 79. The majority of SOFLO swimmers had at least one best time.

Among SOFLO’s top three finishers were:

Giada Porven, second, 200-yard individual medley, 2:35.70, time drop.

Jonathan Lozano, second, 200-yard individual medley, 2:31.52, time drop.

Mallory Schleicher, third, 1,650-yard freestyle, 17:33.42.

Valerie Vank, third, 50-yard breaststroke, 31.77.

Alejandro Mateus, third, 200-yard individual medley, 2:12.92, time drop; third, 1,650-yard freestyle, 18:26.33, time drop.

Lucas Porven, third, 200-yard butterfly, 2:16.91, time drop.

SOFLO’s A 200-yard freestyle relay was third in 1:45.30 with Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Christian Tijero, Aldo Zepeda and Alejandro Mateus.

“The most satisfying win is always the first,” Anderson said. “As far as upping the quality and reputation of being a very competitive team, this is definitely one of the most satisfying ones. Coaching up the kids and watching the kids and coaches perform at the championship level was very satisfying.”

More than 600 swimmers and 36 teams competed. The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

Among FGC teams were Pine Crest, Azura, East Coast, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Miami Swimming, Wahoos of Wellington, Gulliver and AquaKids Sharks.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM RESULTS

1. South Florida Aquatic Club 846, 2. Flood Aquatics 717.50, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 708.50, 4. St. Andrew’s 650.50, 5. Jupiter 544, 6. East Coast Aquatic 426, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 388, 8. Metro Aquatics 339, 9. Gulliver 334, 10. Hialeah Storm 278.

HIGH POINT AWARDS
GIRLS

10-and-under, 1. Tania Mantilla, YMCA of South Florida 69; SOFLO: 10. tie, Giada Porven 26 and Mariana Pinto, 26, 31. Sarah Vasquez 3.

11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 77; SOFLO: 12. Valerie Vank 31, 20. Alexis Christensen 14, 28. Luna Delgado 6, 35. Kerry Cunningham 5.

13-14, 1. Anna Auld, East Coast Aquatic 70; SOFLO: 10. Molly Golding 34, 11. Kayla Cunningham 33, 13. Mallory Schleicher 29.50, 30. Victoria Torres 7.50, 32. Sarah Acevedo 5.

BOYS

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, Metro Aquatics 77; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Lozano, 61.

11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, Jupiter Dragons 75; SOFLO: 7. Alejandro Mateus 55, 12. Christian Tijero 32, 13. Alessandro Pereira 31, 14. Lucas Porven 22, 19. Aldo Zepeda 16, 29. Javier Colmenares 7, 41. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 1.

13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 77; SOFLO: 13. Javier Roman, 30, 16. Juan Colmenares 23, 25. Yannai Michael 11, 29. Brennan Binder 7, 33. Moises Rodriguez 5, 36. Enrique Rodriguez 4

GIRLS

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Giola Balzano, EA 2:33.04; SOFLO: 2. Giada Porven 2:35.70, time drop, 8. Sarah Vasquez 2:43.54, time drop, 11. Fiorella DiSalvo 2:45.56; 11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:10.84; 13-14, 1. Emily Trieschmann,SAS 2:05.86; SOFLO: 9. Molly Golding 2:11.96, time drop.

50-yard backstroke
10-and-under, 1. Mia Guerrero, Azura 32.59; SOFLO: 9. Mariana Pinto 34.40, time drop, 16. Abigail-Marie Natino 35.61, time drop; 11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 26.44; 13-14, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 25.57; SOFLO: 8. Kayla Cunningham 28.04, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Elyse Wood, GRSC 37.27; SOFLO: 11. Mariana Pinto 40.14, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sara Lin, PC 31.20; SOFLO: 3. Valerie Vank 31.77; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 29.25; SOFLO: 4. Victoria Torres 30.79, time drop, 8. Molly Golding 31.03, time drop.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Casey Perez, BMHG 2:15.13; SOFLO: 5. Luna Delgado 2:24.18, time drop; 13-14, 1. Anelis Roque, MAC 2:05.81; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 2:10.99, time drop, 8. Kayla Cunningham 2:11.92.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Tania Mantilla, YSF 1:00.42; SOFLO: 5. Mariana Pinto 1:04.12, time drop, 14. Giada Porven 1:06.38, time drop, , 17. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:07.05; 11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 52.40; 13-14, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 51.61.

200-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. St. Andrew’s 1:40.90, 5. SOFLO A 1:50.09 (Hartley Pitters-Hinds, Anastasia Lutz, Alexis Christensen, Valerie Vank), 11. SOFLO B 1:53.38 (Kaitlyn Barrios, Luna Delgado, Natalia Sibug, Reagan Lowe).

400-yard freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. East Coast 3:35.57, 5. SOFLO A 3:44.50 (Kayla Cunningham, Mallory Schleicher, Sarah Acevedo, Molly Golding), 21. SOFLO B 3:56.17 (Emma Twombly, Sabrina Osorio, Jena Legaspi, Victoria Torres).

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Mariana Cote, Azura 18:22.01; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 16:34.66; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 17:33.42, 13. Sarah Acevedo 18:36.69.

BOYS

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 2:24.39; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Lozano 2:31.52, time drop, 14. Derek Hau 2:54.67; 11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, JDST 2:11.73; SOFLO: 3. Alejandro Mateus 2:12.92, time drop, 5. Christian Tijero 2:15.40, time drop, 8. Lucas Porven 2:20.75, time drop, 9. Javier Colmenares 2:22.04, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:53.92; SOFLO: 8. Juan Colmenares 2:03.09, time drop, 9. Javier Roman 2:03.30, time drop, 10. Yannai Michael 2:05.73, time drop.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 33.42; SOFLO: 4. Jonathan Lozano 34.10, time drop; 11-12, 1. Noah Smith, FAST 26.80; SOFLO: 6. Aldo Zepeda 30.19, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 23.61.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 33.14; SOFLO: 15. Derek Hau 41.67; 11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, JDST 30.38; 13-14, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 26.84; SOFLO: 6. Javier Roman 28.54, time drop.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, Unattached 2:09.86; SOFLO: 3. Lucas Porven 2:16.91, time drop, 4. Alessandro Pereira 2:18.32, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:53.82; SOFLO: 5. Brennan Binder 2:03.91, time drop, 8. Juan Colmenares 2:05.94, time drop.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Antoine Sharp, LLL 1:02.52; SOFLO: 4. Jonathan Lozano 1:03.48, time drop; 11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, JDST 52.51; SOFLO: 10. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 58.08; 13-14, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 47.12.

200-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Flood Aquatics 1:43.18, 3. SOFLO A 1:45.30 (Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Christian Tijero, Aldo Zepeda, Alejandro Mateus), 10. SOFLO B 1:51.99 (Alessandro Pereira, Javier Colmenares, Kevin Moya, Lucas Porven).

400-yard freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. Hialeah 3:21.44, 4. SOFLO A 3:27.44, 11. SOFLO B 3:38.02.

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. John Trieu, FAST 18:06.03; SOFLO: 3. Alejandro Mateus, 18:26.33, time drop; 13-14, 1. Dominic Bono, AKS 16:41.54.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Extends Lead After Day Two Of Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, March 17, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club leads the combined team standings going into the third and final day of the Florida Gold Coast Short Course 14&Under Junior Olympics.

The defending champion extended its lead with 635.50 points Saturday night at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Pine Crest Swimming is second with 489 and Flood Aquatics Swim Team is third with 488.50.

SOFLO is on track to win a record eighth consecutive and ninth overall combined short course team title in the club’s 18-year history.

SOFLO has built its lead with depth and talent.

SOFLO’s top girls relay was the 13-14 400-yard medley relay that was second in 3:58.70 with Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Sarah Acevedo and Mallory Schleicher.

SOFLO’s 11-12 boys had two third place finishes in the 200-yard medley in 1:57.70 with Alejandro Mateus, Alessandro Pereira, Christian Tijero and Diego Nazario-Vazquez and the 400-yard medley in 4:15.84 with the same foursome.

Among Top 3 finishers were:

Molly Golding, second, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:21.87, time drop.

Jonathan Lozano, second, 200-yard freestyle, 2:13.96, time drop; second, 100-yard backstroke, 1:10.06, time drop.

Valerie Vank, third, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:28.30, time drop.

Mariana Pinto, third, 200-yard freestyle, 2:15.99, time drop.

Kayla Cunningham, third, 100-yard backstroke, 57.91, time drop.

Mallory Schleicher, third, 400-yard individual medley, 4:33.79, time drop.

Alejandro Mateus, second, 400-yard individual medley, 4:36.59, time drop; third, 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.82, time drop.

More than 600 swimmers and 32 teams are competing. The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

Among FGC teams competing at Pine Crest, Azura, East Coast, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Miami Swimming, Wahoos of Wellington, Gulliver and AquaKids Sharks.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

1. South Florida Aquatic Club 635.50, 2. Pine Crest Swimming 489, 3. Flood Aquatics 488.50, 4. St. Andrew’s 445, 5. Jupiter Dragons 366, 6. East Coast Aquatic Club 301, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 277, 8. Metro Aquatics 262, 9. Gulliver Swim Club 253, 10. Azura Florida Aquatic 212.

GIRLS

200-yard medley relay:
10-and-under, 1. Coral Springs Swim Club 2:14.77, 3. SOFLO A 2:18.09 (Mariana Pinto, Fiorella Di Salvo, Giada Porven, Sarah Vasquez); 11-12, 1. St. Andrew’s 1:52.43, 5. SOFLO A 2:02.44 (Kerry Cunningham, Valerie Vank, Luna Delgado, Anastasia Lutz), 12. SOFLO B 2:08.10 (Mariann Catalasan, Natalia Sibug, Reagan Lowe, Hartley Pitters-Hinds); 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:47.97, 6. SOFLO A 1:52.67 (Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Sarah Acevedo, Victoria Torres), 15. SOFLO B 1:57.44 (Jena Legaspi, Sabrina Osorio, Mallory Schleicher, Emma Twombly).

400-yard medley relay:
11-12, 1. St. Andrew’s 4:08.89, 4. SOFLO A 4:20.80 (Kerry Cunningham Valerie Vank, Luna Delgado, Alexis Christensen); 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 3:56.59, 2. SOFLO A 3:58.70 (Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Sarah Acevedo, Mallory Schleicher), 15. SOFLO B 4:17.32 (Sofia Osorio, Victoria Torres, Jena Legaspi, Emma Twombly).

200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Wahoos of Wellington 2:00.60, 5. SOFLO 2:03.36 (Mariana Pinto, Fiorella Di Salvo, Sarah Vasquez, Giada Porven).

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Emily Santos, Unattached 2:25.48; SOFLO: 3. Valerie Vank 2:28.30, time drop; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:20.19; SOFLO: 2. Molly Golding 2:21.87, time drop.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Tania Mantilla, YSF 2:11.75; SOFLO: 3. Mariana Pinto 2:15.99, time drop, 9. Giada Porven 2:20.94, time drop; 11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:55.45; SOFLO: 6. Alexis Christensen 2:05.48; 13-14, 1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 1:52.66; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 1:55.93, time drop.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Paola Negrin, FFSC 31.20; SOFLO: 14. Giada Porven 33.42, time drop; 11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 26.13; 13-14, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 25.18.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Lena Lajko, SFTL 1:09.87; SOFLO: 10. Giada Porven 1:15.58, 11. Mariana Pinto 1:15.88, time drop, 12. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:15.91; 11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 57.66; 13-14, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 55.61; SOFLO: 3. Kayla Cunningham 57.91, time drop.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Erin Miller, SAS 4:45.22; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 4:20.63; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 4:33.79, time drop, 5. Kayla Cunningham 4:35.46, time drop, 6. Molly Golding 4:35.48, time drop.

BOYS

200-yard medley relay:
10-and-under, 1. Metro Aquatics 2:15.12, 6. SOFLO 2:25.29 (Stefano Mazzi, Benjamin Kim, Jonathan Lozano, Derek Hau); 11-12, 1. Flood Aquatics 1:54.53, 3. SOFLO A 1:57.70 (Alejandro Mateus, Alessandro Pereira, Christian Tijero, Diego Nazario-Vazquez), 8. SOFLO B 2:02.91 (Aldo Zepeda, Javier Colmenares, Lucas Porven, Kevin Moya); 13-14, 1. Flood Aquatics 1:39.50, 8. SOFLO A 1:45.72 (Moises Rodriguez, Javier Roman, Christian Vasquez, Juan Colmenares), 13. SOFLO B 1:50.74 (Alex Golding, Mark Andre De Gracia, Enrique Rodriguez, Anthony Robaina).

400-yard medley relay:
11-12, 1. Flood Aquatics 4:10.19, 3. SOFLO A 4:15.84 (Alejandro Mateus, Alessandro Pereira, Christian Tijero, Diego Nazario-Vazquez); 13-14, 1. Flood Aquatics 3:39.05, 4. SOFLO A 3:49.44 (Moises Rodriguez, Javier Roman, Juan Colmenares, Enrique Rodriguez).

200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Sunrise 1:59.88, 7. SOFLO 2:08.30 (Derek Hau, Stefano Mazzi, Benjamin Kim, Jonathan Lozano).

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Chipper Edwards, FAST 2:27.67; SOFLO: 4. Alessandro Pereira 2:35.00, time drop, 8. Javier Colmenares 2:40.41; 13-14, 1. Victor Valdes, HSC 2:07.59; SOFLO: 4. Javier Roman 2:14.19, time drop, 5. Yannai Michael 2:14.78, time drop.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 2:09.70; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Lozano 2:13.96, time drop; 11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, Unattahced 1:53.28; SOFLO: 7. Aldo Zepeda 2:04.92; 13-14, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 1:43.71.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Steven Curtis, Jupiter 27.00; SOFLO: 7. Lucas Porven 28.91, time drop, 14. Aldo Zepeda 30.15, time drop, 17. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 30.31; 11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, Unattached 26.29; SOFLO: 9. Lucas Porven 28.61, time drop; 13-14, 1. Tiago Pereira, SAS 22.64.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Farouk Musa, HAT 1:10.02; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Lozano 1:10.06, time drop, 20. Stefano Mazzi 1:21.69, time drop; 11-12, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 59.54; SOFLO: 3. Alejandro Mateus 1:00.82, time drop, 6. Christian Tijero 1:03.67, time drop, 8. Aldo Zepeda 1:04.29, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 50.10; SOFLO: 9. Moises Rodriguez 57.91, time drop.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Noah Smith, FAST 4:36.30; SOFLO: 2. Alejandro Mateus 4:36.59, time drop, 5. Christian Tijero 4:46.23, 6. Alessandro Pereira 4:46.99, time drop, 8. Lucas Porven 4:59.30, 9. Javier Colmenares 5:01.45, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 3:56.86; SOFLO: 4. Javier Roman 4:18.00, time drop, 5. Juan Colmenares 4:23.69, time drop, 7. Enrique Rodriguez 4:25.40.

FRIDAY LATE RESULTS
GIRLS

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Anais Gedeon, EA 27.08.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Tania Mantilla, YSF 1:08.88; SOFLO: 3. Giada Porven 1:10.14, time drop.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Tania Mantilla, YSF 1:11.60.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Gioia Balzano, EA 5:49.61; SOFLO: 2. Mariana Pinto 5:54.77, time drop, 5. Giada Porven 6:04.70, 13. Fiorella Di Salvo 6:30.13; 11-12, 1. Erin Miller, SAS 5:15.49; SOFLO: 6. Alexis Christensen 5:26.01, time drop, 9. Kerry Cunningham 5:36.99, time drop; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 4:49.87; SOFLO: 3. tie, Mallory Schleicher 5:04.00, time drop, 5. Kayla Cunningham 5:08.97, time drop, 10. Sarah Acevedo 5:12.84, time drop.

BOYS

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Andreas Dasilva, WOW 27.98.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 1:11.39; SOFLO: 11. Derek Hau 1:29.35.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Lozano, SOFLO 1:09.34, time drop.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 1:07.39.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 5:40.79; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Lozano 5:51.18, time drop; 11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, Unattached 5:04.35; SOFLO: 4. Alejandro Mateus 5:17.78, time drop, 7. Christian Tijero 5:20.12, time drop, 9. Alessandro Pereira 5:27.69, time drop, 10. Lucas Porven 5:31.90, time drop; 13-14, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 4:42.09; SOFLO: 9. Javier Roman 4:57.49, time drop, 13. Enrique Rodriguez 5:03.18, time drop.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics Short Course Championships.

When: Sunday, 9 a.m., prelims; 5 p.m. finals.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

Of Note: Admission is $5 for prelims and $3 for finals. Heat sheets will not be sold at the gate. Heat sheets are free and can be located at http://www.swimcssc.com. Meet organizers are running two pools with the boys in the East pool and girls in the West pool. Ten lanes will be used for both pools. For questions call 954-340-5032.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com