SOFLO Swimmers Hit The Road This Weekend For Two Miami Meets

By Sharon Robb

MIAMI, May 17, 2018—More than 100 South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will compete at two meets this weekend.

The Gulliver Summer Invitational will feature 51 SOFLO swimmers (27 girls, 24 boys), mostly age group swimmers. The three-day meet is timed finals and gets under way Friday.

On Friday night, the 11-and-over 800- and 1500-meter freestyle events will open the meet. Gulliver dominates the entries in the girls heats in the 800 and boys heats in the 1500.

SOFLO has three swimmers in the distance events. Gavin Sheyda, 12, and Christian Tijero, 12, are in the same 1500 heat. Anastasia Lutz, 11, is the only SOFLO girl in the 800.

SOFLO has the top four seeds in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle and six in the top seven. Javier Colmenares, 11, is seeded first in 2:23.82. He is also top seed in the 50-meter freestyle in 31.77 and 200-meter individual medley in 2:42.61.

Alessandro Pereira, 11, is seeded first in the 11-12 100-meter backstroke in 1:17.43.

Diego Nazario-Vazquez, 12, is top seed in the 11-12 100-meter butterfly in 1:16.07 followed by teammate Javier Colmenares, 11, in 1:16.89. Nazario-Vazquez is also No. 1 seed in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:06.19 ahead of Javier Colmenares in 1:07.73.

Christian Tijero, 12, is top seed in the 11-12 50-meter backstroke in 36.72.

Luna Delgado, 12, is top seed in the 11-12 100-meter butterfly in 1:17.03 followed by Kerry Cunningham, 12, in 1:20.97. Delgado is also first seed in the 11-12 50-meter butterfly in 35.58.

Kerry Cunningham, 12, is seeded first in the 11-12 100-meter backstroke in 1:20.11. She is one of four SOFLO swimmers seeded in the top four and one of six in the top seven.

Natalia Sibug, 12, is top seed in the 11-12 200-meter individual medley in 2:53.45 followed by teammates Luna Delgado, 12, and Kerry Cunningham, 12. Sibug is also No. 1 seed in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:27.26.

Giada Porven, 10, is No. 1 seed in the 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle in 1:16.07.

Alexis Christensen, 12, is top seed in the 11-12 100-meter freestyle in 1:08.57.

The FIU Spring Long Course Invite that features 55 SOFLO swimmers (24 girls, 31 boys), mostly from the senior group and a few age groupers, is Saturday and Sunday at the FIU Aquatic Center.

The SOFLO contingent is led by four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, at 29, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet. She is entered in five events including the 100-meter breaststroke.

Atkinson is seeded first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.48; first in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.04; first in the 100 freestyle in 55.35; first in the 100 butterfly in 59.94 and second in the 200 freestyle in 2:02.54.

Among other SOFLO swimmers competing are Jonathan Farah, 20, Kylie Herman, 20, CJ Kopecki, 18, Melissa Marinheiro, 21, Jessica Rodriguez, 19, Ricardo Roche, 18, Heath Brames, 18, Rafael Rodriguez, 16, Juan Pablo Pineda, 15, Daniela Curbelo, 15, and Mallory Schleicher, 14.

Brames is seeded first in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:00.39. Other SOFLO top seeds are: Pineda, 100 breaststroke, 1:10.11; Curbelo, 200 butterfly, 2:26.33; Rafael Rodriguez, 200 butterfly, 2:06.77, 400 individual medley, 4:37.85 and 400 freestyle, 4:07.64; Roche, 200 backstroke, 2:12.36; Jennifer Rodriguez, 400 individual medley, 5:14.62; Juan Serna, 16, 100 freestyle, 54.75; Yannai Michael, 14, 200-meter breaststroke 2:38.57; and Marinheiro, 400 freestyle, 4:20.69.

What: Gulliver Summer Invitational

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, Session I, 5 p.m.; Saturday, Session II, 8:30 a.m.m Session III, one hour after Session II and warm-up, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 10 a.m., Session V, one hour after Session IV and warm-up, 3 p.m.

Where: Gulliver Prep School, 6575 North Kendall Drive, Miami.

Of note: The meet, hosted by Gulliver Swim Club, is all timed finals. Admission is $6 per session. Heat sheets are free and available on line. Meet director is Jackson Leonard.

What: FIU Spring Long Course Invite

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, Session 1, 8:30 a.m.; Session II, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Session III, 8:30 a.m.; Session IV, 2 p.m.

Where: FIU Aquatic Center, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami.

Of note: The meet is timed finals. Admission is $3 per session. Heat sheets are $2 per session. Disability athletes should call 305-919-4549 or For questions call meet director Randy Horner at 504-615-7629 or email

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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