By Sharon Robb
STUART, July 19, 2018—Alexis Christensen, Mallory Schleicher and Christian Tijero got South Florida Aquatic Club off to a good start Thursday at the Florida Gold Coast Long Course Junior Olympic Championship at Sailfish Splash Water Park.
SOFLO swimmers won three of the four individual mile races on opening night.
Christensen, 12, won the 11-12 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 18:34.63. She shaved 58.25 off her previous best mile time of 19:32.88 and broke 19 minutes for the first time.
Schleicher, 14, won the 13-14 1500-meter freestyle in 17:50.04, also a best time dropping 14.40 off her previous time of 18:04.44. It was the first time Schleicher cracked 18-minutes in the mile.
In the boys’ competition, Christian Tijero, 12, won the 11-12 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 18:21.43, bettering his previous best of 19:29.50, dropping 1:08.07 and cracking 19 minutes for the first time in his young career.
SOFLO teammate Alessandro Pereira, 11, was sixth in the mile in 19:07.81, also a best time dropping 38.32 from his previous best of 19:46.13.
Schleicher, Christensen and Tijero were recently named to the FGC age group zone team. They will represent SOFLO and FGC at the July 31-Aug. 5 Southern Age Group Swimming Championships at COM Aquatic Center in Midland, Tex.
The four-day meet continues Friday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
SOFLO is going after its ninth consecutive JO long course team title and tenth overall in club history. SOFLO has also won back-to-back short and long course JO titles five times.
SOFLO, defending champion in combined and boys team titles, has qualified 58 individual swimmers in 329 events. SOFLO has also entered 40 relay teams in 22 relay events.
It is the third time the meet is being co-hosted by FGC clubs Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club at Sailfish Splash Water Park, site of the annual FHSAA State High School Swimming and Diving meet for the past five years.
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 36, 2. FAST 26, 3. Metro Aquatics 21, 4. Jupiter Dragons 16, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale.
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 20, 2. tie, AquaKids Sharks, WOW 10, 4. tie, Metro Aquatics, FAST 7.
BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. FAST 19, 2. SOFLO 16, 3. Metro Aquatics 14, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 12, 5. Jupiter Dragons 11.
11-12, 1. Alexis Christensen, SOFLO 18:34.63, time drop 58.25; SOFLO: 9. Kaitlyn Consuegra 20:42.26, time drop 19.57, 10. Leah Pando 20:47.99; 13-14, 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 17:50.04, time drop 14.40, 2. Faith Mutschler, WOW 18:01.89, 3. Olivia Dinehart, AquaKids Sharks 18:12.53; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 18:32.09.
11-12, 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 18:21.43, time drop 1:08.07, 2. Makar Goncharov, Swim Fort Lauderdale 18:22.05, 3. John Trieu, FAST 18:33.17; SOFLO: 4. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 18:38.42, time drop 1:21.93, 7. Alessandro Pereria, 19:07.81, time drop 38.32, 9. Lucas Porven 19:22.28, time drop 1:45.77, 14. Gavin Sheyda 19:59.57, time drop 57.18, 19. Jonathan Lozano 20:47.27, time drop 38.40; 13-14, 1. Nicolas Gallego, Jupiter Dragons 17:03.32, 2. Trenton Edwards, FAST 17:17.14, 3. Christian Proscia, FAST 17:31:42.
IF YOU GO
What: 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics
Schedule: Friday, prelims, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.
Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart.
Defending 2017 champions: Combined, SOFLO; Boys, SOFLO; Girls, Guliver Swimming.
Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets for prelims $3 per session and finals $3 per session. Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club are co-hosting the meet. Well-respected Scott Boggs is serving as head referee. Results are available on Meet Mobile or http://www.martincountyswimming.org. For more information call Jim McCombs, 772-485-3239.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org