SOFLO Swimmers Drop Times On Opening Day Of GCST Winter Open

By Sharon Robb

FORT MYERS, January 18, 2019—The competitive field brought out the best in South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers on opening night of the Gulf Coast Swim Team Winter Open Friday at FGCU Aquatics Center.

Four swimmers posted career-best times in the 500-yard freestyle.

Alessandra Gendarmi, 10, finished seventh in a best time 7:17.62 with a time drop of 9.98 seconds

Pilar Duranti, 11, finished in 6:32.06 with a 5.81-second time drop.

Hartley Pitters-Hinds, 13, finished in 6:11.66 with a time drop of 2.55.

Juan Vallmitjana, 9, was sixth in 6:26.19, shaving 2.13 seconds off his previous best. He was also sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:55.80.

The meet continues Saturday with two sessions.

SOFLO has 21 swimmers (13 girls and eight boys) competing in 127 individual events and three girls teams in two relay events.

The field is comprised mostly of teams from Central and North Florida in the Florida Swimming Association. Pompano Beach Piranhas, Heritage Aquatics and SOFLO are the only Florida Gold Coast teams.


500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Aidyn Reese, LAKR 5:57.68; SOFLO: 7. Alessandra Gendarmi 7:17.62, time drop; 11-12, 1. Maddie Reynolds, LAKR 5:28.08; SOFLO: 16. Pilar Duranti 6:32.06; 14-and-under, 1. Hayley Clrk, LAKR 5:05.15; SOFLO: 18. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 6:11.66, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Kelsey Swartout, GCST 5:14.52.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Aidyn Reese, LAKR 2:32.52.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Lilly Murphy, CCS 5:16.30; Open, 1. Addison Reese, LAKR 4:41.22; SOFLO: 14. Alexis Christensen 5:08.38, 21. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 5:50.56.


500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Bogdan Zverev, SKY 5:34.11; SOFLO: 6. Juan Vallmitjana 6:26.19, time drop; 11-12, 1. Ryan Erisman, LAKR 5:09.83; 14-and-under, 1. Colton Rasmussen, SWIM 4:49.52; 15-and-over, 1. Garrett Stanley, SWIM 4:45.51.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Bogdan Zverev, SKY 2:22.29; SOFLO: 6. Juan Vallmitjana 2:55.80.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Jayden Repak, CVST 4:48.44; Open, 1. Ryan Staunch, SWIM 4:14.41.


What: GCST Winter Open

When: Saturday-Sunday

Where: FGCU Aquatics Center, 10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Fort Myers.

Schedule: Saturday, sessions 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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