SOFLO Hosts FGC South SCY BB Spring Championships This Weekend At Academic Village Pool


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, February 27, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at this weekend’s Florida Gold Coast South SCY BB Spring Championships South at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO heads a field of 33 Florida Gold Coast teams from Miami-Dade and south Broward.

SOFLO has the largest team entered with 82 swimmers (48 girls and 34 boys) competing in 330 individual events and 16 relays.

Among SOFLO top seeds are:

Sofia Lugo, 10, 200-yard freestyle, 2:35.76.

Nathaniel Garrick, 14, 500-yard freestyle, 5:19.51.

Manuel Melendez, 15, 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.62.

Mason Jimenez, 10, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:34.22.

Elise Dinehart, 10, 50-yard freestyle, 32.52.

Mathew Jimenez, 10, 100-yard individual medley, 1:24.19.

Garrett Oliver, 16, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:34.24.

Isabella Perry, 10, 50-yard backstroke, 38.33.

The meet is open to all swimmers on Broward County Florida Gold Coast registered teams who have achieved a BB national time age group motivational time standard in one or more events.

Lake Lytal Lightning is hosting the FGC SCY BB North Championships in West Palm Beach.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast South SCY BB Spring Championships South

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Schedule: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Teams: SOFL, AKS, AAST, ASC, BMHG, BISC, CANE, CM, DRSC, EA, FLA, FKSC, FFSC, FIU, GRSC, HSC, MACM, MLB, MBS, MCDA, MSA, MS, NMST, OSC, SDST, SWAT, SGST, UofM, YSF, AZFL, SF, CCPR, BKSC.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are available for free at soflomeets.info/BB South or Meet Mobile. The meet is short course yards. For more information, call 954-538-3721.

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

Atkinson, Rodriguez Shine In Mexico; SOFLO Finishes 19th With Four Swimmers


By Sharon Robb

QUERETARO, Mexico, February 26, 2019–The road trip to Mexico for training and competing had some positive results for South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers.

With only four swimmers, SOFLO finished 19th among a field of 80 teams at the Feb. 22-24 second edition of the Copa Heller Internacional in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico.

SOFLO finished with 71 points in the long course meters competition that featured both world-class swimmers and age group swimmers.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian and world short course record holder Alia Atkinson, 30, swam and won her best races in the 50-meter breaststroke (31.60) and 100-meter breaststroke (1:10.84), including a win over Mexico’s top breaststroker Esther Gonzalez (1:12.65).

Atkinson also swam the 50-meter butterfly, third in 27.62; 50-meter freestyle, third in 26.63; and 50-meter backstroke, first in 29.92 with a time drop of 0.02. She finished with 49 points.

Atkinson was joined by SOFLO teammates Rafael Rodriguez, 17, Dominic Bono, 15, and Hartley Pitters-Hinds, 13. The results for the trio were:

Rodriguez, 22 points in high point:

50-meter butterfly fly, 26.39, time drop 1.38 prelims; finals, 16th, 26.58.

400-meter individual medley, second, 4:53.42.

200-meter individual medley, 2:15.17 in prelims and fifth in finals 2:15.41.

100-meter butterfly, 59.20 in prelims, 16th in final 59.34.

50-meter freestyle 25.47 prelims.

400-meter freestyle, second 4:19.55, 11 and over; fourth, 4:19.48, 15 and over.

50-meter butterfly, 29.66, time drop 2.57 in prelims.

100-meter butterfly, 1:05.14, time drop of 0.89 in prelims.

400-meter individual medley, 11th 5:12.64, final.

200-meter individual medley, 25th, 2:24.26

400-meter freestyle, 12th, 4:32.04.

200-meter freestyle, 2:19.23, 13th.

200-meter back, 13th, 2:19.23

50-meter freestyle, 28.43, 0.78 time drop in prelims.

Pitters-Hinds:

50-meter butterfly, 34.45

100-meter breaststroke, 1:41.45

100-meter backstroke, 1:22.48

200-meter individual medley, 2:57.72

50-meter breaststroke, 43.64

50-meter freestyle, 31.39

50-meter backstroke, 35.69

It was one of the biggest elite meets in Mexico. In addition to Atkinson, among the elite field was Brazil world record holder Cesar Cielo, who has not retired and American record holder Kelsi Worrell.

Cielo swam a pair of races, finishing fourth in the 50-meter butterfly in 24.41 and winning the 50-meter freestyle in 22.85. Cielo was the 2008 Olympic Champion in the 50 freestyle and has a combined five long course World Championships in those two events combined.

Worrell won all four events she competed in: 50-meter butterfly, 26.35; 100-meter butterfly, 59.01; 50-meter freestyle, season-best 25.56 and 100-meter freestyle, 57.31

The men’s breaststroke races featured some great racing betweem Brazilian veteran Joao Gomes and Mexico’s Mauro Castillo-Luna, who was an NCAA All-American at Texas A&M before graduating last season. Gomes won both the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.46 and 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.75). Castillo-Luna won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:16.58.

Other top finishers were:

Colombia’s Omar Pinzon won the 50-meter backstroke (26.20), 100-meter backstroke (56.77) and 200-meter backstroke (2:06.32).

California alum Long Yuan won the 100-meter freestyle in 51.06 and 200-meter freestyle in 1:52.50.

Cuba’s Hanser Garcia won the 100-meter freestyle in 51.56.

Brazil’s Leonardo de Deus won the 100-meter butterfly in 54.29 and 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.86.

American Anthony Ervin, 37, was fifth in the 50-meter freestyle in 23.11.

South African Roland Schoeman, 38, was third in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.00, second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.73 and second in the 50-meter freestyle in 23.10.

Brazil’s Nicholas dos Santos won the 50-meter butterfly in 23.64 and 50-meter freestyle in 23.17.

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

SOFLO Swimmers End Broward County BC Championships On Successful Note


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, February 25, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers continued their winning ways and dropped times on the second and final day of the Broward County BC Championships Sunday at Sunrise Civic Center Pool.

SOFLO swept the top four places in the girls 9-10 50-yard backstroke. Caitlin Nguyen, 9, won in 40.01 and was followed by Alessandra Gendarmi, 10, best time 40.03, Olivia Wang, 10, 40.98 and Saree Young, 9, 41.52.

Other SOFLO winners were:

Jemma Baldwin, 8, 100-yard individual medley, 1:29.39, time drop of 5.71.

Caitlyn Nguyen, 9, 50-yard backstroke, 40.01.

Olivia Wang, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 38.72.

Gabriela Avila, 12, 50-yard butterfly, 32.41.

Saree Young, 9, 200-yard individual medley, 3:15.67.

Alessio Mazzi, 12, 50-yard backstroke, 34.33, time drop of 1.02

Ryan Harries, 9, 50-yard butterfly, 39.72, time drop of 4.03; 100-yard 1:15.82, time drop of 7.31.

The meet was open to all swimmers on Broward County Florida Gold Coast registered teams who had yet achieved a BB national time age group motivational time standard in the events they are entered. BB time standards were calculated for the 50s of the strokes and 100 individual medley in the 13-and-over age group.

The teams that competed were Azura Florida Aquatics, Coral Springs Swim Club, Cyclones, Eagles Swim Club, Hammerhead Aquatics, Heritage Aquatic Team, Plantation Swim Team, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, TS Aquatics, Westminster Academy, YMCA of South Florida and host Sunrise Swimming.

SOFLO had 48 swimmers (25 girls, 23 boys) compete in 243 individual events.

Two other BC Championships were also held in Miami-Dade hosted by Eagle Aquatics at Miami Shores Aquatic Center and Palm Beach hosted by North Palm Beach at Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Center.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

100-yard individual medley:
8-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:29.39, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Shelby Evans 1:36.77, 7. Jordan Evans 1:42.78, time drop, 8. Aanya Robinson 1:43.11, time drop; 9-10, 1. Salome Paniagua, YSF 1:23.00; SOFLO: 2. Olivia Wang 1:25.41, 4. Caitlin Nguyen 1:27.19, 5. Saree Young 1:29.76, 6. Sophia Avila 1:30.99, time drop, 7. Sofia Gomez 1:33.64; 11-12, 1. Emma Lin, CSSC 1:16.73; SOFLO: 9. Genesis Escobar 1:20.43, time drop, 10. Roshini Shivakumar 1:20.86, time drop; 13-14, 1. Andrea Federica Freites, Azura 1:12.88; 15-and-over, 1. Gigi Leon, HAT 1:16.59.

50-yard backstroke:
9-10, 1. Caitlin Nguyen, SOFLO 40.01; SOFLO: 2. Alessandra Gendarmi 40.03, time drop, 3. Olivia Wang 40.98, 4. Saree Young 41.52, 8. Sofia Gomez 43.16, time drop; 11-12, 1. Daniela Saffon, Azura 34.66; SOFLO: 4. Roshini Shivakumar 36.86, time drop; 13-14, 1. Eva Renaud, SF 33.80; SOFLO: 4. Gabriella Lissa 35.67, time drop, 5. Samantha Solis 35.89, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Jordan Jones, SF 33.37.

100-yard breaststroke:
9-10, 1. Benjy Sherman, SFTL 1:43.65; SOFLO: 2. Sofia Gomez 1:44.20, time drop, 4. Mackenzie McPherson 1:46.12, time drop, 5. Alexandra Strong 1:46.95, 6. Gabriela Marin 1:50.76; 11-12, 1. Daniela Saffon, Azura 1:26.34; SOFLO: 4. Gel Lewis 1:32.56, 8. Cali Harries 1:35.91, time drop; 13-14, 1. Eva Renaud, SF 1:19.55; SOFLO: 4. Gabriella Lissa 1:27.73; 15-and-over, 1. Victoria Gonzalez, SUN 1:24.89.

100-yard freestyle:
8-and-under, 1. Sabina La Pietra, Azura 1:14.77; SOFLO: 3. Jemma Baldwin 1:19.74, time drop, 5. Shelby Evans 1:26.88, time drop, 6. Jordan Evans 1:28.15, 8. Aanya Robinson 1:29.98, time drop; 9-10, 1. Dajah German, SFTL 1:19.06; SOFLO: 3. Caitlyn Nguyen 1:19.64, 5. Olivia Wang 1:21.70, time drop; 11-12, 1. Mila Bond, CSSC 1:05.92; SOFLO: 3. Genesis Escobar 1:07.52, time drop, 5. Pilar Duranti 1:07.62, time drop, 7. Roshini Shivakumar 1:08.22, time drop; 13-14, 1. Sarah Colado, TSA 1:04.17; SOFLO: 4. Gabriella Lissa 1:06.16, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Jordan Jones, SF 1:03.08.

50-yard butterfly:
9-10, 1. Olivia Wang, SOFLO 38.72; SOFLO: 2. Alessandra Gendarmi 39.92, time drop, 4. Caitlyn Nguyen 40.42, 6. Saree Young 43.57, 7. Sophia Avila 45.60, time drop; 11-12, 1. Gabriela Avila, SOFLO 32.41; SOFLO: 7. Roshini Shivakumar 34.86; 13-14, 1. Maggie Gonio, SFTL 30.98; 15-and-over, 1. Gigi Leon, HAT 34.79.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Saree Young, SOFLO 3:15.67; 11-12, 1. Deniz Sirma, Azura 2:42.49; SOFLO: 5. Pilar Duranti 2:49.92, time drop, 7. Genesis Escobar 2:51.85, time drop; 13-14, 1. Isabel Schlicht, YSF 2:34.11; SOFLO: 2. Samantha Solis 2:40.04, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Jordan Jones, SF 2:42.97.

BOYS

100-yard individual medley:
8-and-under, 1. Alex Diaz, SF 1:37.45; SOFLO: 3. Dylan McVeigh 1:40.48; 9-10, 1. Alistair Bass, SFTL 1:29.69; 11-12, 1. Karvin Jay Ortiz, Azura 1:13.77; SOFLO: 3. Alessio Mazzi 1:15.51, time drop, 7. Nicholas Pelaez 1:17.78, time drop; 13-14, 1. Lucas Porven, SOFLO 1:07.41, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Adrian Hernandez 1:07.65, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Michael Gonio, SFTL 1:09.44.

50-yard backstroke:
9-10, 1. Zachary Schultz, SUN 42.48; SOFLO: 2. Theodore Gittens 42.90, time drop, 4. Adrian Sowma 43.38, time drop, 6. Emiliano Cavani 44.21, 8. Preston Christensen 45.25, time drop, 10. Lorenzo Bagnuoli 47.87; 11-12, 1. Alessio Mazzi, SOFLO 34.33, time drop; SOFLO: 6. Nicholas Pelaez 36.79, 8. Matt McVeigh 37.81, time drop; 13-14, 1. Tyler Arbelo, SF 31.77; SOFLO: 2. Austin Nelson 31.86, 4. Adrian Hernandez 32.56, time drop, 10. Nicholas Veeser 42.19; 15-and-over, 1. Alejandro Perez, Azura 31.42.

100-yard breaststroke:
9-10, 1. Kavon Clarke, SFTL 1:44.51; SOFLO: 7. Adrian Sowma 1:50.10, time drop; 11-12, 1. Giovanni Gianfriddo, SUN 1:25.61; SOFLO: 5. Matt McVeigh 1:32.08, time drop, 8. Thomas Pereira-Ramallo 1:43.40; 13-14, 1. Nathaniel Garrick, SOFLO 1:13.04; SOFLO: 3. Lucas Porven 1:15.82, time drop, 4. Adrian Hernandez 1:17.45, time drop, 8. Nicholas Veeser 1:36.77, time drop, 9. Samuel Guevara-Cabrera 1:38.87; 15-and-over, 1. Christian Arbelo, SF 1:17.70.

100-yard freestyle:
9-10, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 1:15.82, time drop; 11-12, 1. Karvin Jay Ortiz, Azura 1:03.53; SOFLO: 7. Nicholas Pelaez 1:08.92, time drop, 10. Matt McVeigh 1:11.40, time drop; 13-14, 1. Jihwan Kim, YSF 57.67; SOFLO: 2. Lucas Porven 58.31, time drop, 3. Austin Nelson 1:01.16; 15-and-over, 1. Sebastian Braithwaite, TSA 58.41.

50-yard butterfly:
9-10, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 39.72, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Emiliano Cavani 42.42, 9. Adrian Sowma 48.54, time drop; 11-12, 1. Karvin Jay Ortiz, Azura 33.32; SOFLO: 8. Nicholas Pelaez 35.42; 13-14, 1. Nathaniel Garrick, SOFLO 27.87; SOFLO: 5. Adrian Hernandez 30.84, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Michael Gonio, SFTL 29.82.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Kavon Clarke, SFTL 3:05.82; 11-12, 1. Alejandro Osorio, Azura 2:41.91; 13-14, 1. Vincenzo DiCorpo, SF 2:57.17; 15-and-over, 1. Christian Arbelo, SF 2;22.43.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Shine On Day One Of Broward County BC Championships


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers came up big on opening day of the Broward County BC Championships Saturday at Sunrise Civic Center Pool.

The boys and girls swimmers dominated the podium with several individual wins and top three finishes.

Among SOFLO winners were:

Alessandra Gendarmi, 100-yard backstroke, 1:27.91.

Reagan Lowe, 100-yard backstroke, 1:08.89, time drop.

Caitlyn Nguyen, 50-yard breaststroke, 44.36.

Jemma Baldwin, 50-yard freestyle, 34.70, time drop; 50-yard butterfly, 40.21, time drop.

Juan Vallmitjana, 100-yard backstroke, 1:16.99.

Alessio Mazzi, 100-yard backstroke, 1:12.8, time drop; 50-yard freestyle, 28.74, time drop.

Nathaniel Garrick, 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.13, time drop; 50-yard breaststroke, 33.92, time drop.

Samuel Bullen, 100-yard butterfly, 1:00.48, time drop.

SOFLO swept the top five places in the girls 9-10 50-yard breaststroke with Caitlyn Nguyen, 9, winning in 44.36 followed by Sofia Gomez, 9, Alexandra Strong, 10, Mikhel Martin, 10, and Mackenzie McPherson, 9, all with time drops.

The meet was open to all swimmers on Broward County Florida Gold Coast registered teams who have yet to achieve a BB national time age group motivational time standard in the events they are entered.

BB time standards have been calculated for the 50s of the strokes and 100 individual medley in the 13-and-over age group.

The teams competing are Azura Florida Aquatics, Coral Springs Swim Club, Cyclones, Eagles Swim Club, Hammerhead Aquatics, Heritage Aquatic Team, Plantation Swim Team, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, TS Aquatics, Westminster Academy, YMCA of South Florida and host Sunrise Swimming.

SOFLO has 48 swimmers (25 girls, 23 boys) competing in 243 individual events.

Two other BC Championships are also being held in Miami-Dade hosted by Eagle Aquatics at Miami Shores Aquatic Center and Palm Beach hosted by North Palm Beach at Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Center.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

50-yard backstroke:
8-and-under, 1. Wendy LaPietra, Azura 42.67; SOFLO: 4. Shelby Evans 45.64, 5. Cherill Royalty 45.83, time drop, 7. Gianna Martin 46.82, time drop, 10. Jordan Evans 49.54, time drop.

100-yard backstroke:
9-10, 1. Alessandra Gendarmi, SOFLO 1:27.91; SOFLO: 2. Sofia Gomez 1:30.59, time drop, 7. Saree Young 1:36.86; 11-12, 1. Daniela Saffon, Azura 1:15.31; SOFLO: 8. Roshini Shivakumar 1:23.31, 10. Genesis Escobar 1:24.58, time drop; 13-14, 1. Reagan Lowe, SOFLO 1:08.89, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Shayna Blitz 1:12.07, time drop, 8. Gabriella Lissa 1:16.36, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Jordon Jones, SF 1:13.30.

50-yard breaststroke:
8-and-under, 1. Sabina La Pietra,Azura 42.92; SOFLO: 3. Jemma Baldwin 49.70, time drop, 6. Jordan Evans 52.30, 9. Aanya Robinson 53.94, time drop; 9-10, 1. Caitlin Nguyen, SOFLO 44.36; SOFLO: 2. Sofia Gomez 46.69, time drop, 3. Alexandra Strong 46.99, time drop, 5. Mikhel Martin 48.26, time drop, 7. Sophia Avila 49.38, time drop; 11-12, 1. Neika Gayle, SUN 39.56; SOFLO: 10. Gel Lewis 42.24, time drop; 13-14, 1. Eva Renaud, SF 36.90; SOFLO: 4. Samantha Solis 38.59, 6. Shayna Blitz 38.84, 10. Reagan Lowe 39.69, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Jordan Jones, SF 39.93.

50-yard freestyle:
8-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 34.70, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Gianna Martin 36.02, time drop, 6. Shelby Evans 39.13, 7. Aanya Robinson 39.45, time drop, 8. Jordan Evans 39.52, time drop, 10. Cherill Royalty 40.63; 9-10, 1. Morgan Thomas, TSA 34.00; SOFLO: 2. Caitlyn Nguyen 35.02, 4. Olivia Wang 35.18, time drop, 6. Mackenzie McPherson 36.00, time drop, 9. Sofia Gomez 36.46, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sabrina Schnoeller, SFTL 30.62; SOFLO: 2. Genesis Escobar 30.88, time drop, 3. Roshini Shivakumar 31.08, time drop; 13-14, 1. Maggie Gonio, SFTL 28.99; SOFLO: 6. Gabriella Lissa 30.07, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Jayleh Cooper, SFTL 30.25.

50-yard butterfly:
8-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 40.21, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Cherill Royalty 45.71, time drop, 7. Gianna Martin 47.89, time drop.

100-yard butterfly:
9-10, 1. Chloe Cupid, PST 1:34.59; SOFLO: 2. Alessandra Gendarmi 1:37.76, time drop, 3. Mikhel Martin 1:38.53; 11-12, 1. Payton Lander, CSSC 1:15.71; SOFLO: 7. Roshini Shivakumar 1:30.84, time drop; 13-14, 1. Jade Renaud, SF 1:07.44; SOFLO: 2. Samantha Solis 1:11.22, time drop, 3. Reagan Lowe 1:11.34, time drop, 6. Shayna Blitz 1:15.39; 15-and-over, 1. Jayleh Cooper, SFTL 1:23.50.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Carley Kaplan, CCPR 2:25.28; SOFLO: 2. Mikhel Martin 2:52.73, 6. Shelby Evans 3:03.52, 9. Gabriela Marin 3:07.70; 11-12, 1. Emma Lin, CSSC 2:21.96; SOFLO: 6. Genesis Escobar 2:29.59, time drop; 13-14, 1. Andrea Federica Freites, Azura 2:14.36; SOFLO: 4. Gabriella Lissa 2:22.71, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Jordan Jones, SF 2:20.28.

BOYS

50-yard backstroke:
8-and-under, 1. Hudson Ferenc, SFTL 42.23; SOFLO: 2. Dylan McVeigh 43.28, time drop.

100-yard backstroke:
9-10, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:16.99; SOFLO: 6. Adrian Sowma 1:31.39, time drop, 8. Theodore Gittens 1:34.56; 11-12, 1. Alessio Mazzi, SOFLO 1:12.88, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Nicholas Pelaez 1:16.90, time drop, 8. Matt McVeigh 1:23.69, time drop; 13-14, 1. Nathaniel Garrick, SOFLO 1:00.13, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Adrian Hernandez 1:06.41, time drop, 4. Austin Nelson 1:06.83, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Jesse Lobom CCPR 1:14.80.

50-yard breaststroke:
8-and-under, 1. Alex Diaz, SF 47.50; SOFLO: 3. Dylan McVeigh 50.77, time drop; 9-10, 1. Kavon Clarke, SFTL 46.61; SOFLO: 6. Emiliano Cavani 48.32; 11-12, 1. Abraham Penaloza, YSF 39.08; SOFLO: 9. Matt McVeigh 42.63; 13-14, 1. Nathaniel Garrick, SOFLO 33.92, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Adrian Hernandez 35.60, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Ezequiel Copantsidis, YSF 36.21.

50-yard freestyle:
8-and-under, 1. Hudsin Ferenc, SFTL 36.44; SOFLO: 2. Dylan McVeigh 40.39; 9-10, 1. Beny Papescu, ESC 33.20; 11-12, 1. Alessio Mazzi, SOFLO 28.74, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Nicholas Pelaez 31.08, time drop; 13-14, 1. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 26.86, time drop; SOFLO: 7. Austin Nelson 28.30, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Christian Arbelo, SF 26.81.

50-yard butterfly:
8-and-under, 1 Hudson Ferenc, SFTL 44.25; 9-10, 1. Benjamin Cupid, PST 1:24.16.

100-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Ethan Kim, YSF 1:12.74; SOFLO: 3. Nicholas Perez 1:17.66, time drop, 7. Thomas Pereira-Ramallo 1:38.54; 13-14, 1. Samuel Bullen, SOFLO 1:00.48, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Nathaniel Garrick 1:01.65, time drop, 6. Austin Nelson 1:10.84, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Christian Arbelo, SF 1:06.28.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under,1. Cesar Sanchez, PST 2:47.28; SOFLO: 3. Emiliano Cavani 2:58.32; 11-12, 1. Reinaldo Martinez, SFTL 2:31.32; 13-14, 1. Jihwan Kim, YSF 2:06.34; SOFLO: 4. Austin Nelson 2:14.94; 15-and-over, 1. Sebastian Braithwaite, TSA 2:06.46.

IF YOU GO

What: Broward County BC Champs

When: Sunday, 10 a.m. Warm-up 9 a.m. Timed finals.

Where: Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park, Sunrise.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session Heat sheets will not be sold at the gate. They are available free of charge online at sunriseswimming.com or Meet Mobile. For more information call the swim office, 954-747-4635.

SOFLO Swimmers Headed To Broward County BC Championships This Weekend In Sunrise


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE—South Florida Aquatic Club heads a field of fourteen teams for this weekend’s Broward County BC Championships at Sunrise Civic Center Pool.

The two-day meet is timed finals Saturday and Sunday with warm-up at 9 a.m. followed by the competition at 10 a.m. They are timed finals.

The meet is open to all swimmers on Broward County Florida Gold Coast registered teams who have yet to achieve a BB national time age group motivational time standard in the events they are entered.

BB time standards have been calculated for the 50s of the strokes and 100 individual medley in the 13-and-over age group.

The teams competing are Azura Florida Aquatics, Coral Springs Swim Club, Cyclones, Eagles Swim Club, Hammerhead Aquatics, Heritage Aquatic Team, Plantation Swim Team, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, TS Aquatics, Westminster Academy, YMCA of South Florida and host Sunrise Swimming.

SOFLO is sending 48 swimmers (25 girls, 23 boys) to compete in 243 individual events.

Among SOFLO’s top-seeded swimmers are:

Alessandra Gendarmi, 10, 100-yard backstroke, 1:32.39; 100-yard butterfly, 1:45.84.

Reagan Lowe, 13, 100-yard backstroke, 1:10.92.

Alessio Mazzi, 12, 100-yard backstroke, 1:17.19; 50-yard backstroke, 35.35.

Nathaniel Garrick, 14, 100-yard backstroke, 1:04.00.

Jemma Baldwin, 8, 50-yard freestyle, 35.93; 100-yard freestyle, 1:21.22.

Genesis Escobar, 11, 50-yard freestyle, 31.50; 200-yard freestyle, 2:31.22.

Shelby Evans, 8, 200-yard freestyle, 3:00.05; 100-yard individual medley, 1:35.00.

Nicholas Pelaez, 12, 100-yard butterfly, 1:21.67.

Kaitlyn Consuegra, 13, 200-yard freestyle, 2:20.46; 100-yard individual medley, 1:16.18; 100-yard freestyle, 1:05.04.

Lucas Porven, 13, 100-yard individual medley, 1:07.73.

Austin Nelson, 13, 50-yard backstroke, 30.51; 200-yard individual medley, 2:29.86.

Sofia Gomez, 9, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:47.59.

Gabriela Avila, 12, 50-yard butterfly, 34.15.

Samantha Solis, 14, 200-yard individual medley, 2:40.37.

Two other BC Championships are also being held in Miami-Dade hosted by Eagle Aquatics at Miami Shores Aquatic Center and Palm Beach hosted by North Palm Beach at Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Center.

IF YOU GO

What: Broward County BC Champs

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. Warm-up 9 a.m. Timed finals.

Where: Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park, Sunrise.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session Heat sheets will not be sold at the gate. They are available free of charge online at sunriseswimming.com or Meet Mobile. For more information call the swim office, 954-747-4635.

SOFLO Heads To Gulliver Winter Invite, Masters Compete In Fort Lauderdale Masters Challenge This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

February 14, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club heads to Miami for the Gulliver Winter Invite this weekend.

The short course yards meet, that begins Friday with distance, is timed finals.

Host Gulliver Swim Club and South Florida Aquatic Club have the largest contingents in the Florida Gold Coast meet.

Most of the field are Dade County teams including Metro Aquatics, Hialeah, Blue Marlins, Hurricanes Swimming, Florida Keys and Miami Swimming. Among other teams are Heritage Aquatics and Swim Fort Lauderdale. Host Gulliver and Metro Aquatics have the most top seeds.

SOFLO has 55 swimmers (29 boys and 26 girls)competing in 298 individual events. Mariann Catalasan, 12, is among SOFLO highest seed swimmers.

FORT LAUDERDALE MASTERS CHALLENGE

South Florida Aquatic Club will have four swimmers competing in the three-day meet at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

The swimmers are Paula Berti, 49, Emmanuel Butmankiewicz, 33, Arnold Foote, 52, and Rafael Naranjo, 37.

SOFLO will be among a field of 30 masters teams. The meet begins Friday at 6 p.m. On Saturday it starts 11 a.m. On Sunday the 1,650 freestyle begins 9 a.m. followed by the remaining events at 11 a.m.

IF YOU GO

What: Gulliver Winter Classic (SCY)

When: Friday-Sunday.

Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 5 p.m.; Saturday, Session II, 9 a.m.; Session III, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 10 a.m., Session V, 3 p.m.

Where: Gulliver Swim Club, 6575 North Kendall Drive, Miami.

Of note: All sessions are timed finals. Admission is $6 per session. Heat sheets are posted online. Concessions will be provided. For more information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1465.

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

Remembering Nicholas Dworet: You Are Loved, You Are Missed


By Sharon Robb
Reprinted from February 15, 2018

PARKLAND, February 14, 2019—-The swimming community is saddened beyond belief by the senseless death of Nicholas Dworet.

The swimmer was one of 17 killed during one of the deadliest school shootings Wednesday at his beloved high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Dworet, a high school and club swimmer in the Florida Gold Coast, was headed to the University of Indianapolis on an academic scholarship this fall. The program is ranked in the top five of NCAA Division II swimming.

Dworet was a member of TS Aquatics and before that Coral Springs Swim Club. Dworet earned second team All-County honors in the freestyle and consistently ranked among the county’s top swimmers in the honor roll.

In the past 18 months since he joined TS Aquatics, he turned his life around for the better. He focused on his academics and training and improved from a middle-of-the-pack swimmer according to TS Aquatics Coach Andre Bailey. He found purpose and focus and was ready to start the next chapter of his academic and swimming career, Bailey said. Bailey said he was making all the right choices. Dworet of Swedish descent, had hoped to earn a spot on the Swedish national swim team.

“I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart, he just took his life in his hands… he chiseled and molded his life,” Bailey told the Indianapolis Star. “This kid went from being listless and going through the motions to planning ahead and organizing his life. He was an all-around great kid. Everybody loved him.”

Dworet was team captain on TS Aquatics and known as “swim daddy.” He took the younger swimmers under his wing and helped to motivate them at practice.

“This is a kid who went from middle-of- the-pack last year to being just lights out,” Bailey said. “He helped put our program on the map.”

Bailey was with Dworet’s family when they got the notification of his death Thursday morning. He was one of the first victims to be identified after his family shared his photo on social media.

“Nicholas was a happy young man who embodied the values of our program,” TS Aquatics posted. “He was an amazing person as well as a great swimmer. A young man who had changed his life recently and was on a major upswing in his life.

“Nick you have touched everyone on TS Aquatics in one way or another, whether it was your smile, your jokes, or your very positive attitude. You will be forever missed.”

Swimmers, coaches and friends have been sharing their condolences on social media around the U.S.

Said TS Aquatics Coach Marty Grady: “He was not only a good swimmer but a good person. A happy young man. Nick, you have touched everyone on the team in one way or another, you will be very missed.”

Said one tweet, “Once a greyhound, always a greyhound. Nicholas Dworet would have been with us at UIndy this fall, and we’ll make sure that’s never forgotten.”

“Heaven has gained an angel today,” said another tweet. “We love you Nick.”

Said a friend on Facebook, “Please pray for the family and friends of Nicholas Dworet. Nick was a hero, thinking of his younger brother before himself through all that evil. May God bless him and the people who loved him.”

At St. Thomas Aquinas High School during Thursday morning prayer service, 17 white balloons were released in honor of those who lost their lives.

UIndy President Robert L. Manuel and swim coach Jason Hite have been in contact with the Dworet family and will continue to offer support.

“Nick’s death is a reminder that we are connected to the larger world, and when tragedy hits in places around the world, it often times affects us at home,” Manuel said in a statement emailed to the Indianapolis Star.

Swim parent Steven Meyer, whose son and daughter swim with Dworet at TS Aquatics, also posted a touching dedication on Facebook:

“Nick was a great kid. A long-time teammate of our children and an all-around great kid from a great family. We are at a loss for word right now. Our son always looked up to Nick at Coral Springs and also TS Aquatics. Kiddo you will be missed, such a devastating senseless loss. So many friends and families in this community are devastated.

“As parents, we cannot imagine what your family is going through right now. Thank you for always pushing and supporting Alexander. Whether in public or private, he will always admire and look up to you.”

One friend wrote a final heartwrenching tribute on Instagram to Dworet: “We had class together earlier in the day. ‘See you tomorrow,’ you said as you walked out. But I won’t see you tomorrow, or next week, or next month. We walked into kindergarten together, so knowing that you won’t be walking across the stage at graduation with me in a few months is devastating and heartbreaking.”

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