SOFLO Sharks Lead After Day One Of FGC Short Course Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, March 15, 2018—Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club opened its title defense Friday on Day One of the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic Short Course Championship at Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

SOFLO leads combined with 310.5 points and boys team totals with 172 points. SOFLO girls are second behind Pine Crest Swimming with 138.5 points.

SOFLO is going after a record ninth consecutive and tenth overall combined short course team title in the club’s 19-year history.

SOFLO, buoyed by talent and depth, turned in several outstanding swims.

The girls’ 11-12 400-yard freestyle relay of Natalia Sibug, Mariana Pinto, Isabelle Wilson and Anastasia Lutz won in 3:52.52 ahead of Coral Springs Swim Club and East Coast. The foursome shaved 3.97 seconds off the relay’s seed time of 3:56.49.

Olivia Dinehart, 14, won the 100-yard individual medley in a best time 58.74, dropping 0.47. Her previous best was 59.21. She was also second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.99 and third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.89, another best time by 0.04.

Javier Colmenares, 12, won the 11-12 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:05.73, dropping a total of 2.49 seconds. His previous best was 1:08.22 which he lowered in prelims in 1:07.18 and came back at night even faster. He was also third in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:12.86.

Juan Mora, 14, won the 13-14 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:01.12. He posted back-to-back drops in prelims in 1:00.61 and finals in 1:00.12. His previous best was 1:02.04.

SOFLO boys’ 13-14 200-yard freestyle relay of Sebastian Lares, Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Alejandro Mateus and Juan Mora was second in 1:31.79, bettering its entry time of 1:36.09.

Other top three SOFLO finishers were:

Elena Dinehart, 14, 200-yard backstroke, second 2:03.87, 3.03 time drop.

Sebastian Lares, 14, 200-yard backstroke, second, 1:56.99, 2:58 time drop and 100-yard butterfly, second, 52.92, 0.46 time drop.

Mariana Pinto, 11, 500-yard freestyle, third, 5:21.29, 11.39 time drop.

Natalia Sibug, 12, 100-yard breaststroke, third, 1:12.16, 0.11 time drop.

Juan Vallmitjana, 10, 500-yard freestyle, third, 6:02.33, 23.86 time drop.

Stefano Mazzi, 10, 100-yard individual medley, third, 1:12.53, 3.51 time drop.

The boys’ 11-12 400-yard freestyle relay was third in 3:53.86 with Kevin Moya, Hashan Ekanayake, Ethan McPeek and Javier Colmenares.

For this year’s meet, SOFLO qualified 60 swimmers in 317 individual events for JOs. SOFLO also entered a record 42 relays.

The 14-year-old SOFLO swimmers are making their final JO short course appearance before aging up and hope to make a lasting impression including Olivia Dinehart, who leads 13-14 girls high point with 28 points.

More than 600 swimmers and 43 teams are entered. The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team. Among FGC teams competing at Pine Crest Swimming, Azura Florida Aquatics, East Coast, Heritage Aquatics, Hialeah, TS Aquatics, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Miami Swimming, Wahoos of Wellington, FAST, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Gulliver and AquaKids Sharks.

The three-day meet continues Saturday with prelims a 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. South Florida Aquatic Club 310.5, 2. Pine Crest Swimming 210, 3. Jupiter Dragons 195, 4. St. Andrew’s 185, 5. Flood Aquatics Swim Team 161.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 172, 2. FAST 122, 3. Jupiter Dragons 105.5, 4. City of Hialeah 97, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 85.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Pine Crest 143, 2. SOFLO 138.5, 3. St. Andrew’s 108, 4. Wahoos of Wellington 93, 5. Gulliver 92.

GIRLS

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Gioia Balzano, EA 5:39.27, 2. Alexandria Cogle, JDST 6:23.40, 3. Jenny Jean-Baptiste, SUN 6:24.28; 11-12, 1. Kiersten Munna, FAST 5:13.53, 2. Emma Jerrera, JDST 5:20.11, 3. Mariana Pinto, SOFLO 5:21.59; SOFLO: 4. Isabelle Wilson 5:21.98, 19. Anastasia Lutz 5:45.70, 21.Fiorella Di Salvo 5:46.68; 13-14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:54.81, 2. Erin Miller, SAS 4:59.71, 3. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 4:59.89; SOFLO: 9. Elena Dinehart 5:12.91, 10. Maddie Smutny 5:14.14, 13. Alexis Christensen 5:16.17, 25. Victoria Torres 5:25.74, 35. Ava Kuznik 5:33.72.

200-yard freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:36.77, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:37.46, 3. Gulliver 1:40.13, 4. SOFLO A 1:41.44 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Victoria Torres, Hartley Pitters-Hinds), 13. SOFLO B 1:44.86 (Alexis Christensen, Kaitlyn Barrios, Sally Golding, Valerie Vank).

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:04.44, 2. Kiersten Munna, FAST 2:1.69, 3. Lilia Blanco, PB 2:13.50; SOFLO: 10. Mariann Catalasan 2:20.79; 13-14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:00.23, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:03.87, 3. Nicol Bellardi, MWA 2:07.98.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 27.26,2. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 27.27, 3. Madison Abinuman, WOW 28.36; SOFLO: 20. Sofia Lugo 30.93, 26. Elise Dinehart 31.60, 31. Giada Porven 31.90; 11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 24.25, 2. Julianne McCranie, Azura 25.31, 3. Anais Gedeon, YSF 25.61; SOFLO: 6. Anastasia Lutz 25.82; 13-14, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 23.60, 2. Isabella Chambers, PC 24.22, 3. Cassandra Kraft, GRSC 24.31.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under,1. Tessa Broedell, JDST 1:18.08, 2. Isabel Viera, Unattached 1:21.56, 3. Luiza Pereira, SAS 1:25.24; SOFLO: 7. Elise Dinehart 1:28.02; 11-12, 1. Sara Lin, PC 1:05.72, 2. Bianca Nieto, Unattached 1:11.06, 3. Natalia Sibug, SOFLO 1:12.16; 13-14, 1. Michaela Sierra, CSSC 1:03.37, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:03.99, 3. Riley Botting, PC 1:04.95; SOFLO: 6. Victoria Torres 1:07.03, 9. Sally Golding 1:08.27.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Erika Pelaez, EA 58.54, 2. Julianne McCranie, Azura 59.98, 3. Sidney Anton, Azura 1:00.78; 13-14, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 57.12, 2. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 57.43, 3. Giulianna Garcia, TSA 58.81.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Gioia Balzano, EA 1:09.36, 2. Sofia Jorge, MAC 1:10.49, 3. Madison Abinuman, WOW 1:14.35; SOFLO: 11. Elise Dinehart 1:17.85, 12. Giada Porven 1:17.93, 37. Lydia Smutny 1:25.43; 11-12, 1. Sara Lin, PC 1:01.40, 2. Julianne McCranie, Azura 1:02.54, 3. Lilia Blanco, PB 1:04.32; SOFLO: 9. Anastasia Lutz 1:06.97; 13-14, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 58.74, 2. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 59.10, 3. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 59.85; SOFLO: 9. Sally Golding 1:02.96, 10. Victoria Torres 1:02.99.

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. SOFLO A 3:52.52 (Natalia Sibug, Mariana Pinto, Isabelle Wilson, Anastasia Lutz), 2. Coral Springs 3:53.97, 3. East Coast 3:54.62, 12. SOFLO B 4:08.50 (Mariann Catalasan, Sarah Vasquez, Fiorella DiSalvo, Gabriela Avila).

800-yard freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. Pine Crest 7:43.92, 2. St. Andrew’s 7:55.34, 3. SOFLO A 7:58.57 (Alexis Christensen, Madeline Smutny, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart).

BOYS

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Andreas Dasilva, WOW 5:44.14, 2. Jeremiah Paiz, SUN 5:44.34, 3. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 6:02.33; SOFLO: 10. Connor Jimenez 6:19.70; 11-12, 1. Alessandra Pereira, Azura 5:07.05, 2. Makar Goncharov, SFTL 5:07.07, 3. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 5:12.86; SOFLO: 10. Hashan Ekanayake 5:29.96, 17. Jonathan Lozano 5:41.27, 22. Ethan McPeek 5:49.34; 13-14, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 4:44.27, 2. Christian Proscia, FAST 4:45.98, 3. Enrique Rodriguez, Azura 4:49.29; SOFLO: 12. Alex Golding 5:03.57, 13. Christian Tijero 5:07.41, 15. Alejandro Mateus 5:10.19, 18. Nathaniel Garrick 5:12.81.

200-yard freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. City of Hialeah 1:31.10, 2. SOFLO A 1:31.79 (Sebastian Lares, Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Alejandro Mateus, Juan Mora), 3. FAST 1:32.20, 11. SOFLO B 1:38.18 (Christopher Hau, Zackary Harris, Alex Golding, Samuel Bullen).

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Landon Kyser, HAT 2:00.25, 2. Henry Evans, JDST 2:12.95, 3. Dylan Ferguson, Unattached 2:14.20; SOFLO: 7. Jonathan Lozano 2:23.75; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:45.67, 2. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 1:56.99, 3. Hudson Bishop, ECAC 1:57.08; SOFLO: 10. Alejandro Mateus 2:08.28.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Andreas Dasilva, WOW 27.12, 2. William Domokos-Murphy, SAS 27.37, 3. Jared Berke, PC 28.25; SOFLO: 6. Juan Vallmitjana 28.91, 9. Connor Jimenez 29.49; 11-12, 1. Landon Kyser, HAT 24.24, 2. Riley Brisco, LLL 24.76, 3. Lucas Bailey, ECAC 25.39; SOFLO: 7. Kevin Moya 25.81; 13-14, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 22.06, 2. William Coady, JDST 22.58, 3. Aiden Kohanyi, TSA 22.59.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 1:21.25, 2. Jared Berke, PC 1:21.62, 3. Oliver Cannings, AJSC 1:21.82; SOFLO: 5. Stefano Mazzi 1:23.89, 6. Juan Vallmitjana 1:27.11, 7. Ryan Harries 1:27.23, 13. Mason Jimenez 1:32.24; 11-12, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 1:05.73, 2. George Gonzalez, MAC 1:05.84, 3. Alessandro Pereira, Azura 1:07.42; 13-14, 1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 1:01.12, 2. Dario Martin, OSC 1:00.41, 3. Parker Rosenthal, GRSC 1:01.67; SOFLO: 9. Samuel Bullen 1:07.41.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. William Domokos-Murphy, SAS 1:08.51, 2. Samuel Strohecker, FAST 1:09.62, 3. Asher Smith, FAST 1:10.58; SOFLO: 7. Stefano Mazzi 1:13.62, 11. Connor Jimenez 1:20.31, 19. Mason Jimenez 1:25.30; 11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 55.31, 2. Lucas Bailey, ECAC 59.87, 3. Luciano Campoo, SDST 1:00.39; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 49.83, 2. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 52.92, 3. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 53.73; SOFLO: 5. Juan Mora 55.64.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. William Domokos-Murphy, SAS 1:10.78, 2. Andreas Sadilva, WOW 1:12.09, 3. Stefano Mazzi, SOFLO 1:12.53; SOFLO: 29. Mason Jimenez 1:22.98; 11-12, 1. Landon Kyser, HAT 58.14, 2. Kaii Winkler, EA 58.51, 3. George Gonzalez, MAC 1:01.44; SOFLO: 4. Javier Colmenares 1:01.57; 13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 54.93, 2. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 55.98, 3. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 56.28; SOFLO: 5. Juan Mora 57.40.

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Pine Crest 3:53.05, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:53.79. 3. SOFLO A 3:53.86 (Kevin Moya, Hashan Ekanayake, Ethan McPeek, Javier Colmenares), 14. SOFLO B 4:10.84 (Derek Hau, Alessio Mazzi, Luca Hincapie, Jonathan Lozano).

800-yard freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. FAST 7:16.45, 2. City of Hialeah 7:21.40, 3. SOFLO A 7:22.45 (Alex Golding, Juan Mora, Christian Tijero, Sebastian Lares).

IF YOU GO

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

When: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m., prelims; 5 p.m. finals. Prelims warmup 7:30 a.m., finals warmup 3:30 p.m.

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.csscswim.com. Meet organizers will run 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

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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