SOFLO Swimmers End On Good Note On Final Day Of Coral Springs Open Invitational


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, April 28, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers ended with some more good racing and time drops Sunday at the Coral Springs Open Invitational at Coral Springs Aquatic Center’s Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

Leonardo Mateus, 17, was top SOFLO finisher with a second place in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:25.07. During the meet he was also 12th in the 200-meter freestyle and 21st in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Also in the 200-meter backstroke, Nate Garrick, 14, was fifth in a best time 2:35.81, dropping 2.18, and Adrian Hernandez, 13, was sixth in a best time, 2:36.43, dropping a whopping 15.26.

Also in the 200-meter backstroke, Fiorella Di Salvo, 11, was ninth in a best time 32.50, dropping 1.42.

Alejandro Mateus, 13, was eighth in the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 1:04.69, dropping 1.70.

Mariann Catalasan, 13, was top girls finisher placing seventh in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:41.09. She dropped 6.83 seconds off her previous best.

Mariana Pinto was ninth in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:22.47, dropping 6.51 seconds.

Alana Deo, 15, was tenth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:25.54.

SOFLO had 97 swimmers (54 boys and 43 girls) compete in 472 individual events over three days.

In addition to SOFLO, some of the Florida Gold Coast teams that were in the field were Blue Marlins, City of Miami Parks, East Coast, Heritage Aquatics, Hialeah, Midtown Weston, St. Andrew’s Swimming and host Coral Springs Swim Club.

Among international teams that competed were Bulado Swim Club of Curacao and Orca Swim Club, also of Curacao. Shawn Neely, 16, leads Orca and is among top seeds in the boys breaststroke events and 50 freestyle.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 2:11.81; SOFLO: 9. Mariana Pinto 2:22.47, time drop, 17. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:25.76, time drop.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Nicol Bellardi, MWA 32.83; SOFLO: 26. Mariann Catalasan 37.00, 28. Sofia Osorio 37.04.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Nicol Bellardi, MWA 2:31.24; SOFLO: 7. Mariann Catalasan 2:41.09, time drop, 9. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:43.03, time drop, 12. Mariana Pinto 2:47.92, 13. Leah Pando 2:48.06, 22. Caterina Fogli 3:01.40.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:07.72; SOFLO: 21. Mariana Pinto 1:16.89, 25. Sofia Osorio 1:17.78, time drop.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Lucy Miller, SAS 27.27.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Micaela Sierra, CSSC 1:14.75; SOFLO: 10. Alana Deo 1:25.54, 19. Sabrina Osorio 1:28.52, 21. Mariann Catalasan 1:29.09, time drop, 22. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:30.04, time drop, 26. Dahia Hirsch 1:31.05, time drop.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 2:01.56; SOFLO: 11. Alejandro Mateus 2:11.81, 22. Christian Tijero 2:13.99, time drop, 25. Nate Garrick 2:15.48, time drop.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Michael Fernandez, SAS 29.06; SOFLO: 12. Mark Andre De Gracia 33.20, time drop, 14. Junior Blandon 33.50, 16. Nate Garrick 33.68, time drop, 22. Kevin Moya 34.71, time drop, 24. Christian Tijero 34.89, 30. Austin Nelson 35.44, time drop.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Landon Kyser, HAT 2:17.83; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 2:25.07, 5. Nate Garrick 2:35.81, time drop, 6. Adrian Hernandez 2:36.43, time drop, 11. Austin Nelson 2:44.93, 12. Matthew Kim 2:45.98, time drop, 13. Hashan Ekanayake 2:46.72, 15. Alessio Mazzi 3:03.68.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Brayan Perez, BM 1:01.52; SOFLO: 8. Alejandro Mateus 1:04.69, time drop, 25. Logan Gonzalez 1:10.36, time drop, 29. Alan Bertea 1:11.85, time drop, 36. Junior Blandon 1:15.35.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Michael Fernandez, SAS 24.45; SOFLO: 44. Mark Andre De Grcia 28.91, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Michael Fernandez, SAS 1:08.62; SOFLO: 11. Logan Gonzalez 1:19.31, 21. Leonardo Mateus 1:23.12, time drop.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Get Impressive Time Drops After Solid Day Of Racing At Coral Springs Open Invitational


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, April 27, 2019—Against a strong field, South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got in some nice racing which resulted in some good time drops Saturday on Day Two of the Coral Springs Open Invitational at Coral Springs Aquatic Center’s Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

In the boys 100-meter backstroke, Connor Jimenez, 9, and Alessio Mazzi, 12, had noticeable time drops.

Jimenez shaved 11.70 seconds off his previous best in 1:26.31. His seed time was 1:38.01. Mazzi dropped 6 seconds in 1:25.87, bettering his previous time of 1:31.87.

Alejandro Mateus, 13, was ninth in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:28.04, dropping 4.61. He also shaved 4.88 in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:00.32. He was fifth in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:09.06, dropping 0.54.

Garrett Oliver, 16, dropped 24.93 off his 100-meter backstroke in 1:11.49 to finish 14th. He dropped 8.26 in the 50-meter breaststroke in 35.85 and 3.25 in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:02.49.

Mariana Pinto, 11, also had three impressive time improvements. Pinto dropped 8.53 seconds in the 200-meter individual medley to finish 13th in 2:46.95. Her previous best was 2:55.48. She also dropped 4.16 off her 200-meter breaststroke in 3:20.85, also good for 13th. Her previous best was 3:25.01. She dropped 2.58 seconds off her previous time of 1:11.16 to 1:08.58 in the 100-meter freestyle.

Caterina Fogli, 11, had three nice time drops. She droped 10.35 in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:24.49, 9.03 in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:14.78 and 8.05 in the 50-meter butterfly in 37.11.

Alana Deo, 15, was 11th in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 3:13.25. He dropped 2.89.

SOFLO has 97 swimmers (54 boys and 43 girls) racing in 472 individual events over three days.

In addition to SOFLO, some of the Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Blue Marlins, City of Miami Parks, East Coast, Heritage Aquatics, Hialeah, Midtown Weston, St. Andrew’s Swimming and host Coral Springs Swim Club.

Among international teams competing are Bulado Swim Club of Curacao and Orca Swim Club, also of Curacao. Shawn Neely, 16, leads Orca and is among top seeds in the boys breaststroke events and 50 freestyle.

The meet ends on Sunday with another full schedule of events beginning at 9 a.m.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:
1. Ella Martinez, SAS 2:27.62; SOFLO: 13. Mariana Pinto 2:46.95, time drop, 25. Alana Deo 2:56.13, time drop, 39. Pilar Duranti 3:08.18, time drop, 41. Elise Dinehart 3:08.75, time drop, 46. Genesis Escobar 3:18.39, 47. Jordyn Henry 3:18.90, 54. Saree Young 3:32.39, 55. Cali Harries 3:34.47, 56. Shelby Evans 3:41.62.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 30.33; SOFLO: 38. Gabriela Avila 35.29, time drop, 57. Caterina Fogli 37.11, time drop, 75. Dahlia Hirsch 39.63, time drop, 80. Sarah Vasquez 39.95, time drop, 81. Valeria Garcia 40.13, 93. Olivia Wang 41.89, 98. Isabella Perry 42.69, time drop, 100. Anjana Andapally 43.15, time drop, 102. Mikhel Martin 43.71, time drop, 117. Sophia Avila 47.25, time drop, 120. Francesca Perry 48.86, time drop, 121. Alessandra Gendarmi 49.13, time drop, 122. Soree Young 49.54, time drop, 126. Dominique Balli 53.34, 129. Gabriela Marin 54.45, time drop, 132. Cherill Royalty 55.94, 135. Gianna Martin 58.73, time drop.

200-meter butterfly:
1. Paige MacEachern, ECAC 2:26.59.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 1:00.02; SOFLO: 38. Mariana Pinto 1:08.58, 49. Gabriela Avila 1:10.10, time drop, 88. Sarah Vasquez 1:14.17, time drop, 90. Dahlia Hirsch 1:14.45, time drop, 94. Caterina Fogli 1:14.78, time drop, 107. Valeria Garcia 1:16.14, 108. Pilar Duranti 1:16.26, time drop, 113. Genesis Escobar 1:17.71, time drop.

100-meter backstroke:
1. Nicol Bellardi, MWA 1:09.52; SOFLO: 42. Caterina Fogli 1:24.49, time drop, 53. Pilar Duranti 1:29.08, time drop, 55. Sarah Vasquez 1:29.88, time drop, 57. Jordyn Henry 1:30.55, 67. Sarah Bedoya 1:34.82, time drop, 68. Alexandra Strong 1:35.77, 70. Anjana Andapally 1:37.15 74. Mikhel Martin 1:40.17, 77. Francesca Perry 1:42.31, 79. Mackenzie McPherson 1:44.06, 82. Sofia Gomez 1:45.14.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 34.90; SOFLO: 16. Alana Deo 40.27, 21. Dahlia Hirsh 41.44, time drop, 32. Gabriela Avila 43.36, time drop, 44. Valeria Garcia 45.43, 49. Elise Dinehart 46.56, time drop, 50. Cali Harries 46.60, 68. Isabella Perry 49.82, time drop, 70. Shelby Evans 50.10, time drop, 75. Genesis Escobar 50.58, time drop, 81. Alessandra Gendarmi 51.73, time drop, 83. Gianna Martin 52.69, time drop, 84. Sofia Gomez 52.76, 85. Mackenzie McPherson 52.80, 86. Anjana Andapally 53.22, time drop, 89. Olivia Wilson 53.89, time drop, 90. Jordan Evans 53.90, time drop.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Michaela Sierra, CSSC 2:38.80; SOFLO: 11. Alana Deo 3:13.25, 13. Mariana Pinto 3:20.85, time drop, 18. Cali Harries 3:40.98, 20. Gel Lewis 3:48.13, 21. Olivia Wilson 4:09.98.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:
1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 2:19.48; SOFLO: 9. Alejandro Mateus 2:28.04, time drop, 21. Alan Bertea 2:37.81, time drop , 29. Adrian Hernandez 2:40.57, time drop, 37. Austin Nelson 2:44.51, time drop, 40. Ethan McPeek 2:46.88, time drop , 48. Sean Shanahan 2:55.85, 50. Ventura Torres 3:03.68.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Michael Fernandez, SAS 26.96; SOFLO: 26. Alan Bertea 31.30, 35. Kevin Moya 32.33, time drop, 37. Ventura Torres 32.76, 41. Mark Andre De Gracia 33.37, 46. Hashan Ekanayake 35.15, time drop, 47. Marvan Ekanayake 35.28, time drop, 51. Cesar Rodriguez 35.67, 57. Will Cunningham 37.10, 59. Juan Vallmitjana 37.34, time drop.

200-meter butterfly:
1. Miguel Bernotti, BRST 2:09.46.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Shawn Neely, ORCA 55.31; SOFLO: 17. Alejandro Mateus 1:00.32, time drop, 29. Garrett Oliver 1:02.49, time drop, 47. Kevin Moya 1:05.09, time drop, 50. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:05.15, 52. Adrian Hernandez 1:05.42, time drop, 53. Junio Blandon 1:06.18, 57. Hashan Ekanayake 1:06.57, time drop.

100-meter backstroke:
1. Ethan Roach, SAS 1:04.88; SOFLO: 5. Alejandro Mateus 1:09.06, time drop, 14. Garrett Oliver 1:11.49, time drop, 22. Junior Blandon 1:15.65, 25. Adrian Hernandez 1:17.45, time drop, 27. Hashan Ekanayake 1:19.30, time drop, 28. Austin Nelson 1:20.37, time drop, 29. Marvan Ekanayake 1:20.55, time drop, 39. Alessio Mazzi 1:25.87, time drop, 40. Connor Jimenez 1:26.31, time drop.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Michael Fernandez, SAS 30.57; 13. Garrett Oliver 35.85, time drop, 23. Mark Andre De Gracia 36.78, 29. Junior Blandon 38.25, 34. Alan Bertea 38.79, time drop, 42. Luca Molaro 49.54, 46. Kevin Moya 41.52, time drop, 50. Sean Shanahan 42.27, time drop , 53. Ethan McPeek 42.91, time drop.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Wilson Ward, CSSC 2:33.66; SOFLO: 20. Ryan Harries 3:37.54, 21. Matt McVeigh 3:40.53.

IF YOU GO

What: Coral Springs Open Invitational.

When: Sunday, 9 a.m. timed finals.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Center, Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

How To Get There: If taking 1-95, take Copans Road exit and go west approx. 10 miles. Copans turns into Royal Palm Blvd., after crossing 441. The Aquatic Complex will be on the right hand side ½ mile after crossing Coral Ridge Drive. If taking Sawgrass Expressway, exit on Sample Road East.Continue East on Sample to first light, Coral Ridge Drive. Turn Right onto Coral Ridge, continue South to Royal Palm Blvd. Turn right onto Royal Palm. The Aquatic Complex will be on the right hand side (1/2 Mile).

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and may be found at http://www.swimcssc.com. Concession stand will be available. For questions or more information call 954-340-5032.

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

Francesca Perry Leads SOFLO Sharks At Friday Night Sunrise Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, April 27, 2019—Francesca Perry came up big for South Florida Aquatic Club at the Friday Night 8-and-Under Sunrise Swimming Sizzler at Sunrise Civic Center.

Perry, 8, won two events and finished second, third and seventh in her other three events.

Perry won the 7-8 25-yard butterfly in a best time 17.22, dropping 0.53 seconds. She was second in the 25-yard backstroke in 19.90. She was third in the 25-yard breaststroke in a best time 22.04, dropping 0.91 seconds and was a member of SOFLO’s winning 100-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:07.90, shaving 4.18 off its seed time.

Jemma Baldwin, 8, collected first, second, third, fourth and fifth place finishes.

Baldwin was also a member of the winning 100-yard freestyle relay. She was second in the 25-yard freestyle in a best time 16.27, dropping 0.37 seconds. She was third in the 25-yard butterfly in a best time 17.85, dropping 1.30 seconds. She was fourth in the 25-yard backstroke in 20.60. She was fifth in the 25-yard breaststroke in a best time 23.07 dropping 0.58.

Cherill Royalty, 8, was a member of the winning relay and also took home two sixth places, one eighth and one 12th place with four best times.

Jordan Evans, 8, was the fourth member of the winning relay and also had sixth, 11, 13 and 15 finishes with two best times.

Aanya Robinson, 8, also had four best times and finishes of 10, 15 twice and 16.

In the boys’ races, Matthew Ortiz, 8, was a member of the second place 100-yard freestyle team that finished in 1:19.10. He was also fourth in the 25-yard butterfly in a best time 19.71, dropping 1.92. He also finished tenth and 12th twice with all best times.

Eric Ferrer, 8, was also a member of the runner-up relay and had two ninths, 13 and 19 finishes.

Daniel Chaussky, 8, was a member of the relay team and finished with a sixth, ninth and two 12th places.

Julian Sibug, 8, was also on the relay team and had three best times. He had one tenth, 17th, 26th and 30th places.

SOFLO was one of 14 teams in the field. Others were Azura Florida Aquatics, Coral Springs Swim Club, Cyclones Swim Team, Heritage Aquatic Team, Miami Swimming Academy, Midtown Weston, Plantation Swim Team, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, TSAquatics, YMCA of South Florida, YMCA of South Palm Beach and host Sunrise Swimming.

SOFLO had 12 swimmers compete in 48 individual events and both girls and boys relays.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Wendy La Pietra, Azura 17.89; 7-8, 1. Francesca Perry, SOFLO 17.22, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Jemma Baldwin 17.85, time drop, 6. Cherill Royalty 19.98, 13. Jordan Evans 21.80, 15. Aanya Robinson 22.38, time drop.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Wendy La Pietra, Azura 21.07; 7-8, 1. Sabina La Pietra, Azura 19.15; SOFLO: 2. Francesca Perry 19.90, 4. Jemma Baldwin 20.60, 8. Cherill Royalty 22.02, time drop, 15. Jordan Evans 23.31, 16. Aanya Robinson 23.37, time drop.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Wendy La Pietra, Azura 26.71; 7-8. 1. Sabina La Pietra, Azura 20.08; SOFLO: 3. Francesca Perry 22.04, time drop, 5. Jemma Baldwin 23.07, time drop, 6. Jordan Evans 23.71, time drop, 10. Aanya Robinson 24.87, time drop, 12. Cherill Royalty 26.13, time drop.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Wendy La Pietra, Azura 16.68; 7-8, 1. Sabina La Pietra, Azura 15.61; SOFLO: 2. Jemma Baldwin 16.27, time drop, 6. Cherill Loyalty 17.19, 7. Francesca Perry 17.66, 11. Jordan Evans 18.14, time drop, 15. Aanya Robinson 19.23, time drop.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 1:07.90, 2. Azura 1:12.43, 3. Sunrise 1:17.19.

BOYS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 22.98; 7-8, 1. Gabriel Soto, CCPR 17.23; SOFLO: 4. Matthew Ortiz 19.71, time drop, 9. Eric Ferrer 22.00, 12. Daniel Chaussky 22.73, 17. Julian Sibug 24.20, time drop, 19. Vishnu Shivakumar 24.42, 34. Toma Petkov 29.12, 43. David Gonzalez Maleno 31.95.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 24.78; 7-8, 1. Alex Diaz, SF 20.73; SOFLO: 9. Daniel Chaussky 23.36, 12. Matthew Ortiz 23.68, time drop, 19. Eric Ferrer 25.21, 25. Vishnu Shivakumar 25.76, 26. Julian Sibug 25.80, 30. Toma Petkov 27.16, 39. David Gonzalez Meleno 28.17, time drop.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Ryan Harris, Azura 28.28; 7-8, 1. Alex Diaz, SF 21.53; SOFLO: 6. Daniel Chaussky 25.47, 9. Eric Ferrer 26.25, 10. Julian Sibug 26.72, time drop, 12. Matthew Ortiz 26.96, time drop, 17. Vishnu Shivakumar 27.65, 25. Toma Petkov 28.35, 33. David Gonzalez Maleno 29.86, time drop.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Ryan Harris, Azura 19.47; 7-8, 1. Gabriel Soto, CCPR 15.74; SOFLO: 10. Matthew Ortiz 19.10, time drop, 12. Daniel Chaussky 19.26, 13. Eric Ferrer 19.37, 28. Vishnu Shivakumar 22.28, 30. Julian Sibug 22.74, time drop, 33. Toma Petkov 23.03, 37. David Gonzalez Maleno 23.37.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. Midtown Weston 1:10.68, 2. SOFLO 1:19.10, 3. Cyclones 1:22.74.

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

Pinto, Di Salvo, Gonzalez Lead SOFLO On Day One Of Coral Springs Open Invitational


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, April 26, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club had three swimmers in the Top 10 on opening night of the Coral Springs Open Invitational at Coral Springs Aquatic Center’s Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

Mariana Pinto, 11, was fifth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:56.82, first time breaking 5 minutes in the distance event. Her previous best was 5:17.86.

Fiorella Di Salvo, 11, was fifth in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:59.35. She dipped below 6 minutes for the first time. Her seed time was 6:05.01.

Logan Gonzalez, 14, led SOFLO boys with a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:24.14. His previous best was 5:40.28.

SOFLO has 97 swimmers (54 boys and 43 girls) racing in 472 individual events over three days.

In addition to SOFLO, some of the Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Blue Marlins, City of Miami Parks, East Coast, Heritage Aquatics, Hialeah, Midtown Weston, St. Andrew’s Swimming and host Coral Springs Swim Club.

Among international teams competing are Bulado Swim Club of Curacao and Orca Swim Club, also of Curacao. Shawn Neely, 16, leads Orca and is among top seeds in the boys breaststroke events and 50 freestyle.

The meet resumes on Saturday with a full schedule of events beginning at 9 a.m.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

400-meter freestyle:
1. Ella Martinez, SAS 4:33.96, 2. Mariana Cote, MWA 4:39.20, 3. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 4:42.25; SOFLO: 5. Mariana Pinto 4:56.82, time drop, 15. Sarah Vasquez 5:25.39, time drop, 22. Pilar Duranti 5:35.45, time drop, 25. Valeria Garcia 5:43.22, 29. Genesis Escobar 5:51.97, 30. Sarah Bedoya 5:54.96, 31. Elise Dinehart 5:58.23, 33. Jordyn Henry 6:09.01.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Amber Candido, CSSC 5:33.42, 2. Riley McCormick, CSSC 5:49.78, 3. Sammy Schoenborn, CSSC 5:50.76; SOFLO: 5. Fiorella Di Salvo 5:59.35.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle:
1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 4:17.42, 2. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 4:19.14, 3. Santiago Espinoza, SAS 4:27.25; SOFLO: 13. Adrian Hernandez 4:53.29, time drop, 16. Hashan Ekanayake 4:56.00, time drop, 18. Austin Nelson 4:59.36, 25. Marvan Ekanayake 5:26.48, time drop, 26. Juan Vallmitjana 5:27.69, time drop, 27. Felix Gonzalez Maleno 5:29.79, 28. Connor Jimenez 5:37.08, time drop, 31. Mason Jimenez 5:51.43, 36. Matthew Jimenez 6:18.31.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Santiago Gomez, MWA 5:03.18, 2. Grant Aran, CSSC 5:13.98, 3. Brian Gonzalez, CSSC 5:15.59; SOFLO: 6. Logan Gonzalez 5:24.14, time drop.

IF YOU GO

What: Coral Springs Open Invitational.

When: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. timed finals.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Center, Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

How To Get There: If taking 1-95, take Copans Road exit and go west approx. 10 miles. Copans turns into Royal Palm Blvd., after crossing 441. The Aquatic Complex will be on the right hand side ½ mile after crossing Coral Ridge Drive. If taking Sawgrass Expressway, exit on Sample Road East.Continue East on Sample to first light, Coral Ridge Drive. Turn Right onto Coral Ridge, continue South to Royal Palm Blvd. Turn right onto Royal Palm. The Aquatic Complex will be on the right hand side (1/2 Mile).

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and may be found at http://www.swimcssc.com. Concession stand will be available. For questions or more information call 954-340-5032.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Compete This Weekend In Coral Springs Open Invitational


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, April 25, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club will have nearly 100 swimmers competing in this weekend’s Coral Springs Open Invitational at Coral Springs Aquatic Center’s Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

The long course meters meet will be timed finals.

SOFLO Sharks will have 97 swimmers (54 boys and 43 girls) racing in 472 individual events over three days.

Among SOFLO swimmers competing are Kaitlyn Barrios, 13; Mariann Catalasan, 13; Mark Andre DeGracia, 15; Elise Dinehart, 10; Fiorella Di Salvo, 11; Logan Gonzalez, 14; Alejandro Mateus, 13; Leonardo Mateus, 17; Alessio Mazzi, 12; Leah Pando, 13; Mariana Pinto, 11; Christian Tijero, 13; Juan Vallmitjana, 10; and Sarah Vasquez, 11.

SOFLO’s Leonardo Mateus is seeded first in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:49.40 and 200-meter backstroke in 2:16.09.

In addition to SOFLO, some of the Florida Gold Coast teams in the field are Blue Marlins, City of Miami Parks, East Coast, Heritage Aquatics, Hialeah, Midtown Weston, St. Andrew’s Swimming and host Coral Springs Swim Club.

Among international teams competing are Bulado Swim Club of Curacao and Orca Swim Club, also of Curacao. Shawn Neely, 16, leads Orca and is among top seeds in the boys breaststroke events and 50 freestyle.

The 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley events will open the meet on Friday.

IF YOU GO

What: Coral Springs Open Invitational.

When: Friday, 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. timed finals.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Center, Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

How To Get There: If taking 1-95, take Copans Road exit and go west approx. 10 miles. Copans turns into Royal Palm Blvd., after crossing 441. The Aquatic Complex will be on the right hand side ½ mile after crossing Coral Ridge Drive. If taking Sawgrass Expressway, exit on Sample Road East.Continue East on Sample to first light, Coral Ridge Drive. Turn Right onto Coral Ridge, continue South to Royal Palm Blvd. Turn right onto Royal Palm. The Aquatic Complex will be on the right hand side (1/2 Mile).

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and may be found at http://www.swimcssc.com. Concession stand will be available. For questions or more information call 954-340-5032.

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

SOFLO Sharks Ready To Sizzle At Friday Sunrise Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, April 25, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers head a large field of teams for the Sunrise Swimming 8-and-Under Sizzler Friday at the Sunrise Civic Center.

SOFLO is one of 14 teams competing. Others entered are Azura Florida Aquatics, Coral Springs Swim Club, Cyclones Swim Team, Heritage Aquatic Team, Miami Swimming Academy, Midtown Weston, Plantation Swim Team, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, TS Aquatics, YMCA of South Florida, YMCA of South Palm Beach and host Sunrise Swimming.

SOFLO has 12 swimmers competing in 48 individual events and two relays.

SOFLO’s swimmers are:

Jemma Baldwin, 8.

Daniel Chaussky, 8, making his sizzler debut.

Jordan Evans, 8.

Eric Ferrer, 8, making his sizzler debut.

David Enrique Gonzalez Maleno, 8.

Matthew Ortiz, 8.

Francesca Perry, 8.

Toma Petkov, 7, making his sizzler debut.

Aanya Robinson, 8.

Cherill Royalty, 8.

Vishnu Shivakumar, 8, making his sizzler debut.

Julian Sibug, 8.

Order of events are girls and boys 6-and-under 25-yard butterfly, 7-8 25-yard butterfly, 6-and-under 25-yard backstroke, 7-8 25-yard backstroke, 6-and-under 25-yard breaststroke, 7-8 25-yard breaststroke, 6-and-under 25-yard freestyle, 7-8 25-yard freestyle and 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay.

IF YOU GO

What: Sunrise Swimming 8-and-Under Sizzler.

When: Friday, warm-up 5 p.m., meet starts 5:30 p.m.

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

How to get there: From the east, take Oakland Park Blvd. to just west of Nob Hill Rd. Turn left after Safety Complex. From the south, take Nob Hill north to Oakland Park Blvd. Turn left on Oakland Park, and left again after the Safety Complex.

Of note: Admission is $2 and heat sheets are $2. Concession stand will be available. For questions or more information call 954-747-4635.

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

SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Michael Phelps Coming To South Florida, Key Note Speaker At Best Of Preps Banquet On May 24


By Sharon Robb

WEST PALM BEACH—Swimming great Michael Phelps is making a rare South Florida appearance next month.

The most decorated Olympic athlete in history with 28 medals, including a record 23 gold, will be keynote speaker at the Palm Beach Post’s first Best of the Preps banquet, Friday, May 24 at Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Phelps, who competed at five Summer Olympics, will hold a question-and-answer session during his appearance.

The Palm Beach Post and Phelps will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2018-2019 high school student-athletes at the inaugural Best of Palm Beach County Preps awards banquet.

The Palm Beach Post is the only newspaper in South Florida to honor its high school athletes at a banquet with a keynote speaker of such stature.

“Mark your calendars now. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime evening that our high school athletes, families and coaches will never forget,” Palm Beach Post Publisher Tim Burke said in a recent story in the popular newspaper.

The Best of the Preps banquet is sponsored by Florida Crystals, Keiser University and Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline. It will honor Palm Beach County high school athletes who earned first-team honors for the fall, winter and spring sports. The male and female athletes of the year in each sport will be announced that night as well as the overall Male and Female Athletes of the Year and Coach of the Year.

The banquet will also feature a sit-down dinner.

Since his retirement from swimming in August 2016, the Baltimore native started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. He recently has been focusing on mental health issues, specifically working with teenagers on bullying on social media and dealing with severe depression and anxiety and has been quite candid with sharing his own experiences with depression. He also has partnered his foundation with KidsHealth.org to launch a mental health program for at-risk youth.

The 33-year-old Phelps and his wife Nicole, the parents of two boys, 2-year-old Boomer and 14-month old Beckett, are expecting their third child. They now reside in the Arizona desert in Paradise Valley.

If asked about coming out of retirement for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Phelps will shoot that idea down.

“For me, there’s no way. Just because I don’t have any goals. I have no goals I want to accomplish in the pool,” Phelps said. “If I did, I think it would be fun to come back, but it’s time to keep turning the page.

“We have a ton of stuff going on and stuff I’m really excited about, being able to talk about water conservation and being able to talk about mental health,” Phelps said. “There’s so many things that are big passions of mine and that keep me going.”

The event is Friday, May 24, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at the link http://palmbeachpost.com/pbcpreps.
Deadline to purchase tickets is May 17th unless it sells out earlier. The general admission ticket includes dinner, the awards ceremony and Phelps. The Palm Beach County Convention Center is located at 650 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, right off I-95.

ATKINSON WINS GOLD

After a slow start, SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian won a gold medal on her final day of competition in the recent TYR Pro Swim Series at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center in Richmond, Va. The 30-year-old won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.58, fourth fastest time in the world and under the World Championships “A” standard of 31.22.

MARCOUX GETS TRIALS CUT

Florida Gold Coast and Yale swimmer Philippe Marcoux made his Olympic trial cut in the 50-meter freestyle recently at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. The Canadian and Fort Lauderdale High graduate swam a career-best 23.15 at the April 7 Canadian Swimming Trials. It was one of six events he swam. He also went 59.11 in the 100 backstroke, 24.69 in the 50 butterfly, 50.77 in the 100 freestyle, 56.14 in the 100 butterfly and 1:56.37 in the 200 freestyle.

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