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.


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.


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

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