By Sharon Robb
June 1, 2019—Samuel Quintero was a double winner in the first session of the 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff Saturday at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.
Swimming unattached for South Florida Aquatic Club after three great weeks of training at Academic Village Pool, Quintero, 18, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:54.72, nearly five seconds ahead of Patrick Doyle, 16, of Sunrise in 4:59.88. Only Quintero and Doyle cracked five minutes.
Quintero also won the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:08.83, shaving 0.57 off his previous best of 1:09.40.
SOFLO teammate Marco Cabrera Duarte, 18, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.82 followed by runner-up and teammate Lance Lesage, 16, in 2:12.84
Heath Brames was fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:03.82. Austin Nelson was fifth in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:26.29.
SOFLO’s top women’s finisher was Vien Nguyen, 22. The Vietnamese Olympian and national record holder was second in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:28.58; third in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:21.37, dropping 0.39; and fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:08.61.
Kelley Heron was third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:29.88. Melissa Marinheiro was fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:18.43.
SOFLO has the largest team with 83 swimmers entered in 394 time final races.
The meet, one of the Florida Gold Coast’s top summer meets, has attracted some of the Florida Gold Coast’s top teams including Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, SwimFast, Martin County, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming and hosts North Palm Beach and Plantation Swim Team.
Session Two for the younger age group swimmers is scheduled to get underway 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
SATURDAY SESSION ONE RESULTS
13-14, 1. Riley MacVane, NPB 2:20.37; 15-and-over, 1. Mariangela Cincotti, Azura 2:12.40; SOFLO: 4. Melissa Marinheiro 2:18.43.
13-14, 1. Rafaella Araujo, Azura 1:19.55; 15-and-over, 1. Olivia Hernandez, GRSC 1:17.75; SOFLO: 3. Vien Nguyen 1:21.37, time drop.
13-14, 1. Rylie Barnhardt, SFTL 2:36.98; 15-and-over, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:27.86; SOFLO: 2. Vien Nguyen 2:28.58, 3. Kelley Heron 2:29.88.
13-14, 1. Julianne McCranie, Azura 1:07.78; 15-and-over, 1. Mariel Mencia, Azura 1:05.19; SOFLO: 4. Vien Nguyen 1:08.61.
13-14, 1. Julianne McCranie, Azura 29.78; 15-and-over, 1. Mariel Mencia, Azura 27.52; SOFLO: 12. Kelley Heron 30.09.
400-meter individual medley:
Open, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 5:10.36; SOFLO: 9. Izzy Wilson 5:51.55, 12. Anastasia Lutz 6:01.78.
13-14, 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 2:03.87; SOFLO: 7. Adrian Hernandez 2:16.57, time drop, 14. Austin Nelson 2:27.43; 15-and-over, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 1:57.80; SOFLO: 4. Heath Brames 2:03.82, 8. CJ Kopecki 2:07.51.
13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 1:11.20; 15-and-over, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 1:08.83, time drop.
13-14, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 2:27.53; SOFLO: 5. Austin Nelson 2:26.29, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Marco Cabrera Duarte, SOFLO 2:10.82; SOFLO: 2. Lance Lesage 2:12.84.
13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 1:00.56; SOFLO: 11. Adrian Hernandez 1:11.96, time drop, 20. Austin Nelson 1:21.84, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 56.95; SOFLO: 6. CJ Kopecki 1:02.53.
13-14, 1. Eddy Chen, GRSC 27.80; SOFLO: 17. Adrian Hernandez 29.70, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 23.95; SOFLO: 9. Lance Lesage 25.93, 10. Heath Brames 26.09, 11. Marco Cabrera Duarte 26.17, 17. CJ Kopecki 26.96.
400-meter individual medley:
Open, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 4:54.72.
IF YOU GO
What: 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff
Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9141 NW Second Street, off Broward Blvd.
Schedule: Sunday, Session One 9 a.m.-1:37 p.m., Session Two 2-5:29 p.m.
Of note: Plantation Swim Team and City of Plantation are hosting the meet…North Palm Beach Swim Club staff is running the meet for the seventh consecutive year…Admission is $5 each session, heat sheet $2 each session. Meet directors are Alf Aguirre, 305-773-6060 and Dick Cavanah 561-762-7261…Time lines, psych sheets and results are posted at http://www.npbswimming.com and Meet Mobile.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org