Two SOFLO Swimmers Named To Florida Gold Coast Zone Team

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, July 11, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club had two swimmers selected for the Florida Gold Coast Zone Team.

Maddie Smutny, 14, was named to the girls’ 13-14 team. Alejandro Mateus, 13, was selected to the boys’ 13-14 team.

The pair will represent Florida Gold Coast at the July 30-August 3 Southern Zone Age Group Championships at Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C. hosted by TAC Titans.

The full team rosters are:

Girls 11-12:
Coach: Caroline Kuczynski, CSSC

Sidney Anton, Azura
Ella Bailey, NPB
Emma Herrera, Jupiter
Carolyn Levy Powell, CSSC
Bianca Nieto, Gulliver
Reese Rosenthal, Gulliver
Abbie Sargeant, Florida Keys
Samantha Schoenborn, CSSC

Boys 11-12
Coach: David Gelatt, East Coast Aquatic Club

Lucas Bailey, ECAC
Riley Brisco, Lake Lytal Lightning
Dylan Ferguson, MAC
Julian Lezcano, MAC
Giulian Martin, Hurricane Aquatics
Alessandro Pereira, Azura Florida Aquatics
Carlos Viada-Coroba, City of Miami

Girls 13-14
Coach: Jennifer Gibson, Swim Fort Lauderdale

Rylie Barnhardt, SFTL
Nicol Bellardi, Midtown
Mariana Cote Dahdah, Midtown
Michelle Fernandez, HSC
Rebecca Montero, Gulliver
Meghan Perez, Gulliver
Maddie Smutny, SOFLO
Logan Zielinski, Flood Aquatics

Boys 13-14
Coach Marco Bellardi, Midtown

Hudson Bishop, ECAC
Chase Foulds, ECAC
Daniel Givskov, SFTL
Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO
Marcelo Mansu, MAC
Augustin Rodriguez, HSC
Dylan Smiley, MCDA
Mason Taylor, Jupiter

The zone head coach is Norman Abril and team manager is Jennifer Gibson.

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SOFLO Sharks Head Field For Long Course Meters BB Silvers South Championships

By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, July 11, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club will send nearly 60 swimmers to the Florida Gold Coast BB Silvers Long Course Meters South Championships at Sunrise Civic Center.

SOFLO will have 57 swimmers compete in 219 individual events and 12 relays over three days.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Sophia Grubbs, 14, 200-meter individual medley, 2:44.46.

Saree Young, 9, 200-meter individual medley, 3:24.57.

Adrian Hernandez, 13, 400-meter individual medley, 5:24.90.

Jemma Baldwin, 8, 100-meter backstroke, 1:35.01.

Ryan Harries, 10, 50-meter butterfly, 42.60.

Alessandra Gendarmi, 10, 50-meter freestyle, 36.71; 50-meter breaststroke, 48.73.

Sophia Avila, 10, 100-meter freestyle, 1:20.72.

Isabella Perry, 10, 100-meter butterfly, 1:41.90.

Among other FGC teams are Azura, Hurricanes Swimming, Florida Keys Swim Club, SwimFast, North Miami, Olympus, Cooper City Cyclones, Hialeah, Miami Country Day and Ransom Everglades.

The FGC LCM BB Silvers Championships North meet is being hosted by the Pompano Beach Piranhas at Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.


What: Florida Gold Coast BB Silvers LCM Championships South

When: Friday-Sunday

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

Schedule: Friday, timed finals 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m, finals 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.

Of note: The meet is co-hosted by Sunrise Swimming, Sunrise Swimming Booster Club and City of Sunrise…In addition to SOFLO and Sunrise, 34 FGC teams will compete…Admission is $5 per person, per session. Heat sheets are free and available online and Meet Mobile…for more information call meet director Christi Woolger at 954-747-4635.

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