South Florida Aquatic Club, Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented At 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships When Swimming Begins Sunday

By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 20, 2019—When the swimming competition of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships begin Sunday, South Florida will be well-represented with talented swimmers including several medal hopefuls.

The eight-day meet will be held at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center. Opening day events are the women’s 200 individual medley, women’s 100 butterfly, men’s 50 butterfly, men’s 100 breaststroke, men’s and women’s 400-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter freestyle relays including finals in the 400s and relays.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be represented by Olympians Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and Nguyen Vien of Vietnam.

Atkinson, a four-time Olympian, is the 2018 short course world champion in the 50 breaststroke. She holds both short course breaststroke world records at 28.56 and 1:02.36. In her last Worlds appearance in 2015, Atkinson settled for silver in the 50 breast with her current lifetime best of 30.11. Her season best this year is 30.58, ranked seventh in the world.

Atkinson, who turns 31 in December, is among medal favorites in the 100 breaststroke. She has been as fast as 1:05.93 but not since 2015.

SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson will coach the Jamaican team that also features Michael Gunning and Keanan Dols, who is making his long course worlds debut. Dols will compete in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley events. Dols has decided to redshirt at Penn to focus on training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

SOFLO’s Nguyen Vien, her country’s top swimmer, is one of seven swimmers representing Vietnam.

Vien is known as the most prolific swimmer in Vietnam. She collected 19 gold, seven silver and two bronze medals, and broke 11 records at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. In addition, Vien won two Asian Games bronzes, alongside one silver and two bronzes at the FINA World Cup.

Vien will compete in the 400-meter freestyle and 200- and 400-meter individual medleys. She is using worlds as a warm-up for the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines later this year, according to Tran Duc Phan, Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training.

Aruba national record holder Patrick Groters, a NSU University School and Pine Crest Swimming Club alum, will represent Aruba. Groters holds 11 national records and 18 age group records in Aruba. He is a sophomore at University of Denver.

NSU University and Pine Crest Swimming Club alum Daniel Jacobs, 19, is also competing for Aruba. Jacobs, a sophomore at Georgia Tech who currently trains with Azura Florida Aquatics, is a national record holder in the 4×200-meter freestyle and national age group record holder in the 200 and 400 freestyle. He is expected to swim both freestyles.

Dylan Carter, 23, an American Heritage alum, will represent Trinidad and Tobago. Carter is the 2018 Commonwealth 50-meter butterfly silver medalist and 2018 FINA World Short Course bronze medalist in the event.

“This is the most prepared I have felt for a worlds long course I would say in my life,” said Carter, who also plans to compete in the Pan American Games. “I know I am prepared and I know I am ready.”

Florida State, Riviera Beach Suncoast and Lake Lytal Lightning alum Will Pisani of West Palm Beach is one of 13 male swimmers and 25 overall who will represent Canada. Pisani will compete on the 400-meter freestyle relay team, 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly.

Miami’s Isabella Paez will represent Venezuela in the butterfly events. She is a Doral Academy, Duke and Metro Aquatic Club of Miami alum. She will also compete in the Pan American Games.

St. Andrew’s Izaak Bastian of Florida State will represent the Bahamas in the breaststroke and sprint freestyle. As one of the top swimmers in the Bahamas, Bastian competed at the Youth Olympics in the breaststroke events in 2018 before being named as the Male Junior Athlete of the Year by the Nassau Guardian.

Lauren Hew, another St. Andrew’s alum and Florida State swimmer, will compete for the Cayman Islands. nternationally, Hew represented the Cayman Islands at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in seven individual events.

Azura Florida Aquatics has the largest contingent at worlds with 12 swimmers from 10 countries. They are: Julio Horrego, Honduras; Steven Aimable, Senegal; Gabriel Araya, Chile; Tatiana Illis, St. Maarten; Daniel Jacobs and Alyson Ponson, Aruba; Celina Marquez, El Salvador; Mariel Mencia, Dominican Republic; Yeziel Morales, Puerto Rico; Mya Defreitas, Shane Cadogan and Alex Joachim of St. Vincent and Grenadines.

The battle for medals will be between the U.S., Australia and Canada. The U.S. is projected to win 25, Australia 12 and Canada 9.

Olympic qualifying spots for relays will be on the line. The worlds will be the first chance for countries to qualify relays for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The spots go to the nation and not the swimmer foursome. At the Olympics, countries can select any swimmers they wish. There are seven relay events at the Olympics including the new mixed 400-meter medley relay.

The world championships has brought together a record 2,620 athletes from 194 countries and territories around the world with 76 sets of medals up for grabs in pool swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming.

The meet will be streamed and televised by the Olympic Channel and live timing will be available.

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SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart, Girls Relay Win; SOFLO Girls Lead After Day Two Of Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

By Sharon Robb

STUART, July 19, 2019—Despite a few interruptions from Mother Nature, South Florida Aquatic Club was in championship form Friday at the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Summer Junior Olympics at Sailfish Splash Water Park.

There were two rain delays during the day-long meet. The morning session were designated as timed finals. Meet officials completed Friday night what events they did not finish in the morning. The only results posted were on Meet Mobile.

Olivia Dinehart, 14, won the 13-14 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:13.87 with a time drop of 3.00. She was third in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:29.46, another best time with a time drop of 6.02.

Dinehart was also a member of SOFLO’s third place 800-meter freestyle with Elena Dinehart, Madeline Smutny and Alexis Christensen that finished in 8:57.73.

SOFLO’s 400-meter freestyle relay won the 11-12 title in 4:22.04 with Gabriela Avila, Mariano Pinto, Isabelle Wilson and Anastasia Lutz.

Other SOFLO top three finishers were:

Elena Dinehart, second, 200-meter backstroke, 2:24.79, time drop 1.05; third, 100-meter butterfly.

Anastasia Lutz, third, 50-meter freestyle, 29.53, time drop 0.47.

Madeline Smutny, second, 100-meter butterfly, 1:06.33, time drop.

Isabelle Wilson, third, 400-meter freestyle, 4:52.59.

SOFLO boys 800-meter freestyle relay was third in 8:41.66 with Javier Colmenares, Christian Tijero, Alejandro Mateus and Nathaniel Garrick.

The four-day meet continues Saturday with prelims and finals, weather permitting.

According to results posted on Meet Mobile, the City of Hialeah and St. Andrew’s are tied for first in the boys team standings with 73 points. South Florida Aquatic Club is sixth with 51.5 points.

SOFLO leads the girls team standings with 113 points. St. Andrew’s is second with 88 points.

SOFLO is going after its tenth consecutive JO long course team title and 11th overall in club history. SOFLO has also won back-to-back short and long course JO titles six times.

In March, SOFLO won the FGC 14&Under Short Course JOs for a record tenth overall combined in the club’s 19-year history. SOFLO won the boys title with 524 points ahead of runnerup FAST (401). SOFLO girls finished runnerup by just 18 points behind Pine Crest.

Among top teams in the meet are Pine Crest, Azura, FAST, Jupiter, Hialeah, Swim Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise.


BOYS TEAM RESULTS: 1. St. Andrew’s 84, 2. Hialeah 73, 3. Metro Aquatics 71, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 67, 5. Jupiter 66, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 51.50, 7. Sunrise Swimming 41, 8. TS Aquatics 36, 9. East Coast Aquatic Club 26, 10. tie, Midtown Weston, Wahoos of Wellington 25.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 113, 2. St. Andrew’s 88, 3. Midtown Weston 79, 4. Gulliver 76.50, 5. Pine Crest 64, 6. Wahoos of Wellington 63, 7. Jupiter 53, 8. Metro Aquatics 45.50, 9. Coral Springs Swim Club 35, 10. Azura 34.


200-meter freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. St. Andrew’s 1:50.65, 6. SOFLO A 1:55.57 (Elena Dinehart, Alexis Christensen, Madeline Smutny, Olivia Dinehart), 17. SOFLO B 2:00.30 (Sophia Grubbs, Ava Kuznik, Natalia Sibug, Hartley Pitters-Hinds).

200-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Lilia Blanco, PB 2:31.53; SOFLO: 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:38.88, time drop 4.15; 13-14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:20.32; SOFLO: 2. Elena Dinehart 2:24.79, time drop 1.05.

50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 30.06; SOFLO: 12. Sofia Lugo 34.01; 11-12, 1. Sidney Anton, Azura 28.90; SOFLO: 3. Anastasia Lutz 29.53, time drop 0.47, 10. Gabriela Avila 30.66, time drop 1.11; 13-14, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 26.99.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Tessa Broedell, JUP 1:25.48; 11-12, 1. Sidney Anton, Azura 1:20.75; 13-14, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:13.87, time drop 3.00; SOFLO: 10. Sophia Grubbs 1:18.62, time drop 1.58.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 1:13.25; SOFLO: 6. Lydia Smutny 1:25.75, time drop 11.06; 11-12, 1. Emma Herrera, JUP 1:08.41; 13-14, 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 1:04.19; SOFLO: 2. Madeline Smutny 1:06.33, time drop 5.22, 3. Elena Dinehart 1:06.37, time drop 1.59.

400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Madison Abinuman, WOW 5:13.11; SOFLO: 8. Alessandra Gendarmi 5:46.87, time drop 17.19; 11-12, 1. Emma Herrera, JUP 4:42.03; SOFLO: 3. Isabelle Wilson 4:52.59, 4. Mariana Pinto 4:54.71, time drop 2.11, 11. Anastasia Lutz 5:01.51, time drop 12.74; 13-14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:25.98; SOFLO: 3. Olivia Dinehart 4:29.46, time drop, 6.02, 6. Madeline Smutny 4:34.45, time drop 12.80.

400-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. SOFLO A 4:22.04 (Gabriela Avila, Mariana Pinto, Isabelle Wilson, Anastasia Lutz), 12. SOFLO B 4:43.09 (Sarah Vasquez, Genesis Escobar, Dahlia Hirsh, Fiorella Di Salvo).

800-meter freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. St. Andrew’s 8:50.10, 3. SOFLO A 8:57.73 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Madeline Smutny, Alexis Christensen).


200-meter freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. City of Hialeah 1:44.28, 7. SOFLO A 1:49.47 (Nathaniel Garrick, Samuel Bullen, Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Zackary Harris), 10. SOFLO B 1:50.70 (Christian Tijero, Logan Gonzalez, Adrian Hernandez, Alejandro Mateus).

200-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Andy Serrano-Peia, CM 2:33.47; SOFLO: 8. Hashan Ekanayake 2:36.93, time drop 9.79, 9. Ethan McPeek 2:39.61, time drop 16.43; 13-14, 1. Wisthon Rendon Sequera, Unattached 2:15.59; SOFLO: 9. Alejandro Mateus 2:24.20, time drop 3.88, 13. Aldo Zepeda 2:27.78, time drop 0.97, 14. Logan Gonzalez 2:28.88, time drop 6.88.

50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. William Domokos-Murphy, SAS 30.33; SOFLO: 8. Juan Vallmitjana 32.63, time drop 0.34, 10. Connor Jimenez 32.80, time drop 0.19; 11-12, 1. Riley Brisco, LLL 27.66; SOFLO: 11. Kevin Moya 29.54; 13-14, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 26.07.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Jared Berke, PCS 1:29.98; SOFLO: 5. Ryan Harries 1:37.82, time drop 3.43; 11-12, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:16.31; 13-14, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, TSA 1:09.17; SOFLO: 7. Logan Gonzalez 1:15.36, time drop 1.54, 8. Christopher Hau 1:15.75, time drop 2.17, 9. Javier Colmenares 1:15.99, time drop 2.89, 10. Samuel Bullen 1:16.18, time drop 1.69, 11. Zackary Harris 1:16.27, time drop 2.28.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. William Domokos-Murphy, SAS 1:13.09; 11-12, 1. Lucas Bailey, ECAC 1:08.54; 13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 58.66; SOFLO: 9. Alejandro Mateus 1:03.34, time drop 1.35.

400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. William Domokos-Murphy, SAS 4:54.72; SOFLO: 5. Juan Vallmitjana 5:11.62, time drop 12.33; 11-12, 1. Alessandro Pereira, Azura 4:37.17; SOFLO: 4. Hashan Ekanayake 4:45.38, time drop 8.73, 8. Felix Gonzalez 5:01.03, time drop 4.01; 13-14, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 4:13.99; SOFLO: 6. Javier Colmenares 4:29.15, time drop 7.41, 11. Zackary Harris 4:34.07, time drop 6.89, 12. Nathaniel Garrick 4:35.03, time drop 6.32;

400-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Azura 4:20.72, 11. SOFLO B 4:42.44 (Ethan McPeek, Stefano Mazzi, Nicholas Pelaez, Alessio Mazzi).

800-meter freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. City of Hialeah 8:27.03, 3. SOFLO A 8:41.66 (Javier Colmenares, Christian Tijero, Alejandro Mateus, Nathaniel Garrick).


What: 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday-Sunday, prelims, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart.

Defending 2018 champions: Combined, SOFLO; Boys, FAST (Flood Aquatics Swim Team); Girls, Pine Crest.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets will not be sold and will be available at Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club are co-hosting the meet. Results will be available on Meet Mobile or For more information call Jim McCombs, 772-485-3239.

EDITOR NOTE: Results provided by Meet Mobile and may be unofficial.

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