Vallmitjana Leads SOFLO On Day One Of Sunrise Holiday Champs

By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, December 13, 2019—Juan Vallmitjana opened the Sunrise Swimming Holiday Champs with a win Friday at Sunrise Civic Center Pool.

Vallmitjana, 10, won the 7-10 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:39.50, dropping 7.47 seconds from his previous time.

SOFLO boys did well on opening day. Hashan Ekanayake, 13, was second in a best time 5:13.78 in the 13-14 500-yard freestyle.

Mason Jimenez, 11, was third in the 7-10 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:55.52.

Ethan McPeek, 13, was third in the 13-14 400-yard individual medley in 5:02.54.

Juliana Cavalcanti, 9, was SOFLO girls’ top finisher placing fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 7:09.32.

SOFLO heads a field of 13 teams, mostly Florida Gold Coast teams with 44 swimmers (27 boys and 17 girls) in 215 individual events and 10 relay events.


500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Braelyn Thorpe, CSSC 6:08.28; SOFLO: 5. Juliana Cavalcanti 7:09.32, time drop; 11-12, 1. Cecilia Poll, MILEN 5:25.35; SOFLO: 10. Alexandra Strong 6:12.79, time drop, 14. Sophia Avila 6:22.49, time drop; 13-14, 1. Nicole Creed, CSSC 5:17.06; 15-and-over, 1. Amber Candido, CSSC 5:22.78; SOFLO: 8. Maia Vatinelle 5:52.83, 11. Olivia Wade 6:04.56, time drop.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Sammy Schoenborn, CSSC 4:48.76; 13-14, 1. Maya Sorunmu, SF 4:52.14; 15-and-over, 1. Samantha Trodick, SUN 4:43.84.


500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 5:39.50, time drop; 11-12, 1. Jeremiah Paiz, SUN 5:32.53; SOFLO: 3. Mason Jimenez 5:55.52, 10. Matthew Jimenez 6:37.29; 13-14, 1. Riley Brisco, LLL 5:08.10; SOFLO: 2. Hashan Ekanayake 5:13.78, time drop, 8. Marvan Ekanayake 5:41.35, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Patrick Doyle, SUN 4:41.99.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Rafael Landron, SUN 5:01.58; 13-14, 1. Riley Brisco, LLL 4:39.08; SOFLO: 3. Ethan McPeek 5:02.54; 15-and-over, 1. Patrick Doyle, SUN 4:13.09.


WHAT: Sunrise Swimming Holiday Champs

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday

SCHEDULE: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

WHERE: Sunrise Civic Center Pool, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.

ADMISSION: $5 per session. Heat sheets will not be sold at the meet. They are free and available at or on Meet Mobile ap. Copies will be posted around the deck. For information call Alec Wathen at the Sunrise Swimming Office 954-747-4635.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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