SOFLO’s Mary Smutny Wins First Conference Title As Texas Women Take Eighth Straight Big 12 Title


By Sharon Robb

MORGANTOWN, W. Va., March 1, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mary Smutny won her first Big 12 Conference title.

The University of Texas freshman won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:52.73, three seconds faster than the second-place mile finisher, Saturday at West Virginia University.

The No. 10 nationally-ranked Longhorns women’s swimming team won its eighth straight Big 12 Conference title. The women won with 1,012 points. Kansas was a distant second with 831 points.

University of Texas men’s swimming and diving team won its 21st straight conference title. The men won with 1,127 points.

Former Fort Lauderdale diver Jordan Windle of Texas won the Big 12 title, his third straight platform win with 520.40 points. He also won the 3-meter springboard title.

Sarasota’s Austin Katz won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:39.17.

Texas finished with 18 event wins during the meet.

Texas coach Carol Capitani was named Big 12 Coach of the Meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Duranti, Wilson Lead SOFLO Sharks On Day One Of FGC BB Championships South


By Sharon Robb

MIRAMAR, March 1, 2020—Pilar Duranti and Isabelle Wilson led South Florida Aquatic Club on opening day of the FGC BB Championships South Friday at Miramar Regional Park Aquatic Complex.

Pilar Duranti, 12, won the 11-12 400-yard individual medley in a best time 5:12.68, dropping 1:29.80 minutes off her previous best of 6:42.48.

Isabelle Wilson, 13, won the 13-14 400-yard individual medley in 4:52.28, also a best time. Wilson shaved 8.51 seconds off her previous best of 5:00.79 and dipped below 5 minutes for the first time.

Other SOFLO Top 3 finishers were:

Genesis Escobar, 12, 500-yard freestyle, second 5:57.76, time drop.

Elise Dinehart, 11, 500-yard freestyle, third, 5:58.59.

Alana Deo, 16, 500-yard freestyle, second, 5:52.70.

Mariann Catalasan, 13, 400-yard individual medley, second 5:01.17, time drop.

Kevin Moya, 13, 500-yard freestyle, second 5:15.41, time drop.

Ethan McPeek, 13, 400-yard individual medley, third, 5:00.15.

Alan Bertea, 16, 400-yard individual medley, second 4:36.62, time drop.

Host SOFLO entered 69 swimmers (36 girls and 33 boys) in 284 individual events.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Daryna Karachun, YSF 6:43.36; 11-12, 1. Natalia Ortiz, MWA 5:51.81; SOFLO: 2. Genesis Escobar 5:57.76, time drop, 3. Elise Dinehart 5:58.59, time drop, 5. Alexandra Strong 6:09.86, time drop, 7. Sarah Bedoya 6:20.95, 8. Sophia Avila 6:25.01; 13-14, 1. Mia Gelin, EA 5:31.53; SOFLO: 4. Gabriela Avila 5:44.82, time drop, 10. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 6:09.37, time drop; 15-18, 1. Sara Custodio, MAC 5:41.59; SOFLO: 2. Alana Deo 5:52.70.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Pilar Duranti, SOFLO 5:12.68, time drop; 13-14, 1. Isabelle Wilson, SOFLO 4:52.28, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Mariann Catalasan 5:01.17, time drop, 5. Gabriela Avila 5:14.87; 15-18, 1. Brooklyn Banks, SF 5:22.40.

BOYS

500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Alexander Diaz, SF 6:42.51; 11-12, 1. Carlos Rincon, MWA 5:41.68; 13-14, 1. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Azura 5:11.35; SOFLO: 2. Kevin Moya 5:15.41, time drop, 4. Felix Gonzalez 5:22.59, time drop, 6. Nicholas Pelaez 5:26.93, time drop, 10. Marvan Ekanayake 5:38.60, time drop, 14. Nathan Kronen 5:45.43, time drop; 15-18, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 5:01.28.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Matviy Karachun, YSF 506.98; 13-14, 1. Sebastian Losada Herrera, MAC 4:37.53; SOFLO: 3. Ethan McPeek 5:00.15; 15-18, 1. Jorge Lopez, MAC 4:28.98; SOFLO: 2. Alan Bertea 4:36.62, time drop.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com