Mallory Schleicher Top SOFLO Finisher On Day One Of Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 5, 2020—Mallory Schleicher led South Florida Aquatic Club on opening night of the Southern Zone South Sectional Championship Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Schleicher, 16, was second in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 17 minutes, 24.45 seconds. Bolles’ Leah Degeorge, 18, won the event in 17:00.79.

Schleicher was also a member of SOFLO’s fifth-place women’s 200-meter freestyle relay that finished in 1:51.46, 1.21 better than the relay’s entry time and 11th place seeding. Other relay members were Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart and Gaby Banks, coming off the UANA Championships for Jamaica.

Schleicher, who has 28 points in high point, has four events remaining including Friday’s 400-meter individual medley.

SOFLO was also fourth in the women’s 200-meter medley relay in 2:00.90 with Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny and Gaby Banks.

SOFLO’s top boys’ finisher was the sixth place 200-meter medley relay in 1:50.94 with Juan Colmenares, Juan Mora, Rafael Rodriguez and Michael Arias.

SOFLO women are in fourth place with 237 points and men are seventh with 175. SOFLO is sixth among combined teams with 412. Defending champion Azura leads with 590.

SOFLO has 31 qualified swimmers (16 boys and 15 girls) competing in 140 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

A large field is competing over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatics, FAST, North Miami Swim Team, Coral Springs Swim Club, Gulliver, TS Aquatics and host Plantation Swim Team.

Defending champions are Azura Florida Aquatics (1,116.5) and Sarasota YMCA (1,432). SOFLO, with 35 swimmers, was third among both the girls (852) and boys (776) teams.

THURSDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Azura 590, 2. Bluefish 587, 3. Scarlet 442, 4. Spartan 432, 5. Bolles 420, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 412, 7. Colorado Stars 378, 8. Mesa 324, 9. Gator Swim Club 202, 10. TS Aquatics 138.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bluefish 347, 2. Azura 269, 3. Scarlet 243, 4. SOFLO 237, 5. Bolles 234, 6. Mesa 187, 7. Colorado Stars 178, 8. Spartan 161, 9. Gator Swim Club 145, 10. TS Aquatics 72.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 321, 2. Spartan 271, 3. Bluefish 240, 4. Colorado Stars 200, 5. Scarlet 199, 6. Bolles 186, 7. SOFLO 175, 8. Mesa 137, 9. Race Aquatics 94, 10. FAST 88.

GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Leah Degeorge, Bolles 17:00.79, 2. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 17:24.45, 3. Anna Hein, ABF 17:33.69.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Bluefish 1:59.89, 2. Bolles 1:59.97, 3. Azura 2:00.32, 4. SOFLO A 2:00.90 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Gaby Banks), 12. SOFLO B 2:07.79 (Lucy Smutny, Molly Golding, Sara Quintero, Jennamarie Brames).

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Bolles 1:47.29, 2. Azura 1:48.31, 3. Scarlet 1:49.38, 5. SOFLO A 1:51.46 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Gaby Banks), 19. SOFLO B 2:00.60 (Lucy Smutny, Sally Golding, Sophia Grubbs, Jennamarie Brames).

BOYS

800-meter freestyle:
1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 8:13.84, 2. Joshua Parent, ABF 8:14.72, 3. Joaquin Vargas, Unattached 8:16.26.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Azura 1:44.44, 2. Colorado Stars 1:44.70, 3. Spartan 1:47.23, 6. SOFLO A 1:50.94 (Juan Colmenares, Juan Mora, Rafael Rodriguez, Michael Arias), 19. SOFLO B 2:01.21 (Leonardo Mateus, John Paul Handal, Philopatier Ibrahim, Manuel Melendez).

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Spartan 1:34.78, 2. Azura 1:36.77, 3. Colorado Stars 1:38.06, 7. SOFLO A 1:40.25 (Sebastian Lares, Juan Mora, Rafael Rodriguez, Michael Arias), 23. SOFLO B 1:46.80 (Juan Colmenares, John Paul Handal, Manuel Melendez, Yannai Michael).

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:
1. Azura A 1:52.27, 2. Colorado Stars 1:52.66, 3. Azura B 1:54.54, 10. SOFLO A 2:02.51 (Sebastian Lares, Molly Golding, Sara Quintero, Nicolas Rossi), 15. SOFLO B 2:04.70 (Alex Golding, Sophia Grubbs, Leonardo Mateus, Sabrina Osorio).

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Spartan 1:42.53, 2. Bluefish 1:43.47, 3. Azura 1:43.51, 7. SOFLO A 1:48.48 (Mallory Schleicher, Nicolas Rossi, Philopatier Ibrahim, Sally Golding), 14. SOFLO B 1:55.84 (Alex Golding, Sabrina Osorio, Sophia Grubbs, Christopher Hau).


IF YOU GO

What: 2020 Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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