SOFLO Swimmers Shine In SOFLO’s Third Intrasquad Meet; Alexander Miller, Noah Mejias Triple Winners


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, August 22, 2020–To say that South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers were chomping at the bit to race on Saturday is an understatement.

For the first time in more than four months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver, Bronze, Meteorites and Asteroids swimmers got to race in SOFLO’s third Intrasquad Meet and it showed.

A total of 153 girl and boy swimmers posted time drops in the five events’ mixed 13-and-under, 12-16 and 12-and-under sessions. The smiles on their faces as they climbed out of Academic Village Pool said it all.

Pilar Duranti, 12, was a double girls’ winner in the 13-and-under session. Duranti won the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 1:01.55 and 50-yard backstroke in 32.34, also a best time.

Elise Dinehart, 12, was also a double girls’ winner in the 13-and-under session. She won the 100-yard individual medley in a best time 1:11.80 and 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 36.40.

Duranti edged Dinehart in the 13-and-under pentathlon, 924-905, for three events.

In the boy’s 13-and-under competition, Alexander Miller, 13, came up big winning three events and posting two time drops. He won the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 54.99; 100-yard individual medley in a best time 1:01.11 and 50-yard butterfly in 29.59.

Miller also won the boys’ 13-and-under pentathlon big with 871 points for three events. Juan Vallmitjana, 12, was second with 242 points.

In the girls’ 12-16 session, Gabriela Avila, 14, Fiorella Di Salvo, 12, and Manuela Gonzalez, 14, each won an individual event with best times. Gonzalez won the 12-16 pentathlon with 1,405 points.

Javier Colmenares, 14, and Adrian Hernandez, 14, were double winners in the boys’ 12-16 session. Colmenares won the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 53.11 and 50-yard breaststroke in 30.02, also a best time. Hernandez won the 100-yard individual medley in a best time 59.36 and 50-yard butterfly in a best time 26.65. Colmenares won the 12-16 pentathlon with 1,260 points.

Amanda Grubbs, 11, was a double winner in the girls’ 12-and-under session. Grubbs won the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 1:04.34 and 100-yard individual medley in a best time 1:14.38. Grubbs won the 12-and-under pentathlon with 433 points.

Noah Mejias, 9, was a triple winner in the boys’ 12-and-under session and won the pentathlon. Mejias won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:11.69, 100-yard individual medley in 1:20.87 and 50-yard butterfly in 34.80.

Like every SOFLO intrasquad meet, swimmers, coaches and USA Swimming officials followed stringent local, state and federal public health COVID-19 guidelines. This sanctioned meet was run without volunteers (other than the minimum number of officials required). No spectators were permitted on deck.

This meet had three sessions with a maximum of 30 swimmers each. During each session, the 30 swimmers were divided into three “heats” of 10. The heats were determined by the seeding for the stroke events (3-5 and 8-10 and 13-15). The heats stayed together as a group throughout the meet and rotated around the deck.

There was a heat racing or preparing to race, a heat in the warm-down lanes (one lane per athlete), and a heat “on deck” who were waiting in their chairs.

The “on deck” waiting area had three groups of 10 chairs separated by the designated social distance of 6 feet. Each athlete will had a designated chair for their equipment and sat in their chair when not racing or warming down.

There was about 8 minutes between racing heats. With nine heats per session, each session was about 75 minutes in length and athletes raced every twenty-four minutes.

The fourth intrasquad meet is Saturday, Aug. 29, 6-11:30 a.m. Bronze, Silver, Senior Fit and Dippers will compete.

SATURDAY RESULTS
MIXED 13-and-under
GIRLS

100-yard freestyle: 1. Pilar Duranti 1:01.55, time drop, 2. Genesis Escobar 1:01.62, time drop, 3. Sofia Lugo 1:02.59, time drop.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Elise Dinehart 1:11.80, time drop, 2. Pilar Duranti 1:12.54, 3. Sarah Vasquez 1:13.53.

50-yard butterfly: 1. Sofia Lugo 33.33, 2. Lydia Smutny 33.61, 3. Sarah Vasquez 33.77.

50-yard backstroke: 1. Pilar Duranti, 32.34, time drop, 2. Alexandra Strong 37.43, 3. Sofia Gomez 37.56, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke: 1. Elise Dinehart 36.40, time drop, 2. Cali Harries 39.59, 3. Anjana Andapally 41.25, time drop.

BOYS

100-yard freestyle: 1. Alexander Miller 54.99, time drop, 2. Juan Vallmitjana 1:00.54, time drop, 3. Abraham Penaloza 1:02.04, time drop.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Alexander Miller 1:01.11, time drop, 2. Leo Shee 1:11.25, time drop, 3. Juan Vallmitjana 1:11.81.

50-yard butterfly: 1. Alexander Miller 29.59, 2. Leo Shee 33.81, time drop, 3. Joshua Menezes 34.34.

50-yard backstroke: 1. Matt McVeigh 33.39, time drop, 2. Matthew Jimenez 36.47, 3. Ethan Hall 37.96.

50-yard breaststroke: 1. Abraham Penaloza 35.60, time drop, 2. Juan Vallmitjana 36.40, time drop, 3. Ryan Harries 37.23.

MIXED 12-16
GIRLS

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gabriela Avila 57.54, time drop, 2. tie, Gabriella DeLuna 58.04 and Manuela Gonzalez, 58.04, time drop.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Fiorella DiSalvo 1:06.70, time drop, 2. Gabriella DeLuna 1:06.86, 3. Manuela Gonzalez 1:07.29, time drop.

50-yard butterfly: 1. Manuela Gonzalez 28.61, time drop, 2. Gabriela Avila 29.34, time drop, 3. Izzy Wilson 32.03.

50-yard backstroke: 1. Gabriella DeLuna 30.70, 2. Mariann Catalasan 31.51 time drop, 3. Fiorella DiSalvo 31.78, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke: 1. Dahlia Hirsh 37.47, 2. Sofia Hernandez 38.82, time drop, 3. Melanie Palmira 41.14.

BOYS

100-yard freestyle: 1. Javier Colmenares 53.11, time drop, 2. Kevin Moya 53.76, time drop, 3. Hashan Ekanayake 54.12, time drop.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Adrian Hernandez 59.36, time drop, 2. Javier Colmenares 59.61, 3. Kevin Moya 1:00.78.

50-yard butterfly: 1. Adrian Hernandez 26.65, time drop, 2. Andres Tejada 27.70, time drop, 3. Hashan Ekanayake 28.21, time drop.

50-yard backstroke: 1. Kevin Moya 28.19, time drop, 2. Ethan McPeek 30.01, time drop, 3. Felix Gonzalez 31.36, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke: 1. Javier Colmenares 30.02, time drop, 2. Derek Hau 31.15, time drop, 3. Luca Hincapie 33.46, time drop.

MIXED 12-and-under
GIRLS

100-yard freestyle: 1. Amanda Grubbs 1:04.34, time drop, 2. Olivia Wilson 1:10.66, time drop, 3. Sofia Rodriguez 1:12.81, time drop.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Amanda Grubbs 1:14.38, time drop, 2. Olivia Wilson 1:24.45, time drop, 3. Gabriela Marin 1:26.26, time drop.

50-yard butterfly: 1. Olivia Wilson 41.13, time drop, 2. Gabriela Marin 42.64.

50-yard backstroke: 1. Sofia Rodriguez 40.28, time drop, 2. Jiana Connor 45.24, 3. Marlena Groves 51.18, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke: 1. Gianna Martin 41.14, time drop, 2. Ainsley Miller 44.99, 3. Christie Ann Lumsden 46.65, time drop.

BOYS

100-yard freestyle: 1. Noah Mejias 1:11.69, 2. Atharv Agashe 1:16.06, time drop, 3. Martin Petkov 1:17.77.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Noah Mejias 1:20.87, 2. Mikhel Martin 1:25.43, time drop, 3. Martin Petkov 1:28.87.

50-yard butterfly: 1. Noah Mejias 34.80, 2. Adrian Sowma 45.26, 3. Matthew Ortiz 48.22.

50-yard backstroke: 1. Mikhel Martin 40.48, 2. Eric Ferrer 41.38, 3. Atharv Agashe 43.10, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke: 1. Noah Lee 42.75, 2. Martin Petkov 46.52, time drop, 3. Maximiliano Remmele 47.06.

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

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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