SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Breaks Own National Record During ISL Match Ten

By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, November 9, 2020—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson broke her own national record in the 100-meter butterfly Monday at Duna Arena.

While competing for the London Roar in Match 10 of the International Swimming League, the longtime South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer broke the 100-meter butterfly Jamaican national short course meters record in 57.21. She finished sixth among a field of eight in the final.

Beryl Gastaldello of LA Current won in 55.71, 1/100th ahead of Kelsi Worrell Dahlia of Cali Condors.

Atkinson’s previous national record was 57.38 set at the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup final.

Atkinson also finished third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.44 behind Cali Condors teammates Molly Hannis and U.S. Olympic gold medalist Lilly King. Hannis upset win broke King’s streak of 30 wins in breaststroke races in ISL races.

Atkinson was also a member of the runner-up 4×100 medley relay that finished in 3:48.15.

Teams involved in Match 10 were LA Current, London Roar, Cali Condors and Aqua Centurions.

In other notable races:

In the men’s 100-meter butterfly, Caeleb Dressel edged Tom Shields, 49.02-49.17. It was their first head-to-head since the ISL season-opener American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was seventh in 50.70. Dressel also won the 50-meter freestyle in 20.52.

Beata Nelson of the Cali Condors won the women’s 200-meter backstroke in 2:02.51. Italian Federica Pellegrini of Aqua Centurions returned to racing after sitting out because of a COVID-19 positive test in Italy, was fifth in 2:05.64.

Ryan Murphy of LA Current edged Radoslaw Kawaecki of Cali Condors in the 200-meter backstroke, 1:48.60-1:48.79. It was Kawecki’s first loss of the season. Murphy also won the 50-meter backstroke in 22.75.

Annie Lazor of London Road won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.04 ahead of King in 2:17.18.

Will Licon of LA Current won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:04.12.

Abbey Weitzeil of LA Current won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.45, breaking her own American record.

Olivia Smoliga of Cali Condors won the 50-meter backstroke in 25.85.

After Day One of Match 10, Cali Condors lead with 285 followed by LA Current, 238, London Road, 212, and Aqua Centurions, 142.

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SOFLO Swimmers Shine At Region 4-1A Meet, Nine Swimmers Qualify For State Meet Including Three Region Champions

By Sharon Robb
FORT PIERCE, November 8, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers turned in their finest high school performance of the COVID-19 abbreviated season at the recent Region 4-1A Swimming and Diving Championship at Indian River State College Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO qualified nine swimmers and three relays featuring SOFLO swimmers. SOFLO will have a total of 16 swimmers compete in individual events in this weekend’s 1A and 2A state meets.

The Class 1A classification is arguably the most competitive of all classifications and toughest state meet to qualify for.

SOFLO’s region champions were Olivia Dinehart in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke, Maddy Smutny in the 500-yard freestyle and Miguel Sierra in the 100-yard butterfly.

Among SOFLO’s state qualifiers are:

Cutler Bay senior Miguel Sierra is seeded first with an automatic All-American time of 48.75 in the 100-yard butterfly. He is also seeded second in the 100-yard backstroke in 51.61 behind King’s Academy Josh Zuchowski (49.59, All-American consideration time).

Cutler Bay sophomore Olivia Dinehart is top seed in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.77, an All-American consideration time and second seed in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.84.

Cutler Bay sophomore Maddy Smutny is third seed in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:01.45 and sixth seed in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.86.

Cutler Bay senior Lucy Smutny is fourth seed in the 100-yard backstoke in 59.28 and eighth seed in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:06.61.

Cutler Bay sophomore Elena Dinehart is seeded fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.53 and seeded 15th in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.94.

Cutler Bay sophomore Sophia Grubbs is eighth seed in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.06.

Sagemont’s Sara Quintero is 12th seed in the 200 IM in 2:13.02 and seeded 14th in the 100 butterfly in 59.90.

Cutler Bay sophomore Sophia Grubbs is 19th seed in the 200 IM in 2:14.30.

Carrollton’s Izzy Wilson is 18th seed in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:16.24.

Cutler Bay’s girls 200-yard medley relay featuring Elena and Olivia Dinehart and Maddy Smutny is seeded third in 1:49.35. Cutler Bay’s girls 400-yard freestyle, featuring the same threesome, is seeded fourth in 3:38.00.

Cutler Bay’s boys 400-yard freestyle relay, featuring Miguel Sierra and Adrian Hernandez, is seeded 14th in 1:45.38.

Sophia Souza of Calvary Christian won the girls 1-meter diving title with 431.45, less than 3 points ahead of Oxbridge Academy’s Noa Miller with 428.50. She is seeded fourth.

Westminster Academy senior Blakeman Shaw won the boys 1-meter diving with 498.25.

Qualified swimmers and divers advance into the FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark Aquatics Center in Stuart.

Defending champion Jacksonville Bolles is the overwhelming favorite to sweep the team titles.

Last season Bolles extended its state championship streak to a national record 32 years for the boys and 29 years for the girls to finish the season as the state’s all-time high school swimming dynasty.

Bolles is historically one of the best high school programs in American swimming history, producing 13 Olympic medalists (winning 20 total medals), in addition to 9 other Olympians who weren’t students but trained with the Bolles club team.

Please note: FHSAA officials and host coaches withheld the region results until every meet was completed to avoid any early advantage for coaches. The results were posted Sunday.


  1. St. Andrew’s 476, 2. King’s Academy 285, 3. Cutler Bay Academy 272, 4. South Florida Heat 165, 5. Ransom Everglades 156, 6. Carrollton 150, 7. Calvary Christian 144, 8. Coral Shores 128, 9. Westminster Academy 118, 10. Miami Country Day 77, 11. tie, Oxbridge, Sagemont 52, 13. tie, Berean Christian, Westminster Christian, Cardinal Newman 47, 16. Doctors Charter School 27, 17. Lake Worth Christian 24.

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:45.59, 2. Cutler Bay 1:49.35 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Natalie Gembicki), 3. South Florida Heat 1:49.78, 6. Carrollton 2:00.21 (Izzy Wilson, Maria Wolfington, Alexandra DeAngulo, Natalia Solano), 10. Westminster Christian 2:16.24 (Valentina Stromeyer, Sophie Lamesla, Alana Deo, Tala Naber).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Erin Miller, SA 1:53.97, 2. Kiersten Munna, KA 1:55.57, 3. Lillian Smith, SA 1:58.15, 7. Izzy Wilson, CAR 2:01.86.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Olivia Dinehart, CB 2:04.84, 2. Ella Martinez, SA 2:05.51, 3. Nicole Aguilar, SA 2:08.01, 5. Sara Quintero, SAGE 2:13.02.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 23.37, AA-C, 2. Lucia Miller, SA 23.90, 3. Logananne Zielinski, KA 24.44.

1-meter diving: 1. Sophia Souza, CALV 431.45, 2. Noa Miller, OXB 428.50, 3. Makenzie Blake, WA 425.00.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 55.40, 2. Nicole Aguilar, SA 56.56, 3. Maddy Smutny, CB 56.86, 4. Sara Quintero, SAGE 59.90, 5. Elene Dinehart, CB 59.94, 16. Fiorello DiSalvo, SFH 1:07.40.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 50.38, AA-C, 2. Logananne Zielinski, KA 52.86, 3. Lydia Lanahan, CALV 54.01.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Maddy Smutny, CB 5:01.45, 2. Erin Miller, SA 5:06.60, 3. Lucy Smutny, CB 5:06.61, 7. Izzy Wilson, CAR 5:16.24.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:36.89, 2. King’s 1:41.42, 3. Calvary Christian 1:44.64, 9. Cutler Bay 1:52.43 (Lucy Smutny, Naomi Vera, Lauren Swicegood, Sophia Grubbs), 11. Westminster Christian 2:02.63 (Sophie Lamelas, Tala Naber, Valentina Stromeyer, Alana Deo).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 55.33, 2. Ella Martinez, SA 56.16, 3. Lucy Smutny, CB 59.28, 4. Elena Dinehart, CB 59.53, 14. Fiorella DiSalvo, SFH 1:08.80.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, CB 1:03.77, AA-C, 2. Lucia Miller, SA 1:04.39, 3. Michael Sierra, SFH 1:05.22, 4. Sophia Grubbs, CB 1:06.06, 10. Alana Deo, WC 1:14.34.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:29.10, 2. King’s 3:36.15, 3. Cutler Bay 3:38.00 (Natalie Gembicki, Olivia Dinehart, Elena Dinehart, Maddy Smutny), 8. Carrollton 3:58.33 (Katia Alonso, Alexandra DeAngulo, Izzy Wilson, Natalia Solano).


  1. tie, King’s Academy, St. Andrew’s 470, 3. Cutler Bay 208, 4. Ransom Everglades 161, 5. South Florida Heat 149, 6. Westminster Academy 111, 7. FAU High 108, 8. Westminster Christian 102, 9. Oxbridge 70, 10. Calvary Christian 69, 11. Miami Country Day 66, 12. Coral Shores 56, 13. Cardinal Newman 36, 14. tie, Doctors Charter, Berean Christian 28, 16. Sagemont 16, 17. Sports Leadership Academy 7.

200-yard medley relay: 1. King’s 1:38.49, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:40.03, 3. Cutler Bay 1:45.38 (Austin Nelson, Alexander Miller, Miguel Sierra, Matthew Hebert), 6. Westminster Christian 1:50.59 (Mario Solorzano, Joshua Francis, Esteban Acosta, Noah Lopez-Calleja).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Pace Edwards, KA 1:41.86, 2. Kacper Rafal, SA 1:42.52, 3. Santiago Espinoza, SA 1:45.43, 9. Kevin Moya, SAGE 1:55.43.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:51.08, 2. Nikita Efimov, SFH 1:57.63, 3. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SA 1:59.95.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Noah Sipowski, KA 20.97, 2. Ryan Nordheim, SA 20.99, 3. Tiago Pereira, SA 21.93.

1-meter diving: 1. Blakeman Shaw, WA 498.25, 2. Oliver Sunham, SA 283.00.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Miguel Sierra, CB 48.75, AA-A, 2. Tiago Pereira, SA 51.08, 3. Diego Balbi, SA 51.63, 11. Adrian Hernandez, CB 57.91.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Ryan Nordheim, SA 46.22, 2. Kacper Rafal, SA 47.80, 3. Magnus Kron, RE 49.25.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Pace Edwards, KA 4:41.18, 2. Santiago Espinoza, SA 4:45.74, 3. Christian Pisani, KA 4:51.01.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:29.94 (Noah Sipowski, Noah Smith, Josh Zuchowski, Pace Edwards), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:25.79, 3. Ransom Everglades 1:34.67, 5. Cutler Bay 1:37.41 (Allen Alfonso, Austin Nelson, Ivan Grass, Adrian Hernandez).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 49.59, 2. Miguel Sierra, CB 51.61, 3. Diego Balbi, SA 53.56, 8. Austin Nelson, CB 58.58, 10. Kevin Moya, SAGE 1:00.94.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Noah Sipowski, KA 58.01, 2. Dario Martin, SFH 1:00.26, 3. Dylan Smiley, MC 1:00.43.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:06.79, 2. King’s Academy 3:13.27, 3. Cutler Bay 3:25.24 (Miguel Sierra, Matthew Hebert, Alexander Miller, Adrian Hernandez).

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