Florida Swimming Takes Early Lead After Day One Of All-Star Dual Meet

FORT PIERCE, March 26, 2021—Defending champion Florida Swimming took the early lead in the annual Florida Gold Coast-Florida Swimming All-Star Dual Meet Friday night at Indian River State College’s Anne Wilder Aquatic Complex.

Florida Swimming leads the combined team standings, 89-49; girls, 28-17; and boys, 33-12.

Julianne McCranie, 14, was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher placing third on Florida Gold Coast 13-14 mixed 200-yard medley relay in 1:43.13 with teammates Aly Bozzuto, George Gonzalez and Giulian Martin). McCranie had the second-fastest split of 25.78.

McCranie has six events left to swim: 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle.

SOFLO’s Noah Mejias, 10, swam a best time in the 500-yard freestyle to finish eighth in 6:21.57, dropping 9.36 seconds. Mejias was also on the ninth place 10-and-under 200-yard medley relay that finished in 2:19.32.

Mejias has the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard breaststroke left to swim.

SOFLO’s Sofia Rodriguez, 10, was a member of the sixth place 10-and-under 200-yard medley relay that finished in 2:13.70 with teammates Jayden Park, Marcos Machado and Alma Cancio Jorge. Rodriguez has six events left to swim.

Last year Florida Swimming swept all three titles: combined, 871-556; boys 403-263; and girls 406-259.

SOFLO has seven girls and and four boys on the team for the three-day meet.

SOFLO Makos age group coach Isidro (Coach Issy) Planell is coaching the 11-12 boys.

The top six finishers at the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Short Course Junior Olympics in Coral Springs qualified for the team.

Like all swim meets across the nation, COVID-19 safety protocols are in place during the meet. Last year the All-Star meet was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Masks are required for all swimmers when not swimming.

FGC All-Stars has an expanded socially distant seating area on the opposite side of the pool from Florida’s team.

The meet has a closed deck. No parents are allowed in the swimmer or coaches areas.

Parents are allowed in a limited spectator area to watch their swimmer race. They are asked to leave the pool area and relax in the grass fields or cars outside of the pool area so they can spread out.

For coaches and officials, all meals are being ordered in To Go containers.

Meetings require masks and held outdoors when it’s available and weather permitting.


COMBINED: Florida Swimming 89, Florida Gold Coast 49
BOYS: Florida Swimming 33, Florida Gold Coast 12
GIRLS: Florida Swimming 28, Florida Gold Coast 17

1,000-yard freestyle:
13-14, None; 11-12, 1. Karrington Hansen, FL 11:07.00, 2. Brinkleigh Hansen, FL 11:11.39, 3. Ale Gendarmi, FGC 11:37.75; FGC: 4. Allison Connors 11:44.29.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Mia Pistanek, FL 5:54.17, 2. Cali Jerabek, FGC 5:56.80, 3. Maya Szylkowski, FL 6:02.05.

1,000-yard freestyle: 13-14: 1. Ryan Erisman, FL 9:46.78, 2. Graham Evans, FL 9:51.94, 3. Brody Singley, FL 9:52.38; FGC: 4. Gabriel Tortola 10:10.57; 11-12, 1. Owen Ekk, FL 9:57.10, 2/Colin Jacobs, FL 10:04.11, 3. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, FGC 10:41.08.

500-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Sawyer Hansen, FL 5:33.16, 2. Lincoln Driesse, FL 5:36.29, 3. Vlad Malyshev, FGC 5:50.23; SOFLO: 8. Noah Mejias 6:21.57, time drop 9.36.

Mixed 200-yard medley relay:
13-14, 1. Florida Swimming A 41.15, 2. Florida Swimming B 1:42.77, 3. FGC A 1:43.13 (Aly Bozzuto, George Gonzalez, Julianne McCranie, Giulian Martin), 6. FGC B 1:45.66, 13. FGC 1:49.01 (Gabriella DeLuna, Carlos Flores, Leorah Rotchin, Mateo Silva).

11-12, 1. Florida Swimming A 1:48.22, 2. FGC A 1:50.57, 3. FGC B 1:53.23.

10-and-under, 1. FGC A 2:07.68 (Nicolas Lacharme, Cali Jerabek, Trace Colton, Aria-Noelle Mindley), 2. Florida 2:08.42, 3. FGC B 2:10.69, 6. FGC 2:13.70 (Sofia Rodriguez, Jayden Park, Marcos Machado, Alma Cancio Jorge), 9. FGC E 2:19.32 (Alicia Salazar, AAleyah Osouna, Noah Mejias, Sule Erkuloglu).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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