Elena Dinehart SOFLO Top Finisher On Final Day Of TYR 18&Under Spring Cup


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, May 3, 2021—Elena Dinehart saved her best for last on the fourth and final day of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup Sunday at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Dinehart, 16, finished second in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:17.97, shaving 2.32 seconds off her previous best of 2:20.29 and cracking 2 minutes in the event for the first time. She was fourth fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:22.55.

It was her fourth event of the meet and seventh swim. Dinehart finished with 23 points in high point.

Twin sister Olivia Dinehart, 16, finished eighth in high point with 62 points. On Sunday, she was sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:23.24, dropping 0.17. She was also 19th in the 100-meter freestyle in 59.58. She competed in six events and had 12 swims.

SOFLO’s top boys finisher was Dominic Bono, 17, eighth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.97.

Juan Mora, 16, was ninth in the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 52.91, dropping 0.84 from his previous best.

SOFLO girls finished fifth in the team standings with 100 points and boys team was eighth with 87, both top finishers among Florida Gold Coast teams.

The USA Swimming long course meter competition featured four host sites across the country including California, Iowa, Virginia and Florida, all scheduled through Sunday.

The meet was created in March as an additional opportunity for in-person competition for young swimmers to earn qualifying cuts for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

The event was the third national event for 18&Under swimmers hosted by USA Swimming since December 2020, following the 18&Under Winter Championships and the 18&Under Spring Virtual Championships.

SUNDAY RESULTS
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Blue Dolfins 334, 2. Y-Spartaquatics 242, 3. Tampa Elite 139, 4. Sarasota Tsunami 107.50, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 100, 6. Tampa Bay 98, 7. Flying Fish Arizona 85, 8. Indian River Aquatics 79, 9. Planet Swim 72, 10. tie, St. Andrew’s, Area Tallahassee 70, 24. Jupiter Dragons 15.

WOMEN HIGH POINT: 1. Summer Cardwell, Tampa Bay 98, 2. Paige Housman, Flying Fish Arizona 85, 3. Ella Bathurst, Tampa Elite 79; SOFLO: 8. Olivia Dinehart 62, 41. Elena Dinehart 23, 47. Maddie Smutny 15.

WOMEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Kirsti McEnroe, YSSC 56.49, 2. Summer Cardwell, Tampa Bay 56.62, 3. Micayla Cronk, Blue Dolfins 56.72; FGC: 16. Erin Miller, St. Andrew’s 1:00.89; SOFLO: 19. Olivia Dinehart 59.58.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Hayden Penny, YSSC 2:16.27, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:17.97, time drop 2.32, 3. Alexandra Stein, RATS 2:21.70.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Sara Stotler, PSA 2:16.45, 2. Ella Bathurst, TEAM 2:17.14, 3. Annika McEnroe, YSSC 2:17.29; SOFLO: 6. Olivia Dinehart 2:23.24, time drop 0.17.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Julia Brzozowski, SRQ 17:11.26, 2. Paige Housman, FAST 17:23.69, 3. Cadence Fort, GCST 17:25.18.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina Aquatic Club 274, 2. Sarasota Tsunami 177, 3. T2 Aquatics 147, 4. Tampa Bay AC 109, 5. Blue Dolfins 94, 6. tie, Carpet Capital, YMCA of the Triangle Area, 90, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 87, 9. Flying Fish Arizona 83, 10. Ensworth Aquatics 69, 13. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 57, 14. North Palm Beach 47, 25. Flood Aquatics Swim Team 26, 27. Hurricane Aquatics 20, 32. Miami Country Day 13, 33. Sunrise Swimming 6.

MEN HIGH POINT: 1. Mason Laur, T2 Aquatics 88, 2. Samuel Hoover, North Carolina Aquatic Club 77, 3. Matthew Fallon, Unattached-SPA 73; SOFLO: 16. Miguel Sierra 42, 34. Juan Mora 29, 45. Dominic Bono 16.

MEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. John Alexy, Unattached 50.08, 2. Samuel Hoover, NCAC 50.84, 3. Varis Monroe, NPB 51.15; SOFLO: 6. Miguel Sierra 53.37, 9. Juan Mora 52.91, time drop 0.84; FGC: 7. Maximillian Zum Tobel, SAS 59.67, 13. Ryan Nordheim, SAS 58.61.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Brandon Miller, NCAC 2:02.47, 2. Evan Keough, SRQ 2:02.74, 3. Hayden Kwan, USC 2:03.23; SOFLO: 8. Dominic Bono 2:14.97; FGC: 11. Patrick Doyle, Sunrise 2:11.08.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Henry Bethel, CCAC 2:04.06, 2. Matthew Fallon, Unattached 2:04.18, 3. Peter Bretzmann, NCAC 2:05.50; FGC: 18. Patrick Doyle, Sunrise 2:14.00; SOFLO: 20. Dominic Bono 2:16.67.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Andrew Taylor, Tampa Bay 8:15.10, 2. Aidan Reagan, FAST 8:19.16, 3. Conor Cranfield, SWIM 8:31.46.

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

2021 CCCAN Championships Awarded To Puerto Rico


By Sharon Robb
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 2, 2021–The Puerto Rican Swimming Federation will host the June 23-27 Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

The event was originally set to be hosted by Panama, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic withdrew.

The meet will be held at the San Juan Aquatic Complex that features a 50-meter Olympic-sized pool and separate diving well.

The pool also features a movable floor which makes it possible to vary the water depth from 3-meter deep to zero. The state-of-the-art facility includes a stainless gutter system that maintains the pool water at rim flow at all times thus contributing to a ‘fast’ pool.

The facility can accommodate up to 2,000 spectators but is expected to observe COVID-19 guidelines for fewer spectators and mandatory masks.

Only swimming and open water swimming will be held. Water polo and synchronized swimming are not on this year’s program.

The competition venue for swimming is Natatorio de San Juan and open water swimming Laguna Del Condado.

The Puerto Rican Swimming Federation will oversee the event with help from CCCAN officials. The CCCAN Championships are held every odd year and began in 1960.

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

Estado de Mexico Wins Combined Team Title, Azura Finishes Second; Sanes Earns Olympic Trip On Final Day Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, May 2, 2021—Adriel Sanes of the Virgin Islands was all smiles as he climbed out of the pool after his final time trial on the fourth and final day of the UANA Tokyo Qualifier at Orlando Health National Training Center.

In Sunday’s 200-meter breaststroke time trial, the 22-year-old St. Croix native punched his ticket to the Tokyo Olympics with a qualifying time and national record of 2:12.59. He had just missed the FINA “B”cut by .02 in Saturday’s final.

“I was convinced to do the time trial since I was so close to it and been swimming at a high level at this meet with all best times,” Sanes said.

Sanes holds three other national records in the 50 and 100 breaststroke and 50 butterfly. Sanes has been training in Denver and is coached by Todd Schmitz of Colorado Stars, who also coached Missy Franklin.

Sanes said he wanted to thank the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee for “everything they’ve done for me and their continued support.” He also said Schmitz “has done a phenomenal job training me as you can see in my results.”

Estado de Mexico, dominant since opening day, won the combined (225 points) and men’s team titles (141). Scarlet (N.J.) Aquatics (111) won the women’s team title. Host Azura Florida Aquatics was second in combined (204), men’s (120) and women’s (84.55) team totals.

Individual high point winners were Athena Kovacs Meneses, 16, (36 points)and Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, both of Estado de Mexico (38 points).

On Sunday night, Azura had three individual champions. El Salvador’s Celina Marquez, 21, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.99. Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales, 25, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.90. El Salvador Olympian Marcelo Acosta, 24, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:22.41.

Other Sunday night winners were:

Madelyn Moore, 20, of Bermuda, 100-meter freestyle, 56.57, national record.

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino, 2:10.37.

Kate Hurst, 15, of Scarlet (N.J.) Aquatics, 800-meter freestyle, 8:53.49 followed by teammate Chloe Kim, 13, in 8:58.76.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, of Mexico, 100-meter freestyle, 49.61.

Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, 23, of Mexico, 200-meter butterfly, 1:58.76.

The successful four-day meet was hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming. It featured 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race. For many swimmers, it was their first long course meet of the season.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who competed were eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 225, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 204.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatics 123, 4. Pine Crest Swim Team 66.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 54, 6. Club Libanes Potosino 45, 7. Gator Swim Club 40, 8. Aruba 39, 9. Virgin Islands 37, 10. Britania Desert Dragons 36, 18. Bolles 21, 21. South Florida Aquatic Club 20.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 141, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 120, 3. Gator Swim Club 40, 4. Virgin Islands 37, 5. Olympus 25, 6. Aruba 24, 7. Dominican Republic 22, 8. Colorado Stars 21, 9. Zacatecas 19, 10. tie, Caan Rosarito, Texas A&M 13, 19. St. Andrew’s 8, 24. Pine Crest 5, 27. Bolles 4.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 111, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 84.5, 3. Mexico 84, 4. Pine Crest 61.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 54, 6. Britania Desert Dragons 36, 7. Club Libanes Potosino 33, 8. Bermuda 32, 9. Seleccion de Venezuela 23, 10. Montverde 22, 12. South Florida Aquatic Club 20, 14. Bolles 17, 23. Jamaica 12.

WOMEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Madelyn Moore, Bermuda 56.57, 2. Fresh Sathianchokwisan, Bolles 57.06, 3. Liliana Ibanez, Swim Uphill 57.61; SOFLO: 19. Andrea Santander 59.92; FGC: 14. Elinah Phillip, Unattached 59.00, 15. Colleen Fergeson, Azura 59.17, 26. Nicol Bellardi, Venezuela 1:00.45, 27. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 1:00.48, 30. Mariana Cote, Venezuela 1:02.93.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:14.99, 2. Pia Murray, Unattached FSU 2:16.63, 3. Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, Club De Regatas Lima 2:17.30; FGC: 15. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:24.46, 18. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 2:31.15.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 2:10.37, 2. Diana Luna Sanchez, Puebla 2:16.37, 3. Junseo Kim, SCAR 2:16.53FGC: 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:20.73.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Kate Hurst, SCAR 8:53.49, 2. Chloe Kim, SCAR 8:58.76, 3. Kate Beavon, Unattached 9:01.57; FGC: 5. Mariana Cote, Venezuela 9:09.46.

MEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 49.61, 2. Alberto Mestre, Azura 49.98, 3. Andres Dupont Cabrera, Bolles 50.04; FGC: 5. Daniel Ramierz, Westminster Academy 50.30, 6. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 50.75, 8. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 52.20, 9. Steven Aimable, Azura 52.32, 10. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 52.63, 12. Stefano Mitchell, Azura 51.74, 21. Kohen Kerr, Azura 52.99, 26. Kerry Olliviere, Azura 54.36.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:00.90, 2. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:02.83, 3. Diego Camacho Salgado, Olympus 2:03.02; FGC: 6. Lance Lesage, Unattached Pine Crest 2:04.85, 14. Diego Balbi, St. Andrew’s 2:10.04, 26. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:20.50; SOFLO: 27. Leo Mateus 2:21.41.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 1:58.76, 2. Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, Mexico 1:59.47, 3. Joey Carbone, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:01.61; FGC: 4. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:02.32, 10. Abbas Qali, Azura 2:21.60, 23. Sidrell Williams, Azura 2:13.34.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 15:22.41, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 15:37.95, 3. Brennan Gravley, Unattached-UF 15:40.22; FGC: 7. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 16:09.97, 17. Enrique Rodriguez, Venezuela 17:14.14.

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