South Florida Aquatic Club Girls Capture Team Title, Boys Finish Runnerup At FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb
STUART, July 25, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club won the girls’ team title and finished boys’ runner-up at the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics Swimming Championships Sunday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

The girls’ team led team standings from the start of the meet and finished with 262 points ahead of Metro Aquatics with 234.

The boys’ team finished second with 246.50 behind Metro Aquatics with 346 points.

Metro Aquatics won the combined team title with 610 points. Defending champion SOFLO was second with 546.50 and St. Andrew’s Aquatics third with 370.

On the fourth and final day, meet host officials discovered a scoring error with the Top 16 finishers being computer- scored instead of only Top 8. Scores were adjusted resulting in lower team totals than the previous three days.

“We all agree, the four of us (coaches), that none of that mess with scoring should take anything away from the amazing effort that these kids put in and the phenomenal swims they produced,” SOFLO age group coach Jack Davies said. “We’re incredibly proud of the performances they put in.”

SOFLO’s 10-and-under swimmers swept the age group team titles. The girls won with 119 points and boys with 113.

SOFLO’s 10-and-under mixed relay of Lance Bergeron-Menard, Gianna Martin, Noah Mejias and Jemma Baldwin won in 2:25.55.

Juan Vallmitjana, 12, won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:09.94, dropping 4.06 seconds off his previous best.

Over four days, SOFLO won eight individual JO titles.

Other SOFLO swimmers in the top three were:

Jemma Baldwin, 10, 200-meter freestyle, second, 2:33.01, time drop 9.96.

Amanda Grubbs, 12, 200-meter freestyle, third 2:18.46, time drop 9.06.

Gabriella DeLuna, 14, 200-meter individual medley, second 2:28.42, time drop 3.87.

Noah Mejias, 10, 200-meter freestyle, third 2:32.94, time drop 11.90; 100-meter butterfly, second 1:13.54, time drop 6.21.

SOFLO had 58 swimmers (29 girls and 29 boys) in 307 individual events and relays.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 610, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 546.50, 3. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 370, 4. Jupiter Dragons 248, 5. Midtown Weston 240, 6. Gulliver 207, 7. Coral Springs Swim Club 167, 8. Wahoos of Wellington 148, 9. North Palm Beach 127, 10. Eagle Aquatics 125.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 262, 2. Metro Aquatics 234, 3. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 215, 4. Midtown Weston 164, 5. Jupiter Dragons 123, 6. Gulliver Swim Club 121, 7. Wahoos of Wellington 93, 8. Eagle Aquatics 85, 9. Coral Springs Swim Club 70, 10. North Palm Beach 54.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 346, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 246.50, 3. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 127, 4. Jupiter Dragons 103, 5. Ransom Everglades 102, 6. Coral Springs Swim Club 87, 7. Hurricane Aquatics 83, 8. Gulliver Swim Club 74, 9. Blue Marlins of Hialeah Garden 73.50, 10. North Palm Beach Swim Club 63.

AGE GROUP TEAM TOTALS
GIRLS: 10-and-under, 1. SOFLO 119, 2. Metro Aquatics 66, 3. Gulliver 58; 11-12, 1. Jupiter Dragons 118, 2. Midtown Western 111, 3. St. Andrew’s 106, 6. SOFLO 57; 13-14, 1. St. Andrew’s 109, 2. Metro Aquatics 97, 3. SOFLO 86.
BOYS: 10-and-under, 1. SOFLO 113, 2. Metro Aquatics 85, 3. North Palm Beach 63; 11-12, 1. Jupiter Dragons 98, 2. SOFLO 74.50, 3. St. Andrew’s 62; 13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 206, 2. Hurricane Aquatics 83, 3. St. Andrew’s 65, 4. SOFLO 59.
COMBINED: 10-and-under, 1. SOFLO 250; 11-12, 1. Jupiter Dragons 234, 3. SOFLO 141.50; 13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 321, 3. SOFLO 155.

GIRLS HIGH POINT: 10-and-under, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 47; SOFLO: 2. Jemma Baldwin, 40, 8. Gianna Martin 20, 10. Christie Ann Lumsden 12; 11-12, 1. Alera Hurwitz, SAS 56; SOFLO: 5. Amanda Grubbs 36; 13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 53; SOFLO: 3. Gabriella DeLuna 37, 6. Izzy Wilson 22.

BOYS HIGH POINT: 10-and-under, 1. Trace Colton, NPB 63; SOFLO: 3. Noah Mejias 40.50, 9. Eric Ferrer 15.50, 10. Lance Bergeron-Menard 15; 11-12, 1. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 55; SOFLO: 2. Juan Vallmitjana 41; 13-14, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 58; SOFLO: 9. Hashan Ekanayake 17.

GIRLS
100-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Emma Herrera, Unattached 59.30.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 2:26.65; SOFLO: 2. Jemma Baldwin 2:33.01, time drop 9.96.
11-12, 1. Allison Kelly, JUP 2:16.28; SOFLO: 3. Amanda Grubbs 2:18.46, time drop 9.06, 8. Sofia Lugo 2:23.78.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Reese Andres, SAS 2:41.16.

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Gia Euseppi, Unattached 38.89; SOFLO: 7. Sofia Rodriguez 40.72, time drop 1.30.
11-12, 1. Allison Jelly, JUP 33.12.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 1:19.63.
11-12, 1. Alera Hurwitz, SAS 1:08.07; SOFLO: 5. Amanda Grubbs 1:11.92, 6. Lydia Smutny 1:11.98, time drop 2.80, 8. Sofia Lugo 1:15.16.
13-14, 1. Emma Herrera, Unattached 1:03.45; SOFLO: 4. Gabriella DeLuna 1:06.28, time drop 1.63.

200-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 2:27.46; SOFLO: 2. Gabriella DeLuna 2:28.42, time drop 3.87.

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:
10-and-under, 1. SOFLO 2:25.55 (Lance Bergeron-Menard, Gianna Martin, Noah Mejias, Jemma Baldwin).
11-12, 1. Jupiter 2:08.56, 4. SOFLO 2:15.49 (Lydia Smutny, Juan Vallmitjana, Jose Rincon, Amanda Grubbs).
13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:57.56, 4. SOFLO 2:02.45 (Katelyn Gembicki, Derek Hau, Gabriella DeLuna, Alexander Miller).

BOYS
100-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 54.35; SOFLO: 6. Hashan Ekanayake 57.11, time drop 1.28.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Trace Colton, NPB 2:21.18; SOFLO: 3. Noah Mejias 2:32.94, time drop 11.90, 4. Eric Ferrer 2:34.10, time drop 7.03.
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:09.94, time drop 4.06.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 2:31.61; SOFLO: 6. Alexander Miller 2:37.34, time drop 7.30.

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Macos Machado, PB 37.69; SOFLO: 4. Lance Bergeron-Menard 38.90, time drop 1.65, 6. Guillermo Mantilla 39.37, 8. Eric Ferrer 40.30.
11-12, 1. Andrew Fiedor, JUP 32.42; SOFLO: 8. Jose Rincon 35.04.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Trace Colton, NPB 1:11.80; SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 1:13.54, time drop 6.21, 7. Lance Bergeron-Menard 1:27.59.
11-12, 1. Bruno Sinchi, RANS 1:04.58.
13-14, 1. Roberto Gossmann, TSA 59.78.

200-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 2:14.51; SOFLO: 6. Alexander Miller 2:21.98

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

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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