South Florida Aquatic Club Captures Combined, Boys Team Titles At 31st Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, December 12, 2021—In one of the most competitive meets of the year, South Florida Aquatic Club defended its combined and boys team titles Sunday at the 31st annual Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The defending champion boys team led throughout the meet and won with 958.50 points. Metro Aquatics was second with 741 and St. Andrew’s Aquatics was third with 530.

The girls team moved into second place on the final day and finished with 491 points behind girls champion St. Andrew’s Aquatics with 864.

SOFLO, buoyed by depth, relays and talent, rallied on the final day to overtake early leader St. Andrew’s Aquatics with 1,449.50 points. St. Andrew’s finished runner-up with 1,394 and Metro Aquatics was third with 1,211.

SOFLO, the largest team, had 107 swimmers competing in 621 individual events and 28 relay events.

The competitiveness and parity of the four-day meet, one of the state’s oldest, signalled the return of Florida Gold Coast teams after months of recovering from the pandemic.

Among SOFLO winners were:

Gianna Martin, 10, 100-yard breaststroke, best time 1:18.63, time drop 2.16.

Noah Mejias, 10, 100-yard butterfly, best time 1:05.06, time drop 2.20; 100-yard individual medley, best time 1:08.45, time drop 4.00. Mejias was second in boys 10-and-under high point with 54 points just 2.50 points behind Alejandro Ruiz of Metro Aquatics.

Juan Vallmitjana, 12, 100-yard breaststroke, best time 1:09.37, time drop 3.19; 200-yard freestyle, best time 1:54.19, time drop 0.58. Vallmitjana was 11-12 boys high point winner with 72 points.

Javier Colmenares, 15, 100-yard breaststroke, best time 57.63,time drop 0.34.

Juan Mora, 17, 100-yard individual medley, 50.82.

Ricardo Roche, 22, 100-yard backstroke, best time 51.11, 0.97 time drop.

SOFLO won the boys’ 11-12 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:48.43 with Ryan Harries, Connor Jimenez, Maximiliano Remmele and Juan Vallmitjana.

SOFLO was second in the boys’ 10-and-under 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:59.01 with Lance Bergeron-Menard, Noah Mejias, Toma Petkov and Guillermo Mantilla and 13-14 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:34.88 with Carlos Rincon, Mason Jimenez, Tristan Dons and Felix Gonzalez.

SOFLO girls were second in the 11-12 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:15.01 with Sofia Rodriguez, Jianna Amores, Olivia Watson and Saree Young.

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher, 18, earned 17-and-over girls high point honors with 53 points.

Aruba-based Giants Aquatics founder and coach Jordy Groters, 25, competed in eight events in between coaching his 13 swimmers. His highest finish was fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke final in 26.14. On the final night, he was fifth in the 100-yard individual medley in 53.55 and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.02. One of his swimmers, Celine Samson qualified for her first-ever championship final in the 50-yard breaststroke. Her 38.92 prelim time for 9-10-year-olds is a club record.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,449.50, 2. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1,394, 3. Metro Aquatics 1,211, 4. Midtown Weston 583, 5. Jupiter Dragons 571.50.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 864, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 491, 3. Metro Aquatics 470, 4. Midtown Weston 448, 5. Wellington 412.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 958.5, 2. Metro Aquatics 741, 3. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 530, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 332, 5. Plantation Swim Team 291.

HIGH POINT GIRLS
10-and-under, 1. Yurika Duardo, Blue Marlins 56; SOFLO: 9. Gianna Martin 25.
11-12, 1. Alera Hurwitz, St. Andrew’s 77.
13-14, 1. Gioia Balzano, Eagle Aquatics 66.
15-16, 1. Jillian Crooks, TS Aquatics 62; SOFLO: 7. Ana Villamil 43.50, 10. Nat Gembicki 32.50, 19. tie, Izzy Wilson 20 and Gabriella DeLuna 20, 23. Sophia Grubbs 19.
17-and-over, 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 53.

HIGH POINT BOYS
10-and-under, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, Metro Aquatics 56.50; SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 54, 7. Guillermo Mantilla 35.
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 72; SOFLO: 11. Josha Menezes 28, 16. Maximiliano Remmele 23.50, 18. Adrian Rendon 22, 20. Ryan Harries 21, 22. Connor Jimenez 20.
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, Metro Aquatics 77; SOFLO: 17. Felix Gonzalez 21, 19. Jaden Amores 19.
15-16, 1. Zarek Wilson, TS Aquatics 75; SOFLO: 4. Javier Colmenares 59, 12. Alejandro Mateus 24, 14. Adrian Hernandez 21, 17. Austin Nelson 19, 20. Ivan Grass 16, 24. Aldo Zepeda 12.
17-and-over, 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 60; SOFLO: 4. Juan Mora 52, 7. Ricardo Roche 39, 9. Alex Golding 30, 12. Wisthon Rendon 24, 15. Sebastian Lares 20, 21. Enrique Rodriguez 15.

GIRLS
200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:59.29, 2. Granite Falls 2:05.87, 3. Coral Springs Swim Club 2:07.72, 5. SOFLO A 2:13.87 (Christie Ann Lumsden, Joanna Valdiviezo, Sofia Duranti, Gianna Martin).

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Granite Falls 4:04.78, 2. SOFLO B 4:15.01 (Sofia Rodriguez, Jianna Amores, Olivia Wilson, Saree Young), 3. Wellington 4:15.91, 6. SOFLO 4:08.22 (Mckenzie McPherson, Sofia Gomez, Rose Seniuk, Jemma Baldwin).

13-14, 1. Westchester Aquatic Club 3:42.62, 2. Coral Springs 3:53.12, 3. Pine Crest 3:59.29.

Open, 1. Jupiter 3:36.03, 2. Westchester Aquatic Club 3:37.83, 3. Warwick 3:37.97, 4. SOFLO B 3:44.00 (Sarah Acevedo, JennaMarie Brames, Izzy Wilson, Gabriela Avila).

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 1:08.52, 2. Molly Behrend, WEST 1:10.44, 3. Camila Correa, MAC 1:10.59.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Alera Hurwitz, SAS 2:15.63, 2. Natalie Dufflocq, NPB 2:17.56, 3. Veronica Metz, WOW 2:22.44; SOFLO: 6. Mackenzie McPherson 2:40.21.

13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 2:04.65, 2. Sahara Idler, MAC 2:05.96, 3. Gioia Balzano, EA 2:08.36; SOFLO: 7. Lydia Smutny 2:16.97, time drop 5.71, 8. Amanda Grubbs 2:17.43, time drop 8.04.

15-16, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 2:00.09, 2. Mariana Cote, MWA 2:08.36, 3. Keianna Moss, MAC 2:08.90; SOFLO: 9. Izzy Wilson 2:14.19, time drop 4.39.

17-and-over, 1. Sophia Diaz, MAC 2:02.79, 2. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 2:04.35, 3. Paige Lane, PCS 2:08.09; SOFLO: 6. Sarah Acevedo 2:15.00, 8. JennaMarie Brames 2:20.27.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Gianna Martin, SOFLO 1:18.63, time drop 2.16, 2. Yurika Duardo, BMHG 1:20.21, 3. Alma Cancio Jorge, MAC 1:21.91; SOFLO: 4. Christie Ann Lumsden 1:22.38.

11-12, 1. Tessa Broedell, JUP 1:10.48, 2. Emma Han, WOW 1:11.30, 3. Lily Reed, SAS 1:12.84.

13-14, 1. Reese Andres, SAS 1:05.76, 2. Abby King, WEST 1:06.17, 3. Kiera Rampersad, EA 1:07.64.

15-16, 1. Riley Botting, PC 1:04.54, 2. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 1:05.61, 3. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 1:06.86, time drop 0.08; SOFLO: 5. Amanda Grubbs 1:07.63, 8. Mariann Catalasan 1:09.46, time drop 0.05.

17-and-over, 1. Kate Kaplan, CCPR 1:05.98, 2. Victoria Torres, MWA 1:06.22, 3. Emily Malpeso, WEST 1:07.80; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 1:08.57, time drop 3.96, 6. Sally Golding 1:09.37, 8. Sabrina Osorio 1:09.90.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 26.23, 2. Yurika Duardo, BMHG 27.91, 3. Thereza Milano, GRSC 27.95.

200-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Allison Kelly, JUP 1:59.64, 2. Ava Wolfe, MWA 2:01.00, 3. Veronica Metz, WOW 2:03.45; SOFLO: 10. Sofia Gomez 2:16.81, time drop 2.55.

13-14, 1. Martyna Kaps, MPNY 1:53.75, 2. Siena Griffiths, SAS 1:53.78, 3. Leorah Rotchin, WOW 1:56.65; SOFLO: 8. Amanda Grubbs 2:00.06, time drop 6.35.

15-16, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:49.48, 2. Jillian Crooks, TSA 1:53.57, 3. Riley Botting, PC 1:53.69; SOFLO: 6. Nat Gembicki 1:55.76.

17-and-over, 1. Ella Martinez, SAS 1:52.30, 2. Kiara Caamano, JUP 1:52.45, 3. Faith Mutschler, WOW 1:54.44.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 1:10.86, 2. Yurika Duardo, BMHG 1:11.52, 3. Gianna Martin, SOFLO 1:13.77, time drop 5.97.

11-12, 1. Zoe Schnoeller, SFTL 1:03.48, 2. Taylor Jerousek, MSC 1:05.58, 3. Emma Han, WOW 1:05.95.

13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 59.90, 2. Martyna Kaps, MPNY 59.94, 3. Kiera Rampersad, EA 1:00.46.

15-16, 1. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 58.70, 2. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 59.99, time drop 1.41, 3. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 59.99, time drop 1.45; SOFLO: 5. Gabriella DeLuna 1:01.19, time drop 2.94, 9. Sophia Grubbs 1:03.43.

17-and-over, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 57.05, 2. Ella Martinez, SAS 58.41, 3. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 58.73; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 59.75, 10. Sally Golding 1:02.43, time drop 0.53.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Thereza Milano, GRSC 31.94, 2. Gia Euseppi, NPB 33.41, 3. Ava Phillips, GFSC 33.43.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Alera Hurwitz, SAS 1:01.05, 2. Serena Jourdy, WEST 1:01.69, 3. Allison Kelly, JUP 1:02.41.

13-14, 1. Lena Lajko, SFTL 57.78, 2. Gioia Balzano, EA 57.84, 3. Sam Schoenborn, SAS 58.87.

15-16, 1. Jillian Crooks, TSA 56.94, 2. Maria Delmonte, PPSC 57.41, 3. Julianne McCranie, PCS 58.21.

17-and-over, 1. Hanna Elks Smith, PCS 57.84, 2. Kiara Caamano, JUP 59.88, 3. Alex Ericson, CMA 1:00.01.

BOYS
200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:57.05, 2. SOFLO A 1:59.01 (Lance Bergeron-Menard, Noah Mejias, Toma Petkov, Guillermo Mantilla), 3. Blue Marlins 2:04.63.

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 3:48.43 (Ryan Harries, Connor Jimenez, Maximiliano Remmele, Juan Vallmitjana), 2. Jupiter 3:49.08, 3. Plantation Swim Team 3:53.38.
13-14, 1. Pine Crest 3:32.06, 2. SOFLO B 3:34.88 (Carlos Rincon, Mason Jimenez, Tristan Dons, Felix Gonzalez), 3. Jupiter 3:39.97.

15-16, 1. Metro Aquatics 3:16.89, 2. Pompano Beach 3:17.73, 3. Eagle Aquatics 3:19.33, 4. SOFLO B 3:20.27 (Javier Colmenares, Brennan Binder, Manuel Melendez, Zackary Harris).

400-yard medley relay:
Open, 1. SOFLO B 3:34.87 (Alejandro Mateus, Anthony Robaina, Javier Roman, Aldo Zepeda), 2. Miami Country Day 3:35.79, 3. PAQ 3:40.90.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:05.06, time drop 2.20, 2. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 1:07.07, 3. Landon Sagastume, RATS 1:07.07.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Emihlio Reveron, EA 2:06.42, 2. Caleb Caponera, SAS 2:14.35, 3. Robinson Naranjo, BMHG 2:15.79; SOFLO: 8. Joshua Menezes 2:32.67.

13-14, 1. Alfredo Dominguez, BMHG 1:55.95, 2. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 1:56.87, 3. Christian Jerome, USAM 1:57.24; SOFLO: 4. Jaden Amores 2:00.20.

15-16, 1. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 1:53.37, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:54.13, time drop 4.70, 3. Marcus Szabo, PB 1:55.78; SOFLO: 4. Adrian Hernandez 1:58.49, time drop 1.43, 9. Austin Nelson 2:00.31, time drop 8.09.

17-and-over, 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 1:47.49, 2. Dario Martin OSC 1:47.60, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 1:49.29; SOFLO: 6. Wisthon Rendon 1:56.22, 7. Enrique Rodriguez 1:56.62, time drop 1.85, 9. Javier Roman 1:57.03.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Jayden Park, MWA 1:16.23, 2. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:18.89, time drop 2.99, 3. Luke Reid, Unattached 1:23.06; SOFLO: 10. Toma Petkov 1:36.22.

11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:09.37, time drop 3.19, 2. Jesus Linares, MAC 1:09.83, 3. Oliver Cannings, GRSC 1:10.37; SOFLO: 8. Ryan Harries 1:14.44, time drop 2.91, 9. Joshua Menezes 1:15.35.

13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 58.17, 2. Carlos Flores, MAC 1:00.94, 3. Maks Charnou, NMST 1:01.24; SOFLO: 8. Felipe Rodriguez 1:05.80.

15-16, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 57.63, time drop 0.34, 2. Evan Wilson, MCDA 58.80, 3. Ronin Jones, PCS 59.81.

17-and-over, 1. Rashed Al-Tarmoom, Azura 55.28, 2. Juan Mora, SOFLO 56.38, 3. Brandon Moran, Unattached 56.75; SOFLO: 10. Manuel Melendez 1:00.99, time drop 1.14.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Matthew Meneses, MAC 27.63, 2. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 27.70, time drop 0.48, 3. Jayden Park, MWA 27.79; SOFLO: 9. Lance Bergeron-Menard 29.18.

200-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:54.19, time drop 0.58, 2. Emihlio Reveron, EA 1:54.28, 3. Julian Lozano, GRSC 1:55.15.

13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 1:43.01, 2. Gabriel Tortola, PST 1:43.47, 3. Kingsley Bailey, SAS 1:48.41.

15-16, 1. Landon Kyser, HAT 1:40.89, 2. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 1:40.91, 3. Marcelo Mansur, Unattached 1:42.55.

17-and-over, 1. Gabriela Araya, Azura 1:38.99, 2. Dylan Felt, SFTL 1:40.03, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 1:41.70; SOFLO: 7. Sebastian Lares 1:43.01, time drop 1.00.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:08.45, time drop 4.00, 2. Landon Sagastume, RATS 1:09.16, 3. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 1:09.56.

11-12, 1. Duy Vuong, JUP 1:01.03, 2. Brian Hamilton, CSSC 1:02.60, 3. Juan Pupo-Buch, CA 1:02.99; SOFLO: 9. Connor Jimenez 1:07.08, time drop 2.45, 10. Maximiliano Remmele 1:08.43, time drop 4.23.

13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 54.07, 2. Carlos Flores, MAC 56.04, 3. Gabriel Tortola, PST 56.20.

15-16, 1. Zarek Wilson, TSA 51.61, 2. Finn Winkler, EA 52.36, 3. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 54.51, time drop 0.61; SOFLO: 7. Aldo Zepeda 55.69.

17-and-over, 1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 50.82, 2. Dario Martin, OSC 50.85, 3. Nikita Efimov, OSC 52.38.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 32.61, 2. Jeancarlos Vasquez, CM 33.45, 3. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 33.49, time drop 2.06; SOFLO: 5. Guillermo Mantilla 34.36.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Julian Lozano, GRSC 1:01.12, 2. Duy Vuong, JUP 1:02.67, 3. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 1:03.74, time drop 2.14; SOFLO: 4. Connor Jimenez 1:04.31, time drop 1.08.

13-14, 1. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 52.24, 2. Dylan Ferguson, MAC 53.86, 3. Lucas Bailey, SAS 54.87; SOFLO: 10. Jaden Amores 59.32, time drop 0.56.

15-16, 1. Landon Kyser, HAT 50.90, 2. Zarek Wilson, TSA 51.05, 3. Cole Gorsuch, PPSC 51.40; SOFLO: 8. Austin Nelson 54.67, time drop 2.62, 9. Alejandro Mateus 55.02.

17-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 51.11, time drop 0.97, 2. Roman Pinder, LSC 52.77, 3. Karl-Wilson Aimable, PST 52.87, 8. Wisthon Rendon 54.44.

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