SOFLO Swimmers Wrap Up Successful Year At Holiday Champs


By Sharon Robb
SUNRISE, December 20, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club wrapped up a solid day of racing on the third and final day of the Holiday Champs Sunday at Sunrise Civic Center Pool.

It was the final Florida Gold Coast meet in 2021. The meet featured both prelims and finals.

South Florida Aquatic Club finished fifth in combined, girls and boys team competition. Coral Springs Swim Club won combined and boys and Lake Lytal Lightning of West Palm Beach won the girls.

Ainsley Miller led the girls’ team with an individual win and SOFLO’s 7-10 200-yard freestyle relay led the boys’ team with a relay win.

Miller, 13, won her first event of the meet in the 11-and-over 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:39.48, dropping 7.93 seconds. She was the fastest qualifier in morning prelims in a best time 2:42.13, shaving 5.28 off her previous best of 2:47.41.

Earlier in the week, she was also second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.35, also a best time. She was also seventh in the 200 IM in a best time 2:30.56, dropping 4.52. She finished wtih 18 points in high point.

The 7-10 boys’ relay of Ale Suarez Cabrera, Zachary Snigur, Michael Barber and Toma Petkov won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 2:19.32.

Other SOFLO top three finishers were:

The girls’ 7-10 200-yard freestyle relay was second in 2:19.94 with Joanna Valdiviezo, Valentina Remmele, Amber Connor and Didia Miccolis.

Didia Miccolis, 10, second, 50-yard breaststroke, best ime 42.77, time drop 1.86. She finished with 20 points in high point.

Cali Harries, 14, third, 1,650-yard freestyle, best time 20:14.80, time drop 30.96. She finished with 17 points.

SOFLO 11-12 boys were third in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:59.33 with Joseph-Blake Natino, Matteo Castelli, Daniel Chaussky and David Valdiviezo.

Ethan Phan, 9, 200-yard individual medley, second, best time 2:56.21, time drop 6.99. He finished with 17 points.

Toma Petkov, 9, 200-yard individual medley, third, best time 2:57.54, time drop 5.20. He finished with 36 points.

Joseph-Blake Natino, 12, 50-yard breaststroke, third, best time 34.20, time drop 1.72. He finished with 25.5 points.

Aditya Kapadia, 14,50-yard breaststroke, third, best time 34.91, 2.99 time drop. He finished with six points.

SOFLO headed the field with 62 swimmers (35 boys and 27 girls) in 306 individual events and 12 relays.

In addition to SOFLO, other teams that competed were Coral Springs Swim Club, Cyclones, Florida Keys, Hurricane Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning, Rockwood, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, TS Aquatics, Turks & Caicos Aquatic Club and host Sunrise Swimming.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM RESULTS
: 1. Coral Springs Swim Club 611.5, 2. Lake Lytal Lightning 585, 3. Sunrise Swimming 471, 4. SwimFast 298, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 275.
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Lake Lytal Lightning 396, 2. Coral Springs 357, 3. Sunrise 231, 4. SwimFAst 192, 5. SOFLO 102.
BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Coral Springs 254.5, 2. Sunrise 240, 3. Lake Lytal Lightning 189, 4. Hurricane Aquatics 183, 5. SOFLO 173.
GIRLS
200-yard freestyle relay:
7-10, 1. Coral Springs 2:06.14, 2. SOFLO 2:19.94 (Joanna Valdiviezo, Valentina Remmele, Amber Connor, Didia Miccolis).
11-12, 1. Coral Springs Swim CLub 1:53.01.
13-and-over, 1. Coral Springs Swim Club 1:43.56, 6. SOFLO 1:50.52 (Isabel Schlicht, Judith-Alison Natino, Alexandra Strong, Genesis Escobar).

200-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Addison Scott, SF 2:35.70; SOFLO: 8. Didia Miccolis 2:58.02, time drop 4.34.
11-12, 1. Carly Chin, CSSC 2:27.23.
13-14, 1. Savanah Allan, LLL 2:22.10; SOFLO: 7. Ainsley Miller 2:30.56, time drop 4.52.
15-and-over, 1. Kaitlyn Jorgensen, SUN 2:13.43.

100-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Kiana Young, LLL 1:04.59; SOFLO: 5. Didia Miccolis 1:12.77, time drop 2.68, 8. Juanna Valdiviezo 1:15.43, time drop 3.55.
11-12, 1. Makayla Shepley, LLL 59.20.
13-14, 1. Carlin Hughes, LLL 55.44.
15-and-over,1. Cassia Flynn, CSSC 53.62.

50-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Grace Weeks, CSSC 33.56; SOFLO: 6. Joanna Valdiviezo 39.54, time drop 0.37.
11-12, 1. Gabriela Campuzano, LLL 31.93; SOFLO: 4. Sophie Szutkowski 34.99, time drop 2.36.
13-14, 1. Sophia El Chantiry, CSSC 29.98; SOFLO: 7. Alexandra Strong 35.30.
15-and-over, 1. Cassia Flynn, CSSC 28.59; SOFLO: 5. Isabel Schlicht 32.15, time drop 0.12.

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Manuella Lima, CSSC 2:43.07.
13-14, 1. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 2:39.48, time drop 7.93; SOFLO: 4. Cali Harries 2:53.16, 6. Haley Garcia 2:56.54, time drop 13.86.
15-and-over, 1. Kate Kaplan, CCPR 2:25.88.

100-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Kira Perry, SUN 1:12.75.
11-12, 1. Makayla Shepley, LLL 1:05.54;
13-14, 1. Mariana Montes, CSSC 1:01.44; SOFLO: 8. Mikhel Martin 1:12.22, time drop 3.80.
15-and-over, 1. Leslie Same, CANE 1:00.48.

50-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Addison Scott, SF 36.79; SOFLO: 2. Didia Miccolis 42.77, 1.86 time drop.
11-12, 1. Francesca Ninova, CANE 37.54.
13-14, 1. Lorelei Santos, CCPR 33.57.
15-and-over, 1. Kate Kaplan, CCPR 30.30.

100-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Kira Perry, SUN 1:12.75.
11-12, 1. Makayla Shepley, LLL 1:05.54
13-14, 1. Mariana Montes, CSSC 1:01.44; SOFLO: 8. Mikel Martin 1:12.22, time drop 3.80
15-and-over, 1. Leslie Dame, CANE 1:00.48.

50-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Addison Scott, SF 36.79; SOFLO: 2. Didia Miccolis 42.77, time drop 1.86.
11-12, 1. Francesca Ninova, CANE 37.54.
13-14, 1. Lorelei Santos, CCPR 33.57.
15-and-over, 1. Kate Kaplan, CCPR 30.30.

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Carly Chin, CSSC 2:34.09.
13-14, 1. Carlin Hughes, LLL 2:19.36; SOFLO: 6. Mikhel Martin 2:33.33, time drop 2.93, 7. Alexandra Strong 2:34.75.
15-and-over, 1. Kaitlyn Jorgensen, SUN 2:11.03; SOFLO: 5. Isabel Schlicht 2:29.86, time drop 2.32, 7. Melissa Nassery 2:34.53, time drop 8.14.

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Manuella Lima, CSSC 19:51.18.
13-14, 1. Adriana Lozano, SF 19:25.84; SOFLO: 3. Cali Harries 20:14.80, time drop 30.96.
15-and-over, 1. Cameron Corbett, SF 19:31.42.

BOYS
200-yard freestyle relay:
7-10, 1. SOFLO 2:19.32 (Ale Suarez Cabrera, Zachary Snigur, Michael Barber, Toma Petkov).
11-12, 1. Coral Springs 1:48.44, 2. Sunrise 1:54.49, 3. SOFLO 1:59.33 (Joseph-Blake Natino, Matteo Castelli, Daniel Chaussky, David Valdiviezo).
13-and-over, 1. Coral Springs 1:30.79, 6. SOFLO 1:46.07 (Armando Bertea, Aleksander Chaussky, David Farina, Bruno Martins).

200-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Mason Shepley, LLL 2:48.52; SOFLO: 2. Ethan Phan 2:56.21, time drop 6.99, 3. Toma Petkov 2:57.54, time drop 5.20.
11-12, 1. Daniel Ella, SUN 2:18.64; SOFLO: 4. David Valdiviezo 2:30.57, time drop 2.17, 6. Joseph-Blake Natino 2:33.70, 8. Daniel Chaussky 2:44.82.
13-14, 1. Lucas Young, CANE 2:05.23.
15-and-over, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:56.46; SOFLO: 8. Armando Bertea 2:18.92, time drop 2.33.

100-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Ryan Slogrove, SFTL 1:04.27; SOFLO: 6. Zachary Snigur 1:14.25, time drop 2.65, 7. Ale Suarez Cabrera 1:14.26, time drop 4.06, 8. Michael Barber 1:15.07, time drop 0.45.
11-12, 1. Brian Hamilton, CSSC 53.10.
13-14, 1. Antoine Sharp, LLL 50.67.
15-and-over, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 48.26.

50-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Will McAndrews, CSSC 37.64; SOFLO: 5. Ale Suarez Cabrera 40.92, time drop 1.92, 7. Gabriel Ferrer 41.82, time drop 2.04.
11-12, 1. Brian Hamilton, CSSC 28.63; SOFLO: 4. David Valdiviezo 32.66, time drop 2.07, 8. Cristian Herrera 37.47.
13-14, 1. Piero Tordecilla, TSA 27.28; SOFLO: 5. Aleksander Chaussky 32.09, time drop 0.72.
15-and-over, 1. Patrick Doyle, SUN 23.92.

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Daniel Ella, SUN 2:39.32; SOFLO: 4. Vedant Pant, SOFLO 3:06.49. time drop 5.76.
13-14, 1. Lucas Young, CANE 2:21.18; SOFLO: 6. Luke Mercier 2:45.70.

100-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Cooper Howell, LLL 1:28.27.
11-12, 1. Jayden Davis, TSA 1:01.88; SOFLO: 7. Joseph-Blake Natino 1:13.00, time drop 4:45.
13-14, 1. Antoine Sharp, LLL 55.57.
15-and-over, 1. Patrick Doyle, SUN 51.66.

50-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Will McAndrews, CSSC 41.26; SOFLO: 5. Ale Suarez Cabrera 42.62, time drop 2.98, 6. Toma Petkov 43.97, time drop 2.92, 7. Ethan Phan 44.87, 8. Zachary Snigur 45.10, time drop 2.64.
11-12, 1. Brian Hamilton, CSSC 32.56; SOFLO: 3. Joseph-Blake Natino 34.20, time drop 1.72, 4. David Valdiviezo 38.75, time drop 1.75, 6. Vedant Pant 39.98, time drop 1.77, 7. Daniel Chaussky 41.65, time drop 0.53.
13-14, 1. Kenneth Rattray, CSSC 33.51; SOFLO: 3. Aditya Kapadia 34.91, time drop 2.99.
15-and-over, 1. Lucas Martins, CSSC 30.07.

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Frank Vincze 2:17.87.
13-14, 1. Antoine Sharp, LLL 2:07.92.
15-and-over, 1. Patrick Doyle, SUN 1:54.32.

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Frank Vincze, SF 19:31.71.
13-14, 1. Lucas Young, CANE 17:21.10.
15-and-over, 1. Gabriel Landron, SUN 17:29.64.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Ends Illustrious Career; Dylan Carter Takes Silver At FINA Short Course World Championships


By Sharon Robb
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, December 20, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson took her final bow on the world stage Monday at the 15th FINA Short Course World Championships at Etihad Arena.

The five-time Jamaican Olympian, after being disqualified earlier in the week in the 50-meter breaststroke semifinals, bounced back to finish fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.03, her signature event and one she shares the world record (1:02.36) with Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte.

In her last hurrah, Atkinson, 33, finished behind China’s Qianting Tang (1:03.47, Asian record), Sweden’s Sophie Hansson (1:03.50) and Ireland’s Mona McSharry (1:03.92) in her final competitive meet. She had won the 100 breaststroke in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

“Not the meet I hoped for but I am happy to say I finished every ounce of swimming talent God gave me, the bottle empty. Many times I wanted to quit or give up, but I saw it through to the end,” Atkinson wrote in a post to social media.

Atkinson said her long run career was “remarkable” and “a rollercoaster of fun and not so fun moments”.

Her advice to up-and-coming swimmers:

  • Make fun memories…they don’t make themselves.
  • Take nothing for granted and enjoy each step both the good and the challenging.
  • Let go of the negatives of the day.
  • Your best changes daily, so do the best you can on that day.

SOFLO teammate Julio Horrego, representing Honduras, was 26th in the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.38 in his final event of the meet.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, a Plantation American Heritage alum, took silver in the 50-meter butterfly in 21.98, just behind Brazil’s 41-year-old world record holder Nicholas Santos in 21.93. Santos became the oldest swimmer to win a world title. Carter swam the third fastest time in the semifinals in a national time 22.18.

In championship final action:

To kick off the finals, the U.S. and Russian Swimming Federation tied for gold in the 4×50-meter medley relay in 1:30.51. The U.S. relay of Shaine Casas, Nic Fink, Tom Shields and Ryan Held also broke the American short course record.

Canadian Sydney Pickrem won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:04.29.

Canada also won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay won in 7:32.96 with relay swimmers Summer McIntosh, Kayla Sanchez, Katherine Savard and Rebecca Smith, ahead of the U.S. in 7:36.53.

Canada won another gold medal in the 50-meter backstroke when Maggie MacNeil broke the world record of 25.60 in 25.27.

Japan world record holder Daiya Seto led from start to finish to win the 400-meter individual medley in 3:56.26. Runner-up Illia Borodin of the Russian Swimming Federation broke the junior world record in 3:56.47.

The five-day meet concludes Tuesday.

FINA is offering a prize money pool of $2.8 million, a 50 percent increase in prize money for individual swimmers. There is also be a $50,000 bonus for any swimmer who breaks a world record.

The top eight individual payoffs for first through eighth place are $10,000, $8,000, $7,000, $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000.

There are 943 swimmers from 183 countries competing. The swimming is part of the Aquatics Festival which includes open water swimming, high diving and diving team competition.

Final sessions of the pool swimming will be streamed on NBC Sports’ Olympic Channel. Eurovision Sport’s All Aquatics will air the heats.

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