SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Wins First Event; Bolles Overtakes Lead On Day Two Of Piranhas Senior Invitational

By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 4, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego pulled away from the field to win his signature event Friday at the Piranhas Senior Invitational at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.69 ahead of Bolles’ William Heck in 1:04.23. Horrego was the fastest morning qualifier in 1:04.61.

Horrego has the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle left to swim.

SOFLO teammate Ricardo Roche, 22, was 11th in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.93. He has the 200-meter backstroke left to swim.

SOFLO’s Dahlia Hirsh, 15, was 19th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:24.14 and 25th in the 50-meter backstroke in 36.23. She has the 50-meter breaststroke left to swim.

Powerhouse Bolles leads the combined (1,993 points), men’s (1,093) and women’s (796) team categories.

Other individual winners were:

Mexico’s national age group record holder Athena Meneses Kovacs, 17, of Eagle Aquatics won the 50-meter butterfly shootout in 27.18.

U.S. Junior National Team member Gracie Weyant, 16, of Sarasota Sharks won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:50.59.

In the most exciting race of the night, Azura’s Nicole Frank Rodriguez, 18, a member of the 2020 Uruguay Olympic team, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:11.81 just ahead of Weyant in 1:11.92 and Azura teammate and Uruguay national record holder Micaela Sierra, 17, in 1:11.99.

University of Florida-bound Michaela Mattes, 17, of Sarasota Sharks won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.23.

U.S. National Junior Swim Team member Erika Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics won the 50-meter backstroke shootout in 28.92.

Martin Espernberger, 18, of Bolles won the 50-meter butterfly shootout in 24.89.

Amadeusz Knop, 17, of Sarasota Sharks won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:29.85.

Kaii Winkler, 15, of Eagle Aquatics won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:52.06.

Stanford-bound Josh Zuchowski, 17, of Flood Aquatics and U.S. National Junior Team member won the 50-meter backstroke shootout in 27.52.

The four-day meet continues with a full schedule Saturday through Sunday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and prelims at 5 p.m.

Among teams entered are Bolles, Sarasota Sharks, Azura Florida Aquatics, Webbs Tornadoes, TS Aquatics, Midtown Weston, Southern Utah, Eagle Aquatics and Flood Aquatics.

1. Bolles 1,993, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,360.5, 3. Plantation Swim Team 392, 4. Eagle Aquatics 379, 5. Sarasota Sharks 318, 15. SOFLO 53.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 1,093, 2. Azura 635.5, 3. Plantation Swim Team 271, 4. Tornadoes Swim Club 207, 5. Eagle Aquatics 95, 8. SOFLO 47.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 796, 2. Azura 497, 3. Sarasota Sharks 246, 4. tie, Webbs Tornadoes Swim Team, Midtown Weston Aquatics 171, 6. Eagle Aquatics 164, 17. SOFLO 6.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Athena Meneses Kovacs, EA 27.18, 2. Addison Sauickie, SYS 28.68.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 4:50.59, 2. Bailey O’Regan, SYS 4:50.92, 3. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, AZ 4:56.59.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, AZ 1:11.81, 2. Gracie Weyant, SYS 1:11.92, 3. Michaela Sierra, AZ 1:11.99; SOFLO: 19. Dahlia Hirsh 1:24.14.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Michaela Mattes, SYS 2:02.23, 2. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:03.62, 3. Addison Sauickie, SYS 2:03.64.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 28.92, 2. Faith Khoo, BSS 31.94; SOFLO: 25. Dahlia Hirsh 36.23.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura A 8:37.41 (Britta Schwengle, Julimar Avila, Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Gabriela Robles Cortes), 2. Bolles A 8:45.78, 3. Bolles B 9:14.18.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Martin Espernberger, BSS 24.89, 2. Davidson Vincent, AZ 26.90.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 4:29.85, 2. Michael Mullen, BSS 4:38.73, 3. Carter Lancaster, BSS 4:40.07.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:02.69, 2. William Hack, BSS 1:04.23, 3. Ethan Malony, BSS 1:05.16.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 1:52.06, 2. Kayden Lancaster, BSS 1:54.66, 3. Gabriel Araya, AZ 1:55.77.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 27.52, 2. Carlos Cobos, UN 28.38; SOFLO: 9/11. Ricardo Roche 28.90/28.93.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Bolles A 7:47.00 (Michael Mullen, Kayden Lancaster, Anthony Whittall, Seth Tolentino), 2. Azura 7:51.56, 3. Bolles B 8:08.62.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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