Fifteen SOFLO Swimmers Compete In FGC-FL All-Star Meet; SOFLO’s Mantilla, Vallmitjana Top Finishers On Day One

By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 25, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club has fifteen swimmers competing at the 2022 Florida Gold Coast vs. Florida All-Star Meet Friday through Sunday at Indian River State College.

The talented swimmers assembled on the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team, who qualified at the FGC Junior Olympics at Coral Springs are: 10-and-under, Christie Ann Lumsden; Guillermo Mantilla and Toma Petkov; 11-12, Jemma Baldwin, Laila Harran, Ryan Harries, Connor Jimenez and Joseph Blake-Natino; 13-14, Jaden Amores, Jenesys Amores, Amelie Bicerne, Elise Dinehart, Amanda Grubbs, Lydia Smutny and Juan Vallmitjana.

SOFLO age group coach Isidro (Issy) Planell, based at SOFLO’s Miami campus, is a member of the All-Star coaching staff for the 13-14 boys. In 2020, he was All-Star coach for the 11-12 year olds.

On a chilly Friday, Juan Vallmitjana, 13, and Guillermo Mantilla, 10, were SOFLO’s top finishers.

Vallmitjana was third in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a best time 9:51.62, dropping 36.29 from his entry time of 10:27.91.

Mantilla was also third in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:48.24, dropping 3.30 seconds from his entry time of 5:51.54.

Mantilla was also a member of the winning 10-and-under mixed 200-yard medley relay in 2:03.90 along with Eric Macedo, Kira Perry and Penelope Lopez-Casula. FGC also won the 11-12 relay.

Florida Swimming leads Florida Gold Coast in combined 87-51, boys 33-12 and girls 24-21.


1,000-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Izzy Riva, FL 10:41.92, 2. Veronica Metz, FGC 10:53.45, 3. Allison Connors, FGC 11:04.16; SOFLO: 8. Jemma Baldwin 11:44.86.
13-14, 1. Neala Klein, FL 10:17.93, 2. Cher Patrick, FL 10:22.95, 3. Nicole Shanks, FL 10:37.69, 4. DaJah German, FGC 10:50.75; SOFLO: 6. Amelie Bicerne 11:15.99.
500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Gia Euseppi, FGC 5:42.52, 2. Skylar Revere, FL 5:43.91, 3. Grace Weeks, FGC 5:55.50.

1,000-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Dillon Brigman, FL 9:43.71, 2. Kingsley Wickstrom, FL 9:51.57, 3. Juan Vallmitjana, FGC 9:51.62.
11-12, 1. Lincoln Driesse, FL 10:41.48, 2. Liam Schermerhorn, FL 10:44.63, 3. Felipe Alvarez, FGC 10:49.98; SOFLO: 6. Connor Jimenez 11:11.88, time drop 28.69, 8. Ryan Harries 11:33.01, time drop 7:37.34.
500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Matthew Shit, FL 5:27.20, 2. Kallen Garnier-Chan, FL 5:44.90, 3. Guillermo Mantilla, FGC 5:48.24.
Mixed 200-yard medley relay:
13-14, 1. Florida Swimming A 1:39.12,2. Florida Swimming B 1:43.16, 3. Florida Gold Coast A 1:43.46, 7. Florida Gold Coast D 1:51.16 (Jaden Amores, Emma Han, Adriano Brunetti, Amanda Grubbs).
11-12, 1. Florida Gold Coast A 1:51.52 (Allison Kelly, Tessa Broedell, Duy Vuong, Brian Hamilton), 2. Florida Swimming A 1:52.43, 3. Florida Swimming B 1:53.62, 4. Florida Gold Coast B 1:53.92, 7. Florida Gold Coast C 1:56.63, 8. Florida Gold Coast D 1:57.91.
10-and-under, 1. Florida Gold Coast A 2:03.90 (Guillermo Mantilla, Eric Macedo, Kira Perry, Penelope Lopez-Casula), 2. Florida Swimming A 2:04.07, 3. Florida Swimming B 2:07.45, 5. Florida Gold Coast B 2:12.14, 6. Florida Gold Coast Swimming 2:15.31, 7. Florida Coast Swimming C 2:16.06.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Some of the time drops are from long course to short course entry times.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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