SOFLO’s Luciano Gonzalez Takes Silver At Puerto Rico International Swimming Open

By Sharon Robb
SALINAS, Puerto Rico, April 21, 2022—Luciano Gonzalez was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher Thursday at the Puerto Rico International Swimming Open at Albergue Olimico German Rieckehoff.

Gonzalez, 27, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing second in the 50-meter butterfly in 25.04. He was fourth fastest in prelims in 25.29.

SOFLO’s Enrique Rodriguez, 17, finished sixth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:47.40, dropping 10.65 off his previous best of 8:58.05.

SOFLO’s Aldo Zepeda, 16, placed ninth in the 50-meter backstroke prelims in a best time 28.67, dropping 3.73 and came back in finals to finish ninth in 28.83.

Azura Florida Aquatics had three individual winners.

Julimar Avila, 24, Kito Campbell, 18, and Jayhan Odlum-Smith, 19, won individual events.

Avila, the top seed, won the 50-meter butterfly in 28.40.

Campbell, also the fastest morning qualifier, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 28.36, dropping 1.16.

Odlum-Smith, second fastest in morning prelims, won the 50-meter butterfly in 24.63.

The four-day meet runs through Sunday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5:30 p.m. Friday, Satuday and Sunday.

In addition to SOFLO, swimmers from Azura Florida Aquatics (21 swimmers) and Plantation Swim Team (24 swimmers) are among the 35-team field. Swimmers from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Puerto Rico head the field.

The FINA meet is a qualifying event for the May 13-29 19th FINA World Swimming Championship in Hungary and 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.


50-meter backstroke: 1. Liznel Ortiz, CAM 29.99, 2. Daniela Gutierrez, UN-CC 30.52, 3. Maria Jose Arrua, Azura 30.66.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Emily Santos, MVAC 32.87, 2. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 33.10, 3. Marissa Marie Lugo, HUM 33.69.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Julimar Avila, Azura 28.40, 2. Alexandria Hope Cotter, FPN 28.83, 3. Regina Torres Pomar, MVAC 29.22.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Puerto Rico 26.19, 2. Erick Gordillo, GUA 26.98, 3. Carlos Cobos, Azura 27.33.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Kito Campbell, Azura 28.36, 2. Kebo Stubbs, MVAC 29.77, 3. Xavier Ruiz, SJC 29.94.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 24.6; 2. Luciano Gonzalez, SOFLO 25.04, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 25.08.

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SOFLO White & Blue Intrasquad Meet Gets Under Way Friday

By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, April 21, 2022–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will turn up the team spirit at the SOFLO White & Blue Dual Meet at Academic Village Pool.

The intrasquad meet begins Friday with Session I for swimmers in the 13-14 and 15-and-over age groups at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Session II for 12-and-unders begins 11 a.m.

Nearly 180 swimmers (100 boys and 74 girls) will compete in 650 events including relays over two days in a spirited atmosphere.

Awards will be presented to top eight finishers, improvement, team spirit, team support and sportsmanship, determined by SOFLO coaches, USA Swimming official and Booster Club Board of Director member.

Among some of the 13-and-over top-seeded swimmers and some of their events are Maddie Smutny of White, 200-meter freestyle; Sebastian Lares of White, 200-meter freestyle; Mallory Schleicher of Blue, 100-meter backstroke; Javier Colmenares of Blue, 100-meter breaststroke; Olivia Dinehart of White, 100-meter breaststroke; and Ana Villamil of Blue, 50-meter freestyle.

Some of the top-seeded 12-and-unders are Sofia Gomez of White, 200-meter freestyle; Ryan Harries of White, 200-meter freestyle; Noah Mejias of White, 200-meter individual medley; Jemma Baldwin of White, 100-meter freestyle; and Eric Ferrer of Blue, 100-meter freestyle.

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