Erika Pelaez, Dario Martin Double Winners In Opening Session Of FIU Spring LCM Invite; Second Session Begins At Noon

By Sharon Robb
NORTH MIAMI, May 21, 2022–Erika Pelaez and Dario Martin were double winners in the opening session of the FIU Spring Invite Saturday at the Biscayne Bay campus pool.

Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:16.54 and 200-meter butterfly in 2:20.85. Both were best times. She dropped 2.82 in the breaststroke and 2.29 in the fly. She has four events left to swim.

At 13, Pelaez was the youngest swimmer to qualify for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials. Her 100 freestyle time of 56.03 was the youngest for any U.S. 13-year-old and faster than Missy Franklin’s 56.14 at the 2008 Trials. She is a member of USA Swimming junior national team.

Martin, 17, of Miami Beach and Olympus Swim Club, won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.15 and 400-meter IM in 4:40.19. He has the backstroke events left to swim. Both Pelaez and Martin are home schoolers and compete for South Florida Heat during the high school season.

SOFLO’s Noah Mejias, 11, the youngest in the boys’ 400-meter individual medley field, finished in 5:53.09 in his long course event debut. He is also entered in four events in the 11-12 competition.

Action continues in the well-organzed meet with the 12-and-under session at noon. Two sessions are Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for for 13-and-over and noon for 12-and-under swimmers.

SOFLO has 59 swimmers (31 boys and 28 girls) entered in 308 individual events in four sessions.

In addition to SOFLO and host Golden Panther Aquatics, other Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Eagle Aquatics, Hialeah Swim Club, Metro Aquatics, Miami Country Day Aquatics and Olympus Swim Club.

Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are available on Meet Mobile.

SOFLO also has 99 other swimmers competing in the Canes Long Course Invite at University of Miami but official results were not posted on Friday. The meet was also lightning-delayed.


200-meter freestyle: 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 2:10.05, 2. Eriana Temperino, GPA 2:12.09, 3. Gioia Balzano, EA 2:12.41.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:16.54, 2. Kiera Rampersad, EA 1:17.86, 3. Isabel Viera, MAC 1:19.75.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:20.85, 2. Sofia Jorge, MAC 2:21.93, 3. Sophia Diaz, MAC 2:25.06.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Kelsie Campbell, GPA 26.96, 2. Sofia Jorge, MAC 27.35, 3. Paola Negrin, MAC 28.37.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Sophia Diaz, MAC 2:43.06, 2. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 2:47.97, 3. Melanie Palmira, HSC 2:51.74.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Mia Zahab, GPA 5:11.28, 2. Isabel Viera, MAC 5:22.22, 3. Gioia Balzano, EA 5:32.03.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Ricardo Alvarez, MAC 1:57.45, 2. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 2:02.99, 3. Juan Abella, MAC 2:03.31.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 1:08.68, 2. Nikita Efimov, OSC 1:09.78, 3. Robert Alvarez, MAC 1:10.81.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Dario Martin, OSC 2:07.15, 2. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 2:14.85, 3. Dylan Ferguson, UN 2:19.80.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Marco Aurelio Lopez-Casula, EA 25.63, 2. Ricardo Alvarez, MAC 25.93, 3. Michael Quintana. MAC 26.01.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Richard Navarro, MAC 2:23.93, 2. Juan Abella, MAC 2:25.75, 3. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 2:31.52.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Dario Martin, OSC 4:40.19, 2. Nikita Efimov, OSC 4:46.92, 3. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 4:59.31; SOFLO: 11. Noah Mejias 5:53.09.

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