Marinheiro Leads SOFLO; Smithwick, Zuchowski Win; Azura Dominates Day One Of FGC Senior Championships

By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS, July 22, 2022–Michelle Marinheiro was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Friday at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Marinheiro, 19, was fourth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:25.12, shaving 1.54 seconds off her previous best of 2:26.66. She also dropped 1.90 seconds off her 400-meter freestyle time in 4:40.81.

Wisthon Rendon, 18, was SOFLO’s top boys finishing placing ninth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:11.83.

SOFLO women’s team is third with 252, men’s team is fourth with 195 and fourth in combined with 447 points. Azura Florida Aquatics lead all three team categories, as expected.

In two exciting men’s relays, Azura won the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:34.80 with Steven Aimable, Davidson Vincent, Matheo Mateos and Gabriel Araya edging out FAST in 1:34.88 with Noah Sipowski, Noah Smith, Josh Zuchowski and Varis Monroe.

FAST (Josh Zuchowski, Noah Sipowski, Nicolas Gallego and Varis Monroe) came back to win the 200-meter medley relay in 1:44.08 just ahead of Azura in 1:44.35 with Steven Aimable, Brandon Moran, Davidson Vincent and Gabriel Araya.

Stanford-bound Zuchowski, 19, won his first individual event of the meet in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.13. He was also fastest qualifier in the 200 butterfly in 2:03.41 but scratched from the final.

The U.S. junior national team swimmer is swimming through the meet since he has senior nationals, junior nationals and Junior Pan Pacs coming up before leaving for college.

Smithwick, 18, of Jupiter Dragons took up where she left off at last year’s meet winning the 100-meter freestyle in 57.50. She was second fastest qualifier in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:25.75 but scratched from finals.

In the men’s 400-meter freestyle Dylan Felt of Swim Fort Lauderdale won in 3:58.45 finishing ahead of rival Philip Moldovanu of Wahoos of Wellington in 4:01.53. Felt was also third in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.38.

Azura wins included both women’s relays, Gabriel Araya in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.51 and men’s 200 free relay.

University of Florida commit Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming, top qualifier in the morning 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.86, scratched from finals along with her teammates who are competing at Futures next week.

Pine Crest coach Mariusz Podkoscielny wanted his swimmers to race one event before practice sessions on Friday night and Saturday morning. The team’s Futures qualifiers leave for North Carolina on Tuesday.

The three-day meet continues Saturday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

St. Andrew’s Aquatics is defending long course champions after winning its first-ever title last August.

SOFLO has 29 swimmers (19 boys and 10 girls) in 131 individual events and 16 relays in eight relay events. After senior champs, SOFLO swimmers have Zones and Futures remaining to end the summer.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 753, 2. FAST 715, 3. TS Aquatics 522, 4. SOFLO 447, 5. Pompano Beach 292.50.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 326, 2. FAST 323, 3. SOFLO 252, 4. TS Aquatics 212, 5. Midtown Weston 206.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 427, 2. FAST 392, 3. TS Aquatics 310, 4. SOFLO 195, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 191.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Lilia Blanco, PB 2:24.56, 2. Anelis Roque, GPA 2:25.81, 3. Amanda Loomis, FAST 2:26.75; SOFLO: 13. Mariann Catalasan 2:35.76, 17. Sara Quintero 2:34.58.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 57.50, 2. Emma Herrera, FAST 59.01, 3. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 59.07.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Mia Zahab, GPA 2:20.44, 2. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 2:20.88, 3. Giulianna Garcia, TSA 2:24.77; SOFLO: 4. Michelle Marinheiro 2:25.12, time drop 1.54, 7. Gabriella DeLuna 2:26.57, time drop 0.18, 14. Gabriela Avila 2:37.81.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Emily Trieschmann, NSU 4:20.88, 2. Corina Wong, MWA 4:33.05, 3. Ryan Flynn, GPA 4:33.82; SOFLO: 17. Michelle Marinheiro 4:40.81, time drop 1.90.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 1:47.02 (Sirena Rowe, Julimar Avila, Lucia Miller, Solana Capalbo), 2. Midtown Weston 1:48.85, 3. TS Aquatics 1:49.14, 6. SOFLO A 1:52.01 (Natalie Gembicki, Ana Villamil, Elena Dinehart, Maddie Smutny), 12. SOFLO B 1:57.35 (Olivia Dinehart, Sophia Grubbs, Gabriela Avila, Isabelle Wilson).

200-meter medley relay: 1. Azura 1:58.48 (Sirena Rowe, Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Julimar Avila, Solana Capalbo), 2. FAST 2:02.06, 3. TS Aquatics 2:02.59, 6. SOFLO A 2:03.93 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki), 11. SOFLO B 2:10.51 (Isabelle Wilson, Sophia Grubbs, Sara Quintero, Maddie Smutny).

200-meter backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:01.13, 2. Mariano Sosa, Azura 2:06.72, 3. Landon Kyser, HAT 2:07.52; SOFLO: 9. Wisthon Rendon 2:11.83, 17. Aldo Zepeda 2:14.90, time drop 1.84, 20. Nicholas Pelaez 2:21.17, time drop 7.60, 25. Adrian Hernandez 2:18.68, 26. Hashan Ekanayake 2:20.51, time drop 3.85.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Varis Monroe, FAST 51.40, 2. Daniel Ramirez, WA 51.65, 3. Thomas Flower, NSU 51.70; SOFLO: 32. Alexander Miller 56.50.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:05.51, 2. Marcus Szabo, PB 2:07.28, 3. Dylan Felt, SFTL 2:07.38; SOFLO: 13. Jaden Amores 2:16.25, time drop 0.85.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 3:58.45, 2. Philip Moldovanu, WOW 4:01.53, 3. Matheo Mateos, Azura 4:03.56; SOFLO: 10. Enrique Rodriguez 4:12.32, 19. Agustin Rodriguez 4:17.21, time drop 1.21, 20. Hashan Ekanayake 4:20.69, time drop 5.11, 22. Felix Gonzalez 4:22.87, time drop 14.87, 30. Alexander Miller 4:27.23, time drop 10.72.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 1:34.80 (Steven Aimable, Davidson Vincent, Matheo Mateos, Gabriel Araya), 2. FAST 1:34.88, 3. TS Aquatics 1:36.93, 9. SOFLO A 1:40.68 (Alex Golding, Agustin Rodriguez, Wisthon Rendon, Enrique Rodriguez), 20. SOFLO B 1:44.00 (Alexander Miller, Aldo Zepeda, Marvan Ekanayake, Dominic Bono).

200-meter medley relay: 1. FAST 1:44.08, 2. Azura A 1:44.35, 3. Azura B 1:48.72, 8. SOFLO A 1:51.88 (Aldo Zepeda, Manuel Melendez, Agustin Rodriguez, Alex Golding), 16. SOFLO B 1:56.47 (Wisthon Rendon, Alexander Miller, Jaden Amores, Austin Nelson).

WHAT: Florida Gold Coast LCM Senior Championships.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday.

WHERE: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

TIMELINES: Saturday, 8:30-11:49 a.m., 5-7:31 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12:32 p.m., 5-7:29 p.m.

ADMISSION: $5 per sessions for prelims and finals. There will be a concession stand available. Heat sheets are available at or Meet Mobile. For more information call swim office 954-340-5032.

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