By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, August 26, 2022—First it was back to school, and now it’s back to swimming.
After a fun summer and family vacations, South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will compete in their first fall meet on Saturday in the SOFLO/TYR Back To School Developmental Meet at Academic Village Pool.
SOFLO heads the field in the five-team field with 152 swimmers (83 boys and 69 girls) in 464 individual and two relay events.
In addition to host SOFLO, other Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Cyclones Swim Team, Metro Aquatic Club of Miami, SwimFast and Tsunami Swim Team.
There will be three sessions: 10 a.m. to 10:44 a.m. for 8-and-unders; 11:45 a.m.-1:42 p.m. for 10-and-over swimmers and 3:15 p.m.-5:12 p.m. for the 11-18 1000 freestyle events.
SOFLO swimmers dominate the 8-and-under top seed spots. They are:
Katie Petrucci, 7, 25-yard butterfly 22.25.
Gregory Miralles, 8, 25-yard butterfly 25.29.
Victoria Colmenares, 8, 25-yard breaststroke 27.59.
Santiago Zuluaga, 7, 25-yard breaststroke 25.27.
Dalyah Bouti, 8, 25-yard backstroke 23.06.
Santiago Zuluaga, 7, 25-yard backstroke 22.00.
Maya Barrizonte, 8, 25-yard freestyle 18.64.
Andres Gomez, 7, 25-yard freestyle 20.53.
Katie Petruzzi, 7, 100-yard individual medley 1:46.13.
Santiago Zuluaga, 7, 100-yard individual medley 1:49.44.
Other top-seeded older SOFLO swimmers are Cabrera Suarez, 10; Mathew Ortiz, 11; Joseph-Blake Natino, 13; Giorgio Rusconi, 16; Catalina Akpabio, 10; Stephania Dmitrova, 9; Mikhel Martin, 13; Judith-Allison Natino, 16; Danielle Brancati, 12; Leonardo Zuluaga, 9; Marlena Groves, 12; Jacob Jones, 12; Michael Barber, 10; Justin Campos, 14; Gabriel Ferrer, 9; Matt McVeigh, 15; Benjamin Liss, 12; Sofia Rufeev, 10; Martin Petkov, 13; Andres Gonzalez, 15; Haley Garcia, 15; Nicholas Veeser, 17; Amber Connor, 10; Rainier Leyva Riestra, 11; Gabriela Marin, 13; Luis Escobar, 10; Bruno Martins, 16; Nicholas Veeser, 17; Sophia Rodriguez, 11; Diego Reveron, 14; Karen Iino, 10; and Adrian Sowma, 13.
There is no meet admission for families and friends. Free heat sheets are available at soflomeets.info/Aviation or Meet Mobile. For more information, call 954-538-3721.
SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.
TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its female-sponsored athletes are ESPY Sportswoman of the Year Katie Ledecky, 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis and Kelsi Dahlia.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com