SOFLO Swimmers Headed To FGC Open Invitational At Miami-Dade North


By Sharon Robb

NORTH MIAMI, September 21, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will get in some racing against several top teams Saturday in the Florida Gold Coast Open Invite NMST at Miami-Dade North College pool.

SOFLO is sending 50 swimmers (26 girls and 24 boys) entered in 230 indivdual events.

Among the large contingent are Kaitlyn Barrios, 12; Mariann Catalasan, 12; Javier Colmenares, 12; Luna Delgado, 12; Joseph-Blake Natino, 12; Judith-Alison Natino, 12; Carleigh Schleicher, 12; Natalia Sibug, 12; Juan Vallmitjana, 9; and Sarah Vasquez, 10.

SOFLO’s top-seeded swimmers are:

Jemma Baldwin, 8, 25-yard butterfly, 19.15; 25-yard backstroke, 20.69; 25-yard breaststroke, 23.65.

Stefano Mazzi, 10, 100-yard backstroke, 1:21.69; 50-yard butterfly, 36.35; 50-yard breaststroke 43.13.

Sarah Vasquez, 10, 100-yard individual medley, 1:18.91.

Ten teams are entered in the meet. In addition to North Miami Swim Team and SOFLO, the field includes Atlantis Swimming Club, Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens, Eagle Aquatics, Hammerhead Aquatics, Hurricane Aquatics, Metro Aquatic Club of Miami, Miami Country Day Aquatics, Miami Swimming and Southern Wahoos. Speed World Swimming is competing unattached.

The two-session meet has been capped and no further entries are being accepted.

IF YOU GO

What: FGC Open Invite North Miami Swim Team

When: Saturday, Session I, 8:30 a.m., Session II, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Miami-Dade College North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami

Of note: The meet is short course yards…North Miami Swim Team and City of Miami are co-hosting the event…Ten teams are entered including Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens, Hurricane Aquatics and Metro Aquatics…The results can be found on Meet Mobile…Admission is $4 per session. Heat sheets are free on the NMST website or Meet Mobile…For more information call 786-255-5301.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http:///www.swim4soflo.com

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South Florida Aquatic Club Ranked Among Best In Nation; Celebrates 15th Anniversary


By Sharon Robb

October 20, 2014–On a day when South Florida Aquatic Club is celebrating its 15th anniversary, the team is also celebrating its ranking among the Top 12 USA Swimming clubs in the nation.

After competing in the IMR-IMX Challenge earlier this month at Academic Village Pool, SOFLO has been ranked 12th in the nation in the Virtual Club Championship.

Only two Florida clubs, Tampa Bay Aquatics (11th) and SOFLO are ranked in the Top 12. SOFLO compiled 109,906 points for the ranking.

SwimAtlanta of Lawrenceville, Ga. is ranked No. 1 with 165,919 points. Irvine Novaquatics is ranked second with 152,419 points and Boulder City Henderson Swim Team is ranked third with 144,271 points. All three clubs have been in existence longer than SOFLO.

The Virtual Club Championship ranks all USA Swimming member clubs based on swimmer performance. Clubs can see how they stack up against others in the LSC, Zone and nationally.

It recognizes and highlights clubs that are developing athletes and achieving success at multiple levels emphasizing the team element in club swimming. The program serves as a key part of the Athlete Development and Performance component of the Club Recognition Program.

SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson, responsible for building the program into one of the best, was hired Oct. 20, 1998-99 by the City of Cooper City as aquatics supervisor.

The City of Pembroke Pines in conjunction with Cooper City named Anderson head coach of the Comets Swim Team in 2001.

“We are a lot stronger program than a year ago and a lot better program than we were five years ago,” Anderson said. “The hard work is paying off. The coaches are a lot more comfortable pushing our kids to reaching their limits and what we are doing with the program.”

The Nike-sponsored team name was changed to South Florida Aquatic Club four years ago to show a true reflection of the team’s diversity.

In fifteen years, the coaching staff has built the program into one of Florida’s top clubs that feature elite swimmers at every level including Olympians such as Alia Atkinson of Jamaica, collegiate swimmers including Marc Rojas and Tiffany Oliver, junior national qualifiers such as Melissa Marinheiro and Kathleen Golding, top high school swimmers such as Kelley Heron and Julien Pinon, up-and-coming age groupers including Rafael Rodriguez and Sara Quintero and young up-and-comers Erika Pelaez, Isabella Di Salvo and Farouk Musa.

As a team, SOFLO continues to make history every year.

In July, SOFLO swept the combined, boys and girls team titles at the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics. It was SOFLO’s fifth consecutive JO title and 11th overall JO title.

SOFLO also became the first club in FGC history to sweep the Junior Olympics and Senior Championships during the same year.

With overall depth, talent, balance and good coaching, SOFLO swimmers have dominated most of the FGC meets while improving times, winning events and qualifying for various meets including JOs, seniors, junior and senior nationals and zones.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Head To Sunrise Swimming Open Invite


By Sharon Robb

October 10, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will be looking for fast times this weekend at the Sunrise Swimming Open Invitational at the Sunrise Civic Center Pool.

A day after the club’s youngest swimmers competed in the Sunrise Sizzler, SOFLO age group swimmers will be going after qualifying times for this spring’s Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics.

Several SOFLO swimmers who competed in the Sizzler including Farouk Musa, 6, and Erika Pelaez, 8, will also race during the two-day meet.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet begins 9 a.m. each day and will be timed finals.

Forty SOFLO swimmers are entered and most will compete in at least three events.

Florida Gold Coast record-holder Rafael Rodriguez, 12, heads the SOFLO boys’ field. Rodriguez is entered in seven events, from the 50-yard freestyle to the 1,650-yard freestyle.

Sisters Kathleen, 14, and Molly Golding, 11, head the girls’ field. They are each entered in seven events.

Other SOFLO swimmers competing are: Alana Acevedo, 13; Sarah Acevedo, 10; Camila Alvarez, 13; Sophia Bedoya, 12; Brennan Thomas Binder, 10; Valentina Carrion, 12; Mariann Operana Catalasan, 8; Isabella Di Salvo, 12; Mia Francesca Escudero, 10; Brandon Fratianni, 15; Hailey Garbez, 11; Alex Golding, 10; Sally Golding, 10; Salma Hegazy, 12; Ethan Hew, 13; Paola Huerta, 13; Wyatt Thomas Jennessee, 15; Madison Hope Johnson, 13; Benjamin Kim, 7; Matthew Kim, 9; Molly Lynn Masson, 10; Farouk Musa, 6; Sebastian Navarro, 10; Jacob Christopher Oram, 9; Leah Danielle Pando, 8; Erika Pelaez, 8; Lucas Angel Porven, 8; Samuel Quintero, 14; Sara Quintero, 10; Ricardo Roche, 15; Isabel Shashaty, 14; Lily Katherine Sines, 11; Randy Smith, 9; Derek Tom, 12; Amy-Nicole Toro, 12; Michael Allen Toro, 12; and Kellie Wilcox, 12.

IF YOU GO

What: Sunrise Swimming Open Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m., timed finals

Where: Sunrise Civic Center Pool, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 954-747-4635

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Defends Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics Team Title For Fourth Year

South Florida Aquatic Club Defends Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics Team Title For Fourth Year


By Sharon Robb

March 9, 2014

It takes a village to build swim champions, in and out of the pool, from the coaches, swim office staff, parents and booster club.

So it was no surprise when South Florida Aquatic Club won the combined team title at the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics for the fourth time on Sunday, SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson made it a point to praise the entire SOFLO family.

“It’s something I don’t think people understand what it takes and how many people it takes to accomplish what we do,” the veteran coach said.

“It’s not just coaching in a kid-driven sport that leads to our success,” Anderson said. “It’s the behind-the-scenes people that help prepare our athletes to perform on a daily level at practice. As long as we keep that up we will be successful. We really provide a total package which is why we come out winners and champions at the end of these meets.”

SOFLO was very successful dominating the three-day meet at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions in Coral Springs with 1,165.50 points.

SOFLO was the only team to break the 1,000-point barrier. Their closest rival was Metro Aquatics, runner-up with 617.50 points.

SOFLO relied on its depth and talent to add another chapter in their history book.

Anderson stressed SOFLO’s total team effort from each and every swimmer.

“It was a great overall team experience,” Anderson said. “The bottom half of our age groups swam up to be successful. I can’t stress enough that the sixth, seventh and eighth place swimmers swam up to their potential. What our “B” relays did for this meet definitely put us over the top.”

As three-time defending champions, SOFLO swimmers and coaches knew there was a target on their backs before the meet even started.

“It’s a lot more difficult to duplicate when people are gunning for us,” Anderson said. “We still find a way to rise to the challenge due to the excellence of our coaching staff. They get kids to perform when they are under pressure.

“We had some great swims individually like the Goldings, Rafael and C.J., but we also had at least 50 to 100 great swims individually in their own right. The tradition we are instilling in these athletes that they need to step up and do the right things is what they are doing and what they did in this meet. It was such a great combined effort.”

The team spirit was at an all-time high, cheering every day for teammates. SOFLO swimmers wore new white and light blue caps with Junior Olympic Team inscribed on them.

“They definitely were very social about the meet and enjoyed it,” Anderson said. “They loved accepting the awards.”

Molly Golding, 10, was third among high point girls rankings in her age group.

“I am really happy, it was really fun, every single day we did cheers,” said Golding, who made her JO debut. “Just seeing all these kids and swimming against them made it fun. I was happiest with my 100 breaststroke, that was my best race. The competition was pretty hard but I definitely worked really hard. I am tired but I can’t wait to get back in the pool.”

Big sister Kathleen Golding, 13, won the 13-14 high point age group award. Golding won the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:05.43 and 100-yard freestyle in a best time 51.73.

While the older SOFLO swimmers are training for Senior Championships, the JO kids will get Monday afternoon off, Anderson said.

Workhorse Rafael Rodriguez, 12, won his age group high point award. Rodriguez finished well by winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 16:57.13 and 200-yard individual medley in 2:07.79, another best time.

“I am really happy with my meet,” Rodriguez said. “I dropped time and I felt good in the water. This is my best JOs, I lowered all my times. All our relays did pretty good. It feels really cool to be on SOFLO. We have a lot of team spirit and we all support each other.”

C.J. Kopecki, 14, competing in his final JO short course meet, was third in high point. He finished with a second place in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 16:27.93 and won the 200-yard butterfly in a best time 1:57.15. It was his best JO meet of his career that started in the lessons program with the SOFLO/Comets.

“This is our first generation of champions that have come up through our lessons program,” Anderson said. “It’s nice to see our kids grow from grass roots to high point swimmers. That is quite a feat for our entire staff.”

SOFLO’s “A” relay of C.J. Kopecki, Kevin Porto, Esteban Diaz-Velasco and Ervin Marin, all 14-year-olds competing in their final JO short course meet, won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:23.40.

DAY THREE SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,165.50, 2. Metro Aquatics 617.50, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 608.50, 4. Azura Florida Aquatic 584.50, 5. North Palm Beach 439, 6. City of Hialeah 337, 7. Jupiter Dragons 332, 8. Coral Springs Swim Club 324, 9. Lake Lytal Lightning 311.50, 10. East Coast Aquatic Club 284, 11. St. Andrew’s Swimming 238, 12. Miami-Dade County Aquatic Club 235.50, 13. Pompano Beach 216, 14. Blue Marlins 198, 15. Swim Fort Lauderdale 195, 16. Gulliver Swim Club 168, 17. Wahoos of Wellington 152.50, 18. FLA Aquatics 117.50, 19. Rockway 113, 20. Miami Swimming 98.

SOFLO HIGH POINT FINISHERS

GIRLS

10-and-under, 3. Molly Golding 67, 15. Sara Quintero 16, 17. Kayla Cunningham 13; 11-12, 8. Vanessa Mesa 39, 13. Annita Huang 24, 15. Marianna Serrao 23; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding 75, 7. Kelley Heron 40, 16. Delanie Perez 22.

BOYS

10-and-under, 5. Nicolas Rossi 45.50; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez 75, 9. Gabriel Segui 41, 11. Leonardo Mateus 39, 17. Brandon Moran 25; 13-14, 3. C.J. Kopecki 68, 7. Ervin Marin 40, 13. Kevin Porto 23.

TEAM AGE GROUP RANKINGS

GIRLS

10-and-under, 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 134, 2. SOFLO 96, 3. Jupiter 90; 11-12, 1. Pine Crest 149.50, 2. Metro Aquatics 132.50, 3. SOFLO 124; 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 145, 2. SOFLO 139, 3. Lake Lytal 92.

BOYS

10-and-under, 1. Jupiter 94, 2. Gulliver 79, 3. Hialeah 51.50, 4. SOFLO 45.50; 11-12, 1. SOFLO 183, 2. Azura 174, 3. Hialeah 105; 13-14, 1. SOFLO 160, 2. Azura 124, 3. Miami Dade 119.50.

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. Pine Crest 1:44.43, 2. SOFLO “A” 1:45.04 (Annita Huang, Marianna Serrao, Elise Larin, Vanessa Mesa), 9. SOFLO “B” 1:52.34 (Kyana Castro, Anabel Vazquez, Katrina Del Vecchio, Isabella Si Salvo).

400-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Pine Crest Swimming 3:38.29; 2. SOFLO “A” 3:42.72 (Kelley Heron, Andrea Pereira, Liz Travieso, Kathleen Golding), 15. SOFLO “B” 3:58.89 (Abolade Oyetunji, Jennifer Rodriguez, Katherine DeBarros, Delanie Perez).

1,650-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Violeta Tumolo, Swim Fort Lauderdale 18:44.51; SOFLO: 5. Kyana Castro 19:03.85, 6. Marianna Serrao 19:06.97, 8. Annita Huang 19:17.35, 10. Michelle Marinheiro 19:41.32, 15. Elise Larin 20:43.94; 13-14, 1. Jenna Pisani, Lake Lytal Lightning 17:39.91.

200-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Madelyn Hebert, East Coast Aquatics 2:25.65; SOFLO: 2. Molly Golding 2:28.79; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Unattached 2:09.99; SOFLO: 5. Vanessa Mesa 2:18.91; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:05.43; SOFLO: 3. Kelley Heron 2:12.53, 10. Delanie Perez 2:18.42.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Ana Kondratovitch, Unattached 31.50; SOFLO: 7. Kayla Cunningham 33.70; 11-12, 1. Sarah Abril, Metro Aquatics 29.15; 13-14, 1. Melannie Vargas, Miami-Dade County 27.60; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron 29.07, 10. Liz Travieso 29.72.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Madelyn Hebert, East Coast Aquatics 34.55; SOFLO: 2. Molly Golding 36.71; 11-12, 1. Savannah Yates, Pine Crest Swimming 32.29; SOFLO: 4. Elise Larin 33.12; 13-14, 1. Tiffany Korb, St. Andrew’s Swimming 31.92; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron 32.70, 7. Delanie Perez 32.86.

200-yard butterfly:

11-12, 1. Alexandra Meszaros, Pine Crest 2:13.99; 13-14, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest Swimming 2:05.26; SOFLO: 8. Delanie Perez 2:15.54.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast Aquatics 1:00.14; SOFLO: 3. Molly Golding 1:01.87; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Unattached 52.48; SOFLO; 4. Vanessa Mesa 55.37, 7. Marianna Serrao 56.95; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 51.73.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:42.36, 2. SOFLO “A” 1:43.64 (Gabriel Segui, Michael Arias, Leonardo Mateus, Rafael Rodriguez), 15. SOFLO “B” 1:55.02 (Sebastian Sevilla, Sebastian Sierra, Derek Tom, Brandon Moran).

400-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 3:23.40 (C.J. Kopecki, Kevin Porto, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Ervin Marin), 7. SOFLO “B” 3:35.01 (Bruno Berti, Tyler Gibson, Juan Osorio, Matthew Menocal).

1,650-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 16:57.13; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Mateus 17:45.41, 15. Sebastian Sierra 20:15.78; 13-14, 1. Nicholas Sharp, St. Andrew’s 16:15.88; SOFLO: 2. C.J. Kopecki 16:27.93, 3. Ricardo Roche 17:02.69, 5. Kevin Porto 17:10.25, 12. Matthew Menocal 17:47.18.

200-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Josh Zuchowski, Jupiter 2:25.53; SOFLO: 5. Nicolas Rossi 2:32.66; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:07.79; SOFLO: 6. Leonardo Mateus 2:15.96; 13-14, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami-Dade 1:56.84; SOFLO: 4. Ervin Marin 2:02.14.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Josh Zuchowski, Jupiter 31.37; 11-12, 1. Aaron Rodriguez, Hialeah 27.63; SOFLO: 9. Leonardo Mateus 30.72; 13-14, 1. Nicholas Sharp, St. Andrew’s Swimming 24.54; SOFLO: 6. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 27.01, 9. Kevin Porto 27.49.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 34.43; 11-12, 1. Matthew Petreski, Pine Crest Swimming 30.26; SOFLO: 7. Brandon Moran 33.64; 13-14, 1. Francisco Cantu, Azura 29.07.

200-yard butterfly:

11-12, 1. John Torres, Rockway 2:09.00; SOFLO: 3. Gabriel Segui 2:18.54, 5. Brandon Moran 2:25.30, 8. Sebastian Sierra 2:33.28; 13-14, 1. C.J. Kopecki, SOFLO 1:57.15; SOFLO: 3. Ervin Marin 2:01.71.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Max Cope, Gulliver 58.87; SOFLO: 4. Nicolas Rossi 1:00.13; 11-12, 1. Mattheus Santos, Pompano Beach 52.35; 13-14, 1. Philip Marcoux, Swim Fort Lauderdale 48.70; SOFLO: 3. C.J. Kopecki 49.35.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Meet organizers did not post boys and girls team totals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Golding Sisters Lead SOFLO On Day Two Of FGC Short Course Junior Olympics

Golding Sisters Lead SOFLO On Day Two Of FGC Short Course Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

March 8, 2014

Sisters Kathleen and Molly Golding led another successful South Florida Aquatic Club team effort on Day Two of the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Short Course Junior Olympics Saturday at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions in Coral Springs.

Kathleen Golding, 13, was a double winner, capturing the 13-14 200-yard breaststroke in 2:21.95 and 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.06.

Molly Golding, 10, won the 10-and-under 200-yard freestyle in 2:10.39.

SOFLO’s other individual champions were:

Nicolas Rossi, 10, 10-and-under 200-yard freestyle, 2:10.41.

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 400-yard individual medley, 4:31.45

SOFLO relays also continued to pile up important points headed into the third and final day of competition.

SOFLO’s 11-12 400-yard medley relay won in 4:15.62 with Annita Huang, Marianna Serrao, Isabella Di Salvo and Vanessa Mesa.

SOFLO’s “A” 13-14 girls 200-yard medley relay of Kelley Heron, Delanie Perez, Kathleen Golding and Liz Travieso was second in 1:52.51.

SOFLO’s “A” 11-12 girls 200-yard medley relay was second in 1:58.20 with Annita Huang, Elise Larin, Isabella Di Salvo and Vanessa Mesa.

SOFLO’s “A” 13-14 girls 400-yard medley relay was second in 4:05.88 with Kelley Heron, Delanie Perez, Kathleen Golding and Abolade Oyetunji.

SOFLO’s “A” 10-and-under girls 200-yard medley relay was third in 2:13.18 with Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Sara Quintero and Elizabeth Chevaldova.

SOFLO’s “A” 11-12 boys 200-yard medley relay of Leonardo Mateus, Brandon Moran, Gabriel Segui and Rafael Rodriguez was second in 1:55.55.

SOFLO’s “A” 11-12 boys 400-yard medley relay was second in 4:14.92 with Leonardo Mateus, Brandon Moran, Gabriel Segui and Rafael Rodriguez.

SOFLO’s “A” 13-14 boys 200-yard medley relay was third in 1:44.96 with Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Ervin Marin, C.J. Kopecki and Kevin Porto. The same foursome was also third in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:48.37.

The top six swimmers in each individual event automatically qualify for the FGC All-Stars team that will compete in a dual meet against Florida Swimming All-Stars on April 5-6 at Indian River State College.

The three-day meet concludes on Sunday with prelims and finals. Meet organizers are not posting the team results until the meet concludes.

DAY TWO SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. East Coast Aquatics 2:11.21, 3. SOFLO “A” 2:13.18 (Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Sara Quintero, Elizabeth Chevaldova), 12. SOFLO “B” 2:25.60 (Bella Leggett, Sally Golding, Erika Pelaez, Jasmine Ahmet); 11-12, 1. Pine Crest 1:57.11, 2. SOFLO “A” 1:58.20 (Annita Huang, Elise Larin, Isabella DiSalvo, Vanessa Mesa), 8. SOFLO “B” 2:02.96 (Jacquelien Lugo, Marianna Serrao, Kyana Castro, Anabel Vazquez); 13-14, 1. CSSC 1:50.20, 2. SOFLO “A” 1:52.51 (Kelley Heron, Delanie Perez, Kathleen Golding, Liz Travieso), 16. SOFLO “B” 2:04.22 (Katherine DeBarros, Jennifer Rodriguez, Abolade Oyetunji, Andrea Pereira).

200-yard freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. North Palm Beach 1:58.27, 4. SOFLO “A” 2:00.94 (Sara Quintero, Kayla Cunningham, Elizabeth Chevaldova, Molly Golding), 16. SOFLO “B” 2:11.82 (Bella Leggett, Sally Golding, Jasmine Ashmet, Erika Pelaez).

200-yard breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Savannah Yates, Pine Crest 2:33.56; SOFLO: 6. Marianna Serrao 2:38.04; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:21.95; SOFLO: 5. Delanie Perez 2:30.05, 10. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:37.67.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:10.39; SOFLO: 7. Sara Quintero 2:17.42; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Unattached 1:54.13; SOFLO: 4. Vanessa Mesa 2:01.60, 6. Annita Huang 2:03.57; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 1:51.06.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Ana Kondratovitch, Unattached 29.26; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Unattaced 26.80; 13-14, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 25.70.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Ana Kondratovitch, Unattached 1:08.24; SOFLO: 4. Kayla Cunningham 1:12.15; 11-12, 1. Madison Cummings, East Coast 1:02.65; SOFLO: 4. Annita Huang 1:04.72; 13-14, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 58.65; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron 1:00.33.

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Unattached 4:37.09; SOFLO: 5. Anabel Vazquez 5:07.97; 13-14, 1. Alessandra Baldari, North Palm Beach 4:28.67; SOFLO: 7. Delanie Perez 4:48.74, 13. Jennifer Rodriguez 4:58.14, 33. Alexandra Crespo 5:14.88, 34. Katherine DeBarros 5:15.64.

400-yard medley relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:15.62 (Annita Huang, Marianna Serrao, Isabella DiSalvo, Vanessa Mesa); 13-14, 1. CSSC 4:02.33, 2. SOFLO “A” 4:05.88 (Kelley Heron, Delanie Perez, Kathleen Golding, Abolada Oyetunji), 11. SOFLO “B” 4:26.14 (Liz Travieso, Jennifer Rodriguez, Alexandra Crespo, Andrea Pereira).

BOYS

200-yard medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. Jupiter 2:12.15; 9. SOFLO “A” 2:24.31 (Alex Golding, Nicolas Rossi, Zackary Harris, Alejandro Mateus); 11-12, 1. Azura 1:51.90; 2. SOFLO “A” 1:55.55 (Leonardo Mateus, Brandon Moran, Gabriel Segui, Rafael Rodriguez), 11. SOFLO “B” 2:09.00 (John Paul Handal, Michael Arias, Jie Hoon Lee, Sebastian Sierra); 13-14, 1. St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:43.34; 3. SOFLO “A” 1:44.96 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Ervin Marin, C.J. Kopecki, Kevin Porto), 10. SOFLO “B” 1”53.10 (Bruno Berti, Tyler Gibson, Juan Osorio, Christopher Sanchez).

200-yard freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. Jupiter 1:58.64, 6. SOFLO “A” 2:05.81 (Nicolas Rossi, Alex Golding, Alejandro Mateus, Zackary Harris).

200-yard breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Matthew Petreski, Pine Crest 2:17.93, 3. Gabriel Segui 2:34.87, 4. Brandon Moran 2:36.58; 13-14, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 2:12.47.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Nicolas Rossi, SOFLO 2:10.41; 11-12, 1. Joaquin Riojas, Unattached 1:51.70; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 1:51.85, 7. Leonardo Mateus 1:59.50; 13-14, 1. Nicholas Sharp, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:45.27; SOFLO: 2. C.J. Kopecki 1:46.55, 6. Ervin Marin 1:49.80, 8. Kevin Porto 1:51.35.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Max Cope, Gulliver 29.21; 11-12, 1. Diego Machado, Azura 27.08; SOFLO: 6. Gabriel Segui 28.06; 13-14, 1. Philip Marcoux, Swim Fort Lauderdale 24.84.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Josh Zuchowski, Jupiter 1:08.47; SOFLO: 7. Nicolas Rossi 1:15.51; 11-12, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Azura 58.54; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Mateus 1:04.04; 13-14, 1. Nicholas Sharp, St. Andrew’s Swimming 52.85; SOFLO: 5. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 57.34, 8. Kevin Porto 58.57.

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:31.45; SOFLO: 8. Gabriel Segui 4:52.54, 9. Brandon Moran 4:59.13, 16. John Paul Handal 5:13.94; 13-14, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 4:11.05; SOFLO: 2. C.J. Kopecki 4:15.82, 3. Ervin Marin 4:19.70, 11. Ricardo Roche 4:35.14, 15. Samuel Quintero 4:42.75, 17. Matthew Menocal 4:45.09, 22. Juan Osorio 4:58.33.

400-yard medley relay:

11-12, 1. Azura “A” 4:05.94, 2. SOFLO “A” 4:14.92 (Leonardo Mateus, Brandon Moran, Gabriel Segui, Rafael Rodriguez), 12. SOFLO “B” 4:42.03 (John Paul Handal, Michael Arias, Jie Hoon Lee, Sebastian Sierra); 13-14, 1. Miami Dade 3:46.25, 3. SOFLO “A” 3:48.37 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Ervin Marin, C.J. Kopecki, Kevin Porto), 9. SOFLO “B” 4:08.31 (Richardo Roche, Tyler Gibson, Juan Osorio, Bruno Berto).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics

When: Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex Michael Lohberg Pool Of Champions, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

Defending champions: South Florida Aquatic Club.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For questions call 954-345-2121. Parking is free. Traffic is expected to be heavy each night because of the Our Town event being held simultaneously during the meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Kopecki, SOFLO Teammates Shine On Day One Of Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

Kopecki, SOFLO Teammates Shine On Day One Of Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

March 7, 2014

Three-time defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club turned in some outstanding swims on the opening day of the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Short Course Junior Olympics at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions in Coral Springs.

No one was more impressive than C.J. Kopecki, 14, making his final appearance in the short course meet.

Kopecki, hoping to leave a lasting impression before he ages-up, did just that on a chilly Friday night, particularly in the 500-yard freestyle.

Kopecki won the distance event in a career-best time 4:41.91, dropping from 4:48.06 and knocking off rival Alberto Gomez, 14, of Miami-Dade, who finished in 4:42.35.

Kopecki led a SOFLO boys sweep in the 500. Nicolas Rossi, 10, won the 10-and-under title in 5:41.73. Rafael Rodriguez, 12, won the 11-12 race in a best time 5:00.26, dropping from 5:07.13.

“I am really happy,” Kopecki said. “I didn’t think I would go that fast. The amount of time I dropped was crazy. I felt great in the water.

“Our team being defending champion does motivate me a lot,” Kopecki said. “I love competition especially when someone is next to me, it makes me go faster. I was swimming next to Alberto the whole time. It made me go a lot faster. I always wanted to beat him.”

Kopecki said he and his SOFLO teammates have been training hard and working on technique.

“I thought about this being my last JOs coming into the meet and I really wanted to do well,” Kopecki said. “The team is really psyched about this meet.”

Kopecki had several other good swims. He anchored the second place 200-yard freestyle relay; won the 100-yard butterfly in 54.35 after qualifying in 54.01; and anchored the winning 800-yard freestyle relay.

“My confidence is high but it’s always high,” Kopecki said. “I believe I can do great things. My confidence is higher now because I just had an amazing first day. I hope to carry this momentum into the second and third day.

“All the training is worth it…all the countless hours in the pool, this is what it’s all about, nights like this. I had random people coming up to me I didn’t know congratulating me after the 500. It was just a great feeling.”

Also in the 500 freestyle, SOFLO’s Leonardo Mateus moved from ninth to fourth place in the finals to finish in 5:11.52 and qualify for the All-Star team.

It was a total team effort on opening night for SOFLO, showing off its depth and talent, from individual champions to and “B” relay swimmers scoring points.

SOFLO individual champions were:

Molly Golding, 10, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:16.29 and 500-yard freestyle, 5:48.10.

Kathleen Golding, 13, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:07.16 and 500-yard freestyle, 4:58.17.

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 100-yard butterfly, 58.75 and 100-yard individual medley, 1:00.47.

SOFLO swept the 13-14 girls and boys 800-yard freestyle relay events. The girls team of Kelley Heron, Andrea Pereira, Kathleen Golding and Delanie Perez won in 7:59.94. The boys team of Ervin Marin, Kevin Porto, Esteban Diaz-Velasco and CJ Kopecki won in 7:20.57.

SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said the middle distance and distance swimmers “did a heck of a job tonight. To win nearly all of the 500s is phenomenal.

“We anticipated those time drops,” Anderson said. “It looks like our boys are starting to come together as one and that’s promising. They are beginning to realize that the “B” relay is just as important as the “A” relay and moving up from tenth to seventh is important, too. Every point counts especially in a championship meet.

“We are where we want to be,” Anderson said. “We are an age group developmental program and we have depth and I think it shows.

“This is one of the better JOS. It looks like a lot of teams have prepared themselves for this meet. I hope we are strong enough to continue this. It will be interesting how it plays out on Sunday.”

The top six swimmers in each individual event automatically qualify for the FGC All-Stars team that will compete in a dual meet against Florida Swimming All-Stars on April 5-6 at Indian River State College.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday with prelims and finals.

DAY ONE FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:41.02, 2. SOFLO “A” 1:42.24 (Kelley Heron, Liz Travieso, Kathleen Golding, Andrea Pereira), 17. SOFLO “B” 1:51.30 (Jennifer Rodriguez, Katherine DeBarros, Delanie Perez, Abolade Oyetunji).

200-yard backstroke:

11-12, 1. Madison Cummings, East Coast Aquatics 2:15.35; SOFLO: 4. Annita Huang 2:20.51, 5. Isabella DiSalvo 2:22.02, 9. Kyana Castro 2:26.58; 13-14, 1. Jessica Nava, PC 2:05.63; SOFLO: 4. Kelley Heron 2:10.06.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Madelyn Hebert, East Coast Aquatics 27.32; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Unattached 23.95; SOFLO: 4. Vanessa Mesa 25.88; 13-14, 1. Jenna Pisani, Lake Lytal Lightning 24.44.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 1:16.29; 11-12, 1. Savannah Yates, PC 1:10.24; SOFLO: 2. Elise Larin 1:11.55, 10. Mariann Serrao 1:14.85; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 1:07.16; SOFLO: 4. Kelley Heron 1:10.01, 7. Delanie Perez 1:11.17.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. A. Kondratovitch, Unattached 1:05.68; SOFLO: 4. Sara Quintero 1:11.17, 9. Kayla Cunningham 1:15.61; 11-12, 1. Alex Meszaros, PC 59.16; SOFLO: 8. Vanessa Mesa 1:05.42; 13-14, 1. Jessica Nava, PC 56.71; SOFLO: 2. Kathleen Golding 56.86.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Madelyn Hebert, East Coast Aquatics 1:08.39; SOFLO: 3. Molly Golding 1:10.31; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Unattached 1:00.95; SOFLO: 7. Mariann Serrao 1:07.03, 10. Elise Larin 1:08.42.

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 5:48.10; SOFLO: 6. Sara Quintero 6:02.25, 14. Sally Golding 6:31.44; 11-12, 1. Juliana Talamo, MAC 5:18.11; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 5:21.60, 7. Marianna Serrao, 5:30.29, 9. Annita Huang 5:30.90, 14. Michelle Marinheiro 5:47.24; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:58.17.

400-yard freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. Pine Crest 3:46.82, 2. SOFLO “A” (Annita Huang, Marianna Serrao, Isabella Di Salvo, Vanessa Mesa), 3:50.61, 7. SOFLO “B” (Elise Larin, Anabel Vazquez, Michelle Marinheiro, Kyana Castro) 4:00.88.

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 7:59.54 (Kelley Heron, Andrea Pereira, Kathleen Golding, Delanie Perez), 12. SOFLO “B” 8:42.23 (Katherine DeBarros, Alexandra Crespo, Jennifer Rodriguez, Abolade Oyetunji).

BOYS

200-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:33.19, 2. SOFLO “A” 1:33.56 (Bruno Berti, Kevin Porto, Ervin Marin, CJ Kopecki), 13. SOFLO “B” 1:40.06 (Matthew Menocal, Christopher Sanchez, Juan Osorio, Esteban Diaz-Velasco).

200-yard backstroke:

11-12, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Azura 2:06.04; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 2:14.74, 6. Gabriel Segui 2:17.48; 13-14, 1. Nicholas Sharp, SAS 1:54.57; SOFLO: 4. Kevin Porto 2:02.13, 5. E. Diaz-Velasco 2:02.76, 7. Ricardo Roche 2:05.83.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 26.84; SOFLO: 4. Nicolas Rossi 28.72; 11-12, 1. Mattheus Santos, PB 24.30; 13-14, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 22.93.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 1:15.32; 11-12, 1. Matthew Petreski, PC 1:05.07; SOFLO: 3. Gabriel Segui 1:11.13, 6. Brandon Moran 1:13.20; 13-14, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 1:02.25; SOFLO: 7. Ervin Marin 1:05.20.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Max Cope, Gulliver 1:06.33; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 58.75; SOFLO: 7. Gabriel Segui 1:02.28; 13-14, 1. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 54.35; SOFLO: 3. Ervin Marin 55.85.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Josh Zuchowski, Jupiter 1:09.67; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:00.47; SOFLO: 10. Brandon Moran 1:09.48.

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Nicolas Rossi, SOFLO 5:41.73; SOFLO: 17. Alex Golding 6:43.02; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:00.26; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 5:11.52; 13-14, 1. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 4:41.92; SOFLO: 8. Kevin Porto 4:56.12.

400-yard freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. Azura 3:40.90; 4. SOFLO “A” 3:47.82 (Leonardo Mateus, Gabriel Segui, Brandon Moran, Rafael Rodriguez); 9. SOFLO “B” 4:05.62 (Michael Arias, Sebastian Sevilla, Sebastian Sierra, John Paul Handal).

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 7:20.57 (Ervin Marin, Kevin Porto, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, CJ Kopecki), 7. SOFLO “B” 7:57.69 (Ricardo Roche, Matthew Menocal, Juan Osorio, Andres Arias).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics

When: Saturday-Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex Michael Lohberg Pool Of Champions, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

Defending champions: South Florida Aquatic Club.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For questions call 954-345-2121. Parking is free. Traffic is expected to be heavy each night because of the Our Town event being held simultaneously during the meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Ready To Defend Its Title At This Weekend’s FGC Junior Olympics

SOFLO Ready To Defend Its Title At This Weekend’s FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

March 5, 2014

It’s show time.

Three-time defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club is ready for the championship season that begins Friday with the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO, buoyed by depth and talent, are among the favorites going into the three-day meet.

Last year SOFLO made history by winning the combined team title for the first time in the club’s 14-year history.

SOFLO was the two-time defending champion but it was the first time the City of Pembroke Pines only competitive swim team won the title as a stand-alone team after severing ties with Coral Springs.

“I was really excited for the coaches and office staff,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “It showed that the SOFLO and Comets staff can produce a really good product. It was about a team coming together and working for a common goal.”

SOFLO swept through the FGC JO and Senior meets last year during the short course and long course seasons and hope to duplicate their efforts this year.

Other top FGC teams competing are Metro Aquatics, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Hialeah, Pine Crest Swimming and Azura.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Molly Golding, 10, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:20.06; 200-yard freestyle, 2:13.87.

Ervin Marin, 14, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:02.52.

CJ Kopecki, 14, 100-yard butterfly, 54.77.

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 100-yard individual medley, 1:01.53; 200-yard individual medley, 2:09.68.

Kathleen Golding, 13, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:26.34; 200-yard individual medley, 2:07.83.

Nicolas Rossi, 10, 200-yard freestyle, 2:10.44.

The top six swimmers in each event will automatically qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team. The All-Star meet is April 5-6 at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics

When: Friday-Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex Michael Lohberg Pool Of Champions, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

Defending champions: South Florida Aquatic Club.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For questions call 954-345-2121. Parking is free. Traffic is expected to be heavy each night because of the Our Town event being held simultaneously during the meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com