Defending Champion SOFLO Heads Field In FGC Junior Olympics At Coral Springs


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS—-South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers and coaches are ready to make a little more history at the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic Short Course Championships that begin Friday at Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Defending champion SOFLO will go after an unprecedented seventh consecutive JO short course team title in the club’s 17-year history including eight as SOFLO.

Last year SOFLO won the combined team title with 990.50 points, 105.67 points ahead of runner-up Pine Crest with 884.83 and East Coast Aquatic Club with 867.33.

SOFLO also won the boys team title with 640.50 points ahead of Pine Crest with 410. East Coast Aquatic Club won its first girls team title with 529.33 and SOFLO was third with 350.

Pine Crest and East Coast are expected to challenge SOFLO for the titles.

More than 600 swimmers and 46 teams are entered. The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Molly Golding, 13, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:07.44.

Paige Lane, 14, 100-yard butterfly, 58.14.

Javier Colmenares, 10, 500-yard freestyle, 5:57.45.

SOFLO boys 200-yard medley relay, 2:18.99.

Alessandro Pereira, 10, 100-yard backstroke, 1:10.53.

SOFLO girls 400-yard medley relay, 4:00.43.

SOFLO’s strength is expected to be its relays with 42 relays entered in 22 relay events.

SOFLO individual JO qualifiers are: Fernando Barreto, 10; Brennan Binder, 13; Samuel Bullen, 12; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Javier Colmenares, 10; Kerry Ann Cunningham,11; Luna Delgado, 11; Isabella Di Salvo, 14; Fiorella Di Salvo, 9; Diego Dulieu, 12; Mia Escudero, 12; Nathaniel Garrick, 12; Alex Golding 12; Logan Gonzalez, 12; Zackary Harris, 12; Matthew Kim, 12; Ava Kuznik, 11; Sebastian Lares, 12; Jonathan Lozano, 9; Anastasia Lutz, 10; Alejandro Mateus, 11; Yannai Michael, 13; Sabrina Osorio, 12; Sofia Osorio, 12; Leah Pando, 11; Alessandro Pereira, 10; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 11; Enrique Rodriguez, 12; Moises Rodriguez, 12; Mary Sawyer, 10; Natalia Sibug, 10; Christian Tijero, 11; Victoria Torres, 12; Emma Twombly, 12; Valerie Vank, 11; and Aldo Zepeda, 11.

In a departure from past years, the prelim and final events will be held in one 50-meter pool instead of two. Since time standards have been updated, the number of participating swimmers has decreased.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Azura, FAST, AquaKids Sharks, Metro Aquatics, Miami Swimming, FAST, North Palm Beach, Plantation Swim Team and Boca Raton Swim Team.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics Short Course Championships.

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

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

Of Note: Admission is $5 for prelims and $3 for finals. Heat sheets are free and can be located at http://www.swimcssc.com. For questions call 954-340-5032.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Golding, Roche Take Second; SOFLO Men Finish Third At Southern Zone Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb

March 12, 2017—Kathleen Golding and Ricardo Roche finished with silver medals on the fourth and final day of the USA Swimming Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship Sunday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Golding, 16, placed second in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.98, just behind USA Swimming Junior National team swimmer Marta Ciesla of Pine Crest Swimming in 56.77. Golding was also fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:44.17.

Golding finished seventh in high point with 141 points. Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks and Talia Bates of Gator Swim Club tied for high point with 167 points.

Roche, 17, was second in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.79. Roche finished with 82 points in high points.

Samuel Quintero was eighth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.93.

SOFLO, with 28 swimmers in the four-day meet, finished third in the men’s team standings with 780.5 points. SOFLO women placed sixth with 541 points. SOFLO was fourth among combined teams with 1,453.5 points.

Azura Florida Aquatic won the combined team titles with 1,880 and men’s team title with 1,187.5. Pine Crest Swimming won the women’s team titles with 955 points.

A field of 614 swimmers from 60 teams and 14 unattached teams are competing in the four-day meet, one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Hialeah, Boca Raton Swim Team, St. Andrew’s, Pine Crest Swimming, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Hurricane Swimming, TS Aquatics, YMCA of South Florida and host Plantation Swim Team.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatic 1,880, 2. Kamehameha Swim Club 1,708.5, 3. Pine Crest 1,550, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,453.5, 5. Bolles 1,425.5, 6. Gator Swim Club 1,395, 7. East Coast Aquatic Club 1,352.5, 8. St. Andrew’s Swimming 1,142, 9. Oakville 615.5, 10. City of Lafayette 559.5, 19. Boca Raton Swim Team 173.5.

MEN’S TOTALS: 1. Azura 1,187.5, 2. Gator Swim Club 822, 3. SOFLO 780.5, 4. Bolles, 5. Kamehameha Swim Club 663.5, 14. Boca Raton Swim Team 149.5.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Pine Crest Swimming 955, 2. Kamehameha Swim Club 873, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 792.5, 4. Bolles 705, 5. Gator Swim Club 573, 6. SOFLO 541.

HIGH POINT AWARDS:

WOMEN:

1.Talia Bates, GSC and Mary Smutny, AKS 167, 3. Isabel Ivey, GSC 156, 7. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 141, 28. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 78, 53. Molly Golding, SOFLO 38, 84. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 21 and Jennifer Rodriguez, SOFLO, 21.

MEN:

1.Marcos Lavado, Azura 179, 2. Corey Main, GSC 149, 3. Jian Wang, GSC 135, 9. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 104, 24. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 82, 33. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 67, 41. Jose Garcia, BRST 51, 44. Luke Lezotte, SOFLO 48, 54. Cameron Taddonio, BRST 43, 59. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 40, 68. Max Asnis, SOFLO 35, 71. Jonathan Farah, SOFLO 34, 86. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 25, 114. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 13, 120. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 9, 123. Matthew Taddonio, BRST 7, 123. Juan Serna, SOFLO 7, 133. Tyler Bland, SOFLO 5, 138. Kevin Porto, SOFLO 3, 142. Drake Gil, BRST 2.

WOMEN RESULTS

200-meter butterfly:

1.Mabel Zavaros, OAK 2:14.13, 2. Mary Smutny, AKS 2:14.85, 3. Alena Kraus, MACG 2:17.79.

100-meter freestyle:

1.Marta Ciesla, PC 56.77, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 56.98, 3. Mary Smutny, AKS 56.99.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Hannah Virgin, PC 2:36.28, 2. Isabel Ivey, GSC 2:38.09, 3. Nicole Hunnewell, Unattached 2:39.89; SOFLO: 5. Kathleen Golding 2:44.17, 7. Molly Golding 2:46.96, 15. Jessica Rodriguez 2:51.34, 17. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:47.63

200-meter backstroke:

1.Georgia-Mae Hohmann, GSC 2:17.24, 2. Adair Sand, BSS 2:17.91, 3. Talia Bates, GSC 2:20.38; SOFLO: 4. Kelley Heron 2:22.23.

MEN RESULTS

200-meter butterfly:

1.Marcos Lavado, Azura 2:01.14, 2. Mack Darragh, OAK 2:01.79, 3. Sean Campsie, GSC 2:07.09; SOFLO: 14. CJ Kopecki 2:12.86.

100-meter freestyle:

1.Corey Main, GSC 50.62, 2. Marcos Lavado, Azura 51.68, 3. Runar Borgen, PAQ 52.26; SOFLO: 20. Ervin Marin 54.98.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Adan Diaz, Azura 2:20.95, 2. Izaak Bastian, SAS 2:23.62, 3. Julio Horrego, HSC 2:24.17; SOFLO: 8. Samuel Quintero 2:31.93, 24. Ervin Marin 2:39.22, 30. Tyler Bland 2:44.25.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Jian Wang, GSC 2:05.34, 2. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:09.79, 3. Nicholas Sharp, SAS 2:11.47.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Golding, Lezotte Lead SOFLO, Team Third At Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club posted two best time swims on Day Three of the USA Swimming Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO is third among combined teams with 1,233.5 points behind Azura Florida Aquatic (1,572) and Kamehameha Swim Club of Hawaii (1,361.5).

SOFLO’s men’s team is second with 683.5 points and the women’s team is seventh with 418 points.

Golding, 16, finished second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.69, shaving 0.72 seconds off her previous best of 2:18.41. Isabel Ivey, 16, won in 2:16.92 to sweep the IM events.

After a quick turnaround, Golding came back to knock off sprinter Talia Bates, 16, of Gator Swim Club to win the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 26.24, a time drop of 0.21 off her previous best of 26.45. Bates was second in 26.34.

Both times are expected to qualify Golding, a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, for the World Trials in Indianapolis.

Golding was also a member of the 400-meter medley relay team that finished fourth in 4:28.06 along with Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez and Melissa Marinheiro.

“That was the fastest she has been in a while,” said SOFLO coach Chris Anderson. “We are working on small technique things. We are tweaking her freestyle. Her 200 IM was far better than the 400 IM as far as strategy.”

At 15, Luke Lezotte was the youngest SOFLO swimmer to qualify for finals, placing fifth in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.13. He also finished second in consos and tenth overall in the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 26.43. His previous best was 26.75. Lezotte has 48.5 high points.

Marc Rojas, in the midst of heavy training in the weight room, was fifth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.80.

“I thought Luke being the youngest guy in the finals of the 50 free did a good job,” Anderson said.

“Our team is swimming very well,” Anderson said. “I am proud of what they are doing. We have a young team and they are producing very well. Our relays are being very competitive.”

SOFLO has 28 swimmers entered in the four-day meet.

A field of 614 swimmers from 60 teams and 14 unattached teams are competing in the four-day meet, one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Hialeah, Boca Raton Swim Team, St. Andrew’s, Pine Crest Swimming, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Hurricane Swimming, TS Aquatics, YMCA of South Florida and host Plantation Swim Team.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatic 1,572, 2. Kamehameha Swim Club 1,361.5, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,233.5, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 1,190, 5. Bolles 1,184.5, 6. East Coast 1,172.5, 7. Gator Swim Club 1,113, 8. St. Andrew’s 1,000, 9. City of Lafayette 494.5, 10. Metro Aquatics 468, 19. Boca Raton Swim Team 146.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 911.5, 2. SOFLO 683.5, 3. Gator Swim Club 653, 4. Bolles 605.5, 5. Kamehameha Swim Club 531.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Pine Crest 683, 2. Kamehameha 658, 3. East Coast 652.5, 4. Bolles 579, 5. Gator Swim Club 460, 7. SOFLO 418.

GIRLS

100-meter backstroke:

1.Georgia-Mae Hohman, GSC 1:03.59, 2. Mabel Zavaos, OAK 1:04.37, 3. Talia Bates, GSC 1:04.65; SOFLO: 6. Kelley Heron 1:05.56.

50-meter breaststroke:

1.Patricia Casellas, Azura 33.40, 2. Nicole Hunnewell, Unattached 33.86, 3. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 34.43; SOFLO: 15. Jennifer Rodriguez 36.35, 26. Jessica Rodriguez 36.26.

50-meter butterfly:

1.Chade Nersicio, ECAC 28.22, 2. Kennady Kilger, OAK 28.35, 3. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 28.57.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Isabel Ivey, GSC 2:16.92, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:17.69, time drop, 3. Mabel Zavaros, OAK 2:20.34.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 26.24, time drop, 2. Talia Bates, GSC 26.34, 3. Margaret Gholston, RACE 26.56.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Isabel Ivey, GSC 4:19.38, 2. Kensey McMahon, BSS 4:20.18; 3. Mary Smutny, AKS 4:20.52.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Gator Swim Club 4:21.63, 2. Pine Crest 4:22.90, 3. North Palm Beach 4:26.40, 4. SOFLO 4:28.06 (Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding, Melissa Marinheiro).

BOYS

100-meter backstroke:

1.Corey Main, GSC 55.68, 2. Jian Wang, GSC 58.15, 3. Willie Davis, BSS 59.22; BRST: 15. Jose Garcia 1:02.88; SOFLO: 27. Rafael Rodriguez 1:03.71, time drop.

50-meter breaststroke:

1.Rafael Van Leeuwarde, Unattached 29.16, 2. Izaak Bastian, SAS 29.75, 3. Jabari Ramsey, FE 30.09; SOFLO: 5. Marc Rojas 30.80, 10. Jonathan Farah 31.85, 20. Samuel Quintero 32.49, 23. Tyler Bland 32.91.

50-meter butterfly:

1.Runar Borgen, PAQ 24.94, 2. Sean Campsie, GSC 25.06, 3. Marcos Lavado, Azura 25.34; SOFLO: 10. Luke Lezotte 26.43, 18. Juan Serna 26.80, 22. Ervin Marin 27.08; BRST: 23. Jose Garcia 27.43.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Mack Darragh, OAK 2:04.86, 2. Nikita Denisyako, GSC 2:05.11, 3. Julio Horrego, HSC 2:08.38; SOFLO: 8. Ervin Marin 2:15.13, 21. Jonathan Farah 2:16.33.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Corey Main, GSC 23.06, 2. Willie Davis, BSS 23.67, 3. Runar Borgen, PAQ 23.67; SOFLO: 5. Luke Lezotte 24.13, 27. Juan Serna 25.57.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Marcos Lavado, Azura 4:00.45, 2. Michael Petrides, KSC 4:07.04, 3. Coleman Kramer, SEA 4:07.31; SOFLO: 9. Rafael Rodriguez 4:12.76; BRST: 15. Cameron Taddonio 4:18.85, 30. Drake Gil 4:21.49.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Gator Swim Club 3:53.03, 2. Azura 3:54.46, 3. Bolles 3:55.80, 8. SOFLO 4:06.56 (Ricardo Roche, Marc Rojas, Max Asnis, Ervin Marin), 13. SOFLO 4:13.70 (Jonathan Farah, Samuel Quintero, CJ Kopecki, Kevin Porto), 16. BRST 4:15.70 (Jose Garcia, Cameron Taddonio, Matthew Taddonio, Drake Gil).

IF YOU GO

WHAT: USA Swimming Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

WHEN: Sunday

SCHEDULE: Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Warm-ups 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation.

OF NOTE: Admission $5 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information go to http://www.swimpst.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Golding, Heron, Roche Lead SOFLO, Men’s Team Second After Day Two Of Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION—Kathleen Golding and Ricardo Roche were top South Florida Aquatic Club finishers on Day Two of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Golding, 16, was second in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:56.42, with a time drop of 4.28 seconds from prelims to finals. She finished second to Isabel Ivey, 16, of Gator Swim Club in 4:52.38.

Roche, 17, was second in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.54, with a time drop of 0.31 seconds from his entry time. Patrick Groters of Pine Crest Swimming won the event in 4:36.64 with a time drop of 7.00 seconds from prelims.

SOFLO’s women’s 800-meter freestyle relay was second in 8:43.35 with Golding, Melissa Marinheiro, Heron and Maya Coffey.

Kelley Heron, 17, knocked off Olympian and former SOFLO swimmer Carolina Colorado of Azura to finish second in a best time 30.44, dropping 0.89 seconds. Colorado was fourth in 30.74.

Ervin Marin finished in the Top eight in the 100-meter breaststroke, placing eighth in 1:08.93. Marin was also 13th in the 400-meter individual medley in

4:51.82.

SOFLO men’s team is second with 465 points and the women’s team is sixth with 270. SOFLO is third in the combined with 867 points.

SOFLO has 28 swimmers entered in the four-day meet.

A field of 614 swimmers from 60 teams and 14 unattached teams are competing in the four-day meet, one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Hialeah, Boca Raton Swim Team, St. Andrew’s, Pine Crest Swimming, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Hurricane Swimming, TS Aquatics, YMCA of South Florida and host Plantation Swim Team.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 1,099, 2. Kamehameha Swim Club 994, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 867, 4. Pine Crest 816, 5. East Coast 779, 6. Bolles 736, 7. St. Andrew’s Swimming 727, 8. Gator Swim Club 524, 9. City of Lafayette 389., 10. Metro Aquatics 338, 17. Boca Raton Swim Team 99.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 635, 2. SOFLO 465, 3. Kamehameha 359, 4. Bolles 355, 5. Gator Swim Club 305, 13. Boca Raton Swim Team 75.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Kamehameha 463, 2. Pine Crest 454, 3. Bolles 381, 4. East Coast 381, 5. St. Andrew’s 285, 6. SOFLO 270.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

1.Mary Smutny, AKS 2:01.81, 2. Nicole Gomez, NPB 2:03.09, 3. Talia Bates, GSC 2:04.46.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Isabel Ivey, GSC 1:10.60, 2. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:13.26, 3. Nicole Hunnewell, Unattached 1:13.58; SOFLO: 12. Molly Golding 1:17.63, 17. Jessica Rodriguez 1:17.92, time drop, 25. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:18.05, time drop.

50-meter backstroke:

1.Georgia-Mae Hohmann, GSC 29.97, 2. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 30.44, time drop, 3. Ella Miller, EDGE 30.64, 4. Carolina Colorado, Azura 30.74.

100-meter butterfly:

1.Talia Bates, GSC 1:00.94, 2. Mary Smutny, AKS 1:01.19, 3. Jessica Nava, PC 1:02.31.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Isabel Ivey, GSC 4:52.38, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:56.42, time drop, 3. Adair Sand, BSS 5:02.28; SOFLO: 23. Marianna Serrao 5:32.29, time drop.

800-meter freestyle relay:

1.Gator Swim Club 8:35.19, 2. SOFLO (Kathleen Golding, Melissa Marinheiro, Kelley Heron, Maya Coffey) 8:43.35, 3. Pine Crest 8:43.39.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

1.Marcos Lavado, Azura 1:51.48, 2. Michael Petrides, KSC 1:52.06, 3. Corey Main, GSC 1:53.18; SOFLO: 14. Rafael Rodriguez 1:59.09, 15. Max Asnis 1:59.60, 32. Kevin Porto 2:01.79.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Rafael Van Leeuwarde, Unattached 1:04.59, 2. Izaak Bastian, SAS 1:05.19, 3. Adan Diaz, Azura 1:05.53; SOFLO: 8. Ervin Marin 1:08.93, 18. Samuel Quintero 1:09.63, time drop, 22. Tyler Bland 1:11.09, time drop.

50-meter backstroke:

1.Jian Wang, GSC 27:04, 2. David Van Der Colff, Azura 27.07, 3. Steven Aimable, Unattached 27.30.

100-meter butterfly:

1.Nikita Denisyako, GSC 54.63, 2. Marcos Lavado, Azura 54.68, 3. Sean Campsie, GSC 54.82; SOFLO: 18. Max Asnis 59.31, 31. Juan Serna 1:00.53.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Patrick Groters, PC 4:36.64, 2. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 4:39.54, time drop, 3. David Edwards, WAVW 4:40.92; SOFLO: 10. Rafael Rodriguez 4:46.43, 13. Ervin Marin 4:51.82, 18. Leonardo Mateus 4:52.67, time drop, 19. Samuel Quintero 4:54.68; BRST: 15. Cameron Taddonio 4:53.64.

800-meter freestyle relay:

1.Gator Swim Club 7:44.13, 2. Azura 7:51.50, 3. Pine Crest 8:00.70, 7. SOFLO A (Ricardo Roche, Ervin Marin, Max Asnis, Rafael Rodriguez) 8:07.59, 10. SOFLO B (Juan Diaz, Kevin Porto, Heath Brames, CJ Kopecki) 8:19.69.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: USA Swimming Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday

SCHEDULE: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Warm-ups 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation.

OF NOTE: Admission $5 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information go to http://www.swimpst.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Rodriguez, Roche Make Cuts For Arena Pro Series Mesa Stop; SOFLO Men Second At Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION—South Florida Aquatic Club teammates Rafael Rodriguez and Ricardo Roche brought out the best in each other on opening night of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

In Thursday’s 800-meter freestyle, Rodriguez, 15, finished third in 8:33.58 with a 3.29-second time drop. Roche, 17, had a huge time drop of 8.02 seconds to finish a close fourth in 8:33.73.

The pair both made their cuts for the April 13-15 Arena Pro Swim Series at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa, Ariz., the third stop on the pro meet series. It will be their first major pro meet.

Buoyed by the distance swimmers and relays, SOFLO men’s team is second with 226 points. The women’s team is fourth with 134. SOFLO is fourth overall in the combined with 492 points.

SOFLO’s mixed 200-meter medley relay finished second in 1:44.00 with Kelley Heron, Marc Rojas, Jonathan Farah and Kathleen Golding.

SOFLO girls finished third in the 200-meter medley relay in 2:03.45 with Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez and Golding.

In the 200-meter medley relay, SOFLO boys were fourth in 1:50.41 with Farah, Rojas, Juan Serna, Luke Lezotte).

SOFLO has 28 swimmers entered in the four-day meet. The majority will begin competing on Friday.

A field of 614 swimmers from 60 teams and 14 unattached teams are competing in the four-day meet, one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Hialeah, Boca Raton Swim Team, St. Andrew’s, Pine Crest Swimming, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Hurricane Swimming, TS Aquatics, YMCA of South Florida and host Plantation Swim Team.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Kamehameha Swim Club 603, 2. Azura 568, 3. East Coast 496, 4. SOFLO 492, 5. St. Andrew’s 420, 6. Pine Crest 344, 7. Bolles 302, 8. Metro Aquatics 274, 9. City of Lafayette 254, 10. Piranhas YMCA 181.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 248, 2. SOFLO 226, 3. Metro Aquatics 208, 4. Kamehameha 180, 5. Bolles 144.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Kamehameha 251, 2. East Coast 178, 3. Bolles 158, 4. SOFLO 134, 5. City of Lafayette 132.

GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Anna Auld, East Coast Aquatic Club 17:11.86, 2. Jillian Barczyk, City of Lafayette Aquatics 17:36.79, 3. Christina Neri, Piranhas YMCA of the Suncoast 17:47.54.

200-meter medley relay:

1.Pine Crest Swimming 2:01.34, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 2:02.30, 3. SOFLO A (Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding) 2:03.45.

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Pine Crest Swimming 1:47.90, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:48.99, 3. Bolles 1:50.49; 17. SOFLO B (Jennifer Rodriguez, Marianna Serrao, Jessica Rodriguez, Delanie Perez) 1:58.11.

BOYS

800-meter freestyle:

1.Michael Petrides, Kamehameha Swim Club 8:22.19, 2. Colin Rockell, Unattached 8:31.42, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 8:33.58, time drop, 4. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 8:33.73, time drop; SOFLO: 11. Max Asnis 8:48.65, 24. Leonardo Mateus 9:01.80.

200-meter medley relay:

1.Azura Florida Aquatic 1:46.93, 2. Bolles 1:47.65, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:49.24, 4. SOFLO A (Jonathan Farah, Marc Rojas, Juan Serna, Luke Lezotte) 1:50.41; 12. SOFLO B (Kevin Porto, Ervin Marin, Max Asnis, Rafael Rodriguez) 1:56.03.

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Bolles 1:36.55, 2. Metro Aquatics 1:37.11, 3. Azura 1:37.21, 8. SOFLO A (Kevin Porto, Marc Rojas, Jonathan Farah, Luke Lezotte) 1:40.30, 12. SOFLO B (Heath Brames, Ervin Marin, Max Asnis, Juan Serna) 1:41.98.

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:

1.Azura 1:53.87, 2. SOFLO A (Kelley Heron, Marc Rojas, Jonathan Farah, Kathleen Golding) 1:55.00, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:55.18, 18. SOFLO B (Samuel Quintero, Jessica Rodriguez, Juan Diaz, Abby Oyetunji) 2:06.14.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Pine Crest 1:42.88, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:42.98, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:43.08, 18. SOFLO B (Heath Brames, Jennifer Rodriguez, Max Asnis, Elise Larin) 1:50.74.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: USA Swimming Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

WHEN: Friday-Sunday

SCHEDULE: Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Warm-ups 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation.

OF NOTE: Admission $5 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information go to http://www.swimpst.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Forza Stefano Water Polo Tournament Begins Friday At Academic Village Pool


By Sharon Robb

The inaugural Forza Stefano Water Polo Tournament will carry on the legacy of a beloved young water polo player and swimmer taken too soon.

The boys and girls tournament, hosted by Pembroke Pines Charter athletic department, is scheduled for Friday, 2-9 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-noon at Academic Village Swimming Pool.

All tournament proceeds benefit the Forza Stefano Charitable Foundation which is helping raise awareness in teen cancer.

Stefano Dioguardi was a well-liked student-athlete. The 2015 Pembroke Pines Charter graduate was an avid swimmer and water polo player. He was the water polo team’s captain and inspirational leader. He was also a member of the South Florida Water Polo Club for five years.

Dioguardi succumbed to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Two days after turning 18, he learned he had the disease.

The first-year tournament has attracted an impressive field of ten teams including South Broward’s girls’ team and Pembroke Pines Charter boys’ team.

The Bulldogs (8-2), led by Emma Leto, are coming off an impressive 18-0 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas. Pembroke Pines Charter, led by Marcos Pacella, Thomas Bayer and Seth Lawrence, is coming off a 22-11 win over Plantation.

Six teams are entered in the boys’ competition. Pembroke Pines Charter and Cypress Bay are in Group A and South Broward, Spanish River and Northeast are entered in Group B.

Four girls teams are entered in the double-elimination tournament. They are Pembroke Pines Charter, South Broward, Cypress Bay and Spanish River.

Each team is guaranteed three games.

Food, raffles and Forza Stefano Charitable Foundation merchandise will be available.

The Foundation was created in Stefano’s honor to give back to the special community of water polo players and families who rallied around Stefano and his family in their time of need.

Whether it is providing funds to cover travel costs for competitions or assisting individuals that face catastrophic medical expenses such as Stefano’s. There is a profound recognition by his family of the obligation to “pay this generosity forward.”

The kindness of friends and strangers alike gave the Dioguardi family hope during their son’s battle which they are eternally grateful. The Dioguardi family hope to share some of their knowledge and experiences with Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Among Top Teams At Southern Zone South Sectional Championships In Plantation


By Sharon Robb

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship that begins Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Twenty-eight talented swimmers will represent SOFLO during the four-day meet.

They are: Max Asnis, 17; Tyler Bland, 15; Heath Brames, 17; Maya Coffey, 15; Juan Diaz, 17; Jonathan Farah, 19; Kathleen Golding, 16; Molly Golding, 13; Kelley Heron, 17; CJ Kopecki, 17; Elise Larin, 15; Luke Lezotte, 15; Ervin Marin, 17; Melissa Marinheiro, 19; Leonardo Mateus, 15; Matthew Menocal, 17; Abby Oyetunji, 17; Delanie Perez, 16; Kevin Porto, 17; Samuel Quintero, 16; Ricardo Roche, 17; Jennifer Rodriguez, 16; Jessica Rodriguez, 18; Rafael Rodriguez, 15; Marc Rojas, 23; Juan Serna, 15; Marianna Serrao, 15; and Luis Villanueva, 17.

If the seeds are true to form, there will be some great head-to-head matchups for swimmers and teams.

Isabel Ivey, 16, of Gator Swim Club and SOFLO’s Jessica Rodriguez are the top two seeds in the 100-meter breaststroke.

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, who competes for the Dominican Republic internationally, is seeded third behind Julio Horrego of Hialeah and Jackson Seith, 18, of Kentucky in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Ivey, SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding and Andrea Santander of Pine Crest Swimming are the top three seeds in the 400-meter individual medley. Ivey and Golding are one-two in the 200-meter individual medley.

Talia Bates, 16, of Gator Swim Club and Golding are one-two in the 50-meter freestyle.

Golding is third seed in the 100-meter freestyle behind Amelia Maughan, 20, and USC-bound Marta Ciesla, 18, of Pine Crest Swimming.

Jessica Rodriguez is seeded second in the 200-meter breaststroke behind Ivey.

SOFLO’s women’s 200-meter medley relay is seeded first in 1:54.38 ahead of St. Andrew’s Swimming (1:55.55) and Bolles (2:02.41). SOFLO is seeded first in the mixed 200-meter medley relay in 1:54.38 ahead of St. Andrew’s (1:55.55).

A field of 614 swimmers from 60 teams and 14 unattached teams will compete over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals.

The four meets attract some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Hawaii’s Kamehameha Swim Club, Race Aquatics Swimming of Kentucky and City of Lafayette (La.) will give Florida Gold Coast swimmers the chance to swim against out-of-state swim clubs. Bolles, Gator Swim Club, Loggerhead, Tampa, and Daytona Beach head north Florida Teams.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura, East Coast Aquatic Club, Hialeah, Boca Raton Swim Team, St. Andrew’s, Pine Crest Swimming, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Hurricane Swimming, TS Aquatics, YMCA of South Florida and host Plantation Swim Team.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: USA Swimming Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

WHEN: Thursday-Sunday

SCHEDULE: Thursday, finals 4:15 p.m.; Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Warm-ups 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation.

OF NOTE: Admission $5 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information go to http://www.swimpst.com.

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