Smutny, Fungairino Win On Opening Night Of SOFLO Distance and IMX/IMR Challenge


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, October 13, 2017–Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks and Aitor Fungairino of Metro Aquatics won the first event of the Distance and IMX/IMR Challenge Friday night at Academic Village Pool.

Smutny, 17, won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:12.80 ahead of SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, 17, who was second in a lifetime-best 10:19.28, shaving 4.19 seconds off her previous best.

SOFLO teammate Mallory Schleicher, 13, was third in 10:44.12, also a best time, dropping an impressive 41.48 seconds. Her previous best was 11:25.60.

Fungairino, 17, won the boys’ 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:35.56, off his best time of 9:29.86.

Rafael Rodriguez, 15, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing third in a lifetime-best 9:38.81, dropping 17.98 seconds off his previous best.

The three-day meet continues Saturday with two sessions.

Swimmers will get the opportunity to get some much-needed racing in and a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.

Up-and-coming swimmers will compete in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. All sessions are timed finals.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

The IMR Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

On Saturday, the 10-and-under and 11-12 IMR events are 100 IM, 200 IM, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle and begin at 8:30 a.m. The 13-and-over 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 400 IM begin 12:30 p.m.

On Sunday at 8:30 a.m., the 10-and-under and 12-and-under events are 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 50 butterfly and 100 butterfly. The 13-and-over events begin at noon and include the 200 butterfly, 200 IM and 500 freestyle.

In addition to SOFLO, among other Florida Gold Coast teams competing are AquaKids Sharks, City of Miami Parks, Hialeah, YMCA, Hurricanes Swimming, Azura, Gulliver, Flying Fish, Shelton Doral, SWAT and Pompano Beach.

The meet has attracted age group swimmers and several high school swimmers preparing for the upcoming district meets.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

1,000-yard freestyle: Open, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 10:12.80, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 10:19.28, time drop, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 10:44.12, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Paige Lane 10:56.00, time drop, 8. Molly Golding 11:04.73, time drop, 11. Sarah Acevedo 11:09.48, time drop, 13. Jennifer Rodriguez 11:15.92, time drop, 14. Sara Quintero 11:16.80, time drop, 18. Maya Coffey 11:27.05, 20. Alexis Christensen 11:44.82, 21. Emma Twombly 11:47.21, time drop, 22. Sabrina Osorio 11:48.45, 27. Valerie Vank 12:05.90, 29. Sofia Osorio 12:07.82, 30. Victoria Torres 12:08.36, 31. Leah Pando 12:17.42, 33. Kerry Cunningham 12:27.72, 34. Jena Legaspi 12:29.73, time drop, 36. Mia Escudero 12:31.11, 38. Giada Porven 12:33.03, 40. Luna Delgado 12:38.27, 42. LeeAnn Ranalli 12:45.17, 46. Fiorella DiSalvo 12:50.76, 49. Kailey Smith 12:54.35, 51. Mariann Catalasan 13:10.50, 53. Natalia Sibug 13:24.77, 54. Anastasia Lutz 13:51.61.

BOYS

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Aitor Fungairino, MAC 9:35.56, 2. Andres Lares, Azura 9:37.55, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 9:38.81, time drop; SOFLO: 7. Ricky Roche 9:55.37, 11. Leonardo Mateus 10:09.64, 12. CJ Kopecki 10:15.60, 13. Joseph Lee 10:16.35, time drop, 15. Luis Villanueva 10:23.29, 16. Samuel Quintero 10:29.73, time drop, 18. Sebastian Lares 10:33.27, time drop, 21. Luke Lezotte 10:34.42, 22. Nicholas Munoz 10:37.02, 25. Juan Diaz 10:38.75, 28. Enrique Rdriguez 10:46.87, 29. Lance Lesage 10:47.11, time drop, 30. Javier Roman 10:48.02, time drop, 31. Yannai Michael 10:48.92, 33. Juan Serna 10:51.37, 34. John Paul Handel 10:54.25, time drop, 35. Juan Colmenares 10:59.80, 37. Brennan Binder 11:01.92, 39. Alejandro Mateus 11:21.97, time drop, 40. Christian Tijero 11:26.06, time drop, 41. Christopher Hau 11:26.40, time drop, 42. Roberto Garrido 11:28.60, time drop, 43. Alessandro Pereira 11:29.58, 44. Alex Golding 11:30.14, 45. Nathaniel Garrick 11:31.47, 47. Moises Rodriguez 11:38.50, 48. Aldo Zepeda 11:40.06, 49. Juancamilo Rivero 11:41.44, 51. Logan Gonzalez 11:46.35, time drop, 52. Chris Vasquez 11:48.82, time drop, 53. Javier Colmenares 11:53.54, time drop, 54. Lucas Porven 12:13.57, time drop, 57. Samuel Bullen 12:29.57, 61. Matthew Kim 13:10.08.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: SOFLO IMR/IMX Challenge

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday

SCHEDULE: Saturday, IMX/IMR, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Sunday, IMX/IMR, 8:30 a.m. and noon.

WHERE: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

OF NOTE: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are available free at http://www.soflomeets.info/IMX or on Meet Mobile. For information call the swim office, 954-538-3721.

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

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Broward, Miami-Dade Schools Re-Open Monday; High School Swim Meets Likely to Resume This Week


By Sharon Robb

September 17, 2017—Still in the midst of recovery and repairs after Hurricane Irma, Broward County and Miami-Dade public schools are scheduled to re-open on Monday with a full day of classes.

According to a Saturday announcement on Broward Schools’ social media, “the District looks forward to welcoming all students and employees back to school on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.”

District officials also added that before and after-school programs will also resume on Monday. Buses may face delays with some roadways to schools still waiting to be cleared.

Miami-Dade County public schools will also re-open on Monday according to school superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who made the announcement on Sunday afternoon.

Not all Miami-Dade schools will have air conditioning in all parts of their schools. The buildings have been inspected and deemed safe. However, there may be some power interruptions during the day.

“There may be delays, inconvenience and a bit of discomfort,” Carvalho said on Twitter. “We ask for your patience as we transition back to school.”

Public schools in both counties also announced all students will receive not only the free breakfast to which they are entitled but a free lunch for the foreseeable future.

Several private and charter schools are also planning to re-open on Monday.

No athletic events have been held in nearly two weeks in either county.

The Florida High School Activities Association granted its schools statewide permission to practice on Sunday if it was possible in an effort to catch up.

The Broward County Athletic Association’s Rocky Gillis and other officials plan to inspect football fields at each of its member schools on Monday. If they are in good condition, the schedule for Week 5 would go on as planned.

The BCAA postponed all golf, cross country and swimming competitions for Monday and Tuesday and will make a decision by Monday night when to resume. Girls’ volleyball is expected to resume on Tuesday depending on gymnasium conditions at each school.

Many Florida Gold Coast club team swimmers stayed in shape with dry land training off site in homes and garages including South Florida Aquatic Club with Bridge Athletics, which designed an eight-day training schedule for athletes to maintain strength and flexibility while out of the pool. Age group and senior coaches stayed in contact with their swimmers and dry land workouts.

As of last Wednesday, SOFLO’s home Academic Village Pool was up and running thanks to the tireless efforts of the City of Pembroke Pines and SOFLO coaches and support team. Pool chemicals are balanced and facility is safe. High school and club swimmers resumed training on Thursday.

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

SOFLO Hosts TYR Aviation Sizzler And Developmental Meet Saturday At Academic Village Pool


By Sharon Robb

August 18, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club will be flying high when it hosts the TYR Aviation Sizzler and Developmental Meet Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Every swimmer that competes in the Florida Gold Coast meet will receive a SOFLO toy airplane in honor of National Aviation Day, a U.S. national observation established in 1939 that celebrates the development and history of aviation.

The sizzler and developmental meets are for young swimmers working on honing their skills including strokes and turns and for swimmers who have not achieved a USS Motivational B time. The session will feature swimmers 6-and-under, 7-8 and 9-14.

Among visiting teams competing are Metro Aquatics, AquaKids Sharks and YMCA.

SOFLO will have 32 swimmers (16 girls, 16 boys) in 114 individual events and six relay teams in three relay events.

SOFLO swimmers are: Madison Adkins, 11; Mackenzie Ahearn, 14; Gabriella Arauz, 12; Johnny Bastos, 14; Samira Borges, 9; Sebastien Bourjolly, 14; Sebastian Bozeman, 11; Alexis Christensen, 11; Preston Christensen, 7; Kaitlyn Consuegra, 11; Samantha Creason, 12; Pilar Duranti, 9; Isabella Gomez, 11; Andrea Guerrero, 14; Luca Hincapie, 11; Lorenzo Laurentys, 10; Gabriella Lissa, 12; Brandon Lozano, 7; Sofia Lugo, 8; Jason Moya, 8; Kevin Moya, 10; Diego Nazario-Vazquez, 11; Mitchell Pecci, 14; Justin Rodriguez, 13; Abigail Scalzitti, 10; Gavin Sheyda, 11; Natalia Sibug, 11; Adrian Sowma, 8; Ahana Thakur, 12; Aryav Thakur, 8; Oleksi Viazmetinov, 8; and Elizabeth Volovich, 10.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Aryav Thakur, 25-yard butterfly, 25.56; 25-yard backstroke, 23.38.

Natalia Sibug, 50-yard butterfly, 39.05.

Mitchell Pecci, 50-yard backstroke, 39.37.

Sofia Lugo, 25-yard freestyle, 17.88.

Alexis Christensen, 100-yard individual medley, 1:27.60.

Brandon Lozano, 25-yard breaststroke, 27.55.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO TYR Aviation Sizzler and Developmental Meet

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $4. Heat sheets are available free of charge on Meet Mobile and soflomeets.info/Aviation. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Sweep Event, Come Up Big On Day One At FGC Area 3 Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 14, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swept the boys’ 13-14 400-meter individual medley to highlight opening day action in the Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Long Course Developmental Championships at Academic Village Pool.

Juan Colmenares, 13, (5:12.97, time drop), Marcos Vazquez, 14, (5:16.36, time drop) and John Paul Handal, 14, (5:27.42) swept the top three spots in the 400 IM.

SOFLO teammate Enrique Rodriguez, 12, won the 11-12 400 IM in a best time 5:31.40.

Juan Colmenares, 13, also won the 13-14 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:11.09.

SOFLO’s Sabrina Osorio, 12, won the 11-12 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:50.63.

Other top three SOFLO finishers were:

Luca Hincapie, 10, was second in the 7-10 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:50.95.

Benjamin Kim, 9, was second in the 7-10 200-meter individual medley in 3:19.93.

Nathaniel Garrick, 12, (2:50.27, time drop) and Aldo Zepeda, 12, (2:52.75, time drop) finished one-two in the 11-12 200-meter individual medley.

Sara Quintero, 13, was second in the 13-14 200-meter freestyle in 2:21.74 and second in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:39.02.

Chris Vasquez, 13, was third in the 13-14 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:37.14.

Yannai Michael, 13, was third in the 13-14 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:57.53.

Rebekah Ling, 15, was second in the 15-18 200-meter freestyle in 2:25.51, second in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 5:12.70 and third in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:50.57.

Leah Pando, 11, was third in the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in 5:31.57.

Swimmers are getting the chance to compete in the last-chance qualifying meet to make time standards for both the July 21-23 FGC Junior Olympics at Sailfish Waterpark in Stuart and July 28-30 Senior Championships at Coral Springs.

There are two other FGC Area Championships being held simultaneously. Sunrise is hosting the Area 2 Championships and Boca Raton Swim Team is hosting the Area 1 Championships at Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle: 7-10, 1. Gioia Balzano, MSA 2:48.42, 2. Anna Paulino, OSC 2:52.95, 3. Paola Negrin, FFSC 2:55.69; SOFLO: 5. Sarah Vasquez 3:06.13, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sophia Diaz, MAC 2:24.84, 2. Luna Balzano, MSA 2:31.95, 3. Aria Torretta, GRSC 2:32.06; SOFLO: 5. Sabrina Osorio 2:33.83, time drop, 6. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:34.38, time drop, 12. Kerry Cunningham 2:37.37, time drop, 13. Leah Pando 2:38.00, time drop, 15. Reagan Lowe 2:39.25, 16. Victoria Torres 2:40.33, time drop, 18. Luna Delgado 2:40.09, time drop, 20. Natalia Sibug 2:46.53, time drop, 21. Kailey Smith 2:46.63, 22. Judith-Alison Natino 2:48.88, time drop; 13-14, 1. Ysabella Farias, ASC 2:19.58, 2. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 2:21.74, 3. Deborah Alarcon, GRSC 2:22.78; SOFLO: 10. Kalin Hubbard 2:28.23, time drop, 12. Jena Legaspi 2:30.23, time drop, 25. Shayna Blitz 2:46.65; 15-18, 1. Valentina Rios, FFSC 2:23.56, 2. Rebekah Ling, SOFLO 2:25.51, 3. Juliet Pizano, MS 2:32.46.

200-meter individual medley: 7-10, 1. Maria Grant, GRSC 3:10.59, 2. Sofia Moreno, GRSC 3:11.13, 3. Katelyn Gembicki, GRSC 3:13.88; 11-12, 1. Sabrina Osorio, SOFLO 2:50.63, time drop, 2. Aria Torretta, GRSC 2:53.43, 3. Corley Smith, FKSC 2:54.61; SOFLO: 4. Kerry Cunningham 2:55.59, time drop, 5. Natalia Sibug 2:57.79, time drop, 6. Leah Pando 2:57.92, 7. Alexis Christensen 2:57.94, time drop, 8. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:58.22, time drop, 9. Victoria Torres 3:01.85, 12. Mariann Catalasan 3:04.72, time drop, 13. Luna Delgado 3:05.63, time drop, 16. Kailey Smith 3:08.96, time drop, 18. Judith-Alison Natino 3:15.76, time drop; 13-14, 1. Deborah Alarcon, GRSC 2:38.92, 2. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 2:39.02, time drop, 3. Iliana Ravelo, ASC 2:41.12; SOFLO: 5. Jena Legaspi 2:45.82, time drop, 8. Kalin Hubbard 2:50.82; 15-18, 1. Stephie Deybach, MS 2:47.14, 2. Jenneily Montes, BMHG 2:48.72, 3. Rebekah Ling, SOFLO 2:50.57.

400-meter freestyle: 7-10, 1. Corina Wong, MAC 5:38.61, 2. Emiliana Chacon, CM 5:49.02, 3. Katelyn Gembicki, GRSC 5:49.73; SOFLO: 8. Sarah Vasquez 6:29.51; 11-12, 1. Natalie Gembicki, Gulliver 5:25.88, 2. Jennifer Suarez, Blue Marlins 5:26.62, 3. Leah Pando, SOFLO 5:31.57; SOFLO: 5. Luna Delgado 5:39.50, 9. Mariann Catalasan 5:51.03, time drop; 13-14, 1. Ysabella Farias, ASC 4:49.53, 2. Iliana Ravelo, ASC 4:57.45, 3. Chloe Gonzalez, MS 5:01.58; 15-18, 1. Stephie Deybach, MS 5:01.52, 2. Rebekah Ling, SOFLO 5:12.70, time drop

400-meter individual medley: No Entries

BOYS

200-meter freestyle: 7-10, 1. Andy Rueda, MLB 2:47.14, 2. Luca Hincapie, SOFLO 2:50.95, time drop, 3. Peyton Selts, GRSC 2:50.96; 11-12, 1. Marco Cancio, CM 2:33.26, 2. Ivan Grass, GRSC 2:34.68, 3. Johnny Lenz Cesar, GRSC 2:37.06; 13-14, 1. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 2:11.09, time drop, 2. Javier Marrero, FFSC 2:12.74, 3. Carlos Lezcano, MAC 2:13.84; SOFLO: 6. Ty Lezotte 2:17.56, time drop, 8. Chris Vasquez 2:20.19, time drop, 9. Ryan Alfonso 2:20.33, time drop, 12. John Paul Handal 2:21.66; 15-18, 1. Manuel Marrero, ASC 2:11.62, 2. Pancho Beron-Vera, MS 2:12.63, 3. Sebastian Puentes, MAC 2:13.32; SOFLO: 6. Gabriel Quiros 2:16.98, time drop, 11. Roberto Garrido 2:19.84, time drop.

200-meter individual medley: 7-10, 1. Joshua Barreto, Unattached 3:14.29, 2. Benjamin Kim, SOFLO 3:19.93, time drop, 3. Nahuel Balade, CM 3:30.58; 11-12, 1. Nathaniel Garrick, SOFLO 2:50.27, time drop, 2. Aldo Zepeda, SOFLO 2:52.75, time drop, 3. Carlos Osorio, CM 2:52.80; SOFLO: 4. Matthew Kim 2:55.95, time drop, 7. Samuel Bullen 3:01.76, time drop; 13-14, 1. Eddy Chen, GRSC 2:35.79, 2. Javier Marrero, FFSC 2:36.88, 3. Chris Vasquez, SOFLO 2:37.14, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Alex Golding 2:40.24, time drop, 10. Mark Andre De Gracia 2:46.40; 15-18, 1. Tomas Farias, ASC 2:30.87, 2. Zach Schechter, CANE 2:32.56, 3. Pancho Beron-Vera, MS 2:33.24.

400-meter freestyle: 7-10, 1. Peyton Selts, GRSC 6:03.55, 2. Leonardo Lopez-Casula, HSC 6:07.00, 3. Andy Rueda, MLB 6:20.75; 11-12, 1. Ernesto Cabrera, MAC 5:24.85, 2. Marco Cancio, CM 5:27.41, 3. Johnn Lenz Cesar, GRSC 5:37.72; SOFLO: 5. Gavin Sheyda 6:02.79; 13-14, 1. Byron Norris, CANE 4:42.05, 2. Sebastian Pacheco, MAC 4:50.19, 3. Yannai Michael, SOFLO 4:57.53, time drop; 15-18, 1. Michael Sanchez, ASC 4:31.35, 2. Sebastian Velazquez, MAC 4:37.78, 3. Osmany Rivero, BMHG 4:50.14; SOFLO: 4. Roberto Garrido 5:01.40, time drop.

400-meter individual medley: 11-12, 1. Enrique Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:31.40, time drop; 13-14, 1. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 5:12.97, time drop, 2. Marcos Vazquez, SOFLO 5:16.36, time drop, 3. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 5:27.42; 15-18, 1. Tomas Farias, ASC 5:33.22.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, Session II, 8:30 a.m.-12:33 p.m., Session III, 5 p.m.-6:34 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 8:30 a.m.-1:39 p.m., Session V, 5-6:33 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Teams: (26) SOFLO, AquaKids Sharks, Amphibius Assault Swim Team, Atlantis Swim Club, Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens, Bone Island Swim Club, Hurricane Aquatics, City of Miami Swim Team, Devilray’s Swim Club, FLA Aquatics, Florida Keys Swim Club, Flying Fish Swim Club, FIU Swimming, Gulliver Swim Club, Hialeah Swim Club, Metro Aquatics, Miami Beach Seahawks, Mater Lakes Bears Swim Team, Miami County Day Aquatics, Miami Swimming, North Miami Swim Team, Shelton Doral Swim Team, Southern Wahoos Aquatic Team, Swim Gym Swim Team, and University of Miami.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session, heat sheets are available free of charge on Meet Mobile and soflomeets.info/Area 3. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Atlantis, Gulliver Swim Clubs Win Eleven Races At FGC Area 3 Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 14, 2017—Atlantis Swim Club and Gulliver Swim Club combined for eleven individual wins on opening night of the Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Long Course Developmental Championships at Academic Village Pool.

Led by double winners Ysabella Farias, 13, and Tomas Farias, 17, Atlantis Swim Club won four boys and two girls individual events.

Ysabella Farias swept the freestyle events. She won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:19.58 with a 5.30 time drop and 400-meter freestyle in 4:49.53, another best time with a 14.19 time drop.

Tomas Farias swept the medley races. He won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:30.87 and 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:33.22 with a time drop of 10.31.

Gulliver Swim Club had five winners including three girls and two boys.

For Gulliver girls, Maria Grant, 10, won the 200-meter IM in 3:10.59 with a 13.07 time drop; Deborah Alarcon, 13, in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:38.93 with a time drop of 7.65; and Natalie Gembicki, 12, won the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 5:25.88 with a drop of 3.51.

Gulliver boys were led by Eddy Chen, 13, who won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:35.79, a 3.18 time drop and Peyton Selts, 10, in the 400-meter freestyle in 6:03.55 with a time drop of 10.35.

Other individual winners were:

Girls 200-meter freestyle: Gioia Balzano, 9, Miami Swimming, 2:48.42, 19.79 time drop; Sophia Diaz, 12, Metro Aquatics 2:24.84; and Valentina Rios, 16, Flying Fish 2:23.56, 1.73 time drop.

Girls 200-meter individual medley: Sabrina Osorio, 12, SOFLO, 2:50.63, 2.81 time drop; Stephie Deybach, 15, Miami Swimming 2:47.14.

Girls 400-meter freestyle: Corina Wong, 10, Metro Aquatics 5:38.61, 43.55 drop; Stephie Deybach, 15, Miami Swimming, 5:01.52, 16.88 drop.

Boys 200-meter freestyle: Andy Rueda, 10, Miami Beach Seahawks, 2:47.14; Marco Cancio, 11, City of Miami 2:33.26, 8.04 time drop; Juan Colmenares, 13, SOFLO, 2:11.09, 4.96; Manuel Marrero, 15, ASC, 2:11.62, 1.12 time drop

Boys 200-meter individual medley: Joshua Barreto, 9, Unattached 3:14.29, time drop; Nathaniel Garrick, 12, SOFLO, 2:50.27, 4.08 drop.

Boys 400-meter freestyle: Ernesto Cabrera, 12, Metro Aquatics 5:24.85, 41.32 drop; Byron Norris, 14, Hurricane Swimming 4:42.05, 6.52 drop; Michael Sanchez, 16, ASC, 4:31.35, 39.36 drop.

Swimmers are getting the chance to compete in the last-chance qualifying meet to make time standards for both the July 21-23 FGC Junior Olympics at Sailfish Waterpark in Stuart and July 28-30 Senior Championships at Coral Springs.

There are two other FGC Area Championships being held simultaneously. Sunrise is hosting the Area 2 Championships and Boca Raton Swim Team is hosting the Area 1 Championships at Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle: 7-10, 1. Gioia Balzano, MSA 2:48.42, 2. Anna Paulino, OSC 2:52.95, 3. Paola Negrin, FFSC 2:55.69; 11-12, 1. Sophia Diaz, MAC 2:24.84, 2. Luna Balzano, MSA 2:31.95, 3. Aria Torretta, GRSC 2:32.06; 13-14, 1. Ysabella Farias, ASC 2:19.58, 2. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 2:21.74, 3. Deborah Alarcon, GRSC 2:22.78; 15-18, 1. Valentina Rios, FFSC 2:23.56, 2. Rebekah Ling, SOFLO 2:25.51, 3. Juliet Pizano, MS 2:32.46.

200-meter individual medley: 7-10, 1. Maria Grant, GRSC 3:10.59, 2. Sofia Moreno, GRSC 3:11.13, 3. Katelyn Gembicki, GRSC 3:13.88; 11-12, 1. Sabrina Osorio, SOFLO 2:50.63, time drop, 2. Aria Torretta, GRSC 2:53.43, 3. Corley Smith, FKSC 2:54.61; 13-14, 1. Deborah Alarcon, GRSC 2:38.92, 2. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 2:39.02, time drop, 3. Iliana Ravelo, ASC 2:41.12; 15-18, 1. Stephie Deybach, MS 2:47.14, 2. Jenneily Montes, BMHG 2:48.72, 3. Rebekah Ling, SOFLO 2:50.57.

400-meter freestyle: 7-10, 1. Corina Wong, MAC 5:38.61, 2. Emiliana Chacon, CM 5:49.02, 3. Katelyn Gembicki, GRSC 5:49.73; 11-12, 1. Natalie Gembicki, Gulliver 5:25.88, 2. Jennifer Suarez, Blue Marlins 5:26.62, 3. Leah Pando, SOFLO 5:31.57; 13-14, 1. Ysabella Farias, ASC 4:49.53, 2. Iliana Ravelo, ASC 4:57.45, 3. Chloe Gonzalez, MS 5:01.58; 15-18, 1. Stephie Deybach, MS 5:01.52, 2. Rebekah Ling, SOFLO 5:12.70, time drop.

400-meter individual medley: No Entries

BOYS

200-meter freestyle: 7-10, 1. Andy Rueda, MLB 2:47.14, 2. Luca Hincapie, SOFLO 2:50.95, time drop, 3. Peyton Selts, GRSC 2:50.96; 11-12, 1. Marco Cancio, CM 2:33.26, 2. Ivan Grass, GRSC 2:34.68, 3. Johnny Lenz Cesar, GRSC 2:37.06; 13-14, 1. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 2:11.09, time drop, 2. Javier Marrero, FFSC 2:12.74, 3. Carlos Lezcano, MAC 2:13.84; 15-18, 1. Manuel Marrero, ASC 2:11.62, 2. Pancho Beron-Vera, MS 2:12.63, 3. Sebastian Puentes, MAC 2:13.32.

200-meter individual medley: 7-10, 1. Joshua Barreto, Unattached 3:14.29, 2. Benjamin Kim, SOFLO 3:19.93, time drop, 3. Nahuel Balade, CM 3:30.58; 11-12, 1. Nathaniel Garrick, SOFLO 2:50.27, time drop, 2. Aldo Zepeda, SOFLO 2:52.75, time drop, 3. Carlos Osorio, CM 2:52.80; 13-14, 1. Eddy Chen, GRSC 2:35.79, 2. Javier Marrero, FFSC 2:36.88, 3. Chris Vasquez, SOFLO 2:37.14, time drop; 15-18, 1. Tomas Farias, ASC 2:30.87, 2. Zach Schechter, CANE 2:32.56, 3. Pancho Beron-Vera, MS 2:33.24.

400-meter freestyle: 7-10, 1. Peyton Selts, GRSC 6:03.55, 2. Leonardo Lopez-Casula, HSC 6:07.00, 3. Andy Rueda, MLB 6:20.75; 11-12, 1. Ernesto Cabrera, MAC 5:24.85, 2. Marco Cancio, CM 5:27.41, 3. Johnn Lenz Cesar, GRSC 5:37.72; 13-14, 1. Byron Norris, CANE 4:42.05, 2. Sebastian Pacheco, MAC 4:50.19, 3. Yannai Michael, SOFLO 4:57.53, time drop; 15-18, 1. Michael Sanchez, ASC 4:31.35, 2. Sebastian Velazquez, MAC 4:37.78, 3. Osmany Rivero, BMHG 4:50.14.

400-meter individual medley: 11-12, 1. Enrique Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:31.40, time drop; 13-14, 1. Juan Colmenares, SOLO 5:12.97, time drop, 2. Marcos Vazquez, SOFLO 5:16.36, time drop, 3. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 5:27.42; 15-18, 1. Tomas Farias, ASC 5:33.22.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, Session II, 8:30 a.m.-12:33 p.m., Session III, 5 p.m.-6:34 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 8:30 a.m.-1:39 p.m., Session V, 5-6:33 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Teams: (26) SOFLO, AquaKids Sharks, Amphibius Assault Swim Team, Atlantis Swim Club, Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens, Bone Island Swim Club, Hurricane Aquatics, City of Miami Swim Team, Devilray’s Swim Club, FLA Aquatics, Florida Keys Swim Club, Flying Fish Swim Club, FIU Swimming, Gulliver Swim Club, Hialeah Swim Club, Metro Aquatics, Miami Beach Seahawks, Mater Lakes Bears Swim Team, Miami County Day Aquatics, Miami Swimming, North Miami Swim Team, Shelton Doral Swim Team, Southern Wahoos Aquatic Team, Swim Gym Swim Team, and University of Miami.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session, heat sheets are available free of charge on Meet Mobile and soflomeets.info/Area 3. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Hosts Area 3 Championships That Begin Friday At Academic Village Pool


By Sharon Robb

July 13, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club will host 502 swimmers and 26 teams at the Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Long Course Developmental Championships.

SOFLO swimmers will get the opportunity to compete in their home pool at Academic Village.

SOFLO heads the talented field that also features AquaKids Sharks, Gulliver Swim Club and Metro Aquatics among 21 teams and 5 unattached teams.

Swimmers will get the chance to compete in the last-chance qualifying meet to make time standards for both the July 21-23 FGC Junior Olympics at Sailfish Waterpark in Stuart and July 28-30 Senior Championships at Coral Springs.

The meet begins on Friday at 5 p.m. Two sessions, prelims and finals, are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

SOFLO has 96 swimmers entered in 495 individual events. Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Benjamin Kim, 9, 7-10, 100-meter backstroke, 1:36.44.

Yanjun Wang, 12, 11-12, 100-meter backstroke, 1:26.57; 50-meter freestyle, 32.14.

Alana Acevedo, 15, 15-18, 100-meter backstroke, 1:20.42; 100-meter freestyle, 1:07.23; 100-meter butterfly, 1:13.56.

Luna Delgado, 11, 11-12, 50-meter butterfly, 36.61.

Katherine De Barros, 16, 15-18, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:29.09; 200-meter breaststroke, 3:11.48.

Derek Hau, 9, 7-10, 50-meter freestyle, 36.53; 50-meter breaststroke, 49.43.

Emma Twombly, 13, 13-14, 50-meter freestyle, 30.76; 100-meter freestyle, 1:06.95.

Juan Colmenares, 13, 13-14, 50-meter freestyle, 28.34.

Marcos Vazquez, 14, 11-18, 200-meter butterfly, 2:37.98.

Fiorella Di Salvo, 9, 7-10, 100-meter freestyle, 1:21.22.

LeeAnn Ranalli, 14, 13-14, 50-meter backstroke, 36.93.

Mia Escudero, 12, 11-12, 100-meter butterfly, 1:23.21.

Andrea Guerreri, 14, 13-14, 100-meter butterfly, 1:15.00; 11-12, 200-meter backstroke, 2:46.00.

Kaitlyn Barrios, 11, 11-12, 50-meter breaststroke, 43.16.

Logan Gonzalez, 12, 11-18, 1500-meter freestyle, 21:52.37.

SOFLO also has eleven of its 23 relay teams seeded first in 14 relay events.

For the long course meet, host officials will use chase starts for the first time at the meet to help expedite Saturday and Sunday prelims.

There are two other FGC Area Championships being held simultaneously. Sunrise is hosting the Area 2 Championships and Boca Raton Swim Team is hosting the Area 1 Championships at Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Championships

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 5-8:19 p.m.; Saturday, Session II, 8:30 a.m.-12:33 p.m., Session III, 5 p.m.-6:34 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 8:30 a.m.-1:39 p.m., Session V, 5-6:33 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Teams: (26) SOFLO, AquaKids Sharks, Amphibius Assault Swim Team, Atlantis Swim Club, Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens, Bone Island Swim Club, Hurricane Aquatics, City of Miami Swim Team, Devilray’s Swim Club, FLA Aquatics, Florida Keys Swim Club, Flying Fish Swim Club, FIU Swimming, Gulliver Swim Club, Hialeah Swim Club, Metro Aquatics, Miami Beach Seahawks, Mater Lakes Bears Swim Team, Miami County Day Aquatics, Miami Swimming, North Miami Swim Team, Shelton Doral Swim Team, Southern Wahoos Aquatic Team, Swim Gym Swim Team, and University of Miami.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session, heat sheets are available free of charge on Meet Mobile and soflomeets.info/Area 3. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

TYR MARCH SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Ricardo Roche


By Sharon Robb

May 12, 2017—Two years ago Ricardo Roche got serious about his swimming and it’s made a world of difference.

“I was always competitive and I always wanted to be my best, but two years ago I started looking at cuts and wanting to go out of town to meets,” the South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer said.

“I started to mature and got a little more dedicated. Coach beat me up more in workouts and I started going to the gym.”

The dedication has paid off for the Pembroke Pines Charter junior and SOFLO national team member.

Roche, 17, turned in his finest performance at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in his home pool at Academic Village. He swam six best times in individual events, was a member of three relays and now has three Junior National cut times.

Roche dropped 30.29 seconds off his previous best time winning the 1,650-yard freestyle. He finished in 15:44.80 and played a key role in SOFLO winning the combined team and men’s team titles.

In his other five events, he was:

Second in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:00.36, 8.73 time drop.

Third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:34.48, 8.28 time drop from 4:42.76.

Third in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:50.69, 3.59 time drop from 1:54.28.

Eighth in the 200-yard freestyle, 1:42.99, 3.92 time drop.

Eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.71, 1.64 time drop.

“I wanted to drop all of my times and I got the times I wanted to get,” Roche said. “This was really big, it was my best meet. I got my Junior National cuts and I am moving up.”

Roche finished fifth in high point in the open division with 115 points.

Roche has been swimming for 13 years. He learned the basics in Mexico, where he was born, and continued in South Florida when his family moved. Roche has dual citizenship and can compete for both Mexico and U.S. He has been on the national team since his freshman year of high school.

“I am happy about how I am doing,” Roche said. “I don’t think I am super surprised. I do work hard even though sometimes I slack and tend to miss a practice. But I give it my best.”

Roche played soccer in Mexico but gave it up for swimming.

“I just like the sport, I love the water,” Roche said. “I have a passion for it. I’m not sure why, I just do.”

Roche trains six days a week with his SOFLO teammates. He has three junior national cuts in the mile, 800 freestyle and 200 backstroke.

“I think I am bigger, stronger and faster and that’s helped me improve,” said Roche, now motivated by the prospect of earning a college scholarship and competing internationally.

“College is the goal for sure,” Roche said. “A few years ago I didn’t really focus on it. I didn’t think about it back then. But now I started to focus on it a lot. I am narrowing my goals for the future.”

Roche is the only swimmer in his family. Younger brother Carlo, 15, is a talented cyclist who competes at the Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome.

“He is really good, but I am glad I chose swimming,” Roche said. “I was super excited after seniors. I got best times and the team won which was best of all.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com