South Florida Aquatic Club Goes Virtual With Training During COVID-19 Lockdown


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, April 6, 2020—After a dress rehearsal on Friday, South Florida Aquatic Club age group swimmers went virtual on Monday to maintain their health and fitness during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The brainchild of veteran age group coach Rose Lockie, the dryland sessions for Groups A and B were fun, challenging and educational. Lockie’s sessions are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the lockdown is lifted.

Coach Andrea Golding will hold sessions for the Dippers and Meteorites on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Lockie used an I.M. FIT sprint workout from U.S. Olympian and nine-time world champion Katie Hoff of CG Sports Network while incorporating her own ideas to conform to her swimmers.

Lockie watches Hoff’s daily online workout broadcasts, takes notes and researches before devising her own lesson plans. She first tries the ideas out on her son Travis, who joined her on Monday’s virtual broadcast, to see if they work or not.

By the looks of Monday’s two virtual classes, the swimmers seem to be enjoying the virtual training.

There were a variety of exercises and drills, from jumping jacks, burpees and squats to planks, starts, stretching and streamlining. To start each segment, Lockie, who coached from her home, started out clapping her hands to start a drill but could not be heard by her swimmers so whistled instead.

“Are you out of your mind,” joked Travis, who was sitting beside when she started whistling. “The whistling is better, isn’t it? Lockie asked her swimmers. Despite a brief hearing loss, Travis helped his mom demonstrate a few of the more intricate drills.

The swimmers, working out in their homes and backyards, also seemed to enjoy Lockie’s feedback and critiques. Even some of the swimmers’ dogs and cats were getting into the act.

“Let’s go Mariana….Juan, what are you doing, you’ve just been disqualified…that’s it, keep going….keep going Sophia…keep going Sarah…come on guys, this is something we have done a 1,000 times…good job Pilar, she’s got the balance…did everyone understand that…this squat position is for ankle flexibility which is what you need for swimming….it’s a stretch, not a big deal…get those knees all the way up, please…Sophia, if you keep going around in circles you’re going to get dizzy…please remember your hips do not touch the ground…Benji, that’s it, you got it….keep going, keep going, keep going…guys it’s only 40 seconds…very nice job guys.”

There was also a “who could hold the longest plank challenge” at the end of each session. Sarah Vasquez won Group A in 4:38 and Matthew Jimenez won Group B in 4:30.

Lockie also made sure to ask her swimmers about their home schooling and how they were doing with their homework stressing the importance of education during the lockdown.

“I was looking for different stuff I thought would be fun and beneficial for the kids that was all related to swimming,” Lockie said. “CG Sports Network runs something every day. I adjust them slightly for the kids. It’s been fun doing it actually.”

Lockie uses Zoom video conferencing to enable her to see each swimmer working out while the swimmers can also see Lockie and interact with her.

There is an eight swimmer-to-one coach ratio, adhering to USA Swimming guidelines. For the opening session, Lockie had 16 swimmers and another coach and for the second session seven swimmers with Lockie.

“I think the kids are enjoying it,” Lockie said. “They all know it’s not mandatory, it’s optional. All but two of my swimmers signed up. The dryland training is really beneficial. The coaches need to stay connected with the kids. We’re all working together.”

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

Defending Champion SOFLO Heads Field For This Week’s FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, March 9, 2020—It’s time for the South Florida Aquatic Club Sharks to make a little more history at this week’s Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic Short Course Championships at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

The defending champions will attempt to win their 11th JO short course title overall including ten consecutive and 21st JO short course and long course titles overall.

SOFLO has won back-to-back short and long course JO title seven times in the club’s 20-year history and are hoping to make it eight by the end of July.

SOFLO has 45 qualified swimmers entered in 222 individual events and 34 relay teams in 22 relay events for the three-day, short course yards meet that begins Friday and ends Sunday.

The 14-year-old SOFLO swimmers are making their final JO short course appearance before aging up and hope to make a lasting impression.

Among SOFLO’s top-seeded swimmers are:

Ryan Harries, 10, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:20.26; 50-yard breaststroke 36.69.

Maddy Smutny, 14, 200-yard butterfly, 2:05.02.

Alejandro Mateus, 14, 100-yard butterfly, 53.70; 200-yard individual medley, 2:03.82; 200-yard butterfly, 1:58.83.

Mariana Pinto, 12, 500-yard freestyle, 5:17.08; 200-yard freestyle, 2:00.34; 1,650-yard freestyle, 18:21.91.

Javier Colmenares, 13, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:16.33.

Connor Jimenez, 10, 50-yard backstroke, 32.78.

More than 600 swimmers and 40 teams are entered. The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

Among FGC teams competing are Pine Crest Swimming, Azura Florida Aquatics, East Coast, Heritage Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, TS Aquatics, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Miami Swimming, Jupiter Dragons, Wahoos of Wellington, Midtown Weston, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Ransom Everglades, FAST, Swim Fort Lauderdale and Gulliver.

Last year SOFLO won the combined team title with 936 points and Pine Crest was runner-up with 670 and boys’ team title with 524.5 and FAST with 401. Pine Crest won the girls’ team title with 429 and SOFLO was runner-up with 411 points.

IF YOU GO

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

When: Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m., prelims; 4:30 p.m. finals. Prelims warmup 7:30 a.m., finals warmup 3:30 p.m.

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

Of Note: Admission is $5 (cash only) for prelims and finals. Heat sheets will not be sold at the gate. Heat sheets are free and can be located at http://www.csscswim.com. Meet organizers will run two 25-yard pools with the boys in the East pool and girls in the West pool. Ten lanes will be used for both pools. For questions call 954-340-5032.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RECORDS
GIRLS

13-14 200-yard freestyle relay: Pine Crest Swimming, 2012, 1:35.14.

11-12 200-yard backstroke: Erika Pelaez, 2019, 2:01.58.

13-14 200-yard backstroke: Clara Smiddy, 2010, 1:56.98.

10-and-under 50-yard freestyle: Andrea Santander, 2012, 25.87.

11-12 50-yard freestyle: Aspen Gersper, 2018, 23.46.

13-14 50-yard freestyle: Erika Pelaez, 2019, 22.86.

10-and-under 100-yard breaststroke: Andrea Santander, 2012, 1:11.53.

11-12 100-yard breaststroke: Sara Lin, 2018, 1:04.93.

13-14 100-yard breaststroke: Lindsey McKnight, 2018, 1:01.73.

10-and-under 100-yard butterfly: Athena Kovacs, 2015, 1:02.09.

11-12 100-yard butterfly: Athena Kovacs, 2017, 55.82.

13-14, 100-yard butterfly: Jessica Nava, 2014, 54.05.

10-and-under 100-yard individual medley: Andrea Santander, 2012, 1:04.80.

11-12 100-yard individual medley: Megan Moroney, 2010, 59.27.

13-14 100-yard individual medley: Olivia Dinehart, 2019, 57.52.

10-and-under 500-yard freestyle: Becca Heller, 2004, 5:25.63.

11-12 500-yard freestyle, Trina Jackson, 1990, 4:52.79.

13-14 500-yard freestyle, Michelle Richardson, 1984, 4:42.14.

11-12 400-yard freestyle relay, St. Andrew’s, 2018, 3:42.49.

13-14, 800-yard freestyle relay, FLA Aquatics, 2008, 7:38.59.

10-and-under 200-yard medley relay: Eagles Aquatics, 2019, 2:03.35.

11-12 200-yard medley relay: St. Andrew’s, 2018, 1:52.43.

13-14 200-yard medley relay: Pine Crest Swimming, 2019, 1:46.55.

11-12 200-yard breaststroke: Sara Linn, 2018, 2:24.28.

13-14 200-yard breaststroke: Emily Kopas, 2010, 2:16.02.

10-and-under 200-yard freestyle: Erika Pelaez, 2017, 2:02.20.

11-12 200-yard freestyle: Andrea Santander, 2014, 1:51.84.

13-14 200-yard freestyle: Lauren Driscoll, 2008, 1:46.27.

10-and-under 50-yard butterfly: Athena Kovacs, 2015, 27.40.

11-12 50-yard butterfly: Athena Kovacs, 2017, 25.17.

13-14 50-yard butterfly: Erika Pelaez, 2019, 24.78.

10-and-under 100-yard backstroke: Erika Pelaez, 2017, 1:01.87.

11-12 100-yard backstroke: Erika Pelaez, 2019, 56.68.

13-14 100-yard backstroke: Erika Pelaez, 2019, 54.03.

10-and-under 200-yard freestyle relay: North Palm Beach, 2014, 1:54.56.

11-12 400-yard individual medley: Chelsea Britt, 2007, 4:28.63.

13-14 400-yard individual medley: Kathleen Golding, 2015, 4:17.41.

11-12 400-yard medley relay: St. Andrew’s, 2018, 4:08.89.

13-14 400-yard medley relay: Pine Crest Swimming, 2019, 3:53.92.

10-and-under 200-yard individual medley: Erika Pelaez, 2017, 2:18.57.

11-12 200-yard individual medley: Clara Smiddy, 2008, 2:03.50.

13-14 200-yard individual medley: Lindsey McKnight, 2008, 2:00.65.

10-and-under 100-yard freestyle: Erika Pelaez, 2017, 56.58.

11-12 100-yard freestyle: Erika Pelaez, 2019, 51.01.

13-14 100-yard freestyle: Erika Pelaez, 2019, 49.14.

10-and-under 50-yard backstroke: Gabriela Mendez, 2018, 28.67.

11-12 50-yard backstroke: Erika Pelaez, 2019, 26.33.

13-14 50-yard backstroke: Megan Murphy, 2018, 25.14.

10-and-under 50-yard breaststroke: Bianca Nieto, 2018, 33.57.

11-12 50-yard breaststroke: Sara Lin, 2018, 30.36.

13-14 50-yard breaststroke: Heidi Smithwick, 2018, 29.25.

11-12 200-yard butterfly: Chelsea Britt, 2007, 2:05.41.

13-14 200-yard butterfly: Chelsea Britt, 2008, 1:59.91.

11-12 200-yard freestyle relay: St. Andrew’s 2018, 1:40.90.

13-14 400-yard freestyle relay: Pine Crest Swimming, 2019, 3:31.54.

11-12 1,650-yard freestyle: Sharla Milne, 2004, 17:16.96.

13-14 1,650-yard freestyle: Michelle Richardson, 1984, 16:11.84.

BOYS

13-14 200-yard freestyle: Metro Aquatics, 2013, 1:30.14.

11-12 200-yard backstroke: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 1:52.47.

13-14 200-yard backstroke: Josh Zuchowski, 2019, 1:45.67.

10-and-under 50-yard freestyle: Kaii Winkler, 2017, 25.87.

11-12 50-yard freestyle: Marlon Matute, 2019, 22.45.

13-14 50-yard freestyle: Tiago Pereira, 2018, 20.92.

10-and-under 100-yard breaststroke: 2018, George Gonzalez, 2018, 1:11.03.

11-12 100-yard breaststroke: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 1:01.02.

13-14 100-yard breaststroke: Izaak Bastian, 2015, 57.19.

10-and-under 100-yard butterfly: Kaii Winkler, 2017, 59.37.

11-12 100-yard butterfly: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 54.11.

13-14 100-yard butterfly: Josh Zuchowski, 2019, 49.80.

10-and-under 100-yard individual medley: Josh Zuchowski, 2015, 1:02.78.

11-12 100-yard individual medley: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 53.95.

13-14 100-yard individual medley: Josh Zuchowski, 2018, 51.90.

10-and-under 500-yard freestyle: Kaii Winkler, 2017, 5:08.77.

11-12 500-yard freestyle: Rafael Rodriguez, 2014, 4:51.15.

13-14 500-yard freestyle: Aitor Fungarino, 2015, 4:33.22.

11-12 400-yard freestyle relay: Rockway, 2008, 3:37.58.

13-14 800-yard freestyle relay: FLST, 1998, 7:06.26.

10-and-under 200-yard medley relay: East Coast Aquatic Club, 2015, 2:02.44.

11-12 200-yard medley relay: FAST, 2017, 1:49.75.

13-14 200-yard medley relay: FAST, 1:39.50.

11-12 200-yard breaststroke: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 2:11.45.

13-14 200-yard breaststroke: Izaak Bastian, 2015, 2:04.13.

10-and-under 200-yard freestyle: Kaii Winkler, 2017, 1:56.41.

11-12 200-yard freestyle: Rafael Rodriguez, 2014, 1:49.19.

13-14 200-yard freestyle: Julien Pinon, 2013, 1:40.78.

10-and-under 50-yard butterfly: Kaii Winkler, 2017, 27.24.

11-12 50-yard butterfly: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 24.61.

13-14 50-yard butterfly: Tiago Pereira, 2018, 22.64.

10-and-under 100-yard backstroke: Josh Zuchowski, 2015, 59.61.

11-12 100-yard backstroke: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 53.00.

13-14 100-yard backstroke: Josh Zuchowski, 2019, 48.76.

10-and-under 200-yard freestyle relay: East Coast Aquatics, 2015, 1:50.06.

11-12 400-yard individual medley: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 4:07.81.

13-14 400-yard individual medley: Josh Zuchowski, 2019, 3:53.06.

11-12 400-yard medley relay: FAST, 2017, 4:02.34.

13-14 400-yard medley relay: Pine Crest Swimming, 2016, 3:38.46.

10-and-under 200-yard individual medley: Josh Zuchowski, 2015, 2:12.67.

11-12 200-yard individual medley: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 1:55.75.

13-14 200-yard individual medley: Josh Zuchowski, 2018, 1:50.21.

10-and-under 100-yard freestyle: Kaii Winkler, 2017, 54.83.

11-12 100-yard freestyle: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 50.12.

13-14 100-yard freestyle: Daniel Spas, 2009, 46.18.

10-and-under 50-yard backstroke: Josh Zuchowski, 2015, 27.78.

11-12 50-yard backstroke: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 24.65.

13-14 50-yard backstroke: Josh Zuchowski, 2019, 22.78.

10-and-under 50-yard breaststroke: George Gonzalez, 2018, 32.50.

11-12 50-yard breaststroke: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 27.68.

13-14 50-yard breaststroke: Izaak Bastian, 2015, 26.52.

11-12 200-yard butterfly: Josh Zuchowski, 2017, 1:58.23.

13-14 200-yard butterfly: Josh Zuchowski, 2019, 1:49.62.

11-12 200-yard freestyle relay: City of Hialeah Storm, 2017, 1:38.76.

13-14 400-yard freestyle relay: FLST 1998, 3:16.02.

11-12 1,650-yard freestyle: Rafael Rodriguez, 2014, 16:26.95.

13-14 1,650-yard freestyle: Tyler Sell, 2007, 15:45.40.

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

SOFLO Sharks Shine On Final Day Of FGC BB Championships South


By Sharon Robb

MIRAMAR, March 2, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers saved their best for last on the third and final day of the FGC BB Championships South Sunday at Miramar Regional Park Aquatic Complex.

The Sharks had nine individual champions and several Top 3 finishers.

SOFLO’s individual winners were:

Genesis Escobar, 12, 100-yard freestyle, 1:01.91, time drop.

Isabelle Wilson, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:21.54, time drop.

Jemma Baldwin, 9, 100-yard butterfly, 1:19.39, time drop.

Elise Dinehart, 11, 50-yard breaststroke, 36.65, time drop.

Sophia Bedoya, 17, 50-yard breaststroke, 36.02, time drop.

Sofia Gomez, 10, 50-yard backstroke 37.67, time drop; 200-yard individual medley, 2:49.23, time drop.

Pilar Duranti, 12, 50-yard backstroke 33.30; 200-yard individual medley, 2:29.11, time drop.

Mariann Catalasan, 13, 200-yard individual medley 2:23.45.

Hashan Ekanayake, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:17, time drop.

Among SOFLO Top 3 finishers were:
Mackenzie McPherson, 10, 100-yard freestyle, second 1:08.72, time drop; 200-yard individual medley, second 2:50.33, time drop; 50-yard breaststroke, third, 42.82, time drop.

Lydia Smutny, 11, 100-yard butterfly, second 1:10.67, time drop.

Gabriela Avila, 13, 200-yard individual medley, second 2:26.93, time drop.

Sofia Gomez, 10, 100-yard freestyle, third 1:09.96.

Sofia Bedoya, 17, 50-yard backstroke, third 32.44, time drop.

Juan Vallmitjana, 11, 200-yard breaststroke, second 2:58.14.

Giorgio Rusconi, 13, 200-yard breaststroke, second 2:38.18.

Ethan McPeek, 13, 200-yard backstroke, second 2:17.94.

Ryan Harries, 10, 100-yard butterfly, second 1:16.89, time drop.

Oleksii Viazmetinov, 10, 50-yard breaststroke, second 41.59, time drop.

Nicholas Pelaez, 13, 1,650-yard freestyle, third, 18:19.72, time drop.

In the mixed 200-yard medley relay competition, SOFLO won the 7-10, 13-14 and 15-18 age categories.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

Mixed 200-yard medley relay:
7-10, 1. SOFLO A 2:21.33, 2. Midtown Weston 2:28.94, 3. Hurricane Aquatics 2:31.78, 4. SOFLO B 2:32.09; 11-12, 1. Midtown Weston A 2:05.22, 2. Midtown Weston B 2:10.57, 3. SOFLO A 2:12.39; 13-14, 1. SOFLO A 1:57.29, 2. Midtown Weston A 1:59.12, 3. Azura 1:59.79, 5. SOFLO B 2:04.05; 15-18, 1. SOFLO A 1:59.62, 2. Hurricane 2:04.57.

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Karen Alcala, BM 2:58.02; 13-14, 1. Anastasia Lutz, Unattached 2:43.41; SOFLO: 8. Calista Harries 3:00.69; 15-18, 1. Karina Manrique, MWA 2:49.11.

100-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Stella McCranie, Azura 1:08.42; SOFLO: 2. Mackenzie McPherson 1:08.72, time drop, 3. Sofia Gomez 1:09.96, 10. Cherill Royalty 1:12.66, time drop, 18. Olivia Wilson 1:15.23, time drop; 11-12, 1. Genesis Escobar, SOFLO 1:01.91, time drop; SOFLO: 7. Sofia Lugo 1:04.40; 13-14, 1. Hannah Webb, MCDA 57.08; 15-18, 1. Marlene Garjo, Hurricane Aquatics 55.06.

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Karen Alcala, BM 2:35.57; SOFLO: 4. Alexandra Strong 2:42.17; 13-14, 1. Isabelle Wilson, SOFLO 2:21.54, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 2:32.01; 15-18, 1. Marlene Garijo, Hurricane Aquatics 2:21.83.

100-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:19.39, time drop; SOFLO: 8. Saree Young 1:30.12, time drop; 11-12, 1. Katja Milevska, Azura 1:10.29; SOFLO: 2. Lydia Smutny 1:10.67, time drop; 13-14, 1. Kendra Gomez, MWA 1:01.89; 15-18, 1. Lisette Burgos, MAC 1:05.20.

50-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Roxan Rodriguez, MWA 42.66; SOFLO: 3. Mackenzie McPherson 42.82, time drop, 10. Jordan Evans 44.77, 11. Jemma Baldwin 44.90, 14. Olivia Watson 45.55; 11-12, 1. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 36.65, time drop; 13-14, 1. Kendra Gomez, MWA 34.07; 15-18, 1. Sophia Bedoya, SOFLO 36.02, time drop.

50-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 37.67, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Jemma Baldwin 39.21, 6. Shelby Evans 40.12, time drop, 18. Olivia Wilson 42.52; 11-12, 1. Pilar Duranti, SOFLO 33.30; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Lugo 35.16, 6. Alexandra Strong 36.02, time drop; 13-14, 1. Reese Rosenthal, GRSC 31.52; 15-18, 1. Lisette Burgos, MAC 31.88; SOFLO: 3. Sophia Bedoya 32.44, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 2:49.23, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Mackenzie McPherson 2:50.33, time drop, 5. Saree Young 2:59.78, time drop, 8. Cherill Royalty 3:08.18, time drop; 11-12, 1. Pilar Duranti, SOFLO 2:29.11, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Genesis Escobar 2:36.84 time drop, 6. Elise Dinehart 2:37.01, time drop, 7. Sofia Lugo 2:39.72, time drop. 13-14, 1. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 2:23.45; SOFLO: 2. Gabriela Avila 2:26.93, time drop; 15-18, 1. Marlene Garijo, Hurricane Aquatics 2:18.49.

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Darly Yin, SF 22:09.21; 13-14, 1. Anna Kline, EA 19:06.59; 15-18, 1. Emma Twombly, MWA 20:17.13.

BOYS

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Lucas Young, Hurricane Aquatics 2:52.71; SOFLO: 2. Juan Vallmitjana 2:58.14; 13-14, 1. Thomas Fanjul, GRSC 2:37.61; SOFLO: 2. Giorgio Rusconi 2:38.18.

100-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Alexander Diaz, SF 1:09.92; SOFLO: 16. Martin Petkov 1:16.50, time drop, 20. Reed Woodward 1:17.23, 21. Eric Ferrer 1:17.31, time drop.

200-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 2:17, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Ethan McPeek 2:17.94; 15-18, 1. Joao Pedro Lenz Cesar, GRSC 2:12.

100-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 1:16.60; SOFLO: 2. Ryan Harries 1:16.89, time drop, 5. Reed Woodward 1:26.10, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 40.08; SOFLO: 2. Oleksii Viazmetinov 41.59, time drop, 15. Dylan McVeigh 46.82, 16. Martin Petkov 47.12, time drop, 18. Reed Woodward 48.03;

50-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Diego Vera, Unattached 37.39; SOFLO: 9. Eric Ferrer 40.85, time drop;

200-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 2:46.44; SOFLO: 5. Martin Petkov 3:04, time drop, 8. Dylan McVeigh 3:17.89;

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Axel Torres-Torres, GSC 21:30; 13-14, 1. Gabriel Tortola, Azura 17:48; SOFLO: 3. Nicholas Pelaez 18:19.72, time drop; 15-18, 1. Riley Garcia, Hurricane Aquatics 19:04.49.

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

SOFLO Sharks Have Another Good Showing On Day Two Of FGC BB Championships South


By Sharon Robb

MIRAMAR, March 1, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club Sharks turned in another good showing on Day Two of the FGC BB Championships South Saturday at Miramar Regional Park Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO had three individual winners. They were:

Genesis Escobar, 12, 50-yard butterfly, 32.15, time drop.

Nathan Kronen, 14, 50-yard freestyle, 25.05, time drop.

Hashan Ekanayake, 13, 200-yard freestyle, 1:57.70, time drop.

Among SOFLO’s Top 3 finishers were:

Sofia Lugo, 11, 100-yard backstroke, second 1:12.25, time drop; 50-yard freestyle, third, 29.04, time drop.

Mackenzie McPherson, 10, 100-yard individual medley, second 1:21.93, time drop; 200-yard freestyle, second, 2:35.31, time drop; 100-yard backstroke, third 1:20.16, time drop.

Sabrina Osorio, 15, 100-yard individual medley, second 1:07.26, time drop.

Pilar Duranti, 12, 50-yard freestyle, second 28.96, time drop.

Hartley Pitters-Hinds, 14, 100-yard backstroke, third, 1:08.47, time drop.

Sofia Gomez, 10, 100-yard breaststroke, second 1:32.01, time drop; 100-yard individual medley, third 1:21.94, time drop.

Mariann Catalasan, 13, 200-yard freestyle, third 2:09.33, time drop.

Alan Bertea, 16, 200-yard butterfly, second 2:12.95, time drop; 100-yard individual medley, third 1:00.90, time drop; 50-yard freestyle third 25.12.

Ethan McPeek, 13, 100-yard backstroke, second 1:05.76.

Mason Jimenez, 11, 50-yard butterfly, second 33.10, time drop.

Giorgio Rusconi, 13, 100-yard breaststroke, second 1:11.99, time drop.

Ethan Hall, 10, 200-yard freestyle, second 2:28.70, time drop.

Benjamin Kim, 12, 100-yard individual medley, third 1:09.57, time drop.

Hashan Ekanayake, 13, 50-yard butterfly, third 28.30, time drop.

Felix Gonzalez, 13, 200-yard freestyle 2:02.07, time drop.

Host SOFLO entered 69 swimmers (36 girls and 33 boys) in 284 individual events.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

Mixed 200-yard freestyle relay:
7-10, 1. Midtown Weston B 2:08.02, 2. Midtown Weston A 2:09.53, 3. SOFLO A 2:10.58. 4. Hurricane Aquatics 2:15.73, 5. SOFLO B 2:16.65; 11-12, 1. Midtown Weston A 1:51, 2. SOFLO A 1:55.05, 3. SOFLO B 1:55.75; 13-14, 1. Midtown Weston A 1:46.18, 4. SOFLO B 1:50.31; 15-18, 1. Hurricane Aquatics 1:46.26, 3. SOFLO B 1:49.11.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Kayla Diaz, SF 2:44.74; 13-14, 1. Victoria Reveron, EA 2:30.

100-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Daryna Karachun, YSF 1:17.32; SOFLO: 3. Mackenzie McPherson 1:20.16, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sophia Linfield, RANS 1:12; SOFLO: 2. Sofia Lugo 1:12.25, time drop, 7. Sarah Bedoya 1:15.68, time drop, 8. Elise Dinehart 1:16.05; 13-14, 1. Saravalentina Acevedo, Unattached 1:04.73; SOFLO: 3. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 1:08.47, time drop; 15-18, 1. Karina Manrique, MWA 1:06.60.

100-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Lucienne Wadsworth, MWA 1:21.83; SOFLO: 2. Mackenzie McPherson 1:21.93, time drop, 3. Sofia Gomez 1:21.94, time drop, 7. Saree Young 1:24.74, time drop, 15. Gianna Martin 1:28.80, time drop; 11-12, 1. Natalia Ortiz, MWA 1:09.77; SOFLO: 4. Pilar Duranti 1:12.54, time drop; 13-14, 1. Leslie Dame, Hurricanes 1:06.55; 15-18, 1. Jemma Kelly, MWA 1:07.17; SOFLO: 2. Sabrina Osorio 1:07.26, time drop, 5. Sofia Osorio 1:09.21.

50-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Makahla Gregory, SF 32.51; SOFLO: 5. Saree Young 33.08, time drop, 9. Olivia Wilson 33.32, time drop, 10. Cherill Royalty 33.45, time drop, 13. Shelby Evans 33.96, time drop; 11-12, 1. Genesis Herrera, BM 28.91; SOFLO: 2. Pilar Duranti 28.96, time drop, 3. Sofia Lugo 29.04, time drop, 6. Sarah Bedoya 29.90, time drop, 7. Elise Dinehart 30.04; 13-14, 1. Leslie Dame, Hurricanes 26.63; 15-18, 1. Juliana Fronimakis-Liu, MWA 26.81.

50-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Stella McCranie, Azura 35.87; SOFLO: 4. Cherill Royalty 38.80, 7. Sofia Gomez 39.66, 9. Saree Young 40.12; 11-12, 1. Genesis Escobar, SOFLO 32.15, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Lugo 32.69, time drop, 5. Lydia Smutny 32.71, 6. Pilar Duranti 32.90, time drop, 7. Amanda Grubbs 33.32, time drop; 13-14, 1. Ariadne Villar, Hurricanes 29.08; 15-18, 1. Ashley Alfonso, MS 29.94.

100-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Stella McCranie, Azura 1:31.70; SOFLO: 2. Sofia Gomez 1:32.01, time drop, 4. Jordan Evans 1:35.08, 5. Olivia Wilson 1:35.30, time drop, 16. Christie Ann Lumsden 1:42.03, time drop; 11-12, 1. Katja Milevska, Azura 1:19; 13-14, 1. Mia Gelin, EA 1:15.66; SOFLO: 5. Dahlia Hirsh 1:21.25; 15-18, 1. Karina Manrique, MWA 1:14.92; SOFLO: 5. Sophia Bedoya 1:24.82, time drop.

200-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Daryna Karachun, YSF 2:33.23; SOFLO: 2. Mackenzie McPherson 2:35.31, time drop, 8. Olivia Wilson 2:40.31, 12. Cherill Royalty 2:42.86, time drop; 11-12, 1. Maria Perez, MWA 2:10.92; SOFLO: 6. Elise Dinehart 2:19.16, time drop, 8. Alexandra Strong 2:20.59; 13-14, 1. Manuela Gonzalez, Unattached 2:03.55; SOFLO: 3. Mariann Catalasan 2:09.33, time drop; 15-18, 1. Jemma Kelly, MWA 2:06.26.

BOYS

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Matviy Karachun, YSF 2:25.70; 13-14, 1. Luciano Campoo, SDST 2:10.94; SOFLO: 4. Nicholas Pelaez 2:20.22, time drop; 15-18, 1. Jorge Lopez, MAC 2:09.86; SOFLO: 2. Alan Bertea 2;12.95, time drop.

100-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Alexander Diaz, SF 1:20.29; SOFLO: 9. Eric Ferrer 1:28.06, 11. Daniel Chaussky 1:30.37; 11-12, 1. Lucas Young, Hurricanes 1:11.09; 13-14, 1. Henry Castellat, Unattached 1:03.44; SOFLO: 2. Ethan McPeek 1:05.76; 15-18, 1. Matthew Wilson, MAC 1:00.82.

100-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Tomas Franchak, Hurricanes 1:23.08; 11-12, 1. Carlos Rincon, MWA 1:06.25; SOFLO: 3. Benjamin Kim 1:09.57, time drop, 8. Mason Jimenez 1:15.98; 13-14, 1. Luciano Campoo, SDST 1:00.91; SOFLO: 4. Alexander Miller 1:03.30, time drop, 8. Luca Hincapie 1:05.38; 15-18, 1. Joao Pedro Lenz Cesar, GRSC 59.97; SOFLO: 3. Alan Bertea 1:00.90, time drop.

50-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Guillermo Mantilla, MWA 31.75; SOFLO: 9. Reed Woodward 33.57, time drop, 19. Dylan McVeigh 36.33; 11-12, 1. Leonardo Garcia, MCDA 27.63; SOFLO: 4. Abraham Penaloza 28.51, time drop; 13-14, 1. Nathan Kronen, SOFLO 25.05, time drop; SOFLO: 8. Alexander Miller 25.96; 15-and-over, 1. Eduardo Francia, Unattached 24.33; SOFLO: 3. Alan Bertea 25.12, 6. Giovanni Otrello 25.32.

50-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Reed Woodward, SOFLO 36.73, time drop; SOFLO: 13. Martin Petkov 40.83, 15. Eric Ferrer 41.64; 11-12, 1. Enzo Gonzalez, BMHG 33.06; SOFLO: 2. Mason Jimenez 33.19, time drop; 13-14, 1. Peter Roca, EA 27.66; SOFLO: 3. Hashan Ekanayake 28.30, time drop, 8. Alexander Miller 29.46, time drop; 15-18, 1. Ernesto Cabrera, MAC 27.71; SOFLO: 8. Giovanni Otrello 29.74.

100-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Tomas Franchak, Hurricanes 1:33.52; SOFLO: 4. Martin Petkov 1:40.24, 6. Dylan McVeigh 1:46.10; 11-12, 1. Lucas Young, Hurricanes 1:17.70; SOFLO: 5. Matt McVeigh 1:25.02, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Olds, MWA 1:11.86; SOFLO: 2. Giorgio Rusconi 1:11.99, time drop; 15-18, 1. Gustavo Tunon, MWA 1:08.22.

200-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Brandon Park, MWA 2:27.55; SOFLO: 2. Ethan Hall 2:28.70, time drop, 7. Reed Woodward 2:41.16, time drop, 9. Eric Ferrer 2:43.13, time drop, 12. Martin Petkov 2:44.23, time drop; 11-12, 1. Joshua Barreto, OSC 2:11.47; SOFLO: 5. Mason Jimnez 2:18.21; 13-14, 1. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 1:57.70, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Felix Gonzalez 2:02.07, time drop, 5. Nicholas Pelaez 2:02.50, time drop, 7. Nathan Kronen 2:04.14; 15-18, 1. Ernesto Cabrera, MAC 1:56.12.

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

Duranti, Wilson Lead SOFLO Sharks On Day One Of FGC BB Championships South


By Sharon Robb

MIRAMAR, March 1, 2020—Pilar Duranti and Isabelle Wilson led South Florida Aquatic Club on opening day of the FGC BB Championships South Friday at Miramar Regional Park Aquatic Complex.

Pilar Duranti, 12, won the 11-12 400-yard individual medley in a best time 5:12.68, dropping 1:29.80 minutes off her previous best of 6:42.48.

Isabelle Wilson, 13, won the 13-14 400-yard individual medley in 4:52.28, also a best time. Wilson shaved 8.51 seconds off her previous best of 5:00.79 and dipped below 5 minutes for the first time.

Other SOFLO Top 3 finishers were:

Genesis Escobar, 12, 500-yard freestyle, second 5:57.76, time drop.

Elise Dinehart, 11, 500-yard freestyle, third, 5:58.59.

Alana Deo, 16, 500-yard freestyle, second, 5:52.70.

Mariann Catalasan, 13, 400-yard individual medley, second 5:01.17, time drop.

Kevin Moya, 13, 500-yard freestyle, second 5:15.41, time drop.

Ethan McPeek, 13, 400-yard individual medley, third, 5:00.15.

Alan Bertea, 16, 400-yard individual medley, second 4:36.62, time drop.

Host SOFLO entered 69 swimmers (36 girls and 33 boys) in 284 individual events.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Daryna Karachun, YSF 6:43.36; 11-12, 1. Natalia Ortiz, MWA 5:51.81; SOFLO: 2. Genesis Escobar 5:57.76, time drop, 3. Elise Dinehart 5:58.59, time drop, 5. Alexandra Strong 6:09.86, time drop, 7. Sarah Bedoya 6:20.95, 8. Sophia Avila 6:25.01; 13-14, 1. Mia Gelin, EA 5:31.53; SOFLO: 4. Gabriela Avila 5:44.82, time drop, 10. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 6:09.37, time drop; 15-18, 1. Sara Custodio, MAC 5:41.59; SOFLO: 2. Alana Deo 5:52.70.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Pilar Duranti, SOFLO 5:12.68, time drop; 13-14, 1. Isabelle Wilson, SOFLO 4:52.28, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Mariann Catalasan 5:01.17, time drop, 5. Gabriela Avila 5:14.87; 15-18, 1. Brooklyn Banks, SF 5:22.40.

BOYS

500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Alexander Diaz, SF 6:42.51; 11-12, 1. Carlos Rincon, MWA 5:41.68; 13-14, 1. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Azura 5:11.35; SOFLO: 2. Kevin Moya 5:15.41, time drop, 4. Felix Gonzalez 5:22.59, time drop, 6. Nicholas Pelaez 5:26.93, time drop, 10. Marvan Ekanayake 5:38.60, time drop, 14. Nathan Kronen 5:45.43, time drop; 15-18, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 5:01.28.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Matviy Karachun, YSF 506.98; 13-14, 1. Sebastian Losada Herrera, MAC 4:37.53; SOFLO: 3. Ethan McPeek 5:00.15; 15-18, 1. Jorge Lopez, MAC 4:28.98; SOFLO: 2. Alan Bertea 4:36.62, time drop.

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

SOFLO Sharks Ready For FGC BB Championship South That Begins Friday


By Sharon Robb

MIRAMAR, February 27, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field for the FGC BB Championship South at Miramar Regional Park Aquatic Complex.

The short course yards meet, hosted by SOFLO, opens Friday with the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley events.

Host SOFLO will have 69 swimmers (36 girls and 33 boys) in 284 individual events.

SOFLO’s top seeds include:

Isabelle Wilson, 13, 400-yard individual medley, 5:00.79.

Sofia Osorio, 15, 100-yard individual medley, 1:08.02.

Mackenzie McPherson, 100-yard individual medley, 1:23.05.

Cherill Royalty, 8, 50-yard butterfly, 37.34.

Sofia Gomez, 10, 100-yard breaststroke 1:34.68; 200-yard individual medley 2:54.82.

Ethan McPeek, 13, 200-yard backstroke 2:17.05.

Jordan Evans, 8, 50-yard breaststroke 42.90.

The FGC BB Championships North event will be hosted Friday through Sunday by Lake Lytal Lightning.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast BB South Championship

When: Friday-Sunday.

Schedule: Friday, Session I 5 p.m.; Saturday, Session II 8:30 a.m., Session III 4 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV 8:30 a.m., Session V 4 p.m.

Where: Miramar Regional Park Aquatic Complex, 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar.

Of note: The field features 38 teams from Dade and South Broward including host SOFLO…Admission is $5 per person, per session…Heat sheets are available for free on Meet Mobile or at soflomeets.com/BBSouth…for more information call 954-538-3721.

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

Jordan Evans, Toma Petkov Triple Winners, Lead SOFLO Sharks At Sweetheart Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

POMPANO BEACH, February 18, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club had several outstanding swims at the recent Pompano Beach Piranhas Sweetheart Sizzler at Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

Jordan Evans and Toma Petkov were SOFLO Sharks’ top finishers.

Evans, 8, won the 7-8 25-yard backstroke in 19.00, 25-yard freestyle in 17.55 and 25-yard breaststroke in 24.71. Evans anchored the winning 100-yard freestyle relay in 1:15.11 with teammates Christie Lumsden, Gabriela Ekht and Devy Otero. Evans was also second in the 25-yard butterfly.

Petkov, 7, was a triple winner. He won the 7-8 25-yard backstroke in 25.77, 25-yard breaststroke in 25.66 and 25-yard freestyle in 18.95. Petkov was also third in the 25-yard butterfly in 24.19.

Other top three SOFLO Sharks finishers were:

Christie Lumsden, 7, second in the 25-yard breaststroke in 22.84; third in the 25-yard butterfly, 23.46; third in the 25-yard backstroke, 24.56; third in the 25-yard freestyle in 18.70.

Ethan Phan, 7, second, 25-yard butterfly, 23.83; second in the 25-yard breaststroke in 25.92.

Alessandro Suarez Cabrera, 8, third, 25-yard breaststroke, 27.28.

SATURDAY SIZZLER RESULTS
GIRLS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Marley Spicer, PB 32.65; 7-8, 1. Nikolina Dengerud, PB 19.11; SOFLO: 2. Jordan Evans 19.18, 3. Christie Lumsden 23.46, 6. Gabriela Ekht 30.07.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Marley Spicer, PB 32.40; 7-8, 1. Jordan Evans, SOFLO 19.00; SOFLO: 3. Christie Lumsden 24.56, 5. Gabriela Ekht 28.24.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Marley Spicer, PB 40.94; 7-8, 1. Nikolina Dengerud, PB 22.71; SOFLO: 2. Christie Lumsden 22.84, 3. Jordan Evans 24.71, 5. Gabriela Ekht 33.67.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Marley Spicer, PB 29.25; 7-8, 1. Jordan Evans, SOFLO 17.55; SOFLO: 3. Christie Lumsden 18.70, 5. Gabriela Ekht 22.79.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. SOFLO 1:15.11 (Christie Lumsden, Gabriela Ekht, Devy Otero, Jordan Evans).

BOYS

25-yard butterfly:
7-8, 1. Lucas Balog, PB 23.53; SOFLO: 2. Ethan Phan 23.83, 3. Toma Petkov 24.19, 4. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 25.52.

25-yard backstroke:
7-8, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 25.77; SOFLO: Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 27.22, 6. Ethan Phan 31.37.

25-yard breaststroke:
7-8, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 25.66; SOFLO: 2. Ethan Phan 25.92, 3. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 27.28.

25-yard freestyle:
7-8, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 18.95; SOFLO: 4. Ethan Phan 22.05, 5. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 22.47.

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