SOFLO Swimmers Among Field For Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier In Plantation

By Sharon Robb

February 6, 2020–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will compete Friday and Saturday in the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO has 42 swimmers (22 girls and 20 boys) competing in 196 individual events and one relay event in timed finals.

Among SOFLO swimmers are Paige Lane, Mallory Schleicher, Philopatier Ibrahim, Miguel Sierra, Sebastian Lares, Gaby Banks, Alex Golding, Molly Golding, John Paul Handal, Robert Wilson, Rafael Rodriguez and Nicolas Rossi.

SOFLO teammates Maddie Smutny and Sarah Acevedo are seeded one-two in the 200-meter butterfly.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson is seeded first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.59. SOFLO teammate Olivia Dinehart is seeded second in 1:13.03.

Atkinson is also seeded first in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.65 and 200-meter breaststroke in 2:23.45.

Italian swimmers dominate the top seeds including Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri. He is seeded first in the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:34 and 800-meter freestyle in 7:39.

The meet begins 4:15 p.m. on Friday with the 800-meter freestyle in Session I. Two sessions are scheduled for Saturday at 8:45 for the 400-meter individual medley, 10 a.m. for the 1,500-meter freestyle and 3:45 p.m. for the 400-meter freestyle, all timed finals.

In addition to SOFLO, the field features a mix of international swimmers and Florida Gold Coast teams including Azura, Pine Crest, East Coast Aquatic, SwimFast, North Palm Beach, Metro Aquatics, Flood Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team, Eagle Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, TS Aquatics and Italy.


What: FGC Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier

When: Friday-Saturday

Schedule: Friday, Session I, 4:15 p.m.; Saturday, Session II, 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m., Session III, 3:45 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation

Of note: Admission is $5 per person, per session. All sessions passes are available. Heat sheets will be posted online and Meet Mobile. For more information, call 954-452-2526.

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Olivia, Elena Dinehart Sisters Shine In Session One Of TYR SOFLO Open

By Sharon Robb

NORTH MIAMI, January 25, 2020–Olivia and Elena Dinehart led South Florida Aquatic Club in the opening session of the TYR SOFLO Open Saturday at FIU Aquatic Center at Florida International University’s North Campus.

Elena Dinehart, 15, and Olivia Dinehart, 15, and started off the morning leading off and anchoring the winning girls’ 200-yard medley relay in 1:53.36. Other relay members were Molly Golding and Paige Lane.

Elena Dinehart won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.05.

Olivia Dinehart won the 100-yard individual medley in 1:01.98. Elena was second in 1:03.37.

Olivia Dinehart won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:13.85 and Elena was second in 5:20.93.

SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 31, fresh off her big payday at the FINA Swim Series, won the 100-yard butterfly in 58.45 and 50-yard freestyle in 24.37.

SOFLO boys had a good session, too.

The boys won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:42.88 with Rafael Rodriguez, Manuel Melendez, Miguel Sierra and Robert Wilson.

Sierra also won the 100-yard butterfly in 53.07 ahead of teammate Philopatier Ibrahim in 53.26.

Rodriguez won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.39.

After the opening two sessions, Metro Aquatics led combined with 433 and SOFLO was second with 384; Metro Aquatics led the men with 202 and SOFLO second with 147; and SOFLO led the women with 237 and Metro Aquatics second with 231.

SOFLO has the largest team with 128 swimmers (69 boys and 59 girls).

The meet concludes on Sunday with two sessions.

Among teams competing in the Florida Gold Coast meet are Metro Aquatics, Hialeah, Ransom Everglades, Southern Wahoos, Cooper City, SwimFast and City of Miami.

TYR is title sponsor and outfitters for the SOFLO Sharks. Founded in Huntington Beach, Calif. by swimwear designer Joseph DiLorenzo (current owner) and 1972 Olympic Bronze Medalist Steve Furniss, TYR Sport was established in 1985 to provide the competitive swim market with vibrant, performance-driven prints.

Since its inception three decades ago, TYR has grown to exist as one of the world’s most recognizable swimming and triathlon brands.

With global distributors and an international following, TYR remains dedicated to building the industry’s most durable, uniquely designed swimsuits, cutting edge equipment and innovative caps and goggles. TYR is involved in technologies for enhanced competitive performance, but also embraces lifestyle markets to accommodate athletes and water enthusiasts at every level.

Named for TYR, the Norse god of warriors, the company is committed to cultivating a culture of greatness, both in and out of the water.


200-yard medley relay:
13-and-over, 1. SOFLO A 1:53.36 (Elena Dinehart, Molly Golding, Paige Lane, Olivia Dinehart), 2. Midtown Weston A 1:56.56, 3. Midtown Weston B 1:58.01, 4. SOFLO B 1:58.70 (Jena Legaspi, Sophia Grubbs, Sarah Acevedo, Mallory Schleicher).

100-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Kendra Gomez, Unattached 1:03.84; SOFLO: 7. Mariann Catalasan 1:07.97, 8. Izzy Wilson 1:08.68, 10. Gabriela Avila 1:10.46, 12. Leah Pando 1:14.14; 15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:01.05, 2. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 1:01.64; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 1:05.47, 7. Sally Golding 1:07.83.

50-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 31.55; SOFLO: 7. Mariann Catalasan 35.95, 11. Dahlia Hirsh 37.08, 13. Gabriela Avila 38.29; 15-and-over, 1. Evita Leter, MAC 30.75; SOFLO: 4. Mallory Schleicher 34.27.

100-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 1:01.39; SOFLO: 6. Sophia Grubbs 1:06.33, time drop, 13. Leah Pando 1:16.05; 15-and-over, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 58.45, 2. Paige Lane, SOFLO 1:00.80, 3. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:01.62; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 1:01.63, 5. Mallory Schleicher 1:01.81, 6. Elena Dinehart 1:02.07, 8. Sarah Acevedo 1:03.81, 14. Sally Golding 1:05.30.

50-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Ana Villamil, MWA 25.69; 15-and-over, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 24.37; SOFLO: 6. Mallory Schleicher 26.15, 8. Paige Lane 26.36, 15. Sally Golding 27.95.

100-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 1:02.64; SOFLO: 5. Sophia Grubbs 1:06.79, 9. Mariann Catalasan 1:08.84, time drop, 10. Gabriela Avila 1:10.06, time drop, 12. Izzzy Wilson 1:11.09, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:01.98, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:03.37; SOFLO: 4. Paige Lane 1:06.09, 5. Sarah Acevedo 1:06.19, time drop, 14. Jena Legaspi 1:10.55.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 5:03.87; SOFLO: 4. Izzy Wilson 5:30.87, 7. Mariann Catalasan 5:48.19, 8. Sophia Grubbs 5:48.24, 10. Gabriela Avila 5:48.74, time drop, 14. Cali Harris 6:31.09, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 5:13.85, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 5:20.93, 3. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 5:24.83; SOFLO: 10. Maia Vatinelle 5:57.45, 11. Ana Grable 6:02.83, time drop.


200-yard medley relay:
1. SOFLO A 1:42.88 (Rafael Rodriguez, Manuel Melendez, Miguel Sierra, Robert Wilson), 2. Midtown Weston 1:45.05, 3. SOFLO B 1:46.86 (Sebastian Lares, Juancamilo Rivero, John Paul Handal, Nicolas Rossi).

100-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Marcelo Mansur, MAC 59.25; SOFLO: 3. Austin Nelson, 5. Adrian Hernandez 1:02.62, time drop, 10. Ethan McPeek 1:05.10, 14. Hashan Ekanayake 1:06.36; 15-and over, 1. Andres Wong, MAC 55.62, 2. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 56.11, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 56.24; SOFLO: 4. Dominic Bono 56.60, 6. Miguel Sierra 58.56, 12. Tristan Wilson 1:02.24, 14. Brennan Binder 1:02.41, 15. Nicolas Rossi 1:02.45.

50-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 28.88; SOFLO: 6. Adrian Hernandez 32.37, time drop, 7. Alejandro Mateus 32.98, time drop, 12. Giorgio Rusconi 34.17; 15-and-over, 1. Yender Rojas, MAC 29.28.

100-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Marcelo Mansur, MAC 56.37; SOFLO: 3. Adrian Hernandez 1:00.65, time drop, 10. Austin Nelson 1:05.03, 11. Nicholas Pelaez 1:05.50, time drop. 14. Alexander Miller 1:07.10, 15. Hashan Ekanayake 1:07.34; 15-and-over, 1. Miguel Sierra, SOFLO 53.07, 2. Philopatier Ibrahim 53.26; SOFLO: 8. Sebastian Lares 55.91, 9. John Paul Handal 56.13, 10. Robert Wilson 56.25, 12. Juancamilo Rivero 56.62, 14. Manuel Melendez 56.85, time drop.

50-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 23.21; SOFLO: 4. Alejandro Mateus 24.31, 12. Nathan Kronen 25.70; 15-and-over, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 22.39; SOFLO: 7. Robert Wilson 23.41, 8. Miguel Sierra 23.45, 10. Brennan Binder 23.54, 12. Juancamilo Rivero 23.73, time drop.

100-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 57.60; SOFLO: 4. Alejandro Mateus 1:00.46, time drop, 14. Alexander Miller 1:05.69; 15-and-over, 1. Santiago Gomez, MWA 56.18; SOFLO: 3. Dominic Bono 58.39, 5. John Paul Handal 58.51, 6. Sebastian Lares 58.58, 9. Manuel Melendez 59.47, 11. Alex Golding 1:01.37, time drop, 14. Nicolas Rossi 1:02.07.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Juan Abella, MAC 5:08.06; SOFLO: 5. Austin Nelson 5:15.08, time drop, 7. Hashan Ekanayake 5:26.62, 8. Felix Gonzalez 5:28.75, 9. Nicholas Pelaez 5:33.14, time drop, 13. Nathan Kronen 5:49.02, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Carlos Nava, MAC 4:45.69; SOFLO: 3. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:50.71, 5. Sebastian Lares 4:54.38, 7. Leonardo Mateus 4:58.84, 9. Miguel Sierra 5:04.68, 10. Brennan Binder 5:06.79, time drop, 13. Robert Wilson 5:11.48.


What: TYR SOFLO Open

When: Sunday, Session 3, 8:30 a.m.-12:07 p.m., Session 4, 1-4:57 p.m.

Where: FIU Aquatic Center, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, NE 151st Street, Miami

Of note: The meet is hosted by SOFLO, Comets Swim Team and Golden Panther Aquatics…admission is $5…heat sheets are free and may be found on Meet Mobile or at…for questions call 954-538-3721.

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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Bronze On Final Day Of FINA Champions Swim Series

By Sharon Robb

BEIJING, China, January 20, 2020—Alia Atkinson settled for a bronze medal on the final day of the FINA Champions Swim Series 2020.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s four-time Jamaican Olympian was third out of four swimmers in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.88. China’s Jingyao Yu won in 1:07.18 and Italy’s Martina Carraro was second in 1:07.25.

Atkinson pocketed $6,000 for a third place finish. Atkinson has now won $26,000 in two meets. She won $12,000 for two third places in Shenzhen and $14,000 for a second and third place in Beijing.

The race of the meet was Canadian Sydney Pickrem knocking off Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in the 200-meter individual medley, 2:09.26-2:09.93.

It broke a 56-final winning streak for Hosszu in long course meters and short course meters. Her last loss in the event in either course came at the 2017 FFN Golden Tour stop in Amiens, France where she swam a 2:15.36 to place third behind Cyrielle Duhamel and Fantine Lesaffre of Hungary.

Hosszu is defending Olympic Champion, 4-time defending World Champion in long course, 3-time defending World Champion in short course, 4-time European Champion in long course and 5-time defending European Champion in short course. She’s World Record holder and won 51-consecutive World Cup swims.

Pickrem won $10,000 for first place. The world championship bronze medalist now has the seventh fastest time of her career in long course.

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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Silver On Day One Of FINA Champions Swim Series, Pockets $8,000

By Sharon Robb

BEIJING, China, January 18, 2020—Alia Atkinson, leading for most of the race, was out-touched by American Molly Hannis on Day One of the FINA Champions Swim Series 2020 on Saturday.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s four-time Jamaican Olympian was leading the 50-meter breaststroke when Hannis made up ground in the final 10 meters to win in 30.34. Hannis won $10,000.

Atkinson was second in 30.44, winning $8,000. Atkinson has now won $20,000 in two meets. She won $12,000 for two third places in Shenzhen.

Italian Maria Carraro was third in 30.79 pocketing $6,000. Carraro was also third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.80.

China won five gold medals including three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:45.55.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.95. She was fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.20. Hosszu, 30, was recently named Hungary Sportswoman of the Year for a record seventh time. Hosszu accepted her award via a recorded message since she is in China this week competing at the FINA Champions Series.

Hosszu is the leading money winner so far on the FINA Champions Swim Series with $43,000 after the two-day opener in Shenzhen.

The two-day meet continues on Sunday. Atkinson will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke, seeded in 1:07.76. Only four swimmers are in each event.


Track superstars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Tajay Gayle were named RJRGleaner Sports Foundation Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year at a gala ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston Friday night. Atkinson was among six other nominees. Shericka Jackson was women’s runnerup.

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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Gets Second Bronze On Day Two Of 2020 FINA Champions Swim Series

By Sharon Robb

SHENZHEN, China, January 15, 2020–Alia Atkinson took home a second bronze medal Wednesday in the season-opening 2020 FINA Champions Swim Series at Shenzhen Universiade Center Swimming Natatorium.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian and short course world record holder finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.15. She was seeded in 1:07.06 among a field of four swimmers.

Italy’s national record holder Martina Carraro won her second breaststroke gold in 1:06.85 and China’s Yu Jingyao was second in 1:07.59 on the second and final day of the series’ first stop.

On Tuesday, Atkinson was third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.63 behind Italy’s Martina Carraro in 30.38 and American Molly Hannis in 30.49.

Atkinson won $12,000 for two third places.

It was the first leg of the series with the second stop coming up on Jan. 18-19 in Beijing. The meet featured only 70 swimmers (41 men and 29 women). Almost $2 million in prize money is up for grabs at the two stops.

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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Settles For Bronze On Day One Of The 2020 FINA Champions Swim Series

By Sharon Robb

SHENZHEN, China, January 14, 2020–Alia Atkinson took a bronze medal in the 50-meter breaststroke Tuesday in the season-opening 2020 FINA Champions Swim Series at Shenzhen Universiade Center Swimming Natatorium.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian and short course world record holder finished third in 30.63 behind Italy’s Martina Carraro in 30.38 and American Molly Hannis in 30.49. All three bettered the previous No. 1 world-ranked time of 30.68. Carraro had raced the 200 breaststroke earlier where she finished third.

Atkinson, who won $6,000 for third place, will swim the 100-meter breaststroke on Wednesday. She is seeded in 1:07.06.

“Being the beginning of 2020, and given the field of athletes here, this competition is important to see where I am, and also to measure what can I succeed at the Olympics, what is within reach or not,” said the 31-year-old Atkinson.

Host China dominated opening day action winning five of the 15 gold medals up for grabs.

It is the first leg of the series with the second stop on Jan. 18-19 in Beijing. The meet featured only 70 swimmers (41 men and 29 women). Almost $2 million in prize money is up for grabs at the two stops.

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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Will Compete For Team Iron This Weekend In ISL Pro Debut

By Sharon Robb

LEWISVILLE, Texas, October 18, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and Olympic superstars Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Adam Peaty of Great Britain will make their International Swimming League debut this weekend.

The third stop (the first two were in Indianapolis and Naples, Italy) will feature the LA Current, NY Breakers, Team Iron and London Roar will all compete for the first time in league play Saturday and Sunday at LISD Westside Aquatic Center just outside Dallas.

Hosszu, the most dominant medley swimmer in the world, and Peaty, the fastest male breaststroker in the history of the sport, head the elite field. Peaty and the British team are training at Pine Crest in Fort Lauderdale for three weeks.

Hosszu, a captain of Team Iron, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a nine-time Long Course World Champion, and holder of six individual world records.

Peaty, a member of the London Roar, is the reigning Olympic champion in the men’s 100 breaststroke, an eight-time World Champion, and world record holder in the 50 and 100 breaststroke.

Atkinson, a world short course record holder and four-time Olympian, will also compete on Hosszu’s Team Iron along with Russian Vladimir Morozov, the best male short course swimmer in the world.

The league features eight teams all competing for a spot in the splashy season finale in Las Vegas.

The four American clubs are Cali Condors, DC Trident, LA Current and NY Breakers. The international teams are Italy-based Aqua Centurions, France-based Energy Standard, Hungary-based Team Iron and London Roar.

“I’m very excited to be part of this huge movement,” said Hosszu, who owns Team Iron. “I know that we are going to change a lot of things in the sport of swimming. For me, it’s more like a double excitement because I’m an owner of Team Iron and a swimmer in Team Iron, so I see how both sides and how everything unfolds.”

There will be no heats. The events will be held over two hours in a 25-meter pool featuring four swimmers per final.

Swimmers will race for team points, with relays worth double. Skins sprints feature three heats, with eight swimmers reduced to four and then a head-to-head of the fastest two. Points earned in skins are worth triple.

The top four finishers in each race are eligible for prize money beyond what they receive from team revenue. The ISL has committed to a 50-50 split of revenue with the teams and swimmers, who receive base salaries as well.

Other ISL stops are in Hungary, Washington, D.C., and London. The top two teams from the U.S. and Europe after the six regular-season meets advance to the finals on Dec. 20-21.

Two aspects the ISL has implemented outside of the pool is a zero tolerance stance on doping (any athlete with a positive test is not allowed to compete) and equal pay between men and women.

Also, every ISL competitor will have access to financial benefits, including substantial prize money, personal insurance and pension plans. Each of them have signed two contracts – one with their team and another with the league – with central revenues, generated through sales of sponsorship, media rights and merchandise, distributed equitably.

Each team will pay its swimmers from a total salary budget of $150,000, with additional cash bonuses offered based on performance.

Ukrainian Konstantin Grigorishin, the ISL’s founder and financier, talks about bringing a “paradigm shift” in swimming, a sport he believes has huge untapped commercial potential but which has suffered from inertia on the part of Fina, which controls the amateur sport.

ESPN will provide live and delayed streaming of the ISL on ESPN3, which can be accessed through the ESPN app. It will also be shown on CBC Sports for Canadian viewers.

ISL 2019 Schedule:

5-6 October 2019 – IU Natatorium, Indianapolis, USA

12-13 October 2019 – Aquatic Swimming Complex, Naples, Italy

19-20 October 2019 – The LISD Westside Aquatic Center, Lewisville, Texas, USA

26-27 October 2019 – Duna Area, Budapest, Hungary

16-17 November 2019 – Natatorium at the Eppley Recreation Center, Maryland, USA

23-24 November 2019 – London Aquatic Centre, Great Britain

20-21 December 2019 – Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, USA

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