SOFLO Swimmers Medal On Final Night Of Validus Bermuda National Championships


By Sharon Robb

May 22, 2016—Claire Donahue and Timothy Wynter led South Florida Aquatic Club’s medal haul on the fourth and final night of the Validus Bermuda National Long Course Championships Sunday at the National Aquatic Centre in Hamilton.

Donahue, 27, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, won her signature event, the 100-meter butterfly in 59.93. She was the only swimmer in the field to crack one minute.

Timothy Wynter, 20, of Jamaica won the 100-meter backstroke in 57.42.

Kile Aukerman, 23, took a second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.90 and was third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:25.99.

Alina Schulhofer, 21, of Austria was second in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:07.23.

Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, 44, was second in a 50-meter time trials in 26.92 and was third in the actual event in 26.89.

The meet was sanctioned by FINA, the sport’s international governing body, as one of the last few qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and also served as a final qualifier for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

SUNDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

50-meter freestyle time trial:

1. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 26.48, 2. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 26.92.

200-meter freestyle:

1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 2:06.62, 2. Alina Schulhofer, SOFLO 2:07.23, 3. Octavia Lau, Canada 2:09.86.

100-meter butterfly:

1. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 59.93, 2. Jade Hannah, Canada 1:03.74, 3. Jessica Luo, Canada 1:05.40.

50-meter freestyle:

1. Rebecca Heyliger, Sharks 26.16, 2. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 26.58, 3. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 26.89.

MEN

50-meter breaststroke:

1. Azad Al-Barazi, Trojan Swim Club 28.82, 2. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 29.90, 3. Ethan Daley, Sharks 34.31.

100-meter backstroke:

1. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 57.42, 2. Ethan Fazekas, Canada 1:04.36, 3. Brett Smith, Harbor Amateur Swim Club 1:09.54

200-meter breaststroke:

1. Azad Al-Barazi, Trojan Swim Club 2:17.66, 2. Julian Fletcher, Sharks 2:21.03, 3. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 2:25.99.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Advance Into Three Finals At Validus Bermuda National Championships


By Sharon Robb

May 20, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club had three swimmers qualify for finals Friday night at the Validus Bermuda National Long Course Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Hamilton.

In the 50-meter backstroke prelims, Timothy Wynter, 20, was the top qualifier in 28.00 for Saturday night’s final.

In the mixed 100-meter backstroke qualifying time trial, Wynter was top finisher in 56.98, dropping 0.68 off his entry time of 57.66.

Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue, 27, earned the No. 1 seed in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.71 for Saturday night’s finals.

Alina Schulhofer, 21, of Austria was third-fastest qualifier in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:06.75 behind Kayla Sanchez, 14, (2:05.20) and Octavia Lau, 14, (2:06.61) both of the Canadian National Youth Team. The 200 finals are Sunday.

Two other SOFLO ProFlo swimmers, led by Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, are also competing in the four-day meet. Blackburn, 44, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet is swimming the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley. American Kile Aukerman, 23, is swimming the 50, 100 and 200-meter breaststroke. Both race on Saturday.

In the highlight event of the night, Rafa Alfaro, 24, of El Salvador and Trojan Swim Club, won the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:28.26.

The meet has been sanctioned by FINA, the sport’s international governing body, as one of the last few qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and will also serve as a final qualifier for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

Swimmers from Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Guam, Syria, Jamaica, Austria, El Salvador, Venezuela and U.S. are expected to compete. Nine swim clubs are entered.

FRIDAY FINAL RESULTS

WOMEN

400-meter individual medley:

12-and-under, 1. Taylor White, Harbor Amateur Swim Club 5:58.12; 13-and-over, 1. Kayla Sanchez, Canadian National Youth Team 5:00.11, 2. Faith Knelson, Canadian National Youth Team 5:03.54, 3. Maria Far Nunez, LaSalle Swim Team 5:06.80.

MEN

400-meter individual medley:

12-and-under, 1. Sam Williamson, Sharks 5:44.45; 13-and-over, 1. Rafa Alfaro, Trojan Swim Club 4:28.26, 2. Joshua Young, Canadian National Youth Team 4:41.85, 3. Mackenzie Flowers, Canadian National Youth Team 4:56.24.

Mixed 100-meter butterfly qualifying time trial:

1.Roberto Gomez, Unattached 54.38.

Mixed 100-meter backstroke qualifying time trial:

1.Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 56.98, 2. Brian Desmond, Sharks 1:19.81.

Mixed 50-meter freestyle qualifying time trial:

1.Roy-Allan Burch, Sharks 23.50, 2. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 26.58.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Headed To Validus Bermuda National Championships


By Sharon Robb

May 17, 2016—Five South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, led by Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, will compete in the Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association Validus National Long Course Championships Thursday through Sunday at the National Aquatic Centre.

The meet has been sanctioned by FINA, the sport’s international governing body, as one of the last few qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and will also serve as a final qualifier for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

Blackburn, 44, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet, is trying to reach the Olympic B standard in the breaststroke events for Bermuda. She is also a masters world age group record holder.

Blackburn is second seed in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.11. She is seeded third in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:26.90 and eighth in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:00.12.

Blackburn is coming off the Mayaguez International Swimming Open in Puerto Rico, where she swam a best time 58.95 in the 100-meter freestyle and finished third. She also won the 100-meter breaststroke in a season-best 1:13.19, the first time she has been under 1:14 in a year.

“I am really encouraged by my results,” Blackburn said. “Anything is possible regardless of age. It’s always special to represent Bermuda and I take a lot of pride in being able to do so.”

Joining Blackburn are 2012 U.S. Olympic relay gold medalist Claire Donahue, Kile Aukerman, Alina Schulhofer and Timothy Wynter.

Wynter, 20, of Jamaica, is top seed in the 50-meter backstroke in 26.89 and 100-meter backstroke in 57.66. He is second seed in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:07.60. He is 11th seed in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.98.

Donahue, 27, is top seed in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.31, 100-meter butterfly in 58.86 and 200-meter butterfly in 2:14.28. She is fifth seed in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.03.

Schulhofer, 21, of Austria, is second seed in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:05.73, third in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.16 and fifth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:05.40.

Aukerman, 23, trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, is seeded third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.75, third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:18.95 and fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.54.

Countries expected to compete are Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Guam, Syria, Jamaica, Austria and Venezuela.

The competition begins Thursday night at 6 p.m.

ELSEWHERE

U.S. Olympic hopeful and American record holder Kelsi Worrell has turned pro and signed with TYR, sponsor of South Florida Aquatic Club and leading manufacturer of competitive swim and triathlon gear. Worrell is the nation’s top butterflyer. At Louisville, she won three NCAA career titles in the butterfly and set American and NCAA records.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Kelsi to the TYR family,” said Matt DiLorenzo, TYR CEO. “She has proven to be a rising star in the sport, and we have complete confidence that her already extraordinary career has only just begun.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Wins Combined, Women’s Team Titles At LCM Sectional Qualifier


By Sharon Robb

February 15, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club maintained its lead to win the combined and women’s team titles after the third and final session of the Senior Long Course Meters Sectional Qualifier Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO won the combined team title with 992 points. Pine Crest Swimming was runner-up with 598.

SOFLO, led by its ProFlo group of post-grads and pros, won the women’s team title with 459 points. Pine Crest was second with 405 points.

SOFLO swept the top three and had six of the top seven finishers in the women’s 100-meter freestyle with former world champion and U.S. Olympic hopeful Megan Romano winning in 56.26 in her first meet since joining SOFLO. Alina Schulhofer was second in 59.12 and Kathleen Golding was third in 59.56. Bermuda national champion Lisa Blackburn was fifth in a best time 1:00.12.

SOFLO’s Kelley Heron, 16, was second in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:09.25.

SOFLO’s mixed 200-meter freestyle relay of Kile Aukerman, Blackburn, Alina Schulhofer and Ryan Capote won in 1:46.78.

Aukerman also won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.34.

Ricardo Roche was sixth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:20.60. He was also fourth in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:13.17, also a best time.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSION RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 992.5, 2. Pine Crest 598, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 573, 4. Metro Aquatics 510, 5. T2 Aquatics 489.

MEN: 1. Metro Aquatics 414, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 351, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 301.5, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 226, 5. T2 Aquatics 216.5.

WOMEN: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 459, 2. Pine Crest 405, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 222, 4. T2 Aquatics 160.5, 5. North Palm Beach 146.5.

WOMEN RESULTS

200-meter individual medley:

1.Andrea Santander, Unattached 2:25.39, 2. Alessandra Baldari, North Palm Beach 2:28.06, 3. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:29.35; SOFLO: 23. Katherine De Barros 2:51.25.

100-meter freestyle:

1.Megan Romano, SOFLO 56.26, 2. Alina Schulhofer, SOFLO 59.12, 3. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 59.56; SOFLO: 5. Lisa Blackburn 1:00.12, best time, 6. Catalina Mendieta 1:00.45, 7. Claire Donahue 1:00.88, 11. Ksen Golovkina 1:03.66, 13. Kelley Heron 1:03.80, 14. Emiliana Pelaez 1:04.01, 41. Carly Swanson 1:09.24, 56. Katherine De Barros 1:11.78, 59. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:12.71.

100-meter butterfly:

1.Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 1:01.60, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, Pine Crest 1:04.03, 3. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 1:04.08; SOFLO: 6. Kathleen Golding 1:05.68, 33. Alexandra Crespo 1:19.78.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Daniella Van den Berg, Azura 4:28.32, 2. Audrey Mason, Pine Crest 4:33.31, 3. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:33.33; SOFLO: 18. Alexandra Crespo 5:16.72.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Valentina Artemeva, Unattached 2:46.13, 2. Savannah Yates, Pine Crest 2:53.61, 3. Hailey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks 2:53.79; SOFLO: 4. Ksen Golovkina 2:54.37, 9. Emiliana Pelaez 3:04.31.

100-meter backstroke:

1.Giulia Guerra Montes, Pine Crest 1:09.18, 2. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 1:09.25, 3. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 1:10.41; SOFLO: 20. Carly Swanson 1:18.67, 28. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:21.21, 34. Katherine De Barros 1:27.16.

50-meter breaststroke:

1.Valentina Artemeva, Unattached 33.06, 2. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 34.97, 3. Ksen Golovkina, SOFLO 35.27; SOFLO: 6. Kathleen Golding 37.02.

MEN RESULTS

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:

1.SOFLO “A” 1:46.78 (Kile Aukerman, Lisa Blackburn, Alina Schulhofer, Ryan Capote), 2. SOFLO “C” 1:47.28, 3. SOFLO “B: 1:48.13.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Luca Dioli, Unattached 2:06.08, 2. Brandon Vives, Metro Aquatics 2:15.46, 3. Nicolo’ Ossola, Azura 2:17.58; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 2:19.39, 16. Samuel Quintero 2:26.02, best time, 30. Matthew Menocal 2:36.39.

100-meter freestyle:

1.Philippe Marcoux, Swim Fort Lauderdale 53.08, 2. Jhonny Perez, Unattached 53.23, 3. Guillaume Bolivard, Swim Fort Lauderdale 54.01; SOFLO: 11. Ryan Capote 56.49, 24. Juan Lucas 58.12, 28. Kevin Porto 58.59, 38. Sam Asnis 1:00.34.

100-meter butterfly:

1.AJ Barbar, Westminster Academy 59.29, 2. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 59.85, 3. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 1:00.08; SOFLO: 11. Max Asnis 1:02.83, 13. Ervin Marin 1:03.33, 20. Juan Lucas 1:04.35, 23. Juan Diaz 1:06.07.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Marcelo Acosta, Azura 4:02.71, 2. Franco Lupoli, Azura 4:03.67, 3. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 4:11.39; SOFLO: 6. Ricardo Roche 4:20.60, best time, 8. Kevin Porto 4:25.58, 9. Sam Asnis 4:28.52, 22. Matthew Menocal 4:47.65, 24. Tomas Pelaez 4:52.94, best time.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 2:26.34, 2. Greg Penny, St. Thomas Swim Association 2:30.29, 3. Matthew Petreski, Pine Crest 2:31.68; SOFLO: 8. Erin Marin 2:38.84, 9. Samuel Quintero 2:38.96, best time, 19. Wyatt Jennessee 3:03.42.

100-meter backstroke:

1.Philippe Marcoux, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:02.88, 2. Mauricio Limon, Azura 1:05.16, 3. Kyle Trelka, Tri 1:05.76; SOFLO: 5. Ryan Capote 1:07.55, 7. Juan Lucas 1:08.36, 10. Kevin Porto 1:09.21.

50-meter breaststroke:

1.Anton Lobanov, Unattached 28.58, 2. Nicolo’ Ossola, Azura 28.93, 3. Luca Dioli, Unattached 28.98; SOFLO: 9. Ervin Marin 33.31, 12. Samuel Quintero 33.76, best time, 26. Wyatt Jennessee 38.51.

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Marcelo Acosta, Azura 16:04.89, 2. Franco Lupoli, Azura 16:05.71, 3. John Torres, Unattached 17:13.12; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 17:13.17, best time, 5. Max Asnis 17:26.42, best time, 7. Juan Diaz 17:57.22.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com