SOFLO Swimmers End On Good Note On Final Day Of Gulliver Fall Classic

By Sharon Robb
MIAMI, October 16, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers turned in another good day of racing at the Gulliver Fall Classic Sunday at Gulliver Schools Aquatic Center.

Laila Harran, 12, Valentina Remmele, 10, Jianna Amores, 12, and Amber Connor, 10, led the girls team while Ethan Phan, 10, Michael Barber, 10, and Luis Escobar, 10, led the boys.

Harran won four events on the final day with three best times. Harran won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.37, dropping 1.73 seconds; 50-yard freestyle in 25.29, dropping 0.50; 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.63, dropping 1.01; and 500-yard freestyle in 5:31.69.

Remmele won the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 30.92, dropping 1.81 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:21.15.

Amores won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.66 and Connor won the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 41.62, dropping 4.43.

Phan won the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:42.97, dropping 0.72 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:14.35. He was also second in the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 42.21, dropping 0.17.

Barber won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:22.04.

Escobar was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:58.67.

In addition to SOFLO, other Florida Gold Coast teams that competed were host Gulliver Swim Club, Hurricane Aquatics, Metro Aquatics, Miami Country Day, Miami Swimming, Ransom Everglades and Swim Gym.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Sofia De Angulo, MS 2:59.97, 2. Stephania Dmitrova, SOFLO 3:07.75, 3. Gabriela Ekht, SOFLO 3:10.54, time drop 8.42.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 2:19.37, time drop 1.73, 2. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 2:28.71, 3. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 2:29.77, time drop 1.16.
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 2:07.98, 2. Carley Kaplan, UN 2:18.28, 3. Calla Kelble, MS 2:26.46.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Luna Varela, MAC 1:23.49, 2. Sofia De Angulo, MS 1:36.60, 3. Amber Connor, SOFLO 1:36.77, time drop 2.62.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:04.66, 2. Camila Correa, GRSC 1:10.52, 3. Antonia Moreno, GRSC 1:13.27.
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 55.75, 2. Sofia Abril, GRSC 1:07.93, 3. Isabella Lopez, CANE 1:08.56.

200-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Marienel Morada, RANS 3:37.71, 2. Zoe Torres-Torres, GRSC 3:39.21.
11-12, 1. Arianna Roldan, GRSC 2:51.39, 2. Alicia Salazar, MAC 2:54.53, 3. Carlotta Montesio, RANS 2:57.16.
13-14, 1. Annamarie Munroe, MAC 2:26.35, 2. Calla Kelbe, MS 2:43.00, 3. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 2:50.54, time drop 10.23.

50-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 30.92, time drop 1.81, 2. Amber Connor, SOFLO 32.16, time drop 0.43, 3. Kate De Angulo, MS 33.05.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 25.29, time drop 0.46, 2. Alma Cancio Jorge, MAC 27.48, 3. Ellie Jackson, SOFLO 27.63, time drop 1.88.
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 23.88, 2. Carley Kaplan, UN 24.90, 3. Isabel Ziera, MAC 25.69.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 1:21.15, 2. Stephania Dmitrova, SOFLO 1:29.40, 3. Gabriela Ekht, SOFLO 1:30.80, time drop 1.73.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 1:01.63, time drop 1.01, 2. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:09.02, 3. Ellie Jackson, SOFLO 1:10.92.
13-14, 1. Carley Kaplan, UN 1:03.53, 2. Isabel Viera, MAC 1:04.70, 3. Sofia Abril, GRSC 1:06.33.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Amber Connor, SOFLO 41.62, time drop 4.43, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 42.07, time drop 0.93, 3. Gabriela Ekht, SOFLO 44.98, time drop 0.72.
11-12, 1. Arianna Roldan, GRSC 34.72, 2. Sophie Szutkowski, SOFLO 37.37, time drop 0.45, 3. Alejandra Perez, MAC 37.44.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Luna Varela, MAC 6:42.67.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 5:31.69, 2. Carlotta Montesino, RANS 5:45.53, 3. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 5:48.30.
13-14, 1. Isabella Lopez, CANE 5:37.75, 2. Marilia Honcharenko, MAC 5:37.88, 3. Calla Kelble, MS 5:58.72.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 2:42.97, time drop 0.72, 2. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 2:43.37, time drop 10.75, 3. Michael Barber, SOFLO 2:57.07, time drop 4.93.
11-12, 1. Jacob Ellis, RANS 2:19.02, 2. Alex DeAngulo, MS 2:23.59, 3. Neil Morada, RANS 2:33.56.
13-14, 1. Julian Lozano, GRSC 2:08.44, 2. Andy Serrano-Pena, RANS 2:08.51, 3. Nicolas Kokidko, MAC 2:09.18.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 1:14.35, 2. Ale Suarez Cabrera, SOFLO 1:17.28, time drop 3.58, 3. Samuel Ramos, GRSC 1:29.14.
11-12, 1. Alec De Angulo, MS 1:05.47, 2. Oscar Kramer, RANS 1:05.50, 3. Kenneth Solis, SOFLO 1:16.88, time drop 3.46.
13-14, 1. Andy Serrano-Pena, RANS 53.91, 2. Carlos Viada-Coroba, MAC 56.24, 3. Russell Meltzer, MCDA 57.81.

200-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. David Nunez-Estrada, RANS 3:52.29.
11-12, 1. Tomas Franchak, CANE 2:44.66, 2. Eric Macedo, GRSC 2:57.34, 3. Eonn Shao-Liang, SOFLO 3:10.03.
13-14, 1. Jesus Linares, MAC 2:23.86, 2. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 2:24.77, 3. Martin Petkov, SOFLO 2:34.20, time drop 1.64.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Rafael Cancio-Jorge, MAC 29.98, 2. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 31.38, time drop 0.94, 3. Ale Suarez Cabrera, SOFLO 31.49, time drop 0.56.
11-12, 1. Jacob Ellis, RANS 24.92, 2. Oscar Kramer, RANS 24.92, 2. Oscar Kramer, RANS 25.60, 3. Alec De Angulo, MS 26.27.
13-14, 1. Jake Kotz-Agramonte, RANS 23.31, 2. Nicolas Kokidko, MAC 23.39, 3. Santi Balbis, GRSC 23.63.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Michael Barber, SOFLO 1:22.04, 2. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 1:24.30, 3. Knox Vucetic, GRSC 1:27.01.
11-12, 1. Alec De Angulo, MS 1:03.95, 2. Tomas Franchak, CANE 1:09.39, 3. Marcel Cowley, MAC 1:13.53.
13-14, 1. Andy Serrano-Pena, RANS 54.89, 2. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 56.41, 3. Carlos Viada-Coroba, MAC 57.50.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 40.68, 2. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 42.21, time drop 0.17, 3. Leonardo Zuluaga, SOFLO 43.23.
11-12, 1. Jacob Ellis, RANS 33.58, 2. Oscar Kramer, RANS 35.30, 3. Neil Morada, RANS 36.72.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Samuel Ramos, GRSC 6:41.59, 2. Luis Escobar, SOFLO 6:58.67.
11-12, 1. Jacob Ellis, RANS 5:29.55, 2. Oscar Kramer, RANS 5:36.28, 3. Tomas Franchak, CANE 5:36.77.
13-14, 1. Nicolas Kokidko, MAC 4:50.73, 2. Julian Lozano, GRSC 4:51.70, 3. Andy Serrano-Pena, RANS 5:01.30.

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By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, August 8, 2022–Amber Connor is more than willing to work hard in swimming.

The Chapel Trail Elementary School fifth grader loves everything about the sport including the social aspect and dry land training.

“I like swimming with my teammates, I made a lot of friends,” Connor said. “At the same time I still have to focus on swimming. I really love dry land. I like pushups, crunches, running and all the types of exercises we do.”

Connor loves to support her SOFLO team. The last time SOFLO had a fundraiser she called all her relatives and told them “they had to contribute,” according to her mom.

Connor, 10, currently swimming with the Meteorites, will move up to Asteroids and work with Coach Luis this month. Her next meet is the Aug. 27 SOFLO/TYR Back To School Developmental Meet.

Connor has been swimming for four years. She learned how to swim and then joined SOFLO where she worked with Coach George and moved up the ladder from pre-team to Little Dippers and Dippers. Her older sister, Jiana, 14, also swims.

“I like the swimming competition the most,” Connor said. “I am competitive.”

Connor competed in an after-school soccer program but said swimming is now “the priority.”

Her favorite stroke is freestyle. “I’ve been getting a lot better with freestyle,” she said.

Connor has progressed with every swim meet. She was most happiest with the Last Chance Summer Invite when she got three Junior Olympics cut times in the 50 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle. “I like the short, fast races,” she said.

Her goals for the season with Asteroids are to “get at least five more JOs so I can move up. I know I have to work hard and keep up.”

Her mom, Marsha, has watched her daughter become more disciplined with her time thanks to swimming.

“She is disciplined with her time and makes sure she gets to her classes on time,” Marsha said. “I’m glad she got involved with swimming just to have a set routine and be able to manage homework, school and swimming.”

She loves the fact that both of her daughters are involved in swimming.

“I love it because I never learned to swim when I was young. I knew living in Florida I wanted them to learn to swim when they were young. By them just going to swim classes I found out about swimming competitions. I entered them and never looked back.

“I think it’s taught them discipline. It gets them out of the house doing some form of exercise. I like swimming as an exercise sport. I’m learning how much time and commitment it takes.”

Connor said her mom supports her and motivates her on both her good and bad days in the sport.

“I let them know that setbacks in life are expected. Swimming teaches life lessons and setbacks happen. I let her know she can be down for a little bit but you have to get yourself back up and push harder because anything you want in life is not going to be easy. You have to make the effort.”

A normal day for Connor is school from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. After coming home and eating, she gets ready for swimming practice at 4. After dinner she does homework and then goes to bed. She also makes time for her favorite computer game Roblox. Connor hopes to swim in high school and would like to work toward a college scholarship.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Connor joins SOFLO teammates Eva Ortiz (May), Sally Golding (April), Natalie Gembicki (March), Sofia Lugo (February) and Valentina Remmele (January) as 2022 Swimmers of the Month.

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.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its female-sponsored athletes are ESPY Sportswoman of the Year Katie Ledecky, 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis and Kelsi Dahlia.

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