SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Amber Hunter

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Amber Hunter


SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Amber Hunter

High School: West Broward

College: New York University

Amber Hunter said goodbye to her second family last week.

The longtime Comets Swim Team and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer left for college and next chapter in her life.

“Today was my last official practice with SOFLO,” Hunter wrote on her Facebook page.

“I can’t even begin to say how thankful I am to have been a part of such an amazing team for the past ten years.

“The pool became my home and my teammates became my family. I’ll miss it incredibly but I’m excited for what the future has in store.”

Hunter started swimming with the Comets ten years ago. She was a top butterflier, ranked among the state’s Top 75 swimmers and was one of the club’s Nike Swimmers of the Month.

“Ten years is a long time,” Hunter said. “It’s hard to remember not swimming and being around everybody.”

She got her introduction to the pool when her mom Terri signed her up for lessons at a Pennsylvania pool. When she and her family moved to South Florida, she joined the Comets.

“I guess I liked it and we continued,” Hunter said.

“When we first moved to Florida I really enjoyed the sport,” Hunter said. “I did a few other sports (soccer and softball) but I stuck with swimming.”

The hard part for Hunter during the team’s annual banquet and her final week of practice with her longtime teammates and coaches was knowing it was probably all for the last time, at least until the holiday break.

“I’m not really saying goodbye, I know I will see them,” Hunter said. “I will keep in touch with my close friends and will be able to see how they are doing. It’s not a serious goodbye, I know I will be back.

“I know it will be a change for sure. It is bittersweet. I am going off to college with bigger goals but I am leaving SOFLO/Comets where I got my start.”

When Hunter started searching for colleges, academics was always the priority for the aspiring writer. She would like to write fiction novels and get involved with publishing and editing other novels.

“Academics was the first thing I wanted and I wanted a college that had the major I wanted,” she said.

“NYU did offer Division 3 swimming and has a sanctioned team,” Hunter said. “I have the best of both worlds with academics and swimming.

“Division 3 is a little bit of a different atmosphere. There is less stress on swimmers. It’s for swimmers who want to be there since there are no swimming scholarships.”

Hunter has plenty of memories from club and high school swimming. Her sophomore year West Broward had a strong 400-yard freestyle relay. “That was a fun relay to race at state,” she said.

“My senior year I made state in the 100 butterfly and finished tenth, second in consolations,” Hunter said. “I didn’t get the times I wanted exactly but I had a lot of fun.

“Swimming really helped me learn a lot of lessons when I was growing up. I learned how to manage my time and about dedication. I think that’s why I stayed in the sport so long. I was focused on my goals and putting in the work paid off in the end.

“It was a lot of fun being part of a team. The team dynamic was great and so was the atmosphere. It was a great thing to be able to stay with a team for so long. I know I am going far away but I am looking forward to the challenge and starting the next chapter of my life.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Take Silver, Bronze On Day One Of Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

SOFLO Swimmers Take Silver, Bronze On Day One Of Speedo Zone Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 10, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club took silver in a women’s relay and bronze in an individual event to finish second among the women’s field on opening night of the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at the Orlando YMCA.

The 200-meter medley relay team of Marcella Marinheiro, three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez and Olivia Katcher was second in 1:59.09, just behind T2 Aquatics relay of Elise Haan, Justine Bowker, Kayla Tennant and Abigail Garner in 1:58.57.

Melissa Marinheiro, 17, was third in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:06.27. Jessica Thielmann, 20, of Gainesville Swim Club won the event in a best time 16:15.74, bettering her previous best of 16:19.92.

SOFLO teammate Kylie Herman, 16, posted a best time of 18:18.40 in the 1500, shaving 4.01 seconds off her previous best of 18:22.41. Amber Hunter posted best times on her relay splits of 29.99 in the butterfly and 27.85 in the freestyle.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s women’s team is second with 86 points behind Scarlet Aquatics of New Jersey with 119. St. Andrew’s Swimming is third with 84.

“Our distance kids did what they needed to do to be successful, our girls relay performed well and our “B” relays were awesome,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “Kylie had a solid swim and Alfredo and Amber had some great relay splits.

“We are very happy with our overall team experiences,” Anderson said. “There are some really great clubs here and we are just going to keep working hard. I felt we were successful tonight.”

Ronald Santos, 18, was SOFLO’s top men’s finisher and only point-scorer swimming a lifetime-best 8:31.80 in the 800-meter freestyle with huge time drop of 13.21 seconds off his previous best long course time of 8:45.01.

Santos has been training with SOFLO for the past three months at the suggestion of his former Indian River State College teammate Marc Rojas.

“I was pretty much mentally ready before the race,” Santos said. “I have been training hard for three months and mentally I have been happy with my training. I was ready to go.

“I was expecting a best time but I never experienced this much of a drop in long course. I have been putting in a lot of effort in my training and it paid off. I started the race well and finished well. This definitely gives me confidence for the 200, 400 and mile.”

SOFLO teammate Alfredo Mesa posted a best 50-meter freestyle split time of 25.34 on the relay.

After Day One, Scarlet Aquatics of New Jersey leads the combined (182) and women’s (119) team totals. Blue Dolfins lead the men’s team totals with 102.

The only other individual winner was Arthur Frayler, 20, in the 800 freestyle in 8:12.70.

Florida Gold Coast teams won three of the four relays.

Westminster Academy swept the men’s 200-meter medley (Daniel Robbins, Gregory Penny, Anthony Barbar, Logan Lassley) and 200-meter freestyle relays (Daniel Robbins, Logan Lassley, Anthony Barbar, Andrew Halliburton).

St. Andrew’s Swimming won the women’s 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:47.37 with Mckenna Keith, Brenna Ruth, Darby Goodwin and Megan Moroney.

Weather played havoc with the Central Florida meet. A major thunderstorm affected power and the meet was put on hold for 60 minutes.

The four-day meet continues on Friday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5 p.m. Friday’s events are 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley and 800-meter freestyle relay.

Florida Swim Network will be unable to live-stream the meet because there is no hard-wire Internet at the YMCA venue.

THURSDAY TIMED FINALS RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 182, 2. St. Andrew’s Swimming 174, 3. T2 Aquatics 125, 4. Tampa Bay Aquatics 116, 5. Blue Dolfins 106, 6. Gator Swim Club 92, 7. South Florida Aquatic Club 91, 8. Westminster Academy 88, 9. Swim Florida 68, 10. Dominican Republic 60.

MEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Blue Dolfins 102, 2. St. Andrew’s Swimming 90, 3. tie, Westminster Academy , Tampa Bay Aquatics 80, 5. Scarlet Aquatics 63, 20. SOFLO 5.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 119, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 86, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 84, 4. T2 Aquatics 66, 5. Golden Panther Aquatics 58.

WOMEN

1500-meter freestyle:

1. Jessica Thielmann, GSC 16:15.74, 2. Ariel Finke, SPA 16:51.86, 3. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:06.27; SOFLO: 18. Kylie Herman 18:18.40, best time, 24. Kelley Heron 18:39.15.

200-meter medley relay:

1.T2 Aquatics 1:58.57, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 1:59.09 (Marcella Marinheiro, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Olivia Katcher), 3. Trinity Prep Aquatics 1:59.47; 14. SOFLO “B” 2:07.05 (Kelley Heron,Jessica Rodriguez, Amber Hunter, Kathleen Golding).

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:47.37, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 1:48.64, 3. Golden Panther Aquatics 1:48.91; 7. South Florida Aquatic Club 1:50.03 (Kathleen Golding, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Olivia Katcher), 14. South Florida Aquatic Club “B” 1:53.58 (Melissa Marinheiro, Marcella Marinheiro, Kelley Heron, Amber Hunter).

MEN

800-meter freestyle:

1.Arthur Frayler, GAAC 8:12.70, 2. Ryan Rosenbaum, Swim Fort Lauderdale 8:16.64, 3. Eric Stobbe, Scarlet Knights 8:19.75; SOFLO: 12. Ronald Santos 8:31.80, best time.

200-meter medley relay:

1.Westminster Academy Swimming 1:43.77, 2. Blue Dolfins 1:44.83, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:45.62, 18. South Florida Aquatic Club “A” 1:53.54 (Juan Lucas, Marc Rojas, Matthew Gonzalez, Ryan Capote), 25. South Florida Aquatic Club “B” 1:56.28 (Gustavo Valery, Jordan Colon, Ronald Santos, Ervin Marin).

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Westminster Academy 1:33.80, 2. St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:33.93, 3. Blue Dolfins 1:35.24, 19. South Florida Aquatic Club 1:42.22 (Ryan Capote, Marc Rojas, Ronald Santos, Matthew Gonzalez); 22. South Florida Aquatic Club 1:44.08 (Gustavo Valery, Juan Lucas, Alfredo Mesa, Jordan Colon).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SWIM ROUNDUP: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Ends Swimming Career As FSU’s Most Valuable Swimmer

SWIM ROUNDUP: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Ends Swimming Career As FSU’s Most Valuable Swimmer


By Sharon Robb

April 22, 2014

Longtime Comets and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer Tiffany Oliver ended one chapter of her life and is about to embark on a new journey in law school.

The Florida State Senior and four-year swimmer for the Seminoles was honored at the team’s recent banquet as one of three Most Valuable Swimmers.

Oliver shared honors with Madison Jacobi and Pavel Sankovich.

Oliver’s college legacy includes school records in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.02 and 100-yard freestyle in the 100-yard freestyle. Her best time in the 200-yard freestyle was 1:46.72.

She was also the first Seminole in history to defend her sprint titles at the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. She qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials and three NCAA Championship meets.

Oliver, an honors student, was accepted into FSU’s law school.

“I thought we had a great season,” FSU first-year coach Frankie Bradley said. “All our award winners were picked by the coaching staff and they were very deserving. These athletes had an impact on our program this year.”

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers and divers honored were Mikey Lewark, Jason Coombs, Connor Knight and Jason McCormick.

SOFLO SWIMMER SCHOLAR-ATHLETE

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Amber Hunter of West Broward High School was among athletes from south area high schools to be honored recently by the Broward County Athletic Association Scholar Athletes Monday at the Signature Grand in Davie.

FLORIDA GULF COAST SWIMMER HONORED

Freshman Kira Toussaint of Florida Gulf Coast was named Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Swimmer of the Year. During her first season she broke eight FGCU records including four individual and four relays and also four CCSA records. Toussaint, an All-American, is a teammate of SOFLO swimmer Marcella Marinheiro, who also finished her freshman season.

BOLLES HOSTS TYR JAX 50

George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago heads the field for this weekend’s fifth annual TYR JAX 50. All proceeds benefit Planet Swim Foundation with the goal of providing learn-to-swim lessons to in-need children in the Jacksonville area. On Friday night the 100s and 200 individual medley events will be held. Saturday morning the 50s will be held to determine the Top 8 qualifiers in each age group for the three-race bracket challenge. It will be live-streamed by Florida Swim Network.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Dominate High School Meets

SOFLO Swimmers Dominate High School Meets


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

September 12, 2013

American Heritage opened its 2013 high school season Wednesday against host Westminster Academy and Somerset Academy with two South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers.

The boys team defeated Westminster Academy, 133-47 and Somerset, 137-20.

SOFLO’s Julien Pinon, 14, a sophomore, won the 100-yard freestyle in 49.34 and was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.27.

Pinon spent the summer training and competing overseas in Europe.

SOFLO teammate Cristian Rossi, 14, was fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:05.30. Rossi was also third in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.81.

Other top SOFLO high school swims that were reported:

Pembroke Pines Charter boys defeated Boyd Anderson, 143-10, and Northeast, 124-39, at host Northeast.

SOFLO’s Alexander Viloria and Juan Lucas were double winners and Blake Kelley and Edward Kon each won one individual event.

Viloria, 15, won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:05.87 and 100-yard freestyle in 55.58.

Lucas, 14, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:11.65 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:06.52.

Kelley, 17, won the 100-yard butterfly in 57.72. Kon won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.59.

Pembroke Pines Charter swept all three boys’ relays.

Pembroke Pines Charter’s girls team also swept Boyd Anderson (137-6) and Northeast (111-44).

SOFLO’s Lilli Calero, 15, won the 200-yard freestyle (2:08.81) and 500-yard freestyle (5:44.02).

Melissa Gonzalez, 15, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:40.73. Justrina Villarta, 14, won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:09.52. Maya Hirian, 14, won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:12.14. Leysha Caraballo, 16, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:23.72.

Cypress Bay girls defeated Flanagan, 78-20. SOFLO’s Kylie Herman of Cypress Bay won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:24.44 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:32.75. Teammate Haley Wright won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.35.

West Broward boys swept Miramar, 111-24 and Western, 84-71. Alex Monti won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.25 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:15.05.

In the girls competition, West Broward also swept Western, 90-70 and Miramar, 64-6. West Broward competed without top swimmer Melissa Marinheiro, awaiting FHSAA approval to compete because she is now home-schooled.

SOFLO’s Amber Hunter won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.72. Stephanie Mlujeak won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:24.34 and was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:10.03. Hunter and Mlujeak were also members of the runner-up 200-yard medley relay team (2:06.12).

Parents and swimmers are welcome to send in their high school results for the honor roll and swimming roundups if their high school coaches in Dade and Broward fail to report them. Just email Sharon Robb.

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

SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Hunter, Herman, Walters Shine At District 10-3A Meet

SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Hunter, Herman, Walters Shine At District 10-3A Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

October 29, 2012

Several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers kicked it up another notch Monday at the District 10-3A Swimming and Diving Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The district meet is the first step toward berths at the FHSAA State 3A Meet in Orlando. The top eight individuals qualify for Friday’s region meet in Plantation.

West Broward sophomore Melissa Marinheiro repeated as district champion in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.38. Marinheiro also won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:01.36.

SOFLO’s Kylie Herman of Cypress Bay was third in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:23.55.

SOFLO teammate Amber Hunter of West Broward was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.30.

West Broward’s Jacob Walters was third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.29 and third in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.49.

Western’s Francisco Alvarez was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.98.

St. Thomas Aquinas, led by Brandon Goldman, defended its title. The boys won with 502 points and Nova was runner-up with 375.

The girls, led by individual winners Mia Fiorenzi and Sophia Oliva won with 452.5 points, more than 100 points ahead of Cypress Bay with 328.

St. Thomas won five of six boys and girls relays.

Goldman, the Raiders’ team captain, enjoying his finest high school season, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.25, the only swimmer to crack two minutes. He had a two-second margin of victory. He also won the 100-yard backstroke in 53.09 and qualified on two relays.

SOFLO swimmers return to Plantation Aquatic Complex Friday for the Region 4-3A meet, the final step to qualifying for state berths. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5:30 p.m.

DISTRICT 10-3A RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 452.50, 2. Cypress Bay 328, 3. Nova 272, 4. South Plantation 262, 5. West Broward 261, 6. Northeast 150.50, 7. Western 149, 8. Cooper City 133, 9. Flanagan 106, 10. South Broward 46, 11. McArthur 36, 12. Miramar 22.

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:57.40, 2. South Plantation 1:59.25, 3. West Broward 2:01.49.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Melissa Marinheiro (WB) 1:54.38, 2. Emma Lincoln (CB) 1:56.22, 3. Daniela Veloza (N) 1:56.57.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mia Fiorenzi (STA) 2:16.84, 2. Skye Downey (SP) 2:21.06, 3. Chloe Gerena (STA) 2:22.14.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sophia Oliva (STA) 25.13, 2. Zoie Balthazar (SP) 25.42, 3. Fatimah Westbrook (NE) 25.49.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Amanda Tipton (N) 58.55, 2. Mia Fiorenzi (STA) 59.49, 3. Amber Hunter (WB) 1:00.30.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Lincoln (CB) 54.26, 2. Zoie Balthazar (SP) 54.77, 3. Sophia Oliva (STA) 54.79.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Melissa Marinheiro (WB) 5:01.36, 2. Daniela Veloza (N) 5:07.73, 3. Kylie Herman (CB) 5:23.55.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:42.20, 2. Nova 1:42.92, 3. Cypress Bay 1:45.16.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Amanda Tipton (N) 59.79, 2. Sammy Stinemire (STA) 1:01.28, 3. Meagan Abad (SP) 1:02.45.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Fatimah Westbrook (NE) 1:09.95, 2. Chloe Gerena (STA) 1:14.15, 3. Marie Borrelli (STA) 1:14.40.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:42.93, 2. Cypress Bay 3:44.72, 3. West Broward 3:46.99.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 502, 2. Nova 375, 3. Cypress Bay 312, 4. South Plantation 207, 5. West Broward 160, 6. Flanagan 142, 7. Western 138, 8. Cooper City 101, 9. South Broward 80, 10. Notheast 63, 11. McArthur 44, 12. Miramar 12.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Nova 1:42.95, 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:43.17, 3. South Plantation 1:48.39.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Francisco Parra (CB) 1:43.81, 2. Kyle Desrosiers (STA) 1:49.73, 3. Jacob Walters (WB) 1:50.29.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Brandon Goldman (STA) 1:58.25, 2. Katana Sato (SP) 2:02.36, 3. Gabriel Perez Silva (STA) 2:04.42.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sean Chen (SP) 22.79, 2. RJ Moore (STA) 22.85, 3. Nick McKenna (SP) 22.91.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alex Lilley (STA) 53.02, 2. Javier Menchaca Gallegos (STA) 54.15, 3. Jacob Walters (WB) 54.49.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Francisco Parra (CB) 47.97, 2. Nick McKenna (SP) 49.38, 3. Alex Benham (STA) 49.48.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Esteban Velasquez (STA) 4:54.91, 2. Carlos Gallego (CB) 4:55.16, 3. Kyle Desrosiers (STA) 4:59.07.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:31.82, 2. Nova 1:33.07, 3. Cypress Bay 1:34.46.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Brandon Goldman (STA) 53.09, 2. Esteban Velasquez (STA) 57.15, 3. Francisco Alvarez (W) 57.98.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Ryan O’Hara (N) 1:03.94, 2. Derek Sibley (SB) 1:05.28, 3. Michael Crespo (STA) 1:06.63.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:21.44, 2. Nova 3:22.60, 3. Cypress Bay 3:26.31.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Fab Five Sweeps Girls Butterfly In Best Times On Day Three Of Senior Southern Zones

SOFLO’s Fab Five Sweeps Girls Butterfly In Best Times On Day Three Of Senior Southern Zones


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 8, 2012

In a first-of-its-kind finish, South Florida Aquatic Club swept the top five places in the championship final of the girls’ 50-meter butterfly Wednesday night at the Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

Maria Lopez, 16, broke the 30-second mark for the first time in her swimming career to win in a career-best 29.67 seconds.

Lopez was one of five SOFLO swimmers to advance into the championship final. All five posted career-best times in the championship race.

Marcella Marinheiro, 17, was second in 29.77, also cracking 30 seconds for the first time.

Amber Hunter, 16, was third in 30.50.

Evelin Jimenez, 17, and Melissa Marinheiro, 15, tied for fourth in 30.67.

“That was cool, we have been working hard on the fly, really focusing on sprint fly,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said.

“We knew we would have some girls go under 30. I wasn’t surprised. We knew we were going to do it, that was the plan. Our swimmers are having a lot of fun with this meet.”

The Fab Five totaled 82 points in the one event to extend SOFLO’s lead in the girls’ team standings to 525.5 ahead of Team Greenville (443) after the butterfly event.

Four of the five flyers had dropped time in morning prelims. Top seed Maria Lopez, 16, dropped from 30.31 to 30.13; Marcella Marinheiro, 17, dropped from 30.29 to 30.14; Hunter, 16, dropped from 30.89 to 30.77; and Jimenez, 17, dropped from 30.98 to 30.86.

The SOFLO girls ruled the pool on another exciting night of long course swimming.

SOFLO has a commanding lead in the girls’ team standings with 631.5 points. Team Greenville is second with 475.

SOFLO boys also lead the team standings with 671.5 points followed by Team Greenville with 539.

Four of the five girls’ flyers came back to finish second in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:49.47 with Lopez, Hunter and Marinheiro sisters.

Marcella Marinheiro, 17, won the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 31.54, bettering her previous best of 31.69. SOFLO teammate Samantha Stinemire, 14, finished second in a best time 31.70, dropping from 32.40. Melissa Marinheiro, 15, was eighth in 34.59.

Jessica Rodriguez, 13, the youngest swimmer in the championship final, finished third in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:20.52. She was seeded fifth after morning prelims. Her previous best was 5:23.11.

Marc Rojas, 18, swam back-to-back best times in the 200-meter freestyle. He finished second in 1:56.58, a bonus cut for next week’s Speedo Junior Nationals. Rojas had the fourth fastest time in morning prelims in a best time 1:58.26 lowering his previous best 1:58.76.

Rojas was also a member of the runner-up 800-meter freestyle relay team that finished in a season-best 8:12.34 with Carlo Morante, Alex Rodriguez and Jacob Walters.

Walters, 16, had two more personal best time swims. He lowered his time in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:05.33, dropping from 2:06.34. In the 50-meter butterfly, Walters dropped from 28.46 to 28.38 in prelims and bettered it again to win the consolation final in 27.63.

Jordan Colon, 15, won the Bonus Final in a best time in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:03.01, lowering his previous best of 5:04.08.

Former SOFLO/Comets swimmer Leonie Davies of The Woodlands turned in back-to-back best times in morning prelims and finals. Davies lowered her 200-meter freestyle time from 2:14.85 to 2:14.58 and lowered it again in the consolation final in 2:14.20.

Also in morning prelims:

Marcella Marinheiro, 17, earned the top seed in the 50-meter backstroke in 32.39 and teammate Samantha Stinemire, 14, swam the second fastest time in 32.44.

Daniela Jimenez, 17, lowered her best time in the 200-meter freestyle to 2:20.01 from 2:20.64. Also in the event, Lilli Calero, 14, swam a best time 2:25.12 bettering her previous best of 2:26.27.

Ivan Parada, 17, dropped from 28.91 to 28.27 in the 50-meter butterfly and again in finals to finish fifth in 27.56.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club (SOFLO) 631.5, 2. Team Greenville 475, 3. Team FLA 410.5, 4. Plantation 378, 5. First Colony 358.5, 6. The Woodlands 332.5, 7. Mansfield 330, 8. Katy Aquatics 325, 9. Mississippi Makos 244.5, 10. Houston Cougar 216, 15. Pompano Piranhas 100.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

50-meter backstroke: 1. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 31.54, best time; SOFLO: 2. Samantha Stinemire 31.70, best time, 8. Melissa Marinheiro 34.59, 14. Maria Lopez 34.00.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Meagan Thompson, MAC 2:08.82; SOFLO: 36. Daniela Jimenez 2:20.01, best time, 40. Evelin Jimenez 2:20.82, 54. Lilli Calero 2:25.12, best time, 57. Carly Swanson 2:28.30.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Kristen Hepler, KATY 5:14.55; SOFLO: 3. Jessica Rodriguez 5:20.52, best time, 20. Daniela Jimenez 5:52.36.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 29.67, best time; SOFLO: 2. Marcella Marinheiro 29.77, best time, 3. Amber Hunter 30.50, best time, 4. Evelin Jimenez, 30.67, best time and Melissa Marinheiro, 30.67, best time.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. MAC 8:46.16, 2. SOFLO “A” 8:49.47 (Marcella Marinheiro, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro, Amber Hunter), 9. SOFLO “B” 9:20.39 (Daniela Jimenez, Evelin Jimenez, Samantha Stinemire, Bianca Muniz).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 671.5, 2. Team Greenville 539, 3. Team FLA 436.5, 4. Plantation 408, 5. Mansfield 362, 6. First Colony 358.5, 7. Katy Aquatics 353, 8. The Woodlands 350.5, 9. Mississippi Makes 244.5, 10. Houston Cougar 216, 15. Pompano Piranhas 100.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

50-meter backstroke: 1. Chad Moody, Pompano Piranhas 28.48; SOFLO: 4. Carlo Morante 30.51, 9. Ivan Parada 31.17.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Cory Loria, MAC 1:56.49; SOFLO: 2. Marc Rojas 1:56.58, best time, 24. Jacob Walters 2:05.33, best time, 31. Roger Capote 2:07.21, 58. Xavier Brown 2:17.02.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Pablo Ortiz, TG 4:40.65; SOFLO: 17. Jordan Colon 5:03.01, best time.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Pablo Ortiz, TG 26.96; SOFLO: 3. Alex Rodriguez 27.30, 4. Xavier Brown 27.44, 5. Ivan Parada 27.56, best time, 9. Jacob Walters 27.63, best time. 

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. TG 8:07.94, 2. SOFLO “A” 8:12.34 (Carlo Morante, Alex Rodriguez, Marc Rojas, Jacob Walters), 14. SOFLO “B” 8:45.77 (Ivan Parada, Edward Kon, Ryan Capote, Roger Capote).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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NIKE SPOTLIGHT ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: Amber Hunter

NIKE SPOTLIGHT ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: Amber Hunter


 SOFLO Swimmer Posts Six Best Times At FSU Spring Meet

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 25, 2012

Amber Hunter knows all about work ethic.

The West Broward High School sophomore has been putting the work in and out of the pool and it’s beginning to pay off.

Hunter, 16, turned in six lifetime bests in long course meters during the Florida State Spring Meet earlier this month at the Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee.

“I have been training really hard lately and it’s starting to pay off,” Hunter said. “All the hours and work I am putting in is turning into my times improving. It makes all the hard work worth it.”

Hunter lowered her times in the 200-meter freestyle (2:16.52), 100-meter butterfly (1:07.98), 200-meter butterfly (2:31.46), 50-meter freestyle (29.48), 200-meter individual medley (2:37.74) and 100-meter freestyle (1:03.02).

“It was a good environment and nice atmosphere for a swim meet, I was able to swim pretty relaxed,” Hunter said.

“I was happy being able to compete that well at the beginning of the season being a little out of my comfort zone swimming against older college athletes. It was an encouraging start of the season.”

Of course, it didn’t hurt having teammate and two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson helping her warm-up and warm-down and giving her advice before prelims and finals. They would also watch each other’s races.

 “I was happy to do that well since I was in the middle of hard training,” Hunter said. “I was surprised I went all best times. I had some specific goals in mind for some of them. The other ones I just went with it. I was hoping to do better in a few of them but not all of them.

“At the end of the weekend I was getting pretty tired physically,” Hunter said. “In the middle of it I felt really good but I think the last day we were all getting a little tired.”

A few weeks ago, Hunter started weight training twice a week at the gym in addition to her regular dryland training.

“It’s been more physically hard,” Hunter said. “I always did different drylands but this was the first time I am doing heavy weights. Leading up to the end of the summer I think I am going to see a difference in the pool but it’s still too soon to tell. It’s really tough training.”

Hunter has been swimming for 12 years. She followed her big sister’s footsteps and started with swimming lessons in Pennsylvania. When she and her family moved to South Florida she joined the Comets in 2000 and started competing with the club.

When she was younger she was involved with soccer, softball and dance but decided to focus on swimming when she got to middle school.

Hunter knew it was only a matter of time before her hard work investment started paying off dividends.

“I went through the different stages,” Hunter said. “I would do very well and then not so well. I realized after trial-and-error when I train hard, it pays off. It’s just always been my goal to train hard and get better. I just never had an idea of how far I wanted to go with it.”

Hunter is hoping to put in a good summer of training to prepare for the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships along with the 2012 high school season. Last year she qualified for states on a relay. This season as a junior she would like to go in an individual event in addition to the relay.

“I am excited about the high school season,” said Hunter, who is also sad she is losing one of her relay teammates and friend, Leonie Davies, who is moving to Texas with her family in June. “High school swimming is always a lot of fun. You spend time with your friends and socialize. It takes away from the stress of club swimming.

“Swimming in college is definitely what I am looking for, I would love to get a scholarship,” Hunter said. “I am focusing on academics and swimming because I want to swim in college.”

Also at the FSU Spring Invite, SOFLO teammate Tiffany Oliver, who will be a junior in the fall at FSU, bettered her best times in the 200-meter freestyle (2:04.96), 50-meter freestyle (25.90), 100-meter backstroke (1:09.10) and 100-meter freestyle (56.95). Oliver, 19, is currently training for next month’s U.S. Olympic trials in Tallahassee.

Atkinson was able to lower her best time in the 100-meter backstroke (1:06.81) and 200-meter individual medley (2:17.53) and is now preparing to compete in next week’s Santa Clara Invitational.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 152: Sutton, LaTourette Win At Charlotte UltraSwim

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 152: Sutton, LaTourette Win At Charlotte UltraSwim


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 10, 2012

On the opening night of the USA Swimming Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix, distance events took center stage at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Chloe Sutton of Mission Viejo, Calif., a 2008 Olympian in open water, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:23.96. Ashley Twichell was second in 16:25.25 and Andreina Pinto of Gator Swim Club was third in 16:38.64.

Stanford senior Chad LaTourette, also of Mission Viejo, won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:58.91. Connor Jaeger of Club Wolverine was second in 8:00.81 and Sean Ryan was third in 8:07.43.

Michael Phelps told reporters on Thursday that he planned to swim only the 200-meter freestyle on Friday and 200-meter butterfly on Saturday in Charlotte before leaving for a pre-Olympic media summit in Dallas on Sunday. Phelps will swim against Ryan Lochte on Friday.

In other key matchups, Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy will race in the 100-meter breaststroke and Dana Vollmer will swim against Natalie Coughlin in the 100-meter butterfly.

The four-day meet continues today with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The meet will be webcast live on usaswimming.org.

SOFLO’s Hunter, Oliver Swim Career-Best Times

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Amber Hunter and Tiffany Oliver turned in career-best times Thursday night on the opening day of the Florida State Spring Invite at Morcom Aquatic Center in Tallahassee.

Hunter, 16, swam the 200-meter freestyle in 2:16.5, bettering her previous best of 2:17.30 and 100-meter butterfly in 1:07.9 bettering her previous best of 1:08.31.

Oliver swam the 200-meter freestyle in a best time of 2:04.

Two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson came close to her personal best in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.91, just off her best time of 1:08.89 and 1:02.5 in the 100-meter butterfly, off her best time of 1:02.40.

SOFLO’s Cooper Academic All-American

Florida State sophomore Melissa Cooper was among 12 Seminoles named to the All-ACC Academic Team. Swimmers had to have a GPA of 3.0 while maintaining a 3.0 cumulative average during their academic careers. After transferring from Texas A&M, Cooper enjoyed a successful season in her first year with the Seminoles.

Dennis Pursley Named Alabama Coach

Former Alabama swimmer Dennis Pursley, currently head of British Swimming, will return to his alma mater after the 2012 London Olympic Games to coach the program. Pursley was USA Swimming National Team Director for fourteen years. He has been credited with turning around Great Britain’s swim program headed into the Games.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO/Comets Host Distance Challenge Wednesday Night

SOFLO/Comets Host Distance Challenge Wednesday Night


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 8, 2012

A field of nearly 100 swimmers will compete Wednesday night at the Comets Distance Challenge at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Host club SOFLO/Comets will be joined by SwimFast and Davie Nadadores in the field.

The meet offers only the distance events 800-meter freestyle and 1500-meter freestyle.

Sisters Megan, 12, and Sarah, 9, Schimansky and Delaney Biro, 10, who train at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, head a large SOFLO contingent.

Among notable distance swimmers competing for SOFLO are Kelley Heron, 12; Leonie Davies, 15; sisters Marcella, 17, Melissa, 15, and Michelle, 9, Marinheiro; Marc Rojas, 18; and Julien Pinon, 13; Samuel Quintero, 11; Andres Lares, 12; Rafael Rodriguez, 10; and Roger Capote, 16.

IF YOU GO

What: Comets Distance Challenge

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

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

Admission: $3. For information call 954-538-3721.

Comets Ready To Sizzle At Friday Sizzler

Fourteen Comets, seven boys and seven girls, will get a chance to fine tune their strokes and racing techniques when they participate in the Pompano Beach Piranhas Spring Sizzler Friday at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

The fun, no-pressure meet gives coaches a chance to gauge their young swimmers on their progress from practice sessions and to watch them carry over from workouts into actual meets.

The Comets’ girls competing are Daniela Barreto, 8, Marcela Bucaro, 7, Marli Crichton, 7, Noelle Crichton, 6, Jena Legaspi, 8, Isabella Lizarazo, 8, and Sara Quintero, 8.

The Comets’ boys are Fernando Barreto, 6, Jake Cavanagh, 7, Mark Andre De Cracia, 8, Zackary Harris, 7, Noah Hew, 7, Alejandro Mateus, 7, and Ian Torres, 7.

The events for the 6-and-under and 7-8 swimmers are 25 butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle and 100 freestyle relay.

All events are timed finals.

IF YOU GO

What: Pompano Beach Piranhas Spring Sizzler

When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Pompano Beach Aquatic Center, 820 NE 18th Ave.

Admission: Free. Heat sheets $3. For information call 954-372-5029.

Atkinson, Hunter Compete This Weekend

Two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson and up-and-coming swimmer Amber Hunter will compete at this weekend’s Florida State Spring Invite at Morcom Aquatics Center Thursday through Sunday in Tallahassee.

Each SOFLO swimmer is entered in six events in the long course meet.

Atkinson, 23, is entered in the 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter freestyle.

Hunter, 16, will compete in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter freestyle.

SOFLO teammate Tiffany Oliver, finishing up her sophomore year at FSU and training for next month’s U.S. Olympic trials, will also compete.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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West Broward Girls Shine At Class 3A State Meet; St. Thomas Aquinas Boys Second

West Broward Girls Shine At Class 3A State Meet; St. Thomas Aquinas Boys Second


November  10, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Leonie Davies, Amber Hunter and sisters Marcella and Melissa Marinheiro put West Broward High School on the map Thursday night at the FHSAA Class 3A Swimming and Diving Championships at the Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

The four-year-old Pembroke Pines-based high school finished tenth among the field of 51 girls teams with 83 points, finishing ahead of older, more established teams Boca Raton, Douglas, Nova and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The only other South Florida team among the Top 10 finishers was Miami Palmetto, third with 114 points.

“We are still not very popular on campus, but, hopefully this will help,” said Davies, making her third state meet appearance. “We are better than the football team.”

Said Hunter, a sophomore making her state debut: “I’m hoping West Broward gets known as a swimming school. Hopefully, we made a statement and established ourselves. We are trying to get ourselves out there.”

In front of a standing-room-only crowd at the indoor facility, the West Broward swimmers, all members of the South Florida Aquatic Club at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, scored points in both individual and relay events with only four swimmers.

The foursome finished fifth in the 400-yard freestyle in a season-best 3:35.78 (previous best was 3:38.52, No. 3 ranked in the county) to pick up 28 points and added another six points with a 14th place finish in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:56.00.

Melissa Marinheiro, a freshman making her state debut, finished sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.98 and sixth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:00.32, slower than her career-best time of 4:57.53 in morning prelims.

“I am happy with my first state meet,” Melissa said. “I have been practicing a lot. I am happy with the results. I made “A” finals and got my times. I was hoping I would make finals. The 500 was definitely tough dropping time in the morning and then coming back at night. They definitely went out fast at night. I have to train more to keep up next time.

“I wasn’t nervous being at my first state meet, but it was definitely nerve wracking and it was awesome, too. I definitely want to come back to states.”

Melissa compared the state meet to the Brazilian Junior Nationals which she will race in two weeks. “I am excited to go back and see my friends,” she said. “These are definitely the two biggest meets of my life.”

Older sister Marcella Marinheiro, a junior, also making her state meet debut, was eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.90 and seventh in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.22, a best time. Her previous best was 58.62.

“I am really  happy,” Marcella said. “I trained really hard and good results came so I am really happy.

“We did really well as a team and beat St. Thomas. This is the best I have done so I am very happy. Our relay was great. We want to make states next year and do better.”

Hunter was thrilled for her teammates.

“It’s exciting for me to compete with the other girls,” Hunter said. “It was a fun experience. It was great we finished tenth. We only have so many girls to begin with. We weren’t really sure what to expect. We set goals for ourselves. We’re happy with how each of us did. I am so proud of everybody. We all did really well. We were really pumped up.

“This was really fun for me,” Hunter said. “I’ve never been at this level before. It’s a fun experience. I wasn’t intimidated, I was more nervous.”

Competing at her third state meet, Davies was the most experienced and steadying influence on the team.

“I think it’s great we finished tenth,” Davies said. “It was such a team effort. I was really happy we all relied on each other. It wasn’t really intimidating being here, it was more motivating. It was totally a good nervous. We were hoping to do well. You can do anything you want if you work hard and really want it.”

Sarasota Riverview won the girls team championship with 214 points.

St. Thomas Aquinas boys’ team finished runner-up in the boys’ final standings with 192 points. Boca Raton was fourth with 174.

Palm Harbor won its second boys team title in the history of the school with 235 points.

In addition to the Marinheiro sisters, Hunter and Davies, several other SOFLO swimmers did well in championship and consolation finals.

St. Thomas Aquinas junior Brandon Goldman swam two career-best times in morning prelims. He posted 1:54.40 in the 200-yard individual medley and finished seventh in the 200-yard individual medley final in 1:55.28 (previous best, 1:57.58). He also swam a lifetime best of 52.92 in the 100-yard backstroke and placed seventh in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.11 (previous best, 53.14).

St. Thomas Aquinas, with Goldman swimming leadoff, was third in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:37.74. Goldman touched second on his backstroke leg in 24.44.

Emma Lincoln of Cypress Bay won the consolation 200-yard freestyle two seconds faster than her morning prelim time in 1:52.72. Lincoln was also sixth in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.20.

Taravella junior Keegan Boisson-Yates was second in the consolation 50-yard freestyle in a best time 21.56 (22.04 previous best).  He was seventh in the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 46.59 (47.26 previous best).

Mauricio Hidalgo of Douglas was seventh in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.39, a best time (53.85 previous best).

The competition continues Friday with the Class 1A meet, historically the fastest competition in meet history. Defending champion Jacksonville Bolles is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as team champions.

SOFLO will have seven swimmers in the field including Pine Crest freshman Tyla Martin, making her state meet debut; University of Florida-bound Luke Torres of American Heritage; Lindsey Sauer of South Florida Heat; Marco Hosfeld of University School; and Steph Campo, Jenna Diamond and Natasha Payamps of Coral Springs Charter.

It will also mark the final state meet appearances of California-bound Lauren Driscoll and Florida-bound Lindsey McKnight.

The state meet final is being webcast live on FHSAAsports.com and live results on fhsaa.org.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.Sarasota Riverview 214, 2. Palm Harbor 145.5, 3. Miami Palmetto 114, 4. Tampa Plant 111, 5. Spruce Creek 106, 6. Countryside 103, 7. Buchholz  101, 8. Dr. Phillips 93, 9. Olympia 84, 10. West Broward 83, 11. Jupiter and St. Thomas Aquinas 78, 13. Oviedo 76, 14. Newsome 68, 15. Lake Brantley 66, 16. Tampa Wharton 64, 17. East Lake and Boca Raton 63, 19. St. Petersburg 41, 20. Seminole 39.5, 21. Hagerty 39, 22. Orlando Boone 33, 23. Reagan, Sarasota and Lyman 30, 26. Northeast 27, 27. Coral Reef 24.5, 28. East Ridge and Fleming Island 24, 30. Winter Park and Cypress Bay 23, 32. Winter Springs 20, 33. Seminole 19, 34. Nova 18, 35. Wiregrass 17, 36. Wellington 15, 37. John I. Leonard and Viera 13, 39. Douglas , West Orange and Plant City 11, 42. East Bay 8, 43. Deerfield Beach 7, 44. Palm Beach Central 6, 45. South Plantation 5.5, 46. Hialeah Gardens 5, 47. Lake Howell and Ferguson 4, 49. Atlantic Coast 3, 50. Miami Beach 2, 51. Park Vista 1.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Lake Brantley 1:48.58 (Brittany Lacroix, Breanna Nguyen, Michelle Pope, Chloe Soler), 2. Miami Palmetto 1:48.71, 3. Jupiter 1:48.84; SOFLO: 10. St. Thomas Aquinas (Ashley Monaghan, Marie Borrelli, Mikaela Michalowitz, Sophia Oliva), 12.  Douglas 1:55.10 (Emily Greenwood, Selina Voelkel, Kristina Nork, Anne Kuczynski), 14. West Broward 1:56.00 (Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro, Amber Hunter, Leonie Davies).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Katz, Riverview 1:47.24, 2. Michelle Turek, Palm Harbor 1:48.11, 3. Kendal Casey, Spruce Creek 1:48.46; SOFLO: 6. Melissa Marinheiro, West Broward 1:52.98, 8. Marcella Marinheiro, West Broward 1:53.90, 9. Emma Lincoln, Cypress Bay 1:52.72.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Ashlee Linn, Riverview 1:58.80, 2. Sydney Pickrem, East Lake 2:00.55, 3. Chelsea Britt, Boone 2:01.09; SOFLO: 16. Anne Kuczynski, Douglas 2:12.96, 17. Mia Fiorenzi, St. Thomas Aquinas 2:13.95.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Riki Bonnema, Olympia 23.18, 2. Hope Bruens, Boca Raton 23.26, 3. Lauren Hall, Countryside 23.88; SOFLO: 23. Kristina Brennan, St. Thomas Aquinas 25.23.

100-yard butterfly:  1. Angela Algee, Dr. Phillips 54.77, 2. Kayla Moran, Lyman 55.04, 3. Kaitlin Pickens, Seminoles 55.68; SOFLO: SOFLO: 12. Maria Lopez, HG 58.74.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Harper Bruens, Boca Raton 50.39, 2. Michelle Turek, Palm Harbor 51.06, 3. Daniele Johnson, Miami Palmetto 51.07; SOFLO: 6. Emma Lincoln, Cypress Bay 52.20, 19. Anne Kuczynski, DOUG 54.81, 22. Kristina Brennan, STA 55.65.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Katz, Riverview 4:47.22, 2. Kendal Casey, Spruce Creek 4:51.19, 3. Cameron Davis, Sarasota 4:52.46; SOFLO: 6. Melissa Marinheiro, West Broward 5:00.32.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Sarasota Riverview, 2. Oviedo, 3. Palm Harbor; SOFLO: 11. St. Thomas Aquinas (Kristina Brennan, Mia Fiorenzi, Carolina Vargas, Sophia Oliva).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ashlee Linn, Riverview 53.95, 2. Chelsea Britt, Boone 54.88, 3. Jessica Piper, St. Petersburg 56.72; SOFLO:  7. Marcella Marinheiro, WB 58.22, 19. Emily Greenwood, DOUG 59.99, 24. Maria Lopez, HG 1:02.88.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Sydney Pickrem, East Lake 1:02.91, 2. McKenna Harris, Spruce Creek 1:04.88, 3. Daniele Johnson, Miami Paletto 1:05.35; SOFLO: 18. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 1:10.11, 21. Ashley Monaghan, STA 1:10.26, 23. Kelly Kealty, TAR 1:13.10.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Riverview 3:29.25 (Ashlee Linn, Nancy Hu, Lexy Raybon, Taylor Katz), 2. Palm Harbor 3:34.11, 3. Spruce Creek 3:34.88; SOFLO: 5. West Broward 3:35.78 (Marcella Marinheiro, Amber Hunter, Melissa Marinheiro, Leonie Davies) 3:35.78; 10. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:39.39 (Kristina Brennan, Mia Fiorenzi, Mikaela Michalowitz, Sophia Oliva).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Shannon Potter, Winter Springs 460.45, 2. Carly Alexander, STA 443.10, 3. Alexis Gonzales, East Lake 432.90; Other locals: 5. Amanda Habig, St. Thomas Aquinas 431.10. 10. Julia Hackett, St. Thomas Aquinas 390.15, 19. Nerissa Scott, St. Thomas Aquinas 237.75, 20. Jennifer Huchler, Cypress Bay 230.90.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.Palm Harbor 235, 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 192, 3. Winter Park 181, 4. Boca Raton 174, 5. Riverview 117, 6. Countryside 108, 7. Miami Palmetto 85, 8. Dr. Phillips 79, 9. Seminole 71, 10. Clearwater 66, 11. Cypress Bay and Olympia 57, 13. Timber Creek 54, 14. Jupiter 52, 15. Hagerty 43, 16. Tampa Plant 42, 17. Seminole 41, 18. East Lake 40, 19. Lake Brantley 39, 20. Northeast 38, 21. Venice and Oviedo 37, 23. East Ridge and Bloomingdale 35, 25. Fort Pierce Central and Mandarin 29, 27. Fleming Island 28, 28. Spruce Creek and Dr. Krop 24, 30. Coral Glades and Miami Sunset 23, 32. Miami Columbus 22, 33. Sarasota 21, 34. South Broward and Taravella 20, 36. Vero Beach 19, 37. Fletcher 16, 38. Coral Gables 15, 39. Freedom 13, 40. Ferguson and Dwyer 12, 42. Wharton 10, 43. Charlotte and Reagan 9, 45. Spanish River 6, 46. George Steinbrenner 5, 47. First Coast and Newsome 4, 49. George Jenkins, University High and Douglas 2, 54. Wellington 1.      

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Palm Harbor 1:33.70 (Ryan McRae, David Morgan, Zach Perrotti, Jason Williams), 2. Boca Raton 1:36.90, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:37.74 (Brandon Goldman, Josh Asseraf, Alex Lilley, RJ Moore).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Nick Alexiou, Clearwater 1:36.27, 2. Steyn Funk, Olympia 1:39.56, 3. Derek Pridemore, Venice 1:41.43.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Justin Kaisrlik, East Ridge 1:49.60, 2. Zackary Metka, Seminole 1:50.54, 3. David Morgan, Palm Harbor 1:50.86; SOFLO: 7. Brandon Goldman, St. Thomas Aquinas 1:55.28.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Jason McCormick, Boca Raton 20.82, 2. Avery Warrington, Winter Park 20.85, 3. Jason Williams, Palm Harbor 20.87; SOFLO:  10. Keegan Boisson-Yates, Taravella 21.56.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jacob Kingsford, Winter Park 50.74, 2. Alex Lilley, STA 50.95, 3. Cole Hensley, Oviedo 50.96; SOFLO: 15. Mauricio Hidalgo, Douglas 53.39.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Steyn Funk, Olympia 45.34, 2. Avery Warrington, Winter Parl 45.35, 3. Jason Williams, Palm Harbor 45.94; SOFLO: 7. Keegan Boisson-Yates, TAR 46.59.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Nick Alexiou, Clearwater 4:24.30, 2. Alexander Katz, Riverview 4:26.59, 3. Derek Pridemore, Venice 4:28.31.

200-yard freestyle relay:  1. Winter Park 1:24.50 (Jacob Kingsford, Ory Tasman, Jeandre Pretorius, Avery Warrington), 2. Boca Raton 1:25.40, 3. Palm Harbor 1:26.03.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Georgi Krastev, Northeast 50.82, 2. Costa de Assis, Fort Pierce Central 51.26, 3. Joshua Oathout, Lake Brantley 51.76; SOFLO: 7. Brandon Goldman, St. Thomas Aquinas 53.11.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Jason Coombs, Hagerty 54.89, 2. David Morgan, Palm Harbor 56.45, 3. Zackary Metka, Seminole 56.96; SOFLO: 16. Alex Evdokimov, TAR 1:00.47.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Winter Park 3:05.35 (Jacob Kingsford, Ory Tasman, Jeandre Pretorius, Avery Warrington), 2. Boca Raton 3:09.08, 3. Countryside 3:09.99.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Joey Dowd, OLY 496.30, 2. Diego Arostegui, CGL 464.10, 3. Ryan McIntire, FLET 450.10; Other locals: 10. John Harrington, STA 383.80, 11. Joe Subrey, CGL 381.55, 21. Andrew Barker, DOUG 144.05.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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