Estado de Mexico Wins Combined Team Title, Azura Finishes Second; Sanes Earns Olympic Trip On Final Day Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier

By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, May 2, 2021—Adriel Sanes of the Virgin Islands was all smiles as he climbed out of the pool after his final time trial on the fourth and final day of the UANA Tokyo Qualifier at Orlando Health National Training Center.

In Sunday’s 200-meter breaststroke time trial, the 22-year-old St. Croix native punched his ticket to the Tokyo Olympics with a qualifying time and national record of 2:12.59. He had just missed the FINA “B”cut by .02 in Saturday’s final.

“I was convinced to do the time trial since I was so close to it and been swimming at a high level at this meet with all best times,” Sanes said.

Sanes holds three other national records in the 50 and 100 breaststroke and 50 butterfly. Sanes has been training in Denver and is coached by Todd Schmitz of Colorado Stars, who also coached Missy Franklin.

Sanes said he wanted to thank the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee for “everything they’ve done for me and their continued support.” He also said Schmitz “has done a phenomenal job training me as you can see in my results.”

Estado de Mexico, dominant since opening day, won the combined (225 points) and men’s team titles (141). Scarlet (N.J.) Aquatics (111) won the women’s team title. Host Azura Florida Aquatics was second in combined (204), men’s (120) and women’s (84.55) team totals.

Individual high point winners were Athena Kovacs Meneses, 16, (36 points)and Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, both of Estado de Mexico (38 points).

On Sunday night, Azura had three individual champions. El Salvador’s Celina Marquez, 21, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.99. Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales, 25, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.90. El Salvador Olympian Marcelo Acosta, 24, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:22.41.

Other Sunday night winners were:

Madelyn Moore, 20, of Bermuda, 100-meter freestyle, 56.57, national record.

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino, 2:10.37.

Kate Hurst, 15, of Scarlet (N.J.) Aquatics, 800-meter freestyle, 8:53.49 followed by teammate Chloe Kim, 13, in 8:58.76.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, of Mexico, 100-meter freestyle, 49.61.

Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, 23, of Mexico, 200-meter butterfly, 1:58.76.

The successful four-day meet was hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming. It featured 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race. For many swimmers, it was their first long course meet of the season.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who competed were eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 225, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 204.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatics 123, 4. Pine Crest Swim Team 66.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 54, 6. Club Libanes Potosino 45, 7. Gator Swim Club 40, 8. Aruba 39, 9. Virgin Islands 37, 10. Britania Desert Dragons 36, 18. Bolles 21, 21. South Florida Aquatic Club 20.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 141, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 120, 3. Gator Swim Club 40, 4. Virgin Islands 37, 5. Olympus 25, 6. Aruba 24, 7. Dominican Republic 22, 8. Colorado Stars 21, 9. Zacatecas 19, 10. tie, Caan Rosarito, Texas A&M 13, 19. St. Andrew’s 8, 24. Pine Crest 5, 27. Bolles 4.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 111, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 84.5, 3. Mexico 84, 4. Pine Crest 61.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 54, 6. Britania Desert Dragons 36, 7. Club Libanes Potosino 33, 8. Bermuda 32, 9. Seleccion de Venezuela 23, 10. Montverde 22, 12. South Florida Aquatic Club 20, 14. Bolles 17, 23. Jamaica 12.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Madelyn Moore, Bermuda 56.57, 2. Fresh Sathianchokwisan, Bolles 57.06, 3. Liliana Ibanez, Swim Uphill 57.61; SOFLO: 19. Andrea Santander 59.92; FGC: 14. Elinah Phillip, Unattached 59.00, 15. Colleen Fergeson, Azura 59.17, 26. Nicol Bellardi, Venezuela 1:00.45, 27. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 1:00.48, 30. Mariana Cote, Venezuela 1:02.93.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:14.99, 2. Pia Murray, Unattached FSU 2:16.63, 3. Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, Club De Regatas Lima 2:17.30; FGC: 15. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:24.46, 18. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 2:31.15.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 2:10.37, 2. Diana Luna Sanchez, Puebla 2:16.37, 3. Junseo Kim, SCAR 2:16.53FGC: 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:20.73.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Kate Hurst, SCAR 8:53.49, 2. Chloe Kim, SCAR 8:58.76, 3. Kate Beavon, Unattached 9:01.57; FGC: 5. Mariana Cote, Venezuela 9:09.46.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 49.61, 2. Alberto Mestre, Azura 49.98, 3. Andres Dupont Cabrera, Bolles 50.04; FGC: 5. Daniel Ramierz, Westminster Academy 50.30, 6. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 50.75, 8. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 52.20, 9. Steven Aimable, Azura 52.32, 10. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 52.63, 12. Stefano Mitchell, Azura 51.74, 21. Kohen Kerr, Azura 52.99, 26. Kerry Olliviere, Azura 54.36.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:00.90, 2. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:02.83, 3. Diego Camacho Salgado, Olympus 2:03.02; FGC: 6. Lance Lesage, Unattached Pine Crest 2:04.85, 14. Diego Balbi, St. Andrew’s 2:10.04, 26. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:20.50; SOFLO: 27. Leo Mateus 2:21.41.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 1:58.76, 2. Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, Mexico 1:59.47, 3. Joey Carbone, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:01.61; FGC: 4. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:02.32, 10. Abbas Qali, Azura 2:21.60, 23. Sidrell Williams, Azura 2:13.34.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 15:22.41, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 15:37.95, 3. Brennan Gravley, Unattached-UF 15:40.22; FGC: 7. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 16:09.97, 17. Enrique Rodriguez, Venezuela 17:14.14.

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SOFLO Ready To Defend Title At FGC Senior Championships That Begins Thursday

By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 17, 2021–The Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships return after a year’s absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club will host the four-day meet which gets under way Thursday at Academic Village Pool.

The meet opens with timed finals beginning at 4 p.m. The events are men’s and women’s 100-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley.

The remainder of the weekend women’s prelims are 8 a.m., men’s prelims are 11 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. On Sunday the 1,650-yard freestyle is 2:45 p.m.

SOFLO will be going after its seventh senior championships title with a talent-laden squad. Azura, Pine Crest and Metro Aquatics will challenge SOFLO for the title.

SOFLO has qualified 63 swimmers, ages 15-and-over, (39 male and 24 female) in 320 individual events and four relays.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson and Honduran Olympic hopeful Julio Horrego head SOFLO’s lineup.

Atkinson, 32, is seeded first in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.68 and 100-yard breaststroke in 58.57.

Horrego, 22, is top-seeded in the 100-yard individual medley in 51.90; 200-yard breaststroke in 1:58.31; and 100-yard breaststroke in 53.85.

SOFLO’s other top seeds are:

Dominic Bono, 17, 400-yard individual medley, 3:59.15; 1,650-yard freestyle, 15:45.39.

Miguel Sierra, 17, 200-yard butterfly, 1:47.91; 100-yard butterfly, 47.93.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:15.19.

SOFLO is among a field of 37 Florida Gold Coast teams competing. Other top teams competing are Azura Florida Aquatics, Eagle Aquatics, Gulliver, Jupiter Dragons, Metro Aquatic Club of Miami, Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s Swimming and Wahoos of Wellington.

Other top-seeded swimmers are:

Nicole Aguilar, 16, Wellington, 100-yard individual medley, 59.10.

Anna Auld, 17, East Coast Aquatics, 500-yard freestyle, 4:48.14; 400-yard individual medley, 4:16.36; 200-yard freestyle 1:50.25; and 1,650-yard freestyle, 16:36.45.

Kyle Korvick, 17, Gulliver, 500-yard freestyle, 4:28.10.

Julia Podkoscielny, 16, Pine Crest, 200-yard backstroke, 1:55.39; 50-yard freestyle, 23.01.

Patrick Groters, 22, Pine Crest, 200-yard backstroke, 1:42.20; 100-yard backstroke, 48.26; and 200-yard individual medley, 1:46.24.

Will Taner, 18, Pine Crest, 100-yard freestyle, 45.42.

Heidi Smithwick, 17, Jupiter Dragons, 200-yard butterfly, 2:00.33; and 100-yard butterfly, 54.30.

Philip Moldovanu, 17, Wellington, 200-yard freestyle, 1:38.82.

Megan Murphy, 17, East Coast Aquatics 100-yard backstroke, 55.18.

Joshua Hanks, 17, Pine Crest, 50-yard freestyle, 20.52.

Paige Maceachern, 18, Pine Crest, 200-yard individual medley, 2:01.28.

Under stringent COVID-19 safety protocols, no spectators are allowed at the meet. Only coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and athletes will be allowed on deck. Those entering the pool deck must wear masks and maintain six feet in social distancing.

The meet will be live streamed on the club’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at the following link:

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SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Wins Two, Five Pool Records, FGC Record Broken On Day Two Of Florida Virtual Championship

By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, December 5, 2020–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers took their turn in the spotlight on Day Two of the Florida Virtual Championship Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Host South Florida Aquatic Club won three individual events and broke a pool record, one of five broken on Day Two.

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego won his second and third events of the meet. Horrego, 22, who represents Honduras internationally, won the 50-yard breaststroke in a lifetime best 25.71, dropping 0.31. It was the first time he cracked 26 seconds. His previous best was 26.02. SOFLO’s second fastest swimmer was Juan Mora, 16, fifth in a best time 27.03, dropping 0.75.

Horrego came back at night to break the pool record in the 200-yard individual medley in an exciting men’s race. Yeziel Morales of Azura led at the halfway mark before Horrego and Andrew Reiter, swimming unattached, turned together going into the freestyle leg. Horrego pulled away to win in 1:47.55 and Reiter was second in 1:48.12. The previous pool record was 1:47.98 set by SOFLO’s Miguel Cancel in 2019.

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart, 15, won the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 28.95, dropping 0.43. Her previous best was 29.38.

In another exciting race of the day, Azura Florida Aquatics (Yeziel Morales, Andres Martijena, Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Joaquin Vargas) edged South Florida Aquatic Club (Lance Lesage, Julio Horrego, Juan Mora, Michael Arias) to win the men’s 200-yard medley relay, 1:30.27-1:30.97.

Azura swept the relays, winning the women’s 200-yard medley relay in 1:44.73 with Celina Marquez, Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Laura Sofia Melo and Julimar Avila, more than 4 seconds ahead of Swim Florida in 1:48.55 and SOFLO in 1:48.64.

For the second day in a row, Marquez, 21, was a triple winner. She won the 50-yard butterfly in 24.56. SOFLO’s top finisher was Maddy Smutny, 15, 11th in 27.13.

Marquez, the top morning qualifier in 52.96, broke the pool record in the 100-yard backstroke winning in a lifetime-best 52.36. The previous record was 53.72 set in 2015 by Carolina Colorado. Marquez’ previous best was 53.31. SOFLO’s top finisher was Elena Dinehart, 21, fifth in 57.66. Teammate Mallory Schleicher, 17, broke 1 minute for the first time in a best time 58.05 to finish 11th. Marquez also led off the winning 200-yard medley relay.

In the most exciting women’s race of the night, Julia Podkoscielny, 16, and Marquez battled back and forth in the 200-yard individual medley with Podkoscielny pulling away on the final freestyle leg to win in a best time 1:58.72, dropping 1.13. Marquez finished in 2:00.37. SOFLO’s top finisher was Mallory Schleicher in a best time 2:04.83, dropping 4.33. Teammate Molly Golding, 17, won the B final in a best time 2:08.00, dropping 0.54.

After a brief break, Podkoscielny came back and won the 500-yard freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:46.85, dropping 3.90 from her previous best of 4:50.75. SOFLO’s top finisher was Olivia Dinehart in 5:00.69 for fourth place.

Joaquin Vargas, 18, of Azura, who represents Peru internationally, broke the fifth pool record of the day, winning the 500-yard freestyle in 4:20.18, shaving 9.57 off his previous best. The previous record was 4:25.55 by SOFLO’s Miguel Cancel in 2018. He also broke the 17-18 38-year-old Florida Gold Coast age group record of 4:23.90 set by Olympian Matt Cetlinski in 1982.

Carinn Bethea, 16, of T2 Aquatics won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.26, just ahead of Pine Crest’s Hanna Smith in 24.34.

Azura’s Thiago Sickert, at 32 the oldest swimmer in the meet, was impressive winning the 50-yard butterfly in a pool record and best time 22.08, dropping 0.05. The Brazilian’s previous best was 22.13. SOFLO’s top finisher was Michael Arias, 17, tenth in a best time 24.04, dropping 1.18. The previous pool record was 22.19 set by Nick Carter in 2015.

Azura teammate Yeziel Morales, 24, won the 100-yard backstroke in a pool record and lifetime-best 47.71, dropping 2.83. He was the third fastest going into the final. His previous best was 48.66. The old pool record was 48.49 set by Nick Carter in 2015. SOFLO’s top finisher was Lance Lesage, 18, in 49.30.

Josiah Morales, 26, of PAQ and Trinidad & Tobago won the 50-yard freestyle in a pool record 20.80. The previous record was 20.99 by Nick Carter in 2019. Sickert was second in a best time 21.00, dropping 0.20 and Pine Crest’s Joshua Hanks was third in 21.01. SOFLO’s top finisher was Juan Mora, 16, seventh in a best time 21.25, dropping 0.89.

The meet, also serving as USA Swimming’s 18-and-under Winter Championships, is one of four meets being held around the state. The others are the Dec. 4-6 meet hosted by North Palm Beach Swim Club at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart; Dec. 11-13 hosted by Sarasota Sharks Swim Team and Dec. 11-13 hosted by Clearwater Aquatic Team.

Each host site will have separate results for the short course yard events posted on Meet Mobile. At the conclusion of all four meets, the results will be combined to determine state champions and team totals.

More than 200 swimmers from 20 teams are completing, including Pine Crest Swimming, Gulliver Swim Club, Azura Florida Aquatics, T2 Aquatics and host SOFLO.

The three-day meet concludes on Sunday with women’s prelims are 9-10:04 a.m. and men’s prelims 11:30 a.m.-12:33 p.m. The distance events begin 3:30 p.m. Finals begin 6 p.m. Sunday’s events feature the 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 backstroke and 1,650 freestyle.

Like other SOFLO meets, strict COVID-19 guidelines are being enforced because of the pandemic. SOFLO and Comets Swim Team Booster Club have taken enhanced health and safety measures for swimmers, coaches, officials and volunteer timers. No parents, friends or fans are allowed.

Those interested in watching the races can view the livestream on Facebook or YouTube. The results are also posted on Meet Mobile.


100-yard backstroke: 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 52.36, 2. Katherine Minnich, Swim Fort Lauderdale 54.37, 3. Laura Sofia Melo, Azura 56.53; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 57.66, 10. Lucy Smutny 1:00.08, 11. Mallory Schleicher 58.05, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 28.95, time drop, 2. Paige Maceachern, Pine Crest 29.53, 3. Michaela Sierra, Unattached Azura 29.80; SOFLO: 4. Sophia Grubbs 30.32, time drop, 6. Molly Golding 30.63, time drop, 18. Sally Golding 33.65, 23. Sabrina Osorio 34.51.

50-yard butterfly: 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 24.56, 2. Anelis Roque, Metro Aquatics 25.93, 3. Olivia Owens, T2 26.16; SOFLO: 11. Maddy Smutny 27.13, 12. Mariangela Cincotti 27.17, 18. Sophia Grubbs 27.77, time drop.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 1:58.72, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:00.37, 3. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 2:00.84; SOFLO: 7. Mallory Schleicher 2:04.83, 11. Molly Golding 2:08.00, 17. Maddy Smutny 2:11.15.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Carinn Bethea, T2 24.26, 2. Hanna Smith, Pine Crest 24.34, 3. Julimar Avila, Azura 24.43; SOFLO: None.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 4:46.85, 2. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 4:50.45, 3. Cadence Fort, GCST 4:54.77; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Dinehart 5:00.69, 8. Elena Dinehart 5:06.67, time drop, 17. Lucy Smutny 5:14.88, 20. Mariangela Cincotti 5:23.44.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Azura 1:44.73 (Celina Marquez, Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Laura Sofia Melo, Julimar Avila), 2. Swim Florida 1:48.55, 3. SOFLO A 1:48.64 (Elena Dinehart, Sophia Grubbs, Maddy Smutty, Olivia Dinehart), 8. SOFLO B 1:51.40.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 47.71, 2. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 49.30, 3. Steven Aimable, Unattached Azura 50.27; SOFLO: 4. Juan Mora 50.33, time drop, 8. Juan Colmenares 53.58, time drop, 9. Dominic Bono 53.74.

50-yard breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 25.71, time drop, 2. Andres Martijena, Azura 25.80, 3. Andrew Reiter, Unattached 26.37; SOFLO: 5. Juan Mora 27.03, time drop, 7. Anthony Robaina 27.93, time drop, 9. Joseph Lee 28.22, 11. Javier Colmenares 28.71, time drop, 12. Javier Roman 28.73, time drop, 14. Manuel Melendez 28.81, time drop, 21. Yannai Michael 29.35, time drop, 22. Christopher Hau 29.75.

50-yard butterfly: 1. Thiago Sickert, Azura 22.08, 2. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 22.22, 3. Gabriel Araya, Azura 22.37; SOFLO: 10. Michael Arias 24.04, time drop, 11. Matthew Tarafa 24.23, 15. Agustin Rodriguez 25.11, time drop.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:47.55, time drop, 2. Andrew Reiter, Unattached 1:48.12, 3. Mason Laur, T2 1:48.40; SOFLO: 10. Philopatier Ibrahim 1:58.26, 19. Juan Colmenares 2:01.99.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Josiah Morales, PAQ 20.80, 2. Thiago Sickert, Azura 21.00, 3. Joshua Hanks, PC 21.01; SOFLO: 7. Juan Mora 21.25, time drop, 9. Lance Lesage 21.52, 11. Michael Arias 21.77, 17. Matthew Tarafa 22.40, 24. Andres Lara 22.88, 27. Robert Wilson 23.14.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 4:20.18, 2. Gabriel Araya, Azura 4:24.19, 3. Marcelo Acosta, Unattached Azura 4:25.78; SOFLO: 7. Dominic Bono 4:36.53, time drop, 14. Agustin Rodriguez 4:44.90, 15. Alex Golding 4:48.97, 19. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:53.46.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Azura A 1:30.27 (Yeziel Morales, Andres Martijena, Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Joaquin Vargas), 2. SOFLO A 1:30.97 (Lance Lesage, Julio Horrego, Juan Mora, Michael Arias), 3. T2 Aquatics A 1:34.76, 7. SOFLO B 1:40.07 (Juan Colmenares, Anthony Robaina, Matthew Tarafa, Robert Wilson).

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SOFLO Boys Rally To Win Boys Team Title On Final Day Of 29th Speedo Winter Championships

By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, December 15, 2019—The odds may have been stacked against them after a slow start the first two days, but South Florida Aquatic Club made it interesting and rallied to win the boys’ team title on the fourth and final day of the 29th annual Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Trailing Azura Florida Aquatics by 54.50 points (611.50-557) in the boys’ competition, SOFLO rallied to defend and win the boys team title, 882.50-854. Last year SOFLO won with 873.5 points. Metro Aquatics was third with 737.50.

Azura Florida Aquatics won the combined team title with 1,469. Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club finished second with 1,441.50 points, just 28.5 points behind. Azura Florida Aquatics also won the girls team title with 615 points. SOFLO was third with 559.

SOFLO was buoyed by the return of five of the six swimmers (Gaby Banks, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodriguez), coming off the Speedo Junior Winter National Championships-East meet that ended Saturday in Atlanta.

Among SOFLO individual champions were:

Madeline Smutny, 13-14 200-yard butterfly, 2:05.62.

Alia Atkinson, 17-and-over, 100-yard breaststroke, 58.57; 100-yard individual medley, 55.09.

Boys 10-and-under 200-yard freestyle relay, 2:00.13 (Connor Jimenez, Ryan Harries, Oleksii Viazmetinov, Juan Vallmitjana).

Boys 11-12 400-yard freestyle relay, 3:50.41.

Olivia Dinehart, 13-14, 100-yard individual medley, 57.52, time drop.

Alejandro Mateus, 13-14 200-yard butterfly, 1:58.83, time drop.

Philopatier Ibrahim, 15-16, 200-yard butterfly, 1:53.27.

Ryan Harries, 10-and-under, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:20.26, time drop.

Kevin Moya, 11-12, 200-yard freeyle, 1:58.16, time drop.

Miguel Sierra, 15-16, 200-yard freestyle, 1:41.51, time drop.

Juan Mora, 15-16, 100-yard individual medley, 52.48, time drop.

Connor Jimenez, 10-and-under, 50-yard backstroke, 32.78, time drop.

SOFLO’s top high point finishers in each age group were:

Girls 10-and-under, 16. Alessandra Gendarmi, 13 points.

Boys 10-and-under, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, 55 points just one point behind Adrian Rendon of Midtown Weston.

Girls 11-12, 7. Mariana Pinto, 48 points.

Boys 11-12, 3. Kevin Moya, 67 points.

Girls 13-14, 4. Elena Dinehart, 59 points.

Boys 13-14, 6. Alejandro Mateus, 56 points.

Girls 15-16, 8. Molly Golding, 41 points.

Boys 15-16, 1. Dominic Bono, 66 points.

Girls 17-and-over, 8. Alia Atkinson, 33 points.

Boys 17-and-over, 10. Leonardo Mateus, 33 points.

The Winter Champs was one of three meets SOFLO swimmers competed in this past week. The others were the Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East in Atlanta that ended on Saturday and Sunrise Holiday Championships, that also ended on Sunday.

SOFLO had 91 swimmers in 507 individual events and 48 relays in 28 relay events.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams were represented including Azura Florida Aquatics, Blue Marlins, Boca Raton Swim Team, Club Seminole, City of Miami Parks, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Heritage Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, Miami Swimming, Wahoos of Wellington, Westminster Academy, TS Aquatics, East Coast Aquatic, YMCA of South Florida and Metro Aquatics among other teams.

1. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,469, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,441.50, 3. Metro Aquatics 1,252.50, 4. St. Andrew’s 1,048.50, 5. Midtown Weston 704, 6. Jupiter Dragons 588, 7. Wahoos of Wellington 561.50, 8. Pine Crest Swimming 494, 9. TS Aquatics 440.50, 10. Gulliver 413.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 882.50, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 854, 3. Metro Aquatics 737.50, 4. St. Andrew’s 461, 5. Midtown Weston 221, 6. Eagle Aquatics 215.50, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 209.50, 8. TS Aquatics 205.50, 9. Jupiter Dragons 192, 10. Ransom Everglades 175.50.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 615, 2. St. Andrew’s 587.50, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 559, 4. Metro Aquatics 515, 5. Midtown Weston 483, 6. Wahoos of Wellington 479, 7. Pine Crest 415, 8. Jupiter Dragons 396, 9. Gulliver 302, 10. TS Aquatics 235.


200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Wahoos of Wellington 1:57.94, 6. SOFLO A 2:09.40 (Sofia Gomez, Jemma Baldwin, Mackenzie McPherson, Alessandra Gendarmi).

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Gulliver 3:54.66, 5. SOFLO A 4:03.84 (no names given), 10. SOFLO B 4:20.45 (Pilar Duranti, Sofia Lugo, Lydia Smutny, Elise Dinehart); 13-14, 1. Midtown 3:36.95, 2. SOFLO A 3:38.63 (Olivia Dinehart, Madeline Smutny, Elena Dinehart, Anastasia Lutz), 10. SOFLO B 3:54.40 (Sophia Grubbs, Hartley Pitters-Hins, Kaitlyn Barrios, Isabelle Wilson); Open, 1. Azura 3:29.19, 3. SOFLO A 3:34.92 (Gaby Banks, Mallory Schleicher, Sally Golding, Sarah Acevedo), 16. SOFLO B 3:50.94 (Sara Quintero, Jennamarie Brames, Leeann Ranalli, Jena Legaspi).

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 1:04.15.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Neala Klein, WEST 2:17.86; SOFLO: 6. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:28.33; 13-14, 1. Madeline Smutny, SOFLO 2:05.62; SOFLO: 3. Elena Dinehart 2:08.76, time drop; 15-16, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:05.00; SOFLO: 5. Sarah Acevedo 2:06.75, 7. Molly Golding 2:09.28, 8. Sara Quintero 2:09.71; 17-and-over, 1. Amanda Kopas, Azur 2:08.89.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Tessa Broedell, JUP 1:16.41; 11-12, 1. Kiera Rampersad, NMST 1:09.87; 13-14, 1. Sara Lin, PC 1:04.94; SOFLO: 5. Sophia Grubbs 1:07.79, time drop; 15-16, 1. Lucia Miller, SAS 1:05.40; SOFLO: 3. Molly Golding 1:06.49; 17-and-over, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 58.57.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 26.88.

200-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Leorah Rotchin, WOW 1:59.58; SOFLO: 2. Mariana Pinto 2:00.34, time drop; 13-14, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:48.63; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 1:57.14, 7. Madeline Smutny 2:00.01; 15-16, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:53.26; SOFLO: 7. Jennamarie Brames 2:00.52, 8. Sarah Acevedo 2:01.44, 10. Sally Golding 2:04.60; 17-and-over, 1. Allyson Ponson, AZ 1:51.46.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Madison Abinuman, WOW 1:09.82; 11-12, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 1:03.55; SOFLO: 7. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:06.75, time drop; 13-14, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 57.52, time drop; 15-16, 1. Lucia Miller, SAS 58.58; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 1:00.19, time drop, 9. Molly Golding 1:01.83; 17-and-over, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 55.09, SOFLO: 6. Gaby Banks 1:00.84, time drop.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 31.49; SOFLO: 10. Alessandra Gendarmi 37.86.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Lena Lajko, SFTL 1:02.50; SOFLO: 8. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:06.81; 13-14, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 54.03; SOFLO: 3. Elena Dinehart 59.66; 15-16, 1. Anelis Roque, MAC 58.04; 17-and-over, 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 53.31.


200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:00.13 (Connor Jimenez, Ryan Harries, Oleksii Viazmetinov, Juan Vallmitjana).

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. SOFLO A 3:50.41 (no names given); 13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 3:24.90; 7. SOFLO A 3:32.05 (Adrian Hernandez, Javier Colmenares, Logan Gonzalez, Alejandro Mateus); Open, 1. Azura 3:03.72, 3. SOFLO A 3:10.75 (Robert Wilson, Juan Mora, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodriguez), 6. SOFLO B 3:13.85 (Michael Arias, Juan Colmenares, Philopatier Ibrahim, Juan Pablo Pineda).

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Bruno Sinchi, CM 1:04.87; SOFLO: 5. Juan Vallmitjana 1:12.83, time drop.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Lucas Bailey, ECAC 2:08.12; SOFLO: 8. Derek Hau 2:27.71, time drop; 13-14, 1. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:58.83, time drop; 15-16, 1. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 1:53.27; SOFLO: 3. Dominic Bono 1:54.55, time drop; 17-and-over, 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 1:45.14.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 1:20.26, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Oleksii Viazmetinov 1:24.67, 8. Connor Jimenez 1:25.84, time drop; 11-12, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 1:05.81; SOFLO: 8. Derek Hau 1:14.99, time drop; 13-14, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, TSA 59.90; SOFLO: 4. Logan Gonzales 1:04.15, time drop, 5. Javier Colmenares 1:04.49, time drop; 15-16, 1. Michael Fernandez, SAS 57.08; SOFLO: 2. Juan Mora 58.36, time drop, 8. Christopher Hau 1:02.98, 10. Yannai Michael 1:03.03, time drop; 17-and-over, 1. Carlos Nava, MAC 56.41; SOFLO: 3. Juan Pablo Pineda 57.37, 6. Rafael Rodriguez 59.64, time drop.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Emihlio Reveron, EA 27.57; SOFLO: 2. Juan Vallmitjana 28.03, time drop.

200-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Kevin Moya, SOFLO 1:58.16, time drop; 13-14, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 1:45.34; SOFLO: 7. Alejandro Mateus 1:51.72, time drop; 15-16, 1. Miguel Sierra, SOFLO 1:41.51, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Philopatier Ibrahim 1:43.83, 10. Sebastian Lares 1:47.30; 17-and-over, 1. Daniel Ramirez, WA 1:35.95; SOFLO: 10. Robert Wilson 1:48.43.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Adrian Rendon, MWA 1:10.51; SOFLO: 2. Connor Jimenez 1:11.26, time drop, 5. Ryan Harries 1:15.86, 8. Oleksii Viazmetinov 1:16.54; 11-12, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 59.35; SOFLO: 3. Kevin Moya 1:01.93, time drop; 13-14, 1. Finn Winkler, EA 55.26; SOFLO: 8. Logan Gonzalez 59.49, time drop, 9. Javier Colmenares 59.64; 15-16, 1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 52.48, time drop; 17-and-over, 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 51.53; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 53.02, 9. Leonardo Mateus 56.48, time drop.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Connor Jimenez, SOFLO 32.78, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Juan Vallmitjana 33.73, time drop.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Jack Harvey, WA 52.06; SOFLO: 3. Dominic Bono 53.04, time drop, 4. Miguel Sierra 53.68, 8. Sebastian Lares 56.14; 13-14, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 54.21; SOFLO: 6. Alejandro Mateus 56.18, time drop; 15-16, 1. Jack Harvey, WA 52.06; SOFLO: 3. Dominic Bono 53.04, time drop, 4. Miguel Sierra 53.68, 8. Sebastian Lares 56.14; 17-and-over, 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 48.66.

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SOFLO’s Gaby Banks, Pine Crest’s Nicholas Vale Will Compete For Jamaica In FINA World Junior Championships That Begin Tuesday

By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, August 19, 2019—Gaby Banks of South Florida Aquatic Club and Nicholas Vale of Pine Crest Swimming are among Jamaica’s eight-swimmer contingent in the seventh FINA World Junior Swimming Championships that begin Tuesday.

The six-day meet will feature the world’s best under-18 swimmers competing at the state-of-the-art Danube Arena.

Banks, 16, will compete in four events: 50-meter freestyle (26.65), 200-meter freestyle (2:15.05), 50-meter backstroke (34.29) and 200-meter individual medley.

Banks will be a senior at Cypress Bay High School when the swim season begins.

Vale will compete in five events: 100-meter freestyle (53.87); 200-meter freestyle (1:57.03); 400-meter freestyle (4:14.61); 50-meter butterfly (25.41); and 100-meter butterfly (57.95).

Vale, 18, will be a freshman at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Other past and present Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing are:

Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, St. Andrew’s alum: 50-meter freestyle (23.18); 50-meter breaststroke (28.20); 100-meter breaststroke (1:02.41); and 200-meter breaststroke (2:18.03).

Rodolfo Falcon, Cuba, Azura: 400-meter freestyle (4:06.27); 800-meter freestyle (8:24.40); and 1500-meter freestyle (16:00.80).

Luis Bucaro, Guatemale, Cypress Bay/TS Aquatics: 50-meter freestyle (26.24); 100-meter freestyle (55.01); 200-meter freestyle (1:57.84); and 400-meter freestyle (4:10.61).

Alex Joachim, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Azura: 50-meter freestyle (26.08); 100-meter freestyle (54.96); 50-meter backstroke (29.35); 50-meter breaststroke (31.44); 200-meter breaststroke (NTA); 50-meter butterfly (NTA); 100-meter butterfly (NTA); and 200-meter butterfly (2:18.15).

The U.S. team features 45 talented swimmers from 39 clubs across 19 different states.

Emerging talents such as U.S. National Team members Luca Urlando (Sacramento, California./DART Swimming) and Chase Travis (Warren, N.J./Somerset Valley YMCA) will look to showcase their talents on the world stage. Urlando and National Junior Team teammate Carson Foster (Montgomery, Ohio/Mason Manta Rays) will have the largest schedule of events competing in five races each.

“As we look at the teams we put together, we see swimmers that are already close to or breaking world junior records,” Team USA men’s head coach Billy Doughty said. “The youth coming up through United States swimming is pretty exciting.”

Added Team USA women’s head coach Crystal Keelan: “There’s a lot of fast kids out there, but some of the swims [by junior athletes] have been a little bit shocking and pretty exciting. We’re looking forward to seeing what they can do in international competition against the world’s best.”


MEN: 50 Free: David Curtiss, USA, 22.25; 100 Free: Andrei Minakov, RUS, 48.50; 200 Free: Luca Urlando, USA, 1:46.51; 400 Free: Jake Mitchell, USA, 3:48.09; 800 Free: Aleksandr Egorov, RUS, 7:52.04; 1500 Free: Franko Grgic, CRO, 14:56.55; 50 Back: Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 25.16; 100 Back: Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 53.60; 200 Back: Jan Cejka, CZE, 1:57.51; 50 Breast: Vladislav Gerasimenko, RUS, 27.77; 100 Breast: Alexander Zhigalov, RUS, 1:00.75; 200 Breast: Shoma Sato, JPN, 2:09.42; 50 Fly: Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 23.46; 100 Fly: Andrei Minakov, RUS, 50.83; 200 Fly: Luca Urlando, USA, 1:53.84; 200 IM: Carson Foster, USA, 1:58.69; 400 IM: Carson Foster, USA, 4:13.39; 4×100 free: Russia, 3:18.11; 4×200 free: United States, 7:16.42; 4×100 medley: Russia, 3:35.17.

WOMEN: 50 Free: Gretchen Walsh, USA, 24.85; 100 Free: Gretchen Walsh, USA, 54.13; 200 Free: Claire Tuggle, USA, 1:58.21; 400 Free: Lani Pallister, AUS, 4:06.57; 800 Free: Lani Pallister, AUS, 8:25.66; 1500 Free: Lani Pallister, AUS, 16:06.84; 50 Back: Daria Vaskina, RUS, 27.51; 100 Back: Daria Vaskina, RUS, 59.46; 200 Back: Rye Ulett, USA, 2:09.70; 50 Breast: Benedetta Pilato, ITA, 29.98; 100 Breast: Kayla van der Merwe, GBR, 1:07.12; 200 Breast: Evgeniia Chikunova, RUS, 2:21.07; 50 Fly: Anastasiya Shkurdai, BLR, 25.87; 100 Fly: Anastasiya Shkurdai, BLR, 57.39; 200 Fly: Lillie Nordmann, USA, 2:07.43; 200 IM: Anastasia Gorbenko, ISR, 2:11.92; 400 IM: Alba Vazques Ruiz, ESP, 4:40.64; 4×100 free: United States, 3:40.20; 4×200 free: China, 7:52.30; 4×100 medley: Russia, 4:01.83.

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Aruba’s Patrick Groters Breaks Second National Record; El Salvador’s Celina Marquez Of Azura Breaks National Record; Carter Takes Bronze Day Three Of XVIII Pan American Games

By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, August 9, 2019—Patrick Groters of Aruba continued to make history for his country with a second national record Thursday at the XVIII Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional Aquatic Center.

The former NSU University School and Pine Crest Swimming alum just missed his second final, placing ninth in the men’s 100-meter backstroke and making “B” final but did break his second national record for Aruba in a personal-best 56.20. He broke his own record of 57.17 set in 2017 at the CARIFTA Championships.

In an exciting “B” final race, Groters was second in another best time and lowering his national record in 55.82 just 4/100ths of a second behind Azura’s Yeziel Morales of Puerto Rico in 55.78. Groters is being coached by his older brother Jordy.

Morales finished fourth in his heat in 56.53. He finished fifth overall in 200-meter backstroke on Wednesday in 2:00.27.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Celina Marquez, 20, of El Salvador swam a national record in the 100-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 1:01.92. Her previous best was 1:02.92 in April at the Puerto Rico Open. She also swam 1:02.96 at the recent FINA World Aquatic Championships. She earned the fifth-fastest time. Her splits were 29.96 and 31.96, breaking the national record by more than two and a half seconds. In finals, she finished seventh in 1:03.07.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago 100-meter won a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke final in 54.42.

Groters’ Aruba teammate Mikel Schreuders, 20, swam the fastest time in his career to break a national record in the 100-meter freestyle in 49.08. His splits were 23.74 and 25.34 to earn the third seed for final. His previous best was 49.17 swam at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games. He came back at night to finish sixth in 49.21.

Azura’s Allyson Ponson of Aruba won the “B” final in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.06. In prelims she was ninth in 57.28 to make “B” final.

Former SOFLO swimmer Jorge Murillo won the “B” final in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.59 after going 2:14.09 in his heat. He was also a member of the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fifth in 3:55.22.

Renzo Tjon-A-Joe of Surinam was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle heats in 49.73.

Azura and Cypress Bay alum Marco Guarente, now at Florida, qualified for the “A” final of 200-meter breaststroke, where he finished seventh in 2:14.40.

Azura alum Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, now at Louisville, was fifth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:00.98.

Mateo Gonzalez of Mexico, a Sagemont and Azura alum qualified for the “B” final on Wednesday in 100-meter butterfly and finished second in 54.09.

Azura alum Luis Martinez won a silver medal in 100-meter butterfly in 51.63 behind American Tom Shields in 51.59 Wednesday night.

Azura alum Jose Angel Martinez of Mexico, now at Texas A&M, was fifth in 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.23 Wednesday night.

Azura’s Julio Horrego of Honduras was fourth in the “B” final of 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.90 after going 2:18.21 in his heat.

Doral alum Isabella Paez was a member of Venezuela’s mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fourth in its heat in 4:03.18.

American Heritage alum Cathy Cooper of Panama was a member of the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fifth in its heat in 4:06.11 and sixth in finals in 3:58.10.

Individual winners on Thursday night:

American Margo Greer, top qualifier, led from start-to-finish to win the 100-meter freestyle in 54.17.

Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini outsprinted American Nathan Adrian to win the 100-meter freestyle in 48.09 and snap the Americans win streak. Adrian finished in 48.17.

American Anne Lazor won the 200-meter breaststroke in a Pan Am record 2:21.40.

American William Licon won the 200-meter breaststroke in a Pan Am record of 2:07.62.

American Phoebe Bacon won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.47, the only swimmer under 1 minute.

American Daniel Carr won the 100-meter backstroke in 53.50.

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello continues to dominate the distance events winning the 800-meter freestyle in 8:29.42. American Mariah Denigan was second in 8:34.18. U.S. teammate Becca Mann, a former Clearwater swimmer, was fifth in 8:38.25.

American Andrew Abruzzo won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.70.

Brazil won the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:48.61. The U.S. team of Anne Lazor, Kendyl Stewart, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian was disqualified for an illegal second dolphin kick on Miller’s breaststroke.

The U.S. won 11 medals including six gold on Day 3 and broke two Pan American records.

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Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Begin Friday At Coral Springs; Azura Looking For Three-Peat

By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, July 24, 2019—The championship season continues this weekend for South Florida Aquatic Club at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships.

SOFLO will have 45 swimmers in 191 individual events and 18 relays trying to improve on last year’s eighth place finish among combined teams with 481 points.

Azura Florida Aquatics defended its title with 1,328 points and Pine Crest Swimming was second with 1,080 points.

Kelley Heron, 19, is SOFLO’s only top seed in the 200-meter backstroke 2:20.58.

Several collegians back for the summer will add to the talented field assembled for the three-day meet at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Among SOFLO’s entries are Rafael Rodriguez, 17, Lucy Smutny, 16, Nicolas Rossi, 16, Robert Wilson, 16, Sarah Acevedo, 15, Dominic Bono, 16, Alex Golding, 15, John Paul Handal, 16, Philopatier Ibrahim, 16, Melissa Marinheiro, 22, Michelle Marinheiro, 16, Leonardo Mateus, 17, Yannai Michael, 15, Abby Oyetunji, 19, and Christian Kopecki, 20.

In March, South Florida Aquatic Club won the FGC Senior Short Course Championships at Academic Village Pool. SOFLO won the combined team title with 3,287 points for the first time in meet history. It was the first time SOFLO totaled 3,000 or more points in any Florida Gold Coast meet. Azura Florida Aquatics was second with 2,579 and East Coast Aquatic Club was third with 2,099 points.

SOFLO secured its place in the record books and made history by winning both seniors and JO titles in the same short course season for the sixth time in the team’s 19-year history.

SOFLO is coming off winning last weekend’s FGC Long Course Junior Olympics.

Pine Crest’s Andrea Santander, 17, will use the meet as a tuneup before she leaves for Lima, Peru for the Pan American Games for Venezuela.


What: Florida Gold Coast Senior LCM Championships.

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

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

Of note: Admission is $5 per session for prelims and $3 per session for finals. Concession stand will be available. Forty-eight teams are entered and 16 unattached teams. Azura Florida Aquatics is two-time defending champion.

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SOFLO’s Atkinson Double Winner; SOFLO Third Among Teams On Day Two Of Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectionals

By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 8, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club men’s and women’s teams are third after Day Two of the of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The women’s team is third with 393 points. Sarasota YMCA leads with 630 and East Coast Aquatic Club is second with 461 points.

The men’s team is also third with 355 points. Azura Florida Aquatics is first with 485 and Sarasota YMCA is second with 370.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian and world short course record holder Alia Atkinson, 30, won two events. Atkinson won her signature event 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.79. She also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.38 just ahead of Talia Bates of Gator Swim Club in 1:01.42. Atkinson has 64 points in high point.

Mary Smutny, 18, finished third in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:04.16. She was third fastest in morning prelims in 2:05.48. Smutny has 42 points in high point.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, finished fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.27. He was second fastest in morning prelims in 4:39.05. He has 65 points in high points.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, posted back-to-back best times in the 200-meter freestyle. Seeded 2:11.74, she went 2:10.64 in morning prelims and 2:07.69 in finals for a 4.05 time drop.

Schleicher also has back-to-back best times in the 400-meter individual medley. She went 5:06.74 in morning prelims and came back at night in 5:04.62. She was seeded in 5:07.59. Schleicher has 49 points in high points.

Robert Wilson, 16, swam back-to-back best times in the 200-meter freestyle. Seeded 2:01.18, he went 2:00.61 in prelims and 2:00.22 in finals for an 0.96 time drop. He has four points in high point.

Lance Lesage, 16, broke 2 minutes in the 200-meter freestyle and had back-to-back best times. Seeded 2:02.67, he lowered it first in morning prelims in 2:01.18 and broke 2 minutes in finals in 1:59.78 for a total time drop of 2.89. Lesage has 20 points in high point.

Juan Pablo Pineda, 16, had back-to-back best times in the 100-meter breaststroke. Seeded in 1:08.50, he lowered it in morning prelims in 1:08.50 and bettered in finals in 1:07.92 for an 0.77 time drop. He has 15 points in high point.

Javier Roman, 15, has back-to-back best times in the 400-meter individual medley. Seeded 4:56.25, he went 4:54.75 in morning prelims and bettered it in 4:52.33 for a 3.92 time drop. He has four points in high point.

SOFLO has 35 qualified swimmers compete in 155 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

A large field is competing over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Coral Springs Swim Club, Sunrise, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team. Bolles, Sarasota and Pensacola are top Florida teams.

The four-day meet continues Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.


GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota YMCA 630, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 461.5, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 393, 4. Barrington Swim Club 334.5, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 285.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 485, 2. Sarasota YMCA 370, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 355, 4. Metro Aquatics 272, 5. Colorado Stars 269.


200-meter freestyle:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:01.97, 2. Nikki Miller, Unattached 2:03.38, 3. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:04.16; SOFLO: 25. Mallory Schleicher 2:07.69, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:08.79, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 1:13.99, 3. Micaela Sierra, CSSC 1:15.60; SOFLO: 12. Molly Golding 1:16.85.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 28.92, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 30.16, 3. Megan Murphy, ECAC 30.22.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:01.38, 2. Talia Bates, GSC 1:01.42, 3. Abigail Gibbons, BD 1:01.47; SOFLO: 12. Mary Smutny 1:05.12.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Sumner Chmielweski, SYS 4:55.06, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:56.36, 3. Michelle Morgan, PS 4:56.69; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 5:04.62, time drop, 6. Kathleen Golding 5:06.96.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota YMCA A 8:27.30, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 8:36.35, 3. Sarasota YMCA B 8:40.73, 5. SOFLO A 8:42.62 (Mary Smutny, Mallory Schleicher, Olivia Dinehart, Kathleen Golding), 14. SOFLO B 9:05.32 (Sarah Acevedo, Sara Quintero, Elena Dinehart, Molly Golding).


200-meter freestyle:
1. Santiago Corredor, GSC 1:52.33, 2. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 1:53.62, 3. Julian Hill, GSC 1:53.79; SOFLO: 21. Robert Wilson 2:00.22, time drop, 25. Lance Lesage 1:59.78, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Ryaan Hatoum, BERK 1:05.20, 2. Lukas Macek, Unattached 1:05.29, 3. Hector Rodriguez, BD 1:06.54; SOFLO: 12. Juan Pablo Pineda 1:07.92, time drop.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Steven Aimable, Unattached 27.16, 2. Payton Plumb, SUSA 27.50, 3. Matheo Mateos, Azura 27.58; SOFLO: 9. Lance Lesage 27.88, time drop.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 55.63, 2. Kamarl Muhammad, Unattached 55.63, 3. Blake Wilton, STAR 55.82; SOFLO: 11. Rafael Rodriguez 57.71.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Alexander Gusev, SYS 4:30.94, 2. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 4:39.01, 3. Matheo Mateos, Azura 4:39.13; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 4:39.27, 18. Leonardo Mateus 4:49.78, 20. Dominc Bono 4:50.46, 21. Javier Roman 4:52.33.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 7:58.36 (Matheo Mateos, Franco Lupoli, Sidrell Williams, Juan Zapata), 2. Sarasota YMCA 7:59.40, 3. Metro Aquatics 8:01.45, 4. SOFLO A 8:02.50 (Rafael Rodriguez, Robert Wilson, Philopatier Ibrahim, Lance Lesage), 12. SOFLO B 8:19.80 (Nicolas Rossi, Michael Arias, Leonardo Mateus, Dominic Bono).


What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday-Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5. For more information call 954-452-2526.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Will Compete In TYR Pro Swim Series Opener In Austin

By Sharon Robb

January 11, 2018—After a break from competition, Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club will compete against some of the world’s best at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas.

The meet begins on Thursday at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center and will continue through Sunday.

The TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin is the first of six stops for the series and will be swum in long course meters. Prelims will begin 9 a.m. CST Thursday through Saturday with finals beginning at 6 p.m. CST on Thursday and 5:40 p.m. CST on Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday and Friday will be conducted in the traditional prelims-finals format with the top 16 swimmers from prelims advancing to the ‘A’ and ‘B’ finals.

On Saturday, the 400 freestyle will have two heats of finals with the addition of a “shoot-out style final” for the 50 meter events. The competition concludes on Sunday at 8 a.m. CST with the timed finals of the men’s and women’s 1500 meter freestyle.

Golding, 17, a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, opens Thursday with the 400-meter individual medley in which she is seeded 16th in 4:50.65. It is the first of seven events for the talented swimmer.

Golding is also entered in the 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly.

SOFLO teammates Marc Rojas, 23, Rafael Rodriguez, 16, and Kelley Heron, 18, were entered but opted not to compete.

The meet will also feature the newly-created SwimSquad Battles that will be featured during the entire series. Four retired Olympians (Lenny Krayzelburg, Jason Lezak, Natalie Coughlin and Caitlin Sandeno), drafted the entire U.S. National Team along with a few 2016 Olympians. Four squads of six swimmers each will compete for points and prize money that will be awarded to a charity of their choice at the en of the series.

TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club.

NBC Sports will provide live coverage of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin on the NBC Sports App on Thursday, and on live television on NBC Sports Network on Friday and Olympic Channel on Saturday. Each finals broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. ET. A live webcast of prelims will be available online at

AquaKids Sharks Hailey Jerew, 17, and Mary Smutny, 17; and Azura Florida Aquatic’s Patricia Casellas, 27, Luis Flores, 23, Edson Lima, 23, Daniel Torres, 26, and Gonzalo Vegas, 20 will also compete for the Florida Gold Coast.

Florida Gold Coast college swimmers Marcelo Acosta and Rachael Bradford Feldman will compete for University of Louisville.

Acosta has two swims that rank in the top-10 of Division I. Acosta owns the fifth-ranked time in the 1,000 freestyle (8:57.04), as well as the sixth-ranked time in the 1650 freestyle (14:45.42). Rachael Bradford-Feldman already has an 800-yard freestyle relay NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 6:58.41, also a school record.

Other meet stops are Atlanta, Mesa, Ariz., Indianapolis, Santa Clara, Columbus and U.S. Nationals.

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Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented At FINA World Junior Championships That Begin Wednesday

By Sharon Robb

August 22, 2017—The next generation of swimming talent will be showcased when the sixth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships begin Wednesday at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

The six-day meet, held every two years, will feature 630 of the best boys, ages 14-17 and girls, ages 15-18, from 93 different countries.

Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented at the meet.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Patrick Groters, representing Aruba, heads the field of talented South Florida swimmers.

Groters, a senior, is also headed into his final high school season at University School. Last year he was a state champion in the 100-yard backstroke and runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley.

Andrea Santander, a sophomore at Pine Crest School and member of Pine Crest Swimming’s club team, will represent Venezuela. She is coming off a gold medal performance at Futures in Nashville. Santander also broke two Venezuela national records including the 2002 100-meter freestyle record of 57.53 held by Arlene Semeco of Coral Springs Swim Club. Santander swam 57.22.

Azura Florida Aquatics will have three swimmers competing at junior worlds. Jorge Depassier of Chile is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle.

Jose Diaz of Honduras will compete in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle.

Amarsanaa Ganbaatar of Mongolia will swim the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter breaststroke.

Team captains voted for the U.S. team are Michael Andrew, Grace Ariola, Madison Homovich, Erica Sullivan and Reece Whitley. The U.S. roster has 24 girls and 18 boys.

Morning heats are 9:30 a.m. and semifinals and finals 6 p.m.

Wednesday’s events are: men’s 400-meter freestyle, women’s 50-meter breaststroke, men’s 100-meter backstroke, women’s 400-meter individual medley, men’s 100-meter breaststroke, women’s 100-meter backstroke, men’s 4×100 freestyle relay and men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

The semifinals and finals are being broadcast by the Olympic Channel via the NBC Sports App at 6 p.m. each day and webcast on The FINA live stream is not available in the U.S. and several other countries.

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