Yeziel Morales Wins Second Event On Day Three Of Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb
BALMAIN COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago, June 4, 2022–Yeziel Morales of Puerto Rico won his second event Saturday at the Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships on Day Three at National Aquatic Centre.

Morales, 26, who trains with Azura Florida Aquatics, won the 200-meter backstroke by 7 seconds in 2:02.02. He has the 100 backstroke left to swim on Sunday. Morales also won the 50 backstroke in 26.40 on Friday.

Peru continues to lead Puerto Rico in the combined team standings, 932-878. Host Trinidad & Tobago leads the men’s team standings with 440 and Peru continues to lead the women’s teams with 544.

The meet has attracted 232 athletes from 17 countries and is serving as a qualification meet for the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

The four-day tournament, formally called the UANA Cup, is an elite championship for age groupers. The event has athletes from South America, Central America, Canada, British Commonwealth and Caribbean.

Sunday’s events are 1500-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle and 4×50 mixed freestyle relay.

The event is being live streamed on the Panam Sports app. Streaming website: http://www.panamsportschannel.org. Former SOFLO swimmer Alia Atkinson is doing on-deck interviews of the gold medalists.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED
: 1. Peru 932, 2. Puerto Rico 878, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 643, 4. Jamaica 209.5, 5. Honduras 197.5.
WOMEN: 1. Peru 544, 2. Puerto Rico 487, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 203, 4. Jamaica 147, 5. Colombia 113.
MEN: 1. Trinidad & Tobago 440, 2. Puerto Rico 391, 3. Peru 388, 4. Honduras 127.5, 5. Surinam 95.

WOMEN
400-meter freestyle: 11-and-over, 1. Emma Guglielmello, PUR 4:24.46, 2. Tifanny Jinete, COL 4:25.01, 3. Danna Moreno, ECU 4:25.86.

100-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Monica Rivera, PUR 1:27.61; 13-14, 1. Victoria Vazquez, PUR 1:18.79; 15-17, 1. Andrea Cuebas, PUR 1:17.02; 18-and-over, 1. Marissa Mojica, PUR 1:15.92.

200-meter backstroke: 11-and-over, 1. Alexia Acuna, PER 2:19.48, 2. Elizabeth Garrido, DOM 2:23.03, 3. Orenelia Walker, TTO 2:28.36.

50-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Elvira Demera, ECU 29.98; 13-14, 1. Yasmin Contreras, PER 29.16; 15-17, 1. Alexia Acuna, PER 28.22; 18-and-over, 1. Rafaela Erazo, PER 28.47.

MEN
400-meter freestyle: 11-and-over, 1. Victor Rosado, PUR 4:00.12, 2. Nikoli Blackman, TTO 4:05.49, 3. Caleb Serrano, PUR 4:06.06.

100-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Ian Melendez, PUR 1:17.61; 13-14, 1. Jorell Figueroa, PUR 1:07.58; 15-17, 1. Braynsly Dirksz, ARU 1:06.34; 18-and-over, 1. Josue Ramos, DOM 1:04.25.

200-meter backstroke: 11-and-over, 1. Yeziel Morales, PUR 2:02.02, 2. Ricardo Willing, PER 2:09.93, 3. Johann-Matthew Matamoro, TTO 2:12.35.

50-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Carlos Carmona, PER 28.47; 13-14, 1. Giovanni Rivas, TTO 26.81; 15-17, 1. Nikoli Blackman, TTO 24.92; 18-and-over, 1. Christian Awah, TTO 24.60.

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

Azura’s Yeziel Morales Wins On Day Two Of Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb
BALMAIN COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago, June 3, 2022–Yeziel Morales, the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer competing in the Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships, won on Day Two at National Aquatic Centre.

Morales, 26, representing Puerto Rico, won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.40 and finished second in the 100-meter butterfly in 55.22 in the 18-and-over category on Friday. Morales trains with Azura Florida Aquatics.

Ecuador’s Elvira De Los Angele Espinosa Demera was a double winner in the 11-12 category. Demera won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:12.08, dropping 2.21 and 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.63, another best time dropping 0.99.

Hometown favorite Nikoli Blackman, 16, of Trinidad & Tobago won his second event of the meet. After winning the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 50.91 on Thursday, won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:53.39.

Peru overtook Puerto Rico to lead the combined team standings, 675-644. Host Trinidad & Tobago leads the men’s team standings with 301 and Peru continues to lead the women’s teams with 398.

The meet has attracted 232 athletes from 17 countries and is serving as a qualification meet for the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

The four-day meet, formally called the UANA Cup, is an elite championship for age groupers. The event has athletes from South America, Central America, Canada, British Commonwealth and Caribbean.

Saturday’s events are 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke, 50-meter butterfly, and 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

The event is being live streamed on the Panam Sports app. Streaming website: http://www.panamsportschannel.org. Former SOFLO swimmer Alia Atkinson is doing on-deck interviews of the gold medalists.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED
: 1. Peru 675, 2. Puerto Rico 644, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 435, 4. Honduras 158.5, 5. Jamaica 149.5.
WOMEN: 1. Peru 398, 2. Puerto Rico 352, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 134, 4. Jamaica 106, 5. Colombia 82.
MEN: 1. Trinidad & Tobago 301, 2. Puerto Rico 292, 3. Peru 277, 4. Honduras 105.5, 5. Surinam 77.

WOMEN
400-meter individual medley: 11-and-over, 1. Maria Machuca, PER 5:05.85.

200-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Elvira Demera, ECU 2:12.08; 13-14, 1. Tifanny Jinete, COL 2:06.60; 15-17, 1. Danna Moreno, ECU 2:07.44; 18-and-over, 1. Jessica Cattaneo, PER 2:07.24.

100-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Elvira Demera, ECU 1:06.63; 13-14, 1. Yasmin Contreras, PER 1:03.64; 15-17, 1. Ella Alvarez, PER 1:04.47; 18-and-over, 1. Jennifer Posada, HON 1:04.02.

200-meter breaststroke: 11-and-over, 1. Adriana Cornejo, PER 2:44.54.

50-meter backstroke: 11-12, 1. Karla Carrizo, PAN 33.98; 13-14, 1. Leah Chin, JAM 31.57; 15-17, 1. Alexia Acuna, PER 29.88; 18-and-over, 1. Ornella Walker, TTO 29.89.

MEN
400-meter individual medley: 11-and-over, 1. Xavier Flores, PUR 4:36.87.

200-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Felipe Nunez, HON 2:13.25; 13-14, 1. Caleb Serrano, PUR 1:56.60; 15-17, 1. Nikoli Blackman, TTO 1:53.39; 18-and-over, 1. Victor Rosado, PUR 1:54.15.

100-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Andres Vigil, PER 1:05.93; 13-14, 1. Giovanni Rivas, TTO 58.27; 15-17, 1. Ariel Herrera, ECU 56.02; 18-and-over, 1. Cadell Lyons, TTO 55.84, 2. Yeziel Morales, PUR/AZURA 55.22.

200-meter breaststroke: 11-and-over, 1. Xavier Flores, PUR 2:21.92.

50-meter backstroke: 11-12, 1. Zachary Burke, BAR 32.40; 13-14, 1. Cristobal Buchholtz, PER 28.59; 15-17, 1. Johann Matamoro, TTO 27.81; 18-and-over, 1. Yeziel Morales, PUR/AZURA 26.40.

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

Trinidad’s Agard Double Winner On Day One Of Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships; Morales Swims Friday


By Sharon Robb
BALMAIN COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago, June 2, 2022–With the hometown crowd cheering him on, Alejandro Johann Agard was a double winner for Trinidad & Tobago on Day One of the Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships Thursday at National Aquatic Centre.

Agard, 12, won his country’s first gold medal in the 11-12 200-meter individual medley in 2:30.93. He also won the 50-meter breaststroke in 35.70.

Caleb Romero Serrano, 14, of Puerto Rico won the 13-14 200-meter individual medley in 2:16.93 for his first major IM title and first time under 2:18.

Christanya Shirley, 14, won Jamaica’s first gold medal in the 13-14 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 35.24, lowering her previous best of 35.63. It was her country’s first medal ever in the race.

Bransly Dirksz, 16, of Aruba won his country’s first gold medal in the 15-17 50-meter breaststroke with a best time 29.67. Dirksz had won CARIFTA gold in the Barbados earlier this year in 29.97.

Azura’s Yeziel Morales, 26, representing Puerto Rico, will compete Friday in the first of four events he entered. He will swim the 18-and-over 100-meter butterfly.

Puerto Rico leads the combined and men’s team standings and Peru leads the women’s teams.

The meet has attracted 232 athletes from 17 countries and is serving as a qualification meet for the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

The four-day tournament, formally called the UANA Cup, is an elite championship for age groupers. The event has athletes from South America, Central America, Canada, British Commonwealth and Caribbean.

Friday’s events are 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 breaststroke, 50 backstroke, 4×50 and 4×100 freestyle relays.

The event is being live streamed on the Panam Sports app. Streaming website: http://www.panamsportschannel.org.


THURSDAY RESULTS
COMBINED:
1. Puerto Rico 317.5, 2. Peru 313, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 203, 4. Honduras 74.5, 5. Jamaica 71.5.
WOMEN: 1. Peru 187, 2. Puerto Rico 177, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 64, 4. Jamaica 49, 5. Colombia 44.
MEN: 1. Puerto Rico 140.5, 2. Trinidad & Tobago 139, 3. Peru 126, 4. Honduras 55.55, 5. Surinam 39.

WOMEN
800-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Tifany Murillo Jinete, COL 9:14.79; 15-17, 1. Emma Sophia Guglielmello PUR 9:02.47; 18-and-over, 1. Jennifer Posada, HON 9:28.66.

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Astrid Cervantes, PER 2:39.04; 13-14, 1. Lia Lugo, PER 2:31.11; 15-17, 1. Ella Alvarez, PER 2:24.15; 18-and-over, 1. Maria Machuca, PER 2:23.97.

50-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Ana Cornejo, PER 39.45; 13-14, 1. Christanya Shirley, JAM 35.24; 15-17, 1. Andrea Cuebas, PUR 35.63; 18-and-over, 1. Marissa Mojica, PUR 34.05.

100-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Elvira Demera, ECU 1:00.90; 13-14, 1. Tifanny Jinete, COL 59.15; 15-17, 1. Alanis Maceira, PUR 58.77; 18-and-over, 1. Rafaela Erazo, PER 57.39.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 11-and-over, 1. Victor Rosado, PUR 8:30.44.

200-meter individual medley: 11-12, 1. Alejandro Agard, TTO 2:30.93; 13-14, 1. Caleb Serrano, PUR 2:16.93; 15-17, 1. Xavier Flores, PUR 2:11.44; 18-and-over, 1. Luis Mercado, PER 2:17.32.

50-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Alejandro Agard, TTO 35.70; 13-14, 1. Jorell Figueroa, PUR 31.01; 15-17, 1. Baynsly, Dirksz, ARU 29.67; 18-and-over, 1. Josue Ramos, DOM 28.46.

100-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Chris Soeperman, SUR 59.93; 13-14, 1. Zachary Anthony, TTO 53.99; 15-17, 1. Nikoli Blackman, TTO 50.91; 18-and-over, 1. Ricardo Willing PER 52.52.

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

Bolles Sweeps Team Titles; Pelaez, Weyant Double Winners On Final Day Of Piranhas Senior Invitational


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 6, 2022—Bolles School Sharks’ 55-swimmer contingent dominated the Piranhas Senior Invitational at the Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Bolles won the combined team title with 4,625.5 points ahead of Azura Florida Aquatics with 2,914.5 and Eagle Aquatics with 1,187.

Bolles won the men’s team title with 2,736.5 points followed by Azura with 1,495 points and host Plantation Swim Team with 561.

Bolles won the women’s team title with 1,785 points. Azura was second with 1,191 and Sarasota Sharks were third with 641.

U.S. junior national teammates and 2020 U.S. Olympic trials qualifiers Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics and Gracie Weyant of Sarasota Sharks were double winners.

Pelaez, 15, won the 50-meter freestyle shootout in 26.36 and 100-meter backstroke in 1:03.16. She finished with 212 points.

Weyant, 16, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.56 and 200-meter individual medley in 2:15.94. She had 179 points.

Other individual winners were:
Bailey O’Regan of Sarasota Sharks in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:32.40. Her 800 split was 9:16.80.

Athena Meneses Kovas of Azura won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.87.

Gabriel Araya of Azura won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:39.08.

Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.83.

Harrison Herrera of Bolles won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.34.

Martin Espernberger of Bolles won the 100-meter butterfly in 54.34.

Liam Custer won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:07.22.

Jack Harvey, swimming unattached, won the 100-meter backstroike in 57.23.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Bolles 4,625.5, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 2,914.5, 3. Eagle Aquatics 1,187, 4. Sarasota Sharks 878, 5. Plantation Swim Team 836, 12. South Florida Aquatic Club 331.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 2,736.5, 2. Azura 1,495.5, 3. Plantation Swim Team 561, 4. Eagle Aquatics 463, 5. Tornadoes Swim Club 398.5, 7. SOFLO 238.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 1,785, 2. Azura 1,191, 3. Sarasota Sharks 641, 4. Eagle Aquatics 604, 5. Midtown Weston Aquatics 426., 13. SOFLO 93.

WOMEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Bailey O’Regan, SYS 17:32.40, 2. Kate Anderson, BSS 17:35.30, 3. Addison Sauickie, SYS 17:38.63.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 26.36, 2. Addison Sauickie, SYS 27.37.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:31.56, 2. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, AZ 2:34.04, 3. Micaela Sierra, AZ 2:36.86.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Athena Meneses Kovacs, AZ 1:01.87, 2. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:02.15, 3. Emma Harvey, UN 1:02.62.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:15.94, 2. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, AZ 2:19.04, 3. Michaela Mattes, SYS 2:19.33.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:03.16, 2. Faith Khoo, BSS 1:05.08, 3. Jillian Crooks, TSA 1:07.88.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Gabriel Araya, AZ 8:39.08, 2. Sauod Alshamroukh, AZ 8:39.12, 3. Jahir Lopez, AZ 8:48.84.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 24.83, 2. Miguel Rojas Newman, BSS 25.41.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Harrison Herrera, BSS 2:20.34, 2. William Heck, BSS 2:22.00, 3. Eldad Zamir, BSS 2:25.14.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Martin Espernberger, BSS 54.34, 2. Carlos Vasquez, UN 55.19, 3. Davidson Vincent, AZ 55.62.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Liam Custer, SYS 2:07.22, 2. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 2:07.81, 3. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, AZ 2:08.34.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Jack Harvey, UN 57.23, 2. Max Wilson, STSA 57.53, 3. Kaii Winkler, EA 59.40.

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

Mattes, Alshamroukh Win, Azura Leads After Day One Of Piranhas Senior Invitational


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 4, 2022—Azura Florida Aquatics, Bolles and Sarasota Sharks dominated opening day action at the Piranhas Senior Invitational Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Michaela Mattes, 17, of Sarasota Sharks won the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 8:41.33, shaving 2.89 seconds off her previous best. She was nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the field.

Kuwait’s Sauod Alshamroukh, 18, of Azura won the 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 16:39.97, dropping 26.31, seconds. Azura swept the top four spots in the distance event with Alessandro Pereira, Maximiliano Paccot and Jahir Lopez.

The four-day meet continues with a full schedule Friday through Sunday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and prelims at 5 p.m.

Among teams entered are Bolles, Sarasota Sharks, Azura Florida Aquatics, Webbs Tornadoes, TS Aquatics, Midtown Weston, Southern Utah, Eagle Aquatics and Flood Aquatics.

THURSDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 668, 2. Bolles 623, 3. Plantation 236, 4. Webbs Tornadoes 198, 5. Eagle Aquatics 120.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 271, 2. Bolles 265, 3. Plantation 186, 4. Tornadoes 104, 5. Unattached Azura 47.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 254, 2. Azura 169, 3. Midtown Weston 106, 4. Webbs Tornadoes 98, 5. Plantation 50.

WOMEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Michaela Mattes, SYS 8:41.33, 2. Avery Lambert, Bolles 9:20.72, 3. Emma Herrera, FAST 9:23.25.

200-meter medley relay: 1. Bolles A 2:00.47 (Faith Khoo, Sabrina Lyn, Jayla Covington, Megan McGrath), 2. Azura 2:00.66, 3. Bolles B 2:08.72.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 1:48.50 (Sirena Rowe, Julimar Avila, Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Micaela Sierra), 2. Bolles A 1:51.02, 3. Midtown Weston 1:53.42.

Mixed 200-meter medley relay: 1. Eagle Aquatics 1:49.79 (Erika Pelaez, Finn Winkler, Athena Menses Kovacs, Kaii Winkler), 2. Azura A 1:52.50, 3. Azura B 1:54.67.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura A 1:40.26 (Sidrell Williams, Gabriel Araya, Sirena Rowe, Julimar Avila), 2. Eagle Aquatics 1:40.85, 3. Azura B 1:45.95.

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Sauod Alshamroukh, Azura 16:39.97, 2. Alessandra Pereira, Azura 16:42.36, 3. Maximiliano Paccot, Azura 16:43.65.

200-meter medley relay: 1. Bolles A 1:46.72 (Michael Mullen, Harrison Herrera, Martin Espernberger, Ethan Maloney), 2. Bolles B 1:49.67, 3. Tornadoes 1:54.53.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Bolles A 1:36.85 (Kayden Lancaster, William Heck, Miguel Rojas Newman, Tucker Peterson), 2. Bolles B 1:37.08, 3. Azura A 1:37.19.

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

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Heads Field For Piranhas Senior Invitational That Begins Thursday


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 2, 2022—Olympian Julio Horrego heads South Florida Aquatic Club’s 12-swimmer contingent for the Piranhas Senior Invitational at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The four-day meet begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with the women’s 800-meter freestyle, men’s 1500-meter freestyle, 200-meter medley relay, 200-meter freestyle relay and mixed 200-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle relays.

The meet follows a full schedule Friday through Sunday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and prelims at 5 p.m.

Horrego, 23, a member of the 2020 Honduran Olympic team, is entered in three events. He will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle. Horrego is seeded first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.18, first in the 50 breaststroke in 28.35 and 11th in the 100 freestyle in 53.09.

Other SOFLO swimmers competing are Gabriela Avila, 15, Amelie Bicerne, 14, Mariann Catalasan, 15, Javier Colmenares, 15, Dahlia Hirsh, 15, Alejandro Mateus, 16, Sabrina Osorio, 17, Sofia Osorio, 17, Wisthon Rendon, 17, Ricardo Roche, 22, and Enrique Rodriguez, 17.

SOFLO swimmers will compete in 23 individual events.

The meet is expected to be fast. Among teams entered are Bolles, Sarasota Sharks, Azura Florida Aquatics, Webbs Tornadoes, TS Aquatics, Midtown Weston, Southern Utah, Eagle Aquatics and Flood Aquatics.

Some of the top swimmers expected to compete are Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics, Michaela Mattes of Sarasota Sharks, Abbas Qali of Azura, Josh Zuchowski of Flood Aquatics, Nicole Frank Rodriguez of Azura, Gracie Weyant of Sarasota Sharks, Addison Sauickie of Sarasota Sharks, Yeziel Morales of Azura, Zarek Wilson of TS Aquatics, Liam Custer of Sarasota Sharks, Davidson Vincent of Azura and Carter Lancaster of Bolles.

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

Julio Horrego Top SOFLO Finisher On Final Day Of USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectionals; Sarasota Sharks, Azura Win Team Titles


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, February 13, 2022–Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club wrapped up a successful meet Sunday at the USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympian for Honduras was second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.35, off his best time of 2:16.40 swum in 2018. U.S. Olympian Michel Andrew won in 2:14.98.

The 23-year-old finished with a first in the 100 breaststroke, second in the 200 IM, third in the 50 breaststroke, sixth in the 200-meter medley relay and 33rd in the 50 freestyle. Horrego scored 70 points.

SOFLO teammates Izzy Wilson was eighth in the 1500-meter freetyle in a best time 17:44.32, with an impressive time drop of 6.13. Maddy Smutny was eighth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:20.01. Olivia Dinehart was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:40.90. Elena Dinehart was tenth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:23.17. Wisthon Rendon was tenth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.37.

SOFLO’s women’s 400-meter freestyle relay was third in 4:03.36 with Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher and Maddy Smutny.

Winners on the final day:
Katie Ledecky, swimming unattached for the Gator Swim Club, finished her perfect showing with a win in the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:40.63.University of Florida’s Aryan Nehra, swimming unattached, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:54.17.

University of Alabama-bound Lockett Bowley won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.61, three seconds ahead of Michaela Mattes of Sarasota Sharks.

Bolles Martin Espernberger, a finalist in the Austrian Euro Junior Championships, won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:01.25.

Marina Spadoni won the 100-meter freesyle in 56.53 ahead of Addison Sauickie of Sarasota Sharks in 56.65 and Blair Stoneburg of Treasure Coast Aquatics in 57.28.

Stanford-bound Andres Dupont Cabrera of Bolles won the 100-meter freestyle in 50.94.

Gracie Weyant of Sarasota Sharks won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:33.10.

Canadian Megan Wheeler won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.21.

Azura’s Yeziel Morales, a Puerto Rican national record holder, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.83 to finish a sweep of three backstroke events.

Sarasota Sharks won the combined team title (609.5) and women’s team title (360.5). Azura Florida Aquatics won the men’s team title (310.5).

Two-time defending champion SOFLO finished fifth in combined with 215 points, sixth in the men’s competition and eighth in the women’s competition.

SOFLO made club history in 2021 winning back-to-back Southern Zone South Sectional Championships. In February, SOFLO won the combined team title, was second among women and third among men. In July, SOFLO won the combined team title and boys team titles and girls were second.

SOFLO had 34 swimmers qualify in 151 individual events and has 20 relay teams in 10 relay events.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Sarasota Sharks 609.5, 2. Azura 542.5, 3. Bolles 462, 4. Gator Swim Club 302, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 215, 6. Trinity Prep 197, 7. Sarasota Tsunami 171, 8. Academy Aquatic Club 165, 9. Blue Dolfins 161.5, 10. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 137.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 360.5, 2. Azura 232, 3. Nepean Kanata Barracudas 184, 4. Bolles 155, 5. Blue Dolfins 118.5, 6. Gator Swim Club 111, 7. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 93, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 84, 9. Academy Aquatic Club 76, 10. Unattached Gator Swim Club 60.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 310.5, 2. Bolles 307, 3. Sarasota Sharks 249, 4. Trinity Prep 195, 5. Gator Swim Club 191, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 131, 7. Sarasota Tsunami 113, 8. Academy Aquatic CLub 89, 9. Rocoa Rockets 81, 10. Olympus Swimming Club 45, 11. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 44.

WOMEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, UN 15:40.63, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 16:29.86, 3. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 16:53.33; SOFLO: 8. Isabelle Wilson 17:44.32, time drop 6.13; FGC: 15. Jessica Smith, WOW 18:09.26, 16. Siena Griffiths, SAS 18:18.36, 19. Fatima Portillo, Azura 18:29.05, 21. Corley Smith, FKSC 18:56.20.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Lockett Bowley, BD 2:13.61, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 2:16.33, 3. Isabella Lojewski, BD 2:17.11; SOFLO: 8. Maddy Smutny 2:20.01, 21. Elena Dinehart 2:24.06; FGC: 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:18.74, 7. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 2:19.26; 9. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 2:21.42, 22. Mariana Cote, MWA 2:26.23.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Marina Spadoni, UN 56.53, 2. Addison Sauickie, SYS 56.65, 3. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 57.28; SOFLO: 21. Olivia Dinehart 59.95; FGC: 11. Sirena Rowe, Azura 58.74.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:33.10, 2. Emily Santos, MVA 2:35.90, 3. Julie Brousseau, NKB 2:36.36; SOFLO: 6. Olivia Dinehart 2:40.90, 23. Sabrina Osorio 2:50.13, time drop 0.36; FGC: 9. Reese Andres, SAS 2:42.90, 18. Kate Kaplan, CC 2:47.30.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Megan Wheeler, NKB 2:15.21, 2. Brooke Manning, UN 2:17.78, 3. Sarah Sensenbrenner, SYS 2:18.64; SOFLO: 10. Elena Deinhart 2:23.17, 17. Mallory Schleicher 2:24.47, time drop 0.79; FGC: 13. Brynn Stoneburg, TCA 2:25.96, 19. Erin Miller, SAS 2:26.97.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 3:56.46 (Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Sirena Rowe, Michaela Sierra, Julimar Avila), 2. Nepean Kanata Barracudas 3:59.27, 3. SOFLO A 4:03.36 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Maddy Smutny), 10. SOFLO B 4:11.32 (Nat Gembicki, Sally Golding, Gabriella DeLuna, Ana Villamil).

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Aryan Nehra, UN 15:54.17, 2. Advait Page, UN 16:04.59, 3. Ryan Erisman, LAK 16:18.93; SOFLO: 18. Ivan Grass 17:21.83, 20. Mateo Shearer, HAT 17:29.98, 23. Hashan Ekanayake 17:46.01.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Martin Espernberger, Bolles 2:01.25, 2. Gage Hulbert, Bolles 2:02.10, 3. Michael Mullen, Bolles 2:03.71; SOFLO: 10. Wisthon Rendon 2:08.37, 20. Enrique Rodriguez 2:13.27; FGC: 4. Dario Martin 2:05.63, 6. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:07.04, 9. Landon Kyser, HAT 2:06.77, 23. Alfredo Dominguez, BMHG 2:14.96, 24. Nikita Efimov, OSC 2:17.17.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Andres Dupont Cabrera, Bolles 50.94, 2. Leif Bouwman, UN 52.41, 3. Jack Hall, Bolles 52.93; FGC: 9. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 53.10, 10. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Azura 53.23, 15. Chase Foulds, SAS 54.19.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Michael Andrew, MASA 2:14.98, 2. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 2:17.35, time drop 0.16, 3. Dario Martin, OSC 2:22.03; SOFLO: 17. Javier Colmenares 2:27.54; FGC: 5. Giulian Martin CANE 2:23.26, 18. Lucas Young, CANE 2:28.60, 22. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 2:32.97.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:01.83, 2. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 2:04.21, 3. Luigi Granco, TPA 205.71; SOFLO: 19. Wisthon Rendon 2:14.54, 20. Austin Nelson 2:15.25, time drop 2.87; FGC: 4. Carlos Cobos, UN 2:05.92, 7. Patrick Doyle, SUN 2:10.93.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura A 3:32.26 (Davidson Vincent, Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Gabriel Araya, Yeziel Morales), 2. Trinity Prep 3:35.91, 3. Academy AC 3:37.98, 5. SOFLO A 3:43.56 (Alex Golding, Enrique Rodriguez, Javier Colmenares, Aldo Zepeda).

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

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Wins On Day Two Of USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, February 11, 2022—Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club had no problem winning his signature event Friday at the USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Tokyo Olympian for Honduras, won in 1:02.23 ahead of Luca Pfyffer, 26, swimming unattached in 1:03.48 and Dario Martin, 17, of Olympus Swimming Club in 1:04.43. Like Katie Ledecky, he also swam faster then he did in Tokyo where he went 1:02.45 in the early heats.

On opening day, Horrego was third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.42 behind U.S. Olympians Michael Andrew (27.79) and Caeleb Dressel (28.22). He has the 200 IM, 50 freestyle and 200 breaststroke left to swim.

SOFLO teammates Olivia Dinehart finished eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.60 and Mallory Schleicher was ninth in the 400 IM in 5:01.34. Enrique Rodriguez, 17, had a nice drop of 4.73 seconds in the 400-meter individual medley to finish 15th in 4:46.53. His previous best was 4:51.26.

In only her second meet since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Katie Ledecky did it again. Ledecky, 24, swimming unattached for Gainesville Swim Club where she trains and coaches, swam and won the 200-meter freestyle in a faster time than she did at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. After going 1:56.09 in morning prelims, she went 1:54.66 in finals. Her Olympic finish was 1:55.21. Ledecky also won the 400 IM in 4:39.68, her first appearance in the event since 2019.

Ledecky has the 400 and 1500 freestyle left to swim.

In other finals:
Olympian Caeleb Dressel won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.96 and 100-meter butterfly in 51.95. It was his first time swimming the events since Tokyo.

Virginia-bound Zoe Skirboll won the 100-meter breaststoke in 1:10.47 just ahead of Azura’s Nicole Frank in 1:10.87.

In her only event of the meet, Canadian Olympian Summer McIntosh won the 100-meter butterfly in 59.28, the only swimmer to go under 1 minute. It was her first time cracking 1 minute.

Bolles’s Michael Mullen led from start-to-finish to win the 400 IM in 4:29.68.

Sarasota Sharks won the women’s 800-meter freestyle relay in a meet record 8:20.60 with Gracie Weyant, Addison Sauickie, Michaela Mattes and Bailey O’Regan. SOFLO was fifth in 8:41.58 with Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny and Mallory Schleicher. Bolles won the men’s relay in 7:45.42 ahead of Azura in 7:48.11.

The Speedo Championship Series four-day meet continues Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m., time trials at 1:30 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SOFLO has 34 swimmers qualified in 151 individual events and has 20 relay teams in 10 relay events.

Defending champion SOFLO made club history in 2021 winning back-to-back Southern Zone South Sectional Championships. In February, SOFLO won the combined team title, was second among women and third among men. In July, SOFLO won the combined team title and boys team titles and girls were second.

FRIDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, UN 1:54.66, 2. Natalie Hinds, UN 2:00.60, 3. Addison Sauickie, SYS 2:00.91; SOFLO: 18. Maddy Smutny 2:06.99; FGC: 5. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 2:03.33, 7. Ella Martinez, SAS 2:04.65, 13. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:06.40, 19. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 2:07.68, 21. Brynn Stoneburg, TCA 2:08.72, 22. Mariana Cote, MWA 2:09.46.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zoe Skirboll, RXA 1:10.47, 2. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 1:10.87, 3. Gracie Weyant, SYS 1:11.87; SOFLO: 8. Olivia Dinehart 1:14.60; FGC: 5. Micaela Sierra, Azura 1:12.94, 17. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:15.26, 21. Kate Kaplan, CC 1:16.85.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Summer McIntosh, Canada 59.28, 1. Addison Reese, LAK 1:01.08, 3. Addison Sauickie, SYS 1:01.36; SOFLO: 21. Elena Dinehart 1:04.94; FGC: 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 1:02.68, 11. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 1:03.79, 12. Sofia Jorge, MAC 1:04.10.

400 IM: 1. Katie Ledecky, UN 4:39.68, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:48.33, 3. Megan Wheeler, NKB 4:50.22; SOFLO: 9. Mallory Schleicher 5:01.34, 21. Olivia Dinehart 5:12.78; FGC: 7. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 4:59.12, 10. Mariana Cote, MWA 5:03.88.

800 freestyle relay: 1. Sarasota Sharks 8:20.60, 2. Bolles 8:37.63, 3. Nepean Kanata Barracudas 8:38.62, 4. Azura 8:41.36, 5. SOFLO 8:41.58, 15. SOFLO B 9:07.43.

MEN
200-meter freestyle: 1. Caeleb Dressel, GSC 1:49.96, 2. Andres Cabrera, Bolles 1:52.51, 3. Kayden Lancaster, Bolles 1:54.45; FGC: 11. Gabriel Araya, Azura 1:57.02, 19. Landon Kyser, HAT 1:57.00, 22. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 1:58.14, 23. Esteban Del Prado, Azura 2:00.70.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:02.23, 2. Luca Pfyffer, UN 1:03.48, 3. Dario Martin OSC 1:04.43; SOFLO: 15. Javier Colmenares 1:08.03; FGC: 5. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:05.06, 16. Chase Foulds, SAS 1:08.07.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, GSC 51.95, 2. Mitchell Ledford, TCS 54.35, 3. Martin Espernberger, Bolles 54.63; FGC: 4. Davidson Vincent, Azura 55.14, 6. Yeziel Morales, Azura 55.60, 8. Esteban Del Prado, Azura 59.20, 9. Leif Bouwman, UN 56.18, 10. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 56.26, 12. Gabriel Araya, Azura 57.07, 18. Landon Kyser, HAT 58.06.

400-meter IM: 1. Michael Mullen, Bolles 4:29.68, 2. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 4:30.57, 3. Mark Szarnek, GSC 4:31.30; SOFLO: 15. Enrique Rodriguez 4:46.53, 4.73 time drop, 22. Adrian Hernandez 4:53.05, 23. Javier Colmenares 4:53.07; FGC: 4. Dario Martin, OSC 4:33.36, 10. Alessandro Pereira, Azura 4:41.11, 21. Nikita Efimov, OSC 4:52.63.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 7:45.42, 2. Azura 7:41.11, 3. Trinity Prep 7:51.08, 9. SOFLO A 8:11.21 (Alex Golding, Wisthon Rendon, Javier Roman, Enrique Rodriguez) 11. SOFLO B 8:18.31 (Aldo Zepeda, Adrian Hernandez, Austin Nelson, Ivan Grass).

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

Italy Wins First Gold Medal At FINA Short Course World Championships; SOFLO’s Atkinson, Horrego Race Thursday


By Sharon Robb
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, December 15, 2021–Italy won the inaugural open water mixed team relay Wednesday at the 15th FINA Short Course World Championships at Yas Bay.

It was the first time the new open water event was held at the championships.

Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy led his relay team in the 6K event. His split of 15:49.1 was the fastest of the nine teams that competed. He was 3.2 seconds faster than Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky, who challenged him in the final lap.

“It was a tough race,” Paltrinieri said. “Since Tokyo, I have been focusing on pool training, mostly on the 1500 meters. Today was a race in the sea, but it was also a 1500-meter race so I decided to swim the relay.

“Relays are always fun. I won’t be swimming the 10K Thursday. I battled with Kristof for the last 200 meters and he was trying to stay close to me. After the last buoy I gave it everything I had and he wasn’t able to pass me.”

Hungary was second in 1:06.51 and Germany was third in 1:07.29. The Italian team will split $20,000 in prize money. Hungary earned $16,000 and Germany $12,000.

Martina De Memme led off the Italian relay in 17:23.8 and was the sixth fastest lead-off swimmer in the event. De Memme was also the oldest swimmer on the Italian relay at age 30. Giulia Gabrielleschi, 25, the youngest Italian swam the second leg in 17:24.60 and was fifth fastest swimmer in the second leg. Domenico Acerena swam the third leg in a time of 16:10.6, second-fastest third leg swimmer.

Longtime St. Andrew’s Aquatics director and coach Sid Cassidy of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee directed the open water event.

The five-day meet continues Thursday with the pool competition and ends Tuesday, Dec. 21.

SOFLO and Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented. SOFLO Olympians Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and Julio Horrego of Honduras will represent their countries. Both will compete Thursday. Atkinson, the world record holder in the 50-meter breaststroke, is seeded second in 28.88. Horrego will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke. His entry time is 1:01.18, seeded 37th.

Other FGC swimmers competing are:

Steven Aimable, Senegal, Azura.
Julimar Avila, Honduras, Azura.
Nicole Frank, Uruguay, Azura.
Yeziel Morales, Puerto Rico, Azura.
Maria Fe Munoz, Peru, Azura.
Kerry Ollivierre, Grenada, Azura.
Joaquin Vargas, Peru, Azura.
Sidrell Williams, Jamaica, Azura.
Dylan Carter, Trinidad and Tobago, American Heritage Plantation alum.
Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, Florida State, St. Andrew’s alum.
Miguel Cancel, Puerto Rico, University of Florida, Gulliver Prep alum.

FINA will offer a prize money pool of $2.8 million, a 50 percent increase in prize money for individual swimmers. There will also be a $50,000 bonus for any swimmer who breaks a world record.

The top eight individual payoffs for first through eighth place are $10,000, $8,000, $7,000, $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000.

There are 943 swimmers from 183 countries competing. The swimming is part of the Aquatics Festival which includes open water swimming, high diving and diving team competition.

Final sessions of the pool swimming will be streamed on NBC Sports’ Olympic Channel. Eurovision Sport’s All Aquatics will air the heats.

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

Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny Takes Home Second Medal On Final Day Of Toyota U.S. Open


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 4, 2021–Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming finished a great week of swimming with another medal at the Toyota U.S. Open Championships Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

She closed out her impressive U.S. Open debut with a third place in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:12.42, shaving 1.74 seconds off her previous best of 2:14.16. She was fifth fastest qualifier in 2:13.87, first dropping 0.29 off her previous best. She was also 27th in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.40.

The University of Florida commit and U.S. national junior team member also took a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:43.57, dropping 1.26 off her previous best.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Yeziel Morales was fourth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.29.

Blair Stoneburg, 17, of Treasure Coast Aquatics, another member of the U.S. Junior National team, was eighth in the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:56.05. She was 24th in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.46.

University of Florida’s Kathleen Golding, 21, was 19th in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.61.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego scratched from the 200-meter breaststroke. He sustained a strained groin during the start of the 100-meter breaststroke.

Other notables and local swimmers in action were:

World record holder and Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, competing unattached for Florida, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:45.32.

Florida’s two-time Olympic champion Bobby Finke pulled away late in the race for a two-body length lead to win in 15:04.77.

Stanford freshman Regan Smith, swimming unattached won the 200-meter backstroke in a U.S. Open record 2:07.09 and 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.58. The backstroke time was the second oldest U.S. Open record, 2:08.42 set by Hayley McGregory in 2008. Smith is world record holder in the event.

WOMEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Unattached-Florida 15:45.32, 2. Sierra Schmidt, Scottsdale Aquatic Club 16:21.56, 3. Elise Bauer, Florida 16:32.55, 8. Blair Stoneburg, Treasure Coast Aquatics 16:56.05.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, Unattached 2:07.09, 2. Leah Smith, Texas 2:11.26, 3. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest Swimming 2:12.42, best time dropping 1.74, her previous best was 2:14.16.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Mallory Comerford, Cardinals 54.74, 2. Arina Openysheva, Louisville 55.23, 3. Camille Spink, Nation’s Capital 55.44.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Ahryoung Kim, Korea 2:29.86, 2. Abby Hay. Louisville 2:30.51, 3. Tylor Mathieu, Florida 2:32.73.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Regan Smith, Unattached 2:10.58, 2. Leah Gingrich, Hurricanes 2:11.02, 3. Amanda Ray, Florida 2:11.51.

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, Florida 15:04.77, 2. Charlie Clark, Ohio State 15:07.53, 3. Trey Freeman, Florida 15:24.83.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Vaggelis Makrygiannis, Unattached 2:00.48, 2. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 2:00.85, 3. Richie Stokes, UCSC 2:01.24.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Andrej Barna, Cardinals 48.44, 2. Gus Borges, PRVT 49.40, 3. Tate Jackson, NITRO 49.52

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Brandon Fischer, Unattached 2:13.21, 2. Raphael Rached Windmuller, Florida 2:15.92, 3. Marcus Mok, Unattached 2:16.80.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Minseop Kim, Korea 1:59.30, 2. Junheon Hwangbo, Korea 1:59.33, 3. Thomas Heilman, Cal State 1:59.87.

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