Campo, Hosfeld Make Finals With Career-Best Swims On Day Four Of Southern Zone Championships

Campo, Hosfeld Make Finals With Career-Best Swims On Day Four Of Southern Zone Championships


Stephanie Campo and Marco Hosfeld of the South Florida Aquatic Club took another step in the right direction Friday night at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Championships.

Campo and Hosfeld swam career-best times in their respective events and were SOFLO’s top finishers on Day Four at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.

Hosfeld had two time drops in the boys’ 13-14 400-meter freestyle to finish fifth against a fast field.

Hosfeld bettered his previous best of 4:19.62 in morning prelims in 4:15.80, the sixth fastest time, and came back in finals to swim faster in 4:13.85.

“That’s moving,” said SOFLO head coach Michael Lohberg. “That was awesome. His splits were great. He does things well with instinct.”

Campo, 12, swam back-to-back career-bests to finish ninth in the girls’ 11-12 100-meter freestyle. She bettered her previous best of 1:03.12 in morning prelims in 1:03.10 and came back to swim faster in finals in 1:02.50.

Campo also led off the Florida Gold Coast’s 11-12 200-meter medley relay that finished sixth in 2:10.16. Other relay members were Carlotta Verita, 12, Isabela Reyes-Capo, 12, and Rose Smiddy, 11.

Campo was also 14th in the girls’ 11-12 100-meter backstroke in 1:12.85, just off her 1:12.21 career-best.

Emma Lincoln, 14, just missed making her second championship final in two days. Lincoln finished 11th and was first alternate in the 400-meter freestyle in a career-best time of 4:39.90. Her previous best was 4:49.08.

Other SOFLO finishers were:

Brandon Goldman, 15, 19th in the 15-18 100-meter backstroke in a career-best 1:03.75. His previous best was 1:03.89.

Diego Rodriguez, 12, 22nd in the 11-12 100-meter breaststroke in 1:28.54 and 52nd in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:09.24.

Tyla Martin, 13, 26th in the 13-14 100-meter backstroke in 1:12.28.

Anne Kuczynski, 15, 25th in the 15-18 100-meter breaststroke in 1:20.65 and 35th in the 15-18 100-meter backstroke in a career-best 1:14.05.

Luke Torres, 15, 27th in the 15-18 100-meter breaststroke in a career-best 1:11.27. His previous best was 1:11.36.

Florida Gold Coast won the boys 15-18 200-meter medley relay in 1:48.32 with Andres Reyes-Capo, 16, Andrew Smiddy, 18, Evandro Silva, 18, and Daniel Spas, 15.

With two days remaining, the Georgia Zone Team has a slim lead over Florida Swimming, 360-357.5. Florida Gold Coast Swimming is fourth with 221 points.

Individual Southern Zone champions were:


11-12 100-meter backstroke: No information available on official website.

Caitlin Cooper, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:05.25, career-best.

Konnor Rist, 16, Team Kentucky, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:05.14, career-best.

Annie Kyriakidis, 11, Southeastern Swimming, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:15.90, career-best.

Katie Christy, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:15.10, career-best.

Katie Evans, 16, Georgia Zone Team, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:14.32, career-best.

Brooke Bauer, 12, Team Kentucky, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 1:00.39, career-best.

Caty Hulsey, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 400-meter freestyle, 4:24.92, career-best.

Rachel Harrington, 17, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:24.28, career-best.

11-12 200-meter medley relay: Kentucky, 2:05.47.

13-14 200-meter medley relay: Georgia Zone Team, 2:02.28.

15-18 200-meter medley relay: Georgia Zone Team, 2:01.34.


11-12 100-meter backstroke: No information available on official website’s live results.

Isaac Klinger, 14, North Carolina Swimming, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:00.93, career-best.

John Michael Moore, 17, Louisiana, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 59.25, career-best.

Christian Lam, 12, North Carolina Swimming, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:12.35, career-best.

Gunnar Bentz, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:05.31, career-best.

Colin Babcock, 18, Louisiana Zone Team, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:06.01, career-best.

Preston Padden, 12, West Virginia Zone Team, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 555.45, career-best.

Alex Katz, 14, Florida Swimming, 13-14 400-meter freestyle, 4:02.25, career-best.

Justin Kaisrlik, 16, Florida Swimming. 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:04.57, career-best.

11-12 200-meter medley relay: North Carolina Swimming, 2:00.83.

13-14 200-meter medley relay: Georgia Zone Team, 1:51.64.

15-18 200-meter medley relay: Florida Gold Coast, 1:48.32.

Other Florida Gold Coast All-Star finishers were:

FGC girls 13-14 200-meter medley relay (Megan Moroney, Annie Valls, Isa Paez, Zoie Balthazar), second, 2:03.01.

Quinn Cassidy, 14, second, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:07.37, career-best.

Evandro Silva, 18, second, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:06.11, career-best.

Megan Moroney, 13, third, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:06.03, career-best.

Michael Christian, 17, fourth, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:00.41, career-best.

Carlotta Verita, 12, fourth, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:19.17, career-best.

Rose Smiddy, 11, fourth, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 1:01.89, career-best.

FGC boys 13-14 200-meter medley relay (Alejandro Vassallo, Quinn Cassidy, Digby Nothard, John Floyd), fourth, 1:54.35.

Gaby Garcia, 16, fifth, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:15.18, career-best.

Samuel Smiddy, 16, fifth, 15-18 400-meter freestyle in 4:08.14, career-best.

Austin Manganiello, 17, sixth, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:01.29.

FGC girls 15-18 200-meter medley relay (Jessica Nederlanden, Gaby Garcia, Sivan Fraiman, Vicky Ho), seventh, 2:05.35.

Brittany Hammond, 15, seventh, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:30.96, career-best.

FGC boys 11-12 200-meter medley relay (Nicolas Medina, Jonathan Farah, Tanner Fuller, Hank Contich), eighth, 2:11.73.

Annie Valls, 14, eighth, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:17.97.

Andrew Smiddy, 18, ninth, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:08.45, career-best.

Jessica Nederlanden, 17, tenth, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:08.37.

Austin Manganiello, 17, tenth, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:15.76.

Daniel Spas, 15, 11th, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:01.78, career-best.

Isa Paez, 14, 12th, 13-14 400-meter freestyle, 4:40.10.

Alejandro Vassallo, 14, 13th, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:05.40.

Andres Reyes-Capo, 16, 13th, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:02.53.

Jonathan Farah, 12, 13th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:20.84.

Nicolas Medina, 12, 13th, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 1:01.46.

Nicolas Medina, 12, 14th, 11-12 100-meter backstroke, 1:11.86.

Arianna Noya, 13, 15th, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:21.82.

Derek Chait, 15, 15th, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:15.23, career-best.

Julio Horrego, 11, 16th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:23.07.

Arianna Noya, 13, 16th, 13-14 400-meter freestyle 4:43.22.

Vicky Ho, 17, 16th, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:36.00.

Hank Contich, 12, 17th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:24.67, equals career-best.

Luis Santiesteban, 14, 18th, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:16.77.

Isabela Reyes-Capo, 12, 19th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:24.67.

Digby Nothard, 14, 19th, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:16.84, career-best.

Vicky Ho, 17, 20th, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:10.37, career-best.

Hannah Vandersluis, 15, 20th, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:19.13, career-best.

Amanda Montesino, 17, 21st, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:41.31.

Boleck Depawlikowski, 14, 22nd, 13-14 400-meter freestyle, 4:27.11.

Alexa Rivera, 11, 23rd, 11-12 100-meter backstroke, 1:15.49.

Daniel Spas, 15, 23rd, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:10.69.

Rose Smiddy, 11, 24th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:25.99, career-best.

Alexa Rivera, 11, 26th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:27.24.

Jonathan Farah, 12, 28th, 11-12 100-meter backstroke, 1:15.23.

Zoie Balthazar, 14, 29th, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:12.63.

Dashley Reyes, 15, 33rd, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:13.81, career-best.

John Floyd, 14, 34th, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:14.09.

Jessie Randolph, 15, 37th, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:15.54, career-best.

Tanner Fuller, 12, 45th, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 1:06.97.

Hank Contich, 12, 47th, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 1:07.56.

The pool events conclude today with the 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 200 butterfly events. The open water event is Sunday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Makes History, Wins FGC Junior Olympics Long Course Championships

SOFLO Makes History, Wins FGC Junior Olympics Long Course Championships


The South Florida Aquatic Club made history in the Florida Gold Coast.

The newly-formed club won its first major team titles Sunday night at the Florida Gold Coast 14-and-under Junior Olympics Long Course Championship at the Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO swept the combined, boys and girls team titles, topping an impressive field that included Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, defending champion Lake Lytal Lightning, AK Sharks, Pine Crest and Broward Aquatics.

SOFLO, just two months old, is the youngest club ever to win a major FGC title.

The Nike-sponsored club is a result of the merging of the Coral Springs Swim Club and Comets Swim Team, two of the most well-respected USA Swimming clubs.

Since SOFLO’s first official meet at the May 13-15 FGC Open Invitational at the Academic Village Pool, swimmers, parents and coaches quickly established chemistry and team camaraderie which shined through during the post-meet celebration Sunday night.

“This was the first real test for our new team, since it was a Championship Meet,” said SOFLO head coach Michael Lohberg. “As Head Coach I could not be more pleased. To win all three team titles is something special. Especially considering the fact that we used some of our top kids, who qualified for the Southern Zone Championships in Atlanta in 10 days, only in very few events, to make sure they can peak and rest for Atlanta.

“We we were expecting a tough fight for the team titles,” Lohberg said. “That it turned out that way and our kids swimming over 200 personal best times speaks for the excellent work of our coaches, and for the talent and toughness of our kids.”

Heading into Sunday night championships finals, SOFLO led Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, 576-498.

SOFLO won the combined team title with 705 points. FLA was second with 622. SOFLO won the girls crown with 388 points and FLA was second with 324. SOFLO won the boys team title with 317 points and FLA was runner-up with 298.

For the third day in a row, SOFLO posted career-best times including 51 in prelims and another 15 in finals. Over three days, SOFLO had a record 262 career-best times.

“The team was great,’ said Catharine Cooper, who had career-best swims in every event including the 100 freestyle where she finished third in 1:10.14. “We did a couple relays together. It was pretty fun. Everyone was really happy. The whole meet was amazing.”

“For us coaches, teaching a high standard of stroke technique to these young swimmers is more important than winning,” Lohberg said. “But if technique and swimming fast comes together like today, I don’t mind.  It definitely was impressive. The kids stepped up and turned in one great performance after another.  Especially I enjoy to see a girl like Catharine Cooper progress.  She started in our SwimAmerica Learn To Swim Program, learned all the techniques, continued to our Mullins Park Program, and now, at age 10, swimming with our Head Age Group Coach Bruno Darzi. She is scoring in finals left and right.  And there are many more stories like that. For us coaches, this is pure joy!”

SOFLO’s depth was never more evident during the three-day meet.

Sisters Emily and Allison Kopas, SOFLO’s newest members, were unable to contribute points since they were competing unattached in compliance with the mandatory Florida Gold Coast transfer rule.

Several other top swimmers including Steph Campo, Tyla Martin, Marco Hosfeld and Emma Lincoln swam in limited events, opting instead to focus on the July 27-31 Southern Zone Championships in Atlanta.

“I am very excited and happy for the kids,” Darzi said. “This is great. It was really a great team effort, a good combination of results from both pools. The kids did a great job. We had high expectations without knowing how it would turn out.”

“Absolutely the future looks good, we are excited about it,” Darzi said. “We got the chance to see a lot of our young ones really step it up. There are some things we need to work on as a team. Knowing there is still a lot of room for improvement but we had great results is very encouraging.”

SOFLO’s Emily Kopas, 13, competing unattached, was a double winner on Sunday night.

Kopas won the 13-14 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:26.14.  Her previous best was 2:26.82. She also won the 50-meter breaststroke in 34.70, another career-best. Her previous best was 34.87.

Ten-year-olds Eden Cooke and Kelley Heron were individual champions.

Cooke won the girls 10-and-under 50-meter backstroke in a career-best 36.84. Cooke was second in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:10.08, a career-best. Cooke was also fourth in the 200 IM in a career-best 2:54.90.

Heron won the girls 10-and-under 50-meter breaststroke in a career-best 42.17. Heron was second in the 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:51.40 and fourth in the 100-meter freestyle in a career-best 1:10.17.

Maria Lopez, 14, was second in the 13-14 200-meter butterfly in a career-best 2:27.84. Marco Hosfeld, 14, was second in the 100-meter freestyle in a career-best 56.65.

Other SOFLO top results were:

Boys 10-and-under 200-meter individual medley: 5. Ricardo Roche, 10, 2:54.34, career-best.

Boys 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle: 6. Ricardo Roche, 10, 1:12.36; 8. Jorge Depassier, 10, 1:14.76; 10. Kevin Porto, 10, 1:12.90 (prelims).

Boys 10-and-under 50-meter backstroke: 5. Kevin Porto, 10, 39.28, swam career-best 39.24.

Boys 11-12 50-meter backstroke: 4. Gustavo Valery, 35.62; 5. Juan Lucas 36.81; 7. Alfredo Mesa, 11, 37.23.

Boys 11-12 50-meter breaststroke: 5. Diego Rodriguez, 12, 38.49.

Boys 11-12 200-meter butterfly: 7. Andre Menchaca, 12, 3:01.89, career-best.

Boys 11-12 100-meter freestyle: 10. Cristian Rossi, 11, 1:06.55.

Boys 13-14 200-meter individual medley: 6. Dylan Sell, 13, 2:28.01, career-best.

Boys 13-14 100-meter freestyle: 7. Blake Kelley, 14, 1:00.28.

Girls 10-and-under 50-meter breaststroke: 8. Catharine Cooper, 10, 46.36 (swam career-best 44.72 in prelims); 9. Delanie Perez, 10, 47.42.

Girls 11-12 50-meter breaststroke: 9. Audrey Mason, 12, 40.63.

Girls 11-12 50-meter backstroke: 8. Danielle Ginzburg, 12, 37.28.

Girls 11-12 200-meter individual medley: 6. Allison Kopas, 11, 2:44.11, career-best; 10. Jess Rodriguez, 11, 2:48.25.

Girls 11-12 100-meter freestyle: 6. Carly Swanson, 12, 1:11.87.

Girls 13-14 200-meter individual medley: 8. Kristi Brennan, 14, 2:41.44.

Girls 13-14 50-meter breaststroke: 10. Kelly Kealty, 13, 40.01, 11. Kayla Moodie, 13, 40.07.

SOFLO had eight swimmers among Top 10 high point finishers. They were:

10-and-under: (Girls) 2. Kelley Heron, 53 points; 3. Eden Cooke, 50; 4. Catharine Cooper 29; (Boys) 6. Kevin Porto, 22.

11-12: (Girls) 10. Carly Swanson, 19.

13-14: (Girls) 2. Emily Kopas, 54; 9. Maria Lopez 20; (Boys) 4. Marco Hosfeld, 25.


COMBINED: 1. SOFLO 705, 2. FLA 622, 3. Lake Lytal Lightning 447, 4. AK Sharks 316.50, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 301, 6. Broward Aquatics 289, 7. Blue Marlins 268, 8. Miami Dade County Aquatic Club 260.50, 9. Rockway Swimming Team 198, 10. Jupiter Dragons 187.

GIRLS: 1. SOFLO 388, 2. FLA 324, 3. Lake Lytal Lightning 302, 4. AK Sharks 289, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 175.50, 6. Miami Dade County Aquatic Club 166.50, 7. Jupiter Dragons 132, 8. Plantation Swim Team 127.50, 9. St. Andrew’s Swimming 95.50, 10. Broward Aquatics 51.

BOYS: 1. SOFLO 317, 2. FLA 298, 3. Blue Marlins 254, 4. Broward Aquatics 238, 5. Rockway 194, 6. Lake Lytal Lightning 145, 7. Pine Crest Swimming 125.50, 8. Miami Dade County Aquatic Club 94, 9. City of Hialeah 91, 10. Heritage Aquatics 90.

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