South Florida Aquatic Club Raises The Bar Again In 2019, Sky Is The Limit For 2020


By Sharon Robb

January 1, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club enters the new decade with some outstanding 2019 memories.

Whether it was Junior Nationals, Senior Championships, Junior Olympics, Atlanta Speedo Winter Junior East Championships, USA Swimming Futures Championships, Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, Plantation Speedo Winter Championships, World Police & Fire Games State High School Championships or Sizzlers, swimmers and coaches were emotionally-charged during the 2019 season.

Buoyed by accomplishments in 2018, the team was determined and motivated to improve and it did.

SOFLO swimmers rose to the occasion defending team titles and winning new ones, competing against the best internationally, nationally, regionally and locally, improving times and strokes.

After senior champs, “The emotions were high,” SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson said. “I needed to remind the kids more how well they are doing, what they have accomplished, and reward them for what they did.”

Heading into its 20th year of existence, first as the Comets and now SOFLO Sharks, the coaching staff worked together to improve the training environment and continued to cultivate a winning culture.

“The talent we have in the water is easier to maintain when the expectations are there,” Anderson said.

“We have a winning culture. SOFLO has created an infrastructure with its coaches and staff that cultivates a high level of continuing excellence. Our kids challenge themselves and push themselves past their comfort zone and it does show.”

The emphasis was always on “team effort,” not only swimmers and coaches, but parents, booster club, officials, office staff, school support, media and fans, who all played roles in that “team effort.”

SOFLO remains the largest and most diverse local swim club in the Florida Gold Coast.

Each year SOFLO swimmers have learned their lessons well and continued to build on them in 2019. Every swimmer contributed. Every point earned by each SOFLO swimmer at various meets counted.

Success is never taken for granted. After outstanding past seasons, SOFLO improved across the board enjoying more success at every level during 2019 and raised the bar even higher for 2020.

As everyone celebrates the New Year and bringing in the Roaring 20s, the first ten as Comets Swim Team and entering its tenth year as SOFLO, it’s always fun to look back to see what “the team” accomplished over the past twelve months.

SOFLO’s Top 12 Moments in 2019 were:

1. SOFLO is awarded the USA Swimming National Club Excellence Silver Medal for 2020 for the first time in club history. SOFLO has been a Bronze Medal club winner eight of the last nine years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), but had never earned silver. SOFLO moved up from 5,362 to 9,324 rating points and was the only Florida Gold Coast club to earn silver medal club honors and one of only eight teams from around the state.

2. SOFLO established itself as one of the all-time top swim clubs in Florida Gold Coast history winning the FGC Senior Championships combined team title with 3,287 points for the first time in meet history in March. It was the first time SOFLO totaled 3,000 or more points in any FGC meet. SOFLO also won the boys team title with 1,663 points and SOFLO girls were second.

3. SOFLO secured its place in the record books by winning both seniors and JO titles in the same short course season for the sixth time in team history.

4. SOFLO wins FGC Short Course Junior Olympics Short Course Championship for a record ninth consecutive and tenth overall combined title and FGC Long Course JOs for tenth consecutive and 11th overall. SOFLO has won back-to-back JO titles in a single season seven times.

5. SOFLO 15-16 boys win the combined and boys team titles at FGC Senior Long Course Championships.

6. The combination of AquaKids Sharks and SOFLO continued to be successful. AK Sharks’ competitive swimmers race as part of SOFLO.

7. SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson makes her debut with the inaugural International Swimming League pro swim series and Team Iron, owned and led by superstar Katinka Hosszu of Hungary.

8. SOFLO masters swimmer, former Comets coach and City of Pembroke Pines Police sergeant Jennifer Martin won five gold medals, four silver medals and broke two world records in her international swimming debut at the 18th Chengdu 2019 World Police and Fire Games in China.

9. SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding head to Florida and Mary Smutny to Texas to begin another chapter in their outstanding swimming careers at strong Division I programs. And, with her longtime coach Chris Anderson, Golding made her first U.S. Olympic cut at the Phillips 66 National Championship in August in California. Smutny also has her U.S. Olympic trials cut.

10. SOFLO has ten swimmers selected for the Florida Gold Coast-Florida Swimming All-Star Meet in Fort Pierce.

11. SOFLO qualifies three dozen swimmers for the BCAA Championships and all four classifications at the FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Meets including swimmers from Cooper City, Cypress Bay, NSU University School, Pembroke Pines Charter, American Heritage Plantation, St. Thomas Aquinas, Everglades, Doral and Somerset.

12. SOFLO has four swimmers (Lance Lesage, Rafael Rodriguez, Gaby Banks, Mallory Schleicher) named to Sun-Sentinel All-County Swimming and Diving first team.

SOFLO take a bow! Happy New Year and here’s to a safe, happy and healthy new year and decade. Later 2019.

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Awarded USA Swimming Club Excellence Bronze Medal For Seventh Time In Eight Years


By Sharon Robb

December 18, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club, the largest and one of the most diverse clubs in the Florida Gold Coast, was awarded USA Swimming’s Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award for 2018.

SOFLO has been a Bronze Medal club seven of the last eight years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). SOFLO’s first year of existence was 2011 after starting out as the Comets Swim Team. The club has been in existence for 17 years.

The excellence award program is divided into gold, silver and bronze divisions. The rankings only include 18-and-under swimmers eliminating most pro and college swimmers.

The rankings give points scores based on a power point rating system that gives swim points based on how fast it is relative to a swimmer’s age.

The focus of the USA Swimming voluntary program is to identify and reward up to 200 USA Swimming-sanctioned clubs that have attained a high level of athlete performance.

The program strives to meet the following initiatives:

Promote the development of strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs that produce elite 18-and-under athletes.

Provide recognition and resources to motivate and assist member clubs to strive for the highest ideals of athlete performances.

SOFLO moved up from 4,718 points to 5,362 and is one of six Florida Gold Coast clubs honored at the various levels.

Gulliver Prep (11,528 points) and Pine Crest (8,815) earned silver medal status.

Metro Aquatic Club of Miami (6,132), North Palm Beach (5,124) and AquaKids Sharks (4,221) joined SOFLO with bronze medal status.

Only gold and silver level clubs are provided grant funding (a total of $400,000 in grants will be awarded).

“It is a huge accomplishment for any club to make this list and we want to make sure your club is recognized within your community,” said Kara Raney of USA Swimming.

Other Florida teams earning excellence awards were: Sarasota Y Sharks, 25,292 gold medal; Bolles, 21,392, Gator Swim Club, 17,195, Tampa Bay Aquatics, 11,279, St. Petersburg Aquatics, 10,385, Sarasota Tsunami Swim Team, 7,852, and T2 Aquatics, 7,199, silver medal; and Highlander, 5,245, Greater Tampa Swim Association, 4,310, Swim Florida, 3,863 and Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville, 3,378, bronze medal.

Nation’s Capital Swim Club of the Washington, D.C. area won its fourth consecutive Club Excellence title. Nation’s Capital totaled 91,597 points, finishing more than 30,000 points ahead of Gold level club SwimMAC Carolina (59,673) and Carmel Swim Club (40,745).

SOFLO is coming off another outstanding year that featured its eighth consecutive team title and 14th overall at the FGC Junior Olympics and fifth consecutive year the club won back-to-back short and long course titles the same year.

“Earning a gold, silver or bronze ranking is a reflection of the hard work and time invested by athletes and coaches and has become a highly coveted honor for our teams,” said Pat Hogan, USA Swimming’s Club Development Managing Director.

“Each year, the competition to earn a Club Excellence ranking continues to be more and more challenging,” Hogan said.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Three-Peats At FGC Senior Championships; Sweeps All Three Titles For First Time


By Sharon Robb

March 22, 2015—Just when you think it can’t get any better, it did for South Florida Aquatic Club.

Not only did SOFLO get its three-peat, but swept all three team titles—combined, women’s and men’s—for the first time in the club’s 15-year history Sunday night at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

For the third year in a row, SOFLO won the combined and women’s team titles and for the first time the men’s team title.

It was also the third year in a row SOFLO has won both the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics and Senior Championships in the short course season.

SOFLO won the combined team title with a team record 3,080.50 points. SOFLO has never amassed 3,000 points in any major meet. Gulliver Swim Club was second with 2,356 and Swim Fort Lauderdale was third with 2,045.

SOFLO won the women’s team title with 1,697.50 points followed by Swim Fort Lauderdale with 1,087 and Gulliver Swim Club with 1,059.50.

SOFLO made more history by winning the men’s team title for the first time with 1,383 points. Gulliver Swim Club was second with 1,296.50 and Azura Florida Aquatics with 1,217.50.

The men’s victory was even more impressive because several of its swimmers were unattached including Jorge Murillo Valdes, Julien Pinon, Jonathan Farah and Max and Sam Asnis.

After getting dunked in the pool for only the third time in his coaching career, SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson was still somewhat shocked at his team’s accomplishments.

“I am really shocked we found a way on our staff to actually win the men, women and combined for the first time and combined three years in a row,” a soggy Anderson said.

“I am extremely happy. We had 23 people in our Asteroids and lessons program come up over the last five years and be point scorers and be on our relays. It’s a huge testament to what we are doing.”

SOFLO dominated the meet from the opening day buoyed by depth, talent and relays.

“It is slightly overwhelming to cultivate a team and culture of getting the kids to work hard for a goal and to actually pull it off three years in a row,” Anderson said. “I’m not sure I envisioned three years in a row.

“To win the men’s title is a huge feather in our cap. That was our weakest part but we actually worked hard at the 10-11 age group to perform when they got to this level. This was a six-year long term plan.”

While winning the first two years was great, Anderson said this time around “for sure is the sweetest.

“For our volunteers, officials and coaching staff to be able to do this three years in a row; for our men to click like they did; for our women to continue their success and to have the pros fire on all cyclinders is a huge accomplishment,” Anderson said.

“I’m not complacent, but I am very happy where we are at. Of course, there is more to do. We want to take our senior kids to the next level but as far as the clear path, the right path, we have definitely taken the right road.”

Three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder Alia Atkinson broke another Jamaican national record, this time in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.74, bettering her previous best of 23.01. Atkinson also won her signature event, the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.08.

Atkinson was also a member of SOFLO’s winning 200-yard medley relay in 1:43.53 with teammates Kelley Heron, Valentina Artemeva and Kathleen Golding.

Other individual winners for SOFLO were:

Kelley Heron won the 15-16 100-yard backstroke in 58.22 and second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:08.44.

Jessica Rodriguez won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.01 and was fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:09.94.

Carolina Colorado, swimming unattached for SOFLO, won the open 100-yard backstroke in 53.72 and 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.62. Colorado was also second in the 50-yard butterfly in 24.76.

Colombian Jorge Murillo Valdes won the 100-yard breaststroke in 53.62 and was second in the 50-yard butterfly in 22.88.

Other SOFLO finalists were:

Melissa Marinheiro was second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:05.16. She was also tenth in the 50-yard butterfly in 27.28 and tenth in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.08.

Kathleen Golding was second in the open 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.60. She was also fourth in the 50-yard butterfly in 26.02 and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.63.

Valentina Artemeva was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.37 and second in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.85.

SOFLO’s women’s 400-yard medley relay was second in 3:54.72 with Heron, Rodriguez, Artemeva and Golding.

Kylie Herman was fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:10.04 and Lilli Calero was ninth in 18:42.45.

Natasha Testa was seventh in the 50-yard butterfly in 27.67 and Jessica Rodriguez in 27.92.

CJ Kopecki was second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a career-best 16:12.62, dropping from 16:12.62. Ricardo Roche was sixth in 16:38.91, Jordan Colon was nineh in 16:44.72 and Juan Diaz was tenth in 16:45.96.

Timothy Wynter was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.94 and fourth in the 50-yard butterfly in 23.14.

Julien Pinon, swimming unattached for SOFLO, was second in the 50-yard butterfly in 23.27, third in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.53 and fourth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.88.

Juan Lucas was seventh in the 100-yard backstroke in 54.48, Esteban Diaz-Velasco was eighth in 54.54 and Bruno Berti was tenth in 55.97.

Jonathan Farah, swimming unattached, was third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.81 and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.92 and Ryan Capote was seventh in 55.36.

Ervin Marin was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.60, seventh in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.04 and tenth in the 50-yard butterfly in 24.39.

Bruno Berti was eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.55.

A field of more than 500 swimmers from 32 teams competed in the three-day meet that was hosted by SOFLO for the second consecutive day.

The meet featured most of the Florida Gold Coast teams. In addition to SOFLO and Azura, among teams entered are St. Andrew’s Swimming, Miami Swimming, Gulliver, Coral Springs Swim Club, Pompano Beach, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Wahoos of Wellington, Metro Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning, AquaKids Sharks, Performance Aquatics, Boca Raton and Plantation Swim Team.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 3,080.50, 2. Gulliver Swim Club 2,356, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 2,045, 4. Miami Swimming 1,368.50, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,357.50, 6. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 1,262.50, 7. Coral Springs Swim Club 1,069.50, 8. Boca Raton Swim Team 672, 9. Pompano Beach Piranhas 572, 10. Plantation Swim Team 474.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,697.50, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1,087, 3. Gulliver Swim Club 1,059.50, 4. Miami Swimming 863.50, 5. Coral Springs Swim Club 560.50, 6. Metro Aquatics 527.50, 7. Pompano Beach Piranhas 491, 8. Boca Raton Swim Team 408, 9. Wahoos of Wellington 395, 10. Performance Aquatics 384.50.

MEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,383, 2. Gulliver 1,296.50, 3. Azura 1,217.50, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 958, 5. Metro Aquatics 735, 6. Coral Springs Swim Club 508, 7. Miami Swimming 505, 8. Miami Dade County 281, 9. YMCA of Broward County 280.50, 10. AquaKids Sharks 280.

WOMEN HIGH POINT: 1. Allison Kopas, SFTL 191, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 180.50, 3. Laine Morgan, Miami Swimming 177, 4. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 165, 5. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 162; SOFLO: 7. Carolina Colorado 159, 8. Kelley Heron 152, 10. Kathleen Golding 147, 14. Melissa Marinheiro 134, 28. Valentina Artemeva 84, 32. Star Fassler, 82, 37. Kylie Herman 76, 50. Lisa Blackburn 55,66. Liz Travieso 42, 68. Lilli Calero 39, 72. Natasha Testa 37, 81. Delanie Perez 28, 85. Elise Larin 26, 92. Jennifer Rodriguez 22, 99. Abby Oyetunji 19, 108. Vanessa Mesa 16, 121. Jennifer Martin 11, 121. Stephanie Mlujeak 11, 121. 11, 131. Alexandra Crespo 8, 142. Isabella DiSalvo 4, 151. Raquel Lugo 2.

MEN HIGH POINT: 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 192, 2. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 188, 3. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 183, 4. Luke Smutny, AK Sharks 176, 5. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 164; SOFLO: 8. Ervin Marin 156, 10. Jonathan Farah 145, 11. Timothy Wynter 131, 13. Jorge Murillo Valdes 122, 15. CJ Kopecki 117, 17. Ryan Capote 104, 28. Juan Lucas 93, 46. Jordan Colon 62, 46. Kevin Porto 62, 48. Bruno Berti 59, 60. Leonardo Mateus 49, 61. Ricardo Roche 48, 63. Max Asnis 47, 69. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 40, 70. Samuel Quintero 39,73. Juan Diaz 36, 80. Rafael Rodriguez 32, 82. Gustavo Valery 31, 92. Alfredo Mesa 26, 112. Sam Asnis 16, 117. Brandon Moran 14, 125. Matthew Menocal 10, 127. Gabriel Segui 9, 137. Brendan Cassie 6, 145. Simon Ortiz 3.

WOMEN

200-yard medley relay: 1. SOFLO 1:43.53 (Kelley Heron, Valentina Artemeva, Alia Atkinson, Kathleen Golding), 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:46.88, 3. Miami Swimming 1:47.79.

100-yard backstroke: 15-16, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 58.22, 2. Melannie Vargas, Miami-Dade 58.62, 3. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 1:00.01; SOFLO: 11. Liz Travieso 1:02.41; Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 53.72, 2. Laine Morgan, Miami Swimming 56.10, 3. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 56.33; SOFLO: 19. Carly Swanson 1:03.01.

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Catalina Galea Berraud, Swim Fort Lauderdale Unattached 17:01.55, 2. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:05.16, 3. Cloe Bedard-Khalid, Metro Aquatics 17:11.31; SOFLO: 5. Kylie Herman 18:10.04, 9. Lilli Calero 18:42.45, 13. Alexandra Crespo 19:53.37.

50-yard butterfly: 15-16, 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 26.21, 2. Isabella Pittinger, Coral Springs 26.78, 3. Paloma Sanchez, Miami Swimming 26.93; SOFLO: 7. Natasha Testa 27.67, 9. Jessica Rodriguez 27.92, 13. Liz Travieso 28.45; Open, 1. Catalina Mendieta, PAQ 24.74, 2. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO Unattached 24.76, 3. Kelly Harrington, Boca Raton 24.95; SOFLO: 4. Kathleen Golding 26.02, 10. Melissa Marinheiro 27.28, 14. Vanessa Mesa 27.77, 17. Carly Swanson 28.19.

100-yard breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:05.01, 2. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:05.96, 3. Fatimah Westbrook, Pompano Beach 1:07.08; SOFLO: 13. Kelley Heron 1:11.11; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 58.08, 2. Valentina Artemeva, SOFLO 1:01.37, 3. Caitlin Ahern, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:04.26; SOFLO: 6. Kathleen Golding 1:06.63, 13. Elise Larin 1:09.44, 17. Delanie Perez 1:11.22.

50-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Catharine Cooper, Coral Springs Swim Club 23.79, 2. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 24.34,3. Fatimah Westbrook, Pompano Beach 24.75; SOFLO: 15. Liz Travieso 26.00, 17. Abby Oyetunji 26.10; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 22.74, 2. Valentina Artemeva, SOFLO 23.85, 3. Kelly Harrington, Boca Raton 24.01; SOFLO: 10. Melissa Marinheiro 25.08, 11. Jennifer Martin 24.98, 18. Vanessa Mesa 25.61, 20. Carly Swanson 25.78.

200-yard individual medley: 15-16, 1. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:04.79, 2. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:08.44, 3. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 2:08.55; SOFLO: 5. Jessica Rodriguez 2:09.94; Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO Unattached 2:02.62, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:03.60, 3. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:04.75; SOFLO: 17. Delanie Perez 2:16.99, 19. Kylie Herman 2:18.39.

400-yard medley relay: 1. Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:50.75 (Amanda Tipton, Caitlin Ahern, Elizabeth Zubero, Allison Kopas), 2. SOFLO 3:54.72 (Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Valentina Artemeva, Kathleen Golding), 3. Miami Swimming 3:56.61.

MEN

200-yard medley relay: 1. Metro Aquatics 1:35.90 (Aitor Fungairino, Bernardo Lima, Alejandro Carriazo, Adrian Moya), 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:37.11, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:37.38, 4. SOFLO A 1:37.49 (Timothy Wynter, Ervin Marin, Juan Lucas, Ryan Capote), 10. SOFLO B 1:42.73 (Gustavo Valery, Brendan Cassie, Alfredo Mesa, Bruno Berti).

100-yard backstroke: 15-16, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, Swim Fort Lauderdale 48.90, 2. Alberto Gomez, Miami-Dade 50.86, 3. Julien Pinon, SOFLO Unattached 52.53; SOFLO: 7. Juan Lucas 54.48, 8. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 54.54, 10. Bruno Berti 55.97, 14. Kevin Porto 56.04, 20. Ricardo Roche 58.43; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 48.49, 2. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 52.94, 3. Nicolas Oberndorfer, Gulliver 53.50; SOFLO: 5. Jonathan Farah, SOFLO Unattached 53.92, 7. Ryan Capote 55.36, 15. Leonardo Mateus 58.34.

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Franco Lupoli, Azura 15:35.65, 2. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 16:12.62, 3. Matthew Fisher, Boca Raton 16:13.98; SOFLO: 6. Ricardo Roche 16:38.91, 9. Jordan Colon 16:44.72, 10. Juan Diaz 16:45.96, 13. Kevin Porto 16:48.37, 16. Sam Asnis 16:59.80, 19. Matthew Menocal 17:10.16.

50-yard butterfly: 15-16, 1. Raphael Marcoux, Swim Fort Lauderdale 22.91, 2. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 23.27, 3. Maximilian Garcia-Del Pozo, Metro Aquatics 23.45; SOFLO: 10. Ervin Marin 24.39, 13. Juan Lucas 24.73, 17. CJ Kopecki 25.13, 19. Alfredo Mesa 25.21, 20. Gustavo Valery 25.25; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 22.19, 2. Jorge Murillo Valdes, SOFLO Unattached 22.88, 3. Rob Ballestas, Miami Swimming 23.13; SOFLO: 4. Timothy Wynter 23.14.

100-yard breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Tristian Celestin, Azura 59.35, 2. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 59.40, 3. Jose Pascual, Coral Springs 59.92; SOFLO: 4. Ervin Marin 1:00.60, 17. Brendan Cassie 1:04.89; Open, 1. Jorge Murillo Valdes, SOFLO Unattached 53.62, 2. AJ Reid, Miami Swimming 59.04, 3. Jonathan Farah, SOFLO Unattached 1:01.81; SOFLO: 14. Samuel Quintero 1:07.95, 16. Gabriel Segui 1:09.12.

50-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Raphael Marcoux, Swim Fort Lauderdale 21.08, 2. Philippe Marcoux, Swim Fort Lauderdale 21.45, 3. Nikita Tretyakov, Swim Fort Lauderdale 21.47; SOFLO: 8. Brunto Berti 22.55, 14. Gustavo Valery 22.81; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 21.04, 2. Julius Petzold, Miami Swimming 21.30, 3. Joseph Donato, Miami Dade 21.59; SOFLO: 11. Ryan Capote 21.69, 12. Timothy Wynter 22.04.

200-yard individual medley: 15-16, 1. Niktia Tretyakov, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:50.64, 2. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 1:51.90, 3. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 1:53.03; SOFLO: 4. Julien Pinon 1:55.88, 7. Ervin Marin 1:58.04, 16. Max Asnis 2:04.03, 17. Bruno Berti 2:04.99, 20, Ricardo Roche 2:06.43; Open, 1. Carlos Herrera, Azura 1:51.68, 2. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 1:56.59, 3. Jonathan Farah, SOFLO Unattached 1:57.59; SOFLO: 14. Leonardo Mateus 2:06.40, 17. Gabriel Segui 2:12.50.

400-yard medley relay: 1. Metro Aquatics 3:28.83, 2. Gulliver 3:32.59, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:33.82; 6. SOFLO A 3:37.40 (Timothy Wynter, Ervin Marin, Juan Lucas, Ryan Capote).

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

SOFLO Leads FGC Senior Championships After Day Two


By Sharon Robb

March 21, 2015—Jessica Rodriguez and Kathleen Golding highlighted another good showing of South Florida Aquatic Club swims Saturday night at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Rodriguez, 16, won the 200-yard breaststroke in a career-best time 2:17.38, nearly three seconds ahead of Allison Kopas, 16, of Swim Fort Lauderdale. Her previous best was 2:19.68.

Golding, 14, won the women’s 400-yard individual medley in 4:17.41, also a career-best time, lowering her previous best of 4:21.14. She topped an impressive field that included Kelly Fertel, 17, of Gulliver and Amanda Tipton, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale.

“Those were two good solid times peaking into national level swims,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

Three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder Alia Atkinson, 26, broke her national record in the 100-yard butterfly, winning in 52.62, nearly three seconds ahead of teammate Carolina Colorado.

Earlier, Colorado, 27, swimming unattached for SOFLO, had knocked off Atkinson in the 50-yard backstroke, 25.07-25.42.

SOFLO’s Valentina Artemeva, 28, was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in a career-best 2:16.48, bettering her previous best of 2:20.97.

Colombian Jorge Murillo Valdes, 23, swimming unattached for SOFLO, won the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:57.81, the only swimmer in the field to dip under 2 minutes. His previous best was 2:04.55.

SOFLO won the women’s 800-yard freestyle relay in 7:32.27 with Atkinson, Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro and Golding.

Entering the third and final day, South Florida Aquatic Club will go after a three-peat. SOFLO is trying to win the Senior Championships and Junior Olympics in the same short course season and looks to be in the driver’s seat.

SOFLO leads the combined team standings with 2,068.50 points. Gulliver Swim Club is second with 1,519.50 points and Swim Fort Lauderdale is third with 1,301. The top three teams are the only ones to break 1,000 points.

SOFLO also leads the women’s team standings with 1,109.50 points ahead of Gulliver (695.50) and the men’s results with 959 points, also ahead of Gulliver (824).

Among other top SOFLO swims:

Juan Lucas, 16, won the B final of the 100-yard butterfly in 53.40 with an impressive time drop. His previous best was 55.63. CJ Kopecki, 15, was second in the B final in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.63.

Ervin Marin, 15, was third in the 400-yard individual medley in a best tie 4:06.54. His previous best was 4:07.57. Marin was third in the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:09.24, dropping from 2:09.91. Marin also won the B final of the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:44.23, dropping from 1:45.39.

Florida State-bound Jordan Colon, 17, won the B final of the 50-yard backstroke in a best tie 27.01, dropping from 28.14.

Kelley Heron, 15, was second in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 27.78, dropping from 28.19.

Abby Oyetunji, 15, was second in the B final of the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:58.82, the first time she cracked 2 minutes. Her previous best was 2:02.32.

Anderson was impressed with the team’s second day swims.

“This is the meet we really tried to focus on and really tried to peak at,” Anderson said. “We wanted to finish off the short course season right before long course and end on a high note as far as short course.

“Our swimmers had some great time drops and swims. Tonight goes to the Gold Group and National Group. They did a really good job executing their races.

“Our kids are really improving, building confidence and pushing their bodies a lot stronger because of pride which we have been trying to do and instill in these kids for a while now,” Anderson said.

A field of more than 500 swimmers from 32 teams are competing in the three-day meet, the last major meet of the short course season for age group swimmers.

The meet has attracted most of the Florida Gold Coast teams. In addition to SOFLO and Azura, among teams entered are St. Andrew’s Swimming, Miami Swimming, Gulliver, Coral Springs Swim Club, Pompano Beach, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Wahoos of Wellington, Metro Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning, AquaKids Sharks, Performance Aquatics, Boca Raton and Plantation Swim Team.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,068.50, 2. Gulliver 1,519.50, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1,301, 4. Miami Swimming 931, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 858.50, 6. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 784, 7. Coral Springs Swim Club 617.50, 8. Boca Raton Swim Team 434.50, 9. Pompano Beach Piranhas 380, 10. Plantation Swim Team 310.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,109.50, 2. Gulliver 695.50, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 686, 4. Miami Swimming 538, 5. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 337.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 959, 2. Gulliver 824, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 775.50, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 615, 5. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 447.

WOMEN

200-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 1:51.02, 2. Caroline Schirmer, St. Andrew’s 1:52.76, 3. Allison Kop,as Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:55.31; SOFLO: 10. Lilli Calero 2:03.18, 12. Abby Oyetunji 1:58.82; Open, 1. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver 1:49.14, 2. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 1:50.33, 3. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:51.49; SOFLO: 15. Kylie Herman 1:57.85.

50-yard backstroke: 15-16, 1. Melannie Vargas, Miami Dade 27.09, 2. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 27.78, 3. Paloma Sanchez, Miami Swimming 28.39; SOFLO: 4. Jessica Rodriguez 28.87, 6. Liz Travieso 29.20, 10. Star Fassler 29.52; Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO Unattached 25.07, 2. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 25.42. 3. Laine Morgan, Miami Swimming 26.07; SOFLO: 8. Melissa Marinheiro 27.65, 13. Kathleen Golding 27.98.

200-yard breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:17.38, 2. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:20.73, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, Pompano Beach 2:22.34; SOFLO: 8. Star Fassler 2:32.92; Open, 1. Kelly Fertel, Gulliver 2:15.26, 2. Valentina Artemeva, SOFLO 2:16.48, 3. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:18.95; SOFLO: 5. Lisa Blackburn 2:23.00, 11. Delanie Perez 2:32.85, 15. Elisa Larin 2:37.88.

100-yard butterfly: 15-16, 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 56.20, 2. Caroline Schirmer, St. Andrew’s 58.97, 3. Natalya Wozab Unattached 1:00.12; SOFLO: 4. Kelley Heron 1:00.37, 15. Natasha Testa 1:02.04; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 52.62, 2. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 54.01, 3. Catalina Mendieta, PAQ 55.80; SOFLO: 18. Kylie Herman 1:01.46, 19. Vanessa Mesa 1:01.63.

400-yard individual medley: 15-16, 1. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:25.31, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:31.77, 3. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 4:32.85; SOFLO: 8. Star Fassler 4;48.48; Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:17.41, 2. Kelley Fertel, Gulliver 4:19.72, 3. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:21.02; SOFLO: 6. Kylie Herman 4:50.26, 7. Jennifer Rodriguez 4:50.50.

800-yard freestyle relay: Open, 1. SOFLO 7:32.27 (Alia Atkinson, Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro, Kathleen Golding), 2. Gulliver 7:37.97, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 7:47.56.

MEN

200-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:38.57, 2. Julian Pinon, SOFLO Unattached 1:40.37, 3. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:40.50; SOFLO: 8. CJ Kopecki 1:44.46, 11. Ervin Marin 1:44.23, 15. Kevin Porto 1:46.11, 16. Max Asnis 1:47.21, 18. Alfredo Mesa 1:48.33, 19. Juan Lucas 1:49.46; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 1:39.21, 2. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 1:42.47, 3. Bryce Pierce, Coral Springs 1:43.08; SOFLO: 5. Ryan Capote 1:45.70, 17. Jordan Colon 1:48.37.

50-yard backstroke: 15-16, 1. Nikita Tretyajov, Swim Fort Lauderdale 23.62, 2. Julien Pinon, Unattached SOFLO 24.57, 3. Jose Llanio, Metro Aquatics 24.88; SOFLO: 6. Bruno Berti 25.57, 9. Gustavo Valery 25.69, 10. Juan Lucas 25.74, 13. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 26.07, 14. Kevin Porto 26.33, 20. Alfredo Mesa 27.29; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 22.42, 2. Rob Ballestas, Miami Swimming 25.04, 3. Julius Petzold, Miami Swimming 25.22; SOFLO: 8. Ryan Capote 26.19, 11. Jordan Colon 27.01, 16. Leonardo Mateus 28.25.

200-yard breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 2:06.84, 2. Jose Pascual, Coral Springs 2:07.09, 3. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 2:09.24; SOFLO: 16. Ricardo Roche 2:19.55; Open, 1. Jorge Murillo Valdes, SOFLO Unattached 1:57.81, 2. Marco Guarente, Azura 2:01.99, 3. Cole Moreno, Gulliver 2:17.06; SOFLO: 8. Samuel Quintero 2:24.33.

100-yard butterfly: 15-16, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, Swim Fort Lauderdale 49.47, 2. Julien Pinon, SOFLO Unattached 50.05, 3. Luke Smutny, AquaKids 50.39; SOFLO: 11. Juan Lucas 53.40, 12. CJ Kopecki 53.63, 20. Alfredo Mesa 56.13; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 49.16, 2. Rob Ballestas, Miami Swimming 50.15, 3. AJ Reid, Miami Swimming 51.34; SOFLO: 9. Jonathan Farah, SOFLO Unattached 53.18, 16. Jorge Murillo Valdes 52.26, 17. Timothy Wynter 52.34.

400-yard individual medley: 15-16, 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 3:57.77, 2. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 4:02.21, 3. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:06.54; SOFLO: 5. CJ Kopecki 4:09.79, 11. Max Asnis 4:21.07, 16. Bruno Berti 4:29.18, 23. Matthew Menocal 4:36.23; Open, 1. Marco Guarente, Azura 4:04.82, 2. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 4:06.49, 3. Nicolas Oberndorfer, Gulliver 4:11.26; SOFLO: 5. Jonathan Farah 4:16.00, 13. Leonardo Mateus 4:26.55, 18. Brandon Moran 4:48.18.

800-yard freestyle relay: Open, 1. Metro Aquatics 6:48.72 (Alejandro Carriazo, Alejandro Arrieta, Aitor Fungairino, Miguel Madeira), 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 6:56.57, 3. Gulliver 6:56.96, 5. SOFLO 7:10.99 (Ryan Capote, Kevin Porto, CJ Kopecki Timothy Wynter).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships

When: Today, 8:30 a.m.-12:01 p.m. prelims, 5-7:30 p.m. finals.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheet per session. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Host SOFLO Goes For Three-Peat At FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb

March 19, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club, coming off successful Junior Olympic and Speedo Champion Series meets, will try to keep the momentum going at this weekend’s Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

The host and defending champion will try to win its third consecutive senior title when the three-day meet gets under way Friday at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

SOFLO is trying to sweep both the JO and Senior Championship meets for the third year in a row during the same season.

The 15-year-old club has been working towards moments like this since its early years of existence.

Last year SOFLO won the combined team title with 1,740 points and women’s team title with 977 points. Azura Florida Aquatics defending men’s champion.

A field of more than 500 swimmers from 32 teams will compete for the next three days. Host SOFLO is the largest team with 62 swimmers. Azura has the second largest contingent.

“We are going to do it the same way we have the last two years,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said. “We have the depth but this year we have a lot more quality to go with it.

“We had a wonderful team dinner tonight,” Anderson said. “The kids are very motivated about doing their best and excited about being a team player. They are motivated to cheer on their training partners and do best times. It’s going to be a great meet.”

The meet has attracted most of the Florida Gold Coast teams. In addition to SOFLO and Azura, among teams entered are St. Andrew’s Swimming, Miami Swimming, Gulliver, Coral Springs Swim Club, Pompano Beach, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Wahoos of Wellington, Metro Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning, AquaKids Sharks, Performance Aquatics, Boca Raton and Plantation Swim Team.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder Alia Atkinson, 26, competing in nine events; Colombian Jorge Murillo Valdes, 23, swimming unattached for SOFLO; Valentina Artemeva, 28, Melissa Marinheiro, 17, Kelley Heron, 15, Jessica Rodriguez, 16, and Ervin Marin, 15.

Among Azura’s top-seeds are Tristan Celestin, 16; Franco Lupoli, 21; Fernando Alatorre, 16; Marco Guarente, 18; Mateo Gonzalez, 18; and Carlos Herrera, 20.

Swim Fort Lauderdale, Gulliver, Coral Springs Swim Club, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Miami Swimming, AquaKids Sharks, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Lake Lytal Lightning and Metro-Dade also have top-seeded swimmers.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. prelims, 5-7:30 p.m. finals; Saturday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. prelims, 5-7:15 p.m. finals; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12:01 p.m. prelims, 5-7:30 p.m. finals.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheet per session. For information call 954-538-3721.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Shine On Day One Of IMX-IMR Challenge

SOFLO Swimmers Shine On Day One Of IMX-IMR Challenge


By Sharon Robb

October 4, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers and coaches got the opportunity to gauge their progress at the IMX-IMR Challenge Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Several SOFLO swimmers turned in best times while competing against teammates and other Florida Gold Coast swimmers.

Among SOFLO’s top finishers posting best short course times were:

Sara Quintero, 100-yard individual medley, 1:13.82.

Molly Golding, 200-yard individual medley, 2:26.23; 500-yard freestyle, 5:44.52.

Kathleen Golding, 200-yard backstroke, 2:11.06.

Joseph Lee, 200-yard individual medley, 2:22.36; 500-yard freestyle, 5:32.02.

Rafael Rodriguez, 200-yard individual medley, 2:04.74.

Nicolas Rossi, 1,650-yard freestyle, 19:06.06.

Ervin Marin, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:13.40.

Both the IMR and IMX programs are USA Swimming-sanctioned.

The IMR Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group.

Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score. Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

In addition to host SOFLO, other Florida Gold Coast clubs competing are Boca Raton Swim Team, AquaKids Sharks, Metro Aquatics, Kendall, Coral Springs Swim Club, North Miami and Hialeah Storm. Several high school swimmers, heading into the second month of the season, are also competing.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO “C” 1:54.47 (Amy-Nicole Toro, Sally Golding, Leah Pando, Katrina Del Vecchio), 2. SOFLO “B” 2:00.56, 3. SOFLO “H” 2:10.22; 13-and-over, 1. SOFLO “A” 1:44.59 (Kathleen Golding, Kelley Heron, Carly Swanson, Melissa Marinheiro), 2. SOFLO “B” 1:47.62, 3. Boca Raton Swim Team 1:47.82.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 1:13.82, best time, 2. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:14.55, 3. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 1:17.33.

200-yard individual medley:

11, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:26.23, best time, 2. Margaret Miao, AquaKids Sharks 2:31.55, 3. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 2:33.61; 12, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 2:22.38, 2. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 2:23.48, 3. Maddy Schain, AquaKids Sharks 2:29.51.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:28.26, 2. Cloe Bedard-Khalid, Metro Aquatics 4:36.00, 3. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:39.76.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 1:03.02, 2. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 1:04.19, 3. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 1:06.10.

500-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 5;44.52, best time, 2. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 5:55.75, best time, 3. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOFLO 6:04.59.

200-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:11.06, best time, 2. Gabriela Fernandez, Hialeah 2:22.25, 3. Annita Huang, SOFLO 2:22.88; 15-and-over, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:08.22, 2. Rose Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 2:12.56, 3. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:13.65.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:27.24, 2. Hailey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks 2:33.85, 3. Delanie Perez, SOFLO 2:35.81; 15-and-over, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:24.28, 2. Rebecca Wilkerson, CSSC 2:29.34, 3. Arianna Noya, Metro Aquatics 2:29.53.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO “F” (Roberto Garrido, Aldo Zepeda, Odin Farkas, John Paul Handal), 2. SOFLO “D” 2:06.01, 3. SOFLO “H” 2:06.44; 13-and-over, 1. SOFLO “A” 1:30.07 (Ryan Capote, Ervin Marin, Gustavo Valery, Timothy Wynter), 2. SOFLO “B” 1:34.26, 3. Boca Raton Swim Team 1:34.95.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 1:12.01, 2. Nikita Efimov, North Miami 1:12.25, 3. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:12.32.

200-yard individual medley:

11, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 2:22.36, best time, 2. Michael Arias, SOFLO 2:25.81, 3. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 2:26.16; 12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:04.74, best time, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 2:15.28, best time, 3. Eiza Gantus, SOFLO 2:25.64, best time.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 4:06.40, 2. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:11.95, 3. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 4:13.87.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 1:02.41, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah 1:02.68, 3. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:02.74, best time.

500-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 5:32.02, best time, 2. Michael Arias, SOFLO 5:35.76, best time, 3. Nicolas Rossi, SOFLO 5:35.90, best time.

1,650-yard freestyle mixed:

8-12, 1. Nicolas Rossi, SOFLO 19:06.06, best time, 2. Eiza Gantus, SOFLO 19:14.29, 3. Janet D’Alessandro, AquaKids Sharks 19:44.13; 13-14, 1. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 16:49.57, 2. Juan Diaz, Unattached 17:38.27, 3. Marianna Serrao, SOFLO 18:23.17.

200-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. Bryan Rivero, Hialeah 2:07.88, 2. Lester Machado, Hialeah 2;15.30, 3. Michael Fernandez, Hialeah 2:19.29; 15-and-over, 1. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 1:54.35, 2. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 1:58.85, 3. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 1:58.92.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 2:13.40, best time, 2. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 2:19.62, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:27.74; 15-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 2:06.34, 2. Jordan Colon, SOFLO 2:14.88, 3. Bernardo Lima, Metro Aquatics 2:16.15.

Full results can be found at swim4soflo.com or meet mobile.

IF YOU GO

What: IMX-IMR Challenge

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, Session 4, 8:30-10:21 a.m.; Session 5, 11:30 a.m.-2:42 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Earns Level 4 USA Swimming Highest Club Ranking

South Florida Aquatic Club Earns Level 4 USA Swimming Highest Club Ranking


By Sharon Robb

October 1, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club is among one of the nation’s top USA Swimming club teams.

It’s nothing that SOFLO swimmers, coaches and parents didn’t already know since the club started in 2010, but it is now official after USA Swimming awarded its highest Level 4 status.

The Comets, the original team at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines before changing its name to SOFLO to encompass all of South Florida, had reached only Level 3 status in its fourteen years of existence.

The Club Recognition Program offers USA Swimming club members a working blueprint for developing strong, stable, financially-sound and athletically productive organizations.

Designed by USA Swimming’s Club Development Committee, comprised mostly of coaches, the voluntary program presents four levels of achievement across four component areas deemed critical to long-term club success.

The program encourages clubs to establish organizational goals and to benchmark their progress toward those goals.

“It’s the highest we have ever been,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “It’s the last leg and the completion of the recognition program. You can’t get any higher than Level 4. We have risen so quickly.”

It didn’t come automatically.

It was the hard work of swimmers and coaches, parents, volunteers, sponsors and Comets Booster Club that SOFLO was able to reach the pinnacle of age group swimming.

Only two clubs in the Florida Gold Coast have Level 4 status.

SOFLO, which has an 18-member staff including eight coaches, met all Level 4 requirements to help create a “great club” including business and organizational success; parent and volunteer development; coach development and education; and athlete development and education.

SOFLO swimmers and coaches have excelled at every level from the Olympic and world level to age group and sizzler meets. SOFLO has also sent several swimmers to college swim programs at the NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA levels.

In July, SOFLO added to its amazing run in the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics by sweeping the combined, boys and girls team titles.

It was the second consecutive year the talented swimmers won back-to-back short course and long course titles in the same year. It was also SOFLO’s fifth consecutive JO title and 11th overall.

“It’s definitely been about the building blocks in the club support system,” Anderson said. “Basically, our infrastructure of the club allows us to get to these levels much quicker than normal. It’s also the experience of our staff and head coach.

“I am very excited about it,” Anderson said. “It’s a great reward for what we are doing and the realization that SOFLO is doing things correctly and doing it better than most.

“I still think we can do more,” Anderson said. “This doesn’t mean we stop doing what we are doing because we are Level 4. We need to go into new areas to make the club more efficient.”

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