King, Murphy, U.S. Men’s Relay Win Gold; Coral Springs Olympian Bruno Fratus Loses Swim-Off For Finals At FINA World Aquatics Championships

By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 23, 2022–Americans Lilly King, Ryan Murphy and men’s 4×200 relay defied the odds to win gold at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships Thursday at Duna Arena.

Lilly King turned it on in the back half to win gold and her first world title of the meet in 2:22.41. Aussie Jenna Strauch was second in 2:23.04 and U.S. teammate Kate Douglas of University of Virginia was third in 2:23.20. It was King’s ninth career world gold medal and first in the 200. King has now won gold in every breaststroke event at worlds.

King was fifth at the final turn. “I guess I’m a distance swimmer now, which kind of stinks for me,” King said with a smile. “I knew today was about racing and I knew I would have a little bit left so I had to do it. Welcoming this new chapter of my career. I think this was my coach’s master plan all along.

“It’s awesome to win this gold,” King said. “I’m so excited to have this medal. That was a great race but that was all tactical. I think the one who wins the 200 is who can control the tactical part and the pace the best.”

Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 26, won his first-ever individual world gold medal. A year after settling for silver at the Tokyo Olympics, the newly-engaged Murphy won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:54.52, 6/10ths ahead of the field. He was third after the opening 50 and with a 28.4 split took the lead at the 100 and led the rest of the way. Brit Luke Greenback was second in 1:55.16 and U.S. teammate Shaine Casas was third in 1:55.35.

“This one hurt a lot,” Murphy said. “I knew it was going to be a competitive field. This is what I worked for. My first individual title is really cool. Being able to come into something that I have a talent for, try to be the best in the world, that never gets old.

“There’s a ton of work that goes into this, not just on my end but my coaches, my teammates. So to come in, win a medal for myself and for the people who helped me and my country is really special.”

The U.S. ended its dry spell in the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay. The relay of Drew Kibler, Carson Foster, Trenton Julian and University of Florida’s Kieran Smith won in 7:00.24. Australia was second in 7:03.50 and Great Britain was third in 7:04.00. It was the first world title relay win in almost a decade since 2013.

Smith had a full three-body length and more than a 3-second lead heading into the final wall. Foster blew it open on the second leg with a 1:45.04 split and Smith turned in a 1:44.35 on anchor. The U.S. men, fourth at the 2020 Olympics, were not favored.

“Kieran and I were actually just looking at a photo taken right after we touched fourth at the Olympics last year, and it’s a pretty defeating photo,” Kibler said. “We were looking at it just before we came here, like, ‘We’re not going to experience that again.'”

Brazil’s Bruno Fratus, 32, of Coral Springs Swim Club, fastest qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle prelims in 21.71, lost a swim-off by 3/100ths of a second to end his medal hopes.

The Olympic bronze medalist was fourth in the semifinals in 21.83 tying Frenchman Maxime Grousset, 23, who came back to win the swim-off, 21.59-21.62. It was the 100th time in his career Fratus cracked 22 seconds in the event.

Fratus is one of 23 Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing on one of swimming’s biggest international stages.

Other FGC swimmers who competed on Thursday are:

Dylan Carter, 26, Trinidad & Tobago, (Plantation American Heritage, USC), 50 freestyle, 17th, 22.19.

Esteban Nunez de Prado, 18, Bolivia, (Azura), 100 butterfly, 50th, 55.61.

Jenebi Benoit, 19, Grenada, (Azura), 100 butterfly, 57th, 59.63.

Leon Seaton, 18, Guyana (Azura), 50 freestyle, 70th, 25.07.

Jordan Crooks, 20, Cayman Islands (TS Aquatics), 50 freestyle, 19th, 22.20.

Steven Aimable, 23, Senegal, (Azura), 100 butterfly, 43rd, 54.65.

FGC swimmers who compete on Friday:

Michaela Sierra, 17, Uruguay, (Azura, South Florida Heat, Auburn), 50 breaststroke.

Jahir Lopez, 17, Ecuador, (Azura) 1500 freestyle.

Yeziel Morales, 26, Puerto Rico, (Azura), 50 backstroke.

Jillian Crooks, 15, Cayman Islands (TS Aquatics), 50 freestyle.

In Thursday night’s final events:
In an exciting finish, Australia’s Mollie O’Callaghan, 18, won her second world title in 52.67. In sixth place at the 50, O’Callaghan surged in the final 10 meters to out-touch world record holder Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, second in 52.80. American Torri Huske, who was leading for the first 90 meters, was third in 52.92. U.S. teammate Claire Curzan was eighth in 53.81.

O’Callaghan was last at the wall before going 25.9 on the back half, outsplitting Sjostrom by 7/100ths of a second. Sjostrom is the first woman 100 free world record holder not to win a world title.

“I had to just trust myself and focus on myself especially for my back end, that is definitely my strongest point, my front end not so much,” O’Callaghan said. “It’s certainly weird at the moment to think that I’m a world champion.

“I was panicking in warm-up, I had a little bit of a cramp in my leg. I was just feeling dizzy, I just felt out of it in warm-up and I started to panic a little. But I had teammates there. I had Madi Wilson, I had the whole team and especially Dean supporting me so I guess that kind of uplifted me for this race.”

O’Callaghan is coached by Dean Boxall at St. Peters Western in Brisbane. Boxall is best known for going nutso in the stands while another one of his swimmers Ariarne Titmus won gold in the 200 and 400 freeestyles at the 2020 Olympics.

MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE: Australia’s Olympic champion Zac Stubblety-Cook won gold with a convincing 2:07.07. He was eighth at the 100 and third at the 150. He is the first Aussie to win a world title in the event. Japan’s Yu Hanaguruma was and Erik Persson of Sweden tied for second in 2:08.38.

In the 50-meter butterfly semifinals, Torri Huske broke the American record in 25.38 and qualified second behind Sjostrom (25.13).

Friday prelim events are women’s 50 freestyle, men’s 50 backstroke, women’s 50 breaststroke, mixed 4×100 freestyle and men’s 1500 freestyle.

The U.S. added six more medals to its tally of 14 gold, 6 silver and 12 bronze for 32. Australia is second with 12 total (4 golds, 7 silver, 1 bronze) and Italy third (4 golds, 1 silver, 3 bronze).

The swimming runs through Saturday with the pool events. The aquatics championships that also features diving, water polo, high diving, open water swimming and synchronized swimming end July 3.

The Olympic Channel and Peacock, on the NBC platform, is televising the finals at noon each day. A highlights show will be on NBC at noon on June 26. The FINA facebook page is also posting competition news. Canada’s CBC will also broadcast the swimming.

There are huge cheers for any Hungarian swimmers from spectators at Duna Arena. FINA, the sport’s governing body, has asked fans each day to clap rather than cheer as a precaution against coronavirus infections. There were no other requests or restrictions.

Friday, June 24: 50 women’s fly, 50 men’s free, 100 men’s fly, 200 women’s back, 800 women’s free, 4×100 mixed free relay.

Saturday, June 25: 50 men’s back, 50 women’s breast, 1500 men’s free, 50 women’s free, 400 women’s IM, 4×100 men’s and women’s medley relay.

Sunday, June 26: Open water, 6K team relay.

Monday, June 27: Open water, men’s and women’s 5K.

Wednesday, June 29: Open water, men’s and women’s 10K.

Thursday, June 30: Open water, men’s and women’s 25K.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Cooper City Cowboys Sweep Weather-Abbreviated Season-Opener

By Sharon Robb
COOPER CITY, September 3, 2021—Cooper City, last season’s top BCAA team, started off on a good note in its season-opening tri-meet despite Mother Nature intervening.

Cooper City girls defeated Coral Springs Charter, 49-23, and Coral Springs, 63-2. In the other tri-meet matchup, Coral Springs Charter topped Coral Springs 48-4.

In the boys’ competition, Cooper City downed Coral Springs Charter, 59-5, and Coral Springs 58-6. In the other matchup, Coral Springs defeated Coral Springs Charter, 12-9.

The girls and boys teams each won five events before the meet was cancelled after the diving competition because of bad weather.

Five South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers won their events. Mallory Schleicher, Sally Golding and JennaMarie Brames led the girls’ team and Alex Golding and Derek Hau won for the boys team.

Cooper City 49, Coral Springs Charter 23
Cooper City 63, Coral Springs 2
Coral Springs Charter 48, Coral Springs 4

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cooper City 1:56.78, 2. Coral Springs Charter 2:02.19, 3. Coral Springs Charter 2:11.44.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 1:56.65, 2. Mia McDonald, CC 2:25.38, 3. Emma Utkovic, CC 2:30.25.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Sally Golding, CC 2:13.42, 2. Amber Candida, CSC 2:22.82, 3. G. Bautista, CSC 2:41.06.

50-yard freestyle: 1. JennaMarie Brames, CC 27.07; 2. Madison Jockers, CC 30.85, 3. G. D’Attile, CSC 32.47.

One-meter diving: 1. Cara Barkey, CC, 2. Lily Hirsch, CC.

Cooper City 59, Coral Springs Charter 5
Cooper City 58, Coral Springs 6
Coral Springs 12, Coral Springs Charter 9

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cooper City 1:46.64, 2. Cooper City 2:00.34, 3. Cooper City 2:04.94.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Teran, CC 2:03.06, 2. Lucas Hussey, CC 2:11.97, 3. Maxime Rozenman, CC 2:15.49.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Golding, CC 2:06.84, 2. Ethan McPeek, CC 2:15.72, 3. Kale Tenney, CC 2:31.43.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Derek Hau, CC 23.21, 2. Brian, CSC 24.22, 3. Harris Aversa, CC 25.12.

1-meter diving: 1. Nicholas Dolton, CC.

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Fort Lauderdale Sweeps Coral Glades, Coral Springs

By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, February 3, 2021—Fort Lauderdale remained undefeated after sweeping Coral Glades and Coral Springs last week at the Flying L’s pool.

The girls’ team defeated Coral Springs 139-21 and Coral Glades, 136-41. In the other matchup, Coral Glades topped Coral Springs, 91-27.

The boys’ team edged Coral Glades, 84-80, and Coral Springs, 122-28. In the other dual meet, Coral Glades defeated Coral Springs, 95-40.

The Flying L’s girls were led by doubles winners Tawannah McLemore, a freshman, and Rylie Barnhardt, a sophomore.

McLemore won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.45 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.65.

Barnhardt won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:23.03 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:29.41.

Diver Catherine Kilroy, Charlotte Lucas and Maggie Gonio won individual events for Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale swept all three girls relays. Kaitlyn Bonasera of Coral Glades and Abby Frank of Coral Springs were the only other individual winners.

The Flying L’s were led by double winner Daniel Lilley in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.80 and 100-yard butterfly in 55.23. Matthew Gocke won the 200-yard freestyle and the Flying L’s won the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Coral Glades had two double winners and won the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Patrick Doyle won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:01.56 and 100-yard backstroke in 56.30.

Brian Gonzalez won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:00.82 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.39. Grayson Yellin won the 100-yard freestyle in 55.77.

Fort Lauderdale, originally scheduled to host Monarch, Pompano Beach and Dillard at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, was forced to postpone the meet since the heater is down and hopes to reschedule for next week. Six other BCAA meets are scheduled for Thursday.

Fort Lauderdale 139, Coral Springs 21
Fort Lauderdale 136, Coral Glades 41
Coral Glades 91, Coral Springs 27

200-yard medley relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale A 2:03.22 (Cecilia Mirones, Charlotte Lucas, Rylie Barnhardt, Tawannah McLemore), 2. Fort Lauderdale B 2:21.52, 3. Coral Glades A 2:24.55.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kaitlyn Bonasera, CGL 2:10.74, 2. Maya Coan, FTL 2:20.94, 3. Abby Frank, CS 2:21.17.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Rylie Barnhardt, FTL 2:23.03, 2. Cecilia Mirones, FTL 2:36.37, 3. Maggie Gonio, FTL 2:47.26.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Tawannah McLemore, FTL 25.45, 2. Juanita Montoya, CS 29.39, 3. Maya Coan, FTL 39.87.

1-meter diving: 1. Catherine Kilroy, FTL 236.90, 2. Julia Maier, FTL 165.65, 3. Carole Hynes, FTL 140.60.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Abby Frank, CS 1:11.22, 2. Charlotte Lucas, FTL 1:12.18, 3. Courtney Hartung, CGL 1:12.40/

100-yard freestyle: 1. Maggie Gonio, FTL 1:07.74, 2. Kylie Bennett, FTL 1:15.18, 3. Giuliana Silva, FTL 1:20.22.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Rylie Barnhardt, FTL 5:29.41, 2. Kaitlyn Bonasera, CGL 5:41.39, 3. Cecilia Mirones, FTL 5:59.65.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale A 1:51.47 (Cecilia Mirones, Charlotte Lucas, Rylie Barnhardt, Tawannah McLemore), 2. Fort Lauderdale B 2:08.44, 3. Coral Glades A 2:30.41.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Tawannah McLemore, FTL 1:06.65, 2. Juanita Montoya, CS 1:18.50, 3. Willow Holmes, CGL 1:18.68.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Charlotte Lucas, FTL 1:22.13, 2. Courtney Hartung, CGL 1:31.04, 3. Azana Wooden, FTL 1:35.38.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale A 4:43.67 (Maya Coan, Evangeline Meyler, Maria Marquicio, Maggie Gonio), 2. Fort Lauderdale B 5:10.95, 3. Coral Glades A 6:03.21.

Fort Lauderdale 122, Coral Springs 28
Fort Lauderdale 84, Coral Glades 80
Coral Glades 95, Coral Springs 40

200-yard medley relay: 1. Coral Glades A 1:46.99 (Patrick Doyle, Jason Bonasera, Jose Rebaza, Brian Gonzalez), 2. Fort Lauderdale A 1:47.11, 3. Fort Lauderdale B 1:49.05.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Matthew Gocke, FTL 1:56.01, 2. Jimmy McCrady, FTL 1:57.51, 3. Justin Khan, CGL 2:10.50.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Patrick Doyle, CGL 2:01.56, 2. Jose Rebaza, CGL 2:20.67, 3. Dominick Mitchell, FTL 2:24.78.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Lilley, FTL 22.80, 2. Keith Rogers, FTL 24.71, 3. Grant Voet, FTL 24.77.

1-meter diving: None.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Daniel Lilley, FTL 55.23, 2. Jimmy McCrady, FTL 58.25, 3. Jose Rebaza, CGL 58.31.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Grayson Yellin, CGL 55.77, 2. Sean Nehme, FTL 59.50, 3. Joseph Gregory, CS 1:01.62.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Brian Gonzalez, CGL 5:00.82, 2. Matthew Gocke, FTL 5:01.16, 3. Grant Voet, FTL 5:10.54.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale A 1:38.79 (Keith Rogers, Jason Cuffe, Michael Gonio, Grant Voet), 2. Coral Springs A 1:42.62, 3. Coral Glades A 1:46.48.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Patrick Doyle, CGL 56.30, 2. Jason Bonasera, CGL 1:01.04, 3. Dominick Mitchell, FTL 1:02.81.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Brian Gonzalez, CGL 1:10.39, 2. Jason Bonasera, CGL 1:12.43, 3. Sean Meyler, FTL 1:14.11.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Coral Glades A 3:24.83 (Patrick Doyle, Jason Bonasera, Jose Rebaza, Brian Gonzalez), 2. Fort Lauderdale A 3:31.29, 3. Fort Lauderdale B 4:10.89.

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Pompano Beach Girls, Boys Sweep Coral Springs, Piper, Stranahan

By Sharon Robb

POMPANO BEACH, September 27, 2019–A week before the Oct. 5 BCAA Championships in Plantation, Pompano Beach swimmers got in some good racing while picking up three girls and three boys wins in Wednesday’s four-team home meet.

The Tornadoes girls defeated Piper, 107-34, Coral Springs, 103-50, and Stranahan, 116-0, by forfeit. Coral Springs topped Piper, 76-53.

Pompano Beach won all three girls relays and five individual events.

Victoria Zlateva led the Tornadoes as a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.03 and 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.22.

Lauren Suglio was a double winner for Coral Springs in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:39.83 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:13.26.

The boys team beat Piper, 104-40, and Coral Springs, 99-61, and also picked up a forfeit win from Stranahan. Coral Springs defeated Piper, 95-47.

Pompano Beach also swept all three boys relays. The Tornadoes won six individual events including double winners Steven Gary and Jake Schulte.

Gary won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.05, 500-yard freestyle in 5:09.44 and anchored the winning 200-yard freestyle relay.

Schulte won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:17.56 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:11.34. He was a member of two winning relays.

Stranahan did not compete and forfeited wins to opponents.

Pompano Beach 116, Stranahan 0
Pompano Beach 107, Piper 34
Pompano Beach 103, Coral Springs 50
Coral Springs 76, Piper 53
Coral Springs 98, Stranahan 0
Piper 66, Stranahan 0


200-yard medley relay:
1. Pompano Beach A 2:08.43 (Summer Schulte, Emma Gurdus, Victoria Zlateva, Victoria Debrito), 2. Coral Springs 2:27.71, 3. Pompano Beach B 2:29.97.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Lorelei Bennett, PB 2:12.15, 2. Sophie Lichtenstein, PB 2:29.01, 3. Amanda Lieber, CS 2:38.17.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Lauren Suglio, CS 2:39.83, 2. Veronica Meyer, PB 2:50.53, 3. Madison Perez, CS 3:08.64.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Victoria Zlateva, PB 27.03, 2. Fernanda Andino, PB 29.62, 3. Amaya White, PIP 32.15.

1-meter diving:

100-yard butterfly:
1. Lauren Suglio, CS 1:13.26, 2. Kamryn Phillips, PB 1:19.15, 3. Raniyah Hardanian, CS 1:27.88.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Victoria Zlateva, PB 1:00.22, 2. Sarah Colado, PIP 1:04.40, 3. Raniyah Hardanian, CS 1:18.71.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Lorelei Bennett, PB 5:43.01, 2. Megan Roberson, PB 7:10.24, 3. Madison Perez, CS 7:25.11.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pompano Beach A 1:57.21 (Victoria Zlateva, Lorelei Bennett, Veronica Meyer, Fernanda Andino), 2. Piper B 2:12.45, 3. Pompano Beach A 2:23.01.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Sarah Colado, PIP 1:13.60, 2. Virag Mahler, PB 1:33.22, 3. Marissa Ruggierro, PB 1:33.42.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Veronica Meyer, PB 1:27.72, 2. Lindsay Putney, PB 1:31.19, 3. Samantha Sterghos, PIP 1:36.34.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pompano Beach A 4:26.73 (Lorelei Bennett, Veronica Meyer, Fernanda Diniz, Summer Schulte), 2. Coral Springs 4:58.64, 3. Piper 5:09.02.

Pompano Beach 116, Stranahan 0
Pompano Beach 104, Piper 40
Pompano Beach 99, Coral Springs 61
Coral Springs 112, Stranahan 0
Coral Springs 95, Piper 47
Pipr 64, Stranahan 0


200-yard medley relay:
1. Pompano Beach A 1:48.37 (Alexandro Marquez, Jake Schulte, Rafael Santos, Charles Wingold), 2. Coral Springs 1:59.31, 3. Pompano Beach B 2:04.48.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Steven Gary, PB 1:59.05, 2. Joshua Cajuste, PB 2:01.61, 3. Joshua Arteaga, CS 2:13.44.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Jake Schulte, PB 2:17.56, 2. Jonah Bennet, PB 2:21.13, 3. Noah Gilman, CS 2:29.62.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Immanuel Olmos, CS 23.45, 2. Jayden Scarlett, PIP 23.94, 3. Charles Wingold, PB 24.44.

1-meter diving:

100-yard butterfly:
1. Jayden Scarlett, PIP 58.32, 2. Immanuel Olmos, CS 59.57, 3. Jonah Bennet, PB 1:03.66.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Charles Wingold, PB 53.35, 2. Luis Acosta, PIP 56.38, 3. Jason Gregory, CS 57.14.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Steven Gary, PB 5:09.44, 2. Carson Davie, PB 6:14.88, 3. Justin Kinggard, CS 7:07.83.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pompano Beach A 1:41.51 (Joshua Cajuste, Jake Schulte, Jonah Bennet, Steven Gary), 2. Piper 1:47.49, 3. Coral Springs 1:51.52.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Fabrizio Parraga, PB 1:02.25, 2. Brandon Holder, PB 1:24.23, 3. Davyne Fuller, PIP 1:32.26.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Jake Schulte, PB 1:11.34, 2. Noah Gilman, CS 1:18.68, 3. Nick Chong, CS 1:27.10.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pompano Beach A 3:28.95 (Rafael Santos, Alexandro Marquez, Charles Wingold, Joshua Cajuste), 2. Coral Springs 3:52.79, 3. Pompano Beach B 4:17.82.

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Mother Nature Cuts Cooper City Home Opener Short; Kaplan, Biro, Wilson Double Winners

By Sharon Robb

COOPER CITY, August 31, 2019–Despite Mother Nature cancelling six boys and five girls events, Cooper City was able to sweep Coral Springs and Coral Springs Charter in its home opener.

In the girls’ competition, Cooper City defeated Coral Springs, 63-41, and Coral Springs, 68-16. Coral Springs Charter defeated Coral Springs, 70-24.

The girls’ 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay events were cancelled because of the inclement weather.

Cooper City was led by double winner Kate Kaplan in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.71 and 100-yard freestyle in 59.00. Kaplan was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay.

Coral Springs Charter’s Delaney Biro was also a double winner in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.01 and 100-yard butterfly in 59.44.

In the boys’ competition, Cooper City defeated Coral Springs 68-16 and Coral Springs Charter 66-16. Coral Springs edged Coral Springs Charter, 39-31.

Cooper City’s Robert Wilson of SOFLO led the boys with two individual and one relay win. He won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.31 and 100-yard butterfly in 55.69.

Cooper City 68, Coral Springs 16
Cooper City 66, Coral Springs Charter 16
Coral Springs 39, Coral Springs Charter 31

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cooper City A 1:45.18 (Cline, Roman, Robert Wilson, Mark Zhang), 2. Coral Springs Charter 1:53.44 (Aiden, Sam, Andrees, Andrees), 3. Cooper City B 1:54.01.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Mark Zhang, CC 1:53.34, 2. Reilly, CC 1:54.46, 3. Alex Golding, CC 2:05.43.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Michael Cline, CC 2:06.53, 2. Javier Roman, CC 2:10.69, 3. Christakis, CC 2:18.23.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Wilson, CC 23.31, 2. Gregory, CS 23.37, 3. Rivira, CC 25.12.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Robert Wilson, CC 55.69, 2. Sam, CSC 59.74, 3. Christakis, CC 1:03.33

1-meter diving: 1. Tyler Flowers 255.15.

Cooper City 63, Coral Springs Charter 41
Cooper City 68, Coral Springs 16
Coral Springs Charter 70, Coral Springs 24

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cooper City A (Coughlin, Kate Kaplan, Mallory Schleicher, Molly Golding) 1:55.28, 2. Coral Springs Charter (Amber Candido, Bri, Delancy, Reily) 1:57.12, 3. Cooper City B (Ranalli, Sally Golding, Mirabel, Brames) 2:00.47.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Delaney Biro, CSC 1:57.01, 2. Mallory Schleicher, CC 1:51.59, 3. Brames, CS 2:07.46.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Molly Golding, CC 2:16.75; 2. Imriel Coughlin, CC 2:19.99, 3. Amber Candido, CSC 2:20.88.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kate Kaplan, CC 25.71, 2. Sahara, CSC 26.97, 3. Mirabal, CC 28.00.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Delaney Biro, CSC 59.44, 2. Molly Golding, CC 1:00.20, 3. Riley McCormick, CSC 1:05.65.

100 Freestyle: 1. Kate Kaplan, CC 59.00, 2. Frank, CS 1:04.37, 3. Gaby, CSC 1:08.70.

Diving: 1. Cara Barkey, CC 181.13, 2. Brianna Grave, CC 137.56.

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Cypress Bay Sweeps Coral Springs, South Broward, Ready To Defend BCAA Titles

By Sharon Robb

HOLLYWOOD, September 25, 2018—Defending champion Cypress Bay tuned up for Saturday’s Broward County Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships with one-sided victories over Coral Springs and South Broward Monday at the Bulldogs pool.

The Lightning girls team defeated Coral Springs, 82-12 and South Broward, 77-17. Host South Broward edged Coral Springs, 49-45.

Cypress Bay swept all three girls relays and won seven of eight individual events.

Among individual winners were sophomore Paige Lane in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.30, junior Jacqueline Lugo in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.36 and senior Daniela Kim in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.24.

The boys’ team defeated South Broward, 67-25, and Coral Springs 72-18. South Broward defeated Coral Springs, 56-36.

Cypress Bay won the boys 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Luis Bucaro won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.71 and Diego Machado won the 100-yard freestyle in 52.61.

South Broward’s Andy Rogatinsky won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.53 and second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.61.

Cypress Bay 82, Coral Springs 12
Cypress Bay 77, South Broward 17
South Broward 49, Coral Springs 45

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cypress Bay A 1:55.55 (Ellie Koch, Daniela Kim, Elizabeth Riley, Gaby Banks), 2. Cypress Bay B 2:02.43, 3. Coral Springs 2:03.92.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Paige Lane, CB 1:59.30, 2. Allyson Modrak, CB 2:25.87, 3. Nathalia Martinez, CB 2:26.46.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Lauren Sugho, CS 2:19.35, 2. Gaby Banks, CB 2:23.64, 3. Andrea Toledano, CB 2:23.87.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Jemma Kelly, CB 26.17, 2. Emily Lopez Diaz, CB 26.28, 3. Mikaela MacKenzie, SB 27.31.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jacqueline Lugo, CB 1:04.36, 2. Alesia Vazquez-Quiroga, CB 1:06.39, 3. Alexandra Ruiz, SB 1:11.60.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Elizabeth Riley, CB 58.73, 2. Victoria Bruno, SB 1:00.65, 3. Mikaela MacKenzie, SB 1:04.30.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Ashlynn Amon, CB 5:43.43, 2. Anastacia Van Gent, CB 6:36.66, 3. Riya Girish, CB 7:23.91.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay A 1:45.20 (Paige Lane, Jacqueline Lugo, Gaby Banks, Emily Diaz Lopez), 2. Cypress Bay B 1:47.23, 3. South Broward 2:06.39.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ellie Koch, CB 1:04.83, 2. Andrea Toledano, CB 1:09.56, 3. Madison Wyche, SB 1:23.53.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Daniela Kim, CB 1:08.24, 2. Marianna Serrao, CB 1:18.91, 3. Karina Umana, SB 1:33.28

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay 3:59.04 A (Marianna Serrao, Daniela Kim, Emily Lopez Diaz, Ellie Koch), 2. Cypress Bay B 3:51.67, 3. Cypress Bay C 4:06.58.

Cypress Bay 67, South Broward 25
Cypress Bay 72, Coral Springs 18
South Broward 56, Coral Springs 36

200-yard medley relay: 1. South Broward 1:43.69, 2. Cypress Bay A 1:45.33, 3. Cypress Bay B 1:45.81.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Luis Bucaro, CB 1:51.71, 2. Andy Rogatinsky, SB 1:54.61, 3. Justin Whitaker, SB 2:04.72.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Philopatier Ibrahim, CB 2:03.78, 2. Jason Rosenberg, CB 2:20.47, 3. Christian Arbelo, SB 2:23.04.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Juan Rosas, CB 23.28, 2. Sebastian Santiago, SB 24.06, 3. Danyil Kovalov, SB 24.45.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Yeshwanth Mandava, CB 58.14, 2. Justin Whitaker, SB 1:07.82, 3. Ishola Adefunmi, SB 1:10.57.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Diego Machado, CB 52.61, 2. Ethan Daniels, CB 55.32, 3. AJ Lopez, SB 55.46.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Max Miller, CB 5:00.43, 2. Tom Liraz, CB 5:08.43, 3. Isaac Paiz, CB 5:35.58.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay 1:34.32 (Maxwell Miller, Luis Bucaro, Jack D’Avi, Diego Machado), 2. Cypress Bay B 1:35.18, 3. South Broward 1:41.40.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jack D’Avi, CB 1:01.21, 2. Kobe Noraton, SB 1:05.12, 3. Patrick Loeber, CB 1:23.21.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Andy Rogatinsky, SB 1:01.53, 2. Santiago Homes, CB 1:08.25, 3. Jason Rosenberg, CB 1:09.72.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay A 3:28.38 (Diego Machado, Maxwell Miller, Jack D’Avi, Luis Bucaro), 2. Cypress Bay 3:29.83, 3. Cypress Bay 3:36.96.

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SOFLO Takes Early Lead On Day One Of Florida Gold Coast Short Course Junior Olympics

By Sharon Robb

March 4, 2016—Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club leads after Day One of the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Short Course Junior Olympics.

SOFLO totaled 318 points to take an 18-point lead in the combined team standings Friday night at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions in Coral Springs. East Coast Aquatic Club is second with 300 and Pine Crest Swimming is third with 293.

SOFLO had two individual champions, two boys’ relay champions and relied on its’ depth to pile up points.

SOFLO’s 11-12 boys’ relay of Sebastian Lares, Javier Roman, Christian Vasquez and Nicolas Rossi won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:45.29.

SOFLO’s 13-14 boys’ relay of Juan Serna, Rafael Rodriguez, Leonardo Mateus and Luke Lezotte won in 1:31.15.

SOFLO’s 13-14 boys’ relay of Leonardo Mateus, Rafael Rodriguez, Juan Serna and Jie Hoon Lee was third in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Kayla Cunningham, 12, won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:09.04, a time drop of 4.12 seconds. Her previous best was 2:13.16. Cunningham was also 13th in the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 1:06.22.

Alejandro Mateus won the 10-and-under 100-yard butterfly in a best time 1:05.13, shaving 3.54 off his previous best. Mateus was also third in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:42.26.

Other top SOFLO finishers and point-scorers:

Valerie Vank, 10, second in the 10-and-under 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:19.36 and third in the 100-yard individual medley in a best time 1:11.80.

Molly Golding, 12, second in the 11-12 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:09.21.

Elise Larin, 14, third in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:07.84.

Tyler Bland, 14, second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:01.70.

Nicolas Rossi, 12, fourth in the 11-12 50-yard freestyle in a best time 24.84.

Javier Roman, 12, fourth in the 11-12 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:11.45.

Sebastian Lares, 11, second in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:09.61, fourth in the 11-12 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.74; and fourth in the 100-yard individual medley in a best tie 1:03.56.

Rafael Rodriguez, 14, fourth in the 13-14 100-yard butterfly in 54.13.

Christian Tijero, 10, fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:54.68.

Elvis Kotikovski, 14, of Pine Crest Swimming tied the Florida Gold Coast open record in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:49.95.

SOFLO swimmers are seeking an unprecedented sixth consecutive team title in the club’s 16-year history including seven as SOFLO. Last year SOFLO won the overall team and girls team titles and finished runner-up to Metro Aquatics in the boys’ team standings.

More than 800 swimmers and 48 teams including Azura Florida Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, Hialeah, East Coast Aquatic Club, Gulliver Swim Club, Miami Swimming, Pine Crest Swimming, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach Piranhas and Wahoos of Wellington are competing in the three-day meet.

The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.



1.South Florida Aquatic Club 318, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 300, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 293, 4. Hialeah Storm 192.50, 5. Jupiter Dragons 152.50, 6. North Palm Beach 113, 7. Coral Springs Swim Club 98, 8. Metro Aquatics 94, 9. Azura Florida Aquatics 87, 10. AquaKids Sharks 81.


200-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:37.78, 2. Pine Crest 1:38.18, 3. North Palm Beach 1:38.71; 5. SOFLO A 1:42.99 (Katrina Del Vecchio, Paige Lane, Marianna Serrao, Jacqueline Lugo), 7. SOFLO B 1:44.33 (Daniela Curbelo, Elise Larin, Kyana Castro, Annita Huang).

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 27.00, 2. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 27.06, 3. Morgan Cogle, JDST 28.22; 11-12, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 25.18, 2. Ana Kondratovitch, HSC 25.66, 3. Isabella Chambers, PST 25.73; 13-14, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 23.28, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PCS 24.29, 3. Sydney Torres, SAS 24.30.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:15.39, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:19.36, best time, 3. Erin Miller, JDST 1:20.93; 11-12, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 1:08.01, 2. Molly Golding, SOFLO 1:09.21, best time, 3. Josefine Richter, PCS 1:09.43; 13-14, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 1:05.54, 2. Savannah Yates, PCS 1:05.66, 3. Elise Larin, SOFLO 1:07.84, best time.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 1:05.71, 2. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:09.94, 3. Sophie Lamelas, GRSC 1:14.22; SOFLO: 8. Kerry Cunningham 1:18.64, best time; 11-12, 1. Madelyn Hebert, ECAC 59.11, 2. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 1:00.16, 3. Ana Kondratovitch, HSC 1:00.38; 13-14, 1. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 56.63, 2. Madison Cummings, ECAC 57.95, 3. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 57.96; SOFLO: 6. Paige Lane 59.72, best time, 9. Kyana Castro 1:01.79.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:09.26, 2. Morgan Cogle, JDST 1:11.14, 3. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:11.80, best time; 11-12, 1. Madelyn Hebert, ECAC 1:01.65, 2. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 1:02.74, 3. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 1:03.37; SOFLO: 8. Molly Golding 1:05.03.

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 5:38.73, 2. Erin Miller, JDST 5:52.22, 3. Riley Macvane, NPB 6:13.45.

200-yard backstroke:

11-12, 1. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 2:09.04, best time, 2. Megan Murphy, ECAC 2:12.07, 3. Anelis Roque, MAC 2:12.97; 13-14, 1. Madison Cummings, ECAC 2:01.62, 2. Amanda Kopas, SFTL 2:08.78, 3. Madison Schain, AKS 2:11.72; SOFLO: 7. Isabella DiSalvo 2:15.47, best time.

400-yard freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. Pine Crest 3:48.12, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 3:49.84, 3. AquaKids Sharks 3:53.33, 5. SOFLO A 3:55.42 (Molly Golding, Sarah Acevedo, Emma Twombly, Kayla Cunningham).

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Pine Crest 7:46.67, 2. North Palm Beach 7:50.04, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 7:55.88, 6. SOFLO A 8:15.43 (Valentina Carrion, Michelle Marinheiro, Jacqueline Lugo, Paige Lane).


200-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1.SOFLO A 1:31.15 (Juan Serna, Rafael Rodriguez, Leonardo Mateus, Luke Lezotte), 2. Hialeah 1:32.44, 3. Pine Crest 1:32.58, 12. SOFLO B 1:38.24 (Sebastian Sevilla, Eiza Gantus, Jie Hoon Lee, Tyler Bland).

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Steven Curtis, JDST 27.57, 2. Kaii Winkler, FLA 27.60, 3. John Trieu, ECAC 27.70; SOFLO: 11. Aldo Zepeda 30.14, best time; 11-12, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 24.43, 2. Tiago Pereira, PC 24.44, 3. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 24.49; SOFLO: 4. Nicolas Rossi 24.84, best time; 13-14, 1. Luke Lezotte, SOFLO 21.98, best time, 2. Mattheus Santos, PB 22.18, 3. Aaron Rodriguez, HSC 22.75; SOFLO: 5. Juan Serna 22.85, best time.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, Unattached 1:20.65, 2. Steven Curtis, JDST 1:20.83, 3. Chipper Edwards, ECAC 1:22.80; SOFLO: 6. Alessandro Pereira, 1:23.96, best time, 8. Jacob Navarro 1:24.19, best time; 11-12, 1. Victor Valdes, HSC 1:06.63, 2. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:07.65, 3. Aiden Kohanyi, SUN 1:10.76; SOFLO: 4. Javier Roman 1:11.45, best time; 13-14, 1. Matthew Petreski, PC 1:00.13, 2. Tyler Bland, SOFLO 1:01.70, best time, 3. Brandon Moran, Azura 1:02.78.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:05.13, best time; 2. Kaii Winkler, FLA 1:06.25, 3. Lucas Bailey, Unattached 1:07.33; SOFLO: 8. Jacob Navarro 1:13.54, best time, 9. Christian Tijero 1:13.74, best time, 10. Aldo Zepeda 1:15.85, best time; 11-12, 1. Tiago Pereira, PC 58.83, 2. Angelo Martinez, NMST 59.49, 3. Isaiah Jimenez, GRSC 1:00.99; SOFLO: 4. Sebastian Lares 1:01.74; 13-14, 1. Diego Machado, Azura 53.27, 2. Quoctuan Ho, ECAC 53.37, 3. Nicholas Vale, PC 53.74; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 54.13.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, FLA 1:09.26, 2. Luca Echeumuna, Azura 1:11.25, 3. Steven Curtis, JDST 1:11.37; SOFLO: 8. Alessandro Pereira 1:15.28, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 59.88, 2. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:01.68, 3. Victor Valdes, HSC 1:03.44; SOFLO: 4. Sebastian Lares 1:03.56, best time, 9. Zackary Harris 1:07.27.

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. John Trieu, ECAC 5:38.70, 2. Chipper Edwards, ECAC 5:38.82, 3. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 5:42.26, best time; SOFLO: 4. Christian Tijero 5:54.68, best time;

200-yard backstroke:

11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 2:04.66, 2. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 2:09.61, 3. Joshua Hanks, PC 2:10.36; 13-14, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 1:49.95, 2. Bryan Rivero, HSC 1:55.99, 3. John Torres, Unattached 1:56.63; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Mateus 2:00.80, best time.

400-yard freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO A 3:45.29 (Sebastian Lares, Javier Roman, Christian Vasquez, Nicolas Rossi), 2. Hialeah 3:48.15, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:52.32, 9. SOFLO B 4:01.77 (Zackary Harris, Alex Golding, Mark Andre De Gracia, Enrique Rodriguez).

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 7:26.31, 2. Hialeah 7:26.66, 3. SOFLO A 7:29.17 (Leonardo Mateus, Rafael Rodriguez, Juan Serna, Jie Hoon Lee).


What: Florida Gold Coast Short Course Junior Olympics

When: Saturday-Sunday

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

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

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For questions, call 954-345-2121.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Atkinson’s Finals Will Be Live Streamed Saturday And Sunday

SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Atkinson’s Finals Will Be Live Streamed On Saturday And Sunday


August 9, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club coaches, swimmers and friends will get the chance to watch three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson compete in the FINA World Cup in Berlin, Germany on Saturday and Sunday.

FINA, the sport’s international governing body, will live stream the championship finals at or go to

Atkinson, coming off a great opening performance at the FINA World Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands, will not compete in the second World Cup in Berlin, Germany.

Atkinson, 24, won gold medals in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke, bronze in the 100-meter individual medley and broke two of her own national records.

Atkinson will compete in the same events in Berlin. On Saturday she will swim the 100-meter breaststroke which she is seeded first in and Sunday the 50-meter breaststroke (seeded first) and 100-meter individual medley (seeded third).


Whole Foods in Pembroke Pines is celebrating the remaining days of summer vacation and counting down to school with a Back To School Bash on Saturday.

Parents and swimmers can get tips on preparing healthy lunches, grab some freedies and enjoy free family fun.

Whole Foods will host an entire day of fun with raffles and healthy snacks for kids and nutrition tips for parents.

The schedule is:
11 a.m., the Back To School Kids Club will host an interactive class for kids ages 5-12, where kids learn how to make nutritious snacks that can taste good as well.

Noon-2 p.m., there will be a walk-through the store to sample healthy and delicious snacks for parents and kids.

3 p.m., the first 50 children to stop by the customer service counter will win a free back-to-school goodie bag filled with healthy snacks.

There will also be a Better Yummies For Little Tummies backpack raffle drawing. For more information call 954-394-3500.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Atkinson Swims In Netherlands On Wednesday

SOFLO’s Atkinson Swims In Netherlands On Wednesday

August 6, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson, looking to regroup after a disappointing world championships, will compete Wednesday and Thursday at the Eindhoven World Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian will compete against many of the swimmers she competed against in Barcelona last week.

The two-day FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 meet which offers prize money, features a deep, competitive short course meters field.

2012 Olympian Claire Donahue, who frequently trains with Atkinson when in South Florida at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, is one of the few Americans entered in the predominantly international field. St. Petersburg’s Megan Romano is also entered.

On Wednesday, Atkinson will swim the 100-meter breaststroke which she is seeded first in 1:03.80. She is in Lane 4 in the second of two heats and only swimmer in the 1:03s.

Atkinson, 24, is the fastest seed (29.67) in the 50-meter breaststroke and in Lane 4 of the second of two heats on Thursday. She is one of only two swimmers in the 29s. The other is Sweden’s Rebecca Ejdervik.

Also on Thursday, Atkinson will compete in the 100-meter individual medley. She is seeded in the first of three heats. Her seed time is 58.85 and she is expected to final.

The women’s 200-meter breaststroke will have only one heat because of a lack of entries, however, Atkinson is not competing.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, the defending FINA World Cup series champion, has entered an incredible 11 events over two days. Also competing are Aussie James Magnussen, George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago and Vlad Morozov of Russia.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Ready For Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships In Plantation

SOFLO Ready For Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships At Plantation


March 20, 2013

Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson heads South Florida Aquatic Club’s 49-swimmer contingent for the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The three-day meet begins Friday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SOFLO is riding a wave of success after winning the Junior Olympics combined team title in Coral Springs and turning in some outstanding swims two of the four days at the Speedo Champion Series Sectionals in Fort Lauderdale.

Atkinson, 24, is training for this summer’s world championships in Barcelona, Spain and continues to look great in the water. The team leader is entered in six events, 50-, 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, 100- and 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard freestyle. She is seeded first in all six events.

Atkinson will be joined by three-time Olympian Arlene Semeco of Venezuela in the women’s field

SOFLO’s Maria Lopez, 17, is seeded first in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:05.88. She is also seeded second in the 100-yard butterfly.

Melissa Marinheiro, 15, is top seed in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.88 and 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.71. She is seeded second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:05.30.

Marcella Marinheiro, 18, is seeded first in the 50-yard backstroke in 27.11 and 50-yard butterfly in 26.57.

Other SOFLO senior champs qualifiers are: Kaitlin Armstrong, 16; Kylie Herman, 15; Kelley Heron, 13; Amber Hunter, 17; Daniela Jimenez, 17; Evelin Jimenez, 17; Whitney Johnson, 16; Bianca Monti, 13; Astrid Rigau, 16; Jessica Rodriguez, 14; Natasha Testa, 14; Haley Wright, 16; Endi Babi, 24; Xavier Brown, 18; Roger Capote, 17; Ryan Capote, 15; Jordan Colon, 15; Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 13; Edward Kon, 16; CJ Kopecki, 13; Juan Lucas, 14; Alex Monti, 14; Ivan Parada, 18; Kevin Porto, 13; Fernando Quintero, 16; Cristian Rossi, 14; Jonathan Strod, 14; Bowie Suen, 16; Nikolas Ujueta, 15; Gustavo Valery, 14; and Jacob Walters, 17.

In the Area 1, 2, 3, Senior Championships, several SOFLO swimmers are among the top three seeds in their events.

Jessie Cordero, 15, and Rigau are seed second and third in the 200-yard backstroke. Rigau is seeded second in the 200-yard freestyle, second in the 100-yard backstroke and fourth in the 50-yard backstroke. Cordero is seeded third in the 50-yard butterfly, fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:12.39 and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.

Ujueta is seeded second in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 200-yard butterfly.

Karina Medina, 15, is seeded third in the 50-yard breaststroke and Rigau is seeded fourth. Medina is seeded fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Juan Saldana, 16, is seeded second in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke.

Genesis Pabon, 16, is seeded second in the 50-yard backstroke.

Simon Ortiz, 15, is seeded first in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:46.68, second in the 1,650-yard freestyle and third in the 50-yard backstroke.

Josemiguel Fernandez, 16, is seeded second in the 400 IM.

Daniel Lee, 17, is seeded fourth in the 50-yard butterfly in 29.01.

Other SOFLO swimmers competing in the Area 1, 2, 3, senior champs are Andrea Iglesia, 15, Emely Nunen, 15, Mathew Delvalle, 15, Jie Won Lee, 17, Federico Molina, 15, and Henry Perillo, 16.

The meet is the last major short course event for FGC swimmers.


What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships & Area 1, 2, 3, Senior Championships

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Seniors: Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims, 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Area 1, 2, 3 Seniors: Friday, prelims 11:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims noon, finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets per session. For information call 954-452-2526.

Sharon Robb can be reached at