2013 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Daniela Jimenez

2013 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Daniela Jimenez


Age: 17

High School: Hialeah Gardens

College: University of South Florida

Ever since she set foot in a pool ten years ago, Daniela Jimenez has loved to swim.

“I started swimming in classes because my mom wanted me to be water-safe,” Jimenez said.

“I liked it and I told my mom I wanted to stay.”

Daniela’s twin sister, Evelin, followed her to the pool and started swimming with her. The sisters swam on their high school team and South Florida Aquatic Club and now are planning to attend University of South Florida.

Daniela Jimenez has been swimming with SOFLO for nearly two years.

“The reason I transferred teams is I wasn’t being pushed hard enough on my old team,” Jimenez said. “The coach wasn’t as motivating as the one here and I liked being on this team.

“I saw improvement in my swimming right away,” Jimenez said. “My times got better and I got stronger. I got more mentally prepared for races here and I feel better as a person and athlete.”

Jimenez enjoyed both high school and club swimming. She said her biggest moment during high school season was when she won districts in the 500-yard freestyle in a record time. In club swimming, it was making finals at senior championships.

“Swimming taught me how to be a team player and to be more dependent,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez plans on majoring in biology and pre-med and hopes to be a pediatrician working with kids stricken with cancer. “I love working with kids,” she said.

She hopes to swim on the college’s club team when not studying. She hopes to return to SOFLO during college break and holidays.

“SOFLO is my second family,” Jimenez said. “I love it. I am here all the time. Even outside the pool we hang out and go to the movies. I love this team.”

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

SOFLO’s Jimenez, Kuczynski, Ling Shine On Final Night Of FGC Senior Championships

SOFLO’s Jimenez, Kuczynski, Ling Shine On Final Night Of FGC Senior Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 29, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club girls dominated the final night of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at the Coral Springs Aquatics Complex.

SOFLO won the 15-16 and 17-and-over team titles and SOFLO finished third overall among combined girls and boys scores.

SOFLO totaled 276 points among a field of 26 teams to win the 15-16 team title and 195 points among a field of 22 teams to win the 17-and-over award. SOFLO 15-16 boys finished seventh with 117 points and 17-and-over boys were fifth with 173 points.

Caroline Kuczynski, 21, won high point award with 123 points. Melissa Marinheiro, 15, was the top 15-16 high point swimmer with 57 points for 17th place.

On Sunday, the third and final night, Kuczynski continued her success. The Arizona State junior won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:24.28, was second in the 50-meter butterfly in 28.27 and fifth in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.80. She was also a member of the fifth-place 200-meter medley relay team with Rachel Ling, Bianca Muniz and Emma Lincoln and sixth-place 400-meter medley relay team with Kristina Brennan, Muniz and Lincoln.

In one of the most impressive swims of the night, Emily Jurich, 15, swimming in Lane 7, won the “B” final and finished ninth overall in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:21.65, a five-second time drop from her prelim time of 1:26.05. Her previous best was 1:25.57. Jurich was 17th after morning prelims and was an alternate until filling a spot in the “B” final.

Swimming alongside Jurich, teammate Kelly Kealty, 15, also swam a best time in the breaststroke event in 1:23.05 to finish second in the “B” final and tenth overall. Kealty’s previous best was 1:25.20 which she first lowered in prelims in 1:24.98 and again in finals. Rebecca Wilkerson first lowered her personal best time in morning prelims of the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.62 and came back to lower it again in finals in 1:23.79. Wilkerson turned in personal best times in every event she swam during the weekend meet.

Emma Lincoln, 16, won the “B” final in the 50-meter freestyle in 28.32, bettering her prelim time of 28.85. Lincoln was also eighth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:36.86.

Rachel Ling, 17, after swimming a best time 1:12.72 in prelims in the 100-meter backstroke, finished eighth in 1:12.97. Her previous best was 1:13.39.

Daniela Jimenez, 17, turned in a lifetime best in the mile in 19:22.54 lowering her previous best time of 19:36.08.

Ilya Evdokimov, 16, was the top SOFLO boys finisher placing fifth in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.72. In prelims, he swam a best time 25.47 dropping from 26.96. Keegan Boisson-Yates, 17, was eighth in the 50-meter freestyle open in 24.93 after swimming a best time 24.73 in prelims, dropping from 24.99. He was also fourth in the “B” final of the 200 IM in a best time 2:19.29, a huge drop from 2:25.44.

In morning prelims:

August Charni, 15, turned in a best time in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:08.18, dropping from 1:10.05. Also in the event, Fernando Quintero, 15, dropped from 1:09.71 to 1:09.55. Bryce Pierce, 15, dropped from 1:11.14 to 1:09.74.

Rachel Ling, 17, swam a best time 1:12.72 in the 100-meter backstroke, dropping from 1:13.39. Daniela Jimenez, 17, dropped from 1:19.32 to 1:19.01.

Ben Fruitman, 17, swam a best time in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:06.28, dropping from 1:07.41.

In the 50-meter butterfly, Lindsey Sauer, 15, swam a best time 33.00 dropping from 33.11.

David Stoddard, 15, turned in another best time in the 50-meter butterfly in 29.25, breaking 30 seconds and bettering his previous best of 31.15. Bryce Pierce also had another best time in 29.36, dropping from 29.52. Josh Cutter swam a best time 29.77, dropping from 30.10. Julio Simon, 20, swam a best time 28.66, dropping from 29.85. Ben Fruitman also dropped from 28.71 to 28.68. Jonathan Strod, 13, broke 30 seconds in a best time 29.89, improving from 30.73.

Rebecca Wilkerson, 15, swam a best time in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:24.62 dropping from 1:26.79 and lowered her time in the 50-meter freestyle in 31.26 dropping from 31.77.

Teammate Kelly Kealty also swam a best time 1:24.98 dropping from 1:25.23 in the 100 breaststroke.

Ilya Evdokimov, 16, swam the second fastest time in morning prelims in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:07.50, a big time drop from 1:10.08. 

Also in the 100 breaststroke, Jordan Colon, 15, also swam a best time in the event in 1:13.81 dropping from 1:14.05. Kyle Desrosiers had another best time in 1:18.64, dropping from 1:19.34.

Kristina Brennan, 15, swam a best time in the 50-meter freestyle in 28.92 improving from 29.13. Kylie Herman, 15, dropped from 29.82 to 29.76. Kaitlyn Armstrong, 16, improved from 30.49 to 29.89. Haley Wright, 15, dropped from 31.02 to 30.45. Lindsey Sauer, 15, had another best time in 30.55, dropping from 30.70. Leysha Caraballo dropped from 31.50 to 31.46.

Josh Cutter, 16, swam a best time in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.61 dropping from 27.78. David Stoddard, 15, dropped from 28.12 to 26.69. Bryce Pierce, 15, dropped from 27.53 to 27.11 and Kyle Desrosiers dropped from 27.23 to 27.14. William Perry swam a best time in 27.82, dropping from 27.86. Fernando Quintero, 15, dropped from 28.24 to 28.07.

Bianca Muniz, 20, swam a best time 29.54 in the 50-meter freestyle, dropping from 29.72.

Also in the splash and dash, Austin Pillado, 17, who also took turns announcing during finals, swam a best time 27.10 dropping from 27.77. Julio Simon, 20, dropped from 28.42 to 27.70. Mauricio Hidalgo, 18, dropped from 27.92 to 27.85. Jonathan Strod, 13, turned in another best time in 27.88, dropping from 28.28.

Daniela Jimenez, 17, swam a best time in the mile in 19:22.54, improving from 19:36.08.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM RESULTS

1.Empire Swimming 1,716.50, 2. Metro Aquatics 1,288, 3. Davie Nadadores 1,241.50, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,035, 5. AK Sharks 842.

COMBINED GIRLS 15-16 TEAM RESULTS

1.SOFLO 276, 2. Miami Swimming 238.50, 3. Empire Swimming 227.50, 4. Davie Nadadores 200, 5. Jupiter Dragons 184.

COMBINED GIRLS 17-and-OVER TEAM RESULTS

1.SOFLO 195, 2. Empire Swimming 164, 3. Metro Aquatics 132, 4. Lake Lytal Lightning 124, 5. North Palm Beach 91.

COMBINED BOYS 15-16 TEAM RESULTS         

1.Empire Swimming 495, 2. Davie Nadadores 354.50, 3. Metro Aquatics 325, 4. Pompano Beach Piranhas 168, 5. FLA Aquatics 168, 6. Rockway 119, 7. SOFLO 117.

COMBINED BOYS 17-and-OVER TEAM RESULTS

1.AK Sharks 297, 2. Metro Aquatics 251, 3. Westminster Academy 223, 4. Davie Nadadores 178, 5. SOFLO 173.

GIRLS HIGH POINT AWARDS

15-16: 1. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 109; SOFLO: 17. Melissa Marinheiro 57, 20. Maria Lopez 49, 24. Emma Lincoln 47, 39. Amber Hunter 24, 42. Emily Jurich 23, 42. Kylie Herman 23, 44. Kelly Kealty 22; 17-and-over, 1. Caroline Kuczynski, SOFLO 123; SOFLO: 26. Marcella Marinheiro 28, 33. Rachel Ling 17, 34. Evelin Jimenez 16, 41. Daniela Jimenez 11.

BOYS HIGH POINT AWARDS

15-16: 1. Jordy Groters, Davie 124; SOFLO: 15. Ilya Evdokimov 60, 36. Jacob Walters 23, 44. Jordan Colon 15; 17-and-over, 1. Austin Manganiello, AK Sharks 108; SOFLO: 14. Keegan Boisson-Yates 45, 17. Brandon Goldman 43, 26. Marc Rojas 39, 44. Alex Rodriguez 21.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

200-meter medley relay:

1.Davie Nadadores 2:03.30, 5. SOFLO “A” 2:08.55 (Rachel Ling, Bianca Muniz, Caroline Kuczynski, Emma Lincoln).

100-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 1:05.17; SOFLO: 17. Kristina Brennan 1:14.60, 40. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:22.25; Open, 1. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:04.64; SOFLO: 8. Rachel Ling 1:12.97, 22. Megan Schimansky 1:17.82, 26. Danielle Ginzburg 1:18.56, 28. Daniela Jimenez 1:19.01.

1500-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Geena Squartino, SwimFast 17:55.67; 17-and-over, 1. Daniela Miyahara, Peru 17:33.69; SOFLO: 8. Daniela Jimenez 19:22.54.

50-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 28.78; SOFLO: 29. Lindsey Sauer 33.00, 30. Haley Wright 33.17, 46. Kennedy Sanes 34.62, 48. Emily Jurich 35.35, 53. Astrid Rigau 35.68, 61. Selina Voelkel 37.33; Open, 1. Jeserik Pinto, Davie 28.25; SOFLO: 2. Caroline Kuczynski 28.27, 61. Danielle Ginzburg 36.99.

100-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Anna Valls, Miami Swimming 1:16.70; SOFLO: 9. Emily Jurich 1:21.65, 10. Kelly Kealty 1:23.05, 12. Rebecca Wilkerson 1:23.79, 25. Sandra Voelkel 1:29.70, 29. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:31.13; Open, 1. Emily Kopas, Davie 1:12.68; SOFLO: 21. Bianca Muniz 1:26.71.

50-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Caroline Nava, Pine Crest 26.99; SOFLO: 9. Emma Lincoln 28.32, 14. Kristina Brennan 29.10, 31. Kylie Herman 29.76, 33. Kaitlin Armstrog 29.89, 42. Haley Wright 30.45, 43. Lindsey Sauer 30.55, 51. Kennedy Sanes 30.90, 57. Rebecca Wilkerson 31.26, 62. Kelly Kealty 31.36, 64. Leysha Caraballo 31.46, 78. Astrid Rigau 32.15; Open, 1. Jeserik Pinto, Davie 26.76; SOFLO: 5. Caroline Kuczynski 27.80, 27. Bianca Muniz 29.54, 49. Daniela Jimenez 30.55, 50. Anne Kuczynski 30.60, 77. Danielle Ginzburg 31.91.

200-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Megan Gallagher, Empire Swimming 2:28.97; SOFLO: 8. Emma Lincoln 2:36.86, 21. Lindsey Sauer 2:43.11; Open, 1. Caroline Kuczynski, SOFLO 2:24.28.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Metro Aquatics “A” 4:33.84, 6. SOFLO “A” (Kristina Brennan, Bianca Muniz, Caroline Kuczynski, Emma Lincoln).

BOYS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

200-meter medley relay:

1.Westminster Academy “A” 1:49.02, 8. SOFLO “A” 1:52.19 (Keegan Boisson-Yates, Ilya Evdokimov, Xavier Brown).

100-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Jabari Baptiste, Davie 1:01.30; SOFLO: 15. August Charni 1:10.84, 24. Fernando Quintero 1:09.55, 26. Bryce Pierce 1:09.74; Open, 1. Augie Manganiello, AK Sharks 59.77; SOFLO: 13. Ben Fruitman 1:05.62, 20. Ivan Parada 1:07.32.

50-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Zuhayr Pigot, Metro Aquatics 26.01; SOFLO: 5. Ilya Evdokimov 27.41, 26. David Stoddard 29.25, 27. Bryce Pierce 29.36, 29. Josh Cutter 29.77, 44. August Charni 31.27, 47. Joshua Coote 31.48, 50. Edward Kon 31.71; Open, 1. Austin Saunders, Westminster 25.50; SOFLO: 32. Xavier Brown 27.80, 45. Julio Simon 28.66, 47. Ben Fruitman 28.68, 51. Mauricio Hidalgo 28.98, 63. Jonathan Strod 29.89, 77. Derek Maguire 31.47.

100-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Jordy Groters, Davie 1:06.80; SOFLO: 2. Ilya Evdokimov 1:07.29, 12. Jordan Colon 1:14.57, 21. Kyle Desrosiers 1:18.64; Open, 1. Leo Martins, Davie 1:06.01; SOFLO: 19. Brian Arnaud 1:13.02, 35. Derek Maguire 1:19.53.

1500-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Jesus Monge, Peru 16:23.71; SOFLO: 13. Edward Kon 18:11.95; 17-and-over, 1. Miguel Davila, Davie 16:23.30.

50-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Manuel Gonzalez, Davie 24.20; SOFLO: 5. Ilya Evdokimov 25.72, 17. Josh Cutter 26.61, 19. David Stoddard 26.69, 30. Bryce Pierce 27.11, 31. August Charni 27.12, 32. Kyle Desrosiers 27.14, 50. William Perry 27.82, 58. Fernando Quintero 28.07; Open, 1. Michael Saco, Miami Swimming 23.85; SOFLO: 8. Keegan Boisson-Yates 24.93, 26. Ben Fruitman 25.50, 55. Xavier Brown 26.57, 71. Austin Pillado 27.10, 84. Julio Simon 27.70, 89. Mauricio Hidalgo 27.85, 90. Jonathan Strod 27.88, 96. Derek Maguire 28.64, 104. Diego Sanguinetti 52.43.

200-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Jordy Groters, Davie 2:11.48; Open, 1. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:09.31; SOFLO: 12. Keegan Boisson-Yates 2:19.29.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Metro Aquatics “A” 3:59.72; 12. SOFLO “A” 4:16.61 (Ben Fruitan, Ilya Evdokimov, Xavier Brown, Keegan Boisson-Yates), 16. SOFLO “B” 4:35.15.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Girls Rule Pool On Final Day Of Area 3 Developmental Championships

SOFLO Girls Rule Pool On Final Day Of Area 3 Developmental Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 13, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club girls dominated the third and final day of the Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Developmental Meet Sunday at Florida International University Aquatic Complex.

Daniela Jimenez, 17, won two individual events. She won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:41.81, a best time and FGC Junior Olympic cut time. Her previous best was 2:44.41. She also won the 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 19:36.08, breaking 20 minutes for the first time and dropping from 20:09.95.

Andrea Bucaro, 13, won the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:46.46, bettering her previous best of 2:46.49.

Elise Larin, 11, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time and FGJO cut time of 43.32. Her previous best time was 45.24.

Zariya Harris, 12, won the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 3:16.28, bettering her previous best of 3:10.01.

Samantha Stinemire, 13, won the 100-meter freestyle won in a best time 1:05.60, bettering her previous best of 1:15.36.

Annita Huang, 11, won the 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 21:08.73, bettering her previous best of 23:29.01.

In the boys’ competition, Edward Kon, 16, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 36.76, bettering his previous best of 40.32.

Brandon Moran, 13, dropped from 23:15.01 to a best time 21:21.64 to win the 1500-meter freestyle.

SUNDAY

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1.  Ysabella Farias, ASC 3:27.85; COMETS: 2. Sara Quintero 3:31.64; 11-12, 1. Hannah Cordes, MS 2:53.23; SOFLO: 4. Annita Huang 3:00.26 FGJO, 5. Abolade Oyetunji 3:00.51, 7. Alexandra Crespo 3:06.55, 10. Isabel Shashaty 3:11.17, 12. Lisa Strod 3:14.83, 15. Catalina Lizarazo 3:27.74; 13-14, 1. Andrea Bucaro, SOFLO 2:46.46; SOFLO: 2. Alani Carrasco 2:47.33, 5. Monica Rodriguez 2:51.39; 15-18, 1. Daniela Jimenez, SOFLO 2:42.81 FGJO.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Penelope Roca, NMST 41.51; SOFLO: 8. Trinity Hoyos 51.16, 12. Katrina Del Vecchio 48.46, 16. Emma Perera 50.62, 19. Rebekah Ling 52.48, 23. Morgan Cavanagh 55.33, 24. Sophia Bedoya 55.37, 28. Kylie McIntosh 56.95, 31. Valerie Kon 57.82, 36. Analucia Raimont 1:00.78; COMETS: 11. Sara Quintero 48.35, 18. Jena Legaspi 51.85, 29. Daniela Barreto 57.26, 30. Erika Pelaez 57.38, 32 Isabella Lizarazo 58.41; 11-12, 1. Stephanie Rodriguez, FFSC 38.67; SOFLO: 5. Abolade Oyetunji 40.89, 9. Zariya Harris 41.24, 10. Isabel Shashaty 41.35, 12. Lauren Simm 41.59, 16. Kellie Wilcox 42.44, 26. Paola Huerta 50.09, 27. Maria Carrillo 50.47; 13-14, 1. Cara Mullery, GRSC 37.71; SOFLO: 2. Natasha Testa 37.90 FGJO, 6. Alani Carrasco 40.12, 9. Valentina Diaz 41.04, 15. Alisa Huang 45.41; 15-18, 1. Nataly Jimenez, HSC 36.96; SOFLO: 7. Astrid Rigau 39.39, 8. Hannah Doyle 39.86.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Claudia Acosta, HSC 47.98; SOFLO: 14. Trinity Hoyos 53.13, 27. Sophia Bedoya 59.88, 39. Kylie McIntosh 1:11.42, 44. Valerie Kon 1:17.99, 45. Angela Raimont  1:20.32; COMETS: 37. Jena Legaspi 1:08.39, 40. Erika Pelaez 1:12.23, 43. Isabella Lizarazo 1:15.63; 11-12, 1. Elise Larin, SOFLO 43.32 FGJO; SOFLO: 5. Lauren Simm 45.18, 6. Annita Huang 45.31, 11. Lisa Strod 46.76, 13. Abolade Oyetunji 47.37, 17. Kellie Wilcox 49.03, 22. Caalina Lizarazo 50.03, 33. Maria Carrillo 1:04.43, 34. Paola Huerta 1:05.55; 13-14, 1. Pamela Garcia, BMHG 40.34; SOFLO: 2. Natasha Testa 41.92 FGJO, 11. Monica Rodriguez 46.05, 13. Samantha Stinemire 46.33, 16. Valentina Diaz 47,13, 17. Stephanie Mlujeak 47.17, 24. Alia Huang 52.74; 15-18, 1. Camila Perez, MAC 43.68; SOFLO: 5. Hannah Doyle 49.76.

200-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. Zariya Harris, SOFLO 3:16.28; 13-14, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 2:31.59; SOFLO: 3. Natasha Testa 2:56.06; 15-18, 1. Omaira German, Blue Marlins 2:42.93.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1.  Penelope Roca, North Miami 1:20.63; SOFLO: 10. Trinity Hoyos 1:28.13, 17. Emma Perera 1:32.62, 24. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:37.57, 34. Morgan Cavanagh 1:43.40, 35. Sophia Bedoya 1:52.69, 39. Valerie Kon 1:59.64, 40. Analucia Raimont 2:00.23, 41. Rebekah King 2:01.58, 43. Kylie McIntosh 2:09.19; COMETS: 28. Erika Pelaez 1:40.11, 30. Daniela Barreto 1:41.26, 33. Jena Legaspi 1:42.74, 36. Isabella Lizarazo 1:55.84; 11-12, 1. Emma Ballestas, MAC 1:13.91; SOFLO: 4. Elise Larin 1:17.02, 7. Lauren Simm 1:18.02, 9. Isabel Shashaty 1:17.41, 10. Alexandra Crespo 1:17.84, 21. Catalina Lizarazo 1:23.16, 22. Kellie Wilcox 1:24.40, 27. Maria Carrillo 1:34.42, 30. Paola Huerta 1:37.33; 13-14, 1. Samantha Stinemire, SOFLO 1:05.60 DEV; SOFLO: 7. Andrea Bucaro 1:09.74,  17. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:12.53, 23. Valentina Diaz 1:14.88, 31. Alisa Huang 1:18.24; 15-18, 1. Sydney Vigille, North Miami 1:07.02; SOFLO: 2. Astrid Rigau 1:08.84, 7. Hannah Doyle 1:12.74.

1500-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Annita Huang, SOFLO 21:08.73 DEV; 13-14, 1. Nastassja Posso, Rockway 20:50.10; 15-18, 1. Daniela Jimenez, SOFLO 19:36.08 FLSC.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Victor Valdes, Miami Dade 3:18.79; COMETS: 3. Sebastian Lares 3:32.82; SOFLO: 7. Roberto Garrido 4:00.20; 11-12, 1. Nicolas Fedotov, North Miami 2:52.57; SOFLO: 4. Sam Walters 3:01.86 FGJO, 7. Luis Bucaro 3:06.08, 10. Sam Walters 3:05.79, 12. Luis Bucaro 3:06.10; 13-14, 1. Andres Deza, Unattached 2:33.10; SOFLO: 3. C.J. Kopecki 2:20.03 FGJO, 5. Estaban Diaz-Velasco 2:22.51 FGJO, 7. Tyler Gibson 2:22.69 FGJO, 8. Simon Ortiz 2:25.55; SOFLO: 15. Miguel Hernandez 2:29.63, 20. Baldwin Suen 2:35.38, 22. Mathew Delvalle 2:36.71, 25. Marco Crespo 2:51.28; 15-18, 1. Justin Vega, Unattached 2:28.06; SOFLO: 2. Edward Kon 2:32.75, 5. Teddy Sandoval 2:33.95, 8. Juan Saldana 2:43.67, 15. Bowie Suen 2:43.84, 16. Jonathan Rivas 2:44.75.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Abraham Alonso, Blue Marlins 43.30; COMETS: 4. Sebastian Lares 45.64, 19. Zackary Harris 49.81, 29. Tanner Gibson 54.99, 35. Eduard O’Brien 57.98, 43. Jake Cavanagh 1:02.88, 44. Noah Hew 1:03.22, 47. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:05.63, 51. Miguel Crespo 1:11.62; SOFLO: 6. Akira Huang 46.46, 16. Roberto Garrido 48.54, 33. Carlo Roche 56.33; 11-12, 1. Juan Pablo Osorio, Miami Dade 39.15; SOFLO: 2. Brandon Moran 39.19 FGJO, 5. Sam Walters 40.78, 13. Jonathan Drolet 42.26, 16. Luis Bucaro 42.57, 19. Jonathan Hew 44.51, 22. Brandon Carrasco 44.77, 27. Noah Molko 47.28, 29. Shane O’Brien 50.05; 13-14, 1. Joaquin Utz, Flying Fish 33.36; SOFLO: 5. Simon Ortiz 35.31 FGJO, 6. Cristian Rossi 36.67, 12. Baldwin Suen 37.59, 15. Brendan Cassie 38.70, 17. Juan Medina 39.35, 20. Miguel Hernandez 40.33, 24. Marco Crespo 44.09; 15-18, 1. Ronald Hernandez, Metro Aquatics 33.15; SOFLO: 4. Juan Saldana 34.25, 6. Jordan Colon 34.76, 8. Nikolas Ujueta 35.58, 13. Daniel Reyna 36.96, 16. Josh Coote 39.62.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Bryan Rivero, HSC 50.11; 19. Carlo Roche 1:00.58; COMETS: 29. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:07.72, 35. Jake Cavanagh 1:12.06, 38. Eduard O’Brien 1:14.24, 39. Miguel Crespo 1:18.12, 42. Noah Hew 1:25.53; 11-12, 1. Juan Arvelo, Rockway 42.12; SOFLO: 6. Jonathan Drolet 46.58, 15. Ethan Hew 50.75, 21. Noah Molko 54.77, 23. Shane O’Brien 1:00.90, 24. Jonathan Hew 1:01.41; 13-14, 1. Alexis Goya, North Miami 36.92; SOFLO: 3. Brendan Cassie 38.44 FGJO, 9. Tyler Gibson 39.96, 16. Juan Medina 42.43, 21. Marco Crespo 49.24, 23. Estaban Diaz-Velasco 50.66; 15-18, 1. Edward Kon, SOFLO 36.76 DEV; SOFLO: 5. Fernando Quintero 38.59 FLSC, 8. Juan Saldana 41.74.

200-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. John Torres, Unattached 3:14.79; 13-14, 1. Pablo Suarez, ASC 2:31.20; 15-18, 1. Luis Ramirez, Rockway 2:36.55.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Gabriel Munoz, Blue Marlins 1:19.10; COMETS: 7. Sebastian Lares 1:26.42, 11. Zackary Harris 1:32.21, 16. Tanner Gibson 1:37.13, 27. Jake Cavanagh 1:48.91, 33. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:56.32, 37. Eduard O’Brien 2:05.58, 38. Miguel Crespo 2:09.40, 44. Noah Hew 2:30.59; SOFLO: 12. Roberto Garrido 1:33.17, 13. Akira Huang 1:33.51; 11-12, 1. Wolfermann Vierira, Miami Swimming 1:11.89; SOFLO: 2. Luis Bucaro 1:12.25 FGJO, 10. Sam Walters 1:15.83, 15. Jonathan Drolet 1:17.24, 29. Brandon Carrasco 1:27.07, 30. Noah Molko 1:27.54, 31. Jonathan Hew 1:27.55, 33. Shane O’Brien 1:33.09, 37. Ethan Hew 1:46.24; 13-14, 1. Che Davis, North Miami 1:02.02; SOFLO: 2. C.J. Kopecki 1:03.95 FGJO, 4. Simon Ortiz 1:06.20 FGJO, 6. Miguel Hernandez 1:06.24 FGJO, 9. Baldwin Suen 1:06.91, 23. Juan Medina 1:14.05, 30. Marco Crespo 1:18.18, 31. Brendan Cassie 1:20.10, 35. Bryan Moran 1:26.63; 15-18, 1. Isidro Planell, Miami Dade 1:00.52; SOFLO: 2. Fernando Quintero 1:01.57 FGJO, 3. Edward Kon 1:02.79m 5. Teddy Sandoval 1:03.79, 6. Jonathan Rivas 1:04.24, 16. Bowie Suen 1:05.24, 20. Nikolas Ujueta 1:05.74, 21. Josh Coote 1:05.95, 29, Daniel Reyna 1:10.21.

1500-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Brandon Moran, SOFLO 21:21.64 DEV; 13-14, 1. Pablo Suarez, ASC 18:30.86.

100-meter butterfly time trial:

1.Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 1:18.63

50-meter butterfly time trial:

1.Samuel Quintero,  SOFLO 33.96

100-meter breaststroke time trial:

1.Cristian Rossi, SOFLO 1:24.22, 2. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 1:28.11, 3. Kevin Porto, SOFLO 1:31.12, 4. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 1:31.15

400-meter freestyle time trial

1.Kevin Porto, SOFLO 4:50.01

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jimenez, Walters Win On Opening Day Of FGC Area 3 Developmental Championships

SOFLO’s Jimenez, Walters Win On Opening Day Of FGC Area 3 Developmental Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

February 24, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club teammates Daniela Jimenez and Jacob Walters are getting serious about swimming.

Jimenez, 16, recently left Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens for SOFLO to devote more time to training and competing.

Walters, 16, is focused on taking his swimming to the next level.

The hard work and dedication is paying off for them.

On Friday, the opening day of the Comets-hosted Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Developmental Meet at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, the pair won individual titles in the 400-yard individual medley.

Jimenez won the 15-18 girls’ age group event in a lifetime-best 5:10.64, bettering her previous best time of 5:36.21.

Walters won the 15-18 boys’ age group event in a career-best 4:33.62, a huge time drop from last year’s previous best time of 5:04.32.

Jimenez looked strong in her race. She went out fast in the opening butterfly leg and extended her lead through the backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.

“My strategy was to get out fast,” Jimenez said. “My best strokes are the fly and free. I did my best time in the 100 fly so I am pretty happy.

“I am getting more serious about my swimming,” Jimenez said. “I have been training harder because I switched teams. I feel more confident now with this team and I feel like I am getting stronger.”

Jimenez joined SOFLO nearly a month ago.

“I can see a change in my training already, I am more focused now on this team,” Jimenez said. “They are more strict. I like it.”

Jimenez is a junior at Hialeah Gardens High School where she was a member of the girls’ team. She competed in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle, her favorite events. She qualified for regionals and just missed making the state meet.

“My goal next year is to make states,” said Jimenez, who has been swimming for six years. Her mom started her in the sport to be water-safe and Jimenez soon fell in love with swimming.

“I am glad I stayed with it,” Jimenez said.

Walters is on a roll. At last weekend’s FGC Senior Championships, Walters made his first championship final in the 100-yard butterfly and it snowballed after that. He made finals in all of his events except one.

“I was pretty pleased making finals,” Walters said. “I felt really good.

“Over the fall I had to do marching band so I didn’t have a lot of time to focus on club swimming,” Walters said. “Since that’s over, I’ve started practicing a lot more and been dropping times.”

Walters is a junior at West Broward High School where he has been a member of the boys’ swim team for two seasons and competed in the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle and relays.

“The 400 IM isn’t my favorite but it felt good today,” Walters said. “I am more of a freestyler, fly, sprinter. But I got the cut so I guess I will keep with it.”

Walters has been swimming since he was 12.  His family moved to South Florida less than two years ago.

“I started swimming because I really didn’t like to run,” he said. “I tried soccer and a little bit of football and didn’t like that. My dad was a swimmer and said ‘here, try the swim team.’ I’m glad he suggested that. I really do love swimming.

“My first swim team was a super-relaxed recreation team. All they did was 50s at meets. I like this a lot better. I really want to focus on swimming so I can swim at a really good college. I just want to concentrate on getting faster.”

Walters is seeded first in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley.

“Morning practices are hard and it usually takes my dad kicking me out of bed. I think looking forward I know it was good for me and it will be good for me.”

Other SOFLO winners were Alani Carrasco, 12, 400-yard IM, 5:11.47, best time; top-seed Stephanie Mlujeak, 13, 400-yard IM, 5:12.55, best time; Alex Monti, 13, 400-yard IM, 4:47.71, best time; and Andrea Bucaro, 12, 1,650-yard freestyle, 19:39.24, best time.

The Area 3 field features more than 500 swimmers including 139 from SOFLO. The three-day meet continues on Saturday with two prelim sessions and one championship final.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Alani Carrasco, SOFLO 5:11.47;13-14, 1. Stephanie Mlujeak, SOFLO 5:12.55, 2. Monica Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:28.17; 15-18, 1. Daniela Jimenez, SOFLO 5:10.64.

1,650-yard freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Andrea Bucaro, SOFLO 19:39.24; 13-14, 1. Sandi Valdes, MAC 19:29.54; SOFLO: 2. Lilli Calero 19:35.64, 3. Natasha Testa 21:23.82.

BOYS

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Ervin Marin, Blue Marlins 4:45.32; SOFLO: 3. Andres Lares 5:11.93; 13-14, 1. Alex Monti, SOFLO 4:47.71, SOFLO: 3. Jonathan Strod 4:54.90; 15-18, 1. Jacob Walters, SOFLO 4:33.62; SOFLO: 2. Roger Capote 4:42.64, 3. Daniel Lee 5:11.91.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Developmental Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, Session 2 prelims 8:30 a.m., Session 3 prelims 12:30 p.m., Session 4 finals, 6 p.m.; Sunday, Session 5 prelims 8:30 a.m., Session 6 prelims, 12:30 p.m., Session 7 finals, 6 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17189 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $2 per session. For information call meet director Luis Soler, 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com