SOFLO’s Schleicher, Bono, Relays Open Action At USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., August 2, 2019—The USA Swimming Futures Championships got under way Thursday with South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers getting in some early action at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, was 17th in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:08.38.

Dominic Bono, 16, was 45th in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:13.84.

SOFLO’s A relay of Schleicher, Elena Dinehart, Paige Lane and Olivia Dinehart finished 12th in thr 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:43.98.

SOFLO’s boys 800-meter freestyle relay of Juan Mora, Juan Pablo Pineda, Robert Wilson and Miguel Sierra was 17th in 8:11.49.

THURSDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

800-meter freestyle:
1. Madison Murtagh, GSLA 8:55.06, 2. Stella Grace Watts, ATAC 8:55.86, 3. Addison Sauickie, SYS 8:56.73; SOFLO: 17. Mallory Schleicher 9:08.38, time drop 0.07.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota Sharks 8:28.63, 2. Blue Dolfins 8:29.45, 3. Tac Titans 8:31.98, 10. Pine Crest 8:42.61, 12. South Florida Aquatic Club A 8:43.98 (Mallory Schleicher, Elena Dinehart, Paige Lane, Olivia Dinehart).

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Lance Norris, Unattached 15:45.60, 2. Grant Davis, GOLD 15:47.81, 3. Andrew Jordan, CMSA 15:52.72; SOFLO: 45. Dominic Bono 17:13.84.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota 7:43.72, 2. TAC Titans 7:46.16, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 7:46.96, 17. South Florida Aquatic Club 8:11.49 (Juan Mora, Juan Pablo Pineda, Robert Wilson, Miguel Sierra).

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

A Day Of Firsts For South Florida Aquatic Club On Day One Of Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, July 26, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers came up big on opening day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

Rafael Rodriguez. 17, qualified for his first USA Swimming Junior National qualifying standard in the 200-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 2:03.26. He shaved 2.79 off his previous best of 2:06.05.

Juan Mora, 15, made his first USA Swimming Futures Championship cut time in the 100-meter freestyle. After swimming prelims in 55.44 for 19th place, he came back in a time trial to qualify in 53.75. Mora was also fifth in the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 31.10 with a time drop of 1:08.

Rodriguez and Mora were also members of the fourth-place 200-meter freestyle relay with Robert Wilson and Miguel Sierra.

Dominic Bono, 16, was SOFLO’s only individual champion in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:09.80. He was fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:11.81, dropping 4.90 off his previous best. He came back and bettered his best for a total drop of 6.91.

Juan Colmenares, 15, was third in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:15.50 with a time drop of 6.32.

Philopatier Ibrahim, 16, was fouth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:09.14 with a time drop of 1.46. He was fifth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:13.86.

Sarah Acevedo, 15, and Kelley Heron, 19, were SOFLO’s top girls finishers. Acevedo was second in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:25.04. She was also sixth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:35.13. Heron was third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:24.87.

Lucy Smutny was fourth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:39.51 with a time drop of 13.87.

After opening day action, two-time defending champion Azura leads the combined team standings with 322 points. SOFLO is eighth with 133. SOFLO boys are fifth with 76 and girls are eighth with 133.

The three-day meet continues Saturday with prelims and finals, weather permitting.

SOFLO has 45 swimmers in 191 individual events and 18 relays trying to improve on last year’s eighth place finish among combined teams with 481 points.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 322, 2. Metro Aquatics 297, 3. TS Aquatics 249, 4. Gulliver 220, 5. East Coast Aquatic 198, 6. St. Andrew’s 157, 7. Flood Aquatics 135, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 133, 9. Westminster Academy 126, 10. Boca Raton Swim Team 118.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 183, 2. Gulliver 151, 3. Azura 136, 4. tie, TS Aquatics 101 and St. Andrew’s Swimming 101, 6. FAST 91, 7. North Palm Beach 79, 8. Metro Aquatics 76, 9. Westminster Academy 70, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 57.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 221, 2. Azura 186, 3. TS Aquatics 148, 4. Boca Raton 114, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 76, 6. Wahoos of Wellington 70, 7. Gulliver 69, 8. tie, Westminster Academy 56 and St. Andrew’s 56. 10. City of Hialeah 47.

GIRLS
200-meter freestyle relay:
Open, 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:50.55, 2. Gulliver 1:50.58, 3. Azura 1:50.60, 14. SOFLO A 1:55.40 (Hailey Jerew, Kelley Heron, Michelle Marinheiro, Sarah Acevedo); 22. SOFLO B 1:59.29 (Jennamarie Brames, Lucy Smutny, Leeann Russell, Jena Legaspi).

200-meter backstroke:
15-16, 1. Rylie Noe, T2 2:27.57, 2. Faith Mutschler, WOW 2:28.97, 3. Adrianna Gooding, PC 2:30.12; SOFLO: 6. Sarah Acevedo 2:35.13, 7. Lucy Smutny 2:36.67, time drop 8.57, 11. Jena Legaspi 2:35.66, time drop 1.17, 13. Jennamarie Brames 2:36.74, time drop 4.81; Open, 1. Solana Capalbo, Azura 2:21.50, 2. Marta Tassara, Unattached 2:24.37, 3. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:24.87.

100-meter freestyle:
15-16, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 58.87, 2. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 59.02, 3. Claudia Acosta, HSC 59.12; Open, 1. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 58.37, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 58.74, 3. Victoria Fonville, WA 59.19.

200-meter butterfly:
15-16, 1. Giulianna Garcia, TSA 2:24.39, 2. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 2:25.04, 3. Jocelyn Ruiz, BM 2:26.61; Open, 1. Madison Cummings, ECAC 2:21.71, 2. Adrianna Barone, SAS 2:24.95, 3. Erika Wesch, NPB 2:28.15.

50-meter breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 33.60, 2. Stella Urness, Unattached 34.87, 3. Chloe Hernandez, GRSC 35.23; Open, 1. Cailey Friel, NSU 32.99, 2. Victoria Fonville, WA 33.44, 3. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 33.54; SOFLO: 11. Hailey Jerew 35.69, 13. Naomi Eaton 36.01.

400-meter freestyle:
1. 15-16, 1. Mariangela Cincotti, Azura 4:28.26, 2. Michaela Avedisian, Unattached 4:29.05, 3. Lydia Lanahan, TSA 4:39.02; SOFLO: 4. Lucy Smutny 4:39.51, time drop 13.87, 9. Michelle Marinheiro 4:43.86, 18. Jennamarie Brames 4:51.81; Open, 1. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 4:28.15, 2. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 4:30.71, 3. Rachel Whitaker, GPA 4:32.25; SOFLO: 10. Melissa Marinheiro 4:40.35, 26. Naomi Eaton 4:58.50.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 4:00.44, 2. Gulliver 4:01.47, 3. East Coast Aquatic 4:03.05, 10. SOFLO B 4:12.63 (Hailey Jerew, Jennamarie Brames, Melissa Marinheiro, Naomi Eaton), 15. SOFLO A 4:17.18 (Michelle Marinheiro, Lucy Smutny, Sarah Acevedo, Leeann Ranalli).

BOYS
200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Westminster Academy 1:36.10, 2. Metro Aquatics 1:38.82, 3. TS Aquatics 1:38.88, 4. SOFLO A 1:39.14 (Robert Wilson, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodriguez, Juan Mora), 20. SOFLO B 1:44.29 (Michael Arias, Brennan Binder, Juan Colmenares, Jonathan Gonzalez).

200-meter backstroke:
15-16, 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 2:09.80, time drop 6.91, 2. Wisthon Rendon Sequera, MWA 2:14.76, 3. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 2:15.50, time drop 6.32; SOFLO: 7. Nicolas Munoz 2:18.54, 11. Alex Golding 2:20.53, time drop 8.69, 14. Yannai Michael 2:22.88; Open, 1. Ricardo Martinez, SAS 2:05.93, 2. Jose Ochoa, Unattached 2:10.56, 3. Boleck Depawlikowski, MAC 2:11.20.

100-meter freestyle:
15-16, tie, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 51.76 and Reese Branzell, LLL 51.76, 3. Raphael Santos, PC 52.79; SOFLO: 6. Robert Wilson 54.48, 9. Michael Arias 54.24, time drop 0.36; Open, 1. Antoine Khazne, Unattached 51.51, 2. Carlos Bernotti, BRST 51.99, 3. Sidrell Williams, Azura 52.33.

200-meter butterfly:
15-16, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 2:04.98, 2. Caleb Petranchuk, JUP 2:07.47, 3. Miguel Sierra, SOFLO 2:09.06, time drop 4.71; SOFLO: 4. Philopatier Ibrahim 2:09.14, time drop 1.46, 7. John Paul Handael 2:12.70; Open, 1. Miguel Bernotti, BRST 2:05.56, 2. Alexander Arrieta, MAC 2:05.97, 3. Brandon Vives, MAC 2:06.00.

50-meter breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Raphael Windmuller, NMST 28.84, 2. Victora Valdes, HSC 30.49, 3. Jose Hermida, MAC 30.59; SOFLO: 5. Juan Mora 31.10, time drop 1.08; Open, 1. Marcelo Lauzurique, Unattached 29.43, 2. Jonathan Sikes, JUP 30.43, 3. Teolio Darias, GRSC 30.45.

400-meter freestyle:
15-16, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 4:08.37, 2. Phillip Moldovanu, WOW 4:10.67, 3. Trenton Edwards, FAST 4:10.91; SOFLO: 5. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:13.86, 9. Juan Colmenares 4:16.98, time drop 7.23, 19. Michael Arias 4:27.25; Open, 1. Julian Enrique Iturbe, Azura 4:09.02, 2. Rodolfo Falcon, Azura 4:09.74, 3. Luis Bucaro, TSA 4:11.26; SOFLO: 26. Nicholas Chaimowicz 4:33.24, time drop 27.36.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 3:32.53, 2. Metro Aquatics 3:33.95, 3. TS Aquatics 3:37.18, 5. SOFLO A 3:38.89 (Michael Arias, Brennan Binder, Juan Colmenares, Philopatier Ibrahim), 9. SOFLO B 3:42.51 (Robert Wilson, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodrigues, Juan Mora).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior LCM Championships.

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

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

Of note: Admission is $5 per session for prelims and $3 per session for finals. Concession stand will be available. Forty-eight teams are entered and 16 unattached teams. Azura Florida Aquatics is defending champion.

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

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart, Elena Dinehart, Dominic Bono Swim On Day One Of Shark Open Invitational


By Sharon Robb

SARASOTA, June 20, 2019—Three South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers raced in Thursday’s 800-meter freestyle timed final on opening day of the Sarasota Shark Open Invitational at Selby Aquatic Center.

Olivia Dinehart, 14, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing fifth in the 13-14 800-meter freestyle in 9:43.76. Elena Dinehart, 14, was eighth in 10:05.35.

Dominic Bono, 15, was 19th in the open 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:04.70. He shaved 0.19 off his previous best. He has nine events left to swim.

The remaining SOFLO swimmers will begin competing Friday against North Florida and Georgia teams including the host Sarasota YMCA Sharks which already have commanding leads in all three team categories. SOFLO and TSA are the only Florida Gold Coast teams entered.

SOFLO’s swimmers (nine girls, three boys) entered in 96 individual events are: Gabriela Avila, 12; Sophia Avila, 10; Dominic Bono, 15; Elena Dinehart, 14; Elise Dinehart, 11; Olivia Dinehart, 14; Genesis Escobar, 11; Felix Gonzalez, 12; Daglia Hirsh, 12; Paige Lane, 16; LeeAnn Ranalli, 16; and Miguel Sierra, 16.

Prelims and finals are 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The meet format is prelims and finals for 11-12, 13-14 and 15-and-over and timed finals for 10-and-unders and 11-and-over who do not have qualifying times.

THURSDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Sarasota Sharks 80, 2. Gwinnett Aquatics 31, 3. Tampa Bay Aquatic Club 28, 4. St. Petersburg Aquatics 26, 5. Sky Family Hurricanes 6, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 5.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 41, 2. St. Petersburg Aquatics 26, 3. Gwinnett Aquatics 25, 4. Tampa Bay Aquatic Club 7, 5. Sky Family Hurricanes 3.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 39, 2. Tampa Bay Aquatic Club 21, 3. Gwinnett Aquatics 6, 4. SOFLO 5, 5. Sky Family Hurricanes 3.

GIRLS
800-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Michaela Mattes, SYS 9:04.88, 2. Summer Caldwell, TBAC 9:15.47, 3. Gracie Weyant, SYS 9:19.77; SOFLO: 5. Olivia Dinehart 9:43.76, 8. Elena Dinehart 10:05.35; Open, 1. Abby Licht, TBAC 9:22.01, 2. Mercedes Traba, SYS 9:23.68, 3. Alicia Davie, SYS 9:24.59

BOYS

800-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Isaac Saenz, GA 9:44.16, 2. Baylor Stanton, GA 10:18.59, 3. William Brockman, SPA 10:40.44; 13-14, 1. Graham Simmon, GA 9:08.79, 2. Max Eckerman, SYS 9:21.96, 3. Felipe Baffico, SYS 9:22.70; Open, 1. Caleb Kravitz, SPA 8:26.14, 2. Alexander Gusev, SYS 8:32.83, 3. Ben Cote, SPA 8:37.72; SOFLO: 19. Dominic Bono 9:04.70, time drop.

MIXED

800-meter freestyle:
BOYS
11-and-over, 1. Max Milburn, SYS 9:33.85, 2. Max Hajduk, SYS 9:46.52, 3. Nolan Patterson, GA 10:01.30.

GIRLS
11-and-over, 1. Christine Traynor, SYS 10:07.44, 2. Kate Domian, SKY 10:20.11, 3. Carter Roebuck, AGUA 10:23.55.

IF YOU GO

What: Sarasota Shark Open Invitational

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday-Sunday, prelims 8 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.

Where: Selby Aquatic Center, 8501 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota.

Of note: The meet is hosted by the Sarasota YMCA Sharks….There will be combined team and individual high point trophies awarded….The meet is limited to 600 swimmers…For more information call the Sarasota Sharks office 1-941-552-8206.

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

SOFLO’s Schleicher Top 10 Finisher; Travis, Becker Win Overall Titles At USA Swimming 5K Junior National Championship At Miami Marine Stadium


By Sharon Robb

MIAMI, May 4, 2019—In one of the most competitive girls open water swimming races, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mallory Schleicher finished among the Top 10 Saturday in the USA Swimming Girls 5K Junior National Championship at Miami Marine Stadium.

Schleicher, 15, was seventh in the 16-and-under girls race in 1:02:47 for 3.1 miles.

The first ten finishers all completed the course in 1:02 and change. While Travis was nearly 20 seconds ahead of the field three swimmers finished within two tenths of a second with each other.

Chase Travis, 16, of Nation’s Capital Swim Club won in 1:02:07. Kathryn Grimes, 13, of Sandpipers of Nevada was second in 1:02:26.

The only other Florida Gold Coast swimmers in the girls field was Anna Auld, 15, of East Coast Aquatic Club, who finished third in 1:02:30 and Emily Trieschmann, 15, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics 40th in 1:05:54.

Dylan Becker, 16, of Sandpipers of Nevada won the boys title in 58:18. The Utah commit competed in Friday’s senior 10K where he finished 30th. The next 21 swimmers all dipped under one hour.

SOFLO’s Dominic Bono, 15, was 54th in 1:07:09 in the boys race. He was the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer to complete the race.

The championships end Sunday with the men’s and women’s senior 5K national event. Also on Sunday, Swim Miami 2019 returns to Miami Marine Stadium.

Four races will be held in Sunday’s Swim Miami 2019: 800-meters, Miami Mile, 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles). There is also the K-9 Krawl World Championships, a human and dog duathlon where owner and dog swim 200 yards and run 400 yards.

Swim Miami is the longest-standing open water swim on the East Coast and one of the largest in the U.S.

SOFLO has entered 24 age group swimmers (17 girls and 7 boys) and three masters swimmers.

The age group swimmers are Sophia Bedoya, 16, mile; Alexander Blandon, 17, mile; Alexis Christensen, 13, mile; Elena Dinehart, 14, 5K; Elise Dinehart, 10, mile; Olivia Dinehart, 14, 5K; Pilar Duranti, 11, 800; Genesis Escobar, 11, 800; Sophia Grubbs, 14, 5K; Anastasia Lutz, 12, mile; Alejandro Mateus, 13, mile; Leonardo Mateus, 17, mile; Sabrina Osorio, 14, mile; Sofia Osorio, 14, mile; Martin Petkov, 10, 800; Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 5K; Lucy Smutny, 16, 5K; Lydia Smutny, 10, mile; Madeline Smutny, 13, 5K; Ventura Torres, 17, mile; Victoria Torres, 14, mile; Juan Vallmitjana, 10, 800; Olivia Ware, 15, 10K; and Isabelle Wilson, 12, 5K.

The masters swimmers are Emmanuel Butmankiewicz, 33, in the mile; Hawaii Ironman Evelyn Salama, 45, 5K; and Kristen Vlaun, 46, 10K.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson is also involved in the event. His boat will serve as the officials’ boat for every race throughout the weekend.

The course is one lap for the mile, three laps for the 5K and six laps for the 10K.

The finish time limits are: 10K Swim: 4 hours; 5K Swim: 2 hours; Miami Mile: 1 hour and 800 meters: 30 minutes.

Proceeds benefit the H2Os Foundation. The H2Os Foundation through grants, generous donations, events, and strategic corporate partnerships offers children and youth a unique opportunity to learn a lifesaving skill, and more importantly a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Live coverage of the final races are available Sunday morning at usaswimming.org. The webcast is 7:30 a.m.

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

Paltrinieri, Cunha Capture 10K National Championship Titles; SOFLO’s Schleicher, Bono Compete Saturday In 5K Junior National Championships At Miami Marine Stadium


By Sharon Robb

May 3, 2019—Jordan Wilimovsky, David Heron, Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson were the top U.S. finishers Friday in the USA Swimming National Open Water 10K Championship.

Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, 24, won the men’s race in 1:49:25 followed by Wilimovsky, 25, in 1:50:57, Mario Sanzullo, 25, of Italy in 1:51:41 and Heron, 24 in 1:52:22 among a field of 35 swimmers.

Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha, 27, won the women’s race in 2:00:00.17 followed by Twichell, 29, in 2:00:00.67 and Anderson, 27, in 2:00:01 among a field of 21 swimmers. Former Florida swimmer Becca Mann, 21, was sixth in 2:00:14. Anna Auld of East Coast Aquatic Club was 16th in 2:11.47.

The top two U.S. men and women in the 10K races qualified for the 18th FINA World Championships in July in Gwangju, South Korea where they can qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a Top 10 finish. The 10K has been an Olympic event since 2008.

On Saturday, SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher and Dominic Bono will compete in the 5K Junior National Championships 16-and-under races. The boys race is 8 a.m. and girls race at 8:05 a.m.

The 5K national championships are Sunday. The men’s race is 7:30 a.m. and women’s race is 7:35 a.m.

On Sunday, Swim Miami 2019 returns to Miami Marine Stadium. The course is an amazing pristine, generally calm water environment that will definitely allow all ages and abilities to enjoy the open water event.

Four races will be held in Sunday’s Swim Miami 2019: 800-meters, Miami Mile, 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles). There is also the K-9 Krawl World Championships, a human and dog duathlon where owner and dog swim 200 yards and run 400 yards.

Swim Miami is the longest-standing open water swim on the East Coast and one of the largest in the U.S.

SOFLO has entered 24 age group swimmers (17 girls and 7 boys) and three masters swimmers.

The age group swimmers are Sophia Bedoya, 16, mile; Alexander Blandon, 17, mile; Alexis Christensen, 13, mile; Elena Dinehart, 14, 5K; Elise Dinehart, 10, mile; Olivia Dinehart, 14, 5K; Pilar Duranti, 11, 800; Genesis Escobar, 11, 800; Sophia Grubbs, 14, 5K; Anastasia Lutz, 12, mile; Alejandro Mateus, 13, mile; Leonardo Mateus, 17, mile; Sabrina Osorio, 14, mile; Sofia Osorio, 14, mile; Martin Petkov, 10, 800; Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 5K; Lucy Smutny, 16, 5K; Lydia Smutny, 10, mile; Madeline Smutny, 13, 5K; Ventura Torres, 17, mile; Victoria Torres, 14, mile; Juan Vallmitjana, 10, 800; Olivia Ware, 15, 10K; and Isabelle Wilson, 12, 5K.

The masters swimmers are Emmanuel Butmankiewicz, 33, in the mile; Hawaii Ironman Evelyn Salama, 45, 5K; and Kristen Vlaun, 46, 10K.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson will also be involved in the event. His boat will serve as the officials’ boat for every race throughout the weekend.

The course is one lap for the mile, three laps for the 5K and six laps for the 10K.

The finish time limits are: 10K Swim: 4 hours; 5K Swim: 2 hours; Miami Mile: 1 hour and 800 meters: 30 minutes.

Proceeds benefit the H2Os Foundation. The H2Os Foundation through grants, generous donations, events, and strategic corporate partnerships offers children and youth a unique opportunity to learn a lifesaving skill, and more importantly a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Live coverage of each race from Miami will be available each morning at usaswimming.org. The webcast schedule is Friday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

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

Open Water Swimming Takes Center Stage Friday Through Sunday At Miami Marine Stadium; Schleicher, Bono Lead SOFLO Contingent


By Sharon Robb

May 2, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the elite, age group and masters levels Friday through Sunday at the USA Swimming Nationals Open Water 10K/5K and Swim Miami 2019.

The USA Swimming National Championships Series begins Friday with the 10K. The women’s race is 8 a.m. and men’s race at 10:30 a.m. The top two men and top two women in the 10K races will advance to the 18th FINA World Championships in July in South Korea where they can qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a Top 10 finish. The 10K has been an Olympic event since 2008.

Heading the men’s 10K field are Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky and Brendan Casey. Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson are the top women in the field.

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher and Dominic Bono will compete Saturday in the 5K Junior National Championships 16-and-under races. The boys race is 8 a.m. and girls race at 8:05 a.m.

The 5K national championships are Sunday. The men’s race is 7:30 a.m. and women’s race is 7:35 a.m.

The competitors at the Open Water National Championships will be racing on a course that’s similar to what they will face at Worlds and the Olympics. The water will be around 80 degrees and salty, and the course will be protected, meaning there will be fewer waves.

The course was chosen to mimic what qualifiers will face in the future because it’s important to choose swimmers who perform best under those conditions, according to USA Swimming Open Water Director Bryce Elser.

“I’m really excited they’re mimicking World Championships as closely as possible,” Anderson said. “I think it’s really important to start acclimating as soon as possible for the race we’re going to have at Worlds. The more chances you get to race in something like that, the better.”

The open water national championships will serve as the selection event for spots on U.S. rosters, too.

Swim Miami 2019 also returns to Miami Marine Stadium. The course is an amazing pristine, generally calm water environment that will definitely allow all ages and abilities to enjoy the open water event.

Four races will be held in Sunday’s Swim Miami 2019: 800-meters, Miami Mile, 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles). There is also the K-9 Krawl World Championships, a human and dog duathlon where owner and dog swim 200 yards and run 400 yards.

Swim Miami is the longest-standing open water swim on the East Coast and one of the largest in the U.S.

SOFLO has entered 23 age group swimmers (17 girls and 6 boys) and three masters swimmers.

The age group swimmers are Sophia Bedoya, 16, mile; Alexander Blandon, 17, mile; Alexis Christensen, 13, mile; Elena Dinehart, 14, 5K; Elise Dinehart, 10, mile; Olivia Dinehart, 14, 5K; Pilar Duranti, 11, 800; Genesis Escobar, 11, 800; Sophia Grubbs, 14, 5K; Anastasia Lutz, 12, mile; Alejandro Mateus, 13, mile; Leonardo Mateus, 17, mile; Sabrina Osorio, 14, mile; Sofia Osorio, 14, mile; Martin Petkov, 10, 800; Lucy Smutny, 16, 5K; Lydia Smutny, 10, mile; Madeline Smutny, 13, 5K; Ventura Torres, 17, mile; Victoria Torres, 14, mile; Juan Vallmitjana, 10, 800; Olivia Ware, 15, 10K; and Isabelle Wilson, 12, 5K.

The masters swimmers are Emmanuel Butmankiewicz, 33, in the mile; Hawaii Ironman Evelyn Salama, 45, 5K; and Kristen Vlaun, 46, 10K.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson will also be involved in the event. His boat will serve as the officials’ boat for every race throughout the weekend.

The course is one lap for the mile, three laps for the 5K and six laps for the 10K.

Saturday is mandatory check-in for all events 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday’s schedule is 7-8:45 a.m. check-in; 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsor Expo Open; 7:30 a.m., USA Swimming Nationals Open Water 5K; 8:30 a.m., 800 Meter Male (All Ages); 8:32 a.m., 800 Meter Female (All Ages); 8:34 a.m., Special Olympics 800 M (All); 8:40 a.m., 10K Male (All Ages); 8:42 a.m., 10K Female (All Ages); 10 a.m., 5K 18-and-under (Male); 10:02 a.m., 5K 18-and-under (Female); 10:04 a.m., 5K 19-39 years old (Male); 10:06 a.m., 5K 19-39 years old (Female); 10:08 a.m., 5K 40-and-older (Male); 10:10 a.m., 5K 40-and-older (Female); 10:15 a.m., Miami Mile 18 and under (Male); 10:17 a.m., Miami Mile 18 and under (Female); 10:19 a.m., Miami Mile 19-39 years old (Male); 10:21 a.m., Miami Mile 19-39 years old (Female); 10:23 a.m., Miami Mile 40 and older (Male); 10:25 a.m., Miami Mile 40 and older (Female); 10:27 a.m. Special Olympics 1 Mile (All); 12:15 p.m., K-9 KRAWL; Awards ceremony. Awards will be going on simultaneously as events finish.

Every swimmer will be awarded a limited edition finisher medal. The overall top men three men and women will also earn awards.

The finish time limits are: 10K Swim: 4 hours; 5K Swim: 2 hours; Miami Mile: 1 hour and 800 meters: 30 minutes.

Proceeds benefit the H2Os Foundation. The H2Os Foundation through grants, generous donations, events, and strategic corporate partnerships offers children and youth a unique opportunity to learn a lifesaving skill, and more importantly a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Live coverage of each race from Miami will be available each morning at usaswimming.org. The webcast schedule is Friday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

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

SOFLO Makes History At FGC Senior Championships, Reaches New Level


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, March 25, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club established itself as one of the all-time greatest swim clubs in Florida Gold Coast history on the third and final night of the FGC Senior Championships Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO won the combined team title with 3,287 points for the first time in meet history. It was the first time SOFLO totaled 3,000 or more points in any Florida Gold Coast meet. Azura Florida Aquatics was second with 2,579 and East Coast Aquatic Club was third with 2,099 points.

SOFLO also won the boys team title with 1,663 points. Azura was second with 1,443 and Gulliver Swim Club was third with 965.

East Coast Aquatic Club won the girls team title with 1,990 points. SOFLO was runner-up with 1,624 and Azura was third with 1,136.

“The emotions were high,” SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson said. “It was great what they did accomplish. I need to remind the kids more how well they are doing, what they have accomplished, and reward them for what they did.

“We have improved the training environment we created. The talent we have in the water is easier to maintain when the expectations are there. There is a balance between age group and seniors. We have new superstars who are young and the superstars that were at JOs are now at the senior level.”

SOFLO secured its place in the record books and made history by winning both seniors and JO titles in the same short course season for the sixth time in the team’s 19-year history. Last weekend SOFLO won the FGC Junior Olympics for the ninth consecutive year and tenth overall.

SOFLO, with 190 swimmers in its diverse program, had 59 boys and girls compete in 350 individual events and 18 relays in 10 relay events over three days. The faces may change year from year, season to season, but the work ethic and training environment have not. The success, time drops and winning falls into place at major meets.

“I think I envisioned it, but it’s hard to say something like this would actually be accomplished,” Anderson said. “It’s very satisfying when it’s achieved.”

Anderson was impressed with his swimmers efforts across the board.

“The 15-16 boys depth and quality of their races and swims they had were just phenomenal,” Anderson said. “Look at the average of the 400 IM and 200 free for both men and women, our core events and you will see as a group they have improved tremendously.

“We put in a lot of work,” Anderson continued. “It’s been smart work, not just grinding and pounding. There’s a lot of enforcement of race pace and the kids are buying into what we are doing. They embrace it and break major barriers in the training environments.

“It’s also the maturity of the senior group and the work they put in at the tail end of last summer and high school season and winter training. ”

Among SOFLO’s individual winners on the final night of competition were:

Gaby Banks, 16, 50-yard freestyle, 23.68; 50-yard butterfly, third, 26.29.

Kathleen Golding, 18, 200-yard individual medley, 2:04.58.

Dominic Bono, 15, 1,650-yard freestyle, 16:18.14.

Other top three SOFLO finishers were:

Mallory Schleicher, 1,650-yard freestyle, second 17:17.50.

Lance Lesage, 100-yard backstroke, second, 51.30.

Miguel Sierra, 50-yard butterfly, second, 23.52.

Juan Pablo Pineda, 100-yard breaststroke, second, 59.03.

Molly Golding, 100-yard breaststroke, third 1:07.38.

Olivia Dinehart, 100-yard breaststroke, third, 1:05.44.

Mary Smutny, 50-yard freestyle, third, 23.97.

SOFLO boys were second in the 400-yard medley relay.

SOFLO girls were third in the 200-yard medley relay.

Next up is spring break and pool games. Then on April 1 summer long course season training begins with pre-season, technique training and staff meetings.

“Then we crank it up,” Anderson said.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 3,287.5, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 2,579.5, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 2,099.5, 4. Gulliver 1,974, 5. St. Andrew’s 1,371.5, 6. Pine Crest 1,044.5, 7. TS Aquatics 861, 8. Swim Fort Lauderdale 776, 9. Metro Aquatics 741.5, 10. River City Aquatics 678.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,663.5, 2. Azura 1,443, 3. Gulliver 965.5, 4. Pine Crest 606, 5. St. Andrew’s 594, 6. River City 592, 7. Metro Aquatics 551.5, 8. Swim Fort Lauderdale 429, 9. TS Aquatics 360, 10. City of Hialeah 336.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. East Coast 1,990.5, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,624, 3. Azura 1,136.5, 4. Gulliver 1,008.5, 5. St. Andrew’s 777.5, 6. TS Aquatics 501, 7. Pine Crest 438.5, 8. Swim Fort Lauderdale 347, 9. City of Hialeah 256, 10. YMCA of South Florida 213.5.

HIGH POINT AWARDS:
GIRLS: 15-16, 1. Anna Auld, East Coast 182 and Megan Murphy, East Coast 182; SOFLO: 7. Mallory Schleicher 136, 8. Molly Golding 125, 12. Gaby Banks 102, 17. Sara Quintero 78, 21. Sarah Acevedo 69, 31. Paige Lane 46, 42. Jacqueline Lugo 30.50, 43. Michelle Marinheiro 29, 46. Lucy Smutny 24, 54. Katrina Del Vecchio 14, 58. Jennamarie Brames 13, 61. tie, Alana Deo and Jena Legaspi, 11.

GIRLS OPEN: 1. Chade Nersicio, East Coast 191; SOFLO: 2. Mary Smutny 170, 7. Kathleen Golding 135.50, 11. Olivia Dinehart 99, 19. Sally Golding 67, 23. Maya Coffey 56, 27. Hailey Jerew 53, 34. Elena Dinehart 38, 62. Sabrina Osorio 12, 71. Victoria Torres 4, 75. Alexis Christensen 3, 76. Madeline Smutny 2, 78. Sofia Osorio 1.

BOYS 15-16: 1. Kyle Korvick, Gulliver 200; SOFLO: 5. Philopatier Ibrahim 136, 6. Lance Lesage 127.50, 12. Dominic Bono 99, 13. Miguel Sierra 98, 15. Juan Pablo Pineda 93, 19. Javier Roman 85.50, 21. Robert Wilson 78, 26. Juan Colmenares 70.50, 27. Michael Arias 61, 29. John Paul Handal 57, 30. Nicolas Rossi 56, 45. Nicolas Munoz 22, 46. Nicholas Chaimowicz 20, 48. Yannai Michael 18.50, 77. Juancamilo Rivero 3, 79. Manuel Melendez 2.

BOYS OPEN: 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 176; SOFLO: 3. Rafael Rodriguez 163, 23. Leonardo Mateus 65, 28. Sebastian Lares 50, 54. Alex Golding 20, 60. Alejandro Mateus 15, 61. Christian Tijero 14, 69. Juan Colmenares 7, 72. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 6, 83. Juan Serna 2.50.

GIRLS
1,650-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 16:57.87; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 17:17.50, 4. Sarah Acevedo 17:49.59, 6. Michelle Marinheiro 18:34.15; Open, 1. Shauna Abair, ECAC 17:06.06.

200-yard medley relay:
Open, 1. East Coast 1:44.17, 2. Azura 1:44.55, 3. SOFLO A 1:45.70 (Mary Smutny, Olivia Dinehart, Kathleen Golding, Gaby Banks). 9. SOFLO B 1:52.58 (Elena Dinehart, Molly Golding, Maya Coffey, Hailey Jerew).

100-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 57.02; SOFLO: 13. Mallory Schleicher 1:01.02, 14. Sara Quintero 1:01.83; Open, 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 53.60; SOFLO: 5. Mary Smutny 58.18, 11. Elena Dinehart 59.40, 12. Maya Coffey 1:01.71.

50-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 25.52; SOFLO: 3. Gaby Banks 26.29, 9. Katrina Del Vecchio 27.33, 13. Jacqueline Lugo 27.70; Open, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 24.83; SOFLO: 4. Mary Smutny 25.75, 7. Kathleen Golding 26.37, 8. Hailey Jerew 26.56, 14. Maya Coffey 26.47.

100-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Lucia Miller, SAS 1:05.70; SOFLO: 3. Molly Golding 1:07.38; Open, 1. Patricia Casellas, Azura 1:04.34; SOFLO: 3. Olivia Dinehart 1:05.44, 8. Sally Golding 1:08.95, 12. Hailey Jerew 1:07.42.

50-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Gaby Banks, SOFLO 23.68; SOFLO: 6. Paige Lane 24.96; Open, 1. Allyson Ponson, Unattached 23.19; SOFLO: 3. Mary Smutny 23.97, 5. Hailey Jerew 24.18, 12. Kathleen Golding 24.92.

200-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 2:04.87; SOFLO: 6. Sara Quintero 2:12.87, 7. Molly Golding 2:13.44; Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:04.58; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Dinehart 2:09.26, 8. Sally Golding 2:13.18, 11. Olivia Dinehart 2:14.17.

400-yard medley relay:
Open, 1. Azura 3:48.35, 2. East Coast 3:53.40, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:56.35, 5. SOFLO B 3:58.84 (Mary Smutny, Olivia Dinehart, Kathleen Golding, Gaby Banks), 7. SOFLO A 4:03.34 (Elena Dinehrt, Molly Golding, Sarah Acevedo, Paige Lane).

BOYS
1,650-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 16:18.14; SOFLO: 4. Nicolas Rossi 16:42.82, 7. Nicholas Chaimowicz 17:08.47; Open 1, Rodolfo Falcon, Azura 15:44.18; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Mateus 16:35.10, 9. Christian Tijero 18:23.99.

200-yard medley relay:
Open, 1. Azura A 1:33.79, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:34.70, 3. Azura B 1:35.21, 6. SOFLO A 1:36.21 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez, Michael Arias), 9. SOFLO B 1:38.22 (Sebastian Lares, Javier Roman, Miguel Sierra, Robert Wilson).

100-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 50.64; SOFLO: 2. Lance Lesage 51.30, 9. Miguel Sierra 54.95, 12. Juan Colmenares 55.12; Open, 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 49.34; SOFLO: 8. Rafael Rodriguez 52.99.

50-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 23.04; SOFLO: 2. Miguel Sierra 23.52, 6. Robert Wilson 24.44, 12. Juan Colmenares 24.73 and Lance Lesage 24.73; Open, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 21.69; SOFLO: 8. Rafael Rodriguez 23.42.

100-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 56.53; SOFLO: 2. Juan Pablo Pineda 59.03, 4. Javier Roman 1:01.33; Open, 1. Daniel Seabaugh, RCA 57.95, 2. Brandon Moran, Azura 58.32, 3. Andrew Rogatinsky, PST 58.58.

50-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Reese Branzell, LLL 21.10, 2. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 21.41, 3. Joshua Hanks, PC 21.43; SOFLO: 7. Michael Arias 21.97, 9. Robert Wilson 22.32; Open, 1. Runar Borgen, PAZ 20.54, 2. Luciano Gonzalez, Azura 20.63, 3. Steven Aimable, Azura 20.92.

200-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:53.25, 2. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 1:54.34; 3. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 1:58.09; SOFLO: 8. Dominic Bono 2:00.14, 10. Javier Roman 2:03.49, 13. Juan Colmenares 2:00.17; Open, 1. Matheo Mateos, Azura 1:51.49, 2. Juan Zapata, Azura 1:51.75, 3. Daniel Seabaugh, RCA 1:53.58; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 1:54.28.

400-yard medley relay:
1. Azura B 3:27.96, 2. SOFLO A 3:29.30 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez, Michael Arias), 3. St. Andrew’s 3:29.94, 5. SOFLO B 3:34.23 (Sebastian Lares, Javier Roman, Miguel Sierra, Robert Wilson).

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