Elena Dinehart SOFLO Top Finisher On Final Day Of TYR 18&Under Spring Cup


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, May 3, 2021—Elena Dinehart saved her best for last on the fourth and final day of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup Sunday at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Dinehart, 16, finished second in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:17.97, shaving 2.32 seconds off her previous best of 2:20.29 and cracking 2 minutes in the event for the first time. She was fourth fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:22.55.

It was her fourth event of the meet and seventh swim. Dinehart finished with 23 points in high point.

Twin sister Olivia Dinehart, 16, finished eighth in high point with 62 points. On Sunday, she was sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:23.24, dropping 0.17. She was also 19th in the 100-meter freestyle in 59.58. She competed in six events and had 12 swims.

SOFLO’s top boys finisher was Dominic Bono, 17, eighth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.97.

Juan Mora, 16, was ninth in the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 52.91, dropping 0.84 from his previous best.

SOFLO girls finished fifth in the team standings with 100 points and boys team was eighth with 87, both top finishers among Florida Gold Coast teams.

The USA Swimming long course meter competition featured four host sites across the country including California, Iowa, Virginia and Florida, all scheduled through Sunday.

The meet was created in March as an additional opportunity for in-person competition for young swimmers to earn qualifying cuts for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

The event was the third national event for 18&Under swimmers hosted by USA Swimming since December 2020, following the 18&Under Winter Championships and the 18&Under Spring Virtual Championships.

SUNDAY RESULTS
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Blue Dolfins 334, 2. Y-Spartaquatics 242, 3. Tampa Elite 139, 4. Sarasota Tsunami 107.50, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 100, 6. Tampa Bay 98, 7. Flying Fish Arizona 85, 8. Indian River Aquatics 79, 9. Planet Swim 72, 10. tie, St. Andrew’s, Area Tallahassee 70, 24. Jupiter Dragons 15.

WOMEN HIGH POINT: 1. Summer Cardwell, Tampa Bay 98, 2. Paige Housman, Flying Fish Arizona 85, 3. Ella Bathurst, Tampa Elite 79; SOFLO: 8. Olivia Dinehart 62, 41. Elena Dinehart 23, 47. Maddie Smutny 15.

WOMEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Kirsti McEnroe, YSSC 56.49, 2. Summer Cardwell, Tampa Bay 56.62, 3. Micayla Cronk, Blue Dolfins 56.72; FGC: 16. Erin Miller, St. Andrew’s 1:00.89; SOFLO: 19. Olivia Dinehart 59.58.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Hayden Penny, YSSC 2:16.27, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:17.97, time drop 2.32, 3. Alexandra Stein, RATS 2:21.70.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Sara Stotler, PSA 2:16.45, 2. Ella Bathurst, TEAM 2:17.14, 3. Annika McEnroe, YSSC 2:17.29; SOFLO: 6. Olivia Dinehart 2:23.24, time drop 0.17.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Julia Brzozowski, SRQ 17:11.26, 2. Paige Housman, FAST 17:23.69, 3. Cadence Fort, GCST 17:25.18.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina Aquatic Club 274, 2. Sarasota Tsunami 177, 3. T2 Aquatics 147, 4. Tampa Bay AC 109, 5. Blue Dolfins 94, 6. tie, Carpet Capital, YMCA of the Triangle Area, 90, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 87, 9. Flying Fish Arizona 83, 10. Ensworth Aquatics 69, 13. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 57, 14. North Palm Beach 47, 25. Flood Aquatics Swim Team 26, 27. Hurricane Aquatics 20, 32. Miami Country Day 13, 33. Sunrise Swimming 6.

MEN HIGH POINT: 1. Mason Laur, T2 Aquatics 88, 2. Samuel Hoover, North Carolina Aquatic Club 77, 3. Matthew Fallon, Unattached-SPA 73; SOFLO: 16. Miguel Sierra 42, 34. Juan Mora 29, 45. Dominic Bono 16.

MEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. John Alexy, Unattached 50.08, 2. Samuel Hoover, NCAC 50.84, 3. Varis Monroe, NPB 51.15; SOFLO: 6. Miguel Sierra 53.37, 9. Juan Mora 52.91, time drop 0.84; FGC: 7. Maximillian Zum Tobel, SAS 59.67, 13. Ryan Nordheim, SAS 58.61.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Brandon Miller, NCAC 2:02.47, 2. Evan Keough, SRQ 2:02.74, 3. Hayden Kwan, USC 2:03.23; SOFLO: 8. Dominic Bono 2:14.97; FGC: 11. Patrick Doyle, Sunrise 2:11.08.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Henry Bethel, CCAC 2:04.06, 2. Matthew Fallon, Unattached 2:04.18, 3. Peter Bretzmann, NCAC 2:05.50; FGC: 18. Patrick Doyle, Sunrise 2:14.00; SOFLO: 20. Dominic Bono 2:16.67.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Andrew Taylor, Tampa Bay 8:15.10, 2. Aidan Reagan, FAST 8:19.16, 3. Conor Cranfield, SWIM 8:31.46.

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

Michelle Morgan, Joshua Brown Win Opening Day Events At TYR 18&Under Spring Cup


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, April 29, 2021—The TYR 18&Under Spring Cup got under way Thursday with distance events at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Michelle Morgan, 16, of Pipeline Swimming won the women’s 800-meter freestyle in 9:00.53 ahead of Paige Housman, 16, of Flying Fish Arizona in 9:01.74.

Erin Miller, 16, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics coming off two open water events, was 13th in 9:20.03. She was the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer in the field.

Joshua Brown, 18, of Highlander Aquatics won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 15:48.87. Andrew Taylor of Tampa Bay Aquatics was second in 15:49.77. No Florida Gold Coast swimmers were in the men’s event.

Blue Dolfins lead the women’s team standings after Day One with 33 points. Pipeline Swimming is second with 20. St. Andrew’s is 11th with four points.

Area Tallahassee lead the men’s team standings with 31 points. Highlander Aquatic Club is second with 20 points.

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers Elena Dinehart, 16, 200-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly; Olivia Dinehart, 16, 100-meter breaststroke and 400 IM; Maddie Smutny, 15, 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly; Dominic Bono, 17, 400 IM; Miguel Sierra, 18, 100 butterfly and Juan Mora, 18, 100 breaststroke begin competing on Friday.

The USA Swimming long course meter competition features four host sites across the country, all scheduled from Thursday through Sunday.

The meet was created in March as an additional opportunity for in-person competition for young swimmers to earn qualifying cuts for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

USA Swimming was recently made aware of California Department of Health restrictions that will no longer allow out-of-state teams to compete at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif., location of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup.

Affected teams have the opportunity to attend any of the other three sites at Wellmark YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa; SwimRVA in Richmond, Va. or Orlando, if they choose. It is the only geographical exemption permitted.

The event is the third national event for 18&Under swimmers hosted by USA Swimming since December 2020, following the 18&Under Winter Championships and the 18&Under Spring Virtual Championships.

Prelims and finals events are Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday’s events are: 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley.

The meet will be live streamed on iSWIMTV and will be updated on social media @iSWIMTV.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Blue Dolfins 33, 2. Pipeline Swimming 20, 3. Flying Fish 17, 4. Area Tallahassee 15, 5. Gulf Coast 14, 11. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 4.

WOMEN
800-meter freestyle:

  1. Michelle Morgan, PIP 9:00.53, 2. Paige Housman, FLYF 9:01.74, 3. Carlie Rose, BD 9:02.23; FGC: 13. Erin Miller, SAS 9:20.03.

MEN
MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Area Tallahassee 31, 2. Highlander Aquatic Club 20, 3. Tampa Bay 17, 4. Flying Fish Arizona 14, 5. T2 Aquatics 13, 6. Blue Dolfins 12.

1500-meter freestyle:

  1. Joshua Brown, HIGH 15:48.87, 2. Andrew Taylor, TB 15:49.77, 3. Stuart Higdon, AT 15:56.66

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

SOFLO Super Six Will Compete In TYR 18&Under Spring Cup That Begins Thursday


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, April 28, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup that begins Thursday at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Fifteen-year-old U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Maddie Smutny heads SOFLO’s contingent that also includes twin sisters Olivia and Elena Dinehart, 16, Dominic Bono, 17, Juan Mora, 16, and Miguel Sierra, 16. They will swim a total of 27 individual events.

The USA Swimming long course meter competition features four host sites across the country, all scheduled from Thursday through Sunday. The meet was created in March as an additional opportunity for in-person competition for young swimmers to earn qualifying cuts for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

USA Swimming was recently made aware of California Department of Health restrictions that will no longer allow out-of-state teams to compete at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif. location of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup.

Affected teams will have the opportunity to attend any of the other three sites at Wellmark YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa; SwimRVA in Richmond, Va. or Orlando, if they choose. It is the only geographical exemption permitted.

The event is the third national event for 18&Under swimmers hosted by USA Swimming since December 2020, following the 18&Under Winter Championships and the 18&Under Spring Virtual Championships.

Smutny made her first trials cut in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:14.37 at the Piranhas Senior Invitational in March. She dipped under the first wave cut of 2:14.59.

Smutny is entered in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley.

Bono, headed to Youngstown State University in the fall, is entered in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke.

Elena Dinehart will swim the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke.

Olivia Dinehart is entered in six events: 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, 200- and 400-meter individual medley and 100- and 400-meter freestyle. She is seeded first in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:37.29.

Mora will swim the 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes and 100-meter freestyle.

Sierra is entered in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly events, 50- and 100-meter freestyles and 100-meter backstroke.

Thursday’s timed final events are the women’s 800-meter freestyle and 1500-meter freestyle at 5 p.m. Prelims and finals events are Friday through Sunday.

The meet will be live streamed on iSWIMTV and will be updated on social media @iSWIMTV.

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

SOFLO Sweeps Team Titles; Maddie Smutny Makes U.S. Olympic Trials Cut At Piranhas Senior Invitational


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 7, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club swept the combined, women’s and men’s team titles on the fourth and final day of the Piranhas Senior Invitational Sunday at Plantation Aquatic Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club won the combined team title with 3,639.50 points. Phoenix Swimming was runner-up with 2,665 and Azura Florida Aquatics was third with 1,325.50. Only three teams cracked 1,000-points.

SOFLO won the women’s team title with 1,962.50 points. Phoenix Swimming was second with 1,754 and Pine Crest was third with 586.

SOFLO won the men’s team title with 1,473 points. Colorado Stars were second with 901.50 and Azura Florida Aquatics was third with 815.

It was a big night for SOFLO swimmers with four wins, one U.S. Olympic Trials cut and plenty of best times.

Maddie Smutny, 15, made her first U.S. Olympic trials cut in the 200-meter butterfly. She won the event in a best time 2:14.37, dropping 1.38 seconds. She dipped under the first wave cut of 2:14.59. The second wave cut is 2:12.56. Her previous best was 2:15.75. She went 2:20.16 in prelims. Her finals splits were 1:06.08 and 1:08.29.

In the following women’s event, Smutny also swam a best time in the 100-meter freestyle in 59.59, dropping 0.06 from her previous best of 59.65 to win the “B” final and finish ninth overall.

Smutny finished third in high point with 147 points behind Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics with 187 and Alexis Martino of Phoenix Swimming with 147.50.

Other Top 10 high point SOFLO swimmers were Elena Dinehart, 16, sixth with 132.50 and Alia Atkinson, 32, tied for eighth with 128 points.

Jessica Yeager, 19, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:34.27, a best time by 2.45 seconds. Her previous best was 2:36.72. She went 2:38.84 in prelims.

Julio Horrego, 22, won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:18.31. He dropped 0.20 from his previous best of 2:18.51. He went 2:26.31 in prelims. Horrego finished tenth in high point with 96 points.

Juan Mora, 16, was second in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:20.23, shaving 3.38 seconds off his previous best of 2:23.61. He went 2:23.25 in prelims. Mora finished with 90 points in high point.

Dominic Bono, 17, won the 1,500-meter freestyle in a best time 16:28.94, shaving 13.56 off his previous best of 16:42.50. Bono was also third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.84. Bono finished second in men’s high point with 141 points behind Keegan McKenney of Coastal Maine Aquatics with 151.

SOFLO’s women’s 400-meter freestyle relay team tied Azura Florida Aquatics for second in 4:00.87 with Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Maddie Smutny and Elena Dinehart.

Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny got another Olympic trials cut at the meet, this time in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.16.

In the men’s 100-meter freestyle, St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Reese Branzell, 17, knocked off Polish Olympian Marcin Cieslak, 28, of Swim Fort Lauderdale, 50.52-51.22.

SOFLO had 49 (27 male, 22 female) athletes competing in 218 individual events and 12 relays.

In addition to SOFLO and host Plantation Swim Team 30 teams were entered. They were: Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, Coastal Maine Aquatics, Colorado Stars, Coral Springs Swim Club, Delray Stingers, Eagle Aquatics, FAST, Aruba Giants Aquatics, Hurricane Aquatics, Inspire Swim Team, Metro Aquatics, Midtown Weston, North Palm Beach, PAQ, Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming, Pine Crest, Race (Ky.) Aquatics, Revolution Aquatics, Riptide, St. Andrew’s, Seal Beach (Calif.) Swim Club, Southern Maine Aquatic Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, Webbs Tornadoes and Wahoos of Wellington.

Under stringent COVID-19 safety protocols, no spectators were allowed on deck. Only coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and athletes were allowed on deck. Those entering the pool deck had to wear masks, maintain six feet in social distancing and have their temperature checked.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 3,639.50, 2. Phoenix Swimming 2,665, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,325.50, 4. Colorado Stars 936.50, 5. Plantation Swim Team 726, 6. Metro Aquatics 592, 7. Pine Crest Swimming 586, 8. Webbs Tornadoes 580, 9. Flood Aquatics 529.50, 10. Revolution Aquatics 452.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,962.50, 2. Phoenix Swimming 1,754, 3. Pine Crest 586, 4. Webb Tornadoes 491, 5. Azura 382.50, 6. tie, Metro Aquatics, Plantation Swim Team 226, 8. Eagle Aquatics 200, 9. Wellington Wahoos 197, 10. Inspire Swim Team 166.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,473, 2. Colorado Stars 901.50, 3. Azura 815, 4. Phoenix Swimming 753, 5. Plantation Swim Team 452, 6. Revolution Aquatics 422, 7. Metro Aquatics 366, 8. FAST 300.50, 9. Eagle Aquatics 217, 10. Coastal Maine 185.

WOMEN
200-meter butterfly: 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:14.37, U.S. Olympic Trial cut, 2. Samantha Banos, SEAL 2:19.68, 3. Julimar Avila, AZURA 2:20.78; SOFLO: 7. Sara Quintero 2:31.88.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 55.51, 2. Malia Amuan, PHX 58.61, 3. Michaela Chokureva, PHX 59.17; SOFLO: 8. Nathalie Valdman 1:00.24, 9. Maddie Smutny 59.59, 10. Elena Dinehart 1:00.16, 21. Michelle Marinheiro 1:02.65, 23. Nat Gembicki 1:03.41.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Jessica Yeager, SOFLO 2:34.27, 2. Micaela Sierra, AZURA 2:35.06, 3. Destiny Nelson, Unattached 2:25.87; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Dinehart 2:37.29, 9. Molly Golding 2:47.75, 10. Sophia Grubbs 2:48.30, 13. Sabrina Osorio 2:52.31, 14. Sally Golding 2:53.11, 21. Nat Gembicki 3:02.54.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:14.16, 2. Celina Marquez, Unattached 2:17.56, 3. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:17.72; SOFLO: 4. Margaux McDonald 2:19.77, 6. Elena Dinehart 2:22.16, 7. Liza Whitmire 2:23.73, 8. Mallory Schleicher 2:25.26, 15. Lucy Smutny 2:32.88, 22. Alexis Christensen 2:38.17, 24. Sofia Osorio 2:43.67.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Phoenix Swimming 3:55.75 (Megan Reich, Michaela Chokureva, Malia Amuan, Alexis Martino), 2. tie, SOFLO A 4:00.87 (Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Maddie Smutny, Elena Dinehart), 2. Azura 4:00.87 (Julimar, Colleen Furgeson, Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Micaela Sierra).

800-meter freestyle: 1. Megan Reich, PHX 9:10.48, 2. Faith Mutschler, WOW 9:23.83, 3. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 9:33.19; SOFLO: 6. Mariangela Cincotti 10:01.49.

MEN
200-meter butterfly: 1. Joey Carbone, SAS 2:02.30, 2. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:03.25, 3. Gabriel Araya, AZURA 2:03.87; SOFLO: 12. Enrique Rodriguez 2:14.54, 13. Alejandro Mateus 2:17.68.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Reese Branzell, Unattached 50.52, 2. Marcin Cieslak, SFTL 51.22, 3. Joaquin Vargas, AZURA 51.48; SOFLO: 12. Michael Arias 53.92, 17. Matthew Tarafa 54.80, 18. Juan Colmenares 55.28.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 2:18.31, 2. Juan Mora, SOFLO 2:20.23, 3. Adriel Sanes, Unattached 2:22.80; SOFLO: 13. Alex Golding 2:36.87, 14. Javier Roman 2:37.42, 20. Adrian Hernandez 2:41.74, 21. Garrett Oliver 2:41.99, 22. Alan Bertea 2:43.85.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, AZURA 2:01.51, 2. Patrick Groters, Unattached Giants Aruba 2:07.08, 3. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 2:09.84; SOFLO: 4. Lance Lesage 2:10.70, 10. Leonardo Mateus 2:19.30, 11. Adrian Hernandez 2:20.41, 12. Austin Nelson 2:21.21, 21. Tristan Wilson 2:25.10.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 3:29.47 (Gabriel Araya, Joaquin Vargas, Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Yeziel Morales), 2. Colorado Stars 3:38.17, 3. SOFLO A 3:38.72 (Juan Mora, Michael Arias, Juan Colmenares, Matthew Tarafa), 4. SOFLO B 3:45.89 (Julio Horrego, Adrian Hernandez, Dominic Bono, Alex Golding).

1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 16:28.94, 2. Hector Paz, MAC 16:47.66, 3. Philip Moldovanu, WOW 16:58.09; SOFLO: 8. Nicholas Chaimowicz 19:25.61.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Come Up Big On Day Two; Lead Combined, Women’s, Men’s Standings At Piranhas Senior Invitational


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 5, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, competing in only their second long course meet in nearly a year, found another gear on Day Two of the Piranhas Senior Invitational Friday at Plantation Aquatic Center.

Leading the combined after Day One, SOFLO overtook the lead in both the women’s and men’s team standings, buoyed by depth and talent.

SOFLO continues to lead the combined team standings with 1,571 points ahead of Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming with 1,212 and Azura Florida Aquatics with 633 points.

The battle for the women’s team title will come down to two teams with SOFLO leading with 776 and Phoenix (N.H.)Swimming with 736.

SOFLO leads the men’s team standings with 591 points followed by Colorado Stars with 418 and Azura with 366.

“They definitely stepped it up a little bit better than prelims,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson. “You could tell they were more into it. They certainly did turn it up a little bit.

“I am happy. I think their expectations are higher. They need to toughen up and get a little grittier. They definitely turned it around this afternoon and were getting into it again. I am hoping we will look a little sharper tomorrow and the following day and get within striking distance of a couple Olympic trial cuts.

“We just need to keep working hard training long course, and hopefully it will come.”

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson, aleady qualified for her fifth Olympics for Jamaica, was a double winner. Atkinson, 32, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.40. She already has the “A” cut in her signature event.

Atkinson also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.87. She is tied for third in high point with 64 points.

“The 100 fly was a solid swim for her,” Anderson said. “I was really happy with it. She is definitely progressing. Her speed is getting back in the breaststroke. She is attacking her races and it’s nice to see.”

Julio Horrego, 22, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.88. Juan Mora, 16, was fifth in the event in a lifetime-best 1:05.09, breaking 1:06 barrier for the first time and bettering his previous best of 1:06.40 by 1.31 seconds. “Juan’s swim was a nice step in the right direction, he almost broke 1:05,” Anderson said. “That was definitely our best swim of the night.”

Youngstown State-bound Dominic Bono, 17, put together outstanding back-to-back races in the 400-meter individual medley. He swam a best time in prelims in 4:38.46, dropping 3.74 and came back at night to win in 4:38.98.

SOFLO swept the women’s and men’s 800-meter freestyle relay for the first time in a high caliber meet.

The women’s relay won in 8:32.58 with Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Elena Dinehart and Mallory Schleicher.

The men’s relay won in 8:11.92 with Philopatier Ibrahim, Agustin Rodriguez, Michael Arias and Matthew Tarafa.

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

Margaux McDonald, 18, was second in the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 30.36.

Mallory Schleicher, 17, was third in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:55.19.

Maddie Smutny, 15, was third in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:06.18 and third in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.64.

Lance Lesage, 18, was third in the 50-meter backstroke in 27.16.

Liza Whitmire, 18, who already has her Olympic cut in the 200 IM, was fourth in the 100-meter butterfly. Jessica Yeager went a best time in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:13.32.

Miguel Sierra, 17, was fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 55.94.

Elena Dinehart, 16, was fifth in the 200-meter freestylein 2:07.49.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, was fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.99.

The swim of the night belonged to Pine Crest Swimming’s Julia Podkoscielny, 16, who made her second U.S. Olympic trials cut. Podkoscielny won the 400-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 4:44.83, below the “A” qualifying standard of 4:47.72. She already had her Olympic cut in the 200 IM in 2:16.36.

Her father and coach Mariusz Podkoscielny posted on Facebook: “Speechless…hard work does pay off…so proud. Second wave here we come.”

The four-day meet continues Saturday and Sunday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. The top 24 swimmers from prelims qualify for A, B, and C finals.

Saturday’s events are: 100-meter backstroke, 50-meter breaststroke, 50-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter medley relay.

SOFLO has 49 (27 male, 22 female) athletes competing in 218 individual events and 12 relays.

In addition to SOFLO and host Plantation Swim Team 30 teams are entered. They are: Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, Coastal Maine Aquatics, Colorado Stars, Coral Springs Swim Club, Delray Stingers, Eagle Aquatics, FAST, Aruba Giants Aquatics, Hurricane Aquatics, Inspire Swim Team, Metro Aquatics, Midtown Weston, North Palm Beach, PAQ, Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming, Pine Crest, Race (Ky.) Aquatics, Revolution Aquatics, Riptide, St. Andrew’s, Seal Beach (Calif.) Swim Club, Southern Maine Aquatic Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, Webbs Tornadoes and Wahoos of Wellington.

Under stringent COVID-19 safety protocols, no spectators are allowed on deck. Only coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and athletes are allowed on deck. Those entering the pool deck must wear masks, maintain six feet in social distancing and have their temperature checked.

The meet is being live streamed at live.pstpiranhas.com.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,571, 2. Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming, 1,212, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 633, 4. Plantation Swim Team 465, 5. Colorado Stars 418, 6. Webbs Tornadoes 283, 7. FAST 263.50, 8. Metro Aquatics 184, 9. Pine Crest 179, 10. Eagle Aquatics 136.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 776, 2. Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming 736, 3. Webbs Tornadoes 203, 4. Pine Crest 179, 5. Plantation 169, 6. Azura 139, 7. Wellington 100, 8. Eagles Aquatics 70, 9. Southern Maine 66, 10. FAST 39.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 591, 2. Colorado Stars 418, 3. Azura 366, 4. Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming 318, 5. Plantation 248, 6. Metro Aquatics 156, 7. FAST 114.50, 8. Coastal Maine 96, 9. Revolution Aquatics 69, 10. Eagle Aquatics 66.

WOMEN
200-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:02.55, 2. Megan Reich, Phoenix 2:06.14, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:06.18; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 2:07.49, 7. Nathalie Valdman 2:08.71, 10. Lucy Smutny, 2:12.17, 11. Mariangela Cincotti 2:12.69, 18. Michelle Marinheiro 2:14.55, time drop 2.52, 21. Alexis Christensen 2:17.03.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:08.40, 2. Paige Maceachern, PC 1:12.27, 3. Michaela Sierra, Azura 1:12.73; SOFLO: 5. Olivia Dinehart 1:12.99, 6. Jessica Yeager 1:13.32, 10. Sophia Grubbs 1:15.72, 11. Molly Golding 1:16.20, 18. Sabrina Osorio 1:21.01, 19. Sally Golding 1:21.31.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 29.47, 2. Margaux McDonald, SOFLO 30.36, 3. Jenna Charlat, Phoenix 31.55; SOFLO: 12. Nathalie Valdman 32.63, 15. Lucy Smutny 33.98.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:00.87, 2. Celina Marquez, Unattached 1:02.93, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 1:03.64; SOFLO: 4. Liza Whitmire 1:03.70, 9. Elena Dinehart 1:04.46, 10. Paige Lane 1:04.61, 14. Molly Golding 1:06.77, 18. Sara Quintero 1:08.13, 21. Michelle Marinheiro 1:09.31.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Julia Pokoscielny, PC 4:44.83, Olympic trials cut, 2. Paige Maceachern, PC 4:51.84, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:55.19; SOFLO: 11. Sally Golding 5:27.24.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 8:32.58 (Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Elena Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher), 2. Phoenix Swimming 8:36.60, 3. Webbs Tornadoes 9:28.04.

MEN
200-meter freestyle: 1. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 1:50.91, 2. Reese Branzell, Unattached 1:53.02, 3. Tre ‘V Monroe, NPB 1:54.43; SOFLO: 14. Michael Arias 2:00.60, 17. Matthew Tarafa 2:00.57, 18. Agustin Rodriguez 2:00.61, 20. Enrique Rodriguez 2:03.10, 23. Dominic Bono 2:06.90.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:02.88, 2. Jared Pike, TIDE 1:04.32, 3. Adriel Sanes, Unattached 1:04.55; SOFLO: 5. Juan Mora 1:05.09, 21. Garrett Oliver 1:12.96, 23. Adrian Hernandez 1:13.44.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, AZURA 26.24, 2. Blake Wilton, STAR 26.36, 3. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 27.16; SOFLO: 10. Juan Colmenares 29.19, 12. Alejandro Mateus 29.66, 17. Alex Golding 30.37, 18. Leonardo Mateus 32.15, 19. Garrett Oliver 32.46.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Marcin Cieslak, SFTL 54.06, 2. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 55.58, 3. Davidson Vincent, AZURA 55.71; SOFLO: 4. Miguel Sierra 55.94; SOFLO: 23. Agustin Rodriguez 1:02.90.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 4:38.98, 2. Patrick Groters, Unattached, Giants Aquatics Aruba 4:43.19, 3. John Key, RAST 4:46.69; SOFLO: 6. Adrian Hernandez 4:56.09, 7. Enrique Rodriguez 4:56.79, 8. Leonardo Mateus 4:57.02, 11. Alejandro Mateus 5:05.33.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 8:11.92 (Philopatier Ibrahim, Agustin Rodriguez, Michael Arias, Matthew Tarafa), 2. Plantation Swim Team 8:19.58, 3. Colorado Stars 8:30.49.

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

Creekside Girls, Oviedo Boys Capture FHSAA State 4A Team Titles; SOFLO’s Dominic Bono Posts Two Best Times


By Sharon Robb


STUART, November 7, 2020–Creekside girls and Oviedo boys won the team titles in the FHSAA State 4A Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

St. John’s Creekside, runners-up last year, won the girls title with 271 points followed by defending girls champion Oviedo with 246. Miami Palmetto, the only girls team from South Florida in the field, was 23rd with 16 points. Defending girls state champion Buchholz was sixth with 118.

Two-time defending boys state champion Oviedo won its third consecutive boys title with 216 points followed by Creekside with 192.5. Miami Palmetto was 12th with 77 points.

Oviedo was hoping to sweep the boys and girls team titles. Not since 1995 when Dr. Phillips swept has a high school won the team titles in the same year.

“We really don’t talk about winning the state championship, we really don’t,” Oviedo 26-year coach Charlie Rose told the Orlando Sentinel. “We know it’s there. What we have to do, hopefully, individually, everybody goes in and do the best they can do, do their part. If that happens, then the potential is there for us to win it. We know that.”

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Dominic Bono, a senior at Coral Reef, made his final state meet appearance. He was 11th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.05. He was ninth fastest qualifier in prelims in a best time 1:54.33.

Bono also finished 16th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:46.28. In prelims, he posted a best time of 4:44.62.

SOFLO teammate Garrett Oliver of Miami Palmetto competed on two relays. He swam the second leg on the 200-yard medley relay that qualified 11th in 1:38.27 and finished 10th in 1:38.47. He also swam the second leg on the 200-yard freestyle relay that qualified sixth in 1:28.94 and finished fifth in 1:28.61.

There were three girls double winners.

University of Florida-bound senior Micayla Cronk of Flagler Palm Coast won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.23 and 100-yard freestyle in 48.78.

University of Virginia commit and Olympic Trials qualifier Ella Bathurst of Tampa Plant won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.24 and 100-yard backstroke in 52.77.

Auburn commit Lexie Mulvihill of George Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.22 and 100-yard butterfly in 53.16.

2021 Olympic Trials qualifiers Addison Sauickie and Gracie Weyant, both of Sarasota Riverview, won individual events. Sauickie won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:47.23. Weyant won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.51.

For the boys, Liam Custer of Sarasota Riverview and Dawson Joyce of Seminole were double winners.

Custer won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:47.41 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:21.41.

Joyce won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.79 and 100-yard freestyle in 43.59.

Olympia senior Brandon Wegner won the boys 1-meter diving title with 490.90 points. Boone freshman Lanie Gutch won the girls 1-meter title with 468.60.

Because of the delayed season because of COVID-19, several public schools from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade opted out of the state series and did not compete.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Creekside 271, 2. Oviedo 246, 3. Winter Park 230, 4. Sarasota Riverview 190, 5. Windermere 166, 23. Miami Palmetto 16.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Creekside 1:43.93, 2. Sarasota Riverview 1:44.68, 3. Oviedo 1:45.02.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Micayla Cronk, FLPC 1:46.23, 2. Addison Sauickie, SARA 1:47.46, 3. Addison Reese, WMHA 1:49.34.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Ella Bathurst, PLAN 1:58.24, 2. Gracie Weyant, SARA 2:02.33, 3. Haley Harris, BATR 2:03.52, 11. Valeria Strohmeier, MP 2:08.58.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Alexis Mulvihill, GEOS 22.22, 2. Stephanie Akakabota, SMSA 23.03, 3. Kaylin Herbert, OVDO 23.36.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alexis Mulvihill, GEO 53.16, 2. Olivia Peoples, NEAS 53.41, 3. Jordan Agliano, LNOL 54.21.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Micayla Cronk, FLPC 48.78, 2. Kaylin Herbert, OVDO 50.69, 3. Emily Waite, NEWS 50.91.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Addison Sauickie, SARA 4:47.23, 2. Jordan Agliano, LNOL 4:49.12, 3. Camille DeBoer, BUCH 4:50.21.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Winter Park 1:34.97, 2. Windermere 1:35.05, 3. Seminole 1:35.22.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ella Bathurst, PLAN 52.77, 2. Sarah Sensenbrenner, VEN 56.48, 3. Jennifer Bird, CREE 56.80.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, SARA 1:01.51, 2. Olivia Peoples, NEAS 1:02.40, 3. Madison Koutavas, CREE 1:03.47.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. George M. Steinbrenner High 3:34.30, 2. Bartram 3:34.57, 3. Newsome 3:35.31, 6. Miami Palmetto 3:37.20 (Sophia Perez, Rebecca Montero, Deborah Alarcom, Valerie Strohmeier).

1-meter diving: 1. Lanie Gutch, Boone 468.60, 2. Antonina Harned, Windermere 446.80, 3. Lauren Miller, Bartram 442.25.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Oviedo 216, 2. Creekside 192.5, 3. Bartram Trail 188, 4. Nease 169, 5. Tampa Plant 168, 12. Miami Palmetto 77.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Bartram 1:33.25, 2. Oviedo 1:33.38, 3. Creekside 1:34.20, 10. Miami Palmetto 1:38.47 (Kyle Korvick, Garrett Oliver, Kyrylo Romankiv, Jacob Wienants).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Sage Sungail, LBRN 1:37.99, 2. Ryan Warmbier, NEWS 1:38.59, 3. Luigi Franco, LNOL 1:38.91, 13. Jacob Wienants, MP 1:43.03.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Liam Custer, SARA 1:47.41, 2. Jonathan Kim, NEAS 1:51.29, 3. Thomas Nagle III, PLAN 1:52.16.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Dawson Joyce, SMA 19.79, 2. Larry Salls, SDAND 19.94, 3. Macguire McDuff, BATR 20.14.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jack Stokvis, GUCO 48.36, 2. Davis Hanley, OVDO 49.02, 3. Gage Hulbert, MAND 49.32.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Dawson Joyce, SMSA 43.59, 2. Macguire McDuff, BATR 44.32, 3. Sage Sungail, LBRN 44.77, 6. Kyle Korvick, MP 46.10, 11. Jacob Wienants, MP 47.43.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Liam Custer, SARA 4:21.41, 2. Jason Brzozowski, SARA 4:30.37, 3. Nicholas Caruso, BUCH 4:30.60, 16. Dominic Bono, CREEF 4:46.28.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Creekside 1:24.10, 2. Seminole 1:24.84, 3. Nease 1:28.01, 5. Miami Palmetto 1:28.61 (Kyle Korvick, Garrett Oliver, Kyrylo Romankiv, Jacob Wienants).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Davis Hanley, OVDO 49.15, 2. Luigi Franco, LNOL 49.55, 3. Mason Campbell, BATR 50.93.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Thomas Nagle III, PLAN 55.10, 2. Jonathan Kim, NEAS 56.58, 3. Nicholas Tayag, BATR 57.46.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Oviedo 3:07.31, 2. Bartram Trail 3:07.75, 3. HB Plant 3:08.85.

1-meter diving: 1. Brandon Wegner, OLY 490.90, 2. William Turnbull, OLY 443.45, 3. Tristan Trax, VERO 437.05.

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

SOFLO’s Dominic Bono Headed To This Weekend’s FHSAA State 4A Meet


By Sharon Robb


ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, November 1, 2020–Coral Reef senior Dominic Bono qualified for Saturday’s FHSAA State 4A Swimming and Diving Championship in Stuart.

At Saturday’s Region 3-4A meet hosted by Lake Brantley, Bono won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.90, the only swimmer to crack 2 minutes. He also won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:45.09, nearly four seconds ahead of Braddock freshman Marcelo Mansur.

Bono was also a member of Coral Reef’s seventh place 200-yard freestyle relay and tenth place 400-yard freestyle relay.

For Saturday’s state meet at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart, Bono is seeded 12th in the 200 IM and 17th in the 500 freestyle.

Windermere topped a field of 17 girls teams to win the region team title with 453 points. Olympia topped a field of 19 teams boys field with 266.5 points ahead of Miami Palmetto with 248.5.

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

Grubbs, Mora Triple Winners For Gold; Dinehart, Bono Double Winners For National


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, August 8, 2020–South Florida Aquatic Club Gold and National swimmers got in a little more racing Saturday at the second SOFLO Intrasquad Meet.

In an idealic setting at Academic Village Pool, where stringent COVID-19 guidelines were observed throughout the four-hour meet, 15-and-over swimmers got the chance to race against each other in mixed events over two sessions.

Sophia Grubbs, 15, and Juan Mora, 16, were triple winners for the Gold group.

Grubbs won the girls’ 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.08; 100-yard freestyle in a best time 58.13, shaving 1.13 off her previous best; and 400-yard individual medley in 5:01.19. She was sixth, 14th and 10th respectively in the mixed events against the boys.

Grubbs was also top finisher in the women’s gold pentathlon with 1,641 total points for three events.

Mora won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.42; 100-yard freestyle in 48.85; and 400-yard individual medley in 4:24.15. He was also the boys’ gold pentathlon winner with 1,830 points for three events.

In the second session for National team swimmers, Olivia Dinehart, 15, and Dominic Bono, 17, were double winners.

Dinehart won the 100-yard breaststroke and was second overall against the boys in 1:04.22 and won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:21.51 and was 12th overall. She was also second in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.71. Dinehart was top points finisher in the national team pentathlon with 2,265 points for three events.

Bono won the 100-yard backstroke in 53.69 and 400-yard individual medley in 4:08.84. Bono was third in the pentathlon standings with 1,792.

Philopatier Ibrahim, 17, was top finisher in the pentathlon with 2,010 points for three events, the only boys swimmer to crack 2,000.

The meet featured two sessions (Gold and National) with a maximum of 30 swimmers each. During each session, swimmers were divided into “heats,” determined by the seeding for the stroke events (3-5 and 8-10). The heats stayed together as a group throughout the meet and rotated around the deck.

There was a heat racing or preparing to race, a heat in the warm-down lanes (one lane per athlete), and a heat “on deck” waiting in their socially-distant chairs.

The “on deck” waiting area had three groups of 10 chairs separated by 6 feet. Each athlete had a designated chair for their equipment and mask. They sat in their chair when not racing or warming down.

There was about 10 minutes between racing heats.

The meet was run without volunteers (other than the minimum number of USA Swimming officials required). No spectators were allowed on deck. However, the entire meet was live streamed on SOFLO’s Facebook page.

The 15-and-under groups including Senior Development, Silver and other age groups will have the opportunity to do the same format Aug. 22 and Aug. 29. Some events will be scaled down.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GOLD

15-and-over 100-yard butterfly:

BOYS: 1. Juan Colmenares 54.42, 2. Juancamilo Rivero 54.58, 3. Alejandro Mateus 57.19.
GIRLS: 1. JennaMarie Brames 1:05.01, 2. Daniela Curbelo 1:07.24.

15-and-over 100-yard backstroke:

BOYS: 1. Nathaniel Garrick 59.34, 2. Nick Chaimowicz 1:01.05, 3. David Diaz Venturo 1:15.13.

GIRLS: 1. Sofia Osorio 1:09.19.

15-and-over 100-yard breaststroke:

BOYS: 1. Juan Mora 1:00.42, 2. Manuel Melendez 1:03.63, 3. Anthony Robaina 1:03.89.

GIRLS: 1. Sophia Grubbs 1:08.08, 2. Sabrina Osorio 1:14.52, 3. Yolanda Torres 1:23.11.

15-and-over 100-yard freestyle:

BOYS: 1. Juan Mora 48.85, 2. Juan Colmenares 49.71, 3. Anthony Robaina 50.91.

GIRLS: 1. Sophia Grubbs 58.13, 2. JennaMarie Brames 59.36, 3. Daniela Curbelo 1:01.99.

15-and-over 400-yard individual medley:

BOYS: 1. Juan Mora 4:24.15, 2. Juan Colmenares 4:34.80, 3. Nick Chaimowicz 4:36.96.

GIRLS: 1. Sophia Grubbs 5:01.19, 2. JennaMarie Brames 5:04.22, 3. Sabrina Osorio 5:12.06.

NATIONAL
15-and-over 100-yard butterfly:

BOYS: 1. Miguel Sierra 50.54, 2. Carlos Vasquez 51.21, 3. Philopatier Ibrahim 51.92.
GIRLS: 1. Paige Lane 58.36, 2. Maddie Smutny 58.90, 3. Gabby Banks 1:00.81.

15-and-over 100-yard backstroke:

BOYS: 1. Dominic Bono 53.69, 2. Sebastian Lares 53.88, 3. Michael Arias 56.82.

GIRLS: 1. Elena Dinehart 1:00.12, 2. Mallory Schleicher 1:01.48.

15-and-over 100-yard breaststroke:

BOYS: 1. Joseph Lee 1:02.07, 2. John Paul Handal 1:07.00.

GIRLS: 1. Olivia Dinehart 1:04.22, 2. Molly Golding 1:09.26, 3. Sally Golding 1:11.28.

15-and-over 100-yard freestyle:

BOYS: 1. Michael Arias 47.93, 2. Philopatier Ibrahim 48.13, 3. Carlos Vasquez 49.06.

GIRLS: 1. Gabby Banks 51.04, 2. Olivia Dinehart 52.71, 3. Paige Lane 54.17.

15-and-over 400-yard individual medley:

BOYS: 1. Dominic Bono 4:08.84, 2. Cameron Taddonio 4:10.53, 3. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:11.79.

GIRLS: 1. Olivia Dinehart 4:31.51, 2. Mallory Schleicher 4:39.91, 3. Maddie Smutny 4:40.91.

WOMEN GOLD PENTATHLON: 1. Sophia Grubbs 1,641, 2. JennaMarie Brames 1,354, 3. Sabrina Osorio, 1,171.

MEN GOLD PENTATHLON: 1. Juan Mora 1,830, 2. Juan Colmenares 1,611, 3. Manuel Melendez 1,362.

WOMEN NATIONAL PENTATHLON: 1. Olivia Dinehart 2,265, 2. Maddie Smutny 1,929, 3. Elena Dinehart 1,917.

MEN NATIONAL PENTATHLON: 1. Philopatier Ibrahim 2,010, 2. Carlos Vasquez 1,906, 3. Dominic Bono 1,792.

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

Bono, Atkinson Lead SOFLO; SOFLO Finishes Fifth On Final Day Of Southern Zone South Sectionals; Next Up, FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 8, 2020—Alia Atkinson and Dominic Bono were top finishers for South Florida Aquatic Club on the fourth and final day of the the Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Sunday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Atkinson, 31, four-time Jamaican Olympian, won the 100-meter freestyle in 56.80. Aruba’s Allyson Ponson of Azura was second in 57.40 to make it a one-two finish among top Caribbean swimmers. It was Atkinson’s fourth win of the meet.

Atkinson scratched from the 200-meter breaststroke final. She qualified fifth in 2:41.47 in morning prelims.

SOFLO women’s 400-meter freestyle relay of Gaby Banks, Mallory Schleicher, Olivia Dinehart and Elena Dinehart was fourth in 4:03.04.

Dominic Bono, 16, was third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.22 and was SOFLO’s top boys’ finisher.

Azura Florida Aquatics defended its title winning the combined team title with 2,223.5 points and men’s team title with 1,254.5 points. Bluefish Swim Club won the women’s team title with 1,464 and Azura was second with 969.

SOFLO finished fifth among combined teams, fifth among women’s teams and eighth among men’s teams.

In high point, Atkinson finished fourth among women with 128 and Schleicher was seventh with 123 tied with Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny. Summer Smith, 16, of Bluefish was first with 161.

Yeziel Morales, 24, of Azura was men’s high point winner with 173 points. Azura swimmers swept the top four places in high point. Bono was SOFLO’s top high point swimmer tied for 30th with 68 points.

SOFLO had 31 qualified swimmers (16 boys and 15 girls) compete in 140 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

A large field competed over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others were Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracted some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered were Azura Florida Aquatics, FAST, North Miami Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Coral Springs Swim Club, Gulliver, TS Aquatics and host Plantation Swim Team.

Defending champions are Azura Florida Aquatics (1,116.5) and Sarasota YMCA (1,432). SOFLO, with 35 swimmers, was third among both the girls (852) and boys (776) teams last year.

The championship season continues this weekend with the FJC Junior Olympics Friday through Sunday at Coral Springs Aquatic Center.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 2,223.5, 2. Bluefish Swim Club 2,183, 3. Scarlet 1,718, 4. Bolles 1,669, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,315.5, 6. Colorado Stars 1,286.5, 7. Spartan 1,089, 8. Mesa 917, 9. Pine Crest Swimming 666, 10. Unattached Azura 625.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bluefish 1,464, 2. Azura 969, 3. Scarlet 882, 4. Bolles 878, 5. SOFLO 840.5, 6. Pine Crest Swimming 497, 7. Colorado Stars 492, 8. Mesa 456, 9. Spartam 341, 10. Gator Swim Club 309.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 1,254.5, 2. Scarlet 836, 3. Colorado Stars 794.5, 4. Bolles 791, 5. Spartan 748, 6. Bluefish 719, 7. Unattached Azura 505, 8. SOFLO 475, 9. Mesa 461, 10. PAQ 352.

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 3:55.28, 2. Bluefish 3:57.34, 3. Scarlet 4:01.27, 4. SOFLO A 4:03.04 (Gaby Banks, Mallory Schleicher, Olivia Dinehart, Elena Dinehart), 19. SOFLO B 4:25.03 (Jennamarie Brames, Sara Quintero, Sally Golding, Sabrina Osorio).

800-meter freestyle:
1. Michelle Morgan, PS 8:52.65, 2. Anna Auld, ECAC 8:53.29, 3. Leah Degeorge, BSS 8:58.53; SOFLO: 6. Mallory Schleicher 9:12.86.

200-meter butterfly:
1. Lockett Bowley, BSS 2:16.42, 2. Summer Smith, ABF 2:16.83, 3. Sumner Chmielewski, SRQ 2:19.04; SOFLO: 9. Maddy Smutny 2:19.69, time drop 0.75, 30. Sara Quintero 2:31.51, 35. Elena Dinehart 2:34.30.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 56.80, 2. Allyson Ponson, Azura 57.40, 3. Megan Hansen, BD 58.04; SOFLO: 18. Gaby Banks 59.76, time drop, 0.98, 26. Olivia Dinehart 1:00.57.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Taylor Grabenhorst, Unattached 2:32.49, 2. Ella Smith, ABF 2:37.49, 3. Micaela Sierra, CSSC 2:27.70; SOFLO: 5. Olivia Dinehart 2:38.61, 14. Molly Golding 2:47.32, 30. Sophia Grubbs 2:55.22, 31. Sally Golding 2:56.56.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:16.211, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:16.34, 3. Julia Podkoscielny, PCS 2:16.90; SOFLO: 19. Elena Dinehart 2:26.69.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 3:29.65, 2. PAQ 3:35.31, 3. Colorado Stars 3:36.79, 10. SOFLO A 3:42.90 (Michael Arias, Juan Mora, Juan Colmenares, Miguel Sierra), 16. SOFLO B 3:50.45 (Nicolas Rossi, Sebastian Lares, Philopatier Ibrahim, Manuel Melendez).

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Joshua Parent, ABF 15:46.71, 2. Joaquin Vargas, Unattached 16:00.36, 3. John Vandeusen, BSS 16:02.73; SOFLO: 13. Dominic Bono 16:42.50.

200-meter butterfly:
1. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, SAS 2:00.43, 2. Martin Espernberger, BSS 2:02.27, 3. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:02.36; SOFLO: 23. Miguel Sierra 2:15.92.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 51.28, 2. Daniel Ramirez, WA 51.58, 3. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 51.78; SOFLO: 23. Michael Arias 55.59, 24. Juan Mora 55.80.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Raphael Windmuller, Unattached 2:17.91, 2. William Heck, BSS 2:22.68, 3. William Henry, SRQ 2:23.05; SOFLO: 16. Juan Mora 2:31.75, 24. Alex Golding 2:36.26.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:02.95, 2. Fernando Ruvalcaba Cruz, SASA 2:07.33, 3. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 2:01.22; SOFLO: 26. Miguel Sierra 2:18.74, time drop, 0.48.

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson, Schleicher, Dinehart Shine; SOFLO Fourth Among Teams After Day Two Of Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 6, 2020—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson got South Florida Aquatic Club off to a good start Friday at the Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Atkinson, 31, won the 100-meter breaststroke, her signature event, in 1:09.36. SOFLO teammate Olivia Dinehart, 15, was third in 1:13.05. She went a best time 1:12.99 in morning prelims, dropping 0.45.

Mallory Schleicher, 16, had another good finals night, placing second in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:53.96, shaving 4.13 seconds off her previous best and giving Pine Crest state champion Julia Podkoscielny, 15, a run for her money in the final 50 meters. Podkoscielny won the event in 4:52.49, also a best time dropping 1.40 seconds.

Schleicher and Olivia Dinehart were also members of the runner-up women’s 800-meter relay team along with Elena Dinehart and Maddy Smutny that won in 8:41.60, faster than their seed time of 8:42.62.

SOFLO’s top boys’ finisher was Dominic Bono, 16, in the 400-meter individual medley. He finished 11th in a best time 4:42.20, dropping 0.94 off his previous best.

After two days of competition, SOFLO is fourth in combined with 676, fourth in the women’s with 412 and seventh in the men’s with 264. In the combined, Bluefish Swim Club overtook defending champion Azura for the lead, 1,126-1,037. Azura leads the men’s team standings with 570 and Bluefish leads the women’s with 710.

SOFLO has 31 qualified swimmers (16 boys and 15 girls) competing in 140 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

A large field is competing over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatics, FAST, North Miami Swim Team, Coral Springs Swim Club, Gulliver, TS Aquatics and host Plantation Swim Team.

Defending champions are Azura Florida Aquatics (1,116.5) and Sarasota YMCA (1,432). SOFLO, with 35 swimmers, was third among both the girls (852) and boys (776) teams last year.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Bluefish Swim Club 1,126, 2. Azura 1,037, 3. Bolles 838, 4. SOFLO 676, 5. Scarlet Aquatics 643, 6. Colorado Stars 636, 7. Spartan Aquatics 575, 8. Mesa Aquatics 483, 9. Gator Swim Club 291, 10. Pine Crest Swimming 257.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bluefish 710, 2. Azura 467, 3. Bolles 436, 4. SOFLO 412, 5. Scarlet Aquatics 322, 6. tie, Mesa, Colorado Stars, 8. Gator Swim Club 194, 9. Pine Crest Swimming 183, 10. Spartan Aquatic Club 181.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 570, 2. Bluefish 416, 3. Bolles 402, 4. Spartan Aquatic 394, 5. Colorado Stars 374, 6. Scarlet Aquatics 321, 7. SOFLO 264, 8. Mesa Aquatics 221, 9. Race Aquatics 163, 10. FAST 141.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:03.88, 2. Brynn Wright, ABF 2:04.72, 3. Summer Smith, ABF 2:05.30.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:09.36, 2. Allison Henry, NRG 1:12.75, 3. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:13.05; SOFLO: 13. Molly Golding 1:15.79.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Celina Marquez, Azura 29.84, 2. Emma Harvey, PSU 30.29, 3. Gabriela Donahue, BD 30.54; SOFLO: 14. Gaby Banks 32.48.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Madeline Burt, SWIM 1:01.62, 2. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:01.86, 3. Lismar Lyon, Unattached 1:02.22; SOFLO: 23. Molly Golding 1:06.24, 31. Elena Dinehart 1:07.31.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Julia Podkoscielny, PCS 4:52.49, 2. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:53.96, time drop, 4.13, 3. Anna Freed, SRQ 4:54.95.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Bluefish 8:32.28, 2. SOFLO A 8:41.60 (Mallory Schleicher, Olivia Dinehart, Elena Dinehart, Maddy Smutny), 3. Azura 8:42.43.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Santiago Corredor, GSC 1:51.56, 2. Joaquin Vargas, Unattached 1:51.60, 3. Gabriel Araya, Azura 1:52.61.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Raphael Windmuller, Unattached 1:03.54, 2. William Heck, BSS 1:04.84, 3. Tomas Peribonio, GSC 1:05.03; SOFLO: 15. Juan Mora 1:08.14, time drop, 0.27.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Blake Wilton, STAR 26.59, 2. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 27.38, 3. Raphael Santos, PCS 27.85, SOFLO: 16. Juan Colmenares 29.69.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Daniel Ramirez, WA 55.16, 2. Martin Espernberger, BSS 55.20, 3. Abbas Qali, Azura 55.32; SOFLO: 21. Rafael Rodriguez 58.21, 27. Miguel Sierra 58.62.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, SASA 4:23.88, 2. Tomas Peribonio, GSC 4:26.45, 3. Joshua Parent, ABF 4:29.09; SOFLO: 11. Dominic Bono 4:42.20, time drop, 0.94.

200-meter backstroke time trial:
1. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 2:19.80.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 7:48.15, 2. Bluefish Swim Club 7:58.79, 3. Gulliver 8:01.74, 7. SOFLO A 8:11.64 (Rafael Rodriguez, Philopatier Ibrahim, Sebastian Lares, Dominic Bono).

IF YOU GO

What: 2020 Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday

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

Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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