FGC Swimmers Nikita Tretyakov Finishes Eighth; Patrick Groters Makes Top 16 On Day Two Of FINA World Junior Championships

By Sharon Robb

INDIANAPOLIS, August 24, 2017— Russian Nikita Tretyakov of Swim Fort Lauderdale was eighth in the final of the 100-meter backstroke on Day Two of the sixth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships Thursday at Indiana University Natatorium.

Tretyakov, 18, finished in 55.57. His splits were 26.66 and 28.91.

The Russian junior national champion had placed third in the 100-meter backstroke prelims in a lifetime-best 55.14 and seventh in the semifinals in 55.45 to advance into Thursday’s final. His previous best was 56.58.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Patrick Groters of Aruba made the Top 16 in the 200-meter individual medley prelims. Groters placed 14th in 2:04.73. It was just off his lifetime-best 2:04.69 which he was on pace to better at the 150-meter mark.

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers:

Belen Jesuit senior Aitor Fungairino of Metro Aquatics representing Venezuela was 16th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:50.60.

Andrea Santander, a sophomore at Pine Crest School and member of Pine Crest Swimming club team representing Venezuela, was 31st in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.93.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Jorge Depassier of Chile was 38th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.55.

Miami Columbus senior Brandon Vives, representing the Dominican Republic, was 36th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:11.13. He was also 41st in the 100-meter butterfly in 56.95.

Tuesday’s lineup featured eleven events. Among top performances:

American Regan Smith broke the world and meet record (59.28) set in the semifinals by Canadian Taylor Ruck to win in 59.11. The much-anticipated final had five swimmers breaking a minute. Ruck was second in 59.23.

Russian Ivan Girov broke the world junior (1:47.00) and meet record (1:47.55) in the 200-meter freestyle to win in 1:46.40.

Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez broke the meet record of 54.30 in the 100-meter backstroke to win in 54.27.

Emily Large of Great Britain won the 200-meter butterfly in a meet record 2:07.74. The previous record was 2:08.10 set in 2008 by Japan’s Natsuki Akiyama.

Germany’s Johannes Hintze lowered the meet record of 1:59.44 set by American Gunnar Bentz in 2013 to win the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.03.

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello won the 800-meter freestyle in a meet record 8:25.22. The previous mark was 8:27.55.

American Emily Weiss won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.78.

The six-day meet, held every two years, features 630 of the best boys, ages 14-17 and girls, ages 15-18, from 93 different countries.

Morning heats are 9:30 a.m. and semifinals and finals 6 p.m.

The semifinals and finals are being broadcast by the Olympic Channel via the NBC Sports App at 6 p.m. each day and webcast on nbcsports.com. The FINA live stream is not available in the U.S. and several other countries.



200-meter butterfly: 1. Emily Large, Great Britain 2:07.74, championship record; 2. Suzuka Hasegawa, Japan 2:08.29, 3. Keanna MacInnes, Great Britain 2:09.64.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Emily Weiss, USA 30.78, 2. Faith Knelson, Canada 30.91, 3. Mona Lucille McSharry, Ireland 30.97.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, USA 59.11, world junior, championship records; 2. Taylor Ruck, Canada 59.23, 3. Jade Hannah, Canada 59.62.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Delfina Pignatiello, Argentina 8:25.22, championship record; 2. Ajna Kesely, Hungary 8:30.62, 3. A. Gestido Cons, Spain 8:30.85.

Mixed medley 4×100-meter relay: 1. Canada 3:46.36, 2. USA 3:46.80, 3. Russia 3:48.32.


100-meter backstroke: 1. Hugo Gonzalez, Spain 54.27, championship record; 2. Conor Ferguson, Ireland 54.51, 3. Daniel Martin, Romania 54.55.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Ivan Girev, Russia 1:46.40, world junior, championship record; 2. Nandor Nemeth, Hungary 1:46.79, 3. Elijah Winnington, Australia 1:46.81.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Nicolo Martinenghi, Italy 59.58, 2. Reece Whitley, USA 1:00.08, 3. Michael Andrew, USA 1:00.37.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Johannes Hintze, Germany 1:59.03, world junior and championship records; 2. Kleran Smith, USA 1:59.56, 3. Marton Barta, Hungary 2:00.14.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Hungary, Britain Dominate Gold Medals; SOFLO’s Rojas Swims Tuesday At FINA World Championships

By Sharon Robb

Budapest, Hungary, July 24, 2017—The second night of swimming at the 17th FINA World Championships featured four individual finals and three semifinals in front of a loud crowd of 12,000 Monday at Duna Arena.

Hometown favorite Katinka Hosszu had the crowd on its feet during the 200-meter individual medley dominating the women’s field for her third straight world title.

Hosszu, who scratched from the 100 backstroke, led from start-to-finish to win in 2:07.00 ahead of Japan’s Yui Ohashi (2:07.91). American Madisyn Cox surged in the last half of the race to take the bronze in 2:09.71. Even Cox was impressed by the electrifying atmosphere. She said she pretended the crowd was cheering for her and that motivated her.

Canadian Sydney Pickrem, who was a medal favorite, felt ill and was forced to get out of the pool after the first 50 meters.

Brit Adam Peaty defended his world title in the 100-meter breaststroke in a meet record 57.47. Peaty was just shy of his world record of 57.13 set last year. American Kevin Cordes took silver in 58.79 and Russian Kirill Prigoda won the bronze with a national record.

“I am really happy,” Peaty said. “We have quite a young team after Rio and I am a little bit now pushing because I do not feel anyone can push me right now in the country. This venue is absolutely incredible.”

Great Britain got its second gold medal with a stunning upset victory by Ben Proud in the 50-meter butterfly. Proud won in 22.75, just shy of the meet record in 22.67. Proud looked stunned after touching the wall. It was his first individual medal at either the Olympics or World Championships and first time Great Britain has medaled in the event since 2001 when Mark Foster finished third.

Brazil veteran swimmer Nicholas Santos (22.79) and Andrii Govorov of the Ukraine (22.84) took silver and bronze. American and Clay High School alum Caeleb Dressel and Singapore’s star Joseph Schooling were shut out of a medal finishing fourth (22.89) and fifth (22.95) respectively. Dressel, 20, came in with the fastest semifinal qualifying time.

Schooling, 22, was disappointed and is now focusing on the 100 butterfly.

“It’s fine, it’s my second best time,” Schooling told reporters. “I got beaten by four better guys. Obviously, I am disappointed with the positioning but the time was fine. It sets me up for a good 100 fly. I’ll just learn from the race and move on.” The 100 butterfly is Wednesday.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom continued her domination in the 100-meter butterfly. She broke the meet record to win a gold medal in 55.53, just shy of her best time of 55.48. It was Sjostrom’s fourth overall world championship gold medal (2009, 2013, 2015).

“I am a little bit tired because of yesterday’s race but I am very excited about today,” Sjostrum said. “I could not wait for the start. I just wanted to jump into the water. The championship record was not expected because I am focusing on the freestyle this year.”

Aussie Emma McKeon (56.18) was second and American sensation Kelsi Worrell of Louisville was third in 56.37. Worrell is coached by former St. Thomas Aquinas and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Vlad Polyakov.

In the men’s 100-meter backstroke semifinal, China’s Xu Jiayu earned the top seed for Tuesday night’s final with a time of 52.44. Americans Ryan Murphy (52.95), a Bolles alum, and Matt Grevers (52.97) are close behind.

In another interesting semifinal, Russia Yulia Efimova was the top qualifier in the 100-meter breaststroke just missing the world record (1:04.35) in 1:04.36. After she finished she leaned against her lane line and waved her index finger much the same way she did at last year’s Rio Olympics. American Olympic champion Lilly King, one of the most vocal swimmers about Efimova’s past performance-enhancing drug charges, was second qualifier in 1:04.53. The two, who last raced in Rio, obviously do not like each other and will leave it all in the pool Tuesday night. Also in the field is current world record holder Ruta Meilutyte, the third seed at 1:05.06.

Canadian Kylie Masse earned the top seed for the 100-meter backstroke final in 58.18, a Canadian national record. Defending world champion Emily Seebohm of Australia (58.85) and American Kathleen Baker (59.03) were second and third fastest.

Britain continued its success in the men’s 200-meter freestyle semifinal with James Guy (1:45.16) and Duncan Scott (1:45.18), the top two fastest seeds. Reigning Olympic champion Sun Yang was third fastest in 1:45.24.

Five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky had no problem cruising through the 1500-meter freestyle qualifying heats. She finished in 15:47.54. Her world and meet record is 15:25.48. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte was second fastest qualifier in 16:05.37.


South Florida Aquatic Club’s Marc Rojas of the Dominican Republic will swim his second and final event on Tuesday in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Rojas, 23, will swim in the fifth of nine heats in Lane 8 with a seed time of 28.90 right next to another FGC swimmer, Jordy Groters of Aruba and Pine Crest Swimming in Lane 7 (28.57).

It is Rojas second major international event and first long course world championships. Peaty is the gold medal favorite (26.48).

The World Championships are being televised at 11:30 a.m. EST on NBC Sports Network while live streaming for the competition can be found on NBCSports.com, the Olympic Channel and CBC.ca for viewers in Canada.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Makes Long Course Debut, Ledecky Golden At World Aquatic Championships

By Sharon Robb

Budapest, Hungary, July 23, 2017—The Dominican Republic’s Marc Rojas of South Florida Aquatic Club made his long course world championship debut Sunday on opening day of the 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships.

Rojas, 23, finished fifth in his 100-meter breaststroke heat in 1:03.65 and fell short of advancing into the semifinals. Rojas will also swim the 50-meter breaststroke.

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Aruba’s Jordy Groters, a senior at Missouri, was second in Rojas’ heat in a best time 1:02.95, placing 46th overall.

FGC swimmer, Daniella Van den Berg of Aruba and Florida State swam 4:32.09 in the 400-meter freestyle to finish 33rd.

World record holder Adam Peaty of Great Britain earned the top seed in breaststroke finals in 57.13.

Bolles alum Joseph Schooling set an Asian and Singapore record in the 50-meter butterfly heat. The 22-year-old finished in a best time 23.05 to advance into the semifinals. He beat his own records set in August, 2015.

The U.S. team broke five American records as swimming got underway.

In other events:

American Katie Ledecky, 20, broke her own meet record in the morning heat of the 400-meter freestyle. The five-time Olympic champion shaved 0.07 seconds off the record in 3:59.06. U.S. teammate Leah Smith qualified second in 4:02.00. Ledecky came back to win the event breaking her morning record in 3:58.34, second fastest in history. She is the first woman to win the event at three worlds. Smith was second.

“It was my second-best time ever, a really good swim for me and I can take a lot of positives away from it,” Ledecky said. “Every year is not going to be faster, just trying to build toward 2020.”

Ledecky won a second gold on the winning 4×100-meter relay with the U.S. knocking off defending and Olympic champion Australia.

China’s Sun Yang, 25, dominated the men’s field to win his third world title in the 400-meter freestyle in a world leading 3:41.38. He won by more than a body length over Aussie Mack Horton.

“It is too early to say what it going to happen,” Sun said. “I trained a lot and I must admit I am getting older and suffering some injuries. We will see during the week how it works and I will concentrate on one race after the other.”

The U.S. men won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay with Caeleb Dressel, Townley Haas, Blake Pieroni and veteran Nathan Adrian. Brazil was second. Dressel broke the American record on the leadoff leg in 47.26. Dressel also broke the American record in the 50-meter butterfly.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrum broke the 100-meter freestyle world record in 51.71 swimming a relay lead-off leg on the 4×100.

Mallory Comerford set an American 100-meter freestyle relay with a split of 52.59 on the 400-meter freestyle relay American record setter.

Kevin Cordes broke his own American record in the 100-meter breaststroke he set last month in Indianapolis in 58.64 in the semifinals.

In the men’s 400 freestyle relay, the Aussies and Italians were disqualified for false starts.

The opening day attendance was 12,000 fans in Duna Arena.


Brit Tom Daley, 23, won gold in the men’s 10-meter platform on the final day of diving at Danube Arena. Daley knocked off 2016 Olympic champion Chen Aisen. After failing to make finals two years ago at worlds, Daley qualified second for the final and turned it on. Daley received 12 perfect 10-scores during his six-dive list. He scored over 100 points twice and finished with 590.95 points. Chen finished with 585.25 points. It was his first world title since Rome eight years ago when he burst onto the scene. China’s Yang Jian took the bronze. University of Miami redshirt sophomore David Dinsmore finished sixth with 479.75. Earlier in the day, Daley teamed with Grace Reid to win silver in the mixed 3-meter synchro. China’s Li Zheng and Wang Han took the gold. China finished with eight gold medals, two less than 10 won in Kazan. The U.S. team could manage only one bronze medal tied for last with Ukraine.


The sport is re-branding to help boost its popularity and is now going to be called artistic swimming. The re-naming was approved by FINA.


The U.S. men’s team, defeated Russia, 14-11, but it wasn’t enough to advance out of Group play and into the quarterfinals. Alex Bowen and Luca Cupido of the U.S. senior national team each scored four goals. The U.S. needed at least an eight-goal victory over Russia. The U.S. drops into the 13th-16th place bracket play.

France defeated Canada, 10-6, in the round 13-16 semifinals. Ugo Crousillat and Mehdi Marzouki each had three goals.

Australia, Serbia, Hungary, Croatia Italy, Montenegro, Greece and Russia advanced into the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Competes Sunday In 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships

By Sharon Robb

Budapest, Hungary, July 22, 2017—Marc Rojas is a feel-good success story in swimming.

The 23-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer has had his share of ups and downs in the sport but continues to enjoy the journey that takes him to the 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

On Sunday, the first day of the swimming competition, Rojas, representing the Dominican Republic, will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke. He will swim in the third of eight heats along with another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Pine Crest Swimming’s Jordy Groters of Aruba, now swimming at Missouri.

Rojas will also compete in the 50-meter breaststroke later in the week.

It will be his first long course world championships. In December 2016, he made his international debut at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Windsor, Canada.

“That was suppose to me my last meet supposedly, that was the plan,” Rojas said.

After graduating Florida State, the former high school state champion at Pembroke Pines Charter and junior national champion at Indian River State College wasn’t planning on swimming much longer.

“I was training to make my U.S. Trials cut but I didn’t do it,” Rojas said. “I waited to see if I could represent the Dominican Republic (his father is Dominican) so I kept training through the summer. The paperwork and everything went through giving me the okay for world championships in December.”

Rojas made a lasting impression in his international debut. He finished the 100-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best 1:02.18 and national age group short course record for the Dominican Republic.

“That opened the door for me to keep representing the Dominican Republic for the next few years and here I am,” Rojas said.

“I am super excited,” said Rojas, whose mom Elena will watch her son from the stands.

Longtime SOFLO coach Chris Anderson, who has guided his transformation from a gangly teenager to an international swimmer, will coach him in addition to the Jamaican national team without four-time Olympian Alia Atkinson, who is training for the FINA World Cup prize money series.

“It’s going to be a great meet to see all these high level competitors with world rankings and Olympic medals,” Rojas said.

After qualifying for worlds at the Dominican Nationals and being selected for the world team, Rojas has settled into a disciplined and structured lifestyle he said is “swimming, working and schooling.” Rojas is taking the prerequisite classes to get into nursing school.

“I want to stay with swimming for a while,” Rojas said. “I put a lot of thought into it. I thought that getting a career is always going to be there. With swimming, if I stopped I wouldn’t be able to pick it up later. I don’t want to look back over the course of the years and think what could have been. I want to jump on this opportunity I have and go for it.”

Most of the world’s top breaststrokers are in the men’s field including Adam Peaty of Great Britain, Felipe Lima of Brazil, Cody Miller and Kevin Cordes of the U.S., Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa and China’s Zibei Yan.

“It’s really cool to be here,” Rojas said. “It’s just like Canada. I feel gratitude and very fortunate to be at worlds around this high level of athlete. These are the greatest athletes in the world.

“The most nerve wracking moment is the ready room where all the athletes are going through their little routines and getting in the zone. In Canada that was the first time for me. It was a cool moment to look around and see the world’s greatest swimmers by your side. It was a cool experience and I’m looking forward to it and competing.”

In addition to Groters, other swimmers with Florida Gold Coast ties are: Gulliver Swim Club’s Alicia Mancilla of Guatemala with her Gulliver head coach Chris George; Metro Aquatics/Duke’s Isabella Paez of Venezuela; St. Andrew’s Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands; Pine Crest Swimming’s Mikel Schreuders of Aruba; Azura’s Marcos Lavada of Venezuela and Eisner Barberena of Nicaragua; and Azura alum Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador and Daniella van den Berg of Aruba. Other top Florida swimmers ready to take center stage after making a big splash at the 2016 Rio Olympics are Clay High School alum Caeleb Dressel, 20, and Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 22.

Sunday’s opening session features preliminary rounds in eight different events with four finals. The men’s and women’s 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle relays will bypass semifinals and advance directly into the finals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


17th FINA World Aquatic Championships Get Under Way Friday In Budapest, Hungary

By Sharon Robb

July 13, 2017—For the next seventeen days, open water swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming, diving, high diving and pool swimming will take center stage in Budapest, Hungary.

Opening ceremonies, diving and synchronized swimming will open the schedule on Friday. Open water swimming begins on Saturday followed by water polo on Sunday.

Two cities (Budapest and Balatonfured) and five iconic sport venues will host nearly 3,000 athletes from 181 nations in six disciplines. It is the largest sporting event Hungary has ever hosted.

Swimming and diving will be held in the new state-of-the art Degaly Swimming Complex that was constructed in less than two years.

Pool swimming, that will feature South Florida Aquatic Club’s Marc Rojas of the Dominican Republic making his worlds debut and SOFLO coach Chris Anderson coaching the Jamaican national team without four-time Olympian Alia Atkinson and several other Florida Gold Coast swimmers and coaches, will start on July 23rd followed by three days of high diving.

High diving is increasing in popularity at the world championships. The increased quality of dives from about 66 feet and speeds up to 85 mph and breath taking sport with television appeal and live crowds of 75,000 has attracted the attention of the International Olympic Committee. FINA, governing body for aquatic sports, added men’s and women’s high diving to the world championships in 2013.

Pembroke Pines high diver Steven LoBue is among medal favorites. LoBue’s wife, Lindsay Lowell was a diver for Cooper City High School, Fort Lauderdale Diving Team and Florida International. LoBue, a fan favorite on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, is a TYR athlete.

China won the most medals at the 2015 World Championships with 35 (15 gold, 10 silver, 10 bronze) ahead of the U.S. with 33 medals (13 gold, 14 silver, 6 bronze) and Russia with 17 (9 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze).

The World Championships are held every two years.

FINAtv (finatv.live) is offering daily live and on-demand streaming of all events. It will be available around the clock on mobile, tablet, desktop and televisions. In the U.S., NBC Universal has the rights to the event. NBC, NBCSN and the Olympic Channel will televise various events. Check your local listings.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Wins On Opening Day Of International Meet; SOFLO Swimmers Drop Time At Sunrise Sizzler

By Sharon Robb

April 8, 2017—Marc Rojas of South Florida Aquatic Club won his opening event Friday at the Campeonatos FEDONA 2017/III DR International Swim Open in Santo Domingo.

Rojas, 23, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.86. His splits were 31.64, 35.98, 36.82 and 36.42.

Rojas represents the Dominican Republic internationally and is a national record holder in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events. Rojas is getting in some international racing while preparing for the July 14-30 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Rojas is entered in two other events this weekend in his native country. He will also swim the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke events.

SOFLO teammate Alessandro Pereira, 10, will begin competing on Saturday.

Pereira is entered in five events: 50-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter breaststroke and 200-meter freestyle.


Joseph-Blake Natino, 8, of South Florida Aquatic Club was the boys team’s top finisher at the Sunrise 8-and-Under Sizzler Friday at the Sunrise Civic Center.

Natino was second in the 25-yard breaststroke in 22.68 followed by teammate Juan Vallmitjana, 8, third in 22.97 with a time drop of 0.28 seconds.

Natino was also fifth in the 25-yard butterfly in 19.97, the first time he cracked the 20-second barrier. He also dropped 0.98 seconds from 20.95 to 19.97. He was tenth in the 25-yard freestyle in 17.84 with another time drop of 0.86 seconds and 13th in the 25-yard backstroke

in 22.88.

SOFLO boys also won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:10.67 finishing ahead of Sunrise and Coral Springs Swim Club. SOFLO also showed its depth with its “B” team placing fourth in 1:22.01.

The SOFLO girls team was led by Sofia Lugo, 8, in the girls sprint events. Lugo was eighth in the 25-yard breaststroke in 25.84, tenth in the 25-yard butterfly in 20.91; 11th in the 25-yard backstroke in 22.71 and 13th in the 25-yard freestyle in 19.62. SOFLO girls relay was fourth.

SOFLO had 13 swimmers entered in the fun but chilly meet.



25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, 1. Braelyn Thorpe, CSSC 21.22; 7-8, 1. Riley Andres, BEST 16.77; SOFLO: 10. Sofia Lugo 20.91, 25. Ella Michael 24.96, time drop, 26. Samira Borges 24.97, 32. Clara Bland 26.72, time drop.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Braelyn Thorpe, CSSC 23.31; 7-8, 1. Riley Andres, BEST 20.91; SOFLO: 7. Samira Borges 22.11, 11. Sofia Lugo 22.71, 14. Ella Michael 23.07, time drop, 27. Clara Bland 25.76.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Braelyn Thorpe, CSSC 25.05; 7-8, 1. Riley Andres, BEST 21.36; SOFLO: 8. Sofia Lugo 25.84, 11. Ella Michael 26.20, time drop, 21. Samira Borges 28.18, 41. Clara Bland 34.61, time drop.

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Braelyn Thorpe, CSSC 18.85; 7-8, 1. Shea Runsdorf, PCS 15.96; SOFLO: 11. Samira Borges 18.83, 13. Sofia Lugo 19.62, 27. Clara Bland 21.76, time drop, 34. Ella Michael 22.30, time drop.

100-yard freestyle relay:

1.Pine Crest 1:13.88, 2. YMCA of South Florida 1:20.17, 3. Coral Springs 1:22.33, 4. SOFLO 1:23.20.


25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, 1. Emerson Olive, HAFL 22.01; 7-8, 1. Daniel Ella, SUN 17.81; SOFLO: 5. Joseph-Blake Natino 19.97, time drop, 8. Juan Vallmitjana 20.67, time drop, 9. Mason Jimenez 21.30, time drop, 12. Connor Jimenez 22.69, time drop, 23. Brandon Lozano 26.21, time drop, 25. Aryav Thakur 26.53, 28. Matthew Jimenez 27.43, time drop.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Santiago Guio, YSF 28.53; 7-8, 1. Daniel Ella, SUN 19.81; SOFLO: 4. Connor Jimenez 21.16, time drop, 6. Juan Vallmitjana 21.73, time drop, 9. Matthew Jimenez 22.29, 13. Joseph-Blake Natino 22.88, 21. Brandon Lozano 25.31, time drop, 24. Martin Petkov 25.66, 37. Mason Jimenez 28.51.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Guillermo Mantilla, YSF 31.56; 7-8, 1. Sean Baker, YSF 22.16, 2. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 22.68; 3. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 23.14, time drop; SOFLO: 7. Connor Jimenez 24.81, time drop, 9. Matthew Jimenez 26.51, time drop, 20. Mason Jimenez 28.37, time drop, 30. Aryav Thakur 30.39, 33. Brandon Lozano 31.61, 36. Martin Petkov 31.89.

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Emerson Olive, HAFL 20.67; 7-8, 1. Daniel Ella, SUN 16.64; SOFLO: 3. Connor Jimenez 17.18, time drop, 8. Juan Vallmitjana 17.57, time drop, 10. Joseph-Blake Natino 17.84, time drop, 11. Matthew Jimenez 17.94, time drop, 23. Aryav Thakur 21.90, 32. Mason Jimenez 22.61, 33. Brandon Lozano 22.65, time drop , 42. Martin Petkov 24.37, time drop.

100-yard freestyle relay:

1.SOFLO A 1:10.67, 2. Sunrise 1:11.37, 3. Coral Springs 1:14.96, 4. SOFLO B 1:22.01.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO Swimmers Compete At International, Local Meets

By Sharon Robb

April 6, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will be competing internationally and locally this weekend.

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, 23, and Alessandro Pereira, 10, will compete in the Campeonato FEDONA 2017/III DR International Swim Open in Santo Domingo.

Rojas represented the Dominican Republic internationally when he made his international debut at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Canada, one of the sport’s biggest meets.

Rojas broke two national records with best times in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events. He also won his 200-meter breaststroke heat.

This weekend Rojas is entered in the 50, 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events.

Pereira is entered in five events: 50-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter breaststroke and 200-meter freestyle.

On the local scene, thirteen SOFLO swimmers will compete in the 8-and-Under Sunrise Sizzler at the Sunrise Civic Center.

The fun meet features 25-yard races in all four strokes and 100-yard freestyle relay. The events are the 6-and-under and 7-8 25-yard butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle races and 8-and-under 100-yard medley relay.

The swimmers entered are: Clara Bland, 7; Samira Borges, 8; Connor Jimenez, 7; Mason Jimenez, 8; Matthew Jimenez, 8; Brandon Lozano, 7; Sofia Lugo, 8; Stefano Mazzi, 8; Ella Michael, 7; Joseph-Blake Natino, 8; Martin Petkov, 8; Aryav Thakur, 8; and Juan Vallmitjana, 8.


What: 8-and-Under Sunrise Sizzler (SCY)

When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd.

Of note: Warm-up begins 5 p.m. Admission is $3 and heat sheets $3. For information call 954-747-4635.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com