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

SOFLO Leads After Day One Of FGC Senior Championships; Mary Smutny Double Winner


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, March 22, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club took the early lead on Day One of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Friday night at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO leads the combined team standings with a whopping 1,153 points. Azura Florida Aquatics is second with 936 and East Coast Aquatic Club is third with 781. Defending champion Metro Aquatics is eighth with 306.

SOFLO also leads the boys team standings with 637 points followed by Azura with 512 and Gulliver with 352.

East Coast Aquatic Club, led by Chade Nersicio and Anna Auld, leads the girls team standings with 736 followed by SOFLO with 516 and Azura with 424.

SOFLO’s top finisher was University of Texas-bound Mary Smutny, a double winner in the women’s open 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.24 and 200-yard butterfly in 1:58.77. She was also a member of SOFLO’s two third-place relay teams. She has 48 points in high point.

Other individual SOFLO champions were:

Lance Lesage, 15-16 200-yard backstroke, 1:50.05.

Philopatier Ibrahim, 15-16 200-yard butterfly, 1:52.90.

Four SOFLO swimmers placed in the top seven of the 15-16 boys 500-yard freestyle. They were Philopatier Ibrahim, second; Dominic Bono, fourth, Nicolas Rossi, fifth and Lance Lesage, seventh.

Other top three SOFLO finishers were:

Mallory Schleicher, 15-16 500-yard freestyle, second, 5:00.76.

Kathleen Golding, open 500-yard freestyle, second 4:55.78; 100-yard individual medley, third 58.86.

Sarah Acevedo, 200-yard butterfly, third 2:07.55.

Molly Golding, 50-yard breaststroke, third 31.46.

Rafael Rodriguez, 200-yard butterfly, third 1:50.29; 100-yard individual medley, second, 52.91.

Juan Pablo Pineda, 50-yard breaststroke, second, 27.40.

SOFLO boys took fourth and eighth places in the relays.

SOFLO has 59 swimmers competing in 350 individual events and 18 relays in 10 relay events over three days.

SOFLO is trying to make 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.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,153, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 936, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 781, 4. Gulliver Swim Club 738.5, 5. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 535, 6. TS Aquatics 389, 7, Pine Crest Swimming 378, 8. Metro Aquatics 306, 9. Swim Fort Lauderdale 290.5, 10. City of Hialeah Storm 262.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 637, 2. Azura 512, 3. Gulliver 352.6, 4. Pine Crest 228, 5. Metro Aquatics 221, 6. St. Andrew’s 216, 7. River City Aquatics 216, 8. TS Aquatics 166, 9. Swim Fort Lauderdale 154.5, 10. City of Hialeah 132.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 736, 2. SOFLO 516, 3. Azura 424, 4. Gulliver 386, 5. St. Andrew’s 319, 6. TS Aquatics 223, 7. Pine Crest 150, 8. Swim Fort Lauderdale 136, 9. City of Hialeah 130, 10. YMCA of South Florida 97.

GIRLS

500-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 4:50.84, 2. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 5:00.76, 3. Ella Martinez, ECAC 5:01.51; SOFLO: 9. Sarah Acevedo 5:15.14, 10. Lucy Smutny 5:19.60, 11. Michelle Marinheiro 5:19.62; Open 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 4:51.24, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:55.78, 3. Shauna Abair, ECAC 4:58.91.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. East Coast 1:34.88, 2. Azura 1:36.85, 3. SOFLO 1:37.16 (Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny, Paige Lane, Gaby Banks), 13. SOFLO B 1:42.69 (Maya Coffey, Victoria Torres, Molly Golding, Jacqueline Lugo).

200-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 2:02.52, 2. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 2:04.50, 3. Amanda Kopas, Azura 2:05.99; SOFLO: 4. Mallory Schleicher 2:07.18, 11. Jena Legaspi 2:12.14; Open, 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:00.07, 2. Madison Cummings, ECAC 2:02.82, 3. Solana Capalbo, Azura 2:04.83.

100-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 52.04, 2. Claudia Acosta, HSC 52.85, 3. Corinne Davenport, SFTL 52.99; SOFLO: 5. Gaby Banks 53.16, 8. Paige Lane, 53.94; Open, 1. Allyson Ponson, Unattached 50.63, 2. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 51.29, 3. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 51.72; SOFLO: 9. Maya Coffey 54.16, 11. Kathleen Golding 52.67.

200-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:04.03, 2. Ella Martinez, ECAC 2:06.69, 3. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 2:07.55; SOFLO: 6. Mallory Schleicher 2:10.00, 7. Molly Golding 2:10.91; Open, 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 1:58.77, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 2:03.71, 3. Emily Cordovi, GRSC 2:04.17.

50-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Lucia Miller, SAS 30.50, 2. Michaela Avedisian, ECAC 31.45, 3. Molly Golding, SOFLO 31.46; SOFLO: 7. Gaby Banks 32.17; Open, 1. Chad Nersicio, ECAC 29.51, 2. Patricia Casella, Azura 29.57, 3. Evita Leter, MAC 30.09.

100-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Lucia Miller, SAS 59.14, 2. Corinne Davenport, SFTL 59.50, 3. Megan Murphy, ECAC 1:00.33; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 1:01.51, 9. Gaby Banks 1:03.77; Open, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 57.10, 2. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 58.56, 3. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 58.86; SOFLO: 10. Maya Coffey 1:05.09.

400-yard freestyle relay:
Open, 1. East Coast 3:29.83, 2. Azura 3:31.34, 3. SOFLO A 3:32.69 (Mary Smutny, Paige Lane, Kathleen Golding, Gaby Banks), 13. SOFLO B 3:43.71 (Maya Coffey, Jacqueline Lugo, Mallory Schleicher, Molly Golding).

BOYS

500-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 4:28.10, 2. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 4:40.36, 3. Patrick Doyle, SUN 4:43.05; SOFLO: 4. Dominic Bono 4:44.20, 5. Nicolas Rossi 4:44.95, 7. Lance Lesage 4:46.64; Open, 1. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 4:31.69, 2. Daniel Seabaugh, RCA 4:36.96, 3. Rodolfo Falcon, Azura 4:37.85; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 4:38.43, 9. Sebastian Lares 4:51.05.

200-yard freestyle relay:
Open, 1. Azura 1:23.72, 2. Gulliver 1:26.35, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:26.70, 8. SOFLO A 1:29.25 (Rafael Rodriguez, Michael Arias, Robert Wilson, Lance Lesage), 12. SOFLO B 1:30.78 (Juan Pablo Pineda, Juan Colmenares, Nicolas Rossi, Juan Serna).

200-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:50.05, 2. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 1:50.65, 3. Joshua Balbi, SAS 1:53.27; SOFLO: 6. Dominic Bono 1:54.59, 9. Juan Colmenares 1:58.45, 10. Miguel Sierra 1:58.90, 11. Nicolas Rossi 1:59.07; Open, 1. Jacob Bening, RCA 1:48.85, 2. Marco Cabrera, Unattached 1:52.19, 3. Juan Zapata, Azura 1:53.29; SOFLO: 8. Leonardo Mateus 1:59.27.

100-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 45.42, 2. Raphael Santos, PC 46.86, 3. Joshua Hanks, PC 47.16; SOFLO: 4. Michael Arias 47.26, 7. Robert Wilson 48.13, 10. Lance Lesage 48.60; Open, 1. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 45.33, 2. Steven Aimable, Azura 45.87, 3. Sidrell Williams, Azura 45.92.

200-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 1:52.90, 2. Joshua Balbi,sAS 1:52.97, 3. Miguel Sierra, SOFLO 1:54.70, 9. John Paul Handal 1:59.51, 10. Javier Roman 2:00.22; Open, 1. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 1:47.21, 2. Juan Zapata, Azura 1:50.01, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:50.29.

50-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 26.22, 2. Juan Pablo Pineda, SOFLO 27.40, 3. Michael Fernanez, SAS 27.45; SOFLO: 6. Javier Roman 28.75; Open, 1. Andrew Rogatinsky, PST 27.22, 2. Brandon Moran, Azura 27.25, 3. Steven Aimable, Azura 27.40.

100-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 52.70, 2. Raphael Santos, PC 52.72, 3. John Hollowell, SAS 54.76; SOFLO: 6. Philopatier Ibrahim 55.27, 10. Juan Pablo Pineda 56.32; Open, 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 51.01, 2. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 52.91, 3. Juan Zapata, Azura 53.47; SOFLO: 10. Sebastian Lares 55.38.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Azura 3:05.24, 2. Metro Aquatics 3:06.60, 3. Gulliver 3:07.00, 4. SOFLO A 3:12.42 (Robert Wilson, Rafael Rodriguez, Lance Lesage, Michael Arias), 10. SOFLO B 3:16.06 (Philopatier Ibrahim, Sebastian Lares, Miguel Sierra, Juan Colmenares).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

When: Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 4 p.m.

Estimated Timelines: Saturday, prelims 8:30-11:36 a.m., finals 5-7:12 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m.-11:57 p.m., finals 4-7:08 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and will be available online at soflomeets.info/seniorchamps and on Meet Mobile. For information call the swim office, 954-538-3721.

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

Farah Leads SOFLO On Final Day Of FGC Senior Championships; SOFLO Finishes Eighth


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, July 29, 2018—Jonathan Farah was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher on the final day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Sunday at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Farah, 20, an American Heritage alum and junior-to-be at Boston College, placed fifth in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:02.05 with a 0.75 time drop and fifth in the 200-meter individual medley in 218.59. He also led off SOFLO’s 12th place 200-meter medley relay. Farah finished with 44 points in high point.

SOFLO finished eighth among combined teams with 481 points. Azura Florida Aquatics defended its title with 1,328 points. Pine Crest Swimming was second with 1,080 points.

In the girls and boys age group team divisions, SOFLO was seventh with 90.50 points in the girls 15-16; third with 171.50 points in the boys 15-16; 11th with 59 points in the boys 17-and-over and 17th with 25 points in the girls 17-and-over.

Robert Wilson, 15, was SOFLO’s only other top five finisher in the 50-meter freestyle. Wilson was fifth in the 25.06 with a time drop of 0.11. Wilson finished with 54 points.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,328, 2. Pine Crest Swimming 1,080, 3. Gulliver Swim Club 1,029, 4. Metro Aquatics 947, 5. East Coast Aquatic Club 801, 6. North Palm Beach 498.50, 7. TS Aquatics 493, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 481, 9. Miami Swimming 398.50, 10. City of Hialeah 390, 16. Boca Raton Swim Team 198.

GIRLS 15-16, 1. Pine Crest Swimming 400, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 258.50, 3. Gulliver 241, 4. tie, TS Aquatics, Azura 197, 7. SOFLO 90.50.

GIRLS 17-AND-OVER: 1. Pine Crest 474, 2. North Palm Beach 230.50, 3. Gulliver 186, 4. East Coast Aquatic Club 156, 5. Metro Aquatics 108.50, 14. Boca Raton 34, 17. SOFLO 25.

BOYS 15-16, 1. Metro Aquatics 290.50, 2. City of Hialeah 181, 3. SOFLO 171.50, 4. Guliver 169, 5. North Palm Beach 154.

BOYS 17-AND-0VER, 1. Azura 644.50, 2. Metro Aquatics 187, 3. Westminster Academy 171, 4. Pine Crest 150, 5. Miami Swimming 146.50, 7. BRST 120, 11. SOFLO 59.

GIRLS

200-meter medley relay:
1. Metro Aquatics 2:03.06, 2. Gulliver 2:05.02, 3. Azura 2:07.82, 9. SOFLO A 2:10.63 (Melissa Marinheiro, Naomi Eaton, Daniela Curbelo, Maya Coffey), 16. SOFLO B 2:19.56 (Jena Legaspi, Kyana Castro, Michelle Marinheiro, Abby Oyetunji).

100-meter backstroke:
15-16, 1. Hanna Smith, PCS 1:08.54, 2. Ella Gates ECAC 1:09.15, 3. Madison Schain, AKS 1:09.87; Open, 1. Jessica Nava, PC 1:05.50, 2. Solana Capalbo, Azura 1:07.25, 3. Megan Schimansky, CSSC 1:07.30.

50-meter butterfly:
15-16, 1. Delaney Biro, TSA 29.32, 2. Emiliana Vivas, Unattached 29.40, 3. Amanda Kopas, Azura 29.61; Open, 1. Jessica Nava, PCS 27.87, 2. Emily Cordovi, GRSC 28.24, 3. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 28.57.

100-meter breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Adrianna Barone, PCS 1:18.61, 2. Valeria Strohmeier, GRSC 1:18.93, 3. Michaela Avedisian, ECAC 1:20.34; SOFLO: 8. Naomi Eaton 1:22.50; Open, 1. Victoria Miyamoto, PCS 1:15.00, 2. Cailin Merck, Unattached 1:15.94, 3. Emily Santos, Unattached 1:16.83.

50-meter freestyle:
15-16, 1. Rachel Botting, PC 26.97, 2. Hanna Smith, PCS 27.63, 3. Delaney Biro, TSA 27.96; Open, 1. Jessica Nava, PCS 26.63, 2. Alexa Rivera, ECAC 27.00, 3. Allison Kopas, Unattached 27.14.

200-meter individual medley:
15-16, 1. Amanda Kopas, Azura 2:27.15, 2. Valeria Strohmeier, GRSC 2:28.91, 3. Adrianna Barone, PCS 2:29.31; SOFLO: 11. Daniela Curbelo 2:36.92, time drop 3.49, 14. Naomi Eaton 2:38.46, time drop 0.38; Open, 1. Victoria Miyamoto, PCS 2:23.60, 2. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 2:24.84, 3.Erin Tague, NPB 2:34.47.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Gulliver 4:35.35, 2. East Coast 4:37.75, 3. Metro Aquatics 4:38.12, 9. SOFLO A 4:54.11 (Maya Coffey, Naomi Eaton, Daniela Curbelo, Melissa Marinheiro), 13. SOFLO B 5:04.45 (Jena Legaspi, Michelle Marinheiro, Kyana Castro, Abby Oyetunji).

BOYS

200-meter medley relay:
1. Westminster Academy 1:43.94, 2. Azura A 1:47.62, 3. Azura B 1:48.54, 12. SOFLO A 1:56.98 (Jonathan Farah, John Paul Handal, Robert Wilson, Heath Brames).

100-meter backstroke:
15-16, 1. Gavin Smith, NPB 1:00.47, 2. Alex Marrero, SFTL 1:01.15, 3. Eduardo Abal, Unattached 1:02.61; SOFLO: 14. Leonardo Mateus 1:05.76, time drop 0.02; Open, 1. Robinson Molina, WA 57.16, 2. Edson Lima, Unattached 57.75, 3. Gonzalo Vegas, Azura 1:00.15; SOFLO: 5. Jonathan Farah 1:02.05, time drop 0.75.

50-meter butterfly:
15-16, 1. Caleb Petranchuk, JDST 25.64, 2. Santiago Velasquez, Unattached 26.27, 3. Sebastian Silva, Unattached 26.82; SOFLO: 8. Robert Wilson 27.59, 13. John Paul Handal 28.35, time drop 0.01; Open, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 24.78, 2. Anthony Barbar, WA 25.08, 3. Edson Lima, Unattached 25.09.

100-meter breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Raphael Windmuller, NMST 1:06.30, 2. Carlos Nava, MAC 1;08.48, 3. Cameron Brown, Azura 1:09.56; SOFLO: 13. John Paul Handal 1:16.25, time drop 0.96; Open, 1. Victoria Miyamoto, PCS 1:15.00, 2. Cailin Merck, Unattached 1:15.94, 3. Emily Santos, Unattached 1:16.83.

50-meter freestyle:
15-16, 1. Caleb Petranchuk, JDST 24.42, 2. Reese Branzell, LLL 24.46, 3. Carlos Nava, MAC 24.60; SOFLO: 5. Robert Wilson 25.06, time drop 0.11, 7. Michael Arias 25.29, time drop 0.04; Open, 1. Phillippe Marcoux, SFTL 23.55, 2. Sidrell Williams, Azura 23.71, 3. Robinson Molina, WA 23.75.

200-meter individual medley:
15-16, 1. Manuel Lopez, Unattached 2:13.33, 2. Jose Ochoa, Unattached 2:14.31, 3. Michael Fernandez, HSC 2:15.89; SOFLO: 14. John Paul Handal 2:23.06; Open, 1. Sean Arrington, MS 2:12.92, 2. Julian Enrique Iturbe, Azura 2:12.94, 3. Ricardo Torres, Azura 2:14.51; SOFLO: 5. Jonathan Farah 2:18.59.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Westminster Academy 3:55.84, 2. Azura 3:56.43, 3. Azura 4:04.63, 15. SOFLO A 4:31.03 (Leonardo Mateus, John Paul Handal, Robert Wilson, Nicolas Rossi).

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

SOFLO’s Luke Lezotte Double Winner On Final Day Of FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 31, 2017—Luke Lezotte won two events on the final day of the Florida Gold Coast LCM Senior Championships Sunday at Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Lezotte, 16, won the 15-16 50-meter butterfly in 25.30 with a time drop of 1.13 and 50-meter freestyle in 23.88 with a time drop of 0.22.

Also during Senior Champs, SOFLO’s Kevin Porto and Juan Diaz made their first cuts for this week’s USA Swimming Futures Championships and are on their way to Nashville.

Porto, 17, made it in the 100-meter freestyle off his 50 freestyle relay leadoff leg and Diaz, 17, made it in the 200-meter backstroke.

Other Top 8 SOFLO finishes:

Leonardo Mateus, 15, second, 1500-meter freestyle, 16:54.58, time drop of 16.63, breaking 17 minutes for the first time.

Samuel Quintero, 16, fourth, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:09.40, time drop of 0.06.

Kylie Herman, eighth, 200-meter individual medley, 2:37.44.

Jonathan Farah, eighth, 100-meter backstroke, 1:01.71.

With 37 swimmers competing in 125 individual events and 14 relays, South Florida Aquatic Club finished seventh with 540 points.

Azura Florida Aquatics won the combined team title with 1,295.50 points. Defending champion Swim Fort Lauderdale finished sixth with 586.

Several SOFLO swimmers did not compete because of this week’s Southern Zones (Aug. 1-5) in Tupelo, Miss., USA Futures Championships (Aug. 3-5) in Nashville, Tenn., and Junior Nationals (Aug. 8-12) in Long Island, N.Y.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,295.50, 2. Gulliver Swim Club 1,245, 3. Metro Aquatics 930, 4. Miami Swimming 760, 5. Westminster Academy 638.50, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 586, 7. South Florida Aquatic Club 540, 8. North Palm Beach 467, 9. Pine Crest Swimming 423.50, 10. Jupiter Dragons 393.50.

HIGH POINT TOTALS: GIRLS: 15-16, 1. Amanda Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 113, 2. Solana Capalbo, Azura 94, 3. Olivia Hernandez, Gulliver 84, 30. Isabella Di Salvo, SOFLO 32, 69. Elise Larin, SOFLO 4; Open, 1. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 105, 2. Elizabeth Zubero, SFTL 101, 3. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 91; 22. Daniela Curbelo, SOFLO 42, 24. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 40, 27. Kylie Herman, SOFLO 35, 86. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOFLO 2.

BOYS: 15-16, 1. Mattheus Santos, PB 110, 2. John Torres, FFSC 108.50, 3. Alexander Gardner, Sarasota 104.50; 16. Luke Lezotte, SOFLO 49, 19. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 45, 35. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 30, 47. David Avalos Aday, SOFLO 13; Open, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 102.50, 2. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 89, 3. David Lambert, Westminster Academy 80, 24. Jonathan Farah, SOFLO 42, 36. Juan Diaz, SOFLO 30, 37. Ryan Capote, SOFLO 29.50, 53. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 12, 81. Heath Brames, SOFLO 4, 85. Kevin Porto, SOFLO 3.

GIRLS

200-meter medley relay: 1. Gulliver 2:02.28, 2. Miami Swimming 2:03.00, 3. Azura 2:03.53, 16. SOFLO A 2:13.93 (Isabella Di Salvo, Kellie Wilcox, Daniela Curbelo,. Kylie Herman).

100-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Gabriella Antonini, Gulliver 1:05.64, 2. Kayla Kraft, Gulliver 1:07.13, 3. Allora Williams. SwimFast 1:09.26; SOFLO: 15. Isabella Di Salvo 1:12.18, time drop, 1:12.90, time drop, prelims, 28. Kellie Wilcox 1:16.34, 30. Maya Coffey 1:16.53, 33. Rebekah Ling 1:16.76, time drop, 44. Alana Acevedo 1:20.12; Open, 1. Andrea Sansores de la Fuente, QROO 1:05.47, 2. Roxanne Yu, Hurricanes 1:05.58, 3. Suzanne Afchain, WA 1:07.38; SOFLO: 29. Daniela Curbelo 1:15.32, time drop.

50-meter butterfly: 15-16, 1. Sydney Torres, SAS 29.62, 2. Victoria Holcomb, SRQ 29.78, 3. Daniela Salcedo, LLL 29.84; SOFLO: 10. Isabella Di Salvo 30.88, time drop, 31.61, time drop prelims, 18. Maya Coffey 31.87, 62. Rebekah Ling 35.01, 65. Alexandra Crespo 35.41; 54. Shelley Sikes 34.44; Open, 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 27.89, 2. Fabiana Pesce, Unattached 28.23, 3. Victoria Fonville, WA 28.43; SOFLO: 21. Kylie Herman 31.74, time drop, 37. Michelle Marinheiro 33.16.

100-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:15.16, 2. Madison Lichtig, NPB 1:18.17, 3. Stephanie Suarez, MAC 1:18.54; SOFLO: 13. Elise Larin 1:21.95, time drop, 33. Katherine DeBarros 1:27.22, 44. Valentina Carrion; Open, 1. Nicole Hunnewell, FIU 1:13.58, 2. Elizabeth Zubero, SFTL 1:13.67, 3. Patricia Casellas, Azura 1:14.52; SOFLO: 35. Daniela Curbelo 1:28.53.

50-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Solana Capalbo, Azura 26.99, 2. Allora Williams, SF 27.29, 3. Sydney Torres, SAS 27.64; SOFLO: 42. Maya Coffey 29.83, 61. Kellie Wilcox 30.79, time drop, 66. Sophia Bedoya 30.95, time drop, 73. Alana Acevedo 31.25, 75. Rebekah Ling 31.32, 78. Valentina Carrion 31.47; Open, 1. Victoria Fonville, WA 25.36, 2. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 26.10, 3. Iliana Oikonomou, Hurricanes 26.57; SOFLO: 45. Abby Oyetunji 29.89, 60. Michelle Marinheiro 30.50.

200-meter individual medley: 15-16, 1. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 2:22.91, 2. Hannah Virgin, PC 2:26.26, 3. Victoria Holcomb, SRQ 2:29.55; Open, 1. Elizabeth Zubero, PC 2:21.73, 2. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 2:28.86, 3. Andrea Kyriakidis, Hurricanes 2:29.77; SOFLO: 8. Kylie Herman 2:37.44.

1500-meter freestyle: 14-and-under, 1. Caroline Pennington, Unattached 18:08.88, 2. Lucia Miller, SAS 18:46.20; 15-16, 1. Sidney Starman, Gulliver 18:22.33, 2. Adrianna Barone, PC 18:40.84, 3. Taylor Spillman, Unattached 18:50.17; 17-and-over, 1. Catalina Galea Berraud, SFTL 17:53.42, 2. Avery Sanquist, JDST 18:12.08, 3. Lacy Phillips, ECAC 18:46.75.

BOYS

200-meter medley relay: 1. Westminster Academy 1:46.08, 2. Azura 1:46.37, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:46.56, 7. SOFLO A 1:50.23 (Jonathan Farah, Samuel Quintero, Luke Lezotte, Kevin Porto), 14. SOFLO B 1:58.08 (Leonardo Mateus, Michael Arias, Juan Diaz, Heath Brames).

100-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. tie, John Torres, FFSC and Joshua Balbi, SAS 1:00.70, 3. Gavin Smith, NPB 1:02.20; SOFLO: 10. Leonardo Mateus 1:04.24, time drop; Open, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 57.50, 2. Edson Lima, Azura 57.90, 3. Patrick Groters, PC 58.32; SOFLO: 8. Jonathan Farah 1:01.71, 9. Juan Diaz 1:02.30, time drop 1:02.30, 10. Ryan Capote 1:02.83; SOFLO: 21. Wyatt Jennessee 1:08.78, 25. Ty Lezotte 1:10.90.

50-meter butterfly: 15-16, 1. Luke Lezotte, SOFLO 25.30, time drop, 2. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 25.41, 3. Diego Machado, TSA 26.42; SOFLO: 18. David Avalos Aday 28.54, 39. Sebastian Sevilla 29.78, 44. Eiza Gantus 29.90, time drop; Open, 1. David Lambert, WA 24.34, 2. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 24.82, 3. Edison Lima, Azura 25.12; SOFLO: 25. Juan Diaz 27.33, time drop, 26. Heath Brames 27.36, time drop, 53. Wyatt Jennessee 28.87, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Diego Duarte Sulvaran, QROO 1:07.88, 2. Brandon Moran, Azura 1:08.58, 3. Alexander Gardner, SRQ 1:08.58; SOFLO: 4. Samuel Quintero 1:09.40, time drop, 10. David Avalos Aday 1:12.58, time drop; Open, 1. Adan Diaz, Azura 1:05.11, 2. Marco Guarente, Azura 1:05.20, 3. Marcelo Lauzurique, Gulliver 1:05.95; SOFLO: 33. Jonathan Strod 1:19.10.

50-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Luke Lezotte, SOFLO 23.88, time drop, 2. Mattheus Santos, PB 24.13, 3. Massimo Ogliari, Unattached 24.43; SOFLO: 28. David Avalos Aday 26.48, time drop, 54. Eiza Gantus 27,22, time drop; Open, 1. David Lambert, WA 22.35, 2. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 23.01, 3. Daniel Torres, Azura 23.38; SOFLO: 15. Ryan Capote 24.47, 25. Heath Brames 25.03, time drop, 39. Casey Moya 25.82, time drop, 44. Michael Arias 25.89, time drop, 65. Wyatt Jennessee 26.98.

200-meter individual medley: 15-16, 1. Juan Zapata, TSA 2:11.31, 2. Alexander Gardner, SRQ 2:12.69, 3. Jose Ochoa, MAC 2:14.79; SOFLO: 21. Sebastian Sevilla 2:26.93; Open 1. Adan Diaz, Azura 2:09.24, 2. Sean Arrington, Miami Swimming 2:12.74, 3. Patrick Groters, PC 2:13.78; SOFLO: 10. Jonathan Farah 2:17.12, 29. Jonathan Strod 2:33.49.

1500-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Mattheus Santos, PB 16:41.78, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 16:54.58, time drop, 3. Sebastian Silva, Unattached 16:57.73; 17-and-over, 1. Franco Lupoli, Azura 16:24.90, 2. Bernardo Abascal, Azura 16:27. 91, 3. Andres Lares, Azura 16:30.39.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Shine Over Two Days Of FGC Senior Championships With National Record, Two Futures Cuts


By Sharon Robb

July 30, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are making their mark at the Florida Gold Coast LCM Senior Championships at Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Over two days, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson broke her own national record in the 100-meter freestyle in 55.35, lowering her own record of 56.06 she set three years ago. She now heads to Moscow for the Aug. 2 FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Series begins.

Kevin Porto and Juan Diaz made their first cuts for the Aug. 3-6 USA Swimming Futures Championships in Nashville, Tenn.

Porto made it in the 100-meter freestyle off his 50 freestyle relay leadoff leg and Juan Diaz made it in the 200-meter backstroke.

There were other good swims on Saturday night.

Daniela Curbelo was second in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:20.27 with a time drop of 2.27. She was also ninth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.39 with a time drop of 1.75.

Kylie Herman was sixth in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:30.19 with a time drop of 0.59.

Leonardo Mateus was fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:49.40 with a time drop of 3.27.

South Florida Aquatic Club is fifth among combined teams with 372 points. Gulliver, Azura and Metro Aquatics are the top three teams battling it out for the team title headed into the third and final day on Sunday.

SOFLO has 37 swimmers competing in 125 individual events and 14 relays in 10 events. Several swimmers are not competing because of upcoming Futures and Junior Nationals.

The field features 42 Florida Gold Coast teams including Azura Florida Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Gulliver Swim Club, Jupiter Dragons, Metro Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming and East Coast Aquatic Club and several non-FGC teams including Wyoming Aquatics, Quintana Roo, Stone Crabs Swim Team and Sarasota Tsunami.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gulliver Swim Club 820, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 786, 3. Metro Aquatics 706, 4. Miami Swimming 485.50, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 372, 6. Westminster Academy 363,7. North Palm Beach 345, 8. Swim Fort Lauderdale 324, 9. Jupiter Dragons 299, 10. Pine Crest Swimming 292.50.

HIGH POINT LEADERS: GIRLS, 15-16, 1. Amanda Kopas, SFTL 72, 2. Olivia Hernandez, Gulliver 60, 3. Nicole Gomez, NPB 60; SOFLO: 37. Isabella Di Salvo 19; BRST: 47. Emily Chen 9; Open, 1. Elizabeth Zubero, SFTL 64, 2. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 63, 3. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 54; SOFLO: 6. Daniela Curbelo 42, 7. Alia Atkinson 40, 25. Kylie Herman 24, 69. Katrina Del Vecchio 2, 75. Michelle Marinheiro, 1; BRST: 44. Frances Morales 15, 9. Kaley Creighton 2.

BOYS, 15-16, 1. Mattheus Santos, PB 80, 2. Alexander Gardner, Sarasota 71, 3. John Torres, FFSC 69, SOFLO: 12. Leonardo Mateus 38, 39. Samuel Quintero 15, 44. Luke Lezotte 9, 52. David Avalos Aday 6; Open, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 79, 2. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 70, 3. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 54; BRST: 22. Miguel Bernotti 27, 47. Jose Garcia 11; SOFLO: 26. Jonathan Farah 24, 32. Juan Diaz 21, 35. Ryan Capote, 18, 68. Heath Brames 4, 73. Kevin Porto 3.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:06.87, 2. Olivia Hernandez, Gulliver 2:09.19, 3. Sarah Abril, Gulliver 2:10.53; SOFLO: 19. Maya Coffey 2:17.25, 51. Rebekah Ling 2:24.01, 58. Valentina Carrion 2:31.07; Open, 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 2:02.81, 2. Daniela Hernandez, Azura 2:08.88, 3. Mariangela Cincotti, Unattached 2:09.85 SOFLO: 16. Michele Marinheiro 2:15.98, 2:15.50, prelims time drop, 34. Abby Oyetunji 2:20.56.

50-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Kayla Kraft, Gulliver 31.75, 2. Gabriella Beltrano, SAS 31.81, 3. Allora Williams, SwimFast 31.88; BRST: 9. Emily Chen 32.19, time drop, 21. Naomi Glanzman 34.80, time drop; SOFLO: 14. Isabella Di Salvo 34.34, 27. Kellie Wilcox 35.32, time drop, 31. Maya Coffet 35.61, time drop, 41. Rebekah Ling 36.30, 45. Alana Acevedo 36.99; Open, 1. Andrea Sansores De La Fuente, QROO 29.95, 2. Suzanne Afchan, WA 30.51, 3. Miriyam, Ghali, PC 31.24; BRST: 26. Frances Morales 34.31, 36. Elizabeth Sikes 35.57, time drop, 46. Jillian Fisher 36.54; SOFLO: 40. Michelle Marinheiro 35.87.

200-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Hannah Virgin, PC 2:36.14, 2. Adrianna Barone, PC 2:48.77, 3. Stephanie Suarez, MAC 2:49.31; SOFLO: 18. Katherine DeBarros 3:06.48; Open, 1. Nicole Hunnewell, FIU 2:37.38, 2. Elizabeth Zubero, SFTL 2:37.84, 3. Andrea Kyriakidis, Hurricanes 2:44.41; BRST: 7. Frances Morales 2:57.82.

100-meter butterfly: 15-16, 1. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 1:01.92, 2. Jennifer Secrest,NPB 1:01.99, 3. Keeley Maduro, PC 1:05.44; SOFLO: 13. Isabella DiSalvo 1:09.86, time drop, 28. Maya Coffey 1:10.72; BRST: 29. Naomi Glanzman 1:11.15; Open, 1. Alessandra Baldari, Unattached 1:01.47, 2. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 1:02.89, 3. Elizabeth Zubero, SFTL 1:03.70; SOFLO: 9. Daniela Curbelo 1:06.39, time drop, 15. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:08.66, 22. Kylie Herman 1:09.51, time drop.

400-meter individual medley: 15-16, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 5:08.30, 2. Adrianna Barone, PC 5:17.47, 3. Erin Tague, LLL 5:18.28; Open, 1. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 5:11.14, 2. Daniela Curbelo, SOFLO 5:20.27, time drop, 3. Acadia Rubin, NPB 5:22.14; SOFLO: 6. Kylie Herman 5:30.19, time drop.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Metro Aquatics 8:53.63, 2. Miami Swimming 8:54.91, 3. Gulliver 8:54.98, 6. SOFLO A 9:15.89 (Maya Coffey, Abby Oyetunji, Michelle Marinheiro, Kylie Herman).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Mattheus Santos, PB 1:55.33, 2. Diego Machado, TSA 1:56.43, 3. Alexander Gardner, SRQ 1:56.68; SOFLO: 14. Leonardo Mateus 2:03.04, time drop; Open, 1. Alex Cronin, Jupiter 1:53.38, 2. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 1:53.52, 3. Tyler Zuyus, PB 1:54.21; SOFLO: 12. Ryan Capote 1:59.74, time drop prelims, 2:00.43, 13. Heath Brames 2:00.39, time drop, 18. Juan Diaz 2:01.64, 48. Michael Arias 2:07.39; BRST: 11. Carlos Bernotti 1:57.38, time drop.

50-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 27.74, 2. John Torres, FFSC 28.49, 3. Samuel Medina, Unattached 28.63; SOFLO. 28. David Avalos Aday 31.71; Open, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 26.78, 2. Patrick Groters, PC 26.89, 3. Daniel Torres, Azura 27.18; SOFLO: 8. Jonathan Farah 28.19, time drop, 11. Ryan Capote 28.82, time drop, 12. Juan Diaz 28.84, 24. Heath Brames 30.74, 30. Wyatt Jennessee 31.33, time drop, 37. Ty Lezotte 31.70, time drop.

200-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Alexander Gardner, SRQ 2:28.62, 2. Miguel Angel Caballero, Unattached 2:30.13, 3. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:31.68; Open, 1. Adan Diaz, Azura 2:19.07, 2. Marcelo Lauzurique, Gulliver 2:23.64, 3. Marco Guarente, Azura 2:24.64; 14. Pedro Bernotti 2:41.37 prelims/2:42.64, 22. David Genz 2:53.45

100-meter butterfly: 15-16, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 56.19, 2. Quoctuan Ho, ECAC 58.36, 3. Diego Machado, TSA 58.39; SOFLO: 23. David Avalos Aday 1:03.16; Open, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 55.07, 2. Felipe Zapata, WA 55.18, 3. Edson Lima, Azura 55.43; SOFLO: 19. Jonathan Farah 1:00.10, time drop; BRST: 6. Miguel Bernotti 56.46, time drop, 44. Matthew Taddonio 1:03.85, time drop.

400-meter individual medley: 15-16, 1. Juan Zapata, TSA 4:39.57, 2. Manuel Lopez, MAC 4:45.05, 3. Nestor Montero, MAC 4:48.12; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 4:49.40, time drop; Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 4:36.70, 2. Bernardo Abascal, Azura 4:44.00, 3. Julian Enrique Iturbe, Azura 4:48.94.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Metro Aquatics 7:47.27, 2. Azura 7:50.74, 3. Gulliver 8:09.87, 5. SOFLO A 8:29.87 (Leonardo Mateus, Heath Brames, Ty Lezotte, Juan Diaz).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast LCM Senior Championships

When: Sunday

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

Schedule: Sunday, Session V, 8:30 a.m.-1:43 p.m., Session VI, 5-8:04 p.m.

Defending champion: Swim Fort Lauderdale.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session for prelims and $3 per session for finals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

TYR MARCH SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Ricardo Roche


By Sharon Robb

May 12, 2017—Two years ago Ricardo Roche got serious about his swimming and it’s made a world of difference.

“I was always competitive and I always wanted to be my best, but two years ago I started looking at cuts and wanting to go out of town to meets,” the South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer said.

“I started to mature and got a little more dedicated. Coach beat me up more in workouts and I started going to the gym.”

The dedication has paid off for the Pembroke Pines Charter junior and SOFLO national team member.

Roche, 17, turned in his finest performance at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in his home pool at Academic Village. He swam six best times in individual events, was a member of three relays and now has three Junior National cut times.

Roche dropped 30.29 seconds off his previous best time winning the 1,650-yard freestyle. He finished in 15:44.80 and played a key role in SOFLO winning the combined team and men’s team titles.

In his other five events, he was:

Second in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:00.36, 8.73 time drop.

Third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:34.48, 8.28 time drop from 4:42.76.

Third in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:50.69, 3.59 time drop from 1:54.28.

Eighth in the 200-yard freestyle, 1:42.99, 3.92 time drop.

Eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.71, 1.64 time drop.

“I wanted to drop all of my times and I got the times I wanted to get,” Roche said. “This was really big, it was my best meet. I got my Junior National cuts and I am moving up.”

Roche finished fifth in high point in the open division with 115 points.

Roche has been swimming for 13 years. He learned the basics in Mexico, where he was born, and continued in South Florida when his family moved. Roche has dual citizenship and can compete for both Mexico and U.S. He has been on the national team since his freshman year of high school.

“I am happy about how I am doing,” Roche said. “I don’t think I am super surprised. I do work hard even though sometimes I slack and tend to miss a practice. But I give it my best.”

Roche played soccer in Mexico but gave it up for swimming.

“I just like the sport, I love the water,” Roche said. “I have a passion for it. I’m not sure why, I just do.”

Roche trains six days a week with his SOFLO teammates. He has three junior national cuts in the mile, 800 freestyle and 200 backstroke.

“I think I am bigger, stronger and faster and that’s helped me improve,” said Roche, now motivated by the prospect of earning a college scholarship and competing internationally.

“College is the goal for sure,” Roche said. “A few years ago I didn’t really focus on it. I didn’t think about it back then. But now I started to focus on it a lot. I am narrowing my goals for the future.”

Roche is the only swimmer in his family. Younger brother Carlo, 15, is a talented cyclist who competes at the Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome.

“He is really good, but I am glad I chose swimming,” Roche said. “I was super excited after seniors. I got best times and the team won which was best of all.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Wins Combined, Boys Team Titles At FGC Senior Championships; Five-Peats JOs, Seniors In Same Season


By Sharon Robb

March 26, 2017—-The winning tradition continues at South Florida Aquatic Club.

With a combination of depth, talent and confidence, SOFLO swimmers captured the combined and boys’ team titles Sunday night at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

SOFLO won the combined team title with a 145-point cushion with 2,748 points. Gulliver Swim Club was second with 2,571 and Pine Crest Swimming was third with 2,122 points.

In the friendly confines of their home Academic Village Swimming Pool, SOFLO swimmers added another page to its history books.

With 57 talented swimmers, SOFLO got its’ five-peat. After winning the FGC Junior Olympics for the seventh consecutive year and eighth overall earlier this month, the team captured both Seniors and JO titles in the same season for the fifth time in the team’s 17 years of existence.

“For us to be able to pull off the double of winning JOs and Seniors, that’s just crazy,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said after getting thrown into the pool during the post-meet celebration. “They found a way to win.”

Even more impressive is SOFLO accomplished the feat with no pro swimmers group.

“Our swimmers feel comfortable in our own pool,” Anderson said. “The fact we had a group that didn’t consist of pros motivated them even more. It seems more satisfying in a way to do it with our kids that have been here. I can appreciate it more for us.”

After several seconds and thirds, Kelley Heron, 17, won her first high point award since age 10 with 159 points, ahead of Jessica Nava of Pine Crest Swim Team with 149 and SOFLO teammate Jessica Rodriguez with 142.

Kathleen Golding, 16, won the 15-16 high point award with 203 points, edging out Mary Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks with 200.

SOFLO had three boys in the Top 10 15-16 high point. Samuel Quintero, 16, was third with 130 points; Rafael Rodriguez, 15, was fourth with 128 points and Luke Lezotte, 16, who had a huge breakthrough meet, was tenth with 97 points.

SOFLO had two boys in the Top 10 open high point. Ervin Marin, 17, was fifth with 124 points and Ricardo Roche, 16, tied for sixth with 115 points.

Jennifer Rodriguez made her first-ever cut for the Futures Championships.

“We got some high quality swims from kids that have been loyal to our program for four or five years,” Anderson said. “It is a very satisfying accomplishment do it with the kids that we have.”

SOFLO girls opened with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:42.97 with Kelley Heron, Alia Atkinson, Catalina Mendieta and Kathleen Golding.

Among other Top 3 finishers were:

Golding, first, 50-yard butterfly, 24.98, one of five SOFLO swimmers in the finals; first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.36; and second, 50-yard freestyle, 23.23.

Atkinson, after a long layoff, first in the 50-yard butterfly in 24.51.

Ricardo Roche won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:44.8

Heron, second, 100-yard backstroke, 57.95.

“I am definitely enjoying this,” Anderson said. “I am very satisfied where our staff and team is and progress and maturity of our team. We have not only cultivated a culture but we are growing it as well. We are consistently growing athletes and that’s a really good feeling to have.”

Jennifer Martin, 36, a sergeant with the Pembroke Pines Police Department training for the Aug. 6-16 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, got in some great racing against swimmers half her age.

Martin anchored SOFLO’s seventh place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:50.39; was 12th in the 50-yard butterfly in 27.79; and 15th

in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.24.

SOFLO hosted the seniors meet for the fifth time and will again host next year.

“I felt the effort everywhere from the coaches and officials to the volunteers and parents,” Anderson said. “We had some good input from the other coaches and a lot of really positive feedback. I can’t thank our officials and volunteers enough. We not only ran an efficient meet, but it was a first-class meet as well.”

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,748, 2. Gulliver Swim Club 2,571.5, 3. Pine Crest 2,122, 4. East Coast Aquatic Club 1,722, 5. Metro Aquatics 1,454.5, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1,303.5, 7. Azura 909.5, 8. Miami Swimming 742, 9. AquaKids Sharks 688.5, 10. Jupiter Dragons 513.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,431, 2. Gulliver 1,179.5, 3. Metro Aquatics 1,110.5, 4. East Coast 835, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 772, 6. Azura 622.5, 7. Pine Crest 559.5, 8. Miami Swimming 385, 9. Lake Lytal Lightning 358, 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 344.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Pine Crest 1,562.5, 2. Gulliver 1392, 3. SOFLO 1,317, 4. East Coast 887, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 531.5, 6. AquaKids Sharks 524.5, 7. Jupiter 449, 8. Miami Swimming 357, 9. Metro Aquatics 344, 10. North Palm Beach 330.

GIRLS

200-yard medley relay:

1.SOFLO A (Kelley Heron, Alia Atkinson, Catalina Mendieta, Kathleen Golding) 1:42.97, 2. Pine Crest 1:45.54, 3. East Coast 1:48.54, 7. SOFLO B (Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Katrina Del Vecchio, Jennifer Martin) 1:50.39.

100-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AKS 55.90, 2. Emily Cordovi, GRSC 56.12, 3. Gaby Antonini, GRSC 56.25; Open, 1. Jessica Nava, PC 55.08, 2. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 57.95, 3. Melannie Vargas, FFSC 58.21; SOFLO: 9. Jessica Rodriguez 1:01.50, 13. Daniela Curbelo 1:02.95, 19. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:05.12.

50-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 24.98, 2. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 25.00, 3. Emily Cordovi, GRSC 25.14; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 24.51, 2. Jessica Nava, PC 25.25, 3. Kyla Valls, MS 25.42; SOFLO: 4. Catalina Mendieta 25.77, 7. Katrina Del Vecchio 26.83, 8. Kelley Heron 26.89, 10. Daniela Curbelo 27.39, 12. Jennifer Marin 27.79, 13. Jessica Rodriguez 28.05, 17. Natasha Testa 28.41.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Hailey Jerew, AKS 1:03.99, 2. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:04.65, 3. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 1:05.48; SOFLO: 4. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:05.99, 9. Elise Larin 1:09.75; Open, 1. Patricia Casella, Azura 1:03.77, 2. Ianire Casarin, GRSC 1:05.68, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, PC 1:05.94; SOFLO: 4. Jessica Rodriguez 1:06.28, 5. Molly Golding 1:08.25, 16. Sara Quintero 1:15.93.

50-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 23.21, 2. Kathleen Golding 23.23, 3. Mary Smutny, AKS 23.46; Open, 1. Marta Ciesla, PC 23.25, 2. Cathy Cooper, SFTL 23.52, 3. Kyla Valls, MS 23.71; SOFLO: 13. Catalina Mendieta 25.10, 15. Jennifer Martin 25.24.

200-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:00.36, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 2:02.66, 3. Mary Smutny, AKS 2:02.82; SOFLO: 12. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:13.58; Open, 1. Allison Kopas, SFTL 2:03.27, 2. Victoria Miyamoto, PC 2:07.39, 3. Brooke Ellis, GRSC 2:07.63; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron 2:08.54, 12. Daniela Curbelo 2:14.04, 16. Sara Quintero 2:21.36.

1,650-yard freestyle:

1.Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, GRSC 16:57.40, 2. Avery Sanquist, JDST 17:42.40, 3. Adrianna Barone, PC 18:06.02.

400-yard medley relay:

1.Pine Crest 3:47.29, 2. East Coast 3:55.18, 3. Gulliver 3:55.27, 4. SOFLO A (Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding, Catalina Mendieta) 3:55.91, 6. SOFLO B (Isabella Di Salvo, Jessica Rodriguez, Alia Atkinson, Maya Coffey) 4:00.32.

BOYS

200-yard medley relay:

1.Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:33.44, 2. Gulliver 1:33.83, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:33.91, 5. SOFLO A (Ricardo Roche, Marc Rojas, Max Asnis, Luke Lezotte) 1:36.90, 10. SOFLO B (Kevin Porto, Ervin Marin, Juan Serna, Heath Brames) 1:40.03.

100-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1. Aitor Fungairino, MAC 50.89, 2. Trey Gribble, GRSC 51.95, 3. Tyler Zuyus, PB 52.57; SOFLO: 7. Rafael Rodriguez 54.50, 14. Leonardo Mateus 56.88; Open, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 47.92, 2. Edson Lima, Unattached 50.22, 3. Miguel Cancel, GRSC 50.78; SOFLO: 8. Ricardo Roche 52.71, 14. Kevin Porto 54.74, 16. Juan Diaz 55.20, 17. Luis Villanueva 55.30.

50-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 22.55, 2. Trey Gribble, GRSC 22.76, 3. Tyler Zuyus, PB 22.88; SOFLO: 5. Luke Lezotte 23.36, 10. Juan Serna 24.12; Open, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 22.27, 2. AJ Barbar, WA 22.34, 3. Edson Lima, Unattached 22.34; SOFLO: 12. Ervin Marin 24.17, 13. Kevin Porto 24.21, 16. Max Asnis 24.54, 18. Luis Villanueva 24.88.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Jacob Silberman, PC 1:00.03, 2. Kevin DeGrijze, ECAC 1:00.10, 3. Brandon Moran, Azura 1:00.30; SOFLO: 5. Samuel Quintero 1:00.64, 9. Tyler Bland 1:02.09; Open, 1. Adan Diaz, Azura 57.25, 2. Marcelo Lauzurique, GRSC 57.59, 3. Jose Pascual, CSSC 58.14; SOFLO: 7. Marc Rojas 58.76, 11. Ervin Marin 59.21.

50-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Kyle DiMatteo, LLL 21.26, 2. Nico Ferrara, PC 21.53, 3. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 21.55; SOFLO: 5. Luke Lezotte 21.69, 9. Rafael Rodriguez 22.45, 11. Juan Serna 22.39; Open, 1. Philippe Marcoux, SFTL 20.86, 2. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 21.21, 3. Steven Aimable, Unattached 21.22; SOFLO: 10. Luke Lezotte 22.03, 15. Max Asnis 22.17.

200-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Trey Gribble, GRSC 1:55.07, 2. Kevin DeGrijze, ECAC 1:58.05, 3. Juan Zapata, Unattached 1:58.98; SOFLO: 5. Samuel Quintero 2:00.65, 10. Leonardo Mateus 2:05.38, 19. Sebastian Sevilla 2:07.40; Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, GRSC 1:51.07, 2. Jorge Depassier, Azura 1:53.99, 3. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 1:54.62; SOFLO: 7. Max Asnis 1:57.28, 8. Luis Villanueva 2:00.14, 13. CJ Kopecki 2:01.50, 16. Juan Diaz 2:02.85.

1,650-yard freestyle:

1.Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 15:44.80, 2. Andres Lares, Azura 15:55.66, 3. Cameron Taddonio, BRST 16:09.66; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 16:11.07, 10. Leonardo Mateus 16:43.90, 27. Tomas Pelaez 17:52.04.

400-yard medley relay:

1.Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:22.80, 2. Metro Aquatics 3:23.81, 3. Gulliver 3:28.66, 5. SOFLO A (Ricardo Roche, Marc Rojas, Max Asnis, Kevin Porto) 3:33.37, 10. SOFLO B (Rafael Rodriguez, Ervin Marin, CJ Kopecki, Juan Serna) 3:38.30.

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