SOFLO Qualifies Record 25 Swimmers For All-Star Meet That Begins Saturday


By Sharon Robb

FORT PIERCE, March 31, 2017—The Florida Gold Coast All-Stars, with a big, strong contingent from South Florida Aquatic Club, will take on Florida Swimming at this weekend’s Florida Swimming vs. Florida Gold Coast All-Star Dual Meet at Indian River State College.

In last year’s meet, FGC won the boys team title, 329.5-306.5 with some outstanding swims from SOFLO swimmers.

Florida Swimming is defending champion in the combined (758.5-561.5) and girls (410-226) competition.

SOFLO had 25 swimmers qualify and will have 21 participate. Last year SOFLO had 15 qualify.

Four of the qualifiers—Lance Lesage, Michael Arias, Joseph Lee and Nicolas Rossi are not competing. The previous highest amount to qualify was 24 in 2010 when the Comets and Coral Springs Swim Club were merged.

SOFLO swimmers that will compete are: Natalia Sibug, Mariann Catalasan, Jonathan Lozano, Javier Colmenares, Alessandro Pereira, Sebastian Lares, Zackary Harris, Enrique Rodriguez, Diego Dulieu, Alejandro Mateus, Yannai Michael, Alex Golding, Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Michelle Marinheiro, Paige Lane, Katrina Del Vecchio, Sophia Rupert, Daniela Curbelo, Sarah Acevedo and Javier Roman.

Alejandro Mateus is defending champion in the 50-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly.

Lares, Pereira and Molly Golding were also top finishers last year.

The 25-yard short course meet, hosted by Indian River Aquatics, is for 10-and-under, 11-12, 13-and 14. All events are timed finals.

Friday was a travel day and team work out for Florida Gold Coast swimmers.

The swimmers are already showing their team spirit. One swimmer got a hair cut with the initials FGC shaved into the back of his head. Another swimmer has a t-shirt that reads, “I’m So Good, Your Mom Cheers For Me!”

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Swimming vs. Florida Gold Coast All-Star Dual Meet

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Session 1, 9 a.m.; Session 2, 3 p.m.; Sunday, Session 3, 9 a.m.

Where: Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.

Of note: Admission is $5 and heat sheets are $3 per session. For more information call Scott Kimmelman at 1-772-462-7760.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Well-Represented At Southern Zones Open Water Championship


By Sharon Robb

June 5, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are among the Florida Gold Coast 23-swimmer all-star contingent that will compete at this weekend’s Southern Zones Open Water Championship in Lake Echo at Seven Lakes, N.C.

Alana Acevedo, 13, Leonardo Mateus, 13, and Kevin Porto, 15, will represent SOFLO on the FGC All-Star team.

Ten FGC girls will compete in the 1,000 freestyle. They are Marissa Brannan, 15; Autumn Leigh, 18; Alicia Mancilla, 15; Mia Marquez, 14; Victoria Miyamoto, 15; Brianna Prindle, 17; Sloan Sizemore, 15; Isabella Taylor, 12, and Nicole Urquidi, 17.

Thirteen boys are entered in the 1,000 freestyle. They are Cameron Anderson, 16; Diego Avellaneda, 14; Alejandro Basalo, 14; Cassidy Blackwin, 17; Nick Carter, 25; Blake Manganiello, 19; Pierce Rotman, 14; Nicholas Sharp, 16; Samuel Smiddy, 21; Shawn Warner, 20; and Noah Zylberberg, 16.

Isabella Taylor, 12, will represent the FGC in the 11-12 2,000.

In the 5,000, Acevedo and Marquez will compete in the 13-14 and Marissa Brannan, 15, Alicia Mancilla, 15; Victoria Miyamoto, 15; and Sloan Sizemore, 15, will swim.

In the 13-14 boys 5,000 event, Diego Avellaneda, 14; Alejandro Bsalo, 14; Mateus; and Pierce Rotman, 14 while in the 15-16, Cameron Anderson, 16; Porto; Nicholas Sharp, 16; and Noah Zylberberg, 16, will race.

In the women 5,000 open, Autumn Leigh, 18, Brianna Prindle, 17; and Nicole Urquidi, 17, will race while in the men’s open, Cassidy Blackwin, 17; Nick Carter, 25; Blake Manganiello, 19; Samuel Smiddy, 21; and Shawn Warner, 20 are expected to dominate.

The Sandhills Sandsharks Swim Team and North Carolina Swimming are hosting the two-day event.

The course for all zone races is a 1K loop in Lake Echo.

A welcome clinic and 1K orientation swim was scheduled for Friday.

Four races will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the 11-12 2K and 13-14, 15-16 and senior open 5K will be held.

On the final day, the 14-and-under girls and boys 3K team pursuit and open women and men 3K team pursuit are scheduled.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Well-Represented For All-Star Weekend; Bianca Muniz On All-Star Coaching Staff


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 25, 2015—The Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented with a star-studded roster for this weekend’s All-Star dual meet at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

The Florida Gold Coast All-Stars 132-member team will compete against defending champion Florida Swimming on Saturday and Sunday in three timed final sessions.

South Florida Aquatic Club, defending FGC Junior Olympic champion, is sending 19 swimmers to the two-day meet. It is the second largest contingent SOFLO has qualified in its 15-year history.

SOFLO age group coach Bianca Muniz is a member of the FGC All-Star coaching staff. She will coach the talented 10-under boys group.

SOFLO has ten girls and nine boys competing. The girls are sisters Kathleen, 14, Molly, 11, and Sally, 10, Golding; Valentina Carrion, 12, Kayla Cunningham, 11, Isabella DiSalvo, 12, Erika Pelaez, 8, Delanie Perez, 14, Jennifer Rodriguz, 14, and Marianna Serrao, 13.

The boys are John Paul Handal, 12, Zackary Harris, 10, Jie Hoon Lee, 12, Leonardo Mateus, 13, Brandon Moran, 13, Samuel Quintero, 14, Rafael Rodriguez, 13, Nicolas Rossi, 12, and Gabriel Segui.

Kathleen Golding is seeded first in the 400-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle, 4:55.09.

Last year Golding won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.76, 200-yard breaststroke in 2:24.38, 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.55, and 400-yard individual medley in 4:24.66

The meet, which encourages camaraderie and sportsmanship, is a good stepping stone to the junior national and national level.

The events are timed finals with sessions at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Florida Gold Coast All-Stars are the underdogs. Florida Swimming dominates the meet annually although last year the FGC All-Star team had one of its finest showings.

Florida Swimming won the combined, 656.50-614.50 and women’s, 354.50-281.50 team titles. Florida Gold Coast won the boys team title, 333-302.

Among FGC champions were: Madelyn Hebert, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 29.70 and 50-yard breaststroke, 35.17; Andrea Santander, 12, 100-yard freestyle, 52.79, 50-yard freestyle, 24.40, 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.14, 50-yard breaststroke, 31.95; Savanna Yates, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:11.04, 100-yard individual medley, 1:00.28, 200-yard individual medley, 2:11.93; Jessica Nava, 14, 100-yard butterfly, 56.30, 200-yard butterfly, 2:03.65; Joshua Zuchowski, 9, 50-yard backstroke, 31.58, 100-yard backstroke, 1:06.45, 50-yard butterfly, 29.68, 100-yard individual medley, 1:07.33, 100-yard butterfly, 1:05.39; Varis Monroe, 10, 50-yard freestyle, 27.15; Victor Valdes, 10, 100-yard breaststroke 1:17.71; Aaron Rodriguez, 12, 50-yard freestyle, 24.29; Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 100-yard freestyle, 52.56, 500-yard freestyle, 4:58.01, 200-yard freestyle, 1:51.43, 100-yard individual medley, 1:00.19, 200-yard individual medley, 200-yard individual medley, 2:07.35; Aaron Rodriguez, 12, 50-yard backstroke, 27.74, 100-yard backstroke, 1:01.22; Gabriel Segui, 12, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:10.90; Nicholas Vale 12, 100-yard butterfly, 58.52, 50-yard breaststroke, 31.86; Nicholas Sharp, 14, 1,650-yard freestyle, 16:31.25; Alberto Gomez, 14, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:10.96, 200-yard individual medley, 1:57.76, 400-yard individual medley, 4:09.83; and Brandon Vives, 14, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:02.30.

The age group divisions featured in the 25-yard short course meet are 10-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14.

The FGC All-Star team was selected from the March 3-5 FGC Junior Olympics. The swimmers who finished in the Top 6 places qualified.

Among FGC’s boys top-seeds for the meet are:

Josh Zuchowski, 10, 50-yard backstroke, 28.49; 100-yard breaststroke 1:12.94; 100-yard individual medley, 1:03.39; 100-yard backstroke, 1:01.28; 50-yard breaststroke, 33.37; 50-yard butterfly, 27.91; Kaii Winkler, 9, 100-yard freestyle, 57.85; 200-yard freestyle, 2:04.43; Sebastian Lares, 10, 200-yard individual medley, 2:24.18; 100-yard butterfly, 1:03.79; Matthew Tarafa, 10, 50-yard freestyle, 26.19; and Joshua Curtis, 12, 50-yard freestyle, 24.65.

The FGC’s girls top-seeds are:

Isabella Chambers, 10, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:16.57; Nicole Aguilar, 10, 100-yard individual medley, 1:10.30; 100-yard butterfly, 1:06.21; Mattie Barfield, 12, 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.42; and Liah Perez, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 29.14.

FGC All-Star swimmers will get their uniforms and meet teammates and coaches during a meeting and warm-up session on Friday night.

FGC is expected to dominate the relays, always a strongpoint, and several individual events. Could this year be the year FGC pulls it off?

Several FGC awards will be presented after the meet including the Carol Englehart Spirit Award for overall leadership and sportsmanship. Each age group assistant will also give a plaque to the swimmers who make the greatest impact on their age group team.

IF YOU GO
WHAT: Florida Swimming vs. Florida Gold Coast All-Star Dual Meet
WHEN: Saturday, Session I, 9 a.m. and Session II, 5 p.m.; Sunday, Session III, 9 a.m.
WHERE: Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce
ADMISSION: $5, heat sheets per session $3.

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

SOFLO’s Colon, Kopecki, Rodriguez Swim Best Times At Southern Zone Age Group Meet

SOFLO’s Colon, Kopecki, Rodriguez Swim Best Times At Southern Zone Age Group Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 1, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Jordan Colon, CJ Kopecki and Rafael Rodriguez got off to a good start as members of the Florida Gold Coast All-Stars at the Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Greenville, S.C.

The trio of boys all turned in lifetime-best times against some of the zone’s top age group swimmers.

Kopecki finished tenth in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:28.93, a time drop from 17:38.33. He was also 23rd in the 200-meter freestyle (2:05.75) and 29th in the 100-meter butterfly (1:03.93, close to his best of 1:03.20).

Colon was 13th in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time of 2:32.39, dropping from 2:33.32.

Rafael Rodriguez went three-for-three in best times. He was ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:34.28, dropping from 4:36.60; ninth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:08.18, dropping from 1:08.40 and tenth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:12.59, dropping from 2:13.28.

Jessica Rodriguez was ninth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:50.61.

The five-day meet ends on Saturday.

TUESDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FGC 4:37.85, best time.

800-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Ashlyn Butkowski, NC Swim 9:05.62, best time; FGC: 10. Alicia Mancilla 9:28.44, 17. Cloe Bedard-Khalid 9:51.80, best time; 15-18, 1. Haylie Harbin, North Texas 9:17.41, best time; FGC: 10. Steph Campo 9:42.10.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Will Tarvestad, KY 4:21.39, best time; FGC: 9. Rafael Rodriguez 4:34.28, best time, 12. Drake Gil 4:40.66, best time, 21. Joaquin Riojas 4:49.24, best time.

1500-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Robert Finke, FZT 16:28; FGC: 7. Nicholas Sharp 17:06.18, best time, 10. CJ Kopecki 17:28.93, best time; 15-18, 1. Russell Noletto, SES 16:30.12; FGC: 11. Cody Cline 17:07.30, best time, 12. Alexander Arrieta 17:08.77.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FGC 2:09.48; FGC: 15. Alexandra Meszaros 2:18.93, 22. Sarah Abril 2:20.35, 24. Hannah Virgin 2:20.62; 13-14, 1. Dakoya Luther, South Texas 2:06.60; FGC: 8. Cybele Jung 2:13.74, 20. Jessica Nava 2:12.84, 39. Alicia Mancilla 2:15.77, 47. Marta Ciesla 2:17.59, 59. Megan Schimansky 2:27.45; 15-18, 1. Lauren Wallace, NC 2:06.47; FGC: 23. Steph Campo 2:13.87, 35. Sara Lacusky 2:16.30.

50-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Ashley McCauley, NC 34.64; FGC: 7. Thea McKenna 36.72, 13. Andrea Santander 37.58.

200-meter breaststroke: 13-14, 1. Brooke Forde, KY 2:35.30; FGC: 8. Cybele Jung 2:55.82, 9. Jessica Rodriguez 2:50.61, 19. Tiffany Korb 3:01.18; 15-18, 1. Kelly Fertel, FGC 2:40.26; FGC: 10. Chase Harris 2:48.46, 13. Marin Mullen 2:52.58, 14. Arianna Ortiz 2:52.94, 16. Sara Lacusky 2:53.48.

100-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Julia Roy, KY 1:05.93; FGC: 3. Alexandra Meszaros 1:08.25, 5. Emily Cordovi 1:08.76, 11. Gabriella Antonini 1:09.54, 19. Eriana Temperino 1:11.88; 13-14, 1. Jessica Nava, FGC 1:03.46; FGC: 28. Cloe Bedard-Khalid 1:08.68, 29. Marta Ciesla 1:09.00, 31. Alicia Mancilla 1:09.20; 15-18, 1. Kate Tarvestad, KY 1:04.45; FGC: 23. Miriyam Ghali 1:09.40, 25. Brienne Renfrum 1:10.04, 29. Marin Mullen 1:11.47.

400-meter medley relay: 11-12, 1. GAZ 4:36.54, 5. FGC 4:43.00 (Gabriella Antonini, Thea McKenna, Alexadra Meszaros, Andrea Santander); 13-14, 1. SES 4:24.61, 7. FGC 4:39.22 (Megan Schimansky, Cybele Jung, Jessica Nava, Marta Ciesla); 15-18, 1. FZT 4:26.94, 8. FGC 4:42.31 (Steph Campo, Marin Mullen, Miriyam Ghali, Arianna Ortiz).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Will Travestad, KY 2:02.64; FGC: 10. Rafael Rodriguez 2:12.59, best time, 12. Drake Gil 2:13.83, 22. Joaquin Riojas 2:16.14, 27. Brayan Perez 2:18.42; 13-14, 1. Noah Oh, GAZ 1:57.52; FGC: 23. CJ Kopecki 2:05.75, 24. Sebastian Vargas 2:05.79, 28. Joao Vitor Pereira 2:06.11, 38. Ervin Marin 2:07.82; 15-18, 1. Russell Noletto, SES 1:56.16; FGC: 7. Shawn Warner 1:58.84, 19. Jacob Pavlock 2:00.33, 26. Alexander Arrieta 2:01.99, 27. Cody Cline 2:02.16, 30. Adriano Martinez 2:03.28, 37. Nicholas Conrad 2:05.44.

50-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Liam Bell, GAZ 33.13; FGC: 6. Adrian Aguilar 35.18, 24. Yonathan Padron 38.61.

200-meter breaststroke: 13-14, 1. Brennan Pastorek, GAZ 2:27.10; FGC: 8. Alberto Gomez 2:36.01, 19. Marcelo Lauzurique 2:45.02; 15-18, 1. Joseph Perez, FGC 2:26.86; FGC: 13. Jordan Colon 2:32.39, best time.

100-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Will Tarvestad, KY 1:02.58; FGC: 9. Rafael Rodriguez 1:08.18, best time, 16. Brayan Perez 1:09.19, 20. Drake Gil 1:09.55, 44. Tuan Ho 1:15.43; 13-14, 1. Elijah Patrick, SES 58.43; FGC: 16. Adrian Moya 1:01.49, 17. Ervin Marin 1:01.64, 21. Sebastian Vargas 1:02.61, 29. CJ Kopecki 1:03.93, 34. Joao Vitor Pereira 1:04.33, 49. Marcelo Lauzurique 1:11.11; 15-18, 1. Zach Harting, SES 56.75; FGC: 6. Shawn Warner 58.11, 10. Cody Cline 59.43, 16. Jacob Pavlock 1:00.09, 24. Alexander Arrieta 1:01.38, 31. Nicholas Conrad 1:03.10.

400-meter medley relay: 11-12, 1. KY 4:24.52, 8. FGC 4:46.85 (Adrian Aguilar, Yonathan Padron, Rafael Rodriguez, Joaquin Riojas); 13-14, 1. GAZ 4:02.65; 8. Gold Coast 4:13.66 (Nicholas Sharp, Alberto Gomez, Adrian Moya, Sebastian Vargas); 15-18, 1. GAZ 3:58.07; 4. FGC 4:04.83 (Jacob Pavlock, Joseph Perez, Shawn Warner, Cody Cline).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Tristan Celestin Wins Twice On Opening Day Of FGC-Florida All-Star Meet

SOFLO’s Tristan Celestin Wins Twice On Opening Day Of FGC-Florida All-Star Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 26, 2011

SOFLO’s Tristan Celestin lived up to his All-Star status on the opening day of the Florida Gold Coast-Florida Swimming All-Star Meet at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

On Saturday, Celestin, 12, was the only SOFLO male to win an individual event. He was also a member of a winning relay for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

Celestin topped an impressive field of All-Stars to win the 11-12 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.29.

Celestin, a sixth grader at West Glades Middle School and Florida Gold Coast record holder, also swam the second leg of the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:50.66. He was joined by SOFLO teammate Gustavo Valery, swimming lead-off leg and Julien Pinon and Kearn Kurbanali.

Celestin was also fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.23.

The two-day meet, that concludes with one final session on Sunday, is being webcast on Florida Swim Network. There are also videos of past races earlier in the meet.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

50-yard backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Gaia Fella, FGC 32.05; SOFLO: 11. Sarah Bucaro 34.82; 11-12, 1. Abby Duncan, FLAS 28.61; SOFLO: 5. Samantha Stinemire 30.10, 12. Allison Kopas 31.04, 19. Catharine Cooper 34.35.

100-yard backstroke: 13-14, 1. Julie Suarez, FGC 59.68; SOFLO: 16. Leonie Davies 1:06.36.

100-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Sophia Perez, FGC 1:01.69; SOFLO: 15. Sarah Bucaro 1:07.34; 11-12, 1. Rose Smiddy, FGC 54.42; SOFLO: 11. Catharine Cooper 58.75, 13. Sophia Bucaro 59.08, 16. Samantha Stinemire 59.27, 22. Allison Kopas 1:00.07, 24. Kelley Heron 1:00.43.

200-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Sophia Perez, FGC 2;11.81; SOFLO: 9. Sarah Bucaro 2:24.28, 15. Delanie Perez 2:25.15; 11-12, 1. Rose Smiddy, FGC 1:57.59; SOFLO: 10. Sophia Bucaro 2:06.45, 14. Kelley Heron 2:09.34; 13-14, 1. Hannah James, FLAS 1:54.28; SOFLO: 3. Melissa Marinheiro 1:56.13.

100-yard breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Gaia Fella, FGC 1:18.97; SOFLO: 10. Delanie Perez 1:25.51; 11-12, 1. Alexa Rivera 1:12.03; SOFLO: 7. Kelley Heron 1:14.60, 9. Audrey Mason 1:15.21, 13. Jessica Rodriguez 1:16.34; 13-14, 1. Lindsey Swartz, FGC 1:06.78.

100-yard individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Gaia Fella, FGC 1:09.33, SOFLO:  25. Sarah Bucaro 1:18.80; 11-12, 1. Ingrid Wall, FLAS 1:02.25; SOFLO: 14. Allison Kopas 1:07.59, 15. Kelley Heron 1:07.84, 25. Audrey Mason 1:09.44, 26. Jessica Rodriguez 1:09.45, 29. Samantha Stinemire 1:11.46.

200-yard individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Gaia Fella, FGC 2:30.23; SOFLO: 14. Delanie Perez 2:47.79; 11-12, 1. Rose Smiddy, FGC 2:11.65; SOFLO: 18. Jessica Rodriguez 2:26.18, 21. Audrey Mason 2:28.20; 13-14, 1. Lindsey Swartz, FGC 2:10.96.

400-yard individual medley: 13-14, 1. Katherine Duggan, FLAS 4:40.82; SOFLO: 6. Melissa Marinheiro 4:47.68, 10. Leonie Davies 4:59.31.

50-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Talia Bates, FLAS 27.15; SOFLO: 24. Sarah Bucaro 31.14; 11-12, 1. Ingrid Wall, FLAS 25.22; SOFLO: 8. Catharine Cooper 26.34; 13. Samantha Stinemire 26.72, 23. Sophia Bucaro 28.17, 24. Audrey Mason 28.19; 13-14, 1. Athena Cimino, FLAS 24.62; SOFLO: 27. Leonie Davies 27.61.

100-yard butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Sophia Perez, FGC 1:08.29; SOFLO: 15. Delanie Perez 1:20.36; 11-12, 1. Savannah Bowser, FLAS 1:01.88; SOFLO: 4. Allison Kopas 1:03.46, 19. Jessica Rodriguez 1:08.78; 13-14, 1. Hannah James, FLAS 56.77; SOFLO: 11. Melissa Marinheiro 1:02.36.

500-yard freestyle: 13-14, 1. Hannah James, FLAS 5:01.79; SOFLO: 6. Melissa Marinheiro 5:15.91, 10. Leonie Davies 5:27.20.

200-yard medley relay: 10-and-under, 1. FGC (Adriana Cortes Urbina, Gaia Fella, Sophie Perez, Andrea Moya) 2:09.33; SOFLO: 5. FGC (Sarah Bucaro, Adriana Rodriguez, Acadia Rubin, Andrea Santander) 2:17.16; 7. FGC (Gabriella Antonini, Delanie Perez, Emily Cordovi, Alexandra Meszaros) 2:20.94; 11-12, 1. FLAS 1:53.89; SOFLO: 2. FGC (Samantha Stinemire, Alexa Rivera, Allison Kopas, Rose Smiddy) 1:56.56, 5. FGC (Jamie Flores, Kelley Heron, Sydney Groth, Stephania Hernandez) 2:01.08, 7. FGC (Jessica Rodriguez, Audrey Mason, Claudia Mendez, Shayne Sipowski) 2:03.98, 8. FGC (Marin Mullen, Jisella Bordieri, Julia Talamo, Catharine Cooper) 2:04.28; 13-14, 1. FGC (Kristen Suarez, Lindsey Swartz, Alexa Kalandiak, Caroline Nava) 1:48.43.

BOYS

50-yard backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Marshall Webster, FLAS 31.61; SOFLO: 19. Rafael Rodriguez 39.13; 11-12, 1. Zachary Poti, FLAS 28.32; SOFLO: 3. Gustavo Valery 29.71, 6. Juan Lucas 30.36.

100-yard backstroke: 13-14, 1. Wesley Olmsted, FLAS 53.48.

100-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Lucas Kravchenko, FLAS 58.20; SOFLO: 15. Rafael Rodriguez 1:08.20; 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, FGC 52.02; SOFLO: 5. Cristian Rossi 55.90, 8. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 56.32, 13. Gustavo Valery 56.88, 15. Juan Lucas 57.13, 24. Carlos Rodriguez 59.11.

200-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Lucas Kravchenko, FLAS 2:06.23; SOFLO: 6. Samuel Quintero 2:16.55, 12. Rafael Rodriguez 2:25.63; 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, FGC 1:53.93; SOFLO: 7. Juan Lucas 2:02.10, 8. Gustavo Valery 2:03.43, 13. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 2:05.63; 13-14, 1. Wesley Olmsted, FLAS 1:46.71.

100-yard breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Eric Vives, FGC 1:22.06; SOFLO: 5. Samuel Quintero 1:25.82, 6. Jonathan Skarie 1:26.12; 11-12, 1. Tristan Celestin, FGC 1:07.29; 13-14, 1. Andrew Wojcik, FLAS 1:00.77.

100-yard individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Adrian Aguilar, FGC 1:09.68; SOFLO: 6. Samuel Quintero 1:13.30, 11. Jonathan Skarie 1:16.47, 15. Rafael Rodriguez 1:17.52, 11-12, 1. Zachary Poti, FLAS 1:03.21; SOFLO: 7. Gustavo Valery 1:05.72, 10. Cristian Rossi 1:06.57.

200-yard individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Lucas Kravchenko, FLAS 2:29.45; SOFLO: 5. Samuel Quintero, FGC 2:34.10, 11. Jonathan Skarie 2:44.00, 15. Rafael Rodriguez 2:47.63; 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, FGC 2:12.61; SOFLO: 16. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 2:23.80, 18. Carlos Rodriguez 2:24.11, 23. Cristian Rossi 2:28.22; 13-14, 1. Wesley Olmsted, FLA 1:59.69.

400-yard individual medley: 13-14, 1. Boleck Depawlikowski, FGC 4:17.01.

50-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Lucas Kravchenko, FLAS 26.80; SOFLO: 17. Jonathan Skarie 30.92; 11-12, 1. Michael Kennedy, FLAS 24.11; SOFLO: 4. Tristan Celestin 25.23, 11. Cristian Rossi 25.60, 13. Gustavo Valery 25.73, 14. Juan Lucas 25.76, 20. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 26.82; 13-14, 1. Jackson Auer, FLAS 22.94.

100-yard butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Kyle Dimatteo, FGC 1:7.12; SOFLO: 8. Samuel Quintero 1:14.38; 11-12, 1. Zachary Poti, FLAS 59.57; SOFLO: 9. Carlos Rodriguez 1:04.86; 13-14, 1. Wesley Olmsted, FLAS 51.67.

500-yard freestyle: 13-14, 1. Logan Samuelson, FLAS 4:45.40.

200-yard medley relay: 10-and-under, 1. FLAS 2:05.90; 11-12, 1. FGC (Gustavo Valery, Tristan Celestin, Julien Pinon, Kearn Kurbanali) 1:50.66; SOFLO: 3. FGC (Juan Lucas, Brad Johnson, Tanner Fuller, Cristian Rossi) 1:55.81; 13-14, 1. FLAS 1:41.68.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

Torres Top SOFLO Finisher, Florida Gold Coast All-Stars In Fourth Place On Day 5 Of Southern Zone Championships

Torres Top SOFLO Finisher, Florida Gold Coast All-Stars In Fourth Place On Day 5 Of Southern Zone Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 31, 2010

After five meets in the last six weeks, South Florida Aquatic Club head coach Michael Lohberg said “now it’s time to take a break and take a breath.”

SOFLO’s eight All-Star swimmers that represented the Florida Gold Coast during the week-long USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships, will now get a much-deserved two to three week break to recharge their batteries before getting ready for the fall season.

Swimming more for fun than time in his last race of the summer, Luke Torres was SOFLO’s top finisher on Saturday night.

On the fifth and final night of the pool events at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Torres, 16, finished tenth in the 15-18 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.18. Torres was seeded ninth after swimming 2:11.89 in prelims.

With only the open water events remaining on Sunday at the Lake Lanier Olympic Canoe, Kayak and Rowing venue in Gainesville, Ga., the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team was in fourth place with 279 points.

Florida Swimming was leading the Georgia Zone Team, 449.5-441. North Carolina Swimming is third with 357 points.

The open water event distances are 2-miles for 15-18, 1.5 miles for 13-14 and one mile for 11-12.

Also on Saturday night, four other SOFLO swimmers—Stephanie Campo, Brandon Goldman, Marco Hosfeld and Diego Rodriguez–turned in career-best times to finish a successful summer season.

“I think the meet was worthwhile especially for the people who were prepared for it,” Lohberg said. “We had in the last six weeks five meets. That was a very full schedule.

“Luke swam four big meets in a row and the gas tank is empty now which is perfectly fine,” Lohberg said. “The last three months he dropped three seconds in the 100 fly. He had quite a remarkable season. Now it’s time to take a break.”

For the SOFLO All-Stars, the trip was worthwhile and a good experience, Lohberg said.

“It was a little disappointing to see not all the Florida Gold Coast teams support this meet,” Lohberg said. “It was worth it for us. It was a nice trip for the kids at the end of the season.

“I do think if the Florida Gold Coast sends people to this meet they need to be prepared or they shouldn’t go,” Lohberg said. “It’s an honor and we want to be at our best at this meet. Overall, I am happy with the way it turned out for us. It turned out much better than I thought. I thought our kids would struggle a little, but they did a real nice job.”

Other SOFLO finishers were:

Tyla Martin, 13, 15th in the girls’ 13-14 200-meter individual medley in 2:30.57.

Steph Campo, 12, 17th in the girls’ 11-12 50-meter freestyle in a career-best 29.68. Her previous best was 30.08.

Marco Hosfeld, 14, 19th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:20.45. His previous best was 2:21.12. He was also 29th in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.44.

Emma Lincoln, 14, 22nd in the 13-14 50-meter freestyle in 29.24.

Brandon Goldman, 15, 30th in the 15-18 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:19.15. His previous best was 2:20.22. He was also 28th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:22.76.

Diego Rodriguez, 12, 33rd   in the 50-meter freestyle in a career-best 30.60.

Anne Kuczynski, 15, 40th in the 15-18 200-meter individual medley in 2:36.88.

The FGC team was scheduled to arrive Sunday night at the Palm Beach International Airport at 10:45 p.m.

Individual Southern Zone champions were:

GIRLS

Nancy Hu, 12, Florida Swimming, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:27.40, career-best.

Caty Hulsey, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:24.27, career-best.

Ashley Reid, 17, Florida Swimming, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:22.87, career-best.

Brooke Bauer, 12, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 27.26, career-best.

Caitlin Cooper, 14, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 27.00, career-best.

Kaitlyn Dressel, 17, Florida Swimming, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 27.02, career-best.

Haley McInerny, 12, Georgia Zone Team, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 29.69, career-best.

Taylor Weiss, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:20.64, career-best.

Lydia Jones, 15, Georgia Zone Team, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:19.37, career-best.

BOYS

Tyler Silver, 12, North Carolina Swimming, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:22.53, career-best.

Gunnar Bentz, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:07.03, career-best.

Evandro Silva, 18, Florida Gold Coast, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:08.88, career-best.

Preston Padden, 12, West Virginia Zone Team, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 26.08, career-best.

Caeleb Dressel, 13, Florida Swimming, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 24.96, career-best.

Austin Butler, 18, Louisiana Zone Team, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 24.14, career-best.

Tyler Silver, 12, North Carolina Swimming, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 27.82, career-best.

Jimmy Yoder, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:07.17, career-best.

Christian Carbone, 16, Southeastern Swimming, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:06.36, career-best.

Other Florida Gold Coast All-Star finishers were:

Quinn Cassidy, 14, second, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:13.24; third, 50-meter freestyle, 25.09, career-best.

Daniel Spas, 15, third, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 24.40.

Austin Manganiello, 17, third, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:07.97, career-best.

Samuel Smiddy, 16, fourth, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:10.60, career-best.

Rose Smiddy, 11, sixth, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:32.34, career-best.

Isabela Reyes-Capo, 12, sixth, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 30.62, career-best.

Isa Paez, 14, sixth, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:26.72, career-best.

Boleck Depawlikowski, 14, seventh, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:14.43, career-best.

Andrew Smiddy, 18, ninth, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:12.72.

Zoie Balthazar, 14, 11th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 28.42.

Evandro Silva, 18, 11th, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:12.39.

Digby Nothard, 14, 11th, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:18.68.

Megan Moroney, 13, 12th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:29.72.

John Floyd, 14, 13th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 26.26, career-best.

Gaby Garcia, 16, 14th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.04, career-best.

Andres Reyes-Capo, 16, 14th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 25.16.

Megan Moroney, 13, 15th, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:35.00.

Arianna Noya, 13, 16th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:30.92.

Derek Chait, 15, 16th, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:14.12, career-best.

Jessica Nederlanden, 17, 17th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.09.

Annie Valls, 14, 17th, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:40.19.

Alexa Rivera, 11, 19th, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 32.38, equals career-best.

Nicolas Medina, 12, 20th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:38.78.

Michael Christian, 17, 20th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:16.74, career-best.

Rose Smiddy, 11, 20th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 29.75.

Digby Nothard, 14, 20th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 26.65.

Isabela Reyes-Capo, 12, 24th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:40.86.

Andrew Smiddy, 18, 24th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 25.72.

Luis Santiesteban, 14, 24th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:24.93, career-best.

Vicky Ho, 17, 24th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.51.

Carlotta Verita, 12, 25th, 50-meter butterfly, 32.76.

Samuel Smiddy, 16, 25th, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:20.48.

Namilla Sanchez, 12, 26th, 50-meter butterfly, 32.88.

Gaby Garcia, 16, 26th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:32.41.

Jonathan Farah, 12, 26th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 29.84.

Hank Contich, 12, 27th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 29.90.

Alejandro Vassallo, 14, 27th, 13-14, 200-meter butterfly, 2:35.82.

Jessie Randolph, 15, 27th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.71, career-best.

Carlotta Verita, 12, 27th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:41.91.

Alejandro Vassallo, 14, 27th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:26.30.

Luis Santiesteban, 14, 27th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 27.30.

Tanner Fuller, 12, 29th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 30.37, career-best.

Derek Chait, 15, 29th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:19.14.

Alex Cronin, 12, 30th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 30.46, career-best.

Fatimah Westbrook, 11, 32nd, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 34.10.

Julio Horrego, 11, 33rd, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:46.27.

Sivan Fraiman, 15, 33rd, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:34.06, career-best.

Alex Cronin, 12, 33rd, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 33.98.

Brittany Hammond, 15, 36th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:35.18.

Julio Horrego, 11, 37th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 30.89.

Dashley Reyes, 15, 37th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 29.28, career-best.

Namilla Sanchez, 12, 37th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:45.05.

Hannah Vandersluis, 15, 39th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:36.39.

Fatimah Westbrook, 11, 40th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 31.06.

Sivan Fraiman, 15, 43rd, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 29.46, career-best.

Annie Valls, 14, 44th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:41.09.

Amanda Montesino, 17, 51st, 200-meter individual medley, 2:44.92.

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FLORIDA GOLD COAST ALL-STARS READY TO SHINE; COMETS, CORAL SPRINGS AMONG ALL-STAR TEAM

FLORIDA GOLD COAST ALL-STARS READY TO SHINE; COMETS, CORAL SPRINGS AMONG ALL-STAR TEAM


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

With 144 swimmers, Florida Gold Coast All-Stars will have one of the largest teams in meet history for this weekend’s All-Star dual meet.

The Florida Gold Coast swimmers hope to play spoiler since they will be the underdog against defending champion Florida Swimming at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

“We have got some great swimmers and a big number of kids, but it’s going to be challenging as always,” said FGC All-Star head coach Sid Cassidy of St. Andrew’s Swimming.

“We need to step up. We have never won this at this level. I know the rivalry is the hammer and the nail and we have consistently been the nail. We are not going in there with the idea of finishing second.”

The events are timed finals with sessions at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.

“Looking through the psych sheet, the frontline victories in the 64 events are split down the middle,” Cassidy said. “They have 32 swimmers seeded first and we have 32 swimmers seeded first.

“It could be a close meet. It would still be a pretty big upset if we win this one. Where we may run into trouble is getting third and fourth places to their seconds and thirds. If we are lucky enough to win a few relays, we could sneak up on them.”

The age group divisions competing in the 25-yard short course meet are 10-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14. The FGC team was selected from the March 10-14 FGC Short Course Junior Olympics at Coral Springs.

All-Star meet swimmers are allowed to enter a total of six events, but no more than three per session or more than five on Saturday. Relays will be put together by the coaching staff based on JO results.

Cassidy, the FGC Age Group Chairman, is hosting a voluntary swim practice for swimmers and parents Friday at the St. Andrew’s on-campus Duff Tyler Aquatic Center in Boca Raton.

The swimmers will be issued specially-designed beach-themed FGC caps, shirts and shorts. The All-Star coaching staff will get a chance to meet the team as well as work on relay starts.

Joining Cassidy on the coaching staff are assistant coaches Christina Albuquerque of FLA Boca, 10-and-under girls; Marcelo Gatti, FLA Fort Lauderdale, 10-and-under boys; Julie Smiddy, Unattached Dade County, 11-12 girls; Ozzie Quevedo, YMCA of South Palm Beach County, 11-12 boys; Michael Averett, Pine Crest, 13-14 girls; and Chadli Fernandez, Hialeah Swim Club, 13-14 boys.

The Comets will be represented by 11 swimmers. They are Carly Swanson, Kelly Heron, Alvena Walpole, Amber Hunter, Maria Lopez, Leonie Davies, Javier Menchaca, Jorge Depassier, Ricardo Roche, Diego Rodriguez and Blake Kelley.

Coral Springs Swim Club is sending two to the All-Star meet. They are Kelly Kealty and Kylie Herman.

“We are real excited about the kids who have committed,” Cassidy said. “I love this meet. It is a great way for these better age group athletes to come together for the first time and represent an entity other than their own club.

“The meet is a great stepping stone to the junior national or national team,” Cassidy said. “It’s exciting to make some new friends and race on the relays. It is a great meet to develop camaraderie and sportsmanship.

“The kids will learn a lot about themselves this weekend,” Cassidy said. “They are going to be out of their comfort zone with a coach they are not used to and swimming in a pool they are not used. It will be a new experience for the swimmers who haven’t been in the meet before. But it will be fun and very rewarding for them.”

Several FGC awards will be presented after the meet including the Carol Englehart Spirit Award for overall leadership and sportsmanship. Each age group assistant coach will also give a plaque to the swimmers who make the greatest impact on their age group team.

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