Seven SOFLO Swimmers Make Open Water Zone Team; SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Wins Open Water 2K


By Sharon Robb
POMPANO BEACH, May 1, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club had seven swimmers qualify for the zone team Friday at the Florida Gold Coast Swimming Open Water Championships off Pompano Beach Pier.

Natalie Gembicki, 17, was SOFLO’s top girls’ finisher placing second in the 17-and-over 5K in 1 hour, 13 minutes and 22 seconds for the 3.1 course.

Juan Vallmitjana, 13, and Alexander Miller, 16, were SOFLO boys’ top finishers, both placing their in their age groups. Vallmitjana finished in 1:10:15 for 13-14 and Miller finished in 1:10:19 for 15-16.

Joining Gembicki, Vallmitjana and Miller on the FGC zone team are Jemma Baldwin, 12, Izzy Wilson, 15, Amelie Bicerne, 15, and Ivan Grass, 17.

Mallory Schleicher, 19, was SOFLO’s lone winner in the girls 2K in 16:27, nearly three minutes ahead of Coral Springs’ Reese Maxwell in 19:25.

The Southern Zone Open Water Championship is May 14-15 at Camp Winona YMCA in DeLeon Springs.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS 5K

13-14, 1. Erin Reid, SAS 1:33.49, 2. Frankie Ninova, CANE 1:39:54, 3. Kalina Gitchev, CANE 1:46:46.
15-16, 1. Lilia Blanco, PB 1:11:29, 2. Evelyn Balog, PB 1:15:43, 3. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO 1:20:12; SOFLO: 6. Gabriela Avila 1:36:21, 7. Dahlia Hirsh 1:38:09.
17-and-over, 1. Fatima Portillo, Azura 1:11:28, 2. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 1:13:22, 3. Samira Zambrano, MWA 1:15:30.
BOYS 5K
13-14, 1. Andreas DaSilva, WOW 1:06:31, 2. Dillon Metz, WOW 1:07:30, 3. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:10:15; SOFLO: 4. Ryan Harries 1:19:53.
15-16, 1. Billy Connors, WOW 1:07:01, 2. Caleb Dasilva, WOW 1:08:04, 3. Alexander Miller, SOFLO 1:10:19; SOFLO: 4. Jaden Amores 1:10:53, 5. Hashan Ekanayake 1:12:43, 9. Derek Hau 1:21:38, 10. Abraham Penaloza 1:21:40, 11. Garrett Garcia-Stoddard 1:26:52.
17-and-over, 1 Maximiliano Paccot, Azura 1:00:16, 2. Abraham Flores, Azura 1:02:40, 3. Elias Segovia, Azura 1:02:41; SOFLO: 6. Ivan Grass 1:10:06.
GIRLS 2K
12-and-under, 1. Cali Jerabek, NPB 17:29, 2. Gia Euseppi, NPB 17:40, 3. Alina Rodriguez, PB 17:41, 4. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 17:44.
13-14, 1. Nikki Wood, PB 17:50, 2. Lucia Blanco, PB 17:51, 3. Rose Seniuk, SOFLO 18:30.
17-and-over, 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 16:37, 2. Reese Maxwell, CSSC 19:25.
BOYS 2K
12-and-under, 1. Elan Becker, SAS 18:32, 2. Alejandro Bahos Andrade, WOW 19:05.
13-14, 1. Becket Menacho, PB 16:37, 2. Ethan Persten, CSSC 17:45, 3. Alistair Bass, SFTL 17:56.
15-16, 1. Andrew Smith, PB 17:37, 2. tie, Everhart Fergus, WOW 17:43 and Adriano Brunetti, PB 17:43.
17-and-over, 1. Nick Potter, PB 16:34, 2. Lee Scharf, PB 21:47.

OPEN WATER ZONE TEAM ROSTERS
GIRLS

11-12, 1. Cali Jerabek, 2. Gia Euseppi, 3. Alina Rodriguez, 4. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO.
13-14, 1. Erin Reid, 2. Frankie Ninova, 3. Kalina Gitchev, 4. Allison Connors.
15-16, 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO, 2. Lily Blanco, 3. Evelyn Balog, 4. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO.
Open, 1. Leslie Dame, 2. Natalie Gembecki, SOFLO, 3. Samira Zambrano.
BOYS
11-12, 1. Caleb Camponera, 2. Luke Reid.
13-14, 1. Andreas DaSilva, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO, 3. Ryan Harries, SOFLO, 4. Kavon Clarke.
15-16, 1. Billy Connors, 2. Caleb DaSilva, 3. Lucas Young, 4. Michael Grenier.
Open, 1. Giuliano Brunetti, 2. Fernando Collazo, 3. Ivan Grass, SOFLO, 4. Kolby Hardin.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Head Field For FGC Open Water Championship On Saturday


By Sharon Robb
POMPANO BEACH, April 21, 2021—With more than 50 swimmers entered, South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field for the Florida Gold Coast Open Water Championship Saturday at the north side of the Pompano Beach Pier.

The open water event will be a nice change from staring at the bottom of the Academic Village Pool while training.

SOFLO has 30 girls and 22 boys competing at various distances. They are:

3,000: Jaden Amores, 14; Jenesys Amores, 13; Gabriela Avila, 15; Amelie Bicerne, 14; Elise Dinehart, 12; Hashan Ekanayake, 15; Katelyn Gembicki, 14; Natalie Gambicki, 16; Felix Gonzalez, 15; Ivan Grass, 16; Amanda Grubbs, 13; Connor Jimenez, 12; Mason Jimenez, 13; Alejandro Mateus, 16; Leonardo Mateus, 20; Ethan McPeek, 15; Sabrina Osorio, 17; Sofia Osorio, 17; Nicholas Pelaez, 15; Felipe Rodriguez, 14; Juan Vallmitjana, 12; Izzy Wilson, 15; Olivia Wilson, 11.

1,000: Jianna Amores, 11; Sophia Avila, 13; Jemma Baldwin, 11; Sarah Bedoya, 14; Mariann Catalasan, 15; Alexis Christensen, 16; Fiorella DiSalvo, 14; Pilar Duranti, 14; Genesis Escobar, 14; Calista Harries, 14; Ryan Harries, 12; Dahlia Hirsh, 15; Tania Mantilla, 14; Mikhel Martin, 13; Kenny Paas, 13; Abraham Penaloza, 14; Sofia Rodriguez, 11; Victor Valdiviezo, 14; Sarah Vasquez, 14; Saree Young, 12.

500: Guillermo Mantilla, 10; Gabriela Marin, 13; Gianna Martin, 10; Martin Petkov, 12; Alexandra Strong, 13.

100: Mariann Catalsan, 15; Andres Gonzalez, 14; David Gonzalez, 10; Calista Harries, 14; Ryan Harries, 12; Gabriela Marin, 13; Bruno Martins, 15; Toma Petkov, 9.

Swimmers will be swimming most of the race about 75 meters to 100 meters from parallel to the Pompano Beach public beach shore which will be well-monitored by lifeguards, coaches and race officials. Six lifeguards will also be on kayaks or paddle boards throughout the course.

The first event is the men’s 3K at 9 a.m. followed by the women’s 3K at 9:15 a.m.; men’s 1K at 10 a.m.; women’s 1K at 10:20 a.m.; men’s 500 meters, 10:40 a.m.; women’s 500 meters, 10:50 a.m.; 100-yard sprint, 11:15 a.m. and women’s 100-yard sprint at 11:30 a.m.

The start times listed are tentative. The Event Director in conjunction with the approval of the Head Referee, may have male and female wave starts within appropriate interval splits or combined heats, as deemed necessary to ensure safety and fairness for all competitors.

Age group categories are:

Race 1-2: Three KM, 14 & Under, 15-17, 18 & Over.

Race 3-4: One KM, 12 & Under, 13-14, 15-17, 18 & Over.

Race 5-6: 0.5 KM, 10 & Under, 11-12, 13-14.

Race 7-8: 100 yards, 10 & Under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, 18 & Over.

The 3K, 1K and 0.5K will start from the shore about 5 meters from the shoreline and finish 5 meters from shoreline into an onshore chute finish. The 100 Yard Sprint race will start on shore near the water line and will finish on shore near the water line.

Swimmers not completing the race course within 30 minutes of the first athlete to cross the finish line will be notified that the race is over and that they must leave the water at that time.

All events will be awarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for the top three finishers by categories. Results are expected to be posted on the Piranhas website within 24 hours.

In addition to SOFLO and host Pompano Beach Piranhas, swimmers from the Wahoos of Wellington, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Plantation Swim Team, Hurricane Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team, Delray Stingers, North Miami Swim Team and Sunrise Swimming are competing. Entries were capped at 350.

Last summer amid pool closures and social distancing requirements during the pandemic, Piranhas head coach and former world record holder and 1984 Olympian Jesse Vassallo had his swimmers train in open water swimming sets using colorful 12-inch buoys to guide swimmers through the water. Vassallo would place homemade hula hoops (PVC pipe) on the beach six feet apart to help swimmers with social distancing. Vassallo has a 5-minute tutorial on YouTube.

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