TYR NOVEMBER BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Manny Melendez


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, December 28, 2022—Manny Melendez leads by example in and out of the pool.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer has been steadily improving while moving up the ladder since joining SOFLO five years ago.

Melendez started out with the senior development group in March 2018 for five months. From there it was the Silver group in August 2018 for two months; Gold group in October 2018 for 35 months and finally the National group from Sept. 2021 to present.

Melendez, 19, an Everglades High School graduate, is enjoying his best season in the pool with the National group. He made his Futures cuts in the 100 (57.64) and 200 breaststroke (2:06.07) events at the Nov. 18-19 Last Chance Meet.

“I was really happy when I got my cuts, I finally made it,” Melendez said. “It was surprising because the day I made it I was feeling really sick. I think I could have gone a lot faster.”

Melendez has earned high praise from his SOFLO coaches.

“Manny’s attendance and dedication has certainly paid off over the years, accomplishing leadership in the National group as well as achieving his Futures cuts,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said.

“Manny is an example that hard work and attendance pays off. He works and focuses on a particular skill until it becomes habit. He stayed with swimming after graduating high school and now has an opportunity to swim in college.”

Added SOFLO coach Kenzy Green: “Manny is a very motivated swimmer and does his best in and out of the pool. He pays great attention to detail in the water and asks for help and tips to improve. Manny is a role model for hard work and success while remaining humble.”

Melendez started swimming when he was a 5-month old baby with his mother. He started competing at age 6.

“I like the competition and the attitude people have when they are competing with each other especially in training,” Melendez said. “It’s my favorite thing, racing each other and racing new friends at meets to see whose better.”

Melendez credits swimming for helping him develop discipline through the years.

“It’s one of the things I’m glad it’s showed me because I have been very disciplined with my homework and activities. I have a schedule for every day.”

Melendez played basketball for two years. At age 11 his swim coaches suggested he stop playing because he was injury-prone and it was keeping him out of the pool.

“I had to make a big choice whether I wanted to stay with basketball or swimming and I stayed with swimming,” Melendez said. “I am really glad I did.”

Melendez has been taking computer engineering classes at Broward College but would like to attend Indian River State College, where he could continue his competitive swimming career. The Venezuelan is the first member of his family to go to college.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Melendez joins SOFLO teammates Michael Barber (October), Lincoln Callaway Coy (September), Jacob Jones (August), Ethan Hall (July), Adrian Rendon (June), Niccolo Miccolis (May), Alex Golding (April), Guillermo Mantilla (March), Tristan Dons (February) and Hashan Ekanayake (January) as 2022 TYR Swimmers of the Month.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.

Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas, Bobby Finke, Patrick Callan, Hunter Armstrong, Brooks Curry, Zack Harting and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Nick Albiero, Jacob Pebley, Coleman Stewart, Justin Ress, David Curtiss, Charlie Clark and Ryan Lochte.

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

TYR NOVEMBER GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Olivia Dinehart


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, December 27, 2022–Olivia Dinehart’s work ethic has gotten her to where she is today in swimming.

“It’s just nice to see when you work hard and then getting to see that pay off later,” Dinehart said. “That reward is probably what’s kept me going this long.”

Of course, there were tough days in training and meets as well.

“The hardest part in swimming is when you’re not dropping obviously,” Dinehart said. “It’s so much fun when you are dropping and doing really well. But it gets hard when you hit that almost like a plateau. It gets harder and harder to drop as you get faster.

“I think it’s really important not to get discouraged in practices. Just wait until you get to college. It’s going to get very exciting.”

Her talented teammates she trains with has helped her motivation through the years.

“They are very easy to make myself motivated,” Dinehart said. “I think we are all very competitive in practice and we all motivate each other mentally. Being at this level it’s easier to have other people at this level. If I didn’t have them with me it would probably be a lot more difficult because it’s harder to be motivated if you’re not surrounded by people at the same level as you. It’s nice to have people with the same goals and same ambitions and who want the same things.”

Her turning point in the sport came at the Summer Junior Olympics Long Course meet when she was 14. She got her summer junior national cut and everything snowballed after that.

“I realized I had been working for seven years and this is what it led to,” she said. “I thought if I could keep going I could be potentially really good and that would be amazing.”

Dinehart, 17, defended her state title in the 100-yard breaststroke in November for Cutler Bay High School. Winning one title in the Class 1A meet is hard enough when the field features the likes of Bolles, St. Andrew’s and Pine Crest, but winning two straight titles is a huge accomplishment. She was a state runner-up in the event her freshman and sophomore seasons.

“There was definitely more pressure,” Dinehart said. “I didn’t feel a lot of pressure my junior year because I honestly didn’t expect to win. I went in hoping for the best. It came as a little bit of a surprise. I was really happy about that.

“It was different this time because the kids at school don’t know how swimming works so they expect you to come in first again. It’s a little more difficult than that. I was looking out for people who would give me a little more competition than last year.”

As a junior she won in 1:02.28 and this year she went 1:01.60, leading from start-to-finish.

“The second time was sweeter because I was so anxious,” she said. “We had more people from my high school team there behind the blocks and it was really nice. It was bittersweet as well because it was the last time we were swimming at states. As I look back I have had a successful state career. I’m happy how this turned out.

“It was definitely the highlight of the year for me since it was the last state meet. It is such a special meet. It was nice that we had our high school coach (Marshall Ruffo) there. It may be normal to some of us but when our coach gushes over us it makes you realize how exciting it is for our school.”

Dinehart verbally committed to Auburn University in October 2021 and signed earlier this fall. She visited Indiana, University of North Carolina and Auburn.

“I went in expecting UNC to be my favorite and I loved it there, but when I went to Auburn I thought this is totally different,” Dinehart said. “It felt like a home away from home. I immediately felt comfortable with the coaches, swimmers, dorms, the team was amazing. It all came together perfectly. I’m really happy with everything.”

Dinehart is excited to be working with Associate Head Coach Vlad Polyakov, a three-time Olympian, world champion and NCAA champion. Polyakov is a St. Thomas Aquinas alum. Auburn is one of the top women’s teams in the nation.

“I think he is doing amazing things,” Dinehart said. “Watching the breaststrokers drop almost every time they swim gives me hope. I think yes, I picked the right school. I watched a few of their practices. They all trust him and speak so highly of him. I am very excited.”

Dinehart is currently training for the Feb. 9-12 Southern Zone Sectionals in Orlando and March 1-4 TYR Pro Series in Fort Lauderdale.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Dinehart joins SOFLO teammates Isabella Callaway Coy (October), Jianna Amores (September), Carolina Carrera (August), Lydia Smutny (July), Amber Connor (June), Eva Ortiz (May), Sally Golding (April), Natalie Gembicki (March), Sofia Lugo (February) and Valentina Remmele (January) as 2022 Swimmers of the Month.

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.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its female-sponsored athletes are ESPY Sportswoman of the Year Katie Ledecky, 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis and Kelsi Dahlia.

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

From Swimmer To Coach, Jessica Rodriguez Comes Full Circle At South Florida Aquatic Club


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, December 24, 2022—Jessica Rodriguez is ready to start a new chapter in her swimming career.

The former South Florida Aquatic Club elite swimmer will begin Monday as a full-time coach at SOFLO. She will work with both the senior program and gold program as lead coach.

“I am very excited for her,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson. “She worked with us the summer of 2020 and the senior group responded to Jessica very positively.

“Having a coach swim for our program for more than eight years she has a very good perspective of SOFLO swimming and work ethic,” Anderson said.

Rodriguez, 24, graduated from University of Florida where she swam her freshman and sophomore years. She retired early and earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology in May, 2021. She would like to teach history at the high school level and will be pursuing her masters in education online.

“I am very happy with my decision,” Rodriguez said. “I’m really excited to provide some stability for the group. I am definitely not going to go easy on these kids. I want to be as helpful to Chris, the team and kids as possible.”

Rodriguez said she realized how much she loved coaching when she taught swim lessons and helped out at SOFLO during the summer of 2021. She also coached in Gainesville for more than a year before returning home to South Florida.

“I absolutely loved it,” she said. “I really love coaching. The reason that I decided I wanted to teach and enjoy coaching so much is that I love the idea of having a good impact on the world. I think the best way to do that is by interacting with kids and helping them make their own path. I enjoy working with kids and helping them reach their goals.

“Swimming is such an incredible sport,” Rodriguez said. “Some of the best people I have ever met have been in the sport of swimming.”

Her return to SOFLO, the largest and one of the most well-respected USA Swimming clubs in the Florida Gold Coast, was a no-brainer. The club has always been a good fit for Rodriguez.

“A big part of it is history and the coaching staff,” Rodriguez said. “Chris has been the head coach well over 20 years. The environment he has created and success that’s been yielded from the team just attracts such a talented group of individuals. I think the lessons program with George and Edileide is helping swimmers develop really good skills and I think that’s why they have been so successful. From such a young age kids are taught properly by such good, intelligent coaches.”

Now that she has come full circle, what would Rodriguez tell her younger self if given the chance to do it all over again?

“I’m happy with the route I took because it’s led me here,” Rodriguez said. “But if there was something I could have changed I would have told my younger self to not take everything so seriously and personally. Just enjoy the journey…not worry so much on the very strict goals that I had for my life and enjoy the process a little bit more and not worry about the destination as much.”

Rodriguez is still athletic and currently training for an Olympic-distance triathlon in April. “I have definitely found the joy in swimming again,” she said.

Rodriguez was the first SOFLO swimmer to sign with Florida after an outstanding high school career at Hialeah Gardens High School. The Academic All-American and junior national qualifier was the total student-athlete package Florida coaches were looking to add to their successful program. She swam the 200 breaststroke and 400 IM.

As a swimmer, Rodriguez was a role model for young swimmers coming up. She was a team leader and motivator and helped several swimmers with her positivity and work ethic in training. At 15, she was a SOFLO Swimmer of the Month.

“One of the things I really enjoyed was the camaraderie,” Rodriguez said. “I had a really good group of friends. I come from a competitive family. I liked the competitive environment. I got to compete with my sister.”

Rodriguez has seen some changes in swimming through the years with the focus on skills rather than yardage as swimmers get older. However, she feels it’s important for swimmers to develop an aerobic capacity at a young age.

“Anyone that’s been on a team for eight years and found a way to get to the national group has leadership skills,” Anderson said at her college signing. “At Senior Championships, she was motivating the freshmen and sophomores on how to be more successful. She took that role on her own. She knows how to work and motivate. When she talks, people listen.”

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

SOFLO Swimmers Shine During Final Session Of Holiday Champs; Finish In Top Five Among Teams


By Sharon Robb
SUNRISE, December 20, 2022–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers left a lasting impression in the final meet of the year Sunday at the Holiday Champs at Sunrise Civic Center.

The up-and-coming swimmers got in some good racing in prelims and finals and dropped more times against a competitive field.

Vedant Pant, 12, won his second event of the three-day meet. Pant won the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 36.53, dropping 3.45 seconds off his previous best. He was also second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:53.44, another best time dropping 5.49 seconds. He also won the 100 breaststroke in a best time (1:20.26) earlier in the meet.

SOFLO’s girls 7-10 200-yard freestyle relay won in 2:09.62 with Mia Rop, Zoe Miralles, Stephania Dmitrova and Amber Connor.

SOFLO’s boys 7-10 200-yard freestyle was third in 2:03.94 with Reynaldo Manzanarez, Rafael Naranjo, Vedant Pant and Dylan McVeigh.

Other SOFLO top three finishers and impressive time drops were:
Stephania Dmitrova, 200 IM, third, 2:57.55, 2.36 drop.
Angelica Forsyth, 200 IM, third, 2:30.29, drop 2.97.
Karen Iino, 100 butterfly, third, 1:28.07, 9.53 drop.
Amber Connor, 50 breaststroke, second 43.16, 2.22 drop.
Leonardo Zuluaga, 50 breaststroke, third 42.74.
Valentina Remmele, 200 IM, 3.19 drop.
Mia Rop, 100 freestyle, 5.23 drop.
Amber Connor, 50 backstroke, 4.75 drop.
Isabella Callaway Coy, 200 breaststroke, 3.38 drop.
Catalina Akpabio, 100 butterfly, 6.59 drop.
Sophia Rodriguez, 100 butterfly, 9.61 drop.
Joanna Valdiviezo, 200 backstroke, 8.48 drop.
Angela Forsyth, 200 backstroke, 17.78 drop.
Leonardo Zuluaga, 200 IM, 18.90 drop.
Vedant Pant, 200 IM, 6.27 drop.
Rafael Naranjo, 200 IM, 6.42 drop; 100 butterfly, 4.23 drop.

SOFLO finished fifth among combined team standings with 395 points; fourth among girls with 225 points and sixth among boys teams with 170.

Sixty-three SOFLO swimmers (33 girls and 30 boys) competed in 301 individual events and 12 relays.

In addition to SOFLO, other teams that were in the field were Assoc. Natacion El Milenio, Bravo Swim Team, Coral Springs Swim Club, Cyclones, Eagle Aquatics, Heritage Aquatic Team, Hurricane Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning, Rockwood Swim Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Swim Gym, SwimFast, Trident Aquatics, TS Aquatics and host Sunrise Swimming.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-yard freestyle relay: 7-10, 1. SOFLO A 2:09.62 (Mia Rop, Zoe Miralles, Stephania Dmitrova, Amber Connor); 11-12, 1. Sunrise Swimming 1:54.14, 4. SOFLO A 2:01.42 (Sophia Rodriguez, Valentina Remmele, Marlena Groves Sofia Rufeev); 13-and-over, 1. Hurricane Aqutic 1:39.97.

200-yard individual medley: 7-10, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 2:38.68; SOFLO: 3. Stephania Dmitrova 2:57.55, time drop 2.36, 6. Karen Iino 3:03.57, time drop 9.75, 7. Ellie Phan 3:11.45, time drop 0.29; 11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 2:16.01; SOFLO; 6. Valentina Remmele 2:40.58, time drop 3.19; 13-14, 1. Manuella Lima, CSSC 2:20.09; SOFLO: 3. Angelica Forsyth 2:30.29, time drop 2.97; 15-and-over, 1. Kaitlyn Jorgensen, SUN 2:11.80.

100-yard freestyle: 7-10, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 1:02.64; SOFLO: 5. Amber Connor 1:09.15, time drop 3.83, 8. Mia Rop 1:12.34, time drop 5.23; 11-12, 1. Gabriela Campuzano, LLL 58.72; SOFLO: 6. Lana Althuis 1:04.44, time drop 2.90; 13-14, 1. Sophia El Chantiry, CSSC 56.73; 15-and-over, 1. Riley McCormick, CSSC 53.52.

50-yard backstroke: 7-10, 1. Rylen Heinz, LLL 34.48; SOFLO; 5. Amber Connor 36.61, time drop 4.75, 7. Catalina Akpabio 38.99, time drop 2.15, 8. Mia Rop 40.26, time drop 0.60; 11-12, 1. Aubrey Moen, CCPR 33.42; SOFLO: 8. Valentina Remmele 36.05, time drop 2.00; 13-14, 1. Carly Chin, CSSC 30.59; 15-and-over, 1. Cassia Flynn, CSSC 23.80.

200-yard breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Aaleyah Osouna, TSA 3:07.06; 13-14, 1. Makayla Montenegro, HAT 2:35.44; SOFLO: 6. Isabella Callaway Coy 2:53.56, time drop 3.38; 15-and-over, 1. Camila Garcia, LLL 2:33.67.

100-yard butterfly: 7-10, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 1:15.59; SOFLO: 3. Karen Iino 1:28.07, time drop 9.53, 4. Ellie Phan 1:33.39, 7. Catalina Akpabio 1:38.51, time drop 6.59; 11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 1:02.59; SOFLO: 8. Sophia Rodriguez 1:15.50, time drop 9.61; 13-14, 1. Sophia El Chantiry, CSSC 1:02.83; 15-and-over, 1. Teresa Landron, SUN 59.12.

50-yard breaststroke: 7-and-over, 1. Emma Ellis, SUN 39.38; SOFLO: 2. Amber Connor 43.16, time drop 2.22, 3. Zoe Miralles 44.53, time drop 1.36, 4. Stephania Dmitrova 44.82, time drop 2.76; 11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 34.88; SOFLO: 7. Sophia Rodriguez 41.15, time drop 1.24, 8. Valentina Remmele 41.51, time drop 1.74; 13-14, 1. Emma Baker, CSSC 34.93; 15-and-over, 1. Neika Gayle, SUN 32.38.

200-yard backstroke: 11-12, 1. Kiana Young, LLL 2:29.93; SOFLO: 5. Joanna Valdiviezo 2:44.20, time drop 8.48; 13-14, 1. Sophia El Chantiry, CSSC 2:17.38; SOFLO: 4. Angela Forsyth 2:27.99, time drop 17.78; 15-and-over, 1. Cecilia Poll, MIL 2:09.50.

BOYS
200-yard freestyle relay: 7-10, 1. Coral Springs 2:06.05; 11-12, 1. Coral Springs 1:48.19, 3. SOFLO A 2:03.94 (Reynaldo Manzanarez, Rafael Naranjo, Vedant Pant, Dylan McVeigh); 13-and-over, 1. Hurricane Aquatics 1:29.08.

200-yard individual medley: 7-10, 1. Janiel Espinos, SF 2:45.38; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Zuluaga 2:53.43, time drop 18.90; 11-12, 1. Tomas Franchak, CANE 2:21.01; SOFLO: 4. Vedant Pant 2:36.29, time drop 6.27, 6. Rafael Naranjo 2:41.04, time drop 6.42; 13-14, 1. Santi Campuzano, LLL 2:07.34; SOFLO: 7. David Valdiviezo 2:19.04, time drop 0.93; 15-and-over, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:53.46.

100-yard freestyle: 7-10, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 1:03.77; 11-12, 1. Roman Kondrashov, CSSC 58.14; SOFLO: 8. Rafael Naranjo 1:04.55, time drop 2.16; 13-14, 1. Santi Campuzano, LLL 50.16; 15-and-over, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 47.75.

50-yard backstroke: 7-10, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 36.11; 11-12, 1. Leo Georgiev, CSSC 31.39; SOFLO: 4. Jonathan Li 33.55, time drop 3.30, 8. Dylan McVeigh 35.70, time drop 0.64; 13-14, 1. Matt Jucoski, CSSC 29.70; SOFLO: 4. Dmitrii Berezin 31.71, time drop 2.89; 15-and-over, 1. Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula 24.39.

200-yard breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Tomas Franchak, CANE 2:46.42; SOFLO: 2. Vedant Pant 2:53.44, time drop 5.49, 3. Eonn Shao-Liang 3:13.01; 13-14, 1. John Albornoc, CSSC 2:21.73; 15-and-over, 1. Luca Young, CANE 2:14.13.

100-yard butterfly: 7-10, 1. Janiel Espinosa, SF 1:131.20; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Zuluaga, 1:31.30, time drop 1.68; 11-12, 1. Roman Kondrashov, CSSC 1:05.26; SOFLO: 6. Rafael Naranjo 1:18.61, time drop 4.23; 13-14, 1. Santi Campuzano, LLL 55.52; 15-and-over, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 51.19.

50-yard breaststroke: 7-10, 1. Dylan Ehrlich, CSSC 40.47; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Zuluaga 42.74; 11-12, 1. Vedant Pant, SOFLO 36.53, time drop 3.45; SOFLO: 7, Jonathan Li 39.11, time drop 3.41; 13-14, 1. Rafael Landron, SUN 30.19; 15-and-over, 1. Christopher Kean, SUN 32.38.

200-yard backstroke: 11-12, 1. Leo Georgiev, CSSC 2:20.24; 13-14, 1. Luke Deutschman, RSCA 2:08.05; SOFLO: 3. David Valdiviezo 2:18.81, time drop 0.22; 15-and-over, 1. Orenzo Herek, CSSC 2:01.15.

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

Vedant Pant, Amber Connor Lead SOFLO In Session Two Final Of Holiday Champs


By Sharon Robb
SUNRISE, December 18, 2022–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers turned in a solid day of racing and time drops Saturday at the Holiday Champs at Sunrise Civic Center.

Vedant Pant, 12, was SOFLO’s only individual winner. Pant won the 11-12 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:20.26, dropping 0.78.

Pant was also a member of SOFLO’s third place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 2:21.73 with teammates Dylan McVeigh, Rafael Naranjo and Reynaldo Manzanarez.

Amber Connor, 10, led the girls with a second place in the 50-yard butterfly in a best time 34.65, with a time drop of 5.27 seconds. She was third in the 100 IM in 1:22.20. She was also a member of SOFLO’s second place 200-yard medley that finished in 2:28.87 with teammates Paige Fleming, Catalina Akpabio and Mia Rop.

SOFLO’s 7-10 boys 200-yard medley relay was second in 2:26.81 with Toma Petkov, Leonardo Zuluaga, Niccolo Miccolis and Sean Tee.

Other top three finishers for SOFLO were:
Stephania Dmitrova, 100 breaststroke, second 1:37.66, time drop 3.20.
Grace Petrucci, 100 breaststroke, third 1:40.99, time drop 9.80.
Angelina Forsyth, 200 butterfly, third, 2:35.99, time drop 2.50.
Niccolo Miccolis, 50 butterfly, third, 35.11
Benjamin Liss, 100 breaststroke, third, 1:25.55, time drop 1.51.

Sixty-three SOFLO swimmers (33 girls and 30 boys) are competing in 301 individual events and 12 relays.

In addition to SOFLO, other teams competing are Assoc. Natacion El Milenio, Bravo Swim Team, Coral Springs Swim Club, Cyclones, Eagle Aquatics, Heritage Aquatic Team, Hurricane Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning, Rockwood Swim Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Swim Gym, SwimFast, Trident Aquatics, TS Aquatics and host Sunrise Swimming.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-yard medley relay:
7-10, 1. Sunrise Swimming 2:26.66, 2. SOFLO 2:28.87 (Paige Fleming, Amber Connor, Catalina Akpabio, Mia Rop).
11-12, 1. Lake Lytal Lightning 2:04.40; 5. SOFLO 2:22.46 (Danielle Brancati, Valentina Remmele, Sophia Rodriguez, Joanna Valdiviezo).
13-and-over, 1. Coral Springs 1:51.23, 7. SOFLO 2:13.24 (Mikhel Martin, Sophia Avia, Sofia Hernandez, Sarah Bedoya).

200-yard freestyle:
7-and-10, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 2:14.96; SOFLO: 6. Karen Iino 2:42.52, 7. Stephania Dmitrova 2:43.34; 11-12, 1. Gabriela Campuzano, LLL 2:04.91; 13-14, 1. Carly Chin, CSSC 2:03.81; 15-and-over, 1. Cassie Flynn, CSSC 1:55.74.

100-yard backstroke: 7-10, 1. Rylen Heinz, LLL 1:13.26; SOFLO: 5. Karen Iino 1:25.65, 6. Maya Ramthun 1:34.37, time drop 2.08; 11-12, 1. Carolina Almeida, CSC 1:09.19; 13-14, 1. Manuella Lima, CSSC 1:04.08; SOFLO: 5. Angelica Forsyth 1:09.67, 7. Mikhel Martin 1:10.75; 15-and-over, 1. Kaitlyn Jorgensen, SUN 1:00.36.

50-yard butterfly: 7-10, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 33.44; SOFLO: 2. Amber Connor 34.65, time drop 5.27, 6. Catalina Akpabio 36.75, 0.97 time drop, 8. Mia Rop 39.58, 0.03 time drop; 11-12, 1. Gabriela Campuzano, LLL 29.27; SOFLO: 8. Sophia Rodriguez 33.45, 0.76 time drop; 13-14, 1. Carly Chin, CSSC 28.61; 15-and-over, 1. Riley McCormick, CSSC 26.46; SOFLO: 7. Sophia Hernandez 28.91, 0.39 time drop.

100-yard breaststroke: 7-10, 1. Veronica Landron, SUN 1:34.53; SOFLO: 2. Stephania Dmitrova 1:37.66, time drop 3.20, 3. Grace Petrucci 1:40.99, time drop 9.80, 4. Karen Iino 1:43.32, time drop 5.97; 11-12, 1. Lydia Wagner 1:14.47; 13-14, 1. Bella Truyol, EA 1:14.94; 15-and-over, 1. Aria Torretta, CANE 1:09.63.

50-yard freestyle: 7-10, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 29.45; SOFLO: 6. Mia Rop 33.59, time drop 0.06, 7. Zoe Miralles 34.58, 8.Maya Ramthun 38.34; 11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 24.21; 13-14, 1. Carly Chin, CSSC 26.10; SOFLO: 8. Mikhel Martin 28.25, time drop 0.03; 15-and-over, 1. Riley McCormick, CSSC 24.79.

200-yard butterfly: 11-12, 1. Gabriela Campuzano, LLL 2:25.62; 13-14, 1. Makayla Montenegro, HAT 2:29.23; SOFLO: 3. Angelica Forsyth 2:35.99, time drop 2.50; 15-and-over, 1. Mariana Montes, CSSC 2:13.21.

100-yard individual medley: 7-10, 1. Rylen Heinz, LLL 1:17.88; SOFLO: 3. Amber Connor 1:22.20, 4. Stephania Dmitrova 1:26.56, time drop 1.62, 5. Zoe Miralles 1:29.00, time drop 1.43, 7. Ellie Phan 1:30.94; 11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 1:04.79; SOFLO: 5. Valentina Remmele 1:13.77, time drop 5.25; 13-14, 1. Avery Gmmons, LLL 1:07.85; SOFLO: 6. Mikhel Martin 1:13.92; 15-and-ovr, 1. Kaitlyn Jorgensen, SUN 1:02.24.

BOYS
200-yard medley relay: 7-10, 1. Coral Springs 2:26.81, 2. SOFLO 2:32.09 (Toma Petkov, Leonardo Zuluaga, Niccolo Miccolis, Sean Tee); 11-12, 1. Coral Springs 2:05.21, 3. SOFLO 2:21.73 (Dylan McVeigh, Vedant Pant, Rafael Naranjo, Reynaldo Manzanarez); 13-and-over, 1. Hurricane Aquatics 1:39.50, 6. SOFLO 1:56.64 (Dmitrii Berezin, Luke Mercier, Bruno Martins, Alexander Rahman).

200-yard freestyle: 7-10, 1. Janiel Espinsosa, SF 2:20.59; 11-12, 1. Matteo Baldanza, CSSC 2:01.04; SOFLO: 7. Rafael Naranjo 2:18.13, time drop 6.06; 13-14, 1. Santi Campuzano, LLL 1:52.67; 15-and-over, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:42.51.

100-yard backstroke: 7-10, 1. Dylan Ehrlich, CSSC 1:19.70; 11-12, 1. Leo Georgiev, CSSC 1:06.82; SOFLO: 8. Dylan McVeigh 1:12.28, time drop 1.16; 13-14, 1. Luke Deutschman, RSCA 59.71; 15-and-over, 1. Utzane Uz, CANE 55.68.

50-yard butterfly: 7-10, 1. Janiel Espinos, SF 32.34; SOFLO: 3. Niccolo Miccolis 35.11, time drop 3.57; 11-12, 1. Roman Kondrashov, CSSC 29.54; 13-14, 1. Brian Hamilton, CSSC 25.31; 15-and-over, 1. Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula, EA 23.06.

100-yard breaststroke: 7-10, 1. Erik Ellis, SUN 1:31.26; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Zuluaga 1:32.47, time drop 2.40, 5. Sean Tee 1:41.21; 11-12, 1. Vedant Pant, SOFLO 1:20.26, time drop 0.78; SOFLO: 3. Benjamin Liss 1:25.55, time drop 1.51, 4. Rafael Naranjo 1:25.75, time drop 1.94; 13-14, 1. Rafael Landron, SUN 1:06.05; 15-and-over, 1. Lucas Franchak, CANE 1:02.00.

50-yard freestyle: 7-10, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 29.72; 11-12, 1. Matteo Baldanza, CSSC 26.34; SOFLO: 8. Rafael Naranjo 29.75, time drop 0.58; 13-14, 1. Brain Hamilton, CSSC 23.16; 15-and-over, 1. Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula 21.64.

200-yard butterfly: 11-12, 1. Joseph Villalobos, CSSC 2:40.08; 13-14, 1. Santi Campuzano, LLL 2:06.83; 15-and-over, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:57.37.

100-yard individual medley: 7-10, 1. Janiel Espinosa, SF 1:18.23; SOFLO: 4. Niccolo Miccolis 1:22.70, time drop 4.30, 7. Leonardo Zuluaga 1:26.91, time drop 6.09; 11-12, 1. Tomas Franchak, CANE 1:06.72; SOFLO: 7. Benjamin Liss 1:19.00; 13-14, 1. Rafael Landron, SUN 59.51; SOFLO: 7. David Valdiviezo 1:05.52, time drop 1.14; 15-and-over, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 53.18.

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

Toma Petkov Leads SOFLO In Session One Of Holiday Champs


By Sharon Robb
SUNRISE, December 17, 2022–Toma Petkov was the top finisher for South Florida Aquatic Club in the opening session of the Holiday Champs Friday at Sunrise Civic Center.

Petkov, 10, finished second in the 7-and-over 500-yard freestyle in a best time 6:13.70, shaving 9.31 seconds off his previous best of 6:23.01.

SOFLO swimmers had several impressive time drops. They were:

Marlena Groves, 500 freestyle 6:37, 13.57 drop.
Varvara Dmitrova, 500 freestyle, 6:41.33, 22.71 drop.
Isabella Callaway Coy, 500 freestyle, 6:24.39, 7.17 drop.
Rafael Naranjo, 500 freestyle, 6:02.40, 15.61 drop.
Dylan McVeigh, 500 freestyle, 6:23.95, 10.79 drop.
Reynaldo Manzanarez, 500 freestyle 6:24.11, 17.07 drop.
David Gonzalez, 500 freestyle, 6:26.09, 10.89 drop.
Dmitrii Berezin, 500 freestyle 5:42.56, 5.87 drop.
Luke Mercier, 500 freestyle, 5:53.84, 2.20 drop.
David Valdiviezo, 400 IM, 4:54.78, 1.23 drop.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday and Sunday with a full schedule of events in prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

Sixty-three SOFLO swimmers (33 girls and 30 boys) are competing in 301 individual events and 12 relays.

In addition to SOFLO, other teams competing are Assoc. Natacion El Milenio, Bravo Swim Team, Coral Springs Swim Club, Cyclones, Eagle Aquatics, Heritage Aquatic Team, Hurricane Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning, Rockwood Swim Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Swim Gym, SwimFast, Trident Aquatics, TS Aquatics and host Sunrise Swimming.

Admission is $5 per person for all sessions. Heat sheets are available for free at sunriseswimming.com or on Meet Mobile. A concession stand will be open for all sessions. The meet is sponsored by the City of Sunrise, Sunrise Swimming and Sunrise Swimming Booster Club.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Hayley Cohen, CSSC 6:18.62; 11-12, 1. Grace Weeks, CSSC 5:39.58; SOFLO: 17. Marlena Groves 6:37.14, time drop 13.57, 18. Varvara Dmitrova 6:41.33, time drop 22.71, 19. Joanna Valdiviezo 6:45.15; 13-14, 1. Manuella Lima, CSSC 5:33.88; SOFLO: 16. Isabella Callaway Coy 6:24.39, time drop 7.17, 17. Mariana Wotfe 6:33.56; 15-and-over, 1. Cecilia Poll, MIL 5:09.68; SOFLO: 22. Cali Harries 5:59.52.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 4:57.39; 13-14, 1. Manuella Lima, CSSC 4:58.71; 15-and-over, 1. Cecilia Poll, MIL 4:45.28.

BOYS
500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Janiel Espinosa, SF 6:13.02, 2. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 6:13.70, time drop 9.31.
11-12, 1. Tomas Franchak, CANE 5:26.74; SOFLO: 7. Rafael Naranjo 6:02.40, time drop 15.61, 10. Dylan McVeigh 6:23.95, time drop 10.79, 11. Reynaldo Manzanarez 6:24.11, time drop 17.07, 12. David Gonzalez 6:26.09, time drop 10.89; 13-14, 1. Santi Campuzano, LLL 4:58.49; SOFLO: 15. Dmitrii Berezin 5:42.56, time drop 5.87, 23. David Portilla 6:51.62; 15-and-over, 1. Sean Doyle, SUN 4:52.03; SOFLO: 10. Luke Mercier 5:53.84, time drop 2.20.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Roman Kondrashov, CSSC 5:01.18; 13-14, 1. Rafael Landron, SUN 4:41.96; SOFLO: 6. David Valdiviezo 4:54.78, time drop 1.23; 15-and-over, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 4:01.63.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Wrap Up Successful Year At Holiday Champs


By Sharon Robb
SUNRISE, December 15, 2022–South Florida Aquatic Club will compete in the final Florida Gold Coast swim meet of the year this weekend.

The always festive Holiday Champs begin Friday at Sunrise Civic Center with the 7-and-over 500 freestyle and 11-and-over 400 IM at 5 p.m.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday and Sunday with a full schedule of events in prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

Sixty-three SOFLO swimmers (33 girls and 30 boys) will compete in 301 individual events and 12 relays.

Among SOFLO swimmers competing are Matt McVeigh, Dylan McVeigh, Sofia Hernandez, Diego Reveron, Bruno Martins, Sarah Bedoya, Valentina Remmele, Ryan Harries, Joanna Valdiviezo, David Valdiviezo, Sophia Avila, Isabella Callaway Coy, Mikhel Martin, Ellie Phan, Alexandra Strong, Daniel Chaussky, Niccolo Miccolis and Luke Mercier.

In addition to SOFLO, other teams entered are Assoc. Natacion El Milenio, Bravo Swim Team, Coral Springs Swim Club, Cyclones, Eagle Aquatics, Heritage Aquatic Team, Hurricane Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning, Rockwood Swim Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Swim Gym, SwimFast, Trident Aquatics, TS Aquatics and host Sunrise Swimming.

Admission is $5 per person for all sessions. Heat sheets are available for free at sunriseswimming.com or on Meet Mobile. A concession stand will be open for all sessions. The meet is sponsored by the City of Sunrise, Sunrise Swimming and Sunrise Swimming Booster Club.

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

St. Andrew’s Aquatics Captures First-Ever 32nd Speedo Winter Championships; SOFLO Finishes Runner-Up


PLANTATION, December 11, 2022—St. Andrew’s Aquatics won the 32nd annual Speedo Winter Championships for the first time in its club history Sunday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

St. Andrew’s won the combined (1,761 points), boys (837.5) and girls (923.5) team titles.

Two-time defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club finished runner-up in all three categories: combined (1,693.5), boys (813.5) and girls (880).

It was so close and so much fun to watch St. Andrew’s Aquatics and SOFLO battle it out during the final three days of the meet when it became obvious it was a two-team race for the coveted titles in one of the oldest and largest meets in the state.

“This is the first time in our history we have ever won the Winter Championships,” St. Andrew’s veteran coach Sid Cassidy said. “I am very proud of every athlete as it was an epic battle with a great SOFLO team. I am especially proud of our coaching staff and the great work they did this weekend.”

Among SOFLO’s top three finishers on Sunday night were:

Auburn-bound Olivia Dinehart, 17, finished with 77 points after winning all seven of her individual events and two relays. On the final night, she won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.03; 100-yard IM in 58.31 and was a member of the second place 400 free relay.

Ricardo Roche, 23, won the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 50.36, dropping 0.27. He totaled 33.5 points.

Javier Colmenares, 16, won the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 56.47, dropping 0.37. He was also third in the 100 IM in 53.17, dropping 0.45. He finished with 58 points.

Elena Dinehart, 17, was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.16. She finished with 48 points.

Maddie Smutny, 17, was second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:04.83. She had 43.5 points.

Christie Ann Lumsden, 10, was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:16.54, dropping 1.52. She was second in the 100 IM in 1:12.09. She was third in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.46, dropping 0.92. She finished with 54 points.

Ana Villamil, 17, was second in the 100 IM in a best time 59.30, dropping 0.69. She finished with 56 points.

Ethan Phan, 10, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 1:10.96, dropping 0.98. He had 21 points.

Ethan Hall, 12, was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.39, dropping 1.49. He finished with 51 points.

Manuel Melendez, 19, was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 57.34, dropping 0.56. He had 28 points.

Juan Vallmitjana, 13, was third in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:02.84, dropping 1.34. He finished with 44 points.

Toma Petkov, 10, was third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:24.24, dropping 3.55. He had 27 points.

Aldo Zepeda, 17, was third in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 51.76, dropping 0.42. He had 21 points.

Nicolai Ross, 14, was third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.25. He finished with 32 points.

SOFLO girls were second in the 13-14 and 19-and-over 400 free relay.

SOFLO 10-and-under boys were second in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 11-12 boys were third in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Aruba’s Jordy Groters, 26, founder and head coach of Giants Aquatics led by example competing in seven events. His best finishes were second place in the 50-yard breaststroke (26.08) and thirds in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.63) and 100-yard IM (53.27). Groters is a former University School and Pine Crest Swim Club swimmer. He brought 10 of his swimmers with many making finals. The boys finished 30th out of 65 teams with 46 points.

Sienna Cavaretta, 9, of the Pompano Beach Piranhas made her first career JO cut by nearly four seconds in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:21.63 to finish seventh. She dropped an impressive 16.85 seconds, bettering both her previous best of 1:38.48 and her prelims time of 1:24.03. She earned four points for her team in her Winter Champs debut.

32nd SPEEDO WINTER CHAMPS RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 923.5, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 880, 3. Westchester Aquatic Club 450, 4. Jupiter Dragons 340, 5. North Palm Beach 331.5, 6. Metro Aquatics 283.5, 7. Wahoos of Wellington 280, 8. Midtown Weston 255, 9. TS Aquatics 232, 10. Azura 216.

GIRLS RESULTS
200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Jupiter Dragons 2:22.81.

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. St. Andrew’s 3:52.31, 2. North Palm Beach 3:54.59, 3. Westchester 3:55.61, 4. SOFLO A 3:55.65 (Jianna Amores, Ellie Jackson, Sophie Szutkowski, Jemma Baldwin), 7. SOFLO B 4:09.67 (Sofia Rodriguez, Olivia Wilson, Didia Miccxolis, Gianna Martin).
13-14, 1. Jupiter 3:37.09, 2. SOFLO A 3:37.43 (Laila Harran, Jenesys Amores, Tania Mantilla, Carley Kaplan), 3. Pine Crest 3:42.10, 6. SOFLO B 3:49.27 (Elise Dinehart, Sofia Lugo, Sarah Vasquez, Lydia Smutny).
19-and-under, 1. St. Andrew’s 3:29.17, 2. SOFLO A 3:33.19 (Ana Villamil, Olivia Dinehart, Elena Dinehart, Maddie Smutny), 3. Plantation 3:36.59, 9. SOFLO B 3:40.37 (Katelyn Gembicki, Gabriela Avila, Natalie Gembicki, Carley Kaplan).

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Julieta Stolk, SAS 32.89, 2. Eva Milevska, MWA 34.08, 3. Charlee Anderson, USPR 34.25.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 1:00.41, 2. Madison Swiss, RATS 1:01.64, 3. Alina Rodriguez, PB 1:03.11; SOFLO: 9. Ellie Jackson 1:06.91, time drop 0.77.
13-14, 1. Addison Kent, JUP 57.26, 2. Ines Arnall, WEST 58.35, 3. Allison Kelly, JUP 58.78; SOFLO; 8. Laila Harran 59.71, time drop 1.92, 10. Jenesys Amores 1:01.34, time drop 0.02.
15-16, 1. Sam Schoenborn, SAS 57.38, 2. Alanis Santiago, RATS 59.64, 3. Raegan O’Brien, USAM 1:00.09.
17-and-over, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 55.66, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 58.16, 3. Myeisha Sharrieff, HASC 58.17.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Makayla Hill, SWIM 1:05.77, 2. Wendy LaPietra, SAS 1:06.55, 3. Arina Nedialko, BRVO 1:14.03.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Veronica Metz, WOW 2:16.91, 2. Aubrey Schmitt, CAS 2:19.07, 3. Lynn Tamura, WEST 2:22.47; SOFLO: 4. Jianna Amores 2:22.74, time drop 5.15.
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 2:02.64, 2. Alba Arnall, WEST 2:05.24, 3. Serene Jourdy, WEST 2:07.72; SOFLO: 5. Lydia Smutny 2:12.85, time drop 0.66.
15-16, 1. Natalie Doig, RATS 2:07.97, 2. Casey Perez, BMHG 2:08.67, 3. Victoria Reveron, EA 2:11.48.
17-and-over, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 2:01.33, 2. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:04.88, 3. Fatima Portillo, AZU 2:05.37; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 2:07.67, 8. Michelle Marinheiro 2:09.76, 9. Natalie Gembicki 2:14.94.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Makayla Hill, SWIM 1:14.50, 2. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:16.54, time drop 1.52, 3. JJ Fishman, WEST 1:21.76.
11-12, 1. Layla Bleakley, NPB 1:10.73, 2. Roxy Rohrbaugh, SAS 1:13.13, 3. Madison Swiss, RATS 1:13.21; SOFLO: 5. Gianna Martin 1:14.77, time drop 3.86.
13-14, 1. Emma Han, WOW 1:06.08, 2. Tessa Broedell, NPB 1:06.13, 3. Isabel Viera, MAC 1:06.33.
15-16, 1. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 1:05.22, 2. Kiera Rampersad, EA 1:05.22, 3. Reese Andres, SAS 1:05.48.
17-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:03.03, 2. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:04.82, 3. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 1:05.70, time drop 1.16; SOFLO: 5. Sophia Grubbs 1:07.81, 8. Sabrina Osorio 1:09.60, time drop 0.06.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Wendy LaPietra, SAS 27.16, 2. Julieta Stolk, SAS 27.93, 3. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 28.46, time drop 0.92.

200-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 1:54.07, 2. Veronica Metz, WOW 2:02.33, 3. Lexie Lucchese, SAS 2:04.10; SOFLO: 5. Jianna Amores 2:06.56, time drop 2.71.
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 1:50.95, 2. Addison Kent, JUP 1:53.11, 3. Ines Arnall, WEST 1:54.40; SOFLO: 10. Jenesys Amores 2:00.06, time drop 2.30.
15-16, 1. Sienna Griffiths, SAS 1:53.62, 2. Alanis Santiago, RATS 1:53.79, 3. Martyna Kaps, MPNY 1:54.57.
17-and-over, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:50.57, 2. Mariana Cote, MWA 1:52.85, 3. Melissa Blaine, SWIM 1:54.21; SOFLO: 4. Maddie Smutny 1:54.39, 7. Elena Dinehart 1:56.08, 10. Natalie Gembicki 1:57.09.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Wendy LaPietra, SAS 1:09.16, 2. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:12.09, 3. Julieta Stolk, SAS 1:12.84.
11-12, 1. Roxy Rohrbaugh, SAS 1:04.99, 2. Cali Jerabek, NPB 1:05.97, 3. Lynn Tamura, WEST 1:05.98; SOFLO: 5. Jianna Amores 1:06.83, time drop 8.00.
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 58.87, 2. Alera Hurwitz, SAS 1:00.79, 3. Isabel Viera, MAC 1:01.65; SOFLO: 5. Carley Kaplan 1:02.64, time drop 3.51, 8. Elise Dinehart 1:03.88, time drop 0.35.
15-16, 1. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 58.51, 2. Kiera Rampersad, EA 59.63, 3. Ekaterina Malyshev, WOW 59.95.
17-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 58.31, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 59.30, time drop 0.69, 3. Paola Gonzalez, SDST 1:00.76; SOFLO: 4. Maddie Smutny 1:01.28, time drop 1.33, 8. Sophia Grubbs 1:02.20.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s 837.5, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 813.5, 3. Metro Aquatics 449, 4. Jupiter Dragons 340, 5. Azura 320, 6. Plantation 305, 7. Wahoos of Wellington 285, 8. Indian River 209, 9. North Palm Beach 196, 10. Westchester 186.5.

BOYS RESULTS
200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. North Palm Beach 2:03.03, 2. SOFLO A 2:04.91 (Ethan Phan, Niccolo Miccolis, Michael Barber, Toma Petkov), 3. Westchester 2:05.41.

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Plantation 3:45.06, 2. St. Andrew’s 3:45.82, 3. SOFLO A 3:50.49 (Guillermo Mantilla, Eric Ferrer, Noah Mejias, Ethan Hall), 7. SOFLO B 4:06.39 (Rainier Leyva Riestra, Jacob Jones, Alexander Ross, Kenneth Solis).
13-14, 1. Wellington 3:21.15, 2. Metro Aquatics 3:23.69, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:23.77, 4. SOFLO A 3:25.65 (Nicolai Ross, Jose Rincon, Abraham Penaloza, Juan Vallmitjana), 14. SOFLO B 3:41.80 (Mason Jimenez, Connor Jimenez, Aleksander Chaussky, Joshua Menezes).
19-and-under, 1. St. Andrew’s B 3:06.66, 2. St. Andrew’s A 3:09.41, 3. Plantation 3:09.72, 9. SOFLO B 3:15.03 (Austin Nelson, Hashan Ekanayake, Nicholas Pelaez, Alejandro Mateus), SOFLO A DQ.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Lorenz Fahnenschmidt, CAT 31.38, 2. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 33.11, 3. Liam King, WEST 33.15.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. David Singh, BSC 1:01.95, 2. Hayden School, JUP 1:03.34, 3. Luca Gray, WOW 1:03.46; SOFLO: 5. Guillermo Mantilla 1:05.91, time drop 3.59, 8. Noah Mejias 1:07.79, time drop 0.52.
13-14, 1. Conner Brinley, SAS 53.63, 2. Andreas DaSilva, WOW 55.10, 3. Clayton Pinera, JUP 56.28; SOFLO: 9. Maximilliano Remmele 59.30, time drop 0.20.
15-16, 1. Anthony Piniero, SDST 51.35, 2. Corbin Lewis, UN 52.81, 3. Andy Serrano-Pena, RANS 53.88; SOFLO: 5. Jaden Amores 54.74, time drop 0.63, 9. Hashan Ekanayake 55.82, time drop 1.56.
17-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 50.36, time drop 0.27, 2. Marcelo Mansur, UN 51.61, 3. Aldo Zepeda, SOFLO 51.76, time drop 0.42, 10. Wisthon Rendon 53.48.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Victor Martin, FA 1:08.03, 2.Ethan Phan, SOFLO 1:10.96, time drop 0.98, 3. Liam King, WEST 1:11.60.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Caleb Caponera, SAS 2:10.92, 2. Trace Colton, NPB 2:11.27, 3. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 2:17.38, time drop 3.20, 9. Eric Ferrer 2:34.00, time drop 4.01.
13-14, 1. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 1:57.14, 2. Christian Jerome, USAM 1:57.55, 3. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:02.84, time drop 1.34.
15-16, 1. Anthony Pineiro, SDST 1:52.66, 2. Marcus Szabo, PB 1:54.48, 3. Alessandro Pereira, MAC 1:54.79.
17-and-over, 1. Diego Balbi, SAS 1:48.71, 2. Nikita Efimov, EA 1:51.61, 3. Ambrus Barcsak, SAS 1:53.10; SOFLO: 8. Enrique Rodriguez 1:57.38.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 1:21.95, 2. Lucca Cutsaimanis, RATS 1:22.31, 3. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 1:24.24, time drop 3.55; SOFLO: 5. Ethan Phan 1:27.31, time drop 1.13, 7. Gabriel Ferrer 1:33.39, time drop 2.66, 8. Ryan Harris 1:33.85, time drop 1.94, 9. Michael Barber 1:33.92.
11-12, 1. Alexander Diaz, MWA 1:08.42, 2. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 1:10.39, time drop 1.49, 3. Jayden Park, MWA 1:10.78.
13-14, 1. Kaleb Cason, RATS 1:01.47, 2. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 1:02.23, 3. Collin Reed, RATS 1:02.40; SOFLO: 5. Abraham Penaloza 1:02.97, time drop 3.80.
15-16, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 56.47, time drop 0.37, 2. Braynsly Dirksz, UN 57.17, 3. George Gonzalez, SDST 57.23.
17-and-over, 1. Kito Campbell, AZU 55.31, 2. Manuel Melendez, SOFLO 57.34, time drop 0.56, 3. Jordy Groters, GIANT 57.63; SOFLO: 5. Ricardo Roche 58.53, time drop 1.98, 10. Stephen Kim 1:00.87, time drop 0.20.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Victor Martin, FA 27.38, 2. Kaan Trentadue, PB 28.11, 3. Zach Stewart Lewis, WEST 28.51.

200-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Felipe Alvarez, PST 1:55.21, 2. Trace Colton, NPB 1:57.56, 3. Jacob Ellis, RANS 1:59.81; SOFLO: 4. Ethan Hall 2:00.20, time drop 4.01, 6. Guillermo Mantilla 2:02.47. time drop 1.87, 8. Eric Ferrer 2:07.03, time drop 1.09.
13-14, 1. Nicolas Kokidko, MAC 1:45.66, 2. Dillon Metz, WOW 1:46.45, 3. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 1:47.25; SOFLO: 4. Juan Vallmitjana 1:47.58.
15-16, 1. James Allison, SMS 1:38.32, 2. George Gonzalez, SDST 1:40.40, 3. Alex Kalil Mansur, UN 1:42.26; SOFLO: 9. Hashan Ekanayake 1:47.53.
17-and-over, 1. Sauod Alshamroukh, CSSC 1:41.52, 2. Marcelo Mansur, UN 1:41.82, 3. Mason Green, TAR 1:41.95, 5. Alex Golding, GSC 1:42.93.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1, Victor Martin, FA 1:08.51, 2. Zach Stewart Lewis, WEST 1:1.14, 3. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 1:12.80; SOFLO: 9. Toma Petkov 1:16.21, time drop 3.60.
11-12, 1. Caleb Caponera, SAS 1:01.57, 2. David Singh, BSC 1:02.03, 3. Trace Colton, NPB 1:02.48.
13-14, 1. Clayton Pinera, JUP 56.28, 2. Andreas DaSilva, WOW 56.36, 3. Emihlio Reveron, EA 56.95.
15-16, 1. Lucas Bailey, SAS 52.14, 2. Makar Goncharoc, SFTL 52.95, 3. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 53.17, time drop 0.45.
17-and-over, 1. Jayjan Odlum-Smith, AZU 51.73, 2. Gianna Famiano, PB 53.20, 3. Jordy Groters, GIANT 53.27, 4. Alex Golding, GSC 53.54; SOFLO: 5. Manuel Melendez 54.08, 10. Aldo Zepeda 55.54.

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

Dinehart, Lumsden, Roche, Girls’ 11-12 Relay Lead SOFLO; SOFLO, St. Andrew’s Battle For Team Titles At 32nd Speedo Winter Championships


PLANTATION, December 10, 2022—The 32nd annual Speedo Winter Championships brought out the best in swimmers Saturday night at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Two-time defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club and St. Andrew’s Aquatics’ battle for top honors will go down to the wire for the combined, girls and boys team titles on the fourth and final day of competition.

St. Andrew’s overtook SOFLO for the girls lead, 651.5-636.5. St. Andrew’s continues to lead the boys competition, 636-573.5. St. Andrew’s also leads the combined team totals, 1,287.5-1,210.

Auburn-bound Olivia Dinehart was a triple winner for SOFLO. She won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:21.93 with a time drop of 0.91; 50-yard breaststroke in 29.13; and 100-yard freestyle in 51.86.

Christie Ann Lumsden won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.51 with a time drop of 1.68. She was also second in the 50-yard breaststroke in 36.62, dropping 0.29 and third in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:11.67 with a time drop of 3.16 seconds.

Ricardo Roche won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:48.39.

SOFLO’s 11-12 girls 400-yard medley relay won in 4:18.49 with Ellie Jackson, Gianna Martin, Jianna Amores and Jemma Baldwin.

Elena Dinehart was second in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:02.68.

Jianna Amores was third in the 100-yard freestyle in 57.43.

Ana Villamil was second in the 50-yard butterfly in 25.67 with an 0.89 time drop and third in the 50-yard breaststroke in 29.92.

SOFLO boys finished second in both the 200-yard medley relay in 2:23.93 with Michael Barber, Toma Petkov, Ethan Phan and Niccolo Miccolis) and 400-yard medley relay in 4:22.65 with Guillermo Mantilla, Ethan Hall, Eric Ferrer and Rainier Leyva Riestra.

Noah Mejias was third in the 11-12 400 IM in 4:57.12 with a 4.08 time drop. Juan Vallmitjana was third in the 13-14 400 IM in 4:17.79. Javier Colmenares was third in the 15-16 400 IM in 4:08.12.

Colmenares was also second in the 50-yard breaststroke in 26.37 with an 0.36 drop. Abraham Penaloza was third in the 50-yard breaststroke in 29.21 with a time drop of 3.03.

The four-day meet, one of the oldest and largest in the state, concludes Sunday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

In addition to SOFLO and St. Andrew’s Aquatics, other top teams competing are Azura Florida Aquatics, Eagle Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming, Midtown Weston, Jupiter Dragons, Wahoos of Wellington and Metro Aquatics.

Spectator admission is $5 per session. Parking is free. Heat sheets are available at http://www.swimpst.com and on Meet Mobile.

EAST SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Final Results

Erike Palaez, Eagle Aquatics: 100 freestyle, 2. 47.91, 68 points.
Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics: 100 freestyle, 1. 42.22, 52 points.
Finn Winkler, Eagle Aquatics: 200 backstroke, 47. 1:50.83.
Gioia Balzano, Eagle Aquatics: 100 freestyle, 21. 50.17.
Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula, Eagle Aquatics: 100 freestyle, 48. 45.60.
Dylan Smiley, Miami Country Day: 200 breaststroke, 49. 2:04.18, 14.5 points.

32nd SPEEDO WINTER CHAMPS RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1,287.50, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,210, 3. Metro Aquatics 506.50, 4. Jupiter Dragons 499, 5. Westchester Aquatic Club 429.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 651.5, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 636.5, 3. Westchester Aquatic Club 309.5, 4. North Palm Beach 255, 5. Jupiter Dragons 247.

GIRLS RESULTS
500-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 5:09.84, 2. Veronica Metz, WOW 5:19.91, 3. Molly Behrend, WEST 5:29.35; SOFLO: 4. Jemma Baldwin 5:32.39, time drop 5.26, 12. Ellie Jackson 5:47.82, time drop 5.77, 28. Olivia Wilson 6:14.04.

200-yard medley relay:
10-and-under, 1. Jupiter Dragons 2:39.82.

400-yard medley relay:
11-12, 1. SOFLO A 4:18.49 (Ellie Jackson, Gianna Martin, Jianna Amores, Jemma Baldwin), 2. North Palm Beach 4:21.23, 3. Wellington 4:32.87, 12. SOFLO B 4:49.91 (Sophie Szutkowski, Didia Miccolis, Sofia Rodriguez, Olivia Wilson).

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Makayla Hill, SWIM 2:25.85, 2. Wendy LaPietra, SAS 2:28.72, 3. JJ Fishman, WEST 2:44.34.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Veronica Metz, WOW 4:42.37, 2. Molly Behrend, WEST 4:58.53, 3. Aubrey Schmitt, CASC 4:58.93; SOFLO: 5. Jemma Baldwin 5:07.11, time drop 9.42, 11. Jianna Amores 5:12.36, time drop 6.30, 15. Sofia Rodriguez 5:24.12, time drop 11.56.
13-14, 1. Isabel Viera, MAC 4:37.45, 2. Maria Camila Perez, AZU 4:40.49, 3. Sara Miller, PCS 4:42.04; SOFLO: 4. Lydia Smutny 4:46.35, time drop 4.26, 8. Elise Dinehart 4:53.28, 10. Sarah Vasquez 4:58.68.
15-16, 1. Gio Musiello, GRSC 4:25.32, 2. Alexandra Stein, RATS 4:30.37, 3. Martyna Kaps, MPNY 4:31.09; SOFLO: 6. Gabriella DeLuna 4:38.86.
17-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 4:21.93, time drop 0.19, 2. Riley Botting, PC 4:23.09, 3. Mariana Cote, MWA 4:27.07; SOFLO: 7. Elena Dinehart 4:34.92.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Julieta Stolk, SAS 1:10.13, 2. Charles Anderson, USRP 1:13.70, 3. Eva Milevska, MWA 1:15.81.

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Madison Swiss, RATS 2:13.99, 2. Molly Behrend, WEST 2:18.69, 3. Gia Euseppi, NPB 2:18.79; SOFLO: 5. Jemma Baldwin 2:24.02, time drop 3.67.
13-14, 1. Addison Kent, JUP 2:04.99, 2. Maria Camila Perez, AZU 2:05.13, 3. Alba Arnall, WEST 2:05.28; SOFLO: 6. Laila Harran 2:08.18, time drop 4.92, 10. Jenesys Amores 2:11.81, time drop, 3.66.
15-16, 1. Sam Schoenborn, SAS 2:01.60, 2. Gio Musiello, GRSC 2:04.55, 3. Alexandra Stern, RATS 2:06.64; SOFLO: 5. Gabriella DeLuna 2:11.20, 9. Izzy Wilson 2:14.13.
17-and-over, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:58.99, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:02.68, 3. Alex Ericson, SAS 2:04.79; SOFLO: 8. Maddie Smutny 2:10.84.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Makayla Hill, SWIM 32.93, 2. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 36.62, 0.48 time drop, 3. Eva Milevska, MWA 37.06.
11-12, 1. Roxy Rohrbaugh, SAS 32.35, 2. Layla Bleakley, NPB 33.06, 3. Addison Scott, MWA 33.21.
13-14, 1. Tessa Broedell, NPB 30.31, 2. Isabel Viera, MAC 30.49, 3. Sara Miller, PC 30.99; SOFLO: 9. Elise Dinehart 33.22.
15-16, 1. Martyna Kaps, MTNY 30.05, 2. Reese Andres, SAS 30.07, 3. Kiera Rampersad, EA 30.31.
17-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 29.13, 2. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 29.52, 3. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 29.92; SOFLO: 6. Sophia Grubbs 30.82.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Makayla Hill, SWIM 2:09.45, 2. Wendy LaPietra, SAS 2:09.65, 3. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 2:11.67, time drop 3.16.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:00.51, time drop 1.68, 2. Julieta Stolk, SAS 1:01.15, 3. Isabel Cox, FA 1:03.87.
11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 52.98, 2. Cali Jerabek, NPB 56.78, 3. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 57.43; SOFLO: 9. Ellie Jackson 59.64, time drop 0.85.
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 51.14, 2. Addison Kent, JUP 52.45, 3. Allison Kelly, JUP 52.66; SOFLO: 4. Carley Kaplan 52.76, time drop 2.23, 9. Laila Harran 54.47, time drop 0.95.
15-16, 1. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 52.31, 2. Alanis Santiago, RATS 52.66, 3. Belen Morales, TS 52.89.
17-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 51.86, 2. Mariana Cote, MWA 53.10, 3. Britta Schwengle, AZU 53.15; SOFLO: 5. Natalie Gembicki 53.89, 9. Maddie Smutny 54.23.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Wendy La Pierta, SAS 29.19, 2. Eva Milevska, MWA 31.92, 3. Ashley Lotano, JUp 32.70.
11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 27.14, 2. Lilly Kars, SAS 27.71, 3. Alina Rodriguez, PB 27.72.
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 25.28, 2. Alera Hurwitz, SAS 26.10, 3. Natalie Bantsolas, HHSC 26.14.
15-16, 1. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 24.83, 2. Julianne McCranie, PC 25.00, 3. Kiera Rampersad, EA 25.48.
17-and-over, 1. Lismar Lyon, MWA 24.93, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 25.67, time drop 0.89, 3. Myeisha Sharrieff, HAS 26.43; SOFLO: 6. Michelle Marinheiro 27.03, time drop 2.89.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 636, 2. SOFLO 573.5, 3. Metro Aquatics 324, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 255, 5. Jupiter Dragons 252.

BOYS RESULTS
500-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Felipe Alvarez, PST 5:11.86, 2. Mason Fecteau, DROP 5:18.16, 3. Jacob Ellis, RANS 5:18.69; SOFLO: 4. Ethan Hall 5:29.43, 6. Guillermo Mantilla 5:31.36, time drop 5.26, 11. Rainier Leyva Riestra 5:38.05, 12. Eric Ferrer 5:38.89, time drop 6.44, 14. Noah Mejias 5:43.70, time drop 2.06.

200-yard medley relay:
10-and-under, 1. Westchester 2:18.48, 2. SOFLO A 2:23.93 (Michael Barber, Toma Petkov, Ethan Phan, Niccolo Miccolis), 3. North Palm Beach 2:24.61.

400-yard medley relay:
11-12, 1. Plantation 4:19.45, 2. SOFLO A 4:22.65 (Guillermo Mantilla, Ethan Hall, Eric Ferrer, Rainier Leyva Riestra), 3. Midtown Weston 4:27.39, 9. SOFLO B 4:51.90 (Jacob Jones, Alexander Ross, Daniel Chassky, Kenneth Solis).

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Zach Stewart Lewis, WEST 2:32.43, 2. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 2:35.70, 3. Joaquin Gomez-Liendo, SAS 2:35.95; SOFLO: 6. Toma Petkov 2:39.00, time drop 4.37, 8. Ethan Phan 2:42.52, 14. Gabriel Ferrer 2:54.31, time drop 1.67, 18. Luis Escobar 3:00.85.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Caleb Caponera, SAS 4:39.44, 2. Alexander Diaz, MWA 4:44.82, 3. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 4:57.12, time drop 4.08; SOFLO: 4. Ethan Hall 4:58.78, time drop 2.01.
13-14, 1. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 4:12.06, 2. Kaleb Cason, RATS 4:16.55, 3. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 4:17.79; SOFLO: 5. Nicolai Ross 4:22.68.
15-16, 1. Anthony Pineiro, SDST 4:00.76, 2. Alessandro Pereira, MAC 4:02.98, 3. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 4:08.12, 9. Felix Gonzalez 4:22.44, time drop 4.81.
17-and-over, 1. Nikita Efimov, EA 4:00.73, 2. Diego Balbi, SAS 4:02.11, 3. Caleb Rinchack, RATS 4:04.29; SOFLO: 8. Enrique Rodriguez 4:12.33, 9. Alejandro Mateus 4:19.02.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Victor Martin, FA 2:12.15, 2. Kaan Trentadue, PB 2:14.37, 3. Joaquin Gomez-Liendo, SAS 2:21.15; SOFLO: 6. Toma Petkov 2:26.46, 10. Michael Barber 2:27.55, time drop 1.35, 11. Ethan Phan 2:28.85, 22. Gabriel Ferrer 2:37.27, 23. Luis Escobar 2:40.47.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Lorenz Fahnenschmidt, CAT 1:10.29, 2. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 1:11.29, 3. Liam King, WEST 1:11.48; SOFLO: 8. Ethan Phan 1:17.97, time drop 1.12.

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Caleb Caponera, SAS 2:12.45, 2. Hayden Scholl, JUP 2:17.58, 3. David Singh, BSC 2:18.71.
13-14, 1. Kaleb Cason, RATS 1:58.30, 2. Andreas DaSilva, WOW 1:58.88, 3. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 1:59.34.
15-16, 1. Anthony Pineiro, SDST 1:49.64, 2. Andy Serrano-Pena, RANS 1:53.30, 3. Corbin Lawes, UN 1:55.54; SOFLO: 4. Jaden Amores 1:56.28, time drop 5.19, 10. Nicholas Pelaez 2:00.79, time drop 9.61.
17-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 1:48.39, 2. Diego Balbi, SAS 1:49.71, 3. Ambrus Barcsak, SAS 1:51.38; SOFLO: 7. Aldo Zepeda 1:53.45, time drop 0.89, 8. Austin Nelson 1:53.52, 10. Wisthon Rendon 1:54.62.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Lucca Cutsaimanis, RATS 37.31, 2. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 38.53, 3. Rollin Brodbecj, NPB 38.87; SOFLO: 4. Toma Petkov 39.18, time drop 1.55.
11-12, 1. Jayden Park, MWA 31.90, 2. Nicolas Ilonta, SFTL 32.71, 3. Kayden Mowry, USAM 33.54.
13-14, 1. Collin Reed, RATS 27.92, 2. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 29.00, 3. Abraham Penaloza, SOFLO 29.21, time drop 3.03.
15-16, 1. Braynsly Dirksz, UN 25.96, 2. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 26.37, time drop 0.36, 3. Evan Wilson, MCDA 26.39.
17-and-over, 1. Kito Campbell, AZU 25.25, 2. Jordy Groters, GIANT 26.08, 3. Chase Foulds, SAS 26.60; SOFLO: 4. Manuel Melendez 27.38, time drop 1.74, 10. Stephen Kim 28.08, time drop 1.49.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Victor Martin, FA 59.30, 2. Kaan Trentadue, PB 1:01.60, 3. Zach Stewart Lewis, WEST 1:03.73.
11-12, 1. Felipe Alvarez, PST 52.47, 2. Trace Colton, NPB 53.11, 3. Mason Fecteau, DROP 55.48; SOFLO: 4. Ethan Hall 55.53, time drop 0.64, 7. Guillermo Mantilla 56.09, time drop 1.92.
13-14, 1. Dillon Metz, WOW 48.78, 2. Nicolas Kokidko, MAC 49.06, 3. Conner Brinley, SAS 49.21; SOFlO: 4. Nicolai Ross 49.35, time drop 2.67.
15-16, 1. James Allison, SMS 44.92, 2. Lucas Bailey, SAS 46.48, 3. George Gonzalez, SDST 46.51.
17-and-over, 1. Jayhan Odlum Smith, AZU 44.94, 2. Leif Bouwman, JUP 44.99, 3. Mason Green, TSA 46.24; SOFLO: 5. Ricardo Roche 46.74, time drop 3.45.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Victor Martin, FA 29.85, 2. Lucca Cutsaimanis, RATS 31.27, 3. Kaan Trentadue, PB 31.28.
11-12, 1. Felipe Alvarez, PST 26.45, 2. Trace Colton, NPB 27.04, 3. Matthew Bergner, GRY 27.76.
13-14, 1. Christian Jerome, USAM 24.16, 2. Finn May, JUP 24.54, 3. Julian Granison, WOW 24.62.
15-16, 1. Marcus Szabo, PB 22.89, 2. Lucas Bailey, SAS 22.98, 3. Miles Green, TSA 23.04.
17-and-over, 1. Jayhan Odlum Smith, AZU 21.89, 2. Josiah Morales, PAQ 22.35, 3. Mason Green, TSA 22.70.

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Dinehart, Wilson, Colmenares, SOFLO 11-12 Boys Relay Lead SOFLO On Day Two Of 32nd Speedo Winter Championships


PLANTATION, December 9, 2022—After two days of competition, the 32nd annual Speedo Winter Championships is now a two-team battle at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Two-time defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club and St. Andrew’s Aquatics are neck-and-neck in a race for combined, girls and boys team titles that’s expected to go down to the wire.

SOFLO leads the women’s race with 401.5 points followed by St. Andrew’s with 395.5. Westchester Aquatic Club is third with 179.

St. Andrew’s leads the men’s competition with 402.5 points followed by SOFLO with 346. Azura is third with 181.

“The kids are swimming well,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said.

On the second night of competition, double winners Olivia Dinehart and Javier Colmenares led SOFLO.

Dinehart won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:14.70 and 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.88.

Colmenares won the 200-yard IM in a best time 1:52.52, dropping 1.44 seconds and 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:03.12, dropping 0.81.

SOFLO won the 11-12 boys 400-yard medley relay in 4:23.84 with Noah Mejias, Eric Ferrer, Ethan Hall and Guillermo Mantilla.

Izzy Wilson won her second distance event of the meet in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:01.28.

Jianna Amores was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.64.

Ana Villamil was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:24.16, dropping 5.13 seconds. In prelims she went 2:22.27.

Maddie Smutny was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.87 and 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:58.72, dropping 1.24 seconds.

Carley Kaplan was third in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 24.45, dropping 0.45.

Elena Dinehart was third in the 50-yard backstroke in 27.25.

SOFLO girls also took second, third and fourth in relays.

Juan Vallmitjana was second in the 500-yard freestlke in 4:46.21.

Hashan Ekanayake was third in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 25.08, dropping 1.57.

Aldo Zepeda was third in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 23.94, dropping 0.79.

Ethan Hall was third in the 200 IM in a best time 2:17.`5, dropping 0.94.

SOFLO boys also took two seconds and one fifth in the relays.

The four-day meet, one of the oldest and largest in the state, continues Saturday and Sunday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams competing are Azura Florida Aquatics, Eagle Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Midtown Weston, Jupiter Dragons, Wahoos of Wellington and Metro Aquatics.

Spectator admission is $5 per session. There are special all-session passes on sale (cash only). Parking is free. Heat sheets are available at http://www.swimpst.com and on Meet Mobile.

EAST SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Results

Erika Palaez, Eagle Aquatics: 50 freestyle, 2. 21.91; 200 freestyle, 2. 1:44.95; 100 backstroke, 2. 51.62.

Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics: 200 IM, 40. 1:50.53; 50 freestyle, 4. 19.70; 200 freestyle, 2. 1:33.36.

Finn Winkler, Eagle Aquatics: 200 IM, 55. 1:51.30; 100 backstroke, 37. 49.39.

Gioia Balzano, Eagle Aquatics: 50 freestyle, 45. 23.50; 100 butterfly, 55. 56.12.

Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula, Eagle Aquatics: 50 freestyle, 54. 20.78.

Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest Swimming: 200 IM, 11th 1:59.41; 50 freestyle, 37. 23.35; 400 IM, 7. 4:16.40, finals, 6. 4:15.13, prelims; 100 backstroke, prelims 21. 54.68.

Sara Linn, Pine Crest: 200 IM, 116. 2:09.08; 100 breaststroke, 52. 1:04.77.

Dylan Smiley, Miami Country Day: 200 IM, 17. 1:47.83; 50 freestyle, 79. 21.03; 100 butterfly, 8. 47.27; 100 breaststroke, 14. 54.99.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. South Florida Aquatic Club 401.5, 2. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 395.5, 3. Westchester Aquatic Club 179, 4. North Palm Beach 162, 5. Jupiter Dragons 145.

GIRLS RESULTS

50-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Jessica Denniston, UN 21.58, 2. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 28.25, 3. Roxy Rohrbaugh, SAS 29.75; SOFLO: 4. Ellie Jackson 29.85, time drop 1.98.
13-14, 1. Natalie Bantsolas, HHSC 26.76, 2. Addison Kent, JUP 27.58, 3. Maria Camila Perez, AZU 27.64; SOFLO: 7. Laila Harran 27.93, time drop 1.78, 10. Jenesys Amores 29.12, time drop 1.05.
15-16, 1. Julianne McCranie, PC 26.38, 2. Sam Schoenborn, SAS 26.75, 3. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 26.86.
17-and-over, 1. Britta Schwengle, AZU 23.37, 2. Myeisha Sharrieff, HAS 26.62, 3. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 27.25, time drop 0.32; SOFLO: 8. Sofia Osorio 29.68, time drop 0.40.

200-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Veronica Metz, WOW 2:15.14, 2. Madison Swiss, RATS 2:18.37, 3. Aubrey Schmitt, CAS 2:20.03.
13-14, 1. Addison Kent, JUP 2:07.84, 2. Alba Arnall, WEST 2:08.42, 3. Ines Arnall, WEST 2:09.97; SOFLO: 8. Elise Dinehart 2:17.75, time drop 2.66, 10. Tania Mantilla 2:19.56, time drop 4.35.
15-16, 1. Martyna Kaps, MPNY 2:04.76, 2. Sam Schoenborn, SAS 2:06.04, 3. Alexandra Stern, RATS 2:09.93; SOFLO: 4. Gabriella DeLuna 2:11.20.
17-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:03.88, 2. Alex Ericson, SS 2:07.58, 3. Mariana Cote, MWA 2:07.78; SOFLO: 8. Sophia Grubbs 2:12.64.

100-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Alina Rodriguez, PB 1:00.96, 2. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:02.64, 3. Lilly Karas, SAS 1:02.81.
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 55.16, 2. Serene Jourdy, WEST 57.40, 3. Ines Arnall, WEST 57.64.
15-16, 1. Julianne McCranie, PC 55.44, 2. Kiera Rampersad, EA 57.30, 3. Casey Perez, BMHG 57.82; SOFLO: 10. Gabriella DeLuna 59.93.
17-and-over, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 54.20, 2. Lismar Lyon, MWA 54.34, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 56.87; SOFLO: 4. Elena Dinehart 57.05, 5. Ana Villamil 57.15, time drop 1.86, 9. Michelle Marinheiro 59.48, 10. Natalie Gembicki 1:00.03.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Allison Kelly, JUP 5:09.63, 2. Da’jah German, SFTL 5:11.67, 3. Addison Kent, JUP 5:12.20; SOFLO: 8. Jenesys Amores 5:26.64, time drop 4.07, 9. Tania Mantilla 5:27.41, time drop 15.87, 10. Elise Dinehart 5:29.66, time drop 0.36.
15-16, 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 5:01.28, 2. Harper Barrowman, SMS 5:03.05, 3. Gio Musiello, GRSC 5:04.44.
17-and-over, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 4:55.10, 2. Mariana Cote, MWA 4:57.42, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 4:58.72, time drop 1.24, 8. Natalie Gembicki 5:12.04, 10. Michelle Marinheiro 5:13.69, time drop 0.65.

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Layla Bleakley, NPB 2:33.37, 2. Veronica Metz, WOW 2:34.57, 3. Addison Scott, MWA 2:37.37; SOFLO: 4. Gianna Martin 2:44.74, time drop 5.67.
13-14, 1. Isabel Viera, MAC 2:22.42, 2. Emma Han, WOW 2:23.76, 3. Tessa Broedell, NPB 2:25.14; SOFLO: 10. Elise Din ehart 2:37.46.
15-16, 1. Reese Andres, SAS 2:21.42, 2. Martyna Kaps, MPNY 2:21.79, 3. Ekaterina Malyshev, WOW 2:23.44; SOFLO: 10. Mariann Catalasan 2:32.65.
17-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:14.70, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 2:24.16, time drop 5.13, 3. Melissa Blaine, SWIM 2:24.57; SOFLO: 8. Sabrina Osorio 2:29.53, 10. Sophia Grubbs 2:30.74.

50-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 24.29, 2. Cali Jerebek, NPB 25.64, 3. Lilly Karas, SAS 26.31.
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 23.77, 2. Alera Hurwitz, SAS 24.38, 3. Carley Kaplan, SOFLO 24.45, time drop 0.45; SOFLO: 6. Laila Harran 24.95.
15-16, 1. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 23.71, 2. Alanis Santiago, RATS 24.26, 3. Belen Morales, TSA 24.28.
17-and-over, 1. Lismar Lyon, MWA 23.42, 2. Michelle Fernandes, HSC 24.06, 3. Delaney Mizell, LSC 24.30; SOFLO: 4. Ana Villamil 24.32, time drop 0.37, 7. Natalie Gembicki 24.93.

400-yard medley relay:
11-12, 1. Westchester 4:29.01, 2. St. Andrew’s 4:33.65, 3. North Palm Beach 4:34.44, 4. SOFLO A 4:39.58 (Ellie Jackson, Jianna Amores, Didia Miccolis, Sophie Szutkowski), SOFLO B, DQ.

13-14, 1. Westchester 4:08.62, 2. St. Andrew’s 4:12.62, 3. SOFLO A 4:13.22 (Carley Kaplan, Tania Mantilla, Laila Harran, Elise Dinehart), 11. SOFLO B 4:26.31 (Lydia Smutney, Jenesys Amores, Mackenzie McPherson, Sarah Vasquez).

19-and-under, 1. St. Andrew’s 4:00.07, 2. SOFLO A 4:00.67 (Natalie Gembicki, Ana Villamil, Sophia Grubbs, Olivia Dinehart), 3. SOFLO B 4:06.41 (Elena Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Mariann Catalasan, Gabriella DeLuna).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 402.5, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 346, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 181, 4. Metro Aquatics 179, 5. Jupiter Dragons 160.

BOYS RESULTS

50-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. David Singh, BSC 28.59, 2. Mason Fecteau, DROP 28.94, 3. Hayden Scholl, JUP 29.70.
13-14, 1. Kostiantyn Kvasha, MPNY 25.19, 2. Clayton Pinera, JUP 25.98, 3.Conner Brinley, SAS 26.20; SOFLO: 8. Maximilliano Remmele 28.31.
15-16, 1. Anthony Pineiro, SDST 24.26, 2. Marcus Szabo, PB 24.89, 3. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 25.08, time drop 1.57; SOFLO: 4. Jaden Amores 25.38, time drop 1.40.
17-and-over, 1. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, AZU 23.14, 2. Daniel Lotano, JUP 23.61, 3. Aldo Zepeda, SOFLO 23.94, time drop 0.79; SOFLO: 7. Alejandro Mateus 24.83, time drop 0.34, 9. Enrique Rodriguez 25.26.

200-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Caleb Caponera, SAS 2:11.02, 2. Jacob Ellis, RE 2:15.78, 3. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 2:17.15, time drop 0.94; SOFLO: 6. Noah Mejias 2:21.68, time drop 5.18, 7. Guillermo Mantilla 2:21.72, time drop 4.40.
13-14, 1. Evan Ripp, GRYM 2:00.66, 2. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 2:01.58, 3. William Domokos-Murphy, SAS 2:02.65; SOFLO: 6. Nicolai Ross 2:03.38, time drop 4.61, 8. Juan Vallmitjana 2:04.96.
15-16, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 1:52.52, time drop 1.44, 2. Lucas Bailey, SAS 1:53.51, 3. George Gonzalez, SDST 1:53.83; SOFLO: 8. Jaden Amores 2:01.04, time drop 6.96.
17-and-over, 1. Nikita Efimov, EA 1:52.94, 2. Caleb Rinchack, RATS 1:54.24, 3. Ayden Cason, RATS 1:54.91; SOFLO: 8. Wisthon Rendon 1:58.23, 10. Austin Nelson 1:59.99, time drop 2.29.

100-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Felipe Alvarez, PST 58.19, 2. Trace Colton, NPB 58.69, 3. Caleb Caponera, SAS 59.40.
13-14, 1. Christian Jerome, USAM 52.63, 2. Conner Brinley, SAS 54.36, 3. Andreas DaSilva, WOW 54.58.
15-16, 1. Salvatore Lanzafame, AZU 50.67, 2. Anthony Pineiro, SDST 50.84, 3. Valerii Pidhoretskyy, MPNY 51.05.
17-and-over, 1. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, AZU 48.66, 2. Davidson Vincent, AZU 49.04, 3. Dario Martin, OSC 49.32.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Nicolas Kokidko, MAC 4:45.54, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOLFO 4:46.21, 3. Dillon Metz, WOW 4:48.18; SOFLO: 5. Nicolai Ross 4:51.23, time drop 8.67.
15-16, 1. James Allison, SMS 4:34.78, 2. Gabriel Tortola, PST 4:38.43, 3. Alex Kalil Mansur, UN 4:41.12; SOFLO: 6. Hashan Ekanayake 4:48.18.
17-and-over, 1. Diego Dulieu, AZU 4:29.30, 2. Sauod Alshamroukh, CSSC 4:32.93, 3. Marcelo Mansur, UN 4:33.11; SOFLO: 5. Austin Nelson 4:41.40, 8. Enrique Rodriguez 4:44.10.

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Alexander Diaz, MWA 2:28.64, 2. Caleb Caponera, SAS 2:30.37, 3. Nicolas Ilonta, SFTL 2:30.64.
13-14, 1. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 2:14.63, 2. Kaleb Cason, RATS 2:14.91, 3. Evan Ripp, GRYM 2:16.91; SOFLO: 8. Abraham Penaloza 2:22.80.
15-16, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 2:03.12, time drop 0.81, 2. Braynsly Dirksz, UN 2:04.47, 3. Makar Goncharov, SFTL 2:08.94.
17-and-over, 1. Kito Campbell, AZU 2:01.78, 2. Dario Martin, OSC 2:01.95, 2. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SAS 2:05.40; SOFLO: 5. Manuel Melendez 2:06.77, time drop 0.78, 9. Stephen Kim 2:15.01, time drop 5.97.

50-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Trace Colton, NPB 24.35, 2. Felipe Alvarez, PST 24.54, 3. Jacob Ellis, RANS 24.75; SOFLO: 5. Ethan Hall 25.60, time drop 0.57, 8. Guillermo Mantilla 25.73, time drop 1.08.
13-14, 1. Julian Granison, WOW 22.33, 2. Collin Reed, RATS 22.47, 3. Conner Brinley, SAS 22.57.
15-16, 1. James Allison, SMS 21.03, 2. Valeril Pidhoretskyy, MPNY 21.31, 3. Lucas Bailey, SAS 21.56.
17-and-over, 1. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, AZU 20.78, 2. Sidrell Williams, AZU 20.78, 3. Leif Bowman, JUP 21.01.

400-yard medley relay:
11-12, 1. SOFLO A 4:23.84 (Noah Mejias, Eric Ferrer, Ethan Hall, Guillermo Mantilla), 2. St. Andrew’s 4:24.24, 3. Midtown Weston 4:30.95; 10. SOFLO B 4:59.15 (Atharv Agashe, Daniel Chaussky, Rainier Leyva Riestra, Jacob Jones).

13-14, 1. Jupiter 3:52.89, 2. Metro Aquatics 3:55.26, 3. Wellington 3:55.37, 5. SOFLO A 4:05.24 (Jose Rincon, Mason Jimenez, Connor Jimenez, Juan Vallmitjana), 12. SOFLO B 4:17.71 (Maximiliano Remmele, David Valdiviezo, Joshua Menezes, Abrahm Penaloza).

19-and-over, 1. St. Andrew’s 3:28.81, 2. SOFLO A 3:32.48 (Javier Colmenares, Aldo Zepeda, Enrique Rodriguez, Manuel Melendez), 3. Azura 3:35.82, 6. SOFLO B 3:40.19 (Wisthon Rendon, Alejandro Mateurs, Austin Nelson, Stephen Kim).

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