SOFLO’s Atkinson, Nguyen Make “A” And “B” Finals On Day Three Of TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 15, 2019–Against a small, but strong field, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Vien Nguyen got in more racing Friday in the TYR Pro Swim Series Long Course Meet at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

On Day Three, Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, finished a disappointing eighth in the 50-meter butterfly final in 27.85. In morning prelims, Atkinson had the fifth-fastest time in the event in 27.62.

Atkinson was also 14th in 50-meter freestyle in 26.63. In the “B” final, she was slower finishing seventh in 26.88.

Atkinson will wind up with the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Vietnamese Olympian Nguyen, 22, was also in an “A” and “B” final.

In morning prelims, Nguyen had the seventh-fastest time in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.91. In finals, she was also seventh but faster in 2:18.12.

Nguyen also had the 16th-fastest time in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:44.10. She was fifth in the “B” final in 2:41.10.

Nguyen has two events left: the 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Other event winners were:

In the first of three swims, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia of Cardinal Aquatics won the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.69. She led from start-to-finish. Texas teammates Remedy Rule was second in 2:11.56 and Lauren Case in 2:12.13.

Seventeen-year-old Luca Urlando of Dart Swimming won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:53.84, a new boys 17-18 national age group record. He lowered Michael Phelps 2003 record of 1:53.93. Justin Wright of Tucson Ford, the 2018 U.S. national champion, was second in 1:58.61.

Catie DeLoof of Team Elite, swimming unattached, won the women’s 50-meter freestyle in a best time 24.99, her first time under 25 seconds. In her second of three events, Dahlia was fourth in 25.28.

South African Bradley Tandy of Phoenix Swim Club, the morning’s top qualifier, won the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 22.17.

Sixteen-year-old Isabelle Stadden of Aquajets won the women’s 100-meter backstroke in 59.71. It was the first time she broke the minute barrier. She won in the final 50 meters with a split of 30.42. Early leader Ali DeLoof of Team Elite was second in 1:00.59.

Olympian Matt Grevers of Ford Tucson won the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 53.59 ahead of Justin Ress of Wolfpack Elite and Markus Thormeyer of HPC Vancouver.

Canadian national champion Sydney Pickrem of Texas A&M and swimming unattached, won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in an exciting race in 2:25.52. Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez was right behind her in 2:25.54.

Nineteen-year-old Daniel Roy of Alto Swim Club, came from behind to win the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.43.

Kendyl Stewart of Team Elite won the women’s 50-meter butterfly in 26.35. Dahlia, in her third and final race, was second in 26.38.

Peter Holoda of Phoenix Swim Club won the men’s 50-meter butterfly in 23.78. His teammate Giles Smith was second in 23.95.

Erica Sullivan of the Sandpipers of Nevas won the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 4:10.36, her second fastest swim of her career. Evie Pfeifer of Texas was second in 4:11.77 and 14-year-old Claire Tuggle of Clovis Swim Club was third in 4:14.77.

University of Florida freshman Trey Freeman of Baylor Swim Club won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:49.16 winning with a huge lead over Egypt’s Akaram Mahmoud in 3:53.94.

Dylan Carter of Team Elite and Trinidad and Tobago had the fourth-fastest time in the 100-meter backstroke in 55.53. He finished fourth in finals in 54.72.

Carter and Atkinson are building up for both the July 12-19 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and July 26-Aug. 11 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

The four-day meet ends Saturday with prelims and finals.

SOFLO is a TYR-sponsored club. It is the second year TYR is the title sponsor of the pro series. It was the Arena Pro Swim Series for the first three years.

The series offers prize money for first, second and third place finishes. First place earns $1,500, second $1,000 and third place $500.

Cash prizes were increased by at least 50 percent for each prize and a new prelim swim bonus of $1,500 was added for the top swim in prelims for both a male and female. All prize money is distributed by USA Swimming.

JUST THE FACTS

What: TYR Pro Swim Series

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals, PST.

Where: Clovis North Aquatics Complex, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno, Calif.

TV/Webcast schedule: June 15, noon, EST, usaswimming.org and 8 p.m., usaswimming.org or nbcsports.com.

Of note: This is the fifth and final meet in the 2019 series….the meet is sanctioned by USA Swimming….the meet is capped at 450 swimmers….it is a long course meet.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Third, Vien Nguyen Fourth On Day Two Of TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 14, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Vien Nguyen saw their first action Thursday in the TYR Pro Swim Series Long Course Meet at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, faded to third after a slow start in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke. She lost ground in the first 25 meters and finished in 1:08.00.

Canadian record holder Sydney Pickrem won in the last 25 meters in 1:07.20 and Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez was second in 1:07.32. Pickrem bettered her personal best from the 2019 Canadian Championships.

In morning prelims, Atkinson led a tight field in 1:09.14 to earn the top seed. Three other swimmers were within a half second behind her: Melissa Rodriguez of Mexico in 1:09.23, Breeja Larson of New York Aquatic Club in 1:09.24 and Pickrem in 1:09.61.

Atkinson has four events left: the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly on Friday and 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Vietnamese Olympian Nguyen, 22, was fourth in the women’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:50.33. Pickrem won her second event in 4:40.64 and Overholt was second in 4:44.23.

Nguyen was fourth fastest in the 400-meter individual medley prelims in 4:52.42. The top seed was Evie Pfeifer of Texas in 4:46.86 who finished third in 4:44.51.

Nguyen also swam the 200-meter freestyle and finished 15th in 2:05.32 and qualified for the “B” final. She came back at night to finish second in the “B” final in 2:02.16.

Nguyen has four events left: the 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Other event winners were:

Leah Smith of Tucson Ford Aquatics, women’s 200-meter freestyle, 1:57.40, just ahead of Mallory Comerford of Louisville in 1:57.93 and Emily Overholt of HPC Vancouver in 1:57.97.

Trey Freeman of Baylor Swim Club won the men’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.00. Markus Thormeyer of HPC Vancouver was second in 1:49.33 and Townley Haas of Nova of Virginia was third in 1:49.83.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago and Team Elite was fourth in 1:50.01. Carter is building up for the July 12-19 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and July 26-Aug. 11 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Thirty-year-old Brandon Fischer of Livermore won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 59.86. He was the only swimmer to break 1 minute. Devon Nowicki of Michigan Lakeshore was second in 1:00.97 and Miguel de Lara Ojeda of Mexico was third in 1:01.15.

Ali DeLoof of Team Elite won the women’s 50-meter backstroke in 28.05 followed by Amy Bilquist of Scottsdale Aquatics in 28.44 and Isabelle Stadden of Aquajets in 28.64.

Justin Ress of Wolfpack Elite won the men’s 50-meter backstroke in 25.05 followed by Olympian Matt Grevers of Tucson Ford Aquatics in 25.21 and Chris Staka of Aptos Cabrillo in 25.57.

Louise Hansson of Trojan Swim Club won the women’s 100-meter butterfly in 57.36, just ahead of Kelsi Worrell Dahlia of the Cardinal Aquatics in 57.45 and Kendyl Stewart of Team Elite in 58.35.

Gianluca Urlando of Dart Swimming won the men’s 100-meter butterfly in 52.20. Giles Smith of Phoenix Swim Club was second in 52.63 and Ryan Coetzee of Tennessee Aquatics was third in 53.57.

Puerto Rico’s Jarod Arroyo of Pitchfork Aquatics won the men’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:21.65. Erick Gordillo of Guatemala was second in 4:27.00 and Brodie Young of UBC Thunderbirds was third in 4:28.18.

The four-day meet continues Friday with prelims and finals.

SOFLO is a TYR-sponsored club. It is the second year TYR is the title sponsor of the pro series. It was the Arena Pro Swim Series for the first three years.

The series offers prize money for first, second and third place finishes. First place earns $1,500, second $1,000 and third place $500.

Cash prizes were increased by at least 50 percent for each prize and a new prelim swim bonus of $1,500 was added for the top swim in prelims for both a male and female. All prize money is distributed by USA Swimming.

JUST THE FACTS

What: TYR Pro Swim Series

When: Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals, PST.

Where: Clovis North Aquatics Complex, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno, Calif.

TV/Webcast schedule: June 14, noon and 8 p.m., EST, usaswimming.org; 8 p.m., nbcsports.com; June 15, noon, EST, usaswimming.org and 8 p.m., usaswimming.org or nbcsports.com.

Of note: This is the fifth and final meet in the 2019 series….the meet is sanctioned by USA Swimming….the meet is capped at 450 swimmers….it is a long course meet.

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

Smith, Mahmoud Win On Day One Of TYR Pro Swim Series; Atkinson, Nguyen Swim Thursday


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 13, 2019–Leah Smith of Ford Aquatics and Akram Mahmoud of Egypt won on opening day of the TYR Pro Swim Series Wednesday at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

Smith won the women’s 800-meter freestyle against a small field of ten swimmers. Smith won in 8:22.87. Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers of Nevada was second in 8:27.06. The two were the only ones under 8:30 and were 30 seconds ahead of the remaining finishers.

Mahmoud won the men’s 800-meter freestyle in 8:00.86, ahead of Chris Wieser of Dart in 8:01.98. There were only eight swimmers in the men’s field.

The meet resumes Thursday with prelims and finals. South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Vien Nguyen will both swim.

Nguyen, 22, of Vietnam is entered in the 200-meter freestyle, 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke on Thursday, 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly on Friday and 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Among other notable Florida Gold Coast swimmers are Dylan Carter of Team Elite and Trinidad and Tobago and Cathy Cooper of Panama, swimming unattached. Among top name swimmers are Matt Grevers, Townley Haas, Sydney Pickrem, Leah Smith and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia.

SOFLO is a TYR-sponsored club. It is the second year TYR is the title sponsor of the pro series. It was the Arena Pro Swim Series for the first three years.

The series offers prize money for first, second and third place finishes. First place earns $1,500, second $1,000 and third place $500.

Cash prizes were increased by at least 50 percent for each prize and a new prelim swim bonus of $1,500 was added for the top swim in prelims for both a male and female. All prize money is distributed by USA Swimming.

JUST THE FACTS

What: TYR Pro Swim Series

When: Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals, PST.

Where: Clovis North Aquatics Complex, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno, Calif.

TV/Webcast schedule: June 13, noon, EST, usaswimming.org; June 13, 8 p.m. EST, nbcsports.com and usaswimming.org; June 14, noon and 8 p.m., EST, usaswimming.org; 8 p.m., nbcsports.com; June 15, noon, EST, usaswimming.org and 8 p.m., usaswimming.org or nbcsports.com.

Of note: This is the fifth and final meet in the 2019 series….the meet is sanctioned by USA Swimming….the meet is capped at 450 swimmers….the 800 and 1500 freestyle events are timed finals….it is a long course meet.

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

SOFLO’s Ethan McPeek Shines In Final Session Of NPB Summer Kickoff


By Sharon Robb

June 2, 2019—Ethan McPeek of South Florida Aquatic Club won one of the most exciting races of the 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff Sunday at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

In the final session of the two-day meet, McPeek, 12, outsprinted teammate Hashan Ekanayake by 14/100ths of a second to win the 200-meter individual medley in 2:47.33. Ekanayake finished second in a best time 2:47.47 with a time drop of 8.80.

SOFLO swept second, third and fourth in the girls’ 11-12 200-meter individual medley. Fiorella Di Salvo, 11, was second in a best time 2:46.28 (2.06 time drop); Anastasia Lutz, 12, was third in a best time 2:46.82 (5.11 time drop) and Mariana Pinto was fourth in 2:48.48.

Other SOFLO top three finishers were:

Connor Jimenez, second, 200-meter individual medley, 3:01.44, time drop; third, 100-meter freestyle 1:16.50.

Hashan Ekanayake, second, 200-meter individual medley, 2:47.47, time drop.

Caitlyn Nguyen, third, 50-meter breaststroke, 47.92, time drop.

Juan Vallmitjana, second, 100-meter freestyle, 1:14.08; third, 200-meter individual medley, 3:02.03, time drop.

Reed Woodward, third, 100-meter butterfly, 1:54.87, time drop.

Luca Hincapie, third, 50-meter breaststroke, 42.25, time drop.

SOFLO swimmers had an outstanding final session with 86 best times (44 boys and 42 girls).

SOFLO had the largest team entered with 83 swimmers entered in 394 time final races.

The meet, one of the Florida Gold Coast’s top summer meets, attracted some of the Florida Gold Coast’s top teams including Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, SwimFast, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming and hosts North Palm Beach and Plantation Swim Team.

SUNDAY SESSION FOUR RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Sofia Olea, SF 3:10.77; SOFLO: 5. Saree Young 3:24.57, time drop, 8. Jemma Baldwin 3:29.74, 10. Shelby Evans 3:35.98, time drop, 14. Olivia Wilson 3:47.21; 11-12, 1. Ella Bailey, NPB 2:43.47; SOFLO: 2. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:46.28, time drop, 3. Anastasia Lutz 2:46.82, time drop, 4. Mariana Pinto 2:48.48, 27. Cali Harries 3:29.12, time drop, 28. Gel’lesa Lewis 3:31.85, time drop.

100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Natalie Dufflocq, NPB 1:13.87; SOFLO: 4. Alexandra Strong 1:20.09, time drop, 6. Alessandra Gendarmi 1:21.87, time drop, 14. Mackenzie McPherson 1:26.27, time drop, 16. Sofia Gomez 1:27.26, time drop, 18. Caitlyn Nguyen 1:27.94, time drop, 20. Gabriela Marin 1:28.61, time drop, 23. Shelby Evans 1:29.43, time drop, 25. Amanda Grubbs 1:29.74, 27. Olivia Wilson 1:30.85, 33. Cherill Royalty 1:34.54, 43. Aanya Robinson 1:39.29, 45. Jordan Evans 1:42.52; 11-12, 1. Sidney Anton, Azura 1:02.61; SOFLO: 4. Anastasia Lutz 1:06.61, 5. Izzy Wilson 1:06.87, time drop, 6. Gabriela Avila 1:07.94, time drop, 28. Sarah Vasquez 1:13.97, time drop, 34. Jordyn Henry 1:17.70, time drop, 41. Gel’lesa Lewis 1:23.18, time drop, 44. Siena Ladner 1:26.93.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Natalie Dufflocq, NPB 1:21.24; 11-12, 1. Sidney Anton, Azura 1:10.06; SOFLO: 5. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:18.86, time drop, 9. Gabriela Avila 1:21.58; 11-12, 1. Sidney Anton, Azura 1:10.06; SOFLO: 5. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:18.86, time drop, 9. Gabriela Avila 1:21.58.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Carley Kaplan, CCPR 44.23; SOFLO: 3. Caitlyn Nguyen 47.92, time drop, 5. Shelby Evans 48.16, time drop, 9. Sofia Gomez 50.14, time drop, 10. Alessandra Gendarmi 50.86, time drop, 12. Saree Young 51.74, time drop, 14. Mackenzie McPherson 51.90, time drop, 21. Gabriela Marin 53.88, time drop, 24. Olivia Wilson 54.27, 28. Jordan Evans 55.21, 30. Amanda Grubbs 56.02, 31. Jemma Baldwin 56.57, 32. Sophia Avila 57.03, 41. Aanya Robinson 1:00.19, 47. Cherill Royalty 1:03.37, time drop; 11-12, 1. Bianca Nieto, GRSC 38.12; SOFLO: 5. Anastasia Lutz 41.93, time drop, 19. Gabriela Avila 44.64, 23. Sarah Vasquez 45.63, time drop, 24. Mariana Pinto 45.64, 25. Cali Harries 45.94, time drop, 32. Jordyn Henry 48.20, 35. Gel’lesa Lewis 48.56, 38. Pilar Duranti 49.59, time drop, 41. Siena Ladner 51.62.

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Natalie Dufflocq, NPB 40.12; SOFLO: 5. Alexandra Strong 43.43, time drop, 7. Caitlyn Nguyen 44.63, time drop, 10. Alessandra Gendarmi 45.47, time drop, 11. Sophia Avila 45.52, 12. Saree Young 45.59, time drop, 13. Jemma Baldwin 45.64, time drop, 16. Mackenzie McPherson 46.85, 18. Sofia Gomez 47.69, 27. Amanda Grubbs 50.32, 33. Gabriela Marin 52.74, time drop, 35. Cherrill Royalty 55.64, 39. Aanya Robinson 56.30; 11-12, 1. Lena Lajko, SFTL 35.90; SOFLO: 5. Fiorella Di Salvo 38.01, time drop, 6. Izzy Wilson 38.12, time drop, 8. Mariana Pinto 38.46, time drop, 20. Jordyn Henry 40.98, time drop, 24. Pilar Duranti 42.18, time drop, 28. Siena Ladner 47.04.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Trace Colton, NPB 2:58.60; SOFLO: 2. Connor Jimenez 3:01.44, time drop, 3. Juan Vallmitjana 3:02.03, time drop, 14. Logan McPeek 4:01.69; 11-12, 1. Ethan McPeek, SOFLO 2:47.33; SOFLO: 2. Hashan Ekanayake 2:47.47, time drop, 5. Marvan Ekanayake 2:48.93, time drop, 8. Stefano Mazzi 2:52.93, time drop, 11. Derek Hau 2:53.44, time drop, 12. Benjamin Kim 2:56.91, time drop, 19. Mason Jimenez 3:21.13, 21. Matthew Jimenez 3:24.48.

100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Duy Vuong, NPB 1:13.13; SOFLO: 2. Juan Vallmitjana 1:14.08, 3. Connor Jimenez 1:16.50, 14. Aryav Thakur 1:32.78, time drop, 15. Martin Petkov 1:33.14, 16. Reed Woodward 1:34.37, time drop, 21. Noah Mejias 1:37.06, time drop, 22. Dylan McVeigh 1:37.28, 23. Preston Christensen 1:37.78, time drop, 34. Jacob Lee 1:49.53, time drop, 35. Daniel Chaussky 1:51.84; 11-12, 1. Alexander Zapata, TSA 1:04.57; SOFLO: 4. Marvan Ekanayake 1:08.91, time drop, 5. Felix Gonzalez 1:09.59, time drop, 7. Alessio Mazzi 1:10.26, time drop, 11. Luca Hincapie 1:10.63, time drop, 13. Ethan McPeek 1:10.95 16. Stefano Mazzi 1:12.38, time drop, 25. Matt McVeigh 1:19.64, time drop, 32. Matthew Jimenez 1:23.47, time drop, 33. Jordan Le-Vega 1:23.82, 34. Mason Jimenez 1:24.33, time drop, 36. Thomas Pereira-Ramallo 1:24.78, time drop, 41. Alexander Chaussky 1:29.64, time drop, 47. Noah Lee 1:48.82.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Trace Colton, NPB 1:24.58; SOFLO: 3. Reed Woodward 1:54.87, time drop; 11-12, 1. Alessandro Pereira, Azura 1:08.91; SOFLO: 5. Hashan Ekanayake 1:18.86, 6. Luca Hincapie 1:19.00, time drop, 12. Derek Hau 1:24.35, time drop, 13. Felix Gonzalez 1:27.65, time drop.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Duy Vuong, NPB 46.04; SOFLO: 10. Aryav Thakur 52.73, time drop, 13. Martin Petkov 54.32, 15. Dylan McVeigh 56.57, time drop, 17. Noah Mejias 58.65, time drop, 20. Logan McPeek 1:00.04, 22. Preston Christensen 1:00.48, time drop, 24. Jacob Lee 1:02.48, time drop, 25. Julian Sibug 1:02.51, 28. Daniel Chaussky 1:04.36, time drop, 30. Toma Petkov 1:06.65, 38. David Gonzalez 1:18.59; 11-12, 1. Karvin Jay Ortiz, Azura 41.75; SOFLO: 3. Luca Hincapie 42.25, time drop, 4. Derek Hau 42.77, time drop, 6. Benjamin Kim 44.27, time drop, 10. Matt McVeigh 46.79, 11. Hashan Ekanayake 47.50, time drop, 12. Marvan Ekanayake 47.69, time drop, 24. Thomas Pereira-Ramallo 53.22, time drop, 29. Noah Lee 57.38, 32. Aleksander Chaussky 59.64.

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Duy Vuong, NPB 40.53; SOFLO: 11. Preston Christensen 49.32, time drop, 12. Dylan McVeigh 49.62, 17. Daniel Chaussky 51.87, time drop, 18. Aryav Thakur 52.24, time drop, 21. Logan McPeek 53.56, 28. Reed Woodward 57.73, 33. Julian Sibug 1:02.76, 34. David Gonzalez 1:03.26, time drop, 35. Jacob Lee 1:03.56, 38. Toma Petkov 1:06.69; 11-12, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 32.75; SOFLO: 4. Ethan McPeek 36.76, time drop, 9. Alessio Mazzi 38.21, time drop, 12. Benjamin Kim 39.57, time drop, 14. Stefano Mazzi 39.94, time drop, 16. Matt McVeigh 41.09, time drop, 19. Jordan Le-Vega 43.60, 28. Thomas Pereira-Ramallo 46.26, 33. Aleksander Chaussky 48.59.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Sophia Grubbs Leads SOFLO In Session Three Of NPB Summer Kickoff


By Sharon Robb

June 2, 2019—Sophia Grubbs of South Florida Aquatic Club won her first event of the 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff Sunday at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

On the second and final day of the meet, Grubbs, 14, won the 13-14 200-meter breaststroke in 2:59.02.

Grubbs was also 13th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:45.55 and 16th in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:22.86, also held on Sunday.

Izzy Wilson, 12, was sixth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:51.93, dropping 1.31 seconds off her previous best.

Adrian Hernandez, 13, was SOFLO’s top boys’ finisher. Hernandez finished the meet with two fifth places and three career-best times.

Hernandez was fifth in the 13-14 200-meter individual medley in 2:37.14, dropping 1.88 and 100-meter backstroke in 1:13.19, dropping 3.57.

Hernandez was also 11th in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:49.54, shaving 3.75 seconds off his previous best and cracking 4:50 minutes for the first time. His previous best was 4:53.29.

SOFLO has the largest team with 83 swimmers entered in 394 time final races.

The meet, one of the Florida Gold Coast’s top summer meets, has attracted some of the Florida Gold Coast’s top teams including Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, SwimFast, Martin County, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming and hosts North Palm Beach and Plantation Swim Team.

SUNDAY SESSION THREE RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Rafaella Araujo, Azura 2:36.76; SOFLO: 13. Sophia Grubbs 2:45.55, 44. Ahana Thakur 3:29.62; 15-and-over, 1. Elizabeth Zubero, NSU 2:29.60.

100-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Cassandra Kraft, GRSC 1:03.84; SOFLO: 53. Ahana Thakur 1:24.94; 15-and-over, 1. Mariel Mencia, Azura 59.95.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Sophia Grubbs, SOFLO 2:59.02; 15-and-over, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:54.20.

100-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Julianne McCranie, Azura 1:14.09; SOFLO: 16. Sophia Grubbs 1:22.86, 39. Ahana Thakur 1:40.94; 15-and-over, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 1:08.90.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Meghan Perez, GRSC 2:33.83; 15-and-over, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 2:32.90.

400-meter freestyle:
Open, 1. Catalina Galea Berraud, SFTL 4:43.25; SOFLO: 6. Izzy Wilson 4:51.93, time drop, 19. Gabriela Avila 5:21.51, 23. Sarah Vasquez 5:24.26, 32. Pilar Duranti 5:39.11, 35. Cali Harries 6:30.74.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 2:28.09; SOFLO: 5. Adrian Hernandez 2:37.14, time drop, 9. Austin Nelson 2:43.09, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Cameron Taddonio, BRST 2:21.42.

100-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 58.63; 15-and-over, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 51.60.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 2:33.43; 15-and-over, 1. Christian March, PAQ 2:38.50.

100-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Daniel Givskv, SFTL 1:10.10; SOFLO: 5. Adrian Hernandez 1:13.19, time drop, 7. Austin Nelson 1:16.01, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 1:02.75.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 2:18.27; 15-and-over, 1. Miguel Bernotti, BRST 2:16.62.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Patrick Doyle, SUN 4:22.66; SOFLO: 11. Adrian Hernandez 4:49.54, 19. Austin Nelson 5:03.82, 23. Juan Vallmitjana 5:23.95, time drop, 26. Connor Jimenez 5:59.92, 27. Mason Jimenez 6:01.50, 28. Matthew Jimenez 6:24.61.

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

Wilson, Vallmitjana, Ekanayake Lead SOFLO In NPB Summer Kickoff’s Session Two; Colmenares, Michael Honored At Franklin Academy


By Sharon Robb

June 1, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s success continued during the second session of the 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

Izzy Wilson, 12, won the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:21.52, dropping 0.09. She was also seventh in the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 34.78, dropping 0.76 and ninth in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:51.55.

Juan Vallmitjana, 10, won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:31.07, dropping an impressive 3.56. He was also second in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 33.32, dropping 0.25 and third in the 50-meter butterfly in 37.97.

Hashan Ekanayake, 12, won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:20.38 with a nice time drop of 4.96. He was also fourth in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 30.83 with a time drop of 0.85.

Other SOFLO top three finishers were:

Anastasia Lutz, 12, second, 50-meter freestyle, 30.00, time drop.

Shelby Evans, 9, third, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:46.57, time drop.

Alexandra Strong, 10, third, 100-meter backstroke, 1:31.59, time drop.

Fiorella Di Salvo, 11, third, 100-meter backstroke, 1:19.47.

Connor Jimenez, 10, third, 200-meter freestyle, 2:43.44.

Martin Petkov, 10, third, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:51.77, time drop.

SOFLO has the largest team with 83 swimmers entered in 394 time final races.

The meet, one of the Florida Gold Coast’s top summer meets, has attracted some of the Florida Gold Coast’s top teams including Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, SwimFast, Martin County, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming and hosts North Palm Beach and Plantation Swim Team. The meet concludes Sunday with two more sessions.

SOFLO SWIMMERS TAKE TOP HONORS

Juan Colmenares of South Florida Aquatic Club earned Most Valuable Player for Franklin Academy at its recent high school banquet.

SOFLO teammate Yannai Michael was awarded the Golden Panther Award for the high school swim team, the highest honor an athlete can earn. The award is for an athlete that is an example of leadership, positive attitude and hard work in the pool and in the classroom. The team leader exhibits a professional character that is noticed by his coach.

Franklin Academy enjoyed its first year in high school swimming.

SATURDAY SESSION TWO RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Natalie Dufflocq, NPB 2:42.06; SOFLO: 8. Mikhel Martin 3:03.97, 15. Shelby Evans 3:11.67, 16. Olivia Wilson 3:11.68; 11-12, 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 2:21.52, time drop; SOFLO: 8. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:30.95, time drop, 21. Caterina Fogli 2:37.62, time drop, 25. Sarah Vasquez 2:40.37, 29. Genesis Escobar 2:44.42, time drop, 31. Pilar Duranti 2:45.04, 34. Jordyn Henry 2:52.96, 39. Cali Harries 3:09.19, 40. Gel’lesa Lewis 3:10.00

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Carley Kaplan, CCPR 1:35.03; SOFLO: 3. Shelby Evans 1:46.57, time drop, 4. Caitlin Nguyen 1:46.81, 7. Gianna Martin 1:50.65, 10. Alessandra Gendarmi 1:52.02, 11. Mackenzie McPherson 1:52.31, time drop, 16. Gabriela Marin 1:55.49, time drop, 17. Olivia Wilson 1:56.74, time drop, 18. Amanda Grubbs 1:57.77, 20. Jordan Evans 1:59.69, 21. Sophia Avila 2:02.01; 11-12, 1. Sidney Anton, Azura 1:23.27; SOFLO: 5. Anastasia Lutz 1:30.48, time drop, 9. Gabriela Avila 1:35.11, time drop, 12. Mariana Pinto 1:37.62, time drop, 17. Cali Harries 1:44.35, 18. Gel’lesa Lewis 1:45.60.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Carley Kaplan, CCPR 1:26.45; SOFLO: 3. Alexandra Strong 1:31.59, time drop, 8. Sophia Avila 1:35.58, time drop, 9. Jemma Baldwin 1:36.88, time drop, 10. Saree Young 1:38.24, time drop, 11. Sofia Gomez 1:39.44, 12. Mackenzie McPherson 1:40.29, time drop; 11-12, 1. Paola Negrin, GRSC 1:19.41; SOFLO: 3. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:19.47, 13. Gabriela Avila 1:25.29, time drop, 24. Jordyn Henry 1:30.77, 26. Sarah Bedoya 1:32.77, time drop, 29. Siena Ladner 1:40.31, time drop, 33. Cali Harries 1:47.09.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Natalie Dufflocq, NPB 36.08; SOFLO: 9. Saree Young 42.80, time drop, 10. Caitlin Nguyen 43.43, time drop, 11. Mikhel Martin 43.51, time drop, 15. Amanda Grubbs 46.31, time drop, 16. Jemma Baldwin 47.86, 24. Sophia Avila 50.88, 29. Gabriela Marin 52.86, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sidney Anton, Azura 31.01; SOFLO: 7. Izzy Wilson 3478, time drop, 9. Fiorella Di Salvo 34.95, time drop, 17. Mariana Pinto 36.06, time drop, 22. Caterina Fogli 37.05, time drop, 31. Genesis Escobar 40.18, 33. Sarah Vasquez 40.40, 36. Siena Ladner 44.88, 38. Sarah Bedoya 46.59, 39. Gel’lesa Lewis 49.81.

50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Natalie Dufflocq, NPB 32.99; SOFLO: 8. Mikhel Martin 37.29, time drop, 11. Alessandra Gendarmi 37.85, 12. Alexandra Strong 37.93, time drop, 13. Caitlin Nguyen 38.02, 16. Jemma Baldwin 38.28, time drop, 22. Sofia Gomez 39.45, 23. Olivia Wilson 39.63, time drop, 24. Saree Young 39.84, time drop, 25. Mackenzie McPherson 39.99, 29. Amanda Grubbs 40.53, 32. Gianna Martin 41.27, time drop, 33. Gabriela Martin 41.36, 46. Jordan Evans 45.41, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sidney Araton, Azura 28.96; SOFLO: 2. Anastasia Lutz 30.00, time drop, 6. Mariana Pinto 31.97, time drop, 22. Sarah Vasquez 34.09, time drop, 24. Genesis Escobar 34.56, time drop, 26. Caterina Fogli 34.74, 28. Pilar Duranti 34.81, time drop, 33. Jordyn Henry 36.24, 36. Sarah Bedoya 37.61, time drop, 41. Siena Ladner 38.76.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:31.07, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Connor Jimenez 2:43.44; 11-12, 1. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 2:20.38, time drop; SOFLO: 9. Marvan Ekanayake 2:31.82, time drop, 11. Ethan McPeek 2:32.73, time drop, 12. Luca Hincapie 2:34.42, time drop, 14. Stefano Mazzi 2:36.06, time drop, 23. Matt McVeigh 2:48.75, 28. Mason Jimenez 3:00.40, 29. Matthew Jimenez 3:02.75.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Frank Vincze, SF 1:44.24; SOFLO: 3. Martin Petkov 1:51.77, time drop, 4. Aryav Thakur 1:52.40, 12. Dylan McVeigh 2:01.46, 14. Reed Woodward 2:04.47, 16. Logan McPeek 2:11.86, 17. Preston Christensen 2:12.68, 18. Matthew Ortiz 2:17.63, 19. Lorenzo Bagnuoli 2:19.91; 11-12, 1. Juanfra Gudino, GRSC 1:28.14; SOFLO: 4. Ethan McPeek 1:33.82, time drop, 5. Benjamin Kim 1:33.90, time drop, 9. Felix Gonzalez 1:39.57, time drop, 10. Nicholas Pelaez 1:39.63, time drop, 13. Matt McVeigh 1:42.40, time drop, 16. Thomas Pereira-Ramallo 1:51.69.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Trace Colton, NPB 1:27.98; SOFLO: 7. Preston Christiansen 1:51.30, time drop, 10. Lorenzo Bagnuoli 2:00.04; 11-12, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 1:11.19; SOFLO: 5. Benjamin Kim 1:23.65, time drop, 7. Alessio Mazzi 1:25.72, time drop, 11. Felix Gonzalez 1:29.81, time drop.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Duy Vuong, NPB 36.47; SOFLO: 3. Juan Vallmitjana 37.97, 4. Connor Jimenez 40.24, 8. Noah Mejias 46.50, 14. Dylan McVeigh 51.78, 16. Matthew Ortiz 52.48, 17. Reed Woodward 52.54, 18. Aryav Thakur 53.53, time drop, 20. Lorenzo Bagnuoli 55.29, 25. Logan McPeek 57.51, 26. Julian Sibug 57.62, time drop, 27. Ryan Harries 57.72, 31. Eric Ferrer 1:00.96; 11-12, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 29.95; SOFLO: 5. Luca Hincapie 33.65, time drop, 7. Ethan McPeek 35.22, time drop, 8. Derek Hau 35.63, time drop, 10. Nicholas Perez 36.72, 20. Thomas Pereira-Ramallo 45.12, 21. Mason Jimenez 46.13.

50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Duy Vuong, NPB 32.47; SOFLO: 2. Juan Vallmitjana 33.32, time drop, 4. Connor Jimenez 33.75, 18. Martin Petkov 41.73, 22. Dylan McVeigh 44.04, 24. Reed Woodward 44.44, 25. Preston Christensen 44.67, 28. Logan McPeek 46.41, 31. Matthew Ortiz 47.25, time drop, 33. Eric Ferrer 47.52, 44. Julian Sibug 52.38, 48. Toma Petkov 55.06; 11-12, 1. Alexander Zapata, TSA 28.85; SOFLO: 4. Hashan Ekanayake 30.83, time drop, 5. Marvan Ekanayake 31.43, 8. Luca Hincapie 32.14, time drop, 12. Derek Hau 32.71, time drop, 13. Felix Gonzalez 32.89, time drop, 14. Alessio Mazzi 32.99, time drop, 17. Nicholas Perez 33.38, time drop, 19. Stefano Mazzi 33.60, time drop, 26. Benjamin Kim 35.03, 32. Matt McVeigh 36.22, tme drop, 34. Matthew Jimenez 36.58, time drop, 39. Mason Jimenez 37.85, 43. Thomas Pereira-Ramallo 38.66, time drop.

IF YOU GO

What: 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff

When: Sunday

Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9141 NW Second Street, off Broward Blvd.

Schedule: Sunday, Session One 9 a.m.-1:37 p.m., Session Two 2-5:29 p.m.

Of note: Plantation Swim Team and City of Plantation are hosting the meet…North Palm Beach Swim Club staff is running the meet for the seventh consecutive year…Admission is $5 each session, heat sheet $2 each session. Meet directors are Alf Aguirre, 305-773-6060 and Dick Cavanah 561-762-7261…Time lines, psych sheets and results are posted at http://www.npbswimming.com and Meet Mobile.

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

Samuel Quintero Double Winner In Opening Session Of NPB Summer Kickoff


By Sharon Robb

June 1, 2019—Samuel Quintero was a double winner in the first session of the 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff Saturday at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

Swimming unattached for South Florida Aquatic Club after three great weeks of training at Academic Village Pool, Quintero, 18, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:54.72, nearly five seconds ahead of Patrick Doyle, 16, of Sunrise in 4:59.88. Only Quintero and Doyle cracked five minutes.

Quintero also won the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:08.83, shaving 0.57 off his previous best of 1:09.40.

SOFLO teammate Marco Cabrera Duarte, 18, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.82 followed by runner-up and teammate Lance Lesage, 16, in 2:12.84

Heath Brames was fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:03.82. Austin Nelson was fifth in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:26.29.

SOFLO’s top women’s finisher was Vien Nguyen, 22. The Vietnamese Olympian and national record holder was second in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:28.58; third in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:21.37, dropping 0.39; and fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:08.61.

Kelley Heron was third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:29.88. Melissa Marinheiro was fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:18.43.

SOFLO has the largest team with 83 swimmers entered in 394 time final races.

The meet, one of the Florida Gold Coast’s top summer meets, has attracted some of the Florida Gold Coast’s top teams including Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, SwimFast, Martin County, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming and hosts North Palm Beach and Plantation Swim Team.

Session Two for the younger age group swimmers is scheduled to get underway 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

SATURDAY SESSION ONE RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Riley MacVane, NPB 2:20.37; 15-and-over, 1. Mariangela Cincotti, Azura 2:12.40; SOFLO: 4. Melissa Marinheiro 2:18.43.

100-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Rafaella Araujo, Azura 1:19.55; 15-and-over, 1. Olivia Hernandez, GRSC 1:17.75; SOFLO: 3. Vien Nguyen 1:21.37, time drop.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Rylie Barnhardt, SFTL 2:36.98; 15-and-over, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:27.86; SOFLO: 2. Vien Nguyen 2:28.58, 3. Kelley Heron 2:29.88.

100-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Julianne McCranie, Azura 1:07.78; 15-and-over, 1. Mariel Mencia, Azura 1:05.19; SOFLO: 4. Vien Nguyen 1:08.61.

50-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Julianne McCranie, Azura 29.78; 15-and-over, 1. Mariel Mencia, Azura 27.52; SOFLO: 12. Kelley Heron 30.09.

400-meter individual medley:
Open, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 5:10.36; SOFLO: 9. Izzy Wilson 5:51.55, 12. Anastasia Lutz 6:01.78.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 2:03.87; SOFLO: 7. Adrian Hernandez 2:16.57, time drop, 14. Austin Nelson 2:27.43; 15-and-over, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 1:57.80; SOFLO: 4. Heath Brames 2:03.82, 8. CJ Kopecki 2:07.51.

100-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 1:11.20; 15-and-over, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 1:08.83, time drop.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 2:27.53; SOFLO: 5. Austin Nelson 2:26.29, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Marco Cabrera Duarte, SOFLO 2:10.82; SOFLO: 2. Lance Lesage 2:12.84.

100-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 1:00.56; SOFLO: 11. Adrian Hernandez 1:11.96, time drop, 20. Austin Nelson 1:21.84, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 56.95; SOFLO: 6. CJ Kopecki 1:02.53.

50-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Eddy Chen, GRSC 27.80; SOFLO: 17. Adrian Hernandez 29.70, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 23.95; SOFLO: 9. Lance Lesage 25.93, 10. Heath Brames 26.09, 11. Marco Cabrera Duarte 26.17, 17. CJ Kopecki 26.96.

400-meter individual medley:
Open, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 4:54.72.

IF YOU GO

What: 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff

When: Sunday

Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9141 NW Second Street, off Broward Blvd.

Schedule: Sunday, Session One 9 a.m.-1:37 p.m., Session Two 2-5:29 p.m.

Of note: Plantation Swim Team and City of Plantation are hosting the meet…North Palm Beach Swim Club staff is running the meet for the seventh consecutive year…Admission is $5 each session, heat sheet $2 each session. Meet directors are Alf Aguirre, 305-773-6060 and Dick Cavanah 561-762-7261…Time lines, psych sheets and results are posted at http://www.npbswimming.com and Meet Mobile.

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