AQUATIC NOTEBOOK: Atkinson Among World Cup Field Racing For Prize Money; Florida Gators Open In South Florida; Poppell, Nesty Make College Head Coaching Debuts

By Sharon Robb

September 27, 2018—After missing the opening cluster, SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson will join the 2018 FINA World Cup Series for its second cluster Friday through Sunday in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Both the men’s and women’s fields are larger than the small turnout in Kazan and Doha. The field features 185 swimmers from around the world.

Other swimmers expected to compete are Brazil’s Felipe Lima and Eteine Medeiros, Americans Michael Andrew, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, Molly Hannis, Melanie Margalis and Kathleen Baker, Mitch Larkin, Mack Horton and Emily Seebohm of Australia, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, Yulia Efimova of Russia, Spain’s Mireia Belmonte, Japan’s Daiya Seto and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos.

Twelve events will be raced on each of the three days in Eindhoven.

Atkinson will be joined by women’s series leader Sarah Sjostrum of Sweden and men’s leader Anton Chupkov of Russia. Sjostrum earned the maximum points and earned the $50,000 Cluster One bonus after the first two stops of the short course meters series.


After intrasquad and alumni meets the past two weeks, the college dual meet season opens Thursday through Saturday across the nation including South Florida.

University of Florida men’s and women’s teams open their season Thursday at Florida Atlantic in the first meet of the season. The Gators women’s team head further south on Friday to swim University of Miami. The Gators then head to Florida Gulf Coast also on Saturday.

The women’s team begins its first season under head coach Jeff Poppell, former Gulliver Prep head coach and aquatics director. Poppell has been at Florida since 2016 serving as an associate head coach.

The Gators women’s team returns 27 letter winners including All-Americans Sherridon Dressel and Brooke Madden. The Gator men feature 14 freshmen. Anthony Nesty makes his debut as first-year head men’s coach. Nesty has spent the last 20 seasons with the Gators.

Florida International University women’s team heads to University of Miami on Saturday. Florida State is holding an intrasquad meet on Saturday in Tallahassee. Florida Atlantic will host Gardner-Webb and North Florida on Saturday.


Five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, 23, is engaged to fellow swimmer Hayes Johnson. Johnson proposed at Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Georgia. Johnson swam at University of Texas and was a member of the 2010 NCAA champion team. “Thank you for making this the easiest answer to any question I’ve ever been asked,” Franklin posted on Instagram.


South African Olympic medalist Cameron van der Burgh has relocated to London to train for his fifth FINA World Short Course Championship in Hangzhou, China, Dec. 11-16. Burgh said after 30 years in South Africa it was time to start a new journey. He will continue to compete internationally for South Africa…

American Heritage Plantation alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago was awarded the Hummingbird Silver Award from the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago at this year’s Republic Day National Awards Function. Carter was honored for bringing national attention to the tiny island and for putting aquatics at the forefront. Carter was a silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games and won three gold medals at CAC. He is the first and only swimmer to medal at both the Youth Olympic Games and FINA World Junior Swimming Championships…

The 2020 Olympic Trials date were officially set for June 21-28. The Trials will be hosted by Omaha, Nebraska for the fourth time. The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo five weeks after the Trials. The Trials cuts were announced by USA Swimming during Thursday’s U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville and they are all faster than the 2016 cuts. The men’s 800 and women’s 1500 freestyle events will make their debut at the 2020 Trials. The 2018 Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. in late November will be the first meet where swimmers can get their Trials cuts.

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HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE SWIMMING NOTEBOOK: Jerew, Virgin Commit; Nick Dworet Stroke Clinic Coming Up; Bolles Coach Stepping Down

By Sharon Robb

September 11, 2108—Two top high school and club swimmers, Hannah Virgin and Hailey Jerew, have made verbal college commitments.

Jerew of AquaKids Sharks and recent USA Swimming Futures champion in the 50-meter freestyle, verbally committed to Florida Gulf Coast.

Jerew, a senior at Cutler Bay Academy, a Class 1A school. She is a U.S Open qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle and has a junior national cut in the 100-meter breaststroke. She was a seven-time finalist at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in March.

Florida Gulf Coast won its fourth straight and ninth overall CCSA crown last season. Jerew is expected to compete in the sprint and breaststroke events in college.

Hannah Virgin, a two-time defending state 1A champion in the 100-yard breaststroke at Pine Crest, verbally committed to Virginia Tech. She won a state title as a sophomore in 1:04.06 and junior in 1:03.89.

Virgin competes year-round with Pine Crest. As a club swimmer, Virgin has a U.S. Open time standard in the 100 breaststroke. She competed in both breaststroke events and 200 individual medley at the 2017 Speedo Winter Juniors East meet.

At the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in 2017, she won the 200 breast (2:15.53) and was the runner-up in the 100 (1:04.65). She has dual citizenship competes for Sweden internationally. She is a Swedish age group championship medalist.


The inaugural Swim 4 Nick free swim stroke clinic will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. The clinic is for novice and intermediate middle and high school swimmers. Participants should know all four strokes. Registration ends Sept. 25 at The clinic is open to all swimmers from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach to bring swimmers together for a day of learning and help keep Nick’s legacy alive.

The clinic, sponsored in part by Triton Insurance Group and presented by The Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund, Inc., is a 501c (3) Charity and benefits the fund.

Dworet was killed Feb. 14, 2018 in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting. Dworet started swimming at age 7 and had a scholarship waiting for him at University of Indianapolis this fall and hopes of swimming in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Dworet was always helping friends and teammates. In his memory, a swim clinic is being held in his honor for swimmers who want to improve through hard work and dedication just as Dworet did through the years.

High school and club coaches will be on hand to work with swimmers. There will be giveaways and raffles.


Pine Crest alum Marta Ciesla is more than ready for her sophomore season at University of Southern California. In the recent Cardinal vs. Gold intraquad exhibition meet, she went 36.40 in a 75-meter race, winning by more than a body length…Clearwater’s Becca Mann, also of USC, earned Pac-12 All-Academic first team honors. Mann, eligible for the award for the first time as a sophomore, earned first team honors with a 3.80 GPA. The U.S. national team open water swimmer, who has already written a book, is majoring in writing for screen and television.


Jon Sakovich, a former All-American at Florida, is stepping down as head coach of Jacksonville Bolles in December. He has been at Bolles for 18 years. Sakovich said he is seeking new opportunities. Bolles is beginning a national search for a head coach and aquatics director replacement immediately.

In a prepared statement, Sakovich said: “I am very thankful to The Bolles School for allowing me this amazing opportunity for the last eighteen years and I could not ask for a better place to work. It is time for me to seek a change in my career direction and look for new ways to expand my professional horizons. I am committed to the continued growth and success of our student-athletes and I look forward to working with them through the fall.

“The Bolles School and Bolles Swim Programs will always have a special place in my heart. Without this opportunity, I would not be the person, father and coach I am today,” Sakovich said.

The Bolles boys and girls swimming and diving teams have reached a combined total of 14 national titles. Fifty-nine Bolles students, alumni or Sharks have participated in every Olympics since 1972, representing 28 countries and claiming 20 medals.

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SOFLO Swimmers Hit The Road For GCST Winter Invitational

By Sharon Robb

January 12, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are on their first road trip of the New Year.

Swimmers will compete in the three-day GCST Winter Invitational at Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center in Fort Myers.

The meet begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the 500 freestyle and 200 and 400 individual medleys.

Two SOFLO swimmers, Marcella and Melissa compete for the women’s swim team at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Sixteen SOFLO swimmers will compete in 114 individual events and four relays under the watchful eye of age group coach Rose Lockie.

They are: Alana Acevedo, 15; Sarah Acevedo, 13; Kaitlyn Barrios, 11; Samuel Bullen, 11; Mia Escudero, 12; Nathaniel Garrick, 12; Yannai Michael, 12; Leah Pando, 10; Alessandro Pereira, 10; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 11; Kailey Smith, 12; Owen Smith, 10; Emma Twombly, 12; Christian Vasquez, 13; and Sarah Vasquez, 9.

The Gulf Coast Swim Team of the Florida Swimming Association is hosting the three-day age group and senior meet. The 25-yard meet will be run in two eight-lane courses each day except Sunday afternoon.


What: GCST Winter Invitational

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday morning session 8:30 a.m. (13-14 and senior); Saturday and Sunday distance sessions begin 15 minutes following the end of the morning sessions. Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions will begin approximately 30 minutes after the distance session ends.

Where: Lee County/Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SWIMMING ROUNDUP: American Heritage Finishes In Top 10; Florida Gulf Coast Places Third At All-Florida Invite

By Sharon Robb

September 26, 2016—American Heritage Plantation got in some good racing against the state’s best Saturday at the 53rd annual Woodson Invitational at Pine Crest.

The defending state champion boys’ team finished in the Top 10, placing tenth with 50 points. The girls finished 12th with 43 points.

The boys and girls fields featured defending 1A state champion Jacksonville Bolles, Pine Crest, St. Andrew’s, Trinity Prep, University School, Belen Jesuit, Boca Raton, Ransom Everglades and Bishop Verot among others.

Cathy Cooper was the Patriots’ highest finisher, placing second to Marta Ciesla in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.41 and third in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.88. Cooper was also a member of the Patriots’ eighth place 200-yard freestyle relay.

SOFLO’s Annita Huang was a member of the 200-yard medley relay that placed 12th.

Sebastian Vargas was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.28 for the boys.

SOFLO’s Kevin Porto was eighth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.44.

The undefeated Pine Crest girls team (11-0) turned in back-to-back days of jaw-dropping swims.

On Friday, Pine Crest knocked off former mythical national champion and defending state 1A champion Jacksonville Bolles breaking a 20-year dual meet losing streak.

Bolles has won 23 girls state team titles including the last 19. Last year Pine Crest was fourth in the 1A state meet.

The girls team won by 11 points, 160-149. The Panthers won 10 out of all 12 events including all three relay events. Alexandra Meszaros and Gulliver Prep transfer Andrea Santander were double winners. They also took the top four spots in the 1-meter springboard diving event.

The girls also captured the 53rd annual Woodson Invitational that featured Bolles, St. Andrew’s, Trinity Prep and Bishop Verot. Pine Crest won with 283 and Bolles was third with 197.

The Panthers have won their share of state titles (27) but last won in 1990, having to settle for 11 runner-up finishes to Bolles.

In the boys’ competition, Bolles defeated Pine Crest, 193-112, in the dual meet winning seven of the 12 events. Bolles also won the Woodson boys title with 217 points. Pine Crest was third.

Three-time high school state champion Marta Ciesla was voted the Ann Marshall Award for the most outstanding girl swimmer of the meet.

It was the second consecutive year she won the award. Ciesla swept the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and was a member of the winning 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.

North Broward Prep transfer Nico Ferrara of Pine Crest was voted the Andy Coan Award for most outstanding boy swimmer. Both Marshall and Coan, former highly-decorated Pine Crest swimmers, were on hand to present the swimmers the awards.

Ferrara won the 50-yard freestyle, was second in the 100-yard freestyle and member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay.

University School’s Patrick Groters won the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.52, knocking off Bolles’ Santi Corredor in 1:52.66.

Kyla Valls of Ransom-Everglades was a double winner in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:56.65 and 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.46.


GIRLS: 1. Pine Crest 283, 2. St. Andrew’s 219, 3. Jacksonville Bolles 197, 4. Trinity Prep 129, 5. Bishop Verot 101, 6. University School 73, 7. Calvary Christian 69, 8. Westminster Academy 68, 9. Berkeley Prep 67, 10. Boca Raton 56.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:47.70 (Annabella Lyn, Hannah Virgin, Andrea Santander, Marta Ciesla), 2. Trinity Prep 1:48.94, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:50.72, 12. American Heritage 2:05.61 (Annita Huang, Thea Mckenna, Molly Weidner, Cathy Cooper).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kyla Valls, RE 1:49.46, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 1:52.62, 3. Rachel Contich, CALV 1:53.91.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 2:06.39, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 2:07.72, 3. Hannah Virgin, PC 2:08.81.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Marta Ciesla, PC 22.79, 2. Jessica Nava, WA 23.51, 3. Cathy Cooper, AH 23.88.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Maia Goldstein, US 460.10, 2. Daniela Castillo, SAGE 456.80, 3. Juliette Pozzuoli, PC 423.70.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Claire Maiocco, TP 54.50, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 56.50, 3. Molly See, PC 58.21.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Marta Ciesla, PC 49.69, 2. Cathy Cooper, AH 51.41, 3. Andrea Santander, PC 52.35.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Kyla Valls, RE 4:56.65, 2. Rachel Contich, CALV 5:01.20, 3. Hannah Van Dress, BV 5:08.63.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:38.79 (Marta Ciesla, Alexandra Meszaros, Hannah Virgin, Marissa Brannan), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:38.81, 3. Berkeley 1:42.97, 8. American Heritage 1:46.32 (Cathy Cooper, Olivia Mason, Jade Grabow, Kassidy Kadosh).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 55.65, 2. Lauren Hew, SAS 58.40, 3. Allison Kopas, US 58.48, 28. Annita Huang, AH 1:10.96.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:05.80, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 1:06.21, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 1:06.51.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:34.02 (Andrea Santander, Marissa Brannan, Annabella Lyn, Alexandra Meszaros), 2. St. Andrew’s 3:34.72, 3. Trinity Prep 3:34.99, 10. American Heritage 4:05.22.

BOYS: 1. Bolles 217, 2. St. Andrew’s 159, 3. Pine Crest 156, 4. Berkeley Prep 153, 5. Trinity Prep 136, 6. Belen Jesuit 95, 7. Boca Raton 92, 8. University School 78, 9. Ransom Everglades 56, 10. American Heritage 50.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:36.99 (Matt Serra, Paul DeGrado, Ariel Spektor, John Pate), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:40.35, 3. Belen Jesuit 1:42.00 (Alejandro Carriazo, Juan Ramirez, Andres Solares, Daniel Simpson), 12. Sagemont 1:54.60 (Sam Quintero, Alan Corvaia, Juan Imposimato, Lucas Munoz), 15. American Heritage 1:57.28 (Carlos Rodriguez, Cristian Rossi, Cody Chin, Guy Royce).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Cecil (TB) 1:41.23, 2. Daniel Jacobs, US 1:42.26, 3. Nathan Stovern, TB 1:42.56, 5. Sebastian Vargas, AH 1:46.23, 10. Kevin Porto, AH 1:49.79, 12. CJ Kopecki 1:52.12.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Patrick Groters, US 1:51.52, 2. Santi Corredo, JB 1:52.66, 3. Adan Diaz, WESP 1:55.98.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Nico Ferrara, PC 21.29, 2. Christian Soderberg, PC 22.04, 3. Jan Collazo-Torres, TP 22.14.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 516.35, 2. Lyle Hayes-Macaluso, PC 440.15, 3. Javier Saumell, BJ 367.80.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Ariel Spektor, JB 50.03, 2. Matt Serra, JB 50.45, 3. Matthew Degtyar, TP 51.24, 4. Sebastian Vargas, AH 52.28.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Cecil, TB 46.48, 2. Nico Ferrara, PC 46.83, 3. Nathan Stovern, TB 47.11.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Santi Corredor, JB 4:32.80, 2. Daniel Jacobs, US 4:36.34, 3. Nicholas Pacitti, AH 4:47.94, 8. Kevin Porto,AH 4:57.44, 11. CJ Kopecki, AH 5:01.00.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:27.44 (Nico Ferrera, Elvis Kotivovski, Nicholas Vale, Christian Soderberg), 2. Trinity Prep 1:27.85, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:28.30, 12. American Heritage 1:42.33.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Patrick Groters, US 51.04, 2. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 51.57, 3. Matthew Degtyar, TP 52.75.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian, SAS 7.53, 2. Adan Diaz, WESP 57.97, 3. Paul DeGrado, JB 1:00.82.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:10.20, 2. Berkeley 3:10.99, 3. Trinity Prep 3:12.33, 11. American Heritage 3:35.26.


Florida Gulf Coast University’s women’s team, including SOFLO’s Marcella and Melissa Marinheiro, finished third at the All-Florida Invitational at the NSU Aquatic Center this past weekend.

Even though the Eagles decided to scratch from Sunday’s final events, they totaled 692 points during the three-day meet. Florida won the women’s team title with 1,076 points and University of Miami was second with 744. The Gators won the men’s title with 1,099 followed by NSU with 894.

Sophomore Melissa Marinheiro was 14th in the 1650-yard freestyle in 17:57.59. She also went 5:09.33 in prelims and 5:05.27 in finals in the 500-yard freestyle and 2:14.06 in the 200-yard backstroke prelims and 1:54.99 in the 200-yard freestyle,. She was also a member of the third place 800-yard freestyle relay that finished in 7:38.78.

Older sister Marcella Marinheiro, a senior, went 2:17.53 in the 200-yard individual medley and 1:56.32 and 2:15.61 in the 200-yard backstroke and 57.24 in the 100-yard freestyle.

“The team did a great job this weekend,” said FGCU first-year coach Dave Rollins. “Our team spirit was off the charts. This early in the season, we have been focused on building our base and getting into shape. It was great to watch them compete.”

Florida Gulf Coast returns home Saturday for the annual Green-Blue Scrimmage at 10 a.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at for results and questions.

SOFLO’s Megan Romano Wins Backstroke At All-Florida Sr. Circuit Meet

By Sharon Robb

May 14, 2016—With the U.S. Olympic Trials six weeks away, Megan Romano is in the midst of one of her final tune-ups at the All-Florida Senior Circuit Meet at Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center.

On Saturday, Romano, 25, a former world champion, won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.16, after going 1:02.09 in morning prelims to earn the top seed.

Romano had the fastest seed times in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.28 and 400-meter freestyle in 4:22.75 in prelims before scratching from finals.

The U.S. Olympic hopeful is preparing for the June 26-July 3 Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb. She has been training with SOFLO’s ProFlo group since early January with remarkable progress.

SOFLO teammate Catalina Mendieta, 26, was fifth in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:06.50, improving her previous best time of 1:06.97.

SOFLO’s Santiago Rivera, 19, was fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.43, shaving 4.63 seconds off his previous lifetime best time of 2:36.06. He qualified third in prelims in 2:31.53.

The three-day meet concludes Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.



200-meter butterfly: 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:11.72, 2. Caroline Cooper, Highlander 2:17.58, 3. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:18.26.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Kaitlyn Schorr, STAR 26.24, 2. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 26.93, 3. Caroline Simmons, PAQ 26.94; SOFLO: 9. Ksen Golovkina 27.80, 13. Emiliana Pelaez 28.43, 23. Kelley Heron 29.25; prelims Catalina Mendieta 27.79.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Megan Romano, SOFLO 1:02.16, 2. Karen Vilorio Muchnik, SWIM 1:04.53, 3. Sandra Wilk, SWIM 1:05.71; SOFLO: 5. Catalina Mendieta 1:06.50, best time, 8. Kelley Heron 1:07.54.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Ryley Ober, SRQ 4:23.61, 2. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:24.58, 3. Lani Cabrera, SWIM 4:25.53.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Christina Loh, Unattached 2:39.55, 2. Elizabeth White, SWIM 2:46.92, 3. Alixandra Roy, Highlander 2:47.94; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron 2:51.43, 13. Emiliana Pelaez 2:54.70, best time.


200-meter butterfly: 1. Alexander Arrieta, Metro Aquatics 2:06.21, 2. Campbell Lee, SRQ 2:06.91, 3. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:07.11; SOFLO: 10. Max Asnis 2:12.35, 13. Ervin Marin 2:14.81, best time.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Saco, Miami Swimming 23.68, 2. Brandon Selts, Miami Swimming 24.27, 3. Irvin Hoost, Metro Aquatics 24.66; SOFLO: 15. Santiago Rivera 26.10.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Kevin Lindgren, MART 57.03, 2. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 57.70, 3. Matthew Garcia, SYS 59.63.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Theodore Smith, SRQ 4:01.94, 2. Hayden Curley, Highlander 4:02.01, 3. Daniel Erlenmeyer, SYS 4:07.40; SOFLO: 12. Sam Asnis 4:18.58; 15. Max Asnis 4:25.20, 4:23.52, prelims.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Campbell Lee, SRQ 2:23.54, 2. Joseph Perez, Metro Aquatics 2:24.00, 3. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:29.99; SOFLO: 4. Santiago Rivera 2:31.43, best time, 7. Ervin Marin 2:36.07.

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SOFLO’s Alvarez, Rivera, Kopecki, Pelaez Shine On Opening Day Of Senior Circuit Meet

By Sharon Robb

May 13, 2016—Monica Alvarez, Santiago Rivera and C.J. Kopecki were top South Florida Aquatic Club finishers Friday night in the All-Florida Senior Circuit Meet at Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center in Fort Myers.

Alvarez, 27, was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.31 followed by SOFLO teammate Ksen Golovkina, 26, fourth in 1:14.71.

Rivera, 19, was fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:07.94. He swam back-to-back bests, 1:10.57 in prelims. He dropped 4.99 seconds. His previous time was 1:12.93.

C.J. Kopecki, 16, was fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:02.62.

Catalina Mendieta, 26, was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.97, just off her seed time of 1:03.89.

In the 200-meter freestyle, Emiliana Pelaez, 17, swam back-to-back best times. She swam 2:11.28 in finals to finish 13th. She had swum 2:14.73, also a best time in prelims. Her previous best was 2:14.88.

The three-day meet is also serving as an Olympic Trials qualifier. The meet continues Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.



200-meter freestyle: 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 2:02.08, 2. Ryley Ober, SRQ 2:02.64, 3. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:05.65; SOFLO: 13. Emiliana Pelaez 2:11.28, best time finals, 2:14.73, best time, prelims.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Justine Bowker, Unattached 1:11.09, 2. Christina Loh, Unattached 1:11.96, 3. Monica Alvarez, SOFLO 1:14.31; SOFLO: 4. Ksen Golovkina 1:14.71, 11. Emiliana Pelaez 1:20.75.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 1:00.80, 2. Caroline Cooper, Highlander 1:02.02, 3. Justine Bowker, Unattached 1:02.40; SOFLO: 7. Catalina Mendieta 1:03.97.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Alixandra Roy, Highlanders 5:00.21, 2. Allison Kopas, SFTL 5:02.09, 3. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 5:07.08.


200-meter freestyle: 1.Alexander Arrieta, Metro Aquatics 1:55.38, 2. Theodore Smith, SRQ 1:55.82, 3. Kevin Lindgren, MART 1:56.55; SOFLO: 9. Max Asnis 2:02.33, 11. Sam Asnis 2:03.11, best time, 14. CJ Kopecki 2:04.36, 11. Max Asnis 2:04.23, 12. Sam Asnis 2:04.57, 23. Juan Diaz 2:08.02.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Campbell Lee, SRQ 1:07.66, 2. Joseph Perez, Metro Aquatics 1:07.85, 3. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 1:07.86; SOFLO: 4. Santiago Rivera 1:07.94.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 57.80, 2. Evan Jacob, LA 57.87, 3. Alexander Arrieta, Metro Aquatics 58.06; SOFLO: 16. Max Asnis 1:01.81, 18. Santiago Rivera 1:03.41, 23. Juan Diaz 1:04.00.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 4:33.58, 2. Theodore Smith, SRQ 4:43.51, 3. Joseph Perez, Metro Aquatics 4:45.07; SOFLO: 4. C.J. Kopecki 5:02.62.

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SOFLO Swimmers Ready For This Weekend’s All-Florida Sr. Circuit Meet

By Sharon Robb

May 12, 2016—A talented group of South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, headed by U.S. Olympic hopeful Megan Romano and Suriname’s Raiz Tjon-A-Joe, will compete Friday through Sunday in the All-Florida Senior Circuit Meet at Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center in Fort Myers.

The three-day meet, which is also serving as an Olympic Trials qualifier, is fast, according to meet officials.

Seventeen teams, including several from the Florida Gold Coast, are entered.

SOFLO is sending 13 swimmers to the meet. They are:

Tjon-A-Joe, 18, a national record holder, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke. Tjon-A-Joe is seeded first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.92.

Romano, 25, a former world champion, 50- and 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke. Romano is seeded first in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.94 and 400 freestyle in 4:18.98 and second in the 50 freestyle in 25.69.

Catalina Mendieta, 26, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke.

Ksen Golovkina, 26, 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter freestyle.

Monica Alvarez, 27, 100-meter breaststroke.

Max Asnis, 16, 200- and 400-meter freestyles, 100- and 200-meter butterfly.

Sam Asnis, 17, 200- and 400-meter freestyles.

Juan Diaz, 16, 100- 200- and 400-meter freestyles, 100- and 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter backstroke.

Kelley Heron, 16, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter breaststroke.

CJ Kopecki, 16, 200-meter freestyle, 400-meter individual medley.

Ervin Marin, 16, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke.

Emiliana Pelaez, 17, 50- and 200-meter freestyle, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke.

Santiago Rivera, 19, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 6 p.m.

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Big Night For SOFLO Swimmers: Rojas Wins Gold, Rodriguez Takes Silver At Inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships

By Sharon Robb

August 1, 2015—It was a big night for South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers Marc Rojas and Jessica Rodriguez Saturday at the inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships.

Rojas, 21, a Florida State senior-to-be and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, topped a talented men’s field to win the 200-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best 2:18.97.

Rojas shaved 4.09 seconds off his previous best and broke 2:20 minutes for the first time.

Rojas swam the third fastest time in morning prelims in 2:23.06 to better his best time and then poured it on in the final to improve his time for a total drop of 6.94 seconds.

SOFLO’s Jessica Rodriguez, 16, took the silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best 2:36.88, dropping 0.68. She was top morning seed in 2:37.56. Her previous best time was 2:41.79. Rodriguez was the only other Florida swimmer to finish in the Top 3.

SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro, 20, was fifth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:05.37. The Florida Gulf Coast swimmer was fourth seed after morning prelims in a best time 1:05.13, bettering her previous time of 1:06.79.

Florida Gulf Coast-bound and younger sister Melissa Marinheiro, 18, was eighth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:26.83 after going 4:23.99, the seventh fastest time in morning prelims.

Among the 79-team field, South Florida Aquatic Club is the top Florida team in the combined team standings with 174 points for fourth place. The battle for first is between Boilermaker Aquatics with 317 and Columbia Swim Club with 314. SOFLO women’s team is second with 130 points and men’s team is 15th with 44 points.

Ninety-eight swimmers competed in the girls’ 50-meter freestyle prelims.

The Futures Championships are a trio of meets in Greensboro, N.C., Mt. Hood, Ore. and West Lafayette, Ind.

The meets are designed to bridge the gap between Sectionals and Junior Nationals enabling swimmers not qualified for Junior Nationals to compete in their own meet.

The meet concludes on Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Results are posted on Meet Mobile under FUTURES West Lafayette 2015.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Boilermaker Aquatics 317, 2. Columbia 314, 3. Indiana University Swim Team 236.5, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 174, 5. Rockwood 172, 6. Huntsville 162.5, 7. University of Kentucky Swim Team 160.5, 8. Stingrays 152, 9. Dynamo Swim Club 147.5, 10. Memphis Thunder 144, 11. Highlander 134, 16. Southwest Stars Swim Club (STAR) 78, 19. Swim Fort Lauderdale 62, 27. Area Tallahassee 44, 37. Miami Swimming 33, 39. Gulliver Swim Club 32.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Columbia Swim Club 166, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 130, 3. University of Kentucky 126, 4. Kansas City Blazers 113, 5. Huntsville 109, 8. STAR 78, 12. Swim Fort Lauderdale 62, 15. Highlander 48, 25. Miami Swimming 33.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Boilermaker Aquatics 228, 2. Indiana University Swim Team 159.5, 3. Columbia Swim Club 148, 4. Dynamo 121.5, 5. Memphis Thunder 116, 8. Highlander 86, 15. South Florida Aquatic Club 44, 23. ATAC 26.


200-meter butterfly: 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 2:14.80, 2. Elaine Zhou, MPSC 2:17.82, 3. Kayla Churman, UKY 2:18.28; FLORIDA: 7. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:20.77, 11. Caroline Cooper, Highlander 2:20.06, 13. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 2:20.45, 24. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:23.12/2:24.10, 25. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 2:24.31, 34. Alexa Kalandiak, Miami Swimming 2:26.58, 43. Chloe Hampson, Highlander 2:30.15.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Kaitlyn Schorr, STAR 26.38, 2. Anna Miller, RSCA 26.64, 3. Kobie Melton, HAS 26.66; FLORIDA: 30. tie Catherine Cooper, Unattached 27.56, Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 27.56, 38. Sofia Bernard, STAR 27.68, 38. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 27.68, 40. Paige Hamilton, Highlander 27.69, 42. Abigail Burke, Highlander 27.71, 45. Andie Myers, Highlanders 27.75, 53. Chloe Grimme, FE 27.87, 58. Kelly Harrington, Boca Raton Swim Team 27.94, 63. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 28.06, 89. Eleanor Politt, LA 28.90.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Haley Downey, P66 2:34.84, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:36.88, 3. Emma Hruby, IFLY 2:37.03; FLORIDA: 9. Pakawadee Sopapong, Tampa Bay 2:41.00, 11. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:41.51, 20. Caitlin Ahern, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:43.62, 25. Samantha Schieffelin, STAR 2:45.32, 27. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:45.72, 38. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:47.70, 39. Anna Valls, Miami Swimming 2:48.09, 43. Lauren Peavy, ATAC 2:48.83, 46. Coleen Driscoll, Tampa Bay 2:50.39.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Sophia Sorenson, ACAC 1:04.43, 2. Kobie Melton, HSA 1:04.84, 3. Shelby Carrol, IUST 1:05.50; FLORIDA: 5. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:05.37, 15. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:05.67/1:05.88, 26. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 1:06.39, 35. Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 1:07.22, 39. Abigail Burker, Highlander 1:07.47, 40. Spencer Lucas, Highlander 1:07.54, 55. Kaitlyn Schorr, STAR 1:08.34, 58. Megan Schimansky, Coral Springs 1:08.38, 59. Kara Wilkins, Unattached 1:08.39, 68. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 1:09.51, 82. Eleanor Politt, LA 1:12.23.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Christine Blomquist, KCB 4:19.78, 2. Emily Meckstroth, STAR 4:21.35, 3. Gabrielle Stecker, Unattached 4:22.40; FLORIDA: 8. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:26.83, 13. Stephanie Holmes, ATAC 4:26.54, 20. Abigail Burke, Highlander 4:29.81, 23. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 4:31.31/4:31.92, 35. Namilla Sanchez, Gulliver 4:35.10, 37. Alixandra Roy, Highlander 4:36.12, 38. Spencer Lucas, Highlander 4:38.03.


200-meter butterfly: 1. Elijah Patrick, NAC 2:04.09, 2. Mitchell Strahlman, HWSA 2:05.18, 3. Jacob Smith, LAK 2:05.33; FLORIDA: 4. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 2:05.56, 5. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 2:06.67, 16. David Perez, Highlander 2:09.96, 17. Carlos Comenares, Miami Swimming 2:06.58, 23. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 2:10.89, 10. prelims, Joshua Monacelli, Highlander 2:07.83, 32. Matthew Nardozzi, Highlander 2:13.31, 35. Sean Arrington, Unattached 2:17.14.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Justin White, Y2K 23.36, 2. Ben Carter, STAR 23.77, 3. Nathaniel Thomas, BA 23.80; FLORIDA: 11. Corbin Cooper, Highlander 24.17, 29. Alexander Reid, Miami Swimming 24.64, 39. Ryan Capote, SOFLO 24.79, 42. Calvin Lillo, Highlander 24.94.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:18.97, 2. Liam Bell, DYNA 2:19.09, 3. Sam Lida, GTAC 2:20.05; FLORIDA: 9. Joshua Monacelli, Highlander 2:23.90, 27. Jose Pascal, Coral Springs Swim Club 2:28.33, 36. Rafaele Chambasian, ATAC 2:29.91, 42. Jonathan Oliva, Gulliver 2:30.81, 49. Alexander Reid, Miami Swimming 2:31.43.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Ethan King, MTAC 56.42, 2. Tucson Dunn, SCAT 57.09, 3. James Beckman, MSC 57.25; FLORIDA: 24. Derek Peeples, LAS 1:00.45/1:00.94, 26. Calvin Lillo, Highlander 1:00.96, 34. Carlos Colmenares, Miami Swimming 1:01.60, 47. Corbin Cooper, Highlander 1:02.79, 48. Matthew Nardozzi, Highlander 1:02.89.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Dugan, RAYS 3:59.71, 2. Luke Trimmer, BA 4:01.42, 3. Nathan Hopkins, BA 4:01.99; FLORIDA: 13. Hayden Curley, Highlander 4:06.68, 14. Christopher Holmes, ATAC 4:06.64/4:06.97, 16. Brandon Chason, ATAC 4:13.47, 18. John Yambor-Maul, ATAC 4:06.61/4:10.63, 31. Andrew Dupont, Highlander 4:13.79, 32. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 4:14.00, 35. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 4:16.25, 41. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:19.81.

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Atkinson Top SOFLO Finisher; Marinheiro Swims Best Time On Day Two Of Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series

By Sharon Robb

June 19, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers had a good night at the Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series Friday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

On the second day of competition, three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder Alia Atkinson was top Florida finisher placing third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.21 against a strong field.

Top-seed Russian Yulia Efimova of Trojan Swim Club went out in 31.4 to win easily in 1:06.13, third fastest in the world this year. American record holder Jessica Hardy was second in 1:07.5.

During morning prelims Efimova, coming off a 16-month drug suspension, made up a second on Atkinson in the last 30 meters of their heat.

Florida Gulf Coast-bound Melissa Marinheiro, 18, turned in a lifetime-best in the 50-meter backstroke in 32.36 in the “D” final. She bettered her prelim time of 32.75.

Colombian Jorge Murillo Valdes, 23, was fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.13.

Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado, 27, was eighth in the “B” final in 29.77 after going 29.71 in prelims.

Teammate Timothy Wynter, 19, Jamaican national record holder in the 11-12, 13-14, 15-17 and senior categories in the 50-meter backstroke, turned in a season-best 26.89 in the “C” final of the sprint event.

Olympians Natalie Coughlin and Katinka Hosszu broke the only records of the day.

During morning prelims, Hosszu broke the U.S. Open record in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:31.07, breaking Katie Hoff’s previous record of 4:31.12 by 5/100ths of a second.

Hosszu now holds both the 200 and 400 IM U.S. Open records.

Ironically, Hosszu, a world and European champion and reigning FINA World Swimmer of the Year, has yet to win an Olympic medal in her three appearances in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Coughlin, 32, swam a career-best to break the American and U.S. Open records and win the 50-meter backstroke despite hitting the lane line.

Coughlin won in 27.51, third fastest time in the world and best time by 58/100ths. Top-seed Rachel Bootsma was second in 27.68. Missy Franklin finished eighth in 29.33.

“I had a great start,” Coughlin said. “At first I thought the announcers were talking about another lane. It’s nice to swim a best time at this stage.”

Defending series champions Conor Dwyer, a Florida alum, and Hosszu have clinched the series titles for the second consecutive year. Each won $10,000 as series points leaders.

Dwyer has $12,200 in race earnings and 61 points. Tyler Clary is second with $8,200 and 41 points.

Hosszu has $14,600 in prize money and 73 points. Because she is not American, Hosszu is not eligible to earn the BMW lease for winning the series title. Caitlin Leverenz is second with $8,000 and 40 points and will get the car keys.

In Friday’s other championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter freestyle:

In a talent-laden final, Femke Heemskerk, 27, of the Netherlands won in 1:55.68 ahead of Katinka Hosszu in 1:56.88 and Missy Franklin in 1:57.02. Heemskerk went out in 56.55 for the first 100 meters and pulled away in the final 50 for a body- length lead. It was the fastest time in the world this year. “After being in Barcelona last week, this was a good race for me against such a strong field,” Heemskerk said. “The crowd was great cheering. We don’t see the sun a lot in the Netherlands so this is great to be swimming here.”

Men’s 200-meter freestyle:

In a furious finish, Connor Jaeger of Club Wolverine, more known for his distance racing and fourth fastest qualifier after morning prelims (1:49.51), turned it on in the final 50 to win in 1:48.66. Top qualifier Nikita Lobintsev was second in 1:48.86 and Michael Phelps was third in 1:49.03. “I am still trying to figure the 200 race a little bit,” Jaeger said. “It’s exciting to be a part of the race.”

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke:

Cody Miller of Badger Swim Club made a statement with his win in an event that is wide open on the national scene. Miller, the top morning qualifier, went out in 28.12 and pulled away from the field to win in a career-best time 59.51, third fastest in the world this year and third ever sub-minute 100 breaststroke. Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Felipe Lima of Brazil was second in 1:00.66 and Josh Prenot was third in 1:01.21.

“I was very happy with that,” Miller said. “I wanted to be 59.49 so I was seconds away. It’s still early in the summer, but I’m glad to go my best time. I’m on the right track.”

Men’s 50-meter backstroke:

In a close race, Japan’s Junya Koga won in 25.02 after out-touching Russian sprinter Vlad Morozov in 25.19. Koga was top qualifier in 24.87, the only swimmer under 25. David Plummer edged out 6-foot-8 Matt Grevers, 30, for third place in 25.33. Teenager Michael Andrew, 16, of Indie Swimming won the “B” final in a best time 25.72. Andrew was one of two 16-year-olds in the field.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly:

Brazilian Daynara DePaula, 25, of Sesi won in 58.98 ahead of Farida Osman of Cal Aquatics in 59.05 and Felicia Lee of Stanford Swimming was third in 59.51.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly:

Without Michael Phelps in the event, the race was wide open and won by Tom Shields by 5/100ths of a second in 52.22. Early leader and top morning qualifier Giles Smith tightened up at the end of the race and finished second in 52.27.

“I’ve been working on my touch really trying to get to the wall first,” Shields said.

Women’s 400-meter individual medley:

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu pulled away from the field to win in 4:34.04, fourth fastest in the world. Emily Overholt of West Vancouver was second in 4:39.47, just ahead of Caitlin Leverenz, third in 4:39.55. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann was fourth in 4:42.10.

“The morning I felt great but tonight I felt a little jet lag,” Hosszu said. “I just try to race and not make any excuses.”

Men’s 400-meter individual medley:

Top seed Gunnar Bentz overcame early leader Tyler Clary on the breaststroke leg and went on to win in 4:17.73. Max Williamson was second in 4:18.22 and Clary was third in 4:20.54.

“A lot of training this summer and hard sets has gotten me here,” Bentz said.

Universal Sports Network will televise the meet on Saturday. The entire meet is also being webcast at Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Pacific Coast Time.

The four-day meet is the sixth and final stop of the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series.

The top three finishers earn $1,000, $600 and $200 in prize money and five, three and one points for points standings.



200-meter freestyle:

1.Femke Heemskerk, Netherlands 1:55.68, 2. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 1:56.88, 3. Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars 1:57.02; FLORIDA: 83. Melissa Marinheiro, South Florida Aquatic Club 2:08.60, 91. Daniella Van den Berg, Azura Florida Aquatics 2:10.22.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Yulia Efimova, Trojan Swim Club 1:06.13, 2. Jessica Hardy, Trojan Swim Club 1:07.53, 3. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:08.21; FLORIDA: 4. Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 1:08.40.

50-meter backstroke:

1.Natalie Coughlin, Cal Aquatics 27.51, 2. Rachel Bootsma, Cal Aquatics 28.05, 3. Etiene Medeiros, Sesi 28.20; FLORIDA: 17. Carolina Colorado, South Florida Aquatic Club 29.77, 36. Melissa Marinheiro, South Florida Aquatic Club 32.75.

100-meter butterfly

1.Daynara De Paula, Sesi 58.98, 2. Farida Osman, Cal Aquatics 59.05, 3. Felicia Lee, Stanford Swimming 59.51; FLORIDA: 37. Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 1:02.62, 74. Yee Ching Wong, Swim Florida 1:05.14.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 4:34.04, 2. Emily Overholt, West Vancouver 4:39.47, 3. Caitlin Leverenz 4:39.55; FLORIDA: 4. Becca Mann, North Baltimore 4:42.10.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:

1.Mexico 3:50.04, 2. Hong Kong 3:51.29, 3. Palo Alto Stanford 3:51.40.


200-meter freestyle:

1.Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 1:48.66, 2. Nikita Lobintsev, Trojan Swim Club 1:48.86, 3. Michael Phelps, North Baltimore 1:49.03; FLORIDA: 7. Mitch D’Arrigo, Gator Swim Club 1:49.92, 9. Ryan Murphy, California Aquatics 1:50.59, 33. True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 1:53.09, 41. Corey Main, Gator Swim Club 1:53.32, 43. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 1:53.37, 51. Franco Lupoli, Azura 1:53.91, 108. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 1:58.05, 110. Julien Pinon, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:58.16.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Cody Miller, Badger Swim Club 59.51, 2. Felipe Lima, Fiat Minas 1:00.66, 3. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 1:01.21; FLORIDA: 5. Jorge Murillo, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:02.13, 30. Marco Guarente, Azura 1:05.18.

50-meter backstroke:

1.Junya Koga, Club Wolverine 25.02, 2. Vladimir Morozov, Trojan Swim Club 25.19, 3. David Plummer, New York Athletic Club 25.33; FLORIDA: 5, Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 25.61, 11. Corey Main, Gator Swim Club 26.00, 22. Timothy Wynter, South Florida Aquatic Club 26.89, 31. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 27.67.

100-meter butterfly:

1.Tom Shields, Cal Aquatics 52.22, 2. Giles Smith, Phoenix Swim Club 52.27, 3. Henrique Martins, Fiat Minas 52.56; FLORIDA: 22. Dylan Carter, Trojan Swim Club 54.33, 58. Maximiliano Abreu, Bolles 56.64, 92. Julien Pinon, South Florida Aquatic Club 58.42, 100. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 59.51.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Gunnar Bentz, Dynamo Swim Club 4:17.73, 2. Max Williamson, Stanford Swimming 4:18.22, 3. Tyler Clary, SwimMAC 4:20.54; FLORIDA: 33. True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 4:35.19, 49. Marco Guarente, Azura 4:44.35.

4×100-meter freestyle relay

1.Argentina 3:21.88, 2. Fiat Minas 3:24.61, 3. Mexico 3:28.62.


South Florida Aquatic Club’s Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue went 58.9 in the 100-meter butterfly in the Tennessee Aquatics Invitational in Knoxville.

Sharon Robb can be reached at


SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro Swims Two Best Times On Day Four Of Southern Zone Senior LC Championships

SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro Swims Two Best Times On Day Four Of Southern Zone Senior LC Championships

By Sharon Robb

August 1, 2014—In an exciting women’s 100-meter backstroke championship race, Marcella Marinheiro of South Florida Aquatic Club swam a lifetime best at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships Friday night at Florida Gulf Coast Aquatic Center in Fort Myers.

Only .90 separated the top three finishers.

Marinheiro, 19, a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast, took the bronze in 1:06.92, shaving 0.60 off her previous best.

It was the first time in two years Marinheiro lowered her time in the event, according to SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson. Earlier in the week, she won the 50-meter backstroke in 31.34.

“She is swimming really well and putting in some good times,” Anderson said.

Lexi Souther, 15, of SwimMAC won the backstroke in 1:06.02 and Carly Pratt, 18, of The Woodlands Swim team was second in 1:06.19.

Marinheiro also swam a best time in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:08.82.

SOFLO teammate Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 15, was 11th in 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:02.30. In prelims he first bettered his best time in 1:03.01, dropping 2.44 seconds and dropped a total of 3.15 seconds off his previous best of 1:05.45.

Jordan Colon, 17, swam a best time in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:20.62. He was also 18th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.19, dropping 0.49 seconds off his previous best of 1:09.68. He went 1:10.70 in prelims being sidelined for weeks from the event.

The five-day meet ends on Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 886, 2. The Woodlands 696, 3. First Colony 631, 4. Charles River 437, 5. Metroplex 405, 6. Team Greenville 379, 7. Mansfield 369, 8. New Wave 306, 9. Princeton Piranhas 276, 10. Fast Lane Aquatics 275, 15. North Florida 132, 20. Gulf Coast Swim Team 104, 24. South Florida Aquatic Club 66, 35. Swim Florida 14.

WOMENS TEAM TOTALS: 1. The Woodlands 528, 2. SwimMAC 436, 3. First Colony 358, 4. Charles River 286, 5. Metroplex 264, 15. Gulf Coast Swim Team 61, 20. South Florida Aquatic Club 44, 26. North Florida 11.

MENS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 450, 2. Team Greenville 369, 3. First Colony 273, 4. Princeton Piranhas 229, 5. New Wave 219, 12. North Florida 121, 19. Gulf Coast 43, 24. South Florida Aquatic Club 22, 28. Swim Florida 14.


100-meter backstroke: 1. Lexi Souther, MAC 1:06.02, 2. Carly Pratt, TWST 1:06.19, 3. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:06.92, best time, 8. Daria Korostina, FSLA 1:08.47, 9. Kendall Dawson, FLSA 1:08.89, 12. Anastiasia Kontrimas, FCST 1:09.31, 13. Delia Weber, FCST 1:09.57, 23. Paige Madden, GCST 1:10.83, best time, 26. Varvara Klyueva, FSLA 1:09.32, 30. Alexandra Remy, FCST 1:10.98, best time, 44. Meagan Abad, PST 1:12.34, 52. Polina Rukosuev, FSLA 1:12.88, 61. Bean Faunce, GCST 1:13.45, 74. Lexi Faunce, GCST 1:14.26.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Haley Yelle, SwimMAC 4:19.87, 2. Kendall Dawson, FSLA 4:25.10, best time, 3. Natalie Clausen, Unattached-FL 4:26.50, 5. Delia Weber, FCST 4:29.32, best time, 8. Bryanna Vasquez, FCST 4:35.98, 9. Savannah Bowser, GCST 4:32.15, 12. Kseniya Lepikhina, FSLA 4:33.28, 13. Kellie Roedig, CVST 4:35.96, 15. Lexie Faunce, GCST 4:38.19, 16. Cassie Niles, CVST 4:38.38, 21. Anastasia Kontrimas, FCST 4:38.67, best time, 23. Danielle Hepler, FCST 4:47.48, 24. Aly Pacitti, PST 4:39.40, best time, 32. Emma Volz 4:41.39, 42. Alex Simpson, SWIM 4:43.81, 47. Maria Zambito, CVST 4:45.10.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Taylor Ballard, MMST 1:14.74, 8. Bridget Woods, NFS 1:18.18, 11. Kristen Hepler, FCST 1:17.89, best time, 20. Daria Korostina, FSLA 1:19.67, 28. Lizzy White, SWIM 1:19.57, best time, 43. Cassie Niles, CVST 1:22.51, best time, 46. Christina Walch, SWIM 1:22.79, best time, 59. Bean Faunce, GCST 1:23.83, 72. Allie Surrency, NFS 1:27.82.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Catherine Maxey, SwimMAC 1:03.48, 10. Brittany Bui, FCST 1:05.66, best time, 11. Karigan Stanley, FCST 1:06.31, best time, 20. Jessica Hurley, SWIM 1:07.80, 29. Natalie Clausen, Unattached-FL 1:07.94, 31. Alexandra Remy, FCST 1:08.95, 35. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:08.82, best time, 36. Bean Faunce, GCST 1:08.85, 59. Varvara Klyueva FSLA 1:10.18, 61. Mali Rodriguez, FSLA 1:10.21, 89. Meagan Abad, PST 1:13.06, 94. Aly Pacitti, PST 1:13.77.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. The Woodlands Swim Team 4:00.68, 2. SwimMAC 4:01.00, 3. First Colony 4:02.36, 22. Gulf Coast Swim Team 4:15.99, 38. Swim Florida 4:32.43.


100-meter backstroke: 1. Will Stange, PPST 58.42, 3. Charlie Wort, FCST 59.98, best time, 5. Nicholas Landi, FSLA 1:00.66, best time, 6. Barrett Roberts, FCST 1:01.13; 11. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOFLO 1:02.30, best time, 35. Dylan Kerr, SWIM 1:05.33, 38. Vincent Perstad, SWIM 1:05.53, 39. Eddie Zacka IV, GCST 1:05.61, 46. Nate Hubenthal, NFS 1:05.95, 47. Alex Cook, NFS 1:05.96, 53. Stas Van Genderen, SWIM 1:06.18, 58. Collan Herby, SWIM 1:06.82, 65. Austin Childers, CV 1:07.65, 66. Andrew Brown, SEA 1:07.80, 74. Danny Angeles, NMST 1:08.93.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Tal Davis, TG 4:02.75, 2. Eddie Zacka IV, GCST 4:07.62, best time, 21. Dan Youg, SWIM 4:22.68, 23. Carlos Monteagudo, FCST 4:24.35, 26. Joshua Harriott, SWIM 4:18.39, 27. Dylan Keer, SWIM 4:19.09, 31. Jordan Colon, SOFLO 4:20.62, best time, 32. Alec Bowie, FSLA 4:25.41, 44. Adriel Ortiz, FSLA 4:23.95, 47. Zachary Bowles, CVST 4:24.84, best time, 50. Darrien Heil, GCST 4:26.09, best time, 62. Austin Childers, CV 4:28.59, best time, 62. Matthew Strickland, SWIM 4:29.05, 63. Matthew Strickland, SWIM 4:29.05, 65. Corey Stein 4:29.16, best time, 74. Matt Lucker, SWIM 4:33.33, 79. Diego Herrera-Alva, FSLA 4:35.38, 82. Kaleb Harriott, SWIM 4:40.02, 87. Mauricio Lobo, EAJ 4:41.92.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Francois Van Wynsberghe, TG 1:05.33, 4. Paul Camargo, FSLA 1:06.86, 7. Arthur Yuen, FCST 1:08.86, 8. Nicholas Landi, FSLA 1:09.03, 9. David Li, NFS 1:08.70, 18. Jordan Colon, SOFLO 1:09.19, 21. Cory Klemm, SWIM 1:10.02, 40. Mauricio Lobo, EAJ 1:14.26, 46. Spencer Greaves, SEA 1:15.47, 57. Justin Falcon, PST 1:26.23.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Connor Johnson, WAVE 55.57, 12. Collan Herby, SWIM 59.56, 18. Mel Nash II, NFS 59.74, best time, 32. Stas Van Genderen, SWIM 1:00.76, 56. Danny Angeles, NMST 1:02.14, best time, 61. Andrew Brown, SEA 1:02.70, 62. David Li, NFS 1:02.73, 65. Austin Childers, CV 1:02.92, 68. Matthew Strickland, SWIM 1:03.08, 73. Felipe Farias, PST 1:03.24, 81. Adriel Ortiz, FSLA 1:03.60, 88. Spencer Greaves, SEA 1:04.18, 120. Leonardo Manrique, PST 1:09.79.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Coastal Bend All-Stars 3:36.31, 2. SwimMAC 3:36.55, 3. Team Greenville 3:38.94, 18. North Florida Swimming 3:45.62, 32. Swim Florida 3:58.13, 33. Swim Florida 3:58.70, 35. St. Edwards Aquatics 4:00.26, 36. Plantation Swim Team 4:00.42.

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