Bono, Atkinson Lead SOFLO; SOFLO Finishes Fifth On Final Day Of Southern Zone South Sectionals; Next Up, FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 8, 2020—Alia Atkinson and Dominic Bono were top finishers for South Florida Aquatic Club on the fourth and final day of the the Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Sunday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Atkinson, 31, four-time Jamaican Olympian, won the 100-meter freestyle in 56.80. Aruba’s Allyson Ponson of Azura was second in 57.40 to make it a one-two finish among top Caribbean swimmers. It was Atkinson’s fourth win of the meet.

Atkinson scratched from the 200-meter breaststroke final. She qualified fifth in 2:41.47 in morning prelims.

SOFLO women’s 400-meter freestyle relay of Gaby Banks, Mallory Schleicher, Olivia Dinehart and Elena Dinehart was fourth in 4:03.04.

Dominic Bono, 16, was third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.22 and was SOFLO’s top boys’ finisher.

Azura Florida Aquatics defended its title winning the combined team title with 2,223.5 points and men’s team title with 1,254.5 points. Bluefish Swim Club won the women’s team title with 1,464 and Azura was second with 969.

SOFLO finished fifth among combined teams, fifth among women’s teams and eighth among men’s teams.

In high point, Atkinson finished fourth among women with 128 and Schleicher was seventh with 123 tied with Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny. Summer Smith, 16, of Bluefish was first with 161.

Yeziel Morales, 24, of Azura was men’s high point winner with 173 points. Azura swimmers swept the top four places in high point. Bono was SOFLO’s top high point swimmer tied for 30th with 68 points.

SOFLO had 31 qualified swimmers (16 boys and 15 girls) compete in 140 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

A large field competed over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others were Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracted some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered were Azura Florida Aquatics, FAST, North Miami Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Coral Springs Swim Club, Gulliver, TS Aquatics and host Plantation Swim Team.

Defending champions are Azura Florida Aquatics (1,116.5) and Sarasota YMCA (1,432). SOFLO, with 35 swimmers, was third among both the girls (852) and boys (776) teams last year.

The championship season continues this weekend with the FJC Junior Olympics Friday through Sunday at Coral Springs Aquatic Center.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 2,223.5, 2. Bluefish Swim Club 2,183, 3. Scarlet 1,718, 4. Bolles 1,669, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,315.5, 6. Colorado Stars 1,286.5, 7. Spartan 1,089, 8. Mesa 917, 9. Pine Crest Swimming 666, 10. Unattached Azura 625.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bluefish 1,464, 2. Azura 969, 3. Scarlet 882, 4. Bolles 878, 5. SOFLO 840.5, 6. Pine Crest Swimming 497, 7. Colorado Stars 492, 8. Mesa 456, 9. Spartam 341, 10. Gator Swim Club 309.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 1,254.5, 2. Scarlet 836, 3. Colorado Stars 794.5, 4. Bolles 791, 5. Spartan 748, 6. Bluefish 719, 7. Unattached Azura 505, 8. SOFLO 475, 9. Mesa 461, 10. PAQ 352.

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 3:55.28, 2. Bluefish 3:57.34, 3. Scarlet 4:01.27, 4. SOFLO A 4:03.04 (Gaby Banks, Mallory Schleicher, Olivia Dinehart, Elena Dinehart), 19. SOFLO B 4:25.03 (Jennamarie Brames, Sara Quintero, Sally Golding, Sabrina Osorio).

800-meter freestyle:
1. Michelle Morgan, PS 8:52.65, 2. Anna Auld, ECAC 8:53.29, 3. Leah Degeorge, BSS 8:58.53; SOFLO: 6. Mallory Schleicher 9:12.86.

200-meter butterfly:
1. Lockett Bowley, BSS 2:16.42, 2. Summer Smith, ABF 2:16.83, 3. Sumner Chmielewski, SRQ 2:19.04; SOFLO: 9. Maddy Smutny 2:19.69, time drop 0.75, 30. Sara Quintero 2:31.51, 35. Elena Dinehart 2:34.30.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 56.80, 2. Allyson Ponson, Azura 57.40, 3. Megan Hansen, BD 58.04; SOFLO: 18. Gaby Banks 59.76, time drop, 0.98, 26. Olivia Dinehart 1:00.57.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Taylor Grabenhorst, Unattached 2:32.49, 2. Ella Smith, ABF 2:37.49, 3. Micaela Sierra, CSSC 2:27.70; SOFLO: 5. Olivia Dinehart 2:38.61, 14. Molly Golding 2:47.32, 30. Sophia Grubbs 2:55.22, 31. Sally Golding 2:56.56.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:16.211, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:16.34, 3. Julia Podkoscielny, PCS 2:16.90; SOFLO: 19. Elena Dinehart 2:26.69.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 3:29.65, 2. PAQ 3:35.31, 3. Colorado Stars 3:36.79, 10. SOFLO A 3:42.90 (Michael Arias, Juan Mora, Juan Colmenares, Miguel Sierra), 16. SOFLO B 3:50.45 (Nicolas Rossi, Sebastian Lares, Philopatier Ibrahim, Manuel Melendez).

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Joshua Parent, ABF 15:46.71, 2. Joaquin Vargas, Unattached 16:00.36, 3. John Vandeusen, BSS 16:02.73; SOFLO: 13. Dominic Bono 16:42.50.

200-meter butterfly:
1. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, SAS 2:00.43, 2. Martin Espernberger, BSS 2:02.27, 3. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:02.36; SOFLO: 23. Miguel Sierra 2:15.92.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 51.28, 2. Daniel Ramirez, WA 51.58, 3. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 51.78; SOFLO: 23. Michael Arias 55.59, 24. Juan Mora 55.80.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Raphael Windmuller, Unattached 2:17.91, 2. William Heck, BSS 2:22.68, 3. William Henry, SRQ 2:23.05; SOFLO: 16. Juan Mora 2:31.75, 24. Alex Golding 2:36.26.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:02.95, 2. Fernando Ruvalcaba Cruz, SASA 2:07.33, 3. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 2:01.22; SOFLO: 26. Miguel Sierra 2:18.74, time drop, 0.48.

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

SOFLO’s Gaby Banks Wraps Up UANA Swimming Cup Appearance


By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, February 24, 2020–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks of Jamaica wrapped up her final day action at the Union Americana De Natacion (UANA) Swimming Cup Sunday at Videna Aquatic Complex in Lima, Peru.

Banks, 16, was eighth in the 15-17 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.54, off her entry time of 59.50. She was seeded tenth in the event.

Banks was also 13th in the 50-meter butterfly in 30.47.

Jamaica’s five-member women’s team finished tenth overall with 39 points. Mexico won the combined and women’s team titles and Argentina won the men’s team title.

On her first day of competition on Saturday, Banks’ highest finish was sixth in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.36, off her entry time of 26.65.

Banks was also 15th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:10.01 and 17th in the 50-meter breaststroke in 37.87.

Banks had an impressive outing last year in the FINA World Junior Championships where she posted her 50-meter freestyle best time becoming the fifth-fastest Jamaican female of all time on the short-course circuit.

Banks is a year-to-year national age group representative and multi-medalist at Carifta and CCCAN.

UANA Swimming Cup is a biennial premier swimming event hosted by the Swimming Union of the Americas. UANA’s existence dates back to the 1948 Olympic Games in London.

UANA Swimming Cup is held in three age groups, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17, the same age categories as the Carifta and CCCAN Swimming Championships.

TEAM TOTALS
COMBINED:
1. Mexico 718.5, 2. Brazil 618, 3. Argentina 599.5, 4. Peru 269.5, 5. Colombia 215.00.

MEN: 1. Argentina 300, 2. Mexico 293, 3. Brazil 239.5, 4. Bahamas 158.5, 5. St. Lucia 148.

WOMEN: 1. Mexico 383.5, 2. Brazil 334.5, 3. Argentina 265.5, 4. Peru 153.5, 5. Colombia 122.5, 10. Jamaica 39.

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

SOFLO’s Gaby Banks Finishes Sixth At UANA Swimming Cup


By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, February 22, 2020–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks of Jamaica finished her first three events Friday and Saturday at the Union Americana De Natacion (UANA) Swimming Cup at Videna Aquatic Complex in Lima, Peru.

Banks’ highest finish was sixth in the 15-17 50-meter freestyle in 27.36, off her entry time of 26.65.

Banks was also 15th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:10.01 and 17th in the 50-meter breaststroke in 37.87.

Banks has two events remaining on Sunday, the third and final day. She will swim the 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly.

Banks is coming off an impressive outing last year in the FINA World Junior Championships where she posted her 50-meter freestyle best time becoming the fifth-fastest Jamaican female of all time on the short-course circuit.

Banks is a year-to-year national age group representative and multi-medalist at Carifta and CCCAN.

Banks is among a five-member all-female team from Jamaica. A field of 450 athletes from 25 countries are competing. It is the first international meet of the 2020 season.

Banks’ teammates are Brooke Hopkins, 14, Zaneta Alvaranga, 15, Kokolo Foster, 13, and Christanya Shirley, 12.

SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, a member of the UANA Swimming Technical Committee, is in Lima also.

UANA Swimming Cup is a biennial premier swimming event hosted by the Swimming Union of the Americas. UANA’s existence dates back to the 1948 Olympic Games in London.

UANA Swimming Cup is held in three age groups, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17, the same age categories as the Carifta and CCCAN Swimming Championships. It is in long course meters and timed finals.

Jamaica is 17th among combined teams and 11th among women’s teams with 23 points.

TEAM TOTALS
COMBINED
: 1. Mexico 514.5, 2. Argentina 449.5, 3. Brazil 425.5, 4. Peru 188.5, 5. Colombia 154.5.

MEN: 1. Argentina 227, 2. Mexico 223, 3. Brazil 185, 4. St. Lucia 103, 5. Bahamas 100.5.

WOMEN: 1. Mexico 291.5, 2. Brazil 240.5, 3. Argentina 222.5, 4. Peru 114.5, 5. Colombia 87.5, 11. Jamaica 23.

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

Claire Curzan Lowers U.S. NAG Record; Pine Crest Relay Breaks Team Record On Day Two Of Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Meet


By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 12, 2019–Claire Curzan lowered the 15-16 national age group record in the 50-yard freestyle to highlight action Thursday night at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East at McAuley Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech.

Curzan, 15, of TAC Titans won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.77, lowering the old mark of 21.82 set by Gretchen Walsh last year. It was her second sub-22 career performance. Curzan is a high school sophomore.

After earlier week time trial swims, South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers raced on the first full day of events against some of the best swimmers in the eastern U.S.

Gaby Banks, 17, was 56th in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.76.

Olivia Dinehart, 14, was 52nd in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.35.

Rafael Rodriguez, 18, was 110th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:54.61.

Mallory Schleicher, 16, was 64th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.20.

Miguel Sierra, 16, opens his list of events on Friday in the 100-yard butterfly.

Lance Lesage, 17, begins racing on Friday in the 100-yard backstroke.

Pine Crest Swimming’s boys 400-yard medley relay of Raphael Santos, Joshua Hanks, Will Taner and Jimmy Hart broke a team record in 3:22.59.

After Day Two, SwimMAC leads combined team standings with 342 points and men’s team standings with 176 points. Dynamo leads the women’s field with 187 points.

In addition to SOFLO, Pine Crest Swimming, East Coast Aquatic Club and Flood Aquatics are the only other Florida Gold Coast teams competing.

The East field features swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Sarasota and Bolles.

The short course yards meet is one of two winter junior championship meets that divide the country along the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

The west junior championships are being held at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Prelims of the meet are being held in two pools for the boys and girls. The finals are being staged in one pool. The meet is being webcast on usaswimming.org at 9 a.m. for prelims and 5 p.m. finals.

THURSDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. SwimMAC 342, 2. Swim Atlanta 278, 3. Dynamo 257, 4. Carmel 215, 5. Mason Manta Rays 184, 6. Lakeside 167, 7. Mecklenburg 144, 8. Club Wolverine 125, 9. TAC Titans 73, 10. Bolles 60.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 176, 2. Carmel 147, 3. SwimAtlanta 145, 4. Mason Manta Rays 136, 5. Upper Dublin 113.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 187, 2. SwimMAC 166, 3. SwimAtlanta 133, 4. Club Wolverine 107, 5. Cardinal Aquatics 91.

GIRLS

500-yard freestyle:
1. Abigail McCulloh, SA 4:41.53, 2. Kaylee Williams, CW 4:45.62, 3. Olivia McMurray, Swim Florida 4:46.75.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Abby Arena, MOR 1:56.48, 2. Tristen Ulett, DYNA 1:56.54, 3. Kiley Wilhelm, MAC 1:56.95.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 21.77, NAG, 2. Lindsay Flynn, ATOM 22.33, 3. Lexie Mulvihill, TEAM 22.57.

4×100-yard medley relay:
1. Dynamo 3:37.00 (Rye Ulett, Alicia Henry, Tristen Ulett, Abby Pilkenton), 2. SwimMAC 3:38.56, 3. TAC Titans 3:40.88.

BOYS

500-yard freestyle:
1. Jake Magahey, SA 4:12.72, 2. Jake Mitchell, CSC 4:15.03, 3. Nathan Borges, SVY 4:22.38.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:42.43, 2. Tim Connery, MAC 1:44.05, 3. Wyatt Davis, CSC 1:44.62.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Jack Aikins, SA 19.86, 2. Jake Magahey, SA 19.95, 3. William Cole, LAK 20.09.

4×100-yard medley relay:
1. Mason Manta Rays 3:13.47 (Carson Foster, Ansel Froass, Carl Bloebaum, Ian Van Gorp), 2. SwimMAC 3:14.21, 3. Carmel 3:14.34, 17. Pine Crest 3:22.59.

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

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart Swims Career-Best At Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Meet


By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 11, 2019–Olivia Dinehart of South Florida Aquatic Club was red hot in a time trial at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East at Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center.

Dinehart, 14, dropped .43 in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:13.44. Her previous best was 1:13.87. She was the fastest swimmer in the five-swimmer time trial field.

Dinehart also swam a time trial in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:39.31, off her seed time of 2:38.00.

On Thursday, Dinehart will swim the 200-yard individual medley at 9:49 a.m. She is also entered in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke.

SOFLO has five other swimmers competing in the four-day meet: Rafael Rodriguez, Lance Lesage, Mallory Schleicher, Gaby Banks and Miguel Sierra.

Other SOFLO time trial results: Lance Lesage, 59.78 100-meter backstroke; 2:09.50, 200-meter backstroke; Rafael Rodriguez, 57.84, 100-meter butterfly; 2:09.42, 200-meter butterfly.

The meet started Wednesday with timed finals relay competition. Carmel won both the boys 4×50-yard medley relay and 4×200-yard freestyle relay in a meet record 6:23.21. The previous mark was 6:23.97. Dynamo won the girls 4×50-yard medley relay and SwimMAC won the girls 4×200-yard freestyle relay.

Pine Crest Swimming was 16th in the 4×50-yard medley relay in 1:32.64 with Raphael Santos, Joshua Harris, Will Taner and Jimmy Hart.

In addition to SOFLO, Pine Crest Swimming, East Coast Aquatic Club and Flood Aquatics are the only other Florida Gold Coast teams competing.

The East field features swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Sarasota and Bolles.

The short course yards meet is one of two winter junior championship meets that divide the country along the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

The west junior championships are being held at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Prelims of the meet are being held in two pools for the boys and girls. The finals are being staged in one pool. The meet is being webcast on usaswimming.org at 9 a.m. for prelims and 5 p.m. finals.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 186, 2. Dynamo 136, 3. SwimAtlanta 132, 4. Carmel 126, 5. Lakeside 100, 6. Mason Manta Rays 92, 7. Mecklenburg 72, 8. Club Wolverine 66, 9. Bolles 28.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 98, 2. Carmel 80, 3. Swim Atlanta, Upper Dublin, Mason Manta Rays 58, 11. Bolles 18, 18. Pine Crest Swimming 2.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 90, 2. SwimMAC 88, 3. SwimAtlanta 74, 4. Club Wolverine 60, 5. Lakeside 54, 2. Bolles 20.

GIRLS

4×50-yard medley relay:
1. Dynamo 1:39.51 (Rye Ulett, Alicia Henry, Tristen Ulett, Peyton Curry), 2. Cardinal Aquatics 1:40.17, 3. SwimMAC 1:40.60.

4×200-yard freestyle relay:
1. SwimMac 7:12.97 (Elizabeth Sowards, Kiley Wilhelm, Morgan Razewski, Kensley Merritt), 2. Dynamo 7:14.20, 3. Club Wolverine 7:156.37.

BOYS

4×50-yard medley relay:
1. Carmel 1:28.66 (Wyatt Davis, Ryan Malicki, Griffin Hadley, Jake Mitchell), 2. SwimMAC 1:29.70, 3. Spartan Aquatic Club 1:30.00, 16. Pine Crest Swimming 1:32.64 (Raphael Santos, Joshua Hanks, Will Taner, Jimmy Hart).

4×200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Carmel 6:23.21 (Wyatt Davis, Gus Rothrock, Griffin Hadley, Jake Mitchell), 2. SwimMAC 6:25.50, 3. SwimAtlanta 6:27.89.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Head To Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Meet This Week


By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 8, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club will have six swimmers at this week’s Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East meet.

The four-day meet begins Wednesday at Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center and ends Saturday.

SOFLO has qualified six swimmers (three boys and three girls). All six are coming off successful high school seasons.

Rafael Rodriguez qualified for the most events with four. He is entered in the 200-yard individual medley, 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly.

Olivia Dinehart, Lance Lesage and Mallory Schleicher each qualified for three events.

Dinehart will swim the 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke.

Lesage qualified in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle.

Mallory Schleicher will swim the 500-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley and 1,650-yard freestyle.

Miguel Sierra will compete in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly and Gaby Banks will swim the 50-yard freestyle.

The East field features swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Sarasota and Bolles.

The boys’ field is led by high school senior Carson Foster of the Mason Manta Rays. The University of Texas-bound swimmer will compete in six events. He is coming off the U.S. Open where he was second in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley and broke a meet record in the 200 IM prelims.

The girls’ field is led by Claire Curzan, 15, of TAC Titans. She is also entered in six events where she is the top seed in all of them.

The short course yards meet is one of two winter junior championship meets that divide the country along the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan. The west junior championships will be held at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Athletes must be 18 or younger on the first day of the meet to compete.

The racing begins with relays and distance events on Wednesday night. A full schedule of events will be held Thursday through Saturday.

Prelims of the meet will be held in two pools for the boys and girls. The finals will be held in one pool.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Headed To State 4A, 3A Meets This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

STUART, November 14, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented on various high school teams at this weekend’s FHSAA State 4A and 3A Swimming and Diving Championships.

The state competition begins Friday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center with the State 4A competition. The meet features the bulk of Broward County teams including Cypress Bay, Cooper City and Everglades.

In the 4A meet,Cooper City sophomore Mallory Schleicher is seeded in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.61 and sixth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.23, just off an All-American consideration time.

Cypress Bay junior Paige Lane is seeded 20th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.45 and 15th in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.84.

Molly Golding of Cooper City is seeded 16th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:08.78 and 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.59.

Cypress Bay senior Gaby Banks, who represents Jamaica internationally, is seeded 11th in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.23.

Junior Sarah Acevedo of Everglades is seeded 17th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.05.

Everglades junior Juan Colmenares is seeded 18th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:57.66 and 22nd in the 100-yard backstroke in 54.35.

Cypress Bay junior Philopatier Ibrahim is seeded 23rd in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:45.74.

Robert Wilson of Cooper City is seeded 17th in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.75.

The 3A meet also has several SOFLO swimmers competing including St. Thomas Aquinas junior Lance Lesage in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle. He is seeded second in the 100 backstroke in 50.54, an All-American consideration time. He is also seeded eighth in the 100 freestyle in 47.53.

Pembroke Pines senior Rafael Rodriguez is seeded sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.09 and eighth in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.71.

Sophomore Jena Legaspi of Pembroke Pines Charter is seeded 23rd in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.98.

Sophomore Victoria Torres of Pembroke Pines Charter is seeded sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.

In the team competition, Buchholz is four-time defending girls champion and Oviedo defending boys champion in the 4A classification. No Broward team finished in the Top 10 last year.

In the 3A, St. John’s Creekside is defending girls champion and Venice is defending boys champion. Broward teams were shut out of the Top 10.

There is a live webcast at NFHS Network for a subscription fee.

IF YOU GO
STATE 4A

When: Friday

Host: Treasure Coast Sports Commission.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center, 931 SE Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Start times: 9 a.m. swimming prelims and women’s diving, 1:30 p.m. men’s diving, finals 5:30 p.m.

Admission: $12 per session. $10 parking.

STATE 3A

When: Saturday

Host: Treasure Coast Sports Commission.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center, 931 SE Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Start times: 9 a.m. swimming prelims and women’s diving, 1:30 p.m. men’s diving, finals 5:30 p.m.

Admission: $12 per session. $10 parking.

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

Boca Raton Girls Knock Off Cypress Bay To Win Region 4-4A Meet; Cypress Bay Boys Defend Title; SOFLO’s Bono, Schleicher, Banks, Lane Win


By Sharon Robb

BOCA RATON, November 11, 2019—Boca Raton girls team stunned defending champion Cypress Bay to capture the Region 4-4A Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at the Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center.

The Bobcat girls, led by double winners Ella Martinez and Paige Maceachern, two winning relays and top three diver sweep, won with 374 points. Cypress Bay was runner-up with 328. Cooper City was third with 249. The girls field featured 22 teams.

Cypress Bay defended its boys title with 266 points, just six points ahead of Miami Palmetto with 260 to top a field of 24 boys. Boca Raton was third with 237 points.

Deerfield Beach won the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay. The Bucks’ Carter Carlson won the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.47 and was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.91.

South Broward’s Alex Marrero won the 100-yard backstroke in 52.59.

Jacob Wienants, the son of former Fort Lauderdale Swim Team and University of Miami swimmer Kurt Wienants, led off Miami Palmetto’s winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:11.49 with teammates Christian Perez, Roberto Valdes and Kyle Korvick.

South Florida Aquatic Club had two individual and two relay region champions.

Coral Reef junior Dominic Bono was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.09 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:39.96.

Mallory Schleicher of Cooper City won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.23 and was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.61.

SOFLO’s Gaby Banks led off and Paige Lane swam third leg on Cypress Bay’s winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:38.04 with teammates Jemma Kelly Lane and Nicol Bellardi.

Cooper City’s Tyler Flowers won the 1-meter diving title with 507.75 points, nearly a 200-point margin. Emilie Moore of Boca Raton won the girls title with 512.70 points followed by teammates Brooke Goedel and Grace Koenig.

REGION 4-4A RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
1. Boca Raton 374, 2. Cypress Bay 328, 3. Cooper City 249, 4. Miami Palmetto 212.5, 5. Coral Reef 153, 6. Douglas 137, 7. Ferguson 94, 8. Hialeah Gardens 94, 9. West Broward 89, 10. Coral Glades 78, 11. South Broward 77, 12. Braddock 75.5, 13. Miami Beach 64, 14. Monarch 60, 15. Coral Gables 57, 16. Everglades 38, 17. Western 26, 18. Spanish River 25, 19. Taravella 22, 20. Our Lady of Lourdes 15, 21. Deerfield Beach 7, 22. Coral Springs 2.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Boca Raton 1:47.54 (Ella Martinez, Paige Maceachern, Katherine Nordheim, Monika Seniuta), 2. Cypress Bay 1:49.11, 3. Cooper City 1:52.02.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Ella Martinez, BR 1:51.01, 2. Mallory Schleicher, CC 1:52.61, 3. Paige Lane, CB 1:54.45.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Paige Maceachern, BR 2:04.48, 2. Valeria Strohmeier, MP 2:06.56, 3. Molly Golding, CC 2:08.78.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Claudia Acosta, HG 24.14, 2. Gaby Banks, CB 24.23, 3. Caroline Nordheim, BR 24.35.

1-meter diving:
1. Emilie Moore, BR 512.70, 2. Brooke Goedel, BR 423.65, 3. Grace Koenig, BR 421.30.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Anelis Roque, FERG 56.27, 2. Katherine Nordheim, BR 57.71, 3. Giuliana Garica, MON 58.19.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Iliana Ravelo, CG 52.51, 2. Claudia Acosta, HG 52.80, 3. Paige Lane, CB 52.84.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 4:57.23, 2. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 5:05.05, 3. Paola Gonzalez, BRAD 5:08.85.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Cypress Bay 1:38.04 (Gaby Banks, Jemma Kelly, Paige Lane, Nicol Bellardi), 2. Boca Raton 1:38.33, 3. Miami Palmetto 1:42.15.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Ella Martinez, BR 56.77, 2. Anelis Roque, FERG 57.69, 3. Katherine Nordheim, BR 57.76.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Paige Maceachern, BR 1:04.61, 2. Molly Golding, CC 1:05.59, 3. Paola Gonzalez, 1:06.51.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Boca Raton 3:33.30 (Elizabeth Sikes, Caroline Nordheim, Katherine Nordheim, Ella Martinez), 2. Cypress Bay 3:36.03, 3. Cooper City 3:41.96.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
1. Cypress Bay 266, 2. Miami Palmetto 260, 3. Boca Raton 237, 4. Deerfield Beach 174, 5. Cooper City 167.5, 6. Everglades 152, 7. Coral Glades 146, 8. South Broward 118, 9. Western 108, 10. Miami Beach 99.5, 11. Coral Reef 95, 12. Douglas 89, 13. Braddock 65, 14. West Broward 61, 15. Taravella 59, 16. Columbus 56, 17. Ferguson 31, 18. Coral Springs 16, 19. Hialeah Gardens 13, 20. Varela 12, 21. tie, Piper, Coral Gables 4, 23. Flanagan 2, 24. South Plantation 1.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Deerfield Beach 1:38.24 (Brian Bencie, Ben Simonson, Emilio Barrantes, Carter Carlson), 2. Boca Raton 1:39.70, 3. Cypress Bay 1:40.02.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Kyle Korvick, MP 1:39.74, AA-C, 2. Jacob Wienants, MP 1:42.80, 3. Luis Bucaro, CB 1:43.20.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Dominic Bono, CR 1:55.09, 2. Patrick Doyle, CGL 1:56.02, 3. Juan Colmenares, EVER 1:57.66.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Maximilian Zum Tobel, BR 21.69, 2. Samuel Jackson, EVER 21.99, 3. Tadas Seniuta, BR 22.02.

1-meter diving:
1. Tyler Flowers, CC 507.75, 2. Spencer Johnson, BR 315.20, 3. Wyatt Johnson, BR 314.65.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Jose Hermida, CR 51.51, 2. Gregory Nordheim, BR 53.12, 3. Yesh Mandava, CB 53.88.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Kyle Korvick, MP 45.61, AA-C, 2. Carter Carlson, DB 46.91, 3. Jacob Wienants, MP 47.39.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Dominic Bono, CR 4:39.96, 2. Luis Bucaro, CB 4:42.01, 3. Philopatier Ibrahim, CB 4:45.74.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Deerfield Beach 1:27.98, 2. Miami Palmetto 1:28.21, 3. Boca Raton 1:28.26.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Alex Marrero, SB 52.59, 2. Patrick Doyle, CGL 52.65, 3. Gregory Nordheim, BR 53.54.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Carter Carlson, DB 58.47, 2. Andy Rogatinsky, SB 58.68, 3. Jose Hermida, CR 59.59.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Miami Palmetto 3:11.49 (Jacob Wienants, Christian Perez, Roberto Valdes, Kyle Korvick), 2. Cypress Bay 3:12.92, 3. Coral Glades 3:19.22.

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

SOFLO Swimmers More Than Ready For This Weekend’s State, Region Meets


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, November 7, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club will have a record 65 swimmers competing in the State 2A and State 1A and Region 4-4A and Region 4-3A FHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

The hard work and dedication paid off for SOFLO swimmers and coaches.

After a full season of high school swimming meets, ninety-five percent of SOFLO swimmers who swim on high school teams qualified for either the district, region or state meets.

At Friday’s State 2A meet, SOFLO swimmers competing are American Heritage Plantation’s Sebastian Lares, 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke; and Nicolas Rossi, 200- and 500-yard freestyles and relays; Juan Camilo Rivero of Monsignor Pace will compete in the 100-yard butterfly; and Juan Pablo Pineda of Mater Lakes will compete in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and relays.

In the State 1A meet on Saturday, Sagemont’s Sara Quintero will swim the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly; eighth grader Anastasia Lutz of NSU University School, 500-yard freestyle and South Florida Heat’s Hartley Pitters-Hinds will swim the 100-yard freestyle and relays; Cutler Bay’s Elena Dinehart, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and relays; Olivia Dinehart, 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke and relays; Madeline Smutny, 100-yard butterfly, 500-yard freestyle and relays; Miguel Sierra, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke and relays; Lucy Smutny, 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke and relays alternate; and Sophia Grubbs, 100-yard breaststroke.

At the Region 4-3A meet, among dozens of the qualified SOFLO swimmers are Lance Lesage of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rafael Rodriguez, Zackary Harris and Victoria Torres of Pembroke Pines Charter; and Sydney Sever of Terra Institute.

At the Region 4-4A meet, leading SOFLO’s contingent are Molly Golding, Sally Golding, Robert Wilson and Mallory Schleicher; Sarah Acevedo and Juan Colmenares of Everglades; Philopatier Ibrahim, Gaby Banks, Paige Lane and Jacqueline Lugo of Cypress Bay; John Paul Handal of West Broward; Maddy Schain, 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke; Tristan Wilson, 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke; Maia Vatinelle, 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle; Dominic Bono, 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle; Garrett Oliver, 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke; Jose Hermida, 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke; and Ana-Luisa Frable, 100-yard freestyle.

IF YOU GO
STATE 2A

When: Friday

Host: Treasure Coast Sports Commission.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center, 931 SE Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Start times: 9 a.m. swimming prelims and women’s diving, 1:30 p.m. men’s diving, finals 5:30 p.m.

Admission: $12 per session. $10 parking.

STATE 1A

When: Saturday

Host: Treasure Coast Sports Commission.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center, 931 SE Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Start times: 9 a.m. swimming prelims and women’s diving, 1:30 p.m. men’s diving, finals 5:30 p.m.

Admission: $12 per session. $10 parking.

REGION 4-3A

When: Friday
Host team: St. Thomas Aquinas
Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Center, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation (swimming) and Boca Raton High School (diving).
Start times: 10:35 a.m. diving, 11 a.m. swimming
Admission: $7. Host contact Alec Wathen (alecfw1024@gmail.com).

REGION 4-4A

When: Friday
Host team: Boca Raton
Where: Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center, 1501 NW 15th Court.
Start times: 10:35 p.m. diving, 5:30 p.m. swimming.
Admission: $7, $3 heat sheets. Host contact Allan Williams, allan.williams@palmbeachschools.org

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

Cypress Bay Lightning Sweeps District 11-4A Team Titles; SOFLO Swimmers Make District History


By Sharon Robb

HOLLYWOOD, October 31, 2019—-Defending champion Cypress Bay had no problem defending its’ girls and boys team titles Wednesday at the District 11-4A Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Lightning girls won with 565.5 points. Cooper City was runner-up with 379 and Western with 189 points.

The boys team won with 428 points. Cooper City was second with 337 and Western was third with 268 points.

Even more impressive, South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers won 18 individual and relay girls and boys district titles and were members of five winning relays for the first time in district and club history.

In the girls’ competition, SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher of Cooper City, Paige Lane of Cypress Bay, Gaby Banks of Cypress Bay, Sarah Acevedo of Everglades, Molly Golding of Cooper City and Jacqueline Lugo of Cypress Bay all won individual or relay titles.

In the boys’ competition, Juan Colmenares of Everglades, Robert Wilson of Cooper City, Philopatier Ibrahim of Cypress Bay and Yannai Michael of Western all won individual or relay titles.

Cypress Bay swept all three girls relays and won four individual events.

Banks was a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.20 and 100-yard freestyle in 53.37. Nicol Bellardi won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:09.98 and Ellie Koch won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.66.

In the boys’ competition, Cypress Bay won the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays and two individual titles. Luis Bucaro won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.05 and Philopatier Ibrahim won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:47.58.

Western won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:42.72 with Wisthon Sequera, Aiden Kohanyi, Yannai Michael and Mateo Valdivieso).

Cooper City’s Robert Wilson was the only boys’ double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.50 and 100-yard freestyle in 49.31.

Hannah Egret of Western and Tyler Flowers of Cooper City won the 1-meter diving titles.

Boca Raton will host the Region 4-4A Swimming and Diving Championships on Nov. 8. The diving is 10:35 a.m. and swimming at 5:30 p.m.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
1. Cypress Bay 565.5, 2. Cooper City 379, 3. Western 189.5, 4. West Broward 182, 5. South Broward 174, 6. Hialeah Gardens 159, 7. Everglades 131, 8. Flanagan 120, 9. Krop 99, 10. South Plantation 70, 11. Reagan Doral 23.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Cypress Bay 1:53.84 (Ellie Koch, Ana Villamil, Jacqueline Lugo, Gaby Banks), 2. Cooper City 1:57.12, 3. South Broward 2:01.71.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 1:56.25, 2. Paige Lane, CB 1:59.45, 3. JennaMarie Brames, CC 2:01.15.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Nicole Bellardi, CB 2:09.98, 2. Molly Golding, CC 2:12.11, 3. Sally Golding, CC 2:17.31.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Gaby Banks, CB 24.20, 2. Emily Lopez, WB 24.87, 3. Claudia Acosta, HG 24.99.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Hannah Egert, WES 383.40, 2. Maria Peralta, CB 341.75, 3. Cara Barkey, CC 328.95.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 1:01.78, 2. Victoria Martinez-Bruno, SB 1:02.07, 3. Jacqueline Lugo, CB 1:02.14.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Gaby Banks, CB 53.37, 2. Claudia Acosta, HG 53.88, 3. Paige Lane, CB 55.03.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 5:08.40, 2. Nicol Bellardi, CB 5:18.14, 3. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 5:18.69.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Cypress Bay 1:43.53 (Gaby Banks Jacqueline Lugo, Paige Lane, Nicol Bellardi), 2. Cooper City 1:46.02, 3. South Broward 1:48.45.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Ellie Koch, CB 1:01.66, 2. LeeAnn Ranalli, CC 1:02.45, 3. Imriel Coughlin, CC 1:06.31.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Molly Golding, CC 1:06.85, 2. Brianna Hernandez, SB 1:07.90, 3. Ana Villamil, CB 1:08.87.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Cypress Bay 3:46.68 (Paige Lane, Elizabeth Riley, Ellie Koch, Nicol Bellardi), 2. Cooper City 3:49.19, 3. West Broward 4:01.07.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
1. Cypress Bay 428, 2. Cooper City 337, 3. Western 268, 4. Everglades 243, 5. West Broward 185, 6. South Broward 174, 7. Hialeah Gardens134, 8. Reagan Doral 86, 9. Flanagan 83, 10. Krop 73, 11. South Plantation 51.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Western 1:42.72 (Wisthon Sequera, Aiden Kohanyi, Yannai Michael, Mateo Valdivieso), 2. South Broward 1:43.12, 3. Cypress Bay 1:44.25.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Luis Bucaro, CB 1:47.05, 2. Diego Machado, CB 1:50.11, 3. Jack D’Avi, CB 1:53.23.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Juan Colmenares, EVER 2:00.54, 2. Philopatier Ibrahim, CB 2:01.42, 3. Andy Rogatinsky, SB 2:01.96.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Robert Wilson, CC 22.50, 2. Alex Marrero, SB 22.77, 3. Samuel Jackson, EVER 22.78.

1-meter springboard diving:
1. Tyler Flowers, CC 514.85.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Wisthon Sequera, WES 54.68, 2. Nicolas Munoz, WB 55.38, 3. Alejandro Mateus, EVER 55.65.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Robert Wilson, CC 49.31, 2. Aiden Kohanyi, WES 49.36, 3. Brennan Binder, HG 49.64.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Philopatier Ibrahim, CB 4:47.58, 2. John Paul Handal, WB 4:49.46, 3. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 4:52.02.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Cypress Bay 1:31.79 (Jack D’Avi, Darien Hategan, Juan Rosas, Luis Bucaro), 2. Cooper City 1:32.39, 3. South Broward 1:36.06.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Alex Marrero, SB 54.27, 2. Juan Colmenares, EVER 55.75, 3. Wisthon Sequera, WES 56.34.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Aiden Kohanyi, WES 1:00.21, 2. Andy Rogatinsky, SB 1:01.10, 3. Javier Roman, CC 1:03.83, 4. Yannai Michael, WES 1:03.89.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Cypress Bay 3:20.77 (Diego Machado, Philopatier Ibrahim, Jack D’Avi, Luis Bucaro), 2. Western 3:23.42, 3. Cooper City 3:24.62.

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