Marinheiro Leads SOFLO; Smithwick, Zuchowski Win; Azura Dominates Day One Of FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS, July 22, 2022–Michelle Marinheiro was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Friday at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Marinheiro, 19, was fourth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:25.12, shaving 1.54 seconds off her previous best of 2:26.66. She also dropped 1.90 seconds off her 400-meter freestyle time in 4:40.81.

Wisthon Rendon, 18, was SOFLO’s top boys finishing placing ninth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:11.83.

SOFLO women’s team is third with 252, men’s team is fourth with 195 and fourth in combined with 447 points. Azura Florida Aquatics lead all three team categories, as expected.

In two exciting men’s relays, Azura won the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:34.80 with Steven Aimable, Davidson Vincent, Matheo Mateos and Gabriel Araya edging out FAST in 1:34.88 with Noah Sipowski, Noah Smith, Josh Zuchowski and Varis Monroe.

FAST (Josh Zuchowski, Noah Sipowski, Nicolas Gallego and Varis Monroe) came back to win the 200-meter medley relay in 1:44.08 just ahead of Azura in 1:44.35 with Steven Aimable, Brandon Moran, Davidson Vincent and Gabriel Araya.

Stanford-bound Zuchowski, 19, won his first individual event of the meet in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.13. He was also fastest qualifier in the 200 butterfly in 2:03.41 but scratched from the final.

The U.S. junior national team swimmer is swimming through the meet since he has senior nationals, junior nationals and Junior Pan Pacs coming up before leaving for college.

Smithwick, 18, of Jupiter Dragons took up where she left off at last year’s meet winning the 100-meter freestyle in 57.50. She was second fastest qualifier in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:25.75 but scratched from finals.

In the men’s 400-meter freestyle Dylan Felt of Swim Fort Lauderdale won in 3:58.45 finishing ahead of rival Philip Moldovanu of Wahoos of Wellington in 4:01.53. Felt was also third in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.38.

Azura wins included both women’s relays, Gabriel Araya in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.51 and men’s 200 free relay.

University of Florida commit Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming, top qualifier in the morning 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.86, scratched from finals along with her teammates who are competing at Futures next week.

Pine Crest coach Mariusz Podkoscielny wanted his swimmers to race one event before practice sessions on Friday night and Saturday morning. The team’s Futures qualifiers leave for North Carolina on Tuesday.

The three-day meet continues Saturday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

St. Andrew’s Aquatics is defending long course champions after winning its first-ever title last August.

SOFLO has 29 swimmers (19 boys and 10 girls) in 131 individual events and 16 relays in eight relay events. After senior champs, SOFLO swimmers have Zones and Futures remaining to end the summer.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 753, 2. FAST 715, 3. TS Aquatics 522, 4. SOFLO 447, 5. Pompano Beach 292.50.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 326, 2. FAST 323, 3. SOFLO 252, 4. TS Aquatics 212, 5. Midtown Weston 206.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 427, 2. FAST 392, 3. TS Aquatics 310, 4. SOFLO 195, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 191.

WOMEN
200-meter backstroke: 1. Lilia Blanco, PB 2:24.56, 2. Anelis Roque, GPA 2:25.81, 3. Amanda Loomis, FAST 2:26.75; SOFLO: 13. Mariann Catalasan 2:35.76, 17. Sara Quintero 2:34.58.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 57.50, 2. Emma Herrera, FAST 59.01, 3. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 59.07.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Mia Zahab, GPA 2:20.44, 2. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 2:20.88, 3. Giulianna Garcia, TSA 2:24.77; SOFLO: 4. Michelle Marinheiro 2:25.12, time drop 1.54, 7. Gabriella DeLuna 2:26.57, time drop 0.18, 14. Gabriela Avila 2:37.81.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Emily Trieschmann, NSU 4:20.88, 2. Corina Wong, MWA 4:33.05, 3. Ryan Flynn, GPA 4:33.82; SOFLO: 17. Michelle Marinheiro 4:40.81, time drop 1.90.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 1:47.02 (Sirena Rowe, Julimar Avila, Lucia Miller, Solana Capalbo), 2. Midtown Weston 1:48.85, 3. TS Aquatics 1:49.14, 6. SOFLO A 1:52.01 (Natalie Gembicki, Ana Villamil, Elena Dinehart, Maddie Smutny), 12. SOFLO B 1:57.35 (Olivia Dinehart, Sophia Grubbs, Gabriela Avila, Isabelle Wilson).

200-meter medley relay: 1. Azura 1:58.48 (Sirena Rowe, Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Julimar Avila, Solana Capalbo), 2. FAST 2:02.06, 3. TS Aquatics 2:02.59, 6. SOFLO A 2:03.93 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki), 11. SOFLO B 2:10.51 (Isabelle Wilson, Sophia Grubbs, Sara Quintero, Maddie Smutny).

MEN
200-meter backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:01.13, 2. Mariano Sosa, Azura 2:06.72, 3. Landon Kyser, HAT 2:07.52; SOFLO: 9. Wisthon Rendon 2:11.83, 17. Aldo Zepeda 2:14.90, time drop 1.84, 20. Nicholas Pelaez 2:21.17, time drop 7.60, 25. Adrian Hernandez 2:18.68, 26. Hashan Ekanayake 2:20.51, time drop 3.85.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Varis Monroe, FAST 51.40, 2. Daniel Ramirez, WA 51.65, 3. Thomas Flower, NSU 51.70; SOFLO: 32. Alexander Miller 56.50.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:05.51, 2. Marcus Szabo, PB 2:07.28, 3. Dylan Felt, SFTL 2:07.38; SOFLO: 13. Jaden Amores 2:16.25, time drop 0.85.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 3:58.45, 2. Philip Moldovanu, WOW 4:01.53, 3. Matheo Mateos, Azura 4:03.56; SOFLO: 10. Enrique Rodriguez 4:12.32, 19. Agustin Rodriguez 4:17.21, time drop 1.21, 20. Hashan Ekanayake 4:20.69, time drop 5.11, 22. Felix Gonzalez 4:22.87, time drop 14.87, 30. Alexander Miller 4:27.23, time drop 10.72.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 1:34.80 (Steven Aimable, Davidson Vincent, Matheo Mateos, Gabriel Araya), 2. FAST 1:34.88, 3. TS Aquatics 1:36.93, 9. SOFLO A 1:40.68 (Alex Golding, Agustin Rodriguez, Wisthon Rendon, Enrique Rodriguez), 20. SOFLO B 1:44.00 (Alexander Miller, Aldo Zepeda, Marvan Ekanayake, Dominic Bono).

200-meter medley relay: 1. FAST 1:44.08, 2. Azura A 1:44.35, 3. Azura B 1:48.72, 8. SOFLO A 1:51.88 (Aldo Zepeda, Manuel Melendez, Agustin Rodriguez, Alex Golding), 16. SOFLO B 1:56.47 (Wisthon Rendon, Alexander Miller, Jaden Amores, Austin Nelson).

IF YOU GO
WHAT: Florida Gold Coast LCM Senior Championships.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday.

WHERE: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

TIMELINES: Saturday, 8:30-11:49 a.m., 5-7:31 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12:32 p.m., 5-7:29 p.m.

ADMISSION: $5 per sessions for prelims and finals. There will be a concession stand available. Heat sheets are available at http://www.swimcssc.com or Meet Mobile. For more information call swim office 954-340-5032.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Ready For This Weekend’s FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS, July 19, 2022–After successful BB Championships and Junior Olympics, South Florida Aquatic Club’s championship season continues this weekend with the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

The three-day meet gets under way Friday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

St. Andrew’s Aquatics is defending long course champions after winning its first-ever title last August.

In one of the closest finishes, St. Andrew’s Aquatics won the combined team title. Defending seven-time champion SOFLO finished runner-up in combined with 1,295.50, 151.50 points behind St. Andrew’s Aquatics with 1,446. Jupiter Dragons were third with 1,064.50. They were the only teams to crack the 1,000-point barrier among a field of 35 teams.

St. Andrew’s Aquatics also won the boys team title with 1,143. SOFLO was second with 790 and Swim Fort Lauderdale was third with 675.

Jupiter Dragons, led by Heidi Smithwick, winner of seven individual and relay events, won the girls’ team title with 710.50 points, just 41.50 points ahead of Gulliver Swim Club with 669. Pine Crest was third with 665.50. SOFLO was fourth with 505.50 and St. Andrew’s Aquatics was sixth with 303.

Because of bad weather and impending storms moving in from the Everglades, the final night session was cancelled and results were morning timed finals. The 400-meter medley relays and fast heats of the 1500 freestyles were not contested.

St. Andrew’s swimmers dedicated the win to longtime head coach Sid Cassidy, who underwent coronary angioplasty and stent surgery and was unable to be at the meet. But this year Cassidy will be at the meet celebrating his one-year successful surgery anniversary.

In March, SOFLO won its eighth senior championship title at the short course meet. SOFLO swept all three team titles.

SOFLO topped a field of 36 teams to win the combined team title with a record 2,048 points topping its previous record of 2,007 set at last year’s short course championships. TS Aquatics finished runner-up with 946 points for its best finish in a major championship meet. Pine Crest Swimming was third with 673.5.

SOFLO won the women’s team title with 1,072.5, also a record, ahead of TS Aquatics with 579.5 and Pine Crest Swimming with 530. SOFLO won the men’s team title with 976 points ahead of Metro Aquatics with 465 and Azura Florida Aquatics with 421.

This year the field is wide open with Azura Florida Aquatics with its talent-laden relays as the heavy favorite.

SOFLO has 29 swimmers (19 boys and 10 girls) entered in 131 individual events and 16 relays in eight relay events. After senior champs, SOFLO swimmers have Zones and Futures remaining to end the summer.

Dominic Bono, 19, Olivia Dinehart, 17, Elena Dinehart, 17, Enrique Rodriguez, 17, Agustin Rodriguez, 17, Maddie Smutny, 17, Aldo Zepeda, 17, and Sara Quintero, 18, head SOFLO’s contingent.

University of Georgia junior Connor Haigh, 20, swimming unattached for SOFLO, is top seed in the 200 breaststroke in 2:18.54 and 100 breaststroke in 1:04.37.

The star-studded field features U.S. junior national team members and Florida commit Julia Podkoscielny, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming and Stanford-bound Josh Zuchowski, 18, of FAST. Both are prepping for the Aug. 24-27 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii where they will represent the U.S. internationally. Zuchowski is also competing at senior and junior nationals. Podkoscielny is swimming one event (200 backstroke) at this weekend’s meet and will also compete at Futures.

Among other top-seeded swimmers are Heidi Smithwick, 18, of Jupiter Dragons; Daniel Ramirez, 29, of Westminster Academy; Gabriel Araya, 23, of Azura; Mia Zahab, 20, of Golden Panthers; Dylan Felt, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale; Emily Trieschmann, 19, of Nova Southeastern; Paola Gonzalez, 16, swimming unattached; Lismar Lyon, 21, of Midtown Weston; Steven Aimable, 23, of Azura; Matheo Mateos, 21, of Azura; Maria Jose Arrua, 23, of Azura; Alyssa Bozzuto, 16, of FAST; Carlin Hughes, 15, Lake Lytal Lightning; Cortes Robles, 18, of Azura; and Matheus Siniscalchi, 16, of Azura.

IF YOU GO
WHAT: Florida Gold Coast LCM Senior Championships.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday.

WHERE: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

TIMELINES BEFORE SCRATCHES: Friday, 8:30-11:35 a.m., 5-7:37 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30-11:49 a.m., 5-7:31 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12:32 p.m., 5-7:29 p.m.;

ADMISSION: $5 per sessions for prelims and finals. There will be a concession stand available. Heat sheets are available at http://www.swimcssc.com or Meet Mobile. For more information call swim office 954-340-5032.

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

Riverview, Sarasota Sweep State 4A Team Titles; SOFLO’s Juan Mora Wins State Title; Broward Shut Out


By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 12, 2021—Maybe it’s something in the water in Sarasota.

Sarasota Riverview, fourth last year, and 3A boys state champion Sarasota High School, swept the FHSAA Class 4A Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center.

Sarasota Riverview won the girls’ team title with 275 points ahead of Winter Park with 256.5 and Oviedo with 252. Jupiter, led by state champion Heidi Smithwick, was the top Palm Beach team placing sixth with 132.5 points. Cypress Bay was the top Broward team, 16th with 37 points.

Sarasota High School, which moved up to Class 4A this year, won the boys team title with 211 followed by Venice with 173, just ahead of Oviedo with 172.5. Boca Raton, led by a winning relay, was the top Palm Beach team in eighth place with 96 followed by top Broward team Taravella, ninth with 90 points.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Juan Mora, a senior at Doral Academy, turned out to be the lone state champion from Miami-Dade and Broward.

Mora won the 100-yard breaststroke in 54.71. He went a best time 54.65 in prelims to earn the top seed and automatic All-American time. He was also fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 49.48. It was the first time he dipped under 50 seconds.

For Mora, it was a successful finish to a perfect high school season. He was a two-time district and two-time region champion and now state champion during the post-season. Mora scored 34 of Doral Academy’s 52 points.

Smithwick, a senior at Jupiter, won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.72, an automatic All-American time. She was also second in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.85, another automatic All-American time. She scored 37 points.

Boca Raton won the boys’ 200-yard freestyle in 1:25.08 with Gregory Nordheim, Robert Piper, Marcus Johnson and Maximilian zum Tobel. It was an All-American consideration time.

Zum Tobel was also third in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.01, an automatic All-American time and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 44.58.

Fort Lauderdale had two top three finishers. Dylan Felt, who trains with Swim Fort Lauderdale, was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:27.64, an automatic All-American time. He was also fifth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.52.

Fort Lauderdale freshman sprinter Tawannah McLemore was third in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.36, an All-American consideration time and third in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.48.

Taravella’s Zarek Wilson was third in the 100-yard freestyle in 44.57, an automatic All-American time. He also led off the Trojans’ third place 200-yard freestyle relay.

In the one-meter diving final, Palm Beach County had two champions. Boca Raton senior Emilie Moore won the girls’ title with 471.40 points. Dwyer senior Christian Torres won the boys’ title with 401.35. Fort Lauderdale freshman James Boardman was fourth with 375.10.

Riverview’s Gracie Weyant, younger sister to 2020 Olympian Emma Weyant, followed in her sister’s footsteps as a double state champion. She won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:01.15 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.61. Both were automatic All-American times.

The State 3A meet, featuring swimmers from Pembroke Pines Charter, Archbishop McCarthy, St. Thomas Aquinas, Everglades, Plantation and Miami Belen is Saturday.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Sarasota Riverview 275, 2. Winter Park 256.5, 3. Oviedo 252, 4. Windermere 192, 5. Creekside 155, 6. Jupiter 132.5, 7. Nease 107, 8. Lake Brantley 97, 9. Venice 81.5, 10. Bartram 62; Others: 14. Boca Raton 54, 16. Cypress Bay 37, 19. Fort Lauderdale 32, 24. Cooper City 17, 26. Dwyer 15, 27. Palm Beach Central 14, 30. Doral 13, 34. Coral Reef 7, 37. South Broward 4, 41. tie, Western, Miami Palmetto 2, 43. Coral Glades 1.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Windermere 1:44.06 (Maddie Reynolds, Peyton Powell, Addison Reese, Brooke Larweth), AA-A, 2. Riverview 1:44.60, AA-C, 3. Jupiter 1:45.38, AA-C, 8. Boca Raton 1:49.00, 16. Cypress Bay 1:50.97.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Addison Sauickie, RIV 1:47.78, AA-A, 2. Lockett Bowley, WP 1:49.75, AA-C, 3. Gabriella Goodwin, OVD 1:50.33, AA-C, 13. Mariana Cote, CB 1:54.02, 16. Faith Mutschsler, PBC 1:55.42.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Gracie Weyant, RIV 2:01.15, AA-A, 2. Summer Chmielewski, SARA 2:03.94, 3. Heidi Bruining, LBRN 2:04.57.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 22.72, AA-A, 2. Maever Eckerman, VEN 23.18, AA-A, 3. Tawannah McLemore, FTL 23.36, AA-C, 6. Kiara Caamano, JUP 23.49.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jordan Agliano, LNOL 53.03, AA-A, 2. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 53.85, AA-A, 3. Addison Reese, WM 54.27, AA-A, 6. Sophia Diaz, DOR 56.00.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kaylin Herbert, OVD 50.74, AA-C, 2. Kiara Caamano, JUP 50.76, AA-C, 3. Tawannah McLemore, FTL 51.48, 11. Morgan Cogle, JUP 52.85, 13. Brianna Hernandez, SB 52.92, 16. Cassia Flynn, CGL 53.14.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Gabriella Goodwin, OVD 4:50.84, AA-A, 2. Julia Brzozowski, RIV 4:50.89, AA-A, 3. Sumner Chmielewski, SARA 4:51.91, AA-A, 12. Mariana Cote, CB 5:01.24, 13. Faith Mutschsler, PBC 5:01.75.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Winter Park 1:34.80, AA-A, (Cambria Semmen, Adrianna Lojewski, Isabella Lojewski, Lockett Bowley), 2. Windermere 1:35.39, AA-C, 3. Riverview 1:35.89, 12. Boca Raton 1:39.93, 13. Cypress Bay 1:40.02.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Grace Gavin, CREE 55.09, AA-C, 2. Jordan Agliano, LN 55.26, AA-C, 3. Carolina Chasser, WP 56.62,, 15. Katherine Nordheim, BR 58.55, 16. Riley MacVane, DWY 58.95.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, RIV 1:01.61, AA-A, 2. Peyton Powell WM 1:03.10, AA-C. 3. Heidi Bruining, LB 1:03.85, 10. Kate Kaplan, CC 1:05.89.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Winter Park 3:23.91, AA-A, (Isabella Lojewski, Caroline Chasser, Erika Hirschmann, Lockett Bowley), 2. Riverview 3:24.81, AA-A, 3. Oviedo 3:35.77, 5. Jupiter 3:29.72, 9. Cypress Bay 3:34.64, 12. Cooper City 3:38.52, 16. Miami Palmetto 3:45.37.

1-meter diving: 1. Emilie Moore, BR 471.40, 2. Lanie Gutch, BOON 462.20, 3. Antonina Harned, WM 442.25.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Sarasota High School 211, 2. Venice 173, 3. Oviedo, 172.5, 4. Bartram Trail 160, 5. Lake Brantley 138, 6. Nease 122, 7. West Orange 102, 8. Boca Raton 96, 9. Taravella 90, 10. Celebration 81; Others: 12. Fort Lauderdale 56, 14. Doral 52, 15. Miami Palmetto 48, 22. Cypress Bay 32, 27. Miami Beach 21, 29. tie, Jupiter 20, Dwyer 20, 33. tie, Braddock 19 and Wellington, 19, 41. Cooper City 7.
    BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
    200-yard medley relay: 1. Lake Brantley 1:33.00, AA-A, (Seth Basinger, Derin Deeter, Ashton Krstolic, Sage Sungail), 2. Venice 1:33.14, AA-A, 3. Nease 1:33.72, AA-C, 7. Boca Raton 1:35.73, 9. Doral 1:38.23, 10. Cypress Bay 1:39.09, 15. Jupiter 1:39.76, 16. Cooper City 1:40.65.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kyle Korvick, MP 1:36.85, AA-A, 2. Jack Hall, ATCO 1:38.09, AA-A, 3. Sage Sungail, LB 1:38.82, AA-C, 5. Dylan Felt, FTL 1:39.52, 9. Zarek Wilson, TAR 1:39.08, 11. Logan Zieschang, WELL 1:41.99.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Liam Custer, RIV 1:46.82, AA-A, 2. Amadeusz Knop, VEN 1:49.80, AA-C, 3. Evan Keogh, SARA 1:50.22, AA-C, 12. Alex Golding, CC 1:54.83.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Dawson Joye, SMSA 19.77, AA-A, 2. Larry Salls, SAND 19.97, AA-A, 3. Maximilian zum Tobel, BR 20.01, AA-A, 6. Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula, MB 21.09, 15. Caleb Da Silva, WELL 21.95.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Gage Hulbert, MAND 48.01, AA-A, 2. Jack Stokvis, GUCO 48.63, AA-A, 3. Larry Salls, SAND 49.04, AA-A, 5. Juan Mora, DOR 49.48, 9. Mason Green, TAR 50.86, 10. Landon Kyser, CB 51.09.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Dawson Joyce, SMSA 43.80, AA-A, 2. Sage Sungail, LB 44.46, AA-A, 3. Zarek Wilson, TAR 44.57, AA-A, 4. Maximilian zum Tobel, BR 44.58, 5. Kyle Korvick, MP 44.87, 9. Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula, MB 46.70, 11. Logan Zieschang, WELL 47.20, 15. Caleb DaSilva, WELL 47.53, 16. Gregory Nordheim, BR 48.29.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Liam Custer, RIV 4:21.11, AA-A, 2. Dylan Felt, FTL 4:27.64, AA-A, 3. Jack Hall, ATCO 4:28.58, AA-C.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Boca Raton 1:25.08, AA-C, (Gregory Nordheim, Robert Piper, Marcus Johnson, Maximilian zum Tobel), 2. Sarasota 1:25.32, AA-C, 3. Taravella 1:26.25 (Zarek Wilson, Mason Green, Miles Green, RJ Martin), 14. Fort Lauderdale 1:28.67, 15. Miami Palmetto 1:29.18.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Felipe Costa, CEL 49.04, AA-A, 2. Amadeusz Knop, VEN 49.75, AA-C, 3. Nicholas Cecchi, WOR 49.85, 8. Landon Kyser, CB 50.52.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Juan Mora, DOR 54.71, AA-A, 2. Brayden Taivassalo, BUCH 56.29, AA-C, 3. Max Eckerman, VEN 56.48, AA-C, 15. Brandon Hiebert, JUP 59.75.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Oviedo 3:06.59, AA-C (Andrew Christensen, Luca Oliva, Ryan Walker, Ryan Reynolds), 2. Sarasota 3:07.50, AA-C, Bartram 3:07.93, AA-C, 7. Taravella 3:12.20, 10. Jupiter 3:13.82, 12. Braddock 3:15.27, 14. Miami Palmetto 3:16.18, 15. Fort Lauderdale 3:16.67.

1-meter diving: 1. Christian Torres, DWY 401.35, 2. Aaron Storlie, NEAS 390.85, 3. Trevor Haskins, BATR 384.65, 4. James Boardman, FTL 375.10.

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

St. Andrew’s Wins Boys’ Team Title, Record 11th Combined Title; King’s Academy Wins Girls Title At Palm Beach County Championships; Gersper, Zuchowski Swimmers of the Meet


By Sharon Robb
WEST PALM BEACH, October 1, 2021—St. Andrew’s and King’s Academy turned the Palm Beach County High School Swimming and Diving Championships into a dogfight Friday at Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Complex.

In one of the closest and most exciting finishes in meet history, St. Andrew’s won a record eleventh straight combined team title with 719.5 points. King’s Academy was runner-up with 702 points.

The Scots also won the boys’ team title with 343 points followed by King’s Academy with 299.5 points.

King’s Academy knocked off defending champion St. Andrew’s to win the girls’ team title for the first time with 402.5 points. The Scots were runners-up with 376.5 points.

St. Andrew’s sophomore Aspen Gersper was named Female Swimmer of the Meet. She finished with 40 points in high point after winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.93 and 100-yard butterfly in 54.84. She also led off the Scots’ winning 400-yard freestyle relay with a 50.08 split breaking Rhi Jeffrey’s county record.

Other girls’ double winners were Heidi Smithwick of Jupiter and Ava Fasano of King’s Academy.

Smithwick, a senior, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.82 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.24.

Fasano, a junior, won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.40 and 100-yard backstroke in 55.84.

King’s Academy won the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. Julianna Bell and Aly Bozzuto were indvidual winners for King’s Academy.

Stanford-bound Josh Zuchowski, a senior at King’s Academy, was the Male Swimmer of the Meet for the second consecutive year. He also finished with 40 points. He won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.61 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:31.75.

Noah Smith of King’s Academy was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.55 and 100-yard backstroke in 51.02.

St. Andrew’s won the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays and had two individual winners, Kacper Rafal and Diego Balbi.

Other individual winners were Maximilian zum Tobel of Boca Raton in the 100-yard freestyle (45.08) and Chase Foulds of Park Vista in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.40).

The 1-meter diving competition was held Friday at Wellington Aquatic Complex. Emilie Moore of Boca Raton won the girls with 539.55 points and Thomas Dowling won the boys with 530.60 points.

The swimming prelims were held Monday at Lake Lytal, North County Aquatic Complex and Boca Raton High School.

Unlike the Broward County Athletic Association which features only BCAA-member schools, the Palm Beach County Championships feature private and public schools to determine a true county champion.

GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS

1.King’s Academy 402.5, 2. St. Andrew’s 376.5, 3. Jupiter 289.5, 4. Park Vista 164, 5. Boca Raton 164, 6. Suncoast 131, 7. Dwyer 117.5, 8. Wellington 115, 9. Benjamin 96, 10. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 83, 11. Spanish River 68, 12. Palm Beach Central 63, 13. FAU High 61.5, 14. Seminole Ridge 32, 15. Oxbridge 29, 16. St. John Paul II 20, 17. Forest Hill 17, 18. West Boca Raton 14, 19. Lake Worth Christian 12.5, 20. Jupiter Christian 12, 21. tie, Palm Beach Gardens, Somerset Canyons 11, 23. Cardinal Newman 5, 24. Royal Palm Beach 1.

200-yard medley relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:45.01, 2. Jupiter 1:46.03, 3. Boca Raton 1:52.99.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 1:48.93, 2. Emma Herrera, KA 1:52.34, 3. Siena Griffiths, SA 1:53.89.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 2:02.82, 2. Nicole Aguilar, SA 2:03.58, 3. Ella Martinez, SA 2:07.02.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 23.40, 2. Kiara Caamano, JUP 23.70, 3. Aly Bozzuto, KA 23.86.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 54.84, 2. Leorah Rotchin, WHS 58.42, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BR 59.21.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Julianna Bell, KA 53.63, 2. Amanda Loomis, KA 54.43, 3. Anna Macaulay, SUN 56.44.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 4:54.24, 2. Emma Herrera, KA 5:02.68, 3. Faith Mutchsler, PBC 5:03.18.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:34.71, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:35.75, 3. Jupiter 1:42.36.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 55.84, 2. Ella Martinez, SA 56.09, 3. Katherine Nordheim, BR 57.61.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Aly Bozzuto, KA 1:04.07, 2. Madison Sipowski, KA 1:05.55, 3. Amanda Loomis, KA 1:08.11.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:25.08, 2. Jupiter 3:29.74, 3. King’s Academy 3:37.66.

1-meter diving: 1. Emilie Moore, BR 539.55, 2. Kaeden Dunham, SA 422.05, 3. Madison Okon, KA 386.05.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS

1.St. Andrew’s School 343, 2. King’s Academy 299.5, 3. Boca Raton 248, 4. Jupiter 220, 5. Park Vista 156.5, 6. Suncoast 150, 7. Spanish River 134, 8. Wellington 127, 9. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 93, 10. Palm Beach Central 74, 11. FAU High 68, 12. Seminole Ridge 67, 13. Dwyer 51, 14. Oxbridge 50, 15. West Boca Raton 47, 16. Somerset Canyons 33, 17. St. John Paul II 32, 18. Benjamin 31, 19. Jupiter Christian 24, 20. tie, John I. Leonard, Lake Worth Christian 15, 22. Santaluces 4, 23. Cardinal Newman 2.

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:36.68, 2. Boca Raton 1:39.97, 3. Park Vista 1:40.82.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:39.61, 2. Maximilian zum Tobel, BR 1:40.15, 3. Christian Proscia, KA 1:44.90.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Noah Smith, KA 1:53.55, 2. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SA 1:56.17, 3. Jacques Sonnier, SR 2:01.92.

50-yard freestyle: 1.Kacper Rafal, SA 21.48, 2. John Trieu, SCBB 21.69, 3. Chase Foulds, PV 22.09.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Diego Balbi, SA 50.15, 2. Alex Nunez, JUP 53.71, 3. Tanner Zilch, JUP 53.92.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Maximilian zum Tobel, BR 45.08, 2. Kacper Rafal, SA 46.91, 3. John Trieu, SCBB 47.37.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 4:31.75, 2. Christian Proscia, KA 4:49.34, 3. Ambrus Barcsak, SA 4:53.90.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:26.32, 2. Boca Raton 1:28.60, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:31.32.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Noah Smith, KA 51.02, 2. Diego Balbi, SA 52.73, 3. Hudson Bishop, JUP 53.17.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Chase Foulds, PV 59.40, 2. Jacques Sonnier, SR 1:00.77, 3. Paul Pokatragool, FAU 1:01.15.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:10.37, 2. King’s Academy 3:11.10, 3. Jupiter 3:23.30.

1-meter diving: 1. Thomas Dowling, SUN 530.60, 2. Bryson Hayden, SRDG 428.70, 3. Christian Torres, DWY 423.85.

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

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher, Three Other Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Chosen For USA Swimming National Select Camp


By Sharon Robb
COLORADO SPRINGS, September 30, 2021—Mallory Schleicher of South Florida Aquatic Club and Cooper City High School is one of 102 athletes invited by USA Swimming to the 2020 National Select Camp.

USA Swimming released its lineup of 102 swimmers, 51 boys and 51 girls, who will attend the USA Swimming National Select Camps, postponed from the fall of 2020 to October 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schleicher, a University of Florida commit, will be joined by Heidi Smithwick of Jupiter Dragons, Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics and Stanford-bound Josh Zuchowski of Flood Aquatics Swim Team (FAST).

Schleicher was selected for her 400 individual medley (4:53.96); Smithwick, the 50 freestyle (25.90); Pelaez, the 100 freestyle (56.03); and Zuchowski, the 200 backstroke (2:00.76).

This camp is designed for the top USA Swimming member athletes in the nation to have a once-in-a-lifetime camp experience.

According to USA Swimming, during the three-day camps, the 51 boys and 51 girls attending will experience the day-to-day routine of a National Team athlete.

The campers will learn from top aquatic professionals about post-race recovery, drug and supplement rules, psychological training skills, nutrition and race strategy. 2020 Tokyo Olympic alumni of the program include Katie Ledecky, Michael Andrew, Lily King, Hali Flickinger, Kieran Smith and Bobby Finke.

Swimmers were selected from the SWIMS database using their top time throughout the January 1, 2019-August 31, 2020, qualifying period. The three-fastest athletes of each gender, aged 14-16, in each Olympic event earned an invitation. After that, the six swimmers with the best IMX scores and the top-three open water swimmers, who weren’t already selected, were included to round out the 51 slots per gender.

The National Select Camps are scheduled for October 7-10, 2021 (girls) and October 14-17, 2021 (boys) at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California. The swimmers will be joined by established staff members chosen from various teams around the country.

USA Swimming is hosting the 2020 camp athletes in October 2021 (originally slated for January 2021 due to the Olympic year). The 2022 camps will be held in October 2022.

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

King’s Academy Girls, Bolles Boys Capture Team Titles At FSPA Invitational; SOFLO’s Juan Mora Double Winner


STUART, September 25, 2021—Jacksonville Bolles boys and King’s Academy girls won the team titles in the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) High School Invitational Saturday at Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center.

Bolles won the combined team title with 741 points and boys team title with 463 points. King’s Academy won the girls crown and was runner-up in the combined and boys competition.

King’s Academy was led by double winner Ava Fasano in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.68 and 100-yard backstroke in 56.77. Teammate Emma Herrera won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:07.34.

King’s Academy swept all three girls relays.

Jupiter’s Heidi Smithwick won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.36.

Blair Stoneburg of Jensen Beach was a double winner in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.12 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.71.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Juan Mora of Doral Academy was a double winner in the 100-yard butterfly in 50.38 and 100-yard breaststroke in 55.79.

Noah Smith was a double winner for King’s Academy for King’s Academy in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.70 and 100-yard backstroke in 51.43.

King’s Academy won the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays with Josh Zuchowski swimming anchor for both relays. Zuchowski also won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.03.

Bolles, a powerhouse for decades, is so deep it was able to split its squads and also compete in the 57th Woodson Invitational at Pine Crest, where it swept the combined, boys and girls team titles.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bolles 741, 2. King’s Academy 617, 3. Jensen Beach 315, 4. Doral 313, 5. Montverde 308, 6. Lake Mary 269, 7. Wolfson 227, 8. Cornerstone Charter 174, 9. Jupiter 167, 10. Fort Myers 141, 11. Providence 131, 12. Satellite 130, 13. Carrollwood 115, 14. Port Charlotte 90, 15. St. Petersburg Catholic 89, 16. Lake Placid 85, 17. Holy Trinity 81, 18. Space Coast 54, 19. South Fork 54, 20. Titusville 53, 21. Vero Beach 19, 22. Tarpon Springs 16, 23. Suwannee 11, 24. Dunbar 1.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.King’s Academy 394, 2. Bolles 278, 3. Jensen Beach 213, 4. Lake Mary 163, 5. Montverde 147, 6. Fort Myers 131, 7. Doral 128, 8. Wolfson 104, 9. Cornerstone Charter 97, 10. tie, Port Charlotte, Jupiter 80, 12. Carrollwood 61, 13. Holy Trinity 52, 14. Providence 50, 15. Space Coast 43, 16. Lake Placid 41, 17. Satellite 24, 18. South Fork 18, 19. Tarpon Springs 16, 20. St. Petersburg Catholic 9, 21. Vero Beach 3, 22. tie, Dunbar, Titusville 1.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JB 1:47.12, 2. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:50.67, 3. Brynn Stoneburg, JB 1:50.73.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Emma Herrera, KA 2:07.34, 2. Clarice Spencer, FTM 2:08.56, 3. Caitlin Bartle, CCAO 2:10.17.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 23.68, 2. Adele Sands, CDS 23.73, 3. Aly Bozzuto, KA 23.76.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Clarice Spencer, FTM 56.60, 2. Sophia Diaz, DOR 56.70, 3. Caitlin Bartle, CCAO 57.95.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Adele Sands, CDS 50.87, 2. Aly Bozzuto, KA 52.35, 3. Sydney Stemley, LM 53.76.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JB 4:42.71, 2. Emma Herrera, KA 5:02.64, 3. Paige Munna, KA 5:13.57.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:36.23 (Julianna Bell, Ava Fasano, Kiki Munna, Aly Bozzuto), 2. Jensen Beach 1:38.25, 3. Lake Mary 1:41.63.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 56.77, 2. Brynn Stoneburg, JB 57.60, 3. Kiki Munna, KA 58.52.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:03.36, 2. Emily Santos, MONT 1:03.37, 3. Madison Sipowski, KA 1:06.34.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 3:33.88, 2. Jensen Beach 3:36.06, 3. Bolles 3:42.85.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Bolles 463, 2. King’s Academy 223, 3. Doral 185, 4. Montverde 161, 5. Wolfson 123, 6. tie, Lake Mary, Satellite 106, 8. Jensen Beach 102, 9. Jupiter 87, 10. Providence 81, 11. St. Petersburg Catholic 80, 12. Cornerstone Charter 77, 13. Carrollwood 54, 14. Titusville 52, 15. Lake Placid 44, 16. South Fork 36, 17. Holy Trinity 29, 18. Space Coast 22, 19. Vero Beach 16, 20. Suwannee 11, 21. tie, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers 10.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:36.81 (Drew Bowen, Wyatt Porch, Zackary Cheung, Drew Heck), 2. Doral 1:38.05, 3. Montverde 1:40.83.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 1:39.03, 2. Christian Proscia, KA 1:45.24, 3. Alex Nunez, JUP 1:46.09.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Noah Smith, KA 1:53.70, 2. Anthony Whittall, JB 1:57.57, 3. Wyatt Porch, JB 1:58.80.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Heck, JB 21.96, 2. Jacob Hamlin, CCAO 22.06, 3. Ayden Cason 22.13.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Juan Mora, DOR 50.38, 2. Caleb Rohacs, SAT 52.92, 3. Noah Raszczyk, MON 53.16.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Zach Bishop, LM 48.62, 2. Drew Heck, JB 48.71, 3. Ayden Cason, JB 48.79.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jacob Hamlin, CCAO 4:34.52, 2. Christian Proscia, KA 4:44.83, 3. Victor Deranio, JB 4:48.18.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:26.63 (Noah Smith, Noah Engstrom, Christian Proscia, Josh Zuchowski), 2. Bolles 1:30.01, 3. Montverde 1:30.42.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Noah Smith, KA 51.43, 2. Hudson Bishop, JUP 52.60, 3. Drew Bowen, JB 54.92.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Juan Mora, DOR 55.79, 2. Josh Zuchowski, KA 55.99, 3. Kebo Stubbs, MON 58.01.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 3:11.45 (Christian Proscia, Noah Engstrom, Noah Smith, Josh Zuchowski), 2. Bolles 3:17.33, 3. Doral 3:19.98.

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

Four SOFLO, Eleven Other Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Named USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans


By Sharon Robb
COLORADO SPRINGS, September 21, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club had four swimmers named to the USA Swimming 2021 Scholastic All-American team.

Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Juan Mora and Mallory Schleicher earned the honor.

The foursome is among 1,231 swimmers name to the Scholastic All-American team.

Florida had the second most selected from local swim clubs with 80 swimmers. North Carolina led with 93. California was third with 68.

The Southern Zone led with 392 swimmers followed by Central and Eastern tied with 285 and Western with 269 swimmers.

There were 645 males and 586 females earning the honor.

According the USA Swimming guidelines to be considered for this year’s team, swimmers had to have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 for the 2020-21 school year and had a 2019 Winter Junior qualifying time in any individual event between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.

The number of athletes increased by 13% from 2020, when 1,087 were named. In 2019, 1,634 made the team.

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers named to the team were:

Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest Swimming.
Erika Pelaez, Eagle Aquatics
Paige Maceachern, Pine Crest Swimming.
Dylan Felt, Swim Fort Lauderdale.
Nicole Aguilar, Wahoos of Wellington.
Giulian Martin, Hurricane Aquatics.
Ella Martinez, St. Andrew’s Aquatics.
Erin Miller, St. Andrew’s Aquatics.
Philip Moldovanu, Wahoos of Wellington.
Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter Dragons
Maximilian Zum Tobel, St. Andrew’s Aquatics

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

St. Andrew’s Aquatics Captures First-Ever Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships, SOFLO Finishes Second


By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS, August 1, 2021—In one of the closest Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships, St. Andrew’s Aquatics won its first-ever combined team title Sunday at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Defending seven-time champion South Florida Aquatic Club finished runner-up in combined with 1,295.50, 151.50 points behind St. Andrew’s Aquatics with 1,446. Jupiter Dragons were third with 1,064.50. They were the only teams to crack the 1,000-point barrier among a field of 35 teams.

St. Andrew’s Aquatics also won the boys team title with 1,143. SOFLO was second with 790 and Swim Fort Lauderdale was third with 675.

Jupiter Dragons, led by Heidi Smithwick, winner of seven individual and relay events, won the girls’ team title with 710.50 points, just 41.50 points ahead of Gulliver Swim Club with 669. Pine Crest was third with 665.50. SOFLO was fourth with 505.50 and St. Andrew’s Aquatics was sixth with 303.

Because of bad weather and impending storms moving in from the Everglades, the final night session was cancelled and results were morning timed finals. The 400-meter medley relays and fast heats of the 1500 freestyles were not contested.

St. Andrew’s swimmers dedicated the win to longtime head coach Sid Cassidy, who underwent coronary angioplasty and stent surgery and was unable to be at the meet.

“We wanted to make him happy and feel better so we wanted to do well,” said St. Andrew’s sprinter and U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier Maximilian Zum Tobel, anchor leg of the Florida Gold Coast record-breaking 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:32.48, just missing the national age group record by .05. The previous FGC record was 1:32.87 set by Westminster Academy in 2013.

“We weren’t talking about the title too much but we were pretty confident because we knew we had a stacked finals in the 50 free and 100 back,” Zum Tobel said. “Our mindset was that we were ready to take on what we wanted to do. I’m happy, this is awesome.”

Despite missing several top swimmers competing at both Futures Championships and Speedo Summer Championships that begin Tuesday, SOFLO swimmers rose to the occasion during the three-day meet.

“Our kids were phenomenal,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said from Greensboro, N.C. “They swam really well and stepped it up.”

SOFLOs Top 10 finishers were:

Michelle Marinheiro, 1500-meter freestyle, first 18:41.11.

Gaby Banks, 50-meter freestyle, second 27.10.

Christian Tijero, 1500-meter freestyle, second 17:40.12.

Michelle Fernandez, 100-meter breaststroke, fifth, 1:16.82.

Nathaniel Garrick, 1500-meter freestyle, seventh 18:14.87, time drop 38.82.

Alex Golding, 200-meter individual medley, seventh 2:14.44.

Rafael Rodriguez, 100-meter backstroke, eighth, 1:01.15; 50-meter freestyle, ninth 24.66, time drop 0.51.

SOFLO also had two swimmers, Alex Golding and Sebastian Lares make their Futures cuts during the meet.

For the summer’s last local long course meet, 41 SOFLO swimmers, ages 15-and-over, (26 men and 15 women) competed in 174 individual and eight relay events.

The top three girls high points leaders were: Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter Dragons, 215; Riley Botting, Pine Crest 141; and Paola Gonzalez of Metro Aquatics, 134. SOFLO’s top girl was Natalie Gembicki, 16, with 70 points.

The top three boys high point leaders were: Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 165.50; Gabriel Araya, Azura, 159; and Dario Martin, Olympus Swimming 147. SOFLO’s top boy was Alex Golding, 17, with 91 points.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1,446, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,295.50, 3. Jupiter Dragons 1,064.50, 4. Pine Crest 894.50, 5. Gulliver 832, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 745, 7. Midtown Weston 652, 8. Azura Florida Aquatics 588, 9. Metro Aquatics 586, 10. TS Aquatics 430.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1,143, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 790, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 675, 4. Eagle Aquatics 401.50, 5. Jupiter Dragons 354, 6. Azura Florida Aquatics 348, 7. Metro Aquatics 289, 8. TS Aquatics 244, 9. Olympus Swimming Club 242, 10. Boca Raton Swim Team 235.50.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Jupiter Dragons 710.50, 2. Gulliver 669, 3. Pine Crest 665.50, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 505.50, 5. Midtown Weston 460, 6. St. Andrew’s 303, 7. Metro Aquatics 297, 8. TS Aquatics 291, 9. Wahoos of Wellington 248, 10. Flood Aquatics 242.50.

WOMEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Michelle Marinheiro, SOFLO 18:41.11, 2. Lillian Smith, SAS 18:55.69, 3. Addison Byrne, PB 19:31.34.

100-meter backstroke: 1. tie, Hanna Smith, PC 1:07.91 and Kiersten Munna, FAST 1:07.91, 3. Solana Capalbo, AZFL 1:08.39; SOFLO: 28. Sally Golding 1:12.81, time drop 1.41, 31. Sara Quintero 1:13.18, 41. Jena Legaspi 1:14.44, 45. Mariann Catalasan 1:15.73, time drop 0.08, 50. Sofia Osorio 1:16.90.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Micaela Sierra, AZFL 1:13.30, 2. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:14.74, 3. Delaine Goll, GPA 1:14.88; SOFLO: 5. Michelle Fernandez 1:16.82, 26. Sabrina Osorio 1:23.11, 28. Mariann Catalasan 1:23.24, 33. Sara Quintero 1:24.21, time drop 0.16, 51. Ana Frable 1:29.50.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 26.36, 2. Gaby Banks, SOFLO 27.10, 3. Kiara Caamano, JUP 27.17, 20. Nat Gembicki 28.44, 34. Michelle Fernandez 28.92, 47. Jennamarie Brames 29.50, 49. Sally Golding 29.52, time drop 0.53, 58. Michelle Marinheiro 29.83, 83. Sophia Bedoya 30.97.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 2:24.51, 2. Riley Botting, PC 2:27.31, 3. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:27.50; SOFLO: 17. Nat Gembicki 2:33.76, time drop 4.89, 35. Jennamarie Brames 2:38.44, 41. Sabrina Osorio 2:41.25, 49. Mariann Catalasan 2:47.29.

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Thomas Powers-Hammond, SFTL 17:31.09, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 17:40.12, 3. Mateo Shearer, HAT 17:40.37; SOFLO: 7. Nathaniel Garrick 18:14.87, time drop 38.82.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 57.44, 2. Kaii Winkler, EA 58.62, 3. Joshua Balbi, SAS 59.45; SOFLO: 8. Rafael Rodriguez 1:01.15, 11. Sebastian Lares 1:01.84, time drop 2.41, 15. Alejandro Mateus 1:02.51, 17. Aldo Zepeda 1:02.78, 22. Philo Ibrahim 1:03.26, 27. Austin Nelson 1:04.46, 29. Adrian Hernandez 1:04.87, 38. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 1:06.33, time drop 2.85, 49. Nathaniel Garrick 1:07.31, 52. Nicolas Sanchade 1:07.83, 67. Nicholas Chaimowicz 1:11.06.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Diego Jesus Duarte, AZFL 1:05.84, 2. Dylan Brisco, SAS 1:05.84, 3. Dario Martin, OSC 1:05.91; SOFLO: 16. Manuel Melendez 1:10.52, 18. Javier Roman 1:11.39, 38. Christopher Hau 1:14.40, 41. Alan Bertea 1:14.66, 43. Zackary Harris 1:15.46, time drop 0.81, 52. Adrian Hernandez 1:16.16, 66. Vinay Gurnani 1:19.57.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Josiah Morales, PAQ 23.29, 2. Reese Branzell, SAS 23.30, 3. Max Zum Tobel, SAS 23.86, 9. Rafael Rodriguez 24.66, time drop 0.51, 25. Philo Ibrahim 25.45, 27. Aldo Zepeda 25.50, time drop 0.19, 47. Brennan Binder 26.20, time drop 0.30, 83. Robert Wilson 27.19, 89. Christopher Hau 27.96.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:08.93, 2. Dario Martin, OSC 2:10.93, 3. Gabriel Araya 2:11.80; SOFLO: 7. Alex Golding 2:14.44, 15. Javier Roman 2:16.84, 18. Sebastian Lares 2:18.07, time drop 3.80, 20. Alejandro Mateus 2:19.41, time drop 2.54, 21. Enrique Rodriguez 2:19.49, 25. Adrian Hernandez 2:20.83, time drop 0.85, 32. Brennan Binder 2:22.54, time drop 4.78, 42. Manuel Melendez 2:23.95, 50. Christian Tijero 2:25.59, 52. Garrett Oliver 2:25.79, 56. Zackary Harris 2:26.32.

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

Defending Champion SOFLO, Azura, Jupiter, St. Andrew’s Among Favorites For FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS, July 28, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club will be trying to win its eighth title against a strong field when the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships begin Friday at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Azura Florida Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons and St. Andrew’s Aquatics will also challenge for the team titles.

After a year’s absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, SOFLO won its seventh title in March at its home pool. SOFLO swept the combined (2,007 points), women (1,013.50) and men (993.50) team titles.

Prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. each day. On Sunday, the men’s and women’s 1500 freestyle distance finals are 11:25 a.m. with the remaining finals at 5 p.m.

For the three-day long course meet in the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, 41 SOFLO swimmers, ages 15-and-over, (26 men and 15 women) have qualified for 174 individual and eight relay events.

SOFLO has no top seeds in individual or relay events. Several of its top swimmers are competing in the USA Swimming Futures Championships Wednesday through Saturday in Huntsville, Ala.

SOFLO will be led by Gaby Banks, 18, of Florida State, who represents Jamaica internationally; Venezuela national team member and Drexel-bound Mariangela Cincotti, 18; Sebastian Lares, 17; Michelle Marinheiro, 18; Alejandro Mateus, 16; Sara Quintero, 17; Alex Golding, 17; Enrique Rodriguez, 16; Rafael Rodriguez, 19; and Robert Wilson, 18.

The field features Poland 2012 Olympian Marcin Cieslak, 29, of Swim Fort Lauderdale. The University of Florida alum and butterflier is a member of the International Swimming League’s Cali Condors. Cieslak is seeded first in the 100 butterfly in 53.33.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Katie Minnich, 21, of Swim Fort Lauderdale heads the women’s field. After the 2020 season, the backstroker transferred from Michigan to Florida. She is seeded first in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.56.

Other top seeds include Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST, 200 backstroke, 2:00.22, 100 backstroke, 55.91, 200 IM, 2:04.52; Solana Capalbo, 20, of Azura, 2:20.99; Heidi Smithwick, 17, of Jupiter Dragons, 100 freestyle, 56.95, 50 freestyle, 25.90, 200 IM, 2:22.81 and 100 butterfly, 1:00.48; Reese Branzell, 18, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics, 100 freestyle, 50.23, 50 freestyle, 23.10 and 200 freestyle, 1:51.30; Gabriel Arraya, 22, Azura, 2:00.42; and Micaela Sierra, 16, Azura, 200 breaststroke, 2:34.27 and 100 breaststroke, 1:12.13.

The meet will be live streamed. The link will be posted online at http://www.csscswim.com. Everyone is encouraged to wear face coverings or face masks while at the facility. Hand sanitation stations will be available throughout the facility.

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

SOFLO’s Liza Whitmire Makes “B” Final, Top Florida Gold Coast Finisher; Five FGC Swimmers Compete On Final Day Of U.S. Olympic Trials Wave I


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 7, 2021—For the second consecutive day, South Florida Aquatic Club had a swimmer make a final at the U.S. Olympic Trials Wave I at CHI Health Center.

After Mary Smutny made the “A” final in the 400-meter freestyle as top FGC finisher on Sunday night, Liza Whitmire, 19, seeded sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:16.49, qualified 16th to advance into the “B” final in 2:21.28 her second event of the Trials.

Whitmire finished seventh in the “B” final in 2:19.94. Her splits were 29.28, 34.98. 41.85 and 33.83. Whitmire was also the top Florida Gold Coast finisher on the fourth and final day.

Whitmire is a member of the Princeton swim team and has been training at SOFLO for the Trials.

In other Florida Gold Coast morning prelim results:

Swimming in Lane 3, Aspen Gersper, 15, of St. Andrew’s Swimming was 38th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.37. Her entry time was 25.95.

Swimming in Lane 2, Heidi Smithwick, 17, of Jupiter Dragons was 39th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.39. Her entry time was 25.90.

Swimming in Lane 4, Reese Branzell, 18, of St. Andrew’s Swimming tied for 26th in the 50-meter freestyle in 23.14, just off his entry time of 23.10.

Swimming in Lane 1, Max Zum Tobel, 17, of St. Andrew’s Swimming tied for 57th in the 50-meter freestyle in 23.39. His entry time was 23.16.

In Monday night’s finals:

400 IM winner Kate McCarville of Springfield Aquatics, seeded third after morning prelims, won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:15.09. Tampa Elite swimmer and Virginia commit Ella Bathurst, the top seed after morning prelims by finishing nearly a second ahead of the field, was second in 2:15.64. It came down to the final freestyle leg, 31.36-32.83.

Tristan Dewitt of Indiana Swim Club won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:02.03 ahead of Spencer Aurnou-Rhees of New Albany Aquatic Club in 2:02.43.

William & Mary’s Missy Cundiff, 21, of Tribe Aquatics with the fastest start off the block, won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.46. Camille Spring, 16, of Nation’s Capital tied for second with Anna Moesch of StreamLine Aquatics Club in 25.54.

Jack Armstrong of Houston Bridge Bats, with the fastest start off the block, won the 50-meter freestyle by 2/100ths of a second in 22.55. Eric Anderson, 18, of Northern Lights Swimming Association was second in 22.57.

Gracie Weyant of Sarasota Sharks will join her big sister Emma in the Wave II trials after winning the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.10. Abigail Herscu of Livermore Aquacowboys, swimming in Lane 8, was second in 2:31.53.

Alec Cullen of UC Santa Barbara won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:14.38 out-touching Jakob Frick of Nation’s Capital, second in 2:14.40.

Kristin Cornish of Badger Swim Club distanced herself from the six-swimmer field to win the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:42.63. Audrey Coffey of University of Nebraska was second in 16:49.09.

Joshua Brown of Lake Highland Prep and Highlander Aquatics won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:35.94 ahead of Owen Lloyd of North Carolina Aquatic Club and N.C. State in 15:36.24.

The top two finishers in each event advance to the June 13-20 Wave II Trials.

SOFLO’s Hector Acevedo and Kathy Fish, well-respected USA Swimming officials in the Florida Gold Coast, worked their first U.S. Olympic Trials.

A total of 1,565 swimmers qualified for the trials. In Wave I there were 907 swimmers that qualified with 675 competing (232 swimmers declined to compete). In Wave II, 658 swimmers qualified.

The qualified swimmers competed in Wave I of the Trials in a wildcard bid to reach Wave II of the event and get a chance to make the U.S. Olympic Team.

Now that the first wave of the trials are a wrap, officials of the Omaha Sports Commission are looking forward to Wave II.

“Really a dress rehearsal for us for Wave II but with a lot more at stake with a typical dress rehearsal. So it’s gone very well from COVID testing to all the way to the meets,” said Josh Todd, President of the Omaha Sports Commission.

The CHI Health Center’a capacity is 8,200 fans for swim meets but with the reduced capacity COVID safety restrictions, officials said the largest first wave crowd was on Saturday when about 1,500 tickets were sold.

Officials are expecting more fans for Wave II. The increased number of swim fans will still be in town when the College World Series starts on June 19. The overlap between the swim trials and the College World Series will be on the weekend.

“We’re getting closer and closer to a sell-out with that reduced capacity. We’re about 65% capacity but we would love to sell it out, obviously, Omaha supports events. We have a lot at stake here with this year’s trials, we love to show our swimming friends that we still pack arenas even though we can’t truly have full capacity for this event.”

CANADIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
Fort Lauderdale High School alum and Florida Gold Coast swimmers Raphael and Philippe Marcoux are entered in the June 19-23 Trials at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Center. The Trials had been postponed twice because of COVID-19. Raphael is seeded third in the 100-meter butterfly in 53.48, fifth in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.58 and tenth in the 100-meter freestyle in 50.46. Philippe is seeded ninth in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.89 and 11th in the 100-meter freestyle in 50.47. Lake Lytal Lightning and Florida State alum Bill Pisani, a favorite to make at least one relay after making the Canadian national team after his Pan American Games performance, is not on the psych sheet.

MONDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter individual medley: 1. Kate McCarville, Springfield Aquatics 2:15.09, 2. Ella Bathurst, Tampa Elite 2:15.64, 3. Malia Rausch, ASC 2:16.42.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Missy Cundiff, TRIB 25.46, 2. tie, Camille Spink, NCAP and Anna Moesch, STAC 25.54, 4. Taylor Petrak, OSU 25.59.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, Sarasota Sharks 2:31.10, 2. Abigail Herscu, LAC 2:31.53, 3. Kristina Murphy, AZTC 2:31.89.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Kristin Cornish, BAD 16:42.63, 2. Audrey Coffey, HUSK 16:49.09, 3. Allvia Lindorfer, WA 16:55.85.

MEN
200-meter individual medley: 1. Tristan Dewitt, ISC 2:02.03, 2. Spencer Aurnou-Rhees, NAAC 2:02.43, 3. Kyle Maas, MLA 2:03.03.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Jack Armstrong, BATS 22.55, 2. Eric Anderson, NLSA 22.57, 3. Matthew Essing, TUS 22.63.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Alec Cullen, UCSB 2:14.38, 2. Jakob Frick, NCAP 2:14.40, 3. Coleman Modglin, ZSC 2:15.49.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Joshua Brown, HIGH 15;35.94, 2. Owen Lloyd, NCS 15:36.24, 3. Jake Narvid, TNAQ 15:38.69.

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