Hialeah Gardens, Braddock Win GMAC Team Titles


By Sharon Robb

October 15, 2017—-Hialeah Gardens and Braddock won the girls and boys team titles at the Oct. 9 GMAC (Greater Miami Athletic Conference) Swimming Championships at Miami-Dade North Pool.

Jennifer Rodriguez followed in the footsteps of her older sister Jessica, now at Florida, by winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.36. Jessica Rodriguez, a two-time GMAC champion, won in 1:08.04 last year.

Hialeah Gardens swept all three girls’ relays. Hialeah Gardens teammate Claudia Acosta won the 100-yard freestyle in 55.56.

Last year Hialeah Gardens girls team was sixth with 124.

For the second year in a row, Brandon Vives of Columbus was a double winner. He won the 100-yard butterfly in 53.02 and 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.46.

Last year he won the 200 IM in 1:57.94 and 100 breaststroke in 1:01.30.

Meet Mobile does not list full GMAC results and no coaches sent full results. The results listed below are incomplete after several attempts to contact host coach.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1. Braddock 65, 2. tie, Miami Beach and MAST Academy 61, 4. Hialeah Gardens 54.5, 5. Columbus 50, 6. South Dade 34.5, 7. Coral Reef 31, 8. Palmetto 29, 9. Mourning 27.5, 10. Miami Senior 24, 11. Coral Gables 19.5, 12. Southwest Miami 18, 13. TERRA 12, 14. Hialeah 7, 15. Miami Killian 6, 16. Ferguson 4, 17. tie, Cutler Bay, Goleman, Miami Springs 3, 20. tie, Westland, Varela 2, 22. Krop 1.

BOYS RESULTS (Incomplete)

200-yard medley relay: 1. Braddock 1:43.94.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Brandon Vives, COL 1:45.46.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Bryan Quintero, MB 2:04.34.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Andrew Gracia, ATM 22.37.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Brandon Vives, COL 53.02.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Salvador Perez, MAST 51.32, 2. tie, Alfred Wolfermann, CG and Alejandro Gonzalez 51.70; 20. Alessandro Pereira, FERG 56.20, time drop.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Varga, SW 4:50.41.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. MAST Academy 1:34.87 (no names given),2. Miami Beach 1:34.99, 3. Hialeah Gardens 1:35.38.

100-yard backstroke: 1. John Torres, BRAD 54.19, 2. Matthew Amor, COL 58.31, 3. Alejandro Del Torre, TERR 1:00.79, 9. Alessandro Pereira, FERG 1:03.00.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Telio Darius, MIA 1:00.65, 2. Pedro Serrano, BRAD 1:04.73, 3. Bryan Quintero, MB 1:05.48.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. MAST Academy 3:24.47 (Gianfranco Key, Salvador Perez, Daniel Sanchez, Reid Banciella), 2. Braddock 3:24.54, 3. Miami Beach 3:27.00.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1. Hialeah Gardens 78, 2. MAST Academy 69, 3. Coral Reef 66, 4. Palmetto 60, 5. Miami Beach 48, 6. Ferguson 44, 7. Cutler Bay 41, 8. Hialeah 38, 9. Coral Gables 22.5, 10. TERRA 16, 11. Hialeah Miami Lakes 11, 12. Braddock 10, 13. Southwest Miami 6.5, 14. tie, Mourning, Goleman 4.

GIRLS RESULTS (Incomplete)

200-yard medley relay: 1. Hialeah Gardens 1:57.36 (no names given).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Sidney Starman, CR 2:03.98.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Anelis Roque, FERG 2:17.41.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Hailey Jerew, CB 25.29.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Anelis Roque, FERG 1:00.24.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Claudia Acosta, HG 55.56.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Sidney Starman, CR 5:19.12.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Hialeah Gardens (no names given) 1:46.86.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Angelina Roque, FERG 1:03.02, 2. Madison Schain, PAL 1:04.18, 3. Jocelyn Ruiz, HML 1:04.51.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Jennifer Rodriguez, HG 1:08.36, 2. Hailey Jerew, CB 1:08.61, 3. Caroline Rodriguez, TERR 1:14.27.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Hialeah Gardens 3:54.99 (Claudia Acosta, Jenneily Motes, Daniela Curbelo, Jennifer Rodriguez), 2. Coral Reef 3:59.07, 3. MAST Academy 4:00.75.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Repeats As State Champion For Cooper City


By Sharon Robb

November 5, 2016—Cooper City High School sophomore Kathleen Golding defended her title Saturday night at the FHSAA Class 4A Swimming and Diving Championships at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.34, an automatic All-American time. She also finished the 2016 high school season undefeated in her specialty event.

Golding earned the top seed in morning prelims in 2:00.64, a 3.83 drop in time from her seed time. Golding also placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 54.63, after going 55.11 in prelims, dropping 1.39 off her seed time.

“I really wanted to break 2 minutes in the IM,” Golding said. “I wasn’t fully happy with my race but I went as fast as I could.

“I won and I am happy with that but my goal was to go under 2 minutes. I am not really sure where it slipped away but my back to breast turn wasn’t very good.

Golding also competed in the 200-yard medley relay which finished 11th in 1:51.33 with teammates Solana Capalbo, SOFLO’s Natasha Testa and Barbara Bernal and finished the meet on the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished 15th in 3:42.53 with the same trio of swimmers.

“I wanted to swim the relays, the team comes first,” Golding said. “I love my teammates. I never swim well by myself. They are a lot of fun and keep me laughing.”

The Cowboys finished 15th with 52 points among a field of 46 teams. It was the best finish by a South Florida team.

“In the fly I wanted to go best time which I did and I was happy with that,” Golding said. “There were some really fast swimmers in that race.”

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier now has two state meets in the books and is looking forward to competing at junior nationals.

“I knew what to expect since this was my second state meet,” Golding said. “I was a little bit more prepared. Obviously, coming off Olympic Trials was a real confidence-booster.

“I am happy with both my state meets. This meet I swam faster and that makes this one better. In both of them I went out and swam as fast as I could.”

SOFLO teammate Jessica Rodriguez of Hialeah Gardens was seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.68 after going 1:06.55 in prelims. Teammate Jennifer Rodriguez was 16th in the breaststroke in 1:08.28.

Senior Logan Downey of South Plantation won his fourth consecutive diving title to finish his high school career undefeated in state competition. Downey finished with 493.60 points.

Buchholz defended its title winning the girls team title with 276 points. Sarasota Riverview also repeated as state champions capturing the boys team title with 276 points. Cypress Bay was the top local team placing seventh with 91 points.

STATE 4A RESULTS

GIRLS SCORES: 1. Buchholz 276, 2. Tampa Plant 204, 3. Oviedo 193, 4. Olympia 165, 5. Riverview 158, 6. Lakewood Ranch 145, 7. Lake Brantley 100, 8. Countryside 81, 9. Sarasota 77, 10. Palm Harbor 74, 15. Cooper City 52, 16. Jupiter 49, 19. Boca Raton 32.5, 26. St. Thomas Aquinas 22, 30. Western, Cypress Bay, 15, 32. Hialeah Gardens 13, 33. South Plantation 11, 34. Deerfield Beach 10.

BOYS SCORES: 1. Sarasota Riverview 276, 2. Fleming Island 189, 3. Countryside 160, 4. Buchholz 153, 5. Plant 120, 6. Palm Harbor 104.5, 7. Cypress Bay 91, 8. Seminole 90, 9. Duncan 76, 10. Lake Brantley 75.5, 12. St. Thomas Aquinas 67, 14. Boca Raton 60, 19. Douglas 32.5, 30. South Plantation 20, 35. Jupiter 17.

GIRLS RESULTS:

200-yard medley relay: 1. Buchholz 1:42.53, 2. Tampa Plant 1:43.66, 3. Oviedo 1:46.59, 11. Cooper City 1:51.33 (Solana Capalbo, Kathleen Golding, Natasha Testa, Barbara Bernal), 12. Deerfield Beach 1:52.79, 16. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:55.06.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Morgan Tankersley, TP 1:44.31, 2. Kensey McMahon, MAND 1:49.42, 3. Sofia Bernard, OLY 1:49.76, 24. Emiliana Pelaez, CB 2:00.46.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kathleen Golding, CC 2:00.34, 2. Peyton Palsha, SP 2:02.18, 3. Ashley Boddiford, HAGR 2:02.64, 13. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 2:07.34.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, BUC 22.69, 2. Kaitlyn Cronin, BUCH 23.32, 3. Katherine Vasiloff, DURT 23.38, 16. Solana Capalbo, CC 25.07 (24.75 prelims).

100-yard butterfly: 1. Talia Bates, BUCH 53.83, 2. Abigail Gibbons, OV 54.16, 3. Katherine Vasiloff, DURT 54.48, 4. Kathleen Golding, CC 54.63.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kaitlyn Cronin, BUCH 50.70, 2. Kirshctine Balbuena, BUCH 50.92, 3. Sofia Bernard, OLY 50.98, 23. Emiliana Pelaez, CB 54.50.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Morgan Tankersley, TP 4:37.60, 2. Peyton Palsha, SP 4:48.53, 3. Kensey McMahon, MAND 4:49.78, 22. Marianna Serrao, CB 5:14.83.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Buchholz 1:34.94, 2. Oviedo 1:36.28, 3. Olympia 1:37.62, 14. Cypress Bay 1:40.81 (Gaby Banks, Eleanor Koch, Ulrike Tovilla, Emiliana Pelaez).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Caitlin Brooks, BUCH 53.38, 2. Celismar Guzman, STR 55.02, 3. Courtney Chapin, LWRA 55.46.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Bella English, WP 1:02.73, 2. Laurynn Harvard, COUN 1:02.79, 3. Delaney Carey, OLY 1:04.67, 5. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 1:06.28, 7. Jennifer Rodriguez, HG 1:06.68.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Plant 3:23.80, 2. Buchholz 3:24.28, 3. Riverview 3:31.41, 15. Cooper City 3:42.52 (Natasha Testa, Solana Capalbo, Barbara Bernal, Kathleen Golding).

1-meter diving: 1. Karlee Price, STA 475.70, 2. Kara Holt, OLY 432.25, 3. Jenna Pinheiro, LNOL 405.30, 4. Kaleigh Dundov, BR 398.80, 18. Grace Koenig, BR 221.85.

BOYS RESULTS:

200-yard medley relay: 1. Sarasota Riverview 1:33.52, 2. Countryside 1:35.02, 3. Tampa Plant 1:36.70, 8. Boca Raton 1:39.74 (Jose Garcia, Cameron Taddonio, Eric Matheus, Kyle Tatton).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Nick Hackett, FLEM 1:39.04, 2. Brendan Firlie, RIV 1:39.32, 3. Bruno Carvalho, TICR 1:40.60, 20. Eric Matheus, BR 1:45.50.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Robert Finke, COU 1:49.34, 2. John Fulginiti, HAG 1:49.53, 3. John Hutton, FLEM 1:49.55.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Gavin Jones, FLET 20.82, 2. Jack Neeley, FLEM 21.20, 3. Matt Monaghan, COUN 21.30, 5. Kyle Tatton, BR 21.70.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Nick Hackett, FLEM 48.88, 2. Mason Wilby, BUCH 49.60, 3. Conor Dacus, SMSA 50.83, 5. Jose Garcia, BR 51.25.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gavin Jones, FLET 45.47, 2. Kyle Dimatteo, PV 46.08, 3. Lliam Dolan, WP 46.59, 14. Eric Matheus, BR 48.70.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Finke, COUN 4:22.92, 2. Brendan Firlie, RIV 4:30.75, 3. Arik Katz, RIV 4:31.54, 17. Matthew Taddonio, BR 4:45.80, 23. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 4:48.73.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1.Fleming Island 1:24.53, 2. Riverview 1:25.12, 3. Plant 1:27.70.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Mason Wilby, BUCH 50.22, 2. Keanon Dols, RIV 50.28, 3. Brett Riley, RIV 50.80, 15. Jose Garcia, BR 54.37.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Paxton Rhoads, TP 56.12, 2. John Fulginiti, HAG 56.53, 3. Connor Dacus, SMSA 57.14.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Riverview 3:05.49, 2. Fleming Island 3:09.24, 3. Cypress Bay 3:10.15.

1-meter diving: 1. Logan Downey, SP 493.60, 2. Tyler Coffey, JUP 473.70, 3. Jack Down, OLY 453.75.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

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SOFLO Sends Three Swimmers To Colombian Nationals


 

By Sharon Robb

November 17, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will have three swimmers competing when the XX Colombian National Aquatic Championships begin on Wednesday in Antioquia, Colombia.

Olympian Carolina Colorado, Jorge Murillo-Valdes and Catalina Mendieta, all medal hopefuls, will represent SOFLO at the 11-day event that features all aquatic sports.

Colorado, 28, is a two-time Olympian and national record holder in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstroke events, 50-meter butterfly and relays.

Murillo-Valdes is a national record holder in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events and relays.

Murillo-Valdes broke the 100 (1:00.53) and 200 (2:11.62) national records at this past summer’s Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. He also is qualified in the 200 for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Mendieta, a Douglas High School alum, is ranked among the top five in the 50- and 100-meter butterfly and 50- and 100- meter freestyle in Colombia.

The trio are members of SOFLO’s pro team.

COLLEGE NEWS

SOFLO swimmer Kylie Herman of Brandeis University was named University Athletic Association Swimmer of the Week for her performance in the team’s season-opener.

In her collegiate debut against Wheaton College, the freshman won two events–the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.24 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:26.35. She was also second by less than a second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:18.01.

Herman is a Cypress Bay High School alum and lives in Weston.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, a freshman at Cooper City High School, is among top-ranked swimmers on the annual Florida Swim Network Mythical High School State Championship list.

The list is the network’s annual compilation of all four classes (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) held at the Pinch-a-Penny FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships in Stuart to determine the ultimate champion.

Golding is ranked second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.40, just 1/100th behind Tampa Catholic’s Christin Rockway. Golding is also ranked eighth in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.18.

SOFLO teammate Jessica Rodriguez, a junior at Hialeah Gardens, is ranked fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.63 ranked behind Caroline White of Trinity Prep (1:01.68), Kelly Fertel of Gulliver Prep (1:03.29) and Isabella English of Winter Park (1:03.31).

Jacksonville Bolles boys and Gainesville Buchholz girls just edged out Gulliver Prep for top team honors.

The full list can be found posted on the Florida Swim Network website.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Wins Gold, Bronze; Jessica Rodriguez Takes Silver At FHSAA State 4A Meet


By Sharon Robb

November 14, 2015—Kathleen Golding of Cooper City High School became one the youngest state champions in meet history Saturday night at the Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 4A Swimming and Diving Meet at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart.

Golding, a freshman making her high school state meet debut, won the 200-yard individual medley in an All-American automatic time of 2:00.40. She finished undefeated in her signature event in her first year of high school swimming.

Golding was also third in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.18, an All-American consideration time.

Golding, who trains with South Florida Aquatic Club, is the first state swim champion in 19 years at Cooper City since Leslie Anderson in 1996.

“I am super happy,” Golding said after her race. “To be a state champion as a freshman is incredible.”

Golding pulled away from the field for nearly a four second margin of victory over Sarasota freshman Isabel Traba in 2:04.72.

“I felt my backstroke which normally is my weakest point of race had a really fast tempo and I thought it made a difference why I dropped so much time,” Golding said. “This was my best high school race.

“I wasn’t sure about the butterfly because I wasn’t focusing on it. I was more focused on the IM so I was really happy over dropping a second in the fly.”

Golding scored 36 of her team’s 38 points enabling the Cowboys to finish among the Top 20.

“Swimming high school was so much fun, I loved it,” Golding said. “All my teammates were very supportive. They were cheering at the end of my lane and it really helped me.

“I don’t think it was a perfect meet for me, there’s definitely things I could improve on. I wanted to go under 2 minutes in the IM and I didn’t get that. But for my first state meet it was pretty good.”

SOFLO teammate Jessica Rodriguez, a junior at Hialeah Gardens making her third state meet appearance, just missed a state title in the 100-yard breaststroke. The top morning seed finished second in a best time 1:03.63, an All-American consideration time. Last year she was fourth in 1:05.53. Winter Park junior Isabel English won in 1:03.31.

Rodriguez also finished eighth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:09.17 after going 2:08.63 in prelims.

Both Golding and Rodriguez wore tech suits but did not shave for the meet. The pair are focusing on USA Swimming Jr. Nationals which they are both qualified for.

“I am really happy with how both girls swam tonight,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said. “They have the confidence now which will be good for them at juniors.

“I am really happy how all our swimmers did at all four state meets,” Anderson said. “This is the first time we have had so many swimmers in finals in all four classes. That’s never happened before and it was kind of cool.

“It was a very successful showing for our club. They all swam very well. We did a good job preparing them well for states. Every one of our kids that made it swam faster at state.”

Broward County had two boys state champions.

Cypress Bay senior Marco Guarente was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.77 and 100-yard breaststroke in 55.76. Both were automatic All-American times.

For South Plantation High School two-time defending champion Logan Downey the day was bittersweet. The talented diver won his third consecutive state title in 1-meter springboard diving with 533.30 points on the same day his father, Stuart, died seven years ago.

Buchholz junior Brooke Schultz won the girls diving title with 525.15 points. She was the only diver to crack 500 points.

In the team competition, Sarasota Riverview defended its boys team title with 324 points. Gainesville Buchholz won its sixth girls state title with 262, nearly 100 points ahead of Sarasota Riverview. It was Gainesville’s first title since 2009.

SATURDAY STATE 4A RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.Gainesville Buchholz 262, 2. Sarasota Riverview 195, 3. Olympia 174, 4. Oviedo 157, 5. Boca Raton 126, 6. Lakewood 125, 7. Tampa Plant 114, 8. Palm Harbor 103, 9. Mandarin 96, 10. Lake Brantley 82, 16. Jupiter 53, 18. Cooper City 38, 24. Hialeah Gardens 28, 25. St. Thomas Aquinas 24, 29. Park Vista 17, 34. Wellington 9.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:

1.Buchholz (Caitlin Brooks, Savannah Fissenden, Julia Rodriguez, Kaitlyn Cronin) 1:44.81, 2. Lakewood Ranch 1:45.58, 3. Tampa Plant 1:46.59.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Morgan Tankersley, PLAN 1:47.54, 2. Spence Atkins, RIVS 1:49.03, 3. Peyton Palsha, SPET 1:50.37.

200-yard individual medley:

1.Kathleen Golding, CC 2:00.40, 2. Isabel Traba, SARA 2:04.72, 3. Ashley Boddiford, HAGR 2:04.76, 8. Jessica Rodriguez, HG 2:09.17.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Talia Bates, BUCH 23.07, 2. Katie Vasiloff, DURT 23.31, 3. Kaitlyn Cronin, BUCH 23.45.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Katie Vasiloff, DUR 54.78, 2. Madison Jean, LAKE 55.06, 3. Kathleen Golding, CC 55.18.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Lauren Dunn, MAND 50.96, 2. Eli Richardson, VB 51.15, 3. Klaudia Greer, NEW 51.19.

500-yard freestyle:

1.Spence Atkins, RIVS 4:48.74, 2. Morgan Tankersley, PLAN 4:50.52, 3. Peyton Palsha, SPET 4:51.91

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Buchholz (Kirschtine Balbuena, Kaitlyn Cronin, Juia Rodriguez, Talia Bates) 1:33.88, 2. Tampa Plant 1:35.81, 3. Oviedo 1:37.60.

100-yard backstroke:

1.Caitlin Brooks, BUCH 55.67, 2. Courtney Chapin, LAKE 56.51, 3. Celismar Guzman, SC 56.66.

100-yard breaststroke:

1.Isabel English, WP 1:03.31, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, HG 1:03.63, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 1:05.39.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Buchholz (Kirschtine Balbuena, Savannah Fissenden, Julia Rodriguez, Talia Bates) 3:28.50, 2. Sarasota Riverview 3:29.24, 3. Boca Raton 3:32.05.

1-meter springboard diving:

1.Brooke Schultz, BUCH 525.15, 2. Makayla Robillard, OLYM 491.55, 3. Karlee Price, STA 490.65.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.Sarasota Riverview 324, 2. Countryside 138, 3.Fleming Island 133, 4. Cypress Bay 123, 5. Seminole 119, 6. Boca Raton 107, 7. Jupiter 100, 8. Buchholz 96, 9. Fletcher 88, 10. Winter Park 75, 10. Wellington 75, 18. Miami Beach 39, 19. St. Thomas Aquinas 37, 22. Park Vista 30, 22. Ferguson 30, 27. South Plantation 20

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:

1.Sarasota Riverview (Austin Katz, Campbell Lee, Keanan Dols, Tyler Carmichael) 1:33.30, 2. Countryside 1:35.11, 3. Seminole 1:36.57.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Austin Katz, RIVS 1:37.05, 2. Daniel Erlenmeyer, LWRA 1:38.81, 3. Drew Clark, RIVS 1:39.20.

200-yard individual medley:

1.Marco Guarente, CB 1:49.77, 2. Keanan Dols, RIVS 1:50.11, 3. John Fulginiti, HAGR 1:50.85.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Cody Cline, WELL 20.14, 2. Brody Heck, BR 20.18, 3. Maverick Layne, SMSA 20.75.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Noah Lense, COUN 48.18, 2. Nick Hackett, FI 48.96, 3. Walker Brooks, GATE 49.27.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Brody Heck, BR 44.49, 2. Maverick Layne, SEM 45.09, 3. Gavin Jones, FLET 45.38.

500-yard freestyle:

1.Drew Clark, RIVS 4:21.84, 2. Daniel Erlenmeyer, LWRA 4:22.67, 3. Alex Cronin, JUP 4:29.41.

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Fleming Island (John Hutton, Jack Neeley, Drew Heinton, Nick Hackett) 1:25.00, 2. Boca Raton 1:26.57, 3. Seminole 1:26.69.

100-yard backstroke:

1.Austin Katz, RIV 47.92, 2. Keanan Dols, RIV 50.40, 3. Walker Brooks, GATE 51.22.

100-yard breaststroke:

1.Marco Guarente, CB 55.76, 2. Paxton Rhoads, TP 56.60, 3. Campbell Lee, RIV 57.32.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Riverview (Austin Katz, Keanan Dols, Drew Clark, Bretty Riley) 3:06.02, 2. Countryside 3:08.76, 3. Cypress Bay 3:09.24.

1-meter springboard diving:

1.Logan Downey, SP 533.30, 2. Dylan Power, PLAN 515.00, 3. Max Jenkins, PLAN 481.95.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Jessica Rodriguez Double Winner At District 11-4A Meet; Coral Gables, Hialeah Gardens Win Team Titles


By Sharon Robb

October 22—Jessica Rodriguez of Hialeah Gardens dominated the District 11-4A Swimming and Diving Championships.

Rodriguez, a sophomore and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, won the 200-yard individual medley in a season-best 2:13.78.

Her splits were 29.44 (butterfly), 34.77 (backstroke), 37.51 (breaststroke) and 32.06 (freestyle).

Rodriguez also won the 100-yard breaststroke 1:07.58, just off her seed time of 1:07.00. Her splits were 32.31 and 35.27.

Rodriguez anchored her team’s third place 200-yard freestyle relay with a 26.70 split for a finish time of 1:57.57 with teammates Claudia Canchica, Claudia Mendez and Michelle Quesada.

Coral Gables captured the girls team title with 560 points and Hialeah Gardens won the boys title with 481 points.

Arianna Noya of Reagan was the only other girls double winner, capturing the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.82 and 100-yard freestyle in 54.04.

Miguel Madeira of Reagan and Alexander Reid of Miami Beach were boys double winners.

Madeira won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.61 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.17.

Reid won the 100-yard butterfly in 53.22 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.35.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1. Coral Gables 560, 2. Dr. Krop 316, 3. Miami Beach 295, 4. Doral Reagan 240, 5. Hialeah Gardens 209, 6. North Miami Beach 69, 7. Miami 68, 8. Hialeah Senior 47.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Coral Gables 1:57.48 (Hanna Payne, Hannah Cordes, Jesitt Perez, Paloma Sanchez) 2. Dr. Krop 2:07.92, 3. Miami Beach 2:18.94.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Arianna Noya, REA 1:55.82, 2. Hanna Payne, CG 2:08.46, 3. Cathryn Cordes, CG 2:16.62.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Jessica Rodriguez, HG 2:13.78, 2. Hannah Cordes, CG 2:19.65, 3. Amber Lubie, DK 2:25.83.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Paloma Sanchez, CG 25.51, 2. Hannah Banceilla, CG 27.16, 3. Guillermina Pons, CG 27.36.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jesitt Perez, CG 1:03.17, 2. Sydney Vigille, DK 1:03.48, 3. Cathryn Cordes, CG 1:04.98.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Arianna Noya, REA 54.04, 2. Paloma Sanchez, CG 56.21, 3. Guillermina Pons, CG 1:01.30.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Hannah Cordes, CG 5:26.00, 2. Claudia Mendez, HG 5:58.58, 3. Leila Iskandarani, CG 6:20.18.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Coral Gables 1:45.35 (Hanna Payne, Hannah Cordes, Jesitt Perez, Paloma Sanchez), 2. Reagan 1:53.07, 3. Hialeah Gardens 1:57.57.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Amber Lubie, DK 1:03.48, 2. Hanna Payne, CG 1:03.54, 3. Hannah Banceilla, CG 1:07.81.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Jessica Rodriguez, HG 1:07.58, 2. Sydne Vigille, DK 1;12.09, 3. Michelle Quesada, HG 1:21.97.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Coral Gables 4:05.89 (Cathryn Cordes, Guillermina Pons, Camila Perez, Hannah Banceilla), 2. Reagan 4:10.26, 3. Miami Beach 4:36.22.

Please Note: No diving results were posted.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1. Hialeah Gardens 481, 2. Miami Beach 372, 3. Coral Gables 274, 4. Dr. Krop 244, 5. Doral Reagan 234, 6. Hialeah Senior 121, 7. Miami 97, 8. North Miami Beach 56, 9. North Miami 22.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Miami Beach 1:45.22 (Alexander Reid, Bryan Quintero, Julius Petzold, Aaron Lowenstein), 2. Hialeah Gardens 1:46.56, 3. Coral Gables 1:54.88.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Miguel Madeira, REA 1:49.61, 2. Aaron Lowenstein, MB 2:01.16, 3. Christopher Cortina, HG 2:01.24.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Bryan Quintero, MB 2:08.04, 2. Francisco Real, HG 2:09.68, 3. Kevin Hernandez, MI 2:20.01.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Julius Petzold, MB 21.44, 2. Che’ Davis, DK 22.38, 3. Diego Faucher, REA 22.92.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alexander Reid, MB 53.22,2. Diego Mateus, HG 55.57, 3. Diego Faucher, REA 55.76.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Che’ Davis, DK 49.40, 2. Jonathan Rodriguez, HG 49.70, 3. Julius Petzold, MB 50.64.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Francisco Real, HG 5:07.28, 2. Diego Mateus, HG 5:16.04, 3. Christopher Cortina, HG 5:19.59

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Miami Beach 1:31.22 (Julius Petzold, Alexander Reid, Bryan Quintero, Aaron Lowenstein), 2. Hialeah Gardens 1:31.22, 3. Reagan 1:33.45.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Miguel Madeira, REA 57.17, 2. Kenny Cordoves, HG 58.01, 3. Daniel Ruiz, HH 59.78.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alexander Reid, MB 1:00.35, 2. Bryan Quintero, MB 1:05.81, 3. Sebastian Velandia, HG 1:06.88.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Hialeah Gardens 3:25.65 (Andre Barrientos, Sebastian Velandia, Arthur Cordoves, Jonathan Rodriguez), 2. Reagan 3:29.45, 3. Coral Gables 3:47.92.

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

SOFLO’s Rodriguez Wins At Greater Miami Athletic Conference Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb

October 9, 2014—Jessica Rodriguez of Hialeah Gardens came up big Thursday night at the Greater Miami Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.

Rodriguez won the 100-yard breaststroke in a season-best 1:06.80, dropping 20/100ths off her previous best. She was the top morning seed in 1:07.89.

Rodriguez was also second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.59, another season-best dropping from 2:20.00. She was the second fastest in morning prelims in 2:18.33.

SOFLO teammate Delanie Perez of Barbara Goleman High was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.27 after going 1:04.83 in prelims.

In morning prelims, Bryan Moran of Hialeah Miami Lakes finished 23rd in the 100-yard freestyle in 59.90 and 27th in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.37.

Coral Reef won the combined team title with 117 points, 10 points ahead of Miami Palmetto.

Miami Columbus won the boys team title with 95 points. Hialeah Gardens was second with 84.

Coral Reef and Coral Gables tied for first with 96 points to win the team title in the 17-team field.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Coral Reef 117, 2. Palmetto 107, 3. Hialeah Gardens 106, 4. Coral Gables 98, 5. Columbus 95.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.tie, Coral Reef and Coral Gables 96, 3. Palmetto 85, 4. Dr. Michael Krop 40, 5. Southwest Miami 34, 6. American 30, 7. Mast Academy 23, 8. tie, Hialeah Gardens, Terra 22, 10. Hialeah Miami Lakes 18, 11. Miami Killian 13, 12. Barbara Goleman 12, 13. Ferguson 9, 14. Varela 7, 15. South Dade 5, 16. Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior, 4, 17. Cutler Bay 2.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Coral Gables 1:56.16, 2. Coral Reef 1:58.65, 3. Palmetto 2:00.35.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Maria Perez, Hialeah Miami Lakes 2:01.54, 2. Sandi Valdes, Southwest Miami 2:07.27, 3. H. Payne, Coral Gables 2:10.17.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Cloe Bedard-Khalid, Coral Reef 2:12.19, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, Hialeah Gardens 2:12.59, 3. H. Cordes, Coral Gables 2:20.70.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Omaira German, American 25.69, 2. Nicole Hunnewell, Coral Reef 25.92, 3. Kaleigh Newcomb, Palmetto 26.83.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Omaira German, American 1:00.58, 2. Delanie Perez, Goleman 1:04.27, 3. H. Perez, Coral Gables 1:05.00.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Nicole Hunnewell, Coral Reef 56.04, 2. Patricia Hernandez, Southwest Miami 57.11, 3. Erin Rubin, Coral Reef 1:00.02.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Maria Perez, Hialeah Miami Lakes 5:29.05, 2. Sofia Rodriguez, Terra 5;39.56, 3. Amber Lubie, Dr. Krop 5:39.62.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Coral Gables 1:46.75, 2. Palmetto 1:50.94, 3. Coral Reef 1:51.35.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kaleigh Newcomb, Palmetto 1:02.58, 2. Lindsay Manganiello, Coral Reef 1:05.03, 3. Amber Lubie, Dr. Krop 1:05.35.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Jessica Rodriguez, Hialeah Gardens 1:06.80, 2. Lauren Meyrick, Miami Killian 1:07.29, 3. Sydney Vigille, Dr. Krop 1:10.33.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Coral Reef 3:55.52, 2. Coral Gables 4:04.91, 3. Southwest Miami 4:05.53.

No diving results reported.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.Columbus 95, 2. Hialeah Gardens 84, 3. Ferguson 79, 4. Miami Beach Senior 62, 5. Varela 43, 6. Dr. Michael Krop 26, 7. Palmetto 22, 8. Coral Reef 21, 9. South Dade 16, 10. American 15, 11. Hialeah Miami Lakes 12, 12. tie, Hialeah Senior, Terra 11, 14. Mast Academy 8, 15. Miami Killian 5, 16. tie, Southwest Miami, Coral Gables 2.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Columbus 1:43.61, 2. Miami Beach 1:45.25, 3. Hialeah Gardens 1:47.04.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Ballestas, Columbus 1:46.30, 2. Sam Hicks, Columbus 1:46.78, 3. Rafal Mora, American 1:47.55.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Joaquin Uz, Ferguson 1:59.36, 2. Brandon Vives, Columbus 2:04.69, 3. Bryan Quintero, Miami Beach 2:05.76.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Julius Petzold, Miami Beach 21.79, 2. Che Davis, Dr. Krop 21.98, 3. Antonio Perez, Hialeah Miami Lakes 22.45.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Robert Ballestas, Columbus 51.16, 2. Alexander Reid, Miami Beach 52.35, 3. Antonio Perez, Hialeah Miami Lakes 52.61.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Che Davis, Dr. Krop 48.36, 2. Joaquin Uz, Ferguson 48.97, 3. Jonathan Rodriguez, Hialeah Gardens 50.16.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Rafael Mora, American 4:51.94, 2. Joseph Cardozo, Ferguson 4:57.20, 3. Sam Hicks, Columbus 4:57.57.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Hialeah Gardens 1:32.87, 2. Varela 1:36.24, 3. South Dade 1:38.23.

100-yard backstroke: 1. G. Lubien, Varela 56.33, 2. Greg Fernandez, Mast Academy 58.10, 3. Daniel Ruiz, HHS 1:00.10.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alexander Reid, Miami Beach 59.95, 2. Brandon Vives, Columbus 1:03.60, 3. Marcelo Lauzurique, Ferguson 1:04.40.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Columbus 3:19.92, 2. Hialeah Gardens 3:25.59, 3. Ferguson 3:26.01.

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

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Maria Lopez

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Maria Lopez


SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Maria Lopez

High School: Hialeah Gardens

College: Florida International University

Maria Lopez is ready to start the next chapter of her young life.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer will celebrate an outstanding year with family and friends at the club’s annual banquet this weekend.

After that, the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American will continue her swimming career at Florida International University in August.

“I liked everything about the school,” Lopez said. “One of the most important things was my major which is finance. FIU has one of the top business schools in the country and that was really important to me.”

The fast-rising NCAA Division I swim program was another plus.

FIU, coached by Randy Horner, is coming off its finest season in the program’s history. FIU finished second in its debut at the Conference USA Championships. Making its’ third NCAA Championship appearance, FIU scored for the first time and finished 47th.

“The group of girls were so friendly and nice and really welcoming,” Lopez said. “What more could you ask?

“I was okay with going away to college but I am glad I found this school,” said Lopez, who will be living on her own for the first time on-campus. “It has everything I was looking for in a college and it’s close to home.

“I had the mindset that I wanted to leave and go away to college,” Lopez said. “When I actually got to the point of deciding, it was tough. It’s not easy to just go away for school. I am so happy with FIU. It’s beautiful.

“The coach is excited that me and the nine girls coming in all have pretty fast times,” Lopez said. “He thinks we will make a huge impact on the team.”

Lopez expects to swim the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events and 50-yard freestyle along with relays.

It will be bittersweet for Lopez during the banquet to relive great memories her six years with the club.

“I am so excited for the banquet, I have been looking forward to it all week,” Lopez said. “I am excited to be with my friends. Even though I will come back in the summer, it gets to you. This team is my family. I see them every single day. I can be 100 percent myself with them.

“Swimming has played such a huge role in my life, swimming is my life,” Lopez said. “I would be a completely different person if it wasn’t for swimming. I am healthy and I am happy.”

Lopez started to swim at age 8 because of chronic bronchitis. She has had no breathing problems since.

While Lopez has had several outstanding individual accomplishments, she takes pride in being a team player and enjoying her teammates’ successes.

“I have been able to connect with other people,” she said. “It’s not only about my own goals but my teammates goals. I see people work so hard in the pool and think wow, everyone on this team really wants to be good. It’s that team connection.”

One of her most satisfying moments in the pool was going a career-best 2:03 in the 200-yard butterfly in prelims of Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in her home pool.

“I got out of that race and was so happy,” Lopez said. “It was exciting. It was one of the last big meets for me at our pool. I trained really hard for that meet and I am training even harder now.”

Another major accomplishment was being named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American team. Lopez has a 4.0 GPA and was ranked among top swimmers in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, 200 individual medley and 400 freestyle.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Lopez qualified for the state high school meet as young as her freshman year.

Lopez said she has short and long term goals for the next chapter in her swimming. She would like to break records and qualify for NCAAs. She is also working towards a national cut. “I basically want to enjoy these next four years,” Lopez said.

Lopez has her sights set on breaking the FIU school record in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.31) held by Marina Ribi and pool record (2:01.63) held by Christie Raleigh of Florida State.

Lopez is one of seven seniors who will be honored during SOFLO’s annual banquet at the Signature Grand in Davie on Saturday. Other seniors are Kaitlin Armstrong, Amber Hunter, Astrid Rigau, Bowie Suen, Olivia Katcher and Kry Nichlany.

By Sharon Robb, sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com