Ibrahim, Golding, Rodriguez Lead SOFLO In 13-and-Over IMX (Xtreme) Challenge Final Day


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, October 7, 2018—Philopatier Ibrahim, Kathleen Golding and Rafael Rodriguez came up big Sunday in the second and final session of the IMX Challenge at Academic Village Pool.

Ibrahim, 15, won the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:48.70,dropping 2.93, and was second in the 200-yard butterfly in a best time 1:56.57, dropping 1.84. He finished with one first, three seconds, one third, one fourth and one 12th. He totaled 107 points.

Golding, 17, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.99 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:09.55 and was second in the 200-yard butterfly. She had five firsts and two seconds and finished with 134 points.

Rodriguez, 16, won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:55.41 and 200-yard individual medleyin 1:57.56. He finished with five firsts, one fourth place and 115 points.

The second and final session featured swimmers 13-and-over. SOFLO swimmers and other Florida Gold Coast swimmers got the opportunity to see how they stacked up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from IMR (Ready) competition which SOFLO also hosted. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

SUNDAY SESSION II RESULTS
GIRLS

200-yard butterfly:
13-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, Unattached 2:05.40, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:07.92, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 2:13.31; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 2:13.59, 5. Sara Quintero 2:14.47, 6. Sarah Acevedo 2:14.71, 10. Gaby Banks 2:19.08, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
13-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:05.99, 2. Mary Smutny, Unattached 2:12.84, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 2:13.90, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Molly Golding 2:15.53, 9. Paige Lane 2:17.51.

500-yard freestyle:
13-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 5:09.55, 2. Mary Smutny, Unattached 5:09.74, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 5:12.63; SOFLO: 6. Paige Lane 5:17.20, 12. Molly Golding 5:27.10.

BOYS

200-yard butterfly:
13-and-over, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:55.41, 2. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 1:56.57, time drop, 3. Anthony Martinez, HSC 1:58.78; SOFLO: 7. John Paul Handal 2:04.90, 8. Leonardo Mateus 2:05.76, 9. Javier Roman 2:06.18, time drop, 10. Robert Wilson 2:06.28, 11. Enrique Rodriguez 2:07.37, 12. Juan Colmenares 2:07.44.

200-yard individual medley:
13-and-over, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:57.56, 2. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 2:02.07, 3. Anthony Martinez, HSC 2:02.63; SOFLO: 7. Lance Lesage 2:04.03, time drop, 9. Leonardo Mateus 2:05.52, 10. Juan Colmenares 2:05.78, 12. Juan Mora 2:07.07, time drop.

500-yard freestyle:
13-and-over, 1. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 4:48.70, time drop, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 4:53.14, 3. Dominic Bono, Unattached 4:57.77; SOFLO: 5. tie, Lance Lesage 4:59.37 and Robert Wilson 4:59.37, 8. Leonardo Mateus 5:02.25, 9. Nicolas Munoz 5:05.10, time drop, 10. John Paul Handal 5:05.26, time drop.

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

Kathleen Golding, Rafael Rodriguez Lead SOFLO In 13-and-Over IMX (Xtreme) Challenge


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, October 6, 2018—SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding went three-for-three and Rafael Rodriguez was a double winner Saturday in the second session of the SOFLO IMX-IMR Challenge at Academic Village Pool.

Golding, 17, won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:09.57; 200-yard breaststroke in 2:25.56; and 400-yard individual medley in 4:29.54.

Rodriguez, 16, won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:56.57. Lance Lesage, 15, was second in 1:57.88 and Philopatier Ibrahim, 15, was third in a best time 2:01.31, dropping 13.67 off his previous best.

Rodriguez turned in an impressive win in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:11.52. Ibrahim was second in 4:20.31.

The second session featured swimmers 13-and-over.

SOFLO swimmers and other Florida Gold Coast swimmers are getting the opportunity to to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

Up-and-coming swimmers compete in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. All sessions are timed finals.

The IMR Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

On Sunday at 8:30 a.m., the 10-and-under and 12-and-under events are 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 50 butterfly and 100 butterfly. The 13-and-over events begin at noon and include the 200 butterfly, 200 IM and 500 freestyle.

SATURDAY SESSION II RESULTS
GIRLS

200-yard backstroke:
13-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:09.47, 2. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 2:14.60, 3. Elena Dinehart, Unattached 2:15.29; SOFLO: 6. Sara Dinehart 2:17.07, time drop, 8. Molly Golding 2:17.87, 9. Paige Lane 2:17.97, time drop.

200-yard breaststroke:
1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:25.56, 2. Olivia Dinehart, Unattached 2:27.04, 3. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 2:27.53; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 2:27.84, 5. Sally Golding 2:33.39, time drop, 7. Sara Quintero 2:36.83, time drop, 8. Mallory Schleicher 2:37.98, 10. Sabrina Osorio 2:39.69, 11. Daniela Curbelo 2:39.63, time drop.

400-yard individual medley:
1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:29.54, 2. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:41.79, 3. Mariana Cote, MWA 4:43.87; SOFLO: 6. Molly Golding 4:47.89, 7. Sara Quintero 4:49.22, 8. Paige Lane 4:52.14, time drop, 10. Sarah Acevedo 4:54.45, 11. Sally Golding 4:55.58.

BOYS

200-yard backstroke:
1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:56.57, 2. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:57.88, 3. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 2:01.31, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Mateu 2:04.38, 8. Juan Colmenares 2:05.43, 9. Nicolas Munoz 2:05.74, 11. Juan Mora 2:06.73, time drop.

200-yard breaststroke:
1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 2:14.07, 2. Anthony Martinez, Hialeah 2:16.39, 3. Javier Roman, SOFLO 2:17.23; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 2:17.36, 6. Yannai Michael 2:23.08, 8. John Paul Handal 2:26.56, 9. Juan Colmenares 2:26.66.

400-yard individual medley:
1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:11.52, 2. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 4:20.31, 3. Anthony Martinez, Hialeah 4:22.12; SOFLO: 4. Lance Lesage 4:26.81, time drop, 5. Leonardo Mateus 4:27.12, 7. Javier Roman 4:27.88, 11. John Paul Handal 4:31.16.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO IMX/IMR Challenge

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and noon.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and available on Meet Mobile or http://www.soflomeets.info/IMX. For information call 954-538-3721.

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Swimmers End On Successful Note At IMX Challenge


By Sharon Robb

May 2, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club took up where it left off on the second and final day of the IMX Challenge.

On a sun-drenched Saturday at Academic Village Swimming Pool, SOFLO had six multi-event winners during the second and third sessions.

Kathleen Golding, 14, led the SOFLO girls’ team with four victories. She won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:32.87; 200-meter backstroke in 2:38.63; 200-meter breaststroke in 2:57.29 and 400-meter individual medley in 5:15.04.

Erika Pelaez, 8, who won two events on opening day, added three more wins and two best times on the second day. She won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:25.88; the 100-meter backstroke in 1:22.33, dropping 3.59 seconds off her previous best; and 100-meter breaststroke 1:40.72, dropping 8.76 seconds.

Pelaez amassed the most points among her teammates with 4,193 in the pentathlon (five events).

Jessica Rodriguez, 16, was a double winner in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:49.72 and 400-meter individual medley in 5:30.48.

SOFLO also had three individual winners. Kyana Castro, 12, won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:12.16; Kayla Cunningham, 12, won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:16.03; and Molly Golding, 12, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:27.57.

Aly Pacitti, 17, of Plantation Swim Team was the only other girls’ double winner. She won the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:37.86, dropping 2.14 and 200-yard backstroke in 2:37.49.

Zackary Harris, 10, led SOFLO boys with three wins. He won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:20.38; the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:24.12, dropping 4.93 and 100-meter breaststroke in 1:38.47.

Joseph Lee, 12, was a double winner in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:11.26 and 100-meter breaststroke in 1:24.99.

Rafael Rodriguez, 13, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:25.55 and 400-meter individual medley in 5:07.08.

Samuel Quintero won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:52.05.

Plantation Swim Team had two individual winners. Lance Lesage, 12, won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:13.07. Teammate Felipe Farias, 17, won the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:57.17, dropping 1:29.02.

Julio Horrego, 16, of Hialeah Swim Club was also a double winner in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:21.48 and 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.09.

Swimmers not only got in some good racing over two days but will get the chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers in the USA Swimming program once times are compiled and compared.

USA Swimming’s IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

In addition to host SOFLO, other teams that competed were Azura Florida Aquatics, Hialeah Swim Club, North Miami Swim Team, Plantation Swim Team and SwimFast.

SATURDAY RESULTS

PENTATHLON POINTS

Girls 9-and-under: 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 4,193, 2. Lauren Kennedy, SwimFast 2,354, 3. Sara Levin. SwimFast 2,311.

Boys 9-and-under: 1. Alejadro Mateus, SOFLO 3,793, 2. Christian Tojero, SOFLO 2,753, 3. Jacob Navarro, SOFLO 2,574.

Girls 10-year-olds: 1. Rebeca Levin, SwimFast 2,179, 2. Mia Escudero, SOFLO 1,917, 3. Morgan Sebo, SwimFast 1,897.

Boys 10-year-olds: 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 3,362, 2. Logan Gonzalez, SOFLO 1,635, 3. Noah Hew, SOFLO 1,606.

Girls 11-year-olds: 1. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 2,822, 2. Isabella Chambers, Plantation Swim Team 2,708, 3. Hailey Garbez, SOFLO 2,604.

Boys 11-year-olds: 1. Yannai Michael, Plantation Swim Team 2,174, 2. Alex Golding, SOFLO 1,960, 3. Danniell Hughes, SOFLO 1,943.

Girls 12-year-olds: 1. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 2,940, 2. Isabella Di Salvo, SOFLO 2,803, 3. Jacqueline Lugo, SOFLO 2,791.

Boys 12-year-olds: 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 3,215, 2. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 3,051, 3. Michael Arias, SOFLO 2,920.

SEXTATHLON POINTS

Girls 13-year-olds: 1. Marianna Serrao, SOFLO 2,929, 2. Cameron Thomas, SwimFast 2,910, 3. Jodi Kennedy, SwimFast 2,801.

Boys 13-year-olds: 1. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 4,213, 2. Brandon Moran, SOFLO 3,279, 3. Samuel Manrique, Plantation Swim Team 2,842.

Girls 14-year-olds, 1. Julianna Villarta, SwimFast 2,326, 2. Selena Smith, SwimFast 1,148.

Boys 14-year-olds, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 3,228, 2. Tomas Pelaez, Unattached 2,328.

Girls 15-year-olds, 1. Abolade Oyetunji, SOFLO 2,252, 2. Carly Hyman, Plantation Swim Team 1,836.

Boys 15-year-olds, 1. Juan Diaz, SOFLO 3,205, 2. Nick Pacitti, Plantation Swim Team 2,948.

Girls 16-year-olds, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 3,487, 2. Quinn Connor, Plantation Swim Team 1,994, 3. Justrina Villarta, SwimFast 1,401.

Boys 16-year-olds, 1. Leonardo Manrique, Plantation Swim Team, 1,807.

Girls 17-year-olds, 1. Aly Pacitti, Plantation Swim Team 3,023, 2. Angie Petrillo, Plantation Swim Team 1,946.

Boys 17-year-olds, 1. Felipe Farias, Plantation Swim Team 2,134.

GIRLS

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 1:25.88, 2. Rebeca Levin, SwimFast 1:33.93, 3. Mia Escudero, SOFLO 1:39.27; SOFLO: 6. Kerry Cunningham 1:41.98, 7. Sabrina Osorio 1:45.79; 11-12, 1. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 1:12.16, 2. Jacqueline Lugo, SOFLO 1:14.80, 3. Paige Lane, Unattached 1:15.25; SOFLO: 4. Isabella Di Salvo 1:16.14, 6. Daniela Curbelo 1:18.15, 7. Kayla Cunningham 1:18.97, 8. Sara Quintero 1:19.63, 10. Molly Golding 1:21.52.

200-meter butterfly:

13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:32.87, 2. Cameron Thomas, SwimFast 2:43.61, 3. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 2:50.24; SOFLO: 5. Madison Johnson 2:53.16, 6. Marianna Serrao 2:55.34, 7. Alexandra Crespo 2:57.78, 9. Annita Huang 3:04.10, 10. Alana Acevedo 3:04.91; 15-and-over, 1. Aly Pacitti, Plantation Swim Team 2:37.86, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:38.91, 3. Angie Petrillo, Plantation Swim Team 2:48.48; SOFLO: 4. Natasha Testa 2:49.30, 6. Zariya Harris 2:59.76, 7. Abolade Oyetunji 3:05.03.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 1:22.33, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:33.75, 3. Sofia Osorio, SOFLO 1:36.09; SOFLO: 8. Mia Escudero 1:40.75, 9. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:40.83, 10. Kerry Cunningham 1:42.59; 11-12, 1. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 1:16.03, 2. Isabella Di Salvo, SOFLO 1:17.35, 3. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 1:19.70; SOFLO: 4. Jacqueline Lugo 1:19.91, 5. Karen Perez 1:20.94, 6. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:21.60, 8. Molly Golding 1:21.86, 9. Hailey Garbez 1:22.48.

200-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:38.63, 2. Marianna Serrao, SOFLO 2:48.02, 3. Annita Huang 2:49.08; SOFLO: 4. Katherine De Barros 2:49.54, 7. Kellie Wilcox 2:52.70, 8. Rebekah Ling 2:52.96, 9. Elise Larin 2:59.01, 10. Anabel Vazquez 3:00.41; 15-and-over, 1. Aly Pacitti, Plantation Swim Team 2:37.49, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:38.37, 3. Carly Hyman, Plantation Swim Team 2:44.51; SOFLO: 5. Kylie Herman 2:50.57, 6. Abolade Oyetunji 2:50.74, 9. Zariya Harris 3:05.20, 10. Lily Munoz 3:05.48.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 1:40.72, 2. Morgan Sebo, SwimFast 1:41.77, 3. Sabrina Osorio, SOFLO 1:44.08; SOFLO: 5. Mia Escudero 1:46.75, 6. Valerie Vank 1:49.71, 8. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:55.61, 9. Kerry Cunningham 1:55.84; 11-12, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 1:27.57, 2. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOFLO 1:28.34, 3. Isabella Chambers, Plantation Swim Team 1:30.11; SOFLO: 5. Jacqueline Lugo 1:33.91, 6. Isabella Jurado 1:34.28, 7. Kyana Castro 1:35.44, 8. Isabella DiSalvo 1:35.70, 9. Daniela Curbelo 1:36.45.

200-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:57.29, 2. Julianna Villarta, SwimFast 3:09.10, 3. Elise Larin, SOFLO 3:13.75; SOFLO: 5. Katherine De Barros 3:17.58, 6. Marianna Serrao 3:17.61, 7. Annita Huang 3:22.18, 9. Alexandra Crespo 3:25.01, 10. Rebekah Ling 3:28.71; 15-and-over, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:49.72, 2. Emiliana Pelaez, Unattached 3:04.04, 3. Abolade Oyetunji, SOFLO 3:17.03; SOFLO: 5. Kylie Herman 3:21.56.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. SOFLO “A” 2:10.11, 2. SOFLO “C” 2:16.16, 3. SOFLO “E” 2:32.68, 4. SOFLO “F” 2:37.68, 5. SOFLO “D” 2:38.14, 6. SOFLO “B” 2:58.24.

400-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 5:15.04, 2. Marianna Serrao, SOFLO 5:51.89, 3. Cameron Thomas, SwimFast 5:52.61; SOFLO: 6. Annita Huang 6:00.64, 7. Katherine De Barros 6:02.47, 8. Alexandra Crespo 6:05.40, 9. Elise Larin 6:14.38, 10. Alana Acevedo 6:28.8; 15-and-over, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:30.48, 2. Aly Pacitti, Plantation Swim Team 5:38.94, 3. Abolade Oyetunji, SOFLO 6:04.52.

BOYS

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:20.38, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:21.98, 3. Joshua Brezenski, Plantation Swim Team 1:32.55; SOFLO: 4. Christian Tijero 1:34.44, 5. Fernando Barreto 1:40.80, 6. Noah Hew 1:42.84, 7. Jacob Navarro 1:44.01, 9. Tyler Hering 1:53.71, 10. Lucas Porven 1:54.52; 11-12, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 1:11.26, 2. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 1:13.47, 3. Michael Arias, SOFLO 1:16.39; SOFLO: 4. Marcos Vazquez 1:20.98, 7. Nicolas Munoz 1:34.26, 8. Danniell Hughes 1:34.82, 9. Sebastian Navarro 1:37.63.

200-meter butterfly:

13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:20.71, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 2:29.75, 3. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 2:37.28; SOFLO: 4. Brandon Moran 2:41.55, 5. Sebastian Sevilla 2:55.42, 8. Sebastian Sierra 2:59.46, 10. Gabriel Saavedra 3:06.39; 15-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah Swim Club 2:13.28, 2. Maximillian Asnis, Unattached 2:13.64, 3. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 2:15.05; SOFLO: 4. CJ Kopecki 2:18.43, 5. Ervin Marin 2:22.79, 6. Juan Diaz 2:22.92, 7. Jonathan Farah 2:23.17, 9. Ricardo Roche 2:32.05.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:24.12, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:27.00, 3. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 1:33.36; SOFLO: 4. Farouk Musa 1:37.12, 5. Logan Gonzalez 1:38.21, 8. Fernando Barreto 1:38.86, 10. Aldo Zepeda 1:40.07; 11-12, 1. Lance Lesage, Plantation Swim Team 1:13.07, 2. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 1:17.10, 3. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 1:18.58; SOFLO: 4. Michael Arias 1:21.21, 5. Marcos Vazquez 1:21.30, 6. Nicolas Munoz 1:27.49, 7. Alex Golding 1:27.69, 9. Danniell Hughes 1:30.66.

200-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:25.55, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 2:27.71, 3. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 2:32.11; SOFLO: 7. Brandon Moran 2:45.97, 8. Sebastian Sevilla 2:49.37, 9. Eiza Gantus 2:49.86; 15-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah Swim Club 2:21.48, 2. Jonathan Farah, SOFLO 2:22.07, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:23.86; SOFLO: 4. Juan Diaz 2:25.60, 5. Julien Pinon 2:26.23, 6. Jordan Colon 2:31.06, 7. CJ Kopecki 2:34.53, 10. Ervin Marin 2:37.59.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:38.47, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:45.18, 3. Julian Villarta, SwimFast 1:47.86; SOFLO: 4. Samuel Bulfin 1:49.94, 5. Jacob Navarro 1:50.57, 6. Logan Gonzalez 1:53.04, 7. Matthew Kim 1:53.16, 9. Farouk Musa 1:54.42, 10. Fernando Barreto 1:56.16; 11-12, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 1:24.99, 2. Michael Arias, SOFLO 1:25.62, 3. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 1:30.92; SOFLO: 5. Marcos Vazquez 1:37.10, 9. Daniel Hughes 1:40.38, 10. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:40.59.

200-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 2:52.05, 2. Brandon Moran, SOFLO 2:52.56, 3. Andy Rogatinsky, Plantation Swim Team 2:57.65; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 3:02.21, 6. Sebastian Sevilla 3:14.03, 8. Eiza Gantus 3:18.54, 10. Ethan Hew 3:21.49; 15-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah Swim Club 2:26.09, 2. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 2:42.55, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:49.37; SOFLO: 5. CJ Kopecki 2:53.95, 6. Julien Pinon 2:56.55, 8. Jonathan Farah 3:01.13, 9. Juan Diaz 3:01.47, 10. Juan Osorio 3:01.75.

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.SOFLO “B” 2:20.56, 2. SOFLO “A” 2:28.13, 3. SOFLO “C” 2:31.10, 4. SOFLO “D” 2:35.53, 5. SOFLO “E” 2”46.45

400-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:07.08, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 5:10.08, 3. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 5:23.57; SOFLO: 4. Brandon Moran 5:38.16, 7. Sebastian Sevilla 5:48.32, 9. Sebastian Sierra 6:01.50; 15-and-over, 1. Felipe Farias, Plantation Swim Team 4:57.17, 2. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:59.45, 3. Maximillian Asnis, Unattached 5:01.38; SOFLO: 4. C.J. Kopecki 5:10.09, 5. Julien Pinon 5:10.67, 6. Jonathan Farah 5:13.16, 8. Juan Diaz 5:17.17, 10. Leonardo Mateus 5:45.67.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Erika Pelaez Double Winner On Opening Night Of IMX Challenge


By Sharon Robb

May 1, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club dominated opening night of the IMX Challenge Friday at Academic Village Swimming Pool.

SOFLO swimmers swept the top three places in several events.

In the girls’ 200-meter individual medley, SOFLO swept the top three places in the 11-12 age group with Kyana Castro, 12, Jacqueline Lugo, 12, and Molly Golding, 12. Castro won in a best time 2:41.99, dropping 3.11 seconds from her previous best. SOFLO swimmers placed in the top eight.

SOFLO’s 13-14 girls also swept the top three places in the 200 IM with Marianna Serrao, 13, Annita Huang, 13, and Vanessa Mesa, 13. Serrao won in 2:43.62. SOFLO’s Jessica Rodriguez, 15, won the 15-and-over age group in 2:33.70.

Erika Pelaez, 8, of SOFLO won the 200 IM 10-and-under in a best time 2:54.37, dropping 7.20.

It was the first of two events Pelaez captured. She also won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:32.28, another best time, shaving 6.85 off her previous best.

SOFLO finished off the night taking eight of the top 10 spots in the girls’ 11-and-over 400-meter freestyle. Kyana Castro, 12, won in a best time 4:59.62. Ruthie Kauffman, 12, of North Miami Swim Team was second in a best time 5:02.16 and SOFLO’s Isabella Di Salvo, 12, was third in a best time 5:03.16.

Kathleen Golding, 14, of SOFLO won the 13-14 400 freestyle in 4:37.12 and Aly Pacitti, 17, of Plantation Swim Team won the 15-and-over in 4:47.74.

SOFLO swept the top three spots in the boys’ 11-12, 13-14 and 15-and-over 200 IM.

SOFLO finished in the top 11-12 spots with Joseph Lee, 12, John Paul Handal, 12, and Michael Arias, 12. Lee won in a best time 2:37.98, dropping 5.12 seconds.

SOFLO also took the top three places in the 13-14 200 IM. Rafael Rodriguez, 13, won in 2:21.96 followed by teammates Leonardo Mateus, 13, and Samuel Quintero, 14.

SOFLO took the top six spots in the 15-and-over 200 IM with Julien Pinon, 16, Jonathan Farah, 17, and Ricardo Roche, 15, leading the way. Pinon won in 2:19.46.

Zackary Harris, 10, led a 1-2-3 SOFLO sweep winning in 2:38.61 followed by Alejandro Mateus, 9, second in a best time 2:41.50 with a huge time drop of 10.33 seconds and Christian Tijero was third in 2:50.08.

In the 11-and-over 400-meter freestyle, Arias, 12, Handal, 12, and Lee, 12, swept the top three spots with Arias winning in a best time 4:49.24, dropping 6.94. SOFLO also swept the 13-14 with Rodriguez winning in 4:21.44 followed by Mateus and Samuel Quintero, 14.

Also in the boys’ competition, Sebastian Lares, 10, of Azura Florida Aquatics won the 10-and-under 200 IM in 2:49.88. Samuel Asnis, 16, swimming unattached, won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:18.93.

Swimmers not only are getting some good racing in but will also get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers in the USA Swimming program when times are compiled and compared.

USA Swimming’s IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

In addition to host SOFLO, other teams competing are Azura Florida Aquatics, Hialeah Swim Club, North Miami Swim Team, Plantation Swim Team and SwimFast.

The meet continues on Saturday with two sessions. The first session at 8 a.m. is the 12-and-under 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle relay.

The second session at 12:30 p.m. is the 13-and-over 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 freestyle relay.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Rebeca Levin, SwimFast 3:14.83, 2. Mia Escudero, SOFLO 3:18.43, 3. Morgan Sebo, SwimFast 3:19.53; SOFLO: 4. Sabrina Osorio 3:19.70, 8. Sofia Osorio 3:26.81, 10. Kerry Cunningham 3:29.90; 11-12, 1. Isabella Jurado, SOFLO 3:00.15, 2. Michelle Ordonez, SOFLO 3:01.20, 3. Kaycie Kennedy, SwimFast 3:11.27; SOFLO: 4. Daniela Barreto 3:11.61, 5. Lily Sines 3:13.58, 6. Salma Hegazy 3:22.40, 8. Emma Twombly 3:26.05, 9. Molly Masson 3:30.81; 13-14, 1. Madison Johnson, SOFLO 2:56.61; 15-and-over, 1. Lily Munoz, SOFLO 3:08.47.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 2:32.28, 2. Rebeca Levin, Swim Fast 2:53.16, 3. Megan Smith, Plantation Swim Team 2:53.39; SOFLO: 4. Valerie Vank 2:55.56, 6. Sabrina Osorio 2:58.90, 7. Sofia Osorio 2:59.26, 10. Mia Escudero 3:02.47.

400-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 4:59.62, 2. Ruthie Kauffman, North Miami Swim Team 5:02.16, 3. Isabella DiSalvo, SOFLO 5:03.16; SOFLO: 4. Michelle Marinheiro 5:06.86, 5. Sara Quintero 5:08.04, 6. Molly Golding 5:08.51, 7. Jacqueline Lugo 5:09.49, 8. Kayla Cunningham 5:09.88, 10. Daniela Curbelo 5:12.76; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:37.12, 2. Cameron Thomas, SwimFast 4:58.56; 15-and-over, 1. Aly Pacitti, Plantation Swim Team 4:47.74, 2. Kylie Herman, SOFLO 4:49.65, 3. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:51.69.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Lares, Azura 2:49.88, 2. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 2:53.40, 3. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 2:59.40; SOFLO: 5. Christian Tijero 3:16.51, 7. Jacob Navarro 3:19.25, 8. Logan Gonzalez 3:22.43, 9. Aldo Zepeda 3:22.75, 10. Fernando Barreto 3:23.90; 11-12, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 2:37.98, 2. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 2:38.46, 3. Michael Arias, SOFLO 2:43.11; SOFLO: 5. Marcos Vazquez 2:53.38, 8. Alex Golding 3:06.42, 9. Nicolas Munoz 3:06.65, 10. Chris Vasquez 3:07.62; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:21.96, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 2:27.36, 3. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 2:32.39; SOFLO: 5. Brandon Moran 2:37.51, 8. Sebastian Sevilla 2:45.77, 10. Eiza Gantus 2:46.65; 15-and-over, 1. Julien Pinon, Unattached-SOFLO 2:19.46, 2. Jonathan Farah, SOFLO 2:20.71, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:22.39; SOFLO: 4. Ervin Marin 2:23.99, 5. Juan Lucas 2:25.61, 6. Juan Diaz 2:27.70, 8. Ryan Capote 2:31.25, 9. Juan Osorio 2:31.96.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 2:38.61, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 2:41.50, 3. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 2:50.08; SOFLO: 5. Tyler Herring 2:50.98, 6. Noah Hew 2:51.54, 7. Jacob Navarro 2:52.49, 8. Logan Gonzalez 2:53.41, 9. Fernando Barreto 3:03.42, 10. Aldo Zepeda 3:03.52.

400-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO 4:49.24, 2. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 4:49.58, 3. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 4:50.23; SOFLO: 6. Alex Golding 5:35.76, 8. Nicolas Munoz 5:48.13, 9. Daniel Hughes 5:49.14, 10. Chris Vasquez 5:54.18; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:21.44, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 4:29.83, 3. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 4:46.38; 15-and-over, 1. Samuel Asnis, Unattached 4:18.93, 2. Maximillian Asnis, Unattached 4:20.13, 3. Andres Lares, Azura 4:22.72; SOFLO: 4. Juan Lucas 4:27.42, 2. Ricardo Roche 4:27.87, 8. Juan Diaz 4:34.97, 9. Jordan Colon 4:37.08, 10. Ryan Capote 4:37.86.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO IMX Challenge

When: Saturday

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Schedule: Saturday, Session 2, 8 a.m., Session 3, 12:30 p.m.

Admission: $3, heat sheets $3.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Hosts Two-Day IMX Challenge


By Sharon Robb

May 1, 2015—-South Florida Aquatic Club, the largest club entered with 134 swimmers, will host the IMX Challenge Friday and Saturday at Academic Village Swimming Pool.

Swimmers will not only get some good racing, but will also get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers in the USA Swimming program.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge, sanctioned by the Florida Gold Coast, is a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

The meet gets under way Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the opening session of four boys and girls events including the open 200-meter individual medley, 10-and-under 200 freestyle, 11-and-over 400 freestyle and 13-and-over 400 individual medley.

On Saturday, two sessions are scheduled. The first session at 8 a.m. is the 12-and-under 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle relay.

The second session at 12:30 p.m. is the 13-and-over 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 freestyle relay.

SOFLO swimmers competing are:

Alana Acevedo, 13; Sarah Acevedo, 11; Jasmine Ahmet, 11; Ryan Alfonso, 12; Andres Arias, 15; Michael Arias, 12; Maximillian Asnis, 15; Samuel Asnis, 16; Daniela Barreto, 11; Fernando Barreto, 9; Kaitlyn Barrios, 9; Sophia Bedoya, 12; Thomas Bogota, 11; Samuel Bullen, 10; Lilli Calero, 16; Ryan Capote, 17; Kyana Castro, 12; Mariann Catalasan, 9; Jordan Colon, 17; Taralee Cornet, 11; Alexandra Crespo, 14; Miguel Crespo, 10; Kayla Cunningham, 12; Kerry Ann Cunningham, 9; Daniela Curbelo, 12; Katherine DeBarros, 14; Mark Andre De Gracia, 11; Katrina Del Vecchio, 12; Isabella Di Salvo, 12; Fiorella Di Salvo, 7; Juan Diaz, 15; Mia Escudero, 10; Jonathan Farah, 17; Gabriel Ferdinand, 12; Carlos Gallego, 17; Lucas Gandarillas, 13; Eiza Gantus, 13; Hailey Garbez, 11; Roberto Garrido, 13; Tanner Gibson, 11; Tyler Gibson, 15; Alex Golding, 11; Kathleen Golding, 14; Molly Golding, 12; Sally Golding, 11; Logan Gonzalez, 10; Alicia Gordillo, 15; John Paul Handal, 12; Zackary Harris, 10; Zariya Harris, 15; Salma Hegazy, 12; Tyler Hering, 10; Kylie Herman, 17; Kelley Heron, 15; Ethan Hew, 14; Noah Hew, 10; Benjamin Hoffman, 11; Annita Huang, 13; Paola Huerta, 13; Danniell Hughes, 11; Wyatt Jennessee, 15; Madison Johnson, 13; Isabella Jurado, 12; Matthew Kim, 10; CJ Kopecki, 15; Carol Lambert, 10; Paige Lane, 12; Elise Larin, 13; Jie Hoon Lee, 12; Maria Legaspi, 9; Rebekah Ling, 13; Juan Lucas, 16; Jacqueline Lugo, 12; Ervin Marin, 15; Melissa Marinheiro, 18; Michelle Marinheiro, 12; Molly Masson, 11; Alejandro Mateus, 9; Leonardo Mateus, 11; Alfredo Mesa, 16; Vanessa Mesa, 13; Brandon Moran, 13; Emiliana Munoz, 13; Lily Munoz, 17; Nicolas Munoz, 12; Farouk Musa, 7; Judith-Alison Natino, 9; Jacob Navarro, 9; Sebastian Navarro, 11; Michelle Ordonez, 12; Antonia Ortiz, 7; Simon Ortiz, 17; Juan Osorio, 15; Sabrina Osorio, 10; Sofia Osorio, 10; Abolade Oyetunji, 15; Leah Pando, 9; Emiliana Pelaez, 16; Erika Pelaez, 8; Tomas Pelaez, 14; Alessandro Pereira, 8; Karen Perez, 12; Julien Pinon, 16; Kevin Porto, 15; Lucas Porven, 9; Samuel Quintero, 11; Ricardo Roche, 15; Jessica Rodriguez, 16; Rafael Rodriguez, 13; Jake Roman, 7; Daniel Romero, 10; Gabriel Saavedra, 14; Mary Sawyer, 8; Steven Sawyer, 9; Marianna Serrao, 13; Sebastian Sevilla, 13; Nazibe Shabani, 13; Sebastian Shy, 10; Sebastian Sierra, 14; Lilu Sines, 12; Owen Sines, 9; Kailey Smith, 10; Prani Szauer, 14; Natasha Testa, 16; Christian Tijero, 9; Derek Tom, 13; Emma Twombly, 11; Valerie Vank 9; Christian Vasquez, 11; Anabel Vazquez, 13; Marcos Vazquez, 12; Kellie Wilcox, 14; Aldo Zepeda, 10.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO IMX Challenge

When: Friday-Saturday

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Session 2, 8 a.m., Session 3, 12:30 p.m.

Admission: $3, heat sheets $3.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Hosts Annual Friday Distance, Weekend IMX-IMR Challenge

SOFLO Hosts Annual Friday Distance, IMX-IMR Challenge


By Sharon Robb

October 2, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club, the largest club entered, will have the home pool advantage when it hosts the Friday Distance and IMX-IMR Challenge at Academic Village Pool.

Swimmers will not only get some racing in, but will also get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.

The up-and-coming swimmers will compete in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. All sessions are timed finals.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

The IMR Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

SOFLO swimmers dominate the top seed spots. They are:

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 400-yard individual medley, 4:31.45; 200-yard individual medley, 2:07.35; 500-yard freestyle, 4:58.01; 100-yard backstroke, 1:01.91; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:10.00; 100-yard butterfly, 58.58.

Julien Pinon, 16, 1,650-yard freestyle, 16:18.62; 200-yard butterfly, 1:51.67; 200-yard individual medley, 1:55.01.

Sara Quintero, 10, 100-yard individual medley, 1:15.67.

Vanessa Mesa, 12, 200-yard individual medley, 2:18.91; 500-yard freestyle 5:19.69; 100-yard butterfly, 1:04.25.

Molly Golding, 11, 200-yard individual medley, 2:28.28; 500-yard freestyle, 5:48.10; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:16.25; 100-yard butterfly, 1:13.43.

Kathleen Golding, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:17.53; 200-yard breaststroke 2:21.48; 400-yard individual medley, 4:21.14; 200-yard individual medley, 2:04.55.

John Paul Handal, 11, 500-yard freestyle, 5:40.46; 100-yard backstroke, 1:09.30.

Kevin Porto, 14, 200-yard backstroke, 2:02.13.

Timothy Wynter, 18, 200-yard backstroke, 1:50.01.

Melissa Marinheiro, 17, 200-yard backstroke, 2:02.88.

Ervin Marin, 14, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:13.70; 200-yard butterfly, 1:59.86; 200-yard individual medley, 1:58.51.

Jessica Rodriguez, 15, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:19.68; 200-yard individual medley, 2:10.74; 1,000-yard freestyle, 10:51.31

Kayla Cunningham, 11, 100-yard backstroke 1:11.28.

Michael Arias, 11, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:17.35.

Isabella Di Salvo, 12, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:21.25.

Joseph Lee, 11, 100-yard butterfly, 1:08.19.

Delanie Perez, 14, 200-yard butterfly, 2:15.37.

CJ Kopecki, 15, 1,000-yard freestyle, 9:59.67.

Other Florida Gold Coast clubs competing are Boca Raton Swim Team, AquaKids Sharks, Metro Aquatics, Kendall, Coral Springs Swim Club, North Miami and Hialeah Storm. Several high school swimmers, heading into the second month of the season, are also competing.


IF YOU GO

What: Friday Distance and IMX-IMR Challenge

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 5:30-10:05 p.m.; Saturday, Session 2, 8:30-10:50 a.m.; Session 3, 12:30-3:42 p.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 8:30-10:21 a.m.; Session 5, 11:30 a.m.-2:42 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 954-538-3721.

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

NIKE APRIL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Leonardo Mateus

NIKE APRIL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Leonardo Mateus


Leonardo Mateus of South Florida Aquatic Club is the Nike Swimmer of the Month for April.

Mateus, 12, turned in some amazing swims this past month at three competitions. When he wasn’t competing, he was training hard with his teammates at Academic Village Pool.

At the 2014 Florida Gold Coast-Florida Swimming All-Star Championship Meet at Florida Gulf Coast, Mateus equaled his 100 freestyle time in 57.44 and swam career-best times in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.56 and 100 butterfly in 1:05.08.

During the Swim Miami presented by Nike open water event, Mateus defended his age group title winning the 11-12 age group division in 21:36. He was also third overall among men, sharing the awards podium with winner and U.S. national open water team member Joey Pedraza.

At this past weekend’s IMX Challenge in his home pool, he swam lifetime-best times in all five of his events. He swam 4:47.29 in the 400 freestyle, 2:37.18 in the 200 individual medley, 1:13.52 in the 100 backstroke, 1:32.28 in the 100 breaststroke and 1:15.53 in the 100 butterfly.

For the two-day IMX event, Mateus totaled 3,103 for his Herculean effort and is currently ranked seventh nationally and second in both the LSC and SOFLO.

“He has been training hard in practice,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

Mateus joins other SOFLO Swimmers of the Month sisters Kathleen and Molly Golding for January, Sebastian Sierra for February and Jessica Rodriguez for April.

The Nike Swimmer of the Month award, chosen by the SOFLO coaching staff, is awarded each month to the swimmer who excels at both swim meets and practice sessions.—Sharon Robb

http://www.swim4soflo.com