Anna Auld Top Florida Gold Coast Finisher At U.S. Open Water National Championships; SOFLO’s Wilson Makes Top 20

By Sharon Robb
FORT MYERS BEACH, April 3, 2022–University of Florida freshman Anna Auld of West Palm Beach was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher at the U.S. Open Water National and Junior Championships this past weekend at Lynn Hall Beach Park.

Despite rough weather conditions, Auld was among the Top 6 American 10K finishers qualifying for the current U.S. Open Water National Team, putting herself in position to qualify for the 2022 FINA World Championships U.S. roster.

Auld was seventh overall in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 50 seconds. With three swimmers from France among the top seven finishers, Auld qualified as fourth American.

Blair Stoneburg of Treasure Coast Aquatics just missed making the U.S. team by 1 minute and 7 seconds and one spot in 2:26:58. She was the seventh top American finisher.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Isabelle Wilson was 19th in the 7.5K in 1:55:56. The only other FGC swimmer, Erin Miller of St. Andrew’s Aquatics was ninth in 1:49:29.

Teenager Katie Grimes of Sandpipers of Nevada and Axel Reymond of France won the 10K titles.

It was Grimes’ first senior-level open water national title. She stayed with the lead pack and finished more than a minute ahead of the field.

“I really had a good time out there today, the conditions were a little rough but I’m learning to get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” Grimes said. “I was swimming with a ton of girls so I was really happy with the outcome and I’m excited for the next race.”

Conditions were not ideal with strong winds and choppy water.

Grimes was followed by Indiana University’s Mariah Denigan (2:17:50) and France’s Caroline Jouisse (2:18:34). The top six Americans were:

Grimes (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada), 2:16:40.
Mariah Denigan (Walton, Ky./Indiana University), 2:17:50.
Summer Smith (Agawam, Mass./Bluefish Swim Club), 2:21:07.
Anna Auld (West Palm Beach, Fla./University of Florida), 2:21:50.
Kensey McMahon (Jacksonville, Fla./University of Alabama), 2:22:00.
Brooke Travis (Newark, Del./NC State), 2:25:51.

France’s Axel Reymond (2:02:49) edged U.S. National Team member and University of Florida junior Brennan Gravley (2:02:53) for the top spot. Dylan Gravley, Brennan’s younger brother, finished third (2:03:13), a career-best 10K finish.

“It’s one of my favorite parts of being a USA Swimming athlete,” Brennan said when asked about qualifying for the U.S. Open Water National Team. “I feel like we have a lot of privileges, especially as open water swimmers. It was a fun venue and it was fun to come out here even with intense conditions.”

Added his brother, “I was trying to maintain my position and keep up with Brennan,” Dylan Gravley said. “I’m taking baby steps, it is another year and I was a few places upwards of where I was last year.”

The top-6 American male finishers were:
Brennan Gravley (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada/University of Florida), 2:02:53.
Dylan Gravley (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada/Arizona State University), 2:03:13.
Joey Tepper (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./University of Tennessee), 2:03:39.
Michael Brinegar (Columbus, Ind./Mission Viejo Nadadores/Indiana University), 2:05:44.
Simon Lamar (Sonora, Calif./Harvard University), 2:08:27.
David Heron (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo Nadadores), 2:10:20.

French swimmer Aurelie Muller won the senior 5K title ahead of Joiusse and U.S. pool Olympian Bella Sims of Sandpipers of Nevada, third and top American finisher.

Claire Weinstein of Sandpipers of Nevada won the girls 5K junior national title in 1:06:08.

Samuel Marsteiner of New Wave Swim Team won the boys 5K junior national title in 1:02:40.

The top two finishers qualified for the U.S. roster for the Sept. 1-4 FINA World Junior Open Water Championships Beau Vallon, Seychelles.

On Sunday, 16-year-old Ilya Kharun won the Junior National 7.5K race and led a 1-2 finish for the Sandpipers of Nevada Teammate Luke Ellis, 14, was second.

Please note, the full results have not been posted on South Florida Aquatic Club’s Isabelle Wilson, 14, competed in the girls 7.5K race and finished but her time has not been posted as of Sunday night.

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Ten SOFLO Swimmers Will Compete In Southern Zone Open Water Championship This Weekend

By Sharon Robb
HIXSON, Tenn., June 3, 2021—Ten South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will represent Florida Gold Coast this weekend at the Southern Zone Open Water Championship at Chester Frost Park.

The 2021 Chattanooga Swim Fest will feature the Southern Zone Open Water Championship and Chattanooga Rat Race.

The Southern Zone Open Water Championship is for Zone All-Star Teams selected by their LSC.

Individual races will be held Saturday at 8:15 a.m. and relay races on Sunday on 8:45 a.m. The zone event on Saturday is for swimmers ages 11 and 12 in the 2K; 13 and 14 in the 5K and 15 and 16 and senior open in the 5K.

On Sunday, there is a 1K relay race for 11 and 12; 1.2K relay race for 13 and 14 and 1.2K relay race for open swimmers. Swimmers will check in on Friday and also be able to see the course and warm up. A zoom meeting for athletes and officials will also be held.

The meet, hosted and sponsored by SES Swimming and McCallie/GPS Aquatics, is being held about 30 minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Chester Frost Park is on Lake Chickamauga and Tennessee River, with the greater portion of the park cradling Dallas Bay.

The team was selected off the Florida Gold Coast Open Water Swimming Championship in Pompano Beach.

The FGC will be represented by SOFLO All-Stars Jaden Amores, 13-14; Elise Dinehart, 13-14; Ivan Grass, Open; Ryan Harries, 11-12; Juan Vallmitjana, 11-12; Isabelle Wilson, 15-16; Olivia Wilson, 11-12; Nat Gembicki, 15-16; Leo Mateus, Open and Alejandro Mateus, 15-16.

Other FGC All-Stars are: Reese Andres, Rylie Barnhardt, Adrianna Barone, Lilia Blanco, Addison Byrne, Caleb Caponera, Caleb DaSilva, Andreas DaSilva, Leslie Dame, Julia Freshour, Riley Garcia, Steven Gary, Giovanni Gianfriddo, Ian Meiselman, Francesca Ninova, Bree Silva, Evelyn Smith, Lillian Smith, Marcus Szabo and Lucas Young. The head coach is Cathy Silveira.

Awards will be distributed to the top eight finishers and top three team relays. The top five teams will also be awarded trophies.

The start is an in-water start and finish will be an out-of-water finish chute. The race course is a rectangular in a bay with no current.

Paddlers and escort boats will be spaced throughout the course under the supervision of the race committee to provide help to swimmers as needed. USA Swimming Rules will govern any interaction with escort crafts.

The Central Zone Open Water Championship is June 18-19 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisc. and Eastern Zone Open Water Championship is June 26 at Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, Ct.

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SOFLO’s Wilson, Colmenares, Vallmitjana Top Finishers On Day One Of FGC Junior Olympics

By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS, March 11, 2021—Isabelle Wilson, Juan Vallmitjana and Javier Colmenares were South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finishers on Day One of the Florida Gold Coast 14-and-Under Junior Olympics Short Course Championships Thursday at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Wilson, 14, finished second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a lifetime-best 17:31.22, bettering her previous best of 17:44.86 by 13.64 seconds.

Colmenares, 14, was second in the 400-yard individual medley in a best time 4:11.84, dropping 2.10 seconds.

Vallmitjana, 12, was second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 18:04.71, shaving 27.26 seconds.

Metro Aquatic Club of Miami leads after opening night action with 91 points. Eagle Aquatics is second with 55 and defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club is third with 53 points. A field of 22 teams are competing.

Defending champion SOFLO is going after its 11th overall combined short course team title and tenth consecutive in 20 years.

SOFLO qualified 59 swimmers (31 boys, 28 girls) in 290 individual events in 14 relays.

The four-day meet opens continues Friday. Three sessions are set for 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

Among teams competing are Azura, Lake Lytal Lightning, Eagle Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, St. Andrew’s Swimming, FAST, Jupiter Dragons, North Palm Beach, Gulliver, Blue Marlins, Metro Aquatics, Midtown Weston, Ransom-Everglades, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Plantation Swim Team, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Wahoos of Wellington and host Coral Springs Swim Club.

Under strict COVID-19 safety protocols, no spectators are allowed at the meet. Only coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and athletes will be allowed on deck.

Those entering the pool deck must wear masks and maintain six feet in social distancing. Upon entering the facility, volunteers will undergo a temperature check. Heat sheets will be posted online at The meet will be live streamed on the club’s YouTube channel.

: 1. Metro Aquatics 91, 2. Eagle Aquatics 55, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 53, 4. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 43, 5. tie, Wahoos of Wellington, North Palm Beach 30, 7. Coral Springs Swim Club 20, 8. Jupiter Dragons 18, 9. Lake Lytal Lightning 17, 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 16.

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Gioia Balzano, EA 18:37.88, 2. Alessandra Gendarmi, Unattached 19:10.96, 3. Allison Connors, WOW 19:21.92.

13-14, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 17:25.52, 2. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 17:31.22, time drop 13.64, 3. Kirsten Munna, FAST 17:38.40; SOFLO: 6. Amelie Bicerne 18:35.55, time drop 31.72, 7. Mariana Pinto 18:41.83.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Cali Jerabek, NPB 6:04.30, 2. Alicia Salazar, MAC 6:07.01, 3. Shelby Evans, MART 6:08.67.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Isabel Viera, MAC 4:47.11, 2. Sara Miller, SAS 5:00.26, 3. Alejandra Gil-Restrepo, CSSC 5:03.95.

13-14, 1. Emma Herrera, JUP 4:34.68, 2. 9.30, 2. Giovanna Musiello, GULL 4:35.14, 3. Samantha Scoenborn, SAS 4:38.74; SOFLO: 6. Gabriella DeLuna 4:44.41, 12. Mariann Catalasan 4:59.57

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 17:43.56, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 18:04.71.

11-14, 1. Alessandro Pereira, MAC 16:33.39, 2. Julian Lezcano, MAC 17:16.64, 3. Dylan Ferguson, MAC 17:17.50; SOFLO: 9. Hashan Ekanayake 17:42.56, 10. Felix Gonzalez 17:44.07.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Vladmir Malyshev, WOW 5:55.81, 2. Luke Reid, CSSC 5:55.93, 3. Marcos Machado, PB 6:09.61; SOFLO: 5. Noah Mejias 6:30.93.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 4:47.35, 2. Gabriel Navarro, MCDA 4:50.23, 3. Emihlio Reveron, EA 4:56.18.

13-14, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 4:06.05, 2. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 4:11.84, 3. Alesssandro Pereira, MAC 4:17.98; SOFLO: 8. Oliver Tejada 4:39.37

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SOFLO Sharks Shine On Final Day Of FGC BB Championships South

By Sharon Robb

MIRAMAR, March 2, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers saved their best for last on the third and final day of the FGC BB Championships South Sunday at Miramar Regional Park Aquatic Complex.

The Sharks had nine individual champions and several Top 3 finishers.

SOFLO’s individual winners were:

Genesis Escobar, 12, 100-yard freestyle, 1:01.91, time drop.

Isabelle Wilson, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:21.54, time drop.

Jemma Baldwin, 9, 100-yard butterfly, 1:19.39, time drop.

Elise Dinehart, 11, 50-yard breaststroke, 36.65, time drop.

Sophia Bedoya, 17, 50-yard breaststroke, 36.02, time drop.

Sofia Gomez, 10, 50-yard backstroke 37.67, time drop; 200-yard individual medley, 2:49.23, time drop.

Pilar Duranti, 12, 50-yard backstroke 33.30; 200-yard individual medley, 2:29.11, time drop.

Mariann Catalasan, 13, 200-yard individual medley 2:23.45.

Hashan Ekanayake, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:17, time drop.

Among SOFLO Top 3 finishers were:
Mackenzie McPherson, 10, 100-yard freestyle, second 1:08.72, time drop; 200-yard individual medley, second 2:50.33, time drop; 50-yard breaststroke, third, 42.82, time drop.

Lydia Smutny, 11, 100-yard butterfly, second 1:10.67, time drop.

Gabriela Avila, 13, 200-yard individual medley, second 2:26.93, time drop.

Sofia Gomez, 10, 100-yard freestyle, third 1:09.96.

Sofia Bedoya, 17, 50-yard backstroke, third 32.44, time drop.

Juan Vallmitjana, 11, 200-yard breaststroke, second 2:58.14.

Giorgio Rusconi, 13, 200-yard breaststroke, second 2:38.18.

Ethan McPeek, 13, 200-yard backstroke, second 2:17.94.

Ryan Harries, 10, 100-yard butterfly, second 1:16.89, time drop.

Oleksii Viazmetinov, 10, 50-yard breaststroke, second 41.59, time drop.

Nicholas Pelaez, 13, 1,650-yard freestyle, third, 18:19.72, time drop.

In the mixed 200-yard medley relay competition, SOFLO won the 7-10, 13-14 and 15-18 age categories.


Mixed 200-yard medley relay:
7-10, 1. SOFLO A 2:21.33, 2. Midtown Weston 2:28.94, 3. Hurricane Aquatics 2:31.78, 4. SOFLO B 2:32.09; 11-12, 1. Midtown Weston A 2:05.22, 2. Midtown Weston B 2:10.57, 3. SOFLO A 2:12.39; 13-14, 1. SOFLO A 1:57.29, 2. Midtown Weston A 1:59.12, 3. Azura 1:59.79, 5. SOFLO B 2:04.05; 15-18, 1. SOFLO A 1:59.62, 2. Hurricane 2:04.57.

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Karen Alcala, BM 2:58.02; 13-14, 1. Anastasia Lutz, Unattached 2:43.41; SOFLO: 8. Calista Harries 3:00.69; 15-18, 1. Karina Manrique, MWA 2:49.11.

100-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Stella McCranie, Azura 1:08.42; SOFLO: 2. Mackenzie McPherson 1:08.72, time drop, 3. Sofia Gomez 1:09.96, 10. Cherill Royalty 1:12.66, time drop, 18. Olivia Wilson 1:15.23, time drop; 11-12, 1. Genesis Escobar, SOFLO 1:01.91, time drop; SOFLO: 7. Sofia Lugo 1:04.40; 13-14, 1. Hannah Webb, MCDA 57.08; 15-18, 1. Marlene Garjo, Hurricane Aquatics 55.06.

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Karen Alcala, BM 2:35.57; SOFLO: 4. Alexandra Strong 2:42.17; 13-14, 1. Isabelle Wilson, SOFLO 2:21.54, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 2:32.01; 15-18, 1. Marlene Garijo, Hurricane Aquatics 2:21.83.

100-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:19.39, time drop; SOFLO: 8. Saree Young 1:30.12, time drop; 11-12, 1. Katja Milevska, Azura 1:10.29; SOFLO: 2. Lydia Smutny 1:10.67, time drop; 13-14, 1. Kendra Gomez, MWA 1:01.89; 15-18, 1. Lisette Burgos, MAC 1:05.20.

50-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Roxan Rodriguez, MWA 42.66; SOFLO: 3. Mackenzie McPherson 42.82, time drop, 10. Jordan Evans 44.77, 11. Jemma Baldwin 44.90, 14. Olivia Watson 45.55; 11-12, 1. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 36.65, time drop; 13-14, 1. Kendra Gomez, MWA 34.07; 15-18, 1. Sophia Bedoya, SOFLO 36.02, time drop.

50-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 37.67, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Jemma Baldwin 39.21, 6. Shelby Evans 40.12, time drop, 18. Olivia Wilson 42.52; 11-12, 1. Pilar Duranti, SOFLO 33.30; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Lugo 35.16, 6. Alexandra Strong 36.02, time drop; 13-14, 1. Reese Rosenthal, GRSC 31.52; 15-18, 1. Lisette Burgos, MAC 31.88; SOFLO: 3. Sophia Bedoya 32.44, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 2:49.23, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Mackenzie McPherson 2:50.33, time drop, 5. Saree Young 2:59.78, time drop, 8. Cherill Royalty 3:08.18, time drop; 11-12, 1. Pilar Duranti, SOFLO 2:29.11, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Genesis Escobar 2:36.84 time drop, 6. Elise Dinehart 2:37.01, time drop, 7. Sofia Lugo 2:39.72, time drop. 13-14, 1. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 2:23.45; SOFLO: 2. Gabriela Avila 2:26.93, time drop; 15-18, 1. Marlene Garijo, Hurricane Aquatics 2:18.49.

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Darly Yin, SF 22:09.21; 13-14, 1. Anna Kline, EA 19:06.59; 15-18, 1. Emma Twombly, MWA 20:17.13.


200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Lucas Young, Hurricane Aquatics 2:52.71; SOFLO: 2. Juan Vallmitjana 2:58.14; 13-14, 1. Thomas Fanjul, GRSC 2:37.61; SOFLO: 2. Giorgio Rusconi 2:38.18.

100-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Alexander Diaz, SF 1:09.92; SOFLO: 16. Martin Petkov 1:16.50, time drop, 20. Reed Woodward 1:17.23, 21. Eric Ferrer 1:17.31, time drop.

200-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 2:17, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Ethan McPeek 2:17.94; 15-18, 1. Joao Pedro Lenz Cesar, GRSC 2:12.

100-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 1:16.60; SOFLO: 2. Ryan Harries 1:16.89, time drop, 5. Reed Woodward 1:26.10, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 40.08; SOFLO: 2. Oleksii Viazmetinov 41.59, time drop, 15. Dylan McVeigh 46.82, 16. Martin Petkov 47.12, time drop, 18. Reed Woodward 48.03;

50-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Diego Vera, Unattached 37.39; SOFLO: 9. Eric Ferrer 40.85, time drop;

200-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 2:46.44; SOFLO: 5. Martin Petkov 3:04, time drop, 8. Dylan McVeigh 3:17.89;

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Axel Torres-Torres, GSC 21:30; 13-14, 1. Gabriel Tortola, Azura 17:48; SOFLO: 3. Nicholas Pelaez 18:19.72, time drop; 15-18, 1. Riley Garcia, Hurricane Aquatics 19:04.49.

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Duranti, Wilson Lead SOFLO Sharks On Day One Of FGC BB Championships South

By Sharon Robb

MIRAMAR, March 1, 2020—Pilar Duranti and Isabelle Wilson led South Florida Aquatic Club on opening day of the FGC BB Championships South Friday at Miramar Regional Park Aquatic Complex.

Pilar Duranti, 12, won the 11-12 400-yard individual medley in a best time 5:12.68, dropping 1:29.80 minutes off her previous best of 6:42.48.

Isabelle Wilson, 13, won the 13-14 400-yard individual medley in 4:52.28, also a best time. Wilson shaved 8.51 seconds off her previous best of 5:00.79 and dipped below 5 minutes for the first time.

Other SOFLO Top 3 finishers were:

Genesis Escobar, 12, 500-yard freestyle, second 5:57.76, time drop.

Elise Dinehart, 11, 500-yard freestyle, third, 5:58.59.

Alana Deo, 16, 500-yard freestyle, second, 5:52.70.

Mariann Catalasan, 13, 400-yard individual medley, second 5:01.17, time drop.

Kevin Moya, 13, 500-yard freestyle, second 5:15.41, time drop.

Ethan McPeek, 13, 400-yard individual medley, third, 5:00.15.

Alan Bertea, 16, 400-yard individual medley, second 4:36.62, time drop.

Host SOFLO entered 69 swimmers (36 girls and 33 boys) in 284 individual events.


500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Daryna Karachun, YSF 6:43.36; 11-12, 1. Natalia Ortiz, MWA 5:51.81; SOFLO: 2. Genesis Escobar 5:57.76, time drop, 3. Elise Dinehart 5:58.59, time drop, 5. Alexandra Strong 6:09.86, time drop, 7. Sarah Bedoya 6:20.95, 8. Sophia Avila 6:25.01; 13-14, 1. Mia Gelin, EA 5:31.53; SOFLO: 4. Gabriela Avila 5:44.82, time drop, 10. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 6:09.37, time drop; 15-18, 1. Sara Custodio, MAC 5:41.59; SOFLO: 2. Alana Deo 5:52.70.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Pilar Duranti, SOFLO 5:12.68, time drop; 13-14, 1. Isabelle Wilson, SOFLO 4:52.28, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Mariann Catalasan 5:01.17, time drop, 5. Gabriela Avila 5:14.87; 15-18, 1. Brooklyn Banks, SF 5:22.40.


500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Alexander Diaz, SF 6:42.51; 11-12, 1. Carlos Rincon, MWA 5:41.68; 13-14, 1. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Azura 5:11.35; SOFLO: 2. Kevin Moya 5:15.41, time drop, 4. Felix Gonzalez 5:22.59, time drop, 6. Nicholas Pelaez 5:26.93, time drop, 10. Marvan Ekanayake 5:38.60, time drop, 14. Nathan Kronen 5:45.43, time drop; 15-18, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 5:01.28.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Matviy Karachun, YSF 506.98; 13-14, 1. Sebastian Losada Herrera, MAC 4:37.53; SOFLO: 3. Ethan McPeek 5:00.15; 15-18, 1. Jorge Lopez, MAC 4:28.98; SOFLO: 2. Alan Bertea 4:36.62, time drop.

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Wilson, Ekanayake Top Finishers; SOFLO Leads After Day One Of FGC Summer Junior Olympics

By Sharon Robb

STUART, July 18, 2019—Isabelle Wilson and Hashan Ekanayake were top finishers for South Florida Aquatic Club on opening day of the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Summer Junior Olympic Championships Thursday at Sailfish Splash Water Park.

Wilson, 12, was second in the 11-12 girls’ 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 18:58.96, shaving 38.11 off her previous best of 19:37.07. It was the first time she broke 19 minutes. She has six events left to swim.

Ekanayake, 12, was also second in the 11-12 boys’ 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 18:39.52, dropping 19.88 off his previous best of 18:59.40.

Felix Gonzalez, 12, was third in a best time 19:17.29, dropping 27.04. It was his first meet swimming attached for SOFLO.

Defending champion SOFLO leads the boys team standings with 18 points and girls team standings with points. SOFLO has 58 individual swimmers racing in 302 events.

The four-day meet continues Friday with prelims and finals.

SOFLO is going after its tenth consecutive JO long course team title and 11th overall in club history. SOFLO has also won back-to-back short and long course JO titles six times.

In March, SOFLO won the FGC 14&Under Short Course JOs for a record tenth overall combined in the club’s 19-year history. SOFLO won the boys title with 524 points ahead of runnerup FAST (401). SOFLO girls finished runnerup by just 18 points behind Pine Crest.

Among top teams in the meet are Pine Crest, Azura, FAST, Jupiter, Hialeah, Swim Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise.


BOYS TEAM RESULTS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 18, 2. Metro Aquatics 10, 3. City of Hialeah, FAST, Heritage Aquatics 9, 6. Azura 7, 7. Jupiter 6, 8. North Palm Beach, St. Andrews, 1, 10. Gulliver, Sunrise 1.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 13, 2. Midtown Weston 10, 3. St. Andrew’s, Jupiter 9, 5. Gulliver 8, 6. Metro Aquatics 7, 7. Wahoos of Wellington, North Palm Beach 5, 9. FAST 4, 10. Coral Springs Swim Club 3.


1500-meter freestyle:
11-12: 1. Emma Herrera, Jupiter 18:37.92, 2. Isabelle Wilson, SOFLO 18:58.96, time drop, 38.11, 3. Mariana Pinto, SOFLO 19:03.48; SOFLO: 14. Sarah Vasquez 20:37.07; 13-14, 1. Erin Miller, SAS 17:42.33; SOFLO: 13. Alexis Christensen 19:01.55.


1500-meter freestyle:
11-12: 1. Farouk Musa, HAT 18:30.08, 2. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 18:39.52, time drop, 19.88, 3. Felix Gonzalez, SOFLO 19:17.29, time drop 27.04; 13-14: 1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 16:52.09; SOFLO: 4. Javier Colmenares 17:31.89, time drop 1:06.53; SOFLO: 10. Alejandro Mateus 18:13.29, 13. Christian Tijero 18:18.94, time drop 2.49, 16. Nathaniel Garrick 18:32.23.


What: 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday-Sunday, prelims, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart.

Defending 2018 champions: Combined, SOFLO; Boys, FAST (Flood Aquatics Swim Team); Girls, Pine Crest.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets will not be sold and will be available at Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club are co-hosting the meet. Results will be available on Meet Mobile or For more information call Jim McCombs, 772-485-3239.

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Olivia Dinehart Top SOFLO Finisher On Day One Of TYR Elite Showcase Classic

By Sharon Robb

ST. PETERSBURG, April 10, 2019–Olivia Dinehart led South Florida Aquatic Club on Day One of the TYR NASA (National Age Group Swimming Association) Elite Showcase Classic Wednesday at North Shore Aquatic Complex.

Dinehart, 14, was third in the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 29.90. She was fastest qualifier after prelims in 29.91. She was also 11th in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 24.87, dropping 0.14.

SOFLO swimmers also had three swimmers with sixth place finishes.

Fiorella Di Salvo, 11, was sixth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:20.98, a best time by 0.80 seconds. Her previous best was 2:21.78.

Isabelle Wilson, 12, was sixth in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a best time 11:07.21 with a time drop of 27.11

Elena Dinehart, 14, was sixth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:04.92.

Pine Crest Swimming was the only Florida Gold Coast team to win both relays and individual events. The girls 13-14 200-yard medley won in 1:46.92 with Julia Podkoscielny, Riley Botting, Lara Jones and Isabella Chambers.

Podkoscielny, 14, also won two individual events with two best times in the 13-14 200-yard backstroke in 1:58.59 (1.03 drop) and 50-yard freesyle in 23.47.

Sara Lin, 13, won the 50-yard breaststroke in 29.73, dropping 0.54 seconds. In the 14-year-old division, SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart was third in 29.90 dropping 0.01.

SOFLO, a TYR-sponsored team, has nine swimmers competing in the single age group swimming championship. With 95 teams entered, it is the largest meet SOFLO has competed in.

SOFLO is one of six Florida Gold Coast teams that have swimmers entered including Azura Florida Aquatics, Eagles Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons and Pine Crest Swimming.

Among out-of-state teams competing are Tide Swimming, Virginia Gators, The Fish, Black Marlins, Delaware Swim Team, Lake Shore, Dolphin Swim Club, Poseidon Swimming, North Penn, Rose Bowl Aquatics, Ohio State Swim Club, Trident Aquatic Club, Jersey Wahoos, North Baltimore Aquatic Club and Potomac Marlins.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 246, 2. Virginia Gators 160, 3. Delaware 158, 4. The Fish 130.5, 5. Team Pittsburgh 110, 6. Pine Crest Swimming 106, 30. South Florida Aquatic Club 23.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Delaware 114, 2. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 94, 3. The Fish 90.5, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 84, 5. Virginia Gators 75, 19. South Florida Aquatic Club 23.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 152, 2. Trident 86.5, 3. Virginia Gators 85, 4. Team Pittsburgh 70, 5. All Star Aquatics, Occoquan 49, 20. Pine Crest Swimming 22.


200-yard medley relay: 11-12, 1. All Star Aquatics 1:55.81, 16. SOFLO 2:04.67 (Anastasia Lutz, Natalia Sibug, Fiorella Di Salvo, Isabelle Wilson).

1,000-yard freestyle:
12-year-olds, 1. Penelope Lazar, GYWD 10:32.44, 6. Isabelle Wilson, SOFLO 11:07.21.

200-yard backstroke:
11-year-olds, 1. Campbell Chandler, NBAC 2:12.51, 6. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 2:20.98; 14-year-olds, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:58.59, 6. Elena Dinehart 2:04.92, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke:
13-year-olds, 1. Sara Lin, PC 29.73; 14-year-olds, 1. Riley Bridgman, QSTS 29.37, 3. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 29.90, time drop 0.01.

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