Izzy Wilson Top SOFLO Finisher At Southern Zone Open Water 5K Championships


By Sharon Robb
DeLEON SPRINGS, Fl., May 14, 2022—Izzy Wilson was South Florida Aquatic Club and Florida Gold Coast’s top girls’ finisher at the Southern Zone Open Water Championships Saturday at Camp Winona YMCA.

Wilson, 16, was second in the 5K 15-16 age category in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 25.6 seconds for the 3.1 mile race. Claire Stuhlmacher, 16, of Florida Swimming finished first in 1:01.34.2.

Andreas Da Silva, 14, was Florida Gold Coast’s top boys finisher, placing second in the 13-14 5K in 1:01:35.8. Dillon Brigman, 14, of Florida Swimming won in 59:42.9.

SOFLO’ top qualifier is Natalie Gembicki, 17, was tenth among the open 5K swimmers in 1:07:27.2. The time bettered her previous 5K time of 1:13:22.

Amelie Bicerne, 15, was 27th in the girls 15-16 in 1:11:27.3.

Jemma Baldwin, 12, was sixth in the girls 11-12 2K open water race in 27:58.9.

Juan Vallmitjana, 13, was 27th in the boys 13-14 1:12.01.9.

Ryan Harries, 13, was 29th in the boys 13-14 1:12:57.4.

Ivan Grass, 17, was tenth in the open boys in 1:05:22.0.

Sunday’s events at 8:45 a.m. feature the 11-12 2K Team Pursuit Race; 13-14 2K Team Pursuit Race; 15-16 2K Team Pursuit Race and Open 2K Team Pursuit Race.

UNOFFICIAL 5K RESULTS
GIRLS

13-14: 1. Gabriella Underwood, Gulf 1:06:02.9, 2. Alexandra Dunn, South Texas 1:06:03.0, 3. JB Kodera, Florida Swimming 1:06:05.3; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 9. Allison Connors 1:09:21.3, 35. Erin Reid 1:24:20.5, 36. Frankie Ninova 1:31:39.4, 37. Kalina Gitchev 1:32:50.3.
15-16: 1. Claire Stuhlmacher, Florida Swimming 1:01:34.2, 2. Izzy Wilson, Florida Gold Coast 1:02:25.6, 3. Olivia Moore, Florida Swimming 1:03:20.6; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 15. Lilia Blanco 1:08:14.4, 20. Evelyn Balog 1:10:13.3, 27. Amelie Bicerne 1:11.27.3.
17-18: 1. Summer Cardwell, Florida Swimming 1:01:28.4, 2. Cadence Fort, Florida Swimming 1:01:29.7, 3. Blair Stoneburg, Florida Swimming 1:01:32.4; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 6. Samira Zambrano 1:05:51.9, 10. Natalie Gembicki 1:07:27.2, 21. Leslie Dame 1:12:07.0.

BOYS
13-14: 1. Dillon Brigman, Florida Swimming 59:42.9, 2. Andreas Da Silva, Florida Gold Coast 1:01:35.8, 3. Rylan Sepulveda, Florida Swimming 1:01:43.8; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 27. Juan Valmitjana 1:12:01.9, 29. Ryan Harries 1:12:57.4, 33. Kavon Clarke 1:13:40.9.

15-16: 1. Bucky Gettys, South Texas 57:50.9, 2. Ryan Turner, Florida Swimming 1:00.13.5, 3. Jack Culbertson, Gulf 1:00:18.2; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 17. Billy Connors 1:04:18.3, 20. Caleb DaSilva 1:04:55.1, 34. Lucas Young 1:08:17.6, 38. Michael Grenier 1:10:24.1.

17-18: 1. Andrew Taylor, Florida Swimming 57:45.5, 2. Carter Stuhlmacher, Florida Swimming 57:48.0, 3. Connor Fry, Gulf 57:50.3; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 10. Ivan Grass 1:05:22.0, 20. Kolby Hardin 1:09:11.3.

UNOFFICIAL 2K RESULTS
GIRLS

11-12: 1. Charlee McEvoy, Gulf 27:04.8, 2. Annie Shall, NC 27:15.9, 3. Ellison Mandacina, South Texas 27:36.3; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 5. Cali Jerabek 27:50.4, 6. Jemma Baldwin 27:58.9, 13. Gia Euseppi 29:35.5, 20. Alina Rodriguez 31:01.2.

BOYS
11-12: 1. Jorge Guerra, Gulf 25:59.9, 2. Lupo Sgroi, Florida Swimming 26:12.6, 3. Reef McMeeking, Florida Swimming 26:13.2; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 11. Caleb Caponera 27:01.5, 14. Luke Reid 28:09.9, 15. Elan Beker 28:23.3.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Compete This Weekend At Southern Zone Open Water Championships


By Sharon Robb
DeLEON SPRINGS, Fl., May 13, 2022—After checking in, swimmers got a chance to warm up Friday for the Southern Zone Open Water Championships Saturday and Sunday at Camp Winona YMCA.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented on the Florida Gold Coast zone team with seven swimmers in the two-day event hosted by Hydro4 Swimming and Florida Swimming.

Florida Swimming has won the event for the past three years followed by North Carolina, Gulf Swimming and South Texas Swimming.

On Saturday at 8:15 a.m. the 11-12 2K, 13-14 5K and Senior Open and 15-16 5K races will be held.

Sunday’s events at 8:45 a.m. feature the 11-12 2K Team Pursuit Race; 13-14 2K Team Pursuit Race; 15-16 2K Team Pursuit Race and Open 2K Team Pursuit Race.

The 5K course is a rectangular shape with multiple buoys placed on the course to identify the course boundaries. The start and finish are in-water. The races are being live streamed on YouTube. Results will be posted on Florida Swimming’s open water swimming page.

The water depth off the dock is 15 feet and water temperature is expected to range from 72-78 degrees.

SOFLO’ top qualifier is Natalie Gembicki, 17, who was SOFLO’s top girls’ finisher in the FGC local qualifier placing second in the 17-and-over 5K in 1 hour, 13 minutes and 22 seconds for the 3.1 course off Pompano Beach Pier.

Other SOFLO swimmers are: Juan Vallmitjana, 13, Alexander Miller, 16, Jemma Baldwin, 12, Izzy Wilson, 15, Amelie Bicerne, 15, Ivan Grass, 17 and Ryan Harries, 13.

OPEN WATER ZONE TEAM ROSTERS
GIRLS

11-12, 1. Cali Jerabek, 2. Gia Euseppi, 3. Alina Rodriguez, 4. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO.
13-14, 1. Erin Reid, 2. Frankie Ninova, 3. Kalina Gitchev, 4. Allison Connors.
15-16, 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO, 2. Lily Blanco, 3. Evelyn Balog, 4. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO.
Open, 1. Leslie Dame, 2. Natalie Gembecki, SOFLO, 3. Samira Zambrano.

BOYS
11-12, 1. Caleb Camponera, 2. Luke Reid.
13-14, 1. Andreas DaSilva, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO, 3. Ryan Harries, SOFLO, 4. Kavon Clarke.
15-16, 1. Billy Connors, 2. Caleb DaSilva, 3. Lucas Young, 4. Michael Grenier.
Open, 1. Giuliano Brunetti, 2. Fernando Collazo, 3. Ivan Grass, SOFLO, 4. Kolby Hardin.

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

Seven SOFLO Swimmers Make Open Water Zone Team; SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Wins Open Water 2K


By Sharon Robb
POMPANO BEACH, May 1, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club had seven swimmers qualify for the zone team Friday at the Florida Gold Coast Swimming Open Water Championships off Pompano Beach Pier.

Natalie Gembicki, 17, was SOFLO’s top girls’ finisher placing second in the 17-and-over 5K in 1 hour, 13 minutes and 22 seconds for the 3.1 course.

Juan Vallmitjana, 13, and Alexander Miller, 16, were SOFLO boys’ top finishers, both placing their in their age groups. Vallmitjana finished in 1:10:15 for 13-14 and Miller finished in 1:10:19 for 15-16.

Joining Gembicki, Vallmitjana and Miller on the FGC zone team are Jemma Baldwin, 12, Izzy Wilson, 15, Amelie Bicerne, 15, and Ivan Grass, 17.

Mallory Schleicher, 19, was SOFLO’s lone winner in the girls 2K in 16:27, nearly three minutes ahead of Coral Springs’ Reese Maxwell in 19:25.

The Southern Zone Open Water Championship is May 14-15 at Camp Winona YMCA in DeLeon Springs.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS 5K

13-14, 1. Erin Reid, SAS 1:33.49, 2. Frankie Ninova, CANE 1:39:54, 3. Kalina Gitchev, CANE 1:46:46.
15-16, 1. Lilia Blanco, PB 1:11:29, 2. Evelyn Balog, PB 1:15:43, 3. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO 1:20:12; SOFLO: 6. Gabriela Avila 1:36:21, 7. Dahlia Hirsh 1:38:09.
17-and-over, 1. Fatima Portillo, Azura 1:11:28, 2. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 1:13:22, 3. Samira Zambrano, MWA 1:15:30.
BOYS 5K
13-14, 1. Andreas DaSilva, WOW 1:06:31, 2. Dillon Metz, WOW 1:07:30, 3. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:10:15; SOFLO: 4. Ryan Harries 1:19:53.
15-16, 1. Billy Connors, WOW 1:07:01, 2. Caleb Dasilva, WOW 1:08:04, 3. Alexander Miller, SOFLO 1:10:19; SOFLO: 4. Jaden Amores 1:10:53, 5. Hashan Ekanayake 1:12:43, 9. Derek Hau 1:21:38, 10. Abraham Penaloza 1:21:40, 11. Garrett Garcia-Stoddard 1:26:52.
17-and-over, 1 Maximiliano Paccot, Azura 1:00:16, 2. Abraham Flores, Azura 1:02:40, 3. Elias Segovia, Azura 1:02:41; SOFLO: 6. Ivan Grass 1:10:06.
GIRLS 2K
12-and-under, 1. Cali Jerabek, NPB 17:29, 2. Gia Euseppi, NPB 17:40, 3. Alina Rodriguez, PB 17:41, 4. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 17:44.
13-14, 1. Nikki Wood, PB 17:50, 2. Lucia Blanco, PB 17:51, 3. Rose Seniuk, SOFLO 18:30.
17-and-over, 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 16:37, 2. Reese Maxwell, CSSC 19:25.
BOYS 2K
12-and-under, 1. Elan Becker, SAS 18:32, 2. Alejandro Bahos Andrade, WOW 19:05.
13-14, 1. Becket Menacho, PB 16:37, 2. Ethan Persten, CSSC 17:45, 3. Alistair Bass, SFTL 17:56.
15-16, 1. Andrew Smith, PB 17:37, 2. tie, Everhart Fergus, WOW 17:43 and Adriano Brunetti, PB 17:43.
17-and-over, 1. Nick Potter, PB 16:34, 2. Lee Scharf, PB 21:47.

OPEN WATER ZONE TEAM ROSTERS
GIRLS

11-12, 1. Cali Jerabek, 2. Gia Euseppi, 3. Alina Rodriguez, 4. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO.
13-14, 1. Erin Reid, 2. Frankie Ninova, 3. Kalina Gitchev, 4. Allison Connors.
15-16, 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO, 2. Lily Blanco, 3. Evelyn Balog, 4. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO.
Open, 1. Leslie Dame, 2. Natalie Gembecki, SOFLO, 3. Samira Zambrano.
BOYS
11-12, 1. Caleb Camponera, 2. Luke Reid.
13-14, 1. Andreas DaSilva, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO, 3. Ryan Harries, SOFLO, 4. Kavon Clarke.
15-16, 1. Billy Connors, 2. Caleb DaSilva, 3. Lucas Young, 4. Michael Grenier.
Open, 1. Giuliano Brunetti, 2. Fernando Collazo, 3. Ivan Grass, SOFLO, 4. Kolby Hardin.

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

SOFLO’s Schleicher, Wilson Among Nation’s Best At U.S. Open Water National And Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb
FORT MYERS BEACH, March 31, 2022–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mallory Schleicher and Isabelle (Izzy) Wilson will compete this weekend in the U.S. Open Water National & Junior Championships.

The nation’s top open water swimmers will compete for several roster spots at various meets.

The competition begins Friday and runs through Sunday at Lynn Hall Beach Park.

According to the psych sheet, Schleicher, 17, a University of Florida commit, will compete in the 5K National Championship and Wilson, 14, will swim the 7.5K Junior National Championships.

Other local swimmers entered are University of Florida’s Anna Auld, 17, (10K/5K); Blair Stoneburg, 16, (10K/5K) of Treasure Coast Aquatics; Brynn Stoneburg, 15, of Treasure Coast Aquatics (7.5K Junior).

Among top seeds are 2020 Olympians Erica Sullivan, Michael Brinegar and Katie Grimes. Joining them are Open Water National Team members Mariah Denigan, Leah DeGeorge and brothers Dylan and Brennan Gravley.

Open Water champion David Heron heads the field. In last year’s event, he finished first in both the 5K and 10K. It was the first time in nine Open Water National Championships appearances where he won both events.

The top finishers will make the upcoming U.S. Open Water National Team and U.S. Open Water National Junior Team, 2022 FINA Open Water World Championships U.S. team and 2022 FINA World Junior Open Water Championships U.S. teams.

The 2022 U.S. Open Water National Team, which will be active May 1-October 31, 2022, will be based on the top six male and top six female finishers in the 10K event at the 2022 Open Water National Championships held at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Selection to the 2022-23 U.S. Open Water National Team, which will be active November 1, 2022-May 1, 2023, will be decided based on a results-based points system across two domestic and four international open water competitions. At the conclusion of these competitions, the top six male and top six female swimmers with the most points will be named to the 2022-23 U.S. Open Water National Team.

Selection to the U.S. roster for the 2022 FINA Open Water World Championships, which takes place June 26-30 in Budapest, Hungary, will follow a similar points-based system. Points will be distributed to top finishers from the 2022 Open Water National Championships 5K and 10K events, as well as top finishers in the events at the 2022 FINA Marathon Swim World Series in Portugal, which takes place May 28-29, 2022. Following the results of the two competitions, the six male and six female swimmers with the most points will represent the U.S. at the 2022 FINA Open Water World Championships.

The U.S. Open Water National Junior Team will be comprised of the top two male and top two female finishers in the 10K at the Open Water National Championships, the top finishing male and female from a 10K race to be held in October, the top finishers from the junior 7.5K event at the Open Water Junior National Championships and any male or female individual medalist at the 2022 FINA Open Water World Junior Championships.

Selection for the 2022 FINA World Junior Open Water Championships, which will take place September 1-4 in Beau Vallon, Seychelles, will be based off the following age-group finishers from the 2022 Open Water National Junior Championships:
Top two male, top two female finishers from the 5K Junior Nationals (14-15 Age Group).
Top two male, top two female finishers from the 7.5K Junior Nationals (16-17 Age Group).
Top two male, top two female finishers from the 10K Nationals (18-19 Eligible Athletes).

All additional information will be updated to the competition’s event page. The action is being streamed each morning on http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

RACE START TIMES (There has been a change to the National 5K start time)

10K National Championships (Open + 19&U)
    Friday, April 1, 2022-  Women’s Race 8:00 am - Men’s Race 10:30 am 
5K Junior National Championships (15-U Age Group) 
    Saturday, April 2, 2022 Men’s Race 8:00 am -  Women’s Race 8:05 am  
5K National Championships (Open) ** Please Note this is different than what is posted in the meet information
    Sunday, April 3, 2022 Men’s Race 8:00am - Women’s Race 8:05am  
7.5K Junior National Championships (16-17 Age Group)
    Sunday, April 3, 2022 Men’s Race 10:00am - Women’s Race 10:05am

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Captures Eighth Florida Gold Coast Senior Championship Title; Horrego Double Winner On Final Day


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 20, 2022–South Florida Aquatic Club added another chapter in its team history after winning the combined, women’s and men’s team titles of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO topped a field of 36 teams from Broward, Palm Beach and Metro-Dade to win the combined team title with a record 2,048 points topping its previous record of 2,007 set at last year’s short course championships.

TS Aquatics finished runner-up with 946 points for its best finish in a major championship meet. Pine Crest Swimming was third with 673.5.

SOFLO won the women’s team title with 1,072.5, also a record, ahead of TS Aquatics with 579.5 and Pine Crest Swimming with 530.

SOFLO won the men’s team title with 976 points ahead of Metro Aquatics with 465 and Azura Florida Aquatics with 421.

SOFLO won the title with 53 swimmers (32 boys and 21 girls) competing in 301 individual events and on 16 relay teams.

SOFLO’s and University of Florida-bound Mallory Schleicher won girls’ high point with 132 points and Olivia Dinehart was runner-up with 128 points and Elena Dinehart was fourth with 117.

Izzy Wilson saved her best for last winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:20.11. SOFLO’s Michelle Marinheiro, 19, broke 18 minutes in the 1,650-yard freestyle to finish fifth in a best time 17:43.48.

Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego was a double winner in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 53.07, dropping 0.78 seconds and 200-yard individual medley in 1:48.78.

Former SOFLO swimmer Juan Mora was second behind Horrego in the 100-yard breaststroke in 54.82 in his final Florida Gold Coast meet appearance before participating in Doral’s graduation ceremonies in May and heading off to the Naval Academy in June.

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.64.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,048.5, 2. TS Aquatics 946.5, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 673.5, 4. Azura 668, 5. Metro Aquatics 651, 6. Gulliver 620, 7. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 521, 8. Midtown Weston 520.5, 9. Plantation 450, 10. Swim Fort Lauderdle 425.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,072.5, 2. TS Aquatics 579.5, 3. Pine Crest 530.5, 4. Midtown Weston 513.5, 5. Gulliver 374.5, 6. St. Andrew’s 270, 7. Azura 247, 8. Pompano Beach Piranhas 188, 9. Metro Aquatics 186, 10. Coral Springs Swim Club 157.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 976, 2. Metro Aquatics 465, 3. Azura 421, 4. Plantation 405, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 400, 6. TS Aquatics 367, 7. Eagle Aquatics 269.5, 8. St. Andrew’s 251, 9. Gulliver 245.5, 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 147.

TOP 20 HIGH POINT AWARDS
WOMEN: 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 132; SOFLO: 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 128, 4. Elena Dinehart 117, 8. Natalie Gembicki 91, 14. Maddy Smutny 69, 16. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 65.
MEN: 1. Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 138; SOFLO: 6. Javier Colmenares 102, 10. Julio Horrego 93, 14. Alex Golding 73, 22. Javier Roman 45, 23. Sebastian Lares 44, 24. Enrique Rodriguez 42, 28. tie, Wisthon Rendon 37 and Austin Nelson, 37.

WOMEN
1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 17:20.11, 2. Britta Schwengle, Azura 17:27.16, 3. Jessica Smith, WOW 17:36.66; SOFLO: 5. Michelle Marinheiro 17:43.48, time drop 18.02.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jillian Crooks, TSA 55.26,2. Sirena Rowe, Azura 55.36, 3. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 56.71; SOFLO: 20. Sara Quintero 1:00.66, 21. Gabriella DeLuna 1:00.11.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 1:01.72, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:03.64, 3. Julimar Avila, Azura 1:03.67; SOFLO: 10. Sophia Grubbs 1:07.43, 13. Ana Villamil 1:06.89, 22. Sally Golding 1:09.01, 23. Sabrina Osorio 1:09.41.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sirena Rowe, Azura 23.00, 2. Lismar Lyon, MWA 23.05, 3. Jillian Crooks, TSA 23.06; SOFLO: 9. Natalie Gembicki 24.32, 14. Ana Villamil 24.68, 20. Maddy Smutny 25.08, 24. Gabriela Avila 25.17.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:01.13, 2. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:01.34, 3. Riley Botting, PC 2:03.08; SOFLO: 4. Mallory Schleicher 2:04.44, 5. Olivia Dinehart 2:05.92, 7. Natalie Gembicki 2:07.99, 10. Elena Dinehart 2:08.85, 15. Maddy Smutny 2:10.29, 19. Gabriella DeLuna 2:11.96, 23. Sally Golding 2:11.60.

MEN
1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 15:36.16, 2. Dylan Felt, SFTL 1:46.78, 3. Sauod Alshamroukh, Azura 16:06.16; SOFLO: 10. Ivan Grass 16:34.61, 15. Hashan Ekanayake 16:48.81, 17. Felix Gonzalez 16:50.66, 20. Nicholas Pelaez 17:13.97.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 48.60, 2. Landon Kyser, HAT 49.05, 3. Alex Marrero, PST 49.41; SOFLO: 7. Ricardo Roche 50.63, 9. Sebastian Lares 51.00, 10. Aldo Zepeda 52.18, 15. Enrique Rodriguez 52.81, 16. Austin Nelson 52.94, 19. Alejandro Mateus 53.81.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 53.07, 2. Juan Mora, UN 54.82, 3. Kito Campbell, UN 56.62; SOFLO: 5. Javier Colmenares 56.84, 11. Manuel Melendez 59.50, 14. Alex Golding 1:00.48, 21. Javier Roman 1:01.08.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 20.22, 2. Sidrell Williams, Azura 20.60, 3. Zarek Wilson, TSA 20.80; SOFLO: 25. Agustin Rodriguez 22.01.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:48.78, 2. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Azura 1:49.24, 3. Landon Kyser, HAT 1:51.48; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 1:52.09, 6. Javier Colmenares 1:53.96, 11. Alex Golding 1:54.27, 13. Enrique Rodriguez 1:56.36, 14. Javier Roman 1:57.24, 22. Wisthon Rendon 1:59.33, 27. Adrian Hernandez 2:00.86, 28. Alejandro Mateus 2:02.26.

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

Julio Horrego Top SOFLO Finisher On Final Day Of USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectionals; Sarasota Sharks, Azura Win Team Titles


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, February 13, 2022–Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club wrapped up a successful meet Sunday at the USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympian for Honduras was second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.35, off his best time of 2:16.40 swum in 2018. U.S. Olympian Michel Andrew won in 2:14.98.

The 23-year-old finished with a first in the 100 breaststroke, second in the 200 IM, third in the 50 breaststroke, sixth in the 200-meter medley relay and 33rd in the 50 freestyle. Horrego scored 70 points.

SOFLO teammates Izzy Wilson was eighth in the 1500-meter freetyle in a best time 17:44.32, with an impressive time drop of 6.13. Maddy Smutny was eighth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:20.01. Olivia Dinehart was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:40.90. Elena Dinehart was tenth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:23.17. Wisthon Rendon was tenth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.37.

SOFLO’s women’s 400-meter freestyle relay was third in 4:03.36 with Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher and Maddy Smutny.

Winners on the final day:
Katie Ledecky, swimming unattached for the Gator Swim Club, finished her perfect showing with a win in the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:40.63.University of Florida’s Aryan Nehra, swimming unattached, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:54.17.

University of Alabama-bound Lockett Bowley won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.61, three seconds ahead of Michaela Mattes of Sarasota Sharks.

Bolles Martin Espernberger, a finalist in the Austrian Euro Junior Championships, won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:01.25.

Marina Spadoni won the 100-meter freesyle in 56.53 ahead of Addison Sauickie of Sarasota Sharks in 56.65 and Blair Stoneburg of Treasure Coast Aquatics in 57.28.

Stanford-bound Andres Dupont Cabrera of Bolles won the 100-meter freestyle in 50.94.

Gracie Weyant of Sarasota Sharks won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:33.10.

Canadian Megan Wheeler won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.21.

Azura’s Yeziel Morales, a Puerto Rican national record holder, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.83 to finish a sweep of three backstroke events.

Sarasota Sharks won the combined team title (609.5) and women’s team title (360.5). Azura Florida Aquatics won the men’s team title (310.5).

Two-time defending champion SOFLO finished fifth in combined with 215 points, sixth in the men’s competition and eighth in the women’s competition.

SOFLO made club history in 2021 winning back-to-back Southern Zone South Sectional Championships. In February, SOFLO won the combined team title, was second among women and third among men. In July, SOFLO won the combined team title and boys team titles and girls were second.

SOFLO had 34 swimmers qualify in 151 individual events and has 20 relay teams in 10 relay events.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Sarasota Sharks 609.5, 2. Azura 542.5, 3. Bolles 462, 4. Gator Swim Club 302, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 215, 6. Trinity Prep 197, 7. Sarasota Tsunami 171, 8. Academy Aquatic Club 165, 9. Blue Dolfins 161.5, 10. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 137.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 360.5, 2. Azura 232, 3. Nepean Kanata Barracudas 184, 4. Bolles 155, 5. Blue Dolfins 118.5, 6. Gator Swim Club 111, 7. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 93, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 84, 9. Academy Aquatic Club 76, 10. Unattached Gator Swim Club 60.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 310.5, 2. Bolles 307, 3. Sarasota Sharks 249, 4. Trinity Prep 195, 5. Gator Swim Club 191, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 131, 7. Sarasota Tsunami 113, 8. Academy Aquatic CLub 89, 9. Rocoa Rockets 81, 10. Olympus Swimming Club 45, 11. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 44.

WOMEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, UN 15:40.63, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 16:29.86, 3. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 16:53.33; SOFLO: 8. Isabelle Wilson 17:44.32, time drop 6.13; FGC: 15. Jessica Smith, WOW 18:09.26, 16. Siena Griffiths, SAS 18:18.36, 19. Fatima Portillo, Azura 18:29.05, 21. Corley Smith, FKSC 18:56.20.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Lockett Bowley, BD 2:13.61, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 2:16.33, 3. Isabella Lojewski, BD 2:17.11; SOFLO: 8. Maddy Smutny 2:20.01, 21. Elena Dinehart 2:24.06; FGC: 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:18.74, 7. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 2:19.26; 9. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 2:21.42, 22. Mariana Cote, MWA 2:26.23.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Marina Spadoni, UN 56.53, 2. Addison Sauickie, SYS 56.65, 3. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 57.28; SOFLO: 21. Olivia Dinehart 59.95; FGC: 11. Sirena Rowe, Azura 58.74.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:33.10, 2. Emily Santos, MVA 2:35.90, 3. Julie Brousseau, NKB 2:36.36; SOFLO: 6. Olivia Dinehart 2:40.90, 23. Sabrina Osorio 2:50.13, time drop 0.36; FGC: 9. Reese Andres, SAS 2:42.90, 18. Kate Kaplan, CC 2:47.30.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Megan Wheeler, NKB 2:15.21, 2. Brooke Manning, UN 2:17.78, 3. Sarah Sensenbrenner, SYS 2:18.64; SOFLO: 10. Elena Deinhart 2:23.17, 17. Mallory Schleicher 2:24.47, time drop 0.79; FGC: 13. Brynn Stoneburg, TCA 2:25.96, 19. Erin Miller, SAS 2:26.97.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 3:56.46 (Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Sirena Rowe, Michaela Sierra, Julimar Avila), 2. Nepean Kanata Barracudas 3:59.27, 3. SOFLO A 4:03.36 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Maddy Smutny), 10. SOFLO B 4:11.32 (Nat Gembicki, Sally Golding, Gabriella DeLuna, Ana Villamil).

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Aryan Nehra, UN 15:54.17, 2. Advait Page, UN 16:04.59, 3. Ryan Erisman, LAK 16:18.93; SOFLO: 18. Ivan Grass 17:21.83, 20. Mateo Shearer, HAT 17:29.98, 23. Hashan Ekanayake 17:46.01.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Martin Espernberger, Bolles 2:01.25, 2. Gage Hulbert, Bolles 2:02.10, 3. Michael Mullen, Bolles 2:03.71; SOFLO: 10. Wisthon Rendon 2:08.37, 20. Enrique Rodriguez 2:13.27; FGC: 4. Dario Martin 2:05.63, 6. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:07.04, 9. Landon Kyser, HAT 2:06.77, 23. Alfredo Dominguez, BMHG 2:14.96, 24. Nikita Efimov, OSC 2:17.17.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Andres Dupont Cabrera, Bolles 50.94, 2. Leif Bouwman, UN 52.41, 3. Jack Hall, Bolles 52.93; FGC: 9. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 53.10, 10. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Azura 53.23, 15. Chase Foulds, SAS 54.19.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Michael Andrew, MASA 2:14.98, 2. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 2:17.35, time drop 0.16, 3. Dario Martin, OSC 2:22.03; SOFLO: 17. Javier Colmenares 2:27.54; FGC: 5. Giulian Martin CANE 2:23.26, 18. Lucas Young, CANE 2:28.60, 22. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 2:32.97.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:01.83, 2. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 2:04.21, 3. Luigi Granco, TPA 205.71; SOFLO: 19. Wisthon Rendon 2:14.54, 20. Austin Nelson 2:15.25, time drop 2.87; FGC: 4. Carlos Cobos, UN 2:05.92, 7. Patrick Doyle, SUN 2:10.93.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura A 3:32.26 (Davidson Vincent, Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Gabriel Araya, Yeziel Morales), 2. Trinity Prep 3:35.91, 3. Academy AC 3:37.98, 5. SOFLO A 3:43.56 (Alex Golding, Enrique Rodriguez, Javier Colmenares, Aldo Zepeda).

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

SOFLO’s Juan Vallmitjana Wins Twice On Day One Of 31st Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, December 10, 2021—Juan Vallmitjana of South Florida Aquatic Club won individual and relay events to highlight action on opening day of the 31st annual Speedo Winter Championships Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Vallmitjana, 12, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 17:15.48, dropping 8.96 seconds off his previous best . He also anchored the winning 11-12 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:44.80 with teammates Connor Jimenez, Ryan Harries and Maximilian Remmele.

Vallmitjana anchored the runner-up 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:58.40 with Remmele, Joshua Menezes and Jimenez.

Izzy Wilson, 15, was SOFLO’s top girls’ finisher placing second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 17:12.50, dropping 18.72 seconds. She has the 500 freestyle left to swim.

Defending champion SOFLO is second in combined with 286 points behind St. Andrew’s with 314. SOFLO girls lead with 187 ahead of Metro Aquatics with 119. St. Andrew’s leads the boys with 197 and SOFLO is third with 99.

The four-day meet, one of the oldest in the state, continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday prelims with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Two pools are being used.

Last year South Florida Aquatic Club swept the combined and boys titles.

SOFLO, the largest team, has 107 swimmers competing in 621 individual events and 28 relay events.

Other top teams competing are Azura Florida Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s, Midtown Weston, Jupiter Dragons and Metro Aquatics.

Spectator admission is $5 per session, There are special all-session passes on sale. Parking is free. Heat sheets are available at http://www.swimpst.com and on Meet Mobile.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 314, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 286, 3. Metro Aquatics 195, 4. Midtown Weston 140, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 129.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 187, 2. Metro Aquatics 119, 3. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 117, 4. Plantation Swim Team 91, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 85.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 197, 2. Midtown Weston 118, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 99, 4. Wellington 78, 5. Metro Aquatics 76.

GIRLS
200-yard medley relay:
11-12, 1. St. Andrew’s 1:55.17 (Alera Hurwitz, Lily Reed, Roxy Rohrbaugh, Carmela Coleman), 2. Jupiter 1:57.91, 3. Wellington 1:59.63, 6. SOFLO 2:08.91 (Jemma Baldwin, Olivia Wilson, Jianna Amores, Mackenzie McPherson).

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:49.31 (Paola Negrin, Isabel Viera, Sahara Idler, Sofia Jorge), 2. St. Andrew’s A 1:49.79, 3. St. Andrew’s B 1:53.50, 7. SOFLO 1:59.59 (Amanda Grubbs, Elise Dinehart, Lydia Smutny, Amelie Bicerne).

Open, 1. Azura 1:44.46 (Sirena Rowe, Nicole Frank, Maria Munoz, Gabriela Robles), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:47.76, 3. Midtown Weston 1:48.41, 6. SOFLO 1:50.14 (Mallory Schleicher, Sophia Grubbs, Ana Villamil, Gabriela Avila).

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Alessandra Gendarmi, PST 19:25.05, 2. Allison Connors, WOW 19:36.94, 3. Makayla Montenegro, MWA 19:42.93; SOFLO: 5. Sofia Gomez 20:05.98, time drop 0.09, 7. Saree Young 21:24.04, time drop 14.12.

13-14, 1. Siena Griffiths, SAS 17:34.59, 2. Gioia Balzano, EA 17:37.30, 3. Katherine Voet, SFTL 18:05.71; SOFLO: 6. Amanda Grubbs 18:33.24, time drop 42.05, 7. Amelie Bicerne 18:39.51, 9. Mariana Pinto 18:58.53, 10. Pilar Duranti 19:10.89, time drop 2.79.

15-16, 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 17:11.23, 2. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 17:12.50, time drop 18.72, 3. Izzy Vega, WEST 17:18.69.

17-and-over, 1. Faith Mutschler, Wellington 17:44.09, 2. Corley Smith, Florida Keys 18:15.61, 3. Lillian Smith, SAA 18:18.40.

200-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1:44.44, 2. Jupiter 1:47.00, 3. Wellington 1:47.10, 8. SOFLO A 1:53.78 (Jemma Baldwin, Sofia Rodriguez, Olivia Wilson, Saree Young).

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:38.64 (Paola Negrin, Alani Lopez, Sahara Idler, Sofia Jorge), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:41.32, 3. St. Andrew’s B 1:44.42, 5. SOFLO A 1:46.75 (Amelie Bicerne, Elise Dinehart, Amanda Grubbs, Jenesys Amores), 7. SOFLO B 1:47.71 (Tania Mantilla, Sarah Vasquez, Mia Guerrero, Pilar Duranti).

Open, 1. Azura 1:36.98, 2. Pine Crest 1:37.13, 3. TS Aquatics 1:37.43, 9. SOFLO A 1:41.51 (Ana Villamil, Mallory Schleicher, JennaMarie Brames, Gabriela Avila), 16. SOFLO B 1:44.50 (Ana Frable, Sally Golding, Sophia Grubbs, Gabriella DeLuna).

BOYS
200-yard medley relay:
11-12, 1. Jupiter 1:57.25, 2. SOFLO 1:58.40 (Maximiliano Remmele, Joshua Menezes, Connor Jimenez, Juan Vallmitjana), 3. Blue Marlins 2:01.24, 5. SOFLO B 2:05.65 (Martin Petkov, Joseph-Blake Natino, Ryan Harries, Ethan Hall).

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:38.37, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:39.84, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:46.70, 5. SOFLO A 1:47.38 (Tristiam Dons, Derek Hau, Jaden Amores, Kevin Moya), 7. SOFLO B 1:48.61 (Felix Gonzalez, Felipe Rodriguez, Carlos Rincon, Carlos Salas).

Open, 1. Azura 1:30.70, 2. SOFLO 1:35.29 (Sebastian Lares, Javier Colmenares, Juan Mora, Alex Golding), 3. St. Andrew’s 1:35.44, 10. SOFLO B 1:39.14 (Alejandro Mateus, Manuel Melendez, Javier Roman, Aldo Zepeda).

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 17:15.48, time drop 8.96, 2. Caleb Caponera, SAS 18:37.08, 3. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 19:10.16, time drop 24.29, SOFLO: 5. Joshua Menezes 19:23.10, time drop 24.43.

13-14, 1. Gabriel Tortola, PST 16:31.22, 2. Dylan Ferguson, MAC 16:38.14, 3. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 16:52.24; SOFLO: 5. Felix Gonzalez 17:03.02, time drop, 12. Mason Jimenez 18:16.03, time drop.

15-16, 1. Alessandro Pereira, Azura 16:11.13, 2. Ivan Grass, SOFLO 16:25.39, 3. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 16:53.96, time drop; SOFLO: 9. Nicholas Pelaez 17:22.61, time drop, 10. Alejandro Mateus 17:23.10, time drop.

17-and-over, 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 15:36.22, 2. Gabriel Araya, Azura 15:39.11, 3. Max Fermayer, Azura 16:25.44.

200-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. SOFLO A 1:44.80 (Connor Jimenez, Ryan Harries, Maximilian Remmele, Juan Vallmitjana), 2. Jupiter 1:44.94, 3. Plantation 1:47.27, 6. SOFLO B 1:51.44 (Ethan Hall, Eric Ferrer, Martin Petkov, Joshua Menezes).

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:28.97 (George Gonzalez, Carlos Flores, Anthony Pineiro, Dylan Ferguson), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:29.12, 3. SOFLO A 1:34.33 (Kevin Moya, Jaden Amores, Carlos Rincon, Derek Hau), 9. SOFLO B 1:40.73 (Carlos Salas, Tristan Dons, Andres Gonzalez, Felipe Rodriguez).

Open, 1. Azura 1:24.21, 2. TS Aquatics 1:25.29, 3. Westminster Academy 1:25.72, 4. SOFLO A 1:25.94 (Sebastian Lares, Alex Golding, Aldo Zepeda, Juan Mora).

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

Archbishop McCarthy Girls, Belen Jesuit Boys Win Belen Jesuit Invitational; SOFLO’s Izzy Wilson, Nathaniel Garrick Win


By Sharon Robb
MIAMI, October 18, 2021–Archbishop McCarthy, led by double winner Syven Walker, won the girls’ team title Friday in the Miami Belen Jesuit Invitational.

Archbishop McCarthy won with 153 points. Carrollton was runner-up with 109 points.

Walker won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.62 and 100-yard freestyle in 56.44.

Johanni Rodriguez-Cedeno was the only other individual winner for the girls team in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:09.52.

Host Miami Belen Jesuit won the boys’ team title with 197 points, more than 100 points ahead of runnerup Doral Prep.

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers Izzy Wilson of Carrollton and Nathaniel Garrick of Archbishop McCarthy won events.

Garrick, a junior, was a double winner in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.16 and 100-yard backstroke in 58.49. Garrick was the only winner from Archbishop McCarthy.

Wilson won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:16.38.

GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. Archbishop McCarthy 153, 2. Carrollton 109, 3. Doral Prep 80, 4. Terra 67, 5. Our Lady of Lourdes 45, 6. Fort Pierce Westwood 28, 7. Mater Academy 19, 8. Immaculata LaSalle 10, 9. Riviera Prep 7.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Doral 1:59.34, 2. Carrollton 2:00.40, 3. Terra 2:01.39.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Corina Wong, OLL 2:05.23, 2. Emily Franco, TERRA 2:09.92, 3. Savannah Korb, ABM 2:12.01.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alayna Simpson, TERR 2:23.86, 2. Katia Alonso, CAR 2:30.47, 3. Daniella Santana, TERR 2:36.09.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Syven Walker, ABM 25.62, 2. Tamalia Blanchard, ABM 27.10, 3. Victoria Del Toro, OLL 27.12.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Emily Franco, TERR 1:06.77, 2. Victoria Del Toro, OLL 1:07.12, 3. Mia Escudero, ABM 1:11.62.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Syven Walker, ABM 56.44, 2. Makaila Blanchard, ABM 59.42, 3. Johanni Rodriguez-Cedeno, ABM 59.79.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Izzy Wilson, CAR 5:16.38, 2. Corina Wong, OLL 5:33.42, 3. Savannah Korb, ABM 5:49.96.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral 1:45.95, 2. Carrolton 1:47.06, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 1:47.21.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Johanni Rodriguez-Cedeno, ABM 1:09.52, 2. Mila Fanjul, CAR 1:10.38, 3. Isabel Schlicht, MAT 1:11.27.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alayna Simpson, TERR 1:11.19, 2. Alex De Angulo, CAR 1:16.61, 3. Rachel Larralde, LAS 1:17.65.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral 3:51.69, 2. Carrollton 3:58.80, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 4:06.30.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS

  1. Belen Jesuit Prep 197, 2. Doral Prep 82, 3. Terra 65, 4. Columbus 64, 5. Riviera Prep 47, 6. Archbishop McCarthy 45, 7. Mater Academy 18.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Doral 1:43.56, 2. Terra 1:48.53, 3. Belen Jesuit 1:49.06.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Nelson de Leon, BJ 1:54.74, 2. Ernie Cabrera, BJ 1:55.29, 3. Javier Marrero, TERR 1:59.78.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Victor Valdez, MAT 2:03.42, 2. John Fanjul, BJ 2:09.23, 3. Mateo Silva, CC 2:11.34.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Jorge Lopez, TERR 22.79, 2. Enrique Perez, RIV 23.04, 3. Carlos Veccio, BJ 24.23.

100-yard butterfly: 1. John Fanjul, BJ 57.11, 2. Javier Marrero, TERR 57.21, 3. Max Fanjul, BJ 57.22.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jorge Lopez, TERR 50.65, 2. Nelson de Leon, BJ 51.36, 3. Ernie Cabrera, BJ 52.48.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Nathaniel Garrick, ABM 5:05.16, 2. Santiago Lorenzo, RIV 5:15.33, 3. Riley Carbonell, BJ 5:17.67.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral 1:31.51, 2. Belen Jesuit 1:34.98, 3. Terra 1:35.23.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Nathaniel Garrick, ABM 58.49, 2. Dennis Dale, ABM 1:03.52, 3. Henry Castellat, BJ 1:04.95.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Victor Valdez, MAT 1:01.30, 2. AJ Hernandez, BJ 1:06.67, 3. Thomas Fanjul, BJ 1:09.20.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral 3:27.75, 2. Belen Jesuit 3:32.25, 3. Doral B 3:37.67.

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

Martin, Wilson, Gembicki, Vallmitjana Lead SOFLO On Day One Of Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, October 1, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got off to a good start Friday at the SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO’s Gianna Martin, Izzy Wilson and Nat Gembicki won three of the girls’ four age groups in the opening 1,650-yard freestyle event.

Martin, 10, won the 10-and-under in 23:57.73. Wilson, 14, won the 13-14 in 18:12.68. Gembicki, 16, won the 15-and-over in 17:49.94.

SOFLO teammate Juan Vallmitjana, 12, was SOFLO’s lone boys’ winner in the 11-12 age group in a best time 17:24.44, dropping 40.27.

The 11-team, three-day meet continues on Saturday with two sessions at 8:30 a.m. and noon and concludes on Sunday, again with two sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

SOFLO has 160 swimmers (89 boys and 71 girls) competing in 867 individual events.

Up-and-coming swimmers will 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.

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.

In addition to host SOFLO, other Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Gulliver Swim Club, Plantation Swim Team, SwimFast, Miami Country Day Aquatics, Ransom Everglades, Metro Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team, Southern Wahoos Aquatic Team, City of Miami Parks and PAQ.

Heat sheets are available for free online at http://www.soflomeets.info/IMX and Meet Mobile.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

1,650-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Gianna Martin, SOFLO 23:57.73.
11-12, 1. Alessandra Gendarmi, PST 19:12.11, 2. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 19:15.29, 3. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 19:38.45, 4. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 20:06.07.
13-14, 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 18:12.68, 2. Katherine Voet, SFTL 18:36.57, 3. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO 18:48.89, 4. Pilar Duranti, SOFLO 19:13.68, time drop 1:03.63.
15-and-over, 1. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 17:49.94, 2. Rylie Barnhardt, SFTL 17:50.09, 3. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 18:22.65, time drop 57.36, 4. Sally Golding, SOFLO 18:33.16, time drop 1:56.85.

BOYS
1,650-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, None.
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 17:24.44, time drop 40.27, 2. Frank Vincze, SF 19:11.90, 3. Connor Jimenez, SOFLO 19:19.83, 4. Bruno Sinchi, RANS 19:30.13.
13-14, 1. Dylan Ferguson, MAC 16:52.06, 2. Gabriel Tortola, PST 16:55.90, 3. Nahuel Balade, RANS 17:24.45, 4. Andy Serrano-Pena, RANS 17:46.33.
15-and-over, 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 15:49.10, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, SOFLO 16:28.34, 3. Ivam Grass, SOFLO 16:43.35, 3. Andrew Brantmeyer, SFTL 16:52.14.

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

King’s Academy Captures Florida Christian Schools Invitational


By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, September 11, 2021–King’s Academy swept the girls and boys team titles in the annual Florida Christian Schools Invitational Saturday at host Westminster Academy.

The girls’ team, with three relay and five individual wins, won the team title with 585 points. South Florida Heat was runner-up with 315 and Carrollton was third with 295 points.

The boys’ team, with six individual and one relay win, won the team title with 480 points. South Florida Heat was second with 392 points and Calvary Christian was third with 234.

The day-long meet featured nine teams from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade.

Paige Munna was a double winner for the Lions in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.77 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:07.72.

Emma Herrera, Ava Fasno and Ally Bozzuto also won individual events for King’s Academy.

Lydia Lanahan was also a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.36 and 100-yard freestyle in 55.63.

Nicolette Xydas of Carrollton won the girls 1-meter diving with 181 points. There was no boys event.

Erika Pelaez of South Florida won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.48.

Double winners Josh Zuchowski and Noah Engstrom led King’s Academy boys. Zuchowski won the 100-yard butterfly in 48.52 and 100-yard breaststroke in 56.52. Engstrom won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.34 and 100-yard freestyle in 50.74.

South Florida Heat won two relays and two individual events.

FLORIDA CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS INVITATIONAL
Held at Westminster Academy, Fort Lauderdale
GIRLS
TEAM TOTALS:
1. The King’s Academy 585, 2. South Florida Heat 315, 3. Carrollton 295, 4. Calvary Christian 201, 5. Jupiter Christian 181, 6. Westminster Academy 152, 7. Westminster Christian 89, 8. Berean Christian 75, 9. St. Edwards 46.
200-yard medley relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:47.02, 2. South Florida Heat 1:48.89, 3. Carrollton 2:02.77.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Paige Munna, KA 1:54.77, 2. Kiki Munna, KA 1:58.85, 3. Gioia Balzano, SFH 2:02.05.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 2:03.48, 2. Aly Bozzuto, KA 2:05.07, 3. Emma Herrera, KA 2:05.51.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Lydia Lanahan, CALV 25.36, 2. Julianna Bell, KA 25.65, 3. Micaela Sierra, SFH 26.45.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Emma Herrera, KA 56.67, 2. Ava Fasano, KA 57.24, 3. Gioia Balzano, SFH 1:00.61.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Lydia Lanahan, CALV 55.63, 2. Amanda Loomis, KA 55.71, 3. Julianna Bell, KA 56.53.

1-Meter Diving: 1. Nicolette Xydas, CAR 181.00, 2. Laurel MacPhee, CALV 158.95, 3. Zoe Strachan, KA 84.55.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Paige Munna, KA 5:07.72, 2. Alexandra Stern, STED 5:15.07, 3. Olivia Wiebe, SFH 5:27.68.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:39.75, 2. South Florida Heat 1:45.66, 3. Jupiter Christian 1:51.91.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ava Fasano, KA 57.50, 2. Kiki Munna, KA 1:00.10, 3. Amanda Loomis, KA 1:00.9, 4. Izzy Wilson, CAR 1:05.02.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Aly Bozzuto, KA 1:05.23, 2. Micaela Sierra, SFH 1:05.27, 3. Madison Sipowski, KA 1:07.54, 6. Fiorella Di Salvo, SFH 1:17.67.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 3:34.32, 2. Carrollton 4:03.76, 3. South Florida Heat 4:13.62.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. The King’s Academy 480, 2. South Florida Heat 392, 3. Calvary Christian 234, 4. Jupiter Christian 220, 5. Westminster Academy 217, 6. Westminster Christian 103, 7. Berean Christian 74, 8. St. Edwards 56, 9. Rhema Word Christian 31.

200-yard medley relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:36.07, 2. King’s Academy 1:38.36, 3. Calvary Christian 1:55.01.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Christian Proscia, KA 1:49.23, 2. Finn Winkler, SFH 1:49.89, 3. Christian Clark, WA 1:54.14.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Dario Martin, SFH 1:53.25, 2. Kaii Winkler, SFH 1:53.66, 3. Diego Barberna, KA 2:12.44.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Noah Engstrom, KA 22.34, 2. Noah Smith, KA 22.53, 3. Mario Solorzano, WC 22.78.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Josh Zuchowski KA 48.52, 2. Nikita Efimov, SFH 51.91, 3. Diego Barberna, KA 57.04.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Noah Engstrom, KA 50.74, 2. Christian Clark, WA 51.24, 3. Mario Ssolorzano, WC 51.56.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, SFH 4:45.86, 2. Christian Proscia, KA 4:55.20, 3. Josue Paiz, SFH 5:33.01.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:27.50, 2. King’s Academy 1:35.58, 3. Westminster Academy 1:40.41.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Noah Smith, KA 53.33, 2. Finn Winkler, SFH 54.47, 3. Josh Justin, RWCA 1:00.20.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, KA 56.52, 2. Dario Martin, SFH 57.23, 3. Nikita Efimov, SFH 59.85.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. King’s Academy 3:27.46, 2. South Florida Heat 3:33.00, 3. Westminster Academy 3:45.84.

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