TYR AUGUST BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Jacob Jones


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, September 6, 2022—After a few short months, Jacob Jones is settling in nicely at South Florida Aquatic Club.

Jones, 12, a seventh grader at Tequesta Trace Middle School, made his Florida Gold Coast swim meet debut at the Aug. 27 fall season-opener SOFLO/TYR Back To School Developmental Meet at Academic Village Pool.

The talented swimmer turned in career-best times in all four of his events: 50-yard butterfly, 33.35, 4.98 time drop; 50-yard backstroke, 33.95, 1.96 drop; 100-yard freestyle, 1:03.58, 3.16 drop; and 100-yard individual medley, 1:15.73, 3.07 drop. He won the 100 freestyle, placed second in the 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke and third in the 100 IM.

“I was excited to compete in a meet because I hadn’t competed in a while,” said Jones, who started at SOFLO in late June. “I was pushing myself to try and beat my times. In my last meet in Illinois, I liked my times, but I didn’t think they were the best times I could get.

“In the fly, back and freestyle I didn’t expect to drop that many seconds. I was happy about those times. The meet was great. All the swimmers were nice.”

Jones was moved up from Senior Development B to Senior Development A group and works with Coach Kenzy Green alongside Coach Jack Davies. Both have been impressed with Jones’ work ethic.

“It’s been great working with him,” Green said. “I’ve seen a lot of improvement in him, mainly in trying really hard at practice and the meet as well. He did super well at our last meet. He has a drive to be better. He really does enjoy the sport and does want to get faster so he really puts his heart into it. He is motivated. I really like what I see.”

Jones and his family moved to South Florida from Naperville, Ill., where he swam for Fox Valley Swim Club. His father had signed his four children up for swimming in their Illinois neighborhood.

“None of them asked, we just kind of forced the issue,” said his father Don. “They knew how to swim but I wanted them to have some activities during the summer. Jacob was the only one who took to it and had immediate success. His siblings chose to pursue other sports: David, 13, baseball; Noah, 10, American Ninja Warrior training; and Ashley, 8, gymnastics.

When the family moved to South Florida, his father started searching the USA Swimming website for a comparable competitive team to Fox Valley. He was impressed with SOFLO’s credentials including its’ USA Swimming National Club Excellence Silver Medal Club status.

“I like training there,” Jacob said. “It’s a nice club. The teammates are good and drills are hard which is going to help my swimming. I’m getting used to the longer kinds of drills we do. I’m getting into it.

“I like swimming,” said Jones, who played soccer and baseball in Illinois. “It’s fun and a good workout. I think I am decent at it. I am pretty competitive.”

Swimming has helped with his time management and scheduling, he said. A normal school day starts at 7:30 a.m., breakfast, morning practice on Tuesday and Thursday, school, afternoon practice at 5:45 and back home for dinner and homework.

Jones competed in four meets at Fox Valley before moving. He has noticed some key differences with swimming at SOFLO especially swimming outdoors in great weather. All of Illinois’ meets were indoors.

“Back in Illinois they had less drills,” Jacob said. “Down here there are more drills and they work on technique more. At Fox we did 100s and 200s. Here we do 75s, 100s, 200s and variety of different distances. It’s good down here. It’s nice to be able to be outside.”

His mom Nicole and dad are happy with their choice of SOFLO.

“I definitely can see they raise the bar in expectations from their athletes,” Don said. “At Fox they wanted you to go to at least three practices a week but you didn’t have to go every day. Here you are encouraged to go every single day. I went to the parent meeting and the coach talked about how much the athlete falls behind every day that he misses. He really encouraged that all the athletes come every day.

“I think it’s great they set the expectations for the athletes’ success and really encourage kids to come and participate.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Jones joins SOFLO teammates Ethan Hall (July), Adrian Rendon (June), Niccolo Miccolis (May), Alex Golding (April), Guillermo Mantilla (March), Tristan Dons (February) and Hashan Ekanayake (January) as 2022 TYR Swimmers of the Month.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.

Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas, Bobby Finke, Patrick Callan, Hunter Armstrong, Brooks Curry, Zack Harting and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Nick Albiero, Jacob Pebley, Coleman Stewart, Justin Ress, David Curtiss, Charlie Clark and Ryan Lochte.

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

TYR JUNE BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Adrian Rendon


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, August 20, 2022—Adrian Rendon realized how much he loved swimming when he was out of the pool for two months.

Rendon broke his right arm in P.E. class at school when he was running and fell. He couldn’t get his cast wet in the pool but he did try to stay in shape with some dryland training.

“I missed it a lot,” Rendon said. “When I came back I caught up pretty quick. My arm feels pretty good, it doesn’t hurt anymore.”

Rendon is fully recovered and back in the pool with his SOFLO teammates.

At the July 14-17 Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics at Sailfish Park, he swam three personal best times in individual events and was a member of three relays that also turned in best times.

Rendon posted best times in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:15.08, dropping 4.76 seconds; 200-meter backstroke in 2:26.13, dropping 3.72; and 200-meter butterfly in 2:32.02, dropping 1.11. He was also a member of the 400-meter medley relay, 200-meter freestyle relay and 200-meter medley relay. His favorite stroke is the backstroke.

In addition to JOs, his other top meet was the 2019 Winter Championships where he earned high point.

Rendon, 13, an eighth grader at Tequesta Trace Middle School, has been swimming for eight years. He started when he was 5, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Wisthon Rendon, a senior at Cypress Bay High School. He played soccer for three years but gave it up to focus on swimming.

“I saw my brother swimming and I wanted to be like him,” Rendon said. “I like swimming. I like it best when I improve my times.”

Rendon said swimming has helped him out of the pool with discipline, time management and focus.

“I am training hard in every practice and doing my best,” said Rendon, who is in Silver Group and trains with Coach Jack Davies. He said he is working hard to qualify for major meets in the future.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Rendon joins SOFLO swimmers Niccolo Miccolis (May), Alex Golding (April), Guillermo Mantilla (March), Tristan Dons (February) and Hashan Ekanayake (January) as 2022 TYR Swimmers of the Month.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.

Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas, Bobby Finke, Patrick Callan, Hunter Armstrong, Brooks Curry, Zack Harting and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Nick Albiero, Jacob Pebley, Coleman Stewart, Justin Ress, David Curtiss, Charlie Clark and Ryan Lochte.

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

TYR FEBRUARY BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Tristan Dons


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 29, 2022–Tristan Dons knows what it takes to be successful when it comes to swimming.

The American Heritage Plantation eighth grader made five Junior Olympic cut times in the 100-yard backstroke, 100- and 200-yard freestyles, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley at the BB Championships.

And it wasn’t luck for the 13-year-old. It was hard work and dedication.

“I was very happy with five JO cuts,” Dons said. “For me it’s more about improving and if improving means getting JO cuts that’s great.”

Said his Silver Group coach Jack Davies, “Tristan lit the pool up, picking up five new JO cuts at BBs. He brings a steely focus to practice, both in terms of mechanics and effort levels.

“He consistently is leading in his lane, pushing his teammates and looking for every way he can to improve as an athlete. Having moved from New Mexico he has since truly set himself up as a leader in the group and was justly rewarded with a breakthrough finish in February.”

At Junior Olympics, Dons, 13, competed in ten events including four relays. His best individual finish was 17th in the 200-yard backstroke in a best time 2:10.86, dropping 2.52 seconds.

“I know he is looking to continue his growth as a swimmer,” Davies said. “Having a 13-year-old step up the way he has bodes extremely well in this group and beyond as he is still comparatively young, and being able to harness his passion, discipline and work ethic moving forward to the benefit not just to himself, but the training group and larger team around him.”

Dons has been swimming for nearly 10 years. He played soccer and tennis when he was younger but is focused on swimming now. His father was a national-level swimmer when he lived in the Netherlands and started both his sons in the sport.

“Swimming is a way for me to express myself,” Dons said. “It’s a reflection of how I’m feeling day to day. If I’m feeling good that day I tend to swim good and if I’m not feeling good that day I don’t tend to do as normally good as I would.

“It’s a great way for me to cool down especially after school,” Dons said. “My mind is racing and swimming is relaxing for me.”

Dons said swimming has helped him be healthier “having a sport that I am very dedicated to. If I want to be good at this one sport I have to be healthy and in shape all-around. In terms of discipline, it’s helped me with school. I’m not a terrible student, at least I hope not. It’s just a product of what my coaches over the years have taught me.”

Dons said he has improved since training at SOFLO, particularly in backstroke. His biggest meet so far as been Western Zones in the summer of 2018 while he was living in New Mexico. He swam the 50 and 100 butterfly, 50 backstroke and two relays.

His goals for the future are centered around “keep improving,” he said. “I want to have consistent improvement throughout my swimming career whether it’s seconds off the 50 or 1/100ths off the 200. I just want to keep improving and get better as a swimmer.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Jacob Pebley and Ryan Lochte.

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

TYR FEBRUARY GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Sofia Lugo


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 25, 2022–Sofia Lugo set herself up for success through hard work and dedication.

And because of it, the Falcon Cove Middle School seventh grader had outstanding BB Championship and Junior Olympic meets.

At BBs, she got four more Junior Olympic cuts in the 500 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 IM. And at JOs, she competed in ten events, including three relays and posted five best times.

“I had two or three JO cuts from all separate meets before that,” Lugo said. “I knew that I needed to get more because I knew I was capable of more than two or three JO cuts. At the BB Championship meet I was so happy. It was definitely my favorite meet of the season so far.

“My best meet was probably the BB championship meet because I had so much fun. I went out and started with the 500 and dropped lots of time in that and I was very excited. And then I went out and did my 200 fly and I dropped between 8 and 10 seconds. I was so excited about getting that JO cut. The 200 fly was the one event that I really wanted to get the JO cut in. That’s what made my meet perfect.”

Her coach and teammates were happy for her as well. They see firsthand how hard she works.

“She had a phenomenal BBs,” said her Silver Group coach Jack Davies. “She has put forth an incredible amount of work this season to set herself up with a full slate of events for JOs. I’m incredibly excited to follow the next challenges she sets for herself in and out of the pool.”

Lugo, 13, started swimming when she was 3 and competing at age 7. She followed in the footsteps of her older sisters, Jacque and Raquel.

“My siblings started swimming and I had no idea what was going on when I was dropped off at the pool,” Lugo said. “I enjoyed watching it and it started to get me excited to swim. I finally started to understand what I was actually suppose to be doing when I started.”

You can hear it in her voice how much she loves the sport.

“I do love swimming,” she said. “There are so many aspects to it that are so unique, unlike every other sport, that I love so much. There is no other sport where you’re having to do so much work on your body and you can’t even breathe at the same time. I don’t know what specific part but I just love the feeling of being in the water. Running can be so tiring, but for me I can never get tired of swimming.”

Swimming has helped her outside the pool as well.

“It’s definitely helped with time management especially in school when I have to get assignments done,” Lugo said. “It’s made me more organized with my things, too.” That includes her artwork and shopping for vinyl records.

While she is versatile in all strokes, her favorite is butterfly.

“Especially when you are all stretched out, it just feels so good in the water, ” Lugo said. “I used to be a freestyler, but at some point it sparked in me where I became a butterflier when I turned 13.”

The sky is the limit for Lugo who has plenty of goals to keep her busy training in the pool.

“Since I already have a full set of JO cuts for 13-14, I’m trying to work on getting some more senior champs cuts,” Lugo said. “I have four right now.”

She would also like to swim high school in two years at Cypress Bay where her sisters swam.

“Both of my sisters were in it and they tell me all the time to do it because they had so much fun and enjoyed it so much,” Lugo said.

“I am very excited about the future. I have many goals that people think are probably unattainable at this current time. I do want to go under a minute in my 100 fly which seems like a big goal for someone who just turned 13, but I think I’m capable of it and I want to do it. I want to swim in Futures and other major meets. I know what it will take.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its female-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis and Kelsi Dahlia.

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

TYR AUGUST GIRL, BOY SWIMMERS OF THE MONTH: Judith Alison and Joseph Blake Natino


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, September 6, 2021–Swimming is truly a family affair for the Natino family.

After nearly a two-year hiatus from the sport because of a death in the family, siblings Judith Alison and Joseph Blake Natino have returned and taken up where they left off—swimming well in training and meets. It is the first time a pair of siblings have been honored at the same time.

Judith, 15, a sophomore at Everglades High School, first started swimming for water safety. “Then it became a hobby and we started doing it because it was fun for us and after that we got into competitive swimming,” Judith said.

Socializing with friends has helped Natino’s confidence, she said.

“They boost my confidence more and that helps me to push myself harder in practice to train and to compete well,” Natino said.

Natino returned to swimming in May with the Senior Development Group and has competed in two meets.

“Since being back I’ve become more confident in swimming,” she said. “I’ve gotten better mentally in swimming. I feel going on hiatus cleared my mind and helped me mature more. I am focused on loving the sport more rather than the times and what I have to drop. I’m definitely having more fun with the sport now.

“Coming back to swimming I’m still trying to work on my time management skills,” Natino said. “I’m still in the process of balancing both swimming and school.”

Added her coach Jack Davies, “She knows and respects the process of getting better, especially after two years away from the sport. I was delighted to see her rewarded, not only with big time drops since she returned to the pool, but three lifetime-bests and BB cut.”

Natino was pleased with her swims at the SOFLO/TYR Back To School Developmental Meet in her home pool. She won the 50-yard butterfly, 50-yard backstroke and 50-yard freestyle and was a member of the winning 100-yard freestyle relay.

“I was able to go hard and swam lifetime bests,” Natino said.

During her hiatus from swimming she played on the middle school girls volleyball team.

Judith has been playing the piano since she was six years old. She has performed at recitals and plays Sundays in her church, St. John Catholic Church.

Judith has plenty of goals for the future but added “I want to enjoy the journey and focus on trying to improve. I want to improve my times. I want to see where each meet takes me, rather than focusing on the times. I find it more enjoyable to just go with the flow.”

Joseph, 12, a seventh grader at West Pines Charter Middle School, swims with the Asteroids Group and Coach Luis. He has been swimming since he was 4.

“I like swimming at SOFLO,” Joseph said. “There are a lot of friendly people there I practice with. The coaches are very nice and supportive of me. They have been training me so much for the 50 breaststroke and I made my JO time.”

At the developmental meet, he won the 50-yard butterfly and 50-yard breaststroke, third in the 100-yard individual medley, fifth in the 50-yard freestyle and was a member of the second-place 100-yard freestyle relay.

Joseph has developed a good work ethic and manages his time well. He lives by what Coach Rose says: “Early is on time, on time is late and late is unacceptable.”

“I have that mindset whenever I go anywhere,” he said. “It keeps me on a good schedule even at school.”

Joseph is looking for more improvement and hopes to move up to Bronze before he turns 13. “I am focusing on getting good times for qualifying to get to Bronze,” he said.

Natino competed in karate when he was younger but gave it up for swimming. He still plays recreational basketball for fun. Like his big sister, he enjoys music by playing the drums and performs in the church choir.

“I am glad I’m in swimming, I’m doing something I love,” he said. “I am aiming for a college scholarship when I get older. I hope to swim high school and join the Pines Charter team.”

There is a friendly rivalry between big sister and little brother.

There are two other siblings that swim at SOFLO as well, Abigail Marie, 14, and Krista, 6. Both sing in the church choir.

“They make it pretty fun,” Judith said. “I like to joke around with them at times. It’s really fun to have all my siblings come into swimming as well. Sometimes my brother likes a little challenge and wants to race with me.”

Added Joseph, “We have sibling rivalry sometimes. My sister got a 1:07 in the IM and my coach would always say I better beat that time. It can get competitive sometimes.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its female-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell, Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis, Kelsi Dahlia, Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Jacob Pebley and Ryan Lochte.

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

TYR MAY BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Giorgio Rusconi


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, June 23, 2021–After quitting the sport for karate, Giorgio Rusconi returned to competitive swimming five years ago.

And, the 14-year-old is very glad he did.

At the SoFlo Memorial Day Intrasquad Long Course Challenge at Academic Village Pool, Rusconi got his spring sectionals cut in the 100-meter breaststroke, winning the 13-14 age group in 1:14.07. It was his first long course cut.

“Making the sectional cut was an added bonus,” Rusconi said. “I didn’t really know the sectional cut before that. It gave me a lot of confidence. That has to be my biggest meet so far. I got to JOs before but I did total garbage at them. I just had a bad day and was psyched out.”

On the third and final day of the intrasquad meet, Rusconi won the 50-meter breaststroke in 34.80 and 200-meter breaststroke in 2:50.25. He posted new Junior Olympic cuts in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.

At the two-day Boca Blossoms Closed Invite at Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center, Rusconi won the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:06.69, dropping 0.45. Rusconi was also third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.74 and tenth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:29.21.

Training with the Silver Group, Rusconi has developed a tremendous work ethic.

“Giorgio’s recent successes, culminating in his first spring sectionals cut, is the result simply of his impeccable attention to detail at practice,” said his age group coach Jack Davies.

“His ability to consistently produce, assess and adjust his stroke makes him very easy to coach. He is always respectful and fun to engage with on the pool deck.

“I look forward to seeing him continue to grow and rise to new challenges as he progresses.”

Rusconi will be a junior this fall at Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines. He was able to skip a grade while living in Jamaica. While attending high school he is trying to complete his AP and ACE college requirements. “I have this plan and I have been doing pretty well on it so far,” Rusconi said.

After getting his brown belt in karate, second only to a black belt in the sport’s ranking system, Rusconi resumed swimming in Jamaica with his friends. He is now focused solely on swimming.

Rusconi joined South Florida Aquatic Club in late 2019 and has made remarkable progress. He plans to swim the high school season but likes the challenges and harder workouts club swimming provides.

Rusconi’s favorite stroke is breaststroke but added he is “trying to get a lot better at butterfly.”

Asked what he likes the most about swimming, Rusconi said “it makes me kind of feel like I’m flying. I like the feel of the water and my teammates.

“My teammates are so nice,” Rusconi said. “They are always super supportive. I love those guys.”

When Rusconi moved to the U.S., his teammates made it easier for him to adjust.

“I didn’t really know anybody at all when I moved but swimming at SOFLO I made a lot of friends there,” Rusconi said. “It was easy for me to adjust.”

Rusconi was born in Atlanta, Ga. His father is Italian, a former competitive snow skier, and his mother is Jamaican. He has triple citizenship. He speaks Italian and is learning Spanish.

His biggest goal currently is to move up to Gold Group. “That’s been my goal for the past six, seven months,” he admitted. “I really want to make it on that team.”

Eventually, he would like to represent Jamaica at the CCCAN and CARIFTA meets and compete internationally. His times are nearing the meet qualifying cuts. He would also like to compete in college, he said.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its male-sponsored athletes are newly-minted 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Jacob Pebley and Ryan Lochte.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Shine At Three-Day SoFlo Memorial Day Intrasquad Long Course Challenge


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, May 30, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers rose to the occasion at the SoFlo Memorial Day Intrasquad Long Course Challenge at Academic Village Pool.

After the third and final day of competition on Sunday, SOFLO swimmers totaled a one-meet record 131 new long course Junior Olympic qualifying cut times.

After nearly two years of not being able to swim long course meets because of the COVID-19 pandemic, swimmers more than made up for lost time and looked good doing it.

In the girls’ competition, Jemma Baldwin, Elise Dinehart, Jenesys Amores and Nat Gembicki were double winners.

Baldwin, 10, won the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 34.01, dropping 3.76 and 200-meter freestyle, also a best time 2:42.97, dropping an impressive 22.03. The 50- and 200-meter freestyle times were two of four new JO cuts over three days. She also had new cut times in the 400 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

Amores, 12, won the 50-meter freestyle in 31.91 and 50-meter backstroke in 37.60. She had new JO cuts in the 50 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 200 freestyle.

Dinehart, 12, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 41.50, dropping 5.06 and 200-meter freestyle, another best time in 2:27.17 and whopping 22.72-second time drop. She posted JO cuts in the 400 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle.

Gembicki, 16, won the 50-meter freestyle in 29.65 and 200-meter freestyle in 2:18.90.

In the boys’ competition, Jose Rincon, Giorgio Rusconi, Javier Colmenares and Hashan Ekanayake were double winners.

Rincon, 12, won the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 30.46, dropping 6.72 and 100-meter butterfly in 1:13.77. He posted new JO cuts in the 400 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 100 freestyle in addition to the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Rusconi, 14, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 34.80 and 200-meter breaststroke in 2:50.25. He had new JO cuts in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.

Colmenares, 14, won the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 25.96, dropping 4.60 and 100-meter butterfly in a best time 1:00.12, dropping 3.90. He had a new JO cut in the 50 freestyle.

Ekanayake, 14, won the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:28.11, dropping 8.82 and 200-meter freestyle in 2:09.69, dropping 6.90 seconds. He posted new JO cuts in the 400 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 200 freestyle.

The three-day meet was part of a holiday doubleheader at Academic Village Pool. It gave 114 SOFLO swimmers (64 boys and 50 girls) the opportunity to race long course, fine tune, improve times and make qualifying cuts for various meets.

Between sessions of the two meets, the always-entertaining SOFLO alum and coaches Jack Davies and Jessica Rodriguez came out of retirement briefly for a Battle of the Sexes. Davies just out-touched Rodriguez. “Almost had him,” Rodriguez wrote on social media.

All COVID-19 pandemic safety precautions were observed. The venue was not open to spectators. Face coverings were worn at all times within the venue. Only athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers were allowed on the pool deck.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

50-meter breaststroke: 11-12: 1. Elise Dinehart 41.50, time drop 5.06, 2. Ainsley Miller 42.53, 3. Olivia Wilson 45.70, time drop 7.76.
13-14, 1. Fiorella Di Salvo 38.54, time drop 1.95, 2. Dahlia Hirsh 40.05, time drop 1.10, 3. Anjana Andapally 43.26, time drop 7.09.
15-18, 1. Sofia Osorio 44.96, time drop 1.35.

200-meter breaststroke: 13-14, 1. Isabella Perez 3:08.07, time drop 5.04, 2. Dahlia Hirsh 3:08.85, time drop 21.19, 3. Fiorella Di Salvo 3:16.30.
15-18, 1. Sally Golding 2:59.40, 2. Maria Legaspi 2:59.88, time drop 4.71, 3. Mariann Catalasan 3:00.30.
50-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin 34.01, time drop 3.76, 2. Christie Ann Lumsden 35.55, 3. Jianna Amores 35.68.
11-12, 1. Jenesys Amores 31.91, 2. Elise Dinehart 32.15, time drop 2.72, 3. Lydia Smutny 32.28, time drop 2.72.
13-14, 1. Katelyn Gembicki 30.71, 2. Dahlia Hirsh 30.86, time drop 2.97, 3. Genesis Escobar 31.44, time drop 1.71.
15-and-over, 1. Nat Gembicki 29.65, 2. JennaMarie Brames 30.98.

100-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Amanda Grubbs 1:14.29, 2. Lydia Smutny 1:14.78, time drop 10.97, 3. Mackenzie McPherson 1:24.17.
13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna 1:09.58, 2. Isabella Montes 1:15.72, 3. Sarah Vasquez 1:18.66, time drop 18.28.
15-18, 1. Michelle Marinheiro 1:10.81, 2. Sally Golding 1:12.29, 3. Lucy Smutny 1:14.09.

50-meter backstroke: 11-12, 1. Jenesys Amores 37.60, 2. Alexandra Strong 38.36, time drop 2.88, 3. Amanda Grubbs 38.50.
13-14, 1. Pilar Duranti 36.51, time drop 5.67, 2. Sarah Bedoya 38.36, time drop 3.96, 3. Kaylee Del Rio 41.84.

200-meter backstroke: 13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna 2:38.56, 2. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:40.15, 3. Izzy Wilson 2:41.28, time drop 11.50.

200-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin 2:42.97, time drop 22.03, 2. Sofia Rodriguez 2:48.06, 3. Jianna Amores 2:50.76.
11-12, 1. Elise Dinehart 2:27.17, time drop 22.72, 2. Jenesys Amores 2:29.72, 3. Lydia Smutny 2:31.11, time drop 14.41.
13-14, 1. Izzy Wilson 2:22.26, 2. Amelie Bicerne 2:26.73, time drop 4.08, 3. Sarah Vasquez 2:27.10, time drop 7.28.
15-and-over, 1. Nat Gembicki 2:18.90, 2. Lucy Smutny 2:19.56, 3. Michelle Marinheiro 2:19.63.

BOYS
50-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Joshua Menezes 40.87, time drop 3.41, 2. Ryan Harries 40.92, time drop 3.55, 3. Connor Jimenez 41.69, time drop 6.52.
13-14, 1. Giorgio Rusconi 34.80, 2. Felipe Rodriguez 37.24, 3. Nicholas Pelaez 38.79, time drop 6.10.
15-18, 1. Vinay Gurnani 35.22, 2. Sebasti Fernandez 38.30, time drop 5.63, 3. Giovanni Otrello 39.73.

200-meter breaststroke: 13-14, 1. Giorgio Rusconi 2:50.25, 2. Felix Gonzalez 2:51.42, 3. Ethan McPeek 2:58.78.
15-18, 1. Manuel Melendez 2:37.99, time drop 5.91, 2. Alan Bertea 2:51.89, 3. Zackary Harris 2:52.42.

50-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Eric Ferrer 34.13, time drop 13.39, 2. Guillermo Mantilla 34.16, time drop 9.89, 3. Noah Mejias 35.88.
11-12, 1. Jose Rincon 30.46, 2. Connor Jimenez 31.25, time drop 0.51, 3. Ryan Harries 31.76, time drop 5.64.
13-14, 1. Javier Colmenares 25.96, time drop 4.60, 2. Hashan Ekanayake 27.85, time drop 2.98, 3. Luca Hincapie 27.90, time drop 3.08.
15-and-over, 1. Michael Arias 25.30, 2. Robert Wilson 27.08, 3. Enrique Rodriguez 27.37, time drop 1.65.

100-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Jose Rincon 1:13.77, 2. Juan Vallmitjana 1:13.79, time drop 11.12, 3. David Valdiviezo 1:26.25.
13-14, 1. Javier Colmenares 1:00.12, time drop 3.90, 2. Luca Hincapie 1:06.54, time drop 12.46, 3. Jaden Amores 1:07.49, time drop 16.24.
15-18, 1. Adrian Hernandez 1:02.99, time drop 1.06, 2. Brennan Binder 1:03.80, 3. Christian Tijero 1:04.81, time drop 1.96.

50-meter backstroke: 11-12, 1. Connor Jimenez 35.89, time drop 0.37, 2. Jose Rincon 36.57, time drop 8.42, 3. Maximilliano Remmele 38.35.
13-14, 1. Matt McVeigh 35.70, time drop 4.40, 2. Benjamin Kim 36.17, time drop 2.51, 3. Mason Jimenez 37.40, time drop 6.12.
15-18, 1. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 31.60, time drop 3.24, 2. Zackary Harris 31.78, time drop 0.78, 3. Nico Rossi 33.85, time drop 6.22.

200-meter backstroke: 13-14, 1. Hashan Ekanayake 2:28.11, time drop 8.82, 2. Andres Tejada 2:32.00, 3. Jaden Amores 2:33.67.
15-18, 1. Enrique Rodriguez 2:24.52, 2. Nathaniel Garrick 2:30.31, time drop 2.88, 3. Zackary Harris 2:40.73.

200-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Noah Mejias 2:44.84, 2. Eric Ferrer 2:45.05, 3. Guillermo Mantilla 2:52.52.
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana 2:15.90, time drop 13.31, 2. Joshua Menezes 2:31.01, time drop 21.71, 3. Martin Petkov 2:44.92.
13-14, 1. Hashan Ekanayake 2:09.69, time drop 6.90, 2. Luca Hincapie 2:15.95, time drop 18.47, 3. Jaden Amores 2:16.00.
15-and-over, 1. Ivan Grass 2:06.36, time drop 9.15, 2. Adrian Hernandez 2:07.20, time drop 0.54, 3. Manuel Melendez 2:08.10, time drop 15.30.

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

TYR JANUARY GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Sarah Bedoya


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, February 23, 2021–Hard work and dedication really does pay off if you are a swimmer.

Sarah Bedoya of South Florida Aquatic Club is a perfect example of that.

Bedoya, 13, a seventh grader at Glades Middle School, is having a breakthrough season.

At the SOFLO New Year’s Invitational at Academic Village Pool, she swam best times in all her events including a four percent drop in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:42.42.

“She is a consistently hard-working positive influence in the practice environment across the month,” said her Senior Development coach Jack Davies.

Her progression continued in February at the BC Developmental Challenge where she added the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley to her three other events (500 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) she had already qualified for this weekend’s BB Silvers Championship. She also qualified in the 50 butterfly but it’s not a 13-14 event at BB Silvers.

“A couple years ago I started improving and dropping time,” Bedoya said. “That’s when I decided to work harder to get better.

“I think it’s good to work hard so you can reach your goals. Sure I get tired, but then I just take a little rest and I will be right back up again.”

Bedoya has been swimming with SOFLO for five years. She learned how to swim when she was 2. She was involved with gymnastics and ballet before swimming, but decided to focus solely on swimming. It helped that her older sister Sophia, now in college, swam with SOFLO. She would go to her practices and watch the older swimmers.

“I always really liked the pool and the ocean,” Bedoya. “It’s fun to be in the water and feel like you’re light weight and not be dragged down by gravity.

“I would go to my sister’s practices a lot when my mom would go to pick her up. I loved watching them and see what they were doing. I decided I wanted to try it.

“It’s fun getting to spend time in the water with your friends training together. I like competing and seeing other people swim.”

Her favorite stroke is the backstroke. “I like looking at the sky and you can breathe easier,” she said.

Bedoya said she likes to set goals each year. This year she wants to improve her times.

“I want to drop time in all my meets and try to get best times,” Bedoya said. “I am definitely happy I am doing that.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic Bedoya has been doing virtual school on her computer at home. “It’s pretty good, I don’t mind it,” she said.

Like most of her teammates, she did virtual dryland training when SOFLO was out of the pool because of pandemic safety protocols.

“I was so glad when we got back in, I really missed it so much,” she said. “The virtual dryland was fun, seeing everyone. I am glad I stayed with it and didn’t get discouraged.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

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

Former SOFLO Swimmer Jack Davies Returns To Join Coaching Staff


By Sharon Robb


PEMBROKE PINES, September 16, 2020—Jack Davies has come full circle with South Florida Aquatic Club.

Davies swam for SOFLO for four years (100 and 200 backstroke) before his family moved to The Woodlands in Texas. From 9 to 13-years-old, Davies was mentored by Coach George, Coach Luis and Coach Rose.

Davies will reunite with his former coaches on September 28, his first day as SOFLO’s new Silver and Senior Developmental coach at Academic Village Pool.

“I am extremely excited to be back,” Davies said. “It’s an awesome opportunity and one I can’t pass up. The coaches I was swimming for years I now am going to have the opportunity to coach with them. It is bittersweet leaving my old job, but there is a ridiculous amount of excitement to offset the sadness.”

Davies is currently wrapping up his coaching duties with the CSP Tideriders in St. Louis, Mo., where he coached all age groups and masters, from ages 4 to 60. He was also a private swim instructor at McKendree MetroRec Plex.

Davies graduated from McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., where he swam Division II until getting injured. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a background in data analytics, projections, basic administration and business environment theoretical techniques.

Davies graduated from The Woodlands College Park High School where he was captain of his swim team. He also competed for The Woodlands club team for five years and was a junior national team member from 2014-2016.

The Bishop Auckland, England-born Davies started swimming when he was 4 years old and has been in love with the sport ever since. His passion for swimming and coaching is a win-win for SOFLO.

“When I swam at SOFLO it was a good atmosphere,” said Davies, whose sister Leonie swam for SOFLO and parents were USA Swimming officials. “I had such an all-around good experience with good coaching, good assistants and good staff. It’s such an appealing program. It’s a set-up I know and am familiar with. Any job is going to be hard work. It might as well be hard work you enjoy.”

Midway through his sophomore year at McKendree, Davies injured his back and took four months off. The injury forced him to quit competitive swimming and started doing private lessons.

“Then I made the jump to coaching and never looked back,” Davies said.

The transition from competing to coaching took time. “It was very different, I took it in steps,” Davies said. “I started with private lessons and at one stage I was running the private lessons facility, doing the scheduling and using all the instructors in addition to teaching. Stepping into a coaching role felt natural and I enjoyed it.

“Swimming is something I have done my entire life. It’s something I understand. My desire to coach goes back to being injured. I feel like I have unfinished business. Coaching allows me to stay in the sport. I definitely want more to my swimming story than what I accomplished in the water.”

Davies loves the idea of working alongside CEO and head coach Chris Anderson and his former mentors.

“I hope to stick around as long as possible,” Davies said. “They all have such great experiences in swimming and coaching. I want to have as many good experiences as possible and I know I have a good network around me during the bad experiences. Swimming provides such a great environment because it’s not just about swimming but also about growing in life.”

Davies said he has followed the success of SOFLO, the Florida Gold Coast’s largest USA Swimming Club and one of the most successful in the state.

“It’s good to see what they have accomplished, these coaches are great coaches,” Davies said. “I’m not surprised how well they have done. They have good athletes and get the most out of them.”

With SOFLO’s program back in full swing while weathering the COVID-19 pandemic for seven months, Anderson is looking forward to having another coach on staff.

“Jack is a nice addition to the program,” Anderson said. “He has a lot of passion and energy. He interviewed well with Coach Lou, Coach Rose and myself. He is extremely excited to be here. He knows the area and parents. We are very excited about it.”

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

SOFLO’s Davies, Herman, Rojas, Melendez, Strod, Martin, Malberg Shine At Swim Miami

SOFLO’s Davies, Herman, Rojas, Melendez, Strod, Martin, Malberg Shine At Swim Miami


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 21, 2012

Braving wind gusts and choppy water conditions, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Leonie Davies won an overall title Saturday at Swim Miami presented by Nike at the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island.

Due to bad weather, the 10K and 5K races were shortened to a mile. The scheduled 800-meter and one mile events at Swim Miami were completed.

Davies, 15, originally entered in the 5K, topped the field of 5K entrants to win the mile race in 24 minutes, 5.21 seconds. She was also second in her age group. Christina Herfurth, 15, of Lake Lytal Lightning was second in 26:15 and Miami triathlete Isabel Olivas, 27, was third in 26:46. SOFLO teammate Kylie Herman, 14, was fourth overall and won her age group in 27:03.

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, 18, was third male overall and second in his age group in 22:46.62, just behind runner-up Ronald Santos, 16, in 22:46.53 and winner Derek Chait, 17, in 22:43.

“Luckily the weather cooperated as best as possible,” race organizers said after the race. “Congratulations to all the swimmers that made it and swam and also to all that understood that the change in race distance was necessary to ensure the safety and security of both all the swimmers and on-water support staff.”

Pembroke Pines police officer Jennifer Martin, who trains with the South Florida Aquatic Club at Academic Village Pool, was second overall among the women’s field in the 800-meter event and won her age group in 3:25.65.

Martin, 31, was coming off her gold medal haul at the YMCA Short Course Masters Nationals last weekend in Fort Lauderdale. Martin also won six gold medals and two silvers at last year’s World Police and Fire Games in New York City.

Martin, who took time off after the World Games, is back competing and getting in race shape for the June 17th Florida Police and Fire Games in Sebastian and Masters Nationals in Omaha, Neb.

While driving to the Swim Miami site, Martin said she wasn’t sure whether the race would go off.

“I was very worried about the weather,” Martin said. “I knew it would be horrible. I got down there and it was raining. The water was very choppy. It’s not my style to quit or not to race. When they said it was going on I was ready.”

A few years ago, Martin competed in the K-9 Krawl World Championships and won with her black lab.

Martin was pleased with her finish despite the bad weather and seaweed.

“There were no dead bodies, but there was a ton of seaweed, it was like swimming a maze of seaweed,” Martin said.

“I felt good, I wish I could have done it again,” Martin said. “I felt comfortable.”

Martin is planning to compete in the Last Chance Meet at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex and may do a local triathlon.

Other South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers weathered the storm and did well in the races.

SOFLO girls’ finishers were Andrea Melendez, 15, third in 29:08; Stephanie Mlujeak, 13, sixth in 28:36.18 and Lilliana Calero, 13, seventh in 28:36.57.

SOFLO’s boys’ finishers were Jonathan Strod, 13, third in 29:01; Alexander Monti, 13, fourth in 27:49; Jack Davies, 13, fifth in 29:09; Roger Capote, 16, fifth in 25:18; Ryan Capote, 14, eighth overall and second in his age group in 28:16; and Daniel Reyna, 16, 11th in 30.04.

Lake Lytal Lightning and John I. Leonard High School swim coach Gordon Andrews, 52, was second in his age group in 28:22 ahead of SOFLO masters swimmer Miles Malberg, 52, of Pembroke Pines, third in 31:52. Former Cooper City swim and water polo coach Lee Childs won his age group in 34:51.

The field attracted local, national and international swimmers including former University of Alabama All-American and current American masters record holder Ricardo Valdivia; former Cuban national team swimmer, triathlete and open water swimmer Boris Fernandez; 2008 Ukraine Olympian Sergey Fesenko; and former University of Virginia distance swimmer Stefan Bartl and English Channel swimmer Ramses Rodriguez.

Double amputee Hector Picard, 45, of Fort Lauderdale, originally entered in the 5K, finished 14th in the 45-49 age group in 55:47 for the mile.

Race proceeds benefitted the H2Os Foundation (Helping Others Swim). Race organizers said Swim Miami will return in 2012 at the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island. Discounted registration will soon be available. Keep checking the official Swim Miami website.

SWIM MIAMI PRESENTED BY NIKE RESULTS

10K RESULTS (Shortened To One Mile)

OVERALL WOMEN: 1. Caitlin Nolan 24:26, 2. Rose Smiddy 25:45, 3. Daniela Vega 25:49, 4. Lexie Kelly 26:11, 5. Ana Elisa Rodal 26:17, 6. Diana Torres Lopez 29:03, 7. Kate Conklin 30:55, 8. Veronica Verduzco 31:38, 9. Andrea Guzman Marx 31:38, 10. Monica Rossi-Montero 32:09.

AGE GROUP WOMEN: 13-14, 1. Rose Smiddy 25:45; 17-18, 1. Daniela Vega 25:49; 19-24, 1. Caitlin Nolan 24:26; 25-29, 1. Lexie Kelly 26:11, 2. Ana Elisa Rodal 26:17, 3. Diana Torres Lopez 29:03; 30-34, 1. Maria Ontiveros 37:43, 2. Alissa Inman 40:06; 35-39, 1. Kate Conklin 30:55, 2. Kirstie Bolitho 40:23; 40-44, 1. Monica Rossi-Montero 32:09, 2. Michelle Nelson 34:14; 45-49, 1. Veronica Verduzco 31:38, 2. Adriana Colado 35:54, 3. Ana Laura Pulido 40:23; 50-54, 1. Cristina Marx Orta 37:49, 2. Monica Villalpando 47:23; 55-59, None; 60-64, 1. Guillermina Christ 45:41.

OVERALL MEN: 1. Sergey Fesenko 21:00, 2. Samuel Smiddy 22:14, 3. Miguel Portes 22:18, 4. Ricardo Valdivia 22:23, 5. Jorge Andrade 24:37, 6. Marco Murari 25:10, 7. Parks Wesson 25:47, 8. Stefan Bartl 25:52, 9. Victor Mestre 26:34, 10. Bill Ireland 26:44.

AGE GROUP MEN: 13-14, None; 15-16, 1. Silvano Perez 33:20; 17-18, 1. Samuel Smiddy 22:14, 2. Jonathan Davies 39:54; 19-24, 1. Miguel Portees 22:18, 2. Jorge Andrade 24:37, 3. Fernando Garibay 29:20; 25-29, 1. Sergey Fesenko 21:00, 2. Stefan Bartl 25:52, 3. Richard Garz 26:53; 30-34, 1. Taylor Henderson 28:54, 2. Michael Ferencz 29:17, 3. Edmund Haskins 31:19; 35-39, 1. Gerardo Cantu 29:33, 2. David Ortega 31:05, 3. Garrett Powers 31:29; 40-44, 1. Marco Murari 25:10, 2. Victor Mestre 26:34, 3. Jorge Luja 29:19; 45-49, 1. Ricardo Valdivia 22:23, 2. Noel Taylor 43:04; 50-54, 1. Parks Wesson 25:47, 2. Bill Ireland 26:44, 3. Gregory Nelson 27:33; 55-59, 1. Jorge Villegas 26:51, 2. Carlos Lloreda 28:55, 3. Robert Strauss 33:06; 60-64, 1. John Brackett 41:40;  

5K RESULTS (Shortened To One Mile)

OVERALL WOMEN: 1. Leonie Davies 24:05, 2. Christina Herfurth 26:15, 3. Isabel Olivas 26:46, 4. Kylie Herman 27;03, 5. Clair LaFontaine 27:30, 6. Dana Barrow 27:31, 7. Sarah Auld 27:31.55, 8. Liz Gallardo 27:31.84, 9. Nastassja Posso 27:34, 10. Tatiana Mamola 27:38.

AGE GROUP WOMEN: 10-and-under, 1. Giselle Kleiban 40:29, 2. Camila Torres 40:30; 11-12, 1. Barbara Carbonell 40:37; 13-14, 1. Kylie Herman 27:03, 2. Clair LaFontaine 27:30, 3. Dana Barrow 27:31, SOFLO: 6. Stephanie Mlujeak 28:36.18, 7. Liliana Calero 28:36.57; 15-16, 1. Leonie Davies, SOFLO 24:05, 2. Christina Herfurth 26:15, 3. Andrea Melendez 29:08; 17-18, 1. Liz Gallardo 27:31, 2. Tatiana Mamola 27:38, 3. Angel Wong 27:50; 19-24, 1. Alejandra Rodrigue 35:44, 2. Lorraine Fuentes 37:17; 25-29, 1. Isabel Olivas 26:45, 2. Carolina Bolado 37:11, 3. Katelyn Healy 37:18; 30-34, 1. Barrett Wright 30:31, 2. Brenda Cortes 46:38; 35-39, 1. Sonja Koppenwallner 29:09, 2. Suzanne Dearworth 30:12, 3. Yolanda Hernandez 31:27; 40-44, 1. Diane Babec 32:11, 2. Portia Culley 35:50, 3. Andrea Flynn 38:10; 45-49, 1. Elisabeth Sanchez 31:27, 2. Kristin Larson 32:08, 3. Araceli Vazquez 32:47; 50-54, 1. Barbara Randolph 31:17, 2. Ilene Schnall 41:16, 3. Tammy Zitello 43:09; 55-59, 1. Laurie Samuelson 29:47, 2. Darcy LaFountain 30:14.

OVERALL MEN: 1. Derek Chait 22:43, 2. Ronald Santos 22:46, 3. Marc Rojas 22:46, 4. Richard Andrews 23:21, 5. Blake Manganiello 23:40, 6. Patrick Woodruff 23:45, 7. Roland Samuelson 23:59, 8. Andres Rintel 24:08, 9. Yousef Abdelraouf 24:54, 10. Andrew Jones 25:03.

AGE GROUP MEN: 10-and-under, None; 11-12, 1. Nicholas Sharp 26:45, 2. Dylan Brisco 28:27, 3. Toshi Kirton 28.43; 13-14, 1. Roland Samuelson 23:59, 2. Andres Rintel 24:08, 3. Yousef Abdelraouf 24:54; SOFLO: 4. Alexander Monti 27:49, 5. Jack Davies 29:09; 15-16, 1. Ronald Santos 22:46, 2. Blake Manganiello 23:40, 3. Andrew Jones 25:03; SOFLO: 5. Roger Capote 25:18, 11. Daniel Reyna 30:04; 17-18, 1. Derek Chait 22:43, 2. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 22:46, 3. Jacob Percy 25:05; 19-24, 1. Richard Andrews 23:21, 2. Lucas Forte 25:32; 25-29, 1. Patrick Woodruff 23:45, 2. Paul Weir 27:13, 3. Diego Ruiz 35:36; 30-34, 1. Michael McFerron 28:37, 2. Juan Antonio Boter 33:26, 3. Rafael Naranjo 33:33; 35-39, 1. Juan Zambrano 37:05, 2. Vlaunir Da Silva 45:57, 3. Jason Dinter 46:02; 40-44, 1. Michael Stus 26:39, 2. Barry Holcomb 28:26, 3. Gian Gil 30:24; 45-49, 1. Alejandro Tellkamp 28:20, 2. Paul Loughrin 28:34, 3. Dennis Dawson 30:36; 50-54, 1. Greg Sanchez 27:14, 2. Gordon Andrews 28:22, 3. Miles Malberg 31:52; 55-59, 1. Tomas Perez 41:40, 2. Aldo Carugat 53:43, 3. Gregory Rotole 55:01; 60-64, 1. Stuart Pechter 34:10, 2. Steve Foote 40:03.

MIAMI MILE RESULTS 

OVERALL WOMEN: 1. Elizabeth Dwors 28:25, 2. Maricarmen Saleta 28:51, 3. Marissa Brannan 29:10, 4. Rosamaria Meyer 29:41, 5. Alexis Gomes 30:27, 6. Camile Etchart 30:32, 7. Karin Meyerfreund 31:01, 8. Abigail Exner 32:11, 9. Renata Peralta 32:19, 10. Camryn Grussmark 32:44.

WOMEN AGE GROUP: 10-and-under, 1. Dakota Brisco 35:38, 2. Gabriela Sanabria 45:39, 3. Agustina D’Iglesia 49:38; 11-12, 1. Marissa Brannan 29:10, 2. Jane Mena 35:40, 3. Romina Montenegro 47:35; 13-14, 1. Camile Etchart 30:32, 2. Renata Peralta 32:19, 3. Camryn Grussmark 32:44; 15-16, 1. Alexis Gomes 30:27, 2. Abigail Exner 32:11, 3. Erin Ruben 35:57; 17-18, 1. Sarah Acosta 33:23, 2. Isaura Echevestre 40:26; 19-24, None; 25-29, 1. Elspeth Gibb 34:30, 2. Daniela Edwards 40:35, 3. Kimberly Paez 46:13; 30-34, 1. Elizabeth Dwors 28:25, 2. Maricarmen Saleta 28:51, 3. Yanet Benitez 32:59; 35-39, 1. Patricia Gonzalez 35:53, 2. Kristin Volz 41:49, 3. Christina Warren 45:10;  40-44, 1. Karin Meyerfreund 31:01, 2. Lara Pavageau 38:06, 3. Karen Davis 43:37; 45-49, 1. Joanne Linley 48:34, 2. Jocelyn Lummis 58:04; 50-54, 1. Rosamaria Meyer 29:41, 2. Ann Thomas 35:34, 3. Jeannette Steppan 38:52; 55-59, 1. Janet Simiscalchi 37:44, 2. Janet Peterson 47:28, 3. Karen Lewin 54:37; 60-64, 1. Ann-Lynn Denker 42:25; 65-69, 1. Lois Leon 57:29; 70-and-over, 1. Carmen Echeverria 48:49.

OVERALL MEN: 1. Ramses Rodriguez 24:43, 2. Luis Rivadeneira 25:25, 3. Juan Perez-Costa 26:44, 4. Michael Walsh 26:57, 5. Boris Fernandez 27:04, 6. Diego De Los Rios 27:26, 7. Luis Comulada 28:16, 8. Ryan Capote 28:16, 9. Justin Vega 28:43, 10. Jonathan Strod 29:01.

MEN AGE GROUP: 10-and-under, 1. Rene Peralta 30:54, 2. Ryan Flynn 37:21, 3. Mario Aguilera 46:44; 11-12, 1. Dante Poe 31:02, 2. Ethan Hauber 31:30, 3. Adrain Agapi 33:00; 13-14, 1. Michael Walsh 26:57, 2. Ryan Capote 28:16, 3. Jonathan Strod 29:01; 15-16, 1. Luis Rivadeneira 25:25, 2. Juan Perez-Costa 26:44, 3. Justin Vega 28:43; 17-18, None; 19-24, 1. Vicente Echeveste 53:07; 25-29, 1. Guilherme Salgado 33:01, 2. Jeffrey Moskovitz 43:02, 3. David Quinones 50:24; 30-34, 1. Diego De Los Rios 27:26, 2. Jon Finkel 30:49, 3. John McLenaghan 32:24; 35-39, 1. Boris Fernandez 27:04, 2. Luis Comulada 28:16, 3. Clinton Fuller 31:22; 40-44, 1. Ramses Rodriguez 24:43, 2. Juan Lopez 29:08, 3. David Edwards 29:14; 45-49, 1. Hugo Vila 30:51, 2. Ian Jarrett 33:06, 3. Erick Gomez 33:35; 50-54, 1. Dennis Amoils 30:17, 2. Juan Medel 31:57, 3. Kirk Meyer 33:24; 55-59, 1. Barry Gollop 30:54, 2. Richard Weinstein 34:23, 3. Jim Alabiso 40:58; 60-64, 1. Lee Childs 34:51, 2. Richard Roski 45:00; 65-69, 1. Ronald Samuelson 41:51, 2. Jack Gallagher 57:10; 70-and-over, 1. Ronald Samson 41:30, 2. Carlos Korte 1:02:50. 

800-METER RESULTS

OVERALL WOMEN: 1. April Mullen 3:12, 2. Jennifer Martin 3:25, 3. Sabrina Perna 3:37, 4. Velentina Rios 3:43.

WOMEN AGE GROUP: 10-and-under, 1. Velentina Rios 3:43, 2. Julia Chermin 3:55, 3. Hanna Elks Smith 4:02; 11-12, 1. April Mullen 3:12, 2. Sabrina Perna 3:37, 3. Leila Isyandarani 4:20; 13-14, 1. Brooke Ellis 3:52, 2. Gabrielle Leon 3:53, 3. Sophie Leon 3:55; 15-16, None; 17-18, 1. Krystal Novaton 3:58.20; 19-24, 1. Andrea Lopez 4:10, 2. Kristen Spillane 4:28, 3. Victoria Asuaje 4:49; 25-29, 1. Erin McAdams 4:10, 2. Mathilde Routy 4:34; 30-34, 1. Jennifer Martin 3:25; 35-39, 1. Katie Abbott 4:23, 2. Emily Minor 5:45, 3. Ximena Hernandez 6:13; 40-44, 1. Lynn Davis 5:32.97; 45-49, 1. Adalba Brun 9:13; 50-54, 1. Mairi Callam 5:35; 55-59, None;  

OVERALL MEN: 1. Bennet Rodriguez 3:05, 2. Christopher Hughes 3:26, 3. Joaquin Riojas 3:31, 4. Christian Wood 3:32.

MEN AGE GROUP: 10-and-under, 1. Pedro Beron-Vene 4:17, 2. Cameron Shinnick 4:20, 3. Colin Wilson 4:44; 11-12, 1. Joaquin Riojas 3:31, 2. Christian Wood 3:32, 3. Nick Gamarra 3:59; 13-14, 1. Bennet Rodriguez 3:05, 2. Kamren Novaton 3:52.44, 3. Nicolai Bazaka 4:11.83; 15-16, None; 17-18, 1. Juan Ramirez 3:59; 19-24, 1. Christopher Hughes 3:26, 2. Ricardo Mederos 3:43, 3. Derrick Vaughn 3:50; 25-29, 1. Allen Lingle 4:15, 2. Garnett Pollock 4:33, 3. Daniel Balick 5:21; 30-34, 1. Hugo Mirabel 4:38.45, 2. Antonio Yunez 5:00.78; 35-39, None; 40-44, 1. Eli Cepeda 5:45; 45-49, 1. Glamicos Frizzera 3:45, 2. Scott Mershon 5:12; 50-54, 1. Michael Kelly 3:57, 2. Mario Flota 4:44, 3. Mikal Grass 5:17; 55-59, 1. Leonid Bekker 6:41.   

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