SOFLO Defends Team Title; Jacob Walters Leaves Lasting Impression In Final Meet

SOFLO Defends Team Title; Jacob Walters Leaves Lasting Impression In Final Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 24, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club is taking up where it left off in the short course season.

SOFLO successfully defended its title on the fourth and final night of the FLA International Invitational Sunday at the Florida Atlantic University Aquatic Complex.

It was the first major Florida Gold Coast-sanctioned meet of the long course season.

SOFLO won the combined team title with 1,365.50 points and boys team title with 787 points, a 301-point margin of victory over runner-up Blue Tide Aquatics.

SOFLO finished second in the girls competition with 578.50 points behind host FLA which won with 648 points.

SOFLO swimmers dominated the high point age group awards. SOFLO’s Michael Arias, 10, Kyana Castro, 10, Rafael Rodriguez, 11, and Marc Rojas, 19, all won high point titles. Teammates CJ Kopecki, 14, and Melissa Marinheiro, 16, were runners-up and Nicolas Rossi, 10, and Samuel Quintero, 12, were third.

Buoyed by depth and talent, SOFLO swimmers turned in a total team effort and swam several lifetime-best times despite heavy training at Academic Village Pool.

“We did wonderful,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “The kids really stepped up. They did some really nice racing against some really solid teams. Most of the older kids were in non-tech suits and they were going best times this early in the season.”

The newer swimmers that have moved into the national group did well including Kylie Herman, Gustavo Valery, Alex Monti and Jonathan Strod.

“They are seeing the hard work pay off and are starting to commit themselves,” Anderson said. “I am pleased with the entire age group program. They rode right into the long course season and got tougher and faster which is great. They should have a lot of confidence after this meet.”

Now, the focus turns to various meets including Divisionals, Junior Olympics, Senior Zones, Speedo Championships and World Championships.

“I definitely think we are closer than a group than we were last year,” Anderson said. “I felt a really strong bond from the older kids as leaders with the younger kids. I’m starting to see the younger athletes emulate what the older athletes are doing. They are a lot closer as a group. The atmosphere was wonderful to see the young and older kids watching and cheering on each other no matter what age group.”

The four-day meet was bittersweet for SOFLO’s Jacob Walters, scheduled to leave on Tuesday morning for West Point. It was his final meet of the season. He saved his best for last.

“It was a pretty good meet,” Walters said. “I finally broke a minute in the 100 fly and dropped in the 200 free. I’m pleased with the results. This was my last chance to do really well and improve my times. I took advantage of that.”

Walters is hoping to walk-on the swim team at West Point. He has basic training beginning July 1 and hopes to try out for the swim team.

Walters is following a family military tradition. His grandfathers were in the Army; his father and uncles went to West Point.

“My father told me all kinds of stories and my grandparents gave me some good advice,” Walter said.

Between the FLA International Invitational and two other FGC meets in Coral Springs and Fort Lauderdale, more than 2,000 swimmers from local, national and international teams competed.

FLA host coach and meet director Duffy Dillon was pleased with the competitiveness of the meet.

“It was so far beyond what I could have hoped for,” Dillon said. “It was everything I hoped for and well beyond what I expected. It was as good as we ever achieved in Fort Lauderdale and in some cases it was faster.

“If it’s a great environment and weather holds you have a chance to have a great meet and we did,” Dillon said. “People seemed happy to be there.”

The meet also broke its attendance record. Last year the FLA meet had 12 teams and 200 swimmers, this year it mushroomed to 24 teams and 407 swimmers.

On the fourth and final day, several SOFLO swimmers won. They were:

Rafael Rodriguez, 11, 400-meter freestyle, 4:41.45, best time, and 100-meter freestyle, 1:03.88, best time.

Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 14, 200-meter backstroke, 2:18.14, best time.

Michael Arias, 10, 50-meter breaststroke, 44.02, best time, and 100-meter freestyle, 1:09.17, best time.

CJ Kopecki, 13, 200-meter butterfly, 2:18.05, best time.

Kyana Castro, 10, 100-meter freestyle, 1:11.76, best time.

SUNDAY RESULTS

TEAM RESULTS

COMBINED: 1 SOFLO 1,365.50, 2. FLA 1,128.50, 3. Blue Tide Aquatics 844, 4. Blue Marlins 684.50, 5. Flyers Aquatics 482.

MEN: 1. SOFLO 787, 2. Blue Tide 486, 3. FLA 480.50, 4. Blue Marlins 419, 5. Flyers Aquatics 203.

WOMEN: 1. FLA 648, 2. SOFLO 578.50, 3. Blue Tide 358, 4. Flyers Aquatics 279, 5. Blue Marlins 265.50.

HIGH POINT AWARDS

WOMEN: 10-and-under, 1. Kyana Castro, SOFLO and Mattie Barfield, FLA, tie, 68; SOFLO: 6. Michelle Marinheiro 21, 7. Sara Quintero 20, 10. Katrina Del Vecchio 10, 17. Kayla Cunningham 1; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FLA 86; SOFLO: 5. Annita Huang 28.50, 9. Jennifer Rodriguez 15, 10. Vanessa Mesa 14, 11. Anabel Vazquez 12, 12. Marianna Serrao 9 and Elise Larin, tie, 9, 14. Katherine DeBarros 8; 13-14, 1. Evie Pfeifer, Flyers Aquatics 68; SOFLO: 4. Jessica Rodriguez 50, 10. Natasha Testa 20, 15. Bianca Monti 13; 15-16, 1. Cheyenna Rhine, Rend Lake 57; SOFLO: 2. Melissa Marinheiro 49, 10. Kylie Herman 22; Open, 1. Madeline Hazle, Blue Tide 51; SOFLO: 13. Alia Atkinson 19, 16. Maria Lopez 17, 20. Marcella Marinheiro 10, 25. Bianca Muniz 7, 25. Amber Hunter 7.

MEN: 10-and-under, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO 68; SOFLO: 3. Nicolas Rossi 37, 4. Joseph Lee 36, 8. John Paul Handal 20; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 80; SOFLO: 3. Samuel Quintero 42, 9. Leonardo Mateus 19, 11. Brandon Moran 18; 13-14, 1. Ryan Logan, Blue Tide 77; SOFLO: 2. CJ Kopecki 57, 10. Kevin Porto 21, 12. Jonathan Strod 18, 13. Alfredo Mesa 16, 17. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 11, 24. Juan Lucas 5, 29. Andres Arias 2, 31. Cristian Rossi 1; Open, 1. Phillip Willett, Flyers 54; SOFLO: 9. Jordan Colon 26, 11. Gustavo Valery 19, 15. Alex Monti 15, 33. Simon Ortiz 1, Teddy Sandoval 1; Open, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 47; SOFLO: 10. Jacob Walters 21, 18. Endi Babi 12.

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FLA 4:46.46; SOFLO: 4. Annita Huang 5:03.09, 5. Katherine DeBarros 5:06.00, 6. Vanessa Mesa 5:09.90, 7. Jennifer Rodriguez 5:10.30, 9. Anabel Vazquez 5:15.83.

200-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:29.51; SOFLO: 2. Jessica Rodriguez 2:33.75, 10. Anna Montgomery 2:53.83, 12. Abolade Oyetunji 2:59.84; 15-16, 1. Cheyenna Rhine, RLAY 2:27.98; SOFLO: 4. Melissa Marinheiro 2:38.04, 13. Carly Swanson 2:51.41; Open, 1. Iwona Lefanowicz, FLA 2:26.27; SOFLO: 6. Marcella Marinheiro 2:36.64, 16. Kellie Wilcox 2:59.39.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Mattie Barfield, FLA 43.50; SOFLO: 2. Katrina Del Vecchio 44.70, 3. Kyana Castro 45.06, 12. Sara Quintero 52.12, 19. Jena Legaspi 57.44; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FLA 37.85; SOFLO: 4. Elise Larin 40.18, 5. Marianna Serrao 40.24, 6. Jennifer Rodriguez 41.42, 9. Anabel Vazquez 42.65, 10. Katherine DeBarros 43.28, 12. Mikaela De Gracia 43.64, 14. Annita Huang 44.08, 15. Alexandra Crespo 44.43, 16. Camila Alvarez 44.47, 18. Kellie Wilcox 45.23; 13-14, 1. Maggie Aroesty, LBA 35.03; SOFLO: 5. Jessica Rodriguez 38.35, 12. Bianca Monti 42.32, 23. Zariya Harris 47.04; 15-16, 1. Mary Edwards, Thrashers 38.15; Open, 1. Ashly Isaacson, WFLA 36.01; SOFLO: 5. Bianca Muniz 39.88.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, Blue Marlins 34.20; SOFLO: 2. Kyana Castro 35.02, 5. Sara Quintero 39.70, 9. Michelle Marinheiro 42.59, 13. Katrina Del Vecchio 45.35, 15. Jena Legaspi 48.25; 11-12, 1. Emily Cordovi, Blue Marlins 30.74; SOFLO: 6. Vanessa Mesa 35.69, 7. Jennifer Rodriguez 36.45, 13. Marianna Serrao 37.39, 14. Elise Larin 37.80, 17. Camila Alvarez 38.94, 21. Alexandra Crespo 40.51, 28. Mikaela De Gracia 44.18.

200-meter butterfly:

13-14, 1. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:31.33; SOFLO: 2. Natasha Testa 2:44.62; 15-16, 1. Cheyenna Rhine, RLAY 2:35.59; Open, 1. Anett Kovacs, FLA 2:20.24; SOLO: 3. Maria Lopez 2:25.74, 6. Amber Hunter 2:28.46.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 1:11.76; SOFLO: 4. Michelle Marinheiro 1:14.41, 5. Sara Quintero 1:17.35, 12. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:22.33, 19. Jena Legaspi 1:28.13; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FLA 1:01.35; SOFLO: 5. Annita Huang 1:06.49, 7. Vanessa Mesa 1:08.77, 9. Anabel Vazquez 1:09.43, 11. Marianna Serrao 1:09.80, 12. Katherine DeBarros 1:11.37, 15. Elise Larin 1:11.93, 19. Alexandra Crespo 1:14.47, 21. Camila Alvarez 1:14.68, 26. Kellie Wilcox 1:16.11, 30. Mikaela De Gracia 1:19.87; 13-14, 1. Maggie Aroesty, LBA 1:02.14; SOFLO: 5. Bianca Monti 1:04.37, 12. Abolade Oyetunji 1:07.50, 13. Jessica Rodriguez 1:07.98, 20. Zariya Harris 1:10.17, 26. Anna Montgomery 1:11.70; 15-16, 1. Colby Harvey, CMA 1:01.41; SOFLO: 3. Melissa Marinheiro 1:01.56, 13. Carly Swanson 1:07.05; Open, 1. Laura Galarza, WA 1:00.13; SOFLO: 7. Amber Hunter 1:02.25, 8. Marcella Marinheiro 1:03.64, 12. Maria Lopez 1:03.60, 21. Bianca Muniz 1:05.93.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:41.45; SOFLO: 4. Samuel Quintero 4:51.57, 6. Leonardo Mateus 5:11.74.

200-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Esteban Diaz-Velasco, SOFLO 2:18.14; SOFLO: 5. Kevin Porto 2:28.17, 8. Alfredo Mesa 2:34.88; 15-16, 1. Dylan Lu, BTA 2:14.54; SOFLO: 8. Simon Ortiz 2:39.42; Open, 1. Austin Manganiello, AK Sharks 2:08.90; SOFLO: 12. Samuel Quintero 2:37.90.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO 44.02; SOFLO: 3. John Paul Handal 44.28, 5. Nicolas Rossi 45.89, 14. Joseph Lee 49.92, 22. Akira Huang 52.95, 27. Alejandro Mateus 57.46, 28. Mark Andre De Gracia 57.58, 33. Michael Crespo 1:09.93; 11-12, 1. Matthew Newman, BTA 37.96; SOFLO: 3. Brandon Moran 38.97, 12. Ethan Hew 46.83; 13-14, 1. Joshua Umrysh, BTA 32.62; SOFLO: 7. CJ Kopecki 37.16, 8. Jonathan Strod 37.80, 14. Cristian Rossi 40.14, 15. Andres Arias 40.47, 16. Juan Osorio 41.06, 19. Rodrigo Rodriguez 42.92, 21. Andre Molko 45.36; 15-16, 1. AJ Reid, FLA 31.65; SOFLO: 2. Jordan Colon 33.19, 11. Alex Monti 36.93, 12. Gustavo Valery 37.23, 14. Teddy Sandoval 38.98, 19. Simon Ortiz 43.26; Open, 1. Garland Sullivan, WA 30.65; SOFLO: 2. Marc Rojas 30.93.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Faria, Blue Marlins 34.90; SOFLO: 4. Michael Arias 35.81, 8. Joseph Lee 38.17, 10. John Paul Handal 38.60, 12. Nicolas Rossi 39.35, 22. Akira Huang 44.04, 32. Mark Andre De Gracia 58.07; 11-12, 1. Ryan Aroesty, LBA 30.88; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 32.19, 7. Samuel Quintero 34.33, 8. Brandon Moran 36.82, 24. Ethan Hew 47.99.

200-meter butterfly:

13-14, 1. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 2:18.05; SOFLO: 5. Jonathan Strod 2:27.82; 15-16, 1. Victor Escalante, Marmo 2:17.98; SOFLO: 8. Teddy Sandoval 2:43.67; Open, 1. Austin Manganiello, AK Sharks 2:08.06; SOFLO: 2. Jacob Walters 2:14.89, 3. Endi Babi 2:15.76, 7. Brandon Moran 2:53.70, 8. Leonardo Mateus 2:58.19.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO 1:09.17; SOFLO: 2. John Paul Handal 1:10.15, 3. Nicolas Rossi 1:10.35, 6. Joseph Lee 1:13.57, 20. Akira Huang 1:23.59, 31. Marcos Vazquez 1:30.08, 35. Alejandro Mateus 1:37.59, 36. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:38.91, 39. Miguel Crespo 1:53.34; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:03.88; SOFLO: 7. Leonardo Mateus 1:07.83, 24. Ethan Hew 1:29.39; 13-14, 1. Ervin Marin, Blue Marlins 57.49; SOFLO: 8. Cristian Rossi 1:00.47, 8. Jonathan Strod 1:00.66, 10. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:01.43, 12. CJ Kopecki 1:01.84, 14. Kevin Porto 1:02.46, 18. Alfredo Mesa 1:03.26, 20. Juan Osorio 1:04.48, 30. Andre Molko 1:06.22, 31. Andres Arias 1:06.36, 32. Rodrigo Rodriguez 1:06.49, 39. Bryan Moran 1:10.21; 15-16, 1. Viktor Toth, DBS 54.91; SOFLO: 4. Alex Monti 57.50, 5. Gustavo Valery 57.85, 14. Jordan Colon 1:01.70, 17. Teddy Sandoval 1:02.32, 22. Simon Ortiz 1:04.41; Open, 1. Chad Harrington, FLA 52.64; SOFLO: 15. Jacob Walters 57.77, 16. Marc Rojas 57.84.

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

St. Thomas Sweeps Region 4-3A Titles; SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Lopez, Walters Shine

St. Thomas Sweeps Region 4-3A Titles; SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Lopez, Walters Shine


 

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

November 3, 2012

Marcella Marinheiro of West Broward High School has been training for her moment at the Region 4-3A Swimming and Diving Championships all season long.

On a chilly Friday night at Plantation Aquatic Complex, the South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer’s hard work paid off when she won the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 58.62. She was seeded fourth going into the event in 1:02.75 behind Amanda Tipton of Nova, Sammy Stinemire of St. Thomas and Meagan Abad of South Plantation.

Marinheiro was also fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.46.

By virtue of her win, Marinheiro, a senior, will return to next week’s state meet for her final appearance. The winner of each event automatically qualifies for next Friday’s Class 3A State Meet at the Orlando YMCA. After all region meets are completed Saturday night, the top 20 fastest times in each event advance. The psych sheets will be posted Sunday on fhsaa.org.

“I am extremely happy because I have been trying to go 58 in all those dual meets and I end up finally doing it,” Marinheiro said. “Hopefully, I will do better at states.

Marinheiro was pushed by Stinemire and Tipton in the championship race.

“My opponents were really strong so I knew I had to go fast if I wanted to win and make my goal time,” Marinheiro said. “So as the competition went on I felt confident and feeling good. This is my last year. I wanted to win so I am really happy.

“I have been training extremely hard and dedicating myself. I know as you get older it’s hard to drop a lot of time but I know if I swim my best it will come out. I am extremely excited about going back to states. I hope I do really good and drop even more time.”

West Broward was dealt a severe blow when its 400-yard freestyle relay, that had qualified for state last year, was disqualified during morning prelims for a false start.

“It was upsetting because last year we did really good with that relay at states. It is what it is. I had to get over it quick and focus on my races. We still had the 200 medley relay which should get in, too. We just have to deal with it and focus.”

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro of West Broward was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:06.82. The event was strong with SOFLO distance swimmers with four of them qualifying in the top eight. Kylie Herman of Cypress Bay was third in 5:16.81, Haley Wright of Cypress Bay was fourth in 5:17.25 and Daniela Jimenez of Hialeah Gardens was seventh in 5:28.38.

Melissa Marinheiro was also second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.14.

Herman and Carly Swanson of SOFLO were third for Cypress Bay in the 200-yard freestyle relay which is expected to qualify for state. Hialeah Gardens’ sixth-place relay with SOFLO sisters Evelin and Daniela Jimenez and Lopez may also sneak into states. The trio also were members of the fourth place 400 freestyle relay. Herman was also eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.50 and is on the bubble for a state berth.

SOFLO’s Maria Lopez of Hialeah Gardens was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.04. In a repeat of districts, she finished runner-up to rival Isabella Paez of Reagan. Lopez was also sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.09.

Amber Hunter of West Broward won the consolation final of the 100-yard butterfly in 59.64 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.86, both best times. Her seed time in the butterfly was 1:00.30 and 1:05.44 in the backstroke.

Jacob Walters of West Broward made huge improvement  in his events at the region meet. Walters, who gave up band to focus on his swimming this season, was fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.95 and winning the consolation final of the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.40, both best times.  The senior was seeded seventh in the 200 freestyle in 1:50.29 and sixth in the 100 butterfly in 54.49.

“I would be really happy if I made states,” Walters said. “I decided to give up band and focus on my swimming. I’ve been training really hard and getting better. I was hoping to do well.”

West Broward freshman Alex Monti of SOFLO was eighth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.95 in his region meet debut. SOFLO teammate Roger Capote, a senior at American High, came back to win the consolation final in 4:56.34.

Jonathan Strod of Cypress Bay won the consolation final of the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.43. Roger Capote of American won the consolation final of the 500-yard freestyle in 4:56.34.

With clutch wins in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, St. Thomas Aquinas clinched the boys’ crown with 342.50 points, ahead of Miami Palmetto with 327 and Nova with 222.

“I thought it was going to be close, Miami Palmetto is so good,” Raiders coach Marty Grady said. “Our kids did a great job. They kept their composure and swam very, very hard in the last five events to get a good win for St. Thomas. It was exciting, The kids did a great job.

“We stepped up today and we are going to have to step up even more next week,” Grady said. “We’ll find out Sunday if we got everyone in but I believe we will. I think there are five teams that can win next week (Palm Harbor, Miami Palmetto, St. Thomas, Boca Raton and Sarasota Riverview). We’ll see…on to state.”

The Raiders were led by individual champions Brandon Goldman in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.35 and diver Jack Harrington. Goldman, a senior team captain, was second in the 200-yard individual medley and also led off the runner-up 200-yard medley relay and anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay to clinch the title. Harrington won the 1-meter title with 461.60 points.

The Raider girls had a little more wiggle room going into the final event, capturing the girls team title with 291 points. Miami Palmetto was runner-up with 248.50.

“We swam a little flat this morning but turned it around this evening,” said Raiders girls coach Jimmy Parmenter. “A couple of people are going to be left home. Hopefully, we will get enough in. It’s a waiting game until Sunday.

“We finished 11th last year at state. We graduated a lot of seniors (twelve) last year, so this is a young team. Our freshmen pulled us through this meet with our backstrokers, breaststrokers and divers. A top 10 finish I will be real excited with this year.”

The Raiders came from behind to win the 400-yard freestyle relay with a strong anchor leg from Sophia Oliva and finished third in the 200-yard medley relay and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay. In the final relay event, Reagan had a huge lead after the first three legs but faded on the final leg while Oliva turned it on to clinch it for St Thomas.

“Good thing you need four swimmers,” Parmenter said. “I didn’t know they didn’t have a fourth swimmer. I was a little nervous there. Their first couple legs were really good.”

Emma Lincoln, a junior at Cypress Bay, was a region champion in the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best and All-American consideration time of 1:51.26 (bettering her seed time of 1:56.22) and runner-up by just a tenth of a second in the 100-yard freestyle in another season-best 52.08 (bettering her seed time of 54.26). She is virtually assured two individual state berths. The only other Broward winner was Western diver Alexa Elkins.

REGION 4-3A RESULTS

GIRLS

TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 291, 2. Miami Palmetto 248.50, 3. Coral Reef 223.50, 4. Cypress Bay 217, 5. Reagan 152, 6. Nova 148, 7. West Broward 143, 8. South Plantation 142, 9. Hialeah Gardens 122, 10. Miami Beach 111, 11. Northeast 98, 12. Coral Gables 67, 13. Western 55, 14. Our Lady of Lourdes 41, 15. Southwest Miami 40, 16. Ferguson 35, 17. Cooper City 28, 18. American 27, 18. Flanagan 27, 20. Miami 19, 21. Mourning 15, 21. Dr. Krop 15, 23. Hialeah 11, 24. South Dade 10.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Miami Palmetto 1:51.10, 2. Coral Reef 1:51.63, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:53.30 (Sammy Stinemire, Natalya Wozab, Kristina Brennan, Carolina Vargas), 4. West Broward 1:53.77 (Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro, Amber Hunter, Whitney Johnson), 10. Cypress Bay 2:02.37 (Jessica Modrak, Alemy Barreto, Andrea Vallejo, Carly Swanson).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Lincoln, CB 1:51.26, 2. Arianna Noya, REA 1:52.96, 3. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 1:54.14, 4. Marcella Marinheiro, WB 1:54.46, 6. Maria Lopez, HG 1:56.09, 8. Kylie Herman, CB 2:00.50, 9. Veronica Postolski, CB 2:02.53, 11. Daniela Jimenez, HG 2:03.87.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kelly Fertel, CR 2:08.83, 2. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 2:11.22, 3. Veronica Gruelach, MB 2:14.49, 11. Whitney Johnson, WB 2:25.51.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Carla Robles, CR 24.31, 2. Zoie Balthazar, SP 24.38, 3. Osianna McReed, NE 24.65, 7. Kristina Brennan, STA 25.15.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Alexa Elkins, WES 474.90, 2. Gabriella Comunale, STA 425.40, 3. Jennifer Huchler, CB 382.75.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Isabella Paez, REA 55.11, 2. Maria Lopez, HG 57.04, 3. Arianna Noya, REA 57.49, 7. Evelin Jimenez, HG 59.44, 9. Amber Hunter, WB 59.64, 15. Whitney Johnson, WB 1:03.69, 17. Haley Wright, CB 1:04.79.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Daniela Johnson, MP 51.58, 2. Emma Lincoln, CB 52.08, 3. Khamai Simpson 52.99, 10. Kristina Brennan, STA 55.46, 17. Evelin Jimenez, HG 58.91.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Isabella Paez, REA 5:00.13, 2. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 5:06.82, 3. Kylie Herman, CB 5:16.81, 4. Haley Wright, CB 5:17.25, 7. Daniela Jimenez, HG 5:28.38.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Miami Palmetto 1:39.54, 2. Coral Reef 1:41.13, 3. Cypress Bay 1:41.38 (Emma Lincoln, Veronica Postolski, Carly Swanson, Kylie Herman), 6. Hialeah Gardens 1:42.91 (Evelin Jimenez, Daniela Jimenez, Kelly Aleman, Maria Lopez).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Marcella Marinheiro, WB 58.62, 2. Sammy Stinemire, STA 59.58, 3. Amanda Tipton, NOVA 1:00.34, 9. Amber Hunter, WB 1:03.86, 12. Veronica Postolski 1:06.06.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Tie, Kelly Fertel, CR 1:07.18, 2. Daniela Johnson, MP 1:07.18, 3. Fatimah Westbrook, NE 1:09.37.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:38.17 (Kristina Brennan, Carolina Vargas, Mia Fiorenzi, Sophia Oliva), 2. Cypress Bay 3:40.03, 3. Reagan 3:41.99, 4. Hialeah Gardens 3:42.68 (Evelin Jimenez, Daniela Jimenez, Kelly Aleman, Maria Lopez).

BOYS

TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 342.50, 2. Miami Palmetto 327, 3. Nova 222, 4. Miami Columbus 150, 5. Cypress Bay 133, 6. Reagan 117.50, 7. Ferguson 106, 8. Mourning 105, 9. South Plantation 103, 10. Hialeah Gardens 93, 11. West Broward 81, 12. Dr. Krop 74, 13. Miami Beach 72, 14. Coral Gables 66, 15. Miami Sunset 42, 16. American 41, 17. Western 39, 18. Braddock 37, 19. Cooper City 23, 20. Miami 20, 21. South Broward 17, 21. Coral Reef 17, 21. Flanagan 17, 24. North Miami Beach 12, 25. Miami Killian 2.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Miami Palmetto 1:38.87, 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:39.26 (Brandon Goldman, Gabriel Perez Silva, Alex Lilley, RJ Moore), 3. Nova 1:41.01, 8. Cypress Bay 1:46.39 (Carlos Gallego, Bowie Suen, Rafael Ramirez, Alexander Bryan), 11. American 1:49.84 (Ryan Capote, Roger Capote, Ivan Montoya, Raphael Mora), 12. Flanagan 1:51.24 (Fernando Quintero, Jake Edelstein, Nick Dolce, Gustavo Valery).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Derek Chait, MP 1:43.47, 2. Bradley Adan, MC 1:43.65, 3. Francisco Parra, CB 1:44.16, 6. Kyle Desrosiers, STA 1:46.05, 9. Jacob Walters, WB 1:47.40.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Sam Smiddy, MP 1:54.27, 2. Brandon Goldman, STA 1:55.31, 3. Katana Sato, SP 1:59.84, 9. Jonathan Strod, CB 2:05.43.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Anthony Soto, CG 21.73, 2. Facundo Betancor, MI 22.18, 3. Jose Gonzalez, REA 22.37, 3. RJ Moore, STA 22.37, 14. Ryan Capote, AM 23.92.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Jack Harrington, STA 461.60, 2. Corey Balko, WB 385.20, 3. Jonathan Rub, MOR 202.80.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Bradley Adan, MC 51.78, 2. Samuel Smiddy, MP 52.02, 3. Alex Lilley, STA 52.77, 5. Jacob Walters, WB 52.95, 13. Francisco Alvarez, WES 56.22.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Nicholas Coard, DK 47.27, 2. Francisco Parra, CB 47.94, 3. Anthony Soto, CB 47.96, 18. Ryan Capote, AM 51.50.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Derek Chait, MP 4:39.85, 2. Blake Manganiello, MP 4:42.38, 3. Luis Rivadeneria, FERG 4:44.41, 4. Kyle Desrosiers, STA 4:47.09, 8. Alexander Monti, WB 5:14.95, 9. Roger Capote, AM 4:56.34.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:28.01 (Alex Lilley, Kearn Kurbanalo, Gabriel Perez Silva, RJ Moore), 2. Miami Palmetto 1:28.30, 3. Nova 1:31.80, 9. West Broward 1:36.36 (Jacob Walters, Alexander Monti, Francis Callahan, William Perry), 13. American 1:41.17 (Roger Capote, Raphael Mora, Gualberto Plaza, Ryan Capote), 16. Flanagan 1:42.39 (Fernando Quintero, Zachary Anders, Nick Dolce, Gustavo Valery).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Brandon Goldman, STA 52.35, 2. Francisco Alvarez, WES 54.03, 3. Robert Castano, MC 54.25, 14. Fernando Quintero, FLAN 59.04, 15. Gustavo Valery, FLAN 59.47.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Juan Olano, MSUN 59.88, 2. Joseph Hunt, MP 1:00.88, 3. Alexander Reid, MB 1:01.01, 10. Roger Capote, AM 1:04.54, 12. Jonathan Strod, CB 1:05.17, 13. Bowie Suen, CB 1:05.29.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:12.61 (Alex Lilley, Alex Behnam, Kyle Desrosiers, Brandon Goldman), 2. Miami Palmetto 3:15.13, 3. Nova 3:18.48, 8. Cypress Bay 3:26.24 (Carlos Neira, Carlos Gallego, Jonathan Strod, Francisco Parra), 11. West Broward 3:37.26 (Will Perry, Alexander Monti, Jiewon Lee, Jacob Walters), 12. Western 3:39.57 (Patrick Funderburk, Julio Mata, Jaide Francis, Francisco Alvarez).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Hunter, Herman, Walters Shine At District 10-3A Meet

SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Hunter, Herman, Walters Shine At District 10-3A Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

October 29, 2012

Several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers kicked it up another notch Monday at the District 10-3A Swimming and Diving Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The district meet is the first step toward berths at the FHSAA State 3A Meet in Orlando. The top eight individuals qualify for Friday’s region meet in Plantation.

West Broward sophomore Melissa Marinheiro repeated as district champion in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.38. Marinheiro also won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:01.36.

SOFLO’s Kylie Herman of Cypress Bay was third in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:23.55.

SOFLO teammate Amber Hunter of West Broward was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.30.

West Broward’s Jacob Walters was third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.29 and third in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.49.

Western’s Francisco Alvarez was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.98.

St. Thomas Aquinas, led by Brandon Goldman, defended its title. The boys won with 502 points and Nova was runner-up with 375.

The girls, led by individual winners Mia Fiorenzi and Sophia Oliva won with 452.5 points, more than 100 points ahead of Cypress Bay with 328.

St. Thomas won five of six boys and girls relays.

Goldman, the Raiders’ team captain, enjoying his finest high school season, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.25, the only swimmer to crack two minutes. He had a two-second margin of victory. He also won the 100-yard backstroke in 53.09 and qualified on two relays.

SOFLO swimmers return to Plantation Aquatic Complex Friday for the Region 4-3A meet, the final step to qualifying for state berths. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5:30 p.m.

DISTRICT 10-3A RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 452.50, 2. Cypress Bay 328, 3. Nova 272, 4. South Plantation 262, 5. West Broward 261, 6. Northeast 150.50, 7. Western 149, 8. Cooper City 133, 9. Flanagan 106, 10. South Broward 46, 11. McArthur 36, 12. Miramar 22.

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:57.40, 2. South Plantation 1:59.25, 3. West Broward 2:01.49.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Melissa Marinheiro (WB) 1:54.38, 2. Emma Lincoln (CB) 1:56.22, 3. Daniela Veloza (N) 1:56.57.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mia Fiorenzi (STA) 2:16.84, 2. Skye Downey (SP) 2:21.06, 3. Chloe Gerena (STA) 2:22.14.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sophia Oliva (STA) 25.13, 2. Zoie Balthazar (SP) 25.42, 3. Fatimah Westbrook (NE) 25.49.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Amanda Tipton (N) 58.55, 2. Mia Fiorenzi (STA) 59.49, 3. Amber Hunter (WB) 1:00.30.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Lincoln (CB) 54.26, 2. Zoie Balthazar (SP) 54.77, 3. Sophia Oliva (STA) 54.79.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Melissa Marinheiro (WB) 5:01.36, 2. Daniela Veloza (N) 5:07.73, 3. Kylie Herman (CB) 5:23.55.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:42.20, 2. Nova 1:42.92, 3. Cypress Bay 1:45.16.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Amanda Tipton (N) 59.79, 2. Sammy Stinemire (STA) 1:01.28, 3. Meagan Abad (SP) 1:02.45.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Fatimah Westbrook (NE) 1:09.95, 2. Chloe Gerena (STA) 1:14.15, 3. Marie Borrelli (STA) 1:14.40.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:42.93, 2. Cypress Bay 3:44.72, 3. West Broward 3:46.99.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 502, 2. Nova 375, 3. Cypress Bay 312, 4. South Plantation 207, 5. West Broward 160, 6. Flanagan 142, 7. Western 138, 8. Cooper City 101, 9. South Broward 80, 10. Notheast 63, 11. McArthur 44, 12. Miramar 12.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Nova 1:42.95, 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:43.17, 3. South Plantation 1:48.39.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Francisco Parra (CB) 1:43.81, 2. Kyle Desrosiers (STA) 1:49.73, 3. Jacob Walters (WB) 1:50.29.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Brandon Goldman (STA) 1:58.25, 2. Katana Sato (SP) 2:02.36, 3. Gabriel Perez Silva (STA) 2:04.42.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sean Chen (SP) 22.79, 2. RJ Moore (STA) 22.85, 3. Nick McKenna (SP) 22.91.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alex Lilley (STA) 53.02, 2. Javier Menchaca Gallegos (STA) 54.15, 3. Jacob Walters (WB) 54.49.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Francisco Parra (CB) 47.97, 2. Nick McKenna (SP) 49.38, 3. Alex Benham (STA) 49.48.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Esteban Velasquez (STA) 4:54.91, 2. Carlos Gallego (CB) 4:55.16, 3. Kyle Desrosiers (STA) 4:59.07.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:31.82, 2. Nova 1:33.07, 3. Cypress Bay 1:34.46.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Brandon Goldman (STA) 53.09, 2. Esteban Velasquez (STA) 57.15, 3. Francisco Alvarez (W) 57.98.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Ryan O’Hara (N) 1:03.94, 2. Derek Sibley (SB) 1:05.28, 3. Michael Crespo (STA) 1:06.63.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:21.44, 2. Nova 3:22.60, 3. Cypress Bay 3:26.31.

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SOFLO’s Walters, Perry, Monti, Marinheiro Sisters Win For West Broward

SOFLO’s Walters, Perry, Monti, Marinheiro Sisters Win For West Broward


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

October 17, 2012

West Broward High School swimmers got the chance to fine tune one last time before next week’s districts Thursday night in the regular season finale at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

West Broward girls and boys teams defeated Western and lost to defending district champion St. Thomas Aquinas.

In the girls competition, sisters Melissa and Marcella Marinheiro won events.

Marcella Marinheiro won the 100-yard backstroke in an exciting race, just edging out Amber Hunter, 1:03.69-1:03.78. Marcella Marinheiro was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.09. Hunter was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.

Melissa Marinheiro won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.37.

In the boys competition, Jacob Walters was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:07.14 and 100-yard butterfly in 53.95.

Will Perry won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.95 and was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.89.

Alex Monti won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.57 and was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:07.70.

GIRLS

West Broward 123, Western 56

St. Thomas Aquinas 139.50, Western 44.50

St. Thomas Aquinas 115, West Broward 65

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:55.29 (Sammy Stinemire, Natalya Wozab, Kristina Brennan, Carolina Vargas), 2. West Broward 1:57.06 (Marcella Marinheiro, Whitney Johnson, Amber Hunter, Melissa Marinheiro), 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 2:09.27 (Sofia Pozsonyiova, Chloe Gerena, Brianna Giordanella, Renata Rios).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 1:57, 2. Marcella Marinheiro, WB 2:00.09, 3. Sophia Oliva, STA 2:01.58.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Chloe Gerena, STA 2:22, 2. Marie Borelli, STA 2:23.87, 3. Whitney Johnson, WB 2:24.48.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Katherine Callahan, WB 25.67, 2. Sammy Stinemire, STA 25.94, 3. Kaycee Ash, WB 27.50.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Alexa Elkins, WES 258.15, 2. Gabriella Comunale, STA 250.95, 3. Nerissa Scott, STA 225.90.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 58.73, 2. Amber Hunter, WB 1:00.00, 3. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 1:01.08.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Sophia Oliva, STA 55.28, 2. Kristina Brennan, STA 57.02, 3. Sammy Stinemire, STA 58.19.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 5:14.37, 2. Jade Grimes, WB 5:40.08, 3. Camila Manrique, WES 5:43.26.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:43.05 (Sammy Stinemire, Carolina Vargas, Mia Fiorenzi, Sophia Oliva), 2. Western 1:52.77 (Antonia Jaramillo, Alexa Elkins, Alyssa Fergula, Camila Manrique), 3. West Broward 2:04.49 (Sofia Vera-Lourenco, Kaycee Ash, Katherine Callahan, Victoria Lumelski).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Marcella Marinheiro, WB 1:03.69, 2. Amber Hunter, WB 1:03.78, 3. Kristina Brennan, STA 1:05.43.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Natalya Wozab, STA 1:12.91, 2. Chloe Gerena, STA 1:16, 3. Sofia Pozsonyiova, STA 1:21.63.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:42.46 (Kristina Brennan, Carolina Vargas, Mia Fiorenzi, Sophia Oliva), 2. West Broward 3:43.33 (Whitney Johnson, Amber Hunter, Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro), 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 4:09.67 (Brianna Giordanella, Renata Rioas, Marie Borelli, Jenna Diaz).

BOYS

West Broward 103, Western 70

St. Thomas Aquinas 132, Western 42

St. Thomas Aquinas 120, West Broward 60

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:42 (Alex Lilley, Matthew Wathen, Brandon Goldman, RJ Moore), 2. Western 1:51 (Francisco Alvarez, Adam Saryeldin, Patrick Funderburk, Jaide Francis), 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:52.09 (Francisco Gallo, Michael Crispo, Javier Menchaca, Henry Perillo).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Esteban Velasquez, STA 1:53.59, 2. Chris Litts, STA 2:02.09, 3. Jorge D’Ugard, STA 2:10.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Jacob Walters, WB 2:07.14, 2. Kyle Desrosiers, STA 2:07.17, 3. Alfred Maria, STA 2:22.74.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Will Perry, WB 23.95, 2. Andrew Szatkowski, STA 25.07, 3. Francis Callahan, WB 25.09.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Jack Harrington, STA 247.80, 2. Corey Balko, WB 195.30.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jacob Walters, WB 53.95, 2. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 56.47, 3. Felipe Farias, STA 57.92.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kearn Kurbanalo, STA 51.79, 2. Will Perry 52.89, 3. Dan Acevedo, STA 55.61.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Alex Behnam, STA 5:02.20, 2. Alex Monti, WB 5:07.70, 3. Patrick Funderburk, WES 5:31.76.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:35.84 (RJ Moore, Jorge D’Ugard, Brandon Goldman, Michael Crespo), 2. Western 1:40.89 (Julio Mata, Brendan Roth, Adam Saryeldin, Jaide Francis), 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:43.60 (Felipe Farias, Francisco Gallo, David Radoskowicz, Dan Acevedo).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Francisco Alvarez, WES 58.40, 2. Javier Menchaca, STA 1:00.37, 3. Eric Goldenberg, STA 1:06.66.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alex Monti, WB 1:08.57, 2. Henry Perillo, STA 1:10.13, 3. Kearn Kurbanali, STA 1:10.46.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:29 (Alex Behnam, Henry Perillo, Esteban Velasquez, Gabriel Perez Silva), 2. West Broward 3:39.56 (Will Perry, Francis Callahan, Alex Monti, Jacob Walters), 3. Western 3:42.58 (Patrick Funderburk, Julio Mata, Jaide Francis, Francisco Alvarez).

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SOFLO’s Heron, Marinheiro Win On Opening Night Of Comets FGC Open Invitational

SOFLO’s Heron, Marinheiro Win On Opening Night Of Comets FGC Open Invitational


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 18, 2012

Despite less-than-ideal weather, Kelley Heron and Melissa Marinheiro of the South Florida Aquatic Club weathered the storm and won individual distance events on the opening night of the Comets’ Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational Friday night.

After a slight weather delay at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, SOFLO swimmers posted 21 best times (15 boys and 6 girls) in the 400-meter individual medley and 400-meter freestyle events.

Heron, 12, one of the youngest swimmers in the girls’ 400-meter individual medley, won in 5:34.34.

SOFLO swept the top five places with Kylie Herman, 14, Bianca Monti, 12, Delanie Perez, 11, and Sarah Bucaro, 12.

Perez and Bucaro posted best times with big time drops. Perez went from 6:11.36 to 5:52.48 and Bucaro dropped from 6:11.76 to 5:54.10.

Melissa Marinheiro, 15, won the 400-meter freestyle in a best time of 4:24.25. Her previous best was 4:25.52. Her sister, Marcella Marinheiro, 17, was second in 4:42.57 and teammate Jessica Rodriguez, 13, was third in 4:51.61.

In the boys’ 400-meter individual medley, Jordan Colon, 14, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing fifth in a best time of 5:14.66. His previous best was 5:28.66.

Jacob Walters, 16, was SOFLO’s top finisher in the 400-meter freestyle placing fourth in a best time 4:31.85, dropping from 4:50.83. Teammates Gustavo Valery and Alfredo Mesa also finished in the Top 10 with best times. Valery was seventh in 4:36.17 and Mesa was eighth in 4:36.40.

Because of the bad weather, the 200-meter individual medley was rescheduled for Saturday and 12-and-under 400-meter freestyle on Sunday.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

400-meter individual medley:

1.Kelley Heron, SOFLO 5:34.34; SOFLO: 2. Kylie Herman 5:39.33, 3. Bianca Monti 5:52.14, 4. Delanie Perez 5:52.48, best time, 5. Sarah Bucaro 5:54.10, best time, 7. Alani Carrasco 5:54.85, 8. Andrea Bucaro 5:55.08, 9. Stephanie Mlujeak 6:05.12, best time, 10. Kaitlin Armstrong 6:26.56, 11. Natasha Testa 6:28.99, best time, 12. Astrid Rigau 6:32.34, 13. Miranda Mila 6:34.67.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:24.25, best time; SOFLO: 2. Marcella Marinheiro 4:42.57, 3. Jessica Rodriguez 4:51.61, 5. Haley Wright 4:54.92, best time, 6. Amber Hunter 4:58.70, 7. Daniela Jimenez 5:03.55, 14. Maria Fernandez 6:03.18, 15. Vivi Calero 6:05.91, 17. Clarisa Melendez 6:20.94.

BOYS

400-meter individual medley:

1.Ronald Santos, Rockway 5:02.07; SOFLO: 5. Jordan Colon 5:14.66, best time, 10. Nicholas Perera 5:32.80, best time, 11. Julien Pinon 5:33.11, 13. Alex Monti 5:34.90, best time, 14. Juan Lucas 5:35.63, best time, 16. Ricardo Roche 5:40.09, best time, 18. Carlos Rodriguez 5:41.61, 19. CJ Kopecki 5:42.97, 11. Samuel Quintero 5:46.85, best time, 24. Alexander Viloria 5:47.43, 25. Juan Saldana 5:54.06, 26. Bruno Berti 5:56.33, 27. Baldwin Suen 5:56.48, best time, 31. Andres Menchaca 6:02.91, best time, 32. Diego Rodriguez 6:06.64, 33. Tyler Gibson 6:08.38, 34. Matthew Menocal 6:09.10, 35. Bryant Segui 6:11.07, 36. Miguel Hernandez 6:21.71, 37. Daniel Reyna 6:23.42.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Nicolas Medina, Davie Nadadores 4:16.48; SOFLO: 4. Jacob Walters 4:31.85, best time, 7. Gustavo Valery 4:36.17, 8. Alfredo Mesa 4:36.40, best time, 14. Ryan Capote 4:45.11, best time, 16. Fernando Quintero 4:46.26, best time, 18. Edward Kon 4:48.68, best time, 22. Cristian Rossi 4:54.81, best time, 23. William Perry III 4:56.64, 26. Teddy Sandoval 5:01.31, 28. Simon Ortiz 5:15.42, best time, 30. Jonathan Rivas 5:20.35, 31. Jack Davies 5:23.46, best time, 34. Bowie Suen 5:44.77.

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SOFLO’s Leonie Davies, Jacob Walters Win, Post Best Times At Last Chance Short Course Meet

SOFLO’s Leonie Davies, Jacob Walters Win, Post Best Times At Last Chance Short Course Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 31, 2012

Nine South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got another chance to swim fast in their final short course meet of the season Saturday at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Short Course Last Chance Meet.

Davies, 15, won two events and posted a career-best time and Walters, 16, won one event, finished second in another and posted two career-best times to lead the contingent.

Leonie Davies won the 200-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 1:57.34, bettering her previous best of 1:58.35. She also won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:20.90.

Walters won the 100-yard butterfly in a career-best 54.23, bettering his previous best of 55.58. He was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.98, another best time. His previous best was 1:52.35.

The three-day meet concludes at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

SOFLO Saturday Results

Women’s 100-yard butterfly

1. Amber Hunter 1:00.83, 2. Evelin Jimenez 1:01.55.

Men’s 100-yard butterfly

1. Jacob Walters 54.23 best time, 55.58 previous best.

Women’s 200-yard freestyle

1. Leonie Davies 1:57.34, best time, 1:58.35 previous best, 2. Evelin Jimenez 2:02.97, best time, 2:04.62 previous best, 5. Daniela Jimenez 2:05.56, best time, 2:05.65 previous best, 6. Amber Hunter 2:07.71.

Men’s 200-yard freestyle

2. Jacob Walters 1:50.98, best time, 1:52.35, previous best, 3. Roger Capote 1:57.81, 4. William Perry III 2:00.78.

Men’s 100-yard breaststroke

2. Roger Capote 1:09.34.

Women’s 200-yard backstroke

1. Leonie Davies 2:20.90, 4. Daniela Jimenez 2:29.39.

Men’s 400-yard individual medley

1. Christian Riobo 4:40.24.

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SOFLO’s Jimenez, Walters Win On Opening Day Of FGC Area 3 Developmental Championships

SOFLO’s Jimenez, Walters Win On Opening Day Of FGC Area 3 Developmental Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

February 24, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club teammates Daniela Jimenez and Jacob Walters are getting serious about swimming.

Jimenez, 16, recently left Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens for SOFLO to devote more time to training and competing.

Walters, 16, is focused on taking his swimming to the next level.

The hard work and dedication is paying off for them.

On Friday, the opening day of the Comets-hosted Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Developmental Meet at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, the pair won individual titles in the 400-yard individual medley.

Jimenez won the 15-18 girls’ age group event in a lifetime-best 5:10.64, bettering her previous best time of 5:36.21.

Walters won the 15-18 boys’ age group event in a career-best 4:33.62, a huge time drop from last year’s previous best time of 5:04.32.

Jimenez looked strong in her race. She went out fast in the opening butterfly leg and extended her lead through the backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.

“My strategy was to get out fast,” Jimenez said. “My best strokes are the fly and free. I did my best time in the 100 fly so I am pretty happy.

“I am getting more serious about my swimming,” Jimenez said. “I have been training harder because I switched teams. I feel more confident now with this team and I feel like I am getting stronger.”

Jimenez joined SOFLO nearly a month ago.

“I can see a change in my training already, I am more focused now on this team,” Jimenez said. “They are more strict. I like it.”

Jimenez is a junior at Hialeah Gardens High School where she was a member of the girls’ team. She competed in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle, her favorite events. She qualified for regionals and just missed making the state meet.

“My goal next year is to make states,” said Jimenez, who has been swimming for six years. Her mom started her in the sport to be water-safe and Jimenez soon fell in love with swimming.

“I am glad I stayed with it,” Jimenez said.

Walters is on a roll. At last weekend’s FGC Senior Championships, Walters made his first championship final in the 100-yard butterfly and it snowballed after that. He made finals in all of his events except one.

“I was pretty pleased making finals,” Walters said. “I felt really good.

“Over the fall I had to do marching band so I didn’t have a lot of time to focus on club swimming,” Walters said. “Since that’s over, I’ve started practicing a lot more and been dropping times.”

Walters is a junior at West Broward High School where he has been a member of the boys’ swim team for two seasons and competed in the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle and relays.

“The 400 IM isn’t my favorite but it felt good today,” Walters said. “I am more of a freestyler, fly, sprinter. But I got the cut so I guess I will keep with it.”

Walters has been swimming since he was 12.  His family moved to South Florida less than two years ago.

“I started swimming because I really didn’t like to run,” he said. “I tried soccer and a little bit of football and didn’t like that. My dad was a swimmer and said ‘here, try the swim team.’ I’m glad he suggested that. I really do love swimming.

“My first swim team was a super-relaxed recreation team. All they did was 50s at meets. I like this a lot better. I really want to focus on swimming so I can swim at a really good college. I just want to concentrate on getting faster.”

Walters is seeded first in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley.

“Morning practices are hard and it usually takes my dad kicking me out of bed. I think looking forward I know it was good for me and it will be good for me.”

Other SOFLO winners were Alani Carrasco, 12, 400-yard IM, 5:11.47, best time; top-seed Stephanie Mlujeak, 13, 400-yard IM, 5:12.55, best time; Alex Monti, 13, 400-yard IM, 4:47.71, best time; and Andrea Bucaro, 12, 1,650-yard freestyle, 19:39.24, best time.

The Area 3 field features more than 500 swimmers including 139 from SOFLO. The three-day meet continues on Saturday with two prelim sessions and one championship final.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Alani Carrasco, SOFLO 5:11.47;13-14, 1. Stephanie Mlujeak, SOFLO 5:12.55, 2. Monica Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:28.17; 15-18, 1. Daniela Jimenez, SOFLO 5:10.64.

1,650-yard freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Andrea Bucaro, SOFLO 19:39.24; 13-14, 1. Sandi Valdes, MAC 19:29.54; SOFLO: 2. Lilli Calero 19:35.64, 3. Natasha Testa 21:23.82.

BOYS

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Ervin Marin, Blue Marlins 4:45.32; SOFLO: 3. Andres Lares 5:11.93; 13-14, 1. Alex Monti, SOFLO 4:47.71, SOFLO: 3. Jonathan Strod 4:54.90; 15-18, 1. Jacob Walters, SOFLO 4:33.62; SOFLO: 2. Roger Capote 4:42.64, 3. Daniel Lee 5:11.91.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Developmental Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, Session 2 prelims 8:30 a.m., Session 3 prelims 12:30 p.m., Session 4 finals, 6 p.m.; Sunday, Session 5 prelims 8:30 a.m., Session 6 prelims, 12:30 p.m., Session 7 finals, 6 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17189 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $2 per session. For information call meet director Luis Soler, 954-538-3721.

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