SOFLO Swimmers Start Strong On Opening Night Of 14&Under FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb
STUART, July 14, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got off to a great start in the distance events at the 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics Thursday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

Jemma Baldwin, Mackenzie McPherson and Juan Vallmitjana finished runners-up in their events.

Baldwin, 11, was second in the 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 19:34.69. She shaved 30.55 seconds off her previous best and dipped under 20 minutes for the first time in her young career.

McPherson, 12, was second in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:43.04.

Vallmitjana, 13, was second in the 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 17:03.92, dropping 33.47 seconds off his previous best.

Other top six SOFLO finishers were:
Toma Petkov, 10, 400 freestyle, third, 5:33.76, time drop 16.91.
Christie Ann Lumsden, 10, 400 freestyle, fourth, 5:20.32, time drop 6.60.
Ethan Hall, 12, 400 IM, fourth 5:36.30, time drop 3.57.
Mason Jimenez, 14, 1500 freestyle, fifth, 18:14.04.
Sarah Vasquez, 14, 1500 freestyle, sixth, 19:08.68, time drop 16.28.
Saree Young, 12, 400 IM, 5:56.72, sixth, best time.
Eric Ferrer, 11, 1500 freestyle, sixth, 19:32.71, tme drop 4.83.
Michael Barber, 10, 400 freestyle, sixth, 5:47.00, time drop 13.30.
Noah Mejias, 11, 400 IM, sixth, 5:40.84, time drop 12.25.

SOFLO has one of its largest contingents with 64 qualified swimmers (33 boys, 31 girls) in 274 individual events and relays.

At last summer’s JOs, SOFLO won the girls team title with 262 points ahead of Metro Aquatics with 234. SOFLO boys’ team finished second with 246.50 behind Metro Aquatics with 346 points. Metro Aquatics won the combined team title with 610 points. Defending champion SOFLO was second with 546.50.

The meet is being co-hosted by Martin County, Florida Gold Coast Swimming, Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club for the sixth time.

THURSDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Veronica Metz, WOW 18:44.76; SOFLO: 2. Jemma Baldwin 19:34.69, time drop 30.55, 9. Sofia Gomez 20:37.44, time drop 7.48, 13. Sofia Rodriguez 21:03.40, time drop 19.12.
13-14, 1. Da’jah German, SFTL 18:28.55; SOFLO: 6. Sarah Vasquez 19:08.68, time drop 16.28, 8. Amelie Bicerne 19:19.32, 14. Mariana Pinto 20:21.94.

400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Jilliam Henriquez, PST 5:03.49; SOFLO: 4. Christie Ann Lumsden 5:20.32, time drop 6.60.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Zoe Schnoeller, SFTL 5:40.51; SOFLO: 2. Mackenzie McPherson 5:43.04, best time yards 5:05.07, 6. Saree Young 5:56.72, best time yards 5:15.83.

BOYS
1500-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Felipe Alvarez, PST 18:41.68; SOFLO: 6. Eric Ferrer 19:32.71, time drop 4.83, 14. Atharv Agashe 21:37.13.
13-14, 1. Fredreick Rosenthal, PCS 17:03.41; SOFLO: 2. Juan Vallmitjana 17:03.92, time drop 33.47, 5. Mason Jimenez 18:14.04.

400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Mason Shepley, LLL 5:27.24; SOFLO: 3. Toma Petkov 5:33.76, time drop 16.91, 6. Michael Barber 5:47.00, time drop 13.30.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Caleb Caponera, SAS 5:30.71; SOFLO: 4. Ethan Hall 5:36.30, time drop 3.57, 6. Noah Mejias 5:40.84, time drop 12.25, 7. David Valdiviezo 5:43.63, time drop 12.65.

IF YOU GO
WHAT:
14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

WHEN: Thursday-Sunday

WHERE: Sailfish Splash Park, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart.

TIMELINE: Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m., 5:30-6:49 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1:23 p.m., 5:30-6:46 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12:24 p.m., 5:30-7:13 p.m.

ADMISSION: $5 per session. Heat sheets will not be sold but will be available at http://www.martincountyswimming.org or http://www.npbswimming.com. A concession stand will be available. The venue will open to spectators, athletes and coaches at 7 a.m. each morning and 4 p.m. each afternoon.

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

SOFLO Swimmers End On Good Note On Final Day Of SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, June 26, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers ended on a good note at the SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

A handful of swimmers competed on the third and final day of timed finals.

Jemma Baldwin ended a successful weekend with a win in the 1500-meter freestyle in 20 minutes and 26.54 seconds. Baldwin finished with 62 points after winning seven events.

SOFLO teammates Sofia Gomez (20:44.92), Elise Dinehart (19:45.39) and Natalie Gembicki (19:01.95) all finished runners-up in their age group.

Other girls winners were Ainsley Miller in the 50-meter breaststroke in 39.81 and Sofia Rodriguez in the 200-meter breaststroke in 3:22.15.

In the boys’ 1500, Eric Ferrer won 11-12 in 19:37.54 and Juan Vallmitjana won 13-14 in 17:50.75.

SOFLO had the largest team with 112 swimmers (61 boys and 51 girls) in 628 individual events.

In addition to host SOFLO, other clubs that competed were Azura, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Gulliver, Boca Raton Swim Team, Olympus, Coral Springs Swim Club, El Paso Borderland Swim Team, Shelton Doral, Hialeah Swim Club, Florida Keys Swim Club, Cooper City Cyclones, Heritage Aquatic Team, Homestead Wahoos, Tsunamis, North Miami Swim Team and Miami Swimming.

Meet and SOFLO club 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.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 20:26.54, 2. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 20:44.92, 3. Lauren Meyer, BR 22:14.80.
13-14, 1. Layne Smith, FKSC 19:26.94, 2. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 19:45.39, 3. Alexandra Strong, Azura 20:55.94.
15-and-over, 1. Corley Smith, FKSC 18:21.12, 2. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 19:01.95, 3. Elia Bethke, BR 19:46.75.

50-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Sahara Idler, USDST 29.63, 2. Alani Lopez, Azura 31.52, 3. Sofia Lugo, SOFLO 33.57.
15-and-over, 1. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 30.29, 2. Ava Martinez, TSU 31.40, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BR 31.42.

200-meter butterfly:
12-and-under, 1. Camila Canelon, BLST 3:01.72.

50-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Ainnara Lazzaro, SDST 33.68, 2. Sahara Idler, USDST 34.09, 3. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 35.53.
15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, USDST 33.52, 2. Ava Martinez, TSU 33.99, 3. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 35.83

200-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Eva Kolobova, NMST 3:14.83.
11-12, 1. Antonia Moreno, GRSC 2:58.28, 2. Camila Canelon, BLST 2:58.56, 3. Sophie Szutkowski, SOFLO 3:02.16.

50-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 39.81, time drop 48.29, 2. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 41.13, 3. Sahara Idler, USDST 41.33.
15-and-over, 1. Lucia Miller, Azura 34.50, 2. Paola Gonzalez, USDST 35.27, 3. Abbie Sargent, FHSC 35.91.

200-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Eva Kolobova, NMST 3:39.70, 2. Penelope Suarez, SWAT 3:50.35.
11-12, 1. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 3:22.15, 2. Gabriela Vargas, GRSC 3:31.20.

BOYS
1500-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 19:37.54, 2. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 19:37.62.
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 17:50.75, 2. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 19:25.36, 3. Martin Petkov, SOFLO 20:33.59.
15-and-over, 1. Sauod Alshamroukh, Azura 16:44.28, 2. Daniel Gonzalez Jimenez, Azura 17:23.28, 3. Abrahan Flores, Azura 17:29.51.

50-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 26.32, 2. Anthony Pineiro USDST 27.05, 3. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 30.04.
15-and-over, 1. Davidson Vincent, Azura 25.42, 2. Sidrell Williams, Azura 26.06, 3. Nikita Efimov, OSC 26.59.

50-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Anthony Pineiro, USDST 28.57, 2. George Gonzalez, USDST 29.42, 3. Julian Lozano, GRSC 32.32.
15-and-over, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 28.90, 2. Nikita Efimov, OSC 29.61, 3. Marcelo Mansur, USDST 29.66.

200-meter backstroke:
12-and-under, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 2:40.06, 2. Tikhon Kolobov, NMST 2:50.18, 3. Adlai Nixon, Unattached 2:57.45.

50-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 30.91, 2. Anthony Pineiro, USDST 34.93, 3. Christopher De Angulo, MS 36.58.
15-and-over, 1. Brandon Moran, Azura 31.15, 2. Dario Martin, OSC 31.63, 3. Nikita Efimov, OSC 31.70.

200-meter breaststroke:
12-and-under, 1. Tikhon Kolobov, NMST 3:14.02.

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

Baldwin, Lumsden, Petkov Lead SOFLO On Day Two Of SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, June 25, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers had another good day at the SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Jemma Baldwin, 11, and Christie-Ann Lumsden, 10, led the girls with five wins and best times. Baldwin won three events with all best times and Lumsden won two events with one best time.

Baldwin has totaled 53 points over two days. She won the 50-meter freestyle in 31.11 dropping 0.24 and tying with Boca Raton’s Lauren Meyer. She also won the 50-meter backstroke in 36.33, dropping 1.98 and 200-meter freestyle in 2:25.17, dropping 3.39. Baldwin has the 1500-meter freestyle remaining on Sunday.

Lumsden won the 50-meter breaststroke in 41.75, dropping 0.91 and 100-meter butterfly in 1:35.46. Lumsden has 43 points.

SOFLO girls also won eight individual events. They were:

Olivia Dinehart, 400 IM, 5:12.62.
Elise Dinehart, 200 breaststroke, 3:02.53, time drop 0.40.
Elena Dinehart, 200 backstroke, 2:25.85.
Katelyn Gembicki, 50 freestyle, 28.21, time drop 0.51.
Jianna Amores, 100 butterfly, 1:13.06, time drop 3.24.
Molly Golding, 100 butterfly, 1:06.02.
Joanna Valdiviezo, 200 freestyle, 2:48.03, time drop 10.69.
Maddie Smutny, 200 freestyle 2:08.33.

Toma Petkov, 10, led SOFLO boys with two wins. He won the 50 breaststroke in 46.18 and 200 freestyle in a best time 2:46.75, dropping 0.04. Petkov has 35 points.

There were five individual winners. They were:
Ethan Hall, 50 freestyle, 28.98, time drop 1.62.
Maximiliano Remmele, 200 backstroke, 2:31.82, time drop 5.67.
Ethan Phan, 100 butterfly, 1:25.49, time drop 1.23.
David Valdiviezo, 100 butterfly, 1:17.49.
Juan Vallmitjana, 100 butterfly, 1:07.00.

The three-day meet ends on Sunday with timed finals at 10:30 a.m. and expected to end at 11:37 a.m.

SOFLO heads the field with 112 swimmers (61 boys and 51 girls) in 628 individual events.

In addition to host SOFLO, other clubs competing are Azura, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Gulliver, Boca Raton Swim Team, Olympus, Coral Springs Swim Club, El Paso Borderland Swim Team, Shelton Doral, Hialeah Swim Club, Florida Keys Swim Club, Cooper City Cyclones, Heritage Aquatic Team, Homestead Wahoos, Tsunamis, North Miami Swim Team and Miami Swimming.

Admission is $5 per session. Admission allows spectators to enter the pool only within the barricaded area.

Meet and SOFLO club 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.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

400-meter individual medley:
12-and-under: 1. Antonia Moreno, GRSC 6:20.30.
13-14, 1. Pilar Duranti, Azura 5:41.98, 2. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 5:45.72, 3. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 5:47.77.
15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 5:12.62, 2. Paola Gonzalez, USDST 5:13.03, 3. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 5:21.48.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 3:02.53, time drop 0.40, 2. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 3:05.85, time drop 0.20, 3. Sarah Vasquez, SOFLO 3:19.12.
15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonalez, USDST 2:44.30, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:44.68, 3. Abbie Sargent, FKSC 2:51.91.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 41.75, 0.91 time drop, 2. Sofia De Angulo, MS 48.41, 3. Amber Connor, SOFLO 48.68.
11-12, 1. Emma Baker, CSSC 41.49, 2. Laila Harran, SOFLO 43.14, time drop 1.44, 3. Rafaela Dabus, GRSC 43.46.

50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 32.22, 2. Amber Connor, SOFLO 36.57, 3. Temperance Horan, BR 36.94.
11-12, 1. tie, Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 31.11, 0.24 time drop and Lauren Meyer, BR 31.11, 3. Melissa Ramos, HSC 31.28.
13-14, 1. Katelyn Gembicki, SOFLO 28.21, time drop 0.51, 2. Sahara Idler, USDST 28.86, 3. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 29.21, time drop 0.84.
15-and-over, 1. Lucia Miller, Azura 27.67, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 28.06, 3. Elyse Wood, GRSC 28.13.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Ainnara Lazzaro, SDST 2:32.74, 2. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 2:34.94, time drop 5.88, 3. Mikhel Martin, SOFLO 2:54.42.
15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:25.85, 2. Gio Musiello, GRSC 2:28.99, 3. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 2:38.12.

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 40.04, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 43.70, 3. Varvara Dmitrova, SOFLO 44.84, 2.27 time drop.
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 36.33, 1.98 time drop, 2. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 37.26, 3. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 37.30, time drop 2.82.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:35.46, 2. Temperance Horan, BR 1:43.23, 3. Sofia De Angulo, MS 1:45.90.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:13.06, 3.24 time drop, 2. Laila Harran, SOFLO 1:17.17, 7.07 time drop, 3. Antonia Moreno, GRSC 1:17.60.
13-14, 1. Sahara Idler, USDST 1:05.96, 2. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 1:10.47, time drop 0.30, 3. Alani Lopez, Azura 1:10.54.
15-and-over, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 1:06.02, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 1:07.42, 3. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:07.58.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Joanna Valdiviezo, SOFLO 2:48.03, 10.69 time drop, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 2:48.94, 13.96 time drop, 3. Skyla Carroll, CSSC 2:56.80.
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 2:25.17, 3.39 time drop, 2. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 2:28.97, 2.01, time drop, 3. Melissa Ramos, HSC 2:32.56.
13-14, 1. Pilar Duranti, Azura 2:19.36, 2. Sahara Idler, USDST 2:19.60, 3. Layne Smith, FKSC 2:19.99.
15-and-over, 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:08.33, 2. Paola Gonzalez, USDST 2:11.01, 3. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 2:12.32.

BOYS
400-meter individual medley:
12-and-under: 1. John Albornoz, CSSC 5:33.25, 2. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 5:39.87, 3. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 5:56.28.
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 4:49.20, 2. Adrian Rendon, SOFLO 5:19.84, 3. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 5:20.18.
15-and-over, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 4:45.55, 2. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 4:52.47, 3. Enrique Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:53.64.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 2:30.42, 2. Anthony Pineiro, USDST 2:37.90, 3. Derek Hau, SOFLO 2:46.42.
15-and-over, 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 2:31.87, 2. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:34.69, 3. Jacques Sonnier, BR 2:39.84.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 46.18, 2. Dylan Ehrlich, CSSC 48.10, 3. Edmond Negrin, HSC 48.50.
11-12, 1. John Albornoz, CSSC 37.06, 2. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 41.88, 2.71 time drop, 3. Jayden Guo, CSSC 41.89.

50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Noah Parker, Unattached 33.97, 2. Guy Soto, CCPR 34.41, 3. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 36.00, time drop 1.47.
11-12, 1. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 28.98, 1.62 time drop, 2. Adlai Nixon, Unattached 29.52, 3. Andres De Angulo, MS 29.73.
13-14, 1. Leonardo Moncada, SDST 27.65, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 27.99, time drop 0.30, 3. Michael Kazar, Azura 28.04.
15-and-over, 1. Sidrell Williams, Azura 23.90, 2. Elias Segovia, Azura 25.29, 3. Michele Vandenbossche, Azura 25.35.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 2:31.82, 5.67 time drop, 2. Matt McVeigh, SOFLO 2:37.21, 3. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 2:39.49
15-and-over, 1. Abrahan Flores, Azura 2:11.71, 2. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:14.72, 3. Alex Golding, SOFLO 2:18.45.

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 41.24, 2. Noah Parker, Unattached 41.91, 3. Dylan Ehrlich, CSSC 2.46.
11-12, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 33.62, 2. Francesco Corrales, SFTL 37.51, 3. Cameron Brown, Unattached 37.66.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 1:25.49, 1:23 time drop, 2. Samuel Ramos, GRSC 1:40.36.
11-12, 1. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 1:17.49, 2. Cameron Brown, Unattached 1:17.58, 3. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 1:18.66.
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:07.00, 2. Adrian Rendon, SOFLO 1:08.02, 1.98 time drop, 3. Oliver Cannings, GRSC 1:10.03.
15-and-over, 1. Davidson Vincent, Azura 55.60, 2. Dario Martin, OSC 57.54, 3. Sidrell Williams, Azura 58.67.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 2:46.75, 0.04 time drop, 2. Michael Barber, SOFLO 2:54.32, 2.40 time drop, 3. Samuel Ramos, GRSC 2:54.55.
11-12, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 2:22.63, 2. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 2:23.10, 4.13 time drop, 3. Francesco Corrales, SFTL 2:25.57.
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 1:56.45, 2. Anthony Pineiro, USDST 1:58.56, 3. Leonardo Moncada, SDST 2:14.16.
15-and-over, 1. Sauod Alshamroukh, Azura 1:56.55, 2. Elias Segovia, Azura 1:59.83, 3. Agustin Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:01.08.

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

Jemma Baldwin, Juan Vallmitjana Lead SOFLO On Day One Of SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, June 24, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got in some good racing against a competitive field at the SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite Friday night at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO girls were led by triple winner Jemma Baldwin, double winners Christie Ann Lumsden, Maddie Smutny and Laila Harran and four individual winners.

Baldwin, 11, won the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:16.79, dropping 4.94 seconds off her previous best. She won the 100-meter freestyle in 1:08.13, another best time with a 0.48 time drop. She won the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 5:09.33, dropping 6.28 seconds.

Lumsden, 10, won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:25.43 with a time drop 6.00 and 400-meter freestyle in 5:26.92 in her event debut.

Smutny, 17, won the 100-meter freestyle in 59.89 and 400-meter freestyle in 4:33.62.

Harran, 12, won the 50-meter butterflyin 32.25 with a time drop of 3.89 and 200-meter individual medley in 2:46.94, another best time with a 7.06 time drop.

Individual winners were:
Jenesys Amores, 400-meter freestyle 4:52.72, time drop 1.90.
Elena Dinehart, 100-meter backstroke 1:07.96.
Valentina Remmele, 200-meter individual medley, 3:14.54, time drop 4.50.
Olivia Dinehart, 200-meter individual medley, 2:27.65.

SOFLO boys were led by double winner Juan Vallmitjana and nine individual winners.

Vallmitjana, 13, won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:28.75 and 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:23.67, dropping 5.24.

Individual winners were:
Alessandro Suarez Cabrera, 50-meter butterfly 38.64.
Ricardo Roche, 100-meter backstroke, 1:00.27.
Ethan Hall, 100-meter freestyle, 1:03.83, time drop 2.56.
Toma Petkov, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:39.67, time drop 1.05.
Javier Colmenares, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:07.42.
Ethan Phan, 200-meter individual medley, 3:07.54, time drop 1.63.
Michael Barber, 400-meter freestyle 6:24.48.
Rainier Leyva Riestra, 400-meter freestyle, 4:57.95.
Enrique Rodriguez, 400-meter freestyle, 4:11.23.

The meet continues Saturday, with prelims at 8 a.m. for 13-and-older followed by prelims for 12-and-unders at 12:30 p.m. Championship finals are 7 p.m. On Sunday, timed finals begin 10:30 a.m. and expected to end at 11:37 a.m.

SOFLO heads the field with 112 swimmers (61 boys and 51 girls) in 628 individual events.

Over three days, swimmers from seventeen clubs are trying to hit qualifying times they need for various upcoming meets from BBs to Futures.

In addition to host SOFLO, other clubs competing are Azura, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Gulliver, Boca Raton Swim Team, Olympus, Coral Springs Swim Club, El Paso Borderland Swim Team, Shelton Doral, Hialeah Swim Club, Florida Keys Swim Club, Cooper City Cyclones, Heritage Aquatic Team, Homestead Wahoos, Tsunamis, North Miami Swim Team and Miami Swimming.

Admission is $5 per session. Admission allows spectators to enter the pool only within the barricaded area.

Meet and SOFLO club 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.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 5:26.92.
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 5:09.33, time drop 6.28, 2. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 5:17.85, time drop 5.20, 3. Camila Canelon, BLST 5:22.45.
13-14, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 4:52.72, 2. Pilar Duranti, Azura 4:59.80, 3. Katelyn Gembicki, SOFLO 5:04.67.
15-and-over, 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 4:33.62, 2. Britta Schwengle, Azura 4:39.67, 3. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 4:40.26.
200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Sahara Idler, USDST 2:29.03, 2. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 2:35.95, time drop 14.10, 3. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 2:36.25, time drop 5.87.
15-and-over, 1. Gabriela Cortes, Azura 2:21.22, 2. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:24.51, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BR 2:28.93.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 37.40, 2. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 39.55, 3. Temperance Horan, BR 40.82.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 32.25, time drop 3.89, 2. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 33.27, 3. Lauren Meyer, BR 33.63.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:25.43, time drop 6.00, 2. Joanna Valdiviezo, SOFLO 1:31.69, time drop 2.90, 3. Temperance Horan, BR 1:35.35.
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:16.79, time drop 4.94, 2. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 1:17.83, time drop 2.13, 3. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:20.79, 4.30 time drop.
13-14, 1. Carolyn Powell, CSSC 1:10.00, 2. Ainnara Lazzaro, SDST 1:11.06, 3. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 1:12.73, time drop 0.99.
15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:07.96, 2. Gabriella Deluna, SOFLO 1:10.40, 3. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 1:13.68, time drop 0.44.

100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 1:12.07, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 1:18.61, 0.74 time drop, 3. Sophia Gamboa-Pereira, CSSC 1:19.65.
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:08.13, 0.48 time drop, 2. Gianna Martin, SOFLO 1:09.95, 4.76 time drop, 3. Antonia Moreno, GRSC 1:10.20.
13-14, 1. Sahara Idler, USDST 1:03.08, 2. Carolyn Powell, CSSC 1:04.42, 3. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 1:04.47.
15-and-over, 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 59.89, 2. Gio Musiello, GRSC 1:00.55, 3. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 1:01.05.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Sofia De Angulo, MS 1:43.40, 2. Amber Connor, SOFLO 1:49.84, time drop 1.08, 3. Katherine De Angulo, MS 1:52.33.
11-12, 1. Emma Baker, CSSC 1:32.38, 2. Laila Harran, SOFLO 1:34.22, 2.25 time drop, 3. Gabriela Vargas, GRSC 1:35.81.
13-14, 1. Manuella Lima, CSSC 1:23.64, 2. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 1:24.69, 4.21 time drop, 3. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 1:27.97, 1:04 time drop.
15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, USDST 1:16.39, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 1:16.62, 3. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:17.17.

200-meter individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 3:14.54, 4.50 time drop, 2. Sofia De Angulo, MS 3:17.05, 3. Joanna Valdiviezo, SOFLO 3:23.69, 5.79 time drop.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 2:46.94, time drop 7.06, 2. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 2:53.63, time drop 10.14, 3. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:55.13, time drop 9.91.
13-14, 1. Sahara Idler, USDST 2:36.65, 2. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 2:45.77, time drop 0.86, 3. Tania Mantilla, SOFLO 2:48.95.
15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:27.65, 2. Gio Musiello, GRSC 2:28.14, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:30.19.

BOYS
400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Michael Barber, SOFLO 6:24.48, time drop 36.30.
11-12, 1. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 4:57.95, time drop 34.74, 2. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 4:58.37, 12.08 time drop, 3. Alistair Bass, SFTL 5:04.30.
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 4:12.35, 2. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 4:36.96, time drop 2.12, 3. Thomas Ramos, GRSC 4:50.67.
15-and-over, 1. Enrique Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:11.23, time drop 0.94, 2. Sauod Alshamroukh, Azura 4:11.28, 3. Abrahan Flores, Azura 4:13.85.
200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:28.75, 2. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 2:37.14, time drop 5.31.
15-and-over, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 2:08.87, 2. Nikita Efimov, OSC 2:11.50, 3. Enrique Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:12.34.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera, SOFLO 38.64, 2. Ryan Slogrove, SFTL 38.69, 3. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 38.72, time drop 0.46.
11-12, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 32.13, 2. Adlai Nixon, UN 32.46, 3. John Albornoz, CSSC 32.98.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Dylan Ehrlich, CSSC 1:31.00, 2. Michael Barber, SOFLO 1:37.11, 4.97 time drop, 3. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 1:38.77, time drop 6.41.
11-12, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 1:11.19, 2. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 1:17.05, time drop 3.71, 3. Tikhon Kolobov, NMST 1:19.16.
13-14, 1. Anthony Pineiro, USDST 1:00.51, 2. Derek Hau, SOFLO 1:05.67, time drop 1.76, 3. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 1:09.90.
15-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 1:00.27, 2. Abraham Flores, Azura 1:01.69, 3. Michele Vandenbossche, Azura 1:01.86.

100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Ryan Slogrove, SFTL 1:12.89, 2. Noah Parker, UN 1:17.30, 3. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera, SOFLO 1:18.99.
11-12, 1. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 1:03.83, 2.56 time drop, 2. Andres De Angulo, MS 1:04.51, 3. Francesco Corrales, SFTL 1:06.34.
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 53.51, 2. Anthony Pineiro, USDST 54.53, 3. Julian Lozano, GRSC 1:00.09.
15-and-over, 1. Sauod Alshamroukh, Azura 53.28, 2. Davidson Vincent, Azura 53.36, 3. Elias Segovia, Azura 53.83.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 1:39.67, time drop 1.05, 2. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 1:42.17, time drop 3.44, 3. Dylan Ehrlich, CSSC 1:45.13.
11-12, 1. John Albornoz, CSSC 1:23.85, 2. Tikhon Kolobov, NMST 1:28.84, 3. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 1:30.99, time drop 2.02.
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 1:08.12, 2. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 1:10.72, 3. Anthony Pineiro, USDST 1:14.41.
15-and-over, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 1:07.42, 2. Manuel Melendez, SOFLO 1:08.74, time drop 0.82, 3. Dario Martin OSC 1:09.06.

200-meter individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 3:07.54, time drop 1.63, 2. Ryan Slogrove, SFTL 3:09.94, 3. Noah Parker, UN 3:18.92.
11-12, 1. John Albornoz, CSSC 2:35.44, 2. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 2:48.00, time drop 1.87, 3. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 2:51.51, time drop 5.59.
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:23.67, time drop 5.24, 2. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 2:24.08, 3. Julian Lozano, GRSC 2:27.76.
15-and-over, 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 2:12.56, 2. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:13.77, 3. Austin Nelson, SOFLO 2:21.01.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNOFFICIAL 5K RESULTS
GIRLS

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

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

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

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

UNOFFICIAL 2K RESULTS
GIRLS

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

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

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

SOFLO Swimmers Compete This Weekend At Southern Zone Open Water Championships


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OPEN WATER ZONE TEAM ROSTERS
GIRLS

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS 5K

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

OPEN WATER ZONE TEAM ROSTERS
GIRLS

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

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

SOFLO Wins Combined Team Title; Juan Vallmitjana Wins Five Events On Final Day Of TYR SOFLO Open


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 24, 2022–South Florida Aquatic Club won the combined, girls and boys team titles Sunday at the TYR South Florida Aquatic Club Open at Academic Village.

SOFLO won the combined team title with a club record 3,869.50 points. Ransom Everglades was second with 1,159.50.

SOFLO won the girls team title with 1,936 points and boys team title with 1,933 points.

SOFLO swimmers earned three of the four boys’ high points awards. They were Guillermo Mantilla, Juan Vallmitjana and Jaden Amores. The girls earned one high point award with Olivia Dinehart.

The girls’ competition opened with an exciting 200-yard freestyle relay race where Ransom Everglades (Emma Larralde, Bianca Montalvo, Katya Linfield, Athena Dyer) just edging out SOFLO (Jemma Baldwin, Jianna Amores, Sofia Gomez, Mackenzie McPherson), 1:51.48-1:51.79.

The remaining events turned out to be a battle between SOFLO, Ransom Everglades, Metro Aquatics and SwimFast swimmers.

SOFLO’s boys 200-yard freestyle relay of Joshua Menezes, Maximiliano Remmele Connor Jimenez and Juan Vallmitjana won in 1:47.85.

SOFLO’s individual event winners were:

Laila Harran, 50-yard backstroke, 32.55.

Christie Ann Lumsden, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:21.69, time drop 0.65.

Mackenzie McPherson, 50-yard butterfly, 30.79, time drop 3.65.

Jemma Baldwin, 100-yard freestyle, 59.10, time drop 1.99; 100-yard individual medley, 1:09.68, time drop 1.28.

Lance Bergeron-Menard, 50-yard backstroke 33.46; 200-yard backstroke 2:38.83.

Juan Vallmitjana, 50-yard backstroke, 29.34, time drop 1.12; 200-yard backstroke 2:14.14; 50-yard butterfly 27.41, time drop 1.35; 100-yard individual medley 1:04.12.

Guillermo Mantilla, 100-yard breaststroke 1:24.58, time drop 4.02.

Among the more notable time drops were: Sophie Szutkowski, 100-yard breaststroke 5.74; Rose Seniuk, 50-yard butterfly 8.18; Amber Connor, 100-yard freestyle 9.05; Laila Harran. 100-yard freestyle 4.13; Rose Seniuk, 100-yard individual medley 14.40; Sofia Gomez, 100-yard individual medley 8.84; Noah Mejias, 50-yard backstroke 4.36; Guillermo Mantilla, 100-yard breaststroke 4.02; Eric Ferrer, 100-yard breaststroke 4.39; David Gonzalez, 200-yard backstroke 10.67; Guillermo Mantilla, 50-yard butterfly, 5.05; Leonardo Zuluaga, 50-yard butterfly 5.30; David Valdiviezo, 100-yard freestyle 9.67; and Joshua Menezes, 100-yard individual medley 6.74.

The last TYR SOFLO Open was held in 2020 when SOFLO swept the combined team title with a then-record 1,888 points; men’s title with 900.5; and women’s title with 987.5 points with 128 swimmers.

This year SOFLO had 179 swimmers (98 boys and 81 girls) in 1,244 individual events and eight relays with 59 relay teams.

SOFLO and Comets Swim Team Booster Club hosted a field of 420 swimmers during the three-day meet at Academic Village Pool. It was the first SOFLO meet of the 2022 Florida Gold Coast season.

Several Florida Gold Coast teams entered swimmers including Metro Aquatics, SwimFast, Coral Springs Swim Club, Tsunami Swim, Ransom Everglades, Cyclones Swim Team, Hialeah Storm, Boca Raton Swim Team, Olympus, Hialeah and Hallandale-based Bravo Swim Team.

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.

SESSION FIVE RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

  1. South Florida Aquatic Club 3,869.50, 2. Ransom Everglades 1,159.50, 3. Metro Aquatics 670.50.

GIRL TEAM TOTALS

  1. SOFLO 1,936.5, 2. Ransom Everglades 557.5, 3. Metro Aquatics 313.5, 4. Boca Raton Swim Team 171, 5. Tsunami Swim Team 124.5, 6. SwimFast 121, 7. Cyclones 106, 8. Olympus 63, 9. Coral Springs Swim Club 39, 10. Hialeah Swim Club 33.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. SOFLO 1,933, 2. Ransom Everglades 602, 3. Metro Aquatics 357, 4. Hialeah Swim Club 97.5, 5. Boca Raton Swim Team 97, 6. Olympus 78, 7. SwimFast 60, 8. Tsunami 31, 9. Cyclones 11, 10. Coral Springs Swim Club 3.

HIGH POINT WINNERS
GIRLS

10-and-under, 1. Addison Scott, SF 98; 11-12, 1. Emma Larralde, RE 80; 13-14, 1. Sophia Linfield, RE 87; 15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 82.

BOYS
10-and-under, 1. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 75; 11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 97; 13-14, 1. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 95; 15-and-over, 1. Tomas Fermin, RE 72.

GIRLS
200-yard freestyle relay:
12-and-under, 1. Ransom Everglades 1:51.48 (Emma Larralde, Bianca Montalvo, Katya Linfield, Athena Dyer), 2. SOFLO A 1:51.79 (Jemma Baldwin, Jianna Amores, Sofia Gomez, Mackenzie McPherson), 3. SOFLO B 1:57.75, 4. SOFLO C 2:01.37.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Addison Scott, SF 36.21, 2. Joanna Valdiviezo, SOFLO 38.10, time drop 0.85, 3. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 41.59, time drop 0.18; SOFLO TOP 10: Sofia Rufeev 43.76, 9. Devey Otero 45.36.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 32.55, 2. Saree Young, SOFLO 32.60, 3. Sofia Gomez, SOFFLO 32.86, time drop 0.29; SOFLO TOP 10: 8. Rose Seniuk 35.24, 9. Sophie Szutkowski 35.39.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:21.69, time drop 0.65, 2. Camila Correa, MAC 1:26.12, 3. Nkem Chijoke, CSSC 1:47.37; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Amber Connor 1:48.38, time drop 0.11, 6. Caroline Carrera 1:48.96, 8. Devy Otero 1:51.28, time drop 2.65.
11-12, 1. Emma Larralde, RANS 1:21.14, 2.Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 1:21.85, time drop 1.35, 3. Alicia Salazar, MAC 1:25.81; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Sofia Rodriguez 1:27.29, time drop 1.77, 6. Olivia Wilson 1:27.64, 7. Sophie Szutkowski 1:29.63, time drop 5.74, 9. Tabitha Oliveira 1:33.06, time drop 0.05.

200-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Addison Scott, SF 2:40.69.
11-12, 1. Katya Linfield, RANS 2:27.43, 2. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 2:29.20, 3. Saree Young, SOFLO 2:29.62; SOFLO TOP 10: 6. Daniella Brancati 2:57.68.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Camila Correa, MAC 33.49, 2. Addison Scott, SF 34.42, 3. Ivana Morales-Mesia, MAC 35.04; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Valentina Remmele 39.74, time drop 3.15, 7. Joanna Valdiviezo 41.48, time drop 1.35, 9. Amber Connor 47.59, 10. Ellie Phan 48.58, time drop 3.43.
11-12, 1. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 30.79, time drop 3.65, 2. Emma Larralde, RANS 30.92, time drop 0.59, 3. Bianca Montalvo, RANS 31.36; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Rose Seniuk 32.02, time drop 8.18, 5. Sofia Rodriguez 32.79, 8. Sofia Gomez 33.35, time drop 3.83.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Camila Correa, MAC 1:05.64, 2. Ivana Morales-Mesia, MAC 1:05.72, 3. Addison Scott, SF 1:07.21; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Christie Ann Lumsden 1:07.69, 7. Sofia Rufeev 1:24.24, 10. Amber Connor 1:27.31, time drop 9.05.
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 59.10, time drop 1.99, 2. Emma Larralde, RANS 1:00.78, 3. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 1:02.00; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Laila Harran 1:02.14, time drop 4.13, 5. Rose Seniuk 1:02.30, time drop 0.43, 10. Jianna Amores 1:05.02, time drop 0.03.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Camila Correa, MAC 1:18.10, 2. Ivana Morales-Mesia, MAC 1:18.24, 3. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:18.33; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Joanna Valdiviezo 1:25.88, time drop 3.45, 6. Valentina Remmele 1:28.19, time drop 2.23, 7. Amber Connor 1:33.09, time drop 0.92.
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:09.68, time drop 1.28, 2. Emma Larralde, RANS 1:10.48, 3. Alma Cancio Jorge, MAC 1:12.25; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Rose Seniuk 1:12.52, time drop 14.40, 5. Sofia Gomez 1:12.81, time drop 8.84, 9. Laila Harran 1:15.09, 10. Sofia Rodriguez 1:16.73, time drop 0.76.

BOYS
200-yard freestyle relay:
12-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 1:47.85 (Joshua Menezes, Maximiliano Remmele, Connor Jimenez, Juan Vallmitjana), 2. SOFLO B 1:52.02, 3. Ransom Everglades 1:52.11, 4. SOFLO C 1:58.29.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 33.46, 2. Javier Massot, MAC 35.45, 3. Kai Aguero, UN 39.68; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Tommy Petkov 41.29, time drop 1.29, 6. David Gonzalez 41.96, time drop 0.41.
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 29.34, time drop 1.12, 2. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 29.86, time drop 0.11, 3. Nicolas Kokidko, MAC 30.62; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Ethan Hall 32.73, time drop 2.62, 6. David Valdiviezo 33.55, 7. Noah Mejias 33.99, time drop 4.36, 10. Eric Ferrer 35.36, time drop 0.37.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Bruno Sinchi, RANS 2:18.81, 2. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 2:26.44, 3. Aaron Pinkusevich, UN 3:15.33.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 1:24.58, time drop 4.02, 2. Lester Perez, MAC 1:28.93, 3. Tommy Petkov, SOFLO 1:34.90; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Ethan Phan 1:36.25, time drop 3.69, 7. Leonardo Zuluaga 1:40.47, time drop 7.25, 8. Luis Escobar 1:46.16.
11-12, 1. Jesus Linares, MAC 1:13.19, 2. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 1:14.85, 3. Adrian Rendon, UN 1:16.34; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Connor Jimenez 1:16.36, 8. Martin Petkov 1:23.03, 9. Eric Ferrer 1:24.96, time drop 4.39.

200-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 2:38.83, 2. David Gonzalez, SOFLO 2:59.26, time drop 10.67, 3. Robert Knyazex 3:09.38.
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:14.14, 2. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 2:16.60, 3. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 2:24.40; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Atharv Agashe 2:45.53, time drop 2.14, 6. Preston Christiansen 2:51.21, time drop 2.20, 7. Antonio Rico 3:14.32.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Javier Massot, MAC 33.27, 2. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 33.93, time drop 5.05, 3. Lester Perez, MAC 34.15; SOFLO TOP 10: 6. Ethan Phan 38.56, 8. Niccolo Miccolis 41.94, time drop 1.48, 9. Tommy Petkov 42.90, 10. Leonardo Zuluaga 43.87, time drop 5.30.
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 27.41, time drop 1.35, 2. Nicolas Kokidko, MAC 27.52, 3. Bruno Sinchi, RANS 28.03; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Adrian Rendon 29.88, 5. Connor Jimenez 30.67, 6. David Valdiviezo 31.65.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Lev Tarasov, UN 1:02.95, 2. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 1:06.54, 3. Javier Massot, MAC 1:07.85; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Ethan Phan 1:15.35, time drop 1.59.
11-12, 1. Nicolas Kokidko, MAC 54.46, 2. Jesus Linares, MAC 55.91, 3. Bruno Sinchi, RANS 59.07; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Maxiliano Remmele 59.72, 5. Adrian Rendon 59.89, 6. Joshua Menezes 59.99, time drop 1.23, 8. Martin Petkov 1:02.19, time drop 0.94, 9. David Valdiviezo 1:02.86, time drop 9.67, 10. Eric Ferrer 1:02.91, time drop 0.92.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Lev Tarasov, UN 1:13.12, 2. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 1:15.53, time drop 1.10, 3. Javier Massot, MAC 1:17.78; SOFLO TOP 10: 7. Ethan Phan 1:24.85.
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:04.12, 2. Nicolas Kokidko, MAC 1:04.66, 3. Jesus Linares, MAC 1:05.91; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Connor Jimenez 1:06.99, 5. Joshua Menezes 1:08.01, time drop 6.74, 7. Noah Mejias 1:11.12, 9. Martin Petkov 1:12.75, time drop 0.78, 10. Eric Ferrer 1:14.15, time drop 0.65.

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

SOFLO’s Ellie Phan Shines At Boca Raton Swim Team Not So Scary Halloween Invite


By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, October 30, 2021—At 6, one of the youngest swimmers in the meet also shined the brightest at the Boca Raton Swim Team Not So Scary Halloween Invite Saturday at Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Ellie Phan won the 8-and-under 25-yard butterfly in a best time 20.59, dropping 1.69 seconds off her previous best.

Phan was also second in the 25-yard breaststroke in 25.38, also a best time dropping 1.37. She was fourth in the 25-yard backstroke in 23.77 and tenth in the 25-yard freestyle in 22.33.

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

Aleksander Chaussky, 13, was fourth in the 13-18 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:33.97, dropping 3.18; sixth in the 13-14 100-yard backstroke in 1:10.45, dropping 15.59 according to Meet Mobile and eighth in the 13-14 100-yard freestyle in 59.98, also a best time dropping 2.55 and dipping below 1 minute for the first time.

Isabel Schlicht, 16, was third in the 15-18 100-yard butterfly in 1:15.91, fourth in the 15-18 100-yard freestyle in a best time 1:02.05, dropping 1.12, sixth in the 15-18 100-yard breaststroke in 1:27.82 and tenth in the 13-18 200-yard individual medley in 2:47.40.

Mikhel Martin, 12, was sixth in the 12-and-under 100-yard individual medley in a best time 1:13.00, dropping 3.83; seventh in the 12-and-under 50-yard butterfly in a best time 32.01 dropping 2.83 and 11th in the 12-and-under 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 40.98, dropping 1.35.

Jemma Baldwin, 11, fourth in the 12-and-under 50-yard backstroke in a best time 33.22, dropping 3.31; seventh in the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 39.51, dropping 2.48; seventh in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 29.00, dropping 0.64 and seventh in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:13.62.

Eric Ferrer, 11, was eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in 29.21; tenth in the 100-yard individual medley in a best time 1:14.80, dropping 4.16; 12th in the 50-yard butterfly in 33.86 and 13th in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 35.73, dropping 0.64.

Martin Petkov, 12, was fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 38.29, dropping 0.46; seventh in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 34.21, dropping 0.51; ninth in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 29.24, dropping 0.82 and 14th in the 50-yard butterfly in a best time 34.34, dropping 1.21.

Santiago Zuluaga, 6, fifth in the 8-and-under 25-yard backstroke in a best time 24.53, dropping 0.02; fifth in the 25-yard breaststroke in a best time 28.43, dropping 0.04; seventh in the 25-yard freestyle in a best time 21.30, dropping 2.90 and ninth in the 25-yard butterfly in a best time 28.36, dropping 1.04.

Savanna Alonso, 8, was fourth in the 25-yard breaststroke in 27.76; sixth in the 25-yard freestyle in 20.93; eighth in the 25-yard butterfly in 27.17 and tenth in the 25-yard backstroke in 26.47.

Maximiliano Remmele, 12, sixth in the 12-and-under 50-yard freestyle in 28.36 and ninth in the 50-yard butterfly in a best time 32.78, dropping 0.50.

South Florida Aquatic Club had 56 swimmers (29 boys and 27 girls) race in 189 individual events over two sessions. The meet was capped at 160 athletes, 80 per session.

In addition to host Boca Raton Swim Team and SOFLO, other Florida Gold Coast teams in the field were East Coast Aquatic Club, Tsunami Swim Team, Swim Fort Lauderdale and Plantation Swim Team.

SESSION ONE MIXED RESULTS
100-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Adriano Corrieri, PST 54.53; SOFLO: 8. Aleksander Chaussky 59.98; 15-18, 1. Daniel Nahornyi, TSU 54.41; SOFLO: 4. Isabel Schlicht 1:02.05, time drop 1.12.

100-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Anais Gedeon, SFTL 1:06.56; SOFLO: 6. Aleksander Chaussky 1:10.45, time drop 15.59, 17. Sophia Avila 1:20.55, 20. Justin Campos 1:25.08; 15-18, 1. Daniel Nahornyi, TSU 1:03.61.

100-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Adriano Corrieri, PST 1:08.99; SOFLO: 15. Alexander Rahman 1:31.22, time drop 1.27, 19. Gabriela Marin 1:33.21; 15-18, 1. Maya Kirie, ECAC 1:11.43; SOFLO: 6. Isabel Schlicht 1:27.82.

100-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Barron Tate, PST 1:05.26; SOFLO: 12. Gabriela Marin 1:24.75, 13. Sophia Avila 1:27.25, 16. Justin Campos 1:37.06; 15-18, 1. Andrei Reyna-Matiut, TSU 1:06.96; SOFLO: 3. Isabel Schlicht 1:15.91.

200-yard individual medley:
13-18, 1. Daniel Nahornyi, TSU 2:22.38; SOFLO: 4. Aleksander Chaussky 2:33.97, time drop 3.18, 10. Isabel Schlicht 2:47.40, 18. Sophia Avila 2:59.99.

SESSION TWO MIXED RESULTS
100-yard individual medley:
12-and-under, 1. Zoe Schnoeller, SFTL 1:06.20; SOFLO: 6. Mikhel Martin 1:13, time drop 3.83, 7. Jemma Baldwin 1:13.62, 10. Eric Ferrer 1:14.80, time drop 4.16.

50-yard backstroke:
12-and-under, 1. Zoe Schnoeller, SFTL 31.41; SOFLO: 4. Jemma Baldwin 33.22, time drop 3.31, 7. Martin Petkov 34.21, time drop 0.51, 13. Eric Ferrer 35.73, time drop 0.64, 15. Gianna Martin 36.70, time drop 10.12.

25-yard backstroke:
8-and-under, 1. Jayden Gartman, ECAC 21.91; SOFLO: 4. Ellie Phan 23.77, 5. Santiago Zuluaga 24.53, time drop 0.02, 9. Dylan Jung 25.87, 10. Savanna Alonso 26.47, 14. Anna Guerrero 28.33.

50-yard breaststroke:
12-and-under, 1. Lora Berger, BRST 22.03; SOFLO: 4. Martin Petkov 38.29, time drop 0.46, 7. Jemma Baldwin 39.51, time drop 2.48, 11. Mikhel Martin 40.98, time drop 1.35, 16. Laila Harran 43.67, 17. Benjamin Liss 45.00, time drop 0.55, 20. Toma Petkov 45.37, time drop 1.85, 21. Kyle Wehn 46.03, time drop 4.50, 23. Ethan Phan 46.77.

25-yard breaststroke:
8-and-under, 1. Lucas Mango, BRST 24.39; SOFLO: 2. Ellie Phan 25.38, time drop 1.37, 4. Savanna Alonso 27.76, 5. Santiago Zuluaga 28.43, time drop 0.04, 13. Dylan Jung 33.99, 15. Anna Guerrero 35.59.

50-yard butterfly:
12-and-under, 1. Felipe Alvarez, PST 29.65; SOFLO: 7. Mikhel Martin 32.01, time drop 2.83, 9. Maximiliano Remmele 32.78, time drop 0.50, 12. Eric Ferrer 33.86, 14. Martin Petkov 34.34, time drop 1.21, 15. Gianna Martin 35.26, time drop 12.63, 18. Laila Harran 38.04, 22. Toma Petkov 38.85, time drop 3.00.

25-yard butterfly:
8-and-under, 1. Ellie Phan, SOFLO 20.59, time drop 1.69; SOFLO: 8. Savanna Alonso 27.17, 9. Santiago Zuluaga 28.36, time drop 1.04, 14. Dylan Jung 29.82, 17. Anna Guerrero 34.60.

50-yard freestyle:
12-and-under, 1. Zoe Schnoeller, SFTL 26.14; SOFLO: 6. Maximiliano Remmele 28.36, 7. Jemma Baldwin, 29.00 time drop 0.64, 8. Eric Ferrer 29.21, 9. Martin Petkov 29.24, time drop 0.82, 22. Laila Harran 31.92.

25-yard freestyle:
8-and-under, 1. Meliana Gnesin, BRST 20.07; SOFLO: 6. Savanna Alonso 20.93,
SOFLO’s Ellie Phan Shines At Boca Raton Swim Team Not So Scary Halloween Invite

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

TYR JULY GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Jemma Baldwin


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, August 24, 2021–Even at age 10, Jemma Baldwin is fearless in and out of the pool.

“She is not afraid of anybody or any thing, she is not shy and will put an older kid in place in a heartbeat,” said her Bronze Group coach Rose Lockie.

“It wasn’t really that unexpected her doing well at JOs. She is one of the youngest in the group and training with 11- and 12-year-olds all the time. She works really, really hard.”

The hard work paid off. Baldwin turned in her finest performance at the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics, playing a key role in SOFLO winning the girls’ team title. She was the top scoring SOFLO girl swimmer with 40 points, ranked second in high point for 10-and-under girls.

Baldwin won two individual events and three relays. She won the 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter butterfly. She was also a member of the girls’ winning 200-meter freestyle relay and 200-meter medley relay and mixed 200-meter medley relay.

She swam five best times in the 400-meter freestyle (5:15.61, 18.23 time drop), 200-meter individual medley (2:54.34, 1.86 time drop), 100-meter backstroke (1:23.42, 1.37 time drop), 50-meter butterfly (35.10, 2.15 time drop) and 200-meter freestyle (2:33.01, 9.96 time drop).

“My favorite event in short course would be the 100 fly and in long course I really like the 400 free,” Baldwin said.

“I knew I would have a good JOs,” Baldwin said. “I am very confident in everything that I do in swimming. JOs was my biggest event so far. I was happiest with the 400 free. It was my second time swimming the 400 free and I dropped a lot of time.”

Baldwin is a fifth grader at Hawkes Bluff Elementary School in Pembroke Pines. She started swimming competitively at age 6 with the Midnight Sun Swim Team in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her dad said she has been swimming “since she was in diapers.” She was also involved in gymnastics and ice hockey but decided to focus solely on swimming. “Swimming wasn’t really a popular sport in Alaska, ice hockey was probably the most popular,” she said

“I just really like being in the water,” Baldwin said. “I like competition. I want to do well in practice. I really like Coach Rose, she’s funny.”

The family moved to South Florida in June, 2018. Since joining SOFLO, Baldwin has improved greatly. “I like the coaches, they are not strict or so hard on you but they are hard on you because they want you to do better. I’m glad I’m in swimming.”

Baldwin likes being challenged in workouts, meets and school, where she is a straight A student. She’s always pushing herself, said her dad.

“I like the racing part in swimming,” Baldwin said. “I have a lot of friends on SOFLO just because I have been there for so long. I know just about everybody in my group.”

Baldwin hopes to swim in high school and college.

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