That’s A Wrap: SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Adds To Medal Haul With Silver At Open Water Swim


By Sharon Robb

CHENGDU, China, August 16, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Jennifer Martin officially ended the 18th Chengdu 2019 World Police and Fire Games with one more medal.

Martin took a silver medal at the Aug. 15th 2-mile open water swim. She finished with five gold medals, four silver medals and two world records in her international swimming debut.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant swam five individual events and four relays over three days at the Tian Fu Sports Area pool.

“Thank you Chengdu for the most amazing experience,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page. “As much as I did, no where near enough time; so many other things I wanted to see. Time to start making my way home with a few days in Beijing to visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City. And for those who were curious…I did get stopped by security, they had to check my bag of medals.”

Martin was sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association). Toyota of North Miami and several family members and friends also donated to her Blue To Chengdu Go Fund Me.

The World Police and Fire Games is a worldwide sporting event held every two years with more than 10,000 attendees. The games are an Olympic-style competition of policemen and firefighters from 70 countries across the world who compete in 60 sports.

Participants are police officers and firefighters from correction, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs from any country in the world.

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

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Stars At 18th World Police And Fire Games In China; Her Final Event Is Aug. 15 Open Water Two-Miler


By Sharon Robb

CHENGDU, China, August 12, 2019—She came, she saw, she conquered.

Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club won five gold medals, three silver medals and broke two world records in her international swimming debut at the 18th Chengdu 2019 World Police and Fire Games.

Martin still has the 2-mile open water swim remaining on Aug. 15 at the Jintang Triathlon venue.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant swam five individual events and four relays over three days at the Tian Fu Sports Area pool.

On opening day, Martin broke a 10-year-old world record she has been chasing for four years in the 50-meter butterfly in 30.70. Her 200-meter freestyle relay took silver behind China which broke the Martin’s relay U.S. world record. Her relay lead-off time was 27.88, just off her world record of 27.86. She also took gold in the 100-meter breaststroke.

On the second day of competition, Martin won the 50-meter backstroke in 34.39. She took another silver in the women’s 200-meter medley relay behind China. Her 200-meter mixed freestyle relay took another silver behind China. Her 50-meter relay split was 27.23, another best time.

On her third and final day, Martin took gold in the 50-meter breaststroke and then broke her own world record and won the 50-meter freestyle in 27.70 bettering her previous record of 27.86.

“I dug deep and pulled off my best race of the meet,” Martin wrote.

Her mixed medley relay finished out of the medal hunt placing fourth.

“I’ve made lots of new friends but what I enjoy the most is seeing my old friends,” Martin wrote. “My ladies are some of the strongest, badass women I know. First responders, athletes, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and girlfriends. For one week every two years, we get to catch up on life, love and I get to learn so much about other countries from our chats. I am grateful for our time together, but sad to have to say goodbye…for another two years….until Rotterdam.”

The World Police & Fire Games are held every two years. The 2021 World Police and Fire Games are July 30-August 8 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

“Competing every two years just doesn’t seem enough,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page. “I’ve made so many friends from around the world, and I only get to see them once every two years. I think I love catching up with friends just as much as I love competing. We may speak different languages, but we all have so much in common.”

In her last major international competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

Martin was sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association). Toyota of North Miami and several family members and friends also donated to her Blue To Chengdu Go Fund Me.

The World Police and Fire Games is a worldwide sporting event held every two years with more than 10,000 attendees. The games are an Olympic-style competition of policemen and firefighters from 70 countries across the world who compete in 60 sports.

Participants are police officers and firefighters from correction, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs from any country in the world.

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

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Ready For International Debut At 18th World Police And Fire Games In China


By Sharon Robb

CHENGDU, China, August 8, 2019—Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club will make her international swimming debut in the 18th Chengdu 2019 World Police and Fire Games Friday through Sunday.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant will compete in five individual events and four relays over three days at the Tian Fu Sports Area.

On Friday, Martin, 38, will swim the 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter butterfly and 200-meter women’s freestyle relay.

The swimming event is divided into two sessions. Martin will swim three events a day.

Her remaining events are the 50-meter breaststroke, 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle, 200-meter medley relay, mixed 200-meter free relay and 200-meter medley relay. She will also compete in the 2-mile open water swim on Aug. 15 at the Jintang Triathlon venue.

“As far as China, I am beyond impressed,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page. “Security is very tight everywhere. I had to bring my passport and register with the police when I got here, but at no point have I not felt safe. The Chinese people are so welcoming and doing everything to make me comfortable. Thank you again everyone for all the support. I’m not really sure how I had the courage to do this, but I am so glad that I’m here.”

Martin is at her optimum fitness and competitive level. In June, she tuned up at the U.S. Police & Fire Championships in San Diego where she won nine gold medals in individual and relay events and broke two meet records over 2.5 hours at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. It was the second consecutive year Martin had won nine gold medals at the meet.

Martin started training seriously a year ago for Chengdu.

“I took my fitness to another level,” she said. She shaved three minutes off her 5K time and started eating healthier while baking brownies and peach cobbler for her work mates.

“Many hours of hard work, sacrifice and overcoming obstacles,” she said. “Hoping that all translates to some fast wins and success in Chengdu.”

The World Police & Fire Games are held every two years. The 2021 World Police and Fire Games are July 30-August 8 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

In her last major international competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

Martin is sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association)and Toyota of North Miami. Several family members and friends also donated to her Blue To Chengdu Go Fund Me.

The World Police and Fire Games is a worldwide sporting event held every two years with more than 10,000 attendees. The games are an Olympic-style competition of policemen and firefighters from 70 countries across the world who compete in 60 sports.

Participants can be police officers and firefighters from correction, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs from any country in the world.

More than 6,200 volunteers are working the Games. Longtime actor Jackie Chan is the Ambassador for the 18th World Police & Fire Games.

As the capital of the Sichuan Province and a key southwestern city, Chengdu is an important center for high-tech industry, trade, logistics, and transportation. Being an attractive tourist destination, mostly due to its abundant panda populations, Chengdu is listed on the national registry of historical and cultural cities and won the Best Tourist City award by the World Tourism Organization and the China National Tourism Administration. Additionally, it is recognized by UNESCO as a “City of Gastronomy” and it won the title of “World Excellent Tourist Destination City” by the World Centre of Excellence for Destination (an international organization which promotes sustainable tourism practices).

Chengdu is also one of the best places in China, and thus the world, to see the famous Giant Panda. Within the city, visitors can spend an entire day with them at the Panda Breeding and Research Base, and just a two-hour ride outside the city, there is the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base. Visitors can see all ages of Pandas, sometimes including newborns, and can also get up-close and personal with them.

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

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Strikes Gold At U.S. Police & Fire Championships


By Sharon Robb

SAN DIEGO, June 30, 2019—Jennifer Martin passed her first big test with flying colors Saturday at the United States Police & Fire Championships.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, tuning up for the Aug. 8-18 World Police and Fire Games, won nine gold medals in individual and relay events and broke two meet records in 2.5 hours at Southwestern College in Chula Vista.

Martin has now won 18 gold medals over two years at the meet.

“I am so very blessed for another great meet, but time to get back to work,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page.

Martin, 38, representing the Pembroke Pines Police Department, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a meet record 32.80, breaking her own record of 33.11 set last year. Her other record was in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.31, breaking the record of 56.50 set in 2010.

Martin also won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.35, 50-meter backstroke in 30.80 and 50-meter butterfly in 28.24, just missing her own record by 1/100th of a second. She and her teammates also won four relays: 200 freestyle, 200 medley, 200 medley mixed and 200 freestyle mixed.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me along this journey,” Martin wrote. “The text messages, the phone calls and support means more than I can ever express in words. My success would not be possible without all the love and support that I get from my friends, family and co-workers.

“Today was a very challenging day. My biggest accomplishment was overcoming a fear that I have hid from for 20 years, the 100 Freestyle. I have let the event beat me mentally and allowed it to hinder my performance and even stopped swimming it. Exhausted, I made the resolution that I would no longer allow my fears and reservations to control me, and I was able to set a new record in that event.

“Coming out of the meet, I am pleased where my performance is and I have a month to fine tune and put in some more work before Chengdu. The journey isn’t over yet, we are just getting started.”

The World Police & Fire Games, held every two years, are in Chengdu, China where Martin will rekindle a few rivalries.

For the second consecutive year, Martin was sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association).

At the 2018 USPFC competition in less than three hours, Martin won nine gold medals and broke three meet records including one that stood for 18 years. She competed in three races in less than seven minutes which included two meet-record performances.

Martin won the 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay mixed relay and 200 freestyle mixed relay.

She broke meet records in the 50 breaststroke (1990 record of 33.93) in 33.11, 100 breaststroke (1994 record of 1:17.89) in 1:13 and 50 butterfly (2016 record of 28.36) in 28.1.

In her last major international competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

The eight-day United States Police & Fire Championships is an Olympic-style competition with athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country. It got under way June 22 and ended on Saturday.

Athletes competed in 54 different sports at 33 venues throughout the San Diego county.

It began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics, in 1990 was the California Police Summer Games, in 2000 was the California Police and Fire Games, and since 2012 has been known as the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.

The California Police Athletic Federation is the governing body for the U.S. Police & Fire Championships. Its mission is to promote sport and physical fitness among personnel representing various agencies.

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

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Preps For World Games At U.S. Police & Fire Championships On Saturday


By Sharon Robb

SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2019—With the Aug. 8-18 World Police and Fire Games just 41 days away in China, Jennifer Martin will get her first big test Saturday at the United States Police & Fire Championships.

The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant will compete in the one-day swimming competition at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. The championships got under way on June 2 with various other sports.

Martin, 38, representing the Pembroke Pines Police Department, will compete in nine events including four relays.

When not working full-time, Martin has been training and fine tuning with SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool, where she use to coach with the Comets Swim Team. She has also been cross training in the gym and local road races.

For the second consecutive year, Martin is being sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association).

Over three hours, Martin has a Herculean lineup of individual and relay events. She will compete in the 30-39 50-yard breaststroke, 50-yard freestyle, 50-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard backstroke. She will also swim four relays: 200 freestyle, 200 medley, 200 medley mixed and 200 freestyle mixed.

“It’s a very challenging day for me,” Martin said.

Martin has been among top athletes in several local, state, national and international competitions. It is the second time she will compete in the United States Police & Fire Championships.

At the 2018 competition in less than three hours, Martin won nine gold medals and broke three USPFC meet records including an 18-year-old record. She competed in three races in less than seven minutes which included two meet-record performances.

Martin won the 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay mixed relay and 200 freestyle mixed relay.

She broke meet records in the 50 breaststroke (1990 record of 33.93) in 33.11, 100 breaststroke (1994 record of 1:17.89) in 1:13 and 50 butterfly (2016 record of 28.36) in 28.1.

In her last major international competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

The eight-day United States Police & Fire Championships is an Olympic-style competition with athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country. It got under way June 22 and ends on Saturday.

Athletes compete in 54 different sports at 33 venues throughout the San Diego county.

It began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics, in 1990 was the California Police Summer Games, in 2000 was the California Police and Fire Games, and since 2012 has been known as the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.

The California Police Athletic Federation is the governing body for the U.S. Police & Fire Championships. Its mission is to promote sport and physical fitness among personnel representing various agencies.

The World Police & Fire Games are set for 2019 in Chengdu, China. The World Games are held every two years.

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

Schleicher, Lesage, Martin, Fermayer Lead SOFLO Swimmers At P.O.W.E.R Challenge


By Sharon Robb

POMPANO BEACH, September 1, 2018–Despite challenging open water race conditions, Mallory Schleicher was top finisher for the South Florida Aquatic Club Saturday at the P.O.W.E.R. (Piranhas Open Water Extreme Race) Challenge at Pompano Beach Pier.

Schleicher, 14, a freshman at Cooper City High School, was second among women and sixth overall in the 5K in 1 hour, 18 minutes and 9 seconds. Mariangela Cincotti, 15, won the women’s 3.1-mile race in 1:15.04.

SOFLO teammate Lance Lesage, 15, was fourth in 1:14:49 and youngest among the top four finishers. Lesage won the 15-18 age group title. Ricardo Valdivia, 53, won the men’s title in 1:07:58.

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin, 37, making her 5K open water debut, won the 30-39 age group title in 1:44:06. She was 13th among the women’s field and 39th overall in a field of 71 long distance swimmers.

SOFLO masters swimmer Julia Fermayer, 40, won her 40-49 age group in 1:56:16, was 16th among the women’s field and 49th overall.

SOFLO’s Gina Grant, 20, was 15th among women in 1:56.00. She was also 48th overall and third in the 19-29 age group.

SOFLO coach George Mersinger finished seventh in his age group in 37:03.

The event was sanctioned by the World Open Water Swim Association and sponsored by Pompano Piranhas, Inc., Pompano Piranhas Swim Team, City of Pompano Beach.

P.O.W.E.R CHALLENGE RESULTS
5K SWIM

OVERALL MEN: 1. Ricardo Valdivia, 1:07:58, 2. Julian Iturbe 1:11:30, 3. Alex Marquez 1:14:17, 4. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:14:19, 5. Edson Lima, 1:18:45, 6. Samuel Ospina 1:18:55, 7. Ethan Di-Egidio 1:20:27, 8. David Zubero 1:20.44, 9. Caleb Downey 1:22:12, 10. Ronald Hache 1:23:45, 11. Andy Rogatinsky 1:24:31, 12. Todd Wilson 1:28:18, 13. Jeff Colarusso 1:29:46, 14. David Boudreau 1:29:56, 15. Nate Nevid 1:30.07; Others: 20. Cameron Taddonio 1:36:30.

AGE GROUP:
14-and-under, 1. Ian Meiselman 1:31:45, 2. Charles Wingold 1:33:37, 3. Vlad Zarytov 1:43:30.

15-18, 1. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:14:49, 2. Samuel Ospina 1:18:55, 3. Ethan Di-Egidio 1:20:27, 7. Cameron Taddonio 1:36:30.

19-29: 1. Edson Lima 1:18:45, 2. Jeff Colarusso 1:29:46.

30-39: 1. Todd Wilson 1:28:18, 2. Marius Popovici 1:37:07, 3. Edmund Haskins 1:57:40.

40-49: 1. Robert Declerq 1:37:31, 2. Matt Ringler 1:42:07, 3. Matthew Sabo 1:47:35.

50-59, 1. David Zubero 1:20:44, 2. Trey Seibold 1:31:42, 3. Tom Jones 1:48:07.

60-69, 1. David Boudreau 1:29:56, 2. Nate Nevid 1:30:07, 3. Carlos Lloreda 1:32:12.

70-79: 1. David Putnam 2:04:01.

OVERALL WOMEN:

1. Mariangela Cincotti 1:15:04, 2. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 1:18:09, 3. Flora Beleznay 1:21:50, 4. Gabriella Chambers 1:21:53, 5. Isabella Chambers, 1:23:16, 6. Natalia Sarmiento 1:24:15, 7. Merle Livand 1:24:17, 8. Rylie Barnhardt 1:26:05, 9. Sarah Acevedo 1:33:44, 10. Kaiana Kibler 1:33:47, 11. Lindsay Potts 1:39:39, 12. Kellie Roedig 1:43:18, 13. Jennifer Martin 1:44:06, 14. Cathy Mancino 1:47.33, 15. Gina Grant, SOFLO 1:56:00.

AGE GROUP:
14-and-under, 1. Isabella Chambers 1:23:16, 2. Rylie Barnhadt 1:26:05, 3. Sarah Acevedo 1:33:44, 4. Lindsay Potts 1:39:39, 5. Callie Jordan 1:56:52.

15-18: 1. Gabriella Chambers 1:21:53, 2. Natalia Sarmiento 1:24:15, 3. Kaiana Kibler 1:33:47.

19-29: 1. Merle Livand 1:24:17, 2. Kellie Roedig 1:43:18, 3. Gina Grant 1:56:00.

30-39: 1. Jennifer Martin, SOFLO 1:44:06, 2. Sara Windrem 2:05:34, 3. Katherine Arrizza 2:10:58.

40-49: 1. Julia Fermayer, SOFLO 1:56:16, 2. Debra Robenhymer 2:18:26.

50-59: 1. Andrea Woodburn 1:56:35, 2. Erika Plosa 2:19:25.

60-69: 1. Cathy Mancino 1:47:33, 2. Nancy Kryka 1:58:30, 3. Christine Crotty 2:20:25.

ONE MILE SWIM
OVERALL MEN: 1. Pedro Chiancone 22:04, 2. Ramses Rodriguez 22:18, 3. Ethan Roach 22:25, 4. Connor Jones 22:26, 5. Miguel Angel Caballer 22:31, 6. Brandon Moran 22:41, 7. Zachary Moore 22:54, 8. Lucas Kravchenko 22:58, 9. Max Fermayer 23:15, 10. Santiago Gomez 23:16.

AGE GROUP:
14-and-under: 1. Max Fermayer 23:15, 2. Marcus Szabo 24:48, 3. Steven Gary 24:51.

15-18: 1. Connor Jones 22:26, 2. Miguel Angel Caballero 22:41, 3. Brandon Moran 22:41.

19-29: 1. Bryan Moran 27:01, 2. Gustavo Rasia 27:24, 3. Thomas Sturman 30:14.

30-39: 1. Jose Hernandez 27:15, 2. Daniel Lechtman 31:50, 3. Robert Schlorff 42:05.

40-49: 1. Todd Armbruster 28:05, 2. Luiz Andrade:08, 3. Michael Strong 32:51.

50-59: 1. Karl Kolb 28:13, 2. Gal Alony 32:56, 3. Juan Diaz 38:38.

60-69: 1. Ed Boaz 28:13, 2. Gary Curson 29:15, 3. Stuart Pechter 32:41, 7. George Mersinger, SOFLO 37:03.

OVERALL WOMEN: 1. Isabella Taylor 23:49, 2. Erin Miller 23:56, 3. Patricia Casellas 24:25, 4. Amanda Kopas 24:28, 5. Adrianna Baone 24:31, 6. Lucia Miller 24:47, 7. Mariana Cote 24:52, 8. Hanna Smith 24:58, 9. Anabela Shearer 25:07, 10. Isabella Salvo 25:20, 11. Solana Capalbo 25:29, 12. Emma Twombly 25:34.

AGE GROUP:

14-and-under: 1. Mariana Cote 24:52, 2. Anabela Shearer 25:07, 3. Emma Twombly 25:34, 17. Mariana Pinto 29:16, 18. Fiorella Di Salvo 29:57.

15-18: 1. Amanda Kopas 24:28, 2. Adrianna Barone 24:31, 3. Lucia Miller 24:47.

19-29: 1. Madelene Finks 28:07, 2. Adrian Horrigan 33:13, 3. Nicole Boucher 38:19.

30-39: 1. Alexandra Thomas 27:35, 2. Vanessa Bonebrake 33:15, 3. Leigh Kamens 36:07.

40-49: 1. Maete Porto 31:13, 2. Shawna Camilleri 38:55, 3. Catherine Shapiro 40:59.

50-59: 1. Kim Nordheim 27:42, 2. Lisa Dougherty 36:34, 3. Eleni Taylor 38:31.

60-69: 1. Fran Hare 32:44, 2. Nancy Famulari 39:32, 3. Alicia Deya 39:44.

500-METERS
OVERALL MEN: 1. Gregory Nordheim 9:53, 2. Andy Kravchenko 11:12, 3. Kolby Hardin, 11:20, 4. Mateo Shearer 11:27, 5. Liam Scott 12:26, 6. Adriano Brunetti 12:54, 7. Maximo Otazu 13:03, 8. Gustavo Padilla 13:06, 9. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 13:06, 10. Andrew Smith 13:08.

AGE GROUP:
8-and-under, 1. Benjamin Cupid 15:49, 2. Jack Morrison 17:46, 3. Peter Zarytov 20:38.

9-10, 1. Adriano Brunetti 12:54, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 13:06, 3. Surfiel Santiago 13:12, 4. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 13:15, 6. Connor Jimenez, SOFLO 13:26, 9. Martin Petkov 15:00, 12. Matthew Jimenez, SOFLO 17:44.

11-12, 1. Mateo Shearer 11:27, 2. Liam Scott 12:26, 3. Maximo Otazu 13:03.

13-99, 1. Max Xu 14:54, 2. John Parente 19:12, 3. Nate Crouch 23:21.

OVERALL WOMEN: 1. Alanis Santiago 11:22, 2. Carleigh Schleicher, SOFLO 11:30, 3. Valentina Foster 12:25, 4. Roseanne Rodriguez 12:47, 5. Isabella Bengala 12:51, 6. Alina Hardt 12:51, 7. Rosalia Pietra 13:29, 8. Sabina Pietra 14:07, 9. Nikki Wood 14:24, 10. Lucia Lanco 14:34.

AGE GROUP:

8-and-under, 1. Sabina Pietra 14:07, 2. Alina Rodriguez 15:26, 3. Jordan Evans, SOFLO 16:37, 4. Shelby Evans, SOFLO 16:41, 5. Saree Young, SOFLO 16:46.

9-10, 1. Rosalia Pietra 13:29, 2. Nikki Wood 14:24, 3. Lucia Blanco 14:34, 10. Meri Potts 20:34.

13-99, 1. Roseanne Rodriguez 12:47, 2. Isabella Bengala 12:51, 3. Alina Hardt 12:51.737.

100-METERS
OVERALL BOYS: 1. Liam Fothergill 3:01, 2. Seamus Huck 3:41, 3. Henrik Fothergill 4:26.

AGE GROUP: 5-6: 1. Arseniy Sorokin 5:20.

OVERALL GIRLS: 1. Lily Mirones 2:24, 2. Jemma Baldwin 3:24, 3. Eva Milevska 4:10.

AGE GROUP: 5-6, 1. Wendy Pietra 4:29; 7-8, 1. Giselle Baduy 4:31; 50-and-under, 1. Faith Moberg 5:04, 2. Maria Nunez 5:05.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Compete Saturday In P.O.W.E.R. Challenge At Pompano Beach Pier; Jennifer Martin, Lance Lesage Head Contingent


By Sharon Robb

POMPANO BEACH, August 30, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will kick off the Labor Day holiday weekend with an open water swim.

Sixteen SOFLO swimmers will compete in the P.O.W.E.R. (Piranhas Open Water Extreme Race) Challenge 2018 Saturday at Pompano Beach Pier.

The event is sanctioned by the World Open Water Swim Association and sponsored by Pompano Piranhas, Inc., Pompano Piranhas Swim Team, City of Pompano Beach.

Races include pier-to-pier 5K swim at 8 a.m., one mile swim, 8 a.m., paddleboard, 10:15 a.m., 500 meters, 10:30 a.m. and splash and dash 100 meters, 10:45 a.m. The races begin on the beach just south of the Pompano Beach Pier.

World Police & Fire Games world record holder and gold medalist Jennifer Martin, 37, heads the SOFLO contingent. Martin, a City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant, won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records at the 2017 World Games.

At the June 2018 U.S. Police & Fire Championships, Martin won a meet record nine gold medals and broke three meet records including an 18-year-old record.

The former Comets Swim Team coach is currently training for the Oct. 21 U.S. Marine Corps Marathon, one of the nation’s largest marathons. Her long range training goal, however, is the Aug. 8-18 2019 World Police & Fire Games in Chengdu, China where she will compete in several swimming events.

On Saturday morning, Martin will compete in the women’s 5,000 and Lesage, 15, who just started the high school swim season at Fort Lauderdale High, will also swim the men’s 5,000.

Martin and Lesage will be joined by teammates Jemma Baldwin, 7, 100 freestyle; Fiorella Di Salvo, 10, 1500 freestyle; Jordan Evans, 7, 500 freestyle; Shelby Evans, 8, 500 freestyle; Connor Jimenez, 9, 500 freestyle; Mason Jimenez, 10, 500 freestyle; Matthew Jimenez, 10, 500 freestyle; Anastasia Lutz, 11, 1500 freestyle; Martin Petkov, 9, 500 freestyle; Mariana Pinto, 10, 1500 freestyle; Alexandra Strong, 10, 500 freestyle; Juan Vallmitjana, 9, 500 freestyle; Christian Vasquez, 15, 1500 freestyle; and Saree Young, 500 freestyle.

POOL SWIMMING

SOFLO’s Samuel Bullen, 13, will compete Saturday in the Florida Gold Coast Key West Pentathlon at Bone Island. He will compete in his age group in the 50-yard butterfly (31.31), 50-yard backstroke (31.27), 50-yard breaststroke (32.69), 50-yard freestyle (26.61) and 100-yard individual medley (1:04.84).

WATER POLO

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 4-9 p.m. at the Habit Burger Grill, 306 NW 145th Ave. in Pembroke Pines, 20 percent of sales will go to the Forza Stefano Charitable Foundation that helps teens with cancer. The foundation was formed to honor water polo player and swimmer Stefano Dioguardi. He was a member of the South Florida Water Polo Club and graduated from Pembroke Pines Charter. He was going to attend Florida Atlantic University until he succumbed to a year-long battle to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a severe form of bone cancer, at age 18.

IF YOU GO

What: P.O.W.E.R. (Piranhas Open Water Extreme Race) Challenge 2018

When: Saturday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Pompano Beach Pier, 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach

Of note: Races include pier-to-pier 5K swim, 8 a.m., one mile swim, 8 a.m., paddleboard, 10:15 a.m., 500 meters, 10:30 a.m. and splash and dash 100 meters, 10:45 a.m….There is online registration and also race day registration available at the race site, 6-7:30 a.m…Pompano Beach Piranhas is the host club…Contact is head coach Jesse Vassallo at 787-315-1529…Admission is free to the general public. Parking is available on site for a fee.

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

Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant Jennifer Martin Wins Record Nine Gold Medals, Breaks Three Meet Records


By Sharon Robb

SAN DIEGO, June 10, 2018—Jennifer Martin left a lasting impression on the final day of the United States Police & Fire Championships Saturday at Brian Bent Memorial Aquatic Center.

The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant and former Comets Swim Team coach who trains at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines with South Florida Aquatic Club, dominated the one-day swimming competition.

In less than three hours, Martin, 37, captured a meet record nine gold medals and broke three USPFC meet records including an 18-year-old record. She competed in three races in less than seven minutes which included two meet-record swims.

“I did exactly what I came to do,” Martin posted on her Facebook page.

Martin won the 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay mixed relay and 200 freestyle mixed relay.

She broke meet records in the 50 breaststroke (1990 record of 33.93) in 33.11, 100 breaststroke (1994 record of 1:17.89) in 1:13 and 50 butterfly (2016 record of 28.36)in 28.1.

The Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association) sponsored Martin, who has competed and been among top athletes in several local, state, national and international competitions.

In her last major competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

The eight-day competition is an Olympic-style competition with athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country.

Athletes competed in 54 different sports at 33 venues throughout the San Diego county.

It was Martin’s first time competing in the U.S. Police & Fire Championships. She has always competed in the Florida event but they eliminated swimming.

It began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics, in 1990 was the California Police Summer Games, in 2000 was the California Police and Fire Games, and since 2012 has been known as the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.

The California Police Athletic Federation is the governing body for the U.S. Police & Fire Championships, World Police & Fire Games and World Police & Fire Winter Games. Its mission is to promote sport and physical fitness among personnel representing various agencies.

The World Police & Fire Games are set for 2019 in Chengdu, China which Martin hopes to compete in.

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

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Makes Debut Saturday At U.S. Police & Fire Championships


By Sharon Robb

SAN DIEGO, June 7, 2018—Jennifer Martin, a well-respected City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant, will compete Saturday in the United States Police & Fire Championships.

The swimming competition is one day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex. The championships got under way on June 2 with various other sports.

Martin, 37, representing the Pembroke Pines Police Department, will compete in nine events throughout the day.

Martin has been diligently training at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool, where she used to coach for the Comets Swim Team.

The Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association) is sponsoring Martin, who has competed and been among top athletes in several local, state, national and international competitions.

In her last major competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

Since the start of 2018, Martin has been motivated to compete and represent her fellow officers. She wrote after being ranked seventh among SOFLO’s Top 10 Performance Highlights List for 2017:

“Before becoming a Police Officer I worked as a swim coach for the Comets Swim Team, which over the years has evolved into South Florida Aquatic Club. Due to the challenging hours as a police officer and going through the Academy I was unable to continue coaching. During my short time working with the team, I got to see the amazing program Chris and the other coaches provide and the champions that they have built. Chris (Anderson) has turned me into a swimmer that is swimming faster at the age of 37, than I was at 17. It has been an honor for Chris to allow me to train…I’m so very grateful for the swimmer he made me. Having a great coach, a motivator, and encourager and supporter makes all the difference in the world with your performance.”

The eight-day championship is an Olympic-style competition with athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country.

Athletes are competing in 54 different sports at 33 venues throughout the San Diego county.

This will be Martin’s first time in the U.S. Police & Fire Championships. She has always competed in the Florida event but they eliminated swimming.

It began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics, in 1990 was the California Police Summer Games, in 2000 was the California Police and Fire Games, and since 2012 has been known as the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.

The California Police Athletic Federation is the governing body for the U.S. Police & Fire Championships, World Police & Fire Games and World Police & Fire Winter Games. Its mission is to promote sport and physical fitness among personnel representing various agencies.

The World Police & Fire Games are set for 2019 in Chengdu, China.

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

Happy New Year: South Florida Aquatic Club Celebrates 2017, Looks Forward To New Goals In 2018


By Sharon Robb

January 1, 2018—It takes a village for a successful swim program like South Florida Aquatic Club.

Coaches, swimmers, parents, booster club, office staff, facility, officials, sponsors, school support, media and fans all play an integral role.

Then there are goals, hard work, dedication, motivation and sacrifice.

There’s also the down side. The losing and not swimming a best time at every meet. That’s the learning experience that teaches a swimmer humility and also a powerful motivator to work harder.

Year in and year out, SOFLO swimmers have learned their lessons well and continued their successful climb in 2017.

As everyone celebrated the New Year and took a little time off away from the pool, it’s always fun to look back to see what SOFLO accomplished over twelve months. From world-class international meets to sizzlers and masters meets, the tireless work ethic, commitment and passion were never more evident this year.

Success is never taken for granted at SOFLO. After outstanding past seasons, SOFLO improved across the board enjoying success at every level during 2017 and raised the bar once again for 2018.

The largest team in the Florida Gold Coast and one of the state’s largest never lost sight of the importance of the team concept which has become its trademark through the years.

“Our kids challenge themselves and push themselves past their comfort zone and it does show,” said SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson. “SOFLO has created an infrastructure with its coaches and staff that cultivates a high level of continuing excellence. We have a winning culture.”

Now entering its 18th year, the first ten as Comets Swim Team and eighth year as SOFLO, the team is looking forward to even more success at the local, state, national and international levels in 2018.

As the New Year gets under way with new dreams, goals and resolutions, let’s reflect on some of last year’s highlights including team and individual accomplishments.

SOFLO’s Top 10 Moments in 2017 were:

1. SOFLO makes team history by capturing its eighth consecutive team title and 14th overall at the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics. It was the fifth consecutive year that the club won back-to-back short and long course titles in the same year.

2. SOFLO five-peats Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in its home pool. It was the fifth time SOFLO swimmers accomplished the feat in the same season.

3. Longtime SOFLO swimmer Marc Rojas represented the Dominican Republic at the FINA World Championships.

4. SOFLO earned the highly-coveted USA Swimming Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award for the seventh time in eight years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).

5. SOFLO sent more than three dozen swimmers to the BCAA and FHSAA High School State Meets including Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding and Heath Brames of Cooper City, Paige Lane and Juan Diaz of Cypress Bay and Kelley Heron and Ricardo Roche of Pembroke Pines Charter. Golding and Heron were named 2016-17 Scholastic All-Americans.

6. At age 44, SOFLO masters swimmer and triathlete Evelyn Herrmann Salama crossed the finish line at the Hawaii Ironman in Kona, the granddaddy of all Ironmans. It was her fourth completed Ironman distance event. She is now training for the 2018 Boston Marathon.

7. SOFLO masters swimmer and City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant Jennifer Martin won seven gold medals, one silver medal and broke five world records over four days at the World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles.

8. Gina Grant, a first-year SOFLO masters swimmer, raised awareness and became a role model for Special Olympics athletes. At the recent Aquascalientes, Mexico for the Athletes Without Limits USA Team, she brought home a bronze medal in the 400 individual medley. At the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic in Orlando, she won 13 gold medals and one silver medal, high point award and broke three records.

9. SOFLO swimmers shined at All-Stars, Speedo Sectionals, Futures Championships and Speedo Junior Nationals.

10. SOFLO swimmers make college commitments including Kathleen Golding (Florida), Kelley Heron (Michigan State), CJ Kopecki (Seton Hall) and Ricardo Roche (Florida State).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com