AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 179: Marathon Swimmer Penny Palfrey Nearing Florida Shore

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 179: Marathon Swimmer Penny Palfrey Nearing Florida Shore


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 30, 2012

About 69 miles (111 kilometers) into her Cuba-to-Florida swim, endurance swimmer Penny Palfrey saw hammerhead sharks beneath her, shook it off and continued swimming strong.

The 49-year-old mother of three and grandmother from Australia, taking advantage of near-perfect weather conditions, is more than halfway past her Cuba-to-Florida record swim attempt.

She is right on track to walk ashore on Big Pine Key on Sunday, 55 to 59 hours and 103 miles after her start from Havana, Cuba on Friday

The British-born Australian is attempting to become the first woman to swim the route unassisted and without the aid of a shark cage. Aside from jellyfish stings and extreme heat, Palfrey is swimming strong according to her support team.

At 8:30 p.m. Saturday she was about 30 miles (61.15 kilometers) south, southwest of Key West. Her website is tracking her through GPS and updating reports frequently. She is being accompanied by a support crew on kayaks and catamaran.

Before this, her personal best was 67 miles (108 kilometers) when she swam between Little Cayman and Grand Cayman Islands.

Palfrey, a 20-year veteran of distance swimming, also plans to swim the North Channel in August. She has already completed six of seven channels of the Oceans Seven.

Asked about the first thing she planned to do on arrival in Key West Palfrey laughed and said, “Get out of the water.”

Miami’s Valdivia Wins

Ricardo Valdivia of Miami Beach, a former Spanish national team member, won the 5K race at the inaugural Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman swim Saturday morning off the Jensen Beach Public Beach.

Valdivia covered the 5,000-meter loop course in one hour, 35 seconds.

Richard Andrews of Lake Lytal Lightning was second in 1:00:45 and Matthew Getty of Tampa was third in 1:06:16.

In the women’s 5K race, Mikayla Carnley of Alachua won the overall title in 1:07:54 followed by Maria Aponte in 1:07:57 and Emma Madden in 1:10:19.

In the 1,000-meter race, Chris Miller won the men’s race in 16:26 followed by former SOFLO swimmer Jonathan Skarie of Martin County in the same time. John Potts of Boca Raton was third in 17:17.

In the women’s 1K, Sophia Oliva of Plantation won in 16:15, Kacie Segovia in 18:07 and Abby Boburka in 19:17.

The event was held in honor of Martin County resident Aaron Vaughn, who was a Navy SEAL killed in active duty in the Middle East.

Swedish Nationals

Sarah Sjostrom, struggling with an infection this past week, has dropped out of the Swedish Long Course National Championships in Norrkoping, Sweden. She is being treated with antibiotics. The meet ends Sunday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Pinon, Skarie, Mesa, Rodriguez Shine On Final Day Of All-Stars Meet

SOFLO’s Pinon, Skarie, Mesa, Rodriguez Shine On Final Day Of All-Stars Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 27, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julien Pinon saved his best for last at the Florida Gold Coast-Florida Swimming All-Star Dual Meet Sunday at Indian River State College.

The 13-year-old finished second in the 1,650-yard freestyle for the Florida Gold Coast All-Stars in a career-best time of 16 minutes, 45.85 seconds in the third and final session of the two-day meet in Fort Pierce.

Pinon dropped 14 seconds off his distance swim. His previous best was 16:59.39.

Pinon was also fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.47, just off his best time of 49.34.

Jonathan Skarie, 10, was second in the 50-yard breaststroke in 37.28.

Vanessa Mesa, 9, led off the winning 200-yard freestyle relay for the Florida Gold Coast All-Stars in 1:51.48. Mesa swam a 28.81 opening split. Her teammates were Dorian Fejzuli, Alexandra Meszaros and Andrea Santander.

Rafael Rodriguez, 10, led off Florida Gold Coast’s third place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:54.01. His opening split was 28.45.

Other SOFLO swimmers turning in best times:

Annita Huang, 100-yard backstroke, 1:14.08 bettering her previous best of 1:14.09 and 50-yard breaststroke, 39.34, bettering 41.48.

Delaney Biro, 100-yard backstroke, 1:16.84, bettering 1:17.95.

Delanie Perez, 11, 50-yard breaststroke, 35.88, bettering 36.07.

Vanessa Mesa, 9, 50-yard butterfly, 33.82, bettering 36.15.

Kylie Herman, 14, 200-yard butterfly, 2:20.42, bettering 2:22.02.

Alfredo Mesa, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:10.94, bettering 2:12.50 and 100-yard freestyle, 52.52, bettering 53.96.

Andres Lares, 12, 100-yard backstroke, 1:05.68, bettering 1:07.53 and 50-yard butterfly 29.59, bettering 29.97.

C.J. Kopecki, 12, 50-yard breaststroke, 35.18, bettering 35.24 and 50-yard butterfly, 29.87, bettering 33.15.

Nicholas Perera, 12, 50-yard butterfly, 29.48, bettering 29.76.

Jonathan Skarie, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 32.54, bettering 32.92.

SOFLO sent 29 swimmers to the meet that was won by defending champion Florida Swimming, 714-558. Congrats to SOFLO swimmers on several good swims, best times and fun team camaraderie.

SESSION THREE

GIRLS

200-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. Elise Haan, Florida Swimming 2:05.17; SOFLO: 11. Jessica Rodriguez 2:15.14.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Florida Gold Coast 1:09.20; SOFLO: 6. Annita Huang 1:14.08, 8. Vanessa Mesa 1:15.28, 11. Delaney Biro 1:16.84, 18. Elise Larin 1:20.77; 11-12, 1. Abigail Wilder, Florida Swimming 1:01.38; SOFLO: 13. Isabella Pittinger 1:07.23, 15. Kelley Heron 1:08.07.

100-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Caroline Nava, Florida Gold Coast 52.91; SOFLO: 24. Kylie Herman 57.73, 27. Jessica Rodriguez 58.11.

500-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Peyton Palsha, Florida Swimming 5:07.37; SOFLO: 13. Delanie Perez 5:43.81.

1,650-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Katherine Mayer, Florida Swimming 17:38.84.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Florida Gold Coast 35.83; SOFLO: 7. Elise Larin 38.47, 10. Annita Huang 49.34; 11-12, 1. Kennidy Quist, Florida Swimming 32.66; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron 33.82, 16. Delanie Perez 35.88.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Kelly Fertel, Florida Gold Coast 2:27.72.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Summer Stanfield, Florida Swimming 30.07; SOFLO: 15. Delaney Biro 33.59, 16. Vanessa Mesa 33.82; 11-12, 1. Jessica Nava, Florida Gold Coast 27.27; SOFLO: 8. Isabella Pittinger 28.70.

200-yard butterfly:

13-14, 1. Allison Kopas, Florida Gold Coast 2:09.19; SOFLO: 8. Kylie Herman 2:20.42.

200-yard freestyle relay”

10-and-under, 1. Florida Gold Coast 1:51.48 (Vanessa Mesa, Dorian Fejzuli, Alexandra Meszaros, Andrea Santander), 2. Florida 1:53.09, 3. Florida 1:57.15; 11-12, 1. Florida Swimming 1:41.51, 2. FGC A 1:44.85, 3. Florida 1:44.87; 13-14, 1. Florida Gold Coast A 1:38.33, 2. Florida Swimming 1:39.15, 3. Florida Gold Coast D 1:42.09.

BOYS

200-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. William Pisani, Florida Gold Coast 1:57.99; SOFLO: 7. Gustavo Valery 2:09.42, 10. Alfredo Mesa 2:10.94.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Florida Gold Coast 1:09.67; SOFLO: 13. Leonardo Mateus 1:13.42, 9. Rafael Rodriguez 1:13.82; 11-12, 1. Mason Wilby, Florida Swimming 1:00.59; SOFLO: 9. Bruno Berti 1:04.58, 13. Andres Lares 1:05.68, 15. Kevin Porto 1:06.08, 16. Ricardo Roche 1:07.52.

100-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Alex Carson, Florida Swimming 48.07; SOFLO: 4. Julien Pinon 49.47, 17. Alfredo Mesa 52.52, 22. Gustavo Valery 53.47, 25. Jordan Colon 54.29.

500-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Santiago Corredor, Florida Swimming 5:08.29; SOFLO: 5. Nicholas Perera 5:21.12, 11. Ricardo Roche 5:29.22, 13. Kevin Porto 5:34.11.

1,650-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Eric Ordaz, Florida Swimming 16:27.13; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 16:45.85, 7. Carlos Rodriguez 17:57.62.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Matthew Petreski, Florida Gold Coast 36.09; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Skarie 37.28, 8. Brandon Moran 38.95; 11-12, 1. Jabari Ramsey, Florida Swimming 29.64; SOFLO: 18. C.J. Kopecki 35.18, 19. Bruno Berti 35.51.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Marco Leo, Florida Swimming 2:14.27; SOFLO: 8. Jordan Colon 2:24.87, 11. Alex Monti 2:27.53.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Trevor McGovern, Florida Swimming 30.74; SOFLO: 10. Jonathan Skarie 32.54, 23. Brandon Moran 34.66.

11-12, 1. Nicholas Hackett, Florida Swimming 26.49; SOFLO: 16. Nicholas Perera 29.48, 19. Andres Lares 29.59, 24. C. J. Kopecki 29.87.

200-yard butterfly:

13-14, 1. Luke Hanner, Florida Swimming 1:59.75.

200-yard freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. Florida Swimming A 1:52.67, 2. Florida B 1:53.71, 3. Florida Gold Coast 1:54.01; 11-12, 1. Florida Gold Coast A 1:40.08, 2. Florida Swimming 1:40.31, 3. Florida 1:42.84; 13-14, 1. Florida Gold Coast D 1:29.01, 2. Florida 1:29.58, 3. Florida 1:32.20.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jonathan Skarie, Rafael Rodriguez Win With Best Times On Opening Night Of FGC Junior Olympics

SOFLO’s Jonathan Skarie, Rafael Rodriguez Win With Best Times On Opening Night Of FGC Junior Olympics


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 9, 2012

Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club started out strong on the opening day of the Florida Gold Coast Short Course Junior Olympics Friday at the Coral Springs Aquatic Club.

SOFLO won two individual titles and used its depth to dominate most of the individual and relay events.

In one of the more exciting boys’ races of the night, SOFLO’s Jonathan Skarie, 10, won the boys’ 10-and-under 100-yard breaststroke in a personal-best time of 1:19.63, faster than his morning swim of 1:21.51 and bettering his previous best of 1:21.90.

SOFLO teammate Brandon Moran, 10, finished a close second in 1:19.84, also a best time. His previous best time was 1:22.93.

Skarie was also third in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:12.15.

Rafael Rodriguez, 10, won the boys’ 10-and-under 500-yard freestyle in a career-best time 5:44.59. His previous best was 5:56.10. Rodriguez was also third in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.44 and fourth in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:12.31.

SOFLO’s depth and talent took over in the remaining races.

Other top SOFLO individual finishers were:

Kelley Heron, 12, third, 200-yard backstroke, 2:17.64, best time; third, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:11.33, best time; fourth, 500-yard freestyle, 5:21.45, best time.

Isabella Pittinger, 12, fourth, 200-yard backstroke, 2:18.30, best time.

Ricardo Roche, 12, third, 200-yard backstroke, 2:15.88, best time.

Melissa Marinheiro, 14, second, 200-yard backstroke, 2:07.68 (2:07.51 prelims, best time); second, 500-yard freestyle, 4:58.14.

Steph Campo, 14, fourth, 200-yard backstroke, 2:09.26, best time.

Vanessa Mesa, 9, second, 50-yard freestyle, 27.72, best time.

Catharine Cooper, 12, second, 50-yard freestyle, 25.25, best time.

Elise Larin, 10, fourth, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:22.55 (1:22.33 prelims, best time)

Kelly Kealty, 14, fourth, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:09.72, best time.

Jordan Colon, 14, fourth, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:04.46, best time.

Gabriel Segui, 10, second, 100-yard butterfly, 1:09.98, best time; third, 500-yard freestyle, 6:07.32, best time.

Nicholas Perera, 12, fourth, 100-yard butterfly, 1:02.00, best time.

Vanessa Mesa, 9, second, 500-yard freestyle, 5:58.94, best time.

Annita Huang, 10, third, 500-yard freestyle, 6:00.42, best time.

Kevin Porto, 12, 500-yard freestyle, 5:16.30, best time

Julien Pinon, 13, 500-yard freestyle, 4:54.07.

SOFLO also had four runner-up finishes in the boys and girls 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. To build suspense, meet organizers will announce team totals on Sunday night at the awards ceremonies.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle relay:

13-14: 1. Pine Crest “A” 1:35.14, 4. SOFLO “A” 1:43.75 (Steph Campo, Audrey Mason, Kylie Herman, Melissa Marinheiro), 7. SOFLO “B” 1:45.43 (Veronica Postolski, Natasha Testa, Jenna Deal, Carly Swanson).

200-yard backstroke:

11-12: 1. Jessica Nava, PCS 2:09.38; SOFLO: 3. Kelley Heron 2:17.64, 4. Isabella Pittinger 2:18.30, 10. Megan Schimansky 2:27.22; 13-14, 1. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:04.76; SOFLO: 2. Melissa Marinheiro 2:07.68, 4. Steph Campo 2:09.26, 6. Jessica Rodriguez 2:12.48, 11. Sophia Bucaro 2:16.95, 19. Audrey Mason 2:21.71, 20. Kylie Herman 2:21.81, 26. Stephanie Mlujeak 2:23.21, 27. Carly Swanson 2:24.20, 28. Monica Rodriguez 2:24.46, 41. Veronica Postolski 2:28.36.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under: 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach Seahawks 27.04; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 27.72, 5. Delaney Biro 29.18, 12. Annita Huang 30.09, 26. Anabel Vazquez 31.76, 34. Lauren Noyola 32.43; 11-12: 1. Jamie Flores, PCS 25.08; SOFLO: 2. Catharine Cooper 25.25, 6. Bianca Monti 26.28, 7. Isabella Pittinger 26.48, 20. Sarah Bucaro 27.43, 24. Luisa Suzuki 27.59, 31. Kristin Sauer 28.02, 46. Abolade Oyetunji 28.59, 51. Megan Schimansky 28.86, 63. Jennifer Rodriguez 29.27, 70. Hannah Virgin 29.45, 72. Ashley Tan 29.52, 81. Katherine DeBarros 29.81, 82. Maya Ginzburg 29.89; 13-14: 1. Caroline Nava, PCS 22.91; SOFLO: 16. Audrey Mason 25.90, 22. Jenna Deal 26.11, 30. Sophia Bucaro 26.78, 32. Natasha Testa 26.82, 36. Veronica Postolski 26.91, 37. Kelly Kealty 26.95, 39. Carly Swanson 26.98.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under: 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach Seahawks 1:17.64; SOFLO: 4. Elise Larin 1:22.55, 19. Gabriella Beltrano 1:30.24, 22. Julie Mason 1:33.18; 11-12: 1. Dana Barrow, Lake Lytal Lightning 1:11.23; SOFLO: 3. Kelley Heron 1:11.38, 6. Delanie Perez 1:14.96, 17. Andrea Bucaro 1:19.49, 22. Luisa Suzuki 1:21.36, 27. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:22.45, 31. Katherine DeBarros 1:23.56; 13-14: 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 1:05.73; SOFLO: 4. Kelly Kealty 1:09.72, 9. Jillian Alexander 1:11.24, 10. Jessica Rodriguez 1:11.77, 13. Audrey Mason 1:12.24, 20. Emily Jurich 1:14.67, 26. Rebecca Wilkerson 1:15.80, 30. Lilli Calero 1:16.19, 34. Jenna Deal 1:17.71.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under: 1. Alexandra Meszaros, Team FLA 1:05.28; SOFLO: 5. Vanessa Mesa 1:15.06, 22. Lauren Noyola 1:31.03; 11-12: 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest Swimming 59.37; SOFLO: 5. Isabella Pittinger 1:05.01, 6. Bianca Monti 1:05.41, 20. Catharine Cooper 1:11.47, 26. Kristin Sauer 1:15.05, 27. Sarah Bucaro 1:15.20; 13-14: 1. Caroline Nava, Pine Crest Swimming 57.78; SOFLO: 11. Kylie Herman 1:03.30, 16. Lindsey Sauer 1:04.62, 20. Natasha Testa 1:05.20, 35. Monica Rodriguez 1:09.62.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under: 1. Alexandra Meszaros, Team FLA 1:07.08; SOFLO: 7. Delaney Biro 1:16.54, 14. Annita Huang 1:19.01, 19. Anabel Vazquez 1:19.91, 30. Gabriella Beltrano 1:22.81, 35. Julie Mason 1:25.35; 11-12: 1. Andrea Lopez, Unattached 1:03.80; SOFLO: 11. Catharine Cooper 1:09.68.

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under: 1. Alexandra Meszaros, Team FLA 5:48.52; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 5:58.94, 3. Annita Huang 6:00.42, 8. Delaney Biro 6:21.58, 10. Anabel Vazquez 6:25.86, 17. Sarah Schimansky 6:56.54, 18. Elise Larin 6:56.65; 11-12: 1. Jenna Pisani, Lake Lytal Lightning 5:12.00; SOFLO: 4. Kelley Heron 5:21.45, 9. Bianca Monti 5:35.17, 10. Delanie Perez 5:39.60, 11. Andrea Bucaro 5:41.51, 18. Sarah Bucaro 5:50.55, 19. Megan Schimansky 5:50.69, 20. Jennifer Rodriguez 5:59.82, 24. Katherine DeBarros 6:03.38; 13-14: 1. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 4;57.97; SOFLO: 2. Melissa Marinheiro 4:58.14, 6. Steph Campo 5:11.47, 8. Jessica Rodriguez 5:19.59, 9. Kylie Herman 5:22.11, 10. Sophie Bucaro 5:22.80, 15. Lilli Calero 5:29.12, 22. Carly Swanson 5:41.81. 

400-yard freestyle relay:

11-12: 1.Pine Crest “A” 3:46.56, 2. SOFLO “A” 3:49.13 (Bianca Monti, Isabella Pittinger, Kelley Heron, Catharine Cooper), 8. SOFLO “B” 4:08.17 (Delanie Perez, Luisa Suzuki, Andrea Bucaro, Sarah Bucaro).

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14: 1. Pine Crest “A” 7:48.10, 2. SOFLO “A” 8:05.34 (Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Sophia Bucaro, Kylie Herman), 12. SOFLO “B” 8:34.02 (Kelly Kealty, Carly Swanson, Lindsey Sauer, Lilli Calero).

BOYS

200-yard freestyle relay:

13-14: 1. Metro Aquatics “A” 1:31.81; 5. SOFLO “A” 1:34.80 (Gustavo Valery, Ryan Capote, David Stoddard, Julien Pinon), 6. SOFLO “B” 1:37.18 (Cristian Rossi, Alfredo Mesa, Jonathan Strod, Juan Lucas).

200-yard backstroke:

11-12: 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami-Dade County 2:07.66; SOFLO; 3. Ricardo Roche 2:15.88, 5. Kevin Porto 2:19.79, 8. Samuel Quintero 2:24.62, 13. Matthew Menocal 2:31.12, 15. Rodrigo Rodriguez 2:32.24; 13-14: 1. William Pisani, Lake Lytal Lightning 1:58.26; SOFLO: 5. Gustavo Valery 2:06.36, 12. Juan Lucas 2:10.66, 13. David Stoddard 2:11.32, 14. Alfredo Mesa 2:12.50, 15. Ryan Capote 2:15.46.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under: 1. Matthew Petreski, Pine Crest Swimming 28.30; SOFLO: 3. Rafael Rodriguez 28.44, 17. Carter Carlson 30.36, 21. Connor Marks 30.57, 41. Luis Bucaro 32.12; 11-12: 1. Frank Perez, Hialeah 24.90; SOFLO: 5. Nicholas Perera 25.83, 17. Collin Burt 27.04, 26. Rodrigo Rodriguez 27.79, 28. Miguel Hernandez 28.11, 31. Christian Carlson 28.28; 13-14: 1. Zuhayr Pigot, Metro Aquatics 22.22; SOFLO: 5. Julien Pinon 22.49, 10. David Stoddard 23.43, 17. Gustavo Valery 24.34, 18. Jonathan Rivas 24.39, 26. Ryan Capote 24.73, 28. Jonathan Strod 24.77, 29. Cristian Rossi 24.83, 34. Alfredo Mesa 25.00, 35. Diego Rodriguez 25.03, 37. Jordan Colon 25.08, 43. Juan Lucas 25.29, 47. Sebastian Vargas 25.51, 64. Nikolas Ujueta 26.29, 71. Alexander Viloria 26.95.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under: 1. Jonathan Skarie, SOFLO 1:19.63; SOFLO: 2. Brandon Moran 1:19.84, 7. Carter Carlson 1:24.43, 17. Leonardo Mateus 1:33.00; 11-12: 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami-Dade County 1:07.10; SOFLO: 10. Bruno Berti 1:16.72, 11. Christian Kopecki 1:16.95, 16. Samuel Quintero 1:17.87, 18. Christian Carlson 1:19.01, 20. Ricardo Roche 1:19.10, 21. Tyler Gibson 1:19.83, 24. Matthew Menocal 1:23.66, 26. Rodrigo Rodriguez 1:24.11; 13-14: 1. Henry Contich, Pine Crest Swimming 1:01.31; SOFLO: 4. Jordan Colon 1:04.46, 6. Alexander Monti 1:05.49, 14. Diego Rodriguez 1:10.59, 20. Cristian Rossi 1:14.50.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under: 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Team FLA 1:08.90; SOFLO: 2. Gabriel Segui 1:09.98, 11. Leonardo Mateus 1:20.30, 20. Jie Hoon Lee 1:25.89, 23. Nicolas Drolet 1:27.89, 24. Felipe Bravo 1:28.66, 26. Derek Tom 1:29.71; 11-12: 1. Ervin Marin, Blue Marlins 59.53; SOFLO: 4. Nicholas Perera 1:02.00, 8. Andres Lares 1:04.94, 19. Collin Burt 1:11.31; 13-14: 1. Zuhayr Pigot, Metro Aquatics 52.58; SOFLO: 6. Julien Pinon 54.79, 17. Jonathan Strod 59.80, 25. Alexander Monti 1:01.37, 33. Carlos Rodriguez 1:02.84, 35. Andres Menchaca 1:02.97, 38. Sebastian Vargas 1:03.40.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under: 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Team FLA 1:10.82; SOFLO: 3. Jonathan Skarie 1:12.15, 4. Rafael Rodriguez 1:12.31, 7. Brandon Moran 1:13.78, 14. Leonardo Mateus 1:17.29, 22. Carter Carlson 1:20.53, 27. Derek Tom 1:22.03, 34. Jie Hoon Lee 1:23.29, 39. Connor Marks 1:24.18, COMETS: 42. Nicolas Rossi 1:25.88; 11-12: 1. Bryan Quintero, Miami Beach Seahawks 1:02.55; SOFLO: 5. Christian Kopecki 1:06.01, 12. Samuel Quintero 1:08.87, 20. Christian Carlson 1:11.68, 24. Tyler Gibson 1:14.58.

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under: 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:44.59; SOFLO: 3. Gabriel Segui 6:07.32; COMETS: 11. Nicolas Rossi 6:41.27; 11-12: 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami-Dade County 5:09.28; SOFLO: 4. Kevin Porto 5:16.30, 5. Nicholas Perera 5:17.89, 8. Ricardo Roche 5:19.69, 17. Christian Kopecki 5:34.97, 21. Andres Lares 5:48.74, 24. Miguel Hernandez 5:59.09, 26. Collin Burt 6:00.72, 28. Tyler Gibson 6:03.82; 13-14: 1. Nicolas Medina, Davie Nadadores 4:41.17; SOFLO: 3. Julien Pinon 4:54.07, 6. Alfredo Mesa 5:03.20, 7. Gustavo Valery 5:03.91, 12. Ryan Capote 5:11.07, 21. Carlos Rodriguez 5:16.83, 34. Alexander Viloria 5:34.11.

400-yard freestyle relay:

11-12: 1. Davie 3:49.55; 2. SOFLO “A” 3:50.11 (Kevin Porto, Bruno Berti, Andres Lares, Nicholas Perera), 6. SOFLO “B” 4:02.25 (Christian Kopecki, Miguel Hernandez, Matthew Menocal, Ricardo Roche). 

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14: 1. Lake Lytal “A” 7:28.67; 2. SOFLO “A” 7:37.80 (Gustavo Valery, Carlos Rodriguez, Alfredo Mesa, Julien Pinon), 8. SOFLO “B” 7:52.47 (Ryan Capote, David Stoddard, Jordan Colon, Juan Lucas).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

Heron, Mesa, Lucas, Skarie Lead SOFLO On Opening Day Of Broward County Sprint Championships

Heron, Mesa, Lucas, Skarie Lead SOFLO On Opening Day Of Broward County Sprint Championships


December 10, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

South Florida Aquatic Club dominated opening day action Saturday at the Broward County Sprint Championships at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Kelley Heron, 12, won the 50-yard breaststroke in 33.92 and 50-yard freestyle in 27.22, a lifetime best time bettering her previous best of 28.11.

Vanessa Mesa, 9, won the 50-yard freestyle in 29.41 and 100-yard butterfly in a best time 1:21.75. Her previous best was 1:25.04.

Juan Lucas, 12, won the 100-yard backstroke in a lifetime-best 59.89, breaking one minute for the first time. His previous best was 1:00.85. He also won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.96.

Jonathan Skarie, 9, won the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time of 38.13 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:15.82.

Other SOFLO girl champions were:

Annita Huang, 10, 100-yard backstroke, 1:15.23, lifetime best time, bettering her previous best of 1:18.70.

Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 100-yard backstroke, 1:06.02 and 100-yard butterfly in a lifetime best 1:06.13. Her previous best was 1:08.21.

Emma Lincoln, 15, 50-yard freestyle in 25.70, and 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.31.

Other SOFLO boys champions were:

Gustavo Valery, 13, 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.05.

Keegan Boisson-Yates, 16, 100-yard backstroke in 55.44 and 100-yard butterfly in 55.32.

Tristan Celestin, 12, 50-yard breaststroke in 29.62 seconds and 50-yard freestyle in 24.45.

Alex Monti, 13, 50-yard breaststroke in 30.71.

Brian Arnaud, 18, 50-yard breaststroke in 29.97.

Rafael Rodriguez, 10, 50-yard freestyle in a best time 29.51. His previous best was 29.73.

Julien Pinon, 13, 100-yard butterfly, 56.60 and 50-yard freestyle in 23.22.

Xavier Brown, 17, 50-yard freestyle in 22.57.

Based on sheer depth and talent, defending champion SOFLO has already clinched the boys and girls team titles after one day. Based on team entries, it is mathematically impossible for the remainder of the field of teams to catch SOFLO.

SOFLO girls lead with 2,593 points. Heritage Aquatic Team is second with 625. SOFLO boys lead with 2,740.5 points and Heritage Aquatic Team is second with 706.5.

The final Florida Gold Coast meet of the 2011 season ends on Sunday. Lake Lytal and Metro Aquatics are also hosting sprint meets.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.South Florida Aquatic Club 2,593, 2. Heritage Aquatic Team 625, 3. Fort Lauderdale Aquatics 422, 4. Pompano Piranhas 260, 5. Plantation 253, 6. Midtown Weston 99, 7. SwimFast 76, 8. Davie Nadadores 43, 9. Unattached HAT 38, 10. Unattached SOFLO 27, 11. Unattached Pompano Piranhas 17, 12. Coral Springs Swim Club 13, 13. Unattached Comets 6.

GIRLS 100-YARD BACKSTROKE:

10-and-under: 1. Annita Huang, SOFLO 1:15.23, best time; SOFLO: 2. Delaney Biro 1:18.04, best time; 3. Vanessa Mesa 1:18.05, best time; 4. Gabby Beltrano 1:21.64, best time; 5. Anabel Vazquez 1:21.85; 7. Elise Larin 1:24.62, best time; 8. Alexandra Crespo 1:26.89; 14. Mikaela DeGracia 1:32.17; 21. Savanha Saunders 1:40.17; 24. Emma Perera 1:47.79, best time; 27. Salma Hegazy 1:56.35; 29. Kassi McMillan 1:57.89; 32. Kate Hernandez 2:01.52; 33. Valerie Kon 2:03.17, best time; 36. Ivanna Fregoso 2:09.48; COMETS: 11. Michelle Marinheiro 1:29.30, best time; 22. Trinity Hoyos 1:43.88, best time; 34. Sophia Bedoya 2:05.76; CSSC: 23. Emma Gomez 1:45.68; 25. Victoria Grimaldi 1:52.36, best time; 28. Molly Mason 1:56.39; 31. Olivia Mason 2:00.86.

11-12: 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:06.02; SOFLO; 3. Kelley Heron 1:07.39, best time; 6. Catharine Cooper 1:11.44; 7. Bianca Monti 1:11.58; 8. Megan Schimansky 1:11.75; 9. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:13.92; 10. Charlene Forti 1:16.10; 11. Alani Carrasco 1:16.23; 12. Megan Damon 1:17.34; 13. Hannah Virgin 1:18.80, best time; 14. Ashley Tan 1:19.26, best time; 15. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:19.81, best time; 16. Kristin Sauer 1:19.82; 17. Ann Montgomery 1:20.47, best time; 18. Lisa Strod 1:21.39, best time; 20. Adrianne Silva 1:22.81; 21. Zariya Harris 1:24.87, best time; 23. Kellie Wilcox 1:29.43, best time; 25. Catalina Lazarazo 1:33.17, best time; 26. Catalin Grant 1:35.23, best time; 27. Megan Appelbaum 1:35.26; 29. Zaria Woods 1:56.28, best time.

13-14: 1. Alexandra Pacitti, HAT 1:06.82; SOFLO: 2. Audrey Mason 1:08.12, best time; 3. Danielle Ginzburg 1:08.50; 4. Veronica Postolski 1:08.81, best time; 5. Jenna Deal 1:08.86, best time; 6. Monica Rodriguez 1:10.13; 10. Adrianna Cuevas 1:10.87; 12. Maria Fernandez 1:16.35; 16. Natasha Testa 1:19.15; 17. Sofia Arriaga 1:19.58, best time; 18. Johmi Vargas 1:20.97, best time; 19. Alisa Huang 1:23.98; 22. Vanessa Garcia 1:28.20; 25. Garryne Badere 1:42.71.

15-and-over: 1. Julia Schulte, Piranhas 1:10.78; SOFLO: 2. Bar Bogoslavsky 1:11.47, best time; 4. Sarah Araujo 1:12.25; 6. Astrid Rigau 1:15.13; 7. Hannah Doyle 1:15.53.

GIRLS 50-YARD BREASTSTROKE:

10-and-under: 1. Grace Lacoursiere, HAT 39.34; SOFLO: 2. Elise Larin 41.34, 3. Delaney Biro 42.24, 5. Annita Huang 42.53, 7. Gabby Beltrano 43.39, best time; 7. Alexandra Crespo 43.39; 9. Anabel Vazquez 44.72, best time; 12. Mikaela DeGracia 46.69, best time; 15. Sarah Schimansky 47.88; 18. Savanha Saunders 49.60; 21. Brooke Cordoba 51.61, best time; 22. Cara Virgin 51.95; 25. Estere Naeter 53.20, best time; 26. Gerda Naeter 53.43; 37. Emma Perera 57.69; 42. Salma Hegazy 1:01.08, best time; 43. Madelyn Garcia 1:01.10; 47. Kassi McMillan 1:02.72; 51. Ivanna Fregoso 1:07.46; 52. Valerie Kon 1:09.52, best time; 53. Katelyn Hernandez 1:12.55; CSSC: 24. Olivia Mason 53.07; 27. Molly Mason 55.03, best time; 35. Victoria Grimaldi 57.43, best time; 40. Amanda Block 59.10; 48. Faith Newby 1:05.56; COMETS: 20. Michelle Marinheiro 51.00, best time; 28. Gretchen Montgomery 55.12, best time; 32. Trinity Hoyos 56.93, best time.

11-12: 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 33.92; SOFLO: 2. Jessica Rodrigiez 34.14, best time; 3. Catharine Cooper 38.19; 5. Isabella Pittinger 38.38, best time; 6. Jennifer Rodriguez 38.87, best time; 7. Hannah Virgin 40.47, best time; 8. Maya Ginzburg 40.56, best time; 10. Charlene Forti 40.71; 11. Lisa Strod 41.10, best time; 12. Katherine DeBarros 41.50, best time; 14. Dominique Fajardo 43.78; 16. Lillian Skopp 45.37; 17. Beliz Aral 45.56, best time; 18. Carly Brewington 45.62, best time; 19. Shreya Patel 45.72, best time; 20. Kellie Wilcox 46.66, best time; 23. Brianna Hanks 48.63; 26. Zaria Woods 50.73, best time; 27. Catalina Grant 52.50; 28. Naimah Woods 54.24, best time; 29. Theresa Carr 57.27; 30. Megan Wehby 1:01.90, best time; CSSC: 25. Anna Gally 50.72, best time.

13-14: 1. Amanda Tipton, FLA 34.37; SOFLO: 2. Audrey Mason 34.38; 5. Rebecca Wilkerson 35.85, best time; 6. Emily Jurich 36.53, best time; 7. Lindsey Sauer 37.57; 10. Veronica Postolski 38.70; 12. Maria Fernandez 39.57, best time; 13. Monica Rodriguez 40.33; 16. Vanessa Garcia 41.41, best time; 18. Cristina Villegas 43.07, best time; 21. Sofia Arriaga 43.87, best time; 23. Alisa Huang 45.18, best time; 24. Emily Hedengren 47.96; 27. Garryne Badere 1:02.85.

15-and-over: 1. Julia Schulte, Piranhas 35.17; SOFLO: 2. Anne Kuczynski 35.30; 3. Selina Voelkel 35.91; 4. Emily Greenwood 36.46, best time; 5. Astrid Rigau 39.90; 6. Nicole Cacurak 40.38, best time; 8. Bar Bogoslavsky 42.03, best time; 9. Finn Kernes 42.07; 10. Hannah Doyle 42.86, best time.

 GIRLS 50-YARD FREESTYLE:

10-and-under: 1. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 29.41; SOFLO: 2. Annita Huang 31.38, best time; 3. Delaney Biro 31.63; 7. Alexandra Crespo 33.34, best time; 9. Mikaela DeGracia 34.49, best time; 10. Anabel Vazquez 34.60, best time; 12. Gabby Beltrano 34.84, best time; 16. Sarah Schimansky 35.42; 25. Savanha Saunders 38.29, best time; 26. Brooke Cordoba 38.40, best time; 27. Gerda Naeter 39.05, best time; 31. Jenna Weissman 40.13, best timel 32. Kassi McMillan 40.49; 37. Estere Naeter 41.91, best time; 38. Emma Perera 43.25; 45. Salma Hegazy 46.46; 52. Valerie Kon 49.47, best time; 53. Ivanna Fregoso 50.06, best time; 59. Katelyn Hernandez 53.58; 60. Madelyn Garcia 53.65, best time; COMETS: 18. Michelle Marinheiro 36.56, best time; 33. Trinity Hoyos 40.68, best time; 47. Gretchen Montgomery 46.81, best time; 55. Sophia Bedoya 51.00, best time; CSSC: 19. Cara Virgin 36.77, best time; 28. Olivia Mason 39.14; 35. Emma Gomez 41.11; 46. Victoria Grimaldi 46.73; 51. Molly Mason 49.26; 56. Faith Newby 51.19, best time; 61. Amanda Block 54.93; 62. Sara Laplant 56.88, best time.

11-12: 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 27.22, best time; SOFLO: 2. Isabella Pittinger 27.44; 4. Bianca Monti 27.66; 6. Stephanie Mlujeak 29.83; 7. Alani Carrasco 30.02, 8. Kristin Sauer 30.06, best time; 9. Megan Damon 30.07, best time; 10. Charlene Forti 30.17; 11. Hannah Virgin 30.28; 12. Megan Schimansky 30.28; 13. Maya Ginzburg 30.95, best time; 14. Jennifer Rodriguez 31.26; 16. Ashley Tan 31.35, best time; 18. Adrianne Silva 31.84, best time; 19. Lisa Strod 32.20, best time; 20. Katherine DeBarros 32.51, best time; 23. Zariya Harris 32.87; 25. Catalina Lazarazo 33.71, best time; 26. Ann Montgomery 33.98, best time; 27. Megan Appelbaum 34.38; 28. Carly Brewington 34.85, best time; 29. Beliz Aral 35.74; 30. Daniela Gomez 36.23, best time; 31. Catalina Grant 36.45, best time; 32. Kellie Wilcox 36.47; 36. Lilian Skopp 39.35; 38. Brianna Hanks 41.70, best time; 39. Shreya Patel 42.75, best time; 40. Theresa Carr 46.74, best time; 41. Zaria Woods 47.17; 43. Naimah Woods 49.24, best time; 44. Megan Sharma 49.29; CSSC: 37. Anna Gally 40.54.

13-14: 1. Amanda Tipton, FLA 26.48; SOFLO: 4. Audrey Mason 27.00; 5. Natasha Testa 27.58, best time; 12. Adrianna Cuevas 28.74; 13. Rebecca Wilkerson 28.82; 14. Monica Rodriguez 28.85; 15. Cristina Villegas 28.91; 16. Emily Jurich 29.30, best time; 19. Maria Fernandez 30.09, best time; 22. Johmi Vargas 30.83; 23. Sofia Arriaga 30.87, best time; 24. Alisa Huang 31.17, best time; 27. Vanessa Garcia 32.34; 30. Heather Fahey 34.45; 32. Garryne Badere 38.10; 33. Emily Hedengren 48.08.

15-and-over: 1. Emma Lincoln, SOFLO 25.70; SOFLO: 2. Emily Greenwood 25.95; 3. Anne Kuczynski 27.06; 5. Sarah Araujo 27.91, best time; 7. Astrid Rigau 28.69, best time; 8. Brianna Giordanella 28.95; 10. Bar Bogoslavsky 29.39, best time; 12. Finn Kernes 30.00, best time; 16. Hannah Doyle 30.70; 17. Nicole Cacurak 32.69, best time.

GIRLS 100-YARD BUTTERFLY:

 10-and-under: 1. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 1:21.75, best time; SOFLO: 4. Elise Larin 1:39.35, best time; CSSC: 6. Emma Gomez 2:09.10.

11-12: 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:06.13, best time; SOFLO: 3. Bianca Monti 1:10.67; 4. Catharine Cooper 1:11.47; 7. Alani Carrasco 1:14.28; 9. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:18.81; 10. Kristin Sauer 1:21.80, best time; 11. Megan Schimansky 1:23.76, best time; 12. Megan Damon 1:23.87, best time; 14. Ashley Tan 1:27.21; 15. Katherine DeBarros 1:28.38; 17. Zariya Harris 1:29.24, best time; 19. Ann Montgomery 1:35.70, best time; 20. Adrianne Silva 1:37.93, best time; 21. Daniela Gomez 1:39.52, best time.

13-14: 1. Amanda Tipton, FLA 1:02.82; SOFLO: 3. Natasha Testa 1:07.74; 4. Lindsey Sauer 1:08.19, best time; 7. Jenna Deal 1:09.12, best time; 12. Cristina Villegas 1:16.21, best time; 14. Johmi Vargas 1:19.58.

15-and-over: 1. Emma Lincoln, SOFLO 1:00.31; SOFLO: 3. Isabella Pittinger 1:11.84; 4. Brianna Giordanella 1:16.34.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.South Florida Aquatic Club 2,740.5, 2. Heritage Aquatic Team, 706.5, 3. Fort Lauderdale Aquatics 433, 4. Pompano Piranhas 296, 5. Plantation 253, 6. Midtown Weston 99, 7. SwimFast 95, 8. Unattached-HAT 44, 9. Davie Nadadores 43, 10. Unattached SOFLO 36, 11. Unattached Pompano Piranhas 17; 12. Coral Springs Swim Club 13, 13. Unattached Comets 6.

BOYS 100-YARD BACKSTROKE:

10-and-under: 1. Shane Schulte, Piranhas 1:13.78; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 1:45.54; 3. Leonardo Mateus 1:15.29, best time; 6. Brandon Moran 1:21.09, best time; 7. Carter Carlson 1:22.06, best time; 8. Connor Marks 1:22.41, best time; 9. Andres McKeon 1:23.89, best time; 10. Derek Tom 1:26.79, best time; 11. Joshua Hanks 1:30.34; 13. Gabriel Saavedra 1:30.56, best time; 19. Dylan Face 1:37.46; 21. Gianni Savino 1:39.14, best time; 26. Gregory Trimble 1:44.28; CSSC: 24. Brian Gonzalez 1:43.57.

11-12: 1. Juan Lucas, SOFLO 59.89, best time; SOFLO: 2. Nicholas Perera 1:07.63, best time; 4. Ricardo Roche 1:08.26; 6. Kevin Porto 1:10.08; 8. Rodrigo Rodriguez 1:10.36; 9. Christian Carlson 1:11.17; 10. Andres Lares 1:12.35; 11. Jack Davies 1:12.92; 12. Matthew Menocal 1:13.89, best time; 14. Matthew Liang 1:16.72; 21. Lorenzo Lanaro 1:21.99, best time; 22. Nicolas Raimont 1:22.58, best time; 23. Miguel Hernandez 1:22.99, best time; 25. Andre Molko 1:26.30, best time; 30. Joshua Garber 1:37.28, best time; 32. Ethan Hew 1:44.57, best time; 34. Hernando Lugo 1:51.66; 36. Julian Sanchez 1:53.27.

13-14: 1. Gustavo Valery, SOFLO 1:00.05; SOFLO: 2. Alfredo Mesa 1:01.51, best time; 3. David Stoddard 1:03.49, best time; 5. Ryan Capote 1:07.35, best time; 7. Alexander Viloria 1:08.35, best time; 8. Cristian Rossi 1:09.20, best time; 9. Sebastian Vargas 1:10.11, best time; 12. Giancarlo Payamps 1:14.52, best time; 13. Juan Medina 1:18.36, best time; 15. Jacob Brookins 1:22.14; 16. Miguel Crespo 1:22.85, best time; 17. Mathew Delvalle 1:23.12; 18. Luiz Hosfeld 1:25.11; 19. J. Lindor 1:25.38; 22. Bryan Moran 1:39.41, best time.

15-and-over: 1. Keegan Boisson-Yates, SOFLO 55.44; SOFLO: 7. Ben Fruitman 1:00.10; 8. Mauricio Hidalgo 1:00.15, best time; 9. Kyle Desrosiers 1:02.17, best time; 11. Xavier Brown 1:02.67, best time; 15. Bryce Pierce 1:05.16, best time; 16. Edward Kon 1:06.34, best time; 18. Jose Fernandez 1:07.22, best time; 20. Austin Pillado 1:09.05, best time; 21. Juan Saldana 1:09.79, best time; 26. Daniel Reyna 1:11.54.

50-YARD BREASTSTROKE

10-and-under: 1. Jonathan Skarie, SOFLO 38.13, best time; SOFLO: 2. Brandon Moran 38.43, best time; 5. Carter Carlson 42.09, best time; 8. Gianni Savino 44.39; 11. Andres McKeon 48.93; 14. Alexander Meyer 50.86, best time; 16. Joshua Hanks 52:14; 18. Connor Marks 53.05; 21. Brooks Brown 55.16; 23. Gregory Trimble 56.51, best time; 25. Dylan Face 57.40; 32. Aaron Garber 1:22.87, best time; CSSC: 27. Brian Gonzalez 59.50, best time; 31. Bennett Brown 1:07.46, best time.  

11-12: 1. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO 29.62; SOFLO: 3. C.J. Kopecki 35.89, best time; 4. Christian Carlson 36.47, best time; 7. Rodrigo Rodriguez 37.15, best time; 8. Guilherme Hada 38.16, best time; 9. Samuel Quintero 38.84, best time; 10. Ricardo Roche 38.85; 11. Tyler Gibson 39.27; 12. Matthew Menocal 39.57; 13. Matthew Liang 40.18, best time; 15. Collin Burt 40.83; 20. Guy Bogoslavsky 42.73; 22. Jack Davies 43.18; 24. Lorenzo Lanaro 43.46, best time; 26. Miguel Hernandez 44.20; 27. Nicolas Raimont 46.30, best time; 28. Andre Molko 48.10; 29. Joshua Garber 48.45; 31. Daniel Perkowski 49.84; 35. Hernando Lugo 55.96; 38. Curtis Marcoux 1:02.47.

13-14: 1. Alex Monti, SOFLO 30.71; SOFLO: 3. Jonathan Strod 32.36; 8. Gustavo Valery 35.03; 9. Dylan Allen 35.49, best time; 10. Parth Partel 37.39; 12. Alexander Viloria 38.20, best time; 13. Jacob Brookins 38.73; 14. Sebastian Vargas 39.03, best time; 15. Giancarlo Payamps 40.37, best time; 17. Juan Medina 41.17, best time; 18. Marco Crespo 42.42, best time; 20. Luiz Hosfeld 43.70, best time; 22. Bryan Moran 52.57, best time.

15-and-over: 1. Brian Arnaud, SOFLO 29.97; SOFLO: 3. Marco Hosfeld 30.72; 5. Mauricio Hidalgo 31.38; 8. Kyle Desrosiers 32.97; 9. Keegan Boisson-Yates 32.98; 11. Brendan Teeters 33.05, best time; 12. Derek Schwab 33.20; 13. Matias Sisnandez 33.67, best time; 16, Edward Kon 35.10; 18. Juan Saldana 35.83, best time; 22. Daniel Reyna 41.82.

BOYS 50-YARD FREESTYLE:

10-and-under: 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 29.51, best time; SOFLO: 3. Jonathan Skarie 30.63; 4. Carter Carlson 30.75, best time; 5. Brandon Moran 31.17; 7. Connor Marks 32.97; 8. Leonardo Mateus 33.34; 9. Andres McKeon 33.80, best time; 11. Derek Tom 34.94, best time; 17. Alexander Meyer 37.25, best time; 22. Gianni Savino 38.28, best time; 25. Joshua Hanks 39.42, best time; 26. Gabriel Saavedra 40.32; 27. Dylan Face 40.37, best time; 29. Gregory Trimble 41.36, best time; 33. Brooks Brown 44.07; 36. Joe Turner 52.69; 37. Aaron Garber 1:05.83, best time; CSSC: 30. Brian Gonzalez 41.41; 35. Bennett Brown 47.32.

11-12: 1. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO 24.45; SOFLO: 2. Juan Lucas 25.29, best time; 3. Nicholas Perera 27.70, best time; 4. Kevin Porto 27.85, 5. C.J. Kopecki 27.93, best time; 6. Rodrigo Rodriguez 28.00, best time; 7. Matthew Menocal 28.35, best time; 10. Collin Burt 28.81, 11. Andres Lares 29.04; 13. Christian Carlson 29.46; 14. Samuel Quintero 29.92; 18. Miguel Hernandez 30.59, best time; 21. Jack Davies 31.49; 23. Matthew Liang 32.05; 24. Guilherme Hada 32.28; 26. Tyler Gibson 32.36; 28. Lorenzo Lanaro 32.81, best time; 31. Guy Bogoslavsky 33.07, best time; 31. Nicolas Raimont 33.54; 33. Andre Molko 33.83, best time; 37. Joshua Garber 37.56; 44. Daniel Perkowski 41.78; 45. Hernando Lugo 42.13, best time; 46. Curtis Marcoux 46.47, best time; 47. Julian Sanchez 46.62; 48. Ethan Hew 48.12.

13-14: 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 23.22; SOFLO: 2. Alfredo Mesa 24.87, best time; 3.Gustavo Valery 24.93; 4. David Stoddard 24.96; 5. Jonathan Strod 25.20, best time; 6. Cristian Rossi 25.23; 10. Ryan Capote 25.89; 12. Alex Monti 26.23, best time; 13. Sebastian Vargas 26.60; 15. Alexander Viloria 26.90; 17. Nikolas Ujueta 27.29, best time; 21. Dylan Allen 28.04; 22. Giancarlo Payamps 28.80, best time; 24. Parth Patel 29.85, 25. Jacob Brookins 30.63, 26. Luiz Hosfeld 30.89, best time, 27. J. Lindor 31.47, 28. Mathew Delvalle 31.80, best time; 29. Marco Crespo 31.88, 30. Juan Medina 32.34, best time; 35. Bryan Moran 39.59.

15-and-over: 1. Xavier Brown, SOFLO 22.57; SOFLO: 6. Kyle Desrosiers 24.20; 7. Mauricio Hidalgo 24.22; 9. Bryce Pierce 24.58, best time; 11. Austin Pillado 24.91, best time; 17. Derek Schwab 25.67; 18. Matias Sisnandez 25.74; 19. Ti Krijestorac 25.80, best time; 21. Justin Torres 26.17, best time; 22. Jose Fernandez 26.50, best time; 23. Juan Saldana 26.62, best time; 24. Brendan Teeters 26.74, best time; 25. Edward Kon 26.99, best time; 26. Jonathan Gonzalez 27.09; 31. Daniel Reyna 28.50; 33. Di Sanguinetti 1:07.49. 

BOYS 100-YARD BUTTERFLY:

10-and-under: 1. Jonathan Skarie, SOFLO 1:15.82; 2. Rafael Rodriguez 1:19.07; 4. Leonardo Mateus 1:24.26, best time; 6. Derek Tom 1:39.14, best time.

11-12: 1. Juan Lucas, SOFLO 1:03.96; SOFLO: 2. Nicholas Perera 1:05.81, best time; 5. Kevin Porto 1:11.01; 7. Ricardo Roche 1:12.14; 8. CJ Kopecki 1:12.94, best time; 9. Samuel Quintero 1:13.09; 11. Andres Lares 1:17.72; 12. Collin Burt 1:18.23.

13-14: 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 56.50; SOFLO: 3. Alfredo Mesa 1:02.58; 6. Jonathan Strod 1:04.27, best ime; 7. Ryan Capote 1:04.84; 9. Alex Monti 1:06.95, best time; 10. Cristian Rossi 1:07.01; 12. Nikolas Ujueta 1:09.60, best time; 14. David Stoddard 1:09.91; 16. Dylan Allen 1:11.34; 18. Mathew Delvalle 1:34.80.

15-and-over: 1. Keegan Boisson-Yates, SOFLO 55.32; SOFLO: 2. Xavier Brown 55.45; 3. Marco Hosfeld 56.73, best time; 10. Brian Arnaud 59.69; 12. Ben Fruitman 59.78; 13. Derek Schwab 1:01.43; 15. Jose Fernandez 1:04.15, best time; 18. Matias Sisnandez 1:05.37; 19. Brendan Teeters 1:07.04, best time; 21. Jonathan Gonzalez 1:10.87.

IF YOU GO

What: Broward County Sprint Championships.

When: Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

Admission: $3 per session, $2 heat sheet. Parking is free across from the aquatic complex. For information, call 954-345-2121.

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COMETS CELEBRATE 11TH SEASON AT BANQUET; SWIMMERS, VOLUNTEERS, COACHES HONORED

COMETS CELEBRATE 11TH SEASON AT BANQUET; SWIMMERS, VOLUNTEERS, COACHES HONORED


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

DAVIE—On an emotionally-charged night in the grand ballroom of the Signature Grand, the Comets swim team celebrated the 2009-2010 season and a future full of promise.

In a festive atmosphere, more than 400 swimmers, parents, coaches and volunteers shared laughs and tears while reliving some of the highlights of the Comets 11th season.

It was a historical night for the Comets celebrating their final banquet before beginning a new chapter as the South Florida Aquatic Club.

CEO Chris Anderson announced that the merger between the Comets and Coral Springs Swim Club is now official and that SOFLO signed Nike as its first major sponsor.

The Comets coaching staff of Chris Anderson, Chris Grace, George Mersinger, Alex Wlosek, Rosemarie Lockie and Luis Soler took turns handing out awards for most improved, most dedicated and most valuable swimmers in six different age groups, from 8-and-unders to seniors.

The Comets also honored 12 high school seniors all about to embark on their next journey to college, but hopefully, Anderson said will be back for summers and holidays.

“It was such a pleasure to watch a fine group of seniors,” Anderson said. “I can’t wait for the future years when they come back.”

The seniors honored were Andy Alvarez (University of Miami), Melissa Fernandez (George Washington University), Stephanie Freiria (Florida Atlantic), Kevin Ganaim (Embry-Riddle), Ashley Hicks (Florida State), Travis Lockie (New Mexico Military Institute), Courtney Marx (Western Kentucky), Bianca Muniz (St. Leo College), Tiffany Oliver (Florida State), Tyler Sell (Florida State), Jake Shultz (Trinity) and Julio Simon (University of Miami).

Some of the most poignant moments came when the seniors took the stage and talked about their team and coaches.

From the eloquent words of Tyler Sell; touching, tearful moments between Travis Lockie and his mother Rosemarie, one of the Comets popular coaches who Travis called “a true inspiration;” to Andy Alvarez’s David Letterman-like highlights list including “watching Chris cry at every banquet,” and Tiffany Oliver’s “fake” book-sized speech, it was obvious the Comets common bond was their love for the team, their coaches and what the sport has done to help them develop through the years in and out of the pool.

“This has been the best experience of my life,” said a teary-eyed Julio Simon. “I learned what family is and what it’s like to be close to everyone. This team is just great. It helped me get to where I am now. I love you all.”

Simon told Anderson, “you made me go beyond my limits.”

“The memories will last a lifetime,” said Ashley Hicks.

“I found a place, a home away from home with the Comets,” said Courtney Marx.

“I don’t want this to end,” said Tiffany Oliver. “It wasn’t exactly a cakewalk for me to get here. Now I understand why I did everything I had to do when I was younger. You get out of life what you put into it. Never lose focus of your dreams.”

Anderson also took time to give a heartfelt thanks to booster club members Paula Berti, president; Tracee Gibson, treasurer; Christina Perera, secretary; and Jamie Mlujeak, parliamentarian; office staff, coaches, city officials, webmaster Nestor Mateus and “all the special people” that have helped the Comets “become one of the most competitive swim programs.”

Banquet organizers, headed by Berti and Kristy Monti, in charge of logistics, along with office manager Diana Oliver, staged a memorable night. There was a DJ and music; and entertaining, well-choreographed slide presentation of season highlights put together by Karina and Alfredo Raimont that garnered screams from the young crowd sitting around the projection screen. In addition to candid snap shots there were inspiring messages including “through it all, we believe” and “we believe in the future.”

Among the 2010 Special Awards were:

Most Improved Swimmer: 8-and-under, Kelly CiFuentes and Leonardo Mateus; 9-10, Jenna Shultz and Kevin Porto; 11-12, Emily Neville and Gustavo Valery; 13-14, Maria Lopez and Teddy Sandoval; 15-and-over, Xavier Brown; Senior, Stephanie Freiria and Travis Lockie.

Most Dedicated Swimmer: 8-and-under, Sarah Walpole and Rafael Rodriguez; 9-10, Kelley Heron and Jorge Depassier; 11-12, Monica Rodriguez and Austin Iglesias; 13-14, Kristina Brennan and Edward Kon; 15-and-over, Katie Brennan.

Most Valuable Swimmer: 8-and-under, Jennifer Rodriguez and Jonathan Skarie; 9-10, Jessica Rodriguez and Ricardo Roche; 11-12, Andrea Melendez and Diego Rodriguez; 13-14, Leonie Davies and Blake Kelley; 15-and-over, Courtney Marx and Marc Rojas; Seniors, Tiffany Oliver and Tyler Sell.

For those interested in purchasing banquet photographs contact photographer Kathleen Armstrong at kaitshel@aol.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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