Schleicher, Golding, Heron, Rodriguez Lead SOFLO At Senior LC Sectional Qualifier; SOFLO Boys Finish Second


By Sharon Robb

February 14, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers were among top finishers against a strong field of teams at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier at Plantation Aquatic Complex this past weekend.

Kathleen Golding, 17, won two individual events and one relay, and picked up second, third, fourth and seventh places. She finished with 85 points in high point.

Golding won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:07.18 and 100-meter freestyle in 59.84; was second in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.10; third in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:29.19; and seventh in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:33.55, with a time drop of 0.87.

Mallory Schleicher, 14, took first, fourth, seventh and eighth places in the meet and finished with 47 points in high point.

After dropping 19.64 seconds in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:27.32 to open the meet, Schleicher, off to a great start this year in both open water and pool swimming, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 18:04.44, dropping 14.73 seconds. She was seventh in the 200-meter freestyle 2:14.97 and fourth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:34.30, dropping 6.89 seconds.

Kelley Heron, 18, finished with 50 points in high point with two seconds, one third and one fourth place. She was second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:31.30; second in the 50-meter backstroke in 32.35; and fourth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:26.78.

Molly Golding, 14, finished with 47 points in high point with one second, one third and two fourth places. She was second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:48.01; fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:23.11; and fourth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:19.67.

Gaby Banks, 15, was fifth in the 50-meter freestyle in 28.09 and finished with 24 points.

Rafael Rodriguez, 16, was SOFLO’s highest point finisher among boys with 74.5 points. He was second in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:20.24; second in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.91 with a time drop of 1.16 and fourth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:16.63.

In one of the more exciting women’s races, Andrea Santander of Pine Crest Swimming was pushed to the limit by Heron in the 50-meter backstroke, 32.33-32.35. It was a lifetime best time for Santander, who represents Venezula internationally.

In another exciting race, this time the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, Victor Fajer of Azura edged Juan Pablo Pineda, 1:10.43-1:10.49.

SOFLO’s “A” relay of Juan Serna, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane and Kevin Porto won the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:48.77.

Azura Florida Aquatics, with a large group of age 20-plus swimmers, won the boys team title with 497.5 points. South Florida Aquatic Club was second with 295.

Pine Crest Swimming won the girls team title with 426.5 points. North Palm Beach Swim Club was second with 318 and SOFLO girls were third with 313.

TEAM TOTALS

MEN: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 497.5, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 295, 3. Pine Crest 228, 4. TS Aquatics 210, 5. St. Andrew’s 193, 6. East Coast Aquatic Club 107, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 104, 8. North Palm Beach 86, 9. PAQ 78, 10. Boca Raton Swim Team 55.

WOMEN: 1. Pine Crest Swim Team 426.5, 2. North Palm Beach 318,3. South Florida Aquatic Club 313, 4. East Coast Aquatic Club 305.5, 5. Azura 240, 6. St. Andrew’s 155, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdake 127, 8. AquaKids Sharks 111.5, 9. TS Aquatics 70, 10. Eagle Aquatics 36, 21. Boca Raton Swim Team 4.

WOMEN RESULTS

Mixed 200-meter medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s A 1:58.41; 3. SOFLO C (Juan Diaz, Molly Golding, Katrina Del Vecchio, Heath Brames), 2:06.21, 4. SOFLO B (Bryan Rivero, Jennifer Rodriguez, Paige Lane, Juan Serna) 2:08.14.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:
1. SOFLO A 1:48.77 (Juan Serna, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane, Kevin Porto), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:50.23, 3. SOFLO B 1:51.70, 4. SOFLO C 1:51.82, 7. SOFLO D 1:56.22.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:07.18; SOFLO: 7. Mallory Schleicher 2:14.97, 15. Paige Lane 2:17.92, 17. Gaby Banks 2:19.11.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 2:29.21; SOFLO: 2. Kelley Heron 2:31.30, 11. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:42.32,14. Jacqueline Lugo 2:43.17, 16. Katrina Del Vecchio 2:44.37.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 5:01.08; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 5:23.11.

200-meter butterfly:
1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:24.01; SOFLO: 9. Sara Quintero 2:41.89, 12. Paige Lane 2:44.07.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Cathy Cooper, SFTL 26.97; SOFLO: 5. Gaby Banks 28.09, 18. Katrina Del Vecchio 29.17, 24. Kelley Heron 29.53, 26. Jacqueline Lugo 29.72.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 59.84; SOFLO: 12. Gaby Banks 1:02.93, 20. Molly Golding 1:04.62, time drop, 22. Jacqueline Lugo 1:05.04, 28. Maya Coffey 1:05.83.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:28.70; SOFLO: 3. Kathleen Golding 4:29.19, 4. Mallory Schleicher 4:34.30, time drop, 13. Paige Lane 4:49.56.

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 18:04.44, time drop.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Andrea Santander, PC 2:24.11; SOFLO: 4. Kelley Heron 2:26.78, 7. Kathleen Golding 2:33.55, time drop, 19. Sara Quintero 2:44.12.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Patricia Casella, Azura 1:17.34; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 1:19.67, 13. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:22.73, 27. Valentin Carrion 1:31.86.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Patricia Casellas, Azura 2:47.88; SOFLO: 2. Molly Golding 2:48.01, 9. Jennifer Rodriguez 3:03.26.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Andrea Santander, PC 29.46; SOFLO: 9. Paige Lane 30.88, 12. Gaby Banks 31.26, 13. Katrina Del Vecchio 31.59, 17. Jacqueline Lugo 32.06, 25. Kyana Castro 33.00, 32. Maya Coffey 33.52, 33. Jennifer Rodriguez 33.62.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:05.08; SOFLO: 2. Kathleen Golding 1:06.10, 10. Paige Lane 1:09.85, 13. Jacqueline Lugo 1:11.10, 16. Kelley Heron 1:11.80, 18. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:12.39, 19. Gaby Banks 1:12.98.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Andrea Santander, Pine Crest 32.33; SOFLO: 2. Kelley Heron 32.35.

100-meter backstroke:
1. Giulia Guerra Montes, Pine Crest 1:07.88; SOFLO: 24. Sara Quintero 1:18.51.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Patricia Casellas, Azura 35.14; SOFLO: 20. Sara Quintero 42.52., 30. Ruth Kauffman 46.15.

MEN RESULTS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Daniel Torres, Azura 1:59.04; SOFLO: 7. Rafael Rodriguez 2:01.83, 15. CJ Kopecki 2:07.34, 16. Heath Bames 2:07.46, 23. Leonardo Mateus 2:09.83.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Joaquin Vargas Gallo, Unattached 4:11.11; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 4:20.24, 12. Leonardo Mateus 4:30.05, 13. Ricardo Roche 4:31.22, 17. Heath Brames 4:37.73, 18. Luis Villanueva 4:38.07.

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Andres Lares, Azura 16:49.23.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 2:11.70; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodrigiez 2:16.63, 8. Ricardo Rcohe 2:22.88, 9. Leonardo Mateus 2:24.00, 15. Joseph Lee 2:27.30, 21. John Paul Handal 2:29.61.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 4:40.16; SOFLO: 8. Leonardo Mateus 5:07.86, 10. Joseph Lee 5:12.54, 11. John Paul Handal 5:13.23, time drop, 16. Alejandro Mateus 5:36.39.

200-meter butterfly:
1. Carlos Vasquez, TSA 2:11.73; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 2:13.91, time drop, 7. CJ Kopecki 2:21.06, 8. Luis Villanueva 2:22.94, 12. John Paul Handal 2:29.79.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Luis Flores, Azura 23.54; SOFLO: 5. Luke Lezotte 24.63, 12. Juan Serna 25.71, 22. Heath Brames 26.53, 23. Juan Diaz 26.68, 25. Kevin Porto 26.81.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Luis Flores, Azura 52.13; SOFLO: 14. Luke Lezotte 57.72, 18. Juan Serna 58.35, 20. Juan Pablo Pineda 58.78.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 2:11.10; SOFLO: 10. Leonardo Mateus 2:24.22, 12. Bryan Rivero 2:25.79, 15. Nicolas Munoz 2:29.96, 17.Moises Rodriguez 2:30.56, 18. Juan Diaz 2:32.65.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Brandon Moran, Unattached 32.27.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Victor Fajer, Azura 1:10.43; SOFLO: 2. Juan Pablo Pineda 1:10.49, 11. Joseph Lee 1:16.25, 15. Luis Villanueva 1:18.82.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Brandon Moran, Unattached 2:32.30; SOFLO: 13. Joseph Lee 2:49.27.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Edson Lima, Azura 25.70; SOFLO: 6. Luke Lezotte 26.52, 12. Juan Serna 27.49, 23. CJ Kopecki 28.83, 25. John Paul Handal 29.11, time drop.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Edson Lima, Azura 56.91; SOFLO: 13. Luis Villanueva 1:03.21, 19. Juan Serna 1:05.68, 20. Heath Brames 1:05.95, 23. John Paul Handal 1:06.96.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Daniel Torres, Azura 27.31; SOFLO: 6. Luke Lezotte 29.95, 12. Nicolas Munoz 32.64, 15. Moises Rodriguez 33.82, 17. Alejandro Mateus 34.82.

100-meter backstroke:
1. Daniel Torres, Azura 1:00.67; SOFLO: 19. Moises Rodriguez 1:12.58.

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

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SOFLO Swimmers Hit The Road This Weekend In Plantation And Weston


By Sharon Robb

February 8, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will gauge their training progress at two meets this weekend in Plantation and Weston.

SOFLO senior swimmers hit the road for the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier at Plantation Aquatic Complex on Friday and Saturday.

The meet opens 5 p.m. on Friday with the mixed 800 freestyle in Session I. Two more sessions are scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., all timed finals.

Ricardo Roche, 18, and Rafael Rodriguez, 16, are SOFLO’s top two seeds in the 800-meter freestyle on opening night. Roche is seeded in 8:28.90 and Rodriguez 8:33.24.

Kelley Heron, 18, is top seed in the 200-mter backstroke in 2:20.95 and 50-meter backstroke in 30.44.

Kathleen Golding, 17, is seeded first in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.20.

The field has attracted some of the Florida Gold Coast’s top swimmers including Miguel Cancel, 18, and Mary Smutny, 17, of AquaKids Sharks; Alessandra Baldari, 17, of North Palm Beach; Jessica Nava, 17, of Pine Crest; Jhonny Perez, 20, of Azura; Yona Rubin, 17, and Cathy Cooper, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale and Patrick Groters, 19, of Pine Crest.

In addition to SOFLO, among teams competing are Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatic and Boca Raton Swim Team.

Ten swimmers will compete in 40 individual events and one relay at the 8&Under YSF Barracudas Sizzler at the YMCA Fitness Center in Weston.

Swimmers entered are: Preston Christensen, 8; Jordan Evans, 6; Shelby Evans, 7; Connor Jimenez, 8; Ella Michael, 8; Caitlin Nguyen, 8; Francesca Perry, 7; Isabella Perry, 8; Aanya Robinson 7; Oleksei Viazmetinov, 8; and Saree Young, 8.

Michael, Nguyen, Francesca Perry and Isabella Perry, Robinson and Young are making their meet debut.

IF YOU GO

What: 8&Under YSF Barracudas Sizzler.
When: Friday.
Where: YMCA Family Center-Weston, 20201 Saddle Club Road, Weston.
Of note: Admission is $3. Heat sheets are $2. For more information call 954-557-8177.

IF YOU GO

What: FGC Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier
When: Friday-Saturday
Schedule: Friday, Session I, 5 p.m.; Saturday, Session II, 9 a.m., Session III, 4 p.m.
Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation
Of note: Admission is $5 per person, per session. All sessions passes are available. Heat sheets are $3 per session. For more information, call 954-452-2526.

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

Three SOFLO Swimmers Earn Broward All-County First Team Honors


By Sharon Robb

December 26, 2017—-For the second year in a row, South Florida Aquatic Club had three of its high school swimmers earn 2017 Broward All-County first team honors.

Selected by the Sun-Sentinel and announced last week, Kathleen Golding of Cooper City, Kelley Heron of Pembroke Pines Charter and Juan Diaz of Cypress Bay earned first team honors.

Golding, a junior and University of Florida commit, was named to the first team for the third consecutive year. Golding was selected in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle.

Golding is a three-time state champion in the 200-yard individual medley with a best time of 1:59.72. She was a state runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.79. She was a member of the seventh place 200-yard medley relay team making its state meet debut.

Golding is joined by her high school coach Jill Ankney for the first time. The Cowboys finished 7-1 and were district and region runners-up. The Cowboys were eighth at the state meet with 10 swimmers and two divers.

Heron, a senior and Michigan State commit, was named first team for the second straight year in the 100-yard backstroke. The MVP leaves behind two high school records in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.22 and 100-yard backstroke in 56.33.

Diaz made first team on the 400-yard freestyle relay with teammates Diego Machado, Luis Bucaro and Diego Homes with a season-best 3:11.47. Diaz was also among the county’s Top 10 in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard freestyle.

Diaz’ high school coach John Spire was named Boys Coach of the Year. The Lightning won BCAA, district and region boys team titles and was 11th at state.

Junior Ricardo Roche of Pembroke Pines Charter and freshman Paige Lane of Cypress Bay earned second team honors. Roche was selected for the 500-yard freestyle and Lane, making her high school debut, was picked in the 200-yard freestyle.

Earning Honorable Mention honors were CJ Kopecki and Kevin Porto of American Heritage Plantation; Heath Brames of Cooper City; Rafael Rodriguez of Pembroke Pines Charter; Juan Serna of West Broward; Sam Quintero of Sagemont; Molly Golding of Cooper City; and Sarah Acevedo of Everglades.

Patrick Groters of NSU University School and Aruba was named the Boys Swimmer of the Year. The University of Denver commit won a state title in the 100-yard backstroke and was state runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley.

Westminster Academy senior and University of Virginia commit Jessica Nava was named Girls Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year. She defended her title in the 100-yard butterfly in a state record 53.39 and won the 100-yard backstroke in 55.10

It was one of SOFLO’s finest showings on an all-county team since the program’s inception. Only Broward County swimmers were eligible. The Miami Herald is expected to announce its Broward and Dade all-county teams in January.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO Ends Successful Road Trip At Speedo Winter Junior East Championships


By Sharon Robb

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., December 9, 2017—On a snowy night, South Florida Aquatic Club ended a successful road trip at the Speedo Winter Junior East Championships Saturday at University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

SOFLO’s five swimmers Kathleen Golding, Kelley Heron, Luke Lezotte, Ricardo Roche and Rafael Rodriguez competed against some of the nation’s top east region swimmers.

On the fourth and final day, Golding was SOFLO’s top finisher. The 17-year-old placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 49.43, bettering her previous best of 49.55. She qualified eighth in 50.07 in prelims.

Rafael Rodriguez turned in a best time of 15:55.40 in the 1,650 yard freestyle.

Mason Manta Rays won the boys team title with 346 points ahead of SwimMAC with 327.5. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher placing tenth with 103 points.

SwimMAC, with two 4×100 freestyle relay teams among the top three finishers for 66 points, captured the girls team title with 514 points. Early leader Nashville Aquatic Club was second with 440.

AquaKids Sharks was the top FGC team placing 16th with 43 points, all from Mary Smutny, followed by Pine Crest with 41 and South Florida Aquatic Club with 40 points, all from Golding.

SATURDAY RESULTS

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 346, 2. SwimMAC 327.5, 3. Carmel 311, 4. Dayton Raiders 245, 5. SwimAtlanta 235, 10. Metro Aquatics 103, 31. St. Andrew’s 23, 49. Pine Crest, 52. Gulliver 5.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 514, 2. Nashville Aquatic Club 440, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 257, 4. Carmel Swim Club 238, 5. Gator Swim Club 197, 16. AquaKids Sharks 43, 17. Pine Crest 41, 18. South Florida Aquatic Club 40, 52. East Coast Aquatic Club 9, 53. St. Andrew’s 7.

GIRLS
200-yard backstroke: 1. Alexandra Walsh, Nashville Aquatics 1:51.42; SOFLO: 106. Kelley Heron 2:05.19; FGC: 105. Gabriella Antonini, Gulliver 2:04.85.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kelly Pash, Carmel Swim Club 48.55; SOFLO: 5. Kathleen Golding 49.43, 8. 50.07, prelims.

FGC: 18. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks, 49.48, 17. 50.51, prelims, 29. Chade Nersicio, East Coast Aquatics 50.76, 33. Andrea Santander, Pine Crest 50.82, 46. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 51.34, 64. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 51.73, 67. Lauren Hew 51.80, 68. Eriana Temperino, East Coast Aquatics 51.87, 87. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 52.18, 116. Sloan Sizemore, Martin County 52.78, 120. Catharine Cooper, Swim Fort Lauderdale 52.86.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Ashley McCauley, Marlins of Raleigh 2:09.54.

FGC: 10. Shayna Fetes, SAS 2:15.65, 33. Hannah Virgin, Pine Crest 2:18.45, 74. Anna Auld, East Coast Aquatics 2:22.34, 80. Victoria Miyamoto, Pine Crest 2:23.91.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Olivia Carter, Enfinity Aquatics 1:53.49, meet record.

FGC: 14. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks, 1:58.92, 9. 1:59.97, 24. Alessandra Baldari, NPB, 2:02.38, 22. 2:01.07, prelims, 27. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 2:01.64, 29. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:01.91, 68. Eriana Temperino, East Coast Aquatic 2:04.61, 81. Alexandra Meszaros, Pine Crest 2:05.80, 99. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 2:08.35.

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Madison Homovic, Marlins of Raleigh 16:10.30.

FGC: 14. Anna Auld, East Coast 16:40.40, 28. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 16:58.86.

4×100-yard freestyle relay: 1. Nashville Aquatic Club 3:17.32, 2. SwimMAC A 3:18.45, 3. SwimMAC B 3:20.86, 10. Pine Crest 3:24.45, 14. East Coast Aquatics 3:26.55

BOYS

200-yard backstroke: 1. Carson Foster, Mason Manta Rays 1:41.66; SOFLO: 95. Ricardo Roche 1:53.16.

FGC: 11. Patrick Groters, Pine Crest 1:46.57, 35. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 1:49.50, 49. Trahern Gribble, Gulliver 1:50.10

100-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Kibler, Carmel 42.90.

FGC: 23. Kyle Dimattero, Lake Lytal Lightning, 45.46, 21. 45.18, prelims, 28. Cason Wilburn, East Coast Aquatic 45.32, 29. Jorge Depassier, Azura 45.34, 32. Nico Ferrara, Pine Crest 45.52, 58. Aitor Fungairino, Metro Aquatics 45.94, 69. Irvin Hoost, Metro Aquatics 46.26, 88. Steven Aimable, Azura 46.70, 105. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 47.72.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Jacob Foster, Mason Manta Rays 1:55.54.

FGC: 9. Izaak Bastian, SAS 159.22, 16. 2:00.72, prelims, 48. Guillemo Perez, Azura 2:04.74, 76. Teolio Darias, Gulliver 2:06.89, 99. Kevin Degrijze, East Coast Aquatics 2:09.71.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Zachary Brown, Marlins of Raleigh 1:44.11.

FGC: 18. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 20. 1:47.97, prelims, 22. Brandon Vives, Metro Aquatics 1:49.17, 82.David Farinang, Metro Aquatics 1:53.57.

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Jacob Magahey, SwimAtlanta 14:52.85; SOFLO: 40. Rafael Rodriguez 15:55.40, 46. Ricardo Roche 16:10.90; FGC: 45. David Farinang, Metro Aquatics 16:09.32.

4×100-yard freestyle relay: 1. SwimMAC 2:57.74, 2. Carmel Swim Club 2:58.12, 3. Mason Manta Rays 2:59.37, 6. Metro Aquatics 3:00.79

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

SOFLO Swimmers Open Speedo Winter Junior East Championships With Mixed Results; Smutny Top FGC Finisher


By Sharon Robb

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., December 7, 2017—Kathleen Golding will chalk it off as a learning experience at the Speedo Winter Junior East Championships Thursday at University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer qualified for the final of the 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.93, just off her seed time of 1:59.72 but was disqualified in the final.

Golding, 17, was also 14th in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.02, after going 22.98 in prelims.

Golding, who qualified in five events, has the 400-yard individual medley and 100- and 200-yard freestyles remaining.

All five SOFLO swimmers saw action on Day Two of the national-caliber meet.

SOFLO’s contingent includes Golding, Kelley Heron, Luke Lezotte, Ricardo Roche and Rafael Rodriguez.

Lezotte, swimming his only event, went 21.20 in the 50-yard freestyle and will now time trial every day.

Heron went 2:06.83 in the 200-yard individual medley, faster than her time at the high school state meet and has set herself up nicely for her remaining 100- and 200-yard backstroke events.

Roche, who qualified in five events, went 4:39.23 in the 500-yard freestyle and 1:56.82 in the 200-yard individual medley. He has the 400-yard individual medley, 1,650-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke left to swim.

Rafael Rodriguez went 4:37.27 in the 500-yard freestyle and still has the 400-yard individual medley and 1,650-yard freestyle remaining.

Florida Gold Coast’s top finisher was Mary Smutny, 17, of AquaKids Sharks placing third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.80.

The Speedo Winter Junior West Championships are also being held through Saturday at the University of Iowa Recreation Center in Iowa City.

THURSDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

500-yard freestyle: 1. Leah Braswell, York YMCA 4:39.29; FGC: 3. Mary Smutny, AK Sharks 4:42.80; 30. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 4:53.47, 35. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez Gulliver 4:54.96, 51. Anna Auld, ECAC 4:57.52.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alexandra Walsh, Nashville Aquatics 1:54.02, meet record: SOFLO: 8. Kathleen Golding 1:59.93, prelims; 124. Kelley Heron 2:06.83.

FGC: 34. Shayna Fetes, SAS 2:03.07, 35. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:03.13, 45. Mary Smutny, AK Sharks 2:03.68, 63. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 2:04.32, 82. Erica Temperino, ECAC 2:05.23, 83. Andrea Santander, PC 2:05.24, 105. Emily Cordovi, GP 2:06.01, 156. Hannah Virgin, PC 2:08.49.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Gretchen Walsh, Nashville 22.00; SOFLO: 14. Kathleen Golding 23.02/13. 22.98, prelims.

FGC: Swim-off, 4. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 23.39/ 25. 23.32/17. 22.97, finals; 32. Lauren Hew, SAS 23.44, 48. Andrea Santander, PC 23.56 and 48. Mary Smutny, AK Sharks 23.56, 86. Sloan Sizemore, MC 23.87, 88. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 23.88, 106. Catharine Cooper, SFTL 23.99, 119. Hailey Jerew, AK Sharks 24.08, 134. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 24.23, 40. Megan Murphy, ECAC 24.28, 158. Jessica Nava, PC 24.60.

4×100-yard medley relay: 1. Nashville Aquatics 3:36.68, 17. Pine Crest 3:46.83, 25. East Coast Aquatics 3:49.15.

BOYS

500-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Kibler, Carmel 4:14.42, meet record; SOFLO: 79. Rafael Rodriguez, 4:37.27; 84. Ricardo Roche, 4:39.23.

FGC: 12. Aitor Fungairino, Metro Aquatics 4:24.27/10. 4:24.05, prelims; 20. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 4:27.53, 33. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 4:03.07, 74. Daniel Jacobs, PC 4:36.15, 91. Cameron Taddonio, BRST 4:42.94.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Carson Foster, Mason Manta Rays 1:43.79; SOFLO: 140. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 1:56.82.

FGC: 12. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 1:48.02/16. 1:50.14, prelims, 19. Trahern Gribble, Gulliver 1:49.73/26. 1:50.67, prelims, 30. Patrick Groters, PC 1:50.91, 53. Brandon Vives, MAC 1:52.04, 142. Kevin Degrijze, ECAC 1:58.41.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Kibler, Carmel 19.57; SOFLO: 86. Luke Lezotte 21.20.

FGC: 20. Kyle Dimatteo, Lake Lytal Lightning 20.58/18. 20.50, prelims; 22. Irvin Hoost, Metro Aquatics 20.60/ 21. 20.55, prelims, 24. Cason Wilburn, ECAC 20.87/23. 20.63, prelims, 38. Nico Ferrara, PC 20.80, 48. Jorge Depassier, Azura 20.85, 55. Izaak Bastian, SAS 20.90, 61. Patrick Groters, PC 20.97, 88. Steven Aimable, Azura 21.03.

4×100-yard medley relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 3:13.68, 9. Metro Aquatics 3:18.98, 36. Gulliver 3:24.87.

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

SOFLO’s Fab Five Head To Speedo Winter Junior East Championships That Begin Wednesday


By Sharon Robb

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., December 5, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club will have one of its largest contingents at this week’s Speedo Winter Junior East Championships at University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

The four-day meet begins Wednesday with the men’s and women’s 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. SOFLO swimmers begin competing on Thursday.

SOFLO’s contingent includes Kathleen Golding, Kelley Heron, Luke Lezotte, Ricardo Roche and Rafael Rodriguez.

Golding is qualified in five events. She will compete in the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys and 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles.

Heron will compete in the 200-yard individual medley and 100- and 200-yard backstroke.

Lezotte qualified in the 50-yard freestyle.

Roche will swim five events, 500-yard freestyle, 200- and 400-yard individual medleys, 1,650-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke.

Rodriguez will swim the 500-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley and 1,650-yard freestyle.

The East field features swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Gator Swim Club, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Bolles and Pine Crest.

In addition to Pine Crest and SOFLO swimmers, other Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Boca Raton Swim Team, AquaKids Sharks, Gulliver Swim Club, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Azura Florida Aquatics and Lake Lytal Lightning.

The star-studded girls field is led by Alex Walsh who is seeded first in four events, the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley. She also qualified in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.

Other top girls competing are Junior World medalists Emily Weiss and Ella Nelson, Morgan Tankersley and Madison Homovich.

The boys field is led by Trey Freeman, Carson Foster, Cody Bybee and Drew Kibler.

The Speedo Winter Junior West Championships are also being held Wednesday through Saturday at the University of Iowa Recreation Center in Iowa City.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.co.

Doral Firebirds, Pembroke Pines Charter Swimmers Ready For Saturday’s FHSAA State 3A Meet; Doral Wins First Region 4-3A Boys’ Title


By Sharon Robb

STUART, November 9, 2017–Pembroke Pines Charter and Doral Academy swimmers, coming off good Region 4-3A showings, will try and continue the success at the FHSAA State 3A Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center.

Several swimmers are among top seeds.

Doral Academy’s Adrian Aguilar is top seed in the 100-yard butterfly in 50.18. The Firebirds’ boys 400-yard freestyle relay is seeded first in 3:11.04 and 200-yard freestyle relay is seeded second in 1:28.05.

Andres Lares of Pembroke Pines Charter is second seed in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.45 behind Belen Jesuit’s Aitor Fungairino. Lares is also seeded second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:34.90. Teammate Rafael Rodriguez is fourth seed in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.04 and fifth seed in 1:44.42.

Ricardo Roche of Pembroke Pines Charter is also seeded second in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:54.77.

Kelley Heron of Pembroke Pines Charter is fourth seed in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.41.

REGION 4-3A

Doral Academy Firebirds made more history capturing its first-ever Region 4-3A boys’ team title.

The Firebirds topped a field of 18 teams from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach with 418 points, more than 200 points over defending champion Fort Lauderdale.

Martin County won the girls’ team title with 385 points and Doral Academy was runner-up with 303 points.

Doral swept all three boys relays, had two swimmers finish runner-up, David Montana and Aaron Rodriguez and two swimmers, Gregory Espinoza and Nestor Montero place third to add another major accomplishment to its swim program.

The Doral girls won the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays and had three swimmers, Stephanie Hernandez, Stephanie Suarez and Madeleine Peraza place second and one swimmer, Stephanie Sequera finish third.

Pembroke Pines Charter boys finished fourth with 241 points and girls finished fifth with 162 points.

Pembroke Pines Charter swimmers turned in several good swims.

Michigan State-bound Kelley Heron was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:11.71 and 100-yard backstroke in 58.41.

Middle schooler Victoria Torres was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.89.

Ricardo Roche won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:54.77 and was fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:40.06.

Casey Mora won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.25.

Andres Lares won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:34.90 and second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.45.

Rafael Rodriguez was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.04 and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.42.

Pembroke Pines Charter lost its’ girls 400-yard freestyle relay of Victoria Torres, Maria Herne Katherine DeBarros and Kelley Heron when a swimmer took off the blocks too early.

REGION 4-3A RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1. Martin County 385, 2. Doral Firebirds 303, 3. Fort Lauderdale 296, 4. South Fork 168, 5. Pembroke Pines Charter 162, 6. Mater Academy 142, 7. Jensen Beach 136, 8. Northeast 123, 9. West Boca Raton 120, 10. Dwyer 113, 11. Terra Institute 97, 12. Nova 95, 13. South Broward 61, 14. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 49, 15. Okeechobee 16, 16. tie, Westland, Dillard 12, 18. Olympic Heights 2.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Martin County 1:52.17, 2. Fort Lauderdale 1:53.85, 3. Doral Academy 1:54.66.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Emily Miller, JB 1:53.96, 2. Stephanie Hernandez, DF 1:54.79, 3. Margot Parrilli, SF 1:59.90.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kelley Heron, PPC 2:11.71, 2. Stephanie Suarez, DF 2:13.37, 3. Stephanie Sequera, DF 2:15.70.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sloan Sizemore, MC 24.10, 2. Delaney Simpkins, MC 24.35, 3. Racine Ross, FTL 25.14.

1-meter diving: 1. Emma Slinkma, SF 409.65, 2. Aubrey Quintanilla, DWY 405.95, 3. Autumn Bros, MC 377.60.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Racine Ross, FTL 57.62, 2. Gabby Johnson, MC 58.61, 3. Jocelyn Ruiz, HML 59.01.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Sloan Sizemore, MC 52.06, 2. Delaney Simpkins, MC 52.79, 3. Emily Miller, JB 53.17.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Giulia Guerra Montes, FTL 5:09.78, 2. Madeleine Peraza, DF 5:26.73, 3. Emma Cavendish, DWY 5:32.99.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral Firebirds 1:42.83 (Stephanie Hernandez, Stephanie Sequera, Sabrina Perna, Madeleine Peraza), 2. Martin County 1:43.93, 3. Fort Lauderdale 1:45.67.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kelley Heron, PPC 58.41, 2. Giulia Guerra Montes, FTL 59.03, 3. Gabby Johnson, MC 1:00.87.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Stephanie Suarez, DF 1:08.37, 2. Samantha Trodick, NOVA 1:09.01, 3. Alicja Zielinski, NE 1:10.83, 4. Victoria Torres, PPC 1:10.89

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral Firebirds 3:41.93 (Stephanie Hernandez, Madeleine, Stephanie Suarez, Stephanie Sequera), 2. Fort Lauderdale 3:50.29, 3. West Boca Raton 3:53.89.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1. Doral Firebirds 418, 2. Fort Lauderdale 270, 3. Martin County 259, 4. Pembroke Pines Charter 241, 5. Belen Jesuit 196, 6. Jensen Beach 184, 7. Terra Institute 117, 8. Mater Academy 107, 9. tie, Nova, South Broward 88, 11. West Boca Raton 69, 12. Northeast 53, 13. Westland Hialeah 32, 14. Olympic Heights 30, 15. South Fork 26, 16. Hialeah Miami Lakes 23, 17. Okeechobee 16, 18. Dwyer 1.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Doral Firebirds 1:38.06 (Nestor Montero, Santiago Gomez, Adrian Aguilar, Aaron Rodriguez), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:39.60 (Andres Lares, Ricardo Roche, Rafael Rodriguez, Casey Moya), 3. Fort Lauderdae 1:41.59.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Aitor Fungairino, BJ 1:38.08, AA-A 2. Andres Lares, PPC 1:42.45, 3. Andres Wong, BJ 1:42.79, 4. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 1:44.42.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Ricardo Roche, PPC 1:54.77, 2. Kevin De Grijze, FTL 1:55.24, 3. Noah Proctor, MC 1:56.21, 4. Nestor Montero, DF 1:57.99.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Casey Mora, PPC 22.25, 2. David Montana, DF 22.33, 3. Michael Fernandez, WBR 22.38.

1-meter diving: 1. Michael Tsiopelas, MC 452.50, 2. Javier Saumell, BJ 431.20, 3. Dillon Kadish, NOVA 321.05.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Adrian Aguilar, DF 50.18, 2. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 52.04, 3. Gregory Espinoza, DF 52.49.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Wong, BJ 47.51, 2. Aaron Rodriguez, DF 48.40, 3. Hugo Marin, BJ 48.46.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Lares, PPC 4:34.90, 2. Aitor Fungairino, BJ 4:35.04, 3. Nestor Montero, DF 4:39.92, 4. Ricardo Roche, PPC 4:40.06.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral Firebirds 1:28.05, 2. Belen Jesuit 1:29.50, 3. Jensen Beach 1:31.02, 6. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:36.01 (Sebastian Sevilla, Christian Vasquez, Martin Berti, Casey Moya).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Noah Proctor, MC 52.36, 2. Alex Marrero, SB 54.70, 3. Lance Lesage, FTL 55.01.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Kevin De Grijze, FTL 58.39, 2. Victor Valdes, MA 1:00.07, 3. Andrew Rogantinsky, SB 1:00.38.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral Firebirds 3:11.04 (Adrian Aguilar, Nestor Montero, Vittorio Parravano, Aaron Rodriguez), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:15.91 (Ricardo Roche, Sebastian Sevilla, Rafael Rodriguez, Andres Lares), 3. Martin County 3:20.31.

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