St. Thomas Aquinas Sweeps Plantation, Taravella; SOFLO’s Lance Lesage Double Winner


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, September 20, 2018—St. Thomas Aquinas, coming off the Lake Brantley Patriot Invitational, swept Plantation and Taravella in a tri-meet Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

St. Thomas Aquinas girls team defeated Plantation, 141-30, and Taravella, 135-65. Taravella topped Plantation, 111-47.

The girls team swept all three relays and won all eight individual events. Gina Fimiano won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:08.21 and Gabriella Chambers won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:39.70.

The girls team swept the top three places in seven individual events.

St. Thomas’ Emma Murray won the girls 1-meter diving event with 212.25 points.

St. Thomas Aquinas boys team defeated Plantation, 191-10, and Taravella, 189-44. Taravella defeated Plantation, 123-16.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Lance Lesage, making his debut for St. Thomas after transferring from Fort Lauderdale, was a double winner.

Lesage won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.97, the county’s second fastest time behind SOFLO teammate and Cooper City’s Robert Wilson (22.95) and 100-yard backstroke in 54.59, the county’s third-fastest time. Lesage anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:36.27 with teammates Juan Zapata, Jack Faulkner and Kalvin Hernandez.

Juan Zapata was also a double winner for the Raiders. He won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.21 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.12. He was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Taravella’s lone individual winner was Nick Pototsky in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:07.88.

GIRLS
St. Thomas Aquinas 189, Taravella 44
St. Thomas Aquinas 191, Plantation 10
Taravella 123, Plantation 16

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas A 1:55.25 (Lalainie Bannister, Isabella Nigro, Samantha Litman, Isabella Chambers), 2. St. Thomas Aquinas B 1:58.21, 3. Taravella 2:15.27.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Gina Fimiano, STA 2:08.21, 2. Sofia Avellaneda, STA 2:08.75, 3. Eva Renaud, STA 2:15.38.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Abigail Bush, STA 2:19.60, 2. Megan Smith, STA 2:30.62, 3. Samantha Litman, STA 2:31.34.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kasey Jordan, STA 25.26, 2. Tatiana Ilis, PLAN 26.64, 3. Sarah Selinsky, STA 29.08.

1-meter diving: 1. Emma Murray, STA 212.25, 2. Chiara Motta, STA 160.60, 3. Kerrigan McGreevy, STA 155.15.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alexia Tremellen, STA 1:07.14, 2. Tatiana Ilis, PLAN 1:07.33, 3. Eva Renaud, STA 1:08.37.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Isabella Chambers, STA 56.15, 2. Callie Jordan, STA 1:00.15, 3. Ashley Ruf, STA 1:02.33.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Gabriella Chambers, STA 5:39.70, 2. Victoria Landron, STA 5:41.07, 3. Anabela Shearer, STA 5:46.25.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas A 1:53.47 (Ali Klis, Grace Hennekens, Chloe Baker, Isabella Chambers), 2. Taravella 2:02.19, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas B 2:04.64.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Lalainie Bannister, STA 1:05.76, 2. Ali Klis, STA 1:09.62, 3. Sofia Marquis, STA 1:17.89.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Isabella Nigro, STA 1:09.97, 2. Gina Fimiano, STA 1:11.63, 3. Abigail Bush, STA 1:11.95.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas A 3:56.33 (Gabriella Chambers, Kasey Jordan, Alexia Tremellen, Isabella Troccoli), 2. St. Thomas Aquinas B 4:16.65, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas C 4:46.82.

BOYS
St. Thomas Aquinas 135, Taravella 65
St. Thomas Aquinas 141, Plantation 30
Taravella 111, Plantation 47

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas A 1:47.89 (Jack Faulkner, Ian Hamilton, Felipe Bravo, Juan Zapata), 2. St. Thomas Aquinas B 1:54.25, 3. Taravella 1:58.78.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kalvin Hernandez, STA 1:54.19, 2. Felipe Bravo, STA 1:59.47, 3. Justin Ruf, STA 2:33.21.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Juan Zapata, STA 2:00.21, 2. Greg Trimble, TAR 2:06.59, 3. Steven Grady, STA 2:14.15.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Lance Lesage, STA 22.97, 2. David Garzon, STA 24.59, 3. Connor Schwarz, TAR 28.38.

1-meter diving: None.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Steven Grady, STA 1:00.27, 2. John-Paul Fournier, STA 1:04.41.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Felipe Bravo, STA 53.44, 2. Kenwyn McComie, STA 1:00.62, 3. Arnaldo Castilo, STA 1:04.57.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Nick Pototsky, TAR 5:07.88, 2. Kalvin Hernandez, STA 5:14.40, 3. Jack Faulkner, STA 5:26.63.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas A 1:40.96 (Trenton Shaw, David Garzon, Kenwyn McComie, John-Paul Fournier), 2. St. Thomas Aquinas B 1:55.31, 3. Taravella 2:03.01.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Lance Lesage, STA 54.59, 2. Jack Faulkner, STA 1:01.97, 3. Julian Anton, TAR 1:40.19.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Juan Zapata, STA 1:04.12, 2. Darion Louis-Jeune, TAR 1:06.09, 3. Ian Hamilton, STA 1:10.25.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas A 3:36.27 (Juan Zapata, Jack Faulkner, Kalvin Hernandez, Lance Lesage), 2. Taravella A 3:59.40, 3. Taravella B 5:14.34.

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

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SOFLO Swimmers Expected To Make Huge Impact During 2018 High School Season; Pines Charter Opens Season Wednesday


By Sharon Robb

SEPTEMBER 4, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are expected to play a huge role in high school swimming this season at various high schools including Pembroke Pines Charter and Cooper City.

After its season-opener was cancelled last week, Pembroke Pines Charter opens the season Wednesday on the road at Cypress Bay at 7 p.m.

The Jaguars are coached by SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie at Academic Village Pool.

Last season at the State 3A meet, Pembroke Pines Charter’s boys team was fourth with 135 points, the program’s highest finish in school history.

Rafael Rodriguez leads the boys’ team this year. He was a region runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly (52.04) and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.42). Rodriguez and Sebastian Sevilla return off the fifth place 400-yard freestyle relay (3:14.16).

The Jaguars graduated several top swimmers including Ricardo Roche (Florida State) and Kelley Heron (Michigan State) but has good depth and talented swimmers including Ryan Alfonso, Daniela Barreto, Jena Legaspi, Tanner Gibson, Matthew Kim, Victoria Torres, Christian Vasquez, Julinna Villarta and seventh grader Lucas Porven.

Cooper City, Broward’s top girls finisher at the State 4A meet last season placing eighth, returns another strong girls team with sisters Kathleen and Molly Golding and freshman newcomer Mallory Schleicher, all three coming off a strong club season at SOFLO.

University of Florida-bound Kathleen Golding returns as a three-time defending state champion in the 200-yard individual medley for her final high school season. Golding was the only girl or boy swimmer from Broward County to win a state title at the Class 4A level.

SOFLO’s Paige Lane returns to Cypress Bay as a sophomore with a high school season of experience under her belt. She was an All-County second team selection as a freshman. Senior Marianna Serrao and junior Jacqueline Lugo lead the girls team.

Lance Lesage, who swam for Fort Lauderdale High last season, has transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas. Distance swimmer Leonardo Mateus returns to Everglades as a junior.

Sam Quintero, at age 12 one of the youngest swimmers to qualify for last year’s Class 1A state meet, returns to Sagemont. At the state meet, Quintero swam lifetime-bests in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.24) and 100-yard breaststroke (59.96).

And, don’t forget the divers who have made the difference for several teams down the championship stretch. University School junior two-time defending state champion Maia Goldstein returns to lead a talented list of divers. Pine Crest freshman Kevin Mendez returns to defend his 1-meter title.

Pine Crest is expected to be the county’s top boys and girls team under new head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny who takes over the reins from veteran Hall of Fame coach Jay Fitzgerald who retired after last season. Podkoscielny’s daughter Julia, who recently turned 14, is coming off an outstanding summer of swim meets and expected to be among the county’s best. She has been swimming high school meets since age 12.

The Panthers return a wealth of talent including Andrea Santander, who will represent Venezuela at the Youth Olympics; Virginia Tech-bound senior Hannah Virgin, who represents Sweden internationally; Alexandra Meszaros, diver Ishani Singh, Emily Weiss, Esther Lin, and Rachel Botting. The boys’ team is led by Elvis Kotikovski, Jacob Silberman, Nicholas Vale and Matthew Petreski.

American Heritage Plantation, Cardinal Gibbons and Westminster Academy are expected to rebuild this season. Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Cypress Bay, St. Thomas Aquinas and University School are expected to be among top teams. Cypress Bay returns as defending BCAA boys and girls champions.

Perennial powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles remains the winningest team in the state and prototype for every other high school team at all levels around the state.

With 30 state titles in a row, Bolles boys team has a place on everyone’s team to watch list, and that’s not changing in 2018. The strength starts at the top with senior Texas commit Paul DeGrado, among the leading junior breaststroke swimmers in the nation, and follows with Jack Wessell and Noah Emerson, both Class 1A state finalists last year. As usual, it’s the unmatched depth of the Bolles squad that keeps the team a lock to repeat as state champion.

After a close call in 2016 finishing just 10 points ahead of Pine Crest, Bolles bounced back for a more impressive 27th straight state title last year. Most of the team’s speed and point scorers return. Among the state finalists returning are distance specialist Leah DeGeorge, sophomore sprinter Emily MacDonald and Sasha Ramey and Adair Sand in the individual medley.

2018 HIGH SCHOOL SWIM SEASON PREVIEW CHART

KEY DATES

Sept. 5: Pines Charter at Cypress Bay; Calvary Christian, South Florida Heat at University School
Sept. 7: Pine Crest at Somerset
Sept 12: Douglas, Stranahan at Pines Charter; Pine Crest at University School; Cooper City, West Broward at South Broward; Archbishop McCarthy at American Heritage.
Sept. 15: Bolles Invitational; September Splash at St. Andrew’s
Sept. 17: Deerfield Beach at Cooper City
Sept. 20: Pines Charter, Piper at Northeast; Monarch, Cooper City at Nova.
Sept. 21: American Heritage at Pine Crest
Sept. 22: Sharks Invitational at NSU
Sept. 24: Pines Charter at Fort Lauderdale; Taravella, West Broward at Cooper City
Sept. 26: North Broward, Posnack at University School
Sept. 28-29: FSPA High School Invitational at Stuart
Sept. 28: Pine Crest at Westminster Academy
Sept. 29: BCAA Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex
Oct. 3: Pines Charter, St. Thomas at Pompano Beach; Flanagan, McArthur at Cooper City; American Heritage, Chaminade-Madonna at University School
Oct. 5: Belen Jesuit at Pine Crest
Oct. 5-6: Palm Beach County Championships at Lake Lytal
Oct. 10: Flanagan, West Broward at Pines Charter; Ransom Everglades at Pine Crest; Everglades, Western at Cooper City; Somerset, Sagemont at University School.
Oct. 12: Bolles at Pine Crest
Oct. 13: 55th Woodson Invitational
Oct. 17: Westminster Academy at University School; Somerset at American Heritage
Oct. 19: St. Andrew’s at Pine Crest
Oct. 22-27: District meets for Class 3A & 4A
Oct. 29-Nov. 3: District meets for Class 1A & 2A
Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Region meets for Class 3A & 4A
Nov. 5-10: Region meets for Class 1A & 2A
Nov. 9: Class 3A State Meet, Stuart
Nov. 10: Class 4A State Meet, Stuart
Nov. 16: Class 1A State Meet
Nov. 17: Class 2A State Meet

DEFENDING STATE CHAMPIONS

CLASS 1A GIRLS: Jacksonville Bolles
CLASS 1A BOYS: Jacksonville Bolles
CLASS 2A GIRLS: Gulliver Prep
CLASS 2A BOYS: Tampa Jesuit
CLASS 3A GIRLS: St. John’s Creekside
CLASS 3A BOYS: Tallahassee Chiles
CLASS 4A GIRLS: Gainesville Buchholz
CLASS 4A BOYS: Sarasota Riverview

2017 FINAL BROWARD COUNTY SWIMMING & DIVING HONOR ROLL
GIRLS

200-yard Medley Relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:46.38, 2. Cooper City 1:49.11, 3. Cypress Bay 1:50.15, 4. Westminster Academy 1:50.52, 5. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:53.00, 6. Fort Lauderdale 1:53.85, 7. Somerset 1:54.31, 8. Deerfield Beach 1:54.46, 9. Calvary Christian 1:54.98, 10. South Florida Heat 1:56.63; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 1:47.47 (Annabella Lyn, Hannah Virgin, Andrea Santander, Jamie Flores).

200-yard Freestyle: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 1:47.02, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 1:52.69, 3. Rachel Contich, CALV 1:53.89, 4. Paige Lane, CB 1:53.98, 5. Annabella Lyn, PC 1:54.10, 6. Haley Cisewski, PC 1:55.73, 7. Ulrike Tovilla, CB 1:56.12, 8. Delaney Biro, CSCS 1:56.68, 9. Kasey Jordan, STA 1:56.87, 10. Marissa Brannan, PC 1:57.22, 11. Elizabeth Riley, CB 1:58.69, 12. Summer Schulte, PB 1:59.05; 2016 TOP TIME: Mary Smutny, South Florida Heat 1:46.62.

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Kathleen Golding, CC 1:59.72, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 2:03.45, 3. Hannah Virgin, PC 2:07.17, 4. Kelley Heron, PPC 2:07.21, 5. Mary Smutny, SFH 2:08.79, 6. Molly Golding, CC 2:10.13, 7. Amanda Kopas, NSUS 2:10.39, 8. Emily Weiss, PC 2:10.92, 9. Lara Jones, PC 2:12.09, 10. JoJo Richter, WA 2:13.66, 11. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:14.50, 12. Jessica Nava, WA 2:15.64, 13. Adriana Gooding, SAGE 2:15.70, 14. Thea Mckenna, AHP 2:15.95; 2016 TOP TIME: Kathleen Golding, Cooper City 2:00.34.

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AHP 23.53, 2. Rachel Botting, PC 23.64, 3. Jessica Nava, WA 23.84, 4. Gaby Banks, CB 23.88, 5. 6. Savannah Yates, CG 24.05, 7. Allora Williams, WES 24.14, 8. Racine Ross, FTL 24.24, 9. Solana Capalbo, CC 24.26, 10. Olivia Mason, AHP 24.53, 11. Marissa Brannan, PC 24.94, 12. Matea Smith, TAR 25.01, 13. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOM 25.06, 14. Emily Chen, DB 25.17, 15. JoJo Richter, WA 25.22, 16. Maya Coffey, WB 25.52, 17. Sarah Souza, CALV 25.71, 18. Anna Montgomery, PC 25.81, 19. Robyn Patton, CALV 25.85, 20. Emily Puia, STA 25.88; 2016 TOP TIME: Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 22.61.

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. Maia Goldstein, NSUS 529.85, 2. Ishani Singh, PC 496.70, 3. Olivia Rosen, DOUG 459.40, 4. Leanne Sheffer, SP 456.40, 5. Courtney Russo, CC 437.40, 6. Olivia Rosen, DOUG 421.60, 7. Sophia Souza, CALV 409.35, 8. Shiraz Shiff, PC 408.05, 9. Penelope Jacobson, DOUG 406.15, 10. Makenzie Blake, WA 383.85, 11. Lily Ehrlich, PB 380.45; TOP POINTS: 1. Karlee Price, St. Thomas Aquinas 523.95.

100-yard Butterfly: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 53.39, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 55.79, 3. Racine Ross, FTL 56.73, 4. Mary Smutny, South Florida Heat 57.01, 5. Molly See, PC 58.04, 6. Esther Lin, PC 58.10, 7. Delaney Biro, CSC 58.27, 8. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOM 59.80, 9. Elizabeth Riley, CB 1:00.82, 10. Jacque Lugo, CB 1:00.89, 11. Gwen Bencie, PB 1:01.02, 12. Adriana Gooding, SAGE 1:01.49, 13. Isabella DiSalvo, SOM 1:01.73, 14. Simone Vale, PC 1:01.96; 2016 TOP TIME: Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy 53.45.

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Kathleen Golding, CC 49.79, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 49.99, 3. Jessica Nava, WA 51.07, 4. Rachel Botting, PC 52.05, 5. Cathy Cooper, AHP 52.34, 6. Solana Capalbo, CC 52.57, 7. Paige Lane, CB 52.82, 8. Annabella Lyn, PC 52.91, 9. Gaby Banks, CB 53.01, 10. Mary Smutny, SFH 53.14, 11. Haley Cisewski, PC 53.56, 12. Kasey Jordan STA 53.85, 13. Allora Williams, WES 53.98, 14. Olivia Mason, AHP 54.27, 15. Matea Smith, TAR 55.74, 16. Amanda Kopas, NSUS 55.87, 17. Thais Carrion, NSUS 56.13, 18. Hannah Virgin, PC 56.20, 19. Ulrike Tovilla, CB 56.28, 20. Sofia Sarros NSUS 56.53; 2016 TOP TIME: Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 49.67.

500-yard Freestyle: 1. Rachel Contich, CALV 5:00.83, 2. Marissa Brannan, PC 5:02.99, 3. Anna Montgomery, PC 5:06.12, 4. Giulia Guerre Montes, FTL 5:07.31, 5. Molly See, PC 5:12.54, 6. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 5:13.36, 7. Summer Schulte, PB 5:14.18, 8. Ulrike Tovilla, CB 5:14.62, 9. Amanda Kopas, NSUS 5:15.33, 10. Barbara Bernal, CC 5:18.62, 11. Jessica Nava, WA 5:20.64, 12. Lara Jones, PC 5:21.59, 13. Megan Schimansky, CGL 5:22.17, 14. Adriana Rodriguez, CG 5:22.66, 15. Sara Quintero, SAGE 5:23.68, 16. Gabriella Chambers, STA 5:24.33, 17. JoJo Richter, WA 5:26.45; 2016 TOP TIME: Rachel Contich, Calvary Christian 5:00.32.

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:34.70, 2. Cooper City 1:39.23, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:39.32, 4. Calvary Christian 1:40.63, 5. Westminster Academy 1:41.10, 6. NSU University School 1:42.69, 7. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:42.76, 8. Cypress Bay 1:42.94, 9. Pompano Beach 1:43.52, 10. Taravella 1:45.07, 11. Fort Lauderdale 1:45.67, 12. Cardinal Gibbons 1:47.78; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 1:35.13 (Andrea Santander, Alexandra Meszaros, Marissa Brannan, Marta Ciesla).

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 55.10, 2. Kelley Heron, PPC 57.10, 3. JoJo Richter, WA 58.15, 4. Gwen Bencie, PB 58.60, 5. Giulia Guerre Montes, FTL 58.67, 6. Mary Smutney, SFH 59.32, 7. Victoria Abad, SP 59.43, 8. Kayla Cunningham, EVER 59.60, 9. Megan Schimansky, CGL 1:00.01, 10. Simone Vale, PC 1:00.56, 11. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:00.79, 12. Emily Chen, DB 1:00.87, 13. Daniela Gomez, PC 1:00.92, 14. Annabella Lynn, PC 1:01.70, 15. Solana Capalbo, CC 1:01.89, 15. Lalainie Bannister, STA 1:02.23; 2016 TOP TIME: Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy 54.20.

100-yard Breaststroke: 1. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:03.89, 2. Savannah Yates, CG 1:05.75, 3. Esther Lin, PC 1:05.95, 4. Emily Weiss, PC 1:06.75, 5. Molly Golding, CC 1:06.84, 6. Gina Fimiano, STA 1:08.85, 7. Elise Larin, SOM 1:08.90, 8. Samantha Trodick, NOVA 1:09.01, 9. Sara Lin, PC 1:09.27, 10. Daniela Kim, CB 1:09.37, 11. Riley Botting, SFH 1:09.51, 12. Emme Ham, AHP 1:10.02, 13. Thea Mckenna, AHP 1:10.50, 14. Samantha Trodick, NOVA 1:10.73, 15. Victoria Torres, PPC 1:10.78, 16. Alicja Zielinski, NE 1:10.83, 17. Andrea Santander, PC 1:10.87, 18. Abigail Bush, STA 1:10.88; 2016 TOP TIME: Hannah Virgin, Pine Crest 1:04.06.

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:27.85, 2. Cypress Bay 3:38.29, 3. Somerset 3:43.37, 4. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:43.56, 5. American Heritage Plantation 3:44.04, 6. Cooper City 3:44.99, 7. NSU University School 3:45.62, 8. Fort Lauderdale 3:50.29, 9. Pompano Beach 3:56.01, 10. Coral Springs Charter 3:57.53; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 3:27.02.

WEEK TEN GIRLS POLL: 1. Pine Crest, 2. Cooper City, 3. Cypress Bay, 4. American Heritage Plantation, 5. Westminster Academy, Fort Lauderdale.

BOYS

200-yard Medley Relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:33.15, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:38.22, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:38.56, 4. Fort Lauderdale 1:38.92, 5. Cypress Bay 1:40.82, 6. Sagemont 1:42.32, 7. American Heritage Plantation 1:44.36, 8. NSU University School 1:44.49, 9. Coral Glades 1:45.13, 10. Douglas 1:45.39, 11. Deerfield Beach 1:45.88, 12. Pompano Beach 1:46.82, 13. Calvary Christian 1:47.31, 14. Western 1:47.89; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 1:35.80 (Elvis Kotikovski, Matthew Petreski, Nicholas Vale, Christian Soderberg).

200-yard Freestyle: 1. Daniel Jacobs, NSUS 1:39.37, 2. Andres Lares, PPC 1:41.17, 3. Carlos Vasquez-Moreno, STA 1:41.29, 4. Diego Machado, CB 1:41.53, 5. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 1:43.03, 6. Heath Brames, CC 1:43.09, 7. Luis Bucaro, CB 1:43.10, 8. CJ Kopecki, AHP 1:43.72, 9. Chase Perry, WA 1:45.09, 10. Juan Diaz, CB 1:45.66, 11. Jack D’Avi, CB 1:45.94, 12. Alex Marrero, SB 1:47.15, 13. Nicholas Pacitti, AHP 1:47.30, 14. Andres McKeon, CS 1:47.34, 15. Kalvin Hernandez, STA 1:47.47; 2016 TOP TIME: Tyler Zuyus, Fort Lauderdale 1:39.32.

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Patrick Groters, US 1:49.02, 2. Kevin De Grijz, FTL 1:52.45, 3. Ricardo Roche, PPC 1:53.46, 4. Juan Zapata, STA 1:55.20, 5. Jacob Silberman, PC 1:56.56, 6. Nicholas Vale, PC 1:57.11, 7. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:57.54, 8. Raphael Santos, PB 1:57.79, 9. Sam Quintero, SAGE 1:58.76, 10. Matthew Petreski, PC 1:59.26, 11. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 2:00.04, 12. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 2:01.16, 13. Luis Villanueva, SAGE 2:01.23, 14. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 2:01.47, 15. Yona Rubin, FTL 2:01.66; 2016 TOP TIME: Patrick Groters, US 1:48.52.

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Nico Ferrara, PC 20.91, 2. Chase Perry, WA 21.00, 3. Mattheus Santos, PB 21.45, 4. Juan Serna, WB 21.54, 5. Nicholas Dworet, DOUG 21.62, 6. Robert Wilson, CC 21.81, 7. Kevin Porto, AHP 22.08, 8. Casey Moya, PPC 22.16, 9. Christian Carlson, CALV 22.17, 10. Dante Poe, PB 22.26, 11. Patrick Groters, NSUS 22.28, 12. Nick Dereils-Douglas, STA and Leo Manrique, CB 22.40, 14. Emilio Barrantes, DB 22.59, 15. Daniel Jacobs, NSUS 22.76, 16. Kalvin Hernandez, STA 22.78, 17. Ivan Capalbo, CC 22.83, 18. Alexander Meyer, CGL 22.85, 19. Nicholas Vale, PC 22.87, 20. Guy Bogoslavsky, DOUG 22.88, 21. Cameron Brown, SAGE 22.97; 2016 TOP TIME: Philippe Marcoux, FTL 20.70.

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 537.00, 2. Hudson Coldren, CG 519.10, 3. Lyle Hayes-Macaluso, PC 488.15, 4. Blake Shaw, WA 487.35, 5. Connor Dietrich, DOUG 465.25, 6. Tyler Flowers, CC 429.65, 7. Dillon Kadish, NOVA 377.15, 8. Brandon Austin, NE 306.95; 2016 Top Points: 1. Zach Allen, Cardinal Gibbons 551.90.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Carlos Vasquez-Moreno, STA 49.71, 2. Nicholas Vale, PC 49.79, 3. Juan Zapata, STA 50.99, 4. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 51.33, 5. Diego Machado, CB 51.84, 6. Kalvin Hernandez, STA 52.66, 7. CJ Kopecki, AHP 52.78, 8. Kevin De Grijze, FTL 52.97, 9. Juan Serna, WB 53.27, 10. Sam Bauta, SFH 53.43, 11. Luis Villanueva, SAGE 53.94, 12. Alexio Musleh, CGL 54.69, 13. Jacob Silberman, PC 54.79, 14. Robert Wilson, CC 54.89, 15. Nico Ferrara, PC 54.90, 16. Jose Diaz Lainez, WES 54.92; 2016 TOP TIME: Sebastian Vargas, American Heritage 50.87.

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Nico Ferrara, PC 45.60, 2. Chase Perry, WA 46.06, 3. Nicholas Dworet, DOUG 46.53, 4. Mattheus Santos, PB 46.90, 5. Heath Brames, CC 47.38, 6. Juan Serna, WB 47.49, 7. Kevin Porto, AHP 47.64, 8. Robert Wilson, CC 48.01, 9. David Blanco. CGL 49.05, 10. Nick Dereils-Douglas, STA 49.20, 11. Guy Bogoslavsky, DOUG 49.39, 12. Rafael Santos, PB 49.47, 13. Dante Poe, PB 49.62, 14. David Blanco, CGL 49.93, 15. Diego Jose Darquea-Juris, NSUS 50.13, 16. Ivan Capalbo, CC 50.21, 17. Ralph Meadows, FTL 50.81, 18. David Blanco, CGL 50.22; 2016 TOP TIME: Philippe Marcoux, FTL 44.61.

500-yard Freestyle: 1. Daniel Jacobs, NSUS 4:28.38, 2. Andres Lares, PPC 4:31.18, 3. Nicholas Pacitti, AHP 4:34.05, 4. Ricardo Roche, PPC 4:35.38, 5. Carlos Vasquez, STA 4:38.17, 6. Luis Bucaro, CB 4:39.14, 7. Raphael Santos, PB 4:42.40, 8. Patrick Groters, NSUS 4:43.19, 9. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 4:45.26, 10. Nicolas Rossi, AHP 4:46.23, 11. Andres McKeon, CS 4:46.72, 12. Daniel Escobar, AH 4:48.66, 13. Ronald Hache, PB 4:48.98, 14. Max Miller, CB 4:53.50, 15. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 4:53.51; 2016 TOP TIME: Daniel Jacobs, US 4:30.64.

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Pompano Beach 1:27.80, 2. Pine Crest 1:27.84, 3. Cypress Bay 1:28.29, 4. NSUS 1:29.22, 5. Cooper City, 1:29.57, 6. Douglas 1:29.87, 7. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:31.98, 8. Fort Lauderdale 1:31.99, 9. Westminster Academy 1:32.53, 10. Calvary Christian 1:33.37, 11. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:33.66, 12. Deerfield Beach 1:33.87, 13. American Heritage Plantation 1:34.58, 14. South Broward 1:34.60; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 1:26.04, AA-C, (Nico Ferrara, Elvis Kotikovski, Nicholas Vale, Christian Soderberg).

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Patrick Groters, NSUS 50.18, 2. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 51.10, 3. Nicholas Vale, PC 51.47, 4. Ricardo Roche, PPC 52.58, 5. Lance Lesage, FTL 52.76, 6. Juan Diaz, CB 53.33, 7. Kyle-Anthony Kaufman, STA 53.45, 8. Juan Zapata, STA 53.62, 9. Alex Marrero, SB 53.90, 10. Christian Carlson, CALV 54.60, 11. Jose Diaz Lainez, WES 55.09, 12. Jack D’Avi, CB 57.19, 13. Alexandro Marquez, PB 57.20, 14. Patrick Doyle, CGL 57.43, 15. Sam Nimroozi, CC 57.61, 16. Chad Kersey, FTL 57.66, 17. Yesh Mandava, CB 57.95; 2016 TOP TIME: Patrick Groters, US 49.19.

100-yard Breaststroke: 1. Jacob Silberman, PC 58.16, 2. Kevin Grijze, FTL 58.39, 3. Matthew Petreski, PC 58.68, 4. Andrew Rogantinsky, SB 59.71, 5. Cameron Brown, SAGE 59.73, 6. Sam Quintero, SAGE 59.81, 7. Patrick Groters, NSUS 59.93, 8. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:00.01, 9. Yona Rubin, FTL 1:00.19, 10. Pablo Murillo, CB 1:00.79, 11. Joseph Lee, AHP 1:03.01, 12. Ricardo Roche, PPC 1:03.22, 13. Sam McCormick, CSC 1:03.65 and Shane Schulte, PB 1:03.65, 15. David Avalos, WB 1:04.01, 16. David Blanco, CGL 1:04.30, 17. Ethan Di Egidio, NBP 1:04.55, 18. Kyle Jones, DOUG 1:04.66, 19. tie, CJ Kopecki, AHP 1:04.79 and Renato Franchi Filho, NSUS 1:04.79; 2016 TOP TIME: Adan Diaz, Westlake Prep 56.67.

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Cypress Bay 3:11.47, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:13.10, 3. Pompano Beach 3:13.35, 4. NSU University School 3:14.75, 5. Cooper City 3:15.26, 6. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:15.64, 7. American Heritage Plantation 3:15.98, 8. Pine Crest 3:16.81, 9. Westminster Academy 3:23.46, 10. Sagemont 3:24.68; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 3:08.04, AA-C (Christian Soderberg, Elvis Kotikovski, Nicholas Vale, Nico Ferrara).

WEEK TEN BOYS POLL: 1. Pine Crest, 2. Cypress Bay, 3. Pompano Beach, 4. American Heritage Plantation, Pembroke Pines Charter, NSU University School.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.
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

Kathleen Golding Top SOFLO Finisher On Day Three Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 8, 2018—Kathleen Golding was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher on Day Three of the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Sunday at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool in Gainesville.

Golding, 17, was second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:18.34 behind future Cal Bear Isabel Ivey in 2:17.47. It is her highest finish of the meet. She was also 11th in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.05. Golding has 97 points.

The only other SOFLO girl swimmer to finish in the Top 10 was Jessica Rodriguez, 19, sixth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 35.19. She has 46 points.

SOFLO’s top boys’ finisher Lance Lesage, 15, was eighth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.09 with a time drop of 0.59. He has 42 points.

SOFLO’s women’s 400-meter medley relay was fifth in 4:31.64 with Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding and Paige Lane.

In the most exciting race of the evening between Florida Gold Coast swimmers, Davion Conley, 21, of Westminster Academy outsprinted Azura’s 21-year-old Marco Guarente, 28.63-28.67.

After three days, SOFLO is fifth in combined with 881 points. Host Gator Swim Club has already clinched the combined team title with 2,456 points. East Coast Aquatic Club is the highest Florida Gold Coast team, third with 1,007 points.

SOFLO is fourth among men’s teams with 413 points and fifth among women’s teams with 390. Gator Swim Club leads both categories with more than 1,000 points.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are host Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA Sharks, AquaKids Sharks, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

The Speedo Sectionals Series display some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones. The full results can be found on Meet Mobile which has improved its speed on posting results. The four-day meet concludes Monday with prelims and finals.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 2,456, 2. Bolles 1,227, 3. East Coast Aquatic 1,007.5, 4. Swim Florida 922.5, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 881.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,010, 2. Bolles 623, 3. Metro Aquatics 584, 4. SOFLO 413, 5. Westminster Academy 354.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,274, 2. East Coast Aquatic 610.5, 3. Bolles 604, 4. Swim Florida 556.5, 5. SOFLO 390.

WOMEN

100-meter backstroke:
1. Isabel Ivey, Unattached 1:02.25, 2. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 1:03.02, 3. Emma Ball, GSC 1:03.71; SOFLO: 15. Kelley Heron 1:07.58.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Nicole Hunnewell, GPA 33.35, 2. Evita Leter, MAC 33.39, 3. Ryan Flynn, ECAC 34.63; SOFLO: 6. Jessica Rodriguez 35.19, 14. Jennifer Rordiguez 35.65, 23. Molly Golding 36.54.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Grace Redding, SWIM 27.32, 2. Talia Bates, GSC 27.40, 3. Letizia Bertelli, GPA 27.56; SOFLO: 19. Paige Lane 29.57, time drop 0.24.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Isabel Ivey, Unattached 2:17.47, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:18.34, 3. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 2:18.66.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Isabella Garofalo, GSC 26.41, 2. Mary Smutny, AKS 26.50, 3. Chloe Grimme, PS 26.51; SOFLO: 11. Kathleen Golding 27.05.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Kensey McMahon, Bolles 4:16.07, 2. Emma Weyant, SYS 4:17.28, 3. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 4:17.48.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 4:18.58 (Caitlin Brooks, Juliana Lopez, Talia Bates. Sydney King), 2. East Coast Aquatic 4:24.58, 3. Swim Florida 4:26.02, 5. SOFLO A 4:31.64 (Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane).

MEN

100-meter backstroke:
1. Ethan Beach, QSTS 56.80, 2. Miguel Cancel, AKS 57.93, 3.Dakota Mahaffey, Bolles 58.16; SOFLO: 8. Lance Lesage 1:02.09, time drop 0.59, 23. Ricardo Roche 1:03.96.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Davion Conley, WA 28.63, 2. Marco Guarente, Azura 28.67, 3. Jared Pike, PS 29.30; SOFLO: 12. Marc Rojas 31.07, 13. Juan Pineda 31.24, time drop 0.92, 26. Samuel Quintero 32.16.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Jan Switkowski, GSC 24.37, 2. Isaac Davis, MAAC 24.51, 3. Runar Borgen, PAQ 24.54; 30. Juan Serna 27.31.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Mark Szaranek, GSC 2:03.32, 2. Grant Sanders, TBAY 2:03.55, 3. Marco Guarente, Azura 2:05.91; SOFLO: 16. Rafael Rodriguez 2:15.77, time drop 2.35.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Enzo Martinez Scarpe, GSC 23.07, 2. Khader Baqlah, GSC 23.27, 3. David Lambert, WA 23.33.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Jan Switkowski, GSC 3:51.31, 2. Khader Baqlah, GSC 3:56.70, 3. Clark Beach, QSTS 3:57.84; SOFLO: 31. Rafael Rodriguez 4:16.34, 32. Ricardo Roche 4:17.41.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 3:53.40 (Trevor McGovern, Dylan Brisco, Mason Wilby, Alec Dawson), 2. Bolles 3:56.36, 3. Westminster Academy 3:59.90, 10. SOFLO A 4:08.92 (Ricardo Roche, Juan Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez, Robert Wilson), 12. SOFLO B 4:10.15 (Jonathan Farah, Samuel Quintero, CJ Kopecki, Juan Serna).

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Champions Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Monday

Schedule: Monday, 9 a.m. prelims, 4 p.m. finals.

Where: University of Florida, O’Connell Center Pool, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-375-4683, ext. 4545.

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

SOFLO Third After Day Two Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships In Gainesville


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 7, 2018—After a slow start on opening day, South Florida Aquatic Club moved into third place overall on Day Two of the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Saturday at the University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool in Gainesville.

SOFLO has 615 points behind host Gator Swim Club with 1,446 and Bolles with 804. Gator Swim Club leads the men’s and women’s team totals. SOFLO is fourth among men’s teams with 285 and SOFLO women are fifth with 252.

SOFLO’s top finishers were sisters Molly and Kathleen Golding.

Molly Golding, 15, was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:15.12, with a time drop of 0.31. Golding also had a 5.32-second time drop in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:15.03. Golding has 38 points.

Kathleen Golding, 17, was third in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:54.54 and fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.96. She has 53 points.

SOFLO’s top men’s finisher was Lance Lesage, 15, placing ninth in the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 28.55, dropping 0.25.

Miguel Cancel of AquaKids Sharks qualified first in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:28.39, six seconds faster than he swam in all of 2017 after going 4:26 at the 2016 Olympic Trials. He finished third in the event in 4:30.92.

World champion Caeleb Dressel, 21, representing Bolles, made his meet debut in the 200-meter freestyle qualifying first in prelims in 1:52.26 and finished sixth in 1:53.42. Khader Baqlah, 19, of Gator Swim Club won the event in 1:48.18.

Olympian Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach Swim Club scratched from his three events: 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are host Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA Sharks, AquaKids Sharks, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

The Speedo Sectionals Series display some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones. The full results can be found on Meet Mobile which has improved its speed on posting results. The four-day meet continues Sunday with prelims and finals.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,446, 2. Bolles 804, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 615, 4. East Coast Aquatic Club 601, 5. Swim Florida 547.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 509, 2. Bolles 432. 3. Metro Aquatics 391, 4. SOFLO 285, 5. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 198.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 765, 2. Bolles 372, 3. Swim Florida 293, 4. East Coast Aquatic Club 288, 5. SOFLO 252.

WOMEN

200-meter freestyle:
1. Isabel Ivey, Unattached 2:00.08, 2. Mary Smutny, AKS 2:02.67, 3. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 2:02.89; SOFLO: 4. Kathleen Golding 2:02.96, 30. Paige Lane 2:10.47, time drop 1.10.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Nicole Hunnewell, GPA 1:13.94, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 1:14.76, 3. Molly Golding 1:15.12, time drop 0.31; SOFLO: 11. Jessica Rodriguez 1:15.55, time drop 0.33, 27. Kelley Heron 1:18.22, time drop 0.07, 28. Jennifer Rodriguez, Unattached 1:18.32.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Emma Bell, GSC 28.92, 2. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 29.15, 3. Sydney Sell, LAK 30.21; SOFLO: 12. Kelley Heron 31.29.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Talia Bates, GSC 1:00.90, 2. Mary Smutney, AKS 1:01.44, 3. Abigail Gibbons, BD 1:01.53; SOFLO: 28. Paige Lane 1:05.46, time drop 0.12.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Kelly Fertel, GSC 4:44.84, 2. Emma Weyant, SYS 4:46.54, 3. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:54.54; SOFLO: 16. Molly Golding 5:15.03, time drop 5.32, 19. Jessica Rodriguez 5:12.40.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 8:32.33 (Kelly Fertel, Sydney Kang, Lain Shahboz, Talia Bates), 2. Bolles 8:41.15, 3. Gator Swim CLub B 8:42.08, 8. SOFLO A 8:55.18 (Paige Lane, Kelley Heron, Kathleen Golding, Maya Coffey).

MEN

200-meter freestyle:
1. Khader Baqlah, GSC 1:4818, 2. Jan Switkowski, GSC 1:50.54, 3. Andrea D’Arrigo, GSC 1:50.73.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Marco Guarente, Azura 1:01.92, 2. Chandler Bray, ACST 1:03.49, 3. Ross Palazzo, HEAT 1:04.24; SOFLO: 11. Marc Rojas 1:07.36, 16. Juan Pineda 1:08.91, time drop 1.42, 27. Samuel Quintero 1:09.52

50-meter backstroke:
1. Clark Beach, QSTS 26.29, 2. Ethan Beach, QSTS 26.32, 3. Robinson Molina, WA 26.59; SOFLO: 9. Lance Lesage 28.55, time drop 0.25, 13. Jonathan Farah 29.00, 28. Ricardo Roche 29.63.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Maxime Rooney, PLS 53.31, 2. Jan Switkowski, GSC 54.22, 3. Sterling Crane, EAJ 54.89; SOFLO: 28. Rafael Rodriguez 59.05.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Mark Szaranek, GSC 4:21.39, 2. Robert Finke, SPA 4:25.14, 3. Miguel Cancel, AKS 4:30.92; SOFLO: 21. Rafael Rodriguez 4:46.35.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Metro Aquatics 7:46.83, 2. Gator Swim Club 7:48.61, 3. Bolles 8:04.09, 9. SOFLO A 8:12.21 (Rafael Rodriguez, Ricardo Roche, CJ Kopecki, Lance Lesage).

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Champions Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Sunday-Monday

Schedule: Sunday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals; Monday, 9 a.m. prelims, 4 p.m. finals.

Where: University of Florida, O’Connell Center Pool, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-375-4683, ext. 4545.

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

SOFLO’s Lance Lesage Wins Closest Race Of The Day At FIU Spring LC Invitational


By Sharon Robb

NORTH MIAMI, May 20, 2018—In the most exciting race of the day, Lance Lesage of South Florida Aquatic Club outsprinted Sean Arrington of Miami Swimming by 7/100ths of a second in the 100-meter backstroke Sunday at the FIU Spring Long Course Invitational at FIU Aquatic Center.

Lesage, 15, won in 1:05.69. Arrington, 20, finished in 1:05.76. Arrington was the fastest seed in the event in 1:02.19. Lesage was second fastest in 1:02.26.

SOFLO swept the 400-meter freestyle girls and boys events. Paige Lane, 15, won in 4:47.57. Leonardo Mateus, 16, won in 4:38.79.

SOFLO boys swept the top four spots in the 100-meter freestyle with Rafael Rodriguez, 16, winning in 56.44 followed by Robert Wilson, 15, Heath Brames, 18, and Juan Pineda, 15.

SOFLO swept the top three spots in the 200-meter breaststroke with Juan Pineda, 15, winning in 2:42.68.

Brennan Binder, 14, broke 5 minutes for the first time in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:49.84. His previous best was 5:00.51.

Shayna Blitz, 13, turned in a nice time drop in the 200-meter breaststroke. The teenager finished eighth in 3:38.20 improving her previous best of 4:02.36.

Other big time drops were:

Mallory Schleicher, 14, second, 100-meter backstroke, 1:15.95, drop from 1:19.13.

Jenna Brames, 14, sixth, 100-meter backstroke, 1:20.95, drop from 1:30.86 and 14th, 100-meter freestyle, 1:09.65, drop from 1:17.38.

SUNDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter individual medley:
Open, 1. Carita Luukkanen, Golden Panther 2:28.78; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 2:38.52, 4. Kayla Cunningham 2:40.98, 5. Sara Quintero 2:41.88, 6. Sally Golding 2:46.24, 7. Victoria Torres 2:48.56, 10. Jena Legaspi 2:53.19.

100-meter backstroke:
Open, 1. Melannie Vargas, Golden Panther 1:10.79; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 1:15.95, 3. Sara Quintero 1:17.04, 4. Sofia Osorio 1:19.30, 5. Rebekah Ling 1:20.60, 6. Jenna Brames 1:20.95, time drop.

100-meter freestyle:
Open, 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 58.28; SOFLO: 3. Paige Lane 1:02.18, 4. Jessica Rodriguez 1:05.16, 5. Gaby Banks 1:05.19, 7. Kayla Cunningham 1:07.49, 8. Maya Coffey 1:07.53.

200-meter breaststroke:
Open, 1. Carita Luukkanen, Golden Panther 2:42.94; SOFLO: 3. Sabrina Osorio 3:07.10, 8. Shayna Blitz 3:38.20, time drop.

100-meter butterfly:
Open, 1. Letizia Bertelli, Golden Panther 1:05.98; SOFLO: 2. Paige Lane 1:07.21, 4. Jessica Rodriguez 1:10.92, 6. Gaby Banks 1:12.50, 8. Sara Quintero 1:13.28, 9. Kayla Cunningham 1:13.88, 10. Sally Golding 1:17.50.

400-meter freestyle:
Open, 1. Paige Lane, SOFLO 4:47.57; SOFLO: 4. Gaby Banks 5:04.56, 6. Maya Coffey 5:13.51.

MEN

200-meter individual medley:
Open, 1. Sean Arrington, Miami Swimming 2:23.80; SOFLO: 2. Nicolas Munoz 2:31.25, 3. Yannai Michael 2:31.71, 6. Joseph Lee 2:37.62, 7. Juancamilo Rivero 2:40.83, 9. Christopher Hau 2:43.61.

100-meter backstroke:
1. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:05.69; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Mateus 1:09.14, 7. Juan Colmenares 1:10.66, 8. Enrique Rodriguez 1:10.71, time drop, 9. Nicolas Munoz 1:11.22, 10. Heath Brames 1:11.53.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 56.44; SOFLO: 2. Robert Wilson 57.68, 3. Heath Brames 58.10, 4. Juan Pineda 58.95, 8. Brendan Binder 1:00.43, time drop, 9. Juan Colmenares 1:01.08, 10. Lance Lesage 1:01.12.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Juan Pineda, SOFLO 2:42.68; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 2:46.31, 3. Yannai Michael 2:49.67, 5. Logan Gonzalez 2:56.62, time drop, 6. Christopher Hau 3:00.78, 7. Mark Andre De Gracia 3:01.99, 10. Samuel Bullen 3:09.32.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Sean Arrington, Miami Swimming 1:02.08; SOFLO: 3. Heath Brames 1:05.56, 4. Robert Wilson 1:06.39, 6. Leonardo Mateus 1:07.38, 7. Enrique Rodriguez 1:08.01, time drop, 8. Juan Colmenares 1:08.32,9. Brennan Binder 1:08.63, 10. Nicolas Munoz 1:09.11.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 4:38.79; SOFLO: 2. Robert Wilson 4:42.54, 4. Lance Lesage 4:42.93, 5. Rafael Rodriguez 4:48.73, 6. Brennan Binder 4:49.84, 7. Juan Pineda 4:53.09.

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