SOFLO’s Leonardo Mateus One Of Seven Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund Scholarship Winners

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, June 29, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Leonardo Mateus added another honor to his already impressive resume.

Mateus, 18, headed to Yale this fall, was one of seven senior high school swimmers awarded a $1,000 college scholarship named in honor of Nicholas Dworet.

The former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School swim captain and honors student was one of 17 killed Feb. 14, 2018 in a mass shooting on the Douglas campus. He was preparing at TS Aquatics Swim Club to swim in college after earning a scholarship to the University of Indianapolis and had aspirations to represent Sweden in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Two of the recipients were members of the Douglas swim team, three were awarded to members of the TS Aquatics Swim Club and two were given to Broward County high school swimmers, which was a new scholarship for 2020.

The money will be used towards their continued education according to the Swim4 Nick fund’s Board of Directors. The recipients were:

MSD Scholarships:
Kenan Kocoglu (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Penelope Jacobson (Brandeis University)

TS Aquatics Scholarships:
Luis Bucaro (University of Indianapolis)
Delaney Biro (Florida International University)
Emme Ham (Barton College)

Broward County Scholarships:
Leonardo Mateus (Yale University)
Chloe Carignan (Birmingham-Southern College)

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Mateus, Rodriguez Pave The Way For SOFLO Swimmers

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, June 7, 2020—Leonardo Mateus and Rafael Rodriguez took turns talking about academic excellence and extra curricular activities in high school during a recent zoom presentation for SOFLO’s Bronze Group and AK Sharks Group.

The swimmers were a perfect age (11, 12, 13) to learn how to handle high school classes and plan for the future in college. Rodriguez is headed to Purdue and Mateus is off to Yale this fall.

After it was determined that both Mateus and Rodriguez are Coach Rose’s favorites (pause for laughter), the talented student-athletes got down to business sharing what they learned when they got to high school and what worked and what didn’t while highlighting important tasks to get ready for college.

“Knowledge is power,” said Mateus, who outlined several key points and illustrated how swimming helps in the classroom.

1. Discipline comes from training.

2. Leadership is built from teamwork. Think about the relays you do. “I’ve seen you get organized for relays, that is teamwork,” Mateus said.

3. Proactivity comes from persistence. Be proactive. Give your best from the beginning.

“You will do well in what you enjoy in high school,” Rodriguez said. “Whether it’s the sciences, math, challege yourself by taking AICE/AP and IB courses.”

AICE or Advanced International Certificate of Education offers the value of broad and balanced study in four groups (math and sciences, language, arts and humanities and interdisciplinary.

AP or Advanced Placement Program offers college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high schools on the exams.

IB or International Baccalaureate is often compared with the AP program. The IB program allows students to take college-level courses while in high school.

Rodriguez said “the most important thing is don’t choose classes because your friends are taking them. Choose something that you actually enjoy and that will translate into you doing better. When choosing classes focus on yourself.”

Mateus discussed GPA (grade point average, a measure of individual ability), class ranking (academic ability compared to everyone else), and how grading works in quarters and semesters, unweighted (4.0) and weighted (6.0), depending on honors classes.

“It’s important your first year in high school that you don’t slack off,” Mateus said. “It’s easy to bring your GPA down if you do slack off and once it is down it’s hard to get your average back up. Focus on the things you can do easily that first year and wait a year maybe to take the harder classes.”

Mateus also talked about PSAT, SAT and ACT tests and suggested taking each exam once to see how you do and take it more than once to feel more comfortable while taking it.

There are resources and online educational tools such as Khan Academy, Naviance and YouTube to use to study for classes and standardized tests.

Rodriguez and Mateus also emphasized the importance of extracurricular activities such as swimming.

“Swimming is your most important extra curricular, it looks amazing on your resume,” Rodriguez said.

“Community service is difficult because of the number of service hours you have to do, but important to integrate on your resume. It expands your horizons. It’s unpaid work and looks good on your resume. Jobs, internships and paid work also looks good on your resume and shows that you have experience.”

Clubs and organizations, memberships in honor societies and leadership positions in clubs are also important, they said.

“You don’t have to do all these things to be successful,” Mateus said. “It just helps to combine academics and activities.

“Find the learning connection,” Mateus said. “It teaches you discipline, leadership and productivity and that’s what you take away from swimming. You learn to balance academics and swimming.

“You learn all about making time with time management skills. You break time into sections dedicated to swimming, service, clubs and getting straight A’s.”

Added Rodriguez, “If you’re not good at managing your time it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It’s important to find the perfect balance of what you are capable of handling.

“Make sure you have time for yourself, too. It shouldn’t be all about swimming, classes, work and clubs. Hang out with your friends. It’s important, it helps you mentally.”

The pair suggested to ask teachers and coaches to write recommendation letters. It helps colleges form an image of you through those letters, they said.

“There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it,” Rodriguez said.

The final topic outlined information about applying for scholarships.

1. Money is important for your future education.

2. Applying for scholarships is easy. It is a quick and easy source of money to pay for tuition and expenses.

3. There are scholarships available at the local, regional, collegiate and national level.

“It’s important to write down everything you have to do,” Mateus said. Whether it’s homework, practice or meetings, it’s easy to forget if you don’t have an agenda.”

Rodriguez added, “you don’t have to be a straight A student to have opportunities for college. You just have to work hard.”

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SOFLO’s Leonardo Mateus Earns Silver Knight Award; Sophia Bedoya Nominated

By Sharon Robb

MIAMI, May 29, 2020—Despite the world being turned upside down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Leonardo Mateus earned one of the highest honors for outstanding high school seniors in South Florida.

Mateus was recognized for his achievements in athletics via Thursday’s livestream of the 62nd annual Silver Knights award ceremony. He was among 30 high school seniors in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties honored.

Mateus, an Everglades High School alum who has been with SOFLO for 13 years, is headed to Ivy League school Yale University.

Mateus is the creator, director, and editor of the CollegePrep Project website, a one-stop shop for students applying for athletic scholarships.

As captain of Everglades’ swim team and member of SOFLO’s national team, Mateus learned how overwhelming the college application process can be. Through the CollegePrep Project, he greatly simplified the application process for fellow athletes.

Mateus was recognized as Most Dedicated Swimmer from 2016–2020. He was the recipient of the Dartmouth Book Award in 2019 and named a Cambridge Scholar with Merit in 2018. He also was inducted into the Science National Honor Society and tutored students in biology and chemistry.

SOFLO’s Sophia Bedoya, who has been with SOFLO for ten years and headed to New York University this fall, was nominated for a Silver Knight award for journalism.

The event recognizes outstanding students in fifteen categories.

The Silver Knight categories are art, athletics, business, digital and interactive media, drama, English and literature, general scholarship, journalism, mathematics, music and dance, science, social science, speech, vocational technical and world languages.

The prestigious award was created in 1959 by the former Miami Herald Publisher John S. Knight, and is hosted annually by the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.

“These students aren’t just among the brightest in their graduating class, but they made public service a priority, selflessly serving to help others in our community,’’ said Aminda Marqués González, executive editor, president and publisher of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, who hosted the event. “They are inspiring and we weren’t going to miss an opportunity to celebrate their incredible achievements.”

Each category awarded one winner and three honorable mentions from each county, coming from Miami-Dade’s 481 nominees and Broward’s 220 nominees. The 701 students represent 68 Miami-Dade schools and 35 Broward schools, both public and private.

The Silver Knight award includes a $2,000 scholarship from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a Silver Knight statue, an AAdvantage 25,000-mile travel certificate and an American Airlines Silver Knight medallion. The 90 senior honorable mentions received a $500 scholarship and an engraved plaque.

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Natasha Moodie Enjoying Role As SOFLO College Advisor; Seven SOFLO Seniors Headed To College This Fall

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, April 30, 2020–With the college application process and recruiting rules frequently changing, South Florida Aquatic Club CEO and head coach Chris Anderson was looking to help SOFLO parents and swimmers.

Twenty years ago, when the club was in its beginning stages, there were fewer swimmers and college guidelines to contend with.

Now, with ever-changing rules and regulations and to educate swimmers and parents on the various NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA colleges, Anderson hired his former swimmer Natasha Moodie as a full-time college advisor. Moodie is believed to be the first full-time college advisor at a USA Swimming club in the Florida Gold Coast.

Moodie, 29, a 2008 Olympian and three-time national record holder for Jamaica and alum of University of Michigan, where she was an NCAA All-American, is sharing her vast knowledge with SOFLO swimmers and parents.

Moodie, who has a strong background in education, develops college prep programs as program director for public schools in Miami-Dade. She is currently on a leave of absence and devoting her time to assisting SOFLO swimmers and parents through the maze of college research and preparation.

A day before College Signing Day (May 1), seven SOFLO seniors have committed to college. They are: Leonardo Mateus, Yale; Gabby Banks and David Diaz, Florida State; Sophia Bedoya, New York University; Rafael Rodriguez, Purdue; Roby Garrido, Rochester Institute of Technology; and Nick Chaimowicz, Broward College.

While most of the seniors already had a good idea of what college they would be attending when Moodie started last fall, she was there to answer any and all questions. She is currently working with SOFLO high school freshmen, sophomores and seniors.

“The team is much bigger now than when I was there in the early 2000s,” Moodie said. “Only three of us at the time wanted to swim in college. I am really thankful for Chris’ help with the college process. All my knowledge from recruiting came from Chris. No one in my family swam Division I. I was exposed to a lot of colleges at the U.S. Open, Junior Nationals and international meets.

“The club is so much larger now. There was definitely a need for my job. Today students need more guidance because the rules and college process has changed quite a bit just in the last five years when it comes to college application and recruiting.”

Moodie had been visiting with swimmers and parents before the COVID-19 pandemic but now communicates on the ZOOM platform.

Several swimmers would like to swim in college but may not have had the exposure to college coaches that Moodie had on the U.S. and international scene. She discusses the student’s goals in high school in terms of courses and activities and talks about the various collegiate programs that would be a good fit with their interests.

“It’s all centered around college,” Moodie said. “All the students who said they wanted to swim we look for a good fit. Some of them are not seen by college coaches on the national or international level, sectionals or Futures. My primary focus is serving the student-athletes who don’t get that exposure or had face-to-face meetings with college coaches. We want them to know there are colleges out there for them.

“I am a resource for families and kids to come to me for what they need,” Moodie said. “I am working with the junior class now. Quite a few students and parents have put together a college list. We talk about their priorities, what’s important, tuition, expenses, whether they want to stay in Broward, the state of Florida or outside the state.”

Unlike college football and basketball that dominate the headlines, collegiate swimming does not get a lot of exposure.

“There’s not a lot of national recognition,” Moodie said. “I’m not surprised that these students may not know about Division II schools. And NAIA is still quite young. The whole college system changes so much every year. I want to help them with their research.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic, there are expected to be changes in the fall at colleges across the country. There is also talk of student-athletes taking a gap year. But SOFLO’s college-bound athletes are still planning on starting college in the fall whether it’s on campus or online.

Many colleges are supporting students by deferring deadlines, waiving fees and making standardized tests such as ACT and SAT optional. Still, no one knows what the fall semester will look like just yet.

“I am telling them everyone is in the same boat across the world, which is a position of waiting,” Moodie said. “I trust whatever decision the NCAA, USA Swimming, Florida Gold Coast and colleges make. I trust they will make the right decisions to protect the students and universities. It’s in the best interest of everyone. When things do resume we will all re-start wherever we are.”

Despite the challenging times, Moodie is enjoying her new role with SOFLO.

“It has been great being around swim families again, the parents have been so welcoming,” Moodie said. “I feel a close connection with them. Swimming and education are two things I love. I am excited for the future and excited to see what the future holds for these kids.”

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Everglades Boys Team Sweeps In Strongest Showing Of Its BCAA Season

By Sharon Robb

COCONUT CREEK, September 12, 2019–Everglades boys team dominated its BCAA meet against Dillard and Monarch on Wednesday.

Everglades swept all three relays and won seven of eight individual events held.

Everglades defeated Monarch, 80-20, and Dillard, 89-2. In the other meet, Monarch defeated Dillard 86-2.

It was the boys strongest showing of the season.

Brothers Leonardo and Alejandro Mateus combined for three individual wins and were members of the winning 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.

Alejandro Mateus won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:07.70 and 100-yard butterfly in 57.88. Leonardo Mateus won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.46 and finished second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:53.30, just behind Juan Colmenares in 4:53.28 in one of the most exciting races of the meet.

Brayden Spalluto was Monarch’s only boys’ winner in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:02.26.

In the girls’ competition, Everglades defeated Dillard, 69-11, and tied Monarch, 45.50-45.50. In the other meet, Monarch defeated Dillard, 63-11.

Monarch won the girls’ 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays and five individual events.

Ava Martinez and Giulianna Garcia were double winners for Monarch.

Martinez won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:16.25 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:11.65. She was also a member of her team’s two winning relays.

Garcia won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:18.25 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.76 and was a member of the two winning relays.

Monarch 45.50, Everglades 45.50
Monarch 63, Dillard 11
Everglades 69, Dillard 11

200-yard medley relay:
1. Monarch 2:11.27 (Martinez, Maxwell, Garcia, Taylor), 2. Everglades 2:14.88, 3. Everglades 2:39.00.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Ava Martinez, MON 2:16.25, 2. Prada St. Hilaire, DB 2:28.08.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Giulianna Garcia, MON 2:18.25, 2. Reese Maxwell, MON 3:00.45, 3. Gianna Tio, EVER 3:09.26.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Hayley Taylor, MON 27.22, 2. Sophia Bedoya, EVER 28.26, 3. Monae Emmanuel, DB 31.13.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Giulianna Garcia, MON 1:01.76, 2. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 1:03.78, 3. Hayley Taylor, MON 1:16.83.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Sophia Jackson, EVER 1:02.84, 2. Monae Emmanuel, DB 1:09.00, 3. Ivanna Fregoso, EVER 1:15.32.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 5:40.70, 2. Sophia Jackson, EVER 6:21.72.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Everglades (Hastings, Daulatana, Tio, Pradesaba) 2:27.25.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Ava Martinez, MON 1:11.65, 2. Ivanna Fregoso, EVER 1:27.53, 3. Larissa Castro, MON 1:32.04.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Sophia Bedoya, EVER 1:30.07, 2. Elle Peltcs, MON 1:37.45, 3. Nishat Daulatana, EVER 1:39.69.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Monarch (Taylor, Maxwell, Martinez, Garcia) 4:15.21, 2. Everglades 4:36.76, 3. Monarch 5:58.12.

Everglades 80, Monarch 20
Everglades 89, Dillard 3
Monarch 86, Dillard 2

200-yard medley relay:
1. Everglades 1:46.00 (Colmenares, L. Mateus, A. Mateus, Jackson), 2. Everglades 1:56.94, 3. Monarch 2:02.01.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Roberto Garrido, EVER 2:06.81, 2. Aldo Zepeda, EVER 2:06.94, 3. James Hubner, MON 2:54.12.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Alejandro Mateus, EVER 2:07.70, 2. Manuel Melendez, EVER 2:15.76, 3. Murilo Da Silva, MON 2:31.25.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Samuel Jackson, EVER 23.00, 2. Juan Colmenares, EVER 24.13, 3. Arthur Rais, MON 27.00.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Alejandro Mateus, EVER 57.88, 2. Manuel Melendez, EVER 1:03.27, 3. Murilo Da Silva, MON 1:18.91.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Brayden Spalluto, MON 1:02.26, 2. Lucas Martins, MON 1:03.22, 3. Thomas Romero, EVER 1:03.75.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Juan Colmenares, EVER 4:53.28, 2. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 4:53.30, 3. Antonio Garcia, MON 7:51.10.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Everglades 1:38.77 (Colmenares, A. Mateus, L. Mateus, Jackson), 2. Everglades 2:12.90, 3. Monarch 2:20.17.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Aldo Zepeda EVER 1:05.59, 2. Roberto Garrido, EVER 1:12.65, 3. Lucas Martins, MON 1:15.14.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 1:07.46, 2. Samuel Jackson, EVER 1:07.58, 3. Brayden Spalluto, EVER 1:16.66.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Everglades 3:57.40 (Romero, Garrido, Zepeda, Melendez), 2. Monarch 4:17.02, 3. Monarch 4:59.06.

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Flanagan, Everglades Split In Season Opener; SOFLO Boys Shine

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES—Flanagan girls won a nailbiter and Everglades boys came up big in their season openers.

Flanagan girls won by one point over Everglades, 47-46, and Everglades boys defeated Flanagan, 73-21.

Flanagan won the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay and four individual events.

Flanagan’s Shayna Blitz was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:28.46 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:13.84.

SOFLO’s Sarah Acevedo of Everglades won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.76.

In the boys competition, SOFLO’s Juan Colmenares, Alejandro Mateus, a double winner, Aldo Zepeda and Leonardo Mateus won their events.

Alejandro Mateus won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.15 and 100-yard backstroke in 58.77. His older brother, Leonardo Mateus, won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:10.18 and was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:06.39.

Aldo Zepeda won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.77. Juan Colmenares won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.76.

Flanagan 47, Everglades 46

200-yard medley relay: 1. Everglades, 2:15.12, 2. Flanagan 2:15.26.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Amy Nicole Toro, FLAN 2:20.79, 2. Sophia Jackson, EVER 2:27.86, 3. Jasmine Saldana, FLAN 3:15.96.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Shayna Blitz, FLAN 2:28.46, 2. Emiliana Munoz, FLAN 2:48.01, 3. Isabella Hastings, EVER 3:14.46.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Yvette Practest, EVER 29.28, 2. Halle Dolce, FLAN 33.61, 3. Maelynn Tavares, FLAN 37.76.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 1:03.76, 2. Emiliana Munoz, FLAN 1:14.61, 3. Gia Tio, EVER 1:17.23.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Halle Dolce, FLAN 1:14.45, 2. Yvette, EVER 1:16.97, 3. Erin Leon, FLAN 1:29.23.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Sophia Jackson, EVER 5:43.14, 2. Sara Acevedo, EVER 5:43.14, 3. Eve Fatout, FLAN 9:11.06.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Flanagan 2:02.03, 2. Everglades 2:30.03.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Shayna Blitz, FLAN 1:13.84, 2. Isabella Hastings, EVER 1:27.30, 3. Erin Leon, FLAN 1:39.23.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. D. Nishut, EVER 1:29.22, 2. Amy Nicole Toro, FLAN 1:24.68, 3. Maelynn Tavares, FLAN 1:37.40.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Everglades 4:45.94, 2. Flanagan 6:19.18.

Everglades 73, Flanagan 21

200-yard medley relay: 1. Everglades 1:46.27, 2. Flanagan 2:03.02.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Aldo Zepeda, EVER 2:02.77, 2. Robert Garrido, EVER 2:03.50, 3. Jayden Kaufman, FLAN 2:32.74.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Juan Colmenares, EVER 2:04.76, 2. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 2:06.39, 3. Michael Toro, FLAN 2:24.30.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Samuel Jackson, EVER 22.55, 2. Nick Gomez, FLAN 26.04, 3. Robert Garrida, EVER 26.06.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alejandro Mateus, EVER 55.15, 2. Manuel Melendet, EVER 1:00.02, 3. Michael Toro, FLAN 1:06.70.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Samuel Jackson, EVER 52.99, 2. Thomas Romero, EVER 1:01.29, 3. Sergio Calderon, FLAN 1:11.35.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 5:10.18, 2. Aldo Zepeda, EVER 5:44.03, 3. Sam Cabrera, FLAN 7:41.29.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Everglades 1:42.87, 2. Flanagan 1:46.50.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Alejandro Mateus, EVER 58.77, 2. Juan Colmenares, EVER 1:00.54, 3. Jayden Kaufman, FLAN 1:16.14.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Thomas Romen, EVER 1:09.28, 2. Luciano Munoz, FLAN 1:22.05, 3. Manuel Melandez, EVER 1:27.47.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Everglades A 3:36.59, 2. Everglades B 4:13.02.

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SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Wins Swim Miami Beach Open Water Mile

By Sharon Robb

MIAMI BEACH, December 3, 2018—Mallory Schleicher of South Florida Aquatic Club won the second annual Swim Miami Beach Open Water Mile off North Beach Bandshell on Sunday.

After competing in the two-day SOFLO Holiday Classic, Schleicher, 15 won the overall women’s title in 16 minutes and 26 seconds.

Schleicher was eighth overall among a field of 174 men and women swimmers and also won her 15-16 age group. Schleicher is one of the Florida Gold Coast’s top open water swimmers.

At the SOFLO Holiday Classic, she was second in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events and 100-yard backstroke and third in the 100-yard butterfly, all with time drops.

Gina Grant, 20, of Pembroke Pines and SOFLO was second overall among women and second in her age group in 26:08 in the Special Olympics Open Water Mile Swim.

Two other SOFLO swimmers competed in the mile swim. Leonardo Mateus, 16, was sixth overall in 15:47 and Alejandro Mateus, 13, was tenth overall in 16:39. Both won their age groups.

Canadian David Pouliot won the men’s overall title in 14:24 among 123 men and his 19-24 age group title.


Olympian and former Florida Atlantic swimmer Manny Huerta won the 30-34 age group title Sunday at the Ironman South American Championship in Mar del Plata, Argentina. He finished in 8 hours, 29 minutes and 47 seconds. He was 15th among 728 male triathletes and 18th overall among a field of 834. He qualified in his age group for the Kona Ironman World Championship representing Puerto Rico. Michaeil Weiss of Austria won in 7:30:23. Aussie Sarah Crowley won the women’s title in 8:20.17.


1. David Pouliot, Canada 14:24, 2. Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc, Canada 14:54, 3. Edouard Belanger, Canada 14:55, 4. Mathieu Potvin, Canada 14:58, 5. Maxime Gagnon, Canada 15:01, 6. Leonardo Mateus, Miramar 15:47, 7. Ricardo Valdivia, South Miami 15:51, 8. Alejandro Mateus, Miramar 16:39, 9. Xavier Desharnais, Canada 17:08, 10. Diego Lopez, Boynton Beach 17:21.


1. Mallory Schleicher, Cooper City 16:26, 2. Rosalie Davidson, Canada 16:38, 3. Mia Venera Desjarlais, Canada 16:41, 4. Genevieve Louis-Seize, Canada 17:01, 5. Andrea Terriault, Canada 17:06, 6. Alexandra Judith Bougie, Canada 17:07, 7. Liz Dillman, Naperville, Ill. 18:00, 8. Samantha Trodick, Sunrise 19:23, 9. Anabela Shearer, Sunrise 19:26, 10. Merle Liivand, Tallinn 19:35.


13-14, 1. Anabela Shearer 19:26, 2. Megan Smith 20:16.7, 3. Sofia Avellaneda 20:16.9; 15-16, 1. Mallory Schleicher 16:26, 2. Genevieve Louis-Seize 17:01, 3. Samantha Trodick 19:23; 17-18, 1. Rosalie Davidson 16:38, 2. Mia Venera Desjarlais 16:41, 3. Maya Goldstein 24:52; 19-24, 1. Andrea Terriault 17:06, 2. Alexandra Judith Bougie 17:07, 3. Kristen Page 22:25; 25-29, 1. Merle Liivand 19:35, 2. Monica Sita 20:58, 3. Arianna Sunyak 24:42; 30-34, 1. Francesca Smart 20:58, 2. Kelly Tewksbury 23:38, 3. Alise Shoemaker 24:42; 35-39, 1. Liliana Montes 23:57, 2. Sara Edlund 25:00, 3. Jennifer Cotugno 29:20; 40-44, 1. Isabel De La Vega 32:01; 45-49, 1. Maete Porto 21:44, 2. Kathleen Cattie 27:40, 3. Amanda Hunt 29:55; 50-54, 1. Liz Dillman 18:00, 2. Valerie Yaeger 31:21, 3. Kathy Eva 35:14; 55-59, 1. Carin Cohen 23:10, 2. Cafeae Rebecca Brown 26:53, 3. Adrienne Chin-Ogilvie 31:25; 60-64, 1. Carla Albano 23:20, 2. Nancy Famulari 26:53, 3. Sheryl Strasser 28:32; 65-69, 1. Janice Mattson 21:25; 70-and-over, 1. Susan Morris 32:40.


11-12, 1. Lucas Young 21:51, 2. Giovanni Gianfriddo 27:55, 3. Leonardo Moncada 28:13; 13-14, 1. Alejandro Mateus 16:39, 2. Roberto Kassin 20:11, 3. Cesar Rodriguez 28:19; 15-16, 1. Leonardo Mateus 15:47, 2. Diego Lopez 17:21; 17-18, 1. Mathieu Potvin 14:58, 2. Maxime Gagnon 15:01, 3. Brandon Schleicher 19:49; 19-24, 1. David Pouliot 14:24, 2. Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc 14:54, 3. Edouard Belanger 14:55; 25-29, 1. Xavier Desharnais 17:08, 2. Nicholas Ewing 22:35, 3. Caio Pereira 23:07; 30-34, 1. Oscar Fonseca 19:54, 2. Mario Pacitti 23:14, 3. Juan Castaneda 23:18; 35-39, 1. Wesley Hardin 21:23, 2. Jasmel Acosta 22:21, 3. Eduardo Klepacz 22:48; 40-44, 1. Peter Gutenberg 20:46, 2. Alejandro Kaed 22:47, 3. Brian Clay 22:53; 45-49, 1. Andrew Farrell 18:56, 2. Eduardo Tawil 19:07, 3. Luiz Andrade 20:45; 50-54, 1. Ricardo Valdivia 15:51, 2. Jeffrey Moore 17:35, 3. Victor Mestre 20:34; 55-59, 1. Hugo Vila 20:03, 2. John De Olazarra 20:23, 3. Mark Beutler 20:25; 60-64, 1. David Boudreau 20:44, 2. Edward Boaz 20:49, 3. Carlos Lloreda 20:52; 65-69, 1. Robert Strauss 25:37, 2. Frank McCarthy 29:20, 3. Arnaldo Ramos 29:21; 70-and-over, 1. John Peck 33:29, 2. Ron Samson 35:37.


1. Filipp Nosov, Sunny Isles Beach 15:43, 2. Kateryna Honcharova, St. Charles, Mo. 18:06, 3. Peter Vila, Miami 24:26, 4. Gianni Mercado, Hollywood 24:29, 5. Gina Grant, Pembroke Pines 26:08.

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Cooper City Defeats Everglades, Western In Regular Season Finale, Next Up District 10-4A Meet

By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, October 10, 2018—Cooper City came up big in its’ regular season home finale against Everglades and Western.

The Cowboys girls defeated Everglades, 138-32, and Western, 130-50. Western topped Everglades, 111-55, in the tri-meet.

The girls won all three relays and all eight swimming races. Western diver Hannah Egert was the only non-Cooper City winner.

Mallory Schleicher, Solano Capalbo and Imriel Coughlin were double winners.

Schleicher won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:04.37 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:23.63.

Capalbo won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.40 and 100-yard freestyle in 56.03.

Coughlin won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:21.73 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.56.

The boys team defeated Western, 123-61 and Everglades, 131-42. Westen defeated Everglades, 120-47.

Cooper City won all three boys relays and was led by double winner Robert Wilson in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and Mikey Cline in the 100-yard backstroke.

Jose Diaz of Western won two events, the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.04 and 100-yard butterfly in 56.70.

Leonardo Mateus of Everglades was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:01.45 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:01.86.

Cooper City will now turn its sights to the Oct. 26 District 10-4A Swimming and Diving Championships at Nova High School’s pool hosted by Flanagan at 8:30 a.m. Last year both teams were runners-up behind champion Cypress Bay.

Cooper City 138, Everglades 32
Cooper City 130, Western 50
Western 111, Everglades 55

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cooper City A 1:57.64, 2. Cooper City B 2:02.40, 3. Western 2:05.96.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 2:04.37, 2. Molly Golding, CC 2:00.93, 3. Alexandra Drucker, WES 2:14.05.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Imriel Coughlin, CC 2:21.73, 2. Kate Kaplan, CC 2:26.03, 3. Valerie Leon, WES 2:35.65.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Solana Capalbo, CC 25.40, 2. Kate Kaplan, CC 27.07, 3. Paola Huerta, EVER 28.95.

1-meter diving: 1. Hannah Egert, WES 178.43, 2. Brianna Grave, CC 156.30.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kathleen Golding, CC 1:01.78, 2. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 1:03.52, 3. Cameron Thomas, WES 1:07.35.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Solana Capalbo, CC 56.03, 2. Jeanna Marie Brames, CC 57.36, 3. Alanna Arentsen, WES 59.63.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 5:23.63, 2. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 5:30.00, 3. Sally Golding, CC 5:33.09.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cooper City A 1:44.62, 2. Cooper City B 1:52.56, 3. Western 2:08.03.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Imriel Coughlin, CC 1:06.56, 2. LeeAnn Ranalli, CC 1:07.39.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Molly Golding, CC 1:09.25, 2. Kathleen Golding, CC 1:10.68, 3. Sally Golding, CC 1:14.80.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cooper City 3:57.00, 2. Western 3:59.86, 3. Everglades 4:20.56.

Cooper City 123, Western 61
Cooper City 131, Everglades 42
Western 120, Everglades 47

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cooper City A 1:44.81, 2. Western 1:45.55, 3. Cooper City B 1:53.34.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Jose Diaz, WES 1:51.04, 2. Mark Zhang, CC 1:57.65, 3. Troy Spratley, CC 2:00.53.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 2:01.45, 2. Mikey Cline, CC 2:01.52, 3. Javier Roman, CC 2:57.67.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Wilson, CC 23.06, 2. Eduardo Lopez, WES 23.64, 3. Christopher Christakis, CC 24.88.

1-meter diving: 1. Tyler Flowers, CC 241.35.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jose Diaz, WES 56.70, 2. Aaron Blanco, CC 1:02.34, 3. Andres Ferrer, WES 1:02.60.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Wilson, CC 55.84, 2. Gabriel Riviera, CC 56.45, 3. Arie Van Tol, WES 58.59

500-yard freestyle: 1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 5:01.86, 2. Sam Nimroozi, CC 5:13.56, 3. Isaiah Reilly, CC 5:15.68.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cooper City A 1:41.54, 2. Cooper City B 1:43.97, 3. Western 1:47.55.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Mikey Cline, CC 57.65, 2. Eduardo Lopez, WES 58.39, 3. Sam Nimroozi, CC 58.75.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Mateo Valdivieso, WES 1:06.44, 2. Jared Tamaroff, CC 1:07.77, 3. Alec Tamaroff, CC 1:08.78.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cooper City A 3:26.60, 2. Western 3:34.87, 3. Cooper City B 4:06.09.

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Everglades, Flanagan Split; Everglades Girls, Flanagan Boys Win

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, September 13, 2018—Everglades girls and Flanagan boys won in a dual meet Wednesday at Pembroke Falls YMCA.

Everglades, led by double winners Sophie Bedoya, Alana Acevedo and Sarah Acevedo defeated Flanagan, 59-35.

Bedoya won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:16.46 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:24.06.

Alana Acevedo won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:02.90 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:12.34.

Sarah Acevedo won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.41 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:01.70.

Flanagan boys, led by Michael Toro, topped Everglades, 52-38.

Toro won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:04.53 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.36. Blaize Chin, Sebastian Simko, and Matthew Camargo were also winners for Flanagan.

Everglades was led by double winner Leonardo Mateus in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:08.09 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:02.04.

There was no diving competition.

Everglades will swim McArthur and South Broward next Thursday at the Bulldogs pool. Flanagan will host Cypress Bay, also on Thursday.

Everglades 59, Flanagan 35

200-yard medley relay: 1. Everglades, 2:10.00.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Sophie Bedoya, EVER 2:16.46, 2. Toro, FL 2:16.72, 3. Glorida, EVER 3:10.92.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Blitz, FL 2:35.74, 2. Munoz, FL 2:40.72, 3. Fregoso, EVER 2:59.26.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Farira, EVER 28.61, 2. Carvajal, EVER 3307, 3. Bernal, FL 33.59.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 1:04.41, 2. Munoz, FL 1:12, 3. Davlatova, EVER 1:27.96.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Alana Acevedo, EVER 1:02.90, 2. Huerta, EVER 1:04.32, 3 Dolce, FL 1:21.49.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 5:01.70, 2. Roca, FL 6:53.63, 3. Handel, FL 8:02.01.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Flanagan 1:58.67.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Flanagan 1:58.67.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Alana Acevedo, EVER 1:12.34, 2. Blitz, FL 1:14.82, 3. Fatout, FL 1:34.55.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Sophie Bedoya, EVER 1:24.06, 2. Toro, FL 1:24.27, 3. Davalatova, EVER 1:37.75.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Everglades 4:28.83.

Flanagan 52, Everglades 38

200-yard medley relay: 1. Flanagan 1:53.25.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Michael Toro, FL 2:04.53, Garrido, EVER 2:05.09, 3. Lopez, FL 2:48.74.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 2:08.09, 2. Munoz, FL 2:56.03, 3. Ayala, FL 3:01.81.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Blaize Chin Yee, FL 26.45, 2. Andrew Lorenzzi, EVER 27.31, 3. Kissinger, FL 27.60.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Michael Toro, FL 1:02.36, 2. Chau, EVER 1:18.94, 3. Briceno, EVER 1:38.41.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Sebastian Simko, FL 54.45, 2. Matthew Camargo, FL 56.43, 3. Thomas Romero, EVER 1:03.40.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 5:02.04, 2. Chin Yee, FL 6:17.98, 3. Kaufman, FL 6:39.93.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Flanagan 1:47.52.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Melendez, EVER 1:02.43, 2. Sebastian Simko, EVER 1:02.43, 3. Robert Garrido, EVER 1:09.46.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Mathew Camargo, FL 1:12.73, 2. Melendez, EVER 1:13.78, 3. Munoz, FL 1:19.88.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Everglades 3:57.53.

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South Broward Sweeps Dillard, Everglades; SOFLO’s Acevedo, Bedoya, Mateus Win

By Sharon Robb

September 6, 2018–South Broward High School, relying on its returnees, depth and relays, swept Everglades and Dillard to win its second meet of the season at the Bulldogs’ Aquatic Center.

The Bulldogs girls team defeated Dillard, 73-20, and Everglades 52-44. The girls won two relays and five individual events.

Alexandra Ruiz of South Broward was a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.96 and 100-yard freestyle in 58.90. Victoria Bruno-Martinez and Mikaela Lawrence-MacKenzie were individual winners.

South Broward’s Sophie Bedoya of SOFLO won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:28.97 and was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:16.53.

The boys team also defeated Dillard, 81-5, and Everglades, 63-32. The boys won all three relays and six individual events.

Andrew Rogatinksy was a double winner for the Bulldogs and member of two winning relays. He won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.43 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.96.

Two other SOFLO swimmers did well. Sarah Acevedo of Everglades was a double winner in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.36 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:44.59. She was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

Leonardo Mateus, also of Everglades, was a double winner. He won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.12 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.88.

On Wednesday, Sept. 12 South Broward will host Cooper City and West Broward at 4:30 p.m. Dillard will host Boyd Anderson, Northeast and Taravella at 4:30 p.m. Everglades has an away meet at Flanagan at 4:30 p.m.

South Broward 73, Dillard 20
South Broward 52, Everglades 44
Everglades 65, Dillard 16

200-yard medley relay: 1. South Broward (Victoria Bruno-Martinez, Karina Umana, Alexandra Ruiz, Mikaela Lawrence-MacKenzie) 1:54.09.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Victoria Bruno-Martinez, SB 2:10.43, 2. Sophie Bedoya, SB 2:16.53.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mikaela Lawrence-MacKenzie, SB 2:45.02, 2. Karina Umana, SB 2:51.28.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Alexandra Ruiz, SB 26.96, 2. Farina, SB 29.05.

1-meter springboard diving: None.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 1:03.36, 2. Victoria Bruno-Martinez, SB 1:03.71.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Alexandra Ruiz, SB 58.90, 2. Huerta, EVER 1:02.44.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 5:44.59, 2. Ochoa 7:55.68.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Broward (Victoria Bruno-Martinez, Karina Umana, Mikaela Lawrence-MacKenzie, Alexandra Ruiz) 1:54.09.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 1:13.40, 2. Wyche 1:24.57.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Sophie Bedoya, SB 1:28.97, 2. Karina Umana, SB 1:30.90.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Everglades (Bedoya, Huerta, Acevedo, Acevedo) 4:20.81.

South Broward 63, Everglades 32
South Broward 81, Dillard 5
Everglades 63, Dillard 11

200-yard medley relay: 1. South Broward (Sebastian Santiago, Andrew Rogatinsky, Adefunmi, Daniyil Kovalov) 1:52.62.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andrew Rogatinsky, SB 1:55.43, 2. Garrido, SB 2:07.93.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 2:05.12, 2. Andrew Lopez, SB 2:31.53.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sebastian Santiago, SB 23.31, 2. Daniyil Kovalov, SB 24.11.

1-meter springboard diving: None.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Ashola Adefunmi, SB 1:06.18, 2. Malcolm Wilkie, SB 1:11.26.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Daniyil Kovalov, SB 56.19, 2. Sobora, 59.63.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 4:57.88, 2. Malcolm Wilke, SB 6:20.62.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Broward (Adefunmi, Lopez, Whitaker, Santiago) 1:42.53.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Melendez, SB 1:04.73, 2. Novaton, 1:08.96.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Andrew Rogatinsky, SB 1:02.96, 2. Woods, 1:04.81.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Broward (Sobora, Kovalov, Whitaker, Andrew Rogatinsky) 3:46.59.

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