Schleicher, SOFLO Girls Relay Win; SOFLO Extends Lead On Day Three Of FGC Long Course Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

STUART, July 21, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club is on track to win its ninth consecutive and tenth overall title at the Florida Gold Coast Long Course Junior Olympic Championship at Sailfish Splash Water Park.

SOFLO continued to pile up the points with its depth on Saturday among a field of 31 Florida Gold Coast teams.

SOFLO leads the combined team standings with 418.5 points, more than 100 points ahead of Pine Crest Swimming with 290. SOFLO is second in the boys (210) and girls (208) team standings. Pine Crest leads the girls (246) and FAST leads the boys (221.5).

Mallory Schleicher, 14, continues to have the meet of her young career. Schleicher won the 13-14 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:11.74 with a time drop of 1.89.

Schleicher was also second in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:07.59 with an impressive time drop of 8.89.

SOFLO’s 200-meter medley relay won the 10-and-under title in 2:30.12 with Mariana Pinto, Fiorella Di Salvo, Giada Porven and Sarah Vasquez.

SOFLO’s 200-meter freestyle was second in the 10-and-unders in 2:16.13 with Di Salvo, Porven, Vasquez and Pinto.

Other top three finishers were:

Valerie Vank, 200-meter breaststroke, second, 2:53.33, time drop 2.35.

Mariana Pinto, 200-meter freestyle, third, 2:30.14.

Alexis Christensen, 200-meter freestyle, third, 2:17.71, time drop 2.14.

Javier Roman, 200-meter breaststroke, third 2:35.48, time drop 0.73; 400-meter individual medley, third, 4:56.25, time drop 8.93.

Christian Tijero, 200-meter freestyle, third, 2:16.78, time drop 3.17.

Alessandro Pereira, 400-meter individual medey, third, 5:22.89, time drop 13.94.

Also on Friday night, SOFLO girls were second in the 13-14 800-meter freestyle relay in 9:02.12 with Sara Quintero, Jennamarie Brames, Sarah Acevedo and Mallory Schleicher.

The four-day meet concludes Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

SOFLO is going after its ninth consecutive JO long course team title and tenth overall in club history. SOFLO has also won back-to-back short and long course JO titles five times.

It is the third time the meet is being co-hosted by FGC clubs Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club at Sailfish Splash Water Park, site of the annual FHSAA State High School Swimming and Diving meet for the past five years.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 418.5, 2. Pine Crest Swimming 290, 3. Flood Aquatics Swim Team 288.5, 4. Jupiter Dragons 208.5, 5. St. Andrew’s 183, 6. Metro Aquatics 164, 7. Gulliver 163, 8. Eagle Aquatics 146, 9. East Coast Aquatic Club 132.5, 10. City of Hialeah 128.5.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Pine Crest 246, 2. SOFLO 208, 3. St. Andrew’s 143.5, 4. Jupiter Dragons 107.5, 5. Eagle Aquatics 97.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. FAST 221.5, 2. SOFLO 210.5, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 122, 4. City of Hialeah 119.5, 5. Sunrise Swimming 108.

GIRLS
200-meter medley relay:
10-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:30.12 (Mariana Pinto, Fiorella Di Salvo, Giada Porven, Sarah Vasquez), 2. YMCA of South Florida 2:34.96, 3. Metro Aquatics 2:42.13; 11-12, 1. SAS 2:08.33, 2. Pine Crest 2:10, 3. Azura 2:17.60, 4. SOFLO A (Mariann Catalasan, Valerie Vank, Luna Delgado, Alexis Christensen) 2:18.87, 6. SOFLO B (Hartley Pitters-Hinds, Natalia Sibug, Reagon Lowe, Kaitlyn Barrios) 2:21.71; 13-14, 1. Pine Crest A 2:03.78, 2. Pine Crest B 2:06.93, 3. Jupiter 2:07.72, 7. SOFLO A (Sara Quintero, Victoria Torres, Sarah Acevedo, Mallory Schleicher) 2:10.78, 12. SOFLO B (Sofia Osorio, Sabrina Osorio, Jennamarie Brames, Emma Twombly) 2:14.59.

200-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Sara Lin, PC 2:51.04, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 2:53.33, time drop 2.35, 3. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:55.40; SOFLO: 10. Natalia Sibug 3:06.76, time drop 0.38, 13. Mariann Catalasan 3:12.79, time drop 1.38, 25. Leah Pando 3:20.16, time drop 1.94; 13-14, 1. Micaela Sierra, CSSC 2:45.24, 2. Olivia Dinehart, AKS 2:45.42, 3. Riley Botting, PCS 2:46.01; SOFLO: 10. Victoria Torres 2:56.68, time drop 4.15, 12. Sabrina Osorio 2:57.16, time drop 5.21.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Tania Mantilla, YSF 2:26.38, 2. Gioia Balzano, EA 2:28.51, 3. Mariana Pinto, SOFLO 2:30.14; SOFLO: 6. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:33.86, time drop 7.71, 13. Giada Porven 2:38.28, time drop 1.72, 22. Sarah Vasquez 2:42.85, time drop 4.42; 11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 2:12.94, 2. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:15.15, 3. Alexis Christensen, SOFLO 2:17.71, time drop 2.14; SOFLO: 16. Luna Delgado 2:27.79, time drop 4.24, 20. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:29.08, time drop 0.35, 26. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 2:32.32, 36. Anastasia Lutz 2:37.82; 13-14, 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 2:11.74, time drop 1.89, 2. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 2:11.87, 3. Rebecca Montero, GRSC 2:12.59; SOFLO: 11. Sarah Acevedo 2:15.31, time drop 1.80, 29. Jennamarie Brames 2:19.05,43. Emma Twombly 2:21.97, time drop 1.18.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Anais Gedeon, EA 33.23, 2. Tania Mantilla, YSF 34.30, 3. Carolyn Powell, CSSC 34.52; SOFLO: 7. Giada Porven 35.91, time drop 1.23, 28. Sarah Vasquez 41.93; 11-12, 1. Julianne McCranie, Azura 29.97, 2. Aspen Gersper, SAS 30.28, 3. Marin Zuchowski, FAST 30.47; SOFLO: 11. Valerie Vank 32.74, time top 0.30, 13. Luna Delgado 33.07, time drop 0.74, 29. Natalia Sibug 34.69, 34. Reagan Lowe 35.00, 40. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 35.17, 48. Ava Kuznik 35.53, time drop 0.18, 57. Anastasia Lutz 36.25, time drop 0.12, 59. Carleigh Schleicher 36.50; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 29.12, 2. Esther Lin, PC 29.61, 3. Giulianna Garcia, TSA 29.98; SOFLO: 18. Sara Quintero 31.61, 57. Jennamarie Brames 33.67, time drop 0.22; BRST: 41. Elizabeth Sikes 32.84, time drop 0.52.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Gioia Balzano, EA 1:18.54, 2. Carolyn Powell, CSSC 1:20.53, 3. Tania Mantilla, YSF 1:20.87; SOFLO: 5. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:22.13, time drop 3.24, 7. Mariana Pinto 1:23.65, time drop 2.74; 11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:08.23, 2. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:09.10, 3. Gabriella Deluna, YSF 1:12.51; SOFLO: 11. Alexis Christensen 1:17.18, 15. Mariann Catalasan 1:18.78, time drop 1.49, 17. Leah Pando 1:19.33, time drop 3.08, 24. Hartley pitters-Hinds 1:20.35, time drop 2.94, 30. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:21.02, time drop 1.95, 31. Reagan Lowe 1:21.07, time drop 1.41, 41. Ava Kuznik 1:22.38, time drop 1.77, 52. Anastasia Lutz 1:24.98; 13-14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:07.79, 2. Megan Murphy, ECAC 1:09.00, 3. Melody Yates, PC 1:09.81; SOFLO: 45. Sofia Osorio 1:17.39; BRST: 29. Elizabeth Sikes 1:15.05, time drop 0.27.

200-meter freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. YMCA of South Florida 2:15.52, 2. SOFLO A (Fiorella Di Salvo, Giada Porven, Sarah Vasquez, Mariana Pinto) 2:16.13, 3. Blue Marlins 2:19.71.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 5:16.53, 2. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 5:29.79, 3. Sara Lin, PC 5:39.13; SOFLO: 13. Mariann Catalasan 6:13.24; 13-14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 5:06.25, 2. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 5:07.59, time drop 8.87, 3. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 5:10.66; SOFLO: 6. Sara Quintero 5:17.01, time drop.

BOYS
200-meter medley relay:
10-and-under, 1. Sunrise 2:29.90, 2. Pine Crest 2:31.17, 3. Metro Aquatics 2:37.76, 4. SOFLO A 2:39.74 (Stefano Mazzi, Joseph-Blake Natino, Derek Hau, Juan Vallmitjana), 9. SOFLO B 2:56.95 (Matthew Jimenez, Matt McVeigh, Benjamin Kim, Connor Jimenez).

200-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Giuliano Brunetti, PB 2:54.48, 2. Samuel Jouault, CM 2:55.78, 3. Makar Goncharov, SFTL 2:56.06; SOFLO: 5. Alessandro Pereira 2:56.69, time drop 2.97, 6. Javier Colmenares 2:57.43, time drop; 13-14, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, TSA 2:30.71, 2. Parker Rosenthal, GRSC 2:33.17, 3. Javier Roman, SOFLO 2:35.48, time drop 0.73; SOFLO: 5. Yannai Michael 2:37.65, time drop 0.92, 16. Samuel Bullen 2:49.95, time drop 6.80, 17. Alex Golding 2:50.42, time drop 4.86, 19. Logan Gonzalez 2:51.12, time drop 5.50, 22. Christopher Hau 2:53.22, time drop 1.95, 27. Mark Andre De Gracia 2:58.06.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Farouk Musa, HAT 2:27.93, 2. William Domokos-Murphy, SAS 2:28.29, 3. Carlos Viada-Coroba. CM 2:28.82; SOFLO: 21. Stefano Mazzi 2:42.39, time drop 5.56, 24. Derek Hau 2:43.84, time drop 2.16, 35. Juan Vallmitjana 2:59.09; 11-12, 1. John Trieu, FAST 2:15.58, 2. Kaii Winkler, EA 2:16.76, 3. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 2:16.78, time drop 3.17, 29. Jonathan Lozano 2:30.55; 13-14, 1. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 1:59.59, 2. Trenton Edwards, FAST 2:00.84, 3. Nicolas Gallego, JDST 2:01.57; SOFLO: 8. Juan Colmenares 2:05.61, time drop 5.48, 10. Brennan Binder 2:06.87, time drop 4.69, 11. Enrique Rodriguez 2:07.01, time drop 4.38.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Rafael Landron, SUN 33.67, 2. Michael Fabry, Jupiter 34.05, 3. Carlos Viada-Coroba, CM 34.34; SOFLO: 20. Derek Hau 38.31, time drop 0.01, 39. Juan Vallmitjana 46.27; 11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 29.70, 2. Landon Kyser, HAT 30.33, 3. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 30.80; SOFLO: 5. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 31.50, time drop 0.38, 9. Lucas Porven 32.04, 61. Gavin Sheyda 38.01; 13-14, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 27.21, 2. Nikita Efimov, OSC 27.97, 3. Carter Hewitt, ECAC 28.57; SOFLO: 12. Yannai Michael 29.33, time drop 2.23, 18. Brennan Binder 29.53, 26. Moises Rodriguez 30.15, 33. Manuel Melendez 30.56, time drop 1.11, 47. Zackary Harris 31.15, time drop 0.20.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Farouk Musa, HAT 1:18.59, 2. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 1:20.23, 3. Andy Serrano-Pela, CM 1:20.31; SOFLO: 13. Stefano Mazzi 1:27.26, time drop 0.30, 19. Benjamin Kim 1:31.08, time drop 1.81; 11-12, 1. Landon Kyser, HAT 1:08.47, 2. Noah Smith, FAST 1:11.46, 3. Noah Rodriguez-Mora, SUN 1:11.73; SOFLO: 7 Christian Tijero 1:14.76, 10. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 1:15.82, 30. Jonathan Lozano 1:21.03, time drop 0.88, 41. Marvan Ekanayake 1:25.42, 44. Hashan Ekanayake 1:27.29 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:02.60, 2. Hudson Bishop, ECAC 1:04.10, 3. Carter Hewitt, ECAC 1:04.96; SOFLO: 6. Juan Colmenares 1:05.79, time drop 0.84, 10. Moises Rodriguez 1:07.08, time drop 0.81, 15. Alejandro Mateus 1:09.60, time drop 2.56, 19. Zackary Harris 1:11.38.

200-meter freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Sunrise 2:10.15, 2. Pine Crest 2:17.99, 3. Metro Aquatics 2:19.43, 8. SOFLO A (Juan Vallmitjana, Connor Jimenez, Stefano Mazzi, Derek Hau) 2:28.43, 9. SOFLO B (Matt McVeigh, Joseph-Blake Natino, Matthew Jimenez, Benjamin Kim) 2:35.32.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 5:16.45, 2. Noah Smith, FAST 5:20.53, 3. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 5:22.89, time drop 13.94; SOFLO: 4. Javier Colmenares 5:24.46, time drop 23.06, 9. Lucas Porven 5:37.78, time drop 10.90, 15. Gavin Sheyda 5:57.72, time drop 4.71; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 4:37.21, 2. Kyle Korvick, GSC 4:44.40, 3. Javier Roman, SOFLO 4:56.25, time drop 8.93; SOFLO: 4. Enrique Rodriguez 4:47.96, time drop 20.01, 13. Alejandro Mateus 5:15.59.

IF YOU GO

What: 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart.

Defending 2017 champions: Combined, SOFLO; Boys, SOFLO; Girls, Guliver Swimming.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets for prelims $3 per session and finals $3 per session. Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club are co-hosting the meet. Well-respected Scott Boggs is serving as head referee. Results are available on Meet Mobile or http://www.martincountyswimming.org. For more information call Jim McCombs, 772-485-3239.

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

SOFLO’s Rodriguez, Roche Make Cuts For Arena Pro Series Mesa Stop; SOFLO Men Second At Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION—South Florida Aquatic Club teammates Rafael Rodriguez and Ricardo Roche brought out the best in each other on opening night of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

In Thursday’s 800-meter freestyle, Rodriguez, 15, finished third in 8:33.58 with a 3.29-second time drop. Roche, 17, had a huge time drop of 8.02 seconds to finish a close fourth in 8:33.73.

The pair both made their cuts for the April 13-15 Arena Pro Swim Series at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa, Ariz., the third stop on the pro meet series. It will be their first major pro meet.

Buoyed by the distance swimmers and relays, SOFLO men’s team is second with 226 points. The women’s team is fourth with 134. SOFLO is fourth overall in the combined with 492 points.

SOFLO’s mixed 200-meter medley relay finished second in 1:44.00 with Kelley Heron, Marc Rojas, Jonathan Farah and Kathleen Golding.

SOFLO girls finished third in the 200-meter medley relay in 2:03.45 with Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez and Golding.

In the 200-meter medley relay, SOFLO boys were fourth in 1:50.41 with Farah, Rojas, Juan Serna, Luke Lezotte).

SOFLO has 28 swimmers entered in the four-day meet. The majority will begin competing on Friday.

A field of 614 swimmers from 60 teams and 14 unattached teams are competing in the four-day meet, one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Hialeah, Boca Raton Swim Team, St. Andrew’s, Pine Crest Swimming, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Hurricane Swimming, TS Aquatics, YMCA of South Florida and host Plantation Swim Team.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Kamehameha Swim Club 603, 2. Azura 568, 3. East Coast 496, 4. SOFLO 492, 5. St. Andrew’s 420, 6. Pine Crest 344, 7. Bolles 302, 8. Metro Aquatics 274, 9. City of Lafayette 254, 10. Piranhas YMCA 181.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 248, 2. SOFLO 226, 3. Metro Aquatics 208, 4. Kamehameha 180, 5. Bolles 144.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Kamehameha 251, 2. East Coast 178, 3. Bolles 158, 4. SOFLO 134, 5. City of Lafayette 132.

GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Anna Auld, East Coast Aquatic Club 17:11.86, 2. Jillian Barczyk, City of Lafayette Aquatics 17:36.79, 3. Christina Neri, Piranhas YMCA of the Suncoast 17:47.54.

200-meter medley relay:

1.Pine Crest Swimming 2:01.34, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 2:02.30, 3. SOFLO A (Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding) 2:03.45.

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Pine Crest Swimming 1:47.90, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:48.99, 3. Bolles 1:50.49; 17. SOFLO B (Jennifer Rodriguez, Marianna Serrao, Jessica Rodriguez, Delanie Perez) 1:58.11.

BOYS

800-meter freestyle:

1.Michael Petrides, Kamehameha Swim Club 8:22.19, 2. Colin Rockell, Unattached 8:31.42, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 8:33.58, time drop, 4. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 8:33.73, time drop; SOFLO: 11. Max Asnis 8:48.65, 24. Leonardo Mateus 9:01.80.

200-meter medley relay:

1.Azura Florida Aquatic 1:46.93, 2. Bolles 1:47.65, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:49.24, 4. SOFLO A (Jonathan Farah, Marc Rojas, Juan Serna, Luke Lezotte) 1:50.41; 12. SOFLO B (Kevin Porto, Ervin Marin, Max Asnis, Rafael Rodriguez) 1:56.03.

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Bolles 1:36.55, 2. Metro Aquatics 1:37.11, 3. Azura 1:37.21, 8. SOFLO A (Kevin Porto, Marc Rojas, Jonathan Farah, Luke Lezotte) 1:40.30, 12. SOFLO B (Heath Brames, Ervin Marin, Max Asnis, Juan Serna) 1:41.98.

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:

1.Azura 1:53.87, 2. SOFLO A (Kelley Heron, Marc Rojas, Jonathan Farah, Kathleen Golding) 1:55.00, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:55.18, 18. SOFLO B (Samuel Quintero, Jessica Rodriguez, Juan Diaz, Abby Oyetunji) 2:06.14.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Pine Crest 1:42.88, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:42.98, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:43.08, 18. SOFLO B (Heath Brames, Jennifer Rodriguez, Max Asnis, Elise Larin) 1:50.74.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: USA Swimming Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

WHEN: Friday-Sunday

SCHEDULE: Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Warm-ups 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation.

OF NOTE: Admission $5 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information go to http://www.swimpst.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Olympic Gold Medalist Claire Donahue Leads SOFLO Contingent At Minneapolis Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

November 11, 2015—A Who’s Who in swimming will compete at the 2015-16 Arena Pro Swim Series opener Thursday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue of South Florida Aquatic Club will be joined by Elizabeth Beisel, Hilda Luthersdottir, Dan Wallace and Arkady Vyatchanin of Gator Swim Club, Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach, St. Augustine’s Vien Nguyen, Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg, Pavel Sankovich of Club Seminole and Bolles alum George Bovell as part of a strong Florida contingent.

Olympic champions Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Nathan Adrian, among 50 national team swimmers, make the three-day meet one of the most attended by top name swimmers.

An added bonus for international swimmers training for the Rio Summer Olympics is that the meet is a FINA-approved competition where swimmers can achieve qualifying times for the 2016 Olympic Games including SOFLO’s Lisa Blackburn, a national record holder for Bermuda. At 43, Blackburn is the oldest swimmers in the field. Erika Erndl, 37, of T2 Aquatics is also entered.

Blackburn will compete in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley.

Donahue, who has been training well at her new training base in South Florida, will swim the 50-meter freestyle and 100- and 200-meter butterfly events.

Also entered in the 100 butterfly is 2012 Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Dana Vollmer, who has returned to the pool after giving birth to her first child.

SOFLO swimmer Kile Aukerman, 22, will compete in four events: 50-meter freestyle, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke races and 200-meter individual medley.

Phelps is scheduled to compete in six events over three days. He is entered in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, 100- and 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke.

Among his events, Lochte, 31, is entered in the 400-meter freestyle, an off-event for the SwimMAC swimmer.

Thursday’s events are the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley.

Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meet will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

The Arena Pro Swim Series is the first of seven stops. The circuit will award a record $350,000 in total prize money. The top three finishers in each event win $1,000, $600 and $200. The overall point series winners will earn an additional $10,000 in bonus money and one-year lease for a BMW.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Finishes Strong At Gulliver Invitational


By Sharon Robb

May 26, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club finished on a good note Sunday, the second and final day of the Gulliver Long Course Summer Kickoff Invitational.

The final day looked more like a competitive dual meet between SOFLO and host Gulliver, each with more than 100 swimmers entered in the Florida Gold Coast meet.

On the final day, SOFLO won nine boys age group races and seven girls age group titles.

SOFLO’s Erika Pelaez, 8, led the girls’ team. She was a triple winner in the 50-meter backstroke in 37.22, 100-meter freestyle in 1:11.48 and 50-meter butterfly in 35.58.

Molly Golding won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:44.61; tied with teammate Hailey Garbez for first in the 50-meter backstrokeand 100-meter breaststroke in 1:26.42.

Kyana Castro won the 100-meter freestyle in 1:04.74 and was second in the 50-meter butterfly in 32.37.

SOFLO’s Zackary Harris won four events in the 10-and-under 200-meter individual medley in 2:48.88, 100-meter freestyle in 1:10.46, 50-meter butterfly in 34.54 and 100-meter breaststroke in 1:36.21.

Jie Hoon Lee won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:40.09, 50-meter butterfly in 31.75 and 100-meter breaststroke in 1:22.60.

John Paul Handal won the 50-meter backstroke in 35.28; Michael Arias won the 100-meter freestyle in 1:09.44 and Alejandro Mateus won the 50-meter backstroke in 39.75.

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Corley Smith, Florida Keys 3:27.12, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 3:34.17, 3. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 3:41.84; SOFLO: 5. Luna Delgado 3:55.40; 11-12, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:44.61, 2. Paige Lane, Unattached 2:48.69, 3. Sally Golding, SOFLO 3:00.88; SOFLO: 4. Daniela Barreto 3:03.07, 5. Sarah Acevedo 3:06.19, 6. Sophia Bedoya 3:11.82, 7. Lily Sines 3:23.33, 8. Emma Twombly 3:24.47; Open, 1. Ksenia Yuskova, Hurricanes 2:24.55, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:28.00, 3. Cameron Davis, Hurricanes 2:33.89; SOFLO: 10. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:44.03.

50-meter backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 37.22, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 43.79, 3. Mia Escudero 46.40; SOFLO: 4. Kaitlyn Barrios 46.78, 5. Leah Pando 47.34, 6. Isabella Arcila 47.41, 9. Luna Delgado 48.53; 11-12, 1. tie, Molly Golding, SOFLO 37.40, Hailey Garbez, SOFLO 37.40, 3. Katie Rogers 37.54; SOFLO: 4. Karen Perez 37.97, 5. Michelle Ordonez 38.46, 6. Daniela Curbelo 38.53, 8. Sarah Acevedo 43.93.

100-meter backstroke:

Open, 1. Julie Suarez, Hurricanes 1:09.57, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:14.92, 3. Kayla Kraft, Gulliver 1:16.50; SOFLO: 4. Vanessa Mesa 1:18.45, 5. Abby Oyetunji 1:18.51, 6. Annita Huang 1:19.49, 7. Anabel Vazquez 1:20.99, 10. Madison Johnson 1:24.10, 11. Zariya Harris 1:25.14.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 1:11.48, 2. Corley Smith, Florida Keys 1:20.96, 3. Abbie Sargent, Florida Keys 1:22.61; SOFLO: 4. Valerie Vank 1:24.22, 6. Mia Escudero 1:27.19, 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:27.30, 8. Leah Pando 1:30.65, 9. Luna Delgado 1:31.67; 11-12, 1. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 1:04.74, 2. Paige Lane, Unattached 1:04.79, 3. Valerie Barreto, Gulliver 1:06.15; SOFLO: 4. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:08.63, 5. Isabella Jurado 1:08.81, 6. Molly Golding 1:09.34, 7. Daniela Curbelo 1:11.20, 8. Michelle Ordonez 1:12.55, 9. Karen Perez 1:13.09, 11. Sarah Acevedo 1:13.71; Open, 1. Ksenia Yuskova, Hurricanes 59.08, 2. Angela Algee, Hurricanes 59.69, 3. Heather Arseth, Hurricanes 59.83; SOFLO: 4. Kathleen Golding 1:00.58, 9. Vanessa Mesa 1:04.43, 10. Abby Oyetunji 1:05.55, 11. Annita Huang 1:08.45.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Abbie Sargeant, Florida Keys 1:38.61, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:42.55, 3. Mia Escudero, SOFLo 1:44.36; SOFLO: 5. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:53.29, 6. Leah Pando 1:55.36, 7. Mariann Catalasan 1:56.69; 11-12, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 1:26.42, 2. Isabella Jurado, SOFLO 1:30.41, 3. Daniela Barreto, SOFLO 1:35.40; SOFLO: 4. Daniela Curbelo 1:35.58, 6. Sally Golding 1:35.86, 7. Michelle Ordonez 1:38.81, 8. Hailey GArbez 1:39.45, 9. Emma Twombly 1:52.54.

200-meter breaststroke:

Open, 1. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 3:00.96, 2. Emiliana Pelaez, Unattached 3:01.38, 3. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver 3:01.85; SOFLO: 10. Katrina Del Vecchio 3:09.64.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 35.58, 2. Mia Escudero, SOFLO 42.10, 3. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOFLO 45.98; SOFLO: 5. Luna Delgado 51.78, 6. Leah Pando 52.59, 7. Isabella Arcila 53.52, 10. Kailey Smith 56.45; 11-12, 1. Paige Lane, Unattached 32.17, 2. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 32.37, 3. Valerie Barreto, Gulliver 32.38; SOFLO: 4. Daniela Curbelo 34.56, 5. Katrina Del Vecchio 34.97, 7. Karen Perez 37.34, 8. Isabella Jurado 37.65, 10. Hailey Garbez 38.26, 11. Sarah Acevedo 39.85.

100-meter butterfly:

Open, 1. Angela Algee, Hurricanes 1:02.84, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 1:07.86, 3. Valerie Barreto, Gulliver 1:09.25; SOFLO: 4. Vanessa Mesa 1:15.43, 7. Madison Johnson 1:18.29, 8. Abby Oyetunji 1:18.68, 9. Annita Huang 1:19.63.

400-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver 4:29.87, 2. Cameron Davis, Hurricanes 4:34.71, 3. Julie Suarez, Hurricanes 4:39.54; SOFLO: 9. Jessica Rodrigiez 4:53.47.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 2:48.88, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 3:01.85, 3. Logan Gonzalez, SOFLO 3:14.87; SOFLO: 4. Christian Tijero 3:15.98, 6. Tyler Hering 3:27.58, 9. Lucas Porven 3:45.75; 11-12, 1. Jie Hoon Lee, SOFLO 2:40.09, 2. Nicolas Rossi, SOFLO 2:52.81, 3. Christian Vazquez, SOFLO 3:05.63; SOFLO: 6. Alex Golding 3:09.30, 8. Gabriel Ferdinand 3:23.06; Open, 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 2:11.43, 2. Anton Lobanov, ACE 2:16.95, 3. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 2:20.83.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 39.75, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 42.17, 3. Aldo Zepeda, SOFLO; SOFLO: 5. Noah Hew 44.24, 6. Fernando Barreto 44.98, 7. Tyler Hering 45.75, 8. Jacob Navarro 46.49, 9. Matthew Kim 46.71; 11-12, 1. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 35.28, 2. Marcos Vazquez, SOFLO 35.69, 3. Nicolas Munoz, SOFLO 38.19; SOFLO: 6. Odin Farkas 41.54, 7. Alex Golding 42.30, 8. Tanner Gibson 43.32, 9. Christian Vazquez 42.86, 10. Ryan Alfonso 45.25.

100-meter backstroke:

Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 59.71, 2. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 1:04.50, 3. Jonathan Farah, SOFLO 1:04.87; SOFLO: 4. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:06.70, 6. Juan Diaz 1:08.35, 7. Leonardo Mateus 1:09.26.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:10.46, 2. Logan Gonzalez, SOFLO 1:17.88, 3. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 1:18.13; SOFLO: 4. Tyler Hering 1:19.41, 6. Jacob Navarro 1:20.74, 7. Aldo Zepeda 1:21.20, 8. Noah Hew 1:21.56, 9. Fernando Barreto 1:23.87, 10. Matthew Kim 1:28.12; 11-12, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO 1:09.44, 2. Edward Hoff, Florida Keys 1:11.28, 3. Nicolas Munoz, SOFLO 1:13.17; SOFLO: 5. Ryan Alfonso 1:15.44, 7. Alex Golding 1:16.66, 8. Christian Vasquez 1:18.81, 9. Gabriel Ferdinand 1:19.37, 10. Danniell Hughes 1:19.41, 11. Sebastian Navarro 1:19.46; Open, 1. Thiago Sickert, ACE 52.76, 2. Michael Raga, ACE 54.26, 3. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 54.56; SOFLO: 9. Juan Diaz 59.48.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 34.54, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 40.64, 3. Logan Gonzalez, SOFLO 43.05; SOFLO: 4. Tyler Hering 44.11, 5. Fernando Barreto 44.13, 6. Aldo Zepeda 44.15, 7. Noah Hew 46.12, 8. Alessandro Pereira 47.16, 9. Matthew Kim 47.56, 11. Lucas Porven 50.73; 11-12, 1. Jie Hoon Lee, SOFLO 31.75, 2. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 32.61, 3. Marcos Vazquez, SOFLO 35.84; SOFLO: 6. Sebastian Navarro 38.75, 7. Nicolas Munoz 39.39, 9. Danniell Hughes 41.33, 10. Tanner Gibson 41.95, 11. Christian Vasquez 42.36.

100-meter butterfly:

Open, 1. Thiago Sickert, ACE 56.73, 2. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 58.82, 3. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 59.46; SOFLO: 5. Jonathan Farah 1:01.62, 7. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:02.56, 8. Juan Diaz 1:04.30.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:36.21, 2. Samuel Bullen, SOFLO 1:46.10, 3. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:46.40; SOFLO: 11-12, 1. Jie Hoon Lee, SOFLO 1:22.60, 2. Michael Arias, SOFLO 1:23.40, 3. Marcos Vazquez, SOFLO 1:34.88; SOFLO: 4. Danniell Hughes 1:42.03, 5. Alex Golding 1:42.52, 6. Ryan Alfonso 1:45.67, 7. Odin Farkas 1:46.73, 8. Gabriel Ferdinand 1:48.20.

400-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 4:14.81, 2. Samuel Asnis, Unattached 4:21.20, 3. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 4:27.18.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO Heads Gulliver Long Course Summer Invitational


By Sharon Robb

May 21, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will be getting in some long course racing over the holiday weekend.

SOFLO is among one of the largest teams in the Gulliver Long Course Summer Invitational.

The three-day meet begins on Friday with timed finals in the girls 800-meter freestyle with 47 swimmers and boys 1500-meter freestyle with 35 swimmers.

Gulliver has the largest team with 129 swimmers. SOFLO has 103 swimmers entered.

SOFLO’s contingent is led by Erika Pelaez, 8, Michael Arias, 12, Kyana Castro, 12, Jonathan Farah, 17, Kathleen Golding, 14, Julien Pinon, 16, and Rafael Rodriguez, 13.

IF YOU GO

What: Gulliver Long Course Summer Invitational

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, Timed finals, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Session 1, 9 a.m., Session 2, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Session 3, 10 a.m., Session 4, 3 p.m.

Where: Gulliver Prep School, 6575 SW 88th Street, Miami

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3. For information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1552.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO Makes History, Wins FGC Junior Olympics Long Course Championships

SOFLO Makes History, Wins FGC Junior Olympics Long Course Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

The South Florida Aquatic Club made history in the Florida Gold Coast.

The newly-formed club won its first major team titles Sunday night at the Florida Gold Coast 14-and-under Junior Olympics Long Course Championship at the Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO swept the combined, boys and girls team titles, topping an impressive field that included Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, defending champion Lake Lytal Lightning, AK Sharks, Pine Crest and Broward Aquatics.

SOFLO, just two months old, is the youngest club ever to win a major FGC title.

The Nike-sponsored club is a result of the merging of the Coral Springs Swim Club and Comets Swim Team, two of the most well-respected USA Swimming clubs.

Since SOFLO’s first official meet at the May 13-15 FGC Open Invitational at the Academic Village Pool, swimmers, parents and coaches quickly established chemistry and team camaraderie which shined through during the post-meet celebration Sunday night.

“This was the first real test for our new team, since it was a Championship Meet,” said SOFLO head coach Michael Lohberg. “As Head Coach I could not be more pleased. To win all three team titles is something special. Especially considering the fact that we used some of our top kids, who qualified for the Southern Zone Championships in Atlanta in 10 days, only in very few events, to make sure they can peak and rest for Atlanta.

“We we were expecting a tough fight for the team titles,” Lohberg said. “That it turned out that way and our kids swimming over 200 personal best times speaks for the excellent work of our coaches, and for the talent and toughness of our kids.”

Heading into Sunday night championships finals, SOFLO led Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, 576-498.

SOFLO won the combined team title with 705 points. FLA was second with 622. SOFLO won the girls crown with 388 points and FLA was second with 324. SOFLO won the boys team title with 317 points and FLA was runner-up with 298.

For the third day in a row, SOFLO posted career-best times including 51 in prelims and another 15 in finals. Over three days, SOFLO had a record 262 career-best times.

“The team was great,’ said Catharine Cooper, who had career-best swims in every event including the 100 freestyle where she finished third in 1:10.14. “We did a couple relays together. It was pretty fun. Everyone was really happy. The whole meet was amazing.”

“For us coaches, teaching a high standard of stroke technique to these young swimmers is more important than winning,” Lohberg said. “But if technique and swimming fast comes together like today, I don’t mind.  It definitely was impressive. The kids stepped up and turned in one great performance after another.  Especially I enjoy to see a girl like Catharine Cooper progress.  She started in our SwimAmerica Learn To Swim Program, learned all the techniques, continued to our Mullins Park Program, and now, at age 10, swimming with our Head Age Group Coach Bruno Darzi. She is scoring in finals left and right.  And there are many more stories like that. For us coaches, this is pure joy!”

SOFLO’s depth was never more evident during the three-day meet.

Sisters Emily and Allison Kopas, SOFLO’s newest members, were unable to contribute points since they were competing unattached in compliance with the mandatory Florida Gold Coast transfer rule.

Several other top swimmers including Steph Campo, Tyla Martin, Marco Hosfeld and Emma Lincoln swam in limited events, opting instead to focus on the July 27-31 Southern Zone Championships in Atlanta.

“I am very excited and happy for the kids,” Darzi said. “This is great. It was really a great team effort, a good combination of results from both pools. The kids did a great job. We had high expectations without knowing how it would turn out.”

“Absolutely the future looks good, we are excited about it,” Darzi said. “We got the chance to see a lot of our young ones really step it up. There are some things we need to work on as a team. Knowing there is still a lot of room for improvement but we had great results is very encouraging.”

SOFLO’s Emily Kopas, 13, competing unattached, was a double winner on Sunday night.

Kopas won the 13-14 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:26.14.  Her previous best was 2:26.82. She also won the 50-meter breaststroke in 34.70, another career-best. Her previous best was 34.87.

Ten-year-olds Eden Cooke and Kelley Heron were individual champions.

Cooke won the girls 10-and-under 50-meter backstroke in a career-best 36.84. Cooke was second in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:10.08, a career-best. Cooke was also fourth in the 200 IM in a career-best 2:54.90.

Heron won the girls 10-and-under 50-meter breaststroke in a career-best 42.17. Heron was second in the 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:51.40 and fourth in the 100-meter freestyle in a career-best 1:10.17.

Maria Lopez, 14, was second in the 13-14 200-meter butterfly in a career-best 2:27.84. Marco Hosfeld, 14, was second in the 100-meter freestyle in a career-best 56.65.

Other SOFLO top results were:

Boys 10-and-under 200-meter individual medley: 5. Ricardo Roche, 10, 2:54.34, career-best.

Boys 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle: 6. Ricardo Roche, 10, 1:12.36; 8. Jorge Depassier, 10, 1:14.76; 10. Kevin Porto, 10, 1:12.90 (prelims).

Boys 10-and-under 50-meter backstroke: 5. Kevin Porto, 10, 39.28, swam career-best 39.24.

Boys 11-12 50-meter backstroke: 4. Gustavo Valery, 35.62; 5. Juan Lucas 36.81; 7. Alfredo Mesa, 11, 37.23.

Boys 11-12 50-meter breaststroke: 5. Diego Rodriguez, 12, 38.49.

Boys 11-12 200-meter butterfly: 7. Andre Menchaca, 12, 3:01.89, career-best.

Boys 11-12 100-meter freestyle: 10. Cristian Rossi, 11, 1:06.55.

Boys 13-14 200-meter individual medley: 6. Dylan Sell, 13, 2:28.01, career-best.

Boys 13-14 100-meter freestyle: 7. Blake Kelley, 14, 1:00.28.

Girls 10-and-under 50-meter breaststroke: 8. Catharine Cooper, 10, 46.36 (swam career-best 44.72 in prelims); 9. Delanie Perez, 10, 47.42.

Girls 11-12 50-meter breaststroke: 9. Audrey Mason, 12, 40.63.

Girls 11-12 50-meter backstroke: 8. Danielle Ginzburg, 12, 37.28.

Girls 11-12 200-meter individual medley: 6. Allison Kopas, 11, 2:44.11, career-best; 10. Jess Rodriguez, 11, 2:48.25.

Girls 11-12 100-meter freestyle: 6. Carly Swanson, 12, 1:11.87.

Girls 13-14 200-meter individual medley: 8. Kristi Brennan, 14, 2:41.44.

Girls 13-14 50-meter breaststroke: 10. Kelly Kealty, 13, 40.01, 11. Kayla Moodie, 13, 40.07.

SOFLO had eight swimmers among Top 10 high point finishers. They were:

10-and-under: (Girls) 2. Kelley Heron, 53 points; 3. Eden Cooke, 50; 4. Catharine Cooper 29; (Boys) 6. Kevin Porto, 22.

11-12: (Girls) 10. Carly Swanson, 19.

13-14: (Girls) 2. Emily Kopas, 54; 9. Maria Lopez 20; (Boys) 4. Marco Hosfeld, 25.

TEAM TOTALS

COMBINED: 1. SOFLO 705, 2. FLA 622, 3. Lake Lytal Lightning 447, 4. AK Sharks 316.50, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 301, 6. Broward Aquatics 289, 7. Blue Marlins 268, 8. Miami Dade County Aquatic Club 260.50, 9. Rockway Swimming Team 198, 10. Jupiter Dragons 187.

GIRLS: 1. SOFLO 388, 2. FLA 324, 3. Lake Lytal Lightning 302, 4. AK Sharks 289, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 175.50, 6. Miami Dade County Aquatic Club 166.50, 7. Jupiter Dragons 132, 8. Plantation Swim Team 127.50, 9. St. Andrew’s Swimming 95.50, 10. Broward Aquatics 51.

BOYS: 1. SOFLO 317, 2. FLA 298, 3. Blue Marlins 254, 4. Broward Aquatics 238, 5. Rockway 194, 6. Lake Lytal Lightning 145, 7. Pine Crest Swimming 125.50, 8. Miami Dade County Aquatic Club 94, 9. City of Hialeah 91, 10. Heritage Aquatics 90.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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