Michelle Morgan, Joshua Brown Win Opening Day Events At TYR 18&Under Spring Cup


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, April 29, 2021—The TYR 18&Under Spring Cup got under way Thursday with distance events at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Michelle Morgan, 16, of Pipeline Swimming won the women’s 800-meter freestyle in 9:00.53 ahead of Paige Housman, 16, of Flying Fish Arizona in 9:01.74.

Erin Miller, 16, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics coming off two open water events, was 13th in 9:20.03. She was the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer in the field.

Joshua Brown, 18, of Highlander Aquatics won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 15:48.87. Andrew Taylor of Tampa Bay Aquatics was second in 15:49.77. No Florida Gold Coast swimmers were in the men’s event.

Blue Dolfins lead the women’s team standings after Day One with 33 points. Pipeline Swimming is second with 20. St. Andrew’s is 11th with four points.

Area Tallahassee lead the men’s team standings with 31 points. Highlander Aquatic Club is second with 20 points.

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers Elena Dinehart, 16, 200-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly; Olivia Dinehart, 16, 100-meter breaststroke and 400 IM; Maddie Smutny, 15, 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly; Dominic Bono, 17, 400 IM; Miguel Sierra, 18, 100 butterfly and Juan Mora, 18, 100 breaststroke begin competing on Friday.

The USA Swimming long course meter competition features four host sites across the country, all scheduled from Thursday through Sunday.

The meet was created in March as an additional opportunity for in-person competition for young swimmers to earn qualifying cuts for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

USA Swimming was recently made aware of California Department of Health restrictions that will no longer allow out-of-state teams to compete at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif., location of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup.

Affected teams have the opportunity to attend any of the other three sites at Wellmark YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa; SwimRVA in Richmond, Va. or Orlando, if they choose. It is the only geographical exemption permitted.

The event is the third national event for 18&Under swimmers hosted by USA Swimming since December 2020, following the 18&Under Winter Championships and the 18&Under Spring Virtual Championships.

Prelims and finals events are Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday’s events are: 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley.

The meet will be live streamed on iSWIMTV and will be updated on social media @iSWIMTV.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Blue Dolfins 33, 2. Pipeline Swimming 20, 3. Flying Fish 17, 4. Area Tallahassee 15, 5. Gulf Coast 14, 11. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 4.

WOMEN
800-meter freestyle:

  1. Michelle Morgan, PIP 9:00.53, 2. Paige Housman, FLYF 9:01.74, 3. Carlie Rose, BD 9:02.23; FGC: 13. Erin Miller, SAS 9:20.03.

MEN
MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Area Tallahassee 31, 2. Highlander Aquatic Club 20, 3. Tampa Bay 17, 4. Flying Fish Arizona 14, 5. T2 Aquatics 13, 6. Blue Dolfins 12.

1500-meter freestyle:

  1. Joshua Brown, HIGH 15:48.87, 2. Andrew Taylor, TB 15:49.77, 3. Stuart Higdon, AT 15:56.66

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

SOFLO Super Six Will Compete In TYR 18&Under Spring Cup That Begins Thursday


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, April 28, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup that begins Thursday at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Fifteen-year-old U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Maddie Smutny heads SOFLO’s contingent that also includes twin sisters Olivia and Elena Dinehart, 16, Dominic Bono, 17, Juan Mora, 16, and Miguel Sierra, 16. They will swim a total of 27 individual events.

The USA Swimming long course meter competition features four host sites across the country, all scheduled from Thursday through Sunday. The meet was created in March as an additional opportunity for in-person competition for young swimmers to earn qualifying cuts for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

USA Swimming was recently made aware of California Department of Health restrictions that will no longer allow out-of-state teams to compete at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif. location of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup.

Affected teams will have the opportunity to attend any of the other three sites at Wellmark YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa; SwimRVA in Richmond, Va. or Orlando, if they choose. It is the only geographical exemption permitted.

The event is the third national event for 18&Under swimmers hosted by USA Swimming since December 2020, following the 18&Under Winter Championships and the 18&Under Spring Virtual Championships.

Smutny made her first trials cut in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:14.37 at the Piranhas Senior Invitational in March. She dipped under the first wave cut of 2:14.59.

Smutny is entered in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley.

Bono, headed to Youngstown State University in the fall, is entered in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke.

Elena Dinehart will swim the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke.

Olivia Dinehart is entered in six events: 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, 200- and 400-meter individual medley and 100- and 400-meter freestyle. She is seeded first in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:37.29.

Mora will swim the 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes and 100-meter freestyle.

Sierra is entered in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly events, 50- and 100-meter freestyles and 100-meter backstroke.

Thursday’s timed final events are the women’s 800-meter freestyle and 1500-meter freestyle at 5 p.m. Prelims and finals events are Friday through Sunday.

The meet will be live streamed on iSWIMTV and will be updated on social media @iSWIMTV.

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

SOFLO Sweeps Team Titles; Maddie Smutny Makes U.S. Olympic Trials Cut At Piranhas Senior Invitational


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 7, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club swept the combined, women’s and men’s team titles on the fourth and final day of the Piranhas Senior Invitational Sunday at Plantation Aquatic Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club won the combined team title with 3,639.50 points. Phoenix Swimming was runner-up with 2,665 and Azura Florida Aquatics was third with 1,325.50. Only three teams cracked 1,000-points.

SOFLO won the women’s team title with 1,962.50 points. Phoenix Swimming was second with 1,754 and Pine Crest was third with 586.

SOFLO won the men’s team title with 1,473 points. Colorado Stars were second with 901.50 and Azura Florida Aquatics was third with 815.

It was a big night for SOFLO swimmers with four wins, one U.S. Olympic Trials cut and plenty of best times.

Maddie Smutny, 15, made her first U.S. Olympic trials cut in the 200-meter butterfly. She won the event in a best time 2:14.37, dropping 1.38 seconds. She dipped under the first wave cut of 2:14.59. The second wave cut is 2:12.56. Her previous best was 2:15.75. She went 2:20.16 in prelims. Her finals splits were 1:06.08 and 1:08.29.

In the following women’s event, Smutny also swam a best time in the 100-meter freestyle in 59.59, dropping 0.06 from her previous best of 59.65 to win the “B” final and finish ninth overall.

Smutny finished third in high point with 147 points behind Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics with 187 and Alexis Martino of Phoenix Swimming with 147.50.

Other Top 10 high point SOFLO swimmers were Elena Dinehart, 16, sixth with 132.50 and Alia Atkinson, 32, tied for eighth with 128 points.

Jessica Yeager, 19, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:34.27, a best time by 2.45 seconds. Her previous best was 2:36.72. She went 2:38.84 in prelims.

Julio Horrego, 22, won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:18.31. He dropped 0.20 from his previous best of 2:18.51. He went 2:26.31 in prelims. Horrego finished tenth in high point with 96 points.

Juan Mora, 16, was second in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:20.23, shaving 3.38 seconds off his previous best of 2:23.61. He went 2:23.25 in prelims. Mora finished with 90 points in high point.

Dominic Bono, 17, won the 1,500-meter freestyle in a best time 16:28.94, shaving 13.56 off his previous best of 16:42.50. Bono was also third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.84. Bono finished second in men’s high point with 141 points behind Keegan McKenney of Coastal Maine Aquatics with 151.

SOFLO’s women’s 400-meter freestyle relay team tied Azura Florida Aquatics for second in 4:00.87 with Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Maddie Smutny and Elena Dinehart.

Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny got another Olympic trials cut at the meet, this time in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.16.

In the men’s 100-meter freestyle, St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Reese Branzell, 17, knocked off Polish Olympian Marcin Cieslak, 28, of Swim Fort Lauderdale, 50.52-51.22.

SOFLO had 49 (27 male, 22 female) athletes competing in 218 individual events and 12 relays.

In addition to SOFLO and host Plantation Swim Team 30 teams were entered. They were: Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, Coastal Maine Aquatics, Colorado Stars, Coral Springs Swim Club, Delray Stingers, Eagle Aquatics, FAST, Aruba Giants Aquatics, Hurricane Aquatics, Inspire Swim Team, Metro Aquatics, Midtown Weston, North Palm Beach, PAQ, Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming, Pine Crest, Race (Ky.) Aquatics, Revolution Aquatics, Riptide, St. Andrew’s, Seal Beach (Calif.) Swim Club, Southern Maine Aquatic Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, Webbs Tornadoes and Wahoos of Wellington.

Under stringent COVID-19 safety protocols, no spectators were allowed on deck. Only coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and athletes were allowed on deck. Those entering the pool deck had to wear masks, maintain six feet in social distancing and have their temperature checked.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 3,639.50, 2. Phoenix Swimming 2,665, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,325.50, 4. Colorado Stars 936.50, 5. Plantation Swim Team 726, 6. Metro Aquatics 592, 7. Pine Crest Swimming 586, 8. Webbs Tornadoes 580, 9. Flood Aquatics 529.50, 10. Revolution Aquatics 452.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,962.50, 2. Phoenix Swimming 1,754, 3. Pine Crest 586, 4. Webb Tornadoes 491, 5. Azura 382.50, 6. tie, Metro Aquatics, Plantation Swim Team 226, 8. Eagle Aquatics 200, 9. Wellington Wahoos 197, 10. Inspire Swim Team 166.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,473, 2. Colorado Stars 901.50, 3. Azura 815, 4. Phoenix Swimming 753, 5. Plantation Swim Team 452, 6. Revolution Aquatics 422, 7. Metro Aquatics 366, 8. FAST 300.50, 9. Eagle Aquatics 217, 10. Coastal Maine 185.

WOMEN
200-meter butterfly: 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:14.37, U.S. Olympic Trial cut, 2. Samantha Banos, SEAL 2:19.68, 3. Julimar Avila, AZURA 2:20.78; SOFLO: 7. Sara Quintero 2:31.88.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 55.51, 2. Malia Amuan, PHX 58.61, 3. Michaela Chokureva, PHX 59.17; SOFLO: 8. Nathalie Valdman 1:00.24, 9. Maddie Smutny 59.59, 10. Elena Dinehart 1:00.16, 21. Michelle Marinheiro 1:02.65, 23. Nat Gembicki 1:03.41.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Jessica Yeager, SOFLO 2:34.27, 2. Micaela Sierra, AZURA 2:35.06, 3. Destiny Nelson, Unattached 2:25.87; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Dinehart 2:37.29, 9. Molly Golding 2:47.75, 10. Sophia Grubbs 2:48.30, 13. Sabrina Osorio 2:52.31, 14. Sally Golding 2:53.11, 21. Nat Gembicki 3:02.54.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:14.16, 2. Celina Marquez, Unattached 2:17.56, 3. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:17.72; SOFLO: 4. Margaux McDonald 2:19.77, 6. Elena Dinehart 2:22.16, 7. Liza Whitmire 2:23.73, 8. Mallory Schleicher 2:25.26, 15. Lucy Smutny 2:32.88, 22. Alexis Christensen 2:38.17, 24. Sofia Osorio 2:43.67.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Phoenix Swimming 3:55.75 (Megan Reich, Michaela Chokureva, Malia Amuan, Alexis Martino), 2. tie, SOFLO A 4:00.87 (Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Maddie Smutny, Elena Dinehart), 2. Azura 4:00.87 (Julimar, Colleen Furgeson, Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Micaela Sierra).

800-meter freestyle: 1. Megan Reich, PHX 9:10.48, 2. Faith Mutschler, WOW 9:23.83, 3. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 9:33.19; SOFLO: 6. Mariangela Cincotti 10:01.49.

MEN
200-meter butterfly: 1. Joey Carbone, SAS 2:02.30, 2. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:03.25, 3. Gabriel Araya, AZURA 2:03.87; SOFLO: 12. Enrique Rodriguez 2:14.54, 13. Alejandro Mateus 2:17.68.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Reese Branzell, Unattached 50.52, 2. Marcin Cieslak, SFTL 51.22, 3. Joaquin Vargas, AZURA 51.48; SOFLO: 12. Michael Arias 53.92, 17. Matthew Tarafa 54.80, 18. Juan Colmenares 55.28.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 2:18.31, 2. Juan Mora, SOFLO 2:20.23, 3. Adriel Sanes, Unattached 2:22.80; SOFLO: 13. Alex Golding 2:36.87, 14. Javier Roman 2:37.42, 20. Adrian Hernandez 2:41.74, 21. Garrett Oliver 2:41.99, 22. Alan Bertea 2:43.85.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, AZURA 2:01.51, 2. Patrick Groters, Unattached Giants Aruba 2:07.08, 3. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 2:09.84; SOFLO: 4. Lance Lesage 2:10.70, 10. Leonardo Mateus 2:19.30, 11. Adrian Hernandez 2:20.41, 12. Austin Nelson 2:21.21, 21. Tristan Wilson 2:25.10.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 3:29.47 (Gabriel Araya, Joaquin Vargas, Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Yeziel Morales), 2. Colorado Stars 3:38.17, 3. SOFLO A 3:38.72 (Juan Mora, Michael Arias, Juan Colmenares, Matthew Tarafa), 4. SOFLO B 3:45.89 (Julio Horrego, Adrian Hernandez, Dominic Bono, Alex Golding).

1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 16:28.94, 2. Hector Paz, MAC 16:47.66, 3. Philip Moldovanu, WOW 16:58.09; SOFLO: 8. Nicholas Chaimowicz 19:25.61.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Ready To Race In Piranhas Senior Invitational


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 3, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club will be among top teams competing at the Piranhas Senior Invitational at Plantation Aquatic Center.

Several SOFLO swimmers will be looking for best times, U.S. Olympic trials cuts and international Olympic cuts during the four-day meet.

The 50-meter long course meet, hosted by Plantation Swim Team and City of Plantation, begins Thursday with timed finals at 5 p.m. with the women’s 1500-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle, 200-meter medley relay and 200-meter freestyle relay.

It continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. The top 24 swimmers from prelims will qualify for A, B, and C finals.

SOFLO is sending 49 (27 male, 22 female) athletes to the four day meet to compete in 218 individual events and 12 relays.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Alia Atkinson, 32, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:08.00; 100-meter butterfly, 1:01.38; 50-meter breaststroke, 30.58; 50-meter butterfly, 26.61.

Julio Horrego, 22, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:02.28; 50-meter breaststroke, 28.81.

Maddie Smutny, 15, 200-meter butterfly, 2:15.75.

Mallory Schleicher, 17, 800-meter freestyle, 9:03.34.

In addition to SOFLO and host Plantation Swim Team thirty teams are entered. They are: Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, Coastal Maine Aquatics, Colorado Stars, Coral Springs Swim Club, Delray Stingers, Eagle Aquatics, FAST, Aruba Giants Aquatics, Hurricane Aquatics, Inspire Swim Team, Metro Aquatics, Midtown Weston, North Palm Beach, PAQ, Phoenix Swimming, Pine Crest, Race (Ky.) Aquatics, Revolution Aquatics, Riptide, St. Andrew’s, Seal Beach (Calif.) Swim Club, Southern Maine Aquatic Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, Webbs Tornadoes and Wahoos of Wellington.

Familiar faces, brothers Jordy, 24, and Patrick Groters, 22, of Aruba are among the men’s field. Patrick, a top seed, is swimming unattached and Jordy is competing in four sprint events for his swim club Giants Aquatics Aruba.

Jordy, an Aruba national record holder in several events, has been retired from competitive swimming for more than two years. He started the Giants Aquatics age group club in his native country on Jan. 11, 2020. Patrick swims for Division I University of Denver and represents Aruba internationally. Their mom, Maureen Croes, is the current Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) President. UANA is one of five continental regions representing aquatic sports within FINA.

Top local swimmers competing are Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest, Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics, Joaquin Vargas of Azura, Marcin Cieslak of Swim Fort Lauderdale and Bruno Fratus of Coral Springs Swim Club.

Among out-of-state top swimmers to watch are: Malia Amuan, 16, of Phoenix Swimming in Haverhill, Mass., who verbally committed to Michigan for the fall of 2022; Megan Reich, 16, also of Phoenix Swimming, who verbally committed to Princeton (Class of 2026); Blake Wilton, 20, and Adriel Sanes, 22, both of Colorado Stars.

Under stringent COVID-19 safety protocols, no spectators will be allowed on deck. Only coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and athletes will be allowed on deck. Those entering the pool deck must wear masks, maintain six feet in social distancing and have their temperature checked.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Leads After Day One Of New Year’s Invitational; Maddie Smutny, Olivia Dinehart, Julio Horrego Double Winners


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 22, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club dominated opening night action Friday at the South Florida Aquatic Club New Year’s Invitational at Academic Village Pool.

Depth, solid racing and three double winners enabled host South Florida Aquatic Club to lead both the men’s and women’s competition in the five-team meet.

SOFLO had five swimmers in the Top 10 of the girls’ 200-yard butterfly including Sophia Grubbs who dropped 6.36 seconds to finish fourth and Fiorella Di Salvo who dropped 3.23 to finish fifth.

SOFLO had eight swimmers in the Top 10 of the girls’ 50-yard freestyle including five with time drops.

SOFLO had nine among the Top 10 finishers in the girls’ 200-yard backstroke.

SOFLO had six swimmers finish in the Top 10 of the girls’ 200-yard breaststroke.

Among SOFLO’s opening night winners were:

Maddie Smutny, 15, 500-yard freestyle, 5:09.20; 100-yard freestyle 54.62.

Juan Mora, 16, 200-yard butterfly, 1:57.54, time drop of 16.15 seconds.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, 100-yard individual medley, 1:01.42; 200-yard breaststroke, 2:26.18.

Julio Horrego, 22, 100-yard individual medley, 52.48; 100-yard freestyle 46.17, time drop 0.23.

Julianne McCranie, 14, 50-yard freestyle, time drop 0.55.

Elena Dinehart, 16, 200-yard backstroke, 2:10.92.

The two-day meet concludes Saturday with three sessions: 8:30-10:31 a.m. for 12-and-under swimmers; 11:30 a.m.-1:08 p.m. for developmental swimmers; and 2:30-5:08 p.m. for 13-and-over swimmers.

Much like other SOFLO meets, strict COVID-19 guidelines are being enforced because of the ongoing pandemic now entering Day 305.

As meet host, SOFLO and Comets Swim Team Booster Club have taken enhanced health and safety measures for swimmers, coaches, officials and volunteer timers.

The meet, sanctioned by the Florida Gold Coast, is adhering to strict COVID-19 safety measures and precautions including no fans. No parents or friends are allowed to congregate outside the pool fencing or allowed on the pool deck. The meet is being run with a limited number of officials and volunteer timers. All sessions are being live streamed on YouTube and SOFLO’s Facebook page.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 236, 2. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 119,3. Boca Raton Swim Team 50, 4. Heritage Aquatic Team 36, 5. Hurricane Aquatics 26.
500-yard freestyle: 13-and-over, 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 5:09.20, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 5:18.23, 3. Alexis Christensen, SOFLO 5:25.00; SOFLO: 5. Amelie Bicerne 5:29.23, time drop 6.70, 10. Pilar Duranti 5:48.89.

200-yard butterfly: 13-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:15.52, 2. Elizabeth Sikes, BRST 2:16.48, 3. Sahara Idler, MAC 2:20.02; SOFLO: 4. Sophia Grubbs 2:20.34, time drop 6.36, 5. Fiorella DiSalvo 2:24.87, time drop 3.23, 6. Daniela Barreto 2:31.61, 7. Gaby Avila 2:32.95, 9. Mariana Pinto 2:35.02.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:01.42, 2. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 1:02.61, time drop 1.58, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BRST 1:04.71; SOFLO: 4. Gabriella DeLuna 1:05.71, 5. Lucy Smutny 1:06.05, time drop 4.67, 6. Mariann Catalasan 1:07.68, time drop 0.98, 7. Dahlia Hirsh 1:08.56, time drop 3.35, 9. Sofia Hernandez 1:09.42, time drop 1.40.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Julianne McCranie, SOFLO 26.02, time drop 0.55, 2. Leslie Dame, CANE 26.80, 3. Sophia Grubbs, SOFLO 26.87, time drop 0.06; SOFLO: 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 27.13, time drop, 0.46, 5. Genesis Escobar 27.67, 6. Ana Frable 27.73, 8. Izzy Wilson 27.83, time drop, 0.21, 9. Amelie Bicerne 28.01, time drop, 0.68, 10. Mariana Pinto 28.49.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 54.62, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 55.52, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BRST 55.90; SOFLO: 6. Elena Dinehaart 57.15, 7. Julianne McCranie 57.36, time drop 0.50, 8. Lucy Smutny, 57.75, 9. Izzy Wilson 58.88.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:10.92, 2. Lucy Smutny, SOFLO 2:15.58, 3. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:16.76; SOFLO: 4. Alexis Christensen 2:17.02, 5. Gabriella DeLuna 2:17.80, 6. Amelie Bicerne 2:20.39, time drop, 1.26; 7. Mariann Catalasan 2:23.05, 8. Pilar Duranti 2:24.87, 9. Sarah Vasquez 2:31.11, time drop, 3.31; 10. Gaby Avila 2:31.11, time drop 0.47.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:26.18, 2. Sophia Grubbs, SOFLO 2:32.79, 3. Caitlyn Coe, MAC 2:41.27; SOFLO: 4. Mariann Catalasan 2:42.18, 5. Maria Legaspi 2:43.90, time drop 0.21, 6. Izzy Wilson 2:47.26, time drop 4.34, 7. Dahlia Hirsh 2:50.11.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 4:42.11, 2. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 4:51.83, time drop, 3.60, 3. Sahara Idler, MAC 4:57.19; SOFLO: 7. Gaby Avila 5:27.10.

200-yard medley relay: 13-14, 1. SOFLO A 1:48.60 (Gabriella DeLuna, Maria Legaspi, Julianne McCranie, Gaby Avila), 2. SOFLO B 2:06.50, 3. Metro Aquatics 2:10.19.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 211, 2. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 186, 3. Hurricane Aquatics 69, 4. tie, Boca Raton Swim Team, Heritage Aquatic Team 42.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Hector Paz, MAC 4:45.97, 2. Miguel Sierra, SOFLO 4:46.25, time drop 10.67, 3. Carlos Lezcano, MAC 4:52.17; SOFLO: 4. Dominic Bono 4:56.46, 7. Hashan Ekanayake 5:02.98, time drop 2.64, 9. Austin Nelson 5:05.83.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 1:57.54, time drop 16.15, 2. Hector Paz, MAC 1:59.34, 3. Juan Kommer, MAC 2:05.09; SOFLO: 4. Adrian Hernandez 2:06.44, time drop 4.42, 6. Andres Tejada 2:09.06, 7. Ivan Grass 2:09.27, time drop, 19.27, 10. Ethan McPeek 2:24.35, time drop, 6.52.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 52.48, 2. Landon Kyser, HAT 55.89, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 56.06; SOFLO: 4. Miguel Sierra 56.16, time drop 9.22, 7. Alexander Miller 59.98, 10. Alan Bertea 1:00.70.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Teagan Peck, BRST 23.25, 2. Mario Solorzano, CANE 23.38, 3. Giulian Martin, CANE 23.60; SOFLO: 6. Brennan Binder 24.21, 7. Kevin Moya 24.39, 9. Adrian Hernandez 24.50, time drop 0.58.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 46.17, time drop 0.23, 2. Miguel Sierra 48.58, 3. Hector Paz, MAC 49.99; SOFLO: 5. Ricardo Roche 50.56, time drop 1.01, 8. Brennan Binder 51.96.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Carlos Lezcano, MAC 2:03.40, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 2:05.87, 3. Richard Navarro, MAC 2:07.27; SOFLO: 4. Nathaniel Garrick 2:07.49, 5. Tristan Wilson 2:08.21, 6. Austin Nelson 2:08.50.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Victor Valdes, MAC 2:14.14, 2. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 2:23.87, 3. David Genz, BRST 2:24.16; SOFLO: 4. Alexander Miller 2:24.48, 5. Alan Bertea 2:28.82.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 4:20.23, 2. George Gonzalez, MAC 4:28.02, 3. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 4:34.08; SOFLO: 6. Ivan Grass 4:39.65, time drop 11.14, 7. Felix Gonzalez 4:39.67, time drop 8.73, 8. Andres Tejada 4:40.87.

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

SOFLO’s Maddie Smutny Wins On Final Day Of Southern Zone Age Group Championships; Florida Gold Coast All-Stars Finish Eighth


By SHARON ROBB

CARY, N.C., August 3, 2019—Maddie Smutny of South Florida Aquatic Club saved her best for last on the final day of the Southern Zone Age Group Championships Saturday at Triangle Aquatic Center.

The Florida Gold Coast All-Star, seeded second in the 13-14 200-meter butterfly in 2:24.81 after morning prelims, won the event in a lifetime-best 2:20.44 with a time drop of 2.06. Her previous best was 2:22.50. Her splits were 1:09.14 and 1:11.30 coming home.

It was the 14-year-old’s first victory of the meet. Smutny finished with 12 points.

SOFLO teammate Alejandro Mateus, 14, finished the meet with a fourth place in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:16.57 with a time drop of 1.70. He was also 20th in the 200-meter individual medley with an 0.14 time drop. Mateus finished with five points.

Early leader North Carolina clinched team titles in combined (944.5), men’s (456.5) and women’s (488) for the sweep. Florida Swimming was runner-up in combined with 791 points and Team Georgia was third with 745.

Florida Gold Coast Zone Team All-Stars was eighth out of 13 teams with 229 points, ninth among men’s teams with 120.5 and eighth among women’s teams with 108.5.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. North Carolina 944.5, 2. Florida Swimming 791, 3. Team Georgia 745, 4. South Carolina 533.5, 5. South Texas Swimming 440.5, 8. Florida Gold Coast 229.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina 456.5, 2. Florida Swimming 408.5, 3. Team Georgia 362, 4. South Texas 247.5, 5. South Carolina 211.5, 9. Florida Gold Coast 120.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina 456.5, 2. Florida Swimming 408.5, 3. Team Georgia 362, 4. South Texas 247.5, 5. South Carolina 211.5, 9. Florida Gold Coast 120.5.

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Nicole Zettel, NCS 2:22.98; 13-14, 1. Sasha Dauletau, STX 2:25.92; 15-18, 1. Tailyn Schaufelberger, STX 2:24.13.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Vivian Anderson, NTX 27.99; FGC: 4. Sidney Anton 28.52, time drop 0.26; 13-14, 1. Lillie Nesty, FL 27.24; 15-18, 1. Alexandra Wayne, GA 27.04.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Kathryn Monville, NCS 30.41.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Maddie Smutny, FGC/SOFLO 2:20.44, time drop 4.37; FGC: 8. Mariana Cote 2:31.62; 15-18, 1. Payton Smith, GA 2:23.04.

200-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. North Carolina 1:53.42, 6. Florida Gold Coast 1:57.88 (Abbie Sargent, Bianca Nieto, Emma Herrera, Sidney Anton); 13-14, 1. South Carolina 1:49.86, 4. Florida Gold Coast 1:52.40 (Logan Zielinski, Mariana Cote, Nicol Bellardi, Michelle Fernandez); 15-18, 1. South Carolina 1:48.76.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Maximus Williamson, NTX 2:22.55; 13-14, 1. Luca Oliva, FL 2:14.94; 15-18, 1. Lucas Thomas, KY 2:08.51.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Wells Cloud, SC 26.86; FGC: 6. Riley Brisco 27.44; 13-14, 1. Michael Robinson, MS 24.24; 15-18, 1. Nicholas Eunice, FL 24.30.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Wells Cloud, SC 29.22.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Anderson Brown, STX 2:09.09; FGC: 4. Alejandro Mateus 2:16.57, time drop 0.99; 15-18, 1. Conley Savage, STX 2:09.16.

200-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. North Carolina 1:48.38, 5. Florida Gold Coast 1:53.44 (Giulian Martin, Julian Lezcano, Lucas Bailey, Riley Brisco); 13-14, 1. South Texas 1:40.38, 7. Florida Gold COast 1:43.16 (Dylan Smiley, Daniel Givskov, Chase Foulds, Agustin Rodriguez); 15-18, 1. Florida Swimming 1:39.92.

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

Florida Gold Coast All-Star Hudson Bishop Wins On Day Four Of Southern Zone Age Group Championships


By SHARON ROBB

CARY, N.C., August 2, 2019—Maddie Smutny of South Florida Aquatic Club turned in another Top 15 finish on Day Four of the Southern Zone Age Group Championships Friday at Triangle Aquatic Center.

Smutny, 14, was eleventh in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:39.90. She was also a member of FGC’s tenth place 13-14 200-meter medley relay team in 2:07.03 with teammates Meghan Perez, Michelle Fernandez and Logan Zielinski.

SOFLO teammate Alejandro Mateus, 14, was 18th in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:05.86.

Florida Gold Coast had its first individual winner. Hudson Bishop, 14, of East Coast Aquatic Club won the 13-14 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.38, a best time with a 0.75 time drop.

FGC teammate Dylan Smiley of Miami Country Day Aquatics was second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.16.

Bishop, Smiley, Agustin Rodriguez and Daniel Givskov were members of the fourth place 200-meter medley relay that finished fourth in 1:53.80.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. North Carolina 701.5, 2. Florida Swimming 593, 3. Team Georgia 549, 4. South Carolina 332.5, 5. North Texas Zone 308, 8. Florida Gold Coast 168.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina 316.5, 2. Florida Swimming 273.5, 3. Team Georgia 261, 4. South Texas 141.5, 5. North Texas Zone 136, 9. Florida Gold Coast 84.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina 345, 2. Florida Swimming 269.5, 3. Team Georgia 264, 4. South Carolina 203, 5. North Texas Zone 162, 8. Florida Gold Coast 71.5.

GIRLS

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Nicole Zettel, NCS 1:07.34; FGC: 7. Carolyn Powell 1:11.70; 13-14, 1. Kat Woodall, KY 1:05.18; 15-18, 1. Susan Mumford, NCS 1:05.78.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Seanna Muhitch, NTX 1:15.84; FGC: 5. Bianca Nieto 1:19.57, time drop 1.35, 7. Abbie Sargent 1:20.24, time drop 1.70; 13-14, 1. Delaney Franklin, SC 1:15.11; FGC: 5. Michelle Fernandez 1:16.64; 15-18, 1. Isabella Gaskey, NCS 1:15.79.

400-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Cadence Fort, FL 4:25.53; FGC: 4. Mariana Cote 4:32.79; 15-18, 1. MaKayla Ciancanelli, NCS 4:31.10.

200-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. North Texas Zone 2:05.91, Florida Gold Coast, DQ; 13-14, 1. Florida Swimming 2:02.17, 10. Florida Gold Coast 2:07.03 (Meghan Perez, Michelle Fernandez, Maddie Smutny, Logan Zielinski); 15-18, 1. North Carolina 2:02.47.

BOYS

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Maximus Williamson, NTX 1:04.41; 13-14, 1. Hudson Bishop, FGC 1:00.38; 15-18, 1. Nicholas Eunice, FL 58.67.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. John McNamara, FL 1:13.59; FGC: 5. Giulian Martin 1:14.99; 13-14, 1. Will Heck, FL 1:07.76; FGC: 2. Dylan Smiley 1:10.16, 7. Chase Foulds 1:11.06, time drop 2.14; 15-18, 1. Jackson Bates, GA 1:07.30.

400-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Luis Junqueira, FL 4:12.58; FGC: 3. Agustin Rodriguez 4:13.48, time drop 0.51; 15-18, 1. Nicholas Caruso, FL 4:11.92.

200-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. North Carolina 2:00.13, 6. Florida Gold Coast 2:07.16 (Riley Brisco, Giulian Martin, Lucas Bailey, Julian Lezcano); 13-14, 1. South Texas 1:52.93, 4. Florida Gold Coast 1:53.80 (Hudson Bishop, Dylan Smiley, Agustin Rodriguez, Daniel Givskov); 15-18, 1. Florida Swimming 1:50.85.

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

SOFLO’s Smutny Finishes Sixth On Day Three Of Southern Zone Age Group Championships


By SHARON ROBB

CARY, N.C., August 2, 2019—Maddie Smutny came up big for the Florida Gold Coast All-Stars Thursday at the Southern Zone Age Group Championships at Triangle Aquatic Center.

The 14-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club Shark was sixth in the 400-meter indivudual medley in a best time 5:15.07 with a time drop of 2.79 seconds.

Alejandro Mateus, 14, was 14th in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:59.41 with a 2.89 time drop. He was also 21st in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:23.62, another best time with a 0.58 time drop.

THURSDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. North Carolina 554.5, 2. Florida Swimming 434.5, 3. Team Georgia 432, 4. South Carolina 243, 5. South Texas 231, 8. Florida Gold Coast 109.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina 250.5, 2. Team Georgia 209, 3. Florida Swimming 192.5, 4. South Texas 115, 5. North Texas 101, 9. Florida Gold Coast 50.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina 264, 2. Team Georgia 199, 3. Florida Swimming 192, 4. South Carolina 142, 5. North Texas 113, 8. Florida Gold Coast 47.

GIRLS

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Ella Menear. WV 2:22.02; FGC: 8. Nicol Bellardi 2:30.55; 15-18, 1. Susan Mumford, NCS 2:20.16.

50-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Nicole Zettel, NCS 31.63.

100-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Ellery Eward, NCS 1:00.46; FGC: 8. Sidney Anton 1:03.12; 13-14, 1. Jenna Jacobs, NCS 59.38; FGC: 6. Mariana Cole 1:00.24; 15-18, 1. Amy Riordan, GA 59.45.

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Caroline Riggs, WV 5:03.21; FGC: 6. Maddie Smutny 5:15.07, 2.79 time drop; 15-18, 1. Ava Westfall, GA 5:11.56.

400-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. North Carolina 4:05.13, 5. Florida Gold Coast 4:12.02 (Emma Herrera, Abbie Sargent, Ella Bailey, Sidney Anton); 13-14, 1. Florida Swimming 3:59.93, 7. Florida Gold Coast 4:07.05 (Mariana Cote, Logan Zielinski, Michelle Fernandez, Nicol Bellardi); 15-18, 1. South Carolina 3:58.84.

BOYS

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Alden Ihrig, SC 2:10.61; FGC: 5. Hudson Bishope 2:15.19, time drop 0.69; 15-18, 1. Bruce Kenner, WV 2:09.27.

50-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Wells Cloud, SC 30.36.

100-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Wells Cloud, SC 57.76; 13-14, 1. Michael Robinson, MS 53.43; 15-18, 1. Nicholas Eunice, FL 53.40.

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Jason Wang, SES 4:44.73; 15-18, 1. Matthew Shanahan, NCS 4:42.24.

400-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. North Texas 3:58.74, 8. Florida Gold Coast 4:12.31 (Lucas Bailey, Julian Lezcano, Giulian Martin, Riley Brisco); 13-14, 1. North Carolina 3:40.90, 5. Florida Gold Coast 3:44.65 (Mason Taylor, Chase Foulds, Daniel Givskov, Agustin Rodriguez); 15-18, 1. Florida Swimming 3:38.23.

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

SOFLO’s Smutny, Florida Gold Coast Opens Action In Southern Zone Age Group Championships


By SHARON ROBB

CARY, N.C., July 30, 2019—The Florida Gold Coast All-Stars opened racing on Tuesday at the Southern Zone Age Group Championships Tuesday at Triangle Aquatic Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Maddie Smutny, 14, came up with a nice time drop in the 800-meter freestyle. She was 14th in a lifetime-best 9:35.23, shaving 9.91 off her previous best of 9:45.14.

Florida Gold Coast’s best finish was third place in the 11-12 mixed 200-meter medley relay in 2:05.71 with Carolyn Levy Powell, Giulian Martin, Sidney Anton and Lucas Bailey.

North Carolina Swimming took the early lead in the combined, boys and girls team standings.

The meet continues Wednesday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.

TUESDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. North Carolina 87, 2. Florida Swimming 84, 3. Team Georgia 62, 4. South Texas 38, 5. South Carolina 37, 9. Florida Gold Coast 20.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina 18, 2. Florida Swimming, South Texas, Team Georgia, 16, 5. North Texas 15, 10. Florida Gold Coast 2.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina 29, 2. Team Georgia 22, 3. Florida Swimming 18, 4. West Virginia 14, 5. North Texas, South Carolina 11, 7. Florida Gold Coast 6.

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Nicole Zettel, NCS 4:34.00; FGC: 7. Emma Herrera 4:40.09, time drop 1.94, 17. Ella Bailey 4:55.61, 21. Samantha Schoenborn 4:59.09.

800-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Cadence Fort, FL 9:04.92; FGC: 5. Mariana Cote Dahdah 9:23.72, 14. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 9:35.23, time drop 9.91, 15. Rylie Barnhardt 9:35.89, time drop 7.24; 15-18, 1. Sydney Scalise, GA 9:24.98.

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:
11-12: 1. North Carolina 2:01.28, 2. Florida Swimming 2:05.71, 3. Florida Gold Coast 2:05.74 (Carolyn Levy Powell, Giulian Martin, Sidney Anton, Lucas Bailey); 13-14, 1. Florida Swimming 1:56.38, 2. South Carolina 1:56.56, 3. South Texas 1:56.70, Florida Gold Coast DQ; 15-18, 1. Florida Swimming 1:55.09, 2. Team Georgia 1:56.45, 3. North Carolina 1:57.25.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Maximus Williamson, NTX 4:25.12; FGC: 8. Alessandro Pereira 4:37.08, time drop 0.09, 11. Riley Brisco 4:39.82, 24. Julian Lezcano 4:58.69.

1500-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Willi Dunlap, NCS 16:40.68; FGC: 8. Mason Taylor 17:11.50, time drop 0.32, 17. Marcelo Mansur 17:44.37, time drop 8.80; 15-18, 1. Nicholas Caruso, FL 16:43.98.

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

Two SOFLO Swimmers Named To Florida Gold Coast Zone Team


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, July 11, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club had two swimmers selected for the Florida Gold Coast Zone Team.

Maddie Smutny, 14, was named to the girls’ 13-14 team. Alejandro Mateus, 13, was selected to the boys’ 13-14 team.

The pair will represent Florida Gold Coast at the July 30-August 3 Southern Zone Age Group Championships at Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C. hosted by TAC Titans.

The full team rosters are:

Girls 11-12:
Coach: Caroline Kuczynski, CSSC

Sidney Anton, Azura
Ella Bailey, NPB
Emma Herrera, Jupiter
Carolyn Levy Powell, CSSC
Bianca Nieto, Gulliver
Reese Rosenthal, Gulliver
Abbie Sargeant, Florida Keys
Samantha Schoenborn, CSSC

Boys 11-12
Coach: David Gelatt, East Coast Aquatic Club

Lucas Bailey, ECAC
Riley Brisco, Lake Lytal Lightning
Dylan Ferguson, MAC
Julian Lezcano, MAC
Giulian Martin, Hurricane Aquatics
Alessandro Pereira, Azura Florida Aquatics
Carlos Viada-Coroba, City of Miami

Girls 13-14
Coach: Jennifer Gibson, Swim Fort Lauderdale

Rylie Barnhardt, SFTL
Nicol Bellardi, Midtown
Mariana Cote Dahdah, Midtown
Michelle Fernandez, HSC
Rebecca Montero, Gulliver
Meghan Perez, Gulliver
Maddie Smutny, SOFLO
Logan Zielinski, Flood Aquatics

Boys 13-14
Coach Marco Bellardi, Midtown

Hudson Bishop, ECAC
Chase Foulds, ECAC
Daniel Givskov, SFTL
Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO
Marcelo Mansu, MAC
Augustin Rodriguez, HSC
Dylan Smiley, MCDA
Mason Taylor, Jupiter

The zone head coach is Norman Abril and team manager is Jennifer Gibson.

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