SOFLO Swimmers End On Successful Note In Final Session Of SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, October 3, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers wrapped up a successful fifth and final session of the SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

Elena Dinehart was a double winner and Maddie Smutny an individual winner to lead the girls’ team.

Dinehart, 16, won the 200-yard butterfly in a best time 2:07.05, dropping 1.71 and 100-yard individual medley in 1:01.63, another best time dropping 1.65. She was also second in the 200 IM in 2:10.80 and third in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:09.84.

Smutny, 16, won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:02.53. She was also second in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:02.63, second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:10.90 and third in the 200 IM in 2:14.99.

Agustin Rodriguez also won two events and Juan Mora added another win for the boys.

Rodriguez, 17, won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:59.56 and 100-yard individual medley in 55.62, a best time with a 1.51 time drop. He was also second in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 1:59.19, a time drop of .40. He finished with three firsts, two seconds and one third.

Mora, 17, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:57.74 and was second in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:50.78. His entry time was 5:49.39.

Other SOFLO top four finishers were:

Gabriella DeLuna, 200-yard butterfly, fourth, 2:12.18, time drop 4.85.

Nat Gembicki, 200-yard individual medley, fourth, 2:15.70; 500-yard freestyle, fourth 5:18.95.

Elise Dinehart, 100-yard individual medley, fourth, 1:08.09.

Ana Villamil, 100-yard individual medley, third, 1:02.79.

Sally Golding, 100-yard individual medley, fourth, 1:03.00.

Izzy Wilson, 500-yard freestyle, fourth, 5:26.36.

Jaden Amores, 200-yard butterfly, second 2:03.74, time drop 2.90.

Javier Roman, 200-yard butterfly, second, 1:59.81.

Javier Colmenares, 200-yard butterfly, fourth, 2:01.81, time drop 10.76.

Derek Hau, 200-yard individual medley, second, 2:05.48, time drop 10.48.

Alexander Miller, 200-yard individual medley, fourth, 2:07.35.

Javier Roman, 200-yard individual medley, fourth, 2:04.69.

Alexander Miller, 100-yard individual medley, second 58.28.

Kevin Moya, 100-yard individual medley, third, 1:00.67, time drop 0.11.

Jaden Amores, 100-yard individual medley, fourth, 1:01.53.

Javier Colmenares, 100-yard individual medley, second, 55.95; 500-yard freestyle, 4:58.60.

Ivan Grass, 500-yard freestyle, third, 4:54.54.

SOFLO had 160 swimmers (89 boys and 71 girls) competing in 867 individual events.

Up-and-coming swimmers competed in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. The IMR Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

In addition to meet host SOFLO, the 11-team, three-day meet featured other Florida Gold Coast teams Gulliver Swim Club, Plantation Swim Team, SwimFast, Miami Country Day Aquatics, Ransom Everglades, Metro Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team, Southern Wahoos Aquatic Team, City of Miami Parks and PAQ.

SUNDAY RESULTS
SESSION FIVE
GIRLS

200-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 2:08.96, 2. Sahara Idler, MAC 2:11.30, 3. Paola Negrin, MAC 2:15.51.

15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:07.05, time drop 1.71, 2. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:10.90, 3. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:11.86, 4. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 2:12.18, time drop 4.85.

200-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 2:12.69, 2. Sahara Idler, MAC 2:14.68, 3. Paola Begrin, MAC 2:15.64.

15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:08.41, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:10.80, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:14.99, 4. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 2:15.70, 5. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 2:16.47.

100-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Isabel Viera, MAC 1:06.41, 2. Katelyn Gembicki, SOFLO 1:07.02, time drop 0.90, 3. Anett Ruiz, MAC 1:07.88, 4. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 1:08.09.

15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:01.63, time drop 1.65, 2. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 1:02.63, 3. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 1:02.79, 4. Sally Golding, SOFLO 1:03.00, 5. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 1:04.21.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 5:17.33, 2. Paola Negrin, MAC 5:21.87, 3. Sahara Idler, MAC 5:23.65, 4. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 5:26.36.

15-and-over, 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 5:02.53, 2. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 5:03.23, 3. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 5:09.84, 4. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 5:18.95, 5. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 5:26.74, time drop 10.74, 6. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 5:35.43, time drop 10.50.

BOYS
200-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 2:00.14, 2. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 2:03.74, time drop 2.90, 3. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 2:04.31.

15-and-over, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:59.56, 2. Javier Roman, SOFLO 1:59.81, 3. Josiah Morales, PAQ 2:01.40, 4. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 2:01.81, time drop 10.76, 5. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 2:02.76.

200-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 2:03.08, 2. Derek Hau, SOFLO 2:05.48, time drop 10.48, 3. Robert Alvarez, MAC 2:06.21, 4. Alexander Miller, SOFLO 2:07.35.

15-and-over, 1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 1:57.74, 2. Agustin Rodriguez 1:59.19, time drop 0.40, 3. Sheldon Win, PAQ 2:04.59, 4. Javier Roman, SOFLO 2:04.69, 5. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 2:05.93, 6. Manuel Melendez, SOFLO 2:06.18, time drop 2.16.

100-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Dylan Ferguson, MAC 57.69, 2. Alexander Miller, SOFLO 58.28, 3. Kevin Moya, SOFLO 1:00.67, time drop 0.11, 4. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 1:01.53, 5. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 1:04.65, time drop 15.05, 6. Felipe Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:04.67.

15-and-over, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, SOFLO 55.62, time drop 1.51, 2. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 55.95, 3. Josiah Morales, PAQ 55.99.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 4:50.78, 2. Dylan Ferguson, MAC 4:52.31, 3. Robert Alvarez, MAC 4:54.93.

15-and-over, 1. Ricardo Alvarez, MAC 4:43.20, 2. Juan Mora, SOFLO 4:50.78, time drop 58.61, 3. Ivan Grass, SOFLO 4:54.54, 4. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 4:58.60, 5. Austin Nelson, SOFLO 4:59.72, 6. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 5:00.64, time drop 7.88.

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

Mallory Schleicher, Olivia Dinehart Top SOFLO Finishers On Day Three Of Speedo Summer Championships


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., August 5, 2021—Mallory Schleicher and Olivia Dinehart were the top South Florida Aquatic Club finishers Thursday at the Speedo Summer Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Schleicher, 17, was eighth in the “B” final in 4:59.82. In morning prelims she went 4:59.05 to finish 16th and qualify for the final. Her entry time was 4:53.96.

SOFLO teammate Olivia Dinehart, 16, won the “D” final of the 400-meter individual medley in 4:59.47. She was 27th in morning prelims in 5:05.44.

Maddie Smutny, 16, was 44th in 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.51 in her second and final event of the meet.

On Friday, Elena Dinehart swims the 100-meter backstroke; Olivia Dinehart swims the 100-meter breaststroke; and Juan Mora swims the 400-meter freestyle.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer results:

Erika Pelaez, 15, Eagle Aquatics, won the “C” final of the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.45, bettering her entry time of 1:01.39, a 0.94 time drop. In prelims, she was 17th in 1:02.08.

Joey Carbone, 24, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, 47th in 100-meter butterfly in 57.06, off his seed time of 56.04.

SwimMAC Carolina remains in the lead of the boys team standings with 220.5 points followed by Indiana Swim Club with 173.5 and Ohio State with 163. Long Island Aquatic Club continues to lead the women’s competition with 212 points closely followed by Ohio State with 196 and Carmel Swim Club with 189.

Friday events are: women’s and men’s 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke and men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

USA Swimming has divided the meet into East and West sites, hosting athletes from respective geographic locations and having results specific to each site.

The long course meters meet is the first senior-level, domestic competition on USA Swimming’s national events calendar following June’s U.S. Olympic trials.

The City of Greensboro extended its protocols requiring all vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals to wear a mask while indoors. All athletes, coaches, spectators, officials, staff and volunteers must bring and wear a mask in any indoor space at the venue.

The meet is being live streamed on the usaswimming.org website.

THURSDAY RESULTS
MEN TEAM TOTALS:
1. SwimMAC Carolina 220.5, 2. Indiana Swim Club 173.5, 3. Ohio State 163, 4. Club Wolverine 154, 5. University of Pittsburgh 86, 42. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Long Island Aquatic Club 212, 2. Ohio State 196, 3. Carmel Swim Club 189, 4. Jersey Wahoos 126, 5. SwimMAC 110, 18. Eagle Aquatics 24, 32. South Florida Aquatic Club 9.

WOMEN
400-meter individual medley: 1. Mackenzie Looze, Indiana Swim Club 4:47.42, 2. Erin Cavanagh, Jersey Wahoos 4:49.58, 3. Yara Hierath, Wolfpack Elite 4:51.13; SOFLO: 16. Mallory Schleicher 4:59.82, 25. Olivia Dinehart 4:59.47.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Alex Shackell, Carmel Swim Club 59.61, 2. Leah Gingrich, Columbus Aquatics 59.72, 3. Gigi Johnson 59.91; SOFLO: 44. Maddie Smutny 1:06.51; FGC: 17. Erika Pelaez, Eagle Aquatics 1:00.45.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Long Island Aquatics 8:09.48, 2. Carmel Swim Club 8:14.94, 3. Ohio State 8:20.10.

MEN
400-meter individual medley: 1. Charlie Swanson, Club Wolverine 4:14.33, 2. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 4:20.78, 3. Jared Daigle, Club Wolverine 4:23.05.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Tim Connery, SwimMAC 53.07, 2. Mitchell Ledford, Treasure Coast 53.08, 3. Aaron Sequeira, Cincinnati Marlins 53.56; FGC: 47. Joey Carbone, St. Andrew’s Aquatics 57.06.

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

SOFLO’s Smutny, Schleicher Finish Top 20 On Opening Day Of Speedo Summer Championships; Dinehart Sisters, Mora Swim Wednesday


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., August 3, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mallory Schleicher and Maddie Smutny finished in the Top 20 on opening day of the Speedo Summer Championships Tuesday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Smutny, 16, a U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, won the “C” final of the 200-meter butterfly in 2:17.66. She was 17th overall. She went 2:20.67 in prelims. Leah Gingrich, 31, of Columbus Aquatics won the event in 2:09.82.

Schleicher, 17, was 15th in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:03.91, just off her best time of 9:03.34. Claire Weinstein, 14, of Westchester Aquatics won the event in 8:36.46.

On Wednesday, Elena Dinehart, 16, will swim the 200-meter backstroke; Olivia Dinehart, 16, will swim the 200-meter breaststroke; and Juan Mora, 17, also swims the 200-meter breaststroke.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer results:

Erika Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics was fourth in the “A” final of the 100-meter freestyle in 55.66, just off her best time of 55.51.

Joey Carbone, 24, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics was eighth in the “B” final and 16th overall in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:04.55.

Tr’v Monroe, 18, of North Palm Beach was fourth in the “C” final and 20th overall in the 100-meter freestyle in 51.97, just off his best time of 51.15.

Wednesday events are: 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke and women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

USA Swimming has divided the meet into East and West sites, hosting athletes from respective geographic locations and having results specific to each site.

The long course meters meet is the first senior-level, domestic competition on USA Swimming’s national events calendar following June’s U.S. Olympic trials.

The City of Greensboro extended its protocols requiring all vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals to wear a mask while indoors. All athletes, coaches, spectators, officials, staff and volunteers must bring and wear a mask in any indoor space at the venue.

The meet is being live streamed on the usaswimming.org website.

TUESDAY RESULTS
MEN TEAM TOTALS:
1. SwimMAC 111.5, 2. Ohio State 83, 3. Club Wolverine 55, 4. Indiana Swim Club 52.5, 5. University of Pittsburgh 47, 33. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Long Island Aquatic Club 71, 2. Ohio State 47, 3. Jersey Wahoos 40, 4. Scarlet Aquatics 36, 5. Carmel Swim Club 33, 11. Eagle Aquatics 15, 26. South Florida Aquatic Club 2.

WOMEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Claire Weinstein, Westchester 8:36.46, 2. Cavan Gormsen, Long Island 8:36.49, 3. Yara Hierath, Wolfpack Elite 8:41.42; SOFLO: 15. Mallory Schleicher 9:03.91.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Leah Gingrich, Columbus Aquatics 2:09.82, 2. Tess Howley, Long Island Aquatics 2:10.13, 3. Sara Stotler, Planet Swim Aquatics 2:12.33; SOFLO: 17. Maddie Smutny 2:17.66

100-meter freestyle: 1. Gabby DeLoof, Club Wolverine 55.34, 2. Chloe Stepanek, Long Island Aquatics 55.37, 3. Amy Fulmer, Ohio State 55.41; FGC: 4. Erika Pelaez, Eagles Aquatics 55.66.

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Charlie Clark, Ohio State 15:04.37, 2. Will Gallant, Unattached-Wolfpack 15:11.79, 3. James Plage, Wolfpack Elite 15:18.50

200-meter butterfly: 1. Matthew Fenlon, Badger SC 1:57.46, 2. Corey Gambardel, Indiana SC 1:58.89, 3. Sebastien Sergi, Swim Atlanta 1:59.63; FGC: 16. Joey Carbone, St. Andrew’s Aquatics 2:04.55

100-meter freestyle: 1. Tim Connery, SwimMAC 49.36, 2. Brendan Burns, Indiana SC 49.86, 3. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 49.86; FGC: 20. Tr’v Monroe, NPB 51.97.

4×100-meter free relay: 1. SwimMAC 3:21.91, 2. Ohio State 2:24.22, 3. Club Wolverine 3:25.91.

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

U.S. Olympic Trials Wave I Opens With Fast Times; St. Andrew’s Aspen Gersper Top FGC Finisher; Three SOFLO Swimmers Time Trial Saturday


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 4, 2021—The long-awaited first finals session of the U.S. Olympic Trials Wave I got under way Friday with some exciting swims at CHI Health Center.

Three of South Florida’s five swimmers competed in opening day prelims.

Margaux McDonald, 19, seeded eighth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.17, swimming in Lane 3 and Heat 5, finished third in 1:03.35 and 19th overall. Also in the race, Miami Hurricanes’ Alaina Skellett, 22, was seventh in 1:04.93 and 39th overall.

Luke Smutny, 22, seeded 11th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:00.54, swimming in Lane 6 in the final heat, was seventh in 2:05.97 and 24th overall.

Maddie Smutny, 16, swimming in Lane One in Heat 2 of the 200-meter butterfly (2:14.37), was fifth in 2:18.68 and 27th overall. Only 2/10ths of a second separated the entry times in the heat.

St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Aspen Gersper, 15, was the Florida Gold Coast’s top finisher on opening night. She was tenth in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.43 to advance into the “B” final. Gersper went on to finish fourth in the “B” final in 56.62. She was also 35th in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:04.27.

In Friday’s finals:

Sixteen-year-old Camille Spinke of Nation’s Capital won the 100-meter freestyle in 55.25, No. 13 all-time among 15-16 year olds. She went out in 26.29.

Patrick Sammon, 17, of AquaSol Swim Team won the 100-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 49.94, the only swimmer to crack 50 seconds.

Seventh-seed Katie Trace of Ohio State won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:12.57. The top three finishers all touched within 0.04 seconds of each other.

Carl Bloebaum of Mason Manta Rays won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:58.90. He swam back-to-back best times in prelims and finals.

Nebraska’s Autumn Haebig won the 100-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 1:01.23.

Indiana’s Jacob Steele won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.23 just ahead of Spartan Aquatics’ Nathaniel Stoffle in 55.28.

University of Florida-commit Hayden Miller, 16, of Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:39.81.

Navy finished 1-2 in the 800-meter freestyle with Garrett McGovern in 8:11.25 and Luke Johnson in 8:12.13.

The top two finishers in each event advance to the June 13-20 Wave II Trials.

The two remaining SOFLO swimmers compete Sunday and Monday. Mary Smutny, 20, competes Sunday in the 400-meter freestyle (4:16.77) and Liza Whitmire, 19, seeded sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:16.49, competes Monday.

Three SOFLO swimmers, the Smutny sisters and Whitmire will swim time trials on Saturday. Maddie Smutny will swim the 400 freestyle; Mary Smutny will swim the 200 freestyle; and Whitmire will time trial the 100 butterfly.

Whitmire and McDonald are members of the Princeton swim team and have been training with South Florida Aquatic Club for the Trials.

SOFLO’s Hector Acevedo made his U.S. Olympic trials official debut along with Kathy Fish, both top and well-respected officials in the Florida Gold Coast.

In other Florida Gold Coast swimmer results:

Reese Branzell, St. Andrew’s Swimming, 19th, 100-meter freestyle, 51.02. He has the 50-meter freestyle remaining.

Lance Lesage, Pine Crest Swimming, 41st, 100-meter backstroke, 57.35.

Other FGC swimmers still to swim:

Max Zum-Tobel, 17, St. Andrew’s Swimming, 50-meter freestyle, 23.16.

Heidi Smithwick, 17, Jupiter Dragons, 50-meter freestyle, 25.90 and 100-meter butterfly, 1:00.48.

UCLA commit Paige MacEachern, 18, Pine Crest Swimming, 400-meter individual medley, 4:48.09.

St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Megan Moroney, 24, was entered in the meet a few months ago but scratched in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events.

A total of 1,565 swimmers qualified for the trials. In Wave I there were 907 swimmers that qualified with 675 competing (232 swimmers declined to compete). In Wave II, 658 swimmers qualified.

The qualified swimmers are competing in Wave I of the Trials in a wildcard bid to reach Wave II of the event and get a chance to make the U.S. Olympic Team.

The Wave I meet is a shorter, four-day meet using a modified version of the Pan Pacs meet order with a prelims/finals format and no semifinals. Prelims are 10 a.m. CST and finals 7 p.m. CST.

Saturday’s events are men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 400-meter individual medley.

Cable network NBC Sports is televising the finals of the Wave 1 Trials on Olympic Channel at 8 p.m. EST each night. The prelims are live streaming on usaswimming.org. All TV coverage is also live streaming on NBCSports.com and NBC Sports app. Two-time Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel are serving as analyst for the live coverage along with Patrick Kinas.

FRIDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

100-meter freestyle: 1. Camille Spink, NCAP 55.25, 2. Kristina Paegle, ISC 55.91, 3. Trude Rothrock, TENN 56.01.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Katie Trace, OSU 2:12.57, 2. Emma Sticklen, KATY 2:12.58, 3. Martina Peroni, NAAC 2:12.61.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Autumn Haebig, HUSK 1:01.23, 2. Koble Melton, UARK 1:01.89, 3. Casey Chung, CW 1:01.93.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Hayden Miller, CFSC 8:39.81, 2. Abigail McCulloh, SA 8:42.17, 3. Elle Braun, WA 8:43.53.

MEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Patrick Sammon, AQUA 49.94, 2. Luke Miller, EA 50.05, 3. Michael Eastman, UFL 50.14.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Carl Bloebaum, Mason Manta Rays 1:58.90, 2. Colby Medford, SMST 1:59.63, 3. tie, Sebastien Sergile, SA and Micah Slaton, TRI 2:00.17.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Jacob Steele, ISC 55.23, 2. Nathaniel Stoffle, SPAC 55.28, 3. RJ Kondalski, OSU 55.40.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Garrett McGovern, NAVY 8:11.25, 2. Luke Johnson, NAVY 8:12.13, 3. Joshua Brown, HIGH 8:15.07.

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

SOFLO Fab Five Ready For U.S. Olympic Trials; Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented With Talented Swimmers, Officials


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 2, 2021—Five South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will get the opportunity of a lifetime when they compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials Friday through Monday at CHI Health Center.

The qualified swimmers will compete in Wave I of the Trials in a wildcard bid to reach Wave II of the event and get a chance to make the U.S. Olympic Team.

The four-day Wave I Trials competition features many of the country’s rising talent, with the top two swimmers of every event moving to Wave II.

Three of SOFLO’s swimmers are seeded among the Top 11 in their events. They are:

Liza Whitmire, 19, is seeded sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:16.49. She competes Monday.

Margaux McDonald, 19, is seeded eighth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.17. She competes Friday.

Whitmire and McDonald are members of the Princeton swim team and have been training with South Florida Aquatic Club for the Trials.

Luke Smutny, 22, is seeded 11th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:00.54. He competes Friday.

Rounding out the SOFLO contingent are Luke’s younger sisters, Maddie, 16, in the 200-meter butterfly (2:14.37), who competes Friday and Mary, 20, in the 400-meter freestyle (4:16.77), who competes Sunday.

SOFLO’s Hector Acevedo will make his U.S. Olympic trials official debut along with Kathy Fish, both top and well-respected officials in the Florida Gold Coast.

A total of 1,565 swimmers qualified for the trials. In Wave I there were 907 swimmers that qualified with 675 competing (232 swimmers declined to compete). In Wave II, 658 swimmers qualified.

USA Swimming and the Omaha Sports Commission are hosting the U.S. Olympic trials under a revised plan with the Trials divided into two competitions. Wave I is Friday through Monday and Wave II is June 13-20. Wave II is the sole qualifier for the U.S. Olympic team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and given the current environment, there was a need to address concerns related to over-crowding in the athlete areas, warm-up pool and athlete seating areas which resulted in dividing the Trials.

“We undertook a thorough and methodical evaluation of the Trials over the last several months and factored in several critical considerations in our decision,” USA Swimming Chief Operating Officer Mike Unger said. “Our number one priority was to find a way to host Trials in the safest possible environment while also giving the athletes the best opportunity to succeed.

“While selecting the Olympic Team for Tokyo is a critical goal for the Trials, it is important to note that the experience gained at Trials by some of the lower seeded athletes has historically provided a great experience for future Olympic Trials and Games, which fueled our desire to host two events.”

The Wave II order is unchanged from the original Trials plan. The Wave I meet is a shorter, four-day meet using a modified version of the Pan Pacs meet order with a prelims/finals format and no semifinals. Prelims are 10 a.m. CST and finals 7 p.m. CST.

Any swimmer with a Wave II cut can swim any other events with a Wave I cut at the Wave II meet such as SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding of University of Florida, who was a Wave II cut in the 400 IM and Wave I cut in the 400 freestyle; Pine Crest Swimming’s Julia Podkoscielny, who has a Wave II cut in the 400 IM and Wave I cuts in the 200-meter backstroke and 200 IM and FAST’s Josh Zuchowski, who has a Wave II cut in the 200-meter backstroke and Wave I cuts in the 100-meter backstroke and 400 IM.

All coaches, athletes, officials and volunteers are subject to the COVID-19 testing process announced by USA Swimming regardless of their vaccination status before the event.

Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented. St. Andrew’s Swimming has four swimmers qualified including top-seeded Megan Moroney, who has been called a “Swimmer to Watch” by several swimming experts including Swim Swam.

Moroney, 24, qualified in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.40 and 200-meter backstroke which she is seeded first in 2:13.16. The former Virginia Cavalier has a lifetime-best of 2:10.53, which she swam at the 2018 Summer Nationals meet. She will swim the 200 backstroke for the first time since 2019.

Moroney is seeded 24th in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.40. Her lifetime best is 1:01.80, which she swam at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Moroney has yet to swim the event this year.

Other St. Andrew’s swimmers are:

Reese Branzell, 18, 50-meter freestyle, 23.10; 100-meter freestyle, 50.23.

Aspen Gersper, 15, 100-meter freestyle, 56.24; 100-meter backstroke, 1:02.52; 50-meter freestyle 25.95.

Maximilian Zum-Tobel, 17, 50-meter freestyle, 23.16.

Other FGC swimmers are:

Paige MacEachern, 18, Pine Crest Swimming, top-seeded in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:48.09.

Lance Lesage, 18, Pine Crest Swimming, 100-meter backstroke, 56.45.

Alaina Skellet, 22, Hurricanes Swim Club, 100-meter backstroke, 1:02.35.

Heidi Smithwick, 17, Jupiter Dragons, 50-meter freestyle, 25.90 and 100-meter butterfly, 1:00.48.

Friday events are men’s and women’s 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke and 800-meter freestyle.

Cable network NBC Sports will televise finals of the Wave 1 Trials on Olympic Channel at 8 p.m. EST each night. The prelims will live stream on usaswimming.org. All TV coverage will also live stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Two-time Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel will serve as analyst for the live coverage along with Patrick Kinas.

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

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