SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Opens With A Win In SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, September 27, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers dominated opening night of the SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge Friday at Academic Village Pool.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:56.38 ahead of SOFLO teammate Dominic Bono, 16, in 9:58.93.

SOFLO had 13 swimmers among the Top 20 boys finishers.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, led the SOFLO girls placing second in 10:28.04. She was one of eight SOFLO swimmers in the Top 20.

The three-day meet continues Saturday at 9 a.m. with timed finals. In addition to host SOFLO, other teams competing are City of Miami Parks, Hialeah Swim CLub, Midtown Weston, Pompano Beach Piranhas, St. Andrew’s and Shelton Doral.

Over three days, SOFLO swimmers are getting the opportunity to get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.

Up-and-coming swimmers will compete in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. All sessions are timed finals.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

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.

Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

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.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS
1,000-yard freestyle:

1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 10:11.86, 2. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 10:28.04, 3. Erin Miller, SAS 10:29.74; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 10:59.30, 9. Sara Quintero 11:06.40, time drop, 10. Izzy Wilson 11:06.90, time drop, 11. Mariana Pinto 11:17.08, 12. Sally Golding 11:24.66, 17. Ava Kuznik 11:48.07, 20. Fiorella Di Salvo 11:54.92, time drop.

BOYS
1,000-yard freestyle:

1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 9:56.38, 2. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 9:58.93, 3. Santiago Espinoza, SAS 10:01.24; SOFLO: 4. Philopatier Ibrahim 10:06.24, 5. Leonardo Mateus 10:10.11, 6. Robert Wilson 10:20.26, time drop, 7. Juan Colmenares 10:22.79, time drop, 10. Alejandro Mateus 10:40.40, time drop, 12. Hashan Ekanayake 10:52.74, time drop, 14. Alex Golding 10:54.46, 15. Adrian Hernandez 11:01.28, 17. Kevin Moya 11:09.38, 18. Austin Nelson 11:15.34, 20. Juancamilo Rivero 11:31.15.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge

When: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and available on Meet Mobile or http://www.soflomeets.info/IMX. For information call 954-538-3721.

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

NSU University School Girls, Cooper City Boys Sweep


By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, September 26, 2019—NSU University School girls and Cooper City boys teams each picked up two wins Wednesday in a tri-meet at NSU Aquatic Center.

The Sharks girls team defeated Somerset Academy, 130-49, and Cooper City, 101-85. In the other matchup, Cooper City topped Somerset, 120-58.

The Sharks won the girls 200-yard medley and 400-yar freestyle relays and five individual events including double winner Amanda Kopas in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.75 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.64.

NSU seventh grader Anastasia Lutz was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 58.88 just behind Cooper City’s Kate Kaplan in 58.35.

Cooper City was led by double winners Mallory Schleicher in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.24 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:06.60 and Kaplan in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.07 and 100-yard freestyle in 58.35.

In the boys’ competition, Cooper City beat Somerset 139-34, and edged NSU University School, 92-88. In the other meet, NSU University School defeated Somerset 134-40.

The Cowboys won six individual boys’ events while the Sharks swept all three relays.

Robert Wilson and Michael Cline each won two events for the Cowboys. Cline won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.32 and 100-yard backstroke in 58.76. Wilson won the 100-yard butterfly in 54.76 and 100-yard freestyle in 49.87.

Pedro Pavao was a double winner for the Sharks in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.63 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:56.88.

Tyler Flowers of Cooper City and Ashley Shechtman of NSU University School won the 1-meter diving titles.

NSU University School will compete Saturday in the Woodson Invite at Pine Crest.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
NSU University School 130, Somerset 49
NSU University School 101, Cooper City 85
Cooper City 120, Somerset 58

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. NSU University School A 1:54.18 (Olivia Flack, Rafaella Araujo, Amanda Kopas, Mariangela Cincotti), 2. Cooper City A 1:55.41, 3. Cooper City B 2:00.91

200-yard freestyle:
1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 1:56.24, 2. Mariangela Cincotti, NSU 1:56.43, 3. JennaMarie Brames, CC 2:04.76.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Amanda Kopas, NSU 2:13.75, 2. Rafaella Araujo, NSU 2:14.06, 3. Sally Golding, CC 2:18.32.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Kate Kaplan, CC 26.07, 2. Olivia Flack, NSU 26.15, 3. Isabella DiSalvo, SOM 27.06.

1-meter diving:
1. Ashley Shechtman, NSU 181.50, 2. Cara Barkey, CC 171.75, 3. Ella Farris, NSU 161.60.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Amanda Kopas, NSU 1:00.64, 2. Molly Golding, CC 1:01.14, 3. Isabella DiSalvo, SOM 1:03.80.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Kate Kaplan, CC 58.35, 2. Anastasia Lutz, NSU 58.88, 3. Sofia Sarros, NSU 59.28.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 5:06.60, 2. Mariangela Cincotti, NSU 5:15.30, 3. JennaMarie Brames, CC 5:26.40.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Cooper City A 1:47.75 (JennaMarie Brames, Imriel Coughlin, Nora Mirabel, LeeAnn Ranalli), 2. NSU University School A 1:48.72, 3. Somerset A 1:52.17.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Olivia Flack, NSU 1:04.54, 2. Imriel Coughlin, CC 1:04.80, 3. LeeAnn Ranalli, CC 1:05.72.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Rafella Araujo, NSU 1:07.93, 2. Molly Golding, CC 1:08.78, 3. Sally Golding, CC 1:14.33.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. NSU University School A (Olivia Flack, Amanda Kopas, Sofia Sarros, Mariangela Cincotti) 3:45.72, 2. Cooper City A 3:53.50, 3. NSU University School B 4:06.76.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
NSU University School 134, Somerset 40
Cooper City 139, Somerset 34
Cooper City 92, NSU University School 88

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. NSU University School A (Sebastian Lobaton Vargas, Cameron Brown, Angelo Martinez, Renato Franchi Filho) 1:47.17, 2. Cooper City A 1:51.53, 3. Cooper City B 1:51.58.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Pedro Pavao, NSU 1:47.63, 2. Max Fermayer, NSU 1:50.55, 3. Mark Zhang, CC 1:53.62.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Javier Roman, CC 2:04.58, 2. Marcelo Carrion, NSU 2:05.11, 3. Angelo Martinez, NSU 2:09.51.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Michael Cline, CC 22.32, 2. Cameron Brown, NSU 22.64, 3. Mark Zhang, CC 23.90.

1-meter diving:
1. Tyler Flowers, CC 275.85, 2. Eitan Najman, NSU 134.80.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Robert Wilson, CC 54.76, 2. Angelo Martinez, NSU 55.68, 3. Sebastian Lobaton Vargas, NSU 59.78.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Robert Wilson, CC 49.87, 2. Max Fermayer, NSU 50.32, 3. Christopher Christakis, CC 53.10.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Pedro Pavao, NSU 4:56.88, 2. Isiah Reilly, CC 5:13.97, 3. Alex Golding, CC 5:21.00.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. NSU University School A (Max Fermayer, Cameron Brown, Marcelo Carrion, Pedro Pavao) 1:32.23, 2. Cooper City A 1:32.54, 3. Cooper City B 1:39.10.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Michael Cline, CC 58.76, 2. Sebastian Lobaton Vargas, NSU 1:04.47, 3. Derek Tom, CC 1:06.92.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Cameron Brown, NSU 1:01.49, 2. Javier Roman, CC 1:04.62, 3. Marcelo Carrion, NSU 1:05.71.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. NSU University School A 3:20.58 (Max Fermayer, Angelo Martinez, Marcelo Carrion, Pedro Pavao), 2. Cooper City A 3:22.95, 3. Somerset A 3:44.26.

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

Cooper City Cowboys Sweep Pompano Beach, Northeast


By Sharon Robb

COOPER CITY, September 19, 2019–Cooper City boys and girls teams picked up four more wins Wednesday afternoon with impressive victories over Pompano Beach and Northeast.

The girls team, led by double winners Molly Golding, Kate Kaplan and Mallory Schleicher, defeated Pompano Beach, 117-66, and Northeast, 142-28. In the other matchup, Pompano Beach beat Northeast, 132-33.

Golding won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:18.50 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.51.

Kaplan won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.14 and 100-yard freestyle in 59.65.

Schleicher won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.90 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:20.15.

Cooper City swept all three girls relays.

Led by individual winners, Michael Cline, Robert Wilson, Isiah Reilly and Javier Roman, the boys team topped Pompano Beach, 104-71, and Northeast, 140-22. In the other matchup, Pompano Beach defeated Northeast 133-24.

Cline won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.88. Wilson won the 100-yard butterfly in 59.18. Roman won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.12. Reilly won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:09.56.

The Cowboys also won the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Alexandro Marquez and Rafael Santos were double winners for the Tornadoes. Pompano Beach also won the 200-yard medley relay.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS
Cooper City 117, Pompano Beach 66
Cooper City 142, Northeast 28
Pompano Beach 132, Northeast 33

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Cooper City 1:59.72, 2. Cooper City 2:04.08, 3. Pompano Beach 2:10.38.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 2:00.90, 2. Jennamarie Brames, CC 2:05.90, 3. L. Bennett, PB 2:12.75.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Sally Golding, CC 2:18.50, 2. Imriel Coughlin, CC 2:22.52, 3. V. Zlatera, PB 2:31.47.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Kate Kaplan, CC 26.14, 2. Summer Schulte, PB 26.49, 3. V. Debrito, PB 28.28.

1-meter diving:
1. Christina Hilton, PB 238.88, 2. C. Barkley, CC 150.60, 3. B. Grave, CC 135.90.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Molly Golding, CC 1:01.90, 2. E. Lieber, PB 1:15.65, 3. D. Cook, CC 1:15.94.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Kate Kaplan, CC 59.65, 2. E. Gurdus, PB 1:03.10, 3. V. Debrito, PB 1:04.32.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 5:20.15, 2. Jennamarie Brames, CC 5:33.19, 3. L. Bennett, PB 5:44.53.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Cooper City 1:49.38, 2. Pompano Beach 1:50.73, 3. Pompano Beach 2:06.02.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Imriel Coughlin, CC 1:04.28, 2. L. Ranalli, CC 1:06.40, 3. Summer Schulte, PB 1:10.52.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Molly Golding, CC 1:09.51, 2. Sally Golding, CC 1:15.75, 3. V. Zlatera, PB 1:20.91.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Cooper City 3:35.22, 2. Pompano Beach 4:27.90, 3. Cooper City 4:46.50.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
Cooper City 104, Pompano Beach 71
Cooper City 140, Northeast 22
Pompano Beach 133, Northeast 24

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pompano Beach 1:47.28, 2. Cooper City 1:48.85, 3. Cooper City 1:50.81.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Alexandro Marquez, PB 1:52.20, 2. Mark Zhang, CC 1:52.38, 3. I. Reilly, CC 1:55.97.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Rafael Santos, PB 2:06.55, 2. Javier Roman, CC 2:08.72, 3. Alex Golding, CC 2:13.00.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Michael Cline, CC 21.88, 2. J. Cajuste, PB 24.28, 3. G. Rovira, CC 24.29.

1-meter diving:
1. Tyler Flowers, CC 223.05.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Robert Wilson, CC 59.18, 2. J. Bennett, PB 1:04.30, 3. C. Christakis, CC 1:04.54.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Rafael Santos, PB 49.37, 2. Robert Wilson, 59.18, 3. Wingold, PB 54.56.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Isiah Reilly, CC 5:09.56, 2. S. Gary, PB 5:11.04, 3. Alex Golding, CC 5:20.62.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Cooper City 1:36.38, 2. Cooper City 1:40.95, 3. Pompano Beach 1:41.20.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Alexandro Marquez, PB 56.62, 2. M. Cline, CC 57.33, 3. F. Parraga, PB 1:04.84.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Javier Roman, CC 1:05.12, 2. A. Tamaroff, CC 1:07.43, 3. Hau, CC 1:09.56.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Cooper City 3:23.46, 2. Pompano Beach 3:25.25, 3. Cooper City 3:45.35.

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

Schleicher, Dinehart Top SOFLO Finishers On Day Three Of USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., August 3, 2019—Mallory Schleicher and Olivia Dinehart were among Top 10 finishers on Day Three of the USA Swimming Futures Championships Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers each finished ninth. Schleicher was ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:22.92, dropping an impressive 5.17 and just missing a junior national cut.

Dinehart was ninth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:39.93.

Headed into the fourth and final day of racing, TAC Titans lead the men’s and Sarasota Sharks lead the women’s team standings. SOFLO is tenth among women’s teams.

SATURDAY RESULTS
MEN TEAM TOTALS:
1. TAC Titans 132, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 115, 3. Sarasota Tsunami 92, 4. Academy Aquatics 88, 5. Avon Community 73.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 166, 2. Blue Dolfins 162, 3. Marlins of Ralegh 117, 4. TAC Titans 114.5, 5. Laker Swim 76, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 46.

GIRLS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Ashley Worden, MOR 2:14.57.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Gabrielle Vanbrunt, GCAT 26.12; SOFLO: 19. Gaby Banks 26.97,

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Genevieve Joyce, MOR 2:33.72; SOFLO: 9. Olivia Dinehart 2:39.93, 23. Molly Golding 2:45.83.

100-meter backstoke:
1. Anna Freed, SRQ 1:02.71.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Adrianna Cera, MOR 4:20.65; SOFLO: 9. Mallory Schleicher 4:22.92, time drop 5.17, 35. Olivia Dinehart 4:32.23, time drop 27.04.

BOYS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Elliot Cooper, ACST 2:03.11; SOFLO: 41. Miguel Sierra 2:14.16.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Spencer Jyawook, NAC 23.43; SOFLO: 72. Robert Wilson 24.99, 78. Juan Mora 25.08, time drop 0.77.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Bryar Long, ACAC 2:18.65; SOFLO: 19. Juan Pablo Pineda 2:26.41. time drop 1.19.

100-meter backstoke:
1. Erek Nelson, FINS 56.33.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Braeden Haughey, TAC 3:56.42.

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

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Fifth On Day Two Of USA Swimming Futures Championships; Podkoscielny Gets First U.S. Olympic Trials Cut


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., August 2, 2019—Mallory Schleicher was top finisher for South Florida Aquatic Club at the USA Swimming Futures Championships Friday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Against a fast field, Schleicher, 15, was fifth in the 400-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 4:58.69 with a time drop of 4.21 seconds. She qualified eighth in morning prelims in 5:04.45.

It was the first time Schleicher cracked the 5-minute barrier in the 400 IM.

Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny, 14, won the 400 IM in 4:50.42, also a best time with a 4.52 time drop, another 5-minute cracked barrier and even more impressive, her first U.S. Olympic Trials cut.

Schleicher was also a member of SOFLO’s eighth place women’s 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:59.94 with teammates Olivia Dinehart, Gaby Banks and Paige Lane.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Savannah Barr, SYS 2:02.61, 2. Sophie Housey, GPG 2:03.65, 3. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 2:04.37; SOFLO: 38. Mallory Schleicher 2:09.82, 67. Paige Lane 2:12.97, 68. Elena Dinehart 2:13.26.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Masy Folcik, ROCK 1:11.54, 2. Genevieve Joyce, MOR 1:12.81, 3. Gracie Weyant, SYS 1:13.14; SOFLO: 18. Olivia Dinehart 1:14.95, 21. Molly Golding 1:15.54, 23. Olivia Dinehart 1:15.96, 73. Gaby Banks 1:27.29.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Gabrielle Vanbrunt, GCAT 1:00.49, 2. Addison Reese, LAKR 1:02.00, 3. Lydia Hanlon, ATAC 1:02.17; SOFLO: 65. Paige Lane 1:05.70.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:50.42, 2. Anna Freed, SRQ 4:53.08, 3. Sumner Chmielewski, Unattached 4:56.84; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 4:58.69, time drop 4.21.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Blue Dolfins 3:54.33, 2. Sarasota Sharks 3:55.76, 3. TAC Titans 3:57.78, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 3:59.94 (Olivia Dinehart, Gaby Banks, Mallory Schleicher, Paige Lane), 9. Pine Crest 4:00.12.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Robert Cecil, AAC 1:52.43, 2. Wesley Kephart, SKY 1:53.90, 3. Michael Cotter, TAC 1:54.09; SOFLO: 64. Robert Wilson 2:00.63.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Jackson Skigen, NFS 1:04.36, 2. Connor Dalbo, MOR 1:05.26, 3. Bode Ringenbach, MOR 1:05.83; SOFLO: 30. Juan Pablo Pineda 1:07.37, time drop 0.17, 75. Juan Mora 1:10.07, time drop 4.02.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Spencer Jyawook, NAC 55.39, 2. Tucker Burhans, EAC 55.81, 3. Jesse Ssengonzi, MOR 56.22; SOFLO: 35. Miguel Sierra 58.08.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Lance Norris, Unattached 4:27.23, 2. Tyler Watson, NFS 4:27.65, 3. Alexander Gusev, SYS 4:30.44; SOFLO: 33. Dominic Bono 4:44.23.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Academy Aquatic Club 3:31.44, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 3:32.21, 3. Enfinity 3:32.33, 18. South Florida Aquatic Club 3:39.39 (Robert Wilson, Juan Mora, Juan Pablo Pineda, Miguel Sierra).

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

SOFLO’s Schleicher, Bono, Relays Open Action At USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., August 2, 2019—The USA Swimming Futures Championships got under way Thursday with South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers getting in some early action at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, was 17th in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:08.38.

Dominic Bono, 16, was 45th in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:13.84.

SOFLO’s A relay of Schleicher, Elena Dinehart, Paige Lane and Olivia Dinehart finished 12th in thr 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:43.98.

SOFLO’s boys 800-meter freestyle relay of Juan Mora, Juan Pablo Pineda, Robert Wilson and Miguel Sierra was 17th in 8:11.49.

THURSDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

800-meter freestyle:
1. Madison Murtagh, GSLA 8:55.06, 2. Stella Grace Watts, ATAC 8:55.86, 3. Addison Sauickie, SYS 8:56.73; SOFLO: 17. Mallory Schleicher 9:08.38, time drop 0.07.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota Sharks 8:28.63, 2. Blue Dolfins 8:29.45, 3. Tac Titans 8:31.98, 10. Pine Crest 8:42.61, 12. South Florida Aquatic Club A 8:43.98 (Mallory Schleicher, Elena Dinehart, Paige Lane, Olivia Dinehart).

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Lance Norris, Unattached 15:45.60, 2. Grant Davis, GOLD 15:47.81, 3. Andrew Jordan, CMSA 15:52.72; SOFLO: 45. Dominic Bono 17:13.84.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota 7:43.72, 2. TAC Titans 7:46.16, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 7:46.96, 17. South Florida Aquatic Club 8:11.49 (Juan Mora, Juan Pablo Pineda, Robert Wilson, Miguel Sierra).

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Ends Successful Southern Zone South Sectional Championships With Highest Finish, More Time Standards


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 14, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club had its most successful Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships in team history at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool.

On Sunday, the Sharks finished third among combined teams, third (682 points) among men’s teams and fifth (576 teams) among women’s teams in the four-day, 61-team meet. South Florida Aquatic Club was the highest Florida Gold Coast finisher. Host Gator Swim Club defended its titles.

Lance Lesage, 16, picked up his second Summer Junior National qualifying standard. On Saturday, he got his first junior national cut in the 100-meter backstroke in 58.60 and on Sunday he made his 200-meter backstroke cut with a fifth-place finish in a lifetime-best time of 2:06.42, shaving 2.77 seconds off his previous best of 2:09.19. He finished with 68 points in high point.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, earned her time standard in the 200-meter backstroke to qualify for the USA Swimming Futures Championships in 2:24.54, dropping 3.30 seconds. Schleicher finished with 65 points in high point.

Kathleen Golding, 18, won the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 8:49.37, dropping 18.78 seconds. She finished with 83 points in high point.

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

SOFLO’s 400-meter freestyle relay was second in 3:56.87 with Mary Smutny, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane and Mallory Schleicher.

Mary Smutny, 18, was third in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:16.36. She finished with 80.5 points in high point.

Schleicher was also fifth in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:08.45, dropping 4.92 off her previous best of 9:13.37.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, was ninth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:06.05, dropping 1.20 seconds off his previous best of 2:07.25.

Molly Golding, 16, was 11th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:43.75. She finished 31 points in high point.

Dominic Bono, 16, dropped 13.74 seconds off his 1500-meter freestyle time in 16:38.08. His previous best was 16:51.80.

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

At last year’s event, SOFLO finished fifth (1,050 points) among combined teams behind host Gator Swim Club (3,007), Bolles (1,453), East Coast Aquatic Club (1,169) and Swim Florida (1,061) among 60 teams. SOFLO men finished fourth (481) and women (491) were fifth.

The Speedo Sectionals Series showcases some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones.

SUNDAY RESULTS
MEN TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,724, 2. Bolles 726, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 682, 4. Metro Aquatics 596, 5. St. Petersburg Aquatics 502, 8. St. Andrew’s Swimming 319.5, 12. Azura Florida Aquatics 218, 19. FAST 122, 20. TS Aquatics 116, 35. YMCA of SOuth Florida 52, 41. East Coast Aquatic Club 35, 52. Jupiter 17, 57. Wahoos of Wellington 11.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,562, 2. Blue Dolfins 949.5, 3. Sarasota Sharks 934.5, 4. Bolles 601, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 576, 7. East Coast Aquatic Club 310, 11. Hurricane Aquatics 231, 13. Metro Aquatics 209.5, 14. St. Andrew’s 186, 22. TS Aquatics 101, 23. Azura 97, 26. North Palm Beach 86, 27. Gulliver 76, 32. Eagle Aquatics 54, 35. Jupiter 42, 52. Golden Panthers Aquatics 15, 57. FAST 9, 60. Wahoos of Wellington 2.

WOMEN’S RESULTS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Nikki Miller, GSC 2:14.88, 2. Caroline Cooper, HIGH 2:16.22, 3. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:16.36, 27. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 2:26.97.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Isabella Garofalo, GSC 56.43, 2. Micayla Cronk, BD 56.47, 3. Talia Bates, GSC 56.98, 14. Mary Smutny 59.04, 25. Paige Lane, SOFLO 1:00.13.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Vanessa Pearl, Unattached 2:32.05, 2. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:36.36, 3. Adrianna Deboer, GSC 2:37.54, 11. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:43.75, 28. Sally Golding, SOFLO 2:51.40, time drop 0.64.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 2:11.32, 2. Rosie Zavaros, Unattached 2:14.31, 3. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:15.84, 19. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 2:24.54, time drop 3.30.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 3:56.40, 2. SOFLO A 3:56.87 (Mary Smutny, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane, Mallory Schleicher), 3. Blue Dolfins 3:57.09, 18. SOFLO B 4:18.89 (Jacqueline Lugo, Molly Golding, Sara Quintero, Sarah Acevedo).

800-meter freestyle:
1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 8:49.37, time drop 18.78, 2. Savanna Faulconer, GSC 8:56.06, 3. Alixandra Roy, HIGH 9:04.83, 5. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 9:08.45, time drop 4.92.

MEN’S RESULTS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Sterling Crane, EAJ 2:01.08, 2. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 2:02.71, 3. Mason Laur, T2 2:04.35, 9. Rafael Rodriguez. SOFLO 2:06.95, time drop 1.02.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Isabella Garofalo, GSC 56.43, 2. Micayla Cronk, BD 56.47, 3. Talia Bates, GSC 56.98, 14. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 59.04, 25. Paige Lane 1:00.13.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Vanessa Pearl, Unattached 2:32.05, 2. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:36.36, 3. Adrianna Deboer, GSC 2:37.54, 11. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:43.75, 28. Sally Golding 2:51.40, time drop 0.64.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Kiernan Smith, RA 2:02.38, 2. Brett Saunders, TEAM 2:05.05, 3. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:05.08, 5. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 2:06.42, time drop 2.77, 19. Marco Cabrera Duarte, SOFLO 2:10.94.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 3:30.43, 2. Bolles 3:32.44, 3. Metro Aquatics 3:35.64, 7. SOFLO A 3:39.07 (Robert Wilson, Rafael Rodriguez, Lance Lesage, Miguel Sierra), 13. SOFLO B 3:43.53 (Philopatier Ibrahim, Sebastian Lares, Juan Colmenares, Marco Cabrera Duarte).

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Nicholas Sweetser, GSC 15:30.27, 2. Arik Katz, SRQ 15:33.92, 3. Matthew Anderson, GSC 15:49.40, 16. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 16:38.08, time drop 13.74.

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