SOFLO’s Schleicher Top 10 Finisher; Travis, Becker Win Overall Titles At USA Swimming 5K Junior National Championship At Miami Marine Stadium


By Sharon Robb

MIAMI, May 4, 2019—In one of the most competitive girls open water swimming races, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mallory Schleicher finished among the Top 10 Saturday in the USA Swimming Girls 5K Junior National Championship at Miami Marine Stadium.

Schleicher, 15, was seventh in the 16-and-under girls race in 1:02:47 for 3.1 miles.

The first ten finishers all completed the course in 1:02 and change. While Travis was nearly 20 seconds ahead of the field three swimmers finished within two tenths of a second with each other.

Chase Travis, 16, of Nation’s Capital Swim Club won in 1:02:07. Kathryn Grimes, 13, of Sandpipers of Nevada was second in 1:02:26.

The only other Florida Gold Coast swimmers in the girls field was Anna Auld, 15, of East Coast Aquatic Club, who finished third in 1:02:30 and Emily Trieschmann, 15, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics 40th in 1:05:54.

Dylan Becker, 16, of Sandpipers of Nevada won the boys title in 58:18. The Utah commit competed in Friday’s senior 10K where he finished 30th. The next 21 swimmers all dipped under one hour.

SOFLO’s Dominic Bono, 15, was 54th in 1:07:09 in the boys race. He was the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer to complete the race.

The championships end Sunday with the men’s and women’s senior 5K national event. Also on Sunday, Swim Miami 2019 returns to Miami Marine Stadium.

Four races will be held in Sunday’s Swim Miami 2019: 800-meters, Miami Mile, 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles). There is also the K-9 Krawl World Championships, a human and dog duathlon where owner and dog swim 200 yards and run 400 yards.

Swim Miami is the longest-standing open water swim on the East Coast and one of the largest in the U.S.

SOFLO has entered 24 age group swimmers (17 girls and 7 boys) and three masters swimmers.

The age group swimmers are Sophia Bedoya, 16, mile; Alexander Blandon, 17, mile; Alexis Christensen, 13, mile; Elena Dinehart, 14, 5K; Elise Dinehart, 10, mile; Olivia Dinehart, 14, 5K; Pilar Duranti, 11, 800; Genesis Escobar, 11, 800; Sophia Grubbs, 14, 5K; Anastasia Lutz, 12, mile; Alejandro Mateus, 13, mile; Leonardo Mateus, 17, mile; Sabrina Osorio, 14, mile; Sofia Osorio, 14, mile; Martin Petkov, 10, 800; Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 5K; Lucy Smutny, 16, 5K; Lydia Smutny, 10, mile; Madeline Smutny, 13, 5K; Ventura Torres, 17, mile; Victoria Torres, 14, mile; Juan Vallmitjana, 10, 800; Olivia Ware, 15, 10K; and Isabelle Wilson, 12, 5K.

The masters swimmers are Emmanuel Butmankiewicz, 33, in the mile; Hawaii Ironman Evelyn Salama, 45, 5K; and Kristen Vlaun, 46, 10K.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson is also involved in the event. His boat will serve as the officials’ boat for every race throughout the weekend.

The course is one lap for the mile, three laps for the 5K and six laps for the 10K.

The finish time limits are: 10K Swim: 4 hours; 5K Swim: 2 hours; Miami Mile: 1 hour and 800 meters: 30 minutes.

Proceeds benefit the H2Os Foundation. The H2Os Foundation through grants, generous donations, events, and strategic corporate partnerships offers children and youth a unique opportunity to learn a lifesaving skill, and more importantly a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Live coverage of the final races are available Sunday morning at usaswimming.org. The webcast is 7:30 a.m.

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

Paltrinieri, Cunha Capture 10K National Championship Titles; SOFLO’s Schleicher, Bono Compete Saturday In 5K Junior National Championships At Miami Marine Stadium


By Sharon Robb

May 3, 2019—Jordan Wilimovsky, David Heron, Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson were the top U.S. finishers Friday in the USA Swimming National Open Water 10K Championship.

Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, 24, won the men’s race in 1:49:25 followed by Wilimovsky, 25, in 1:50:57, Mario Sanzullo, 25, of Italy in 1:51:41 and Heron, 24 in 1:52:22 among a field of 35 swimmers.

Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha, 27, won the women’s race in 2:00:00.17 followed by Twichell, 29, in 2:00:00.67 and Anderson, 27, in 2:00:01 among a field of 21 swimmers. Former Florida swimmer Becca Mann, 21, was sixth in 2:00:14. Anna Auld of East Coast Aquatic Club was 16th in 2:11.47.

The top two U.S. men and women in the 10K races qualified for the 18th FINA World Championships in July in Gwangju, South Korea where they can qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a Top 10 finish. The 10K has been an Olympic event since 2008.

On Saturday, SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher and Dominic Bono will compete in the 5K Junior National Championships 16-and-under races. The boys race is 8 a.m. and girls race at 8:05 a.m.

The 5K national championships are Sunday. The men’s race is 7:30 a.m. and women’s race is 7:35 a.m.

On Sunday, Swim Miami 2019 returns to Miami Marine Stadium. The course is an amazing pristine, generally calm water environment that will definitely allow all ages and abilities to enjoy the open water event.

Four races will be held in Sunday’s Swim Miami 2019: 800-meters, Miami Mile, 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles). There is also the K-9 Krawl World Championships, a human and dog duathlon where owner and dog swim 200 yards and run 400 yards.

Swim Miami is the longest-standing open water swim on the East Coast and one of the largest in the U.S.

SOFLO has entered 24 age group swimmers (17 girls and 7 boys) and three masters swimmers.

The age group swimmers are Sophia Bedoya, 16, mile; Alexander Blandon, 17, mile; Alexis Christensen, 13, mile; Elena Dinehart, 14, 5K; Elise Dinehart, 10, mile; Olivia Dinehart, 14, 5K; Pilar Duranti, 11, 800; Genesis Escobar, 11, 800; Sophia Grubbs, 14, 5K; Anastasia Lutz, 12, mile; Alejandro Mateus, 13, mile; Leonardo Mateus, 17, mile; Sabrina Osorio, 14, mile; Sofia Osorio, 14, mile; Martin Petkov, 10, 800; Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 5K; Lucy Smutny, 16, 5K; Lydia Smutny, 10, mile; Madeline Smutny, 13, 5K; Ventura Torres, 17, mile; Victoria Torres, 14, mile; Juan Vallmitjana, 10, 800; Olivia Ware, 15, 10K; and Isabelle Wilson, 12, 5K.

The masters swimmers are Emmanuel Butmankiewicz, 33, in the mile; Hawaii Ironman Evelyn Salama, 45, 5K; and Kristen Vlaun, 46, 10K.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson will also be involved in the event. His boat will serve as the officials’ boat for every race throughout the weekend.

The course is one lap for the mile, three laps for the 5K and six laps for the 10K.

The finish time limits are: 10K Swim: 4 hours; 5K Swim: 2 hours; Miami Mile: 1 hour and 800 meters: 30 minutes.

Proceeds benefit the H2Os Foundation. The H2Os Foundation through grants, generous donations, events, and strategic corporate partnerships offers children and youth a unique opportunity to learn a lifesaving skill, and more importantly a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Live coverage of each race from Miami will be available each morning at usaswimming.org. The webcast schedule is Friday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

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

Open Water Swimming Takes Center Stage Friday Through Sunday At Miami Marine Stadium; Schleicher, Bono Lead SOFLO Contingent


By Sharon Robb

May 2, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the elite, age group and masters levels Friday through Sunday at the USA Swimming Nationals Open Water 10K/5K and Swim Miami 2019.

The USA Swimming National Championships Series begins Friday with the 10K. The women’s race is 8 a.m. and men’s race at 10:30 a.m. The top two men and top two women in the 10K races will advance to the 18th FINA World Championships in July in South Korea where they can qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a Top 10 finish. The 10K has been an Olympic event since 2008.

Heading the men’s 10K field are Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky and Brendan Casey. Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson are the top women in the field.

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher and Dominic Bono will compete Saturday in the 5K Junior National Championships 16-and-under races. The boys race is 8 a.m. and girls race at 8:05 a.m.

The 5K national championships are Sunday. The men’s race is 7:30 a.m. and women’s race is 7:35 a.m.

The competitors at the Open Water National Championships will be racing on a course that’s similar to what they will face at Worlds and the Olympics. The water will be around 80 degrees and salty, and the course will be protected, meaning there will be fewer waves.

The course was chosen to mimic what qualifiers will face in the future because it’s important to choose swimmers who perform best under those conditions, according to USA Swimming Open Water Director Bryce Elser.

“I’m really excited they’re mimicking World Championships as closely as possible,” Anderson said. “I think it’s really important to start acclimating as soon as possible for the race we’re going to have at Worlds. The more chances you get to race in something like that, the better.”

The open water national championships will serve as the selection event for spots on U.S. rosters, too.

Swim Miami 2019 also returns to Miami Marine Stadium. The course is an amazing pristine, generally calm water environment that will definitely allow all ages and abilities to enjoy the open water event.

Four races will be held in Sunday’s Swim Miami 2019: 800-meters, Miami Mile, 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles). There is also the K-9 Krawl World Championships, a human and dog duathlon where owner and dog swim 200 yards and run 400 yards.

Swim Miami is the longest-standing open water swim on the East Coast and one of the largest in the U.S.

SOFLO has entered 23 age group swimmers (17 girls and 6 boys) and three masters swimmers.

The age group swimmers are Sophia Bedoya, 16, mile; Alexander Blandon, 17, mile; Alexis Christensen, 13, mile; Elena Dinehart, 14, 5K; Elise Dinehart, 10, mile; Olivia Dinehart, 14, 5K; Pilar Duranti, 11, 800; Genesis Escobar, 11, 800; Sophia Grubbs, 14, 5K; Anastasia Lutz, 12, mile; Alejandro Mateus, 13, mile; Leonardo Mateus, 17, mile; Sabrina Osorio, 14, mile; Sofia Osorio, 14, mile; Martin Petkov, 10, 800; Lucy Smutny, 16, 5K; Lydia Smutny, 10, mile; Madeline Smutny, 13, 5K; Ventura Torres, 17, mile; Victoria Torres, 14, mile; Juan Vallmitjana, 10, 800; Olivia Ware, 15, 10K; and Isabelle Wilson, 12, 5K.

The masters swimmers are Emmanuel Butmankiewicz, 33, in the mile; Hawaii Ironman Evelyn Salama, 45, 5K; and Kristen Vlaun, 46, 10K.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson will also be involved in the event. His boat will serve as the officials’ boat for every race throughout the weekend.

The course is one lap for the mile, three laps for the 5K and six laps for the 10K.

Saturday is mandatory check-in for all events 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday’s schedule is 7-8:45 a.m. check-in; 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsor Expo Open; 7:30 a.m., USA Swimming Nationals Open Water 5K; 8:30 a.m., 800 Meter Male (All Ages); 8:32 a.m., 800 Meter Female (All Ages); 8:34 a.m., Special Olympics 800 M (All); 8:40 a.m., 10K Male (All Ages); 8:42 a.m., 10K Female (All Ages); 10 a.m., 5K 18-and-under (Male); 10:02 a.m., 5K 18-and-under (Female); 10:04 a.m., 5K 19-39 years old (Male); 10:06 a.m., 5K 19-39 years old (Female); 10:08 a.m., 5K 40-and-older (Male); 10:10 a.m., 5K 40-and-older (Female); 10:15 a.m., Miami Mile 18 and under (Male); 10:17 a.m., Miami Mile 18 and under (Female); 10:19 a.m., Miami Mile 19-39 years old (Male); 10:21 a.m., Miami Mile 19-39 years old (Female); 10:23 a.m., Miami Mile 40 and older (Male); 10:25 a.m., Miami Mile 40 and older (Female); 10:27 a.m. Special Olympics 1 Mile (All); 12:15 p.m., K-9 KRAWL; Awards ceremony. Awards will be going on simultaneously as events finish.

Every swimmer will be awarded a limited edition finisher medal. The overall top men three men and women will also earn awards.

The finish time limits are: 10K Swim: 4 hours; 5K Swim: 2 hours; Miami Mile: 1 hour and 800 meters: 30 minutes.

Proceeds benefit the H2Os Foundation. The H2Os Foundation through grants, generous donations, events, and strategic corporate partnerships offers children and youth a unique opportunity to learn a lifesaving skill, and more importantly a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Live coverage of each race from Miami will be available each morning at usaswimming.org. The webcast schedule is Friday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Dominate Day Two Of FGC Senior Championships, Continue To Lead Combined, Boys Team Standings


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, March 23, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club continued to dominate the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Saturday on Day Two at Academic Village Pool.

Heading into the third and final day of competition, SOFLO leads the combined team standings with 2,132.5 points and have all but clinched the title. Azura Florida Aquatics is second with 1,591 and East Coast Aquatic Club is third with 1,382. Defending champion Metro Aquatics is ninth with 454.

SOFLO also leads the boys team standings with 1,120.5 points followed by Azura with 898 and Gulliver with 585.5.

East Coast Aquatic Club leads the girls team standings with 1,277 followed by SOFLO with 1,012 and Gulliver with 695 just ahead of Azura with 693.5.

SOFLO’s top finishers were Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny, Olivia Dinehart and girls’ 800-yard freestyle relay.

Golding won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:20.83.

Smutny won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.73, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.31 and third in the 50-yard backstroke in 26.28.

Dinehart won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:18.93.

Smutny, Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher and Golding won the 800-yard freestyle in 7:28.67.

SOFLO boys 800-yard freestyle relay was second in 6:56.34 with Philopatier Ibrahim, Lance Lesage, Miguel Sierra and Rafael Rodriguez.

Other top three SOFLO finishers were:

Molly Golding, 200-yard breaststroke, second, 2:24.80.

Dominic Bono, 400-yard individual medley, second, 4:02.18.

Rafael Rodriguez, 400-yard individual medley, second, 3:58.75.

Philopatier Ibrahim, 400-yard individual medley, third, 4:07.88

Mallory Schleicher, 400-yard indvidual medley, third 4:26.04.

Lance Lesage, 200-yard freestyle, third, 1:43.21; third, 50-yard backstroke, 23.85.

Juan Pablo Pineda, 200-yard breaststroke, third, 2:09.42.

SOFLO has 59 swimmers competing in 350 individual events and 18 relays in 10 relay events over three days.

SOFLO is trying to make history by winning both seniors and JO titles in the same short course season for the sixth time in the team’s 19-year history.

Last weekend SOFLO won the FGC Junior Olympics for the ninth consecutive year and tenth overall.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,132.5, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,591.5, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1,382, 4. Gulliver 1,281, 5. St. Andrew’s 837.5, 6. Pine Crest Swimming 722, 7. TS Aquatics 543, 8. Swim Fort Lauderdale 512.5, 9. Metro Aquatics 454, 10. River City Aquatics 413.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,120.5, 2. Azura 898, 3. Gulliver 585.5, 4. Pine Crest 438, 5. River City 355, 6. Metro Aquatics 339, 7. St. Andrew’s 336, 8. Swim Fort Lauderdale 280.5, 9. TS Aquatics 234, 10. City of Hialeah 198.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 1,277, 2. SOFLO 1,012, 3. Gulliver 695.5, 4. Azura 693.5, 5. St. Andrew’s 501.5, 6. TS Aquatics 309, 7. Pine Crest 284, 8. Swim Fort Lauderdale 232, 9. City of Hialeah 167, 10. YMCA of South Florida 135.5.

GIRLS

400-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 4:20.17, 2. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 4:25.77, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:26.04; SOFLO: 8. Sara Quintero 4:40.99, 9. Molly Golding 4:43.81; Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:20.83, 2. Shauna Abair, ECAC 4:29.63, 4. Adrianna Barone, SAS 4:31.86; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Dinehart 4:34.90, 5. Sally Golding 4:40.73, 7. Elena Dinehart 4:44.00.

200-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 1:50.98, 2. Anna Auld, ECAC 1:51.76, 3. Ella Martinez, ECAC 1:52.07; SOFLO: 4. Mallory Schleicher 1:52.55, 9. Paige Lane 1:57.31; Open, 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 1:47.73, 2. Allyson Ponson, Unattached 1:50.70, 3. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 1:51.47; SOFLO: 11. Olivia Dinehart 1:54.33.

50-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 25.70, 2. Claudia Acosta, HSC 27.55, 3. Simone Vale, PC 27.89; Open, 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 25.01, 2. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 25.90, 3. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 26.28; SOFLO: 11. Kathleen Golding 27.69.

200-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:17.81, 2. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:24.80, 3. Patricia Perdomo, Azura 2:26.52; SOFLO: 6. Sara Quintero 2:28.83; Open, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:18.93, 2. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 2:20.00, 3. Shauna Abair, ECAC 2:21.79; SOFLO: 4. Sally Golding 2:25.08, 11. Hailey Jerew 2:27.89.

100-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Corinne Davenport, SFTL 55.73, 2. Megan Murphy, ECAC 57.39, 3. Amanda Kopas, Azura 57.91; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 59.58, 9. Sara Quintero 1:00.04, 11. Mallory Schleicher 59.73; Open, 1. Emily Cordovi, GRSC 55.12, 2. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 55.31, 3. Celina Marquez, Azura 55.44.

800-yard freestyle relay:
1. SOFLO A 7:28.67 (Mary Smutny, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Kathleen Golding), 2. East Coast 7:33.12, 3. Azura 7:44.70.

BOYS

400-yard individual medley:
15-16, 1. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 4:01.70, 2. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 4:02.18, 3. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 4:07.88; SOFLO: 6. John Paul Handal 4:17.13, 7. Juan Colmenares 4:21.25, 10. Juan Pablo Pineda 4:22.74; Open, 1. Juan Zapata, Azura 3:57.78, 2. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 3:58.75, 3. Daniel Seabaugh, RCA 4:03.81; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Mateus 4:10.49.

200-yard freestyle:
15-16, 1. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 1:39.42, 2. Reese Branzell, LLL 1:42.03, 3. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:43.21; SOFLO: 5. Philopatier Ibrahim 1:44.02; SOFLO: 10. Michael Arias 1:46.59, 11. Robert Wilson 1:43.83; Open, 1. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 1:37.89, 2. Daniel Seabaugh, RCA 1:40.18, 3. Runar Borgen, PAQ 1:41.14.

50-yard backstroke:
15-16, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 23.33, 2. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 23.71, 3. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 23.85; Open, 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 22.76, 2. Daniel Seabaugh, RCA 23.23, 3. Jacob Bening, RCA 23.63; SOFLO: 6. Rafael Rodriguez 24.41.

200-yard breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 2:04.22, 2. Victor Valdes, HSC 2:09.17, 3. Juan Pablo Pineda, SOFLO 2:09.42; SOFLO: 4. Javier Roman 2:09.47, 9. John Paul Handal 2:18.05; Open, 1. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:05.93, 2. Kevin Degrijze, ECAC 2:08.19, 3. Andrew Rogatinski, PST 2:09.65; SOFLO: 9. Sebastian Lares 2:14.01.

100-yard butterfly:
15-16, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 50.28, 2. Miguel Sierra, SOFLO 51.23, 3. Joshua Hanks, PC 51.88; SOFLO: 7. Philopatier Ibrahim 53.02; Open, 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 48.66, 2. Runar Borgen, PAZ 48.69, 3. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 49.00; SOFLO: 7. Rafael Rodriguez 50.70.

800-yard freestyle relay:
1. Azura 6:51.36, 2. SOFLO A 6:56.34 (Philopatier Ibrahim, Lance Lesage, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodriguez), 3. River City 7:05.43.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

When: Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 4 p.m.

Estimated Timelines: Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m.-11:57 p.m., finals 4-7:08 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and will be available online at soflomeets.info/seniorchamps and on Meet Mobile. For information call the swim office, 954-538-3721.

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson Double Winner; SOFLO Third Among Teams On Day Two Of Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 8, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club men’s and women’s teams are third after Day Two of the of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The women’s team is third with 393 points. Sarasota YMCA leads with 630 and East Coast Aquatic Club is second with 461 points.

The men’s team is also third with 355 points. Azura Florida Aquatics is first with 485 and Sarasota YMCA is second with 370.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian and world short course record holder Alia Atkinson, 30, won two events. Atkinson won her signature event 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.79. She also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.38 just ahead of Talia Bates of Gator Swim Club in 1:01.42. Atkinson has 64 points in high point.

Mary Smutny, 18, finished third in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:04.16. She was third fastest in morning prelims in 2:05.48. Smutny has 42 points in high point.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, finished fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.27. He was second fastest in morning prelims in 4:39.05. He has 65 points in high points.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, posted back-to-back best times in the 200-meter freestyle. Seeded 2:11.74, she went 2:10.64 in morning prelims and 2:07.69 in finals for a 4.05 time drop.

Schleicher also has back-to-back best times in the 400-meter individual medley. She went 5:06.74 in morning prelims and came back at night in 5:04.62. She was seeded in 5:07.59. Schleicher has 49 points in high points.

Robert Wilson, 16, swam back-to-back best times in the 200-meter freestyle. Seeded 2:01.18, he went 2:00.61 in prelims and 2:00.22 in finals for an 0.96 time drop. He has four points in high point.

Lance Lesage, 16, broke 2 minutes in the 200-meter freestyle and had back-to-back best times. Seeded 2:02.67, he lowered it first in morning prelims in 2:01.18 and broke 2 minutes in finals in 1:59.78 for a total time drop of 2.89. Lesage has 20 points in high point.

Juan Pablo Pineda, 16, had back-to-back best times in the 100-meter breaststroke. Seeded in 1:08.50, he lowered it in morning prelims in 1:08.50 and bettered in finals in 1:07.92 for an 0.77 time drop. He has 15 points in high point.

Javier Roman, 15, has back-to-back best times in the 400-meter individual medley. Seeded 4:56.25, he went 4:54.75 in morning prelims and bettered it in 4:52.33 for a 3.92 time drop. He has four points in high point.

SOFLO has 35 qualified swimmers compete in 155 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

A large field is competing over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Coral Springs Swim Club, Sunrise, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team. Bolles, Sarasota and Pensacola are top Florida teams.

The four-day meet continues Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota YMCA 630, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 461.5, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 393, 4. Barrington Swim Club 334.5, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 285.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 485, 2. Sarasota YMCA 370, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 355, 4. Metro Aquatics 272, 5. Colorado Stars 269.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:01.97, 2. Nikki Miller, Unattached 2:03.38, 3. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:04.16; SOFLO: 25. Mallory Schleicher 2:07.69, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:08.79, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 1:13.99, 3. Micaela Sierra, CSSC 1:15.60; SOFLO: 12. Molly Golding 1:16.85.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 28.92, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 30.16, 3. Megan Murphy, ECAC 30.22.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:01.38, 2. Talia Bates, GSC 1:01.42, 3. Abigail Gibbons, BD 1:01.47; SOFLO: 12. Mary Smutny 1:05.12.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Sumner Chmielweski, SYS 4:55.06, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:56.36, 3. Michelle Morgan, PS 4:56.69; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 5:04.62, time drop, 6. Kathleen Golding 5:06.96.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota YMCA A 8:27.30, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 8:36.35, 3. Sarasota YMCA B 8:40.73, 5. SOFLO A 8:42.62 (Mary Smutny, Mallory Schleicher, Olivia Dinehart, Kathleen Golding), 14. SOFLO B 9:05.32 (Sarah Acevedo, Sara Quintero, Elena Dinehart, Molly Golding).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Santiago Corredor, GSC 1:52.33, 2. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 1:53.62, 3. Julian Hill, GSC 1:53.79; SOFLO: 21. Robert Wilson 2:00.22, time drop, 25. Lance Lesage 1:59.78, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Ryaan Hatoum, BERK 1:05.20, 2. Lukas Macek, Unattached 1:05.29, 3. Hector Rodriguez, BD 1:06.54; SOFLO: 12. Juan Pablo Pineda 1:07.92, time drop.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Steven Aimable, Unattached 27.16, 2. Payton Plumb, SUSA 27.50, 3. Matheo Mateos, Azura 27.58; SOFLO: 9. Lance Lesage 27.88, time drop.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 55.63, 2. Kamarl Muhammad, Unattached 55.63, 3. Blake Wilton, STAR 55.82; SOFLO: 11. Rafael Rodriguez 57.71.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Alexander Gusev, SYS 4:30.94, 2. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 4:39.01, 3. Matheo Mateos, Azura 4:39.13; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 4:39.27, 18. Leonardo Mateus 4:49.78, 20. Dominc Bono 4:50.46, 21. Javier Roman 4:52.33.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 7:58.36 (Matheo Mateos, Franco Lupoli, Sidrell Williams, Juan Zapata), 2. Sarasota YMCA 7:59.40, 3. Metro Aquatics 8:01.45, 4. SOFLO A 8:02.50 (Rafael Rodriguez, Robert Wilson, Philopatier Ibrahim, Lance Lesage), 12. SOFLO B 8:19.80 (Nicolas Rossi, Michael Arias, Leonardo Mateus, Dominic Bono).

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday-Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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

SOFLO Relays Highlight Day One Of Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 7, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club finished second in two relays on opening night of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

In an exciting women’s relay, SOFLO finished second in the 200-meter medley relay in 2:00.36 with Kathleen Golding, Alia Atkinson, Mary Smutny and Gaby Banks. East Coast Aquatic Club, with Chade Nersicio swimming anchor, won in 1:59.87.

The mixed 200-meter medley relay of Lance Lesage, Marc Rojas, Alia Atkinson and Gaby Banks finished second in 1:54.51 behind Azura in 1:53.55.

Top individual finishers were Mallory Schleicher and Rafael Rodriguez.

Schleicher, 15, was sixth in the 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 17:18.67. She shaved 31.37 off her previous best of 17:50.04. She has 24 points in high point.

Rodriguez, 17, was seventh in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:40.19. He has 23 points in high point.

SOFLO has 35 qualified swimmers compete in 155 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

A large field is competing over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Coral Springs Swim Club, Sunrise, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team. Bolles, Sarasota and Pensacola are top Florida teams.

The four-day meet continues Friday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

THURSDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 239, 2. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 202, 3. Barrington Swim Club 196, 4. Azura 173, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 147.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 216, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 176, 3. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 168, 4. Colorado Stars 138, 5. Metro Aquatics 137.

GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Michaela Mattes, SYS 17:04.51, 2. Christina Cianciolo, SYS 17:06.99, 3. Anna Auld, ECAC 17:07.23; SOFLO: 6. Mallory Schleicher 17:18.67, time drop, 18. Sarah Acevedo 18:11.16, time drop.

200-meter medley relay:
1. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:59.87 (Megan Murphy, Paige Maceachern, Madison Cummings, Chade Nersicio), 2. SOFLO A 2:00.36 (Kathleen Golding, Alia Atkinson, Mary Smutny, Gaby Banks), 3. Azura 2:00.58, 20. SOFLO B 2:09.33.

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:48.52 (Eriana Temperino, Madison Commings, Megan Murphy, Chade Nersicio), 2. Azura 1:50.21, 3. Spartan Aquatic Club 1:50.45, 5. SOFLO A 1:50.90, 28. SOFLO B 1:58.68.

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:
1. Azura 1:53.55 (Celina Marquez, Patricia Casella, Thiago Sickert, Sidrell Williams), 2. SOFLO A 1:54.51 (Lance Lesage, Marc Rojas, Alia Atkinson, Gaby Banks), 3. Azura 1:55.84, 8. SOFLO B 1:58.66

BOYS

800-meter freestyle:
1. Ryan Staunch, SWIM 8:27.48, 2. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 8:31.60, 3. Neal Wolfram, RACE 8:33.11; SOFLO: 7. Rafael Rodriguez 8:40.19, 17. Philopatier Ibrahim 8:53.09, time drop.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Colorado Stars 1:45.98 (Preston Harrison, Arnold Luk, Blake Wilton, Kent Olsen-Stavrakas), 2. Azura 1:47.00, 3. Spartan Aquatic Club 1:47.46, 5. SOFLO A 1:49.65, 17. SOFLO B 1:57.40.

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 1:35.84 (Sidrell Williams, Thiago Sickert, Matheo Mateos, Luciano Gonzalez), 2. Spartan Aquatic Club 1:37.79, 3. Berkeley 1:39.66, 4. SOFLO A 1:40.42, 15. SOFLO B 1:44.69.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura A 1:41.64 (Luciano Gonzalez, Sidrell Williams, Solana Capalbo, Celina Marquez), 2. Colorado Stars 1:42.92, 3. Azura B 1:45.07, 13. SOFLO A 1:49.32.

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Shine On Day Two Of 28th FGC Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, December 14, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club continued to flex its muscles on Day Two of the 28th annual Speedo Winter Championships Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Against a talented field of swimmers, SOFLO continues to lead all three team categories: combined (752), boys (382) and girls (370) team totals going into the third day of competition at the Florida Gold Coast meet. Pine Crest is second in all three categories.

Among SOFLO winners were:

Olivia Dinehart, 13, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:18.94, time drop. She leads 13-14 high point with 40 points.

Mary Smutny, 18, 200-yard individual medley, 2:04.30. She leads 17-and-over high point with 29 points.

Lance Lesage, 16, 50-yard backstroke, 24.54, time drop. He has 19 points in high point.

Sebastian Lares, 14, 200-yard individual medley, 1:58.98, time drop. He has 27 points in high point.

Diego Nazario-Vazquez, 12, 50-yard freestyle, 24.66, time drop. He has 29 points in high point.

Javier Colmenares, 12, is second in the 11-12 high point with 37 points.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, is second in the 15-16 high point with 35 points.

Dominic Bono, 15, is second in the 15-16 high point with 28 points.

A field of more than 1,000 swimmers and 53 teams are competing through Sunday in the biggest holiday meet in South Florida.

SOFLO has 107 swimmers (56 boys and 51 girls) of all ages in the four-day meet. The swimmers are competing in 636 individual events and 16 relay events with 55 relay teams.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams are represented including Azura Florida Aquatics, Blue Marlins, Boca Raton Swim Team, Club Seminole, City of Miami Parks, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Heritage Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, Miami Swimming, Wahoos of Wellington, Westminster Academy, TS Aquatics, East Coast Aquatic, YMCA of South Florida and Metro Aquatics.

In last year’s meet, Pine Crest (1,317), Azura (1,165) and St. Andrew’s (923) were the top three finishers in the combined team standings.

Azura won the men’s team title with 694 points followed by Jupiter with 451 and Pine Crest with 422. Pine Crest won the women’s team title with 895 followed by St. Andrew’s with 538 and North Palm Beach with 504.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 752, 2. Pine Crest 593, 3. St. Andrew’s 481, 4. East Coast Aquatic Club 374, 5. Jupier Dragons 363.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 382, 2. Pine Crest 279, 3. Jupiter Dragons 220, 4. St. Andrew’s 218, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 180.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 370, 2. Pine Crest 314, 3. St. Andrew’s 263, 4. East Coast Aquatic Club 238, 5. TS Aquatics 187.

GIRLS

100-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 58.42; 13-14, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 57.53; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 1:00.66, time drop, 8. Maddie Smutny 1:02.77, time drop; 15-16, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 56.58; SOFLO: 7. Jacqueline Lugo 59.63; 17-and-over, 1. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 55.84.

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Sara Lin, PC 2:24.28; SOFLO: 7. Natalia Sibug 2:40.63, time drop; 13-14, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:18.94, time drop; SOFLO: 6. Victoria Torres 2:25.66, time drop, 7. Sally Golding 2:26.04, time drop, 9. Sabrina Osorio 2:34.03, time drop; 15-16, 1. Lucy Miller, SAS 2:25.16; 17-and-over, 1. Shauna Abair, ECAC 2:24.80.

50-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Julianne McCranie, Azura 28.72; SOFLO: 10. Anastasia Lutz 33.05; 13-14, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 26.61; 15-16, 1. Gabby Beltrano, SAS 27.05; 17-and-over, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 25.64; SOFLO: 2. Mary Smutny 26.47.

200-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:10.18; 13-14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:05.01; SOFLO: 9. Sally Golding 2:14.64, time drop; 15-16, 1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 2:05.87; SOFLO: 4. Mallory Schleicher 2:09.61, 7. Sara Quintero 2:14.08, time drop 9. Jacqueline Lugo 2:18.12; 17-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:04.30.

50-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Sara Lin, PC 25.30; 13-14, 1. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 24.47; SOFLO: 9. Victoria Torres 25.75, time drop; 15-16, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 23.75, 2. Logan Watson-Brown, WA 24.12, 3. Lucy Miller, SAS 24.48; 17-and-over, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 23.19; SOFLO: 2. Mary Smutny 23.74.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:59.42; SOFLO: 2. Olivia Dinehart 5:02.80, 7. Elena Dinehart 5:13.56, time drop, 10. Maddie Smutny 5:15.85, time drop; 15-16, 1. Mariangela Cincotti, Azura 5:00.20; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 5:02.47, 4. Lucy Smutny 5:12.75, time drop, 6. Sara Quintero 5:13.52, time drop, 9. Sarah Acevedo 5;15.78, 10. Michelle Marinheiro 5:21.80; 17-and-over, 1. Rachel Contich, PC 5:02.56.

BOYS

100-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 56.89; SOFLO: 2. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 57.94, time drop, 6. Javier Colmenares 1:02.52; 13-14, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 53.07; SOFLO: 2. Sebastian Lares 53.38, time drop, 6. Brennan Binder 56.06, time drop, 7. Enrique Rodriguez 56.71, time drop; 15-16, 1. Caleb Petranchuk, JUP 51.57; SOFLO: 3. Miguel Sierra 51.89, 7. Robert Wilson 53.06, time drop; 17-and-over, 1. Steven Aimable, Unattached 49.21;.

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Alessandro Pereira, Unattached 2:24.95; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares 2:28.03, time drop; 13-14, 1. Chuli Martin, OSC 2:12.93; SOFLO: 2. Yannai Michael 2:17.59, 3. Juan Mora 2:18.38, time drop, 5. Alex Golding 2:22.22, time drop, 9. Logan Gonzalez 2:5.54; 15-16, 1. Kevin DeGrijze, ECAC 2:07.64; SOFLO: 2. Juan Pablo Pineda 2:09.13, time drop, 5. Javier Roman 2:11.75, time drop; 17-and-over, 1. Dylan Brisco, GSC 2:02.49.

50-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Landon Kyser, HAT 26.97; SOFLO: 2. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 28.91, time drop; 13-14, 1. Hudson Bishop, ECAC 25.45; SOFLO: 4. Sebastian Lares 26.04, 7. Juan Mora 27.06, 10. Logan Gonzalez 28.01; 15-16, 1. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 24.54, time drop; SOFLO: 10. Miguel Sierra 25.96, time drop; 17-and-over, 1. Steven Aimable, Unattached 23.07.

200-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 2:07.73; SOFLO: 4. Javier Colmenares 2:18.12; 13-14, 1. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 1:58.98, time drop; SOFLO: 6. Juan Mora 2:04.94, 7. Yannai Michael 2:06.15, 9. Brennan Binder 2:08.26; 15-16, 1. Kevin DeGrijze, ECAC 1:55.30; SOFLO: 4. Dominic Bono 1:58.39, time drop, 10. Juan Colmenares 2:01.76; 17-and-over. 1. Juan Zapata, Azura 1:55.00.

50-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Diego Nazario-Vazquez, SOFLO 24.66, time drop; 13-14, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 22.19; 15-16, 1. Caleb Petranchuk, JUP 21.45; SOFLO: 8. Michael Arias 22.33, 10. Robert Wilson 22.85; 17-18, 1. Philippe Marcoux, SFTL 20.39.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Vitor Ballan Sega, Unattached 4:40.39; SOFLO: 7. Enrique Rodriguez 4:58.20, time drop; 15-16, 1. Daniel Escobar, TSA 4:40.49; SOFLO: 3. Lance Lesage 4:45.40, 6. Robert Wilson 4:50.23, 7. Dominic Bono 4:50.60, 8. Nicolas Rossi 4:54.75, 10. Michael Arias 4:56.26; 17-and-over, 1. Diego Machado, TSA 4:37.72.

IF YOU GO

What: 28th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation.

Admission: $5 per session. Heat sheets will not be sold at the meet. They are available for free online at http://www.swimpst.com and on Meet Mobile. Special all-session passes are also available. Parking will be free. For information call 954-452-2525.

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