SOFLO Heads Field For Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 7, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship that begins Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Four-time Jamaican and short course world champion Olympian Alia Atkinson, Gaby Banks, Marc Rojas, Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny, Mallory Schleicher, Rafael Rodriguez, Lance Lesage head SOFLO’s contingent that will be tested by a strong field.

Atkinson, 30, will compete in the 50 and 100 butterfly, and 50 and 100 breaststroke.

The women’s 100 freestyle is expected to be one of the best races of the four-day meet with defending champion Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny, Micayla Cronk and Chloe Grimme.

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

SOFLO’s 200 mixed medley relay is seeded first in 1:52.19 ahead of Colorado Stars, Missy Franklin’s former club. Atkinson is seeded first in the women’s 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 50 breaststroke and second in the 50 butterfly behind Marie Wattel, Rojas is seeded in the men’s 100 and 200 breaststroke, Golding is seeded first in the 200 individual medley and Smutny is seeded first in the 200 butterfly.

A large field will compete 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.

Several swimmers who competed in last year’s meet have opted to compete in the Pro Swim Series meet in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to Atkinson, another big name swimmer, Brazilian sprinter Bruno Fratus, 29, training with Coral Springs Swim Club, will compete. Fratus is coming off shoulder surgery in the fall. He is top seed in the 50 freestyle in 21.27 and 100 freestyle in 48.50.

Other top swimmers expected to compete are University of Florida-bound Talia Bates of Gator Swim Club. She is top-seed in five of the six events she has entered. National age group swimmer Josh Zuchowski, 14, of FAST is entered in six events. Florida State-bound Cameron Taddonio is one of the favorites in the 1500 freestyle.

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.

Heading the out-of-state teams is Falfins Swimming from Colorado for the second straight year. Claire Timson is the defending 100 backstroke.

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, timed finals 5 p.m.; 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

Triple Winner Mary Smutny, Double Winners Sebastian Lares, Marc Rojas Lead SOFLO In Session Two Of TYR SOFLO Open


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, January 26, 2019–Mary Smutny, Sebastian Lares and Marc Rojas led South Florida Aquatic Club on a rainy second day of the TYR SOFLO Open Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

During the meet’s second session, the University of Texas-bound Smutny, 18, won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.44, 500-yard freestyle in 5:06.49 and 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.85.

Smutny also led off SOFLO’s winning 200-yard medley relay with teammates Victoria Torres, Kathleen Golding and Gaby Banks that won in 1:52.50. Smutny has 54 points in high point.

Lares, 14, won the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:22.26 and won the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:58.04. Lares has 31 points in high point.

Rojas, 24, won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:09.96 and won the 50-yard breaststroke in 27.70. He had 22 points in high points. The fun showdown between Rojas and 41-year-old Harvey Beckwith in the sprint event never materialized when Beckwith was a no-show.

Other SOFLO winners were:

Gaby Banks won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.18.

Molly Golding won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.66.

Juan Mora won the 50-yard breaststroke in 29.62, was second in the 200-yard breaststroke 2:23.42, and third in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.37.

Other Top 3 SOFLO finishers were:

Sally Golding, second, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:31.48; third, 100-yard butterfly, 1:03.97.

Olivia Dinehart, second, 100-yard backstroke, 1:07.04; second, 100-yard butterfly, 1:03.72; third, 50-yard freestyle, 26.96.

Kathleen Golding, second, 100-yard backstroke, 1:03.56.

Mallory Schleicher, third, 100-yard backstroke, 1:04.21, time drop.

Sarah Acevedo, third, 200-yard individual medley, 2:22.79.

Lucy Smutny, third, 500-yard freestyle, 5:30.57

Logan Gonzalez, third, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:31.55.

Rafael Rodriguez, third, 100-yard backstroke, 56.66 and third in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.94.

Yannai Michael, second, 500-yard freestyle, 5:07.19.

The three-day timed final meet features a large field including 156 SOFLO swimmers (78 girls and 78 boys) competing in 1,028 individual events and eight relays.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Blue Marlins of Hialeah, Metro Aquatics, Alper Swim Club, Coral Springs Swim Club, Hialeah, YMCA of South Florida, Heritage Aquatics, Hurricane Swimming, City of Miami, North Miami Swim Team, Plantation Swim Team, Midtown Weston and TSA Swimming.

Title meet sponsor TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club. The club sponsor is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

SATURDAY SESSION TWO RESULTS
GIRLS

200-yard medley relay:
13-and-over, 1. SOFLO A 1:52.50 (Mary Smutny, Victoria Torres, Kathleen Golding, Gaby Banks), 4. SOFLO C 1:59.28, 6. SOFLO B 2:01.54, 7. SOFLO D 2:03.07, 8. SOFLO E 2:07.46, 9. SOFLO F 2:09.97.

200-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 2:30.43; SOFLO: 2. Sally Golding 2:31.48, 6. Elena Dinehart 2:54.14, 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:55.30, 15. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 3:14.15; 15-and-over, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:28.66; SOFLO: 4. Sara Quintero 2:41.30, 12. Valeria Garcia 3:08.83.

100-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Nicol Bellardi, MWA 1:03.81; SOFLO: 2. Olivia Dinehart 1:07.04, 3. Jena Legaspi 1:07.51, 7. Alexis Christensen 1:09.29, 8. Maddie Smutny 1:10.44, 11. Reagan Lowe 1:10.92, time drop, 12. Victoria Torres 1:11.24, time drop, 18. Gabriella Lissa 1:17.19; 15-and-over, 1. Anelis Roque, MAC 1:01.54; SOFLO: 2. Kathleen Golding 1:03.56, 3. Mallory Schleicher 1:04.21, time drop, 6. Mary Smutny 1:04.92, 8. Molly Golding 1:06.42, 14. Lucy Smutny 1:09.72, 15. Michele Marinheiro 1:10.40, 21. Daniela Barreto 1:12.87.

50-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 32.20; SOFLO: 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 36.01, 10. Alexis Christensen 37.32, time drop, 11. Ava Kuznik 37.35, time drop, 12. Elena Dinehart 37.72, 15. Samantha Solis 39.04, 16. Sofia Osorio 39.17; 15-and-over, 1. Stephanie Suarez, MAC 33.06; SOFLO: 5. Sara Quintero 35.38, time drop, 13. Jacqueline Lugo 37.27, 17. Sophia Bedoya 38.26, 19. Jenna Marie Brames 38.71, time drop, 20. Daniela Barreto 38.89, 23. Valeria Garcia 39.23.

100-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 1:01.42; SOFLO: 2. Olivia Dinehart 1:03.72, 3. Sally Golding 1:03.97, 5. Maddie Smutny 1:04.11, 7. Victoria Torres 1:06.23, time drop, 15. Jena Legaspi 1:10.24, 18. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:13.52, time drop, 21. Sabrina Osorio 1:14.59, 22. Reagan Lowe 1:14.65, time drop, 23. Samantha Solis 1:15.21, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 1:00.44; SOFLO: 4. Kathleen Golding 1:02.33, 5. Mallory Schleicher 1:02.74, 6. Molly Golding 1:03.37, 10. Jacqueline Lugo 1:05.35, 13. Gaby Banks 1:06.48, 14. Michelle Marinheiro 1:07.31, 16. Jenna Marie Brames 1:08.99, 18. Lucy Smutny 1:10.74.

50-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Nicole Bellardi, MWA 25.97; SOFLO: 3. Olivia Dinehart 26.96, 7. Ava Kuznik 28.04, time drop, 9. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 28.09, 10. Elena Dinehart 28.17, 17. Jena Legaspi 28.93, 22. Sofia Osoio 29.84; 15-and-over, 1. Gaby Banks, SOFLO 25.18; SOFLO: 4. Paige Lane 25.89, 6. Mallory Schleicher 26.76, 10. Michelle Marinheiro 27.56, time drop, 11. Sarah Acevedo 27.70, 13. Jacqueline Lugo 27.87, 14. Sara Quintero 27.89, 19. Sophia Bedoya 28.40, 26. Daniela Barreto 28.88, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 2:15.08; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Dinehart 2:18.62, 5. Sally Golding 2:19.31, 6. Victoria Torres 2:19.53, time drop, 8. Elena Dinehart 2:24.25, 9. Maddie Smutny 2:25.53, 12. Reagan Lowe 2:36.02, 16. Gabriella Lissa 2:48.01; 15-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:13.85; SOFLO: 3. Sarah Acevedo 2:22.79, 4. Jenna Marie Brames 2:27.17, 6. Lucy Smutny 2:29.75.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 5:12.11; SOFLO: 4. Maddie Smutny 5:27.17, 5. Alexis Christensen 5:34.85, 7. Ava Kuznik 5:39.47, time drop, 9. Sabrina Osorio 5:51.54, 10. Kaitlyn Barrios 5:59.12, 14. Kaitlyn Consuegra 6:10.65, 15. Gabriella Lissa 6:35.32 time drop, 16. Samantha Solis 6:44.18; 15-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 5:06.49; SOFLO: 3. Lucy Smutny 5:30.57, 5. Jenna Marie Brames 5:39.25, 7. Daniela Barreto 5:49.90, time drop.

BOYS
200-yard medley relay:
13-and-over, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:39.23, 2. SOFLO A 1:44.17, 5. SOFLO B 1:46.17, 7. SOFLO D 1:51.29, 8. SOFLO C 1:52.13.

200-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 2:22.26, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Juan Mora 2:23.42, 3. Logan Gonzalez 2:31.55, 5. Zackary Harris 2:33.38, time drop, 8. Lucas Porven 2:43.88, time drop, 10. Alan Bertea 2:47.56, 13. Sean Shanahan 2:58.05; 15-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:09.96; SOFLO: 5. Juan Pablo Pineda 2:17.07, 7. Javier Roman 2:21.02, 10. John Paul Handal 2:25.64.

100-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 58.42; SOFLO: 4. Yannai Michael 1:02.48, time drop, 5. Alejandro Mateus 1:02.90, 9. Christopher Hau 1:04.38, 12. Christian Tijero 1:05.99, 13. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 1:06.29, 14. Aldo Zepeda 1:06.33, 19. Austin Nelson 1:09.78, 22. Adrian Hernandez 1:10.44, 23. Samuel Bullen 1:10.62, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Andres Wong, MAC 56.29; SOFLO: 3. Rafael Rodriguez 56.66, 4. Philopatier Ibrahim 57.37, time drop, 5. Miguel Sierra 58.02, 7. Dominic Bono 58.68, 8. Robert Wilson 59.45, 19. Nicolas Munoz 1:02.57.

50-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 29.62; SOFLO: 6. Zackary Harris 32.27, 8. Alex Golding 32.45, time drop, 9. Samuel Bullen 33.55, 12. Alan Bertea 33.85, time drop, 17. Alejandro Mateus 36.22, 20. Luca Molaro 37.15, 22. Sean Shanahan 37.60, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 27.70; SOFLO: 13. Juancamilo Rivero 31.75, 14. Sebastian Sevilla 31.86, time drop, 17. Juan Colmenares 32.09, time drop.

100-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 57.14; SOFLO: 3. Juan Mora 59.37, 6. Yannai Michael 1:00.73, 10. Alejandro Mateus 1:02.81, 12. Logan Gonzalez 1:03.17, time drop, 13. Alan Bertea 1:04.16, time drop, 16. Alex Golding 1:06.32, 17. Lucas Porven 1:07.42, 21. Samuel Bullen 1:09.07, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 51.64; SOFLO: 3. Rafael Rodriguez 53.94, 4. Miguel Sierra 54.43, 5. Philopatier Ibrahim 55.31, 14. John Paul handal 58.00, 17. Javier Roman 59.06, time drop, 18. Nicolas Munoz 59.07.

50-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 23.12; SOFLO: 10. Alejandro Mateus 25.56, 12. Samuel Bullen 25.71, 13. Logan Gonzales 25.73, 14. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 25.92, 15. Christopher Hau 25.93; 15-and-over, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 22.02; SOFLO: 12. Miguel Sierra 23.83, 16. Sebastian Sevilla 24.29.

200-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 2:04.75; SOFLO: 6. Logan Gonzalez 2:16.44, 18. Austin Nelson 2:36.57, 24. Sean Shanahan 2:44.42, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Andres Wong, MAC 2:01.15; SOFLO: 6. Juan Pablo Pineda 2:10.63, 8. Dominic Bono 2:11.90, 9. Nicolas Munoz 2:12.56, 14. Nicholas Chaimowicz 2:16.79, 20. Juancamilo Rivero 2:21.34, 21. Garrett Oliver 2:22.20, 23. Chris Vasquez 2:20.60.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 4:58.04, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Yannai Michael 5:07.19, 4. Alex Golding 5:13.37, time drop, 5. Zackary Harris 5:18.93, time drop, 6. Christian Tijero 5:19.17, 12. Aldo Zepeda 5:36.69, 16. Adrian Hernandez 5:43.38, 17. Austin Nelson 6:01.77; 15-and-over, 1. Santiago Gomez, Unattahced 4:51.40; SOFLO: 4. Miguel Sierra 5:04.22, 5. Dominic Bono 5:06.45, 8. Robert Wilson 5:09.47, 9. Juan Pablo Pineda 5:09.87, time drop, 10. Juan Colmenares 5:10.04, 11. Rafael Rodriguez 5:17.04, 16. Philopatier Ibrahim 5:26.63, 18. Garrett Oliver 5:34.71, 19. Ryan Alfonso 5:38.99, 21. Ventura Torres 6:32.21.

IF YOU GO

What: TYR SOFLO Open

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and approximately one hour after first session ends.

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

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are available free online at http://www.soflomeets.info/open or Meet Mobile. Printed heat sheets are available for coaches only in the swim office. For information call swim office, 954-538-3721.

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Hosts Annual TYR SOFLO Open This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, January 24, 2019–Host South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field for the TYR SOFLO Open that gets under way Friday at Academic Village Pool.

The three-day timed final meet features a large field including 156 swimmers (78 girls and 78 boys) competing in 1,028 individual events and eight relays representing SOFLO.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Isabelle Wilson, 12, 200 freestyle, 2:10.04; 500 freestyle 5:30.58.

Kathleen Golding, 18, 100 individual medley, 56.36; 400 individual medley, 4:12.46; 200 backstroke, 2:04.31; 50 butterfly 24.58.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, 100-yard individual medley, 53.15; 400 individual medley 4:01.32; 500 freestyle, 4:35.60; 200 butterfly, 1:50.50; 100 freestyle, 47.90.

Javier Colmenares, 12, 200 individual medley, 2:15.66; 200 breaststroke, 2:28.03; 50 breaststroke 31.99; 100 breaststroke, 1:08.22; 100 individual medley 1:02.79.

Marc Rojas, 24, 200 breaststroke, 2:00.66; 50 breaststroke, 25.94.

Molly Golding, 15, 200 breaststroke, 2:21.87.

Mary Smutny, 18, 100 backstroke, 55.90; 100 butterfly, 53.81; 200 individual medley 2:02.82; 500 freestyle 4:42.80; 200 freestyle 1:45.36; 200 butterfly 1:56.58; 100 freestyle 49.48.

Lance Lesage, 16, 100 backstroke, 52.06; 200 backstroke 1:51.35.

Gaby Banks, 16, 50 freestyle, 23.85.

What looks to be one of the highlight races of the meet is the 50 breaststroke. It will be a trip down memory lane with top two seeds Marc Rojas, 24, of SOFLO going up against Harvey Beckwith, 41, of Coral Springs Swim Club. Beckwith is also seeded first in the 100 breaststroke and Rojas is seeded first in the 200 breaststroke.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Blue Marlins of Hialeah, Metro Aquatics, Alper Swim Club, Coral Springs Swim Club, Hialeah, YMCA of South Florida, Heritage Aquatics, Hurricane Swimming, City of Miami, North Miami Swim Team, Plantation Swim Team, Midtown Weston and TSA Swimming.

Title meet sponsor TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club. The club sponsor is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

IF YOU GO

What: TYR SOFLO Open

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and approximately one hour after first session ends; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and approximately one hour after first session ends.

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

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are available free online at http://www.soflomeets.info/open or Meet Mobile. Printed heat sheets are available for coaches only in the swim office. For information call swim office, 954-538-3721.

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

SOFLO Heads Field For 28th FGC Speedo Winter Championships That Begin Thursday


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, December 12, 2018–The 28th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships get under way Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

A field of more than 1,000 swimmers and 53 teams including South Florida Aquatic Club will compete through Sunday in the biggest holiday meet in South Florida.

SOFLO is sending a large contingent of 107 swimmers (56 boys and 51 girls) of all ages to the four-day meet. The swimmers will compete in 636 individual events and 16 relay events with 55 relay teams. SOFLO is among pre-meet favorites to challenge for team titles.

SOFLO’s six-swimmer Speedo Winter Junior National East Meet contingent of Gaby Banks, 16, Haley Jerew, 18, Mary Smutny, 18, Kathleen Golding, 18, Molly Golding, 15, and Rafael Rodriguez, 17, head the field.

University of Texas-commit Mary Smutny is coming off an outstanding Junior Nationals showing with a first (500-yard freestyle), second (200-yard freestyle) and third place (200-yard butterfly) and led SOFLO’s women’s team to a 15th-place finish. She scored 53 of her team’s 64 points.

Smutny is entered in 12 events including four relays. Smutny is seeded first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.82; 100-yard freestyle in 49.48;

SOFLO’s other top-seeded swimmers are:

Mallory Schleicher, 15, 1,650-yard freestyle, 17:33.42.

Olivia Dinehart, 13, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:21.95.

Izzy Wilson, 12, 500-yard freestyle, 5:31.90.

Kathleen Golding, 18, 500-yard freestyle, 4:49.48; 100-yard individual medley.

Marc Rojas, 24, 50-yard breaststroke, 25.94; 100-yard breaststroke, 55.70.

The meet begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with the 1,650-yard freestyle and six relay events.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams will be 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.

IF YOU GO

What: 28th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, 5 p.m., timed finals; Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; 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

SOFLO Competes This Weekend In Southern Zone South Sectional Championships In Gainesville


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 2, 2018—The championship season begins Friday for South Florida Aquatic Club.

After months of training and competing in local meets, swimmers have a jam-packed schedule of top meets over the next seven weeks.

First up is the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships that begin Friday at the University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool in Gainesville.

After this week’s four-day meet there is the July 13-15 Area 3 Developmental Championships; July 19-22 FGC Junior Olympics; July 27-29 FGC Senior Championships; July 31-Aug. 4 Junior Nationals; July 31-Aug. 4 Southern Zones; and Aug. 2-5 Futures Championships.

Marc Rojas, 24, and Kathleen Golding, 17, lead SOFLO’s 17-swimmer contingent at sectionals. SOFLO will also field 19 relay teams for 12 relay events.

The remaining SOFLO squad is: Maya Coffey, 16; Jonathan Farah, 20; Molly Golding, 15; John Paul Handal, 15; Kelley Heron, 18; C.J. Kopecki, 18; Paige Lane, 15; Lance Lesage, 15; Melissa Marinheiro, 21; Leonardo Mateus, 16; Juan Pineda, 16; Ricardo Roche, 18; Rafael Rodriguez, 16; Juan Serna, 16; and Robert Wilson, 15.

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

The field will be star-studded headed by Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Lochte, Kelly Fertel, Penny Oleksiak, Jared Pike, Hannah Burns and Morgan Tankersley.

In last year’s south sectional meet in Orlando, SOFLO was sixth in combined among a field of 60 teams; the women were sixth and men finished seventh.

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

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Champions Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Friday-Monday

Schedule: Friday, 5 p.m., timed finals; Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals; Sunday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals; Monday, 9 a.m. prelims, 4 p.m. finals.

Where: University of Florida, O’Connell Center Pool, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-375-4683, ext. 4545.

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

Schleicher, Rojas Lead SOFLO On Final Day Of Bolles TYR Summer Classic; SOFLO Girls Finish Seventh


By Sharon Robb

JACKSONVILLE, June 25, 2018—Marc Rojas and Mallory Schleicher led South Florida Aquatic Club on the final day of the Bolles School Sharks TYR Summer Classic Sunday at the Sharks’ pool.

Rojas, 24, ended up swimming the breaststroke events. After winning the 100 breaststroke on Saturday in 1:06.86, Rojas came back and took the 200 breaststroke on the final day in 2:27.09. Rojas finished with 40 points.

Schleicher, 14, finished with three second places, one third place, one fourth place, one fifth place, three seventh places and one eighth to total 91 points in high point.

On Sunday, she was second in the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 1:01.41 with a time drop of 2.30, second in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:01.41 with a time drop of 2.30 and seventh in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:31.44

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

Javier Roman, 14, 200-meter breaststroke, second 2:36.21. He finished with 42 points.

Paige Lane, 15, 100-meter freestyle, third, 1:00.35. She finished with 58 points.

Moises Rodriguez, 13, 200-meter backstroke, fifth, 2:23.79. He finished with 21 points.

Kayla Cunningham, 15, 200-meter backstroke, sixth, 2:34.19. She finished with 72 points.

Juan Colmenares, 14, 100-meter freestyle, seventh, 58.34; 200-meter backstroke, 12th, 2:25.84. He finished with 44 points.

Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 100-meter freestyle, eighth, 56.51. He finished with 93 points.

Robert Wilson, 15, 100-meter freestyle, 12th, 57.97. He finished with 30 points.

Host Bolles won the men’s team title with 2,091.5 points. Old Dominion Aquatic Club was runner-up with 1,126.5 points. SOFLO was 11th with 186 points with Rafael Rodriguez accounting for 93 points.

SwimAtlanta won the women’s team title with 1,943.5 points. Bolles was runner-up with 1,523.5. SOFLO was seventh with 163 points with Schleicher accounting for 91 points.

SUNDAY RESULTS

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 2,091.5, 2. Old Dominion 1,126.5, 3. Swim Atlanta 1,031.5, 4. Nova of Virginia Aquatics 500.5, 5. Logghead 479, 6. Planet Swim 258, 7. CBS Islanders 253, 8. Unattached 223, 9. YMCA Columbia 192, 10. Unattached Bolles 191, 11. South Florida Aquatic Club 186.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Swim Atlanta 1,943.5, 2. Bolles 1,523.5, 3. Loggerhead 825, 4. Old Dominion 651, 5. Planet Swim 540, 6. Nova of Virginia Aquatics 529.5, 7. South Florida Aquatic Club 163, 8. Ohio State Swim Club 133, 9. YMCA Columbia 129, 10. Unattached 116.

GIRLS

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Caroline Gavin, LA 38.89; 11-12, 1. Sadie Clayton, SA 32.16.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Caroline Gavin, LA 35.98; 11-12, 1. Sadie Clayton, SA 31.21.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Victoria Bonev, LA 45.62; 11-12, 1. Savannah Branon, Bolles 36.84.

100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Monica DiGaetani, BAC 1:14.77; 11-12, 1. Sadie Clayton, SA 1:02.56.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Emma Morris, SA 2:52.83.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Jessica Parish, SA 2:19.44; SOFLO: 7. Mallory Schleicher 2:31.44; 15-16, 1. Elise Fong, Bolles 2:26.38; SOFLO: 6. Kayla Cunningham 2:34.19; 17-and-over, 1. Kate Alexy, SHY 2:29.47.

100-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Brooke Arnold, LA 59.76; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 1:01.41, time drop 2.30; 15-16, 1. Adair Sand, Bolles 59.87; SOFLO: 3. Paige Lane 1:00.35; 17-and-over, 1. Kathryn Saurborn, PSA 59.23.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Brooke Arnold, LA 59.76; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 1:01.41, time drop 2.30; 15-16, 1. Olivia Peoples, Bolles 2:43.50; 17-and-over, 1. Marianne Allard, SA 2:45.64.

1500-meter freestyle:
13-and-over, 1. Leah DeGeoge, Bolles 17:11.76; SOFLO: 13. Emma Twombly 20:58.92.

BOYS

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Walter Kueffer, Bolles 36.70; 11-12, 1. Jay Gerloff, ODAC 31.56.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Antoine Destang, Unattached 31.78; 11-12, 1. Jake Stout, SA 31.80.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Louis Joos, Bolles 40.68; 11-12, 1. Wyatt Porch, Bolles 36.44.

100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Antoine Destang, Unattached 1:06.79; 11-12, 1. Jay Gerloff, ODAC 1:03.38.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Jake Stout, SA 2:36.61.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Tyler Schroeder, SA 2:15.67; SOFLO: 5. Moises Rodriguez 2:23.79, 12. Juan Colmenares 2:25.84; 15-16, 1. Holden Raffin, MSC 2:12.59; 17-and-over, 1. Jared Zhang, SOLO 2:14.85.

100-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Tyler Schroeder, SA 55.15; SOFLO: 7. Juan Colmenares 58.34; 15-16, 1. Jack Alexy, SHY 52.64; SOFLO: 8. Rafael Rodriguez 56.51, 12. Robert Wilson 57.97; 17-and-over, 1. Dillon Hillis, Bolles 54.65.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Harry Herrera, CRIM 2:30.50; SOFLO: 2. Javier Roman 2:36.21; 15-16, 1. Paul DeGrado, Bolles 2:29.00; 17-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:27.09.

1500-meter freestyle:
13-and-over, 1. Rafael Ponce de Leon, Bolles 16:37.50.

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

SOFLO’s Rojas, Cunningham Win On Day Three Of Bolles TYR Summer Classic


By Sharon Robb

JACKSONVILLE, June 23, 2018—Marc Rojas and Kayla Cunningham led South Florida Aquatic Club on Day Three of the Bolles School Sharks TYR Summer Classic.

Rojas, 24, won the 100-meter breaststroke by 1/100ths of a second in 1:06.86 ahead of Bolles 17-year-old junior national champion and University of Florida-bound Dillon Hillis in 1:06.87. Rojas, who represents the Dominican Republic internationally, went 1:06.69 in prelims.

Cunningham, 15, won the 17-and-over 400-meter individual medley in 5:19.04. Cunningham was also fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:30.34. She has 59 points for high point.

Mallory Schleicher, 14, was third in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time of 2:31.45, dropping 3.28 seconds off her previous best. She has 62 points in high point.

Rafael Rodriguez, 16, was second in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:09.72 just behind Bolles Jack Van Deusen in 2:09.67 and second in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:50.43.

Other top nine SOFLO finishers were:

Paige Lane, 200-meter freestyle, ninth, 2:11.13.

Javier Roman, 100-meter breaststroke, ninth, 1:13.70.

The four-day meet concludes Sunday with three sessions.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Sydney Cronin, LA 2:40.58; 11-12, 1. Sydney Starnes, SA 2:17.88; 13-14, 1. Brooke Arnold, LA 2:09.15; 15-16, 1. Leah DeGeorge, Bolles 2:08.02; SOFLO: 9. Paige Lane, 2:11.13; 17-and-over, 1. Kensey McMahon, Bolles 2:06.25.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Zoe Dixon, NOVA 2:19.63; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 2:31.45, time drop 3.28; 15-16, 1. Caroline Irwin, SA 2:19.64; SOFLO: 5. Kayla Cunningham 2:30.34; 17-and-over, 1. Kensey McMahn, Bolles 2:22.32.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Caroline Gavin, LA 1:23.63; 11-12, 1. Sadie Clayton, Sa 1:11.32.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Sydney Cronin, LA 1:33.26; 11-12, 1. Savannah Branon, Bolles 1:20.75; 13-14, 1. Caroline Gray, NOVA 1:18.88; 15-16, 1. Olivia Peoples, Bolles 1:16.36; 17-and-over, 1. Marianne Allard, SA 1:16.31.

400-meter individual medley:
12-and-under, 1. Sydney Starnes, SA 5:24.87; 13-14, 1. Zoe Dixon, NOVA 4:55.36; 15-16, 1. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 5:19.04; 17-and-over, 1. Ashley Neas, SA 5:09.86.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Antoine Destang, Unattached 2:25.52; 11-12, 1. Jay Gerloff, ODAC 2:18.74; 13-14, 1. Charlie Stout, SA 1:59.40; 15-16, 1. Jack Alexy, SHY 1:59.09; SOFLO: 16. Robert Wilson 2:14.10; 17-and-over, 1. Dakota Mahaffey, Bolles 1:55.64.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, Tyler Schroeder, SA 2:15.07; SOFLO: 14. Moises Rodriguez 2:28.75, time drop 7.80; 15-16, 1. Jack Van Deusen, Bolles 2:09.67; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 2:09.72; 17-and-over, 1. Caleb Mauldin, ODAC 2:05.42.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Antoine Destang, Unattached 1:13.37; 11-12, 1. Jake Stout, SA 1:09.39.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Louis Joos, Bolles 1:30.57; 11-12, 1. Wyatt Porch, Bolles 1:19.56; 13-14, 1. Harry Herrera, CRIM 1:10.32; SOFLO: 9. Javier Roman 1:13.70; 15-16, 1. Paul DeGrado, BSS 1:08.13; 17-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 1:06.86.

400-meter individual medley:
12-and-under, 1. Simeon Prosinski, LA 5:32.88; 13-14, 1. Harry Herrera, CRIM 4:54.49; SOFLO: 10. Javier Roman 5:05.18; 15-16, 1. Jack Van Deusen, Bolles 4:41.47; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodrigues 4:50.43; 17-and-over, 1. Alexander Petty, LSS 4:47.19.

IF YOU GO

What: Bolles TYR Summer Classic Long Course Meet.

When: Sunday.
Schedule: Sunday, prelims 8 a.m., timed finals, 11:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Uible Pool, The Bolles School, 7400 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville.

Of note: The closed meet is hosted by the Bolles School Sharks. Timed finals for 12-and-unders and prelims and finals for 13-and-over swimmers. Heat sheets are available at http://www.bollesswimming.org and http://www.floridaswimming.org.

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