NIKE MARCH SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: CJ Kopecki


By Sharon Robb

April 12, 2015—CJ Kopecki is the perfect example what hard work and sheer determination can do for a swimmer.

The South Florida Aquatic Club age group swimmer has risen through the ranks since he started swimming competitively at age 10.

“When I first started, I was a slower kind of swimmer, I wasn’t fast at all,” Kopecki said. “I would see the older groups swim at meets and everyone would congratulate them after they would win. I started working towards that.”

Kopecki, now 15, didn’t do it alone.

First there was SOFLO veteran age group coach Coach Rose Lockie encouraging him.

“She was one of the big coaches who helped me the first year,” Kopecki said. “She put me in butterfly which is my best stroke.”

And there was former SOFLO coach Megan Garland the past three years.

“After Coach Rose helped me I started progressing a lot and doing really good after I turned 13,” Kopecki said. “I didn’t think I could get fast enough to move up to Silver and went into Senior Developmental. After one practice Coach Rose came to me and talked about it. She believed I could get there if I worked my butt off in swim practice. Eventually, after JOs, I moved up. Coach Megan helped me tremendously, too. I wouldn’t be where I am without her.”

And, of course, there are his teammates he trains with day in and day out.

Kopecki was 3 when his grandmother taught him how to swim. He played soccer, but soon realized he was more suited to swimming.

“I have flat feet and can’t run fast without hurting my knees and shins,” he explained. “I decided to do a sport I didn’t have to run in and started swimming. I wasn’t athletic or fit at all when I started.”

Between pool and dryland work, Kopecki ended up dropping 15 pounds and getting fitter.

“I always liked being in the water,” Kopecki said. “I liked going out in the ocean with my grandma.”

Kopecki, a freshman at American Heritage School, competed in his first state high school meet this past fall and is a member of the Patriots’ boys state champion team. His club highlight swims were at sectionals and senior championships.

“I was happiest with my 200 fly at sectionals,” Kopecki said. “It was the first time I made “A” finals at sectionals. I was happy with my mile at senior championships. My time drops were pretty good after I was injured (back). I didn’t have the endurance before and that mile showed me I was back and could do it.”

Kopecki hopes to get even stronger and faster over the next three years and earn a college scholarship.

“Coach Chris has been telling me if I keep working and progressing I can get there,” Kopecki said. “That’s a big goal of mine.”

Kopecki, coming off a bout of the flu, is working his way back into shape.

“I am just going to eat, sleep and swim and try to get my junior national cut,” Kopecki said.

He even plans on training while he is in Raleigh, N.C., site of the weeklong national competition where he will compete on a nine-member mock trial team for American Heritage Plantation. Kopecki is in his first year of the school’s law program. “It’s interesting and fun,” he said.

Kopecki joins February Swimmer of the Month Zackary Harris and January Swimmer of the Month Madison Johnson.

The Nike Swimmer of the Month award, chosen by the SOFLO coaching staff, is awarded each month to the swimmer who excels at both swim meets and practice sessions.—Sharon Robb

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’S Alia Atkinson Named Jamaica Sportswoman of the Year


By Sharon Robb

January 17, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson, after two runner-up finishes, was named the 2014 Jamaica Sportswoman of the Year Friday night at a gala event at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

Atkinson, 25, a three-time Olympian for Jamaica, broke out of the shadows of track and field athletes that usually dominate the coveted annual RKR Sports Foundation’s award.

It took a world record and first-ever gold medal at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in December to earn the award.

Atkinson was the first non-track and field athlete honored in forty-one years, another milestone for the sport and swimmer, who became the first black woman to win a world title and tie the world record in the 100-meter breaststroke in December.

Atkinson also took silver and bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and finished third overall in the FINA World Cup Short Course Series.

Atkinson is only the third swimmer to be honored as Sportswoman of the Year. Belinda Phillips (1974) and Frances Noble (1968) were the others to win the award since its inception 54 years ago.

Atkinson has been runner-up to track star Shelly-Ann Fraser for the past two years. She has been nominated five times.

“It is a single honor, one which I am very proud of,” Atkinson said. “It shows that I am still performing at high standards.

“Being recognized in such a manner bodes well for swimming in Jamaica,” Atkinson said. “It helps keep swimming on the map and hopefully, will provide the impetus necessary for others to enter swimming and succeed.

“This is more than about me. A country…a nation…a race. This is just not mine.”

Atkinson was also presented the Gleaner Honour Award and People’s Choice Award for Performance of the Year. Atkinson finished ahead of Nicholas Walters, Jaheel Hyde, Kemar Lawrence and Andre Russell. Atkinson also took home trophies for her world record and Commonwealth performance.

SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson, who has coached the Flanagan High School and Texas A&M alum since she was 14 and played a huge role in her success, and SOFLO assistant coach Megan Garland, who are conducting clinics in Jamaica, were among VIP guests at the awards ceremony.

In another departure, WBA featherweight champion boxer Nicholas (The Axeman) Walters was named Jamaica’s National Sportsman of the Year.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Ready For State 2A Meet On Saturday

SOFLO Swimmers Ready For State 2A Meet On Saturday


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

November 8, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club, American Heritage and Archbishop McCarthy will be well-represented at this weekend’s FHSAA State 2A Meet in Stuart, based on last week’s region meets.

SOFLO’s Julien Pinon, a medal contender in both his individual and relay events, will lead American Heritage boys team in its Class 2A state meet debut on Saturday.

On Friday, the Class 1A state meet will be held with defending champions Jacksonville Bolles the overhwhelming favorites.

SOFLO swimmers competing for American Heritage and Archbishop McCarthy will all compete on Saturday. Archbishop McCarthy is coached by SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland.

American Heritage boys will be among favorites to win the 2A team title.

In the Class 2A boys’ competition state qualifiers are:

American Heritage is seeded first in 1:38.57 in the 200-yard medley relay with Nico Medina, Digby Nothard, Fernando Bohorquez, Taylor Eaddy.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Pinon, a sophomore is seeded sixth in 1:43.22, which placed third at regions. Pinon will race against Caeleb Dressel of Clay who is seeded first with an automatic All-American time of 1:37.18, AA-A is seeded first. Pinon is also seeded 12th in 100-yard freestyle in 48.90, fourth at regions.

Archbishop McCarthy senior Matthew Mila is seeded tenth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.95, a third-place finish at regions.

Mila is also seeded ninth in 1:00.70 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Archbishop McCarthy senior Kry Nichlany is seeded seventh in 52.22, that placed him sixth at regions. Nichlany is also seeded 14th in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.58, seventh at regions.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, American Heritage is seeded second in 1:28.25 with Pinon, Digby Nothard, Chris Garcia, and Taylor Eaddy. Archbishop McCarthy is seeded 11th in 1:31.38 with Mila, Jeremy Piacente, Jojo Perez and Nichlany.

In the 400-yard freestyle relay, American Heritage is seeded second in 3:13.95 behind clay. Archbishop McCarthy is seeded 11th in 3:22.50.

In the Class 2A, girl qualifiers are:

Archbishop McCarthy senior Kaitlin Armstrong will be making her final state meet appearance. She is seeded 23rd in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.75.

IF YOU GO

What: Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Meet

When: Friday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5:30 p.m. finals

Where: Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, 931 S.E. Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Admission: $9 per session, parking $5.

What: Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Meet.

When: Saturday, 9 a.m., 5:30 p.m. finals

Where: Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, 931 S.E. Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Admission: $9 per session, parking $5.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

CSSC Sending Strong Contingent To State 1A, 2A Meets This Weekend

Written by Sharon Robb

November 6, 2013

Based on last week’s region meets, Coral Springs Swim Club will be well-represented at this weekend’s FHSAA State 1A and 2A Meets in Stuart, based on last week’s region meets.

In the Class 2A girls competition:

200-yard medley relay: 16th, Coral Springs Charter 1:56.72 (team that finished sixth at regions with Steph Campo, Jillian Alexander, Delaney Biro, a sixth grader, Rebecca Wilkerson)

200-yard free relay, seeded 11th in 1:42.90 american heritage (Cathy Cooper, Audrey Mason, Elizabeth Windisch, Aly Pacitti)

400-yard free relay, American heritage 10th in 3:47.70 and coral springs charter 14th in 3:50.99

200-yard freestyle: Steph Campo, junior, seeded 13th in 1:57.11 (seventh at region) and Audrey Mason, sophomore is seeded 16th in 1:57.87 (ninth at region); also seeded eighth in the 500 freestyle in 5:09.00 (was 8th at regions) in which kaitlyn hauser, sophomore, is seeded first in 4:55.17, all American consideration

Audrey Mason is also seeded 21st in 100 breatsstroke in 1:12.39

200-yard individual medley: Rebecca Wilkerson, junior, seeded 22nd in 2:15.82 (fifth at regions)

100 breaststroke, Rebecca Wilkerson, junior, seeded ninth in 1:09.50 after finishing second at regions

50-yard freestyle: Cathy Cooper, eighth grader, seeded fourth in 24.09, she is the youngest in the field of 24 swimmers, won regions in her season best time

100-yard freestyle: Cathy Cooper, seeded 11th in 53.45, was second at regions

In the Class 2A boys competition:

American Heritage is seeded first in 1:38.57 in 200-yard medley relay (Nico Medina, Digby Nothard, Fernando Bohorquez, Taylor Eaddy).

200-yard freestyle, Julien Pinon, sophomore, seeded sixth in 1:43.22 (third at regions), caeleb dressel, clay, 1:37.18, AA-A is seeded first; seeded 12th in 100 meter freestyle in 48.90, was fourth at regions….

Sebastian Vargas, freshman, seeded 12th in 1:46.38 (ninth at regions) and is seeded 14th in 100 freestyle in 49.23, was sixth at regions

50-yard freestyle: Archbishop McCarthy, matthew Mila, senior, 21.95, seeded 10th third at regions

Mila is also seeded ninth in 1:00.70 in the 100 breaststroke…

100-yard butterfly, Kry Nichlany, senior, Archbishop McCarthy, seeded seventh in 52.22, caeleb dressel, clay, seeded first in 47.48, all-american automatic; kry was sixth at regions in fly; kry is also seeded 14th in the 100 backstroke in 56.58, seventh at regions

200-yard freestyle relay: American heritage is seeded second in 1:28.25 (Julien Pinon, Digby Nothard, Chris Garcia, Taylor Eaddy); archbishop mccarthy seeded 11th in 1:31.38 (Matt Mila, Jeremy Piacente, Jojo Perez, Kry Nichlany).

400-yard free relay: American heritage seeded second in 3:13.95 behind clay; archbishop mccarthyr seeded 11th in 3:22.50

American Heritage boys will be among favorites to win the 2A team title in their 2A meet debut.

In the Class 1A girls:

200-yard medley relay: u.s., sixth seed 1:47.52, AA-C; south florida heat, 11th, 1:52.22.

200 IM, Emily kopas, senior, fourth seed 2:05.35…seeded first in 100 breaststroke, 1:03.39, AA-A

Allison kopas, tenth, freshman, 2:07.30,

200-yard freestyle,

500 freestyle, Allison kopas, eighth seed, 5:03.47, freshman

200 free relay, seeded 13th south florida heat, 1:43.08

400 free relay, u.s., seventh, 3:34.94; sf heat, eighth, 3:35.09

In the Class 1A boys:

200-yard medley relay: u.s., sixth, 1:39.66,

100 fly, 15th, Bryce pierce, junior, 53.18

200 free relay, u.s., third seed 1:28.35,

400 free relay, u.s. seeded second in 3:11.10

IF YOU GO

What: Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Meet

When: Friday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5:30 p.m. finals

Where: Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, 931 S.E. Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Admission: $9 per session, parking $5.

What: Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Meet.

When: Saturday, 9 a.m., 5:30 p.m. finals

Where: Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, 931 S.E. Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Admission: $9 per session, parking $5.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

CSSC Sending Strong Contingent To State 1A, 2A Meets This Weekend

Written by Sharon Robb

November 6, 2013

Based on last week’s region meets, Coral Springs Swim Club will be well-represented at this weekend’s FHSAA State 1A and 2A Meets in Stuart, based on last week’s region meets.

In the Class 2A girls competition:

200-yard medley relay: 16th, Coral Springs Charter 1:56.72 (team that finished sixth at regions with Steph Campo, Jillian Alexander, Delaney Biro, a sixth grader, Rebecca Wilkerson)

200-yard free relay, seeded 11th in 1:42.90 american heritage (Cathy Cooper, Audrey Mason, Elizabeth Windisch, Aly Pacitti)

400-yard free relay, American heritage 10th in 3:47.70 and coral springs charter 14th in 3:50.99

200-yard freestyle: Steph Campo, junior, seeded 13th in 1:57.11 (seventh at region) and Audrey Mason, sophomore is seeded 16th in 1:57.87 (ninth at region); also seeded eighth in the 500 freestyle in 5:09.00 (was 8th at regions) in which kaitlyn hauser, sophomore, is seeded first in 4:55.17, all American consideration

Audrey Mason is also seeded 21st in 100 breatsstroke in 1:12.39

200-yard individual medley: Rebecca Wilkerson, junior, seeded 22nd in 2:15.82 (fifth at regions)

100 breaststroke, Rebecca Wilkerson, junior, seeded ninth in 1:09.50 after finishing second at regions

50-yard freestyle: Cathy Cooper, eighth grader, seeded fourth in 24.09, she is the youngest in the field of 24 swimmers, won regions in her season best time

100-yard freestyle: Cathy Cooper, seeded 11th in 53.45, was second at regions

In the Class 2A boys competition:

American Heritage is seeded first in 1:38.57 in 200-yard medley relay (Nico Medina, Digby Nothard, Fernando Bohorquez, Taylor Eaddy).

200-yard freestyle, Julien Pinon, sophomore, seeded sixth in 1:43.22 (third at regions), caeleb dressel, clay, 1:37.18, AA-A is seeded first; seeded 12th in 100 meter freestyle in 48.90, was fourth at regions….

Sebastian Vargas, freshman, seeded 12th in 1:46.38 (ninth at regions) and is seeded 14th in 100 freestyle in 49.23, was sixth at regions

50-yard freestyle: Archbishop McCarthy, matthew Mila, senior, 21.95, seeded 10th third at regions

Mila is also seeded ninth in 1:00.70 in the 100 breaststroke…

100-yard butterfly, Kry Nichlany, senior, Archbishop McCarthy, seeded seventh in 52.22, caeleb dressel, clay, seeded first in 47.48, all-american automatic; kry was sixth at regions in fly; kry is also seeded 14th in the 100 backstroke in 56.58, seventh at regions

200-yard freestyle relay: American heritage is seeded second in 1:28.25 (Julien Pinon, Digby Nothard, Chris Garcia, Taylor Eaddy); archbishop mccarthy seeded 11th in 1:31.38 (Matt Mila, Jeremy Piacente, Jojo Perez, Kry Nichlany).

400-yard free relay: American heritage seeded second in 3:13.95 behind clay; archbishop mccarthyr seeded 11th in 3:22.50

American Heritage boys will be among favorites to win the 2A team title in their 2A meet debut.

In the Class 1A girls:

200-yard medley relay: u.s., sixth seed 1:47.52, AA-C; south florida heat, 11th, 1:52.22.

200 IM, Emily kopas, senior, fourth seed 2:05.35…seeded first in 100 breaststroke, 1:03.39, AA-A

Allison kopas, tenth, freshman, 2:07.30,

200-yard freestyle,

500 freestyle, Allison kopas, eighth seed, 5:03.47, freshman

200 free relay, seeded 13th south florida heat, 1:43.08

400 free relay, u.s., seventh, 3:34.94; sf heat, eighth, 3:35.09

In the Class 1A boys:

200-yard medley relay: u.s., sixth, 1:39.66,

100 fly, 15th, Bryce pierce, junior, 53.18

200 free relay, u.s., third seed 1:28.35,

400 free relay, u.s. seeded second in 3:11.10

IF YOU GO

What: Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Meet

When: Friday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5:30 p.m. finals

Where: Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, 931 S.E. Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Admission: $9 per session, parking $5.

What: Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Meet.

When: Saturday, 9 a.m., 5:30 p.m. finals

Where: Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, 931 S.E. Ruhnke St., Stuart.

Admission: $9 per session, parking $5.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Archbishop McCarthy Top Four At Districts, Mila Wins Title, SOFLO Swimmers Advance

Archbishop McCarthy Top Four At Districts, Mila Wins Title, SOFLO Swimmers Advance


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

October 28, 2013

Archbishop McCarthy boys team was third and the girls finished fourth at the District 12-2A Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday at Gulliver Prep.

The boys team, led by Matt Mila and Kry Nichlany, was third with 318.5. Host Gulliver Prep won the team title with 503.5 followed by Doral with 346.5.

Mila captured a district title in the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best 22.28, dropping from 22.70 and was runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.36.

The girls were fourth with 211.5 points. Gulliver also won the women’s team title with 572 points followed by Doral with 382 and St. Brendan with 234.5.

Archbishop McCarthy, coached by SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland, qualified both its girls and boys 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Abolade Oyetunji leads the Somerset Academy contingent to regions that also includes Alani Carrasco, a freshman; Esteban Diaz, a freshman; Adrian Marrero, a sophomore; David Marrero, a seventh grader; Andrea and Clarissa Melendez, both juniors.

The top 24 individual qualifiers and top 16 relays advance to Friday’s Region 4-2 Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Estero High School at Florida Gulf Coast. Both the swimming and diving begins at 4 p.m. with timed finals only. The top qualifiers advance to the FHSAA State 2A meet on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Stuart.

DISTRICT 12-2A at Gulliver Prep:

GIRLS

Archbishop McCarthy’s 200-yard medley relay of Cassidy Shorkey, Kaitlin Armstrong, Juliann Plasencia and Raleigh McDonald was fifth in 2:11.14 and qualified for regions.

Plasencia qualified in the 200-yard freestyle and is seeded 23rd in 2:12.83 and 100-yard butterfly, seeded 24th in 1:10.50.

Somerset Academy junior Andrea Melendez is seeded eighth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:26.91.

Archbishop McCarthy’s Kaitlin Armstrong, a senior, is seeded eighth in the 100-yard freestyle in 56.58.

Somerset Academy sophomore Abolade Oyetunji is seeded 17th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:38.28.

BOYS

Archbishop McCarthy’s 200-yard medley relay of Osmar Coronel, Eric Kroener, David Maniglia and Jeremy Piacente was sixth in 2:00.28.

Junior Jojo Perez and senior Philippe Coppee of Archbishop McCarthy qualifield in the 200-yard individual medley. Perez is seeded 15th in 2:14.47 and Coppee is seeded 21st in 2:16.58.

Archbishop McCarthy senior Matt Mila is seeded second in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.28 and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.36.

Somerset’s Eduardo Graziano, a sophomore, is seeded 24th in the 50-yard freestyle and seeded 22nd in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.25.

Archbishop McCarthy senior Kry Nichlany is seeded ninth in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.44 and is seeded 12th in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.53.

Archbishop McCarthy senior Jeremy Piacente is seeded 23rd in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.47.

Archbishop McCarthy qualified three boys in the 500-yard freestyle, JoJo Perez, seeded 13th in 5:18.49, Christopher Sanchez, seeded 18th in 5:25.44 and Alex Appleby, seeded 23rd in 5:41.72.

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

Archbishop McCarthy Boys Finish Second At All-Catholic State Meet; Nichlany, Mila Win Big

Archbishop McCarthy Boys Finish Second At All-Catholic State Meet; Nichlany, Mila Win Big


Written by Sharon Robb

September 29, 2013

For the second year in a row, Archbishop McCarthy finished runner-up at the 23rd annual Florida Catholic Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday in Orlando.

The Mavericks, coached by South Florida Aquatic Club age group coach Megan Garland, finished with 311 points, bettering last year’s total by eight points.

It is the team’s best finish in the program’s history and also the first time Archbishop McCarthy had two individual boys’ champions.

Kry Nichlany won the 100-yard butterfly in a season-best 52.51 and Matthew Mila won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.65, another season-best.

The Mavericks’ 400-yard freestyle relay of Kry Nichlany, JoJo Perez, Philippe Coppee and Matthew Mila was second in 3:25.72.

Archbishop McCarthy finished fourth in the combined team standings with 420 points. The girls’ team finished eighth with 109 points.

St. Thomas Aquinas used its depth and talent to dominate the 18-team field.

The Raiders swept the combined (1,115 points), girls (568) and boys team titles (547) to defend their titles.

Despite graduating several top swimmers including Brandon Goldman, now a freshman at Lousiana State University, the Raiders had at least one swimmer finish among the top four.

St. Thomas Aquinas girls and boys were equally impressive, sweeping all six relays.

St. Thomas’ Mia Fiorenzi was a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best 24.71 and 100-yard butterfly in 57.70, another season-best.

Raiders teammate Samantha Stinemire won the 100-yard backstroke in 58.08, second fastest time in the county this year. It was also a best time this year for Stinemire bettering her seed time of 1:01.28.

Natalya Wozab, also of St. Thomas Aquinas, won the 100-yard breaststroke in a season-best 1:10.50.

Raiders diver Karlee Price finished runner-up on 1-meter springboard with 282.75 points, just 15 points out of first.

The Raiders boys were led by double winner Gabriel Perez Silva and individual winner Esteban Velasquez.

Silva won the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best 21.73 and 100-yard freestyle in 47.79, also a season-best.

Velasquez won the 200-yard individual medley in a season-best 2:02.10.

Cardinal Gibbons’ Zachary Allen won the diving title with 255.65 points.

23rd FLORIDA CATHOLIC SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

1.St. Thomas Aquinas 1,115, 2. Bishop Kenny 439, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 426.5, 4. Archbishop McCarthy 420, 5. Cardinal Mooney 347, 6. Bishop Verot 340.5, 7. Bishop Moore 279.5, 8. St. Joseph Academy 234, 9. Pope John Paul II 139, 10. Rocky Bayou Christian 137, 11. Bishop John Snyder 102, 12. St. John Neuman 99, 13. Tampa Catholic 94, 14. Melbourne Central Catholic 89, 15. Bishop McLaughlin Catholic 40.5, 16. tie, Father Lopez, Trinity Catholic 31, 18. Cornerstone Charter 20.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.St. Thomas Aquinas 568, 2. Bishop Kenny 283, 3. Bishop Verot 199, 4. Cardinal Gibbons 196, 5. Bishop Moore 168, 6. St. Joseph Academy 158, 7. Cardinal Mooney 154, 8. Archbishop McCarthy 109, 9. Bishop John J. Snyder 91, 10. Tampa Catholic 71, 11. Pope John Paul II 67, 12. tie, Father Lopez, Trinity Catholic 31, 14. Rocky Bayou Christian 25, 15. tie, Cornerstone Charter, St. John Neumann 20, 17. Bishop McLaughlin 14, 18. Melbourne Central Catholic 0.

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:57.09 (Samantha Stinemire, Marie Borrelli, Sarah Asseraf, Natalya Wozab), 2. Bishop Kenny 2:01.19, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 2:01.43, 4. Bishop Moore 2:02.27.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Florencia Almada, BV 1:59.31, 2. Emily Owens, BM 2:04.19, 3. Kristia Hoffman, Flashes 2:05.09, 4. Jenna Diaz, STA 2:06.10.

200-yard individual medley: 1. McKenna DeBever, BK 2:09.19, 2. Sami Schieffelin, BM 2:16.44, 3. Sarah Asseraf, STA 2:17.98, 4. Lyndsea Lam, BK 2:20.27.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 24.71, 2. Isabella Garofalo, Flashes 24.88, 3. Sophia Oliva, STA 24.92, 4. Elizabeth Ryder, CG 26.04.

1-meter diving: 1. Wally Layland, Cornerstone 297.75, 2. Karlee Price, STA 282.75, 3. Alexa Elkins, STA 249.10, 4. Stefani Bucher, BK 158.20.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 57.70, 2. Isabella Spalding, BM 59.32, 3. Kristina Brennan, STA 1:00.75, 4. Sarah Asseraf, STA 1:02.46.

100-yard freestyle: 1. McKenna DeBever, BK 52.95, 2. Sophia Oliva, STA 53.99, 3. Isabella Garofalo, Flashes 54.73, 4. Kristina Brennan, STA 55.94.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Florencia Almada, BV 5:18.39, 2. Kristia Hoffman, Flashes 5:28.35, 3. Vanessa Comunale, STA 5:35.71, 4. Jenna Diaz, STA 5:37.01.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:41.23 (Mia Fiorenzi, Kristina Brennan, Samantha Stinemire, Sophia Oliva), 2. Flashes 1:48.29, 3. Bishop Moore 1:48.33, 4. Bishop Verot 1:51.55.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Samantha Stinemire, STA 58.08, 2. Isabelle Spalding, BM 1:03.75, 3. Laura Floyd, Trinity 1:07.40, 4. Gabrielle Theofanous, CM 1:08.16.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Natalya Wozab, STA 1:10.50, 2. Lyndsea Lam, BK 1:11.67, 3. Sami Schieffelin, BM 1:12.30, 4. Regan Byrne, CG 1:13.74.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas “A” 3:39.53 (Mia Fiorenzi, Kristina Brennan, Samantha Stinemire, Sophia Oliva), 2. St. Thomas “B” 3:59.83, 3. Bishop Verot 4:01.09, 4. Bishop Kenny 4:01.42.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.St. Thomas Aquinas 547, 2. Archbishop McCarthy 311, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 230.5, 4. Cardinal Mooney 193, 5. Bishop Kenny 156, 6. Bishop Verot 141.5, 7. Rocky Bayou Christian 112, 8. Bishop Moore 111.5, 9. Melbourne Central 89, 10. St. John Neumann 79, 11. St. Joseph Academy 76, 12. Pope John Paul II 72, 13. Bishop McLaughlin Catholic 26.5, 14. Tampa Catholic 23, 15. Bishop John J. Snyder 11, 16. Cornerstone Charter, Father Lopez, Trinity Catholic 0.

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:43.85 (Kearn Kurbanali, Matthew Cooper, Gabriel Perez Silva, Kyle Desrosiers), 2. Cardinal Gibbons 1:44.74, 3. Cardinal Mooney 1:44.92, 4. Archbishop McCarthy 1:49.28 (Philippe Coppee, Matthew Mila, Kry Nichlany, JoJo Perez).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Santi Corredor, BV 1:45.14, 2. Austin Katz, CM 1:45.28, 3. Kyle Desrosiers, STA 1:49.16, 4. Matthew Nielsen, BV 1:49.68.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Esteban Velasquez, STA 2:02.10, 2. Conner Heslin, SJN 2:04.37, 3. Kearn Kurbanali, STA 2:07.71, 4. Kry Nichlany, ABM 2:08.52.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 21.73, 2. Fisher Crist, Cardinal Gibbons 22.55, 3. Matthew Mila, ABM 22.73, 4. Jack Melville, BK 23.61.

1-meter diving: 1. Zachary Allen, Cardinal Gibbons 255.65, 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 221.00, 3. Joseph Connelly, BK 148.70.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kry Nichlany, ABM 52.51, 2. Chad Moody, CG 52.71, 3. Conner Heslin, SJN 54.37, 4. Matthew Garcia, CM 57.26.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 47.79, 2. tie, Peter Swafford, BV and Fisher Crist, CG 52.75, 4. Andrew Zielinski, CG 54.26.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Santi Corredor, BV 4:46.01, 2. Matthew Nielsen, BV 4:51.13, 3. Esteban Velasquez, STA 4:51.89, 4. Kyle Desrosiers, STA 4:58.53.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:37.11 (Andrew Szatkowski, Evan O’Sheehan, James Burnette, Garrett Geist), 2. Melbourne CC 1:43.20, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 1:45.57 (Jeremy Piacente, Palmer Larson, Eric Kroener, Christian Troccoli), 4. Bishop Kenny 1:45.57.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Austin Katz, CM 53.33, 2. Matthew Garcia, CM 54.54, 3. Chad Moody, CG 54.95, 4. Kearn Kurbanali, STA 57.82.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Matthew Mila, ABM 1:02.65, 2. Ryan Trammell, BM 1:03.21, 3. Andrew Szatkowski, STA 1:07.11, 4. Alfred Maria, STA 1:09.24.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:18.34 (Kearn Kurbanali, Esteban Velasquez, Gabriel Perez Silva, Alfred Maria), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 3:25.72 (Kry Nichlany, JoJo Perez, Philippe Coppee, Matthew Mila), 3. Cardinal Mooney 3:27.16, 4. Cardinal Gibbons 3:34.40.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Archbishop McCarthy Opens Rebuilding Season At Home

Archbishop McCarthy Opens Rebuilding Season At Home


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

September 12, 2013

While veterans Kry Nichlany, Matthew Mila and JoJo Perez confidently walked on the Academic Village Pool deck, there were more than a few opening meet jitters among the younger, more inexperienced swimmers.

But once the Mavericks gathered together for the team cheer before their Wednesday night meet against Doral Academy and South Florida Heat, the atmosphere turned fun.

Nichlany, Mila and Perez, all state qualifiers last year, won four individual events and two relays in the Mavericks’ only victory of the night, 61-37, over South Florida Heat.

The trio were members of the winning 200-yard medley relay in 1:47.12 and 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:28.77.

Nichlany was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.65) and 100-yard butterfly (55.13). Mila also won two events in the 50-yard freestyle (27.74) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.72). Against Doral, Perez won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:23.69.

Nichlany, Perez and Mila have an excellent chance of returning to the state meet in Stuart in November. The trio is filling the void left by the graduation of Ryan Hall.

For Mavericks coach Megan Garland, a South Florida Aquatic Club-based age group coach, it was refreshing to work with so many new high school swimmers.

“Hosting the first meet is always a little crazy,” Garland said. “Training the parents is almost as important as training the kids. The parents were great. I actually got a chance to watch the races, see the kids swim and got some splits.

“The kids looked like they had fun and that’s what I was looking for,” Garland said. “To me that’s what high school swimming is all about.

“I don’t have tryouts. I take all kids and all abilities. I try to teach them everything I can about swimming in the short amount of time that we have. Have fun, make friends. These guys really become close as a team and they are such good kids.”

Last year the swimmers progressed as the season wore on. Garland said every swimmer improved their times each week.

“They got better every single meet and that’s what I look for,” Garland said.

Garland had a record 61 swimmers come out for the team. She didn’t turn anyone away. She has only five club swimmers on the team.

“We have a lot of new kids and only brought in two club swimmers,” Garland said. “It is definitely a learning and rebuilding year. I don’t know what we are going to do at the end of the season.”

GIRLS

South Florida Heat 93, Doral 69

200-yard medley relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:58.72 (C. Smiddy, Adkison, Contich, R. Smiddy), 2. Doral “A” 2:01.93, 3. Doral “B” 2:09.93.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Lindsey Sauer (SFH) 2:06.85, 2. M. Vargas (D) 2:07.79, 3. J. Contich (SFH) 2:12.43.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Stephanie Hernandez (D) 2:20.98, 2. N. Nieto (D) 2:26.96, 3. M. Smutny (SFH) 2:31.83.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Serah Adkison (SFH) 27.16, 2. W. Anderton (SFH) 27.32, 3. A. Anderston (SFH) 27.45.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Rose Smiddy (SFH) 1:02.06, 2. A. Perez-Hickman (D) 1:03.37, 3. M. Brannan (SFH) 1:03.67.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Mary Smutny (SFH) 1:00.5, 2. H. Silveira (D) 1:00.91, 3. A. Anderton (SFH) 1:02.24.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Clara Smiddy (SFH) 5:13.22, 2. N. Posso (D) 5:43.46, 3. R. Contich (SFH) 5:52.72.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:43.37 (Contich, J. Brannan, R. Smiddy, C. Smiddy), 2. Doral 1:48.75, 3. South Florida Heat 1:49.12.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Marissa Brannan (SFH) 1:05.63, 2. K. Soriano (D) 1:08.21, 3. K. Sauer (SFH) 1:11.32.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Andrea Perez-Hickman (D) 1:14.52, 2. S. Hernandez (D) 1:17.21, 3. W. Anderton (SFH) 1:28.63.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Heat 3:48.66 (Contich, J. Brannan, R. Smiddy, C. Smiddy), 2. Doral 4:00.8, 3. South Florida Heat 4:02.4.

Doral 69, Archbishop McCarthy 8

200-yard medley relay: 1. Doral 2:01.93 (Vargas, Perez-Hickman, Soriano, Neito), 2. Doral 2:09.93, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 2:11.23 (Fernandez, Armstrong, Plasencia, McDonald).

200-yard freestyle: 1. M. Vargas (D) 2:07.79, 2. K. Armstrong (ABM) 2:06.00, 3. J. Plasencia (ABM) 2:14.68.

200-yard individual medley: 1. S. Hernandez (D) 2:20.98, 2. N. Nieto (D) 2:26.96, 3. H. Silveira (D) 2:35.96.

50-yard freestyle: 1. K. Soriano (D) 27.56, 2. A. Rubiano (D) 28.36, 3. A. Moya (D) 28.52.

100-yard butterfly: 1. A. Perez-Hickman (D) 1:03.37, 2. N. Nieto (D) 1:10.30, 3. J. Plasencia (ABM) 1:13.58.

100-yard freestyle: 1. H. Silveira (D) 1:00.91, 2. J. Garcia (D) 1:05.76, 3. E. Bamford (ABM) 1:12.98.

500-yard freestyle: 1. N. Posso (D) 5:43.46, 2. L. Livanis (D) 6:10.97, 3. I. Ordaz (D) 6:15.65.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral 1:48.75 (Perez-Hickman, Hernandez, Soriano, Nieto), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 2:20.52 (Buschman, Castillo, Marino, Alvarez), 3. Doral 2:21.17.

100-yard backstroke: 1. K. Soriano (D) 1:08.21, 2. M. Vargas (D) 1:09.08, 3. A. Moya (D) 1:20.18.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. A. Perez-Hickman (D) 1:14.52, 2. S. Hernandez (D) 1:17.21, 3. K. Armstrong (ABM) 1:19.24.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral 4:00.87 (Vargas, Livanis, Posso, Hernandez), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 4:17.03 (Fernandez, Armstrong, Plasencia, McDonald).

South Florida Heat 93, Archbishop McCarthy 8

200-yard medley relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:58.72 (C. Smiddy, Adkison, Contich, R. Smiddy), 2. South Florida Heat 2:11.10, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 2:11.23.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Lindsey Sauer (SFH) 2:06.85, 2. K. Armstrong (ABM) 2:06.00, 3. Contich (SFH) 2:12.43.

200-yard individual medley: 1. M. Smutny (SFH) 2:31.83, 2. Hodges 9SFH) 2:34.35, 3. K. Sauer (SFH) 2:35.59.

50-yard freestyle: 1. S. Adkison (SFH) 27.16, 2. W. Anderton (SFH) 27.32, 3. A. Anderton (SFH) 27.45.

100-yard butterfly: 1. R. Smiddy (SFH) 1:02.06, 2. M. Brannan (SFH) 1:03.67, 3. L. Sauer (SFH) 1:06.86.

100-yard freestyle: 1. M. Smutny (SFH) 1:00.50, 2. A. Anderton (SFH) 1:02.24, 3. Bamford (ABM) 1:12.98.

500-yard freestyle: 1. C. Smiddy (SFH) 5:13.22, 2. Contich (SFH) 5:52.72, 3. Hodges (SFH) 6:23.18.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:43.37 (Contich, M. Brannan, R. Smiddy, C. Smiddy), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 2:20.52, 3. South Florida Heat 1:49.1.

100-yard backstroke: 1. M. Brannan (SFH) 1:05.63, 2. K. Sauer (SFH) 1:11.32, 3. Franklin (SFH) 1:19.89.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. K. Armstrong (ABM) 1:19.24, 2. Contich (SFH) 1:25.49, 3. W. Anderton (SFH) 1:28.63.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Heat 3:48.66 (Contich, M. Brannan, R. Smiddy, C. Smiddy), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 4:17.03, 3. South Florida Heat 4:02.4.

BOYS

Doral 73, Archbishop McCarthy 61

200-yard medley relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 1:47.12 (Coppee, Perez, Nichlany, Mila), 2. Doral 1:47.26, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 2:04.51.

200-yard freestyle: 1. A. Arrieta (D) 1:49.68, 2. Arteaga (D) 1:53.31, 3. E. Kroener (ABM) 2:11.13.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kry Nichlany (ABM) 2:07.65, 2. Vives (D) 2:18.26, 3. Llenin (D) 2:20.06.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Mathew Mila (ABM) 22.74, 2. Arteaga (D) 23.90, 3. Cutright (D) 24.96.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kry Nichlany (ABM) 55.13, 2. Arrieta (D) 56.62, 3. Moya (D) 58.41.

100-yard freestyle: 1. A. Martinez (D) 51.93, 2. Cutright (D) 58.78, 3. Suarez (D) 59.48.

500-yard freestyle: 1. JoJo Perez (ABM) 5:23.69, 2. Vives (D) 5:38.66, 3. Appleby (ABM) 5:42.90.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral 1:41.90, 2. Archbishop McCarthy 1:56.83, 3. Doral 1:57.06.

100-yard backstroke: 1. A. Martinez (D) 1:01.24, 2. Coppee (ABM) 1:05.17, 3. Llenin 1:08.61.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Mathew Mila (ABM) 1:03.72, 2. Moya (D) 1:10.18, 3. Arrieta (D) 1:13.43.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 3:28.77 (Coppee, Nichlany, Perez, Mila), 2. Doral 3:29.71, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 3:56.65.

Archbishop McCarthy 61, South Florida Heat 37

200-yard medley relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 1:47.12 (Coppee, Perez, Nichlany, Mila), 2. South Florida Heat 1:57.93, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 2:04.51.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Luke Smutny (SFH) 1:54.00, 2. E. Kroener (ABM) 2:11.13, 3. Camacho (SFH) 2:21.40.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kry Nichlany (ABM) 2:07.65, 2. Bryce Pierce (SFH) 2:07.72, 3. Daniel Reyna (ABM) 2:27.62.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Mathew Mila (ABM) 27.74, 2. Morano (ABM) 29.37, 3. Litz (SFH) 36.38.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kry Nichlany (ABM) 55.13, 2. Luke Smutny (SFH) 55.90, 3. M. Perez (ABM) 1:35.00.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kevin Wilson (SFH) 54.88, 2. Troccoli (ABM) 1:03.00, 3. Nix (ABM) 1:05.88.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Bryce Pierce (SFH) 5:08.07, 2. JoJo Perez (ABM) 5:23.69, 3. Appleby (ABM) 5:47.90.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:40.37 (Anderton, Wilson, Smutny, Pierce), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 1:56.83, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 2:20.65.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Coppee (ABM) 1:05.17, 2. Sanchez (ABM) 1:08.43, 3. Anderton (SFH) 1:27.28.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Mathew Mila (ABM) 1:03.72, 2. Wilson (SFH) 1:06.49, 3. Mora (ABM) 1:26.68.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 3:28.77 (Coppee, Nichlany, Perez, Mila), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 3:56.65, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 4:47.

Doral 73, South Florida Heat 37

200-yard medley relay: 1. Doral 1:47.26 (Martinez, Llenin, Arrieta, Moya), 2. South Florida Heat 1:57.93, 3. Doral 2:27.77.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Arrieta (D) 1:49.68, 2. Arteaga (D) 1:53.31, 3. Smutny (SFH) 1:54.00.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Bryce Pierce (SFH) 2:07.72, 2. Vives (D) 2:18.26, 3. Llenin (D) 2:20.06.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Arteaga (D) 23.90, 2. Cutright (D) 23.96, 3. Suarez (D) 26.08.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Luke Smutny (SFH) 55.90, 2. Arrieta (D) 56.62, 3. Moya (D) 58.41.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Martinez (D) 51.93, 2. Wilson (SFH) 54.88, 3. Cutright (D) 58.78.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Bryce Pierce (SFH) 5:08.81, 2. Vives (D)5:38.66, 3. Duran (D) 6:03.07.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:40.37 (Anderton, Wilson, Smutny, Pierce), 2. Doral 1:41.90, 3. South Florida Heat 2:33.10.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Martinez (D) 1:01.24, 2. Llenin (D) 1:08.61, 3. Anderton (SFH) 1:27.28.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Kevin Wilson (SFH) 1:06.49, 2. Moya (D) 1:10.18, 3. Arrieta (D) 1:13.43.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Doral 3:29.71 (Martinez, Arteaga, Arrieta, Moya), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 3:40.41, 3. Doral 3:59.02.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Makes First-Ever U.S. Open Cut: 1:03.72

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Makes First-Ever U.S. Open Cut: 1:03.72


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 1, 2013

It was a night to remember for Marc Rojas of the South Florida Aquatic Club.

Rojas, 19, a sophomore at Indian River State College, won the 100-meter breaststroke.

Not only did Rojas swim a lifetime-best 1:03.72 but made his first-ever U.S. Open qualifying standard Thursday at the Senior Southern Zone Long Course Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Rojas split 29.68 and 34.04. The qualifying standard is 1:04.69. He was seeded third going into the meet in 1:05.97.

It was Rojas’ seventh event of the weeklong meet and most memorable.

In four days, Rojas has won four individual events including three lifetime-bests and competed on three relays.

But it’s the 100-meter breaststroke that will hold a special meaning for the talented swimmer.

Rojas touched the wall, heard the time and punched his fist in the air. SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland gave him a high-five. His teammates were cheering for him from start to finish.

“It just felt so surreal when the announcer said I went 1:03.7,” Rojas said. “That’s almost a second below the trials cut.

“I had the biggest smile on my face. Everybody went nuts. I was overwhelmed with joy. It’s a great feeling to achieve my dreams. This is what I was really, really working for my whole life.”

Since Rojas returned from college for summer training, he knew he had to get back in shape. After swimming primarily distance his freshman season, Rojas started focusing on his breaststroke seriously for the last month and a half.

“I really worked on my breaststroke,” Rojas said. “I feel like I am starting to understand the stroke, how to develop it and how to race. I have a better understanding how to perform.”

The senior southern zone meet has been good to Rojas. Last year he made four junior national cut times (200 breaststroke, mile, 800 and bonus 200 freestyle).

“I would say this is my best swim meet,” Rojas said. “Last year I had the meet of my life. I made four junior national cuts and dropped everything I swam.

“This meet has been really good to me. I really have lot of fun with this meet. It’s just about mental preparation on my goals I need to achieve. It’s about having the support of my coaches and teammates.

“Everything happens for a reason. Everything seemed to fall into place when I wanted it to. I don’t know why it’s this meet. It is what it is. I am greatful for that and humble for what I am achieving.”

During the meet Rojas had attempted to make his cut in the 200 breaststroke. Despite his heavy meet workload, he even time trialed on Wednesday.

“It was pretty frustrating,” Rojas admitted. “First I went out too fast. Then I was too easy. My pacing was all over the place. I was trying to get it down right and figuring it out. I was joking with my teammates that with each passing day I feel like I am getting a year older. I don’t have to feel good in order to race fast. It’s all mental and all the work you put in and how committed you are.

“In the 100, I went out the first 50 and just held it. This is the added fire I needed. I always had the fire in me. I just needed that big break. I knew I put in a lot of work. Now that it’s on paper, it’s a big weight off my shoulders.”

The second happiest person on the pooldeck was SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland who has been working with Rojas.

“This is a very big deal for him,” Garland said. “He had a great swim. He came back tonight and swam an amazing race. I am very happy and so proud of him. He has been working really hard.”

On Friday, the fifth and final day of the meet, Rojas will swim the 200-meter individual medley which he is seeded second in.

SOFLO remains fourth among 32 teams with 501.5 points.

Thirty-six attached teams and 381 swimmers are competing in the weeklong meet.

In addition to SOFLO other Florida Gold Coast teams Pine Crest Swimming, FLA, Flying Fish, Heritage Aquatics, North Miami Swim Team, Performance Aquatics, Titan Aquatics and Plantation Swim Team.

THURSDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

100-meter backstroke: 1. Katie Kelsoe, MTAC 1:05.88; SOFLO: 5. Marcella Marinheiro 1:07.92.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Carrie Bonfield, Piranha Swimming 4:25.99; SOFLO: 25. Kylie Herman 4:41.58.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Carlotta Verita, FLA 1:14.70; SOFLO: 20. Delanie Perez 1:22.61, 25. Bianca Muniz 1:24.02.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Alicia Finnigan, FCST 1:03.20; SOFLO: 10. Maria Lopez 1:05.58, 11. Amber Hunter 1:05.73, best time.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. North Florida 4:04.68, 4. SOFLO “A” 4:04.97 (Amber Hunter, Marcella Marinheiro, Kylie Herman, Melissa Marinheiro), 9. SOFLO “B” 4:13.20 (Maria Lopez, Bianca Monti, Bianca Muniz, Kelley Heron).

MEN

100-meter backstroke: 1. Grant Kelton, MTAC 1:00.19; SOFLO: 16. Gustavo Valery 1:06.17, 27. Ryan Capote 1:06.87.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Griff Hutton, Piranha Swimming 4:11.06; SOFLO: 14. Roger Capote 4:22.01, best time, 19. Gustavo Valery 4:22.70, best time.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 1:03.72, U.S. Open cut; SOFLO: 26. Matthew Gonzalez 1:14.70, best time, 29. Roger Capote 1:16.15.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Jacob Kelsoe, MTAC 57.37; SOFLO: 7. Endi Babi 1:00.40 (59.97 prelims), 14. Julien Pinon 1:00.27, best time, 30. Matthew Gonzalez 1:02.82 (1:02.25, prelims, best).

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. FLA 3:42.78, 5. SOFLO “A” 3:45.67 (Xavier Brown, Carlo Morante, Matthew Gonzalez, Ivan Parada), 11. SOFLO “B” 3:50.74 (Ryan Capote, Marc Rojas, Gustavo Valery, Alex Monti).

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Senior Southern Zone Long Course Championships.

WHEN: Friday

WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street

SCHEDULE: Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets.

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