Estado de Mexico Wins Combined Team Title, Azura Finishes Second; Sanes Earns Olympic Trip On Final Day Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier

By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, May 2, 2021—Adriel Sanes of the Virgin Islands was all smiles as he climbed out of the pool after his final time trial on the fourth and final day of the UANA Tokyo Qualifier at Orlando Health National Training Center.

In Sunday’s 200-meter breaststroke time trial, the 22-year-old St. Croix native punched his ticket to the Tokyo Olympics with a qualifying time and national record of 2:12.59. He had just missed the FINA “B”cut by .02 in Saturday’s final.

“I was convinced to do the time trial since I was so close to it and been swimming at a high level at this meet with all best times,” Sanes said.

Sanes holds three other national records in the 50 and 100 breaststroke and 50 butterfly. Sanes has been training in Denver and is coached by Todd Schmitz of Colorado Stars, who also coached Missy Franklin.

Sanes said he wanted to thank the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee for “everything they’ve done for me and their continued support.” He also said Schmitz “has done a phenomenal job training me as you can see in my results.”

Estado de Mexico, dominant since opening day, won the combined (225 points) and men’s team titles (141). Scarlet (N.J.) Aquatics (111) won the women’s team title. Host Azura Florida Aquatics was second in combined (204), men’s (120) and women’s (84.55) team totals.

Individual high point winners were Athena Kovacs Meneses, 16, (36 points)and Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, both of Estado de Mexico (38 points).

On Sunday night, Azura had three individual champions. El Salvador’s Celina Marquez, 21, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.99. Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales, 25, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.90. El Salvador Olympian Marcelo Acosta, 24, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:22.41.

Other Sunday night winners were:

Madelyn Moore, 20, of Bermuda, 100-meter freestyle, 56.57, national record.

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino, 2:10.37.

Kate Hurst, 15, of Scarlet (N.J.) Aquatics, 800-meter freestyle, 8:53.49 followed by teammate Chloe Kim, 13, in 8:58.76.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, of Mexico, 100-meter freestyle, 49.61.

Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, 23, of Mexico, 200-meter butterfly, 1:58.76.

The successful four-day meet was hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming. It featured 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race. For many swimmers, it was their first long course meet of the season.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who competed were eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 225, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 204.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatics 123, 4. Pine Crest Swim Team 66.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 54, 6. Club Libanes Potosino 45, 7. Gator Swim Club 40, 8. Aruba 39, 9. Virgin Islands 37, 10. Britania Desert Dragons 36, 18. Bolles 21, 21. South Florida Aquatic Club 20.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 141, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 120, 3. Gator Swim Club 40, 4. Virgin Islands 37, 5. Olympus 25, 6. Aruba 24, 7. Dominican Republic 22, 8. Colorado Stars 21, 9. Zacatecas 19, 10. tie, Caan Rosarito, Texas A&M 13, 19. St. Andrew’s 8, 24. Pine Crest 5, 27. Bolles 4.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 111, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 84.5, 3. Mexico 84, 4. Pine Crest 61.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 54, 6. Britania Desert Dragons 36, 7. Club Libanes Potosino 33, 8. Bermuda 32, 9. Seleccion de Venezuela 23, 10. Montverde 22, 12. South Florida Aquatic Club 20, 14. Bolles 17, 23. Jamaica 12.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Madelyn Moore, Bermuda 56.57, 2. Fresh Sathianchokwisan, Bolles 57.06, 3. Liliana Ibanez, Swim Uphill 57.61; SOFLO: 19. Andrea Santander 59.92; FGC: 14. Elinah Phillip, Unattached 59.00, 15. Colleen Fergeson, Azura 59.17, 26. Nicol Bellardi, Venezuela 1:00.45, 27. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 1:00.48, 30. Mariana Cote, Venezuela 1:02.93.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:14.99, 2. Pia Murray, Unattached FSU 2:16.63, 3. Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, Club De Regatas Lima 2:17.30; FGC: 15. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:24.46, 18. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 2:31.15.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 2:10.37, 2. Diana Luna Sanchez, Puebla 2:16.37, 3. Junseo Kim, SCAR 2:16.53FGC: 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:20.73.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Kate Hurst, SCAR 8:53.49, 2. Chloe Kim, SCAR 8:58.76, 3. Kate Beavon, Unattached 9:01.57; FGC: 5. Mariana Cote, Venezuela 9:09.46.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 49.61, 2. Alberto Mestre, Azura 49.98, 3. Andres Dupont Cabrera, Bolles 50.04; FGC: 5. Daniel Ramierz, Westminster Academy 50.30, 6. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 50.75, 8. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 52.20, 9. Steven Aimable, Azura 52.32, 10. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 52.63, 12. Stefano Mitchell, Azura 51.74, 21. Kohen Kerr, Azura 52.99, 26. Kerry Olliviere, Azura 54.36.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:00.90, 2. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:02.83, 3. Diego Camacho Salgado, Olympus 2:03.02; FGC: 6. Lance Lesage, Unattached Pine Crest 2:04.85, 14. Diego Balbi, St. Andrew’s 2:10.04, 26. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:20.50; SOFLO: 27. Leo Mateus 2:21.41.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 1:58.76, 2. Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, Mexico 1:59.47, 3. Joey Carbone, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:01.61; FGC: 4. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:02.32, 10. Abbas Qali, Azura 2:21.60, 23. Sidrell Williams, Azura 2:13.34.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 15:22.41, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 15:37.95, 3. Brennan Gravley, Unattached-UF 15:40.22; FGC: 7. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 16:09.97, 17. Enrique Rodriguez, Venezuela 17:14.14.

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Julia Podkoscielny Wins Second Event At UANA Tokyo Qualifier; Alia Atkinson Scratches Second Final

By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, May 1, 2021—Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swim Team won her second event of the UANA Tokyo Qualifier Saturday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

Podkoscielny, 16, won the 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best time 4:20.11, shaving 5.87 seconds off her previous best of 4:25.98. She first bettered her time in prelims in 4:25.31, second fastest qualifying time.

Podkoscielny also was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:38.51, dropping a whopping 14.57 seconds off her previous best.

On Friday, the U.S. Olympic trials qualifier won her first event, the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.15.

Podkoscielny has the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke left to swim on Sunday, the fourth and final day of the FINA meet.

For the second day, SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 32, scratched from a final, the 100-meter butterfly, after qualifying second in morning prelims in 1:01.73. She also scratched from the 100-meter breaststroke final. Atkinson, already qualified for her fifth Olympics, is nursing a quad strain and did not want to risk further injury with two swims in one day.

On opening day, Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.69 for her tenth consecutive win in the sprint event in the U.S. She has not lost in the event on U.S. soil since May 2016. She was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.03.

Venezuela’s Andrea Santander, 19, racing for the first time with SOFLO, finished the 50-meter freestyle in 27.49. She has the 100-meter freestyle to swim on Sunday.

Other Saturday night winners were:

Madelyn Moore, 20, of Bermuda, 50-meter freestyle, 25.95. Moore was named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Year in March.

Mexico national record holder Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, of Britania Desert Dragons, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:28.49.

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino, 100-meter butterfly, 59.66.

Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo, 25, of Mexico, 200-meter individual medley, 2:13.97, new national record.

Gabe Castano, 23, Penn State, 50-meter freestyle, 22.21.

St. Croix native and national record holder Adriel Sanes, 22, Virgin Islands, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:14.45.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, Mexico, 100-meter butterfly, 52.84.

Puerto Rico’s Alfonso Mestre, Unattached-Florida, 400-meter freestyle, 3:51.65.

Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, 23, Mexico, 200-meter individual medley, 2:01.46, new national record.

Mexico continues to dominate leading the combined, men’s and women’s team standings. Azura Florida Aquatics is second in all three categories.

Pine Crest, with 41.5 points from Podkoscielny, is fourth among combined teamw with 66.5 points and fourth in the women’s team standings with 61.5.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate are eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Sunday prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Sunday’s events are: men’s and women’s 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley.

1. Mexico 183, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 154.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 74, 4. Pine Crest Swim Team 66.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 42, 6. Gator Swim Club 40, 7. tie, Virgin Islands 31, Britania Desert Dragons 31, 9. Aruba 29, 10. Club Libanes Potosino 27, 16. South Florida Aquatic 20, 43. Jamaica 3.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 106, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 86, 3. Gator Swim Club 40, 4. Virgin Islands 31, 5. Dominican Republic 22, 6. Colorado Stars 21, 7. Zacatecas 19, 8. Olympus 17, 9. Aruba 15, 10. Texas A&M 13, 20. Pine Crest 5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 77, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 68.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 68, 4. Pine Crest 61.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 42, 6. Britania Desert Dragons 31, 7. tie, Montverde 22, Club Libanes Potosino, 22, 9. Bermuda Swim Team 21, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 20.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Madelyn Moore, Bermuda 25.95, 2. Jeserik Pinto, Venezuela 25.95, 3. Fresh Sathianchokwisan, Bolles 26.01; SOFLO: 22. Andrea Santander 27.49; FGC: 21. Colleen Furgeson, Azura 27.37, 23. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 27.64, 24. Samantha Roberts, Azura 27.71.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, Britania Desert Dragons 2:28.49, 2. Michaela Sierra, Azura 2:34.27, 3. Kristia Jurado, Waterproof Swim Academy 2:35.21; FGC: 4. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:36.76, 6. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 2:38.51, time drop 14.57.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 59.66, 2. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 1:00.60, 3. Addison Reese, Windermere Lakers 1:01.32; FGC: 4. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:02.00, 8. Julimar Avila, Azura 1:02.74, 29. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 1:10.53.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 4:20.11, time drop, 2. Paige MacEachern, Pine Crest 4:20.59, 3. Kate Hurst, SCAR 4:21.19.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo, Mexico 2:13.97, 2. McKenna DeBeverm Tennessee Aquatics 2:16.89, 3. Destiny Nelson Texas Ford Aquatics 2:18.97; FGC: 4. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:20.51, 19. Isabella Chambers, Pine Crest 2:32.69, 20. Sophia Perez, Gulliver 2:34.10.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Gabe Castano, Unattached-PSU 22.21, 2. Matej Dusa, Unattached-Queens 22.59, 3. Alberto Mestre, Azura 22.65; FGC: 14. Stefano Mitchell, Azura 23.37, 15. Joshua Hanks, Pine Crest 23.53, 19. Kohen Kerr, Azura 23.80, 27. Kerry Ollivierre, Azura 24.14.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Adriel Sanes, Virgin Islands Swimming 2:14.45, 2. Nils Wich-Glasen, Gator Swim Club 2:15.95, 3. Tyler Christianson, Unattached-Irish Aquatics 2:16.58; FGC: 5. Izaak Bastian, Unattached-FSU 2:17.78, 7. Matteo Zampese, Azura 2:20.74, 13. Joshua Hanks, Pine Crest 2:23.50, 16. Kevin De Grijze, Venezueka 2:25.67, 17. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:27.09; SOFLO: 23. Javier Colmenares 2:30.62

100-meter butterfly: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 52.84, 2. Abbas Qali, Azura 54.45, 3. Alvaro Octavio Ibarra Reyes, Aguascalientes 54.55; FGC: 5. Steven Aimable, Azua 55.14, 9. Gabriel Araya, Azura 55.25, 14. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 55.62, 15. Yeziel Morales, Azura 56.09, 18. Joey Carbone, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.42, 24. Diego Balbi, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.90.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Alfonso Mestre, Unattached-FL 3:51.65, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 3:52.07, 3. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 3:52.18; FGC: 8. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 3:59.11, 14. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 4:02.71, 29. Max Fermayer, Azura 4:16.30.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, Mexico 2:01.46, 2. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 2:02.45, 3. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:04.58; SOFLO: 11. Miguel Cancel, Unattached-UF 2:05.02, time drop 0.87; FGC: 25. Kevin De Grijze, Venezuela 2:14.05, 26. Diego Balbi 2:14.98.

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SOFLO’s Nazario Top Local Finisher On Day Three Of CCCAN Swimming Championships; Mexico Leads Medal Count

By Sharon Robb

CHRISTCHURCH, BARBADOS, July 1, 2019—Diego Nazario of Puerto Rico was the top local finisher on Day Three of the 32nd Central American and Caribbean Aquatic Championships [CCCAN] Sunday at National Aquatic Centre.

The 12-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club Silver Group swimmer was fourth in the 50-meter butterfly in 29.55.

Nazario was also a member of the second place 11-12 4×100-meter freestyle relay that won in 4:02.95. Nazario’s split was 1:00.46.

SOFLO’s Sebastian Lares, 14, of Panama was sixth in the 400-meter individual medley in a career-best 4:50.52. Lares dropped 7.43 seconds off his previous best of 4:57.95.

Lares was also sixth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.84. Lares swam a best time of 1:02.52 in morning prelims, dropping 0.70.

Lares anchored Panama’s winning 4×100-meter freestyle that won in 3:50.51. His split was 55.69.

Laila Michel of Haiti broke the 100-meter butterfly national record in 1:08.84.

After three days of competition, Mexico is dominating the medal count with 60 (26 gold, 21 silver, 13 bronze) ahead of Venezuela with 17 and Panama, Bahamas and Puerto Rico each with 16 total medals.

Jamaica’s Gaby Banks and Nicholas Vale are shortlisted for the FINA Junior World Championship set for August 20-25 in Budapest, Hungary.

An estimated 500 athletes from 29 countries are competing. Several participants are trying to qualify for the World Championship and Pan American Games before the July 3 deadline.

Twenty eight countries are represented at the swimming championships including Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vicente and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and US Virgin Islands.

CCCAN is an age group swimming championship with 11-12, 13-14, 15-17 and 18-and-over age categories. The meet ends Tuesday.

The prelims and finals are being live streamed on the meet’s official Facebook page.


200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Harper Barrowman, CAY 2:14.60; 13-14, 1. Elan Daley, BER 2:08.56; 15-17, 1. Logan Watson-Brown, BERAG 2:06.33; 18-and-over, 1. Krystal Lara, DOM 2:06.04, 5. Lauren Hew, CAY 2:12.96.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Saidah Brown, JAM 30.76; 13-14, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 27.59; 15-17. 1. Karla Abarca, NCA 29.11, 8. Simone Vale, JAM 30.21/30.16 prelims, 11. Gaby Banks 30.37; 18-and-over, 1. Lismar Lyon, VEN 27.61.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez Garrido, DOM 1:08.20; 13-14, 1. Camilla Rodriguez Suriano, MEX 1:07.90; 15-17, 1. Danielle Titus, BAR 1:04.64, 10. Simone Vale, JAM 1:09.96; 18-and-over, 1. Krystal Lara, DOM 1:03.77, 6. Lauren Hew, CAY 1:08.96/1:07.31.

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Aide Beatriz Diaz Lugo, MEX 5:05.56; 15-17, 1. Karen Rodriguez Cardenas, MEX 5:07.67; 18-and-over, 1. Georgina Gonzalez Garcia, MEX 5:11.76.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Mexico 4:15.56, 2. Bermuda 4:17.15, 3. Dominican 4:17.47; 13-14, 1. Mexico 4:03.40, 2. Puerto Rico 4:06.33, 3. Bermuda 4:07.44; 15-17, 1. Mexico 3:58.37, 2. Puerto Rico 4:05.11, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 4:06.85; 18-and-over, 1. Mexico 4:03.34, 2. Panama 4:06.55.


200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Luis Eduardo Corona Martinez, MEX 2:03.06; 13-14, 1. Rodrigo Ramos Chavez, MEX 1:57.55; 15-17, 1. Mitch Bourgeois, GUADE 1:55.67; 6. Nicholas Vale, JAM 1:58.35/1:57.81; 18-and-over, 1. Alex Sobers, BAR 1:53.30, 9. Sidrell Williams, JAM 1:59.14.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Marvin Johnson, BAH 28.10, 4. Diego Nazario, PUR 29.55; 13-14, 1. Miguel Eduardo Rojas Newman, MEX 25.72; 15-17, 1. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, LCA 25.46, 6. Nicholas Vale 26.30/25.98; 18-and-over, 1. Cadell Lyons, TTO 24.69, 8. Sidrell Williams, JAM 26.30/26.55.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Kaiser Ruiz Garcia, PUR 1:07.07; 13-14, 1. Eduardo Pardo Torres, MEX 1:00.72, 6. Sebastian Lares, PAN 1:02.84/1:02.52; 15-17, 1. Davante Carey, BAH 58.81; 18-and-over, 1. Carlos Godinez Garcia, MEX 58.61.

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Roberto Bonilla, GUA 4:37.63, 6. Sebastian Lares, PAN 4:50.52; 15-17, 1. Tyler Chrsitianson, PAN 4:31.73; 18-and-over, 1. Carlos Kossio Mendez, MEX 4:30.23.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Mexico :56.02, 2. Puerto Rico 4:02.95, 3. Bermuda 4:06.94; 13-14, 1. Panama 3:50.51; 15-17, 1. Mexico 3:34.89, 2. Venezuela 3:36.03, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 3:36.94; 18-and-over, 1. Panama 3:28.13, 2. Trinidad & Tobago 3:28.89, 3. Mexico 3:29.50.

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Chade Nersicio Top FGC Finisher On Day One Of UANA Swimming Cup; SOFLO’s Gaby Banks Takes Fourth

By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, January 19, 2018—Curacao national record holder Chade Nersicio was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher on opening day of the UANA Swimming Cup at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Nersicio, 16, of East Coast Aquatic Club, holder of nine national records, was second in the 15-17 50-meter freestyle in 26.72, just off her national record of 26.45 set at the July 2017 CCAN meet in Trinidad & Tobago.

Nersicio, a junior at Trinity Christian School in Lake Worth, earned two silvers and two bronze medals and led her team to a fourth place finish at the FHSAA State 1A meet last November, four months after competing in the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary.

Nersicio has the 100-meter butterfly and 50-meter breaststroke left to swim in the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

Jamaica’s Gaby Banks of South Florida Aquatic Club was fourth in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.31. Banks was also 32nd in the 200-meter individual medley, 2:43.04.

Nersicio and Banks are among fourteen FGC swimmers representing their native countries. Other FGC finishers were:

Ireyra Tamayo, Panama, Azura, fifth, 200-meter indivdual medley, 2:28.78, time drop of 1.12 seconds; 10th, 50-meter freestyle, 28.11.

Emily Santos, Panama, Azura, eighth, 200-meter individual medley, 2:45.88, time drop of 6.46 seconds.

Adriana Gooding, Trinidad & Tobago, Azura, 11th, 200-meter individual medley, 2:36.43.

Simone Vale, Jamaica, Pine Crest Swimming, 13th, 400-meter freestyle, 4:58.19; 13th, 200-meter individual medley, 2:39.71.

Annabella Lyn, Jamaica, Pine Crest, 13th, 200-meter individual medley, 2:32.52, time drop of 4.28 seconds; 14th, 50-meter freestyle, 28.39.

Victoria Abad Wood, Ecuador, Plantation Swim Team, 25th, 200-meter individual medley, 2:40.42, time drop of 3.63 seconds; 29th, 50-meter freestyle, 29.51.

Luis Bucaro, Guatemala, TS Aquatics, ninth, 400-meter freestyle, 4:12.12, time drop of 1.49 seconds; ninth, 200-meter individual medley, 2:18.75.

Daniel Jacobs, Aruba, Pine Crest Swimming, 13th, 400-meter freestyle, 4:16.74; 31st, 50-meter freestyle, 26.01.

Nicholas Vale, Jamaica, Pine Crest Swimming, 15th, 400-meter freestyle, 4:20.19; 10th, 200-meter individual medley, 2:18.79.

Sebastian Lares, Panama, South Florida Aquatic Club, 16th, 400-meter freestyle, 4:36.01; 16th, 200-meter individual medley, 2:29.21.

Racine Ross, Trinidad & Tobago, Pine Crest Swimming, 33rd, 200-meter individual medley, 2:43.08.

Gooding also led off Trinidad & Tobago’s 13-14 4×50-meter medley relay that finished fifth in 2:15.09 along with teammates Brianna Bocage, Regan Allen and DeNicha Lewis. Her backstroke split was 33.94.

Ireyra Tamayo anchored Panama’s 15-17 fourth place 4×50-meter medley relay that finished in 2:08.56 with teammates Larissa Bueno, Andrea Valdes and Marialuisa Avila. Tamayo’s split was 27.35.

Banks and Lyn were members of Jamaica’s 15-17 4×50-meter medley relay that placed sixth in 2:09.56 with teammates Brianna Anderson and Naomi Eaton.

Ross swam on Trinidad & Tobago’s 15-17 seventh place 4×50-meter medley relay in 2:11.35 with teammates Jada Chatoor, Ileana Bocage and Daniella Williams.

Brazil and Mexico were the top team finishers on opening day. Mexico had nine wins in various age group races and Brazil won seven.

The inaugural Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) meet is an international age group meet featuring swimmers competing in 2,325 individual events and 140 relays. The format is a dual meet between Central America, South America and Caribbean. Neither North Americans or Canadians are allowed to compete.

Each country is limited to a maximum of six girl and six boy swimmers per age group. Swimmers have no limit in event entries but only two swimmers from each country can score.

Swimmers are competing in 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 boys and girls age group categories.

The meet is also serving as one of the qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games, Pan American Games and FINA World Championships. UANA is the regional governing body for aquatic sports in the Americas and has been in existence since 1948.

The countries participating are Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and St. Vincent.

The three-day meet continues Saturday with timed finals beginning at 10:20 a.m. followed by time trials at 3:30 p.m.


400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Tania Jaqueline Naranjo Carballeda, Mexico 4:44.17, 2. Belem Santaolaya Rivera, Mexico 4:51.47, 3. Tyara Ramos, Brazil 4:51.52; 13-14, 1. Ana Hussman, Argentina 4:30.76, 2. Daniela Arely Flores Bautista, Mexico 4:33.77, 3. Lucia Gauna, Argentina 4:34.06; FGC: 13. Simone Vale, Jamaica 4:58.19; 15-17, 1. Delfina Pignatiello, Argentina 4:19.32, 2. Delfina Dini, Argentina 4:23.72, 3. Marie Ximena Conde Merlos, Mexico 4:30.71.

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Emilia Julieta Gutierrez Merino, Mexico 2:36.33, 2. Sofia Desiree Laureano Perez, Mexico 2:36.57, 3. Luiza Lima, Brazil 2:38.19; FGC: 8. Emily Santos, Panama 2:45.88, time drop; 13-14, 1. Selene Alborzen, Argentina 2:23.78, 2. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 2:25.26, 3. Maria Jose Miranda Gallegos, Mexico 2:27.41; FGC: 11. Adriana Gooding, Trinidad & Tobago 2:36.43, 13. Simone Vale, Jamaica 2:39.71; 15-17, 1. Andrea Marcel Hurtado, Perui 2:24.19, 2. Marie Ximena Conde Merlos, Mexico 2:4.62, 3. Valentina Arce Paez, Argentina 2:27.01; FGC: 5. Ireyra Tamayo, Panama 2:28.78, time drop, 13. Annabella Lyn, Jamaica 2:32.52, time drop, 25. Victoria Abad Wood, Ecuador 2:40.42, time drop;32. Gaby Banks, Jamaica 2:43.04, 33. Racine Ross, Trinidad & Tobago 2:43.08.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Perola Santos, Brazil 28.77, 2. Luiza Lima, Brazil 29.36, 3. Sofia Desiree Laureano Perez, Mexico 29.37; 13-14, 1. Fabiana Pesce, Venezuela 27.10, 2. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 27.10, 3. Emily MacDonald, Jamaica 27.42; 15-17, 1. Julieta Lema, Argentina 26.16, 2. Chade Nersicio, Curacao 26.72, 3. Lyon Lismar, Venezuela 26.79; FGC: 4. Gaby Banks, Jamaica 27.31, 10. Ireyra Tamayo, Panama 28.11, 14. Annabella Lyn, Jamaica 28.39, 29. Victoria Abad Wood, Ecuador 29.52.

4×50-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Brazil 2:15.66, 2. Mexico 2:17.36, 3. Honduras 2:21.63; 13-14, 1. Mexico 2:03.39, 2. Argentina 2:05.71, 3. Peru 2:12.63; 15-17, 1. Argentina 1:59.72, 2. Mexico 2:02.65, 3. Colombia 2:04.43.


400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Joao Pierre Campos, Brazil 4:21.80, 2. Emiliano Moreno Viera, Mexico 4:26.34, 3. Zarek Wilson, Trinidad & Tobago 4:33.49; 13-14, 1. Gustavo Saldo, Brazil 4:12.55, 2. Maximilliano Vega Cuevas, Mexico 4:14.84, 3. Juan Jose Bolanos, Costa Rica 4:16.38; FGC: 16. Sebastian Lares, Panama 4:36.01; 15-17, 1. Juan Morales Restrepo, Colombia 4:02.03, 2. Lucas Alba, Argentina 4:03.87, 3. Gonzalo Garay, Argentina 4:05.71; FGC: 9. Luis Bucaro, Guatemala 4:12.12, time drop, 13. Daniel Jacobs 4:16.74, 15. Nicholas Vale, Jamaica 4:20.19.

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Emiliano Moreno Viera, Mexico 2:28.81, 2. Joao Pedro Afonso, Brazil 2:29.07, 3. Zarek Wilson, Trinidad & Tobago 2:31.50; 13-14, 1. Maximilliano Vega Cuevas, Mexico 2:14.52, 2. Roan Barker, Barbados 2:18.23, 3. Manolo Rodriguez, Argentina 2:18.44; FGC: 16. Sebastian Lares, Panama 2:29.21; 15-17, 1. Axel Salgado Salinas, Mexico 2:10.95, 2. Jose David Solis, Costa Rica 2:11.31, 3. Nicolas Weigandt, Argentina 2:12.47; FGC: 9. Luis Bucaro, Guatemala 2:18.75, 10. Nicholas Vale, Jamaica 2:18.79.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Joao Pierre Campos, Brazil 26.57, 2. Zarek Wilson, Trinidad & Tobago 27.32, 3. Vitor Pelissari, Brazil 27.44; 13-14, 1. Victor Manuel Salcedo Carrillo, Mexico 24.56, 2. Lamar Taylor, Bahamas 24.57, 3. Joao Pedro Altoe, Brazil 24.83; 15-17, 1. Guillermo Rueben Cruz Zuniga, Mexico 23.54, 2. Matheus Zacharias, Brazil 23.88, 3. Izaak Bastian, Bahamas 24.08; FGC: 31. Daniel Jacobs, Aruba 26.01.

4×50-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Brazil 2:04.84, 2. Mexico 2:07.67, 3. Honduras 2:16.63; 13-14, 1. Brazil 1:52.77, 2. Argentina 1:53.09, 3. Mexico 1:58.00; 15-17, 1. Mexico 1:48.97, 2. Colombia 1:50.51, 3. Barbados 1:51.99.


What: UANA Swimming Cup.

When: Saturday-Sunday, 10:20 am timed finals each day. Warm-ups 8:30 a.m.

Where: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs

Of note: Swimmers from the Central American & Caribbean (CCCAN) and South American Swimming Confederations (CONSANAT) will compete and try to qualify for various major meets including the Pan American Games. For more information, call 954-340-5032.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Swim FTL’s Kopas Wins “B” Final; Azura’s Gonzalez, Clearwater’s Aitchison, Bolles Song An Make Finals At Junior Pan Pacs

Swim FTL’s Kopas Wins “B” Final; Azura’s Gonzalez, Clearwater’s Aitchison, Bolles Song An Make Finals At Junior Pan Pacs

By Sharon Robb

August 29, 2014—It was a great day for Florida swimmers in the international spotlight at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale, competing in her first major international meet for Team USA, won the “B” final of the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.35, lowering her seed time of 1:09.94. Her time would have placed her fourth in the championship final.

Kopas was fourth fastest qualifier in the 100-meter breaststroke in prelims but was dropped into the “B” final after two of her teammates, Lilly King and Jorie Caneta, qualified first and third respectively. Only the top two from each country qualifies for the championship finals. King (1:07.98 meet record) and Caneta (1:08.68) finished 1-2 in the finals late Thursday night.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Mateo Gonzalez, representing Mexico, qualified for the 100-meter backstroke final on opening night in 58.71 and finished eighth in finals in 58.04.

On Friday morning, Gonzalez qualified for his second final in the 100-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 55.03, lowering his previous best of 55.24.

Mexican teammate Andy Song An of Bolles qualified sixth in Friday morning’s prelims of the 200-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 2:04.66, bettering his previous best time of 2:05.25.

In Thursday’s prelims, Song An was 18th in the 100-meter freestyle in 53.25. He was also a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle which finished seventh in 7:53.56.

Canada’s Alexandra Aitchison of Clearwater Aquatic Team (CAT) just missed a medal in the 200-meter freestyle placing fourth in a lifetime-best 2:00.81. She was fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:41.90, another lifetime-best.

Aitchison also qualified for the 100-meter freestyle “B” final (57.91) and 400-meter individual medley “A” final (4:55.08) but scratched in order to compete for the 800-meter freestyle relay. Aitchison swam leadoff leg for the relay that finished in 8:12.75.

On Friday morning, Aitchison qualified sixth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:15.42.

In Thursday’s night finals, Team USA continued its assault in the medal race winning seven of eight gold medals for the second consecutive night.

After the first two days, Team USA has 14 of 16 gold medals, six of 16 silver and five of 16 bronze medals. No other team is even close to the Americans.

In the girls’ 100-meter freestyle, Aussie Shayna Mack came from behind to win in 54.82 ahead of China’s Menghu Zhu.

In the boys’ 100-meter freestyle, Paul Powers and Blake Pieroni went one-two in the final for Team USA and teammate Townley Haas went best-time 49.55 in the “B” final to earn the anchor leg assignment on the 4×100-meter medley relay.

Connor Hoppe of Team USA won the boys 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.68. He was fifth at the turn but negative split 29.49 on the final 50.

U.S. team captain Ella Eastin won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:43.13. She led from wire-to-wire.

In the boys 400-meter individual medley, Andrew Seliskar and Curtis Ogren finished one-two in the final. Seliskar won in a best time 4:16.05 followed by Ogren in a best time 4:17.70. Team USA also swept the top two places in the “B” final with Sean Grieshop and Corey Okubo.

Team USA swept the girls and boys 4×200-meter freestyle relays.

The five-day meet continues late Friday night.

Team USA leads a field of eight countries that includes Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The charter nations are the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada.

The Jr. Pan Pacs are being live-streamed at Results can also be found on Meet Mobile. Prelims are 3 p.m. and finals are 11 p.m. east coast time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at



Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club is the Nike Swimmer of the Month for May.

Rodriguez, 12, was in the spotlight during the four-day Florida Gold Coast Gulliver Long Course Invitational in Miami.

On opening night, Rodriguez broke the Florida Gold Coast and Open records in the 1500-meter freestyle in a career-best time of 17:17, shaving 48.28 seconds off his previous time.

Rodriguez broke two more FGC records during the meet. He broke the 14-year-old record in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:00.84, dropping 2.85 seconds and just missing the Open record and summer sectional cut.

Rodriguez also broke the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:24.64, lowering his previous best time of 4:28.42.

“I had a good meet,” said the sixth grader. “I was really excited. I was a little bit tired after the mile.”

Rodriguez got his second wind quickly and went on to break two more records in best times.

“Coach Rose (Lockie) and my friends have gotten me to train harder,” Rodriguez said. “They encourage me to go faster. I am glad they did.

“My next goal is breaking the 200 free record. I would like to get all the records.”

During the 400 IM race, SOFLO teammate Ervin Marin pushed Rodriguez for most of the exciting race. In the mile, Rodriguez had Nick Carter challenging him.

“I like being pushed, it makes me go faster,” Rodriguez said.

The week before the Gulliver meet at the Coral Springs Invitational, Rodriguez dropped 12.5 seconds while winning the 400-meter individual medley and also won the 50 and 200 freestyles and 50 backstroke, achieving best times in all three.

Rodriguez has been swimming competitively for four years. Before he started to swim he played soccer but quit to devote full-time to swimming. He has been motivated to do well ever since he made his first All-Star team at age 9.

“Since then I have been really determined,” said Rodriguez, whose father swam at an early age.

Rodriguez has all sorts of goals for the future. He would like to earn a college scholarship and would also like to compete internationally in the world championships and other major meets for his native Mexico.

Rodriguez joins other SOFLO Swimmers of the Month sisters Kathleen and Molly Golding for January, Sebastian Sierra for February, Jessica Rodriguez for March and Leonardo Mateus for April.

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

Need A Few South Florida Aquatic Club Holiday Present Ideas?

Need A Few South Florida Aquatic Club Holiday Present Ideas?

December 5, 2011


Looking for something special for the swimmer in your family?

You have come to the right place.

Not only does South Florida Aquatic Supply Store at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines have personalized swim caps, Nike apparel and FINIS gear to purchase, but South Florida Aquatic Club is hosting a training camp in central Mexico during spring break in March.

Anyone interested in purchasing a personalized swim cap as a holiday stocking stuffer is more than welcome to stop by the well-stocked store and place an order.

The personalized swim caps feature the SOFLO logo and swimmer’s name. Store hours are 3:30-7:30 p.m. The phone number is 954-848-1128 and website address is

The training trip in scenic San Luis Potosi, Mexico will be held during spring break for student-athletes.

The older swimmers will participate March 9-18 and younger swimmers  March 12-18.

The 14-and-under swimmers will depart Monday after competing in the March 9-11 Florida Gold Coast 14-and-Under Junior Olympics in Coral Springs.

Several swimmers have already signed up for the training camp. Among the older group are two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson, Jessie Alcaide, Amber Hunter, Maria Lopez, Leonie Davies, Marcella Marinheiro, Roger Capote, William Perry III and Jacob Walters. SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson will travel with the seniors group.

The younger swimmers, ages 12-14, are Melissa Marinheiro, Lilli Calero, Jordan Colon and Stephanie Mlujeak. Age group coach Rose Lockie will travel with the younger swimmers.

There is still space available for more swimmers. Other coaches will be named at a later date.

Those interested in the trip may contact SOFLO administrative manager Diana Oliver in the swim office in person or by phone at 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Just Misses Another Medal At XVI Pan American Games

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Just Misses Another Medal At XVI Pan American Games

October 20, 2011


Two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson completed her third Pan American Games with her competitive fires still burning.

After winning a silver medal, a first for Jamaica since 1999, breaking five national records, and just missing two other medals, the 22-year-old will return to South Florida with a newfound confidence and fire in her belly.

Atkinson agreed that she cleared another hurdle in her quest to legitimately challenge for medals in championship finals.

And while it was a rollercoaster of emotions for her throughout the long competition, Atkinson realizes she is learning how to race and fight for every hundredth of a second.

In her final appearance on Thursday night at the Scotiabank Aquatics Center in Guadalajara, Mexico, Atkinson finished fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke after battling between first and second place for the first 150 meters. She finished in 2:30.96, 45/100ths away from a bronze medal. Her national record is 2:29.00 in the event.

“I was trying but my body shut down, it was saying, no more, no more,” Atkinson said by phone from Mexico.

“Yes and no I do have mixed emotions. The meet was good and bad for me. I have confidence in the 200 IM (which she won a silver in and earned No. 60 world ranking) and in the other two races I was touched out a little bit. It’s true I have more confidence. I know I can get out faster and finish better. This will motivate me and I am looking ahead to the Olympics, that’s my goal.

“I look at this meet among my best but I still think the short course meet in Dubai was the better one.”

Swimming in Lane 6, Atkinson was second after the first 50 meters (33.48), first at the 100 (38.44, 1:11.92), second after the third 50 (38.75/1:50.67) and came home in 40.29, the second slowest final split in the field.

Atkinson won her heat in morning prelims in 2:32.33.

“Tonight’s swim will inspire her to get the job done between now and the Olympics,” said SOFLO and Jamaica coach Chris Anderson.

“She has all the tools to be an Olympic finalist. Now she just needs to develop and refine these skills in the next nine months.”

Atkinson joins Janelle Atkinson (no relation) as the only other Jamaican swimmer to medal in the history of the Pan American Games.

Canadian Ashley McGregor won in 2:28.04. Americans Haley Jo Spencer and Michelle McKeehan finished 2-3 in 2:29.30 and 2:30.51.

St. Thomas alum Daniela Victoria of Venezuela and Davie Nadadores won the “B” final and was ninth overall in 2:38.52. In third place after 150 meters, Victoria turned it on in the final 50 meters.

On Friday, SOFLO’s Arlene Semeco, two-time Olympian for Venezuela, will go for her second medal in the 50-meter freestyle, her specialty event. She is defending champion and is coming off a bronze medal swim in the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday.

In other championship finals:

Brazilian Olympic and world champion Cesar Cielo won the 50-yard freestyle in a Pan American Games record of 21.58. Cielo, the world record holder in 20.91 broke his own Pan American Games record of 21.84 he set in 2007. Teammate Bruno Fratus took the silver in 22.05 and Cuba’s Hanser Garcia, despite a poor start, won the bronze in 22.15.

“I had a target to swim as close as I could or better than I did in the world championships,” said Cielo, a two-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist in the event. “I wasn’t thinking about the record. I just wanted to improve my time and try to do the best I could.”

In his first meet back after serving a year-long suspension for three missed whereabout filings repealed by the CAS, Venezuela’s Albert Subirats won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.37. Americans Eugene Godsoe and Christopher Brady finished 2-3 in 52.67 and 52.95.

American Elizabeth Pelton saved the day for the U.S. team that had been shut out of gold until she won the 200-meter backstroke in a Pan American Games record of 2:08.99. American Bonnie Brandon took the silver.

“Winning gold was definitely the goal for tonight,” said the Naples swimmer who won her third gold medal of the meet.

Before Thursday night, the U.S. women had won all but one of the gold medals.

Florida State’s McKayla Lightbourn of the Bahamas, scratched from the 200-meter breaststroke “B” final to focus on the 200-meter backstroke. She won the “B” final in 2:19.25.

Team USA has 39 medals including 16 golds, 17 silvers and six bronze. Brazil has 20 medals including eight gold, seven silver and five bronze. Venezuela moved into third with one gold, one silver and six bronzes.


Mary Killman of McKinney, Tex. and Maria Koroleva of Concord, Calif. won the silver medal for the U.S. in the duet competition Thursday at the XVI Pan American Games. Killman and Koroleva scored 179.463 points behind Canada’s Marie-Pier Boudreau and Elise Marcotte who finished with 188.988 points. Brazil’s Nayara Figueira and Lara Teixeira won the bronze.


Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin went through a 4.2 earthquake on Thursday afternoon and another one Thursday evening. “Just a 4.2 quake around Berkeley area,” she tweeted. “Got home and nothing damaged. Been through several quakes but never in a public place. Quite different. I keep telling myself that all these little quakes are simply releasing built up pressure, keeping the big ones away.”…The USA diving team is training in Houston before leaving for the Pan American Games.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Atkinson Breaks National Record Twice On Day One Of Pan American Games

SOFLO’s Atkinson Breaks National Record Twice On Day One Of Pan American Games

October 15, 2011


Alia Atkinson swam back-to-back national records and career-best times on the opening day of the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The two-time Olympian for Jamaica competing in her second Pan American Games was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.17, the first of four events she is competing in.

In morning prelims, Atkinson broke her own national record in a career-best 1:01.41. Her splits were 28.08, her second fastest 50-meter split ever, and 33.33. She came back at night to better her national record and career-best. Her night splits were 28.41 and 32.76.

SOFLO and Jamaica coach Chris Anderson said her opening day swim will build her confidence for her main events. “It’s time for Alia to claim her medal,” Anderson said.

Atkinson’s second event is the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday.

The United States swim team won nine medals including four gold medals, two silver and three bronze.

American Claire Donahue, a Western Kentucky alum who has trained at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, won her first international title in the 100-meter butterfly in 58.73. In morning prelims, she broke the Pan American Games record in 58.59.

Americans Julia Smit won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:46.15 and Charlie Houchin won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:50.95.

The U.S. women broke the Pan Am record in the 400-meter freestyle relay twice. In morning prelims, the foursome of Madison Kennedy, Elizabeth Pelton, Amanda Kendall and Naples Erika Erndl broke it in 3:40.85 to better the old record of 3:41.93. The same foursome broke their own record in 3:40.66.

The only other winner was Brazilian Thiago Pereira in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:16.68 ahead of University of Florida’s Conor Dwyer, second in 4:18.22.

Karen Torrez of the Davie Nadadores broke the Bolivian national record in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:04.28 to qualify for the “B” final where she finished seventh in 1:03.78, bettering her own national record.

Olympic swimming champion Cesar Cielo of Brazil underwent tests at a local hospital a day before the swimming competition started. Cielo was not feeling well and underwent precautionary exams. The world record holder in the 50 and 100 free, will defend his pan am titles in the 50, 100, 4×100 freestyle races and will also compete in the 50 butterfly.

The United States leads in the overall medal tally with 14 total medals including seven golds, two silver and five bronze medals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Coral Springs Hosts Florida Gold Coast Invitational This Weekend

Coral Springs Hosts Florida Gold Coast Invitational This Weekend

September 22, 2011


More than 600 swimmers and thirty teams will converge on the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex this weekend for the Coral Springs Florida Gold Coast Invitational.

South Florida Aquatic Club, Metro Aquatic Club of Miami and Davie Nadadores are the largest teams entered among the thirty-two team field that features 625 swimmers.

SOFLO is the only club with more than one hundred swimmers with 113. Metro Aquatics has 79 and Davie has 60 swimmers.

The meet will have an international flavor with PROA, a team from Mexico, site of next month’s Pan American Games.

PROA’s Pamela Garduno, 19, trained last year at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex where she swam four national qualifying times at last October’s FGC Invitational.

Arlene Semeco, 27, an Olympian from Venezuela, will compete in this weekend’s meet to gauge her racing form and training for the Pan American Games in Mexico.

Semeco is the top seed in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.20 and 50-yard freestyle in the 23.11.

Among SOFLO’s other top-seeded swimmers are:

Two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, 27, 200-yard individual medley (1:52.83), 50-yard breaststroke (24.82) and 100-yard breaststroke (52.25).

Tristan Celestin, 11, 50-yard butterfly (27.74), 100-yard freestyle (55.69), 50-yard breaststroke (29.59), 50-yard freestyle (25.02) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.92).

Leonardo Mateus, 9, 100-yard backstroke (1:20.73).

Sophia Bucaro, 12, 200-yard freestyle (2:03.19).

Alfredo Mesa Jr., 12, 200-yard freestyle (2:00.38).

Juan Lucas, 12, 50-yard backstroke, (29.32).

Zain Qali, 23, 50-yard backstroke, (25.53).

Carlos Rodriguez, 12, 100-yard butterfly (1:04.21).

Jonathan Skarie, 9, 100-yard butterfly (1:14.58).

Luke Torres, 17, 100-yard butterfly (50.50).

Rafael Rodriguez, 9, 100-yard individual medley (1:17.52).

Emily Greenwood, 17, of the Coral Springs Swim club is seeded first in the 50-yard backstroke in 27.87. The top five seeds in the event are either from CSSC or SOFLO.

Other teams entered are Atlantis, Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens, Coral Springs Swim Club, Florida Keys, Flying Fish, Heritage Aquatic Team, Hialeah, Jupiter Dragons, Lake Lytal Lightning, Martin County Aquatics, Miami Beach Seahawks, Miami Dade County Aquatic Club, Midtown Weston Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming, Plantation Swim Team, Pompano Piranhas, Rockway, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, Treasure Coast Aquatics, Wellington Wahoos, YMCA of Broward County and six unattached teams.

Several high school swimmers will not be competing because of two conflicting meets on Saturday, Catholic States in Orlando and Suns Invitational at the University School of NSU Aquatic Complex.


What: Coral Springs Florida Gold Coast Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, Session I, 9 a.m.-12:40 p.m.; Session II, 1-2:08 p.m.; Sunday, Session I, 9 a.m.-1:02 p.m., Session II, 1 p.m.-1:54 p.m.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 954-340-5032 or go to

Sharon Robb can be reached at