OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 2: South Florida Stepping Stone For SOFLO’s Atkinson, Polyakov, Semeco To London Olympics

OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 2: South Florida Stepping Stone For SOFLO’s Atkinson, Polyakov, Semeco To London Olympics


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 24, 2012

South Florida is a hidden jewel for athletes of all ages and ability levels, but particularly for those competing at the London Olympics that begin on Friday.

A record 67 athletes and nine coaches with South Florida ties have qualified to compete over 17 days on the world’s greatest stage for amateur sports.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented by three-time Olympians Alia Atkinson of Jamaica, Arlene Semeco of Venezuela and Vlad Polyakov of Kazakhstan and coaches Bruno Darzi and Chris Anderson.

The large local contingent that calls South Florida home has helped to solidify its reputation as a training playground for future Olympic hopefuls.

Glistening 50-meter Olympic pools at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, training home for Semeco and Polyakov and Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, where Atkinson grew up, are two venues producing age group, national and international-quality swimmers.

From the pristine show rings at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington and beach volleyball courts on Fort Lauderdale Beach to the Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome in Cooper City, South Florida has become the ideal training ground for athletes from the U.S. and around the world, particularly South and Central America and the Caribbean, all working feverishly for their moment of glory.

Why are we home to so many Olympians?

Coaches and athletes agree it’s a combination of great weather and ability to train year-round at sea level; facilities, coaching, history and sheer numbers of athletes to train and compete against for a shot at Olympic stardom every four years.

“This is paradise for an athlete,” said Polyakov, who started training at Coral Springs at age 15 while attending St. Thomas Aquinas. “The atmosphere is perfect. This is where you want to be if you want to train.”

“We have everything we need here,” Semeco said. “Good coaching, good athletes to train with and world-class venue, it doesn’t get any better than this.”

Coral Springs sent a record eight swimmers to the 2008 Beijing Olympics during six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg’s legendary coaching tenure. Lohberg passed away in April 2011 but the tradition remains.

Coral Springs Swim Club head coach Bruno Darzi, mentored by Lohberg as both a swimmer and coach, will coach Semeco and Polyakov in London.

Andrea Di Nino, another Lohberg protégé, will be in London as a national team coach for the Russian Swimming Federation. The 39-year-old Italian founder and head coach of the ADN Swim Project spent three years with the Coral Springs Swim Team, learning from Lohberg and his swimmers.

The popularity of swimming has grown in South Florida in the last four decades. Many say that swimming from the 1970s on was the catalyst for other sports in South Florida. 1976 Olympic women’s coach Jack Nelson of the now-defunct Fort Lauderdale Swim Team started bringing in post-college graduates from the U.S. and foreign countries to the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

Nelson trained 40 Olympians from various countries in more than 50 years as a coach.

“It was word of mouth mostly,” said the Hall of Famer, recently honored at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex. “They came from everywhere.”

SOFLO CEO and coach Chris Anderson, who will coach Jamaica’s one-swimmer team in Atkinson, remembers training as a swimmer in Fort Lauderdale when he was a 12-year-old age group swimmer for Bernal’s Gators.

“A lot has to do with the atmosphere that draws the athletes,” said Anderson, Florida Gold Coast General Chairman. “This is the ideal training area. We have 50-meter pools within 20 minutes of each other. We have some very good coaches in a small area that have wonderful training environments.”

Added Atkinson, “Some of our countries are so small that we don’t have enough training or competition so the majority come to South Florida for sure because of the pools, coaches and swimmers and because it’s close to these countries.”

The $5 million dollar Mission Bay Aquatic Training Center in west Boca Raton gained attention when it opened in 1985. Millionaire developer James Brady hired Olympic coaches Mark Schubert and Ron O’Brien.

The idea of an all-inclusive training site for swimmers and divers, including Greg Louganis, caught on and became a hotbed for producing national champions and Olympians for the U.S. and various countries. Before the privately-funded epicenter went bankrupt and closed in 1991, it raised the bar for the sport in the Florida Gold Coast.

“You always have champions inspiring potential champions,” Schubert said. “It opens their horizons.”

South Florida’s Olympic influence may now extend beyond the pool, but there is no denying that South Florida is a swimming haven for all ages, from beginners, age group and high school swimmers, to collegians and past, present and future Olympians.

Florida Gold Coast coaches including Darzi and Anderson and their coaching staffs are hoping the excitement surrounding swimming including teenager Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones will attract more young kids into the sport.

There always seems to be an increase in age group swimmers after the Olympics. The sport is well-publicized like mainstream sports football, basketball and baseball and it comes across as a very clean, competitive sport.

“The Olympics is like the Super Bowl or World Series for swimming,” said University of Miami All-American swimmer Kirk Peppas, now head aquatics director and coach at Metro Aquatics Club of Miami.

“I had an aunt tell my mother, ‘Priscilla, drop your son off at the pool for an hour. They come back home and they are dead tired. They don’t want to do anything after swim practice. That’s how I got involved and I enjoyed it.”

Coaches emphasize that swimming isn’t just about winning medals or earning a college scholarship. Swimming is a healthy sport for kids. It helps discipline them, it’s a team sport and great social environment. It introduces them to time management, balancing school, practice and family life. “You will notice swimmers are the ones with the best grades in school,” said one coach.

According to the U.S. Olympic Committee, the odds of a child becoming an Olympic athlete are 1 in 28,500. Not bad odds, especially if the Olympic hopeful grows up and trains in South Florida.

2012 South Florida Olympic Athletes

BASKETBALL/MEN’S

LeBron James, U.S., Miami Heat.

BASKETBALL/WOMEN’S

Sylvia Fowles, Miami-born, went to Miami Edison, transferred to Gulliver Prep, second straight Olympic appearance.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Steve Grotowski, Great Britain, Boynton Beach resident, graduated from Oakland Park Northeast.

DIVING

Kelci Bryant, former University of Miami

Reuben Ross, Canada, University of Miami alum, synchro diving.

Brittany Viola, University of Miami alum, platform

Randy Ableman, UM coach

Greg Louganis, former UM, Mission Bay, Fort Lauderdale Diving, now is USA Diving athlete mentor

EQUESTRIAN

Tina Konyot, Palm City, dressage

McLain Ward, Wellington, show jumping.

GYMNASTICS

Danell Leyva, Miami, U.S.

Jessica Gil Ortiz, Miami, Colombia

JUDO

Jhonny Prada, U.S., Coral Springs, member of coaching staff, head coach and founder of Ki-Itsu-Sai Judo Club in Coral Springs.

ROWING

Robin Prendes, U.S., Miami, lightweight men’s four.

SAILING

Brian Faith, Miami, keel boat

Sarah Lihan, Fort Lauderdale, St. Thomas Aquinas alum.

Mark Mendelblatt, Miami, keel boat

Anna Tunnicliffe, U.S., Plantation.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Ifeoma Dleke, Great Britain, FIU alum

Melissa Ortiz, Colombia, Cardinal Newman, Lynn University alum.

SWIMMING

Yousef Alaskari, Kuwait, Davie Nadadores, American Heritage.

Rafael Alfaro, El Salvador, Davie Nadadores       

Bradley Ally, Barbados, St. Thomas Aquinas and University of Florida alum.

Alia Atkinson, Jamaica, Flanagan alum, South Florida Aquatic Club, will be third Olympic appearance.

Chris Anderson, Jamaica, South Florida Aquatic Club, Jamaica coach.

Pamela Benitez, El Salvador, Davie Nadadores, alum

Lani Cabrera, Barbados, Davie Nadadores

Carolina Colorado, Colombia, Davie Nadadores

Hollie Bonewit-Cron, Nova Southeastern head swimming coach, Grenada coach.

Bruno Darzi, SOFLO/Coral Springs Swim Club head coach, will be coaching Vlad Polyakov and Arlene Semeco.

Joao de Lucca, Brazil, Davie Nadadores, alum

Andrea Di Nino, Russia, national team coach for Russia, former Coral Springs Swim Club coach.

Sofyan El Gidi, Libya, Davie Nadadores

Esteban Enderica, Ecuador, Davie Nadadores

Ivan Enderica, Ecuador, open water, Davie Nadadores alum

Johanna Eyglo Gustafsdottir, Florida International University freshman, competes for Iceland, Sun Belt Women’s Swimmer of the Year.

Mauricio Fiol, Peru, Davie Nadadores

Jemal Le Grand, Aruba, Davie Nadadores

Felipe Lima, Brazil, Davie Nadadores, breaststroker

Raul Martinez, Puerto Rico, Davie Nadadores

Chinyere Pigot, Doral Academy, Suriname, country’s flagbearer for opening ceremonies

Diguan Pigot, Doral Academy, Suriname.

Vlad Polyakov, Kazakhstan, St. Thomas Aquinas alum, SOFLO, Coral Springs, third trip to the Olympics.

Alex Pussieldi, Kuwait coach, Davie Nadadores

Arlene Semeco, Venezuela, SOFLO, Coral Springs, third trip to the Olympics.

Esau Simpson, Grenada, Nova Southeastern.

Daniele Tirabassi, Venezuela, Davie Nadadores.

Dalias Torrez, Nicaragua, Davie Nadadores alum

Karen Torrez, Bolivia, Davie Nadadores

Daniela Vandenberg, Aruba, Davie Nadadores

Karen Vilorio, Honduras, Davie Nadadores alum

Branden Whitehurst, Miami, Virgin Islands

TAE KWON DO

Terrence Jennings, Miami

Paige McPherson, Miami.

TENNIS

Andy Roddick, Boca Raton, Boca Prep International School alum.

Serena and Venus Williams, Palm Beach Gardens

TRACK AND FIELD

Murielle Ahoure, University of Miami, Ivory Coast

Eric Alejandro, Flanagan, Puerto Rico

T’erea Brown, U.S., University of Miami

Amy Deem, U.S. women’s head track coach

Debbie Ferguson, Bahamas, UM alum

Ronald Forbes, Florida International, Cayman Islands

Michael Frater, Boyd Anderson alum, Jamaica, men’s team captain.

Tabarie Henry, Hallandale, Virgin Islands, country’s flagbearer for opening ceremonies.

Moise Joseph, Haiti, Miami Central alum.

Tony McQuay, U.S., Riviera Beach Suncoast, Florida alum

Kirsten Nieuwendam, St. Thomas Aquinas, Surinam

Sanya Richards, U.S., St. Thomas Aquinas and Texas alum, born in Jamaica, grew up in Pembroke Pines.

Lauryn Williams, U.S., University of Miami alum.

TRIATHLON

Laura Reback Bennett, U.S., Cardinal Newman alum, grew up in North Palm Beach.

Manny Huerta, Miami, ran cross country at Florida Atlantic University.

VOLLEYBALL:

Foluke Akinradewo, U.S., Plantation, St. Thomas Aquinas alum.

Ciara Michel, Great Britain, Miami hometown, University of Miami and Miami Palmer Trinity Prep alum.

Savannah Leaf, Great Britain, University of Miami.

Olympic Torch Carrier:

Jillian Roberts, 19, Miami. She founded the Just Shoe It, which has collected more than 8,600 pairs of donated shoes. The organization’s partner, One World Running, cleans the shows and ships them to more than three dozen countries worldwide. She is one of 10 teenagers from the U.S. chosen by Coca-Cola to carry the Olympic Flame in Oxford, England. They were chosen for helping make a difference in the world.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Swims Lifetime Best Time At U.S. Olympic Trials

SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Swims Lifetime Best Time At U.S. Olympic Trials


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 29, 2012

In a pressure-packed atmosphere, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver swam a career-best time on one of swimming’s biggest stages Friday night in Omaha.

On the fifth day of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, the Florida State junior won her heat in the 100-meter freestyle in a best time of 56.71. Her splits were 27.33, one of her fastest, and 29.38.

Oliver, 19, finished 54th among a field of 133 swimmers in her Olympic trials debut.

Oliver will swim the 50-meter freestyle prelims on Sunday along with SOFLO teammate Jessie Alcaide and five-time Olympian Dara Torres of the Coral Springs Swim Club. At 45, Torres is going after a record sixth Olympic team.

Oliver will be joined by FSU teammates CJ Hendry and Kaitlyn Dressel in the sprint event.

“This was a mental breakthrough for me,” Oliver said by phone from Omaha. “That was one of my faster opening splits. Usually at big meets I get nervous and let my nerves overcome me.

“I am really happy to go a best time at trials. Now I get ready for Sunday. I am more excited about the 50, it’s shorter.”

Oliver is fitting in nicely at the meet that features the nation’s best swimmers.

“It was really shocking at first to be here,” Oliver said. “All the great stars are here. It’s been entertaining seeing everyone you see on TV or read about. I see new people every day. I saw Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak warming up. They warm up in crowded lanes just like us. 

“Of course, I feel like I belong here. I like racing here. When I walked in the door I didn’t realize it was an arena and there was a pool where the basketball court was. I just thought wow I have never seen that before, an indoor pool in an arena. I didn’t think it would be like this.”

Oliver isn’t even thinking about down the road in another four years at the next trials for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. But she admits she is getting stoked for the collegiate season in the fall.

“I like to take it step by step.” Oliver said. “I am motivated for the fall and the start of college season. I would like to think hopefully, I will make it in another four years.

“I am glad I am here. It’s been a great experience. I’ve learned a lot. It’s great seeing all the fans. I didn’t know swimming was so popular here but it is.”

In front of a sellout capacity crowd of more than 14, 103 at CenturyLink Arena in Omaha on Friday, there were a few surprises in the finals and semifinals on the fifth night.

In the much-anticipated men’s 200-meter individual medley semifinals pitting Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, Lochte swam the fastest time in the world this year in a textile-best 1:55.51 in the first semifinal. Lochte and Phelps were stroke for stroke after the first two legs. Lochte pulled away slightly during the breaststroke leg. They both cruised into the wall on the freestyle. Phelps was second top qualifier in 1:56.66. Lochte’s training mate Conor Dwyer was top qualifier in a best time in the second semifinal and qualified third overall in 1:58.32.

The men’s 100-meter freestyle final featured six Olympians in the field.

California’s Nathan Adrian, 23, led from start to finish to win in 48.10. Cullen Jones, 28, of SwimMAC was a surprising second in 48.46 and is the first African-American swimmer on the 2012 U.S. Olympic swim team. Matt Grevers, Ricky Berens and Jimmy Feigen were third, fourth and fifth to qualify for the relay and Jason Lezak, 36, is going back to the Olympics on the relay after finishing sixth in 48.88.

“Making the team is the hardest part,” Adrian said. “I thought I wouldn’t be nervous going into it,  but I was nervous as ever. It’s quite a relief to be on the team. I just followed the race plan for the last 50 meters. I put my head down and did not breathe to get to the wall.”

Added Jones: “It means a lot to be going back after 2008. I wanted to represent the U.S. I am really happy I pulled that out. I am ready to do it again.”

Texas A&M head women’s coach Steve Bultman, former coach at the now-defunct Mission Bay in west Boca Raton, is all but assured a spot on the Olympic coaching staff after qualifying his second swimmer on the team.

Texas A&M Aggies’ Cammile Adams won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:06.52, fastest time in U.S. history. Kathleen Hersey of Texas was second in 2:07.72.

“My coach is big about swimming your own race, doing your own thing and taking it out there I feel good,” Adams said. “That’s what I did. I like bringing it home, so I wanted to keep things exciting.”

Sentimental favorite Teresa Crippen of the University of Florida was fourth in 2:09.45 and missed her shot at making the team.

“If it weren’t for Coach Shoulberg, University of Florida and family, I wouldn’t have been in the pool at all the last two years,” said Crippen, who lost her brother Fran to a tragic drowning during a FINA-sanctioned open water event in United Emirates two years ago.

In other races Friday night:

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke:

The U.S. men’s team is going to have four different breaststrokers in London. In the 200 final, Scott Weltz, 25, of San Jose, shocked the field to win in a best time 2:09.01, third fastest in U.S. history, followed by Clark Burckle of Louisville in 2:09.97. The 100 Olympic breaststrokers and favorites coming in, Eric Shanteau and Brendan Hansen finished third and fourth respectively in 2:10.05 and 2:10.25. Both were noticeably disappointed after the race. Burckle took it out fast in the first 50 at 29.05 and held it at 1:02.11 at the 100. Shanteau flirted with the lead briefly at 150 meters while Hansen faded to fourth. Four swimmers were bunched together coming down the stretch with Weltz and Burckle surging ahead in the final 20 meters. Burckle just outlunged Shanteau to the wall for second. Weltz was 37th in the trials four years ago.

“I owe it all to my coach,” said Weltz, an assistant coach at UC-Davis where he trains. “Ever since day one I told him I wanted to come back. He never stopped believing in me.” Weltz was so excited he climbed over the touchpads to get out of the pool. “Before the race, my whole body was kind of tingling. It just felt different. I just thought it’s time.”

Said Burckle: “Right now I am in shock. I looked up at the board and thought I was fourth. I was disoriented for a minute and didn’t know. I am so proud of what I did.”

Amanda Beard, 30, advanced to the finals in the 200-meter breaststroke finishing fifth in the semifinals in 2:25.90. Beard, trying to qualify for her fifth consecutive Olympics, did not make the team in the 100 breaststroke. Rebecca Soni is the top seed in 2:21.45.

Eleven-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, 29, advanced to the finals of the 100-meter freestyle, as the No. 7 seed in 54.48. She took it out fast but similar to her other races, faded down the final stretch and finished sixth. Coughlin, trying to earn her third consecutive Olympic bid, did not make the team in the 100 backstroke. Amanda Weir, Missy Franklin, Allison Schmitt and Jessica Hardy are the fastest qualifiers. Coughlin still has a shot at a relay.

In the men’s 200-meter backstroke semifinals: Tyler Clary (1:55.88) and Nick Thoman (1:58.92) were top qualifiers in the first heat of the semis. Ryan Lochte (1:55.73) and Bolles’ 16-year-old Ryan Murphy (1:57.39) finished 1-2 in the second heat. 

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: 43. Mhyria Miller, Florida Keys 2:34.33; 77. Emily Kopas, Davie Nadadores 2:37.44; 114. Emily Norton, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:44.55; Julie Stupp, PAQ, DNS.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle: 54. Tiffany Oliver, SOFLO 56.71; 58. Rhi Jeffrey, Unattached-FGC 56.78; 99. Jessie Alcaide, SOFLO 57.50; 130. Lindsey McKnight, St. Andrew’s Swimming 59.22.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: 116. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:13.40.

DAY FIVE NOTES

Before Friday night’s finals, the U.S. team had 28 members on its Olympic roster including 16 first-time Olympians…At age 34, Naples Erika Erndl made her second semifinal in the 100-meter freestyle…The Anderson family will be in full force in London with sisters Haley in the 10K open water event and Alyssa on the 800-meter freestyle relay…There was a Trojan Swim Club swimmer in every one of Friday’s events and five past or present Gators in the pool…Matt Grevers changed his mind about scratching from the 100-meter freestyle so David Walters will not move up on the alternate’s list. “I’m very confusing, I apologize,” Grevers said. “I really want to be on that relay very badly.”…Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson is the surprise star of the trials. USA Swimming failed to include her biography in its media guide. Her first name is pronounced Bree-yah. Larson is enjoying her newfound celeb status. “Lots of autographs,” Larson said. “Having a lot of little girls pronounce my name right, I’m like, ‘Sure I’ll sign your shirt.’”. Larson also said the trials is the first long course meet she has tapered for…NBC’s live coverage on television was not in-sync with its live streaming webcast. Several Twitter complaints about NBC breaking away before the women’s 200 butterfly race was completed to switch to the gymnastics trials then 20 minutes later NBC switched back to the Lochte-Phelps semifinal. After that race, the TV network returned to the gymnastics while the live streaming stayed with the swimming…TV ratings for NBC’s trials coverage dipped on Thursday night with 6.2 million viewers…At least nine members of the USA Swimming staff have lost their homes because of the Waldo Canyon wildfires in Colorado Springs. The Olympic Training Center and offices have been shut down.

TWEETS OF THE TRIALS

“I love when my parents officiate the trials through the TV.”—former SOFLO swimmer Leonie Davies

“I made it, 2012 Olympian. No time to celebrate since I am swimming the 50 tomorrow.”—Nathan Adrian

“What a night. Going to London for a second event. Still got a lot of work to do, but stoked to be on this historic relay.”—Ricky Berens

“I live to fight another day.”—Natalie Coughlin

“Decided to swim the 50 even though I had my doubts. Can’t go anywhere but up at this point.”—Rhi Jeffrey

DAY 6 TRIALS SCHEDULE

Morning session: Men’s 50 Free H, Women’s 800 Free H, Men’s 100 Butterfly H, Women’s 200 Backstroke H.

Evening session: Men’s 50 Free SF, Women’s 200 Breaststroke F, Men’s 200 Backstroke F, Women’s 200 Backstroke SF, Men’s 200 IM F, Women’s 100 Free F, Men’s 100 Butterfly SF.

SATURDAY TV

Prelims 6:30-8 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Finals, 8-9 p.m. ET, NBC

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

Campo, Mason Top SOFLO Finishers On Day One Of Michael Lohberg Invitational

Campo, Mason Top SOFLO Finishers On Day One Of Michael Lohberg Invitational


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 21, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Steph Campo took up where she left off at the CAT Escape The Heat Swim Meet in Clearwater on Thursday night in her home pool.

Campo, 14, turned in another career-best time on the opening night of the inaugural Michael Lohberg Invitational at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Campo finished second in the 13-and-over 800-meter freestyle in a best 9:53.63. Her previous best was 9:55.66.

SOFLO teammate Audrey Mason, 14, was third in the 13-and-over 400-meter individual medley in 5:48.66.

The four-day meet featuring several teams including Bermuda, honors six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg who died April 4, 2011 at age 61 after a lengthy battle with aplastic anemia.

The Hall of Fame coach was instrumental in turning the Coral Springs Swim Club program into a national-caliber team.

The meet continues Friday with a full schedule of prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY RESULTS

GIRL

400-meter individual medley:

13-and-over, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 5:17.05; SOFLO: 3. Audrey Mason 5:48.66.

800-meter freestyle: 13-and-over, 1. Jessica Randolph, PST 9:46.15; SOFLO: 2. Steph Campo 9:53.65.

BOYS

400-meter individual medley:

13-and-over, 1. Quinn Cassidy, St. Andrew’s 5:05.95.

1500-meter freestyle:

13-and-over, 1. Ronald Santos, Rockway 16:58.80.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 165: Michael Lohberg’s Legacy Lives On Through His Former Coach

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 165: Michael Lohberg’s Legacy Lives On Through His Former Coach


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 13, 2012

Andrea Di Nino, one of Michael Lohberg’s former swim coaches at Coral Springs Swim Club, has made history.

Di Nino, 39, was named one of the Russian Swimming Federation’s national team coaches for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Di Nino is the Italian founder and head coach of the ADN Swim Project, a squad sponsored by ARENA. He is the first foreigner to be appointed as an Olympic coach of the Russian swimming team.

Di Nino coached at the 2004 Olympic Games for Trinidad and Tobago’s team that included current SOFLO swimmer Sharntelle McLean. He is well-respected in international circles and coaches several foreign swimmers including ADN swimmers Evgeny Korotyshkin and Sergey Fesikov of Russia and Jason Dunford of Kenya. He also coached Milorad Cavic of Serbia until recently when he returned to the United States.

Di Nino has an academic background in biomedical science and technology and he been coaching for nearly twenty years.

Di Nino spent three years with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex as his assistant. His experience with Lohberg inspired him to start the ADN Swim Project in 2005.

“This is one of the greatest honors I could receive as a coach,” Di Nino said after the announcement was made by the Russian Federation.

“I am honored by the fact that the Swimming Federation has chosen an Italian coach. To participate in the Olympics is already the biggest dreams of all coaches. Imagine doing it as the coach of Russia, one of the historic powers of world swimming. It’s a satisfaction that I would like to share with my athletes and all the staff members of ADN.”

Di Nino was one of the most well-liked coaches while at Coral Springs. Lohberg’s wife, Biggi, gave Di Nino one of her husband’s stopwatches during a memorial for Lohberg at the pool.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Josh Laban Named To FGC Zone Team Coaching Staff

SOFLO’s Josh Laban Named To FGC Zone Team Coaching Staff


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 18, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club age group coach Josh Laban has been named to the coaching staff for the Florida Gold Coast’s Zone All-Star team that will compete in Rockwall, Texas, July 31-August 5.

Laban, 29, will coach the 13-14 boys’ contingent.

Laban, who grew up in St. Croix, is a two-time Olympian for the Virgin Islands (2004, 2008) and worked closely as a swimmer and assistant coach with six-time Olympic coach and SOFLO co-founder Michael Lohberg.

Laban was the Virgin Islands’ flag bearer for the Olympics and Pan American Games.

The sprinter competed in every major championship including the World Championships, Central American and Caribbean Games, two Olympics and two Pan American Games.

Laban swam at the University of Miami and graduated from the University of Georgia. He was a two-time collegiate All-American.

Laban coaches at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines and is expected to have several SOFLO swimmers on the Zone team.

Each age group (11-12, 13-14, and 15-18) will be comprised of an equal number of athletes (8 girls and 8 boys) for the 2012 Southern Zone Age Group Championships.

Florida Gold Coast will select 48 swimmers and up to six swimmers with disabilities to compete in this year’s championships.

Laban will be joined on the coaching staff by Marcello Gatti, 11-12 girls; Cathy Silviera, 13-14 girls; Richard Garza, 15-18 girls; Chadli Fernandez, 11-12 boys; and John Shipman, 15-18 boys.

Julie Smiddy will serve as head coach and team manager.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

Michael Lohberg Remembered By Swimmers

Michael Lohberg Remembered By Swimmers


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 4, 2012

On the one-year anniversary of his death, Coral Springs Swim Club coach and South Florida Aquatic Club co-founder Michael Lohberg was fondly remembered by several of his swimmers.

For most of the day, swimmers, young and old, Olympians and Olympic hopefuls and masters swimmers all wrote heart-warming tributes on Twitter.

Lohberg, a six-time Olympic coach, died at age 61 after a lengthy battle with aplastic anemia.

Lohberg and his staff built the Coral Springs Swim Club program into one of the nation’s best and placed at least one swimmer on every Olympic team since 1984 and won nine Junior Olympic team titles.

Coral Springs Swim Club and Coral Springs Aquatic Complex will host the inaugural Michael Lohberg International Invitational, June 21-24, where the City of Coral Springs will have a ceremony naming the 50-meter Olympic pool in Lohberg’s honor.

His legacy lives on through his swimmers.

Tributes To Michael

Crazy how much changes in a year. RIP Michael—Anne Kuczynski

A year has passed and we still miss you every day. RIP Michael Lohberg. Thank you for everything you taught me in life, I’ll never forget you.—Brittany Bellomo

Still in my life after 1 year. Thanks for everything big guy. One Love ML.—Keegan Boisson-Yates

I can’t believe it’s been one year, even as things settle down and time goes on I never stop missing you. And even though I know you are looking down at me giving me strength, I would do anything just to see you one more time. Thank you for everything Michael. You were the best coach, person, mentor I could have ever asked for. RIP. —Brandon Goldman

Crazy how much can happen in 1 year. Time flies. RIP ML, missing you every day.—Lindsey McKnight

I can’t believe it’s been a year Mich, I miss you like you can’t even imagine. Thank you for being the biggest mentor & support system. Your national team misses you & the pool deck is not the same without you. You will always be in my heart.—Ashley Monaghan

Remembering an amazing person, friend and coach today, RIP ML—Michlswim

1 year ago Heaven needed a swim Coach with heart, integrity and passion, some1 who is fighting the good fight. Heaven needed Michael Lohberg.—Anne Poleska

Miss you, ML—Dana Hatic

1 year ago we lost a coaching legend, more importantly a great man & mentor, Michael taught me so many life lessons I’m honored 2 have met you.—Julie Stupp

Forever in our hearts. RIP ML—Mauricio Hidalgo 

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Sharntelle McLean Returns To Coral Springs To Train For Third Olympic Games

Sharntelle McLean Returns To Coral Springs To Train For Third Olympic Games


February 1, 2012

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

It was like old times when two-time Olympian Sharntelle McLean climbed into the pool Tuesday morning at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

McLean, 27, has returned to where it all started when she qualified for the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games for Trinidad and Tobago.

McLean trained with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg and elite athletes from around the world. Lohberg sent eight athletes to the 2008 Olympic Games including McLean, Vlad Polyakov, Dara Torres and Arlene Semeco, all training for the 2012 London Olympics in the same pool.

“It’s nice to see some old familiar faces,” McLean said. “I was sad and happy when I was driving up the driveway this morning. Coral Springs was always my second home.

“I was sad because I had been close to Michael. He was a great coach and now he is not there. But I am still happy and blessed that I had the opportunity to experience him and now I am back training in the same pool again.”

Lohberg died last April at age 61 after nearly a three-year battle with aplastic anemia. Since 1984, Lohberg placed at least one swimmer on every Olympic team.

While McLean took three weeks off during the holidays, she has stayed active in and out of the pool.

When she wasn’t coaching Team Trinidad and Tobago and serving as coach of the Goodwill Team, she competed in both local and away meets. At the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships in Puerto Rico, she won bronze medals in the 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly.

At the ASATT Invitational, she was FINA High Point Trophy winner capturing gold medals in the 50- and 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle.

McLean is a member of the Torpedoes Swim Club. She hopes to qualify in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles. She hopes to be race-sharp by May for a qualifying meet in Barbados. She is 1.5 seconds off her Olympic qualifying cut time.

“I definitely needed some long course swimming and to train with swimmers who were on the same page as me,” McLean said. “Back home I was basically training by myself. I knew what I needed and I needed to be here because of the history I have with Coral Springs. I expect them to work my butt off.”

McLean started swimming competitively in 1997 and made her first national team at age 12.

“I decided in August to go for another Olympics,” McLean said. “It was mainly for the love of the sport and my passion. That kind of fire hasn’t died down yet.”

McLean is still considered one of the top swimmers in Trinidad and Tobago where she said she “holds my own over there.” She has been coaching age group swimmers when not training or competing.

“Coaching is a different ballgame,” McLean said. “I have a lot more respect for coaching. When I am done competing I definitely want to look into it more.

“Today I was a little shaky in the pool but at the same time I expected that,” McLean said. “I am really focused now. I am happy with my decision to come back here. It’s definitely a decision I needed to make and I think I made a good choice. It will help my confidence 100 percent being here.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Top Stories For 2011

South Florida Aquatic Club Top Stories For 2011


December 31, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

1.Coral Springs Swim Club’s six-time Olympic coach and SOFLO co-founder Michael Lohberg , 61, passed away in April after nearly a three-year battle with aplastic anemia, leaving a huge void in the swimming world.

2.For the second year in a row, SOFLO was awarded USA Swimming’s Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award for 2012. Less than two years old, SOFLO was ranked ninth overall among 97 USS national clubs and top Florida team in the Bronze Medal category.

3.Five-time Olympian Dara Torres, 44, continued her quest to make her sixth U.S. Olympic team by swimming the Olympic qualifying cut time in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.90 at the Feb. 19 Missouri Grand Prix. She bettered her time at a low key masters meet in Fort Myers in 25.68 for  the June 25-July 2 U.S. trials in Omaha, Neb. Torres is on a remarkable comeback after undergoing state-of-the art knee surgery.

4.Two-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 22, captured a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley at her biggest international meet, the Pan American Games in Mexico. It ended a 12-year medal drought by Jamaican swimmers at the Pan Am Games. She also broke five of her national records.

5.Tiffany Oliver made her first Olympic trials cut in the 50-meter freestyle (26.31) at the Charlotte UltraSwim, named Florida State’s Rookie of the Year and makes All-ACC Academic Team her freshman season.

6.Nick Schwab, 20, won first international gold medal in  record-breaking performance at the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships. Representing the Dominican Republic, he won the 200-meter individual medley in a meet record and career-best 2:08.90.

7.The Coral Springs City Commission passed a resolution to name the 50-meter Olympic pool at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex after Lohberg to honor his distinguished coaching career and keeping his legacy alive.

8.SOFLO made the national spotlight in age group swimming after shattering five national age group records in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle and 200- and 400-meter medley relays for boys 11-12. Cristian Rossi, Tristan Celestin, Alfredo Mesa Jr., Julien Pinon and Juan Lucas added their names to the record book.

9.SOFLO coach Rose Lockie named ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year. In 2011, Lockie had five national age group records as a coach and coached four of the five individual national age group champion swimmers.

10.Julien Pinon, 12, broke 25-year-old Florida Gold Coast record in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in career-best 2:04.14 at Coral Springs Invitational.

11.Tristan Celestin, 12, broke a 20-year-old Florida Gold Coast record in the 11-12 50-yard breaststroke in 29.59 at the March FGC Short Course Championships and broke it again at Winter Championships in 29.35.

12.SOFLO won its first FGC Short Course Junior Olympics, winning the combined team title with 943 ahead of FLA (895.5) and Metro Aquatics (804).

13.SOFLO won the combined and boys team titles at Speedo Winter Championships.

14.SOFLO won the girls and boys team titles at Broward County Sprint Championships.

15.SOFLO was ranked Top 40 in nation in USA Swimming Virtual Club Championships for first time.

16.Pembroke Pines police officer Jen Martin of SOFLO won six gold medals and two silver medals all in career-best times at the World Police and Fire Games.

17.Swim Miami event dedicated to SOFLO six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg. SOFLO swimmers and coaches shine in the water including winners Samuel Quintero, Alfredo Mesa Jr., Leonie Davies and Coach Megan Garland.

18.SOFLO senior Luke Torres of Plantation American Heritage signed with Division 1 University of Florida, one of the nation’s top men’s programs.

19.Barbara Protzman of SOFLO/Coral Springs Masters team played a key role in GOLD Coast Masters going five-for-five in U.S. Masters swimming Short Course Yards relay national records in the women’s 55-plus age group. It was the first time the same relay broke all the relay records for an age group for one course in the same season and just two meets.

20.Caroline Kuczynski, coming off the NCAA Division I Championships, won her first medal at a major international meet at the Canadian World Championship Trials in the 50-meter butterfly in a career-best 27.27 and qualified to represent Canada at the World University Games in China in August, her first major international meet.

21. Thirty-six SOFLO swimmers ranked among FGC IMX Top 16.

22. SOFLO launches official website (swim4soflo.com) on April 1 hoping to become a prototype for other USS clubs with daily content on its club swimmers, local, high school, state, national and international swimming scene.

For the second year, South Florida Aquatic Club continued to shine at every level of swimming and 2012, the Olympic year, will be the year it shines even brighter.

Thank you swimmers, parents, coaches and volunteers for a great year.

Happy New Year!!!

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 118: SOFLO’s Atkinson Finalist For Jamaica’s National Sportswoman Award

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 118: SOFLO’s Atkinson Finalist For Jamaica’s National Sportswoman Award


December 15, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson is among six finalists for the 2011 National Sportswoman of the Year award in Jamaica.

Atkinson, 22, was runner-up for the honor last year.

Other women finalists are boxer Alicia Ashley, WBC junior featherweight world champion; track stars Kaliese Spencer, the 400-meter hurdle Diamond league champion, and Veronica Campbell-Brown; world track silver medalist Melaine Walker; and cricket player Stefanie Taylor, the ICC Women’s Cricket Player of the Year.

Atkinson is coming off one of her best seasons in swimming that includes a silver medal at the XVI Pan American Games in Mexico, ending a 12-year drought for Jamaica in major international swimming medals. 

During the Pan Am Games, the two-time Olympian won a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:14.75, her fifth national record time in four days.

It was the SOFLO swimmer’s first major international medal at a major meet and Jamaica’s first medal in swimming since 1999.

In June, Atkinson won her first gold medal at a European meet at the Sette Colli International Open in the 50-meter breaststroke in a career-best 31.06, moving her to seventh place in the world rankings, her highest career ranking.

Among the men Sportsman finalists are track superstar Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, World Championships gold medalist.

The winner will be announced during a gala awards ceremony on Jan. 20 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

USA Heavy Favorite For Duel in the Pool

Ryan Lochte, Brendan Hansen, Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, Amanda Beard, Dana Vollmer and Missy Franklin will lead the heavily-favored U.S. team when it meets the Europe All-Stars in the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool that begins on Friday.

The meet will be held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center just two weeks after the nationals were held at the same venue in Atlanta.

Olympic 14-time gold medalist Michael Phelps is not competing, choosing instead to train and compete in a local meet last weekend.

Europe is led by former world championships medalists Gemma Spofforth and Fran Halsall of Great Britain. They are among six British swimmers.

Also on the European team are Denmark’s Lotte Friis, world silver medalist in the 800-meter freestyle; Aliaksandra Herasimenia, Jeanette Ottesen and former world 400-meter individual medley champion Katinka Hosszu.

Brits Robbie Renwick, Adam Brown and Marco Loughran will join Hungarians Laszlo Cseh, a four-time Olympic  medalist, Daniel Gyurta and Gergo Kis and Markus Rogan of Austria.

The European All-Star team is coached by British Swimming head coach Dennis Pursley, a former U.S. national team coach.

“This is going to be an exciting encounter for everyone involved whether you are a swimmer, a coach or one of the thousands of spectators,” Pursley said.  “We’ve got a great opportunity to see many of the sport’s biggest and best going head-to-head. The event is another outstanding opportunity for the athletes of all countries to hone their race skills in preparation for their respective Olympic trials and Games themselves.

“We have a very strong European team this year and we intend to give the Yanks a run for their money.”

The U.S. hasn’t lost this every-other-year meet since it started in 2003 as a way to build interest in swimming during the non-Olympic years.

“It’s hard for me to believe we can lose the way this team feeds off each other,” Hansen said. “When we start rolling at a meet like this, it’s a slippery slope. The meet is over a lot sooner than you think, then we’re just racing each other.”

Hansen recently signed with Wright Entertainment and Sports Management that features Fort Lauderdale-based rep Shawn Zenga. Hansen was formerly with Evan Morganstein.

The Americans beat Australia at the first three duels, and last year routed the European team, 185-78 two years ago.

“Everybody wants to beat the Americans,” Rogan said.

Swimmers on both teams are in various stages of preparation, some are rested and shaved and others are in the midst of heavy training.

The entire competition will be broadcast live. The Friday session will be on Universal Sports at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s session on NBC at 2 p.m. and re-broadcast again on Universal Sports.

Cielo Stars At Brazilian Senior Open

Cesar Cielo, in the midst of heavy training, won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.42 on the opening day of the Brazilian Senior Open and Senior Championships in Rio de Janeiro, the official Olympic qualifying meet for the Brazilians.

Henrique Barbosa broke his own meet record in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:09.82. Thiago Pereira was second in 2:00.19.

Henrique Rodrigues won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.79, an Olympic qualifying cut time.

Daniel Orzechowski won the 50-meter backstroke in 24.88 after going 24.79 in prelims.

Lucas Kanieski won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:28.56.

Fabiola Molina won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.25, just missing the meet record.

Larissa Oliveira won the 100-meter freestyle in 55.87.

Michele Schmidt won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:37.20 after going 2:36.19 in prelims.

Joanna Maranhao won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:14.96.

The senior races are being held at night while the open races for Olympic hopefuls are being held in the mornings.

Miscellaneous

Florida Gulf Coast women’s team  was ranked ninth in the second CSCAA/College Swimming.com Mid-Major Division I Swimming Poll. FGCU (5-1) is the only team in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association ranked in the Top 25. San Jose State is ranked No. 1. FGCU will host is first home meet of the season on Jan. 7 against ACC member Georgia Tech, North Dakota and CCSA team Liberty at the FGCU Aquatics Center at 11 a.m…

Aussie great and five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe, 29, in the midst of a comeback, will swim his first long course meet since coming out of retirement on Friday at the Italian Long Course Open Winter Championships in Riccione.  Thorpe, who has been training in Switzerland, will swim the 100- and 200-meter freestyles. Also in the meet is Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell, only his second meet back since a horrific car accident in August…  

Aussie triple Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice underwent arthroscopic surgery on her right shoulder Tuesday to repair a torn tendon and is expected to be back in the pool next week to prepare for the Australian Olympic trials on March 15-22.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Luke Torres Breaks Meet Record In Career-Best At St. Andrew’s September Splash Meet

SOFLO’s Luke Torres Breaks Meet Record In Career-Best At St. Andrew’s September Splash Meet


September 10, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

It was just the advice Luke Torres needed to hear before his first high school invitational at the St. Andrew’s September Splash.

During Friday’s workout at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, South Florida Aquatic Club coach Bruno Darzi told the American Heritage senior “tomorrow don’t try to hold back, just go and do it.”

“It really motivated me,” Torres said. “I was happy because this is a big meet. I was really just looking to get a good pace for racing.”

Torres, 17, didn’t hold back Saturday at the Duff Tyler Aquatic Center.

The Brazilian broke the meet record in the 100-yard breaststroke in a textile suit career-best 1:00.97. The previous meet record was 1:01.82 set by Michal Rokita of Pine Crest in 2009.

At age 14, Torres swam 1:00.04 at Junior Olympics in a full-body high-tech suit, now banned from the sport. His best time after that was 1:02.48 when he was a freshman at the State 1A meet where he finished 16th.

On Saturday, Torres swam splits of 29.34 and 31.63 in a Speedo brief. After swimming a 28.10 split on the medley relay, Torres said he was encouraged and thought he would have a good swim in the breaststroke.

“I was really motivated after the relay,” said Torres, who also won the 200-yard individual medley by three seconds but was later disqualified for one touch (from breaststroke to freestyle). Several coaches disagreed with the official’s call.

“I went into the 200 IM and pushed the fly,” Torres said. “I was feeling good and wasn’t dying even though I didn’t taper and had normal practice. I went 1:59 but got DQ’ed. It just motivated me more.”

Even though the 100 butterfly and 200 IM are his favorite and best events, Torres is stepping up in the breaststroke this season for American Heritage. He is trying to fill the void left by the departure of Jose Serra.

Swimming his final high school season has motivated Torres, who has already taken a college trip to Florida and is looking at Seton Hall where SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy competes.

Torres returned from California after a disappointing junior nationals and re-dedicated himself to the sport. He started training with SOFLO teammate Nick Schwab, who has since returned to Indiana.

“I wasn’t doing as well as I used to do,” Torres said. “I didn’t get close to the best times I went a year ago and it was frustrating. It kind of pissed me off and I started training really hard. Even when Nick went back I kept training hard. I realize now I didn’t work hard this past year. I got serious about my swimming again.”

It also took time for Torres to make a smooth transition from the late Michael Lohberg, who died in April after a lengthy illness, to Darzi.

“When Michael was the coach I had 100 percent trust in him and I saw the results,” Torres said. “Now I have done that with Bruno. I have put in my mind to trust what he tells me to do and the results will come.

“What made me swim much better this time is that I was listening to what he was telling me like I did with Michael,” Torres said. “I knew it would make me go faster. I went into Saturday’s meet with 100 percent confidence in what Bruno told me.”

SOFLO teammates Tyla Martin of Pine Crest, Marco Hosfeld and sisters Emily and Allison Kopas of University School also competed in the meet and finished among the Top 6 in their individual and relay events.

Martin, a freshman, making her high school swimming debut this season, was a member of two runner-up relays and fifth in both the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.

A total of twelve meet records and three pool records were broken during the fifth annual meet that attracted nearly 500 swimmers and divers from Broward and Palm Beach counties in the first big invitational of the season.

Pine Crest won the girls team title with 382.50 points and Boca Raton won the boys team title for the first time in five years with 400 points.

ST. ANDREW’S SEPTEMBER SPLASH RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.Pine Crest 382.50, 2. St. Andrew’s 353.50, 3. Suncoast 291, 4. American Heritage Plantation 263, 5. University School 217.50, 6. Boca Raton 166.50, 7. Park Vista 135, 8. Spanish River 88, 9. Forest Hill 62, 10. West Boca Raton 59, 11. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 54, 12. Benjamin 44, 13. Grandview Prep 40, 14. John I. Leonard 28, 15. Tie, King’s Academy, American Heritage Delray Middle School 26, 17. Palm Beach Central 1.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. American Heritage 1:52.90 (Alina Schulhofer, Lindsey McKnight, Chantal Bouthillier, Jessica Randolph) 2. Pine Crest 1:53.68 (Tyla Martin, Lindsey Swartz, Miriyam Ghali, Kaelah Chaney), 3. University School 1:56.17 (Allison Kopas, Emily Kopas, Krissa Robinson, Evy Sands).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Alina Schulhofer, PC 1:55.45, 2. Megan Moroney, SA 1:56.93, 3. Brittany Hammond, PC 1:57.62; SOFLO: 5. Tyla Martin, Pine Crest 2:00.25.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 2:06.28, 2. Tasija Karosas, SA 2:09.95, SOFLO: 3. Emily Kopas, University School 2:12.16.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Randolph, AH 25.43, 2. Fabiana Ingram, SUN 25.45, 3. Hannah Veale, PC 25.71.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Blaire Mulka, SA 257.40, 2. Carolyn Chaney, PC 256.20, 3. Carson Knaby, US 183.90.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Tasija Karosas, SA 57.56, 2. Jessica Conway, SA 58.68, 3. Christi Herfuth, JIL 1:01.04; SOFLO: 6. Allison Kopas, US 1:02.51.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Randolph, AH 54.34, 2. Lauren Suarez, FH 55.15, 3. Dany Gomez, GP 55.22.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Alina Schulhofer, AH 5:06.17, 2. Megan Moroney, SA 5:06.27, 3. Brittany Hammond, PC 5:07.22; SOFLO: 8. Allison Kopas, US 5:29.07.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:41.53 (Tasija Karosas, Brenna Ruth, Chelsea Scuderi, Megan Moroney, 2. Pine Crest 1:41.90 (Kaelah Chaney, Brittany Hammond, Hannah Veale, Mallory McKeon), 3. Suncoast 1:47.62 (Ashley Boggs, Angel Wong, Samantha de Groot, Daniela Vega).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Fabiana Ingram, SUN 1:01.03, 2. Lauren Suarez, FH 1:03.12, 3. Jamie Gurley, BR 1:03.17, SOFLO: 5. Tyla Martin, PC 1:03.70.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 1:05.17, SOFLO: 2. Emily Kopas, US 1:05.72, 3. Lindsey Swartz, PC 1:07.35.

400-yard freestyle: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:36.68 (Jessica Conway, Megan Moroney, Brenna Ruth, Tasija Karosas), 2. American Heritage Plantation 3:38.65 (Alina Schulhofer, Chantal Bouthillier, Jessica Randolph, Lindsey McKnight), 3. Pine Crest 3:40.08 (Brittany Hammond, Tyla Martin, Hannah Veale, Mallory McKeon); SOFLO: 5. University School 3:55.54 (Allison Kopas, Krissa Robinson, Evy Sands, Emily Kopas).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.Boca Raton 400, 2. Pine Crest 344.50, 3. St. Andrew’s 278.50, 4. American Heritage Plantation 273, 5. University School 176, 6. Spanish River 137.50, 7. Suncoast 123, 8. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 81, 9. American Heritage Delray Middle 80.50, 10. Park Vista 80, 11. West Boca Raton 58, 12. Benjamin 46, 13. King’s Academy 33, 14. Atlantic 22, 15. Tie, Grandview Prep, John I. Leonard 20, 17. Forest Hill 6, 18. Palm Beach Central 3.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:38.32 (Dionisio Carey, Quinn Cassidy, Shawn Warner, Wali Toulson), 2. American Heritage Plantation 1:38.61 (Yousef Alaskari, Luke Torres, Digby Nothard, Daniel Spas), 3. Boca Raton 1:43.77 (Victor Vassallo, Steven Vergona, Nicholas Van Zee, Kevin Matheus).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Quinn Cassidy, SA 1:47.39, 2. Austin Evenson, PC 1:49.11, 3. Jake Percy, KA 1:50.02; SOFLO: 5. Marco Hosfeld, US 1:51.48.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kevin Matheus, BR 2:03.81, 2. Adam Dear, PC 2:04.12, 3. Victor Vassallo, BR 2:05.86

50-yard freestyle: 1. Wali Toulson, SA 21.58, 2. Jason McCormick, BR 21.67, 3. Daniel Spas, AH 21.80.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Anthon Mercadante, BEN 231.20, 2. Zach Laurence, US 217.10, 3. Connor Gerrits, PC 209.15.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 49.70, 2. Adam Dear, PC 54.90, 3. Shawn Warner, SA 55.01.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jason McCormick, BR 48.20, 2. Daniel Spas, AH 48.56, 3. Delaney Brock, PC 50.09; SOFLO: 11. Marco Hosfeld, US 54.35.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Austin Evenson, PC 4:49.81, 2. Jake Percy, KA 4:55.74, 3. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 4:59.19.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Boca Raton 1:29.85 (Sam Corona, Gage Kohner, Nicholas Van Zee, Jason McCormick), 2. Pine Crest 1:32.67 (Ryan Walter, Adam Dear, Delaney Brock, Austin Evenson), 3. St. Andrew’s 1:34.20 (Nicholas Conrad, Landy Lopez, Josh Needleman, Dionisio Carey); 4. University School 1:38.89 (Marco Hosfeld, Sebastian Oberndorfer, Andres Zalduondo, Matthew Lyn).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 52.66, 2. Quinn Cassidy, SA 55.77, 3. Victor Vassallo, BR 56.57.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. SOFLO: Luke Torres, AH 1:00.97, meet record, 2. Shawn Warner, SA 1:03.36, 3. Steven Vergona, BR 1:04.04.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage 3:13.74 (Yousef Alaskari, Luke Torres, Fernando Bohorquez, Daniel Spas), 2. St. Andrew’s 3:19.48 (Wali Toulson, Shawn Warner, Nicholas Conrad, Quinn Cassidy), 3. Boca Raton 3:23.07 (Sam Corona, Victor Vassallo, Kevin Matheus, Jason McCormick); 6. University School 3:37.04 (Marco Hosfeld, Sebastian Oberndorfer, Andres Zalduondo, Matthew Lyn).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com.

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