Elena Dinehart SOFLO Top Finisher On Final Day Of TYR 18&Under Spring Cup


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, May 3, 2021—Elena Dinehart saved her best for last on the fourth and final day of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup Sunday at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Dinehart, 16, finished second in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:17.97, shaving 2.32 seconds off her previous best of 2:20.29 and cracking 2 minutes in the event for the first time. She was fourth fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:22.55.

It was her fourth event of the meet and seventh swim. Dinehart finished with 23 points in high point.

Twin sister Olivia Dinehart, 16, finished eighth in high point with 62 points. On Sunday, she was sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:23.24, dropping 0.17. She was also 19th in the 100-meter freestyle in 59.58. She competed in six events and had 12 swims.

SOFLO’s top boys finisher was Dominic Bono, 17, eighth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.97.

Juan Mora, 16, was ninth in the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 52.91, dropping 0.84 from his previous best.

SOFLO girls finished fifth in the team standings with 100 points and boys team was eighth with 87, both top finishers among Florida Gold Coast teams.

The USA Swimming long course meter competition featured four host sites across the country including California, Iowa, Virginia and Florida, all scheduled through Sunday.

The meet was created in March as an additional opportunity for in-person competition for young swimmers to earn qualifying cuts for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

The event was the third national event for 18&Under swimmers hosted by USA Swimming since December 2020, following the 18&Under Winter Championships and the 18&Under Spring Virtual Championships.

SUNDAY RESULTS
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Blue Dolfins 334, 2. Y-Spartaquatics 242, 3. Tampa Elite 139, 4. Sarasota Tsunami 107.50, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 100, 6. Tampa Bay 98, 7. Flying Fish Arizona 85, 8. Indian River Aquatics 79, 9. Planet Swim 72, 10. tie, St. Andrew’s, Area Tallahassee 70, 24. Jupiter Dragons 15.

WOMEN HIGH POINT: 1. Summer Cardwell, Tampa Bay 98, 2. Paige Housman, Flying Fish Arizona 85, 3. Ella Bathurst, Tampa Elite 79; SOFLO: 8. Olivia Dinehart 62, 41. Elena Dinehart 23, 47. Maddie Smutny 15.

WOMEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Kirsti McEnroe, YSSC 56.49, 2. Summer Cardwell, Tampa Bay 56.62, 3. Micayla Cronk, Blue Dolfins 56.72; FGC: 16. Erin Miller, St. Andrew’s 1:00.89; SOFLO: 19. Olivia Dinehart 59.58.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Hayden Penny, YSSC 2:16.27, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:17.97, time drop 2.32, 3. Alexandra Stein, RATS 2:21.70.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Sara Stotler, PSA 2:16.45, 2. Ella Bathurst, TEAM 2:17.14, 3. Annika McEnroe, YSSC 2:17.29; SOFLO: 6. Olivia Dinehart 2:23.24, time drop 0.17.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Julia Brzozowski, SRQ 17:11.26, 2. Paige Housman, FAST 17:23.69, 3. Cadence Fort, GCST 17:25.18.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina Aquatic Club 274, 2. Sarasota Tsunami 177, 3. T2 Aquatics 147, 4. Tampa Bay AC 109, 5. Blue Dolfins 94, 6. tie, Carpet Capital, YMCA of the Triangle Area, 90, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 87, 9. Flying Fish Arizona 83, 10. Ensworth Aquatics 69, 13. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 57, 14. North Palm Beach 47, 25. Flood Aquatics Swim Team 26, 27. Hurricane Aquatics 20, 32. Miami Country Day 13, 33. Sunrise Swimming 6.

MEN HIGH POINT: 1. Mason Laur, T2 Aquatics 88, 2. Samuel Hoover, North Carolina Aquatic Club 77, 3. Matthew Fallon, Unattached-SPA 73; SOFLO: 16. Miguel Sierra 42, 34. Juan Mora 29, 45. Dominic Bono 16.

MEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. John Alexy, Unattached 50.08, 2. Samuel Hoover, NCAC 50.84, 3. Varis Monroe, NPB 51.15; SOFLO: 6. Miguel Sierra 53.37, 9. Juan Mora 52.91, time drop 0.84; FGC: 7. Maximillian Zum Tobel, SAS 59.67, 13. Ryan Nordheim, SAS 58.61.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Brandon Miller, NCAC 2:02.47, 2. Evan Keough, SRQ 2:02.74, 3. Hayden Kwan, USC 2:03.23; SOFLO: 8. Dominic Bono 2:14.97; FGC: 11. Patrick Doyle, Sunrise 2:11.08.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Henry Bethel, CCAC 2:04.06, 2. Matthew Fallon, Unattached 2:04.18, 3. Peter Bretzmann, NCAC 2:05.50; FGC: 18. Patrick Doyle, Sunrise 2:14.00; SOFLO: 20. Dominic Bono 2:16.67.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Andrew Taylor, Tampa Bay 8:15.10, 2. Aidan Reagan, FAST 8:19.16, 3. Conor Cranfield, SWIM 8:31.46.

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

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart Wins First Event At TYR 18&Under Spring Cup


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, May 1, 2021—Olivia Dinehart came up big on the third night of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

The 16-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:37.22, shaving 0.07 off her previous best.

It was her first win of the four-day tournament. She has 49 points in high point. Dinehart was the only Florida Gold Coast girl swimmer to win an event on Day Three.

Dinehart also finished 16th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:36.75. She went 4:33.65 in prelims. Her entry time was 4:59.27 for yards.

SOFLO teammate Maddie Smutny, 15, was fourth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.05 including a 1:07.29 split at the 100. Smutny was also 17th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:29.13.

Elena Dinehart, 16, was 11th in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:05.84. She went 1:07.52 in prelims.

SOFLO girls are tied for fifth place in the team standings with Area Tallahassee with 70 points.

Miguel Sierra, 18, was SOFLO’s top boys finisher placing fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.99. He went 2:06.92 in prelims. Sierra was also 18th in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.54 and 20th in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.84.

Juan Mora, 16, was eighth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:27.02.

Dominic Bono, 17, was tenth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:16.99.

SOFLO boys are 11th with 54 points.

The only other Florida Gold Coast swimmer to win was Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST in the 100-meter backstroke in 56.12. He was the fastest morning qualifier in 56.72.

The USA Swimming long course meter competition features four host sites across the country, all scheduled through Sunday.

The meet was created in March as an additional opportunity for in-person competition for young swimmers to earn qualifying cuts for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

USA Swimming was recently made aware of California Department of Health restrictions that will no longer allow out-of-state teams to compete at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif., location of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup.

Affected teams have the opportunity to attend any of the other three sites at Wellmark YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa; SwimRVA in Richmond, Va. or Orlando, if they choose. It is the only geographical exemption permitted.

The event is the third national event for 18&Under swimmers hosted by USA Swimming since December 2020, following the 18&Under Winter Championships and the 18&Under Spring Virtual Championships.

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

The meet is being live streamed on iSWIMTV and will be updated on social media @iSWIMTV.

SATURDAY RESULTS
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS:

  1. Blue Dolfins 206, 2. Y-Spartaquatics 170, 3. Tampa Elite Aquatics 96, 4. Sarasota Tsunami 73.5, 5. tie, South Florida Aquatic Club 70, Area Tallahassee 70, 7. Tampa Bay Aquatic Club 66, 8. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 62, 9. Flying Fish Arizona 57, 10. Highlander Aquatic 54, 27. Jupiter Dragons 1.

WOMEN
200-meter butterfly: 1. Annika McEnroe, Y Spartaquatics 2:15.18, 2. Summer Cardwell, Tampa Bay Aquatic Club 2:17.62, 3. Summer Chmielewski, Sarasota Tsunami 2:17.70; SOFLO: 4. Maddie Smutny 2:18.05.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Lexie Mulvihill, Tampa Elite Aquatics 25.82, 2. Eboni McCarty, Unattached-Madison Swimming 26.08, 3. Cambria Semmen, Blue Dolfins 26.30; FGC: 8. Aspen Gersper, St. Andrew’s 26.77.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:37.22, time drop 0.07, 2. Delaney Franklin, Y Spartaquatics 2:38.27, 3. Kelly Wetteland, Prime Aquatics 2:38.98; FGC: 8. Reese Andres, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:45.10.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Kiley Wilhelm, LTNC 1:02.03, 2. Ella Bathurst, Team Elite 1:02.31, 3. Jordan Agliano, Highlander 1:032.36; SOFLO: 11. Elena Dinehart 1:05.84.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Summer Cardwell, Tampa Bay 4:13.69, 2. Stella Grace Watts, ATAC 4:19.30, 3. Michelle Morgan, PS 4:20.84; FGC: 14. Erin Miller, St. Andrew’s Swimming 4:30.92; SOFLO: 16. Olivia Dinehart 4:36.75, 17. Maddie Smutny 4:29.13.

MEN TEAM TOTALS:

  1. North Carolina Aquatic Club 192, 2. Sarasota Tsunami 114, 3. T2 Aquatics 108, 4. YMCA of the Triangle Area Swim 90, 5. Tampa Bay Aquatics 78, 6. Blue Dolfins 74, 7. Area Tallahassee 62, 8. Flying Fish Arizona 59, 9. Unattached SPA 56, 10. Carpet Capital 55, 11. South Florida Aquatic Club 54, 12. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 41, 15. North Palm Beach 31, 22. FAST 26, 25. Hurricane Aquatics 20, 32. Miami Country Day 13.
    MEN
    200-meter butterfly: 1. Mason Laur, T2 Aquatics 2:00.95, 2. Davis Hanley, Blue Dolfins 2:03.58, 3. Matthew Ross, Tampa Bay 2:04.64; SOFLO: 5. Miguel Sierra 2:07.99.

50-meter freestyle: 1. John Alexy, Unattached-Somerset Hills YMCA 22.90, 2. Samuel Hoover, NCAC 23.22, 3. Maximilian Zum Tobel, St. Andrew’s Swimming 23.35; FGC: 4. Varis Monroe, NPB 23.49, 7. Ryan Nordheim, St. Andrew’s Swimming 23.91, 11. Noah Sipowski, FAST 23.92, 15. Michael Fernandez, St. Andrew’s Swimming 24.63; SOFLO: 20. Miguel Sierra 24.84.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Matthew Fallon, Unattached 2:11.33, 2. Peter Bretzmann, NCAC 2:17.20, 3. Henry Bethel, CCAC 2:20.21; FGC: 6. Giulian Martin, CANE 2:22.74; SOFLO: 8. Juan Mora 2:27.02.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 56.12, 2. John Alexy, Unattached 56.30, 3. Hayden Kwan, USC 56.89; FGC: 14. Ryan Nordheim, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:00.22, 20. Patrick Doyle, SUN 1:02.43; SOFLO: 18. Miguel Sierra 1:00.54.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Samuel Hoover, NCAC 4:05.23, 2. Jake Mason, ENSW 4:06.04, 3. Hubert Huang, T2 4:06.57; FGC: 9. Patrick Doyle, Sunrise 4:10.66; SOFLO: 10. Dominic Bono 4:16.99.

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

Olivia Dinehart, Miguel Sierra Top SOFLO Finishers On Day Two Of TYR 18&Under Spring Cup


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, April 30, 2021—Olivia Dinehart and Miguel Sierra were top finishers for South Florida Aquatic Club in the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup Friday at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Dinehart, 16, was fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.24. Dinehart was also sixth in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:03.91.

Sierra, 18, was fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 56.09.

SOFLO’s Juan Mora won the “B” final in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.54.

Maddie Smutny, 15, was second in the “C” final of the 200-meter freestyle in 2:07.40. Elena Dinehart, 16, was fourth in the “C” final in 2:08.11.

Smutny was also third in the “C” final of the 100-meter butterfly in 1:04.99.

Dominic Bono, 17, was fourth in the “B” final in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:41.71.

The USA Swimming long course meter competition features four host sites across the country, all scheduled from Thursday through Sunday.

The meet was created in March as an additional opportunity for in-person competition for young swimmers to earn qualifying cuts for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

USA Swimming was recently made aware of California Department of Health restrictions that will no longer allow out-of-state teams to compete at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif., location of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup.

Affected teams have the opportunity to attend any of the other three sites at Wellmark YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa; SwimRVA in Richmond, Va. or Orlando, if they choose. It is the only geographical exemption permitted.

The event is the third national event for 18&Under swimmers hosted by USA Swimming since December 2020, following the 18&Under Winter Championships and the 18&Under Spring Virtual Championships.

Prelims and finals events are Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday’s events are: 200-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke and 400-meter freestyle.

The meet is being live streamed on iSWIMTV and will be updated on social media @iSWIMTV.

FRIDAY RESULTS
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Blue Dolfins 96, 2. Y-Spartaquatics 83, 3. Tampa Elite 52, 4. Flying Fish Arizona 45, 5. Area Tallahassee 42, 6. St. Andrew’s 37, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 29, 20. Jupiter 15.

WOMEN
200-meter freestyle:

  1. Summer Cardwell, TBAC 2:00.88, 2. Sara Stotler, PSA 2:01.60, 3. Micayla Cronk, BD 2:02.08; FGC: 9. Aspen Gersper, SAS 2:07.06, 11. Erin Miller, SAS 2:07.60, SOFLO: 18. Maddie Smutny 2:07.40, 20. Elena Dinehart 2:08.11.

100-meter breaststroke:

  1. Kelly Wetteland, PA 1:11.96, 2. Delaney Franklin, YSSC 1:13.25, 3. Ella Bathurst, TEAM 1:13.37; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Dinehart 1:14.24; FGC: 11. Reese Andres, SAS 1:16.86.

100-meter butterfly:

  1. Sara Stotler, PSA 59.58, 2. Jordan Agliano, HIGH 1:00.22, 3. Kiley Wilhelm, LTNC 1:00.26; SOFLO: 19. Maddie Smutny 1:04.99; FGC: 4. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:00.48, 14. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:03.81.

400-meter individual medley:

  1. Sumner Chmielewski, SRQ 4:55.71, 2. Hayden Penny, YSSC 4:59.99, 3. Paige Housman, FAST 5:00.58; SOFLO: 6. Olivia Dinehart 5:03.91; FGC: 9. Erin Miller, SAS 5:07.27.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina Aquatic Club 94, 2. T2 Aquatics 66, 3. Area Tallahassee 50, 4. Blue Dolfins 44, 5. Sarasota Tsunami 40, 11. South Florida Aquatic Club 29, 15. North Palm Beach 16, 22. Miami Country Day 13, 25. St. Andrew’s 8, 26. Hurricane Aquatics 7.

MEN
200-meter freestyle:

  1. Samuel Hoover, NCAC 1:51.05, 2. Roman Valdez, CCAC 1:51.98, 3. Varis Monroe, NPB 1:53.39; FGC: 17. Patrick Doyle, SUN 1:57.49.

100-meter breaststroke:

  1. Matthew Fallon, Unattached 1:01.57, 2. Henry Bethel, CCAC 1:02.00, 3. Luke Shourds, RACE 1:03.40; SOFLO: 9. Juan Mora 1:05.54; FGC: 10. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:05.69, 11. Dylan Smiley MCDA 1:06.84, 15. Maximilian Zum Tobel, SAS 1:08.52.

100-meter butterfly:

  1. Holden Smith, RPC 54.79, 2. Mason Laur, T2 55.28, 3. Davis Hanley, BD 55.79; SOFLO: 4. Miguel Sierra 56.09; FGC: 10. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 57.49, 11. Ryan Nordheim, SAS 57.54.

400-meter individual medley:

  1. Jay Baker, NCAC 4:24.72, 2. Peter Bretzmann, NCAC 4:25.46, 3. Matthew Fallon, Unattached 4:25.67; SOFLO: 12. Dominic Bono 4:41.71.

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

Michelle Morgan, Joshua Brown Win Opening Day Events At TYR 18&Under Spring Cup


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, April 29, 2021—The TYR 18&Under Spring Cup got under way Thursday with distance events at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Michelle Morgan, 16, of Pipeline Swimming won the women’s 800-meter freestyle in 9:00.53 ahead of Paige Housman, 16, of Flying Fish Arizona in 9:01.74.

Erin Miller, 16, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics coming off two open water events, was 13th in 9:20.03. She was the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer in the field.

Joshua Brown, 18, of Highlander Aquatics won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 15:48.87. Andrew Taylor of Tampa Bay Aquatics was second in 15:49.77. No Florida Gold Coast swimmers were in the men’s event.

Blue Dolfins lead the women’s team standings after Day One with 33 points. Pipeline Swimming is second with 20. St. Andrew’s is 11th with four points.

Area Tallahassee lead the men’s team standings with 31 points. Highlander Aquatic Club is second with 20 points.

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers Elena Dinehart, 16, 200-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly; Olivia Dinehart, 16, 100-meter breaststroke and 400 IM; Maddie Smutny, 15, 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly; Dominic Bono, 17, 400 IM; Miguel Sierra, 18, 100 butterfly and Juan Mora, 18, 100 breaststroke begin competing on Friday.

The USA Swimming long course meter competition features four host sites across the country, all scheduled from Thursday through Sunday.

The meet was created in March as an additional opportunity for in-person competition for young swimmers to earn qualifying cuts for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

USA Swimming was recently made aware of California Department of Health restrictions that will no longer allow out-of-state teams to compete at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif., location of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup.

Affected teams have the opportunity to attend any of the other three sites at Wellmark YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa; SwimRVA in Richmond, Va. or Orlando, if they choose. It is the only geographical exemption permitted.

The event is the third national event for 18&Under swimmers hosted by USA Swimming since December 2020, following the 18&Under Winter Championships and the 18&Under Spring Virtual Championships.

Prelims and finals events are Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday’s events are: 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley.

The meet will be live streamed on iSWIMTV and will be updated on social media @iSWIMTV.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Blue Dolfins 33, 2. Pipeline Swimming 20, 3. Flying Fish 17, 4. Area Tallahassee 15, 5. Gulf Coast 14, 11. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 4.

WOMEN
800-meter freestyle:

  1. Michelle Morgan, PIP 9:00.53, 2. Paige Housman, FLYF 9:01.74, 3. Carlie Rose, BD 9:02.23; FGC: 13. Erin Miller, SAS 9:20.03.

MEN
MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Area Tallahassee 31, 2. Highlander Aquatic Club 20, 3. Tampa Bay 17, 4. Flying Fish Arizona 14, 5. T2 Aquatics 13, 6. Blue Dolfins 12.

1500-meter freestyle:

  1. Joshua Brown, HIGH 15:48.87, 2. Andrew Taylor, TB 15:49.77, 3. Stuart Higdon, AT 15:56.66

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

SOFLO Super Six Will Compete In TYR 18&Under Spring Cup That Begins Thursday


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, April 28, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup that begins Thursday at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Fifteen-year-old U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Maddie Smutny heads SOFLO’s contingent that also includes twin sisters Olivia and Elena Dinehart, 16, Dominic Bono, 17, Juan Mora, 16, and Miguel Sierra, 16. They will swim a total of 27 individual events.

The USA Swimming long course meter competition features four host sites across the country, all scheduled from Thursday through Sunday. The meet was created in March as an additional opportunity for in-person competition for young swimmers to earn qualifying cuts for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

USA Swimming was recently made aware of California Department of Health restrictions that will no longer allow out-of-state teams to compete at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif. location of the TYR 18&Under Spring Cup.

Affected teams will have the opportunity to attend any of the other three sites at Wellmark YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa; SwimRVA in Richmond, Va. or Orlando, if they choose. It is the only geographical exemption permitted.

The event is the third national event for 18&Under swimmers hosted by USA Swimming since December 2020, following the 18&Under Winter Championships and the 18&Under Spring Virtual Championships.

Smutny made her first trials cut in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:14.37 at the Piranhas Senior Invitational in March. She dipped under the first wave cut of 2:14.59.

Smutny is entered in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley.

Bono, headed to Youngstown State University in the fall, is entered in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke.

Elena Dinehart will swim the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke.

Olivia Dinehart is entered in six events: 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, 200- and 400-meter individual medley and 100- and 400-meter freestyle. She is seeded first in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:37.29.

Mora will swim the 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes and 100-meter freestyle.

Sierra is entered in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly events, 50- and 100-meter freestyles and 100-meter backstroke.

Thursday’s timed final events are the women’s 800-meter freestyle and 1500-meter freestyle at 5 p.m. Prelims and finals events are Friday through Sunday.

The meet will be live streamed on iSWIMTV and will be updated on social media @iSWIMTV.

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

TYR MARCH GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Elise Dinehart


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, April 23, 2021–It was only natural Elise Dinehart would follow in the footsteps of her older twin sisters Elena and Olivia in swimming.

The family affair has turned into an advantage for the young talented swimmer.

Dinehart, 12, is in seventh grade and swims for Southwood Middle School along with South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mako Sharks group coached by Isidro Planell.

“It definitely helps having her sisters around,” Planell said. “They both work very hard and are positive influences for Elise when it comes to work ethic, attitude and being good people.”

Her work ethic paid off at the March 11-14 Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics at Coral Springs and March 31-April 3 International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) East Coast Elite Showcase Classic Championship in St. Petersburg.

Dinehart scored 34 points (ninth place in high point for 11-12 girls) at JOs where she placed third in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:18.63 dropping 4.76 seconds off her previous best; fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:28.65, dropping 19.51 and fifth in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:04.23, dropping 5.95.

“I think at the end of the meet I was really, really tired,” she said. “I was really happy with all my races.”

At ISCA, she was fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke, scoring 15 points and leading SOFLO girls in high point scoring. “That was really cool, the meet was a new experience because it was national,” she said.

Dinehart has been swimming for most of her life. She was 7 when she started competing in swim meets.

“I followed my sisters in swimming,” Dinehart said. “I was swimming already but I did watch them practice. It’s an advantage having older sisters because I can look up to them. I want to be like them when I’m older.

“We’re not competitive against each other. They do help me and give me advice about meets and stuff.”

Like many of her teammates, Dinehart loves to race.

“I love being competitive and racing people a lot,” she said. “I’m glad I stayed with swimming. It’s what I want to do. I really like it. I feel like when I am not doing well in practice or a meet, the next day I get more excited to try and go faster. It motivates me.”

Swimming has helped Dinehart with her time management when it comes to school.

“I’ve been working hard in school just like I do in swimming,” Dinehart said. “There is an advantage being home schooled because I can relax more, but I really want to go back to school.”

Dinehart’s long range goals include high school and college swimming and maybe even a trip to the Olympics one day. Dinehart is also in the art magnet program at middle school where she paints and draws.

Planell enjoys coaching Dinehart and watching her progress.

“Her work ethic is incredibly admirable,” he said. “Whenever she comes on deck for practice she brings positive energy along. She usually and almost always is the first person in the water. She always asks me to watch her strokes and see where she needs improvement.

“She never backs down from the challenges I throw at her during practice. In fact, she always responds positively by accepting the challenge and pushing through the entire set whether or not she hits the mark. She truly does set the example of what it means to be a Mako.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its female-sponsored athletes are Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Kelsi Dahlia, Lilly King, Melanie Margalis, Ashley Twichell and Molly Hannis.

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson, Dinehart, Mora, Sierra, Relays Come Up Big; SOFLO Extends Lead On Day Three Of FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 20, 2021–Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club continued to steamroll through the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Led by two relay and four individual victories, SOFLO leads the combined team standings with 1,434.5 points and has all but clinched its seventh team title against a field of 25 teams.

SOFLO has more than doubled the points of second place Gulliver Swim Club with 502.5 and Pine Crest Swimming with 473.

SOFLO women’s team leads the 20-team women’s field with 698.5 points followed by Pine Crest Swimming with 396 and Midtown Weston Aquatics with 335.

SOFLO men’s team has pulled away from the field of 21 teams with 736 points. Gulliver is second with 267 and Metro Aquatics is third with 231.

“We had a lot of kids really step it up in the 200 freestyle, which was really nice,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “And, our breaststrokers, to have four in the finals for men and to back it up with four in finals for the butterfly, that’s pretty solid.”

SOFLO had another outstanding night in the championship finals.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, won the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:13.50, shaving 1.69 seconds off her previous best of 2:15.19.

Juan Mora, 16, broke 2 minutes for the first time to win the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:59.88, dropping 2.49 seconds off his previous best of 2:02.37. He just missed the 15-16 Florida Gold Coast record of 1:59.22. Anderson said “that was a spectacular swim for him, that was probably the swim of the night.”

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 32, won the 100-yard butterfly in a best time and pool record 52.01, dropping an impressive 6.44 seconds off her previous best of 58.45. Atkinson broke her own pool record of 52.62 set in 2015.

Miguel Sierra, 17, won the 100-yard butterfly in 48.73, just missing the 2018 pool record of 48.53 set by SOFLO teammate Miguel Cancel.

SOFLO got off to a good start in morning prelims, sweeping the 200-yard medley relays.

The women finished one-three in the relay. The “A” relay of Elena Dinehart, Alia Atkinson, Paige Lane and Olivia Dinehart won in 1:46.71. The “B” relay of Lucy Smutny, Sophia Grubbs, Maddie Smutny and Mallory Schleicher finished in 1:50.25.

The men’s “A” relay of Andres Lares, Juan Mora, Miguel Sierra and Michael Arias won in 1:32.94. The “B” relay of Juan Colmenares, Javier Roman, Matthew Tarafa and Agustin Rodriguez was eighth in 1:39.12.

“The kids bounced back from yesterday,” Anderson said. “Our 200 freestyle relays were pretty solid yesterday but today to come back in the medley and have our women go one-three and our men go one-eight, that’s a huge feat.

“They really stepped up. We are a little better in the medley because we specialize in all different areas in our club. It truly, truly really did help to do that and to do it with Julio today I thought it showed a lot of depth.”

Honduran Olympic hopeful Julio Horrego scratched Saturday’s events because of illness.

Other top four SOFLO finishers were:

Mallory Schleicher, 17, 200-yard freestyle, fourth 1:50.85, time drop 1.22.

Andres Lares, 21, 200-yard freestyle, fourth, 1:40.28, time drop 4.33.

Maddie Smutny, 15, 100-yard butterfly, third, 55.91, time drop 0.21.

Other winners were:

UCLA-commit Paige MacEachern, 18, Pine Crest Swimming, 200-yard freestyle in a thrilling race against Anna Auld of East Coast Aquaticss, 1:50.01-1:50.12.

Patrick Groters, swimming unattached for Pine Crest and coached by his older brother and Giants Aquatics head coach Jordy Groters in Aruba, in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:38.86. Groters plans to take a year off from college and train with his brother for a year.

Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club and Comets Booster Club are hosting the well-organized four-day meet.

In a perfectly-choreographed and synchronized pre-final National Anthem ceremony coordinated by Coach George Mersinger, SOFLO’s Dippers swam the length of the short-course lane with small flags attached to their kick boards. The final swimmer swam with a pair of goggles in honor of swimmer Nicholas Dworet, killed in the Feb. 14, 2018 Marjory Douglas High School mass shooting.

SOFLO has 63 swimmers, ages 15-and-over, (39 male and 24 female) in 320 individual events and four relays.

On Sunday, women’s prelims are 8 a.m., men’s prelims are 11 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. The 1,650-yard freestyle is 3:05 p.m.

Sunday’s events are: 1,650-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke, 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley.

Under stringent COVID-19 safety protocols, no spectators are allowed at the meet. Only coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and athletes are allowed on deck. Those entering the pool deck must wear masks and maintain six feet in social distancing.

The meet is being live streamed on the club’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUI6cfEbSKfHp5b7ooXSV5Q.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:

  1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,434.5, 2. Gulliver 502.5, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 473, 4. Metro Aquatic Club 436, 5. Midtown Weston 376, 6. Jupiter Dragons 335, 7. TS Aquatics 294.5, 8. Wahoos of Wellington 284.5, 9. East Coast Aquatic Club 201, 10. Plantation Swim Team 199.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS:

  1. South Florida Aquatic Club 698.5, 2. Pine Crest Swimming 396, 3. Midtown Weston 335, 4. Gulliver 235.5, 5. Metro Aquatics 205, 6. Wahoos of Wellington 204.5, 7. East Coast Aquatic 201, 8. Jupiter Dragons 191, 9. TS Aquatics 117.5, 10. Coral Springs 88.

MEN TEAM TOTALS:

  1. South Florida Aquatic Club 736, 2. Gulliver 267, 3. Metro Aquatics 231, 4. Plantation Swim Team 199, 5. TS Aquatics 177, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 168, 7. Jupiter 144, 8. Sunrise Swimming 111, 9. Azura Florida Aquatics 93, 10. Ransom Everglades 89.

WOMEN
200-yard medley relay: 1. SOFLO A 1:46.71 (Elena Dinehart, Alia Atkinson, Paige Lane, Olivia Dinehart), 2. Midtown Weston 1:49.83, 3. SOFLO B 1:50.25 (Lucy Smutny, Sophia Grubbs, Maddie Smutny, Mallory Schleicher).

200-yard freestyle:

  1. Paige Maceachern, PC 1:50.01, 2. Anna Auld, ECAC 1:50.12, 3. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:50.30; SOFLO: 4. Mallory Schleicher 1:50.85, time drop 3.16, 5. Maddie Smutny 1:51.42, time drop 3.01, 6. Elena Dinehart 1:51.74, time drop 3.63, 21. Mariangela Cincotti 1:56.14, time drop 3.01, 23. Lucy Smutny 1:57.00, time drop 1.90, 26. Jennamarie Brames 1:57.62, time drop 1.30.

200-yard breaststroke:

  1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:13.50, time drop 3.47, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:15.02, time drop 5.24, 3. Riley Botting, PC 2:18.75; SOFLO: 8. Molly Golding 2:23.39, time drop 1.84, 9. Sophia Grubbs 2:24.06, time drop 3.04, 10. Sally Golding 2:26.23, time drop 1.93, 15. Sabrina Osorio 2:30.80, time drop 1.77, 26. Ana Frable 2:39.54, time drop 2.08.

100-yard butterfly:

  1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 52.01, 2. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 54.98, 3. tie, Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 55.91, time drop 2.65 and Nicole Aguilar, WOW 55.91; SOFLO: 8. Olivia Dinehart 57.28, time drop 0.97, 9. Molly Golding 57.59, time drop 0.51, 10. Paige Lane 57.73, 11. Elena Dinehart 56.34, time drop 2.73, 23. Sara Quintero 59.02, time drop 1.92.

MEN
200-yard medley relay:

  1. SOFLO A 1:32.94, 2. Plantation Swim Team 1:34.98, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:36.60, 8. SOFLO B 1:39.12 (Juan Colmenares, Javier Roman, Matthew Tarafa, Agustin Rodriguez).

200-yard freestyle:

  1. Patrick Groters, Unattached-Pine Crest 1:38.86, 2. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, AZ 1:39.36, 3. Kyle Korvick, GULL 1:39.74; SOFLO: 4. Andres Lares 1:40.28, time drop 0.14, 12. Michael Arias 1:42.76, 13. Matthew Tarafa 1:42.95, time drop 2.86, 16. Agustin Rodriguez 1:44.62, time drop 1.74.

200-yard breaststroke:

  1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 1:59.88, time drop 0.78, 2. Joshua Hanks, PC 2:00.92, 3. Jacques Sonnier, BRST 2:04.91; SOFLO: 6. Javier Roman 2:10.21, time drop 1.13, 10. Christopher Hau 2:13.25, 11. Alex Golding 2:10.90, time drop 3.30, 16. Anthony Robaina 2:15.67, time drop 1.36, 20. Manuel Melendez 2:17.97, 22. John Paul Handal 2:15.64, time drop 3.63, 25. Alan Bertea 2:17.31, time drop 1.97, 29. Garrett Oliver 2:20.44.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Miguel Sierra, SOFLO 48.73, time drop 0.57, 2. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, AZ 49.13, 3. Eddy Marin, TSA 49.62; SOFLO: 17. Juan Colmenares 52.25, time drop 0.04, 19. Philopatier Ibrahim 52.79, 30. Alejandro Mateus 54.12.

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

SOFLO Leads After Day One Of New Year’s Invitational; Maddie Smutny, Olivia Dinehart, Julio Horrego Double Winners


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 22, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club dominated opening night action Friday at the South Florida Aquatic Club New Year’s Invitational at Academic Village Pool.

Depth, solid racing and three double winners enabled host South Florida Aquatic Club to lead both the men’s and women’s competition in the five-team meet.

SOFLO had five swimmers in the Top 10 of the girls’ 200-yard butterfly including Sophia Grubbs who dropped 6.36 seconds to finish fourth and Fiorella Di Salvo who dropped 3.23 to finish fifth.

SOFLO had eight swimmers in the Top 10 of the girls’ 50-yard freestyle including five with time drops.

SOFLO had nine among the Top 10 finishers in the girls’ 200-yard backstroke.

SOFLO had six swimmers finish in the Top 10 of the girls’ 200-yard breaststroke.

Among SOFLO’s opening night winners were:

Maddie Smutny, 15, 500-yard freestyle, 5:09.20; 100-yard freestyle 54.62.

Juan Mora, 16, 200-yard butterfly, 1:57.54, time drop of 16.15 seconds.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, 100-yard individual medley, 1:01.42; 200-yard breaststroke, 2:26.18.

Julio Horrego, 22, 100-yard individual medley, 52.48; 100-yard freestyle 46.17, time drop 0.23.

Julianne McCranie, 14, 50-yard freestyle, time drop 0.55.

Elena Dinehart, 16, 200-yard backstroke, 2:10.92.

The two-day meet concludes Saturday with three sessions: 8:30-10:31 a.m. for 12-and-under swimmers; 11:30 a.m.-1:08 p.m. for developmental swimmers; and 2:30-5:08 p.m. for 13-and-over swimmers.

Much like other SOFLO meets, strict COVID-19 guidelines are being enforced because of the ongoing pandemic now entering Day 305.

As meet host, SOFLO and Comets Swim Team Booster Club have taken enhanced health and safety measures for swimmers, coaches, officials and volunteer timers.

The meet, sanctioned by the Florida Gold Coast, is adhering to strict COVID-19 safety measures and precautions including no fans. No parents or friends are allowed to congregate outside the pool fencing or allowed on the pool deck. The meet is being run with a limited number of officials and volunteer timers. All sessions are being live streamed on YouTube and SOFLO’s Facebook page.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 236, 2. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 119,3. Boca Raton Swim Team 50, 4. Heritage Aquatic Team 36, 5. Hurricane Aquatics 26.
500-yard freestyle: 13-and-over, 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 5:09.20, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 5:18.23, 3. Alexis Christensen, SOFLO 5:25.00; SOFLO: 5. Amelie Bicerne 5:29.23, time drop 6.70, 10. Pilar Duranti 5:48.89.

200-yard butterfly: 13-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:15.52, 2. Elizabeth Sikes, BRST 2:16.48, 3. Sahara Idler, MAC 2:20.02; SOFLO: 4. Sophia Grubbs 2:20.34, time drop 6.36, 5. Fiorella DiSalvo 2:24.87, time drop 3.23, 6. Daniela Barreto 2:31.61, 7. Gaby Avila 2:32.95, 9. Mariana Pinto 2:35.02.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:01.42, 2. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 1:02.61, time drop 1.58, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BRST 1:04.71; SOFLO: 4. Gabriella DeLuna 1:05.71, 5. Lucy Smutny 1:06.05, time drop 4.67, 6. Mariann Catalasan 1:07.68, time drop 0.98, 7. Dahlia Hirsh 1:08.56, time drop 3.35, 9. Sofia Hernandez 1:09.42, time drop 1.40.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Julianne McCranie, SOFLO 26.02, time drop 0.55, 2. Leslie Dame, CANE 26.80, 3. Sophia Grubbs, SOFLO 26.87, time drop 0.06; SOFLO: 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 27.13, time drop, 0.46, 5. Genesis Escobar 27.67, 6. Ana Frable 27.73, 8. Izzy Wilson 27.83, time drop, 0.21, 9. Amelie Bicerne 28.01, time drop, 0.68, 10. Mariana Pinto 28.49.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 54.62, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 55.52, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BRST 55.90; SOFLO: 6. Elena Dinehaart 57.15, 7. Julianne McCranie 57.36, time drop 0.50, 8. Lucy Smutny, 57.75, 9. Izzy Wilson 58.88.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:10.92, 2. Lucy Smutny, SOFLO 2:15.58, 3. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:16.76; SOFLO: 4. Alexis Christensen 2:17.02, 5. Gabriella DeLuna 2:17.80, 6. Amelie Bicerne 2:20.39, time drop, 1.26; 7. Mariann Catalasan 2:23.05, 8. Pilar Duranti 2:24.87, 9. Sarah Vasquez 2:31.11, time drop, 3.31; 10. Gaby Avila 2:31.11, time drop 0.47.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:26.18, 2. Sophia Grubbs, SOFLO 2:32.79, 3. Caitlyn Coe, MAC 2:41.27; SOFLO: 4. Mariann Catalasan 2:42.18, 5. Maria Legaspi 2:43.90, time drop 0.21, 6. Izzy Wilson 2:47.26, time drop 4.34, 7. Dahlia Hirsh 2:50.11.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 4:42.11, 2. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 4:51.83, time drop, 3.60, 3. Sahara Idler, MAC 4:57.19; SOFLO: 7. Gaby Avila 5:27.10.

200-yard medley relay: 13-14, 1. SOFLO A 1:48.60 (Gabriella DeLuna, Maria Legaspi, Julianne McCranie, Gaby Avila), 2. SOFLO B 2:06.50, 3. Metro Aquatics 2:10.19.

BOYS
TEAM TOTALS
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 211, 2. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 186, 3. Hurricane Aquatics 69, 4. tie, Boca Raton Swim Team, Heritage Aquatic Team 42.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Hector Paz, MAC 4:45.97, 2. Miguel Sierra, SOFLO 4:46.25, time drop 10.67, 3. Carlos Lezcano, MAC 4:52.17; SOFLO: 4. Dominic Bono 4:56.46, 7. Hashan Ekanayake 5:02.98, time drop 2.64, 9. Austin Nelson 5:05.83.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 1:57.54, time drop 16.15, 2. Hector Paz, MAC 1:59.34, 3. Juan Kommer, MAC 2:05.09; SOFLO: 4. Adrian Hernandez 2:06.44, time drop 4.42, 6. Andres Tejada 2:09.06, 7. Ivan Grass 2:09.27, time drop, 19.27, 10. Ethan McPeek 2:24.35, time drop, 6.52.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 52.48, 2. Landon Kyser, HAT 55.89, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 56.06; SOFLO: 4. Miguel Sierra 56.16, time drop 9.22, 7. Alexander Miller 59.98, 10. Alan Bertea 1:00.70.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Teagan Peck, BRST 23.25, 2. Mario Solorzano, CANE 23.38, 3. Giulian Martin, CANE 23.60; SOFLO: 6. Brennan Binder 24.21, 7. Kevin Moya 24.39, 9. Adrian Hernandez 24.50, time drop 0.58.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 46.17, time drop 0.23, 2. Miguel Sierra 48.58, 3. Hector Paz, MAC 49.99; SOFLO: 5. Ricardo Roche 50.56, time drop 1.01, 8. Brennan Binder 51.96.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Carlos Lezcano, MAC 2:03.40, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 2:05.87, 3. Richard Navarro, MAC 2:07.27; SOFLO: 4. Nathaniel Garrick 2:07.49, 5. Tristan Wilson 2:08.21, 6. Austin Nelson 2:08.50.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Victor Valdes, MAC 2:14.14, 2. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 2:23.87, 3. David Genz, BRST 2:24.16; SOFLO: 4. Alexander Miller 2:24.48, 5. Alan Bertea 2:28.82.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 4:20.23, 2. George Gonzalez, MAC 4:28.02, 3. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 4:34.08; SOFLO: 6. Ivan Grass 4:39.65, time drop 11.14, 7. Felix Gonzalez 4:39.67, time drop 8.73, 8. Andres Tejada 4:40.87.

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

SOFLO’s Dinehart, Horrego, Schleicher Win On Final Day Of Florida Virtual Championship; Eight Pool Records Fall On Final Day


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, December 6, 2020–The Florida Virtual Championship ended the same way it started, with fast racing, pool records and time drops Sunday night at Academic Village Pool.

Seventeen pool records were broken including eight on the third and final day along with two Florida Gold Coast short course age group records earlier in the meet.

“It was a good meet,” said SOFLO host coach Chris Anderson. “The competition was great. It was a great test for our new pool. We have never had a major trials and finals meet like that.

“I thought the facility performed well and I thought our kids rose above to the competition. We had about 80 percent dropped times.

“From looking at the psych sheet I knew it was a talented field and then when the dominoes fell, you could tell there were some really great competitors in both the women’s and men’s races.”

On the final night of competition, SOFLO won two individual races with Pine Crest, Azura and Swim Florida each winning one in the women’s competition. In the men’s competition, Azura Florida Aquatics won four of five events.

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego, 22, finished his outstanding meet with a win and pool record in the 200-meter breaststroke in 1:58.31. Horrego, who represents Honduras internationally, finished the meet with four wins and four pool records.

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart, 15, won the 200-yard breaststroke in a lifetime-best 2:15.29, dropping 1.32 seconds off her previous best of 2:16.51. Dinehart also won the 50 breaststroke earlier in the meet.

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher, 17, and University of Florida verbal commit, picked up her first win of the meet in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a lifetime-best 16:52.97, dropping 18.65 off her previous best of 17:11.62.

The two Florida Gold Coast records were:

Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest Swimming, 15-16 400-yard individual medley, 4:12.91; previous record Kathleen Golding, 4:14.46, 2016.

Joaquin Vargas, Azura, 17-18 500-yard freestyle, 4:20.18; previous record Matt Cettlinski, 4:23.90, 1982.

The pool records were:

Julio Horrego, SOFLO, 100-yard breaststroke, 55.47, prelims; previous record 55.50, Oct. 2, 2020, Horrego.

Andrew Garner, T2 Aquatics, 100-yard breaststroke, 55.47, prelims; previous record 55.50, Oct. 2, 2020, Horrego.

Julio Horrego, SOFLO, 100-yard breaststroke, 53.85; previous record 55.47, 2020, Horrego and Garner.

Julio Horrego, SOFLO, 200-yard individual medley, 1:47.55; previous record 1:47.98, Miguel Cancel, 2019.

Celina Marquez, Azura, 100-yard backstroke, 52.36; previous record 53.71, Carolina Colorado, 2015.

Joaquin Vargas, Azura, 500-yard freestyle, 4:20.18; previous record 4:25.55, Miguel Cancel.

Thiago Sickert, Azura, 50-yard butterfly, 22.08; previous record 22.19, Nick Carter, 2019.

Yeziel Morales, Azura, 100-yard backstroke, 47.71; previous record 48.49, Nick Carter, 2015.

Josiah Morales, PAQ, 50-yard freestyle, 20.80; previous record 20.99, Nick Carter 2019.

Gabriel Araya, Azura, 200-yard butterfly, 1:46.23; previous record 1:47.21, Gabriela Araya, 2019.

Gabriel Araya, Azura, 200-yard butterfly, 1:46.11; previous record 1:46.23, Gabriel Araya, prelims.

Joaquin Vargas, Azura, 100-yard freestyle, 45.02; previous record 45.33, Gabriel Araya, 2019.

Andrew Garner, T2 Aquatics, 200-meter breaststroke, 1:59.95; previous record, 2:05.40, Teolio Darias, 2018.

Julio Horrego, SOFLO, 200-meter breaststroke, 1:58.31; previous record, 1:59.95, Andrew Garner, prelims.

Celina Marquez, Azura, 200-yard backstroke, 1:55.84, prelims; previous record, 1:56.23, Carolina Colorado, 2015.

Celina Marquez, Azura, 200-yard backstroke, 1:54.80; previous record, Celina Marquez 1:55.84, 2020.

Yeziel Morales, Azura, 200-yard backstroke, 1:43.62; previous record, 1:45.52, Miguel Cancel, 2015.

In the men’s events:
Marcelo Acosta, 24, swimming unattached for Azura, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:18.35. SOFLO’s top finisher was Dominic Bono, 17, sixth in a best time 15:45.39, dropping 11.80 seconds.

Other Azura winners were: Gabriel Araya in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:46.11 afrer breaking back-to-back pool records; Joaquin Vargas in the 100 yard freestyle in 45.01; and Yeziel Morales in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:43.62.

In the women’s competition, Olivia McMurray of Swim Florida won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:59.23; Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.28, edging out McMurray in 50.93; and Celina Marquez of Azura in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:54.80.

The meet, also serving as USA Swimming’s 18-and-under Winter Championships, is one of four meets being held around the state. The others are the Dec. 4-6 meet hosted by North Palm Beach Swim Club at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart; Dec. 11-13 hosted by Sarasota Sharks Swim Team and Dec. 11-13 hosted by Clearwater Aquatic Team.

Each host site will have separate results for the short course yard events posted on Meet Mobile. At the conclusion of all four meets, the results will be combined to determine state champions and team totals.

More than 200 swimmers from 20 teams competed including Pine Crest Swimming, Gulliver Swim Club, Azura Florida Aquatics, T2 Aquatics and host SOFLO. It was the first real club meet with prelims and finals in seven months because of the pandemic.

Like other SOFLO meets, strict COVID-19 guidelines were enforced because of the pandemic. SOFLO and Comets Swim Team Booster Club took enhanced health and safety measures for swimmers, coaches, officials and volunteer timers which visiting swimmers and coaches adhered to. No parents, friends or fans were allowed.

Those interested in re-watching the races can view the livestream on YouTube. The results are also on Meet Mobile.

SUNDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 16:52.97, time drop, 2. Cadence Fort, GCST 16:53.47, 3. Sophie Hampson, Unattached 17:14.18.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 1:59.23, 2. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:03.49, 3. Anelis Roque, MAC 2:03.75; SOFLO: 4. Maddy Smutny 2:03.97, time drop, 15. Sara Quintero 2:09.78.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 50.28, 2. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 50.93, 3. Julimar Avila, Azura 51.95; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Dinehart 52.07, 5. Paige Lane 52.55, 8. Mallory Schleicher 53.19, time drop, 11. Maddy Smutny 53.36, 13. Elena Dinehart 53.38, time drop.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:15.19, time drop, 2. Paige Maceachern, Pine Crest 2:15.20, 3. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:16.06; SOFLO: 7. Molly Golding 2:22.04, time drop, 8. Sophia Grubbs 2:23.24, time drop, 16. Sally Golding 2:29.66, 18. Sabrina Osorio 2:31.11, time drop.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:54.80, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest Swimming 1:57.41, 3. Katherine Minnich, SFTL 1:58.01; SOFLO: 6. Elena Dinehart 2:06.52, 7. Julianne McCranie 2:07.45, time drop, 15. Lucy Smutny 2:11.09, time drop.

MEN
1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Marcelo Acosta, Unattached Azura 15:18.35, 2. Gabriel Araya, Azura 15:32.54, 3. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 15:32.73; SOFLO: 6. Dominic Bono 15:45.39, time drop, 18. Enrique Rodriguez 17:09.51.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 1:46.11, 2. Mason Laur, T2 1:46.15, 3. Andrew Reiter, Unattached 1:46.83; SOFLO: 5. Miguel Sierra 1:47.91, time drop, 8. Philopatier Ibrahim 1:54.34, 14. Enrique Rodriguez 1:59.34, time drop, 15. Agustin Rodriguez 1:59.56, time drop.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 45.02, 2. Thiago Sickert, Azura 45.56, 3. Andrew Garner, T2 45.59; SOFLO: 4. Lance Lesage 45.69, time drop, 6. Juan Mora 46.32, time drop, 11. Michael Arias 46.53, time drop, 12. Miguel Sierra 46.94, 18. Juan Colmenares 47.93, time drop, 19. Matthew Tarafa 48.08.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:58.31, 2. Andrew Garner, T2 2:00.13, 3. Andrew Reiter, Unattached 2:00.86; SOFLO: 4. Juan Mora 2:02.37, time drop, 8. Javier Colmenares 2:09.40, time drop, 9. Alex Golding 2:09.74, time drop, 10. Javier Roman 2:13.33, 19. Garrett Oliver 2:19.54, time drop.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 1:43.62, 2. Mason Laur, T2 1:47.37, 3. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:50.28; SOFLO: 7. Andres Lares 1:55.67, 8. Dominic Bono 1:55.69, 11. Juan Colmenares 1:58.30, time drop.

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

Powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles Sweeps FHSAA State 1A Team Titles; Miguel Sierra, Olivia Dinehart Top SOFLO Finishers


By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 15, 2020—The season’s journey through the pandemic for St. Andrew’s and King’s Academy ended with two runner-up finishes Sunday at the FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Championship at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

And, for Jacksonville Bolles, the legacy continued.

Bolles extended its state championship streak to a record 33 years for the boys and 30 years for the girls and is the state’s all-time high school swimming dynasty.

Bolles, buoyed by two winning relays, won the girls title with 380 points, an 87-point cushion ahead of St. Andrew’s among 45 teams. Cutler Bay was third with 172 points.

As always, overall depth and relay strength enabled Bolles boys to sweep all three relays and collect three individual titles to win with 501 points among a field of 33 teams.

St. Andrew’s girls, led by double winner Aspen Gersper and winning 200-yard medley relay, finished second with 293.

“The girls stepped up and Aspen winning two events was phenomenal,” St. Andrew’s coach Sid Cassidy said. “You just need more bodies to beat Bolles. They have so many people that score. They brought out the best in us.”

King’s Academy boys, led by double winner Joshua Zuchowski, was second with 222 points, redeeming their tie finish with St. Andrew’s for the region title.

“It was always the goal coming into the season to get second place overall,” said King’s Academy coach Jonathan Zuchowski referring to his team’s highest finish at state. “I knew exactly what we had to do.”

St. Andrew’s set the tone early winning the opening event. The Scots knocked off Bolles to win the girls’ 200-yard medley relay in an automatic All-American time of 1:43.35 with Ella Martinez, Lucia Miller, Nicole Aguilar and Stella Urness.

The Scots picked up their second girls’ win in the 100-yard butterfly with Gersper, a freshman, winning in a lifetime-best 54.51 after placing fourth in the 100 freestyle Saturday at the Toyota U.S. Open in Sarasota.

Gersper was a double winner, capturing the 100-yard backstroke in a lifetime best 54.28, an automatic All-American time. She has been swimming on the high school team since seventh grade.

“I’m excited, I’m ecstatic,” Gersper said. “I am happy I did what I did. I just wanted to get some personal best times honestly. I just wanted to be in a good mindset.”

King’s Academy junior Joshua Zuchowski, who has narrowed his college choices to five including Florida and Stanford, was a double winner. He won the 200-yard individual medley in a lifetime best 1:46.85, nearly three seconds ahead of his closest competitor and automatic All-American time. He dropped 4.23 off his previous best. He also won the 100-yard backstroke by more than three seconds in 47.45, another lifetime best and automatic All-American time.

In the best race of the evening, St. Andrew’s senior Tiago Pereira won the boys’ first state title in the 100-meter butterfly in 47.22 with the top three swimmers finishing in 47-plus automatic All-American times including SOFLO’s Miguel Sierra, third in 47.93. Sierra had the fastest morning swim. Pereira bounced back after being disqualified in the 50-yard freestyle.

SOFLO swimmers had their share of good swims in what is arguably the toughest state classification to compete in.

Cutler Bay senior Miguel Sierra finished with 33 points, highest among SOFLO swimmers. In addition to his All-American swim in the butterfly, Sierra was second in the 100 backstroke in a best time 50.78.

Cutler Bay sophomore Olivia Dinehart swam the third fastest qualifying time in prelims in the 200-yard individual medley in a lifetime best 2:03.88, an 0.96 drop and finished fourth in 2:04.19. Dinehart came back to finish second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.79. She went a best time in prelims in 1:02.71, a drop of 1.06. Dinehart finished with 32 points.

Also in the 200 IM, Sara Quintero of Sagemont swam the 12th fastest time of 2:12.41, with a time drop of 0.61 and came back to lower that time at night in 2:11.72. She was also 16th in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.02.

In the 100-yard butterfly, sophomore Maddy Smutny of Cutler Bay had the sixth fastest prelim time in 56.12, a best time by 0.74 and finished eighth in 56.50.

Teammate Elena Dinehart, also a sophomore, won the B final in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.79. She was also fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.25. She went a best time of 57.60 in prelims.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Cutler Bay sophomore Maddy Smutny broke 5 minutes for the first time. She swam the third fastest in a best time 4:59.96, a 1.49 drop, in prelims and came back to finish sixth in 5:00.31.

Cutler Bay senior Lucy Smutny had the seventh fastest time of 58.90, a best time by 0.38 drop. She came back at night to finish seventh in 59.63. She was also 11th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:10.32.

Cutler Bay sophomore Sophia Grubbs, swam a best time in the 100-yard breaststroke prelims in 1:05.51, an 0.55 drop and finished eighth in 1:06.10. She was also 18th in the 200 IM in a best time 2:13.55.

FHSAA STATE 1A RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Jacksonville Bolles 380, 2. St. Andrew’s 293, 3. Cutler Bay 172, 4. PK Yonge 128, 5. King’s Academy 125, 6. tie, South Florida Heat, Berkeley Prep 122, 8. Jacksonville Episcopal 91, 9. Clearwater Central Catholic 72, 10. tie, Foundation, Trinity Prep 71, 29. Jupiter Christian 14, 30. Oxbridge 13, 45. Lake Worth Christian 1.
    GIRLS INDIVIDUAL

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:43.35, 2. Bolles 1:44.37, 3. Cutler Bay 1:47.02 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Natalie Gembicki).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Sarah Lankford, SHOR 1:49.21, 2. Erin Miller, SA 1:49.25, 3. Megan McGrath, BOLL 1:49.31.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Michaela Mattes, CMOO 2:01.10, 2. Sasha Ramey, BOLL 2:02.90, 3. Ella Martinez, SA 2:03.55, 4. Olivia Dinehart, CB 2:04.19, 13. Sara Quintero, SAGE 2:11.72, 18. Sophia Grubbs, CB 2:13.55.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 22.52, 2. Manita Sathianchokwisan, BOLL 22.85, 3. McKenna Smith, AATL 23.15.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 54.51, 2. Mabry Bishop, BERK 54.78, 3. Mary Kelley, EPIS 54.92, 8. Maddy Smutny, CB 56.50, 9. Elena Dinehart, CB 56.79, 16. Sara Quintero, SAGE 1:00.02.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 49.47, 2. Manita Sathianchokwisan, BOLL 50.21, 3. McKenna Smith, AATL 50.34.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Michaela Mattes, CMOO 4:47.19, 2. Lauren Gualtieri, CCC 4:54.12, 3. Sarah Lankford, SHOR 4:55.36, 6. Maddy Smutny, CB 5:00.31, 11. Lucy Smutny, CB 5:10.32, 14. Izzy Wilson, CTON 5:13.37.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:33.01, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:34.10, 3. King’s Academy 1:39.67.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Aspen Gersper, SA 54.28, 2. Mary Kelley, EPIS 54.73, 3. Ella Martinez, SA 56.46, 5. Elena Dinehart, CB 58.25, 7. Lucy Smutny, CB 59.63.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Marcela Scaramuzza, WIND 1:01.41, 2. Olivia Dinehart, CB 1:02.79, 3. Jessica Strong, BOLL 1:03.11, 8. Sophia Grubbs, CB 1:06.10.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:23.19, 2. St. Andrew’s 3:24.76, 3. South Florida Heat 3:33.84, 6. Cutler Bay 3:37.11 (Natalie Gembicki, Maddy Smutny, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart).

1-meter diving: 1. Amy Wotovich, BERK 420.65, 2. Elizabeth Isenhour, FRST 402.35, 3. Makenzie Blake, WA 390.30.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

  1. Jacksonville Bolles 501, 2. King’s Academy 222, 3. St. Andrew’s 184, 4. Berkeley Prep 174, 5. Bishop Verot 140, 6. Jacksonville Episcopal 131, 7. Trinity Prep 105.5, 8. Maclay 101, 9. Lake Highland Prep 81, 10. Out of Door Academy 68, 33. Florida Atlantic HS 1.
    BOYS INDIVIDUAL
    200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:30.72, 2. King’s Academy 1:32.86, 3. Bishop Verot 1:36.83, 10. Cutler Bay 1:43.16 (Austin Nelson, Alexander Miller, Miguel Sierra, Adrian Hernandez).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Dupont Cabrera, BOLL 1:35.60, 2. Tyler Roberton, BERK 1:38.16, 3. Pace Edwards, KA 1:39.02.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Joshua Zuchowski, KA 1:46.85, 2. Logan Ingerick, BERK 1:49.83, 3. Tomohiro Nozaki, BOLL 1:51.47.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Julian Smith, EPIS 20.56, 2. Noah Sipowski, KA 20.57, 3. Ryan Nordheim, SA 20.65.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Tiago Pereira, SA 47.22, 2. Martin Espernberger, BOLL 47.82, 3. Miguel Sierra, CB 47.93.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Dupont Cabrera, BOLL 44.09, 2. Tyler Roberton, BERK 44.76, 3. Ryan Nordheim, SA 45.55.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Conor Cranfield, BVRT 4:26.27, 2. Joshua Brown, LHIP 4:28.77, 3. Pace Edwards, KA 4:30.29,

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:21.96, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:23.79, 3. Berkeley Prep 1:24.07.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Joshua Zuchowski, KA 47.45, 2. Miguel Sierra, CB 50.78, 3. Tucker Peterson BOLL 51.14.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. William Hack, BOLL 54.20, 2. Ansen Meyer, BOLL 55.39, 3. Harrison Herrera, BOLL 55.79.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:02.73, 2. King’s Academy 3:04.79, 3. Berkeley Prep 3:04.96.

1-meter diving: 1. Blakeman Shaw, WA 488.00, 2. Jack Bessire, LHIP 423.15, 3. Canon Fleming, COBC 390.70.

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