SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Wins Swim Miami Beach Open Water Mile


By Sharon Robb

MIAMI BEACH, December 3, 2018—Mallory Schleicher of South Florida Aquatic Club won the second annual Swim Miami Beach Open Water Mile off North Beach Bandshell on Sunday.

After competing in the two-day SOFLO Holiday Classic, Schleicher, 15 won the overall women’s title in 16 minutes and 26 seconds.

Schleicher was eighth overall among a field of 174 men and women swimmers and also won her 15-16 age group. Schleicher is one of the Florida Gold Coast’s top open water swimmers.

At the SOFLO Holiday Classic, she was second in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events and 100-yard backstroke and third in the 100-yard butterfly, all with time drops.

Gina Grant, 20, of Pembroke Pines and SOFLO was second overall among women and second in her age group in 26:08 in the Special Olympics Open Water Mile Swim.

Two other SOFLO swimmers competed in the mile swim. Leonardo Mateus, 16, was sixth overall in 15:47 and Alejandro Mateus, 13, was tenth overall in 16:39. Both won their age groups.

Canadian David Pouliot won the men’s overall title in 14:24 among 123 men and his 19-24 age group title.

ELSEWHERE

Olympian and former Florida Atlantic swimmer Manny Huerta won the 30-34 age group title Sunday at the Ironman South American Championship in Mar del Plata, Argentina. He finished in 8 hours, 29 minutes and 47 seconds. He was 15th among 728 male triathletes and 18th overall among a field of 834. He qualified in his age group for the Kona Ironman World Championship representing Puerto Rico. Michaeil Weiss of Austria won in 7:30:23. Aussie Sarah Crowley won the women’s title in 8:20.17.

MEN OVERALL

1. David Pouliot, Canada 14:24, 2. Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc, Canada 14:54, 3. Edouard Belanger, Canada 14:55, 4. Mathieu Potvin, Canada 14:58, 5. Maxime Gagnon, Canada 15:01, 6. Leonardo Mateus, Miramar 15:47, 7. Ricardo Valdivia, South Miami 15:51, 8. Alejandro Mateus, Miramar 16:39, 9. Xavier Desharnais, Canada 17:08, 10. Diego Lopez, Boynton Beach 17:21.

WOMEN OVERALL

1. Mallory Schleicher, Cooper City 16:26, 2. Rosalie Davidson, Canada 16:38, 3. Mia Venera Desjarlais, Canada 16:41, 4. Genevieve Louis-Seize, Canada 17:01, 5. Andrea Terriault, Canada 17:06, 6. Alexandra Judith Bougie, Canada 17:07, 7. Liz Dillman, Naperville, Ill. 18:00, 8. Samantha Trodick, Sunrise 19:23, 9. Anabela Shearer, Sunrise 19:26, 10. Merle Liivand, Tallinn 19:35.

GIRLS AGE GROUP

13-14, 1. Anabela Shearer 19:26, 2. Megan Smith 20:16.7, 3. Sofia Avellaneda 20:16.9; 15-16, 1. Mallory Schleicher 16:26, 2. Genevieve Louis-Seize 17:01, 3. Samantha Trodick 19:23; 17-18, 1. Rosalie Davidson 16:38, 2. Mia Venera Desjarlais 16:41, 3. Maya Goldstein 24:52; 19-24, 1. Andrea Terriault 17:06, 2. Alexandra Judith Bougie 17:07, 3. Kristen Page 22:25; 25-29, 1. Merle Liivand 19:35, 2. Monica Sita 20:58, 3. Arianna Sunyak 24:42; 30-34, 1. Francesca Smart 20:58, 2. Kelly Tewksbury 23:38, 3. Alise Shoemaker 24:42; 35-39, 1. Liliana Montes 23:57, 2. Sara Edlund 25:00, 3. Jennifer Cotugno 29:20; 40-44, 1. Isabel De La Vega 32:01; 45-49, 1. Maete Porto 21:44, 2. Kathleen Cattie 27:40, 3. Amanda Hunt 29:55; 50-54, 1. Liz Dillman 18:00, 2. Valerie Yaeger 31:21, 3. Kathy Eva 35:14; 55-59, 1. Carin Cohen 23:10, 2. Cafeae Rebecca Brown 26:53, 3. Adrienne Chin-Ogilvie 31:25; 60-64, 1. Carla Albano 23:20, 2. Nancy Famulari 26:53, 3. Sheryl Strasser 28:32; 65-69, 1. Janice Mattson 21:25; 70-and-over, 1. Susan Morris 32:40.

BOYS AGE GROUP

11-12, 1. Lucas Young 21:51, 2. Giovanni Gianfriddo 27:55, 3. Leonardo Moncada 28:13; 13-14, 1. Alejandro Mateus 16:39, 2. Roberto Kassin 20:11, 3. Cesar Rodriguez 28:19; 15-16, 1. Leonardo Mateus 15:47, 2. Diego Lopez 17:21; 17-18, 1. Mathieu Potvin 14:58, 2. Maxime Gagnon 15:01, 3. Brandon Schleicher 19:49; 19-24, 1. David Pouliot 14:24, 2. Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc 14:54, 3. Edouard Belanger 14:55; 25-29, 1. Xavier Desharnais 17:08, 2. Nicholas Ewing 22:35, 3. Caio Pereira 23:07; 30-34, 1. Oscar Fonseca 19:54, 2. Mario Pacitti 23:14, 3. Juan Castaneda 23:18; 35-39, 1. Wesley Hardin 21:23, 2. Jasmel Acosta 22:21, 3. Eduardo Klepacz 22:48; 40-44, 1. Peter Gutenberg 20:46, 2. Alejandro Kaed 22:47, 3. Brian Clay 22:53; 45-49, 1. Andrew Farrell 18:56, 2. Eduardo Tawil 19:07, 3. Luiz Andrade 20:45; 50-54, 1. Ricardo Valdivia 15:51, 2. Jeffrey Moore 17:35, 3. Victor Mestre 20:34; 55-59, 1. Hugo Vila 20:03, 2. John De Olazarra 20:23, 3. Mark Beutler 20:25; 60-64, 1. David Boudreau 20:44, 2. Edward Boaz 20:49, 3. Carlos Lloreda 20:52; 65-69, 1. Robert Strauss 25:37, 2. Frank McCarthy 29:20, 3. Arnaldo Ramos 29:21; 70-and-over, 1. John Peck 33:29, 2. Ron Samson 35:37.

ONE MILE SPECIAL OLYMPICS

1. Filipp Nosov, Sunny Isles Beach 15:43, 2. Kateryna Honcharova, St. Charles, Mo. 18:06, 3. Peter Vila, Miami 24:26, 4. Gianni Mercado, Hollywood 24:29, 5. Gina Grant, Pembroke Pines 26:08.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Compete Saturday In P.O.W.E.R. Challenge At Pompano Beach Pier; Jennifer Martin, Lance Lesage Head Contingent


By Sharon Robb

POMPANO BEACH, August 30, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will kick off the Labor Day holiday weekend with an open water swim.

Sixteen SOFLO swimmers will compete in the P.O.W.E.R. (Piranhas Open Water Extreme Race) Challenge 2018 Saturday at Pompano Beach Pier.

The event is sanctioned by the World Open Water Swim Association and sponsored by Pompano Piranhas, Inc., Pompano Piranhas Swim Team, City of Pompano Beach.

Races include pier-to-pier 5K swim at 8 a.m., one mile swim, 8 a.m., paddleboard, 10:15 a.m., 500 meters, 10:30 a.m. and splash and dash 100 meters, 10:45 a.m. The races begin on the beach just south of the Pompano Beach Pier.

World Police & Fire Games world record holder and gold medalist Jennifer Martin, 37, heads the SOFLO contingent. Martin, a City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant, won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records at the 2017 World Games.

At the June 2018 U.S. Police & Fire Championships, Martin won a meet record nine gold medals and broke three meet records including an 18-year-old record.

The former Comets Swim Team coach is currently training for the Oct. 21 U.S. Marine Corps Marathon, one of the nation’s largest marathons. Her long range training goal, however, is the Aug. 8-18 2019 World Police & Fire Games in Chengdu, China where she will compete in several swimming events.

On Saturday morning, Martin will compete in the women’s 5,000 and Lesage, 15, who just started the high school swim season at Fort Lauderdale High, will also swim the men’s 5,000.

Martin and Lesage will be joined by teammates Jemma Baldwin, 7, 100 freestyle; Fiorella Di Salvo, 10, 1500 freestyle; Jordan Evans, 7, 500 freestyle; Shelby Evans, 8, 500 freestyle; Connor Jimenez, 9, 500 freestyle; Mason Jimenez, 10, 500 freestyle; Matthew Jimenez, 10, 500 freestyle; Anastasia Lutz, 11, 1500 freestyle; Martin Petkov, 9, 500 freestyle; Mariana Pinto, 10, 1500 freestyle; Alexandra Strong, 10, 500 freestyle; Juan Vallmitjana, 9, 500 freestyle; Christian Vasquez, 15, 1500 freestyle; and Saree Young, 500 freestyle.

POOL SWIMMING

SOFLO’s Samuel Bullen, 13, will compete Saturday in the Florida Gold Coast Key West Pentathlon at Bone Island. He will compete in his age group in the 50-yard butterfly (31.31), 50-yard backstroke (31.27), 50-yard breaststroke (32.69), 50-yard freestyle (26.61) and 100-yard individual medley (1:04.84).

WATER POLO

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 4-9 p.m. at the Habit Burger Grill, 306 NW 145th Ave. in Pembroke Pines, 20 percent of sales will go to the Forza Stefano Charitable Foundation that helps teens with cancer. The foundation was formed to honor water polo player and swimmer Stefano Dioguardi. He was a member of the South Florida Water Polo Club and graduated from Pembroke Pines Charter. He was going to attend Florida Atlantic University until he succumbed to a year-long battle to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a severe form of bone cancer, at age 18.

IF YOU GO

What: P.O.W.E.R. (Piranhas Open Water Extreme Race) Challenge 2018

When: Saturday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Pompano Beach Pier, 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach

Of note: Races include pier-to-pier 5K swim, 8 a.m., one mile swim, 8 a.m., paddleboard, 10:15 a.m., 500 meters, 10:30 a.m. and splash and dash 100 meters, 10:45 a.m….There is online registration and also race day registration available at the race site, 6-7:30 a.m…Pompano Beach Piranhas is the host club…Contact is head coach Jesse Vassallo at 787-315-1529…Admission is free to the general public. Parking is available on site for a fee.

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

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Wins USA Swimming Southern Zone Open Water Title, Earns Trip To Nationals


By Sharon Robb

June 3, 2018—In an exciting finish, Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club won the boys 15-16 5K race Saturday at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Open Water Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Rodriguez, 16, representing the Florida Gold Coast, won in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 53.4 seconds ahead of Zach Brewer, 16, of Florida Swimming in 1:04:55.5, capturing the boys and overall 3.1-mile titles and qualified for his first national championships.

Rodriguez also had the fastest split time (39:57.5) on Florida Gold Coast’s “A” 3,000 pursuit relay that finished fifth in a cumulative time of 40:18.5 in Sunday’s event. He was the only FGC relay swimmer to crack 40 minutes.

SOFLO’s top girls finisher was Mallory Schleicher. The 14-year-old was fourth in the girls’ 13-14 5K race in 1:13:49.9 and 22nd overall. She was also a member of FGC’s runner-up 14-and-under 3,000-yardf pursuit relay team with a split time of 43:44.1, the fastest split time, in the Sunday event.

Chattanooga’s riverfront served as the race site in the Tennessee River.

Florida Gold Coast zone team finished fifth among nine teams with 222 points. As expected, Florida Swimming dominated the championship winning the title with 603 points, nearly a 200-point margin ahead of North Carolina (416).

Former Swim Fort Lauderdale masters coach and Broward Sports Hall of Famer Megan Lassen was fifth in the 45-49 age group and 41st overall in 1:48:42.8 in the 12th annual USMS Chattanooga Rat Race, part of the Chattanooga Swim Fest, on Saturday. It served as the Dixie Zone Open Water Championships.

Full event results were provided by the meet director.

Chattanooga Swim Fest Results
USA Swimming Southern Zone Open Water Championships


TEAM: 1. Florida 603, 2. North Carolina 416, 3. Southeastern 280, 4. Georgia 271, 5. Florida Gold Coast 222, 6. Kentucky 183, 7. South Texas 116, 8. Mississippi 26, 9. Louisiana 0.

3K OVERALL (11-12)
1. Brynn Stoneburg, Florida 45:50.2, 2. Chipper Edwards, FGC 46:00.8, 16. Tyler Armbrister, FGC 50:13.7, 33. Liam Aleman, FGC 56:57.1.


BOYS 3K AGE GROUP
11-12, 1. Chipper Edwards, FGC 46:00.8, 10. Tyler Armbruster 50:13.7, 20. Liam Aleman 56:57.1.

GIRLS 3K
11-12, 1. Brynn Stoneburg, Florida 45:50.2, 15. Reese Andres, FGC 1:01.55.9.

5K OVERALL (13-14)
1. Spencer Howery, Florida 1:08:10.7, 19. Dominic Bono, FGC 1:13:24.5, 22. Mallory Schleicher, FGC 1:13:49.9, 26. Rylie Barnhardt, FGC 1:15:31.0, 28. Pace Edwards, FGC 1:15:37.4, 33. Erin Miller 1:16:02.8, 34. Nicholas Kjaerulff, FGC 1:16:05.4, 37. Sarah Acevedo, FGC 1:16:53.9, 39. Alejandro Mateus, FGC 1:17:29.7, 52. Maris Proscia, FGC 1:19:15.7.

BOYS 5K AGE GROUP
13-14, 1. Spencer Howery, Florida 1:08:10.7, 16. Dominic Bono, FGC 1:13:24.5, 20. Pace Edwards 1:15:37.4, 22. Nicholas Kjaerulff, FGC 1:16:05.4, 24. Alejandro Mateus, FGC 1:17.29.7.

GIRLS 5K AGE GROUP
13-14, 1. Kelsey Swartout, Florida 1:11:02.4; 4. Mallory Schleicher, FGC 1:13:49.9, 8. Rylie Barnhardt, FGC 1:15:31.0, 12. Erin Miller, FGC 1:16:02.8, 15. Sarah Acevedo, FGC 1:16:53.9, 26. Maris Proscia, FGC 1:19:15.7.

5K OVERALL (15-16)
1. Rafael Rodriguez, FGC 1:04:53.4; 10. Leonard Mateus, FGC 1:08:17.1, 27. Ethan Roach, FGC 1:11:26.2, 28. Michael Fernandez, FGC 1:11:41.5, 40. Flora Beleznay, FGC 1:14:45.5, 50. Adrianna Barone, FGC 1:19:18.4, 52. Felicia Taylor, FGC 1:21:55.9.

GIRLS 5K AGE GROUP
15-16, 1. Meghan Bolin, Florida 1:10:06.9, 15. Flora Beleznay, FGC 1:14:45.5, 22. Adrianna Barone, FGC 1:19:18.4, 24. Felicia Taylor, FGC 1:21:55.9.

BOYS 5K RESULTS
15-16, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, FGC 1:04:53.4; 10. Leonardo Mateus, FGC 1:08:17.1, 23. Ethan Roach, FGC 1:11:26.2, 24. Michael Fernandez, FGC 1:11:41.5.

5K OVERALL (Open)
1. Cale Russell, Florida 1:04:39.4; 17. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, FGC 1:09:46.6, 31. Marissa Brannan, FGC 1:14:10.3, 36. Lucia Miller, FGC 1:15:40.4, 41. Benjamin Carey, FGC 1:20:14.7, 44. Rachel Lilienthal, FGC 1:22:19.6, 45. Zachary Schechter, FGC 1:22:35.8, 51. Alex Akouri, FGC 1:40:44.2.

BOYS 5K RESULTS
Open, 1. Cale Russell, Florida 1:04:39, 21. Benjamin Carey, FGC 1:20:14.7, 23. Zachary Schechter, FGC 1:22:35.8, 24. Alex Akouri, FGC 1:40:44.2.

GIRLS 5K RESULTS
1. Taylor Ward, Florida 1:08:31.0; 4. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, FGC 1:09:46.6, 13. Marissa Brannan, FGC 1:14:10.3, 16. Lucia Miller, FGC 1:15:40.4, 22. Rachel Lilienthal, FGC 1:22:19.6.

3,000-YARD PURSUIT RELAY
GIRLS 14&UNDER

1. Florida 41:56.2, 2. Florida Gold Coast (Erin Miller, Mallory Schleicher, Rylie Barnhardt) 43:45.1, 3. North Carolina 44:21.5.

BOYS 14&UNDER
1. Georgia 39:44.7, 2. North Carolina 39:56.6, 3. Florida 40:09.2, 6. Florida Gold Coast 43:23.9 (Alejandro Mateus, Dominic Bono, Nicholas Kjaerulff, Pace Edwards, Chipper Edwards).

GIRLS 15&UP
1. Florida A 41:12.6, 2. Florida B 41:51.1, 3. North Carolina 42:19.8, 8. Florida Gold Coast (Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Marissa Brannan, Florda Beleznay, Felicia Taylor) 44:52.4.

BOYS 15&UP
1. North Carolina 38:00.8, 2. Florida A 38:53.4, 3. Florida B 39:21.3, 5. Florida Gold Coast (Rafael Rodriguez, Leonardo Mateus, Michael Fernandez, Ethan Roach) 40:18.5.

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

SOFLO’s Grant, Porven, Mateus Brothers Win At Swim Miami; Schleicher 11th In 5K Junior Open Water Nationals Debut


By Sharon Robb

MIAMI, May 6, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club distance swimmers were busy this past weekend.

At Swim Miami, Gina Grant, Giada Porven and Alejandro and Leonardo Mateus won Sunday off Miami Marine Stadium.

Grant, 20, won the Special Olympics one mile overall women’s title in 28:44.

Giada Porven, 10, won the 10-and-under one mile age group in 24:51.

Leonardo Mateus, 16, won the 15-16 one mile age group in 18:20, was third overall and second overall among boys. Alejandro Mateus, 12, won the 11-12 one mile age group in 19:29 and was 14th overall.

Oceane Peretti, 20, won the overall 10K title and women’s race in 1:58:05.45. She was the only swimmer to crack two hours for the 6.2-mile course. Andres Lares, 18, of Davie was second overall and first male finisher in 2:00:13.41.

In the 5K, Adrian Aguilar, 17, of Kendall won the overall title and men’s race in 56:59. Anna Montgomery, 17, of Fort Lauderdale won the women’s title and was sixth overall in 57:27.

In the one-mile race, Olivia Hernandez, 16, of Miami won the overall and women’s titles in 17:37. Miguel Cancel, 18, was top men’s finisher and second overall in 18:17.

Katrina Bellio, 13, of Toronto won the overall title in the 800-meter swim in 14:09.38 ahead of teammate Kenna Smallegange, 14, in 14:09.60. Michael Wang, 13, also of Toronto won the boys race in 14:28 and was third overall.

In other results:
5K, 40-44, 2. Evelyn Salama, 1:26:03
5K, 17-18, 5. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:13:52.
5K, 19-24, 5. Theodore Sandoval, 1:17:12.
1 Mile, 10-and-under, 1. Giada Porven, 24:51.43.
1-Mile, 11-12, 1. Alejandro Mateus, 19:29.45.
1-Mile, 15-16, 1. Leonardo Mateus 18:20.19
1-Mile, 11-12, 2. Gavin Sheyda, 22:19.06.
1-Mile, 65-69, 2. George Mersinger 29:59.10
1-Mile, 11-12, 3. Lucas Porven 22:24.35.
1-Mile, 15-16, 3. Lance Lesage 19:09.10
1-Mile, 17-18, 3. Luis Villanueva 19:25.20.
1 Mile, 11-12, 4. Anastasia Lutz, 24:47.66.
1-Mile, 15-16, 4. Brandon Moran 19:10.54.
1 Mile, 11-12, 5. Hartley Pitters-Hinds, 26:00.54
1 Mile Special Olympics, 1. Gina Grant, 28:44.56

Swim Miami is part of the South Florida Swim Series with proceeds benefitting the H20s Foundation.

USA SWIMMING 5K JUNIOR NATIONALS

TEMPE, ARIZ.—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mallory Schleicher was 11th in her USA Swimming Women’s Junior 5K National Championships debut Saturday at Town Lake.

Schleicher finished 11th out of a field of 32 open water swimmers in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 31.37, 5.62 behind winner Denigan Mariah of Northern Ky. Clippers Swimming in 1:01.05.32.

Anna Auld of Delray Beach-based East Coast Aquatic Club was top Florida Gold Coast finisher placing third in 1:02:31.78, just 2.36 out of first place.

In his open water debut, Jackson Carlile of Fishers Area Swimming Tigers won a close race against Connor Hunt of Ridgefield Aquatic Club in 59:57.91, just two seconds ahead in 1:00:00.26. It was Carlile’s first-ever open water race. Only 10 boys were in the field. The top two boys and girls finishers qualified for the World Junior Championships.

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

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Wins Crippen Sunset Mile At Open Water Festival


By Sharon Robb

FORT MYERS, April 16, 2018—Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club won the Crippen Sunset Mile during the Open Water Festival this past weekend at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

Rodriguez, 16, representing the Florida Gold Coast Open Water All-Stars, won the men’s and age group titles and was second overall in 16:06. Rodriguez was also second in his age group in the 5K open water swim in 59:21 and Leonardo Mateus was fourth in 1:02.

SOFLO teammate Leonardo Mateus was third in his age group in the Crippen Sunset Mile in 16:11.

Bailey Sampson of Central Florida Marlins won the overall and women’s title in 15:15. SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher was fifth in 17:39 and was sixth in the 5K open water race in 28:47.

SOFLO’s Fiorella DiSalvo was fourth in the 1K open water swim in 10:04.

The Sunset Mile Swim is named after Fran Crippen, a top American long distance swimmer and U.S. national team member, who transitioned from pool swimming to open water in 2006. He died in 2010 at age 26 during a FINA 10K World Cup race in the United Arab Emirates.

Swimmers from Florida, Maryland and Texas competed in the Open Water Festival. The two-day event was hosted by Gulf Coast Swim Team and featured several top open water elite and age group swimmers.

RESULTS (Times Unofficial)

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 138, 2. Maryland Swimming 78, 3. Florida Gold Coast 71, 4. Gulf Swimming 37, 5. South Texas Open Water 15.

GIRLS
CRIPPEN SUNSET MILE

1. Bailey Sampson, Central Florida 15:15; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 17:39, 44. Emma Twombly 20:46, 62. Fiorella DiSalvo 26:50

10K OPEN WATER
1. Haley Anderson, Trojan Swim Club 2:02:21, 2. Rebecca Mann, Trojan Swim Club 2:02:48, 3. Kathryn Campbell, TSM 2:03:01.

5K OPEN WATER
Open, 1. Erica Sullivan, Sandpipers 26:35; 15-16, 1. Shannon Campbell, Florida Swimming 29:30.70; 13-14, 1. Kelsey Swartout, Florida Swimming 28:24.10; SOFLO: 6. Mallory Schleicher 28:47.20, 35. Emma Twombly 33:18.

3K OPEN WATER
11-12, 1. Emma Guglielmello, Gulf Coast 31:00.

1K OPEN WATER
10-and-under, 1. Brooke Billitto, Florida Swimming 9:33.50; SOFLO: 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 10:04.10.

3×333-meter freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Maryland Swimming 11:09.90.

3×333-meter freestyle team pursuit
14-and-under, 1. Florida Swimming 16.51, 2. Maryland Swimming B 17.21, 3. Florida Gold Coast A 17.42 (Emily Trieschmann, Mallory Schleicher, Rylie Barnhardt, Reese Andres), 4. Maryland Swimming B 18.05, 5. Florida Gold Coast B 18.18 (Paige Munna, Sarah Acevedo, Maris Proscia, Emma Twombly).

3×333-meter freestyle team pursuit
1. Florida Swimming 32.58, 4. Florida Gold Coast A 36.50, 6. Florida Gold Coast B 39.25.

1.2K TEAM PURSUIT
1. Caroline Benda, Maryland Swimming 16:43; SOFLO: 16. Mallory Schleicher 17:01, 46. Emma Twombly 19:00

BOYS

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 150, 2. Florida Gold Coast 66, 3. Maryland Swimming 55, 4. Gulf Swimming 54, 5. South Texas Open Water 52.

CRIPPEN SUNSET MILE

1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 16:06; SOFLO: 3. Leonardo Mateus 16:11, 24. Enrique Rodriguez 18:32, 69. Alejandro Mateus 23:37, 71. Gavin Sheyda 23:37.7.

10K OPEN WATER
1. Taylor Abott, Tennessee 1:55:02, 2. Brennan Gravley, Sandpipers 1:55:04, 3. David Heron, Tennessee 1:56:19.

5K OPEN WATER
Open, 1. Cale Russell, Florida Swimming 1:01:01; 15-16, 1. Ryan Staunch, Florida Swimming 59:18.80; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 59:21.60, 4. Leonardo Mateus 1:02:15; 13-14, 1. Spencer Howery, Florida Swimming 1:00.36; SOFLO: 12. Enrique Rodriguez 1:07.40.

3K OPEN WATER
11-12, 1. Dean Jones, Gulf Coast 29:36; SOFLO: 6. Alejandro Mateus 32:08.

2.5K TEAM PURSUIT
1. Cale Russell, Florida Swimming 31:21; SOFLO: 11. Rafael Rodriguez 32:27, 20. Leonardo Mateus 32:59.

1.2K TEAM PURSUIT
1. Spencer Howery, Florida Swimming 16:12; SOFLO: 10. Enrique Rodriguez 16:46, 23. Alejandro Mateus 17:34, 84. Gavin Sheyda 20:42.

1K OPEN WATER
10-and-under, 1. Parker Seluk, Florida Swimming 8:43.

1,000-meter freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Florida Swimming 9:27.50, 2. Maryland Swimming 9:48.30, 3. Florida Gold Coast 10:39.30 (no names listed).

3×333-meter freestyle team pursuit
14-and-under, 1. Florida Swimming 16.22, 4. Florida Gold Coast 17.39, 8. Florida Gold Coast 20.42 (Chipper Edwards, Enrique Rodriguez, Alejandro Mateus, Gavin Sheyda).

3×333-meter freestyle team pursuit relay
1. Florida Swimming 32.08, 4. Florida Gold Coast 33.16 (Leonardo Mateus, Christian Perez, Rafael Rodriguez), 8. Florida Gold Coast B 41.19.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Hit The Road This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

NORTH MIAMI, April 13, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will be competing at the North Miami Swim Team Open Invitational and Open Water Festival in Fort Meyers this weekend.

Twenty-one swimmers (12 boys and 9 girls) will compete in 96 individual events and two relays at Miami-Dade College North Campus pool.

Swimmers entered are: Sarah Bedoya, 10; Sebastian Bozeman, 12; Erick Esser, 11; Caterina Fogli, 10; Matias Galarraga, 10; Ethan Hill, 10; Gel’esa Lewis, 10; Brandon Lozano, 8; Gabriela Marin, 9; Jade McVeigh, 13; Matt McVeigh, 10; Julien Perdigon, 12; Francesca Perry, 7; Isabella Perry, 9; Martin Petkov, 9; Jaime Quintana, 12; Juan-Esteban Ramirez, 12; Adrian Sowma, 9; Alexandra Strong, 9; Juan Vallmitjana, 9; and Elizabeth Volovich, 11.

Two sessions will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

OPEN WATER SWIMMING

SOFLO will be well-represented on the Florida Gold Coast Open Water All-Star team at this weekend’s Open Water Festival at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers Saturday and Sunday.

Rafael Rodriguez, Leonardo Mateus, Enrique Rodriguez, Gavin Sheyda and Alejandro Mateus will represent SOFLO. Emma Twombly, Alana Acevedo, Sarah Acevedo, Mallory Schleicher and Fiorella DiSalvo will represent the girls.

It is one of SOFLO’s strongest open water contingents.

On Saturday, relays, team pursuit, Buddy Swim, Youth 500 and Crippen Sunset Mile Benefit Race will be held. On Sunday, the age group events in the 800 meter, 1,000 meters, 2.5K and 5K races will be held. Age groups are 10-and-under, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18.

IF YOU GO

What: FGC Open Sprint Meet Invitational

When: Saturday, two sessions, 830 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Where: Miami Dade College North Campus pool, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami.

Of note: Admission is $4 per session. Heat sheets are free on the host North Miami Swim Team website or Meet Mobile. For information call 786-255-5301.

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

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Captures Overall Title At Swim Fort Lauderdale Beach


By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, January 22, 2018—In less than ideal race conditions, Mallory Schleicher of South Florida Aquatic Club won the overall title Sunday in the Swim Fort Lauderdale Beach Open Water Mile Swim.

Schleicher, 14, of Cooper City won the overall, women’s and 13-14 age group titles in 22 minutes and 36.3.

The rising young star in open water swimming outsprinted Wellington’s Ashley Cozad, a 16-year-old, in 22:41.

One of the youngest swimmers in the field of 162 swimmers, Schleicher was first among 57 women and also won her age group that featured 10 swimmers including two who were unable to finish.

Schleicher was able to master extremely rough seas and strong current including an undertow that got the best of many good swimmers who were unable to finish despite wearing wet suits. There were wind gusts of 15 to 20-mile per hour, 5-foot waves and 73-degree weather.

SOFLO age group coach George Mersinger, 64, of Miramar was 88th overall, 59th among men and seventh in his age group in 38:26.

SOFLO masters swimmer Gina Grant, 20, of Pembroke Pines won the women’s division in the Special Olympics 1-Mile in 40:07 that would have placed her 98th out of 141 women swimmers.

The Ft. Lauderdale event is part of the South Florida Swim Series.

SUNDAY RESULTS

OVERALL: 1. Mallory Schleicher, South Florida Aquatic Club 22:36, 2. Ashley Cozad, Wellington 22:41, 3. Tom Debevec, Albuquerque, N.M. 23:26, 4. Alan Svensen, Aventura 23:36, 5. Andrew Farrell, Raleigh, N.C. 23:52, 6. Anna Auld, West Palm Beach 24:09, 7. Rylie Barnhardt, Fort Lauderdale 24:10, 8. Victor Mestre, Key Biscayne 24:49, 9. Samantha Trodick, Sunrise 25:05, 10. Yacceri Leal, North Miami Beach 25:10.

MEN: 1. Tom Debevec 23:26, 2. Alan Svensen 23:36, 3. Andrew Farrell 23:52, 4. Victor Mestre 24:49, 5. Yacceri Leal 25:10, 88. George Mersinger, SOFLO 38:26.

WOMEN: 1. Mallory Schleicher 22:36, 2. Ashley Cozad, 22:41, 3. Anna Auld 24:09, 4. Rylie Barnhardt 24:10, 5. Samantha Trodick 25:05.

ONE MILE SPECIAL OLYMPICS: WOMEN: 1. Gina Grant, South Florida Aquatic Club 40:07, 2. Julie Finlon 62:38; MEN: 1. Gregg Dedic 34:45, 2. Peter Vila 39:49, 3. Gianni Mercado 40:05.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo