SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Preps For World Games At U.S. Police & Fire Championships On Saturday


By Sharon Robb

SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2019—With the Aug. 8-18 World Police and Fire Games just 41 days away in China, Jennifer Martin will get her first big test Saturday at the United States Police & Fire Championships.

The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant will compete in the one-day swimming competition at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. The championships got under way on June 2 with various other sports.

Martin, 38, representing the Pembroke Pines Police Department, will compete in nine events including four relays.

When not working full-time, Martin has been training and fine tuning with SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool, where she use to coach with the Comets Swim Team. She has also been cross training in the gym and local road races.

For the second consecutive year, Martin is being sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association).

Over three hours, Martin has a Herculean lineup of individual and relay events. She will compete in the 30-39 50-yard breaststroke, 50-yard freestyle, 50-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard backstroke. She will also swim four relays: 200 freestyle, 200 medley, 200 medley mixed and 200 freestyle mixed.

“It’s a very challenging day for me,” Martin said.

Martin has been among top athletes in several local, state, national and international competitions. It is the second time she will compete in the United States Police & Fire Championships.

At the 2018 competition in less than three hours, Martin won nine gold medals and broke three USPFC meet records including an 18-year-old record. She competed in three races in less than seven minutes which included two meet-record performances.

Martin won the 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay mixed relay and 200 freestyle mixed relay.

She broke meet records in the 50 breaststroke (1990 record of 33.93) in 33.11, 100 breaststroke (1994 record of 1:17.89) in 1:13 and 50 butterfly (2016 record of 28.36) in 28.1.

In her last major international competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

The eight-day United States Police & Fire Championships is an Olympic-style competition with athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country. It got under way June 22 and ends on Saturday.

Athletes compete in 54 different sports at 33 venues throughout the San Diego county.

It began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics, in 1990 was the California Police Summer Games, in 2000 was the California Police and Fire Games, and since 2012 has been known as the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.

The California Police Athletic Federation is the governing body for the U.S. Police & Fire Championships. Its mission is to promote sport and physical fitness among personnel representing various agencies.

The World Police & Fire Games are set for 2019 in Chengdu, China. The World Games are held every two years.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Shine On Day One Of FGC South SCY BB Spring Championships


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, March 2, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers always seem to rise to the occasion in their home pool.

And, opening day of the Florida Gold Coast South SCY BB Spring Championships Friday at Academic Village Pool was no exception.

Top three finishes and time drops highlighted SOFLO swims against the large field of Florida Gold Coast swimmers from Dade and south Broward.

Among winners were:

Sofia Lugo, 200-yard freestyle, 2:32.48, time drop.

Ava Kuznik, 500-yard freestyle, 5:28.25, time drop.

Anastasia Lutz, 400-yard individual medley, 5:11.99.

Mason Jimenez, 200-yard freestyle, 2:26.40, time drop.

Nathaniel Garrick, 500-yard freestyle, 5:09.70, time drop.

SOFLO boys swept the second through fifth spots in the 13-14 200-yard freestyle, all with time drops. Nathaniel Garrick, 14, was top finisher placing second in 1:56.39, shaving 1.63 seconds off his previous best.

SOFLO heads a field of 33 Florida Gold Coast teams from Miami-Dade and south Broward. SOFLO has the largest team entered with 82 swimmers (48 girls and 34 boys) competing in 330 individual events and 16 relays.

The meet is open to all swimmers on Broward County Florida Gold Coast registered teams who achieved a BB national time age group motivational time standard in one or more events.

Lake Lytal Lightning is hosting the FGC SCY BB North Championships in West Palm Beach.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Sofia Lugo, SOFLO 2:32.48, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Isabella Perry 2:39.22, time drop, 6. Alessandra Gendarmi 2:43.17, time drop, 7. Mikhel Martin 2:46.93, time drop; 11-12, 1. Belinda Muzil, MCDA 2:11.35; SOFLO: 4. Sarah Vasquez 2:15.30, time drop; 13-14, 1. Camille Schechter, CANE 2:04.87; SOFLO: 6. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:08.07, time drop, 7. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 2:09.31, time drop; 15-18, 1. Valentina Rosa, GRSC 2:01.97; SOFLO: 7. Jena Legaspi 2:07.50, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Rosalia La Pietra, Azura 2:50.49; SOFLO: 3. Elise Dinehart 2:54.01, time drop, 7. Alessandra Gendarmi 3:08.96; 11-12, 1. Reese Rosenthal, GRSC 2:30.53; SOFLO: 8. Gabriela Avila 2:37.68, time drop; 13-14, 1. Maya Sorunmu, SF 2:21.58; SOFLO: 9. Emma Schain 2:31.54, time drop, 11. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 2:32.39, time drop; 15-18, 1. Brooke Mundy, MCDA 2:16.84; SOFLO: 2. Jena Legaspi 2:21.34, time drop, 3. Jennamarie Brames 2:21.43.

500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Carolina Seaone, MAC 6:31.62; 11-12, 1. Katelyn Gembicki, GRSC 6:05.20; SOFLO: 10. Pilar Duranti 6:18.87, time drop; 13-14, 1. Ava Kuznik, SOFLO 5:28.25, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Sofia Osorio 5:39.70, time drop, 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 5:42.15, time drop, 11. Kaitlyn Consuegra 5:57.69, time drop; 15-18, 1. Sara Custodio, MAC 5:38.74.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Anastasia Lutz, SOFLO 5:11.99; 13-14, 1. Beverly Muzii, MCDA 4:52.81; SOFLO: 3. Sabrina Osorio 4:59.07, time drop; 15-18, 1. Brooke Mundy, MCDA 4:57.50.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 2:27.40, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Olek Viazmetinov 2:30.71, time drop; 11-12, 1. Luke Weingard, MWA 2:10.35; 13-14, 1. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 1:55.04; SOFLO: 2. Nathaniel Garrick 1:56.39, 3. Zackary Harris 1:57.12, time drop, 4. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 1:57.29, time drop, 5. Christian Tijero 1:57.50, time drop; 15-18, 1. Pedro Beron-Vera, Unattached 1:54.03; SOFLO: 11. Manuel Melendez 1:58.44, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Elan Baker, NMST 2:53.46; SOFLO: 4. Ryan Harries 3:00.56, time drop; 11-12, 1. Reese Rosenthal, GRSC 2:30.53; SOFLO: 8. Gabriela Avila 2:37.68, time drop; 13-14, 1. Gustavo Tunon, Unattached 2:16.41; SOFLO: 5. Samuel Bullen 2:20.55; 15-18, 1. Luca Lesentier, Unattached 2:08.13; SOFLO: 6. Manuel Melendez 2:15.69, time drop.

500-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Frank Vincze, SF 6:47.22; 11-12, 1. Peyton Selts, GRSC 5:47.28; SOFLO: 6. Ethan McPeek 5:55.45, time drop; 13-14, 1. Nathaniel Garrick, SOFLO 5:09.70, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Zackary Harris 5:17.02, time drop, 6. Lucas Porven 5:25.39, 10. Adrian Hernandez 5:39.83; 15-18, 1. Mateo Jaime-Luna, GRSC 5:15.42.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Peyton Selts, GRSC 5:43.90; 13-14, 1. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 4:36.90; SOFLO: 3. Zackary Harris 4:48.23, 4. Christian Tijero 4:49.46; 15-18, 1. Jorge Lopez, MAC 4:41.70.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast South SCY BB Spring Championships South

When: Saturday-Sunday

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Schedule: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Teams: SOFL, AKS, AAST, ASC, BMHG, BISC, CANE, CM, DRSC, EA, FLA, FKSC, FFSC, FIU, GRSC, HSC, MACM, MLB, MBS, MCDA, MSA, MS, NMST, OSC, SDST, SWAT, SGST, UofM, YSF, AZFL, SF, CCPR, BKSC.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are available for free at soflomeets.info/BB South or Meet Mobile. The meet is short course yards. For more information, call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Evelyn Salama Checks Another One Off Bucket List: Kona’s Ironman World Championship


By Sharon Robb

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII—October 15, 2017—Evelyn Herrmann Salama made it to the greatest finish line in the sport of triathlon.

And now she can say there is nothing in the world like it. A day later, she can probably still hear the cheers along the grueling course.

On Saturday, with her family and friends waiting for her at the finish line, the 44-year-old Pembroke Pines wife and mother of two completed the emotionally-charged race in 13 hours, 2 minutes and 51 seconds.

On a brutal day, Salama completed the 140.6-mile journey that is the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit.

She was 79th out of 93 in the women’s 40-44 age group; 439th out of 617 women; and 1,765th out of 2,221 overall finishers.

She completed the 2.4-mile swim in 1:07:44 for 27th in her age group; the 112-mile bike in 6:43:59, 85th in her age group and 4:46:20 in the 26.2-mile run, 72nd in her age group.

Salama qualified for her first Kona appearance at Cabo Ironman 2016 in Cabo San Lucas. After Cabo she ran the Cocoa Beach Marathon and qualified for the 2018 Boston Marathon. Kona was her fourth Ironman distance event.

Other South Florida Ironman finishers were:

Cobi Morales, Miami, 40-44, 10:36:32, 127th out of 252 in age group.

Carolina Ponce, Miami, 45-49, 11:20:26, 27th out of 88 in age group.

Jenny Alcorn, Miami, 55-59, 11:20:38, second out of 53 in age group.

Brian Smith, Jupiter, 55-59, 12:25:57, 73rd out of 134 in age group.

Mandi Nilsen, North Miami, 30-34, 12:28:20, 63rd out of 71 in age group.

Fidel Rotondaro, Miami, 75-79, 14:17:56, first out of six in age group.

Leanda Cave, Miami Beach, pro, DNF

Fan favorite Andy Potts, 41, of Colorado Springs was the first American finisher in 8:14:43. He was seventh among 41 male pros. Potts competed in the second Olympic triathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics less than a year and a half after starting the sport.

German Patrick Lange, 31, came alive late on the run to win the men’s title in a course record in 8 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Lange, who was third last year, came off the bike more than nine minutes behind Canadian Lionel Sanders and trailed by more than six minutes midway through the run course. With 5K left, he kicked it into another gear to overtake Sanders.

“It’s everything I ever dreamed of,” Lange said. “Oh my God, I cannot believe it. I always, always, always since I was a child dreamed to have this crown.”

Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf won her third consecutive women’s title in 8:50:47. She took the lead late in the bike leg and was never challenged during the run to win by a nine-minute margin of victory.

“It was the hardest I’ve ever had to fight to win,” Ryf said.

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

SOFLO Finishes On Winning Note On Final Day Of Area 3 Long Course Championships At SOFLO


By Sharon Robb

July 12, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers look ready, willing and able for the championship season.

The host team dominated the third and final day of the Florida Gold Coast Area 3 Long Course Developmental Championships Sunday at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Sara Quintero, 11, led the girls’ team with two individual wins and relay victory. Quintero won the 11-12 200-meter breaststroke in 3:22.51 and 200-meter backstroke in 2:52.91. She was also a member of the winning 200-meter medley relay with teammates Michelle Ordonez, Katrina Del Vecchio and Sarah Acevedo.

Alex Golding, 11, was a triple winner for the boys’ team. Golding won the 100-meter freestyle in 1:10.52, 50-meter backstroke in 38.50 and 50-meter breaststroke in 43.29.

Other individual winners were:

Mia Escudero, 7-10, 100-meter freestyle, 1:21.59.

Naomi Easton, 13-14, 100-meter freestyle, 1:06.19; 50-meter breaststroke 39.36.

Katrina Del Vecchio, 11-12, 50-meter backstroke, 36.47.

Isabella Di Salvo, 13-14 50-meter backstroke, 34.29.

Zariya Harris, 15-18 100-meter butterfly, 1:18.04.

Natasha Testa, 15-18, 50-meter breaststroke, 44.61.

Annita Huang, 13-14 200-meter backstroke, 2:43.27.

Mark Andre De Gracia, 11-12, 200-meter breaststroke, 3:25.74.

Eiza Gantus, 13-14 100-meter butterfly, 1:10.20.

Tyler Gibson, 15-18, 100-meter butterfly, 1:04.68.

Enrique Rodriguez, 7-10, 50-meter breaststroke, 51.27.

Andres Arias, 15-18 200-meter backstroke, 2:35.90.

Roberto Garrido, 13-14, 1500-meter freestyle, 20:48.97.

The three-day meet featured 22 teams including Miami Swimming, Gulliver Swimming, Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens, Metro Aquatics and AquaKids Sharks. SOFLO and the Comets Booster Club took over meet host duties when another FGC team was unable to host the meet.

Next up for swimmers with time standard cuts will be the July 17-19 FGC Senior Championships at Coral Springs and July 24-26 FGC Junior Olympics at Plantation.

AREA 3 SUNDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 3:22.51, 2. Jiana Scipione, Gulliver 3:31.54, 3. Shakira Jaime, Metro Aquatics 3:39.66; 13-14, 1. Taylor Politi, FLA 3:06.98; 2. Katherine DeBarros, SOFLO 3:09.35, 3. Naomi Eaton, SOFLO 3:17.14; 15-18, 1. Madisyn Jones, MCDA 3:21.83, 2. Natasha Testa, SOFLO 3:29.76.

100-meter freestyle:

7-10, 1. Mia Escudero, SOFLO 1:21.59, 2. Sabrina Osorio, SOFLO 1:22.03, 3. Sofia Osorio, SOFLO 1:22.08; 11-12, 1. Camila Gomez, Miami Beach 1:12.78, 2. Daniela Campos, City of Miami Parks 1:13.39, 3. Jena Legaspi, SOFLO 1:14.36; 13-14, 1. Naomi Eaton, SOFLO 1:06.19, 2. Taylor Politi, FLA 1:06.59, 3. Caroline Rodriguez, Atlantis 1:06.63; 15-18, 1. Sofia Rodriguez, Atlantis 1:05.84, 2. Zariya Harris, SOFLO 1:10.17, 3. Jess Palacios, Gulliver 1:13.79.

50-meter backstroke:

7-10, 1. Maddie Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 42.73, 2. Rebecca Yordi, North Miami 43.40, 3. Sofia Osorio, SOFLO 44.46; 11-12, 1. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOFLO 36.47, 2. Ysabella Farias, Atlantis 38.06, 3. Jena Legaspi, SOFLO 38.23; 13-14, 1. Isabella Di Salvo, SOFLO 34.29, 2. Annita Huang, SOFLO 36.05, 3. Courtney Nelson, Florida Keys 36.86; 15-18, 1. Sofia Rodriguez, Atlantis 37.21, 2. Zariya Harris, SOFLO 38.15, 3. Natasha Testa, SOFLO 38.26.

100-meter butterfly:

7-10, 1. Rebecca Yordi, North Miami 1:34.57, 2. Maddie Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:35.14, 3. Angelina Baucells, BGS 1:42.81; 11-12, 1. Chloe Gonzalez, Miami Beach 1:18.59, 2. Ysabella Farias, Atlantis 1:20.03, 3. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 1:22.28; 13-14, 1. Caroline Rodriguez, Atlantis 1:12.86, 2. Alexandra Crespo, SOFLO 1:13.72, 3. Madison Johnson, SOFLO 1:16.49; 15-18, 1. Zariya Harris, SOFLO 1:18.04, 2. Raquel Lugo, SOFLO 1:22.92.

50-meter breaststroke:

7-10, 1. Corley Smith, Florida Keys 48.49, 2. Anaveronica Rosano, City of Miami Parks 49.31, 3. Rebecca Yordi, North Miami 49.39; 11-12, 1. Lily Iglesias, Miami Swimming 41.64, 2. Camila Nunez, FLA 44.06, 3. Daniela Barreto, SOFLO 44.88; 13-14, 1. Naomi Eaton, SOFLO 39.36, 2. Sophia Pacheco, Metro Aquatics 41.06, 3. Jacqueline Lesentier, North Miami 42.89; 15-18, 1. Natasha Testa, SOFLO 44.61, 2. Dalila Alvarez, Metro Aquatics 45.39, 3. Jess Palacios, Gulliver 46.72.

200-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 2:52.91, 2. Jenna Legaspi, SOFLO 2:57.03, 3. Gabriela Molina, AquaKids Sharks 3:09.69; 13-14, 1. Annita Huang, SOFLO 2:43.27, 2. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 2:48.57, 3. Rebekah Ling, SOFLO 2:50.07; 15-18, None.

200-meter medley relay:

7-10, 1. SOFLO A 3:01.58 (Kerry Cunningham, Sabrina Osorio, Mia Escudero, Kaitlyn Barrios), 2. SOFLO B 3:09.99, 3. Florida Keys 3:13.22; 11-12, 1. SOFLO A 2:30.60 (Michelle Ordonez, Katrina Del Vecchio, Sara Quintero, Sarah Acevedo), 2. SOFLO B 2:45.87; None; 15-18, None.

1500-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 20:27.80; 13-14, 1. Sidney Starman, BGS 18:53.93, 2. Annita Huang, SOFLO 20:12.96, 3. Penelope Roca, Blue Marlins 20:23.18; 15-18, None.

BOYS

200-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Mark Andre De Gracia, SOFLO 3:25.74, best time; 13-14, 1. John Torres, Unattached 2:52.02, 2. Bryant Segui, SOFLO 2:55.59, 3. Roberto Valdes, Gulliver 2:56.80; 15-18, 1. Jason Perez, Gulliver 2:55.64, 2. Wyatt Jennessee, SOFLO 3:06.68.

100-meter freestyle:

7-10, 1. Thomas Kunkel, MCDA 1:22.40, 2. Ernesto Cabrera, Metro Aquatics 1:24.15, 3. Carlos Osorio, SOFLO 1:24.94; 11-12, 1. Alex Golding, SOFLO 1:10.52, 2. Ricky Nguyen, BGS 1:11.30, 3. Misha Perez, FLA 1:11.91; 13-14, 1. Tyler Bland, Unattached 1:02.65, 2. Orlando Llamas, Gulliver 1:04.64, 3. Rodrigo Gomez, Metro Aquatics 1:05.44; 15-18, 1. Teolio Darias, City of Miami Parks 1:00.16, 2. Tyler Gibson, SOFLO 1:01.23, 3. Tomas Farias, Atlantis 1:01.38.

50-meter backstroke:

7-10, 1. David Chavez, FLA 45.71, 2. Enrique Rodriguez, SOFLO 46.56, 3. Matthew Kim, SOFLO 46.62; 11-12, 1. Alex Golding, SOFLO 38.50, 2. Misha Perez, FLA 39.76, 3. Odin Farkas, SOFLO 39.93; 13-14, 1. Reid Banciella, Miami Swimming 31.86, 2. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 32.41, 3. Breixo Pereda, City of Miami 35.37; 15-18, 1. Santiago Calle, SWAT 33.10, 2. Marcelo Mourraille, BGS 33.43, 3. Ronald Lara, SWAT 34.87.

100-meter butterfly:

7-10, 1. David Chavez, FLA 1:34.52, 2. Nathaniel Garrick, SOFLO 1:41.45, 3. Lucas Porven, SOFLO 1:42.37; 11-12, 1. Luca Lesentier, North Miami 1:18.20, 2. Misha Perez, FLA 1:20.63, 3. Ricky Nguyen, BGS 1:21.23; 13-14, 1. Eiza Gantus, SOFLO 1:10.20, 2. Orlando Llamas, Gulliver 1:10.50, 3. Alex Deybach, Miami Beach 1:11.72; 15-18, 1. Tyler Gibson, SOFLO 1:04.68, 2. Alessandro Marchesani, MCDA 1:05.50, 3. Daimyo Alonso, Atlantis 1:07.73.

50-meter breaststroke:

7-10, 1. Enrique Rodriguez, SOFLO 51.27, best time, 2. Peter Roca, Blue Marlins 51.97, 3. Henry Ajo, Blue Marlins 53.99; 11-12, 1. Alex Golding, SOFLO 43.29, 2. Garrett Oliver, AquaKids Sharks 44.11, 3. Nicolas Munoz, SOFLO 44.49; 13-14, 1. Tyler Bland, Unattached 33.55, 2. Breixo Pereda, City of Miami 38.04, 3. Roberto Valdes, Gulliver 38.52; 15-18, 1. Ronald Lara, SWAT 35.55, 2. Santiago Calle, SWAT 37.58, 3. Wyatt Jennessee, SOFLO 37.62.

200-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. None; 13-14, 1. Joseph Perdomo, Blue Marlins 2:34.83, 2. Jake Sanchez, AquaKids Sharks 2:41.57, 3. Henry Urquidi, Gulliver 2:44.90; 15-18, 1. Andres Arias, SOFLO 2:35.90, best time.

200-meter medley relay:

7-10, 1. SOFLO B 3:01.53 (Noah Hew, Matthew Kim, Lucas Porven, Enrique Rodriguez), 2. SOFLO A 3:07.04; 11-12, 1. SOFLO B (Odin Farkas, Gabriel Ferdinand, Ryan Alfonso, Chris Vasquez) 2:44.86.

1500-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Eddy Chen, Gulliver 23:29.19, best time; 13-14, 1. Roberto Garrido, SOFLO 20:48.97, 2. Sebastian Andrades, Metro Aquatics 21:32.00.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Shine On Day One Of IMX-IMR Challenge

SOFLO Swimmers Shine On Day One Of IMX-IMR Challenge


By Sharon Robb

October 4, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers and coaches got the opportunity to gauge their progress at the IMX-IMR Challenge Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Several SOFLO swimmers turned in best times while competing against teammates and other Florida Gold Coast swimmers.

Among SOFLO’s top finishers posting best short course times were:

Sara Quintero, 100-yard individual medley, 1:13.82.

Molly Golding, 200-yard individual medley, 2:26.23; 500-yard freestyle, 5:44.52.

Kathleen Golding, 200-yard backstroke, 2:11.06.

Joseph Lee, 200-yard individual medley, 2:22.36; 500-yard freestyle, 5:32.02.

Rafael Rodriguez, 200-yard individual medley, 2:04.74.

Nicolas Rossi, 1,650-yard freestyle, 19:06.06.

Ervin Marin, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:13.40.

Both the IMR and IMX programs are USA Swimming-sanctioned.

The IMR Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group.

Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score. Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

In addition to host SOFLO, other Florida Gold Coast clubs competing are Boca Raton Swim Team, AquaKids Sharks, Metro Aquatics, Kendall, Coral Springs Swim Club, North Miami and Hialeah Storm. Several high school swimmers, heading into the second month of the season, are also competing.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO “C” 1:54.47 (Amy-Nicole Toro, Sally Golding, Leah Pando, Katrina Del Vecchio), 2. SOFLO “B” 2:00.56, 3. SOFLO “H” 2:10.22; 13-and-over, 1. SOFLO “A” 1:44.59 (Kathleen Golding, Kelley Heron, Carly Swanson, Melissa Marinheiro), 2. SOFLO “B” 1:47.62, 3. Boca Raton Swim Team 1:47.82.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 1:13.82, best time, 2. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:14.55, 3. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 1:17.33.

200-yard individual medley:

11, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:26.23, best time, 2. Margaret Miao, AquaKids Sharks 2:31.55, 3. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 2:33.61; 12, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 2:22.38, 2. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 2:23.48, 3. Maddy Schain, AquaKids Sharks 2:29.51.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:28.26, 2. Cloe Bedard-Khalid, Metro Aquatics 4:36.00, 3. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:39.76.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 1:03.02, 2. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 1:04.19, 3. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 1:06.10.

500-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 5;44.52, best time, 2. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 5:55.75, best time, 3. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOFLO 6:04.59.

200-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:11.06, best time, 2. Gabriela Fernandez, Hialeah 2:22.25, 3. Annita Huang, SOFLO 2:22.88; 15-and-over, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:08.22, 2. Rose Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 2:12.56, 3. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:13.65.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:27.24, 2. Hailey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks 2:33.85, 3. Delanie Perez, SOFLO 2:35.81; 15-and-over, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:24.28, 2. Rebecca Wilkerson, CSSC 2:29.34, 3. Arianna Noya, Metro Aquatics 2:29.53.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO “F” (Roberto Garrido, Aldo Zepeda, Odin Farkas, John Paul Handal), 2. SOFLO “D” 2:06.01, 3. SOFLO “H” 2:06.44; 13-and-over, 1. SOFLO “A” 1:30.07 (Ryan Capote, Ervin Marin, Gustavo Valery, Timothy Wynter), 2. SOFLO “B” 1:34.26, 3. Boca Raton Swim Team 1:34.95.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 1:12.01, 2. Nikita Efimov, North Miami 1:12.25, 3. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:12.32.

200-yard individual medley:

11, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 2:22.36, best time, 2. Michael Arias, SOFLO 2:25.81, 3. John Paul Handal, SOFLO 2:26.16; 12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:04.74, best time, 2. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 2:15.28, best time, 3. Eiza Gantus, SOFLO 2:25.64, best time.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 4:06.40, 2. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:11.95, 3. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 4:13.87.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 1:02.41, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah 1:02.68, 3. Zackary Harris, SOFLO 1:02.74, best time.

500-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 5:32.02, best time, 2. Michael Arias, SOFLO 5:35.76, best time, 3. Nicolas Rossi, SOFLO 5:35.90, best time.

1,650-yard freestyle mixed:

8-12, 1. Nicolas Rossi, SOFLO 19:06.06, best time, 2. Eiza Gantus, SOFLO 19:14.29, 3. Janet D’Alessandro, AquaKids Sharks 19:44.13; 13-14, 1. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 16:49.57, 2. Juan Diaz, Unattached 17:38.27, 3. Marianna Serrao, SOFLO 18:23.17.

200-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. Bryan Rivero, Hialeah 2:07.88, 2. Lester Machado, Hialeah 2;15.30, 3. Michael Fernandez, Hialeah 2:19.29; 15-and-over, 1. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 1:54.35, 2. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 1:58.85, 3. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 1:58.92.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 2:13.40, best time, 2. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 2:19.62, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:27.74; 15-and-over, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 2:06.34, 2. Jordan Colon, SOFLO 2:14.88, 3. Bernardo Lima, Metro Aquatics 2:16.15.

Full results can be found at swim4soflo.com or meet mobile.

IF YOU GO

What: IMX-IMR Challenge

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, Session 4, 8:30-10:21 a.m.; Session 5, 11:30 a.m.-2:42 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Hosts Annual Friday Distance, Weekend IMX-IMR Challenge

SOFLO Hosts Annual Friday Distance, IMX-IMR Challenge


By Sharon Robb

October 2, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club, the largest club entered, will have the home pool advantage when it hosts the Friday Distance and IMX-IMR Challenge at Academic Village Pool.

Swimmers will not only get some racing in, but will also get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.

The up-and-coming swimmers will compete in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. All sessions are timed finals.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

The IMR Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

SOFLO swimmers dominate the top seed spots. They are:

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 400-yard individual medley, 4:31.45; 200-yard individual medley, 2:07.35; 500-yard freestyle, 4:58.01; 100-yard backstroke, 1:01.91; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:10.00; 100-yard butterfly, 58.58.

Julien Pinon, 16, 1,650-yard freestyle, 16:18.62; 200-yard butterfly, 1:51.67; 200-yard individual medley, 1:55.01.

Sara Quintero, 10, 100-yard individual medley, 1:15.67.

Vanessa Mesa, 12, 200-yard individual medley, 2:18.91; 500-yard freestyle 5:19.69; 100-yard butterfly, 1:04.25.

Molly Golding, 11, 200-yard individual medley, 2:28.28; 500-yard freestyle, 5:48.10; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:16.25; 100-yard butterfly, 1:13.43.

Kathleen Golding, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:17.53; 200-yard breaststroke 2:21.48; 400-yard individual medley, 4:21.14; 200-yard individual medley, 2:04.55.

John Paul Handal, 11, 500-yard freestyle, 5:40.46; 100-yard backstroke, 1:09.30.

Kevin Porto, 14, 200-yard backstroke, 2:02.13.

Timothy Wynter, 18, 200-yard backstroke, 1:50.01.

Melissa Marinheiro, 17, 200-yard backstroke, 2:02.88.

Ervin Marin, 14, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:13.70; 200-yard butterfly, 1:59.86; 200-yard individual medley, 1:58.51.

Jessica Rodriguez, 15, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:19.68; 200-yard individual medley, 2:10.74; 1,000-yard freestyle, 10:51.31

Kayla Cunningham, 11, 100-yard backstroke 1:11.28.

Michael Arias, 11, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:17.35.

Isabella Di Salvo, 12, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:21.25.

Joseph Lee, 11, 100-yard butterfly, 1:08.19.

Delanie Perez, 14, 200-yard butterfly, 2:15.37.

CJ Kopecki, 15, 1,000-yard freestyle, 9:59.67.

Other Florida Gold Coast clubs competing are Boca Raton Swim Team, AquaKids Sharks, Metro Aquatics, Kendall, Coral Springs Swim Club, North Miami and Hialeah Storm. Several high school swimmers, heading into the second month of the season, are also competing.


IF YOU GO

What: Friday Distance and IMX-IMR Challenge

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 5:30-10:05 p.m.; Saturday, Session 2, 8:30-10:50 a.m.; Session 3, 12:30-3:42 p.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 8:30-10:21 a.m.; Session 5, 11:30 a.m.-2:42 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 954-538-3721.

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Earns Level 4 USA Swimming Highest Club Ranking

South Florida Aquatic Club Earns Level 4 USA Swimming Highest Club Ranking


By Sharon Robb

October 1, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club is among one of the nation’s top USA Swimming club teams.

It’s nothing that SOFLO swimmers, coaches and parents didn’t already know since the club started in 2010, but it is now official after USA Swimming awarded its highest Level 4 status.

The Comets, the original team at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines before changing its name to SOFLO to encompass all of South Florida, had reached only Level 3 status in its fourteen years of existence.

The Club Recognition Program offers USA Swimming club members a working blueprint for developing strong, stable, financially-sound and athletically productive organizations.

Designed by USA Swimming’s Club Development Committee, comprised mostly of coaches, the voluntary program presents four levels of achievement across four component areas deemed critical to long-term club success.

The program encourages clubs to establish organizational goals and to benchmark their progress toward those goals.

“It’s the highest we have ever been,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “It’s the last leg and the completion of the recognition program. You can’t get any higher than Level 4. We have risen so quickly.”

It didn’t come automatically.

It was the hard work of swimmers and coaches, parents, volunteers, sponsors and Comets Booster Club that SOFLO was able to reach the pinnacle of age group swimming.

Only two clubs in the Florida Gold Coast have Level 4 status.

SOFLO, which has an 18-member staff including eight coaches, met all Level 4 requirements to help create a “great club” including business and organizational success; parent and volunteer development; coach development and education; and athlete development and education.

SOFLO swimmers and coaches have excelled at every level from the Olympic and world level to age group and sizzler meets. SOFLO has also sent several swimmers to college swim programs at the NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA levels.

In July, SOFLO added to its amazing run in the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics by sweeping the combined, boys and girls team titles.

It was the second consecutive year the talented swimmers won back-to-back short course and long course titles in the same year. It was also SOFLO’s fifth consecutive JO title and 11th overall.

“It’s definitely been about the building blocks in the club support system,” Anderson said. “Basically, our infrastructure of the club allows us to get to these levels much quicker than normal. It’s also the experience of our staff and head coach.

“I am very excited about it,” Anderson said. “It’s a great reward for what we are doing and the realization that SOFLO is doing things correctly and doing it better than most.

“I still think we can do more,” Anderson said. “This doesn’t mean we stop doing what we are doing because we are Level 4. We need to go into new areas to make the club more efficient.”

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