Jordan Evans, Toma Petkov Triple Winners, Lead SOFLO Sharks At Sweetheart Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

POMPANO BEACH, February 18, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club had several outstanding swims at the recent Pompano Beach Piranhas Sweetheart Sizzler at Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

Jordan Evans and Toma Petkov were SOFLO Sharks’ top finishers.

Evans, 8, won the 7-8 25-yard backstroke in 19.00, 25-yard freestyle in 17.55 and 25-yard breaststroke in 24.71. Evans anchored the winning 100-yard freestyle relay in 1:15.11 with teammates Christie Lumsden, Gabriela Ekht and Devy Otero. Evans was also second in the 25-yard butterfly.

Petkov, 7, was a triple winner. He won the 7-8 25-yard backstroke in 25.77, 25-yard breaststroke in 25.66 and 25-yard freestyle in 18.95. Petkov was also third in the 25-yard butterfly in 24.19.

Other top three SOFLO Sharks finishers were:

Christie Lumsden, 7, second in the 25-yard breaststroke in 22.84; third in the 25-yard butterfly, 23.46; third in the 25-yard backstroke, 24.56; third in the 25-yard freestyle in 18.70.

Ethan Phan, 7, second, 25-yard butterfly, 23.83; second in the 25-yard breaststroke in 25.92.

Alessandro Suarez Cabrera, 8, third, 25-yard breaststroke, 27.28.

SATURDAY SIZZLER RESULTS
GIRLS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Marley Spicer, PB 32.65; 7-8, 1. Nikolina Dengerud, PB 19.11; SOFLO: 2. Jordan Evans 19.18, 3. Christie Lumsden 23.46, 6. Gabriela Ekht 30.07.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Marley Spicer, PB 32.40; 7-8, 1. Jordan Evans, SOFLO 19.00; SOFLO: 3. Christie Lumsden 24.56, 5. Gabriela Ekht 28.24.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Marley Spicer, PB 40.94; 7-8, 1. Nikolina Dengerud, PB 22.71; SOFLO: 2. Christie Lumsden 22.84, 3. Jordan Evans 24.71, 5. Gabriela Ekht 33.67.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Marley Spicer, PB 29.25; 7-8, 1. Jordan Evans, SOFLO 17.55; SOFLO: 3. Christie Lumsden 18.70, 5. Gabriela Ekht 22.79.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. SOFLO 1:15.11 (Christie Lumsden, Gabriela Ekht, Devy Otero, Jordan Evans).

BOYS

25-yard butterfly:
7-8, 1. Lucas Balog, PB 23.53; SOFLO: 2. Ethan Phan 23.83, 3. Toma Petkov 24.19, 4. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 25.52.

25-yard backstroke:
7-8, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 25.77; SOFLO: Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 27.22, 6. Ethan Phan 31.37.

25-yard breaststroke:
7-8, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 25.66; SOFLO: 2. Ethan Phan 25.92, 3. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 27.28.

25-yard freestyle:
7-8, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 18.95; SOFLO: 4. Ethan Phan 22.05, 5. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 22.47.

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

Pompano Beach Piranhas Turkey Classic Heading Food Drive During Weekend Meet


By Sharon Robb

POMPANO BEACH, November 15, 2018—The Pompano Beach Piranhas Turkey Classic, one of the largest swim meets and food drives, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

While swimmers will get a chance to race before the holiday, even more important is the Food Drive To Feed The Hungry in Broward County.

The unique idea has become popular among swimmers, parents and coaches. Instead of gate admission, attendees are asked to donate non-perishable food items that will be collected at the gate.

Two sessions are scheduled on Saturday and three sessions on Sunday each day at 10 a.m. and 45 minutes after the second and third warm-up sessions.

South Florida Aquatic Club is among an impressive field of Florida Gold Coast teams. SOFLO has 51 swimmers competing in 193 individual events.

SOFLO top seeds are Shelby Evans, 8, in the 25-yard breaststroke and Martin Petkov, 9, in the 50-yard freestyle.

Alyssa Katelyn D’Souza, 13, will make her debut in the 50 butterfly, 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle.

Dahlia Maya Hirsh, 12, will make her debut in the 50 butterfly, 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle.

Dylan McVeigh, 8, will make his debut in the 25 backstroke, 25 breaststroke and 25 freestyle.

Gabrielle L’mae Salgado, 10, will make her debut in the 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle.

Adam Stewart, 10, will make his debut in the 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle.

In addition to SOFLO and host Piranhas, among other Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Midtown, Wellington Wahoos, SwimFast, Blue Marlins, Hialeah StorCoral Springs Swim Club, Heritage Aquatics and Westminster Academy.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Pompano Beach Piranhas Turkey Classic

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday

SCHEDULE: Saturday, Session 1, 10 a.m.; Session 2, 12:30 p.m. or 45 minutes after warm-up; Sunday, Session 3, 10 a.m.; Session 4, 1:15 p.m. or 45 minutes after warm-up; Session 5, 3:45 p.m. or 45 minutes after warm-up.

WHERE: Pompano Beach Aquatic Center, 820 NE 18th Ave., Pompano Beach.

OF NOTE: There is no admission fee at the door. The meet is a food drive to feed the hungry and homeless. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items in support of the great cause. Heat sheets are $3 per session. For more information call the pool office, 954-401-0045

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

SOFLO Shines At Pompano Beach Piranhas Open Water Extreme Race


By Sharon Robb

September 4, 2017—-South Florida Aquatic Club was well-represented at the Sept. 2 Pompano Beach Piranhas Open Water Extreme Race that featured 5K, one mile, 500-meter and 100-meter swims off Pompano Beach.

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher continued her winning ways by placing first in the women’s 5-mile 14-and-under category and second overall with a time of 1:21:47.483.

The race was swum in one direction and the entire 5K was against the current. That is part of the challenge of open water racing and what makes it interesting, according to SOFLO coach George Mersinger.

In the 1-mile race, SOFLO swimmers Lucas Porven and his sister Giada both made their open water debut and had amazing results.

Lucas Porven placed fourth among 11-year- olds and 15th in the 14-and-under age group with a time of 24:06.023.

Giada Porven was the youngest competitor in the mile swim at 9 years old and placed first among 10-and-under girls and 14th in the 14- and-under category with a time of 26:34.533.

SOFLO coach George Mersinger also swam the mile and finished in 32:02.477 that placed him fifth in the 60-69 age group and 93rd overall for males.

5K RESULTS

WOMEN OVERALL: 1. Kensey McMahon 1:17:36, 2. Mallory Schleicher 1:21:47, 3. Blair Stoneburg 1:23:55.

14-and-under, 1. Isabella Taylor 1:29:48, 2. Gaby Chambers 1:30:11, 3. Sarah Acevedo 1:32:06.

15-18, 1. Barbara Bernal 1:27.56, 2. Abigail Bush 1:28.58, 3. Adriana Rodriguez 1:33:52.

19-29: 1. Monica Sita 2:10:42.

30-39: 1. Julie Corpe 1:43:20, 2. Lynda Micheletti 2:24:02.

40-49: 1. Suzanne Dearworth 1:38:04, 2. Lisa Devona 2:09:10, 3. Debra Robenhymer 2:12:53.

50-59: 1. Karl Kolb 1:50:21, 2. Daniel Messinger 1:54:15, 3. Kathleen Casey 2:02:12.

60-69: 1. Cathy Mancino 1:59:58, 2. Karen Lewin 2:15:20.

MEN OVERALL: 1. Ricardo Valdivia 1:14:35, 2. Mattheus Santos 1:14:40, 3. Tyler Zuyus 1:18:01.

14-and-under, 1. Steven Grady 1:25:14, 2. Emilio Barrantes 1:28:23.

15-18, 1. Andres Lares 1:18:10, 2. Andy Rogatinsky 1:24:08, 3. Alex Marquez 1:25:32.

19-29, 1. Cecilio Moreta 1:19:01, 2. Felipe Gomez 1:22.22, 3. Jeffrey Colarusso 1:33:39.

30-39, 1. Francisco Ramos 1:35:20, 2. Edmund Haskins 1:58:30.

40-49, 1. Rob Abcug 1:32:16, 2. Eddie Ames 1:43:30, 3. Matt Sabo 1:52:01.

50-59, 1. David Boudreau 1:34:59, 2. John Adair 1:49:45, 3. Richard Schoenborn 2:06:10.

60-69, 1. Carlos Lloreda 1:38:03, 2. John Peck 1:42:15, 3. Steve Vosilla 1:57:59.

MILE: MEN OVERALL: 1. Raphael Santos 18:47, 2. Santiago Gomez 18:50, 3. Eisner Barberena 19:23; WOMEN OVERALL: 1. Adriana Gooding 21:19, 2. Anabela Shearer 21:23, 3, Nicole Sowell 21:28.

500-METER: MEN OVERALL: 1. Max Fermayer 7:59, 2. Isiah Reilly 8:07, 3. Renzo Nuzzi 8:47; WOMEN OVERALL: 1. Breanna Gonzalez 9:24, 2. Breanna Wood 9:35, 3. Amy Torres 11:31.

100-METER: MEN OVERALL: 1. Liam Fothergill 1:42.177, 2. Benjamin Orna 1:42.327, 3. Christian Baltar 1:55; WOMEN OVERALL: 1. Lexy Bennett 1:32.77, 2. Violette Bennett 1:33.92, 3. Shelby Evans 1:43.00.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com
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Vank Leads SOFLO At Piranhas Turkey Classic


By Sharon Robb

November 8, 2016—Valerie Vank won the 50-yard breaststroke and turned in four best times to lead South Florida Aquatic Club at the Pompano Beach Piranhas Turkey Classic Sunday at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

Vank, 11, won the sprint event in a best time 35.21. She was also second in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 33.15, seventh in the 50-yard butterfly in a best time 32.10 and seventh in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 29.34.

SOFLO boys were led by Logan Gonzalez, 11, who swam three best times. He was third in the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 36.22

Gonzalez was also fourth in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 33.27, seventh in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.79 and ninth in the 50-yard butterfly in a best time 32.81.

The majority of SOFLO swimmers turned in at least one best time. The timed final meet was geared for swimmers ages 10-and-under and 11-12.

SOFLO’s talented contingent: Madison Adkins, 10; Colin Alfonso, 12; Clara Bland, 7; Mariann Operana Catalasan, 10; Alexis Christensen, 11; Kaitlyn Consuegra, 10; Fiorella Di Salvo, 8; Matthew Escudero, 10; Mia Escudero, 12; Celeste Estrada, 11; Emma Gomez, 9; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Benjamin Kim, 9; Matthew Kim, 11; Maria Legaspi, 10; Anastasia Lutz, 10; Ella Michael, 7; Abigail-Marie Nation, 9; Judith-Alison Natino, 11; Eddie Oliver, 9; Tess Ruppert, 10; Carleigh Schleicher, 10; Annie Schulze, 10; Gavin Sheyda, 10; Sebastian Shy, 12; Natalia Sibug, 10; Samantha Solis, 11; Victoria Torres, 12; and Valerie Vank, 11.

The one-day meet also served as a food drive for the hungry and homeless in Broward County. Swim meet organizers asked visitors to bring a gift that would help provide food and non-perishable groceries for families battling hunger.

SUNDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 30.63; SOFLO TOP 25: 17. Mariann Catalasan 38.90, 18. Fiorella Di Salvo 39.01, best time, 19. Carleigh Schleicher 40.44, best time; 11-12, 1. Mercy McLemore, BEST 28.20; SOFLO TOP 25: 7. Valerie Vank 32.10, best time, 12. Mia Escudero 33.45, best time, 24. Samantha Solis 37.02, best time.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 32.62; SOFLO TOP 25: 8. Mariann Catalasan 37.35, 18. Fiorella DiSalvo 40.28, best time, 20. Natalia Sibug 40.52, 24. Anastasia Lutz 41.19; 11-12, 1. Mercy McLemore, BEST 31.59; SOFLO TOP 25: 2. Valerie Vank 33.15, best time, 14. Mia Escudero 36.03, best time, 27. Alexis Christensen 39.09, best time.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 35.73; SOFLO TOP 25: 10. Mariann Catalasan 42.04, 12. Maria Legaspi 43.49, best time, 17. Fiorella Di Salvo 43.77, best time, 20. Natalia Sibug 44.36, best time, 21. Anastasia Lutz 45.15, best time; 11-12, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 35.21, best time; SOFLO TOP 25: 2. Victoria Torres 36.57, best time, 4. Mia Escudero 38.06, 22. Samantha Solis 42.33, best time, 23. Judith-Alison Natino 42.42.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 28.46; SOFLO TOP 25: 14. Anastasia Lutz 32.6, best time, 17. Fiorella Di Salvo 33.89, best time, 18. Mariann Catalasan 33.93, best time, 22. Natalia Sibug 35.03, best time, 23. Maria Legaspi 35.29, best time, 24. Carleigh Schleicher 35.59, best time; 11-12, 1. Mercy McLemore, BEST 27.95; SOFLO TOP 25: 7. Valerie Vank 29.34, best time, 15. Mia Escudero 30.78, best time, 18. Samantha Solis 31.23, best time, 21. Victoria Torres 31.60.

BOYS

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 30.85; SOFLO TOP 25: 21. Benjamin Kim 42.45, best time; 11-12, 1. Gabriel Munoz, BM 29.52; SOFLO TOP 25: 9. Logan Gonzalez 32.81, best time, 12. Matthew Kim 34.90, best time, 17. Moises Rodriguez 36.36, 25. Sebastian Shy 41.21.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 33.01; TOP 25: 16. Benjamin Kim 42.50, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Justin, PST 31.48; TOP 25: 4. Logan Gonzalez 33.27, best time, 11. Moises Rodriguez 36.03, 12. Matthew Kim 36.36, best time, 22. Sebastian Shy 41.66.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Giancarlo Suarez, BM 37.86; SOFLO TOP 25: 11. Benjamin Kim 48.22, 25. Gavin Sheyda 52.56; 11-12, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, Unattached 32.74; SOFLO TOP 25: 3. Logan Gonzalez 36.22, best time, 9. Matthew Kim 38.95, best time,

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 28.64; 11-12, 1. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 26.82; TOP 25: 7. Logan Gonzalez 28.79, 13. Moises Rodriguez 30.54, 15. Matthew Kim 31.41, best time, 24. Sebastian Shy 32.80.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Heads Field At Sunday Piranhas Turkey Classic; Meet Holds Food Drive For Homeless


By Sharon Robb

November 5, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers head the field for the Pompano Beach Piranhas Turkey Classic Sunday at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

The meet is geared for swimmers ages 10-and-under and 11-12.

There is one timed final that begins at 9 a.m.

Twenty-nine SOFLO swimmers will compete in 113 events.

SOFLO’s talented contingent is: Madison Adkins, 10; Colin Alfonso, 12; Clara Bland, 7; Mariann Operana Catalasan, 10; Alexis Christensen, 11; Kaitlyn Consuegra, 10; Fiorella Di Salvo, 8; Matthew Escudero, 10; Mia Escudero, 12; Celeste Estrada, 11; Emma Gomez, 9; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Benjamin Kim, 9; Matthew Kim, 11; Maria Legaspi, 10; Anastasia Lutz, 10; Ella Michael, 7; Abigail-Marie Nation, 9; Judith-Alison Natino, 11; Eddie Oliver, 9; Tess Ruppert, 10; Carleigh Schleicher, 10; Annie Schulze, 10; Gavin Sheyda, 10; Sebastian Shy, 12; Natalia Sibug, 10; Samantha Solis, 11; Victoria Torres, 12; and Valerie Vank, 11.

Awards for first through third place are trophies and large, medium and small turkeys. Fourth to eighth place earn bronze medals.

The one-day meet is serving as a food drive for the hungry and homeless in Broward County. Swim meet organizers are asking all visitors to bring a gift that would help provide food and non-perishable groceries for families battling hunger. A local agency will be designated to receive the food gifts.

IF YOU GO

What: Pompano Beach Piranhas Turkey Classic

When: Sunday, 9 a.m.

Where: Pompano Beach Aquatic Center, 820 NE 18th Ave.

Admission: Heat sheets $3. There will be no admission at the door for this event which is a food drive to feed the hungry and homeless in Broward County. All visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food to donate. For more information call the team office at 954-401-0045.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

http://www.swim4soflo.com