SOFLO Swimmers Will Compete In Rescheduled FGC Swimming Open Water Championships On Friday


By Sharon Robb
POMPANO BEACH, April 28, 2022–Two weeks after rough water conditions postponed the Florida Gold Coast Swimming Open Water Championships, event organizers will try again on Friday, weather and race conditions permitting.

South Florida Aquatic Club will have 18 swimmers compete in either the 5K or 2K races off Pompano Beach Pier. The 100- and 500-meter races were cancelled.

Swimmers ages 11-12 who want to be considered for FGC Open Water Zones will compete in the 2K.

Swimmers ages 13 and over who want to be considered for FGC Open Water Zones will compete in the 5K.

SOFLO swimmers entered are:
Jaden Amores, 15, 5,000
Gabriela Avila, 16, 5,000
Jemma Baldwin, 12, 2,000
Amelie Bicerne, 15, 5,000
Kaylee Del Rio, 15, 2,000
Hashan Ekanayake, 16, 5,000
Garrett Garcia-Studdard, 16, 5,000
Natalie Gembicki, 17, 5,000
Ivan Grass, 17, 5,000
Ryan Harries, 13, 5,000
Derek Hau, 15, 5,000
Adrian Hernandez, 17, 5,000
Dahlia Hirsh, 16, 5,000
Alexander Miller, 16, 5,000
Abraham Penaloza, 15, 5,000
Mallory Schleicher, 19, 2,000
Rose Seniuk, 13, 2,000
Juan Vallmitjana, 13, 5,000

Due to covid-19 guidelines complimentary hospitality will not be available to competitors, officials, or volunteers, only water will be available.

Results will be posted on the Pompano Piranhas website within 24 hours of the meet’s conclusion at Pompanopiranhas.com.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Compete This Weekend In FGC Open Water Championships


By Sharon Robb
POMPANO BEACH, April 14, 2022–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will have a nice change of pace from pool swimming when they compete this weekend in the Florida Gold Coast Open Water Championships off Pompano Beach Pier.

Swimmers have the choice of competing in the 0.5K, 2K or 5K races.

Swimmers ages 11-12 who want to be considered for FGC Open Water Zones will compete in the 2K. Swimmers ages 13 and over who want to be considered for FGC Open Water Zones will compete in the 5K.

Competitors will swim most of the race about 75 meters to 100 meters parallel to the beach never leaving the designated swim zone.

The 5K will be point-to-point swimming from south to north starting just north of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Pier to the south side of the Pompano Beach Pier.

All other races will be swimming in the north side of the Pompano Beach Pier in the city’s public beach area. The 2K and 500-meter races will be loop courses.

SOFLO has entered 26 swimmers (13 boys and 13 girls). Swimmers and events are:

Jaden Amores, 15, 5,000
Gabriela Avila, 16, 5,000
Jemma Baldwin, 12, 2,000
Sarah Bedoya, 15, 5,000
Amelie Bicerne, 15, 5,000
Kaylee Del Rio, 15, 2,000
Elise Dinehart, 14, 5,000
Hashan Ekanayake, 16, 5,000
Garrett Garcia-Stuaddard, 16, 5,000
Natalie Gembicki, 17, 5,000
Felix Gonzalez, 16, 5,000
Ivan Grass, 17, 5,000
Calista Harries, 15, 5,000
Ryan Harries, 13, 5,000
Derek Hau, 15, 5,000
Adrian Hernandez, 17, 5,000
Dahlia Hirsh, 16, 5,000
Guillermo Mantilla, 11, 2,000
Tania Mantilla, 15, 5,000
Alexander Miller, 16, 5,000
Sabrina Osorio, 18, 5,000
Abraham Penaloza, 15, 5,000
Jackson Puntervold, 11, 100
Mallory Schleicher, 19, 2,000
Rose Seniuk, 13, 2,000
Juan Vallmitjana, 13, 5,000

Due to covid-19 guidelines complimentary hospitality will not be available to competitors, officials, or volunteers, only water will be available.

Results will be posted on the Pompano Piranhas website within 24 hours of the meet’s conclusion at Pompanopiranhas.com.

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

SOFLO Heads To FGC BB Silver South Long Course Championships This Weekend In Pompano Beach


By Sharon Robb
POMPANO BEACH, July 14, 2021—The championship summer season continues this weekend with the Florida Gold Coast BB Silver South Long Course Championships.

South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field with 57 swimmers (31 boys and 26 girls) in 215 individual events at the three-day meet hosted by the Pompano Beach Piranhas at Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

Among SOFLO top seeds are:

11-12, 400-meter freestyle, Olivia Wilson 5:28.21.

13-14, 400-meter freestyle, Sarah Vasquez 5:05.21.

15-18, 400-meter individual medley, Christian Tijero 5:27.83; 200-meter freestyle, 2:09.87; 100-meter butterfly 1:04.59.

13-14, 400-meter individual medley, Pilar Duranti 5:47.03.

11-12, 50-meter freestyle, Mackenzie McPherson 32.67.

15-18, Nicolas Sachade, 100-meter backstroke, 1:12.75.

7-10, Daniel Chaussky, 100-meter breaststroke 1:49.40.

13-14, Ethan McPeek, 100-meter breaststroke 1:21.40.

7-10, Matteo Castelli, 200-meter freestyle 2:55.33.

13-14, Marvan Ekanayake, 200-meter backstroke 2:37.74.

7-10, Gabriel Ordonez, 100-meter butterfly 1:34.50, yards.

11-12, Ethan Hall, 50-meter breaststroke 44.21.

11-18, Ian Barrios, 100-meter butterfrly 1:23.34.

15-18, Mariann Catalasan, 200-meter individual medley 2:42.92.

13-14, Tania Mantilla, 200-meter individual medley 2:42.64.

The meet begins Friday at 6 p.m.with timed finals in the 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley. Prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. are Saturday and Sunday.

The 100’s strokes during prelims have been consolidated from separate age groups into one group. So instead of having an 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 100 butterfly, for example, it will be a multi- aged 11-18 100 butterfly in prelims. Finals will swim as 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18.

The meet was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic. In 2019, SOFLO won the combined, boys and girls team titles at Sunrise Civic Center. SOFLO captured the combined team title with 1,041.5 points and was the only team to crack 1,000 points. Its’ closest competitor, host Sunrise Swimming, was second with 423. The girls team won with 647.5 points and boys team won with 394 points.

In addition to host Pompano Beach and SOFLO, among other FGC teams competing this weekend are Hurricanes Swimming, Florida Keys Swim Club, SwimFast, North Miami, Olympus, Cooper City Cyclones, Hialeah, Gulliver, Miami Country Day, Eagle Aquatics, Shelton Doral, Midtown Weston, Metro Aquatics, Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens, Miami Swimming and Ransom Everglades.

Only team tents are allowed on the pool deck. No individual or personal tents are allowed on deck.

Meet organizers are having a closed deck meet, with a designated area where only swimmers, coaches and volunteers are allowed, and a designated area for family members and spectators to set up their tents and chairs outside the deck.

Admission and parking is free. Spectators will be allowed on the deck in the designated open deck area of the pool. Spectators will not be allowed to bring chairs, tents or coolers on the open deck area.

Parents are asked to come in, watch their swimmer race and then leave the deck to allow space for others to do the same.

During the competition the latest meet information will be posted on the Piranhas’ website, http://www.pompanopiranhas.com once there click on FGC BB Silver South Championship button there. Results will also be posted on Meet Mobile.

The FGC BB Silver North Long Course Championships will be hosted by Boca Raton Swim Team, also Friday through Saturday. The teams are Azura Florida Aquatics, Coral Springs, East Coast Aquatics, FAST, Hammerhead Aquatics, Heritage Aquatic Team, Jupiter Dragons, Lake Lytal Lightning, Martin County, North Palm Beach, PAQ, Pine Crest, Plantation, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Sunrise, Swim Fort Lauderdale, TS Aquatics, Tsunamis and Wahoos of Wellington.

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

Leonardo Mateus, Nat Gembicki Top SOFLO Finishers At FGC Open Water Championship


By Sharon Robb
POMPANO BEACH, April 25, 2021—Leonardo Mateus and Nat Gembicki were top finishers for South Florida Aquatic Club in the Florida Gold Coast Open Water Championship Saturday in less than ideal racing conditions at the north side of the Pompano Beach Pier.

Mateus, 20, was third in 48 minutes and 30 seconds in the 3K men’s race despite choppy water and wind. Pompano Beach Piranhas teammates Marcus Szabo, 15, and Gary Stevens, 15, finished one-two, both in 46:33, with just 100ths of a second separating them.

Mateus’ younger brother Alejandro, 16, was fifth in 50:17. SOFLO had four swimmers in the top 11. Jaden Amores, 14, was ninth in 53:09, Felix Gonzalez, 15, was tenth in 53:13 and Ivan Grass, 16, was 11th in 53:15.

The men’s 3K field featured 39 swimmers.

Gembicki, 16, was fifth in the women’s 3K in 52:53 followed by teammate Izzy Wilson, 15, in 53:12.

Erin Miller, 16, of St. Andrew’s Swimming won the 3K race in 49:41, the only girl swimmer to crack 50 minutes. Teammate Ella Martinez, 18, was second in 50:54. Both were coming off last weekend’s USA Swimming Women’s Open Water National Championship.

St. Andrew’s Swimming had seven girls among the top 11 finishers. The girls field had 25 swimmers.

The 3K started 50 meters north of Pompano Beach Pier about 5 to 10 meters from the shoreline. Swimmers entered the ocean and swam east about 75 meters towards the 4-foot blue triangle buoy. Once past the buoy swimmers turned left and headed north to the 500-meter keeping marking buoys on their left shoulder to loop at the 4-foot light green pyramid buoy. Swimmers completed three loops of the course. On the last leg of the race swimmers passed the 30-inch red marking buoy before turning right and heading west toward the shore finish line chute.

Pompano Beach Piranhas finished one-two again in the men’s 1K race. Famiano Gianni, 15, won in 17:57 and Hardin Kolby, 15, was second in 17:59. The field had 27 finishers.

Kenny Paas, 13, was top SOFLO finisher placing 13th in 21:41 followed by Ryan Harries, 12, 14th in 22:01 and Victor Valdiviezo, 14, 15th in 22:06.

Addison Byrne, 14, of Pompano Beach Piranhas won the women’s 1K race in 18:32. Alexis Christensen, 16, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing sixth in 19:19. Teammate Tania Mantilla, 14, was tenth in 20:56.

The 1K race had the same start. Swimmers raced about 75 meters towards the blue triangle buoy and followed the same course going only one loop of the course. On the last leg of the race swimmers passed the red marking buoy before heading to the beach and finish line chute.

Davi Moreira, 14, of Pompano Beach Piranhas won the boys 14-and-under half kilometer (500) in 9:03, just ahead of Caleb Caponera, 11, of St. Andrew’s Swimming, also in 9:03. Guillermo Mantilla, 10, was SOFLO’s top finisher in 11:06 and only SOFLO swimmer in the top 10. The field had 20 finishers.

Katya Malyshev, 14, won the girls 14-and-under half kilometer race in 8:33. The field had 20 finishers.

The half-kilometer race also had the same starting point, heading east toward the blue buoy and then north for 250 meters. Once past the buoy swimmers turned left and headed 250 meters back to shore.

SOFLO had 30 girls and 22 boys competing in the various distances.

In addition to SOFLO and host Pompano Beach Piranhas, swimmers from the Wahoos of Wellington, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Plantation Swim Team, Hurricane Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team, Delray Stingers, North Miami Swim Team and Sunrise Swimming competed. Entries were capped at 350.

SATURDAY RESULTS
MEN 3K

  1. Marcus Szabo, PB 46:33, 2. Gary Steven, PB 46:33, 3. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 48:30, 4. Caeleb DaSilva, WOW 49:13, 5. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 50:17, 6. Ian Meiselman, DSST 50:29, 7. Andres DaSilva, WOW 50:34, 8. Alex Marquez, PB 50:51, 9. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 53:09, 10. Felix Gonzalez, SOFLO 53:13; SOFLO: 11. Ivan Grass 53:15, 13. Hashan Ekanayake 53:44, 20. Ethan McPek 57:11, 22. Felipe Rodriguez 57:55, 25. Juan Vallmitjana 59:57, 29. Mason Jimenez 1:03:11, 32. Nicholas Pelaez 1:08:00.

MEN 1K

  1. Gianni Famiano, PB 17:57, 2. Kolby Hardin, PB 17:59, 3. Alex Marrero, PST 18:36, 4. Ivan Capalbo, PST 18:40, 5. Charles Wingold, PB 18:43, 6. Bryce Hardin, PB 18:54, 7. Jose Robles, PST 18:57, 8. Adriano Brunetti, PB 19:20, 9. Roberto Valdes, AJSC 19:34, 10. Andrew Smith, PB 19:44; SOFLO: 13. Kenny Paas 21:41, 14. Ryan Harries 22:01, 15. Victor Valdiviezo 22:06, 18. Abraham Penaloza 22:42.

BOYS 14-and-Under 500

  1. Davi Moreira, PB 9:03, 2. Caleb Caponera, SAS 9:03, 3. Aiden O’Day, SAS 9:26, 4. Stepan Golik, SAS 9:28, 5. Becket Menacho, PB 9:34, 6. Vlad Malyshev, WOW 9:48, 7. Amir Vaelizadeh, PB 9:51, 8. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 11:06, 9. Robbie Lilienthal, SAS 11:13, 10. Matthew Smith, PB 11:14; SOFLO: 15. Martin Petkov 12:35.

WOMEN 3K

  1. Erin Miller, St. Andrew’s Swimming 49:41, 2. Ella Martinez, SAS 50:54, 3. Lilia Blanco, PB 51:20, 4. Sofia Hollos, SAS 52:31, 5. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 52:53, 6. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 53:12, 7. Rachel Lilienthal, SAS 56:00, 8. Sam Schoenborn, SAS 59:04, 9. Lillian Smith, SAS 59:06, 10. Amelie Bicerne 59:51; SOFLO: 14. Katelyn Gembicki 1:01:19, 16. Sabrina Osorio 1:04:52, 17. Elise Dinehart 1:05:10, 19. Gabriela Avila 1:07:06.

WOMEN 1K

  1. Addison Byrne, PB 18:32, 2. Reese Andres, SAS 18:45, 3. Evelyn Balog, PB 18:48, 4. Sara Miller, SAS 18:52, 5. Sarah Porras, PST 18:54, 6. Alexis Christensen, SOFLO 19:19, 7. Jaclyn Nelson, PB 19:48, 8. Rachel Lilienthal, SAS 19:55, 9. Cecilia Mirones, SUN 20:00, 10. Tania Mantilla, SOFLO 20:56; SOFLO: 13. Fiorella DiSalvo 21:26, 19. Genesis Escobar 22:03, 21. Cali Harries 22:09, 23. Sarah Bedoya 22:14, 24. Dahlia Hirsh 22:21, 25. Mariann Catalasan 22:28, 26. Alexandra Strong 22:31, 34. Mikhel Martin 30:10, 35. Jemma Baldwin 30:17, 36. Sophia Avila 30:20, 37. Saree Young 30:21.

GIRLS 14-And-Under 500

  1. Katya Malyshev, WOW 8:33, 2. Sam Schoenborn, SAS 8:56, 3. Evie Smith, Unattached 9:42, 4. Sadie Suarez, SAS 9:49, 5. Sofia Bolivar, SAS 10:16, 6. Lucia Blanco, PB 10:18, 7. Alina Rodriguez, PB 10:18, 8. Norah Reno, CANE 10:38, 9. Lilly Mirones, SUN 11:24, 10. Ulyana Egorova, SAS 11:30.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Head Field For FGC Open Water Championship On Saturday


By Sharon Robb
POMPANO BEACH, April 21, 2021—With more than 50 swimmers entered, South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field for the Florida Gold Coast Open Water Championship Saturday at the north side of the Pompano Beach Pier.

The open water event will be a nice change from staring at the bottom of the Academic Village Pool while training.

SOFLO has 30 girls and 22 boys competing at various distances. They are:

3,000: Jaden Amores, 14; Jenesys Amores, 13; Gabriela Avila, 15; Amelie Bicerne, 14; Elise Dinehart, 12; Hashan Ekanayake, 15; Katelyn Gembicki, 14; Natalie Gambicki, 16; Felix Gonzalez, 15; Ivan Grass, 16; Amanda Grubbs, 13; Connor Jimenez, 12; Mason Jimenez, 13; Alejandro Mateus, 16; Leonardo Mateus, 20; Ethan McPeek, 15; Sabrina Osorio, 17; Sofia Osorio, 17; Nicholas Pelaez, 15; Felipe Rodriguez, 14; Juan Vallmitjana, 12; Izzy Wilson, 15; Olivia Wilson, 11.

1,000: Jianna Amores, 11; Sophia Avila, 13; Jemma Baldwin, 11; Sarah Bedoya, 14; Mariann Catalasan, 15; Alexis Christensen, 16; Fiorella DiSalvo, 14; Pilar Duranti, 14; Genesis Escobar, 14; Calista Harries, 14; Ryan Harries, 12; Dahlia Hirsh, 15; Tania Mantilla, 14; Mikhel Martin, 13; Kenny Paas, 13; Abraham Penaloza, 14; Sofia Rodriguez, 11; Victor Valdiviezo, 14; Sarah Vasquez, 14; Saree Young, 12.

500: Guillermo Mantilla, 10; Gabriela Marin, 13; Gianna Martin, 10; Martin Petkov, 12; Alexandra Strong, 13.

100: Mariann Catalsan, 15; Andres Gonzalez, 14; David Gonzalez, 10; Calista Harries, 14; Ryan Harries, 12; Gabriela Marin, 13; Bruno Martins, 15; Toma Petkov, 9.

Swimmers will be swimming most of the race about 75 meters to 100 meters from parallel to the Pompano Beach public beach shore which will be well-monitored by lifeguards, coaches and race officials. Six lifeguards will also be on kayaks or paddle boards throughout the course.

The first event is the men’s 3K at 9 a.m. followed by the women’s 3K at 9:15 a.m.; men’s 1K at 10 a.m.; women’s 1K at 10:20 a.m.; men’s 500 meters, 10:40 a.m.; women’s 500 meters, 10:50 a.m.; 100-yard sprint, 11:15 a.m. and women’s 100-yard sprint at 11:30 a.m.

The start times listed are tentative. The Event Director in conjunction with the approval of the Head Referee, may have male and female wave starts within appropriate interval splits or combined heats, as deemed necessary to ensure safety and fairness for all competitors.

Age group categories are:

Race 1-2: Three KM, 14 & Under, 15-17, 18 & Over.

Race 3-4: One KM, 12 & Under, 13-14, 15-17, 18 & Over.

Race 5-6: 0.5 KM, 10 & Under, 11-12, 13-14.

Race 7-8: 100 yards, 10 & Under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, 18 & Over.

The 3K, 1K and 0.5K will start from the shore about 5 meters from the shoreline and finish 5 meters from shoreline into an onshore chute finish. The 100 Yard Sprint race will start on shore near the water line and will finish on shore near the water line.

Swimmers not completing the race course within 30 minutes of the first athlete to cross the finish line will be notified that the race is over and that they must leave the water at that time.

All events will be awarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for the top three finishers by categories. Results are expected to be posted on the Piranhas website within 24 hours.

In addition to SOFLO and host Pompano Beach Piranhas, swimmers from the Wahoos of Wellington, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Plantation Swim Team, Hurricane Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team, Delray Stingers, North Miami Swim Team and Sunrise Swimming are competing. Entries were capped at 350.

Last summer amid pool closures and social distancing requirements during the pandemic, Piranhas head coach and former world record holder and 1984 Olympian Jesse Vassallo had his swimmers train in open water swimming sets using colorful 12-inch buoys to guide swimmers through the water. Vassallo would place homemade hula hoops (PVC pipe) on the beach six feet apart to help swimmers with social distancing. Vassallo has a 5-minute tutorial on YouTube.

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

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

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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