Azura Wins Three Events; SOFLO’s Rodriguez Seventh In Prelims At Puerto Rico International Swimming Open


By Sharon Robb
SALINAS, Puerto Rico, April 23, 2022—Despite a pool water problem that forced Friday’s finals to be moved, swimmers overcame the adversity to swim well Saturday morning.

Four of the finals on Friday had to be rescheduled because of an issue with the pool water being cloudy. The events were moved to another pool and four of the finals were held Saturday morning before Saturday’s prelims.

SOFLO’s Enrique Rodriguez, 17, was seventh in the 400-meter freestyle prelims in 4:16.09 on Friday. The final is being rescheduled because of the pool problem.

SOFLO’s Aldo Zepeda, 16, was 27th in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.23.

Azura Florida Aquatics picked up three more wins.

Top-seeded Julimar Avila, 24, of Honduras won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.18. She also won the 50-meter butterfly earlier in the meet in 28.40. She was her country’s only woman swimmer at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Nicole Frank, 18, of Uruguay won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:34.11. She was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 33.10. She also competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Two-time Olympian Abbas Qali, 29, of Kuwait won the 100-meter butterfly in 54.68. He was the only male swimmer to represent Kuwait at the Olympics.

The four-day meet runs through Sunday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to SOFLO, swimmers from Azura Florida Aquatics (21 swimmers) and Plantation Swim Team (24 swimmers) are among the 35-team field. Swimmers from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Uruguay and Puerto Rico head the field.

The FINA meet is a qualifying event for the May 13-29 19th FINA World Swimming Championship in Hungary and 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY MORNING FINALS
WOMEN

100-meter butterfly: 1. Julimar Avila, Azura 1:02.18, 2. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 1:04.58, 3. Alexandria Hope Cotter, FPN 1:04.74.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:34.11, 2. Emily Santos, MVAC 2:36.14, 3. Elisa Alejandra Funes, GCMST 2:39.86.

MEN
100-meter butterfly: 1. Abbas Qali, Azura 54.68, 2. Yeziel Morales, Puerto Rico 54.81, 3. Erick Gordillo, GUA 54.83, 4. Davidson Vincent, Azura 55.00, 9. Renato Herran, PST 57.95.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Xavier Ruiz, SJC 2:20.41, 2. Ryan Tirado, MST 2:26.62, 3. Jorell Melendez Figueroa, LMDM 2:27.72, 4. Emanuel Cuarta, PST 2:32.34.

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

SOFLO’s Luciano Gonzalez Takes Silver At Puerto Rico International Swimming Open


By Sharon Robb
SALINAS, Puerto Rico, April 21, 2022—Luciano Gonzalez was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher Thursday at the Puerto Rico International Swimming Open at Albergue Olimico German Rieckehoff.

Gonzalez, 27, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing second in the 50-meter butterfly in 25.04. He was fourth fastest in prelims in 25.29.

SOFLO’s Enrique Rodriguez, 17, finished sixth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:47.40, dropping 10.65 off his previous best of 8:58.05.

SOFLO’s Aldo Zepeda, 16, placed ninth in the 50-meter backstroke prelims in a best time 28.67, dropping 3.73 and came back in finals to finish ninth in 28.83.

Azura Florida Aquatics had three individual winners.

Julimar Avila, 24, Kito Campbell, 18, and Jayhan Odlum-Smith, 19, won individual events.

Avila, the top seed, won the 50-meter butterfly in 28.40.

Campbell, also the fastest morning qualifier, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 28.36, dropping 1.16.

Odlum-Smith, second fastest in morning prelims, won the 50-meter butterfly in 24.63.

The four-day meet runs through Sunday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5:30 p.m. Friday, Satuday and Sunday.

In addition to SOFLO, swimmers from Azura Florida Aquatics (21 swimmers) and Plantation Swim Team (24 swimmers) are among the 35-team field. Swimmers from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Puerto Rico head the field.

The FINA meet is a qualifying event for the May 13-29 19th FINA World Swimming Championship in Hungary and 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

THURSDAY FINALS
WOMEN

50-meter backstroke: 1. Liznel Ortiz, CAM 29.99, 2. Daniela Gutierrez, UN-CC 30.52, 3. Maria Jose Arrua, Azura 30.66.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Emily Santos, MVAC 32.87, 2. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 33.10, 3. Marissa Marie Lugo, HUM 33.69.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Julimar Avila, Azura 28.40, 2. Alexandria Hope Cotter, FPN 28.83, 3. Regina Torres Pomar, MVAC 29.22.

MEN
50-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Puerto Rico 26.19, 2. Erick Gordillo, GUA 26.98, 3. Carlos Cobos, Azura 27.33.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Kito Campbell, Azura 28.36, 2. Kebo Stubbs, MVAC 29.77, 3. Xavier Ruiz, SJC 29.94.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 24.6; 2. Luciano Gonzalez, SOFLO 25.04, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 25.08.

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

SOFLO’s Rendon, Rodriguez, Zepeda Head To Puerto Rico For International Competition


By Sharon Robb
SALINAS, Puerto Rico, April 19, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club will have three swimmers competing at the Puerto Rico International Swimming Open.

The four-day meet gets underway Thursday and runs through Sunday at Albergue Olimico German Rieckehoff. Thursday events are 5 p.m. for prelims and 8 p.m. for finals. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5:30 p.m. Friday, Satuday and Sunday.

Wisthon Rendon, 17, Enrique Rodriguez, 17, and Aldo Zepeda, 16, will compete in the international meet. The trio will each compete in six events.

SOFLO will be joined by swimmers from Azura Florida Aquatics (21 swimmers) and Plantation Swim Team (24 swimmers) among the 35-team field. Swimmers from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Puerto Rico head the field.

The FINA meet is a qualifying event for the May 13-29 19th FINA World Swimming Championship in Hungary and 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

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

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Sweeps Breaststroke Events With All Best Times; Miguel Cancel Wins At Puerto Rico International Swimming Open


By Sharon Robb
SALINAS, Puerto Rico, May 23, 2021–Honduran Olympic hopeful Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club made it a clean sweep at the Puerto Rico International Swimming Open Sunday at Albergue Olimpico German Rieckehoff.

On the fourth and final day of the international meet, Horrego, 22, won the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:02.25, dropping 0.03. He was seeded second with an entry time of 1:02.28 going into prelims and was fourth fastest in 1:05.38 after prelims.

Horrego also won the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke events on Friday and Saturday.

Horrego, seeded first in the 50-meter breaststroke, won in a best time 27.84, lowering his previous best of 28.81 and dropping 0.97. He first lowered his best time in prelims in 28.46, the fastest time in morning prelims.

Horrego also won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:17.46, dropping 1.05 from his previous best of 2:18.51. He went 2:27.45 in prelims to earn the sixth seed for finals.

Horrego was one of three swimmers representing Honduras. The others were Julimar Avila, 23, and Fernando Estrada, 18. On Sunday, Avila won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.38.

SOFLO’s Miguel Cancel, 21, of Puerto Rico won the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:00.12, dropping 1.46. He was the fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:02.21.

Cancel also swam a best time 2:02.49 in a 200-meter individual medley time trial, dropping 1.24. He swam the 50-meter breaststroke prelim only in a best time 29.56, dropping 0.83.

Other Florida Gold Coast winners:

Marcelo Acosta, 24, Azura, 1500-meter freestyle, 15:47.92.

Micaela Sierra, 16, Azura, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:12.19.

Yeziel Morales, 24, Azura, 100-meter backstroke, 54.99.

Forty seven countries and club teams including Azura Florida Aquatics (20 swimmers), Montverde Aquatic Club and Swim Atlanta competed.

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

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Wins Two Events At Puerto Rico International Swimming Open; Swims Final Event Sunday


By Sharon Robb
SALINAS, Puerto Rico, May 22, 2021–Honduran Olympic hopeful Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club is getting closer to qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Horrego, 22, won the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke events on Friday and Saturday at the Puerto Rico International Swimming Open at Albergue Olimpico German Rieckehoff.

Horrego, seeded first in the 50-meter breaststroke, won in a best time 27.84, lowering his previous best of 28.81 and dropping 0.97. He first lowered his best time in prelims in 28.46, the fastest time in morning prelims.

Horrego also won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:17.46, dropping 1.05 from his previous best of 2:18.51. He went 2:27.45 in prelims to earn the sixth seed for finals.

Horrego has the 100-meter breaststroke remaining to swim on Sunday. He is seeded second with an entry time of 1:02.28.

Horrego is one of three swimmers representing Honduras. The others are Julimar Avila, 23, and Fernando Estrada, 18.

Other Florida Gold Coast winners:

Marcelo Acosta, 24, Azura, 800-meter freestyle, 8:07.87.

Abbas Oali, 28, Azura, 100-meter butterfly, 53.55.

Micaela Sierra, 16, Azura, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:34.33.

Joaquin Vargas, 18, Azura, 400-meter freestyle, 3:54.51.

Forty seven countries and club teams including Azura Florida Aquatics (20 swimmers), Montverde Aquatic Club and Swim Atlanta are competing in the four-day meet.

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