SOFLO’s Santos Top FGC Finisher At Southern Zone Senior LC Championships

SOFLO’s Santos Top FGC Finisher At Southern Zone Senior LC Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014—Ronald Santos of the South Florida Aquatic Club was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher on opening night of the USA Swimming Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships at Florida Gulf Coast Aquatic Center in Fort Myers.

Santos, 18, finished tenth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:50.32, just off his best time of 8:50.30.

Plantation Swim Team’s Nick Pacitti, 14, swam a best time in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:09.72, dropping 9.33 seconds.

SOFLO’s Kevin Porto was 37th in the 800 in 9:18.72.



800-meter freestyle:

1.Haley Yelle, MAC 8:59.35, 2. Carrie Bonfield, PPST 9:03.33, 3. Delia Weber, FCST 9:04.61, 8. Lexi Gaunce, GCST 9:23.51, 13. Alex Wittman, Unattached-FL 9:27.60, 14. Kellie Roedig, CVST 9:28.99, 21. Emma Volz, CVST 9:35.58, 27. Kylie Keys, SWIM 9:39.83, 35. Maria Zambito, CVST 9:45.46, 39. Nikki McCollum, GCST 9:47.02, 47. Roe Marsala, GCST 10:00.54, 48. Samantha Hurley, SWIM 10:00.68, 56. Abby Forman, CVST 10:23.15, 57. Mikayla Puckett, GCST 10:23.95.


800-meter freestyle:

1.Tal Davis, TG 8:23.91, 2. Griff Hutton, PPST 8:36.52, 3. Connor Forsythe, GST 8:37.55, 7. Eddie Zacka IV, GCST 8:47.88, SOFLO: 10. Ronald Santos, 8:50.32, 22. Zachary Bowles, CVST 9:02.77, 23. Dylan Keer, SWIM 9:08.18, 26. Nick Pacitti, Plantation Swim Team 9:09.72, best time, 28. Dan Young, SWIM 9:12.84, 31. Corey Stein, CVST 9:14.49, 34. Stas Van Genderen, SWIM 9:15.84, 35. Darrien Heil, GCST 9:18.15, SOFLO: 37. Kevin Porto 9:18.72, 41. Elijah Benzon, GCST 9:28.43, 42. Zachary Brewer, GCST 9:35.50, 44. Kaleb Harriott, SWIM 9:40.35, 45. Matthew Strickland, SWIM 9:41.55.

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SOFLO Continues To Do Well At Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

SOFLO Continues To Do Well At Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 12, 2014—Swimming against some of the nation’s top clubs is bringing out the best in South Florida Aquatic Club at the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at the Orlando YMCA.

“We are holding our own with these very good clubs and doing a good job,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

Going into the fourth and final day, SOFLO’s women’s team is fourth overall. SOFLO is seventh in the combined team standings.

Among SOFLO’s top performers on Saturday was Melissa Marinheiro.

Marinheiro, 17, posted a best time in the 100-meter backstroke during morning prelims in 1:07.98 dropping 3.58 seconds. She came back in the final dropping more time in 1:06.70, another 1.28-second drop to finish 26th overall.

Marinheiro also qualified for the “A” final of the 400-meter freestyle. She finished eighth in 4:22.25. In prelims she went 4:20.88, just off her best time of 4:20.69.

Kathleen Golding won the “C” final of the 200-meter individual medley in 2:24.41, just off her best time. She also won the “C” heat of the 400-meter freestyle in 4:26.30.

Ronald Santos made his second swim in the 400-meter freestyle and finished the “D” final in 4:12 after going 4:10.66 in prelims.

Three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson swam the breaststroke in the 50-meter freestyle event to work on her stroke count in the sprint event. It is one of three events she will be swimming in the Commonwealth Games later this month and it was an opportunity to get in another fine tuning race.

With the men’s team winning four of five events including the final relay, the Gator Swim Club is pulling away in the combined teams race.

On the third day of action, the Gator Swim Club leads with 682 points ahead of first-day leader Scarlet Aquatics of New Jersey with 472 and St. Andrew’s Swimming with 366.

South Florida Aquatic Club is seventh overall with 223 points.

The Gator Swim Club has all but clinched the men’s team title with 468 points. Scarlet Aquatics is a distant third with 198 and Club Seminole is third with 180. Scarlet Aquatics leads the women’s team standings with 274 just 60 points ahead of Gator Swim Club. St. Andrew’s Swimming is third with 207.

Sebastien Rousseau, 23, Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, 20, and Dan Wallace, 21, won individual events for the Gator Swim Club.

Rousseau won the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 55.33, lowering his previous best of 57.49.

Solaeche-Gomez won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.74.

Wallace won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:53.03 ahead of teammates Andrea D’Arrigo, 19, in 3:53.40.

Jian Wang, Solaeche-Gomez, Marcin Cieslak and Pawel Werner combined to win the 400-meter medley relay in 3:44.44.

Florida Gold Coast’s top finisher was Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks winning the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.69, just off her best time of 1:00.51 and ahead of two-time Olympian Katie Hoff, 25, of Hurricanes Swimming in 1:02.50.

Other individual winners were:

Justine Bowker, 27, of T2 Aquatics won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:15.70 finishing ahead of Olympian Elizabeth Beisel, 21, of Bluefish in 2:16.35.

Natalie Hinds, 20, the 2013 SEC Female Freshman of the Year at University of Florida from City of Midland Swim Team won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.42. Katie Hoff was third in a best time 26.21, bettering her previous best of 27.11.

Florida alum Bradley deBorde, 22, of Patriot Aquatics won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.98.

Stephanie Peacock, 22, of SWIM won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:12 just ahead of Jessica Thielman, 20, of Gator Swim Club in 4:12.09.

The four-day meet concludes on Sunday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 4 p.m.

Sunday’s events are the women’s 800-meter freestyle, men’s 1500-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter freestyle relays.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 682, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 472, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 366, 4. T2 Aquatics 314, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 288, 6. Club Seminole 282, 7. South Florida Aquatic Club 223, 8. Swim Florida 205, 9. Metro Aquatics 192, 10. Tampa Bay Aquatics 185.

MEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 468, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 198, 3. Club Seminole 180, 4. Blue Dolfins 166, 5. St. Andrew’s Swimming 159, 25. SOFLO 19.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 274, 2. Gator Swim Club 214, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 207, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 204, 5. T2 Aquatics 191.


100-meter backstroke:

1.Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 1:01.69, 2. Katie Hoff, Hurricanes 1:02.50, 3. Sviatlana Khakhlova 1:02.51; SOFLO: 26. Melissa Marinheiro 1:06.70, best time, 27. Marcella Marinheiro 1:07.54, 65. Kelley Heron 1:10.31, 71. Amber Hunter 1:10.56, 112. Jessica Rodriguez 1:13.37, 119. Maria Lopez 1:13.84, 131. Carly Swanson 1:15.83, 133. Liz Travieso 1:16.50.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Justin Bowker, T2 Aquatics 2:15.70, 2. Elizabeth Beisel, Bluefish 2:16.35, 3. Lindsey McKnight, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:17.63; SOFLO: 19. Kathleen Golding 2:24.41, 54. Jessica Rodriguez 2:30.58, 67. Kelley Heron 2:32.60, 91. Olivia Katcher 2:36.18.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Natalie Hinds, COM 25.68, 2. Sviatlana Khakhlova, Club Seminole 25.99, 3. Katie Hoff, Hurricanes 26.35; SOFLO: 68. Maria Lopez 28.36, 76. Amber Hunter 28.52, 128. Marcella Marinheiro 29.34, 159. Liz Travieso 30.25, 161. Carly Swanson 30.46, 164. Alia Atkinson 31.34.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Stephanie Peacock, SWIM 4:12.00, 2. Jessica Thielman, Gator Swim Club 4:12.09, 3. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 4:14.05; SOFLO: 8. Melissa Marinheiro 4:22.25 (4:20.88 prelims), 17. Kathleen Golding 4:26.30, best time, 57. Olivia Katcher, SOFLO 4:41.43.

400-meter medley relay:

1.T2 Aquatics 4:16.19, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 4:19.25, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:19.92, 9. South Florida Aquatic Club “A” 4:28.66 (Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Maria Lopez, Kathleen Golding), 13. SOFLO “B” 4:36.26 (Marcella Marinheiro, Kelley Heron, Amber Hunter, Olivia Katcher).


100-meter backstroke:

1.Sebastien Rousseau, Gator Swim Club 55.33, 2. Pavel Sankovich, Club Seminole 55.68, 3. Tristan Sanders, PYP 56.39; SOFLO: 62. Juan Lucas 1:04.58, 62. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:04.58, best time, 76. Gustavo Valery 1:05.19, 85. Alfredo Mesa 1:05.73, 91. Ryan Capote 1:06.06.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Gator Swim Club 2:00.74, 2. Diago Decarvalho, Gator Swim Club 2:02.58, 3. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:03.36; SOFLO: 78. Ervin Marin 2:18.46, 80. Marc Rojas 2:18.55, 95. Jordan Colon 2:20.40, 110. Matthew Gonzalez 2:22.29, 113. Jonathan Strod 2:22.75.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Bradley Deborde, PA 22.98, 2. Jason McCormick, Boca Raton 23.05, 3. Logan Lassley, Westminster Academy 23.19; SOFLO: 69. Ryan Capote 25.19, 85. Marc Rojas 25.58, 135. Ervin Marin 26.47.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Dan Wallace, Gator Swim Club 3:53.03, 2. Andrea D’Arrigo, Gator Swim Club 3:53.40, 3. Nicholas Alexiou, SPA 3:57.66; SOFLO: 31. Ronald Santos 4:12.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Gator Swim Club 3:44.44, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:53.72, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 3:55.06, 19. South Florida Aquatic Club “A” 4:09.98 (Juan Lucas, Marc Rojas, Matthew Gonzalez, Ryan Capote), 21. SOFLO “B” 4:16.16 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Jordan Colon, Ronald Santos, Gustavo Valery).

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SOFLO Swimmers Take Silver, Bronze On Day One Of Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

SOFLO Swimmers Take Silver, Bronze On Day One Of Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 10, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club took silver in a women’s relay and bronze in an individual event to finish second among the women’s field on opening night of the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at the Orlando YMCA.

The 200-meter medley relay team of Marcella Marinheiro, three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez and Olivia Katcher was second in 1:59.09, just behind T2 Aquatics relay of Elise Haan, Justine Bowker, Kayla Tennant and Abigail Garner in 1:58.57.

Melissa Marinheiro, 17, was third in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:06.27. Jessica Thielmann, 20, of Gainesville Swim Club won the event in a best time 16:15.74, bettering her previous best of 16:19.92.

SOFLO teammate Kylie Herman, 16, posted a best time of 18:18.40 in the 1500, shaving 4.01 seconds off her previous best of 18:22.41. Amber Hunter posted best times on her relay splits of 29.99 in the butterfly and 27.85 in the freestyle.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s women’s team is second with 86 points behind Scarlet Aquatics of New Jersey with 119. St. Andrew’s Swimming is third with 84.

“Our distance kids did what they needed to do to be successful, our girls relay performed well and our “B” relays were awesome,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “Kylie had a solid swim and Alfredo and Amber had some great relay splits.

“We are very happy with our overall team experiences,” Anderson said. “There are some really great clubs here and we are just going to keep working hard. I felt we were successful tonight.”

Ronald Santos, 18, was SOFLO’s top men’s finisher and only point-scorer swimming a lifetime-best 8:31.80 in the 800-meter freestyle with huge time drop of 13.21 seconds off his previous best long course time of 8:45.01.

Santos has been training with SOFLO for the past three months at the suggestion of his former Indian River State College teammate Marc Rojas.

“I was pretty much mentally ready before the race,” Santos said. “I have been training hard for three months and mentally I have been happy with my training. I was ready to go.

“I was expecting a best time but I never experienced this much of a drop in long course. I have been putting in a lot of effort in my training and it paid off. I started the race well and finished well. This definitely gives me confidence for the 200, 400 and mile.”

SOFLO teammate Alfredo Mesa posted a best 50-meter freestyle split time of 25.34 on the relay.

After Day One, Scarlet Aquatics of New Jersey leads the combined (182) and women’s (119) team totals. Blue Dolfins lead the men’s team totals with 102.

The only other individual winner was Arthur Frayler, 20, in the 800 freestyle in 8:12.70.

Florida Gold Coast teams won three of the four relays.

Westminster Academy swept the men’s 200-meter medley (Daniel Robbins, Gregory Penny, Anthony Barbar, Logan Lassley) and 200-meter freestyle relays (Daniel Robbins, Logan Lassley, Anthony Barbar, Andrew Halliburton).

St. Andrew’s Swimming won the women’s 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:47.37 with Mckenna Keith, Brenna Ruth, Darby Goodwin and Megan Moroney.

Weather played havoc with the Central Florida meet. A major thunderstorm affected power and the meet was put on hold for 60 minutes.

The four-day meet continues on Friday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5 p.m. Friday’s events are 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley and 800-meter freestyle relay.

Florida Swim Network will be unable to live-stream the meet because there is no hard-wire Internet at the YMCA venue.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 182, 2. St. Andrew’s Swimming 174, 3. T2 Aquatics 125, 4. Tampa Bay Aquatics 116, 5. Blue Dolfins 106, 6. Gator Swim Club 92, 7. South Florida Aquatic Club 91, 8. Westminster Academy 88, 9. Swim Florida 68, 10. Dominican Republic 60.

MEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Blue Dolfins 102, 2. St. Andrew’s Swimming 90, 3. tie, Westminster Academy , Tampa Bay Aquatics 80, 5. Scarlet Aquatics 63, 20. SOFLO 5.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 119, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 86, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 84, 4. T2 Aquatics 66, 5. Golden Panther Aquatics 58.


1500-meter freestyle:

1. Jessica Thielmann, GSC 16:15.74, 2. Ariel Finke, SPA 16:51.86, 3. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:06.27; SOFLO: 18. Kylie Herman 18:18.40, best time, 24. Kelley Heron 18:39.15.

200-meter medley relay:

1.T2 Aquatics 1:58.57, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 1:59.09 (Marcella Marinheiro, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Olivia Katcher), 3. Trinity Prep Aquatics 1:59.47; 14. SOFLO “B” 2:07.05 (Kelley Heron,Jessica Rodriguez, Amber Hunter, Kathleen Golding).

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:47.37, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 1:48.64, 3. Golden Panther Aquatics 1:48.91; 7. South Florida Aquatic Club 1:50.03 (Kathleen Golding, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Olivia Katcher), 14. South Florida Aquatic Club “B” 1:53.58 (Melissa Marinheiro, Marcella Marinheiro, Kelley Heron, Amber Hunter).


800-meter freestyle:

1.Arthur Frayler, GAAC 8:12.70, 2. Ryan Rosenbaum, Swim Fort Lauderdale 8:16.64, 3. Eric Stobbe, Scarlet Knights 8:19.75; SOFLO: 12. Ronald Santos 8:31.80, best time.

200-meter medley relay:

1.Westminster Academy Swimming 1:43.77, 2. Blue Dolfins 1:44.83, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:45.62, 18. South Florida Aquatic Club “A” 1:53.54 (Juan Lucas, Marc Rojas, Matthew Gonzalez, Ryan Capote), 25. South Florida Aquatic Club “B” 1:56.28 (Gustavo Valery, Jordan Colon, Ronald Santos, Ervin Marin).

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Westminster Academy 1:33.80, 2. St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:33.93, 3. Blue Dolfins 1:35.24, 19. South Florida Aquatic Club 1:42.22 (Ryan Capote, Marc Rojas, Ronald Santos, Matthew Gonzalez); 22. South Florida Aquatic Club 1:44.08 (Gustavo Valery, Juan Lucas, Alfredo Mesa, Jordan Colon).

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