South Florida Aquatic Club Goes Virtual With Training During COVID-19 Lockdown

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, April 6, 2020—After a dress rehearsal on Friday, South Florida Aquatic Club age group swimmers went virtual on Monday to maintain their health and fitness during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The brainchild of veteran age group coach Rose Lockie, the dryland sessions for Groups A and B were fun, challenging and educational. Lockie’s sessions are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the lockdown is lifted.

Coach Andrea Golding will hold sessions for the Dippers and Meteorites on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Lockie used an I.M. FIT sprint workout from U.S. Olympian and nine-time world champion Katie Hoff of CG Sports Network while incorporating her own ideas to conform to her swimmers.

Lockie watches Hoff’s daily online workout broadcasts, takes notes and researches before devising her own lesson plans. She first tries the ideas out on her son Travis, who joined her on Monday’s virtual broadcast, to see if they work or not.

By the looks of Monday’s two virtual classes, the swimmers seem to be enjoying the virtual training.

There were a variety of exercises and drills, from jumping jacks, burpees and squats to planks, starts, stretching and streamlining. To start each segment, Lockie, who coached from her home, started out clapping her hands to start a drill but could not be heard by her swimmers so whistled instead.

“Are you out of your mind,” joked Travis, who was sitting beside when she started whistling. “The whistling is better, isn’t it? Lockie asked her swimmers. Despite a brief hearing loss, Travis helped his mom demonstrate a few of the more intricate drills.

The swimmers, working out in their homes and backyards, also seemed to enjoy Lockie’s feedback and critiques. Even some of the swimmers’ dogs and cats were getting into the act.

“Let’s go Mariana….Juan, what are you doing, you’ve just been disqualified…that’s it, keep going….keep going Sophia…keep going Sarah…come on guys, this is something we have done a 1,000 times…good job Pilar, she’s got the balance…did everyone understand that…this squat position is for ankle flexibility which is what you need for swimming….it’s a stretch, not a big deal…get those knees all the way up, please…Sophia, if you keep going around in circles you’re going to get dizzy…please remember your hips do not touch the ground…Benji, that’s it, you got it….keep going, keep going, keep going…guys it’s only 40 seconds…very nice job guys.”

There was also a “who could hold the longest plank challenge” at the end of each session. Sarah Vasquez won Group A in 4:38 and Matthew Jimenez won Group B in 4:30.

Lockie also made sure to ask her swimmers about their home schooling and how they were doing with their homework stressing the importance of education during the lockdown.

“I was looking for different stuff I thought would be fun and beneficial for the kids that was all related to swimming,” Lockie said. “CG Sports Network runs something every day. I adjust them slightly for the kids. It’s been fun doing it actually.”

Lockie uses Zoom video conferencing to enable her to see each swimmer working out while the swimmers can also see Lockie and interact with her.

There is an eight swimmer-to-one coach ratio, adhering to USA Swimming guidelines. For the opening session, Lockie had 16 swimmers and another coach and for the second session seven swimmers with Lockie.

“I think the kids are enjoying it,” Lockie said. “They all know it’s not mandatory, it’s optional. All but two of my swimmers signed up. The dryland training is really beneficial. The coaches need to stay connected with the kids. We’re all working together.”

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Pines Charter Boys Edge Everglades In Thriller; Jaguars Sweep Boys, Girls BCAA Meet

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, September 19, 2019—In a see-saw battle, Everglades boys team made it interesting until Pembroke Pines Charter pulled away to enable the Jaguars to sweep their boys and girls meet Wednesday night at Academic Village Pool.

Everglades led 49-45 after the boys’ 100-yard freestyle but Rafael Rodriguez sparked his team’s rally winning the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.13 to take the lead, 56-53.

The Jaguars then placed one-two in the 200-yard freestyle relay and pulled away, 68-55, and finished with an 89-80 victory. In the other meet, Everglades defeated Dillard, 119-10.

Making it even more fun was the fact several South Florida Aquatic Club teammates were competing against each other and SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie, Pembroke Pines Charter head coach.

The boys team was led by Rodriguez, double winner in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.13 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.42.

The Jaguars also won the 200-yard freestyle relay. Nick Chaimowicz won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.50.

Everglades won two relays. Juan Colmenares were a double winner in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Individual winners were Leonardo Mateus, Samuel Jackson and Alejandro Mateus.

Pembroke Pines Charter girls team had an easier time with a 120-41 win over Everglades and 135-17 victory over Dillard. In the other meet, Everglades defeated Dillard, 64-27.

Pembroke Pines swept all three girls relays and had five individual winners.

For Everglades, Sarah Acevedo was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.44 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:26.27.

Pines Charter 120, Everglades 41
Pines Charter 135, Dillard 17
Everglades 64, Dillard 27


200-yard medley relay:
1. Pembroke Pines Charter 2:08.94, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 2:24.71.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Daniela Barreto, PPC 2:09.51, 2. Sofia Jackson, EVER 2:21.06, 3. Genesis Hernandez, PPC 2:38.87.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 2:19.44, 2. Jena Legaspi, PPC 2:32.22, 3. Sarah Vazquez, PPC 2:36.65.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Sophia Bedoya, EVER 27.34, 2. Maria Herne, PPC 27.82, 3. Mackenzie Ahearn PPC 29.39.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Sarah Sevilla, PPC 1:24.75, 2. Silvana Dioguardi, PPC 1:26.91, 3. Stella Dioguardi, PPC 1:30.39.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Maria Herne, PPC 59.91, 2. Sofia Jackson, EVER 1:02.39, 3. Kathia Jaramillo, PPC 1:09.70.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 5:26.27, 2. Daniela Barreto, PPC 5:47.12, 3. Sarah Vazquez, PPC 6:03.77.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:57.58 (Ahearn, Masson, Jara, Jaramillo), 2. Everglades 1:57.81, 3. Pembroke Pines Charter 2:10.64.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Jena Legaspi, PPC 1:05.31, 2. Constanza Jara, PPC 1:18.57, 3. Ahana Thakur, PPC 1:23.19.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Mackenzie Ahearn, PPC 1:21.59, 2. Sophia Bedoya, EVER 1:23.26, 3. Brittney Coote, PPC 1:34.07.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pembroke Pines Charter 4:23.52 (Barreto, Legaspi, Jara, Herne), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 4:44.07.

Pines Charter 89, Everglades 80
Pines Charter 140, Dillard 9
Everglades 119, Dillard 10


200-yard medley relay:
1. Everglades 1:43.63 (Colmenares, A. Mateus, L. Mateus, Jackson), 2. Pines Charter 1:45.83, 3. Everglades 1:54.53.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Nick Chaimowicz, PPC 1:56.50, 2. Ryan Alfonso, PC 1:58.01, 3. Aldo Zepeda, EVER 2:03.15.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 2:04.69, 2. Manuel Melendez, EVER 2:13.13, 3. Christian Tijero, PPC 2:16.27.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Samuel Jackson, EVER 22.70, 2. Anthony Fernandez, PPC 25.40, 3. Gabriel Ferdinand, PPC 26.14.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Alejandro Mateus, EVER 55.58, 2. Aldo Zepeda, EVER 1:00.90, 3. Christian Tijero, PPC 1:01.00.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Juan Colmenares, EVER 50.64, 2. Ryan Alfonso, PPC 52.01, 3. Zackary Harris, EVER 53.84.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 4:54.13, 2. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 4:57.33, 3. Dylan Chaimowicz, PPC 6:06.89.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:40.97 (Alfonso, Chaimowicz, Ferdinand, Harris), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:47.15, 3. Everglades 2:23.72.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Juan Colmenares, EVER 57.03, 2. Alejandro Mateus, EVER 59.45, 3. Zackary Harris, PPC 1:02.26.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 1:02.42, 2. Manuel Melendez, EVER 1:05.44, 3. Samuel Jackson, EVER 1:05.77.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Everglades 3:27.78 (Colmenares, A. Mateus, L. Mateus, Jackson), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:28.40, 3. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:45.35.

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SOFLO Sharks Shine With Wins, Time Drops On Opening Day Of LCM BB Silvers South Championships

By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, July 13, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club turned in a strong opening day at the Florida Gold Coast BB Silvers LCM South Championships Friday at Sunrise Civic Center.

The Sharks had some impressive wins and time drops during timed finals.

Among SOFLO’s individual champions were:

Ava Kuznik, 13, 200-meter freestyle, 2:23.99, time drop 17.51.

Alexandra Strong, 10, 200-meter individual medley, 3:20.23.

Sophia Grubbs, 14, 200-meter individual medley, 2:38.68, time drop 5.78.

Leeann Ranalli, 16, 200-meter individual medley, 2:50.25. She was also second in the 400-meter freestyle in 5:07.93.

Among other top three SOFLO finishers were:

Sarah Vasquez, 11, second, 400-meter freestyle, 5:19.36, time drop 3.37.

Alessio Mazzi, 12, second, 200-meter freestyle, 2:29.06, time drop, 8.68.

Mariann Catalasan, 13, third, 200-meter individual medley, 2:43.09, time drop 9.48.

Leah Pando, 13, third, 400-meter freestyle, 5:12.16, time drop 6.63.

Ryan Harries, 10, third, 200-meter individual medley, 3:20.40, time drop 7.38.

Christian Vasquez, 15, third, 200-meter indivudual medley, 2:34.71, time drop 2.24.

SOFLO has 57 swimmers competing in 219 individual events and 12 relays over three days.

Among other FGC teams are Azura, Hurricanes Swimming, Florida Keys Swim Club, SwimFast, North Miami, Olympus, Cooper City Cyclones, Hialeah, Miami Country Day and Ransom Everglades.

The FGC LCM BB Silvers Championships North meet is being hosted by the Pompano Beach Piranhas at Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.


200-meter freestyle:
7-10, 1. Andrea Viera, MAC 2:54.59; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Mikhel Martin 3:05.13, 9. Shelby Evans 3:07.14, time drop 4.53, 10. Jemma Baldwin 3:09.15; 11-12, 1. Kiera Rampersad, NMST 2:30.24; SOFLO: 4. Sarah Vasquez 2:34.38, time drop 1.87, 10. Genesis Escobar 2:39.10, time drop 0.58; 13-14, 1. Ava Kuznik, SOFLO 2:23.99, time drop 17.51; 15-18, 1. Sofia Avellaneda, SUN 2:24.48; SOFLO: 7. Maria Herne 2:34.80, time drop 1.01.

200-meter individual medley:
7-10, 1. Alexandra Strong, SOFLO 3:20.23; SOFLO: 4. Alessandra Gendarmi 3:26.26, time drop, 5.61, 5. Saree Young 3:27.55, 7. Shelby Evans 3:30.99, time drop 4.99, 8. Jemma Baldwin 3:32.33; 11-12, 1. Natalia Ladha, SF 2:49.27, 9. Elise Dinehart 3:18.05; 13-14, 1. Sophia Grubbs, SOFLO 2:38.68, time drop 5.78; SOFLO: 3. Mariann Catalasan 2:43.09, time drop 9.48; 15-18, 1. Leeann Ranalli, SOFLO 2:50.25; SOFLO: 4. Maria Herne 2:56.85, 5. Alana Deo 2:57.94.

400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Natalia Ladha, SF 5:18.42; SOFLO: 2. Sarah Vasquez 5:19.36, time drop 3.37, 6. Genesis Escobar 5:34.95, time drop 11.95; 13-14, 1. Teresa Landron, SUN 4:51.36; SOFLO: 3. Leah Pando 5:12.16, time drop 6.63; 15-18, 1. Brooke Mundy, MCDA 5:02.23; SOFLO: 2. Leeann Ranalli 5:07.93, 7. Alana Deo 5:38.46.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Kiera Rampersad, NMST 5:56.72; 13-14, 1. Jade Renaud, SF 5:49.17.


200-meter freestyle:
7-10, 1. Emihlio Reveron, Unattached 2:42.03; SOFLO: 4. Ryan Harries 2:57.47, time drop 9.62; 11-12, 1. Mathias Esteves, GRSC 2:27.58; SOFLO: 2. Alessio Mazzi 2:29.06, time drop 8.68, 4. Nicholas Pelaez 2:31.06, time drop 2.65, 6. Stefano Mazzi 2:32.98, time drop 3.08; 13-14, 1. Rithvik Marri, MWA 2:11.04; SOFLO: 4. Aldo Zepeda 2:14.55, time drop 4.40, 6. Adrian Hernandez 2:15.67, time drop 0.90; 15-18, 1. John Fanjul, GRSC 2:13.99; SOFLO: 5. Ryan Alfonso 2:16.77.

200-meter individual medley:
7-10, 1. Jake Kotz-Agramonte, Unattached 3:17.13; SOFLO: 3. Ryan Harries 3:20.40, time drop 7.38; 11-12, 1. Kaideng Zhao, SUN 2:39.54; 13-14, 1. Reinel Lorenzo, MAC 2:35.38; 15-18, 1. Manuel Melendez, SOFLO 2:29.74, time drop 9.88; SOFLO: 3. Christian Vasquez 2:34.71, time drop 2.24.

400-meter freestyle:
7-10, 1. Diego Diaz, BMHG 6:05.55; 11-12, 1. Alejandro Osorio, Azura 5:23.58; 13-14, 1. Santiago Lozano, GRSC 4:43.51, 6. Lucas Porven 4:58.83; 15-18, 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 4:35.65.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Matviy Karachun, YSF 6:14.14; 13-14, 1. Rithvik Marri, MWA 5:20.52; SOFLO: 2. Adrian Hernandez 5:23.98, time drop 0.92.


What: Florida Gold Coast BB Silvers LCM Championships South

When: Saturday-Sunday

Where: Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.

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

Of note: The meet is co-hosted by Sunrise Swimming, Sunrise Swimming Booster Club and City of Sunrise…In addition to SOFLO and Sunrise, 34 FGC teams will compete…Admission is $5 per person, per session. Heat sheets are free and available online and Meet Mobile…for more information call meet director Christi Woolger at 954-747-4635.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Sharks Head Field For Long Course Meters BB Silvers South Championships

By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, July 11, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club will send nearly 60 swimmers to the Florida Gold Coast BB Silvers Long Course Meters South Championships at Sunrise Civic Center.

SOFLO will have 57 swimmers compete in 219 individual events and 12 relays over three days.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Sophia Grubbs, 14, 200-meter individual medley, 2:44.46.

Saree Young, 9, 200-meter individual medley, 3:24.57.

Adrian Hernandez, 13, 400-meter individual medley, 5:24.90.

Jemma Baldwin, 8, 100-meter backstroke, 1:35.01.

Ryan Harries, 10, 50-meter butterfly, 42.60.

Alessandra Gendarmi, 10, 50-meter freestyle, 36.71; 50-meter breaststroke, 48.73.

Sophia Avila, 10, 100-meter freestyle, 1:20.72.

Isabella Perry, 10, 100-meter butterfly, 1:41.90.

Among other FGC teams are Azura, Hurricanes Swimming, Florida Keys Swim Club, SwimFast, North Miami, Olympus, Cooper City Cyclones, Hialeah, Miami Country Day and Ransom Everglades.

The FGC LCM BB Silvers Championships North meet is being hosted by the Pompano Beach Piranhas at Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.


What: Florida Gold Coast BB Silvers LCM Championships South

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.

Schedule: Friday, timed finals 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m, finals 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.

Of note: The meet is co-hosted by Sunrise Swimming, Sunrise Swimming Booster Club and City of Sunrise…In addition to SOFLO and Sunrise, 34 FGC teams will compete…Admission is $5 per person, per session. Heat sheets are free and available online and Meet Mobile…for more information call meet director Christi Woolger at 954-747-4635.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Swimmers Expected To Make Huge Impact During 2018 High School Season; Pines Charter Opens Season Wednesday

By Sharon Robb

SEPTEMBER 4, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are expected to play a huge role in high school swimming this season at various high schools including Pembroke Pines Charter and Cooper City.

After its season-opener was cancelled last week, Pembroke Pines Charter opens the season Wednesday on the road at Cypress Bay at 7 p.m.

The Jaguars are coached by SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie at Academic Village Pool.

Last season at the State 3A meet, Pembroke Pines Charter’s boys team was fourth with 135 points, the program’s highest finish in school history.

Rafael Rodriguez leads the boys’ team this year. He was a region runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly (52.04) and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.42). Rodriguez and Sebastian Sevilla return off the fifth place 400-yard freestyle relay (3:14.16).

The Jaguars graduated several top swimmers including Ricardo Roche (Florida State) and Kelley Heron (Michigan State) but has good depth and talented swimmers including Ryan Alfonso, Daniela Barreto, Jena Legaspi, Tanner Gibson, Matthew Kim, Victoria Torres, Christian Vasquez, Julinna Villarta and seventh grader Lucas Porven.

Cooper City, Broward’s top girls finisher at the State 4A meet last season placing eighth, returns another strong girls team with sisters Kathleen and Molly Golding and freshman newcomer Mallory Schleicher, all three coming off a strong club season at SOFLO.

University of Florida-bound Kathleen Golding returns as a three-time defending state champion in the 200-yard individual medley for her final high school season. Golding was the only girl or boy swimmer from Broward County to win a state title at the Class 4A level.

SOFLO’s Paige Lane returns to Cypress Bay as a sophomore with a high school season of experience under her belt. She was an All-County second team selection as a freshman. Senior Marianna Serrao and junior Jacqueline Lugo lead the girls team.

Lance Lesage, who swam for Fort Lauderdale High last season, has transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas. Distance swimmer Leonardo Mateus returns to Everglades as a junior.

Sam Quintero, at age 12 one of the youngest swimmers to qualify for last year’s Class 1A state meet, returns to Sagemont. At the state meet, Quintero swam lifetime-bests in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.24) and 100-yard breaststroke (59.96).

And, don’t forget the divers who have made the difference for several teams down the championship stretch. University School junior two-time defending state champion Maia Goldstein returns to lead a talented list of divers. Pine Crest freshman Kevin Mendez returns to defend his 1-meter title.

Pine Crest is expected to be the county’s top boys and girls team under new head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny who takes over the reins from veteran Hall of Fame coach Jay Fitzgerald who retired after last season. Podkoscielny’s daughter Julia, who recently turned 14, is coming off an outstanding summer of swim meets and expected to be among the county’s best. She has been swimming high school meets since age 12.

The Panthers return a wealth of talent including Andrea Santander, who will represent Venezuela at the Youth Olympics; Virginia Tech-bound senior Hannah Virgin, who represents Sweden internationally; Alexandra Meszaros, diver Ishani Singh, Emily Weiss, Esther Lin, and Rachel Botting. The boys’ team is led by Elvis Kotikovski, Jacob Silberman, Nicholas Vale and Matthew Petreski.

American Heritage Plantation, Cardinal Gibbons and Westminster Academy are expected to rebuild this season. Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Cypress Bay, St. Thomas Aquinas and University School are expected to be among top teams. Cypress Bay returns as defending BCAA boys and girls champions.

Perennial powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles remains the winningest team in the state and prototype for every other high school team at all levels around the state.

With 30 state titles in a row, Bolles boys team has a place on everyone’s team to watch list, and that’s not changing in 2018. The strength starts at the top with senior Texas commit Paul DeGrado, among the leading junior breaststroke swimmers in the nation, and follows with Jack Wessell and Noah Emerson, both Class 1A state finalists last year. As usual, it’s the unmatched depth of the Bolles squad that keeps the team a lock to repeat as state champion.

After a close call in 2016 finishing just 10 points ahead of Pine Crest, Bolles bounced back for a more impressive 27th straight state title last year. Most of the team’s speed and point scorers return. Among the state finalists returning are distance specialist Leah DeGeorge, sophomore sprinter Emily MacDonald and Sasha Ramey and Adair Sand in the individual medley.



Sept. 5: Pines Charter at Cypress Bay; Calvary Christian, South Florida Heat at University School
Sept. 7: Pine Crest at Somerset
Sept 12: Douglas, Stranahan at Pines Charter; Pine Crest at University School; Cooper City, West Broward at South Broward; Archbishop McCarthy at American Heritage.
Sept. 15: Bolles Invitational; September Splash at St. Andrew’s
Sept. 17: Deerfield Beach at Cooper City
Sept. 20: Pines Charter, Piper at Northeast; Monarch, Cooper City at Nova.
Sept. 21: American Heritage at Pine Crest
Sept. 22: Sharks Invitational at NSU
Sept. 24: Pines Charter at Fort Lauderdale; Taravella, West Broward at Cooper City
Sept. 26: North Broward, Posnack at University School
Sept. 28-29: FSPA High School Invitational at Stuart
Sept. 28: Pine Crest at Westminster Academy
Sept. 29: BCAA Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex
Oct. 3: Pines Charter, St. Thomas at Pompano Beach; Flanagan, McArthur at Cooper City; American Heritage, Chaminade-Madonna at University School
Oct. 5: Belen Jesuit at Pine Crest
Oct. 5-6: Palm Beach County Championships at Lake Lytal
Oct. 10: Flanagan, West Broward at Pines Charter; Ransom Everglades at Pine Crest; Everglades, Western at Cooper City; Somerset, Sagemont at University School.
Oct. 12: Bolles at Pine Crest
Oct. 13: 55th Woodson Invitational
Oct. 17: Westminster Academy at University School; Somerset at American Heritage
Oct. 19: St. Andrew’s at Pine Crest
Oct. 22-27: District meets for Class 3A & 4A
Oct. 29-Nov. 3: District meets for Class 1A & 2A
Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Region meets for Class 3A & 4A
Nov. 5-10: Region meets for Class 1A & 2A
Nov. 9: Class 3A State Meet, Stuart
Nov. 10: Class 4A State Meet, Stuart
Nov. 16: Class 1A State Meet
Nov. 17: Class 2A State Meet


CLASS 1A GIRLS: Jacksonville Bolles
CLASS 1A BOYS: Jacksonville Bolles
CLASS 2A GIRLS: Gulliver Prep
CLASS 2A BOYS: Tampa Jesuit
CLASS 3A GIRLS: St. John’s Creekside
CLASS 3A BOYS: Tallahassee Chiles
CLASS 4A GIRLS: Gainesville Buchholz
CLASS 4A BOYS: Sarasota Riverview


200-yard Medley Relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:46.38, 2. Cooper City 1:49.11, 3. Cypress Bay 1:50.15, 4. Westminster Academy 1:50.52, 5. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:53.00, 6. Fort Lauderdale 1:53.85, 7. Somerset 1:54.31, 8. Deerfield Beach 1:54.46, 9. Calvary Christian 1:54.98, 10. South Florida Heat 1:56.63; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 1:47.47 (Annabella Lyn, Hannah Virgin, Andrea Santander, Jamie Flores).

200-yard Freestyle: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 1:47.02, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 1:52.69, 3. Rachel Contich, CALV 1:53.89, 4. Paige Lane, CB 1:53.98, 5. Annabella Lyn, PC 1:54.10, 6. Haley Cisewski, PC 1:55.73, 7. Ulrike Tovilla, CB 1:56.12, 8. Delaney Biro, CSCS 1:56.68, 9. Kasey Jordan, STA 1:56.87, 10. Marissa Brannan, PC 1:57.22, 11. Elizabeth Riley, CB 1:58.69, 12. Summer Schulte, PB 1:59.05; 2016 TOP TIME: Mary Smutny, South Florida Heat 1:46.62.

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Kathleen Golding, CC 1:59.72, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 2:03.45, 3. Hannah Virgin, PC 2:07.17, 4. Kelley Heron, PPC 2:07.21, 5. Mary Smutny, SFH 2:08.79, 6. Molly Golding, CC 2:10.13, 7. Amanda Kopas, NSUS 2:10.39, 8. Emily Weiss, PC 2:10.92, 9. Lara Jones, PC 2:12.09, 10. JoJo Richter, WA 2:13.66, 11. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:14.50, 12. Jessica Nava, WA 2:15.64, 13. Adriana Gooding, SAGE 2:15.70, 14. Thea Mckenna, AHP 2:15.95; 2016 TOP TIME: Kathleen Golding, Cooper City 2:00.34.

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Cathy Cooper, AHP 23.53, 2. Rachel Botting, PC 23.64, 3. Jessica Nava, WA 23.84, 4. Gaby Banks, CB 23.88, 5. 6. Savannah Yates, CG 24.05, 7. Allora Williams, WES 24.14, 8. Racine Ross, FTL 24.24, 9. Solana Capalbo, CC 24.26, 10. Olivia Mason, AHP 24.53, 11. Marissa Brannan, PC 24.94, 12. Matea Smith, TAR 25.01, 13. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOM 25.06, 14. Emily Chen, DB 25.17, 15. JoJo Richter, WA 25.22, 16. Maya Coffey, WB 25.52, 17. Sarah Souza, CALV 25.71, 18. Anna Montgomery, PC 25.81, 19. Robyn Patton, CALV 25.85, 20. Emily Puia, STA 25.88; 2016 TOP TIME: Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 22.61.

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. Maia Goldstein, NSUS 529.85, 2. Ishani Singh, PC 496.70, 3. Olivia Rosen, DOUG 459.40, 4. Leanne Sheffer, SP 456.40, 5. Courtney Russo, CC 437.40, 6. Olivia Rosen, DOUG 421.60, 7. Sophia Souza, CALV 409.35, 8. Shiraz Shiff, PC 408.05, 9. Penelope Jacobson, DOUG 406.15, 10. Makenzie Blake, WA 383.85, 11. Lily Ehrlich, PB 380.45; TOP POINTS: 1. Karlee Price, St. Thomas Aquinas 523.95.

100-yard Butterfly: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 53.39, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 55.79, 3. Racine Ross, FTL 56.73, 4. Mary Smutny, South Florida Heat 57.01, 5. Molly See, PC 58.04, 6. Esther Lin, PC 58.10, 7. Delaney Biro, CSC 58.27, 8. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOM 59.80, 9. Elizabeth Riley, CB 1:00.82, 10. Jacque Lugo, CB 1:00.89, 11. Gwen Bencie, PB 1:01.02, 12. Adriana Gooding, SAGE 1:01.49, 13. Isabella DiSalvo, SOM 1:01.73, 14. Simone Vale, PC 1:01.96; 2016 TOP TIME: Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy 53.45.

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Kathleen Golding, CC 49.79, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 49.99, 3. Jessica Nava, WA 51.07, 4. Rachel Botting, PC 52.05, 5. Cathy Cooper, AHP 52.34, 6. Solana Capalbo, CC 52.57, 7. Paige Lane, CB 52.82, 8. Annabella Lyn, PC 52.91, 9. Gaby Banks, CB 53.01, 10. Mary Smutny, SFH 53.14, 11. Haley Cisewski, PC 53.56, 12. Kasey Jordan STA 53.85, 13. Allora Williams, WES 53.98, 14. Olivia Mason, AHP 54.27, 15. Matea Smith, TAR 55.74, 16. Amanda Kopas, NSUS 55.87, 17. Thais Carrion, NSUS 56.13, 18. Hannah Virgin, PC 56.20, 19. Ulrike Tovilla, CB 56.28, 20. Sofia Sarros NSUS 56.53; 2016 TOP TIME: Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 49.67.

500-yard Freestyle: 1. Rachel Contich, CALV 5:00.83, 2. Marissa Brannan, PC 5:02.99, 3. Anna Montgomery, PC 5:06.12, 4. Giulia Guerre Montes, FTL 5:07.31, 5. Molly See, PC 5:12.54, 6. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 5:13.36, 7. Summer Schulte, PB 5:14.18, 8. Ulrike Tovilla, CB 5:14.62, 9. Amanda Kopas, NSUS 5:15.33, 10. Barbara Bernal, CC 5:18.62, 11. Jessica Nava, WA 5:20.64, 12. Lara Jones, PC 5:21.59, 13. Megan Schimansky, CGL 5:22.17, 14. Adriana Rodriguez, CG 5:22.66, 15. Sara Quintero, SAGE 5:23.68, 16. Gabriella Chambers, STA 5:24.33, 17. JoJo Richter, WA 5:26.45; 2016 TOP TIME: Rachel Contich, Calvary Christian 5:00.32.

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:34.70, 2. Cooper City 1:39.23, 3. American Heritage Plantation 1:39.32, 4. Calvary Christian 1:40.63, 5. Westminster Academy 1:41.10, 6. NSU University School 1:42.69, 7. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:42.76, 8. Cypress Bay 1:42.94, 9. Pompano Beach 1:43.52, 10. Taravella 1:45.07, 11. Fort Lauderdale 1:45.67, 12. Cardinal Gibbons 1:47.78; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 1:35.13 (Andrea Santander, Alexandra Meszaros, Marissa Brannan, Marta Ciesla).

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 55.10, 2. Kelley Heron, PPC 57.10, 3. JoJo Richter, WA 58.15, 4. Gwen Bencie, PB 58.60, 5. Giulia Guerre Montes, FTL 58.67, 6. Mary Smutney, SFH 59.32, 7. Victoria Abad, SP 59.43, 8. Kayla Cunningham, EVER 59.60, 9. Megan Schimansky, CGL 1:00.01, 10. Simone Vale, PC 1:00.56, 11. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:00.79, 12. Emily Chen, DB 1:00.87, 13. Daniela Gomez, PC 1:00.92, 14. Annabella Lynn, PC 1:01.70, 15. Solana Capalbo, CC 1:01.89, 15. Lalainie Bannister, STA 1:02.23; 2016 TOP TIME: Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy 54.20.

100-yard Breaststroke: 1. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:03.89, 2. Savannah Yates, CG 1:05.75, 3. Esther Lin, PC 1:05.95, 4. Emily Weiss, PC 1:06.75, 5. Molly Golding, CC 1:06.84, 6. Gina Fimiano, STA 1:08.85, 7. Elise Larin, SOM 1:08.90, 8. Samantha Trodick, NOVA 1:09.01, 9. Sara Lin, PC 1:09.27, 10. Daniela Kim, CB 1:09.37, 11. Riley Botting, SFH 1:09.51, 12. Emme Ham, AHP 1:10.02, 13. Thea Mckenna, AHP 1:10.50, 14. Samantha Trodick, NOVA 1:10.73, 15. Victoria Torres, PPC 1:10.78, 16. Alicja Zielinski, NE 1:10.83, 17. Andrea Santander, PC 1:10.87, 18. Abigail Bush, STA 1:10.88; 2016 TOP TIME: Hannah Virgin, Pine Crest 1:04.06.

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:27.85, 2. Cypress Bay 3:38.29, 3. Somerset 3:43.37, 4. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:43.56, 5. American Heritage Plantation 3:44.04, 6. Cooper City 3:44.99, 7. NSU University School 3:45.62, 8. Fort Lauderdale 3:50.29, 9. Pompano Beach 3:56.01, 10. Coral Springs Charter 3:57.53; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 3:27.02.

WEEK TEN GIRLS POLL: 1. Pine Crest, 2. Cooper City, 3. Cypress Bay, 4. American Heritage Plantation, 5. Westminster Academy, Fort Lauderdale.


200-yard Medley Relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:33.15, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:38.22, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:38.56, 4. Fort Lauderdale 1:38.92, 5. Cypress Bay 1:40.82, 6. Sagemont 1:42.32, 7. American Heritage Plantation 1:44.36, 8. NSU University School 1:44.49, 9. Coral Glades 1:45.13, 10. Douglas 1:45.39, 11. Deerfield Beach 1:45.88, 12. Pompano Beach 1:46.82, 13. Calvary Christian 1:47.31, 14. Western 1:47.89; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 1:35.80 (Elvis Kotikovski, Matthew Petreski, Nicholas Vale, Christian Soderberg).

200-yard Freestyle: 1. Daniel Jacobs, NSUS 1:39.37, 2. Andres Lares, PPC 1:41.17, 3. Carlos Vasquez-Moreno, STA 1:41.29, 4. Diego Machado, CB 1:41.53, 5. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 1:43.03, 6. Heath Brames, CC 1:43.09, 7. Luis Bucaro, CB 1:43.10, 8. CJ Kopecki, AHP 1:43.72, 9. Chase Perry, WA 1:45.09, 10. Juan Diaz, CB 1:45.66, 11. Jack D’Avi, CB 1:45.94, 12. Alex Marrero, SB 1:47.15, 13. Nicholas Pacitti, AHP 1:47.30, 14. Andres McKeon, CS 1:47.34, 15. Kalvin Hernandez, STA 1:47.47; 2016 TOP TIME: Tyler Zuyus, Fort Lauderdale 1:39.32.

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Patrick Groters, US 1:49.02, 2. Kevin De Grijz, FTL 1:52.45, 3. Ricardo Roche, PPC 1:53.46, 4. Juan Zapata, STA 1:55.20, 5. Jacob Silberman, PC 1:56.56, 6. Nicholas Vale, PC 1:57.11, 7. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:57.54, 8. Raphael Santos, PB 1:57.79, 9. Sam Quintero, SAGE 1:58.76, 10. Matthew Petreski, PC 1:59.26, 11. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 2:00.04, 12. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 2:01.16, 13. Luis Villanueva, SAGE 2:01.23, 14. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 2:01.47, 15. Yona Rubin, FTL 2:01.66; 2016 TOP TIME: Patrick Groters, US 1:48.52.

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Nico Ferrara, PC 20.91, 2. Chase Perry, WA 21.00, 3. Mattheus Santos, PB 21.45, 4. Juan Serna, WB 21.54, 5. Nicholas Dworet, DOUG 21.62, 6. Robert Wilson, CC 21.81, 7. Kevin Porto, AHP 22.08, 8. Casey Moya, PPC 22.16, 9. Christian Carlson, CALV 22.17, 10. Dante Poe, PB 22.26, 11. Patrick Groters, NSUS 22.28, 12. Nick Dereils-Douglas, STA and Leo Manrique, CB 22.40, 14. Emilio Barrantes, DB 22.59, 15. Daniel Jacobs, NSUS 22.76, 16. Kalvin Hernandez, STA 22.78, 17. Ivan Capalbo, CC 22.83, 18. Alexander Meyer, CGL 22.85, 19. Nicholas Vale, PC 22.87, 20. Guy Bogoslavsky, DOUG 22.88, 21. Cameron Brown, SAGE 22.97; 2016 TOP TIME: Philippe Marcoux, FTL 20.70.

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 537.00, 2. Hudson Coldren, CG 519.10, 3. Lyle Hayes-Macaluso, PC 488.15, 4. Blake Shaw, WA 487.35, 5. Connor Dietrich, DOUG 465.25, 6. Tyler Flowers, CC 429.65, 7. Dillon Kadish, NOVA 377.15, 8. Brandon Austin, NE 306.95; 2016 Top Points: 1. Zach Allen, Cardinal Gibbons 551.90.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Carlos Vasquez-Moreno, STA 49.71, 2. Nicholas Vale, PC 49.79, 3. Juan Zapata, STA 50.99, 4. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 51.33, 5. Diego Machado, CB 51.84, 6. Kalvin Hernandez, STA 52.66, 7. CJ Kopecki, AHP 52.78, 8. Kevin De Grijze, FTL 52.97, 9. Juan Serna, WB 53.27, 10. Sam Bauta, SFH 53.43, 11. Luis Villanueva, SAGE 53.94, 12. Alexio Musleh, CGL 54.69, 13. Jacob Silberman, PC 54.79, 14. Robert Wilson, CC 54.89, 15. Nico Ferrara, PC 54.90, 16. Jose Diaz Lainez, WES 54.92; 2016 TOP TIME: Sebastian Vargas, American Heritage 50.87.

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Nico Ferrara, PC 45.60, 2. Chase Perry, WA 46.06, 3. Nicholas Dworet, DOUG 46.53, 4. Mattheus Santos, PB 46.90, 5. Heath Brames, CC 47.38, 6. Juan Serna, WB 47.49, 7. Kevin Porto, AHP 47.64, 8. Robert Wilson, CC 48.01, 9. David Blanco. CGL 49.05, 10. Nick Dereils-Douglas, STA 49.20, 11. Guy Bogoslavsky, DOUG 49.39, 12. Rafael Santos, PB 49.47, 13. Dante Poe, PB 49.62, 14. David Blanco, CGL 49.93, 15. Diego Jose Darquea-Juris, NSUS 50.13, 16. Ivan Capalbo, CC 50.21, 17. Ralph Meadows, FTL 50.81, 18. David Blanco, CGL 50.22; 2016 TOP TIME: Philippe Marcoux, FTL 44.61.

500-yard Freestyle: 1. Daniel Jacobs, NSUS 4:28.38, 2. Andres Lares, PPC 4:31.18, 3. Nicholas Pacitti, AHP 4:34.05, 4. Ricardo Roche, PPC 4:35.38, 5. Carlos Vasquez, STA 4:38.17, 6. Luis Bucaro, CB 4:39.14, 7. Raphael Santos, PB 4:42.40, 8. Patrick Groters, NSUS 4:43.19, 9. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 4:45.26, 10. Nicolas Rossi, AHP 4:46.23, 11. Andres McKeon, CS 4:46.72, 12. Daniel Escobar, AH 4:48.66, 13. Ronald Hache, PB 4:48.98, 14. Max Miller, CB 4:53.50, 15. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 4:53.51; 2016 TOP TIME: Daniel Jacobs, US 4:30.64.

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Pompano Beach 1:27.80, 2. Pine Crest 1:27.84, 3. Cypress Bay 1:28.29, 4. NSUS 1:29.22, 5. Cooper City, 1:29.57, 6. Douglas 1:29.87, 7. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:31.98, 8. Fort Lauderdale 1:31.99, 9. Westminster Academy 1:32.53, 10. Calvary Christian 1:33.37, 11. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:33.66, 12. Deerfield Beach 1:33.87, 13. American Heritage Plantation 1:34.58, 14. South Broward 1:34.60; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 1:26.04, AA-C, (Nico Ferrara, Elvis Kotikovski, Nicholas Vale, Christian Soderberg).

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Patrick Groters, NSUS 50.18, 2. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 51.10, 3. Nicholas Vale, PC 51.47, 4. Ricardo Roche, PPC 52.58, 5. Lance Lesage, FTL 52.76, 6. Juan Diaz, CB 53.33, 7. Kyle-Anthony Kaufman, STA 53.45, 8. Juan Zapata, STA 53.62, 9. Alex Marrero, SB 53.90, 10. Christian Carlson, CALV 54.60, 11. Jose Diaz Lainez, WES 55.09, 12. Jack D’Avi, CB 57.19, 13. Alexandro Marquez, PB 57.20, 14. Patrick Doyle, CGL 57.43, 15. Sam Nimroozi, CC 57.61, 16. Chad Kersey, FTL 57.66, 17. Yesh Mandava, CB 57.95; 2016 TOP TIME: Patrick Groters, US 49.19.

100-yard Breaststroke: 1. Jacob Silberman, PC 58.16, 2. Kevin Grijze, FTL 58.39, 3. Matthew Petreski, PC 58.68, 4. Andrew Rogantinsky, SB 59.71, 5. Cameron Brown, SAGE 59.73, 6. Sam Quintero, SAGE 59.81, 7. Patrick Groters, NSUS 59.93, 8. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:00.01, 9. Yona Rubin, FTL 1:00.19, 10. Pablo Murillo, CB 1:00.79, 11. Joseph Lee, AHP 1:03.01, 12. Ricardo Roche, PPC 1:03.22, 13. Sam McCormick, CSC 1:03.65 and Shane Schulte, PB 1:03.65, 15. David Avalos, WB 1:04.01, 16. David Blanco, CGL 1:04.30, 17. Ethan Di Egidio, NBP 1:04.55, 18. Kyle Jones, DOUG 1:04.66, 19. tie, CJ Kopecki, AHP 1:04.79 and Renato Franchi Filho, NSUS 1:04.79; 2016 TOP TIME: Adan Diaz, Westlake Prep 56.67.

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Cypress Bay 3:11.47, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:13.10, 3. Pompano Beach 3:13.35, 4. NSU University School 3:14.75, 5. Cooper City 3:15.26, 6. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:15.64, 7. American Heritage Plantation 3:15.98, 8. Pine Crest 3:16.81, 9. Westminster Academy 3:23.46, 10. Sagemont 3:24.68; 2016 TOP TIME: Pine Crest 3:08.04, AA-C (Christian Soderberg, Elvis Kotikovski, Nicholas Vale, Nico Ferrara).

WEEK TEN BOYS POLL: 1. Pine Crest, 2. Cypress Bay, 3. Pompano Beach, 4. American Heritage Plantation, Pembroke Pines Charter, NSU University School.

Sharon Robb can be reached at for results and questions.

SOFLO Swimmers Hit The Road For GCST Winter Invitational

By Sharon Robb

January 12, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are on their first road trip of the New Year.

Swimmers will compete in the three-day GCST Winter Invitational at Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center in Fort Myers.

The meet begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the 500 freestyle and 200 and 400 individual medleys.

Two SOFLO swimmers, Marcella and Melissa compete for the women’s swim team at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Sixteen SOFLO swimmers will compete in 114 individual events and four relays under the watchful eye of age group coach Rose Lockie.

They are: Alana Acevedo, 15; Sarah Acevedo, 13; Kaitlyn Barrios, 11; Samuel Bullen, 11; Mia Escudero, 12; Nathaniel Garrick, 12; Yannai Michael, 12; Leah Pando, 10; Alessandro Pereira, 10; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 11; Kailey Smith, 12; Owen Smith, 10; Emma Twombly, 12; Christian Vasquez, 13; and Sarah Vasquez, 9.

The Gulf Coast Swim Team of the Florida Swimming Association is hosting the three-day age group and senior meet. The 25-yard meet will be run in two eight-lane courses each day except Sunday afternoon.


What: GCST Winter Invitational

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday morning session 8:30 a.m. (13-14 and senior); Saturday and Sunday distance sessions begin 15 minutes following the end of the morning sessions. Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions will begin approximately 30 minutes after the distance session ends.

Where: Lee County/Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Success Breeds Success, South Florida Aquatic Club Turns In Another Successful Year

By Sharon Robb

January 7, 2017—Success doesn’t happen overnight at South Florida Aquatic Club.

It starts with a dream that turns into a goal. Then the hard work and dedication follows to make the dream come true.

And a swimmer doesn’t succeed on his own. There’s the coach, parents and teammates who share the same dream and help a swimmer reach his or her goal.

There’s also losing and not swimming a best time at every meet. That’s the much-needed learning experience that teaches a swimmer humility and is also a powerful motivator to work harder.

SOFLO swimmers have learned their lessons well and continued the winning tradition in 2016.

As everyone celebrated the New Year and took a little time off away from the pool, it was fun to look back to see what SOFLO accomplished over twelve months.

From world-class international meets to sizzlers, the hard work and dedication of swimmers and coaches was never more evident during another successful year.

Success is never taken for granted at SOFLO. After outstanding 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, SOFLO improved again across the board enjoying success at every level during 2016 and raised the bar once again for 2017.

With talent, depth and excellent coaching, the largest team in the Florida Gold Coast never lost sight of the importance of the team concept which has become its trademark through the years.

As the New Year gets under way with new dreams, goals and resolutions, let’s reflect on some of last year’s highlights.

SOFLO’s Top 12 Moments in 2016 were:

1. Marc Rojas made his international debut for the Dominican Republic at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Canada, one of the sport’s biggest meets and breaks two national records with best times in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events. He also won his heat in the 200-meter breaststroke.

2. Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, after the disappointment of being a medal favorite and finishing eighth at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, bounced back with a second career world short course record in the 50-meter breaststroke at the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series in Tokyo.

3. Long time SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie earns Broward All-County Coach of the Year honors after leading Pembroke Pines Charter to its first undefeated boys’ season. She is joined on first team by SOFLO swimmers Ricardo Roche and Kellie Heron of Pembroke Pines Charter and Kathleen Golding of Cooper City.

4. SOFLO sends its largest group of qualifiers (six) to the Speedo Winter Junior National East Championships in Columbus, Ohio—Kathleen Golding, Jessica Rodriguez, Kelley Heron, Ervin Marin, Luke Lezotte and Max Asnis.

5. SOFLO makes team history by capturing its seventh consecutive team title and 13th overall at the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics. It was the fourth consecutive year that the club won back-to-back short and long course titles in the same year.

6. SOFLO four-peats Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in its home pool. It was the fourth time SOFLO swimmers accomplished the feat in the same season

7. SOFLO earned the USA Swimming Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award for the fifth time in six years.

8. SOFLO sent more than three dozen swimmers to the FHSAA High School State Meets in Stuart including Kathleen Golding of Cooper City, who defended her title in the 200-yard individual medley with an automatic All-American time of 2:00.34 to finish the season undefeated in her signature event.

9. At 15, Kathleen Golding makes her debut at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. She made her first Trials cut in the 200-meter individual medley at age 14.

10. SOFLO masters swimmer and triathlete Evelyn Herrmann Salama qualifies for the Hawaii Ironman in Kona, the granddaddy of all Ironmans.

11. SOFLO posted its highest finish in team history at the Speedo Sectional Championships, placing fourth against a world-class field in the combined team standings. It was SOFLO’s best finish since it’s been competing in the meet since 2002.

12. SOFLO’s website becomes the leading source for high school news in South Florida and county honor roll.

SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson has surrounded himself with good coaches and staff members and it shows and reflects in the culture he has developed.

“We are very competitive for sure,” Anderson said. “We do target the championship meets. Our kids challenge themselves and push themselves past their comfort zone and it does show.

“SOFLO has created an infrastructure with its coaches and staff that cultivates a high level of continuing excellence,” Anderson said. “We have a winning culture.”

Now entering its’ 17th year, the first ten as Comets Swim Team and seventh year as SOFLO, swimmers, coaches, office staff, parents and volunteers are looking forward to even more success at the local, state, national and international levels in 2017, the beginning of a new quadrennium.

Have A Happy And Healthy New Year And Here’s To A Great 2017!!!

Sharon Robb can be reached at