SOFLO Swimmers Start Strong On Opening Night Of 14&Under FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb
STUART, July 14, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got off to a great start in the distance events at the 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics Thursday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

Jemma Baldwin, Mackenzie McPherson and Juan Vallmitjana finished runners-up in their events.

Baldwin, 11, was second in the 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 19:34.69. She shaved 30.55 seconds off her previous best and dipped under 20 minutes for the first time in her young career.

McPherson, 12, was second in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:43.04.

Vallmitjana, 13, was second in the 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 17:03.92, dropping 33.47 seconds off his previous best.

Other top six SOFLO finishers were:
Toma Petkov, 10, 400 freestyle, third, 5:33.76, time drop 16.91.
Christie Ann Lumsden, 10, 400 freestyle, fourth, 5:20.32, time drop 6.60.
Ethan Hall, 12, 400 IM, fourth 5:36.30, time drop 3.57.
Mason Jimenez, 14, 1500 freestyle, fifth, 18:14.04.
Sarah Vasquez, 14, 1500 freestyle, sixth, 19:08.68, time drop 16.28.
Saree Young, 12, 400 IM, 5:56.72, sixth, best time.
Eric Ferrer, 11, 1500 freestyle, sixth, 19:32.71, tme drop 4.83.
Michael Barber, 10, 400 freestyle, sixth, 5:47.00, time drop 13.30.
Noah Mejias, 11, 400 IM, sixth, 5:40.84, time drop 12.25.

SOFLO has one of its largest contingents with 64 qualified swimmers (33 boys, 31 girls) in 274 individual events and relays.

At last summer’s JOs, SOFLO won the girls team title with 262 points ahead of Metro Aquatics with 234. SOFLO boys’ team finished second with 246.50 behind Metro Aquatics with 346 points. Metro Aquatics won the combined team title with 610 points. Defending champion SOFLO was second with 546.50.

The meet is being co-hosted by Martin County, Florida Gold Coast Swimming, Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club for the sixth time.

THURSDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Veronica Metz, WOW 18:44.76; SOFLO: 2. Jemma Baldwin 19:34.69, time drop 30.55, 9. Sofia Gomez 20:37.44, time drop 7.48, 13. Sofia Rodriguez 21:03.40, time drop 19.12.
13-14, 1. Da’jah German, SFTL 18:28.55; SOFLO: 6. Sarah Vasquez 19:08.68, time drop 16.28, 8. Amelie Bicerne 19:19.32, 14. Mariana Pinto 20:21.94.

400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Jilliam Henriquez, PST 5:03.49; SOFLO: 4. Christie Ann Lumsden 5:20.32, time drop 6.60.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Zoe Schnoeller, SFTL 5:40.51; SOFLO: 2. Mackenzie McPherson 5:43.04, best time yards 5:05.07, 6. Saree Young 5:56.72, best time yards 5:15.83.

BOYS
1500-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Felipe Alvarez, PST 18:41.68; SOFLO: 6. Eric Ferrer 19:32.71, time drop 4.83, 14. Atharv Agashe 21:37.13.
13-14, 1. Fredreick Rosenthal, PCS 17:03.41; SOFLO: 2. Juan Vallmitjana 17:03.92, time drop 33.47, 5. Mason Jimenez 18:14.04.

400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Mason Shepley, LLL 5:27.24; SOFLO: 3. Toma Petkov 5:33.76, time drop 16.91, 6. Michael Barber 5:47.00, time drop 13.30.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Caleb Caponera, SAS 5:30.71; SOFLO: 4. Ethan Hall 5:36.30, time drop 3.57, 6. Noah Mejias 5:40.84, time drop 12.25, 7. David Valdiviezo 5:43.63, time drop 12.65.

IF YOU GO
WHAT:
14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

WHEN: Thursday-Sunday

WHERE: Sailfish Splash Park, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart.

TIMELINE: Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m., 5:30-6:49 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1:23 p.m., 5:30-6:46 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12:24 p.m., 5:30-7:13 p.m.

ADMISSION: $5 per session. Heat sheets will not be sold but will be available at http://www.martincountyswimming.org or http://www.npbswimming.com. A concession stand will be available. The venue will open to spectators, athletes and coaches at 7 a.m. each morning and 4 p.m. each afternoon.

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

SOFLO Heads Field For FGC Junior Olympics That Begin Thursday


By Sharon Robb
STUART, July 13, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club will be one of the favorites when the 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics get under way Thursday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

SOFLO is sending one of its largest contingents with 64 qualified swimmers (33 boys, 31 girls) in 274 individual events and relays.

At last summer’s JOs, SOFLO won the girls team title with 262 points ahead of Metro Aquatics with 234. The girls team led from start to finish.

SOFLO boys’ team finished second with 246.50 behind Metro Aquatics with 346 points.

Metro Aquatics won the combined team title with 610 points. Defending champion SOFLO was second with 546.50 and St. Andrew’s Aquatics third with 370.

The meet begins Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with 96 entries competing in 15 heats of timed finals in the 1500 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 400 IM.

SOFLO’s Christie Ann Lumsden, 10, is top seed in two events, the 100 breaststroke, 1:32.49 and 50 breaststrokem 41.36.

SOFLO, Metro Aquatics and St. Andrew’s lead the field of FGC teams. Among other teams entered are Wahoos of Wellington, Miami Swimming, Gulliver, Heritage Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Blue Marlins, Lake Lytal Lightning, Pompano Beach Piranhas, North Miami Swim Team, Jupiter Dragons, Midtown Weston, Ransom, Pine Crest Swimming and Plantation Swim Team.

SOFLO swimmers making their final JO summer meet appearance are 14-year-olds: Anjana Andapally, Sarah Bedoya, Amelie Bicerne, Elise Dinehart, Genesis Escobar, Katelyn Gembicki, Derek Hau, Mason Jimenez, Benjamin Kim, Tania Mantilla, Matt McVeigh, Isabella Montes, Abraham Penaloza, Marianna Pinto, Felipe Rodriguez, Nicolai Ross and Sarah Vasquez.

The venue is the site for the FHSAA high school state meets every year as well as several other meets.

The meet is being co-hosted by Martin County, Florida Gold Coast Swimming, Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club for the sixth time.

IF YOU GO
WHAT: 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

WHEN: Thursday-Sunday

WHERE: Sailfish Splash Park, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart.

TIMELINE: Thursday, 5:30-9:03 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m., 5:30-6:49 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1:23 p.m., 5:30-6:46 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12:24 p.m., 5:30-7:13 p.m.

ADMISSION: $5 per session. Heat sheets will not be sold but will be available at http://www.martincountyswimming.org or http://www.npbswimming.com. A concession stand will be available. The venue will open to spectators, athletes and coaches at 7 a.m. each morning and 4 p.m. each afternoon.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Win Three JO Titles, SOFLO Girls First, Boys Second After Day One Of FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb
STUART, July 22, 2021–Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club dominated opening day action at the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics Swimming Championships Thursday at Sailfish Splash Water Park.

SOFLO girls, led by two individual winners, leads the girls 18-team field with 105 points. Coral Springs Swim Club is second with 71 points and St. Andrew’s Aquatics is third with 64 points.

SOFLO boys, led by JO champion Juan Vallmitjana, is second with 114 points behind Metro Aquatics with 182 points among a field of 19 boys teams. St. Andrew’s Aquatics and Sunrise Swimming are tied for third with 43 points.

In the girls’ 13-14 1500-meter freestyle, SOFLO had three swimmers in the top seven all with best long course times and big time drops including winner Izzy Wilson, 14, breaking 18 minutes for the first time in 17:50.45. Her previous best was 18:00.69, a 12.98-second drop. Wilson was the only swimmer under 18 minutes. She leads 13-14 high point with 20 points, tied with teammate Gabriella DeLuna and Siena Griffiths of St. Andrew’s Aquatics. Amelie Bicerne, 13, was fifth in 18:54.71, dropping 23.58 seconds and Sarah Vasquez, 13, was eighth in 19:31.16, dropping 13.15.

Current TYR Swimmer of the Month Gabriella DeLuna, 14, won the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:13.84, dropping 8.74 seconds.

Jemma Baldwin, 10, was second in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 5:15.61. She is second in high point with 17 points.

Vallmitjana, 12, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 18:06.66. He is third in high point with 20 points.

The four-day meet continues on Friday. Sessions are 8:30 a.m. prelims and 5:30 p.m. finals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

SOFLO has 58 swimmers (29 girls and 29 boys) in 307 individual events and relays.

Among teams competing are Azura, Lake Lytal Lightning, Eagle Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, St. Andrew’s Swimming, FAST, Jupiter Dragons, Gulliver, Blue Marlins, Metro Aquatics, Midtown Weston, Ransom-Everglades, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Plantation Swim Team, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Wahoos of Wellington and co-hosts North Palm Beach Swim Club and Martin County Swimming.

COVID-19 safety protocols are being observed. Spectators are only permitted in designated areas of the pool deck unless they are registered with USA swimming as an athlete or as a non-athlete and are working the meet. The only exception is for timers and volunteers assisting with the conduct of the meet.

Heat sheets will not be sold and admission for each session is $15.

THURSDAY RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS:
1. South Florida Aquatic Club 105, 2. Coral Springs Swim Club 71, 3. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 64, 4. Wahoos of Wellington 58, 5. North Palm Beach 52, 6. Metro Aquatics 48, 7. Midtown Weston 47, 8. Gulliver 42, 9. Eagle Aquatics 33, 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 32.
BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 182, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 114, 3. tie, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Sunrise Swimming 43, 5. Gulliver 39, 6. Hurricane Aquatics 32, 7. North Miami Swim Team 31, 8. Coral Springs Swim Club 29, 9. Eagle Aquatics 23, 10. tie, North Palm Beach Swim Club, TS Aquatics 20.

GIRLS
1500-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Allison Connors, WOW 18:58.87.
13-14, 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 17:50.45, time drop 12.98; SOFLO: 5. Amelie Bicerne 18:54.71, time drop 23.58, 8. Sarah Vasquez 19:31.16, time drop 13.15.

400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, Eagle Aquatics 5:12.74, 2. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 5:15.61, time drop 18.23; SOFLO: 11. Sofia Rodriguez 5:44.87, time drop 8.87.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Maria Perez, MWA 5:29.91; SOFLO: 4. Amanda Grubbs 5:38.75, time drop 7.94.
13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 5:13.84, time drop 8.74.

BOYS
1500-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 18:06.66.
13-14, 1. Robert Alvarez, MAC 16:58.06; SOFLO: 6. Hashan Ekanayake 17:50.34, 14. Nichoalas Pelaez 18:30.89.

400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Trace Colton, NPB 4:56.87; SOFLO: 4. Noah Mejias 5:19.79, time drop, 6. Eric Ferrer 5:28.68, time drop, 7. Guillermo Mantilla 5:38.24, time drop.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 5:17.40; SOFLO: 6. Joshua Menezes 5:52.54, 8. Ryan Harries 5:56.65.
13-14, 1. Roberto Gossmann, TSA 4:48.90; SOFLO: 8. Felix Gonzalez

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Heads Field For FGC Junior Olympics Long Course Championships


By Sharon Robb
STUART, July 21, 2021–After a year’s absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Florida Aquatic Club will try and defend its title at the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics Swimming Championships Thursday through Sunday at Sailfish Splash Water Park.

In July 2019, SOFLO won the combined and girls long course team titles and finished boys runner-up among a field of 32 teams. It was SOFLO’s tenth consecutive JO long course title and 11th overall in club history.

In March, SOFLO finished runner-up to Metro Aquatics in the JO short course meet (717-661) at Coral Springs. In 2019, SOFLO won its tenth combined short course title including nine consecutive.

The four-day meet opens Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with the 1,500-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley.

The remaining sessions are set for 8:30 a.m. prelims and 5:30 p.m. finals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is the fifth year the JO meet has been held at Sailfish Waterpark.

SOFLO qualified 58 swimmers (29 girls and 29 boys) in 307 individual events and relays.

SOFLO’s top-seeded swimmers are:

Isabelle Wilson, 14, 1500-meter freestyle 18:03.43.

Jemma Baldwin, 10, 200-meter individual medley 2:56.20; 100-meter backstroke 1:24.79; 100-meter butterfly 1:24.46.

Gabriella Deluna, 14, 200-meter backstroke 2:30.67.

Gianna Martin, 10, 100-meter breaststroke 1:34.18.

Juan Vallmitjana, 12, 400-meter freestyle 4:38.08; 200-meter freestyle 2:14.00.

Among other top-seeded swimmers are Trace Colton of North Palm Beach, George Gonzalez of Metro Aquatics, Marco Machado of Pompano Beach Piranhas, Maria Perez of Midtown Weston and Reese Andres of St. Andrew’s Swimming.

Among teams competing are Azura, Lake Lytal Lightning, Eagle Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, St. Andrew’s Swimming, FAST, Jupiter Dragons, Gulliver, Blue Marlins, Metro Aquatics, Midtown Weston, Ransom-Everglades, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Plantation Swim Team, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Wahoos of Wellington and co-hosts North Palm Beach Swim Cluband Martin County Swimming.

COVID-19 safety protocols are being observed. Spectators will only be permitted in designated areas of the pool deck unless they are registered with USA swimming as an athlete or as a non-athlete and are working the meet. The only exception is for timers and volunteers assisting with the conduct of the meet.

Heat sheets will not be sold and admission for each session is $15. There will be concession.

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

SOFLO Sends Six Qualifiers To FHSAA State 3A Meet On Friday; St. Thomas Aquinas Girls Among Team Favorites


By Sharon Robb


STUART, November 5, 2020—Despite the season’s late start and challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first of four FHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships gets under way Friday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center.

The Class 3A meet, featuring district and region champions St. Thomas girls and Miami Belen boys, will compete among a field of more than 40 teams, mainly from Central and North Florida.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented with six qualifiers, four boys and two girls, including two freshmen making their high school state meet debut.

St. Thomas Aquinas senior Lance Lesage, a state runner-up last year, will try to win his first state title in the 100-yard backstroke. Ranked No. 1 in the county, he is seeded fourth in the event in 52.45. Only Lawton Chiles High School senior Hayden Kwan has cracked 50 seconds in 49.78, an All-American consideration time and is seeded first in the event. Lesage is also seeded eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.01.

At last week’s Region 4-3A meet, Lesage defended his title in the 100 backstroke and was third in the 50-yard freestyle.

Mater Academy senior Michael Arias is seeded sixth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.91 and seventh seed in the 100-yard freestyle in 48.15. At the region meet, Arias won the 100 freestyle and was second in the 50 freestyle.

Archbishop McCarthy sophomore Nathaniel Garrick is seeded 22nd in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.32. He is ranked fourth in the event in the county. At the region meet he was third in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle. He is the only swimmer to qualify from Archbishop McCarthy.

Doral junior Juan Mora is seeded second in 100-yard butterfly in 50.17 and seeded third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.52. He was a region runner-up in both events.

St. Thomas Aquinas girls team, among the favorites to finish in the Top 5 among teams, features two SOFLO swimmers, both freshmen making their first state appearance.

Julianne McCranie will compete in two individual events and relays. She is seeded fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.04 and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.45. She is ranked No. 1 in the county in the butterfly.

Teammate Mariann Catalasan is seeded 24th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.20.

Other St. Thomas Aquinas qualifiers:


Girls’ 200-yard medley relay, 1:54.86, 200-yard freestyle relay, 1:42.21 and 400 yard freestyle relay in 3:42.63.

Gabriella Chambers and Samantha Litman, 200-yard freestyle. Chambers also qualified in the 100 freestyle in 55.52.

Jade Renaud 2:15.80, 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke, 1:11.39.

Divers Kaitlyn Ross, seeded second with 471.05 points, Emma Murray 371.70 and Lindsay Ruoff, 343.05.

Anna Kline, 5:31.32, Megan Smith 5:39.71, 500-yard freestyle.

Boys 200-yard medley relay, 1:41.49 and 400-yard freestyle relay, 3:21.02.

Jack Faulkner, 100-yard butterfly, 54.89 and 100-yard backstroke, 54.73.

Swimming prelims are 9 a.m. with finals at 5:30 p.m. Boys diving begins 9 a.m. and women’s diving at 1:30 p.m.

According to FHSAA organizers, due to COVID-19, face coverings will always be required for non-active participants and all spectators while inside the venue. There will be no capacity restrictions, however, additional bleachers have been added so that fans can socially distance between household groups while watching their swimmers.

Naples Barron Collier is defending 3A boys state champions and Tallahassee Chiles is defending 3A girls state champions. The state meets will be live streamed on NFHS Network and results will be posted on Meet Mobile.

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

Defending Champion SOFLO Sharks Head Field For This Week’s FGC Summer Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

STUART, July 17, 2019—It’s Show Time for South Florida Aquatic Club and another opportunity to make a little more history in Florida Gold Coast swimming.

South Florida Aquatic Club will try and build on its winning tradition and legacy at this week’s Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Summer Junior Olympic Championships.

The four-day meet begins Thursday at Sailfish Splash Water Park. Last year the final night of the meet was cancelled because of bad weather.

SOFLO is going after its tenth consecutive JO long course team title and 11th overall in club history. SOFLO has also won back-to-back short and long course JO titles six times.

In March, SOFLO won the FGC 14&Under Short Course JOs for a record tenth overall combined in the club’s 19-year history. SOFLO won the boys title with 524 points ahead of runnerup FAST (401). SOFLO girls finished runnerup by just 18 points behind Pine Crest.

SOFLO, defending champion in combined, has qualified 58 individual swimmers in 302 events. SOFLO has also entered 40 relay teams where it will rely on its depth to pick up points against talented but less deep FGC teams.

Last year SOFLO won the combined team title with 579.50 ahead of runner-up Pine Crest with 448 and FAST with 414.50. Pine Crest girls won with 378 and SOFLO was second with 297. FAST boys won with 321.50 and SOFLO boys were runnerup with 282.50 points.

SOFLO swimmers making their final JO long course meet appearance are 14-year-olds Samuel Bullen, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Nathaniel Garrick, Logan Gonzalez, Sophia Grubbs, Zackary Harris, Christopher Hau, Matthew Kim, Alejandro Mateus, Sabrina Osorio, Sofia Osorio, Madeline Smutny, Yanjun Wang and Aldo Zepeda.

The younger contingent includes Mariann Catalasan, 13, Alexis Christensen, 13, Javier Colmenares, 13, Fiorella DiSalvo, 11, Shelby Evans, 9, Felix Gonzalez, 12, Derek Hau, 11, Jaden Amores, 12, Gabriela Avila, 12, Sophia Avila, 10, Hashan Ekanayake, 12, Marvan Ekanayake, 12, Genesis Escobar, 11, Alessandra Gendarmi, 10, Ryan Harries, 10, Adrian Hernandez, 13, Luca Hincapie, 12, Dahlia Hirsh, 12, Connor Jimenez, 10, Benjamin Kim, 11, Ava Kuznik, 13, Sofia Lugo, 10, Anastasia Lutz, 12, Alessio Mazzi, 12, Stefano Mazzi, 11, Ethan McPeek, 12, Alexander Miller, 12, Kevin Moya, 12, Diego Nazario-Vazquez, 13, Austin Nelson, 13, Leah Pando, 13, Nicholas Pelaez, 12, Isabella Perry, 10, Mariana Pinto, 11, Hartley Pitters-Hinds, 13, Natalia Sibug, 13, Lydia Smutny, 10, Alexandra Strong, 10, Christian Tijero, 13, Juan Vallmitjana, 10, Sarah Vasquez, 11, Oleksii Viazmetinov, 10, and Isabelle Wilson, 12.

The meet features 14-and-under swimmers who have achieved the JO time standards for the event entered.

Among top teams in the meet are Pine Crest, Azura, FAST, Jupiter, Hialeah, Swim Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise.

It is the fourth time the meet will be co-hosted by FGC clubs Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club at Sailfish Splash Water Park, site of the annual FHSAA State High School Swimming and Diving meet for the past six years.

IF YOU GO

What: 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, timed finals 6 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, prelims, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart.

Defending 2018 champions: Combined, SOFLO; Boys, FAST (Flood Aquatics Swim Team); Girls, Pine Crest.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets will not be sold and will be available at http://www.martincountyswimming.org. Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club are co-hosting the meet. Results will be available on Meet Mobile or http://www.martincountyswimming.org. For more information call Jim McCombs, 772-485-3239.

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

Defending Champion South Florida Aquatic Club Heads FGC Junior Olympics Field, Going For Record Eight In A Row


By Sharon Robb

July 20, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are ready to make a little more history.

The defending champion will compete in the 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics this weekend with a target on its back. But they wouldn’t want it any other way.

Swimmers and coaches are going after their eighth consecutive JO team title and ninth overall in the club’s 18-year history. In March, SOFLO won the short course team title and are looking to win back-to-back JO titles.

“It is more difficult each time,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “I thought winning the first JO title was going to be the best, but I am not so sure that is the truth now because of the target on our backs. Our team continues to improve and so do the other teams in the FGC which makes it harder.”

The meet begins Friday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart, where the annual FHSAA High School Swimming and Diving Championships are held.

It is the second consecutive long course JO meet held at the venue. Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Clubs are co-hosting the event.

SOFLO, defending champions in the combined and boys’ divisions, heads a field of 43 teams and more than 600 swimmers. North Palm Beach is defending girls’ champion.

The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

SOFLO qualified 68 individual swimmers for 357 events. SOFLO also has 40 relays competing in 21 relay events.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Kayla Cunningham, 14, 200-meter backstroke, 2:25.81; 100-meter backstroke 1:06.67.

Molly Golding, 14, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:16.81; 200-meter breaststroke 2:43.52.

Alessandro Pereira, 10, 400-meter freestyle, 5:05.95; 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle 2:24.66; 100-meter backstroke, 1:19.86; 200-meter individual medley, 2:45.49; 50-meter backstroke, 37.86; 100-meter freestyle, 1:08.35.

Other SOFLO swimmers who qualified are:

Sarah Acevedo, 13; Ryan Alfonso, 14; Michael Arias, 14; Kaitlyn Barrios, 11; Samuel Bullen, 12; Kyana Castro, 14; Mariann Catalasan, 11; Alexis Christensen, 11; Javier Colmenares, 11; Juan Colmenares, 13; Kerry Cunningham, 11; Daniela Curbelo, 14; Mark Andre De Gracia, 13; Katrina Del Vecchio, 14; Luna Delgado, 11; Fiorella Di Salvo, 9; Hashan Ekanayake, 10; Marvan Ekanayake, 10; Mia Escudero, 13; Nathaniel Garrick, 12; Logan Gonzalez, 12; Andrea Guerrero, 14; John Paul Handal, 14; Zackary Harris, 12; Christopher Hau, 12; Derek Hau, 9; Luca Hincapie, 10; Kalin Hubbard, 13; Ava Kuznik, 11; Paige Lane, 14; Sebastian Lares, 13; Jie Hoon Lee, 14; Jena Legaspi, 13; Lance Lesage, 14; Ty Lezotte, 14; Reagan Lowe, 11; Brandon Lozano, 7; Jonathan Lozano, 10; Anastasia Lutz, 10; Michelle Marinheiro, 14; Alejandro Mateus, 12; Alessio Mazzi, 10; Stefano Mazzi, 9; Yannai Michael, 13; Nicolas Munoz, 14; Sebrina Osorio, 12; Sofia Osorio, 12; Leah Pando, 11; Giada Porven, 9; Lucas Porven, 11; Sara Quintero, 13; LeeAnn Ranalli, 14; Enrique Rodriguez, 12; Moises Rodriguez, 13; Javier Roman, 13; Nicolas Rossi, 14; Mallory Schleicher, 13; Natalia Sibug, 11; Owen Smith, 10; Samantha Solis, 12; Christian Tijero, 11; Victoria Torres, 12; Emma Twombly, 13; Valerie Vank, 11; Christian Vasquez, 14; Sarah Vasquez, 9; Marcos Vasquez, 14; and Aldo Zepeda, 12.

“We are tough to beat when it comes to championship meets,” Anderson said. “It really matters to the coaches. They want it as much as the kids.”

IF YOU GO

What: 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, prelims, 9 a.m.-2:10 p.m., finals 6-8:53 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 9 a.m.-2:11 p.m., finals 6-9:12 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m.-4:08 p.m., finals 6-7:33 p.m.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart

Defending champions: Combined team title, South Florida Aquatic Club; Boys team title, South Florida Aquatic Club; Girls team title, North Palm Beach.

Of note: Admission is $3 per session. Heat sheets for prelims $5 per session and finals $3 per session. Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club are co-hosting the meet. Results are available on Meet Mobile or http://www.martincountyswimming.org. For more information call Jim McCombs, 772-485-3239.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Dominates Relays On Day Two Of Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

July 16, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club won a team record seven relays, including six boys’ relays, on Day Two of the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics Saturday at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

SOFLO swept the boys’ 200-meter medley relay winning the 10-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14 JO titles.

SOFLO also swept the boys’ 11-12 and 13-14 400-meter medley relays; won the boys’ 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle relay and won the girls’ 10-and-under 200-meter medley relay all in a single day.

Buoyed by its relay strength, depth and talent, South Florida Aquatic Club is poised to defend its title on Sunday, the third and final day of the competition.

The defending champion, with 60 swimmers, leads the combined team standings with 596, nearly 200 more than second place team Gulliver Prep. SOFLO boys lead with 411 points, more than 200 points ahead of the Hialeah Storm. SOFLO girls are fourth with 185 points. North Palm Beach leads the girls’ team totals with 247.

Among SOFLO’s top three individual finishers were:

Molly Golding, first, 13-14, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:45.43 after going a best time 2:44.49 in prelims.

Rafael Rodriguez, first, 13-14, 200-meter freestyle, 2:00.89; second, 400-meter individual medley, 4:46.78, best time.

Juan Serna, first, 13-14, 50-meter butterfly, 26.77, best time.

Christian Tijero, second, 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle, 2:30.19; third, 100-meter backstroke, 1:21.49.

Sebastian Lares, second, 100-meter backstroke, 1:09.85, best time; second 400-meter individual medley, 5:09.46, best time.

Mallory Schleicher, third, 11-12, 200-meter freestyle, 2:17.53, best time.

Paige Lane, third, 13-14 50-meter butterfly, 29.57, best time.

Sara Quintero, third, 11-12 400-meter individual medley, 5:34.82, best time.

Javier Roman, third, 11-12 200-meter breaststroke, 2:48.93, best time; and third, 200-meter freestyle, 2:13.04, best time.

Leonardo Mateus, third, 400-meter individual medley, 4:54.78, best time.

SOFLO is going after its’ seventh consecutive JO title and 13th overall, including six long course titles.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 596, 2. Gulliver Swim Club 411.5, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 317, 4. North Palm Beach 273, 5. Hialeah 264.5.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 411, 2. Hialeah 195, 3. Gulliver 185, 4. East Coast 120, 5. Metro Aquatics 102.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Palm Beach 247, 2. Gulliver 226.5, 3. East Coast 197, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 185, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 149.

GIRLS

200-meter medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:36.29 (Leah Pando, Valerie Vank, Luna Delgado, Kaitlyn Barrios), 2. Gulliver 2:36.53, 3. North Palm Beach 2:40.78, 11. SOFLO “B” 2:57.52 (Judith-Alison Natino, Mariann Catalasan, Giada Porven, Maria Legaspi); 11-12, 1. East Coast 2:13.09; 9. SOFLO “A” 2:22.05 (Jena Legaspi, Mia Escudero, Sarah Acevedo, Emma Twombly), 11. SOFLO “B” 2:23.52 (Kalin Hubbard, Sabrina Osorio, Mallory Schleicher, Sara Quintero); 13-14, 1. North Palm Beach 2:05.21, 4. SOFLO “A” 2:09.82 (Kyana Castro, Molly Golding, Katrina Del Vecchio, Paige Lane), 11. SOFLO “B” 2:17.19 (Michelle Marinheiro, Valentina Carrion, Daniela Curbelo, Jacqueline Lugo).

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. East Coast 4:55.62, 6. SOFLO “A” 5:07.33 (Jena Legaspi, Sabrina Osorio, Sarah Acevedo, Mallory Schleicher), 10. SOFLO “B” 5:19.50 (Sofia Osorio, Mia Escudero, Sara Quintero, Emma Twombly); 13-14, 1. North Palm Beach 4:35.73. 2. SOFLO “A” 4:43.60 (Katrina Del Vecchio, Molly Golding, Kyana Castro, Paige Lane), 10. SOFLO “B” 5:01.05 (Michelle Marinheiro, Valentina Carrion, Daniela Curbelo, Jacqueline Lugo).

200-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Chloe Hernandez, Gulliver 2:57.71; SOFLO: 14. Sara Quintero 3:09.14, best time, 15. Sabrina Osorio 3:10.60, best time, 18. Mia Escudero 3:13.30, best time; 13-14, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:45.43.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 2:20.71; SOFLO: 16. Leah Pando 2:46.72, best time, 20. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:49.59, best time, 37. Luna Delgado 2:56.66, best time, 38. Giada Porven 2:56.93, best time; 11-12, 1. Rebecca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 2:16.68; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 2:17.53, best time, 8. Emma Twombly 2:23.30, 11. Sarah Acevedo 2:23.45, best time, 65. Mia Escudero 2:38.81, best time; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 2:06.57; SOFLO: 11. Kyana Castro 2:16.17, best time, 14. Paige Lane 2:16.72, best time, 18. Michelle Marinheiro 2:17.79, best time, 32. Molly Golding 2:21.49, best time, 40. Valentina Carrion 2:24.25, 43. Jacqueline Lugo 2:25.51

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 32.45; SOFLO: 6. Valerie Vank 36.41, best time, 20. Luna Delgado 39.70, 28. Kaitlyn Barrios 40.84, best time; 11-12, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast 29.59; SOFLO: 23. Sarah Acevedo 35.00; 13-14, 1. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 29.41; SOFLO: 3. Paige Lane 29.57, best time, 5. Katrina Del Vecchio 30.22, best time, 8. Jacqueline Lugo 31.39, 14. Daniela Curbelo 31.43, best time, 42. Alana Acevedo 33.85, best time.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 1:13.76; SOFLO: 4. Valerie Vank 1:22.65, best time, 9. Leah Pando 1:26.94, best time, 10. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:33.94, best time; 11-12, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast 1:09.77; SOFLO: 10. Jena Legaspi 1:17.00, best time, 34. Sofia Osorio 1:22.79, best time, 48. Sarah Acevedo 1:25.62; 13-14, 1. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 1:07.86; SOFLO: 21. Kyana Castro 1:16.66, best time.

200-meter freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. North Palm Beach 2:14.02, 2. Gulliver 2:19.23, 3. SOFLO “A” 2:19.34 (Kaitlyn Barrios, Leah Pando, Luna Delgado, Valerie Vank), 12. SOFLO “B” 2:35.07 (Mariann Catalasan, Giada Porven, Maria Legaspi, Judith-Allison Natino);

400-meter individual medley:

11-12, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 5:24.48; SOFLO: 3. Sara Quintero 5:34.82, best time, 4. Mallory Schleicher 5:36.11, best time, 23. Jena Legaspi 6:08.45; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 5:09.99; SOFLO: 5. Molly Golding 5:25.84, best time, 11. Daniela Curbelo 5:34.10, best time, 13. Michelle Marinheiro 5:34.92, best time, 17. Katrina Del Vecchio 5:39.23, best time.

BOYS

200-meter medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:27.00 (Christian Tijero, Alessandro Pereira, Jacob Navarro, Javier Colmenares), 2. East Coast 2:37.17, 3. Blue Marlins 2:45.67; 11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:08.39 (Sebastian Lares, Javier Roman, Juan Colmenares, Christian Vasquez), 4. SOFLO “B” 2:15.36 (Alejandro Mateus, Mark Andre De Gracia, Zackary Harris, Brennan Binder); 13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 1:58.67 (Leonardo Mateus, Joe Hoon Lee, Juan Serna, Rafael Rodriguez), 10. SOFLO “B” 2:07.11 (Nicolas Munoz, Michael Arias, Eiza Gantus, Nicolas Rossi).

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:40.83 (Sebastian Lares, Javier Roman, Juan Colmenares, Christian Vasquez), 4. SOFLO “B” 5:01.06 (Alejandro Mateus, Mark Andre De Gracia, Zackary Harris, Brennan Binder); 13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:20.23 (Leonardo Mateus, Jie Hoon Lee, Rafael Rodriguez, Juan Serna), 9. SOFLO “B” 4:39.64 (Nicolas Munoz, Michael Arias, Eiza Gantus, Nicolas Rossi).

200-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 2:43.89; SOFLO: 3. Javier Roman 2:48.93, best time, 7. Mark Andre De Gracia 2:58.41, best time; 13-14, 1. Kevin Degrijze, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:29.83; SOFLO: 9. Jie Hoon Lee 2:48.90, best time.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 2:18.09; SOFLO: 2. Christian Tijero 2:30.19, 4. Alessandro Pereira 2:31.07, best time, 7. Javier Colmenares 2:38.36, best time, 14. Lucas Porven 2:44.91, best time, 27. Jonathan Lozano 2:53.87, best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 2:08.11; SOFLO: 3. Javier Roman 2:13.04, best time, 10. Brennan Binder 2:23.05, best time, 11. Christian Vasquez 2:23.90, best time, 13. Enrique Rodriguez 2:25.12, best time, 14. Alex Golding 2:26.80, best time, 20. Alejandro Mateus 2:27.76, best time, 32. Logan Gonzalez 2:35.76, 33. Aldo Zepeda 2:36.15, best time, 38. Sebastian Navarro 2:43.46; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:00.89; SOFLO: 6. Juan Serra 2:05.27, 9. Leonardo Mateus 2:07.21, best time, 11. Michael Arias 2:07.85, best time, 14. Nicolas Rossi 2:09.20, best time, 17. Lance Lesage 2:10.30, best time, 38. Eiza Gantus 2:15.19, best time, 44. Nicolas Munoz 2:16.70, best time.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 31.77; SOFLO: 7. Christian Tijero 35.44, best time, 8. Jacob Navarro 35.77, best time, 9. Alessandro Pereira 36.93, best time, 10. Lucas Porven 38.24, 12. Javier Colmenares 38.85 best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 29.58; SOFLO: 5. Juan Colmenares 30.92, best time, 8. Christian Vasquez 32.30, best time; 13-14, 1. Juan Serna, SOFLO 26.77, best time; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 28.10, 35. Nicolas Munoz 32.01, best time.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 1:14.47; SOFLO: 3. Christian Tijero 1:21.49, 5. Alessandro Pereira 1:22.70, best time, 8. Javier Colmenares 1:28.79, 9. Jonathan Lozano 1:29.44, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:04.96; SOFLO: 2. Sebastian Lares 1:09.85, best time, 9. Juan Colmenares 1:15.47, 11. Alejandro Mateus 1:16.85, best time, 13. Alex Golding 1:17.81, best time, 18. Enrique Rodriguez 1:19.13, best time, 21. Odin Farkas 1:20.79, best time, 26. Brennan Binder 1:21.97, best time, 34. Aldo Zepeda 1:23.74, best time, 36. Logan Gonzales 1:23.78; 13-14, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Pine Crest 58.96; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 1:06.10, best time, 10. Lance Lesage 1:06.65, 16. Michael Arias 1:09.72, best time, 28. Nicolas Munoz 1:12.92.

200-meter freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:12.58 (Alessandro Pereira, Javier Colmenares, Jacob Navarro, Christian Tijero), 2. East Coast 2:16.58, 3. Blue Marlins 2:23.36.

400-meter individual medley:

11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 5:06.98; SOFLO: 2. Sebastian Lares 5:09.46, best time, 8. Zackary Harris 5:44.08; 13-14, 1. Nestor Montero, Metro Aquatics 4:46.76; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 4:46.78, best time, 3. Leonardo Mateus 4:54.78, best time, 12. Jie Hoon Lee 5:10.58, best time, 14. Nicolas Rossi 5:16.52, best time, 26. Eiza Gantus 5:36.01.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics

When: Sunday

Schedule: Prelims, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart

Host Teams: Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club

Admission: $3 per session, $5 prelim heat sheets, $3 finals heat sheet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Ready To Defend FGC Junior Olympics Title This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

July 12, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club will try and defend its title and long reign at this weekend’s Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics in Stuart.

SOFLO is going after its seventh consecutive JO title and 13th overall, including six long course titles, in its’ 16-year team history, seven as SOFLO.

At last year’s FGC Long Course JOs, SOFLO swept the combined, girls and boys team titles for the third year in a row. It was also the third consecutive year the club won back-to-back short and long course titles the same year.

In March, SOFLO won the combined and boys team titles at the FGC Short Course JOs at Coral Springs and would like to see its success continue.

For the first time, Junior Olympics will be held at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark, hosted by Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club. It is the same site that hosts the annual state high school meets.

It is also the first time SOFLO has travelled out of Broward County for JOs.

Swimmers will compete in the 10-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14 age groups.

SOFLO qualified 60 swimmers overall, 29 girls and 31 boys for 349 races. SOFLO also has 40 teams entered in 22 relay events.

Among SOFLO’s top seeded swimmers are:

Valerie Vank, 10, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:29.84; 50-meter breaststroke, 41.30.

Rafael Rodriguez, 14, 400-meter freestyle, 4:16.69; 200-meter freestyle, 2:02.13; 400-meter individual medley, 4:51.73.

Sebastian Lares, 12, 400-meter freestyle, 4:43.21; 400-meter individual medley, 5:30.47.

Juan Serna, 14, 50-meter butterfly, 27.73.

Mallory Schleicher, 12, 1500-meter freestyle, 19:38.26.

SOFLO’s other qualifiers are: Alana Acevedo, 14; Sarah Acevedo, 12; Ryan Alfonso, 13; Michael Arias, 13; Fabiana Avendano, 12; Kaitlyn Barrios, 10; Brennan Binder, 12; Valentina Carrion, 14; Kyana Castro, 13; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Javier Colmenares, 9; Juan Colmenares, 12; Daniela Curbelo, 13; Mark Andre De Gracia, 12; Katrina Del Vecchio, 13; Luna Delgado, 10; Mia Escudero, 11; Odin Farkas, 12; Eiza Gantus, 14; Alex Golding, 12; Molly Golding, 13; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Zackary Harris, 11; Kalin Hubbard, 12; Ava Kuznik, 10; Paige Lane, 13; Jie Hoon Lee, 13; Jena Legaspi, 12; Maria Legaspi, 10; Lance Lesage, 13; Jonathan Lozano, 9; Jacqueline Lugo, 14; Michelle Marinheiro, 13; Alejandro Mateus, 11; Leonardo Mateus, 14; Nicolas Munoz, 13; Judith-Alison Natino, 10; Jacob Navarro, 10; Sebastian Navarro, 12; Cassandra Oliver, 14; Sabrina Osorio, 11; Sofia Osorio, 11; Leah Pando, 10; Alessandro Pereira, 9; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 10; Sara Quintero, 12; Enrique Rodriguez, 11; Javier Roman, 12; Nicolas Rossi, 13; Christian Tijero, 10; Emma Twombly, 12; Christian Vazquez, 12; Anabel Vazquez, 13; Marcos Vazquez, 13; and Aldo Zepeda, 11.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Prelims, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart

Host Teams: Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club

Admission: $3 per session, $5 prelim heat sheets, $3 finals heat sheet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

American Heritage Wins Combined, Boys Team Titles; Gulliver Prep Wins Girls Title At FSPA Invitational; SOFLO’s Pinon, Kopecki Shine

American Heritage Wins Combined, Boys Team Titles, Gulliver Prep Wins Girls Title, At FSPA Invitational; SOFLO’s Pinon, Kopecki Shine


By Sharon Robb

September 27, 2014—American Heritage Plantation got its first real test of the season at the 37th annual FSPA Swimming and Diving Invitational Saturday night at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

Competing against several teams from around the state, the Patriots turned in several outstanding swims to capture the combined and boys team titles. Gulliver Prep won the girls team title, edging Gulf Coast, 222-219.

It was the Patriots second invitational meet victory of the season after winning the Suns Invitational earlier this month.

At FSPA, the defending state 2A champion boys team swept all three relays in season-best times, all ranked No. 1 in the county.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julien Pinon won the Patriots only individual event in a season-best 1:41.92. Pinon was also third in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.26.

Pinon anchored the winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. The 200 relay of Taylor Eaddy, CJ Kopecki, Chris Garcia and Pinon won in 1:28.46. The 400 relay of Eaddy, Garcia, Fernando Bohorquez and Pinon won in 3:11.68.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Nico Medina, Jonathan Farah, Bohorquez and Eaddy won in 1:37.99.

Bohorquez and Eaddy also finished third in their events. Bohorquez was third in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.95 and Eaddy was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.40.
SOFLO’s Kopecki was also tenth in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.74.

The Patriots’ girls team turned in its best performance of the season. Alexandra Pacitti swam a season-best 1:56.70 in the 200-yard freestyle to finish ninth and take over the top spot in the county honor roll.

Teammate Catharine Cooper swam back-to-back best times in the 50-yard freestyle in prelims and finals. Cooper also has the county’s top times with 24.04 and 53.59. Cooper finished second in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with her fastest times of the season.

“The kids had great swims,” said Patriots coach Nobutaka Tan.

Gulliver Prep won one relay and two individual events. Kelly Fertel was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.88) and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.64.

Gulliver Prep also won the 400-yard freestyle in 3:34.92 with relay members Niki Urquidi, Namilla Sanchez, Corina Scheuren and Fertel.

Wellington’s Cody Cline was the Florida Gold Coast’s only boy individual event double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.02 and 100-yard freestyle in 45.89.

Monarch’s swim team also had some impressive swims against a strong field.

Otavio Metzker swam back-to-back best times in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.99 and 22.61 to finish ninth in the 50-yard freestyle. He also swam back-to-back best times in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.56 and 56.02 and finished 13th.

Teammate Quinn Roth swam a best time 56.65 in the 100 butterfly to finish 15th.

Monarch was ninth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a best time 1:32.78 with Santiago Ospina, Christian Uzzo, Roth and Metzker.

“It was an awesome pool and swim environment,” Metzker texted.

Pine Crest swept the 1-meter springboard diving titles. Juliette Pozzuoli won the girls title with 364.55 points and Austin Fields won the boys title with 465.20 points.

The meet, sponsored by the Florida Swimming Pool Association, is the largest meet of its kind in the southeastern United States.

Meet organizers and meet mobile did not post the final team scores Saturday night as of 11 p.m.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
1. American Heritage 379, 2. Countryside 367, 3. Tampa Plant 345, 4. Gulliver Prep 342, 5. Creekside 315.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS
1. Gulliver Prep 222, 2. Gulf Coast 219, 3. Tampa Plant 177, 4. Newsome 162, 5. Creekside 140.

WOMEN’S RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Gulf Coast 1:49.58 (Elise Haan, Niki Fistrovic, Kayla Tennant, Nora Gillen), 2. Plant 1:51.16, 3. Creekside 1:51.46.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kendall Brent, FTMY 1:50.15, 2. Niki Urquidi, GP 1:50.23, 3. Summer Finke, COUN 1:52.85.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kelly Fertel, GP 2:04.88, 2. Brooke Ellis, GP 2:11.09, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 2:12.29.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Morgan Tankersley, PLAN 23.92, 2. Catharine Cooper, AH 24.04, 3. Emily Summa, FTMY 24.64.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Abbey Duncan, AATL 55.76, 2. Karen Liu, CSNA 56.46, 3. Sherridon Dressel, CHS 56.76.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Elise Haan, GUCO 50.67, 2. Maddie Hess, NEW 51.83, 3. Athena Cimino, WIRE 53.44, 4. Catharine Cooper, AH 53.59.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Kendall Brent, FTMY 4:51.04, 2. Morgan Tankersley, PLAN 4:53.11, 3. Summer Finke, COUN 4:53.41.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Plant 1:38.86 (Catarina Sterlacci, Martha Pointer, Sarah Rossi, Morgan Tankersley), 2. Gulliver Prep 1:39.73 (Niki Urquidi, Namilla Sanchez, Brooke Ellis, Corina Scheuren), 3. St. Stephen Episcopal 1:40.95.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Elise Haan, GUCO 54.52, 2. Abbey Duncan, AATL 56.66, 3. Maddie Hess, NEW 57.25.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Kelly Fertel, GP 1:04.64, 2. Dani Gordon, CREEK 1:05.44, 3. Catarina Sterlacci, PLAN 1:09.32.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Gulliver Prep 3:34.92 (Niki Urquidi, Namilla Sanchez, Corina Scheuren, Kelly Fertel), 2. Gulf Coast 3:37.00, 3. American Heritage 3:40.38 (Ali Pacitti, Marissa Brannan, Lindsay Hay, Catharine Cooper).

1-meter diving: 1. Juliette Pozzuoli, PC 364.55, 2. Caylin Hirapara, BR 360.20, 3. Megan Galbreath, CCOR 356.60, 4. Hunter Singh, PC 341.35.

MEN’S TEAM TOTALS
1.American Heritage 291, 2. Countryside 235, 3. Creekside 175, 4. Tampa Plant 168, 5. Wellington 152, 18. Monarch 32.

MEN’S RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. American Heritage 1:37.99 (Nico Medina, Jonathan Farah, Fernando Bohorquez, Taylor Eaddy), 2. Countryside 1:38.47, 3. Plant 1:39.00.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Julien Pinon, AH 1:41.92, 2. Alex Cronin, JUP 1:43.16, 3. Grady Heath, CHS 1:43.31.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Jason Tillotson, CCOR 1:55.63, 2. Robert Finke, COUN 1:58.77, 3. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 1:58.95.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Cody Cline, WELL 21.02, 2. Cooper Hoffman, COUN 21.30, 3. Brody Heck, BR 21.31.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Gian Garcia, CREE 49.85, 2. Noah Lense, COUN 51.09, 3. Taylor Eaddy, AH 52.40.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Cody Cline, WELL 45.89, 2. Brody Heck, BR 46.26, 3. Julien Pinon, AH 47.26.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Dakota Mahaffey, CHS 4:33.95, 2. Robert Finke, COUN 4:34.38, 3. Daniel Young, FTMY 4:47.62.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage 1:28.46 (Taylor Eaddy, CJ Kopecki, Chris Garcia, Julien Pinon), 2. Clearwater Central Catholic 1:29.30, 3. Plant 1:30.04.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Dakota Mahaffey, CHS 50.06, 2. Cooper Hoffman, COUN 51.72, 3. Tyler Heath, PLAN 53.53.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Cory Klemm, CCOR 59.20, 2. Gian Garcia, CREE 59.45, 3. Paxton Rhoads, PLAN 1:00.28.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage 3:11.68 (Taylor Eaddy, Chris Garcia, Fernando Bohorquez, Julien Pinon), 2. Clearwater Central Catholic 3:15.17, 3. Wellington 3:15.64 (William Layne, Cash Hollister, Colin Smith, Cody Cline).

1-meter diving: 1. Austin Fields, PC 465.20, 2. Reid Fleming, PLAN 424.70, 3. Robby Costine, FROS 424.40.

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