TYR APRIL BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Alex Golding


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, May 17, 2022–Swimming isn’t always about winning, losing and best times. There’s qualities that can’t be coached: leadership, service and team spirit.

Every now and then a student-athlete at South Florida Aquatic Club goes above and beyond what’s expected. Such is the case with Alex Golding at last month’s SOFLO White & Blue Intrasquad Meet at Academic Village Pool.

For those reasons, the SOFLO coaching staff decided to honor Alex and his sister, Sally, the TYR April Girl Swimmer of the Month.

“We wanted to reward them both going above and beyond and helping make the meet a truly special experience,” said SOFLO age group coach Jack Davies.

Golding, 18, a senior at Cooper City High School will graduate next month. He has been swimming for 13 years, the last nine at SOFLO. He started swimming at age 4 in New Hampshire.

“When I joined SOFLO that’s when it felt like a team,” Golding said. “Going through all the groups and making friends. They say tough experiences bring people together. I think tough practice after tough practice that’s what brings you close together as a team and you progress through the years.”

Golding played in multiple sports including baseball and tennis, but knew by age 13 swimming was going to be his passion. He followed in the footsteps of his older sisters, Kathleen and Molly, both now at University of Florida.

“They are the whole reason I got in the water in the first place,” Golding said. “When I was 13 my sister Kathleen was getting recruited by colleges and I realized that was something I wanted. That’s what made me stick with swimming.”

Golding said there are many things he likes about the sport.

“I realize how much it’s given me and impacted my life in a positive way,” he said. “It’s given me a really good sense of work ethic, dedication and long term perseverance through obstacles. It’s given me great social experiences and the friends that I have. That social bubble has been wonderful.

“It’s just fun to get up and race sometime,” Golding said. “We don’t always enjoy training. I love that feeling when everybody else is upset at practice because it’s hard and I try to motivate them. I love that aspect of getting people to get up and go and race. That’s my favorite part.”

Golding has gone from a back-of-the group swimmer when he was younger to a breakout meet at the post-pandemic Virtual Championships to making his Futures Cut at Senior Championships.

His biggest attribute, however, is his motivational and leadership skills which were front and center during the SOFLO White & Blue Intrasquad Meet.

“Growing up I always liked to be a high-energy, type of motivator in the group even if I wasn’t the fastest,” Golding said. “I have really enjoyed getting into the spirit week and intrasquad meets and trying to bring the team together as much as I can. I really believe team cohesiveness is an important part of our culture.

“I’ve had a great experience in swimming. Throughout my swimming years I had a lot of fun. When I look back it’s the meets and how much fun I had with other people. That’s what makes swimming fun. Training and swimming fast is rewarding but if you’re not happy swimming it’s not going to be fun. You need that team atmosphere to help push you to be better. That’s something I want for everybody.”

During the intrasquad meet Alex (of Team Blue) and Sally (of Team White) made up the relays with an interesting twist.

“We could have looked at the fast people and put them in order but we decided to try and have fun with it and give people a good experience. We wanted to make the meet memorable and do something special.”

So the siblings made it really fun. For instance, the medley relay swimmers had to swim their worst stroke. “That was something that was really fun. People didn’t expect that and it got them more excited. And the energy just built from there. It was something fun to watch.

“Basically, we tried to be a motivator for the older kids as their peers, trying to help them do better,” Golding said. “And then when it came to the little kids trying to coach them and show them what it’s like to be a part of this team. Everybody had a great meet.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Golding joins SOFLO swimmers Guillermo Mantilla (March), Tristan Dons (February) and Hashan Ekanayake (January) as 2022 TYR Swimmers of the Month.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Jacob Pebley and Ryan Lochte.

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

Izzy Wilson Top SOFLO Finisher At Southern Zone Open Water 5K Championships


By Sharon Robb
DeLEON SPRINGS, Fl., May 14, 2022—Izzy Wilson was South Florida Aquatic Club and Florida Gold Coast’s top girls’ finisher at the Southern Zone Open Water Championships Saturday at Camp Winona YMCA.

Wilson, 16, was second in the 5K 15-16 age category in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 25.6 seconds for the 3.1 mile race. Claire Stuhlmacher, 16, of Florida Swimming finished first in 1:01.34.2.

Andreas Da Silva, 14, was Florida Gold Coast’s top boys finisher, placing second in the 13-14 5K in 1:01:35.8. Dillon Brigman, 14, of Florida Swimming won in 59:42.9.

SOFLO’ top qualifier is Natalie Gembicki, 17, was tenth among the open 5K swimmers in 1:07:27.2. The time bettered her previous 5K time of 1:13:22.

Amelie Bicerne, 15, was 27th in the girls 15-16 in 1:11:27.3.

Jemma Baldwin, 12, was sixth in the girls 11-12 2K open water race in 27:58.9.

Juan Vallmitjana, 13, was 27th in the boys 13-14 1:12.01.9.

Ryan Harries, 13, was 29th in the boys 13-14 1:12:57.4.

Ivan Grass, 17, was tenth in the open boys in 1:05:22.0.

Sunday’s events at 8:45 a.m. feature the 11-12 2K Team Pursuit Race; 13-14 2K Team Pursuit Race; 15-16 2K Team Pursuit Race and Open 2K Team Pursuit Race.

UNOFFICIAL 5K RESULTS
GIRLS

13-14: 1. Gabriella Underwood, Gulf 1:06:02.9, 2. Alexandra Dunn, South Texas 1:06:03.0, 3. JB Kodera, Florida Swimming 1:06:05.3; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 9. Allison Connors 1:09:21.3, 35. Erin Reid 1:24:20.5, 36. Frankie Ninova 1:31:39.4, 37. Kalina Gitchev 1:32:50.3.
15-16: 1. Claire Stuhlmacher, Florida Swimming 1:01:34.2, 2. Izzy Wilson, Florida Gold Coast 1:02:25.6, 3. Olivia Moore, Florida Swimming 1:03:20.6; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 15. Lilia Blanco 1:08:14.4, 20. Evelyn Balog 1:10:13.3, 27. Amelie Bicerne 1:11.27.3.
17-18: 1. Summer Cardwell, Florida Swimming 1:01:28.4, 2. Cadence Fort, Florida Swimming 1:01:29.7, 3. Blair Stoneburg, Florida Swimming 1:01:32.4; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 6. Samira Zambrano 1:05:51.9, 10. Natalie Gembicki 1:07:27.2, 21. Leslie Dame 1:12:07.0.

BOYS
13-14: 1. Dillon Brigman, Florida Swimming 59:42.9, 2. Andreas Da Silva, Florida Gold Coast 1:01:35.8, 3. Rylan Sepulveda, Florida Swimming 1:01:43.8; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 27. Juan Valmitjana 1:12:01.9, 29. Ryan Harries 1:12:57.4, 33. Kavon Clarke 1:13:40.9.

15-16: 1. Bucky Gettys, South Texas 57:50.9, 2. Ryan Turner, Florida Swimming 1:00.13.5, 3. Jack Culbertson, Gulf 1:00:18.2; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 17. Billy Connors 1:04:18.3, 20. Caleb DaSilva 1:04:55.1, 34. Lucas Young 1:08:17.6, 38. Michael Grenier 1:10:24.1.

17-18: 1. Andrew Taylor, Florida Swimming 57:45.5, 2. Carter Stuhlmacher, Florida Swimming 57:48.0, 3. Connor Fry, Gulf 57:50.3; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 10. Ivan Grass 1:05:22.0, 20. Kolby Hardin 1:09:11.3.

UNOFFICIAL 2K RESULTS
GIRLS

11-12: 1. Charlee McEvoy, Gulf 27:04.8, 2. Annie Shall, NC 27:15.9, 3. Ellison Mandacina, South Texas 27:36.3; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 5. Cali Jerabek 27:50.4, 6. Jemma Baldwin 27:58.9, 13. Gia Euseppi 29:35.5, 20. Alina Rodriguez 31:01.2.

BOYS
11-12: 1. Jorge Guerra, Gulf 25:59.9, 2. Lupo Sgroi, Florida Swimming 26:12.6, 3. Reef McMeeking, Florida Swimming 26:13.2; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 11. Caleb Caponera 27:01.5, 14. Luke Reid 28:09.9, 15. Elan Beker 28:23.3.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Compete This Weekend At Southern Zone Open Water Championships


By Sharon Robb
DeLEON SPRINGS, Fl., May 13, 2022—After checking in, swimmers got a chance to warm up Friday for the Southern Zone Open Water Championships Saturday and Sunday at Camp Winona YMCA.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented on the Florida Gold Coast zone team with seven swimmers in the two-day event hosted by Hydro4 Swimming and Florida Swimming.

Florida Swimming has won the event for the past three years followed by North Carolina, Gulf Swimming and South Texas Swimming.

On Saturday at 8:15 a.m. the 11-12 2K, 13-14 5K and Senior Open and 15-16 5K races will be held.

Sunday’s events at 8:45 a.m. feature the 11-12 2K Team Pursuit Race; 13-14 2K Team Pursuit Race; 15-16 2K Team Pursuit Race and Open 2K Team Pursuit Race.

The 5K course is a rectangular shape with multiple buoys placed on the course to identify the course boundaries. The start and finish are in-water. The races are being live streamed on YouTube. Results will be posted on Florida Swimming’s open water swimming page.

The water depth off the dock is 15 feet and water temperature is expected to range from 72-78 degrees.

SOFLO’ top qualifier is Natalie Gembicki, 17, who was SOFLO’s top girls’ finisher in the FGC local qualifier placing second in the 17-and-over 5K in 1 hour, 13 minutes and 22 seconds for the 3.1 course off Pompano Beach Pier.

Other SOFLO swimmers are: Juan Vallmitjana, 13, Alexander Miller, 16, Jemma Baldwin, 12, Izzy Wilson, 15, Amelie Bicerne, 15, Ivan Grass, 17 and Ryan Harries, 13.

OPEN WATER ZONE TEAM ROSTERS
GIRLS

11-12, 1. Cali Jerabek, 2. Gia Euseppi, 3. Alina Rodriguez, 4. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO.
13-14, 1. Erin Reid, 2. Frankie Ninova, 3. Kalina Gitchev, 4. Allison Connors.
15-16, 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO, 2. Lily Blanco, 3. Evelyn Balog, 4. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO.
Open, 1. Leslie Dame, 2. Natalie Gembecki, SOFLO, 3. Samira Zambrano.

BOYS
11-12, 1. Caleb Camponera, 2. Luke Reid.
13-14, 1. Andreas DaSilva, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO, 3. Ryan Harries, SOFLO, 4. Kavon Clarke.
15-16, 1. Billy Connors, 2. Caleb DaSilva, 3. Lucas Young, 4. Michael Grenier.
Open, 1. Giuliano Brunetti, 2. Fernando Collazo, 3. Ivan Grass, SOFLO, 4. Kolby Hardin.

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

SOFLO Wins Dual Meet Against Plantation Swim Team


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, May 7, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club turned in two days of good racing to win its dual meet against Plantation Swim Team Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The girls team won 1,733-673 and boys won 1,553-1,038.

Like the first two sessions, SOFLO swimmers dominated the racing in the third and final session of the unique meet format.

SOFLO had 139 swimmers (71 girls, 68 boys) entered in 721 events and 32 relay teams for four relays.

SOFLO’s A 200-meter freestyle relay of Katelyn Gembicki, Amanda Grubbs, Jenesys Amores and Ana Villamil won in 1:57.90.

Among the more impressive time drops:

Didia Miccolis, 11, 200 freestyle, 2:43.17, 14.51 drop.

Laila Harran, 12, 100 breaststroke, 1:36.47, 13.33 drop.

Valentina Remmele, 10, 200 IM, 3:24.48, 9.06 drop.

Sofia Gomez, 12, 200 IM, 2:24.43, 32.63 drop.

Danielle Brancati, 11, 200 backstroke, 3:13.83, drop 5.79.

Toma Petkov, 10, 200 freestyle, 2:46.79, drop 7.41.

Ian Ibarra, 9, 100 breaststroke, 2:06.77, 5.48 drop; 100 backstroke, 1:43.48, 11.38 drop.

Jackson Puntervold, 10, 100 backstroke, 1:58.36, 16.06 drop; 100 freestyle, 1:43.31, 6.19 drop.

Rainier Leyva Riestra, 11, 200 butterfly, 3:03.93, 5.82 drop.

In one of the more exciting races between SOFLO teammates Jenesys Amores and Amanda Grubbs in the 200-meter individual medley Amores touched the wall first, 2:45-2:45.20.

In the 100-meter freestyle, Jemma Baldwin edged out teammate Ellie Jackson, 1:08.61-1:08.83 in another close race.

In the boys’ 100-meter butterfly, SOFLO’s Ryan Harries won in 1:17.51 just ahead of teammate David Valdiviezo in 1:17.99.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

SOFLO 1,733, PST 673.
200-meter medley relay: 1. Plantation Swim Team 2:14.41 (Nicol Bellardi, Paola Escobar, Georgina Henriquez, Chloe Cupid), 2. SOFLO A 2:17.59, 3. SOFLO B 2:24.58.

200-meter freestyle:
10, 1. Joanna Valdiviezo, SOFLO 3:00.32, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 3:04.15.
11, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 2:35.59, 2. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:40.82, 3. Didia Miccolis, SOFLO 2:43.17, time drop 14.51.
12, 1. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 2:28.10, 2. Rose Seniuk, SOFLO 2:31.75, 3. Saree Young, SOFLO 2:34.76.
13, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 2:21.47, 2. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 2:23.04, 3. Mikhel Martin, SOFLO 2:37.49.
14, 1. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO 2:26.19, 2. Sarah Vasquez, SOFLO 2:27.14, 3. Anjana Andapally, SOFLO 2:35.45.
15-16, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 2:21.69, 2. Kaylee Del Rio, SOFLO 2:40.00, 3. Cali Harries, SOFLO 2:43.40.
17-and-over, 1. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 2:24.35.

100-meter breaststroke:
9-and-under, 1. Theanna DeMaria, PST 1:54.23, 2. Savanna Alonso, SOFLO 2:08.76, 3. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 2:11.91.
10, 1. Amber Connor, SOFLO 1:49.15, time drop 2.54, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO1:50.24, 3. Paige Fleming, SOFLO 2:18.12.
11, 1. Didia Miccolia, SOFLO 1:46.03, 2. Olivia Rodriguez, PST 1:48.05, 3. Anna Finneran, PST 1:50.93.
12, 1. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 1:35.57, 2. Laila Harran, SOFLO 1:36.47, time drop 13.33, 3. Rose Seniuk, SOFLO 1:37.58, time drop 0.30.
13, 1. Jaimie Nolan, PST 1:44.19, 2. Gabriela Marin, SOFLO 1:45.02, 3. Madeline Rodriguez, PST 2:04.55.
14, 1. Katelyn Gembicki, SOFLO 1:33.61, 2. Sarah Vasquez, SOFLO 1:34.35, 3. Haley Garcia, SOFLO 1:38.33.
15-16, 1. Cecilia Buzzelli, SOFLO 1:51.42, 2. Natalia Klatt, SOFLO 2:02.83.
17-and-over, 1. Nicol Bellardi, PST 1:29.87.

100-meter butterfly:
11, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:16.97, 2. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:24.32, 3. Lana Althuis, SOFLO 1:30.92.
12, 1. Saree Young, SOFLO 1:36.92.
14, 1. Anjana Andapally, SOFLO 1:19.86, 2. Camila Santaella, UN 1:51.81.
15-16, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 1:11.99, 2. Kaylee Del Rio, SOFLO 1:22.78.
17-and-over, 1. Abbi Illis, PST 1:44.99.

200-meter individual medley:
9-and-under, 1. Theanna DeMaria, PST 3:37.13, 2. Savanna Alonso, SOFLO 4:15.87.
10, 1. Jilliam Henriquez, PST 2:56.29, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 3:24.48, time drop 9.06.
11, 1. Ellie Jackson, SOFLO 2:56.70, 2. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 3:03.92, 3. Anna Finneran, PST 3:10.88.
12, 1. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 2:24.43, time drop 32.63, 2. Laila Harran, SOFLO 2:54.00, 3. Giuliana DeMaria, PST 3:22.46.
13, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 2:45.00, time drop 5.08, 2. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 2:45.20, 3. Caitlyn Britto, PST 3:14.24.
14, 1. Katelyn Gembicki, SOFLO 2:51.55, 2. Paola Escobar, PST 2:55.65, 3. Anjana Andapally, SOFLO 2:57.57.
15-16, 1. Alexis Christensen, PST 2:40.47, 2. Camryn Britto, PST 2:54.59, 3. Cali Harries, SOFLO 3:02.66.
17-and-over, 1. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 2:38.76.

100-meter backstroke:
9-and-under, 1. Theanna DeMaria, PST 1:38.99.
10, 1. Jilliam Henriquez, PST 1:22.91, 2. Joanna Valdiviezo, SOFLO 1:33.68, 3. Amber Connor, SOFLO 1:43.33, time drop 2.25.
11, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:21.73, 2. Ellie Jackson, SOFLO 1:22.78, 3. Anna Finneran, PST 1:27.57.
12, 1. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 1:20.32, 2. Sophie Szutkowski, SOFLO 1:25.96, 3. Giuliana DeMaria, PST 1:35.84.
13, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 1:14.69, 2. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 1:20.00, 3. Mikhel Martin, SOFLO 1:20.38.
14, 1. Georgina Henriquez, PST 1:16.88, 2. Tania Mantilla, SOFLO 1:20.18, 3. Sarah Vasquez, SOFLO 1:21.09.
15-16, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 1:15.66, 2. Alexis Christensen, PST 1:16.00, 3. Natalia Sibug, PST 1:22.14.
17-and-over, 1. Nicol Bellardi, PST 1:14.20.

200-meter breaststroke:
11, 1. Gianna Martin, SOFLO 3:22.05.
15-16, 1. Cali Harries, SOFLO 3:33.01.

200-meter backstroke:
11, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 2:47.44, 2. Daniella Brancati, SOFLO 3:13.83, time drop 5.79.
12, 1. Saree Young, SOFLO 2:46.99, 2. Laila Harran, SOFLO 2:47.70, 3. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 2:50.80.
13, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 2:42.04, 2. Sophia Avila, SOFLO 3:21.14.
14, 1. Katelyn Gembicki, SOFLO 2:48.58.
15-16, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 2:39.05.
17-and-over, 1. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 2:44.58.

100-meter freestyle:
9-and-under, 1. Theanna DeMaria, PST 1:36.99, 2. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 1:38.56, 3. Savanna Alonso, SOFLO 1:49.45.
10, 1. Jilliam Henriquez, PST 1:09.25, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 1:21.73, 3. Joanna Valdiviezo, SOFLO 1:22.94.
11, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:08.61, 2. Ellie Jackson, SOFLO 1:08.83, time drop 2.66, 3. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:09.87, time drop 1.59.
12, 1. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 1:07.55, time drop 0.19, 2. Rose Seniuk, SOFLO 1:08.99, 3. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 1:11.02.
13, 1. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 1:05.75, 2. Mikhel Martin, SOFLO 1:08.79, time drop 2.42, 3. Caitlyn Britto, PST 1:17.04.
14, 1. Georgina Henriquez, PST 1:06.04, 2. Katelyn Gembicki, SOFLO 1:06.15, 3. Sarah Vasquez, SOFLO 1:06.82.
15-16, 1. Alexis Christensen, PST 1:04.54, 2. Natalia Sibug, PST 1:08.07, 3. Kaylee Del Rio, SOFLO 1:10.78.
17-and-over, 1. Abbi Illis, PST 1:19.23.

200-meter butterfly:
11, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 3:04.48.
15-16, 1. Cali Harries, SOFLO 3;27.09.

200-meter freestyle relay:

  1. SOFLO A 1:57.90 (Katelyn Gembicki, Amanda Grubbs, Jenesys Amores, Ana Villamil), 2. PST A 1:59.60, 3. SOFLO B 2:03.96.

BOYS

SOFLO 1,553, PST 1,038
200-meter medley relay: 1. Plantation Swim Team 1:55.14 (Karl-Wilson Aimable, Emanuel Cuerta, Alex Kalli Mansur, Renato Herran), 2. SOFLO A 1:56.61, 3. Plantation Swim Team 2:03.11.

200-meter freestyle:
10, 1. Luis Felipe Quingatuna, PST 2:38.02, 2. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 2:46.79, time drop 7.41.
11, 1. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 2:30.21, 2. Daniel Chaussky, SOFLO 2:41.93, time drop 2.08, 3. Rocco Herran, PST 2:43.29.
12, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 2:25.51, 2. Benjamin Cupid, PST 2:26.65, 3. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 2:31.90, time drop 0.25.
13, 1. Adrian Rendon, SOFLO 2:20.68, time drop 0.40, 2. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 2:23.01, 3. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 2:25.36.
14, 1. Tristan Dons, SOFLO 2:16.35, 2. Javier Guardia, PST 2:21.35, 3. Felipe Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:22.32.
15-16, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 2:07.67, 2. Austin Nelson, SOFLO 2:14.48, 3. Rafael Frable, SOFLO 2:30.80, time drop 3.64.
17-and-over, 1. Karl-Wilson Aimable, PST 2:14.48.

100-meter breaststroke:
9-and-under, 1. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 2:00.80, time drop 2.12, 2. Ian Ibarra, SOFLO 2:06.77, time drop 5.48, 3. William Ortega, PST 2:20.08.
10, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 1:38.87, time drop 0.87, 2. Elias Akpabio, SOFLO 1:56.72, 3. Ryan Ortega, PST 2:07.50.
11, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:29.85, 2. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 1:35.63, 3. Julian Sibug, PST 1:43.61.
12, 1. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 1:27.68, time drop 2.08, 2. Dmitrii Berezin, SOFLO 1:44.44, 3. Dylan McVeigh, SOFLO 1:48.58.
13, 1. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 1:21.31, time drop 0.45, 2. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 1:23.67, 3. Jeremiah Paiz, PST 1:26.43.
14, 1. Derek Hau, SOFLO 1:15.17, 2. Barron Tate, PST 1:21.79, 3. Benjamin Kim, SOFLO 1:21.98.
15-16, 1. Maksim Charnou, PST 1:18.99, 2. Alex Kalil Mansur, PST 1:21.69, 3. Luca Hincapie, SOFLO 1:22.52.
17-and-over, 1. Jose Robles, PST 1:18.45, 2. Renato Herran, PST 1:20.21.

100-meter butterfly:
10, 1. Luis Felipe Quingatuna, PST 1:29.61.
11, 1. Matthew Ortiz, SOFLO 1:17.51, 2. Rafael Naranjo, SOFLO 1:57.06.
12, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 1:17.51, time drop 2.07, 2. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 1:17.99, 3. Jose Montes, SOFLO 2:10.70.
14, 1. Tristan Dons, SOFLO 1:11.10, 2. Barron Tate, PST 1:14.00.
15-16, 1. Mario Granizo, PST 1:02.23, 2. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 1:02.61, 3. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 1:03.72.
17-and-over, 1. Wisthon Rendon, SOFLO 1:00.57, 2. Josue Paiz, PST 1:05.64.

200-meter individual medley:
9-and-under, 1. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 3:35.71.
11, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 2:46.59, 2. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 2:57.19, 3. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 3:02.79.
12, 1. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 2:44.43, 2. Benjamin Cupid, PST 2:56.99, 3. Dmitrii Berezin, SOFLO 3:14.33.
13, 1. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 2:35.97, time drop 0.71, 2. Adrian Rendon, SOFLO 2:36.41, time drop 2.48, 3. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 2:40.04.
14, 1. Jonathan Lozano, PST 2:31.36, 2. Adriano Corrieri, PST 2:34.99, 3. Benjamin Kim, SOFLO 2:36.56.
15-16, 1. Gabriel Tortola, PST 2:24.31, 2. Andres Teran Santos, PST 2:29.27, 3. Emanuel Cuarta, PST 2:31.31.

100-meter backstroke:
9, 1. Ian Ibarra, SOFLO 1:43.48, time drop 11.38, 2. William Ortega, PST 2:17.74.
10, 1. Luis Felipe Quingatuna, PST 1:27.27, 2. Ryan Ortega, PT 1:46.05, 3. Jackson Puntervold, SOFLO 1:58.36, time drop 16.06.
11, 1. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 1:22.73, 2. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 1:27.45, 3. Rocco Herran, PST 1:32.85.
12, 1. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 1:21.72, 2. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 1:23.63, 3. Dylan McVeigh, SOFLO 1:33.72, time drop 1.21.
13, 1. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 1:13.27, 2. Adrian Rendon, SOFLO 1:14.66.
14, 1. Tristian Dons, SOFLO 1:14.27, 2. Matt McVeigh, SOFLO 1:18.12, 3. Javier Guardia, PST 1:18.38.
15-16, 1. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 1:12.52, 2. Austin Nelson, SOFLO 1:13.55, 3. Carlos Salas, SOFLO 1:14.13.
17-and-over, 1. Wisthon Rendon, SOFLO 1:04.78, 2. Renato Herran, PST 1:06.42, 3. Karl-Wilson Aimable, PST 1:08.03.

200-meter breaststroke:
10, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 3:27.71.
11, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 3:15.77.
13, 1. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 2:54.38, 2. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 3:00.74, time drop 2.61, 3. Martin Petkov, SOFLO 3:08.44, time drop 1.11.
14, 1. Derek Hau, SOFLO 2:48.11, 2. Abraham Penaloza, SOFLO 3:04.44, 3. Ryan Gerstenzang, PST 3:21.15.
15-16, 1. Maksim Charnou, PST 2:56.29, 2. Andres Gonzalez, SOFLO 3:09.79.
17-and-over, 1. Josue Paiz, PST 3:10.03.

200-meter backstroke:
13, 1. Adrian Rendon, SOFLO 2:35.34, 2. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFO 2:37.49, 3. Jeremiah Paiz, PST 2:37.79.
14, 1. Jonathan Lozano, PST 2:36.50.
15-16, 1. Austin Nelson, SOFLO 2:27.96, 2. Andres Teran Santos, PST 2:31.41.

100-meter freestyle:
9, 1. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 1:31.17, 2. Ian Ibarra, SOFLO 1:43.08, time drop 1.33, 3. William Ortega, PST 1:59.67.
10, 1. Luis Felipe Quingatuna, PST 1:15.73, 2. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 1:20.72, 3. Elias Akpabio, SOFLO 1:38.73.
11, 1. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 1:09.08, 2. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 1:10.52, 3. Daniel Chaussky, SOFLO 1:15.75.
12, 1. Benjamin Cupid, PST 1:06.63, 2. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 1:10.19, time drop 1.18, 3. Dmitrii Berezin, SOFLO 1:17.24, time drop 0.75.
13, 1. Alex Viazmetinov, PST 1:04.35, 2. Aleksander Chaussky, SOFLO 1:05.53, 3. Martin Petkov, SOFLO 1:08.53, time drop 2.10.
14, 1. Barron Tate, PST 59.78, 2. Derek Hau, SOFLO 1:00.78, 3. Adriano Corrieri, PST 1:00.89.
15-16, 1. Alex Kailil Mansur, PST 55.83, 2. Juan Orjuela, PST 59.19, 3. Emanuel Cuarta, PST 1:01.93.
17-and-over, 1. Jose Robles, PST 1:00.13, 2. Josue Paiz, PST 1:01.70.

200-meter butterfly:
11, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 2:44.20, time drop 1.15, 2. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 3:03.93, time drop 5.82.
12, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 3:02.36.
14, 1. Benjamin Kim, SOFLO 2:37.79.
15-16, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 2:20.21, 2. Mario Granizo, PST 2:24.58, 3. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 2:26.71.

200-meter freestyle relay:

  1. PST A 1:40.97 (Renato Herran Karl-Wilson Aimable, Alex Kalil Mansur, Jose Robles), 2. PST B 1:47.99, 3. PST C 1:52.08.

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

SOFLO Dominates Second Session Of PST-SOFLO Dual Meet


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, May 6, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got in some good racing against Plantation Swim Team during the second session of the two-day dual meet Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

After two sessions, SOFLO leads Plantation Swim Team in the boys’ competition, 686-529 and girls’ competition, 833-328.

Seventy percent of SOFLO’s swimmers turned in at least one best time.

The most impressive time drop was in the 800-meter freestyle by SOFLO’s Matt McVeigh, 14, finishing second in 10 minutes, 41.34 seconds, dropping 1:04.38 off his previous best of 11:45.72. It was his third best time of the meet.

Among SOFLO’s multi-event winners were:

Catalina Akpabio, 9, won the 50-meter butterfly, 51.37; 50-meter backstroke, best time 53.16; 50-meter breaststroke, 59.17, best time; and 50-meter freestyle.

Gabriel Ferrer, 9, won the 50-meter butterfly, best time 47.01; 50-meter backstroke, 46.76; and 50-meter freestyle, best time 40.65.

Jenesys Amores, 13, 50-meter butterfly, best time 32.64; 50-meter backstroke, 35.24; 800-meter freestyle, 10:09.02.

Jianna Amores, 11, 50-meter butterfly, best time 32.94; 50-meter freestyle, best time 31.33.

Gabriella DeLuna, 15, 50-meter butterfly, 32.56; 50-meter backstroke, 35.42; and 50-meter breaststroke, best time 38.40.

Natalie Gembicki, 17, 50-meter butterfly, best time 31.01; 50-meter breaststroke, best time 38.86; and 50-meter freestyle, 28.55.

Ryan Harries, 12, 50-meter butterfly, best time 34.92; 50-meter breaststroke, 40.52; and 50-meter freestyle, 31.17.

SOFLO has 139 swimmers (71 girls, 68 boys) entered in 721 events and 32 relay teams for four relays.

The meet concludes on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. with the remainder of the events including relays.

Spectators are allowed in a designated area. Spectators will be charged a $5 entrance fee (cash only).

PST-SOFLO 50s
GIRLS

50-meter butterfly:
9-and-under, 1. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 51.37, 2. Mia Rop, SOFLO 56.85, 3. Savanna Alonso, SOFLO 57.17, time drop 5.15.
10, 1. Jilliam Henriquez, PST 36.45, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 40.79, time drop 1.41, 3. Devy Otero, SOFLO 47.98, time drop 1.80.
11, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 32.94, time drop 0.93, 2. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 34.71, time drop 0.39, 3. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 35.14, time drop 0.97.
12, 1. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 34.66, time drop 0.22, 2. Rose Seniuk, SOFLO 35.21, time drop 0.03, 3. Laila Harran, SOFLO 36.14, time drop 1.46.
13, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 32.64, time drop 1.27, 2. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 32.88, time drop 0.22, 3. Caitlyn Britto, PST 39.37.
14, 1. Paola Escobar, PST 33.18, 2. Chloe Cupid, PST 33.87, 3. Sarah Bedoya, SOFLO 35.46, time drop 0.53.
15, 1. Gabriela DeLuna, SOFLO 32.56, 2. Kaylee Del Rio, SOFLO 35.55, 3. Camryn Britto, PST 36.32.
16-and-over, 1. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 31.01, time drop 4.12, 2. Mia Gelin, PST 32.19, 3. Nicol Bellardi, PST 32.62.

50-meter backstroke:
9-and-under, 1. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 53.16, time drop 4.16, 2. Mia Rop, SOFLO 57.17, 3. Anna Guerrero, SOFLO 59.53.
10, 1. Jilliam Henriquez, PST 38.50, 2. Devy Otero, SOFLO 49.64, time drop 0.07, 3. Gabriela Ekht, SOFLO 50.30, time drop 0.36.
11, 1. Ellie Jackson, SOFLO 38.59, 2. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 39.18, 3. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 40.12.
12, 1. Saree Young, SOFLO 35.49, 2. Laila Harran, SOFLO 35.58, 3. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 37.09.
13, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 35.24, 2. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 38.37, 3. Sophia Avila, SOFLO 42.99.
14, 1. Katelyn Gembicki, SOFLO 36.71, 2. Chloe Cupid, PST 38.80, 3. Paola Escobar, PST 39.37.
15-16, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 35.42, 2. Mia Gelin, PST 36.41, 3. Isabella Bello, PST 38.41.
17-and-over, 1. Nicol Bellardi, PST 33.99, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 35.27, 3. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 36.27.

800-meter freestyle:
11, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 10:20.18, 2. Anna Finneran, PST 11:15.10.
12, 1. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 10:29.79, 2. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 10:46.49.
13, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 10:09.02, 2. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 10:26.87.
14, 1. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO 10:13.65, 2. Georgina Henriquez, PST 10:40.51, 3. Tania Mantilla, SOFLO 11:05.27.
15-16, 1. Alexis Christensen, PST 10:16.53, 2. Cali Harries, SOFLO 11:13.38, 3. Cameron Corbett, PST 11:19.38.

50-meter breaststroke:
9, 1. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 59.17, time drop 3.19, 2. Savanna Alonso, PST 1:03.81.
10, 1. Jilliam Henriquez, PST 47.85, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 50.74, 3. Devy Otero, SOFLO 53.03, time drop 0.28.
11, 1. Didia Miccolis, SOFLO 46.25, time drop 2.17, 2. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 46.68, time drop 1.42, 3. Ellie Jackson, SOFLO 47.51, time drop 0.80.
12, 1. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 42.79, 2. Rose Seniuk, SOFLO 43.38, 3. Sophie Szutkowski, SOFLO 43.69, time drop 2.36.
13, 1. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 45.12, 2. Jaimie Nolan, PST 45.25, 3. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 47.41.
14, 1. Paola Escobar, PST 39.22, 2. Chloe Cupid, PST 44.93, 3. Haley Garcia, SOFLO 45.52.
15-16, 1. Gabriela DeLuna, SOFLO 38.40, 2. Mia Gelin, PST 41.12, 3. Natalia Sibug, PST 41.51.
17-and-over, 1. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 38.86, time drop 0.01, 2. Sabrina Osorio, SOFLO 39.51, 3. Nicol Bellardi, SOFLO 40.26.

50-meter freestyle:
9-and-under, 1. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 43.84, 2. Mia Rop, SOFLO 48.59, 3. Savanna Alonso, SOFLO 48.87.
10, 1. Jilliam Henriquez, SOFLO 32.29, time drop 0.06, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 37.19, 3. Paige Fleming, SOFLO 43.23.
11, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 31.33, time drop 0.21, 2. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 31.35, time drop 0.61, 3. Ellie Jackson, SOFLO 31.48, time drop 2.08.
12, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 30.50, 2. Rose Seniuk, SOFLO 31.46, time drop 0.12, 3. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 32.09, time drop 0.12.
13, 1. Mikhel Martin, SOFLO 31.70, 2. Caitlyn Britto, PST 34.43, time drop 0.60, 3. Sophia Avila, SOFLO 35.59.
14, 1. Katelyn Gembicki, SOFLO 29.10, 2. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO 30.48, 3. Sarah Bedoya, SOFLO 31.07.
15-16, 1. Mia Gelin, PST 30.06, 2. Alexis Christensen, PST 30.27, 3. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 30.90.
17-and-over, 1. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 28.55, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 29.21, 3. Nicol Bellardi, PST 29.98.

BOYS
50-meter butterfly:
9-and-under, 1. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 47.01, time drop 3.85, 2. Leonardo Zuluaga, SOFLO 49.94.
10, 1. Luis Felipe Quingatuna, PST 37.44, 2. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 39.98, time drop 1.14, 3. Elias Akpabio, SOFLO 46.81, time drop 4.23.
11, 1. Eric Ferrer, SOIFLO 35.82, time drop 0.52, 2. Daniel Chaussky, SOFLO 35.92, time drop 0.29, 3. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 37.86.
12, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 34.92, 2. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 35.37, 3. Dmitrii Berezin, SOFLO 39.68, time drop 0.55.
13, 1. Jeremiah Paiz, PST 28.94, 2. Adrian Rendon, SOFLO 32.88, time drop 0.27, 3. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLFO 33.24, time drop 1.59.
14, 1. Tristan Dons, SOFLO 31.19, time drop 2.33, 2. Barron Tate, PST 31.39, 3. Benjamin Kim, SOFLO 31.40, time drop 1.96.
15, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 27.80, time drop 0.99, 2. Mario Granizo, PST 28.42, 3. Alex Kalil Mansur, PST 28.51.
16-and-over, 1. Renato Herran, PST 26.40, 2. Wisthon Rendon, SOFLO 27.27, time drop 0.16, 3. Andres Teran Santos, PST 28.70.

50-meter backstroke:
9-and-under, 1. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 46.76, 2. Ian Ibarra, SOFLO 48.47, time drop 3.82, 3. Leonardo Zuluaga, SOFLO 51.07.
10, 1. Luis Felipe Quingatuna, PST 39.58, 2. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 43.70, 3. Elias Akpabio, SOFLO 46.52, time drop 13.27.
11, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 37.58, time drop 0.75, 2. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 38.19, 3. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 40.21, time drop 1.68.
12, 1. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 36.11, time drop 0.82, 2. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 37.51, 3. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 38.44.
13, 1. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 33.59, 2. Jeremiah Paiz, PST 34.10, 3. Adrian Rendon, SOFLO 35.41.
14, 1. Barron Tate, PST 34.65, 2. Benjamin Kim, SOFLO 34.71, time drop 1.14, 3. Tristan Dons, SOFLO 34.84.
15-16, 1. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 31.21, 2. Alex Kalil Mansur, PST 31.81, 3. Andres Teran Santos, PST 32.25.
17-and-over, 1. Renato Herran, PST 29.99, 2. Karl-Wilson Aimable, PST 30.01, 3. Daniel Fiallo, PST 34.89.

800-meter freestyle:
11, 1. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 10:23.14.
12, 1. Benjamin Cupid, PST 10:27.44.
13, 1. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 10:29.43.
14, 1. John Crobett, PST 10:32.3, 2. Matt McVeigh, OFLO 10:41.34, time drop 1:04.38.
15-16, 1. Gabriel Tortola, PST 8:57.27, 2. Mario Granizo, PST 9:27.93, 3. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 9:34.48.
17-and-over, 1. Wisthon Rendon, SOFLO 9:10.50, 2. Josue Paiz, PST 9:59.14.

50-meter breaststroke:
9-and-under, 1. Leonardo Zuluaga, SOFLO 51.89, 2. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 54.85, 3. Ian Ibarra, SOFLO 59.91, time drop 3.79.
10, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 47.25, 2. Elias Akpabio, SOFLO 53.74, time drop 6.77, 3. Luis Felipe Quingatuna, PST 53.78.
11, 1. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 46.60, 2. Julian Sibug, PST 46.91, 3. Rocco Herran, PST 50.99.
12, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 40.52, 2. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 44.59, 3. Dmitrii Berezin, SOFLO 47.67, time drop 0.53.
13, 1. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 37.92, time drop 0.29, 2. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 38.50, time drop 0.78, 3. Jeremiah Paiz, PST 38.53.
14, 1. Adriano Corrieri, PST 34.46, 2. Barron Tate, PST 35.42, 3. Abraham Penaloza, SOFLO 36.88.
15-16, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 31.57, 2. Emanuel Cuarta, PST 32.22, 3. Alex Kalil Mansur, PST 35.38.
17-and-over, 1. Renato Herran, PST 33.44, 2. Jose Robles, PST 33.99, 3. Wisthon Rendon, SOFLO 36.30.

50-meter freestyle:
9-and-under, 1. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 40.65, time drop 0.09, 2. Leonardo Zuluaga, SOFLO 43.49, 3. Ian Ibarra, SOFLO 44.86, time drpp 4.46.
10, 1. Luis Felipe Quingatuna, PST 34.26, 2. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 35.91, time drop 0.77, 3. Elias Akpabio, SOFLO 41.73, time drop 3.34.
11, 1. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 31.60, 2. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 31.67, time drop 1.38, 3. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 31.74, time drop 0.76.
12, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 31.17, 2. Nomar Alvarez, PST 32.92, 3. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 33.32.
13, 1. Jeremiah Paiz, PST 28.98, 2. Aleksander Chaussky, SOFLO 29.54, time drop 0.14, 3. Alex Viazmetinov, PST 29.71.
14, 1. Barron Tate, PST 27.40, 2. Adriano Corrieri, PST 27.61, 3. Javier Guardia, PST 28.23.
15-16, 1. Alex Kalil Mansur, PST 25.63, 2. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 26.20, 3. Juan Orjuela, PST 26.59.
17-and-over, 1. Renato Herran, PST 24.71, 2. Karl-Wilson Aimable, PST 25.79, 3. Jose Robles, PST 26.48.

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

SOFLO Headed For Dual Meet Showdown With Host Plantation Swim Team


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, May 5, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club will race Plantation Swim Team in a two-day dual meet that begins Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

On Friday at 4 p.m., the PST-SOFLO Sizzler 25s will feature the 25-yard butterfly, 25-yard backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke and 25-yard freestyle events. There are 88 entries in 12 heats.

SOFLO swimmers are seeded first in every event. They are Gregory Miralles, 8, 25-yard butterfly, 25.29; Santiago Zuluaga, 7, 25-yard backstroke, 22.15; Victoria Colmenares, 8, 25-yard breaststroke, 27.59; and Andres Gomez, 6, 20.53. SOFLO has 20 swimmers entered in 76 events in the sizzler.

Friday action continues with the 50s events beginning at 5:15 p.m. There are 623 entries in 80 heats. The events are the 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter freestyle. The 800-meter freestyle will also be held.

The meet concludes on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. with the remainder of the events including relays. There are 617 entries in 83 heats.

SOFLO has 139 swimmers (71 girls, 68 boys) entered in 721 events and 32 relay teams for four relays.

Among SOFLO top seeds are: Javier Colmenares, 15, 50-meter breaststroke, 30.67, 200-meter freestyle, 2:00.94 and 200-meter butterfly, 2:08.93; Derek Hau, 14, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:09.45 and 200-meter breaststroke 2:33.72; Felix Gonzalez, 15, 200-meter individual medley, 2:23.63; Wisthon Rendon, 17, 100-meter butterfly, 58.33; Austin Nelson, 16, 100-meter backstroke 59.82 and 200-meter backstroke, 2:06.62.

Spectators will be allowed in a designated area. Spectators will be charged a $5 entrance fee (cash only) per day. Multi day passes may be offered.

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

Seven SOFLO Swimmers Make Open Water Zone Team; SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Wins Open Water 2K


By Sharon Robb
POMPANO BEACH, May 1, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club had seven swimmers qualify for the zone team Friday at the Florida Gold Coast Swimming Open Water Championships off Pompano Beach Pier.

Natalie Gembicki, 17, was SOFLO’s top girls’ finisher placing second in the 17-and-over 5K in 1 hour, 13 minutes and 22 seconds for the 3.1 course.

Juan Vallmitjana, 13, and Alexander Miller, 16, were SOFLO boys’ top finishers, both placing their in their age groups. Vallmitjana finished in 1:10:15 for 13-14 and Miller finished in 1:10:19 for 15-16.

Joining Gembicki, Vallmitjana and Miller on the FGC zone team are Jemma Baldwin, 12, Izzy Wilson, 15, Amelie Bicerne, 15, and Ivan Grass, 17.

Mallory Schleicher, 19, was SOFLO’s lone winner in the girls 2K in 16:27, nearly three minutes ahead of Coral Springs’ Reese Maxwell in 19:25.

The Southern Zone Open Water Championship is May 14-15 at Camp Winona YMCA in DeLeon Springs.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS 5K

13-14, 1. Erin Reid, SAS 1:33.49, 2. Frankie Ninova, CANE 1:39:54, 3. Kalina Gitchev, CANE 1:46:46.
15-16, 1. Lilia Blanco, PB 1:11:29, 2. Evelyn Balog, PB 1:15:43, 3. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO 1:20:12; SOFLO: 6. Gabriela Avila 1:36:21, 7. Dahlia Hirsh 1:38:09.
17-and-over, 1. Fatima Portillo, Azura 1:11:28, 2. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 1:13:22, 3. Samira Zambrano, MWA 1:15:30.
BOYS 5K
13-14, 1. Andreas DaSilva, WOW 1:06:31, 2. Dillon Metz, WOW 1:07:30, 3. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:10:15; SOFLO: 4. Ryan Harries 1:19:53.
15-16, 1. Billy Connors, WOW 1:07:01, 2. Caleb Dasilva, WOW 1:08:04, 3. Alexander Miller, SOFLO 1:10:19; SOFLO: 4. Jaden Amores 1:10:53, 5. Hashan Ekanayake 1:12:43, 9. Derek Hau 1:21:38, 10. Abraham Penaloza 1:21:40, 11. Garrett Garcia-Stoddard 1:26:52.
17-and-over, 1 Maximiliano Paccot, Azura 1:00:16, 2. Abraham Flores, Azura 1:02:40, 3. Elias Segovia, Azura 1:02:41; SOFLO: 6. Ivan Grass 1:10:06.
GIRLS 2K
12-and-under, 1. Cali Jerabek, NPB 17:29, 2. Gia Euseppi, NPB 17:40, 3. Alina Rodriguez, PB 17:41, 4. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 17:44.
13-14, 1. Nikki Wood, PB 17:50, 2. Lucia Blanco, PB 17:51, 3. Rose Seniuk, SOFLO 18:30.
17-and-over, 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 16:37, 2. Reese Maxwell, CSSC 19:25.
BOYS 2K
12-and-under, 1. Elan Becker, SAS 18:32, 2. Alejandro Bahos Andrade, WOW 19:05.
13-14, 1. Becket Menacho, PB 16:37, 2. Ethan Persten, CSSC 17:45, 3. Alistair Bass, SFTL 17:56.
15-16, 1. Andrew Smith, PB 17:37, 2. tie, Everhart Fergus, WOW 17:43 and Adriano Brunetti, PB 17:43.
17-and-over, 1. Nick Potter, PB 16:34, 2. Lee Scharf, PB 21:47.

OPEN WATER ZONE TEAM ROSTERS
GIRLS

11-12, 1. Cali Jerabek, 2. Gia Euseppi, 3. Alina Rodriguez, 4. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO.
13-14, 1. Erin Reid, 2. Frankie Ninova, 3. Kalina Gitchev, 4. Allison Connors.
15-16, 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO, 2. Lily Blanco, 3. Evelyn Balog, 4. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO.
Open, 1. Leslie Dame, 2. Natalie Gembecki, SOFLO, 3. Samira Zambrano.
BOYS
11-12, 1. Caleb Camponera, 2. Luke Reid.
13-14, 1. Andreas DaSilva, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO, 3. Ryan Harries, SOFLO, 4. Kavon Clarke.
15-16, 1. Billy Connors, 2. Caleb DaSilva, 3. Lucas Young, 4. Michael Grenier.
Open, 1. Giuliano Brunetti, 2. Fernando Collazo, 3. Ivan Grass, SOFLO, 4. Kolby Hardin.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFLO White Bounces Back On Final Day Of Dual Meet, Sweeps All Three Team Titles


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, April 23, 2022–After SOFLO Blue took an early lead in the combined and boys team standings Friday night, SOFLO White bounced back to win combined, boys and girls team titles at the Intrasquad Dual Meet Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Led by the performances of the 12-and-unders in Saturday’s highly-charged action, SOFLO White won the combined, 1,355-1,320; boys, 598-591; and girls, 609-581 and earned bragging rights.

After Friday night’s 13-and-over action, SOFLO Blue led combined, 723-719, and boys team standings, 372-277. SOFLO White led the girls, 370-275.

Nearly 180 swimmers (100 boys and 74 girls) competed in 650 events including relays in a spirited atmosphere.

Christie Ann Lumsden, 10, led the 10-and-under girls winning four events with four best times. She won the 200 IM in 3:01.63, dropping 7.73; 50 freestyle in 33.18, dropping 1.09; 100-meter freestyle in 1:11.91, dropping 2.91; and 100-meter breaststroke in 1:32.49, dropping 1.48.

Laila Harran, 12, led the 11-12 girls winning three individual events and finishing second in another. She won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:30.25, 50-meter freestyle in 30.93, 100-meter freestyle in 1:08.17 and was second in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:18.17.

Kenneth Solis, 10, and Toma Petkov, 10, led the 10-and-under boys.

Solis won four events. They were the 200-meter freestyle in 2:42.01, 50-meter freestyle in 35.09, 100-meter freestyle in 1:17.96 and 100-meter backstroke in 1:35.32.

Petkov won three events and placed second in another. He won the 200 IM in 3:04.39; 400 freestyle in 5:50.67; and 100-meter breaststroke in 1:41.74, dropping 19.44. He was also second in the 50-meter freestyle in 37.36, dropping 5.57.

Ryan Harries, 12, led the 11-12 boys. He won four events, all with best times. He won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:25.44, dropping 2.29; 50-meter freestyle in 30.67, dropping 0.81; 400-meter freestyle in 5:04.74, dropping 2.36; and 100-meter breaststroke in 1:26.63, dropping 1.55.

Noah Mejias, 11, won the 200 IM in 2:46.40, dropping 5.97 and 100-meter butterfly in 1:14.69. He was also second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:33.94 and third in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:24.26.

SATURDAY 12&Under RESULTS
GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, White 20:05.24, 2. Rose Seniuk, White 21:04.59, 3. Sofia Rodriguez, Blue 21:22.52.

Mixed 4×50-meter medley relay: 1. SOFLO White 2:24.45 (Sofia Gomez, Ryan Harries, Noah Mejias, Rose Seniuk), 2. SOFLO Blue A 2:27.24, 3. SOFLO White D 2:36.56.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Joanna Valdiviezo, White 2:58.72, time drop 19.69, 2. Valentina Remmele, Blue 3:02.90, 3. Devy Otero, Blue 3:20.49.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, Blue 2:30.25, 2. Sofia Gomez, White 2:30.98, time drop 1.76, 3. Ellie Jackson, White 2:33.84.

200-meter individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, Blue 3:01.63, 2. Valentina Remmele, Blue 3:33.54, 3. Savanna Alonso, White 4:14.69.
11-12, 1. Mackenzie McPherson, Blue 2:47.99, time drop 4.73, 2. Jemma Baldwin, White 2:51.53, time drop 2.81, 3. Saree Young, Blue 2:52.96, time drop 12.82.

50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, Blue 33.18, time drop 1.09, 2. Joanna Valdiviezo, White, 37.98, time drop 5.11, 3. Devy Otero, Blue 38.48.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, Blue 30.93, 2. Mackenzie McPherson, Blue 32.03, 3. Saree Young, Blue 33.39, time drop 1.07.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Varvara Dmitrova, Blue 1:48.44.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, Blue 1:16.18, 2. Mackenzie McPherson, Blue 1:16.79, time drop 4.04, 3. Jemma Baldwin, White 1:18.93, time drop 5.53.

100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, Blue 1:11.91, time drop 2.91, 2. Valentina Remmele, Blue 1:26.11, 3. Devy Otero, Blue 1:29.35.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, Blue 1:08.17, 2. Jemma Baldwin, White 1:10.81, time drop 1.82, 3. Ellie Jackson, White 1:11.49.

400-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Sofia Gomez, White 5:09.25, time drop 4.09, 2. Mackenzie McPherson, Blue 5:11.12, 3. Rose Seniuk, White 5:23.60.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Joanna Valdiviezo, White 1:33.37, time drop 6.12, 2. Stephanie Dmitrova, White 1:42.78, 3. Varvara Dmitrova, Blue 1:43.96, time drop 1.01.
11-12, 1. Saree Young, Blue 1:17.20, time drop 4.64, 2. Laila Harran, Blue 1:18.17, 3. Sofia Gomez, White 1:21.69.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, Blue 1:32.49, time drop 1.48, 2. Amber Connor, Blue 1:51.69, 3. Valentina Remmele, Blue 1:53.57.
11-12, 1. Gianna Martin, White 1:32.97, time drop 0.37, 2. Sofia Gomez, White 1:37.60, 3. Sophie Szutkowski, Blue 1:40.19.

Mixed 4×50-meter freestyle relay: 1. SOFLO Blue A 2:09.12 (Lance Bergeron-Menard, Eric Ferrer, Sofia Rodriguez, Laila Harran), 2. SOFLO White A 2:13.54, 3. SOFLO White B 2:13.87.

BOYS
1500-meter freestyle:
11-12: 1. Atharv Agashe, White 22:00.52.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Kenneth Solis, Blue 2:42.01, 2. Zachary Snigur, White 2:49.86, 3. Reynaldo Manzanarez, Blue 2:59.89.
11-12, 1. Ryan Harries, White 2:25.44, time drop 2.29, 2. Eric Ferrer, Blue 2:27.23, time drop 6.87, 3. Guillermo Mantilla, White 2:29.96, time drop 11.08.

200-meter individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, White 3:04.39, 2. Ethan Phan, White 3:14.37, 3. Zachary Sniur, White 3:26.41.
11-12, 1. Noah Mejias, White 2:46.40, time drop 5.97, 2. David Valdiviezo, Blue 2:49.50, time drop 7.41, 3. Eric Ferrer, Blue 2:56.19, time drop 12.26.

50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Kenneth Solis, Blue 35.09, 2. Toma Petkov, White 37.36, time drop 5.57, 3. Niccolo Miccolis, White 38.21.
11-12, 1. Ryan Harries, White 30.67, time drop 0.81, 2. Guillermo Mantilla, White 31.12, time drop 2.10, 3. Lance Bergeron-Menard, Blue 32.57, time drop 1.02.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Ethan Phan, White 1:26.72, 2. Leonardo Zuluaga, Blue 1:47.95.
11-12, 1. Noah Mejias, White 1:14.69, 2. David Valdiviezo, Blue 1:18.60, time drop 4.35, 3. Matthew Ortiz, White 1:38.34.

100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Kenneth Solis, Blue 1:17.96, 2. Zachary Snigur, White 1:18.96, 3. Ethan Phan, White 1:20.74.
11-12, 1. Guillermo Mantilla, White 1:08.44, time drop 6.45, 2. Rainier Leyva Riestra, Blue 1:08.71, time drop 7.07, 3. Eric Ferrer, Blue 1:09.52, time drop 2.77.

400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, White 5:50.67.
11-12, 1. Ryan Harries, White 5:04.74, time drop 2.36, 2. Eric Ferrer, Blue 5:10.45, time drop 18.23, 3. Atharv Agashe, White 5:44.69, time drop 5.67.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Kenneth Solis, Blue 1:35.32, 2. Gabriel Ferrer, Blue 1:41.57, 3. Michael Barber, White 1:44.08.
11-12, 1. David Valdiviezo, Blue 1:20.21, time drop 10.81, 2. Guillermo Mantilla, White 1:23.62, time drop 6.61, 3. Noah Mejias, White 1:24.26.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, White 1:41.74, time drop 19.44, 2. Zachary Snigur, White 1:43.72, 3. Ethan Phan, White 1:45.61.
11-12, 1. Ryan Harries, White 1:26.63, time drop 1.55, 2. Noah Mejias, White 1:33.94, 3. David Valdiviezo, Blue 1:37.82.

Mixed 4×50-meter freestyle relay: 1. SOFLO Blue A 2:09.12 (Lance Bergeron-Menard, Eric Ferrer, Sofia Rodriguez, Laila Harran), 2. SOFLO White A 2:13.54, 3. SOFLO White B 2:13.87.

13&Over 1500 Complete Results
GIRLS

13-14, 1. Amelie Bicerne, Blue 19:21.36, 2. Sarah Vasquez, White 19:24.96, 3. Elise Dinehart, Blue 20:21.25.
15-and-over, 1. Natalie Gembicki, White 19:13.22, 2. Cali Harries, White 20:24.08.

BOYS
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, White 17:37.39, 2. Tristan Dons, Blue 20:12.05.

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

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


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

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

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

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

Azura Florida Aquatics picked up three more wins.

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRIDAY/SATURDAY MORNING FINALS
WOMEN

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

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

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

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

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