South Florida Aquatic Club Ends Successful Southern Zone South Sectional Championships With Highest Finish, More Time Standards


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 14, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club had its most successful Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships in team history at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool.

On Sunday, the Sharks finished third among combined teams, third (682 points) among men’s teams and fifth (576 teams) among women’s teams in the four-day, 61-team meet. South Florida Aquatic Club was the highest Florida Gold Coast finisher. Host Gator Swim Club defended its titles.

Lance Lesage, 16, picked up his second Summer Junior National qualifying standard. On Saturday, he got his first junior national cut in the 100-meter backstroke in 58.60 and on Sunday he made his 200-meter backstroke cut with a fifth-place finish in a lifetime-best time of 2:06.42, shaving 2.77 seconds off his previous best of 2:09.19. He finished with 68 points in high point.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, earned her time standard in the 200-meter backstroke to qualify for the USA Swimming Futures Championships in 2:24.54, dropping 3.30 seconds. Schleicher finished with 65 points in high point.

Kathleen Golding, 18, won the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 8:49.37, dropping 18.78 seconds. She finished with 83 points in high point.

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

SOFLO’s 400-meter freestyle relay was second in 3:56.87 with Mary Smutny, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane and Mallory Schleicher.

Mary Smutny, 18, was third in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:16.36. She finished with 80.5 points in high point.

Schleicher was also fifth in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:08.45, dropping 4.92 off her previous best of 9:13.37.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, was ninth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:06.05, dropping 1.20 seconds off his previous best of 2:07.25.

Molly Golding, 16, was 11th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:43.75. She finished 31 points in high point.

Dominic Bono, 16, dropped 13.74 seconds off his 1500-meter freestyle time in 16:38.08. His previous best was 16:51.80.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered were host and defending champion Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA, Azura, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

At last year’s event, SOFLO finished fifth (1,050 points) among combined teams behind host Gator Swim Club (3,007), Bolles (1,453), East Coast Aquatic Club (1,169) and Swim Florida (1,061) among 60 teams. SOFLO men finished fourth (481) and women (491) were fifth.

The Speedo Sectionals Series showcases some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones.

SUNDAY RESULTS
MEN TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,724, 2. Bolles 726, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 682, 4. Metro Aquatics 596, 5. St. Petersburg Aquatics 502, 8. St. Andrew’s Swimming 319.5, 12. Azura Florida Aquatics 218, 19. FAST 122, 20. TS Aquatics 116, 35. YMCA of SOuth Florida 52, 41. East Coast Aquatic Club 35, 52. Jupiter 17, 57. Wahoos of Wellington 11.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,562, 2. Blue Dolfins 949.5, 3. Sarasota Sharks 934.5, 4. Bolles 601, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 576, 7. East Coast Aquatic Club 310, 11. Hurricane Aquatics 231, 13. Metro Aquatics 209.5, 14. St. Andrew’s 186, 22. TS Aquatics 101, 23. Azura 97, 26. North Palm Beach 86, 27. Gulliver 76, 32. Eagle Aquatics 54, 35. Jupiter 42, 52. Golden Panthers Aquatics 15, 57. FAST 9, 60. Wahoos of Wellington 2.

WOMEN’S RESULTS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Nikki Miller, GSC 2:14.88, 2. Caroline Cooper, HIGH 2:16.22, 3. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:16.36, 27. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 2:26.97.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Isabella Garofalo, GSC 56.43, 2. Micayla Cronk, BD 56.47, 3. Talia Bates, GSC 56.98, 14. Mary Smutny 59.04, 25. Paige Lane, SOFLO 1:00.13.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Vanessa Pearl, Unattached 2:32.05, 2. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:36.36, 3. Adrianna Deboer, GSC 2:37.54, 11. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:43.75, 28. Sally Golding, SOFLO 2:51.40, time drop 0.64.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 2:11.32, 2. Rosie Zavaros, Unattached 2:14.31, 3. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:15.84, 19. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 2:24.54, time drop 3.30.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 3:56.40, 2. SOFLO A 3:56.87 (Mary Smutny, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane, Mallory Schleicher), 3. Blue Dolfins 3:57.09, 18. SOFLO B 4:18.89 (Jacqueline Lugo, Molly Golding, Sara Quintero, Sarah Acevedo).

800-meter freestyle:
1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 8:49.37, time drop 18.78, 2. Savanna Faulconer, GSC 8:56.06, 3. Alixandra Roy, HIGH 9:04.83, 5. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 9:08.45, time drop 4.92.

MEN’S RESULTS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Sterling Crane, EAJ 2:01.08, 2. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 2:02.71, 3. Mason Laur, T2 2:04.35, 9. Rafael Rodriguez. SOFLO 2:06.95, time drop 1.02.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Isabella Garofalo, GSC 56.43, 2. Micayla Cronk, BD 56.47, 3. Talia Bates, GSC 56.98, 14. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 59.04, 25. Paige Lane 1:00.13.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Vanessa Pearl, Unattached 2:32.05, 2. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:36.36, 3. Adrianna Deboer, GSC 2:37.54, 11. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:43.75, 28. Sally Golding 2:51.40, time drop 0.64.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Kiernan Smith, RA 2:02.38, 2. Brett Saunders, TEAM 2:05.05, 3. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:05.08, 5. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 2:06.42, time drop 2.77, 19. Marco Cabrera Duarte, SOFLO 2:10.94.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 3:30.43, 2. Bolles 3:32.44, 3. Metro Aquatics 3:35.64, 7. SOFLO A 3:39.07 (Robert Wilson, Rafael Rodriguez, Lance Lesage, Miguel Sierra), 13. SOFLO B 3:43.53 (Philopatier Ibrahim, Sebastian Lares, Juan Colmenares, Marco Cabrera Duarte).

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Nicholas Sweetser, GSC 15:30.27, 2. Arik Katz, SRQ 15:33.92, 3. Matthew Anderson, GSC 15:49.40, 16. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 16:38.08, time drop 13.74.

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

SOFLO Men Remain Second; Golding, Lesage Top Finishers After Day Two Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 12, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club men’s team remained in second place after competition heated up on Day Two of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Friday at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool.

SOFLO is second among a field of 52 men’s teams with 311 points. Defending champion Gator Swim Club is leading with 664 and pulling away.

SOFLO women are fourth among a field of 48 women’s teams with 232 points. Gator Swim Club also leads the women’s standings with 619 points followed by the Sarasota YMCA Sharks with 552 and Blue Dolfins with 444.

Kathleen Golding and Lance Lesage led SOFLO in second day action.

Florida-bound Golding, 18, was fifth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:52.51. She has 25 points in high point.

Lesage, 16, was ninth in the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 27.70 with a time drop of 0.18. He has 20 points in high point.

Dominic Bono, 16, had a nice time drop of 6.93 seconds in the 400-meter individual medley to finish 14th in 4:39.34, the first time Bono has cracked 4:40 in the event. He first bettered his previous best of 4:46.27 in prelims in 4:40.96 and then dropped even more time in finals.

SOFLO’s men’s 800-meter freestyle relay was fifth in 8:00.21 with Lesage, Philopatier Ibrahim, Rafael Rodriguez and Miguel Sierra. The women’s relay was seventh in 8:49.18 with Paige Lane, Kathleen Golding, Mallory Schleicher and Sarah Acevedo.

Venezuelan Marco Guarente, an Azura Florida Aquatics alum and Cypress Bay High School graduate, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.81. Guarente is a junior at University of Florida.

SOFLO has 23 swimmers competing in the meet.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are host and defending champion Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA, Azura, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

At last year’s event, SOFLO finished fifth (1,050 points) among combined teams behind host Gator Swim Club (3,007), Bolles (1,453), East Coast Aquatic Club (1,169) and Swim Florida (1,061) among 60 teams. SOFLO men finished fourth (481) and women (491) were fifth.

The Speedo Sectionals Series showcases some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones.

FRIDAY RESULTS
MEN TEAM TOTALS:
1. Gator Swim Club 664, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 311, 3. Metro Aquatics 309, 4. Blue Dolfins 256, 5. Bolles 201, 9. St. Andrew’s 146, 15. Azura 95, 17. TS Aquatics 71, 25. FAST 44, 26. YMCA of South Florida 40.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 619, 2. Sarasota Sharks 553, 3. Blue Dolfins 444.5, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 232.5, 5. Bolles 216, 7. East Coast Aquatic Club 143, 9. Metro Aquatics 128, 11. St. Andrew’s 123, 14. Hurricane Aquatics 71, 20. TS Aquatics 48, 23. Azura 38, 26. North Palm Beach 34, 28. Gulliver 30.

WOMEN’S RESULTS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:01.96, 2. Micayla Cronk, BD 2:02.09, 3. Isabella Garofalo, GSC 2:02.50.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Vanessa Pearl, Unattached 1:10.34, 2. Taylor Grabenhorst, BD 1:12.12, 2. Madison Koutavas, BSS 1:13.34; SOFLO: 21. Molly Golding 1:16.41.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 28.67, 2. Ella Bathurst, Unattached 30.03, 3. Carmen Marquez, Azura 30.22; SOFLO: 23. Kelley Heron 32.34.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 4:44.12, 2. Vanessa Pearl, Unattached 4:49.64, 3. Savanna Faulconer, GSC 4:50.44; SOFLO: 5. Kathleen Golding 4:52.51, 11. Mallory Schleicher 5:02.90, time drop, 1.72, 19. Molly Golding 5:11.72, time drop, 0.33.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota Sharks 8:25.04, 2. Bolles 8:37.53, 3. Blue Dolfins 8:40.19, 7. SOFLO A 8:49.18 (Paige Lane, Kathleen Golding, Mallory Schleicher, Sarah Acevedo), 12. SOFLO B 9:22.35 (Jacqueline Lugo, Sara Quintero, Molly Golding, Sally Golding).

MEN’S RESULTS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Andrea D’Arrigo, GSC 1:50.67, 2. Gerry Quinn, GSC 1:50.71, 3. Lucas Cote, SPA 1:53.11.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Marco Guarente, Unattached 1:02.81, 2. Grant Sanders, Unattached 1:03.87, 3. Jared Pike, TIDE 1:04.00; SOFLO: 15. Juan Pablo Pineda 1:07.95.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Dakota Mahaffey, Unattached 26.44, 2. Ethan Beach, Unattached 26.53, 3. Conor Lynch, YCF 26.79; SOFLO: 9. Lance Lesage 27.70, time drop, 0.18, 16. Marco Cabrera Duarte 29.75, 23. Sebastian Lares 29.55, 24. Juan Colmenares 29.76

100-meter butterfly:
1. William Davis, GSC 54.12, 2. Willie Davis, GSC 55.09, 3. Sterling Crane, EAJ 55.23; SOFLO: 16. Rafael Rodriguez 58.13.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Kiernan Smith, RA 4:17.26, 2. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 4:27.48, 3. Grant Sanders, Unattached 4:31.89; SOFLO: 14. Dominic Bono 4:39.34, time drop, 6.93, 29. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:49.22.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 7:44.40, 2. Metro Aquatics 7:51.11, 3. Bolles 7:55.19, 5. SOFLO A 8:00.21 (Lance Lesage, Philopatier Ibrahim, Rafael Rodriguez, Miguel Sierra), 14. SOFLO B 8:15.37 (Robert Wilson, Marco Cabrera Duarte, Sebastian Lares, Leonardo Mateus).

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, LCM

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. prelims, finals 4 p.m.

Where: University of Florida, Stephen O’Connell Center Pool, 250 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. The tournament was capped at 650 swimmers. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-338-9300.

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

SOFLO Mixed Relay Wins; Rafael Rodriguez Drops Time; SOFLO Men Take Second On Day One Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 11, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club had a big opening night at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Thursday at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool.

SOFLO men’s team is second with 165 points and SOFLO women’s team is tied for sixth with 104 among a field of 29 teams. SOFLO has 23 swimmers competing in the meet.

SOFLO’s mixed 200-meter medley relay team won big in 1:54.15 ahead of St. Andrew’s in 1:56.32. The relay of Lance Lesage (27.20), Juan Pablo Pineda (30.11), Kathleen Golding (29.09) and Paige Lane (27.75) dropped 0.36 seconds off its entry time of 1:54.51.

SOFLO’s men’s 200-meter medley relay was second in 1:48.17, dropping 3.79 off its entry time of 1:51.96. The relay of Lance Lesage (27.01), Juan Pablo Pineda (30.44), Miguel Sierra (26.01) and Rafael Rodriguez (24.71).

SOFLO men also finished sixth in the 200-meter freestyle relay with Robert Wilson, Lance Lesage, Rafael Rodriguez and Miguel Sierra in 1:40.35.

SOFLO women also had eighth and 12th place relay finishes.

Rodriguez opened the meet with a best time in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:38.11, shaving 2.08 seconds off his previous best of 8:40.19. His opening split was 1:00.31 and closing split 1:03.51.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are host and defending champion Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA, Azura, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

At last year’s event, SOFLO finished fifth (1,050 points) among combined teams behind host Gator Swim Club (3,007), Bolles (1,453), East Coast Aquatic Club (1,169) and Swim Florida (1,061) among 60 teams. SOFLO men finished fourth (481) and women (491) were fifth.

The Speedo Sectionals Series showcases some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones.

THURSDAY RESULTS

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 172, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 165, 3. Gator Swim Club 147, 4. Blue Dolfins 142, 5. Tampa Bay Aquatic 138, 6. St. Andrew’s 118, 10. TS Aquatics

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 276, 2. Blue Dolfins 241, 3. Gator Swim Club 127, 4. T2 Aquatics 111, 5. Planet Swim Aquatics 106, 6. tie, South Florida Aquatic Club and St. Andrew’s 104, 9. East Coast Aquatics 96, 10. Metro Aquatics 83, 12. TS Aquatics 48, 13. Hurricane Aquatics 46.

WOMEN’S RESULTS
1500-meter freestyle:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 16:37.65, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 16:51.78, 3. Georgia Darwent, GSC 16:58.52; SOFLO: 31. Sarah Acevedo 18:26.97.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Blue Dolfins 1:58.96, 2. Gator Swim Club 1:59.29, 3. Planet Swim 2:02.09; 8. SOFLO A 2:04.01 (Kelley Heron, Molly Golding, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane), 17. SOFLO B 2:09.91 (Mallory Schleicher, Sally Golding, Sara Quintero, Jacqueline Lugo).

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Blue Dolfins A 1:48.01, 2. Blue Dolfins B 1:48.85, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:49.90, 12. SOFLO A 1:52.67 (Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane, Kelley Heron, Mallory Schleicher), 19. SOFLO B 1:58.44 (Sara Quintero, Molly Golding, Sally Golding, Jacqueline Lugo).

MEN’S RESULTS

800-meter freestyle:
1. Kieran Smith, RA 8:00.20, 2. Brendan Driscoll, Unattached 8:14.98, 4. Matthew Anderson, GSC 8:15.19; SOFLO: 23. Rafael Rodriguez 8:38.11, time drop 2.08.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 1:46.75, 2. SOFLO A 1:48.17 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodriguez), 3. St. Andrew’s 1:50.56, 11. SOFLO B 1:53.73 (Marco Cabrera Duarte, Juan Colmenares, Philopatier Ibrahim, Robert Wilson).

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. St. Andrew’s 1:37.77, 2. Gator Swim Club 1:37.99, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:38.75, 6. SOFLO A 1:40.35 (Robert Wilson, Lance Lesage, Rafael Rodriguez, Miguel Sierra), 13. SOFLO B 1:43.02 (Juan Colmenares, Marco Cabrera Duarte, Juan Pablo Pineda, Sebastian Lares).

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:
1. SOFLO A 1:54.15 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:56.32, 3. Gator Swim Club 1:57.86, SOFLO B, DNF.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 1:41.54, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:43.01, 3. Berkeley Aquatics 1:43.27, 7. SOFLO A 1:48.75 (Paige Lane, Marco Cabrera Duarte, Mallory Schleicher, Juan Colmenares), 9. SOFLO B 1:49.22 (Robert Wilson, Jacqueline Lugo, Sara Quintero, Miguel Sierra).

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, LCM

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday-Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. prelims, finals 4 p.m.

Where: University of Florida, Stephen O’Connell Center Pool, 250 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. The tournament was capped at 650 swimmers. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-338-9300.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Ready For This Week’s Southern Zone South Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 10, 2018—The championship season continues Thursday for the South Florida Aquatic Club Sharks.

After months of training and competing in local meets, SOFLO’s talented swimmers have a packed schedule of top meets in July and August.

First up is the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships that begin Thursday at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool.

After this week’s four-day meet there is the July 18-21 FGC Junior Olympics, July 26-28 FGC Senior Championships and Aug. 1-4 USA Swimming Futures Championships.

Mary Smutny, Kathleen Golding, Lance Lesage and Rafael Rodriguez lead SOFLO’s 23-swimmer contingent at sectionals. SOFLO will also field 24 relay teams.

Smutny, 18, will swim five events: 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle.

Golding, 18, will swim five events: 50-meter backstroke, 400-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle, 400- and 800-meter freestyle.

Lesage, 16, will swim six events: 200-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke, 100-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke.

Rodriguez, 17, will swim six events: 800-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter butterfly.

Other SOFLO qualifiers are: Sarah Acevedo, 15, Dominic Bono, 16, Marco Cabrera Duarte, 18, Juan Colmenares, 15, Molly Golding, 16, Sally Golding, 15, Kelley Heron, 19, Philopatier Ibrahim, 16, Paige Lane, 16, Sebastian Lares, 15, Jacqueline Lugo, 17, Leonardo Mateus, 17, Juan Pablo Pineda, 17, Sara Quintero, 15, Mallory Schleicher, 15, Miguel Sierra, 16, and Robert Wilson, 16.

Alex Golding, 15, and Alejandro Mateus, 14, will swim relays only.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are host and defending champion Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA, Azura, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

Among top elite swimmers entered are Santiago Corredor, Andrea D’Arrigo, Marco Guarente, Evita Leter and Corey Main.

At last year’s event, SOFLO finished fifth (1,050 points) among combined teams behind host Gator Swim Club (3,007), Bolles (1,453), East Coast Aquatic Club (1,169) and Swim Florida (1,061) among 60 teams. SOFLO men finished fourth (481) and women (491) were fifth.

The Speedo Sectionals Series showcases some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones.

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, LCM

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, timed finals 5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. prelims, finals 4 p.m.

Where: University of Florida, Stephen O’Connell Center Pool, 250 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. The tournament was capped at 650 swimmers. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-338-9300.

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

Atkinson Wins Third Event On Day Three Of Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 9, 2019—Alia Atkinson won her third event of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian and world short course record holder won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.00. Teammate Olivia Dinehart was fifth in the event in 34.59.

Atkinson was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.14 behind top seed Marie Wattel of LA College Aquatic Team in 26.40. Atkinson leads the women’s high point with 124 points. SOFLO teammate Mallory Schleicher, 15, is also in the Top 10, tenth with 86 points.

SOFLO’s Mary Smutny was second in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:19.34 and Schleicher was eighth in 4:28.08.

SOFLO boys 400-meter medley relay was fourth in 3:59.10 with Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez and Robert Wilson.

Brazilian Bruno Fratus of Coral Springs Swim Club, coming off fall shoulder surgery, looked strong winning the 50-meter freestyle in 22.15.

South Florida Aquatic Club girls remained in third place with 652 points behind Sarasota YMCA with 1,018.5 and East Coast Aquatic Club with 820.5.

South Florida Aquatic Club boys dropped to fourth place with 515 points behind Azura Florida Aquatics with 835.5, Sarasota YMCA with 584 and Colorado Stars with 533.

Sarasota YMCA and Azura Florida Aquatics have all but clinched the team titles.

SOFLO has 35 qualified swimmers compete in 155 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

A large field is competing over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Coral Springs Swim Club, Sunrise, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team. Bolles, Sarasota and Pensacola are top Florida teams.

The four-day meet concludes on Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota YMCA 1,018.5, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 820.5, 3. South Florida Aquatic Cub 652, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 467, 5. Blue Dolfins 452.5.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 835.5, 2. Sarasota YMCA 584, 3. Colorado Stars 533, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 515, 5. Gator Swim Club 378.

GIRLS

100-meter backstroke:
1. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 1:01.96, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:04.64, 3. Emily Crane, LCLA 1:05.37.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 31.00, 2. Patricia Casellas, Azura 33.88, 3. Shayna Fetes, SA 34.00; SOFLO: 5. Olivia Dinehart 34.59, 16. Hailey Jerew 35.89, 18. Victoria Torres 35.32.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Marie Wattel, LCLA 26.40, 2. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 27.14, 3. Talia Bates, GSC 27.38; SOFLO: 19. Mary Smutny 29.42, 20. Kathleen Golding 29.64.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:17.80, 2. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:21.13, 3. Shayna Fetes, SA 2:21.96; SOFLO: 12. Mallory Schleicher 2:26.46, 21. Olivia Dinehart 2:29.53.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Emily Barclay, LCLA 25.78, 2. Talia Bates, GSC 26.10, 3. Allyson Ponson, Unattached 26.46.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 4:14.54, 2. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 4:19.34, 3. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:20.73; SOFLO: 8. Mallory Schleicher 4:28.08.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Sarasota YMCA 4:23.65 (Naomi Chance, Emma Weyant, Isabel Traba, Savannah Barr), 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 4:25.75, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 4:26.22, 7. SOFLO A 4:30.53 (Elena Dinehart, Molly Golding, Mary Smutny, Kathleen Golding), 12. SOFLO B 4:35.89 (Jena Legaspi, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Gaby Banks).

BOYS

100-meter backstroke
1. Griffin O’Leary, BSC 57.21, 2. Dan Cross, LCLA 58.42, 3. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 58.43; SOFLO: 7. Lance Lesage 59.76.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Lukas Macek, Unattached 29.76, 2. Jacob Budnitz, SPAC 29.82, 3. Arnold Luk, STAR 30.06; SOFLO: 10. Juan Pablo Pineda 30.86, 13. Marc Rojas 31.13, 20. Juan Mora 32.18.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 24.86, 2. Luciano Gonzalez, Azura 25.01, 3. Kent Olsen-Stavrakes, STAR 25.11.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Gabriel Parnell, Unattached 2:04.85, 2. Santiago Corredor, GSC 2:06.43, 3. Kamal Muhammad, Unattached 2:08.06.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Bruno Fratus, CSSC 22.15, 2. Tom Fannon, LCLA 22.86, 3. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 23.45; SOFLO: 19. Robert Wilson 25.16.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Santiago Corredor, GSC 3:57.97, 2. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 4:04.27, 3. Julian Hill, GSC 4:05.13; SOFLO: 14. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:15.30.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Colorado Stars 3:54.83, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 3:55.40, 3. Spartan 3:49.07, 4. SOFLO A 3:59.10 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez, Robert Wilson), 12. SOFLO B 4:12.85 (Juan Colmenares, Juan Mora, Miguel Sierra, Michael Arias).

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson Double Winner; SOFLO Third Among Teams On Day Two Of Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 8, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club men’s and women’s teams are third after Day Two of the of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The women’s team is third with 393 points. Sarasota YMCA leads with 630 and East Coast Aquatic Club is second with 461 points.

The men’s team is also third with 355 points. Azura Florida Aquatics is first with 485 and Sarasota YMCA is second with 370.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian and world short course record holder Alia Atkinson, 30, won two events. Atkinson won her signature event 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.79. She also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.38 just ahead of Talia Bates of Gator Swim Club in 1:01.42. Atkinson has 64 points in high point.

Mary Smutny, 18, finished third in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:04.16. She was third fastest in morning prelims in 2:05.48. Smutny has 42 points in high point.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, finished fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.27. He was second fastest in morning prelims in 4:39.05. He has 65 points in high points.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, posted back-to-back best times in the 200-meter freestyle. Seeded 2:11.74, she went 2:10.64 in morning prelims and 2:07.69 in finals for a 4.05 time drop.

Schleicher also has back-to-back best times in the 400-meter individual medley. She went 5:06.74 in morning prelims and came back at night in 5:04.62. She was seeded in 5:07.59. Schleicher has 49 points in high points.

Robert Wilson, 16, swam back-to-back best times in the 200-meter freestyle. Seeded 2:01.18, he went 2:00.61 in prelims and 2:00.22 in finals for an 0.96 time drop. He has four points in high point.

Lance Lesage, 16, broke 2 minutes in the 200-meter freestyle and had back-to-back best times. Seeded 2:02.67, he lowered it first in morning prelims in 2:01.18 and broke 2 minutes in finals in 1:59.78 for a total time drop of 2.89. Lesage has 20 points in high point.

Juan Pablo Pineda, 16, had back-to-back best times in the 100-meter breaststroke. Seeded in 1:08.50, he lowered it in morning prelims in 1:08.50 and bettered in finals in 1:07.92 for an 0.77 time drop. He has 15 points in high point.

Javier Roman, 15, has back-to-back best times in the 400-meter individual medley. Seeded 4:56.25, he went 4:54.75 in morning prelims and bettered it in 4:52.33 for a 3.92 time drop. He has four points in high point.

SOFLO has 35 qualified swimmers compete in 155 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

A large field is competing over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Coral Springs Swim Club, Sunrise, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team. Bolles, Sarasota and Pensacola are top Florida teams.

The four-day meet continues Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota YMCA 630, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 461.5, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 393, 4. Barrington Swim Club 334.5, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 285.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 485, 2. Sarasota YMCA 370, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 355, 4. Metro Aquatics 272, 5. Colorado Stars 269.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:01.97, 2. Nikki Miller, Unattached 2:03.38, 3. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:04.16; SOFLO: 25. Mallory Schleicher 2:07.69, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:08.79, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 1:13.99, 3. Micaela Sierra, CSSC 1:15.60; SOFLO: 12. Molly Golding 1:16.85.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 28.92, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 30.16, 3. Megan Murphy, ECAC 30.22.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:01.38, 2. Talia Bates, GSC 1:01.42, 3. Abigail Gibbons, BD 1:01.47; SOFLO: 12. Mary Smutny 1:05.12.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Sumner Chmielweski, SYS 4:55.06, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:56.36, 3. Michelle Morgan, PS 4:56.69; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 5:04.62, time drop, 6. Kathleen Golding 5:06.96.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota YMCA A 8:27.30, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 8:36.35, 3. Sarasota YMCA B 8:40.73, 5. SOFLO A 8:42.62 (Mary Smutny, Mallory Schleicher, Olivia Dinehart, Kathleen Golding), 14. SOFLO B 9:05.32 (Sarah Acevedo, Sara Quintero, Elena Dinehart, Molly Golding).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Santiago Corredor, GSC 1:52.33, 2. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 1:53.62, 3. Julian Hill, GSC 1:53.79; SOFLO: 21. Robert Wilson 2:00.22, time drop, 25. Lance Lesage 1:59.78, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Ryaan Hatoum, BERK 1:05.20, 2. Lukas Macek, Unattached 1:05.29, 3. Hector Rodriguez, BD 1:06.54; SOFLO: 12. Juan Pablo Pineda 1:07.92, time drop.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Steven Aimable, Unattached 27.16, 2. Payton Plumb, SUSA 27.50, 3. Matheo Mateos, Azura 27.58; SOFLO: 9. Lance Lesage 27.88, time drop.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 55.63, 2. Kamarl Muhammad, Unattached 55.63, 3. Blake Wilton, STAR 55.82; SOFLO: 11. Rafael Rodriguez 57.71.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Alexander Gusev, SYS 4:30.94, 2. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 4:39.01, 3. Matheo Mateos, Azura 4:39.13; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 4:39.27, 18. Leonardo Mateus 4:49.78, 20. Dominc Bono 4:50.46, 21. Javier Roman 4:52.33.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 7:58.36 (Matheo Mateos, Franco Lupoli, Sidrell Williams, Juan Zapata), 2. Sarasota YMCA 7:59.40, 3. Metro Aquatics 8:01.45, 4. SOFLO A 8:02.50 (Rafael Rodriguez, Robert Wilson, Philopatier Ibrahim, Lance Lesage), 12. SOFLO B 8:19.80 (Nicolas Rossi, Michael Arias, Leonardo Mateus, Dominic Bono).

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday-Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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

SOFLO Heads Field For Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 7, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship that begins Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Four-time Jamaican and short course world champion Olympian Alia Atkinson, Gaby Banks, Marc Rojas, Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny, Mallory Schleicher, Rafael Rodriguez, Lance Lesage head SOFLO’s contingent that will be tested by a strong field.

Atkinson, 30, will compete in the 50 and 100 butterfly, and 50 and 100 breaststroke.

The women’s 100 freestyle is expected to be one of the best races of the four-day meet with defending champion Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny, Micayla Cronk and Chloe Grimme.

SOFLO will have 35 qualified swimmers compete in 155 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

SOFLO’s 200 mixed medley relay is seeded first in 1:52.19 ahead of Colorado Stars, Missy Franklin’s former club. Atkinson is seeded first in the women’s 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 50 breaststroke and second in the 50 butterfly behind Marie Wattel, Rojas is seeded in the men’s 100 and 200 breaststroke, Golding is seeded first in the 200 individual medley and Smutny is seeded first in the 200 butterfly.

A large field will compete over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Several swimmers who competed in last year’s meet have opted to compete in the Pro Swim Series meet in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to Atkinson, another big name swimmer, Brazilian sprinter Bruno Fratus, 29, training with Coral Springs Swim Club, will compete. Fratus is coming off shoulder surgery in the fall. He is top seed in the 50 freestyle in 21.27 and 100 freestyle in 48.50.

Other top swimmers expected to compete are University of Florida-bound Talia Bates of Gator Swim Club. She is top-seed in five of the six events she has entered. National age group swimmer Josh Zuchowski, 14, of FAST is entered in six events. Florida State-bound Cameron Taddonio is one of the favorites in the 1500 freestyle.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Coral Springs Swim Club, Sunrise, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team. Bolles, Sarasota and Pensacola are top Florida teams.

Heading the out-of-state teams is Falfins Swimming from Colorado for the second straight year. Claire Timson is the defending 100 backstroke.

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, timed finals 5 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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