Atkinson, Schleicher Lead SOFLO On Day Three Of Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 7, 2020—Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club won two more events at the Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian and one of the oldest swimmers in the meet at age 31, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.37 and 50-meter butterfly in 27.30. She also won the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday in 1:09.36. She scratched from the 100-meter butterfly.

Atkinson, who has 96 points in high point, has the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter breaststroke left to swim on Sunday, the fourth and final day of the USA Swimming meet.

Mallory Schleicher, 16, was third in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:21.95, shaving 0.96 off her previous best time. She has 99 points in high point.

SOFLO women’s 400-meter medley relay of Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny and Schleicher was fourth in 4:28.41.

Defending champion Azura Florida Aquatics regained the combined team standings lead with 1,671.5 points. Bluefish Swim Club is second with 1,622.

SOFLO is fifth among combined teams with 1,022.5 points. The women’s team is fourth with 661.5 and men’s team eighth with 361.

SOFLO has 31 qualified swimmers (16 boys and 15 girls) competing in 140 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 Aquatics, FAST, North Miami Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Coral Springs Swim Club, Gulliver, TS Aquatics and host Plantation Swim Team.

Defending champions are Azura Florida Aquatics (1,116.5) and Sarasota YMCA (1,432). SOFLO, with 35 swimmers, was third among both the girls (852) and boys (776) teams last year.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,671.5, 2. Bluefish 1,622, 3. Bolles 1,216, 4. Scarlet 1,090, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,022.5, 6. Colorado Stars 981.5, 7. Spartan 945, 8. Mesa 680, 9. Pine Crest Swimming 514, 10. Unattached Azura 437.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bluefish 1,059, 2. Azura 744, 3. Bolles 673, 4. SOFLO 661.5, 5. Scarlet 569, 6. Pine Crest Swimming 384, 7. Mesa 378, 8. Colorado Stars 360, 9. Spartan 275, 10. Gator Swim Club 249.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 927.5, 2. Spartan 670, 3. Colorado Stars 621.5, 4. Bluefish 563, 5. Bolles 543, 6. Scarlet 521, 7. Unattached Azura 362, 8. SOFLO 361, 9. Mesa 302, 10. Race Aquatics 240.

GIRLS

100-meter backstroke:
1. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:03.54, 2. Anna Freed, SRQ 1:04.08, 3. Julia Podkoscielny, PCS 1:04.45; SOFLO: 14. Elena Dinehart 1:07.40.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 31.37, 2. Carly Schwab, BSS 33.69, 3. Lucia Miller, SAS 33.91; SOFLO: 11. Molly Golding 35.24, time drop, 0.53.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 27.30, 2. Lismar Lyon, Unattached 27.52, 3. Olivia Peoples, BSS 28.20.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Summer Smith, ABF 2:19.02, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:21.73, 3. Andrea Santander, PCS 2:22.13; SOFLO: 11. Mallory Schleicher 2:22.53, time drop 3.20, 19. Olivia Dinehart 2:23.41, time drop 4.01, 26. Molly Golding 2:28.52.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Erika Pelaez, EA 26.10, 2. Allyson Ponson, Azura 26.12, 3. Manita Satianchokwisan, BSS 26.52; SOFLO: 11. Gaby Banks 27.28.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Michelle Morgan, PS 4:18.02, 2. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 4:18.05, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:21.95, time drop 0.96; SOFLO: 19. Olivia Dinehart 4:34.23.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Bluefish A 4:22.62, 2. Azura 4:22.90, 3. Bluefish B 4:26.79, 4. SOFLO A 4:28.41 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Mallory Schleicher), 10. SOFLO B 4:37.27 (Lucy Smutny, Molly Golding, Sara Quintero, Gaby Banks).

BOYS

100-meter backstroke:
1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 57.60, 2. Fernando Ruvalcaba Cruz, SASA 58.01, 3. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 58.13.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Raphael Windmuller, Unattached 28.92, 2. Tomas Peribonio, GSC 29.33, 3. Matteo Zampese, Azura 29.42; SOFLO: 15. Juan Mora 31.46.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 24.58, 2. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 24.80, 3. Abbas Qali, Azura 25.26; SOFLO: 13. Miguel Sierra 26.51, time drop, 0.10.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Tomas Peribonio, GSC 2:03.88, 2. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:06.89, 3. Matheo Mateos, Unattached 2:09.92; SOFLO: 16. Dominic Bono 2:16.30, 29. Philopatier Ibrahim 2:18.59.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Bruno Fratus, CSSC 22.16, 2. Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, CSSC 22.39, 3. Emir Muratovic, CS 23.18.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Santiago Corredor, GSC 3:55.38, 2. Joaquin Vargas, Unattached 3:55.95, 3. Gabriel Araya, Azura 3:59.34; SOFLO: 32. John Paul Handal 4:23.59.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Azura 3:48.64, 2. Spartan AC 3:52.71, 3. Colorado Stars 3:57.94, 7. SOFLO A 4:02.49 (Dominic Bono, Juan Mora, Miguel Sierra, Michael Arias), 18. SOFLO B 4:18.86 (Juan Colmenares, John Paul Handal, Philopatier Ibrahim, Sebastian Lares).

IF YOU GO

What: 2020 Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

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

Where: Plantation Central Park 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 Relays Highlight Day One Of Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 7, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club finished second in two relays on opening night of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

In an exciting women’s relay, SOFLO finished second in the 200-meter medley relay in 2:00.36 with Kathleen Golding, Alia Atkinson, Mary Smutny and Gaby Banks. East Coast Aquatic Club, with Chade Nersicio swimming anchor, won in 1:59.87.

The mixed 200-meter medley relay of Lance Lesage, Marc Rojas, Alia Atkinson and Gaby Banks finished second in 1:54.51 behind Azura in 1:53.55.

Top individual finishers were Mallory Schleicher and Rafael Rodriguez.

Schleicher, 15, was sixth in the 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 17:18.67. She shaved 31.37 off her previous best of 17:50.04. She has 24 points in high point.

Rodriguez, 17, was seventh in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:40.19. He has 23 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 Friday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

THURSDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 239, 2. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 202, 3. Barrington Swim Club 196, 4. Azura 173, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 147.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 216, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 176, 3. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 168, 4. Colorado Stars 138, 5. Metro Aquatics 137.

GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Michaela Mattes, SYS 17:04.51, 2. Christina Cianciolo, SYS 17:06.99, 3. Anna Auld, ECAC 17:07.23; SOFLO: 6. Mallory Schleicher 17:18.67, time drop, 18. Sarah Acevedo 18:11.16, time drop.

200-meter medley relay:
1. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:59.87 (Megan Murphy, Paige Maceachern, Madison Cummings, Chade Nersicio), 2. SOFLO A 2:00.36 (Kathleen Golding, Alia Atkinson, Mary Smutny, Gaby Banks), 3. Azura 2:00.58, 20. SOFLO B 2:09.33.

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:48.52 (Eriana Temperino, Madison Commings, Megan Murphy, Chade Nersicio), 2. Azura 1:50.21, 3. Spartan Aquatic Club 1:50.45, 5. SOFLO A 1:50.90, 28. SOFLO B 1:58.68.

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:
1. Azura 1:53.55 (Celina Marquez, Patricia Casella, Thiago Sickert, Sidrell Williams), 2. SOFLO A 1:54.51 (Lance Lesage, Marc Rojas, Alia Atkinson, Gaby Banks), 3. Azura 1:55.84, 8. SOFLO B 1:58.66

BOYS

800-meter freestyle:
1. Ryan Staunch, SWIM 8:27.48, 2. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 8:31.60, 3. Neal Wolfram, RACE 8:33.11; SOFLO: 7. Rafael Rodriguez 8:40.19, 17. Philopatier Ibrahim 8:53.09, time drop.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Colorado Stars 1:45.98 (Preston Harrison, Arnold Luk, Blake Wilton, Kent Olsen-Stavrakas), 2. Azura 1:47.00, 3. Spartan Aquatic Club 1:47.46, 5. SOFLO A 1:49.65, 17. SOFLO B 1:57.40.

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 1:35.84 (Sidrell Williams, Thiago Sickert, Matheo Mateos, Luciano Gonzalez), 2. Spartan Aquatic Club 1:37.79, 3. Berkeley 1:39.66, 4. SOFLO A 1:40.42, 15. SOFLO B 1:44.69.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura A 1:41.64 (Luciano Gonzalez, Sidrell Williams, Solana Capalbo, Celina Marquez), 2. Colorado Stars 1:42.92, 3. Azura B 1:45.07, 13. SOFLO A 1:49.32.

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: 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

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

SOFLO Ready For Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships That Begin Thursday In Plantation


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 7, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships that begin Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Kathleen Golding, Kelley Heron, Paige Lane, Mallory Schleicher, Luke Lezotte, Heath Brames and CJ Kopecki head SOFLO’s contingent that will be tested by an impressive field that includes several post-grads and Olympians including Ryan Lochte of the Gator Swim Club.

Gator Swim Club, led by the 33-year-old Olympian, Andrea D’Arrigo, 22, Isabel Ivey, 17, Mason Wilby, 18, and Talia Bates, 17, heads the competitive field.

After opening his racing season at the Florida Area Championships last weekend in Jacksonville, Lochte has entered seven events in the Plantation meet: 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 freestyle.

Lochte will be joined by Corey Main, who also trains with the Gator Swim Club along with Florida State alums Jared Pike and SOFLO’s Marc Rojas and Bruno Fratus.

Rojas, 24, is entered in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke events. Rojas, who represents the Dominican Republic internationally, is seeded second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.61. Heron is seeded second in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:05.33. Golding is seeded second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.19 and third in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.24.

Other SOFLO swimmers competing are: Alana Acevedo, Michael Arias, Kyana Castro, Maya Coffey, Katrina Del Vecchio, Juan Diaz, Molly Golding, John Paul Handal, Jie Hoon Lee, Lance Lesage, Jacqueline Lugo, Leonardo Mateus, Nicolas Munoz, Juan Pablo Pineda, Kevin Porto, Sara Quintero, Ricardo Roche, Jennifer Rodriguez, Rafael Rodriguez, Nicolas Rossi, Juan Serna and Luis Villanueva.

SOFLO is seeded first in the women’s 200-meter medley relay and mixed 200-meter medley relay.

A field of more than 600 swimmers from 60 teams and 20 unattached teams 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.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, Pine Crest Swimming, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Hurricane Swim Club, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team.

Out-of-state teams include North Andover YMCA, Arizona Aquatic Club, City of Lafayette Aquatics, Elmwood Sharks, Falfins Swimming, Franco’s Fins, Peddie Aquatics and Oro Valley Swim Team.

IF YOU GO
What: Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

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 and heat sheets are $3 per session. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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

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

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


By Sharon Robb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Gold Coast teams won three of the four relays.

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

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY TIMED FINALS RESULTS

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

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

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

WOMEN

1500-meter freestyle:

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

200-meter medley relay:

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

200-meter freestyle relay:

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

MEN

800-meter freestyle:

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

200-meter medley relay:

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

200-meter freestyle relay:

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

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Marinheiro Top Finisher At Speedo Champion Series

SOFLO’s Marinheiro Top Finisher At Speedo Champion Series


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 20, 2013

Melissa Marinheiro of South Florida Aquatic Club was the team’s top finisher Saturday at the Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

Marinheiro, 16, finished second in the “B” final and tenth overall in 4:24.97, faster than her prelim time of 4:25.58 and just off her best time of 4:22.89.

SOFLO teammates Amber Hunter, Ivan Parada, Carlo Morante and Gustavo Valery also turned in best times during third day action against a fast field of Olympians, national champions, age group and high school swimmers.

Hunter, 17, broke 1:10 in the 100-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 1:09.85, lowering her previous best of 1:10.25.

Parada, Morante and Valery swam their fastest times in the 50-meter freestyle.

Parada, 18, swam a best time 25.19, lowering his previous best of 25.63.

Morante, 20, lowered his previous best of 26.30 in 25.97. Valery, 15, bettered his previous best of 26.68 in 26.42.

The four-day meet, featuring 64 teams and 629 swimmers, concludes Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 4 p.m.

Sunday’s events are 800-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 1500-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter freestyle relay.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

100-meter backstroke:

1.Justine Mueller, T2 Aquatics 1:02.67; SOFLO: 39. Marcella Marinheiro 1:09.18, 45. Amber Hunter 1:09.85, best time, 72. Kelley Heron 1:11.32, 83. Maria Lopez 1:11.94.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Justine Mueller, T2 Aquatics 2:14.73; SOFLO: 54. Kelley Heron 2:32.80, 60. Jessica Rodriguez 2:33.84, 72. Marcella Marinheiro 2:36.44, 89. Star Fassler 2:48.99.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Erika Erndl, T2 Aquatics 25.42; SOFLO: 55. Maria Lopez 28.60, 92. Marcella Marinheiro 29.03, 105. Amber Hunter 29.18, 117. Bianca Muniz 29.51, 123. Kelley Heron 29.61.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Lauren Driscoll, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:15.78; SOFLO: 10. Melissa Marinheiro 4:24.97.

400-meter medley relay:

1.T2 Aquatics 4:10.62, 18. SOFLO A 4:37.99 (Marcella Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro), 24. SOFLO B 4:41.86 (Kelley Heron, Bianca Muniz, Amber Hunter, Kylie Herman).

BOYS

100-meter backstroke:

1.Arkady Vyatchanin, Unattached-New York 54.14; SOFLO: 56. Juan Lucas 1:04.49, 57. Carlo Morante 1:04.54, 60. Gustavo Valery 1:04.89, 69. Ryan Capote 1:05.60, 76. Ivan Parada 1:05.98, 81. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:06.73.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Juan Sequera, Club Seminole 2:04.83; SOFLO: 25. Marc Rojas 2:13.45, 75. Jordan Colon 2:21.34.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Bradley Deborde, Unattached GSC 22.94; SOFLO: 50. Ivan Parada 25.19, best time, 82. Carlo Morante 25.97, best time, 102. Gustavo Valery 26.42, best time, 104. Ryan Capote 26.48, 109. Endi Babi 27.27, 110. Roger Capote 27.91, 111. Alex Rodriguez 30.02

400-meter freestyle:

1.Ryan Rosenbaum, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:01.81; SOFLO: 37. Marc Rojas 4:12.67.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Westminster Academy 3:49.72, 16. SOFLO B 4:10.55 (Carlo Morante, Marc Rojas, Matthew Gonzalez, Gustavo Valery).

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

When: Sunday

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

Where: YMCA Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Makes More History At This Week’s Speedo Champion Series

SOFLO Makes More History At This Week’s Speedo Champion Series


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 17, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club will add another page to its history of accomplishments at this week’s Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships in Orlando.

A record twenty-five swimmers will represent SOFLO at the meet. It is the largest contingent SOFLO has qualified for the elite meet in the team’s history.

SOFLO will be led by 15 females and 10 males, a combination of college and top age group and high school swimmers.

SOFLO will also compete in a meet record 10 relay events with 20 relay teams.

SOFLO swimmers competing are Endi Babi, 25, Xavier Brown, 18, Roger Capote, 17, Ryan Capote, 15, Jordan Colon, 16, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 14, Star Fassler, 14, Matthew Gonzalez, 18, Kylie Herman, 16, Kelley Heron, 13, Amber Hunter, 17, CJ Kopecki, 14, Maria Lopez, 17, Juan Lucas, 14, Marcella Marinheiro, 18, Alexander Monti, 15, Carlo Morante, 20, Bianca Muniz, 21, Ivan Parada, 18, Delanie Perez, 13, Alex Rodriguez, 22, Jessica Rodriguez, 14, Marc Rojas, 19, Jonathan Strod, 14, and Gustavo Valery, 15.

The summer portion of the Speedo Champion Series features nine meets held in July and August around the country.

The four-day meet begins on Thursday at the YMCA Aquatic Center’s indoor facility with the distance events and 200-meter medley and freestyle relays.

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro, 16, enjoying her best age group season, is seeded second in the 1500-meter freestyle (17:10.20) and will compete in the meet’s opening event.

The Speedo Champion Series Sectional is the first of two back-to-back meets for SOFLO. Next week SOFLO will compete in the FGC Senior Championships at Coral Springs.

At the Speedo meet, SOFLO will rub elbows with top teams Gator Swim Club, Bolles Swimming and Clearwater among a field of 64 teams and 629 swimmers.

The meet features a fast field.

Among top-seeds are Ashley Neidigh, 18, of Bolles; South African two-time Olympian Sebastien Rousseau of Gator Swim Club, two-time Olympic medalist Arkady Vyatchanin, 29, of New York, Erika Erndl, 35, of T2 Aquatics, Lauren Driscoll, 19, of Swim Fort Lauderdale, Emily Kopas, 16, of Sharks Aquatics and Tasija Karosas, 17, of St. Andrew’s Swimming.

In addition to SOFLO, several Florida Gold Coast teams competing are AK Sharks, Coral Springs Swim Club, Davie Nadadores, Golden Panthers Aquatics, Gulliver, Jupiter, Lake Lytal Lightning, Martin County, Metro Aquatics, Miami County Dade, North Miami, North Palm Beach, Plantation Swim Team, Pompano Beach, St. Andrew’s Swimming, SwimFast, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Wellington and Westminster Academy.

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

When: Thursday-Sunday.

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

Where: YMCA Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Join Star-Studded Field For Southern Zone Sectionals In Fort Lauderdale

SOFLO Swimmers Join Star-Studded Field For Southern Zone Sectionals In Fort Lauderdale


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 13, 2013

Olympians Ryan Lochte, Cesar Cielo, Conor Dwyer, Felipe Lima, Alia Atkinson, Carolina Colorado and Joseph Schooling have turned the Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship into a star-studded meet at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

The four-day meet begins Thursday with timed finals at 5 p.m. with the women’s 1500-meter freestyle and men’s 800-meter freestyle. The remaining three days there will be morning prelims and evening finals.

World record holder Cesar Cielo of Brazil heads the men’s field. It will be his first meet since undergoing minor knee surgery this last fall.

Cielo has left the pro team he created in Brazil for post-graduates in 2011. He has been training in Brazil with Auburn alum Scott Goodrich but is expected to join his former coach Brett Hawke at Auburn after the NCAA meet.

Cielo is entered in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events, his major races, and 100-meter butterfly where he may meet Lochte in the final.

Lochte and several members of the Gator Swim Club including Conor Dwyer will also compete in the meet that will be used as a gauge to see how training for this summer’s world championships in Barcelona.

Lochte, 28, an 11-time Olympic medalist, seems to be getting serious about swimming again after several post-Olympic appearances and distractions including an upcoming reality show, called What Would Ryan Lochte Do? which makes its debut on E on April 21.

Several swimmers from New Zealand who have been training in Florida will also compete.

Also among top seeds are 32-year-old Erika Erndl of T2 Naples, a top masters swimmer who competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials.

The meet is a tremendous opportunity for Florida Gold Coast, high school and college swimmers to compete against the world-class swimmers.

There are nineteen meets around the country in the Speedo Champions Series. Orlando is also hosting a Speedo Champions Series meet July 18-21.

South Florida Aquatic Club have a talented group of 25 swimmers competing led by three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of Jamaica.

Atkinson will be joined by teammates Endi Babi, Xavier Brown, Roger Capote, Jordan Colon, Kylie Herman, Kelley Heron, Amber Hunter, Evelin Jimenez, Whitney Johnson, CJ Kopecki, Maria Lopez, Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro, Alex Monti, Bianca Monti, Ivana Parada, Delanie Perez, Julien Pinon, Jonathan Strod, Bowie Suen, Natasha Testa, Jacob Walters, Haley Wright and Jessica Rodriguez.

Several swimmers are coming off the FGC Short Course Junior Olympics which SOFLO won the combined team title for the first time in fourteen years.

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, 501 Seabreeze Boulevard.

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

Admission: $6 per person, per session includes heat sheet.

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

Pedraza, Mathieu Win On Opening Night Of Southern Zone Sectionals at UF

Pedraza, Mathieu Win On Opening Night Of Southern Zone Sectionals At UF


July 7, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Joey Pedraza, who grew up swimming in the Florida Gold Coast, and Alicia Mathieu were winners on opening night of the Speedo Champion Series’ Southern Zone Sectional Championships at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville.

Pedraza, 23, swimming unattached for the Gainesville Swim Club, won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:14.26, bettering his seed time of 8:17.22.

The Cuban-born Pedraza, a Pine Crest alum, is coming off his senior year at University of Florida, where he was an All-American and SEC Academic honor roll student.

The top local men’s finisher was University of Florida-bound Carlos Omana, 18, of the Metro Aquatic Club of Miami, third in 8:23.71.

Mathieu, 19, also swimming unattached for the Gainesville Swim Club, won the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 16:33.55, bettering her seed time of 16:44.88.

Fort Lauderdale Aquatics had two finishers in the top five. Briana Emig, 20, was third in 16:48.55, bettering her seed time of 17:05.02. Damaris Iriondo, 18, was fifth in 17:09.46.

The four-day meet continues Friday with a full schedule of prelim events beginning at 9 a.m.

A field of 661 swimmers and 55 teams are competing including sixteen Florida Gold Coast teams SOFLO, AK Sharks, City of Hialeah Storm, Davie Nadadores, Florida Keys, FLA, Golden Panther Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, Lake Lytal, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Pine Crest, Rockway, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Shark Aquatics and SwimFast.

On Friday, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Taylor McKnight is scheduled to compete in the 100-meter butterfly and Tyler Sell is entered in the 200-meter freestyle. Sell, seeded No. 1 in the 800-meter freestyle, did not compete.

Other Thursday local results:

Women’s 1500-meter freestyle: 22. Amanda Ford, St. Andrew’s 17:43.99, 25. Geena Squartino, SwimFast 17:51.10, 27. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 17:55.27, 28. Flavia Segatto, FLA 17:58.43, 37. Daniela Vega Monroy, Lake Lytal 18:09.58, 42. Macarena Marcos, FLA 18:14.50, 43. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 18:15.82, 53. Alejandra Gonzalez, MAC 18:38.07, 55. Chelsea Onstott, FLA 18:46.49, 56. Lorena Guercio, Davie Nadadores 18:51.13, 59. Shelby Pearce, Jupiter 19:02.78.

Men’s 800-meter freestyle: 3. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 8:23.71, 6. Ryan Rosenbaum, FLA 8:28.94, 26. Lance Rutkin, FLA 8:48.47, 28. Alexander Tarr, Shark Aquatics 8:48.73, 48. Aaron Tam, Metro Aquatics 9:10.52.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

CSSC COMPETES AT SPEEDO CHAMPIONS SERIES

CSSC COMPETES AT SPEEDO CHAMPIONS SERIES


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

FORT LAUDERDALE—A small but talented group of swimmers from the Coral Springs Swim Club will compete in the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone Southern Sectional Championships that begin today.

Olympians Vlad Polyakov, 26, of Kazakhstan, Arlene Semeco, 26, and Leo Andara, 23, both of Venezuela, head the 10-swimmer contingent for the four-day meet at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

Other Coral Springs swimmers entered are sisters Lindsey, 15, and Taylor McKnight, 17, Zain Qali, 22, Dawud Al-Khalefi, 18, Marco Camargo, 20, Loai Tashkandi, 19, and Luke Torres, 15. Most of them will swim just one event.

Several international teams from Latin and Central America and the Caribbean will compete including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Bahamas. A field of 790 swimmers from 13 countries are entered.

The four-day meet begins Thursday with the women’s 1500-meter freestyle and men’s 800-meter freestyle at 5 p.m. The rest of the week prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte, 25, of Daytona Beach, who will compete in the meet, will sign autographs and pose for photos on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the aquatic complex.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.csscswim.com

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