Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny Verbally Commits To University Of Florida


By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, October 12, 2021–Julia Podkoscielny, one of the nation’s most sought after high school swimmers, verbally committed to the University of Florida.

The Pine Crest junior, ranked among the top 10 in the nation, will join the Class of 2027 and is expected to make an immediate impact.

The 2000 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier will be coached by women’s head coach and 1988 Suriname Olympic gold medalist Anthony Nesty and train in the same pool as seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, a UF volunteer swim coach training with Nesty for the July 26-August 11 2024 Paris Olympics.

“I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at the University of Florida,” Podkoscielny announced on social media.

“Thank you to my coaches, friends and family who have been with me to this point. I can’t wait to be a Gator. I love the team, coaches and their philosophy. Can’t wait to be on campus and fully experience being a Gator.”

Podkoscielny, a two-time Swimmer of the Year, is a member of the girls’ two-time state 2A champion Pine Crest Panthers.

In 2020, she won 2A state and region titles in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.14/1:59.00) and 100-yard backstroke (54.29/53.76). In October, she was named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American team.

In 2019, she won 2A state and region titles in the 200-yard individual medley (2:00.46/2:04.73) and 100-yard backstroke (54.76/56.16).

Podkoscielny is one of the county’s most versatile swimmers. She is ranked in six individual events, including four as No. 1, and two relays in the weekly Broward County Honor Roll.

She is a three-time champion at the USA Swimming Futures Championships in Greensboro. She won the 200-meter backstroke (2:15.07), 200-meter individual medley (2:18.24) and 400-meter individual medley (4:50.42) and was third in the 100-meter backstroke (1:03.46).

In 2018, she won six individual events and had two seconds in the 28th Speedo Winter Championships. She was a finalist in the 1A state championships and won a region title in the 100-yard backstroke as an eighth grader.

She broke some impressive Florida Gold Coast records in 2020. In the 400 individual medley she went 4:12.91 to break current UF swimmer and SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding’s 2016 record of 4:14.46. In the 200-yard backstroke she broke a 9-year-old record in 1:55.39, lowering St. Andrew’s alum Tasija Karosas’ previous mark by 0.94 seconds.

Fast swimming is in her DNA. Her father and Pine Crest head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny, is a two-time Olympian for Poland (1988 and 1992). At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Podkoscielny finished fifth in both the 400-meter and 1500-meter freestyles. He set an Olympic Record during the prelims heats of the 400 free, but it was later broken in finals by East Germany’s Uwe Dassler. Her mother, Dagmara, is a former Polish national team member.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO Heads Field For 28th FGC Speedo Winter Championships That Begin Thursday


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, December 12, 2018–The 28th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships get under way Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

A field of more than 1,000 swimmers and 53 teams including South Florida Aquatic Club will compete through Sunday in the biggest holiday meet in South Florida.

SOFLO is sending a large contingent of 107 swimmers (56 boys and 51 girls) of all ages to the four-day meet. The swimmers will compete in 636 individual events and 16 relay events with 55 relay teams. SOFLO is among pre-meet favorites to challenge for team titles.

SOFLO’s six-swimmer Speedo Winter Junior National East Meet contingent of Gaby Banks, 16, Haley Jerew, 18, Mary Smutny, 18, Kathleen Golding, 18, Molly Golding, 15, and Rafael Rodriguez, 17, head the field.

University of Texas-commit Mary Smutny is coming off an outstanding Junior Nationals showing with a first (500-yard freestyle), second (200-yard freestyle) and third place (200-yard butterfly) and led SOFLO’s women’s team to a 15th-place finish. She scored 53 of her team’s 64 points.

Smutny is entered in 12 events including four relays. Smutny is seeded first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.82; 100-yard freestyle in 49.48;

SOFLO’s other top-seeded swimmers are:

Mallory Schleicher, 15, 1,650-yard freestyle, 17:33.42.

Olivia Dinehart, 13, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:21.95.

Izzy Wilson, 12, 500-yard freestyle, 5:31.90.

Kathleen Golding, 18, 500-yard freestyle, 4:49.48; 100-yard individual medley.

Marc Rojas, 24, 50-yard breaststroke, 25.94; 100-yard breaststroke, 55.70.

The meet begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with the 1,650-yard freestyle and six relay events.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams will be represented including Azura Florida Aquatics, Blue Marlins, Boca Raton Swim Team, Club Seminole, City of Miami Parks, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Heritage Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, Miami Swimming, Wahoos of Wellington, Westminster Academy, TS Aquatics, East Coast Aquatic, YMCA of South Florida and Metro Aquatics.

In last year’s meet, Pine Crest (1,317), Azura (1,165) and St. Andrew’s (923) were the top three finishers in the combined team standings.

Azura won the men’s team title with 694 points followed by Jupiter with 451 and Pine Crest with 422. Pine Crest won the women’s team title with 895 followed by St. Andrew’s with 538 and North Palm Beach with 504.

IF YOU GO

What: 28th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships

When: Thursday-Sunday

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

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation.

Admission: $5 per session. Heat sheets will not be sold at the meet. They are available for free online at http://www.swimpst.com and on Meet Mobile. Special all-session passes are also available. Parking will be free. For information call 954-452-2525.

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

FINA World Cup Series Final Leg In Singapore This Weekend; SOFLO’s Rojas Competes Saturday At Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

November 17, 2017—Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden are expected to clinch the overall titles going into this weekend’s final leg of the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series in Singapore.

Both have huge leads and favored to clinch at the OCBC Aquatics Centre. If they clinch, they will be awarded $150,000.

Le Clos, a four-time Olympic medalist, leads the men’s standings with 402 points, a 129-point cushion.

Sjostrom, who won three gold medals at the Budapest World Championships, has 578 points, 132 points ahead of three-time Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, the defending World Cup Series overall champion. It is the first time Sjostrom has done the entire World Cup circuit.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of SOFLO is among the women’s field. Atkinson is coming off a win in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:19.58 and 50-meter breaststroke. She has won 51 World Cup medals overall including 11 gold medals this year.

SPEEDO WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, 23, will compete in one event Saturday at the 27th annual Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatics Complex.

Rojas, who represents the Dominican Republic internationally, is seeded first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 55.70 among 25 swimmers in the open field.

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

SOFLO’s Michael, Cunningham, Pando, Shine On Final Day Of FGC Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

November 20, 2016—Yannai Michael of South Florida Aquatic Club had the finest meet of his young career at the 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships Sunday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

On the final day of one of the state’s biggest meets, Michael, 12, was the fourth fastest seed in the 200-yard individual medley after morning prelims in a best time 2:20.04, a 3.38 drop. He bettered that time in finals placing third in 2:18.17, the first time he cracked the 2:20 barrier for a total time drop of 5.25.

Michael was also seventh in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:39.73, a drop of 1.79.

Michael also anchored the fifth place 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 1:53.12 with teammates Logan Gonzalez, Nathaniel Garrick and Aldo Zepeda.

Michael finished eighth in the 11-12 high point awards with 48 points.

Kerry Cunningham, 10, and Leah Pando led SOFLO’s girls team. Cunningham was second in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:14.25 and seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:26.14. Cunningham finished 12th in high point with 21 points.

Pando, 10, placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:15.99 and seventh in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:44.72. Pando was 18th among high point swimmers with nine points.

SOFLO sent only 21 swimmers to the meet and still managed to finish among the Top 20 teams in the 1,100-swimmer Florida Gold Coast meet.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams were represented including Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and AquaKids Sharks.

Azura defended its team titles in combined (1,390) and men’s (908.5) and Pine Crest defended its girls title (701.5).

SUNDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, Azura 2:03.39; SOFLO: 3. Lisa Blackburn 2:11.50; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:07.47; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 2:08.19; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 2:11.37; SOFLO: 23. Sofia Osorio 2:34.52, best time, 39. Sabrina Osorio 2:39.13; 10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 2:35.61; SOFLO: 7. Leah Pando 2:44.72, best time 16. Fiorella DiSalvo 2:55.68, best time.

50-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Kyla Valls, MS 23.49; SOFLO: 6. Lisa Blackburn 24.80; 15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 23.20; 13-14, 1. Rachel Botting, PC 23.96; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 25.26; 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 27.03; SOFLO: 13. Kaitlyn Barrios 30.95, 24. Luna Delgado 31.75.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 1:04.93; SOFLO: 2. Kerry Cunningham 1:14.25, best time, 6. Leah Pando 1:15.99, 11. Mariann Catalasan 1:21.00.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 29.63; SOFLO: 17. Luna Delgado 34.79, best time.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 1:17.02; SOFLO: 7. Kerry Cunningham 1:26.14, best time, 9. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:28.20, best time, 10. Mariann Catalasan 1:28.37, best time, 12. Leah Pando 1:29.79, best time.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 58.30; SOFLO: 11. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:07.88, best time, 12. Luna Delgado 1:08.01, best time, 14. Kerry Cunningham 1:08.17, best time.

500-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Andrea Van Den Berg, Azura 5:07.95; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:52.38; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 5:00.62; 11-12, 1. Kiara Caamano, NPB 5:19.10; SOFLO: 41. Sofia Osorio 6:08.59, 45. Sabrina Osorio 6:24.37.

200-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Azura 1:37.54, 2. Miami Swimming 1:38.79, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:39.09; 13-14, 1. Hialeah 1:40.52, 2. East Coast Aquatic 1:42.36, 3. Pine Crest 1:42.41; 11-12, 1. North Palm Beach 1:47.40, 2. Coral Springs 1:48.69, 3. YSF Barracudas 1:50.22; 10-and-under, 1. North Palm Beach 1:59.16, 2. Azura 1:59.22, 3. Pine Crest 2:05.48, 4. SOFLO 2:07.16 (Kerry Cunningham, Luna Delgado, Fiorella DiSalvo, Kaitlyn Barrios).

200-yard medley relay:

Open, 1. North Palm Beach 1:48.20, 2. Azura 1:48.45, 3. Miami Swimming 1:49.40; 13-14, 1. Hialeah 1:51.52, 2. Pine Crest 1:51.83, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:53.15; 11-12, 1. Coral Springs 1:59.09, 2. YSF Barracudas 2:01.63, 3. AquaKids Sharks 2:03.33; 10-and-under, 1. Azura 2:15.90, 2. SOFLO 2:19.96 (Kerry Cunningham, Mariann Catalasan, Luna Delgado, Kaitlyn Barrios), 3. Pine Crest 2:22.05.

BOYS

200-yard individual medley:

Men, 1. Adan Diaz, Azura 1:53.09; 15-16, 1. Jorge Depassier, Azura 1:54.43; 13-14, 1. Kevin DeGrijze, Unattached 1:58.75; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 2:09.72; SOFLO: 3. Yannai Michael 2:18.17, best time, 21. Aldo Zepeda 2:35.48, best time; 10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 2:18.36.

50-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Leonardo Gonzales, CAM 20.73; 15-16, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 21.42; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 22.91; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 23.83; 10-and-under, 1. John Trieu, FAST 26.69; SOFLO: 25. Fernano Barreto 32.21, best time.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. John Trieu, FAST 1:08.12; SOFLO: 7. Jonathan Lozano 1:19.69.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, FFSC 30.30; SOFLO: 18. Fernando Barreto 37.66.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, FFSC 1:13.69.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Kai Winkler, Miami Swimming 56.49; SOFLO: 31. Jonathan Lozano 1:13.01, best time.

500-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 4:26.16; 15-16, 1. Andres Lares, Azura 4:41.07; 13-14, 1. Cristian Tortola, Azura 4:49.46; 11-12, 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 5:01.89; SOFLO: 7. Yannai Michael 5:39.73, best time, 14. Nathaniel Garrick 5:53.05, best time, 15. Aldo Zepeda 5:54.12, 17. Logan Gonzalez 6:00.62, best time

200-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Azura 1:25.63, 2. Westminster Academy 1:28.06, 3. YSF Barracudas 1:28.65; 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:36.24, 2. Azura 1:36.42, 3. Coral Springs 1:37.27; 11-12, 1. Hialeah 1:42.30, 2. Jupiter 1:47.28, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:48.90, 5. SOFLO 1:53.12; 10-and-under, 1. East Coast 2:00.00, 2. Heritage Aquatics 2:06.58, 3. Blue Marlins 2:08.76.

200-yard medley relay:

Open, 1. Azura 1:34.24, 2. Westminster Academy 1:35.29, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:37.92; 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:46.32, 2. Azura 1:47.25, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:50.13; 11-12, 1. Hialeah 1:56.91, 2. Jupiter 2:01.08, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 2:01.37; 10-and-under, 1. East Coast 2;15.60, 2. Blue Marlins 2:24.73, 3. Pine Crest 2:31.22.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Marc Rojas Leads SOFLO Men On Day Three Of FGC Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

November 19, 2016—In one of the better races of the night, Marc Rojas of South Florida Aquatic Club finished second in his signature event at the 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Rojas, 22, was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 57.41. He dropped 0.68 seconds off his previous best. It was his only event of the four-day meet.

The top three breaststroke finishers all finished in 57s. Adan Diaz of Azura won in 57.35. SOFLO teammate Santiago Rivera was third in 57.95.

Rojas is currently training for his Dec. 7-10 FINA Short Course World Championship debut for the Dominican Republic.

Yannai Michael, enjoying his best short course meet, was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:09.47. He was also fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.66.

Michael, who has scored 36 points, has the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley remaining on Sunday.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams are represented including Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and AquaKids Sharks.

Azura is defending champion in the boys and combined. Pine Crest is defending girls champion. After three days of action, Azura leads the combined (976.5) and men (683) and Pine Crest (495.5) leads the girls.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Rose Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 1:54.91; 15-16, 1. Rachel Contich, PC 1:54.87; 13-14, 1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 1:54.31; 11-12, 1. Kiara Caamano, NPB 1:59.23; 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 2:06.72; SOFLO: 11. Leah Pando 2:25.61, best time, 20. Luna Delgado 2:20.55, best time, 21. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:30.09, best time, 28. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:33.18, best time, 30. Giada Porven 2:24.60, best time, 35. Mariann Catalasan 2:39.72.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 34.14; SOFLO: 11. Kaitlyn Barrios 40.68, best time, 13. Mariann Catalasan 40.91, best time.

100-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1.Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 58.29, best time; 15-16, 1. Savannah Yates, PC 1:05.77; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 1:07.79; 11-12, 1. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:10.25; SOFLO: 17. Sabrina Osorio 1:20.20, best time.

100-yard butterfly:

Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, Azura 54.45; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 55.32; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 58.22; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 59.50; 10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 1:05.13; SOFLO: 9. Kerry Cunningham 1:15.23, best time, 19. Luna Delgado 1:22.84, best time.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Marin Zuchowski, FAST 32.35; SOFLO: 8. Kerry Cunningham 35.69, best time, 20. Mariann Catalasan 37.59.

100-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, Azura 55.35; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 56.62; 13-14, 1. Paige MacEachern, ECAC 59.98; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 58.59; SOFLO: 17. Sabrina Osorio 1:11.41, best time.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Unattached 1:06.98; SOFLO: 8. Kerry Cunningham 1:15.48, best time, 19. Leah Pando 1:18.81, best time, 25. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:20.33, best time.

400-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Melannie Vargas, FFSC 4:41.08; 15-16, 1. Alessandra Baldari, Unattached 4:21.64; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 4:31.83; 11-12, 1. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 4:49.96

400-yard medley relay:

Open, 1. North Palm Beach 3:52.38, 2. Azura 3:56.09, 3. East Coast 3:58.68; 13-14, 1. Hialeah 4:03.72, 2. East Coast 4:06.52; 11-12, 1. Coral Springs 4:21.65, 2. AquaKids Sharks 4:23.54, 3. SwimFast 4:30.95.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 1:37.17; 15-16, 1. Andres Lares, Azura 1:42.17; 13-14, 1. Cristian Tortola, Azura 1:48.20; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 1:54.05; 10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, MS 2:01.65.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, FFSC 34.10.

100-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Adan Diaz, Azura 57.35, 2. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 57.41, best time, 3. Santiago Rivera, SOFLO 57.95; 15-16, 1. Matthew Petreski, PC 59.45; 13-14, 1. Cameron Brown, Azura 1:01.45; 11-12, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, Unattached 1:06.23, 2. Yannai Michael, SOFLO 1:09.47, best time.

100-yard butterfly:

Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 48.30; 15-16, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 50.42; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 52.97; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 57.27; 10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, MS 1:01.04.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. John Trieu, FAST 31.62; SOFLO: 17. Jonathan Lozano 37.91, best time, 27. Fernando Barreto 39.62.

100-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Gabriel Politi, Azura 51.24; 15-16, 1. Trevor McGovern, GSC 51.90; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 55.56; 11-12, 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 55.26; SOFLO: 5. Yannai Michael 1:07.66.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, MS 1:05.34.

400-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Fernando Alatorre, Azura 4:00.08; 15-16, 1. Jorge Depassier, Azura 4:06.66; 13-14, 1. Raphael Santos, PB 4:24.05; 11-12, 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 4:18.86.

400-yard medley relay:

Open, 1 Azura 3:23.69, 2. East Coast 3:33.56, 3. YSF Barracudas 3:35.12; 13-14, 1. Azura 3:51.87, 2. Coral Springs 3;52.37, 3. Pine Crest 3:52.79; 11-12, 1. Hialeah 4:13.87, 2. Flood Aquatics 4:19.20, 3. Jupiter 4:27.41

IF YOU GO

What: 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships

When: Sunday

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

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation.

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children. Heat sheets available for free online at http://www.swimpst.com and on meet mobile. For information call 954-452-2525.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Yannai Michael SOFLO Top Finisher On Day Two Of FGC Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

November 19, 2016—Yannai Michael of South Florida Aquatic Club had another great day at the 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Michael, 12, finished second in the 11-12 200-yard breaststroke in 2:31.58, dropping 5:35.

In the 11-12 100-yard freestyle, Michael was seventh in 58.17. In morning prelims he was seventh fastest seed in a best time 58.16, dropping 0.49.

Sabrina Osorio, 11, was seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:45.73, dropping 24.87 seconds.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams are represented including Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and AquaKids Sharks.

Azura is defending champion in the boys and combined. Pine Crest is defending girls champion. After two days of action, Azura leads the combined (563.5) and men (411) and Pine Crest leads the girls (306).

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 1:56.83; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:04.60; 13-14, 1. Paige MacEachern, ECAC 2:07.19; 11-12, 1. Athena Kovacs, SFTL 2:07.75; SOFLO, 20. Sofia Osorio 2:32.37, best time

100-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Michelle Williams, Canada 48.76; 15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 50.76; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 52.51; 11-12, 1. Kiara Caamano, NPB 54.96.

200-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Merle Liivand, Unattached 2:22.46; 15-16, 1. Hannah Virgin, PC 2:17.56; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:23.18; 11-12, 1. Riley Botting, CSSC 2:33.81; SOFLO: 7. Sabrina Osorio 2:45.73.

200-yard butterfly:

Open: 1. Kyla Valls, MS 2:04.56; 15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:00.75; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 2:08.54.

100-yard individual medley:

Open: 1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 55.67; 15-16, 1. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 58.06; 13-14, 1. Andrea Santander, PC 59.06; 11-12, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:03.09.

400-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Canada 3:14.92, 2. North Palm Beach 3:30.93, 3. Miami Swimming 3:34.12; 13-14, 1. Hialeah 3:37.93, 2. Pine Crest 3:40.25.

BOYS

200-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Fernando Alatorre, Azura 1:50.51; 15-16, 1. John Torres, FFSC 1:53.27; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 1:59.18; 11-12, 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:00.56.

100-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 44.86; 15-16, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 46.19; 13-14, 1. Raphael Santos, PB 50.10; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 51.33; SOFLO: 7. Yannai Michael, 58.17.

200-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Richard Funk, Canada 1:58.97; 15-16, 1. Matthew Petreski, PC 2:06.89; 13-14, 1. Kevin DeGrijze, Unattached 2:11.67; 11-12, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, Unattached 2:20.41; SOFLO: 2. Yannai Michael 2:31.58, best time.

200-yard butterfly:

Open, 1. Marcos Lavado, Azura 1:46.06; 15-16, 1. Juan Zapata, TSA 1:54.89; 13-14, 1. Joshua Balbi, SAS 1:58.09; 11-12, 1. Nicholas Kjaerulff, ECAC 2:18.55.

100-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Patrick Groters, PC 51.49; 15-16, 1. Jorge Depassier, Azura 53.12; 13-14, 1. Raphael Santos, PB 56.04; 11-12, 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 56.49.

400-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Azura 3:04.76, 2. East Coast 3:11.55, 3. Miami Swimming 3:14.49; 13-14, 1. Azura 3:27.59, 2. Pine Crest 3:31.73, 3. Coral Springs 3:33.68.

IF YOU GO

What: 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday

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

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation.

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children. Heat sheets available for free online at http://www.swimpst.com and on meet mobile. Special session passes are also available. For information call 954-452-2525.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

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FGC Speedo Winter Championships Begin Thursday At Plantation Aquatic Complex


By Sharon Robb

November 16, 2016—A field of 1,100 swimmers and more than 50 teams including South Florida Aquatic Club will compete Thursday through Sunday at the 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO is sending 21 swimmers of all ages, from age groupers to Olympians and national record holders to the four-day meet. The swimmers will compete in 82 individual events and two relays.

SOFLO’s swimmers entered are: Fernando Barreto, 10; Kaitlyn Barrios, 10; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Kerry Cunningham, 10; Luna Delgado, 10; Fiorella DiSalvo, 8; Nathaniel Garrick, 11; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Luke Lezotte, 15; Jonathan Lozano, 9; Yannai Michael, 12; Sabrina Osorio, 11; Sofia Osorio, 11; Leah Pando, 10; Giada Porven, 8; Rafael Rodriguez, 14; and Aldo Zepeda, 11.

Some of SOFLO’s older swimmers are also in the field including Marc Rojas, 22; Santiago Rivera, 19; Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, 44; and four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, who missed out on an Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro and then bounced back with a short course world record at the FINA World Cup Series.

Atkinson, 27, is seeded first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.29, the only swimmer under a minute. Rojas, 22, is seeded first in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Most of Florida Gold Coast teams will be represented including Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and AquaKids Sharks.

Azura returns as defending champion in the boys and combined. Pine Crest is defending girls champion.

There are also teams from New York, Ecuador, Jamaica and Bahamas entered. Several swimmers are not competing, choosing instead to focus and train for next month’s junior nationals.

IF YOU GO

What: 26th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships

When: Thursday-Sunday

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

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation.

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children. Heat sheets available for free online at http://www.swimpst.com and on meet mobile. Special session passes are also available. For information call 954-452-2525.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

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SOFLO Shines On Day One Of Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

November 20, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club took an early lead after Day One of the 24th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Swimming Championships Thursday at the Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The defending champion leads the combined team standings with 312 points and girls team totals with 174 points.

In a shocker, SOFLO knocked off Pine Crest and Miami Swimming to win the 800-yard freestyle in 7:41.53 with Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez and Kylie Herman. It was the team’s most impressive swim of the night.

Pine Crest’s relay featured Lydia Musleh, Lindsey Swartz, Sabrina Gornisiewicz and Caroline Nava and Miami Swimming had Kyla Valls, Laine Morgan, Hannah Cordes and Carlota Verita.

“They really did step it up,” said SOFLO coach Chris Anderson. “They are pretty solid when they come together. Our team had a very solid first day of the meet and established a little bit of confidence that will go a long way.”

SOFLO had two individual girls winners in the 400-yard individual medley. Jessica Rodiguez won the 15-16 in a best time 4:34.46 and Kathleen Golding in 4:23.47. Marinheiro was also second in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:21.24.

SOFLO boys, third among the boys field with 147 points behind Azura and Metro Aquatics, also had some outstanding swims.

“Our boys took a real step forward,” Anderson said.

The 800-yard freestyle relay of Timothy Wynter, Ryan Capote, CJ Kopecki and Jordan Colon was second in 6:55.40, just 1.2 seconds off the national cut.

“No one expected us to finish in the top five never mind second place,” said an excited Anderson. “Ervin had a heck of a swim in the 400 IM. It was a good solid session for us. We really did perform.”

Ervin Marin won the 15-16 400-yard individual medley in 4:07.57 and Leonardo Mateus won the 11-12 400 IM in best time 4:34.21.

The meet continues on Friday with prelims and finals.

A record 1,382 swimmers and 75 teams are competing during the four-day meet, the state’s largest age group meet and one of the nation’s largest LSC meets.

Florida Swim Network will broadcast the finals live on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 312, 2. Pine Crest Swimming 261, 3. Metro Aquatics 206, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 187, 5. Miami Swimming 178, 6. Coral Springs Swim Club 91, 7. Wahoos of Wellington 88, 8. Blue Marlins 80, 9. tie, North Palm Beach, Pompano Beach Piranhas 77.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 174, 2. Pine Crest 136, 3. North Palm Beach 77, 4. Wahoos of Wellington 76, 5. Miami Swimming 72, 6. Metro Aquatics 63, 7. Coral Springs Swim Club 50, 8. Plantation Swim Team 49, 9. Pompano Beach Piranhas 45, 10. Jupiter 41.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1,000-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Savannah Bowser, Gulf Coast 10:13.86, 2. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 10:21.24, 3. Cloe Bedard-Khalid, MAC 10:35.13; SOFLO: 9. Marianna Serrao 10:56.01, best time, 11. Lilli Calero 10:59.55, best time, 25. Annita Huang 11:32.61, best time.

800-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1.SOFLO 7:41.53 (Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Kylie Herman), 2. Pine Crest Swimming 7:45.41 (Lydia Musleh, Lindsey Swartz, Sabrina Gornisiewicz, Caroline Nava), 3. Miami Swimming 7:54.33 (Kyla Valls, Laine Morgan, Hannah Cordes, Carlota Verita); 13-14, 1. Pine Crest Swimming 7:56.02, 2. SOFLO 8:02.47, 3. North Palm Beach 8:05.65.

400-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Lydia Musleh, PC 4:32.49, 2. Aly Pacitti, PST 4:49.31, 3. Autumn Ledgin, SAS 4:49.60; 15-16, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:34.46, best time; 2. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 4:36.54, 3. Lacy Phillips, WOW 4:45.33; SOFLO: 6. Star Fassler 4:51.31; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:24.47, 2. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 4:28.53, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, PB 4:36.45; SOFLO: 7. Delanie Perez 4:50.63, 19. Jennifer Rodriguez 5:00.53, 30. Elise Larin 5:10.64, 34. Alexandra Crespo 5:13.81, 35. Katherine De Barros 5:15.46, 36. Anabel Vazquez 5:20.42; 11-12, 1. Mattie Barfield, FLA 4:54.59, 2. Amanda Kopas, SFTL 4:59.32, 3. Guiliana Zerpa, BD 5:00.72; SOFLO: 4. Isabella Di Salvo 5:01.77, best time, 8. Molly Golding 5:04.27, 11. Valentina Carrion 5:10.03, best time, 12. Sara Quintero 5:10.75, best time, 15. Kayla Cunningham 5:13.96, 22. Rebekah Ling 5:35.27.

200-yard medley relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 1:47.60 (Sofia Rivas, Carlota Verita, Laine Morgan, Kyla Valls), 2. Pine Crest 1:48.86, 3. SOFLO 1:49.09 (Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Alia Atkinson, Melissa Marinheiro); 13-14, 1. North Palm Beach 1:53.70 (Alessandra Baldari, Madison Lichtig, Jennifer Secrest, Tara Leininger), 2. Pine Crest Swimming 1:55.10, 3. SOFLO 1:57.58 (Annita Huang, Delanie Perez, Elise Larin, Kathleen Golding).

200-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 1:37.73 (Laine Morgan, Paloma Sanchez, Sofia Rivas, Kyla Valls), 2. Pine Crest 1:38.49, 3. SOFLO 1:39.83 (Liz Travieso, Alia Atkinson, Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro); 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:41.44 (Alexandra Meszaros, Julianna Russell, Savannah Yates, Annabella Lyn), 2. North Palm Beach 1:41.92, 3. SOFLO 1:44.53 (Marianna Serrao, Annita Huang, Elise Larin, Kathleen Golding).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 160, 2. Metro Aquatics 143, 3. SOFLO 138, 4. Pine Crest 125, 5. Miami Swimming 106, 6. Blue Marlins 63, 7. Coral Springs Swim Club 41, 8. Jamaican Swim 35, 9. YBC Barracudas 34, 10. Swift Swimming 33.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1,000-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Franco Lupoli, Azura 9:12.09, 2. Patrick Groters, PC 9:41.03, 3. Matthew Lyn, PC 9:45.63; SOFLO: 5. CJ Kopecki 9:50.39, best time, 7. Kevin Porto 9:53.44, best time, 11. Ricardo Roche 10:00.32, best time, 21. Juan Diaz 10:22.49, best time, 34. Bryant Segui 10:56.50, best time.

800-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 6:48.01 (Franco Lupoli, Elias Mehrdad, Christian Garcia, Raiz Tjon-A-Joe), 2. SOFLO 6:55.40 (Timothy Wynter, Ryan Capote, CJ Kopecki, Jordan Colon), 3. Miami Swimming (Michael Saco, Roberto Gomez, Rob Ballestas, Sam Hicks), 7:01.33; 13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 7:16.27, 2. Azura 7:20.03 (Andres Lares, Jorge Depassier, Luis Bucaro, Elvis Kotikovski), 3. SOFLO 7:44.15 (Samuel Quintero, Kevin Porto, Juan Diaz, Bryant Segui).

400-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Marco Guarente, Azura 4:04.56, 2. Daniel Pereira, Azura 4:08.03, 3. Fernando Bohorquez, Azura 4:08.80; SOFLO: 7. Jordan Colon 4:18.69; 15-16, 1. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:07.57, 2. Nick Sharp, SAS 4:11.23, 3. Noah Zylberberg, SAS 4:12.86; SOFLO: 12. Ricardo Roche 4:26.27, best time, 14. Jonathan Strod 4:28.91, 17. Bruno Berti 4:30.59, best time, 21. Matthew Menocal 4:34.86, best time; 13-14, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami-Dade 4:04.12, 2. John Torres, Unattached 4:22.57, 3. Felipe Urrutia, MS 4:22.57; SOFLO: 16. Samuel Quintero 4:43.27, 20. Bryant Segui 4:47.78, best time, 24. Brandon Moran 4:54.35; 11-12, 1. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 4:34.21, best time, 2. Joseph Perdomo, BMHG 4:57.96, 3. Nestor Montero, MAC 5:00.05; SOFLO: 13. Nicolas Rossi 5:18.51, best time.

200-yard medley relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 1:33.78 (Guy Fernandes, Diguan Pigot, Rob Ballestas, Julius Petzold), 2. Azura 1:34.08, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 1:38.08, 4. SOFLO 1:38.40 (Timothy Wynter, Jordan Colon, Ervin Marin, Ryan Capote); 13-14, 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 1:44.06 (Elvis Kotikovski, Jorge Depassier, Andres Lares, Amani McFarlane), 2. Metro Aquatics 1:46.21, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 1:47.30.

200-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 1:24.09 (Brandon Selts, Unknown Swimmer, Roberto Gomez, Michael Saco), 2. Azura 1:24.93 (Jhonny Perez, Elias Mehrdad, Marco Guarente, Raiz Tjon-A-Joe), 3. SOFLO 1:29.08 (Ryan Capote, Timothy Wynter, Jordan Colon, Gustavo Valery); 13-14, 1. Blue Marlins 1:30.63 (Brayan Perez, Christopher Cortina, Aaron Alonso, Kenny Cordovez), 2. Metro Aquatics 1:32.31, 3. Pompano Beach Piranhas 1:35.72, 8. SOFLO 1:38.96 (Juan Diaz, Bryant Segui, Samuel Quintero, Kevin Porto).

IF YOU GO

What: 24th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Swimming Championships

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

Schedule: FRIDAY—Session 3, 8:30 a.m.-11:06 a.m.; Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-2:11 p.m.; Session 5, 12:30-1:44 p.m.; Session 6, 5-7:44 p.m.; SATURDAY—Session 7, 8:30-11:19 a.m.; Session 8, 8:30 a.m.-1:05 p.m.; Session 9, 12:30-2:44 p.m.; Session 10, 5-7:34 p.m.; SUNDAY— Session 12, 8:30 a.m.-12:12 p.m.; Session 13, 12:30-5:27 p.m.; Session 14, 12:30-1:38 p.m.; Session 15, 5-6:39 p.m.

Live Streaming: Florida Swim Network will broadcast the finals live on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For more information go to http://www.swimpst.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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South Florida Aquatic Club Makes History, Sweeps All Three Titles At Major Meet

South Florida Aquatic Club Makes History, Sweeps All Three Titles At Major Meet


By Sharon Robb

November 24, 2013

For the first time in the club’s fourteen-year history, South Florida Aquatic Club swept the combined, girls and boys team titles for the first time ever at a major swim meet.

SOFLO was the most dominant team among the field of 54 teams and 1,256 swimmers to win the 23rd annual Speedo Winter Championships Sunday at the Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO won the combined team title with 1,922.50 points. Azura Florida Aquatics was second with 1,125 and Metro Aquatics third with 955.

SOFLO girls defended their title with 857 points ahead of St. Andrew’s Swimming with 539 and Coral Springs Swim Club with 533.

SOFLO boys won the team title with 1,065.50 points, the only team to score more than 1,000 points. Azura was second with 869 and Metro Aquatics was third with 549.50

With the total package of talent, depth and experienced coaching staff, SOFLO took another huge step in establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in club swimming.

“We finished strong,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said. “We are a lot stronger program than a year ago and a lot better program than we were five years ago.

“The hard work is paying off. The coaches are a lot more comfortable pushing our kids to reaching their limits and what we are doing with the program.”

SOFLO dominated the relays, individual events and high point awards in their finest performance in the spotlight of a major meet.

Winter Championships is among the state’s and nation’s largest age group meets and is among the Florida Gold Coast’s Big Three along with Senior Championships and Junior Olympics.

“I do feel SOFLO is emerging as one of the mega-teams in South Florida,” Anderson said. “It is definitely emerging into that. We have a lot more to prove as being one of the new powerhouses, which I think this meet established.”

SOFLO had seventy-five boys and girls competing over four days from 9-year-olds to three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of Jamaica.

SOFLO was the only club to break a FGC record in the relay competition. The boys’ 10-and-under 200-yard medley relay (John Paul Handal, Michael Arias, Joseph Lee and Marcus Franco) broke Hurricane Aquatics’ 30-year-old record in 2:08.78.

“There was definitely a very high level of excitement out of all of our kids,” Anderson said. “Our younger kids were excited along with the older kids and they were all together which was nice to watch them enjoy and share the experience. This will help takes us to a higher level.”

Anderson is hoping several of his swimmers step it up to enable SOFLO to take six boys and six girls to national meets around the country in the near-future.

“We want our kids to represent SOFLO on the national scene and we have kids who are capable of accomplishing this,” Anderson said.

“I don’t think what we did here was a big surprise,” Anderson said. “It’s been hard work and dedication on the part of the kids and coaches. We really feel we have been climbing this mountain for a while. Now our kids are really being noticed because they are beginning to win a lot more races individually.”

Among SOFLO high point winners were Michael Arias, 10, Vanessa Mesa, 10, Rafael Rodriguez, 11, Kathleen Golding, 13, and Jessica Rodriguez, 14.

On Sunday night, SOFLO’s top performances were:

Maria Lopez, 17, 200-yard butterfly, 2:05.06

Michael Arias, 10, 100-yard freestyle 58.60

Vanessa Mesa, 11, 100-yard freestyle 58.26

Rafael Rodriguez, 11, 100-yard freestyle 55.20

Julien Pinon, 15, 100-yard freestyle, 46.94

SOFLO 11-12 girls 400-yard medley relay, 4:25.08 (Annita Huang, Elise Larin, Isabella Di Salvo, Vanessa Mesa).

SOFLO 11-12 boys 400-yard medley relay, 4:16.23 (Leonardo Mateus, Brandon Moran, Bryant Segui, Rafael Rodriguez).

SOFLO 13-14 boys 400-yard freestyle relay 3:20.02 (Ervin Marin, CJ Kopecki, Kevin Porto, Juan Lucas).

Kyana Castro, 11, 1,650-yard freestyle, 19:49.77

Annita Huang, 12, 1,650-yard freestyle, 18:57.90

Leonardo Mateus, 11, 1,650-yard freestyle, 18:22.53

Kevin Porto, 13, 1,650-yard freestyle, 17:09.81

Combined team totals: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club, 1,922.50, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,125, 3. Metro Aquatics 955, 4. St. Andrew’s Swimming 947.50, 5. Coral Springs Swim Club 764, 6. FLA 733.50, 7. Pine Crest Swimming 726.50, 8. Miami Swimming 709, 9. Blue Marlins 616.50, 10. Jupiter Dragons 586.

Girls team totals: 1. SOFLO 857, 2. St. Andrew’s Swimming 539, 3. Coral Springs Swim Club 533, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 477, 5. FLA 464, 6. Metro Aquatics 405.50, 7. Miami Swimming 370.50, 8. Jupiter 364.50, 9. North Palm Beach 355.50, 10. Plantation Swim Team 317.50.

Boys team totals: 1. SOFLO 1,065.50, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 869, 3. Metro Aquatics 549.50, 4. St. Andrew’s Swimming 408.50, 5. Blue Marlins 352, 6. Miami Swimming 338.50, 7. Pompano Beach 321, 8. Hialeah Swim Club 295, 9. Miami Dade County Aquatic Club 284.50, 10. FLA 269.50.

SOFLO HIGH POINT AWARDS

GIRLS: 10, 2. Molly Golding 63; 11, 1. Vanessa Mesa 68; 13. Kathleen Golding 75; 14, 1. Jessica Rodriguez 66, 2. Kelley Heron 63; 15-16

BOYS: 10, 1. Michael Arias 70, 2. Marcus Franco 60.50; 11, 1. Rafael Rodriguez 77, 2. Leonardo Mateus 64.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO Leads Speedo Winter Championships After Day Two

SOFLO Leads Speedo Winter Championships After Day Two


By Sharon Robb

November 22, 2013

With depth and talent, South Florida Aquatic Club dominated second day action at the 23rd annual Speedo Winter Championships Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

With two days remaining in the Florida Gold Coast-sanctioned meet, SOFLO leads the combined, girls and boys team standings.

SOFLO, runner-up last year in the combined team standings, leads with 654 points, more than 200 points ahead of Metro Aquatics with 401.

SOFLO leads the girls’ team standings with 291 points, ahead of St. Andrew’s Swimming with 226 and leads the boys’ team points with 363 points ahead of first-year team Azura Florida Aquatics with 302.

“It was again an overall team effort, from our 9-year-olds stepping up and going best times to Alia Atkinson competing on the 400 medley relay,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

“Our 13-14 girls and boys have some serious depth, winning the medley boys and girls relays which was very nice to see and our open girls relay was second just behind St. Andrew’s with some unbelievable splits. It was nice to close off an aggressive session like that.

“Our program has solid depth. This total group tonight might have been my best session. We are performing and doing a great job.”

Among SOFLO’s top performances were:

The girls 13-14 400-yard medley relay of Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Star Fassler and Stephanie Mlujeak won in 4:11.73.

The boys 13-14 400-yard medley relay of Juan Lucas, Ervin Marin, CJ Kopecki amd Kevin Porto won in 3:45.79.

The girls open 400-yard medley relay of Melissa Marinheiro, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez and Amber Hunter was second in 3:51.13.

Julien Pinon, 15, won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:37.28.

Michael Arias, 10, won the 50-yard freestyle in 27.55 and was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:17.35.

Rafael Rodriguez, 11, won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.45.

Vanessa Mesa, 11, won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.86.

Jessica Rodriguez, 14, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.79.

Kathleen Golding, 13, won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:04.48.

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, was second in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:05.27.

Isabella Di Salvo, 11, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.50.

Juan Lucas, 14, was second in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:57.05.

Ervin Marin, 14, was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.97.

Leonardo Mateus, 11, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.72.

Joseph Lee, 10, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:08.19.

Marcus Franco, 10, was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:09.34.

Kevin Porto, 13, was third in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:04.80.

CJ Kopecki, 14, was third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:48.06, dropping from 4:57.92.

Kelley Heron, 14, was third in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:11.14.

DAY TWO RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 654, 2. Metro Aquatics 401, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 338, 4. St. Andrew’s Swimming 338, 5. FLA 260.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 291, 2. St. Andrew’s 226, 3. Metro Aquatics 179, 4. FLA 169, 5. Coral Springs 167.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 363, 2. Azura 302, 3. Metro Aquatics 222, 4. Pompano Beach 133, 5. Miami Swimming, St. Andrew’s 112.

GIRLS

200-yard backstroke:

13-year-olds, 1. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 2:10.21; SOFLO: 8. Katherine DeBarros 2:23.65; 14-year-olds, 1. Megan Schimansky, CSSC 2:07.44; SOFLO: 3. Kelley Heron 2:11.14; 4. Jessica Rodriguez 2:12.14, 8. Stephanie Mlujeak 2:20.42; 15-16, 1. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 2:03.90; SOFLO: 2. Melissa Marinheiro 2:05.27, 19. Carly Swanson 2:24.35; Open, 1. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 1:55.07.

50-yard freestyle: 9-and-under, 1. Kiara Caamano, NPB 30.45; SOFLO: 9. Elizabeth Chevaldova 32.99; 10-year-olds, 1. Anya Pabby, Badger 27.56; SOFLO: 9. Katrina Del Vecchio 30.03, 23. Kayla Cunningham 31.39; 11-year-olds, 1. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 26.86; 12-year-olds, 1. Andrea Santander, FLA 24.25; SOFLO: 23. Elise Larin 28.02; 13-year-olds, 1. Cathy Cooper, CSSC 24.29; CSSC: 9. Dominique Fajardo 26.58, 10. Hannah Virgin 27.09; 14-year-olds, 1. Jena Pisani, LL 24.44; CSSC: 9. Bella Pittinger 26.27, 16. Luisa Suzuki 26.82, 21. Megan Schimansky 27.09; 15-16, 1. Kelly Harrington, FLA 24.29; CSSC: 9. Sam Roth 25.18, 27. Rebecca Wilkerson 26.30, 31. Lindsey Sauer 26.56; Open, 1. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 23.51; SOFLO: 7. Maria Lopez 24.98, 18. Amber Hunter 25.47, 25. Whitney Johnson 25.99, 29. Kaitlin Armstrong 26.10, 47. Stephanie Mlujeak 27.49, 49. Astrid Rigau 27.58.

100-yard breaststroke:

9-and-under, 1. Riley Botting, CSSC 1:27.44; 10-year-olds, 1. Molly Golding , SOFLO 1:20.54; SOFLO: 9. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:26.13; 11-year-olds, 1. Gabriella Marchesani, MCDA 1:15.89; 12-year-olds, 1. Kate Douglas, WEST 1:07.74; SOFLO: 5. Marianna Serrao 1:14.98, 9. Elise Larin 1:15.60, 19. Alexandra Crespo 1:20.08, 20. Mikaela De Gracia 1:20.11; 13-year-olds, 1. Victoria Miyamoto, PB 1:09.62; SOFLO: 4. Delanie Perez 1:11.13, 12. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:16.21; 14-year-olds, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:07.79; SOFLO: 4. Kelley Heron 1:11.44, 10. Star Fassler 1:15.79; 15-16, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 1:04.94; Open, 1. Emily Kopas, CSSC 1:03.18; SOFLO: 15. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:18.07.

100-yard butterfly: 9-and-under, 1. Becca Montero, AK Sharks 1:22.20; 10-year-olds, 1. Ana Kondratovitch, MD 1:06.85; SOFLO: 4. Sara Quintero 1:12.25, 11. Kayla Cunningham 1:20.24, 14. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:22.66; 11-year-olds, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, Blue Marlins 1:05.89; SOFLO: 2. Isabella DiSalvo 1:06.50, 6. Kyana Castro 1:09.84; 12-year-olds, 1. Alexandra Meszaros, Unattached 1:00.31; SOFLO: 25. Alexandra Crespo 1:12.80; 13-year-olds, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 58.21; SOFLO: 9. Delanie Perez 1:03.76; 14-year-olds, 1. Jena Pisani, LL 1:00.79; SOFLO: 8. Star Fassler 1:06.08; 15-16, 1. Laine Morgan, Miami 57.62; SOFLO: 4. Melissa Marinheiro 59.36, 30. Andrea Melendez 1:04.56; Open, 1. Darby Goodwin, SAS 56.61; SOFLO: 5. Maria Lopez 57.48, 12. Amber Hunter 59.69, 22. Whitney Johnson 1:04.57.

500-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 5:04.48; SOFLO: 10. Delanie Perez 5:30.07, 15. Stephanie Mlujeak 5:32.54; 15-16, 1. Joanna Evans, SWIFT 4:50.60; SOFLO: 5. Kylie Herman 5:17.03; Open, 1. Angela Cicenia, Unattached 5:02.29.

400-yard medley relay:

13-14, 1. SOFLO 4:11.73 (Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Star Fassler, Stephanie Mlujeak); Open, 1. St. Andrew’s 3:50.85, 2. SOFLO 3:51.13 (Melissa Marinheirop, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Amber Hunter).

BOYS

200-yard backstroke: 13-year-olds, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami-Dade 1:58.33; SOFLO: 3. Kevin Porto 2:04.80; 14-year-olds, 1. Patrick Groters, Unattached 1:56.75; SOFLO: 2. Juan Lucas 1:57.05, 6. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 2:08.09, 9. Ricardo Roche 2:10.68; 15-16-year-olds, 1. William Pisani, Lake Lytal 1:53.21; SOFLO: 13. Ryan Capote 2:03.45, 18. Alfredo Mesa 2:05.46, 24. Fernando Quintero 2:10.95; Open, 1. Joey Pedraza, Unattached 1:49.22.

50-yard freestyle:

9-and-under, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, JDST 28.13; SOFLO: 11. Zachary Harris 31.41; 10-year-olds, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO 27.55; SOFLO: 4. Marcus Franco 28.04, 8. Nicolas Rossi 29.11, 25. Anita Huang 31.07; 11-year-olds, 1. Andres Wong, MAC 26.38; 12-year-olds, 1. Jalen Ramjohn, WEST 23.57; 13-year-olds, 1. Kevin Hernandez, Miami Dade 23.68; SOFLO: 18. Andres Arias 26.04; 14-year-olds, 1. Gershwin Greene, BSC 21.70; SOFLO: 6. Juan Lucas 23.36, 27. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 25.16, 34. Juan Osorio 25.75; 15-16, 1. Marco Guarente, Unattached 21.39; SOFLO: 14. Ryan Capote 22.35; 22. Julien Pinon 22.80, 28. Gustavo Valery 22.98, 36. Alfredo Mesa 23.50, 40. Alex Monti 23.68, 45. Cristian Rossi 23.87, 57. Fernando Quintero 24.22; Open, 1. Joshua Romany, Trinidad 20.80.

100-yard breaststroke:

9-and-under, 1. Kae Bittencourt, AZ 1:25.95; 10-year-olds, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 1:17.33; SOFLO: 2. Michael Arias 1:17.35, 5. John Paul Handal 1:24.37, 7. Nicolas Rossi 1:26.06, 24. Akira Huang 1:37.83; 11-year-olds, 1. Santiago Gomez, MAC 1:12.81; 12-year-olds, 1. Alexio Musleh, CSSC 1:06.70; SOFLO: 11. Brandon Moran 1:15.44; 13-year-olds, 1. Gabriel Munoz, AZ 1:04.61; 14-year-olds, 1. Tristan Celestin, AZ 1:00.69; SOFLO: 2. Ervin Marin 1:02.97; 15-16, 1. Marco Guarente, Unattached 57.97; SOFLO; 14. Alex Monti 1:05.96; Open, 1. Alex Morgan, AZ 56.32.

100-yard butterfly:

9-and-under, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, JDST 1:07.45; SOFLO: 4. Zackary Harris 1:19.00; 10-year-olds, 1. Kevin Fanjul, Blue Marlins 1:06.92; SOFLO: 2. Joseph Lee 1:08.19, 3. Marcus Savino 1:24.37; 11-year-olds, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:00.45; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 1:05.72; 12-year-olds, 1. Jalen Ramjohn, WEST 55.92; SOFLO: 10. Bryant Segui 1:05.94, 19. Brandon Moran 1:10.80; 13-year-olds, 1. Gabriel Munoz, AZ 55.75; 14-year-olds, 1. Jose Llanio, MAC 53.31; SOFLO: 4. CJ Kopecki 54.77, 6. Ervin Marin 55.11; 15-16, 1. Robert Ballestas, MAC 51.82; SOFLO: 12. Julien Pinon 54.47, 26. Jonathan Strod 56.75, 33. Cristian Rossi 58.37; Open, 1. Thiago Sickert, Unattached 48.38; SOFLO: 23. Endi Babi 54.99.

500-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 4:45.45; SOFLO: 3. CJ Kopecki 4:48.27, 6. Juan Lucas 4:57.08, 7. Ervin Marin 4:58.01, 9. Kevin Porto 4:59.26, 16. Ricardo Roche 5:10.02, 32. Matthew Menocal 5:19.17, 36. Juan Osorio 5:27.94, 39. Andres Arias 5:29.38, 41. Samuel Quintero 5:30.86; 15-16, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 4:37.28; 7. Gustavo Valery 4:51.36, 15. Jonathan Strod 5:03.93, 19. Alex Monti 5:11.82; Open, 1. Joey Pedraza, Unattached 4:28.41.

400-yard medley relay:

13-14, 1. SOFLO 3:45.79 (Juan Lucas, Ervin Marin, CJ Kopecki, Kevin Porto); Open, 1. AZ 3:27.66, 8. SOFLO 3:51.09 (Ryan Capote, Alex Monti, Endi Babi, Julien Pinon).

IF YOU GO

What: 23rd annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Swimming Championships

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

Schedule: SATURDAY—Session 8, 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.; Session 9, 8:30 a.m.-12:50 a.m.; Finals, 5-7:57 p.m.; SUNDAY— Session 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:46 p.m.; 1650s, girls 1:10-2:52 p.m., boys 1:10-3:07 p.m.; Session 14, 8:30 a.m.-12:57 p.m.; 1650s, girls 1:10-2:52 p.m., boys 1:10-3:07 p.m.; Finals, 5-7:09 p.m.

Live Streaming: Florida Swim Network is broadcasting the finals live. It is the second consecutive Florida Gold Coast Winter Championships that FSN is broadcasting.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For more information go to http://www.swimpst.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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