SOFLO Headed To Sunrise Sizzler This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, January 17, 2020—It’s Show Time for South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers.

Nine swimmers (five boys and four goals) will compete in 36 individual events and two relays Saturday in the Sunrise 8-and-under Sizzler at Sunrise Civic Center. The meet begins 10:30 a.m.

The meet is so much fun and social for young swimmers. Coaches get to watch their swimmers progress while fine tuning starts, strokes and pace.

Swimmers entered are Gabriela Ekht, 8; Luis Escobar, 7; Jordan Evans, 8; David Gonzalez, 8; Christie Lumsden, 7; Matthew Ortiz, 8; Toma Petkov, 7; Hayeon Song, 8; and Cabrera Suarez, 8.

The meet is open to all current USA swimming registered athletes and foreign athletes with proper travel credentials who have been invited by USA Swimming who are age 8 and under.

Any swimmer entered in the meet must be certified by a USA Swimming member coach as being proficient in performing a racing start or must start each race from within the water.

IF YOU GO

What: Sunrise Swimming 8-and-Under Sizzler.

When: Saturday, warm-up 10 a.m., meet starts 10:30 p.m.

Where: Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.

How to get there: From the east, take Oakland Park Blvd. to just west of Nob Hill Rd. Turn left after Safety Complex. From the south, take Nob Hill north to Oakland Park Blvd. Turn left on Oakland Park, and left again after the Safety Complex.

Of note: Admission is $3 and heat sheets are $2, cash only. Concession stand will be available. For questions or more information call Christi Wathen 954-747-4635.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Gets Second Bronze On Day Two Of 2020 FINA Champions Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

SHENZHEN, China, January 15, 2020–Alia Atkinson took home a second bronze medal Wednesday in the season-opening 2020 FINA Champions Swim Series at Shenzhen Universiade Center Swimming Natatorium.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian and short course world record holder finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.15. She was seeded in 1:07.06 among a field of four swimmers.

Italy’s national record holder Martina Carraro won her second breaststroke gold in 1:06.85 and China’s Yu Jingyao was second in 1:07.59 on the second and final day of the series’ first stop.

On Tuesday, Atkinson was third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.63 behind Italy’s Martina Carraro in 30.38 and American Molly Hannis in 30.49.

Atkinson won $12,000 for two third places.

It was the first leg of the series with the second stop coming up on Jan. 18-19 in Beijing. The meet featured only 70 swimmers (41 men and 29 women). Almost $2 million in prize money is up for grabs at the two stops.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Settles For Bronze On Day One Of The 2020 FINA Champions Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

SHENZHEN, China, January 14, 2020–Alia Atkinson took a bronze medal in the 50-meter breaststroke Tuesday in the season-opening 2020 FINA Champions Swim Series at Shenzhen Universiade Center Swimming Natatorium.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian and short course world record holder finished third in 30.63 behind Italy’s Martina Carraro in 30.38 and American Molly Hannis in 30.49. All three bettered the previous No. 1 world-ranked time of 30.68. Carraro had raced the 200 breaststroke earlier where she finished third.

Atkinson, who won $6,000 for third place, will swim the 100-meter breaststroke on Wednesday. She is seeded in 1:07.06.

“Being the beginning of 2020, and given the field of athletes here, this competition is important to see where I am, and also to measure what can I succeed at the Olympics, what is within reach or not,” said the 31-year-old Atkinson.

Host China dominated opening day action winning five of the 15 gold medals up for grabs.

It is the first leg of the series with the second stop on Jan. 18-19 in Beijing. The meet featured only 70 swimmers (41 men and 29 women). Almost $2 million in prize money is up for grabs at the two stops.

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Raises The Bar Again In 2019, Sky Is The Limit For 2020


By Sharon Robb

January 1, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club enters the new decade with some outstanding 2019 memories.

Whether it was Junior Nationals, Senior Championships, Junior Olympics, Atlanta Speedo Winter Junior East Championships, USA Swimming Futures Championships, Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, Plantation Speedo Winter Championships, World Police & Fire Games State High School Championships or Sizzlers, swimmers and coaches were emotionally-charged during the 2019 season.

Buoyed by accomplishments in 2018, the team was determined and motivated to improve and it did.

SOFLO swimmers rose to the occasion defending team titles and winning new ones, competing against the best internationally, nationally, regionally and locally, improving times and strokes.

After senior champs, “The emotions were high,” SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson said. “I needed to remind the kids more how well they are doing, what they have accomplished, and reward them for what they did.”

Heading into its 20th year of existence, first as the Comets and now SOFLO Sharks, the coaching staff worked together to improve the training environment and continued to cultivate a winning culture.

“The talent we have in the water is easier to maintain when the expectations are there,” Anderson said.

“We have a winning culture. SOFLO has created an infrastructure with its coaches and staff that cultivates a high level of continuing excellence. Our kids challenge themselves and push themselves past their comfort zone and it does show.”

The emphasis was always on “team effort,” not only swimmers and coaches, but parents, booster club, officials, office staff, school support, media and fans, who all played roles in that “team effort.”

SOFLO remains the largest and most diverse local swim club in the Florida Gold Coast.

Each year SOFLO swimmers have learned their lessons well and continued to build on them in 2019. Every swimmer contributed. Every point earned by each SOFLO swimmer at various meets counted.

Success is never taken for granted. After outstanding past seasons, SOFLO improved across the board enjoying more success at every level during 2019 and raised the bar even higher for 2020.

As everyone celebrates the New Year and bringing in the Roaring 20s, the first ten as Comets Swim Team and entering its tenth year as SOFLO, it’s always fun to look back to see what “the team” accomplished over the past twelve months.

SOFLO’s Top 12 Moments in 2019 were:

1. SOFLO is awarded the USA Swimming National Club Excellence Silver Medal for 2020 for the first time in club history. SOFLO has been a Bronze Medal club winner eight of the last nine years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), but had never earned silver. SOFLO moved up from 5,362 to 9,324 rating points and was the only Florida Gold Coast club to earn silver medal club honors and one of only eight teams from around the state.

2. SOFLO established itself as one of the all-time top swim clubs in Florida Gold Coast history winning the FGC Senior Championships combined team title with 3,287 points for the first time in meet history in March. It was the first time SOFLO totaled 3,000 or more points in any FGC meet. SOFLO also won the boys team title with 1,663 points and SOFLO girls were second.

3. SOFLO secured its place in the record books by winning both seniors and JO titles in the same short course season for the sixth time in team history.

4. SOFLO wins FGC Short Course Junior Olympics Short Course Championship for a record ninth consecutive and tenth overall combined title and FGC Long Course JOs for tenth consecutive and 11th overall. SOFLO has won back-to-back JO titles in a single season seven times.

5. SOFLO 15-16 boys win the combined and boys team titles at FGC Senior Long Course Championships.

6. The combination of AquaKids Sharks and SOFLO continued to be successful. AK Sharks’ competitive swimmers race as part of SOFLO.

7. SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson makes her debut with the inaugural International Swimming League pro swim series and Team Iron, owned and led by superstar Katinka Hosszu of Hungary.

8. SOFLO masters swimmer, former Comets coach and City of Pembroke Pines Police sergeant Jennifer Martin won five gold medals, four silver medals and broke two world records in her international swimming debut at the 18th Chengdu 2019 World Police and Fire Games in China.

9. SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding head to Florida and Mary Smutny to Texas to begin another chapter in their outstanding swimming careers at strong Division I programs. And, with her longtime coach Chris Anderson, Golding made her first U.S. Olympic cut at the Phillips 66 National Championship in August in California. Smutny also has her U.S. Olympic trials cut.

10. SOFLO has ten swimmers selected for the Florida Gold Coast-Florida Swimming All-Star Meet in Fort Pierce.

11. SOFLO qualifies three dozen swimmers for the BCAA Championships and all four classifications at the FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Meets including swimmers from Cooper City, Cypress Bay, NSU University School, Pembroke Pines Charter, American Heritage Plantation, St. Thomas Aquinas, Everglades, Doral and Somerset.

12. SOFLO has four swimmers (Lance Lesage, Rafael Rodriguez, Gaby Banks, Mallory Schleicher) named to Sun-Sentinel All-County Swimming and Diving first team.

SOFLO take a bow! Happy New Year and here’s to a safe, happy and healthy new year and decade. Later 2019.

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Awarded USA Swimming National Club Excellence Silver Medal, First Time In Team History


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, December 17, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club, the largest and one of the most diverse clubs in the Florida Gold Coast, was awarded USA Swimming’s National Club Excellence Silver Medal Award for 2020 for the first time in club history.

SOFLO has been a Bronze Medal club eight of the last nine years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), but has never earned silver.

SOFLO’s first year of existence was 2011 after starting out as the Comets. The club will celebrate its 20th year of existence in 2020.

The excellence award program is divided into gold, silver and bronze divisions. The rankings only include 18-and-under swimmers eliminating most pro and college swimmers.

The Top-20 clubs earn Gold level ranking and those rated 21-100 are designated as Silver honorees. The next 100 clubs are recognized at the Bronze level.

The rankings give points scores based on a power point rating system that gives swim points based on how fast it is relative to a swimmer’s age.

The focus of the USA Swimming voluntary program is to identify and reward up to 200 USA Swimming-sanctioned clubs that have attained a high level of athlete performance.

The program strives to meet the following initiatives:

Promote the development of strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs that produce elite 18-and-under athletes.

Provide recognition and resources to motivate and assist member clubs to strive for the highest ideals of athlete performances.

SOFLO moved up from 5,362 to 9,324 rating points and is the only Florida Gold Coast club to earn silver medal club honors and one of only eight Florida teams.

SOFLO is in good company around the state with Sarasota Sharks (18,918), Gator Swim Club (16,438), Sarasota Tsunami (16,425), Bolles (9,745), Episcopal Amberjax (9,354), Swim Florida (8,369) and Greater Tampa Swimming Association (6,962).

Last year’s silver medal winners, Pine Crest Swimming (5,521) dropped to bronze medal and Gulliver Prep dropped out. Flood Aquatics (4,689) was the only other Florida Gold Coast awarded bronze medal status.

Only gold and silver level clubs are provided grant funding (a total of $400,000 in grants will be awarded).

“USA Swimming is fortunate to have dedicated athletes and coaches doing incredible work in pools across the country. The clubs who have earned Gold, Silver or Bronze honors are building future champions who will continue our success at the international level,” said USA Swimming Managing Director of Sport Development Joel Shinofield. “We are excited and honored to again distribute $400,000 in grants to the top 100-ranked clubs in 2020.”

Nation’s Capital Swim Club of the Washington, D.C. area won its sixth consecutive Club Excellence title. Nation’s Capital totaled 81,529 points, finishing more than 18,000 points ahead of Gold level club SwimMAC Carolina (63,258) and Sandpipers of Nevada (53,427). No Florida team made the Top 20.

Out of the 200 clubs recognized as Gold, Silver and Bronze programs, Illinois Swimming led all LSCs with 13 clubs recognized, followed by Southern California Swimming with nine clubs.

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

Ethan McPeek, Hashan Ekanayake, Boys Relay Lead SOFLO On Final Day Of Sunrise Holiday Champs


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, December 16, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club turned in some outstanding swims on the third and final day of the Sunrise Swimming Holiday Champs Sunday at Sunrise Civic Center Pool.

Ethan McPeek, 13, led the boys’ team as a double winner in the 11-and-over category and earned 24 points in high point.

McPeek won the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 30.19 with a time drop of 0.90. He was the fastest qualifier in morning prelims.

McPeek won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:17.05, another best time with a time drop of 2.99. He was second fastest qualifier in prelims. McPeek was also third in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:20.43.

Hashan Ekanayake, 13, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 18:07.81, shaving 51.59 off his previous best. He was also fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 56.02.

The boys 11-12 200-yard freestyle relay of Mason Jimenez, Matthew Jimenez, Jordan Le-Vega and Matt McVeigh won in 2:02.31.

Other SOFLO top three finishers were:

Girls 7-10 200-yard freestyle relay, third, 2:17.06, Juliana Cavalcanti, Aanya Robinson, Cherill Royalty, Jordan Evans.

Girls 11-12 200-yard freestyle relay, third, 2:04.45, Sophia Avila, Cali Harries, Alexandra Strong, Roshini Shivakumar.

Calista Harries, 12, 200-yard breaststroke, third, 2:53.64, time drop.

Jordan Evans, 8, 50-yard breaststroke, third, 44.35, time drop.

Mason Jimenez, 11, 200-yard individual medley, third, 2:39.18.

Ethan Hall, 9, 50-yard backstroke, third, 37.28, time drop.

Luca Hincapie, 13, 50-yard backstroke, second, 31.13; 100-yard butterfly, third, 1:02.86.

Marvan Ekanayake, 13, 50-yard backstroke, third, 31.58.

Matt McVeigh, 12, 200-yard breaststroke, third, 3:04.98.

Noah Mejias, 8, 100-yard butterfly, second, 1:18.89, time drop.

Felipe Rodriguez, 12, 50-yard breaststroke, second, 36.07, time drop.

Coral Springs Swim Club swept the combined, boys and girls team titles. SOFLO, third among the boys and fifth among the girls teams, was one of 13 teams, mostly Florida Gold Coast teams with 44 swimmers (27 boys and 17 girls) in 215 individual events and 10 relay events.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Coral Springs 872, 2. Sunrise Swimming 519, 3. Lake Lytal Lightning 437, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 289, 5. SwimFast 194.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Coral Springs 356, 2. Sunrise Swimming 293, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 201, 4. Lake Lytal Lightning 176, 5. Hurricane Aquatics 115.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Coral Springs 516, 2. Lake Lytal Lightning 261, 3. Sunrise Swimming 226, 4. SwimFast 106, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 88.

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Cecilia Poll, MILEN 18:12.30; 13-14, 1. Kaitlyn Bonasera, CSSC 18:31.76; 15-and-over, 1. Amber Candido, CSSC 18:14.43; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Ware 21:24.31, time drop.

200-yard freestyle relay:
7-10, 1. Coral Springs 2:12.32, 3. SOFLO A 2:17.06 (Juliana Cavalcanti, Aanya Robinson, Cherill Royalty, Jordan Evans); 11-12, 1. Coral Springs 1:50.26, 3. SOFLO A 2:04.45 (Sophia Avila, Cali Harries, Alexandra Strong, Roshini Shivakumar); 13-and-over, 1. Coral Springs 1:41.93.

200-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Braeylyn Thorpe, CSSC 2:33.31; SOFLO: 5. Juliana Cavalcanti 3:01.59, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sammy Schoenborn, CSSC 2:19.36; 13-14, 1. Kaitlyn Jorgensen, SUN 2:16.11; 15-and-over, 1. Samantha Trodick, SUN 2:14.42.

100-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Zoe Schnoeller, SFTL 1:03.55; SOFLO: 6. Juliana Cavalcanti 1:14.82, 8. Cherill Royalty 1:17.33; 11-12, 1. Katelyn Gembicki, AJSC 59.06; SOFLO: 8. Roshini Shivakumar 1:06.89; 13-14, 1. Cassia Flynn, CSSC 55.07; 15-and-over, 1. Riley McCormick, CSSC 55.06.

50-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Braelyn Thorpe, CSSC 33.07; SOFLO: 6. Jordan Evans 41.11; 11-12, 1. Carolyn Powell, CSSC 29.68; 13-14, 1. Nicole Creed, CSSC 28.25; 15-and-over, 1. Amber Candido, CSSC 29.29.

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Sammy Schoenborn, CSSC 2:33.74; SOFLO: 3. Cali Harries 2:53.64, time drop; 13-14, 1. Jade Renaud, SF 2:35.92; 15-and-over, 1. Valery Ramirez, MILEN 2:27.55.

100-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Zoe Schnoeller, SFTL 1:15.11; 11-12, 1. Carolyn Powell, CSSC 1:03.57; 13-14, 1. Teresa Landron, SUN 1:01.97; 15-and-over, 1. Riley McCormick, CSSC 59.01.

50-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Braelyn Thorpe, CSSC 37.43; SOFLO: 3. Jordan Evans 44.35, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sammy Schoenborn, CSSC 34.51; SOFLO: 5. Cali Harries 39.38; 13-14, 1. Jade Renaud, SF 32.71; 15-and-over, 1. Emily Rosa, SUN 32.17.

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Carolyn Powell, CSSC 2:16.38; 13-14, 1. Nicole Creed, CSSC 2:11.10; 15-and-over, 1. Valery Ramirez, MILEN 2:13.28.

BOYS

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Jeremiah Paiz, SUN 18:59.92; 13-14, 1. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 18:07.81, drop time; 15-and-over, 1. Brian Gonzalez, CSSC 16:44.09.

200-yard freestyle relay:
7-10, 1. Coral Springs 2:05.73; 11-12, 1. SOFLO A 2:02.31 (Mason Jimenez, Matthew Jimenez, Jordan Le-Vega, Matt McVeigh); 13-and-over, 1. Coral Springs 1:29.06, 4. SOFLO A 1:46.66 (Alexander Miller, Hashan Ekanayake, Luca Hincapie).

200-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Oliver Cummings, AJSC 2:35.56; 11-12, 1. Rafael Landron, SUN 2:24.14; SOFLO: 3. Mason Jimenez 2:39.18, 8. Matthew Jimenez 2:49.34; 13-14, 1. Riley Brisco, LLL 2:13.09; SOFLO: 3. Ethan McPeek 2:20.43, time drop, 4. Luca Hincapie 2:21.56, 5. Alexander Miller 2:24.71, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Jason Bonasera, CSSC 2:00.55.

100-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Oliver Cannings, AJSC 1:04.31; SOFLO: 6. Ethan Hall 1:11.34, 8. Ian Barrios 1:13.47; 11-12, 1. Antoine Sharp, LLL 58.08; 13-14, 1. Riley Brisco, LLL 51.49; SOFLO: 4. Hashan Ekanayake 56.02, time drop, 6. Alexander Miller 58.09, 7. Marvan Ekanayake 58.51, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Patrick Doyle, SUN 49.08.

50-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Frank Vincze, SF 35.74; SOFLO: 3. Ethan Hall 37.28, time drop, 8. Ian Barrios 45.73; 11-12, 1. Lucas Franchak, CANE 29.77; SOFLO: 4. Jordan Le-Vega 34.65, time drop, 7. Matthew Jimenez 36.16; 13-14, 1. Ethan McPeek, SOFLO 30.19, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Luca Hincapie 31.13, 3. Marvan Ekanayake 31.58; 15-and-over, 1. Grant Arna, CSSC 26.58.

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Rafael Landron, SUN 2:51.81, SOFLO: 3. Matt McVeigh 3:04.98; 13-14, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 2:21.15; 15-and-over, 1. Juan Domecq, CSSC 2:22.87.

100-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Daniel Ella, SUN 1:12.68; SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 1:18.89, time drop; 11-12, 1. Antoine Sharp, LLL 1:03.14; SOFLO: 4. Mason Jimenez 1:16.81, time drop; 13-14, 1. Riley Brisco, LLL 58.28; SOFLO: 3. Luca Hincapie 1:02.86, 4. Hashan Ekanayake 1:03.30, time drop, 5. Marvan Ekanayake; 15-and-over, 1. Mateo Valdivieso, SUN 55.00.

50-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Oliver Cannings, AJSC 36.53; SOFLO: 4. Ethan Hall 42.70; 11-12, 1. Lucas Franchak, CANE 33.98; SOFLO: 2. Felipe Rodriguez 36.07, time drop, 5. Jordan Le-Vega 38.01, time drop; 13-14, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 30.00; SOFLO: 4. Alexander Miller 35.51; 15-and-over, 1. Juan Domecq, CSSC 28.94.

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Jeremiah Paiz, SUN 2:25.60; 13-14, 1. Ethan McPeek, SOFLO 2:17.05, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Patrick Doyle, SUN 1:55.71.

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

SOFLO Boys Rally To Win Boys Team Title On Final Day Of 29th Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, December 15, 2019—The odds may have been stacked against them after a slow start the first two days, but South Florida Aquatic Club made it interesting and rallied to win the boys’ team title on the fourth and final day of the 29th annual Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Trailing Azura Florida Aquatics by 54.50 points (611.50-557) in the boys’ competition, SOFLO rallied to defend and win the boys team title, 882.50-854. Last year SOFLO won with 873.5 points. Metro Aquatics was third with 737.50.

Azura Florida Aquatics won the combined team title with 1,469. Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club finished second with 1,441.50 points, just 28.5 points behind. Azura Florida Aquatics also won the girls team title with 615 points. SOFLO was third with 559.

SOFLO was buoyed by the return of five of the six swimmers (Gaby Banks, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodriguez), coming off the Speedo Junior Winter National Championships-East meet that ended Saturday in Atlanta.

Among SOFLO individual champions were:

Madeline Smutny, 13-14 200-yard butterfly, 2:05.62.

Alia Atkinson, 17-and-over, 100-yard breaststroke, 58.57; 100-yard individual medley, 55.09.

Boys 10-and-under 200-yard freestyle relay, 2:00.13 (Connor Jimenez, Ryan Harries, Oleksii Viazmetinov, Juan Vallmitjana).

Boys 11-12 400-yard freestyle relay, 3:50.41.

Olivia Dinehart, 13-14, 100-yard individual medley, 57.52, time drop.

Alejandro Mateus, 13-14 200-yard butterfly, 1:58.83, time drop.

Philopatier Ibrahim, 15-16, 200-yard butterfly, 1:53.27.

Ryan Harries, 10-and-under, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:20.26, time drop.

Kevin Moya, 11-12, 200-yard freeyle, 1:58.16, time drop.

Miguel Sierra, 15-16, 200-yard freestyle, 1:41.51, time drop.

Juan Mora, 15-16, 100-yard individual medley, 52.48, time drop.

Connor Jimenez, 10-and-under, 50-yard backstroke, 32.78, time drop.

SOFLO’s top high point finishers in each age group were:

Girls 10-and-under, 16. Alessandra Gendarmi, 13 points.

Boys 10-and-under, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, 55 points just one point behind Adrian Rendon of Midtown Weston.

Girls 11-12, 7. Mariana Pinto, 48 points.

Boys 11-12, 3. Kevin Moya, 67 points.

Girls 13-14, 4. Elena Dinehart, 59 points.

Boys 13-14, 6. Alejandro Mateus, 56 points.

Girls 15-16, 8. Molly Golding, 41 points.

Boys 15-16, 1. Dominic Bono, 66 points.

Girls 17-and-over, 8. Alia Atkinson, 33 points.

Boys 17-and-over, 10. Leonardo Mateus, 33 points.

The Winter Champs was one of three meets SOFLO swimmers competed in this past week. The others were the Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East in Atlanta that ended on Saturday and Sunrise Holiday Championships, that also ended on Sunday.

SOFLO had 91 swimmers in 507 individual events and 48 relays in 28 relay events.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams were 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 among other teams.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,469, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,441.50, 3. Metro Aquatics 1,252.50, 4. St. Andrew’s 1,048.50, 5. Midtown Weston 704, 6. Jupiter Dragons 588, 7. Wahoos of Wellington 561.50, 8. Pine Crest Swimming 494, 9. TS Aquatics 440.50, 10. Gulliver 413.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 882.50, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 854, 3. Metro Aquatics 737.50, 4. St. Andrew’s 461, 5. Midtown Weston 221, 6. Eagle Aquatics 215.50, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 209.50, 8. TS Aquatics 205.50, 9. Jupiter Dragons 192, 10. Ransom Everglades 175.50.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 615, 2. St. Andrew’s 587.50, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 559, 4. Metro Aquatics 515, 5. Midtown Weston 483, 6. Wahoos of Wellington 479, 7. Pine Crest 415, 8. Jupiter Dragons 396, 9. Gulliver 302, 10. TS Aquatics 235.

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Wahoos of Wellington 1:57.94, 6. SOFLO A 2:09.40 (Sofia Gomez, Jemma Baldwin, Mackenzie McPherson, Alessandra Gendarmi).

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Gulliver 3:54.66, 5. SOFLO A 4:03.84 (no names given), 10. SOFLO B 4:20.45 (Pilar Duranti, Sofia Lugo, Lydia Smutny, Elise Dinehart); 13-14, 1. Midtown 3:36.95, 2. SOFLO A 3:38.63 (Olivia Dinehart, Madeline Smutny, Elena Dinehart, Anastasia Lutz), 10. SOFLO B 3:54.40 (Sophia Grubbs, Hartley Pitters-Hins, Kaitlyn Barrios, Isabelle Wilson); Open, 1. Azura 3:29.19, 3. SOFLO A 3:34.92 (Gaby Banks, Mallory Schleicher, Sally Golding, Sarah Acevedo), 16. SOFLO B 3:50.94 (Sara Quintero, Jennamarie Brames, Leeann Ranalli, Jena Legaspi).

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 1:04.15.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Neala Klein, WEST 2:17.86; SOFLO: 6. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:28.33; 13-14, 1. Madeline Smutny, SOFLO 2:05.62; SOFLO: 3. Elena Dinehart 2:08.76, time drop; 15-16, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:05.00; SOFLO: 5. Sarah Acevedo 2:06.75, 7. Molly Golding 2:09.28, 8. Sara Quintero 2:09.71; 17-and-over, 1. Amanda Kopas, Azur 2:08.89.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Tessa Broedell, JUP 1:16.41; 11-12, 1. Kiera Rampersad, NMST 1:09.87; 13-14, 1. Sara Lin, PC 1:04.94; SOFLO: 5. Sophia Grubbs 1:07.79, time drop; 15-16, 1. Lucia Miller, SAS 1:05.40; SOFLO: 3. Molly Golding 1:06.49; 17-and-over, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 58.57.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 26.88.

200-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Leorah Rotchin, WOW 1:59.58; SOFLO: 2. Mariana Pinto 2:00.34, time drop; 13-14, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:48.63; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 1:57.14, 7. Madeline Smutny 2:00.01; 15-16, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:53.26; SOFLO: 7. Jennamarie Brames 2:00.52, 8. Sarah Acevedo 2:01.44, 10. Sally Golding 2:04.60; 17-and-over, 1. Allyson Ponson, AZ 1:51.46.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Madison Abinuman, WOW 1:09.82; 11-12, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 1:03.55; SOFLO: 7. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:06.75, time drop; 13-14, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 57.52, time drop; 15-16, 1. Lucia Miller, SAS 58.58; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 1:00.19, time drop, 9. Molly Golding 1:01.83; 17-and-over, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 55.09, SOFLO: 6. Gaby Banks 1:00.84, time drop.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 31.49; SOFLO: 10. Alessandra Gendarmi 37.86.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Lena Lajko, SFTL 1:02.50; SOFLO: 8. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:06.81; 13-14, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 54.03; SOFLO: 3. Elena Dinehart 59.66; 15-16, 1. Anelis Roque, MAC 58.04; 17-and-over, 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 53.31.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:00.13 (Connor Jimenez, Ryan Harries, Oleksii Viazmetinov, Juan Vallmitjana).

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. SOFLO A 3:50.41 (no names given); 13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 3:24.90; 7. SOFLO A 3:32.05 (Adrian Hernandez, Javier Colmenares, Logan Gonzalez, Alejandro Mateus); Open, 1. Azura 3:03.72, 3. SOFLO A 3:10.75 (Robert Wilson, Juan Mora, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodriguez), 6. SOFLO B 3:13.85 (Michael Arias, Juan Colmenares, Philopatier Ibrahim, Juan Pablo Pineda).

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Bruno Sinchi, CM 1:04.87; SOFLO: 5. Juan Vallmitjana 1:12.83, time drop.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Lucas Bailey, ECAC 2:08.12; SOFLO: 8. Derek Hau 2:27.71, time drop; 13-14, 1. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:58.83, time drop; 15-16, 1. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 1:53.27; SOFLO: 3. Dominic Bono 1:54.55, time drop; 17-and-over, 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 1:45.14.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 1:20.26, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Oleksii Viazmetinov 1:24.67, 8. Connor Jimenez 1:25.84, time drop; 11-12, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 1:05.81; SOFLO: 8. Derek Hau 1:14.99, time drop; 13-14, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, TSA 59.90; SOFLO: 4. Logan Gonzales 1:04.15, time drop, 5. Javier Colmenares 1:04.49, time drop; 15-16, 1. Michael Fernandez, SAS 57.08; SOFLO: 2. Juan Mora 58.36, time drop, 8. Christopher Hau 1:02.98, 10. Yannai Michael 1:03.03, time drop; 17-and-over, 1. Carlos Nava, MAC 56.41; SOFLO: 3. Juan Pablo Pineda 57.37, 6. Rafael Rodriguez 59.64, time drop.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Emihlio Reveron, EA 27.57; SOFLO: 2. Juan Vallmitjana 28.03, time drop.

200-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Kevin Moya, SOFLO 1:58.16, time drop; 13-14, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 1:45.34; SOFLO: 7. Alejandro Mateus 1:51.72, time drop; 15-16, 1. Miguel Sierra, SOFLO 1:41.51, time drop; SOFLO: 5. Philopatier Ibrahim 1:43.83, 10. Sebastian Lares 1:47.30; 17-and-over, 1. Daniel Ramirez, WA 1:35.95; SOFLO: 10. Robert Wilson 1:48.43.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Adrian Rendon, MWA 1:10.51; SOFLO: 2. Connor Jimenez 1:11.26, time drop, 5. Ryan Harries 1:15.86, 8. Oleksii Viazmetinov 1:16.54; 11-12, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 59.35; SOFLO: 3. Kevin Moya 1:01.93, time drop; 13-14, 1. Finn Winkler, EA 55.26; SOFLO: 8. Logan Gonzalez 59.49, time drop, 9. Javier Colmenares 59.64; 15-16, 1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 52.48, time drop; 17-and-over, 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 51.53; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 53.02, 9. Leonardo Mateus 56.48, time drop.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Connor Jimenez, SOFLO 32.78, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Juan Vallmitjana 33.73, time drop.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Jack Harvey, WA 52.06; SOFLO: 3. Dominic Bono 53.04, time drop, 4. Miguel Sierra 53.68, 8. Sebastian Lares 56.14; 13-14, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 54.21; SOFLO: 6. Alejandro Mateus 56.18, time drop; 15-16, 1. Jack Harvey, WA 52.06; SOFLO: 3. Dominic Bono 53.04, time drop, 4. Miguel Sierra 53.68, 8. Sebastian Lares 56.14; 17-and-over, 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 48.66.

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