SOFLO’s Noah Mejias Sizzles At Sunrise Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, October 12, 2019—Noah Mejias took center stage for South Florida Aquatic Club at the Friday Night 8&Under Sizzler at Sunrise Civic Center Aquatic Complex.

Mejias, 8, among several young, talented up-and-coming SOFLO swimmers, won two events with two best times, and finished second and fourth in two other events. He was also a member of SOFLO’s fourth-place 100-yard freestyle relay.

Mejias won the 25-yard butterfly in a best time 16.65, dropping 0.33 and 25-yard backstroke in a best time 19.74, dropping 0.58.

Mejias was also second in the 25-yard breaststroke in 21.94 and fourth in the 25-yard freestyle in 16.81.

SOFLO’s top girls finisher was Hayeon Song, 7, with one seventh, two eight and one 12th place. She was also a member of the girls runner-up 100-yard freestyle relay.

Other SOFLO swimmers entered were: Matteo Castelli, 8; Gabriela Ekht, 7; Luis Enrique Escobar, 7; David Enrique Gonzalez, 8; Christie Ann Debra-Joy Lumsden, 7; Toma Petkov, 7; Hailey Roman, 8; and Zachary Snigur, 7. SOFLO competed in 48 individual events and two relays.

GIRLS RESULTS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Veronica Landron, SUN 24.05; 7-8, 1. Athena Rilo TSA 17.98; SOFLO TOP 10: 7. Hayeon Song 22.27, time drop.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Veronica Landron, SUN 25.42; 7-8, 1. Uma Vogan, BISC 19.08; SOFLO: 8. Hayeon Song 23.45.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Veronica Landron, SUN 28.84; 7-8, 1. Uma Vogan, BISC 21.46; SOFLO: 7. Christie Ann Lumsden 25.70, 8. Hayeon Song 26.62.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Veronica Landron, SUN 20.66; 7-8, 1. Uma Vogan, BISC 16.84; SOFLO: 6. Hailey Roman 17.98.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. TS Aquatics 1:13.16, 2. SOFLO A 1:16.29, 3. Midtown Weston Aquatics 1:31.81.

BOYS RESULTS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 20.61; 7-8, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 16.65, time drop; SOFLO TOP 10: 8. Matthew Ortiz 21.03.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 24.26; 7-8, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 19.74, time drop.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Leonardo Zuluaga, MWA 28.31; 7-8, 1. Jayden Park, MWA 21.55; SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 21.94; SOFLO: 9. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 25.56.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 17.44; 7-8, 1. Leonardo Gawrijuk, BMSC 15.62; SOFLO: 4. Noah Mejias 16.81.

100-yard freestyle relay:
1. Midtown Weston Aquatics A 1:08.02, 2. Azura 1:11.05, 3. Midtown Weston Aquatics B 1:15.91, 4. SOFLO A 1:17.80.

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

New Pro Swim League Makes Debut Saturday In Indianapolis; SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Will Compete For Team Iron Next Week In Italy


By Sharon Robb

INDIANAPOLIS, October 4, 2019—The new International Swimming League kicks off on Saturday with some of the biggest names in swimming competing for cash prizes at IU Natatorium.

The league features eight teams with four of them competing on Saturday and Sunday, the first of six meets in the U.S. and Europe culminating with a splashy season finale in Las Vegas.

Americans Lilly King, Katie Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel and Natalie Coughlin along with world record holder Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, Chad le Clos of South Africa, Ariarne Titmus of Australia, Federica Pellegrini of Italy and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary will compete this weekend.

King will compete for the Cali Condors, one of four American-based clubs in the league. She will be joined by Dressel, Kylie Masse and Olivia Smoliga.

The three other American clubs are DC Trident, LA Current and NY Breakers. The international teams are Italy-based Aqua Centurions, France-based Energy Standard, Hungary-based Iron and London Roar.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Condors will compete against DC Trident, Energy Standard and Italy-based Aqua Centurions.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson, 30, a four-time Jamaican Olympian, will compete in the league for Team Iron, led by Iron Woman Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, who owns the team. Atkinson is one of more than 100 Olympians on the eight teams including 41 gold medals from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I’m very excited to be part of this huge movement,” Hosszu said. “I know that we are going to change a lot of things in the sport of swimming. For me, it’s more like a double excitement because I’m an owner of Team Iron and a swimmer in Team Iron, so I see how both sides and how everything unfolds.”

At 37, Natalie Coughlin will compete in her first meet since the 2016 Olympic Trials. She was 12 Olympic medals that equals the most ever by a female swimmer.

There will be no heats. The events will be held over two hours in a 25-meter pool featuring four swimmers per final.

Swimmers will race for team points, with relays worth double. Skins sprints feature three heats, with eight swimmers reduced to four and then a head-to-head of the fastest two. Points earned in skins are worth triple.

The top four finishers in each race are eligible for prize money beyond what they receive from team revenue. The ISL has committed to a 50-50 split of revenue with the teams and swimmers, who receive base salaries as well.

Other ISL stops are in Italy, Texas, Hungary, Washington, D.C., and London. The top two teams from the U.S. and Europe after the six regular-season meets advance to the finals on Dec. 20-21.

Two aspects the ISL has implemented outside of the pool is a zero tolerance stance on doping (any athlete with a positive test is not allowed to compete) and equal pay between men and women.

Also, every ISL competitor will have access to financial benefits, including substantial prize money, personal insurance and pension plans. Each of them have signed two contracts – one with their team and another with the league – with central revenues, generated through sales of sponsorship, media rights and merchandise, distributed equitably.

Each team will pay its swimmers from a total salary budget of $150,000, with additional cash bonuses offered based on performance.

Ukrainian Konstantin Grigorishin, the ISL’s founder and financier, talks about bringing a “paradigm shift” in swimming, a sport he believes has huge untapped commercial potential but which has suffered from inertia on the part of Fina, which controls the amateur sport.

ESPN will provide live and delayed streaminh of the ISL on ESPN3, which can be accessed through the ESPN app. It will also be shown on CBC Sports for Canadian viewers.

ISL Schedule:

5-6 October 2019 – IU Natatorium, Indianapolis, USA

12-13 October 2019 – Aquatic Swimming Complex, Naples, Italy

19-20 October 2019 – The LISD Westside Aquatic Center, Lewisville, Texas, USA

26-27 October 2019 – Duna Area, Budapest, Hungary

16-17 November 2019 – Natatorium at the Eppley Recreation Center, Maryland, USA

23-24 November 2019 – London Aquatic Centre, Great Britain

20-21 December 2019 – Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, USA

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

SOFLO Girls, Boys Share Center Stage On Final Day Of SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, September 29, 2019— South Florida Aquatic Club boys and girls swimmers took turns taking center stage on the third and final day of the SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge at Academic Village Pool.

Olivia Dinehart won the 200-yard individual medley 2:11.42 and was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:06.75.

Grabbing second places in their events were Anastasia Lutz, Sarah Acevedo and Shelby Evans.

Rafael Rodriguez won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:54.29 and 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.40.

Ryan Harries won the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 37.94.

Dominic Bono won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:47.97.

Philopatier Ibrahim took second places in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley.

In addition to host SOFLO, other teams that competed were City of Miami Parks, Hialeah Swim CLub, Midtown Weston, Pompano Beach Piranhas, St. Andrew’s and Shelton Doral.

Over three days, swimmers got the opportunity to get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.

Up-and-coming swimmers competed in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. All sessions were timed finals.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

The IMR Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Ava Wolfe, MWA 35.01; SOFLO: 4. Mikhel Martin 38.73, 5. Amanda Grubbs 40.41, 6. Shelby Evans 40.55, time drop, 7. Mackenzie McPherson 40.89, time drop, 9. Juliana Cavalcanti 41.18, 10. Olivia Watson 41.69, time drop.

100-yard backstroke:
12-and-under, 1. Lilia Blanco, PB 1:03.45; SOFLO: 2. Anastasia Lutz 1:06.01, 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:07.26, time drop, 6. Izzy Wilson 1:08.39, time drop, 9. Mariana Pinto 1:09.77.

200-yard butterfly:
13-and-under, 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 2:10.62; SOFLO: 2. Sarah Acevedo 2:11.59, 3. Sara Quintero 2:12.15, 4. Paige Lane 2:12.29, 5. Molly Golding 2:12.45, 6. Mallory Schleicher 2:13.12, 7. Maddie Smutny 2:13.43, 8. Olivia Dinehart 2:13.90, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Naiyla DiSarno, MWA 39.41; SOFLO: 2. Shelby Evans 40.20, time drop, 6. Gianna Martin 43.33, time drop, 7. Sofia Gomez 44.69, time drop, 8. Mackenzie McPherson 44.87, time drop, 10. Olivia Wilson 45.38, time drop.

100-yard breaststroke:
12-and-under, 1. Mercedes Pelayes, SDST 1:13.06; SOFLO: 3. Anastasia Lutz 1:16.78, time drop, 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:18.77, time drop. 10. Mariana Pinto 1:22.95.

200-yard individual medley:
13-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:11.42; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 2:13.16, 6. Maddie Smutny 2:18.37, 7. Sarah Acevedo 2:18.82, time drop, 9. Elena Dinehart 2:19.74, 10. Paige Lane 2:20.74.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Alina Rodriguez, PB 33.76; SOFLO: 3. Mackenzie McPherson 39.35, time drop, 4. Amanda Grubbs 39.66, time drop, 5. Sofia Gomez 42.19, 7. Shelby Evans 43.62, time drop, 10. Jordan Evans 45.36.

100-yard butterfly:
12-and-under, 1. Lilia Blanco, PB 1:03.72; SOFLO: 4. FIorella Di Salvo 1:07.99, time drop, 7. Anastasia Lutz 1:10.01, time drop, 10. Izzy Wilson 1:11.10.

500-yard freestyle:
13-and-under, 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 5:03.71; SOFLO: 2. Olivia Dinehart 5:06.75, 3. Mallory Schleicher 5:08.17, 4. Maddie Smutny 5:19.61, 6. Paige Lane 5:23.91, 7. tie, Lucy Smutny 5:26.40 and JennaMarie Brames 5:26.40, 10. Elena Dinehart 5:28.18.

BOYS

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Benjamin Lopez, CM 35.25; SOFLO: 3. Ryan Harries 37.71, time drop, 6. Ethan Oh 40.14, 9. Noah Mejias 42.32, 10. Adrian Sowma 42.34, time drop.

100-yard backstroke:
12-and-under, 1. Carlos Viada-Coroba, CM 1:01.89; SOFLO: 3. Kevin Moya 1:04.52, time drop, 4. Ethan McPeak 1:05.37, time drop, 9. Derek Hau 1:09.76, time drop, 10. Jaden Amores 1:09.89, time drop.

200-yard butterfly:
13-and-over, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:54.29; SOFLO: 2. Philopatier Ibrahim 1:57.05, 3. Miguel Sierra 1:58.73, 4. Dominic Bono 2:00.27, 5. Sebastian Lares 2:00.37, 6. John Paul Handal 2:00.40, 8. Brennan Binder 2:02.03, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 37.94, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Eugene Oh 43.73, time drop, 6. Ethan Hall 45.95, time drop, 7. Aryav Thakur 46.02, 8. Noah Mejias 46.03, time drop, 10. Martin Petkov 47.49, time drop.

100-yard breaststroke:
12-and-under, 1. Sebastian Guio, MWA 1:15.10; SOFLO: 3. Derek Hau 1;16.09, time drop, 5. Ethan McPeak 1:18.86, time drop, 9. Benjamin Kim 1:20.59, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
13-and-over, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:56.40; SOFLO: 2. Philopatier Ibrahim 2:00.38, 4. Juan Colmenares 2:01.61, 5. Sebastian Lares 2:01.96, 6. Dominic Bono 2:02.00, 8. John Paul Handal 2:02.88, 9. Miguel Sierra 2:03.72, time drop, 10. Brennan Binder 2:04.10, time drop.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Bruno Sinchi, CM 30.53; SOFLO: 3. Ryan Harries 35.46, time drop, 4. Noah Mejias 35.85, time drop, 6. Alex Viazmetinov 37.10, time drop, 8. Ethan Hall 41.00, 9. Martin Petkov 42.47, 10. Eugene Oh 42.49.

100-yard butterfly:
12-and-under, 1. Carlos Viada-Coroba, CM 1:01.40; SOFLO: 7. Ethan McPeek 1:08.86, time drop, 8. Jaden Amores 1:09.57, time drop, 9. Derek Hau 1:10.02, time drop.

500-yard freestyle:
13-and-over, 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 4:47.97; SOFLO: 3. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:49.58, 4. Juan Colmenares 4:55.58, time drop, 5. John Paul Handal 4:55.60, time drop, 7. Leonardo Mateus 4:57.76, 9. Sebastian Lares 4:59.66.

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

SOFLO Boys Rule The Pool; Atkinson Tunes Up For ISL Debut At SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, September 28, 2019—The South Florida Aquatic Club boys stole the show Saturday on the second day of the SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge at Academic Village Pool.

Lance Lesage, Juan Vallmitjana, Juan Pablo Pineda and Rafael Rodriguez won their individual events.

Lesage, 16, won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:54.22. Lesage was one of five swimmers in the top six.

Vallmitjana , 10, won the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 2:14.43 with a drop of 4.86 seconds.

Pineda, 17, won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:12.45.

Rodriguez, 17, won his second event of the meet in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:09.92.

SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian and short course world record holder Alia Atkinson, 30, competed in the 200-yard breaststroke as a tuneup race for her pro debut in a new swimming league. Atkinson won in 2:20.44.

The International Swimming League will open its inaugural season in October. The opener is Oct. 5-6 in Indianapolis. The league will take place in seven cities across the U.S. and Europe and culminate December 20-21 at a custom-built pool in the heart of Las Vegas.

Other dates and sites are Oct. 12-13 in Naples Italy, Oct.19-20 in Lewisville, Tex., Oct. 26-27 in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 16-17 in College Park, Md. and Nov. 23-24 in London.

The league is attempting to make the sport more exciting and lucrative for swimmers.

Atkinson will swim for Team Iron along with Katinka Hosszu, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Kira Toussaint, Vlad Morozov, Kristof Milak and Gunnar Bentz.

The three-day SOFLO meet concludes Sunday at 9 a.m.

In addition to host SOFLO, other teams competing are City of Miami Parks, Hialeah Swim CLub, Midtown Weston, Pompano Beach Piranhas, St. Andrew’s and Shelton Doral.

Over three days, swimmers are getting the opportunity to get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.

Up-and-coming swimmers will compete in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. All sessions are timed finals.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

The IMR Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Ava Wolfe, MWA 1:16.44; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Gomez 1:23.98, time drop, 6. Shelby Evans 1:25.26, time drop, 7. Mackenzie McPherson 1:25.96, 8. Amanda Grubbs 1:26.87, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
12-and-under, 1. Lillia Blanco, PB 2:18.98; SOFLO: 2. Fiorella Di Salvo 2:25.51, time drop, 4. Mariana Pinto 2:27.17, 5. Izzy Wilson 2:28.08.

200-yard backstroke:
13-and-over, 1. Ella Martinez, SAS 2:05.44; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 2:09.97, 3. Elena Dinehart 2:10.08, 5. Molly Golding 2:14.86, 6. Olivia Dinehart 2:15.31.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Dylan Kanell, SAS 1:04.25; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Gomez 1:12.29, time drop, 7. Mikhel Martin 1:13.48, time drop, 8. Mackenzie McPherson 1:13.77, time drop, 10. Olivia Wilson 1:16.43, time drop.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Ava Wolfe, MWA 2:22.10; SOFLO: 3. AlessandraGendarmi 2:29.06, time drop, 5. Sofia Gomez 2:36.10, 7. Jemma Baldwin 2:39.10, 8. Mackenzie McPherson 2:43.87, 9. Saree Young 2:44.93, 10. Olivia Wilson 2:46.00, time drop.

200-yard breaststroke:
13-and-over, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:20.44; SOFLO: 2. Olivia Dinehart 2:24.66, 3. Molly Golding 2:26.81, 6. Sophia Grubbs 2:34.54, 7. Mallory Schleicher 2:34.62, 8. Sara QWuintero 2:36.49, 10. Sally Golding 2:41.95.

500-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Lillia Blanco, PB 5:20.30; SOFLO: 2. Izzy Wilson 5:30.92, 3. Mariana Pinto 5:32.20, 6. Fiorella Di Salvo 5:47.83, 8. Sarah Vasquez 5:52.72.

400-yard individual medley:
13-and-over, 1. Ella Martinez, SAS 4:27.54; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 4:35.19, 4. Olivia Dinehart 4:38.46, 5. Molly Golding 4:42.71, 6. Elena Dinehart 4:43.11, 7. Maddie Smutny 4:44.84, 8. Sara Quintero 4:44.97, 9. Sarah Acevedi 4:46.24.

BOYS

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Caleb Caponera, SAS 1:13.74; SOFLO: 3. Ryan Harries 1:16.32, time drop, 4. Alex Viazmetinov 1:16.48, 7. Eugene Oh 1:25.87, 8. Martin Petkov 1:26.82, 10. Logan McPeek 1:28.26, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
12-and-under, 1. Carlos Viada-Coroba, CM 2:19.67; SOFLO: 2. Kevin Moya 2:21.47, time drop, 3. Ethan McPeek 2:23.69, time drop, 6. Derek Hau 2:27.17, time drop, 10. Felix Gonzalez 2:29.18.

200-yard backstroke:
13-and-over, 1. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 1:54.22; SOFLO: 2. Dominic Bono 1:56.13, 3. Rafael Rodriguez 1:57.49, 4. Philopatier Ibrahim 1:59.12, time drop, 6. Juan Colmenares 2:01.58, 8. Miguel Sierra 2:03.92, 10. Alejandro Mateus 2:05.52, time drop.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Bruno Sinchi, CM 1:05.12; SOFLO: 2. Alex Viazmetinov 1:06.56, 5. Ryan Harries 1:10.90, time drop, 9. Ethan Hall 1:19.64, 10. Logan McPeek 1:20.07, time drop.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:14.43, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Connor Jimenez 2:21.87, time drop, 6. Ryan Harries 2:33.88, time drop, 9. Dylan McVeigh 2:50.77, 10. Aryav Thakur 2:51.25, time drop.

200-yard breaststroke:
13-and-over, 1. Juan Pablo Pineda, SOFLO 2:12.45; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 2:14.01, time drop, 3. John Paul Handal 2:18.59, 4. Dominic Bono 2:20.81, time drop, 5. Juan Colmenares 2:20.94, time drop, 7. Leonardo Mateus 2:23.10, time drop, 8. Christopher Hau 2:23.20, time drop, 10. Logan Gonzalez 2:25.92.

500-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Carlos Viada-Coroba, CM 5:28.05; SOFLO: 2. Kevin Moya 5:29.27, 4. Ethan McPeek 5:37.40, 5. Felix Gonzalez 5:42.71, time drop, 7. Derek Hau 5:48.63, time drop.

400-yard individual medley:
13-and-over, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:09.92; SOFLO: 2. Dominic Bono 4:15.86, 3. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:17.42, 4. John Paul Handal 4:17.98, 5. Leonardo Mateus 4:23.35, 6. Juan Pablo Pineda 4:23.36, 10. Miguel Sierra 4:28.11, time drop.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge

When: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and available on Meet Mobile or http://www.soflomeets.info/IMX. For information call 954-538-3721.

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

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Opens With A Win In SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, September 27, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers dominated opening night of the SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge Friday at Academic Village Pool.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:56.38 ahead of SOFLO teammate Dominic Bono, 16, in 9:58.93.

SOFLO had 13 swimmers among the Top 20 boys finishers.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, led the SOFLO girls placing second in 10:28.04. She was one of eight SOFLO swimmers in the Top 20.

The three-day meet continues Saturday at 9 a.m. with timed finals. In addition to host SOFLO, other teams competing are City of Miami Parks, Hialeah Swim CLub, Midtown Weston, Pompano Beach Piranhas, St. Andrew’s and Shelton Doral.

Over three days, SOFLO swimmers are getting the opportunity to get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.

Up-and-coming swimmers will compete in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. All sessions are timed finals.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

The IMR Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS
1,000-yard freestyle:

1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 10:11.86, 2. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 10:28.04, 3. Erin Miller, SAS 10:29.74; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 10:59.30, 9. Sara Quintero 11:06.40, time drop, 10. Izzy Wilson 11:06.90, time drop, 11. Mariana Pinto 11:17.08, 12. Sally Golding 11:24.66, 17. Ava Kuznik 11:48.07, 20. Fiorella Di Salvo 11:54.92, time drop.

BOYS
1,000-yard freestyle:

1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 9:56.38, 2. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 9:58.93, 3. Santiago Espinoza, SAS 10:01.24; SOFLO: 4. Philopatier Ibrahim 10:06.24, 5. Leonardo Mateus 10:10.11, 6. Robert Wilson 10:20.26, time drop, 7. Juan Colmenares 10:22.79, time drop, 10. Alejandro Mateus 10:40.40, time drop, 12. Hashan Ekanayake 10:52.74, time drop, 14. Alex Golding 10:54.46, 15. Adrian Hernandez 11:01.28, 17. Kevin Moya 11:09.38, 18. Austin Nelson 11:15.34, 20. Juancamilo Rivero 11:31.15.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge

When: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and available on Meet Mobile or http://www.soflomeets.info/IMX. For information call 954-538-3721.

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

Royalty, Mejias Lead SOFLO Sharks At Friday Night Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, September 21, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club Sharks turned in some nice racing at the Friday Night 8&Under Sizzler at Sunrise Civic Center.

Noah Mejias won two events, both with time drops, and finished second in two others.

Mejias, 8, won the 25-yard butterfly in 16.98, with a time drop of 0.54 and 25-yard freestyle in 16.19, dropping 1.41 seconds.

Mejias was second in the 25-yard backstroke in 20.69 and 25-yard breaststroke in 21.57. He was also a member of the winning 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay.

Daniel Chaussky, 8, was the only other SOFLO boys swimmer among top three finishers, placing third in the 25-yard freestyle in a best time 17.19, dropping 0.74. He was also a member of the winning relay.

Cherill Royalty, 8, led the SOFLO girls. She won the 25-yard butterfly in a best time 18.11, dropping 0.08. She was third in the 25-yard freestyle in 17.14. She was also a member of the girls’ winning relay.

Gianna Martin, 8, was second in the 25-yard breaststroke in 21.28 and 25-yard freestyle in 16.74.

Twelve teams, including host Sunrise Swimming, were in the field.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Paloma Altieri, HAT 23.11; 7-8, 1. Cherill Royalty, SOFLO 18.11, time drop; OTHER SOFLO TOP 10 FINISHERS: 5. Gianna Martin 19.65.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Paloma Altieri, HAT 25.58; 7-8, 1. Athena Rilo, Unattached 19.91; SOFLO: 4. Gianna Martin 21.22, 7. Cherill Royalty 22.29, 9. Hayeon Song 22.62.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Audrey Teas, PCS 29.65; 7-8, 1. Eva Milevska, Azura 21.17; SOFLO: 2. Gianna Martin 21.28, 4. Cherill Royalty 23.67, time drop, 7. Christie Ann Lumsden 25.35, time drop.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Paloma Altieri, HAT 21.19; 7-8, 1. Athena Rilo, Unattached 16.38; SOFLO: 2. Gianna Martin 16.74, 3. Cherill Royalty 17.14.

100-yard freestyle relay:
1. SOFLO A 1:12.70, 2. Coral Springs A 1:21.08, 3. Coral Springs B 1:43.27.

BOYS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Ryan Johnson, SUN 20.51; 7-8, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 16.98, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Eric Ferrer 19.30, time drop, 6. Matthew Ortiz 19.68, time drop, 7. Daniel Chaussky 20.72, time drop.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Guy Soto, CC 21.88; 7-8, 1. Luca Pichardo, CC 20.34; SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 20.69, 4. Eric Ferrer 21.61, time drop, 5. Daniel Chaussky 22.15.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Ryan Johnson, SUN 30.13; 7-8, 1. Andrew Polazzi, PCS 18.94; SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 21.57, time drop, 5. Eric Ferrer 24.86, time drop.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Guy Soto, CC 17.12; 7-8, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 16.19, time drop; SOFLO: 3. Daniel Chaussky 17.19, time drop, 5. Eric Ferrer 17.66, time drop, 11. Matthew Ortiz 18.99, time drop.

100-yard freestyle relay:
1. SOFLO A 1:09.09, 2. Azura 1:21.62, 3. Coral Springs 1:31.88, 6. SOFLO B 1:26.03.

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

Pines Charter Boys Edge Everglades In Thriller; Jaguars Sweep Boys, Girls BCAA Meet


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, September 19, 2019—In a see-saw battle, Everglades boys team made it interesting until Pembroke Pines Charter pulled away to enable the Jaguars to sweep their boys and girls meet Wednesday night at Academic Village Pool.

Everglades led 49-45 after the boys’ 100-yard freestyle but Rafael Rodriguez sparked his team’s rally winning the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.13 to take the lead, 56-53.

The Jaguars then placed one-two in the 200-yard freestyle relay and pulled away, 68-55, and finished with an 89-80 victory. In the other meet, Everglades defeated Dillard, 119-10.

Making it even more fun was the fact several South Florida Aquatic Club teammates were competing against each other and SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie, Pembroke Pines Charter head coach.

The boys team was led by Rodriguez, double winner in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.13 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.42.

The Jaguars also won the 200-yard freestyle relay. Nick Chaimowicz won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.50.

Everglades won two relays. Juan Colmenares were a double winner in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Individual winners were Leonardo Mateus, Samuel Jackson and Alejandro Mateus.

Pembroke Pines Charter girls team had an easier time with a 120-41 win over Everglades and 135-17 victory over Dillard. In the other meet, Everglades defeated Dillard, 64-27.

Pembroke Pines swept all three girls relays and had five individual winners.

For Everglades, Sarah Acevedo was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.44 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:26.27.

GIRLS TEAM RESULTS
Pines Charter 120, Everglades 41
Pines Charter 135, Dillard 17
Everglades 64, Dillard 27

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Pembroke Pines Charter 2:08.94, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 2:24.71.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Daniela Barreto, PPC 2:09.51, 2. Sofia Jackson, EVER 2:21.06, 3. Genesis Hernandez, PPC 2:38.87.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 2:19.44, 2. Jena Legaspi, PPC 2:32.22, 3. Sarah Vazquez, PPC 2:36.65.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Sophia Bedoya, EVER 27.34, 2. Maria Herne, PPC 27.82, 3. Mackenzie Ahearn PPC 29.39.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Sarah Sevilla, PPC 1:24.75, 2. Silvana Dioguardi, PPC 1:26.91, 3. Stella Dioguardi, PPC 1:30.39.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Maria Herne, PPC 59.91, 2. Sofia Jackson, EVER 1:02.39, 3. Kathia Jaramillo, PPC 1:09.70.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Sarah Acevedo, EVER 5:26.27, 2. Daniela Barreto, PPC 5:47.12, 3. Sarah Vazquez, PPC 6:03.77.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:57.58 (Ahearn, Masson, Jara, Jaramillo), 2. Everglades 1:57.81, 3. Pembroke Pines Charter 2:10.64.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Jena Legaspi, PPC 1:05.31, 2. Constanza Jara, PPC 1:18.57, 3. Ahana Thakur, PPC 1:23.19.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Mackenzie Ahearn, PPC 1:21.59, 2. Sophia Bedoya, EVER 1:23.26, 3. Brittney Coote, PPC 1:34.07.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pembroke Pines Charter 4:23.52 (Barreto, Legaspi, Jara, Herne), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 4:44.07.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS
Pines Charter 89, Everglades 80
Pines Charter 140, Dillard 9
Everglades 119, Dillard 10

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay:
1. Everglades 1:43.63 (Colmenares, A. Mateus, L. Mateus, Jackson), 2. Pines Charter 1:45.83, 3. Everglades 1:54.53.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Nick Chaimowicz, PPC 1:56.50, 2. Ryan Alfonso, PC 1:58.01, 3. Aldo Zepeda, EVER 2:03.15.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 2:04.69, 2. Manuel Melendez, EVER 2:13.13, 3. Christian Tijero, PPC 2:16.27.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Samuel Jackson, EVER 22.70, 2. Anthony Fernandez, PPC 25.40, 3. Gabriel Ferdinand, PPC 26.14.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Alejandro Mateus, EVER 55.58, 2. Aldo Zepeda, EVER 1:00.90, 3. Christian Tijero, PPC 1:01.00.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Juan Colmenares, EVER 50.64, 2. Ryan Alfonso, PPC 52.01, 3. Zackary Harris, EVER 53.84.

500-yard freestyle:
1. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 4:54.13, 2. Leonardo Mateus, EVER 4:57.33, 3. Dylan Chaimowicz, PPC 6:06.89.

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:40.97 (Alfonso, Chaimowicz, Ferdinand, Harris), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:47.15, 3. Everglades 2:23.72.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Juan Colmenares, EVER 57.03, 2. Alejandro Mateus, EVER 59.45, 3. Zackary Harris, PPC 1:02.26.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 1:02.42, 2. Manuel Melendez, EVER 1:05.44, 3. Samuel Jackson, EVER 1:05.77.

400-yard freestyle relay:
1. Everglades 3:27.78 (Colmenares, A. Mateus, L. Mateus, Jackson), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:28.40, 3. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:45.35.

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