SOFLO Swimmers Head Talented Field For This Weekend’s SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, September 29, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club and other Florida Gold Coast swimmers will get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers this weekend at the SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge at Academic Village Pool.

The three-day meet begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the girls and boys 1,650-yard freestyle events. Warm-up is 4:30 p.m.

It continues on Saturday with two sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concludes on Sunday, again with two sessions starting at 8:30 a.m. Warm-up is 7:30 a.m.

SOFLO heads the field with 174 (91 girls and 83 boys) swimmers in 879 individual events. Among other Florida Gold Coast teams in the field are Pine Crest, Metro Aquatics, Plantation Swim Team, Midtown Weston, Olympus Swim Club, North Miami Swim Team and Hialeah Swim Club. It is one of the most competitive fields ever assembled for the meet.

Up-and-coming swimmers, ages 10-and-under, will compete in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. All sessions are timed finals. Events are 100 individual medley, 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke and 50 butterfly.

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 events for 10-and-unders and 11-12 or six events for 13-and-over. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.

IMX: 10-and-under events, 200 individual medley, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly.

IMX: 11-12, 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly.

IMX: 13-and-over, 200 individual medley, 400 individual medley, 500 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly.

The meet will be scored. Swimmers who complete all IMR events will receive an IMR score. Swimmers who complete all IMX will receive an IMX score. Swimmers who do not complete all required events will receive a score of zero.

Scoring for the various age groups will be based on the following points systems: 10-and-under Hytek Age Group Points; 11-14 Hytek Single Age Points; and 15-and-over Hytek Open Points.

Admission is $5 per person, per session. Heat sheets are available for free online at http://www.soflomeets.info/IMX and Meet Mobile.

Meet title and club sponsor TYR SOFLO is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.

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

TYR JULY BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Ethan Hall


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, September 1, 2022— Ethan Hall is more than willing to put in the work when it comes to swimming.

Hall, 12, a seventh grader at Franklin Academy and Bronze Group member, started swimming three-and-a-half years ago. Since then he has improved every meet by putting in the effort and time.

“I was looking for a sport to do,” Hall said. “My mom’s friend told her about SOFLO. She put me in the developmental training with Coach George. I started liking it and then I moved up to Meteorites and started getting competitive.”

Hall played soccer when he was younger; plays basketball for fun on the weekends with friends and likes computer games, but swimming is his passion.

“I’m a competitive person,” Hall said. “It’s an amazing sport. I like the water. I like racing. I like the people who swim. I really want to make it to the top so I keep on trying harder.”

Hall goes the extra mile and has become a student of the sport. He watches videos of his training and meets with his father, Keith, a school teacher, who swam in Guyana until he was 13, but stopped when the economic downturn in the tiny South American country started shutting down public pools.

“He likes to swim, he likes to race and he likes to learn,” Keith Hall said. “We record his swims, watch it back and discuss. We watch a lot of videos. I give him a little knowledge and insight but he is the one who looks and figures things out.

“It was my wife (Lisa) who got him involved, started him with his first swim lessons, signed him up and got him with Coach George and Coach Rose,” Hall said. “Once he started liking it and showing promise I got involved and took it to the competitive level.

“He has what it takes in terms of being a good student. At the end of the day he loves it, he loves this sport.”

That was evident at last month’s 14&Under FGC Junior Olympics at Sailfish Splash Water Park in Stuart where he scored 21 points for SOFLO. He had 12 best times during the meet in the 11-12 age group in both individual and relay prelim and final events.

His finals drops were: 400-meter individual medley, 3.57 time drop; 100-meter backstroke, 1.45 drop; 100-meter freestyle, 0.17 time drop; 50-meter breaststroke, 2.24 time drop; 200-meter freestyle, 2.34 time drop.

Hall also competed on four relays: 400-meter freestyle relay that finished third; 400-meter medley relay that was third; 200-meter freestyle relay that was fourth and 200-meter medley relay that was second.

“The JO meet was the first time I swam the 400 IM at a championship meet,” Hall said. “It was a hard event but it was a good experience. I really liked the relays. On my individual swims I felt really good. I tried my hardest. I got into finals and got a bunch of medals.”

His favorite meet is the Speedo Winter Championships after competing in it for the first time last year.

“It was my biggest meet and my favorite,” Hall said. “I love Winter Championships. I have been waiting for it and it’s always on my mind. I dropped a lot of seconds last year and it made me feel really good. Coach Rose was really happy for me.

“It’s a great meet. There’s a lot of great swimmers there. All my friends gave me great inspiration. I hope this year I can do it again and pursue my goals.”

Out of the pool, swimming has helped him with managing his time. He wakes up at 6:30 a.m. After breakfast he gets ready for school. He finishes school at 3:15 and waits for his dad’s classes to end before heading home. Then it’s time for swim practice, 5:45-7:45. He comes home, checks his homework and gets a good night’s sleep.

Hall has plenty of goals, short and long range, he is working towards. “I feel like I am really trying hard,” he said. “I have been putting in all the work to make it.

“By the end of the year I would like to get some good places and really good times at Winter Champs,” he said. “In the 50 freestyle I would really like to get in the low 20s, 24-25. It’s been something I have been trying to work on all year. In the 100 free I would like to get under 55.

“My long term goals I hope to make it into the big groups at SOFLO, get on a good college team and be sponsored by TYR. I really want to make it to the top meets, like zones and senior champs.

“I know I have to work hard every day. I have bad days sometimes but I just shake it off. The next day I just focus on what I have to do better.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Hall joins SOFLO swimmers Adrian Rendon (June), Niccolo Miccolis (May), Alex Golding (April), Guillermo Mantilla (March), Tristan Dons (February) and Hashan Ekanayake (January) as 2022 TYR Swimmers of the Month.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.

Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas, Bobby Finke, Patrick Callan, Hunter Armstrong, Brooks Curry, Zack Harting and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Nick Albiero, Jacob Pebley, Coleman Stewart, Justin Ress, David Curtiss, Charlie Clark and Ryan Lochte.

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

TYR JUNE BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Adrian Rendon


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, August 20, 2022—Adrian Rendon realized how much he loved swimming when he was out of the pool for two months.

Rendon broke his right arm in P.E. class at school when he was running and fell. He couldn’t get his cast wet in the pool but he did try to stay in shape with some dryland training.

“I missed it a lot,” Rendon said. “When I came back I caught up pretty quick. My arm feels pretty good, it doesn’t hurt anymore.”

Rendon is fully recovered and back in the pool with his SOFLO teammates.

At the July 14-17 Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics at Sailfish Park, he swam three personal best times in individual events and was a member of three relays that also turned in best times.

Rendon posted best times in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:15.08, dropping 4.76 seconds; 200-meter backstroke in 2:26.13, dropping 3.72; and 200-meter butterfly in 2:32.02, dropping 1.11. He was also a member of the 400-meter medley relay, 200-meter freestyle relay and 200-meter medley relay. His favorite stroke is the backstroke.

In addition to JOs, his other top meet was the 2019 Winter Championships where he earned high point.

Rendon, 13, an eighth grader at Tequesta Trace Middle School, has been swimming for eight years. He started when he was 5, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Wisthon Rendon, a senior at Cypress Bay High School. He played soccer for three years but gave it up to focus on swimming.

“I saw my brother swimming and I wanted to be like him,” Rendon said. “I like swimming. I like it best when I improve my times.”

Rendon said swimming has helped him out of the pool with discipline, time management and focus.

“I am training hard in every practice and doing my best,” said Rendon, who is in Silver Group and trains with Coach Jack Davies. He said he is working hard to qualify for major meets in the future.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Rendon joins SOFLO swimmers Niccolo Miccolis (May), Alex Golding (April), Guillermo Mantilla (March), Tristan Dons (February) and Hashan Ekanayake (January) as 2022 TYR Swimmers of the Month.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.

Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas, Bobby Finke, Patrick Callan, Hunter Armstrong, Brooks Curry, Zack Harting and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Nick Albiero, Jacob Pebley, Coleman Stewart, Justin Ress, David Curtiss, Charlie Clark and Ryan Lochte.

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

SOFLO Swimmers End On Good Note On Final Day Of SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, June 26, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers ended on a good note at the SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

A handful of swimmers competed on the third and final day of timed finals.

Jemma Baldwin ended a successful weekend with a win in the 1500-meter freestyle in 20 minutes and 26.54 seconds. Baldwin finished with 62 points after winning seven events.

SOFLO teammates Sofia Gomez (20:44.92), Elise Dinehart (19:45.39) and Natalie Gembicki (19:01.95) all finished runners-up in their age group.

Other girls winners were Ainsley Miller in the 50-meter breaststroke in 39.81 and Sofia Rodriguez in the 200-meter breaststroke in 3:22.15.

In the boys’ 1500, Eric Ferrer won 11-12 in 19:37.54 and Juan Vallmitjana won 13-14 in 17:50.75.

SOFLO had the largest team with 112 swimmers (61 boys and 51 girls) in 628 individual events.

In addition to host SOFLO, other clubs that competed were Azura, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Gulliver, Boca Raton Swim Team, Olympus, Coral Springs Swim Club, El Paso Borderland Swim Team, Shelton Doral, Hialeah Swim Club, Florida Keys Swim Club, Cooper City Cyclones, Heritage Aquatic Team, Homestead Wahoos, Tsunamis, North Miami Swim Team and Miami Swimming.

Meet and SOFLO club sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 20:26.54, 2. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 20:44.92, 3. Lauren Meyer, BR 22:14.80.
13-14, 1. Layne Smith, FKSC 19:26.94, 2. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 19:45.39, 3. Alexandra Strong, Azura 20:55.94.
15-and-over, 1. Corley Smith, FKSC 18:21.12, 2. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 19:01.95, 3. Elia Bethke, BR 19:46.75.

50-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Sahara Idler, USDST 29.63, 2. Alani Lopez, Azura 31.52, 3. Sofia Lugo, SOFLO 33.57.
15-and-over, 1. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 30.29, 2. Ava Martinez, TSU 31.40, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BR 31.42.

200-meter butterfly:
12-and-under, 1. Camila Canelon, BLST 3:01.72.

50-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Ainnara Lazzaro, SDST 33.68, 2. Sahara Idler, USDST 34.09, 3. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 35.53.
15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, USDST 33.52, 2. Ava Martinez, TSU 33.99, 3. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 35.83

200-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Eva Kolobova, NMST 3:14.83.
11-12, 1. Antonia Moreno, GRSC 2:58.28, 2. Camila Canelon, BLST 2:58.56, 3. Sophie Szutkowski, SOFLO 3:02.16.

50-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 39.81, time drop 48.29, 2. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 41.13, 3. Sahara Idler, USDST 41.33.
15-and-over, 1. Lucia Miller, Azura 34.50, 2. Paola Gonzalez, USDST 35.27, 3. Abbie Sargent, FHSC 35.91.

200-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Eva Kolobova, NMST 3:39.70, 2. Penelope Suarez, SWAT 3:50.35.
11-12, 1. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 3:22.15, 2. Gabriela Vargas, GRSC 3:31.20.

BOYS
1500-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 19:37.54, 2. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 19:37.62.
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 17:50.75, 2. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 19:25.36, 3. Martin Petkov, SOFLO 20:33.59.
15-and-over, 1. Sauod Alshamroukh, Azura 16:44.28, 2. Daniel Gonzalez Jimenez, Azura 17:23.28, 3. Abrahan Flores, Azura 17:29.51.

50-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 26.32, 2. Anthony Pineiro USDST 27.05, 3. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 30.04.
15-and-over, 1. Davidson Vincent, Azura 25.42, 2. Sidrell Williams, Azura 26.06, 3. Nikita Efimov, OSC 26.59.

50-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Anthony Pineiro, USDST 28.57, 2. George Gonzalez, USDST 29.42, 3. Julian Lozano, GRSC 32.32.
15-and-over, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 28.90, 2. Nikita Efimov, OSC 29.61, 3. Marcelo Mansur, USDST 29.66.

200-meter backstroke:
12-and-under, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 2:40.06, 2. Tikhon Kolobov, NMST 2:50.18, 3. Adlai Nixon, Unattached 2:57.45.

50-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 30.91, 2. Anthony Pineiro, USDST 34.93, 3. Christopher De Angulo, MS 36.58.
15-and-over, 1. Brandon Moran, Azura 31.15, 2. Dario Martin, OSC 31.63, 3. Nikita Efimov, OSC 31.70.

200-meter breaststroke:
12-and-under, 1. Tikhon Kolobov, NMST 3:14.02.

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

Baldwin, Lumsden, Petkov Lead SOFLO On Day Two Of SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, June 25, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers had another good day at the SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Jemma Baldwin, 11, and Christie-Ann Lumsden, 10, led the girls with five wins and best times. Baldwin won three events with all best times and Lumsden won two events with one best time.

Baldwin has totaled 53 points over two days. She won the 50-meter freestyle in 31.11 dropping 0.24 and tying with Boca Raton’s Lauren Meyer. She also won the 50-meter backstroke in 36.33, dropping 1.98 and 200-meter freestyle in 2:25.17, dropping 3.39. Baldwin has the 1500-meter freestyle remaining on Sunday.

Lumsden won the 50-meter breaststroke in 41.75, dropping 0.91 and 100-meter butterfly in 1:35.46. Lumsden has 43 points.

SOFLO girls also won eight individual events. They were:

Olivia Dinehart, 400 IM, 5:12.62.
Elise Dinehart, 200 breaststroke, 3:02.53, time drop 0.40.
Elena Dinehart, 200 backstroke, 2:25.85.
Katelyn Gembicki, 50 freestyle, 28.21, time drop 0.51.
Jianna Amores, 100 butterfly, 1:13.06, time drop 3.24.
Molly Golding, 100 butterfly, 1:06.02.
Joanna Valdiviezo, 200 freestyle, 2:48.03, time drop 10.69.
Maddie Smutny, 200 freestyle 2:08.33.

Toma Petkov, 10, led SOFLO boys with two wins. He won the 50 breaststroke in 46.18 and 200 freestyle in a best time 2:46.75, dropping 0.04. Petkov has 35 points.

There were five individual winners. They were:
Ethan Hall, 50 freestyle, 28.98, time drop 1.62.
Maximiliano Remmele, 200 backstroke, 2:31.82, time drop 5.67.
Ethan Phan, 100 butterfly, 1:25.49, time drop 1.23.
David Valdiviezo, 100 butterfly, 1:17.49.
Juan Vallmitjana, 100 butterfly, 1:07.00.

The three-day meet ends on Sunday with timed finals at 10:30 a.m. and expected to end at 11:37 a.m.

SOFLO heads the field with 112 swimmers (61 boys and 51 girls) in 628 individual events.

In addition to host SOFLO, other clubs competing are Azura, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Gulliver, Boca Raton Swim Team, Olympus, Coral Springs Swim Club, El Paso Borderland Swim Team, Shelton Doral, Hialeah Swim Club, Florida Keys Swim Club, Cooper City Cyclones, Heritage Aquatic Team, Homestead Wahoos, Tsunamis, North Miami Swim Team and Miami Swimming.

Admission is $5 per session. Admission allows spectators to enter the pool only within the barricaded area.

Meet and SOFLO club sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

400-meter individual medley:
12-and-under: 1. Antonia Moreno, GRSC 6:20.30.
13-14, 1. Pilar Duranti, Azura 5:41.98, 2. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 5:45.72, 3. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 5:47.77.
15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 5:12.62, 2. Paola Gonzalez, USDST 5:13.03, 3. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 5:21.48.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 3:02.53, time drop 0.40, 2. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 3:05.85, time drop 0.20, 3. Sarah Vasquez, SOFLO 3:19.12.
15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonalez, USDST 2:44.30, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:44.68, 3. Abbie Sargent, FKSC 2:51.91.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 41.75, 0.91 time drop, 2. Sofia De Angulo, MS 48.41, 3. Amber Connor, SOFLO 48.68.
11-12, 1. Emma Baker, CSSC 41.49, 2. Laila Harran, SOFLO 43.14, time drop 1.44, 3. Rafaela Dabus, GRSC 43.46.

50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 32.22, 2. Amber Connor, SOFLO 36.57, 3. Temperance Horan, BR 36.94.
11-12, 1. tie, Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 31.11, 0.24 time drop and Lauren Meyer, BR 31.11, 3. Melissa Ramos, HSC 31.28.
13-14, 1. Katelyn Gembicki, SOFLO 28.21, time drop 0.51, 2. Sahara Idler, USDST 28.86, 3. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 29.21, time drop 0.84.
15-and-over, 1. Lucia Miller, Azura 27.67, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 28.06, 3. Elyse Wood, GRSC 28.13.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Ainnara Lazzaro, SDST 2:32.74, 2. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 2:34.94, time drop 5.88, 3. Mikhel Martin, SOFLO 2:54.42.
15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:25.85, 2. Gio Musiello, GRSC 2:28.99, 3. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 2:38.12.

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 40.04, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 43.70, 3. Varvara Dmitrova, SOFLO 44.84, 2.27 time drop.
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 36.33, 1.98 time drop, 2. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 37.26, 3. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 37.30, time drop 2.82.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:35.46, 2. Temperance Horan, BR 1:43.23, 3. Sofia De Angulo, MS 1:45.90.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:13.06, 3.24 time drop, 2. Laila Harran, SOFLO 1:17.17, 7.07 time drop, 3. Antonia Moreno, GRSC 1:17.60.
13-14, 1. Sahara Idler, USDST 1:05.96, 2. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 1:10.47, time drop 0.30, 3. Alani Lopez, Azura 1:10.54.
15-and-over, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 1:06.02, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 1:07.42, 3. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:07.58.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Joanna Valdiviezo, SOFLO 2:48.03, 10.69 time drop, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 2:48.94, 13.96 time drop, 3. Skyla Carroll, CSSC 2:56.80.
11-12, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 2:25.17, 3.39 time drop, 2. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 2:28.97, 2.01, time drop, 3. Melissa Ramos, HSC 2:32.56.
13-14, 1. Pilar Duranti, Azura 2:19.36, 2. Sahara Idler, USDST 2:19.60, 3. Layne Smith, FKSC 2:19.99.
15-and-over, 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:08.33, 2. Paola Gonzalez, USDST 2:11.01, 3. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 2:12.32.

BOYS
400-meter individual medley:
12-and-under: 1. John Albornoz, CSSC 5:33.25, 2. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 5:39.87, 3. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 5:56.28.
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 4:49.20, 2. Adrian Rendon, SOFLO 5:19.84, 3. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 5:20.18.
15-and-over, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 4:45.55, 2. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 4:52.47, 3. Enrique Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:53.64.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 2:30.42, 2. Anthony Pineiro, USDST 2:37.90, 3. Derek Hau, SOFLO 2:46.42.
15-and-over, 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 2:31.87, 2. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:34.69, 3. Jacques Sonnier, BR 2:39.84.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 46.18, 2. Dylan Ehrlich, CSSC 48.10, 3. Edmond Negrin, HSC 48.50.
11-12, 1. John Albornoz, CSSC 37.06, 2. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 41.88, 2.71 time drop, 3. Jayden Guo, CSSC 41.89.

50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Noah Parker, Unattached 33.97, 2. Guy Soto, CCPR 34.41, 3. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 36.00, time drop 1.47.
11-12, 1. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 28.98, 1.62 time drop, 2. Adlai Nixon, Unattached 29.52, 3. Andres De Angulo, MS 29.73.
13-14, 1. Leonardo Moncada, SDST 27.65, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 27.99, time drop 0.30, 3. Michael Kazar, Azura 28.04.
15-and-over, 1. Sidrell Williams, Azura 23.90, 2. Elias Segovia, Azura 25.29, 3. Michele Vandenbossche, Azura 25.35.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 2:31.82, 5.67 time drop, 2. Matt McVeigh, SOFLO 2:37.21, 3. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 2:39.49
15-and-over, 1. Abrahan Flores, Azura 2:11.71, 2. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:14.72, 3. Alex Golding, SOFLO 2:18.45.

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 41.24, 2. Noah Parker, Unattached 41.91, 3. Dylan Ehrlich, CSSC 2.46.
11-12, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 33.62, 2. Francesco Corrales, SFTL 37.51, 3. Cameron Brown, Unattached 37.66.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 1:25.49, 1:23 time drop, 2. Samuel Ramos, GRSC 1:40.36.
11-12, 1. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 1:17.49, 2. Cameron Brown, Unattached 1:17.58, 3. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 1:18.66.
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:07.00, 2. Adrian Rendon, SOFLO 1:08.02, 1.98 time drop, 3. Oliver Cannings, GRSC 1:10.03.
15-and-over, 1. Davidson Vincent, Azura 55.60, 2. Dario Martin, OSC 57.54, 3. Sidrell Williams, Azura 58.67.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 2:46.75, 0.04 time drop, 2. Michael Barber, SOFLO 2:54.32, 2.40 time drop, 3. Samuel Ramos, GRSC 2:54.55.
11-12, 1. Andres De Angulo, MS 2:22.63, 2. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 2:23.10, 4.13 time drop, 3. Francesco Corrales, SFTL 2:25.57.
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, USDST 1:56.45, 2. Anthony Pineiro, USDST 1:58.56, 3. Leonardo Moncada, SDST 2:14.16.
15-and-over, 1. Sauod Alshamroukh, Azura 1:56.55, 2. Elias Segovia, Azura 1:59.83, 3. Agustin Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:01.08.

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

SOFLO Heads Field For SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, June 23, 2022—Swimmers will have another opportunity to qualify for various upcoming meets at this weekend’s SOFLO TYR Last Chance Summer Invite at Academic Village Pool.

The three-day meet, featuring several of the Florida Gold Coast top swimmers and one of the most competitive fields, begins Friday with prelims at 8 a.m. for swimmers 13-and-older followed by prelims for 12-and-unders at 12:30 p.m. Championship finals are 7 p.m.

Action continues Saturday, again with prelims at 8 a.m. for 13-and-older followed by prelims for 12-and-unders at 12:30 p.m. Championship finals are 7 p.m. Finals events will swim in the following order: 10-and-under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-over girls, then 10-and-under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-over boys.

On Sunday, timed finals begin 10:30 a.m. and expected to end at 11:37 a.m.

SOFLO heads the field with 112 swimmers (61 boys and 51 girls) in 628 individual events.

Among SOFLO top seeds are:
Ricardo Roche, 22, 100 backstroke, 59.66.
Elena Dinehart, 17, 100 backstroke, 1:04.98; 200 backstroke 2:17.97.
Olivia Dinehart, 17, 100 breaststroke, 1:12.54; 200 IM 2:22.11; 200 breaststroke 2:34.85; 400 IM 4:59.47.
Maddie Smutny, 17, 400 freestyle, 4:24.72; 100 butterfly 1:03.50; 200 freestyle 2:06.10.
Sofia Gomez, 12, 100 backstroke 1:19.74.
Jemma Baldwin, 11, 400 freestyle 5:15.61; 200 freestyle 2:28.56.
Wisthon Rendon, 17, 200 backstroke 2:10.52.
Jiana Amores, 11, 50 freestyle 31.33.
Ellie Jackson, 11, 50 backstroke 33.26; 200 backstroke 1:22.78.
David Valdiviezo, 12, 100 butterfly 1:16.95.
Dominic Bono, 18, 1500 freestyle 16:28.94.
Sarah Vasquez, 14, 50 butterfly 35.19; 50 breaststroke 45.41.
Rainier Leyva Riestra, 14, 200 butterfly, 1:21.56.
Isabella Bartoli, 14, 50 backstroke 42.02.
Luca Hincapie, 15, 50 butterfly 28.99; 50 breaststroke 35.62.
Armando Bertea, 15, 50 backstroke 33.26.

In addition to host SOFLO, among other Florida Gold Coast clubs competing are Azura, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Gulliver, Boca Raton Swim Team, Olympus, Coral Springs Swim Club, Shelton Doral, Hialeah Swim Club, Florida Keys Swim Club, Cooper City Cyclones, North Miami Swim Team and Miami Swimming.

Admission is $5 per session. Admission allows spectators to enter the pool only within the barricaded area.

Meet and SOFLO club sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

Among its sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas, Bobby Finke, Jordan Wilimovsky, Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell, Torri Huske, Claire Curzan and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Jacob Pebley, Ryan Lochte, David Curtiss, Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis and Kelsi Dahlia.

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

SOFLO Swimmers End On Successful Note In Final Session Of SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, October 3, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers wrapped up a successful fifth and final session of the SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

Elena Dinehart was a double winner and Maddie Smutny an individual winner to lead the girls’ team.

Dinehart, 16, won the 200-yard butterfly in a best time 2:07.05, dropping 1.71 and 100-yard individual medley in 1:01.63, another best time dropping 1.65. She was also second in the 200 IM in 2:10.80 and third in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:09.84.

Smutny, 16, won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:02.53. She was also second in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:02.63, second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:10.90 and third in the 200 IM in 2:14.99.

Agustin Rodriguez also won two events and Juan Mora added another win for the boys.

Rodriguez, 17, won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:59.56 and 100-yard individual medley in 55.62, a best time with a 1.51 time drop. He was also second in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 1:59.19, a time drop of .40. He finished with three firsts, two seconds and one third.

Mora, 17, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:57.74 and was second in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:50.78. His entry time was 5:49.39.

Other SOFLO top four finishers were:

Gabriella DeLuna, 200-yard butterfly, fourth, 2:12.18, time drop 4.85.

Nat Gembicki, 200-yard individual medley, fourth, 2:15.70; 500-yard freestyle, fourth 5:18.95.

Elise Dinehart, 100-yard individual medley, fourth, 1:08.09.

Ana Villamil, 100-yard individual medley, third, 1:02.79.

Sally Golding, 100-yard individual medley, fourth, 1:03.00.

Izzy Wilson, 500-yard freestyle, fourth, 5:26.36.

Jaden Amores, 200-yard butterfly, second 2:03.74, time drop 2.90.

Javier Roman, 200-yard butterfly, second, 1:59.81.

Javier Colmenares, 200-yard butterfly, fourth, 2:01.81, time drop 10.76.

Derek Hau, 200-yard individual medley, second, 2:05.48, time drop 10.48.

Alexander Miller, 200-yard individual medley, fourth, 2:07.35.

Javier Roman, 200-yard individual medley, fourth, 2:04.69.

Alexander Miller, 100-yard individual medley, second 58.28.

Kevin Moya, 100-yard individual medley, third, 1:00.67, time drop 0.11.

Jaden Amores, 100-yard individual medley, fourth, 1:01.53.

Javier Colmenares, 100-yard individual medley, second, 55.95; 500-yard freestyle, 4:58.60.

Ivan Grass, 500-yard freestyle, third, 4:54.54.

SOFLO had 160 swimmers (89 boys and 71 girls) competing in 867 individual events.

Up-and-coming swimmers competed in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. 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.

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.

In addition to meet host SOFLO, the 11-team, three-day meet featured other Florida Gold Coast teams Gulliver Swim Club, Plantation Swim Team, SwimFast, Miami Country Day Aquatics, Ransom Everglades, Metro Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team, Southern Wahoos Aquatic Team, City of Miami Parks and PAQ.

SUNDAY RESULTS
SESSION FIVE
GIRLS

200-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 2:08.96, 2. Sahara Idler, MAC 2:11.30, 3. Paola Negrin, MAC 2:15.51.

15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:07.05, time drop 1.71, 2. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:10.90, 3. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:11.86, 4. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 2:12.18, time drop 4.85.

200-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 2:12.69, 2. Sahara Idler, MAC 2:14.68, 3. Paola Begrin, MAC 2:15.64.

15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:08.41, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:10.80, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:14.99, 4. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 2:15.70, 5. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 2:16.47.

100-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Isabel Viera, MAC 1:06.41, 2. Katelyn Gembicki, SOFLO 1:07.02, time drop 0.90, 3. Anett Ruiz, MAC 1:07.88, 4. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 1:08.09.

15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:01.63, time drop 1.65, 2. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 1:02.63, 3. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 1:02.79, 4. Sally Golding, SOFLO 1:03.00, 5. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 1:04.21.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 5:17.33, 2. Paola Negrin, MAC 5:21.87, 3. Sahara Idler, MAC 5:23.65, 4. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 5:26.36.

15-and-over, 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 5:02.53, 2. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 5:03.23, 3. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 5:09.84, 4. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 5:18.95, 5. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 5:26.74, time drop 10.74, 6. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 5:35.43, time drop 10.50.

BOYS
200-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 2:00.14, 2. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 2:03.74, time drop 2.90, 3. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 2:04.31.

15-and-over, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:59.56, 2. Javier Roman, SOFLO 1:59.81, 3. Josiah Morales, PAQ 2:01.40, 4. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 2:01.81, time drop 10.76, 5. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 2:02.76.

200-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 2:03.08, 2. Derek Hau, SOFLO 2:05.48, time drop 10.48, 3. Robert Alvarez, MAC 2:06.21, 4. Alexander Miller, SOFLO 2:07.35.

15-and-over, 1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 1:57.74, 2. Agustin Rodriguez 1:59.19, time drop 0.40, 3. Sheldon Win, PAQ 2:04.59, 4. Javier Roman, SOFLO 2:04.69, 5. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 2:05.93, 6. Manuel Melendez, SOFLO 2:06.18, time drop 2.16.

100-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Dylan Ferguson, MAC 57.69, 2. Alexander Miller, SOFLO 58.28, 3. Kevin Moya, SOFLO 1:00.67, time drop 0.11, 4. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 1:01.53, 5. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 1:04.65, time drop 15.05, 6. Felipe Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:04.67.

15-and-over, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, SOFLO 55.62, time drop 1.51, 2. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 55.95, 3. Josiah Morales, PAQ 55.99.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 4:50.78, 2. Dylan Ferguson, MAC 4:52.31, 3. Robert Alvarez, MAC 4:54.93.

15-and-over, 1. Ricardo Alvarez, MAC 4:43.20, 2. Juan Mora, SOFLO 4:50.78, time drop 58.61, 3. Ivan Grass, SOFLO 4:54.54, 4. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 4:58.60, 5. Austin Nelson, SOFLO 4:59.72, 6. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 5:00.64, time drop 7.88.

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

Grubbs, Lumsden, Mejias, Vallmitjana Come Up Big In SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, October 3, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers came up big during the fourth session of the SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

Amanda Grubbs was a triple winner, Juan Vallmitjana and Noah Mejias were double winners and Christie Ann Lumsden was an individual winner against a competitive age group field.

Grubbs, 12, won three events on the final day. She won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.87; 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:19.60, dropping 2.39; and 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.17, also a best time dropping 0.28. She finished with four wins and two runner-up finishes.

Mejias, 10, saved his best for last winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:23.71 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.26, a best time dropping 0.73, his first two wins of the meet. He was also second in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:13.02 with a time drop of 1.47.

Vallmitjana, 12, closed out an impressive weekend of racing. He finished with five wins and one runner-up finish and four best times. On Sunday, he won the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:03.73, dropping 2.62 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.56, another best time dropping 2.78. He was also second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.30.

Lumsden, 9, won the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:22.34, dropping 2.16 and earning a JO cut. She was second in the 50-yard butterfly in 40.91 and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:25.88.

Other SOFLO top three finishers were:

Joanna Valdiviezo, 50-yard backstroke, second, 39.80, time drop 0.59; 50-yard butterfly, third 42.83, time drop 0.24.

Jenesys Amores, 100-yard backstroke, second, 1:08.50, time drop 0.52; 100-yard butterfly, second 1:06.15, time drop, 1.44.

Saree Young, 100-yard backstroke, third, 1:10.31, time drop 0.75.

Valentina Remmele, 50-yard breaststroke, second, 51.99, time drop 2.69.

Olivia Hyppolite, 50-yard breaststroke, third, 56.89.

Ainsley Miller, 100-yard breaststroke, second 1:20.47, time drop 2.14.

Guillermo Mantilla, 100-yard backstroke, third, 1:15.94, time drop 9.99; 100-yard breaststroke, third, 1:32.35; 100-yard butterfly, third, 1:22.82.

Connor Jimenez, 100-yard backstroke, third, 1:05.15, time drop 4.26.

Joshua Menezes, 100-yard breaststroke, second, 1:13.28, time drop 2.83.

SOFLO had 160 swimmers (89 boys and 71 girls) competing in 867 individual events.

Up-and-coming swimmers competed in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. 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.

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.

In addition to host SOFLO, the 11-team, three-day meet featured other Florida Gold Coast teams Gulliver Swim Club, Plantation Swim Team, SwimFast, Miami Country Day Aquatics, Ransom Everglades, Metro Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team, Southern Wahoos Aquatic Team, City of Miami Parks and PAQ.

SUNDAY RESULTS
SESSION FOUR
GIRLS

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Sofia Papasakellariou, MAC 37.84, 2. Joanna Valdiviezo, SOFLO 39.80, time drop 0.59, 3. Theanna DeMaria, SF 42.53, 4. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 44.27, time drop 3.07.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Thereza Milano, GRSC 1:14.01, 2. Addison Scott, SF 1:16.67, 3. Sofia Papasakellariou, MAC 1:21.20, 4. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:25.88.

11-12, 1. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 1:07.87, 2. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 1:08.50, time drop 0.52, 3. Saree Young, SOFLO 1:10.31, time drop 0.75, 4. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 1:11.12, time drop 0.79.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Penny Suarez, SWAT 50.77, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 51.99, time drop 2.69, 3. Olivia Hyppolite, SOFLO 56.89.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:22.34, time drop 2.16, 2. Addison Scott, SF 1:23.40, 3. Camila Correa, MAC 1:29.66.

11-12, 1. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 1:19.60, time drop 2.39, 2. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 1:20.47, time drop 2.14, 3. Emma Larralde, RANS 1:22.22.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Sofia Papasakellariou, MAC 40.57, 2. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 40.91, 3. Joanna Valdiviezo, SOFLO 42.83, time drop 0.24, 4. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 47.88.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Thereza Milano, GRSC 1:15.72, 2. Camila Correa, MAC 1:16.98, 3. Addison Scott, SF 1:21.00, 4. Gabriella Ordonez, SOFLO 1:27.26, time drop 3.44.

11-12, 1. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 1:05.17, time drop 0.28, 2. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 1:06.15, time drop 1.44, 3. Emma Larralde, RANS 1:11.37, 4. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 1:12.96, time drop 0.48.

BOYS
50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 32.97, 2. Jeancarlos Vasquez, CM 35.52, 3. Eric Macedo, GRSC 35.86.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 1:10.12, 2. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:13.02, time drop 1.47, 3. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 1:15.94, time drop 9.99.

11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:03.73, time drop 2.62, 2. Benjamin Aguilera, CM 1:04.49, 3. Connor Jimenez, SOFLO 1:05.15, time drop 4.26.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 38.36, 2. Eric Macedo, GRSC 39.80, 3. Jesse Lungu, CM 42.79, 4. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 45.09.

100-yard breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:23.71, 2. Lester Perez, MAC 1:32.10, 3. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 1:32.35.

11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:12.56, time drop 2.78, 2. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 1:13.28, time drop 2.83, 3. Benjamin Aguilera, CM 1:33.33.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 30.36, 2. Jesse Lungu, CM 34.10, 3. Jeancarlos Vasquez, CM 36.48, 4. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 40.55, time drop 1.15.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:07.26, time drop 0.73, 2. Matthew Meneses, MAC 1:18.96, 3. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 1:22.82.

11-12, 1. Bruno Sinchi, RANS 1:00.86, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:02.30, 3. Nicolas Kokidko, MAC 1:02.40.

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

TYR AUGUST GIRL, BOY SWIMMERS OF THE MONTH: Judith Alison and Joseph Blake Natino


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, September 6, 2021–Swimming is truly a family affair for the Natino family.

After nearly a two-year hiatus from the sport because of a death in the family, siblings Judith Alison and Joseph Blake Natino have returned and taken up where they left off—swimming well in training and meets. It is the first time a pair of siblings have been honored at the same time.

Judith, 15, a sophomore at Everglades High School, first started swimming for water safety. “Then it became a hobby and we started doing it because it was fun for us and after that we got into competitive swimming,” Judith said.

Socializing with friends has helped Natino’s confidence, she said.

“They boost my confidence more and that helps me to push myself harder in practice to train and to compete well,” Natino said.

Natino returned to swimming in May with the Senior Development Group and has competed in two meets.

“Since being back I’ve become more confident in swimming,” she said. “I’ve gotten better mentally in swimming. I feel going on hiatus cleared my mind and helped me mature more. I am focused on loving the sport more rather than the times and what I have to drop. I’m definitely having more fun with the sport now.

“Coming back to swimming I’m still trying to work on my time management skills,” Natino said. “I’m still in the process of balancing both swimming and school.”

Added her coach Jack Davies, “She knows and respects the process of getting better, especially after two years away from the sport. I was delighted to see her rewarded, not only with big time drops since she returned to the pool, but three lifetime-bests and BB cut.”

Natino was pleased with her swims at the SOFLO/TYR Back To School Developmental Meet in her home pool. She won the 50-yard butterfly, 50-yard backstroke and 50-yard freestyle and was a member of the winning 100-yard freestyle relay.

“I was able to go hard and swam lifetime bests,” Natino said.

During her hiatus from swimming she played on the middle school girls volleyball team.

Judith has been playing the piano since she was six years old. She has performed at recitals and plays Sundays in her church, St. John Catholic Church.

Judith has plenty of goals for the future but added “I want to enjoy the journey and focus on trying to improve. I want to improve my times. I want to see where each meet takes me, rather than focusing on the times. I find it more enjoyable to just go with the flow.”

Joseph, 12, a seventh grader at West Pines Charter Middle School, swims with the Asteroids Group and Coach Luis. He has been swimming since he was 4.

“I like swimming at SOFLO,” Joseph said. “There are a lot of friendly people there I practice with. The coaches are very nice and supportive of me. They have been training me so much for the 50 breaststroke and I made my JO time.”

At the developmental meet, he won the 50-yard butterfly and 50-yard breaststroke, third in the 100-yard individual medley, fifth in the 50-yard freestyle and was a member of the second-place 100-yard freestyle relay.

Joseph has developed a good work ethic and manages his time well. He lives by what Coach Rose says: “Early is on time, on time is late and late is unacceptable.”

“I have that mindset whenever I go anywhere,” he said. “It keeps me on a good schedule even at school.”

Joseph is looking for more improvement and hopes to move up to Bronze before he turns 13. “I am focusing on getting good times for qualifying to get to Bronze,” he said.

Natino competed in karate when he was younger but gave it up for swimming. He still plays recreational basketball for fun. Like his big sister, he enjoys music by playing the drums and performs in the church choir.

“I am glad I’m in swimming, I’m doing something I love,” he said. “I am aiming for a college scholarship when I get older. I hope to swim high school and join the Pines Charter team.”

There is a friendly rivalry between big sister and little brother.

There are two other siblings that swim at SOFLO as well, Abigail Marie, 14, and Krista, 6. Both sing in the church choir.

“They make it pretty fun,” Judith said. “I like to joke around with them at times. It’s really fun to have all my siblings come into swimming as well. Sometimes my brother likes a little challenge and wants to race with me.”

Added Joseph, “We have sibling rivalry sometimes. My sister got a 1:07 in the IM and my coach would always say I better beat that time. It can get competitive sometimes.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its female-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell, Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis, Kelsi Dahlia, Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Jacob Pebley and Ryan Lochte.

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

TYR JUNE BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Aldo Zepeda


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, July 19, 2021–The extra work is paying off for Aldo Zepeda.

The 16-year-old moved up to Gold Group and has shown remarkable progress in his swimming including four lifetime best times at last month’s Boca Raton Swim Team Phoenix Meet. He noticed a turning point in his improvement when he moved up to the new group last year.

“I wasn’t always good, I just recently started getting better,” Zepeda said. “Last year I saw a good improvement after I changed groups. I was like, yeah, I really want to get good at this. I like training with the older swimmers and I like racing at practice.

“I moved up to Gold Group and have a lot more hours of training. I’m doing two-a-days and doing extra things outside of swimming, going to the gym and working on strength and cardio. I love doing exercise.”

Zepeda started swimming when he was 4 at South Florida Aquatic Club. He started with Coach George and worked his way up the ladder through the various groups.

“When I was 4 I wanted to do some sort of sport and I chose swimming,” he said. “My passion is swimming. I’ve been with SOFLO since the beginning and I have improved.”

Asked what he likes the most about swimming, Zepeda said “It’s like a never-ending competition to get better. The competition is within myself to further improve on everything. I really am having fun with this.”

At the Boca meet, Zepeda dropped 6.01 seconds off his 100-meter freestyle; 1.48 off his 100-meter butterfly; 5.55 off his 50-meter freestyle; and 4.74 off his 100-meter backstroke. His favorite events are the 100 and 200 backstrokes.

Zepeda said he was happiest with his 100 backstroke at the July 8-11 Southern Zone South Sectionals at Plantation where he dropped three seconds (1:02.43) off his previous best time.

“He’s been doing such a great job and has been very consistent at practice,” said his Gold Group coach Chris Anderson. “He wants to do really well in swimming. He’s been motivated by watching the older swimmers and I think now it’s paying off for him.”

Added Zepeda, “I like working with the Gold Group. It’s great. I love everyone in that group and I really appreciate what my coaches have done for us. I push myself at practice.”

Zepeda is currently training for the July 29-August 1 FGC Senior Championships where he hopes to get a Futures cut.

Swimming has also helped Zepeda outside the pool.

“I feel like compared to my other friends I’ve been able to time manage better with my schedule,” Zepeda said. “I feel like I am more disciplined than other people.”

Zepeda will be a junior at Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines this fall. Last year he attended Franklin Academy which didn’t have a swim team so he competed for Everglades High School’s swim team. He hopes to make it to states with Somerset and has already started pre-season training.

“I would like to make it to states this year since I didn’t have a state championship last year,” said Zepeda, who qualified for regionals in the 200-yard freestyle as a freshman at Everglades.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. Among its male-sponsored athletes are newly-minted 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Jacob Pebley and Ryan Lochte.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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