SOFLO Swimmers Kick Off New Year On A Good Note At TYR SOFLO Open


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 23, 2023—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers dominated the TYR SOFLO Open throughout the three-day meet at Academic Village Pool.

On Sunday in the fifth and final session, Jianna Amores, Christie Ann Lumsden, Ellie Jackson and Rainier Leyva Riestra were multiple event winners.

Amores won the 12-and-under 200-yard butterfly in 2:24.86; 50-yard butterfly in a best time 28.53 with a 0.21 time drop; 100-yard freestyle in 57.03 and 100-yard IM in 1:07.22.

Lumsden won the 50-yard butterfly in a best time 34.05 with a 3.74 time drop; 100-yard freestyle in a best time 1:00.44 with an 0.07 time drop; and 100 IM in 1:13.51.

Jackson won the 11-12 50-yard backstroke in 31.42 and 200-yard backstroke in a best time 2:21.52, with a time drop of 4.50 seconds.

Riestra won the 11-12 50-yard butterfly in a best time 30.51 with a time drop of 1.15 and 100-yard freestyle in 57.53, also a best time with a 1.86 time drop.

SOFLO swept the girls and boys 200-yard freestyle relay. SOFLO A girls won in 1:48.65 with Jemma Baldwin, Ellie Jackson, Sofia Rodriguez and Jianna Amores. SOFO A boys won in 1:50.79 with Rainier Leyva Riestra, Noah Mejias, Daniel Chaussky and Eric Ferrer.

Individual winners were Maya Ramthun, Ethan Phan, Toma Petkov and Michael Barber.

In addition to host SOFLO, among Florida Gold Coast swim teams that competed were SwimFast, Metro Aquatics, Miami Swimming, Sunrise Swimming, Cooper City Cyclones, Hialeah, Speed World Swimming, TS Aquatics, Mar JCC Swim Team, College of Florida Keys and Boca Raton.

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.”

SESSION FIVE RESULTS
GIRLS
200-yard freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 1:48.65 (Jemma Baldwin, Ellie Jackson, Sofia Rodriguez, Jianna Amores), 2. SOFLO C 1:57.66, 3. SOFLO B 1:57.69.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Hannah Ruppel, SUN 35.19, 2. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 35.81, time drop 1.77, 3. Paige Fleming, SOFLO 37.25, time drop 2.31.
11-12, 1. Ellie Jackson, SOFLO 31.42, 2. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 31.77, time drop 1.10, 3. Kira Perry, SUN 31.93.

200-yard butterfly:
12-and-under, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 2:24.86, 2. Matilda Ramthun, SOFLO 3:15.84.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Emma Ellis, SUN 1:24.27, 2. Sofia DeAngulo, MS 1:29.28, 3. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 1:35.90, time drop 9.08, 4. Stephania Dmitrova, SOFLO 1:37.43, time drop 0.23.
11-12, 1. Alma Cancio Jorge, MAC 1:19.64, 2. Aaleyah Osouna, TSA 1:19.69, 3. Karly Quiroz, SWS 1:19.88.

200-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Maya Ramthun, SOFLO 3:13.82.
11-12, 1. Ellie Jackson, SOFLO 2:21.52, time drop 4.50, 2. Miri Levy, MJST 2:36.98, 3. Kierstyn Jorgensen, SUN 2:38.71, 4. Danielle Brancati, SOFLO 2:39.48, time drop 5.63, 5. Marlena Groves, SOFLO 2:50.67, time drop 12.27.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 34.05, time drop 3.74, 2. Eidison Rios, HSC 36.13, 3. Sofia DeAngulo, MS 38.19.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 28.53, time drop 0.21, 2. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 29.45, time drop 0.96, 3. Karly Quiroz, SWS 29.85, 4. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 30.47, time drop 1.43.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:00.44, time drop 0.07, 2. Hannah Ruppel, SUN 1:07.34, 3. Emma Ellis, SUN 1:09.33.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 57.03, 2. Mely Ramos, HSC 58.39, 3. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 59.77.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:13.51, 2. Emma Ellis, SUN 1:16.22, 3. Hannah Ruppel, SUN 1:19.09.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:07.22, 2. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:07.91, 3. Ellie Jackson, SOFLO 1:10.73.

BOYS
200-yard freestyle relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 1:50.79 (Rainier Leyva Riestra, Noah Mejias, Daniel Chaussky, Eric Ferrer), 2. SOFLO B 1:55.45, 3. SOFLO C 2:07.40.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Janiel Espinosa, SF 34.40, 2. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 36.77, time drop 2.18, 3. Michael Barber, SOFLO 37.55, time drop 0.38, 4. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 38.46, time drop 0.11.
11-12, 1. Diego Viera, SWS 32.28, 2. Marcel Cowley, MAC 32.93, 3. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 33.01, time drop 2.35, 4. Jonathan Li, SOFLO 33.20, time drop 0.14.

200-yard butterfly:
12-and-under, 1. Javier Massot, MAC 2:23.05.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 1:24.84, 2. Leonardo Zuluaga, SOFLO 1:32.96, 3. Sean Tee, SOFLO 1:36.50, time drop 2.24.
11-12, 1. Javier Massot, MAC 1:18.30, 2. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 1:18.62, time drop 1.52, 3. Alexander Ross, SOFLO 1:20.24, time drop 1.48.

200-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Michael Barber, SOFLO 2:48.52, 2. Zahar Diatlov, MJST 2:57.65.
11-12, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 2:19.88, 2. Artem Muzhev, MJST 2:24.10, 3. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 2:24.63, 4. Atharv Agashe, SOFLO 2:41.30, time drop 4.23.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Janiel Espinosa, SF 31.51, 2. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 33.62, time drop 1.31, 3. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 36.22.
11-12, 1. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 30.51, time drop 1.15, 2. Diego Vera, SWS 31.25, 3. Matthew Meneses, SWS 31.72, 4. Daniel Chaussky, SOFLO 32.14.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Janiel Espinosa, SF 1:06.70, 2. Michael Barber, SOFLO 1:07.73, time drop 1.51, 3. Luis Escobar, SOFLO 1:10.92, time drop 1.81, 4. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 1:11.15, 5. Niccolo Miccolis, SOFLO 1:11.60, time drop 1.00.
11-12, 1. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 57.53, time drop 1.86, 2. Artem Muzhev, MJST 58.60, 3. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 59.36, time drop 0.94.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 1:16.47, time drop 1.64, 2. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 1:21.68, 3. Danny Ramos, HSC 1:21.71, 4. Michael Barber, SOFLO 1:24.42, time drop 0.32, 5. Leonardo Zuluaga, SOFLO 1:25.47, time drop 0.01, 6. Sean Tee, SOFLO 1:25.50, time drop 2.47.
11-12, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 1:05.44, 2. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 1:08.93, 3. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 1:09.17, time drop 1.07.

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

Jenesys Amores Leads SOFLO In Session Four Of TYR SOFLO Open; Older Swimmers Shine On Final Day


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 22, 2023—Jenesys Amores led South Florida Aquatic Club on the third and final day of the TYR SOFLO Open Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

Amores, 14, won four events and finished with 98 points for the meet.

Amores won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.19; 50-yard backstroke in 31.28; 200-yard backstroke in 2:17.56; and 100-yard freestyle in 58.29.

In another exciting relay race, SOFLO A’s girls 200-yard freestyle relay of Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki, Carley Kaplan and Olivia Dinehart won in 1:40.12, edging out TS Aquatics in 1:40.65 with Tawannah McLemore, Brianna Hernandez, Kendra Gomez and Nati Ortiz.

Juan Vallmitjana and Nicolai Ross were double winners for SOFLO boys.

Vallmitjana won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.62 and 200-yard butterfly in 2:05.28.

Ross won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:06.65 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.63.

TS Aquatics knocked off SOFLO A’s boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay (Javier Colmenares, Derek Hau, Jaden Amores and Aldo Zepeda), 1:29.58-1:31.96 with Miles Green, Mason Green, RJ Martin and Mekhi Dawkins.

Individual SOFLO winners were: Natalie Gembicki, Lydia Smutny, Maddie Smutny, Elise Dinehart, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Mason Jimenez, Maximilian Remmele, Jaden Amores and Luciano Gonzalez.

In addition to host SOFLO, among Florida Gold Coast swim teams that competed were SwimFast, Metro Aquatics, Miami Swimming, Sunrise Swimming, Cooper City Cyclones, Hialeah, Speed World Swimming, TS Aquatics, Mar JCC Swim Team, College of Florida Keys and Boca Raton.

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.”

SESSION FOUR RESULTS
GIRLS
200-yard freestyle relay:

  1. SOFLO A 1:40.12 (Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki, Carley Kaplan, Olivia Dinehart), 2. TS Aquatics 1:40.65, 3. SOFLO B 1:42.94.

200-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 2:02.19, 2. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 2:06.23, 3. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 2:06.97, time drop 0.92.
15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, UNFG 1:55.89, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:57.45, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 1:57.49.

50-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 31.28, 2. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 31.48, 3. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 32.50, time drop 1.49, 4. Angelica Forsyth, SOFLO 3.64, time drop 0.21.
15-and-over, 1. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 29.03, time drop 1.66, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 29.13, time drop 0.54, 3. Ainnara Lazzaro, UNFG 29.42.

200-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 2:21.06.
15-and-over, 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:12.21, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:12.97, 3. Michelle Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:13.33.

100-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 1:16.65, 2. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 1:16.88, 3. Laila Harran, SOFLO 1:18.02.
15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, UNFG 1:06.47, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:06.62, 3. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 1:06.73.

200-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 2:17.56, 2. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 2:25.51, 3. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 2:27.37, time drop 0.13.
15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:08.08, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:13.55, time drop 1.26, 3. Kendra Gomez, TSA 2:15.56.

50-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Emma Lewis, BR 29.07, 2. Rachel Miller, SUN 30.38, 3. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 31.75.
15-and-over, 1. Sahara Idler, UNFG 27.34, 2. Nati Ortiz, TSA 27.53, 3. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 27.56, time drop 3.63.

100-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 58.29, 2. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 59.20, 3. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 59.22, time drop 0.37.
15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 53.70, 2. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 53.78, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 54.84.

BOYS
200-yard freestyle relay:

  1. TS Aquatics 1:29.58 (Miles Green, Mason Green, RJ Martin, Mekhi Dawkins), 2. SOFLO A 1:31.96, 3. SOFLO B 1:34.22.

200-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:51.62, 2. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 1:55.56, 3. Zane Samms, TSA 1:56.00, 4. Connor Jimenez, SOFLO 1:59.28, time drop 0.29.
15-and-over, 1. George Gonzalez, UNFG 1:41.18, 2. Anthony Pineiro, UNFG 1:43.47, 3. Mason Green, TSA 1:44.38.

50-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 28.21, 2. Daniel Ella, SUN 28.40, 3. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 28.83, time drop 0.37.
15-and-over, 1. Marcelo Mansur, UNFG 24.64, 2. Miles Green, TSA 26.09, 3. Derek Hau, SOFLO 26.80, time drop 1.12.

200-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:05.28, 2. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 2:14.00, time drop 5.22.
15-and-over, 1. Mason Green, TSA 2:01.33, 2. Wisthon Rendon, SOFLO 2:01.55, 3. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 2:02.34, 4. Manny Melendez, SOFLO 2:03.37, time drop 21.54.

100-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 1:08.59, time drop 3.00, 2. Chris DeAngulo, MS 1:10.11, 3. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 1:10.30, 4. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 1:10.48, time drop 0.34.
15-and-over, 1. George Gonzalez, UNFG 59.14, 2. Robert Alvarez, MAC 1:00.98, 3. Oscar Rios, HSC 1:01.34.

200-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 2:06.65, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:07.88, 3. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 2:16.60, time drop 1.38.
15-and-over, 1. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 1:59.19, 2. Robert Alvarez, MAC 2:03.30, 3. Sean Doyle, SUN 2:05.73.

50-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Jorvir Tigrero, HSC 25.63, 2. Daniel Ella, SUN 26.32, 3. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 26.77, time drop 6.42.
15-and-over, 1. Luciano Gonzalez, SOFLO 21.79, 2. Miles Green, TSA 23.27, 3. George Gonzalez, UNFG 23.40.

100-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 51.63, 2. Jorvir Tigrero, HSC 52.08, 3. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 53.69, time drop 0.47.
15-and-over, 1. George Gonzalez, UNFG 46.64, 2. Mason Green, TSA 47.00, 3. Anthony Pineiro, UNFG 47.00,

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

Christie Ann Lumsden, Jianna Amores Lead SOFLO In Session Three Of TYR SOFLO Open


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 22, 2023—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers had another big day of swimming at the TYR SOFLO Open Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Jianna Amores and Christie Ann Lumsden came up big for SOFLO.

Amores, 12, won four events: 100-yard backstroke, in a best time 1:07.17, with a time drop of 0.09; 100-yard butterfly, 1:02.60; 50-yard freestyle, best time 26.29 with an 0.81 time drop; and 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:38.28, dropping an impressive 11.79.

Lumsden, 10, won the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:16.30, dropping 2.20; 50-yard breaststroke in 37.14; and 50-yard freestyle in 28.72.

Lumsden and Amores were also members of the winning SOFLO A 200-yard medley relay team along with teammates Sophie Szutkowski and Jemma Baldwin, winning in 2:06.26. SOFLO swept the top three places.

Other SOFLO winners were:
Luis Escobar, 200-yard breaststroke, 3:16.45.

Toma Petkov, 50-yard breaststroke, 40.92.

Noah Mejias, 100-yard butterfly, 1:03.81.

Rainier Leyva Riestra, 50-yard freestyle, best time 27.01, time drop 0.89.

Michael Barber, 500-yard freestyle, best time 6:34.10, time drop 1.96

SOFLO’s A boys 200-yard medley relay of Rainier Leyva Riestra, Julian Sibug, Noah Mejias and Eric Ferrer won in 2:07.61. SOFLO swept the top three places.

In addition to host SOFLO, among Florida Gold Coast swim teams competing are SwimFast, Metro Aquatics, Miami Swimming, Sunrise Swimming, Cooper City Cyclones, Hialeah, Speed World Swimming, TS Aquatics, Mar JCC Swim Team, College of Florida Keys and Boca Raton.

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.”

SESSION THREE RESULTS
GIRLS
200-yard medley relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:06.26 (Sophie Szutkowski, Christie Ann Lumsden, Jianna Amores, Jemma Baldwin), 2. tie, SOFLO C 2:15.72 and SOFLO B 2:15.72, 4. TS Aquatics 2:18.03.

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Alicia Salazar, MAC 2:45.56, 2. Miri Levy, MJST 2:50.96, 3. Karly Quiroz, SWS 2:52.25.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:16.30, time drop 2.20, 2. Emma Ellis, SUN 1:18.07, 3. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 1:19.95, time drop 11.54.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:07.17, time drop 0.09, 2. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:09.00, 3. Mely Ramos, HSC 1:09.20.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 37.14, 2. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 41.68, time drop 13.60, 3. Sofia De Angulo, MS 43.35.
12-and-under, 1. Alejandra Perez, MAC 36.41, 2. Alicia Salazar, MAC 36.54, 3. Aaleyah Osouna, TSA 36.55.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Hannah Ruppel, SUN 1:22.21, 2. Sofia De Angulo, MS 1:31.22, 3. Emma Ellis, SUN 1:31.24, 4. Savanna Alonso, SOFLO 1:32.36, time drop 3.10, 5. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 1:37.18, time drop 1.33.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:02.60, 2. Karly Quiroz, SWS 1:08.75, 3. Kira Perry, SUN 1:09.12.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 28.72, 2. Emma Ellis, SUN 29.88, 3. Catalina Akpabio, SOFLO 32.28, time drop 8.68.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 26.29, time drop 0.81, 2. Kira Perry, SUN 26.62, 3. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 27.52.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Hannah Ruppel, SUN 6:43.26.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 5:38.28, time drop 11.79, 2. Lily Mirones, SUN 5:39.07, 3. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 6:06.52, 4. Lana Althius, SOFLO 6:25.54.

BOYS
200-yard medley relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:07.61 (Rainier Leyva Riestra, Julian Sibug, Noah Mejias, Eric Ferrer), 2. SOFLO B 2:10.05, 3. SOFLO C 2:25.18.

200-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Luis Escobar, SOFLO 3:16.45.
11-12, 1. Javier Massot, MAC 2:46.68, 2. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 2:50.00, 3. Julian Sibug, SOFLO 2:58.74.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Janiel Espinosa, SF 1:15.92, 2. Constantine Lazarou, CCPR 1:19.60, 3. tie, Toma Petkov, SOFLO 1:19.75, time drop 2.08 and Michael Barber, SOFLO 1:19.75, time drop 1.59.
11-12, 1. Artem Muzhev, MJST 1:07.61, 2. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 1:09.72, 3. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 1:10.61.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 40.92, 2. Constantine Lazarou, CCPR 42.20, 3. Erik Ellis, SUN 42.31.
11-12, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 34.11, 2. Lester Perez, MAC 36.01, 3. Javier Massot, MAC 36.45.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Janiel Espinosa, SF 1:11.46, 2. Constantine Lazarou, CCPR 1:21.70, 3. Timber Wright, SF 1:22.70, 4. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 1:29.64, time drop 4.89, 5. Luis Escobar, SOFLO 1:29.97, time drop 13.78.
11-12, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:03.81, 2. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 1:09.86, time drop 0.15, 3. Rafael Cancel Jorge, MAC 1:14.46, 4. Alexander Ross, SOFLO 1:15.89, time drop 0.76.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Janiel Espinosa, SF 30.20, 2. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 31.40, 3. Kamyl Corcuera, MAC 31.49, 4. Niccolo Miccolis, SOFLO 31.80.
11-12, 1. Rainier Leyva Riestra, SOFLO 27.01, time drop 0.89, 2. Artem Muzhev, MJST 27.06, 3. Matthew Meneses, SWS 27.21.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Michael Barber, SOFLO 6:34.10, time drop 1.96, 2. Gabriel Ferrer, SOFLO 6:42.21, 3. Guy Soto, CCPR 6:54.28, 4. Niccolo Miccolis, SOFLO 7:27.53.
11-12, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 5:32.10, 2. Eric Ferrer, SOFLO 5:45.89, 3. Atharv Agashe, SOFLO 6:16.29, time drop 1.40.

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

TYR DECEMBER BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Ethan Phan


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 19, 2023—For Ethan Phan, swimming was love at first sight or rather first float.

Encouraged by his father, Phan started swimming when he was 4.

“I had no idea what swimming was at that time,” Phan said. “The second I touched the water and started floating I liked it. It’s been an amazing journey.

“Swimming is really hard for me and sometimes I don’t want to do it but when I accomplish big goals I realize that the hard work pays off and I really enjoy those moments.”

Phan, 10, a fifth grader at Manatee Bay Elementary School in Weston, started swimming for South Florida Aquatic Club three years ago. He is coached by Coach Kyle in Bronze Group.

“He is amazing,” Phan praised. “He put dryland more into my life. I feel stronger than ever and I think I improved a lot since I joined Bronze.”

Swimming has also helped Phan outside the pool with his time management and discipline. He loves math and plays soccer for fun. He was a student of taekwondo but now focuses solely on swimming.

“It’s helped me not to focus on just one thing forever,” Phan said. “When I swim I can’t focus on just one stroke. I need moderation. I use every single stroke, every single equipment and every single drill.”

His favorite stroke is butterfly. At the Speedo Winter Championships, Phan had a great meet in his second appearance. He posted six best times in prelims and finals. His highest finish was three second places in the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 1:10.96, dropping 2.05 seconds “definitely the 100 butterfly was my best event, I loved that”; 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay.

“I had a lot of discipline,” Phan said. “I really wanted to do good at that meet so I just believed in myself. When you believe in yourself you always do what you believe. There were a lot of good swimmers like Victor Martin (Flashes Aquatics).

“I like competition. It showed me just because I am top dog in local meets when SOFLO hosts them, that I just can’t relax because I’m ahead by five or ten seconds. It shows me there are so many more great swimmers out there inside the swimming world.”

Phan is training to break the SOFLO 10-and-under 100 butterfly record (1:05). “I have six to seven months to accomplish that,” he said. “I think I can do it.”

Phan also made it a point to thank Coach Andrea (who did my assessment to join SOFLO); Coach Rose, who was my coach for two years; Coach Luis, who improved my technique; Coach Kyle, for introducing dryland more frequently; Coach Jack for filling in for Coach Kyle when he was out when his wife had a baby; big thanks to Coach Chris for creating this amazing team and last but not least I would like to thank my mom, dad and sister Elle for never giving up on me especially in the hard times when I didn’t drop or missed a cut by milliseconds.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Phan joins SOFLO teammates Manny Melendez (November), Michael Barber (October), Lincoln Callaway Coy (September), Jacob Jones (August), Ethan Hall (July), 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 DECEMBER GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Ana Villamil


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 18, 2023—Ana Villamil was looking to step up her game when she joined South Florida Aquatic Club a year and a half ago.

Villamil, 17, a senior at Cypress Bay High School, has seen huge improvements since joining the National Group and Coach Chris Anderson.

“I felt like at SOFLO I would be able to develop my potential as a swimmer better and I feel I have for sure,” Villamil said.

“I love the competitive atmosphere. It’s really fun training with my teammates. I really like competing every day at practice.

“I’m a really competitive person and being able to compete and reach my goals. I am very goal-oriented. Being able to set up goals and being able to pursue them and the work ethic that swimming gives me in every other aspect of life is the best thing.”

Villamil has been swimming competitively for eleven years. She got involved in the sport when doctors told her it would be good for her asthma and help her lungs so her mother signed her up for swimming.

Swimming has helped with discipline when it comes to her lifestyle. “I don’t have a lot of friends at school because I am so dedicated to swimming I have to go bed early. But I love it because it’s worth it.”

Villamil plans to swim at Indian River State College. She is also looking into swimming for her native Colombia internationally.

“I want to keep getting better at swimming, I really, really do,” Villamil said. “I want to keep swimming as far as I can get and be as good as I can possibly be.”

Villamil had her best meet at last month’s Speedo Winter Championships where she made her Futures cuts in the 100 butterfly and 200 breaststroke, events she did not think she would make it in, she said. She also has her cut in the 100 breaststroke.

“I was really shocked, I kept thinking is this really happening to me. It’s taken a really long time for me to see results. Seeing them and exceeding my goals, I was ecstatic. I didn’t know how to react.”

She also broke her high school team’s school record in the 100 breaststroke in a swim-off to go to finals. She finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke in her first state meet this season.

“I wish I could have another year of high school,” Villamil said. “Like everyone else, I missed a year because of Covid. I wish I would have had another year of experience of going to states and all these other big meets.”

If she could go back in time, Villamil said she would tell her younger self to have patience. “There were a lot of moments where I felt frustrated and I kind of panicked because I was doing all of this and I was seeing no results,” she said. “But it will get there and it’s little by little.”

Villamil is looking forward to competing at sectionals, senior championships and Futures before heading off to college. “I think I am definitely swimming the best I have since joining SOFLO,” she said.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Villamil joins SOFLO teammates Olivia Dinehart (November), Isabella Callaway Coy (October), Jianna Amores (September), Carolina Carrera (August), Lydia Smutny (July), Amber Connor (June), Eva Ortiz (May), Sally Golding (April), Natalie Gembicki (March), Sofia Lugo (February) and Valentina Remmele (January) as 2022 Swimmers of the Month.

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 ESPY Sportswoman of the Year Katie Ledecky, 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis and Kelsi Dahlia.

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

TYR NOVEMBER GIRL SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Olivia Dinehart


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, December 27, 2022–Olivia Dinehart’s work ethic has gotten her to where she is today in swimming.

“It’s just nice to see when you work hard and then getting to see that pay off later,” Dinehart said. “That reward is probably what’s kept me going this long.”

Of course, there were tough days in training and meets as well.

“The hardest part in swimming is when you’re not dropping obviously,” Dinehart said. “It’s so much fun when you are dropping and doing really well. But it gets hard when you hit that almost like a plateau. It gets harder and harder to drop as you get faster.

“I think it’s really important not to get discouraged in practices. Just wait until you get to college. It’s going to get very exciting.”

Her talented teammates she trains with has helped her motivation through the years.

“They are very easy to make myself motivated,” Dinehart said. “I think we are all very competitive in practice and we all motivate each other mentally. Being at this level it’s easier to have other people at this level. If I didn’t have them with me it would probably be a lot more difficult because it’s harder to be motivated if you’re not surrounded by people at the same level as you. It’s nice to have people with the same goals and same ambitions and who want the same things.”

Her turning point in the sport came at the Summer Junior Olympics Long Course meet when she was 14. She got her summer junior national cut and everything snowballed after that.

“I realized I had been working for seven years and this is what it led to,” she said. “I thought if I could keep going I could be potentially really good and that would be amazing.”

Dinehart, 17, defended her state title in the 100-yard breaststroke in November for Cutler Bay High School. Winning one title in the Class 1A meet is hard enough when the field features the likes of Bolles, St. Andrew’s and Pine Crest, but winning two straight titles is a huge accomplishment. She was a state runner-up in the event her freshman and sophomore seasons.

“There was definitely more pressure,” Dinehart said. “I didn’t feel a lot of pressure my junior year because I honestly didn’t expect to win. I went in hoping for the best. It came as a little bit of a surprise. I was really happy about that.

“It was different this time because the kids at school don’t know how swimming works so they expect you to come in first again. It’s a little more difficult than that. I was looking out for people who would give me a little more competition than last year.”

As a junior she won in 1:02.28 and this year she went 1:01.60, leading from start-to-finish.

“The second time was sweeter because I was so anxious,” she said. “We had more people from my high school team there behind the blocks and it was really nice. It was bittersweet as well because it was the last time we were swimming at states. As I look back I have had a successful state career. I’m happy how this turned out.

“It was definitely the highlight of the year for me since it was the last state meet. It is such a special meet. It was nice that we had our high school coach (Marshall Ruffo) there. It may be normal to some of us but when our coach gushes over us it makes you realize how exciting it is for our school.”

Dinehart verbally committed to Auburn University in October 2021 and signed earlier this fall. She visited Indiana, University of North Carolina and Auburn.

“I went in expecting UNC to be my favorite and I loved it there, but when I went to Auburn I thought this is totally different,” Dinehart said. “It felt like a home away from home. I immediately felt comfortable with the coaches, swimmers, dorms, the team was amazing. It all came together perfectly. I’m really happy with everything.”

Dinehart is excited to be working with Associate Head Coach Vlad Polyakov, a three-time Olympian, world champion and NCAA champion. Polyakov is a St. Thomas Aquinas alum. Auburn is one of the top women’s teams in the nation.

“I think he is doing amazing things,” Dinehart said. “Watching the breaststrokers drop almost every time they swim gives me hope. I think yes, I picked the right school. I watched a few of their practices. They all trust him and speak so highly of him. I am very excited.”

Dinehart is currently training for the Feb. 9-12 Southern Zone Sectionals in Orlando and March 1-4 TYR Pro Series in Fort Lauderdale.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Dinehart joins SOFLO teammates Isabella Callaway Coy (October), Jianna Amores (September), Carolina Carrera (August), Lydia Smutny (July), Amber Connor (June), Eva Ortiz (May), Sally Golding (April), Natalie Gembicki (March), Sofia Lugo (February) and Valentina Remmele (January) as 2022 Swimmers of the Month.

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 ESPY Sportswoman of the Year Katie Ledecky, 2020 Olympians Simone Manuel, Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ashley Twichell and other elite swimmers Melanie Margalis, Molly Hannis and Kelsi Dahlia.

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

TYR OCTOBER BOY SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Michael Barber


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, December 4, 2022—Michael Barber is looking forward to the Dec. 8-11 Speedo Winter Championships in Plantation.

The 10-year-old fifth grader at Gator Run Elementary School in Weston is qualified in six events: 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 and 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.

After some great training with his Asteroids teammates and Coach Luis Soler, he’s looking to improve and drop time. It also helps that he loves swimming fast.

“When I move through the water I feel really fast,” Barber said. “I’m not the best runner, not the best thrower, but I’m pretty good at swimming. I’m happy I started swimming, it calls to me.”

Barber has been swimming for five years. His dad Dave, a former swimmer, first signed him up for summer and winter league teams in South Carolina, where the family was living at the time. He also competed in football and soccer leagues but found his niche in swimming. He loves scuba diving and snorkeling. At age 9, he got certified for scuba diving in three days.

“It helps getting a workout in five or six days a week,” Barber said. “I like that, it gives me something to do on the weekends and week days when I don’t have anything to do. You have to come to practice every day and put the work in to do good. When I’m in the pool I’m thinking about my technique and going fast. I really like swimming fast.”

Barber loves working with Coach Luis. “He’s a good coach,” Barber said. “He helps your development and knows exactly what’s going on. He’s working with me the most on my backstroke. My teammates have been really supportive, too.

“SOFLO is a hard-working team that has good coaches, good swimmers and good community,” Barber said. “I do like SOFLO a lot.”

Barber said his best meet so far has been this past summer’s BB Championships where he earned JO cuts for his first JO meet. “I went really, really fast…faster than I’ve ever gone before.”

Soler enjoys working with Barber and watching his progress.

“He is a great kid,” Soler said. “He works hard and is a rule follower. I have been coaching him for a few seasons now and he has consistently gotten better every season. I’m looking forward to seeing how well he is going to do at Winter Champs.”

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Barber joins SOFLO teammates Lincoln Callaway Coy (September), Jacob Jones (August), Ethan Hall (July), 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

Triple Winner Toma Petkov Leads SOFLO At Session Four Of SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, October 2, 2022–Based on Session Four of the SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge Sunday at Academic Village Pool, the future looks bright for South Florida Aquatic Club’s young up-and-coming swimmers.

Triple winner Toma Petkov, 10, and double winner Christie Ann Lumsden, 10, led SOFLO on the third and final day of competition.

Petkov won the 50-yard backstroke in 39.04; 50-yard breaststroke in 41.75 and 50-yard butterfly in a best time 35.45, dropping 0.96 off his previous best. Petkov finished with five wins and three best times.

Lumsden won the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:18.50, dropping 0.10 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:20.26. She was also third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:25.99. Lumsden finished with four wins and one third place.

Other SOFLO winners were:
Laila Harran, 12, 100 backstroke, 1:02.64, time drop 2.42.
Jianna Amores, 12, 100 butterfly, 1:03.04, time drop 4.47.
David Valdiviezo, 12, 100 backstroke, 1:04.33, time drop 2.65.
Ethan Phan, 10, 100 butterfly, 1:14.21, time drop 3.86.
Noah Mejias, 11, 100 butterfly, 1:04.64.

SOFLO swimmers continued to have some impressive time drops in their events. They were:
Zoe Miralles, 50 backstroke, 7.90 drop.
Valentina Remmele, 100 backstroke, 11.84.
Catalina Akpabio, 100 backstroke, 5.57.
Gabriela Ekht, 100 breaststroke, 13.66.
Stephania Dmitrova, 100 breaststroke, 7.49.
Didia Miccolis, 100 breaststroke, 11.34.
Zoe Miralles, 50 butterfly, 9.72.
Katie Petrucci, 50 butterfly, 5.23.
Michael Barber, 100 backstroke, 7.99; 100 breaststroke 13.95.
Ale Suarez Cabrera, 100 backstroke, 15.11.
Sean Tee, 100 backstroke, 5.14; 100 breaststroke, 20.11.
Gabriel Ferrer, 100 breaststroke, 7.13.

SOFLO had 174 (91 girls and 83 boys) swimmers compete in 879 individual events.

Among other Florida Gold Coast teams in the field were Pine Crest, Metro Aquatics, Plantation Swim Team, Midtown Weston, Olympus Swim Club, North Miami Swim Team, Hialeah Swim Club and Speed World Swimming. It was one of the most competitive fields assembled for the meet.

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.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS
50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Eidison Rios, HSC 38.29, 2. Grace Petrucci, SOFLO 41.27, time drop 3.26, 3. Ellie Phan 42.56; SOFLO: 4. Katie Petrucci 43.09, time drop 2.70, 5. Zoe Miralles 43.54, time drop 7.90, 7. Maya Ramthun 45.80, 9. Daylah Bouti 49.92, 10. Maya Barrizonte 55.06.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:18.50, time drop 0.10, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 1:18.77, time drop 11.84, 3. Eva Milevska, MWA 1:20.00; SOFLO: 4. Amber Connor 1:25.21, time drop 2.76, 6. Stephania Dmitrova 1:27.46, time drop 0.96, 7. Mia Rop 1:28.30, 8. Paige Fleming 1:30.74, 9. Catalina Akpabio 1:31.49, time drop 5.57, 10. Karen Iino, SOFLO 1:32.30, time drop 4.32.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 1:02.64, time drop 2.42, 2. Saree Young, SOFLO 1:06.84, time drop 0.60, 3. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:07.26, time drop 4.28; SOFLO: 4. Ellie Jackson 1:07.68, time drop 3.90, 5. Sofia Gomez 1:08.28, 6. Jemma Baldwin, 1:08.78, time drop 2.59, 7. Mackenzie McPherson 1:09.59, time drop 0.92, 9. Sofia Rodriguez 1:11.36.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Daira Vazquez, UN 44.06, 2. Eidison Rios, HSC 46.61, 3. Grace Petrucci, SOFLO 46.87, time drop 2.35; SOFLO: 5. Zoe Miralles 50.04, 6. Katie Petrucci 50.97, time drop 4.54, 7. Maya Ramthun 53.85, 9. Victoria Colmenares 58.16, time drop 4.52.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:20.26, 2. Eva Milevska, MWA 1:27.99, 3. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 1:33.38, time drop 0.25; SOFLO: 4. Amber Connor 1:33.93, 6. Gabriela Ekht 1:40.93, time drop 13.66, 10. Stephania Dmitrova 1:44.92, time drop 7.49.
11-12, 1. Addison Scott, UN 1:17.40, 2. Alejandra Perez, MAC 1:19.06, 3. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 1:19.49, time drop 0.26; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Gomez 1:19.73, time drop 1.06, 5. Laila Harran 1:19.77, time drop 1.98, 7. Sofia Rodriguez 1:22.49, time drop 0.80, 8. Didia Miccolis 1:23.14, time drop 11.34, 10. Jemma Baldwin 1:23.52.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Eidison Rios, HSC 36.93, 2. Daira Vazquez, UN 40.13, 3. Hannah Goracy, PC 40.47; SOFLO: 4. Zoe Miralles 42.10, time drop 9.72, 5. Katie Petrucci 43.26, time drop 5.23, 7. Paige Fleming 47.68, 8. Grace Petrucci 47.81, time drop 2.92, 9. Maya Barrizonte 50.72, time drop 2.92.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Eva Milevska, MWA 1:18.50, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 1:25.54, 3. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:25.99; SOFLO: 6. Karen Iino 1:37.08, 8. Stephania Dmitrova 1:38.99, 9. Amber Connor 1:39.39, 10. Mia Rop 1:40.06.
11-12, 1. Jianna Amores, SOFLO 1:03.04, time drop 4.47, 2. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 1:04.11, time drop 2.60, 3. Laila Harran, SOFLO 1:05.77, time drop 1.81; SOFLO: 5. Sofia Rodriguez 1:09.13, time drop 3.72, 6. Jemma Baldwin 1:11.14, 7. Sofia Gomez 1:12.08, 8. Saree Young 1:12.44.

BOYS
50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 39.04, 2. Kamyl Corcuera, MAC 40.49, 3. Danny Ramos, HSC 41.14; SOFLO: 4. Niccolo Miccolis 41.73, time drop 0.15, 6. Santiago Zuluaga 46.49, time drop 1.02, 8. Andres Gomez 53.52, 9. Lincoln Callaway Coy, 59.13, time drop 0.43.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 1:12.74, 2. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 1:19.77, time drop 3.66, 3. Michael Barber, SOFLO 1:21.34, time drop 7.99; SOFLO: 4. Gabriel Ferrer 1:25.04, 5. Ale Suarez Cabrera 1:26.44, time drop 15.11, 8. Leonardo Zuluaga 1:31.19, 9. Luis Escobar 1:31.98, time drop 2.47, 10. Sean Tee 1:34.99, time drop 5.14.
11-12, 1. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 1:04.33, time drop 2.65, 2. Alexander Diaz, UN 1:04.44, 3. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 1:06.34; SOFLO: 4. Ethan Hall 1:06.89, 5. Guillermo Mantilla 1:09.02, 6. Noah Mejias 1:10.18, 7. Eric Ferrer 1:10.27, time drop 2.50, 9. Rainier Leyva Riestra 1:13.94.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 41.75, 2. Danny Ramos, HSC 47.39, 3. Niccolo Miccolis, SOFLO 49.75; SOFLO: 4. Santiago Zuluaga 52.19, time drop 1.88, 7. Lincoln Callaway Coy 56.54.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 1:27.72, 2. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 1:29.59, 3. Ale Suarez Cabrera, SOFLO 1:32.05; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Zuluaga 1:37.53, time drop 0.72, 5. Michael Barber 1:38.58, time drop 13.95, 6. Luis Escobar 1:40.96, time drop 1.93, 7. Gabriel Ferrer 1:41.81, time drop 7.13, 8. Sean Tee 1:42.14, time drop 20.11.
11-12, 1. Alexander Diaz, UN 1:11.01, 2. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 1:11.88, time drop 1.37, 3. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 1:16.52; SOFLO: 4. Noah Mejias 1:19.11, 5. David Valdiviezo 1:19.30, time drop 4.89, 6. Eric Ferrer 1:20.14, time drop 0.64, 7. Guillermo Mantilla 1:20.42, time drop 4.16.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 35.45, time drop 0.96, 2. Danny Ramos, HSC 36.50, 3. Kamyl Corcuera, MAC 40.63; SOFLO: 4. Niccolo Miccolis 40.94.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 1:14.21, time drop 3.86, 2. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 1:20.78, 3. Ale Suarez Cabrera, SOFLO 1:20.86; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Zuluaga 1:30.48, time drop 0.95, 5. Gabriel Ferrer 1:34.53, 6. Michael Barber 1:37.41, 7. Luis Escobar 1:43.75, 9. Sean Tee 1:48.30.
11-12, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:04.64, 2. Alexander Diaz, UN 1:05.28, 3. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 1:05.38; SOFLO: 4. Ethan Hall 1:05.47, 5. David Valdiviezo 1:06.88, time drop 0.66, 6. Eric Ferrer 1:10.01, time drop 2.89, 7. Rainier Leyva Riestra 1:12.57, 9. Daniel Chaussky 1:13.87, time drop 4.27.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Shine In Session Two Of SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge; Lumsden, Harran, Petkov Double Winners


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, October 1, 2022–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got off to a good start in Session Two of the SOFLO Distance IMX/IMR TYR Challenge Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Christie Ann Lumsden, 10, Laila Harran, 12, and Toma Petkov, 10, each won two events and had a total of four time drops.

Lumsden won the 10-and-under 200-yard individual medley in 2:41.93 and 200-yard freestyle in 2:17.81.

Harran won the 11-12 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:21.10, dropping 5.88 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:34.23, another best time dropping 9.32.

Petkov won the 10-and-under 100-yard individual medley in a best time 1:19.81, dropping 0.06 and 100-yard freestyle in 1:10.36, dropping 0.31.

David Valdiviezo, 12, won the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:33.54, dropping 9.06 seconds from his previous best. Valdiviezo also had a 3.69 drop in the 200 IM.

Several other SOFLO swimmers had some impressive time drops: Grace Petrucci, 100 IM, 5.04 seconds; Valentina Remmele, 200 IM, 5.48 and 200 freestyle, 4.61; Amber Connor, 200 IM, 41.23; Sofia Rodriguez, 200 IM, 5.58; Stephania Dmitrova, 200 freestyle, 4.09; Mackenzie McPherson, 500 freestyle, 4.72; Jianna Amores, 500 freestyle, 19.47; Luis Escobar, 200 IM, 10.30; Leonardo Zuluaga, 200 IM, 4.71; Santiago Zuluaga, 100 freestyle, 20.39; Michael Barber, 200 freestyle, 5.31; Gabriel Ferrer, 200 freestyle, 5.44; Sean Tee, 200 freestyle, 5.40; and Guillermo Mantilla, 500 freestyle, 5.34.

The three-day meet continues Saturday with one more session at noon and concludes on Sunday, again with two sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 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.

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.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Eva Milevska, MWA 1:14.32, 2. Sofia Robayo, MWA 1:24.92, 3. Dario Vazquez, UN 1:28.58; SOFLO: 5. Grace Petrucci 1:32.55, time drop 5.04, 7. Katie Petrucci 1:32.96, time drop 0.28, 8. Zoe Miralles 1:33.05, time drop 1.72, 9. Paige Fleming 1:34.00, 10. Ellie Phan 1:34.26.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 2:41.93, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 2:46.45, time drop 5.48, 3. Eva Milevska, MWA 2:46.85; SOFLO: 5. Amber Connor 3:02.34, time drop 41.23, 7. Karen Iino 3:15.38, 8. Gabriela Ekht 3:18.96, 9. Savanna Alonso 3:21.81, 10. Catalina Akpabio 3:30.06.
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 2:21.10, time drop 5.88, 2. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 2:25.02, time drop 0.46, 3. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 2:29.71, time drop 2.62; SOFLO: 5. Jianna Amores 2:30.93, time drop 10.77, 6. Jemma Baldwin 2:30.94, 7. Ellie Jackson 2:31.42, 8. Sofia Rodriguez 2:32.02, time drop 5.58.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Eva Milevska, MWA 1:06.52, 2. Sofia Robayo, MWA 1:10.63, 3. Eidison Rios, HSC 1:15.11; SOFLO: 6. Paige Fleming 1:20.09, time drop 0.24, 7. Zoe Miralles 1:21.19, time drop 1.35, 8. Katie Petrucci 1:25.76, 10. Maya Ramthun 1:27.58.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 2:17.81, 2. Valentina Remmele, SOFLO 2:28.86, time drop 4.61, 3. Eva Milevska, MWA 2:33.76; SOFLO: 6. Amber Connor 2:46.04, 8. Julia Baldwin 2:57.54, 9. Stephania Dmitrova 2:57.67, time drop 4.09, 10. Karen Iino 3:01.24.

500-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 5:34.23, time drop 9.32, 2. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 5:34.70, time drop 4:72, 3. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 5:45.84; SOFLO: 4. Jemma Baldwin 5:45.90, 6. Jianna Amores 5:50.07, time drop 19.47, 7. Ellie Jackson 5:58.78, 8. Sofia Rodriguez 6:01.89.

BOYS
100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 1:19.81, time drop 0.06, 2. Danny Ramos, HSC 1:23.03, 3. Kamyl Corcuera, MAC 1:28.53; SOFLO: 5. Niccolo Miccolis 1:34.05, 9. Santiago Zuluaga 1:44.72, time drop 3.55, 10. Lincoln Callaway Coy 1:56.46.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 2:40.90, 2. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 2:43.69, time drop 2.28, 3. Ale Suarez Cabrera, SOFLO 2:50.57; SOFLO: 4. Michael Barber 3:02.00, time drop 1.88, 5. Gabriel Ferrer 3:04.74, 6. Sean Tee 3:08.87, 7. Luis Escobar 3:09.82, time drop 10.30, 8. Leonardo Zuluaga 3:12.33, time drop 4.71.
11-12, 1. Alexander Diaz, UN 2:18.08, 2. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 2:18.88, 3. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 2:19.95, time drop 3.69, SOFLO: 5. Noah Mejias 2:27.51, 6. Eric Ferrer 2:30.95, time drop 0.20, 7. Guillermo Mantilla 2:31.91, 8. Rainier Leyva Riestra 2:33.12.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 1:10.36, time drop 0.31, 2. Danny Ramos, HSC 1:13.26, 3. Kamyl Corcuera, MAC 1:13.28; SOFLO: 4. Niccolo Miccolis 1:17.79, time drop 0.02, 8. Santiago Zuluaga 1:35.07, time drop 20.39, 9. Andres Gomez 1:41.95, 10. Lincoln Callaway Coy 1:46.71, time drop 1.09.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Rafael Cancio Jorge, MAC 2:24.03, 2. Ethan Phan, SOFLO 2:28.30, time drop 1.52, 3. Michael Barber, SOFLO 2:28.90, time drop 5.31; SOFLO: 4. Ale Suarez Cabrera 2:34.35, time drop 0.57, 6. Gabriel Ferrer 2:44.11, time drop 5.44, 7. Sean Tee 2:50.15, time drop 5.40, 9. Luis Escobar 2:53.71, 10. Leonardo Zuluaga 3:00.72.

500-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 5:33.54, time drop 9.06, 2. Ethan Hall, SOFLO 5:35.54, 3. Alexander Diaz, UN 5:36.17; SOFLO: 4. Rainier Leyva Riestra 5:36.97, time drop 1.90, 6. Eric Ferrer 5:45.33, time drop 2.10, 7. Noah Mejias 5:45.76, time drop 3.06, 8. Guillermo Mantilla 5:46.20, time drop 5.34.

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

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