Dinehart, Smutny Lead SOFLO On Day Three Of USA Swimming Futures Championship


By Sharon Robb
CARY, N.C., July 29, 2022—Olivia Dinehart and Maddie Smutny were top finishers for South Florida Aquatic Club at the USA Swimming Futures Championship Friday at Triangle Aquatic Center.

Olivia Dinehart, 17, was ninth in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:34.53, shaving 1.45 seconds off her previous best of 2:35.98.

Maddie Smutny, 17, was ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:21.40, dropping 2.58 seconds. She was ninth fastest qualifier in prelims in 4:26.62. Her previous best time was 4:23.98.

SOFLO’s girls team is 13th among 45 teams with 33 points.

Other Friday SOFLO results:
Javier Colmenares, 16, 200 breaststroke, 44. 2:29.20.
Elena Dinehart, 17, 100 butterfly, 75. 1:05.15.
Olivia Dinehart, 17, 200 breaststroke, 11. 2:38.63 prelims, 9. 2:34.53, time drop 1.45, final.
Natalie Gembicki, 17, 100 butterfly time trial, 3. 1:06.28.
Alex Golding, 18, 200 breaststroke, 55. 2:30.48.
Sophia Grubbs, 17, 200 breaststroke, 86. 2:55.25.
Austin Nelson, 16, 400 freestyle, 74. 4:19.74.
Ricardo Roche, 22, 100 backstroke time trial, 1. 58.99.
Wisthon Rendon, 18, 100 butterfly, 110. 59.30.
Rafael Rodriguez, 20, 100 butterfly, 37. 57.30.
Mallory Schleicher, 18, 100 breaststroke time trial, 3. 1:19.06.
Maddie Smutny, 17, 400 freestyle, 9. 4:26.62 prelims, 4:21.40, final, 2.58 time drop; 100 butterfly, 113. 1:06.48.
Izzy Wilson, 15, 400 freestyle, 52. 4:35.51.

SOFLO has thirteen swimmers (seven girls and six boys) competing in 48 individual events and one relay.

Among Florida Gold Coast swimmer highlights:

Haitian Olympian Davidson Vincent, 20, of Azura was second in the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 54.35, dropping 0.39.

U.S. junior national team member Julia Podkoscielny, 17, was third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:34.32. Pine Crest Swimming is seventh among girls teams with 72 points of which 53 have been scored by Podkoscielny.

Dario Martin, 17, of Olympus Swimming Club was third in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:18.22, dropping 0.45 seconds.

The Futures Championship, which ends Saturday night, is designed as an intermediate step between Sectional Championships and Junior Nationals or National Championships, and open to swimmers of all ages who have time standards. The seventh edition of Futures is one of five around the nation.

Swimmers from the following LSCs are eligible to compete including Florida Gold Coast, Florida Swimming, Southeastern, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Indiana.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. TAC Titans 918, 2. Sarasota Sharks 563, 3. Club Wolverine 448, 4. Bolles 447.5, 5. Chattahoochee Gold 196, 11. Pine Crest Swimming 72, 18. TS Aquatics 53, 25. Miami Country Day 38, 27. South Florida Aquatic Club 33, 30. Eagle Aquatics 28, 37. Azura 17, 39. Midtown Weston 15, 41. Treasure Coast Aquatics 12, 44. Metro Aquatics 7.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. TAC Titans 512, 2. Bolles 393.5, 3. Club Wolverine 155.5, 4. Sarasota Sharks 150, 5. Michigan Lakeshore 90, 13. Miami Country Day 38, 14. TS Aquatics 36, 19. Eagle Aquatics 28, 22. Olympus 21, 28. Azura 17.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 413, 2. TAC Titans 406, 3. Club Wolverine 292.5, 4. Chattahoochee Gold 184, 5. Blue Dolfins 100.5, 7. Pine Crest Swimming 72, 13. SOFLO 33, 20. TS Aquatics 17, 22. Midtown Weston 15, 26. Treasure Coast 12, 30. Metro Aquatics 7

WOMEN
400-meter freestyle: 1. Hannah Bellard, CW 4:11.30, 2. Addison Sauickie, SYS 4:14.23, 3. Summer Cardwell, TBAC 4:16.79; SOFLO: 9. Maddie Smutny 4:21.40, time drop 2.58; FGC: 8. Erin Miller, PCS 4:27.84, 16. Brynn Stoneburg, TCA 4:30.22 (4:28.09 prelims).

100-meter butterfly: 1. Charlotte Hook, TAC 59.04, 2. Elizabeth Tilt, GOLD 59.55, 3. Susan Lagrand, OLY 1:00.74; FGC: 19. Sofia Jorge, MAC 1:02.02, 23. Sophia Diaz 1:02.76.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:31.38, 2. Edwina Jalet, CW 2:34.15, 3. Julia Podkoscielny, PCS 2:34.32; SOFLO: 9. Olivia Dinehart 2:34.53, time drop 1.45; FGC: 24. Riley Botting, PCS 2:42.63

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Sarasota Sharks 3:46.80, 2. Club Wolverine 3:49.27, 3. TAC Titans 3:49.72, 13. Pine Crest 3:59.18, 20. SOFLO A 4:00.74 (Mallory Schleicher, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Natalie Gembicki).

MEN
400-meter freestyle: 1. Lance Norris, TAC 3:53.31, 2. Michael Cotter, TAC 3:54.59, 3. Jonas Cantrell, SCS 3:57.50.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Derek Maas, MLA 53.88, 2. Davidson Vincent, Azura 54.35, 3. Michael Mullen, Bolles 54.53; FGC: 6. Dylan Smiley, MCD 54.80, 13. Carlos Vasquez 55.49, 24. Dario Martin, OSC 58.21.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Jorge Murillo, TAC 2:12.74, 2. Grayson Nye, TAC 2:15.53, 3. Dario Martin, OSC 2:18.22; FGC: 5. Dylan Smiley, MCD 2:20.03, 30. Lucas Young, CANE 2:28.21.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. TAC Titans 3:21.87, 2. Bolles A 3:22.96, 3. Bolles B 3:25.85, 14. TS Aquatics 3:33.26, 18. SOFLO A 3:36.06 (Ricardo Roche, Rafael Rodriguez, Javier Colmenares, Alex Golding), 22. T2 Aquatics 3:37.20.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart Verbally Commits To Auburn University


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, October 6, 2021—Olivia Dinehart of South Florida Aquatic Club Sharks has verbally committed to Auburn University.

Ranked fifth in the state, the Cutler Bay High School junior announced her choice on social media.

“I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Auburn University,” Dinehart wrote.

“I can’t wait to be a part of such a special team. I’d like to thank my amazing coaches, my incredible family and my friends. WAR EAGLE.”

Dinehart, 16, Cutler Bay Class of 2023, will work with Associate Head Coach Vlad Polyakov, a three-time Olympian, world champion and NCAA champion. The former Florida Gold Coast swimmer at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Coral Springs Swim Club, where he worked under six-time Olympic coach and Hall of Famer Michael Lohberg, joined the staff this year after nine seasons at Louisville.

Auburn was one of the top women’s teams in the nation last season along with NCAA champion Virginia, Stanford, Indiana and Arizona State.

Dinehart is a two-time finalist at the State 1A High School Swimming Championships in 2019 and 2020.

In 2019, she was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.87) and fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.16). In 2020, she was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.79) and fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.19). The 1A state meet that features powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles, is the most competitive of the four classifications in Florida.

In 2019, she was a two-time District 12-A and region champion in the breaststroke and IM events.

In August 2019, she was a finalist in the USA Swimming Futures Championships in Greensboro in the 1500-meter freestyle (17:23.56). She was also a Top 4 finisher in four events at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships including winning the 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.93). Her last major championship was the August Speedo Summer East Championships where she finished in the Top 15 in her events.

Dinehart is one of three sisters who swim. Her twin Elena and Elise also swim.

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

Molly Golding Top SOFLO Finisher On Day One Of USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 28, 2021—Molly Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club was top finisher on opening day of the USA Swimming Futures Championships.

The University of Florida-bound 18-year-old was fifth in the “D” final and finished 26th overall in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.15, just off her entry time of 1:14.01. In prelims she went 1:14.44.

Other SOFLO finishers were:

Javier Colmenares, 15, 50th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.70.

Sophia Grubbs, 16, 54th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:16.47.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was University of Miami’s Aino Otava, 22, of Finland, fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:58.89. Gulliver’s Kyle Korvick, 17, was 18th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.72, a best time with an 0.26 drop.

Atlanta-based Dynamo Swim Club dominated opening day action and leads the combined (193) and women’s (79) team points. Bolles School Sharks leads the men’s team standings with 79 points, just two points ahead of Dynamo.

An estimated 1,000 swimmers are competing. The Aquatic Center has two Olympic-size pools with 1,400 seats.

The meet continues Thursday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The four-day meet ends on Saturday.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Dynamo Swim Club 193, 2. TAC Titans 125.5, 3. Bolles 81, 4. Club Wolverine 75.5, 5. Lakeside 43.


MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 79, 2. Dynamo 77, 3. Lakeside 36, 4. TAC Titans 32, 5. Sarasota Tsunami 31.


WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 116, 2. TAC Titans 93.5, 3. Club Wolverine 53.5, 4. Y-Spartaquatics 40, 5. Blue Dolfins 29.


GIRLS
200-meter freestyle: 1. Charlotte Hook, TAC 2:02.54, 2. Keelan Cotter, TAC 2:02.82, 3. Catherine Choate, DYN 2:02.94.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Alicia Henry, DYN 1:09.72, 2. Katie Christopherson, USAC 1:10.29, 3. Jordyn Libler, CW 1:11.28; SOFLO: 26. Molly Golding 1:14.15, fifth in D final.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Charlotte Hook, TAC 2:09.80, 2. Hannah Bellard, CW 2:10.40, 3. Avery Bargeron, DYN 2:14.02.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Hannah Bellard, CW 8:38.84, 2. Summer Cardwell, TBAC 8:55.09, 3. Keelan Cotter, TAC 8:58.64; FGC: 4. Aino Otava 8:58.89, 21. Mariana Cote, MWA 9:20.39.

BOYS
200-meter freestyle: 1. Owen McDonald, DYN 1:51.56, 2. Zachary Kohm, Unattached 1:52.16, 3. Kenneth Carter, SPAC 1:53.10; FGC: 18. Kyle Korvick, GULL 1:54.72.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Arie Voloschin, DYN 1:02.42, 2. William Heck, BSS 1:02.69, 3. Will Scholtz, LAK 1:02.70; FGC: 30. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 1:06.56, 31. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:06.58, 32. Jacques Sonnier, BRST 1:06.93.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Michael Mullen, BSS 2:00.32, 2. Jackson Mussler, LAK 2:01.68, 3. Spencer Carol, MLA 2:02.62; FGC: 21. Hector Paz, MAC 2:08.16.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Andrew Christensen, BD 16:12.93, 2. Raymond Prosinski, LA 16:26.35, 3. Keith Williams, TAC 16:27.97.

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

Schleicher, Dinehart Top SOFLO Finishers On Day Three Of USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., August 3, 2019—Mallory Schleicher and Olivia Dinehart were among Top 10 finishers on Day Three of the USA Swimming Futures Championships Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers each finished ninth. Schleicher was ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:22.92, dropping an impressive 5.17 and just missing a junior national cut.

Dinehart was ninth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:39.93.

Headed into the fourth and final day of racing, TAC Titans lead the men’s and Sarasota Sharks lead the women’s team standings. SOFLO is tenth among women’s teams.

SATURDAY RESULTS
MEN TEAM TOTALS:
1. TAC Titans 132, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 115, 3. Sarasota Tsunami 92, 4. Academy Aquatics 88, 5. Avon Community 73.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 166, 2. Blue Dolfins 162, 3. Marlins of Ralegh 117, 4. TAC Titans 114.5, 5. Laker Swim 76, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 46.

GIRLS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Ashley Worden, MOR 2:14.57.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Gabrielle Vanbrunt, GCAT 26.12; SOFLO: 19. Gaby Banks 26.97,

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Genevieve Joyce, MOR 2:33.72; SOFLO: 9. Olivia Dinehart 2:39.93, 23. Molly Golding 2:45.83.

100-meter backstoke:
1. Anna Freed, SRQ 1:02.71.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Adrianna Cera, MOR 4:20.65; SOFLO: 9. Mallory Schleicher 4:22.92, time drop 5.17, 35. Olivia Dinehart 4:32.23, time drop 27.04.

BOYS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Elliot Cooper, ACST 2:03.11; SOFLO: 41. Miguel Sierra 2:14.16.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Spencer Jyawook, NAC 23.43; SOFLO: 72. Robert Wilson 24.99, 78. Juan Mora 25.08, time drop 0.77.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Bryar Long, ACAC 2:18.65; SOFLO: 19. Juan Pablo Pineda 2:26.41. time drop 1.19.

100-meter backstoke:
1. Erek Nelson, FINS 56.33.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Braeden Haughey, TAC 3:56.42.

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

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Fifth On Day Two Of USA Swimming Futures Championships; Podkoscielny Gets First U.S. Olympic Trials Cut


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., August 2, 2019—Mallory Schleicher was top finisher for South Florida Aquatic Club at the USA Swimming Futures Championships Friday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Against a fast field, Schleicher, 15, was fifth in the 400-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 4:58.69 with a time drop of 4.21 seconds. She qualified eighth in morning prelims in 5:04.45.

It was the first time Schleicher cracked the 5-minute barrier in the 400 IM.

Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny, 14, won the 400 IM in 4:50.42, also a best time with a 4.52 time drop, another 5-minute cracked barrier and even more impressive, her first U.S. Olympic Trials cut.

Schleicher was also a member of SOFLO’s eighth place women’s 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:59.94 with teammates Olivia Dinehart, Gaby Banks and Paige Lane.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Savannah Barr, SYS 2:02.61, 2. Sophie Housey, GPG 2:03.65, 3. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 2:04.37; SOFLO: 38. Mallory Schleicher 2:09.82, 67. Paige Lane 2:12.97, 68. Elena Dinehart 2:13.26.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Masy Folcik, ROCK 1:11.54, 2. Genevieve Joyce, MOR 1:12.81, 3. Gracie Weyant, SYS 1:13.14; SOFLO: 18. Olivia Dinehart 1:14.95, 21. Molly Golding 1:15.54, 23. Olivia Dinehart 1:15.96, 73. Gaby Banks 1:27.29.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Gabrielle Vanbrunt, GCAT 1:00.49, 2. Addison Reese, LAKR 1:02.00, 3. Lydia Hanlon, ATAC 1:02.17; SOFLO: 65. Paige Lane 1:05.70.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:50.42, 2. Anna Freed, SRQ 4:53.08, 3. Sumner Chmielewski, Unattached 4:56.84; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 4:58.69, time drop 4.21.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Blue Dolfins 3:54.33, 2. Sarasota Sharks 3:55.76, 3. TAC Titans 3:57.78, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 3:59.94 (Olivia Dinehart, Gaby Banks, Mallory Schleicher, Paige Lane), 9. Pine Crest 4:00.12.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Robert Cecil, AAC 1:52.43, 2. Wesley Kephart, SKY 1:53.90, 3. Michael Cotter, TAC 1:54.09; SOFLO: 64. Robert Wilson 2:00.63.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Jackson Skigen, NFS 1:04.36, 2. Connor Dalbo, MOR 1:05.26, 3. Bode Ringenbach, MOR 1:05.83; SOFLO: 30. Juan Pablo Pineda 1:07.37, time drop 0.17, 75. Juan Mora 1:10.07, time drop 4.02.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Spencer Jyawook, NAC 55.39, 2. Tucker Burhans, EAC 55.81, 3. Jesse Ssengonzi, MOR 56.22; SOFLO: 35. Miguel Sierra 58.08.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Lance Norris, Unattached 4:27.23, 2. Tyler Watson, NFS 4:27.65, 3. Alexander Gusev, SYS 4:30.44; SOFLO: 33. Dominic Bono 4:44.23.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Academy Aquatic Club 3:31.44, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 3:32.21, 3. Enfinity 3:32.33, 18. South Florida Aquatic Club 3:39.39 (Robert Wilson, Juan Mora, Juan Pablo Pineda, Miguel Sierra).

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

SOFLO’s Schleicher, Bono, Relays Open Action At USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., August 2, 2019—The USA Swimming Futures Championships got under way Thursday with South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers getting in some early action at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, was 17th in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:08.38.

Dominic Bono, 16, was 45th in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:13.84.

SOFLO’s A relay of Schleicher, Elena Dinehart, Paige Lane and Olivia Dinehart finished 12th in thr 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:43.98.

SOFLO’s boys 800-meter freestyle relay of Juan Mora, Juan Pablo Pineda, Robert Wilson and Miguel Sierra was 17th in 8:11.49.

THURSDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

800-meter freestyle:
1. Madison Murtagh, GSLA 8:55.06, 2. Stella Grace Watts, ATAC 8:55.86, 3. Addison Sauickie, SYS 8:56.73; SOFLO: 17. Mallory Schleicher 9:08.38, time drop 0.07.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota Sharks 8:28.63, 2. Blue Dolfins 8:29.45, 3. Tac Titans 8:31.98, 10. Pine Crest 8:42.61, 12. South Florida Aquatic Club A 8:43.98 (Mallory Schleicher, Elena Dinehart, Paige Lane, Olivia Dinehart).

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Lance Norris, Unattached 15:45.60, 2. Grant Davis, GOLD 15:47.81, 3. Andrew Jordan, CMSA 15:52.72; SOFLO: 45. Dominic Bono 17:13.84.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota 7:43.72, 2. TAC Titans 7:46.16, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 7:46.96, 17. South Florida Aquatic Club 8:11.49 (Juan Mora, Juan Pablo Pineda, Robert Wilson, Miguel Sierra).

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

SOFLO Swimmers Continue Championship Season At Junior Nationals, Southern Zones, Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, July 31, 2018–Several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are competing this week in the 2018 Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif., Southern Zone Age Group Meet in Midland, Tex. and USA Swimming Futures Championships in Cary, N.C.

SOFLO’s Alexis Christensen, Mallory Schleicher, Valerie Vank and Christian Tijero will represent the Florida Gold Coast Age Group Zone Team in the Southern Zone Age Group Swim Meet that started Tuesday with the distance events and runs through Sunday at COM Aquatic Center, in Midland, Texas.

Kathleen Golding, 17, coming off five events at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships, will compete Wednesday in the 100-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley. At seniors, Golding posted three lifetime-bests and qualified for two “C” finals.

The junior nationals also got under way on Tuesday with the distance events after a day off on Monday after the senior nationals in the same pool.

The USA Swimming Futures Championships begin Wednesday and end Sunday at Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C. It is one of four Futures meets held across the country.

The championships are open to swimmers who are USA Swimming members and have achieved the time standards in one or more events. The summer meet provides swimmers with a new stepping stone between Sectionals and Junior Nationals. Some call the Futures meet a “junior” Junior Nationals.

SOFLO has qualified eight swimmers in the individual events and will have an additional three entered in relays including four-time Olympian Alia Atkinson.

The individual qualifiers are Gaby Banks, three events; Molly Golding, three events; Kelley Heron, three events; Paige Lane, three events; Lance Lesage, three events; Jessica Rodriguez, three events; Rafael Rodriguez, five events; and Juan Serna, three events.

According to the early entries, the 800-meter freestyle relay, which is seeded first, features Kathleen Golding, Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro and Alia Atkinson. The 400-meter freestyle relay, seeded 13th, is Kathleen Golding, Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez and Melissa Marinheiro. The 400-meter medley relay, seeded 23rd, is Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding and Paige Lane.

Several Florida teams are competing including Gator Swim Club, Tampa Bay Aquatics, Highlander, Area Tallahassee, TS Aquatics, East Coast Aquatic, Pine Crest Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team, SwimMAC and Blue Wave Swimming.

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

SOFLO’s Golding Ends On Winning Note At Futures Championships; SOFLO Women Finish Sixth


By Sharon Robb

August 7, 2016—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club won her second title on the final night of the USA Swimming Futures Championships Sunday at Georgia Tech’s McCauley Aquatic Center in Atlanta.

Golding, 15, won the 100-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 56.31, shaving 1.24 seconds off her previous best of 57.55.

Golding was seeded third going into the event. She first lowered her seed time in prelims in 57.28, the fastest swim of the morning.

It was the Cooper City High School sophomore’s second win of the meet. The U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:01.99, dropping nearly six seconds after being seeded 34th.

Golding also had one second and two thirds in other events, all in best times. Golding was second in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:19.38.

She was also third in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.45 and 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.74. She also swam on three relays that finished in the Top 10.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s women’s team finished sixth with 155 points and tenth in combined with 171. Golding finished with 89 points in high point.

Other SOFLO swimmers turning in best times on the final night were:

Ervin Marin, 200-meter individual medley, back-to-back best times, 2:09.38, 2:10.62.

Luke Lezotte, 100-meter freestyle, 56.28.

Dynamo Swim Club won the combined and men’s team titles. SwimMAC won the women’s title, edging out Dynamo.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

COMBINED: 1. Dynamo Swim Club 922, 2. SwimMAC 863, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 574, 4. Tennessee Aquatics 350, 5. Stingrays 273.5, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 245, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 171.

MEN: 1. Dynamo 451, 2. SwimMAC 380, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 308, 4. Metro Aquatics 216.5, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 205, 13. Pine Crest Swimming 67.5, 19. AquaKids Sharks 49, 30. South Florida Aquatic Club 16.

WOMEN: 1. SwimMAC 483, 2. Dynamo 471, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 266, 4. Tennessee Aquatics 194, 5. Gator Swim Club 192, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 155, 18. Pine Crest Swimming 46, 23. Swim Fort Lauderdale 40.

WOMEN

100-meter freestyle:

1.Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 56.31, best time; FGC: 21. Cathy Cooper 58.80, 23. Eriana Temperino 58.93, 26. Mary Smutny 59.45, 29. Nicole Gomez 59.49, 32. Jennifer Secrest 59.68, 43. Alexa Rivera 1:00.16, 55. Andrea Santander 1:00.72, 76. Chade Nersicio 1:01.53, 84. Rachel Contich 1:01.85, 87. Savannah Yates 1:02.00.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Evie Bragg, Dynamo 2:15.06; SOFLO: 15. Allison Kopas, SFTL 2:22.09, 23. Kelley Heron 2:23.30; FGC: 13. Allison Kopas 2:21.23, 31. Madison Cummings 2:24.31.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Julia Menkhaus, SwimMAC 2:18.08; SOFLO: 72. Jessica Rodriguez 2:31.38; FGC: 9. Allison Kopas 2:21.96, 18. Jennifer Secrest 2:24.20, 33. Alexa Rivera 2:26.54, 36. Eriana Temperino 2:26.87, 46. Rose Smiddy 2:27.99, 49. Hannah Virgin 2:28.36, 57. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 2:29.04, 58. Victoria Miyamoto 2:29.08, 67. Nicole Gome 2:30.32, 78. Mary Smutny 2:31.94, 81. Andrea Santander 2:32.16.

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Ana Pozder, TAC 16:47.10; SOFLO: 14. Melissa Marinheiro 17:41.02; FGC: 20. Audrey Mason, PC 18:05.30.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Dynamo 4:13.61, 7. Pine Crest 4:27.50, 8. SOFLO 4:27.64 (Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding, Melissa Marinheiro), 13. East Coast 4:30.13.

MEN

100-meter freestyle: Final Not Posted On Meet Mobile.

SOFLO: 51. Ryan Capote 54.81, 76. Luke Lezotte 56.28, best time; FGC: 21. Irvin Hoost, MAC 53.43, 22. Seggio Bernardina, ECAC 53.47, 26. Daniel Jacobs, PCS 53.70, 27. Miguel Madeira, MAC 53.94, 31. Nico Ferrara, PC 54.10, 32. Diego Faucher, MAC 54.13, 34. Alexander Arrieta, MAC 54.18, 36. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 54.20, 41. Adrian Moya, MAC 54.41, 67. Ryan Graff, PC 55.36, 69. Parker Bierman 55.65, 72. Christian Soderberg 55.83, 81. Xavier Philips, ECAC 57.01.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Jackson Gunning, RAYS 2:05.81; SOFLO: 29. Ricardo Roche 2:12.46; FGC: 18. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 2:08.80, 38. Philippe Marcoux, SFTL 2:14.69, 40. Carolus Josefina, ECAC 2:14.73, 44. Aitor Fungairino, MAC 2:16.70.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Zachary Hils, LEXKY 2:06.11; SOFLO: 11. Ervin Marin 2:09.38, best time, finals, 2:10.62, best time, prelims; FGC: 2. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 2:06.37, 10. Brandon Vives, MAC 2:08.96, 17. Patrick Groters, PC 2:09.07, 43. Joseph Perez, MAC 2:13.58, 53. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 2:15.62, 68. Yona Rubin, SFTL 2:19.80, 70. Kevin Degrijze, Unattached 2:21.20.

800-meter freestyle:

1.Santiago Corredor, Swim Florida 8:17.01; SOFLO: 19. Rafael Rodriguez 8:36.87, best time.

400-meter medley relay: Not Posted On Meet Mobile.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Shines, Golding Wins Second Gold, Gets Olympic Trials Cut On Final Night Of Inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 2, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club ended on a good note on a national stage on the fourth and final night of the inaugural USA Swimming Futures Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.

South Florida Aquatic Club was the top finisher among Florida teams in the combined and women’s team standings.

SOFLO was second among women’s teams with 208 points and fourth in the combined team standings with 270.5 points. Highlander was the top boys finisher placing ninth with 130.

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, 14, won her second title sweeping the individual medley events and is going to the U.S. Olympic Trials next year in Omaha, Neb.

After winning the 400 IM in a lifetime-best 4:55.80, Golding won the 200 IM in 2:18.67, also a best time. She first bettered her previous best of 2:21.43 in prelims in 2:20.39 and dropped even more time in finals for a combined 2.76-second drop. Even better, it was Golding’s first U.S. Olympic Trials cut.

South Florida Aquatic Club was third in the 400-meter medley relay in 4:22.22 with Marcella Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding and Melissa Marinheiro.

Golding was also 11th in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.49.

Kelley Heron was 11th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:22.03.

Melissa Marinheiro was fifth in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:24.34.

Julien Pinon was seventh in the 100-meter freestyle in 52.85.

Ervin Marin was tenth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:11.18.

The Futures Championships are a trio of meets in Greensboro, N.C., Mt. Hood, Ore. and West Lafayette, Ind.

The meets are designed to bridge the gap between Sectionals and Junior Nationals enabling swimmers not qualified for Junior Nationals to compete in their own meet.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Boilermaker Aquatics 491, 2. Columbia Swim Club 424, 3. Indiana University Swim Team 350.5, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 270.5, 5. Stingrays 251, 13. Highlander 188, 16. Swim Fort Lauderdale 120, 18. Southwest Stars Swim Club 95, 21. Area Tallahassee 82, 25. Miami Swimming 70, 33. Gulliver Swim Club 48, 39. Unattached Florida Gold Coast 42, 66. Tampa Bay 9.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Columbia Swim Club 230.5, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 208, 3. University of Kentucky Swim Team 200, 4. Boilermaker 132, 5. Indiana University Swim Team 129, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 120, 11. Southwest Stars Swim Club 95, 17. Miami Swimming 70, 20. Highlander 58, 29. Gulliver 33, 32. Area Tallahassee 31, 45. Tampa Bay 9.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Boilermaker 359, 2. Indiana University Swim Team 221.5, 3. Columbia 193.5, 4. Dynamo 179.5, 5. Memphis Thunder 174.5, 9. Highlander 130, 15. South Florida Aquatic Club 62.5, 18. Area Tallahassee 51, 22. Unattached Florida Gold Coast 42, 36. Gulliver 15.

GIRLS

100-meter freestyle: 1. Geena Freriks, UKY 56.70, 2. Kaitlyn Schorr, STAR 56.84, 3. Kobie Melton, HAS 57.30; FLORIDA: 11. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 58.49, 14. Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 58.50. 58.65, 16. Abigail Burke, Highlander 58.91/58.92, 18. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 58.69/59.12, 19. Catharine Cooper, Coral Springs Swim Club 58.75/59.41, 36. Sofia Bernard, STAR 1:00.00, 45. Kelly Harrington, Boca Raton Swim Team 1:00.42, 46. Paige Hamilton, Highlander 1:00.46, 60. Andie Myers, Highlander 1:01.29, 68. Eleanor Pollitt, LA 1:02.19, 69. Chloe Grimme, FE 1:02.20.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Kelly Leonard, RIPT 2:16.99, 2. Kayla Churman, UKY 2:17.66, 3. Emma Gourdie, MPSC 2:17.90; FLORIDA: 11. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:22.03, 16. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:23.63/2:23.37, 17. Megan Schimansky, Coral Springs 2:23.02/2:24.05, 19. Spencer Lucas, Highlander 2:23.58/2:24.31, 28. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:24.88, 35. Kara Wilkins, Unattached 2:25.94, 61. Chloe Hampson, Highlander 2:40.40.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:18.67, 2. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:21.35, 3. Carolyn Jungers, SSTY 2:21.74; FLORIDA: 19. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:24.63/2:25.74; 20. Paige Hamilton, Highlander 2:24.69; 24. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:25.28/2:25.29, 27. Kaitlyn Schorr, STAR 2:26.68, 28. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:26.74, 29. Samantha Schieffelin, STAR 2:27.13, 40. Spencer Lucas, Highlander 2:28.04, 41. Caroline Cooper, Highlander 2:28.11, 52. Pakawadee Sopapong, Tampa Bay 2:29.56, 54. Colleen Driscoll, Tampa Bay 2:29.67, 59. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:30.02, 60. Lauren Peavy, ATAC 2:30.65, 70. Alexa Kalandiak, Miami Swimming 2:33.42, 79. Caitlin Ahern, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:35.61.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Kelly Berger, UKY 17:07.03, 2. Emily Meckstroth, STAR 17:10.97, 3. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 17:20.31; FLORIDA: 5. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:24.34, 6. Stephanie Holmes, ATAC 17:24.43, 12. Alixandra Ro, Highlander 17:48.09.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:20.44 (Amanda Tipton, Caitlin Ahern, Elizabeth Zubero, Allison Kopas), 2. Miami Swimming 4:22.19 (Dorothy Morgan, Anna Valls, Alexa Kalandiak, Kyla Valls), 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 4:22.22 (Marcella Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding, Melissa Marinheiro), 15. Highlander 4:31.88, 17. Southwest Stars 4:32.13.

BOYS

100-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Dugan, RAYS 51.45, 2. Christopher Kearney, COHO 51.90, 3. John Stephens, BA 51.93; FLORIDA: 7. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 52.85, 33. Andrew Dupont, Highlander 54.21, 34. Derek Peeples, LAS 54.27, 40. John Yambor-Maul, ATAZ 54.52, 42. Ryan Capote, SOFLO 54.57, 47. Corbin Cooper, Highlander 54.79.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Jacob Thomas, BA 2:03.81, 2. Samuel Marlow, RSCA 2:06.17, 3. Tucson Dunn, SCAT 2:06.49; FLORIDA: 12. Calvin Lillo, Highlander 2:10.25/2:11.58, 20. David Perez, Highlander 2:13.27/2:14.08, 24. Derek Peeples, LAS 2:14.61.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Sam Iida, GTAC 2:06.04, 2. Adam Kastigar, ASC 2:06.53, 3. Hudson Bursch, STAR 2:08.31; FLORIDA: 10. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 2:11.18/2:11.37, 15. Sean Arrington, Unattached 2:12.79/2:12.37; 16. Calvin Lillo, Highlander 2:12.10/2:14.05; 18. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:10.55/2:12.97, 34. Jose Pascual, Coral Springs 2:15.10, 55. Rafaele Chambasian, ATAC 2:19.46, 61. Jonathan Oliva, Gulliver 2:22.38.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Hopkins, BA 8:24.32, 2. William Bresette, ESC 8:25.07, 3. Hayden Curley, Highlander 8:28.41; FLORIDA: 6. Brandon Chason, ATAC 8:31.93, 7. Christopher Holmes, ATAC 8:32.11, 3.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Dynamo 3:53.20, 2. Boilermaker Aquatics 3:54.17, 3. Indiana University Swim Team 3:54.29, 8. Highlander 3:59.10 (Calvin Lillo, Joshua Monacelli, Corbin Cooper, Andrew Dupont), 11. South Florida Aquatic Club 4:00.79 (Ryan Capote, Marc Rojas, CJ Kopecki, Ervin Marin).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www,swim4soflo.com