SOFLO’s Schleicher Top 10 Finisher; Travis, Becker Win Overall Titles At USA Swimming 5K Junior National Championship At Miami Marine Stadium

By Sharon Robb

MIAMI, May 4, 2019—In one of the most competitive girls open water swimming races, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mallory Schleicher finished among the Top 10 Saturday in the USA Swimming Girls 5K Junior National Championship at Miami Marine Stadium.

Schleicher, 15, was seventh in the 16-and-under girls race in 1:02:47 for 3.1 miles.

The first ten finishers all completed the course in 1:02 and change. While Travis was nearly 20 seconds ahead of the field three swimmers finished within two tenths of a second with each other.

Chase Travis, 16, of Nation’s Capital Swim Club won in 1:02:07. Kathryn Grimes, 13, of Sandpipers of Nevada was second in 1:02:26.

The only other Florida Gold Coast swimmers in the girls field was Anna Auld, 15, of East Coast Aquatic Club, who finished third in 1:02:30 and Emily Trieschmann, 15, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics 40th in 1:05:54.

Dylan Becker, 16, of Sandpipers of Nevada won the boys title in 58:18. The Utah commit competed in Friday’s senior 10K where he finished 30th. The next 21 swimmers all dipped under one hour.

SOFLO’s Dominic Bono, 15, was 54th in 1:07:09 in the boys race. He was the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer to complete the race.

The championships end Sunday with the men’s and women’s senior 5K national event. Also on Sunday, Swim Miami 2019 returns to Miami Marine Stadium.

Four races will be held in Sunday’s Swim Miami 2019: 800-meters, Miami Mile, 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles). There is also the K-9 Krawl World Championships, a human and dog duathlon where owner and dog swim 200 yards and run 400 yards.

Swim Miami is the longest-standing open water swim on the East Coast and one of the largest in the U.S.

SOFLO has entered 24 age group swimmers (17 girls and 7 boys) and three masters swimmers.

The age group swimmers are Sophia Bedoya, 16, mile; Alexander Blandon, 17, mile; Alexis Christensen, 13, mile; Elena Dinehart, 14, 5K; Elise Dinehart, 10, mile; Olivia Dinehart, 14, 5K; Pilar Duranti, 11, 800; Genesis Escobar, 11, 800; Sophia Grubbs, 14, 5K; Anastasia Lutz, 12, mile; Alejandro Mateus, 13, mile; Leonardo Mateus, 17, mile; Sabrina Osorio, 14, mile; Sofia Osorio, 14, mile; Martin Petkov, 10, 800; Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 5K; Lucy Smutny, 16, 5K; Lydia Smutny, 10, mile; Madeline Smutny, 13, 5K; Ventura Torres, 17, mile; Victoria Torres, 14, mile; Juan Vallmitjana, 10, 800; Olivia Ware, 15, 10K; and Isabelle Wilson, 12, 5K.

The masters swimmers are Emmanuel Butmankiewicz, 33, in the mile; Hawaii Ironman Evelyn Salama, 45, 5K; and Kristen Vlaun, 46, 10K.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson is also involved in the event. His boat will serve as the officials’ boat for every race throughout the weekend.

The course is one lap for the mile, three laps for the 5K and six laps for the 10K.

The finish time limits are: 10K Swim: 4 hours; 5K Swim: 2 hours; Miami Mile: 1 hour and 800 meters: 30 minutes.

Proceeds benefit the H2Os Foundation. The H2Os Foundation through grants, generous donations, events, and strategic corporate partnerships offers children and youth a unique opportunity to learn a lifesaving skill, and more importantly a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Live coverage of the final races are available Sunday morning at The webcast is 7:30 a.m.

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