SOFLO Heads Strong Field For This Weekend’s FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, March 21, 2018—Defending champion and host South Florida Aquatic Club heads a strong field for this weekend’s Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

SOFLO will have 43 swimmers in 262 individual events and 18 relays in 10 relay events compete during the three-day meet that begins Friday at Academic Village Swimming Pool.

SOFLO is defending champions in the combined and boys team titles. Pine Crest Swimming is defending girls champion.

Last weekend SOFLO won the FGC Junior Olympics for the eighth consecutive year and ninth overall. SOFLO is now trying to make a little more history by winning both seniors and JO titles in the same short course season for the sixth time in the team’s 18-year history.

With a strong field including Gulliver Swim Club, East Coast Aquatic Club, Azura Florida Aquatic, Metro Aquatics and Pine Crest Swimming, SOFLO will have their work cut out for them.

Among SOFLO top seeds are:

Kathleen Golding, 17, 100-yard freestyle, 49.43; 100-yard individual medley, 56.58; 400-yard individual medley, 4:14.46; 50-yard butterfly, 24.98; 50-yard freestyle, 22.98; and 200-yard individual medley, 1:59.72.

Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 200-yard butterfly, 1:51.69; 100-yard individual medley, 55.17; 500-yard freestyle, 4:37.27; and 400-yard individual medley, 4:02.78.

At 30, two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado of Montverde Academy (MVAC) is the oldest swimmer in the meet and top seed in the 50- and 200-yard backstroke and second seed in the 100-yard backstroke.

Among other top seeds are Miguel Cancel, swimming unattached, Elvis Kotikovski, Alexandra Meszaros and Andrea Santander of Pine Crest Swimming, Philippe Marcoux of Swim Fort Lauderdale, Chade Nersicio of East Coast Aquatic Club and Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

When: Friday-Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday.

Estimated Timelines: Friday, prelims 8:30-11:42 a.m., finals 5-8:05 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8:30-11:35 a.m., finals 5-7:20 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m.-12:05 p.m., finals 4-7:04 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and will be available online at soflomeets.info/seniorchamps and on Meet Mobile. Timed finals for the 500-yard freestyle are Friday and 400-yard individual medley on Saturday. For information call the swim office, 954-538-3721.

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

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Fourteen SOFLO Swimmers Headed To FGC-Florida Swimming All-Star Meet At Indian River This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

FORT PIERCE, March 21, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club has fourteen swimmers on the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team for this weekend’s All-Star dual meet against Florida Swimming at Indian River State College.

SOFLO has nine boys and five girls on the team for the three-day meet that runs from Friday night to Sunday morning.

The boys who qualified are Jonathan Lozano, Juan Colmenares, Javier Roman, Aldo Zepeda, Yannai Michael, Alejandro Mateus, Lucas Porven, Alessandro Pereira and Enrique Rodriguez.

The girls are Mariana Pinto, Giada Porven, Alexis Christensen, Mallory Schleicher and Sarah Acevedo.

Last year SOFLO sent 21 swimmers, second largest since 2010 when 24 swimmers competed.

In 2017, Florida Gold Coast boys defended their title, 319-317. The FGC girls lost, 389-247. Florida Swimming won the combined team title, 736-584.

SOFLO age group coach Lynnette Hundell was selected FGC assistant coach for the 13-14 girls.

The All-Star meet coaching staff is led by head coach Michael Averett of Swim Fort Lauderdale and FGC age group chair Jennifer Gibson, also of Swim Fort Lauderdale. Erin Condon of Gator Swim Club is head coach of the Florida Swimming All-Star team.

The top six finishers at the FGC 14&Under Junior Olympics in Coral Springs qualified for the team. Several swimmers turned down spots because of spring break vacations.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast vs. Florida Swimming All-Star Dual Meet

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Session I, Friday 6 p.m.; Session II, Saturday, 9 a.m., Session III, 3 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 9 a.m.

Where: Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.

Of note: Admission is $5. Indian River Aquatics is hosting the meet. For more information call 772-462-7760.

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

SOFLO Captures Ninth Florida Gold Coast Short Course 14&Under Junior Olympics Title


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, March 18, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club found a way to win—again.

The early leaders of the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Short Course Junior Olympics clinched the combined team title on the third and final day at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

With less swimmers and superstars than years’ past, SOFLO won with 846 points finishing ahead of Flood Aquatics with 717.50 and Pine Crest Swimming with 708.50.

It was a record eighth consecutive and ninth overall in the club’s 18-year history.

“It’s definitely getting harder each year to win,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson. “With the group that we have I can’t stress enough how our coaches maximized their strengths. Our experienced coaches took the strength of club and exploited the rest of the Gold Coast with it.”

Every point mattered for SOFLO. In past years, depth was always the key but this year’s meet was a little different.

“Our strengths was really taking advantage of athletes we have in the water,” Anderson said. “We found a way to basically win in four different ways–depth, the middle distance quality, depth of relays and specifying different strokes.

“Our girls were swimming out of their minds in individual races. They may not have been able to swim six races but they could do three very strong ones and that’s what we had to do.

“We’re not as strong as we used to be, but we had a good handle on it. We looked at where they were at in September, adjusted in December, coached them better and they were ready to go.

“We are going to continue to find ways to win the big championships,” Anderson said. “It is a culture of winning. The coaches feel it and know it as well.”

Last weekend SOFLO won its first Southern Zone South Sectional Championships with depth and fed off that momentum at JOs. Thirty-two of the sectional swimmers all scored and competed on multiple JO teams.

“Winning sectionals was something we had never done in the past and we did it with depth,” Anderson said.

“This week if you looked at us on paper there was no way we would be in the top two,” Anderson said. “We were suppose to get third place. After the first day of the meet we found a way to win. Our younger swimmers, the 10-and-unders, did a great job. It worked out well.”

SOFLO swimmers that competed in their final JO short course appearance before aging up all played a vital role in the team victory. They were Sarah Acevedo, Brennan Binder, Juan Colmenares, Kayla Cunningham, Mark Andre De Gracia, Molly Golding, Yannai Michael, Jena Legaspi, Anthony Robaina, Javier Roman, Mallory Schleicher and Christian Vasquez.

SOFLO’s 11-12 boys scored 254 points; 13-14 girls 178 points; 13-14 boys 138 points; 11-12 girls scored 114; 10-and-under girls scored 83; and 10-and-under boys score 79. The majority of SOFLO swimmers had at least one best time.

Among SOFLO’s top three finishers were:

Giada Porven, second, 200-yard individual medley, 2:35.70, time drop.

Jonathan Lozano, second, 200-yard individual medley, 2:31.52, time drop.

Mallory Schleicher, third, 1,650-yard freestyle, 17:33.42.

Valerie Vank, third, 50-yard breaststroke, 31.77.

Alejandro Mateus, third, 200-yard individual medley, 2:12.92, time drop; third, 1,650-yard freestyle, 18:26.33, time drop.

Lucas Porven, third, 200-yard butterfly, 2:16.91, time drop.

SOFLO’s A 200-yard freestyle relay was third in 1:45.30 with Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Christian Tijero, Aldo Zepeda and Alejandro Mateus.

“The most satisfying win is always the first,” Anderson said. “As far as upping the quality and reputation of being a very competitive team, this is definitely one of the most satisfying ones. Coaching up the kids and watching the kids and coaches perform at the championship level was very satisfying.”

More than 600 swimmers and 36 teams competed. The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

Among FGC teams were Pine Crest, Azura, East Coast, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Miami Swimming, Wahoos of Wellington, Gulliver and AquaKids Sharks.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM RESULTS

1. South Florida Aquatic Club 846, 2. Flood Aquatics 717.50, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 708.50, 4. St. Andrew’s 650.50, 5. Jupiter 544, 6. East Coast Aquatic 426, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 388, 8. Metro Aquatics 339, 9. Gulliver 334, 10. Hialeah Storm 278.

HIGH POINT AWARDS
GIRLS

10-and-under, 1. Tania Mantilla, YMCA of South Florida 69; SOFLO: 10. tie, Giada Porven 26 and Mariana Pinto, 26, 31. Sarah Vasquez 3.

11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 77; SOFLO: 12. Valerie Vank 31, 20. Alexis Christensen 14, 28. Luna Delgado 6, 35. Kerry Cunningham 5.

13-14, 1. Anna Auld, East Coast Aquatic 70; SOFLO: 10. Molly Golding 34, 11. Kayla Cunningham 33, 13. Mallory Schleicher 29.50, 30. Victoria Torres 7.50, 32. Sarah Acevedo 5.

BOYS

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, Metro Aquatics 77; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Lozano, 61.

11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, Jupiter Dragons 75; SOFLO: 7. Alejandro Mateus 55, 12. Christian Tijero 32, 13. Alessandro Pereira 31, 14. Lucas Porven 22, 19. Aldo Zepeda 16, 29. Javier Colmenares 7, 41. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 1.

13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 77; SOFLO: 13. Javier Roman, 30, 16. Juan Colmenares 23, 25. Yannai Michael 11, 29. Brennan Binder 7, 33. Moises Rodriguez 5, 36. Enrique Rodriguez 4

GIRLS

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Giola Balzano, EA 2:33.04; SOFLO: 2. Giada Porven 2:35.70, time drop, 8. Sarah Vasquez 2:43.54, time drop, 11. Fiorella DiSalvo 2:45.56; 11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:10.84; 13-14, 1. Emily Trieschmann,SAS 2:05.86; SOFLO: 9. Molly Golding 2:11.96, time drop.

50-yard backstroke
10-and-under, 1. Mia Guerrero, Azura 32.59; SOFLO: 9. Mariana Pinto 34.40, time drop, 16. Abigail-Marie Natino 35.61, time drop; 11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 26.44; 13-14, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 25.57; SOFLO: 8. Kayla Cunningham 28.04, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Elyse Wood, GRSC 37.27; SOFLO: 11. Mariana Pinto 40.14, time drop; 11-12, 1. Sara Lin, PC 31.20; SOFLO: 3. Valerie Vank 31.77; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 29.25; SOFLO: 4. Victoria Torres 30.79, time drop, 8. Molly Golding 31.03, time drop.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Casey Perez, BMHG 2:15.13; SOFLO: 5. Luna Delgado 2:24.18, time drop; 13-14, 1. Anelis Roque, MAC 2:05.81; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 2:10.99, time drop, 8. Kayla Cunningham 2:11.92.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Tania Mantilla, YSF 1:00.42; SOFLO: 5. Mariana Pinto 1:04.12, time drop, 14. Giada Porven 1:06.38, time drop, , 17. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:07.05; 11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 52.40; 13-14, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 51.61.

200-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. St. Andrew’s 1:40.90, 5. SOFLO A 1:50.09 (Hartley Pitters-Hinds, Anastasia Lutz, Alexis Christensen, Valerie Vank), 11. SOFLO B 1:53.38 (Kaitlyn Barrios, Luna Delgado, Natalia Sibug, Reagan Lowe).

400-yard freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. East Coast 3:35.57, 5. SOFLO A 3:44.50 (Kayla Cunningham, Mallory Schleicher, Sarah Acevedo, Molly Golding), 21. SOFLO B 3:56.17 (Emma Twombly, Sabrina Osorio, Jena Legaspi, Victoria Torres).

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Mariana Cote, Azura 18:22.01; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 16:34.66; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 17:33.42, 13. Sarah Acevedo 18:36.69.

BOYS

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 2:24.39; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Lozano 2:31.52, time drop, 14. Derek Hau 2:54.67; 11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, JDST 2:11.73; SOFLO: 3. Alejandro Mateus 2:12.92, time drop, 5. Christian Tijero 2:15.40, time drop, 8. Lucas Porven 2:20.75, time drop, 9. Javier Colmenares 2:22.04, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:53.92; SOFLO: 8. Juan Colmenares 2:03.09, time drop, 9. Javier Roman 2:03.30, time drop, 10. Yannai Michael 2:05.73, time drop.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 33.42; SOFLO: 4. Jonathan Lozano 34.10, time drop; 11-12, 1. Noah Smith, FAST 26.80; SOFLO: 6. Aldo Zepeda 30.19, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 23.61.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 33.14; SOFLO: 15. Derek Hau 41.67; 11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, JDST 30.38; 13-14, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 26.84; SOFLO: 6. Javier Roman 28.54, time drop.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, Unattached 2:09.86; SOFLO: 3. Lucas Porven 2:16.91, time drop, 4. Alessandro Pereira 2:18.32, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:53.82; SOFLO: 5. Brennan Binder 2:03.91, time drop, 8. Juan Colmenares 2:05.94, time drop.

100-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Antoine Sharp, LLL 1:02.52; SOFLO: 4. Jonathan Lozano 1:03.48, time drop; 11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, JDST 52.51; SOFLO: 10. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 58.08; 13-14, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 47.12.

200-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Flood Aquatics 1:43.18, 3. SOFLO A 1:45.30 (Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Christian Tijero, Aldo Zepeda, Alejandro Mateus), 10. SOFLO B 1:51.99 (Alessandro Pereira, Javier Colmenares, Kevin Moya, Lucas Porven).

400-yard freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. Hialeah 3:21.44, 4. SOFLO A 3:27.44, 11. SOFLO B 3:38.02.

1,650-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. John Trieu, FAST 18:06.03; SOFLO: 3. Alejandro Mateus, 18:26.33, time drop; 13-14, 1. Dominic Bono, AKS 16:41.54.

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

SOFLO Extends Lead After Day Two Of Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, March 17, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club leads the combined team standings going into the third and final day of the Florida Gold Coast Short Course 14&Under Junior Olympics.

The defending champion extended its lead with 635.50 points Saturday night at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Pine Crest Swimming is second with 489 and Flood Aquatics Swim Team is third with 488.50.

SOFLO is on track to win a record eighth consecutive and ninth overall combined short course team title in the club’s 18-year history.

SOFLO has built its lead with depth and talent.

SOFLO’s top girls relay was the 13-14 400-yard medley relay that was second in 3:58.70 with Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Sarah Acevedo and Mallory Schleicher.

SOFLO’s 11-12 boys had two third place finishes in the 200-yard medley in 1:57.70 with Alejandro Mateus, Alessandro Pereira, Christian Tijero and Diego Nazario-Vazquez and the 400-yard medley in 4:15.84 with the same foursome.

Among Top 3 finishers were:

Molly Golding, second, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:21.87, time drop.

Jonathan Lozano, second, 200-yard freestyle, 2:13.96, time drop; second, 100-yard backstroke, 1:10.06, time drop.

Valerie Vank, third, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:28.30, time drop.

Mariana Pinto, third, 200-yard freestyle, 2:15.99, time drop.

Kayla Cunningham, third, 100-yard backstroke, 57.91, time drop.

Mallory Schleicher, third, 400-yard individual medley, 4:33.79, time drop.

Alejandro Mateus, second, 400-yard individual medley, 4:36.59, time drop; third, 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.82, time drop.

More than 600 swimmers and 32 teams are competing. The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

Among FGC teams competing at Pine Crest, Azura, East Coast, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Miami Swimming, Wahoos of Wellington, Gulliver and AquaKids Sharks.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

1. South Florida Aquatic Club 635.50, 2. Pine Crest Swimming 489, 3. Flood Aquatics 488.50, 4. St. Andrew’s 445, 5. Jupiter Dragons 366, 6. East Coast Aquatic Club 301, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 277, 8. Metro Aquatics 262, 9. Gulliver Swim Club 253, 10. Azura Florida Aquatic 212.

GIRLS

200-yard medley relay:
10-and-under, 1. Coral Springs Swim Club 2:14.77, 3. SOFLO A 2:18.09 (Mariana Pinto, Fiorella Di Salvo, Giada Porven, Sarah Vasquez); 11-12, 1. St. Andrew’s 1:52.43, 5. SOFLO A 2:02.44 (Kerry Cunningham, Valerie Vank, Luna Delgado, Anastasia Lutz), 12. SOFLO B 2:08.10 (Mariann Catalasan, Natalia Sibug, Reagan Lowe, Hartley Pitters-Hinds); 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:47.97, 6. SOFLO A 1:52.67 (Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Sarah Acevedo, Victoria Torres), 15. SOFLO B 1:57.44 (Jena Legaspi, Sabrina Osorio, Mallory Schleicher, Emma Twombly).

400-yard medley relay:
11-12, 1. St. Andrew’s 4:08.89, 4. SOFLO A 4:20.80 (Kerry Cunningham Valerie Vank, Luna Delgado, Alexis Christensen); 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 3:56.59, 2. SOFLO A 3:58.70 (Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Sarah Acevedo, Mallory Schleicher), 15. SOFLO B 4:17.32 (Sofia Osorio, Victoria Torres, Jena Legaspi, Emma Twombly).

200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Wahoos of Wellington 2:00.60, 5. SOFLO 2:03.36 (Mariana Pinto, Fiorella Di Salvo, Sarah Vasquez, Giada Porven).

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Emily Santos, Unattached 2:25.48; SOFLO: 3. Valerie Vank 2:28.30, time drop; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:20.19; SOFLO: 2. Molly Golding 2:21.87, time drop.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Tania Mantilla, YSF 2:11.75; SOFLO: 3. Mariana Pinto 2:15.99, time drop, 9. Giada Porven 2:20.94, time drop; 11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:55.45; SOFLO: 6. Alexis Christensen 2:05.48; 13-14, 1. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 1:52.66; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 1:55.93, time drop.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Paola Negrin, FFSC 31.20; SOFLO: 14. Giada Porven 33.42, time drop; 11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 26.13; 13-14, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 25.18.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Lena Lajko, SFTL 1:09.87; SOFLO: 10. Giada Porven 1:15.58, 11. Mariana Pinto 1:15.88, time drop, 12. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:15.91; 11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 57.66; 13-14, 1. Megan Murphy, ECAC 55.61; SOFLO: 3. Kayla Cunningham 57.91, time drop.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Erin Miller, SAS 4:45.22; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 4:20.63; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 4:33.79, time drop, 5. Kayla Cunningham 4:35.46, time drop, 6. Molly Golding 4:35.48, time drop.

BOYS

200-yard medley relay:
10-and-under, 1. Metro Aquatics 2:15.12, 6. SOFLO 2:25.29 (Stefano Mazzi, Benjamin Kim, Jonathan Lozano, Derek Hau); 11-12, 1. Flood Aquatics 1:54.53, 3. SOFLO A 1:57.70 (Alejandro Mateus, Alessandro Pereira, Christian Tijero, Diego Nazario-Vazquez), 8. SOFLO B 2:02.91 (Aldo Zepeda, Javier Colmenares, Lucas Porven, Kevin Moya); 13-14, 1. Flood Aquatics 1:39.50, 8. SOFLO A 1:45.72 (Moises Rodriguez, Javier Roman, Christian Vasquez, Juan Colmenares), 13. SOFLO B 1:50.74 (Alex Golding, Mark Andre De Gracia, Enrique Rodriguez, Anthony Robaina).

400-yard medley relay:
11-12, 1. Flood Aquatics 4:10.19, 3. SOFLO A 4:15.84 (Alejandro Mateus, Alessandro Pereira, Christian Tijero, Diego Nazario-Vazquez); 13-14, 1. Flood Aquatics 3:39.05, 4. SOFLO A 3:49.44 (Moises Rodriguez, Javier Roman, Juan Colmenares, Enrique Rodriguez).

200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Sunrise 1:59.88, 7. SOFLO 2:08.30 (Derek Hau, Stefano Mazzi, Benjamin Kim, Jonathan Lozano).

200-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Chipper Edwards, FAST 2:27.67; SOFLO: 4. Alessandro Pereira 2:35.00, time drop, 8. Javier Colmenares 2:40.41; 13-14, 1. Victor Valdes, HSC 2:07.59; SOFLO: 4. Javier Roman 2:14.19, time drop, 5. Yannai Michael 2:14.78, time drop.

200-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 2:09.70; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Lozano 2:13.96, time drop; 11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, Unattahced 1:53.28; SOFLO: 7. Aldo Zepeda 2:04.92; 13-14, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 1:43.71.

50-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Steven Curtis, Jupiter 27.00; SOFLO: 7. Lucas Porven 28.91, time drop, 14. Aldo Zepeda 30.15, time drop, 17. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 30.31; 11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, Unattached 26.29; SOFLO: 9. Lucas Porven 28.61, time drop; 13-14, 1. Tiago Pereira, SAS 22.64.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Farouk Musa, HAT 1:10.02; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Lozano 1:10.06, time drop, 20. Stefano Mazzi 1:21.69, time drop; 11-12, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 59.54; SOFLO: 3. Alejandro Mateus 1:00.82, time drop, 6. Christian Tijero 1:03.67, time drop, 8. Aldo Zepeda 1:04.29, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 50.10; SOFLO: 9. Moises Rodriguez 57.91, time drop.

400-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Noah Smith, FAST 4:36.30; SOFLO: 2. Alejandro Mateus 4:36.59, time drop, 5. Christian Tijero 4:46.23, 6. Alessandro Pereira 4:46.99, time drop, 8. Lucas Porven 4:59.30, 9. Javier Colmenares 5:01.45, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 3:56.86; SOFLO: 4. Javier Roman 4:18.00, time drop, 5. Juan Colmenares 4:23.69, time drop, 7. Enrique Rodriguez 4:25.40.

FRIDAY LATE RESULTS
GIRLS

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Anais Gedeon, EA 27.08.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Tania Mantilla, YSF 1:08.88; SOFLO: 3. Giada Porven 1:10.14, time drop.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Tania Mantilla, YSF 1:11.60.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Gioia Balzano, EA 5:49.61; SOFLO: 2. Mariana Pinto 5:54.77, time drop, 5. Giada Porven 6:04.70, 13. Fiorella Di Salvo 6:30.13; 11-12, 1. Erin Miller, SAS 5:15.49; SOFLO: 6. Alexis Christensen 5:26.01, time drop, 9. Kerry Cunningham 5:36.99, time drop; 13-14, 1. Anna Auld, ECAC 4:49.87; SOFLO: 3. tie, Mallory Schleicher 5:04.00, time drop, 5. Kayla Cunningham 5:08.97, time drop, 10. Sarah Acevedo 5:12.84, time drop.

BOYS

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Andreas Dasilva, WOW 27.98.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 1:11.39; SOFLO: 11. Derek Hau 1:29.35.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Lozano, SOFLO 1:09.34, time drop.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 1:07.39.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 5:40.79; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Lozano 5:51.18, time drop; 11-12, 1. Kaii Winkler, Unattached 5:04.35; SOFLO: 4. Alejandro Mateus 5:17.78, time drop, 7. Christian Tijero 5:20.12, time drop, 9. Alessandro Pereira 5:27.69, time drop, 10. Lucas Porven 5:31.90, time drop; 13-14, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 4:42.09; SOFLO: 9. Javier Roman 4:57.49, time drop, 13. Enrique Rodriguez 5:03.18, time drop.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics Short Course Championships.

When: Sunday, 9 a.m., prelims; 5 p.m. finals.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

Of Note: Admission is $5 for prelims and $3 for finals. Heat sheets will not be sold at the gate. Heat sheets are free and can be located at http://www.swimcssc.com. Meet organizers are running two pools with the boys in the East pool and girls in the West pool. Ten lanes will be used for both pools. For questions call 954-340-5032.

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

Defending Champion SOFLO Grabs Early Lead On Day One Of FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, March 16, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club’s girls’ 800-yard freestyle relay won the closest race of the night to highlight action on opening day of the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics on Friday.

The relay of Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Sarah Acevedo and Mallory Schleicher won a thriller in 7:46.30, 14.40 seconds faster than its seed time of 8:00.70, ahead of East Coast Aquatic Club with Megan Murphy, Hailey Rudd, Anna Auld and Elana Papadopoulos second in 7:46.73.

SOFLO boys took two third places in the 400-yard and 800-yard freestyle relays. The 11-12 400 team of Christian Tijero, Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Alessandro Pereira and Alejandro Mateus was third in 3:49.71. The 13-14 800 team of Enrique Rodriguez, Brennan Binder, Javier Roman and Juan Colemanares was third in 7:28.19.

Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club grabbed the early lead in the combined team standings at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO leads with 295.50 points. Flood Aquatics is second with 242 and St. Andrew’s Aquatics is third with 236.

SOFLO is attempting to win a record eighth consecutive and ninth overall combined short course team title in the club’s 18-year history.

Nearly every SOFLO swimmer swam at least one best time. Among other SOFLO top finishers were:

Alejandro Mateus, second, 100-yard butterfly, 59.66, time drop; fifth, 200-yard backstroke, 2:10.41, time drop.

Valerie Vank, third, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:07.10, time drop and fifth in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:04.25.

Javier Roman, fourth, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:02.47, time drop.

Juan Colmenares, fourth, 200-yard backstroke, 2:01.95, time drop.

Alessandro Pereira, fifth, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:11.96, time drop.

Christian Tijero, fifth, 100-yard butterfly, 1:0196, time drop.

SOFLO has 54 swimmers (27 girls and 27 boys) competing in 277 individual events for JOs. SOFLO also has 38 relays entered.

More than 600 swimmers and 43 teams are competing. The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

Among FGC teams competing at Pine Crest, Azura, East Coast, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Miami Swimming, Wahoos of Wellington, Gulliver and AquaKids Sharks.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

1. South Florida Aquatic Club 295.50, 2. Flood Aquatics 242, 3. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 236, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 223, 5. Jupiter 200, 6. East Coast Aquatic Club 137, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 128, 8. Metro Aquatics 117, 9. Gulliver 114, 10. North Palm Beach 111.50.

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. St. Andrew’s 1:37.39, 7. SOFLO A 1:42.14 (Molly Golding, Victoria Torres, Mallory Schleicher, Kayla Cunningham), 23. SOFLO B 1:48.54 (Emma Twombly, Jena Legaspi, Sabrina Osorio, Sarah Acevedo).

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 2:04.66; SOFLO: 7. Alexis Christensen 2:21.79, 8. Kerry Cunningham 2:21.97, time drop; 13-14, 1. Anelis Roque, MAC 2:02.21; SOFLO: 4. Kayla Cunningham 2:03.84.

50-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 23.46; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 23.40.

100-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Sara Lin, PC 1:06.02; SOFLO: 3. Valerie Vank 1:07.10, time drop; 13-14, 1. Esther Lin, PC 1:04.77; SOFLO: 3. Molly Golding 1:05.60, time drop, 10. Victoria Torres 1:08.90.

100-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 58.10; SOFLO: 10. Valerie Vank 1:05.90; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 56.38.

100-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, East Coast 1:00.87; SOFLO: 5. Valerie Vank 1:04.25; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 59.02; SOFLO: 4. Molly Golding 1:00.87.

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. St. Andrew’s 3:42.49, 5. SOFLO A 4:00.93 (Alexis Christensen, Hartley Pitters-Hans, Luna Delgado, Valerie Vank); 7. SOFLO B 4:03.73 (Anastasia Lutz, Natalia Sibug, Kerry Cunningham, Kaitlyn Barrios).

800-yard freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. SOFLO A 7:46.30 (Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Sarah Acevedo, Mallory Schleicher).

BOYS

200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Flood Aquatics 1:30.27, 7. SOFLO A 1:34.55 (Juan Colmenares, Brennan Binder, Enrique Rodriguez, Sebastian Lares), 11. SOFLO B 1:36.09 (Christian Vasquez, Yannai Michael, Javier Roman, Anthony Robaina).

200-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 2:07.22; SOFLO: 5. Alejandro Mateus 2:10.41, time drop, 6. Christian Tijero 2:15.58, time drop, 7. Aldo Zepeda 2:17.44, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:48.65; SOFLO: 4. Juan Colmenares 2:01.95, time drop, 8. Moises Rodiguez 2:04.84, time drop.

50-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, Jupiter 23.71; 13-14, 1. Tiago Pereira, SAS 21.32.

100-yard breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, Jupiter 1:07.88; SOFLO: 5. Alessandro Pereira 1:11.96, time drop; 13-14, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 58.68; SOFLO: 4. Javier Roman 1:02.47, time drop, 7. Yannai Michael 1:03.97, time drop.

100-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 59.19; SOFLO: 2. Alejandro Mateus 59.66, time drop, 5. Christian Tijero 1:01.96, time drop, 6. Lucas Porven 1:02.50, time drop, 7. Alessandro Pereira 1:03.60, time drop; 13-14, 1. Tiago Pereira, SAS 51.79; SOFLO: 7. Juan Colmenares 55.90, time drop, 10. Brennan Binder 57.33, time drop.

100-yard individual medley:
11-12, 1. Steven Curtus, Jupiter 1:01.14; 13-14, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 51.90.

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Flood Aquatics Swim Team 3:45.72; 3. SOFLO 3:49.71 (Christian Tijero, Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Alessandro Pereira, Alejandro Mateus), 7. SOFLO 4:02.52 (Aldo Zepeda, Javier Colmenares, Kevin Moya, Lucas Porven).

800-yard freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. Flood Aquatics 7:17.51, 3. SOFLO A 7:28.19 (Enrique Rodriguez, Brennan Binder, Javier Roman, Juan Colmenares).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics Short Course Championships.

When: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m., prelims; 5 p.m. finals.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

Of Note: Admission is $5 for prelims and $3 for finals. Heat sheets will not be sold at the gate. Heat sheets are free and can be located at http://www.swimcssc.com. Meet organizers are running two pools with the boys in the East pool and girls in the West pool. Ten lanes will be used for both pools. For questions call 954-340-5032.

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

Defending Champion SOFLO Heads Field For FGC Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, March 14, 2018—Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club is ready to add another title to its impressive list of accomplishments at this weekend’s Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympic Short Course Championships.

With a talented contingent of swimmers, SOFLO will attempt to win a record eighth consecutive and ninth overall combined short course team title in the club’s 18-year history.

Last year SOFLO, which led after every evening session, won the combined team title with 935 points at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO qualified 54 swimmers (27 girls and 27 boys) in 277 individual events for JOs. SOFLO also has entered 38 relays.

Among SOFLO top-seeded swimmers are:

Kayla Cunningham, 14, 200-yard backstroke, 2:03.70. It is one of seven events she is qualified in.

Valerie Vank, 12, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:30.52. It is one of seven events she is qualified in.

Alejandro Mateus, 12, 400-yard individual medley, 4:48.16. It is one of seven events she is qualified in.

SOFLO swimmers making their final JO short course appearance before aging up and hoping to make a lasting impression are: Sarah Acevedo, Brennan Binder, Juan Colmenares, Kayla Cunningham, Mark Andre De Gracia, Molly Golding, Yannai Michael, Jena Legaspi, Sara Quintero, Anthony Robaina, Javier Roman, Mallory Schleicher and Christian Vasquez.

More than 600 swimmers and 43 teams are entered. The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team. Among FGC teams competing at Pine Crest, Azura, East Coast, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Miami Swimming, Wahoos of Wellington, Gulliver and AquaKids Sharks.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics Short Course Championships.

When: Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m., prelims; 5 p.m. finals.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

Of Note: Admission is $5 for prelims and $3 for finals. Heat sheets will not be sold at the gate. Heat sheets are free and can be located at http://www.swimcssc.com. Meet organizers will run two pools with the boys in the East pool and girls in the West pool. Ten lanes will be used for both pools. For questions call 954-340-5032.

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

Golding Leads SOFLO On Day Three Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships


PLANTATION, March 10, 2018–Kathleen Golding was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher Saturday at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at rain-soaked Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Golding, 17, was second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:18.73 behind high school rival Isabel Ivey, 17, of Gator Swim Club in 2:16.77. and fourth in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.82. Golding has 109 points in the high point award standings.

SOFLO lost crucial points when the women’s 400-meter medley relay was disqualified.

SOFLO’s men’s medley relay was fifth in 4:06.45 with Lance Lesage, Marc Rojas, Rafael Rodriguez and Heath Brames.

Rojas, 24, was fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.91 behind 40-year-old Harvey Beckwith of Coral Springs in 30.88.

Mary Smutny, 17, of AquaKids Sharks won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:18.37.

Twelve-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, continued his comeback. He won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.38 and was second in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:59.21. He has the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke left to swim.

In the team competition, Azura Florida Aquatics overtook the lead from early leader SOFLO in the combined team standings with 1,305 ahead of Gator Swim Club with 1,240 and South Florida Aquatic Club with 1,235.

Azura also leads the men’s team standings with 920, Gator Swim Club second with 661 and SOFLO third with 582.

East Coast Aquatic Club leads the women’s team standings with 741 followed by Bolles with 548 and Blue Dolfins with 533.

The four-day meet concludes on Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

A field of more than 600 swimmers from 60 teams and 20 unattached teams are competing in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, Pine Crest Swimming, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Hurricane Swim Club, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team.

Out-of-state teams include North Andover YMCA, Arizona Aquatic Club, City of Lafayette Aquatics, Elmwood Sharks, Falfins Swimming, Franco’s Fins, Peddie Aquatics and Oro Valley Swim Team.

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5 and heat sheets are $3 per session. For more information call 954-452-2526.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com