SOFLO Boys Relay, Valerie Vank Break Meet Records; Beckwith Returns To Racing On Day Two Of TYR SOFLO Open


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, February 3, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club boys relay team and Valerie Vank broke meet records to highlight action on Day Two of the TYR SOFLO Open Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

The 13-and-over A relay of Lance Lesage, 15, Samuel Quintero, 17, Juan Serna, 16, and Heath Brames, 17, won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:43.69, breaking the 2014 meet record of 1:44.51 set by Titan Aquatics (Brandon Parkinson, Aleks Kuzjomkin, Anton Kuzjomkin, Sammy McGinnis)

Valerie Vank, 12, won the 11-12 50-yard breaststroke in a meet record 32.48. She broke teammate Katrina Del Vecchio’s 2016 record of 33.34. Vank also won the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 27.01.

At 40, Harvey Beckwith, the oldest swimmer in the meet, came out of retirement after 12 years and was impressive on his first day in a competition against swimmers more than half his age.

The Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer won the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 27.48, shaving 0.42 off his seed time. He was also third in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.09.

Beckwith will swim the 100-yard breaststroke, where he is seeded second, and 100-yard freestyle, where he is seeded seventh, on Sunday.

“I decided let’s have a little fun in 2018,” Beckwith said. “It’s been a lot of adjusting and learning. The body changes after so many years and I’m learning to adapt to what I can and can’t do. It’s a little bit of trial and error. A lot of work, but a lot of fun at the same time.”

After two days of competition, South Florida Aquatic Club has already clinched the combined (1,803.5), girls (811) and boys (992.5) team titles.

The three-day meet concludes Sunday with two sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Florida Gold Coast teams entered in the timed finals meet are AquaKids Sharks, Atlantis, Bob Karl Swim Club, City of Miami Parks, Coral Springs Swim Club, Flying Fish Swim Club, Hialeah Swim Club, Miami Swimming, Plantation Swim Team, Shelton Doral and YMCA of South Florida.

TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club. The club sponsor is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,803.5, 2. AquaKids Sharks 492.5, 3. Coral Springs Swim Club 427, 4. City of Miami Parks 352, 5. YMCA of South Florida 214, 6. Miami Swimming 185, 7. Hialeah 138, 8. Flying Fish 127, 9. Shelton Doral 109, 10. Plantation 48, 11. Atlantis 38.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 811, 2. AquaKids Sharks 338.5, 3. Coral Springs Swim Club 263.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 992.5, 2. City of Miami Parks 215, 3. Coral Springs Swim Club 164.

GIRLS

200-yard medley relay:
12-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:05.54 (Hartley Pitters-Hinds, Valerie Vank, Luna Delgado, Alexis Christensen), 2. SOFLO B 2:14.48, 3. SOFLO C 2:18.12, 4. SOFLO D 2:25.36; (13-and-over, 1. City of Miami Parks 1:47.04, meet record, 2. SOFLO B 1:55.06 (Kayla Cunningham, Molly Golding, Jacqueline Lugo, Katrina Del Vecchio), 4. SOFLO A 1:59.07 (Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane, Mackenzie Ahearn, Jennifer Rodriguez).

200-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Bianca Nieto, City of Miami 2:36.10; SOFLO: 4. Sarah Vasquez 3:25.17, time drop, 5. Daisy Narain 3:53.32; 11-12, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 2:30.52, time drop, FGJO. 6. Anastasia Lutz 3:08.29, 8. Annie Schulze 3:26.58; 13-14, 1. Sabrina Osorio, SOFLO 2:41.33; 15-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:24.88; SOFLO: 2. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:37.13, 5. Sophia Bedoya 2:59.54, time drop.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Mariana Pinto, SOFLO 1:16.40, time drop; SOFLO: 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:17.25; 11-12, 1. Nicole Creed, CSSC 1:07.30; SOFLO: 2. Alexis Christensen 1:09.06, 3. Kerry Cunningham 1:09.91, 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:13.55, time drop, 8. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 1:13.58; 13-14, 1. Olivia Denhart, AquaKids Sharks 1:03.85; SOFLO: 2. Sara Quintero 1:04.34, time drop, 4. Molly Golding 1:05.06, 7. Sofia Osorio 1:08.06; 15-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 58.90; SOFLO: 4. Maya Coffey 1:04.71, 5. Gaby Banks 1:05.59, 6. Jacqueline Lugo 1:05.92, time drop, 8. Paige Lane 1:06.46, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Bianca Nieto, City of Miami Parks 33.57, meet record; SOFLO: 4. Mariana Pinto 42.57, 9. Abigail-Marie Natino 44.62, time drop, 10. Giada Porven 44.68, time drop; 11-12, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 32.48, meet record; SOFLO: 6. Mariann Catalasan 39.09, 7. Leah Pando 39.67, time drop, 8. Anastasia Lutz 39.74; 13-14, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 32.87; SOFLO: 3. Sabrina Osorio 35.23, 8. Sara Quintero 36.52, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Isabella Nigro, YMCA of South Florida 32.86; SOFLO: 2. Gaby Banks 33.85, 6. Sophia Bedoya 38.19, 8. Valentina Carrion 38.93.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Bianca Nieto, City of Miami Parks 1:08.99, meet record; SOFLO: 5. Mariana Pinto 1:24.26, time drop, 9. Savini Subasingha 1:37.98; 11-12, 1. Maddie Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:07.19; SOFLO: 3. Luna Delgado 1:10.42, 4. Kerry Cunningham 1:12.68, 10. Carleigh Schleicher 1:22.00, time drop; 13-14, 1. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOFLO 1:03.95; SOFLO: 3. Sara Quintero 1:04.83, time drop, FGJO; 15-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 56.11; SOFLO: 3. Paige Lane 1:01.06, 4. Jacqueline Lugo 1:01.28, 6. Daniela Curbelo 1:03.70, 8. Kyana Castro 1:04.93.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Bianca Nieto, City of Miami Parks 28.01, meet record; SOFLO: 11, Savini Subasingha 35.22, time drop, 13. Caterina Fogli 35.53, time drop; 11-12, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 27.01; 5. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 28.44, 6. Kaitlyn Barrios 28.61, 10. Luna Delgado 29.83; 13-14, 1. Olivia Mason, CSSC 26.05; SOFLO: 3. Katrina Del Vecchio 26.36, 5. Molly Golding 26.91, 7. Kayla Cunningham 27.25, 9. Sarah Acevedo 27.37, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Gaby Banks, SOFLO 24.70; SOFLO: 3. Andrea Toledano 26.53, 4. Maya Coffey 26.82, 7. Jennifer Rodriguez 27.07.

200-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Olivia Dinehart, AquaKids Sharks 2:18.14; SOFLO: 6. Jena Legaspi 2:30.67, 9. Mia Escudero 2:36.06; 15-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:11.67; SOFLO: 4. Daniela Curbelo 2:25.41, 5. Andrea Toledano 2:25.98, 7. Jacqueline Lugo 2:27.49, 11. Daniela Rodriguez 2:45.33, time drop.

500-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Mariana Pinto, SOFLO 6:11.10, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Giada Porven 6:15.88, 3. Fiorella Di Salvo 6:18.79, 4. Sarah Vasquez 6:36.98; 11-12, 1. Alexis Christensen, SOFLO 5:41.39; SOFLO: 4. Kaitlyn Barrios 6:05.66, time drop, 5. Luna Delgado 6:11.41, 8. Mariann Catalasan 6:24.07, time drop; 13-14, 1. Olivia Dinehart, AquaKids Sharks 5:21.44; SOFLO: 2. Katrina Del Vecchio 5:30.99, 4. Angie Gomez Garcia 5:36.89, 14. Shayna Blitz 6:12.31, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:59.10; SOFLO: 3. Paige Lane 5:20.05, 11. Daniela Rodriguez 6:17.75, 12. Sophia Bedoya 6:20.08.

BOYS

200-yard medley relay:
12-and-under, 1. City of Miami Parks 2:06.99, 2. SOFLO B 2:13.08, 3. Shelton Doral 2:21.04; 13-and-over, 1. SOFLO A 1:43.69, meet record, (Lance Lesage, Samuel Quintero, Juan Serna, Heath Brames), 2. SOFLO B 1:46.71 (Luis Villanueva, Joseph Lee, Juan Diaz, Rafael Rodriguez), 3. SOFLO D 1:50.70 (Leonardo Mateus, Bryan Rivero, Sebastian Sevilla, Juan Colmenares).

200-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Ryan Miller, CSSC 3:06.88; 11-12, 1. Marco Cancio, City of Miami Parks 2:39.29; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 2:41.06, time drop, 4. Lucas Porven 2:44.14, time drop, 5. Alejandro Mateus 2:48.30, time drop; 13-14, 1. Dominic Bono, AquaKids Sharks 2:27.65; SOFLO: 2. Juan Colmenares 2:28.77, time drop, 3. Christopher Hau 2:33.27, time drop, 5. Enrique Rodriguez 2:33.72, 7. Logan Gonzalez 2:36.88, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 2:18.50; SOFLO: 2. Ricardo Roche 2:18.52, 3. Juan Pablo Pineda 2:20.71, time drop, 4. Rafael Rodriguez 2:21.08, 5. John Paul Handal 2:23.16.

100-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Lozano, SOFLO 1:14.07; 5. Stefano Mazzi 1:22.28, 8. Derek Hau 1:23.86; 11-12, 1. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:04.50; SOFLO: 2. Christian Tijero 1:05.49, 6. Javier Colmenares 1:12.25, time drop; 13-14, 1. Miguel Sierra, AquaKids Sharks 1:00.02; SOFLO: 4. Brennan Binder 1:02.18, time drop, 7. Zackary Harris 1:04.66; 15-and-over, 1. Miguel Cancel, AquaKids Sharks 51.30; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 56.00, 3. Lance Lesage 56.43, 5. Bryan Rivero 57.78, 6. Juan Diaz 57.85, 7. Heath Brames 58.56.

50-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Ryan Miller, CSSC 41.27; SOFLO: 4. Stefano Mazzi 44.87, time drop, 5. Joseph-Blake Natino 45.19, time drop, 8. Alex Viazmetiov 47.24, time drop; 11-12, 1. Samuel Joualt, City of Miami Parks 34.84; SOFLO: 3. Javier Colmenares 36.49, 4. Christian Tijero 36.63, time drop, 5. Alejandro Mateus 36.76, time drop, 6. Lucas Porven 37.97; 13-14, 1. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 32.16, time drop, FGSR; SOFLO: 3. Mark Andre De Gracia 32.97, time drop, 5. Enrique Rodriguez 33.15, time drop, 6. Logan Gonzalez 33.47; 15-and-over, 1. Harvey Beckwith, CSSC 27.48, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Juan Pablo Pineda 28.77, time drop, SPSE, 3. Rafael Rodriguez 30.06, time drop, 4. Samuel Quintero 30.96, 9. Nicolas Munoz 32.90, time drop.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Lozano, SOFLO 1:13.78, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Derek Hau 1:20.88, time drop; 11-12, 1. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:03.52; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 1:04.78, time drop, 5. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 1:08.46, time drop, 7. Javier Colmenares 1:10.58; 13-14, 1. Miguel Sierra, AquaKids Sharks 58.07; SOFLO: 6. Zackary Harris 1:02.58, time drop, 7. Moises Rodriguez 1:02.69, 8. Nicolas Rossi 1:03.94, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Miguel Cancel, AquaKids Sharks 50.37; SOFLO: 4. Luis Villanueva 55.66, 6. Robert Wilson 55.83, time drop, 7. Juan Serna 56.29, 8. CJ Kopecki 56.57.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Jesus Ruiz, Shelton Doral 30.58; SOFLO: 8. Juan Vallmitjana 33.57, time drop, 10. Stefano Mazzi 33.94, time drop; 11-12, 1. Daniel De Aguiar, City of Miami Parks 26.89; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 27.83, time drop, 6. Javier Colmenares 28.84, 9. Kevin Moya 30.02, time drop, 10 Brandon Rios 30.45, time drop; 13-14, 1. Nicolas Vazquez, YMCA of South Florida 17.36; SOFLO: 2. Brennan Binder 24.67, 5. Juan Colmenares 25.17; 15-and-over, 1. Andrew Garcia, Miami Swimming 22.92; SOFLO: 2. Juan Serna 23.05, 4. Robert Wilson 23.11, 5. Heath Brames 23.18, 9. Juan Pablo Pineda 23.89, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Lozano, SOFLO 6:02.88; 11-12, 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 5:32.34; SOFLO: 6. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 6:08.77, time drop; 13-14, 1. Dominic Bono, AquaKids Sharks 2:09.15; SOFLO: 4. Moises Rodriguez 2:19.40, time drop, 5. Christopher Hau 2:19.75, 6. Chris Vasquez 2:22.13, 7. Nicolas Rossi 2:22.81; 15-and-over, 1. Miguel Cancel, AquaKids Sharks 1:55.74; SOFLO: 2. Bryan Rivero 2:05.43, 3. John Paul Handal 2:07.42, time drop, 4. CJ Kopecki 2:09.27, 5. Lance Lesage 2:10.818, Sebastian Sevilla 2:14.71.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Dominic Bono, AquaKids Shrks 4:57.38; SOFLO: 3. Enrique Rodriguez 5:11.60, time drop, 4. Brennan Binder 5:13.91, time drop, 5. Zackary Harris 5:28.29, time drop, 9. Logan Gonzalez 5:43.16, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Miguel Cancel, AquaKids Sharks 4;36.18; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 4:50.45, 3. Ricardo Roche 4:52.19, 5. Heath Brames 5:00.71, 6. Leonardo Mateus 5:01.11, 7. CJ Kopecki 5:02.73.

IF YOU GO

What: TYR SOFLO Open

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and noon.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are available free online at http://www.soflomeets.info/open or Meet Mobile. For information call swim office, 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Vank Leads SOFLO At Piranhas Turkey Classic


By Sharon Robb

November 8, 2016—Valerie Vank won the 50-yard breaststroke and turned in four best times to lead South Florida Aquatic Club at the Pompano Beach Piranhas Turkey Classic Sunday at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

Vank, 11, won the sprint event in a best time 35.21. She was also second in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 33.15, seventh in the 50-yard butterfly in a best time 32.10 and seventh in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 29.34.

SOFLO boys were led by Logan Gonzalez, 11, who swam three best times. He was third in the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 36.22

Gonzalez was also fourth in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 33.27, seventh in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.79 and ninth in the 50-yard butterfly in a best time 32.81.

The majority of SOFLO swimmers turned in at least one best time. The timed final meet was geared for swimmers ages 10-and-under and 11-12.

SOFLO’s talented contingent: Madison Adkins, 10; Colin Alfonso, 12; Clara Bland, 7; Mariann Operana Catalasan, 10; Alexis Christensen, 11; Kaitlyn Consuegra, 10; Fiorella Di Salvo, 8; Matthew Escudero, 10; Mia Escudero, 12; Celeste Estrada, 11; Emma Gomez, 9; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Benjamin Kim, 9; Matthew Kim, 11; Maria Legaspi, 10; Anastasia Lutz, 10; Ella Michael, 7; Abigail-Marie Nation, 9; Judith-Alison Natino, 11; Eddie Oliver, 9; Tess Ruppert, 10; Carleigh Schleicher, 10; Annie Schulze, 10; Gavin Sheyda, 10; Sebastian Shy, 12; Natalia Sibug, 10; Samantha Solis, 11; Victoria Torres, 12; and Valerie Vank, 11.

The one-day meet also served as a food drive for the hungry and homeless in Broward County. Swim meet organizers asked visitors to bring a gift that would help provide food and non-perishable groceries for families battling hunger.

SUNDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 30.63; SOFLO TOP 25: 17. Mariann Catalasan 38.90, 18. Fiorella Di Salvo 39.01, best time, 19. Carleigh Schleicher 40.44, best time; 11-12, 1. Mercy McLemore, BEST 28.20; SOFLO TOP 25: 7. Valerie Vank 32.10, best time, 12. Mia Escudero 33.45, best time, 24. Samantha Solis 37.02, best time.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 32.62; SOFLO TOP 25: 8. Mariann Catalasan 37.35, 18. Fiorella DiSalvo 40.28, best time, 20. Natalia Sibug 40.52, 24. Anastasia Lutz 41.19; 11-12, 1. Mercy McLemore, BEST 31.59; SOFLO TOP 25: 2. Valerie Vank 33.15, best time, 14. Mia Escudero 36.03, best time, 27. Alexis Christensen 39.09, best time.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 35.73; SOFLO TOP 25: 10. Mariann Catalasan 42.04, 12. Maria Legaspi 43.49, best time, 17. Fiorella Di Salvo 43.77, best time, 20. Natalia Sibug 44.36, best time, 21. Anastasia Lutz 45.15, best time; 11-12, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 35.21, best time; SOFLO TOP 25: 2. Victoria Torres 36.57, best time, 4. Mia Escudero 38.06, 22. Samantha Solis 42.33, best time, 23. Judith-Alison Natino 42.42.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Tawannah McLemore, BEST 28.46; SOFLO TOP 25: 14. Anastasia Lutz 32.6, best time, 17. Fiorella Di Salvo 33.89, best time, 18. Mariann Catalasan 33.93, best time, 22. Natalia Sibug 35.03, best time, 23. Maria Legaspi 35.29, best time, 24. Carleigh Schleicher 35.59, best time; 11-12, 1. Mercy McLemore, BEST 27.95; SOFLO TOP 25: 7. Valerie Vank 29.34, best time, 15. Mia Escudero 30.78, best time, 18. Samantha Solis 31.23, best time, 21. Victoria Torres 31.60.

BOYS

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 30.85; SOFLO TOP 25: 21. Benjamin Kim 42.45, best time; 11-12, 1. Gabriel Munoz, BM 29.52; SOFLO TOP 25: 9. Logan Gonzalez 32.81, best time, 12. Matthew Kim 34.90, best time, 17. Moises Rodriguez 36.36, 25. Sebastian Shy 41.21.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 33.01; TOP 25: 16. Benjamin Kim 42.50, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Justin, PST 31.48; TOP 25: 4. Logan Gonzalez 33.27, best time, 11. Moises Rodriguez 36.03, 12. Matthew Kim 36.36, best time, 22. Sebastian Shy 41.66.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Giancarlo Suarez, BM 37.86; SOFLO TOP 25: 11. Benjamin Kim 48.22, 25. Gavin Sheyda 52.56; 11-12, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, Unattached 32.74; SOFLO TOP 25: 3. Logan Gonzalez 36.22, best time, 9. Matthew Kim 38.95, best time,

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 28.64; 11-12, 1. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 26.82; TOP 25: 7. Logan Gonzalez 28.79, 13. Moises Rodriguez 30.54, 15. Matthew Kim 31.41, best time, 24. Sebastian Shy 32.80.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

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Vank, Bullen Lead SOFLO At Gulliver Fall Invitational


By Sharon Robb

October 17, 2016—Valerie Vank and Samuel Bullen led South Florida Aquatic Club at the Gulliver Fall Invitational this past weekend at Gulliver Prep.

Vank, 11, won the 11-12 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 35.75, a time drop of 1.75 seconds. Her previous best was 37.50.

Vank was also third in the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 2:17.74 and third in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:11.93.

Bullen won the 11-12 50-yard breaststroke in 38.14, also a best time and first time he cracked 40 seconds, a drop of 2.42 seconds off his personal best of 40.56.

Other top SOFLO finishers:

Kaitlyn Barrios, second, 200-yard freestyle, 2:30.87, best time; second, 50-yard breaststroke, 41.32, best time.

Mariann Catalasan, second, 100-yard backstroke, 1:19.60, best time; fifth, 200-yard freestyle, 2:36.28.

Kerry Cunningham, third, 100-yard individual medley, 1:19.43.

Victoria Torres, fourth, 50-yard breaststroke, 37.00.

Natasha Testa, fourth, 100-yard butterfly, 1:04.25.

Matthew Kim, fourth, 50-yard breaststroke, 39.54, best time.

Aldo Zepeda, fourth, 100-yard butterfly, 1:14.59; fifth, 200-yard freestyle, 2:18.78.

Marcos Vazquez, fifth, 100-yard backstroke, 1:05.56.

The meet featured swimmers ages 8 to 20, including some of Florida Gold Coast’s top swimmers. SOFLO had 50 swimmers entered in the timed final meet.

GULLIVER FALL INVITE RESULTS

GIRLS

100-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Gabrianna Banks, Heritage Aquatics 55.10; SOFLO: 18. Michelle Ordonez 1:00.86, 21. Rebekah Ling 1:01.35, 24. Cassandra Oliver 1:01.89, 29. Amy-Nicole Toro 1:03.17, 34. Valeria Garcia 1:04.48, best time, 40. Natasha Testa 1:05.37.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Bianca Nieto, City of Miami 2:26.62; SOFLO: 2. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:30.87, best time, 5. Mariann Catalasan 2:36.28, 6. Luna Delgado 2:36.59, best time, 9. Giada Porven 2:39.68, best time; 11-12, 1. Erin Miller, Unattached 2:12.89; SOFLO: 3. Valerie Vank 2:17.74, best time, 17. Judith-Alison Natino 2:37.63, 21. Alexis Christensen 2:41.12.

200-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, Blue Marlins 2:12.03; SOFLO: 26. Zariya Harris 2:41.13.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Nicole Macedo, City of Miami 1:18.50; SOFLO: 2. Mariann Catalasan 1:19.60, best time, 9. Giada Porven 1:27.23, 21. Abigail Natino 1:37.57, best time; 11-12, 1. Erin Miller, Unattached 1:11.38; SOFLO: 18. Alexis Christensen 1:27.77, best time, 19. Judith-Alison Natino 1:28.16; Open, 1. Ana Kondratovich, Hialeah 1:01.20; SOFLO: 11. Rebekah Ling 1:08.92, 21. Zariya Harris 1:12.28, 23. Michelle Ordonez 1:13.00, best time, 29. Fabiola Avendano 1:14.88, 35. Natasha Testa 1:19.71.

100-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Gabriela Fernandez, Hialeah 1:10.44; SOFLO: 23. Lisette Castellanos 1:21.22, best time, 25. Natasha Testa 1:21.53, 27. Rebekah Ling 1:23.72, best time, 31. Valeria Garcia 1:24.29, best time.

200-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Iliza Aguiar, Gulliver 2:33.75; SOFLO: 13. Valeria Garcia 3:03.24, best time, 18. Mariann Catalasan 3:18.16.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Bianca Nieto, Club of Miami 37.52; SOFLO: 2. Kaitlyn Barrios 41.32, best time, 7. Kerry Cunningham 43.42, best time, 11. Luna Delgado 44.80, best time, 12. Natalia Sibug 45.46, 13. Fiorella Di Salvo 45.70, 30. Carleigh Schleicher 51.64, 31. Abigail Natino 51.79, best time; 11-12, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 35.75, best time; SOFLO: 4. Victoria Torres 37.00, 11. Judith-Alison Natino 43.28, best time, 20. Alexia Christensen 47.48, best time, 26. Celeste Estrada 54.79, best time.

200-yard butterfly:

Open, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, Blue Marlins 2:10.50.

100-yard butterfly:

Open, 1. Ana Kondratovitch, Hialeah 1:00.14; SOFLO: 4. Natasha Testa 1:04.25, 34. Lisette Castellanos 1:34.00.

50-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Gabrianna Banks, Heritage Aquatics 24.48; SOFLO: 22. Melanie Jimenez 27.51, 32. Rebekah Ling 28.31, best time, 33. Cassandra Oliver 28.33, 35. Natasha Testa 28.66.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Casey Perez, Blue Marlins 1:15.86; SOFLO: 3. Kerry Cunningham 1:19.43, 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:22.36, 9. Mariann Catalasan 1:23.85, best time, 11. Luna Delgado 1:24.29, best time, 12. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:24.38, best time, 17. Giada Porven 1:27.21, best time, 19. Anastasia Lutz 1:28.99, best time, 20. Natalia Sibug 1:29.34, 22. Carleigh Schleicher 1:32.97, 25. Mary Sawyer 1:33.77, 37. Abigail Natino 1:41.16; 11-12, 1. Sophie G, Gulliver 1:05.63; SOFLO: 3. Valerie Vank 1:11.93, 11. Victoria Torres 1:20.48, 15. Samantha Solis 1:20.78, 19. Kailey Smith 1:23.32, best time, 24. Alexis Christensen 1:28.47.

200-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 2:16.83; SOFLO: 18. Rebekah Ling 2:31.22, best time, 24. Michelle Ordonez 2:33.74, best time.

400-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Iliza Aguiar, Gulliver 4:50.82.

500-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Iliza Aguiar, Gulliver 5:26.40; SOFLO: 25. Fabiana Avendano 6:26.22.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Luca Lesentier, Miami Swimming 2:10.49; SOFLO: 5. Aldo Zepeda 2:18.78; Open, 1.Vanessa Mesa, Hialeah 1:59.00; Open, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 1:41.61; SOFLO: 23. Gabriel Ferdinand 1:58.56.

200-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Matthew Amor, Hialeah 2:04.25.

100-yard backstroke:

Open, 1. Pedro Beron-Vera, Miami Swimming 1:01.68; SOFLO: 5. Marcos Vazquez 1:05.56, 13. Zackary Harris 1:08.25, best time.

200-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Merlin Plant, Miami Swimming 2:33.14.

100-yard breaststroke:

Open, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 57.35; SOFLO: 35. Zackary Harris 1:18.01, best time.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Giancarlo Suarez, Blue Marlins 39.20; SOFLO: 9. Jonathan Lozano 48.09, best time, 10. Benjamin Kim 48.81, 14. Owen Smith 50.32, 18. Kyle Dorn 51.26, best time, 20. Joseph-Blake Natino 52.52; 11-12, 1. Samuel Bullen, SOFLO 38.14, best time; SOFLO: 4. Matthew Kim 39.54, best time, 10. Lucas Porven 43.41, best time, 20. Sebastian Shy 49.74, best time .

200-yard butterfly:

Open, 1. Diego Mateus, Blue Marlins 1:57.30; SOFLO: 28. Lucas Porven 2:44.42, best time.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Fabio Mora, Gulliver 1:16.87; SOFLO: 8. Jonathan Lozano 1:30.57, best time; 11-12, 1. David Chavez, Miami Swimming 1:08.69; SOFLO: 4. Aldo Zepeda 1:14.59, 7. Nathaniel Garrick 1:20.73, best time, 12. Samuel Bullen 1:34.00; Open, 1. Tommy Lorenz, HAFL 56.05; SOFLO: 17. Marcos Vazquez 1:04.91, 21. Zackary Harris 1:05.57, best time, 23. Jiovanni Tapia 1:05.88, best time, 27. Michael Toro 1:06.51, best time.

100-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Luciano Rodriguez, Unattached 47.20; SOFLO: 30. Michael Toro 57.27, best time, 46. Jiovanni Tapia 59.55.

50-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Luciano Rodriguez, Unattached 20.54; SOFLO: 32. Luca Lodi 25.85.

200-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Robert Valdes, Gulliver 2:10.97; SOFLO: 21. Zackary Harris 2:23.11, 48. Gabriel Ferdinand 2:48.56, best time.

400-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 4:07.42; SOFLO: 10. Lance Lesage 4:49.43, best time.

500-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Roberto Valdes, Gulliver 5:04.61; SOFLO: 13. Michael Toro 5:37.64, best time, 20. Nathaniel Garrick 6:02.50, best time, 24. Lucas Porven 6:12.10.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Set To Compete This Weekend in Gulliver Fall Invitational


By Sharon Robb

October 14, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club will compete this weekend in the Gulliver Fall Invitational at Gulliver Prep.

The meet features swimmers ages 8 to 20, including some of Florida Gold Coast’s top swimmers including Julio Horrego and Ana Kondratovitch of Hialeah, Iliza Aguiar of Gulliver Swim Club, Irina Luetzelschwab of Miami Swimming, Jocelyn Ruiz of Blue Marlins and Gabrianna Banks of Heritage Aquatics.

Valerie Vank, 11, leads SOFLO girls’ contingent. Vank is seeded second in the 12-and-under 50-yard breaststroke in 37.50, second in the 12-and-under 100-yard breaststroke in 1:19.04, second in the 12-and-under 100-yard butterfly in 1:14.58, third in the 12-and-under 200-yard freestyle in 2:21.68, third in the 12-and-under 100-yard freestyle in 1:03.86, third in the 12-and-under 100-yard individual medley in 1:11.80 and fourth in the 12-and-under 50-yard butterfly in 33.22.

SOFLO teammate Natasha Testa, 17, is seeded third in the girls 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.07.

SOFLO’s boys are led by Matthew Kim, 11, seeded second in the 12-and-under 100-yard breaststroke in 1:25.41. Marcos Vazquez, 13, is seeded third in the boys’ 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.17.

SOFLO has 50 swimmers competing, 31 girls and 19 boys. All events are timed finals.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams expected to compete are Miami Swimming, Sunrise, North Miami Swim Team, City of Miami Swim Team, Heritage Aquatics, Blue Marlins, Hialeah, Hurricane Swimming, St. Andrew’s Swimming and host Gulliver.

IF YOU GO

What: Gulliver Fall Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday

Where: Gulliver Prep School, 6575 SW 88th Street, Miami

Timed Final Schedule: Saturday, Session I, 9 a.m.; Session II, 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, Session III, 10 a.m.; Session IV, 2:30 p.m.

Admission: $3 per session, $2 heat sheets per session.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Off To Good Start At Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics


By Sharon Robb

July 15, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club got off to a good start on opening day of the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics Friday at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

The defending champion leads the combined team standings with 252 points, the boys competition with 177 points and girls are fourth with 75 points.

Valerie Vank, Rafael Rodriguez and Sebastian Lares all captured individual events while SOFLO’s relays dominated to end the night.

Rodriguez, 14, was a double winner. He won the 13-14 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:12.12, dropping 4.57 seconds and 100-meter butterfly in 59.52, also a best time dropping 3.34 seconds. Rodriguez was also a member of the winning 200-meter freestyle relay.

Lares, 12, won the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:37.48, dropping 5.73 seconds. Lares was also second in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:27.48.

Vank, 10, top-seeded in the 100-meter breaststroke, won the 10-and-under JO title in a best time 1:27.22, dropping 2.62 seconds off her previous best of 1:29.84. Vank is also seeded first in the 50-meter breaststroke.

SOFLO boys also captured two relays and finished third in another and SOFLO girls finished third in three relays.

Other top three SOFLO finishers were:

Molly Golding, 13, was second in the 13-14 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:17.69, dropping 3.07 seconds.

Mallory Schleicher, 12, second in the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:50.64, a 10.36 seconds drop.

Paige Lane, 13, was third in the 13-14 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.77.

Christian Tijero, 10, was second in the 10-and-under 400-meter freestyle in 5:16.38.

Leonardo Mateus, 14, was second in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:16.78.

Juan Serna, 14, was second in the 13-14 50-meter freestyle in a best time 25.67 and second in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.04.

Alessandro Pereira, 9, was second in the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:28.18.

Jacob Navarro, 10, was third in the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:33.29.

Javier Roman was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:18.25 and third in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:41.60.

SOFLO is going after its’ seventh consecutive JO title and 13th overall, including six long course titles. At last year’s FGC Long Course JOs, SOFLO swept the combined, girls and boys team titles for the third year in a row.

For the first time, the Junior Olympics is being held at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark, hosted by Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club. It is the same site that hosts the annual state high school meets.

SOFLO has 60 swimmers competing, 29 girls and 31 boys for 349 races. SOFLO also has 40 teams entered in 22 relay events. Seventy-eight percent of SOFLO’s swimmers turned in best times on Day One.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday with prelims and finals.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 252, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 151, 3. Gulliver 144.5, 4. North Palm Beach 134, 5. Hialeah 122.5.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 177, 2. Hialeah 86, 3. Metro Aquatics 60, 4. Gulliver 58, 5. East Coast Aquatic Club.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Palm Beach 123, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 96, 3. Gulliver 86.5, 4. SOFLO 75, 5. Pine Crest 51.

GIRLS

200-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast 2:30.20; SOFLO: 10. Jena Legaspi 2:44.92, best time, 25. Sofia Osorio 2:55.32, best time; 13-14, 1. Amanda Kopas, SFTL 2:29.36; SOFLO: 12. Michelle Marinheiro 2:39.94, best time, 17. Kyana Castro 2:41.81, best time, 22. Daniela Curbelo 2:46.96, 25. Anabel Vazquez 2:56.25.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 29.42; SOFLO: 7. Valerie Vank 32.52, best time, 17. Kaitlyn Barrios 34.64, best time, 30. Luna Delgado 35.87, best time; 11-12, 1. Megan Murphy, East Coast 27.83; SOFLO: 18. Emma Twombly 30.76, best time, 99. Jena Legaspi 34.10, best time; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 27.52; SOFLO: 8. Paige Lane 28.97; 11. Katrina Del Vecchio 28.94, best time, 25. Jacqueline Lugo 29.91, 45. Daniela Curbelo 30.96.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:27.22, best time; SOFLO: 13. Mariann Catalasan 1:42.08, best time, 15. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:43.81, best time, 16. Leah Pando 1:43.82, 27. Judith-Alison Natino 1:49.09; 11-12, 1. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 1:19.71; SOFLO: 23. Mia Escudero 1:30.45, best time, 27. Sabrina Osorio 1:33.43; 13-14, 1. Olivia Hernandez, Gulliver 1:17.52; SOFLO: 2. Molly Golding 1:17.69, best time.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 1:13.32; 11-12, 1. Madelyn Hebert, East Coast 1:07.74; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 1:11.82, best time; 11. Mallory Schleicher 1:14.47, best time, 14. Sara Quintero 1:15.24, best time, 40. Jena Legaspi 1:22.38; 13-14, 1. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 1:04.19; SOFLO: 3. Paige Lane 1:06.77; 11. Kyana Castro 1:09.17, 16. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:10.20, best time, 22. Jacqueline Lugo 1:12.45, 29. Daniela Curbelo 1:13.00, best time, 36. Alana Acevedo 1:13.94.

400-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Erika Pelaez, Gulliver 4:53.63; SOFLO: 8. Leah Pando 5:40.57, best time, 16. Giada Porven 6:09.83; 11-12, 1. Kiara Caamano, North Palm Beach 4:48.20; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 4:50.64, best time, 6. Sara Quintero 4:54.93, best time, 8. Sarah Acevedo 4:58.09, best time, 12. Emma Twombly 5:03.52, best time, 47. Mia Escudero 5:26.86, best time, 55. Sofia Osorio 5:34.48, best time, 58. Sabrina Osorio 5:41.02; 13-14, 1. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 4:28.28; SOFLO: 9. Michelle Marinheiro 4:43.69, best time, 13. Paige Lane 4:47.23, best time, 15. Kyana Castro 4:47.94, best time, 20. Molly Golding 4:53.48, best time, 28. Valentina Carrion 5:03.52, best time.

200-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. North Palm Beach 1:52.89, 2. Hialeah 1:54.04, 3. SOFLO 1:55.62 (Katrina Del Vecchio, Jacqueline Lugo, Kyana Castro, Paige Lane), 14. SOFLO (Alana Acevedo, Valentina Carrion, Molly Golding, Daniela Curbelo) 2:01.19

400-meter freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. AquaKids Sharks 4:21.46, 2. North Palm Beach 4:24.02, 3. SOFLO 4:24.45 (Sara Quintero, Emma Twombly, Sarah Acevedo, Mallory Schleicher).

800-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. North Palm Beach 9:03.87, 2. Hialeah 9:06.65, 3. SOFLO 9:10.74 (Kyana Castro, Molly Golding, Michelle Marinheiro, Paige Lane).

BOYS

200-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 2:18.26; SOFLO: 2. Sebastian Lares 2:27.48, best time, 7. Zackary Harris 2:39.58, best time, 9. Alex Golding 2:42.59, best time, 11. Mark Andre De Gracia 2:43.48, best time, 22. Odin Farkas 2:54.92; 13-14, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Pine Crest 2:10.55; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 2:16.78, best time; 7. Lance Lesage 2:25.48, SOFLO: 19. Nicolas Munoz 2:36.71, 20. Marcos Vazquez 2:42.50.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Noah Smith, Unattached 30.72; SOFLO: 5. Jacob Navarro 33.56, best time, 7. Javier Colmenares 33.69, best time, 16. Lucas Porven 35.00, best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 26.96; SOFLO: 6. Juan Colmenares 28.86, best time; SOFLO: 9. Christian Vasquez 29.87, best time, 14. Brennan Binder 30.70, 23. Enrique Rodriguez 31.17, best time, 26. Mark Andre De Gracia 31.38, best time, 40. Odin Farkas 32.45, best time and Logan Gonzalez, 32.45, best time; 13-14, 1. Aaron Rodriguez, Hialeah 25.51; SOFLO: 2. Juan Serna 25.67, best time, 17. Michael Arias 27.69, best time, 26. Eiza Gantus 28.26, best time, 29. Lance Lesage 28.36, 42. Nicolas Rossi 29.06, 54. Nicolas Munoz 29.41.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. George Gonzalez, Flying Fish 1:27.36; SOFLO: 2. Alessandro Pereira 1:28.18, best time, 3. Jacob Navarro 1:33.29, best time, 8. Javier Colmenares 1:39.39, best time; 11-12, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 1:14.63; SOFLO: 3. Javier Roman 1:18.25, best time, 11. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:25.41, best time, 13. Logan Gonzalez 1:26.07, best time, 19. Zackary Harris 1:27.82, best time, 26. Odin Farkas 1:30.61, best time, 28. Alex Gooding 1:31.09, best time; 13-14, 1. Kevin Degrijze, SFTL 1:09.65.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 1:11.02; SOFLO: 4. Christian Tijero 1:18.03, best time, 5. Alessandro Pereira 1:19.11, best time, 8. Lucas Porven 1:21.89, best time, 10. Jacob Navarro 1:22.58, best time, 20. Jonathan Lozano 1:43.93; 11-12, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 1:04.08; SOFLO: 4. Juan Colmenares 1:07.57, best time, 13. Alejandro Mateus 1:14.99, best time, 32. Sebastian Navarro 1:30.06; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 59.52, best time; SOFLO: 2. Juan Serna, 1:00.04, 11. Jie Hoon Lee 1:04.39, best time, 18. Lance Lesage 4:35.74, best time, 24. Eiza Gantus 1:08.40, best time.

400-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming 4:50.67; SOFLO: 2. Christian Tijero 5:16.38, 5. Lucas Porven 5:34.34, best time; 11-12, 1. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 4:37.48, best time; SOFLO: 3. Javier Roman 4:41.60, best time, 8. Christian Vasquez 5:00.08, best time, 9. Brennan Binder 5:00.51, best time, 17. Alejandro Mateus 5:16.13, best time, 22. Aldo Zepeda 5:23.49, best time, 27. Sebastian Navarro 5:39.26; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:12.12, best time; SOFLO: 7. Leonardo Mateus 4:26.35, 13. Jie Hoon Lee 4:31.47, best time, 21. Juan Serna 4:36.82, best time, 22. Nicolas Ross 4:37.07, best time, 41. Eiza Gantus 4:51.20, best time, 42. Nicolas Munoz 4:51.24, best time.

200-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. SOFLO 1:45.05 (Rafael Rodriguez, Michael Arias, Leonardo Mateus, Juan Serna), 2. Metro Aquatics 1:46.65, 3. Jupiter 1:48.39, 9. SOFLO 1:53.15 (Nicolas Munoz, Nicolas Rossi, Jie Hoon Lee, Eiza Gantus).

400-meter freestyle relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO 4:13.23 (Sebastian Lares, Juan Colmenares, Zackary Harris, Javier Roman), 2. Hialeah 4:20.10, 3. Gulliver 4:24.03, 5. SOFLO 4:24.95 (Enrique Rodriguez, Christian Vasquez, Alejandro Mateus, Brennan Binder).

800-meter freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 8:16.58, 2. Hialeah 8:19.39, 3. SOFLO 8:21.20 (Juan Serna, Leonardo Mateus, Michael Arias, Rafael Rodriguez).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Prelims, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart

Host Teams: Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club

Admission: $3 per session, $5 prelim heat sheets, $3 finals heat sheet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Vank Triple Winner On Final Day Of Jesse Vassallo Invitational


By Sharon Robb

May 23, 2016—Valerie Vank of South Florida Aquatic Club was the big winner on the final day of the Jesse Vassallo Invitational Sunday at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

Vank, 10, finished with 27 points after winning the 50-meter backstroke in 38.30; 50-meter breaststroke in 41.30 and 100-meter freestyle in 1:14.05.

All three times were lifetime-bests.

Christian Tijero, 10, led the SOFLO boys with a win in the 50-meter backstroke in 38.83. He finished with 16 points in the meet. Juan Colmenares, 12, won the 11-12 100-meter butterfly in a best time 1:11.56 and finished with 12 points.

Lucas Porven, 10, won the 200-meter butterfly in 3:17.79.

SOFLO had 57 swimmers entered in the meet. They are: Alana Acevedo, 14; Sarah Acevedo, 12; Madison Adkins, 9; Daniela Barreto, 12; Fernando Barreto, 10; Kaitlyn Barrios, 10; Shayna Blitz, 11; Samuel Bullen, 11; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Alexis Christensen, 10; Javier Colmenares, 9; Juan Colmenares, 12; Mark Andre De Gracia, 12; Luna Delgado, 10; Kyle Dorn, 10; Matthew Escudero, 9; Mia Escudero, 11; Celeste Estrada, 10; Odin Farkas, 12; Valeria Garcia, 12; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Kalin Hubbard, 12; Danniell Hughes, 12; Aliya Khan, 12; Benjamin Kim, 8; Matthew Kim, 11; Jena Legaspi, 12; Jonathan Lozano, 9; Anastasia Lutz, 9; Molly Masson, 12; Yannai Michael, 12; Abigail Natino, 9; Joseph-Blake Natino, 7; Judith-Alison Natino, 10; Jacob Navarro, 10; Sebastian Navarro, 12; Leah Pando, 10; Alessandro Pereira, 9; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 10; Enrique Rodriguez, 11; Mary Sawyer, 9; Steve Sawyer, 10; Carleigh Schleicher, 10; Mallory Schleicher, 12; Annie Schulze, 9; Natalia Sibug, 10; Lily Sines, 13; Kailey Smith, 11; Owen Smith, 9; Samantha Solia, 11; Christian Tijero, 10; Emma Twombly, 12; Valerie Vank, 10; Christian Vasquez, 12; Sarah Vasquez, 8; and Nicole Vignali, 10.

SUNDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Maddie Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 3:06.65; SOFLO: 6. Kaitlyn Barrios 3:24.38, 8. Mariann Catalasan 3:31.73, 11. Giada Porven 3:36.90, best time, 16. Mary Sawyer 3:48.70, 18. Alexis Christensen 3:57.06; 11-12, 1. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 2:44.46; SOFLO: 4. Sarah Acevedo 2:55.26, 19. Shayna Blitz 3:31.58, best time; 13-14, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 2:39.35; SOFLO: 21. Lily Sines 2:56.98, 22. Alana Acevedo 2:57.05, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Tiffany Korb, SD 2:35.85.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 38.30, best time; SOFLO: 5. Leah Pardo 43.25, best time, 6. Mariann Catalasan 45.60, best time, 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 45.82, 15. Giada Porven 48.09, 18. Anastasia Lutz 49.48, best time; 11-12, 1. Lalainie Bannister, Unatatched 34.92; SOFLO: 3. Jena Legaspi 36.41, best time, 17. Emma Twombly 40.87, 18. Daniela Barreto 41.22, best time, 21. Sarah Acevedo 41.84, best time, 23. Valeria Garcia 43.11, 24. Mia Escudero 43.26.

100-meter backstroke:

12-and-under, 1. Anelis Roque, MAC 1:10.64; 13-14, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 1:12.58; 15-and-over, 1. Abigail Fossas, Unattached 1:13.15.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 41.30, best time; SOFLO: 8. Mariann Catalasan 49.26, best time, 10. Leah Pando 49.50, 13. Natalia Sibug 52.88, 18. Anastasia Lutz 55.57, best time; 11-12, 1. Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah 37.66; SOFLO: 9. Valeria Garcia 44.06, 10. Mia Escudero 44.34, best time, 12. Kalin Hubbard 45.34, best time, 13. Daniela Barreto, 45.43, 14. Emma Twombly 47.22, best time, 22. Shayna Blitz 51.79, 23. Samantha Solis 51.90, best time.

100-meter breaststroke:

12-and-under, 1. Victoria Landron, SUN 1:32.52; 13-14, 1. Emme Ham, Unattached 1:22.90; SOFLO: 10. Lily Sines 1:36.27, best time, 17. Alana Acevedo 1:43.77, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Pamela Garcia, Blue Marlins 1:22.34.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:14.05, best time; SOFLO: 4. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:17.78, best time, 12. Giada Porven 1:25.97, best time, 19. Mary Sawyer 1:31.09, best time, 20. Anastasia Lutz 1:32.06, best time; 11-12, 1. Lalainie Bannister, Unattached 1:04.60; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Acevedo 1:09.54, best time, 9. Emma Twombly 1:10.16, best time, 12. Daniela Barreto 1:12.07, best time, 16. Valeria Garcia 1:13.17, 20. Jena Legaspi 1:14.06, best time; 13-14, 1. Claudia Acosta, Hialeah 1:01.19; SOFLO: 25. Alana Acevedo 1:11.65, 28. Lily Sines 1:12.58, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Sloan Sizemore, PB 1:02.50.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Casey Perez, Blue Marlins 1:20.13; SOFLO: 7. Leah Pando 1:43.99; 11-12, 1. Melissa Gonzalez, Blue Marlins 1:19.96; SOFLO: 2. Jena Legaspi 1:21.25, best time.

200-meter butterfly:

12-and-under, 1. Anelis Roque, MAC 2:31.92; 13-14, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, Blue Marlins 2:30.60; 15-and-over, 1. Angelina Roque, MAC 2:29.21.

800-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Becca Montero, AquaKids Sharks 10:23.51; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 10:24.19, 6. Mia Escudero 11:39.8513-14, 1. Isabella Taylor, HAT 10:12.81; 15-and-over, 1. Sloan Sizemore, PB 10:04.49.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Farouk Musa, HAT 3:07.53; SOFLO: 5. Lucas Porven 3:18.82, 6. Jonathan Lozano 3:21.10, best time, 10. Steven Sawyer 3:31.60; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 2:31.89; SOFLO: 8. Yannai Michael 2:48.10, 14. Odin Farkas 3:01.30, best time, 22. Matthew Kim 3:24.67; 13-14, 1. Michael Fernandez, Hialeah 2:21.18; 15-and-over, 1. Juan Zapata, Unattached 2:19.92.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under: 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 38.83; SOFLO: 4. Alessandro Pereira 41.22, best time, 5. Jacob Navarro 42.20, best time, 19. Lucas Porven 46.78, best time, 25. Benjamin Kim 48.50; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 33.46; SOFLO: 3. Juan Colmenares 35.36, 4. Yannai Michael 37.66, 6. Mark Andre De Gracia 38.38, best time, 7. Enrique Rodriguez 38.40, best time, 8. Logan Gonzalez 38.61, best time, 10. Chris Vasquez 38.73, best time, 21. Matthew Kim 44.18.

100-meter backstroke:

12-and-under, 1. Gabriel Landron, SUN 1:45.44; 13-14, 1. Nestor Montero, MAC 1:06.99; 15-and-over, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, MAC 1:03.75.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, Blue Marlins 43.20; SOFLO: 3. Alessandro Pereira 44.60, best time, 4. Jacob Navarro 45.64, best time, 9. Javier Colmenares 47.22, best time, 10. Christian Tijero 48.16, best time, 20. Steven Sawyer 53.24, best time, 23. Fernando Barreto 53.70; 11-12, 1. Victor Valdes, Hialeah 35.69; SOFLO: 7. Mark Andre De Gracia 40.66, best time, 9. Yannai Michael 41.04, best time, 11. Odin Farkas 42.72, best time, 12. Logan Gonzalez 43.08, best time, 14. Enrique Rodriguez 43.82, best time, 25. Sebastian Navarro 51.75, best time.

100-meter breaststroke:

12-and-under, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, SUN 1:22.02; 13-14, 1. Michael Fernandez, Hialeah 1:15.39; 15-and-over, Shane Schulte, PB 1:16.93.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, Blue Marlins 1:09.93; SOFLO: 2. Christian Tijero 1:11.82, best time, 4. Alessandro Pereira 1:15.88, best time, 6. Javier Colmenares 1:16.80, best time, 7. Jacob Navarro 1:17.27, best time, 12. Lucas Porven 1:21.80, best time, 15. Fernando Barreto 1:22.12, best time, 20. Jonathan Lozano 1:25.88, best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, Hialeah 1:00.59; SOFLO: 4. Juan Colmenares 1:04.84, best time, 7. Chris Vasquez 1:07.17, best time, 12. Enrique Rodriguez 1:08.81, best time, 20. Logan Gonzalez 1:11.60, best time, 22. Sebastian Navarro 1:13.95, best time, 23. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:14.00, best time, 24. Odin Farkas 1:14.26, best time; 13-14, 1. Alexander Meyer, Unattached 59.31; 15-and-over, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 56.38.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Steven Gary, PB 1:25.07; SOFLO: 5. Fernando Barreto 1:35.68, best time; 11-12, 1. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 1:11.56, best time; SOFLO: 6. Chris Vasquez 1:18.07, best time.

200-meter butterfly:

1.Lucas Porven, SOFLO 3:17.79; 13-14, 1. Nestor Montero, MAC 2:18.72; 15-and-over, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, MAC 2:13.09.

1500-meter freestyle:

12-and-under, 1. Dominic Bono, AquaKids Sharks 19:06.82; SOFLO: 2. Chris Vasquez 20:31.97, 3. Logan Gonzalez 21:52.37; 13-14, 1. Raphael Santos, PB 18:04.14; 15-and-over, 1. Mattheus Santos, PB 17:28.78.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Vank, Tijero, Pereira Lead SOFLO At Jesse Vassallo Invitational; Weather Cancels Most Of Second Session


By Sharon Robb

May 21, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club had a good day Saturday at the weather-abbreviated Jesse Vassallo Invitational at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.

Valerie Vank, 10, won the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:29.84.

Vank was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 39.45 and second in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 34.19.

Christian Tijero, 10, was a double winner in the boys competition. He won the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in 1:24.80 and 50-meter butterfly in a best time 36.21. He led a top four SOFLO best time sweep and was joined by teammates Jacob Navarro, 37.28, Alessandro Pereira, 38.66, and Javier Colmenares, 40.45.

Tijero was also second in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 33.49.

Alessandro Pereira, 9, won the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in 1:32.94.

Other SOFLO finishers among the top four:

Kaitlyn Barrios was third in the 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:51.63.

Sarah Acevedo was third in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:25.65.

Leah Pando was fourth in the 10-and-under 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:33.03.

Juan Colmenares was third in the 11-12 50-meter butterfly in a best time 31.93.

Jonathan Lozano was fourth in the 10-and-under 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:34.46.

Yannai Michael was third in the 11-12 100-meter backstroke in 1:22.51.

Jacob Navarro was third in a best time 1:39.97.

Weather played havoc with the second session of the meet. Officials were able to only get in the first event, the 200-meter freestyle, before the remainder of the session was cancelled. The two-day meet concludes on Sunday with two sessions.

SOFLO has 57 swimmers entered in the meet. They are: Alana Acevedo, 14; Sarah Acevedo, 12; Madison Adkins, 9; Daniela Barreto, 12; Fernando Barreto, 10; Kaitlyn Barrios, 10; Shayna Blitz, 11; Samuel Bullen, 11; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Alexis Christensen, 10; Javier Colmenares, 9; Juan Colmenares, 12; Mark Andre De Gracia, 12; Luna Delgado, 10; Kyle Dorn, 10; Matthew Escudero, 9; Mia Escudero, 11; Celeste Estrada, 10; Odin Farkas, 12; Valeria Garcia, 12; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Kalin Hubbard, 12; Danniell Hughes, 12; Aliya Khan, 12; Benjamin Kim, 8; Matthew Kim, 11; Jena Legaspi, 12; Jonathan Lozano, 9; Anastasia Lutz, 9; Molly Masson, 12; Yannai Michael, 12; Abigail Natino, 9; Joseph-Blake Natino, 7; Judith-Alison Natino, 10; Jacob Navarro, 10; Sebastian Navarro, 12; Leah Pando, 10; Alessandro Pereira, 9; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 10; Enrique Rodriguez, 11; Mary Sawyer, 9; Steve Sawyer, 10; Carleigh Schleicher, 10; Mallory Schleicher, 12; Annie Schulze, 9; Natalia Sibug, 10; Lily Sines, 13; Kailey Smith, 11; Owen Smith, 9; Samantha Solia, 11; Christian Tijero, 10; Emma Twombly, 12; Valerie Vank, 10; Christian Vasquez, 12; Sarah Vasquez, 8; and Nicole Vignali, 10.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 2:37.38, 2. Maddie Smutny, AKS 2:41.51, 3. Kaitlyn Barrios, SOFLO 2:51.63, best time; 11-12, 1. Becca Montero, AKS 2:21.67, 2. Lalainie Bannister, Unattached 2:25.58, 3. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 2:25.65, best time; 13-and-over, 1. Claudia Acosta, HSC 2:13.90, 2. Abigail Fossas, Unattached 2:15.66, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 2:18.60.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Maddie Smutny, AKS 37.13, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 39.45, 3. Sara Levin, SF 40.52; 11-12, 1. Monika Seniuta, SAS 32.39, 2. Becca Montero, AKS 32.94, 3. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 34.30.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:23.41, 2. Maya Sorunmu, SF 1:29.09, 3. Casey Perez, BMHG 1:32.99, 4. Leah Pardo, SOFLO 1:33.03, best time; 11-12, 1. Lalainie Bannister, Unattached 1:16.71, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PCS 1:18.44, 3. Monika Seniuta, SAS 1:20.37.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 30.50, 2. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 34.19, best time, 3. Hartley Pitters-Hinds, Unattached 34.83; 11-12, 1. Lalainie Bannister, Unattached 30.10, 2. Caitlyn Coe, MAC 30.87, 3. Becca Montero, AKS 30.87.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Valerie Vank, SOFLO 1:29.84, best time, 2. Martha Leo, HAT 1:42.13, 3. Jade Renaud, SF 1:43.11; 11-12, 1. Monika Seniuta, SAS 1:22.70, 2. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 1:25.30, 3. Alana Deo, AKS 1:28.80.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, BMHG 2:33.29, 2. Giancarlo Suarez, BMHG 2:42.27, 3. Farouk Musa, HAT 2:45.21; 11-12, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 2:12.77, 2. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 2:13.03, 3. AJ Martinez, NMST 2:18.31; 13-and-over, 1. Tyler Zuyus, PB 2:00.72, 2. Luis Bucaro, Unattached 2:02.84, 3. Quinn Cassidy, SAS 2:02.92.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 36.21, best time, 2. Jacob Navarro, SOFLO 37.28, best time, 3. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 38.66, best time, 4. Javier Colemanares, SOFLO 40.45, best time; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 30.22, 2. AJ Martinez, NMST 31.39, 3. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 31.93, best time.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 1:24.80, 2. Henry Ajo, BMHG 1:24.87, 3. Steven Gary, PB 1:28.00, 4. Jonathan Lozano, SOFLO 1:34.46, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:11.95, 2. Carlos Lezcano, MAC 1:21.96, 3. Yannai Michael, SOFLO 1:22.51.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Ajo, BMHG 32.25, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 33.49, best time, 3. Julian Lezcano, MAC 34.03; 11-12, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 27.86, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 28.86, 3. AJ Martinez, NMST 29.01.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:32.94, 2. Giancarlo Suarez, BHG 1:38.04, 3. Jacob Navarro, SOFLO 1:39.97, best time; 11-12, 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:21.19, 2. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 1:23.63, 3. Anthony Martinez, BMHG 1:24.28.

IF YOU GO

What: Jesse Vassallo 2016 Invitational

When: Sunday, timed finals.

Schedule: Sunday, Session 3, 9 a.m., Session 4, 15 minutes after the third session.

Where: Pompano Beach Aquatic Center, 820 NE 18th Ave.

Admission: $3 per session. For information call 954-372-5029.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com