By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, August 20, 2022—Adrian Rendon realized how much he loved swimming when he was out of the pool for two months.

Rendon broke his right arm in P.E. class at school when he was running and fell. He couldn’t get his cast wet in the pool but he did try to stay in shape with some dryland training.

“I missed it a lot,” Rendon said. “When I came back I caught up pretty quick. My arm feels pretty good, it doesn’t hurt anymore.”

Rendon is fully recovered and back in the pool with his SOFLO teammates.

At the July 14-17 Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics at Sailfish Park, he swam three personal best times in individual events and was a member of three relays that also turned in best times.

Rendon posted best times in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:15.08, dropping 4.76 seconds; 200-meter backstroke in 2:26.13, dropping 3.72; and 200-meter butterfly in 2:32.02, dropping 1.11. He was also a member of the 400-meter medley relay, 200-meter freestyle relay and 200-meter medley relay. His favorite stroke is the backstroke.

In addition to JOs, his other top meet was the 2019 Winter Championships where he earned high point.

Rendon, 13, an eighth grader at Tequesta Trace Middle School, has been swimming for eight years. He started when he was 5, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Wisthon Rendon, a senior at Cypress Bay High School. He played soccer for three years but gave it up to focus on swimming.

“I saw my brother swimming and I wanted to be like him,” Rendon said. “I like swimming. I like it best when I improve my times.”

Rendon said swimming has helped him out of the pool with discipline, time management and focus.

“I am training hard in every practice and doing my best,” said Rendon, who is in Silver Group and trains with Coach Jack Davies. He said he is working hard to qualify for major meets in the future.

Each TYR Swimmer of the Month receives a free TYR backpack. Rendon joins SOFLO swimmers Niccolo Miccolis (May), Alex Golding (April), Guillermo Mantilla (March), Tristan Dons (February) and Hashan Ekanayake (January) as 2022 TYR Swimmers of the Month.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.

Among its male-sponsored athletes are 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Nic Fink, Townley Haas, Bobby Finke, Patrick Callan, Hunter Armstrong, Brooks Curry, Zack Harting and Jordan Wilimovsky and other elite swimmers Matt Grevers, Maxime Rooney, Nick Albiero, Jacob Pebley, Coleman Stewart, Justin Ress, David Curtiss, Charlie Clark and Ryan Lochte.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Begin Competing Wednesday At USA Swimming Futures Championship

By Sharon Robb
CARY, N.C., July 26, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will be among a talented field when the USA Swimming Futures Championship begins Wednesday at Triangle Aquatic Center.

The Futures Championship 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.

SOFLO’s talented contingent includes Javier Colmenares, 16; Elena Dinehart, 17; Olivia Dinehart, 17; Natalie Gembicki, 17; Alex Golding, 18; Sophia Grubbs, 17; Austin Nelson, 16; Wisthon Rendon, 18; Ricardo Roche, 22; Rafael Rodriguez, 20; Mallory Schleicher, 18; Maddie Smutny, 17; and Izzy Wilson, 15.

SOFLO swimmers (seven girls and six boys) will compete in 48 individual events and one relay.

Other notable swimmers competing are: Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming; Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics; Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter Dragons; Addison Sauickie and Gracie Weyant of Sarasota Sharks; Jillian Crooks of TS Aquatics; Hannah Bellard of Club Wolverine; Davidson Vincent of Azura; and Lismar Lyon of Midtown Weston

Podkoscielny, 17, seeded first in the 400 IM (4:43.57) and 200 backstroke (2:12.42) is prepping for Junior Pan Pacs.

The seventh edition of Futures is one of five around the nation. In previous years, there were four hosting sites for four designated regions. The Board of Directors added another site and adjusted the boundary map to accommodate the fifth region.

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.

The other Futures sites are Geneva, Ohio; Minneapolis; College Station, Tex. and Santa Clara, Calif. The meets are capped at 800 swimmers.

Wednesday events are men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter butterfly, 800-meter freestyle and 1500-meter freestyle. The 800, 1500 and all relays are timed final events. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.

Stanford-bound Josh Zuchowski of FAST is competing in this week’s U.S. Summer Nationals in Irvine, Calif. The meet, which began Tuesday, is a lead-up to the Junior Pac Pacific Championships in Hawaii in August for him. He is entered in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, 100 butterfly and 200 IM. He is coming off last week’s FGC Senior Championships. In Tuesday morning’s prelims, Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics turned in a 54.65 lifetime best in the 100-meter freestyle prelims of U.S. Nationals to move from No. 38 to seventh in the 15-16 year-old rankings.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Marinheiro Leads SOFLO; Smithwick, Zuchowski Win; Azura Dominates Day One Of FGC Senior Championships

By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS, July 22, 2022–Michelle Marinheiro was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Friday at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Marinheiro, 19, was fourth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:25.12, shaving 1.54 seconds off her previous best of 2:26.66. She also dropped 1.90 seconds off her 400-meter freestyle time in 4:40.81.

Wisthon Rendon, 18, was SOFLO’s top boys finishing placing ninth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:11.83.

SOFLO women’s team is third with 252, men’s team is fourth with 195 and fourth in combined with 447 points. Azura Florida Aquatics lead all three team categories, as expected.

In two exciting men’s relays, Azura won the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:34.80 with Steven Aimable, Davidson Vincent, Matheo Mateos and Gabriel Araya edging out FAST in 1:34.88 with Noah Sipowski, Noah Smith, Josh Zuchowski and Varis Monroe.

FAST (Josh Zuchowski, Noah Sipowski, Nicolas Gallego and Varis Monroe) came back to win the 200-meter medley relay in 1:44.08 just ahead of Azura in 1:44.35 with Steven Aimable, Brandon Moran, Davidson Vincent and Gabriel Araya.

Stanford-bound Zuchowski, 19, won his first individual event of the meet in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.13. He was also fastest qualifier in the 200 butterfly in 2:03.41 but scratched from the final.

The U.S. junior national team swimmer is swimming through the meet since he has senior nationals, junior nationals and Junior Pan Pacs coming up before leaving for college.

Smithwick, 18, of Jupiter Dragons took up where she left off at last year’s meet winning the 100-meter freestyle in 57.50. She was second fastest qualifier in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:25.75 but scratched from finals.

In the men’s 400-meter freestyle Dylan Felt of Swim Fort Lauderdale won in 3:58.45 finishing ahead of rival Philip Moldovanu of Wahoos of Wellington in 4:01.53. Felt was also third in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.38.

Azura wins included both women’s relays, Gabriel Araya in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.51 and men’s 200 free relay.

University of Florida commit Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming, top qualifier in the morning 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.86, scratched from finals along with her teammates who are competing at Futures next week.

Pine Crest coach Mariusz Podkoscielny wanted his swimmers to race one event before practice sessions on Friday night and Saturday morning. The team’s Futures qualifiers leave for North Carolina on Tuesday.

The three-day meet continues Saturday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

St. Andrew’s Aquatics is defending long course champions after winning its first-ever title last August.

SOFLO has 29 swimmers (19 boys and 10 girls) in 131 individual events and 16 relays in eight relay events. After senior champs, SOFLO swimmers have Zones and Futures remaining to end the summer.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 753, 2. FAST 715, 3. TS Aquatics 522, 4. SOFLO 447, 5. Pompano Beach 292.50.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 326, 2. FAST 323, 3. SOFLO 252, 4. TS Aquatics 212, 5. Midtown Weston 206.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 427, 2. FAST 392, 3. TS Aquatics 310, 4. SOFLO 195, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 191.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Lilia Blanco, PB 2:24.56, 2. Anelis Roque, GPA 2:25.81, 3. Amanda Loomis, FAST 2:26.75; SOFLO: 13. Mariann Catalasan 2:35.76, 17. Sara Quintero 2:34.58.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 57.50, 2. Emma Herrera, FAST 59.01, 3. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 59.07.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Mia Zahab, GPA 2:20.44, 2. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 2:20.88, 3. Giulianna Garcia, TSA 2:24.77; SOFLO: 4. Michelle Marinheiro 2:25.12, time drop 1.54, 7. Gabriella DeLuna 2:26.57, time drop 0.18, 14. Gabriela Avila 2:37.81.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Emily Trieschmann, NSU 4:20.88, 2. Corina Wong, MWA 4:33.05, 3. Ryan Flynn, GPA 4:33.82; SOFLO: 17. Michelle Marinheiro 4:40.81, time drop 1.90.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 1:47.02 (Sirena Rowe, Julimar Avila, Lucia Miller, Solana Capalbo), 2. Midtown Weston 1:48.85, 3. TS Aquatics 1:49.14, 6. SOFLO A 1:52.01 (Natalie Gembicki, Ana Villamil, Elena Dinehart, Maddie Smutny), 12. SOFLO B 1:57.35 (Olivia Dinehart, Sophia Grubbs, Gabriela Avila, Isabelle Wilson).

200-meter medley relay: 1. Azura 1:58.48 (Sirena Rowe, Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Julimar Avila, Solana Capalbo), 2. FAST 2:02.06, 3. TS Aquatics 2:02.59, 6. SOFLO A 2:03.93 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki), 11. SOFLO B 2:10.51 (Isabelle Wilson, Sophia Grubbs, Sara Quintero, Maddie Smutny).

200-meter backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:01.13, 2. Mariano Sosa, Azura 2:06.72, 3. Landon Kyser, HAT 2:07.52; SOFLO: 9. Wisthon Rendon 2:11.83, 17. Aldo Zepeda 2:14.90, time drop 1.84, 20. Nicholas Pelaez 2:21.17, time drop 7.60, 25. Adrian Hernandez 2:18.68, 26. Hashan Ekanayake 2:20.51, time drop 3.85.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Varis Monroe, FAST 51.40, 2. Daniel Ramirez, WA 51.65, 3. Thomas Flower, NSU 51.70; SOFLO: 32. Alexander Miller 56.50.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:05.51, 2. Marcus Szabo, PB 2:07.28, 3. Dylan Felt, SFTL 2:07.38; SOFLO: 13. Jaden Amores 2:16.25, time drop 0.85.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 3:58.45, 2. Philip Moldovanu, WOW 4:01.53, 3. Matheo Mateos, Azura 4:03.56; SOFLO: 10. Enrique Rodriguez 4:12.32, 19. Agustin Rodriguez 4:17.21, time drop 1.21, 20. Hashan Ekanayake 4:20.69, time drop 5.11, 22. Felix Gonzalez 4:22.87, time drop 14.87, 30. Alexander Miller 4:27.23, time drop 10.72.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 1:34.80 (Steven Aimable, Davidson Vincent, Matheo Mateos, Gabriel Araya), 2. FAST 1:34.88, 3. TS Aquatics 1:36.93, 9. SOFLO A 1:40.68 (Alex Golding, Agustin Rodriguez, Wisthon Rendon, Enrique Rodriguez), 20. SOFLO B 1:44.00 (Alexander Miller, Aldo Zepeda, Marvan Ekanayake, Dominic Bono).

200-meter medley relay: 1. FAST 1:44.08, 2. Azura A 1:44.35, 3. Azura B 1:48.72, 8. SOFLO A 1:51.88 (Aldo Zepeda, Manuel Melendez, Agustin Rodriguez, Alex Golding), 16. SOFLO B 1:56.47 (Wisthon Rendon, Alexander Miller, Jaden Amores, Austin Nelson).

WHAT: Florida Gold Coast LCM Senior Championships.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday.

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

TIMELINES: Saturday, 8:30-11:49 a.m., 5-7:31 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12:32 p.m., 5-7:29 p.m.

ADMISSION: $5 per sessions for prelims and finals. There will be a concession stand available. Heat sheets are available at http://www.swimcssc.com or Meet Mobile. For more information call swim office 954-340-5032.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Heads Field For Canes Spring Long Course Invitational That Begins Friday

By Sharon Robb
CORAL GABLES, May 19, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will get in some long course racing at the Canes Spring Long Course Invitational at University of Miami.

The three-day meet begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the 50s events and 800-meter freestyles. The timed final event is expected to end at 9 p.m.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday 9 a.m.-1:47 p.m. and concludes Sunday 9 a.m.-12:35 p.m. All events are timed finals.

Other Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Coral Springs Swim Club, Midtown Weston and host Hurricane Aquatics.

SOFLO has the largest contingent with 99 swimmers (60 boys and 39 girls) in 666 individual events.

SOFLO’s top seeds include:
Ricardo Roche, 22, 50-meter backstroke 27.82; 100-meter backstroke 59.66.
Julio Horrego, 23, 50-meter breaststroke 28.35.
Agustin Rodriguez, 17, 200 IM 2:16.35; 400-meter freestyle 4:13.99.
Enrique Rodriguez, 17, 200-meter butterfly 2:11.99; 400 IM 4:46.53.
Wisthon Rendon, 17, 200-meter backstroke 2:10.52.

Admission is $4 per session, cash only. Heat sheets will not be sold at the meet and are expected to be posted on Meet Mobile and http://www.teamunify.com/fgha which they were not as of 8 p.m. Thursday night.

Masks are encouraged but not required inside all buildings on the University of Miami campus including walking through the Whitten Center to access the pool. Spectators are allowed at the turn end of the pool deck and not the Fate Bridge to watch the meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Rendon, Rodriguez, Zepeda Head To Puerto Rico For International Competition

By Sharon Robb
SALINAS, Puerto Rico, April 19, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club will have three swimmers competing at the Puerto Rico International Swimming Open.

The four-day meet gets underway Thursday and runs through Sunday at Albergue Olimico German Rieckehoff. Thursday events are 5 p.m. for prelims and 8 p.m. for finals. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5:30 p.m. Friday, Satuday and Sunday.

Wisthon Rendon, 17, Enrique Rodriguez, 17, and Aldo Zepeda, 16, will compete in the international meet. The trio will each compete in six events.

SOFLO will be joined by swimmers from Azura Florida Aquatics (21 swimmers) and Plantation Swim Team (24 swimmers) among the 35-team field. Swimmers from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Puerto Rico head the field.

The FINA meet is a qualifying event for the May 13-29 19th FINA World Swimming Championship in Hungary and 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

After Weather Delay, SOFLO Swimmers Come Up Big On Opening Day Of Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships

By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 18, 2022–South Florida Aquatic Club is well on its way of defending its title at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool.

After Thursday’s events were weather-delayed, action got under way Friday with some outstanding swims and a few shockers.

South Florida Aquatic Club leads the combined team standings (913.5), women (478.5) and men (435) categories.

TS Aquatics, the most improved team in the Florida Gold Coast, is second in combined (402.5) and women (235).

This year SOFLO is going after its eighth senior championship title. SOFLO qualified 53 swimmers (32 boys and 21 girls) in 301 individual events. There are also 16 relay teams entered.

In one of the most exciting races of the night, SOFLO’s Elena Dinehart, 17, knocked off U.S. Junior National swim team member Julia Podkoscielny, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming in 1:59.04. Podkoscielny finished in 1:59.40.

Kaii Winkler, 15, of Eagle Aquatics won the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 43.04 ahead of SOFLO’s Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego, 23, second in 44.09.

Horrego won the 100-yard individual medley in 50.26 ahead of SOFLO teammate Ricardo Roche, second in 52.23.

Olivia Dinehart, 17, won the 100-yard individual medley in a best time 57.50, dropping 2.25. Teammate Mallory Schleicher, 18, was second in 58.87.

SOFLO’s men’s 400-yard medley relay won in 3:23.48 with Ricardo Roche, Julio Horrego, Wisthon Rendon and Sebastian Lares.

TS Aquatics women’s 200-yard freestyle relay won in 1:36.02 with Jillian Crooks, Keianna Moss, Giulianna Garcia and Tawannah McLemore, topping Pine Crest Swimming for the first time in any meet. Pine Crest finished second in 1:36.57 with Lauren Balfour, Julia Podkoscielny, Julianne McCranie and Isabella Chambers.

Former SOFLO swimmer and TYR Swimmer of the Month Juan Mora, 17, now living and training in California, returned to compete in his final senior championships before heading off to the Naval Academy in June.

Swimming unattached, Mora finished 18th in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.48, after going 47.36 in prelims. He swims the 100 breaststroke, his signature event which he won a high school state title for Doral Academy, on Sunday.

SOFLO is among thirty-seven teams from Broward, Palm Beach and Metro-Dade competing over four days.

The meet continues Saturday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the mixed 1,650-yard freestyle is 3 p.m.

: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 913.5, 2. TS Aquatics 402.5, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 283, 4. Metro Aquatics 274.5, 5. Gulliver Swim Club 266, 6. Midtown Weston 232, 7. Plantation Swim Team 205, 8. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 201, 9. Swim Fort Laudrdale 186, 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 165.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 478.5, 2. TS Aquatics 235, 3. Midtown Weston 228, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 218, 5. Gulliver 146.5, 6. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 115, 7. Coral Springs 86, 8. Pompano Beach Piranhas 83, 9. Metro Aquatics 79, 10. Jupiter Dragons 61.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 435, 2. Metro Aquatics 195.5, 3. Plantation 190, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 177, 5. TS Aquatics 167.5, 6. Gulliver Swim Club 119.5, 7. Eagle Aquatics 101, 8. Azura 88, 9. St. Andrew’s 86. 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 82.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 57.50, time drop 2.25, 2. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 58.87, time drop 0.45, 3. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 58.93; SOFLO: 6. Natalie Gembicki 59.73, time drop 0.26, 10. Ana Villamil 1:00.77, 12. Gabriella Deluna 1:01.18, time drop 0.01, 16. Sophie Grubbs 1:01.52.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Erin Miller, SAS 4:56.24, 2. Riley Botting, PC 4:57.34, 3. Mariana Cote, MWA 4:58.58; SOFLO: 5. Maddy Smutny 5:01.71, 6. Elena Dinehart 5:03.20, 7. Natalie Gembicki 5:03.64, time drop 4.25, 8. Isabelle Wilson 5:05.29, 15. Michelle Marinheiro 5:12.64.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. TS Aquatics 1:36.02 (Jillian Crooks, Keianna Moss, Giulianna Garcia, Tawannah McLemore), 2. Pine Crest Swiming 1:36.57, 3. SOFLO A 1:37.24 (Natalie Gambicki, Ana Villamil, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart), 7. SOFLO B 1:41.37 (Maddy Smutny, Mallory Schleicher, Jennamarie Brames, Michelle Marinheiro).

200-yard backstroke: 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:59.04, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:59.40, 3. Gio Musiello, GRSC 2:03.55; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 2:04.14, 9. Gabriella Deluna 2:09.15, 12. Isabelle Wilson 2:09.23, 17. Mariann Catalasan 2:13.13.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jillian Crooks, TSA 50.09, 2. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 50.55, 3. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 51.28; SOFLO: 6. Mallory Schleicher 52.14, 9. Natalie Gembicki 52.50.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 1:59.08, 2. Sophia Diaz, MAC 2:01.48, 3. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 2:02.47; SOFLO: 4. Maddy Smutny 2:02.95, 7. Elena Dinehart 2:07.10, 14. Michelle Marinheiro 2:08.75, 18. Gabriella Deluna 2:11.15.

400-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:46.73 (Julia Podkoscielny, Riley Botting, Julianne McCranie, Isabella Chambers), 2. SOFLO A 3:47.80 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Mallory Schleicher), 3. TS Aquatics 3:55.81, 5. SOFLO B 4:01.62 (Isabelle Wilson, Sophia Grubbs, Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki).

100-yard individual medley: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 50.26, 2. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 52.23, 3. Finn Winkler, EA 52.69; SOFLO: 5. Javier Colmenares 53.62, time drop 0.89, 16. Aldo Zepeda 54.66, time drop 0.90.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 4:28.18, 2. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 4:31.00, 3. Gabriel Tortola, PST 4:37.41; SOFLO: 8. Austin Nelson 4:41.07, 12. Ivan Grass 4:46.13, 15. Javier Roman 4:49.92.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Plantation Swim Team 1:24.08 (Renato Herran, Ivan Capalbo, Karl-Wilson Aimable, Alex Marrero), 2. TS Aquatics 1:25.57, 3. SOFLO A 1:25.93 (Julio Horrego, Agustin Rodriguez, Alex Golding, Sebastian Lares), 10. SOFLO B 1:29.43 (Aldo Zepeda, Alexander Miller, Javier Colmenares, Manuel Melendez).

200-yard backstroke: 1. Carlos Cobos, UN 1:47.22, 2. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 1:48.05, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 1:48.24; SOFLO: 6. Austin Nelson 1:51.91, 7. Wisthon Nelson 1:52.52, 8. Alex Golding 1:54.22, 11. Aldo Zepeda 1:54.02, 14. Alejandro Mateus 1:56.36, 15. Adrian Hernandez 1:56.38.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 43.04, 2. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 44.09, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 45.18; SOFLO: 8. Sebastian Lares 46.31.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Azura 1:48.09, 2. Kaii Winkler, EA 1:50.36, 3. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 1:50.42; SOFLO: 7. Wisthon Rendon 1:53.72, 10. Javier Roman 1:54.92, 12. Javier Colmenares 1:53.63, 13. Enique Rodriguez 1:53.96, 16. Alejandro Mateus 1:57.38.

400-yard medley relay: 1. SOFLO A 3:23.48 (Ricardo Roche, Julio Horrego, Wisthon Rendon, Sebastian Lares), 2. Plantation 3:26.96, 3. Metro Aquatics 3:29.47, 4. SOFLO B 3:29.55 (Austin Nelson, Javier Colmenares, Javier Roman, Agustin Rodriguez).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Horrego Wins Again, Bolles Increases Lead On Day Three Of Piranhas Senior Invitational

By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 5, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego won his second event Saturday at the Piranhas Senior Invitational at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian, won the 50-meter breaststroke shootout in 29.12. Bolles’ William Heck finished runner-up in 30.19. In early rounds, Horrego won in 29.65 and 29.09.

On Friday, Horrego won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.69.

Horrego was third fastest qualifier in the 50 breaststroke prelims in 29.88, one of three swimmers under 30 seconds. He was sixth fastest qualifier in the 100-meter freestyle in 53.37 and finished eighth in 53.96.

SOFLO teammate Wisthon Rendon was fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.08. SOFLO had two other swimmers in the Top 11. Enrique Rodriguez was eighth in 2:13.19. Javier Colmenares was 11th in a best time 2:17.82, dropping a full minute.

Other individual winners were:

Nicole Frank Rodriguez of Azura won the 50-meter breaststroke shootout in 33.67 just 2/100ths of a second ahead of Sarasota Sharks’ Gracie Weyant in 33.69.

Julimar Avila of Azura won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:17.79.

Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics won the 100-meter freestyle in 56.03.

Athena Meneses Kovacs of Eagle Aquatics won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:16.93.

Addison Sauickie of Sarasota Sharks won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:20.93.

Martin Espernberger of Bolles won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:00.72.

Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics won the 100-meter freestyle in 50.24.

Amadeusz Knop of Sarasota Sharks won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:02.27.

Liam Custer of Sarasota Sharks won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:01.92.

The four-day meet concludes Sunday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and prelims at 5 p.m.

Among teams entered are Bolles, Sarasota Sharks, Azura Florida Aquatics, Webbs Tornadoes, TS Aquatics, Midtown Weston, Southern Utah, Eagle Aquatics and Flood Aquatics.

: 1. Bolles 2,853.5, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,899, 3. Eagle Aquatics 625, 4. Sarasota Sharks 603, 5. Plantation Swim Team 483, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 245.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 1,681.5, 2. Azura 903, 3. Plantation Swim Team 341, 4. Tornadoes Swim Club 241, 5. Eagle Aquatics 193, 6. SOFLO 186.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 1,068, 2. Azura 768, 3. Sarasota Sharks 439, 4. Eagle Aquatics 312, 5. Midtown Weston 263, 13. SOFLO 59.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, AZ 33.67, 2. Gracie Weyant, SYS 33.69.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Julimar Avila, AZ 2:17.79, 2. Addison Sauickie, SYS 2:19.25, 3. Emma Herrera, FAST 2:23.33.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 56.03, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 57.90, 3. Gracie Weyant, SYS 58.29.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Athena Meneses Kovacs, EA 2:16.93, 2. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:19.88, 3. Faith Khoo, BSS 2:25.66; SOFLO: 14. Mariann Catalasan 2:37.35.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Addison Sauickie, SYS 4:20.93, 2. Kate Anderson, BSS 4:26.61, 3. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, AZ 4:28.69; SOFLO: 14. Amelie Bicerne 4:49.18, time drop 0.40.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego. SOFLO 29.12, 2. William Heck, Bolles 30.19.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Martin Espernberger, BSS 2:00.72, 2. Liam Custer, SYS 2:04.39, 3. Carlos Vasquez, UN 2:05.27; SOFLO: 5. Wisthon Rendon, 2:10.08, 8. Enrique Rodriguez 2:13.19, 11. Javier Colmenares 2:17.82, time drop 1.00.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 50.24, 2. Miguel Rojas Newman, BSS 52.66, 3. Jack Harvey, UN 52.77; SOFLO: 8. Julio Horrego 53.96.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 2:02.27, 2. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 2:03.45, 3. Carlos Cobos, UN 2:07.91.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Liam Custer, SYS 4:01.92, 2. Michael Mullen, BSS 4:09.07, 3. Sauod Alshamroukh, AZ 4:09.41.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Julio Horrego Top SOFLO Finisher On Final Day Of USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectionals; Sarasota Sharks, Azura Win Team Titles

By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, February 13, 2022–Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club wrapped up a successful meet Sunday at the USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympian for Honduras was second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.35, off his best time of 2:16.40 swum in 2018. U.S. Olympian Michel Andrew won in 2:14.98.

The 23-year-old finished with a first in the 100 breaststroke, second in the 200 IM, third in the 50 breaststroke, sixth in the 200-meter medley relay and 33rd in the 50 freestyle. Horrego scored 70 points.

SOFLO teammates Izzy Wilson was eighth in the 1500-meter freetyle in a best time 17:44.32, with an impressive time drop of 6.13. Maddy Smutny was eighth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:20.01. Olivia Dinehart was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:40.90. Elena Dinehart was tenth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:23.17. Wisthon Rendon was tenth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.37.

SOFLO’s women’s 400-meter freestyle relay was third in 4:03.36 with Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher and Maddy Smutny.

Winners on the final day:
Katie Ledecky, swimming unattached for the Gator Swim Club, finished her perfect showing with a win in the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:40.63.University of Florida’s Aryan Nehra, swimming unattached, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:54.17.

University of Alabama-bound Lockett Bowley won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.61, three seconds ahead of Michaela Mattes of Sarasota Sharks.

Bolles Martin Espernberger, a finalist in the Austrian Euro Junior Championships, won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:01.25.

Marina Spadoni won the 100-meter freesyle in 56.53 ahead of Addison Sauickie of Sarasota Sharks in 56.65 and Blair Stoneburg of Treasure Coast Aquatics in 57.28.

Stanford-bound Andres Dupont Cabrera of Bolles won the 100-meter freestyle in 50.94.

Gracie Weyant of Sarasota Sharks won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:33.10.

Canadian Megan Wheeler won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.21.

Azura’s Yeziel Morales, a Puerto Rican national record holder, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.83 to finish a sweep of three backstroke events.

Sarasota Sharks won the combined team title (609.5) and women’s team title (360.5). Azura Florida Aquatics won the men’s team title (310.5).

Two-time defending champion SOFLO finished fifth in combined with 215 points, sixth in the men’s competition and eighth in the women’s competition.

SOFLO made club history in 2021 winning back-to-back Southern Zone South Sectional Championships. In February, SOFLO won the combined team title, was second among women and third among men. In July, SOFLO won the combined team title and boys team titles and girls were second.

SOFLO had 34 swimmers qualify in 151 individual events and has 20 relay teams in 10 relay events.

: 1. Sarasota Sharks 609.5, 2. Azura 542.5, 3. Bolles 462, 4. Gator Swim Club 302, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 215, 6. Trinity Prep 197, 7. Sarasota Tsunami 171, 8. Academy Aquatic Club 165, 9. Blue Dolfins 161.5, 10. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 137.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 360.5, 2. Azura 232, 3. Nepean Kanata Barracudas 184, 4. Bolles 155, 5. Blue Dolfins 118.5, 6. Gator Swim Club 111, 7. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 93, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 84, 9. Academy Aquatic Club 76, 10. Unattached Gator Swim Club 60.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 310.5, 2. Bolles 307, 3. Sarasota Sharks 249, 4. Trinity Prep 195, 5. Gator Swim Club 191, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 131, 7. Sarasota Tsunami 113, 8. Academy Aquatic CLub 89, 9. Rocoa Rockets 81, 10. Olympus Swimming Club 45, 11. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 44.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, UN 15:40.63, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 16:29.86, 3. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 16:53.33; SOFLO: 8. Isabelle Wilson 17:44.32, time drop 6.13; FGC: 15. Jessica Smith, WOW 18:09.26, 16. Siena Griffiths, SAS 18:18.36, 19. Fatima Portillo, Azura 18:29.05, 21. Corley Smith, FKSC 18:56.20.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Lockett Bowley, BD 2:13.61, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 2:16.33, 3. Isabella Lojewski, BD 2:17.11; SOFLO: 8. Maddy Smutny 2:20.01, 21. Elena Dinehart 2:24.06; FGC: 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:18.74, 7. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 2:19.26; 9. Gabriela Robles Cortes, Azura 2:21.42, 22. Mariana Cote, MWA 2:26.23.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Marina Spadoni, UN 56.53, 2. Addison Sauickie, SYS 56.65, 3. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 57.28; SOFLO: 21. Olivia Dinehart 59.95; FGC: 11. Sirena Rowe, Azura 58.74.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:33.10, 2. Emily Santos, MVA 2:35.90, 3. Julie Brousseau, NKB 2:36.36; SOFLO: 6. Olivia Dinehart 2:40.90, 23. Sabrina Osorio 2:50.13, time drop 0.36; FGC: 9. Reese Andres, SAS 2:42.90, 18. Kate Kaplan, CC 2:47.30.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Megan Wheeler, NKB 2:15.21, 2. Brooke Manning, UN 2:17.78, 3. Sarah Sensenbrenner, SYS 2:18.64; SOFLO: 10. Elena Deinhart 2:23.17, 17. Mallory Schleicher 2:24.47, time drop 0.79; FGC: 13. Brynn Stoneburg, TCA 2:25.96, 19. Erin Miller, SAS 2:26.97.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 3:56.46 (Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Sirena Rowe, Michaela Sierra, Julimar Avila), 2. Nepean Kanata Barracudas 3:59.27, 3. SOFLO A 4:03.36 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Maddy Smutny), 10. SOFLO B 4:11.32 (Nat Gembicki, Sally Golding, Gabriella DeLuna, Ana Villamil).

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Aryan Nehra, UN 15:54.17, 2. Advait Page, UN 16:04.59, 3. Ryan Erisman, LAK 16:18.93; SOFLO: 18. Ivan Grass 17:21.83, 20. Mateo Shearer, HAT 17:29.98, 23. Hashan Ekanayake 17:46.01.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Martin Espernberger, Bolles 2:01.25, 2. Gage Hulbert, Bolles 2:02.10, 3. Michael Mullen, Bolles 2:03.71; SOFLO: 10. Wisthon Rendon 2:08.37, 20. Enrique Rodriguez 2:13.27; FGC: 4. Dario Martin 2:05.63, 6. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:07.04, 9. Landon Kyser, HAT 2:06.77, 23. Alfredo Dominguez, BMHG 2:14.96, 24. Nikita Efimov, OSC 2:17.17.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Andres Dupont Cabrera, Bolles 50.94, 2. Leif Bouwman, UN 52.41, 3. Jack Hall, Bolles 52.93; FGC: 9. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 53.10, 10. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Azura 53.23, 15. Chase Foulds, SAS 54.19.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Michael Andrew, MASA 2:14.98, 2. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 2:17.35, time drop 0.16, 3. Dario Martin, OSC 2:22.03; SOFLO: 17. Javier Colmenares 2:27.54; FGC: 5. Giulian Martin CANE 2:23.26, 18. Lucas Young, CANE 2:28.60, 22. Gabriel Navarro, NMST 2:32.97.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:01.83, 2. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 2:04.21, 3. Luigi Granco, TPA 205.71; SOFLO: 19. Wisthon Rendon 2:14.54, 20. Austin Nelson 2:15.25, time drop 2.87; FGC: 4. Carlos Cobos, UN 2:05.92, 7. Patrick Doyle, SUN 2:10.93.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura A 3:32.26 (Davidson Vincent, Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Gabriel Araya, Yeziel Morales), 2. Trinity Prep 3:35.91, 3. Academy AC 3:37.98, 5. SOFLO A 3:43.56 (Alex Golding, Enrique Rodriguez, Javier Colmenares, Aldo Zepeda).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Cypress Bay Girls, Cooper City Boys Win BCAA Meet

By Sharon Robb
COOPER CITY, September 30, 2021–Cypress Bay and Cooper City split their BCAA meet Wednesday at the Cowboys’ home pool.

Cypress Bay girls defeated Cooper City, 98-74 and Western, 114-50. In the other matchup, Cooper City topped Western 116-55.

In the boys’ matchups, Cooper City knocked off Cypress Bay, 91-75, and Western, 109-59. In the other matchup, Cypress Bay defeated Western, 90-72.

Cypress Bay came up big sweeping all three girls relays. Natalia Ortiz, Gabriella DeLuna, Samira Zambrano and Ana Villamil were individual event winners for the Lightning.

Mallory Schleicher was a double winner for Cooper City in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.59) and 100-yard freestyle (53.97) and Sally Golding won two events in the 200-yard individual medley (2:12.53) and 100-yard backstroke (1:02.34).

Cooper City boys were led by individual winner Nicholas Dolton in diving, Alex Golding in the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard medley relay.

Derek Hau was a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle (23.75) and 100-yard freestyle (52.40).

Cypress Bay won the boys’ 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. Wisthon Rendon was a double winner in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.46) and 500-yard freestyle (4:57.00). Landon Kyser also won two events in the 100-yard butterfly (52.62) and 100-yard backstroke (54.37).

Cypress Bay 98, Cooper City 74
Cypress Bay 114, Western 50
Cooper City 116, Western 55

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cypress Bay 1:54.03, 2. Cooper City 1:55.41, 3. Cypress Bay 1:58.98.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 1:55.59, 2. Nicol Bellardi, CB 2:00.91, 3. Samira Zambrano, CB 2:00.98.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Sally Golding, CC 2:12.53, 2. Mariana Cote, CB 2:14.64, 3. Ana Villamil, CB 2:24.60.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Natalia Ortiz, CB 26.00, 2. Kate Kaplan, CC 26.37, 3. Jemma Kelly, CB 27.44.

1-meter diving: 1. Cara Barkey, CC 270.70, 2. Hannah Egert, WES 253.90, 3. Lilli Hirsch, CC 177.65.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Gabriella DeLuna, CB 1:01.16, 2. Karina Manrique, CB 1:02.99, 3. Jennamarie Brames, CC 1:04.53.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Mallory Schleicher, CC 53.97, 2. Mariana Cote, CB 56.51, 3. Emma Twombly, CB 1:02.81.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Samira Zambrano, CB 5:22.53, 2. Natalia Ortiz, CB 5:32.73, 3. Jennamarie Brames, CC 5:45.62.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay A 1:44.35, 2. Cypress Bay B 1:49.60, 3. Cooper City 2:02.72.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Sally Golding, CC 1:02.34, 2. Nicol Bellardi, CB 1:03.10, 3. Gabriella DeLuna, CB 1:04.75.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Ana Villamil, CB 1:10.31, 2. Kate Kaplan, CC 1:11.47, 3. Juliana Fronimakis-Liu, CB 1:17.11.

400-year freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay 3:48.53, 2. Cooper City 3:53.82, 3. Cypress Bay 4:16.46.

Cooper City 91, Cypress Bay 75
Cooper City 109, Western 59
Cypress Bay 90, Western 72

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cooper City 1:44.44 (Alex Golding, Christopher Hau, Javier Roman, Derek Hau), 2. Western 1:48.81, 3. Cooper City 1:51.94.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Wisthon Rendon, CB 1:50.46, 2. Hashan Ekanayake, WES 1:54.56, 3. Andres Teran, CC 1:58.63.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Golding, CC 2:01.91, 2. Stephen Kim, CB 2:04.57, 3. Yanni Michael, WES 2:10.92.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Derek Hau, CC 23.75, 2. Andres Teran, CC 24.57, 3. D. Diaz, WES 24.63.

1-meter diving: 1. Nicholas Dolton, CC 219.75.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Landon Kyser, CB 52.62, 2. Javier Roman, CC 54.97, 3. Yanni Michael, WES 59.89.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Derek Hau, CC 52.40, 2. Christopher Hau, CC 52.91, 3. D. Villalonga, CB 54.19.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Wisthon Rendon, CB 4:57.00, 2. Javier Roman, CC 5:06.82, 3. Hashan Ekanayake, WES 5:10.84.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay A 1:34.81, 2. Cooper City A 1:41.34, 3. Cooper City B 1:47.38.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Landon Kyser, CB 54.37, 2. Alex Golding, CC 56.00, 3. Ethan McPeek, CC 1:02.18.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Stephen Kim, CB 1:03.38, 2. Christopher Hau, CC 1:04.40, 3. Jeremiah Coughlin, CC 1:11.87.

400-year freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay A 3:22.03, 2. Cooper City A 3:22.99, 3. Western B 3:39.07.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com