SOFLO Masters Shine At Coral Springs Last Chance Meet


By Sharon Robb

May 23, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club Masters Team had another good showing Saturday at the Coral Springs Short Course Yards Last Chance Meet.

SOFLO masters coach Carlos Morante collected three firsts and two seconds.

Morante, 23, led by example winning the 50-yard butterfly in 24.70, 50-yard backstroke in 26.31 and 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.07. He was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.13 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.17.

Julia Fermayer, 38, won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:41.65, took second in the 50-yard freestyle in 33.21 and 100-yard freestyle in 1:15.38 and third in the 50-yard breaststroke in 42.29 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:31.50.

After watching her youngest daughter Michelle Marinheiro, 13, compete in the Gulliver Prep Summer Invitational down south in Pinecrest, Edileide Marinheiro made it just in time to compete and win gold, silver and bronze medals.

Marinheiro, 47, won the 50-yard breaststroke in 38.56, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:27.95 and was second in the 50-yard butterfly in 36.48.

Marilde Martinez, 41, won the 100-yard individual medley in 1:29.90, was second in the 50-yard backstroke in 43.02 and third in the 50-yard breaststroke in 46.16.

Paula Berti, 46, took firsts in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:36.55, 50-yard butterfly in 42.98 and 50-yard backstroke in 43.44 and seconds in the 50-yard freestyle in 35.02 and 50-yard breaststroke in 47.28.

Terri Rivera, 56, was second in the 50-yard backstroke in 47.02.

Xavier Brown, 21, competing in his first swim meet in two years, took gold, silver and bronze medals.

“I am very proud of this awesome SOFLO masters swim team,” Brown said. “We are rocking.”

Brown won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.90, was second in the 50-yard butterfly in 25.82 and third in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.77.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Ready For Long Course Sectional Qualifier At Plantation

SOFLO Swimmers Ready For Long Course Sectional Qualifier At Plantation


By Sharon Robb

February 20, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club is sending a strong contingent of thirty swimmers to Plantation Aquatic Complex for the Long Course Sectional Qualifier that begins Friday.

SOFLO swimmers are coming off solid workouts and meet performances, and are expected to do well in the two-day meet that will feature several other Florida Gold Coast teams including host Plantation Swim Team.

The SOFLO lineup is Andres Arias, 14; Alia Atkinson, 25; Endi Babi, 25; Xavier Brown, 19; Jordon Colon, 16; Nelson Alejandro Diaz, 17; Tyler Gibson, 14; Kylie Herman, 16; Amber Hunter, 18; Whitney Johnson, 17; Olivia Katcher, 18; CJ Kopecki, 14; Juan Lucas, 15; Ervin Marin, 14; Melissa Marinheiro, 16; Alfredo Mesa, 15; Alexander Monti, 15; Kry Nichlany, 17; Abolade Oyetunji, 14; Julien Pinon, 15; Kevin Porto, 14; Astrid Rigau, 17; Jennifer Rodriguez, 13; Jessica Rodrigues, 15; Jonathan Strod, 15; Bowie Suen, 17; Carly Swanson, 16; Natasha Testa, 15; Gustavo Valery, 15; and Alejandro Zambrano, 19.

Three sessions are scheduled for the timed final meet. On Friday the competition begins 5:30 p.m. with session one. On Saturday, session two begins at 9 a.m. and session three at 10 a.m.

Seventeen teams are competing including Azura Florida Aquatics, FLA, Lake Lytal, Pine Crest and Swim Fort Lauderdale.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Olivia Katcher, 18, 200-meter freestyle, 2:04.47.

Julien Pinon, 15, 200-meter freestyle, 1:55.99.

Xavier Brown, 19, 50-meter freestyle, 23.04.

Alia Atkinson, 25, 50-meter breaststroke, 30.91; 100-meter butterfly, 1:02.52

Juan Lucas, 15, 200-meter backstroke 2:15.34.

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, 400-meter freestyle 4:22.78

IF YOU GO

What: Long Course Sectional Qualifier

When: Friday-Saturday

Timeline schedule: Friday, Session One, 5:30-7:06 p.m.; Saturday, Sessions Two and Three, 9 a.m.-1:40 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information call 954-452-2526.

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

Atkinson, Oliver, Brown, Rojas Lead SOFLO Contingent For Speedo Champions Series

Atkinson, Oliver, Brown, Rojas Lead SOFLO Contingent For Speedo Champions Series


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 11, 2012

Tiffany Oliver, fresh off the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, heads the South Florida Aquatic Club contingent for the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships that begin Thursday in Fort Lauderdale.

The four-day meet features some of the top swimmers in the Florida Gold Coast and around the state.

Oliver, 19, who swam a best time during her first Olympic Trials, will compete in her specialty events, the 50- and 100-meter freestyles.

Oliver will be joined by three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 23, who will race the 100-meter breaststroke before departing for the London Olympics on Sunday with her coach Chris Anderson. Atkinson, the lone swimmer representing Jamaica in London, is the top seed in the event in 1:08.45.

College-bound swimmers Xavier Brown, 17, and Marc Rojas, 18, head the boys’ contingent.

Other SOFLO swimmers competing are Roger Capote, 16, Jordan Colon, 15, Amber Hunter, 16, Evelin Jimenez, 17, Rachel Ling, 17, Maria Lopez, 16, Marcella Marinheiro, 17, Melissa Marinheiro, 15, Alex Monti, 14, Carlo Morante, 19, Bianca Muniz, 20, Ivan Parada, 17, Alex Rodriguez, 21, Jessica Rodriguez, 13, Samantha Stinemire, 13, Gustavo Valery, 14, and Jacob Walters, 16.

University of Florida-bound Luke Torres, 18, of SOFLO has the most ambitious schedule swimming in six events including the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly.

Torres will be joined by SOFLO teammates Jessie Alcaide, Jillian Alexander, Brian Arnaud, Keegan Boisson-Yates and Gina Gautieri, who all train at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

The annual meet features some of the top swimming talent in the U.S. including top seeds Andreina Pinto, Shaune Fraser, Alejandro Gomez, Thomas Veale and Sarah Bateman.

The Speedo Champions Series features several meet stops in the southern, central, western and eastern zones. The Fort Lauderdale meet is the fourth meet on the southern zone schedule for the year.

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, 501 Seabreeze Blvd.

Schedule: Thursday, timed finals 5 p.m.; Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims, 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m., Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 4 p.m.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets, $3 per session. For information, call 954-828-4579.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Xavier Brown

SOFLO SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Xavier Brown


SOFLO SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Xavier Brown

Age: 17

High school: Everglades

College: Daytona Beach State College

Xavier Brown is living his dream.

He is going to college on a swimming scholarship.

At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, with athleticism and unlimited potential, Brown is a coach’s dream. After weighing his options from several out-of-state colleges, Brown signed with Daytona Beach State College and will be leaving in August for the next chapter in his academic and athletic life.

Brown started swimming less than five years ago and has only scratched the surface in the sport.

“Choosing a college was a long process,” Brown said. “I went back and forth between about five schools and scholarships that were offered to me.

“I decided Daytona was the best fit for me. The coach was impressed by my drive and where I wanted to take my swimming. I have high aspirations for myself and he is willing to work with me.”

Plus, staying in Florida will enable friends and families to travel to his college home meets.

Brown became a role model when he chose swimming over track and field to help dispel the stereotype that has plagued black athletes for years in swimming.

Brown never had the benefit of competitive swimming in elementary, or middle school. He made districts and regionals his sophomore year at Miramar. But he built his swimming career solely through club swimming with the Comets and South Florida Aquatic Club programs in Pembroke Pines.

Brown attended Miramar High School for two seasons but the swim team disbanded. He transferred to Everglades that also dropped its swim program for financial reasons and lack of interest. In track, he competed in the 200, 800 and mile.

“I’ve always felt swimming chose me from everything,” Brown said. “All the sports I have done I was trying out to get the feel for what I actually loved. Swimming stood out for me. I picked it up naturally.

“I thought swimming was one of those sports that if I worked hard enough maybe I could start dreaming about going to college. I started swimming 4 ½ years. I love the water and I love swimming. I want to see how far this can take me.”

After a five-month break last year when he got a job, Brown returned to workouts. He said his biggest accomplishment was “getting back in the pool.” He has been able to drop more than 20 seconds off his event times.

“I have been surprising myself every time I get in the pool,” Brown said.

His biggest breakthrough came at the Texas A&M Senior Circuit Meet.

“It was the first time for me being in a natatorium,” Brown said. “I was actually getting the feeling of being at a college level meet. Coach Chris Anderson was such an inspiration for me. He told me what I had to focus on, what I had to work on and harness. He told me how to get better and be a better swimmer. I was really motivated after that.”

Brown is also enjoying his role of breaking the “black athletes stereotype.” He has been a role model in and out of the pool.

“I don’t mind being a role model,” he said. “I think I am ready to take that on. Looking at Alia Atkinson and being with Chris has helped me. I have learned more than enough from Alia. I am ready to take the role on as a black role model in swimming.

“I want people to look up to black athletes in sports like swimming. I like it when a little black kid watched me at a meet and comes up to me and says ‘great race.’ If he sees that I can do it, he can do it, too.”

Brown has narrowed his majors to political science or sports management. He will continue training through the summer and will compete with SOFLO at the June 21-24 FLA International Invitational at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton where he hopes to drop more time.

His goals are lofty for college swimming. He would like to break school records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. He may also swim the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. He would also like to qualify for the NJCAA Championships where Brown will reunite with club teammate Marc Rojas, a Pembroke Pines Charter alum who signed with national champion Indian River State College.

The Miami-born Brown is looking forward to improving. “I want to see how far I can go,” Brown said. “That’s the next challenge.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 164: SOFLO’s Vlad Polyakov Named To Third Olympic Team

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 164: SOFLO’s Vlad Polyakov Named To Third Olympic Team


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 12, 2012

Vlad Polyakov of the South Florida Aquatic Club was selected to the Kazakhstan Olympic team for the 2012 London Olympics.

It will be Polyakov’s third Olympic team. He was also a member of the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing teams.

The St. Thomas Aquinas alum was selected for the 4×100-meter medley relay team along with teammates Aleksander Tarabrin (54.8), Fedor Shkilev (53.0) and Artur Dilman (48.8). The foursome qualified in 3:36.99 to tie Brazil for the 16th spot according to FINA.

The foursome qualified earlier this month during a meet in Kazakhstan where top Kazakhstan swimmers were pulled out of individual finals to go for the relay qualifying time.

Polyakov, 28, played a huge role with his split of 1:00.26 (out in 28.0 and back in 32.2). His best split ever in a relay is 59.5 at the 2009 World Championships.

Polyakov still hopes to swim the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke individual events in London and will compete this week in the June 14-17 Bahamas National Swimming Championships at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre in Nassau to try and swim the FINA qualifying standard. It is a certified FINA Olympic qualifying event.

SOFLO teammate Sharntelle McLean will also compete in the Bahamas meet to try and qualify for her third Olympics.

Polyakov will join SOFLO teammates Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and Arlene Semeco of Venezuela in London, also three-time Olympians.

SOFLO Ranked No. 1

South Florida Aquatic Club is currently ranked No. 1 in the Florida Gold Coast USA Swimming Virtual Club Championship Rankings for long course. SOFLO swimmers have 162,144 followed by Davie Nadadores, 160,149; Metro Aquatics, 132,121; Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, 117,104 and Lake Lytal Lightning, 104,959. The championships keep track of individual and relay performances for points to recognize the top swim clubs in the nation….SOFLO’s Xavier Brown signed with Daytona Beach State College and Marc Rojas signed with Indian River State College. They will be among seniors honored this week at a team dinner and ceremony at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Oen Death Ruled Hereditary Heart Disease

The Arizona medical examiner released the cause of death of Norway swimming great and national hero Alexander Dale Oen during a press conference on Tuesday.

The official cause of death was atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. The autopsy also found a blood clot in one of his arteries as the more specific cause.

Cardiologist Eivind Berge said in a statement that this type of coronary disease was highly unusual in a young person such as Oen. The only known risk factor for heart disease was familial.

The 2011 world champion in the 100 breaststroke died at age 26 while on a high altitude training trip in April in Flagstaff, Arizona. The initial autopsy was inconclusive.

Gulliver Prep Hires New Coach

Jeff Poppell was hired as the new aquatics director and head varsity swimming coach replacing James Sweeney. Poppell led the Arkansas Razorbacks’ women’s swimming and diving teams to national stature for the last six years. The team was ranked in the Top 25 for the last four seasons. The team was fifth at the SEC Championships, highest finish in the team’s history, and has 10 swimmers qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials. He was also the Team USA head women’s coach at the World Maccabiah Games. Before Arkansas, Poppell was head coach at Jacksonville Bolles for 13 years and was a state and national high school coach of the year. He was a former team captain for the Georgia swim team.

Miscellaneous

Olympic breaststroker Rebecca Soni completed her first solo ocean swim on Tuesday. “It was both totally calming and slightly terrifying,” she tweeted. Soni is an overwhelming favorite to make the U.S. Olympic team in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events. Her boyfriend, Ricky Berens, is also an Olympic favorite in the 100-meter freestyle.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Goldman Swims Back-To-Back Best Times, Makes “A” Final At Texas Senior Circuit Meet

SOFLO’s Goldman Swims Back-To-Back Best Times, Makes “A” Final At Texas Senior Circuit Meet


SOFLO’s Goldman Swims Back-To-Back Best Times, Makes “A” Final At Texas Senior Circuit Meet

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 18, 2012

Shaking off a few pre-race jitters, Brandon Goldman swam back-to-back best times and finished fourth in the 200-meter backstroke to highlight opening day action at the Texas Senior Circuit Meet Friday in College Station, Tex.

Goldman, 17, seeded tenth going into the race, finished morning prelims in 2:08.62 bettering his previous best time of 2:09.86 and qualified for the “A” final.

Goldman, who will be a senior this fall at St. Thomas Aquinas, then came back in the championship final to finish fourth, lowering his best time again in 2:08.60.

It was the first of four events for Goldman who will also compete in the 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley against some of the nation’s top age group and college swimmers.

Four other SOFLO teenagers stole the show posting eight best times on opening day of the three-day meet.

Xavier Brown, 17, qualified for the “B” final in the 50-meter butterfly and finished 13th overall (fifth in the “B” final) in a best time 27.56, lowering his previous best of 27.73. He also swam the 100-meter freestyle in 57.92.

Leonie Davies, 15, posted a best time in the 400-meter freestyle prelims in 4:37.05, bettering her previous best of 4:39.91 and qualifying for “C” finals.

Evelin Jimenez, 16, posted back-to-back best times in the 50-meter butterfly in 31.08 to qualify for the “C” final and lowering it again with another best time of 30.98. She also swam the 100-meter freestyle in 1:02.59, another best time.

Maria Lopez, 16, qualified for the “C” final in the 50-meter butterfly in 31.12 and then swam a best time of 30.90, lowering her previous best of 31.01. She also swam a best time in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:03.17.

Veteran SOFLO swimmers Arlene Semeco and Jessie Alcaide also competed on the first day.

Semeco, 28, a three-time Olympian for Venezuela, finished second in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.54. Semeco is using the competition as a training meet.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Jessie Alcaide, 27, finished fifth in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.84 after going 57.72 in morning prelims, a half second off her best time.

SOFLO’s Polyakov Misses Qualifying Time

Two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov of Kazakhstan just missed making the Olympic qualifying time in the 100-meter breaststroke Friday at the Kazakhstan Cup.

Polyakov qualified for the final in 1:01.83 where he said he “cruised.” He went out relaxed and easy in 29.01 and came back in 32.82 to save energy for the final.

In the final, he went out in 28.76 and was right on pace but tightened up with 15 meters to go and finished in 1:02, off the 1:00.79 “A” time he was looking for.

“It was really disappointing,” Polyakov said.

Polyakov still has a good chance of making his third Olympic team. His 1:01.48 he swam at the Indianapolis Grand Prix is his best time to date and he may be invited by FINA based on the “B” invitational times. After this meet, he has another shot at improving his time at the Santa Clara Grand Prix.

Polyakov has two more races in the Kazakhstan meet this weekend.

On Saturday he will compete on the medley relay in an attempt to make the Top 16 times in the world which may qualify them for London. The relay needs to finish in 3:37 or lower. On Sunday, he will compete in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Role Models Alia Atkinson Breaks Meet, Pool Records; Xavier Brown Swims Lifetime Best Times

SOFLO’s Role Models Alia Atkinson Breaks Meet, Pool Records; Xavier Brown Swims Lifetime Best Times


January 14, 2012

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Xavier Brown of the South Florida Aquatic Club is following in the footsteps of teammate Alia Atkinson as a role model for black athletes in swimming.

The well-spoken Everglades High School senior chose swimming over track and field to help break the stereotype that has plagued black athletes  for years in swimming.

Brown is leading by example in the pool. On Saturday at the Jaked Senior Long Course Meters Invitational at Nova Southeastern University Aquatic Complex, the 17-year-old turned in two impressive lifetime bests with two breakthrough swims after a five-month break last year.

Brown bettered his 50-meter butterfly from 28.66 to 27.73 for a fifth-place finish and 100-meter freestyle time from 58.53 to 56.18, good for 13th place. His strongest events are the 50- and 100 freestyles and 50- and 100 butterfly

“I’m excited, I think those are all the words I can find right now,” Brown said after climbing out of the pool. “This is by far the biggest meet I have been in.”

With no benefit of swimming high school, Brown has built his swimming career solely through club swimming. He attended Miramar High School for two seasons but the swim team disbanded. He transferred to Everglades that also dropped its swim program.

“I missed swimming in high school a lot but I made up for it in club swimming,” Brown said. “While everyone else was swimming high school, I was swimming club every day.”

Brown took a five-month break last year when he got a job. He found it difficult juggling swim workouts.

“I think my biggest accomplishment was just getting back in the pool,” Brown said. “Coming back and being able to drop over 20 seconds I think by far is the biggest achievement I’ve had.”

Brown, a former sprinter and miler in track, was 13 when he started swimming at Miramar Regional Park and then moved over to the Comets program and now SOFLO.

“In the beginning there was a lot of crying and muscle cramps but after the pain there is just love for the sport,” Brown said. “That’s where I am right now, just love.

“I am just a water kid, everything about water is me,” Brown said. “I was running track and field for a while. My parents told me it was either swimming or track. I chose the thing I love the most. I am very happy I went with swimming.”

Brown is on a mission to break the “black athletes” stereotype.

“I am one of the swimmers who wants to break away from the stereotype that people of color run track, play basketball and play football,” Brown said. “I think people stick to the mold that they know and swimming is not the mold many colored people understand.

“I want to break away from that so people can look up to black athletes in other sports,” Brown said. “I like to think of myself as a role model. I am happy when I come to these meets and I see the little black kid and he says, ‘wow, great swim.’ It makes me feel happy and gets me more empowered to swim harder just from that one little kid that looked up at me.” 

The Miami-born Brown, at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, hopes to swim in college this fall. He is looking at out-of-state colleges including Augustine College in Illinois. “They have shown a lot of interest in me, so I am happy right now,” Brown said.

Atkinson met Brown last year. “His demeanor is so happy-go-lucky all the time, he is great to be around,” she said. “We know he can go far.”

Atkinson, 23, a two-time Jamaican Olympian, broke the pool and meet records in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.46. The previous record was 1:17.60 by Patricia Casellas of Davie Nadadores. Atkinson also won the Top Female Performance Award based on the highest FINA point score in a single event.

It was her first meet since the Dec. 1-3 AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta.

“This was more of a get-up-on-the-blocks, get some sprint in it and see how I do,” Atkinson said.

With 194 days to go until the London Olympics, Atkinson knows it’s crunch time.

“Basically, every meet I go to and every time I get up and swim I have to attack it every single time,” Atkinson said. “The swims are limited now.”

Melissa Marinheiro, 14, turned in three lifetime bests in the 100-meter butterfly, winning her heat and placing seventh overall in 1:07.76, bettering her previous best of 1:09.01; 200-meter freestyle, third in 2:08.01 bettering her previous best of 2:10.55 and third in the 50-meter backstroke in a best time of 32.60, dropping from 34.49.

“I just wanted to have fun, be with my friends and try to go for best times,” said Marinheiro, who is preparing for the FGC Junior Olympics. “I’ve been training so hard. I was happiest with my 200 free. The cold weather didn’t bother me, I just had to warm myself up more. I like competing against older swimmers to see what I need to do to get myself better.”

The first 2012 FINA-sanctioned Olympic qualifying meet on the east coast, featured 223 swimmers, 18 teams, seven countries and three states.

After an early-morning training workout, SOFLO’s 20-swimmer contingent braved the cold to turn in some solid performances against U.S. and international competition. In addition to Atkinson, Brown and Marinheiro, several other SOFLO swimmers posted lifetime best times. They were:

Alfredo Mesa, 13, 200-meter individual medley, 2:34.94 (2:38.50 previous best); 100-meter freestyle, 1:00.81 (1:01.39 previous best) and 50-meter butterfly, 31.10 (33.27).

Jordan Colon, 14, 200-meter individual medley, 2:35.18 (2:36.62).

Leonie Davies, 15, 200-meter freestyle, 2:14.92 (2:15.43) and 50-meter backstroke, 34.68 (35.74).

Maria Lopez, 16, 200-meter freestyle, 2:17.92 (2:19.82).

Gustavo Valery, 13, 100-meter backstroke, 1:09.45 (1:10.38) and 50-meter breaststroke, 39.99 (49.30).

Matthew Gonzalez, 17, 100-meter backstroke, 1:14.15 (1:14.75) and 100-meter freestyle, 1:00.70 (1:01.48).

Alex Monti, 13, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:53.86 (3:08.47) and 50-meter breaststroke, 36.85 (41.18).

Jessie Alcaide, 27, 100-meter butterfly, 1:03.91 (1:04.11).

Luana Cabral, 20, 50-meter backstroke, 35.47 (39.01).

Cristian Rossi, 13, 50-meter butterfly, 32.39 (32.44).

Also during the meet, Cuba’s Rafael Castillo, coming off the 2011 Parapan American Games in Mexico, broke a pending para-swimming American record in the 200-meter individual medley in 3:19.17. Castillo, 25, of the Devilrays Swim Club of Homstead, competes with one arm and one leg.

SESSION TWO RESULTS

MEN

200-meter individual medley: 1. Yousef Alaskari, DANA 2:11.16, 2. Jordy Groters, DANA 2:12.76, 3. Daniel Roa, DANA 2:15.46; SOFLO: 5. Marc Rojas 2:22.48, 11. Julien Pinon 2:25.16, 26. Matthew Gonzalez 2:32.92, 30. Jacob Walters 2:34.85, 32. Alfredo Mesa 2:34.94, 33. Jordan Colon 2:35.18.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Yousef Alaskari, DANA 1:00.43, 2. Lucas Brito, DANA 1:03.47, 3. Luiz Pedro Ribeiro Pereira, DANA 1:03.93; SOFLO: 13. Gustavo Valery 1:09.45, 25. Matthew Gonzalez 1:14.15.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Felipe Lima, DANA 2:26.02, 2. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:39.46, 3. Michal Rokita, Pine Crest 2:40.42; SOFLO: 8. Alex Monti 2:53.86, 13. Jordan Colon 2:57.94, 14. Roger Capote 2:59.15.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Daniel Roa, DANA 2:11.54, 2. Lucas Brito, DANA 2:11.66, 3. Ronald Santos, Rockway 2:15.24; SOFLO: 12. Jacob Walters 2:32.17.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Daniele Tirabassi, DANA 53.55, 2. Marcos Antonio Macedo, DANA 53.76, 3. Raul Martinez, DANA 53.90; SOFLO: 13. Xavier Brown 56.18, 16. Julien Pinon 56.84, 33. Matthew Gonzalez 1:00.70, 37. Alfredo Mesa 1:00.81, 50. Cristian Rossi 1:02.48, 52. Gustavo Valery 1:03.03, 54. Alex Monti 1:03.62, 63. Roger Capote 1:05.61.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Felipe Lima, DANA 29.57, 2. Jordy Groters, DANA 32.00, 3. Vaughn Forsythe, DANA 32.22; SOFLO: 13. Alex Monti 36.85, 17. Jordan Colon 37.80, 20. Cristian Rossi 38.58,28. Gustavo Valery 39.99.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Marcos Antonio Macedo, DANA 26.30, 2. Emman Crescimbeni, Unattached 26.42, 3. Thales Antunes, Unattached 27.24; SOFLO: 5. Xavier Brown 27.73, 26. Alfredo Mesa 31.10, 32. Cristian Rossi 32.39.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Daniele Tirabassi, DANA 4:08.35, 2. Yousef Alaskari, DANA 4:14.08, 3. Raul Martinez, DANA 4:14.10.

WOMEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Chiara Ruiu, DANA 2:05.11, 2. Jennifer Marquez, DANA 2:05.90, 3. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:08.01; SOFLO: 6. Marcella Marinheiro 2:12.21, 13. Leonie Davies 2:14.92, 18. Maria Lopez 2:17.92, 25. Jessica Rodriguez 2:22.17, 27. Haley Wright 2:22.58, 40. Luana Cabral 2:34.40.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Emily Kopas, DANA 2:28.82, 2. Alana Berrocal, Pine Crest 2:29.97, 3. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:30.15.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:10.46, 2. Julie Stupp, Performance Aquatics 1:13.82, 3. Daniela Victoria, DANA 1:15.49; SOFLO: 17. Jessica Rodriguez 1:25.08.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Julie Stupp, Performance Aquatics 1:03.56, 2. Jessie Alcaide, SOFLO 1:03.91, 3. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:04.17; 7. Melissa Marinheiro 1:07.76, 9. Maria Lopez 1:08.08.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Julie Stupp, Performance Aquatics 27.23, 2. Ally Ponson, Stingray 27.25, 3. Jessie Alcaide, SOFLO 28.11; SOFLO: 34. Haley Wright 32.25.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Jyotsna Pansare, DANA 32.17, 2. Marcella Marinheiro 32.34, 3. Melissa Marinheiro 32.60; SOFLO: 11. Leonie Davies 34.68, 12. Maria Lopez 35.04, 14. Luana Cabral 35.47.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Daniela Victoria, DANA 5:09.90, 2. Alina Schulhofer, DANA 5:15.07, 3. Lani Cabrera, DANA 5:17.10.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com.

 http://www.swim4soflo.com