SOFLO’s Donahue, Blackburn Add Star Power To Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic

By Sharon Robb

October 8, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will add star power to the seventh annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic that gets under way Friday at the YMCA Aquatic Center.

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue and Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn head the five-swimmer contingent.

Donahue, 26, and Blackburn, 44, will get a little racing in the 25-meter timed finals in their specialty events.

Donahue is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle. Blackburn will swim the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and 100- and 200-meter individual medleys.

Catalina Mendieta, 26, of Colombia one of the newest members of SOFLO’s PRO FLO’s group. The former PAQ swimmer graduated from James Madison University. She is among Colombia’s top-ranked swimmers in the 50 and 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle.

Also competing are Kile Aukerman, 22, and Alejandro Zambrano, 21. Aukerman, a Wright State alum, is training for the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials. Aukerman is a school record holder in the 100-yard breaststroke. The former Male Athlete of the Year also competes in the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys.

Zambrano swims the freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke.

The team is scheduled to depart after Friday’s morning workout at Academic Village Pool.

Fifty-three clubs are competing in the three-day meet. Other South Florida clubs competing include Swim Fort Lauderdale, recently awarded U.S. Masters Club of the Year and Coach of the Year (Marty Hendrick); Gold Coast Masters; Wahoos of Wellington, Palm Beach Masters and T2 Aquatics.

The meet is also serving as the Dixie Zone Short Course Meters Championships.


What: Seventh annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic

When: Friday-Sunday, 25-meter timed finals; Friday, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

Where: YMCA Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando

Admission: $5. For information go to

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Atkinson Breaks Jamaican National Record; Golding Shines On Final Night Of Orlando Arena Pro Swim Series

By Sharon Robb

February 14, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers made a lasting impression on the final night of the Orlando Arena Pro Swim Series at the YMCA Aquatic Center.

SOFLO’s three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 26, broke the Jamaican national record in the 100-meter freestyle on Saturday night.

Atkinson finished fifth in 56.06. She went out in 27.11 and came home in 28.95. Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace won the event in 55.38.

“Wow, that’s a sweet 100 free,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

SOFLO teammate Kathleen Golding had an outstanding final day. Golding qualified for two events on the final night.

“That is huge,” Anderson said. “She had solid swims.”

Golding, 14, seeded in 2:21.43, swam 2:25.41 and came back at night to swim 2:23.71 in the “C” final of the 200-meter individual medley to finish fifth.

In the 100-meter freestyle, Golding, seeded 58.65, qualified for the “D” final in 59.24 and came back to swim 59.05 in the final.

Bermuda national champion Lisa Blackburn swam 2:29.60 in the 200-meter individual medley. It was her best time in the past year.

Jamaican Timothy Wynter of SOFLO was ill and scratched from his final day events.

After missing the first two days of meet, Ryan Lochte swam his first race on Saturday.

Lochte, 31, an 11-time Olympic medalist earned the top seed after swimming 2:03.08 in the morning and came back to win the event in 2:00.52, off his second-ranked season best of 1:58.57 he swam at the BHP Super Series in Australia.

Lochte looked at the scoreboard and shook his head as he took his cap off, even thought it was the fastest he’s ever been in the 200 IM in February.

Lochte opened up a body-length lead on the backstroke leg ahead of challenger Cody Miller of Badger Swim Club and never relinquished it. Former Gator Swim Club training partner Conor Dwyer was second in 2:01.31 and Miller was third in 2:02.72.

Lochte arrived late to the meet because of travel problems. Weather delays prevented him from getting home from Australia to Charlotte, where he lives and trains, until mid-week.

Suriname’s Rafael Van Leeuwaarde of Florida State broke a 14-year-old national record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.87. “I’m pretty happy about it,” Van Leeuwaarde said. The record of 1:05.24 was held by Ansel Tjin-A-Tam, who swam at Florida. He swam the time at the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

Fifteen-year-old Robert Finke of St. Petersburg was third in the 1500-meter freestyle in a career-best time of 15:46.39, bettering his previous best of 15:55.73.

Sarasota YMCA was third in the 400-meter medley relay in 4:26.31 with Sophie Cattermole, 17, Nancy Hu, 17, Madison Jean, 17, and Ellie Berdusco, 18.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Venezuelan national champion Andreina Pinto, 23, of Gator Swim Club pulled away late in the race to win in 8:37.57. Pinto is the South American record holder in the 400 and 800 freestyle.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Caitlin Leverenz, 23, of Cal Aquatics, the top morning seed, won in 2:11.40. St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis, eighth fastest qualifier, was second in 2:11.68 and Scotland’s Hannah Miley, coming off the 800 freestyle, completed a tough double finishing third in 2:13.55.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Dominique Bouchard, 23, of Team Ontario led from wire-to-wire to win in 2:08.99. Hilary Caldwell, 23, of Pacific Sea Wolves was a distant second in 2:12.06.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Arkady Vyatchanin, 30, of New York Athletic Club won in 1:58.28. Bolles’ Omar Pinzon, 25, was fourth in 2:02.01 and Matias Lopez, 19, of Azura was eighth in 2:08.14.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle: Joao De Lucca, 29, of Cardinal Aquatics pulled away from a close men’s race in the opening 50 meters to win in 49.34.

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Michael McBroom, 23, of The Woodlands led from wire-to-wire to win in 15:16.82. Michael Klueh, 27, of Club Wolverine was second in 15:39.97.

Women’s 400-meter medley relay: Great Britain won in 4:11.15 with Lauren Quigley, Abbie Wood, Amelia Clynes and Chloe Tutton. Sarasota YMCA was third in 4:26.31 with Sophie Cattermole, 17, Nancy Hu, 17, Madison Jean, 17, and Ellie Berdusco, 18.

Men’s 400-meter medley relay: Great Britain swept the relays with the men winning in 3:46.45 with Luke Greenbank, 17, Calum Tait, 20, Craig Bowman, 18, and Duncan Scott, 17. Azura was fourth in 3:56.14 with Mateo Gonzalez, 18, Marco Guarente, 17, Rais Tjon-A-Joe, 17, and Carlos Herrera, 20, and Sarasota YMCA was fifth in 4:03.05 with Matthew Garcia, 16, Campbell Lee, 17, Keanan Dols, 16, and Austin Katz, 15.

The meet was the third stop on the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series. Swimmers competed for $1,000 and five points for first, $600 for second and three points and $200 for third and one point. A total of $300,000 in prize money is being offered.



800-meter freestyle: 1. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 8:37.57, 2. Kriste Kobrich, Chile 8:39.13, 3. Hannah Miley, Garioch 8:40.83; FLORIDA: 6. Kendall Brent, Swim Florida 8:51.39, 9. Vien Nguyen, St. Augustine 8:54.07, 12. Summer Finke, St. Petersburg 8:57.53, 13. Sophie Cattermole, Sarasota 8:58.59, 15. Kensey McMahon, Bolles 8:59.65, 16. Kahra Williams, Gator Swim Club 9:00.95, 19. Hannah Burns, Gator Swim Club 9:05.07, 20. Katie Duggan, Highlander 9:05.43, 21. Tome-Hernandez, Sarasota 9:05.60, 22. Kat Kilpatrick, Central Florida 9:06.63, 25. Peyton Palsha,St. Petersburg 9:08.53.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Caitlin Leverenz, Cal Aquatics 2:11.40, 2. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 2:11.68, 3. Hannah Miley, Garioch 2:13.55; FLORIDA: 5. Katie Hoff, Hurricane Aquatics 2:15.44, 9. Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 2:15.96, 12. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 2:18.90, 17. Hannah Burns, Gator Swim Club 2:19.25, 18. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 2:19.90, 21. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:23.71, 24. Carley Lowe, Highlander 2:26.95.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Dominique Bouchard, Team Ontario 2:08.99, 2. Hilary Caldwell, Pac Sea Wolves 2:12.06, 3. Charlotte Evans, Great Britain 2:14.25; FLORIDA: 12. Vien Nguyen, St. Augustine 2:18.92, 14. Katie Duggan, Highlander 2:19.98, 16. Abi Wilder, Bolles 2:20.69, 18. Darby Goodwin, St. Andrew’s 2:19.59, 20. Morgan Tankersley, Greater Tampa Swimming 2:21.49, 22. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:21.73, 24. Valero Watson, Bolles 2:23.97

100-meter freestyle: 1. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Swim MAC 55.38, 2. Amanda Weir, SwimAtlanta 55.70, 3. Victoria Poon, Canada 55.72; FLORIDA: 5. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 56.06, 11. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.82, 17. Svetlana Khakhlova, Club Seminole 57.96, 20. Sophie Cattermole, Sarasota YMCA 58.36, 22. Alena Kraus, Makos Aquatics 58.73, 24. Kasey Schmidt, Bolles 59.30, 27. Abby Burke, Highlanders 58.46, 28. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 58.49, 29. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 59.05, 31. Lindsey Trematerra, Gator Swim Club 59.11.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Great Britain, 4:11.15, 2. Mexico 4:23.06, 3. Sarasota YMCA 4:26.31.


200-meter individual medley: 1. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 2:00.52, 2. Conor Dwyer, Trojan Swim Club 2:01.31, 3. Cody Miller, Badger Swim Club 2:02.72; FLORIDA: 7. Marcin Cieslak, Gator Swim Club 2:06.12, 9. Pavel Sankovich, Club Seminole 2:02.88, 13. Mateo Gonzalez, Azura 2:08.33, 14. Matias Lopez, Azura 2:09.33, 16. Wesley McGovern, Tampa Bay 2:10.84, 20. Eli Wong, Bolles 2:11.88, 23. Konstan Shmyga, Gator Swim Club 2:13.45, 25. Andrea Vergani, Bolles 2:08.36, 28. Cri Tapia-Vera, Bolles 2:10.98, 31. Rio Kurihara, Bolles 2:11.87.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Arkady Vyatchanin, New York Athletic Club 1:58.28, 2. Gri Tarasevich, University of Louisville 1:59.57, 3. Luke Greenbank, Great Britain 2:00.89; FLORIDA: 4. Omar Pinzon, Bolles 2:02.01, 8. Matias Lopez, Azura 2:08.14, 10. Austin Katz, Sarasota 2:02.88, 14. Mateo Gonzalez, Azura 2:08.74, 15. Wesley McGovern, Tampa Bay 2:09.15, 17. Dakota Mahaffey, Bolles 2:09.37, 20. Alex Goerzen, Bolles 2:10.44,21. Matthew Garcia, Sarasota 2:11.52, 23. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 2:14.18, 25. Jake Gibbons, Bolles 2:10.58, 26. Keanan Dols, Sarasota 2:12, 28. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade County 2:14.06, 29. Zie Sokolowski, Bolles 2:15.19.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Joao De Lucca, Cardinal Aquatics 49.34, 2. Geoff Cheah, Club Wolverine 49.70, 3. Ma Chierighini, Auburb Aquatics 50.27; FLORIDA: 10. Adam Ritter, Unattached 51.16, 14. Carlos Herrera, Azura 51.89, 24. Steffen Mount, Greater Pensacola 52.48, 27. Alexander Forbes, Central Florida 52.35.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Michael McBroom, The Woodlands 15:16.82, 2. Michael Klueh, Club Wolverine 15:39.97, 3. Robert Finke, St. Petersburg 15:46.39; FLORIDA: 4. Alex Gomez, Gator Swim Club 15:48.15, 5. Zane Grothe, Club Seminole 15:49.31, 8. Carter Page, Sarasota 15:58.55, 10. Matt DeAngulo, Club Seminole 15:58.67, 12. Drew Clark, Sarasota YMCA 16:13.11, 13. Franco Lupoli, Azura 16:16.24, 15. Dan Erlenmeyer, Sarasota 16:25.81, 17. Santi Corredor, Swim Florida 16:31.28.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Great Britain 3:46.45, 2. Mexico 3:51.83, 3. Ajax 3:54.06, 4. Azura 3:56.14, 5. Sarasota YMCA 4:03.05.

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SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Atkinson, Golding Shine; Relay Takes Silver At Orlando Arena Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Atkinson, Golding Shine; Relay Takes Silver At Orlando Grand Prix

By Sharon Robb

February 14, 2014

It was another big night for the South Florida Aquatic Club Friday night on Day Two of the Orlando Arena Grand Prix at the YMCA Aquatic Center.

“It is the hard work paying off and it is nice to see,” SOFLO veteran coach Chris Anderson said.

“They are getting a lot more confidence and understand that they can start performing at the major meets. It’s their time. They are very familiar with this atmosphere and performing well.”

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, had a breakthrough swim in one of her favorite distance events. The Brazilian teenager swam a lifetime-best in the 400-meter freestyle prelims in 4:21.25, dropping from 4:22.78 and qualified for the “B” final.

Marinheiro then came back in finals to drop even more time for another best in 4:20.69 to finish third in her race and 11th overall. Marinheiro was the top Florida Gold Coast qualifier in the event.

“I jumped in and gave it everything I had,” Marinheiro said. “I put in a lot of work in December and over New Year’s. It is nice to see the time drops.

“I remember my first juniors I would freak out but now I focus on my race and I know what I am doing,” Marinheiro said. “It’s awesome to have my teammates here, we have our own cheering spot.”

Marinheiro also led off SOFLO’s 800-meter freestyle relay that finished second in 8:30.02 with teammates Olivia Katcher, 18, Alia Atkinson, 25, and Kathleen Golding, 13. Atkinson moved SOFLO into second place on her third leg. The time bettered their seed time of 8:32.93.

In the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, Atkinson, broke her own Jamaican national record with her third-place finish in a lifetime-best time of 2:28.34, dropping from 2:28.77. The three-time Olympian was just outside the Top 10 in the world.

Atkinson had a solid middle 100 meters but Micah Lawrence, 23, of SwimMAC pulled away from the field in the final 20 meters to win in a meet record 2:25.97, sixth fastest time in the world. Laura Sogar, 22, was second in 2:28.32.

It was one of seven meet records that were broken.

“I just had to swim my own race,” Lawrence said. “I was patient. I relied on my own stroke and went for it. I didn’t think I would go that fast.”

Golding, 13, swam two more best times of the meet in the 100-meter backstroke. She swam 1:12.68 dropping from 1:13.35.

Golding also swam a best time in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:34.38, dropping from 4:40.98.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer and Michigan-bound swimmer Emily Kopas is not competing in the Grand Prix. She is recovering from a sprained ankle and bruised knee after slipping in the rain on a speed bump.

Three-time Olympian Ryan Lochte managed to get out of Charlotte on Friday despite the snow storms. Lochte got to the pool Friday afternoon, did a workout and took time out for an interview with Rowdy Gaines on Universal Network.

Lochte will compete on Saturday morning in the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke prelims.

Lochte and his SwimMAC coach David Marsh said it was important for Lochte to get back into racing after a freak knee injury sidelined him late last year.

On Saturday, the third and final night, the meet will be streamed live by

In other Friday night race finals:

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, seeded second, won her third event of the meet in a meet record 2:08.47 finishing ahead of Canada’s top seed Audrey Lacroix and teammate Katerine Savard. “I have been working on my walls, so I am glad they looked better,” she said.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Hungarian David Verraszto won his second event of the meet in 1:59.59. American Tyler Clary, despite a tweaked back, finished second by 4/100ths of a second. Eighteen-year-old Olympian Joseph Schooling of Bolles and Singapore was third by 6/100ths of a second. The field featured seven different countries. “My second half was really great,” he said. “The finish was so close. The last turn I could see those guys, that was important to know where they were.”

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Bahamian national record holder Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 23, of SwimMAC won the splash and dash in 25.55. Top seed Amanda Kendall was second in 25.68. “That’s a pretty good time, I am happy with it,” she said. “We are working on a few things. I tried to work on my power to get to the wall.”

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: Against a loaded men’s field, Brazilians Bruno Fratus, 24, and Olympic and world champion Cesar Cielo battled it out to the wall with Fratus winning in a meet record 22.00 to Cielo’s 22.15. Fratus’ time was the third fastest time in the world this year. “It feels like Brazil is training,” Fratus said. “That is my best time pre-season. I can say I am pretty much happy. That is amazing time for this time of the season.”

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Brit top-seed Lizzie Simmons took it out fast and hugged the lane line to win in 1:01.26. Hosszu, trying to go four-for-four, finished second after being seventh at the turn in 1:01.55. “That was great to race against these girls, I am really pleased with that time,” Simmons said.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Russian Arkady Vyatchanin, 29, of the New York Athletic Club and second seed in the race, easily won in a meet record 54.07.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: U.S. Olympian and top-seed Chloe Sutton led from start-to-finish and held off Hosszu to win in a meet record 4:10.11. Hosszu had seven minutes between the backstroke and distance event but still managed to finish second in 4:10.50. “I have made a ton of changes to my stroke lately, I was just trying to keep it together and enjoy it,” Sutton said. “It was definitely a great race tonight. I don’t know how Katinka does it, props to her.”

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Canadian Ryan Cochrane dominated the field to win in a meet record 3:49.83, fastest time in the world this year. “I was really excited to come in and race,” he said. “I have had an up and down year.”

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: American Sean Mahoney edged out Bolles teammate Melquides Alvarez Caraballo to break the meet record in 2:14.03 to 2:14.57. It was the only race not televised live by Universal since they ended their broadcast at 7:30.

Individual winners were awarded $500 for first place, $300 for second and $100 for third.


Women’s 200-meter butterfly: 6. Isabella Paez, MAC 2:14.99, 2:16.07, prelims; 9. Alessandra Polieri, AZ 2:14.33, 2:18.35 prelims, 15. Taylor Lorda, SWMFTL 2:20.69, 31. Jessica Nava, PC 2:24.82, 42. Amanda Tipton, SWMFTL 2:27.14, 46. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 2:27.66, 47. Tyla Martin, PAQ 2:27.85, 49. Olivia Katcher, SOFLO 2:28.53, 55. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 2:30.26, 58. Allison Kopas, CSSC 2:31.71, 59. Alex Kalandiak, MS 2:34.01.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: 6. Luiz Pedro Ribeiro Pereira, AZ 2:04.84, 15. Boleck De Pawlikowski, MAC 2:06.58, 16. Luis Martinez, AZ 2:07.85.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: 7. Fernanda Delgado, AZ, 26.02, 26.26 prelims, 10. Arlene Semeco, CSSC 26.27, 26.60 prelims, 16. Marta Ciesla, PC 26.97, 26.66 prelims, 25. Catalina Mendieta, PAQ 27.20, 47. Isabella Paez, MAC 27.74, 50. Brenna Ruth, SAS 27.83, 51. Dorothy Morgan, MS 27.87, 64. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 28.25, 70. Emma Lincoln, CSSC 28.51, 80. Miriyam Ghali, PC 28.88, 81. Cybele Jung, SAS 28.91, 85. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 29.26, 88. Alex Kalandiak, MS 29.46, 90. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SAS 29.67, 91. Carlotta Verita, MS 29.86.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: 8. Renzo Tjon A Joe, 23.27, 22.98 prelims, prelims, 20. Thiago Sickert, AZ 23.70, 21. Zuhayr Pigot, MAC 23.74, prelims, 23. Carlo Herrera, AZ 23.79, 23. Joshua Romany, AZ 23.79, 36. Fabi Scozzoli, AZ 24.04, 40. Gage Kohner, SAS 24.17, 45. Diguan Pigot, MAC 24.25, 46. Albert Morales, AZ 24.39, 52. Jabari Baptiste, AZ 24.55, 54. Jordy Groters, PC 24.57, 61. Marco Guarente, AZ 24.74, 72. Brody Heck, SAS 24.92, 75. Gabriel Perez, AZ 24.97, 78. Arvin Moradi, AZ 25.02, 82. Wayne Denswil, MAC 25.11, 84. Sidrell Williams, SAS 25.13, 94. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 25.34, 108. Luke Hayhoe, SAS 25.60, 109. Hank Contich, PC 25.64, 114. Nicholas Conrad, SAS 25.97, 116. Kyle Desrosiers, CSSC 26.00, 117. Kent Haeffner, PC 26.04.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: 15. Carlotta Fiordoro, AZ 1:04.29, 1:03.98 prelims, 19. Megan Moroney, SAS 1:04.86, 29. Darby Goodwin, SAS 1:06.84, 35. Ferna Delgado, AZ 1:07.50, 37. Catalina Mendieta, PAQ 1:07.57, 45. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 1:08.24, 46. Amanda Tipton, SWMFTL 1:08.26, 53. Brenna Ruth, SAS 1:08.65, 85. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 1:12.68, best time, 86. Miriyam Ghali, PC 1:12.72, 88. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SAS 1:13.21, 90. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 1:13.61.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: 13. Mateo Gonzalez, AZ 58.69, 59.11 prelims, 15. Vicente Andrade, SWMFTL 59.80, 59.37 prelims, 21. Fab Guimares, AZ 59.84, 23. Rodrigues Peres, AZ 59.91, 24. Carlos Herrera, AZ 59.95, 32. Jabari Baptiste, AZ 1:00.53, 47. Boleck DePawlikowski, MAC 1:01.91, 64. Luke Hayhoe, SA 1:04.21, 70. Rob Ballestas, MAC 1:04.60, 71. Matthew Lyn, AZ 1:04.73, 78. Enzo Pazos, SWMFTL 1:06.32, 79. Alex Evenson, PC 1:06.52, 80. Brody Heck, SAS 1:06.93, 81. Nicholas Conrad, SAS 1:07.31,

Women 400-meter freestyle: 11. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:20.69, best time and 4:21.45, best time, prelims, 12. Megan Moroney, SAS 4:22.05, 4:23.40, prelims, 31. Danielle Vandenburg, AZ 4:29.04, 43. Arianna Noya, MAC 4:31.25, 55. Florencia Melo, MAC 4:33.39, 60. Kathleen Golding SOFLO 4:34.38, 62. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 4:34.69, 67. Olivia Katcher, SOFLO 4:35.66, 74. Angel Cicenia, AZ 4:39.52, 83. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 4:48.27, 84. Caroline Nava, PC 4:58.37.

Men 400-meter freestyle: 11. Marcel Acosta, AZ 4:02.53, 23. Marco Hosfeld, SWMFTL 4:07.65, 32. Luis Martinez, AZ 4:08.97, 33. Boleck DePawlikowski, MAC 4:09.00, 46. Kent Haeffner, PC 4;12.50, 47, Julien Pinon, SOFLO 4:13.01, 50. Nico Medina, AZ 4:13.77, 52. Alex Berggren, PC 4:14.07, 59. Miguel Basalo, MAC 4:16.18, 68. Brody Heck, SAS 4:18.11, 81. Matthew Lyn, AZ 4:27.23, 83. Manuel Avila, PAQ 4:30.73.

Women 200-meter breaststroke: 3. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:28.34, 2:34.70, prelims, 12. Lindsey Swartz, PC 2:39.56, 2:40.40, prelims, 16. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SAS 2:49.18, 2:41.45, prelims, 20. Caitlin Ahern, SWMFTL 2:44.83, 29. Anna Valls, MS 2:50.56, 31. Allison Kopas CSSC 2:50.95,40. Carlotta Verita, MS 2:56.24, 41. Cybele Jung, SAS 2:59.21.

Men 200-meter breaststroke: 3. Felipe Lima, AZ 2;18.42, prelims, 17. Marco Guarente, AZ 2:23.96, 25. Alex Morgan, AZ 2:26.87, 27. HIA 2:27.55, 42. Daniel Pereira, AZ 2:31.87, 45. Jordy Groters, PC 2:33.84, 47. Brian Arnaud, CSSC 2:34.09, 53. Hank Contich, PC 2:36.44,

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SOFLO Sends Eleven Swimmers To Sectionals In Orlando

SOFLO Sends Eleven Swimmers To Sectionals In Orlando


March 14, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Thursday through Sunday at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

Seven boys and four girls along with age group coach Chris Grace will make the road trip.

The girls’ contingent is led by Jessie Alcaide, 27, trying to get her U.S. Olympic trials cuts in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly; Luana Cabral, 21, Rachel Ling, 16, and Jessica Rodriguez, 13.

The boys’ group includes Xavier Brown, 17, Matthew Gonzalez, 17, Matthew Mila, 15, Ivan Parada, 17, Julien Pinon, 13, Marc Rojas, 18, and Gustavo Valery, 13.

Rojas, a senior at Pembroke Pines Charter, is competing in seven events, the most of any SOFLO swimmer. Jessica Rodriguez is entered in six events.

SOFLO is also entered in five boys’ relays including Parada, Rojas, Brown and Pinon on the 200-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle relays.

The meet is FINA-approved for those swimmers looking to get U.S. Olympic Trials cuts or Olympic qualifying standards in various countries.

Timed finals are 5 p.m. on Thursday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and prelims 9 a.m. and finals 4 p.m. on Sunday.

SOFLO is one of several Florida Gold Coast teams competing. Among them are Pine Crest Swimming, Davie Nadadores, Heritage Aquatics, Metro Aquatics and Lake Lytal Lightning.

SOFLO swimmers will get the chance to rub elbows with several of the nation’s top swimmers including Ryan Lochte, Peter Vanderkaay, Conor Dwyer, Shaune Fraser, Ariana Kukors, Sebastien Rousseau and Amanda Weir.

The meet will be broadcast by Florida Swim Network.

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