WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
The South Florida Aquatic Club kicks off the summer long course season in grand style this weekend in South Florida.
SOFLO will have split squads competing at two meets in Pompano Beach and Boca Raton.
SOFLO will have one lineup of 31 swimmers (16 female and 15 male) compete in the FLA Open Invitational Friday through Sunday at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
SOFLO will have another lineup of 60 swimmers (37 female and 23 male) in the North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff Saturday and Sunday at the Pompano Beach Municipal Pool.
Heading SOFLO’s contingent for the FLA Open Invitational will be Canadian Olympic hopeful Caroline Kuczynski.
The 19-year-old member of the Canadian junior national team is home for the summer after her freshman year at Arizona State University where she is majoring in psychology.
At ASU, Kuczynski competed in the 200 and 500 freestyles and 100 and 200 butterfly events. She swam season-bests at the Pac-10 Championships in the 500 freestyle (4:51.44) and 100 butterfly (53.71).
Joining Kuczynski on the 16-member girls’ team are Jacqueline Alexander, 15; Emily Briano, 13; Nicole Cacurak, 14; Linea Cutter, 16; Kirsten Garza, 15; Catalina Gonella, 13; Sofia Gonella, 18; Brittany Hanson, 15; Kristina Nork, 15; Natasha Payamps, 14; Kimberly Sauer, 15; Nicole Schein, 17; Hana Suessenguth, 15; Carina Tenaglia, 15; and Domenica Vera, 14.
Graduating seniors Justin Grigull, 18, and Michael Minichiello, 18, lead the boys’ team that also includes Brian Arnaud, 16; Matthew Bellew, 25; Cosmin Cioanta, 16; Joshua Cutter, 14; Kyle Desrosiers, 14; Mauricio Hidalgo, 16; Tomas Kloosterman, 14; Derek Maguire, 16; Joshua Moscovitch, 14; Benjamin Neubauer, 17; Nicholas Nocera, 16; Charles Santamaria, 13; and Matias Sisnandez, 15.
The times and sessions for the FAU meet are Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 and Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All sessions are timed finals.
Keegan Boisson-Yates, 15, and Tyla Martin, 12, recently selected to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the June 26-July 2 CISC Championships in Havana, Cuba will head SOFLO’s squad at the North Palm Beach Summer Kickoff meet Saturday and Sunday in Pompano Beach.
Martin will be joined on the 37-member girls’ team, ages 13 and under, by Jaidyn Baker, 12; Melanie Berland, 11; Delaney Biro, 8; DeMia Bonner, 11; Zoe Bonner, 8; Stephanie Campo, 12; Eden Cooke, 10; Catharine Cooper, 10; Jenna Deal, 12; Charlene Forti, 11; Danielle Ginzburg, 12; Daniela Gomez, 10; Kylie Herman, 12; Ronni Isenberg, 11; Amanda Jaffe, 8; Lindsey Kaufman, 11; Kelly Kealty, 12; Audrey Mason, 12; Julie Mason, 9; Lauren Noyola, 9; Isabella Pittinger, 10; Kristin Sauer, 11; Lindsey Sauer, 13; Megan Schimansky, 10; Sarah Schimansky, 7; Lilian Skopp, 11; Lauren Smith, 11; Lydia Szakacs, 8; Kristen Tabia, 11; Ashley Tan, 9; Camila Vara, 11; Hannah Virgin, 9; Allyson Walters, 11; Marissa Walters, 12; Rebecca Wilkerson, 12; and Haley Wright, 12.
Joining Boisson-Yates, the oldest member of the boys team, are Dewey Carpenter, 12; August Charni, 13; Augusto Cohn, 9; Pedro Cunha, 13; Riley Frost, 9; Guilherme Hada, 10; Luiz Hosfeld, 12; Boris Iliev, 9; David Isenberg, 11; Harrison Jaffe, 8; Sebastien Parks, 11; Parth Patel, 13; Daniel Perkowski, 11; Bryce Pierce, 13; Gian Saviano, 9; Charles Schwab, 13; Brett Sevigny, 13; Manuel Sisnandez, 10; Aron Tacher, 12; Gannen Tages, 9; Arie Van Der Vlist, 11; and Sebastian Vargas, 11.
The times and sessions at the Pompano Beach pool located at 820 NE 18th Ave. are 9 a.m. open and 1:30 p.m. for 12-and-unders on Saturday and Sunday. All sessions are timed finals.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com