WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
December 27, 2010
Swimmers, parents and coaches have known all along South Florida Aquatic Club had the makings of an outstanding swim club.
Now it’s official.
USA Swimming, the sport’s national governing body, has recognized SOFLO, the newest club in the Florida Gold Coast, Level 1 status in its first year of existence.
It is the starting level for all clubs in USA Swimming’s Club Recognition Achievement Program.
“SOFLO is on the move,” said SOFLO CEO Chris Anderson.
The rating consideration is based on business and organizational success, parent and volunteer development, coach development and education, and athlete development and performance.
SOFLO became an official USAS club on May 1, 20100 when two of the most well-respected USA Swimming clubs in the nation officially merged.
Sponsored by Nike, SOFLO combines more than 450 swimmers and 20 employees including two world-class coaches, two 50-meter Olympic-size pools, three 25-meter and 25-yard pools, and diving and teaching pools at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Mullins Park and City of Pembroke Pines Academic Village Pool.
“It is quite an honor to be already recognized by USA Swimming as a Club Recognition Level 1 team in SOFLO’s first year,” Anderson said. “I think it’s great pooling CST and CSSC resources together. We will be one of the top competitive aquatic clubs in the future, both athletically and administratively.”
“By receiving this award, SOFLO is now eligible to submit a club excellence application for the year 2011. SOFLO will also be able to reap the benefits that USA Swimming has to offer.”
The clubs’ 8-and-under age group programs remain under the auspices of the Coral Springs Swim Club and Comets satellite programs.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.