July 12, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
Brandon Goldman and Emma Lincoln head an impressive ten-swimmer South Florida Aquatic Club contingent for the July 26-31 Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Cary, N.C.
It is one of the largest group of swimmers from a local swim club to be named to the Florida Gold Coast zone all-star team.
Last year SOFLO, in its first year of existence as a USA Swimming Club, had eight swimmers, including Goldman and Lincoln, selected for zones.
On this year’s zone team, Lincoln, the only 15-18 girl swimmer to represent SOFLO, will be joined by SOFLO girls Catharine Cooper, Allison Kopas and Jessica Rodriguez, all in the 11-12 age group.
Goldman, the only 15-18 boy swimmer to represent SOFLO, will be joined by SOFLO boys Tristan Celestin, Juan Lucas, Alfredo Mesa Jr., Julien Pinon and Cristian Rossi, all 11-12 age group boys.
Five swimmers train at SOFLO’s Coral Springs Aquatic Complex and five swimmers train at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.
The remaining FGC girl team members are: (11-12) Star Fassler, Jamie Flores, Estefania Hernandez, Alexa Rivera and Rose Smiddy; (13-14) Omaira German, Darby Goodwin, Christina Herfurth, Caroline Nava, Arianna Noya, Lindsey Swartz, Amanda Tipton and Kelsea Volland; (15-18) Zoie Balthazar, Alexa Kalandiak, Amanda Ford, Brenna Ruth, Jessica Randolph, Julie Suarez and Khamai Simpson.
The other FGC boys team members are (11-12) Alberto Gomez, Julio Horrego, Rak Hovart; (13-14) Fernando Bohorquez, Nicholas Conrad, Tobias Faucher, Marco Guarente, Manuel Lopez, Nicolas Medina, Gabriel Perez and William Pisani; (15-18) Lucas Brito, Derek Chait, Austin Manganiello, Cory Perez, Austin Sanders, Daniel Spas and Wali Toulson.
Julie Smiddy will serve as head coach of the team. She will be joined by coaches Chadli Fernandez and Richard Garza (13-14); Marcelo Gatti and Chris Grace of SOFLO (11-12); Cathy Silviera and Eddie Wolling (15-18). SOFLO’s Rose Lockie will also join the SOFLO contingent.
Team chaperones are Ann Ford, Robin Kopas, Juan Lucas, Patricia Medina, Yamile Pelaez and Phillipe Pinon.
The zone championships feature top regional swimmers at the senior and age group levels who qualify for these meets within the four designated zones: southern, eastern, central and western.
Each LSC is limited to 48 swimmers—8 females and 8 males in each age group (11-12, 13-14 and 15-18). It gives swimmers nearing the junior national level an opportunity to excel at the end of the long course season.
The meet begins Tuesday, July 26th, indoors at the Triangle Aquatic Center with timed finals in the 800 and 1500 freestyles at 2 p.m. A full schedule gets underway Wednesday with prelims and finals. Open water will be held Sunday.
A banner and fifty swim caps will be awarded the Charlene Craddock Sportsmanship Award to the team who exhibits the highest level of sportsmanship throughout the meet.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com