WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
August 10, 2012
South Florida Aquatic Club won the combined team title at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Senior Long Course Swimming Championships Friday night at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.
Buoyed by depth and talent throughout the week and two second-place finishes on the fifth and final night, SOFLO won by more than 1,000 points, topping a field of 22 teams including Team Greenville, Team FLA, First Colony Swim Team and Plantation.
It was the first major team title SOFLO won as a stand-alone USA Swimming club since the Comets and Coral Springs Swim Club parted ways amicably on July 31.
SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, 18, finished his outstanding week, that featured two junior national cut times, with a second place finish in the 1500-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 16:18.40, lowering his previous best of 16:42.49.
Rojas also earned the top seed in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:13.74 but scratched from the final to swim the mile. His previous IM time was 2:17.73.
Also finishing second was SOFLO’s girls 400-meter medley relay team in 4:37.29 with Marcella Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Maria Lopez and Bianca Muniz.
Rojas and SOFLO teammate Melissa Marinheiro now depart this weekend with SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson for the Aug. 13-17 USA Swimming Speedo Junior Nationals in Indianapolis.
Other top SOFLO swims on Friday:
Marcella Marinheiro, 17, was third in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:31.29, lowering her previous best of 2:31.83.
Jessica Rodriguez, 13, won the bonus final of the 200-meter individual medley in 2:35.94.
Jordan Colon, 15, swam back-to-back best times in the 200-meter individual medley in prelims in 2:26.29 and finals in 2:24.76. His previous best time was 2:29.74.
Maria Lopez, 16, swam back-to-back best times in the 50-meter freestyle in 28.30 in prelims and 28.33 in finals to finish fourth. Her previous best 28.52.
Carlo Morante, 19, and Ivan Parada, 17, swam back-to-back best times in the 50-meter freestyle. Parada won the consolation final in 25.63. Morante was third in the bonus final in 25.30.
In the boys 1500-meter freestyle, Roger Capote finished 11th in a best time 17:51.58 bettering his previous best of 18:08.59 and Edward Kon, 16, finished 12th in a best time 18:05.45, lowering his previous best of 18:11.95.
Florida State’s Alex Rodriguez, 21, swam a best time 25.53 in the 50-meter freestyle prelims and scratched from finals.
Former SOFLO/Comets swimmer Leonie Davies, 16, of The Woodlands, swam 2:40.14 in the 200-meter individual medley prelims and finished 16th in the consolation final in 2:42.79.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
200-meter individual medley: 1. Asia Quentin, FCST 2:28.52; SOFLO: 3. Marcella Marinheiro 2:31.29, best time, 17. Jessica Rodriguez 2:35.94, 25. Rachel Ling 2:41.56, best time.
50-meter freestyle: 1. Meagan Thompson, MAC 27.62; SOFLO: 4. Maria Lopez 28.33 (28.30, prelims, best time), 22. Rachel Ling 29.84, 29. Samantha Stinemire 30.25, 47. Carly Swanson 31.86.
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Alex Wittman, CAT 17:37.22.
400-meter medley relay: 1. FCST 4:34.76, 2. SOFLO “A” 4:37.29 (Marcella Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Maria Lopez, Bianca Muniz).
BOYS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
200-meter individual medley: 1. Pablo Ortiz, TG 2:13.00; SOFLO: 1. Marc Rojas 2:13.74, best time, 22. Jordan Colon 2:24.76, best time.
50-meter freestyle: 1. Adam Impson, TG 25.15; SOFLO: 4. Alex Rodriguez 25.53, best time, 10. Ivan Parada 25.63, best time, 12. Xavier Brown 26.09, 22. Carlo Morante 26.30, best time, 30. Jacob Walters 27.22, 31. Ryan Capote 27.27, (27.13, prelims, best time), 41. Matthew Gonzalez 27.49
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Patrick LaBrode, Houston 15:54.25; SOFLO: 2. Marc Rojas 16:18.40, best time, 11. Roger Capote 17:51.58, 12. Edward Kon 18:05.45.
400-meter medley relay: Not available on website
Complete team results were not available on website Friday night.
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