WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
March 7, 2013
Julien Pinon and Samuel Quintero are among South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers ready to make some noise at the Florida Gold Coast 14-and-Under Short Course Junior Olympics that get under way Friday at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.
Pinon, 14, competing in his last JOs, is entered in seven events.
Pinon is seeded first in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:44.04 and is the only swimmer to go under 4:45 in the boys’ field.
Pinon is also seeded first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.31, more than five seconds faster than the second seeded time of 1:46.86. He is seeded first in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:45.85, the only seed time under 17 minutes.
Pinon is seeded second in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.39, 100-yard butterfly in 53.23, 50-yard butterfly in 24.50 and 100-yard freestyle in 47.94.
Quintero, 12, is seeded first in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:40.28. Quintero is also entered in seven events.
Organizers will have two pools going in the morning for the boys and girls prelims. Finalists will converge on the main pool for the championship finals.
SOFLO has 51 swimmers competing in individual and relay events during the three-day meet. Zackary Harris will compete for the Comets Swim Team in four events.
The meet features 836 athletes, including 186 relay-only swimmers. There are 650 swimmers competing in individual events totaling 3,137 individual splashes, averaging 4.8 splashes per swimmer.
Most of the Florida Gold Coast’s 14-and-under top age group swimmers will compete. All swimmers had to qualify for JOs, making it the most prestigious short course meet of the season.
The competition will be fierce with other top teams Davie Nadadores, Metro Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning, Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s Swimming and host Coral Springs Swim Club.
SOFLO girls qualifying in individual events are: Camila Alvarez, Lilli Calero, Kyana Castro, Alexandra Crespo, Katherine De Barros, Katrina Del Vecchio, Isabella Di Salvo, Kelley Heron, Trinity Hoyos, Annita Huang, Elise Larin, Michelle Marinheiro, Stephanie Mlujeak, Anna Montgomery, Bianca Monti, Abolade Oyetunji, Andrea Pereria, Delanie Perez, Sara Quintero, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez, Isabel Shashaty, Natasha Testa, Anabel Vazquez and Kellie Wilcox.
SOFLO boys qualifiers are: Michael Arias, Brendan Cassie, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Tyler Gibson, John Paul Handal, Akira Huang, CJ Kopecki, Jie Hoon Lee, Juan Lucas, Leonardo Mateus, Matthew Menocal, Alexander Monti, Brandon Moran, Kevin Porto, Samuel Quintero, Ricardo Roche, Rafael Rodriguez, Cristian Rossi, Nicolas Rossi, Gabriel Segui, Jonathan Strod, Baldwin Suen, Gustavo Valery and Sam Walters.
IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast 14-and-Under Junior Olympics Short Course Championship
Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.
Schedule: Friday, girls prelims 9-11:20 a.m.; boys prelims 9-11:26 a.m.; finals 5-8:01 p.m.; Saturday, girls prelims 9-11:11 a.m., boys prelims 9-11:11 a.m.; finals 5-8:28 p.m.; Sunday, girls prelims 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m., boys prelims 9 a.m.-1:44 p.m.; finals 5-5:57 p.m.
Admission: $3 each session, $3 heat sheet.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org