WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
March 20, 2013
Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson heads South Florida Aquatic Club’s 49-swimmer contingent for the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.
The three-day meet begins Friday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.
SOFLO is riding a wave of success after winning the Junior Olympics combined team title in Coral Springs and turning in some outstanding swims two of the four days at the Speedo Champion Series Sectionals in Fort Lauderdale.
Atkinson, 24, is training for this summer’s world championships in Barcelona, Spain and continues to look great in the water. The team leader is entered in six events, 50-, 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, 100- and 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard freestyle. She is seeded first in all six events.
Atkinson will be joined by three-time Olympian Arlene Semeco of Venezuela in the women’s field
SOFLO’s Maria Lopez, 17, is seeded first in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:05.88. She is also seeded second in the 100-yard butterfly.
Melissa Marinheiro, 15, is top seed in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.88 and 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.71. She is seeded second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:05.30.
Marcella Marinheiro, 18, is seeded first in the 50-yard backstroke in 27.11 and 50-yard butterfly in 26.57.
Other SOFLO senior champs qualifiers are: Kaitlin Armstrong, 16; Kylie Herman, 15; Kelley Heron, 13; Amber Hunter, 17; Daniela Jimenez, 17; Evelin Jimenez, 17; Whitney Johnson, 16; Bianca Monti, 13; Astrid Rigau, 16; Jessica Rodriguez, 14; Natasha Testa, 14; Haley Wright, 16; Endi Babi, 24; Xavier Brown, 18; Roger Capote, 17; Ryan Capote, 15; Jordan Colon, 15; Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 13; Edward Kon, 16; CJ Kopecki, 13; Juan Lucas, 14; Alex Monti, 14; Ivan Parada, 18; Kevin Porto, 13; Fernando Quintero, 16; Cristian Rossi, 14; Jonathan Strod, 14; Bowie Suen, 16; Nikolas Ujueta, 15; Gustavo Valery, 14; and Jacob Walters, 17.
In the Area 1, 2, 3, Senior Championships, several SOFLO swimmers are among the top three seeds in their events.
Jessie Cordero, 15, and Rigau are seed second and third in the 200-yard backstroke. Rigau is seeded second in the 200-yard freestyle, second in the 100-yard backstroke and fourth in the 50-yard backstroke. Cordero is seeded third in the 50-yard butterfly, fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:12.39 and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.
Ujueta is seeded second in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 200-yard butterfly.
Karina Medina, 15, is seeded third in the 50-yard breaststroke and Rigau is seeded fourth. Medina is seeded fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Juan Saldana, 16, is seeded second in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke.
Genesis Pabon, 16, is seeded second in the 50-yard backstroke.
Simon Ortiz, 15, is seeded first in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:46.68, second in the 1,650-yard freestyle and third in the 50-yard backstroke.
Josemiguel Fernandez, 16, is seeded second in the 400 IM.
Daniel Lee, 17, is seeded fourth in the 50-yard butterfly in 29.01.
Other SOFLO swimmers competing in the Area 1, 2, 3, senior champs are Andrea Iglesia, 15, Emely Nunen, 15, Mathew Delvalle, 15, Jie Won Lee, 17, Federico Molina, 15, and Henry Perillo, 16.
The meet is the last major short course event for FGC swimmers.
IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships & Area 1, 2, 3, Senior Championships
Schedule: Seniors: Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims, 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Area 1, 2, 3 Seniors: Friday, prelims 11:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims noon, finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.
Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street
Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets per session. For information call 954-452-2526.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org