WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
May 3, 2013
The second session of the Comets’ Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational looked more like the South Florida Aquatic Club Invitational.
SOFLO swimmers won all but four of the timed final events on Saturday at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.
CJ Kopecki, 13, Isabella Di Salvo, 10, Delanie Perez, 12, and Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 14, led the large SOFLO contingent with lifetime-best times and race wins.
Kopecki lowered his best time in the 200-meter freestyle and won the event in 2:10.37, an FGJO cut. His previous best was 2:10.92. Kopecki also won the 50-meter butterfly in a FGJO cut 30.09, dropping from 32.24. Kopecki won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.28, a FGJO cut.
DiSalvo won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 45.11, a drop from 47.83 and FGJO cut. She won the 100-meter backstroke in a best time and FGJO cut 1:23.75, a huge time drop from 1:30.95. She also won the 50-meter freestyle in a best time and FGJO cut 33.48, dropping from 36.98.
Perez won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time and FGJO cut 40.53, dropping from 41.14. She won the 100-meter butterfly in a best time and FGJO cut 1:16.30, dropping from 1:17.45. Perez won the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 31.60, a FGJO cut, dropping from her previous best of 32.36.
Diaz-Velasco, 14, won the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:20.35, a huge time drop from 2:31.67 and FGJO cut. He was also second in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time and FGJO cut 28.08, the first time he broke 30 seconds. His previous best was 30.09. He was second in the 800-meter freestyle in 10:46.95 in his race debut.
Other SOFLO winners were:
Rafael Rodriguez, 11, 100-meter backstroke, 1:15.56, best time, FGJO, drop from 1:18.36; 100-meter butterfly, 1:15.97, FGJO cut; 50-meter freestyle, 30.80, best time, FGJO, drop from 31.16.
Kelley Heron, 13, 200-meter freestyle, 2:17.48, FGJO cut; 800-meter freestyle, best time 9:42.98, FGJO, drop from 9:46.29.
Amber Hunter, 17, 200-meter freestyle 2:19.99, FGSR cut.
Sara Quintero, 9, 200-meter backstroke, 3:15.91, her first long course meters time in the event.
Annita Huang, 11, 200-meter backstroke, 2:48.61, best time, FGJO cut; 100-meter backstroke, best time 1:19.88, FGJO, drop from 1:22.58.
Samuel Quintero, 12, 200-meter backstroke, 2:41.96.
Fernando Quintero, 16, 200-meter backstroke, 2:28.18, best time, FGJO drop from 2:31.71.
Natasha Testa, 14, 50-meter butterfly, 32.26, FGJO.
Melissa Marinheiro, 16, 50-meter butterfly, 31.04; 200-meter breaststroke, 3:05.33, FGSR; 100-meter butterfly, 1:09.93, FGSR cut.
Marcella Marinheiro, 18, 200-meter backstroke, 2:40.43, FGSR.
Endi Babi, 24, 50-meter butterfly, 27.86, FGSR; 100-meter butterfly, 1:01.34, FGSR.
Brandon Moran, 11, 50-meter breaststroke, 39.56, best time, FGJO, first time breaking the 40-second barrier. His previous best was 43.56; 200-meter butterfly, 2:53.01, FGJO.
Jessica Rodriguez, 14, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:52.53, FGJO; 50-meter breaststroke, 38.56, best time, FGJO, drop from 39.44; 50-meter freestyle, best time 30.54, FGJO, drop from 30.86.
Evelin Jimenez, 17, 50-meter freestyle, 29.22, FGSR.
Daniela Jimenez, 17, 800-meter freestyle, 11:13.15.
Alfredo Mesa, 14, 50-meter freestyle, 27.79, FGJO; 800-meter freestyle, 9:54.53, FGJO.
Tyler Gibson, 13, 200-meter breaststroke 3:03.90.
Jordan Colon, 15, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:45.40, FGSR.
John Paul Handal, 10, 100-meter backstroke, best time 1:26.43, FGJO, drop from 1:32.96.
Kyana Castro, 10, 100-meter butterfly, 1:22.60, best time, FGJO, drop from 1:38.77.
Joseph Lee, 10, 100-meter butterfly, 1:25.31, best time, FGJO, drop from 1:35.04.
Brendan Cassie, 14, 50-meter breaststroke, 38.30, best tie, FGJO, drop from 38.44.
Roger Capote, 17, 50-meter breaststroke, 35.72, FGSR.
Xavier Brown, 18, 50-meter freestyle, 26.54, FGSR.
Alex Monti, 15, 800-meter freestyle 9:43.37.
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