July 29, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will begin competing Tuesday at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Greenville, S.C.

Four of SOFLO’s champion age group program are members of the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

They are Jordan Colon, 16, Rafael Rodriguez, 11, Jessica Rodriguez, 14, and CJ Kopecki, 14. Kopecki and Rafael Rodriguez are entered in six events and Colon and Jessica Rodriguez are entered in five.

The opening session of competition begin Tuesday at 1 p.m.

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.

Group One features Florida, Border, Georgia, Kentucky, Gulf, Louisiana, South Texas and West Texas. Group Two had Florida Gold Coast, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, South Carolina, Southeastern and West Virginia.

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.

Each age group features eight swimmers.

A banner and fifty swim caps will be awarded the Charlene Craddock Sportsmanship Award to the team that exhibits the highest level of sportsmanship throughout the meet.

The meet ends August 3.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com