CJ Kopecki, Relays Lead SOFLO On Day One Of Speedo Winter Championships

CJ Kopecki, Relays Lead SOFLO On Day One Of Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

November 21, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club, runners-up for the combined team title in last year’s meet, started off on a good note Thursday night at the 23rd annual Florida Gold Coast Winter Championships.

The four-day meet was rain-soaked by the end of the night when wind and rain moved in.

Kopecki, 14, won the 1,000-yard freestyle in a lifetime-best 9:59.67, nearly a minute drop from his previous best of 10:39.26. It was also the first time he broke 10 minutes. Kopecki also swam anchor leg on SOFLO’s winning 800 freestyle relay.

Kevin Porto, 13, was third in 10:14.85, also a best time and drop from 10:49.44.

SOFLO’s 13-14 800-yard freestyle relay won in 7:24.32 with Ervin Marin, Juan Lucas, Kevin Porto and CJ Kopecki.

SOFLO also finished runners-up in both the girls and boys 800-yard freestyle relay.

The girls team of Amber Hunter, Maria Lopez, Kylie Herman and Melissa Marinheiro were second in 7:52.89.

The boys team of Julien Pinon, Ryan Capote, Jordan Colon and Gustavo Valery was second in 7:07.72.

Kathleen Golding, 13, won the 400-yard individual medley in a best time 4:29.69.

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, was third in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a best time 10:16.09.

“We did really well,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said. “Our young kids stepped it up. We had a lot of younger boys step it up in the 400 IM and 1,000 freestyle. We have new names emerging.

“It was a good night for scoring points across the board with a lot of best times,” Anderson said.



400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FLA 4:41.38; SOFLO: 12. Anabel Vazquez 5:25.20; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:29.69, best time; SOFLO: 4. Jessica Rodriguez 4:42.71, 9. Delanie Perez 4:55.88, best time, 21. Jennifer Rodriguez 5:09.47, best time, 23. Katherine DeBarros 5:11.90, best time; 15-16, 1. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SAS 4:21.58; 17-and-over, 1. Darby Goodwin, SAS 4:32.18.

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Pine Crest 8:20.67, 3. SOFLO 8:23.18 (Kelley Heron, Stephanie Mlujeak, Delanie Perez, Jessica Rodriguez); Open, 1. St. Andrew’s Swimming 7:44.73, 2. SOFLO 7:52.89 (Amber Hunter, Maria Lopez, Kylie Herman, Melissa Marinheiro).

1,000-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Joanna Evans, SWIFT 10:04.63; SOFLO: 3. Melissa Marinheiro 10:16.19, best time, 11. Kelley Heron 10:58.50, 16. Lilli Carlero 11:05.57.


400-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Jordy Groters, Unattached 3:58.88; SOFLO: 14. Jordan Colon 4:14.38, best time, 21. Ervin Marin 4:19.33, 29. Jonathan Strod 4:22.64, best time, 32. CJ Kopecki 4:23.28, best time; 52. Ricardo Roche 4:44.00, best time, 56. Samuel Quintero 4:49.50, best time, 61. Bryant Segui 4:57.29, best time, 67. Brandon Moran 5:09.05.

800-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. SOFLO 7:24.32 (Ervin Marin, Juan Lucas, Kevin Porto, CJ Kopecki); Open, 1. Azure 7:00.08, 2. SOFLO 7:07.72 (Julien Pinon, Ryan Capote, Jordan Colon, Gustavo Valery).

1,000-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Austin Kinsler, MTSC 11:07.78; 13-14, 1. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 9:59.67, best time; SOFLO: 3. Kevin Porto 10:14.85, best time, 8. Ricardo Roche 10:39.32, best time, 14. Matthew Menocal 11:01.64, best time, 15. Samuel Quintero 11:04.10, best time; 15-16, 1. Nico Medina, Unattached 9:37.75; 17-and-over, 1. Joey Pedraza, Unattached 9:13.95.


What: 23rd annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Swimming Championships

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

Schedule: FRIDAY—Session 3, 8:30 a.m.-11:11 a.m.; 500 freestyles, 11:27 a.m.-1:08 p.m.; Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-11:17 a.m.; 500 freestyles, 11:27 a.m.-12:39 p.m.; Session 5, Finals, 5-7:48 p.m.; SATURDAY—Session 8, 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.; Session 9, 8:30 a.m.-12:50 a.m.; Finals, 5-7:57 p.m.; SUNDAY— Session 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:46 p.m.; 1650s, girls 1:10-2:52 p.m., boys 1:10-3:07 p.m.; Session 14, 8:30 a.m.-12:57 p.m.; 1650s, girls 1:10-2:52 p.m., boys 1:10-3:07 p.m.; Finals, 5-7:09 p.m.

Live Streaming: Florida Swim Network will broadcast the finals live on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is the first Florida Gold Coast meet FSN has broadcast.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For more information go to http://www.swimpst.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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