By Sharon Robb

January 24, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club will host the March 21-23 Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

It will be the biggest meet the 14-year-old club and its Comets Booster Club will host in the club’s history.

SOFLO was awarded the meet earlier this week at the FGC Board of Directors meeting.

Nova Southeastern University originally was scheduled to be the host venue for the meet but withdrew its bid to host the three-day meet along with other FGC meets when the Davie Nadadores disbanded.

Coral Springs Swim Club was the only other club interested in hosting the meet.

SOFLO and its Booster Club has a successful track record for staging several age group meets every year and hosts several college team training sessions. SOFLO is also the home base of three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of Jamaica.

SOFLO will also get the chance to defend its title in its home pool. SOFLO made history last year by sweeping the FGC Junior Olympic and Senior Championships, both short course and long course, in the same year.

Every Florida Gold Coast team from Key West to Martin County is expected to compete in the major meet. Several swimmers, including a contingent from SOFLO, will be going after national cut times. The field will feature the top senior swimmers.

Florida Swim Network and announcer Joe Auer have been invited to live stream the meet and interview swimmers and coaches.

SOFLO is looking for a title sponsor and other sponsors including local restaurants and businesses to help defray the costs of hosting a major Florida Gold Coast meet. Those interested can contact Anderson at

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