By Sharon Robb

January 29, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club will host a large field of swimmers from Broward and Miami-Dade Counties in its first major meet of the season.

SOFLO will host the three-day Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational that begins Friday at its home Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

The meet will serve as a gauge for swimmers and coaches training short course.

It will also serve as a dress rehearsal for volunteers, officials and coaches for the March 21-23 FGC Senior Championships that defending champion SOFLO will be hosting for the first time in the club’s fourteen-year history.

Several top FGC clubs will compete this weekend. In addition to SOFLO, other top teams are Titan Aquatics, Hialeah Swim Club, North Miami, Rockway, Miami-Dade, Miami Swimming, Plantation Swim Team and FLA.

SOFLO has several top-seeded swimmers. No. 1 seeds and their events are:

Annita Huang, 12, 200-yard freestyle, 2:05.59; 100-yard freestyle 1:06.89; 200-yard backstroke, 2:22.77; 100-yard individual medley 1:07.71.

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, 1,000-yard freestyle, 10:16.09; 100-yard backstroke, 59.07; 200-yard freestyle, 1:50.71.

Jessica Rodriguez, 15, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:22.74.

Juan Lucas, 14, 100-yard backstroke, 54.86; 200-yard backstroke, 1:56.05.

Amber Hunter, 18, 100-yard butterfly, 57.79.

Julien Pinon, 15, 100-yard butterfly, 52.36; 200-yard individual medley 1:56.98; 200-yard butterfly, 1:59.16; 100-yard freestyle, 46.66.

Maria Lopez, 18, 50-yard freestyle, 24.58; 50-yard butterfly, 26.28.

Kathleen Golding, 13, 200-yard individual medley, 2:07.83; 500-yard freestyle, 5:04.48; 400-yard individual medley, 4:29.69.

Elise Larin, 12, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:41.41; 50-yard breaststroke 33.72; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:14.33.

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 50-yard breaststroke, 33.60; 100-yard butterfly, 59.98; 500-yard freestyle, 5:07.13; 50-yard butterfly, 27.81; 100-yard freestyle, 54.17; 100-yard individual medley, 1:02.32.

Isabella DiSalvo, 11, 100-yard butterfly, 1:06.50.

Vanessa Mesa, 11, 50-yard freestyle, 26.68; 500-yard freestyle, 5:34.56; 50-yard butterfly, 29.91.

Kelley Heron, 14, 200-yard backstroke, 2:09.79.

Olivia Katcher, 17, 100-yard freestyle, 52.22.

Andrea Pereira, 12, 50-yard backstroke, 30.76; 100-yard freestyle, 57.86.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational

When: Friday-Sunday.

Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 5:30-9:50 p.m.; Saturday, Session 2, 8:30-11:33 a.m., Session 3, 1:30-4:42 p.m.; Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.; Session 5, 1:30-4:47 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17189 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheet $3 per session. For information call meet director Chris Anderson, 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

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