February 5, 2014

Kathleen and Molly Golding are the first recipients of the inaugural Nike Swimmer of the Month Award for January.

The sisters, Kathleen, 12, and Molly, 10, share the honor after outstanding three-day meet performances at the Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational at Academic Village Pool.

The highlight for Kathleen was qualifying for her first USA Swimming Grand Prix in the 400-yard individual medley in a lifetime-best 4:28.10. She will compete in the Feb. 13-15 Orlando Grand Prix with several other SOFLO teammates.

Kathleen had four lifetime-best times, won ten events and finished second in another. She swam 11 events.

Molly swam six lifetime-best times in her events and won nine events, finished second twice and third once. She competed in 12 events.

The award, chosen by the SOFLO coaching staff, will be awarded each month to the swimmer who excels at various swim meets and practice sessions. –Sharon Robb