By Sharon Robb

February 7, 2014

Florida Swim Network will live stream the March 21-23 Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships hosted by South Florida Aquatic Club at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Florida Swim Network live streams the best of Florida’s competitive swimming, triathlons and open water. Host Joe Auer and his staff provide live broadcasts, videos, tips and training on the informative website that is not only viewed statewide but around the nation.

Auer, known as Swimmer Joe, is well-known throughout the state and is an award-winning blogger. He swam for University of Florida where he was a nine-time All-American and Olympic Trials qualifier. As a coach, he has been both an assistant and head coach for various teams and levels, ranging from age group through college.

He is well-liked by coaches and swimmers alike for promoting swimming. His wife Bess Harbin is also part of the broadcast team and his son Jackson swims for the Blue Dolfins, where Auer coaches.

The FGC Senior Championships is 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 for the first time at last month’s FGC Board of Directors meeting.

It will be the first meet SOFLO has hosted that will be aired by Florida Swim Network.

One of the Florida Gold Coast’s largest meets, the Senior Championship meet is expected to attract teams from around the state and Caribbean and will have a huge impact on the local economy including hotels, restaurants and transportation.

Meet official expect 50 teams, 600 athletes, 75 coaches, 40 officials, and 40 volunteers.

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 last year.

SOFLO will get the chance to defend its 2013 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 along with several international and north Florida teams. Several swimmers, including a contingent from SOFLO, will be going after national cut times.

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 canderson@swim4comets.com.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: USA Swimming/Florida Gold Coast Senior Swimming Championships

WHEN: March 21-23, (Friday-Sunday), prelims and finals each day, 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

WHERE: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

HOST TEAM: South Florida Aquatic Club

OF NOTE: MEET BACKGROUND/INFORMATION: One of the Florida Gold Coast’s largest meets is expected to attract teams from around the state and Caribbean. It will have an impact on the local economy including hotels, restaurants and transportation. Meet official expect 50 teams, 600 athletes, 75 coaches, 40 officials, and 40 volunteers.

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

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