By Sharon Robb

February 20, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club is sending a strong contingent of thirty swimmers to Plantation Aquatic Complex for the Long Course Sectional Qualifier that begins Friday.

SOFLO swimmers are coming off solid workouts and meet performances, and are expected to do well in the two-day meet that will feature several other Florida Gold Coast teams including host Plantation Swim Team.

The SOFLO lineup is Andres Arias, 14; Alia Atkinson, 25; Endi Babi, 25; Xavier Brown, 19; Jordon Colon, 16; Nelson Alejandro Diaz, 17; Tyler Gibson, 14; Kylie Herman, 16; Amber Hunter, 18; Whitney Johnson, 17; Olivia Katcher, 18; CJ Kopecki, 14; Juan Lucas, 15; Ervin Marin, 14; Melissa Marinheiro, 16; Alfredo Mesa, 15; Alexander Monti, 15; Kry Nichlany, 17; Abolade Oyetunji, 14; Julien Pinon, 15; Kevin Porto, 14; Astrid Rigau, 17; Jennifer Rodriguez, 13; Jessica Rodrigues, 15; Jonathan Strod, 15; Bowie Suen, 17; Carly Swanson, 16; Natasha Testa, 15; Gustavo Valery, 15; and Alejandro Zambrano, 19.

Three sessions are scheduled for the timed final meet. On Friday the competition begins 5:30 p.m. with session one. On Saturday, session two begins at 9 a.m. and session three at 10 a.m.

Seventeen teams are competing including Azura Florida Aquatics, FLA, Lake Lytal, Pine Crest and Swim Fort Lauderdale.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Olivia Katcher, 18, 200-meter freestyle, 2:04.47.

Julien Pinon, 15, 200-meter freestyle, 1:55.99.

Xavier Brown, 19, 50-meter freestyle, 23.04.

Alia Atkinson, 25, 50-meter breaststroke, 30.91; 100-meter butterfly, 1:02.52

Juan Lucas, 15, 200-meter backstroke 2:15.34.

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, 400-meter freestyle 4:22.78


What: Long Course Sectional Qualifier

When: Friday-Saturday

Timeline schedule: Friday, Session One, 5:30-7:06 p.m.; Saturday, Sessions Two and Three, 9 a.m.-1:40 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information call 954-452-2526.

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