By Sharon Robb

February 26, 2014

More than 500 swimmers will converge on Academic Village Pool for this weekend’s Florida Gold Coast South/Area 3 Developmental Meet.

SOFLO will be well-represented by a large contingent of swimmers of all ages and ability levels. Several are seeded first in their events.

Among SOFLO top-seeds are:

Alex Golding, 9, 100-yard backstroke, 1:24.57.

Jacqueline Lugo, 11, 100-yard backstroke, 1:15.55.

Randy Smith, 9, 50-yard butterfly, 38.32.

Tyler Gibson, 14, 50-yard butterfly, 29.29.

Katherine DeBarros, 13, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:18.77.

Alejandro Mateus, 8, 50-yard freestyle, 33.45.

Abolade Oyetunji, 14, 200-yard freestyle, 2:06.89; 1,650-yard freestyle, 20:26.78.

Katherine Del Vecchio, 11, 100-yard individual medley, 1:15.70.

Katherine De Barros, 13, 500-yard freestyle 5:40.71; 50-yard backstroke, 32.33.

Valentina Carrion, 11, 500-yard freestyle, 6:24.93.

Sally Golding, 9, 100-yard freestyle, 1:13.99.

Alexandra Crespo, 13, 200-yard individual medley, 2:29.11; 200-yard breaststroke, 2:51.34.

Andres Arias, 14, 200-yard individual medley 2:19.16.

Mikaela De Gracia, 12, 50-yard backstroke, 34.30.

Jena Legaspi, 10, 100-yard butterfly, 1:28.33.

Bruni Berti, 14, 100-yard butterfly, 1:02.11.; 200-yard backstroke, 2:17.77.

Derek Tom, 12, 200-yard backstroke, 2:38.52.

Andrea Pereira, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:24.66.

The two-day meet begins Saturday and will feature prelims and finals. Each day prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Nineteen Florida Gold Coast teams are entered. They are Amphibious Assault Swim Team, AquaKids Sharks, Atlantis, Blue Marlins, City of Miami Parks, Devilrays, FLA, Florida Keys, Flying Fish, Gulliver, Hialeah, Metro Aquatics, Miami Beach, Miami Country Dade, Miami-Dade County, Miami Swimming, North Miami, Rockway and Swim Gym.

The meet is a final qualifier for SOFLO swimmers and other FGC swimmers looking to make cuts for next month’s FGC Junior Olympics in Coral Springs.

The meet will also serve as a dress rehearsal for SOFLO and Comets Booster Club for the March 21-23 Senior Championships which the 14-year-old club is hosting for the first time in its history.

Two other area meets are being held in Jupiter and Sunrise.


What: Florida Gold Coast South/Area 3 Developmental Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 6 p.m. finals.

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

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets each session.

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