By Sharon Robb
May 23, 2014
Rafael Rodriguez and Sara Quintero started the ball rolling for the South Florida Aquatic Club with the team’s first wins of the Gulliver Long Course Invitational Friday at the Marian Krutulis Aquatics Center.
Rodriguez, 12, won the 11-12 1500-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best time of 17:17, dropping 48.28 seconds off his previous best.
Quintero, 10, won the girls 800-meter freestyle in 10:50.27, her first long course 800-meter time.
Several other SOFLO swimmers had some impressive time drops during the opening day of competition.
Leonardo Mateus, 12, was second in the 1500-meter freestyle in 18:27.40, bettering his previous best by 46.76 seconds.
Andres Arias, 14, finished in a best time 19:43.22, dropping 25.66 from his previous best time.
Vanessa Mesa, 12, was third in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 10:17.96, dropping 42.71 seconds off her previous best.
Michelle Marinheiro, 10, was fifth in a best time 10:46.25, shaving 40.53 seconds off her previous best time.
Abolade Oyetunji, 14, was ninth in a lifetimes-best 10:37.44, with a huge time drop of 1:38.03.
Alexandra Crespo, 13, was tenth in a best time 10:41.19, dropping from 1:34.65.
SOFLO, coming off successful weekends of racing in Coral Springs, Miami and Sunrise, has 60 swimmers competing in the Florida Gold Coast-sanctioned meet.
Only the long distance events were held on Friday.
The three-day meet continues on Saturday with a full schedule of timed final sessions at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
SESSION ONE RESULTS
10-and-under, 1. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 10:50.27; 11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, Gulliver 9:37.31; SOFLO: 3. Vanessa Mesa 10:17.96, best time, 5. Michelle Marinheiro 10:46.25, best time; 13-and-over, 1. Namilla Sanchez, Gulliver 9:20.71; SOFLO: 5. Andrea Pereira 10:23.87, 9. Abolade Oyetunji 10:37.44, best time, 10. Alexandra Crespo 10:41.19.
10-and-under, 1. Calvin Frette, Gulliver 21:57.99; 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 17:17, best time; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 18:27.40, best time; 13-and-over, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 17:25.13; SOFLO: 3. Kevin Porto 17:47.63, equals best time, 10. Alfredo Mesa 18:55.72, 11. Samuel Quintero 18:57.69, 14. Andres Arias 19:43.22, best time, 16. Sebastian Sierra 20:14.73.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: FGC Gulliver Long Course Invitational
WHERE: Marian Krutulis Aquatics Center, Gulliver Prep School, 6575 SW 88th Street, Miami
SCHEDULE: Friday, Session 1, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Session 2, 9 a.m.; Session 3, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 10 a.m.; Session 5, 3 p.m.
ADMISSION: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1552.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org