By Sharon Robb

May 25, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club finished up a successful showing at the four-day Florida Gold Coast Gulliver Long Course Invitational.

The hard work and training is paying off and the future continues to look bright for the defending FGC Junior Olympics and Senior Championships champions.

On the fifth and final session on Sunday at the Marian Krutulis Aquatics Center there were plenty of wins, best times and happy faces both among swimmers and coaching staff.

Rafael Rodriguez had one of his best meets, breaking three Florida Gold Coast records. He broke a 14-year-old record in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:00.84 and just missed the Open record and summer sectional. Rodriguez also broke the FGC record in the 400-meter freestyle and FGC and Open records in the 1500-meter freestyle.

Kyana Castro, 11, continued her outstanding weekend with two more wins in best times.

Castro won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:46.19, dropping .90 seconds off his previous best and 100-meter freestyle in a best time 1:08.07, dropping 2.89 seconds.

Sara Quintero, 10, was a triple winner. She won the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 40.73, dropping 2.57 seconds; 100-meter freestyle in a best time 1:11.74, dropping 3.48 seconds; and 50-meter butterfly in 37.55.

Molly Golding, 11, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:29.56.

Alex Golding, 10, won the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 43.22, dropping 0.94 seconds. Teammate Randy Smith was second in a best time 45.71, dropping 3 seconds.

Eiza Gantus, 12, swimming unattached for SOFLO, won the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:28.35, dropping 0.76 seconds. Teammate Michael Arias, 11, was second in a best time 1:30.09, dropping an impressive 12.66 seconds. Arias was also second in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:47.01, dropping 3.13 seconds.

Gantus also won the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 17.42.

SESSION FIVE RESULTS
GIRLS
200-meter Individual Medley

10-and-under, 1. Naomi Vera, Rockway 2:58.60; SOFLO: 2. Sally Golding 2:59.77, best time, 10. Sarah Acevedo 3:37.70; 11-12, 1. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 2:46.19, best time; SOFLO: 2. Molly Golding 2:47.04, best time, 3. Valentina Carrion 2:53.06, best time, 11. Sophia Bedoya 3:17.22.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 40.73, best time; SOFLO: 13. Sarah Acevedo 48.82, best time, 15. Kaitlyn Barrios 50.80, best time; 11-12, 1. Carolina Frette, Gulliver 38.33; SOFLO: 6. Alana Acevedo 42.36, best time, 7. Michelle Ordonez 43.46, 8. Sophia Bedoya 44.84, best time.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 1:11.74, best time; SOFLO: 4. Sally Golding 1:17.68, best time; 11-12, 1. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 1:08.07, best time; SOFLO: 3. Molly Golding 1:09.69, best time, 4. Valentina Carrion 1:10.41, best time, 9. Alana Acevedo 1:13.16, best time, 13. Sophia Bedoya 1:19.58, best time.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Chloe Hernandez, Gulliver 1:31.92; SOFLO: 3. Sally Golding 1:38.40, 10. Sarah Acevedo 2:07.81, best time; 11-12, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 1:29.56; SOFLO: 3. Valentina Carrion 1:33.73, best time, 4. Kyana Castro 1:33.98, best time, 7. Sophia Bedoya 1:43.67, best time, 8. Alana Acevedo 1:52.98, best time.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Sara Quintero, SOFLO 37.55; SOFLO: 5. Sally Golding 41.56, best time, 9. Sarah Acevedo 45.39, best time, 18. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:00.03; 11-12, 1. Sophia Bogert, Gulliver 21.11; SOFLO: 2. Kyana Castro 33.92, best time, 7. Valentina Carrion 37.04, best time, 8. Alana Acevedo 38.73, 10. Michelle Ordonez 41.50.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Samuel Rivas, Gulliver 2:54.94; SOFLO: 2. Zackary Harris 2:59.44, 4. Alex Golding 3:20.48, best time, 5. Randy Smith 3:35.18, 6. Tanner Gibson 3:38.14, best time; 11-12, 1. Sebastian Marsal, Miami-Dade 2:42.89; SOFLO: 2. Michael Arias 2:47.01, best time, 3. Eiza Gantus 2:47.38, best time, 9. Nicolas Rossi 3:01.13.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alex Golding, SOFLO 43.22, best time; SOFLO: 2. Randy Smith 45.71, best time, 4. Tanner Gibson 46.39, best time, 7. Noah Hew 48.50, best time, 12. Farouk Musa 54.51; 11-12, 1. Matthew Amor, Metro-Dade 37.15.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Calvin Frette, Gulliver 1:12.49; SOFLO: 3. Zackary Harris 1:14.18, 4. Alex Golding 1:19.50, best time, 6. Randy Smith 1:26.80, best time, 8. Noah Hew 1:28.64, best time, 10. Tanner Gibson 1:36.21, 16. Farouk Musa 1:44.51; 11-12, 1. Sebastian Marsal, Miami-Dade 1:06; SOFLO: 2. Eiza Gantus 1:06.99, best time, 4. Michael Arias 1:09.19, 8. Nicolas Rossi 1:11.35.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Samuel Rivas, Gulliver 1:38.04; SOFLO: 2. Zackary Harris 1:38.87, best time, 3. Alex Golding 1:44.24, best time, 6. Noah Hew 2:03.72, best time; 11-12, 1. Eiza Gantus, SOFLO 1:28.35, best time; SOFLO: 2. Michael Arias 1:30.09, best time.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Samuel Rivas, Gulliver 36.53; SOFLO: 2. Zackary Harris 36.54, best time, 4. Randy Smith 42.69, best time, 8. Noah Hew 52.74, best time, 12. Farouk Musa 59.10; 11-12, 1. Eiza Gantus, SOFLO 17.42, best time; SOFLO: 7. Michael Arias 36.71, 8. Nicolas Rossi 36.98, best time.

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

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