By Sharon Robb
June 11, 2014
South Florida Aquatic Club will mix a little fun with swimming during a road trip to the annual Gulf Coast Swim Team Summer Long Course Invitational in Fort Myers.
The four-day meet begins Thursday at the Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatic Center. It is one of seven meets the host Gulf Coast Swim team stages each year.
SOFLO is among 22 teams competing including six Florida Gold Coast teams. Several out-of-state teams are competing including Canton City Schools, Charger Aquatics, Germantown Academy, Lobo Aquatic Club, Riviera Swim Team, Waves Bloomington and Tide Swimming. Nearly 600 swimmers are entered.
Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:
CJ Kopecki, 14, 800-meter freestyle, 8:49.23 and 200-meter freestyle, 2:02.18.
Kathleen Golding, 13, 200-meter freestyle, 2:09.43, 400-meter individual medley, 5:02.19, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:47.31, 200-meter individual medley, 2:26.11, 100-meter freestyle, 1:00.74 and 50-meter freestyle, 28.28.
Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 200-meter freestyle, 2:07.94, 50-meter breaststroke, 39.91, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:19.47, and 50-meter freestyle, 28.37.
Other SOFLO swimmers among its 52-athlete contingent are: Alana Acevedo, 12; Sarah Acevedo, 10; Kaitlyn Barrios, 8; Bruno Berti, 15; Valentina Carrion, 12; Brendan Cassie, 16; Alexandra Crespo, 13; Kayla Cunningham 11; Kerry Ann Cunningham, 8; Katherine DeBarros, 13; Isabella DiSalvo, 12; Fiorella DiSalvo, 6; Nelson Alejandro Diaz, 17; Brandon Fratianni, 15; Roberto Garrido, 12; Alex Golding, 10; Molly Golding, 11; Sally Golding, 10; Kylie Herman, 16; Ethan Hew, 13; Noah Hew, 9; Wyatt Thomas Jennessee, 14; Elise Larin, 12; Bella Grace Leggett, 10; Maria Lopez, 18; Alejandro Mateus, 9; Leonardo Mateus, 12; Matthew Menocal, 15; Stephanie Mlujeak, 15; Brandon Moran, 13; Bryan Moran, 15; Farouk Musa, 6; Abolade Oyetunji, 14; Erika Pelaez, 7; Delanie Perez, 13; Kevin Porto, 14; Astrid Rigau, 18; Jennifer Rodriguez, 13; Jessica Rodriguez, 15; Cristian Rossi, 15; Nicolas Rossi, 11; Ronald Santos, 18; Isabel Shashaty, 13; Randy Smith, 9; Baldwin Suen, 16; Bowie Suen, 18; Carly Swanson, 16; Gustavo Valery, 16; and Kellie Wilcox, 13.
The field features an impressive combination of age group and elite swimmers headed by Emma Svensson, 21, of Swim Florida and Swedish national team and Brazil Olympian Felipe Lima, 29, of Azura Florida Aquatics.
SOFLO was scheduled to leave for the meet early Thursday morning.
The timed final distance events will open the meet on Thursday. The schedule of events is 10-and-under 400-meter freestyle, 11-12, 13-14 and senior 800-meter freestyle and 13-14 and senior 1500-meter freestyle.
SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro competes for Florida Gulf Coast and will be a sophomore in the fall.
IF YOU GO
What: Gulf Coast Swim Team Summer Invitational
Where: FGCU Aquatic Center, 10501 FGCU Lake Parkway, Fort Myers
Schedule: Thursday, 11 a.m.; Friday-Sunday, morning sessions 8 a.m., afternoon sessions noon; Friday-Saturday, finals 6 p.m.; Sunday finals 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 239-560-4820.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org