By Sharon Robb

June 16, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers Kathleen Golding and Rafael Rodriguez walked away with high point honors at the Gulf Coast Swim Team Summer Long Course Invitational this past weekend.

Golding, 13, won the 13-14 girls’ high point age group award with 85 points. Golding had the largest point total of any boy or girl high point winners.

Golding, a former Nike Swimmer of the Month, won nine of the ten events she was entered in and posted eight best times.

Rodriguez, 12, also a former Nike Swimmer of the Month, won the 11-12 boys high point age group award with 63 points, edging out Arik Katz of Sarasota YMCA Sharks by three points.

Rodriguez won seven of ten events he entered during the four-day meet.

Sarasota YMCA Sharks, with both talent and depth, swept the combined, boys and girls team titles against an impressive 22-team field.

The Sharks won the combined team title with 1,686.50 points. SOFLO was the top Florida Gold Coast team finisher placing third with 405 points.

The Sharks captured the boys team title with 749.50 points and girls team title with 937 points. The girls won four of the five high point awards.

HIGH POINT AWARDS

GIRLS

8-and-under: 1. Grace Weyant, SYS 37, 2. Kayleigh Duffy, TIDE 34, 3. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 25; SOFLO: 8. Kerry Cunningham 5, 9. Kaitlyn Barrios 4

9-10: 1. Grace Hu, SYS 67, 2. Adriana Gooding, Azura 58, 3. Sumner Chmielewski, SYS 50.50; SOFLO: 14. Bella Leggett 4, 17. Sally Golding 3.

11-12: 1. Olivia Graham, SYS 69, 2. Emma Weyant, SYS 68, 3. Katelyn Viera, SYS 58; SOFLO: 6. Isabella Di Salvo 22, 15. Elise Larin 9, 17. Molly Golding 8.

13-14: 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 85, 2. Mackenzie Arena, WAVES 49, 3. Cindy Dong, SYS 42; SOFLO: 18. Delanie Perez 8, 22. Abolade Oyetunji 4.

15-and-over: 1. Daniella Valley, SYS 25, 2. Taylor Katz, SYS 16, 3. Lara Hernandez-Tome, SYS 11; SOFLO: 6. Kylie Herman 7.

BOYS

8-and-under: 1. Aidan Clements, Swim Florida 29, 2. Ethan Holter, GCST 28, 3. Phillip Hulley-Buczny, Swim Florida 25; SOFLO: 5. Farouk Musa 18.

9-10: 1. Cole Firlie, SYS 75, 2. Liam Custer, SYS 54, 3. Luca Gurgenidze, Swim Florida 44; SOFLO: 13. Alex Golding, 7, 17. Alejandro Mateus 3.

11-12: 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 63, 2. Arik Katz, SYS 60, 3. Sebastian Aguirre, Lakewood 59; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Mateus 43.

13-14: 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami-Dade 66, 2. Brendan Firlie, SYS 56, 3. Brett Riley, SYS 52; SOFLO: 7. Kevin Porto 29, 13. CJ Kopecki 10, 24. Brandon Moran 3.

15-and-over: 1. Santi Corredor, Swim Florida 21, 2. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 18, 3. Jason Tillotson, Swim Florida 12; SOFLO: 5. Ronald Santos 9.

TEAM TOTALS

GIRLS

1.Sarasota YMCA Sharks 937, 2. Swim Florida 245.50, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 212, 4. Gulf Coast Swim Team 194.50, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 130.

BOYS

1.Sarasota YMCA Sharks 749.50, 2. Swim Florida 300.50, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 260, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 193, 5. Gulf Coast Swim Team 178.

COMBINED

1.Sarasota YMCA Sharks 1,686.50, 2. Swim Florida 546, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 405, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 390, 5. Gulf Coast Swim Team 372.50.

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

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