By Sharon Robb
July 23—From the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and French National Championships to senior age group meets in Coral Springs and Fort Myers, it’s the busiest time of the season for South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers.
A week after winning the FGC Junior Olympics, SOFLO is sending 28 swimmers (11 girls and 17 boys) to the three-day Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships in Coral Springs.
SOFLO swimmers will compete in 149 individual events and 10 relay events.
SOFLO swimmers entered are Xavier Brown, 19; Lilli Calero, 16; Ryan Capote, 16; Brendan Cassie, 16; Matthew Delvalle, 16; Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 15; Brandon Fratianni, 15; Tyler Gibson, 15; Matthew Gonzalez, 19; Kylie Herman, 17; Victoria Hill, 17; Whitney Johnson, 17; CJ Kopecki, 15; Juan Lucas, 15; Victoria Lumelski, 15; Alfredo Mesa, 15; Federico Molina, 16; Brandon Moran, 13; Bryan Moran, 15; Abolade Oyetunji, 14; Astrid Rigau, 18; Jessica Rodriguez, 15; Cristian Rossi, 15; Teddy Sandoval, 17; Bowie Suen, 18; Carly Swanson, 16; Natasha Testa, 15; Liz Arlet Travieso, 15; and Gustavo Valery, 16.
The three-day meet is being hosted at the Michael Lohberg Pool Of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Center.
With the excitement of SOFLO teammate and three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson competing in the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and Julien Pinon competing in the French Nationals in Pierrelatte, the senior age group meets will have an added kick to them.
The FGC meet is the championship event for age group swimmers ages 15 and over.
Three-time Venezuelan Olympian Arlene Semeco, 30, Jordy Groters, 18, Luis Martinez, 18, Thomas Veale, 21, Lindsey McKnight, 20, and Clara Smiddy, 18, head the field.
Semeco is defending champion in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.50.
Meet organizers have adjusted the start time of morning sessions to 8 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m. because of the size of the meet with additional non-FGC teams.
Last year’s top senior championship finishers were: COMBINED, 1. Empire Swimming 1,494, 2. Davie Nadadores, 3. Peru 770.50, 4. Pine Crest 696.50, 5. Coral Springs 617; GIRLS, 1. Davie Nadadores 335, 2. Empire 320, 3. Peru 268.50, 4. Miami Swimming 254, 5. Westminster Academy 214.50; BOYS, 1. Davie Nadadores 554, 2. Peru 340, 3. Empire Swimming 316, 4. Westminster Academy 221, 5. Coral Springs 164.
The Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships begin Tuesday at the Florida Gulf Coast Aquatic Center where SOFLO will be well-represented by six of its top age group swimmers.
Jordan Colon, 17, fresh off a training camp in Corby, England with Atkinson, her Jamaican teammates and SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson, heads the contingent that also includes Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 15; Matthew Gonzalez, 19; Marcella Marinheiro, 19, swimming in her home pool since she is a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast; Kevin Porto, 14; and Ronald Santos, 18.
IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships
Where: Michael Lohberg Pool Of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Center, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs
Schedule: Friday, 8 a.m.-12:48 p.m. prelims, 5-7:45 p.m. finals; Saturday, 8 a.m.-1:05 p.m. prelims, 5-7:07 p.m. finals; Sunday, 8 a.m.-2:07 p.m. prelims, 5-7:52 p.m. finals.
Admission: $3 per session, $3 per heat sheet. For information call 954-340-5032 or 954-345-2121.
SOUTHERN ZONE SENIOR LC CHAMPIONSHIPS
IF YOU GO
What: Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships
Where: Florida Gulf Coast Aquatic Center, 10501 FGCU Lake Parkway East, Fort Myers
Schedule: Tuesday, timed finals 5 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p. m.
Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 239-560-5820.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org