By Sharon Robb

July 26, 2014

Against a strong field, Jessica Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club finished second Saturday in the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions in Coral Springs.

Jessica Rodriguez, 14, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:42.18. She was seeded fourth going into the final in 2:48.37.

SOFLO teammate Gustavo Valery, 16, was fourth in the consolation final of the 50-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 29.50, bettering his previous best time of 29.63.

University of Michigan-bound Clara Smiddy, 18, of AquaKids Sharks broke the Florida Gold Coast record in the 50-meter backstroke with a lifetime-best 28.75 seconds

The previous FGC and Open record was 28.81 set by Carolina Colorado of the Davie Nadadores in 2013.

The All-American, junior national champion and record holder is getting ready to represent Team USA at the second summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China set for Aug. 17-22 before she heads off to Ann Arbor, Mich.

Smiddy highlighted another good Florida Gold Coast showing on the second night of competition.

Alejandro Carriazo, 15, of Metro Aquatics was a double winner. He won the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 27.88, dropping from 30.53 and 100-meter butterfly in a best time 57.40, dropping from 59.59. He first lowered it in prelims in 59.31.

Andrey Arbuzov, 24, swimming unattached for Miami Swimming won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.45.

Nicole Urquidi, 16, Gulliver Swimming won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:03.62, dropping from 2:04.34.

Jennifer Marquez, 23, of Azura Florida Aquatics won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:03.72, bettering her previous best of 2:05.00.

Carlos Herrera, 19, swimming unattached for Azura, won the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 54.70, dropping from 55.23. He was one of four Azura finishers in the top six.

Alex Cronin, 16, of Jupiter Dragons won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:56.65, dropping from 1:59.71.

Emily Jurich, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:39.42, with a huge time drop from 2:46.95. She bettered it first in prelims in 2:45.28 to earn the fifth seed.

Alexander Graudins, 23, swimming unattached for Pine Crest Swimming, won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:51.71, dropping from 1:52.33.

Kelly Fertel, 16, of Rockway Swimming, the top seed, won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:36.56, lowering her previous best of 2:38.29.

Azura Florida Aquatics continues to lead the overall boys’ team standings with 289 points, an 81-point cushion ahead of Clearwater Aquatic Team.

Azura Florida Aquatics is also second overall in the combined team standings with 380 points.

The three-day meet concludes on Sunday with prelims at 8 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 424, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 380, 3. Quest Swimming 329, 4. Miami Swimming 311, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 308, 6. Clearwater Aquatics 262, 7. Peru 234, 8. Greenwood Swimming 209, 9. Gulliver 177, 10. Coral Springs Swim Club 162.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Quest Swimming 240, 2. Empire Swimming 222, 3. Greenwood Swimming 209, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 208, 5. Miami Swimming 161.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 289, 2. Clearwater Aquatics 208, 3. Empire Swimming 202, 4. Miami Swimming 150, 5. Peru 138.

COMBINED 15-16 TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 322, 2. Clearwater Aquatics 298, 3. Quest Swimming 205, 4. Virginia Gators 200.50, 5. Metro Aquatics 172, 6. Gulliver 157, 7. Peru 152, 8. Pine Crest Swimming 116.50, 9. Miami Swimming 113, 10. Greenwood 92, 14. South Florida Aquatic Club 79.

GIRLS 15-16 TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 267, 2. Clearwater Aquatics 178, 3. Gulliver 145, 4. Miami Swimming 112, 5. Greenwood 92, 13. South Florida Aquatic Club 27.

BOYS 15-16 TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia Gators 200.50, 2. Metro Aquatics 165, 3. Quest Swimming 159, 4. Clearwater Aquatics 120, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 91.50, 11. South Florida Aquatic Club 52.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver 2:03.62; SOFLO: 33. Lilli Calero 2:22.09, 53. Carly Swanson 2:28.13; Open, 1. Jennifer Marquez, Azura 2:03.72; SOFLO: 28. Kylie Herman 2:14.74, 56. Abolade Oyetunji 2:19.83, 75. Astrid Rigau 2:27.24, 80. Whitney Johnson 2:31.71.

50-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Madison Conway, Clearwater 31.36; SOFLO: 16. Liz Travieso 34.18, 33. Star Fassler 35.90, 42. Carly Swanson 37.38; Open, 1. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 28.75, FGC, Open records; SOFLO: 71. Astrid Rigau 38.89.

200-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 2:36.56; SOFLO: 2. Jessica Rodriguez 2:42.18; Open, 1. Emily Jurich, Pine Crest Swimming 2:39.42.

100-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Beatrice Thompson, Empire Swimming 1:03.25; SOFLO: 36. Jessica Rodriguez 1:13.77, 37. Natasha Testa 1:13.97; Open, 1. Madeline Banic, Quest Swimming 1:01.49; SOFLO: 54. Whitney Johnson 1:13.87.

400-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Beatrice Thompson, Empire Swimming 5:00.28; Open, 1. Megan Brown, Greenwood Swimming 4:56.94; SOFLO: 12. Kylie Herman 5:30.83.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Alex Cronin, Jupiter Dragons 1:56.65; SOFLO: 14. Ryan Capote 2:03.05, 16. Juan Lucas 2:04.27, 18. Alfredo Mesa 2:04.54, 34. Jonathan Strod 2:07.34, 49. CJ Kopecki 2:10.21, 60. Cristian Rossi 2:14.25; Open, 1. Alexander Graudins, Pine Crest Swimming 1:51.71.

50-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 27.88; SOFLO: 12. Gustavo Valery 29.50, 20. Juan Lucas 30.52, 46. Brandon Fratianni 35.71, 47. Bryan Moran 35.88, 51. Mathew Delvalle 38.52; Open, 1. Andrey Arbuzov, Unattached Miami Swimming 26.45.

200-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Mitchell Irwin, Clearwater 2:28.95; SOFLO: 26. Tyler Gibson 2:56.99, 28. Brendan Cassie 2:58.82; Open, 1. Shane McNamara, Empire Swimming 2:16.79; SOFLO: 33. Bowie Suen 2:52.56.

100-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 57.40; SOFLO: 13. Alfredo Mesa 1:00.89, 19. Juan Lucas 1:01.94, 24. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:03.29, 28. Ryan Capote 1:03.38, 32. CJ Kopecki 1:03.94, 51. Cristian Rossi 1:06.95, 62. Matthew Delvalle 1:13.42, 63. Brandon Fratianni 1:13.92; Open, 1. Carlos Herrera, Unattached-Azura 54.70.

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

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