By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014–Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club and Andrea Santander of Gulliver Swim Club gave the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team its first victories Tuesday on the opening day of USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

Rodriguez, 12, won the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:18.36. He bettered his previous best time (4:24.64) by more than six seconds. Last year Rodriguez was ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:34.28.

Arik Katz, 12, of Florida Swimming was second in 4:20.72, also a best time, lowering his previous best of 4:26.29.

SOFLO’s Leonardo Mateus, 12, was sixth in a best time 4:33.43, dropping from 4:36.65.

Santander, 12, won the girls 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:30.18. Her previous best was 4:34.49. Emma Weyant, 12, of Florida Swimming was fourth in 4:38.44.

It was a good day for the state of Florida.

In the girls 800-meter freestyle, Christina Cianciolo, 13, won the 13-14 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:13.95, dropping 0.63 seconds. Ryley Ober, 13, also of Florida Swimming was fourth in a best time 9:23.28, with a huge time drop of 22.91.

Alex Webster, 14, of Florida Swimming was second in the 13-14 800-meter freestyle in 16:42.62. Webster was one of three swimmers in the top five. Brett Riley, 14, was fourth in a best time 16:50.39, dropping 9.01 seconds and Matthew Nutter, 14, was fifth in 16:54.21, also a best time dropping from 19.57 seconds.

Alexander Arrieta, 16, of Florida Gold Coast was third in a best time 16:34.88, dropping 5.68.

The Zone Championships feature top regional swimmers at the age group level. The meet continues through Saturday with prelims and finals.

TUESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 60, 2. Georgia 41, 3. Southeastern 36, 4. Florida Gold Coast 30, 5. North Carolina 22, 6. South Carolina 11, 7. South Texas 10, 8. Mississippi, North Texas 7, 9. Louisiana 4, 10. West Texas 2, 11. Kentucky 1.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 28, 2. Florida Gold Coast 21, 3. Southeastern 16, 4. Georgia 15, 5. South Carolina 11.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 32, 2. Georgia 26, 3. North Carolina 21, 4. Southeastern 20, 5. Florida Gold Coast 9.

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FGC 4:30.18, best time, 4. Emma Weyant, FL 4:38.44, 9. Olivia McMurray, FL 4:44.89, 11. Ashton Bedlack, FL 4:48.80, 17. Vanessa Mesa, FGC 4:55.58.

800-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. Christina Cianciolo, FL 9:13.95, 4. Ryley Ober, FL 9:23.28, 11. Marissa Brannan, FGC 9:42.42, 15. Eriana Temperino, FGC 9:52.68; 15-18, 1. Emma Cole, GA 9:02.95, 3. Morgan Tankersley, FL 9:09.19, 4. Peyton Palsha, FL 9:10.53, 7. Makayla Ayers, FL 9:19.04, 12. Chloe Bedard-Khalid, FGC 9:33.38.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, FGC 4:18.36, best time, 2. Arik Katz, FL 4:20.72, best time, 6. Leonardo Mateus, FGC 4:33.43, best time, 11. Michael Morton, FL 4:39.94, 16. Jason Brzozowski, FL 4:44.78, 22. Andres Wong, FGC 4:47.76.

800-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. Alex Ballard, GA 16:23.50, 2. Alex Webster, FL 16:42.62, 4. Brett Riley, FL 16:50.39, best time, 5. Matthew Nutter, FL 16:54.21; 15-18, 1. Christopher Robinson, SE 16:26.44, 3. Alexander Arrieta, FGC 16:34.88, best time, 4. Christopher Holmes, FL 16:40.16, best time, 6. Cody Cline, FGC 16:50.52, best time, 9. Miguel Basalo, FGC 17:03.18.

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

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