SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Swims Best Time On Day Three Of Speedo Junior Nationals

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Swims Best Time On Day Three Of Speedo Junior Nationals


By Sharon Robb

August 1, 2014—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club continues to shine in her debut at the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, California.

Golding, 13, one of the youngest swimmers in the meet, posted a lifetime-best in the 200-meter individual medley time trials on Friday.

Golding swam a best time 2:21.43, shaving three seconds off her previous best time.

SOFLO teammate Melissa Marinheiro, 17, went 4:22.96 in the 400-meter freestyle. Marinheiro has two events left in the meet, the 200- and 1500-meter freestyles.

In a close race, Luiz Martinez of Azura Florida Aquatics took a silver medal and was top Florida finisher, also on Friday.

Martinez, 18, put on a late surge in the 100-meter butterfly and nearly caught the leader. He finished second in a best time 53.34, shaving 0.22 off his previous best of 53.56. He went 53.54 in prelims.

In the final, Martinez went out in 25.04 and came home in 28.30.

Californian Alex Valente, 17, held off Martinez’ late charge to win in 53.09. National age group record holder Michael Andrew was third in 53.46.

Martinez of Guatemala City, Guatemala will attend Missouri University of Science and Technology this fall.

Last summer Martinez represented Guatemala at the FINA Junior World Championships and in early 2013 won the 100-meter butterfly at the Central American Games in Costa Rica.

Martinez is the first junior national silver medalist for new Florida Gold Coast club Azura.

Megan Moroney, 17, of St. Andrew’s Swimming was 19th in 4:17.22. In prelims, Moroney swam a best time 4:16.99, dropping 1.36 seconds.

In other championship finals:

Girls 400-meter freestyle: Top-seed Sierra Schmidt, 16, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club controlled the race to win in a best time 4:10.92, the fourth fastest age group time in event history. She dropped 2.16 seconds. It was her second junior national title after winning the 800 freestyle on Day One. North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers swept the top three spots. Madison Homovich, 14, was second in 4:12.30 and Easop Lee, 14, was close behind in 4:12.65.

Boys 400-meter freestyle: Townley Haas, 17, of NOVA of Virginia Aquatics defended his title in 3:52.01. Haas missed his own meet record by 2/100ths of a second but won by a half-body length. It was also his second title.

Girls 100-meter butterfly: Veronica Burchill, 16, of Carmel Swim Club won in 59.63. The first half of the race Burchill was on record pace. The top three finishers were all under the one-minute mark.

Saturday’s events are 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke and 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

The meet, both prelims and finals, is being live-streamed at The meet concludes on Sunday.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics 163, 2. Carmel 143, 3. Aquazot 111, 4. SwimAtlanta, Indiana University Swim Team 94, 6. NOVA of Virginia Aquatics 92, 7. North Baltimore 91, 8. Upper Dublin 89, 9. SwimMAC 78, 10. Nitro Swimming 76, 11. Bolles 75, 22. Sarasota YMCA 48, 53. St. Andrew’s Swimming 18, 54. Tampa Bay 17, 54. Azura Florida Aquatics 17, 59. Metro Aquatics 16, 62. Area Tallahassee 15, 70. Swim Florida 14.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Palo Alto 120, 2. Indiana 94, 3. Aquazot 92, 4. Upper Dublin 89, 5. Swim Atlanta 77.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Carmel 143, 2. North Baltimore 73, 3. Y-Spartaquatics 62, 4. North Carolina 60, 5. Central Bucks 48.


400-meter freestyle: 1. Sierra Schmidt, North Baltimore 4:10.92, 7. Cece Williams, ATAC 4:15.82, 13. Lexy Aitchison, CAT 4:16.42, 19. Megan Moroney, SAS 4:17.22 (best time 4:16.99 prelims), 26. Kahra Williams, GSC 4:18.23, 27. Katie Duggan, HIGH 4:18.34, 33. Sophie Cattermole, SYS 4:19.18, 36. Summer Finke, SPA 4:19.63, 41. Hannah Burns, GSC 4:20.26, 44. Kendall Brent, SWIM 4:21.31, 48. Emma Layton, ATAC 4:21.94, 56. Ellie Berdusco, SYS 4:22.59, 57. Cameron Davis, SYS 4:22.71, 58. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:22.96.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Veronica Burchill, Carmel 59.63, 21. McKenna Debever, Bolles 1:01.64, 39. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 1:01.98, 47. Christin Rockway, TBAY 1:02.21, 48. Megan Moroney, SAS 1:02.22.


400-meter freestyle: 1. Townley Haas, NOVA of Virginia Aquatics 3:52.01, 31. Carter Page, SYS 4:00.31, best time, 33. Luke Georgiadis, Bolles 4:00.60, best time, 47. Santi Corredor, SWIM 4:01.64, tie, Matthew O’Donnell, SYS 4:01.64, 51. Eric Geunes, GSC 4:01.96, 53. Drew Clark, SYS 4:02.09, 68. Marco Hosfeld, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:03.75, 71. Alex Pena, HIGH 4:03.92, 73. Austin Katz, SYS 4:04.20.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Alex Valente, BUEN 53.09, 2. Luis Martinez, Azura Florida Aquatics 53.34, 29. William Pisani, Lake Lytal Lightning 55.54, best time, 44. Joshua Romany, Trinidad & Tobago 55.93, best time, 49. Noah Hensley, Blue Dolphins 56.03, best time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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