By Sharon Robb
October 2, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club, the largest club entered, will have the home pool advantage when it hosts the Friday Distance and IMX-IMR Challenge at Academic Village Pool.
Swimmers will not only get some racing in, but will also get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.
The up-and-coming swimmers will compete in the IMR (Ready) Challenge. All sessions are timed finals.
The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.
The IMR Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.
Once a swimmer competes in each IM Ready event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.
The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.
SOFLO swimmers dominate the top seed spots. They are:
Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 400-yard individual medley, 4:31.45; 200-yard individual medley, 2:07.35; 500-yard freestyle, 4:58.01; 100-yard backstroke, 1:01.91; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:10.00; 100-yard butterfly, 58.58.
Julien Pinon, 16, 1,650-yard freestyle, 16:18.62; 200-yard butterfly, 1:51.67; 200-yard individual medley, 1:55.01.
Sara Quintero, 10, 100-yard individual medley, 1:15.67.
Vanessa Mesa, 12, 200-yard individual medley, 2:18.91; 500-yard freestyle 5:19.69; 100-yard butterfly, 1:04.25.
Molly Golding, 11, 200-yard individual medley, 2:28.28; 500-yard freestyle, 5:48.10; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:16.25; 100-yard butterfly, 1:13.43.
Kathleen Golding, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:17.53; 200-yard breaststroke 2:21.48; 400-yard individual medley, 4:21.14; 200-yard individual medley, 2:04.55.
John Paul Handal, 11, 500-yard freestyle, 5:40.46; 100-yard backstroke, 1:09.30.
Kevin Porto, 14, 200-yard backstroke, 2:02.13.
Timothy Wynter, 18, 200-yard backstroke, 1:50.01.
Melissa Marinheiro, 17, 200-yard backstroke, 2:02.88.
Ervin Marin, 14, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:13.70; 200-yard butterfly, 1:59.86; 200-yard individual medley, 1:58.51.
Jessica Rodriguez, 15, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:19.68; 200-yard individual medley, 2:10.74; 1,000-yard freestyle, 10:51.31
Kayla Cunningham, 11, 100-yard backstroke 1:11.28.
Michael Arias, 11, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:17.35.
Isabella Di Salvo, 12, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:21.25.
Joseph Lee, 11, 100-yard butterfly, 1:08.19.
Delanie Perez, 14, 200-yard butterfly, 2:15.37.
CJ Kopecki, 15, 1,000-yard freestyle, 9:59.67.
Other Florida Gold Coast clubs competing are Boca Raton Swim Team, AquaKids Sharks, Metro Aquatics, Kendall, Coral Springs Swim Club, North Miami and Hialeah Storm. Several high school swimmers, heading into the second month of the season, are also competing.
IF YOU GO
What: Friday Distance and IMX-IMR Challenge
Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 5:30-10:05 p.m.; Saturday, Session 2, 8:30-10:50 a.m.; Session 3, 12:30-3:42 p.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 8:30-10:21 a.m.; Session 5, 11:30 a.m.-2:42 p.m.
Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines
Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 954-538-3721.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org