SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Breaks Florida Gold Coast Short Course Record

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Breaks Florida Gold Coast Short Course Record


By Sharon Robb

October 3, 2014—Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club broke a Florida Gold Coast short course record Friday night at the Friday Distance Meet at Academic Village Pool.

Seeded first in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:31.45, Rodriguez won the event in a record 4:19.90, shaving 11.55 minutes off his previous best in one of his most impressive swims of his young career.

The previous FGC record was 4:24.39 set by Rockway’s Juan Sequera on Sept. 15, 2006. It was Rodriguez’ first 11-12 short course yards FGC record.

SOFLO teammate Molly Golding, 11, was the first girl finisher and third overall in 5:04.12 in the mixed event.

The meet was suspended during the 1,650-yard freestyle because of inclement weather. Swimmers have the option to swim it either Saturday or Sunday.

The IMX-IMR Challenge gets under way Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.

Florida Gold Coast clubs competing are Boca Raton Swim Team, AquaKids Sharks, Metro Aquatics, Kendall, Coral Springs Swim Club, North Miami and Hialeah Storm in addition to host SOFLO.


400-yard individual medley:

Mixed 11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:19.90, 2. Joseph Lee, SOFLO 4:57.95, 3. Molly Golding, SOFLO 5:04.12.

Full results can be found at


What: IMX-IMR Challenge

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: 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

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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