By Sharon Robb

October 10, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will be looking for fast times this weekend at the Sunrise Swimming Open Invitational at the Sunrise Civic Center Pool.

A day after the club’s youngest swimmers competed in the Sunrise Sizzler, SOFLO age group swimmers will be going after qualifying times for this spring’s Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics.

Several SOFLO swimmers who competed in the Sizzler including Farouk Musa, 6, and Erika Pelaez, 8, will also race during the two-day meet.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet begins 9 a.m. each day and will be timed finals.

Forty SOFLO swimmers are entered and most will compete in at least three events.

Florida Gold Coast record-holder Rafael Rodriguez, 12, heads the SOFLO boys’ field. Rodriguez is entered in seven events, from the 50-yard freestyle to the 1,650-yard freestyle.

Sisters Kathleen, 14, and Molly Golding, 11, head the girls’ field. They are each entered in seven events.

Other SOFLO swimmers competing are: Alana Acevedo, 13; Sarah Acevedo, 10; Camila Alvarez, 13; Sophia Bedoya, 12; Brennan Thomas Binder, 10; Valentina Carrion, 12; Mariann Operana Catalasan, 8; Isabella Di Salvo, 12; Mia Francesca Escudero, 10; Brandon Fratianni, 15; Hailey Garbez, 11; Alex Golding, 10; Sally Golding, 10; Salma Hegazy, 12; Ethan Hew, 13; Paola Huerta, 13; Wyatt Thomas Jennessee, 15; Madison Hope Johnson, 13; Benjamin Kim, 7; Matthew Kim, 9; Molly Lynn Masson, 10; Farouk Musa, 6; Sebastian Navarro, 10; Jacob Christopher Oram, 9; Leah Danielle Pando, 8; Erika Pelaez, 8; Lucas Angel Porven, 8; Samuel Quintero, 14; Sara Quintero, 10; Ricardo Roche, 15; Isabel Shashaty, 14; Lily Katherine Sines, 11; Randy Smith, 9; Derek Tom, 12; Amy-Nicole Toro, 12; Michael Allen Toro, 12; and Kellie Wilcox, 12.


What: Sunrise Swimming Open Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m., timed finals

Where: Sunrise Civic Center Pool, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 954-747-4635

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