By Sharon Robb
October 16, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers head the field for the fourth annual Mike Horgan Fall Invitational Meet at the Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Center in West Palm Beach.
The three-day meet gets under way on Friday at 5 p.m. with the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley events. All events are timed finals.
The Florida Gold Coast Top 16 Fall Invitational is named in honor of one of the most beloved and well-respected coaches in the Florida Gold Coast.
Horgan, Lake Lytal’s head developmental coach, died of a heart attack at age 50 in August, 2011.
A double lung transplant recipient in 2000, Horgan had cystic fibrosis his entire life but never let it damper his enthusiasm as a tireless teacher and coach.
SOFLO swimmers will get an opportunity to swim against several Palm Beach County teams including host Lake Lytal Lighting, Jupiter, North Palm Beach, St. Andrew’s Swimming and Wellington Wahoos.
Other teams entered are Azura, Coral Springs Swim Club, Plantation Swim Team, Metro Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming, Miami-Dade County Aquatic Club and Pompano Beach Piranhas.
Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:
Sara Quintero, 10, 500-yard freestyle, 6:02.25; 100-yard backstroke, 1:14.25; 200-yard individual medley, 2:36.71.
Leonardo Mateus, 12, 400-yard individual medley, 4:48.63; 200-yard freestyle, 1:59.50; 200-yard butterfly, 2:26.52; 200-yard individual medley, 2:15.28; 200-yard backstroke, 2:14.74.
Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 500-yard freestyle 4:53.17; 100-yard individual medley 1:00.19; 50-yard freestyle, 24.52; 50-yard butterfly, 27.59; 100-yard butterfly, 58.21; 100-yard freestyle, 52.56; 50-yard backstroke, 29.17; 100-yard butterfly, 57.44; 1,650-yard freestyle, 16:57.13.
Isabella Di Salvo, 12, 100-yard butterfly, 1:04.95.
IF YOU GO
What: Mike Horgan Fall Invitational Meet
Where: Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Complex, 3645 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach
Schedule: Friday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., timed finals; Saturday sessions, 8:30 a.m., 13-and-over and 11:30 a.m., 12-and-under timed finals; Sunday sessions, 8:30 a.m., 13-and over and 11:30 a.m., 12-and-under timed finals.
Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For more information call 561-310-4924 or go to http://www.lightning-swimming.org.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org