By Sharon Robb

March 21, 2015—Jessica Rodriguez and Kathleen Golding highlighted another good showing of South Florida Aquatic Club swims Saturday night at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Rodriguez, 16, won the 200-yard breaststroke in a career-best time 2:17.38, nearly three seconds ahead of Allison Kopas, 16, of Swim Fort Lauderdale. Her previous best was 2:19.68.

Golding, 14, won the women’s 400-yard individual medley in 4:17.41, also a career-best time, lowering her previous best of 4:21.14. She topped an impressive field that included Kelly Fertel, 17, of Gulliver and Amanda Tipton, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale.

“Those were two good solid times peaking into national level swims,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

Three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder Alia Atkinson, 26, broke her national record in the 100-yard butterfly, winning in 52.62, nearly three seconds ahead of teammate Carolina Colorado.

Earlier, Colorado, 27, swimming unattached for SOFLO, had knocked off Atkinson in the 50-yard backstroke, 25.07-25.42.

SOFLO’s Valentina Artemeva, 28, was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in a career-best 2:16.48, bettering her previous best of 2:20.97.

Colombian Jorge Murillo Valdes, 23, swimming unattached for SOFLO, won the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:57.81, the only swimmer in the field to dip under 2 minutes. His previous best was 2:04.55.

SOFLO won the women’s 800-yard freestyle relay in 7:32.27 with Atkinson, Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro and Golding.

Entering the third and final day, South Florida Aquatic Club will go after a three-peat. SOFLO is trying to win the Senior Championships and Junior Olympics in the same short course season and looks to be in the driver’s seat.

SOFLO leads the combined team standings with 2,068.50 points. Gulliver Swim Club is second with 1,519.50 points and Swim Fort Lauderdale is third with 1,301. The top three teams are the only ones to break 1,000 points.

SOFLO also leads the women’s team standings with 1,109.50 points ahead of Gulliver (695.50) and the men’s results with 959 points, also ahead of Gulliver (824).

Among other top SOFLO swims:

Juan Lucas, 16, won the B final of the 100-yard butterfly in 53.40 with an impressive time drop. His previous best was 55.63. CJ Kopecki, 15, was second in the B final in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.63.

Ervin Marin, 15, was third in the 400-yard individual medley in a best tie 4:06.54. His previous best was 4:07.57. Marin was third in the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:09.24, dropping from 2:09.91. Marin also won the B final of the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:44.23, dropping from 1:45.39.

Florida State-bound Jordan Colon, 17, won the B final of the 50-yard backstroke in a best tie 27.01, dropping from 28.14.

Kelley Heron, 15, was second in the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 27.78, dropping from 28.19.

Abby Oyetunji, 15, was second in the B final of the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:58.82, the first time she cracked 2 minutes. Her previous best was 2:02.32.

Anderson was impressed with the team’s second day swims.

“This is the meet we really tried to focus on and really tried to peak at,” Anderson said. “We wanted to finish off the short course season right before long course and end on a high note as far as short course.

“Our swimmers had some great time drops and swims. Tonight goes to the Gold Group and National Group. They did a really good job executing their races.

“Our kids are really improving, building confidence and pushing their bodies a lot stronger because of pride which we have been trying to do and instill in these kids for a while now,” Anderson said.

A field of more than 500 swimmers from 32 teams are competing in the three-day meet, the last major meet of the short course season for age group swimmers.

The meet has attracted most of the Florida Gold Coast teams. In addition to SOFLO and Azura, among teams entered are St. Andrew’s Swimming, Miami Swimming, Gulliver, Coral Springs Swim Club, Pompano Beach, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Wahoos of Wellington, Metro Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning, AquaKids Sharks, Performance Aquatics, Boca Raton and Plantation Swim Team.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,068.50, 2. Gulliver 1,519.50, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1,301, 4. Miami Swimming 931, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 858.50, 6. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 784, 7. Coral Springs Swim Club 617.50, 8. Boca Raton Swim Team 434.50, 9. Pompano Beach Piranhas 380, 10. Plantation Swim Team 310.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,109.50, 2. Gulliver 695.50, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 686, 4. Miami Swimming 538, 5. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 337.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 959, 2. Gulliver 824, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 775.50, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 615, 5. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 447.

WOMEN

200-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 1:51.02, 2. Caroline Schirmer, St. Andrew’s 1:52.76, 3. Allison Kop,as Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:55.31; SOFLO: 10. Lilli Calero 2:03.18, 12. Abby Oyetunji 1:58.82; Open, 1. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver 1:49.14, 2. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 1:50.33, 3. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:51.49; SOFLO: 15. Kylie Herman 1:57.85.

50-yard backstroke: 15-16, 1. Melannie Vargas, Miami Dade 27.09, 2. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 27.78, 3. Paloma Sanchez, Miami Swimming 28.39; SOFLO: 4. Jessica Rodriguez 28.87, 6. Liz Travieso 29.20, 10. Star Fassler 29.52; Open, 1. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO Unattached 25.07, 2. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 25.42. 3. Laine Morgan, Miami Swimming 26.07; SOFLO: 8. Melissa Marinheiro 27.65, 13. Kathleen Golding 27.98.

200-yard breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:17.38, 2. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:20.73, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, Pompano Beach 2:22.34; SOFLO: 8. Star Fassler 2:32.92; Open, 1. Kelly Fertel, Gulliver 2:15.26, 2. Valentina Artemeva, SOFLO 2:16.48, 3. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:18.95; SOFLO: 5. Lisa Blackburn 2:23.00, 11. Delanie Perez 2:32.85, 15. Elisa Larin 2:37.88.

100-yard butterfly: 15-16, 1. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 56.20, 2. Caroline Schirmer, St. Andrew’s 58.97, 3. Natalya Wozab Unattached 1:00.12; SOFLO: 4. Kelley Heron 1:00.37, 15. Natasha Testa 1:02.04; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 52.62, 2. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 54.01, 3. Catalina Mendieta, PAQ 55.80; SOFLO: 18. Kylie Herman 1:01.46, 19. Vanessa Mesa 1:01.63.

400-yard individual medley: 15-16, 1. Allison Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:25.31, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:31.77, 3. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 4:32.85; SOFLO: 8. Star Fassler 4;48.48; Open, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:17.41, 2. Kelley Fertel, Gulliver 4:19.72, 3. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:21.02; SOFLO: 6. Kylie Herman 4:50.26, 7. Jennifer Rodriguez 4:50.50.

800-yard freestyle relay: Open, 1. SOFLO 7:32.27 (Alia Atkinson, Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro, Kathleen Golding), 2. Gulliver 7:37.97, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 7:47.56.

MEN

200-yard freestyle: 15-16, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:38.57, 2. Julian Pinon, SOFLO Unattached 1:40.37, 3. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:40.50; SOFLO: 8. CJ Kopecki 1:44.46, 11. Ervin Marin 1:44.23, 15. Kevin Porto 1:46.11, 16. Max Asnis 1:47.21, 18. Alfredo Mesa 1:48.33, 19. Juan Lucas 1:49.46; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 1:39.21, 2. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 1:42.47, 3. Bryce Pierce, Coral Springs 1:43.08; SOFLO: 5. Ryan Capote 1:45.70, 17. Jordan Colon 1:48.37.

50-yard backstroke: 15-16, 1. Nikita Tretyajov, Swim Fort Lauderdale 23.62, 2. Julien Pinon, Unattached SOFLO 24.57, 3. Jose Llanio, Metro Aquatics 24.88; SOFLO: 6. Bruno Berti 25.57, 9. Gustavo Valery 25.69, 10. Juan Lucas 25.74, 13. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 26.07, 14. Kevin Porto 26.33, 20. Alfredo Mesa 27.29; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 22.42, 2. Rob Ballestas, Miami Swimming 25.04, 3. Julius Petzold, Miami Swimming 25.22; SOFLO: 8. Ryan Capote 26.19, 11. Jordan Colon 27.01, 16. Leonardo Mateus 28.25.

200-yard breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 2:06.84, 2. Jose Pascual, Coral Springs 2:07.09, 3. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 2:09.24; SOFLO: 16. Ricardo Roche 2:19.55; Open, 1. Jorge Murillo Valdes, SOFLO Unattached 1:57.81, 2. Marco Guarente, Azura 2:01.99, 3. Cole Moreno, Gulliver 2:17.06; SOFLO: 8. Samuel Quintero 2:24.33.

100-yard butterfly: 15-16, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, Swim Fort Lauderdale 49.47, 2. Julien Pinon, SOFLO Unattached 50.05, 3. Luke Smutny, AquaKids 50.39; SOFLO: 11. Juan Lucas 53.40, 12. CJ Kopecki 53.63, 20. Alfredo Mesa 56.13; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 49.16, 2. Rob Ballestas, Miami Swimming 50.15, 3. AJ Reid, Miami Swimming 51.34; SOFLO: 9. Jonathan Farah, SOFLO Unattached 53.18, 16. Jorge Murillo Valdes 52.26, 17. Timothy Wynter 52.34.

400-yard individual medley: 15-16, 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 3:57.77, 2. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 4:02.21, 3. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:06.54; SOFLO: 5. CJ Kopecki 4:09.79, 11. Max Asnis 4:21.07, 16. Bruno Berti 4:29.18, 23. Matthew Menocal 4:36.23; Open, 1. Marco Guarente, Azura 4:04.82, 2. Nicholas Nord, Gulliver 4:06.49, 3. Nicolas Oberndorfer, Gulliver 4:11.26; SOFLO: 5. Jonathan Farah 4:16.00, 13. Leonardo Mateus 4:26.55, 18. Brandon Moran 4:48.18.

800-yard freestyle relay: Open, 1. Metro Aquatics 6:48.72 (Alejandro Carriazo, Alejandro Arrieta, Aitor Fungairino, Miguel Madeira), 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 6:56.57, 3. Gulliver 6:56.96, 5. SOFLO 7:10.99 (Ryan Capote, Kevin Porto, CJ Kopecki Timothy Wynter).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships

When: Today, 8:30 a.m.-12:01 p.m. prelims, 5-7:30 p.m. finals.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheet per session. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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