WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
March 25, 2015—The Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented with a star-studded roster for this weekend’s All-Star dual meet at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.
The Florida Gold Coast All-Stars 132-member team will compete against defending champion Florida Swimming on Saturday and Sunday in three timed final sessions.
South Florida Aquatic Club, defending FGC Junior Olympic champion, is sending 19 swimmers to the two-day meet. It is the second largest contingent SOFLO has qualified in its 15-year history.
SOFLO age group coach Bianca Muniz is a member of the FGC All-Star coaching staff. She will coach the talented 10-under boys group.
SOFLO has ten girls and nine boys competing. The girls are sisters Kathleen, 14, Molly, 11, and Sally, 10, Golding; Valentina Carrion, 12, Kayla Cunningham, 11, Isabella DiSalvo, 12, Erika Pelaez, 8, Delanie Perez, 14, Jennifer Rodriguz, 14, and Marianna Serrao, 13.
The boys are John Paul Handal, 12, Zackary Harris, 10, Jie Hoon Lee, 12, Leonardo Mateus, 13, Brandon Moran, 13, Samuel Quintero, 14, Rafael Rodriguez, 13, Nicolas Rossi, 12, and Gabriel Segui.
Kathleen Golding is seeded first in the 400-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle, 4:55.09.
Last year Golding won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.76, 200-yard breaststroke in 2:24.38, 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.55, and 400-yard individual medley in 4:24.66
The meet, which encourages camaraderie and sportsmanship, is a good stepping stone to the junior national and national level.
The events are timed finals with sessions at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Florida Gold Coast All-Stars are the underdogs. Florida Swimming dominates the meet annually although last year the FGC All-Star team had one of its finest showings.
Florida Swimming won the combined, 656.50-614.50 and women’s, 354.50-281.50 team titles. Florida Gold Coast won the boys team title, 333-302.
Among FGC champions were: Madelyn Hebert, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 29.70 and 50-yard breaststroke, 35.17; Andrea Santander, 12, 100-yard freestyle, 52.79, 50-yard freestyle, 24.40, 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.14, 50-yard breaststroke, 31.95; Savanna Yates, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:11.04, 100-yard individual medley, 1:00.28, 200-yard individual medley, 2:11.93; Jessica Nava, 14, 100-yard butterfly, 56.30, 200-yard butterfly, 2:03.65; Joshua Zuchowski, 9, 50-yard backstroke, 31.58, 100-yard backstroke, 1:06.45, 50-yard butterfly, 29.68, 100-yard individual medley, 1:07.33, 100-yard butterfly, 1:05.39; Varis Monroe, 10, 50-yard freestyle, 27.15; Victor Valdes, 10, 100-yard breaststroke 1:17.71; Aaron Rodriguez, 12, 50-yard freestyle, 24.29; Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 100-yard freestyle, 52.56, 500-yard freestyle, 4:58.01, 200-yard freestyle, 1:51.43, 100-yard individual medley, 1:00.19, 200-yard individual medley, 200-yard individual medley, 2:07.35; Aaron Rodriguez, 12, 50-yard backstroke, 27.74, 100-yard backstroke, 1:01.22; Gabriel Segui, 12, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:10.90; Nicholas Vale 12, 100-yard butterfly, 58.52, 50-yard breaststroke, 31.86; Nicholas Sharp, 14, 1,650-yard freestyle, 16:31.25; Alberto Gomez, 14, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:10.96, 200-yard individual medley, 1:57.76, 400-yard individual medley, 4:09.83; and Brandon Vives, 14, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:02.30.
The age group divisions featured in the 25-yard short course meet are 10-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14.
The FGC All-Star team was selected from the March 3-5 FGC Junior Olympics. The swimmers who finished in the Top 6 places qualified.
Among FGC’s boys top-seeds for the meet are:
Josh Zuchowski, 10, 50-yard backstroke, 28.49; 100-yard breaststroke 1:12.94; 100-yard individual medley, 1:03.39; 100-yard backstroke, 1:01.28; 50-yard breaststroke, 33.37; 50-yard butterfly, 27.91; Kaii Winkler, 9, 100-yard freestyle, 57.85; 200-yard freestyle, 2:04.43; Sebastian Lares, 10, 200-yard individual medley, 2:24.18; 100-yard butterfly, 1:03.79; Matthew Tarafa, 10, 50-yard freestyle, 26.19; and Joshua Curtis, 12, 50-yard freestyle, 24.65.
The FGC’s girls top-seeds are:
Isabella Chambers, 10, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:16.57; Nicole Aguilar, 10, 100-yard individual medley, 1:10.30; 100-yard butterfly, 1:06.21; Mattie Barfield, 12, 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.42; and Liah Perez, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 29.14.
FGC All-Star swimmers will get their uniforms and meet teammates and coaches during a meeting and warm-up session on Friday night.
FGC is expected to dominate the relays, always a strongpoint, and several individual events. Could this year be the year FGC pulls it off?
Several FGC awards will be presented after the meet including the Carol Englehart Spirit Award for overall leadership and sportsmanship. Each age group assistant will also give a plaque to the swimmers who make the greatest impact on their age group team.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Florida Swimming vs. Florida Gold Coast All-Star Dual Meet
WHEN: Saturday, Session I, 9 a.m. and Session II, 5 p.m.; Sunday, Session III, 9 a.m.
WHERE: Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce
ADMISSION: $5, heat sheets per session $3.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org