SOFLO, FGC Swimmers Shine At All-Star Meet; SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Wins Six Events

By Sharon Robb

March 30, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers had a great showing and represented the Florida Gold Coast well at the annual All-Star Dual Meet at Indian River State College held in Fort Pierce this past weekend.

In the opening session despite less than ideal weather conditions, Kathleen Golding, 14, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.23 and 400-yard individual medley in 4:28.44 ahead of Florida Swimming’s Sage Kemeny in 4:36.82.

Golding continued her winning ways in the second session capturing both the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.86 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.14.

On the third and final day, Golding won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.86 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:23.13.

Leonardo Mateus, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:30.09 and was fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.39.

Isabella DiSalvo posted a best time in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:24.63. Molly Golding scored in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.89 and swam best times in the 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle. Kayla Cunningham had a best time in the 100-yard butterfly.

In the boys races, John Paul Handal dropped 3.40 in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:21.80.

SOFLO’s 8-year-old Erika Pelaez led off the FGC’s runner-up 10-and-under 200-yard medley relay that was second in 2:08.32 with teammates Michelle Fernandez, Liah Perez and Isabella Chambers.

Rafael Rodriguez, 14, was a member of the runner-up boys 13-14 200-yard medley relay in 1:42.26 with Tyler Zuyus, Izaak Bastian and Eric Mathews.

Other FGC individual champions were:

Joshua Zuchowski, 10, 50-yard backstroke, 28.56; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:15.61; 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.93; 50-yard breaststroke, 33.70; 50-yard butterfly, 29.29.

Matthew Tarafa, 10, 100-yard freestyle, 58.79; 50-yard freestyle, 26.86.

Izaak Bastian, 14, 100-yard breaststroke, 59.99, breaking a minute for the first time with a career-best time; 200-yard breaststroke, 2:12.30.

Sebastian Lares, 10, 200-yard individual medley, 2:23.53; 200-yard freestyle, 2:07.53; 100-yard butterfly, 1:05.97.

Joshua Curtis, 12, 50-yard freestyle, 24.98.

Isabella Chambers, 10, 50-yard breaststroke, 34.55.

Liah Perez, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 29.86.

FGC relay winners were:

Boys 10-and-under 200-yard medley relay in 2:00.05 with Sebastian Lares, Joshua Zuchowski, Finn Winkler and Matthew Tarafa.

Boys 10-and-under 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:48.75 with Dylan Felt, Agustin Rodriguez, Kaii Winkler and Joshua Zuchowski.

Florida Swimming continued its win streak over Florida Gold Coast. The defending champion swept the combined, girls and boys team titles.

Florida Swimming won the combined, 810-510; the girls, 424-212; and the boys, 350-286.

After a rainy warm-up session on Friday night, Florida Swimming led from the opening day and built on its lead in every session.

The Florida Gold Coast coaching staff was Richard Garza, Julie Smiddy; 10-and-under girls Norman Abril; 10-and-under boys SOFLO’s Bianca Muniz; 11-12 girls Cathy Silveira; 11-12 boys, Jonathan Zuchowski; 13-14 girls Marcelo Gatti and 13-14 boys Greg Stallworth.

Sharon Robb can be reached at


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