By Sharon Robb

June 5, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are among the Florida Gold Coast 23-swimmer all-star contingent that will compete at this weekend’s Southern Zones Open Water Championship in Lake Echo at Seven Lakes, N.C.

Alana Acevedo, 13, Leonardo Mateus, 13, and Kevin Porto, 15, will represent SOFLO on the FGC All-Star team.

Ten FGC girls will compete in the 1,000 freestyle. They are Marissa Brannan, 15; Autumn Leigh, 18; Alicia Mancilla, 15; Mia Marquez, 14; Victoria Miyamoto, 15; Brianna Prindle, 17; Sloan Sizemore, 15; Isabella Taylor, 12, and Nicole Urquidi, 17.

Thirteen boys are entered in the 1,000 freestyle. They are Cameron Anderson, 16; Diego Avellaneda, 14; Alejandro Basalo, 14; Cassidy Blackwin, 17; Nick Carter, 25; Blake Manganiello, 19; Pierce Rotman, 14; Nicholas Sharp, 16; Samuel Smiddy, 21; Shawn Warner, 20; and Noah Zylberberg, 16.

Isabella Taylor, 12, will represent the FGC in the 11-12 2,000.

In the 5,000, Acevedo and Marquez will compete in the 13-14 and Marissa Brannan, 15, Alicia Mancilla, 15; Victoria Miyamoto, 15; and Sloan Sizemore, 15, will swim.

In the 13-14 boys 5,000 event, Diego Avellaneda, 14; Alejandro Bsalo, 14; Mateus; and Pierce Rotman, 14 while in the 15-16, Cameron Anderson, 16; Porto; Nicholas Sharp, 16; and Noah Zylberberg, 16, will race.

In the women 5,000 open, Autumn Leigh, 18, Brianna Prindle, 17; and Nicole Urquidi, 17, will race while in the men’s open, Cassidy Blackwin, 17; Nick Carter, 25; Blake Manganiello, 19; Samuel Smiddy, 21; and Shawn Warner, 20 are expected to dominate.

The Sandhills Sandsharks Swim Team and North Carolina Swimming are hosting the two-day event.

The course for all zone races is a 1K loop in Lake Echo.

A welcome clinic and 1K orientation swim was scheduled for Friday.

Four races will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the 11-12 2K and 13-14, 15-16 and senior open 5K will be held.

On the final day, the 14-and-under girls and boys 3K team pursuit and open women and men 3K team pursuit are scheduled.

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