By Sharon Robb
July 16, 2015—Marc Rojas and Julien Pinon are seeded first and head South Florida Aquatic Club’s talented swimmers for the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships.
The three-day meet begins Friday with prelims and finals at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.
Rojas, 21, a senior at Florida State, is seeded first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.72. Rojas is also seeded second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:21.84 and third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.82.
Pinon, 16, is seeded first in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.55. Pinon is seeded second in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.15 and third in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:06.48.
Maximilian Asnis, 15, is seeded second in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.64
CJ Kopecki, 16, is seeded third in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.50.
Ervin Marin, 15, is seeded third in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:16.68.
Kelley Heron, 15, is the fourth seed in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:26.66.
Rojas is one of several college swimmers in the field including Michigan’s Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale, University of Miami’s Julie Suarez of Hurricane Swimming and Florida’s Luke Torres of St. Andrew’s Swimming.
The meet features 44 teams and 603 swimmers. Several non-Florida Gold Coast teams and swimmers are also in the field including Trinity Prep.
SOFLO has 43 swimmers competing in 230 individual events and 10 relays.
It is the first meet of the championship season for SOFLO swimmers. Several swimmers will also compete at the USA Swimming Futures Championships at Purdue in Indiana followed by the Southern Zone Senior Championships in Greenville, North Carolina.
“This is what they have been working for and they have set them up nicely for success,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson, who is currently coaching the team’s Fab Five pro swimmers at the Pan American Games in Toronto.
In last year’s senior meet, Empire Swimming swept the combined, boys and girls team titles. The top Florida Gold Coast team finishers were Miami Swimming, runner-up in combined and third in the girls competition and Metro Aquatics third in the boys.
IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships
Where: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Boulevard, Coral Springs
Schedule: Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, finals 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $3, heat sheets $3. For information call 954-340-5032
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org