By Sharon Robb

August 4, 2015—Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club was third in the 1500-meter freestyle on opening day of the Southern Zones Age Group Championships at Tupelo (Miss.) Aquatic Center.

Rodriguez, 13, finished in 16:57.72 and was the top boys’ finisher among the Florida Gold Coast team.

Mary Smutny of Florida Gold Coast and Madison Murtagh of Florida Swimming won individual titles.

Smutny, 14, won the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 9:06.83, dropping 11.35 seconds. Olivia McMurray, 12, of Florida Swimming, the top seed in the 11-12, tied for second in 4:35.65.

Murtagh, 15, the top seed won the 15-18 800-meter freestyle in 9:13.65. Teammate Kelsey Hahn, 17, was second in a best time 9:19.73.

Charles Gallagher, 16, of Florida Swimming won the 15-18 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 16:19.58, shaving 25.10 off his previous best.

The five-day meet ends on Sunday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5:30 p.m.

TUESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM SCORES: 1. North Carolina Swimming 52, 2. Florida Swimming 41.5, 3. Georgia Zone 33.5, 4. SC Zone 25, 5. Florida Gold Coast 22.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina 36, 2. Florida Swimming 16, 3. Georgia Zone 15, 4. SC Zone 14, 5. Florida Gold Coast 10.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 25.5, 2. Georgia Zone 18.5, 3. North Carolina 16, 4. Florida Gold Coast 12, 5. SC Zone 11.

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Amanda Ray, NCS 4:33.71, 2. tie, Olivia McMurray, FL and Samantha Mobley, GA 4:35.65; FLORIDA: 9. Iliza Aguiar, FG 4:43.56, 11. Emily Chorpening, FL 4:44.62, 20. Paige Lane, FG 4:55.38, 21. Mattie Barfield, FG 4:55.51.

800-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Mary Smutny, FG 9:06.83, 2. Savannah Mitchell, GA 9:08.76, 3. Faith Hefner, NCS 9:13.07; FLORIDA: 6. Isabella Marsala, FL 9:20.54; 15-18, 1. Madison Murtagh, FL 9:13.65, 2. Kelsey Hahn, FL 9:19.73, 3. Josie McGuire, SES 9:23.08; FLORIDA: 6. Sloan Sizemore, FG 9:33.18, 14. Marissa Brannan, FG 10:05.90.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Brendan Hausdorf, GA 4:27.62, 2. Matthew Gush, SCZT 4:29.24, 3. Vincent Ribeiro, STX 4:33.23; FLORIDA: 6. Jason Brzozowski, FL 4:35.65, 7. Jie Hoon Lee, FG 4:36.44, 8. Lance Lesage, FG 4:37.08, 11. Colton Frantz, FL 4:40.63, 18. Conor Cranfield, FL 4:45.28.

1500-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Ross Dant, NCS 16:07.52, 2. Cotalee Watko, NCS 16:52.18, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, FG 16:57.72; FLORIDA: 8. Isaac Jacobs FL 17:06.98, 9. Noah Smith, FL 17:09.69; 15-18, 1. Charles Gallagher, FL 16:19.58, 2. Casey Charles, SES 16:33.56, 3. Alan Hudgens, NCS 16:43.69; FLORIDA: 6. Alec Bowie, FL 16:53.44, 8. Cameron Anderson, FG 17:02.10.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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