By Sharon Robb

September 25, 2015—Kathleen Golding was top finisher for the South Florida Aquatic Club Friday night in the SOFLO Distance Open Invite at Academic Village Pool.

Golding, 14, one of the youngest swimmers in the field, was second in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:31.19.

Daniella Van Den Berg, 19, of Azura Florida Aquatics won the event in 10:08.98.

SOFLO had three other swimmers in the Top 8. Kelley Heron was sixth in 11:01.51, Jessica Rodriguez, 16, was seventh in 11:06.09 and Marianna Serrao, 14, was eighth in 11:07.99.

Rafael Rodriguez, 13, was SOFLO’s top boys finisher in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a best time 9:56.79, dropping 0.84. SOFLO had three other swimmers in the Top 8.

Azura Florida Aquatics swept the top four spots including champion Marcelo Acosta, 19, in a best time 8:59.53.

The meet continues Saturday with the IMR-IMX Challenge Open Invite.

Nearly 400 swimmers are competing to get a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.



1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Daniella Van Den Berg, Azura 10:08.98, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 10:31.19, 3. Andrea Van Den Berg, Azura 10:41.94, 4. Victoria Miyamoto, Pompano 10:43.61, 5. Sloan Sizemore, Pompano 10:56.98, 6. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 11:01.51, 7. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 11:06.09, 8. Marianna Serrao, SOFLO 11:07.99.


1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 8:59.53, 2. Franco Lupoli, Azura 9:11.28, 3. Miguel Bermudez, Azura 9:34.81, 4. Andres Lares, Azura 9:42.92, 5. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 9:56.79, 6. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 10:04.09, 7. Samuel Asnis, SOFLO 10:04.88, 8. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 10:06.78.


What: IMR-IMX Challenge Open Invite

When: Saturday-Sunday, IMX/IMR Challenge, 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines

Of note: Nine teams are competing–Azura Florida Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team, Gulliver Swim Club, Hammerhead Aquatics, Hialeah Swim Club, Pompano Beach Piranhas, SOFLO, Swim Fort Lauderdale and SwimFast.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For information call 954-538-3721.

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