By Sharon Robb
October 14, 2014—The legacy of well-liked long-time school teacher and age group coach Mike Horgan lives on this weekend with the fifth annual meet named in his honor.
The meet is dedicated to one of the most beloved and well-respected coaches in the Florida Gold Coast.
Horgan, Lake Lytal’s former head developmental coach, died of a heart attack at age 50 in August, 2011.
A double lung transplant recipient in 2000, Horgan had cystic fibrosis his entire life but never let it damper his enthusiasm as a tireless teacher and coach. He continues to inspire coaches and swimmers through his legacy.
South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers head the field for the fifth annual meet at the Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Center in West Palm Beach. The meet features both high school swimmers, in the midst of their season and age group swimmers from throughout the Florida Gold Coast.
The three-day meet gets under way on Friday at 5 p.m. with timed finals in the distance events. All races are timed finals.
SOFLO swimmers will get an opportunity to swim against several Palm Beach County teams including host Lake Lytal Lighting, Wahoos of Wellington, St. Andrew’s Swimming, East Coast Aquatic Club, Jupiter, North Palm Beach, Boca Raton Swim Team and Martin County,
Among other teams entered are Hialeah Storm, Azura, FLA, Coral Springs Swim Club, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Big Gator, Metro Aquatics, Plantation Swim Team, Swim Fort Lauderdale, FLA, North Miami Swim Team and Y Sea Dragons.
Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:
Erika Pelaez, 9, 500 freestyle, 5:47.98; 200 freestyle 2:15.17; 100 IM, 1:12.72; 50 backstroke, 32.41
Leonardo Mateus, 13, 400IM 4:25.46; 1,650-yard freestyle, 16:30.09
Rafael Rodriguez, 13, 500 freestyle, 4:44.37; 100 backstroke, 57.62; 100 breaststroke, 1:05.40
Michael Arias, 200 freestyle, 2:00.78
Joseph Lee, 12, 200 butterfly, 2:17.32; 100 butterfly, 1:00.94
Kyana Castro, 1,650 freestyle, 18:24.66
Nicolas Rossi, 1,650 freestyle, 18:35.23
Among other top swimmers entered are Mattie Barfield, FLA; Victoria Miyamoto, Pompano Beach; Daniella van den Berg, Azura; Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics; Marcelo Acosta, Azura; Eriana Temperino, East Coast; Steven Curtis, Jupiter; Kaii Winkler of FLA; Ana Kondratovitch, Hialeah; Riley Bottinf, Coral Springs Swim Club and Tre ‘V Monroe, North Palm Beach.
IF YOU GO
What: Mike Horgan Fall Invitational Meet
Where: Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Complex, 3645 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach
Schedule: Friday, 5 p.m.-7:22 p.m., timed finals; Saturday sessions, 8 a.m., 13-and-over and 12:30 a.m., 12-and-under timed finals; Sunday sessions, 8 a.m., 13-and over and 12:30 a.m., 12-and-under timed finals.
Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For more information call 561-310-4924 or go to http://www.lightning-swimming.org.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org