SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Wins Gold, Bronze; Jessica Rodriguez Takes Silver At FHSAA State 4A Meet

By Sharon Robb

November 14, 2015—Kathleen Golding of Cooper City High School became one the youngest state champions in meet history Saturday night at the Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA State 4A Swimming and Diving Meet at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart.

Golding, a freshman making her high school state meet debut, won the 200-yard individual medley in an All-American automatic time of 2:00.40. She finished undefeated in her signature event in her first year of high school swimming.

Golding was also third in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.18, an All-American consideration time.

Golding, who trains with South Florida Aquatic Club, is the first state swim champion in 19 years at Cooper City since Leslie Anderson in 1996.

“I am super happy,” Golding said after her race. “To be a state champion as a freshman is incredible.”

Golding pulled away from the field for nearly a four second margin of victory over Sarasota freshman Isabel Traba in 2:04.72.

“I felt my backstroke which normally is my weakest point of race had a really fast tempo and I thought it made a difference why I dropped so much time,” Golding said. “This was my best high school race.

“I wasn’t sure about the butterfly because I wasn’t focusing on it. I was more focused on the IM so I was really happy over dropping a second in the fly.”

Golding scored 36 of her team’s 38 points enabling the Cowboys to finish among the Top 20.

“Swimming high school was so much fun, I loved it,” Golding said. “All my teammates were very supportive. They were cheering at the end of my lane and it really helped me.

“I don’t think it was a perfect meet for me, there’s definitely things I could improve on. I wanted to go under 2 minutes in the IM and I didn’t get that. But for my first state meet it was pretty good.”

SOFLO teammate Jessica Rodriguez, a junior at Hialeah Gardens making her third state meet appearance, just missed a state title in the 100-yard breaststroke. The top morning seed finished second in a best time 1:03.63, an All-American consideration time. Last year she was fourth in 1:05.53. Winter Park junior Isabel English won in 1:03.31.

Rodriguez also finished eighth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:09.17 after going 2:08.63 in prelims.

Both Golding and Rodriguez wore tech suits but did not shave for the meet. The pair are focusing on USA Swimming Jr. Nationals which they are both qualified for.

“I am really happy with how both girls swam tonight,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said. “They have the confidence now which will be good for them at juniors.

“I am really happy how all our swimmers did at all four state meets,” Anderson said. “This is the first time we have had so many swimmers in finals in all four classes. That’s never happened before and it was kind of cool.

“It was a very successful showing for our club. They all swam very well. We did a good job preparing them well for states. Every one of our kids that made it swam faster at state.”

Broward County had two boys state champions.

Cypress Bay senior Marco Guarente was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.77 and 100-yard breaststroke in 55.76. Both were automatic All-American times.

For South Plantation High School two-time defending champion Logan Downey the day was bittersweet. The talented diver won his third consecutive state title in 1-meter springboard diving with 533.30 points on the same day his father, Stuart, died seven years ago.

Buchholz junior Brooke Schultz won the girls diving title with 525.15 points. She was the only diver to crack 500 points.

In the team competition, Sarasota Riverview defended its boys team title with 324 points. Gainesville Buchholz won its sixth girls state title with 262, nearly 100 points ahead of Sarasota Riverview. It was Gainesville’s first title since 2009.



1.Gainesville Buchholz 262, 2. Sarasota Riverview 195, 3. Olympia 174, 4. Oviedo 157, 5. Boca Raton 126, 6. Lakewood 125, 7. Tampa Plant 114, 8. Palm Harbor 103, 9. Mandarin 96, 10. Lake Brantley 82, 16. Jupiter 53, 18. Cooper City 38, 24. Hialeah Gardens 28, 25. St. Thomas Aquinas 24, 29. Park Vista 17, 34. Wellington 9.


200-yard medley relay:

1.Buchholz (Caitlin Brooks, Savannah Fissenden, Julia Rodriguez, Kaitlyn Cronin) 1:44.81, 2. Lakewood Ranch 1:45.58, 3. Tampa Plant 1:46.59.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Morgan Tankersley, PLAN 1:47.54, 2. Spence Atkins, RIVS 1:49.03, 3. Peyton Palsha, SPET 1:50.37.

200-yard individual medley:

1.Kathleen Golding, CC 2:00.40, 2. Isabel Traba, SARA 2:04.72, 3. Ashley Boddiford, HAGR 2:04.76, 8. Jessica Rodriguez, HG 2:09.17.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Talia Bates, BUCH 23.07, 2. Katie Vasiloff, DURT 23.31, 3. Kaitlyn Cronin, BUCH 23.45.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Katie Vasiloff, DUR 54.78, 2. Madison Jean, LAKE 55.06, 3. Kathleen Golding, CC 55.18.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Lauren Dunn, MAND 50.96, 2. Eli Richardson, VB 51.15, 3. Klaudia Greer, NEW 51.19.

500-yard freestyle:

1.Spence Atkins, RIVS 4:48.74, 2. Morgan Tankersley, PLAN 4:50.52, 3. Peyton Palsha, SPET 4:51.91

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Buchholz (Kirschtine Balbuena, Kaitlyn Cronin, Juia Rodriguez, Talia Bates) 1:33.88, 2. Tampa Plant 1:35.81, 3. Oviedo 1:37.60.

100-yard backstroke:

1.Caitlin Brooks, BUCH 55.67, 2. Courtney Chapin, LAKE 56.51, 3. Celismar Guzman, SC 56.66.

100-yard breaststroke:

1.Isabel English, WP 1:03.31, 2. Jessica Rodriguez, HG 1:03.63, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 1:05.39.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Buchholz (Kirschtine Balbuena, Savannah Fissenden, Julia Rodriguez, Talia Bates) 3:28.50, 2. Sarasota Riverview 3:29.24, 3. Boca Raton 3:32.05.

1-meter springboard diving:

1.Brooke Schultz, BUCH 525.15, 2. Makayla Robillard, OLYM 491.55, 3. Karlee Price, STA 490.65.


1.Sarasota Riverview 324, 2. Countryside 138, 3.Fleming Island 133, 4. Cypress Bay 123, 5. Seminole 119, 6. Boca Raton 107, 7. Jupiter 100, 8. Buchholz 96, 9. Fletcher 88, 10. Winter Park 75, 10. Wellington 75, 18. Miami Beach 39, 19. St. Thomas Aquinas 37, 22. Park Vista 30, 22. Ferguson 30, 27. South Plantation 20


200-yard medley relay:

1.Sarasota Riverview (Austin Katz, Campbell Lee, Keanan Dols, Tyler Carmichael) 1:33.30, 2. Countryside 1:35.11, 3. Seminole 1:36.57.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Austin Katz, RIVS 1:37.05, 2. Daniel Erlenmeyer, LWRA 1:38.81, 3. Drew Clark, RIVS 1:39.20.

200-yard individual medley:

1.Marco Guarente, CB 1:49.77, 2. Keanan Dols, RIVS 1:50.11, 3. John Fulginiti, HAGR 1:50.85.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Cody Cline, WELL 20.14, 2. Brody Heck, BR 20.18, 3. Maverick Layne, SMSA 20.75.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Noah Lense, COUN 48.18, 2. Nick Hackett, FI 48.96, 3. Walker Brooks, GATE 49.27.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Brody Heck, BR 44.49, 2. Maverick Layne, SEM 45.09, 3. Gavin Jones, FLET 45.38.

500-yard freestyle:

1.Drew Clark, RIVS 4:21.84, 2. Daniel Erlenmeyer, LWRA 4:22.67, 3. Alex Cronin, JUP 4:29.41.

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Fleming Island (John Hutton, Jack Neeley, Drew Heinton, Nick Hackett) 1:25.00, 2. Boca Raton 1:26.57, 3. Seminole 1:26.69.

100-yard backstroke:

1.Austin Katz, RIV 47.92, 2. Keanan Dols, RIV 50.40, 3. Walker Brooks, GATE 51.22.

100-yard breaststroke:

1.Marco Guarente, CB 55.76, 2. Paxton Rhoads, TP 56.60, 3. Campbell Lee, RIV 57.32.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Riverview (Austin Katz, Keanan Dols, Drew Clark, Bretty Riley) 3:06.02, 2. Countryside 3:08.76, 3. Cypress Bay 3:09.24.

1-meter springboard diving:

1.Logan Downey, SP 533.30, 2. Dylan Power, PLAN 515.00, 3. Max Jenkins, PLAN 481.95.

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