By Sharon Robb

December 8, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s dynamic duo is ready to take on the some of the nation’s best swimmers at the Speedo East Winter Junior National Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

Kathleen Golding, 15, and Jessica Rodriguez, 16, will represent SOFLO in the elite meet.

The four-day meet begins Wednesday with the 200-medley and 800 freestyle relays and ends on Saturday. Bonus long course meter time trials are Sunday.

Golding and Rodriguez begin competing on Thursday in the 200-yard individual medley. Golding is seeded seventh in her signature event in 2:00.40. Rodriguez is seeded 112th in 2:08.07. Tatum Wade, 17, of Nashville Aquatics is top seed in 1:57.53.

Golding, the TYR August Swimmer of the Month, got her first U.S. Olympic trials cut at age 14 in the 200-meter individual medley IM in 2:18.67 during the USA Swimming Futures Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.

Golding, a high school state champion as a freshman, will also swim the 100-yard butterfly (55.18), 200-yard freestyle (1:51.58) and 100-yard freestyle (51.22).

In the 200 IM, Rodriguez will swim the 100-meter breaststroke (1:03.63), in which she is seeded 34th, and 200-meter breaststroke (2:17.38).

The pair will also swim in Sunday’s time trials. Golding will swim the 400-meter individual medley in Session One and 200-meter breaststroke in Session two.

Rodriguez will swim the 100-meter butterfly in Session One and 200-meter breaststroke in Session Two.

The Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented. Among the higher seeds are Marta Ciesla of Pine Crest Swimming, Raiz Tjon-A-Joe and Marco Guarente of Azura Florida Aquatics, Cody Cline of Wahoos of Wellington and Brody Heck of St. Andrew’s Swimming.

Bolles, SwimMAC, Swim Atlanta and Spartaquatics and Gator Swim Club are among top teams.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

The Speedo West Winter Junior National Championships are being held simultaneously this week at the University of Texas’ Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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