By Sharon Robb
January 1, 2016—As we celebrate the New Year on Friday, it’s always fun to look back to see what South Florida Aquatic Club accomplished over twelve months.
From world-class international meets to sizzlers, the hard work and dedication of swimmers and coaches was never more evident during another successful year.
Success is never taken for granted at SOFLO. After outstanding 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons, SOFLO improved again across the board enjoying success at every level.
With talent, depth and excellent coaching, the largest team in the Florida Gold Coast never lost sight of the importance of the team concept which has become its trademark.
As we ring in the New Year with new goals and resolutions, let’s reflect on some of the highlights.
SOFLO’s Top 16 Moments Countdown for 2015 were:
16. SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez and Alana Acevedo win age group titles at Open Water Festival.
15. SOFLO makes team history at Speedo Sectional Championships with a runner-up girls and fourth place combined finish, highest in team history.
14. SOFLO won the combined team title for first time at Swim Fort Lauderdale Sharks International Classic.
13. SOFLO sent a record 49 swimmers to the high school state meets including Kathleen Golding of Cooper City and CJ Kopecki of American Heritage Plantation, which defended its state 2A boys’ team title.
12. SOFLO qualified four swimmers for the USA Swimming Speedo Junior Winter Nationals in Federal Way, Wash.
11. Freshman Kathleen Golding becomes one of the youngest state high school champions in meet history winning a Class 4A title in the 200-yard individual medley, the first state champion in 19 years at Cooper City High School.
10. For the third consecutive year, SOFLO won back-to-back short and long course titles the same year.
9. SOFLO three-peats, sweeps team titles at FGC Summer Long Course 14&Under Junior Olympics.
8. SOFLO three-peats at FGC Senior Championships, sweeps all three team titles for first time.
7. TYR, one of the nation’s top manufacturers of recreational and competitive swimwear, signs South Florida Aquatic Club.
6. Three-time Jamaican Olympian and world short course record holder Alia Atkinson makes the 1:05 club in the 100-meter breaststroke in a national record 1:05.93 during the FINA World Cup Series stop in Dubai.
5. SOFLO earns USA Swimming’s Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award.
4. U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue joins SOFLO to train with the pro group.
3. Colombian Jorge Murillo qualifies for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the July 2015 Pan American Games and later in the year breaks two national records in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke.
2. Alia Atkinson becomes the first Jamaican to win a medal at the World Aquatic Championships in Kazan. She won silver and bronze medals.
1. At age 14, Kathleen Golding makes her first U.S. Olympic cut for the 2016 U.S. trials.
Now entering its 16th year, the first ten as Comets Swim Team and sixth year as SOFLO, swimmers, coaches, office staff, parents and volunteers are looking forward to raising the bar even higher in 2016, the year of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Happy New Year!!!
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com
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