By Sharon Robb

February 12, 2016—Rafael Rodriguez was top finisher for South Florida Aquatic Club Friday on Day One of the Gulliver Winter Invitational.

Rodriguez, 14, was third in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:57.55, just 0.77 shy of a best time. Miguel Cancel, 16, of Gulliver won in a best time 9:17.49, dropping 23.45.

SOFLO’s John Paul Handal posted a best time in the 400-yard individual. Handal, 13, was seventh in 4;44.68, shaving 1.17 off his previous best.
The three-day meet continues on Saturday with two sessions.



400-yard individual medley:

1.Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 4:30.39, 2. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 4:41.43, 3. Olivia Hernandez, Gulliver 4:47.58

1,000-yard freestyle:

1.Kelly Fertel, Gulliver 10:09.78, 2. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 10:16.59, 3. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 10:19.02


400-yard individual medley:

1.Trey Gribble, Gulliver 4:10.69, 2. Marcelo Lauzurique, Gulliver 4:17.72, 3. Javier Sanchez, Gulliver 4:22.98; SOFLO: 7. John Paul Handal 4:44.68.

1,000-yard freestyle:

1.Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 9:17.49, 2. Nick Carter, Gulliver 9:20.96, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 9:57.55.


When: Saturday, Session Two, 9 a.m.; Session Three, 30 minutes after completion of previous session; Sunday, Session Four, 9:30 a.m., 30 minutes after completion of previous session.

Where: Gulliver Prep School, 6575 SW 88th Street, Miami

Admission: $2 per session, heat sheets $3 per session.

For questions and more information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1465.

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