By Sharon Robb

March 18, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club had a big night on the opening day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Friday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, 15, won the 15-16 100-yard individual medley in a Florida Gold Coast record and best time of 57.00. She shaved 1.67 seconds off her previous best of 58.67.

Golding was also second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.52.

Golding is tied with teammate Alia Atkinson for high point with 69 points. Teammate Kelley Heron is fourth with 62.

Atkinson, Jamaica’s three-time Olympian, won the 50-yard breaststroke in 27.31 and was followed by teammates Ksen Golovkina in 30.22 and Monica Alvarez in a best time 30.22. Atkinson also won the 100-yard individual medley in 54.45 followed by former world champion Megan Romano in a best time 55.54 and U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue in 57.17, also a best time.

Romano won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.24. Romano led a SOFLO sweep in the event. Atkinson was second in a best time 49.64 and Donahue was third in 50.50, also a best time.

Kelley Heron was second in the 200-yard backstroke in a best time in 2:02.45; second in the 50-yard breaststroke in 31.38, also a best time and third in the 100-yard individual medley in a best time 59.05.

SOFLO swept the women’s freestyle relays.

The 200-yard freestyle relay won in 1:33.31 with Golding, Atkinson, Donahue and Lisa Blackburn.

The 400-yard freestyle relay won in 3:26.30 with Golding, Atkinson, Donahue and Alina Schulhofer.

Kile Aukerman won the open 50-yard breaststroke in 26.03. He was also third in the open 100-yard individual medley in a best time 51.28.

Max Asnis was among SOFLO’s top men’s finishers in the 15-16 200-yard butterfly in a best time 1:55.02 for second place. Teammates Ervin Marin (1:55.32) and Juan Diaz (1:55.63) were third and fourth, also turning in best times.

Ricardo Roche was fourth in the 15-16 200-yard backstroke in a best time 1:54.28. Marin was also fourth in the 100-yard individual medley in a best time 53.96.

SOFLO leads the combined team and women’s standings after the opening day of competition. SOFLO leads the combined with 1,071.50 points ahead of Gulliver Swimming with 912.50.

In a close women’s race, SOFLO leads Gulliver 595.50-551.50. T2 Aquatics leads the men’s standings with 483 and SOFLO is second with 476.

Host SOFLO returns as defending champions in the combined, men’s and women’s team competition and hoping to four-peat, winning both JOs and Seniors short course titles in the same season.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

The meet features most of the Florida Gold Coast teams including Gulliver, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming, Azura Florida Aquatics, Wahoos of Wellington, Coral Springs Swim Club, AquaKids Sharks, Boca Raton Swim Team, Plantation Swim Team and Metro Aquatics. Non-FGC team T2 Aquatics is also entered.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,071.50, 2. Gulliver 912.50, 3. T2 Aquatics 860, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 632, 5. East Coast Aquatic Club 441, 6. Lake Lytal Lightning 356.50, 7. Miami Swimming 324, 8. AquaKids Sharks 278, 9. Metro Aquatics 230, 10. Coral Springs Swim Club 214.50.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 595.50, 2. Gulliver Swim Club 551.50, 3. T2 Aquatics 377, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 290, 5. Lake Lytal Lightning 232.50.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. T2 Aquatics 483, 2. SOFLO 476, 3. Gulliver 361, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 342, 5. East Coast Aquatic Club 262.

HIGH POINT: (Girls) 1. tie, Kathleen Golding, SOFLO and Alia Atkinson, SOFLO, 69, 3. Mary Smutny, AK Sharks, 63, 4. Kelley Heron, SOFLO, 62, 5. Kelly Fertel, Gulliver, 60.50.

(Boys) 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver, 72, 2. Philippe Marcoux, SFTL, 66, 3. Jack Scanlon, T2 Aquatics, 63, 4. Alex Cronin, Jupiter, 59, 5. Seggio Bernarddina, East Coast, 58.

WOMEN

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.SOFLO A 1:33.31 (Kathleen Golding, Alia Atkinson, Claire Donahue, Lisa Blackburn), 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:37.11, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:37.27, 6. SOFLO B 1:39.14 (Ksen Golovkina, Alina Schulhofer, Emiliana Pelaez, Kelley Heron).

200-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1.Karen Liu, T2 2:01.35, 2. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:02.45, best time, 3. Melannie Vargas, FFSC 2:02.58; Open, 1. Allison Kopas, SFTL 2:01.29, 2. Madison Cummings, ECAC 2:02.64, 3. Bean Faunce, T2 2:03.24; SOFLO: 7. Carly Swanson 2:14.97, best time, 11. Jessica Rodriguez 2:11.13, 12. Stephanie Mlujeak 2:16.46, 19. RebekahLing 2:23.45, best time.

100-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Morgan Meadows, SFTL 54.19, 2. Erika Wesch, JDST 54.77, 3. Erin Tague, LLL 54.93; Open, 1. Megan Romano, SOFLO 48.24, 2. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 49.64, best time, 3. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 50.50, best time; SOFLO: 7. Lisa Blackburn 51.78, best time, 8. Alina Schulhofer 52.51, 13. Emiliana Pelaez 53.57, 16. Ksen Golovkina 54.61, 18. Jacqueline Lugo 55.66.

200-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Mary Smutny, AK Sharks 2:01.17, 2. Karen Liu, T2 2:03.25, 3. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 2:03.34; SOFLO: 16. Delanie Perez 2:17.72, 19. Alexandra Crespo 2:20.96; Open, 1. Kyla Valls, MS 1:59.61, 2. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 2:03.73, 3. Bean Faunce, T2 2:05.28; SOFLO: 5. Alina Schulhofer 2:05.75, best time, 12. Daniela Curbelo 2:20.92, best time.

50-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Hailey Jerew, AKS 30.48, 2. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 31.38, best time, 3. Hannah Cordes, MS 31.49; SOFLO: 19. Kellie Wilcox 34.91; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SFOLO 27.31, 2. Ksen Golovkina, SOFLO 30.22, 3. Monica Alvarez, SOFLO 30.22, best time; SOFLO: 14. Jessica Rodriguez 32.30, 15. Emiliana Pelaez 32.41.

100-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 57.00, best time, 2. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 59.03, 3. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 59.05, best time; SOFLO: 14. Delanie Perez 1:05.41, best time; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 54.45, 2. Megan Romano, SOFLO 55.54, best time, 3. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 57.17, best time; SOFLO: 5. Catalina Mendieta 58.39, best time; 6. Lisa Blackburn 58.52, best time, 15. Jessica Rodriguez 1:02.24, 16. Ksen Golovkina 1:02.46, 19. Emiliana Pelaez 1:04.61, 20. Jacqueline Lugo 1:04.90.

500-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Emma Feehery, T2 4:54.40, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:54.52, 3. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 4:56.09; SOFLO 19. Abby Oyetunji 5:27.34; Open, 1. Kelly Fertel, Gulliver 4:51.18, 2. Namilla Sanchez, Gulliver 4;59.97, 3. Audrey Mason, PC 5:04.62.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.SOFLO A 3:26.30 (Kathleen Golding, Alia Atkinson, Claire Donahue, Alina Schulhofer), 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:30.91, 3. East Coast 3:33.06, 7. SOFLO B 3:39.20 (Emiliana Pelaez, Kelley Heron, Ksen Golovkina, Carly Swanson).

MEN

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:24.53, 2. Gulliver 1:26.03, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:26.62, 5. SOFLO A 1:28.92 (Kile Aukerman, Luke Lezotte, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Max Asnis), 12. SOFLO B 1:30.57 (Matthew Menocal, Kevin Porto, Ervin Marin, Juan Serna).

200-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 1:46.74, 2. Philippe Marcoux, SFTL 1:53.31, 3. Andres Lares, Unattached 1:53.68; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 1:54.28, best time; SOFLO: 6. Kevin Porto 1:55.62, best time, 11. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:55.60, 17. Samuel Quintero 2:04.25, best time; Open, 1. Jack Scanlon, T2 1:56.08, 2. Giancarlo Payamps, CSSC 1:56.17, 3. John Torres, Unattached 1:56.66; SOFLO: 6. Rafael Rodriguez 1:59.27, best time, 7. Leonardo Mateus 2:00.78.

100-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 45.69, 2. Philippe Marcoux, SFTL 45.73, 3. Seggio Bernardina, ECAC 46.99; SOFLO: 13. CJ Kopecki 48.54, 19. Max Asnis 51.06; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver 45.06, 2. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 45.90, 3. Stefano Pisu, Azura 46.23.

200-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Cole Gutknecht, T2 1:53.23, 2. Max Asnis, SOFLO 1:55.02, best time, 3. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 1:55.32, best time; SOFLO: 4. Juan Diaz 1:55.63, best time; Open, 1. Luke Smutny, AKS 1:50.10, 2. Julien Pinon, SFTL 1:50.33, 3. Alex Cronin, JDST 1:51.92.

50-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. tie, Mauro Negrao, Gulliver 29.82 and Nick DiChiara, PAQ 29.82, 3. Guy Bogoslavsky, PC 29.89; SOFLO: 8. Wyatt Jennessee 31.08, 18. Samuel Quintero 29.52; Open, 1. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 26.03, 2. Quinn Lacoursiere, HAT 27.19, 3. Jose Pascual, CSSC 27.30; SOFLO: 12. Tyler Bland 28.55, best time.

100-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Philippe Marcoux, SFTL 53.03, 2. Jorge Depassier, Azura 53.38, 3. Seggio Bernardina, ECAC 53.80; SOFLO: 4. Ervin Marin 53.96, best time, 8. Ricardo Roche 55.66, best time, 13. CJ Kopecki 56.68, best time, 18. Samuel Quintero 58.43, best time, 20. Wyatt Jennessee 59.81; Open, 1. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 50.99, 2. Stefano Pisu, Azura 51.17, 3. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 51.28, best time, 16. Rafael Rodriguez 57.21.

500-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 4:26.25, 2. Andres Lares, Unattached 435.43, 3. Cole Gutknecht, T2 4:36.19; SOFLO: 6. Ricardo Roche 4:42.76, best time, 8. Kevin Porto 4:46.10, 9. Max Asnis 4:46.51, 13. Juan Diaz 4:51.45, 14. Ervin Marin 4:52.15, 30. Matthew Menocal 5:07.33; Open, 1. Jack Scanlon, T2 4:27.90, 2. Alex Cronin, JDST 4:28.69, 3. Shawn Lemarie, T2 4:34.15; SOFLO: 10. Sam Asnis 4:46.35, 17. Leonardo Mateus 4:55.04, 23. Juan Serra 5:04.39, best time, 25. Tomas Pelaez 5:07.32.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:04.04, 2. Gulliver 3:07.81, 3. East Coast 3:10.56, 5. SOFLO A 3:14.43 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Kile Aukerman, Ervin Marin, Max Asnis), 7. SOFLO B 3:16.30 (Juan Diaz, CJ Kopecki, Kevin Porto, Ricardo Roche).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championship

When: Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

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

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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