By Sharon Robb
April 4, 2016—With some outstanding swims from South Florida Aquatic Club’s boys contingent, Florida Gold Coast won the boys’ team title at the recent All-Star Dual Meet in Fort Pierce.
SOFLO swimmers played a key role in the boys’ 329.5-306.5 team victory over Florida Swimming.
Florida Swimming won the combined team title, 758.5-561.5 and girls team title 410-226.
Rafael Rodriguez, 14, won the 13-14 400-yard individual medley in 4:15.44 against a strong field that included Elvis Kotikovski and Jared Repassy. He also won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:19.38.
Rodriguez was second in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 1:59.57, dropping 2.18 seconds off his previous best. He was also second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:46.38. He was a member of the third place 200-yard freestyle relay.
Juan Serna, 14, was a member of the winning 13-14 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:40.22 with Kotikovski, Kevin Barranco and Mattheus Santos and winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:29.94 with Mattheus Santos, Aaron Rodriguez and Kotikovski. Serna was second in the 13-14 50-yard freestyle in a best time 22.42, dropping 0.43 and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.58, also a best time dropping 2.21.
Alejandro Mateus, 10, won the 10-and-under 50-yard backstroke in a best time 31.27, dropping 0.57 seconds; 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:23.34, dropping 9.15 seconds; 100-yard individual medley in a best time 1:09.34, dropping 2.78 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.88 and 100-yard backstroke in a best time 1:07.33, dropping 0.20. He was fourth in the 50-yard butterfly in a best time 30.25, dropping 1.53.
Mateus anchored the winning 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:55.28 with Liam Aleman, Noah Smith and Luca Echeumuna.
Sebastian Lares, 11, was second in the 11-12 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:13.58, dropping 1.16 seconds. He was fourth in the 11-12 50-yard backstroke in a best time 29.09, dropping 0.20.
Alessandro Pereira, 9, was fourth in the 10-and-under 100-yard breaststroke in 1:25.29. Pereira and Mateus were members of the third place 10-and-under 200-yard freestyle relay.
Christian Tijero, 10, won the 10-and-under 200-yard freestyle in 2:14.22. Tijero was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:11.13. He was also third in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:33.35. Tijero anchored the third place 200-yard medley relay. He was also fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 1:09.65, dropping 4.09 seconds.
SOFLO girls team was led by Molly Golding, 12, who was second in the 11-12 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.24. She was also fourth in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:17.85, dropping 1.99 and fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke in 32.92.
Golding was also a member of the second place 200-yard medley relay.
SOFLO was well-represented with fifteen swimmers and age group coach Rose Lockie.
The top age groupers from Florida competed at Indiana River in the annual Florida Gold Coast-Florida Swimming All-Star meet. Florida Swimming has dominated the meet in past years.
The boys contingent was Alessandro Pereira, Alejandro Mateus, Christian Tijero, Sebastian Lares, Javier Roman, Nicolas Rossi, Rafael Rodriguez, Leonardo Mateus and Juan Serna.
The girls contingent was Sara Quintero, Molly Golding, Isabella Di Salvo, Paige Lane, Elise Larin and Marianne Serrao.
COMBINED: 1. Florida Swimming 758.5, 2. Florida Gold Coast 561.5; BOYS: 1. Florida Gold Coast 329.5, 2. Florida Swimming 306.5; GIRLS: 1. Florida Swimming 410, 2. Florida Gold Coast 226.
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