By Sharon Robb

April 29, 2016—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club was a double winner on the opening day of the IMX-IMR Challenge Friday at Academic Village Pool.

Golding, 15, a U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, topped a field of 66 swimmers in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:25.82.

Her younger sister Molly Golding, 13, was second in a best time 2:37.87, dropping 5.92 seconds off her previous best.

SOFLO teammate Katrina Del Vecchio, 13, was third in 2:40.11, also a best time, shaving 1.04 seconds off her seed time.

Golding also won the 400 IM in 5:10.42. Molly Golding was fourth in 5:33.39, another best time dropping 4.45 seconds.

SOFLO’s Ervin Marin, 16, won the boys 200 IM in 2:16.41. SOFLO swept the top four spots in the event.

The meet continues on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Up-and-coming swimmers are competing in the IMR Challenge. All sessions are timed finals.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned meet is a fun, motivational meet to help young swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.

The IM (Ready) Challenge allows swimmers to see how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group. Swimmers must compete in all the events required for their age group to establish a score.

Once a swimmer competes in each IMR Challenge event at least once in an official meet, swimmers and parents can check their rankings on USA Swimming’s website.

The IMX (Xtreme) Challenge is the next step-up from the IMR competition. It includes a series of five or six events. Once swimmers complete the IMX program they can also see where their score ranks nationally, among their local LSC and own swim club.



200-meter individual medley:

1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:25.82, 2. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:37.87, best time, 3. Katrina Del Vecchio, SOFLO 2:40.11, best time, 4. Kyana Castro, SOFLO 2:40.11.

400-meter individual medley:

13-and-over, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 5:10.42, 2. Rose Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 5:23.85, 3. Gabriela Fernandez, Hialeah 5:30.79, 4. Molly Golding, SOFLO 5:33.39, best time.


200-meter individual medley:

1. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 2:16.41, 2. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:17.81, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:20.59, 4. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 2:25.53.

400-meter individual medley:

13-and-over, 1.Julio Horrego, Hialeah 4:37.43, 2. John Torres, Flying Fish 4:58.65, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 4:59.29, 4. Michael Fernandez, Hialeah 5:01.04.


What: SOFLO IMX-IMR Challenge

When: Saturday-Sunday, IMX/IMR Challenge, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For information call 954-538-3721.

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