By Sharon Robb

May 12, 2016—A talented group of South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, headed by U.S. Olympic hopeful Megan Romano and Suriname’s Raiz Tjon-A-Joe, will compete Friday through Sunday in the All-Florida Senior Circuit Meet at Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center in Fort Myers.

The three-day meet, which is also serving as an Olympic Trials qualifier, is fast, according to meet officials.

Seventeen teams, including several from the Florida Gold Coast, are entered.

SOFLO is sending 13 swimmers to the meet. They are:

Tjon-A-Joe, 18, a national record holder, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke. Tjon-A-Joe is seeded first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.92.

Romano, 25, a former world champion, 50- and 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke. Romano is seeded first in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.94 and 400 freestyle in 4:18.98 and second in the 50 freestyle in 25.69.

Catalina Mendieta, 26, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke.

Ksen Golovkina, 26, 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter freestyle.

Monica Alvarez, 27, 100-meter breaststroke.

Max Asnis, 16, 200- and 400-meter freestyles, 100- and 200-meter butterfly.

Sam Asnis, 17, 200- and 400-meter freestyles.

Juan Diaz, 16, 100- 200- and 400-meter freestyles, 100- and 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter backstroke.

Kelley Heron, 16, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter breaststroke.

CJ Kopecki, 16, 200-meter freestyle, 400-meter individual medley.

Ervin Marin, 16, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke.

Emiliana Pelaez, 17, 50- and 200-meter freestyle, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke.

Santiago Rivera, 19, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 6 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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