By Sharon Robb

June 2, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club will be one of the largest teams at the Tennessee Aquatics June Invitational.

The three-day meet begins Friday at the University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville. The meet features both elite and age group swimmers.

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson, Megan Romano and Claire Donahue head the field.

Atkinson, 27, already qualified for her fourth Olympic Games for Jamaica, will compete in five events: 50- , 100 and 200-meter freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Atkinson is seeded third in the 100 breaststroke.

Romano, 25, fine tuning for the U.S. Olympic Trials later this month in Omaha, will compete in 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke.

Romano is seeded first in the 200-meter freestyle ahead of Eric Laing and Elizabeth Beisel. Romano is seeded second in the backstroke behind Kira Toussaint of Tennessee.

Donahue, 27, also preparing for the Trials, will compete in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle. Donahue is seeded first in the 100 butterfly and second in the 200 butterfly.

SOFLO teammates Kile Aukerman, 23, and Catalina Mendieta, 26, rested for the meet and will attempt to make their Trials cuts. Aukerman will swim the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley. Mendieta will compete in the 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle.

Amanda Kendall, 25, is swimming for SOFLO unattached and is entered in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly.

Other SOFLO swimmers set to compete are Monica Alvarez, 27, Ryan Capote, 18, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 17, Ksen Golovkina, 26, Luke Lezotte, 15, Jorge Murillo Valdes, 24, Santiago Rivera, 19, Alina Schulhofer, 21, and Alejandro Zambrano, 21.

Murillo-Valdes, already qualified for the Olympics for Colombia, is seeded second in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events.

Prelims are 8:30 a.m. all three days and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Next weekend Miami Swimming will host a small meet at Ransom Everglades for another chance for SOFLO swimmers to qualify for Olympic Trials or get their cuts.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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