SOFLO Finishes In Top 10 Combined, Girls At Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

By Sharon Robb

July 10, 2016—With only ten women swimmers, South Florida Aquatic Club finished eighth among 44 women’s teams at the Speedo Southern Zone South Sectional Championship at Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.

After the fourth and final night of competition on Sunday, SOFLO finished with 197 points, finishing ahead of older and more established swim clubs.

SOFLO finished ninth in the combined team standings with 353 points among 26 teams and men’s team was 16th with 64 points.

Scarlet Aquatics won the combined (1,239) and women’s (580) team titles. Metro Aquatics won’s the men’s championship with 593.5 points.

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, 15, posted another best time. She was fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:40.05, dropping 2.75 seconds off her previous best of 2:43.80. She first bettered it in morning prelims in 2:42.80.

SOFLO teammate Jennifer Rodriguez also had a best time in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:46.01, a 3.27-second drop.

Ervin Marin had best time in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:11.46 and Samuel Quintero had a best time 2:34.07 in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Among teams that competed were Bolles, Gator Swim Club, Gulliver Swim Club, Hurricane Aquatics, Sarasota YMCA, Miami Swimming, Westminster Academy, Metro Aquatics, Scarlet (N.J.) Aquatics and Highlander Aquatics.

The stacked field featured Andrea Pinto of Gator Swim Club, Arkady Vyatchanin, swimming unattached; Isabella Paez of Metro Aquatics, who just missed making the Venezuelan Olympic team; Belarus Olympian Pavel Sankovich and South African Olympian Sebastian Rousseau of Gator Swim Club.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 1,239, 2. Gator Swim Club 1,050, 3. Metro Aquatics 857.5, 9. SOFLO 353.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 593.5, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 545, 3. Gator Swim Club 474, 16. SOFLO 64.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 580, 2. Gator Swim Club 576, 3. Sarasota YMCA 337, 8. SOFLO 197.


200-meter butterfly:

1.Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:12.27, 2. Alina Faunce, T2 Aquatics 2:17.26, 3. Isabel Traba, Sarasota 2:18.17.

100-meter freestyle:

1.Letizia Bertelli, FIU 56.61, 2. Lydia Ware, Seminole 57.82, 3. Kendall Dawson, FSLA 57.88.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 2:27.90, 2. Caroline White, Trinity Prep 2:35.61, 3. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:39.49; SOFLO: 5. Kathleen Golding 2:40.05, best time, 17. Jessica Rodriguez 2:45.61, 19. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:46.01, best time.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Matea Samardzic, Scarlet 2:09.11, 2. Chelsea Lawson, Gator Swim Club 2:15.61, 3. Ashley Boddiford, Bolles 2:18.91; SOFLO: 10. Kelley Heron 2:23.19.


200-meter butterfly:

1.Jonathan Gomez, Scarlet 2:00.45, 2. Zachary Poti, Bolles 2:03.70, 3. Joseph Carbone, Unattached 2:03.91; SOFLO: 23. Max Asnis 2:10.47, 27. Ervin Marin 2:11.46, best time, 31. CJ Kopecki 2:13.23.

100-meter freestyle:

1.Ariel Spektor, Bolles 52.09, 2. David Murphy, Trinity Prep 52.66, 3. Emanuele Rossi, Sarasota 52.73.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Nicholas Brown, EAJ 2:18.80, 2. Paul Degrado, Bolles 2:22.65, 3. Joseph Perez, Metro Aquatics 2:24.89; SOFLO: 28. Samuel Quintero 2:34.07, best time.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:02.98, 2. Zachary Poti, Bolles 2:05.06, 3. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 2:05.47; SOFLO: 16. Ricardo Roche 2:17.96, 21. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 2:14.63, 32. Leonardo Mateus 2:20.12.

Sharon Robb can be reached at


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