By Sharon Robb
July 12, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club will try and defend its title and long reign at this weekend’s Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics in Stuart.
SOFLO is going after its seventh consecutive JO title and 13th overall, including six long course titles, in its’ 16-year team history, seven as SOFLO.
At last year’s FGC Long Course JOs, SOFLO swept the combined, girls and boys team titles for the third year in a row. It was also the third consecutive year the club won back-to-back short and long course titles the same year.
In March, SOFLO won the combined and boys team titles at the FGC Short Course JOs at Coral Springs and would like to see its success continue.
For the first time, Junior Olympics will be held at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark, hosted by Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club. It is the same site that hosts the annual state high school meets.
It is also the first time SOFLO has travelled out of Broward County for JOs.
Swimmers will compete in the 10-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14 age groups.
SOFLO qualified 60 swimmers overall, 29 girls and 31 boys for 349 races. SOFLO also has 40 teams entered in 22 relay events.
Among SOFLO’s top seeded swimmers are:
Valerie Vank, 10, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:29.84; 50-meter breaststroke, 41.30.
Rafael Rodriguez, 14, 400-meter freestyle, 4:16.69; 200-meter freestyle, 2:02.13; 400-meter individual medley, 4:51.73.
Sebastian Lares, 12, 400-meter freestyle, 4:43.21; 400-meter individual medley, 5:30.47.
Juan Serna, 14, 50-meter butterfly, 27.73.
Mallory Schleicher, 12, 1500-meter freestyle, 19:38.26.
SOFLO’s other qualifiers are: Alana Acevedo, 14; Sarah Acevedo, 12; Ryan Alfonso, 13; Michael Arias, 13; Fabiana Avendano, 12; Kaitlyn Barrios, 10; Brennan Binder, 12; Valentina Carrion, 14; Kyana Castro, 13; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Javier Colmenares, 9; Juan Colmenares, 12; Daniela Curbelo, 13; Mark Andre De Gracia, 12; Katrina Del Vecchio, 13; Luna Delgado, 10; Mia Escudero, 11; Odin Farkas, 12; Eiza Gantus, 14; Alex Golding, 12; Molly Golding, 13; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Zackary Harris, 11; Kalin Hubbard, 12; Ava Kuznik, 10; Paige Lane, 13; Jie Hoon Lee, 13; Jena Legaspi, 12; Maria Legaspi, 10; Lance Lesage, 13; Jonathan Lozano, 9; Jacqueline Lugo, 14; Michelle Marinheiro, 13; Alejandro Mateus, 11; Leonardo Mateus, 14; Nicolas Munoz, 13; Judith-Alison Natino, 10; Jacob Navarro, 10; Sebastian Navarro, 12; Cassandra Oliver, 14; Sabrina Osorio, 11; Sofia Osorio, 11; Leah Pando, 10; Alessandro Pereira, 9; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 10; Sara Quintero, 12; Enrique Rodriguez, 11; Javier Roman, 12; Nicolas Rossi, 13; Christian Tijero, 10; Emma Twombly, 12; Christian Vazquez, 12; Anabel Vazquez, 13; Marcos Vazquez, 13; and Aldo Zepeda, 11.
IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Junior Olympics
Schedule: Prelims, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.
Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart
Host Teams: Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club
Admission: $3 per session, $5 prelim heat sheets, $3 finals heat sheet.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org