By Sharon Robb

September 29, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club will host one of the fall’s largest Florida Gold Coast meets this weekend.

Nearly 500 swimmers and sixteen teams will compete Friday through Sunday in the SOFLO Distance, IMR-IMX Challenge Open Invite at Academic Village Pool.

Several high school swimmers including Cooper City High sophomore Kathleen Golding of SOFLO, a U.S. Trials qualifier, will compete. Golding, 15, is top seed in the 1,000-yard freestyle, 200 IM and 400 IM.

Golding is one of 128 swimmers entered in the meet. Among them are Max Asnis, Kyana Castro, Fiorella Di Salvo, Zackary Harris, CJ Kopecki, Sebastian Lares, Ervin Marin, Michelle Marinheiro, Abby Oyetunji, Sara Quintero, Ricardo Roche, Jennifer Rodriguez and Marc Rojas.

SOFLO’s Kelley Heron is seeded first in the 200-yard backstroke. SOFLO has the top three seeds in the event with Kayla Cunningham and Golding. Ricardo Roche is seeded first in the 200-yard backstroke. Florida State alum Marc Rojas is top seed in the 200-yard breaststroke. Jena Legaspi is top seed in the 100-yard backstroke. Sebastian Lares is No. 1 seed in the 100-yard backstroke. Kaitlyn Barrios is top seed in the 50-yard breaststroke.

Swimmers will get the opportunity to get some much-need racing in and chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the nation’s age group swimmers.

Up-and-coming swimmers will compete in the IMR (Ready) 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 IMR 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 IM Ready 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.

On Friday, the distance event 1,000-yard freestyle begins 5:30 p.m. with an estimated finish time of 8:01 p.m.

On Saturday, the 10-and-under and 11-12 IMR events are 100 IM, 200 IM, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle and begin at 8:30 a.m. The 13-and-over 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 400 IM begin 1 p.m.

On Sunday at 8:30 a.m., the 10-and-under and 12-and-under events are 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 50 butterfly and 100 butterfly. The 13-and-over events begin at noon and include the 200 butterfly, 200 IM and 500 freestyle.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO Distance, IMX-IMR Challenge Open Invite

When: Friday, Friday Distance, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, IMX/IMR Challenge, 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday, IMX/IMR Challenge, 8:30 a.m. and noon.

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

Of note: SOFLO will host more nearly 500 swimmers and sixteen teams including Azura, AquaKids Sharks, Boca Raton Swim Team, Coral Springs Swim Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah Swim Club, St. Andrew’s Swimming, TS Aquatics, YMCA of South Florida, City of Miami Swim Team, Gulliver Swim Club, and Flying Fish.

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

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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