By Sharon Robb
January 26, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club will host its largest meet in team history this weekend.
A record field of 900 swimmers is expected to compete over three days at the TYR SOFLO Open Invite at Academic Village Swimming Pool in Pembroke Pines Friday through Sunday.
It is the largest Florida Gold Coast meet SOFLO has hosted in its home pool since the team’s inception. SOFLO has the largest team with 158 swimmers entered.
Because of the size of the meet, meet officials decided to eliminate the relay competition.
Among SOFLO’s top swimmers entered are Max Asnis, 17; Tyler Bland, 15; Kyana Castro, 14; Kathleen Golding 16; Zackary Harris, 12; Sebastian Lares, 12; Elise Larin, 15; Jie Hoon Lee, 14; Jena Legaspi, 12; Luke Lezotte, 15; Ervin Marin , 17; Yannai Michael 12; Leah Pando, 10; Rafael Rodriguez, 15; Jessica Rodriguez, 18; Nicolas Rossi, 13 and Kellie Wilcox, 16.
Among top swimmers from around the Florida Gold Coast entered are Becca Montero, 12, of AquaKids Sharks; Matthew Tarafa, 12, of Hialeah Swim Club; Carlos Omana, 23, of Metro Aquatics; Julio Horrego, 18, of Hialeah Swim Club; Mary Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks; Miguel Cancel, 17, of Gulliver Swim Club; Riley Botting, 12, of Coral Springs; Kaii Winkler, 10, of Miami Swimming; Trey Gribble, 16, of Gulliver Swim Club; Gabrianna Banks, 14, of Heritage Aquatics; Isabella Chambers, 12, of Plantation Swim Team and Kyla Valls, 18, of Miami Swimming.
In addition to SOFLO, some of the other teams in the field are Boca Raton, Gulliver, Coral Springs, Plantation, SwimFast, Metro Aquatics, AquaKids Sharks, Hialeah, Miami Swimming and Blue Marlins.
The meet opens Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the girls and boys 12-and-under 200-yard freestyle; 13-and-over 100-yard individual medley; 12-and-under 200-yard individual medley and 13-and-over 400-yard individual medley.
IF YOU GO
What: TYR SOFLO Open Invite
Schedule: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines
Admission: $5. Heat sheets are free and can be found online at the SOFLO website and Meet Mobile. For information call 954-538-3721 or SoFloMeets@swim4SoFlo.com.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org