By Sharon Robb
South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship that begins Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.
Twenty-eight talented swimmers will represent SOFLO during the four-day meet.
They are: Max Asnis, 17; Tyler Bland, 15; Heath Brames, 17; Maya Coffey, 15; Juan Diaz, 17; Jonathan Farah, 19; Kathleen Golding, 16; Molly Golding, 13; Kelley Heron, 17; CJ Kopecki, 17; Elise Larin, 15; Luke Lezotte, 15; Ervin Marin, 17; Melissa Marinheiro, 19; Leonardo Mateus, 15; Matthew Menocal, 17; Abby Oyetunji, 17; Delanie Perez, 16; Kevin Porto, 17; Samuel Quintero, 16; Ricardo Roche, 17; Jennifer Rodriguez, 16; Jessica Rodriguez, 18; Rafael Rodriguez, 15; Marc Rojas, 23; Juan Serna, 15; Marianna Serrao, 15; and Luis Villanueva, 17.
If the seeds are true to form, there will be some great head-to-head matchups for swimmers and teams.
Isabel Ivey, 16, of Gator Swim Club and SOFLO’s Jessica Rodriguez are the top two seeds in the 100-meter breaststroke.
SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, who competes for the Dominican Republic internationally, is seeded third behind Julio Horrego of Hialeah and Jackson Seith, 18, of Kentucky in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Ivey, SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding and Andrea Santander of Pine Crest Swimming are the top three seeds in the 400-meter individual medley. Ivey and Golding are one-two in the 200-meter individual medley.
Talia Bates, 16, of Gator Swim Club and Golding are one-two in the 50-meter freestyle.
Golding is third seed in the 100-meter freestyle behind Amelia Maughan, 20, and USC-bound Marta Ciesla, 18, of Pine Crest Swimming.
Jessica Rodriguez is seeded second in the 200-meter breaststroke behind Ivey.
SOFLO’s women’s 200-meter medley relay is seeded first in 1:54.38 ahead of St. Andrew’s Swimming (1:55.55) and Bolles (2:02.41). SOFLO is seeded first in the mixed 200-meter medley relay in 1:54.38 ahead of St. Andrew’s (1:55.55).
A field of 614 swimmers from 60 teams and 14 unattached teams will compete over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals.
The four meets attract some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.
Hawaii’s Kamehameha Swim Club, Race Aquatics Swimming of Kentucky and City of Lafayette (La.) will give Florida Gold Coast swimmers the chance to swim against out-of-state swim clubs. Bolles, Gator Swim Club, Loggerhead, Tampa, and Daytona Beach head north Florida Teams.
Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura, East Coast Aquatic Club, Hialeah, Boca Raton Swim Team, St. Andrew’s, Pine Crest Swimming, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Hurricane Swimming, TS Aquatics, YMCA of South Florida and host Plantation Swim Team.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: USA Swimming Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship
SCHEDULE: Thursday, finals 4:15 p.m.; Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Warm-ups 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation.
OF NOTE: Admission $5 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information go to http://www.swimpst.com.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org