By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS—-South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers and coaches are ready to make a little more history at the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic Short Course Championships that begin Friday at Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.
Defending champion SOFLO will go after an unprecedented seventh consecutive JO short course team title in the club’s 17-year history including eight as SOFLO.
Last year SOFLO won the combined team title with 990.50 points, 105.67 points ahead of runner-up Pine Crest with 884.83 and East Coast Aquatic Club with 867.33.
SOFLO also won the boys team title with 640.50 points ahead of Pine Crest with 410. East Coast Aquatic Club won its first girls team title with 529.33 and SOFLO was third with 350.
Pine Crest and East Coast are expected to challenge SOFLO for the titles.
More than 600 swimmers and 46 teams are entered. The top six finishers in each JO event qualify for the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.
Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:
Molly Golding, 13, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:07.44.
Paige Lane, 14, 100-yard butterfly, 58.14.
Javier Colmenares, 10, 500-yard freestyle, 5:57.45.
SOFLO boys 200-yard medley relay, 2:18.99.
Alessandro Pereira, 10, 100-yard backstroke, 1:10.53.
SOFLO girls 400-yard medley relay, 4:00.43.
SOFLO’s strength is expected to be its relays with 42 relays entered in 22 relay events.
SOFLO individual JO qualifiers are: Fernando Barreto, 10; Brennan Binder, 13; Samuel Bullen, 12; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Javier Colmenares, 10; Kerry Ann Cunningham,11; Luna Delgado, 11; Isabella Di Salvo, 14; Fiorella Di Salvo, 9; Diego Dulieu, 12; Mia Escudero, 12; Nathaniel Garrick, 12; Alex Golding 12; Logan Gonzalez, 12; Zackary Harris, 12; Matthew Kim, 12; Ava Kuznik, 11; Sebastian Lares, 12; Jonathan Lozano, 9; Anastasia Lutz, 10; Alejandro Mateus, 11; Yannai Michael, 13; Sabrina Osorio, 12; Sofia Osorio, 12; Leah Pando, 11; Alessandro Pereira, 10; Giada Porven, 8; Lucas Porven, 11; Enrique Rodriguez, 12; Moises Rodriguez, 12; Mary Sawyer, 10; Natalia Sibug, 10; Christian Tijero, 11; Victoria Torres, 12; Emma Twombly, 12; Valerie Vank, 11; and Aldo Zepeda, 11.
In a departure from past years, the prelim and final events will be held in one 50-meter pool instead of two. Since time standards have been updated, the number of participating swimmers has decreased.
Among Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Azura, FAST, AquaKids Sharks, Metro Aquatics, Miami Swimming, FAST, North Palm Beach, Plantation Swim Team and Boca Raton Swim Team.
IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics Short Course Championships.
When: Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m., prelims; 5 p.m. finals.
Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.
Of Note: Admission is $5 for prelims and $3 for finals. Heat sheets are free and can be located at http://www.swimcssc.com. For questions call 954-340-5032.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com