By Sharon Robb
March 23, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club is looking to return to the spotlight at this weekend’s Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.
After winning the FGC Junior Olympics for the seventh consecutive year and eighth overall last weekend, SOFLO is going for a five-peat when the seniors meet begins Friday at Academic Village Swimming Pool.
SOFLO is defending champions in combined and women’s. Last year was the fourth time SOFLO won the JOs and Seniors in the same season.
SOFLO won the combined team title with 2,685 points followed by Gulliver Swim Club with 2,597.5. SOFLO won the women’s team title with 1,476.5 and T2 Aquatics won the men’s team title with 1,370.
It is also the fifth consecutive year SOFLO has hosted the FGC Senior Championships with a hardworking volunteers, coaching staff and officials.
SOFLO has 57 swimmers competing in 318 individual events and several relays.
SOFLO’s contingent includes Alana Acevedo, 15; Sarah Acevedo, 13; Max Asnis, 17; Alia Atkinson, 28, competing in her first meet after a long layoff; David Avalos, 16; Tyler Bland, 16; Heath Brames, 17; Kyana Castro, 14; Maya Coffey, 15; Alan Corvaia, 18; Alexandra Crespo, 16; Daniela Curbelo, 14; Katherine De Barros, 16; Katrina Del Vecchio, 14; Isabella Di Salvo, 14; Juan Diaz, 17; Eiza Gantus, 15; Kathleen Golding, 16; Molly Golding, 13; Zariya Harris, 17; Kelley Heron, 17; Annita Huang, 15; Wyatt Jennessee, 17; CJ Kopecki, 17; Elise Larin, 15; Jena Legaspi, 13; Luke Lezotte, 16; Rebekah Ling, 14; Raquel Lugo, 17; Ervin Marin, 17; Melissa Marinheiro, 19; Michelle Marinheiro, 14; Jennifer Martin, 36, preparing for the World Police and Fire Games; Leonardo Mateus, 15; Catalina Mendieta, 17; Matthew Menocal, 17; Stephanie Mlujeak, 18; Michelle Ordonez, 14; Abby Oyetunji, 17; Tomas Pelaez, 15; Delanie Perez, 16; Kevin Porto, 17; Samuel Quintero, 16; Sara Quintero, 13; Ricardo Roche, 17; Jennifer Rodriguez, 16; Jessica Rodriguez, 18; Rafael Rodriguez, 15; Marc Rojas, 23; Juan Serna, 15; Marianna Serrao, 15; Sebastian Sevilla, 15; Natasha Testa, 18; Amy-Nicole Toro, 15; Christian Vasquez, 13; Luis Villanueva, 17; and Kellie Wilcox, 16.
Heron is seeded first in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:02.45 and first in the 100-yard individual medley in 59.05.
Golding is seeded first in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.55 followed by Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks in 49.99. Golding is also seeded first in the 100-yard individual medley in 57.00, 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.18 and 400-yard individual medley in 4:14.46.
Jessica Rodriguez is seeded first in the 50-yard breaststroke in 30.59 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:17.38.
Marc Rojas is seeded first in the 50-yard breaststroke in 25.94, 100-yard breaststroke in 55.70 and first in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:00.66.
Melissa Marinheiro of Florida Gulf Coast is seeded first in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.13.
Rafael Rodriguez is seeded first in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:06.92.
A field of 600 swimmers is expected to compete during the three-day meet which has attracted most of the Florida Gold Coast teams including Azura, Tamarac, AquaKids Sharks, Flying Fish, Jupiter Dragons, North Palm Beach, Gulliver, Lake Lytal Lightning, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Wahoos of Wellington, Pine Crest, East Coast, Martin County, Coral Springs, Plantation, Miami Swimming and Metro Aquatics.
IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.
When: Friday-Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.
Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines.
Of note: $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and available online or Meet Mobile. For information call 954-538-3724.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com