By Sharon Robb
May 18, 2017—-South Florida Aquatic Club, with more than 100 swimmers, heads the field for the Gulliver Summer Invitational that begins Friday at Gulliver Prep Aquatics Center.
SOFLO has 59 boys and 53 girls entered in 569 individual events over the three-day meet.
On Friday, the women’s 800-meter and men’s 1500-meter freestyle will be held.
SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher, 13, is seeded 13th in 10:24.19 for the 800. Nicolas Rossi, 14, is seeded 14th in 17:39.96 for the 1500. Chris Vasquez, 13, is seeded 21st in 19:51.08 and Alejandro Mateus, 12, is seeded 23rd in 20:32, also in the 1500.
The top seeds are Mary Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks in 8:58.06, the only swimmer under 9 minutes in the 800. She is also seeded No. 1 in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.81 on Saturday.
Kyana Castro, 14, is the top SOFLO swimmer in the 200-meter freestyle seeded ninth in 2:15.35 and Paige Lane, 14, is seeded 11th in 2:16.72. Schleicher is seeded 13th in 2:17.53.
Carlos Omana, 24, of Metro Aquatics is top men’s seed in 15:50.35 in the 1500, the only swimmer under 16 minutes.
Among some of SOFLO’s other seeded swimmers are:
Molly Golding, 14, is seeded first in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:44.49; third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:17.09 and third in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:25.84.
Luke Lezotte, 16, is seeded third in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.10.
Fiorella Di Salvo, 9, is seeded first in 3:00.38 and Mary Sawyer, 10, is fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 3:12.45.
Logan Gonzalez, 12, is seeded second in the 200-meter freestyle and Diego Dulieu, 12, is seeded fourth.
Alessandro Pereira, 10, is seeded first in 41.30 and Javier Colmenares, 10, is second in 43.82 in the 50-meter breaststroke. Pereira is also seeded first in the 100-meter backstroke and first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:28.18.
In the 50-meter breaststroke, SOFLO girls have six swimmers seeded among the top seven spots. Mia Escudero, 12, is seeded first in 41.52.
SOFLO boys have four swimmers as the top four seeds in the 50-meter breaststroke including top-seed Zackary Harris, 12, in 41.08.
SOFLO boys also have the top six seeds in the 400-meter freestyle led by Harris in 5:04.47 and the top three seeds in the 100-meter backstroke.
Harris is also seeded first in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:40.54 and first in the 50-meter butterfly in 33.05.
Luca Hincapie, 10, is seeded second in the 50-meter backstroke in 43.66.
Sofia Osorio, 12, is seeded second in the 50-meter backstroke in 39.05 followed by Leah Pando, 11, in 41.14.
SOFLO boys have six of the top seven seeds in the 50-meter backstroke led by top seed Enrique Rodriguez, 12, in 37.06.
SOFLO boys also have six of the top seven seeds in the 100-meter breaststroke led by Logan Gonzalez, 12, in 1:26.07.
All events are timed finals.
In addition to SOFLO and host Gulliver Swim Club, other Florida Gold Coast teams competing include AquaKids Sharks, Azura, Miami Swimming, Metro Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, FIU, Hurricanes, Sunrise and North Miami.
IF YOU GO
What: Gulliver Summer Invitational
When: Friday-Sunday. All timed finals.
Schedule: Friday, Session 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Session 2, 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Session 3, 2:45-6:40 p.m. p.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-1:35 p.m., Session 5, 2:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Where: Gulliver Prep Aquatics Complex, 6575 North Kendall Drive, Pinecrest.
Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets available free at http://www.gulliverswimclub.org. For information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1465.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org