By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, July 6, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club had two top 10 finishes on opening night of the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Thursday at the YMCA of Central Florida Aquatic Center.
SOFLO’s “A” mixed 200-meter medley relay team of Kelley Heron, Marc Rojas, Jessica Rodriguez and Luke Lezotte finished fourth in 1:56.33.
SOFLO’s “B” relay of Ricardo Roche, Samuel Quintero, Kathleen Golding and Jennifer Rodriguez were just two places behind their teammates, placing sixth in 1:56.97.
Roche, 17, was also sixth in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 8:29.01, shaving 4.72 seconds off his previous best. Roche has 13 points after the first night in high point.
Roche was also a member of SOFLO’s 12th place 200-meter medley relay.
In the team competition, Scarlet Aquatics leads the combined (288) and men’s (108) team totals and Gator Swim Club lead the women’s (124). SOFLO is tenth in the combined team standings with 99 points.
SOFLO has 23 swimmers (14 men and 9 women) competing in 127 individual events and 24 relay teams in 12 relay events.
In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are Gator Swim Club, Sarasota YMCA, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole and Trinity Prep.
Among top swimmers in the field are Arkady Vyatchanin of New York Athletic Club, Adreina Pinto and Isabella Paez of Metro Aquatics, Iliana Oikonomou of Hurricane Aquatics and Jan Switkowski of Gator Swim Club.
The Speedo Sectionals Series display some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops.
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 288, 2. Club Seminole 212, 3. Gator Swim Club 205, 4. Trinity Prep 181, 5. East Coast Aquatic Club 177, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 99.
MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 108, 2. Metro Aquatics 101, 3. Club Seminoles 92, 4. Bolles 66, 5. Westminster Academy 63, 11. SOFLO 26.
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 124, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 90, 3. Club Seminoles 80, 4. Gulliver Swim Club 72, 5. Bolles 71, 12. SOFLO 17.
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Junseo Kim, SCAR 17:05.77, 2. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 17:07.59, 3. Abigail Kilgallon, SCAR 17:10.84; SOFLO: 14. Melissa Marinheiro 17:50.59.
200-meter medley relay: 1. Club Seminole 1:53.96, 2. Gator Swim Club 1:55.87, 3. Trinity Prep 1:57.95; 20. SOFLO B 2:06.85 (Kayla Cunningham, Jennifer Rodriguez, Isabella Di Salvo, Molly Golding), SOFLO A, DQ.
200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Club Seminoles 1:45.73, 2. Gator Swim Club 1:46.76, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:48.10, 10. SOFLO A 1:51.35 (Kathleen Golding, Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Kelley Heron), 28. SOFLO B 1:57.26 (Isabella Di Salvo, Jennifer Rodriguez, Molly Golding, Kayla Cunningham).
Mixed 200-meter medley relay: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 1:54.65, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:55.09, 3. Swim Florida 1:56.27, 4. SOFLO A 1:56.33 (Kelley Heron, Marc Rojas, Jessica Rodriguez, Luke Lezotte), 6. SOFLO B 1:56.97 (Ricardo Roche, Samuel Quintero, Kathleen Golding, Jennifer Rodriguez).
800-meter freestyle: 1. Jackson Karofsky, SCAR 8:22.62, 2. Alfonso Mestre, Clearwater 8:23.54, 3. Hayden Curley, Highlander 8:26.45; SOFLO: 6. Ricardo Roche 8:29.01, time drop, 16. Rafael Rodriguez 8:41.25, 29. Juan Diaz 8:54.20, time drop, 31. Max Asnis 8:56.49.
200-meter medley relay: 1. Club Seminole 1:42.88, 2. Westminster Academy 1:46.07, 3. Bolles 1:47.23, 12. SOFLO A 1:50.00 (Ricardo Roche, Marc Rojas, Juan Serna, Luke Lezotte), 18. SOFLO B 1:53.04.
200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Club Seminole 1:32.70, 2. Metro Aquatics 1:34.44, 3. Gator Swim Club 1:34.44, 15. SOFLO B 1:39.75 (Kevin Porto, Rafael Rodriguez, CJ Kopecki, Max Asnis), SOFLO A DQ.
Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Club Seminoles 1:39.60, 2. Gator Swim Club 1:41.11, 3. Trinity Prep 1:41.38, 18. SOFLO A 1:49.35 (CJ Kopecki, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez, Heath Brames), 19. SOFLO B 1:50.45 (Lance Lesage, Molly Golding, Kayla Cunningham, Ricardo Roche).
IF YOU GO
What: Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional LCM Championship
Schedule: Friday-Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. prelims, 4 p.m. finals.
Where: YMCA of Central Florida Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando.
Of note: Admission is $5 per session, heat sheets are $3 per session and there is an all-sessions pass available. There is a sectional event page on the Florida Swimming website (www.floridaswimming.org). Florida Gold Coast and Florida Swimming athletes head the field. Out-of-section and international swimmers are also in the field. YMCA Central Florida is hosting the meet.
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