SOFLO’s Atkinson Picks Up Two More Wins At Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone Sectionals; SOFLO Sixth Among 60 Teams


By Sharon Robb

ORLANDO, July 8, 2017—A night after winning two races and breaking a Jamaican national record, SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson added two more wins at the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Saturday at the YMCA of Central Florida Aquatic Center.

Atkinson, 28, a four-time Jamaican Olympian, tuning up for the World Cup Series, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.98, just shy of her 30.11 best time, and 50-meter butterfly in 26.82, off her best time of 26.67.

In her final event of the meet, she was a member of SOFLO’s third place 400-meter medley relay team (4:20.14) with teammates Kelley Heron, Kathleen Golding and Melissa Marinheiro.

Atkinson finished the meet with four individual event wins and one relay win and 80 points in high point.

On Friday she won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.61, 100-meter butterfly in a national record 59.94 and was a member of the winning 800-meter freestyle relay.

Kelley Heron, 17, was 11th in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:05.79, just off her best time of 1:05.33.

Kathleen Golding, 16, came up with her fourth best time of the meet, placing tenth in the 50-meter butterfly in 28.09, shaving 1.38 off her previous best. She was also ninth in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.35 and ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:24.07.

Golding, who has 76 points in high point, has the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke remaining.

Melissa Marinheiro, 20, was eighth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:28.46.

Marc Rojas, 23, prepping for the upcoming FINA World Championships in Hungary, was fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.61.

Ricardo Roche, 17, was 15th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:09.74, a best time with a time drop of 1.56.

In the 200-meter individual medley, Molly Golding, 14, had a time drop of 5.99 and finished in 2:29.57 bettering her previous best time of 2:35.56.

SOFLO women are fourth in the team standings with 497 points behind Gator Swim Club, Scarlet Aquatics and Swim Florida. The men are eighth with 327 and the team is sixth overall among combined teams with 950 among a field of 60 state, national and international teams.

SOFLO has 23 swimmers (14 men and 9 women) competing in 127 individual events and 24 relay teams in 12 relay events against several stacked teams with college and international swimmers.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are Gator Swim Club, Sarasota YMCA, Scarlet Aquatics, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole and Trinity Prep.

The Speedo Sectionals Series display some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 1,681.5, 2. Gator Swim Club 1,588.5, 3. Metro Aquatics 1061.5, 4. Club Seminole 989, 5. Bolles 981.5, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 950, 7. Sarasota Y 826.5, 8. Trinity Prep 745. 9. Swim Florida 744, 10. Gulliver Swim Club 711.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 944, 2. Metro Aquatics 800.5, 3. Gator Swim Club 763, 4. Sarasota Y 502.5, 5. Bolles 494.5, 8. SOFLO 327.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 769.5, 2. Scarlet 559.5, 3. Swim Florida 550, 4. SOFLO 497, 5. Bolles 487.

WOMEN

100-meter backstroke: 1. Caitlin Brooks, Gator Swim Club 1:02.21, 2. Shelly Drozda, Club Seminole 1:04.47, 3. Abigail Marshall, Patriot Aquatics 1:04.78; SOFLO: 11. Kelley Heron 1:05.79, 18. Kayla Cunningham 1:06.67, time drop, 50. Melissa Marinheiro 1:09.26, 135. Isabella Di Salvo 1:15.54.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 30.98, 2. Vanessa Rivas, SWIM 33.62, 3. Katherine Baker, Bolles 33.87; SOFLO: 24. Jennifer Rodriguez 35.84/36.46, 38. Molly Golding 36.38, time drop, 44. Jessica Rodriguez 36.78.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 26.82, 2. Talia Bates, Gator Swim Club 27.31, 3. Leila Johnston, Club Seminole 27.55; SOFLO: 10. Kathleen Golding 28.09, time drop; 79. Isabella Di Salvo 31.77, 89. Jessica Rodriguez 32.33.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Emma Weyant, Sarasota Y 2:20.17, 2. Carley Lowe, Highlander 2:21.20, 3. Junseo Kim, Scarlet 2:22.28; SOFLO: 31. Molly Golding 2:29.57, time drop, prelims, 2:31.78, 66. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:35.17.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Nicole Blank, Club Seminole 25.76, 2. Isabella Garofalo, SAST 25.94, 3. Victoria Fonville, WASC 25.99; SOFLO: 9. Kathleen Golding 26.35.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Andreina Pinto, Metro Aquatics 4:16.91, 2. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 4:20.69, 3. Noa Heron, WFLA 4:21.94; SOFLO: 8. Melissa Marinheiro 4:28.46, 9. Kathleen Golding 4:24.07, 54. Kelley Heron 4:40.17, time drop.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Gator Swim Club 4:16.08, 2. Club Seminole 4:16.81, 3. SOFLO A (Kelley Heron, Alia Atkinson, Kathleen Golding, Melissa Marinheiro) 4:20.14, 4. East Coast Aquatic Club 4:23.68, 5. Trinity Prep 4:23.91, 23. SOFLO B 4:40.41 (Kayla Cunningham, Jessica Rodriguez, Isabella Di Salvo, Jennifer Rodriguez).

MEN

100-meter backstroke: 1. Corey Main, Gator Swim Club 55.39, 2. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 57.52, 3. Keanon Dols, Sarasota Y 58.37; SOFLO: 26. Juan Diaz 1:02.31, 32. Rafael Rodriguez 1:03.24, time drop/1:04.48 finals, 62. Lance Lesage 1:04.86, 69. Samuel Quintero 1:05.28, time drop.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Jared Pike, Unattached 28.66, 2. Juan Sequera, Club Seminole 28.78, 3. David Lambert, Westminster Academy 29.41; SOFLO: 4. Marc Rojas 29.61, 26. Samuel Quintero 32.28 prelims, time drop, 31.76, time drop finals.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Jan Switkowski, Gator Swim Club 24.21, 2. William Pisani, Club Seminole 24.44, 3. Austin Katz, Sarasota Y 24.99; SOFLO: 42. Juan Serna 26.82, 50. Luke Lezotte 27.19, 59. Max Asnis 27.48, time drop, 63. Kevin Porto 27.66, time drop, 70. Juan Diaz 27.83, time drop, 82. CJ Kopecki 28.14, 85. Luis Villanueva 28.28.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Grant Sanders, Unattached 2:01.74, 2. Juan Sequera, Club Seminole 2:04.08, 3. Keanan Dols, Sarasota Y 2:05.87; SOFLO: 21. Ricardo Roche 2:12.51, time drop, prelims, 2:13.24, finals, 38. Samuel Quintero 2:16.94, time drop.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Chad Mylin, Club Seminole 22.83, 2. Enzo Martinez Scarpe, Gator Swim Club 23.08, 3. Alberto Mestre, Clearwater 23.10; SOFLO: 27. Luke Lezotte 24.82 38. Juan Serna 24.95, time drop, prelims, 25.18, 49. Kevin Porto 25.11, time drop, 94. Heath Brames 25.92, time drop.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Khader Baqlah, Gator Swim Club 3:56.29, 2. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 4:06.21, 3. Baris Denizli, SCAR 4:07.78; SOFLO: 15. Ricardo Roche 4:08.72, time drop, prelims, 4:09.74 finals, 23. Rafael Rodriguez 4:09.06, time drop, prelims, 4:13.25, finals, 44. CJ Kopecki 4:16.07, 45. Max Asnis 4:16.10, time drop, 85. Juan Diaz 4:23.16, 97. Lance Lesage 4:26.96, time drop.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Gator Swim Club 3:53.34, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 3:54.01, 3. Metro Aquatics 3:54.59, 10. SOFLO A (Ricardo Roche, Marc Rojas, Max Asnis, Juan Serna) 4:00.61, 21. SOFLO B (Kevin Porto, Samuel Quintero, Luis Villanueva, Luke Lezotte) 4:11.71.

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional LCM Championship

When: Sunday

Schedule: 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. 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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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