By Sharon Robb
August 2, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club will have a record fourteen swimmers competing when the USA Swimming Futures Championships begin Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.
It is one of four Futures meets held across the country. The other three are in Santa Clara, Calif., Lewisville, Tex. and Geneva, Ohio.
The meet will begin with timed finals on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The remainder of the meet through Sunday will feature prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
The championships are open to swimmers who are USA Swimming members and have achieved the time standards in one or more events. The summer meet provides swimmers with a new stepping stone between Sectionals and Junior Nationals. Some call the Futures meet a “junior” Junior Nationals.
Several Florida teams are competing including Gator Swim Club, Pine Crest Swimming, Tampa Bay Aquatics, Highlander, Area Tallahassee, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team, South Florida Aquatic Club and Blue Wave Swimming.
SOFLO’s qualifiers are Max Asnis (3 events), Juan Diaz (3 events), Kelley Heron (four events), CJ Kopecki (3 events), Luke Lezotte (3 events), Melissa Marinheiro (4 events), Kevin Porto (3 events), Samuel Quintero (3 events), Ricardo Roche (five events), Jennifer Rodriguez (3 events), Jessica Rodriguez (3 events), Rafael Rodriguez (6 events), Juan Serna (3 events) and Luis Villanueva (events).
SOFLO swimmers will also compete on eight A and B relays.
Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:
Luke Lezotte, 16, 50-meter freestyle, 24.10, third.
Melissa Marinheiro, 20, 1500-meter freestyle, 9:10.70, third.
SOFLO women’s 800-meter freestyle relay, 8:26.12, third.
SOFLO women’s 400-meter medley relay, 4:20.14, third.
Ricardo Roche, 17, 800-meter freestyle, 8:29.01, fourth; 200-meter backstroke, 2:09.44, 11th.
SOFLO’s men’s 800-meter freestyle relay, 7:53.96, sixth.
Rafael Rodriguez, 15, 1500-meter freestyle 16:22.06, seventh; 800-meter freestyle, 8:33.58, eighth.
Kelley Heron, 17, 100-meter backstroke, 1:05.33, seventh; 200-meter backstroke, 2:21.72, ninth.
Max Asnis, 17, 200-meter butterfly, 2:07.90, tenth.
Jessica Rodriguez, 18, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:42.45, 12th.
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