SOFLO Has Top 10 Finish; Heron, Roche Lead Team On Final Day Of Futures Championships

By Sharon Robb

August 6, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club enjoyed its best national finish in club history at the USA Swimming Futures Championships at Centennial Sportsplex Tracy Caulkins Competition Pool in Nashville, Tenn.

After four days of competition, SOFLO finished tenth among a field of 84 teams in the combined team standings. The men’s team placed sixth overall and was the best finish by a Florida Gold Coast men’s team.

“I am excited about the combined score and our participation,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson now headed to New York for USA Swimming Junior Nationals with Kathleen Golding.

“It was nice to have this many swimmers at a national meet and to have relays competing was pretty exciting. It was a nice cap to the summer. It was a very successful summer for SOFLO.”

Kelley Heron, 17, was SOFLO’s top finisher on the fourth and final day of competition.
Heron, seeded fourth in 2:22.88 after morning prelims of the 200-meter backstroke. She came back and bettered her time in 2:20.95 to finish fourth. She shaved 0.77 off her previous best of 2:21.72.

Ricardo Roche, 17, was eighth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.06. He went a best time of 2:08.44 in prelims. His previous best was 2:09.44 for a 1.00 time drop. Roche was also ninth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:28.96 with a time drop of 0.05.

The championship meet was open to swimmers who are USA Swimming members and 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 refer to the Futures meet as a “junior” Junior Nationals.

It was one of four Futures meets held across the country. The other three were in Santa Clara, Calif., Lewisville, Tex. and Geneva, Ohio.

Several Florida teams were among the field including Gator Swim Club, Pine Crest Swimming, Tampa Bay Aquatics, Highlander, Area Tallahassee, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatics and Blue Wave Swimming.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 540, 2. Tennessee Aquatics 405, 3. Dynamo 378, 4. Marlins of Raleigh 377, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 316, 6. East Coast Aquatic Club 245, 7. Area Tallahassee 224, 8. Highlander 207, 9. Cardinal Aquatics 187, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 157.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 282, 2. Tennessee Aquatics 219, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 195, 4. Dynamo 191, 5. Area Tallahassee 186, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 112.5, 7. Tampa Bay 103, 8. Ensworth 87, 9. Kentucky Aquatics, 10. Pine Crest Swimming 82.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 258, 2. Pine Crest Swimming 234, 3. Highlanders 204, 4. Dynamo 187, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 186, 6. Marlins of Raleigh 182, 7. East Coast Aquatic Club 176, 8. T2 Aquatics 133, 9. Saline Swim Team 118, 10. Cardinal Aquatics 116, 19. SOFLO 45.


100-meter freestyle: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 57.22, 2. Mary Arsenault, GOLD 57.62, 3. Ella Marlow, GTSA 58.07; SOFLO: 102. Jessica Rodriguez 1:04.26, time drop.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Brooke Zettel, TAC 2:18.09, 2. Elizabeth Broshears, BOON 2:19.29, 3. Alexandra Massey, ENSW 2:20.33, 4. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:20.95, time drop.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Brooke Zettel, TAC 2:19.98, 2. Emma Feehery, T2 2:21.23, 3. Sara Sotler, LA 2:21.58; SOFLO: 67. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:38.22

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Elise Bauer, CFM 17:00.46, 2. Anna Auld, ECAC 17:05.78, 3. Noa Heron, WFLA 17:13.72, 14. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:49.98.

400-meter medley relay: 1. SwimMAC 4:19.88, 2. Cardinal Aquatics 4:22.73, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 4:23.92, 13. SOFLO 4:36.77 (Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez, Melissa Marinheiro).


100-meter freestyle: 1. Nolan Briggs, BC 51.40, 2. Ethan Long, AAC 51.63, 3. Matthew Lattin, ENSW 51.82; SOFLO: 44. Luke Lezotte 54.70, 45. Juan Serna 54.75, time drop, 55. Kevin Porto 55.11.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Joseph Licht, TBAY 2:05.28, 2. Conor Lynch, NTCA 2:05.49, 3. Campbell Auerbach, DYNA 2:06.10, 8. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:10.06; SOFLO: 37. Juan Diaz 2:16.74.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Dillon Hall, GCAT 2:07.85, 2. Brett Riley, SYS 2:08.10, 3. James McGuire, DYNA 2:08.49; SOFLO: 55. Samuel Quintero 2:17.28, 61. Luis Villanueva 2:18.78.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Ilis Sibirsev, FSLA 8:22.39, 2. Alfonso Mestre, CAT 8:22.47, 3. Cole Forbes, ATAC 8:23.91, 9. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 8:28.96, time drop, 13. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 8:33.24, time drop.

400-meter medley relay: 1. SwimMAC 3:55.42, 2. Dynamo 3:56.19, 3. Tennessee Aquatics 3:57.10, 12. SOFLO 4:02.54 (Ricardo Roche, Samuel Quintero, Max Asnis, Luke Lezotte).

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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