By Sharon Robb
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., December 5, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club will have one of its largest contingents at this week’s Speedo Winter Junior East Championships at University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
The four-day meet begins Wednesday with the men’s and women’s 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. SOFLO swimmers begin competing on Thursday.
SOFLO’s contingent includes Kathleen Golding, Kelley Heron, Luke Lezotte, Ricardo Roche and Rafael Rodriguez.
Golding is qualified in five events. She will compete in the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys and 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles.
Heron will compete in the 200-yard individual medley and 100- and 200-yard backstroke.
Lezotte qualified in the 50-yard freestyle.
Roche will swim five events, 500-yard freestyle, 200- and 400-yard individual medleys, 1,650-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke.
Rodriguez will swim the 500-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley and 1,650-yard freestyle.
The East field features swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Gator Swim Club, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Bolles and Pine Crest.
In addition to Pine Crest and SOFLO swimmers, other Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Boca Raton Swim Team, AquaKids Sharks, Gulliver Swim Club, Metro Aquatics, North Palm Beach, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Azura Florida Aquatics and Lake Lytal Lightning.
The star-studded girls field is led by Alex Walsh who is seeded first in four events, the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley. She also qualified in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.
Other top girls competing are Junior World medalists Emily Weiss and Ella Nelson, Morgan Tankersley and Madison Homovich.
The boys field is led by Trey Freeman, Carson Foster, Cody Bybee and Drew Kibler.
The Speedo Winter Junior West Championships are also being held Wednesday through Saturday at the University of Iowa Recreation Center in Iowa City.
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